Annual Musquash Field Day Approaching!

The Londonderry Conservation Commission and UNH Cooperative Extension are co-sponsoring the twenty-second annual Musquash Conservation Area Field Day. Snow or no-snow, there will be activities for everyone.

Hike out to the landing to enjoy refreshments around an open fire. Explore the woodlands as you visit cellar holes, learn winter botany, or find the about local wildlife from our county forester. Practice on snowshoes provided by Eastern Mountains Sports (weather and snow conditions permitting).

Please allow at least two weeks advance notice for accessibility needs, so the best can be done to accommodate you. Call the Rockingham County UNH Cooperative Extension office at (603) 679-5616 for more detailed directions and other questions.

The free event is Saturday, February 15, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Park at the end of Hickory Hill Road off High Range Road in Londonderry.

UNH Cooperative Extension brings education and information to New Hampshire citizens to make its people and businesses better informed and more successful, and to keep its natural resources healthy and productive. This, in turn, keeps the state and its economy vibrant and strong.


Officials Warn of Unsafe Ice Conditions

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials warn that this winter’s uneven temperatures and high winds have affected ice formation, particularly on the state’s larger lakes. Fish and Game is urging those heading out onto the ice to exercise caution as they do so. A large number of anglers are expected to head out onto the state’s lakes and ponds this weekend to participate in the Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby (February 8-9, 2014).

A recent aerial survey of Lake Winnipesaukee by the N.H. Civil Air Patrol revealed treacherous ice conditions on some parts of the big lake, including an area of open water near Welch Island.

“Caution is in order for those going out onto the ice, especially on the large lakes,” said Fish and Game Lt. James Goss. “Don’t let the cold temperatures fool you – some areas that have traditionally been safe for ice anglers and other outdoor recreationists are not safe this year. We are urging people to check the ice thickness for yourself before you go out onto any frozen waterbody.”

Because of the unpredictable ice conditions, it is not advisable to drive vehicles onto the ice, Goss said. Those on foot should carefully assess ice safety before venturing out by using an ice chisel or auger to determine ice thickness and condition. Continue to do this as you get further out on to the ice, because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the waterbody.

Fisheries Biologist Don Miller notes, “Even though the winter of 2013-2014 has been cold so far, ice conditions on Lake Winnipesaukee are highly variable. One area of note where extreme caution should be exercised extends from Lakeshore Park in Gilford, east to Welch Island and across to Long Island, Moultonborough. The area extends south to Diamond and Rattlesnake islands and west to the Gilford shore line. This includes the vicinity commonly referred to as “the Broads.” While caution should be exercised on the ice at all times, this area of Winnipesauke has seen very poor ice conditions consistently over the past few years. Extreme caution should be used in this area.”

As shown in the aerial photo, even travel along the shore line south of Lakeshore Park is not recommended.

Though all ice is potentially dangerous, the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H., offers a “rule of thumb” on ice thickness: There should be a minimum of six inches of hard ice before individual foot travel, and eight to ten inches of hard ice for snow machine or All-Terrain Vehicle travel.

Keep in mind that thick ice does not always mean safe ice. It is possible for ice to be thick, but not strong, because of varying weather conditions. Weak ice is formed when warming trends break down ice, then the slushy surface re-freezes. Be especially careful of areas with current, such as inlets, outlets and spring holes, where the ice can be dangerously thin.

Tips for staying safe on the ice include:

  • Stay off the ice along the shoreline if it is cracked or squishy. Don’t go on the ice during thaws.
  • Watch out for thin, clear or honeycombed ice. Dark snow and ice may also indicate weak spots.
  • Small bodies of water tend to freeze thicker. Rivers and lakes are more prone to wind, currents and wave action that weaken ice.
  • Don’t gather in large groups or drive large vehicles onto the ice.
  • If you do break through the ice, don’t panic. Move or swim back to where you fell in, where you know the ice was solid. Lay both arms on the unbroken ice and kick hard. This will help lift your body onto the ice. A set of ice picks can help you pull yourself out if you do fall through the ice; wear them around your neck or put them in an easily accessible pocket. Once out of the water, roll away from the hole until you reach solid ice.

