Public Hearing Regarding Demolition of Property in Londonderry

The property to be discussed is highlighted in red above.

The Londonderry Demolition Delay Committee will be meeting tonight, October 22, 2014, in the Moose Hill Conference Room at 7 PM. The meeting will be a public hearing and will discuss the demolition of structures located at 48 Perkins Road.

According to the Town’s property assessment information, the home on the property was built in 1799 and is classified as an “Old Style” building. It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms,  and sits on over 16 acres of land.

The public is invited to attend tonight’s meeting.


First Annual Pumpkin Fest to be Held at High School this Weekend

The first annual Pumpkin Fest will be held at the Londonderry High School Cafeteria this Saturday, October 25, from 11 AM until 2 PM and is open to all ages. There will be fun, food and of course pumpkins for everyone!

Activities include pumpkin carving and decorating, a bake sale, festive movies and music, face painting, games and more. Participants are invited to wear a costume and trick or treat from station to station.

The Pumpkin Package allows children to carve or decorate one pumpkin and participate in all the fun activities. The price is $10 for one child, and $5 for each additional child.


Dan Mullen Played in Londonderry

I am getting just a little tired of reading in the Union Leader about Manchester’s own Dan Mullen. Here’s a little 30 year old history. But first, I do want to say that I never tire of reading about Coach Mullen and his Mississippi State Bulldogs football team who, by the way, are the number one ranked football team in the nation after 6 weeks of football. Who have beaten, in consecutive weeks, three top ten teams at the time in LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn. And who still has Alabama and Ole Miss yet to play in a brutal schedule. While this is somewhere Mississippi State has never been in its’ long football history, or anywhere close to it, this is nothing new for Coach Mullen. The 42 year old coach spent several years with Urban Meyer as they fashioned an undefeated season at Utah where Dan coached Alex Smith to Heisman contention before he was drafted into the NFL. And then off to Florida for a couple of National Championships, the coaching of Tim Tebow to a Heisman as the quarterback coach, and a potent offense as the offensive coordinator before moving into the head job at Mississippi State 6 years ago.

I can remember reading about that hiring and thinking to myself, ‘Here’s a kid from the heart of the North going to coach in the heart of the South, where football is a religion and the team he’s taking hasn’t been good for years.’ But I knew they were getting a good coach. And he was successful right away. The team has had a winning record, although often one or two games over .500. But good enough to play in bowl games, which Miss. St. had not been in for awhile. Last year they blew out Rice in a Bowl game and you could see what might be this year. It hasn’t been easy, either. Being a State school, and having to recruit players who are being pursued by the Alabama’s, Auburns and LSU’s of the division has not been easy. I watched several of Dan’s early press conferences and he talked some about that, but he basically said there is a lot of talent available, it is what you do with that talent that makes the difference. If you go to the Miss. St. site you can view the press conferences and they are fun. He is personable, forthright and entertaining. And they love this guy down there. And now for the story behind the story, as Paul Harvey often said.

Before Dan got to Utah he coached at Bowling Green and was an assistant at Notre Dame. Before that an assistant at the small college in Pennsylvania that he attended where he played some college ball. Every once in a while I would run into his Dad who would give me the recent news. “Hey, Dan made the team. Hey, Dan is starting this week. Dan had a good game Saturday. Hey, they asked Dan to help Coach the d-backs next year. Dan was just put on the staff at Notre Dame. Can you believe it?” I can remember thinking ‘Wow, Notre Dame. Unbelievable!’

Now before Dan got to that small college in Pennsylvania he played some football at Trinity High School in Manchester. Back when Trinity was in Division 1 with Pinkerton, Concord, Nashua, Central and the big schools in the state. Dan played quarterback. In 1989 Dan was selected as the Player of the Year and in 1990, his senior year, he led Trinity to a State Division 1 Title.

But before Dan Mullen got to Trinity he played his football right here in Londonderry in the old Londonderry Flag Football league. Back then the LFFA was over 200 kids on 13 teams in three age brackets. 11 on 11 on a regulation size field with helmets and uniforms. The tackle program, Pop Warner, had weight restrictions, which Flag did not, so we had some big boys and some rough games.

