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Pelham~Windham News 1-11-2013

Pelham~Windham News 1-11-2013

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Volume 10 Number 26 January 11, 2013 12 Pages

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Pelham~Windham News of the Year Pelham Police Department Principal
Hosts Cub Scout Tour
submitted by Lucy Wilkerson Cub Scout Pack 610 first graders were given an extensive tour of the Pelham Police Department as part of their “Go See It” requirement to earn their Tiger Badge. Officer Ron Page served as our host and tour guide and patiently answered all the boys’ dozens of questions. The visit came on the heels of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, while one or two of our young boys were displaying symptoms of anxiety, the group was quickly drawn in by our caring host. Our attentive Dispatch Officer and Officer Page reiterated, questioned, and demonstrated the appropriate use of 911 services. Their skillful explanation of the system and the job of the dispatcher working with Police Officers put at least one Cub to rest, though he still clung to his dad’s hand. The visit ended with the popular tour of the holding cells, the explanation of the fingerprinting system, the breathalyzer, a peek at the Police motorcycle, an explanation of an “Police Officers’ Tool Belt and finally, being able to sit in a real Police cruiser with sirens and flashing lights! Our Pack is grateful to the Police Department for allowing our boys to come to visit. As a Den Leader it is satisfying when what the boys are learning in our meetings are given real world context. One of the strategies used

offered to Officer Page at the conclusion of our tour. Watching a young first grade scout with his hand extended out, head held high and making perfect eye contact with an adult as they shake their hand and honestly say thank you is worth every volunteer moment. To learn more about scouting, visit our website at www.pack610.com. Want to see the fun side of scouting for yourself? The Pelham Fish and Game club is once again hosting our Annual Pelham Pinewood Derby 2013 on Saturday, January 12, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Pack 610 and Pack 25 will be racing for Daniel Webster Council District Derby Seats. Ask any former Cub Scout and they will all nearly always have fond memories of this yearly event. Some may even still have their race cars! Pack 610 and Pack 25 would like to extend a hearty thank you to Scott Paquette and the folks at Cyr Lumber for putting on a Pinewood Derby Car Building and Design Clinic. It was wonderful to watch Dad’s and son’s creating their masterpiece race cars for the event. Parent and sibling racing will happen after the scout racing is over. Live in Pelham and have a car that you once raced? Come on down and give it a whirl! Registration is open from 3 to 4 p.m.!
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Officer Page and Pack 610 Cub Scouts and siblings in scouting is to help the boys develop values and respect. Pack 610 provides opportunity for boys to demonstrate and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of our town, its leadership and the services like the Police Department provide. The most gratifying moment for me as their Den Leader was the heartfelt and sincere thank yous

Principal Tom Murphy embraces a member of WHS’s class of 2012, the first class to graduate from the school by Barbara O’Brien Windham High School students have just cause for celebration as the New Year gets underway. Tom Murphy, the man who has been serving as their principal for the past three years, has just been named as New Hampshire Principal of the Year. The surprise announcement was made by Interim Superintendent Henry LaBranche, following a school board meeting earlier this month. Although there were five finalists statewide vying for the honor, those who work with Tom Murphy had little doubt he’d get the nod. After acknowledging Murphy’s accomplishments and innovations as principal of Windham High School, Dr. LaBranche also described Principal Murphy as being both his “friend and colleague.” Following the announcement, Murphy, who was sitting in the audience at Windham High School at the time, appeared to be astounded by the revelation. Although smiling broadly when he left the auditorium, Murphy did not have any comment. Murphy was expected to officially receive the award during the New Hampshire Association of School Principals annual winter banquet on January 10, at Church Landing at Mill Falls, in Meredith. In addition to serving as Windham High School’s principal for three of the four years the school has been in operation, Murphy also served as assistant principal during the first year students were in attendance.

The Changing Face of Windham
by Sarah Cotton Did you know there are nearly 400 businesses in Windham? Law firms, wellness coaches, and a surprisingly large bakery industry all contribute to the town’s economy. As the Community Development Director of Windham, Laura Scott makes a point of shopping local. “A lot of my time is focused on working with the business community, figuring out how to reach out to them in a proactive, helpful manner,” Scott said. Over her past four years in the role, Scott has watched the physical and economic landscape of Windham change, from a town that had yet to realize its prime location for development to one welcoming new and specialized businesses. “Everyone sort of knew it but no one was focusing on it,” Scott said about Windham’s potential for economic growth. “It was nobody’s job to work with the business community and be that point person. If someone wanted to open a business in town, there was no one to talk to.” Now, Scott works primarily as a sort of liaison between the businesses community and town government, creating and implementing programs to make business owners feel welcome and to acknowledge their contributions to the town. She helps with grand openings, puts on events for business awards, and notifies area newspapers when businesses are expanding or changing hands, or when something new is coming to town. “It may seem simple,” she said, “but it’s something that was never happening before. No one was thanking the businesses for being here.” Scott visits four or five businesses every month, spending one-onone time talking – and listening – to business owners, answering any questions they may have and helping to create partnerships if she can. She uses the time as an opportunity to introduce herself and ask, “What could the town be doing to help you?” Their feedback has resulted in programs such as the business seminar series, held regularly at various locations throughout Windham. These free workshops cover topics such as using social media to promote business, or exploring insurance options. There is also a website created for the community (www.windham-nh.com) that contains information about the seminar series, as well as a business directory and photos from grand openings and other events, which also help to provide exposure. One of the things Scott encountered a lot this year during the business visitation program was joint marketing. “In other words, how can we cross-promote and get our name out to people in town? A lot of the businesses understand that they all need to help each other,” she said. “Places like The Village Bean or Artistic Creations, if you’ve just moved to town and you’re from Lawrence or North Andover, you don’t know these places are here.” To facilitate this, Scott will be creating a welcome package for new residents, free and available at the town office. The packages will contain information and promotional materials such as menus, coupons, and brochures from local businesses, allowing them to immediately establish a relationship with to the 25 or so families who move to Windham every month. Just as the past four years have seen significant growth in town, Scott is looking ahead to more development in the not-so-distant future, especially after the highway construction is complete. However, she noted that citizens are often more concerned with the look and feel of the buildings than the type of business moving in. The town planning board, listening to these concerns, recently

Town Clerk’s Budget Includes

Proposed Increase

adopted design regulations for a building’s outward appearance, including its landscaping. These design standards don’t ban the presence of fast food restaurants, Scott said, just that they have to look a certain way. “A lot of people look at Newburyport and Portsmouth and they say, we don’t care that there’s a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, because it looks like every other small shop. It has the brick facade and the nice tables, so okay. Most people don’t want to get off [exit 3] and see neon everywhere and seas of asphalt parking lots,” she said. Despite the business growth, residents don’t have to worry about the core of Windham becoming Route 28 in Salem. “Some people would like that,” Scott said, “because of the tax base and employment opportunities. Salem has done a great job of getting businesses in and creating economic opportunities. But every town is different. Windham doesn’t have sewer, so that limits the type of development that we can get.” Scott cites the absence of sewer as a limiting factor that has actually worked out in the town’s favor. Hotels and hospitals, for example, won’t be looking for a home in Windham. The major selling points for the town are its prime location off of exit 3, its affluent community, and its high level of education. Many businesses examine quality of life and demographics first, she said, before considering what kind of land and infrastructure is available. Among the newest developments in town are ConvenientMD on Route 111 and Medicus, a medical call center on Roulston Road. The Windham community can expect to see more of these specialized offices in the next five years, Scott said. “You come here and you see things you don’t see in Derry or Salem or Plaistow, which is good,” Scott said. “People want to be in Windham because they want that difference. Although, we will probably be seeing more service businesses, because the more offices you put in, the more workers, and the workers then want a place to go get food or coffee, to do their dry cleaning or run quick errands.” Today, a lot of businesses in Windham are home-based. Eventually, Scott’s goal is to help move these people out of their basements and into brick and mortar locations. The most rewarding part of her job is attending these grand openings, after she has worked with someone for six months or a year, finally seeing their dream or idea become a reality. “A lot of it is seeing that change,” Scott said. “Seeing businesspeople coming together, supporting each other and using services their neighbor may be offering. We’re stronger together than we are apart, and seeing that is very nice.”

