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Pelham~Windham News Bright Lights at Town Hall
Volume 10 Number 23 December 14, 2012 16 Pages
by AJ Dickinson The Windham community really seemed to be in the holiday spirit during the tree lighting ceremony this past Saturday. Upon arriving at town hall people could be seen warming up next a toasty bon fire (monitored by several Boy Scouts). It was evident that the day had been well planned. Hospitable entertainment included a concession stand, a pretzel cart, and elegant Christmas music played by your very own Windham Community Band. Led by Jared Cassidy, the band hit all the right notes as they performed such classics as “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and the crowd pleasing “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Even the Girl Scouts made an appearance that evening. Alongside Windham’s Helping Hands the young girls could be seen spreading kindness by collecting gloves, hats, and other types of outerwear continued to page 3 - Lights at Town Hall
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The tree across from town hall hours after the tree lighting ceremony had ended.
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Finalists Chosen for Windham Superintendent of Schools
submitted by Jerome L. Rekart, Ph.D. Based on the recommendation of the Windham School District Superintendent Screening Committee, the Windham School Board is announcing the following two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools: Winfried Feneberg is the Assistant Superintendent of SAU 55, which includes the Timberlane and Hampstead School Districts (since 2007). Previously he was the Director of Special Education for Hampstead from 2003-2007, the Associate Director of Pupil Personnel Services from 1998-2003, and the School Psychologist for the Timberlane School District. His relevant training in education includes a M.Ed. from the University of Munich in School Psychology and English and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from Northeastern University. Dr. Richard Bergeron has been the Superintendent of the Contoocook Valley Regional School District (SAU 1) since 2007. Prior to his current position, he was the Assistant Superintendent in North Andover, MA, the Superintendent in Boxborough, MA, a principal and a classroom teacher. His education includes a B.S. in Education from Lowell State College, a M.Ed. in Education from Fitchburg State College, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College. Candidates will tour Windham’s schools, meet with District administration, faculty, and staff, and participate in initial interviews with the Windham School Board during District visits on December 12 and 14. The Windham community will have the opportunity to ask Mr. Feneberg and Dr. Bergeron questions at a public forum that will be held at Windham High School from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8.
Pelham Memorial Welcomes New Principal
by Diane Chubb In October, Steve Secor joined the administration at Pelham Memorial School (PMS) as the new principal. Secor replaces long-time principal Cathy Pinsonneault, who left the position at PMS in early October. Prior to accepting the position in Pelham, Secor served for five years as the assistant principal of Hollis-Brookline Middle School. Before becoming an administrator, he taught high school math for several years. But education was not necessarily on his radar while growing up. Given Secor’s height, it is obvious why he believed he was destined for a career in the NBA playing basketball. “Fortunately, I had supportive and involved teachers and administrators who encouraged me to follow my dreams while emphasizing the importance of a backup plan!” says Secor. Secor attended UNH and earned a degree in Business Administration. He went on to work as a public accountant for several years, eventually becoming a Certified Public Accountant. “During this time I watched my wife’s work as a second grade teacher and “Eleven years after deciding to follow my passion for working with students, I am able to genuinely say that being a middle school principal is my dream job,” he says, proudly. “Each and every day I am able to confidently say that I have made a positive impact on behalf of my students. It is a great feeling!” Since starting at PMS, Secor’s days have been full. “My priority has been spending time in the classrooms, the hallways and the cafeteria with students and teachers,” he says. “Developing relationships with all stakeholders in our learning community is an essential component to being an effective educational leader. Both Miss Maghakian and I pride ourselves on being an integral part of what occurs in each classroom on a daily basis.” And Secor’s perception of PMS to date? He is impressed by the dedication and endless energy of the PMS staff. “Each staff member brings an important area of expertise that can be shared with us all,” he says. As the school begins the process of evaluating the current curriculum and its continued to page 12 - New Principal
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by Barbara O’Brien Saying that he had come up with “a laundry list” of possible cuts to the proposed 2013-2014 Windham school budget, Interim Superintendent Henry LaBranche told school board members that he could suggest $75,000 to $100,000 in additional reductions, above those that were already being proposed. However, the currently proposed operating budget for the next school year “represents no more than a maintenance budget,” in comparison to the default budget under which the school district is operating for the current 20122013 school year. Although LaBranche did not detail the possible cuts that might be made before the operating budget is presented to voters, he did explain that he had gone back into the existing proposal, both independently and together with Business Administrator Adam Steel, to see if anything else could be modified. Currently, the proposed operating budget for next year stands at 4.58 percent above the budget for the 2012-2013 school year. As voters didn’t approve the proposed budget for this year at last March’s school district meeting, Windham is operating on a default budget of $42,114,822 for the 2012-2013 school year. The operating budget for next year is currently proposed at $44,045,583. The only areas where discretionary increases occur in this proposal are funding for an additional school bus, new staff positions and technology equipment. “Everything else has been reduced,” Steel stated. Even if voters decide not to support the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year, the default budget that would take its place would still be 3.46 percent higher than the current year’s default budget. If the school board’s proposed budget for next year fails to get sufficient support this coming March, the default budget to which it would revert would be $43,573,211; a hike of $1,458,389 over the current year’s default budget (3.46% increase). The increase in the default budget from last year to this year is due to statutory and contractual obligations, over which the school district has no choice in providing funding. Dr. LaBranche said that if Windham had the extra space, he would be proposing the hiring of an additional 12 teachers, “just to keep up with the existing student population.” Currently, according to LaBranche, Windham spends $700 less per student per year than the State average. His top priority, LaBranche told school board members, “is to protect students first.” Any additional cuts would need to be “things,” he said, not teaching staff. School board member Stephanie Wimmer said she feels that the proposed budget, as it stands is “fairly frugal, considering what we need to do.” “The cost per student is about flat” with this year, Chairman Bruce Anderson said. Vice-Chairman Michelle Farrell said she feels “a very lean budget” is being presented. One of the proposed increases for next year is additional business courses at Windham High School. Principal Tom Murphy said he had to turn away 60 students who were interested in taking a business class, each semester, this year. “Business is a need,” at the high school, Murphy said, citing the business program as the #1 major at Windham High School. Murphy said 156 students are presently enrolled in the business program. School board member Michael Joanis commented that, “The only way taxes won’t go up would be to eliminate about 10 current staff positions.” And if teaching positions were cut, class sizes would increase even further, he said. LaBranche said this was not an option. Anderson said he would like to see any discretionary spending limited to less than a onepercent increase over the current year’s budget (not including statutory and contractual obligations). “I wish we didn’t have to ask you to do this,” Anderson told LaBranche. LaBranche will be presenting his final “laundry list” of possible budget cuts during the Tuesday, December 18, school board meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. at the community development building, next to the Windham Town Hall. A session of public input is allowed.
Steve Secor has joined Pelham Memorial School as the new Principal. He brings years of experience in education as well as lots of enthusiasm and energy. witnessed how proud she was of her students’ accomplishments and how rewarding being a professional educator was for her,” says Secor. “When I considered this in concert with my love for working with kids as a frequent volunteer athletic coach, I knew I had found my calling.” Secor returned to school for his teaching certification and later earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
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Pelham Teams Compete in NH FIRST LEGO League Championships
submitted by Michelle Kelly On December 1, two Pelham teams competed in Manchester for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Robotics State Championship. This competition was founded by inventor Dean Kamen (also known for designing the Segway) with the purpose of giving students the opportunity to gain hands on experience with sciences such as computer programming, electrical engineering, physics, pneumatics, and structural engineering. Team Technic Synergy qualified for States by winning the Champion’s Award for second place best overall team as well as second place for Robot Design at the SeaCoast Qualifier. While the team Epic Builders won second place for Core Values and took second place in the Overall Robot Competition at the Hollis/Brookline Qualifier. The teams are judged on four components, robot design, robot performance, core values and a project. This year’s project topic was “Senior Solutions.” The teams were responsible for putting together a research project that would help seniors remain independent, engaged and connected. Both teams performed in the Exemplary Category at States and demonstrated the true spirit of the competition by encouraging and cheering each other on!
