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Londonderry Student Scholarships Surpass $1 Million Mark

Nathan Greenberg, Londonderry School District Superintendent, recently released the 2010 to 2011 Articulation report for Londonderry High School. Included in this report were the number of graduating seniors for the Class of 2011, as well as the students’ post-high school plans.

According to the report, 390 students graduated, of which 67.4% plan on attending a four-year college and 10.5% plan on attending a two-year college. Other options for graduating students include work and military.

Graduating students received scholarship money totaling more than $250,000, for a four year total of more than $1 million, as outlined in the chart below!

Articulation Schools2011 Graduates EnrolledScholarships for Year 2011-2012Scholarships for Years 2011-2015
Chester College1$1,000$4,000
Colby-Sawyer College000
Franklin Pierce University000
Granite State College000
Great Bay Community College200
Keene State College8$5,000$20,000
Lakes Region Community College400
Manchester Community College2000
Nashua Community College1100
New England College1$17,000$68,000
New England School of Communications7$15,000$60,000
NH Institute of Art2$10,000$40,000
Northern Essex Community College10$15,000$60,000
Plymouth State College2000
Rivier College5$30,000$120,000
Southern New Hampshire University13$85,000$340,000
SNHU Advantage300
Suffolk University3$23,000$92,000
UMass Lowell6$39,500$158,000
UNH Durham42$10,000$40,000
Admitted Students Received:$69,000$276,000
UNH Manchester400


Police Issue Second Press Release Regarding Cuts in Program

The Londonderry Police Department recently issued another press release regarding the reduction of the animal control program and the affects it would have on the community. These affects include reduced hours and staffing for the program, which will leave some responsibilities to patrol officers. The reductions will begin August 1, 2011.

Below is a copy of the press release.

The purpose of this press release is to advise the citizens of Londonderry that the Londonderry Police Department’s animal control program is rapidly nearing the point at which its operations shall be scaled back to a level that is equivalent to the funding it has available. What this means is that the program will only be available for sixteen (16) hours per week effective August 1, 2011.

We are currently anticipating staffing the position on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from about 9:00am until about 2:30pm. We realize that this will be an inconvenience and ask that our citizens please be patient. Our one remaining animal control officer will answer the calls and messages that he receives as best he can. We would remind all that we will continue to answer emergency animal calls with our patrol force if necessary, but want everyone to remember that our patrol officers are neither adequately trained nor properly equipped to act in this role and will simply do their best.

As always citizens may direct complaints or commentary regarding these changes to the police department or the town manager’s office by simply calling or e-mailing either (telephone numbers and e-mail links are available on the Town of Londonderry’s web page).

Capt. G.J. Dussault,
Operations Commander


Six Car Accident on Route 95 at Hampton Toll Plaza Yesterday

Six cars were involved in a serious accident yesterday, July 19, 2011, at the Hampton Toll Plaza shortly after 5 PM. Though only minor injuries reportedly occurred, the accident resulted in many of the cars needing a tow from the scene.

Initial investigations reveal that the accident occurred when a 2001 Town and Country was traveling north through the toll plaza on Interstate 95 when a tractor trailer unit stopped suddenly in front of the vehicle. The Town and Country swerved into the right lane, striking the rear of a 2010 Honda Accord, forcing the Accord to go under the tractor trailer unit.

The 2010 Accord also struck both a 2007 Honda Accord and a 1999 Volvo 70. This collision caused the 2007 Accord to strike the rear of a 2006 Honday CRV. The operators of the Town and Country and the 2010 Honda Accord were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Both Honda Accords, the Town and Country and the Honda CRV were towed from the scene. The tractor trailer and Volvo were able to be driven. It does not appear that speed or alcohol are factors in this crash, however the exact cause remains under investigation. Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact Michael Shupe 603-223-8490 or email Michael.Shupe(at)


Longley to Perform on Londonderry Town Common

Tonight’s Concert on the Common will feature Liz Longley, a Berklee College of Music graduate and up and coming music star. Liz has played at Tupelo Music Hall, here in Londonderry, and is scheduled to perform again there in January. At $20 a ticket for Tupelo, the free Concerts on the Common is a great way to see this wonderful performer for cheap!

