LMS Wellness Auction December 6th

The 3rd Annual Londonderry Middle School Wellness Silent Auction will be held at Londonderry Middle School in Londonderry, NH on Thursday, December 6th from 5:30 –7:00 PM.  This is open to the public (with no entry fee) and features incredible gift baskets for all ages.

LMS’ Wellness Committee, which this auction supports, sponsors many events throughout the year to help educate the students
and staff on the benefits of health activities.  The most recent event, Wellness day, featured speakers on topics such as stress relief, the effects of drugs and the benefits of good choices.  Interactive activities included healthy cooking, “don’t bug me” a game show testing the knowledge of flu symptoms and ways to prevent it, and “eat this, not that”, a lesson on portion control.  Students were also encouraged to take part inthe outdoor activities which included golfing, biking and the always popular all school walk/run.

Another activity designed to encourage the “5-2-1-0” philosophy (5 fruits and vegetables per day, 2 (at the most) hours of TV/video per day, 1 (at least) hour of physical activity per day and 0 sugary drinks (and also sponsored by the Wellness Committee) is the LMS Road Race that will be held in the coming weeks.

Townsfolk are encouraged to come to the auction and bid or buy raffle tickets for the wonderful items offered.  One of the most sought after items will no doubt be the Cruise donated by REMAX agent Mark Oswald.  Other items for bid include
restaurant gift certificates, Salon certificates, gift certificates for 18 holes of Golf, Palace Theatre tickets, and incredible and
diverse gift baskets.

Please come and get some of your holiday shopping done as well as help support the Londonderry Middle School Wellness Committee.  Funds raised directly benefit the students.  Thank you.  You may also visit the website for more details!




Wreath Sale at the Grange

Are you looking for the perfect wreath for your front door or over the mantel?  Look no more!  The historic Londonderry Grange will be selling beautifully made wreaths, both plain and decorated, on Saturday, December 1st from 9-3.   Prices are very reasonable at $14 for a 22” wreaths, $22 for a 30” wreaths and a limited number of 36” wreaths for just $29.  There will also be decorated wreaths for sale.

All proceeds from the sale will go to support the Grange.  Built in 1909, Grange #44 is listed in the New Hampshire Registry of Historic Places.  The picturesque building has been the site of many wedding receptions, concerts and meetings over the years.  Recently, the members, led by long time Grand Master Hank Peterson, along with the Boy Scout troop that currently calls the Grange their home, have been working on a restoration project that has successfully replaced the roof and the clap boards.  Andrew Perry, as his Eagle project, has renovated the bathrooms.   Efforts are ongoing to keep Grange a strong and vital part of our community.  Please support them in their goal.

If you would like to reserve a wreath, please email Cherylann at



Just Booked: English Beat, Jon Butcher, Ottmar Liebert, Children’s show, and MORE! ENTRAIN THIS FRIDAY!

This show is SOLD OUT!

November 23 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). As Sam Holmstock (conga/djembe/trombonist) says, “The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!”

November 24 THE MYSTIX

This is a special show. Not only are they doing a LIVE RECORDING, but the band will have Jerry Portnoy and Ricky “King” Russell with them!

The Mystix are back on the road with their Roots Ramble Tour in support of their fourth and most ambitious album to date, “Mighty Tone,” paying tribute to those influential blues, gospel and country artists that were the “true vine” of American Music, including some original material of their own. As the group’s leader Jo Lily says, “This is a music of celebration, innovation and revelation—this Americana ramble has been a project infused with joy which we will share with our audience.”

The Mystix (Jo Lily, Guitars, Vocals, Marty Richards, Drums, Marty Ballou, Bass, Bobby B. Keyes, Guitars, Tom West Piano) will be joined on stage with some outstanding guest artists including harp legend Jerry Portnoy from Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton’s band.

This special comedy night features Harrison Stebbins, Ralphie Joyal, and Sal Votano. Always a riotous time and cheap, cheap. You can’t go wrong with our comedy nights!

Formed in Birmingham (UK) in 1978, this much loved multi-racial sextet (Dave Wakeling, guitar/vocals; Rankin’ Roger, vocals; Andy Cox, guitar; Dave Steel, bass; Everett Moreton, drums; Saxa, saxophone) took the Specials’ blueprint and added high-spirited pop appeal, all spiced up with a ska authenticity provided by legendary bluebeat saxophonist Saxa.

