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May 3, 2012 ◆ Volume 13 – Issue 18

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Federal Hearing Looks at State’s Power Outages


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ondonderry residents have a friend in a very high place, who

is determined to see that their lights - and heat, water and cooking facili- ties - stay on in extreme weather events.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Sha- heen, D-NH, recently appeared at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Com- mittee, called at her request to discuss solu- tions to the power out- ages that have plagued New England, and espe- cially her own state, over

the past six years. Londonderry held its own meeting with repre- sentatives of Public Service Company of New Hamp- shire (PSNH) this past Janu- ary. While the Londonder- ry meeting focused more on tree-trimming and Sha- heen’s on infrastructure, both had the same mes- sage: New England wants its power on. The Washington meet- ing was held by request of Shaheen and other New England senators, who were concerned after the latest weather event, the “Snowtober” snowstorm, left millions in the dark

and cold in October 2011. Shaheen pressed the

Energy and Natural Re- sources Committee to develop a solution for electrical grids failing in the event of wind, ice and snow storms. Tom Getz, who served as

chairman of the New Hamp- shire Public Utilities Com- mission (NHPUC) during last year’s October snow- storm, was among the speakers. Getz testified that since 2008 there have been four extreme weather events that greatly affected the reliability of the electric system in New Hampshire,

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Master Plan Survey Results Offer Plenty to Ponder


Sprucing Up Londonderry Historical Society member Pauline Caron was busy on Saturday, along with other members, cleaning the Morri-

son House Museum. The clean-up gets the house prepared for visitors from local schools for their annual field trips.

Photo by Chris Paul

Local Teen Named to International FIRST Robotics ‘Dean’s’ List


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ristan “T.J.” Evarts has made the Dean’s List, and he isn't ev-

en in college. T.J., a homeschooled high school junior and captain of Londonderry's FIRST Robotics team, the PVC Pirates, was one of 10 students internationally

who were named to in- ventor Dean Kamen's “Dean’s List” for promis- ing engineering students. He received the honor during the FIRST Robot- ics World Champion- ships, held April 25-28 in St. Louis, Mo. T.J. knew he was in the

running for the award, he said in a phone call Mon-

day night, as he had been selected as a Dean's List finalist from the regional competition. But winning the honor was something else, he said.

“I was all over the place!” he said, recalling the awards ceremony. “Af- ter all the work I've done for FIRST, it was nice to continued on page 11


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hey like to talk, they read newspapers and they don't want

more big-box stores. The Master Plan Steer- ing Committee met Wed- nesday night, April 25, to go over the results of a random phone survey of Londonderry residents. The survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, produced some surprises and gave the committee one more tool to help shape the future of Lon- donderry. Tracy Keirns of the

UNH Survey Center was liaison with the town and presented the results. Keirns said the con- ductors of the survey screened all out-of-town

numbers and all business- es, ending up with 500 adult residents who were surveyed between March 30 and April 9. They had a 52 percent response, a proportion Keirns called "remarkable" for a phone survey in 2012.

While older adults and

women are more likely to complete surveys, she said, the callers tried to get a variety. The sample tended to feature more adults who vote and are involved in the communi- ty, she said, adding that things are not always as they seem. "It's a matter of 'social desirability' - they want to give you the right answer," Keirns said. What we like Responses were var- ied and not always consis- tent. In the "amenities"

section, 55 percent of respondents said there were not enough public transportation options in Londonderry, while in the "project ideas" section, 52 percent objected to devel- oping bus service be- tween neighborhoods and 40 percent objected to bus service to neighbor- ing communities.

Under "amenities," 62

percent of respondents said there were enough

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