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Tiger Cubs Learn Valuable Information
During Visit to Pelham Fire Station
submitted by Diane Andrews Recently, Tiger Cubs from Pack 610 went to visit the Pelham Fire Station. Firefighters Richard Hanegan and Dan Rooney spent a lot of time showing the boys around the station. They were able to climb into the fire truck to see how it works and see all the gear that goes into it. The boys were asked some safety questions and told what to do if they were in a fire. The firemen also explained what happens when they go to a fire and what they need to do to put the fire out. They also explained to the boys that sometimes when it’s really busy in Pelham, other towns come and help us out and we do the same for them when they are busy. The boys had a great visit at the station and learned a lot of valuable information. They would like to send a big thank-you to all the firefighters for what you do. If you are interested in learning more about Scouting, visit our Website at www.pack610.com.
Cub Scouts Assist American Legion with Placing Flags
Cub Scouts carry flags to place on the soldier’s graves submitted by Daryle Hillsgrove On Saturday, May 22, as members of Pelham’s American Legion Post 100 began to place flags on the graves of veterans, carloads of Cub Scouts and their families from Cub Scout Pack 610 arrived to assist. Since 1947, the American Legion has placed over 400 flags on the graves of soldiers dating back to the 1700s in the town cemeteries. American Legion members, near the armed services memorial area in the middle of the cemetery, met the Scouts. Mr. Rick Andrews, who coordinated with Pack 610, provided a lesson in the proper placement of the flags. Mr. Andrews explained that the Scouts would look for a service medallion flag holder or pipe next to the headstone or plaque. In graves that were missing medallions, Mr. Andrew explained the flags should be to the left of the name. Mr. Andrews also explained that some graves would only have a plaque in the ground, and the Scouts needed to walk by each of these and check the plaque for armed service notations. He explained that old flags needed to be collected and they will be properly discarded at a Flag Day ceremony. As the Cub Scouts checked headstones, they learned about the shorter lives in the 1700s and got an idea of the history of soldiers buried in Pelham. At the Gumpus Cemetery on Mammoth Road, Mr. Andrews showed a group of Scouts the memorial to a Revolutionary War general buried in the cemetery. The Cub Scouts were assigned the north section of Gibson Cemetery on Marsh Road, where many of the older graves are located. After that assignment, the Pack joined other community members in completing the main area of the cemetery. With time and energy still available, the Pack then split up to place flags at graves at the Atwood, Mammoth Road, and Pulpit Rock cemeteries. After all their hard work, the Cub Scouts were treated to ice cream at a local ice cream stand. Cub Scout Pack 610 would like to thank the American Legion Post 100 for inviting them to share this tribute to our military heroes.
Firefighter Dan Rooney, Nathan Sprague, Kenny Pawlowicz, Charles Wright, Connor Rolling, Kevin Williams, and Firefighter Richard Hanegan
Pushing to Delay the Delay
by Barbara O’Brien What is the class time sacrifice for some students if school administrators delay the start time at Windham High School by 24 minutes? This is the question certain Windham residents and parents of high school students are asking. Mabel Brown, spokesperson for “Delay the Delay,” has done extensive research on how changing the starting time at the new high school by less than a half-hour could still have a profound effect on students participating in the Career Technology Education program (CTE), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and/or any number of athletic programs offered at Windham High. Brown has been a Windham resident for the past 15 years. She also teaches United States History at Nashua High School North. School administrators have been discussing the possibility of changing the starting time at Windham High School for several months, although the issue only recently appeared on the official agenda. The reason for the proposed change is to allow students to sleep later in the morning; something that research has shown is beneficial to teenagers. The amount of time Windham School District administrators are considering is only 24 minutes, although, according to research, a full hour would be more beneficial to high school students. Currently, classes begin at Windham High School at 7:24 a.m. If approved by School Board members, however, classes would begin at 7:48 a.m. for the 2010-2011 school year. Dismissal time would be at 2:30 p.m. Brown, whose 17-year-old son, Kerry, is a sophomore, says her son will lose the opportunity to take four elective courses during each of the remaining years he attends Windham High. Kerry participates in the CTE program, as well as ROTC, both of which are held at Salem High School. It’s not only her son who will be adversely affected by the time change, Brown said, as 20 percent of the current sophomore class is involved in the CTE program, and even more participate in after-school athletic programs at Windham High School. Brown said she is aware of three additional students who have already withdrawn from the CTE program for the upcoming 20102011 school year as a result of the proposed change in the starting time. Even more students will be affected for the following (2011-2012) school year, she added. Career Technology Education involves courses in Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Science, Health, and various vocational programs. It is held at Salem High School, but is not a Salem-sponsored program. It is, instead, a state program that is merely using the Salem facility as its campus. Students from Pelham, Plaistow, Windham, and Salem are eligible for participation. They are taken to and from the CTE program by school bus. If the proposed starting time does take effect this coming September, it will be “physically impossible” for students to get from Windham to Salem on time, Brown said. Salem starts the school day with its Block One course schedule at 7:30 a.m., while Windham would not be starting its first classes of the day until 18 minutes later. Students would not be allowed to drive themselves to classes at Salem, Brown explained, because of a shortage of parking spaces on the Salem campus. The drive from Windham to Salem and back again takes about 20 minutes each day, according to Brown’s calculations. During a public meeting a few weeks ago, Windham School Superintendent Frank Bass said that the students attending CTE and other programs at Salem High School would not be significantly affected by the new starting time. “This is not true,” Brown said. Not only would students have trouble getting to classes in Salem on time, but they would also be missing additional class time upon their return to Windham. Brown offered the following class times to demonstrate her contention that schedules will become more difficult for certain students under the new proposed starting time: Block 1 – • Salem High School – 7:30-8:59 a.m. • Windham High School (Now) – 7:28-8:55 a.m. • Windham High School (With delay) – 7:52-9:19 a.m. continued to page 10- Push to Delay
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Mr. Rick Andrews of the American Legion tells the history of a general from the Revolutionary War buried at the Gumpus Cemetery on Mammoth Road
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The Pelham VFW Post #10722 and American Legion Post #100 are coordinating the Pelham Memorial Day events. • A Wreath Ceremony will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park from 9-10 a.m. Parade Units will meet/form-up at Pelham Village Green between Town Hall and the Police Department from 9:30-10:15 a.m. • From 10:15-11:30 a.m., the Memorial Day “Parade of Colors” and Ceremony will begin at Pelham Village Green and will circumvent the Village Green Loop, and then proceed to Gibson Cemetery Memorial for: National Anthem, Introductions, Honored Guest’s Speech, Roll-Call of Deceased Veteran’s/Civil Service employees, Wreath-Laying Ceremony, and Military Honors rendered with 21-Gun Salute and Taps. • Parade Units will then march to the Town Center Memorial before finishing at the American Legion Post #100. At noon, the Town of Pelham will sponsor a cookout to be held at American Legion Post #100 on Windham Road (Route 111A).
