Londonderry Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession and sale of Turtles

On July 11, 2014 Richard Decoste of Londonderry pled guilty in the Derry Circuit Court for illegal possession and sale of threatened and endangered turtles.

In May, New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers became aware of an individual advertising the sale of Spotted Turtles (state threatened) and Blanding’s Turtles (state endangered).  Further investigation, which included the purchase of a Spotted Turtle, resulted in Conservation Officer Geoffrey Pushee obtaining a search warrant for Mr. Decoste’s residence and an arrest warrant for Mr. Decoste.

While executing the search warrant Conservation Officers seized an additional ten Spotted Turtles and two Blanding’s Turtles from the residence.  Mr. Decoste was ultimately charged with possessing a threatened species, a Class-B Misdemeanor, and the sale of a threatened species, also a Class-B Misdemeanor.  Mr. Decoste pled guilty to both charges and paid just over $1,000 in fines.  All of the turtles have since been returned to their native habitats.

This case is a good reminder for all people that enjoy nature and the outdoors to leave non-game animals where they belong, so that others may enjoy them in their natural state.  Possession of most living wildlife in New Hampshire is illegal without obtaining a permit from the NH Fish and Game Department.  Furthermore, the sale of any living native wildlife in the state is also prohibited.
For more information on wildlife and rules pertaining to wildlife in New Hampshire, please visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Departments Website.


Joan Fontaine, 83, of Londonderry, NH

Joan Fontaine, 83, of Londonderry, NH entered into eternal peace on July 19, 2014 at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, MA after a brief illness. Joan was born in Brentwood, NH to Alfred Castricone and Mary (Royer) Castricone on July 14, 1931. Joan was a member of the Class of 1949 at Pinkerton Academy. She was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish for more than 60 years.

Joan leaves wonderful memories to be cherished by her loving husband Gene of 64 years and their eight children; Patricia Arsenault and husband James of Bedford, NH, Carol Coughlin of Tallahassee, FL, Nancy Cofrin of Londonderry, NH, Daniel Fontaine and his wife Sharlene of Londonderry, NH, Marie Brown and her husband Buster of Derry, NH, Janet Sannella and her husband Arthur of Londonderry, NH, Joyce Jaques and her husband Nigel of Nashotah, WI, Robert Fontaine and his wife Robyn of Milford, OH.

Joan also enjoyed her grandchildren, David and Aaron Arsenault, Erika and Krista Coughlin, Shawn and Bryan Cofrin, April, Jamie and DJ Fontaine, Ken Brown, Samantha Sannella, Evan and Tyler Jaques, Skyler and Halle Fontaine, as well as her nine great grandchildren. Joan is survived by her sister Arlene (Putney) Dalton of Longwood, FL. She is predeceased by her sister Marlene (Putney) Keel and her brother Donald Couture.

When asked by her husband and children for a word to describe her these are the words that came to mind; Loving, Giving, Generous, Inspirational, Sincere, Selfless, Compassionate, Caring, Friend, Fun and last but not least Fiesty. Joan enjoyed a full life with her family and loved spending her afternoons with her dear friend Teri Rosone.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 4 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00am in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry. Following cremation, private burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To leave a condolence or view others visit the Peabody Funeral Homes website.


Sobriety Checkpoint at Route 1-A Seabrook, NH

On Saturday, July 19th, the New Hampshire State Police, in affiliation with the Seabrook Police Department, the Hampton Police Department and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a “Sobriety Checkpoint” on Route 1-A in the town of Seabrook.

A total of 556 vehicles were stopped and screened, with the following arrests including:

  • Tyler Callahan, age 18, Medrod, MA was arrested for Aggravated DWI
  • Harold Alvarez, age 26, East Boston, MA was arrested for DWI
  • John Goglia age 23, Windham, NH was arrested for DWI
  • Joshua Forgione age 24, Windham NH was arrested for DWI
  • Jillian Lacone age 36, Haverhill, MA was arrested for DWI
  • George Bourgeois age 54, Salem, MA was arrested for DWI
  • Joshua Collazo age 19, Webster, MA was arrested for DWI
  • Matthew Lacourse age 29, Dudley, MA  was arrested for DWI
  • Francis Gentile age 51, Worcester, MA was arrested for  DWI
  • Kevin Gomez age 25, Lawrence, MA was arrested for Open container/Possession of Controlled Drug
  • Neftaly Alvarez age 29, Lynn, MA was arrested for Possession of Controlled Drug
  • Meghan Carty, age 18, Fremont, NH was arrested for Bench Warrant
  • Rebekah Barr, age 20, East Kingson, NH  was arrested for Prohibitions
  • Jordan Remillard, age 18, Webster, MA was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Alcohol
  • Jeremy Vargas, age 20, Webster MA was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Alcohol
  • Patrick Lucey, age 22, Methuen, MA  was arrested for Open Container/Possession of Controlled Drug

In addition, one juvenile was taken into custody for Possession of Alcohol.

