Nov302013

And the Count Down Begins….

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24

“25”

My mom use to always love two things around this time of year… the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas Count Down which Starts tomorrow! And the Hallmark Channel Count Down to Christmas too, for some of the best feel good stories ever created.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed another Christmas season is upon us.   When I type Christmas I include everyone in my thoughts…. People celebrating Hanukah, Kwanzaa and any others I missed.  Through the next few weeks leading up to “Christmas” I want to try and remind us all of places, New and beautifully Old, that we have waiting right here for us. This is a great time for you to let me know if there is a business or place that I should spread the word about here.  Don’t be shy!  Send me a quick e-mail or just leave a comment below. They will be grateful you did and so will I…. sherry@visitlondonderry.net

I just had an “unplanned” idea, I’m going to try and tell you about 25 things that might make your Holiday Season a little more fun, a little more relaxing, and maybe a little Brighter!  Sherry’s On The Road Count Down!  Don’t worry not all at once, if I did that Mackensie would say “Oh mommy it’s so long”.  Let’s start with just Number 1 this week…

1.     The Hudson Northside Grill..  This story started last Sunday…I had told John about the new Hudson  Northside Grill, located on Robinson Road(right on 102 pass the Irving, just a pinch though).  It must be right on the Londonderry/Hudson line.    When we woke up John said “why don’t we try that new place for breakfast?”  Mere’s home from college, both girls were still asleep and it sounded like a great “spur of the moment” idea.   Half the fun is barely brushing your teeth, pulling back my desperately needed to be washed hair, and throwing on sweats.   I think we were out of the house in 10 minutes.

Well I thought we would be the only ones there, new place and 7:30 in the morning.  John turned the corner, and the parking lot was full!  The place was already hopping.  We got the last table before the wait started.

How was it? I know you’re thinking….. well take a look at my picture.

A Homemade Blueberry Muffin that just came out of the oven, delicious sausage patties and eggs, plus I love this… homemade home fries, But But But they ask if you want them with or without onions!  How great is that!  First time I’ve heard that.  John doesn’t like onions so he really appreciated that.  Coffee…. I’d give it a 10+…. Delicious, HOT, and it keeps coming!  My mom use to always say things were not Hot enough… honestly when I was younger it drove me crazy.

Ahhhh but as I’m getting older, I’m doing the same thing. Stop in and say Hi to Lauren and Roger the owners.  They also serve lunch and Down the Road plan on offering dinners too!  What a great way to start the week.  Did I tell you they open at 5am during the week?   Prices great!  I have a feeling we’ll head back this Sunday morning too!
I’m going to stop right here!  Number 1 will stand alone this week.    Give yourself or a friend a break, head to the Hudson Northside Grill for breakfast or lunch, or what a great place to pick up Gift Certificates from.  Quick, easy and delicious all in ONE!

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Nov292013

Local Organization Hosts Stormproofing Workshops

UNH Cooperative Extension will offer the workshop “Stormproofing Your Property: The Effects of Wind, Ice, and Snow on Trees, People, and Property” in 10 communities this season. Participants will learn how different types of storms affect trees and property and how to make property less vulnerable to storm damage.

UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry Field Specialist Fred Borman will lead the workshop, where participants will also learn how to properly plant and maintain trees to reduce the risk of storm-related property damage and what to do when damage occurs.

Nelson Road in Londonderry, NH near Central Station. Notice car trapped between trees.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Workshop dates, times, and locations:

  • December 2, Hampstead, Hampstead Public Library, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • December 3, Manchester, Manchester City Library, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • December 10, Dover, Dover Public Library, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • December 11, Newmarket, Newmarket Public Library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 12, Auburn, Griffin Free Public Library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • January 14, Exeter, Exeter Public Library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • January 27, Chester, Chester Public Library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • January 29, Derry, Derry Public Library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

UNH Cooperative Extension puts trusted information and practical know-how in the hands of citizens and businesses in New Hampshire. Extension is at work in every New Hampshire county, making the state’s critical industries stronger; developing vibrant communities and municipal leaders; fostering healthy families and an informed and engaged citizenry, and keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and productive.