The Windham American Legion is coordinating Memorial Day activities. • The Windham Memorial Day parade participants form up at 8:30 a.m. from the Center School. Parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. • The Windham American Legion will lead the parade going down South Lowell Road, to Cobbetts Pond Road, and to Ministerial Road to the Veterans Lot on the Cemetery on the Plain, where veterans of the military services who have gone before us will be honored. • Music will be provided by the Windham/Salem High School bands. • At the conclusion of the memorial service, ice cream will be provided by the Windham American Legion Post for all attendees.
Memorial Day Parades and Activities
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Windham Regular Meetings & Events
American Legion Post 109, Town Hall, upstairs, 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday CHADD, Windham Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday (Judy Holt, 880-4997) Conservation Commission, Planning & Development Conference room, 7 p.m., second and fourth Thursday Garden Club, Windham Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday (except July/August) Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., first Monday (except June – August) Historic District/Heritage Commission, Bartley House, 4 p.m., second Wednesday Lions Club, Windham Senior Center, 7 p.m., first and third Wednesday (except July & August) Visitors are always welcome. Planning Board, Planning & Development Conference Room, 7:00 p.m., first and third Wednesday Recreation Committee, Planning & Development Conference Room, 7 p.m., third Thursday Selectmen, Planning Department, 7 p.m., Mondays Technical Advisory Committee, SAU Building, 7 p.m., second Thursday (except July, August, December) Toastmasters, Windham Senior Center, 7 p.m., second Wednesday Windham Bible Chapel Youth Group, at Chapel, 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays Windham Democratic Town Committee, Coffee Roaster’s Cafe, third Thursday, 7 p.m. Windham Newcomers & Friends, Membership, Koffee Klatch, 10 a.m., second Tuesday; Windham Depot Rail Trail, 9:30 a.m., Thursdays Windham Woman’s Club, Windham Town Hall, 11:30 a.m., first Wednesday, September through May; second Wednesday in January (434-5096) Zoning Board, Planning & Devel. Conference Room, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday.
Monday, May 31 The Pelham VFW Post #10722 and American Legion Post #100 are coordinating the Pelham Memorial Day events. A Wreath Ceremony will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park from 9-10 a.m. Parade Units will meet/ form-up at Pelham Village Green between Town Hall and the Police Department from 9:30-10:15 a.m. From 10:15-11:30 a.m., the Memorial Day “Parade of Colors” and Ceremony will begin at Pelham Village Green and will circumvent the Village Green Loop, and then proceed to Gibson Cemetery Memorial for: National Anthem, Introductions, Honored Guest’s Speech, Roll-Call of Deceased Veteran’s/Civil Service employees, Wreath-Laying Ceremony, and Military Honors rendered with 21-Gun Salute and Taps. Parade Units will then march to the Town Center Memorial before finishing at the American Legion Post #100. The musical pieces will be provided by Pelham High School students. At noon, the Town of Pelham will sponsor a cookout to be held at American Legion Post #100 on Windham Road (Route 111A). Call VFW Post Commander Mark McCabe at 320-1120, or American Legion Post Commander Aram Jeknavorian with any questions or comments. Tuesday, June 1 Supervisors of the Checklist for the Town of Pelham will be in session from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Lobby of the Town Hall for the purposes of making corrections to the checklist and for changes in party affiliation. This will be the last day for voters to change their party affiliation before the State Primary. Thursday, June 3 A Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection will be held at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 6 Riverside Street, Nashua, from 3-7 p.m. Residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham may attend. There is a cost per vehicle, and additional charges for electronics recycling. For more information and a complete list of accepted items, please visit www.nashuarpc.org/hhw, or call 424-2240. Saturday, June 5 The First Congregational Church of Pelham is sponsoring a Town-Wide Yard Sale on the church lawn. Spaces (10 × 10) may be reserved for on the lawn, which has a great location (in the town center). You may call the church office to reserve your spot at 635-7025. We also offer to list your home yard sale on a map for the same date if you choose to have a home yard sale that day. There is a fee to be listed on the map. Maps will be sold that day to folks interested in cruising yard sales. Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6 The First American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Pelham gets underway with 80 teams of residents gathering at Harris Family Track and Field on Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m., and will continue until 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 6. Come on by and witness this great event to help the American Cancer Society and show your support for our Relay For Life participants. Saturday, June 12 St. Patrick School, 16 Main Street, Pelham, will hold a Community Spring Festival Day from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring a pancake breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. with flavored pancakes, fruit, sausage, and beverages; a 5K road race with registration at 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. race, 10:30 a.m. kid sprint, and lots of prizes and tees; children’s games from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; a craft fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; touch-a-truck; a duck race at 11 a.m.; a dunk tank; delicious food; a classic/antique car show; and more. All proceeds benefit St. Patrick School.
Wednesday, June 9 The Pelham Public Library will hold a Library Trustee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Dr. Ernest Matthew Law Reading Room. This is an open public meeting. Thursday, June 17 The Pelham Public Library will host a seminar on Getting Organized with Lorraine Falcone from Naturally Organized, from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call the library at 635-7581.
Meals are served at the Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham. Tuesday – Friday, June 1 – 4 Tuesday– Soup, Steak on the Grill, Corn on the Cob, Sliced Cucumbers, Bread, Strawberry Shortcake Wednesday– Pork Shanks w/Bourbon Sauce, Au Gratin Potato, Broccoli, Dark Bread, Jello with topping Thursday– Tossed Salad, American Chop Suey, Green Beans, Italian Bread, Peaches Friday– Chicken Pot Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Butternut Squash, Bread, Dessert
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Thursday, May 27 The Windham Community Development Department will offer a free Business Education Seminar, Regional Economic Development: How partnerships and creative financing can work for you. The speaker will be Laurel Bistany, Executive Director of REDC, and the seminar will run from 5:30-7 p.m. at A.J. Letizio Sales and Marketing, 91 Indian Rock Road. RSVP By Monday, May 24. Light refreshments will be served. For information on these events and to RSVP, contact Laura Scott, Community Development Director, at lscott@windham newhampshire.com or 432-3806.
