Nov222014

Wildcat Division 10 Cheer – Florida Bound

The Londonderry Wildcat Division 10 cheerleaders, the 2014 NH state cheerleading champions, placed 2nd in the New England Regionals at the Verizon Wireless arena.  The Wildcats will be representing New Hampshire and the New England region at the National AYC Cheerleading Championships December in Orlando.

Congratulations to the Londonderry Wildcats !!!

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Nov222014

Two Arrested for Illegal Hunting Activities

Two brothers from Seabrook were arrested on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, after fleeing from a Conservation Officer who found them hunting on posted land in South Hampton, N.H.

Robert M. Watts, age 48, and Scott Watts, age 45, both Seabrook residents, were hunting in a posted area of South Hampton, N.H., this morning when a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer checking the area observed the illegal hunting activity and instructed the pair to stop. The men immediately took off running, both carrying shotguns, into a nearby swamp.

The Conservation Officer chased the men for several hundred yards while identifying himself as an Officer and warning the pair to stop or face charges. The CO stopped the foot pursuit to call for backup from Fish and Game Law Enforcement, the South Hampton and Kensington Police Departments and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, requesting they cover the places commonly used to access the area.

The Fish and Game Officer then circled the swamp and found a truck parked at the end of a dead-end Class VI road. Conservation Officers and South Hampton police blocked off the entrance to the Class VI road and proceeded to wait. In a short while, the truck appeared, and the officers stopped the vehicle to question the occupants. The men in the truck denied any wrong-doing, but their clothing and physical descriptions matched exactly that of the men who had fled the Officer. To confirm the ID, a Fish and Game K-9 team was brought in, and Fish and Game K-9 Sig conducted a track from the start of the foot pursuit through the swamp to the location where the vehicle had been parked.

Robert and Scott Watts were taken into custody and arrested for Disobeying an Officer and Trespassing. They were released on their own recognizance and will be arraigned in Seabrook District Court in January of 2015.

“In this case, refusing to stop when instructed to do so by a Conservation Officer increased the charge from a violation to several criminal offenses,” said Fish and Game Lt. Michael Eastman.

Hunters should be reminded that, in all instances, they must seek permission from landowners before hunting on posted property.

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Nov222014

Happy Happy “Thanks” “GIVING” 2014

I know we have all heard and read this before, but if you’re like me little reminders of the difference we can make in someone else life never hurt.  Right now in my family we are all caught up in planning for the Big Thanksgiving Day Feast and spending time with loved ones, but we all know that’s not the case for everyone.

We all need to be reminded of what this day is really about and that’s “Giving” and “Sharing” what we have with those around us, and being “Grateful”.

Below is a story that Dick Flores of our Town shared with me this week that really touched his heart and it touched mine too.  Helped me to “remember” that not everyone is able to buy that turkey or even heat up their home for the festivities.   Dick worried that the story is long, but I promise you it’s worth reading.

Good morning said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground.

The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.

She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked.

“No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the president. Now go away.”

The woman’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

“What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. “I said to leave me alone.

Just then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked.

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”

The officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”

“See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”

“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go in there!” Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”

” This is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t blow it.”

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. “What’s going on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this man in trouble?”

“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.

“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that here is bad for business..”

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now if you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”

“Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”

“And do you make a godly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?”

“What business is that of yours?”

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”

“Oh.”

The woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”

“No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”

“Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”

“Yes, maam. That would be very nice.”

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.”

The officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his place,” he said.

“That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said.. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said.

“I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said.

“Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory. Thank God. He led me to you.”

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways.

“Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said.

“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And, and thank you for the coffee.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.

Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing.

LIVE WELL, LOVE MUCH, LAUGH OFTEN, and PRAY MORE.

***If you’re looking for a way to help, stop by our Town Hall, bring your little ones! Look at all these wonderful boxes that are waiting to be filled!   In the main lobby you will find Toys for Tots; St. Jude’s Warm Blankets and Socks Drive; our Own Food Pantry and don’t forget about the gift card box waiting for you upstairs at our Town Administrator, Kirby’s Desk.

With A Grateful Heart for all of you  Your Sherry<3

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Nov212014

Two Drug or Alcohol Related Arrests by Londonderry Police this Week

Londonderry Police were involved in two notable arrests this past week, both involving drugs or alcohol. Both arrested were woman from Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Thurday, November 13, 2014, Londonderry Police stopped a vehicle at 3:52 PM on the Exit 4 northbound on ramp and made contact with the driver. Melissa Murray, 37, was subsequently arrested. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Liquor, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, Open Container of Alcohol, and Failure to Obey Inspection Requirements. Murray was held on $5,000 cash bail.

The second arrest occurred on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM when Londonderry police served a warrant in Manchester. Alyssa Ramalho, 24, was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drugs, two counts of Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglary Tools, Felon in Possession of Dangerous Weapon, and three counts of Receiving Stolen Property. Ramalho was held on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and will appear in court on December 29, 2014.

