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Standoff Proves Expensive
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz The January 13 standoff with police in Pelham that lasted nearly 34 hours has proved to have been pretty pricey to the agencies involved, costing between $43,000 and $50,000. Those police agencies, including Pelham Police Department, New Hampshire State Police, Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, Nashua Police Department’s Special Response Team, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff Department, may now be seeking reimbursement from the suspect that created the fiasco in the first place, George LaBonte, Sr., 72, of Pelham. Police in Pelham originally responded to LaBonte’s Jones Road home on January 13 around 7 p.m. for the purpose of a well-being check, as LaBonte’s wife had gone to Pelham Police Department around 6:23 p.m. to speak with an officer regarding her husband’s state of mind and to report that he had sent her away from the residence after she had returned home from shopping because he claimed he intended to end his life. She claimed to police that he said, “She didn’t need to see this.” When several Pelham police officers arrived at the LaBonte home, he allegedly stated to the officers that they had better get off his property or “I will kill all of you!” Police in Pelham have had several encounters with LaBonte in the past, including a standoff that lasted over five hours in 2007. Due to LaBonte’s aggressive behavior and threats that he made to the officers at the scene and the fact that they knew LaBonte was in possession of several firearms, those responding officers backed off and created a perimeter around the residence. It was then that officers made the decision to activate and request the assistance of the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit. The standoff, which lasted nearly 34 hours and occurred on a day with frigid temperatures, resulted in several different SWAT teams responding to relieve officers at the standoff due to frigid temperatures and the length of time these officers were exposed to such frigid weather and a stressful situation. Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said, “We believe that LaBonte wanted us to enter his home and fatally shoot him.” Over 90 officers responded to the scene at one point or another between Thursday, January 13, and Saturday, January 15, when LaBonte ultimately gave in and exited his home after hours of no contact with police negotiators, surrendering at 4:30 a.m. Pelham Police Lieutenant Gary Fisher says this is the first time Pelham Police Department has considered request for restitution for an incident such as this. A law passed in 1999 states a person’s liability for expenses “shall not exceed $10,000 for any single public agency’s response incident.” A town can seek restitution from an individual under the law if a judge finds “a person takes another person or persons hostage or threatens to harm himself or another person” or “recklessly or intentionally creates a situation requiring an emergency response.” How this turns out will ultimately depend on a ruling by a judge. However, Pelham Police Chief Roark and Lieutenant Fisher both feel confident that this law can be applied to this case. A motion regarding restitution from LaBonte was filed on Monday, February 7. George LaBonte, Sr. was jailed in Manchester, held on $50,000 cash-only bail. He is due back at Salem District Court on February 22 for trial, but his bail conditions were changed Monday, February 7, by a judge at Salem District Court, allowing him to be transferred by police to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for evaluation. Doctors at Elliot Hospital are to evaluate LaBonte to determine if “inpatient emergency admission” to the Concord State Hospital is warranted. If they do feel that it is and Concord State Hospital will admit him as a patient there, his bail would be changed to $50,000 personal recognizance. However, should he be released from the hospital, his bail would change back to $50,000 cash-only bail, so it does not appear he will be heading to his Jones Road residence anytime in the near future. Pelham Police Department must be notified by law if the hospital wishes to discharge him and he will be returned to the jail. According to Judge David Huot, a new bail order would be placed in order upon any release from hospitalization. His imprisonment was based on charges of criminal threatening and resisting arrest. The reasoning for such high bail resulted in the ruling made by Judge Michael Sullivan at his court arraignment. Both Judge Sullivan and Pelham Police Department prosecutor Dennis Mannion agreed that LaBonte posed a danger to society and was a flight risk. Both also cited that LaBonte has a criminal record dating back to 1969.
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Pelham Fire and Pelham (Police) Ice pond hockey teams play it up for charity during the Battle of the Badges charity ice hockey game on Saturday at the Pelham Ice Garden. The Pelham Police Department earns its bragging rights this year with a final score of 22-17 by Karen Plumley The second annual Pelham WinterFest event took place on Saturday, February 5, at the Pelham Ice Garden at Lyons Memorial Park. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Pelham area residents kept the cold at arm’s length while enjoying steamy hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks, family ice-skating, hockey competitions, and many on-ice games. Some of the games included ice-skating races, seal races, and chuck-a-duck. Guests of all ages were bundled up and enjoying the company of friends. At noon, the crowd gathered around the rink for yet another thrilling bout of the “Battle of the Badges,” with the Pelham Police (Ice) pond hockey team taking on their fierce rivals, the Pelham Fire Department (Fire). The charity ice hockey game was a close one, with the police department enacting their revenge in the rematch and emerging as this year’s victors, earning muchdeserved bragging rights. The final score was 22-17. WinterFest sponsors, including TSR Hockey, Pinball Wizard, and Suppa’s Pizza, gave away well over $1,000 in prizes to guests in an exciting raffle that took place just before the charity hockey game. Such prizes as a free snow plowing, gift cards, and hockey equipment were won by guests. Returning sponsors included A Handy Co., Cakes 5th Avenue, and Chunky’s, as well as members of the pond hockey league. According to event organizer Chris Mader, approximately 60-70 people were in attendance this year and had a great time. Additionally, Battle of the Badges veteran Pelham Police Department Officer Dave Deroche is once again helping raise funds for Children’s Hospital in Dartmouth. He is thrilled to report that this year’s Pelham WinterFest helped him to raise over $200 so far. Officer Deroche has been chosen to play in the statewide 2011 Battle of the Badges charity hockey game for CHaD for the fourth year running. This event will take place on Saturday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The event raised over $200,000 last year and is hoping to continue its successful run. To learn more, visit www. chadhockey.org.
Delaney Stevens, 4, of Pelham helps pick the winning raffle ticket
staff photos by Karen Plumley
Pelham residents Kyle Frank, Timothy Anderson, and Philip Dumont arrive with their hockey gear to check out the pond
Alison (6) and Nicole (3) Ringdahl ready to skate
Pelham Fire and Pelham Police face-off
PES Fourth Annual Spelling Bee
by Karen Plumley In a six-round competition, sPelham fourth grader Natalia Villanueva emerged victorious at the Pelham Elementary School’s (PES) fourth annual spelling bee, held in the gymnasium on Friday, January 28. “The words in this year’s competition were really tough, and it is great that a large portion of the kids went so many rounds,” noted PES Assistant Principal and Reading Specialist Michelle Viger. During the bee, classmates in grades three through five cheered on their friends. Also attending were many supportive and excited parents. “The event is really stressful for the kids, but the parents sometimes are even more tense,” Viger said. The judges presiding over the event on Friday were School Board member Debbie Ryan, PES School Council member Deb Leuteritz, and Assistant Principal/Math Specialist Jessica VanVranken. Title 1 Teacher/Coordinator Sue Malloy was the spelling bee recorder, with Assistant Principal Michelle Viger announcing. According to Viger, the spelling words got even more difficult as the rounds progressed. “There were words such as ‘grievance’ and ‘retrospective,’” she said. In the end, Natalia spelled the word “whisperer,” beating the very notable runner-up, fourth grader Jenna CaraDonna. Natalia, who was the PES Spelling Bee runner-up last year as a third grader, will go on to compete in the regional spelling bee on March 12 in Salem. The winners of each of their individual classes’ spelling bees competed in the school-wide competition on Friday. After winning in their classrooms, students were provided with the intimidating 2011 Spell It! to prepare for the bee—a 14-page word origin study guide booklet that included sections in both Latin and Arabic.
photo courtesy of Deb Leuteritz
The Pelham Elementary School 2011 Spelling Bee winners were fourth graders Natalia Villanueva (first place) and Jenna CaraDonna, posing here with PES Principal Alicia LaFrance and Assistant Principal Michelle Viger
Squire Armour Residents Want Another Sound Test Conducted
by Barbara O’Brien Residents of Squire Armour Road in Windham probably feel as if they’re “banging their heads against a stone wall” in trying to convince State officials from the Department of Transportation that they need and deserve to have a sound barrier built along the adjacent I-93 corridor. On January 31, for the second time in recent months, those who live in this development showed up at a selectmen’s meeting en masse, nearly filling the room to capacity. Also in attendance were New Hampshire Department of Transportation representatives. No one at either the State or Federal level of the I-93 project is contesting that the widening of the north-south highway is generating an increase in noise. What these officials are saying, though, is that not enough households are being affected so as to warrant spending so much money to construct a sound barrier at this location. According to Peter Stamnos, Project Manager for the I-93 project, federal regulations state that no more than $30,000 per home can be spent on erecting a sound barrier and this sound barrier must be capable of reducing the noise level by a minimum of five decibels. The cost is determined by dividing the total cost of the construction by the number of homes affected. Stamnos said there are a total of 35 locations along the I-93 corridor, between the Massachusetts State Line and Manchester, that have been slated for testing for noise issues. He cited three basic criteria that are used in determining the need for sound barriers: • The site meets or exceeds a noise level of 66 decibels; • Construction of a sound barrier is feasible at that location; • The cost is reasonable and does not outweigh the benefits. Of the 35 homes that were considered, 11 were actually tested, on two occasions, Stamnos said. The sound level did exceed the criteria, being continued to page 13- Sound Test
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Windham 2011 Business Expo
Building Relationships, Building Community
For the 200 people who attended the 2011 Business Expo, they learned what the 80 local businesses and non-profits at the Expo had to offer, sampled delicious treats from area restaurants, were entered into numerous raffles, and walked away with a tote bag filled will free giveaways and information. The event was co-sponsored by the Windham Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Windham Economic Development Committee (WEDC).