by Barbara O’Brien According to Windham Town Clerk Nicole Merrill, what she described as “a substantial increase” in that department’s 2013 operating budget is due to the continued growth of the community. “We’re the busiest department” in Windham, Merrill commented. “We have to be able to do it right the first time,” she said. The increase being proposed by Merrill for 2013 totals $25,730 more than what was appropriated for 2012. Last year’s town clerk’s budget totaled $213,520. The proposal for 2013 amounts to a total of $239,250. Merrill said that a good portion of the proposed increase ($14,300) is for financial software to add on to the current “Clerk Works” program. The new software would include boat registrations, census updates, dog registrations and motor vehicle registration upgrades. “It would be more efficient, less prone to mistakes and easy to learn,” Merrill said. “It is very user-friendly.” Merrill also explained that there would be less equipment to maintain with the new software and the town clerk’s office would also become more compatible with the town’s financial department. Moving forward, the cost to taxpayers for the software program would be $3,120 in annual fees, she said. Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he wanted to have the software program put out to bid. In response, Financial Director and Assistant Town Administrator Dana Call said she wasn’t sure a comparable program could be found, but would give it a try. Selectmen’s Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod said he views the purchase of the new software program “as an investment in the success of this department.” “I support the proposal,” he said. “We’re trying to streamline the process, so we can just do our job,” for the residents of Windham, Merrill emphasized. Selectmen did not make any changes to the proposed 2013 Town Clerk’s budget during the preliminary presentation and subsequent discussion.

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Transfer Station to Continue Taking Construction and Demolition Materials

Timothy Swierad of Windham has been named to the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the fall quarter. Swierad is a fourthyear student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Navy Seaman Acacia S. McPhee, daughter of Deborah A. Cassidy of Windham, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. During the eight-week program, McPhee completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. McPhee is a 2010 graduate of Salem High School. Kathryn Dame of Pelham has been promoted to Vice President - Branch Administration. Kate has worked at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union for 17 years in many different capacities from Teller, to Corporate Training to her current role as Branch Administrator, where she oversees the six branch offices of the Credit Union. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Kate is the President-Elect of the Dracut (MA) Rotary Club, the President of Ste. Jeanne D’Arc School Athletic Booster Organization and is a Coach for Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s MoneyStrong for Life Challenge. Erin Mogauro of Pelham has been named to the Dean’s List - High Honors for the fall semester at the University of New Hampshire. Erin is a sophomore majoring in Occupational Therapy. Erika Mogauro of Pelham has been named to the Dean’s List Honors for the fall semester at University of New Hampshire. Erika is a sophomore majoring in the Physicians Assistant program.

by Barbara O’Brien Against the recommendation of solid waste department director Dave Poulson, Windham Selectmen have decided to continue accepting residential construction and demolition (C&D) materials at the town’s transfer station. Poulson told selectmen that he would like to eliminate the acceptance of C&D materials from residents, citing the high cost to the town for disposing of these materials. “This is outside the scope of normal service,” Poulson said, adding that most area communities do not accept these materials. Poulson also said that the amount of money ($84,000) that was appropriated for C&D was over-expended for 2012. The 2013 proposed budget calls for $90,000 for handling C&D materials, he added. According to statistics cited by Poulson, the cost to get rid of the C&D materials brought to the transfer station is $74 per ton. Transfer station employees are making about eight hauls per month to get rid of the C&D materials, Poulson said. “These materials are difficult to compress and there’s insufficient space at the site for storing large loads,” he explained. “There’s no way of verifying the materials are from Windham, even if a Windham resident is there,” Poulson said. “It’s tough to police.” “Accepting C&D materials is a magnet for abuse,” he continued. “The abuse is there and it is increasing.” “The whole

town is paying the bill for a few users,” Poulson told selectmen. “It’s a nightmare.” “You have to assume they are there for the right intentions,” Selectman Roger Hohenberger advised Poulson. “You can’t assume otherwise if they have the right identification,” Hohenberger stated. “To not accept the material would encourage illegal dumping,” Hohenberger said. “This is a service we provide to residents.” Poulson said he fears that some of the C&D material being brought to the transfer station actually comes from commercial sites or from out-of-town. “If we put obstacles in people’s path, it winds up being dumped in the woods,” selectmen’s Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod commented. Selectmen’s Chairman Bruce Breton suggested that a collection day for construction and demolition materials be held quarterly or once a month. Poulson said this would create a logistics issue for disposing of the materials brought to the site. Transfer station supervisor Dennis Senibaldi, a former selectman, suggested acceptance of C&D materials be “closed” to residents once the appropriated budget runs out. Poulson said he believes acceptance of these materials must “be all or nothing.” Selectmen decided to continue accepting C&D materials from Windham residents. In response to the decision, Poulson said, “It was an option to save taxpayers money.”

Winners of Holiday Coloring Contest Named
submitted by Pelham Parks and Recreation Pelham Parks and Recreation has chosen the winners of its annual Holiday Coloring Contests and they are: Under age 4: Kailin Grenda Ages 5-6: Sawyer Lefevre Ages 7-8: Jane Mitchell Ages 9-10: Brooke Lundin Ages 11-12: Aislinn Plumley The children won gift cards to Barnes and Noble. Our next coloring contest will open in February for the annual Easter drawing/ coloring contest. Forms and details will be available at www.pelhamweb. com/recreation. E-mail recreation@ pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721 with any questions.

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No Agreement on Police Contract
by Barbara O’Brien Five and half hours of arbitration has failed to result in an agreement between town officials and the Windham Police Department. Members of the Windham Police Union have now been without a contract for the past two years. Selectmen’s Chairman Bruce Breton made the announcement of the failed negotiations during the January 7 board meeting. “I’m sorry to say that we were unable to agree on a contract,” Breton said. Breton and Selectman Roger Hohenberger have been representing the town during contract negotiations. “We tried,” was all Hohenberger said, referring to the mediation session that failed to result in a new contract. Prior to the recent arbitration session, a mandated fact-finding procedure was conducted. Breton said this is the twelfth time in 12 years that police union members and town officials have reached an impasse, prior to finally coming to an agreement. Breton said that an agreement with the Windham Fire Department has not yet been reached, either. Town officials have made numerous attempts to contact fire department union representatives, Breton stated, but, thus far, no response has been received.

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Letters to our Editor
their right mind wants to see innocent people harmed in any way, especially children. The problem I see stems from the naïve sense that the government will be able to protect you from all violent acts like this one. Further, as our forefathers knew that power corrupts. History has shown this time and time again that governments seek to wield evermore power over the people in their effort to push their agendas. This is a fact that cannot be disputed and the reason why our forefathers wrote the bill of rights and the constitution. Individuals are the key to the prevention of tyranny, and the rights we have are the mechanism through which the citizens can affect the prevention. Any talk of limiting the second amendment is counterproductive and counterintuitive to achieving that goal. Punishing the masses for the criminal acts of the very few makes no sense and once begun, we start a downward roll on a slippery slope. Once we have come to realize our mistake, it will be almost impossible to undue. England essentially banned private ownership of firearms before World War II, but after seeing the likely advance of Germany into their territory, sought firearms in bulk from the U.S. to arm their citizens. This would greatly add to the difficulty of falling prey to Germany like much of Europe had. Disarming the society also presents a juicier target for those who wish to do us harm. Notice all the recent mass shootings have taken place in “gun free” zones (schools, malls, religious buildings). The price of safety cannot be paid by submitting your ability to protect yourself and those who are dear to you. Freedom has costs and responsibilities, it is neither free nor easy to maintain, and sometimes people will abuse their freedoms and violate the rights of others. The government cannot be everywhere. It certainly cannot protect all of us, nor could they ever place the same emphasis on your protection that you could for yourself. If a citizen wants to rely on the government for their safety, then they can because it is their right. But do not attempt to limit me or others who wish not to be a victim. Civilizations the world over have had horrible atrocities occur to them, often by their own governments. Do not think for a minute that this history cannot be repeated here. No matter what political leaning one might align them with, it is unwise to give up rights without weighing the costs it could have on us in the future. Let alone give up our rights and blame it on an object rather than one’s own actions and morality. That, to me, is just plain ignorant. I don’t care what a person’s political leanings, race, religion, orientation; I want peace and safety for all. I want all to live as they wish with the freedoms they have. Our country is so polarized, people find all sorts of groups with which to align or malign each other, and it is done by every group I can think of, and without exception. This polarization is divisive and opens other groups up to exploitation; none of this is good for our society and country. We need to look at our origins and be careful to not throw away our rights that we fought for so long ago and have been fought for again many times since. Today, we should allow the victims of this despicable act to grieve and tend to their families. Foremost, this hennas act should not be exploited by any group to push to achieve their political or legislative goals whether pro or anti. Andrew Larson (combat veteran), Pelham

