Beautiful Weekend Weather, Visit Londonderry!

A Londonderry Farm tour has plenty of sights and sounds to capture your attention. The bright orange pumpkins poking from the pumpkin patches this morning were framed with yellow orange flowers that should not be there. By this time in Londonderry we should have had a frost that would have knocked down those flute shaped flowers in the fields.

While checking out the magical pumpkin patch at Sunnycrest farm Saturday morning the goats were bleating from across the street. Looking for some young kids, the human type, to drop a quarter in the machine and provide a little feed. The morning rain had not kept away visitors to the farmstands although, the U-Pick activity looked a little light.

Not sure if it was Danny or just mother nature, but the side doors on the packing house at Sunnycrest created a nice wind tunnel with the west wind breeze blowing through to the farmstand. Thing is it also blew right by the bakery. That aroma flowed not only through the farmstand, it also traveled right out the front door, down the walk and into High Range Road.

Why if you had your car windows down, you got a memory of mom cooking bread and cookies rolling through your car whether you wanted it or not! Could be nature or could be marketing by Danny Hicks the owner and manager of Sunnycrest, you decide.

Smell the bakery aroma flowing out the farmstand door?

Back to that Magical Pumpkin Patch, quite an oddity to see the you pick flowers, corn stalks and pumpkins all side by side. It won’t be long till the frost and then the freeze leaves nothing but the apples left for U-Pick.

Get out this weekend! Farm fresh local vegetables and fruit in a larger than normal variety is waiting for you.

If you are from out of town and need a map to Sunnycrest Farm, just click the link, we would be happy to show you around our bit of paradise.

Please note, this is a reprint from 2011, but Sunnycrest Farm is just as bustling in 2014 as it was three years ago!

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“Speechless” On The Road With Sherry

First Things First

***Congratulations to Wayne Hall of Londonderry for winning our contest about the shopping carts. Wayne does a lot of volunteering around town, and he has been an active member of ALERT here in town for years! Thank You Wayne for all you do.

***A local family needs all of our help. Please go to this site and give what you can! Actually give a little more even! Three of our children in town, sadly faced the loss of their mom to breast cancer three years ago and now their dad has been taken from them too. They are with their grandparents but they need our help and prayers. If you know anyone who could donate remodeling time to refinish their basement which would help with much needed living space, please help through this site.

***Elwood Orchard’s Corn Maze is Open! One of our nicest family memories will always be this Corn Maze. This year they open at 8 am to 6 pm daily and they will be opening for their Night Time Maze fun the last weekend of the month from 7 pm to 10 pm. Remember though you have to get there an hour before close in order to begin the maze. Flashlights are required. Look at this picture of Vanessa Magoon, Justin Apostol and Mackensie Farrell they were just heading into the Corn Maze Adventure about 10 years ago!!!!


I still can’t believe this one myself, but this week I hit the Road, yes “Speechless”! What an interesting thing especially for someone who loves to talk like me! Definitely something I, We, take for granted.

Monday was prescheduled for me completely. I had planned to be in my daughter’s school as a substitute teacher, something I so love doing. I thought to myself in the morning how can I conduct classes without a voice? My first class walked in and they seemed very surprised when they saw me standing at the front of the room making hand signals and pointing to the board. What a great way to get a class’s attention! I did have a tiny squeak of a voice, and they seemed to be awe struck that I was their sub!

I think they were equally surprised when they realized that the class would go as planned, but instead of a lot of words there would be more pointing and many things written on the board. Once they figured out how this would work, they got right down to business and even finished the assignment early. You never really know what a day will bring. Lots of hot tea, great kids, a new way to communicate and still being able to get the job done.

In one class it was really funny, it seemed because I was talking so softly, that set the tone of how they were talking to each other and me, very soft, hard to hear whispers, So so cute! Funny how “we” really do set the tone for so many things in our lives.

Thank Goodness the kids were great but the day kept going downhill for me health wise though. I was able to get a “cold” coke which I thought might help my growing sore throat. In a “not thinking move” I tried to balance the soda on my books and make my way down the hallway in between classes.

