LMS to Honor Veterans

On Friday, November 7th, at 8am, members of the Londonderry Middle School Student Council and Clef Singers will be hosting a flag raising ceremony to honor the veterans who are part of our school district as well as all those who have served our country.  The ceremony will be broadcast over the intercom and filmed for broadcast over LEO21 in the future.  All members of the school district who have served are invited to attend.  Additionally, veterans are asked to send their name, rank, branch of service, year served and any special information they would like included, (location of service, awards, type of work, etc.) to chursh@londonderry.org.

Additionally, LMS will hold “Hat Day” on Oct. 31st.  Students are allowed to wear a hat for the day with a dollar donation.  Profits from hat day will benefit M.A.R. S. Veterans Group who support returning veterans and their families.

Finally, there is an ongoing effort to collect new household items from Oct. 20-Nov. 7th to support Liberty House Shelter for homeless veterans.  Students may bring in their donations and drop them in the boxes by the 8th and 6/7th grade offices.

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Matthew Nutt completes his Eagle Project

Matthew Nutt and the Grange Building Committee

It is a long process for a young man to go through to become an Eagle Scout.  This is one of the reasons becoming an Eagle Scout is so revered.  First, a boy must rise through the ranks, earning merit badges along the way and learning what is necessary to be prepared and survive whatever life might throw at them.  Included are 10 specific merit badges: first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communication, cooking, personal fitness, camping, family life and one of either environmental science, emergency preparedness, swimming, hiking or cycling.  Once that is complete, the scout must come up with an Eagle project; one that will benefit his sponsoring organization or other worthy entity in the town, get it approved and supervise it to its completion.

Matthew Nutt has accomplished just that.  He is a scout with Troop 521, a troop that meets at the Grange each Tuesday evening.  The Grange has enjoyed many upgrades as a result of their partnership with the scouts and as a result of the many Eagle Scouts who have passed through. Matthew’s contribution was very significant.  He was able to take a 1950s style kitchen, with moldy and curling linoleum, green cabinets and florescent lights and transform it into a modern, fresh and inviting place to gather.

The project began with an idea and a need.  The kitchen needed a makeover from the ceiling to the molding to the subfloor itself.  Matthew set to work.  As a project leader he was tasked to get volunteers, raise the funds necessary to purchase the paint, sub floor and flooring, molding and table and chairs; set the work schedule and maintain a budget.  Matthew worked, with the approval of the Grange building committee, and painted walls, ceilings, (sealing water spots along the way), painted the moldings, tore up and replaced the old linoleum floor, replaced the sub floor where needed and installed a new tile floor.  The project took a combined work force 324.25 hours and cost approximately $1,100.

Matthew set out to raise funds to cover the cost.  He ran a variety of bake sales that had a twist.  He included bags of popcorn, handmade earrings and bracelets that had been donated for this purpose.  He held back-to-back sales at Wal-Mart in Derry and Shaws’ in Londonderry.  He also received several hundred dollars in donations bringing the total he raised $1,402.00.  Of this he was able to donate back to the Grange  a total of $330.15.

Matthew will be going before the Eagle Court Board of Review on November 5th.

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Londonderry State of the Town Address Released

Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith released a State of the Town Address yesterday, October 17, 2014. The report covered topics such as the Town Budget, Pettengill Road, new features on the Town’s website, and more. The complete text from the report follows.

Good morning

Members of the Town Council, the Budget Committee, other elected officials, and citizens of Londonderry, it is my pleasure to present to you the 2014 State of the Town report.

Under our revised budget approval process as adopted by the voters in March of 2011, the Town Council is responsible for submitting a recommended operating budget, which can be amended at this Deliberative Session. The voters on March 11th will then vote to approve or reject the budget; if rejected, the Town would operate under the Default Budget.

The Council’s recommended budget for FY15 is below the Default Budget by approximately $31,000, and reflects an expenditure increase of 1.6% over the FY14 operating budget. There are several initiatives in this year’s warrant to address a number of timely issues: building improvements to the Public Works garage, state mandated commercial and industrial assessment updates, overtime needs in the Fire Department, and a continuation of the reserve program for town building maintenance which promotes tax rate stability. In addition, as we continue to re-prioritize long-term financial goals for the community, it is our intention to restore our undesignated fund balance to a level where it can be utilized as a funding source to enhance our equipment reserve program, roadway maintenance, as well as plan for additional projects in the future. That being said, while the 2013 approved warrant, increased the Town side tax rate by $0.34, should this year’s warrant be approved, the tax rate increase in 2014 will be just $0.07.

