“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” In and Around Londonderry…

I know I type this often to you, but what I really love about writing to you each Friday morning is that I’m never quite sure what our title will be or where our Written Road will head… Of course I always have an idea, notes I’ve taken throughout the week, … but often I think of Forest Gump and his comparison to a box of Chocolates… “You (or I) never quite know what we are going to get”

Our Title just came to me as I was sitting at my computer this morning… You know my time, about 5:30ish and I can still hear that pouring rain and dreadful wind. Not as bad as the last couple days, but it’s still with us.  Shea had no desire to head outside and I felt bad insisting he had to go out… It really is still raining Cats and Dogs!

You know how much I love to look up how these words and phrases came to be so here’s where our title originated from…I would have guessed the 1950’s but with a little help from the internet and Urban Dictionary I tracked it down.  The idea of “It’s raining Cats and Dogs” was first heard in 1651!  It was coined as a reference to trying to secure weak roofs against horrible rains that long ago!!!!  In 1738 Jonathan Swift a playwright of the era, used the phrase in one of his Satires and that’s when it seems to have caught on.  Can you even imagine almost 300 years ago!

The last time we talked, I was telling you about my adventures in Toronto and we were headed for the Toronto Zoo, which does “sort of” fit with our title this week…..

The theme at the Toronto Zoo is The Giant Panda Experience and you see signs like these as you are driving up to the entrance of the Zoo.  What we never would have guessed is that this came to be because of a “long-term conservation partnership agreement between CHINA and CANADA”.  China is “loaning” just two Giant Pandas to the Toronto Zoo for a 5 year period of time.

What makes these beautiful Pandas “GIANT” is that they weigh 100 Kilograms which is equal to 220 pounds to us!  Remember Canada adopted the metric system over 30 years ago!  They are known to China, but they are an “endangered species”.  They have only one cub on the average every two years.  They also live primarily on Bamboo which alone is pretty fascinating.  Honestly Mackensie and I struggled a little with the idea of these beautiful animals being held in cages, walking around the same small area day in and day out.  I know there is such a value in what we can learn and the beauty we see, but…. What do you think?

Continuing with the idea of learning last Friday Bart and I were asked to speak at the Litchfield Middle School about our Career Paths.

We were on a panel of three…
1.  Hudson Police Lieutenant Officer Chuck Dyac
2.  Dr. Quirnale (Dr. Bart to the Students)
3.  Me, As Your Town Clerk, and Elected Position

First all of us were just so very impressed with each and every student, 4 different classes!  It was first thing in the morning, and they could not have been more attentive, polite, and involved.  What a gift to all of us!
The three of us had the same message, always continue to learn and find something you “love” to do.  The interesting thing was that all of us on our panel had the same passion… to help and serve people.
Dr. Quirnale told each class that he loved getting up each morning to head into his office.  Officer Dyac agreed and so did I!  I guess were right back to that Forest Gump Box of Chocolates Idea, in each of our professions we never really know what a day will bring or who might need our help or assistance.

Bart also told them about searching for a “Pearl” each day.  Remember we’ve talked about this before… learn something new each and every day…  a “Pearl” that you can keep with you always….

As I’m typing to you, now at 8:15 am… our Town Administrative Assistant Kirby Wade is preparing to talk to a US History Class at our High School.  Kirby has a vast background in administration, campaign management, business and something you may not have known is that she is an accomplished artist!

I hope we all learn many “Pearls” this week and it would be so great to share some of them here… send them in!

Sherry’s  Famous (or not so famous) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread are waiting for you <3

With a Grateful Heart to “Cindi” and “Officer Chris” too.

xoxoxo   Sherry<3

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Trick or Treating Fun at Charmingfare Farm this Weekend!

Tomorrow and Sunday, Charmingfare Farm is hosting their Children’s Trick or Treat – a perfect place for little ghouls and boils who don’t want to be scared but still want the excitement of wearing their favorite costume and having a fun Halloween adventure. With six special attractions and candy stops for Trick or Treating along the way, families will see live animals, take train and pony rides, and much more!

The attractions include:

Barnyard Village Stroll – Walk through the barnyard and meet friendly costumed characters with exciting treats.

Eerie Horse-Drawn Ride – Take a wagon ride through the woods to view festive decorations.

Grandpa’s “Spooky” Hay Barn – This old hay barn is the best place to play, walk through a hay bale maze, and meet friendly ghosts with special treats.

Tractor Train Bog Ride – Climb aboard the train and journey into the bog at the farm to see what strange creatures lie ahead.

Crazy Scarecrow Corn Maze – Silly scarecrows await inside this corn maze.

Pony Rides – Take a trail ride into the forest and see friendly wolves and treats along the way.

The event will run from 10 AM until 4 PM Saturday, October 25, and Sunday October 26, 2014. Check in times are from 10 AM until 1:30 PM to help the farm manage the flow of their guests.

Tickets are $19 per person and includes all six attractions. Children 23 months and under are free! Pre-order your tickets online and save $2 each! Click here to buy now!

Watch this video about this fun event!

For more information, click here.

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Trick or Treat on Main Street is Tomorrow!

Londonderry’s Trick or Treat on Main Street and Harvest Fest will be held tomorrow, Saturday October 25, 2014 at 12 PM. Trick or Treating takes place along Route 102 and Mammoth Road until 2 PM, followed by a costume parade and festivities at the Morrison House at 2:30 PM.

During the Harvest Fest, guests can participate in the Zombie Run, a running course where “survivors” run from safety zone to safety zone while avoiding having their flags stolen by zombies. Tickets for the Zombie Run are $1 for ages 11 to 15 and $5 for ages 16 and up.

Food will be provided by the Londonderry Lions Club, games and activities by the Londonderry YMCA, and music by Flashback Entertainment. Stick around after the parade and run for more food, music and games.