Marion Dinsmore and Dawn Markham speak with a vistor to the Searle School and Chapel booth
Laurie and Steve Johnson from the Shepherd’s Pantry with their display
Laura Scott, Windham Community Development Director, visits with Dawna Parent and Gia Belanger from the Windham Musical Arts Association
The InDelicato family – Donna, Victoria, and Vallen – manned the booth for the Styles and S.M.I.L.E.S. Fashion Show, which supports Breast Cancer this coming April
Senior Center Expansion Nears Completion
gone quite smoothly. “It was a little shaky at first by Gloria Sullivan getting off the ground, but once it got going, I If you are a local senior citizen and you have think it went very smoothly,” Hovling remarked. been wishing that the Pelham Senior Center Hovling hopes that the improvements will bring hosted activities such as yoga, line dancing, and more people into the center and offer many more exercise, then your wish is about to become a activities. They had previously offered very few reality. There is a bright and sunny new space in town, bringing excitement and hope to one of Pelham’s historic buildings. After nearly a year of planning and building, the over 3,200 square feet of new space at the Center is ready to be enjoyed by our Senior residents. “A certificate of occupancy has been issued, so they’re View of the addition from the parking lot good to go,” said Town Employee Roland Soucy. activities due to space constrictions. “We hope to When referring to the daily visitors of the bring in a younger crowd because we pretty much Center, Sue Hovling, the Director of the Senior have the older crowd taken care of,” Hovling said. Center, said, “They’re all excited. We were closed When asked to define ‘younger crowd,’ Hovling replied, “Anyone younger than 80.” The Center has over 40 members over the age of 80. On an average week, the Center currently hosts 40 people for lunch, but on days where they may also be hosting a foot clinic or a Foxwoods trip, that number can go up to 120. Hovling is busy ordering folding tables and chairs for the expansive new room. She is retiring in April, but seems optimistic about the Center’s future. She vows to return as a guest, even though she resides in another town. “It’s only six miles from my house. I will have to come by and Gleaming floors and many windows in the new addition check things out,” she said. The Center is hosting a pancake breakfast for a week, so they are glad to be back and they for Town employees on February 14. There will are all looking it over.” be an Open House sometime in March for the “My daughter and I kind of headed up the public to check out the new space. project,” stated Soucy. Mr. Soucy, Pelham’s parttime building inspector, managed the project with his daughter, Anne Marie Vawter. Both are Pelham residents and Vawter has a degree in architecture. They provided their services pro-bono and, judging by Hovling’s warm smile, she is deeply grateful. Just over a year ago, Hovling was hopeful that people would step up to lend their expertise. Not only did that happen, but the whole process seems to have
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Supporting Michelle Farrell for School Board
We have observed Michelle Farrell, for the last several years, volunteering her time to work with our children and bring the best to our schools. Her experience, education, and collaborative approach, coupled with her experience as a current School Board member, make her the right choice for us for a three-year term. Michelle has first-hand knowledge on the issues that we are not only faced with today in our schools, but also the issues that we will be faced with as parents and as a town for the next several years, as we continue to grow. What we respect about Michelle is her willingness to listen to the parents and taxpayers before making any recommendations, as well as her ability to make the best decisions for the entire school district. She has spent countless hours creating a Facilities Master Plan that will address the critical space issues, and she is helping to leverage the 75-percent state funding for kindergarten. It is with much enthusiasm that we say Michelle Farrell has our vote! Please join us in voting for Michelle Farrell for School Board. Rob and Holly Breton - Windham February 15, at 7 p.m. at the Windham Senior Center. Mr. Jasper will speak on what’s happening in Concord now that the Republicans are back in the majority for the first time in four years. Mr. Jasper is in his ninth term in the NH House, and has been active in House Republican leadership for many years. He lives in Hudson and serves his community as a Selectman. Chairman Pam Skinner states, “We are very pleased to bring a senior member of House Republican leadership to Windham, and are looking forward to hearing the party’s plans to bring the state back to fiscal soundness in these trying economic times.” This meeting is a public service open to all, no matter what party affiliation. New Hampshire residents who want to know how the Republican Party is responding to the current fiscal crisis are urged to attend this very informative session. However, after the program, there will be a Town Committee meeting open to registered Windham Republicans only. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers for the coming term. If anyone has questions or wishes further information, they may call Pam Skinner at 8936825 or Margaret Crisler at 595-7625. Margaret McKee Crisler - Windham however, there is limited time for any one group of candidates, and from my experience there is not enough time to get into some of the tough issues. Typically, there is an overview of the candidate’s background and an opinion or two. Rather, I’d like to provide a dedicated twohour time slot for the public to get together with the candidates for the School Board, and get indepth on the critical issues we are facing, which include but are not limited to: the splitting of the third grade, difficult contract negotiations with the teacher’s union, the proposed tuitioning of Pelham rather than full utilization of the high school by Windham, the proposed splitting of the SAU, the school’s budget, the master plan and the associated costs, the proposed kindergarten, staff turnover at the senior levels, the Center School’s “in-need-of-improvement” rating, two failed budgets, and the current overcrowding of our schools, to name a few. I’d also like to give the public ample time to vet the candidates around the School Board’s processes and discuss ways in which the candidates can help improve the board’s image, openness to the public, and transparency in order to get more public involvement. This School Board will have much on their plate and I think it is critically important for the public to have as much time as they need to vet the candidates in order to make the right decision, come voting day. I’ve reserved the town hall for February 18 from 7-9 p.m. and March 4 from 7-9 p.m. in order to provide ample time and involvement for the public. To date, I’ve had no other candidates accept the offer of the 18th; I’m hoping making the 4th available will encourage some to participate. To any candidates interested, I can be reached at Joel_Dube@yahoo.com or 437-0803, or for anyone in the public who’s got questions for me. I’ll be sending a letter to each candidate formally announcing the debate with an invite to be sure all are aware. The public is also invited to participate in an online forum, open to all, where various Windham political issues are discussed at http:// tjcase.websitetoolbox.com. I regularly post on the forum and will gladly publicly answer any question. I’ll also post the status of the debate as
Letters to our Editor
the date gets closer. Joel F. Dube - Windham
Much-Needed Positive Energy
I am writing this letter in support of Stephanie Wimmer as she runs for the three-year term for Windham School Board. Stephanie would be a wonderful addition to the current board, as she brings a new and very positive energy that will help to keep the group progressing. I have seen firsthand how hard-working Stephanie is while working side by side with her at both the Strawberry Festival and Annual Fundraising Event for the Windham Endowment. Her superior organization skills and sharp attention to detail kept both groups on track, and produced a seamless and successful event. Additionally, Stephanie is very knowledgeable of the education system and our children’s needs as they relate to the “big picture” in town. Having taught religious education with her at St. Matthew’s Parish for more than three years, I have seen how she quickly adapts curriculum and overlying themes into age-appropriate teaching, which are on target and worthwhile for the students. I believe Stephanie will bring this same kind of understanding and knowledge of the system to our School Board. The end result will likely be a very appropriate and sensible solution to problems and situations that are difficult to address. I invite all of my friends, neighbors, and business associates to consider voting for Stephanie Wimmer, too. She will always make decisions with our community’s best interest at heart. Stacey Bruzzese - Windham
Vote Stephanie Wimmer for School Board
I am writing in support of Stephanie Wimmer for one of the two open positions for a threeyear term on the Windham School Board. I have known Stephanie since my husband and I moved to Windham seven years ago. I have had the privilege of witnessing her dedication to the Town of Windham, through her countless hours volunteering on school committees, for the Windham Endowment, for her church, and for our library. She is hardworking, smart, and determined to give back to the community in which we all live. Stephanie is efficient, thorough, and always willing to roll up her sleeves to get all the information needed to make sound, ethical decisions. She is honest, open-minded, and always ready to contribute to the betterment of our community and our schools. As a mother of two young children enrolled in the Windham School District, she is invested. Record has shown that she will make decisions that are best for all the children in Windham, even if it might not be the ideal scenario for her own. In our present economic situation, it is imperative that our elected officials have the mindset and mental toughness to make difficult decisions for the benefit of our children and our community. Fortunately for the voters in Windham, we have such a candidate. I ask for you to join me in voting for Stephanie Wimmer on March 8. Judi Carboni - Windham
Deliberative Session Participation Encouraged
Please join us at this year’s School District Deliberative Session on Friday, February 11, at 7 p.m. at Windham High School. The Deliberative Session is a chance to learn more about our School Board’s proposed budget and warrant articles and impact their final form on our March 8 ballot. Registered voters in Windham have two opportunities to influence the budget and warrant articles proposed by our School Board—the Deliberative Session and Election Day. We encourage all voters to participate in this week’s Deliberative Session and to vote on March 8. Michelle Farrell and Stephanie Wimmer Windham
Full Civil Rights for All
In a recent letter from NH Senate Majority Leader, Representative D.J. Bettencourt, he stated that a repeal of NH Same Sex Marriage Equality law would be addressed at “an appropriate time” in the state legislature. He said, “as a practicing Catholic, someone with a strong moral sense of right and wrong and as someone who has voted against gay marriage in the past, I reject the accusation that I have abandoned or betrayed family values” in response to accusations by the National Organization for Marriage. I recognize that it is a fine line for some to balance public policy and religious thought and belief. In fact, in our country, we of a certain age can remember President Kennedy address fears that his being Catholic would impact his decisionmaking, telling the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960, “I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters—and the Church continued to page 5 - Letters
GOP Committee Meeting Reschedule
After being forced to cancel the January 18 committee meeting because of weather, the Windham GOP Town Committee has rescheduled Shawn Jasper, Deputy Majority Leader, as our guest speaker. The meeting will be on Tuesday,
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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. MOMS Club, (Moms supporting moms), Windham Bible Chapel, second Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. (Claire McGarry, 458-5440) Pelham Community Spirit Group, VFW Hall, 7 p.m., third Thurs. 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, 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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Through Tax Season The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation and e-filing to low- and moderate-income taxpayers who live in the Pelham/Windham area. Tax-Aide’s IRS-certified counselors assist all taxpayers, regardless of age, and give special attention to those age 60 and older. You do not need to be an AARP member to take advantage of this free service. Local Tax-Aide sites are located at the Pelham Senior Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon—call 635-3800 for an appointment; and at the Pelham Public Library on Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.—call 2-1-1 for an appointment. To learn the location of other Tax-Aide sites in NH, dial 2-1-1 or visit aarp.org/money/ taxaide. Tuesday, February 15 Attention, Windham voters! The Windham Woman’s Club will sponsor a Candidate’s Night at 7 p.m. in the Windham Town Hall. The community is invited to meet the candidates. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask your own questions of individual candidates. Each candidate will speak briefly, and a question-and-answer period will follow. Each presentation is timed. The moderator will be Nancy Tullo, member and resident of Windham. Chairman is Ruth-Ellen Post. The event will be aired live on Windham Community Cable, WCTV-21. Wednesday, February 16, and Friday, February 18 The Windham Police Department will be hosting an AARP Driver Safety Class. The second session class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The class includes information on defensive driving techniques and age-related changes to vision, hearing, reaction time, and much more. Other topics covered are anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts. The course is a combination of class discussion and videos. There are no tests. Several insurance companies that do business in NH offer discounts after taking this class. Class is open to any age driver, but is geared to people over 50. There is a fee for the course, with a discount for AARP members. To register, call 434-5577. Saturday, March 12 The American Legion Unit #100, 51 Windham Road, Pelham, will host a Soup and Chili Contest from 1-4 p.m. Entry donations will be accepted at the door. Call Sherry for details at 479-4440.
