Daily Archives: September 11, 2011

Londonderry School Board Deliberative Session August 23, 2011

Full Length On-Demand Londonderry School Board, thanks to Londonderry Schools and LEO for providing the DVD.


Londonderry Breaking News for September 4th – 11th 2011

  • Run for the Apples 5K the gun is at 5pm today! http://t.co/7pd9aWS @macksapples A great race through the Adams Pond Hiking trail. #
  • Breaking News Londonderry Fire is headed to near 33 South road for reports of a brush fire, time out 6:34pm Sunday #
  • Update on South Road brushfire. Reports indicate that it may be close to Overlook… On scene burn is at 34 South road. Under control 6:44 #
  • We saw some at Sunnycrest yesterday! RT @kaswan: @LondonderryNH desperately seeking a new Lancer card! Any LHS football players sell’n? #
  • Breaking news LFD and LPD headed to the area btwn Quincy and Elwood on West Road for reports of a Motor Cycle MVA time out 6:51pm #
  • Sports:LHS varsity Field hockey defeats Nashua North 8-0. #
  • Londonderry fire headed to Elliot Urgent care with a Derry Medic for a medical. LPD on scene 6:56pm west road, leg and arm wounds, walking. #
  • Breaking News:LFD and LPD responding to reports of a car fire at 7-11 on 102 time out 8:41pm not involving gas pumps #
  • Reports that the fire has been extinguished the car is over by the sign, E2 on scene 8:44pm #
  • Sports: RT @Titanplumbnheat: @LondonderryNH London’s JV football wins Sunday 7-0 in a battle won in the trenches. #
  • LFD toned out to Crestview Circle for sick 45 y/o female. Time 9:06 AM #
  • LFD toned out for odor of gas in the building at 20 Windmere Drive. Time 12:54 PM #
  • Odor of Gas at 20 Windmere Update: LFD on scene reporting building has been evacuated. LFD investigating. Time 12:57 PM #
  • Gas Odor at Windmere Rd Update: LFD report odor appears to be outside, no readings in residence, checking propane farm down road. Time 1:04 #
  • Professional Home Repairs Classified ad on Londonderry List http://t.co/2M5hTx2 Did you know you can run your free ad? http://t.co/i8OJX2J#
  • Sports as it happens! LHS var vb defeats Keene 25-23 in game 3 to win match 3-0. #
  • The rain is not over yet, but appears to be pulling NNE. Overnight totals 9:30am South 4.38in, Central 1.33 in, North 1.93 in. Happy Farms #
  • Farm News Did you know at both @Macksapples and @SunnycrestNH you can pick up early farm fresh cider? Nice and tart this time of year. #
  • Cider for Mead, RT @MoonlightMead: Still local cider!!! http://t.co/feLDWXv some great shots making it. http://t.co/xeSg1aq#
  • Londonderry Police watching and will stop, a Cadillac near the police station with a orange safety cone stuck under the front bumper 2:11 #
  • Looks like they hit and dragged the cone all the way from Sgt. Road, officer saw and dispatch saw on camera. Now pulled over by church #
  • Breaking News Londonderry Fire is headed to I93 northbound north of Exit 5 for reports of a MVA. Time out 5:49pm #
  • Update MVA is right on the Exit 5 Bridge in the Northbound lane. LFD on scene 5:54pm investigating. http://t.co/tQxRsGJ for video #
  • Londonderry Traffic Cam shows everyone moving left State Police are behind the MVA, second SP arriving 5:56. http://t.co/TMg4iMA listen! #
  • Watching Medic arrive on Ltown Traffic Cam, http://t.co/tQxRsGJ one car, in breakdown lane, checking for injuries. 5:58pm #
  • Command just blocked the right lane so move left if you are traveling north on I93. No transport for the medic. No injuries, No hazards. 6pm #
  • Breaking News:Londonderry Fire and Police are headed to the West Road fields for reports of a 10 year old with head and neck injuries 7:30pm #

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Londonderry Man Titled Top New England Beer Brewer by Sam Adams

New England Patriots fans can expect to find a little bit of Londonderry at Gillette Stadium this football season, thanks to local brewery Samuel Adams. The beer company’s fourth annual Patriotic Homebrew Contest has crowned Londonderry, NH’s Jim Prucha as top brewer. Prucha’s winning beer, a Baltic Porter, beat out contestants from all six New England states in this tough competition.

Winning the competition entitles the top brewer’s beer to be served alongside Samuel Adams brews during the entire football season at Gillette Stadium. It also allows Prucha the opportunity to go to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery and brew his beer with the full support from the Sam Adams team of brewers.

Third time entrant in the contest and active homebrewer for 13 years, Prucha was thrilled to have won. “I’ve been to the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing and have medaled six times, but this is by far my most exciting win as a homebrewer!” Prucha explained. “I credit my fellow homebrew club members for helping me take home the trophy; a lot of what I’ve learned about homebrewing has come from them.”

