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Pelham~Windham News 1-15-2010

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 Volume 7 Number 27 January 15, 2010 14 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
HUDSON, NH03051PERMIT NO. 33Postal Customer
School BusinessAdministrator Resigns
by Doug Robinson
Kathleen Sargent, Pelham’s School BusinessAdministrator for the past two years, resignedas a result of her miscalculation over thepayment of an outstanding bond for the townof Pelham.According to School SuperintendentFrank Bass, Sargent’s bond reporting error of $1,058,825 will need to be added to the 2010-2011 School Budget for the coming year. Inaddition, the error, as admitted by Sargent, willadd approximately $50 to the Pelham tax ratethis coming year.“She told us it’s paid off,“ stated SchoolBoard member Linda Mahoney.As reported by the
Lowell Sun
, “BudgetCommittee Chairman Larry Hall told the
 that closer scrutiny of the district’s ledger uponSargent’s departure uncovered $757,227 inavailable impact feed, collected from developers of the past 10 years, that canbe used to largely offset the $1 million budget shortfall.”Superintendent Bass is expected to ask the Budget Committee to add the$1,058,825 to the upcoming budget, as well as to ask of the Budget Committeeto offset these funds with monies learned to be available from the impactfee account. If approved, the nancial hit to the Pelham taxpayers would beapproximately $300,000.
submitted by Jim Curtin
Cub Scouts fromWindham Pack 263 spentthe night at the New EnglandAquarium. During theovernight adventure, theScouts participated in asquid dissection and a tidepool program. The Scoutscompleted a pillowcase
A Night at the Aquarium
School BusinessAdministrator Resigns
Pelham’s School Business  Administrator, Kathleen Sargent,resigns, having admitted the $1 million mistake 
by Barbara O’Brien
The majority of Windham school board members have decided that this isnot the year to ask residents to fund a $30 million bond for the constructionof a new middle school. It was not a unanimous decision, but nearly so, withonly one board member wanting to move forward with the concept.Voting against putting a bond request on the 2010 school district warrantwere Chairman Bruce Anderson, Daphne Kenyon, Ed Gallagher, and Jeff Bostic. The only school board member who wanted to take the question tovoters was Vice Chairman Mike Hatem.Those who were opposed to including a bond issue on the school districtwarrant this coming March cited two main reasons. First, the poor economyand signicant number of residents who are either under-employed orunemployed, and, secondly, a lack of research into what would be the bestoptions in building a new middle school in Windham, make this a bad year forasking for additional money.In order for a school bond issue to pass voter scrutiny, a 60-percent majorityis required. Most of the school board members said they didn’t feel a bondissue could possibly garner that much support this year.Hatem, the only school board member wanting to move forward with a $30million bond, said he’s concerned that the state will cut building aid in thenear future, causing Windham to miss out on about $10 million in nancialassistance. The other school board members said they felt it’s too early topredict what the state will do in light of the current budget crunch and wereunwilling to go out on a limb to get state aid now, when it might still beavailable in the future.School Board member Daphne Kenyon said it’s obvious that when theeconomy is bad across the board, it effects the state budget, which in turneffects how much money goes to local communities in nancial aid. However,Kenyon said, she’s not certain Windham will lose school building aid. “That’svery uncertain,” at this point, she added. Kenyon also said she hadn’tpersonally spoken to anyone who was in favor of spending $30 million in 2010to build a new middle school.Kenyon also pointed out that it took a full ve years (2000-2005) to get abond passed for the new Windham High School; a facility which only openedthis past September. “There should be no bond this March,” Kenyon said.School Board member Jeff Bostic said he certainly doesn’t want tocompromise the education of Windham students, but the community has tobalance the needs of students with those of taxpayers. Bostic also emphasizedthe need for acquiring additional information on viable options. “We need thetime to present these options to taxpayers as concretely as possible,” he said.There just isn’t enough time to accomplish that this year, he added.School Board member Ed Gallagher pointed out that “state aid has notevaporated today.” “We shouldn’t make decisions on what might happen atthe state level” someday, Gallagher stated. Gallagher said he believes it would“be crazy” to consider a school bond this year. He also said he would ratheremphasize reducing class size in the existing buildings (by using additionalportable classrooms). “It would be misguided to put a $30 million bond