Meals are served at the Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham. Monday – Friday, February 15 – January 21 Tuesday - Chicken Pot Pie, Cauliflower, Bread, Cranberry Sauce, Chocolate Pudding Wednesday - Roast Beef with Horseradish, Baby Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Dinner Roll, Red Velvet Cake Thursday - Pork Chop with Gravy, Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Corn Muffin, Dessert Friday - Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Chef’s Blend Veggies, Oatmeal Bread, Tropical Fruit
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Saturday, March 5 The Pelham High School Boosters Club is currently concluding 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 a thank-you to the community, the Pelham Boosters are pleased to bring back their annual World Famous Court Jesters comedy basketball game on Saturday, March 5 (snow date: Sunday, March 7), at 7 p.m. in the Pelham High School Gymnasium. The Court Jesters’ main focus is on audience participation, so bring the whole family out for a great night of entertainment. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on this event, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 16, and Friday, February 25 Pelham Parks and Recreation, 6 Village Green, Pelham, is currently holding registrations for the Girls and Boys 2011 Spring Lacrosse League. Both seasons begin in early March with indoor practices, and outdoor games and practices will follow. Activity open to girls and boys ages 8 through 14. There is a cost to register, and the cost of uniform is separate if needed. The deadline to register for the girls is February 16, and for the boys is February 25. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 635-2721 or by e-mail at Recreation@pelhamweb.com. Wednesday, February 23, and Friday, February 25 Join Windham Recreation during the February Vacation week for some activities. The NH Audubon Society will be coming to Windham on Wednesday, February 23, for a Fabulous Frogs program for Grades 1-5. There is a cost per child, and the program is from 4-5 p.m. at the Windham Town Hall. Come see different species of frogs! On Friday, February 25, Chef Jennifer will be having fun in the kitchen at the Senior Center with Kids in the Kitchen. This program is for ages 3-11. The fun begins at 10 a.m., also with a cost per child. Also on Friday, February 25, is a fleece sewing class. Come and make a hat/scarf or a blanket/pillow. This is for ages 5 and older (parents must stay for ages 9 and under.) There is a cost per child, which includes all materials. Preregistration is required for all programs. To register, contact the Recreation Office at 9651208 or by e-mail at Recreation@WindhamN ewHampshire.com. Saturdays, March 6 – April 2 Pelham Parks and Recreation will offer 2011 Indoor Soccer at the Pelham Elementary and Memorial School gyms from March 6 through April 2. This league is open to boys and girls ages 3-12. No experience needed. Teams are a mix of boys and girls and space is limited. Registration forms are available at our town hall office, or you can print a form online (www.pelhamweb. com/recreation). You may also register/pay online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Forms may be mailed or dropped off at 6 Village Green. The regisration deadline is February 25, after which a late fee will be charged. Coaches/assistants are needed! A coaches’ meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 1 at 6 p.m. in Memorial cafe. E-mail email@example.com, or call 635-2721 with any questions or to volunteer as a coach. Saturdays, March 6 – April 2 Pelham Parks and Recreation, 6 Village Green, Pelham, is offering a one-hour instructional clinic on soccer for children ages 5-12 from 8-9 a.m. at Pelham Elementary school gym before the Indoor Soccer games. You need not be registered for Indoor Soccer to participate. Applications are available at www.pelhamweb.com/ recreation or at the Town Hall office. You may also sign up at https://webtrac. pelhamweb.com and pay with MC/Visa. Sign up by February 25 for your child to learn age-appropriate skills in a fun atmosphere with some great Elite UK Soccer clinic coaches. E-mail recreation@pelhamweb. com or call 635-2721 with any questions. Open to residents and non-residents. There is a cost per player. Starting in March Pelham Parks and Recreation will offer Introductory Martial Arts lessons available in Pelham for children ages 4-7. The program will begin in March. Space is limited; firstcome, first-served. For more information or to ask for registration forms and details, call 635-2721.
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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 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) and MOMSnext (Mothers of school aged children), Crossroads Baptist Church, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., first and third Thursdays of most months. (For info., call 635-1556) Pelham Community Spirit Group, VFW Hall, 7 p.m., third Thursday 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
Saturday, February 12 Make a card and decorate a cupcake for your Valentine this February at the Nesmith Library! There is no better way to warm up for Valentine’s Day than to create a card for that special someone. Children will also be able to decorate cupcakes for the season. This program is for children ages 5 and up, and will be held at 1 p.m. Registration is required, so call the Nesmith Library at 432-7154 to register. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW). Monday, February 14 A representative from the Seacoast Science Center in Rye will visit the Nesmith Library at 1 p.m. to present a program called ‘All About Whales’ to area homeschoolers ages 4 and up. How big do whales get? What kinds of whales live near us? Why do some whales have teeth and others have baleen? All About Whales teaches children about these enormous, fascinating marine mammals. Hear the life story of Tofu, a young humpback whale who lived in the Gulf of Maine. Call 432-7154 to register for this program. If you have any questions, call 432-7154 and ask for Lori Morse. Tuesday, February 22 The Nesmith Library children’s room invites you to drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed drop-in craft. Make a door-knob holder, as well as choose a “good-luck key chain” or “goodluck charm bracelet” to make and bring home. Just for fun, we will have Irish music along with cookies, tattoos, and chocolate Irish coins! Materials will be available while supplies last. These crafts are recommended for children ages 4 and up, accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration is required. Wednesday, February 23 The Museum of Science will present two sessions of their “Night Sky” Program at the Nesmith Library. This program features an inflatable silver planetarium with a realistic, projected night sky showing planet and Moon positions by video. Entrance to the Starlab is through a four-foot diameter tunnel and attendees will be sitting on the floor throughout the program, so children should dress accordingly. The library has scheduled two sessions of the same Sky Lab program to be presented. The first one begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the second one at 11:15 a.m. Each session is 30 minutes in length. Registration is required, and children must be 6 years of age or older to register for this program. Space is limited, so call the library at 432-7154 or stop by the front circulation desk to register.
Tuesday, February 22 The Pelham Public Library will offer another certified Red Cross Babysitting Course from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Babysitter’s Training Course from the American Red Cross will teach you everything you need to be a great babysitter. This fun, interactive course teaches first aid and safety skills so you can prevent and respond to emergencies. The purpose of this course is to provide information and skills necessary to administer safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; basic care; safety and safe play; and first aid. There is a cost for this valuable program per participant, which is due by Monday, February 14. Participants must be at least 11 years old. Bring a snack and lunch and the library will provide drinks and dessert. Pre-registration is necessary for this very popular course and the class is quickly filling up. All are welcome, and participation is not limited to Pelham residents only. Stop by the library, or call 635-7581 to sign up today. Saturday, April 2, and Saturday, April 9 Windham Recreation will be offering an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course in April. This class is for boys and girls ages 11-13. The class will be meeting on Saturday, April 2, and Saturday, April 9. For specifics on the time and location, contact the Recreation Office. There is a cost for the course per child, which includes all materials. The deadline to register is March 15. To register or for more information, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by e-mail at Recreation@Windh amNewHampshire.com.
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Saturday, February 12 The Pelham Softball League will hold a walk-in registration at Pelham Memorial School from 9 a.m. to noon. The registration deadline is March 15 for the 10, 12, 14, and 16U divisions, and April 15 for the 6 and 8U divisions (for online registrations). Firsttime registrants will need a birth certificate and proof of residency. All participants are required to agree to/sign a Parent Code of ethics and will require a Medical Release Form. For questions, contact Nancy at player firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, February 12 The Pelham Baseball League will hold two walk-in Registrations for on Saturday, February 12, at the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursday, March 3, during Community Night at either Pelham Elementary or Memorial School from 6-9 p.m. Registrations for Farm through Babe Ruth will be accepted through March 15. Registrations for T-Ball will be accepted through April 15. First-time registrants will be required to provide a birth certificate at time of registration. T-Ball players must be age 4-6 on or before April 30, 2011. All inquiries should be directed as follows: Little League’s Player Agent, Ed Gleason, 635-8071, 5080536, or ednmaryg@ comcast.net.