Maps for the Trick or Treat on Main Street can be picked up at RE/MAX 1st Choice at the Crossroads Mall.

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High School’s Annual Haunted Woods to take Place Monday, Tuesday

To all residents that enjoy a scary Halloween!  If spooky thrills, spine-tingling chills, and haunting horrors are your favorite part of Halloween, don’t miss Londonderry’s Haunted Woods! Presented by the Londonderry High School Drama, this annual spook-fest is for all ages, young and old, who love a good scare, or just love the Halloween tradition.

For two nights only!

  • Monday October 27th
  • Tuesday October 28th

The Haunted Woods held at the Londonderry High School Panther Park Ropes Course area will be scaring up some fun in Londonderry!

For the younger crowd (ages 4 to 7/8ish), we have a “goblins garden” where there are crafts, games, face painting and treats.

Be sure to stop by between 6 and 9 PM, and bring the kids! Admission to the Goblins Garden is just $3 per child.  For older children looking for a good scare, the Haunted Woods is $5 per person.

Families are more than welcome to “costume-up” their children. Complimentary hot chocolate, cider, cookies and screams are a guarantee!

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Comedy Show, Adam Ezra and More Just Booked in Londonderry!

Ticket Update
ROBIN TROWER – SOLD OUT!
ANNA NALICK – Selling Fast!
RENAISSANCE- Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Only 30 tickets remain!
ERIC JOHNSON – Both Shows SOLD OUT!
CARL PALMER – Selling Fast!
LIVING COLOUR – SOLD OUT!
ART ALEXAKIS of Everclear – Selling Fast!
CARBON LEAF – SOLD OUT!
LOS LONELY BOYS – Selling Fast!
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – Selling Fast!
THE WEIGHT – Selling Fast!
Y&T – Selling Fast!

This Week
October 22 ROBIN TROWER
This show is SOLD OUT!

October 23 DAVID KNOPFLER
An intimate evening with Dire Straits Co-Founder David Knopfler
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, David Knopfler grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England. By fourteen, David was performing his own songs in folk clubs and having learned guitar, piano and drums in his childhood, it’s not surprising to find he’s mastered many of the instruments he uses on his recordings. Despite a college degree, he can’t recall any other aspirations beyond composing and playing music.
David founded Dire Straits alongside his brother Mark, and recorded three albums, touring the stadium circuit extensively, before resigning three years later to follow his own path of independent, singer-songwriter. For more than two decades has faithfully pursued his musical vision, writing and producing his own music on nine solo CDs to date.

October 24 BLACK 47
They played more gigs at Shea Stadium than The Beatles, shut down the city of Hoboken, appeared multiple times on Leno, Letterman & O’Brien, starred in a movie with their fans Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, helped spring the Guilford Four and the Birmingham Six from British prisons, saved an Irish immigrant church from the wrecking ball.
Anything else? Oh yeah, their CD IRAQ was the most popular with troops serving in Iraq, their song The Big Fellah was featured for 3 minutes on Sons of Anarchy, they’ve played over 2500 gigs from pubs to stadiums and released 14 CDs, their songs are used in hundreds of high school and college history and political science courses, and they intend disbanding on Nov. 8th, exactly 25 years after their first gig in The Bronx. Then again, Black 47 has always done it their way.
Led by Irish author, playwright, and SiriusXM radio host, Larry Kirwan, Black 47 play a uniquely Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll that touches on many social and political issues, and yet is never less than entertaining and riveting. Black 47 earned their chops playing four sets a night in New York pubs. They gained national attention for their first indie record before The Cars’ Ric Ocasek produced their second album, Fire Of Freedom which brought them mainstream attention with MTV favorites, Funky Ceili and Maria’s Wedding.

October 25 MARIA MULDAUR
Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early ’60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the ’60s.
In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards.

New Bookings
December 12 TUPELO NIGHT OF COMEDY
This is a great comedy featuring Carolyn Plummer and Jim Lauletta. Always a good time, and still only $18, Tupelo Comedy Nights are the perfect night out with friends.

December 31 ADAM EZRA GROUP
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. Through their non-profit organization, RallySound, AEG helps people organize live music events that inspire communities and encourage grassroots activism.
The group’s live performances, sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010. Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel. Royal Avenue paired the group with multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson (best known for his work with The Fray) who has helped hone Adam’s ramblings into finely tuned songs that still retain the power and conviction developed from Ezra’s years of “do it yourself,” grassroots work ethic.

March 17 JIMMIE VAUGHAN and Tilt A Whirl Band
Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player Magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity – a living legend.” After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool.
Since releasing his first solo album in 1994, he has set the standard for quality modern roots music. Throughout his career, Vaughan has earned the esteem of his legendary guitar-playing heroes and superstar peers along with successive generations of young players. His musical ethos and personal style have had an impact on contemporary culture, from spearheading the current blues revival with The Fabulous Thunderbirds to his longtime, innate fashion sense of slicked-back hair and sharp vintage threads (now seen throughout the pages of contemporary fashion journals) to becoming a premier designer of classic custom cars. But for Jimmie Vaughan, none of it is part of a crusade or a career plan. It’s just his natural way of living his life and pursuing the interests that have captivated Vaughan since his youth.

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Public Hearing Regarding Demolition of Property in Londonderry

The property to be discussed is highlighted in red above.

The Londonderry Demolition Delay Committee will be meeting tonight, October 22, 2014, in the Moose Hill Conference Room at 7 PM. The meeting will be a public hearing and will discuss the demolition of structures located at 48 Perkins Road.

According to the Town’s property assessment information, the home on the property was built in 1799 and is classified as an “Old Style” building. It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms,  and sits on over 16 acres of land.

The public is invited to attend tonight’s meeting.

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