Happy New Year 2013

The staff and volunteers of LondonderryNH.net would like to thank all of our readers for making our year successful.  We are close 2012 with 1 million page views this year and that is because of all of you.  (We don’t count authors, editors and administrators)

New Year brings a new calendar year for all of us.  May 2013 be full of happiness, good health, good times and good fortune.

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Bank Robbery at 4:05pm still Active Investigation

We brought you delayed reports of the bank robbery at Citizens Bank on 102 this afternoon at about 4:15pm.  Units from Londonderry had a perimeter formed within minutes of the event being reported.  They were joined by Derry Police and State Police following the event.  State Police brought in a K9 unit to search for the suspect.

Suspect in Citizens Bank Robbery Photo passing note at counter at Londonderry Citizens BankA local business owner saw a man run out of the bank and enter a white SUV with front end damage.  He exited onto 102 from Garden Lane just following the reports of the robbery.

The bank reported to police that the suspect was a white male 30-40 years old 5′ 7″ to 5′ 9″ in a full Carhart work suit wearing a black hat with a red lid.  He was stocky and scruffy with bad teeth.

We are working on the full story and expect to have further details soon including photos.

Suspect is still at large, State Police, Londonderry Police and Derry Police are working together on the robbery.

If you do not follow our breaking news at the website (in the right hand column near the top) or follow our twitter feed Twitter.com/LondonderryNH you may have missed the news “as it happens.”

See the follow up story Massachusetts man charged in Londonderry Bank Robbery, published Wednesday.


Obama’s Failed Economic Policies

More people gave up looking for work in September causing the U. S. unemployment rate to dip to 7.8%. The unemployment rate has hovered over 8% during Obama’s entire term up until last month. The President promised a 5.6% unemployment rate by this time in his administration.

The growth of the U.S. population requires the creation of 150,000 to 200,000 jobs per month to hold unemployment steady. In September only 114,000 jobs were created, which means we continue to fall behind in creating jobs. At the current rate of job creation, we might not hit full employment (4% unemployment) for at least another four years if we are mired in another Obama administration.

The current administration has done a terrible job with the economy. We have 23 million Americans underemployed/unemployed, and only 58% of the working-age population is currently employed compared to 63% in 2008 before Obama became president. Americans on food stamps have increased by 15 million in the past four years. And the national debt has gone from $10 trillion to $16 trillion under Obama.

We are in worse shape now than we were when Obama took office, and we cannot afford to continue these failed economic policies.
Don Moskowitz is a well known prolific writer on subjects of the nation and the world that spark his interest. Retiring from the US Navy in 1967 as a Lieutenant, he often writes on military and political maters he is very active in the Londonderry American Legion. A long career in corporate management he retired after developing a successful business with multiple locations in southern New Hampshire.

He lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with his wife Betty, they have three children and four grandchildren.


People with “Real Problems”

I don’t know about you, but I have a teensy weensy bit of a problem with the plethora of so-called ‘news’ that greets me from the magazine racks, on my way through the supermarket checkout line. Dozens of scandal magazines. Healthy living magazines. Improve-your-life magazines. Basically gossip, sensationalism, and weak medical advice rapped into magazines that provide very little education to the American public. It scares me. It scares me even more that people actually buy this stuff…although I admire the stealth of those who read this junk while waiting in line and then quickly return it to the rack before their purchases are rung up.

Now I certainly have no problem with freedom of speech – or freedom of the press, if you actually have the audacity to call these magazines “the press”. And I am generally an optimist about life, which is why I always prefer to see a half full glass, rather than a half empty one. But I can’t seem to find a good reason why the paper in these magazines shouldn’t have been allowed to remain as trees, rather than process into pages of mindless drivel.

So what’s been happening this week in the world of drivel? Well, lemme tell ya…

Let’s look at the cover of People magazine. Here’s a nice shot of Matthew McConaughey, whose name I could never spell without the help of Google. One of America’s current hunks, Matthew is proudly exclaiming, “I’m Gonna Be a Daddy.” Now that would normally be great news, wouldn’t it? Except for one little item. This child will be Matthew’s “love child” with a girlfriend. No talk of commitment, no talk of marriage. After all, why would we expect ‘superstars’ to consider trying something rather novel to them – you know, like marriage first, then kids? Call me old-fashioned…

The headline on the cover of Us magazine touts “How I Got My Body Back” by someone named Trista, who wants to feel sexy again after having a baby. She weighs 116 lbs, but wants to get down to her pre-baby weight of 106 lbs. Gimme a break… But at least she has a husband to play father to her child – right, Matthew?

Reader’s Digest, once an exclusive publishing outlet for budding novelists, has apparently found a journalistic niche, asking the proverbial question, “How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?” I’m glad they’re concerned.

Walking Fit magazine is highlighting their latest exciting walking news. This month’s article “Walk Off Your Belly”, probably follows equally exciting articles from previous months such as “Run Off Your Belly”, “Jog Off Your Belly”, and or course, “Eat Off Your Belly”.
Another pillar of busy-body garbage, the National Enquirer gives us the latest scoop on “Oprah to Dr. Phil – Your Fired!” Gee, could it have come any sooner? One down, another hundred or so to go. Maybe she’ll hire them all back on her new channel…

Good Housekeeping, a magazine once dedicated to homemakers like my mom, who stayed at home to raise the kids, appears, these days, to be more into numbers than cookie recipes. Their headlines this month tout ‘122 Quick Changes’ to something or other, losing 30+ lbs., re-doing a room in 24 hours, saving $100 on heating bills – and my favorite, ‘Look 5 Years Younger.’ I wonder how much five years really means to a reader who is 58 years old? “Gee, Donna, you don’t look a day over 53.” On second thought, maybe that does work for some people…

The final magazine on the rack, before we thankfully got through the check out line, reminded us about “Britney’s Multiple Personalities”. But let’s not even go there…

So when it comes to trashy news about spoiled, self-indulgent ‘superstars’, what do you think? Are their problems really more important to America than, let’s say, starving children in Africa or the war in Afghanistan? I would hope not. Whaddaya say we ship them all to one of those hot spots where maybe, just maybe, they could help people with real problems? Then, my glass would still be half full. And all would be well with the world.

