Oct312014

Londonderry Resident Honored by New England Water Works Association

Harry T. Stewart, P.E., of Londonderry received the 2014 State Leadership Award for New Hampshire from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.

“This award honors Harry’s career-long commitment and contributions to promoting and protecting drinking water supplies and public health. For years, he has been recognized as a regional and national leader in developing and implementing policies related to public water supply,” said Raymond J. Raposa, NEWWA’s executive director.

Stewart recently retired as director of the Water Supply Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), an agency that he served since 1980. In this position, he fostered cooperation and consensus-building among various New Hampshire stakeholders working toward the common goal of safe and reliable drinking water, said Raposa.

During this time, he worked for many years in the drinking water supply program of the Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission before managing the newly formed Groundwater Protection Bureau after the creation of the Department of Environmental Services. Stewart then managed the DES oil and hazardous waste cleanup programs before becoming director of the Water Division.

He is former chair of the New England Water Pollution Control Commission and former long-time member of its executive committee. He is also a past president and board member of the national Association of Clean Water Administrators, which presented him with its highest honor, the Environmental Statesman Award, in 2013. He also served on NEWWA’s first Cross Connection Control and Groundwater Committees.

Earlier in his career, he received the Above and Beyond Award from the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association.

Stewart received a B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in sanitary engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Northeastern University. He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire. He and his wife, Sue, have two children: Andrew, a chemical engineer at a California winemaker, and Elizabeth, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

The New England Water Works Association is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region’s water works professionals and the public interest. It is the oldest and most active regional water works association in the United States. For more than a century, NEWWA has worked to improve and sustain public water supplies, protect public health and safety, and advance the water supply profession. Visit newwa.org for further information.

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Oct312014

Bruce Cockburn, Marshall Crenshaw/Bottle Rockets, and More Just Booked in Londonderry!

Ticket Update
ANNA NALICK – Only 40 tickets remain!
RENAISSANCE- Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Only 17 tickets remain!
ERIC JOHNSON – Both Shows SOLD OUT!
CARL PALMER – Selling Fast!
LIVING COLOUR – SOLD OUT!
ART ALEXAKIS of Everclear – Selling Fast!
CARBON LEAF – SOLD OUT!
LOS LONELY BOYS – Selling Fast!
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – Selling Fast!
THE WEIGHT – Selling Fast!
Y&T – Selling Fast!

This Week
October 31 JIM WEIDER’S Project Percolator
This show has been cancelled. If you purchased tickets, your credit card has been refunded.

November 1 RENAISSANCE
The career paths of bands with long and rich histories are akin to fingerprints; no two are identical. No such statement could be more appropriately applicable than to the forty-four year career of British progressive rock pioneers Renaissance.

The band, acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, can trace its’ origins back to 1969 when Yardbird founding members, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty left fellow band mates to organize a new group devoted to the experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms.

New Bookings
January 23 MARSHALL CRENSHAW and THE BOTTLE ROCKETS
Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base. After an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, the Michigan-bred musician began his recording career with the now legendary indie single “Something’s Gonna Happen,” on Alan Betrock’s seminal Shake label. His growing fame in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released his self-titled 1982 debut album. With such classics as “Someday, Someway” and “Cynical Girl,” that LP established Crenshaw as one of his era’s preeminent tunesmiths — a stature that was confirmed by subsequent albums.

The Bottle Rockets have been making some of the most incisive, literate and lighter-raising American music for going on eighteen years now. And some of the loudest, with a reputation built on a rough and tumble snarl honed by a thousand nights on stages around the world. But that only speaks to part of the story of the Bottle Rockets. So many bands, when you unplug the amps, you find that the emperor has no clothes, that the songs collapse in the quiet; it was the thrill of the tables rattling and ears ringing that sold the goods; the cold of the beer, the heat of the moment.

April 16 PAULA COLE
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, and Katherine McPhee to name a few. From a small town in Massachusetts Paula Cole was raised in a musical family with whom she and her daughter remain close. Cole is a scholarship alumna from Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, received her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and has collaborated with many jazz artists. Paula teaches and gives clinics in a spirit of giving back to the circle of music. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication online and after her live shows. As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, “This Fire”, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990’s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.

May 5 BRUCE COCKBURN
With over 25 albums to his credit, Bruce Cockburn is a veteran of the music business. Primarily a folk/rock based singer/songwriter, his music has also encompassed many other styles, including jazz, blues, reggae, and other world musics. He is a keen interpreter of his environment, both external and internal. A skilled lyricist and musician, his music is always evolving.