Community Development’s Business Sponsor of the Month
The Community Development Department and Windham Economic Development Committee would like to thank one of our newest Windham Businesses – Concord Orthopaedics - for being the January Community Business Sponsor for the Windham Community Economic Development web site. Take a few minutes to visit the community development website at www.windham-nh.com to check out their ad and find a link to their interactive website. While there, see what services they offer that can assist you meet your New Year’s resolutions for better health and wellness and thank them for their support of economic development in Windham. Laura Scott, Community Development Director, Windham

Present Day Gun Control Debate Exceeds Traditional Arguments
I did not want to write a “pro gun” statement this week after seeing the horrible events on Friday [Dec. 14] but, the myopic ranting of many spurred me to make one. On Friday there was a horrible tragedy and no one, I say again, no one, wants to see, hear, or experience such a tragedy. Anybody in

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WHS Lunch Protest: A Lesson in Civil Disobedience
by Sarah Cotton Just before their winter break, nearly 200 students participated in a lunchroom protest at Windham High, creating quite a buzz around the school. Students in Cade Nethercott’s Political Science class wrote a formal letter of discontent, created signs, and staged a “sit-in” in the lobby of the school. Among their frustrations were the abundance of wheat pasta, the absence of ice cream, and the new rule against wandering the halls during lunch time. While their terms may have seemed trivial, the event prompted discussion between students and faculty, as well as a visit from representatives of the school’s food service program. Perhaps most importantly, it offered students a real-world connection to a classbased lesson. “One of the things that my Political Science course tries to do for the kids is to give them an understanding of their fundamental rights as both students and as Americans,” Nethercott said. Nethercott decided to make a discussion about First Amendment rights of protest more dynamic, asking students to generate a list of things they didn’t like at the high school: grading policy, discipline, dress code, etc. The students voted to pursue lunchroom issues. As a response to the sit-in, WHS Vice Principal Bob Dawson came to speak with the students and scheduled a meeting to discuss their frustrations. At this point, the in-class activity came to a close, but for some, the fire still burned. “One of my more vocal seniors then decided to push the protest one step further,” Nethercott said. “He crafted the email that went out to everyone in school that encouraged people to ‘brown bag’ it for Friday as a form of further action.” There was talk throughout the building and significant student participation in the brown bag protest. Still, Nethercott made a point of reminding his students that a small group of dedicated people work hard to provide them with nutritious meals each day, and their public protest was likely to hurt some feelings. He felt this was another important lesson for them to recognize, that even peaceful protest can have negative impacts. “Bottom line, this was an exercise in active citizenship,” Nethercott said. The students “chose a topic, voiced their concerns, and found a way to bring them to the attention of the decision makers in their school. For that, I’m proud of them.”


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Cable Committee Could Use More Video on Demand Time
by Barbara O’Brien The Windham Cable TV Committee is asking for an increase of $4,110 in its proposed operating budget for 2013. In 2012, $92,540 was appropriated for the operation of WCTV. This year, the amount has been upped to a proposed total of $96,650. According to Town Administrator David Sullivan, a good portion of that proposed increase is due to a 22 percent ($700) hike in mandated State retirement costs, plus an additional $1,000 increase in the amount of health insurance premiums paid by the town. Cable Committee Chairman Margaret Case said one of the issues facing the station is not having enough contracted hours to provide Video on Demand for all the meetings that are being held and recorded. Under the current contract with Comcast, Windham is allowed 500 hours of Video on Demand programming. This is only enough for about six months of programming, Case explained. “We’re running out of hours,” she said. “There are just so many different committees taking up time,” Case said, adding that she had hoped there would be enough hours to store a full year’s worth of programs. Case said generally the selectmen and planning board meetings are watched the most through Video on Demand. “It really depends on the subject of the meeting,” Case said. “People can always come into the studio and get a DVD copy of a meeting,” Selectman Roger Hohenberger suggested. The cost of a DVD copy would be $15, Case said. “Meeting minutes are also on the town’s website,” Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod stated. “It’s really about convenience, though,” LoChiatto responded. People want the convenience of watching the meetings when they have the time. They don’t want to have to come in to the studio or town hall to pick up a copy. During the review of the proposed 2013 Cable TV budget, selectmen made no changes to the recommendations put forth by committee members.

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Saturday, March 23 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.

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Community Events --------Friday, January 11 Windham’s successful theater group, th 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.




Library ----------------------------Mondays, January 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 20-25 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 4327154 and ask for Karen Frey or Jane McCue.



Tuesday, January 29 The Pelham Public Library has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to present A Sound Track for The Great Gatsby: Music of the Jazz Age. Join professional musician Paul Combs and the Pelham Public Library at 6:30 p.m. as we go back in time to explore the Jazz and the important role this music played in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Mr. Combs will examine the lives and music of artists recorded through the summer of 1922, including James Reese Europe, Fletcher Henderson, and Paul Whiteman, as well as some of those who, while active prior to the time of the novel, did not record until 192325, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Joe “King” Oliver, and Ma Rainey. Free and open to the public. Mocktail martinis will be served.



Saturday, January 12 Let Windham’s Helping Hands help make your life easier by collecting your tree after the holidays. By making a donation to Windham’s Helping Hands, we will pick up your tree and dispose of it for you (sorry, Windham community only). Windham’s Helping Hands Christmas tree removal fundraiser will be held on Saturday, January 12. This year, the trees will be picked up by Windham Wolverine volunteers. Email us at windhamshelpinghands@ gmail.com or call 898-8474 (Patti) to make your request. All proceeds stay in the community!



Tuesday, January 22 The Supervisors of the Checklist for the Town of Pelham will be in session from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Lobby of Town Hall, 6 Village Green, Pelham, for the purposes of change of party registration RSA: 669:5 and additions and corrections to the checklist pursuant to RSA: 654:32. New voters may also register at this time. New voters are required to provide documents to prove their citizenship, age, and residency at the time of their registration.

Thursday, January 30 The Pelham Library will hold a “Making Bird Feeders” drop-in craft. By filling bird feeders with bird food that has high fat content, such as suet, sunflower seeds, and peanuts, you can help birds conserve energy when they need it most. On Thursday afternoon January 30 any time after 3:30 p.m., plan to stop in at the library and make a simple bird feeder for your yard. If you would like to try the bottle bird feeder, just bring an empty 16 ounce water or soda bottle and we will show you how to do this. We will also have a couple of other simple feeders for you to make. This program is free and is for all ages. While you are here at the library check out a book or two about birds to help identify the many birds you will now be seeing in your own backyard!


Tuesday, February 5 Pelham High School will hold an Open House for the incoming Class of 2017 students and parents. The event, organized by the school’s guidance department, will be held Tuesday, February 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The administration, guidance department, and other members of the PHS faculty will present parents and students with general information about the high school, the course selection process, and appropriate planning for high school. Tours of PHS will also be administered by the school’s Student Ambassadors. For more information, call the PHS Guidance Department at 603-2116.




Saturday, February 23 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 alex@ecmgevents.com.



