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Pelham~Windham News 1-31-2014

Pelham~Windham News 1-31-2014

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by Lynne Ober 
As you travel around Pelham, you will start seeing crisp white T-shirts with a blue logo stating “Say YES to PHS.Supporters of the Pelham High School remodeling project are wearing the T-shirts, developed by Pelham ACES (Awareness for Community and Education Support).The T-shirts made their first appearance on Facebook prior to the Sunday evening ACES meeting and were quickly purchased at the Sunday meeting. According to ACES’ members, anyone wishing to buy a tee can contact ACES at PelhamAces@gmail.com. This March, voters will find the following warrant article on the ballot, “Warrant Article 1: Shall the Pelham School District vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty-Two Million, Six Hundred Fifty-Four Thousand dollars ($22,654,000.00) for the construction, furnishing, and equipping of an addition to Pelham High School and remodel of the existing Pelham High School facility, and to authorize the issuance of not more than Twenty-Two Million, Six Hundred Fifty-Four Thousand dollars ($22,654,000.00) of bonds or notes in accordance with the provision of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33) and to authorize the School Board to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon and to authorize the School Board to apply for, accept, and expend federal, state, or other aid which may be available for the project and to comply with all laws applicable to the project, and to take all other necessary action in connection therewith; and to further raise and appropriate the additional sum of Five-Hundred Ninety-Seven Thousand, Five-Hundred dollars ($597,500) for the first year’s payment of interest on the bond? Three-fifths (3/5) ballot vote required.”Pelham resident and current Vice Chairman of the Pelham School Board, Deb Ryan, is excited about the support that this proposal has already received. “The board is united behind this proposal. We feel we used all of the data that has been gathered over the years the board has worked on which option is best for Pelham high school students; we got all of the experts into one room and we have an excellent solution that will be on the ballot.”The year before last a thorough structural analysis was done of the school. “We had never done a structural analysis before,” commented Ryan. When it was time to design the proposal, all the experts sat together in the room. With the architect, engineers and other experts gathered together, they could analyze each proposal and choose the best choice. The end result for Pelham could be a high school that will carry future generations of students through their high school years.
According to Ryan, Pelham enrollments are expected to continue to be flat with small declines. That said, every school district that has built a new high school has seen an influx of new residents whose children are reaching high school age. “We expect that could happen in Pelham so we might actually see some growth. While construction has slowed in Pelham, there are some housing projects currently being developed so there is the opportunity for new families to join our community.The proposal will build for 800 students. From a fiscal viewpoint, the difference for building for 800 students versus 700 students is one educational space and does not have a significant fiscal impact on the overall budget. However, needing to expand from 700 students to 800 students in the future would have a significant fiscal impact and require another bond project as it is not easy to  just add one educational space or to the core spaces. The proposal also will support 900 students in core spaces. The board found that a core of 900 would also assist in supporting community events in Pelham. Thanks to the large volume of technical data collected to support the various high school proposals, Ryan said they had a complete look at land, needs and current capacity of the building. The remodeling project will include building an addition onto the school. “By building in front,” said Ryan, “we can move the septic system back to the field area behind the school. This ground is sandy with no wetlands. It is perfect for a septic system and it also provides an ability to expand the septic system should that become a need in future years. This resolves one of the more difficult pieces of this puzzle.”Because of the building, the board acknowledged that some fields would need to be reconfigured. Residents can rest assured that the board is actively working on this. The current tennis courts will be removed and relocated to the 86 Marsh Road property across the street from the high school. The softball field will be moved to the space vacated by the tennis court relocation. Discussion about the best location for the field hockey field is still underway.Inside the building, not only will there be new and improved academic spaces, but adequate restroom facilities and a cafeteria that is finally sized for student population. Core spaces such as the cafeteria are being sized for 900 students in order to provide for the future. An auditorium will be built and used on a daily basis for instructional needs. According to posted documents, “The addition of a modest auditorium will meet many community needs as well as this will be available to town and community organizations when not in use by the schools.”The proposed total project budget contains $500,000 for new furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). Again, the board has looked at this and said the goal is to re-use existing FF&E and supplement only where needed with funds from the FF&E budget.Parking has long been an issue at PHS. With this project, 100 new parking spaces will be developed. If this warrant article passes, the board has also published a potential timeline with a target completion date of summer 2016. The project will be phased and will consider the enabling work, such as site work, septic, and fields in spring and summer 2014, build the new addition during the 2014-15 school year and complete the renovations on the existing building in summer 2015 and the 2015-16 school year.Ryan said community support has already been positive and she is very hopeful that this will receive a positive vote at the March polls. “Voter turnout will be the key to success, so it is imperative that everyone shows up to vote on March 11th,” she concluded.
