“Speechless” On The Road With Sherry

First Things First

***Congratulations to Wayne Hall of Londonderry for winning our contest about the shopping carts. Wayne does a lot of volunteering around town, and he has been an active member of ALERT here in town for years! Thank You Wayne for all you do.

***A local family needs all of our help. Please go to this site and give what you can! Actually give a little more even! Three of our children in town, sadly faced the loss of their mom to breast cancer three years ago and now their dad has been taken from them too. They are with their grandparents but they need our help and prayers. If you know anyone who could donate remodeling time to refinish their basement which would help with much needed living space, please help through this site.

***Elwood Orchard’s Corn Maze is Open! One of our nicest family memories will always be this Corn Maze. This year they open at 8 am to 6 pm daily and they will be opening for their Night Time Maze fun the last weekend of the month from 7 pm to 10 pm. Remember though you have to get there an hour before close in order to begin the maze. Flashlights are required. Look at this picture of Vanessa Magoon, Justin Apostol and Mackensie Farrell they were just heading into the Corn Maze Adventure about 10 years ago!!!!

I still can’t believe this one myself, but this week I hit the Road, yes “Speechless”! What an interesting thing especially for someone who loves to talk like me! Definitely something I, We, take for granted.

Monday was prescheduled for me completely. I had planned to be in my daughter’s school as a substitute teacher, something I so love doing. I thought to myself in the morning how can I conduct classes without a voice? My first class walked in and they seemed very surprised when they saw me standing at the front of the room making hand signals and pointing to the board. What a great way to get a class’s attention! I did have a tiny squeak of a voice, and they seemed to be awe struck that I was their sub!

I think they were equally surprised when they realized that the class would go as planned, but instead of a lot of words there would be more pointing and many things written on the board. Once they figured out how this would work, they got right down to business and even finished the assignment early. You never really know what a day will bring. Lots of hot tea, great kids, a new way to communicate and still being able to get the job done.

In one class it was really funny, it seemed because I was talking so softly, that set the tone of how they were talking to each other and me, very soft, hard to hear whispers, So so cute! Funny how “we” really do set the tone for so many things in our lives.

Thank Goodness the kids were great but the day kept going downhill for me health wise though. I was able to get a “cold” coke which I thought might help my growing sore throat. In a “not thinking move” I tried to balance the soda on my books and make my way down the hallway in between classes.

Well “what else could happen” did. I was moving fine and balancing everything until suddenly I tripped and the soda went flying across the floor and even splashed up onto the wall! What a picture. I did my best to grab a roll of paper towel and start blotting up the puddles. Books on floor, me on my knees like Cinderella, just soda instead of ashes, what a mess, one minute until the hall would be full of students, I was picturing the slipping and chaos I would cause. Just not enough time for me to clean the entire mess up. I tried to go as fast as I could; I knew it was hopeless.

Out of the Blue this great student named Richard, in very neat clothing I might add, started grabbing paper towel and he helped me clean up the entire mess. I kept telling him he didn’t have to help me, I didn’t want him to ruin his outfit and be late for his class but he insisted! How Great is that! I plan to surprise Richard with a bag of treats sometime next week. He sure didn’t have to help, and even with me really insisting, he gently got to work and together we were done with a few seconds to spare even. What a difference Richard made in my life, those moments. I was feeling pretty sick and beaten until he crossed my path.

Along with the idea of being pretty sick this entire week, and we all know there is so much “stuff” going around even a new virus that I had not heard of before. I did have one really great unexpected find that I want to tell you about.

When someone in our family is sick we are big believers in the old chicken soup theory to help you feel better. Our favorite is called Avgolemona Soup, a Greek Style chicken soup. When the head cook is sick, it’s just not great to make soup for yourself. One day at lunchtime I decided to look deep into my cabinet and see if I could find some kind of canned soup I could have. I wasn’t very excited about the idea of “canned” but I needed something.

I saw a can of “Its Greek to Me” Greek Style Chicken Soup I had bought just in case the girls wanted to try it, and I was curious as to how it would compare to my homemade version. I had bought it quite a long time ago. I knew I had nothing to lose and I was prepared to be disappointed, after all it was far from homemade. Well I’m only including it here; because I want you to know how really “Beyond Delicious” it was. (Bart had used this description of something a few weeks back and I could not wait to use it, and I will again somewhere down the road).

Take a look at this picture. The fresh lemony flavor surprised me and it was like heaven on my throat. It was not over salty, the chicken broth flavor was I would say a solid 9, the only thing I would add more of is the tiny pasta pieces, there were surprisingly few, which did surprise me, I never thought that would be my only complaint. This is a great one to have waiting in your cabinet or to take with you for lunch someday. What a pleasant, grateful surprise. Let me know what you think if you try it.

Well I guess it’s time to end this Speechless Endless Coughing week, finally. I do want to end with something that left me completely “Speechless” this morning at about 5am in a Gift From God kind of way! I took Shea out and something told me to walk outside with him. He went down the stairs to the grass and I just stood and looked up at the dark early morning sky. ”Speechless”. Crisp Stars, Shooting Ones, a Crescent Moon and a couple Planets too. I tried to take a picture for you on my IPhone but nothing came out, so I decided I wanted to share this free app. My friend Lisa found. It’s called Star Chart. You just hold your phone or IPad up to the night sky or day sky even and it will show you all the stars and planets. I promise you will love it and you’ll be shocked at what’s happening just above us.

