Moose Study Press Briefing to be Held in Concord

A press briefing regarding the moose study currently underway in New Hampshire will be held at 10 AM on Monday, February 3, 2014, in the conference room at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Moose biologist Kristine Rines will recap progress of the study during the two-week collaring period (through February 2, 2014) and take questions about the moose study and the status of New Hampshire’s moose population.

In a previous statement, Rines summarized the impetus for the study: “While regional moose populations are indeed facing some serious threats, moose are not on the verge of disappearing from the New Hampshire landscape, but they are declining. We don’t know what the future holds, but we’re hopeful that a combination of research and management efforts will allow us to do all we can to secure the future of New Hampshire’s invaluable moose resources.”

Background on the moose mortality study underway in New Hampshire, and a link to video for use along with this story, may be found online here.


Robert Paciulan of Londonderry

Robert S. Paciulan, 57, of Londonderry, NH passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH after a 6 year battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was born on June 13, 1956 in Salem, MA a son of Margaret (Pelletier) Paciulan and the late Vincent W. Paciulan.

He worked for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for the past 30 years and started by selling shoe soles throughout the Northeast and he turned his role into licensing as the shoe business went offshore. He loved his world travels and always had lots of stories to share. Bob always had lots of energy and was a great dad and we followed our children wherever they went: soccer, baseball, Boy Scouts, LHS Marching Band, UNH, UNH women’s crew, Granada, Spain, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mexico, Canada. He played the guitar and our annual Christmas sing-a-long will not be the same without him. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Pauline (Paula) B. (Moore) Paciulan, his children, Brian V. Paciulan of North Londonderry and Melissa M. Paciulan-Utrera and her husband, Oscar Utrera of Canada, one grandson, Antonio Utrera-Paciulan, his mother, Margaret Paciulan of Peabody, MA, his uncle, Alexander Paciulan of Newburyport, MA, an aunt, Eleanora Paciulan of Newburyport, MA, his wife’s parents, Bob and Elaine Moore of Danvers, MA and many wonderful sisters and brothers in law, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Francis Paciulan and both sisters, Patricia Flanagan and Mary Hallinan.

Following cremation, memorial calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 4 – 7pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 31st at 10:00am in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 Peabody Row, Londonderry. Burial will be in the spring or summer following the birth of his second grandson in May in the Memorial Garden at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Londonderry. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

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Londonderry Triple Play Event Approaching

Saint Jude Parish will be hosting a “Triple Play” event on Friday, January 31, 2014 at their location on Mammoth Road. The event will offer three ways for volunteers to help others – giving blood, becoming a bone marrow donor, and through the living donor program.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
While the Parish has been hosting a Winter Blood Drive for many years, this is their first drive after media reports of surgeries being canceled due to a low blood supply. It has always been said the supplies were low and that this could happen, and this year it did. See this article.

Did you know that 95% of the country’s adults are eligible to donate blood, but only 5% do? There is a need to replenish the blood supplies and NOW! Please consider donating and saving up to three lives with just 1 donation. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome, especially first time donors. To make an appointment, you may call 1-800-RED-CROSS or on the web.

Bone Marrow Typing Drive
The Parish will once again sponsor a Be The Match Registry bone marrow typing drive. For as simple as a little paperwork to complete and a cheek swap, you can be on the way to saving a life of a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. There has been great success in Londonderry fining donors and the Parish would like to continue that success. Come meet donors who can describe the entire process from the time they were tested at an event like this, to when they met their recipient.

Living Donor Program
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Living Donor Program will be on hand to provide information on the program and its benefits. There are many patients who need this life saving donation and need an order to continue life. At the event, you can meet Rosemarie Meuse, a Londonderry resident and parishioner of Saint Jude Parish who herself needs a kidney transplant to survive.

The event will take place at the Parish hall at 435 Mammoth Road in Londonderry from 1 until 7 PM. As always, there will be refreshments including the world famous chili and chicken soup, and many baked goodies from Saint Jude Parish youth and volunteers. Donors will also receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.


Flights from Manchester to Washington, DC Remain

The “new” American Airlines, which incorporates US Airways, has announced changes to its domestic route network. Under the terms of its recent agreement with the Department of Justice, American was mandated to divest 52 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington-National Airport (DCA). The slot divestiture, which enabled American and US Airways to complete their merger, could have impacted flights between Manchester and Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, American Airlines released a list of 17 airports that will no longer receive year-round daily service to DCA. Through the combined efforts of the airport, the Governor’s office and the entire New Hampshire congressional delegation, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will retain service to this important business hub.

Airport Director Mark Brewer commented, “New Hampshire is very fortunate to have such an engaged, collegial and supportive delegation of policy makers. We are profoundly grateful to New Hampshire’s federal delegation and Governor’s office for writing letters of support seeking to protect this highly coveted service. These flights are important to business and leisure travelers alike and provide an essential link to our nation’s capital.”

Visit the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s website for more.


I See the Moon (Again)

Originally published: January 25, 2009

Lorraine Cookson Sundays, Londonderry Hometown Online News

“Look Grammy,” my grandson said breathlessly on that June evening 1999.

