The Meaning of Labor Day

Schools are closed, most workers have the day off, and many are organizing or attending backyard barbecues later today. But why? Yes, it’s Labor Day. Yes, that means no work, school, or general obligations. But why? What does “Labor Day” really mean?

Peter McGuire, according to some, may have proposed the first Labor Day

According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day “is the creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Labor Day has been celebrated in America for more than one hundred years. Doubt remains about who first proposed the holiday. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to suggest the idea.

Many believe however, that a machinist, Matthew Maguire, founded the holiday. Recent research shows that he may have proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of Central Labor Union in New York. What is known is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The Central Labor Union held the first Labor Day on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. Just one year, later, on September 5, 1883, they held their second. In 1884, the first Monday in September was chosen as the holiday, and the Central Labor Union urged other cities to follow the example New York City had set. The idea spread and by 1885, many industrial centers in the country celebrated Labor Day.

A depiction of the first Labor Day Parade, celebrated in 1882 in New York

The first governmental recognition of Labor Day came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. The first state bill was introduced in New York, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania did the same. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday and on June 28 that same year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.” states the United States Department of Labor website.


“Tete a Tete” In and Around Town……

First Things First….

***Most important reminder for this week…. Dan Sullivan’s Food Drive in our Town will be ending Friday, September 5th.  I’m embarrassed to tell you that I had the best of intentions too, and still have not brought in our canned goods.  Sometimes I think I work better with a deadline.  Let’s all plan to bring our donations in during the next week.  I’ll be making batches of Sherry’s Famous (or not so famous) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread this week too…. If you’d like one just send me an e-mail telling me you donated and I will have your Banana Bread waiting  We’ll go with the smaller sized ones because if we are very blessed I might be making hundreds this week!  Remember donation boxes are located at the Library, Police and Fire Stations, Senior Center and our Town Hall.

***Another Reminder….  If you need a Notary or Justice of the Peace, our Town Hall is ready and waiting to help.  Please spread the word about our Marriages too.  This week a lovely couple became the first Mr. and Mrs. to actually exchange marriage vows in our Town Hall since the ordinance was passed…..   What an honor for all of us and our town.

Now let’s get right down to the “Tete a Tete” for this week:)  I have so much to tell you and I still need to follow up with Part 2 from last week… but in just a short time we will be driving Mer back to college so I need to get “On The Road”


“Tete a Tete” is a French word that usually indicates a conversation between two or more people.  That’s us in a way!   I’m so happy that you are sending me in ideas for people and places I should write about.  This week I received a call from Donna Andronico.  Donna was calling because she had just enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Talia’s Eatery…a wonderful still rather new BREAKFAST and LUNCH place right here in town.  It’s where Janie’s Uncommon Café use to be in the Papa Gino’s Plaza.  She has enjoyed meeting friends there throughout the summer and wanted us to know how delicious every meal has been.

Of Course the food is very important when we go out but Donna also wanted us to know about the “Friendly, no Rush”, we are just happy you’re here service that she has experienced each time she has been in.  Donna said to me it is a great place for a “Tete a Tete”!   I responded with “hey I have never heard that before” that would be a great title for this week’s story!

Donna loves the egg white omelets, eggs benedict with or without the bread, amazing salads with everything you could want on them.  Again, “Friendly, Refreshing, and Sweet” is how she describes each of her visits to Talia’s Eatery… I can’t wait to “Visit” myself!

Just a quick fun tip that goes along with food preparation and storage…. And I have to thank Facebook for this one….

If you’re like me when I’m cooking I use Foil Paper or Siren Wrap often…. Constantly it seems!  Well for most of the 42 years that I have been in the kitchen and cooking, it drives me nutty when I’m trying to rip off the foil or siren I need.  If I’m lucky it tears properly but that seems to be about 50 50 for me anyway.  Sometimes the darn roll will even pop out of the box and roll away.  That’s always a great moment… and I often throw away torn mushed pieces of each that just didn’t come out right for me…

Here’s a tip….  Look at this picture… check the end of your “box” most of them will have a little area on each side that you need to push in.  They have always been there but most of us never notice them…. Push each in firmly…. Their job is to lock the roll in place so that it never pops out on you or causes a problem.  It works!  The only thing I did find is that on some store brands you may not have them.  Check it out for yourself and please let me know what you think!  How did we miss this… or maybe you knew too.

With A Grateful Heart Sherry<3


Hospice Volunteer Training in Londonderry

If you have a passion for helping people in your community, feel free to join a team of individuals who believe in helping people with a terminal illness find comfort in their remaining days.

Amedisys Hospice of Londonderry will be holding a new Hospice Volunteer training. The training will take place 6 consecutive Mondays beginning on October 6th from 6-8:30pm. The training will take place in their Londonderry office.

Please contact Valerie Arnista, Volunteer Coordinator at 603-421-0414 or for more information.


Leach Library News for October 2014

Library Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The library will be closed on Monday, October 13 for Columbus Day.

Adult Program
On Thursday, October 16 at 7:00pm the Leach Library will host historian, Richard Holmes, and poet, Robert Crawford, as they discuss local poet, Robert Frost and his life.

Mr. Holmes is the Derry Town Historian and has been the Chairman of the Derry Heritage Commission, Director of the Derry Museum of History and a Trustee of the Robert Frost Farm. He is the author of numerous books, including Nutfield Rambles: Stories from the History of Derry, Londonderry, & Windham, New Hampshire, The Road to Derry: A Brief History, and View from Meeting House Hill: A History of Sandown, New Hampshire.

