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The Tiger Cub Scouts of Troop 266 recently visited
Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital as part
of the \u201cCub Scouts Salute Our Heroes\u201d program.
Dr. Barnett gave the boys a tour of the of\ufb01 ce and
explained the types of emergencies that would
lead to an animal\u2019s visit to the facility. The group
was extremely impressed with the X-ray room and
a patient X-ray from a recent case of a parrot that
swallowed an earring. In addition, the children were
able to visit with Dr. Barnett\u2019s dog, Cider, and her
27-pound cat! Thank you very much to Dr. Barnett
and her whole staff for hosting us.
For the past four years, nine boys from the same
neighborhood have been on the Pelham High
School football team. They have been friends
since they were toddlers and have all played
football together since the Mitey Mite years in the
Razorbacks organization. They call themselves \u201cThe
Sadly, four of them are graduating this year.
Through football and neighborhood friendships,
we all became one big family. There isn\u2019t anything
anyone one of them wouldn\u2019t do for each other.
Football has always been the neighborhood staple.
As parents, we are sad seeing this end to some
degree. The neighborhood is growing up and
With winter only a month away and icy
weather and accompanying power outages
likely to accompany it; Windham Selectmen
decided this is the time to \ufb01nalize plans
for the installation of a new emergency
generator at the police department.
The previous generator failed this past
July, during a routine test. After just a few
minutes, when the load on the generator
was increased, as is standard during testing,
problems began developing. The unit began
smoking and emitting a noxious odor and
became exceedingly hot, melting the conduit
as a result. The generator quickly lost its
coolant and the oil inside of it turned to
sludge. The coolant hose may have been
laying against the generator\u2019s engine block
and, therefore, deteriorated, due to the heat,
causing the hose to split and the coolant to
leak out. The machine eventually \u201cseized\u201d
and shut down.
Although the generator was said to have
worked very well during last December\u2019s
ice storm, there were a number of problems
that occurred during the ensuing months.
Approximately $5,000 was spent in attempts
to keep the generator functioning during the
\ufb01rst half of 2009.
After the generator seized last summer, the
technician who services it did have it up and
running, again, but there were no guarantees
that it would keep running. If it fails, we\u2019re
out of business,\u201d during an emergency power
outage, Police Chief Gerald Lewis said this
and originally cost the town approximately $80,000, according to Town Administrator David Sullivan.
During the subsequent bid process,
selectmen presented three possible
options to vendors: repair the engine on
the current generator, replace the engine
on the existing generator, or replace
the entire generator. Seven bids were
received by town administrators, \ufb01 ve of
which recommended replacing the entire
generator, one recommending replacement
of the existing generator\u2019s engine and none
of which suggested repairing the current
generator engine. As a result of these
recommendations, selectmen decided to go
with purchasing a new generator.
After reviewing the submitted bids,
which ranged from $20,970 to replace the
engine on the existing generator to a high
of $48,200 for a new generator, selectmen
voted unanimously (5 to 0) to award the
contract to ElecComm Power Services of
Hyde Park, Massachusetts for a total of
According to Sullivan, not only did
ElecComm submit the lowest bid, but the
company is also offering a two-year warranty
and should be able to get the new generator
installed about a month earlier than other
quoted bidders. Currently, the police
department is leasing a generator at a cost of
$1,900 per month; a cost selectmen would
like to see eliminated as soon as possible.
Matthew Oliver, ElecComm representative,
said his company should be able to get the
new generator installed in eight weeks. The
lead time is due to the generator having to be
ordered from the manufacturer.
Another piece of good news is that the
fuel tank for the generator does not need to
be replaced, resulting in a savings of about
As for future maintenance of the new
generator, Oliver said that his \ufb01 rm does
provide these services and he will be
providing a written proposal to town of\ufb01 cials
in the near future. \u201cThe goal is to avoid this
(melt-down) happening again,\u201d Oliver said.
As for paying for the new generator,
selectmen are anticipating a 50% grant
from Emergency Management. Chief Lewis
submitted an application for the grant earlier
this fall. That would leave approximately
$16,217 to be paid for from local coffers.
said that there is suf\ufb01cient money left in the
town\u2019s property maintenance trust fund to
pay for the expense this year.
Pelham Historic Society Vice President Bill Scanzani spoke to selectmen about the needs and
about the status of the building. During the discussion, he said that he had been asked to get
quotes for work needing to be done to the outside of the building. He was also asked to \ufb01 nd
funding. That request led to a search for grant funding, but Scanzani reported that he could not
\ufb01 nd any grants to help with the repair costs.