“It’s the kind of moon that wolves howl at, I’m scared.”

I told him he had no need to be frightened as here in N.H. we do not have wolves. My words of comfort scattered to the skies. He moved his chair closer to mine and reached for my hand.

I See the Moon by Lorraine Cookson, Londonderry Hometown Online News

His fingers were tense as he entwined them around mine. It seemed that his over active mind would not let him relax. I, in turn, searched my mind for a way to keep his imaginary foes at bay.

I began to tell him a tall tale of how a bass had spit out a rubber worm and grumbled, Patoohie! The sound that flew from my mouth made him laugh. It was not a full, belly laugh but it was a start. Or so I thought until he asked, “is it true that wolves do not like to be around fires?”

“Most animals stay far away from fire, Sweetie. They know it can be a dangerous place for them.”

Grandson sat back in his camping chair and I was thankful that the imaginary stories I had relayed had done their job. I tossed another log onto the fire and sat back to watch the flames lick at the hard wood.

I looked up to the sky and watched the dark clouds crawling in front of the moon even more heavily than before. Rolling my eyes to their corners I watched my grandson watching me.

“Grammy? Did you know that when cowboys are on the trail they sleep on the ground by the fire and cover their eyes with their cowboy hats?”

No! No, no, no my insides screamed. He couldn’t, he wouldn’t? I dared not ask where he was going with this bit of information for fear that he would speak my thoughts aloud.

“I don’t have a cowboy hat but I could put my baseball cap over my eyes.”

“You could but remember, we do not have wolves in New Hampshire.”

The silence that followed was stretched as tight as the bark around a tree.

My heart ached for the child but no way did I want to spend the night in the open. There could be snakes crawling up my pant leg or skunks roaming the perimeter of the campsite or racoons coming out to cause havoc. I chided myself for the silly ramblings and tossed another log on the fire.

Sparks danced among the ashes and the wood caught. Its brightness revealed logs covered with darkened scripts. I asked my grandson what he saw in the strange burn marks and he began to show and explain to me what he thought the different designs were. Again, I was toppled -over by his great understanding of the world of wood art. An art form as primitive and as old as the skies themselves.

“It’s getting late, are you ready for bed?”

“Noo, I want to stay by the fire.”

I could see that the boy was fighting sleep but did not push the issue.

Out of the quietness came the soft sounds of sniffles and heart wrenching sobs.

“Hey. What is the matter, Big Guy”

Before I could react, I felt the weight of the child on my lap. A six year old’s limp body is heavy. So heavy that I could hardly breath.

My good sense sailed with the breeze and I found myself asking, “do you think you can carry the sleeping bags out here?“

The sobs subsides and his sniffles came to an abrupt end.


Neither one of us got much sleep that night but we got to know each other’s thoughts and dreams. We got to tell one great tale after another and to let our imagination run like the wind.

The following morning I could barely crawl out of the sleeping bag. My body refused to function as it should. There was a tight knot in my back, my neck was stiff and my bones hurt.

The moans escaping from within me woke my grandson and he popped out of his sleeping bag.

“Hey, Grammy one of the logs is still burning a little, can I throw another piece of wood on it?”

“Yes, but do it gently.”

A thought that would save me from another night of torture came to mind and I added, “you know, I think you should keep a small fire going all day then by nighttime all of the wild animals will know to keep away. The smell of smoke will carry the message that it is unsafe for them to be here for miles and miles.”

I was hoping that this tale would keep him from thinking wild thoughts before the new evening.

Nighttime found us at the firepit once more. A new moon was slowly rising from the horizon.



That’s the kind of moon that trees like.”

I looked up and smiled my agreement.

A lone pine stood on the shores of the water, a full moon hung between its branches promising a night to remember. A night to snuggle between the folds of a sleeping bag to dream sweet dreams of moonlight and of how wonderful it is to have the love of a child.


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.


Local Scouts Council Receives new Scout Exec

Donald D. Shepard Jr. has been selected to serve as the new Scout Executive/CEO of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, in New Hampshire. Shepard assumed his new role on November 1, 2013.

Don began his career in 1990 in Charleston, West Virginia, advancing from district executive to program director during his seven years there. In 1996 he moved to Columbus, Ohio, as a special position finance director. In 1999 he began serving the Land of the Oneidas Council in Utica, New York, as assistant Scout executive. His success in these roles resulted in a promotion in 2004 to Scout executive of the Mason-Dixon Council in Hagerstown, Maryland. Don served in this role for four years before being promoted to associate regional director for program for the Northeast Region.

In December of 2009, he accepted his current role as team leader for the Youth Development team for the Program Impact Department of the National Council.

Don discovered Scouting as a Cub Scout at age 7, and Scouting has been his life’s passion for 38 years. He is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

About the Daniel Webster Council
Since 1929, the Daniel Webster Council has served thousands of youth in New Hampshire. The Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America is committed to building character, citizenship, and personal fitness among youth by focusing on dynamic programs of outdoor activities and leadership training. In 2013 the Daniel Webster Council served 11,350 youth throughout New Hampshire in 509 chartered Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venture crews, and Explorer posts.

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