Seminars & Courses
Now until the end of June Registration for the Windham Soccer league is currently being accepted from now until the end of June. For more information, or to register, visit www.windhamsoccer.org. Friday, June 4 Windham Recreation will be holding registration for summer swim lessons at the Windham Town Beach on Friday, June 4, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Recreation Office. The Summer Flyer will be available by the end of April/beginning of May on the Town Website and from the Recreation Office. Registration is accepted on a first-come, firstserved basis. For additional information, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208, or by e-mail at Recreation@WindhamNew Hampshire.com. Starting Tuesday, June 8 We are now accepting sign-ups at Pelham Parks and Recreation for adult golf lessons at the Windham Country Club for a fiveweek program starting June 8. The one-hour lessons will be on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for all levels, and there is a cost per player. You may register online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com and pay with MC/Visa, or print a form from www.pelhamweb.com/recreation to mail in or drop off at the 6 Village Green town hall office. Open to residents and non-residents. Bring your own clubs, or they will be supplied at no extra cost. Lessons emphasize the skills of the game. Space is limited. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 635-2721 with any questions. Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2 Pelham Parks and Recreation, 6 Village Green, Pelham, is now accepting registrations for the very well attended and fun-filled instructional British soccer clinic offered by Challenger Sports. The MondayFriday camp will take place at Muldoon Park, 304 Mammoth Road, Pelham, during the week of June 28. Forms are available at our town hall office. The program is open to children ages 3 to 16 for mini-soccer—halfday or full-day. The cost varies depending on session. No experience is required and your child will learn to play soccer while having lots of fun. Camp runs rain or shine. Shin guards are required. Open to residents and non-residents. A free soccer ball and free T-shirt are given to each participant on day one. The deadline is June 18; and a late fee will be charged after that date. E-mail email@example.com, or call 635-2721 with any questions. Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2 Pelham Parks and Recreation will offer a Girls’ Lacrosse Camp, which will be held Monday through Friday, the week of June 28, from 9-11:30 a.m. It is open to girls ages 7 to 14. This instructional clinic, run by former PHS student Katie Bourque and her assistant Lauren Hall, will be held at Dennis Lyons Memorial Park. Learn the fundamentals and be taught the skills of the game, offensively and defensively. Girls must have their own stick and goggles. Registration forms will be available at www.pelhamweb.com/ recreation, or at the Parks and Rec. office. There is a cost for the camp. Please sign up by June 23. Monday, June 28 – Thursday, August 5 Windham Recreation will hold Youth Tennis Lessons for ages 5-14, which will be held at the Griffin Park Tennis Courts. Tennis lessons are offered for five weeks throughout the summer, with one-week and two-week sessions, from June 28 to August 5. The lessons are held Monday through Thursday in the mornings (depending on age), with a rain date of Fridays. For more information, contact the Recreation Office by e-mailing Recreation@WindhamNewHampshire. com, or by calling 965-1208. The Summer Program brochure can also be viewed at www.windhamnewhampshire.com.
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Friday, June 4 The Crossroads Baptist Church Youth Group invites children in grades 6-12 to an end-of-the-school-year bash with games, food, concert, video games, prizes, friends, and much more! The fun starts at 7 p.m. and will go until 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6, and Saturday, July 3 The Crossroads Church, 43 Atwood Road, Pelham, presents Bounce-N-Bash. Bring the family out and race through a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, shoot some hoops at the “Extreme Basketball Challenge,” jump around in the giant bounce house, explore the game tent, and then have a hot dog or two on us. Don’t miss this free day of fun for all ages on June 6 at the Methuen YMCA from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and July 3 at the Pelham Elementary School from 4-8 p.m. (prior to the fireworks). If you are looking for a place to worship, check us out Sunday at 43 Atwood Road, Pelham (9 and 11:15 a.m.). More details are available at todaysjourney. org, or by calling 877-627-9471.
Pelham Regular Meetings & Events
Animal Rescue Network of New England, Pelham Police Department Community Service Room, first Monday, 7 – 8 p.m. Budget Committee meeting, Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Conservation Commission, Sherburne Hall, 7:30 p.m., second Wednesday Council on Aging, Pelham Senior Center, 1 p.m., first Thursday (except July and August) CTAC, Town Hall Annex, 7 p.m., second Wednesday GriefShare, grief recovery support group, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Baptist Church Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., first Monday (except June-August) Historical Society, Historical Society Building, fourth Monday Knights of Columbus, K of C Hall, 7:30 p.m., first Wednesday Library Trustees, Pelham Library, 6:30 p.m., second Wednesday Mom To Mom, Crossroads Baptist Church, every other Thursday. MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support), Pelham Public Library, Molly Hobbs Room, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., First Monday (unless it’s a holiday, then second Monday). MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, Crossroads Baptist Church, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., first and third Thursdays of most months. (For information, call 635-1556) Planning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., first and third Monday Pulpit Rock Lodge Number 103, A&FM Meeting, every second Monday (except July and August), 7:30 p.m., at the Lodge. Pulpit Rock Lodge’s Public Breakfast, every third Sunday (except July and August) 8 – 10 a.m. Red Hat Society, VFW, 6 Main Street, 1:00 p.m., second Tuesday Rockingham County Women’s Connection, Rockingham Race Track, Belmont Room, 11:30 a.m., third Tuesday Selectmen, Sherburne Hall, 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays Single Mom Small Group, 7 p.m., Fridays, Mindy 635-8679 St. Patrick School Board, School Library, 7 p.m., second Tuesday VFW, 6 Main Street, Pelham, 7 p.m., first Thursday Wattannick Grange, Hudson Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., first and third Monday Zoning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., second Monday
Wednesday, June 2 Windham Middle School is hosting a Volunteer Breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. in the Teachers’ Room. RSVP by calling 893-2626, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Pelham Elementary School will hold an Ice Cream Social from 6-8 p.m. in the student dining area. Come on in and enjoy an ice cream sundae, socialize, and dance the evening away! An alternative non-dairy product will be available. There is a small fee per bowl of ice cream. This family event is sponsored by the PES PTA. Friday, June 11 Attention, Windham Graduating Class of 2010! Join us in celebration of your accomplishments by coming back to where it all began—at the Golden Brook School. This fun event will be held in the Golden Brook School Gymnasium from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12 Pelham Athletic Department presents a concert to benefit Pelham Athletic Facilities. The concert will be held at the Harris Family Track and Field, and will begin at 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit improvements and upgrades for Pelham Athletic Facilities. There is a cost to attend. Tickets can be purchased in the athletic office at Pelham High. Featured Bands include: Just Joe – featuring PHS’ Joe Perigny; B-Street Bombers, featuring Mandy Powers and Craig Range; and Not Broken, featuring PHS Teacher Dave Torissi. For more information, call 635-9652, or email email@example.com. Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2 Windham High School will hold its First Annual Boys’ Basketball camp. For boys entering grades 3-6 in the fall 2010 school year, the camp will run from 8-11 a.m. For boys entering grades 7-11 in the fall 2010 school year, the camp will run from noon-4 p.m. Enrollment is limited. There is a cost for the camp. Pre-register by May 28 by contacting Coach Steffanides at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 537-2400, ext. 2214.