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Windham Woman’s Club Brings Christmas Cheer to Veterans
submitted by Ruth Coole, Windham Woman’s Club Tis the season! Veterans at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were greeted December 12 with cheery smiles and Merry Christmas along with 45 pretty gift bags filled with goodies and Christmas cards from the Windham Woman’s Club! Thank you to the following: First Parish Church in Derry, teaming together with Windham Woman’s Club “Quilt and Sew” group for making handmade pretty felt Christmas trees, B.J’s Wholesale Club in Salem, Richard A. Workman, DMD, in Windham for dental toiletries, Jane and Norm Burgess and Elizabeth de SaintAignan for generous monetary donation! Greatly appreciated! A heartwarming feeling to bring to the veterans, men and women, a wonderful and joyous Christmas! The Veterans Project is sponsored by the Windham Woman’s Club.
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Legality of Lowering Speed Limits Debated
by Barbara O’Brien When selectmen voted unanimously to accept sections of Governor Dinsmore and Burnham Roads as town-owned, the majority of them also decided to lower the speed limit to 25 miles per hour, along those particular stretches of roadway. But is their decision legal? The motion to lower the speed limit by five miles per hour was made by Selectman Roger Hohenberger and seconded by Chairman Bruce Breton. Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod, also an attorney, challenged the motion, however, saying it “wasn’t allowed” unless an official traffic study was conducted to prove the need for a lower speed limit. “We can’t just pick a speed limit we like,” he said. Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia, also an attorney, opposed Hohenberger’s motion to reduce the speed limit on these two sections of roadway. “State statute does not allow this without a traffic study,” she agreed. State statute mandates that this type of roadway have a speed limit of 30 miles per hour, unless there are extenuating circumstances. No traffic study had been done. Heather Newell, prosecutor for the Windham Police Department, said to reduce the speed limit without following the correct procedure would make it unenforceable. “There are stipulations requiring a traffic study,” Newell told selectmen. “You need to do it right,” she said. Otherwise, problems can develop regarding the validity of any traffic tickets that might be issued by police. Despite warnings from police and the two attorneys who sit on the board of selectmen, the other three board members voted in favor of lowering the speed limit along 1,800 feet of Governor Dinsmore Road and 2,400 feet of Burnham Road, down to 25 miles per hour. Voting in favor of the reduced speed limit were Selectmen Bruce Breton, Roger Hohenberger and Phil LoChiatto. Voting against the motion were Selectmen Kathleen DiFruscia and Ross McLeod. This is not the first time that selectmen have decided to reduce the speed limit on newly accepted roadways. It has happened, previously, on several occasions. On each of those occasions, they were cautioned not to make the change.
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Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve
Most Will Close Early, Collection Box Mail may be Collected Earlier
submitted by Tom P. Rizzo, USPS Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, and New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31. Most Post Offices will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon on these dates. Regular mail delivery will be unaffected by the change. Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office and commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Entry Units for specific information regarding holiday hours of operation. Blue collection boxes having final collection times before 12 p.m. will not be affected by these changes. However, collection boxes with final collection times scheduled after that may be collected early. Therefore, mail should be deposited into these mailboxes by 12 p.m. for early pick-up on December 24 and December 31. Customers requiring postal services later on those days are encouraged to contact their local Post Office. Customers also may call 1-800-ASK-USPS for additional information. Areas where Post Offices may have different hours from this schedule will issue local media announcements specific to their locations. Post Offices will be closed December 25 and January 1. Express Mail only will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume December 26 and January 2. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Selectmen Keep Pledge Not to Raise Taxes
by Lynne Ober Pelham Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Bill McDevitt happily told the board that selectmen kept the pledge they made to voters not to increase the tax rate if the fire station was approved. The pledge was honored. While the fire station did not cause property taxes to go up, there was an increase. However, that increase was smaller than expected. Selectman Ed Gleason noted that tax bills mailed and due in December 2012 showed a lower percentage of expected increase than voters had been told. According to Gleason Pelham taxpayers had been advised in April that there was an expected $3.60 tax increase. However, the tax rate growth was $2.99 due to a contribution from the fund balance to help offset it. In the 2012 combined town and school tax rate was $24.40 as compared to the 2011 combined town and school tax rate of $21.41. In 2011 the town tax rate was $6.38 while the 2012 town tax rate was $7.49. However, in 2011 the school tax rate was $11.37 and the 2012 school tax rate was $13.26. County taxes remained the same at $1.16.
Getting Their Ducks in a Row
by Barbara O’Brien Now that the Windham School Board has decided to move forward with a proposal to construct a new seventh and eighth grade junior high/middle school, administrators are working on a schedule intended to get the project on the ballot this coming March. According to SAU 28 Business Administrator Adam Steel, “It’s time to get all our ducks in a row.” Next year’s annual deliberative session will be held on February 8. The annual school district meeting, where the balloting will actually take place, is set for March 12, 2013. Steel explained that the administration needs to line up s construction management company, as well as a design team for the new school building. School board members Michael Joanis and Jerome Rekart are among those working on this search. “We want to be able to be off and running on March 13,” if voters pass the proposed construction bond, Steel emphasized. Late last month, school board members chose to go with proposing a new school, rather than a two-phased addition to the existing Windham Middle School. The Windham School District has been dealing with a chronically worsening space crunch for the past decade. Student/teacher ratios are among the worst in New Hampshire. If this particular proposal is approved by voters this coming spring, the building would most likely be ready for student occupancy by the fall of 2015, Steel explained, although completion late in 2014 might be a possibility. Not only is more indoor classroom space needed for Windham students, but there is also a lack of athletic fields. And, while two athletic fields would be included in the new school project, that would not solve the dilemma at Windham High School. Although no concrete proposal has yet been put forth to remedy this problem, school board members are considering including additional athletic facilities at the now three-and-a-half-year-old high school. If voters were to approve the additional athletic fields, as well as the new junior high/ middle school, construction on the fields could begin as early as this coming spring and be ready for use by the fall of 2013, Steel said. “We would go through the design phase, then, move onto the construction phase, as soon as possible,” Steel said. As for the cost of the proposed project, depending on the number of athletic fields included, the total could be in the range of $27,000 to $35,000. “We plan to budget conservatively and spend frugally,” Steel stated. “We really can’t accurately estimate costs until we start the design process and know what the school will look like,” he said. The size of the school is expected to be about 87,000 square feet. In addition to the site being considered on London Bridge Road, school administrators have also been looking at an additional site behind Windham High School. Both parcels are adjacent to the high school and the property is already owned by the Windham School District. The alternative site would result in additional costs of about $1.5 million, Steel said. “There are a lot of unknowns, at this time,” he added. “The number that goes on the ballot is the number we would have to build with,” Steel said. School board member Mike Joanis recommended that a building committee get underway now, rather than be put off until a decision is made next March. “The quicker and more efficiently we pursue completion of this project, the less money we’ll need to spend,” he said. School board members also considered whether to propose the new school and two related athletic fields and the additional high school fields as one project or as two separate warrant articles. Chairman Bruce Anderson said he would prefer going with “one package,” but needs to know the costs first. “How do we do the best job for grades seven through twelve?” Anderson asked, saying that there are two issues with which to be dealt: over-crowding and the lack of athletic facilities. Vice-Chairman Michelle Farrell said that she feels the projects “should be bundled; not separate.” Jerome Rekart said “duediligence” needs to be done to determine all options and the ramifications of those options. The proposal will be discussed again during the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, December 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at the community development building next to town hall.
