Nancy Irwin, 81, of Pelham, NH

Nancy Irwin, 81, of Pelham, NH, died Monday July 21, 2014 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry, NH, after a period of declining health. She was born in Stoughton, MA, June 13, 1933 and was a daughter of the late Louis and Christina (Jackson) Hanks. She was a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln and was named after Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. She moved to NH in 1970 and was a resident of Londonderry from 1981 until she relocated to Pelham in 2010.

At the time of her retirement, Nancy worked at Delta Education. In her younger years, she was active in the 4H Club and spent a few summers as a Junior Counselor. She showed her patriotism as a young girl by helping her mother clean and make up cots at the local canteen for traveling servicemen during WWII. Nancy was proud of her Scottish heritage and went to several Highland games with her husband. She was a member of the Clan Gordon and traveled to Scotland, where she visited her mother’s birthplace.

Nancy enjoyed quilting, crafts, oil and towle painting, but her greatest love was her children and grandchildren. She was a longtime member of the Londonderry United Methodist Church, and the Londonderry Seniors where she served on the Elder Affairs Committee. She was also a member of Board of Directors of Nutfield Senior Housing in Derry.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Janice White of Reading, MA, Carol and Joseph Grace of Lowell, MA, Diane and Bertram Cohen of Andover, MA, Sandra and Steven Massey of Warrenton, VA and Edward and Michele Irwin of Manchester, NH, 15 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, a brother, Louis Hanks of CA., several nephews, a niece and cousins. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward J. Irwin in 2004 and by grandson, George Sumner in 2004

After cremation, she will be buried next to her husband on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:30pm at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday the 26th at 11:30 am, at the Londonderry United Methodist Church, 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Londonderry UMC at the address above.

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


Special Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits Selling Fast

Hunters who still want the chance to take additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons should act fast, as Unit M permits are selling out quickly. Again this year, a total of up to 4,000 permits are being sold. As of July 21, approximately 600 permits were left. If you are interested in purchasing a Unit M permit, you should act fast while they are still available.

Interested hunters can purchase Unit M permits in the following ways:

  • Online
  • Over the counter at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord
  • By mail using the printable application. Or call (603) 271-3422 to request an application by mail.

Hunters should be aware that NEW this year, all Unit M permits come with 2 deer tags at a cost of $26 plus a transaction fee. These permits are no longer sold with a 1-tag option. This change was made in an attempt to increase harvest rates in WMU M without increasing hunter density in the area.

Archery, muzzleloader and firearms hunters may use these special permits on any day during those seasons for which they are legally licensed. Youth hunters are eligible to purchase the permits. Applicants also must hold a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license.


Enter the NH Moose Hunt Auction

The deadline for the 2014 NH Moose Hunt Auction is fast approaching, so if you want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, it’s time to get your bid in! Two moose hunt permits are available through the annual auction, which benefits the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.  Bids must be received by August 8, 2014. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website or by calling 603-496-2778.

Update on Special for 2014, Courtesy of LHR Sporting Arms, Rochester, NH, the highest winning bidder was to receive a 50% off coupon towards the LHR’s new RCF Centerfire Rifle.  This newly designed rifle has the option of 7 interchangeable barrel configurations on one receiver, and changes easily without tools in under a minute!   Due to an unanticipated production delay, the RCF Centerfire Rifle will not be available until mid-2015, so we are offering the winning bidder a free LHR Muzzleloader of their choice, or he or she can choose to wait for a free RCF Centerfire Rifle when it becomes available next year.  The next four highest bidders will receive a free New Hampshire 2014 fishing, hunting, bear or turkey license of their choosing.

As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders. Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives and education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, such as Canine Search & Rescue, Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, The Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief, Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Center, Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Program, aerial stocking of remote trout ponds, Operation Land Share, Low Plains Stewardship Endowment, 2013 North American Moose Conference, Wild Times for Kids magazine, and the National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Expo.

Last year, the auction garnered 19 bids from nine states, with the highest bid at $10,000. Winners came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin and Washington.