outwithout doing all the homework,” Gallagher emphasized.Colby Putnam, who serves as one of the student representatives to theWindham School Board, said he doesn’t feel that residents have the money topay for a bond now. “It’s only an ‘if’” as far as losing state aid, Putnam added.Christine Carpenter, the other student representative to the school board,said she feels its “good to know there are people looking out for the students”of Windham, but she would not like to see other areas of the budget orcurriculum reduced in order to pay for a new middle school. Carpenter saidshe doesn’t think people should “rush into passing a bond” now at the risk of losing teachers or programs.Former School Board Chairman Barbara Coish, who has already announcedher intention to seek re-election this coming March, said she’d like to see theboard focus on getting the money ($160,000) to nish the facility needs plan,which was started more than a year ago. “At this point,” Coish said, “we reallydon’t know what we need or where best to put what we do need.” The facilityneeds plan is one thing that denitely needs to pass this coming March, Coishstated.Windham resident and parent Heather Petro took an opposite opinion,however, from most board members. “The money is available now,” Petrosaid, “and the need is great.” Petro spoke in favor of putting forth the middleschool bond, encouraging school board members “not to shy away from thisopportunity” and to bring the bond proposal to voters in 2010.Windham resident and parent Michelle Farrell also spoke in favor of askingvoters for $30 million this coming March. “Space is a huge issue,” Farrellsaid, adding that she doesn’t like the idea of leasing more portables to housestudents. Farrell said she understands that getting voters to support a buildingbond, at this time, would be difcult, but “we have to gure out how to get thecommunity behind this project,” she told school board members.Resident Bob Coole agreed with school board members who feel this isnot the time to move forward with building another school in Windham. Notonly is the economy doing poorly, he said, but there just isn’t “enough time toeducate the public on the need or on the options.”
No School Bond- continued to page 7
No School Bond Being Sought This Year 
A Night at the Aquarium
painting craft and explored the Amazing Jellies Exhibit. Atlights-out, the Scouts camped in the West Wing, which is atwo-level exhibit space that currently houses the Amazing Jellies Exhibit. In the morning, the Scouts had the wholeaquarium to themselves to explore until the regular visitorsarrived. After 9 a.m., each Scout received a hand stamp that
 Above: Windham Pack 263 Cub Scouts watch ademonstration at the New England AquariumLeft: Two of the Scouts learn how to dissect squid 
was good for admission to the Aquarium for the rest of the day.The Scouts want to thank their leaders and parents for theunique opportunity of spending “A Night at the Aquarium.”If your boy is interested in Scouting, contact Fred Nader atFredNIII@aol.com, or Jim Curtin at jimcurtin03087@yahoo.com.
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham’s historic, town-owned Searles School andChapel is “almost without a leader,” Marion Dinsmore of theHistoric Commission told selectmen recently.Ginette McMahon, who has been working as the schedulecoordinator/manager for Searles School and Chapel for anextended period of time, is retiring from that position andhistoric commission members are in a quandary as how tobest handle the facility’s management in the future.Currently, the job is essentially that of a volunteer,Dinsmore said, paying approximately $6,000 per year. TownAdministrator David Sullivan said they have been seekinga volunteer to take over the duties currently performed byMcMahon, but have had no luck in nding anyone.As a possible alternative, Dinsmore asked David Kolifrath,proprietor of Searles Castle Event Management, to speakwith selectmen. Kolifrath explained that there is a lot of confusion going on between Searles Castle and SearlesSchool and Chapel. People interested in using the facilitiesare confusing one with the other, he said. Because of thisconfusion, Kolifrath said he feels it would behoove bothfacilities to be under the same auspices.Searles Castle is often the site of weddings, bridal showers,christenings, and other such social events. The facility catersmostly to fairly large events, with a minimum number of guests required. Searles School and Chapel, on the otherhand, often hosts events put on by local organizations and iswilling to handle smaller events.Kolifrath’s proposal is that his management rm take overthe marketing, bookings, and other such planning for SearlesSchool and Chapel. He said his company is well respectedand has done an exceptional job for the owners of SearlesCastle, which is the property of the Sisters of Mercy in RhodeIsland. Kolifrath said his rm has recently signed a new 10-year lease with the Sisters of Mercy.According to Kolifrath, it would be a win/win situationfor Windham to hire Searles Castle Event Managementto handle Searles School and Chapel. “I know we canmake it protable,” Kolifrath said, adding that to make thefacility a nicer place to hold events would take some work,particularly in regard to decorating and landscaping. “Thebuilding should be utilized more than it is now,” he said.Under the proper management, more money could be madefor the historic commission to use for much needed buildingrenovations “without costing taxpayers a bundle,” he added.