Another Successful Day of Giving Ceremony held at High School

Caroline Muse was honored for helping a Texas school begin their own Day of Giving tradition.

On Friday, January 10, 2014, more than 200 donors gathered on the cutting room floor at the Londonderry High School for the annual Day of Giving ceremony. Breaking yet another world record, thousands of inches were donated to create wigs for cancer patients.

Now in its eighth year, the ceremony seems to break a new record in number of participants each year. It has drawn national attention, been recognized by Pantene Beautiful Lengths with a short non-fiction film, and attended by members of the American Cancer Society.

A new addition to this year’s ceremony was an award dedicated in honor of retiring Assistant Principal and organizer of the ceremony, Art Psaledas. This year saw two recipients; one had helped a school in Texas begin their own Day of Giving, and the second was an alumni of the high school and professional hairstylist who’d been present as a hairstylist at every ceremony since conception.

One returning student, Myranda Brodsky, took donation to the next level by not only shaving her head for the cause, but by also presenting the American Cancer Society with a check for $5,600. She is still accepting donations and hopes to reach her $10,000 goal. She has currently raised over $7,700. To donate, click here.

Be sure to watch this slideshow of Myranda Brodsky as she donates her hair.

For more images of the Day of Giving ceremony, click here. All photos by Lauren Holahan.


Grooming a trail in Londonderry, NH

Editor’s Note: Each winter, the Adam’s Pond Trail offers three miles of pristine trails for cross country skiing. After several inches of snowfall last week in Londonderry, Andy Mack Jr. headed out to groom the trail. Here’s his story and images.

After a good 8″-9″ of white stuff fell Friday, January 17 2014, it was time to make the Adams Pond Trail ready for cross country skiers. This popular trail runs through apple orchards, forest and alongside Adams Pond, a pretty, wild wetland in Londonderry NH.

Getting ready for xc ski trail groomertime on the Adams Pond Trail

The trail grooming equipment is provided by Londonderry Trailways, a local group that maintains hiking/biking/ski trails throughout Londonderry.

Trail Map – Adams Pond Trail – Londonderry Trailways

With Adams pond on your right, cross the bridge over the dam rebuilt by Londonderry Trailways. This will take you to the South orchard l…

After hooking up the sled, which is weighed down with cinderblocks, I put the snowmachine in low and lumbered out across the field and into the woods. New snow is always beautiful on the Adams Pond Connector, the trail that skirts Adams Pond that connects two large apple orchards…

Nice out here. Not much base but good snow as more falls. 31 deg calm. Adams Pond Trail

Click the Instagram link below for a short ride on the snow machine…

Xc ski trail grooming the Tunnel of Enchantment - Adams Pond Trail

The wife followed on cross country skis as we rounded Adams Pond, headed for the little bridge over the dam. Another scenic spot…

Panoramic View: Adams Pond

And still more views as we headed into the apple orchard…

Wintertime color: oak leaves glow on a snowy day in Londonderry, NH

The orchards were alive on this grey day, filled with birds, working mummified apples left over from harvest. A red tailed hawk zipped overhead. There is always wildlife to see on the trail.

Winter panorama: Mack's U-Pick 2 on a snowy January day

Be sure to visit the trail. The skiing is great. It’s free. Best winter parking: Londonderry Historical Society on Pillsbury Road. The orchard which is the north loop of the trail is across the street. Do both loops and the connector for a good 5k ski. More below via VisitLondonderry.com

Cross-Country Ski Trails

The Town Center trails are some of the popular here in town. Groomed throughout the winter, the trails are great for snowshoeing and…


Local Center Hosts Series of Meetings

Located in Londonderry’s Presbyterian Church, the Avery Center works with the Alcoholics Anonymous Friendship Center in Derry to host meetings for recovering alcoholics and their families. The Center’s meetings are as follows:

Wednesday, 12 – 1 PM: Women’s 12 Step Alcoholics Anonymous

Wednesday, 7 – 8:30 PM: Adult Children of Alcoholics

Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Women’s Way II, 12 Step Alcoholics Anonymous

Thursday, 7 – 8:30 PM: Al Anon

Sunday, 6:30 – 7:45 PM: Mindfulness and the 12 Steps (Step 11)

The programs came from the Derry Friendship Center’s need to find a more suitable facility for women’s and children’s programs. From a single Al-anon program to a vital community resource, the center has now grown to include programs for women, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, guest speakers for the High School Recovery Program, and the Vet-to-Vet program.