I got involved in 1982 with the Broncos in the 6 and 7 year old group with my oldest son. By 1985 I was running the league taking over for Oscar Greene who had done a great job growing the league. That year I was going to be coaching the Broncos with my youngest son and the Eagles with my oldest son in the 8-9-10 Division. The Redskins in the 11-12-13 Division had an opening and I got a friend of mine to take the team confident he would do a great job and I knew the kids would have fun with him.

The first day of practice after the draft and my friend called and said he would not be able to coach the team. So I went down to South School where we practiced and played our games. I got the Eagles going and was very fortunate to have Jack Mortimer as my assistant and he ran the practice, and I went over to the Redskins and explained what had happened. I told them not to worry, that we would find them a coach. Then I got the boys to run some suicides and do some stuff. Most of them took it in stride. No big deal. But I noticed one boy was very upset. After a few minutes he came over to me and with tears in his eyes he said, “Mr. Napolitano, we didn’t win a game last year. I can’t go thru that again.”

I said the things an adult would say to a kid, don’t worry. it’ll be okay. It’ll all work out. It’ll be fine. But I will tell you that that boy, 13 year old Dan Mullen, changed everything for me that night with those words. For three years I had coached baseball and football and it was all about having fun and feeling good and ice cream after the game. Most people didn’t take it too serious and certainly most kids didn’t. They dug holes in the outfield and ran the wrong way with the ball so no one would pull their flag. But now the kids were older, and while some just did it for something to do, or Dad wanted them too, or just for fun, there were some kids who, like I was when I was in my teens, played because it was important. It mattered. It was damn near life and death.

After the practice ended I called the Redskins over and told them I would coach them. And I promised them we would win. It meant for the next couple of months I would be at South School every night and all day Saturday, and often with two teams at the same time, but we managed. Having Jack Mortimer with the Eagles was key. But often I would leave Dan Mullen to run the practice for the Redskins. He was the quarterback. He was one of my 3 thirteen year olds and he was our leader. Sean Hogan and Bill Breen were the other 13 year olds and you couldn’t ask for better young men. We ended up co-champions that year with Doug DeCosta’s Cowboys and even though we were a talented team, it was Mullen’s intensity that carried us in a few games. I coached the Redskins the next 7 years as my two boys went through the program and sometimes tempering the coaching of 8 year olds and 13 year olds got a little mixed up, over-all it went okay. I always kept in mind that 13 year old boy who so much wanted to win. From those Redskin teams came at least 8 future captains for the Lancers, over a dozen All-State players for LHS football and two Players of the Year in football in Mullen and Ryan Minzner from the 1996 undefeated team who played quarterback, tightend and linebacker for my final 3 years. John Mortimer also won Player of the Year in Cross-country at LHS.

20 plus years go by and in 2007 I am coaching basketball my first year back at the Middle School. We are a second team playing a schedule of first teams, and we are getting beat up pretty good each game. We were 0-7 and coming back from the Christmas break. That first day back I had the boys take a seat and I told them about 12 year old Dan Mullen. I told them that that night they would hear his name mentioned during the championship game that Florida was playing in and that they would say he was from Manchester, N.H. And I told them that when he was 12 years old, just like most of them were, he played on the same fields and he was winless, too. And then I told them about 13 year old Dan Mullen, and then what happened during the next 20 years. And then I read an e-mail to them that I had received that morning from Coach Mullen. I had sent a quick e-mail to the athletic department at Florida never really expecting it would get thru to Dan, wishing him luck in the game and congratulating him for all his successes. It was the first time in almost 20 years that I had conversed with him. I mentioned my basketball season in passing and how I was trying to keep their spirits up. On the morning of the biggest day in college football and the biggest day of Coach Mullens career, I received his response. That he would take the time to answer my e-mail, at that particular time, with everything he must have been going through, is something I will never forget. Successful people are not successful by accident.

Every year since I tell my teams this story and I tell them what Coach Mullen said to my 2007 team. If someone had said to me at any time in my life that I would be watching Mississippi State games on TV I would have said they were crazy. GO BULLDOGS!


First Weekend Successful in NH Moose Hunt

About a third of New Hampshire’s moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the nine-day season, achieving a 32% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 18 and 19), a total of 41 moose were taken by hunters statewide – 29 bulls and 12 cows. Last year, about 18% of moose hunters were successful during the opening weekend.