“Prucha brewed a really impressive Baltic Porter and wowed all of the judges in the tasting room,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “The malty and very smooth brew with sweet, dark fruit and chocolate notes will be a great choice for those cool fall evenings and snowy football games we enjoy here in New England.”

Prucha is a longtime member of the homebrew club Brew Free or Die, out of New Hampshire. This marks the third year in a row a member of the club has won the Samuel Adams competition.

“I’m looking forward to working with Jim and brewing his recipe at our Boston Brewery,” said Koch. “Over the last four years, we’ve had the opportunity to introduce thousands of football fans to some really unique and enjoyable beers like Jim’s Baltic Porter through the Patriot Homebrew Contest. If fans get to watch a really great game too, well that’s a bonus.”

The Baltic Porter beer originated in the Baltic states of Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Russia in the eighteenth century. While the style was derived from English porters, the higher alcohol content and sweet malty characters were influenced by robust Russian Imperial Stouts.

The homebrew contest began four years ago in August, 2007, encouraging New England football fans to brew their own beers and submit them for judging. Preliminary judging this year took place at Gillette Stadium in January, where five finalists advanced to the final round. Final judging took place at the Boston Brewery in February. Judges included notable beer tasters Mike Adams of WEEI-AM, Brian Bell and Wally Brine of WROR-FM, Kerry Bryne of the Boston Herald, Gail Ciampa of The Providence Journal, and Norman Miller of the MetroWest Daily News.

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that founder and brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America. That beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and it helped catalyze what became known as the American craft beer revolution.

Today, the Company brews more than 30 styles of beer.  The Company uses the traditional four-vessel brewing process and often takes extra steps like dry-hopping and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. It passionately pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of its classic beers by constantly searching for the world’s finest ingredients.

While resurrecting traditional brewing methods, the Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer in another revolution, the “extreme beer” movement, where it seeks to challenge drinkers’ perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company strives to elevate the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions the world over, and in the past five years it has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. The Company remains independent, and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While Samuel Adams is the country’s largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only about one-half of one percent of the U.S. beer market. For more information, visit their website.


Ten Years Later as the First Plane Hits

This week Joe Paradis asked”What will you be doing?” we offer his Tuesday column again and ask, what will you be doing and what have you done?  For we know that on that day, many did all.  From the first responders in Washington and New York, to the brave patriots on flight 93.

Thank you to the 2.9 million young men and women that have volunteered over ten years to fight the war against terror.  Also thanks to the federal government workers involved in the defense of our nation, for your efforts have kept America moving forward.

To the staff of both presidents in these ten years, thank you for understanding that the top priority must be the defense of our nation.  Thank you to president Bush and Obama for knowing that an attack on our land must be avoided and defended at all costs.

Much has been done in ten years, what has not been done is a successful terrorist attack on our nation by the enemy.  Thank you all and thank God for that.

As we turn our eyes to the next post 9/11 decade, we pray for peace, protection and prosperity of our community, state and nation.

Steve, Kathy, all our staff and volunteers send blessings to you all.


I heard it vaguely on the radio in the background, as I got ready for work. I thought the newsman said that an airplane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. I assumed it was a small airplane that probably had a mechanical malfunction and went wayward, slamming into the building. It had happened before. I remember saying a quick prayer for the two or three people who, I’m sure, lost their lives that beautiful sunny morning in downtown Manhattan. And I headed out the door, sadly without much more than that brief prayer on my mind.

Half an hour later, while at work, I heard that another plane had slammed into the World Trade Center – this one into the second tower. I thought that, well…odd. We switched on the news and I listened a lot more carefully to this newsman. Details were sketchy, but he related how two commercial aircraft had apparently been hijacked out of Boston and Newark, left their normal flight patterns to California, and entered New York City airspace where they slammed into the towers. I just stood there, thinking “what the hell is this?” The towers were ablaze and incredibly, the network showed people leaping from windows 80 stories up and firemen rushing into the two skyscrapers as hundreds of employees began oozing out of the lobbies and emergency exits.

At work, we began to speculate whether John, our office manager and a Navy veteran, might have to go back into the service. He said no way and we grinned. But each of us harbored thoughts about what this all meant. Who would intentionally fly a commercial airliner into a major skyscraper? Who hated those people that much?

An hour later, we got the news that another airplane had slammed into the Pentagon, near Washington DC. I remember thinking ‘this doesn’t happen in America – it’s an act of war.’ Someone would pay dearly for this, I was certain. The word “terrorism” became a staple in America’s vocabulary that day. Osama bin Laden became a household name.

Not long after that we heard of another airliner that crashed in a grassy field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It took a while to get information on this one, but it seemed that a group of men had tried to hijack that plane as well. But through the grace of God and the courage of some brave passengers who rushed the hijackers and ruined their plans, that plane didn’t hit another building. It crashed with a horrific booming sound into that open field. We later learned that some of the passengers had called their families during that flight and told them they were being hijacked and were going to confront their assailants. There were final farewells, kisses and words of “I love you” to spouses kids and families – just minutes before these brave souls met their own deaths. No one really knows, but the general consensus is that that airliner was headed for the White House or the Capitol building.