Scanzani reported that there were a couple items that were getting critical. He urged
selectmen to think about funding these critical items by using money in the Emergency Building
Repair Fund. The two most critical items were: 1) the slate roof (broken slates and metal
\ufb02 ashing, causing leaks); and 2) window sashes (falling apart, broken windows).
Windham Selectmen have unanimously (5 to 0)
approved the money needed to replace the slate
roof on the town\u2019s historic Searles School and
Up to $20,000 was allocated through a warrant
article at the annual town meeting, but, according
to Marion Dinsmore, Chairman of the Windham
Historical Committee, $17,920 should get the job
done in \ufb01ne style. Dinsmore \ufb01rst asked selectmen
to waive the bid process generally required of
such agreements, which they did by a vote of 5
to 0. Dinsmore said there are very few remaining
companies in this area, that are capable of taking
on the intricate process of installing a slate roof and,
also, that the committee wants to stay with the same
\ufb01 rm they had used previously.
The money to pay for the roof repairs and
replacement will not come out of taxpayer pockets,
however, Dinsmore said, but rather from revenue
generated through the rental of that building for a
wide variety of functions, including weddings and
Although the roof replacement will not be done
\u201cbefore the snow \ufb02 ies,\u201d Dinsmore said, the contract
must be executed prior to the end of 2009 to
prevent the approved warrant article from lapsing.
In 1909, the Town of Windham took ownership
of the then newly constructed Searles School and
Chapel, from resident Edward Francis Searles. The
building, built at a cost of approximately $40,000,
and the land on which it rests was offered as a trade
for Windham\u2019s School House No. 1.
Constructed of granite in an English Tudor-style,
the building was designed with a multitude of
exquisite details including: cathedral-style cypress
ceilings and matching cypress paneling throughout,
hand-carved arched doorways, and intricate stained
glass windows. A large tower was also erected, the
purpose of which was to connect the chapel and
adjacent schoolroom. The central tower contained
12 melodious carillons of sandblasted bronze.
Over the ensuing years, the building has been
home to religious services, elementary school
students, and for a number of years, the Windham
Cooperative Kindergarten. As its occupancy
changed, many of the building\u2019s innate charms were
hidden beneath renovations. Suspended ceilings
were hung and linoleum was laid on the \ufb02 oors,
camou\ufb02 aging the exquisite ceilings, \ufb02 oors, and the
cathedral-style tops of the stained glass windows.
We are very saddened to inform you that one of our students at Pelham
Elementary School has passed away. This student was suffering from
underlying medical issues and subsequently contracted the H1N1 virus,
which further compromised the student\u2019s medical condition. Although
the student responded favorably to medication, the underlying medical
conditions proved too dif\ufb01 cult for the student to overcome.
There has been a great deal of media attention given to this tragic
occurrence. However, I wish to reassure all of our parents that although
H1N1 was a related factor, it was not the major contributing cause.
In talking with Dr. Jose Montero\u2019s of\ufb01 ce at the Department of Health and Human Services, we feel con\ufb01 dent that while remaining vigilant about the spread of H1N1, no elevated level of concern is warranted. Furthermore, the number of absentees has returned to appropriate levels for this time of year throughout the Pelham School District.
Again, we are saddened by this news and wanted to take this
opportunity to speak with you directly, rather than having you hearing it
through the media.
Historical Society, Historical Society Building, fourth Monday
Knights of Columbus, K of C Hall, 7:30 p.m., \ufb01rst Wednesday
Library Events: www.pelhamweb.com/library
Library Trustees, Pelham Library, 6:30 p.m., second Wednesday
Lions Club, Hobbs House, 7:30 p.m., \ufb01rst and third Tuesday
Red Hat Society, VFW, 6 Main Street, 1:30 p.m., second Tuesday
Recreation Department activities: www.pelhamweb.com/recreation/
Rockingham County Women\u2019s Connection, Rockingham Race Track,
Selectmen, 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
VFW, 6 Main Street, Pelham, 7 p.m., \ufb01rst Thursday
Wattannick Grange, Hudson Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., \ufb01rst and third
Sherburne Hall in the Town Hall building
in Pelham will host a Festival of Trees.
Take a look at the Website at www.
snhfestivaloftrees.com to learn all about it.
