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Pelham~Windham NewsPositive Picnic Keeps Windham Seniors
Young at Heart
by Susan Miner On Friday August 10, Windham town employees put on quite a picnic for the seniors of Windham. About 250 seniors who attended. Individuals, couples and groups brought in by shuttles from Warde Health, Pine Hill and Grace House made their way to the high school for what surely was an enjoyable day. They entered the cafeteria which had been decorated in a New England sports theme. Some of the town employees as well as some of the seniors were dressed in New England sports team clothing carrying the theme one step further. There was a change in the menu from last year. Chicken breasts were served up rather than hot dogs and hamburgers which seemed to be good change. DJ Vic Paul was there and had the music playing as folks entered and he kept the music playing and got folks dancing early. Even before lunch was served Vic had the dance floor busy with seniors dancing to tunes like “Blue Moon,” “Be My Baby,” “At The Hop,” “Calendar Girl” and “Puppy Love.” Line dancing was obviously a big hit with these seniors as they lined up and also did several line dances. Lunch was finished being cooked and was brought in and served up in a very organized manner. The seniors were served by the town employees and then brought their plates back to their seats and began to enjoy their meal. As folks were finishing up their first plates the town employees walked around offering more of everything to anybody who wanted more so they didn’t have to get up again. The dancing continued once again as soon as people finished their meals. You couldn’t keep these folks from dancing. Some patriotic music was played which got even more folks up on the floor dancing then even more line dancing. DJ Vic took lots of requests and kept the music rolling to the delight of the crowd. Desserts were served up after a while of dancing and clean up. The town employees kept the event running in a very organized fashion. All of the desserts were walked around and served to anyone who wanted them. The town employees were very gracious and helpful and made sure that the seniors got plenty of everything they wanted or needed. After several hours of food, dance and companionship the shuttles began to show up and folks started to make their way home. The day was indeed a hit with the seniors and kudos to the town employees who helped make such a wonderful day for everybody who attended. A little dancing mixed with making some music.


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A busy dance floor is a good sign.

DJ Vic Paul made the crowd happy with his music.

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Concerts on the Village Green

Musician Steve Blunt leads the audience as he sings and hops to the Kangaroo song as partner Marty Kelly bangs away on the Djembe drums; the two performed at the Pelham Community Spirit’s presentation of Concerts on the Village Green on August 8 by Marc Ayotte “Macaroni & Cheese” and “Rainy Day,” Blunt and Kelly, who provided the The concerts on the Village Green in Pelham continued its summer beat by way of the snare and Djembe drums, engaged the young audience. long promotion most recently with a children’s concert performed by In addition to performing, the duo had a stage-side display of the books Steve Blunt and Marty Kelly. The events are sponsored by the Pelham and CDs that they have each produced. Kelly, who spends his days as Community Spirit and brought to the public, free of charge. Once again an author and illustrator, has written several children’s’ books, including the event was supported by several local organizations including Packs 25 Crustacean Vacation and The Rules, also targeted for the K-4 audience. and 610 of the Pelham Boy Scouts, VFW Post 10722, the Ladies Auxiliary, He also has plans to release a ‘chapter book’ – a kid’s novel or a “fun kind as well as local business, Holly’s Kona Ice, who donates part of her night’s of story” as he described it, targeted at the 10-12 year old reader. The proceeds to the Scouts. New Boston resident also illustrated the cover for Blunt’s first CD entitled The fun-filled musical evening on August 8, was specifically directed “Out of School.” towards children’s entertainment. Blunt and Kelly performed a host of Blunt, who writes a lot of the songs the duo performs, has produced a interactive songs for the scores of youngsters and parents who came out total of five CDs, two of which were “There’s a Vampire at my Door” and to enjoy the music in front of the Pelham Public Library under a beautiful, “Hang on Henry” which he performed that evening as well. In their five blue sky. According to Blunt, who plays guitar and is the vocalist for the years of working together, Blunt says that most of their performances are duo, their music has a target audience of children in kindergarten through given in venues such as the one at the Pelham Public Library. During a the fourth grade. performance break that evening while selling their books and CDs, several Blunt did a “bonzer” of a job involving the audience. Many in members of the audience thanked the artists for prior performances, attendance were singing along as well as actively participating in the recalling their appearances at such venues as the Dracut (MA) Library and songs, epitomized by the ‘lively’ rendition of the Australian-themed Hampstead Academy. Kangaroo Dance. With other catchy tunes featuring fun names such as

by Barbara O’Brien According to a consultant for the New England School Development Council (NESDC), the response to Windham’s search for a new school superintendent has been a positive one, thus far, even though it has yet to be officially announced or advertised. Ken DeBenedictus, of NESDC, met with members of the Windham School Board on August 7 to provide an update on the process they hope will result in some topnotch candidates for the job of SAU 95’s very first superintendent. SAU 95 will become an official entity on July 1, 2013, at which time Windham and Pelham, now designated as SAU 28, will go their separate ways. The Pelham School District will remain as the only school district in SAU 28, while Windham will be the lone district labeled as SAU 95. The split is due to Windham voters having approved the division at the annual school district meeting this past March. DeBenedictus retired as superintendent of the Hollis/Brookline School District several years ago. He was New Hampshire’s Superintendent of the Year in 2004. NESDC, which got its start at Harvard Graduate School, has been in existence for more than 40 years, DeBenedictus said; a period during which more than 400 superintendent searches have been conducted. “We’ve always been successful in coming forth with highly qualified candidates,” he said. DeBenedictus told school board members that the advertisement and official announcement that Windham is seeking a new superintendent will be made the first week in September. It will be sent to 750 individuals and corporations nationwide, he said. “It will pique a lot of interest,” he commented. The announcement and advertising will appear both in publications and on websites throughout the United States. Although the official hiring campaign doesn’t get underway until next month, DeBenedictus said he has been recruiting individuals all summer. “I’ve been getting a very strong response,” he stated. DeBenedictus also said he’s been hearing a great deal of “positive feedback” regarding Windham becoming a single district school administrative unit (SAU). “Getting out of the gate very early,” is important, DeBenedictus said, because there are multiple school districts in this region seeking new superintendents, and, “the pool tends to be a little shallow.” By mid-October, once the announcement has been published and the advertising has been circulated, the Windham School Board will establish outreach focus groups, including administrators, teachers and parents, to brainstorm on the qualifications, skills and attributes that are being sought in a new superintendent. November 16 will be the deadline for the acceptance of any applications for the position of superintendent. Shortly after Thanksgiving, a screening committee will then be established, a group whose job it will be to narrow down the candidates. DeBenedictus said an average number of candidates generally runs in the range of 25 to 30 individuals. Approximately 25 to 30 percent of the initial applicants come from areas outside of New England, he explained. Initial interviews of the candidates will be conducted by the Windham School Board on December 3 through December 6. Final interviews will take place on December 17 through December 20. Generally, there are three to five final candidates to be interviewed, according to DeBenedictus. The appointment of a new superintendent for Windham is expected to take place by the middle of next January. “You have a very attractive school district, in a wonderful location,” DeBenedictus told local officials. “This is a unique and very attractive position.” School board member Jerome Rekart expressed concern that the search for a new superintendent will be taking place in the midst of budget season, a time during which school administrators will be enmeshed in developing a budget for continued to page 5- Feedback

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Congressman Bass Visits the New Derry Medical Center
Staff photos by Susan Miner