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Saturday, June 5 The 2010 Strawberry Festival and Book Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW), will take place at the Nesmith Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Festival rain location – Windham High School, Book Fair rain location – Nesmith Library.) Shuttles will be available from the Rte. 111 Park and Ride and the Windham Center School. There is no parking at the Nesmith Library or at the Windham Town Hall! Music, Entertainment, Books, Games, Food, Raffles, and Homemade Strawberry Shortcake! Fun for the entire family!
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Scholarship Awards and Interview Challenge Winners
submitted by Michelle Harvell The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Scholarship Program and Interview Challenge competition. The winners of both programs were honored at a special awards Ceremony on May 18 at the Black Water Grill in Salem and presented to the public at the Taste of Greater Salem Food Show on May 19 at Atkinson Resort and Country Club. Winners for the Scholarship Program were selected from applicants with the highest overall score and determined by the Chamber’s Scholarship Committee. Winners of the Interview Challenge participated in several rounds of mock interviews, honing their communication skills and gaining valuable experience for future employment. The Interview Challenge program was conducted by the Chamber’s Business Education Collaborative, and supported by local business leaders. Competition for both programs was very tight again this year and the winners are as follows: Scholarships Honor Society. When not studying, playing sports, or volunteering in the community, Joe coaches children at Gym-Ken on the fundamentals of gymnastics. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, water-skiing, and outdoor activities.
State of New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Communications E 9-1-1 Mapping Division
The Bureau is currently working in Windham to collect all road and addressing information. This will enable us to provide exact location information to dispatch agencies, should an emergency arise. This process involves going to each structure in the town and collecting the actual X and Y coordinates, all posted addresses, and any new roads that we do not currently have in our data. If addresses are not clearly posted, we may need to verify resident or utility information. Should the need for this arise, we will always be in a clearly marked state vehicle, and all employees have IDs and carry information cards with the bureau contact information. After the collection process is complete, we work closely with the town to ensure that the information gathered is complete and accurate. Upon acceptance by the town, paper and digital maps are generated for the town. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Bureau at 527-2069.
Kailyn Fastnacht she entered the Nursing program. Through Northeastern’s cooperative education program, she worked on the Reconstructive Unit at Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Boston. Kailyn just completed her fourth year of the nursing program and made Dean’s List every semester. She will begin her nursing practicum in the winter and finish her degree in 2011. Kailyn plans to become a Nurse Practitioner with specialization in pediatric nursing. Interview Contest
Nicole Bourque Nicole Bourque – Nicole will be graduating from Pelham High School in the top 10 of her class. She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, Senior Class Secretary, co-captain of the school’s dance team, a member of the Spanish Honor Society, and the Community Service and Prom Committees. Additionally, she is a member of U*NA*T, a competitive dance team. Nicole will be attending Northeastern University in the fall majoring in Health Science, and plans to continue on to medical school to become a Pediatrician. Jordyn Oriole – Jordyn is a senior at Pelham High School and will attend Hawaii Pacific University in the fall. While in Hawaii, she will be studying Biology with a focus in Pre-Medicine. Jordyn is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the President of Pelham High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She served on the New Hampshire FBLA Leadership Team this past year. For additional details on the awards presentation, the Taste of Greater Salem, or the Awards Winners, contact the Chamber Office at 893-3177.
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Illegal Use of Fireworks Reminder
submitted by Windham Police Department Windham residents are reminded that possession and/or display of fireworks are regulated by Town Ordinance and State Statute (RSA). While some fireworks are permissible, a significant number that are available for retail purchase may be displayed only by someone who has received a certificate of competency by the State of New Hampshire. Residents may review the following specific statutes and town ordinance for further information: • Chapter (RSA) 160-B: Fireworks • Chapter (RSA) 160-C: Permissible Fireworks • Windham Town Ordinance 2:02:04:89 Contact may be made with the Windham Police Department for further clarification or information.
Amber Suzek Amber Suzek – Amber is from East Hampstead, and graduated with honors from Pinkerton Academy in 2008. She is currently in her second year at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, in the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. Her passion for science and love of helping people led her to pursue a career in Pharmacy, where she plans to concentrate on medical research. Amber excels academically and will graduate with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2014. Kailyn Fastnacht – Kailyn graduated from Salem High School in the spring of 2006 and continued her education at Northeastern University, where
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4 - May 28, 2010
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There is the ancient quote, “Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Washington politics has come to New Hampshire. As we have seen on the national level, hidden deals and ignoring rules has become the norm in the city on the Potomac, or have you forgotten the shenanigans that went on to get Obamacare passed, like the “Cornhusker Kickback” or the “deem & pass” maneuver, where the House passed the Senate version of the bill without actually voting for it, as a way of circumventing the roadblock created by the Scott Brown election? It looks like “the end justifies the means” mentality has now infected Concord, and we are all the poorer for it. So, what happened? On May 12, the House passed a bill designed to close the budget deficit. While the bill contained some cuts, the bill was primarily several new and increased taxes, as well as significant borrowing. When it got to the Senate the next day, the senators killed the bill (voted to Non-Concur), instead electing to pass their own budget deficit bill, which, while proposing different taxes, had casino gambling as its centerpiece. Now comes the controversial part. The scene moves back to the House. On May 19, the House Finance chairperson makes a motion on the Senate Bill to “Non-Concur Unless the Senate Accedes to a Request for a Committee of Conference on the House Bill by 3PM.” As far as anyone could find out, never in the 200 years of the New Hampshire Legislature has such a motion been allowed by a House Speaker, but it was. Why had it never been allowed before? Because it’s a double motion and contrary to longestablished rules and traditions. For the next two hours, the Republican minority fought to maintain the integrity of House rules, but to no avail. By 2 p.m., the House voted to adopt the motion. Right now, someone is asking, “What’s the big deal? Why fight so hard?” It’s simple; the rules are a minority’s armor against abuses by a majority. In a football game, the bigger, more talented team wins, but it must play by the rules. In a legislative body, the will of the majority will prevail, but it must occur within the rules. Otherwise, it’s just one big mob beating up on a smaller mob. And now, as the late Paul Harvey would say, “For the rest of the story.” Around 2:30 p.m., the Senate President, Sylvia Larson, presents to the Senate a document she and House Speaker Teri Norelli had signed that morning, where they had agreed that the Senate would reconsider their non-concurring on the House Bill and request a committee of conference, provided the House voted to non-concur on the Senate Bill and a request a committee of conference. The agreement stated there would be only one conference committee; the contents of both bills would be on the table, and the bill to be used would be decided by coin toss. The Senate voted to reconsider their previous action (Non-concur) on the House Bill and changed their vote to NonConcur and Request a Committee of Conference. The House Bill “won” the coin toss. Everything was completed by 3:02 p.m. So, the entire action the House floor was one big charade. There was no need for the drama and the threat of “We’ll kill your bill if you don’t revive ours.” The brinkmanship was just theatre—a secret deal had already been struck. It seemed that the entire episode in the House could have been avoided, had there been a little bit of trust among Democrat leaders in the House and the Senate. What is especially sad is that the Democrat leadership did not trust their own Democrat members. Most were shocked and disgusted when shown the secret agreement. The simple solution, without the secrecy, would have been for the House Speaker to publicly disclose to the House the contents of the agreement, to vote to non-concur with the Senate Bill, and request the committee of conference and order the House Clerk not to transmit the bill to the Senate until after 3 p.m., by which time the Senate would have acted. It would have accomplished the goal of the House Democrat Leadership without doing violence to the House’s own rules. Equally important, it would have avoided needless acrimony and mistrust. In the New Hampshire Legislature, your word really is your bond. James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” Well, in New Hampshire, “It’s Integrity, Stupid.”