The Avery Center is located at 128 Mammoth Road in Londonderry. For more information, click here.


Just booked: Stanley Clarke, Colin Blunstone, Joan Osborne, Jimmie Vaughan, Peter Wolf, Ottmar Liebert, Entrain, Bela Fleck and MORE!!!!

SISTER HAZEL- First show SOLD OUT! Tickets remain for second show.
MARSHALL CRENSHAW- Only 29 tickets reain!
Feb 8 COMEDY NIGHT – Only 20 tickets remain!
RICK DERRINGER – Selling Fast!
FRANCIS DUNNERY – Only 36 tickets remain!
ED KOWALCZYK - Only 40 tickets remain!
PETER WOLF- 2 of 3 shows sold out!
SHAWN MULLINS- Only 40 tickets remain!
Y&T – First show is SOLD OUT! Second show selling fast.
JON ANDERSON – Only 20 tickets remain!
RIK EMMETT – Selling Fast!
THE ENGLISH BEAT – Selling Fast!

In the 15+ years that they have been recording and performing as a band, they have accomplished something that for most artists is only a dream: they have built a career with a solid foundation, seemingly impenetrable by the shifting sands of the record industry and the economy.  Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. (Listen)

This Show is SOLD OUT

January 25 PAULA COLE
This show is SOLD OUT.

Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base. After an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, the Michigan-bred musician began his recording career with the now legendary indie single “Something’s Gonna Happen,” on Alan Betrock’s seminal Shake label. His growing fame in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released his self-titled 1982 debut album. With such classics as “Someday, Someway” and “Cynical Girl,” that LP established Crenshaw as one of his era’s preeminent tunesmiths — a stature that was confirmed by subsequent albums. (Listen: Marshal, The Bottle Rockets)

February 15 ENTRAIN
Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based six-piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception. Entrain has recorded eight albums (one this year), all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles – from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk – often within the same song. “The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we’ve got that…. anything goes, everything goes,” explains Tom Major (drummer). (Listen)

This comedy night features PJ Thibodeau and John Morris. Tupelo’s comedy nights are always a great time. Buy a table and bring friends!

Four-time Grammy Award Winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He is the first bassist in history who doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide to this day. A veteran of over 40 albums, he most recently won the 2011 Best Contemporary Jazz Album Grammy Award for The Stanley Clarke Band. Clarke co-founded the seminal fusion group Return to Forever with Chick Corea and Lenny White. In 2012 Return to Forever won a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album,Forever.

Clarke’s creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable: gold and platinum records, Grammy Awards, Emmy nominations, virtually every readers and critics poll in existence, and more. He was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy’sMusic Award for ten straight years. Clarke was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.” In 2004 he was featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People. He was honored with the key to the city of Philadelphia and put his hands in cement as a 1999 inductee into Hollywood’s “Rock Walk” on Sunset Boulevard. In 2011 he was honored with the highly prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his entire body of work. Most recently Clarke won Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critic’s Poll for Best Electric Bass Player. (Listen)

America’s answer to Mick Jagger, and you know the hits; “Love Stinks, Centerfold, Freeze Frame, Lookin’ For Love”—.and on and on. As the frontman, lead singer, songwriter for the J. Geils Band, Peter’s fast talking antics and larger than life on stage persona are iconic images in the world of Rock N’ Roll.