Friday, January 18 th The Nesmith Library will offer Duke Ellington and The Harlem Renaissance, a multi-media presentation and performance with Nanette Perrotte, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Windham at 7 p.m. The Duke: who is he? Genius interpreter of Big Band Swing and the Harlem Renaissance moment – melody maker and aficionado of putting on the Ritz – Sir Duke. Here is a life that is graced in so many ways: a loving supportive family, the ease and confidence of a good education and a desire to maintain the true style of a Duke. Here is the leader who created the perfect orchestra building it one superb player at a time. Join Nanette Perrotte as she sings the great songs and looks at the internal workings of the music. Sign up at the front desk of the library or call 432-7154 to reserve your seat.

Religious Events ---------Sunday, January 13 The St. Patrick Church and community will celebrate a special Mass dedicated to our local Police, Fire and EMT personel. First Responders and their families have been invited to be celebrated by our community on January 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Pelham. Please join us and share your gratitude while blessing our local heroes. We all have stories of how these brave men and women help our families and community daily. Everyone is welcome! There will be a reception in the Parish Center immediately following the mass.




Wednesday, February 6 The NHHEAF Network’s Center for College Planning in partnership with Pelham High School will be offering a free FAFSA Filing workshop for parents of college bound seniors. The workshop will take place at Pelham High School, Wednesday evening, February 6. There will be two, hour long, group sessions where a NHHEAF college counselor will walk participants through the FAFSA online and will answer questions as needed. Parents should be prepared for this workshop by bringing the necessary information essential in order to file. Advanced registration is required; please contact PHS Guidance Office at 635-2116 to sign-up for either the 5 or 6 p.m. session. We will then inform you what you must bring to the workshop.


Saturday, March 2 nd The Windham Community Bands’ 15th Annual “Evening of Music” fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 2, starting at 5:15 p.m. at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham. This year’s musical theme, “As Time Goes By,” takes us on a nostalgic journey with familiar and popular musical selections from the times of our lives. Windham resident and NECN news anchor Mike Nikitas will join the band for a performance of the classic “Casey at the Bat.” Contact David Howard at 965-3842 or musicandcats@comcast. net to reserve seats. Tickets will only be available in advance. The evening includes a cocktail hour with music by the Flute Ensemble, great “Pops” music by our Concert Band led by Jared Cassedy, dinner, raffle baskets, cash bar, and dancing to the Windham Swing Band directed by Rob Daisy.


Thursday, January 24 Do you love Anime and Manga? Join our monthly amine club at the library. Our first meeting will be Thursday, January 24, from 4:30-6 p.m. We will watch favorite anime episodes, follow up with discussion about anime and manga related topics, cool apps, services and products. If you are 13 or older please join us. We encourage you to bring along your favorite anime or manga to share with the group.


Monday, January 21 st Heritage Baptist Church in Windham is hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a 9-week course that can teach you new methods to help you manage your finances successfully. Learn how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future and give like never before! Weekly classes begin Monday night, January 21 at 7 p.m. at Heritage! And the first class is free! To find out more, just visit www.hbcnh.org/fpu.


School Activities ---------Tuesday, January 15 We hope that students, parents, and the Windham Community will be able to join us as we raise funds to support the Windham PTA. On Tuesday, January 15th, from 4 to 10 p.m., Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (1 Keewaydin Dr., Salem – Exit 2) will host a “Noche Mexicana Fundraiser” and donate 15 percent of pre-taxed food and beverage sales, from Windham families, friends and supporters, to the Windham PTA! Guests can choose items from any of the menus. Call ahead seating is available at 893-0110. If you have questions about this event, visit the Windham PTA website at www.windhampta.org. Friday, January 25 The Windham Musical Arts Association is th 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.

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Wednesday, February 13 The American Cancer Society’s Greater Nashua Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group will meet on Wednesday, February 13, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. Anil Dewan, MD, of Pathology Specialists of New England, will present and will discuss the pathology of prostate cancer. The March 13 session will be an open meeting. All sessions meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Greater Nashua Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group is offered in collaboration with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Radiation Center of Greater Nashua, and St. Joseph Hospital. Special guest speakers and participants share the latest information and education about prostate cancer, and offer encouragement to those living with the disease and their loved ones. Visit www.snhhs.org, Classes and Programs, for more information on future topics, or call HEALTHMATCH at 603/577-CALL (2255).



Seminars --Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, th February 26 Windham Recreation will offer an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course for boys and girls ages 11-13. The course will be held on Monday, February 25 from 2-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 26 from 5-7 p.m. There is a fee per child, which includes all materials. The deadline to register is February 1, unless spaces fill prior. Must be able to attend both days. To register, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208.



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Friday, March 1 Windham Recreation will offer a ‘When I’m in Charge’ Class–American Red Cross Course for boys and girls ages 9-11, from 9:45–11 a.m. There is a fee for the class, which includes participation guide and materials which you take home. The deadline to register is February 4, unless spaces fill prior. This course will teach children who are home alone the importance of behaving responsibly and how to handle themselves when confronted with a challenge. Topics include but are not limited to internet safety, what to do when a stranger comes to the door, telephone tips and first aid. To register, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208.


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New Auditing Firm for Town Finances
by Barbara O’Brien After more than 20 years of having the town’s financial records audited by the same firm, Vachon and Clukay of Manchester, Windham selectmen have decided to go with a different company, at least for the next three years. It’s not that town officials are displeased with the job that Vachon and Clukay have been doing. The majority of them just decided that it was time for another set of eyes to take a look. Once bids were received for a new three-year auditing contract, the choices were narrowed down to two firms by a sub-committee. The finalists were Vachon and Clukay and Plodzik and Sanderson. After considerable debate, selectmen voted 3 to 2 to award the contract to Plodzik and Sanderson, even though the cost is somewhat higher than that quoted by Vachon and Clukay. The bid received from Plodzik and Sanderson is $13,710 for the first year of the new contract, $14,008 for the second year and $14,438 for the third year. The bid covered a total of 149 hours of auditing services. Vachon and Clukay bid $11,169 for the first year of a new contract and $11,347 for both the second and third years. Included in the bid by Vachon and Clukay were a total of 105 hours of services. Town Administrator David Sullivan said that the difference in the two bids “is a tolerance we can absorb” in the operating budget. Sullivan said there is about a 20% increase in the Plodzik and Sanderson bid, as compared to the one submitted by Vachon and Clukay. Sullivan noted that both companies are very well-respected within the industry. Statewide, Plodzik and Sanderson audit the books for about 125 to 150 municipalities, including Pelham/ Windham SAU 28. Vachon and Clukay audit the financial records for about 75 communities, he said. Voting in favor of signing a three-year contract with Plodzik and Sanderson were Chairman Bruce Breton and Selectmen Kathleen DiFruscia and Phil LoChiatto. Voting against the change in auditing firms were Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod and Selectman Roger Hohenberger. Chairman Breton said he feels auditing firms should be changed every five years to provide a new perspective on how town finances are being handled. “A new company means new eyes,” Sullivan agreed. “That justifies spending more money; going with the higher bidder?” McLeod questioned Selectman Hohenberger said, “It’s an audit, not a departmental review of how the town is operating.” “I don’t want to make it seem like more than that,” he said. Financial Director and Assistant Town Administrator Dana Call said she considers the increase in cost “a reasonable increment to get a second set of eyes.” “This is a very good deal for an audit,” Call stated. “It’s not unusual to rotate auditors,” she said. “Both firms are equivalent to one another.”

Man Arrested After Found Sleeping in Police Department Parking Lot
submitted by Windham Police Department The Windham Police Department arrested a male subject for DWI after he was found passed out in the employee parking lot of the Windham Police Department. On January 8 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a dispatcher located a vehicle parked in a restricted parking lot of the Windham Police Department on a security camera. Officers responded to the area and located a male subject passed out in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running. After waking the subject and conducting a thorough investigation which included field sobriety tests officers arrested Jonathan Sullivan, 31, of Tewksbury MA. Sullivan was charged with one count of driving under the Influence of intoxicating liquor. He was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and given a court date of January 28. If convicted he faces possible penalties of a minimum of a $500 fine, a nine month loss of license, and must complete the statutorily required drug and alcohol program. Sullivan was later transported to the Rockingham County House of Corrections due to his level of intoxication and inability to make contact with a sober person for his release.