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Nov212014

Troop 109 goes on a “Mystery Trip”

Members of Troop 109 at the Summit of Mt. Major

For the past ten years Troop 109 of Londonderry, chartered by the United Methodist Church, has chosen the second weekend in November to hold their annual ‘mystery trip’.  It’s a mystery because the boys (and their parents) do not know where they are going.  It is the one trip each year that they do not plan, but rather the troop leaders plan.  The troop leaders pick a spot, somewhere within an hour or so of Londonderry; they plan the meals, purchase the food and work out the travel arrangements for the boys.

This trip requires a leap of faith on the part of the boys as well as the parents.  Not until they drop the boys off at the parking lot are they apprised as to where the boys are going.  This year they went to TL Storer in Barnstead, NH.

Enjoying the view at the top of Mt. Major

Usually, if the boys go on any camping trip with troop 109 it is guaranteed that rain, snow, sleet (or all of the above), along with frigid temperature and at least one boy who forgot the scout motto of “Be Prepared” would be the order of the day. This year, while the temperatures didn’t disappoint and were a balmy 25, the boys were delighted and surprised to learn they were sleeping in a heated cabin. And everyone remembered their gear!

They arrived at 5:30 on Friday evening, scoped out the sight and got the lay of the land.  The boys quickly claimed their bunk, unpacked the trailer of food supplies and swiftly made it out to the fire pit.  “A fire is a Boy Scout’s sandbox” commented Cecil Swan, (aka Bob), Junior Assistant Scout Master for the troop.  Pictures quickly appeared on Facebook of a rambunctious group of boys around a roaring fire.

Dinner was from home the first night and was devoured in short order.  The boys were eagerly awaiting the ‘cracker barrel’, a traditional snack around 9pm and they were not disappointed.  Not wanting the fire to go to waste, a resourceful scout brought tinfoil wrapped burritos from Taco Bell.  He efficiently harvested the charcoal from the fading fire and heated the burritos, and distributed them, along with Mountain Dew, to the awaiting scouts.

Normally, on a trip like this the boys are kept awake by the cold chill whipping through their tents. This year they were in winter rated sleeping bags in a warmed cabin (temperatures reached 80 degrees), fighting the scents of burritos, AX and Old Spice and body odors that even Febreeze couldn’t mask, of boys who forgot to use deodorant, and jockeying for the spot by the window. Despite the challenges, sleep came and snores were soon breaking the sounds of silence.

The younger boys got mess duty.

The younger scouts had kitchen detail on Saturday morning.  The menu called for French toast casserole, sausages and Sunny D!  The boys know their roles and the cooking, eating and cleaning were all accomplished in short order.  The boys gathered their gear, which included lunch, snacks and drinks and set off on their Saturday adventure.

The summit of Mount Major was the goal for the day.  All geared up and ready to go, everyone took off with the exception of two leader cooks who stayed behind to prepare the evening feast.  The menu for dinner was pulled pork slow cooked in a smoker, beans, coleslaw, chicken soup and tatter tots.  Another benefit to staying in the cabin was a full kitchen.  The draw back was that there was no running water, which meant the boys had to heat the water for dish washing.  This is pretty standard so they took it in stride.

Dinner!

The weather was cold, the sky overcast and the trail muddy: perfect conditions for these boys.  When they reached the summit they were able to rest, eat their lunch, and enjoy the view. Coming down the mountain is twice as fun (for everyone except the adult leaders and their knees!) and when the boys got back to camp, a fire was foremost on their minds.  Soon it was dinnertime that the boys devoured with gusto.  Dessert consisted of a cherry cobbler cake cooked to perfection in the Dutch oven.

The second evening around the fire was as fun as the first and all too soon the time came to douse the fire and call it a day.  There is nothing quite like close quarters; 22 boys who haven’t showered in two days, pork and beans and an overabundance of Old Spice spray.  Three of the boys opted for the cold temperatures and fresh air of their tents!

And now, the planning begins for next year’s Mystery Trip.

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Nov212014

Turkey Bowl 2014

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.

 

 

Every year at Gill Stadium the top two high school football teams in the city of Manchester face off in the Turkey Bowl. The game is held on Thanksgiving and for many families it has become a holiday tradition. The four teams eligible to participate in the game are Central, Memorial, West, and Trinity. For as long as I can remember the top two teams in the city have always been Central High School and Trinity High School, but not this year.Football Field This year Central will still be there, but Trinity has been replaced by Memorial.

Trinity definitely lost some key players last year, which has without a doubt influenced their performance this season. They have really struggled to make up for the loss of last year’s graduating class. The team has entered a re-building period in their program and only time will tell if they will make an appearance in the Turkey Bowl in years to come.

Regardless of the fact the Trinity will not be playing in this year’s game, I can guarantee you that I will be at the game. Yes, it will be freezing and I will complain about the cold for the majority of the game, but it has just become too much of a Thanksgiving tradition for me to stop going simply because my team didn’t make the cut.Cartoon Turkey

I encourage all of you to attend this year’s Turkey Bowl! Football and Thanksgiving were simply meant for each other and we are so lucky to have a Thanksgiving Day game to attend so close to home. The environment at the Turkey Bowl is a lot of fun and great for the whole family, just make sure you wear lots of layers!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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