Shooting by Pelham Police Officer Determined ‘Legally Justified’ by NHAG
by Doug Robinson The NH Attorney General’s Office stated in their December 6, 2012 report that: Grant Hebert’s course of conduct in the early morning hours of October 28, 2012, created a situation where police officers reasonably believed that both they and the public were in danger of death or serious bodily injury in the moments when Hebert drove his car through a metal gate toward Windham Police Officers Shane Mirisola and Christopher Van Hirtum, when he then turned the car directly toward Officer Mirisola, and when he attempted to drive down Lowell Road to escape police after striking Officer Mirisola’s cruiser. That course of conduct included the fact that Hebert had led police on a high-speed chase for four and a half minutes down residential streets; had driven his car at speeds estimated to be over 90 miles-per-hour on Lowell Road in Windham; had crashed his car through a wooden fence; had rammed a Pelham police cruiser; had driven across a front yard to re-enter the road; and had driven straight at uniformed police officers ordering him to stop. Given Hebert’s observed conduct, it was reasonable for each officer to conclude that deadly force was necessary to defend Officer Mirisola, Officer Van Hirtum, and/or the public from what they reasonably believed was the imminent use of deadly force by Hebert.
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Windham’s Helping Hands is a community based nonprofit organization that provides immediate and direct benefits, help, and services to children, families, and seniors. Because of you, Windham’s Helping Hands is able to provide clothing and backpacks for kids going back to school. Because of you, Windham’s Helping Hands is able to provide winter coats and food baskets at Thanksgiving and supply Shepherd’s Pantry with basic food supplies. Because of you, Windham’s Helping Hands showcases the “Giving Tree” at the Nesmith Library and is able to provide holiday gifts and necessities to families in the community. Because of you, Windham’s Helping Hands is able to oﬀer a variety of assistance to the town’s senior citizens. Because of you, Windham’s Helping Hands is able to fill many emergency needs throughout the year. We thank you for your continued support at this time and throughout the year. Happy Holidays! Sally Hunt and Susan Hebert, Co-chairs, Windham’s Helping Hands, Windham Thank you to Chunky’s, Al Letizio, Woof Woof Professional Dog Services, Salem High Marching Band and Color Guard, Windham Middle School Chorus, Windham Community Band, Convenient MD, WCTV, Windham Maintenance Department, Windham Fire Department, Windham Police Department, Delahuntys, Windham Presbyterian Church, Windham’s Helping Hands, Windham Boy Scouts, Windham Girl Scouts Troops 12338 and 10244. Thank you also to: Jean Manthorne, Dennis Root, Margaret Case, Tom Case, Bruce Breton, Windham High School student volunteers, Laura Scott, Tim Kelleher, Chris O’Neil, Dennis Senibaldi, Deb Mackenzie, Jeﬀ Gale, Marty Claussen, Wendy Lorentzen, Tom McPherson, Belinda Sinclair, Ralph Sinclair, Kelly McLaughlin, Jay Yennaco, Katie Avalos, Evie Saad, Nicole Saad, Lake Street Garden Center, Darrell Halen, David McInnis, and Mike Yucupicio. On behalf of the Town of Windham, we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Cheryl Haas, Recreation Coordinator, Windham
Windham’s Helping Hands (WHH) would like to extend a big thank you to all those who made Windham’s First Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza possible. It was a wonderful town event with proceeds going to several local charitable organizations - including WHH. Thank you to the many individuals, town organizations and area businesses for being part of this day and supporting our community! Special thanks to Heather Dodge and Laura Scott for all the hard work in creating, planning, organizing and running the event. Patti Letizio, Windham’s Helping Hands, Windham
ank You To All Who Continued a Windham Tradition
On Saturday, December 8, the Town of Windham celebrated the Annual Tree Lighting Festivities. Despite the damp start to the day, the weather cooperated in the afternoon for a wonderful and festive event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the day to make it such a success.
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“Thumbs down to the self appointed savior of Pelham. So, blue collar workers should move out? Sounds like you are a yuppie transplant. Just remember, it may be one of these ‘blue collars’ that saves your sorry butt when they pull you out of a wrecked vehicle, or a burning home. Here is a tip, when next you go out in the rain, lower your stuck-up nose lest you drown in your own importance. Merry Christmas.” “Thumbs up to Walgreens, Hannaford, Target of Salem, Rite-Aid, Dunkin Donuts, Acre’s Edge, Chunky’s, PIPS, and Microsoft on behalf of the Pelham Elementary School PTA for your donations to our Winterfest. Thank you for your support and generosity.” “Thumbs down to the town admin. in Pelham. How dare you take away money from the town employees that actually work for the citizens. Our salaries are far less then Greedy Gaydos, and we actually work! So, thanks especially to Greedy Gaydos for padding your wallet and taking from ours. Really, thanks buddy.” “Thumbs down to the corruption within SAU 28. It is time for the public to inquire into the SAU’s cover-ups and hold the administrators and school board members who help the SAU hide this corruption accountable. The entire SAU requires to be cleaned out and multiple school board members should step down. You know who you are, the cat’s out of the bag. Here comes the state.” “Thumbs up to stay at home moms. Not all can do it, but those full time moms that provide 24 hour care to their children are giving their children something that will last the rest of there lives. Some children are away from family and home for 12 hours a day year round, after expenses is it worth it?” “Thumbs down to the Pelham Fire Department and Chief Midgley. After having a pre-construction open house for all local contractors to register for bidding on the new fire station and then never contacting us, or worse yet, telling us, ‘We are all set’ when contacting them on the fire station project. Maybe you have forgotten that it was us local contractors that voted this station through for you. I hope the karma bites you really hard.” “Thumbs up to Delahunty Nursery in Windham for their holiday decorations! My daughter has loved the bats, turkeys and snowmen out of hay bales!” “Thumbs down to the Pelham Selectmen for forcing the blue collar worker and there children to leave town. In this economy a $1000.00 increase in taxes is an insult. The new firehouse is so overbuilt it is a joke. We have 3 firemen living in a mega size living area that could sleep 50 people. We have an overbuilt garage area that they can’t wait to fill. The upkeep and utility costs will be out of control for a small town like Pelham, we will need to hire landscapers and janitors to keep the place up. It is time to make cuts, stop raping the little people.”
the month of our Lord and Savior, the birth of Christ, and let’s look at one another and concentrate on that. And remember, we all have to spend eternity somewhere, and I certainly wouldn’t want to spend eternity with a bunch of people that don’t like one another. God loves you, remember that, and remember that Christmas is for kids, but Jesus is for adults. I ask the Lord to bless and favor you all, and shine his light upon your faces. Merry Christmas, Pelham, and a happy New Year!” “Thumbs down to the people in Pelham that want to send the white collar workers to Windham. Whoever the blue collar workers are, thumbs up because I’m blue collar, too. I’ve been blue collar my entire life. I respectfully request that you keep all your trash, white collar workers, right there in Pelham. Send them somewhere else if you want to, but not to Windham. We don’t need them.” “Thumbs down. Forget about spending $700,000 on plans for a high school that the state may, or may not approve, by giving us money, and now, how much money would they actually be giving us? The state has been reneging on a lot of their financial debts and it’s because they have little to no money to give away. They are like us, the taxpayers, except we are being forced to pick up on the state debt that they have been defaulting on. Spend just $100,000 on a good set of plans that we all can see, because we, the Pelham taxpayers, will be the one’s that will be paying for this new addition high school. Tell the state to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.”