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Nov292013

St. Mark’s to Begin Sales of Christmas Trees at BP this Weekend

St. Mark’s Council #10488 of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to announce details of its biggest fundraiser of the year, its Twenty-Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Sale. Sales will begin on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Chuck’s BP Station on Route 102 in Londonderry, between Dunkin Donuts and the Crossroads Mall.

Over 350 top quality, New Hampshire-grown balsam fir trees, mostly from 6 to 8 feet in length, will be available along with a good selection of 9-foot and taller premium trees.  There will also be a few smaller trees, including some of  “Charlie Brown” size.

The Knights, assisted by several Confirmation students, will be selling trees on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM until 6 PM and on Mondays through Fridays from 6 until 8 PM until they are gone. As there will be fewer selling days than ever before, the Knights would like to encourage everyone to pick up theirs early!

As in the past, all proceeds will go directly to several charities and organizations supported by the Knights of Columbus and St. Mark’s Parish which serves parts of Londonderry, Windham, and Hudson.

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Nov282013

Have a Safe Thanksgiving by Following these Safety Tips

The New Hampshire Fire Marshal is urging everyone to be safety conscious this holiday season. With Thanksgiving approaching, the increase in cooking and holiday lighting like candles and other decoration poses an even greater potential risk of fires and fire-related deaths.

A recent report by the United State Fire Administration shows the average number of reported residential fires on Thanksgiving Day nearly doubles, compared to the average number of reported residential fires on all days other than Thanksgiving.

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the National Association of State Fire Marshals, has issued the following tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.

Cooking Safety
Pay attention while cooking, especially when using oils and grease. Cooking appliances should be kept clean of grease build-up, which can easily ignite. Applying a lid to a small grease fire is usually the most effective and safest method of controlling it. Trying to carry a pan that’s on fire is extremely dangerous because it can ignite clothes or spill, causing severe burns. If the fire is inside your oven, turn off the heat and leave the door closed to cut off the fire’s air supply.

Young children should be kept away from cooking appliances to prevent any mishaps. It’s always a good idea to use back burners when possible and keep pot handles turned to the inside so they won’t be pulled or knocked over. Check stoves and other appliances before going to bed or leaving your home to make sure that the units are left in the “off” position.

With the increased popularity of frying turkey, NFPA and the National Burn Foundation warn consumers and discourage the use of turkey fryers. Tests have shown that many of the fryers have a risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil, leading to fires and burns. The suggested alternative is to have a commercial professional prepare the turkey.

Holiday Lights
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets. To avoid overloading electrical outlets, do not link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe. However tempting, it is not recommended to leave your lights burning overnight or while you are away from home.

Candle Safety
If you choose to use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave lit candles unattended. Lit candles should not be placed on or near your Christmas tree or near anything that can burn. Young children can be fascinated with a burning flame, so be sure candles are not in reach of curious hands.

General Household Safety
Now is a great time to make sure your smoke alarms are in working order and to review your home escape plan so that if in the event of a fire, everyone in your household knows how to get out quickly and safely. For even greater protection, consider installing a residential fire sprinkler system, which actually stops the spread of fire, protecting lives and property.

 

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Nov282013

Free Fun for Your Little Turkeys this Thanksgiving

Clearly Londonderry feels like it is starting to become the turkey capital of the world. From North at Auburn Road and especially Coteville Road, Central on Adams Road and of course the Ingersoll-Bockes Forest in far south Londonderry, they are everywhere!

Kids driving you nuts (as in Nutfield) waiting for your turkey to come along? Try a few of these rhymes, riddles and coloring book pages for a little relief.

Turkey Gobble

The turkey is a funny bird
Its head goes bobble-bobble;
And all he knows is just one word…
And that is GOBBLE-GOBBLE!