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does not speak for me.” So the line of public policy versus faith is a balance beam for many. I hope the good Representative understands that there are other people of great faith, of different faiths, of equally strong moral character with a sense of right and wrong, Protestant, Jewish and others, who believe in the current law of Marriage Equality and support family values, and the fine line of legislating is to honor all of his constituents civil rights. Marriage in New Hampshire is a civil right, one that is defined by law, and all citizens are entitled to equal access to civil rights. While I believe that faith drives understanding and development of one’s morality, we also are to remember that in the great history of our country, men and women of faith have vocally and loudly wrongly used their faith and understanding of Biblical scripture to defend awful behavior and acts. Scripture has been interpreted to support bloody crusades, inquisitions; slavery, apartheid and segregation; to persecute Jews and other non-Christian people; to support the Holocaust; to oppose medical science; to condemn interracial marriage; to execute women as witches; and more. Fortunately, great men and women of faith are always open to accept new truth. My prayer is that our State Legislators understand and agree that to discriminate against sexual or gender minorities is unjust and un-American. Some may find it strange for a Pastor to state that as much as I am guided to be open to God’s inspired Word from the Bible; the United States is not governed by the Bible, but by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Laws have been created to protect an individual’s right to disagree. If the Bible or someone’s view of the Bible is used to replace the Constitution, we undermine the foundation upon which this country has been built. We can support full civil rights for all, even if we disagree. I would hope that our elected officials concentrate their efforts on matters that actually affect our state; unemployment, jobs, hunger, housing, and education reform, rather than one on which only political rhetoric will result. Reverend Bill Ferguson, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Pelham, United Church of Christ - Pelham
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Recently, there was a letter to the editor offering yet another personal attack by a political apparatchik. This seems to be the fallback course of a party with a failed fiscal and social agenda. This time, the person who, when he was a member of the House, voted for a 17.5-percent spending increase, attacked open government. As a State Representative, the man introduced a bill that would have allowed him, personally, to drink on stage while performing with his band. Despite this, the hack had the effrontery to deride legislation that would open access to public records. An employer can ask you for your criminal background, every employer, that is, except you; the employer of public officials. You are blocked from examining the background of a person by obtaining their criminal record. In the recent past, there have been instances of persons becoming a member of the General Court while there were clearly disqualifying characteristics in their past, such as theft or dishonesty. Those behaviors were hidden from the view of voters. I introduced a bill that would have allowed you – and only you, the voter – the ability to examine the public record of a person running for office. Many believe that their criminal record is “secret”—it is not. A secret criminal history is what exists in communist countries; it is what dictators thrive upon. Secret records allow any government to violate our civil rights. Arrest records are published in papers; trials are public events and rightly so. The only difficulty is that the collector of these public records is not allowed to reveal the information to you; the employer of a public official. New Hampshire is one of a very few states that puts this hurdle in the path of open access to government (public) records. It is the sunshine of public scrutiny that affords all of us freedom from oppression. I suppose it is the nature of those who view the voter with contempt to make malicious personal attacks against others. That is indeed unfortunate. The discussion should be on the issues. The debate should be about how to make government as transparent and open as possible, not about personalities. The discussion should be about your freedom and liberty; not ‘what government can do for you.’ Jordan Ulery - Hudson
Join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 18-21. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation. Participants count birds and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. “These types of activities provide the citizen-scientist with an opportunity to help wildlife,” said Doug Gross, Game Commission biologist from Pennsylvania. “Anyone who can identify even a few species can contribute to the information wildlife managers use to decide where to invest limited resources in land conservation, as well as habitat improvement or protection.” Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes on at least one day of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdsource.org/gbbc. Additional online resources include tips to help identify birds, a photo gallery, and special materials for educators. Keep an eye on areas that are well-protected from the wind, especially conifers, and where there are winterpersistent fruits and berries. Juniper berries and sumac fruit clusters are magnets for hungry songbirds, including bluebirds and robins. Water is always an attractant for birds, too, and backyard water gardens seem to bring in many species not usually seen where there is snow and ice.
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Supporting Michelle Farrell and Stephanie Wimmer
We are writing to endorse Michelle Farrell and Stephanie Wimmer for School Board. We have known Michelle and her family since they moved to Windham 14 years ago. Last year, Michelle was elected to the oneyear School Board term and she brought unique experience and perspective to the board. As an active, long-time volunteer with the PTA, she has knowledge gained from daily interactions in our schools. This provides her with the understanding of the current educational needs of our children, as well as the facilities in which they learn. Michelle’s past experiences as a pediatric physical therapist, department manager, and director of clinical education curriculum will continue to serve her well on the board. Her work ethic is proven, as we have had the opportunity to participate with her on numerous community initiatives. She has a collaborative and deliberative approach to determine the best plan for the educational needs of our Windham students while appreciating the many financial considerations of all Windham’s taxpayers. We have known Stephanie Wimmer since she moved to Windham seven years ago. From the get-go, she has been an active participant and leader toward the betterment of our town. Her community involvement includes, but is not limited to, that as a member of the Facilities Master Planning Committee, board member of the Windham Endowment for Community Advancement, and Chairwoman of both the Windham High School Integration and Steering Committees. Stephanie’s educational background further qualifies her for the position with her two advanced degrees, Master of Public Health from Columbia University and Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College. We have worked with Stephanie on several school-related initiatives and appreciate her passion in making fair and informed recommendations. Our trust is with both of these candidates when it comes to our children’s education and protecting the value of our property. On March 8 at Windham High School, our vote will be with Michelle Farrell and Stephanie Wimmer for School Board and we ask that yours will be, too. Jane and Bob Higgins - Windham
Commending Police Chief Roark’s Recent Efforts
Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark is to be commended for his decisions concerning a recent standoff with a despondent elderly gentleman threatening to cause harm to a family member and police officers. The police response and specifically the decisions made by Chief Roark in handling the situation resulted in a safe resolution where no one suffered harm, including the elderly gentleman. Delivering over mental As the CEO of our regional community37,000 health organization, I was heartened to read Chief Roark’s thoughtful copies to homes weekly response to criticism of his handling of the situation and what some Read by over saw as excessive use of police resources and related expense. In responding to his critics, Chief Roark people 100,000 asked, “How much is a human life worth? [name of individual] no matter how misguided, is still a Hudson~Litchfield News father, husband and brother … how would you want the police to Pelham~Windham News treat your depressed or potentially mentally ill relative? If your loved one was a police officer, would you want him or her ‘storming’ into Salem Community Patriot the home of an armed suicidal person?” Chief Roark’s response recognizes the sanctity of a human being at the center of a scenario that could have potentially ended in tragedy. His response reflects a refreshing depth of understanding of 1x3 the impact of mental illness in a potentially volatile circumstance. I believe he used the available resources prudently, including the Special Operations Unit, which has behavioral health specialists specifically trained to respond to this type of scenario. Left untreated, mental illness can have a devastating effect on individuals, families, and the greater community. Local situations like the one described, as well as national events such as the shooting in Tucson, highlight the potential for tragedy when mental illness goes untreated. As the behavioral health safety net across the country, including here in New Hampshire, continues to struggle in the face of state budget deficits, the potential for an increase in volatile scenarios such as this grows. Here in New Hampshire, we have a strong provider network of community mental health centers, but the system is strained by reductions in funding at a time when demand for services has never been greater. It will take a concerted effort on the part of the human services system, including mental health providers, law enforcement, and our state legislature, to ensure that the behavioral health safety net in New Hampshire remains intact and strong. Vic Topo, President and CEO, Center for Life Management - Derry
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Our schools are the centerpiece of our community. There is no greater investment that we can make in our town. Today, we find ourselves at a crossroads with an increasing student population, aging facilities, and a tightening fiscal reality. I know Stephanie Wimmer to be a consummate professional who gives tirelessly to our community. In addition to being a successful business executive, she has been active in Friends of the Windham Library (FLOW), the Windham Endowment, as well as teaching religious education classes for St. Matthew’s Parish. Stephanie was instrumental in the grassroots organizing that led to the creation of Windham High School, a truly remarkable asset. Recently, Stephanie has been a member of the School Facilities Committee examining the tough choices that lay ahead. As a taxpayer, she understands the need to squeeze value out of our budgets. Stephanie is a pragmatic consensus builder. Our town can benefit from her knowledge of finance, strategic planning, and policy making. In today’s environment of shrinking budgets, coupled with our growing student population, Windham needs strong leadership now more than ever on our School Board. I am proud to support Stephanie Wimmer in this upcoming election for School Board. Chris McCarthy - Windham
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Free Business Seminars in Windham
submitted by Laura Scott, Community Development Director, Windham The Windham Community Development Department and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring four free business education opportunities in Windham in the coming months. Please take a minute to check out the 2011 Winter Business Education Series for free opportunities to help local businesses grow and succeed: • SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business Want to start your own business? Begin the conversation on what you need to know to start a business. This workshop is based on SCORE’s acclaimed business workshop, and will take place on Thursday, February 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Windham Terrace Assisted Living, 3 Church Road. RSVP by Monday, February 21. • Human Capital Solutions, LLC Organize and prioritize for business success by learning helpful tips, effective tools, and proven habits to help your business succeed. This workshop is slated for Thursday, March 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Breath of Sun, 46 Lowell Road, Suite 3. RSVP by Monday, March 21. • The Social Expert Feel overwhelmed with all the social media options and don’t know how to manage it? Wish you understood all the benefits of LinkedIn? You soon will! Join this informative workshop, Social Media & You, on Thursday, April 28, from 5:307:30 p.m. at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. RSVP by Monday, April 25. • BNI Networking 101 – Building your business through referrals, will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Searles School & Chapel, 3 Chapel Road. RSVP by Monday, May 23. These free Business Education Seminars are open to all members of the local business community. For information on these events and to RSVP, contact Laura Scott, Community Development Director, at lscott@windhamnewha mpshire.com or 432-3806.
Pelham Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Child
submitted by Pelham Police Department On January 27, the Pelham Police Department arrested Robert Kreisz, 37, of Lorraine Drive in Pelham. Kreisz has been charged with six counts of Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault (felony). He was taken into custody by detectives at the Pelham Police Station. The victim in this case was between the age of 6 and 11 at the time of the assaults. The assaults were believed to have taken place between 2003 and 2008. The case was investigated over the past eight weeks after the victim and family reported this to police. The investigation resulted in an arrest warrant being issued. The case is still under investigation and may result in further charges. Kreisz was held overnight at the Pelham Police Station and later transported to the Derry District Court for his arraignment. He is currently being held at the Hillsborough County House of Correction on $50,000 cash bail.
Pelham Police Introduce DARE Back into Pelham School Systems
submitted Pelham Police Department On January 28 at 1:45 p.m., members of the Pelham Police Department hosted a school assembly at the Pelham Elementary School. Officers introduced the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program to the entire fifth grade. Sergeant Anne T. Therriault, Officer Ron Page, and Officer Brian Kelly were certified in September 2010 to instruct the DARE curriculum. They will teach a total of nine fifth-grade classes at the Pelham Elementary School and one fifth-grade class at St. Patrick School. They will be in contact with approximately 275 students. Early in the spring of 2010, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark introduced the idea of incorporating the DARE curriculum back into the school system. With the support of the school administration, they forwarded the idea to the Pelham School Board and, collaboratively, it was agreed upon that the program will be very beneficial for the youth of Pelham. The Pelham Police Department taught DARE in the Pelham Middle School over 10 years ago. Since that time, the DARE curriculum has changed drastically. DARE’s primary mission is “to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug- and violence-free lives. The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and, instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.” Pelham officers will be teaching at the Pelham Elementary School every Thursday morning for the next 10 weeks and they will be at St. Patrick School every Wednesday beginning February 16. In addition to the set curriculum, they will also teach one additional lesson on bullying. The Pelham Police Department is very excited about reaching the student population in such a positive manner.