Brett Fox, a resident of Pelham and a first year at Southern Methodist University is listed on the honor roll with distinction. The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester: Pelham: Alyssa Soby, BS Hospitality Business; Amanda Blake, BS Hospitality Business; Andrew Keegan, BS Justice Studies; Jessica Jones, BS Business Administration; Katharine Ward, BA Communication; Maryna Demetri, BS Marketing; Sean West, BS Justice Studies/ Terrorism and Homeland Security; William Rines, BS Business Administration. Windham: Christine Prugnarola, BS Business Studies/ Organizational Leadership; Corinna Dacruz, BA Communication; Matthew Vincent, BS Justice Studies; Sean Gutman, BA Creative Writing and English; Shauna Cooney, BS Business Administration/Small Business Management. The following students have been named to the President’s List for the spring semester at Southern New Hampshire UniversityManchester. Pelham: Abigail Blais, BA English Education; Alex Wilson, BS Justice Studies; Amber Faucher, BA Psychology/Forensic Psychology; Chelsie Jean, BA English Language and Literature and English Education; Cherie Filistowicz, BS Business Administration; Daniel Curtin, BA Mathematics; Jennifer Croteau, BS Business Studies/Human Resource Management; Joseph Pinksten, BS Business Studies/Sport Management; Kaitlyn Russell, BS Business Administration; Nicholas Grenda, BA History and Social Studies Education; Olivia Chretien, BS Accounting; Rachel Sousa, BS Business Administration; Rebecca Manners, BS Business Administration; Taryn Kayo, BS Business Administration; William Marsden, BS Business Administration. Windham: Casey Malloch, BA Psychology; Dawn Travis, BA Psychology/Child & Adolescent Development; Jessica Marshall, BA Elementary Education; Joseph Clancey, BS Business Studies/ Computer Information Technology; Kristine Gosson, BA Psychology with concentration in Mental Health; Brett Fox, BS Business Studies/ Business Administration; Shannon Hardiman, BS Hospitality Business. Jennifer Anastopoulos Burke, a resident of Pelham, has graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston this past spring. Pelham residents Amanda Law (Class of 2012) and Lily Wood (Class of 2015) and Windham resident Katherine Schmidt (Class of 2015) have been named o the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Assumption College. Melody Long of Pelham was named to the Dean’s List at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring semester. David Nevins, a resident of Pelham, was named to the Dean’s List at Fairfield University for the spring semester. Windham residents Mackenzie Miller, a member of the class of 2015, and Ashley Mulkey, a member of the class of 2012, and Pelham resident Erin Wholey, a member of the class of 2014, have been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the spring semester. Send your Accolades to with a photo

by Susan Miner On August 8, Congressman Charlie Bass visited the newly refurbished Castle Commons Building. He toured the new Derry Medical Center facility which is almost complete. He walked and looked at all of the different areas which will soon be home to specialists, private practice offices, laboratories and imaging center. Bass spoke briefly and had the following things to say. “I am hopeful that we can get a new administration in place in Washington, but Congressman Bass spoke to a crowd most importantly outside after touring the new we can get a Derry Medical Center facility. congress and a senate regardless of political persuasion that is willing to work together to deal with these huge issues that we are going to face at the end of the year.” Bass discussed plans for building small business, “simplify and lower taxes for small business and give small businesses an opportunity to thrive and prosper with less government regulation.”

The outside of the new Derry Medical Center facility. A question was asked about the development’s importance for progression for the town of Windham on the I-93 corridor. He replied “It is really symbolic and illustrative why it’s important we get this I-93 expansion complete as quickly as possible. You can see it, it is the perfect example up here of how upgrading infrastructure means so many significant secondary impacts in this case.” Bass indicated there are a number of businesses in the Windham area that will benefit from the I-93 expansion and he wants to work with Washington to ensure a transportation bill gets out over the next year and a half with adequate funding for infrastructure development including priority projects in New Hampshire’s ten year highway plan.

Right Turn Lane at Shaw’s to Remain Unchanged
by Barbara O’Brien Those who want to see the lane turning into Shaw’s Supermarket off Route 111 made into a “right turn only,” would have trouble finding fault with the ongoing efforts of Windham Selectmen. Although no one in attendance at the Monday night selectmen’s meeting could be certain exactly how many times officials from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) had traveled to Windham to debate the issue, the topic came up again during the board’s meeting on August 6. Be it four or five or a half-dozen times that Windham Selectmen have asked DOT representatives to change the lane configuration, the most recent answer remained an unqualified “No,” just as it had previously. Roger Lambert, of the DOT’s Traffic Engineering Department, explained that Route 111, in the area of Shaw’s, was “improved” when the supermarket was constructed, and State officials see no reason why it should be altered now. Route 111 is a state-owned highway. “The DOT still feels that it’s the right solution,” Lambert commented. Lambert said that traffic would back up along Route 111, as far back as the Route 93 intersection, if the right lane was limited to turning traffic only and all other motorists had to line up in the left lane. “The sheer volume of traffic would create a delay on 111 West,” he added. As motorists approach the Wall Street intersection of Route 111 West, the roadway divides into two lanes. The left lane is intended for drivers who are proceeding west, while the right lane can be used either for turning onto Wall Street and proceeding to Shaw’s or for continuing straight ahead westbound. Those who have concerns about drivers being able to continue straight ahead from both lanes, say it is a hazard because some motorists in the right lane aren’t yielding to traffic in the left hand lane and some driving in the left lane are trying to cut off those in the right lane. Selectmen Kathleen DiFruscia and Roger Hohenberger both cited witnessing numerous near collisions at that location. According to Police Chief Gerald Lewis and Fire Chief Tom McPherson, however, there has never been an accident at the Route 111/Wall Street intersection. Still, selectmen believe it is only a matter of time before a car crash occurs at that location. “Cars in the right lane try to beat cars in the left lane,” DiFruscia said. “It creates a very dangerous situation.” DiFruscia said she receives complaints from concerned residents all the time. Hohenberger said he believes the current configuration of lanes is “promoting road rage.” “It does nothing more than aggravate people in both lanes,” he said. “I still want to see right turn only painted on the right lane,” he told Lambert. “It’s not an exact science,” Lambert said, but the DOT has done a significant level of analysis at that intersection. “Motorists need to merge responsibly,” he stated. “It’s not the best scenario,” Chief McPherson said, but the numbers just don’t support changing the right lane. In fact, accidents could be caused by eliminating the ability for motorists to go straight from the right lane, McPherson said. Chief Lewis agrees that the right lane should stay as it is currently to avoid traffic backing up during “rush hour” in the morning and evening. When questioned about the possibility of extending the right lane all the way to the Village Green, Lewis said the shoulders along that stretch are too narrow to continue the lane. Former selectman Dennis Senibaldi, who currently works for the Solid Waste Department, summed up his solution to the problem by saying, “People need to learn to be courteous.” Referring to another traffic issue in Windham, Hohenberger asked Lambert to check out the sensitivity of the traffic light at the intersection of Route 111 and North Lowell Road. “You can sit at that light for three minutes late at night” when there’s no traffic coming in either direction along Route 111,” Hohenberger said. Lambert said that the “tripper” that signals the traffic light to cars waiting to come out of North Lowell Road most likely needed to be adjusted. Hohenberger replied that he didn’t think that was the problem. “I’ve driven back and forth, trying to hit the tripper,” Hohenberger said. “Nothing happens. I just sit there emitting carbon emissions.” Lambert said he would have the signal checked out in the near future. Former selectman and State Representative Charles McMahon wanted to know “a time certain” for the completion of the widening of Route 111 near Exit 3 of Route 93. “Windham is the crossroads of Southern New Hampshire,” McMahon said. “We need to get this happening, now.” McMahon described the current conditions in that area as “a dangerous situation.” Lambert encouraged town officials and other interested residents to stop by the field office on Route 111 to get their questions answered regarding the widening of the highway. Selectmen will also be putting the issue on a future agenda for an update.

Car Wash to be Held for Eagle Scout Project
by Barbara O’Brien One of the stipulations of completing a Boy Scout Eagle Scout project is raising the money to pay for the materials needed for the undertaking. In order to achieve this goal, Will Carpenter of Windham Boy Scout Troop 266 will hold a car wash at AJ Letizio’s on Indian Rock Road (Route 111) in Windham on Saturday, August 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Carpenter, who is an Eagle Scout candidate, has recently received approval from the Windham School Board and the Eagle Board of Review to construct a buffer around the newly installed solar arrays and wind turbine on the grounds of Windham High School. Carpenter also plans to landscape the area and return it to its preconstruction condition. Carpenter, 15, is getting ready to begin his freshman year at Windham High School. Donations to benefit his community service project will be gratefully accepted.