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Telly Demos’ Family Expresses their Gratitude
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank my family and friends for their support during Telly’s illness and his passing. I cannot tell you how overwhelmed I was to see all the people come to the house to visit with him. You never know how many friends you have until there is a crisis like this in the family. Everybody loved Telly and they all had a story to tell about him. Not only did they visit him on a regular basis, but they also helped me with my personal finances and with chores around the house. The experience has left me speechless because words cannot express how I felt during those trying times. There is no way I could have survived without the love and support I got from so many people. I know that I cannot thank everybody, but there are a few people who helped me get through those difficult times that need to be acknowledged. The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee, who established a fund for Telly and raised several thousands of dollars that helped me pay some of my outstanding bills. I particularly want to thank Frank Sullivan, who is the President of the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, and his wife, Joan; Lee Boutwell, Boutwell Realty; Nate and Leanne Boutwell; Damon Tavoularis, Damon Auto Sales, and his wife, Kelley; Neil Fineman; Cara’s Hallmark Card Store; Gill and Jennine Turgeon;
Paul and Rene Bourgeois; Dan Dubreiul; Dorothy Garland; Nancy and Martha Smith; Brian and Carol Soucy; Roland and Theresa Soucy; and Tina White for their support, guidance, and friendship. Telly and I had a wonderful life together with a lot of great memories, and I miss him dearly. But one of my fondest memories will be the outpouring of love and affection of everybody when they found out that Telly was seriously ill. Telly lived his life to the fullest with a smile on his face and a personality that attracted many friends. What more can a person have in life than to be surrounded by people who care about you? Thank you all for being there for us, and I love each and every one of you. Judy Demos - Pelham
14th Annual Pelham Food Drive
The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee would like to thank Kevin Fossman, Postmaster; all the postal workers; Cheryl Brunelle; Jimmy Roche; and all the volunteers who made this year’s drive a huge success for the St. Patrick’s Food Pantry. In addition to the food that was collected, there was over $1,000 donated from businesses and individuals. Frank Sullivan, President, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee - Pelham
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May 28, 2010 - 5
‘Significant Progress’ Made on Windham Section of I-93
by Barbara O’Brien The last time that representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) paid a visit to Windham selectmen, they were there to discuss flooding issues centered on Exit 3 of Interstate 93. The region had just been hit by three consecutive torrential rainstorms, causing the closing of portions of Route 111 and the infiltration of silt into the nearby wetlands. That was this past March. On May 17, I-93 Expansion Project Manager Peter Stamnos returned to Windham to provide town officials with an update. “The contractors have made significant progress,” Stamnos said, referring to erosion control efforts regarding Cobbetts Pond and Canobie Lake. “The focus has been on what could be done immediately” following the late winter flooding. In the past couple of months, a 750,000-gallon drainage basin has been completed off Range Road, near the Common Man Restaurant. The basin is three times the size of the previous one, Stamnos explained, and an impervious PVC liner has been added to limit possible seepage. “A lot of work has been done over there,” Stamnos said. A 500,000-gallon storage basin is also being built adjacent to this area. “There is quite a bit of capacity already, and we’re adding more,” Stamnos told selectmen. Jay Levine, also representing the State DOT, explained that water could be pumped from the drainage site if that becomes necessary and trucked to other locations. The drainage basins are designed to handle 50-year events. The Department of Environmental Services has approved the designs, Levine said. The access road to the site has also been raised to minimize the chance of future flooding. In the event of future severe rainstorms, they “plan to stay ahead of the curve by scheduling tankers in advance” to truck water from the area, Levine said. “There’s no guarantee that there won’t be any intrusion into the watershed,” Stamnos said, “but we’re doing everything we can to minimize the potential.” Levine said the membrane that has been layered inside the drainage basin is designed for long-term use, but plans are to add a clay liner to lengthen its life even further. The clay liner will be put down in about two years, Levine said, after there has been sufficient time to determine the effectiveness of the PVC membrane. “This will be a state-of-the-art system when completed,” Stamnos added. “There will be a lot of progress made between now and August,” Levine commented. “Will this protect Canobie Lake?” Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon asked. “Yes” was Stamnos’ single-word answer. When asked about the quality of the water in the drainage basin, Levine explained that there is a significant level of turbidity that occurs during construction, much of which is due to run-off from the roads used for hauling. According to Stamnos, a long-term DOT maintenance plan is being developed, one that is being planned in conjunction with the required permitting process. Stamnos said all maintenance would be done at state expense, without any impact on local coffers. Windham resident Bud Sweetser, who represented the Cobbetts Pond Improvement Association at the selectmen’s meeting, said he went on a tour of the drainage area with representatives of the DOT. “It was a learning experience,” Sweetser said. “This is a very unique project.” Sweetser said he feels that the DOT and DES, along with the contractors doing the work, have worked tirelessly to fulfill their obligations. “Now, it’s up to the Board of Selectmen to keep the pressure on,” he said. Bill Schroeder, also a member of the Cobbetts Pond Improvement Association, agreed that those working on the I-93 project in Windham have been “very cooperative.” “They are doing their best to prevent further erosion into the lake,” Schroeder said. Schroeder also questioned whether wells in the area are being monitored for nitrate levels due to the blasting that has been taking place. Stamnos again answered “yes,” adding that plans are to minimize the potential of any contamination from blasting. Levine said that about 99 percent of the required blasting in the Exit 3 area has been completed. The two bridges included in this phase of the project (on Routes 111 and 111A) are nearly done and are expected to be fully completed by July. A rock-crushing operation will be set up along Route 111, approximately 800 feet from the location of the former Dunkin’ Donuts (now a detention pond). It is expected that the approximate hours of operation of the rock-crushing operation will be weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Seeding and fertilizing on area slopes is also getting underway in an effort to prevent erosion. As for the near future, the next phase of construction will take the project in a southerly direction along Route 93, adjacent to Route 111A. There is about a mile of work to be done in this area, according to Stamnos, a task that will take place this construction season, as well as most of next year’s.
