Drop Off Center Closing Saturday

Drop Off Center closes Saturday; get in your last minute dump runs before winter!

Londonderry’s Drop Off Center will close this Saturday, November 22, 2014, for the season. The center will be open from 8 AM until 4 PM before closing until April, 2015. The drop off center accepts items both for free and for a fee depending on the item. Fees must be paid in personal checks only. No cash or credit cards will be accepted.

At no charge, the following items will be accepted:

Yard Waste: leaves, branches, and grass clippings. A limit of one 6-wheel dump truck of brush is in place.

Plastics: all rigid plastics with or without a recycling symbol of any size. This excludes styrofoam, plastic tarps, inflatable toys and plastic wrap.

Textiles: any reusable item of clothing, draperies, and linens for the Salvation Army.

Corrugated Cardboard: packing boxes and other packaging cardboard, packed flat.

Rechargeable Batteries: please give to attendants; batteries from camcorders, cell phones calculators and laptops.

Automobile Batteries

Fluorescent Bulbs: unbroken.

Cell Phones: please give to attendants.

The following items will be accepted for the indicated fee:

Scrap Metal, $5 per load: Aluminum, steel, brass, copper, and virtually any item made from metal will be recycled except those containing Freon.

Construction Debris, $24 per cubic yard, minimum $7 up to 55-gallon barrel: Pressure treated lumber, fiberglass, cement, plastic piping, wiring, sheetrock, lumber and any other building materials. Railroad ties, asbestos, paint cans, gas cans, and liquids of any kind will NOT be accepted.

Furniture, large item $14, small item $7: large items include tables, sofas and mattresses full size and larger; small items include chairs and twin mattresses.

Carpet: $24 per cubic yard

Tires: 4 free with car registration, additional $2 without rim, $3 with rim each

Electronics: Large $14 commercial size fax and copy machines, televisions larger than 20″; Medium $7 computers, monitors, televisions less than or equal to 20″; Small no charge mouse, keyboards, wiring.

Overflow bags are available for $3 each.

The Town’s Drop Off Center is located off West Road. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 432-1100 extension 137.


Blood Drive this Friday, Don’t Miss the Chance to Give Before the Holidays!

The Saint Jude Parish Community Service Committee is proud to once again sponsor their annual Fall Give Thanks American Red Cross Blood Drive. What better way to give thanks for the past year than to give the Gift of Life!

The drive will be held on Friday November 21, 2014 from 1 PM to 7 PM in the Parish Hall located at 435 Mammoth Road in Londonderry, NH. As in past years, the need for blood donors and products is tremendous. With Thanksgiving late this year, many donors will not have the time during the Christmas season to donate. Currently the Red Cross has less than a few days of available blood products for the New England region. This supply is needed for routine operations, emergency surgeries, etc. Without a replenishment of supply, many routine procedures will need to be postponed.

Did you know that 95% of the US population is able to donate blood, but only 5% of those actually do? Do you remember the long lines to donate after September 11th? Where are they now? The Red Cross is working on new procedures to make the donation process easier, take less time and more comfortable for all. Been a while or never donated? Give it a try at this drive!

As with all of our drives no packaged food here, only the best for our donors. Many Saint Jude volunteers will bake homemade goodies and we will have our Internationally Famous Chili and Chicken Soup prepared by our own Chefs Jim and Paul, the best you have ever had. All of these goodies are hand prepared in appreciation of you being a donor!

Can it get any better than that? Yes, The Red Cross will have giveaways as well for all blood donors! Please consider attending, donating blood and saving a life, or more!

Walk-in donors are welcome, or you can make an appointment by visiting the Red Cross website or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. For more information on the drive, please contact Vinny Curro at vincurro(at)comcast.net.


Londonderry Police Issue Warning About Mass Mailing from Home Serve USA

The Londonderry Police would like to make the citizens of Londonderry aware of a mass mailing that recently went out from a company identifying themselves as Home Serve USA. The purpose of the letter that the company has mailed is to make homeowners aware of their exterior water service line and insurance available for it through them.

Home Serve USA purports that a portion of the service line is not covered by most home owners insurance and could result in extensive cost to the home owner should the service line need repair. The company is not a public service or utility, but rather a private company. The letter can be misleading and may appear to be from a public service. A search of the Better Business Bureau has shown that Home Serve USA has had 314 complaints against them, 98 of which were due to “advertising sales issues.” Also, the Better Business Bureau has reached “an assurance of discontinuance” with the company in Massachusetts.

A report from the Better Business Bureau states that they are unsure of the insurance coverage regarding the service line. If anyone is concerned, you are urged to contact your home owners insurance prior to making any payment to any company offering insurance for the exterior water service line. Also, online research and reading the “fine print” is always a good way to ensure you are engaging in business with a reputable company.


Roadwork Continues on Rockingham Road in Derry

Construction zones wil be near Clam Haven and the Fairways.

Derry Public works announced that road work will continue through November, 2014 on Rockingham Road in Derry. Motorists were advised that they may experience intermittent delays Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5 PM. Uniformed police and flaggers will guide traffic through the work zone.

This week, September 15 through September 19, the following work is planned to take place:

  • Drilling and blasting on east shoulder of Route 28, just south of Clam Haven.
  • Clean up and loam/seed in multiple area including easement to Fairways.
  • Installation of gravel shoulder on Rockingham Road.

Please contact the Department of Public Works office at 432-6144 if there are any questions or concerns.


