I am alive again as another Old Home Day is one for the history books. Don’t forget to save the week for the 112th Old Home Day Celebration August 17, – 21, 2011.
This year’s senior night went on without a hitch. The weather was perfect, the band was great and the food was delicious. Wednesday morning found a few of us baking cookies in the Londonderry High School cafeteria. What a setup that was! We baked 387 chocolate chip cookies in one hour. Nancy Faucon, head of Food Services at Londonderry, was wonderful. Sharon, Cindi, Carole, and Mary- thanks for the help making the cookies. With that completed, we headed to the Lion’s Hall to get the food ready. Carole, Sharon and Gladys worked all day on their famous potato salad. The Lion’s did a great job cooking.
Kidz night, the pictures say it all. Tammy and Tim Siekmann ran that event this year. This was their first time and they both did a great job. Tammy wanted to let everyone know, “Tim and I would like to thank all of those who participated in the Kidz Night booths, performances, and behind the scenes. Everyone could not have been more helpful in making this a great success for our first year hosting. I also would like to thank Adrianna Komst for doing such a great job all of the past years in order for us to have such a smooth transition. We truly look forward to next year and everyone’s participation in the following years to come!” I enjoyed seeing Sponge Bob and the Mouse couple again this year. I can’t wait to see who comes to visit next year.
Friday night was the concert and fireworks. We never have enough fireworks. Hopefully the Town Council will see fit to restore the Old Home Day committee budget back to $10,000 from the $7,000. If the crowd’s discussion is any indication, I know where most of the money will be applied. Souled Out was wonderful; people were dancing in the street, singing along — just a party night atmosphere. After the fireworks people were ready to go. Many asked, “Hey, have the band play another set.” I love those signs on the building about what cannot happen on school property; I think it was pretty much forgotten Friday night. Thanks to the Friends of Music for setting up the whole event. Great work, outstanding evening, and good luck as you move forward to the Rose Bowl Parade.
Saturday the Weather Gods blessed us, and it showed. The 5K Road Race had over 300 runners and this year was perfect running weather. Peabody Row was closed for the first time thanks to Chet Ham’s hard work. We did have a reviewing stand this year, thanks to Fortin Storage of Londonderry. Thanks Mark, you saved us. The parade seemed to have a little voodoo over it this year. We had a couple of Shriner crashes, an injured parade walker, and the sound system blew out but came back on about 1/3 of the way into the parade. LFD was so busy that not one piece of town equipment could be in the parade this year. At least people didn’t have to wait long for mutual aid, thanks to all of the other departments that participated in the Parade. LPD was working pretty hard as well and at one point had to call in extra backup.
We almost lost the Marines. At 10:00 AM, parade workers mentioned that a van of young Marines had come for parade lineup. They were told to park at the end of the parade route. The worker forgot to add that they would be returned on the shuttle. Fearing we would never see the Marines again, we dispatched one of the motorcycle officers. Moments before the parade was schedule to start, the shuttle pulled into the Middle School. When the doors opened, the question was asked, “Do you have our Marines?” With a smile, “Yes” was the reply. The Marines had landed and we could start the parade. The shuttle tried to get one more run in before the road was closed with no luck. Even the Manchester-Boston Airport shuttle got trapped along the parade route. Because one driver would not listen to instructions we had a car in the parade that belonged to no one, I think they pulled out near the High School.
It was rather funny that the party that preaches green responsibility had two tractor trailers puffing along the parade route, and a Republican for Governor candidate pulled along a French Fry float using recycled fry oil. Look at the irony in that. I got really hungry when that float went by. I would also like to make mention of a certain Republican candidate for State Rep, with No Parking Signs everywhere, still parked his truck on the common. You political candidates, we can’t live with you and we can’t live without you. Maybe I should rethink that end of that statement.
We would like to thank Governor Lynch for attending and leading the parade. It is an honor that he has attended year after year. The parade committee would also like to thank the candidates that took time out of their busy schedules to personally attend our event. Included were Candidates for Governor John Stephen, Jack Kimball, Frank Emiro, Senate Candidates, Kelly Ayotte, and Ovide Lamontagne, and Congressional Candidates, Sean Mahoney, Frank Guinta and Bob Bestani. Most of us working the parade can tell you who we will NOT be voting for based on the behavior of the staffers. Ignoring well documented parade rules and being the only Congressional candidate to have your red, white and blue political signs along the parade was disappointing.
The baby contest had 26 contestants the year. The common was packed until 4:00 PM with most of the booths selling out of food and having an outstanding day. Dan Lekas kept the bandstand chugging along — thanks for that. Moving the kid games to the common was enjoyable and we had so many gift certificates for BINGO that it will be hard to match next year. The first Londonderry Sings was a whooping success; the Grange was so full that people were turned away at the door. The Student Council did a simply fabulous job putting together Applestock. Thanks for all of Phil Laurie’s help. Special thanks to Brandon Cardwell for setting up the sound system and directing the program without a hitch. We heard that kids were texting all through the event inviting people down. When it was all done, about 300 students attended.
The Committee would like to thank all of our Sponsors.
American Kempo Academy
Dana Farber/New Hampshire Oncology – Hematology
Granite Ridge Energy
The House of the Samurai
Orchard Christian Fellowship
Park Place Bowling Lanes
Prudential Verani Realty
Central Communications Corp.
Continental Paving, Inc
Londonderry Lions Club
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Stonyfield Farm, Inc
Shady Hill Greenhouse
Blue Seal Feeds
Charles George Trucking
Homes of New Hampshire Realty
RE/MAX 1st Choice
Southern NH Montessori School
Taa Kwon Do Club at the Lions