Successful bidders in the 2014 auction will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program. Winning auction permit holders will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of their choice, and will be responsible for purchasing their own 2014 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit.  Individuals who received a permit in the 2014 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are subject to the rules of the lottery, and will not be eligible to participate in the auction.  A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation; potential bidders should check with their tax advisors to determine eligibility.

Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, and licenses and can be found here.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Wildlife Foundation of New Hampshire has supported many Fish and Game projects through grants, donations and sponsorships.  The Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations throughout the year from individuals as well as institutions, and provides access to PayPal through its website for donor convenience. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, click here or call 603-496-2778.


Leach Library News for August 2014

Library Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday: 10 AM to 2 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM

Young Adult News
Summer Reading Program- August Meetings
All meetings are held in the downstairs meeting room from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and are open to all students entering grades 6 – 12.  Snacks and drinks are served at all meetings.  You might win one of the door prizes which will be raffled off to lucky participants.

Thursday, August 7: Science Fiction
What is Science Fiction?  Come and take part in a fun quiz to see what you already know.  Then we will create a story together, creating our own science fiction themed world.

Thursday, August 14: Pizza Party and Raffle Draw
It is time to celebrate your achievements!  Come and enjoy pizza, chips and beverages and bring a dessert item to share with the group.  We will be drawing the raffle prizes and a lot of smaller door prizes.

Keep turning in your raffle tickets until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014 for a chance to win one of the large raffle prizes.  Keep reading and filling out your reading log.  Turn this in by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 to be eligible to win the Janice Anagnos Memorial Grand Prize and Certificate that goes to the participant who reads the most books from June 2 to September 6, 2014.

Reference Desk News
Adult Summer Reading Program
The Leach Library’s fifth Adult Summer Reading Program is well underway and will continue until Saturday, August 30.  Adult library-card holders still have a chance to participate, so come in and sign-up. Staff at the Reference Desk will be taking registrations throughout the summer.

Upon registration, participants will receive an informational sheet and a tic-tac-toe card to be filled out during the month of August. The tic-tac-toe card can be turned in when three blocks in a row are completed. You will then be entered into a drawing to win a prize at the end of the program.  Remember to swing by the Reference Desk to collect tickets for every book you read.

This month, our “Literary Elements” Adult Summer Reading Program display theme is Mad Scientists. The display will feature fiction and nonfiction books and DVDs such as Charles Darwin: Destroyer of Myths, by Andrew Norman, What is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas, and Why They Matter, by Jeffrey Bennett; and My Brief History, by Stephen Hawking.  Participants can pick up this month’s Scientist Matching Game on the central display table to see if they know how these scientists are famous and correct entries will be entered into a raffle. Our weekly drawings will continue throughout the summer with plenty of fantastic prizes left to be raffled off.  Also available for a chance to win in August are gift certificates generously donated by local merchants.

Children’s Room News
Summer Reading Program 2014
Below is a list of the special programs and performers that will be held at the library this month. Each program is open to 90 participants and advance registration is required. Registration for these programs is the Thursday prior to the event. To register, call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.

Zoology Book Bingo: Visit the library on Monday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to play a fun picture version of the popular game. Every participant will win and be able to choose books from our special selection table.  Registration is required.

Sing Along with Nappy’s Puppets: Join Jim Napolitano at the library on Wednesday, August 6 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. as he uses amazing shadow puppets to lead an enthusiastic sing along to some all-time favorite children’s songs. Participants will be treated to an afternoon of music and singing fun.  Registration is required.

Summer Reading prize bags can be claimed starting on Monday, August 11.

Final Festivities!!
This year we will be winding down our summer with a week of special programs.   Advance registration for these special programs is required and begins on Thursday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. To register, call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room. The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, August 11, we will take a trip to Polar Worlds from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cool off at the library with some stories of the coldest places on earth. From the animals that live there to the stunning scenery and amazing mysteries of nature, these stories will leave you wishing for a few snow- flakes to fall. Each participant will leave with a plush arctic friend.