The weather was warm and rainy on the opening day of the moose season, but Sunday dawned cold, with a dusting of snow in the North Country. “Cool weather is good for moose hunting, because moose tend to be a little more active when it’s cold,” said Kristine Rines, who has been the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s moose biologist for 28 years.

The largest moose checked in during the opening weekend was a bull with a dressed weight of 810 pounds and an antler spread of 43 inches, taken in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) D-1 in Bethlehem by Shawn Couture of Phillipston, Mass.

The all-women team of Teresa Shackford of Madison, N.H., and her sub-permittee Heidi Bliss-Libby of West Baldwin, Maine, took a 530-pound bull in WMU C-2.

Another success story from C-2 was a delighted Stanley Magdziarz of Hooksett, N.H., who took a 770-pound bull. Now 78 years old, Magdziarz has been entering the moose hunt lottery since it began in 1988, and this was the first time his name was drawn.

Moose hunter and Fish and Game furbearer biologist Patrick Tate of Hudson, N.H., and his wife were headed out to hunt in Success, N.H., on the first day of the hunt, but stopped to help some young people fix a disabled pickup truck. Two Fish and Game Conservation Officers saw his generous action, and suggested some hunting areas and offered to help with retrieval if they were not involved in a mission. The next morning, Tate, who was the subpermittee on his wife’s antlerless-only permit, shot a 630-pound cow about a quarter mile into a timber cut, an area of dense blowdowns. Tate called the COs, who were involved in a rescue. It soon concluded, and before long they were on hand to help Tate drag the moose out with the aid of a four-wheeler. “Had I not stopped to help those people, I never would have encountered the COs!” said Tate.

Kristine Rines reported that, “We are noticing that some of the moose coming in are in good shape, while others are quite thin. Overall, we don’t seem to be seeing a lot of ticks on the moose this year. The whole purpose of the mortality study now underway is to determine whether there is something in addition to the ticks that is impacting the state’s moose population.”

Rines explained that biologists at the moose check stations are also taking blood samples to test for West Nile Virus and EEE, and taking liver and kidney samples to check for the presence of heavy metals, in particular cadmium.

Fish and Game manages New Hampshire’s moose population in accordance with density goals defined in its 2006-2015 moose management plan. This plan seeks to meet regional moose population goals by balancing and incorporating social, economic, public safety and ecological factors, using the best available science.

New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt continues through Sunday, October 26, 2014. This year, more than 10,000 people entered the moose hunt lottery for a chance to win one of the 124 permits drawn for the New Hampshire moose hunt. In addition two permits are auctioned off by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, and one permit is given to a young person with a serious illness through the “Hunt of a Lifetime” program.

For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a list of check stations, click here.

Get into the spirit of the adventure by getting your own limited-edition 2014 New Hampshire moose hunt commemorative shirt.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit their website.


Last Chance to Register to Vote in Londonderry Before Elections

The Supervisors of the Voter Checklist will be at Town Hall on Saturday October 25, 2014 to register any unregistered voters wishing to vote in the November elections. The Supervisors will be available from 10 AM until noon.

This will be the last day for anyone who has not been previously registered to do so before the General Election to be held November 4, 2014. Proof of citizenship, identity, and residency will be required to register, or affidavits may be signed.

The Town Hall is located at 268B Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH.


Public Hearing to be Held for Nonresident Student License Rules

A public hearing will be held on October 30 to discuss rules regarding the application process for the new nonresident student licenses for hunting and fishing in New Hampshire. The licenses were authorized by a law passed earlier this year. The hearing is set for Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 12 noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

As of August 10, 2014, full-time students attending school in New Hampshire may purchase non-resident fishing (freshwater or recreational saltwater) or hunting licenses at resident rates. Students may be in high school, college or graduate school. To get the reduced rate, they must show a valid, current school ID and be registered for at least 12 credit hours per semester.

Nonresident student licenses are sold only at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord NH 03301, in person or by mail. For more information, call 603-271-3422.

“The new nonresident student license is an opportunity to encourage people who are studying in New Hampshire to participate in outdoor recreational activities,” said Fish and Game Legal Coordinator Evan Mulholland. “The rules currently being proposed simply provide details on the application process for this license, which is already available.”

The complete rulemaking notices, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed online here.

Written comments must be received by November 6, 2014. Send to: comments(at)wildlife.nh.gov (use subject line “Comments on Nonresident Student Licenses”); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to 603-271-1438.