All those charged are scheduled to appear in the 10th Circuit Court0Seabrook Division on August 7, 2014 at 8am.



Another Successful Run for Kids Summer Fun Run Series!

July 17, 2014 brought spectacular running weather for the hundreds of children that continue to participate in the Greater Derry Track Club’s Kids Summer Fun Run Series at the Pinkerton Academy track.  Seventy-eight children signed up tonight bringing the total registration to 451.  Thank you to all the runners who contributed nonperishable food items to help restock the food pantries in Derry.  Runners donated 292 pounds of food on July 17, 2014, bringing the total for the three weeks to 909 pounds.  The GDTC thanks all participants for their donations.

There are two more races scheduled for Thursday nights in July.  Registration is at 6:00 p.m. and the races start at 6:30 p.m.  Water, Gatorade, and watermelons are provided.  The Derry Recreation Department supplies ribbons for all participants. We thank our sponsors Coppola Physical Therapy and Derry Medical Center.

The winners are:

Boys                                                    9 year olds                               Girls

1. Cullen McClain        (Derry)                                    1. Aili Carney  (Derry)

2. Michael Stuart  (Chester)                                      2. Brooke Johnson (Derry)

3. Jacob Noe  (Derry)                                                 3. Meghan Dulianes (Londonderry)


Boys                                                    10 year olds                             Girls

1. Zachary McDarby (Candia)                         1. Grace McDonough  (Londonderry)

2. Grady Daron  (Londonderry)                     2. Jadyn Smith  (Derry)

3. Aubrie Sansing  (Chester)


Boys                                                    11 year olds                             Girls

1. Trevor Demers  (Auburn)                                        1. Maddy Hayes  (Derry)

2. David Hammond (Chester)                                    2. Cailey McDonough  (Londonderry)

3. Nicholas Burke (Derry)                                           3. Hope Johnson  (Derry)


Boys                                                    12 year olds                             Girls

1. Mateo Peguri (Auburn)                                            1. Mia Trainer  (Derry)




Boys                                                    13 year olds                             Girls

1. Jake Donnelly  (Londonderry)                                              1. Victoria Peguri  (Auburn)

2. Ethan  Desmerais  (Chester)

3. Conrad Demers  (Auburn)


Boy                                         Open Mile                                           Girl

1. Zachary Ford  5:53                                                   1.  Regan Coyle  8:34


Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

We’ve all been in line, behind one of them. You know, the guy with the complicated breakfast order at Dunkin’ Donuts?

He’s the dude who says, “I’ll have a large decaffeinated iced coffee, please. French Vanilla. Two sugars, extra extra cream. Oh, and don’t put the sugar in the coffee. I’ll take it on the side. And just put in half the ice. Oh, yeah, and I’d like that in an extra large cup. I’ll also take a Supreme Omelette. Can you pick the peppers out of that? No? Okay, then I’ll have a sausage and egg sandwich, but give me bacon instead. And I’ll have that on a croissant. No wait, make that a bagel. Do you have pumpernickel bagels? No? Then just give me a plain one. No, sesame seed. That’ll be good.”

Then, of course, he turns to his wife and three kids and asks “And what do you guys want?” Meanwhile, the line behind them is backing up out the door. The once bright smiles of twenty people are starting to cloud over, as this ding-a-ling fumbles for his wallet half an hour later, only to realize that he left it in the car. And his wife has no money with her. Suddenly, their kids don’t seem all that cute to the folks standing behind them…

Personally I couldn’t take that kind of disorganization so early in the morning. You really should be prepared when ordering your breakfast if a dozen coffee-deprived people are waiting in line behind you. Like many folks, my morning coffee is a daily ritual. And I need it fast, because the day can’t even begin without it. That’s why I usually swing by the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through window – and for good reason. Most DD’s warn you that if you have large orders, you need to go inside. And probably stand behind ding-a-ling. Preferably in a separate ding-a-ling line. Manned by the most patient of employees.

