Oct202014

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.

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Oct202014

Grange Seeks Donations

Each year the Londonderry Grange looks to help in the community in a way that will make a difference.  This year is no exception.  The Grange is looking for gently used or new galoshes and knitted or other mittens that they will pass on to those in need in our area.  There will be a box outside the Grange door to collect them.  Additionally, in an effort to help those ages 12-18 who can sometimes be forgotten during the Christmas/Hanukkah season, the Grange will also be donating gift cards to places like iTunes, Barnes and Noble, McDonalds, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, etc through the established charities such as Toys for Tots.  By focusing on the teen, the Grange members hope this  will allow the teen to get something for themselves and know that they are not forgotten.  If anyone would like to donate to this effort they may stop in any Tuesday evening.  There are Grange members present during the scout meetings from 7 until about 8:30.

The Grange has come a long way these past few years.  There have been many upgrades to the building, and there are more to come.  Stop by your Grange some Tuesday evening or the second Monday of the month (when the Grange meeting is held) and see for yourself.  New members are always welcome and the meetings are always entertaining.

Finally, mark your calendars!  The annual wreath sale will take place on Saturday, December 6th.  The members will also be on hand to give a tour and offer you some popcorn or baked muffins or cupcakes as part of the bake sale that day.

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Oct202014

Londonderry Elementary School Recognized in Circle of Excellence

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, the Commissioner of Education, Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., recognized Matthew Thornton School, along with four other elementary schools from the State of New Hampshire, in the Elementary category of the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence. The Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence recognizes schools and districts that aspire to excellence by being bold and innovative in order to provide the best educational opportunities possible for our children.

Several members of the Matthew Thornton Faculty Council represented Matthew Thornton School at the Press Conference held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. They include: Kate Dolan (1st grade), Stacey Gilcreast (Music), Kelly Sarbaugh (Reading), Ann Smith (Special Curriculum), Stella Skoropowski (5th grade) and Erin Chinni (Special Education), along with Principal Sharon Putney. They were joined by Londonderry School District, Superintendent Nathan Greenberg and School Board Chair, Leitha Reilly.

In the Commissioner’s comments, she mentioned the school’s commitment to communicating with parents and community members, seeking alternative paths to learning for students and the warmth of the school environment. Congratulations to Matthew Thornton School for receiving this prestigious award.

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Oct192014

LMS to Honor Veterans

On Friday, November 7th, at 8am, members of the Londonderry Middle School Student Council and Clef Singers will be hosting a flag raising ceremony to honor the veterans who are part of our school district as well as all those who have served our country.  The ceremony will be broadcast over the intercom and filmed for broadcast over LEO21 in the future.  All members of the school district who have served are invited to attend.  Additionally, veterans are asked to send their name, rank, branch of service, year served and any special information they would like included, (location of service, awards, type of work, etc.) to chursh@londonderry.org.

Additionally, LMS will hold “Hat Day” on Oct. 31st.  Students are allowed to wear a hat for the day with a dollar donation.  Profits from hat day will benefit M.A.R. S. Veterans Group who support returning veterans and their families.

Finally, there is an ongoing effort to collect new household items from Oct. 20-Nov. 7th to support Liberty House Shelter for homeless veterans.  Students may bring in their donations and drop them in the boxes by the 8th and 6/7th grade offices.

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Oct192014

Annual Moose Hunt Underway in NH

For nine exciting days, from October 18 to 26, 2014, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt. A total of 124 permit holders were drawn in this year’s lottery, randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 10,000 applicants. In addition, two hunters will have the chance to hunt moose because they were the highest bidders in an annual auction that benefits the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, and one permit was granted to a youth with a serious medical condition through the Hunt of a Lifetime program. Last fall (2013), New Hampshire hunters had a statewide success rate of 64%.

Each hunter with a moose permit is assigned to hunt in one of 22 wildlife management units throughout the state. Most have spent the past several weeks or months scouting out potential hunting spots in their assigned areas. After taking a moose, hunters must have the animals registered and inspected at one of six check stations around the state. There, wildlife biologists check each moose to collect information about the overall health of the moose herd. Moose check stations draw many interested onlookers, a reminder of the economic and symbolic importance of moose in New Hampshire, particularly in the North Country. A list of moose check stations is posted online here.

Whether or not you’re hunting moose this year, get into the spirit of the adventure with a limited-edition 2014 New Hampshire moose hunt commemorative shirt! The new collection is available online.

As part of a sound management strategy, the moose hunt has been an annual event in New Hampshire for more than twenty years. New Hampshire’s first modern-day moose hunt took place in 1988, with 75 permits issued in the North Country. At that time, New Hampshire was home to about 1,600 moose. Today New Hampshire is home to approximately 4,000 moose.

Hunters are reminded to avoid consuming moose liver and kidney. Studies conducted by Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have revealed high levels of cadmium in some moose livers and kidneys sampled. As a result, officials from the Environmental Health Program at the N.H. Department of Environmental Services recommend that no moose kidney be eaten, and preferably no liver. If individuals do choose to eat moose liver, it should be from moose no older than 1.5 years. If the moose is older than that, consumption should be limited to a maximum of two meals (assuming six ounces per meal) of moose liver per year. Biologists at moose check stations can determine the age of the animal for hunters. If you have questions about this issue, call David Gordon, DES Environmental Health Program, at 603-271-4608.

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Oct182014

Meeting for Snowmobile Weekend to be Held

An upcoming public hearing will discuss setting respective dates for the 2015 and 2016 Tri-state Snowmobile Reciprocity Weekends, which snowmobile enthusiasts in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont look forward to each year. The hearing is set for Friday, October 24, 2014, at 12:00 noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

New Hampshire Fish and Game is proposing to set the dates for the weekend that allows reciprocity for Vermont and Maine snowmobile registrations to be January 30 through February 1, 2015; and January 29-31, 2016.

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

Written comments must be received by October 31, 2014. Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov (use subject line “Comments on Snowmobile Weekend”); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to 603-271-1438.

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