Be Safe on the Ice
by Barbara O’Brien Windham Fire Chief Tom McPherson cautions residents to be very careful when venturing out on ice-covered ponds. “Know your surroundings,” McPherson said. “Use caution. Be smart,” he urged. As of January 7, it was reported that the ice on Cobbett’s Pond was approximately seven inches thick. With projected warmer weather for the remainder of the week, however, the ice is expected to become thinner. Daytime temperatures were forecast to reach the mid to upper 50s by the weekend. Chief McPherson said Windham firefighters do not test the thickness of the ice nor do they advise people on its safety. “Don’t venture out on ice unless you are positive it is thick enough,” McPherson advised. And make sure children are supervised around bodies of water at all times.

Senators Ayotte and Shaheen Announce 2013 Service Academy Nominees
submitted by the Offices of U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have announced the names of more than 40 New Hampshire students they have nominated to attend one of the nation’s service academies in 2013. To be considered for appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by a Member of Congress or other authorized nominating source “It’s an honor to nominate outstanding young people to be considered for admission to our nation’s service academies,” said Senator Ayotte. “These young men and women have excelled inside and outside the classroom while making valuable contributions to their local communities. They represent some of the very best of New Hampshire and I expect great things from them in the future.” Following is the list of area students nominated by Senator Ayotte: U.S. Military Academy Christopher Ferri of Windham, Windham High School U.S. Air Force Academy Michael Croatti Pelham, Pelham High School Brandon Dumais Hudson, Alvirne High School Colleen Slein Salem, Central High School (Lawrence, MA) Jonathan Stinson Hudson, Alvirne High School “Each of these young men and women have demonstrated an inspiring commitment to service and have already made valuable contributions to their communities,” said Senator Shaheen. “I applaud their dedication to making our country stronger and am honored to recognize and nominate these exceptional New Hampshire students to the United States Service Academies. I am also appreciative of all the hard work carried out by the Service Academy Nomination Board who helped identify and nominate such terrific students.” Area students nominated by Senator Shaheen: U.S. Naval Academy Robert Schultz, Litchfield, Campbell High School U.S. Air Force Academy Michael Croatti, Pelham, Pelham High School Brandon Dumais, Hudson, Alvirne High School Colleen Slein, Salem, Central Catholic High School (Lawrence, MA) Jonathan Stinson, Hudson, Alvirne High School

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Windham Swim Squad Excels in Home Meet
over Bow (107-41), Winnacunnet (102-68), Nashua South (110-51) and Pelham (115-31) High Schools. The Windham High Girls’ portion of the team nearly went unbeaten on the day with four straight dual meet victories over Bow (93-68), Inter Lakes (128-17), Pelham (127-30), and Winnacunnet (101-67) High Schools. The Lady Jaguars fell to the Division I Nashua South High School in their only loss on the day, 88-78. “Overall, it’s excellent for Windham High School,” said Scott of her team’s Sunday performance. “We’re very pleased with how it turned out.” The Jaguars did not need to wash any rust off their swimmers as they had been just as busy in the holiday season as they had been before it. Windham has continued to excel against fellow Division II competitors while overcoming many Division I opponents. As in nearly every meet this season, the Jaguars had a pair of swimmers qualify for the state tournament. Freshman Connor Carbonneau made the cut in the 100 yard butterfly and senior Andrew Kalil qualified in the 100 yard breaststroke. With the addition of Carbonneau and Kalil, the Jaguars now have eight of the 12 members of the boys’ team qualified for the state tournament. On the girls’ team, Windham has two qualifiers but hopes to gain more. “That’s our goal right now,” said Scott. “We’ve had a number of state qualifiers. That’s the goal right now is to get the kids doing their very best and to get to states.” Junior Meghan O’Connor and freshman Anna Matsco have made the qualifying cuts on the girls’ side of things. Along with qualifying athletes, Coach Scott was also proud of the members of her team, many of them, who continually set personal records. Even those who may not make the cut at the end of the year for the postseason, they can be proud of the improvements they have made. There are a lot of freshmen on the Windham squads that continue to improve meet by meet. “More than half of our team is a freshmen team,” said Scott. “So that’s kind of exciting to get as many state qualifiers as we have.” Windham’s freshmen swimming class will anchor the Jaguars to the top spot in Division II for years to come.

by Jacob Gagnon They are ready. As the swimmers wait for the starting horn, they focus their gaze ahead, to where they need to go; muscles tense, minds clear and lungs full. A small stretch of silence blankets the pool. It is in these moments just before the sudden emergence in water that show how, in the sport of swimming, mental focus is as important as lung capacity. The Windham High School Swim teams, led by Head Coach Sheryl “Scotty” Scott were ready to plunge into the new year on Sunday, January 6 as they hosted Bow, Interlakes, Nashua South, Pelham and Winnacunnet High Schools at the Workout Club in Salem. In the Men’s category, the Jaguars finished 4-0 on the day in dual meets with victories

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Pelham Swimmers Compete in Multi-Team Meet
submitted by PHS Athletic Department Python swimmers continued their season on Sunday, January 6, with a meet at the Workout Club and Wellness Center in Salem. Joining both Pelham and Windham in the pool that each school calls home was Winnacunnet, Bow, Nashua South and Interlakes. Lady Python Mandy Tobin had a very strong meet according to Coach John Duffy. “Mandy swam very strong legs in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay,” noted the Python coach. Additionally, Tobin shined in the 50 Freestyle by dropping her time by 1.27 seconds to a 34.95; saving the best for last by taking 2.88 seconds off her 100 Freestyle time. Her new personal best is a time of 1:21.22. Katie Parks also had a very strong meet. She swam a personal best in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:36.18. In the 100 Freestyle, Parks recorded another personal best with a time of 1:10.03; just shy of that elusive 1:10 mark. Jillian Fisher swam her personal best in the 100 free with a new time of 1:19.93. Also joining in the personal best parade was Emily Lamport, who finished the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:37.14.

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On the Men’s side, Chris Medeiros swam a personal best in the 200 Free with a time of 2:38.22. Chris was also a strong contributor in the 200 and 400 free relay. Jared Hannon took .34 seconds off his 50 yard freestyle with a personal best of 26.93. Continuing to improve, the men’s 200 yard freestyle relay of Jay Fenderlander, Chris Medeiros, Matt Lamport and Nolan Duffy turned in a new best time with 2:14.00. Jay Fenderlander also swam his personal best in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:40.42. Pelham’s next meet is against Bedford on January 16.


