Now is the time to save Londonderry land

To the editor:

As communities in southern New Hampshire have developed with care or without, we have always valued the fact that Londonderry has held on to the heritage of farming and orchards that is its hallmark.

For years the impression of our town was of working farms, lovely horse pastures and blooming apple trees. We have lost most of the stables that graced the central crossroads, but still are able to enjoy the passing seasons with our remaining apple orchards.

Londonderry has had the good fortune of having families who intend to contribute to the long-term health and beauty of our community by offering land and easements on land that will keep the fields and forests available to residents for generations to come.

Our town has the possibility of obtaining a new easement on property near the old village which will ensure that this land is kept out of development for the benefit of the community. We ask our Town Council to treat this proposal with respect, and recognize that generations to come will benefit from opportunities available now.

It is in times of economic downturn when Londonderry has a respite from the intense pressure to develop that we as citizens can make pivotal decisions to put aside key areas of green and open space. We are located less than an hour from Concord, Manchester, Nashua and Boston on the major north-south corridor in our state. We are adjacent to the major regional airport. We hope we all understand that these conditions create an environment that is irresistible to developers of every kind.

When the economy bounces back and the Interstate 93 project is complete, development will once again become the hallmark of our community. This key time is our opportunity to ensure that Londonderry continues to hold the promise of healthy, active family life with ample recreation and open space resources.

Scott and Kim Hamilton


Thanks for help with fundraiser

To the editor:

RE/MAX 1st Choice Realtors & Associates want to thank the Londonderry area community for their recent support at our 12th annual charity yard sale. This year RE/MAX 1st Choice joined together with Friends of Music to raise money towards local charities and to help support the LHS Marching Band. Every year, it's amazing the amount of support and generosity that is received before and during the yard sale. With the help of the community, RE/MAX 1st Choice was able to get enough items donated to fill an entire storage container donated from Fortin Modular Storage.

This year RE/MAX 1st Choice was able to raise $2,200 through people purchasing items at the yard sale and personal donations — $1,100 of that will go towards the LHS Marching Band and the other half split between Warm Homes and St. Jude's Food Pantry. RE/MAX 1st Choice will also be holding another fundraiser this summer during the Londonderry Old Home Days with tethered hot air balloon rides. Please call 603-425-2400 for more information.

We want to thanks the Friends of Music for pick up and delivery of furniture donations, Sovereign Realty for use of the Crossroads Mall parking lot and retail space, Fortin Modular Storage for their donation and use of a modular unit and, of course, our clients, friends and neighbors for their generous donation and purchases.

Laura Hajjar


Property tax relief is available

To the editor:

This may be the last year that the low- and moderate-income homeowners property tax relief may be available and perhaps some need a gentle reminder that they may qualify for this refund on the state portion of the education real estate tax.

Limits are $20,000 for single and $40,000 for married or head of household homeowner per income tax filing status. Income is determined by adjusted gross income on your federal income tax return (1040, Line 37; 1040A, Line 21; 1040EZ, Line 4). If you do not have to file federal tax forms, you can still file for the refund. You must send a copy of your town property tax bill with the NH DP-8 form. Forms may be obtained online or at the town office and the deadline for filing is June 30. The assessor's office will assist people who wish to file, or help determine if they are eligible for the refund Wednesday afternoons.

The percentage of refund varies with income — 20 percent up to 100 percent; as income goes down, percentage amount increases. For Londonderry, the maximum amount of the refund is $247; the minimum is $72. If income is under $12,500 single or $25,000 married, all the state tax would be refunded. There is no age limitation, but if Social Security isn't taxed by the feds, then it is not counted as income. Only the income that would go on the 1040 form is considered. Amount of assets do not enter into the picture.

This is not welfare — it is a refund of the state education tax.

There is no asset or age limitation.

No one in town needs to know — this is filed directly with the state.

I sincerely hope that if you know someone who may qualify that you will spread the word. If you have questions, ask the Town Assessor, your tax preparer or give me a call at 603-432-5232.

Betsy McKinney


Thanks for support of poster contest

To the editor:

The Solid Waste Committee would like to thank Lacee Donohoe at O'Neil Cinemas for the generous donation of tickets for the winners of the poster contest for the grand re-opening of Londonderry's Drop-Off Center, as well as all of the students who submitted their creative and informative posters.

We appreciate the continued support of O'Neil Cinemas.

Gail Moretti


Help with fundraiser was appreciated

To the editor:

Recently the Gilbert H. Hood Promotion Committee held a fundraiser at Whippersnappers restaurant that was a huge success. Money raised will go toward the celebratory events the 8th grade will have in a few short weeks, such as the promotion dance and breakfast.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Whippersnappers, which not only served delicious food in a fun, family atmosphere but also donated a generous percentage of the proceeds to the committee.

Several other local businesses also stepped up to support this fundraising night with donations and gift certificates that formed the basis of several beautiful raffle baskets. We would like to publicly thank all these organizations that helped us so much in exceeding our goals for the night.

Thank you again to everyone who helped make the Gilbert H. Hood promotion fundraiser such a huge success.

Margaret Bonilla and Carla Renk

Gilbert H. Hood Promotion Committee


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