“Someone needs to be in charge of overseeing the events”at the school and chapel, Kolifrath said. Currently, no onefrom the town is on hand during events at the Searles Schooland Chapel. The town has been lucky, so far, that no damagehas been done over there, Kolifrath stated. Town employeesdo open and close the facility before and after events,Dinsmore said, but do not stay on site throughout receptionsand parties.Selectman Galen Stearns said he would still want areduced fee schedule for residents and non-prot localorganizations, even if the school and chapel were to bemanaged by an outside rm. Kolifrath suggested that localgroups could use the facilities Mondays, Tuesdays, andWednesdays, while Thursdays through Sundays would bereserved for those who would pay a higher fee.As for the types of events Kolifrath would endorse, therewould be “nothing on the wild side,” he said, out of respectfor the historical signicance of the Searles School andChapel. There would be no children’s birthday parties,no Sweet Sixteen parties, and no Turning 21 parties, hespecied.Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he didn’t want theSearles School and Chapel to be looked upon as a businessventure, but, rather, as a town asset. The facility is “wellrespected by the community as it is,” Hohenberger said, “notas a business to make money.”Windham resident and school district ofcial Betty Dunnpointed out that the management of the school and chapelis “at a crossroads.” “We have to involve those who can runthe building and the business in a more efcient fashion, ona day-to-day basis,” Dunn said.Selectmen agreed by consensus that they want Kolifrathto develop a proposed business plan for Searles Schooland Chapel. Once the plan is completed, selectmen wantit reviewed by members of the Historic Commission, thenbrought back to the board for a nal decision.
Management Proposal for Searles Schooland Chapel in the Works
Management Proposal for Searles Schooland Chapel in the Works
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham Endowment, a non-prot organizationdedicated to raising money for a number of local purposes,has made another donation to the new Windham HighSchool; a facility which opened its doors just this pastSeptember.Diane Carpenter, one of the founders of WindhamEndowment, met with school board members recently topresent the donation of an eight-panel acoustical shellintended to enhance performances at the high school.School board members accepted the $17,531 donation,unanimously, by a vote of 5 to 0.Carpenter explained that the most recent donation is partof Windham Endowment’s High School Capital Campaign,which focuses on three distinct designations, including FineArts, the Science Curriculum (Alternative Energy), and theGeneral Fund. Those who donate to the High School CapitalCampaign may specify the exact purpose of any donations.Carpenter told school board members that the purposeof the acoustical shell will be two-fold; rst, to use duringperformances of specialty groups, such as a ute ensembleor small choral group. It can also be used in larger placesthan the auditorium, such as the gymnasium or cafeteria, tofocus the sound toward an audience.According to Carpenter, the screen has already beenmanufactured and will be shipped from a factory locatedin Minnesota. The donation includes the cost of freight andhandling. Additional panels can be added to the screen, asneeded, up to a total of 13. “Eight panels will get us throughthe next few years, though,” Carpenter said.This is the third gift that Windham Endowment hasdirected toward the Fine Arts Program. The other two giftsinclude a bassoon and symphonic chimes, as well as a babygrand piano, which has already been featured at each of theconcerts performed at Windham High School thus far. “Ourgoal is to enhance the high school for the entire community,Carpenter said.School Superintendent Frank Bass announced that theprestigious All-State Jazz Festival will be held at WindhamHigh School this year. “This is an incredible opportunity,”Bass said, adding that a number of well-known jazz artistswill be featured during the three-day festival.As for additional donations to Windham Endowment,Carpenter said, “gifts of any size are always welcome.Manycorporations also offer matching funds for donations madeby their employees, she added. Donations to WindhamEndowment are tax-deductible.
Windham Endowment Donates  Acoustical Shell 
Animal Rescue Network of New England
, Pelham Police DepartmentCommunity Service Room, rst Monday, 7 – 8 p.m.
