Pelham Old Home Day, Day of Fun!

Old Home Day in Pelham is coming soon, September 13, 2014! This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Arts in our Community.” We’ll be honoring the Pelham High School Band, Chorus and Art students as well as other music, art, drama, and dance groups in our community.

Pelham Old Home Day has so much to offer. If you haven’t been before, please come and check it out. Why not invite your friends, family and neighbors? We truly have something for everyone.

Among the many Pelham Old Home Day events are numerous artisan and crafters booths, where many of our locals are happy to display their best work. The Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction features many large items at great prices. Our White Elephant sale is really mammoth – so many great bargain-basement prices. There’s a penny sale with great prizes and raffles to win a beautiful homemade quilt as well as many other items.

Throughout the day at Pelham Old Home Day there is great entertainment on our main stage featuring all kinds of talent. We also have kid’s games and activities with prizes! The Grand Parade starts at 3:00 and features bands, teams, community groups, animals and plenty of beautiful classic vehicles. There is a 5K Road Race sponsored by the Special Olympics.

Do you like to eat? Our food tents serve a variety of foods all day long and at the end of the day we have a delicious barbequed chicken dinner in Fellowship Hall.

Old Home Day starts at 9 AM and ends at 6 PM. Truly a full day of fun and community. If you’d like to know more about Pelham Old Day, please check out our newly updated website. There you’ll find a complete schedule of events as well as links to participate in and support this great event.

We hope to see you at the 108th Pelham Old Home Day!


How Baseball has Changed

Meredith Farrell is a Sports Communications major at Marist College. She was a four-year varsity athlete at Trinity High School. Table Talk is her unique female perspective on sports.

This week I had the privilege of attending my first Yankee Game at Yankee Stadium. Yes I am a Yankee fan and yes I realize that most of you are not, but I guarantee you that anyone who has ever been in Yankee Stadium, Yankee fan or not would tell you that there is simply something special about Yankee Stadium. I was very blessed to have seats very close to the field; they were a gift from my college roommate (her dad’s company has tickets). The reason I bring this up is the price that these tickets would have cost if they hadn’t not been given to me as a gift. Without telling you the exact price, let me put it this way if I had to pay the ticketed price I would have never been able to afford these seats.

The Yankees ticket prices are by far some of the highest in all of Major League Baseball, however all of Major League Baseball teams over recent years have spiked ticket prices. It has become unrealistic for a middle class family of four to sit in seats that are close enough to get tossed or handed a loose ball without breaking the bank. People just don’t have that type of money to spend on one night of family fun, especially when you throw in the 30 dollars for parking and the at least 50 dollars on dinner and concessions.

I started thinking about this when Derek Jeter first stepped out onto the field into the on-deck batting circle. When Jeter stepped on the field he noticed a young boy sitting behind him and he signaled for the boy to come down, and then shook his hand and said a quick hello to him before beginning to warm up. My initial reaction was wow what a great moment for that kid, but then I remembered that his parents had paid for him to be seated in the Yankee Stadium Legends tickets. The Legends tickets start at 850 dollars per seat and prices behind home plate are even pricier. So even though that was probably a once in a lifetime moment for that boy was it honestly worth up to 3500 dollars to get his whole family into the game?

Now I am a Yankee fan as I said before and I understand that the Yankees are a phenomenal business and that the Yankees have a history, a legacy and an atmosphere that people will pay that much for. However, sadly it seems that we have forgotten that the Yankees were great when their tickets were less than a dollar. In an article I found earlier this week Mariano Rivera reflected on the New Yankee Stadium in comparison to the old stadium.

Rivera raved about the beauty of the new stadium and the pristine condition of everything in it, but he did mention that at times he found it quiet on the mound. He hinted that because the seats in somewhat close proximity to the field are so expensive they are not being filled by passionate fans but rather by companies on business trips or people who are not as passionate as someone who is screaming “Lets Go Yankees!” from the further seat back sitting in the bleachers. He simply said that it seemed that an energy was missing behind the dugout and home plate in the new stadium.  The best explanation for that is the high ticket prices.

As we sat at the game this past week my dad and I talked about all the games he used to go to as a kid. He went on and on about all of the great players he saw and all of the great memories he had shared with him dad at baseball games as a kid.  We both had only been to three games together before this week’s game at Yankee stadium and we began to talk about the difference between my childhood and his.  When he was a kid his dad’s favorite seats were First-Base Box Seats, specifically section 69F, in the Mets old home Shea Stadium.

Those seats were 10 rows back from the field and lined-up perfectly with first-base. Those seats were about 10 rows in front of the seats we had this week, and they only cost 4 dollars. See the thing most of the big guys in Major League Baseball forget is that they grew up in a world that a 4 dollars baseball ticket was normal and going to multiple games as kid was typical. The biggest thing they don’t realize is that if they had the opportunity to tell their dad that the MLB tickets now can cost as much as 1000 dollars to sit behind home plate their fathers would laugh and tell them that is impossibly ridiculous! The thing that is worrisome is that if the ticket prices today seem outrageous, I am worried for the next generation to come.  If tickets continue to go up, family baseball trips could tragically become a thing of the past.
Baseball was a sport that grew because fans felt connected to the players and their favorite team’s stadium became like a second home. Player’s weren’t celebrities and they didn’t rake in the big bucks. If your team won a big game you fled onto the field to celebrate with them because you felt like you were a part of that victory, and indeed you were. I am not suggesting that baseball go back to the way it was back in the good old days, I am simply saying that if baseball is not careful it could lose its connection to its fans which was the reason for its growth in the first place.