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Resident Asks for Conflict of Interest Petition to be Dismissed
by Barbara O’Brien Windham resident Marc Sneider is asking that a petition to Rockingham County Superior Court, regarding the town’s recently adopted Conflict of Interest Ordinance, be dismissed. The petition was made by the Windham Board of Selectmen late this past spring and, subsequently, taken under advisement by Superior Court. In the petition, selectmen asked the court to interpret some of the wording in the Conflict of Interest Ordinance, because there was concern by legal counsel and town officials that certain portions of the ordinance pertained to too wide a range of people and were, therefore, in violation of the United States Constitution. The Conflict of Interest Ordinance was adopted by voters this past March. It had been put on the ballot through two citizens petitions, both authored by Sneider and signed by the required number of registered Windham voters. Sneider has said, repeatedly, that the new ordinance is similar to that used in many places throughout the United States and in no way violates anyone’s rights. According to Sneider, the selectmen’s petition should be dismissed by Superior Court because “the selectmen lack standing to bring this action; there is no justifiable case in controversy; the petition impermissibly seeks this court’s advisory opinion about speculative future claims; the petition fails to identify and name a proper defendant; the petition seeks to raise inappropriately the potential claims of third parties; and the petition fails to state a course of action upon which relief can be granted. Sneider is also claiming that he should be awarded his legal fees and costs in connection with having to defend this matter, “in that he was inappropriately named as a defendant and in so doing his civil and constitutionally protected rights have been infringed and he has been forced to defend and protect a clearly defined right.” According to Sneider’s motion to dismiss the petition, without the selectmen having identified an adverse party, “it is impossible to determine what part of the ordinance such a hypothetical party would seek to enforce and, therefore, it is impossible to differentiate what adverse legal claim(s), if any, are in contention.” “Without quantifying, with even a remote degree of specificity, the adverse legal claims that are in contention, the selectmen are merely speculating,” Sneider’s lawyer, Steven Clark of Londonderry, stated. “The petition requires that the court divine the potential adverse parties, the claims that may be asserted, what provisions of the ordinances that may come into contention, and the scope of harm that may result.” “This is nothing more than a request that the court examine each ordinance, word by word, and render an advisory opinion as to each and every provision of each ordinance,” Clark wrote. “The selectmen’s request is far beyond the judicial capabilities and jurisdiction of the court.” Sneider contends that the adverse claims for which the selectmen seek the court’s declaratory judgment “must be concrete and immediate.” “On its face, it is clear that the petition is requesting an advisory opinion based on nothing but hypothetical future claims,” Sneider contends. “Since the selectmen’s claims are speculative rather than concrete and immediate, the selectmen are merely seeking the court’s opinion as to a potential future case, which may never arise,” Clark wrote. Clark also stated, that in singling Sneider out and naming him as a respondent in the court petition, the selectmen “have only succeeded in infringing upon Sneider’s rights and the rights of all the citizens.” “Should the citizens now fear that they will be named in a lawsuit and thereby have to suffer the personal and economic burden of defending themselves if they speak at a public meeting or support a citizens’ petition,” Clark asked. “The selectmen thrust Sneider into this matter based on nothing more than the fact that he endorsed two citizens’ petitions, spoke at the town’s deliberative session and a public session of the selectmen,” Sneider’s motion for dismissal reads. In response to questions about Sneider’s motion to dismiss the town’s petition to Superior Court, Windham Town Administrator David Sullivan said, “Once it is in the courts, we allow the process to move forward through that system and our town counsel (Bernie Campbell).” “Motions to dismiss are not unusual, so it is not unexpected,” Sullivan said.

Maintenance Director Unexpectedly Resigns
by Barbara O’Brien Following a brief non-public session during the Windham Board of Selectmen’s meeting on August 13, Town Administrator David Sullivan announced that long-term Maintenance Director Allan Barlow had regrettably tendered his resignation. Sullivan said he had received the news that Barlow intended to retire with sadness. “Al has been a tremendous asset to the town,” Sullivan said. “I wish him all the best.” Barlow’s last actual day on the job will be August 31, however, he will still be a town employee until the end of the year, as the result of accumulated vacation and sick time. The announcement of Barlow’s retirement, after 14 years of employment with the Town of Windham, comes amidst some contention regarding the relocation of the Maintenance Department from the downstairs of the Community Development Building to the new highway garage, constructed last year. Barlow made it clear that he was opposed to the move across town, but was over-ruled by selectmen while he was on vacation in Alaska several weeks ago. Selectmen’s Chairman Bruce Breton and Selectman Phil LoChiatto were paramount in taking action to assure the Maintenance Department would be relocated. Both LoChiatto and Breton have also said they favor the future development of a combined Public Works Department, rather than the three individual departments (maintenance, highway and solid waste) that exist currently. Barlow was not in favor of combining the three departments under one heading. Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he has always been able to look to Barlow for sound advice. “He’s always been a straight shooter,” Hohenberger said. “He’s a very good worker.” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia told Barlow that it “has been such a pleasure to work with you.” “You will be missed,” she added. Selectmen’s Vice-Chairman Ross McLeod said Barlow has been “a real asset to the town.” “I wish we had more just like you,” McLeod said. LoChiatto said he has enjoyed working with Barlow and appreciates his hard work on behalf of the town. Breton said simply that he wishes Barlow the best in his retirement. WCTV videographer Barbara Coish, who also oversees the Windham Senior Center, one of the town-owned facilities maintained by Barlow, commented, “I am very sad to see Allan retire. I think he may just miss being as busy as he has been every day, working at the various town buildings, fixing so many issues.” “ I will definitely miss having Allan on the other end of the cell phone, whenever an issue arises at the senior center,” Coish said. “He always responded quickly and efficiently.” Although Barlow made no public comment during the meeting, he did speak about the situation the following day. “It was a great place to work for many years,” Barlow said. “I loved my job.” In recent months, however, Barlow decided he needed to consider leaving the job he had held since 1998. “Things had become very difficult,” he said in response to a question regarding the relocation of the department and the possibility of the three departments combining. “The level of frustration was increasing,” he said. “It was really starting to get to me.” “That’s when I decided it was time to go,” he said. “It’s time to redefine my life.” When asked what was in store for his future, Barlow said, “My wife has a honey-do list and I have a bucket list to work on.” Which will come first? “Most likely the honey-do list,” he laughed. Barlow is a long-time Windham resident.

Charlie Chalk Says Goodbye
by Kristen Hoffman After over a decade with the Area News Group, Charlie Chalk is leaving. Chalk, formerly a deputy on the Hudson Fire Department, has been writing his column, Outdoors with Charlie Chalk since 2000. “I’m moving out of state,” Chalk said. Chalk is planning on returning to his roots, and moving back to his birthplace of Kentucky. In recent years, Chalk relocated to Northern New Hampshire to focus on his hobbies after he retired from the Fire Department. While he likes New Hampshire and all New England has to offer, Chalk said that he always knew he was going to move away. Chalk says he looks forward to the hunting down in the Kentucky mountains. He is moving to the western hills, formerly known as coal country. “Its very good hunting, there are a lot of elk,” Chalk said. He said his wife is also excited for the move, as she is an avid ATV rider. Chalk said he plans on still writing for outdoor publications once he moves, and he was happy with the time he spent with the Area News Group, “I’m very fortunate, my readership was great,” Chalk said. He acknowledged that some of his columns may have been controversial to some readers, but he was happy he was able to promote outdoor lifestyles. “Hopefully it’s been beneficial to the communities,” he said.

