, Derry, New Hampshire

July 4, 2013


Derry News

---- — Thanks for supporting Londonderry track

To the editor:

As the school year and the spring athletic seasons wrap up, a very heartfelt thank you is due to the Londonderry community for all their support of the track and field teams at Londonderry High School.

Once again, the teams were able to host quality regular season home meets, the Londonderry Track and Field Invitational Meet and the State Meet of Champions at a first-rate facility with first-class officiating and support services.

Unlike most other sports where officials are hired, our meets are dependent upon numerous volunteers to cover the various track and field events offered to the athletes. For a meet as prestigious and large as the Meet of Champions, as many as 80 people needed to step forward to help.

Students, parents and friends of track and field alike gave their time and best effort to make everything go well.

Our gratitude goes out to all who made each meet go off without a hitch, providing optimal conditions for athletes to perform their best. We especially appreciate the assistance we received from our custodial staff, led by Charlie Wilton; our grounds crew, led by John Dalrymple; our athletic director Howard Sobolov; and our Cross Country and Track and Field Boosters Club led by their president Sandy Lagueux.

The whole Londonderry community has been extremely supportive of our athletes, events and activities whether it be providing facilities, volunteering time or stopping in to support a car wash. We want the community to know we truly value your effort and you have our deepest appreciation.

Suzanne M. Johnson

Londonderry High School

Girls track and field coach

Unified Sports was a success

To the editor:

I am writing to commend the coaches, regular education partners and special education students at Londonderry High School who participated in the 2012-2013 Unified Sports program.

Unified Sports is a joint initiative of the New hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and Special Olympics. This program allows students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their schools and participate in varsity level sports with regular education teammates. The program fosters mutual respect, cooperation and school spirit, enabling special education athletes to experience the thrill and excitement of sports.

Congratulations to all who participated in this great program. Kudos go out to coaches Ashley White and Ann MacLean. Coach White led the soccer program; coach MacLean led the basketball and track-and-field programs. Their leadership and enthusiasm was awesome.

The program could not have taken place without the participation and support of the regular education partners. These students exhibited leadership, compassion, enthusiasm and a genuine regard for their special education teammates. They are to be commended for their dedication and support.

Two more students deserve a round of applause for their support of Unified Sports. As their senior project, Stephanie Borjeson and Karisa Magoon established an end-of-year banquet to celebrate and honor the Unified athletes.

They took pictures during the soccer, basketball and track-and-field events, and created a memorable slideshow documenting the sports year. They also coordinated the menu and presided awards, letters and pins to the athletes. It was a memorable for all. Coaches MaxLean and White presented awards, letters and pins to the athletes. It was a memorable evening for all.

In closing, I sincerely thank the coaches and regular education partners for supporting the special education students.

Diane Neveu


Everyone will answer to God

To the editor:

Yesterday was my father’s 103rd birthday that he celebrated in heaven.

I have no doubt that both my mother and father quickly answered “yes” at the moment of their death when the Lord asked them if they wanted to live with Him forever in heaven.

So I am totally confident that regardless of all the multitudinous sins I have and will commit, I will definitely answer “yes” when God asks me the same question because from my parents, I received a deep abiding faith in my God and my church.

In the light of the new Supreme Court decisions, we have to remember that God will greet each of us with that same question and if we have followed His 10 commandments to the best of our ability and we’ve availed ourselves of all the opportunities He gives us to praise and worship him daily in receiving the graces He wants to give us through the sacraments, prayer groups, rosaries, retreats and good works to bring His kingdom to this Earth, then we, too, will be able to say “yes” with no hesitation when we see God face to face at the moment of our death.

Let’s always keep in mind that the U.S. Supreme Court is only an earthly court comprised of human beings. The eternal court of God and his supreme justice reigns forever and ever in heaven. It did not tremble in the face of this recent human decision against God’s plan for the traditional family of one man and one woman creating a sanctuary to receive his creations and teach them to walk in God’s ways. God and goodness will always prevail against the forces of evil that attempt to undermine the basic goodness of His plan for the marriage of one man and one woman.

So what can you do to insure that at the moment of your death, you’ll be able to instantly answer “yes” to God’s first question to you?

Linda A. Poirier