For over a decade, Mr. Crawford worked in and around the Pentagon before moving to New Hampshire for a literary life. He is an Assistant Professor in the writing department at Chester College of New England. His poems have won numerous awards and have been published in many national journals. His first book of poetry was published in 2005: Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man.

Mr. Holmes and Mr. Crawford will give people an intimate look into how Frost came to teach at Pinkerton Academy while living at his farm on Route 28 and how his opportunity forever changed his poetry and those who read it throughout the world.

The presentation is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals. It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Reference News
October is a good time to celebrate our pets.  Whether they are a member of the family, man’s best friend, or a gentle companion, our pets play an important part in our lives.  This month our display features books and movies showing the love we have for our pets, as in Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, by Caroline Paul, The Cat who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love, by Julia Romp, or Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog who Inspires Millions, by Judy Fredono.  Sometimes pets bring healing to broken lives demonstrated in Zoobiquity: What Animals can Teach Us about Health and the Science of Healing, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, or Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of “Unadoptables” Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing, by Susannah Charleston.  Do you want to better understand your dog, parrot, or horse? Read The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think, by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, or Conversations with Cosmo, a book on communicating with the African Grey Parrot by Betty Jean Craig.  Our display is brimming with materials on choosing a pet, caring for them, training animals, and just enjoying their company. Some of these titles to look for are How to Raise Rabbits, by Samantha Johnson, Aquarium Guides by Kevin Wilson, and The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Caged and Aviary Birds, by David Alderton.

Children’s Room News
Dino-Adventures: Explore the world of dinosaurs at the library on Monday, October 6 from  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with Animal Adventure’s Dino-Adventures program. This program uses fossils, dinosaur skulls, velociraptor claws and dinosaur skin you can see and touch. Animals such as monitor lizards, alligators, scorpions and birds are used  to  show how  animals today are similar and different to dinosaurs (live animals). This program is open to all ages, and space is limited to 90 people. Advance registration for this exciting  program  is  required  and   began  at  9:00  a.m.  on Monday, September 29. To register call 432-1127 or come by the Children’s Room.

Halloween Program: The Library will be hosting its annual Halloween celebrations on Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Those who wish to may participate in a costume parade beginning at 4:15 p.m. each day. During the program participants hear some not-too-spooky stories, discover how a fairy built a little orange house and learn trick-or-treat safety. At the end of the program, those participants that wish to may watch the animated Halloween classic Sleepy Hollow. All children attending the program will receive a trick or treat bag filled with prizes, activities and a simple craft. These programs are open to all ages, and space is limited to 90 people for each session. Advance registration is required and  begins on Tuesday, October 14, at 9:00 a.m. To register stop by the Children’s Room or call 432-1127.

Ladybug Award: The library is pleased to be participating in the Ladybug Award voting this year.  Each year, librarians from around the state nominate ten outstanding picture books to be voted on by the children of New Hampshire. Participants in preschool through grade 3 can vote on their favorite book from the list of nominated titles. The books will be on display this month and next. Stop by and read one of the titles and be ready to cast your vote. Ladybug Award Voting begins at    9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10 and concludes at closing on Saturday, November 15. Everyone who votes will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a fun Ladybug prize bag.

Young Adult News
In celebration of Teen Read Week, during the month of October for each Young Adult book read earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift certificate. The more you read, the more chances you have to win.


Trash and Recycling Pick-up 1 Day Delay

Labor Day, Week of September 1-6, 2014:

Collections will be delayed one day after the holiday this year.

Monday’s pick-up will be on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s pick-up will be on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s pick-up will be on Thursday.

Thursday’s pick-up will be on Friday.

Friday’s pick-up will be on Saturday.

Please make sure all trash is placed by the curb by 7:00am.



NH State Police-Marine Patrol Currently Recruiting

New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn has announced that the Division’s Marine Patrol Bureau is currently recruiting interested applicants for seasonal patrol officer positions.

The Division of State Police-Marine Patrol provides the opportunity to gain valuable on the job experience for a fulfilling career ahead of you, or a post career opportunity assisting the citizens of the Granite State.  This is a maritime law enforcement position that is very challenging.  However, with our training and your dedication you are well on your way to a most rewarding experience.

The Marine Patrol Bureau is the primary agency responsible for enforcing New Hampshire’s Boating Laws. Officer’s responsibilities include crash investigations, commercial license testing and vessel inspections, drowning investigations, sea coast maritime security patrols and more.  The Marine Patrol covers approximately 300 bodies of water across the state and maintains roughly 5,000 aids to navigation to assist boaters.

The Marine Patrol reminds any interested applicants that successful completion of the hiring process will include their certification as a New Hampshire part time police officer.  Other components of the hiring process include, but are not limited to physical fitness testing, written exam, oral board, swim test, psychological test, background investigation, polygraph examination, classroom instruction / testing, as well as practical on the water training / testing.

Marine Patrol has positions available in all counties of the state and is hoping to have final candidates selected by December 31, 2014.

Interested applicants should visit Marine Patrol’s website at:, once there select the “employment” link on the left, then the “Recruitment for Seasonal Marine Patrol Officer Trainee” link. For the application process choose the “Employment Opportunities” link for details regarding available positions and the process for application submittal. Anyone with specific questions should contact Sergeant Cheryl Clancy at (603) 293-2037 or (603) 556-3183.