Thank You for Our Freedom
My “thumbs up” to Representative Shawn Jasper for supporting HB 1665, Representative Coffey’s amendment to RSA 159:16 and RSA 159:19-a, to remove the penalty for carrying or selling stilettos, switch knives, daggers, and dirk knives and making the criminal use of such weapons a crime. While it may not seem all that important, citizens now have the freedom to carry any knife that they feel they need for their job or sport. The governor signed the bill into law. Also, “Pro-Gun NH” Council of Advisors elected former State Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bob Clegg as the second president of the organization. Bob, who is now a registered lobbyist, will be active within the State House in advancing the cause of gun owners. When you see these men, tell them thanks for all they do for our freedoms.
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6 - May 28, 2010
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May 28, 2010 - 7
Eagle Project to Benefit Raymond Park
by Lynne Ober John Andrew Nicholson plans to construct a safety fence at the Lodge at Raymond Park for his Eagle project. The fence will be around the edge of the parking lot. He recently submitted a letter to his Scoutmaster, Roger Patenaude, and then met with the Pelham Board of Selectmen.
Selectmen Ask Treasurer to Cooperate
by Barbara O’Brien treasurer is the only authorized signer on the town’s various Windham Treasurer Bob Skinner is not totally opposed to accounts. A deputy treasurer would be a backup in case appointing someone to serve as the town’s deputy treasurer, of the treasurer’s absence, due to any number of reasons. but he says he wants someone of his own choosing. “We should have a backup,” she told selectmen. Call also The topic of appointing a deputy treasurer for the Town said that the town-auditing firm, Vachon and Clukay, feels of Windham came up a few weeks ago during a Monday that having a deputy treasurer is the right way to go. “It’s a night selectmen’s meeting. Skinner was not in attendance good internal control,” Call said. at that meeting, however. As a result, it was brought Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said he wants up a second time during the Board’s meeting on May to see the Board and Skinner work together in cooperation 17. Skinner did attend the subsequent meeting, telling “to make it happen.” selectmen that he was not pleased with the way the issue “Let me review my choices,” Skinner said. “I’ll see was being handled. what I can do.” Skinner said he would meet publicly with A deputy treasurer is not an elected position, but, rather, selectmen again in two or three weeks to discuss the issue someone who is appointed by the town treasurer with further. the approval of the Board of Selectmen. According to Windham resident Bob Coole said he sees a deputy State Statute (RSA 41:29), each town may have a deputy treasurer “as just another public official,” one that the treasurer, someone who shall be qualified in the same town should probably have had years ago. Coole did manner as the town treasurer and would have the same add, however, that he would prefer to have Windham duties as the town treasurer. The deputy treasurer would voters have a voice in whether or not they want a deputy perform these duties in the absence of the town treasurer. treasurer. Selectmen are considering offering an annual Skinner said that he had made attempts in the past to “salary” of $500 to the person who serves as deputy have someone appointed as a deputy treasurer, but it had treasurer. never come to fruition because selectmen sitting on prior boards had not liked his choices. Skinner has been Windham’s treasurer for approximately 11 years. The office of town treasurer is an elected position with a three-year term. 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That switch was eventually made, putting a portion of town funds into an account many uniquely grown in at Centrix Bank, which did offer a higher interest our greenhouses rate. Breton emphasized the importance of town officials working as a team. “I’m just asking the treasurer to work together with the selectmen,” Breton said. Breton also suggested that the town advertise for a deputy treasurer. “We need to put out a call,” Breton said, in opposition to Skinner’s opinion. Skinner said he already had someone Acres of Selection he wanted to appoint as deputy treasurer. Breton Expert staff to assist you said he felt advertising for the job would be the best way of getting a list of those residents who might be interested in serving as deputy treasurer. After the list is compiled, “let Mr. Skinner review Gift Certificates those who express an interest,” Breton suggested. 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This photo shows the height of the rock out-cropping and its location adjacent to the parking lot at the Lodge at Raymond Park Just above the parking lot is a rock out-cropping. Nicholson plans to build a five-foot tall fence that will enclose the area so that children cannot slip off the rocks and onto cars parked in the lot. He pointed out that Scouts are frequently there after dark when visibility is very poor and the risk for an accident is high. Nicholson said that over the years, he has watched concerned parents caution their children and urge them to stay away from the rocks. Because there is erosion near the edge, a gutter will be installed before the 20-foot long fence is installed. When Nicholson met with selectmen, he explained that the fence would cost approximately $320 and that included the donation of three fence posts. The Pelham Parks and Recreation Department has agreed to donate the posts because they recognize that the town could be at risk if a child was hurt by a fall. Work would begin in the summer and be completed by September. Selectmen had a few questions, but most of them praised the project and the benefit to the park. Nicholson’s project was approved and work may begin.
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“Thumbs up to the person giving us the information about the 3 confiscated drug cars the Pelham police have in their fleet. Add these 3 to the 8 marked and 4 unmarked this equals 15, plus the animal control truck. It’s too bad he had to lower himself to name calling most adults lose that habit in the second grade.” “Thumbs down to the Powerless Service of NH. Would it be asking too much that you hire competent managers who know how to contract out tree trimming work in the leaf load-bearing season instead of the leafless season? Would it also be asking too much for you to hire competent managers who know how to implement an automated outage reporting system which asks only the relevant questions and not the privacy invading ones? As you are obviously failing at your primary function, i.e., delivering power reliably, the bottom line is this … cut the trees down, get rid of that self-empowering and jobsecuritizing incompetent management and stop collecting and sharing private information about your customers.” “Thumbs down to Danielle. Moving fees $300.00. So-called moldy mattress $400.00. Lost security deposit $850.00. Judge ruling completely in my favor: Priceless!!! HAHAHAHA.” “Thumbs down and ‘thumbs up’ to this duo... The story goes, a young man is driving down Range Road in Windham and he’s really drunk. He crosses over private lawns, yellow lines and finally comes to rest at a mailbox. As luck would have it, just about that same time, an acquaintance of his was passing by the scene and called out to him. The young man got in the passing car and off they went. The young man calls his Mom and tells her of his sad circumstance. So the story goes, Mom then reports her son’s truck as stolen. Here’s the best part. The young man went on to a party that same night and was overheard bragging about the whole scam that he and his Mom had pulled off. These 2 need help before someone loses a loved one and not just a mailbox...” “Thumbs down to the conditions at the transfer station. That place is an accident waiting to happen. Someone is going to get their door ripped off or get squashed against it. I also heard a rumor that there is a scale going to be installed so we can take in commercial trash. There is barley enough room for cars. Most of the haulers have mixed garbage. The town rules were no commercial trash allowed, are they being rewritten?”