EEE Found in Londonderry Mosquito Batch

The Town of Londonderry Health Division announced that a batch of mosquitoes collected in Londonderry has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The mosquito species, Culiseta melanura, is the primary vector of EEE and mainly bites birds but will occasionally, although rarely, bite mammals including humans.

The news of mosquitoes carrying EEE in Londonderry is not unexpected at this time of year. The Town of Londonderry wants to reassure the residents that they are monitoring the situation closely. They will continue with weekly mosquito trapping and testing throughout the Town to ensure they stay on top of this. Mosquito breeding sites are monitored regularly and treated as needed. Residents should use utmost caution regarding exposure to mosquitoes. Given the continued low risk to the public and the Old Home Celebrations this past weekend, the Town will be conducting a spray of the area beginning this week. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to utilize the precautionary measures outlined below.

EEE is transmitted through the bite of an infected moquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. There is no risk for people being around horses. If a mosquito bites a horse or a human, it cannot transmit the disease to another human. The risk of contracting the infection is low. If illness does occur, it happens within 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. If someone is experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever and headache, they should contact their local medical provider.

The Town would like to remind the residents of Londonderry to continue to take steps to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and to eliminate standing water on their property. With all the recent rain, it is imperative that mosquito breeding areas are eliminated to help reduce the risk.

You can protect yourself and your family with a few simple steps:

  • Reduce outdoor activity between 3 PM and 8 AM.
  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Check around your home for standing water and remove it.
  • Ensure window and door screens fit properly so that mosquitoes cannot enter your home.

The risk of contracting EEE or West Nile Virus does not end until two hard frosts. In this part of the State that may not occur until after Halloween. There is still a significant amount of time before that happens. Residents must take personal precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

If you need more information about mosquitoes, EEE or West Nile Virus contact Dragon Mosquito Control at 734-4144 or email info(at)dragonmosquito.com.


NH Campground Owner Issued Warning Over Bear Problem

As a result of perennial bear/human conflicts, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has issued a written warning to Joseph Paradis, owner of Moose Hillock Campground in Warren, N.H., to address the campground’s garbage storage polices.

Moose Hillock Campground, which also owns and operates a similar facility in Lake George, New York, is a 90-acre campground that abuts the White Mountain National Forest. As is true for all New Hampshire campgrounds, the proper storage of garbage and other food attractants is essential to minimizing conflicts with bears.

“The situation at Moose Hillock has been particularly challenging for the past 14 years, primarily because previous recommendations have not been followed,” said Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andrew Timmins. “The primary attractant at the campground is open dumpsters that bears readily climb into for food. Additionally, unsecured coolers and food at campsites are targeted by bears. Once bears make a habit of foraging in the campground, they become conditioned to human presence and are difficult to scare away. These issues generally start with the open dumpsters and expand to bears raiding campsites.”

Bear activity at Moose Hillock has reached a record level this summer, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the public. Large groups of campers gather daily at the dumpster area to watch multiple bears rummage in the dumpsters. Furthermore, bears are routinely raiding campsites to panhandle and steal food.

“Recently, the Department has received many complaints from members of the public who have become upset and uncomfortable staying at this facility,” said Col. Martin Garabedian, head of N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement. “The situation at the campground has become a public safety issue for campers and cannot be tolerated any further.”

Staff from Fish and Game and USDA Wildlife Services have routinely responded to conflicts at Moose Hillock since 2000. The issues have always been the same (open dumpsters), and the recommendations to the campground have always focused on the need to secure the dumpsters with metal tops or an inaccessible barrier fence (e.g., electric fence). Large quantities of bear education materials have been dropped off at the campground in an effort to educate both campground staff and the camping public on how to camp in bear country. Houndsman have been routinely used to chase bears from the campground with dogs to alleviate conflicts. Bears, including a sow with four cubs and single adult male, have been moved from the campground in recent years, in an effort to help the campground alleviate conflicts.

“These efforts have essentially failed, and will continue to fail, because the dumpsters remain open to bears,” said Timmins. “The only long-term solution is to stop the bears from easily accessing foods in the campground, which includes a primary focus on bear-proofing the dumpsters.”

A N.H. Fish and Game Department Administrative Rule (Fis 310.01) states that “no person shall use, place, provide, give, expose, deposit, scatter or distribute any material that results in attracting black bears, after being noticed by the executive director or his designee to cease the activity, because the activity might result in injury to a person, damage to property or create a public nuisance.” Based on this rule, on August 1, 2014, the N.H. Fish and Game Department issued a written warning to Joseph Paradis of the Moose Hillock campground and gave him two weeks to get metal-topped dumpsters (to secure the campground’s dumpsters in a way that is inaccessible to bears).

Staff from N.H. Fish and Game and USDA Wildlife Services have worked successfully with many New Hampshire campgrounds to resolve bear issues. Nearly all these campgrounds now have dumpsters that contain metal tops and doors that can be locked, thereby making them inaccessible to bears. Once the food is shut off, bears move on, and keeping New Hampshire’s wildlife wild benefits everyone.

“This approach has worked because these campgrounds have been willing to make necessary changes. Moose Hillock campground has been different. They have been resistant to changing their approach to garbage storage and have ignored previous recommendations,” said Timmins. “Campgrounds can be ‘bear-proofed,’ but it requires a working, cooperative partnership between the campground and the management agency to be successful.”

For more information on preventing conflicts with black bears, click here.

If you have questions about bear-related problems, you can get advice by calling a toll-free number coordinated jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department: 1-888-749-2327 (1-888-SHY-BEAR).