Ice safety is also very important for snowmobilers. Don’t assume a trail is safe just because it exists; ask about trail conditions at local snowmobile clubs or sporting goods shops before you go.

To download a brochure from Fish and Game called “Safety on Ice – Tips for Anglers,” click here.


Image of a Boy (Again)

Editors Note: Lorraine Cookson passed away on October 27, 2013 after a brief illness. As one of our first columnists, she was very active with the Senior Center and attended nearly all the events in Town. In memory of Lorraine, we will reprint each one of her columns on Sunday mornings.

Originally published: February 3, 2008

A flash of orange and soon a Image of a Boy

It was one frame in the film of happenings on that clear summer day. I watched this kid as he dug into a tin can and pulled out a fat worm. He wrapped the it around the shank of the hook as though he was making a double knot on a shoe string. I lifted my camera from out of my purse.

A tiny flash of orange highlighted by the rays of the sun suddenly dipped under water. The kid yelped with excitement. He cranked the handle of the reel, I set the F stop on the camera. The fish broke water, I released the shutter. With only three shots left on the film I schooled myself to wait until he had the fish along shore before taking another picture.

I ask you, have you ever seen a young boy jump to his feet, fidget from one foot to the other, back step a dozen times and whoop and holler at the same time? The war dance is quite mesmerizing.

A sudden splash caught our attention. This was a catch that a grownup would be proud to boast about. The boy struggled with the reel, the fish jumped out of water, twisted its body and plunged under. It took all of my willpower not to grab the rod out of the boy’s hands. The little guy somehow found the strength to play tug-of-war with the fish.

Like the flash of a camera, I could see disaster ahead. Either the kid was going to fall on his butt as he back-paddled or he was going to lose the fish because of a slack line. He did neither. He brought that rainbow in with a mighty tug and a lot of luck.

In the excitement of those few but long-lasting minutes, I was so intent on the action before me that I had left the camera dangling from the strap around my neck.

I would have gladly hugged the boy if it were not for the fact that he would probably run for dear life.

He grinned at me and said, “we can go home now, Gram.”

Lorraine Cookson, Londonderry, New Hampshire Image of a BoyI asked if he would let me take a picture before leaving. He was more than willing, so willing that he took the rainbow into his hands and held it proudly in front of him.

If expressions telegraph ones attitude, then the kid was telling everyone within miles that catching a fish was equivalent to mastering the highest level on a video game.

A special shot of a boy has been enlarged to an 8×10. It has a page all its own in a photograph album. It is a picture of a boy with a smile on his face, laughter in his eyes, and holding a fish between his hands.
It is an image into the heart of a boy. Lorraine

This short story was submitted by freelance writer Lorraine Cookson, who has lived in Londonderry for four years. She looks to everyday experiences and memories from her childhood to channel her creativity. Although writing is her first love, she also enjoys fishing, camping, gardening as well as building miniature bird and doll houses. Camping and Fishing experiences seem to worm their way into many of her stories.

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NH Moose Hunt Lottery Open Now!

New Hampshire’s 2014 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime — hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents. The odds of being selected in last year’s lottery were 1 in 35 for New Hampshire residents and 1 in 121 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting!

Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. For example, last year resident applicants who had a total of 10 points had a 1 in 16 chance of being drawn, and a nonresident with 10 points had a 1 in 58 chance.

Last year (2013), more than 13,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 275 permits. More than 1,300 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only. Hunters from 15 different states won permits.

While people travel from all over the country to take part in the New Hampshire moose hunt, the majority of permits (about 85%) go to New Hampshire residents. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year’s sales of nonresident hunting licenses.

Since 2014 is a biennial season-setting year for Fish and Game, the exact number of moose hunt permits that will be offered for this fall’s hunt has not yet been determined. Because of the continued decline in moose numbers in some areas, permit reductions are likely in parts of the state, according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson. Permit allocation proposals for 2014 will be developed through the state’s formal rulemaking process, with public hearings planned for late March/early April 2014. The initial draft proposal can be viewed on the Fish and Game website.