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At the Windham Woman’s Club Scholarship luncheon held January 8, scholarship recipients Morgan Barry and Christine Carpenter of Windham received their award after successfully completing their first semester. Congratulations!
Right:From left are Richard Barry with daughter, Morgan; Linda Gallagher, Chairman Scholarship Committee; and Christine with parents, Diane and Alan Carpenter.
submitted by Amy Gilfoyle, Pelham Elementary School 
Pelham Elementary School had their seventh annual spelling bee sponsored by the school council on Thursday,  January 16. Twenty students in grades three, four and five participated in the spelling bee. It went 20 rounds. Our final two spellers, Nicole Paquette and Kenny Pawlowicz, made it through the final 10 rounds together. In the end, Kenny was our final speller, spelling the championship word “quagmire.” Kenny will be going to the
New Hampshire Union Leader 
 spelling bee on March 1, in Concord.
 After 20 Rounds, Spelling Bee Winner Kenny Pawlowicz Doesn’t Get “Bogged” Down
Left: Runner-up Nicole Paquette and winner Kenny Pawlowicz 
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by Barbara O’Brien
The budget season for the Windham School District was a tough one, involving a lot of haggling, pencil sharpening and prioritizing. The goal? To come up with a 2014-2015 budget that voters would be willing to approve. “We have made an enormous attempt to keep the budget reasonable and still provide an excellent education,” SAU 95 Superintendent Winfried Feneberg told the small group of residents who turned out for the January 17 public hearing at Windham High School. In fact, only a paltry 15 residents were scattered throughout the audience, despite the $45,724,106 budget under discussion.Not all of the five school board members were happy with the final proposal, however. Newest board member Dennis Senibaldi, who was elected this past March, said he felt the operating budget could be reduced further. While Senibaldi said he supports the two proposed contracts (teacher and instructional aides), he was not in favor of the proposed restructuring of the deans at Windham High School; a plan that would create several new directorship positions instead. On several occasions, including statements at the budget hearing, Senibaldi said that he felt “the pencil” had not been sharpened quite enough. As a result, Senibaldi did not vote to support the proposed operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year, which begins on July 1.Business Administrator Adam Steel said that 70 percent of the proposed budget increase (1.64%) is due to salaries and benefits, 10 percent to special education tuition, an additional school bus, various contracted services and seven new positions, including: a half-time preschool teacher, one fourth grade teacher, a business education teacher, a seventh grade teacher, a half-time television production coordinator for the high school, an intervention mathematics teacher at Windham Middle School and additional secretarial hours at Golden Brook School. “There was a much longer list of what is really needed,Feneberg said. “Administration in this district is very lean.”“We have looked at any and all places where we can make do with what we’ve got,” Feneberg commented. “This budget has been whittled down over the process these past couple of months,” he said. According to statistics presented during the budget hearing, the impact of the operating budget alone on the 2014 tax rate could be about 35 cents per $1,000 property valuation. This translates into about $123 in additional taxes on property assessed at $350,000.The establishment of several new directors and the related elimination of the deans is an integral segment of realigning the curriculum, district-wide, Feneberg explained. The directors would be implemented over a two-year phased in approach. The precise cost of the changes is not currently known. The price tag would depend on who applies for the positions. The cost could be anywhere
Final Proposed
School Budget Up 1.64%
