Outdoor Fun in Winter

Brrr! It’s cold outside and with temperatures in the single digits I think I will just stay in and dream of a warmer day for outdoor play.  There is so much fun to be had, outdoors in winter… downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and ice skating to name a few.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsAfter this weeks cold snap it looks like the ice on the lake is good and ready for skating. But, I say this with a note of caution, there are several things to look for before ever going out on a frozen body of water. In the town of Derry the fire department will check ice thickness on Beaver Lake a couple of times during the winter, so you might call the fire department to ask about current conditions. I also recommend reading “Safety On The Ice” put out by NH Fish & Game.

A Couple of Tips

1. Ice should be bluish-black in color
2. Ice should be 4 to 6 inches thick to carry the weight of a person and over 10 inches thick to support an ATV or snow machine.
3. Never go out on ice alone and stay clear of open water, bridges, culverts, submerged trees etc.

Get Outside, Have Fun, Be Safe!

 

Small Business Saturday

AMEX_Shop_Small_Street_RGB_SOLID_LogoFirst there was Black Friday, where large retailers promote sales to bring shoppers through their doors on what has become known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Then online stores decided they could get in on the action with Cyber Monday. But in 2010 American Express started promoting another type of shopping day, Small Business Saturday; placing this day of shopping locally right in between the other two.  Derry however, has always celebrated local businesses and organizations through the Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

But let me give you a few more reasons to shop locally this holiday season.  First, not traveling as far to get to that mall or box store reduces your carbon foot print. If you can buy it locally instead of online you save even more, online retailers have a huge environmental impact, not only shipping your item but packaging it also. And finally, shopping local is a sustainable way to keep your community vibrant.

Happy shopping!

 

November 17 – 21 is Food Recovery Week

Food Waste is a Factor
in Contributing to Climate Change

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Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day – from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. More than 96 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. In 2011, we landfilled more than 36 million tons of food waste. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

  • There are many ways you can reduce food waste, for example:
    Shop your refrigerator first! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.
  • Plan your menu before you go shopping and buy only those things on your menu.
  • Buy only what you realistically need and will use. Buying in bulk only saves money if you are able to use the food before it spoils.
  • Compost food scraps rather than throwing them away.
  • …and more!

More information and tips about reducing food waste:
http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-basics