President Bush received word of these catastrophic events as he was reading a book out loud to a group of elementary school children in Florida. The cameras caught his reaction. He nodded, swallowed hard, and probably with more determination than he had ever display till that day, continued reading that book. He later said he did not want to panic those children, by rushing out – and he actually had no idea of the extent of the tragedies. So he continued reading, then calmly thanked the class and walked out. The Secret Service whisked him off to Air Force One, which remained in the air for many hours. The military believed we were under attack and the Secret Service was not about to let the President return to the White House – or anywhere else other than Air Force One, which suddenly became the seat of government, as is the design when there is am eminent threat to the government.

All this news came fast. No one had any interest in work. We sat stunned, watching the office television as new information came in continuously. We eventually went home to continue watching the horror. The Pentagon was in flames, a large aircraft protruding from its west wall. The twin towers in New York City suddenly began to fall, story by story, like a deck of cards. Huge clouds of debris rose from the site and we watched them hurl down the streets between other buildings, coating those who were trying to flee. A third, smaller tower fell a little bit later. Strangely, I thought what a marvel of engineering those buildings were – they collapsed on top of themselves, rather than tipping over. Who knows how many countless others were saved from certain death because of that? It was little consolation.

Television thankfully, couldn’t bring the real horror into our homes – the screams of people burning to death as they frantically tried to exit those buildings. The sight of workers simply vaporized at their desks when those planes slammed into their offices. The sheer terror of the passenger on those airliners as they sat helplessly while airline crews were butchered in front of them or fellow passengers fought with assailants – just before they all hurdled to their deaths.

It was a surreal day – my kids’ equivalent of the JFK assassination in 1963. Everyone from my generation can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when we heard that news. It will be no less with this generation.

Feeling quite helpless, we didn’t really know what to do that day. We took our flag from the basement and taped it to our mailbox. Someone stole it an hour later. You couldn’t buy an American flag for months afterwards. We gathered the kids and went to Church, where fellow parishioners were also streaming in. Father Bob held an impromptu memorial service. We still didn’t know everything that had happened, but we knew we all needed God that night.

Here we are ten years later. Tens of thousands of our military members have served in the Middle East since then, avenging this horrendous deed unleashed upon three thousand innocent civilians. Too many of them have also died bravely for that cause. I personally know of ten – yes, TEN – young men who will never return to their homes in New Hampshire. One was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross – but all of them are truly heroes…not many of us volunteer these days to get shot at.

My own son serves right now in Afghanistan, carrying on the fight against these terrorists who want to see America in ruins and all of us dead. These terrorists twist the tenets of their religion to justify this war against Western ideals. They haven’t lessened their hatred of us, even as America grows wary of war and many seem to forget why we send our family members over to the Middle East to begin with. Ask any Israeli about that phenomenon.

We have a new American flag on our mailbox these days, along with a Marine Corps flag in honor of our son. They’ve proudly flown, side by side, for years now, flapping in the wind with every passing car. Last week, someone stole the Marine Corps flag. Thankfully they left the yellow ribbon… Don’t get me started about the integrity of the Corps and how someone could live with the thought of stealing that flag, especially given the reason it was there…

What’s with America these days?

It will be interesting to see how we remember 9-11 next week. Will America honor the 10th “anniversary” of that fatal day as it now does Pearl Harbor – as some vague “holiday” whose date most can’t even recall? Or will we turn inward, pray to God, and firmly resolve that something like 9-11 can never happen to us again? I’m not convinced…

Nonetheless, I will be at the airport next Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 8:46 a.m., as TSA employees around the nation briefly cease their operations and pause for a moment of silence and prayer to honor America’s latest darkest hour. Something they’ve done every year since 2001.

May God help America to continue to help itself. We must never forget…

What will you be doing?


Free Night Lights Recalled by Consumer Product Safety Commission

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has issued a recall for LED night lights due to overheating and melting hazards. Consumers should stop using these products immediately. The USCPSC would like to remind consumers that it is illegal to sell or attempt to sell a recalled product.

About 10,000 LED night lights are included in this recall. The night lights, manufactured in China, are imported by Corvest Acquisition Inc., now Camsing Global, LLC of Largo, Florida. The night lights have been recalled because they can overheat, smolder, and melt, which may cause minor burns to consumers. The company has received five reports of overheating, smoldering, and melting, but no injuries have been reported.

The night lights contain flame retardant elements and plug into an electrical outlet. They have a white or blue LED bulb and a clear bulb cover. “Model SBD01″, the number “E314462″ and “Made in China” are stamped on the back of the night light’s plastic white base. The night lights measure about 1-3/4 inches wide and 3-3/4 inches high.

Various companies have distributed the night lights as a free promotional product, imprinted with the company’s name from December 2010 through March 2011. Consumers should immediately stop using the night lights and discard them.

For more information, contact Camsing Global toll-free at (877) 924-4624 between 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern Time, or visit their website. To see this recall on the USCPSC website, click here.