continued to page 6- School Budget 
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on pages 10&11
2 - January 31, 2014
 | Pelham - Windham News
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Cell: 603-860-3893Maureen.Robidoux@comcast.netwww.a-smoother-you.comBridgewood Plaza1794 Bridge St., # 11, Dracut, Mass.(Just over the Pelham line on Rte 38)
The fall semester Dean’s List at Bryant University includes the following area residents. From Pelham:
Tyler Dejadon
, a junior in Marketing and
Gregory Irwin
, a sophomore in Management. From Windham:
Mariah Gill
, a sophomore in Undeclared;
Colin Lagos
, a freshman in Undeclared;
Courtney Tardif 
, a sophomore in Accounting.Pelham resident
Sarah Callahan
 has been named to the Dean’s List at Salem State College.Local residents were recently named to the dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for the fall semester. Among those recognized for achieving academic distinction at UMass-Lowell are: Pelham:
Ryan Belleville
, majoring in Biology;
Tyler Briere
, majoring in Psychology;
Ashley Chartier
, majoring in Clinical Lab Sciences;
Christine Downs
, majoring in Nursing;
Peter Figueiredo
, majoring in Exercise Physiology;
Elena Finney
, majoring in Nursing;
Stacy Foote,
 majoring in Biology;
Patrick Gendreau
, majoring in Criminal  Justice;
Pauline Geoffroy
, majoring in Biology;
Broghan Gilligan
, majoring in Criminal Justice;
Warren Greenhalgh
, majoring in Criminal  Justice;
Jeannine Kelly
, majoring in Clinical Lab Sciences;
Michael McHale
, majoring in Exercise Physiology;
James Moran
, majoring in Criminal  Justice;
Justin Moran
, majoring in Criminal  Justice;
Mark Riddinger
, majoring in Criminal  Justice;
Cassidy Riordan
, majoring in Clinical Lab Sciences;
Alyssa Soby
, majoring in Business Administration;
Ashley Supernault
, majoring in Business Administration;
Lindsey Viera
, majoring in Criminal Justice;
Jill Zalewski
, majoring in Mathematics. Windham:
Emily Anyon
, majoring in Liberal Arts;
Scott Barlow
, majoring in English;
Alexandria Boucher
, majoring in Exercise Physiology;
Jonathan Hynes
, majoring in Chemical Engineering;
Matthew Lane
, majoring in Business Administration;
Kelly Martin
, majoring in Nursing;
Aleece Mount
, majoring in Liberal Arts;
David Musto
, majoring in Clinical Lab Sciences;
Timothy Parow
, majoring in Civil Engineering;
Susan Souza
, majoring in Computer Science.For the second time this year, the first being the month she had spinal reconstruction surgery,
Lisa Anne Landry
 has been named agent of the month with Coco, Early & Associates, Windham office. (Lisa was also agent of the month early in the year while still with Better Homes and Gardens). Lisa has been with Coco, Early & Associates, Windham since March of 2013. She has been the mentor to many new agents and loves being able to help people love real estate as much as she does. As a former RN, and Chairman of Pelham Economic Development Committee Lisa says helping and being involved in the community are very important to her. Lisa’s clients have sent many accolades to her manager saying that “her honesty, integrity and true heart for their needs makes them feel like she has only them in mind.Lisa agrees. “It’s not about the money; I work harder than I ever did as an L&D, Pediatric RN, for much less money! It is about helping people find their dream home, or move on from the home that is no longer a fit for them.” Lisa loves working with all her Veterans as well. She is an Air Force daughter and Mom, so giving back to the Military is important to her. She and CEA rebate a portion of their commission back to the soldier at closing. Past, present and Wounded soldiers all qualify with CEA. Lisa has teamed up with her husband John, and their daughter, Lina Osborn to make this the best experience her customers can have. Congratulations to Lisa Anne Landry. Endicott College is pleased to announce the Dean’s List students for fall. Among the students named to the list is
Olivia Crane
, daughter of Christopher and Debra Crane of Pelham. Olivia is a freshman majoring in Graphic Design.