Proposed Teacher Agreement Ratified
submitted by Mary Ann Horaj, SAU 28 The Pelham School Board and the Pelham Education Association (PEA) are pleased to announce that they have both ratified a proposed teacher agreement starting in September. Members of the Pelham Education Association have been working without a contract and without salary increases since July 1, 2010. The new agreement is for two years and will cost the district $66,247 in the first year and $256,555 in the second year. Members of the Pelham Education Association have agreed to concessions with respect to health insurance, as well as reducing the total number of steps in the salary structure.Run Feb 11, Feb 18- HLN, PWN The Budget Committee overwhelmingly approved the proposed agreement between the Pelham School Board and Pelham Education Association. Rob Hardy, Chair of the School Board and a member of the negotiation team, eagerly commented, “I was very encouraged with the tone expressed from both sides of the bargaining table. Both sides made concessions and I feel we all made a good faith effort on behalf of both parties, and more importantly, the students we serve.” Susan Harden, President of the Pelham Education Association, echoed those sentiments, stating, “The Pelham Educational Association is grateful for the support of the School Board and the Budget Committee. We hope that the voters will support this agreement.” The district is pleased with the outcome of this agreement and hopes it will serve to underscore the value of our teachers, and, at the same time, attract new, talented professional educators to the Pelham School District.
Scouts Come Together to Celebrate
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submitted by Kimber Leuteritz Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts came together on Sunday, February 6, at churches around the area to celebrate the birthday of the Scouting program. The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. Scouts attended St. Matthew’s Parish in Windham, as well as St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover, MA. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts of Windham at St. Matthew’s Parish in Windham
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submitted by Jim Curtin Jason Haley, a Bear Cub from Windham Pack 263, enjoys Scout Night at the Manchester Monarchs game with his family. After the game, Jason introduces his favorite player, “Max” to his sister Cassie, brother Brandon, and friend Nick. All the scouts from Windham Pack 263 had a great time and the home team won the game.
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by Barbara O’Brien There are two driving forces that initiated a feasibility study regarding a future sewer system for portions of Windham. The first reason is the inprogress widening of Route 93 and, second, is concern about the quality of water in both Canobie Lake and Cobbetts Pond. Phase One of the study got underway about two years ago. Both Phases One and Two were paid for with State highway money. These funds were made available through the Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP), which was set up to help communities along the I-93 construction corridor deal with the impact. The prevailing philosophy is that, if Windham were going to install a sewer system, the wise choice would be to put in the pipes while the highway is already dug up. “I wish the study had been done six years ago,” Windham Economic Development Director Laura Scott said, but, since it wasn’t, town officials have to do the best they can at this point. Scott said that the process has now reached Step 6 of what she estimates to be a total of 27 “steps” needed to complete the entire scenario. As for how the State Department of Transportation feels about the installation of pipes across Route 93 during the highway construction, Scott said, “The State hasn’t said no and they haven’t said yes.” Phases One and Two were intended to determine the feasibility of putting in a public sewer system in designated sections of Windham, but did not zero in on actual costs. “We cannot tell anybody a cost at this point,” Frank Underwood, of Underwood Engineering, told town officials on January 31, adding that the need for usage had to be determined first. “The hard numbers will come in Phase 3,” Scott assured selectmen. Phase 3 of the sewer study is included on this year’s Town Warrant and will be discussed at the Deliberative Session on Saturday, February 12, at Windham High School. According to Selectmen’s Vice Chairman Bruce Breton, preliminary estimates for the areas being considered as possible sewer locales are as follows: • Cobbetts Pond Area – 136,500 gallons of usage per day • Canobie Lake Area – 21,000 gallons of usage per day • Wall Street Area – 112,000 gallons of usage per day • The Gateway District – 48,000 gallons of usage per day • Total Usage per Day – 317,000 gallons of estimated sewage When Phases One and Two of the sewer feasibility study were performed, Underwood Engineers used the boundaries that were established, previously, for the Cobbetts Pond Watershed District. The overall usage is based on an average of 210 gallons, per day, per household, in each of these designated areas. In the conceptual plan developed by Underwood Engineering, the sewage system would include some gravity-fed lines, as well as some lowpressure lines, with pumps installed in individual homes. In the concept plan, a central pump house would be located in the Castleton Area of Windham. “But we’re not locked into any location,” Underwood said. Phase Two of the study was done in conjunction with the Town of Salem, which is already hooked into the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD) in Andover, MA; the entity with which Windham would need to reach an agreement. Salem already has plans for renewing its agreement with GLSD in 2012, Scott said. But, currently, “they’re waiting for us,” she said, regarding a possible redesign to include Windham. Kathleen DiFruscia, a resident of Cobbetts Pond and member of the Improvement Association, said she is concerned over the cost-effectiveness of installing a septic system in this section of Windham, both to individual homeowners as well as the Town of Windham as a whole. “I’m not against it,” DiFruscia said, “but we do have to take in the cost factor.” “There are still many questions to be answered,” DiFruscia added. DiFruscia also said she has questions about how the water table in this area will be affected, should a sewer system be built. “Is there a cause and effect” on the well water, she wanted to know, referring to the “recharging” of the water table. Underwood said those factors have not been gotten into yet. At the conclusion of the presentation, Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon asked for the public’s support of the Phase 3 Warrant Article. “It will give us the answers we need to make informed decisions,” he said. Further information on Phases One and Two are available on the CTAP page on the Town of Windham’s official Website.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brown Surprised with 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Brown, Kerry Brown, and Kyla Brown live in New Hampshire. The couple also has 16 grandchildren. The event was marked with a surprise family celebration at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, where the Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. couple had held Brown, February 11, 1961 their wedding reception. A surprise second honeymoon trip to Bermuda was given to them by their children. Mr. Brown was an Aerospace Engineer at Draper Labs in Cambridge, MA. Mrs. Brown was, and still is, a Domestic Engineer.
Selectmen Urge State to Put Land On the Market
by Barbara O’Brien Windham selectmen are not happy that the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) has taken two parcels of land, both located on Range Road, off the market. Due to the high tax burden borne by many Windham residents and the related need for a broader tax base, town officials want to see vacant commercially zoned parcels turned into revenue producing enterprises. If land remains unused, that effort is stymied. According to Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon, the two parcels recently pulled from the sales market were once home to Delahunty Nursery and the adjacent golf course. These properties were acquired by the State DOT in conjunction with the recent re-construction of Route 111, but were, subsequently, not needed for the project. McMahon said the two parcels were taken off the market because the sealed bids, which were solicited by the DOT, were all far too low to be acceptable. State officials plan to wait for the real estate market to improve, he said. “The State has been unable to get what was paid for it,” he explained, adding that State officials might just be expecting more than is probably in this economy. To countermand the State’s recent action, McMahon proposed that Windham selectmen write a letter to the DOT requesting that a reappraisal be done on both properties, so that they can be put up for sale once again. He said that there is a local businessman in Windham who is interested in relocating to one of those locations. “He wants to stay in town,” he said, inferring the possibility that this business owner might move to another community if he can’t find a suitable site to relocate in Windham. McMahon explained that he feels a reappraisal is necessary due to the significant drop in area property values during the past few years. McMahon also said he’d like to see the State give the Town of Windham a chance to buy the property, but not through a sealed bid process, which is what the DOT used the last time around. Selectmen voted 3 to 0 to write a letter to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation requesting that a new appraisal be done as soon as possible. Voting in favor of writing the letter were Chairman Charles McMahon, Vice Chairman Bruce Breton, and Selectman Roger Hohenberger. Selectmen Ross McLeod and Galen Stearns did not attend the January 31 board meeting where the vote was taken.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Brown of Windham recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married on February 11, 1961, at St. Edmond Church in Manchester. She is the former Irene Eva Paquin. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have six children: Karen Zolnay and Lauren Russell live in New Jersey. Noreen Mecklenborg, Kevin
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submitted by Chris Mader The Pelham Ice Garden volunteers are beginning to see an increase in littering, vandalism, and excessive intentional damage to the ice surface over the past few days. This serves as a reminder that the Pelham Police Department is currently reviewing surveillance tapes, and anyone caught vandalizing the rink or littering in the park will be required to serve a minimum of 40 community service hours at the ice rink. Because of increased use of the rink and also due to some general confusion surrounding the hours at the rink, we will be changing to a new schedule, effective immediately. See attached grid that explains this much better ... this sign will be posted at the rink: • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. all week (Monday-Sunday) – “Family/Recreational skating hours,” as well as 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday only – “Family/Recreational skating hours.” • 4-6:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday – “Open/ Pick-up pond hockey hours (ages 13-plus),” as well as Saturday-Sunday, 4-9 p.m. – “Open/Pick-up pond hockey hours (ages 13-plus).” • Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. – Parks & Rec Pond Hockey League (**If no scheduled PLLC game, then “Open/Pick-up pond hockey hours (ages 13-plus)” allowed **) What: 1. The families who have young children, which include moms, dads, grandparents, etc. This also includes little kids who are
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Mosquito Control Efforts Earn Rebate
by Barbara O’Brien In addition to eradicating countless numbers of the pesky and sometimes dangerous insects, last spring and summer’s efforts to curtail the mosquito population in the Town of Windham have also paid off financially. According to Town Administrator David Sullivan, a rebate check was received from the State of New Hampshire during the final week of January in the amount of $1.065. Sullivan said he had anticipated Windham receiving $1,500 from the State, but due to ongoing budget constraints, less money was available for the Mosquito Control Program. Sullivan said that he had expected to receive 25 percent of the money expended locally, but, in this economic environment, was pleased to receive as much as was rebated this year. Selectmen voted 3 to 0 to accept the rebate from State coffers. Voting in favor were Chairman Charles McMahon, t Project! Vice Chairman Bruce ith Your Nex ew Take Your Tim Breton, and Selectman Roger Hohenberger. Selectmen Galen Stearns and Ross ! McLeod did not attend the Next Project e with Your January 31 board meeting. Take Your Tim t $295 rting a This coming spring, in entals Stated time only. Pre-paid orders only. R Dumpster rentals only. Available for a limi excess weight and or rental days. efforts to reduce the proposed Valid on temporary Additional charges will apply for Automatic pick up. 2011 town operating budget, selectmen voted to eliminate t $295 rt g a NOinFUEL . Rentals Sta Pre-paid orders only the local mosquito control Dumpster rentals only. Available for a limited time only. ht and or rental days. excess weig ry Valid on tempora Additional charges will apply for SURCHARGE ORprogram. The theory behind Automatic pick up. ADMINISTRATION elimination of the program the NO FUEL FEES EVER! was that selectmen were SURCHARGE OR uncertain as to how effective ADMINISTRATION it was. The spraying was FEES EVER! done due to cases of Triple E (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) and the West Nile Virus, both mosquito-borne, having been identified in southern New Hampshire. There were, however, no cases identified in Windham itself during 2010. Although selectmen do not plan to have any spraying for mosquitoes done this year, Sullivan urged them to apply for a State Permit nonetheless. The permits are available at no cost, but there is a lengthy process involved for the application. Selectmen were urged to apply for the State Permit “just in case.” Even if the permit is granted, Sullivan assured selectmen, “There is no obligation.” Selectmen voted Log On To Log On To 2 to 1 to apply to the State DumpsterDepoot.com DumpsterDept.com for a spraying permit. Voting in favor were McMahon and SERVING THE GREATER DERRY, Breton. Hohenberger voted SERVING NORTHERN GREATER DERRY, NH SERVING THE MA AND SOUTHERN in opposition to making the LONDONDERRY AND WINDHAM AREA LONDONDERRY AND WINDHAM AREA application.