Peter was born in the Bronx, New York. He planned a career as an artist, but he got a job in the late 1960s as a disc jockey on Boston FM radio station WBCN and began exploring his interest in blues and rhythm and blues music, giving himself the nickname “the Wolfa Goofa”, sometimes expanded to “the Wolfa Goofa with the Green Teeth” (as mentioned in the intro to the semi-hit “Must Have Got Lost” on J. Geils Band’s Blow Your Face Out album). Later as solo artist he called himself Woofa Goofa Mama Toofa. He, Paul Shapiro, Stephen Bladd, Doug Slade and Joe Clark formed a group called the Hallucinations who performed with The Velvet Underground, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, and Sun Ra. He then saw the J. Geils Blues Band in concert and quickly joined. He was the vocalist and frontman, and often acted as a sort of manager. Wolf was known for his charismatic stage antics of fast-talking quips and “pole-vaulting” with the microphone stand. He and keyboard player Seth Justman were responsible for most of the songwriting. Creative differences followed their Freeze Frame album, causing the J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf to part ways in 1983. (Listen)

In a career that spans over fifteen years, Joan has proven to be an artistically restless yet consistently enthralling performer. In 2002, she cemented her reputation as a top tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown,’ followed by a tour with legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers. In 2003, Osborne toured with the Dixie Chicks and then surprised and wowed audiences touring throughout America for two years as the lead singer for The Dead. In 2007, she graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Osborne loves to sing and perform in many different genres, but she comes back to her soulful rock roots on ‘Little Wild One,’ her fall release that reunites her Grammy All-Star team of Rick Chertoff and Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian of The Hooters. The team last worked together on Osborne’s breakthrough, debut album ‘Relish,’ which sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit “One Of Us” as well as scoring six Grammy nominations. (Listen)

As the lead singer of the Zombies, Blunstone was one of the greatest ’60s rock vocalists, pacing the group’s minor-key masterpieces with his inimitable choked and breathy vocals. After retiring from the business briefly in the late ’60s (to work in the insurance industry, of all things), he went solo in the early ’70s with a string of interesting pop/rock albums that were more of an extension of the late Zombies sound than the more well-known work of Argent, the other Zombies spin-off act. The Zombies connection is hardly incidental; chief Zombie songwriters Rod Argent and Chris White gave Blunstone some songs, as did Argent member Russ Ballard, though Blunstone penned much of his material himself. With their moody melodies and Baroque touches of muted keyboards, classical guitars, and inventive string arrangements, his early-’70s albums sometimes sounded like a mellower take on the direction the Zombies pursued with their pop-psychedelic masterwork Odessey and Oracle. Blunstone managed some small British hits with “How Could We Dare Be Wrong,” “I Don’t Believe in Miracles,” and the Top 20 single “Say You Don’t Mind,” a cover of a tune written and recorded by Denny Laine after he left the Moody Blues and before he joined Wings. Blunstone’s first album, One Year (1971), was his best, though the follow-ups Ennismore and Journey also had their moments. (Listen)

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. (Listen)

Grammy Nominated Ottmar Liebert has become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings. By 1989, he had founded the first incarnation of his band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local Indian artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version. (Listen)

September 17 BELA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN (at Pinkerton)
BÉLA FLECK is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. ABIGAIL WASHBURN is often considered the most exciting female banjo player in the world. Abigai’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Flecks riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare 3-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat. (Listen)


Londonderry Student Raises Nearly $700 for Animal Shelter

After a pipe burst in the Manchester Animal Shelter earlier this month, a Londonderry fifth grade Matthew Thornton student organized a special pajama day to raise money for the shelter.

On January 15, students and teachers were invited to “roll out of bed” and wear their pajamas to school. In conjunction with the day, donations were accepted.

Using a donation box, the student raised over $690 for the shelter.

“It certainly is rewarding to have such civically minded students and such a caring and giving community,” said Matthew Thornton Principal Ace Thompson.