Christine Hebert
, daughter of Roy and Maria of Pelham has just returned from Ghana where she lead a team of volunteers from the University of New Hampshire for the Global Brigades organization providing medical triage and services to underdeveloped villages in North Africa. Her compassion for the less fortunate has included building affordable homes in the U.S. and multiple trips to Honduras and enabling life-changing opportunities and perspectives. At UNH, Christine works as a research assistant conducting cancer research and training fellow students in cell culture and other lab techniques. She has been studying cancerous cells and the effects of the p53 and Mortalin proteins. As a result of Christine’s unique research ability, she was invited to the prestigious Centre Leon Berard cancer research center in Lyon France, this past summer. Under the guidance of Dr. David Cox, a recognized cancer researcher with a special focus on genotyping and epidemiology, Christine had the opportunity to expand her skills in bioinformatics and statistical analysis through a grant from the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at UNH. As a summa cum laude Biomedical Sciences major, Christine is a member in the Phi Beta Kappa society and a recipient of the inaugural class of Marble Scholars. She will take a year before attending medical school to continue traveling for the Global Brigades. Ultimately, Christine envisions a career in the military serving her country as a doctor for those who are willing to sacrifice their lives for our safety.Northern Essex Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of students to the Dean’s List for the fall term. Pelham:
Nina Cabral,
 General Studies: Dance Option;
Sarah Cardwell
, Radiologic Technology;
John Deyermond
, GS: Health Specialization;
Eric Grubis
, CIS: Information Technology;
Michelle Trull
, GS: Health Specialization. Windham: Gabriel Alvear, Criminal Justice; Mitchell Baldwin, Business Transfer; Kendall Desrosiers, Early Childhood Education;
Charles DiPrima
, General Studies: Art;
Kaitlyn Ferretti
, Gen Studies: Human Services;
Sarah Gagnon
, Nursing (ADN) Day;
Wilson Gonzalez
, CIS: Information Technology;
Derek Gray
, Computer Applications Cert;
Kyle Jolicoeur
, CIS: Information Technology;
Heather Lambert
, General Studies: Multi-Media;
Crystal Morton
, Paralegal Certificate;
Eugenia Schipelliti
, LA: Theater;
Michael Sobrado
, GS: Health Specialization;
Gena Stearns
, Elementary Education.Freshman
Kara Yennaco
 of Windham was one of 24 Quinnipiac University students who attended the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival from January 17-24 in Park City, UT. The trip was planned and organized by the Quinnipiac Film Society.Most of the students who made the trip are part of the School of Communications’ Department of Film, Video and Interactive Media. The Quinnipiac contingent purchased tickets to watch the movies of their choice prior to the event. The renowned film festival also includes panel discussions and workshops.The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester. Pelham
: Jillian Barrett
Michael Bogochow
 (High Honors),
Alexandra Catalano
 (Highest Honors),
Danielle DeFranzo
Brian Finney
 (Highest Honors),
Keri Foley
 (Highest Honors),
Rachael Friedrich
 (High Honors),
Iris Hur
(Highest Honors),
Nicole Mastacouris
 (Highest Honors),
Erika Mogauro
 (High Honors),
Erin Mogauro
 (High Honors),
Emma Notini
 (High Honors),
Robert Pappagianopoulos
Tyler Racca
Kathryn Riddinger
Chaya Sophon
 (High Honors),
Emily Spognardi
 (High Honors),
Meagan Walker
Stephanie Winn
Samantha York
 (Highest Honors),
Marissa Zaino
 (Highest Honors),
Mikayla Culleton
Christine Hebert
(High Honors). Windham:
Nicole Bouley
 (High Honors),
Damian Cadoret
Colin Campbell
 (High Honors),
Matthew Carbonello
Christopher DiPersio
 (Highest Honors),
Erin Donohue
(High Honors),
Breanna Edelstein
(High Honors),
Melanie Fenton
 (Highest Honors),
Benjamin Gallo
 (High Honors),
Erica Gallo
 (High Honors),
Elodie Gauthier
Olivia Goodale
 (High Honors),
Ryan Greenleaf 
 (Highest Honors),
Vallen InDelicato
Lauren Irish
 (High Honors),
Corey Keenan
(High Honors),
Craig Keenan
 (High Honors),
Hanna LaRochelle
 (High Honors),
Keri Longacre
 (High Honors),
Melissa McLaughlin
 (High Honors),
Kelly Michal
Ashleigh Michaud
Jordan Mrvos
 (High Honors),
Madalyn Northcutt
 (High Honors),
Scott Priestley
 (Highest Honors),
Colin Reed
Karen Richards
Brian Shea
 (High Honors),
Jennifer Tavernini
Jessica Theriault
Katherine Tkaczyk
 (High Honors),
Rebecca Turner
Timothy Fraser
, a sophomore Marketing major from Windham, was among more than 1,900 students from Coastal Carolina University who made the Dean’s List for the fall semester.