While permit numbers will likely be reduced in 2014, your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application, Gustafson noted. You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.

To enter the N.H. moose hunt lottery, click here, where you can enter online or print out a mail-in application, or buy one in person from any Fish and Game license agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. Moose hunt lottery applications for 2014 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 30, 2014, or delivered to the Licensing office at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 20 in Concord.

New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt starts the third Saturday in October. This year’s hunt runs from October 18-26, 2014.

N.H. has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state’s current moose population is estimated at about 4,000 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits, with some issued for every area of the state, is made possible by careful management of moose populations. The resulting annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers, provides valuable information on the physical condition of moose and provides a unique recreational opportunity. Learn more about moose hunting in New Hampshire here.


“Remedies” In and Around Londonderry


Before I start telling you about so many different things this week I first want to tell you who the “winners” of the contest are from last week. Drum Roll……. Cathy O’Brien from Canada and Steven Salvage from right here in Londonderry. How great is that! I’ve been waiting patiently for the bananas to ripen just to that perfect point. I’m hoping to bake and deliver, to Steven anyway, later today.

The right answer was that we were at ESPN in Bristol Connecticut. What a place, and what a great tour they took us on.

“Remedies” In and Around Londonderry

Last week we were all feeling so “Imprisoned” by the cold. This week for many of us if seems as though we caught a cold! You probably know the one, a horrible sore throat, a cough that wakes you up most of the night, and then of course there is the head ache.

By Tuesday night I was starting to feel a little better, not great, but every other Tuesday I get to play tennis with this very patient group of women. I wasn’t sure if I should go, but at this point I knew it couldn’t hurt. This excellent tennis player Carol, could tell by voice and occasional cough that I wasn’t a 100%. At a water break, Carol said to me, right out of the blue, “You need to rub Vicks Vapor Rub, on the bottom of your feet and then put on socks, before you go to bed tonight.” In my mind I went “Unh”. Carol insisted that if I did exactly that I would feel much better in the morning.

Well honestly I thought I’d give it a try, but then the night came and went and I “forgot”. Instead I spent another great night of coughing. Last night I thought what do I have to loose, John was away, and I’d give it a try. I grabbed the Vick’s, slobbered it on the bottoms of my feet, found some old socks to put on and got in bed. I didn’t feel anything really and it’s not like when you have it on your chest and you inhale it, nothing.

Well let me tell you, about 4 am I woke up sweating and uncomfortable I think because of the darn socks and heat coming from my feet. I started to take one sock off in the dark, you know that reaching down, trying to bend while the covers are on top of you. I finally found my foot and a sock and started to pull it off, but then decided I should stay the course. I turned a fan on to help with the heat I was feeling and fell back to sleep. You know me pretty well by now and I’m usually up way before the alarm goes off. Not this morning. I woke up to the alarm, and thank goodness I had set it.

No lie (not sure where that old expression just came from), immediately I noticed that my throat wasn’t sore anymore, and I didn’t remember coughing through the night either.

Now as my dad “George” would say “Now I’m telling You”, it worked! It did, too. I thought I had heard of just about every “Remedy” but I had never heard of this one.

Another “Remedy” came this week when I was the guest speaker at the Londonderry Rotary Club. Faye Sell of Martinelli Travel and I both had talking that we needed to do and both of us barely had a voice. It was really kind of funny. This was the first time I was ever considered a “Guest Speaker” and I wasn’t sure I would be able to “speak”. While a group of us were sitting around the table at the Coach Stop having breakfast, the conversation suddenly turned to the goodness of Honey. (A special thank you to Heidi at the Coach Stop, what a great job she did serving breakfast and taking care of everyone.)

Of course I knew honey is soothing for your throat and it’s better for us than sugar. What I didn’t know was the importance of having honey that was raised from bees within your own local area. All honey is good for us, but apparently local honey, a teaspoon a day can even help with allergies that are common to your area and other health problems.