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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Still Campaigning for Ron Paul
I regret that I will miss the Women’s Club candidate’s forum held on Tuesday night, August 21. It is something I looked forward to. I will be traveling to Tampa, FL, for the Republican National Convention as a regular delegate for Ron Paul. There are three regular delegates and three alternates for Ron Paul from New Hampshire. I was privileged to be on the stage in Exeter when Ron Paul announced his candidacy for President last year. I was asked because of a speech I gave on the floor of the House. It was my very first speech and I guess I exposed my politics and my passion. Many State Reps came up to me after the speech with constructive criticisms and advice and encouragement. (It was much too long.) One State Rep said. “If you really believe what you said, how would you like to come to Exeter and stand on the stage with Ron Paul?” Would I! Yes! Ron Paul’s non-poll-tested candor and conviction is what I would like to see more of in government. He is knowledgeable in all the areas necessary to be an effective advocate of liberty and freedom for all the people, not just the politically connected. If he were being interviewed for the job of President his credentials would put him far ahead of any of the candidates that ran for the Republican nomination. I also believe he differentiates himself from President Obama in a positive way and could win in the general election. This summer Ron Paul won a vote in the House to have an audit of the Federal Reserve. Every House Republican voted for it but one. Eighty-nine Democrats voted for it. He has exposed the Federal Reserve and their fiat money, fractional reserve, monopoly banking system and control of the interest rate, etc. to the public as the main cause of our economic problems. In a debate with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke last month Dr. Paul said: “It’s the destruction of the currency that destroys the middle class,” he said. “There’s a principle of free market thinking that says (by) destroying the value of the currency through inflation, you transfer the wealth from the middle class and it gravitates to the very wealthy. If you like big government, (you) love the Fed.” Dr. Paul speaks to problems that affect each and every one of us. If he were to be elected President he would reserve only those powers delegated in the Constitution by the States and by the people to the Federal Government. A quick note on Foreign Affairs; am I an isolationist? No. Neither is Dr. Paul. He is a realist. Okay, this discussion is moot. Dr. Paul did not get the numbers to get the nomination. He has, however, affected the debate in a profound way. I told quite a few people when I was going door-to-door in 2010 that I would advocate for the individual, not for special interests. I am continuing advocating for the individual by my support for Ron Paul and his principles. Tampa will be interesting, even exciting. It is my first Convention. See you when I get back. Representative Donna Mauro, Windham

Bob Haefner Announces Candidacy for State Rep, Hillsborough District 37
I announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for the NH House of Representatives from District 37, Hudson and Pelham. I am seeking reelection for a fourth term to the House. From a qualification standpoint, I have a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which I earned magna cum laude. I am retired from Hewlett Packard where I left as an Operations Manager in Services Procurement. I have experience, after 36 years with a combination of Digital Equipment Corp., Compact Computer and HP, in People Management, Process Management, Project Management and Engineering. I have been active in Hudson for some time. I served eight years on the Hudson Municipal Budget Committee (three as Clerk), eight years on the Hudson Conservation Commission (two years as the Chair), and five years as a Cemetery Trustee (four years as Chair). I am a member of the American Legion, Alvirne Vocational School Advisory Council, a Director of the Hudson Historical Society, Overseer of the Hudson Grange, Master of the Hillsborough County Pomona Grange and a member of the State Grange Executive Committee. I am a supporting member of the NH Farm Bureau. I have served three terms in the House and served all six years on the Committee on Environment and Agriculture. I was fortunate to have been asked to serve on a second committee for three of those years, an opportunity few Representatives get. As a result I also was a member of Election Law one year, and Legislative Administration for two years. I am proud of my attendance. I never missed a session day in the first four years. The last term I missed four session days, all because I was in Washington, DC, lobbying for NH agriculture. I only missed one committee day in six years. I feel strongly that you are not represented if your Representatives are not there for both session and committee meetings. I am also proud of some of the work our committee did to help Agriculture in NH. For two years I also served on the Hillsborough County Executive Committee. I am active in The Council of State Governments and State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, a group of Agriculture Chairs from House and Senate from all 50 states. My priorities continue to be low taxes through prudent spending, our seniors, our veterans, law enforcement, your constitutional rights, parental rights, an environment that attracts and retains business in NH, and local control of education. I also support preservation of open space - and what better way to keep space open then by preserving the family farm? Although I am from Hudson, I proudly represent the good folks of Pelham and I take that responsibility seriously. I ask for your support in the Primary on Tuesday, September 11, by voting for Bob Haefner for State Representative on the Republican Ballot. Bob Haefner, Hudson

Are you Kidding?
Now that the election is getting closer, the campaign ads are getting even more prevalent and more outrageous. One of the biggest lies that we have seen in an ad for Romney is the one with President Bill Clinton signing welfare legislation, making work a requirement of welfare. The ad says that Obama planned to get rid of the work part of welfare that Clinton created so that welfare recipients could get checks without getting off the couch. Clinton immediately repudiated this ad saying that Obama did not eliminate the work requirement but allowed states more flexibility. Republican Governors, including Romney in 2005, asked for this flexibility. A Republican ad that takes Obama’s words out of context is the one that says, “You didn’t build it.” It was very clear in Obama’s original

statement that he was talking about how government assisted businesses by building roads, and bridges. We need more honesty in politics and certainly don’t need fabrications made to trick the public. In fairness, some Democratic ads need help too. Speaking of honesty, we should continue to ask Romney to show many years of his taxes as others before him have done. If not, we are left to believe that he is hiding something. Romney, in a recent interview with Chuck Todd, said, that he wants to call a truce between the parties and not have anything relating to business, personal issues or taxes fair game. Is he kidding? Someone running for the highest office in the land does not want his business, personal issues or taxes fair game in an election. I guess he thinks we should just trust him. Now that he is trailing in the polls, he wants to change the rules. It would be nice if the continued to page 5- More Letters to our Editor

In My Opinion...
I am a 16-year-old student who lives in Windham. I am your typical teenager. I play sports, I work hard in school, and I enjoy hanging out with my friends. Like every normal teenager, I was excited to see the new Batman movie. I got a group of my friends and we all went to go see it at midnight. We all enjoyed the movie and made it home safely. Unfortunately at another midnight showing in Aurora, Colorado, the event was neither safe nor enjoyable. The incident that occurred at the midnight showing of Batman in Aurora, CO, is sickening and terrifying. The scariest thing about the whole incident is that the man behind this act of violence acquired his weapons legally. That factor in the story brings forth a serious issue for us in New Hampshire, gun laws. Currently in New Hampshire, our gun laws are laissez faire to say the least. There is no permit required in New Hampshire that is needed for a person to buy a gun from a licensed dealer. On top of that, no permit is required either for a person walk around openly with a gun on a holster as long as it is visible. It is crazy to think that anybody of

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the age 21 or older can walk into a licensed arms dealer and walk out with a handgun without any real effort. This incident should be an eye opener for New Hampshire to have stricter gun laws in place. The laws already set in New Hampshire easily enable a person to commit an act just sinister as the one in Colorado. New Hampshire could get a good start with these two steps (but not limited to these either): 1.) Require a gun license before a purchase of any gun. Currently in New Hampshire permits are only required in certain situations such as buying a gun from a private party. Permits are not required for handguns. 2.) Require a psychological examination before a gun license can be issued. The shooter in Colorado to any gun store clerk would appear to be a normal person. During the trial though it has come to light that the man is insane (obviously considering what he did) and may suffer from a list of different psychological disorders, ones that should be assessed by a psychologist not a store clerk. I know New Hampshire tries to stay true to the “Live Free or Die” motto, but our gun laws need to be changed for all our safety. Since the horrific act I have asked myself, “What if it had happened at the local theater I was at?”