wooded areas over the past couple of weeks. It is disgusting! Who is profiting? The town? The state? What next? Selling off our water rights? Oh wait, we’ve already done that.” “Thumbs down to the Board of Selectmen and Planning Department for secretly returning about a half a million dollars in school impact fees to the builders. Why wasn’t there a high school impact fee ordinance in place to absorb this money? First we lose eleven million in state aid. Now we lose a half a million in school impact fees. When is my fifth grader going to catch a break? How is the SAU going to make the final bond payment?” “Thumbs down to the Pelham School Board and the comic act of the last several televised meetings. How could any educated person watch these meetings and believe that these people care about the town or the school system. I think that they should address the issue of bullying in our schools. Andy, Rob and Deb take a look in the mirror.” year’s deficit level to 3.2 trillion dollars. Interest alone on the debt is in the billions of dollars. Our national debt is now 13 trillion dollars. When you combine this with unfunded liability and social security, Medicare and Medicaid we are talking 100 trillion dollars of debt. We may be on the brink of losing our AAA rating. What would that mean? Higher interest payments. Stay tuned.” “Thumbs down to the property on Economou Avenue that have piles and piles and piles of pine needles, pine cones and branches. Pick up your messes. The neighborhood is tired of looking at these piles forever. Pick up your property.” “Thumbs up to all the millions of beautiful white daisies in bloom right now on both sides of 111 heading east in North Salem. They are a beautiful sight!!” “Thumbs down. It’s nice to know that some New Hampshire compaines care about the unemployed in the state of New Hampshire or the US since they hire people from out of the country to work the food stands. Since they won’t ask for overtime pay. But when my kids ask me to go there I’ll have to say sorry they gave the job I could use to a foreigner so I can’t afford to take you there. So ‘thumbs down’ to them.” Thank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Pelham~Windham News staff. Thumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at email@example.com. When submitting a Thumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Pelham~Windham News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.
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Strawberry Festival and Book Fair at Nesmith Library
submitted by Stephanie Wimmer, FLOW For more than a quarter of a century, the arrival of the Strawberry Moon has meant the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) host their Annual Strawberry Festival and Book Fair annually. The 27th Annual Strawberry Festival and Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Nesmith Library on Fellows Road (off Route 111) in Windham. The Strawberry Festival is not only one of the largest community events in Windham each year, but it is also the primary fundraising event for the Nesmith Library. Thousands of citizens from Windham and nearby towns come together to celebrate community, purchase books, play games, listen to musicians, watch performers, have a bite to eat, enter raffles to win fantastic prizes, and, of course, enjoy delicious, homemade strawberry shortcake. Grab a festival information brochure at the Festival Welcome Table. The brochure is “jam-packed” with helpful information to make your day more enjoyable. Books: Members of FLOW (including those who have recently renewed their membership for the 2010-2011 year), teachers, and senior citizens are invited to a “Preview” Book Fair on Thursday, June 3, from 4-7 p.m. In addition to the traditional indoor book fair full of great summer reads, the Friends will also have an outdoor book fair tent at the Festival on Saturday. The tent will be located next to the Windham Police Department’s display. Games: Forget juggling individual game tickets and purchase a game bracelet to enjoy unlimited games throughout the Festival. The games area At noon, FLOW Scholarship winners will be will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many announced. The day will conclude with raffle popular games will return this year: Basketball winner announcements and Closing Ceremonies Toss, Duck Pond, Life Size Operation, Soccer by the Boy Scouts of Troop 263. The Festival will Kick, and new this year—The Dino Hoop (get be emceed by AJ Music Entertainment. two rings around the dino’s horn and win) and Food: Bring your appetite! Local chefs will be Dip Bowl (roll the bowling ball between the grilling hot dogs and hamburgers at the “Chuck two humps and win). Inflatable adventures will Wagon” Grills. Enjoy a variety of culinary include an Obstacle Course, Moonwalk, a 22-foot delights from local restaurants and tasty treats Screamer Slide, Jousting, and, new this year, a for the children, including cotton candy, slushes, mini Obstacle Course for the younger crowd! and fried dough. It would not be the Strawberry For a nominal fee, children may also: get their Festival without homemade strawberry shortcakes faces painted, make sand art, take home a balloon for the adults and mini (make your own) sundaes animal, participate in the Star Berry Hunt, and or shortcakes for the kids. decorate reusable bags. Raffles: If you are feeling lucky, visit our raffle Visit the Dunk Tank! It’s sure to make a splash table, where local businesses and organizations when our local “dunkees” take turns on the have generously donated a variety of prizes. throne. “Invited” dunkees include: Windham There is something for every member of the family School Principals Deb Armfield (Golden at the Raffle Table. Brook School) and Andy Desrosiers (Windham The Friends of the Library have their own Center School), as well as numerous Windham membership raffle! Re-new or initiate a FLOW School District teachers and administrators; Membership on or before the Festival, and your Recreation Committee President Dennis name will automatically be placed in a drawing Senibaldi; Community Development Director to win two Red Sox tickets generously donated by Laura Scott; and Nesmith Library’s own Director the Dempsey Family! Carl Heidenblad. Come help these dedicated Booths: The Windham Boy Scouts are educators and citizens make a splash! A celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Scouting and complete schedule of dunkee names and times will have a demonstration booth. The Festival’s will be available at the Festival. You never know Partner Level Sponsors, Anne B. Filler, DMD, who’ll be up for a dip and a dunk, especially if FAGD, and Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial the day is a hot one! Arts Academy will also have demonstration Entertainment: The Stage on the Lawn will booths. be “strawberry-jam” packed with entertainment Take the free and convenient “Shortcake throughout the day. The Festival will open Shuttles” to and from the Strawberry Festival with a ceremony from the Boy Scouts of Troop and Book Fair. The shuttles will be picking up/ 266. They will be followed by guest storyteller dropping off at the Windham Center School or the Natasha Bochkov (local children’s author) and Route 111 Park & Ride parking lot. The shuttles the Windham Community Band. There will be will run continuously from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 demonstrations and performances throughout p.m. There will be a designated area at the Route the day from numerous organizations, including: 111 Park & Ride for Handicap Parking. Moms Karate International, Projekt Percussion, New with infants who need some privacy may use the England Gymnastics Training Center, Enemies “Mom’s Quiet Room.” Kept Closer (Windham Student Rock Band), Mark your calendars for a day of family fun and Dance Academy of Windham, the Windham community spirit at the Strawberry Festival and High School Book Fair on June 5 in Windham! Choir and For a complete schedule of events, visit our A Cappella Website at www.flowwindham.org. 