Daily Archives: April 25, 2011

Doris Brassard of Derry

Doris T. Brassard, 92, of Derry, NH, died Sunday April 24, 2011 in Parkland Medical Center in Derry. She was born in Albany, VT on July 5, 1918, a daughter of the late Eugene and Minnie (Perrault) Tetreault. Over the years, she worked in Derry at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Canteen during WWII, the Plaza Theatre, and the Miss Lynch Shop, prior to retiring from Ames Department Store. Following retirement, she spent 14 years at Kings Point in Sun City Center, FL. Mrs. Brassard was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry, where she was a member of the Tabernacle Society, and the Phil Lessard Chapter of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Paula Curtis of Sun City Center, FL; three sons, Paul Brassard and his wife Paula of Londonderry, NH, Peter Brassard, Sr. and his wife Susan of Derry, and Mark Brassard and his wife Julie of Derry; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren, she was anxiously awaiting the birth of her 7th great granddaughter; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John L. Brassard who died in 1993.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 28th from 6 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Cremation will follow. Private graveside services will be held in the Forest Hill Cemetery in E. Derry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas School, 3 Moody St., Derry, NH 03038, or to Amedisys Hospice, 1E Commons Dr., Suite 33, Londonderry, NH 03053. The Brassard family would like to extend their thanks to all the staff at Parkland Medical Center, and Amedisys Hospice.

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Kenneth Clark of Hampstead

Kenneth H. Clark, 81, of Hampstead, NH died Friday April 22, 2011 in the Parkland Medical Center, Derry, NH. Mr. Clark was born on July 7, 1929 in Hampstead, NH and had been a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Walter F. Clark, Sr. and H. Marion (Adams) Clark. Mr. Clark served with the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He also served with the US Merchant Marines during the 1960′s. He was employed as Police Chief in Hampstead from 1957 – 1970 and owned and operated Ken’s TV in Hampstead for 45 years. He served as a Selectman, Code Enforcement Officer, Truant Officer, and School Custodian for the Town of Hampstead. He also served as an Assessor for Hampstead and surrounding towns. He was a member of the Lions Club and the VFW Post 11254, both of Hampstead.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary K. (Murphy) Clark of Hampstead, three children, Glenn Clark and his wife Kathleen of E. Kingston, NH, Karen Turcotte and her husband Rene of Hampstead, and Kerry Clark and his wife Lori of Hampstead, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday April 26, 2011 from 5 – 8 pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, NH. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 am in the Hampstead Congregational Church, Main St., Hampstead. Burial with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Hampstead. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or to Breathe New Hampshire, 9 Cedarwood Dr., Unit 12, Bedford, NH 03110.

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Flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of 2nd Lieutenant Peter Sohm

Governor Lynch has directed that flags on all state buildings be lowered to half staff on Tuesday, April 26, for 2nd Lieutenant Peter Sohm.

Second Lieutenant Peter Alexander Sohm was killed in a small airplane crash outside of San Angelo, Texas on April 18, 2011. He was 23 years old. Peter was flying in a Christen Eagle II single engine airplane with his best friend and fellow Lieutenant, John T. Rice of North Dakota, who also perished. Lieutenants Sohm and Rice met during their first year at the United States Air Force Academy and were both members of the graduating class of 2010. A private pilot since age 16, Peter flew extensively during his years at the Academy; both he and John were described as being highly experienced and talented pilots.

Peter was born and raised in Londonderry, and was a graduate of Londonderry High School. He was active in his school, church and community and is remembered for his love for family, faith, friends and country. He is survived by his parents, Evan and Mary Sohm of Londonderry, New Hampshire; sisters Sara and Katherine Sohm; his maternal grandmother, Violet Mirabello of Staten Island, NY; many close aunts, uncles and cousins; and his girlfriend Lieutenant Mallory Morgan of Parker, Texas.

Calling hours will be held at the Peabody Funeral Homes, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, on today, Monday, April 25, 2011 from 3:00 – 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, corner of Mammoth Rd. and South Rd., Londonderry on Tuesday at 10:30am. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, the family has established the “Peter A. Sohm Memorial Trust” for the purpose of helping military families in need, and is requesting that checks may be made out and sent as follows: “Peter A. Sohm Memorial Trust”, P.O. Box 21, Londonderry, NH 03053


Recall Issued for Aquarium Heaters After Reports of Injury and Fire

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), in cooperation with United Pet Group of Cincinnati, Ohio, has issued a recall for aquarium heaters. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. The CPSC would like to remind consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell products that have been recalled.