June 19 ALBERT CUMMINGS
Breaking every cliché’ associated with the blues while producing some of the most powerful music of the 21st century comes as natural to Albert Cummings as swinging a hammer while constructing one of his award-winning custom built homes. The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. Like everything he tackles, he threw himself headlong into the pursuit, going to festivals and winning several picking contests in high school. Before graduating he heard the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, and was floored by the virtuosity. While in college in 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve.

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Oct312014

Wildcat Championship Weekend

The Londonderry Wildcats, Londonderry’s youth cheerleading and football program, are headed to championship weekend.

State Football Championships !!!

For the first time in Wildcat history, not one but two Wildcat teams are headed to state championships.

NH AYF youth football has 27 programs offering football in flag through grade 8.  The Grade 4, 5, 6 ,7, and 8th grade teams compete for state championships.  Of the 120+ football  teams in NH, 26 of them make the championship series.  After quarter finals and semifinals the final two teams in each of division remain.

The Wildcats Grade 4 team and Wildcat Grade 7 team are two of the final ten teams standing.

Grade 4 Wildcats vs. Pelham

Having defeated Windham 18 to 6 in the quarter finals and Nashua PAL 12 to 0 in the semi-finals the Wildcats advance to play Pelham in the state Grade 4 championship.  The Wildcats stingy defense and imaginative-fun offense is prepared to play Pelham.  Pelham is the #1 seed having defeated Derry 31 to 0 in the other semi-final.

Grade 7 Wildcats vs. Salem

The Grade 7 team has been on a tear this playoff season.  In the quarter finals they pulled ahead of Goffstown 21 to 0 in the 2nd quarter and coasted to a 48 to 14 mercy-rule victory.   Meeting their “arch rivals” Pelham in the semifinals the Cats pulled ahead 21 to 0 at the half and held on for a wild 34 to 32 victory.  They play the #1 seed Salem who squeaked by Windham 20 to 12 in the other semi-final game.

Both of these games are Sunday at the new turf facility at Laconia High School this weekend.

New Hampshire State Chearleading Championships

The Wildcat Cheerleaders four teams strong competed in the local Bedford and Derry cheerleading competitions.  This Saturday, November 1st, the Wildcats will be competing in the NH AYF Cheerleading Championships at SNHU in Manchester.  With a victory at states it’s on to New England regions and a potential trip to nationals in Florida.  Seven out of the past ten years your Londonderry Wildcats have advanced to nationals.

Grade 3 Football – Super Bowl in Nashua

This Saturday Nashua will be hosting the Grade 3 Super Bowl.  Grade 3 football is instructional and teams from all of NH are invited to this all day round-robin tournament.  Four times in the past ten years the Wildcats out of 27 football programs in NH AYF have been crowned Super Bowl Champions.

ALSO – Ty Belville & Evan Cormier Londonderry Wildcat 8th graders were selected to play in the NH Grade 8 All Star Team.  This NH team will be playing in Orlando this December and your Londonderry boys will be playing on a national stage.

Good Luck to all the Wildcats.  Today Wildcats…………tomorrow Lancers

Photos courtesy of Renee Rheaume

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Oct312014

NBA Top Teams to Watch

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.

 

The NBA has officially started and I could not be more excited! I am a huge basketball fan and I am very excited to see what this year’s season has in store. There have been so many major changes made since last season and it is going to be very interesting to see how everything plays out. Will LeBron be as dominate as expected? Are the Spurs still the team to beat? Lebron JamesWill there be any surprises this year, could there possibly be an under dog ready to rise to the top? Here is my breakdown of the top teams to watch this season:

My top team to watch is without a doubt the Cleveland Cavaliers, simply because of LeBron James. I am by no means saying that I think the Cavs will win the NBA Championships this year, I actually don’t think that will be the case because of the lack of time the team has spent together. However, despite the fact that they are not my pick to win they are still the team to watch. LeBron’s transition back to Cleveland and into this new team is going to be fascinating to watch in the upcoming months. James will be sharing the court with what could be another great big three, with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. All three of these players are dominate on their own, but like we saw when LeBron first went to Miami, it will take sometime for these guys to gel together.