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by Lynne Ober Pelham selectmen discussed a new parking ordinance and are actively seeking public input. Much of the proposed ordinance is nothing more than common sense. For example, stopping, standing, or parking in front of any public or private driveway is prohibited. Ditto for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, parking on a sidewalk, within a crosswalk, or within 20 feet of an intersection. The distances for non-parking areas get longer if there is a flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic light. At these points, parking is prohibited “within 30 feet upon approach.” Is that language clear to a motorist? Parking around a fire station has been determined as “within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any fire station, within 75 feet of said entrance.” Again, one hopes that if this ordinance is put into effect that No Parking signs will be immediately posted. 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The property owner must mark such fire lanes as deemed appropriate by the Fire Chief. Section V grants the police the right to enforce this ordinance and has language that releases the town from any liability that might occur if a vehicle is towed because of a parking offense. Parking fines must be paid within 72 hours or the town has the right to send the issue to Salem, NH District Court, where AGWAY the minimum fine will be $50 and the maximum fine will be s s Baby Chick Baby Chick $100. Your One-Stop Lawn, Garden & Pet Supply Store Since 1926 Available Still There is a new fine schedule that not only covers what is in Open 8 am-2 pm the ordinance, but allows the Monday police to establish an “other” category and levy a fine. 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License. Sunday, May 16: Caroline McDonagh, 33, Salem, Driving While Intoxicated. Kevin Berube, 57, Billerica, MA, Driving After Revocation or Suspension. Jessica Archambault, 26, Lowell, MA, Bench Warrant. Monday, May 17: Amy Abbott, 30, Dracut, MA, Driving After Revocation or Suspension, Failure to Yield at Stop or Yield Sign. Ashley Lopez, 19, Lowell, MA, Bench Warrant. Tuesday, May 18: Brian Daigle, 32, Lowell, MA, Receiving Stolen Property. Wednesday, May 19: David Homen, 44, Pelham, Driving While Intoxicated. Yvette Holladay, 45, Dracut, MA, Driving While Intoxicated. Thursday, May 20: James Jed-Bob, 52, Pelham, Driving After Revocation or Suspension. Alexander Brustas, 17, Dracut, MA, Possession of Controlled/ Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, Child Restraints Required.
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Windham Girls’ Lacrosse Takes Win over Exeter
by Chris White After posting a 7-0-1 record in the first half of the season, the Windham girls’ lacrosse team continued its success when it faced Exeter at home on Monday, May 17. The Jaguars earned a 15-10 victory against the Blue Hawks in a game where their offense was firing on all cylinders. Kayla Breton led the potent offense with eight goals, while contributing one assist. Six of her goals were assisted by Jenny Gaarder, who netted three goals herself. Lindsey Arnold added to the scoring with two goals, as Erin Windham’s Jenny Gaarder looks to advance the ball down the field versus Kearsarge Ford and Delaine Kelley Hollis-Brookline, holding the Cavaliers in the submitted one goal each. single digits for scoring. Megan Cole also provided one assist. Goalie Alex “We held Hollis-Brookline pretty well Gringeri turned away 12 shots in the winning defensively,” Windham assistant coach Laura effort as well. Marks said. “That seems to be one of the strong The win was a nice way to rebound after a few points of this team. They play well defensively.” losses to very good programs the week before. Cole and Alina Donnelly were big contributors After leading most of the game, the Jags fell to to the defense during the contest, each of them Kearsarge in the final minutes by the score of 7-6 accumulating seven ground ball pick-ups. Kelley on Tuesday, May 11, and dropped an 8-4 decision picked up six additional ground balls, while to Hollis-Brookline two days later. The team then Beccy Anderson turned in a solid defensive effort fell to lacrosse powerhouse Pinkerton, 12-6, the as well. Gringeri once again registered 12 saves day after competing with Hollis-Brookline. in goal. Despite the losses, the Jaguars played one of Offensively, the Jaguars received two goals from their best defensive games of the year against Breton, and one apiece from Donnelly and Sarah Vivinetto. Each of them also contributed Call me today about our full line-up. the same number of assists. (Auto. Home. Life. Retirement.) After a 10-7 loss to another lacrosse powerhouse, Londonderry, plus four games Gil Jameson following that, the Jaguars will (603) 880-4090 round out their season in Pelham 225 Lowell Rd. this weekend. They will compete Hudson at the junior varsity state email@example.com tournament on Saturday, May 29, where they will face more top Subject to availability and qualifications. Insurance offered only with select companies. Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company, Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company, and Allstate Life competition.
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Pelham’s Richie Sullivan fires a shot against Stevens by Chris White The Pelham boys’ lacrosse team came out firing against Stevens last Wednesday, May 19. The Pythons scored three goals in the game’s first minute and built a 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Stevens may have been a little rusty from arriving late to the game after a long bus ride, and Pelham took full advantage of the circumstances to put together a commanding 14-1 victory. Also working in Pelham’s favor was the fact that it was Senior Night. It was the last regular season home game in a Python uniform for three seniors: Justin Mansfield, Tom O’Brien, and Josh Fisette. All three played hard, while their teammates fed off their energy. Nick Morin led the Pythons with five goals and contributed two assists. Alec Paradis, Ryan White, Mansfield, and Fisette all scored two goals apiece, and Korey Lubinger added one goal. Richie Sullivan led the team in assists with seven, setting a new single game record for the program in the process (the previous record was five). Paradis provided two assists as well.
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Ryan White looks for an open teammate while advancing the ball up the field Goalkeeper Jon Dostie was once again solid in front of the net as he accumulated 11 saves. A day later, the Pythons beat up on Lebanon away from home by the score of 11-4. Paradis led Pelham with five goals and four assists for nine total points, breaking his own school record for most points in a single game (eight). The win was Pelham’s eighth in a row. After the win at Lebanon, the Pythons’ record in Division 3 rounded out at 11-2, and they are in prime position to make a strong run in the postseason with the momentum they are carrying.
Come-from-Behind Win for Lady Jaguars
submitted by David E. Hedge, Softball Coach, Windham High School The Lady Jaguars Softball scored three and five runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively, for a come-from-behind, 16-7 win over Pembroke Academy yesterday in Pembroke. Ashley Adamson got the win on the mound coming in to relieve Brooke Cormier. Adamson struck out 12 batters in six innings while Cormier struck out five batters. The big hit of the day came with bases loaded in the sixth inning, when Meg Gosselin tripled. Ryann Frank, Lauren Rogers, Rachel Brissette, and Gosselin each had two hits for the Lady Jags, while Kailey Isles returned to the Lady Jags lineup yesterday and got her first two hits of the season. The Lady Jags are now 10-0, and played their last game of the season on Thursday, May 27, as they headed to HollisBrookline.
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