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campaigns started out with more civility, but with all Slashed Taxes for Millionaires that has transpired the rules certainly won’t change now. Cost the Middle Class To cut taxes and watch the deficit decrease the way Romney would like, he would have to slash entitlement Recently, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and programs and domestic programs, which is why he Brookings Institution released a study that laid out will not give specifics. Now that Romney has chosen the real world impact of Mitt Romney’s tax plan. The Paul Ryan for his VP, they will double down on the study found that people making over a million dollars Ryan Plan, and we can watch Social Security change, would receive a tax cut of approximately a quarter of a Medicare become a voucher system which most likely million dollars, while families who have children and would not be able to keep up with health care costs, make less than $200,000 would see their taxes go up an have big cuts in Medicaid, education, infrastructure, average of more than two thousand dollars. Yes, that is and big increases in defense spending touted by two right. In New Hampshire, about 640,000 middle-class men that have no foreign policy experience nor have families could face a tax increase of about $2,000 under served in the military. They want to give large tax cuts the Romney plan. Under President Obama, the typical to the rich, and lastly, but not least, they want to tell family in New Hampshire saved $4,238. women what medical procedures they are allowed to Don’t watch the commercials, just visit www. have. The GOP wants to pay for things on the backs of to get the balanced, non-political those that can least afford it, seniors, the middle class, perspective. On Romney’s tax plan, the site says, and the poor. Do we want to put more money in the Ā”Romney has said he would offset the loss of personal hands of the 1 percent and wait to see if it will trickle income tax revenue (estimated at $360 billion a year down? It did not trickle down with Bush, so why do by the Tax Policy Center) by reducing tax deductions they think it will this time? Money in the hands of and credits. And he has said he would do this while seniors, the middle class, and the poor; however, would making sure that those at the top keep paying the same be spent on products and services needed. Giving the 1 share of the tax burden they are paying now … Romney percent more tax breaks will only allow more money to has failed to produce evidence that what he promises is be stashed wherever … likely off-shore. possible. And we judge that the weight of evidence and SpeakingOF stashing money off-shore, when we of TOWN expert opinion is clear - it is not possible.” purchase items, we should try and purchase items Made What makes people believe that a billionaire who in America, and keep our money here. We should try shelters money in foreign accounts to avoid paying and be diligent about checking labels when purchasing U.S. taxes, will not release his tax returns according items so that we can put people back to work in our to political standards set decades ago (ironically by his country. FIREwill beby Robert Horne Firefighter, NREMT Paramedic, BS It worth it! father, George Romney), and ran a venture capitalist DEPARTMENT company that fired employees, has the skills needed to Anne Lentz, Windham handle our current challenges? You only have to look at Massachusetts to see that the business experiences of Mitt Romney do not transfer to being President of the United States. Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts promising more jobs, decreased debt, and smaller government. Yet, under Governor Romney’s watch, taxes and fees were increased by $750 million per year, long-term debt was increased more than $2.6 billion and the state was 47th out of 50 states in job creation. This election is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for how to grow our economy, create jobs and pay down the debt. Mitt Romney believes that if we slash taxes for millionaires and raise them on the middle class, our economy will grow. But we tried that philosophy for the past decade and it did nothing to help grow the middle class or pay down our debt. Let’s keep moving forward with President Obama. Valerie Roman, Windham dangerous, and many of these millions of users are not aware of the serious issues concerning the responsibilities of owning a social media account. There is an unspoken code of conduct when posting comments or opinions online. Appropriate language is a must at all time, and recognition for how words may be misinterpreted. Words cannot be thrown around without any consideration to whom may be reading them. Therefore, one good rule of thumb when posting online is that if you would not say it to your teacher or your employer then do not say it online. When necessary care is absent, the results can be minute, or life changing. Perhaps the most risky aspect of social media is the possibility of jeopardizing one’s professional life. It is becoming more common for people to lose jobs as a result of inappropriate tweets or status updates. In recent events, defender Michael Morganella was kicked off of the Swiss Olympic team for racist tweets directed towards opposing Olympians following a 2-1 loss to South Korea. On a smaller scale, when people keep their accounts open for public viewing, they are usually screened by future potential employers. For certain jobs, it has even become part of the interview process. Therefore, whether on a small scale, or a largely public scale, everyone is accountable for what they post on the internet. So, enjoy the technology at your fingertips, but be careful and be responsible. Clairee Putnam, Windham

Social Media
Tweets, statuses, and hash tags are all words commonly found in today’s youthful vernacular. It is no secret that social media is completely consuming the minds of young people across the nation. As the use of technology becomes increasingly accessible, our generation continues to fall into the stereotype of technologically fanatic individuals. In fact, as of May 2012, Facebook alone reached an incredible landmark of over 900 million active users. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that social media is as useful as it is

even speed up the dehydration process. Water is better than sports drinks which by Robert Horne Firefighter, NREMT Paramedic, BS FIRE DEPARTMENT often contain sugar. Keep an eye out for Heat Exhaustion. The young and elderly are most August is fully upon us and summer fun susceptible to Heat Exhaustion and Heat is well under way. I hope you have had a Stroke. Pale, cool, moist skin, profuse wonderful, safe summer so far. Let’s review sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness, some summer safety tips so we can all headache, weakness, excessive thirst, remain safe and happy. nausea, increased heart rate, and a body 1. Always swim with a buddy and never let temperature over 100 degrees are the your child swim unattended. Make sure symptoms of Heat Exhaustion. If not access to pools is closed when an adult treated it will quickly turn into Heat Stroke is not around. If your child does not which can lead to permanent nerve, heart, swim well, make sure floats are available liver, or kidney problems, or even death. and consider swimming lessons. While If you suspect either of these conditions, swimming, do not exceed your limits and move the person to a cool, shady spot, let return to land when you start feeling tired. them sip water, fan them with a water mist Even strong swimmers can drown. and call 911 immediately. 2. Think “Boat Safety!” Remember to 4. Wear sunscreen and bug spray. The keep a safe distance from other vessels potential consequences of prolonged sun as well as keep an eye out for water exposure are well documented. Even skiers and swimmers. Not all rocks and a short time in the hot sun can cause obstacles in lakes are marked, so always severe sunburns. Again, children and the be aware. Drunk driving on a boat is just elderly are very susceptible to sunburns. as dangerous as doing it in a car. Legally Remember to wear quality bug spray. it holds the same repercussions in New Mosquitoes in several southern New Hampshire. Please drink responsibly. Hampshire towns have recently tested 3. Keep hydrated. Make sure you and your positive for West Nile Virus. Do not wait friends and family drink plenty of water. to get bitten or until it gets dark to apply Coffee, soda, and alcoholic beverages do bug spray. Be proactive. not provide adequate hydration and will

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5. Everyone loves a barbeque (especially me). Please be careful when grilling on the barbeque. Greasy grills, grills too close to a home or woodlands can cause fires and severe burns. The Pelham Fire Department recommends keeping your grill at least 10 feet away from your home or any other combustible materials. If a fire should erupt, call 911 immediately to dispatch the fire dept. If you are cooking on a campfire, keep a hose nearby and remember to fully extinguish the fire before you leave it. 6. Watch out for motorcycles and bicycles. Share the road and always look twice. Motorcyclist and bike riders don’t stand a chance against your car or truck. Please be aware of them and grant the right of way to be safe. 7. I could go on forever, so here are some rapid-fire summer safety tips. Check on the elderly, never leave a child or animal in a car in the hot sun, take water breaks, wear hats, never empty hot embers in the woods or near a home, use fireworks with great caution and never underestimate their power and danger, and check your lawn for big rocks and projectiles before mowing it. The annual Pelham Fire Department Retiree Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 16, at 10 a.m. at the Pelham Fire Station. All Pelham Fire Department retirees are encouraged to attend. We cannot have a future if we forget our past. Until next month, stay safe and remember to send your questions to

Fire Department Tries for Grant a Second Time
by Barbara O’Brien This past March, Windham firefighters asked for new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and voters voiced their approval. The federal grant that the fire department had applied for to pay for the equipment was, subsequently, denied, however, leaving local firefighters with no choice but to continue using the aging equipment they already had. Not one to give up, however, Fire Chief Tom McPherson has again applied for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) grant. The federal grant would provide 95 percent of the total $204,000 cost of replacing the fire department’s self-contained breathing apparatus. The other five percent of the cost would need to be funded by the Town of Windham. Not wanting to take too many chances on Windham’s chances of receiving the grant this year, McPherson contacted United States Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen. As a result, both Ayotte and Shaheen wrote what McPherson described as “very strong letters of support” to FEMA administrators. McPherson said he was not sure when Windham would be notified about its grant eligibility, but he’s hopeful of the outcome. The purchase of new selfcontained breathing apparatus is already included in the 2013 Windham Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), McPherson said.

