Muzzleloader Season Begins Saturday

Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer season is November 13, 2013, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by the state’s 60,000 deer hunters. The season runs through December 8 in most of the state, except in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A in northern New Hampshire, where it closes December 1. Changes in season length remain in place in Wildlife Management Unit A as part of an effort to improve the buck age-structure of the northern deer herd. The state’s popular muzzleloader deer season gets underway on November 2 statewide and runs through November 12.

“For many New Englanders, the firearms deer season is a traditional opportunity to get together with family and friends, enjoy our bountiful resources and put meat in the freezer before winter,” said Kent Gustafson, Wildlife Programs Supervisor for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

New Hampshire’s archery deer season began September 15. As of October 20, 2013, a total of 2,518 deer had been taken by archers, an increase of 30% over the 2012 total at this point in the season. According to Fish and Game Deer Project Leader Dan Bergeron, the harvest remains up significantly from 2009 and 2010, when the September archery season was bucks only, and is the highest in the last nine years. Reported registrations in most counties have increased toward or surpassed 2007 levels, when the state’s second highest total deer kill occurred.

“The increase at this point in the season is likely the result of the mild winter in 2012-13 and favorable hunting conditions,” said Bergeron. “The increased deer kill is likely to continue throughout the archery, youth, muzzleloader and regular firearm seasons as a result of higher deer survival and recruitment following two of the mildest winters on record during 2011-12 and 2012-13. Food abundance seems to be average this fall, with reports of certain crops being locally abundant.”

Hunting licenses can be purchased online, from license agents statewide, or at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord. The basic N.H. hunting license costs $22 for residents and $103 for nonresidents, plus a $2.50 wildlife habitat fee. Hunters age 15 and younger do not need a license, but do require permits for some species, such as turkey and bear, and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult at least 18 years of age. Special Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits are sold out.

New Hampshire continues to offer the Apprentice Hunting License, which allows people a chance to hunt under the guidance of an experienced hunter age 18 or older without taking a Hunter Education course first. Learn more online here.

Hunters with full freezers are reminded that the New Hampshire Food Bank is seeking donations of whole or processed deer. This venison provides a valuable source of meat for food banks around the state. For more information, call the food bank at 603-669-9725 x240 or visit their website. The New Horizons Food Bank in Manchester also accepts game donations to help feed the hungry. To donate game meat to New Horizons, call 603-628-6133, x114.

Find more about deer hunting in New Hampshire online here.


Rec Basketball Registration Still Open!

The Winter Basketball Registration period is nearing an end! Until Friday, November 15, 2013, registrations will be open but will not be accepted after this date unless space is available, so be sure to stop by before then to guarantee your spot!

PeeWee Basketball (Ages 4 and 5)
PeeWee Basketball is a fun and instructional program introducing the fundamentals of the sport to athletes that are no younger than 4 years old but up to Kindergarten as of January 1, 2014. A copy of the participant’s birth certificate is required at time of registration. The PeeWee basketball program is directed by a Department Commissioner. It is important to note that this is a skills based program, and there will be no games played. Clinics will be held for 30 minutes each Saturday from the beginning of January 2014 to mid-March. Parent/guardian team leaders are needed for this program. Please consider being a team leader for your child’s team.

Winter Basketball (1st through 12th grade)
The Youth Winter Basketball Program is a fun and instructional way to introduce the fundamentals of the sport in a non-competitive atmosphere. Children in grades 1st through high school as of January 1, 2014 are invited to register for this program. Children in grades 3 through 8 will have a weekly practice as well as a Saturday game. All other divisions will consist of Saturday games only. Practices and games will begin in early January 2014 and run through mid-March. Parent/guardian coaches are needed for this program. Please consider being a coach for your child’s team.

Please carefully select your child’s shirt size when registering. Sizes cannot be changed or accommodated once registration has closed. Participants cannot participate in the recreation program if they are on a travel or school team. Please let us know if your child is trying out for and/or makes any competitive team. Birth certificates are required for all 4 and 5 year old participants at time of registration.

Fees are $40.00 for Derry residents, $60.00 for non-residents, and $15.00 for additional siblings or family members.

To receive more information or to register for this program, please contact the Derry Parks and Recreation Department at (603) 432-6136, visit the Derry Recreation website, or visit the Recreation Office at 31 West Broadway in Derry. Online Registration is now open for grades 1st through 12th by clicking here! All 4 and 5 year olds must register via mail or in person at the Recreation Office.


Just booked: Keller Williams, Willie Nile, and Enter the Haggis! FIVE great shows this week!