Now my week gets stranger. All around “Remedies”. Here I have heard so much talk about honey, this week. At Tennis, at the Rotary, and then I headed over to the Coffee Factory in Derry to meet a friend for lunch and more unexpected Honey. Now you might think the Coffee Factory is an odd choice for lunch. Well look at this picture. The best Panini I have had in the longest time and homemade Pork Pie. Michelle and Charlene told us that the pies are made fresh twice a week. I never would have guessed or honestly never would have tried one, but listening to Charlene tell us about them, we couldn’t resist. When we were done, the pies were so delicious we each bought two more to bring home. We also tried the chicken one. Oh my! Honestly I’ve never had anything like it since I was a little girl.

Now the “serendipity” part of my “Visit” here was that as I was preparing my tea, I notice these precious little honey sticks, .30 cents each. I started thinking “soothing” again and bought one for my tea. You just nip the top off with your teeth, or at least that’s what I did. I could not get over the dark color or taste of this honey.

Now I couldn’t believe this, Michelle told me those honey sticks are made “locally” from bees that are raised right here in Derry, right up the street. Then they showed me this entire display of the larger honey bottles that you can buy! Maybe the title of my story should have been “Honey”. There was even a business card, it’s called D.J.’s Pure Natural Honey. You know I had to call them right there from the Coffee Factor to find out more.

This very nice man answered the phone and told me that he and his wife have been raising bees in Nashua, Derry and Manchester since 2001. You may have seen them at the Derry Farmers Market this summer. John credits his wife Dolores Blake with all of the goodness and comfort their honey brings to others. He didn’t even want me to mention his name; he wanted all the credit to go to her. That’s pretty romantic with Valentine’s Day coming up too.

One last “Remedy” around “Honey”. Hot Water, juice of one fresh lemon, and as much of that local honey as you like. This is one that Faye and I both enjoy. When I told Bart, he said it can’t hurt to add a little brandy too.

Two last things I have to share with you, the first is something I don’t want you to miss.

I’m hoping my road will lead me here next Wednesday night. A “free” introductory class being offered in Nashua by Allison Thompson. I love this concept, Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams. If you feel it’s the right fit for you at the first class then you can join the next three classes for a small (I think $60 for all 3 classes) fee. Instead of me missing the important points, I’m going to include the information from the flyer. Hope to See You There

Infinite Possibilities Program
Allison Thomas, 603-620-2005, thomas3nh(at)live.com
Introduction class: Feb 5th 6:30-7:30. The Holistic Self Care Center, Nashua
Class Schedule: Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5 6:30-8:30

Short Program Description

Based on the NY Times best seller, Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley, this course is designed to change your life for the better. We were raised to believe that life is hard and achieving our dreams is even harder. I am here to tell you that I believe that everyone’s special, that every life is meaningful, and that we’re all here to learn that dreams really do come true. We also believe that “thoughts become things” and that imagination is the gift that can bring love, health, abundance, and happiness into our lives. This interactive program will get you on your feet! Through visualization, games and group discussion, we will get to know each other and discover just how powerful we are!

This might be a personal remedy that we all need.

The last thing I want to show you is a letter “I” received in the mail. It was personally addressed to “Me”. Notice the salutation says “Dear Dr.” and yes it was sent to me! Well this came from the Air Force health Professionals. First line says “We have immediate openings for highly qualified dentists in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps”. Well I never expected this in my mail. It goes on to tell me that they want me so badly that I will get a month paid vacation and a signing bonus too. Well, if On The Road With Sherry doesn’t post next Saturday you know where I’ll be.

With A Grateful Heart, Great Appreciation and Daily Prayers for all of the Men and Women in who serve in our Military.

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!”


Final Londonderry Town-side Candidates

TOWN COUNCIL (two 3-year terms)

BUDGET COMMITTEE (Three 3-year terms)

TOWN MODERATOR (One 2-year term)