Oct012014

Largest Corn Maze in Area Opens at Night!

The area’s largest corn maze, featuring more than a dozen acres of corn rows, blind alleys, and endless loops, is now open at night. Grab a group of friends, a flashlight, and a sweater, and head to Elwood Orchards this fall for some outdoor fun during the spookiest month of the year! Beginning today, the corn maze is open both day and night.

For $9.00 per adult, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.

A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, NH. It also offers hay rides, pick your own fields and a farm stand featuring veggies and fruits like shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more. The farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!

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Oct012014

Londonderry Basketball Club Tryouts Scheduled

Players must be a Londonderry resident to tryout. Players are asked to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to register and have time to warm up.

This is tryouts for the travel part of the Londonderry Basketball Club program. Online registration for the Recreational part of the program that will take place toward the end of October. Travel basketball is a commitment of 3 or more days a week as opposed to Recreational ball which is held on Saturdays.

To be considered for a team, 5th and 6th graders are strongly encouraged to attend all three tryouts; participation in at least 2 of the 3 tryouts is required. 3rd and 4th graders must attend at least one of the tryouts, but it is strongly encouraged that they attend both. Tryouts for 7th and 8th graders will be scheduled after LMS teams are selected.

Mandatory registration and uniform sizing will be held on October 22 for those players selected to travel teams.

If you have any questions please visit the Londonderry Basketball Club website or e-mail admin(at)lbchoops.org.

Date Time (all PM) Location
3rd & 4th Grade Girls
Tuesday October 14 6:00 – 7:30 South School
Thursday October 16 6:00 – 7:30 South School
3rd & 4th Grade Boys
Wednesday October 15 6:00 – 7:30 South School
Friday October 17 6:00 – 7:30 South School
5th & 6th Grade Girls
Tuesday October 14 7:30 – 9:00 South School
Thursday October 16 7:30 – 9:00 South School
Monday October 20 6 – 7:30 South School
5th & 6th Grade Boys
Wednesday October 15 7:30 – 9:00 South School
Friday October 17 7:30 – 9:00 South School
Monday October 20 7:30 – 9:00 South School

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Sep302014

Derry Synagogue to Host Yom Kippur Services

Yom Kippur worship services at Etz Hayim Synagogue will be led by Rabbi Peter Levy, who took the Derry pulpit this August, and by cantorial soloist Dr. Albert Sandler. Rabbi Levy was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York.

The holiday begins with the traditional “Kol Nidre” liturgy on Friday, October 3, at 7:15 p.m. Saturday morning services start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with the sounding of the shofar and a community break-fast after sunset. There will be a family service at 1:30 p.m.

Etz Hayim invites everyone to visit and experience the community’s warm welcome. It is located at 1 ½ Hood Road in Derry. For more information, click here or call (603) 432-0004.

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Sep302014

Tour to be Held at Doyle Horse Farm Sunday

Part of the outlined property has been offered to be sold to the Town. Click for larger image.

The public is invited to visit the Doyle Horse Farm located at 22 Kimball Road in Londonderry on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 1 PM. The owner, Leah Doyle, and members of the Londonderry Conservation Commission will lead a tour of the property. Doyle has offered to sell a conservation easement to the town over her property at a price that is steeply discounted from its appraised value.

Directions: From the stop light at the intersection of Litchfield Road and Mammoth Road, head west on Litchfield Road. Proceed through the stop sign at the intersection with High Range Road and take an immediate left on Kimball Road. The entrance to the Doyle Horse Farm is just past the fourth house on the right.

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Sep302014

The Official Questionnaire, Again

Please note, this is a reprint from September, 2013.

We’ve all received them in the mail. Those “questionnaires” that just want to know what we think about the burning issues of the day. Many of mine are from political and social groups – the State Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, groups concerned about abortion, a million or so PACs – all apparently extremely concerned about what Joe thinks of blah, blah, blah. And of course, many of them are good causes. Well… some of them. And at the end of each of these very valuable surveys, of course, they’d like me to donate $25, $50, $75 or $100. I don’t even glance through the questionnaires anymore. I just go to the end and laugh about how much money they think we must have to donate to their cause. Then I donate their survey to the trash recycling bin. With all the others. Hey, if you want me to donate to something just ask. A fluffy questionnaire doesn’t impress me.