LORI McKENNA – Only 35 tickets remain!
ANDY McKEE- Only 25 tickets remain!
HOWIE DAY – Selling Fast!
CARBON LEAF – Selling Fast!
BELLEVUE CADILLAC – Only 30 tickets remain!
Y&T – First show is SOLD OUT! Second show selling fast.
JON ANDERSON – Selling Fast!

“‘Simplify’ represents me finding a clarity I have been searching for for years,” says critically acclaimed piano-based singer-songwriter Brendan James of his new album “Simplify.” His fifth album, it is also his most elegant and emotionally direct album to date.

An active supporter for all levels of equality (he has spoken out for Marriage Equality and is considered a “Straight Ally”) and a supporter for the men and women in the military (he’s performed for the USO and troops), his advocacy is well-known and widespread. Larry Flick, influential host of Sirius XM’s “OUTQ,” says of James, “The remarkable thing about Brendan is that he is an active, creative citizen of the world. His songs do more than reflect his experiences in typical singer/songwriter style. He weaves his views and stories into a musical framework that triggers empathy from a wide array of listeners. He’s proof that, in the right hands, music can truly be universal.” Listen

Tony Lucca captured America’s hearts this year as the Team Adam finalist on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice.” Lucca’s cover of Hugo’s version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” reacted strongly, propelling Lucca to the No. 3 spot on iTunes Overall Singles sales chart and No. 1 on iTunes Rock Singles chart. Additionally, Lucca’s duet of “Yesterday” by The Beatles with coach Adam Levine (Maroon 5) landed Top 5 on iTunes Overall and Pop Singles sales charts.

In 2011, Tony Lucca appeared as himself on NBC’s “Parenthood” performing his song “Like Love.” Lucca was also tapped to appear in friend Justin Timberlake’s 901 tequila commercial spot. His songs have been featured on TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Shark,” and “Felicity” and in Kevin Costner’s feature “Open Range.” He has been seen on E! Entertainment Television and A&E, and performed numerous times on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly.” Listen

October 31 THE TUBES
This show is SOLD OUT

Lori McKenna’s unusual combination of professional and personal life, at least in the context of the modern music industry, has been well-documented. Admired and recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Alison Krauss (to name just a few), McKenna is a master at chronicling the small, difficult moments between romantic partners as they navigate their relationships. Listen

“Poignant and profound poetry. She has an uncanny ability to paint stories of the human condition in a way that reminds us all that we are not alone.” - Keith Urban

This very special night of comedy features Brad Mastrangelo, Doug Blay, and Karen Fitzgerald. Always a GREAT night out and inexpensive. Doesn’t get any better than that!

November 3 DADA
Since the release of dada’s groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses. Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.

Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dada’s 20th anniversary with an extended U.S. tour that kicked off at The Key Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

“This tour will be about a reset in a way” said Calio, noting dada plans to include songs seldom or never played by the band throughout the upcoming tour. “For right now I think dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating – enjoying it a little bit more.” Listen

Anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Willie Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. The tradition continues with his forthcoming American Ride, is being released on Loud and Proud Records, where Nile becomes the first artist released under the label’s new deal with RED Distribution.

“It’s pretty rockin’ over all, but there are some left turns and right turns along the way,” Nile says of the album, which was fan-funded through “There are songs about the rights of man, songs about freedom, songs about love and hate, songs about loss, songs about God and the absence of God, and songs about standing up for your fellow man. It’s upbeat and full of life. I’m thrilled with how it came out.” Listen

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer.

Today, whether performing as a one-man band (a stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band), with a backing band (of which he has many – Keller and The Keels, Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, and most recently Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys and with his new six–piece outfit More Than a Little, among others), or solo acoustic with simply he and his guitar, Keller always reveals himself as a is an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination.

He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new. Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It’s a path that has served him well. Listen

Toronto roots rock band, Enter The Haggis, is at the heart of a true grassroots success story, and never has this been more evident than with the group’s latest release, Whitelake . Recorded at a rustic cottage surrounded by Canada’s picturesque landscape, and funded entirely through the generous contributions of loyal fans, Whitelake occupies a musical space that lies somewhere between the fiercely creative and contemporary soundscapes of Radiohead, and the heartfelt story telling and infectious grooves of The Band.

Five albums and a decade on the road have seen Enter The Haggis evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act. Their formula for success has been a simple one: record great music, back it up with inspired live performances, and tour constantly. It’s this uncompromising commitment to their music and fans that has seen the band garner top ten charting positions on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes; major television appearances such as A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and Live with Regis and Kelly; and their very own PBS special.