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“If your tree falls on your neighbor’s house in a storm, will you be prepared for a lawsuit?” he asks. “Is your important paperwork in a safe place where you’ll be able to access it if your home floods, like so many people in New York and New Jersey?” He offers these tips for safeguarding your assets now: o Protect your assets from lawsuits. One way to do this is by protectively titling non-exempt assets. Exempt assets vary by state and may include such things as your primary residence and personal furniture; make sure to check your specific state exemptions – those items generally should not need any extra protection. However, non-exempt assets, such as bank accounts, recreational vehicles and the like, should be titled in the names of corporations, limited partnerships, domestic trusts and other entities. o Have adequate insurance. In fact, over-insure your assets! Those include - but are not limited to - your car, home, and other valuables. You never know what you could lose in a natural disaster. o Diversify your assets geographically. This is extremely important in the case of natural disasters. Use international asset protection to help disperse your valuables into some nonU.S.-based jurisdictions. o Safeguard your paperwork. Collect and copy all paperwork and have it accessible in the event you must evacuate. Give the second copy to a trusted financial advisor, attorney or trustee for safekeeping. Take a video of every room and keep an itemized asset list with your paperwork. That way, you’ll have the documentation to present to your insurance company when filing a claim. Photos and videos, as well as receipts and documents showing the value of those assets will help. o Safeguard your business. Create a plan submitted by Ginny Grimsley As the beleaguered residents of New York City and New Jersey continue to put their lives back together, asset protection lawyer Hillel L. Presser reminds Americans – it could happen to you! “We’ve seen some bizarre, destructive weather in recent years – nearly 1,700 tornadoes in 2011, extreme drought this year and Hurricane Sandy followed up with a Nor’easter, just to name a few,” says Presser, author of “Financial Self-Defense (Revised Edition),” www.assetprotectionattorneys. com. “And we can expect more of the same. AccuWeather is forecasting major snowstorms from North Carolina to New York City in January and February; severe storms across the South, with the possibility of tornadoes and flash flooding; and a growing drought in the Northwest that carries the potential for more wildfires.” People should take steps now, before a crisis, to make sure they’re protected, he says. of action to implement in the event of a natural disaster, and practice implementing it. Hurricane Sandy illustrated the problems business owners faced in trying to resume operations during widespread power outages and equipment destroyed by floodwaters. Do you have a generator? Can you utilize cloud computing? Keep a record of all payrolls and business documents remotely so that if you don’t have access to your business dwelling, you can still access copies of all important business documentation. o Make sure your estate plan is up to date. Everyone should have an updated Estate Plan, including minor children. Choose one trustworthy person to be the executor of your estate. This person should have a hard copy of your financial account information and list of your assets, including intellectual property and passwords that you can access in the event of a natural disaster.
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submitted by the Office of Senator Shaheen U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to grant a major disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire following damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The disaster declaration will grant assistance to help communities in the five northern counties of New Hampshire recover from damage caused by flooding and extreme wind. All New Hampshire counties will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation funds, which will cover the costs to projects intended to reduce future disaster damage. “Today’s announcement of a major disaster declaration is good news as our state continues to recover from this disaster,” the senators said in a joint statement. “With people in New Hampshire still rebuilding after the storm, the declaration is a step in the right direction to make sure those in the Granite State have the resources and assistance they need.” In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Shaheen and Ayotte were quick to call on President Obama to declare a disaster in the state. They sent a letter to the President the day the storm touched down in New Hampshire and again contacted the Obama administration this month to reiterate the need for relief.
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submitted by Jennifer Kuzma Gov. John Lynch has announced that President Obama has granted federal assistance to New Hampshire for damages related to Hurricane Sandy. The state has been granted a Major Disaster Declaration to cover infrastructure repair, emergency protective measures, emergency response costs and the cost of debris removal for Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties. The state had previously received an Emergency Declaration to cover the costs of emergency protective measures for Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties. Governor Lynch had requested debris removal for the five southern counties, but that request was not granted. All 10 New Hampshire counties are eligible for Hazard Mitigation funds, which will cover the costs to projects intended to reduce future disaster damage. Federal assistance for disaster aid programs covers 75 percent of eligible costs. State and local jurisdictions are responsible for the remaining 25 percent.
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Allison Mahoney and Christopher Bolia were married September 9, 2012, at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown. Maid of Honor was Marissa Chakar. Bridesmaids were Jessica LeMay, Kelley Beavers and Jessica Chasse. Malia Sivigny was Flower Girl. Best Man was Joshua Horak. Groomsmen were Kevin Bolia, Brian Bolia, Spencer Grant and David Mendes, Jr. . The Bride is the daughter of Brian and Linda Mahoney of Pelham. She graduated Pelham High School in 2005 and received a bachelor’s degree from Rivier College. She is a Financial Specialist with Sovereign Bank. The Groom is the son of Craig and Sharlene Bolia of Pelham. He graduated Pelham High School in 2005 and is an Electrician for Mallett Electric. The newlyweds honeymooned in Aruba and reside in Sandown.
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Thinking of the Past
by Len Lathrop Have you ever sat in traffic at a major intersection and wonder what was there years ago? How about decades ago? That happened to me recently at the intersection of Range Road and Indian Rock Road the other day. Today, you have Mobil OnThe-Go on your right and a brand new complex on the left, home to ConvenientMD and Coco & Early Real Estate office. Other small businesses are planned. But remember what was there before? Do you remember a row of red stores on your right and the little yellow ranch house across the street? Let’s reach back a little further when it was a farm house, a farm house steeped in Windham History. The builder of the new site at 125 Indian Rock Road has roots in Windham dating back to 1902. Interested? MacThompson Realty, Inc. is owned by the Thompson Family. Their great-great grandfather, Daniel Roy, purchased the property from the Morrison family in 1902. The land has been in the family for 110 years. In 1927, Roy transferred the property to James and Rose Philbin, his daughter and son-in-law. In 1937, the Philbins transferred the property to Agnes Thompson, their daughter. Following Agnes’s death in 1993, the property was transferred to Bernard Thompson, Sr. and his sister Doris Sweet. In March of 2002 they sold the property to the Thompson family real estate company, MacThompson Realty Inc. which is owned by Bernard and Jean Thompson, and their sons Bernard Jr., Thomas Sr., and Jeffery. MacThompson Realty Inc. is a commercial and residential real estate development company which owns and manages rental properties throughout southern New Hampshire. The original farmstead was torn down in the late 1950s and replaced by the modest ranch that was on the property until its recent development to allow for the highway development; something that would never happen now due to the historical significance of the property. Traffic is moving and I have just rounded the corner toward Route 28, but you have to think that the addition of Route 93 and the reconfiguration of Route 111 over the years, the property that was once a multiple acre farmstead has now become a mere 1.2 acres. The state of New Hampshire in 2009 measured that our daydreaming in traffic was only one of 25,000 cars to pass in front of the Morrison 1902 home. And just one more fact to hurt our heads, which is that the traffic count on Route 93 between exits 2 and 3 was 99,000 cars per day in 2010. A big thanks to Jeff Thompson for help with our daydreaming trip. Staff photos by Len Lathrop
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Submitted by Countrybrook Farms Celebrating the holiday season with a Real Christmas Tree is a long-standing tradition. Each year, 30 to 35 million American families celebrate the holiday season with a fresh, farm-grown Christmas Tree. Christmas Tree enthusiasts believe the aroma of a Real Christmas Tree is a strong reminder and symbol of life, family traditions and the innocence of childhood itself. Much like other crops provide food for the body, the aroma of a farm-grown Christmas Tree provides food for the soul. The use of evergreens as a symbol and celebration of life during Winter Solstice celebrations started in ancient Roman and Egyptian times. This practice evolved over the centuries to be incorporated in the celebration of Christmas in the Germanic areas of Europe. The first recorded display of a decorated Christmas Tree was in 1510, in Riga, Latvia. Christmas Trees were decorated with fruit, cookies and candy that would later be shared among family members as gifts after the Holiday Season was over. Now in the 21st century, the tradition of families choosing their centerpiece of holiday celebrations has become generational, inheritable and transferable. Many tree farmers and retailers across America witness this phenomena firsthand each year. Along with legends and traditions, many myths about the Real Christmas Tree have become as attached as the stars on the top. One such myth is that all Real Christmas Trees come from pristine forests and therefore it is shameful to use a Real Tree instead of an artificial one. Of course, this is only myth... 98% of all Real Christmas Trees used each year are grown on farms as sustainable crops, just like corn or pumpkins. Another myth is that Real Christmas Trees are a fire hazard. How many times have we all seen the burning tree on the local action news? In fact, based on stats compiled by the National Fire Protection Association, fewer than one-one thousandth of a percent (0.001%) of all Real Christmas Trees used each year are involved in a fire. That=s not a fire hazard! With proper care, Real Christmas Trees can maintain their freshness and moisture content throughout the holiday season. Many people also complain that a Real Tree bothers their allergies. While its quite possible that a person may be allergic to tree pollen or even tree sap, its not as widespread as many believe. Judy Tidwell, on About.com reports that during the holidays, there “are many allergens that can cause reactions, although the Christmas Tree often takes the blame. The main culprits include mold, dust and food.”
