Big News at 9am tomorrow

travel-airline-twa-f-scan_pic0038 I guess the new airline couldn’t wait for the PDA Board Show this morning, I just read it’s Allegiant Air on a news site. The news story is saying most of the flights will be Florida bound.

I think this has been tried before.

How Allegiant Air does it,besides cancelling unprofitable routes quickly.


I was reading  the PDA Board ( International Tradeport) minutes last night. This will be interesting  to  see how many visitors  click on the minutes link.


Hope you love golf  because the minutes  are awash with  golf course chat. They even discuss the new menu at the Clubhouse . In between  they are discussing chopping down trees at the end of one of the longest runways  in the USA

“You can see it from Space!” Any  time one mentions that runway in an article the space view gets a mention.

The tree’s are located  in a historic section of Newington.Oh the PDA won’t be using their money of which they have little, they will  have the Air Force do the heavy lifting, money and  study, and be the pressure point .  It’s really a case of “let’s do something, cut some trees, something”. There is no need to cut down the trees, there is plenty of room to land safely.

The PDA authority  when  originally formed allows far too much heavy handed behavior regarding the environment, and notification of abutters.

Ich bin ein Newingtoner

From the  PDA  Board minutes. 1/20/11

“PDA had 10,326 enplanements as of December 31, 2010. Enplanements included troop flights,sports team charters, and Boy Scout discovery flights. FAA requires 10,000 enplanements annually to secure an annual entitlement of $1 million dollars. Director Allard commended Mr. Mullen for his efforts in securing the Boy Scout discovery flights. Mr. Hopper reported that air show planning for 2011 has begun.”

Boy Scout Discovery  Flights? The newspaper  reported that Bill Hopper(airport manager)  characterized the Boy Scout flights as a “handful”

Not a reflection on the deportment of the  passengers, but in my opinion meant to minimize and mask this last ditch effort to make the numbers.


Boy Scout Discovery  Flights are usually  conducted by  private pilots in little  planes so the kid can get a feel for flying, not  sitting  with 170  scouts and family members in a 737 for one hour free scenic trips. The flyer announcing the last minute  gambit which  you can read here ,clearly states they need 400 takers, they got 500. Were camera’s discouraged? Where is the picture  of all the kids on the runway? I tried to find one and came up empty. Without pulling this stunt, no million bucks. The FAA paid a  million in taxpayer funds  to facilitate  the ruse of Pease as a functioning , necessary and profitable airport.

Just wait  till the Air Force dumps the Air Bridge.


The last 5  PDA Board meetings had no  Press or Public attendees.

If you want  to comment on the Exeter Town Crier in the future you will have to identify yourself.


Fire prevention tip

Really, make sure to check your dryer vent for  lint buildup. Here, since the exhaust is somewhat involved ,it requires  disassembling a section of vent pipe. Just the two of us , but an inspection always bears fruit, lint.

If I could throw a kill switch  upon leaving my house , I would. I only say that  as ‘faulty wiring’ “short circuit” always figures in new stories I read concerning house fires. That is impossible though , the sumps must have juice!!

Gotta love the ” new fangled” irons with the auto shut off . I can remember turning around on 101 after the iron on? or off ? conversation .

I won’t even  leave the  dryer going when ducking over to Arjays.

Take a good look around your place as we head inside and turn on the furnaces, fill the wood stoves, pull out the space heaters. Smoke detectors?

You are  on your own.

Should one be concerned about the mutual fire aid pact in NH? I see another Town/Village/Hamlet bought a new fire engine. They still cost a bundle, half a mil easy. Should  participants in the pact be compelled to buy new equipment? I become concerned when I hear about a fire truck failing at the scene. Old Betsy might still take a shine but c’mon, order a new fire truck.

I was looking at the Rockingham County map and wonder  about all these little villages and hamlets. How can they survive,really? I am  a proponent of  mixing things up a bit and  actually employing a County model for at least firefighting.

Portsmouth recently suggested taking over Newington’s FD. A few years ago a house caught on fire opposite the mall. There was some  problem at the scene and the house burned down. I am pretty sure what the problem was  but  who wants to dredge up  old news.

I do.

The Air Show debacle, can we talk about that  a little? The news door slammed shut on any recap of that  mess. Thirty thousand people (  official count?) were trapped for hours at a scheduled event, hot day sure, but  clear. I was away enjoying my own air show on Mt Katahdin in Maine.

You gotta figure that was the last Air Show for Pease.

Seabrook  Station( nuke plant) wants to extend their license and the State is scrambling to  find their feet on yes/no. I guess the State knew all about the time lines.

I think a drill is coming up soon or some group is planning a disaster drill on the Seacoast

We couldn’t  evacuate the  air show crowd . A year  or more in the planning.

There should be some truth talking about  that mess.Maybe we could learn something useful should there be  a real emergency.