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Valentine’s Day and chocolate have been linked for some time now, but there really hasn’t been any definitive explanation for just why the delicious confection and the day of love seem to go hand in hand. The average American eats 11 pounds of chocolate every year, a significant percentage of which is enjoyed around Valentine’s Day. The reason people are known to enjoy and crave chocolate may be connected to its chemical components. Chocolate has been known to affect mood in many ways. It contains 380 known chemicals, triggering a host of responses in the brain. Chocolate can trigger the production of opioids, which are chemicals, such as those found in opium, that produce a feeling of well-being (euphoria). Eating chocolate then may make a person feel better, which is why chocolate is often a turn-to comfort snack. Chocolate also may work like THC, the chemical components in marijuana, extending the feeling of being “high” or well-being. Chocolate can also increase blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, attributing to feelings of alertness. The caffeine in chocolate also acts as a stimulant. However, the reason chocolate may be snatched up come Valentine’s Day is that chocolate appears to contain phenylalanine, the same chemical that is produced by the brain when people fall in love. Doctors think that eating chocolate creates a temporary “love high.” For those gifting chocolate for Valentine’s Day, consider dark chocolate, which is also high in antioxidants. This chocolate is among the healthier varieties in which to indulge.
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in the works until late in the game when Portsmouth finally slid one by her on a second rebound opportunity. Prior to losing her shutout, Re made three great third-period saves—one on a Portsmouth breakaway and two point-blank attempts from the slot. “Her positioning has been excellent,” commented head coach Doug Watson on his goaltender. “She’s been doing real well for us.” The following night, the two teams faced off against each other at the Icenter in Salem. Expecting to see a fired-up Clipper team after being embarrassed on their home ice, just the opposite occurred. A mirror image on the offensive side of the score sheet saw W-P cruise to a 7-2 thumping. The Wolf Pack came out the aggressors and at 1:23 of the opening period, a goal by Morin assisted by linemate Porter Carelli put the Pack up 1-0. After several great scoring chances by Morin, Korey Lubinger, Zach Malone, and Begin throughout the period, W-P finally got on the board again. Dustin Lubinger fired a wrist shot from just inside the right faceoff circle, beating the Clipper goalie short-side. As in Friday night’s game, the Pack led 2-0 at the end of the first period. With an even quicker start to period two, the Wolf Pack scored 25 seconds in on Morin’s second goal of the night, with the assist going to Korey Lubinger. With Portsmouth unable to mount any kind of attack against the stingy W-P defense, it was just a matter of time before the Pack took a 4-0 lead. Just past the halfway point of the game, Carelli scored, adding to his earlier assist. In the latter part of the middle frame, Re made a big save on Portsmouth’s Jerry Witkowski as he broke in with a quality scoring chance. Consecutive, fundamentally sound position saves kept the Clippers off the board until Greg Burzynski scored with just 1:13 left in the period. Portsmouth played their best hockey of the night during the final stages of the middle period, but still found themselves trailing 4-1 when the zamboni appeared. Portsmouth started the third period with the same intensity they finished with in period two. Recording his second goal of the night just over two minutes in was Burzynski, cutting the Pack lead to 4-2. As play continued, things became a little feisty on the ice with both teams picking up several penalties. While skating four on three, Wolf Pack’s ’Scorin’ Morin recorded a power-play goal, as his hat trick gave the home icers a comfortable 5-2 lead. Just moments after a beautiful centering pass through the crease from Malone to Barnard failed to convert, Begin scored his third goal of the weekend on a shot from a difficult angle that caromed off the opposing goalie’s pad. Then, after a superb, relentless individual effort of forechecking, tri-captain Morin picked up the loose puck and buried photos by Marc Ayotte by Marc Ayotte In Division III hockey action on February 4 and 5, the WindhamPelham Wolf Pack addressed their recent defensive woes and, combined with a strong offensive performance, iced Portsmouth High School in a home-and-home series. In Friday night’s 7-1 drubbing of the Clippers at Portsmouth, Colin Begin had his second strong offensive output in as many games to lead the Wolf Pack’s 52 shot-on-goal assault. With individual goals by Dustin Lubinger, Korey Lubinger, Brian Barnard, Nick Morin, and Connor Tierney, as well as stellar goaltending by Caitlin Re, the W-P skaters never trailed in the game. In fact, netminder Re (22 saves) had a shutout
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Windham High School Robotics Team Reaches Out to Afghanistan
submitted by Lisa Haswell The rookie Windham High School (WHS) FIRST Robotics team has already launched a major project in an effort to promote math and science in a struggling school in Afghanistan. Entitled Peace FIRST, the team is hoping to expand upon the vision of peace established by Greg Mortenson’s Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This effort is supported through a direct contact, Will Cotten, who lives and works in Afghanistan to promote peace between our countries through education. By collecting school supplies and fleece clothing and shipping them directly to Cotten, this ambitious WHS Robotics team hopes to start a relationship with a fledgling school in the hopes of someday hosting and mentoring a robotics team from Afghanistan. Team members are asking that the students and the community of Windham drop supplies in the Peace FIRST box in the main office at the WHS by February 18. Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit organization by renowned inventor Dean Kamen, the mission of FIRST is to “turn young people on” to science and engineering career opportunities. It creates a world where science, technology, engineering, and math are celebrated on the same plane as celebrity sports and music stars. For more information on FIRST, visit www.usfirst.org. The best hope for a peaceful world lies in the education of all the world’s children. The
William Wang Named Presidential Scholars Program Candidate
William Wang, a The Commission on graduating senior at Salem Presidential Scholars, a High School, and the son of group of some 32 eminent Liming Wang and Weiqun citizens appointed by the Zouhas of Windham, has President, will make final been named one of more selection of the Scholars. than 3,000 candidates in the They will select one young 2011 Presidential Scholars man and one young woman Program. Candidates were from each state, the District selected from nearly 3.2 of Columbia, Puerto Rico, million students expected and U.S. students living to graduate from U.S. high abroad; 15 students at-large; schools in the year 2011. and up to 20 students from Inclusion in the the creative and performing Presidential Scholars arts. The U.S. Department of Program, established in Education will announce the 1964, by Executive Order of Scholars in May. the President, is one of the All scholars are honored highest honors bestowed for their accomplishments upon graduating high during the program’s national school seniors. Scholars recognition events, held in William Wang are selected on the basis of June in Washington, D.C. superior academic and artistic achievements, During this trip, Presidential Scholars leadership qualities, strong character, and are guests of the Commission and enjoy an involvement in community and school expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet activities. with government officials, educators, authors, The 3,000 candidates were selected for their musicians, scientists, and other accomplished exceptional performance on either the College people. Scholars have the opportunity to Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further visit museums and monuments, and to attend consideration is based on students’ essays, selfrecitals, receptions, and ceremonies. To assessments, descriptions of activities, school commemorate their achievement, the Scholars recommendations, and school transcripts. A are awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion distinguished panel of educators will review at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April.
WHS Robotics Team is fully committed to the creation and fulfillment of global peace. For more information about the WHS FIRST Robotics Team, contact Scott Kukshtel at skukshtel@windhamsd. org.
Arrest Warrant Issued in Pelham Restaurant Burglary
submitted by Pelham Police Department On the morning of January 17, members of the Pelham Police Department were called to Grand 38 Restaurant, Bridge Street, Pelham, for a report of a burglary. Officers observed thousands of dollars worth of damage— broken windows, doors, registers, and vending machines. Taken during the burglary was cash from the registers, change from the vending machines, Jeffrey Langenfeld and a large butcher knife. While processing the scene, police found evidence believed to have been left by the suspect: blood, cloth fibers, and partial footprints in the snow. Investigators were able to review footprint photographs from a previous crime scene in which an individual had been arrested. The two footprints appeared to be similar. Based on the previous arrest and the footprints, officers applied to the Salem District Court for a search warrant authorizing the search of a residence on Birch Lane. During the search, police located more blood evidence, glass, and fibers that appeared to be similar to ones found at the crime scene. Jewelry that was later linked to another Pelham burglary was also found in the home. Several interviews were then conducted, which assisted police in this case. Shortly after this, a second search warrant was obtained through the Salem District Court authorizing the seizure of DNA from Jeffrey Langenfeld. With the assistance of the Manchester Police Department and the Portsmouth Police Department, Langenfeld’s DNA and other evidence was obtained. All evidence was later transported to the New Hampshire State Police Crime Lab for analysis. On January 25, an arrest warrant was issued for Jeffrey Langenfeld, 39, of Birch Lane, Pelham, for Burglary, Felony; Criminal Mischief, Felony; Possession of Drugs (cocaine), Felony; and Receiving Stolen Property (jewelry), Felony.