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Proposed Planning Department Budget Cut by $6,500
by Barbara O’Brien In their continued effort to keep the tax rate as level as possible, Windham Selectmen have cut the Community Development Department’s 2013 proposed budget by $6,500. This is the first time in the past four years that selectmen have proposed a town operating budget that is even slightly higher than the current year’s approved amount. Despite the relatively minor proposed overall increase of 2.7 percent, however, town officials continue to hunt for places that further reductions can be made. As their series of budget workshops continued, selectmen reviewed the Community Development Department’s proposal on November 26. Presenting the proposal was Community Development Director Laura Scott. The evening started out with a proposed Community Development Department budget of $459,206; an increase of $12,430 over the current year’s budget (2.6% increase). Before the session ended, however, selectmen had sliced off $6,500; much of the money that Scott had intended to use for three contracted services, including an updated study of public service impact fees ($2,000), local and regional economic impact assessments ($6,500) and web-site hosting maintenance support ($4,500). When asked if these services were “needed,” Scott responded that there “wasn’t a need for them, but they would be good for the town.” “They’re a good idea,” she said. Selectmen’s Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod said that he was unsure whether the proposed expenses put forth by Scott were cost-effective. “I don’t feel we’d be getting our money’s worth,” McLeod said. “I don’t see the benefit at all.” Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he has a problem with paying for someone outside the town’s employment to update the public safety impact fees. “I feel it can be done in-house,” Hohenberger said. Scott told selectmen she wouldn’t feel comfortable with having the Police Chief, Fire Chief and herself doing the revisions. “Police and fire standards have changed” since the impact fee policy was originally established, Scott said. “Paying $2,000 is a lot cheaper than having an applicant sue the town,” somewhere down the road, she added. Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia agreed that the task might be more than could be handled in-house. “I’m not sure we have the local resources to do this,” she said. “The planning board is really stretched right now.” DiFruscia did say that she was opposed to spending $6,500, though, on a local and regional economic assessment. She expressed support for the website hosting maintenance proposal. On a vote of 4 to 0, selectmen agreed to reduce the overall budget by $6,500, thereby eliminating the funding for the economic assessment. Voting in favor of reducing the proposed budget were Ross McLeod, Roger Hohenberger, Kathleen DiFruscia and Phil LoChiatto. Chairman Bruce Breton did not attend the November 26 board meeting. Scott is also proposing the hiring of an intern, most likely a graduate student, to assist with projects this coming summer. A total amount of $1,200 ($10 per hour) is included in the proposed 2013 budget to be used for this purpose. There will be a decrease next year in the amount of money paid in dues to a regional planning commission, as Windham has chosen to switch from the Rockingham Planning Commission in Exeter to the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, located in Manchester. The cost for belonging to the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission will be approximately $2,300 less than it would be to continue with Rockingham. Windham is still waiting to find out if the State of New Hampshire Planning Commission will approve the change. At this point in the budgeting process, the Community Development Department proposed budget for 2013 totals $452,705. This amount includes about $10,000 in additional allocations for salaries and associated benefits. A good portion of the money is for employer contributions to the State Retirement Fund, as well as for health insurance premiums. These are mandated expenses over which town officials have no input. Selectmen will continue to review the 2013 proposed budget, department by department, through a good portion of December.
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by Barbara O’Brien For the first time ever, members of the town’s technical advisory committee are asking for funding through Windham’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). During a workshop on December 4, Windham Selectmen were asked to support a proposed warrant article asking voters to approve the expenditure of $75,000 to retrofit and upgrade the town’s server environment and to prepare it for possible “virtualization.” “Virtualization” is the creation of a virtual, rather than actual, version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or other network resources. Included in the proposed expense would be changes to servers, software, operating systems, licensing and anti-virus programs, as well as email archives, staff training and any installation required. Committee members said they had already done “extensive research” on possible options. Information Technology (IT) Director Eric DeLong said the investment would be “laying the groundwork” for future advancements. “It’s a mess now,” DeLong told selectmen. The question is, “How do we keep the dam plugged if the server goes down and this warrant article doesn’t pass?” he said. The proposed warrant article does not include any new computer workstations. “We want to get the backbone solid, first,” DeLong emphasized. “This is a great strategy,” Scott Baetz, technical advisory committee member, said. “It makes sense. It puts us in a better tactical position,” he said. Baetz conducted a volunteer network assessment earlier this year. “We need to keep the town’s data safe,” he said. “Right now, it’s not.” “We need to update a very aging system,” Baetz said. According to Baetz, there is no need “to throw everything out.” “We definitely want to use as much as possible,” he told selectmen. Moving forward in conjunction with the recently conducted network assessment “is the right path to take,” Baetz explained. Selectman Phil LoChiatto said he understands that the infrastructure needs to be in place before new desktops are purchased, but added that he is concerned about future costs. “I just want to know, in a general sense, where it’s going to end,” LoChiatto said. Selectman Roger Hohenberger said that it “sounds like we’re still searching for the right solution,” as to whether the town should become virtualized or stay with individual workstations. After the first phase is completed, future costs will depend on the path taken; a choice between either virtual or personal computers (PC), Baetz said. “You can’t put that cart before that horse,” he told LoChiatto. Prices would be variable, Baetz explained, in the range of $800 to $1,200 per user, for a total of 50 users. That would compute into $50,000 to $60,000 in expenses for the next phase of the proposal, most likely in 2014. There is no money in the proposed 2013 town operating budget to purchase any workstations. DeLong advised town officials that they need to budget between $10,000 and $12,000 per year to handle routine computer upgrades and replacements. “You haven’t been doing that for the past 10 years,” he said; inaction which has resulted in the current situation. For the past several years, only $3,000 has been budgeted annually for this purpose. Carl Heidenblad, technical committee member and director of Windham’s Nesmith Library, compared retrofitting the town’s computer system to building a house. “There’s not much sense in going forward, unless you build a good foundation,” he said. “You need a strong, robust network.” As for the proposal being put forward by technical advisory committee members, Heidenblad said, “You have some good minds working on this.” Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod advised his fellow selectmen to look at the $75,000 being requested as an investment in the town’s infrastructure. “This is a serious, serious issue,” he said. “It shouldn’t be glossed over.” “Once it (the server) goes down, you’re out of luck,” McLeod cautioned. Town Administrator David Sullivan said he feels the proposed approach is the right one to be taking at this juncture. “But, it is an evolving process,” he added.