Beautiful, unique, thoughtfully-decorated
trees donated by local businesses, groups,
and individuals will be on display for all to
see and take a chance to win. Gingerbread
houses and wreaths will also be on display
as well as a Silent Auction table \ufb01lled
with interesting items to bid on. Food and
refreshments will be served by various
Pelham community groups. The Schedule of
Events may be found on the Website.
will arrive to the Town Hall area by \ufb01re truck
escorted by the Salem High Marching Band
and Colorguard. He will be located in the
Cable Studio for free photos! The Windham
Community Band will be playing festive
music in a heated tent from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
There will be complimentary cookies, hot
cocoa, coffee, etc. McKinnon\u2019s will be giving
out free samples as well. The Boy Scouts will
have their bon\ufb01re, and the Girl Scouts will
be having crafts in the upstairs of the Town
Hall. The day will end with the Windham
Middle School and High School chorus
groups leading us in holiday songs as the
trees on the Town Commons are lit. Daisy
Troop #12310 will be hosting the Annual
Mitten Tree this year. Please bring donations
of mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and any
outerwear accessories. The 1st Graders
will also be collecting canned goods, paper
products, baby formula, laundry detergent,
and monetary donations. All donations will
go to the Windham Shepherd\u2019s Pantry to
help support Windham families in need this
holiday season. The Windham Presbyterian
Church will be hosting their annual non-
denominational spaghetti supper from
4-6 p.m. as well.
Pelham Elementary School PTA will be
holding a Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. in the Pelham Elementary School Gym.
If you are interested in renting a table at the
Holiday Craft Fair, call Kristen at 475-4267
or e-mail email@example.com.
program is geared toward children ages
5 and up, but will be enjoyed by parents
and all who attend. Marty\u2019s easygoing, fun
personality and fantastic sense of humor
is guaranteed to keep you entertained and
laughing throughout the presentation. Marty
Kelley has published seven books to date and
is very popular among school-age children.
Mr. Kelley\u2019s presentation will include
discussion about the process of writing and
illustrating a children\u2019s book, a fun behind-
the-scenes look at how his books developed
and changed over time, and drawing
demonstrations of the actual artwork used in
Common Man Restaurant\u2019s 2nd \ufb02oor lounge.
Look for the big pink \ufb02ower to locate the
group. Stop by for a quick hello or stay a
while to chat and relax over cocktails. Please
R.S.V.P. at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
will need to be picked up at Windham High School on Tuesday, November 24, between the hours of 2:15 and 6:00 p.m.
9-10 a.m. at the Windham Presbyterian
Church. The program will help to equip the
individual with reassurance, comfort, and
healing tools to move through the holiday
season. Those interested can contact Tina
Lorenz at 432-9006 to \ufb01nd out more about
this GriefShare presentation.
Tuesday\u2013 Soup, Pork Pie, Peas & Carrots,
Wednesday\u2013 Baked Ham, Sweet Potato,
Spinach, Dark Bread, Pineapple Upside
Thursday\u2013 Thanksgiving \u2013 Center Closed
Friday\u2013 Center Closed
Windham Bible Chapel will be presenting
the historic and true meaning of Christmas,
in the presentation of Journey To Bethlehem,
this December 3 from 7-9 p.m., December 4
from 7-9 p.m., and December 5 from
5-8 p.m. at 14 Cobbetts Pond Road in
Windham. Windham Bible has presented this
Christmas program for the past 13 years with
the help of various churches each year. There
are six churches represented this year in
our effort to share the meaning of the Good
News of Christ\u2019s birth some 2,000 years ago.
The average number of people that are now
coming to the Journey is about 2400 people
in three nights. We do this as a gift to the
surrounding communities and take no money
for this endeavor. We will be serving over
450 dozen homemade cookies and hundreds
of gallons of hot chocolate, with caroling
around the bond \ufb01re.
be part of this fundraiser event! There will
be games, prizes, snacks, drinks, giveaways,
and much more! Come support your Local
Windham heroes as they battle it out with
the Jesters on the court! Tickets are available
on our website at www.windhamjaguargs.
org or email and Beth Lippold at
a holiday gift is one of the most powerful
and personal gifts you can give. Writer and
editor, Julie MacShane, www.juliemacshane.
com, will teach you how to turn your writing
into a gift the recipient will treasure. Please
bring a copy of writing that you may want
to give as a gift. We\u2019ll go over examples of
writing brought into class and discuss how
to improve them. Writing and pages should
be clean, clear and crisp. Sample projects
will inspire you to give your pages sparkle
through the use of color, art, stickers, and
special holiday-themed paper. We will
also discuss the best and least expensive
ways to bind your writing. This workshop
is appropriate for adults and older teens.