About 1.2 million Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro Aquarium Heaters are involved in the recall. According to the recall warning, a wiring problem causes the heaters to overheat or break during normal use. This damages the aquarium and poses a fire and laceration hazard to consumers. Overheating can cause the heater to shatter or the aquarium glass to break.

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United Pet Group has already received 38 reports of fire resulting in property damage and 45 reports of broken aquarium glass. The company has also received one report of an eye injury when the heater broke while being held by the consumer.

The heaters included in the recall are black plastic tubes and have a temperature adjustment knob at the top. The model name “Stealth” in white, or “Stealth Pro” in red is printed on the side. The model number and wattage rating are printed below the model name. Stealth Pro heaters are also sold as part of aquarium starter kits.

Stealth Models Stealth Pro Models
Wattage Model #
25W ETP25
50W ETP50
75W ETP75
100W ETP100
150W ETP150
200W ETP200
250W ETP250
Wattage Model #
25W ML90447-00
50W ML90448-00
75W ML90449-00
100W ML90450-00
150W ML90451-00
200W ML90452-00
250W ML90453-00
300W ML90454-00

The heaters were sold in pet stores nationwide and on various websites from January 2004 through February 2011 for between $20 and $300. Consumers should stop using the heaters immediately and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement or full refund. For more information call 800-338-4896 between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday. Or visit United Pet Group online.

To see this recall on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, click here.


Molten Metal Burns, Brush Fire Clears 3 Acres

Vulcan Electric Molten Metal Fire

The call came in Thursday April 22nd from the new Vulcan Electric facility near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.  They opened up a new state of the art flexible circuit production facility last summer in Londonderry at 6 George Ave.

Originally a fire alarm to central station on arrival and inspection reports of  “a possible Stack fire with smoke in the building” at 12:46pm.  Car 2 had command set up just 2 minutes later.

Ordering the ladder to the roof to investigate the stack issue, the Londonderry Ladder truck was delivering firefighters at 12:52. Crews inside the building reported a molten metal fire, began working that and started looking for where else the fire may have traveled.

Forestry 3 was called in for manpower, the fire was “contained to the object of origin” and called under control at 1:18pm.  The fire did extend to the roof of the building, Londonderry Fire was on scene providing ventilation and extensive overhaul in the production facility.

Crews picked up and left the scene just before 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

Pettengill Road Brush Fire

Friday Afternoon April 23rd at about 5:42pm  Londonderry Fire got reports of the smell of fire in northern Londonderry near Manchester.  It was even thought that it was in Manchester until it was found in the land between the Pettengill Road stub and the new Airport access road.

In the end it consumed 3 acres of brush in the remote section, of industrial zoned land in our new gateway district.

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First detected by a “odor in the area” of Charlotte and Lansdowne. Londonderry Fire began looking at first by walking down trails to find the fire from the west.  A resident called in at 5:46 and indicated those reporting to the fire from Manchester and Londonderry should take Brown Ave to Brent, to Surrey there a trail leads to the brush fire.

Londonderry arrived first on foot reporting that it “appeared to be contained on three sides and bordered by roads.” The Gator and Forestry 2 were requested to fight the fire at 5:49.

"What are you waiting for a silly little key?"

Those at the scene were reporting that it was now about 2 acres in size but the center had self extinguished.  The perimeter was continuing to burn and station coverage was requested.  Engines manpower and other equiptment now gathers at the East side of the fire.  The Pettengill Road stub that is locked off to access and clearly marked with no trespassing signs.  This is near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport but privately owned.

At 6pm Londonderry Fire units continued to gather at the gate, seeking the key and permission from the landowner to access the property.  The gate was securely fastened and locked.  Central station continued to look for a property representative while Forestry 3, Engine 1 and Engine 3 waited at the gate.  Our photographer Cory Nader arrived and waited with them.

The Engines were ordered to stay on the roadway by the Capt. on scene. Water was pumped to the Forestry units closer to the fire.

The units “gained access at the Pettengill Gate, now arriving at a 3 acre fire.  The units used water in “Mad Max” and the engines to bring the blaze under control sometime after 7pm.  By mixing foam with the water the water carried on the engines becomes more effective.

Mad Max at the April 2011 Pettingill Brush fire

Forestry 3, Known as "Mad Max" in Londonderry, just on reason why little kids want to grow up to be firemen

Command was terminated at 7:22pm, Litchfield Fire was sent home and thanked for the coverage.  This was the second time today the had assisted.  Manchester had several units at the fire along with those from Londonderry.

Fire photos from Pettengill Road by Cory Nader of Londonderry Hometown Online News.

Click HERE to visit the darkroom and view all the photos of the Pettengill Road Fire.

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