- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DERRY, N.H. (AP) - Supporters of the 375-seat Derry Opera House in New Hampshire say it needs a face-lift.

The state’s Executive Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $20,000 grant to the Greater Derry Arts Council to fund plaster and painting work in the opera house. It’s part of the Adams Memorial Building, which was built in 1904.

The Eagle Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1kBfQNq) next week, Public Works Director Mike Fowler will brief the Town Council on $150,000 in proposed renovations affecting the balcony, closed late last year, and the roof.

A public hearing is expected to be held March 4 on a supplemental town budget appropriation.

An inspection last year turned up structural concerns, prompting officials to shut the balcony.

Gov. Maggie Hassan called the opera house a “unique New Hampshire landmark.”

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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