Budget Committee meeting
, Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 pm, visitwww.pelhamweb.com for exact schedule
Conservation Commission
, Sherburne Hall, 7:30 p.m., secondWednesday
Council on Aging,
Pelham Senior Center, 1 p.m., rst Thursday (except July and August)
, Town Hall Annex, 7 p.m., second Wednesday
, grief recovery support group, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.,Crossroads Baptist Church
Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild
, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., rstMonday (except June-August)
Historical Society
, Historical Society Building, fourth Monday
Knights of Columbus
, K of C Hall, 7:30 p.m., rst Wednesday
Library Events
: www.pelhamweb.com/library
Library Trustees
, Pelham Library, 6:30 p.m., second Wednesday
Mom To Mom,
Crossroads Baptist Church, every other Thursday, forinformation, contact Cindy at ckyzer6@hotmail.com or 635-1556.
(Moms Offering Moms Support), Pelham Public Library, MollyHobbs Room, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., First Monday (unless it’s a holiday, thensecond Monday). pelhammomsclub@yahoo.com.
(Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, Crossroads Baptist Church,9:30 – 11:30 a.m., rst and third Thursdays of most months. (635-1556or e-mail ckyzer6@hotmail.com); www.mops.org.
Planning Board
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., rst and third Monday
Pulpit Rock Lodge Number 103
, A&FM Meeting, every second Monday(except July and August), 7:30 p.m., at the Lodge.
Pulpit Rock Lodge’s Public Breakfast
, every third Sunday (except Julyand August) 8 – 10 a.m.
Red Hat Society
, VFW, 6 Main Street, 1:00 p.m., second Tuesday
Recreation Department activities
: www.pelhamweb.com/recreation/ 
Rockingham County Women’s Connection
, Rockingham Race Track,Belmont Room, 11:30 a.m., third Tuesday
, Sherburne Hall, 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays
Single Mom Small Group
, 7 p.m., Fridays, Mindy 635-8679
St. Patrick School Board
, School Library, 7 p.m., second Tuesday
, 6 Main Street, Pelham, 7 p.m., rst Thursday
Wattannick Grange
, Hudson Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., rst and thirdMonday
Zoning Board
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., second Monday
Pelham Regular Meetings & Events
Contact us 
17 Executive Drive, Suite 1, Hudson, NH 03051 880-1516 Fax 879-9707 www.areanewsgroup.com news@areanewsgroup.com
Community Events 
Community Events 
Community Events 
Saturday, January 16
Gardens of Hope
is a non-prot organizationassisting Salem cancer patients with theupkeep of their established gardens. The rstmeeting/orientation will be held at the KelleyLibrary on Route 97, Salem, from 10 a.m.-noon. Please call 870-9395 to register withSandy, or leave your name and telephonenumber for a return call. 
Monday, January 18
The American Cancer Society is seekingvolunteers and teams for the rst
Relay ForLife® of Pelham
, which will be held on June5 and 6. Organizers are holding a
Kickoff Event
at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 18, atChunky’s in Pelham to engage volunteers inrecruiting and assembling teams, seekingcommunity support, coordinating logistics,securing donated refreshments and prizes,planning entertainment, and lendingtheir support in any way. Relay For Lifemobilizes communities to celebrate peoplewho have battled cancer, remember lovedones lost, and provide participants with anopportunity to ght back against the disease.Relay For Life events are held overnightas individuals and teams camp out at anathletic track, park, or other gathering areawith the goal of keeping at least one teammember on the track or pathway at alltimes throughout the evening. If you wouldlike to RSVP for the informational meetingon Monday, January 18, contact EventCoordinators Sara-Jean at sj302@comcast.netor Sue at bianchigirls@comcast.net, or visitRelayForLife.org. To learn more about us orto get help, call us anytime, day or night, at1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.
