Two Middle School Students Interviewed on Local Radio Station

On Tuesday, April 22nd at 1:30pm, two Middle School students Allison Rose and Travis Peabody were interviewed by LHS Radio student, Cindy Miller. Allison and Travis were interviewed about their Annual school trip. The Middle School students are heading to Washington DC, making a stop in Philadelphia, and then visiting Baltimore on their way back from the trip.

Allison Rose was first interviewed saying the bus ride was pretty long. The students left the Middle School Tuesday morning around 5am and only made a few stops on the way to DC. The kids did activities to make their ride a little more fun such as watching movies, and playing “Bus Idol” which is like the show American Idol, Allison said.

Travis Peabody was then interviewed about the bus ride saying he was very excited about going to Philadelphia and visiting the Liberty Bell and the steps where the movie Rocky was filmed. Travis told Cindy he listened to his music and “Bus Idol” to make his bus ride a little more fun.

Be sure to listen to the audio file to hear more details about the students bus ride to DC!

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LMS 8th grade trip Day 1

The day began with a wonderful breakfast as we loaded the busses (at the crack of dawn), brought to us once again by a coalition of the area churches including the Church of the King, Journey Church of the Nazarene, Londonderry Christian Church, Londonderry Presbyterian Church, Londonderry United Methodist Church, Orchard Christian Fellowship, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, St. Mark Catholic Church, Diane Christian Fellowship, God squad SE and the Londonderry Derry Clergy Association. Each individual bag included a bagel or muffin, jelly or jam, juice, water, a breakfast bar and a couple of mints. The fact that Dunkin Donuts opened early for us was a bonus!

As we left New Hampshire we were treated to a beautiful sunrise and wonderful traveling weather. There was minimal traffic, with the exception of a couple of construction areas and the major cities, and we made very good time. As we are traveling in pairs, however, each team on two busses, when bus 3 had mechanical troubles, bus four waited with it. They were about an hour outside Philadelphia when the trouble occurred and the situation was handled as expeditiously as possible. The students dealt with the delay I with tolerance and understanding. While they didn’t get the full tour of Philadelphia, some of the sites were shared.

The other 6 busses of students toured the various sites of Philadelphia, seeing the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, Carpenter’s Hall (where the 1st Continental congress met), and Christ’s Church where students sat in the same seats that George Washington and his family sat in, as well as many other of our founding fathers. We saw the boarding house that Betsy Ross lived in, and is said to have created the first flag at, as well as a printing press like that Benjamin Franklin would have used. Finally, students dropped pennies on the grave of Benjamin Franklin despite Franklin’s advise in life, ‘A penny saved is a penny earned.’

Dinner was at the Old Country Buffet. This is a traditional stop because they offer everything there… Italian, Mexican, American and Chinese dishes as well as salads, fruits and a plethora of desserts. Additionally, it easily held 300 students and there was still room for the early birds. The students were patient, respectful and not at all wasteful. It was great to see the variety on their plates, a taco, macaroni and cheese, a piece of pizza, and for dessert: ice cream, pie, cake and self serve soft ice cream with toppings galore.

To pass the time on the way down busses 5 and 6 held “Bus Idol”. Single and duo acts signed up over last week to perform. We had a couple of pop songs from both the boys and girls. Mrs. Ronayne, who recently married and is now Mrs. Marques, surprised the bus with a rap song and Mrs. Soares sang a favorite Tom Chapin song. Round one is complete and over the week we will continue additional rounds of Idol.

We also passed the travel time with movies: “Frozen” to begin and then, “The Pacifier.” These movies were a terrific combination of fun and action. On the way to the hotel after dinner, “My Girl” was the show of choice and it did the trick, quieting everyone down until about 30 minutes out. The saddest part of the movie coincided when the thunder and lightening storm decided to settle on us. With each lightening bolt there was a swell of voices until finally, at about 10 minutes out, a calm once again settled on the students. We issued our final instructions, the need for help unloading the bus, the fact that students would be issued their keys and released from the bus as a room group, and that they should respect that there are other patrons in the hotel.

Everyone was checked in, taped in and, at least on the 4th floor, quiet and contented. 6am wake-ups for tomorrow and a wonderful long day ahead.

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Updated Version of “Londonderry’s Buried Treasure

The Solid Waste and Environment Committee would like to announce an updated version of the “Londonderry’s Buried Treasure – A guide to reducing waste, protecting the environment and saving money”. The updated versions can be viewed by clicking the links below or at the Public Works and Engineering page under the Environmental Service Division – Solid Waste Disposal. Click here for a list of recyclable items. Click here for Londonderry’s Buried Treasure.