Another great reason to take advantage of the Fisher Cats in Manchester!

Happy Friday Everyone!


School District Release Guidelines for Use of Student Work

In preparations for the school year, the Londonderry School District has sent a release to parents regarding the use of student work and video, audio, and photography clips involving the students. The release is as follows:

From time to time, video/audio recordings and/or photographs are made of various school activities and classes which may be cablecast over the local educational access channel, LEO21, or other cable or broadcast channels and/or displayed/streamed at the District or a school Web site, on the school district FM station, WLLO-LP, or in a district/school print or electronic publication. These may also be used within the Londonderry School District.

Students may appear visually and/or be heard. On occasion, individual students or small groups of students may be featured in interviews, on-camera discussion, etc. These students may be identified by name; however only first names will be used on the screen when individual students are shown unless the district secures written permission from a parent/guardian to use a last name. Additionally, photos, student artwork, projects or performances may be displayed or shared. Student produced work (print or non-print) may be used by the district in the course of instruction, accreditation, presentation, and action research.

The Londonderry School District may also reproduce, make alterations or additions to, and may copyright the material in whole or in part. The district will notify parents/guardians on an individual basis in those instances when special education programs are involved.

Parents and students may refuse release of any or all use of these materials related to specific students, provided that a written request is received by the Superintendent of Schools, at 268C Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, NH 03053, by September 30th of the current school year. Additionally, parents may opt to notify the district of any change during the school year.


Local City to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the Manchester Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend, from Friday, August 22, through Saturday, August 23, 2014. The checkpoint will be conducted in the Manchester area.

A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in an alarming number of deaths and personal injury accidents. Manchester Police Chief Mara has taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving when intoxicated. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and the law enforcement community will use those tools to their full extent.

The Manchester Police Department applied for, and was granted, a Superior Court Petition to conduct the Sobriety Checkpoint. The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support these checkpoints which will be conducted in Manchester.


Annual Lundgren 5k Road Race Results

Londonderry’s annual Lundgren 5k race, a part of the town’s Old Home Day tradition for 35 years, experienced another successful year. Over 200 competitors finished the race this year, with runners as young as 9 to as seasoned as 89 crossing the finish line.

Placing first overall this year was Andreas Geiger, a 20-year-old Londonderry resident. Following close behing was this year’s second place winner, Noah Schrank, 16 of Londonderry. Third place was captured by 16 year old Cameron Dickson, also of Londonderry. First in for the females was Amy Bernard, 36 of Hampstead, NH.

1595Geiger, AndreasM20Londonderry, NH17:22
2604Schrank, NoahM16Londonderry, NH17:30
3511Dickson, CameronM16Londonderry, NH18:34
4516Kane, JaredM16Londonderry, NH18:40
5552Beauley, DavidM48New Boston, NH18:41
6402Bernard, AmyW36Hampstead, NH18:45
7626Leahy, JoshM19Londonderry, NH18:48
8471Seeley, NathanM14Londonderry, NH18:50
9615Zaino, ChrisM15Londonderry, NH18:56
10437Hotter, DeclanM14Londonderry, NH19:13
11486Wasserman, JoshM15Londonderry, NH19:18
12605Simonson, KeoM17Merrimack, NH19:23
13614Swenson, ToddM34Reading, MA19:26
14603Zannoni, JakeM17Merrimack, NH19:30
15619Evangeliste, BrettM18Londonderry, NH19:34
16573Lagueux, RussM53Londonderry, NH19:46
17553Stuart, JackM15Londonderry, NH19:51
18571Letalien, KevinM15Londonderry, NH20:02
19630Raylinsky, MatthewM36Londonderry, NH20:11
20526Iarrobino, NalenM15Londonderry, NH20:17

For more results, click here.


Town of Londonderry to Spray Mosquitoes, This Week

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been found in mosquitoes trapped in Londonderry.  Spraying to control adult mosquitoes will occur on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Spraying will take place at the following Locations:

  • Matthew Thornton School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Moose Hill School
  • North School
  • South School
  • Nelson Road Fields
  • West Road Fields

The news of mosquitoes carrying EEE in Londonderry is not unexpected at this time of year. The Town of Londonderry wants to reassure the residents that they are monitoring the situation closely. They will continue with weekly mosquito trapping and testing throughout the Town to ensure they stay on top of this. Mosquito breeding sites are monitored regularly and treated as needed. Residents should use utmost caution regarding exposure to mosquitoes.  In the meantime, residents are encouraged to utilize the precautionary measures outlined below.

EEE is transmitted through the bite of an infected moquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. There is no risk for people being around horses. If a mosquito bites a horse or a human, it cannot transmit the disease to another human. The risk of contracting the infection is low. If illness does occur, it happens within 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. If someone is experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever and headache, they should contact their local medical provider.

You can protect yourself and your family with a few simple steps:

  • Reduce outdoor activity between 3 PM and 8 AM.
  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Check around your home for standing water and remove it.
  • Ensure window and door screens fit properly so that mosquitoes cannot enter your home.