February 2003 saw a dream come true for many Beat fans as the band reunited for a minitour in the UK, which culminated in their acclaimed, sold out command performance at the Royal Festival Hall! It was a magical homecoming for the band and for the fans, with band members and fans gathering from around the globe for a night or irie, ska-ful rock-steady Beat!

Being the hard driving ska legend that he is, however, Dave was not content to rest on his laurels after the RFH reunion. Dave continues to tour the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing the hits of The Beat, General Public, and his new songs. Listen

February 16 STEVE BLUNT (Children’s Show)
Steve Blunt is a NH singer/storyteller and part-time teacher with over 20 years’ experience in the arts and education. His lively musical performances delight family audiences at schools, libraries, and concert venues throughout New England. Steve began writing songs for kids in the 1990’s while raising a young daughter and working as a middle school English teacher. His CD’s “Hang On, Henry!” and “Outta School!” are Parents’ Choice “Approved” Award Winners.

Steve’s latest project is “Sing-Along Coloring Fun!” a coloring book/CD with words & pictures for 15 songs- illustrated by Marty Kelley. Steve currently resides in Nashua, NH, with his wife, daughter, and English springer spaniel, Cowboy. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL writes that Steve’s music “—never wavers from his kid’s eye view of the world.” Listen

Grammy-nominated Jon Butcher is one of a select handful of influential recording artists comprising the legendary Boston music scene. MTV vids and hit songs, “Life Takes A Life” ,”Wishes”, “Holy War”, “Goodbye Saving Grace”, “Miracles”, “Send Me Somebody” comprise the underpinnings of a recording/ touring career that continues today. Three critically acclaimed CD’s, “Positively The Blues” “Barefoot Servants” and “Electric Factory” mark Jon’s enduring love affair with all things Americana- blues, jazz, Dixieland, folk, swing, Cajun and more.

2013 will see the start of Jon’s solo tour, Two Roads East, which will feature a healthy mix of hits, fan favorites and songs from AXIS 3, the return of Jon Butcher Axis and the first JBA studio album since 1987. With a discography of 17 international CD releases, international critical and Guitar Press acclaim and a hit TV show preparing for its third season it’s hard to argue the point. Share the Vision. 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


The History of Thanksgiving

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.


St. Marks 23rd Annual Christmas Tree Sales Starts Saturday.

Londonderry Service Organizations sell Christmas trees to help others

St. Mark’s Council #10488 of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to announce details of its biggest fundraiser of the year, its Twenty-Third Annual Christmas Tree Sale.  It will begin on Saturday, November 24th, at Chuck’s BP Station on Rte. 102 in Londonderry, between Dunkin Donuts and Crossroads Mall.

Over 400 top quality native balsam fir trees, mostly from 6-8 feet in length and freshly cut in North Stratford, New Hampshire, will be available along with a good selection of 9-foot and taller premium trees.  We also will be selling 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 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Mondays through Fridays from 6:00 until 8:00 PM until they are gone.  As all trees are usually sold out by mid-December, 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.


Londonderry Fire Department Gives Londonderry Seniors a Feast

On Saturday, November 17 at the Senior Center the Londonderry Professional Firefighters Local 3160 held its 8th annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Over 120 seniors attended the event and all were happy and well fed.

Londonderry Firefighters and their family members showed up early in the morning to set up for the dinner and all of the traditional Thanksgiving fare was cooked and ready to be served to the seniors.  The entire Mayflower Grange was full of laughter and seniors waiting for their turkey feast.  Many of the seniors had arrived two hours early in order to get their favorite seat.  The seniors are treated to first class service as they wait at their tables and are served by the men and woman of LFD and their families.  Before the start of the meal a prayer of the thanksgiving was given by children of members of the department.

The original idea for this Thanksgiving tradition was started when the old North Fire Station was located right next to the Senior Center.  Close enough that both parties could look through each other windows.  As the membership at the Center began to grow, and more and more programs were offered, the Londonderry Fire Department became close friends with the Center.

With this new-found friendship LPD came up with the Thanksgiving Dinner feast.  According to Battalion Chief Doug Cardwell, “this is something all the families look forward to all year long.  After 9-11, and the community support, we felt we needed to give something back.”  Gladys Fredrick, President of Londonderry Senior Citizen, Inc said, “This is so special, we just love this event and we want to Thank the Londonderry Fire Department.”