Oct302014

5th Annual Trunk or Treat

Looking for some safe Halloween fun and trick or treating? Stop by the Londonderry Christian Church on Friday, October 31st between 6 and 8 p.m. for the 5th annual Trunk or Treat event! Trunk or Treat will be held inside our building this year!

Free candy and fun for all—stop by before you wrap up your Halloween this year! You and your child will be able to stop at each decorated table for candy and fun! This will be a safe place for you to come Trick or Treat on Halloween Night!

Londonderry Christian Church 372 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry, NH

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Oct302014

Has Anybody Seen My State Representative?

When Londonderry voters elected their state representatives in 2010 and 2012, they expected that these individuals would faithfully represent their constituents at the State House in Concord. Unfortunately, those expectations have not been met by several members of our Londonderry delegation. A review of the voting records of our state representatives finds that four of them have missed an astounding 20-68% of the roll call votes from 2011-2014; three of these representatives have missed 35%-68% in each of the last three years.

It is a privilege to represent the citizens of Londonderry and to give voice to their needs and their concerns. Voting yea or nay on the issues that confront the people of New Hampshire, and particularly, the voters of Londonderry, is the primary duty and responsibility of our state legislators. To not exercise that right is to violate the trust of the people who elected you to that office. As you can see from the table below, Bob Introne missed over 30% of the roll call votes during 2011-2013 period and almost 50% of the votes in 2014. Dave Lundgren has missed at least 45% of the roll call votes from 2011-2013 and 61% in 2014. Dan Tamburello missed 51.8% in 2012, 35.6% in 2013 and a staggering 67.7% of the roll call votes in 2014.

Lisa Whittemore
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes N/A N/A 1 2
Total Votes available N/A N/A 222 282
%  of Votes Missed N/A N/A 0.5 0.7
Betsy McKinney
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 57 38 43 64
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 20.9 12.1 19.4 23
Al Baldasaro
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 13 7 39 10
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 4.8 2.2 17.6 3.5
Bob Introne
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 84 113 85 135
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 30.8 36.1 38.3 47.9
Dave Lundgren
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 129 146 111 172
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 47.3 46.6 50 61
Sherman Packard
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 44 68 21 81
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 16.1 22 9.5 28.7
Dan Tamburello
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 20 162 79 191
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 7.3 51.8 35.6 67.7

Source: NH General Court: Roll Call Votes

At a time when the needs and concerns of our state and of our community are so great, we have elected and re-elected state representatives who are absent in their voting duties and responsibilities at remarkably, and unacceptably, high rates. All seven of our state representatives are seeking re-election on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. Those representatives who have so clearly demonstrated either an inability or an unwillingness to attend to their elected duties ought not to be seeking re-election. A state representative has a responsibility to actively represent the interests of the town through the House voting process. Londonderry has been grossly under-represented in that process and deserves a delegation that is accountable and committed to the voters of our community.

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Oct292014

Londonderry Leach Library November News

Adult Program

“Folk Music of the Civil War Era” at the Leach Library
On Thursday, November 13, at 7 PM, the Leach Library will host an evening of folk music from the Civil War era presented by the Hardtacks.

The Hardtacks is a musical duo comprised of A.W. Pringle, musician, educator, and member of the Bradford Bog People band, and Marek Bennett, New Hampshire native and award-winning cartoonist and musician. Together, the two have toured extensively throughout New Hampshire and the surrounding states.

In this program, The Hardtacks will use camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes to provide a year-by-year musical look at the politics, personalities, and perspectives that made a nation in the Civil War era. Audience members participate and sing along in an engaging, exploratory forum as they explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from primary sources.

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals. It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Reference News

Science fiction is often considered the literature of possibilities. It is always asking “what if?” It usually involves an alternate or futuristic time and place, innovative technology or alien characters. Within this broad genre there are countless sub- genres. Classic science fiction includes writers such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, or Isaac Asimov. Readers have enjoyed their writings for years, if not centuries.

Cyberpunk features information technology or cybernetics and usually involves a breakdown of the social order. Brian Herbert’s new Mentats of Dune, the second of the Schools of Dune series belongs in this group. The Mentats, Navigators, and the Sisterhood all try to improve the human race in the battle for humanity’s future.

Another subgenre of science fiction is Dystopian/Utopian, the creating of either a terrifying or an ideal world. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown is an example of Dystopia. As Darrow, a member of the Red caste, works hard to build a future for all humanity on Mars, he comes to realize he has been betrayed by the Gold overlords who have made the Reds their slaves.

Space Opera emphasizes romantic or melodramatic adventure in outer space. In Star Road, by Matthew Costello, Ivan Delgato, a former leader of the Runners has a mission to reach Omega and convince the Runners to surrender. He uses a mysterious transportation system called the Star Road, where suspicions and danger reside, to arrive at his destination.

Lilith Saintcrow’s writing could be considered both Steampunk and Alternative History. The Iron Wyrm Affair, a Banon and Clare novel, is set in Victorian England where Industrialism and magic collide. The magic continues in the sequel titled The Red Plague Affair where Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime is faced with finding a cure for a poisonous weapon. If you haven’t visited science fiction in a while, why not see how many kinds there are. You may find a new reading pleasure.