Tuesday, January 19
Supervisors of the Checklist
for the Town of Pelham will be in session for additions andcorrections to the checklist from 7-7:30 p.m.in the community room at the Pelham PoliceDepartment. New voters may register andchange of party registrations will be acceptedat this time. New voters may also registerat the Town Clerk’s ofce during regularbusiness hours. Picture ID and proof of residency are required 
Saturday, January 23
Tickets are now on sale for a
Luau, sponsoredby Pelham Community Girl Scouts,
whichwill be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at thePelham Fish and Game Club. This eventis a fundraiser to help offset the cost of community Girl Scout activities, such as theGuy-n-Gal Square Dance and our summercamporee. The Luau will include a Chinesefood buffet, rafes, DJ entertainment, andit is BYOB (must be 21 to attend). Luauattire encouraged! There is a charge perperson; advance purchase, please. If youwould like to purchase tickets or if you haveany questions, please e-mail Julie Jones atsunower8959@hotmail.com, or call her at508-1443.
Friday, January 29
Windham Destination ImagiNationteams
will be holding their annual
Spaghetti Supper
at the new WindhamHigh School, from 5-7:30 p.m. A deliciousdinner of spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert,and beverage will be served. During thedinner, families can participate in the CakeWalk. Destination ImagiNation, or “DI,”is an international organization in whichWindham students from grades 2-12 canparticipate. The program teaches life skillsand expands imaginations through team-based, creative problem solving. You canpurchase tickets from any DI team memberor by calling Christie Davis at 537-0223,or MiShel Meissner at 432-3732, or by e-mailing difundraiser@gmail.com. Ticketswill also be available at the door. Pleasecome out to support the Windham DI teams,see the new high school, and enjoy a greatevening with family and friends.
Saturday, January 16
The Friends of the Library of Windhamwill sponsor a
Charlie and the ChocolateFactory Extravaganza!
Starting at 1 p.m.,we will transform the multi-purpose roominto a factory of fun. Taste a treat fromthe chocolate fountain, try your luck at abubble gum-blowing contest, guess thechocolate treats in the jar, and much more.We will begin the party by reading a shortexcerpt from the book, followed by cupcakedecorating and other activities. Our afternoonwill conclude with the movie,
Willy Wonka& the Chocolate Factory
, starring GeneWilder as we indulge in tons of popcorn andgigantic lollipops! Due to the length of thisprogram, parents have the option of eitherstaying in the library, or leaving and returningat 3 p.m. Each participant will also bringhome his/her very own copy of the book,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
; motionpicture version provided by F.L.O.W. Spaceis limited, and pre-registration is required. Toregister for this program, call the library at432-7154, or register in person at the frontdesk. Each registrant will receive his or herown “Golden Ticket” to enter the “chocolatefactory” that day.
Wednesday, January 27 
The Nesmith Library will hold a
BookAutopsy Workshop
, which is a bookdiscussion program with Julie MacShane, at7 p.m. The workshop will give readers theskills to determine the strengths of a bookby asking certain questions about character,plot, and theme. Workshop leader, JulieMacShane, is a writer and editor. To learnmore about Julie, visit www.juliemacshane.com. To make the workshop practical,participants will read and discuss a shortbook,
The Alchemist
, by Paulo Coelho.Copies of the book are available at theNesmith Library for workshop participants.Space is limited to 15 participants, so pleasecall to register at 432-7154.
Saturday, February 6
Warm up at the Friends of the Library of Windham’s (FLOW)
Winter Book Fair
. Comeand enjoy gently used adult and children’sction and non-ction books, games, CDs,and software from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at theNesmith Library in Windham. FLOW’s pre-sale will be Friday, February 5, from4 -6:30 p.m. The pre-sale is for FLOWmembers, teachers, and senior citizensonly; however, non-members may jointhat evening and enjoy the full benets of membership right away. Senior citizens arenot only invited to shop at the pre-sale, butwill also enjoy a 25-percent discount at thepre-sale. For more information, contactSusan Hebert at 425-1936 or Kelley Gage at434-2070.
Saturday, January 16
The public is invited to the
installation of the new Master
at the Pelham FreemasonLodge, Perkins Way (off Tenney Road), POB33, Pelham, at 10:30 a.m. The public is alsowelcome to the Pelham Freemason breakfaston the third Sunday of the month, and dinneron the second Monday of the month, at thelodge. For more information, call 635-7888.
Pelham Senior Lunch 
Pelham Senior Lunch 
Pelham Senior Lunch 
Meals are served at the Senior Center,8 Nashua Road, Pelham.
