Nutfield News • January 17, 2013 Work Continues on Preserving Forest Hill Graves
KATHLEEN D. BAILEY NUTFIELD NEWS
——◆—––– T.J. Cullinane likes a
good story, and he finds plen- ty in the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry. “Did you know,” he asked, “that we have three Civil War officers who led African- American troops? Augustus Woodward, William Noyes and a ‘Major Jones.’” Cullinane, chairman of the Friends of the Forest Hill Cemetery, gave a report at last week’s Heritage Com- mission meeting. With a corps of volunteers and the
proper equipment, he is making sure Derry’s earlier residents are properly re- membered, especially those who served their country. They are not just stones to the Commission, they are names. There has been some storm damage to the ceme- tery and one smashed stone, Cullinane said. He has met with a consultant from Arthur Memorials of Con- way and is waiting for a for- mal proposal on the repairs. Cullinane said he has
divided cemetery care into three priorities: first, to reset any stones that are wavering
or would cause liability; sec- ond, to reset stones that have “completely toppled;” and third, to restore and clean the stones marking the last resting place of Civil War veterans. The last is impor- tant, Cullinane said, because this is the sesquicentennial of that war.
There are 148 names on
the Civil War monument, Cullinane said, and he esti- mated that there were another 100 or so whose names were not listed on the monument. Cullinane said volun- teers cleaned and restored 10 stones this past summer.
There has been a
“dearth” of D-2, the clean- ing agent he uses to clean the stones, he said. He orders it from a firm in Barre, Vt., and said there was a shortage last summer. Cullinane explained that D-2 is a cleaner that removes biological growth from the stone without affecting the stone itself or the vegetation around it. It is non-toxic, he said. One gallon costs $50, Cullinane said.
Cullinane has three main
groups of volunteers, the Girl Scouts, a group from
The Upper Room, and a group from the Conser- vation Commission. He said he would like to “decentral- ize” the approach, and give each group a portion of the D-2 for its own use. All three groups have been trained by Dorothy Goldman, the former chair- man of the Friends, he said, and can work on their own, Cullinane said.
Cullinane welcomes other
volunteers. “Dorothy and I compiled thumbnail sketch- es of every soldier on the monument, and there’s so much information, I can’t
keep up with it,” he said. Member Roger Kon-
stant, a teacher at Pinkerton Academy, offered to find students to assist with the writing.
There are more veterans
to honor, Cullinane said, noting that the country is also in the Sesquicentennial of the War of 1812.
Cullinane said he has purchased Civil War Veteran markers and placed them on 12 of the graves. It costs $250 per dozen for the markers, and he’s looking to put them on all the graves of Civil War veterans.
Two Projects Get ‘Green’ Light from Conservation
KATHLEEN D. BAILEY NUTFIELD NEWS
——◆—––– Two development proj-
ects received the green light from the Derry Conserva- tion Commission, and will proceed to the Planning Board, while a third project will come back to the Commission on Jan. 28. The first project is at 39
and 41 Tsienneto Road, Tax Map 8, Lots 66, 66-2 and 67. Its owner, Vito Solimini, was represented at Monday
night’s meeting by Tim Peloquin of Promised Land Survey. Peloquin said the project
was a “resubdivision.” A couple had owned the two lots “back in the day,” their house lot and a vacant lot next door. The woman was “tired of having two tax bills” and had the lots com- bined. After her husband’s death she sold the property to Solimini, who would like to redivide it and put the new lot back on the market.
The second lot formerly
was 1.01 acres and is now 1.07 acres because of soil requirements, Peloquin told the Commission. There is no wetland impact and the soils are good, he said. The commission voted unanimously to authorize Chairman Margaret Ives to sign the plans.
The second project, also presented by Peloquin, is at 164 Hampstead Road,Tax Map 9, Lot 84, owned by Barbara Schibbelhute, who
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wants to divide her six acres into three lots. The proposal was approved by the Plan- ning Board in 2006, but no action was taken. “At that time, she didn’t
want the plans signed be- cause she didn’t want the extra tax bill,” Peloquin said. But the three lots met all con- ditions at that time and con- tinue to meet them, he said. The R.J. Moreau compa-
ny is interested in the two new lots and a purchase and sales agreement is in place, Peloquin said.
Schibbelhute would re- main in her 1850 farmhouse with its granite foundation, Peloquin said, with the two new lots on either side. There is a very small
wetland with minimal im- pact, Peloquin said, adding, “We are seeking your bless- ing a second time.” The commission again unanimously approved Ives’s signing the plans.
The third project in-
volved remodeling the for- mer Floyd School into apart- ments. The owners, Ex- tended Realty, were repre- sented by Nicole Duquette of T.F. Moran. The property is at 37 Highland St. and is Tax Map 26, Lot 232. The owners are planning
to divide the property into efficiency, one-and two-bed- room units, Duquette said. The project dates from 2007-08, when another company was planning to develop the school. T.F. Moran was also involved in that effort, Duquette said. The former plan includ-
ed an extension to the build- ing, which the current plan eliminates. “We are keeping the footprint,” she said. “That allowed us to pull in the development, with not as many retaining walls.” The architects removed the arched drainage cham- bers, which are no longer
allowed, Duquette said. Member Dennis Wiley questioned the removal of the arched chambers and their replacement with stone and pipe drains. He and other members said there was not enough room for “stone and pipe.”
There is a steep embank-
ment, Wiley said, “and we had some concern before.” Duquette said if there is not enough room for stone and pipe drains, she will ask for relief from the rule. She added that some
building entrances will be updated to be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Duquette said the com-
pany wants to fast-track the project to the Planning Board. But Wiley said, “I would like to see it again before that,” and the com- mission agreed.
Duquette said she would
revise the plans and return on Jan. 28.
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