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“Thumbs down to all the people who rant that having a ban on assault weapons is going to take away their right to bear arms. A ban on assault weapons is not an attack on the Second Amendment. No one but law enforcement officials and the military need assault weapons. Assault weapons are used for one thing, and one thing only - to kill other people. Haven’t we had enough of that in this country?” “Thumbs up to Superintendent Lecaroz! Paving the way to positive and productive schools, staff, and students!” “Thumbs up to Senator Jeanne Shaheen who sponsored the Sheheen Amendment providing servicewomen and military dependents who are survivors of rape and incest the same abortion coverage provided to other women enrolled in federal health care. The Amendment was part of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama. Our servicewomen are fortunate to have champions like Senator Shaheen on their side working to strike down a policy that blatantly discriminated against our servicewomen.” “Thumbs down to the Pelham Police Dept. for still doing construction details. They have companies now to do that for almost half the money $22 per hour to $38 per hour. Lets get this taken care of when the next contract comes up this will save the town tons of money. We have 2 roundabouts getting ready to be built. Every penny counts! We need to control everything now, these town officials are horrible.” “Thumbs down to the naive person whom, thinks that banning all guns will prevent incidents such as the Newtown, CT shooting. Someone contemplating such a crime is neither mentally stable, nor interested in obeying any laws. Did you ever notice that regardless of gun laws, criminals almost always possess guns? By this logic, maybe we should ban bicycles. After all, hundreds die from riding them every year! Banning guns would only serve to endanger lawabiding citizens further. Perhaps if the school staff had had access to a few guns that day, there would have been a much better outcome.” “Thumbs up to the few cars and trucks that slow down or stop for the brood of 12 wild turkeys in the Tallant Road area. Thank you for appreciating wildlife. There is one in that brood that limps, yet does her best to keep up with the rest.” “Thumbs down to the person who finds the need to pat herself on the back for being a ‘working mom’ or ‘stay-at-home mom.’ You make me sick. Twenty children at the age of 6 got killed at school, it didn’t matter if mom was home or not, so just stop because we have bigger things to worry about in this crazy world. No one cares about who does what to keep our children healthy, safe, warm and happy! Hats off to all parents!” “Thumbs up to the truth that not many of us have ‘firearms’ under their definitions. Title 27 CFR, 479.11 and Under Title 26, 5845... pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, antique rifles are separately and specifically not ‘firearms’ as per their definitions. But the cops don’t know this. They take an attorney’s word for it. How sad is that.” “Thumbs up to Mrs. Doe of Pelham Elementary School. Congratulations on the Presidential Award! Pelham parents and students are so proud of you!” “Thumbs down to jealous coaches who ostracize and criticize the young players. Just because your kid is not as good a player as some, you should not take out your negativity on the higher performing athlete. Wins are accomplished by a team, ostracizing and putting down the best players due to your own personal issues is wrong and a sign of poor sportsmanship!”

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the 1/4 edition, stating that working mothers are lending to the erosion of family. Are you kidding me? You actually publish this garbage and still call yourself a news source? The person that submitted this obviously needs help, so I’m not going to supposed to get planted. The Board of Adjustment said that they were going to follow up on that and they never did. Thumbs down to you and to the town for allowing this to happen.” “Thumbs down. Nice work, Eddie Boyd. All those trips to Concord. What a mess you made of the center.”

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December 31: 2:35 a.m. Medical emergency, Megan Circle. 7:05 p.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth Road. 7:32 p.m. Dispatched for mutual aid to Windham. 9:33 p.m. Investigate permitted burn, Mammoth Road. 11:00 p.m. Medical emergency, Currier Road. 11:11 p.m. Medical emergency, Clark Circle. 11:11 p.m. Medical aid, Pulpit Rock Road. January 1: 4:04 a.m. Medical emergency, Spruce Street. 10:39 a.m. Public assist, Spruce Street. 12:45 p.m. Mutual aid to Salem, station coverage. 2:38 p.m. Medical emergency, Heather Lee Lane. 6:42 p.m. Medical emergency, Spruce Street. January 2: 9:16 a.m. Fire alarm activation, Dick Tracy Drive. 9:53 a.m. CO detector activation, Marsh Road. 11:26 a.m. Medical emergency, Windham Road. 6:14 p.m. Fire alarm activation, Pulpit Rock Road. 6:57 p.m. Medical emergency, Windham Road. January 3: 7:06 a.m. CO detector activation, Mammoth Road. 9:41 a.m. Medical emergency, Marsh Road. 12:27 p.m. Medical emergency, Lincoln Street. 6:11 p.m. Medical emergency, Mossey Lane. 7:30 p.m. Medical emergency, Velma Circle. January 4: 12:36 a.m. Assist with oil burner problem, Peabody Lane. 11:13 a.m. Medical aid, Old Bridge Street. 4:41 p.m. Medical emergency, Windham Road. January 5: 10:23 a.m. Service call - Economou Ave. 4:56 p.m. Medical emergency, Main Street. 11:39 p.m. Oil burner problem, Bridge Street. January 6: 12:51 p.m. Medical emergency, Russell Drive. 1:42 p.m. Medical emergency, Vassar Drive.

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Carol E. (Auterburn) Graham, 65, of Windham died peacefully after a prolonged battle with cancer on January 4, 2013, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, surrounded by her family. Carol was born in Louisville, KY, on August 12, 1947, and was the daughter of Ruth (Osterberg) and Herbert Auterburn. She moved many times with her family living in Missouri, New York and Illinois, graduating from Mundelein High School in Illinois. In her early life Carol pursued a nursing degree and worked at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan, IL. Carol then worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines for 10 years based in New York City. It was at this time of her life she enjoyed traveling to many interesting worldwide destinations. Carol was a voracious reader and enjoyed traveling and nature, especially bird watching. She loved music and was a talented singer, playing lead roles in many of her high school Drama Club shows. A devoted wife and mother, Carol will always be remembered for her selfless and caring ways to her family, friends and strangers. She is survived by her beloved husband of 38 years, Dennis Graham of Windham; two sons, Christopher and his wife Selina of Dublin, Ireland, and Joseph and his wife Melissa of Maynard, MA; her sister, Annamarie MacGillis and husband Daniel of Round Lake, IL; and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on January 9 at St. Matthew Church, Windham, followed by burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Manchester. Memorial donations may be made to NH Catholic Charities, PO Box 686, Manchester, NH 03105, or www.nh-cc.org. Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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January 11-April 13: Fine Craft Exhibition: A Child at Heart, Concord, NH. The League of NH Craftsmen is hosting a creative exhibition, A Child at Heart, at its Gallery at The Craft Center and headquarters in the SMILE! building. This multi-media exhibition features work that expresses the wonder and innocence of childhood, real or imagined. all the fine craft items are available for purchase, so visitors can appreciate and purchase the work made by juried members of the League of NH. The Gallery at The Craft Center and League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters, 49 South Main St. (603) 224-3375, e-mail nhleague@nhcrafts.org, www.nhcrafts.org. January 12: New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality, Boscawen, NH. Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today. 2 p.m. Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main St. (603) 753-8576. January 14: A House on the Bay: Life on 17th-Century New Hampshire’s Coastal Frontier, Stratham, NH. One of the Great Bay’s most prominent families during the latter part of the 17th century was the Wiggin family. Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered the home of Thomas Wiggin, Jr. Neill DePaoli demonstrates how bay residents on the periphery of Anglo-American settlement were far less isolated and bereft of the comforts of the more “civilized” world than traditionally portrayed. (Snow Date is January 21. 7 p.m. Stratham Fire Station, 2 Winnicutt Rd. (603) 772-4118. January 14: Not In Front of the Children: The Art and Importance of Fairy Tales, Berlin, NH. “Once upon a time ...” is a magical phrase that promises the beginning of a memorable story. Where do our fairy tales come from, what do they tell us about ourselves and our history? Why have they been censored and changed and how have they retained their currency and popularity today? Ingrid Graff discusses theses fascinating tales and why we should keep telling them to our children. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fairy tale to the presentation. 7 p.m. White Mountain Community College, Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr. (603) 752-1113, ext. 3086. January 16: All Aboard the Titanic, Windham, NH. “All Aboard the Titanic” responds to people’s enduring fascination with this historic, and very human, event. Including and moving beyond the physical facts of the story, Ted Zalewski explores the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew, including those with New Hampshire affiliations, emphasizing examples of individual courage and triumph. 7 p.m. Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Rd. (603) 898-7433. January 19: “Under the Influence” Concert, Nashua, NH. Symphony NH will present a concert that explores ways composers communicate with each other across centuries of music. The program will include music of Mozart, Brahms, and Stravinsky. Jonathan McPhee, Music Director and Principal Conductor, will conduct the orchestra. McPhee (whose appearance that evening is made possible by support from Crowne Plaza, Nashua) has designed a program that shows the very direct, personal connections composers from different eras make with each other through their musical works. Admission