Well “what else could happen” did. I was moving fine and balancing everything until suddenly I tripped and the soda went flying across the floor and even splashed up onto the wall! What a picture. I did my best to grab a roll of paper towel and start blotting up the puddles. Books on floor, me on my knees like Cinderella, just soda instead of ashes, what a mess, one minute until the hall would be full of students, I was picturing the slipping and chaos I would cause. Just not enough time for me to clean the entire mess up. I tried to go as fast as I could; I knew it was hopeless.

Out of the Blue this great student named Richard, in very neat clothing I might add, started grabbing paper towel and he helped me clean up the entire mess. I kept telling him he didn’t have to help me, I didn’t want him to ruin his outfit and be late for his class but he insisted! How Great is that! I plan to surprise Richard with a bag of treats sometime next week. He sure didn’t have to help, and even with me really insisting, he gently got to work and together we were done with a few seconds to spare even. What a difference Richard made in my life, those moments. I was feeling pretty sick and beaten until he crossed my path.

Along with the idea of being pretty sick this entire week, and we all know there is so much “stuff” going around even a new virus that I had not heard of before. I did have one really great unexpected find that I want to tell you about.

When someone in our family is sick we are big believers in the old chicken soup theory to help you feel better. Our favorite is called Avgolemona Soup, a Greek Style chicken soup. When the head cook is sick, it’s just not great to make soup for yourself. One day at lunchtime I decided to look deep into my cabinet and see if I could find some kind of canned soup I could have. I wasn’t very excited about the idea of “canned” but I needed something.

I saw a can of “Its Greek to Me” Greek Style Chicken Soup I had bought just in case the girls wanted to try it, and I was curious as to how it would compare to my homemade version. I had bought it quite a long time ago. I knew I had nothing to lose and I was prepared to be disappointed, after all it was far from homemade. Well I’m only including it here; because I want you to know how really “Beyond Delicious” it was. (Bart had used this description of something a few weeks back and I could not wait to use it, and I will again somewhere down the road).

Take a look at this picture. The fresh lemony flavor surprised me and it was like heaven on my throat. It was not over salty, the chicken broth flavor was I would say a solid 9, the only thing I would add more of is the tiny pasta pieces, there were surprisingly few, which did surprise me, I never thought that would be my only complaint. This is a great one to have waiting in your cabinet or to take with you for lunch someday. What a pleasant, grateful surprise. Let me know what you think if you try it.

Well I guess it’s time to end this Speechless Endless Coughing week, finally. I do want to end with something that left me completely “Speechless” this morning at about 5am in a Gift From God kind of way! I took Shea out and something told me to walk outside with him. He went down the stairs to the grass and I just stood and looked up at the dark early morning sky. ”Speechless”. Crisp Stars, Shooting Ones, a Crescent Moon and a couple Planets too. I tried to take a picture for you on my IPhone but nothing came out, so I decided I wanted to share this free app. My friend Lisa found. It’s called Star Chart. You just hold your phone or IPad up to the night sky or day sky even and it will show you all the stars and planets. I promise you will love it and you’ll be shocked at what’s happening just above us.

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at Twitter.com/Sherry_CVC

You can visit the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center, where “Business is Good. Life is Better!”

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Shellfishing Season Underway in NH

A shellfishing season you don’t often hear much about is now underway – the harvest of oysters in New Hampshire waters. The season for oysters runs from September through May. Only New Hampshire residents may participate, and the harvested oysters are for personal use only; no sale is allowed.

The current rule (Fis 605:016(b)) has been in place for more than 30 years and states that oysters shall be taken “by use of hand tongs or by hand.” The public is reminded that, until there is a change to this rule, the use of rakes to harvest oysters in New Hampshire is not a legal method of harvest.

An article on oystering that appeared in the July/August 2013 New Hampshire Wildlife Journal was not clear on this issue. As mentioned above, the use of rakes for harvesting oysters in New Hampshire is not currently legal.

No shucked oysters may be possessed while on or leaving New Hampshire waters. The oyster license number must be permanently marked on the outside of the container, and the harvester must carry his or her oyster license on their person. The limit is ½ bushel of unshucked oysters per day.

For more information on oystering in New Hampshire, consult the N.H. Saltwater Fishing Digest, available on the Fish and Game website.