Tuesday, January 12 – Friday, January 15
Soup, Chicken Cordon Bleu,Mashed Potato/Gravy, Cranberry Sauce,Green Beans, Bread, Dessert
Tossed Salad, Salisbury Steak,Potato/Gravy, Sliced Beets, Bread, Brownie/ Ice Cream
Beef Stew, Cottage Cheese & FruitSalad, Biscuits, Blueberry Pie
Boiled Dinner - Smoked Shoulder,Boiled Potato, Carrots, Cabbage, Dark Bread,Lemon Jello/Topping
Seminars & Courses 
Seminars & Courses 
Seminars & Courses 
Starting in January 
The Pelham Public Library will be offering aone-hour class dedicated to
understandingand using basic computer functions
. Wewill be going over the Windows operatingsystem, e-mail, searching the Internet, anddownloading programs. This will be a hands-on workshop working with the computersin the library. There will be information totake home and work with as well. The classwill run for four weeks, and will be everyMonday and Friday from 1-2 p.m. Thereis limited space, so if you are interested,contact the library and register as soon aspossible. If there is sufcient interest, we willoffer this program again in the spring.
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Now through Friday, February 19
Pelham Parks and Recreation is now holding
registration for the 2010 Indoor SoccerLeague
, which will be played on veSaturdays, March 6–April 3 at the PelhamElementary and Memorial School gyms. Theleague is open to boys and girls, ages 5–12.No experience needed! Coaches wanted! Alate fee will be charged after the February 19deadline. Teams are a mix of boys and girls;space is limited. Must be age 5 as of 3/1/10.Registration forms at our town hall ofce orprint form online (www.pelhamweb.com/ recreation). You may also register/pay onlineat https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Formsmay be mailed or dropped off at 6 VillageGreen. There is a fee per player. E-mailrecreation@pelhamweb.com, or call635-2721 with any questions or to volunteeras a coach.
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Mondays, January 25 through March 8
Pelham Parks and Recreation will offer six90-minute
Art Classes.
The class is forchildren ages six and up, and will run from3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays from January 25through March 8, at the V.F.W. Hall (oldtown hall on Main St.). No experience orequipment needed. Drop-off expected. Sizeof groups is limited; rst-come, rst-serve.A registration form can be picked up at 6Village Green, or online at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. There is a cost for the class.The course includes supplies and exploresa new medium every week using charcoal,watercolor, pastels, and more. The instructoris Janet Daigle. Please sign up by January 20.Call 635-2721 with any questions, or e-mailRecreation@pelhamweb.com.
Starting January 17 
Pelham Parks and Recreation is offering anew
boys’ lacrosse winter program
for U11(ages 9-10) and U13 (ages 11-12) to start January 17, 2010, at Bedford Sportsplexin Bedford, NH, for six weeks on Sundays.There is a registration fee, plus a uniformcost, to be paid separately. Players mustfurnish their own equipment. Registrationis open online to pay with MC or Visa athttps://webtrac.pelhamweb.com, or formscan be printed from www.pelhamweb.com/ recreation and mailed in or dropped off atour 6 Village Green ofce in Pelham. Pleasee-mail recreation@pelhamweb.com, or call635-2721 with any questions. Space islimited; rst-come, rst-served. Sign-ups areopen to residents and non-residents, only if a lacrosse league is not offered in your town.A spring league offer will follow to be playedoutdoors at Raymond Park in Pelham also forU11, U13, and U15. If anyone is interestedin putting together a girls’ lacrosse league,kindly contact us.
Starting Friday, January 22
Pelham Parks and Recreation is nowaccepting registrations for
Introduction to
Martial Arts classes
for boys and girls ages4-6. The classes will be held on four Fridaynights from 5:30-6 p.m. starting January22, 2010. Space is limited; rst-come,rst-serve. There is a cost per participant.Comfortable clothing is suggested. Open tochildren not previously registered, residentand non-resident. Classes are given byinstructor Bert Cunningham at Family MartialArts Studio on Rte. 38, Pelham. Forms areavailable to print and mail with check onwww.pelhamweb.com/recreation, or youmay sign up and pay online with credit cardat https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. E-mailrecreation@pelhamweb.com, or call 635-2721 with any questions.