Next on my list is the defending champion Spurs. The Spurs haven’t change much since last year, and they are a team with potential to repeat this USA with NBA teams as statesyear. They have looked a little weak in pre-season play recording a disappointing record of 2-5, but don’t let that worry you. They will bounce back quickly. The NBA season is a long one and they have plenty of time to be a title contending team once again.

My next team to watch is the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are a team that hasn’t been on my radar for quite sometime now. I know their record last season wasn’t bad, but they really haven’t caught my attention until now. They have a new coach in Steve Kerr and one of the best benches in the league. The Warriors could definitely surprise a lot of people with a new style and strong depth throughout their team.

Next, I will be watching the LA Clippers. The Clippers will begin their first season in the Post-Donald Sterling Era. This is a team to pay attention to NBA imageboth on the court and off. The coverage they received last year thanks to the Donald Sterling issue, took the team’s focus off of basketball. This season the hope is that basketball will be able to remain the team’s sole focus, if that can be done the Clippers will be tough to beat.

Finally, the Bulls. I feel like I have been waiting for the Bulls to erupt for years. Derrick Rose is expected to be completely available for the Bulls for the entirety of the season and if he stays healthy the Bulls are going to be strong. The only worry is whether or not Rose will be the Rose that everyone is expecting to see, it is imperative that Rose performs like his old self if the Bulls want to be a top team this year.

That is all for this week. Keep an eye out for these teams as the NBA gets started and let me know what you think!

Happy Halloween Everyone!Basketball

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Oct302014

5th Annual Trunk or Treat

Looking for some safe Halloween fun and trick or treating? Stop by the Londonderry Christian Church on Friday, October 31st between 6 and 8 p.m. for the 5th annual Trunk or Treat event! Trunk or Treat will be held inside our building this year!

Free candy and fun for all—stop by before you wrap up your Halloween this year! You and your child will be able to stop at each decorated table for candy and fun! This will be a safe place for you to come Trick or Treat on Halloween Night!

Londonderry Christian Church 372 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry, NH

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Oct302014

Has Anybody Seen My State Representative?

When Londonderry voters elected their state representatives in 2010 and 2012, they expected that these individuals would faithfully represent their constituents at the State House in Concord. Unfortunately, those expectations have not been met by several members of our Londonderry delegation. A review of the voting records of our state representatives finds that four of them have missed an astounding 20-68% of the roll call votes from 2011-2014; three of these representatives have missed 35%-68% in each of the last three years.

It is a privilege to represent the citizens of Londonderry and to give voice to their needs and their concerns. Voting yea or nay on the issues that confront the people of New Hampshire, and particularly, the voters of Londonderry, is the primary duty and responsibility of our state legislators. To not exercise that right is to violate the trust of the people who elected you to that office. As you can see from the table below, Bob Introne missed over 30% of the roll call votes during 2011-2013 period and almost 50% of the votes in 2014. Dave Lundgren has missed at least 45% of the roll call votes from 2011-2013 and 61% in 2014. Dan Tamburello missed 51.8% in 2012, 35.6% in 2013 and a staggering 67.7% of the roll call votes in 2014.

Lisa Whittemore
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes N/A N/A 1 2
Total Votes available N/A N/A 222 282
%  of Votes Missed N/A N/A 0.5 0.7
Betsy McKinney
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 57 38 43 64
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 20.9 12.1 19.4 23
Al Baldasaro
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 13 7 39 10
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 4.8 2.2 17.6 3.5
Bob Introne
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 84 113 85 135
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 30.8 36.1 38.3 47.9
Dave Lundgren
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 129 146 111 172
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 47.3 46.6 50 61
Sherman Packard
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 44 68 21 81
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 16.1 22 9.5 28.7
Dan Tamburello
2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Missed Votes 20 162 79 191
Total Votes available 273 313 222 282
%  of Votes Missed 7.3 51.8 35.6 67.7

Source: NH General Court: Roll Call Votes

At a time when the needs and concerns of our state and of our community are so great, we have elected and re-elected state representatives who are absent in their voting duties and responsibilities at remarkably, and unacceptably, high rates. All seven of our state representatives are seeking re-election on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. Those representatives who have so clearly demonstrated either an inability or an unwillingness to attend to their elected duties ought not to be seeking re-election. A state representative has a responsibility to actively represent the interests of the town through the House voting process. Londonderry has been grossly under-represented in that process and deserves a delegation that is accountable and committed to the voters of our community.

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