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the 2013-14 school year. DeBenedictus said the process will be sufficiently flexible that it can be adjusted to the school board’s needs. “Are we being aggressive enough,” Rekart asked. “Yes, we are,” DeBenedictus responded. “We are in really good shape.” School board Vice-Chairman Michelle Farrell emphasized how “extremely important it is to find the right person” to fill the job of SAU 95’s inaugural superintendent. School board members also expressed their sincere appreciation to Interim Superintendent Henry LaBranche for his dedication to the Windham School District for the past year and for his continued involvement in planning for its future. LaBranche took over as superintendent for SAU 28 in June of 2011, following the resignation of Frank Bass. LaBranche has agreed to continue serving as interim superintendent until June 30, 2013. Although LaBranche was offered the option of serving as superintendent for SAU 95 beginning next July, he has declined, stating that he wants to return to his previous state of retirement.

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School Board Members to Amend New Policy
by Barbara O’Brien Windham School District Administrators are agreeable to changing the wording of a newly enacted policy, one that allows parents or guardians to choose alternative classroom materials for their child or children in place of those they consider to be controversial. School board members brought the policy (IGE) back up for discussion again during their meeting on August 7. It had been approved a few weeks earlier. The discussion was reopened at the urging of Windham resident and parent Michelle Levell. Levell’s complaint regarding the policy, which is based on RSA 186:11 1X-c, is that there is no provision for appealing the school administration’s decision to the school board. State regulations do allow for a review of any decision by the local school board. As Windham’s policy is currently written, however, a parent or guardian first discusses the issue of an alternative resource for a child with the principal, then moves on to the superintendent, if there is continued disagreement. Interim Superintendent Henry LaBranche said the wording of the new policy was recommended by school district counsel. However, LaBranche said, he has no problem with adding “another layer” to the process, thereby allowing an appeal to go a step beyond the superintendent should a parent or guardian so choose. Levell said her purpose in bringing the issue to the school board’s attention is to make sure the Windham policy follows the new State Statute, which was based on HB 542 and became law after the legislature over-ruled Governor John Lynch’s veto this past January. Levell said the new State Statute came about as the result of a case in Bedford, New Hampshire, where the parents were told that their child either had to read the assigned book or leave the school. Levell also used “The Hunger Games Trilogy” as an example of books that some parents have found to be controversial or inappropriate for their children to read. According to Levell, these books were the fifth most challenged reading materials in the United States during the 2010-2011 school year. Parents objected to the concept of “kids killing kids,” Levell said. Levell said her objection to the school board not being able to make the final decision on a parental appeal on resource materials is that it allows the superintendent “to trump the parents.” Levell said this was not the intention of the State Representatives who worked on the statute. Levell said she is concerned that keeping Windham’s policy as it is would leave the school district open to legal action in the future. School board member Jerome Rekart said he has no problem with any disagreement with the policy being brought to the school board, but felt it was still important that any complaints be taken to the superintendent first. “We need to respect the expertise of school district educators,” Rekart said. Rekart also commented on how important it is for everyone involved in these decisions to remember that any materials selected as alternatives resources must meet State requirements. School board Vice-Chairman Michelle Farrell agreed with Rekart’s comment. “We definitely need to make sure alternative materials meet State standards,” she said. As a school board member, not an educator, Michael Joanis said he needs to rely heavily on the school district’s professional educators when it comes to making decisions on appropriate materials and resources. School board member Stephanie Wimmer and Chairman Bruce Anderson were not in attendance at the meeting. LaBranche said the change to the policy would be considered as an amendment and brought back to the school board for a vote during its August 21 meeting. LaBranche also emphasized that Policy IGE pertains only to the child or children of the parent requesting alternative materials and not the entire school or classroom population.

Pelham Old Home Day Sponsors Memorial Auction
submitted by Pete Bennett, Pelham Old Home Day Committee The Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction is one of the most popular events at Pelham Old Home Day. This year the gavel goes down at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, to officially open another memorable auction day for the benefit of several worthy mission projects. This classic country auction is the essence of Old Home Day Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 603.508.6210 itself - so if you enjoy small town - “ down home” country auctions Grand Openin and all the “atmosphere“ that goes g with it, you won’t want to miss it. The bargains are unbelievable and the entertainment value - priceless. Auctioneers for the 106th Pelham Solar & LED Light Sale • Comfort Floor Mats Old Home Day event are Phil Kitchen Gadgets • Bar & Stemware • Flameless Candles & Decor Currier, Bill McDevitt, Don Hornbeck, Dave Hennessey, and Clip this coupon to receive Bill Ferguson. 10% o your purchase! Auction Chairman Chris rst time customers only Ludwig states, “that we have already received a wide variety 70 Bridge Street | Stone Cottage Unit 2 | Pelham, NH 03076 of quality items. These include Drexel Bedroom Sets, living room, baby furniture, appliances, exercise equipment, household items and a wide variety of useful quality items thanks to the generosity of Pelham residents.” Other suggested items for the auction are furniture, collectibles, beds, dishes, tools, toys and kitchen utensils. Please donate only working items in good condition. We do not accept computers, TVs or electronics. If you are moving, replacing items, or just want to divest yourself of prize possessions - keep Pelham Old Day in mind. Chris Ludwig will be glad to answer any question regarding the auction. He can be reached at 635-0851 or nhcoldmoon@ Those wishing to donate are urged to drop off items in the auction area on Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. to noon, September 12 and 13, 6 to 8 p.m., or Friday, September 14, noon to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction help support the Nashua Soup Kitchen, Pelham Food Pantry, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, Lazarus House, Bridges and the Lowell Wish Project.

Windham Endowment’s Annual Black-Tie Affair
submitted by Stacey Bruzzese We had to hang loose for a while after that last raid! Phew … we almost lost on that game. But, we are back to planning a very fun-filled, very exclusive event. The Windham Endowment for Community Advancement invites you to join us as we don our fedoras and flapper beads at the third Annual Black-Tie Event Fundraiser. The theme for the 2012 soiree will center around the ‘Roaring 20’s’ when prohibition was in full swing. As you enter the Searles Castle you will be swept away to a vintage “Speakeasy” where anything can happen. Mark your calendars, as this event will be one for the records. The date is November 9 beginning at 7 p.m. Watch for more details over the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale beginning September 10. Visit www. for additional information, or call 490-6898 to inquire about sponsorship opportunities and auction donations. The Windham Endowment for Community Advancement is a non-profit community foundation created to enhance the quality of life for all Windham residents, now and for generations to come. The Endowment provides a way for individuals, organizations, and corporations to channel their philanthropic giving for educational, cultural, recreational, or environmental initiatives within the town.

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State Representative Andy Renzullo Announces Candidacy
State Representative Andy Renzullo has announced his candidacy for reelection to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough District 37 (Hudson and Pelham). He is seeking his fifth term. Andy, a 36-year resident of Hudson, is Chairman of the Hudson Seniors Council on Aging. He has previously served Hudson on the Zoning Board, Planning Board and Budget Committee. His last town office was that of Town Councilor and Town Council President. Andy is presently the Chairman of the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee and a member of the Special Committee on Education Funding. In previous sessions he has served as House Deputy Republican Whip – fourth Ranking House Republican. He has also previously served on the House Rules Committee and the Municipal and County Government Committee. He is the former Co-Chairman of the House Republican Alliance – a conservative group of Republicans and the single largest self-identified group within the Republican Party in the NH House. Andy has sponsored legislation this session to reduce the Rooms and Meals Tax, to Repeal the Tax on Gambling Winnings and Reduce the Business Profits Tax. He was the initiator and prime sponsor of a law Requiring Proper Observance of September 11, 2001. A past piece of legislation (2008) that is the most personally gratifying is the law he co-sponsored Establishing Gold Star Number Plates for the mothers of Armed Forces members lost in the defense of our country. He has received the endorsement of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance for his votes in support of individual liberty and conservative values. He is on the Council of Advisors of ProGun New Hampshire and a 40-year member of the NRA with an A-rating. His positions include: No Sales Tax and No Income Tax, Reduce the Cost and Improve the Efficiency of State Government, Local Control of Education, Making New Hampshire Job and Business Friendly Again, Restoring the Rights of New Hampshire Parents, Tax Relief for Homeowners, Taxpayers and Seniors. Andy, a retired engineer, is a former co-owner of the Hudson-Litchfield News. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Chemistry, and a Juris Doctor of Law. He is the husband of Faith Renzullo They have three children and four grandchildren.