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Four Farms Bustling in Londonderry this Weekend!

Apples, pumpkins, and more, oh my! Just minutes from the coast, Massachusetts, Concord, and the Lakes Region, Londonderry’s four farms are heating up with acres of pumpkins and apples, pre-picked vegetables and fruits, and baked goods and cider, it’s easy to enjoy a local vacation! With fall colors finding their way into Londonderry trees, what a better setting than apple and pumpkin picking surrounded by beautiful fall trees?

Each Londonderry farm offers a different variety of fresh produce.

  • Elwood Orchards features a fun 14+ acre corn maze, now open, as well as hay rides, apples, shell beans and tomatoes.
  • Merril Farms has farm fresh eggs, veggies, fruits, and pick-your-own apples.
  • Sunnycrest offers fun farm animals, pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales, and fresh apple cider, and delicious baked goods at the farm stand.
  • Mack’s Apples U-Pick locations have acres of pumpkins, apples of different varieties, and even squash. The farm stand offers tons of picked pumpkins, corn, apples and cider!

Sunnycrest’s pick-your-own is open from 9 – 5 daily, and the farm stand is open from 9 – 6. Learn more here.

Mack’s Apples’ pick-your-own is open from 10 – 5 daily, and the farm stand is open from 9 – 6. Learn more here.

Merrill’s is open daily, sunrise to sunset! Learn more here.

Elwood Orchards is open from 8 – 6. Learn more here.

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A Team Challenge Fundraiser – Saturday 9/20

Meet “A,” an energetic and fun-loving 8 year old. Like most other girls, she loves One Direction, her friends, and her favorite color fluorescent yellow, a color just as bright as her smile. “A” loves the beach, arts and crafts, leopards and cheerleading. Unfortunately, about a year ago, she suddenly became ill and started having some unexplained symptoms. She has, and continues to see numerous doctors and specialists, who have yet to determine the cause of all her illnesses. Her condition is so rare, they have never seen it before. Somehow, though, through all the adversity she has faced, “A” still manages to smile and look forward to the things others may take for granted, like going back to school. That is why we are calling her “A,” to afford her and her family the privacy they deserve, and the most normal life possible for “A.” We felt compelled to help her and this is how A. Team Challenge was born.

A. Team Challenge is a non-profit organization that began as an idea and with a mission to help this little girl and her family with their surmounting medical bills, costs of daily living etc. Our hope is to be able to help the next family in need as well. We will be holding our first fundraising event, a Kid’s Obstacle Course, on Saturday September 20th Londonderry Middle School. Bring the kids, and challenge them to complete the course, but be prepared to get a little muddy along the way!

When: Saturday September 20th
Where: Londonderry Middle School
Who: Open to any child ages 5-12

Registration on the day of event is $15 per child. Maximum per family is $30.00.

Kids will be grouped by age with oldest starting first and will run in smaller groups that will start every 15
minutes. This is not a timed race but a challenge to finish. Children will be encouraged to help each other
finish, but each obstacle is geared towards the age ranges competing. Below is the estimated start times for
each age group, please be aware that these may change slightly based on the number of children that are
registered.

Registration Starts at 12:00 Please arrive at least 15 min. before set start times in order to complete liability waiver, this must be completed before anyone will be allowed to participate.

11 and 12 year olds = 12:30
9 and 10 year olds = 1:30
7 and 8 year olds = 2:30
5 and 6 year olds = 3:30

There will be food, games, and the obstacle course. So come down and support the A Team!

Questions please contact Jessica Howard- ateamchallenge@yahoo.com

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Senator Shaheen to Attend Democratic Office Opening

Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be doing the honor of “opening” the new Londonderry/Derry Democratic Committee office, located in the Appletree Mall in Londonderry. The ceremony will be held this Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3 PM and is open to the public.

“As we all know, Jeannie is a very busy person. It is so great that she has chosen our office to open. Let’s show her a great big Southern NH welcome!” said Committee Chair Tam Siekmann of the news that Senator Shaheen would be in attendance.

The Londonderry/Derry Democratic Committee office is located between Curves and DG Cycles in the Appletree Mall at 4 Orchard View Drive, Londonderry, NH.

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