Although the economy continues to improve, it does so at a very slow pace, and we expect that to continue for the foreseeable future; however, staff continues to work on projects that will position the Town to capitalize on growth in the non-residential sector when economic conditions return to more steady growth. Our economic development staff continues to receive a growing number of inquiries about potential development at Pettengill Road and as such, we continue to work with state and federal officials, as well as private industry to secure non-local funding for the this project and its anticipated benefits accruing to the Airport region and the entire state. We also look forward to working with the Planning Board and the community on a number of other anticipated projects such as the Woodmont Commons development, who’s Master Plan was approved this past September, as well as the implementation of the Town’s own Master Plan. As one economic analyst recently opined in Business NH Magazine, “Londonderry is hot right now… I can’t think of another community that has the kind of opportunities that Londonderry has.” Needless to say, we couldn’t agree more.

If you haven’t done so already, I would also like to invite you to check out the Town’s website as some new features have been added, including: paying property taxes on-line, as well as motor vehicle registrations and dog license fees. The Town now accepts credit cards for payment of these fees, both on- line and at Town Hall. Finally, if you’re a fan of social media, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates on Town news and information.

In addition to the awards and recognitions given out earlier, I would also like to recognize the outstanding service of some other personnel who are no longer with us; former Town Clerk/Tax Collector Meg Seymour (12), and Executive Assistant Margo Lapietro (9). It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the service both of these women provided to the Town of Londonderry.

Having been on the job for about six months now, I can honestly say the occasion to serve as your Town Manager has been a great blessing as it has afforded me the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me and my family over the years. I wish to thank the Department Heads and employees, who, because of their experience and professionalism have made my job all the more enjoyable. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude toward Police Chief Bill Hart and the members of the Town Council. Chief Hart was and continues to be the consummate professional during my transition to the Town Manager position, assuring I was brought up to speed on every pressing matter facing the Town. His continued counsel and institutional knowledge have proved invaluable, for which I am very thankful. I would also like to thank the Town Council for placing their trust in me as the Town’s Manager and for on-going support and guidance. I look forward to working with them, and all Town staff, as we continually strive to improve the services we deliver to the people of this great community. Thank you.

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Tinsley Ellis with Mike Zito, and Willy Porter Just Booked in Londonderry!

Ticket Update
THE TUBES – Selling Fast!
ROBIN TROWER – SOLD OUT!
ANNA NALICK – Selling Fast!
RENAISSANCE – Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Selling Fast!
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!

This Week
October 15 LIVE AT FRANK’S PLACE
This month’s FRANK FM featured performer is BLINDSPOT. This is a FREE show, folks. All you have to do is give us a call and we will set aside tickets for you.

October 16 THE EMPTY HEARTS
“You can make it if you try/Take a little time/I can help you find a way to/Fill an empty heart.”
Even though THE EMPTY HEARTS feature members of Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings and The Romantics – as well as being christened by Little Steven Van Zandt from his super-secret list of unused band names – this is no cynically constructed super group. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clem Burke, two-time Grammy nominee and MTV Video of the Year Award winning guitarist Elliot Easton, bassist Andy Babiuk and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Wally Palmar have parlayed a combined lifetime of rock ‘n’ roll into their self-titled 429 Records debut, a sterling collection of influences that include ’50s American roots rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s British Invasion and ’70s garage-punk that is anything but retro, rather a refreshing return to core musical values.
There’s the clarion power chords of The Who’s “I Can’t Explain” in “Soul Deep”, the Stones-by-way of Chuck Berry twang of “Drop Me off at Home,” the Yardbirds’ bluesy R&B of “Meet Me Around the Corner,” the Led Zeppelin epic sweep of “Loud and Clear,” the “Wild Horses”/”Dead Flowers” country-rock of “I Found You Again” and the Faces’ “Stay with Me” party vibe in “I Don’t Want Your Love.”

October 17 and 18 THE TUBES
The San Francisco based band, The Tubes, was known for its live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography and wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. Their hits include: “Don’t Touch Me There,” “Young and Rich,” “White Punks on Dope,” “Prime Time,” “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore,” “Talk to Ya Later,” “She’s a Beauty,” “Tip of My Tongue,” “The Monkey Time,” “Piece by Piece” and many more.

October 19 SONNY LANDRETH
Landreth’s music has always been evocative, a vibrant mixture of indigenous sounds and images informed by Delta blues and Faulkner alike. By eschewing lyrics and vocals, he’s located something especially pure and unfettered, as illustrated in his latest release Elemental Journey. Released on his own Landfall label in 2012, Elemental Journey marked Landreth’s first all-instrumental effort and his most adventurous work to date. “What I’d hoped to end up creating was sonic stories without words,” he says. “I want listeners to feel something that resonates with them personally. I’ve always tried to make music that engages you on a deeper level that way.”

