What’s Up Doc? with Sherry

May 17, 2013 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60’s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

This morning I woke up after finally a full night’s sleep and wondered what I would tell you about this week. Let’s see where the road takes both of us.

This was a great week in so many ways and a tough week for my family too. The great part is that our Visit Londonderry week began with a marker turnout for our 2nd Annual Adams Pond Family Day event. I still feel horrible that I wasn’t there this year. Even on Mother’s Day we were at a basketball tournament the entire weekend. Over 70 families came to explore our trails, appreciate the apple blossoms, and gain an appreciation of what is happening to Adam’s Pond because of state regulations. How great is it that?

Kathy and Steve through Visit Londonderry offer family’s educational events ‘for free’ to all of us right here in “Our Town” (thinking of Nappy and his great cable show on CTV 20. This week Monica Maney a talented vocalist from our very own high school, was a guest on his show). So many of our members donated fun things for the little ones and Visit even had special mirrors to give to each mom as a little gift. Hopefully we can all be there next year. I wonder what our next event will be.

I think the next part of this week’s On The Road we will call Mr. Thibodeau’s 24 hour policy. Some of you might remember Mr. T was the first principal of LHS. I was always in awe of him and while I was driving Mackensie to school this week she was telling me about a teacher she has who always gets their papers back to them the next day. Always! It made me think of Mr. Thibodeau. No matter what it was, he would 99% of the time respond to you, or take care of something he had been given within 24 hours. He seldom failed.

It really makes life so much easier for everyone if you try this. Less lost things, less waiting for everyone and it shows you care too. I know he wasn’t the first person to do it, but for me it will always be Mr. T’s 24 hour policy. I think it is just wrong when teachers make students wait an endless amount of time for projects or tests to be graded. I know I was a teacher and it can be hard, but passing a test back a week later when you have moved onto something else in my opinion is poor teaching unless you have a really good excuse, and if you are like me when it comes to just getting certain things done, it’s more of an excuse then a reason.

I can tell I’m putting off telling you about my road this week a little too. I visited so many places this week that I can’t fit everyone in that I said I wanted to write about. But let’s give it a go.

For the very first time ever I stepped into the AT&T store next to Blackberries Bakery. I’ve gone by it a zillion times, but I haven’t even gone in for a visit, maybe because we use Verizon. Silly reason really. I walked in and behind the counter was Michael Ivas, the manager. Right off the bat I introduced myself and told them we didn’t use AT&T. Mike said no problem and explained what other services they have for everyone. They have things for your iPads, Kindles, phones, car and so many other things.

When I said to Mike that I wasn’t sure why we have one over the other, he said they have had some difficulty with clear phone service in the area by our schools. AT&T is putting up a new tower so that they can offer all of us better service. As we talked about different cell phones Mike explained to me that now the wave of cell phones is changing. If you are older like me, you remember when cell phones were HUGE! Then smaller was better, so small for even me, that it was difficult to press the buttons. Now Mike explained that larger ones are coming back in style. I thought of so many friends getting new phones and excited to show me the larger screens they have for showing pictures.

I would always wonder in my head, but I thought cell phones were supposed to be smaller. Not anymore I guess. Mike also said that House Phones are making a comeback. Many younger families today are without house phones; they dropped the expense. People are bringing them back into their homes. We never gave up ours, I like that one I’m walking around it fits on my shoulder if I want to do other things. Stop into AT&T, look around as I did and you’ll be surprised at the great prices they have and selection, too.

Next I decided to pull into one of my favorite types of places to go into, Preschools! If you are ever in a down mood, a preschool will lift your spirits! It seems that only the nicest people work at preschools and to see all those beautiful children happy and eager to learn, it doesn’t get any better than that. This week I stopped in to learn more about our Kindercare School in town. Really it’s “schools;” they have two locations in town now. One almost across from Training Effects where Mike and Billy are helping so many people! The other is on your way to the Market Basket Plaza. The Director was so kind and welcomed me into her office so that she could learn more about Visit Londonderry. I wanted to learn more about their programs, too. I will tell you more in weeks to come. The beautiful smiles of the staff and caring atmosphere at Kindercare can’t be beat.

Next I stopped by to see Sue at Steve’s Garage in Derry. Steve’s Auto Repair was there since I was a little girl living in the apartment buildings up behind their location now. In the 70’s a little store was next to the garage called Highway Superette. A man we called Chabett(not sure of the spelling) owned it. I loved it because I could walk there and buy penny candy whenever I wanted too. Fireballs, squirrels, gum and twistlers. I was living large! Now that building has been brought to life by Mark who owns How’s Your Onion?

Steve Garage has been there for over 50 years. They can fix just about any problem you are having with your car. They do great work on foreign cars of all types, too. Sue and I were talking about the early days of the garage, and she told me that back in the 70’s and 80’s many of the Celtics Players would bring their very expensive foreign cars up from Boston because Steve’s was the one of the only places that could work on them from here to Boston. Stop by Steve’s garage, you’ll see familiar faces on the walls too.

I have so many other places to tell you about but the patient in our house is calling.

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60?s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at Twitter.com/Sherry_CVC

You can visit the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center, where “Business is Good. Life is Better!”

On the Road with Sherry

About the author

Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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