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at

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Shellfishing Season Underway in NH

A shellfishing season you don’t often hear much about is now underway – the harvest of oysters in New Hampshire waters. The season for oysters runs from September through May. Only New Hampshire residents may participate, and the harvested oysters are for personal use only; no sale is allowed.

The current rule (Fis 605:016(b)) has been in place for more than 30 years and states that oysters shall be taken “by use of hand tongs or by hand.” The public is reminded that, until there is a change to this rule, the use of rakes to harvest oysters in New Hampshire is not a legal method of harvest.

An article on oystering that appeared in the July/August 2013 New Hampshire Wildlife Journal was not clear on this issue. As mentioned above, the use of rakes for harvesting oysters in New Hampshire is not currently legal.

No shucked oysters may be possessed while on or leaving New Hampshire waters. The oyster license number must be permanently marked on the outside of the container, and the harvester must carry his or her oyster license on their person. The limit is ½ bushel of unshucked oysters per day.

For more information on oystering in New Hampshire, consult the N.H. Saltwater Fishing Digest, available on the Fish and Game website.


Four Farms Bustling in Londonderry this Weekend!

Apples, pumpkins, and more, oh my! Just minutes from the coast, Massachusetts, Concord, and the Lakes Region, Londonderry’s four farms are heating up with acres of pumpkins and apples, pre-picked vegetables and fruits, and baked goods and cider, it’s easy to enjoy a local vacation! With fall colors finding their way into Londonderry trees, what a better setting than apple and pumpkin picking surrounded by beautiful fall trees?

Each Londonderry farm offers a different variety of fresh produce.

  • Elwood Orchards features a fun 14+ acre corn maze, now open, as well as hay rides, apples, shell beans and tomatoes.
  • Merril Farms has farm fresh eggs, veggies, fruits, and pick-your-own apples.
  • Sunnycrest offers fun farm animals, pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales, and fresh apple cider, and delicious baked goods at the farm stand.
  • Mack’s Apples U-Pick locations have acres of pumpkins, apples of different varieties, and even squash. The farm stand offers tons of picked pumpkins, corn, apples and cider!

Sunnycrest’s pick-your-own is open from 9 – 5 daily, and the farm stand is open from 9 – 6. Learn more here.

Mack’s Apples’ pick-your-own is open from 10 – 5 daily, and the farm stand is open from 9 – 6. Learn more here.

Merrill’s is open daily, sunrise to sunset! Learn more here.

Elwood Orchards is open from 8 – 6. Learn more here.


NFL Problems Must be Solved

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.

With all the craziness going on in the NFL with abuse cases these past few weeks, its something we have to talk about. I promise to keep it short, but it is an issue that needs to be addressed. Now I know that this may be a controversial statement; however it is a question I want out there: Is playing football connected to these violent acts?

Think about the acts of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, they were hideous and unforgivable, but were they preventable? Recent studies conducted regarding concussions and domestic violence have shown that the amount of hits a football player takes to the head, may cause damage that can be linked to increasing the inclination to commit domestic violence. From a medical prospective some would say that yes, these hideous acts were absolutely preventable.

There is also another factor that contributes to this that does not relate to the concussion issue, and that is the nature of football in general. From the time players first start playing football they are taught to be aggressive, as time progresses and the players begin to enter more competitive games, that aggressiveness is replaced with fight and straight out anger. The game is all about high-pressure situations and in those situations these players become like animals.

There is no debate that football changes the brains of the men who play it; however, what is the difference between the many players who have been arrested for domestic violence and the many who have not? Domestic Violence has been found to account for 48% of all crimes committed by NFL players, as opposed to the only 21% that it is accounted for with the rest of society. In the last 5-years more than 25 NFL players have been arrested for domestic violence. The difference can be found in types of childhoods, pop culture, family situation, number of concussions, and sometimes even game position.

If studies relating to concussions and their correlation with domestic violence continue to grow and continue to be proven accurate the NFL is going to have to do something. Whether it is new concussion treatment rules or a change that would lessen hits allowed, something must and will be done. The concussion issue is obviously the biggest issue in football for this generation of the game. It will eventually be solved, the questions is simply when. As for the domestic violence issue, violent acts on the football field can be completely opposite from acts off the field. However, as the game becomes more competitive the line between a game and life becomes thinner and thinner. In upcoming years classes about the dangers of violence or routine check-ins with players regarding life outside the field, may be some things incorporated to prevent violence from leaving the field.

No matter what choices the NFL makes or what rules they choose to enact, changes will come. My female piece of advises to them would be to involve females in some of these decisions. All of the talk regarding how to handle domestic violence issues has been between men. The NFL should consider introducing women into power positions in order to give a different perspective to these issues, the perspective from the gender that is being attacked.

Happy Friday Everyone!