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Suspected Micro Burst slams Trees into SUV, starts Fire in Londonderry

Londonderry Breaking News on Tuesday night was like a nonstop gauntlet of weather reports and first responders battling mother nature last night starting at 4:41pm.

Through the afternoon our newsroom had on the seen a front approaching from the west when it raced through Albany, New York at about 3:30. The National Weather Service warning came in at 5:27 with forecasts of gusts at 60mph possible. We quickly put out a “take cover warning” at 5:29pm as the leading edge of the front entered town, but it was to late.

Our first responders jumped to respond at 5:33pm with dramatic reports of a vehicle near Willey Hill Road and West Road, with wires, a pole and trees on top of it. Soon after the call came in reports were coming in that the vehicle may be on fire with the possibility of people inside.

According to Chief Keven MacCaffrie of the Lonodonderry Fire Department, “Engine 2 Medic 2 and Rescue 1 responded to an MVA with tree on top possibly entrapment with arcing wires at 113 Willey hill road. 17:36 On arrival single vehicle with two large pines trees and wires on top of car with arching wires and brush fire due to electrical lines. Heavy Damage to the vehicle roof and rear passenger compartment fortunately, no occupants were in the vehicle . Medic 2 checked the occupants at the nearby house and there were no injuries they were just shaken up. Engine #2 stood by on scene awaiting PSNH to shut power down before extinguishing the fire.” Command was terminated at All Cleared 7:12pm, although the roadway remained blocked until this afternoon in both directions.

In our interview Chief MacCaffrie indicated, “All in all I would say that they were very lucky, had they been in the vehicle it would have been very precarious dealing with extrication from and electrically charged area.”

Our weather stations showed a maximum of 28 MPH wind gusts within a half mile of the incident. While no official information is available it is likely that a micro burst in the area of Willey Hill and West Road contributed to the uprooted trees, crushed vehicle and resulting fire.

Listen in to the dramatic action of the Londonderry Fire and Police department responding to last nights mini natural disaster in the town of Londonderry.


What Ever Became of Londonderry?

Londonderry D-Batteries, why did they use so many in December 2008?Greater Massachusetts – December 9th 3009

Archeologists today announced a major find in the area previously known as southern New Hampshire.  Last month when excavating a centuries old land fill containing what scientists called “D” batteries, long lost and buried communities were unearthed.  Evaluation has determined this area to have been abandoned over a thousand years ago.

The archeological find encompassed the area of several square miles in what was, at the time, referred to as Londonderry, New Hampshire an area long annexed into the greater state of Massachusetts.

Holstein and Jersey just two of the "Cow" Neighborhoods in Londonderry, New HampshireLondonderry appears to have been broken up into various neighborhoods based on street names.  The Cows (Holstein – Jersey); the Birds (Owl – Eagle – Sparhawk); The Trees (Elm – Forrest); the Nuts (Walnut – Hazelnut); the Emotions (Happy – Jolly – Tranquil); and the Chinas’ (Wedgwood – Dresden) to name a few.  As researchers pealed away the layers of earth these street signs were the first to provide some clues.

What became of the “Hoods” of Londonderry may never be actually known.  Many theories have now been developed.  In many homes in the Cows and the Emotions residents had scrawled, “Power to the People” on many walls.  In the Birds, Trees and Nuts there appears to have been praying to a God named “Watty”.  Some have suggested a violent end to the “Hoods” with clashes between the Cows and Birds expanding into other neighboring areas may have eventually wiped out the populations."The Birds" of Londonderry, New Hampshire  Owl, Eagle and Sparhawk

Other theories are less violent.  Living conditions in most of the homes uncovered so far show a spartan life of people huddled around fire places and metal stoves.  Though most homes showed evidence of modern electrical equipment, few showed evidence of use.  Countless burned down candles, pre-packed food containers, and no evidence of cooking lead researchers to this conclusion.

Findings from several digs have shifted the focus to a more peaceful end to the “Hoods”.  Most homes had communications from the local school officials indicating the continued canceling of schools over an extended period of time.  Given the clues around life-style and a lack of children a newer theory around a resurgence of the Shaker religion in New England has emerged.

Where's Watty Poster from a time before today December 2008Shakers were known for eschewing modern conveniences including electrical services.  Shakers were also celibate with men and women living in different areas only coming together for community wide events.  Like most religions that rely on converts the number of Londonderry Shakers over time reduced; thus the communications on the canceling of schools as there were no longer children entering the community.

Over time the population of the Nuts, Cows, Chinas’, Birds, Emotions and the other “hoods” dwindled down to a lonely cold abandoned few who have taken the secrets of the demise of Londonderry along with them.

Dunkin Power CompanyResearchers would like to thank the Dunkin-Donuts Power Corporation for their generous grant in funding this rare archeological find.

Please be advised, this is a spoof, a satire, just for fun!  Any similarity to actual individuals, organizations or companies are coincidental and not intentional.

Join us starting on December 11th at 10am for a outstanding review of the 2009 Ice Storm!  That is if today’s storm does not have us all “in the bunkers” again!