Zoning Amendments Proposed to Sign Ordinance and Regulation of Commercial Antenna Structures
submitted by Elizabeth Wood, Community Planner Commercial antenna structures come in a variety of forms, including antennas for the reception of radio and television signals and cellular towers. The Planning Board has proposed a zoning amendment that clarifies the zoning districts where a commercial antenna structure may be located. The structures would not be permitted in any residential zones; only in properties of certain commercial zones. This ordinance regulates antenna structures for commercial usage only and has no effect on antennas for personal use. The proposed amendments to the Sign Ordinance are aimed at making the ordinance more user-friendly, to better comply with State requirements, and address the changing needs of the community. Some of the proposed changes reflect safety issues, some reflect aesthetic concerns, and others were made to better serve the needs of the business community and non-profit groups in town. The exact ordinance language of the Commercial Antenna Structures amendment, Sign Ordinance amendment, and the language of all other Zoning Amendments proposed for the 2011 Town Meeting can be found on the Planning Board page of the Town Website: www.windhamnewhampshire.com. The proposed amendments are also available at the Community Development Department. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Community Development staff at 432-3806.
One Seriously Injured in Violent Fight
submitted by Pelham Police Department On January 27 at 6:30 p.m., members of the Pelham Police Department responded to Tina Avenue in Pelham for a report of a possible fight in progress. As the officers were arriving, they were able to stop two vehicles attempting to flee the area. Officers stopped those cars and made contact with the occupants. While they began an initial investigation as to what had taken place, two other officers responded directly to the residence. Once at the house, officers observed a crowd of approximately 12 people in front of the house. The crowd was screaming and very belligerent. Officers were advised that there was a fight and they were directed towards an injured male subject. The 17-year-old male subject of Pelham collapsed in the presence of the officers and was unconscious by the time the Pelham Fire Department arrived on scene. Preliminary investigations show that the 17-year-old male subject from Pelham was violently attacked by multiple people and had been struck with a bat in the head and chest. Two other male subjects, both 16 and both of Pelham, suffered facial injuries. There were multiple weapons located on scene, including a BB gun rifle, a machete, and a large knife. Witnesses reported that at least one subject had been armed with a firearm; however, it was not found at the scene. There were reportedly 20 people that showed up at the residence on Tina Avenue to fight the 17-year-old male subject. The subjects arrived in vehicles and are primarily from Nashua. The ages of all parties involved range from 16 through 21 years of age. The names are not being released at this time. The investigation is believed to be drug-related and arrests are forthcoming. The 17-year-old male subject was transported to the Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA. His medical condition improved significantly, and he is listed in stable condition and expected to be released.
Proactive Policing Leads to Arrest
submitted by Pelham Police Department Due to the increase in commercial burglaries in the immediate area, on February 1, members of the Pelham Police Department were assigned to watch local businesses. The majority of the commercial breaks have been occurring during inclement weather conditions and during the early morning Luis Rivera hours. At approximately 1 a.m. in the morning of February 2, Officer Bismark Montano and Officer Derek Gioia were traveling northbound on Route 38 in an undercover vehicle. There was a White Ford Explorer Sport Trac traveling erratically all over the roadway and the license plate was covered with snow. The officers radioed to patrol and requested assistance in stopping the vehicle in a fully marked police cruiser. Kimberly Santos Officer Matthew Kulesz stopped the vehicle on Route 38 in the area of the Pine Valley Golf Course. As officers cleared the snow covered license plate, they ran the Massachusetts registered vehicle with dispatch. Shortly after, the officers were advised that the vehicle returned stolen out of Lowell, MA. The vehicle was reported stolen on January 31. The driver was identified as Kimberly Santos, 21, Worcester, MA. Santos was immediately placed under arrest. She was found to be in possession of multiple bags of cocaine and prescription pills. Her passenger was eventually identified as Luis A. Rivera, 27, Lowell, MA. Rivera initially gave officers a fake name and date of birth. Santos has been charged with receiving stolen property, possession of drugs with an intent to distribute, possession of clonazepam, possession of cocaine, possession of alprazolam, transportation of drugs and operating without a valid license. Rivera was charged receiving stolen property, possession of alprazolam, possession of clonazepam and false report to law enforcement. Santos and Rivera will be held at the Pelham Police Department pending arraignment.
Snow and Ice Can Damage Fuel Storage Tanks
submitted by New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Snow and ice can damage outdoor heating oil/propane/natural gas tanks, and the piping connecting the tank to the building. Damage to tanks, filters, and associated piping can result in gas leaks and heating oil spills. Gas leaks are an explosion/fire hazard, and costly heating oil spills must be cleaned up to protect property and the environment. • Snow and ice that has accumulated around tanks, filters, and piping should be (carefully) removed for accessibility and safety. • Snow and ice damage can be avoided and prevented by removing it from roofs and overhanging eaves, where tanks are located below. • When removing snow and ice from roofs, care should be taken to avoid dropping it onto tanks, filters, and piping. • Temporary and permanent covers can be used to protect tanks and piping from snow and ice damage. Galvanized steel filter protectors may be available at no cost to homeowners from fuel oil dealers. For more information, contact DES at 271-3577, or contact your own fuel dealer.
PMA Talent Show
submitted by Tuyet Martin Alexis Martin, 6, plays the piano at the first-grade Talent Show at Presentation of Mary Academy, Hudson. Alexis is from Pelham.
WHS Hosts Jazz All-State Festival
Solo for “Body and Soul” by Robyn Hatch Windham High School hosted the 2011 NHMEA Jazz All-State Festival last Thursday through Saturday, February 3-5, at which over 100 of the state’s top musicians were selected to perform. Having been held annually for over 25 years at various
Jazz at its best schools and auditoriums, featured ensembles this year were the Honors Jazz Band, Honors Jazz Choir, and Jazz Choir. This year, Windham High School had two of its own students represented at the festival, where they were involved in three days of intensive rehearsal with professional
Incredible “Body and Soul” conductors. The three days culminated in a wonderful performance on Saturday in the Windham High School Auditorium, which was open to the public. A special thanks goes to Alvirne High School’s Gerard Bastien and Elizabeth Beaton for hosting the auditions.
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“Thumbs up to the new arcade in Pelham next to Chunkys. ‘It’s a very fun place with friendly staff.” “Thumbs down. After watching the televised school board member sworn in (ha ha) I hope it takes just as long, (ten minutes) to get rid of all of you.” “Thumbs down to the kindergarten. All Pelham voters beware, pay attention and vote no on a forever kindergarten financial burden.” “Thumbs down to the building code officer inspecting our local school systems. There is probably 32 pounds per square foot of snow on our roofs. I was told that all Mr. Soucy did was poke his head up through the suspended ceiling and say it was okay. Our children’s lives are in your hands. I think Mr. Soucy should take a good look at himself and his position within the town and I think the people need to take a good look at Mr. Soucy. ‘Thumbs down’ to people who only care about themselves.” pay her property taxes in full and on time before working on an election campaign.” “Thumbs down to the school lunches at Windham High. When the school first opened it was delicious but its been going down hill since then. The meatballs today were tan colored, the pizza was soggy and flavorless, the sandwich meats are all white even the ham, the chicken patties are disgusting. It’s time to re-evaluate your food. It’s like you tried to impress everyone at the beginning with the good food and then you brought in the crap! We miss the chef!” “Thumbs down to inconsiderate neighbors. On behalf of disabled people who have no choice but to do life’s tasks even though it will make them suffer more than they already do! If you were any kind of a decent person knowing this persons
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televised performance was a joy to watch. They made a stunning appearance in white costumes. Your community congratulates you for a job well done.” “Thumbs down Dr Bass... you call for an early dismissal and then dismiss way to late, the roads were horrible and you had employees and student driving on them! Then Thursday when everyone has to get up and clear off the driveways and vehicles you have no delay ... and you also had an opportunity to use a TW/S for a make up snow day and you didn’t bother to do that either...” “Thumbs down to the Windham Superintendent for even considering having Pelham come to Windham. We don’t even have 4 full classes and already you are working on a plan to overcrowd the High School - it is bad enough that all our other schools are overcrowded. You stated that Windham overwhelmingly voted to have a HS with Pelham, but that was before we planned and built the HS for just Windham. Start concentrating on figuring out what you will do for the other schools of Windham and stop focusing so much on your precious HS.” “Thumbs up to the anonymous Good Samaritan that pulled over to assist me on Route 111 when my 2-year-old daughter was choking on the side of the road. She hadn’t gotten any air for almost 30 seconds by the time you pulled over and it was a great comfort to both no longer be alone and to have someone be on the phone with 911 while I helped my daughter. This was all the way back in October, and I’d hoped I’d see you again when on that night you declined to supply your name - alas, I have not. I am so blessed to have had that evening turn out well for our family and I am so grateful to you and your husband for staying with me until the fire department came and she was out of danger. Thank you.”
“Thumbs down to the Pelham Board of Selectmen. Why are they giving away a townowned Right of Way off Castle Hill Road, when we have been using that same R.O.W. for necessary access to our property for 32 years? Should other users of town-owned R.O.W.’s now have to start worrying about access to their properties also??” “Thumbs down to the Pelham Police department and their snowmobile. Are we really spending money on cops riding around with the intent of harassing, I mean policing, snowmobile trails. I understand the snowmobile was seized and did not cost anything but we spent money painting/lettering/putting blue lights/ and then training/ buying mittens and hats/ top of the line helmets, and snow pants, and maintenance... and on and on. This free snowmobile has already cost us hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and that does not include the pay and huge injury/insurance risk. How does this stuff slip in? Unbelievable, btw vote no on the cop in school, they put in for 1/2 of the year but the training and equipment is all paid up front, who are you kidding. I’d rather see them all at Dunkin’s at least that doesn’t cost anything. Be there for us, be crime fighters, but know your boundaries.” “Thumbs up to the Lobster Tail. I love your new décor in the dining room almost as much as I love your food!” “Thumbs down to my neighbor. I am a mother home alone, my husband is on a business trip and it took me 4 times to shovel my very long driveway and he came in with his front loader and he dumped all the snow out of his driveway into my driveway, making snow banks 11-12 feet tall. ‘Thumbs down to Kenny B. for being arrogant and rude and not respectful of others property.”