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submitted by Laura Scott, Community Limited Industrial District: the proposed Development Director, Windham changes add “ Call Center,” “Drive-thrus,” After five months of work done by a Professional Offices,” “Personal Service Subcommittee of the Planning Board and a Establishments,” “Banks and walk-up ATMs” Planning Board workshop held on November and “Commercial Service Establishments” as 14, the Planning Board is holding a public allowed uses. hearing on amending the uses allowed in the Professional, Business and Technology non-residential zoning districts throughout District: the proposed changes remove the Town. These Districts include: Neighborhood consumption restrictions on restaurants; make it Business District, Business Commercial District clear that drive-thrus are allowed for banks and A, Business Commercial District B, Limited pharmacy operations only; and allowing the Industrial District, Professional, Business and newly defined “Call Center” as an allowed use. Technology District, and Gateway Commercial Gateway Commercial District: the proposed District. A summary of the changes being changes the proposed changes remove the proposed for each District is below. consumption restrictions on restaurants; make Neighborhood Business District: changes it clear that drive-thrus are allowed for banks would make it clear that no drive-thrus are and pharmacy operations only; allowing the permitted; removing the restriction about newly defined uses – Bed & Breakfast, Personal restaurants serving food within a structure; Service Establishment, Call Center, and Hotel/ redefining retails sales within the District; and Inn – as allowed uses; and deleting professional allowing the newly defined uses - Professional services, institutional facilities, and business Members from left to right are Maryann Rosner, Valerie Merchant, Cheryl Scarvaglieri, Kathie McGurty, Offices, Commercial Service Establishments, services as allowed uses. Sharon Bono, Cami D’Antonio, Karen Manzo, and Alix Porras Bed & Breakfast, Call Center, and Personal There are also changes being proposed to Service Establishments” - within the District. Section 200 Definitions that define the uses Business Commercial District A: changes allowed in each District and Section 712 submitted by Pat Cirino savored the lovely buffet filled with delicious would remove the reference to uses allowed regulating Government Installations. The Windham Newcomers & Friends held food and treats provided by the Atkinson Country in Neighborhood Business District; removing For more detailed information on the changes their annual Holiday Party on December 5 at the Club and wish to thank them for their excellent “lodging houses” as an allowed use; allowing being proposed, visit the Planning Board Town Atkinson County Club. In the spirit of the holidays hospitality. the “retail and wholesale sales of motor vehicle, Meeting page on the Town web site at www. to gather with friends and family, members took Windham Newcomers & Friends is a great trailer, boat, RV and manufactured housing”; windhamnewhampshire.com or contact the the time during this busy season to celebrate with opportunity to socialize with other members, allowing drive-thrus, and allowing the newly Community Development Department during friends and over half of the membership was in meet and network with new friends, and try defined uses - Call Centers, Retail Sales, regular business hours. attendance for a festive night of mingling and a something different. For more information on Tattoo Shops, Professional Offices, Personal The Planning Board welcomes public merry time! 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• James W. Petersen Built Homes, LLC, 7 Whispering Oaks Rd., 16/13-85-L, 1,120 square foot condo unit, 2 bedrooms, two baths, one car attached. • James W. Petersen Built Homes, LLC, 13 Whispering Oaks Rd.,16/13-85-AE, 1,243 square foot single family condo unit, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, and 12 x 12 deck. • Tracy Pelham, LLC, 5 Dick Tracy Dr., 1/5-107, septic system replacement (new). • Donald & Linda Pomerleau, 7 Angus Way, 7/5-42-9, septic system replacement in kind. • James W. Petersen Built Homes, LLC, 19 Whispering Oaks Rd., 16/13-85-AB, foundation. • Ira Millstone, 45 Blueberry Circle, 37/11-58, 8 x 12 shed. • Desjardins Realty Trust, 80 Dutton Rd., Unit A, 36/10-367, septic system replacement (new). • Jose & Carrie Silva, 24 Simpson Rd., 15/9-103, 10 x 20 shed. • James W. Petersen Built Homes, LLC, 1 Whispering Oaks Rd., 16/13-85-N, foundation. • Simpson Mill Land Holdings, LLC, Simpson Mill Road, 9/9-5-8, 30 x 80 square foot duplex, 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 stall garage on each side, 10 x 10 deck on each side. • Thomas & Colleen Gleason, 44 Willow St., 18/7-138-1, 8 x 11 shed.
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by Marc Ayotte A dazzling second quarter performance by Hannah Paitchel, where she scored nine of her 14 points on the night, ignited Pelham and enabled the Pythons to sail by the Clippers; sinking the pre-season top 5 rated team in the season opener by the score of 57-35. After Paitchel’s three-pointer put Pelham on top at 5-4, in a rim-rattling first quarter, the Pythons found its collective comfort zone in the second stanza as they started to fire on all cylinders. Paitchel’s second triple of the game capped a 7-0 Pelham run to start the second, forcing Portsmouth to
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pause the action with 6:32 left in the half. Head Coach Dan Parr’s time out proved to be effective, as the visitors cut the Pelham lead to 15-12 with 1:54 left, but the Clipper ship would soon sink. A Parece rainbow from beyond the arch and a text book, full court fast break basket (Salois to Parece to Paitchel) pushed the Python lead to 2012. Seconds later, Paitchel converted her theft of the rock into an easy two, producing a quarter ending 8-0 Python run which gave the white and blue a somewhat comfortable and eyeopening 23-12 lead at the intermission. “Paitchel was a sparkplug with her hustle,” recounted Coach Bob Shepard, adding “she played big to close out the first half.” The second half saw Pelham continue to display excellent fundamentals; particularly evidenced in the boxing out on the boards against a much taller Clipper front line. Additionally, the offense maintained cruise control status by way of finding the open shooter with crisp ball movement, as well as executing a stellar transition game. By the three minute mark of the third quarter, Pelham had run its lead up to 16 points, doubling-up the Clippers at 32-16. With 2:15 left in the quarter, Lauren Anderson knocked down a ‘tres’, giving the Pythons its biggest lead of the night at 42-20, as they coasted in for the stunning upset win. Earning praise from her coach for leading Pelham’s solid, defensive team effort was senior Becca DeBaldo; “she played unbelievable defense the whole game,” noted Shepard. Offensively, Lauren Anderson was the beneficiary of a mini parade to the charity stripe in the fourth quarter; as her six free throws helped produce a team high 15 points. In addition to Paitchel’s clutch 14 point showing, Pelham saw five other players enter the scoring column. Katelyn Surprenant tossed in eight points, including a triple (one of six on the night for Pelham). Other scores for the Pythons were Jordan Parece (6), Alicia Gendron and DeBaldo with five apiece, and Brenda Pietrillo with four. Spartans Stop Snakes Being undefeated was fun while it lasted. Unfortunately, any Lady Python lingering exuberance lacked execution after the team bus landed in Milford on December 11, and consequently, they suffered a 44-35 defeat at the hands of the host Spartans. Pelham was single handedly introduced to the loss column for the first time this season by Milford stand out Diana Pitsas, who poured in 21 points; 12 of them coming in the pivotal first quarter. Trailing 17-12 after the first eight minutes, the Pythons only scored five points in the second frame, however remained in the contest as their defense held the Spartans to six points, as Milford took a 23-17 lead into the locker room. Milford added 3 points to their lead in the third quarter as Pelham just never seemed to be able to narrow the gap; “we had plenty of good lucks” recalled Coach Shepard, “but we couldn’t buy a basket.” The Pythons were led by Jordan Parece who tossed in a team high 12
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points (one triple); “Jordan played hard the whole way,” noted Shepard. “She also did a great job at guarding her (Pitsas) too,” as part of Pelham’s attempt to stifle the Spartan star who has been a thorn in the Python’s side for four seasons. Becca DeBaldo pitched in with eight points while Hannah Paitchell nailed a pair of ‘tres’ for six points. Pelham hosts Pembroke in the Snake Pit on Friday, December 14.
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Left to right: Alexa Chausse (Pelham), Molly O’Donnell (Pelham), Katie Hawkins (Windham) on beam (8.95), seventh on floor (8.725), and sixth in the All Around with a 34.825. Molly O’Donnell of Pelham was second on bars (9.375), first on beam with a (9.4), first on floor (9.4), and second All Around with a 36.225. Level 6 - fourth place team! Mikayla Hawkins of Windham was 10th on bars (7.9), third on beam (9.2), first on floor (9.3) and third on vault (9.075), and second in the All Around with a 35.475. Lauren Lavallee of Pelham was ninth on vault (8.45), ninth on bars (8.0), seventh on beam (8.625) and eighth All Around with a 33.275. Chrissy Milinazzo of Pelham was first on vault (9.425), fifth on bars (8.25), second on beam (9.1), and second All Around with a 35.15. Level 7 - second place team! Dakota Cummings of Pelham was first on beam (9.2), third on floor (8.825), third on vault (9.075), first on bars (9.15) and first All Around with a 36.25. Grace Vaillancourt of Hudson was third on beam (8.825), first on floor (9.3), seventh on vault (9.025), first on bars (9.4), and first All Around with a 36.55. Hanna Vaillancourt of Hudson was eighth on beam (8.05), eighth on floor (8.575), eighth on vault (8.875), seventh on bars (7.75), and seventh All Around with a 33.25.
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Community Events --------Saturday, March 23 rd The Windham Woman’s Club is pleased to announce our first Spring Arts and Craft Show at the Windham High School on London Bridge Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity for shoppers to browse for unique hand-made products for Easter and the spring holidays. The location provides us with room for many crafters and lots of parking. A raffle will be sponsored by the Windham Woman’s Club. For more information, contact Margaret Borrows, Chairman, at 759-7214. Proceeds will go to benefit the Scholarship fund, civic and community projects.