Joshua Cavallaro
, a junior majoring in Accounting from Windham, has been named to the Dean’s List at Hofstra University for the fall semester.
Ryan Birmingham
 of Pelham, made the Dean’s List for fall semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology.The following Windham residents are among those to be named to the Roger Williams University Dean’s List for the fall semester:
Alexandria Hennessy
, majoring in Elementary Education;
Rachel Appleman
, majoring in Marketing; and
Ailish Barry
, majoring in Psychology.Curry College’s Chief Academic Officer Sue Pennini is proud to announce that
Devin Lucy
 of Windham and
Alexandra O’Donnell
 of Pelham have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester.
Send your Accolades to news@areanewsgroup.com with a photo
Lisa Anne Landry 
Pelham’s Town Administrator on Administrative Leave for Condential Reasons
by Doug Robinson
Pelham’s Board of Selectman Chairman, Edmund Gleason, announced at the January 21 BOS meeting that Town Administrator Tom Gaydos was on “administrative leave.”Gaydos’ leave occurred after an emergency, non-public, BOS meeting on January 9. According to Chairman Gleason, “it’s a personal matter.Chief Roark will handle all issues normally handled by the town administrator. Gleason “praised” the press who have been very cooperative and expected that to be continued ... “that’s all we have to say on the issue.”
Declaration of Candidacy 
By press time Wednesday, January 29, the following citizens have thrown their hats into the political ring to help govern their towns. Sign-up continues until end of business on Friday, January 31:
Town of Pelham
Selectmen - 2 for 3 years
William McDevittDouglas Viger
Town Moderator - 1 for 2 years
Philip R. Currier
Town Treasurer - 1 for 3 years
Charlene F. Takesian
Budget Committee - 3 for 3 years
Robert S. Sherman
Cemetery Trustee - 2 for 3 years
Donna M. Smith J. Timothy Zelonis
Library Trustee - 2 for 3 years
David Sweeney
Library Trustee - 1 for 2 years
Darlene Michaud
Trustee of Trust Funds - 1 for 3 Years
No candidate
Planning Board - 2 for 3 years
Paul L. Dadak Jason Croteau
Pelham School District
 School Board - 3 Years
Brian Carton
School Moderator - 3 Years
Paul Leonard
Treasurer - 3 Years
Patricia E. Murphy
Town of Windham
Selectmen - 2 for 3 Years
Dan Guttman Joel DesiletsBruce Breton
Supervisors of the Checklist - 2 for 6 Years
David Bates
Town Moderator - 1 for 2 Years
Peter J. Griffin
Trustee of the Trust Fund - 1 for 3 Years
No candidate
Trustee of the Library - 2 for 3 Years
No candidate
Planning Board - 2 for 3 Years
No candidate
Planning Board - 1 for 1 Year
Vanessa Nysten
Board of Adjustment - 1 for 3 Years
Mark Samsel
Trustee of the Cemetery - 1 for 3 Years
Barbara A. Coish
Windham School District
School Board - 2 for 3 Years
Bob CooleSean DonahueKen EyringRob Brenton
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e Pelham Good Neighbor Fund’s  Activities In 2013
Te Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee has just completed 44 years of helping our Neighbors In Need. Te committee had a another busy and challenging year in 2013 but we were able to take care of 56 residents in Pelham throughout the year for their household expenses including rent, heat, electricity and food amounting to $45,728. Tis also included donations to Bridges Women’s Shelter and Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission. During the Christmas season, we coordinated our 24th Annual Sponsor-A-Child Program where residents in town purchase gifts for the children. We were able to provided toys, clothing and food to 33 families including 76 children. In addition,  we provided food for 25 families of which 10 families were provided with food from the Salem Elks. During the year, we awarded two scholarships to two high school seniors who had a financial need and had been accepted to a college and over the past fourteen