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Founder of Derry, Londonderry and Windham, to be Honored with Blue Plaque

July 28, 2014 Rev. James McGregor (1677-1729) of Derry, NH will be honored with a “Blue Plaque” memorial in Aghadowey, Northern Ireland. Rev. McGregor was the leader of the pioneers that in 1719 settled the Nutfield grant in Southern New Hampshire — now the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Windham as well as portions of Manchester, Hudson, Salem, and Pelham. The Encyclopedia of Irish History in America has called McGregor “the Moses of the Scotch Irish in America.” The plaque will be put up by the Ulster History Circle, with funding from the Ulster-Scots Agency.

The ceremony on July 28th are still being developed. Derry’s Town Historian Rick Holmes has been invited to take part in the unveiling of the plaque. Others from the area can join him at this honor being offered to the founder of Derry, Londonderry and Windham by the people of Northern Ireland. We are possibly the only town in America to have its founder so officially honored “across the pond.”

Example of Blue Plaque

Background on Rev. James McGregor:
James McGregor was born in Northern Ireland (Ulster,) circa 1677 of Scottish ancestry; some believe he was the cousin of the famous Rob Roy McGregor. As a 12 year old boy he was trapped in the city of Londonderry during the 105 day long siege of the city by the forces of King James II in 1689. It is said that McGregor was standing on the tower of the city’s cathedral and was the first to signal the starving people of the city that a rescue boat had broke through the Jacobite blockade. In 1701 he became the pastor of a small Presbyterian church in Aghadowey and soon became known as the village’s peacemaker. In 1710 the synod gave him the privilege to preach in the Gaelic language.

During the 2nd decade of the 18th century times began to grow tough for the Scots in Ireland. The British government issued a number of edicts favoring the Anglican Church which was the established (official) church. No longer were Presbyterians allowed to hold office, teach or to conduct most civil ceremonies such as marriages and funerals. Economic laws hurt the Ulster Scots in making a living by selling linen, their chief source of income. Rents on English owned lands were also on the rise. Soon there was a fever for emigration throughout Ulster. While for decades Presbyterian Scots and Ulster Scots had been immigrating to the British colonies in America, the first to do in a big way was Rev. McGregor

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NH’s Youth Turkey Weekend!

New Hampshire’s 2014 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway. This year marks the ninth annual youth turkey hunt weekend in New Hampshire. During the 2013 youth weekend, young hunters took an impressive 590 turkeys, just over 13% of the total spring turkey harvest.

To participate in the special youth weekend turkey hunt, hunters must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not carry a firearm or bow and arrow. Youth hunters do not need a hunting license, but they must have a valid turkey permit ($16 resident, $31 nonresident). Accompanying adults must hold either a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license AND a turkey permit.
See a short video about turkey hunting in New Hampshire and find lots more information by clicking here.

The special weekend provides youth and mentoring adults a quiet, noncompetitive time in the woods, where they can focus on safety, ethics, hunting methods and exploring the natural world.

“Nothing generates more compliments, letters of thanks, and photographs of proud parents and beaming kids, than our youth turkey weekend,” said Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Division Chief for Fish and Game. “We take great pride and satisfaction in providing young people and mentoring adults with the opportunity to learn safe hunting practices, to put lean, healthy, natural food on their family table, and to enjoy the spellbinding wonders and beauty of New Hampshire’s spring woodlands.”

Fish and Game urges all turkey hunters, including youth, to memorize the following list of ten safety guidelines before going out in the field:

  • Never stalk a turkey. It rarely works and it increases the risk of an accident.
  • Never wear red, white, blue or black over or under your clothing, as these are prominent colors of displaying gobblers.
  • Never call from a tree that is thinner than the width of your shoulders.
  • Never jump or turn suddenly in response to a suspected turkey.
  • Never call from a site where you can’t see at least 40 yards in all directions.
  • Never imitate a gobbler call while concealed in a stand.
  • Never presume that what you hear or what responds to your call is a turkey.
  • Never think that your camouflage makes you totally invisible. to ID yourself to other hunters, wrap an orange band around the tree nearest you.
  • Never hide so well that you can’t see what’s happening around you.
  • Never move or wave to alert approaching hunters; shout “stop” instead.

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    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is now scheduled for April 26th between 10am and 2 pm. Expired or unused medicines can be brought to the Londonderry Police Department. This is a great opportunity for you to dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs safely instead of having them laying around the house! Take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

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