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measured at 67 decibels. “That’s not in question,” he said. “But the cost outweighs any benefit to homeowners,” he continued. The Federal Highway Administration “sets the bar” in these cases, Stamnos said, referring to the criteria used to determine eligibility. According to these federal criteria, the cost per household to construct the sound barrier near Squire Armour would be $50,000 each; $20,000 more per house than allowed. The total estimated cost of the sound barrier along this stretch of highway would be in the neighborhood of one million dollars, Stamnos said. National guidelines were employed during the testing, which utilized a federal highway computer model, one that projects a worst-case scenario 20 years into the future. An adjacent location to Squire Armour Road, however, one that includes May Lane and Jewell Drive, did meet all projected criteria, and will be getting a sound barrier, he said. Windham Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said he feels that the Federal computer “noise” model used for the testing is “arbitrary” and, therefore, not relevant to this situation. McMahon said the testing was done last year, prior to the removal of the median strip along I93 and before a great many trees were cut down. He said he believes that 21 of the Squire Armour households are now significantly affected by increased noise from the highway. “You can’t carry on a conversation,” McMahon said of trying to talk to someone outside one of these residences on Squire Armour Road. “You have to yell to be heard.” “There’s been a tremendous noise impact on those who have invested in these homes,” McMahon added. “Can the [Federal highway] model be challenged?” McMahon asked. “There lies the conundrum,” he answered himself. He then said that town officials are asking for a third test to be done, now that the median strip on I-93 is history. Stamnos said that the level of the noise doesn’t change the effectiveness of a sound barrier. It’s the line of sight that determines its effectiveness, he said. Another contributing factor is the density of the neighborhood, which helps to determine whether or not explicit criteria are met. Sound barriers are generally about 20 feet high and the closer they are to the highway, the more effective they are. Of those areas tested thus far along the Route 93 corridor, seven locations have met the criteria while 11 have not, he told selectmen. Suzanne Duchesne, a resident of Squire Armour Road, was not satisfied with Stamnos’ comments. “It’s okay for the State to take some of my land for the highway, but, then, it’s not okay for me to give up some of my land so that the State can build a barrier and protect my investment,” she said. “There are a lot of variables here; ones that can be reasonably disputed,” Duchesne stated. Another area resident said she’s very concerned about the negative impact of the noise increase on property values. “What about the cost to us, as homeowners?” she asked. “We didn’t ask for an eight-lane highway” running next to our homes, she continued. “We feel as if we’re being railroaded.” Another area resident said, simply, “Put [the sound barrier] on the hill; do the right thing; protect our homes.” Gesturing around the room, she added, “We are a neighborhood; not just a bunch of individual property owners.” Stamnos said that even if the DOT is not able to construct a sound barrier, there are other possibilities to provide a buffer, including the erection of privacy fences or the planting of trees and shrubs. He did admit, however, that these are more a visual screen than a sound barrier. Another resident suggested building an earthen berm to help deflect the noise from these homes. “It’s cheaper than building a wall,” he said. This idea was not well received by State DOT representatives attending the meeting. Selectmen’s Vice Chairman Bruce Breton said he feels that the State’s “hands are tied,” due to federal regulations. The I-93 project is being done with 75-percent federal money, he said. He urged residents to put pressure on their Congressional Representatives. G.E. “Get them to expand the scope of the study,” he suggested. Squire Armour resident Frank Stone said he and other homeowners along this stretch are considering hiring an independent noise consultant, but would like “to partner” with the DOT and town officials. “We need to see what we can do to get a wall in our neighborhood,” he said. “If that’s the path you take, we’ll take a look at it,” Stamnos responded. Bill Cass, who represents the State Commissioner’s office at the DOT, finally came to the podium in an attempt to placate the residents. “You deserve answers,” he said. “We need to go back and look at some of these issues. We do need to go by the [Federal rules, but there may be loopholes.” Cass said he is willing to work with a private noise consultant in an attempt to resolve the dilemma. “But there are no false promises that the answers will be any different” from prior noise level tests, Cass said. “This cannot slide,” Chairman McMahon said. “We’ll get right on it,” Cass answered, “sooner than later.” When pressed for a more definitive answer, Cass told McMahon that he would tackle the issue beginning no later than February 7.
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Sister M. Helen (Elizabeth) Driscoll, 97, a Sister of Mercy for 77 years, died February 3, 2011, at Warde Health Center in Windham, after a period of declining health. A native of Roxbury, MA, she was the daughter of Daniel and Bridget (Foley) Driscoll. Sister Helen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Mount St. Mary College in Hooksett, and her Master of Education degree from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. She did further study in religious education at Boston College and Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, Washington, DC. For nearly 40 years, Sister Helen was a teacher and administrator in New Hampshire Catholic schools. What's the Raphael, St. Catherine, and St. Joseph She taught at St. word Grammar School in Manchester; St. John in Concord; around town? and St. Patrick in Berlin. She was also the principal at Holy Trinity School in Somersworth and St. Patrick in Manchester. 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a Python 5-0 run and 12-9 first-quarter lead. With Pelham’s ice-cold shooting from medium range, along with missing many easy attempts inside the paint, the second quarter scoring was virtually non-existent halfway through. Then, a nice feed from Stephen Spirou to junior guard Derek DeFranzo for a hoop ‘AND 1’ ignited the Pythons and began to open up the lead for the home team. Despite hanging tough in early action, ConVal was slowly finding out that the apparent mismatch on paper was coming to fruition on the court. Although when halftime rolled around, the Pythons found themselves with a tenuous 32-24 lead. Okay—one order of ‘fruition’ coming up. Pelham came out with a sizzling 9-0 run to start the second half, distancing themselves from the visitors. With Stephen Spirou scoring 11 of his game-high 30 points in the third quarter, the home team Pythons put their official stamp on the mismatch. And when Jake Vaiknoras (who poured in 24 points in the JV game earlier in the evening) drained a buzzer-beating baseline jumper, Pelham’s lead vaulted to a commanding 19 points at 50-31. As could be anticipated, a yawner of a fourth quarter ensued with the two teams trading insignificant baskets. The Pythons cruised to the 21-point victory while chalking up their third consecutive home-court win after dropping the home opener to Milford. After the game, Head Coach Matt Regan commented on the effective play of juniors Erik Nystrom, Brett Bailey, and Brian Finney: “Nystrom played very well tonight; he gave us a bunch of second [chance] opportunities with offensive rebounds. Bailey played nice tonight [with seven points] and Finney played real well against their big man [six-foot, six-inch, 275-pound center Jard Orazio, who came into the contest averaging an unofficial 15 points and 15 rebounds per game],” adding that “we get a lot out of his 41 points to lead the show. Bailey played well while tossing in 12 points on the night. In addition to Bailey, earning their coach’s praise were Jesse Vaiknoras, who Regan said “played very well again,” and Dean Joyce, who “played well with a couple of ally-oop passes to S. Spirou.” At the time of the win against Hollis-Brookline, the Pythons, with nine wins against only two losses, left them just percentage points behind Pembroke in the division ratings. In an unlikely scheduling scenario, the hometown Pythons, on consecutive nights, went up against a winless team. Sanborn Regional at 0-12 came into the Snake Pit sporting an even-worse record than Pelham’s opponents the night before. The game was pretty much over after the referee tossed the ball up for the opening tip-off. Steamrolling to a 31-2 lead at the end of one quarter, the Pythons were able to eventually get 15 different players to see some playing time. “We did the things we needed to do and it gave us an opportunity to see some younger guys in the game,” was pretty much how Coach Regan summed up the overwhelming mismatch. With the 87-31 victory, their third in a row and sixth in the last seven games, Pelham, at 10-2 on the season, remains in third place just behind Pembroke, who is 10-1. This Friday night, February 11, the Pythons travel to Pembroke for what has all the makings of being a classic thriller.
photos by Marc Ayotte Mr. Blue – super fan Joe Perrone – leads the Python student contingent five-foot, 10-inch frame.” In addition for the Pythons, DeFranzo and Anthony Spirou chipped in with eight and seven points, respectively. In the JV game, the Pythons handled ConVal with the same relative ease en route to a 69-53 win highlighted by a 10-player scoring attack. On Monday evening, the Cavaliers of Hollis-Brookline dragged their disappointing 0-11 record to the PHS hardwood floors. And as the saying goes, ‘that’s why they play the game.’ Despite resting comfortably at the bottom of the Division II standings, the Cavs came into Pelham and shot lights out from the floor, putting a scare into the heavily favored Pythons before succumbing by the score of 75-66. Although Hollis-Brookline had an excellent shooting night, Coach Regan was pleased with his team’s effort defensively. “The shots were all challenged and they just kept going in. At one point, they made 11 straight shots from 15 feet out or further,” he recalled. The visitor’s shooting exhibition was like “something out of a scary movie,” he added jokingly. For the Pythons, Stephen Spirou tossed in a season- and career-high Erik Nystrom kisses the glass with a soft touch for two against ConVal’s Jake Bacon by Marc Ayotte Due to the numerous school cancellations affecting the high school sports scene, the Pelham High School (PHS) boys’ varsity basketball team played three games this past week. On Friday, February 4, the flu-riddled and injured Cougars from ConVal limped and coughed their way into the Snake Pit to take on the 7-2 Pythons. Pelham, tied for second place in the Division II standings, made sure their opponents also limped and coughed their way back to Peterborough, as they handed the Cougars a 65-44 thumping. When looking at ConVal’s 2-6 record, the game certainly appeared to be your classic mismatch on paper. Surprisingly, there was a very slow start to the scoring, as each team had only one bucket two and half minutes into the game. But just inside two minutes remaining in the quarter, Python senior Dean “Threeno“ Joyce drained a jumper from beyond the arc, spiriting
Pictured at top right, Junior Python guard Derek DeFranzo (#22) brings the ball up the court vs. ConVal At bottom right, a third quarter buzzer-beating jumper by Python Jake Vaiknoras (#10)
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