Community Events --------Friday, December 14 and Saturday, th December 15 A free concert will be performed by the Crossroads Church Choir at 7 p.m. “Wondrous Gift” is a musical that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. We will be accepting non-perishable items to be donated to the Pelham Food Pantry. Child-care will be provided for the one-hour performance, and all are welcome to stay afterward for complimentary coffee and dessert at our newly opened Crossroads Café. For more info call the front office at 635-1556 or visit our website at ourcrossroadschurch.com.
School Activities -Tuesday, December 18 Pelham Memorial School will hold its annual Winter Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m. in the PMS Gymnasium. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear winter and holiday selections such as “Let It Snow!” as well as traditional music called “Fanfare and Recessional” performed by the fine musical ensembles of Pelham Memorial School. What a wonderful way to spend an evening during the holidays and supporting the Arts in Education! The featured musical ensembles performing will be the: Jazz Band, 7th and 8th Grade Band, 7th and 8th Grade Chorus, Brass Ensemble, 6th Grade Band, and 6th Grade Chorus. Donations of $3 for adults and $2 for students will be accepted at the door. The Pelham Memorial School Music Department is under the direction of Zach Jagentenfl, Choral Director and Paul A. Santerre, Instrumental Director.
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Sunday, December 16 th The annual Yuletide Celebration will be held at the Pelham Fire Station on Sunday, December 16 at 4:15 p.m. Come celebrate the season with us and enjoy snacks, popcorn, hamburgers, Christmas Carols by local churches, and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sponsored by the Professional Firefighters of Pelham L4546 and the Pelham Fireman’s Association.
Library ----------------------------Mondays, December 17, January 7, 14, 28, and February 11 The Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Road, Windham, will hold Winter Toddler Time, which is a drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 3 years accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is offered on Monday mornings and you choose either a 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. session to attend. No registration is necessary. Toddler Time lasts approximately 2025 minutes with 30 minutes following the session for parent/child social interaction. Toddler Time is only open to cardholders of the Nesmith Library. Toddler Time is for you and your child to explore the library, enjoy books and music together, and visit with other families. Due to the holidays, please note that there are no story times on December 24, 31, and January 21. In the event of inclement weather and Windham schools are delayed or cancelled, Toddler Time will be cancelled. If you have any questions or would like further information, call the library at 432-7154 and ask for Karen Frey or Jane McCue.
Sports & Recreation --Starting Monday, January 7 Pelham Parks and Recreation, 6 Village Green, Pelham, is offering Yoga classes once again for adults age 18 and over, starting January 7 at the Pelham Senior Center on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings. The classes will run 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the instructor is Shannon Sprague for Hatha yoga. Register at the town hall office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or online at https:// webtrac.pelhamweb.com and pay with MC/VISA. Email email@example.com with any questions or call 635-2721.
Sunday, December 16 h The Windham Community Bands’ t 2012 season will conclude on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. with its Seventh Annual Holiday Concert at Windham High School. All three of the Bands’ performing groups will be playing joyful music for the holiday season. New this year will be a Christmas sing-along and a visit from Santa Claus. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the nine-member Windham Flute Ensemble will perform in the lobby prior to the concert, and during intermission. Holiday tunes swing-style will be served up in the auditorium by the Windham Swing Band under the direction of Rob Daisy. Refreshments and desserts provided by band members will be available during intermission. A $5 donation is requested of adults for the benefit of the bands. Children and students are free. The Windham Community Bands invite the public to take a break from the holiday rush and join them for this entertaining community event. For more information, contact David Howard at 603-9653842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 25 th The Windham Musical Arts Association is proud to present Roomful of Blues! The group is returning to the Windham High School auditorium on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8 p.m. Roomful of Blues is a professional Jump Blues Band, performing an engaging combination of Jump, Swing, Blues, R&B, and Soul. The band will be holding a clinic for the jazz band students from both Windham High School and Middle School, allowing these young musicians the opportunity to learn from and play with professionals. Come support our school music programs and enjoy a spectacular night of entertainment! Tickets for the Roomful of Blues concert will be available for sale at the WHS Band and Choir concerts, the WMS Band and Chorus concerts, and are available for purchase online at www.ticketstage.com.
Saturday, December 22 Attention Outdoor ice rink enthusiasts and past volunteers! This is 5th consecutive year for the Pelham outdoor ice rink at Lyon’s Park, and volunteers are needed! Tentative plans to build the rink will be on Saturday, December 22 at 11 a.m. All are welcome and much help is needed. All you need are a pair of gloves and waterproof boots. Of course, a few days before this date we will be checking the forecast and we may move that date up or push it out based on the weather in December.
Thursday, December 27 The Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Road, Windham, will host magician Norman Ng at 10:30 a.m. as he presents a oneof-a-kind magic show! Norman has been performing his exciting and unique brand of magic throughout the US for over 17 years. The “Norman Magic Experience” has been featured in 48 states and has been seen by more than 500,000 people live. His show is an exciting fusion of magic, comedy, and audience participation that you won’t want to miss. For more information on Norman Ng, visit his website at http://www.normanmagic. com. This program is open to children ages 5 and up. Registration is required. Please stop by the front circulation desk or call the library at 603-432-7154 to register.
Sports & Recreation --Now through Friday, December 21 Pelham Parks and Recreation will hold a Now Holiday Coloring and Drawing Contest for children ages 3 to 12. Use the ornament outline on our website or pick one up at the office! Be sure to put your name, age and phone number on the back of your drawing/coloring and return your submissions by December 21 to the Pelham Parks and Recreation office. Feel free to use your choice of art supplies. Prizes will be awarded to the following age groups: Ages up 4-years, ages 5-6, ages 7-8, ages 9-10, and ages 11-12. One first prize-winner from each age group will be notified by Parks and Recreation from January 2-4. Have fun! Weekday evenings, January 7 though February 15 Pelham Parks and Recreation will offer an Adult Pond Hockey League, which will be held on weekday evenings (days/ times TBA) from January 7 through February 15. Register online or in person. There is a fee to join the league (either per team or per individual). All games will be played at the new Pelham Garden Ice Rink in Lyons Park behind the Town Hall. Access the rink from the parking lot between fire station and town hall. Cancellations will be posted on www.pelhamweb.com/messageboard and-or www.pelhamweb.com/recreation through the season. The teams will consist of a minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 6 players. Teams will play a 40-minute game on a weekday evening for 6 weeks; schedule to be posted. League will follow US Pond Hockey rules, which will be available on our website. Players are required to supply their own equipment. Helmets and skates are required; mouth guards, elbow pads, shin pads, gloves all strongly recommended. Teams can electively agree to obtain shirts/uniforms for themselves. Registration forms, schedules and a full list of rules will be available online at (www.pelhamweb.com/ recreation). Forms may be mailed to 6 Village Green with payment. The cost per team should be paid by team captain at time of sign up or players/ teams will not be included in the schedule; no exceptions. Program is subject to cancellation due to insufficient sign-ups. Checks payable to Town of Pelham. Email email@example.com or call 635-2721 with any questions. Visit https://webtrac. pelhamweb.com for online sign-ups and credit Facebook.com/ card payment.
Tuesdays, Starting January 8 Pelham Parks and Recreation presents Live Stronger Classes, which will be held for 6 weeks starting January 8, 2013, from 6-7 p.m. at the Pelham Senior Center. Open to teens and adults, ages 16 and over. Participants should bring a floor mat, water bottle (weights, resistance bands optional). The instructor is Sue O’Maley, who has extensive experience with workout programs of various descriptions. This is a total body workout that strengthens, sculpts and tones all the major muscle groups but it is not aerobics. Work the core upper and lower body to protect and strengthen muscles, joints and bone health, boost energy levels, enhance mood and burn calories. You must be able to get down to the floor and back up. Checks are payable to Town of Pelham. There is a cost for the class. Payments online can be made with MC/VISA. Register with Pelham Parks and Recreation office at 6 Village Green. Form available to print at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. You may register and pay online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Space is limited; first come, first served. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 635-2721 with any questions.