Please visit the Nesmith Library, or call
431-7154 to register.
Winter League played at the Sportsplex in
Bedford, NH. Teams must have a minimum
of 11 players and the league is offering sign
ups for U11 Boys, U13 Boys, U15 Boys, and
U15 Girls. The two sessions available are
starting November 22, 2009 and January 17,
2010. Cost is $130/player to cover games
and jerseys. We need coaches! Please
let us know if your child is interesting in
playing and if a parent is willing to be a
coach; training and certi\ufb01cation will be
offered. These sessions will help players
prepare for a spring session we plan to offer.
Players must supply their own equipment;
ask us about deals with local vendors.
Open to non-residents, only if a lacrosse
league is not offered in their town. E-mail
email@example.com and/or call
603-635-2721 with any questions. We are
hoping to determine if there is suf\ufb01cient
Wheelchair, etc.) is a family event bene\ufb01ting
the Shepherd\u2019s Food Pantry. It will be held
at 9 a.m. starting at 70 Blossom Road. The
event will take place regardless of weather
conditions. Entry fee is a monetary donation
of your choice; 100 percent goes to the Food
Pantry. Long-sleeved T-shirts, sponsored by
Rockingham Orthopedics, will be given to
the \ufb01rst 400 to arrive. Register on the day of
the event only. If you have questions, e-mail
Louise Peltz at WindhamTurkeyTrot@gmail.
Toastmasters, Windham Senior Center, 7 p.m., second Wednesday
Windham Bible Chapel Youth Group, at Chapel, 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays
Windham Newcomers & Friends Club, activities scheduled throughout the
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Susan Mitchell was recently
diagnosed with MDS (also
known as pre-leukemia). She is
in need of a stem cell transplant.
Unfortunately, like many others,
Susan has no matches in the
current donor registry bank.
She needs to have a stem cell
transplant in January, so her
family is desperately trying to
\ufb01nd her a match by the end of
December. This means that
they need everyone to register
to become a donor today. Help
give this mom another chance
Susan is the proud mother of
Katina Swan of Pelham, Serena
Shah, and Wesley Mitchell and
has two grandchildren, Katie
and Robby, both from Pelham.
She was working as a lactation
consultant helping families with
their newborn children until she
started her treatment. She can\u2019t
wait to get better so she can help
Susan has been undergoing
chemotherapy treatments for
the last two months and will
continue to do so through
December. Please register by the
end of November to help \ufb01nd a
matches in the marrow donor
registry have three less-than-ideal
1. Mismatched Stem Cell
Transplant \u2013 transplanting stem
cells from imperfectly matched
donors. Though this is an
option, the survival rate after
such a transplant is severely
2. Umbilical Cord Derived Stem
Cell Transplant \u2013 transplanting
stem cells extracted from
newborn umbilical cords.
Likelihood of complications
from this option is also high.
3. Do nothing, wait and see.
Choosing this route eliminates
any chance of survival - this
option is really not an option.
As you can see, the best option
for Susan is to \ufb01nd a matched
donor. Her family understands
this is like \ufb01nding a needle in a
haystack but is staying positive
and is praying for the best. The
family hopes by visiting this site
you will consider being tested
and joining the registry. It\u2019s
incredibly easy to be a donor, all
you need to do is:
1. Sign up to be a donor at:
mail you a swab test kit. All
you will need to do is take a
sample with the swab from
your mouth. After the swab
is complete you will just
need to mail the kit back to
the national donor marrow
program in the pre-paid
3. You can instead go to a bone
marrow drive in person at
4. They will send your sample to the lab and will inform you of your HLA type.
6. If you are identi\ufb01ed as a
matched donor for PBSC, you
will be expected to donate
blood to someone in need.
This is spelled out in detail in
the Q&A section.
Note: When you are
registering online to be a donor,
it appears as if they ask for a
$52 donation. However, if you
continue with the registration,
the $52 is removed and the kit is
mailed to you for free.
Even if we are unable to \ufb01nd a
match for Susan, we may be able
to help the other thousands of
patients searching for a match.
in order for you to obtain more
information about Susan Mitchell
and the donation process: http://
November 19, from 4-8 p.m.
at Saint Matthew Parish Center,
2 Searles Road, Windham, NH
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