February School Vacation – February 22through 26
Pelham Parks and Recreation will hold
Pelham Winter Classic 2010 Youth PondHockey Tournament,
a new Youth HockeyTournament that will be held at the PelhamIce Rink, Lyons Park (behind the Town Hall),during the week of February school vacation.The tournament is for boys and girls (ages12 and under, and 13-17). Each team willplay two 20-min. games, and then be seededfor single elimination. Players are requiredto supply their own equipment. Helmetsand skates are required; mouth guards,elbow pads, shin pads, and gloves are allstrongly recommended. Teams can wearsame-colored jerseys (players provide theirown), or we will supply pinnies if possible.There are no goalies, no checking, no slapshots, no passing the puck, and no offsides.Registration forms, schedules, and a fulllist of rules are available online at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. Forms may bemailed to 6 Village Green with payment.There is a cost per team to be paid byteam captain, or register as an individualto be placed on a team. Placement isnot guaranteed. Program is subject tocancellation due to insufcient sign-ups.Checks should be made payable to Townof Pelham. E-mail recreation@pelhamweb.com, or call 635-2721 with any questions.Visit https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com foronline sign-ups and credit card payment.
Windham Regular Meetings & Events
American Legion Post 109,
Town Hall, upstairs, 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday
, Windham Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday (JudyHolt 880-4997)
Community Dances
, Windham Town Hall,8 p.m., rst Friday (Windham Rec. 894-1947)
Conservation Commission
, Planning & Development Conference room,7 p.m., second and fourth Thursday
Garden Club
, Windham Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday (except July/August)
Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild
, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., rstMonday (except June – August)
Historic District/Heritage Commission
, Bartley House, 4 p.m., secondWednesday
Library Events
: www.nesmithlibrary.org
Lions Club
, Windham Senior Center, 7 p.m., rst and third Wednesday(except July & August) Visitors are always welcome.
MOM’S Club of Windham,
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Planning Board
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Recreation Committee
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Recreation Department activities
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Technical Advisory Committee
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Windham Newcomers & Friends Club,
activities scheduled throughout themonth. (www.windhamnewcomers.com)
Windham Woman’s Club
, Windham Town Hall, 11:30 a.m., rstWednesday, September through May; second Wednesday in January(434-5096, www.windhamwomansclub.com)
Zoning Board, Planning & Devel. Conference Room
, 7:30 p.m., secondand fourth Tuesday.
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A Grieving Family’s Letter of Thanks
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Alan May was lost looking at the pictures of his son in the greenand brown pages of the special book created to celebrate the lifeof his son who bore his name. Justin Alan May passed away at thetender, young age of only eight years old on November 17, 2009,due to complications involved with the H1N1 virus.The words coming out of Alan’s mouth trembled and his eyesremained blank as he visited and re-visited the memories of hisonly son from the pictures between the pages of that very specialbook. With his lower lip quivering, he stated, “he (Justin) lovedlife most of all.”The house was vacant of any remembrance of a holiday gone byor the leftover strings of confetti still not vacuumed on the living-room oor from a New Year’s Eve celebration. While their kitchenwalls had been recently painted and the thin blue tape was stillmasked to their kitchen oor, nothing could cover or mask thesadness and depth of grief of this Pelham family. Their home wasmissing a very beloved child who died before his time.Alan, his wife, Patti, and their two girls, India, 10, and Dara,twin sister to Justin, reside in Pelham, and the children attend thePelham schools.The only vehicle present in the family’s two-car garage was thecustom-made, specially built tricycle, used only once back inOctober by Justin. In the near zero-degree weather, both of theparents’ vehicles stood outside the garage in the snow-covereddriveway. Justin’s tricycle owned the garage, resting alone as if waiting for Justin to return and take it for a spin. “He loved hisnew tricycle,” stated Patti.The custom-made trike, known as an AmTryke, was designedspecically for Justin, as he had cerebral palsy. Those who receiveAmTrykes are “provided a new life, a new beginning, a new set of experiences,” according to AmTryke LLC, which manufactures thecustom-designed trikes.