What are unhappy cranberries called?
Blueberries!

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had the drumsticks.

Why was the dog chasing the band in the Thanksgiving parade?
He wanted to bury the trombones!

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play!

Click on any Coloring book page for a full size image you can print.

Just right mouse button and “save image as” to color on your computer or print to color with crayons!

Be sure to click Read More for more free coloring pages!

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Nov282013

Thanksgiving Day – Why we Celebrate

On the fourth Thursday of every November, family and friends across the country gather around the table and show thanks for one another. Football, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and naps are traditions in most households on this day. But it wasn’t always this way.

Most Americans are taught that Thanksgiving began with the Pilgrims and Indians near Plymouth. They learn about the Mayflower, Squanto, and the first Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. Some don’t know the full history of Thanksgiving Day.

This painting, circa 1857, shows Governor William Bradford in the center and is titled “Embarkation of the Pilgrims.” It was painted by Robert Walter Weir and currently hangs in the Brooklyn Museum.

In September of 1620, 102 people left England on the Mayflower, bound for a new life without religious constraints. After 66 days at sea, the crew dropped anchor new the tip of Cape Cod. One month later, they crossed the Massachusetts Bay to begin the work of establishing Plymouth. By now, winter was in full swing. Many stayed aboard the ship to wait out the cold.

By Spring of 1621, only about half of the people had survived. In March, the settlers went ashore and were, surprisingly, met with an English-speaking Abenaki Indian. Several days later, the Indian returned with another English-speaking Indian named Squanto.

“Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor” by William Halsall, 1882 at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the river, and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the Pilgrims forge an alliance with the Wampanoag Indians. In November 1621, after the first successful harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast. Invited were several of the local Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. The feast lasted three days.

The Pilgrims held another feast two years later, in 1623, after a long drought. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more “days to give thanks” a year. It wasn’t until 1789, though, that the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by the national government. In the proclamation, George Washington called upon Americans to show gratitude for the happy conclusion of the country’s war of independence and the ratification of the US Constitution. Both John Adams and James Madison, Washington’s successors, also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

In 1817, New York became the first state to officially adopt Thanksgiving as a holiday. Several other states celebrated the holiday, as well, however each was on a different day. The southern states also remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of each November.

In 1939, in an attempt to increase sales at retail stores during the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day to the third Thursday in November. This, known derisively are “Franksgiving,” was met with great opposition. In 1941, the president reluctantly moved Thanksgiving back to the fourth Thursday in November, where is has been celebrated ever since.

The Menu
While nearly 90% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation, it is unclear what the Pilgrims and Indians shared in 1621. Some believe Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission and guests arrived bearing five deer. It was also likely they used Native American spices and cooking methods. There was also likely to be no pies, desserts, or cakes due to a lack of sugar.

Interesting Thanksgiving Facts
According to the American Automobile Association, an estimated 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 or more miles from home on Thanksgiving weekend in 2010.

Cranberry production in 2011 in the United States is expected to reach 750 million pounds.

The sweet potato is most plentiful in North Carolina, which grew 972 million pounds in 2010.

Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade to launch the Christmas shopping season, the parade first took place in New York City in 1942. It was organized by Marcy’s employees and had animals from Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend and another 44 million watch on the parade on television.

Snoopy has appeared more times as a giant balloon in the parade than any other character in history.

Turkeys originated in North and Central America and there is evidence that indicated they have been around for more than 10 million years.

The domesticated turkey cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys are also fast on the ground, running at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

Mature turkeys have 3,500 or so feathers. The Apache Indians considered the turkey timid and would eat it or use its feathers on their arrows.

The fleshy growth from the base of the beak, which is very long on male turkeys, is called a snood.

Only male turkeys gobble. Females make clicking noises. The gobble is a seasonal call during the spring or fall. Females are attracted for mating when the male gobbles. Wild male turkeys love to gobble when they hear loud sounds or settle in for the night.

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