years, 18 scholarships have been awarded amounting to $43,000. We coordinated the donations for the Wilkins’ Memorial Fund Drive which amounted to $5,927. We participated in Enterprise Bank’s Fourth Annual Celebration of Excellence, St. Patrick Parish’s Shantytown for the Homeless and Hungry and the Great Mac and Cheese Bake off sponsored by the First Congregational Church. We also had the honor of being the Grand Marshals at this year’s Old Home Day Parade. Our fundraisers included the 20th Annual Golf ournament and the 44th Annual Christmas Drive. We also received donations throughout the year from individuals, families, churches, schools, organizations and the business community. Tese donations and our fundraisers have made it possible to provide financial assistance to our Pelham residents throughout the year for household expenses. Our 44th Annual Christmas Drive was only held on Saturday December 13 instead of two days because of the snow storm but the good news is that we collected more food in one day than  we have collected in two days in the past years.  We would like to thank the various organizations including: Te American Legion Post 100, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10722, St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 6902 who collected food and cash donations at the Pelham Plaza and the Pelham Firefighters Association and the Cub Scouts Pack 25 who were ready to collect the food and cash donations on Sunday, December 14 but was canceled due to the storm. We would also like to thank all the sponsors who brought the true meaning of Christmas to our Neighbors In Need. A special thank you to Karen Genoter who developed our website and makes all the changes that we request throughout the year and Steve Ziokas who takes care of our annual state and federal tax returns. I would like to share with you an E-mail that we got from a woman who was having a lot of family problems. Tese were some of her comments. “I was completely taken by surprise by the outpouring of compassion and generosity that came our way! When I started looking through the bags and bags of gifts given to my family from the generous donors … I cried my eyes out (but for a good reason) - they were tears of gratitude! And in between those tears … I was doing the Happy Dance! I was
 with such warmth! Christmas spirit was back! I was glowing with excitement, happiness and gratitude, thanks to the absolute kindness and unbelievable generosity bestowed upon my family from complete strangers with huge hearts!” Te Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee is made up of 16 volunteers who are dedicated and committed to helping our less fortunate residents in Pelham and your donations have allowed us to reach out to touch someone to let them know that we care. Te committee would like to thank you for your support and we look forward to being of service to the community in the year 2014. For more information about the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, please visit us at www.pelhamgoodneighborfund.org.
Frank Sullivan, President, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund 
ank You Karate International of Windham
 Windham’s Helping Hands would like to thank Karate International of  Windham for their generous donation of canned goods. ogether, the students of this organization collected approximately 200 pounds of food products to donate to those in need. Every December, the studio chooses an organization to help, and  Windham’s Helping Hands was the lucky recipient of their 2013 food drive. Te food has already been distributed to families in Windham and WHH was happy to be the conduit of their generosity. We are very pleased and appreciative to have been able to pass along the kindness that the students displayed, and the recipients of their generosity are smiling as well!Tank you Karate International of Windham!