But there is one questionnaire I received last week that I just needed to share with you. It was from the Arbor Day Foundation. Sure, it was an insult to my intelligence. Sure, they wanted a donation of “$10, $20, $30 or More $_____.” The $20 amount was circled, by the way, with an asterisk telling me that this amount will “especially help” – in addition to my ten free trees, they would plant ten more trees in one of our nation’s forest. I guess the trees don’t get planted if I only donate $10…

But it was the survey itself – Questionnaire #NH00880, dontchaknow – that caught my eye. “Section 1: About You” was the typical set of questions about age, education, work, kids. The boring stuff that everyone lies about – especially age and income.

But “Section 2: About Trees” was a real step up. The questions required a yes or no answer – but if they had allowed for write-in answers, here’s what I would have responded:
1.) Have you ever climbed a tree? You betcha. I’ve climbed trees, stairs, the wall… even hell a time or two.
2.) When you were a child, did you ever play under or amongst trees? Amongst? Who uses that word other than the Amish? Do they play amongst their trees?
3.) Did you ever collect leaves, acorns or pine cones for a school project – or just for fun? I collected them primarily to irritate my mother. But the nuns did make us use them for school projects. My mother didn’t like those when we brought them home either.
4.) Did you ever relax in the shade of a tree? Only after I climbed it with an Amish kid.
5.) Do you think the Paper Birch is an appropriate choice as the state tree of NH? I think a wooden one would be stronger. Then I could climb it. With the Amish kid.
6.) Do you think residents of NH care more about trees than people in the rest of the country? I think they care just as much about people in the rest of the country as they do about trees. Even though trees are people too.
7.) Can you identify the trees near your home? Yes. There’s that big one on the left and the five tall ones in the front. Oh, and that loner in the corner of the yard named Jake. Watch out for that rascal.
8.) Have you ever planted a tree? Yes, with my bare hands. I’ve planted my feet too.
9.) Would you be willing to spare a few dollars to help the Arbor Day Foundation plant more trees? Probably. Would they still plant them if I didn’t? Or do I need to give that $20 with the asterisk?
Now that was an enjoyable questionnaire! And I did send them twenty bucks. Because you know those five tall trees I mentioned in Question 7? The Arbor Day Foundation sent me those 15 years ago…and they’re 30-foot tall Blue Spruces now. Not a bad investment for $20. I wonder if the Amish get a better deal?

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Sep292014

Free Hunting Workshop Series Continues Wednesday

Get an edge on that big buck in the woods this fall by coming to a free deer hunting talk by local hunting expert Dave Priebe on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 7 PM at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. No preregistration is required.

Whitetail deer hunting in New Hampshire can be challenging. Priebe’s presentation, “Hunting Dominant Bucks,” takes some of the mystery out of it.

“Scouting is more than knowing that deer are around. It’s getting to know that deer you’re after,” said Priebe. “My talk will enhance your scouting skills and give you insight into the world of the whitetail.”

Priebe will provide in-depth information on the rut — the phases of male whitetail deer breeding and behavior — and other key knowledge of deer biology that will help increase your odds of locating and harvesting a dominant whitetail buck. Get some important insights on hunting techniques and strategy during each rut phase; areas of greatest deer activity; and the effects of food, water, weather and humans on deer behavior.

A seasoned outdoorsman, Dave Priebe is a lifelong naturalist and a volunteer New Hampshire hunter education instructor. He is also a Quaker Boy Game Calls pro-staff member.

The talk is part of a series of free evening outdoor adventure talks being offered at the N.H. Fish and Game Department through October 15. See the full lineup online.

For more information on hunting in New Hampshire, and to buy your license online, click here.

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