Local Gymnasts Compete Well at Winter Carnival

Gymnasts from Spectrum Gymnastics Academy traveled to the Gym at Brentwood Commons in Brentwood, New Hampshire on the weekend of January 4th and 5th and to Stratham Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, New Hampshire on the weekend of January 11th and 12th to participate in the 2014 Winter Carnival, a meet that attracts many gyms from New Hampshire and from all of New England. For most of the Spectrum gymnasts, it was the second meet of the new competitive season and a chance to show off those new skills and routines. Highlights of the meet included a 4th place team finish for the Level 3 team. Congratulations to all the gymnasts for a job well done.

Level 3

  • Abigail Lee of Manchester – 6th in Vault, 2nd Bars, 4th Floor and 4th All-Around
  • Hannah McDonnell of Manchester – 1st Bars and Floor, 4th Beam and 1st All-Around
  • Lilly Hagget of Londonderry – 7th Vault, 3rd Bars, 7th Beam, 5th Floor and 6th All-Around
  • Ava Seaman of Londonderry – 4th Vault and 7th Beam
  • Nicole Stone of Londonderry – 4th Vault and Beam and 3rd Floor
  • Skye Merrow of Hudson – 5th Vault
  • Abigail Atkinson of Windham – 7th Floor
  • Isabella Goebel of Auburn – 7th Bars
  • Emily Smith and Alyssa Parsons of Londonderry also performed well.

Level 4

  • Olivia Burnham of New Boston – 5th Vault and 7th Floor
  • Marissa McKay of Londonderry – 5th Floor
  • Quinn Brown of Londonderry – 7th Vault
  • Maeve Ryan of Londonderry – 7th Bars
  • Alanna Murphy of Goffstown and Jillian Severance and Kaitlyn Severance of Derry also performed well.

Level 5

  • Sophia Hagymas of Londonderry – 4th Beam and Floor and 7th All-Around
  • Madison Pomeroy of Derry – 7th Vault and Beam and 4th Bars
  • Aislinn Milner of Windham – 4th Beam
  • Aisling Macaraeg of Hudson – 4th Beam
  • Lily Tharrington of Londonderry also performed well.

Level 6

  • Skyler Endyke of Londonderry – 1st Beam
  • Lauren – 6th Bars and 7th Beam

Level 7

  • Ashley Griffin of Londonderry – 1st Vault, 2nd Floor, 3rd Bars, 5th Beam and 3rd All-Around
  • Madolyn Croteau of Londonderry – 4th Vault, 6th Bars and Floor and 7th All-Around
  • Olivia Towey of Bedford – 1st Bars, 5th Vault and Floor, 6th Beam and All-Around
  • Teghan Coyle of New Boston – 6th Vault, 7th Bars and Beam
  • Chloe Abreu – 6th Beam and 7th Bars

Level 8

  • Elise Goodspeed of Londonderry – 7th Vault and Bars, 5th Beam and All-Around

Xcel Bronze

  • Ashley Isaacs of Litchfield – 5th Beam, Brittney Whiting of Hudson- 6th Vault
  • Olivia Mack of Manchester – 7th Vault
  • Skylar Pelletier of Londonderry, Kierstin Kirchner of Nashua, and Abby Beuchemin of Hudson also performed well.

Xcel Silver

  • Ashley Greenwood of Londonderry – 2nd Bars, 7th Beam, 4th Floor and 2nd All-Around
  • Jordan Galluzzo of Londonderry – 7th Beam
  • Katelyn McDonnell of Manchester – 1st Vault, 4th Bars and 3rd Floor
  • Samantha Cummings of Windham – 6th Floor
  • Reese Fletcher of Derry – 6th Beam
  • Ashley Snell of Litchfield and Anna Davis of Derry also performed well.

Xcel Platinum

  • Kathryn Boone of Windham – 7th Vault, 3rd Bars and 6th All-Around
  • Lindsey Beaudoin of Bedford – 6th Vault
  • Kelsey Allen of Derry also performed well.