Then people like me can enjoy this pleasant ritual:

“Welcome to Dunkin Donuts!” says the bubbly unseen female voice at the drive through speaker. “May I interest you in a breakfast sandwich?” I’m not sure why, but I always look all around me when I first hear this, not sure if the voice is really speaking to me.

I respond with my usual “No thanks, just a medium hazelnut, please,” knowing how the ritual will play out.

She continues. “Will that be hot or iced coffee?”

We’re in the groove now. “Hot, please!” I respond, all fuzzy-like. Not that the temperature really matters a lot to me. I spend all morning sipping a cup of coffee, so it’s pretty much stone cold by the time I’m done. And that’s because I’m a sipper. I figure I get about 100 to 150 sips from a medium coffee, over the course of a morning. By contrast, some people are gulpers – and that’s certainly their right. But they probably get less than 50 gulps from a cup. And inevitably they burn their tongues or the roofs of their mouths. So I like being a sipper – it’s not such a safety hazard.

But I digress… The unknown Dunkin’ voice finishes up with “Thank you for your order! Please drive up.” And I do. Because I know the ritual. She hands me my cup, with a big smile. I take my first of today’s 100 sips and merge into traffic. Everything is now right with the world, even though I will inevitably spill a drop or two of coffee on my shirt or pants before the morning is done. And I’ll look like a slob. But I’ll still feel satiated.

Yes, indeed, good ol’ coffee! America’s morning addiction. Some like it hot, some like it cold. You can order it “high test” or decaffeinated. Have it with cream, half and half, whole milk, skim milk – even whipped cream. You can sweeten it with sugar, Equal, Sweet n’ Low, or Splenda – in your choice of colorful sugar substitute packets.

You can order regular coffee, Hazelnut, French Vanilla. Or be frilly, with a latte. Get coffee beans from Columbia, Honduras, Panama. Even Ethiopia or Kenya. Diehard coffee drinkers might try cappuccino, espresso, Turkish coffee, or something else strong enough to keep the spoon standing straight up in your cup without assistance. Some of these come with the coffee grounds still layered in the bottom of the cup. You can actually chew Greek coffee. But don’t.

Perhaps you like different flavors in your coffee? Not a problem. Spice it up with mocha, caramel, almond, coconut. There’s even a pumpkin flavor in the fall. Brew it at home or sip it at a coffee shop. Maybe you prefer to pick it up at the supermarket – by the liquid cup or the dry pound, of course. Get the whole beans or the ground coffee. There are as many varieties of coffee as there are Mexicans crossing our southern border every day. And they aren’t even bringing in their own coffee beans.

But seriously, what are the true benefits of coffee? As far as taste goes, I’m not quite sure. I can’t, for the life of me, understand how anyone could, right off the bat, LOVE the taste of coffee – unless you’re used to chewing betel nuts. It’s bitter, strong, usually downright acrid. I’d consider straight black coffee to be an acquired taste. Over a long period of time. So most of us sweeten it with enough stuff to substantially dampen the real taste of coffee. Thank God.

Perhaps coffee has a cleansing benefit? It’s certainly a great flushing agent for the digestive system. Sort of like flushing out the radiator in your car several times every day. Those who drink lots of coffee spend a lot more time in the bathroom than the rest of us. But I’ll bet they’re really clean on the inside.

So coffee’s primary benefit has gotta be the caffeine. Even for those decaf drinkers who only THINK they aren’t getting a buzz. Coffee is what jump starts the brain, gets us thinking. It clears the cobwebs from our minds. And allows us to put up with the idiosyncrasies of people like that ding-a-ling at Dunkin’ Donuts. Yep, coffee…the great equalizer.

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Stephen E. “Steve” Cleveland, Jr., 69 of Derry, NH

Stephen E. “Steve” Cleveland, Jr., 69 of Derry, NH, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born on February 5, 1945 in Phoenix, AZ, he was a son of the late Stephen E. Cleveland, Sr. and Florence (Lambert) Cleveland. Mr. Cleveland was employed for Digital Corp. in Salem. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing softball, as well as umpiring games.

He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda (Stairs) Cleveland of Derry, five daughters, Lisa Essig and her husband Donald, Bette Cleveland, Tammy Cleveland and her husband Brian Ladue, Shelia Levesque and Jennifer Cleveland Barden and her husband Glenn Feero, 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He also leaves six sisters, Nancy, Bobbie, Judy, Claudia, Patti and Susan, his two brothers, Richard and Roger and many nieces and nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Ronald Levesque in 2013.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 5 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00am in the Funeral Home with cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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