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submitted by Pelham Police Department On August 5, at approximately 2:40 a.m., the Pelham Police Department received an emergency call from a resident on Litchfield Circle advising that someone had just broken into their house. As officers were responding they were advised that there was now a physical fight taking place within the house with the subject that broke in. Officers arrived shortly after and the suspect, later identified as Leo Moro, 17, of Pelham, took off running into the woods. Master Patrol Officer Eugene Stahl ran after Moro into the woods and ended up using his Taser to apprehend him. Moro was subsequently taken into custody at that time. After officers spoke to the caller they were able to determine that Moro knew the code to the garage and entered without permission. While in the house he threw an object at one person causing a severe laceration above the victim’s eye. He also punched a male juvenile in the face. When officers arrived, Moro took off into the woods where he continued to throw objects at MPO Stahl as he was chasing him. Moro was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Burglary, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Unlawful Possession. He was held pending his arraignment on Monday, August 6, at the 10th Circuit District Court-Salem. Leo Moro
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by Diane Chubb This past weekend, Pelham hosted the second annual International Pinball Wizard Challenge. One hundred thirteen contenders came from as far as Canada, New Jersey and Kentucky to play at the three-day tournament. Over 30 machines were divided into competitions based on the year they were made. Cash and prizes were offered for each, including a Grand Champion prize. This year, there was a $1,000 prize for the overall grand champion. The Challenge is one of 250 annual International Flipper Rows of the greatest variety of pinball machines were the big draw for the Pinball Association endorsed international tournament that drew 113 registrants. tournaments where players can earn utilizing her massive of machines. Her love of World Pinball Player Rankings and the games is evident to anyone who spends time qualify for the IFPL World Pinball Championship. talking with her. Registration for the tournament was $60. All “I don’t think people realize what we have registrants were given 200 game tokens. Arcade here,” she says of her arcade. Pinball Wizard workers wandered up and down the aisles with is the second largest arcade in the world. It iPads, marking down scores and tracking the features eight of the 10 “most sought-after” rare winning totals. pinball machines, including the unique Medieval However, the gaming is not for the weak. Madness game, which has sold for as much as By Saturday, contestant Frank Romero, of New $20,000 in mint condition. All of the machines York, was already in pain from standing all day. “I are well-cared for and in top condition. And a lot was here for 12 hours yesterday,” he said. But he of fun to play! was not going to let it stop him from competing in Pinball Wizard Arcade is located on Bridge all three days of the tournament. Street in Pelham, and features 10,000-plus square Romero finished second overall last year at the feet with over 90 pinball machines from the first annual Challenge at the Pinball Wizard. He 1970s to present, 200-plus classic video games, is currently 55th in the world. redemption games, skeeball, basketball, air “It’s a pinball marathon,” said another player. hockey and pool tables. A large party room is “Constant playing. They will be dragging located in the back, perfect for corporate groups people out of here tonight and they will be back and birthday parties. tomorrow.” Trent Augenstein of Delaware, Ohio, was one of the registrants. Now the fifth-ranked player in the world, he appreciates the number and variety of machines available at the arcade. This year, Augenstein took home the title of Grand Champion of the tournament. Owner Sarah St. John was pleased with the turnout. Gamers played for 35 hours, and logged 5,581 scores, the most for any tournament in the arcade system. St. John, an electrical engineer, has been repairing games and machines through her own Visit our website: business, My Arcade Repair LLC, for many years but opened the 14 South Broadway • Salem, New Hampshire arcade in January 2011 in Pelham
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by Barbara O’Brien Three years after nearly 200 Windham five-year-olds entered the school district’s very first kindergarten program; students are going to be housed in a permanent facility. For the past three years, the kindergarten program has taken place in portable classrooms provided by the New Hampshire Department of for 2 col. Education. That agreement expired at the end of June. Fortunately, the majority of voters approved the construction of a permanent addition to Golden Brook School during the school district meeting conducted in March of 2011. Seventeen months later, the seven-classroom addition is virtually completed and teachers are readying their classrooms this month, in anticipation of a Wednesday, August 29 opening day. To celebrate the completion of the new kindergarten addition and to introduce the community to the facility, school district administrators are planning an open house for the week prior to the start of the 20122013 school year. Interim Superintendent Henry LaBranche said that a brief program will be conducted and light refreshments will be served, followed by a tour of the school addition, on Thursday, August 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. for 3 col. “We’re very close to the end” of the construction project, SAU 28 Business Administrator Adam Steel told school board members during their recent work session. “Right now, we’re going over the final punch list” to assure that everything is completed as designed. Contractors were still in the process of installing the new boilers, but that, too, is expected to be done well before the start of classes later this month. “Everything will be shipshape” before the end of August, LaBranche assured school board members.

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Now that the drawer is full and summer is winding down it never been a Guinness fan either with my drinking of it limited to Residential & Commercial Excavating & Grading seemed like a great time to share some thoughts. a pint or two on St. Patrick’s Day, typically out of obligation, sort 38 SCHOOL ST., SALEM, NH First off, a quick question for all readers. How many of you each of like eating fruit cake at Christmas. However on a recent visit to 603-898-2236 year walk into Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart or any large retailer right Tuscan Kitchen for dinner I was introduced to a beer blend which around the middle of October, notice the store fully decorated for I actually enjoyed. Tuscan was packed that evening, no surprise Christmas and can’t believe how it seems earlier considering how high quality the restaurant 258257 1-10-08.indd 1 4/15/08 2:38:14 PM and earlier that retailers stuff the Christmas is in all aspects, so instead I ate dinner at the season down our throats? Well, craft brew fans bar. Craig was manning the bar that evening deal with the same thing. It seems each year; as he seems to be almost every time I stop in. I craft brewers push their seasonal beers out wanted to kick off with a beer but wasn’t overly earlier than the previous year. It hit me over the knocked out by anything I saw on tap. That’s head just this week when I walked into a grocery when Craig offered up what he called a “Black store to pick up a six-pack on a hot and muggy and Blue,” a Blue Moon/Guinness blend not day. What do I see but the local distributor unlike a Black and Tan. I was skeptical at first stocking the Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest. Seriously? not being sure how the zesty Belgian would We can’t wait until Labor Day anymore for mix up with the prototype stout, however, this? I remember about a year ago speaking the resulting blend was great. Credit to Craig with Peter Egelston, the Owner of Smuttynose for giving some thought as to how he can get Brewing Company, on this very topic. Prompted creative with the brews he had on tap and by seeing Harpoon Summer on the shelves in although nether Blue Moon nor Guinness are early April (think of that, two full months before craft brews, the enjoyable experience certainly the start of summer) I asked as to whether or not was worth writing about. And it goes without I was imagining it or are craft brewers pushing saying that Tuscan Kitchen is always an amazing their seasonals out sooner each year. Mr. dining experience. 952-4848 46 Lowell Rd, Windham • 1533 Lakeview Ave, Dracut 978-957-7170 Egelston confirmed that what I was seeing was Sam Adams Porch Rocker true, that I’m no fan of Sam’s Summer Ale. By far none of the the most popular, in terms of sales, craft brew craft brewers summer seasonal out there, I just don’t like the Black and Blue as served probably stuff. 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Just 30 years ago, textbooks, paper and pencils were the main supplies college students needed. In today’s digital world, where more teachers are using technology to deliver a better learning experience, college-bound students need to equip themselves with the latest technology to make the most of their college experience and give themselves an academic edge. But how do students and parents know which technologies can get the job done, and how can they best use them to their advantage? “From viewing lectures online and getting help from a digital tutor to using one of more than 20,000 education-specific apps now available, today’s college students have many options when it comes to technology,” says Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. “Finding the right tools can enhance the learning experience and improve student performance in class - sometimes by a full letter grade or more. These tools have great potential to help students master course material and prepare them for success not only in the classroom, but after graduation.” Here are some important tech tips for college-bound students and their parents: 1: Get advice and choose the best fit for you. There is no single piece of technology that’s right for every college student. It’s important to think carefully about your individual needs and purchase only what works best for you. However, it can be helpful to ask current college students which devices they have found to be the most useful. Talk to recent grads about what it takes to be successful in college and what, if anything, they may wish they had done differently in regard to studying and technology. Their answers might be surprising and help steer you in the right direction. 2: Try before you buy. Before you make a purchase, spend some time with the equipment or program and see how it works. Think $24.99 a semester, it’s a simple and affordable way to study more efficiently and help increase your GPA. 4. When it comes to tech, put yourself in your professor’s shoes. Once you’re on campus, don’t be afraid to ask professors for insights about which technologies will help you the most. Many college professors today use a technology called lecture capture that enables professors to record lectures and make them available for replay after class. Most colleges and millions of college students use digital course hubs that house everything from the course syllabus and e-book to interactive, adaptive quizzes all in one location. 5. Stay connected to your college finances. If you understand how your college finances work, you’re more likely to take college seriously and get the most out of your education. Speak to your parents about yearly tuition totals and the cost breakdown of each individual class. Use tools like to understand spending habits, start a budget, and stay on track. Graduating college with the best grades and as little debt as possible is key to positioning yourself for success after college. 6. Use social media for academic and professional growth - not just to post party pictures. College-age students are among the most active users of social media, but many are not aware of the academic and professional benefits. Learn more about how social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn can help build your academic network and market yourself as a professional. Your college’s career center should have plenty of info on how you can get started putting your best foot forward with a positive social media footprint. - ARA Content