Eclectic. Electric. Roots Rock Reinvented. Listen


Hurricane Sandy, a Look Back

One year ago today, when ghost, goblins, and ghouls should have been haunting the streets, Londonderry residents were instead fighting with tree crews, PSNH, and police barricades. For the second year in a row, Halloween had been postponed due to severe weather conditions. But, while this year’s night of tricks and treats calls for a chance of rain, “the show must go on!”

This year’s Trick or Treating forecast calls for about a 40% chance of rain with temperatures in the high 50′s to low 60′s.

Halloween last year, two days after Hurricane Sandy hit, school was open despite several road closures due to trees and wires down. However, there were several absences from all schools; a total of 191 were absent – 129 is the average – from all six Londonderry schools.

Reports came in that crews from Canada and Mississippi were working all around town, trying to remove trees and restore power. Fires on the power lines were reported as circuits were energized and tree branches and limbs resting on the lines were ignited. In all cases this took out the line fuses again, causing a tease of 10 20 seconds of power followed by darkness. Between 7 AM on Halloween day and 7 AM on November 1st last year, more than 2,100 residents in town had power restored.

Several roads were blocked, including Rockingham Road at Old Mammoth, Manter Mill at Old Derry, Auburn Road at Wilson to Old Derry, King Phillip at King Arthur, King Edward at King John, Darrow at the rotary, Hovey Road, Charleston at Albany, Sparhawk Road, Pine at loop, and Kimball at Coventry.

Be sure to watch this slideshow of images from Hurricane Sandy’s destruction.


Lorraine Cookson of Manchester

Lorraine M. Cookson, 77, of Manchester, NH, died October 27, 2013, at the Elliot Hospital, after a brief illness.

Born in Goffstown, NH on December 11, 1935, she was the daughter of William and Agnes (Doucette) Bellemare.

Mrs. Cookson attended St. Augustine Parochial School.

She served with the United States Navy WAVES as an East Coast photographer.

In her early years, she worked with Evangeline Shoe Company. Later, she was employed at Mammoth Mills Department Store as well as Mammoth Road Pharmacy.  Mrs. Cookson was a library volunteer at the Manchester High School Memorial for thirteen years and afterwards a teacher’s aide in the Young Adult Program for four years.

She took great pride in her column, “Reflections by Lorraine”, which appeared in the Londonderry Hometown Online News as well as the New England Outdoor Magazine.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, her family was the center of her life. Lorraine will be remembered for her selfless and easy-going ways. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, and crafts. Her favorite pastime was building dollhouses, including all of the furniture and accessories.

Family members include her husband, of 54 years, Lloyd V. Cookson, Jr. of Manchester; two sons, Duane A. Cookson and his wife, Karen, of Bow and Barry J. Cookson of Attleboro, MA.; her daughter, Paula Pelletier and her husband, Renaud III, of Goffstown; seven grandchildren, Heather, Whitney, Courtney, Cody, Colbie, Renaud IV, and Rouen; her sisters, Jeanette Sell, Roberta Bellemare, and Joan Fraser; her brothers, Richard Bellemare, Charles Bellemare, and Francis Bellemare; many nieces and nephews.

Services: Calling hours are Thursday from 5-8 at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, corner of Concord Street, Manchester.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 10 AM in the funeral home.

Burial with military honors will follow in New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army of Manchester, 121 Cedar St., Manchester, NH 03101.

For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit the Connor-Healy Funeral Home Website.

Editors Note; The passing of Lorraine brings us great sadness and happy memories of her bounding energy and love for life.  While living in Londonderry she was one of our first columnists.  Many at the Senior Center remember her well, she was active and always smiling and attended nearly all the events while in town.  On moving to Manchester she retired after writing over 60 stories every Sunday.  Starting this Sunday, in memory we will reprint her columns.  Sure to bring a smile with her homespun everyday experiences from today and memories from a time gone by.


Annual Trunk or Treat Scheduled Again!

In the case of Rain Trunk or Treat will still take place.  It will be moved inside the building.

Looking for some safe Halloween fun and trick or treating? Stop by the Londonderry Christian Church parking lot on Thursday, October 31st between 6 and 8 p.m. for the 4th annual Trunk or Treat event!

Free candy and fun for all—stop by before you wrap up your Halloween this year! You and your child will be able to stop at each decorated car’s trunk for candy and fun!  This will be a safe place for you to come Trick or Treat on Halloween Night!


The last two years will be remembered as the years without a Halloween due to weather. We hope that this Halloween is not a repeat! Everyone should try to attend Turnk or Treat at the Londonderry Christian Church located at 372 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry, NH.