Take a look at this video to get a feel for the music Liz sings.

The Washington Post
“This voice won’t stay small long. Straight from Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley traffics in the type of sweet, heartbreak-ready tones and guitar strummed melodies that seem destined to a bigger audience.”

Locally, Liz has played at the Tupelo Music Hall, opening for Livingston Taylor. “Longley’s songs swell with honesty and genuine emotion that most of us are unable to admit to but recognize all the same.”  declared The Nashua Telegraph

Even music icon John Mayer, who surprised Liz and fellow Berklee music students when he broke into an impromptu rendition of Liz’s song ‘Queen’, has described her music as “Gorgeous…just gorgeous!”

Liz Longley, performing on Londonderry Town Common, Wednesday July 1st, 7pmThe internet has been equally effusive about Longley’s music. Liz was voted the No. 1 all-time female vocalist on in both acoustic & folk categories. As a songwriter, she and Handy Blues award winner Jim Tullio, teamed-up to write the internet smash, “Naked Trees”. The song became the No. 1 all-time song (amid 3,400 songs) in’s acoustic S/S category in ’06.

This past spring, Longley earned the Berklee College of Music Songwriting Division Achievement Award. Moreover, her song “Whatever Goes Up” was ranked the No. 2 song overall in the well-regarded competition. The song also garnered the all-time No. 1 spot on’s folk chart for best melody and best lyrics.

Liz is often accompanied by guitar talent Sarah Zimmermann. The two team-up for engaging vocal harmonies and a rapport with audiences that is filling coffeehouses and venues throughout the region.  Wednesday night on the common she will be joined by her band from Berklee.  Johnny Duke, guitar; Jake Cohen, drums & Derek McWilliams, bass.  Beside Tupelo, Liz has performed at the Philly Folkfest, Club Passim’s in Boston, and Philly’s World Café. She has shared the stage with Nanci Griffith, Kenny Rankin, Lucy Kaplanski, Livingston Taylor, and Jonathan Edwards.


We encourage you to learn more about Liz at the Liz Longley Website. See you Wednesday!


Two Airlifted in Danville Crash Last Evening

Yesterday, July 19, 2011, at about 6:02 PM, New Hampshire State Police responded to a serious car accident on Route 111 in Danville. The troopers responded to assist the Danville Police Department in the accident that resulted in airlifts for two of the involved parties, including a young child.

Initial investigation into the crash revealed that a 2001 Mazda Protégé was traveling westbound on Route 111 when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the dividing line and struck an oncoming 2002 Hyundai Elantra.

The operator of the Protégé, a 25 year old resident of Salem, New Hampshire, was flown by DHART helicopter to the Massachusetts General Hospital. The operator of the Elantra, Tracy Anne Descoteaux of Brentwood, was transported by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts. Descoteaux’s young child was also involved in the crash and was flown by Boston Med Flight to Massachusetts General Hospital.

The crash is still under investigation by the State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with further information related to the crash can contact Trooper Thomas Conlon at 603-223-8490 or email Thomas.Conlon(at)


Elwood Orchards Still has Fresh Berries for the Picking

Located just 45 minutes from Boston, the New Hampshire Lakes Region and the seacoast, Londonderry is a great destination for fresh berries! Though strawberries and cherries have been picked out until next year, Elwood Orchards still has blueberries and raspberries ripe for the picking!

Elwood picking and farm stand are open all day, from 8 AM until 6 PM daily. The farm stand is home to many different locally grown fruits and vegetables. Those looking for fresh fruit can stop by and pick fresh berries, or grab a pint on the run for those too busy to pick!

The farm is located on Elwood Road and is still run by Mr. Elwood, now in his 90′s. Mr. Elwood runs a tight ship, making sure all visitors are out of the fields by 6 PM and sent on their way home.

Be sure to visit the orchards for fresh berries. Elwood Orchards is located at 54 Elwood Road here in Londonderry.

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