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fee. 8 p.m. Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St. (603) 595.9156; SymphonyNH.org. January 24: Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now, Concord, NH. Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel! 2:30 p.m. Heritage Heights - Tad’s Place, 149 East Side Dr. (603) 229-1266. January 24: (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes, Lincoln, NH. The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the “sources” of Doyle’s works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan’s presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective. 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church St. (603) 745-8159. January 29: A Sound Track for The Great Gatsby: Music of the Jazz Age, NH. The Great Gatsby, set in 1922 and soon a major motion picture, coincided with the very early days of jazz recording, a seminal time in American music. Paul Combs will examine the lives and music of artists recorded through the summer of 1922, including James Reese Europe, Fletcher Henderson, and Paul Whiteman, as well as some of those who, while active prior to the time of the novel, did not record until 1923-25, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Joe “King” Oliver, and Ma Rainey. 6:30 p.m. Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green. (603) 635-7581. February 4: Woodworking Program, Nashua, NH. New Hampshire woodworker Stephen Carey will show you his techniques for transforming pieces of wood into fine craftsmanship. The lecture, “My Grandfather’s Lathe,” covers woodworking safety, materials, tools, and techniques. Registration is not required. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. (603) 589-4610; nashualibrary.org/directions.htm. February 9: Syria: What’s Really Going On?, Nashua, NH. Dr. Deina Abdelkader will present this event. Abdelkader will talk not just about the day to day fighting but also the broader implications of the uprising, for the country and for the region. She’ll examine the historical background of the dispute and give an objective assessment of the current situation. Abdelkader, an assistant professor in the political science department of the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, specializes in comparative politics, international relations, and the Middle East and Muslim world. She has a Ph.D. in international relations and international comparative politics from the University of Maryland. No registration is required. Free and open to the public. 11 a.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. (603) 5894610; www.nashualibrary.org/directions.htm.

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in the Python senior fouling out on the play. From that point on, the Jags outscored Pelham by eleven; aided greatly by the parade to the charity stripe which saw Schiebel sink four clutch free throws down the stretch. For the game, Windham attempted 28 free throws while Pelham was limited to a paltry five trips to the line. Leading all scorers was Windham’s Clairee Putnam with 18 (including seven free throws) while Kelsey Schiebel was just two back with 16. Becca DeBaldo led the Python offense for the second game in a row, scoring 10 points. The Python’s “Killer-P’s” combined for 24 points on the night; Hannah Paitchel (9), Brenda Pietrillo (9) and Jordan Parece finished with six. Pythons Stop Slide Earlier in the week, Becca DeBaldo poured in a season high 22 points, including the game’s final hoop as time expired, bringing the Python faithful to their feet inside the Snake Pit as Pelham ended its four game skid with a thrilling, hard fought 45-43 win against visiting ConVal. Midway through the first quarter, DeBaldo started a Python 5-0 run with her only ‘tres’ of the night for a 7-4 lead. With 2:32 left, ConVal’s Marena Brock drained a long three pointer of her own to tie the score at seven. But DeBaldo answered with a personal 6-0 run and combined with a short jumper from Makenzie Masiello, the Pythons finished the quarter with a comfortable 15-8 advantage. by Marc Ayotte While the Pelham boys’ basketball team was in Windham fending-off an attempted fourth quarter Jaguar comeback, the Lady Pythons were at home, unfortunately letting their contest with their counterpart Jags slip away. On Friday, January 4, Windham converted on 10 free throws in the final frame and outscored the host Pythons by seven to secure a 54-45 victory. With the win, WHS improved to 4-1 while Pelham dropped to 2-5 in the D-II standings. Pelham started well, getting out to an 11-8 first quarter lead with four players entering the scoring column. Despite second quarter three point baskets by Alicia Gendron and Hannah Paitchel (seven points in the half), the Pythons were outdueled by the Jaguar tandem of Kelsey Schiebel and Clairee Putnam. The two hardwood stars combined for 18 points as Schiebel led the way with 10, compliments of two-second quarter triples. As a result, the lead changed hands and saw Windham enter the intermission with a 23-21 lead. After an evenly played third quarter that saw each team score 15 points, Windham’s two point advantage remained intact at 38-36. With three minutes remaining in the contest and Pelham in front by two, a pivotal sequence occurred that proved to be very impactful on the game’s outcome. Pelham’s Becca DeBaldo and Windham’s Schiebel scrambled for a loose ball on the floor resulting

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Lady Pythons Lose to Windham in Waning Moments
At 6:16 of the second frame, a stop and pop jumper from three point land at the top of the key by Jordan Parece gave Pelham its biggest lead of the night at 20-10. An ensuing three minute dry spell in the scoring department forced Pelham head coach Bob Shepard to call a time out with exactly three minutes left in the half. Eleven seconds after taking the court, Shepard’s call paid dividends when Brenda Pietrillo nailed a trifecta from the left wing for a 23-12 lead. The senior Lady Python drained her second triple of the quarter less than a minute later as Pelham sported a 14 point lead. However, the Cougars battled back; closing out the half with a 6-0 run to make the score 26-18 in favor of Pelham as the two teams went to their respective locker rooms. After an evenly played third quarter, ConVal continued to cut into the Python lead and with just over 2:00 remaining in the contest, the Cougars grabbed their first lead of the night, 38-37. Trailing 41-40, Becca DeBaldo then stepped up with an old-fashion three; regaining the lead for Pelham. ConVal tied the score at 43 on its next possession, setting the stage for DeBaldo’s heroics. With the clock winding down, sophomore Katelyn Surprenant threaded a bounce pass to DeBaldo, who positioned in the paint, calmly converted the layup for the win.

Lady Python Kirsten Salois (32) shows great technique in blocking the shot attempt of ConVal’s Jessica Nerz

Pythons Tame Jags; Run Streak to Three
by Marc Ayotte Anticipation and tension were high in the Windham High School gym on Friday, January 4, as Pelham and Windham engaged in its continuing rivalry on the hardwood. With strong support in the stands from the respective teams’ students and parents, the visiting Pythons, enjoyed a superb 25- point performance from freshman Keith Brown in addition to a successful fourth quarter parade to the free throw line by Jake Vaiknoras. They managed to hold off the host Jaguars by a score of 61-49. The win followed a 67-42 Python shellacking of Con-Val earlier in the week and improved Pelham’s record to 3-2; now owners of three straight victories. Pelham’s Alex Newton and Kevin Cheam (glasses) Windham entered the contest with sandwich Windham’s Joe Lorenz in his bid for two in the paint a 1-1 mark and found itself doubled up at 16-8 at the end of the first for a 21-10 lead, Brown knocked-down his third quarter by a Pelham team that saw five players triple of the half for a 24-11 advantage with 4:23 enter the scoring column early. Thirty seconds showing on the clock. into the second stanza, Brown nailed his second With just over two minutes remaining, Brown trifecta of the game, diligently from in front of continued his phenomenal display of long range the Windham bench, giving the Pythons its first bombs, tickling the twine from beyond the arch double digit lead. Two minutes after Vaiknoras hit again for a 29-16 cushion. A late quarter midAlex Newton in the paint with a nice entry pass range jumper by David Carbonello along with lead to 17 points. Seemingly outmatched by their nearby rivals, the Jaguars slowly clawed their way back. The fourth quarter efforts of Carbonello and Conor Redman led the Windham surge and with 5:14 remaining a drive to the hoop for two by Carbonello brought his team to within 10 points, at 44-34. With four minutes, straight up, showing on the clock, another Carbonello basket on a nice feed from Redman cut the Pelham lead to single digits. And what was a well-oiled Python offensive machine in the first half was now malfunctioning, as the game became increasingly ‘chippy.’ A sweet, one-handed interior bounce pass from point guard Alex Whitehead to Carbonello saw the Jags trim the Python lead to just six, 47-41, with 3:06 remaining in the game. However, Keith Brown revisited the scoring column on Pelham’s next possession, giving the Pythons an eight point advantage and that’s as close as the Jags would come. Ryan Frank (11 points overall) stepped-up with five fourth quarter points, while Jake Vaiknoras, who sank eight clutch free throws down the stretch, along with Joe Slattery (six final frame points; including four foul shots) solidified the Pelham win.