Children’s Room News

 

It’s a Mystery!
Come to the library on Monday, November 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for an exciting program filled with amazing mysteries. Participants will hear tales of mesmerizing mysteries, daring detectives and kind hearted bandits. During the program we may even discover Who stole the cookie? Each participant will leave with a paper magnifying glass to decorate at home and a smiley face notebook, perfect for recording notes while solving a mystery. This exciting program is open to 90 participants of all ages. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 3. To register, call 432-1127 or pop on into the Children’s Room.

Sammie Haynes in Concert
Join award-winning children’s performer Sammie Haynes at the library on Monday, November 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for an evening of musical fun. Sammie’s interactive and exciting performances have enchanted participants from coast to coast. Come and listen to Sammie’s clever songs about everything from dogs and rivers to libraries and messy cars! This fun-filled program is open to 90 participants of all ages. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10. To register, call 432-1127 or come into the Children’s Room.

Fall Programs
The Children’s Room will be offering the following programs as part of Fall Session 2: Story Time, Shake, Move & Read, and Toddler Time. Fall Session 2 will run October 29 through November 20. Advance registration is required and has already begun. To register call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.

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Oct292014

Early Bird Registration for Turkey Trot Happening Now!

Come and be part of a fun and memorable holiday tradition! The 41th Annual Turkey Trot is a not-to-miss occasion. This event draws runners from all over, including family members and friends returning to the area who ran together while growing up. Sign up now to guarantee yourself a T-shirt and to take advantage of the “while it lasts” free kid’s early bird on-line registration. Join the fun, challenge your family and friends, and share the spirit of Thanksgiving by bringing a non-perishable canned or dry good item with you on race day.

A previous year's Turkey Trot; photo courtesy of Mariano Santangelo.

On- Line Registration: Visit this site to access the link. Sign up now and take advantage of preregistration rates. A minimal transaction fee applies. No paper applications will be accepted for preregistration. Online registration will close out promptly on Wednesday, 11/27, at noon. Registrations will be accepted at the venue from 4 to 8 PM Wednesday and 7 to 8:30 AM Thanksgiving morning. Note: Free online registrations for early bird kid’s registrations are only while supplies last!

The GDTC asks each registrant to bring a nonperishable canned or dry good item to replenish area food banks. The need in our area continues to be great. Many depend on these community resources. Giving back to our community is central to the GDTC mission.

ADULTS 13 & older KIDS 12 & under
Preregistration (Online Registration*) $17 Free while supplies last
Race Day Registration (Includes Wednesday) $20 $10

Race Site Web Page: Visit the race site web page for the history and other information about this 41 year Derry tradition.

Awards: Top three overall male and female. First Derry and Londonderry male and female finishers. Awards will be presented at approximately 9:30 AM.

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Oct292014

Salmon Sunday to be held November 9

Bring the kids and explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon, fish prized by anglers on New Hampshire’s big lakes, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s annual “Salmon Sunday” event on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 1 to 3 PM at Pope Dam in Melvin Village. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of Tuftonboro, N.H.

“Salmon Sunday is a great chance for everyone to get a close-up look at landlocked salmon from Lake Winnipesaukee in their fall spawning colors,” said Don Miller, fisheries biologist for the Lakes Region. “Kids love to see the big salmon, averaging about three pounds each, and watch biologists collect the eggs.”

During the event, fisheries biologists will be busy harvesting, or “stripping,” eggs and milt from adult salmon. Standing knee-deep in the cold water of the Melvin River, scientists expertly relieve the colorful adult female salmon of their eggs by stroking their stomachs. Milt from the male fish is obtained in the same way, and mixed with the gold-colored eggs to fertilize them.

This activity is all part of the work N.H. Fish and Game carries out each year, with support from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program, to maintain the landlocked salmon population in New Hampshire’s big lakes.

Salmon used for the stripping demonstration are netted from Lake Winnipesaukee during October and early November. They are returned to the lake after their eggs and milt have been collected. The fertilized eggs are taken to Powder Mill Hatchery in New Durham, where they will hatch in three to four months. The salmon are raised in the hatchery for about 18 months, then stocked into Lake Winnipesaukee and other New Hampshire lakes.

Fish and Game staff will be on hand to answer questions about salmon, the egg-stripping process and the stocking program that ensures these beautiful fish continue to be available in the lakes for anglers to catch. Salmon Sunday is a “rain or shine” event. Dress warmly. If you have questions about Salmon Sunday, call 603-744-5470.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources. Click here.

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Oct282014

Veterans Day Breakfast and Parade to be Held Nov. 8

The Londonderry High School will be host to the Thank You Veterans Breakfast, scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8 AM. The event, organized by the high school’s Pay it Forward Club and sponsored by the Londonderry Town Council and the School Board, will be held at Matthew Thornton School Gym and is free for all veterans.

The event will include a buffet style breakfast, welcome statements, songs by the LHS Choir and Symphonic Band and Honor Guard, gift baskets, and closing remarks. Following the breakfast, veterans will be invited to meet at the traffic lights by the Londonderry High School for the Veterans Day Parade which begins at 10 AM.

Friends and family are also invited to attend the breakfast for a small donation. They can then proceed to the Town Common to watch the parade.

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