Friday, January 11 Windham’s successful theater group, the Windham Actors Guild (WAG) will hold their first annual Fundraiser Gala on Friday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner, entertainment, a cash bar as well as a raffle and silent auction. The theme of the evening is “A Little Broadway, A Little Jazz, and a Little Glee” and will feature songs from each of these genres. Music will be highlighted from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim among many others. The cabaret style evening will feature solos, duets, and ensemble numbers - with some surprises from Queen and Billy Joel! This is a community event and we invite all theater enthusiasts to come support a great evening. The cost of tickets includes the dinner and show. Tables of 10 are also available. For tickets visit: www. windhamactorsguild.com or call 247-8634.
Thursday, December 27 Looking for something fun to do over the school vacation? Come join us for fun, food, drinks and good reading. The Nesmith Library is sponsoring a Teen Reada-Thon to benefit the Shepherd’s Pantry. Teens age 12-19 can drop in anytime between 3 and 7 p.m. for a bite to eat and spend some time reading to raise money for charity. Read books, magazines, e-books, comics - anything you want! Just Read! Stay for a half hour or the entire four hours. It’s up to you. Community service hours have been approved for WHS students, so bring your forms with you. Food and decorations generously sponsored by FLOW.
Religious Events ---------Saturday, January 5 Join us for the part one of a three part DVD series called “Give God a Second Chance by Paulist Father John Collins.” The first talk is called, “What Good is God?” Women of all ages are invited to join us for this talk and most especially, First Saturday Devotions on January 5 to honor Our Lady. Join women from neighboring parishes at St. Patrick Parish, Main St. Pelham, in the K of C Hall. We begin with Mass at 8 a.m., followed by the Rosary at 8:30 a.m. and then a pot luck breakfast. For more information call Linda at 603-930-6436 or email WomenOfMaryNH@yahoo.com. Adoration will be available before Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel.
Wednesdays, January 9 – February 20 A Learn Photography class will be held on Wednesday evenings in the Pelham High School Library from 6:30-8 p.m. for adults ages 18 and up. No experience is needed for the class and it will be geared to beginner students. Please bring your own digital camera. There may be gallery showing for the class at completion. Size of group is limited; first come, first serve. Classes are offered with Melissa Santarpio as our talented and practiced instructor. She will help you to learn all the basics and be more proficient with your camera and to develop your own style. Melissa will teach techniques and more to improve your photo taking results. There is a cost for the class. Registration form can be picked up at 6 Village Green, or online at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. Register online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com and pay with MC/VISA. Sign up by January 4, 2013. Call 635-2721 with any questions or email Recreationatpelhamweb.com.
Saturday, February 23 rd The Pelham High School Boosters Club is currently conducting a fundraiser to benefit local youth scholarships, athletic equipment, upgrades to the track and field facilities and more. Local businesses and residents are being contacted in an effort to raise enthusiasm and support for these important causes. As thank you to the community, the Pelham Boosters are pleased to bring back their annual World Famous Court Jesters Comedy Basketball Game on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Pelham High School Gymnasium. The Court Jesters’ main focus is on audience participation. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested $10.00 donation. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on this event, email email@example.com.
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Windham High Wrestling Takes Third Place in Blue Devil Classic
both the 113 and 182 pound weight classes. Jeff Armstrong, at 113, captured first place for Windham and earned three victories. At 182 pounds, Windham secured the top two honors as Chris Ferri took first place and teammate Connor Golden, took second. Due to weight restrictions, Golden was forced to bump up a weight class and entered the tournament as a non-scorer. The Windham High School wrestling squad certainly opened a lot of eyes on the mat on Saturday. New Hampshire wrestling teams, in every division, are now aware of how gifted the Jaguar team is. While Windham may not face most of these teams unless in big tournaments, they will savor the moments, like this one, when they were able to prove themselves and represent their division. Still, the celebrations are short lived. Darrin knows to be the best, means never to rest. “We did a good job but we could have done better,” said Darrin. “There were matches we could have won. (We are) always looking to improve and get better and keep moving up.” The Jaguars will resume their training as if they still have to prove themselves to the world. Each wrestler will carry a chip on their shoulder onto the mat with them. It is not arrogance, however, but confidence. Windham High is confident that they can become the best in the state.
by Jacob Gagnon Head Coach Tom Darrin is focused. Darrin wants his Windham High School Wrestling team to compete with the best that New Hampshire has to offer. After starting off their 2012 campaign with a win over Campbell High School, 40-39, Windham decided to accept an even bigger challenge outside of Division III. The Jaguars did not just test the waters of competition on Saturday, December 8; they dived right in as they competed with Division I teams in the Blue Devil Classic at Salem High School. Windham High was able to place third out of 12 teams. While it was an impressive finish, Darrin’s drive can be captured in the words he tells his team after nearly every match: “We’re happy but we’re not satisfied.” Even before the season opened, Darrin made his goals clear to his athletes. The Jaguars not only need to retain the Division III State Championship, but be capable to compete against Division I and II teams at the Meet of Champions. Like anything else in the sport of wrestling, Darrin understands that for their goals to be met, they must work at it. The first ring of the ladder to the stop started in Salem on Saturday afternoon. “It was nice because we finished ahead of some big teams that would typically be considered better than us,” said Darrin. The Jaguars were led by excellent outings in
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Austin Messina prepares for the whistle in referee’s position during Saturday’s tournament.
Python Wrestlers Open Season at Home Loring, Boyden Lead Bronco Invitational Showing
by Marc Ayotte The Pythons opened up the 2012-2013 campaign hosting White Mountain on Wednesday, December 5. White Mountain came into the contest with a senior-laden lineup and spoiled the Python’s home opener by heading back north, owners of a 37-21 victory. With the Pelham lineup wrestling up a weight class, the match opened with Matt Blanchard dropping a tough 11-3 decision. Chadd Loring made his wrestling debut at the varsity level, losing by a pin to his seasoned Spartan adversary. After giving up a forfeit at 113 pounds, Matt Koch was next up. Though battling hard, he ended up on the losing side of a 6-4 decision, making the team score 19-0 in favor of the visitors. Pelham would run off three straight wins to tighten the score at 19-18. Brian Gettings took a forfeit at 132 pounds while freshman Mike Calistro broke into the Python lineup scoring an injury default. Kevin Deangelo, winning impressively, finished his match off with a first period pin, but that would be as close as the Pythons would get. Freshman Jason Gleason battled tough; taking a slim 11-10 lead into the third period before being out-muscled by his opponent. Junior Tom Gleason won a hard fought 4-3 decision at 182 pounds that finished up the scoring. On Saturday, December 7, Pelham competed in the Bronco Invitational at Alvirne High School, taking sixth place scoring 64 points. The tournament, which primarily features Division I and II schools, saw Pelham fair well. Senior Chadd Loring, at 285, tied teammate Matt Blanchard in individual wins, going 2-1 in a round robin bracket; ultimately taking home the gold by virtue of quickest pin times.
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Pelham Coach Bob Riddinger is flanked by his two, top medalists at the Bronco Invitational held at Alvirne High on Saturday, December 8; Loring captured 1st place in the 285 division, while Boyden took second place in the 113 weight class In a very balanced heavy weight division, it was Loring’s combined pin time of just 96 seconds, despite losing the day’s final match to Alvirne’s Jesse Savage that led to his first place finish. Loring, transformed his recent Python football talents to the mats, and disposed of Brandon Bradley of Keene and John Weare (Manchester West) in convincing fashion to earn his first varsity wrestling award. Jared Boyden earned a second place finish in the 113 weight class. Kevin DeAngelo (145) and Matt Blanchard (182) rounded out the Pelham medalists, taking home fourth place finishes. Matt Koch, Brian Gettings, Jason Gleason, and Tom Gleason went 1-2 on the day while Mike Calistro and Nick Johnson wrestled in two tough weight classes, going winless but picking up valuable mat time. The Pythons will compete in the annual Big Red Tournament at nearby Tyngsboro, MA. High School on Saturday, December 15.
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Matt Blanchard (182) has his way with Timberlane’s Owen Sweet, pinning the Owl 2:15 into their match for his second win of the Invitational
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