a pair of free throws from Andrew Lowman with less than 10 seconds left, allowed the Jags to cut the deficit to single digits at 31-23, as the two teams entered the intermission. The Pythons wasted little time getting its lead back into double digits with a basket in the lane by Brown, just 14 seconds in. The Python frosh made it seven straight points for Pelham coming out of the locker room with his fifth ‘tres’ of the contest, giving the visitors their biggest lead at 38-23. But the remainder of the quarter saw offensive ineptness emerge as the theme. After Brown’s dipsy-do move under the rim resulted in a left-handed scoop shot for a 40-25 lead neither team was able to score for the last 3:25 of the quarter. Consequently, Brown scored all nine Pelham third quarter points while single handedly outscoring Windham, 9-2. Ryan Frank mercifully ended the scoring drought with a hoop, 46 seconds into the final frame, ballooning the Python Jaguar David Carbonello is covered at the top of the key by Pelham’s Ryan Frank

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Pelham Travel Basketball Hosts 17th Annual Holiday Tournament
submitted by Pelham Travel Basketball Pelham Travel Basketball hosted the 14th Annual Holiday Tournament December 26-29. The event is the key fundraiser for the Travel Basketball program and is held annually at four locations in Pelham. The tournament hosted 63 teams from around the area participating, featuring fourth through eighth grade boys and girls divisions. Towns participating included Windham, Hudson, Nashua, Salem, Tyngsborough, MA, Amherst, Dracut, MA, Lowell, MA, Litchfield, Methuen, MA, Merrimack, Tewksbury, MA, Westford, MA, Andover, MA, Timberlane, Jaffrey, and ConVal in addition to the

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Pelham Pride squads. In the 4th Grade Girls division, the Merrimack team stormed their way through the bracket to win the championship with a win over a feisty Windham team. In what proved to be a very exciting division, the Pelham hoopsters fought hard, including a nice win versus the Hudson entry. The Fifth Grade Girls bracket was another closely contested division, with very good basketball being played. The tough Pelham ballers fought their way to the title by defeating Merrimack XEMT 46-44. Merrimack is, by most accounts, the toughest team in New Hampshire and the Pelham squad played superbly, posted an impressive point total in the finals. Sixth Grade Girls saw the Pelham entry overpower their opponents with impressive ball movement and even more impressive defense. The Pride team only allowed 28 total points in three games on their way to an impressive 39-14 victory in the championship. The 7/8 Girls division had both the Pelham seventh and Pelham eighth teams posting nice wins in pool play. The eighth graders earned a trip top the championship through some late foul shooting heroics in a one point victory over Tewksbury. Pelham advanced to play a tough Lowell team that pulled ahead early and was able to fight off a Pelham comeback for a 46-36 win. The 4th Grade Boys division had many tight contests, including a few overtime affairs. The Tewksbury entry battled throughout and was able to prevail with a 34-27 win over Dracut in the finals. The Pelham ballers battled hard in its three contests, including a two point overtime affair. In the 5th Grade Boys Division, Lowell proved to be the cream of the crop, going 5-0, including an impressive 5135 victory in the final game. The Pelham club proved to be a force as well, posting an impressive 3-1 record in the tournament, with its only lose being a one point buzzer beater. The 6th Grade Boys bracket hosted 12 teams, including two Pelham entries. There were many tough, hard fought battles in the division with as many as eight teams earning at least two victories. In the end, Andover showed its resolve by winning a tough bracket and defeating Dracut 44-31 to earn the crown. Seventh Grade Boys proved to be a showcase for an much improving Pelham Pride team. Pelham overpowered its opponents en route to an impressive 4-0 mark and a tournament championship. The Pelham ballers showed great teamwork and defense as the well rounded attack overwhelmed their opponents. The 8th Grade Boys division was well represented with many high quality teams. The Pelham squad

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battled throughout, posting a nice win over a tough ConVal group and a tough double overtime battled against neighbor Hudson. The event was once again a huge success and a tremendous thank you goes out to everyone that participated in and supported the tournament, including the numerous volunteers that donated their time during the holiday season to ensure the tournament’s success. Their efforts are vital to the success of the event. The Pelham Pride now look forward to the 2013 portion of their league and tournament season, ending in early March. For more details on the tournament or the program, please visit www. pelhambasketball.com.

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Wolfpack Skates by Timberlane with Ease
by Marc Ayotte On Wednesday, January 2, the Pelham-Windham hockey team defeated Timberlane by the score of 6-3. For the Wolfpack, it was their third straight divisional win (3-1-1) as it came at the expense of a struggling Owl squad which remained winless on the season at 0-5. The game took place at the Icenter in Salem, a rink that both teams call home, but tonight the home ice advantage belonged to the blue and white as they jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back. Timberlane came out throwing their size and weight around, but it was puck control and finesse by W-P that resulted in the game’s first goal. Just 1:43 into the contest, sophomore forward John Monahan fired a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past the stick side of Owl goalie Mark Morava for a 1-0 lead. Shortly after, at 2:12, Zach Malone made it 2-0 with his third goal of the season. Malone, while just outside the Timberlane crease, received a tape to tape pass from line mate Porter Carelli from behind the net and proceeded to slide it between the skates of an unsuspecting Morava. Timberlane withstood the early Pack onslaught for most of the remainder of the period but found themselves in a 3-0 hole at 13:45, when Nick Neary finished off a nice feed from Chad Desautels with a backhand, slid a backhand underneath Donovan. The third period opened up with the Pack enjoying a two man advantage thanks in part to a misguided Timberlane minor penalty as the second period horn sounded. Although W-P was unable to convert on the power play, they did get on the board 3:42 in. Desautel did not get all of his wrist shot from 30 feet out and should have been handled by Morava, but instead the puck found the back of the net for, you guessed it, his third goal of the season and a 5-2 lead. Just 52 seconds later, Dustin Lubinger broke in alone and drilled a wrist shot, stickside, past the beleaguered Timberlane net minder; the goal was Lubinger’s team-leading 5th of the year. Timberlane added a meaningless goal late in the game accounting for the 6-3 final, however what ensued did not go unnoticed. After the goal was scored with just 98 ticks left on the clock, a Timberlane player (who will remain nameless) engaged in a classless act; skating by the home student section and taunting the Wolfpack followers. In response, the Pelham-Windham fans quickly and emphatically reminded the misguide Owl of the situation at hand with a simple, yet classic chant: “Scoooreboard. Scoooreboard.” Over In Dover Three days later the Wolfpack’s streak came to an end when they dropped a closely fought contest to an undefeated Dover team by the score of 3-2. The Green Wave came into the contest with a 4-0-1 record; featuring a stingy defense that had allowed only five goals in their four victories. Dover led 1-0 after one and maintained that one goal advantage at 2-1 after two periods, despite Dustin Lubinger’s sixth goal of the year. Just 20 seconds after Dover had regained its twp goal advantage in the final frame, Porter Carelli answered the call. The junior forward pulled the Pack to within a goal with his fourth tally of the campaign (seven assists to lead the team in scoring) but that’s as close as W-P would come. Mike Donovan recorded 30 saves while making another strong appearance in net for the Pack. Pelham~Windham’s next home game will be on January 16 when they take on the joint forces of Somersworth/Coe-Brown with a 6 p.m. faceoff.

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The Pack’s Porter Carelli (10) battles for a loose puck with Timberlane’s Austin Toohey also for his third tally of the season. Threes continued to be wild at the start of the second period as Bryce Blanchard made it 4-0, as the goal was also the third of the year for the Wolfpack freshman. Timberlane finally got on the scoreboard, scoring an even strength goal shortly after they were unable to capitalize on a man advantage situation. After the Pack was unable to clear the puck from the zone, the Owl’s made it 4-1 when Nils Ericsson picked up a loose puck in the slot and slid it by goalie Mike Donovan at the 9:07 mark. Less than a minute later, the Owls appeared to regain a bit of their 2009 state championship form as they cut the deficit to 4-2. Brendan Crowley streaked down the center of the ice, culminating his dash when he

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Dustin Lubinger fires a wrist shot that finds the back of the net in the Wolfpack’s 6-3 win over Timberlane at the Salem Ice Center

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