Tuesday, August 12, come All Aboard trains at the library from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ride the rails during this exciting program. Participants will hear the stories of different types of trains, from the super-fast to the slow and steady, and sing some well-known train songs. Each participant will receive a wooden train whistle.

Wednesday, August 13, explore Bubbleology when the library hosts Keith Michael Johnson’s program from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. During this exciting program, participants will explore solids, liquids, films, tension and pressure and watch Keith use inventive tools and techniques to make bubbles like you’ve never imagined before.

Thursday, August 14, meet Alligators and Crocodiles of the World at the library from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rainforest Reptile Shows’ crocodile specialist will take you from the birth of crocodilians to adulthood and the many stages in between. After the program you will have a chance to get up close and personal with some of our alligator and crocodile friends. Animals may include an alligator, crocodile and caiman (live animals).

Those who haven’t yet reached their goal are still invited to attend the special programs.  They can pick up their prize bag from the Children’s Room when they have reached their goal, until closing on Saturday, September 6.


John R. (Tarbox) Starr, 81, formerly of Londonderry, NH

John R. (Tarbox) Starr, 81, formerly of Londonderry, NH passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at his daughter’s home in Chester. He was born on March 15, 1933 in Boston, MA a son of the late Ralph and Stella Tarbox. Mr. Starr proudly served his country with both the US Marines and the US Air Force. In his younger days, he was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed target shooting. He was employed by Daniels Printing for many years, starting out as a printer and retiring as Supervisor of printing. He enjoyed going out to eat but especially loved a good home cooked meal. He will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Rosita (Rader) Starr, his beloved children, Jack Tarbox, Lisa Culver, Gina Novak, John Kierkiewicz, and Judith Doyle, seven grandchildren, three siblings, Ralph Tarbox, Doug Tarbox, and Carolyn Siegel as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4 – 7pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry with a funeral service to begin at 7:00pm in the funeral home.

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


Motor Vehicle Accident on 93 North

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at approximately 5:18pm, New Hampshire State Police – Troop B Troopers came upon a rollover accident northbound on 93, in the vicinity of the Exit 7 on ramp, in the city of Manchester.  Upon their arrival to the scene, Troopers observed the vehicle, a 2008 Subaru Outback, which was resting on its roof in the right breakdown lane of the Exit 7 on ramp and beginning to catch on fire.

Several good Samaritans were on scene and were attempting to offer assistance when the Troopers arrived.  Two of these individuals were active members of the U.S. Army.  Capt. Robert Burnham of the 12th Civil Support Team based out of Concord as well as Lee Kershaw of the Manchester U.S. Army Recruiting office.

The operator of the vehicle, identified as Michelle Maslanka, Age 35, of Laconia, NH, was trapped inside the vehicle as the vehicle was catching fire.  Tr. Juan Infante had to break the front window in order to gain access to Maslanka to provide aid as others extinguished the fire.  Maslanka’s six year old daughter was removed from the vehicle by a good Samaritan and removed from the immediate area.  Once Manchester Fire & Rescue Personnel arrived on scene they were able to extricate Maslanka from the vehicle.  Both Maslanka and her daughter were transported by ambulance to the Elliot Hospital for treatment.  Maslanka suffered non-life threatening injuries and was admitted to the hospital for treatment.  Maslanka’s six year old daughter was treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries.

The initial investigation, comprised of witness statements and roadway evidence, indicated that as the Subaru was traveling north on Interstate 93 for an unknown reason it veered to the right across the median at the Exit 7 on ramp, across the Exit 7 on ramp then off the right side of the ramp where it then struck a rock ledge which caused the vehicle to rollover and come to final rest in the right side break down lane on its roof as it began to catch on fire.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Manchester Fire Department and the Department of Transportation.  The Exit 7 on ramp in this area was limited to one lane for approximately 60 minutes while the accident was investigated.

This accident investigation is active and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Ryan Hajjar at the NH State Police – Troop B barracks at 603-666-3333.