Patti Letizio on behalf of Windham’s Helping Hands, Windham
Sign Up for the Windham Taxpayers Coalition Newsletter
Last year, volunteers from the Windham axpayers Coalition (WC) spent hundreds of hours researching the feasibility of building a new $50M two grade school and provided that information to the Windham community with many factual details (with reference links) so that all of us would be in a better position to cast a more informed vote. Tis year, the local elections will be held on March 11. In addition to the candidates that run for offi ce, there will be Warrant Articles that could considerably impact our tax rates, e.g., the own and School Budgets, as well as the municipal and eacher’s contracts. o help Windham voters evaluate these impacts, the WC will provide insights into these issues (with reference links) between now and Election Day. If you are interested in receiving this information, please send an email to: Info@ Windhamaxpayers.org.
Ken Eyring on behalf of the Windham Taxpayers Coalition, Windham
 A Bill To Expand Gambling 
Te House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1633 on Tursday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m. in Rooms 202-204 of the Legislative Offi ce Building which is located behind the State House in Concord. Tis bill was crafted by the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority which was created in last year’s legislative session. Tis Authority met throughout the summer and fall and crafted this Casino Bill to provide strict regulation in the event our legislators decided to allow a casino in NH. Recognizing that a casino a short distance away in Massachusetts will attract a considerable amount of NH money, state studies reflect that almost $200 million in revenues (lottery, rooms and meals tax) the state of NH currently receives each biennium will be lost when the Massachusetts casino opens and the state will feel the social impacts, if any, without the revenue to provide any type of assistance, the Authority provided a path to a high end, highly regulated casino facility in NH through a bid process. Te Bill is co-sponsored by Sen. James Rausch who represents Derry and Windham.Rockingham Park has been interested for many years in providing this type of facility and will continue to support this type of legislation. We have also been proud to have the continued support of the community of Salem, which last March affi rmed its commitment to a casino in town with over 80 percent of the vote in a non-binding referendum. We feel the economic impact of a major facility through the construction process and operation will help in providing the jump start our region needs for additional investment in the area and provide thousands of jobs. Once open, a high end facility would attract millions of visitors, the majority from Massachusetts, who will not only enjoy the casino and its amenities but all the region has to offer. Tere are no guarantees in this legislation that Rockingham would be chosen as a site for this facility but we would be first in line to provide an application. Seeing all of the major companies who have applied in Massachusetts for the licenses in that state, there is no question that some of them would be knocking on the door of NH if the legislation were to pass.Te Ways and Means Committee of the NH House of Representatives includes local Representatives Mary Griffi n of Windham and Marilinda Garcia of Salem along  with 18 other Representatives from throughout the state. If you interested in Casino legislation, attend the hearing and see how the process works or make a call to let your Representatives know how you feel on the subject.
 Ed Callahan, Rockingham Park 
2014 Windham School District Deliberative Session
Our Annual School District Deliberative Session will take place on Friday evening, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the Windham High School auditorium. Tis meeting is important! All of the school warrant articles will be described and debated, and some can be amended. Tis session will determine the final form of the  warrant articles that will be voted upon on the March 11, 2014 School District ballot.Tis is your chance to ask questions and to learn about the issues. Tis is a great chance to be heard on what is important to you in our schools. Tis is when voters have a chance to make amendments to some of the warrant articles - or to vote against any proposed amendments to the articles. You do not have to be an expert in parliamentary procedure in order to participate. Te procedures that we use in Windham are basically the same as those used for many years in the old-style town and school district meetings. We do not use Robert’s Rules of Orders. Some aspects of the procedure are required or restricted by state laws. But other than those restrictions, the general principle of a deliberative session is that the majority of voters who are present can determine the procedure - and even overrule me as moderator!I hope you come and participate. If you would like to read more about our general procedures, please go to the Windham School District website, www.windhamsd.org, and click on “Guide to Annual Deliberative Session.” If you have any procedural questions you would like answered before the meeting, please contact me through the Superintendant’s offi ce or E-mail me at EADunn30@aol.com.
 Elizabeth A. (Betty) Dunn, School District Moderator, Windham

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