“He was born with cerebral palsy and his legs were in braces,”continued Alan, as he walked in circles, pacing aimlessly, andghting his internal nightmare that his son was no longer withthem. Restless as he read the pages of the special book, he triedrepeatedly to regain focus and composure as to what he wasgoing to say next. “Can you think of anyone else to thank?” heshouted to Patti in the next room.“He loved his two sisters,” called out Patti from the adjoiningroom. As Alan continued to swallow hard trying to get the wordsout, Patti comforted the young girls by talking of God and “howhe (Justin) is in a good place.”“Justin was a remarkably curious boy; just a great kid,” whichwas heard from the living room. “He loved his brother and sister,and he loved people. He knew everyone, from the principal tothe janitor at the school. He overcame so much stuff. He keptgoing. He loved life,” stated Alan.He loved playing baseball for the Angels Challenger League.“His nickname given to him by Father Joe of St. Patrick Church,Pelham, was Big Papi,” stated Patti. “There, next to the television,is a picture given to us by his team.” He was holding the batsouthpaw, just like Big Papi.Everywhere and everyone Justin touched, he loved. Picturesof Justin with family, with baseball friends, and with his sisters;love letters written to Justin; and a letter from Justin’s third-gradeclass could be found on the replace mantel, the refrigerator, andbookcases of their home. The Celebration of Life Mass for himlled the church with a love that could only have been called alove of reciprocation. Everyone loved him.A giant letter that reads,
“Dear Justin, We love you and miss youa lot. We are sending you a giant hug made rom our hands. Wehope that this will let you know how much we care about you and it will keep you eeling sae. We have many happy memories o things we have done together. These memories will help to keepyou living on with all o us. Love, Mrs. Taylor’s third-grade class,
 rests boldly and clearly on the replace mantle for all to share.“We want to thank so many people; that is very hard for usto do,” said Alan. “We need to thank our neighbors and friendswho have been here continually to help us. Mrs. Taylor’s thirdgrade class and the staff at the elementary school are verywonderful. St. Patrick Church hosted a wonderful Celebration of Life for Justin. Father Bob came back to celebrate in the servicecelebrating Justin’s life. Northeast Rehab in Salem has been a bigpart of our life for a long time, and they are like family to us.”Patti and Alan also we wish to thank:Diane and Dan Flood and Uncle John Luongo and DebbyLuongo for their love and support during the difcult time. Theirparents, Alan and Jacqueline May, and Deana Luongo need to berecognized.Thanks to the Pelham Funeral Home, run by Jim O’Donnell,for their fantastic Celebration of Life service for Justin May onNovember 24 at St. Patrick Church.It was Diane Flood who made the wonderful book of Justin’slife. As Alan thumbed the pages, he paused, swallowed, andsaid, “He loved going to the Aquarium in Mystic, CT. He wouldfeed the birds and pet the stingrays. This one here is my favoritepicture.” And Patti, while resting on the sofa with her twochildren watching the television, chimed in and stated that, “Heloved going to Rockport, where he wanted to want to walk on therocks. He loved dogs, too, but he was allergic to them.The May family writes,
“We are truly thankul or our amily,riends, and the entire Pelham community or your encouragementand condolences during this very difcult time. As a community,you have embraced us like amily and your ongoing support helpsus to deal with our considerable loss. The caring that you provide gives us the ongoing strength needed to make it through each day.We wish or everyone to remember Justin or the way he lived hislie—with a sense o humor and a proound interest in and caringor others.”
In the spring, the May family will be planting a tree on theproperty of Pelham Elementary School in Justin’s honor, and theyalso intend to install a granite bench next to the playground in hismemory.The family has also decided to donate Justin’s specially builttricycle to the Pelham Elementary School so that “other kidscan take advantage of it. Weare honored to donate Justin’smodied bicycle to the Pelhamelementary school. We hopethat this will provide anotherchild with a sense of freedomand recreation,” according tothe family.The family will alsobe donating Justin’s twowheelchairs to the PelhamMemorial School “for thosein need. Justin had a zest forlife that was unparalleled.Therefore, we hope thathis memory serves as aninspirational reminder that weshould all cherish our lovedones, including family, friends,and community, each and everyday.”Those wishing to remember Justin may make a donation tothe Justin Alan May Fund, c/oSovereign Bank, 150 BridgeSt., P.O. Box 30, Pelham, NH03076.
 Justin and his mother sharing amoment of joy together 
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Sisters Dara and India hold a picture of their brother, Justin,while standing behind Justin’s specially built tricycle e family refrigerator is lled with beautiful memories of Justin
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