A Team Challenge Fundraiser – Saturday 9/20

Meet “A,” an energetic and fun-loving 8 year old. Like most other girls, she loves One Direction, her friends, and her favorite color fluorescent yellow, a color just as bright as her smile. “A” loves the beach, arts and crafts, leopards and cheerleading. Unfortunately, about a year ago, she suddenly became ill and started having some unexplained symptoms. She has, and continues to see numerous doctors and specialists, who have yet to determine the cause of all her illnesses. Her condition is so rare, they have never seen it before. Somehow, though, through all the adversity she has faced, “A” still manages to smile and look forward to the things others may take for granted, like going back to school. That is why we are calling her “A,” to afford her and her family the privacy they deserve, and the most normal life possible for “A.” We felt compelled to help her and this is how A. Team Challenge was born.

A. Team Challenge is a non-profit organization that began as an idea and with a mission to help this little girl and her family with their surmounting medical bills, costs of daily living etc. Our hope is to be able to help the next family in need as well. We will be holding our first fundraising event, a Kid’s Obstacle Course, on Saturday September 20th Londonderry Middle School. Bring the kids, and challenge them to complete the course, but be prepared to get a little muddy along the way!

When: Saturday September 20th
Where: Londonderry Middle School
Who: Open to any child ages 5-12

Registration on the day of event is $15 per child. Maximum per family is $30.00.

Kids will be grouped by age with oldest starting first and will run in smaller groups that will start every 15
minutes. This is not a timed race but a challenge to finish. Children will be encouraged to help each other
finish, but each obstacle is geared towards the age ranges competing. Below is the estimated start times for
each age group, please be aware that these may change slightly based on the number of children that are

Registration Starts at 12:00 Please arrive at least 15 min. before set start times in order to complete liability waiver, this must be completed before anyone will be allowed to participate.

11 and 12 year olds = 12:30
9 and 10 year olds = 1:30
7 and 8 year olds = 2:30
5 and 6 year olds = 3:30

There will be food, games, and the obstacle course. So come down and support the A Team!

Questions please contact Jessica Howard-


Waffles are not Just for Breakfast Anymore

I have to say that being in my early sixties (62, to be exact) is confusing. My body and my mind are not on the same page at all. I keep thinking about the old joke where a woman glanced into her mirror and was shocked at the image looking back at her because it didn’t match the mental picture she had of herself. Years ago, I found that humorous but it’s not so funny anymore, and I imagine I am not alone.

So, I’ve decided to explore this phenomena.

In my twenties, body maintenance was not an issue. That is because everything was where it should be, and it stayed there. There were no lines or wrinkles, my skin was firm and my muscles naturally defined, and I never considered it would be any other way. I could eat what I wanted, get through a full day’s work and still have energy to go out in the evening. I could usually do a whole day of shopping without needing to use a public restroom but when I did, it never occurred to me that most of the women in there were in their 60’s. Nor did I know it was likely their third stop in two hours, or that they probably preplanned their errand route by the location of restrooms along the way.

My 30’s were okay, then my 40’s showed some minor changes, which I hated to admit. There were little crow’s feet near my eyes and I began to notice a slight amount of weight gain but these were pretty easily disguised. And I was still active enough and had energy to spare.

My 50’s shall remain unspoken of here. They were a decade of loss and heartbreak, and I have no real perspective of what they would have felt like under normal circumstances.

But hitting 60 is fresh in my mind, which I am sort of thankful for, considering that thoughts at this age tend to get lost before you can complete them. I can recall when I first noticed noticed less hair growing on my legs. It was a nice moment until I realized that it had only traveled to a different location, which happened to be my chin.

I don’t understand how certain bodily systems know the exact day you turn 60. On the last day of age 59, you are trimming your toenails using these cute little kits with small clippers and cuticle cream. On your 60th birthday, you are in the garage looking for the hedge clippers. How did your toenails know to become thick and stubborn? And where did the smooth feet go? They ran away while you were sleeping, that’s where.

My worst day came when I innocently laid my arm down on the coffee table in a certain position and saw that my skin was beginning to “waffle.” You know, that loose look where a gazillion little lines jam together in a pattern that looks like beach sand after the tide has gone out? I was horrified. And my knees are showing the same transformation. My beautiful knees are gone, the ones I so proudly showed off with mini skirts and shorts. I think this is why Capris are so popular with women my age. No one knows we are covering our wrinkly knees without totally forsaking fashion. Well, they didn’t know, until now.

My energy level fluctuates much more. A busy day is 5 or 6 errands within a mile and a half of my house. A long trip necessitates much more planning than it used to; I have to make sure there is Kleenex in the car, that my sunglasses are clean, that I have water with me. There are now a few dollars in the console “just in case” and I make sure the rear window isn’t too dirty because my eyes aren’t what they used to be. And I certainly know I will be stopping at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the bridge to get rid of one coffee before buying a fresh one, as well as taking the opportunity to stretch my stiff back. Oh, aging is fun, alright.

All you young women, take heed. Don’t get too cocky because these same things will happen to you. Your 60th birthday is out there, waiting. And I am already laughing at you and with you!