New Bookings
December 13 TINSLEY ELLIS with special guest MIKE ZITO
International blues musician Tinsley Ellis was born and raised in Georgia. Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Tinsley Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, “-as if his life depended on it.” Ellis’ most recent tour with Blues At The Crossroads II: Muddy & The Wolf with the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Jody Williams and Bob Margolin was by all accounts one of the best shows of 2013. He is performing at the Mars Theatre as part of his “Back to Georgia” tour.

April 17 WILLY PORTER
Having toured with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck and Tori Amos, Porter capitalizes on his experience as a seasoned live performer on How To Rob A Bank. World-renowned guitarist Greg Koch had this to say about Porter’s new disc: “you get the same feeling listening to it as you do from one of his solo gigs-that you are in the presence of greatness!” Each song is a fresh crosspollination of styles, genres and musical forms. Frets Magazine called Porter”a genre-defying maverick.”
In addition, Porter finished recording an album in Denver with his side project, The Mealies, which includes members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. In the spring of 2010 Willy joined up with the Carpe Diem String Quartet in their hometown of Columbus for a supposed one-time-only collaboration. What ended up happening is that they wowed audiences and realized they created something special. Those performances are now captured in part on “The Mealies – Live at BoMA.” Seven of Willy’s previously released songs have been beautifully rearranged with the quartet for a stunning new take on these fan favorites. “That’s an exciting project,” he said. “So there’s a whole bunch of stuff, irons in the fire as it were.”

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Londonderry Fire Department to Host Annual Open House on October 18th

The Londonderry Fire Department is pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm we will be holding our annual Open House event to help celebrate National Fire Prevention Month. The public is invited to join us for this event which will be held at the David A. Hicks Central Fire Station located at 280 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH.

There will be a number of informational tables set-up including presentations by the New Hampshire Forest and Lands Division; the Londonderry ALERT Team; Professional Firefighters Local 3160 Warm Coat Initiative and benefit t-shirt sales; and the Londonderry Child Safety Seat Program.

Throughout the day members of the Londonderry Fire Department will also conduct a number of demonstrations which will include: the Manchester Fire Department K-9 arson dog; the Merrimack Police Department Seat-belt Convincer; a hose spraying station for children; child size firefighting gear try-ons; a Christmas tree fire danger demonstration; a kitchen fire demonstration and a vehicle extrication demonstration.

A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the day as well including balloons, helmets, badges, and goodie bags.

The members of the Londonderry Fire Department look forward to seeing members of the public at the Open House on October 18th. Parking is available to the rear of the fire station and Sargent Road or at the recreational fields at the end of Sargent Road.

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Londonderry Trick or Treating Times Announced; Police Issue Safety Tips

The Londonderry Police Department would like to inform the public that the Town of Londonderry will be celebrating Halloween on October 31, 2014 between the hours of 6 o’clock PM and 8 o’clock PM. These hours have been chosen to optimize the safety and enjoyment of all participating in the holiday. Please exercise enhanced caution and safety measures on the road during the outlined times. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to the Londonderry Police Department. Please see the Safety Tips listed below to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all.

This release will be sent out on a weekly basis until the holiday. The release will be updated with any changes or new information. If there are any questions please contact Detective Christopher Olson at 603-432-1118.

PARENTS

  • Always escort your children and carry a flashlight.
  • Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.
  • Set a specific time for your child/children to be out.
  • Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.
  • Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.
  • Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas.
  • Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.
  • Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark.
  • Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.
  • Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision.
  • Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.
  • Give out only commercially wrapped candy.
  • Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost.
  • Consider a Halloween party at your residence instead of going out to trick-or-treat.

TRICK-OR-TREATERS

  • Do not trick-or-treat by yourself.
  • If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material.
  • Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.
  • Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.
  • Don’t run! Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no side-walks stay as far left of the roadway as possible.
  • Walk in the direction facing traffic.
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy.

  • Wait until you get home before eating any treats.

HOMEOWNERS

  • Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.
  • If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch,place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
  • Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.
  • Never invite children into your home.
  • Keep pets away from children.
  • Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
  • If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.
  • Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.

MOTORISTS

  • Drive slowly and cautiously.
  • Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles.
  • Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.
  • Avoid using your cell phone while driving because it will cause a distraction
  • Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path.
  • Never drink and drive.

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