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For Today’s Teens, the Time to Plan for College Expenses is Now
When it comes to planning for college, most parents are sure of just two things: They want their child to get a college degree, and they’ll need a smart savings plan in place to ensure college expenses are covered. For the 2009-2010 academic year, tuition, room and board at a private four-year college topped $32,000 per year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 1980, that figure was just $5,594 per year. And even though college expenses were significantly lower for previous generations, many report they are still burdened by lingering debt. In fact, a recent survey, released by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation, found that among the parents of Generation Z (who range from ages 13 to 22), 58 percent say they took out student loans to fund their own college education, and, of those, 43 percent report they are still repaying those loans. Considering their parents’ struggles with college debt, it comes as no surprise that Gen Z is eager to ensure they graduate with as little debt as possible. Among this group of young adults, 39 percent cited that paying for college was a top concern, while another 39 percent said they were also concerned about having a large student loan balance. “Increased tuition costs and a bleak job outlook may be cause for concern for today’s young adults and their parents, but being proactive and coming up with a savings strategy early can help ease these financial anxieties and better prepare continued to page 10- College

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an idea of college expenses, predicting future costs can be a bit more challenging. There are a number of free online resources available that can help parents and teens estimate how much they’ll need to save for college so they can get a solid plan in place. 2. Explore your savings options Parents and teens should work together to research college savings options like 529 college savings plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts and custodial accounts. Once they decide on a plan that will work for them, the saving can begin. 3. Turn talk into action Once a college savings plan is established, parents and teens should follow through on their planning and make a conscious effort to save. In many cases, regular contributions to savings plans can be made automatically, making the process easier to manage. Once saving has begun, you will have taken steps to pursue your higher education goals. - ARA Content

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to use the Internet behind closed doors. Yes, they’ll probably say everyone else does it and that you’re ruining their lives, but keeping Internet-enabled devices in a common area can help make it easier for you to protect your child. How to behave when interacting online As a parent, you have two concerns for your child’s online life: first, that he or she experiences no harm from online interactions. Second, that he or she causes no harm to others. The digital world makes communication fast and easy, yet its drawbacks are many: it’s highly conducive to impulsive behavior, it’s difficult to accurately convey tone and intention, and it’s nearly impossible to erase something once it’s posted online. Children need to understand the limitations of this form of communication, and that missteps online can have a long-term impact in the real world. The anonymity of the Internet has made it easier for people to be mean to each other, and given rise to a whole new type of bullying: cyberbullying. A study by found that 58 percent of fourth- through eighth-graders have had mean or hurtful things said to them online, and (even more disturbingly) 53 percent admitted to having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. Help your child understand the type of behavior that constitutes cyberbullying so that she can both avoid cyberbullies and avoid engaging in acts of cyberbullying. In addition to monitoring your child’s online behavior, encourage him to have a robust social life in the real world - the environment in which we really learn how to behave with others. How to behave when interacting in person While you’re teaching about appropriate online behavior, it’s important to reinforce lessons about being a good person in face-to-face interactions. Bullying has been around as long as people have; teach children how to recognize instances of in-person bullying, and help them learn techniques for coping with bullies. Being a good citizen of the digital world starts with being a good person in the real world. Reinforce with kids the importance of good behavior both online and in person, and - most importantly - lead by example. - ARA Content

Academic performance expectations, attendance at school functions, and balancing extra-curricular activities with time for homework - parents and children have a lot to talk about at the beginning of the school year. Few conversations, however, will be as important - or as fraught with tension - as discussing how children should, and should not, behave online. While many kids look forward to reuniting with school friends from last year, they’ll be meeting new people, too. Many of those interactions will take place, in part, in the digital world, bringing online child safety front-of-mind for parents as back-to-school season arrives. To help protect your child while he or she is online, start the school year with three important conversations: How to behave when connecting online The anonymity of the Internet makes meeting strangers seem appealing and safe. But kids should use at least the same level of caution when meeting someone

new online as they would in the real world. Explain to kids why they should never initiate or accept online contact from someone they haven’t first met in person; given all the information we tend to give away in our online profiles, it’s like walking up to a stranger on the street and inviting him or her into your home. Employ tools like SafetyWeb to help keep kids safe online. The tool helps parents monitor online activity, and includes an active blog/forum that allows parents and pros to discuss the latest child-rearing challenges of the digital age. Review the privacy settings on your child’s social media accounts so that your son or daughter understands what’s visible to friends, and what is visible to everyone else (preferably, nothing). Create the social media accounts with your child so that you know what sites she uses and who her online friends are. Establish designated times when children are allowed online for social media use and times when they can use the Internet for schoolwork. Never allow children

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Creative and Healthier After-School Snack Ideas
When school starts, kids’ schedules fill up fast, and that means they need the right fuel to keep their growing bodies and minds satisfied. After a long day of learning, kids require a snack that will get them through homework, after-school sports and other activities until dinner is served. Before you reach for the default bag of chips, consider these healthier alternatives that are just as easy and convenient. Creative, healthier after-school snack ideas that your kids will gobble up: 1. Refresh with frozen apple sauce Apple sauce has been a snacking staple for years, but now you can add a little excitement to those prepackaged apple packs. Simply buy Tree Top apple sauce cups, made with 100 percent USA apples, and place them in the freezer for a tasty treat similar to sorbet, and a healthier alternative to most ice cream and frozen snacks. Kids can grab them on their own when they get home from school so mom and dad don’t have to lift a finger. Stock up on Tree Top apple juice boxes, too, for a complementary, easy grab-and-go drink option. 2. Delight in dip It’s no secret kids love to dip, so make after-school snacking more interesting by providing dip along with fresh fruit, veggies and crackers. Instead of salad dressing, change things up by mixing a single serve apple sauce cup with two tablespoons of peanut butter for a healthier dip alternative. Watch as your little ones wolf down their carrots, celery, apples, pretzels and more. Parents love that this dip option has many nutritional benefits - the apple sauce in it is a good source of vitamin C and peanut butter is packed with protein. 3. Wrap it up Keeping whole wheat tortillas on hand is a smart move for any parent because they are extremely versatile. When kids come home from school hungry, it’s easy to take a tortilla and fill it with their favorite nutritious fillings. For example, spread with classic peanut butter and jelly, add some banana and honey, or fill with turkey and mozzarella for a satisfying snack that keeps kids focused through all their homework. 4. Happily hydrated Making sure your kids are hydrated is an important part of keeping them healthy and feeling great each day. When kids are busy at school and with after-school activities, they can become dehydrated quickly. Instead of sugary sodas, choose a more nutritious alternative like Tree Top reduced sugar 100 percent fruit juices. These tasty and refreshing drinks are made with hydrating coconut water and no artificial sweeteners and have 25 percent less sugar than regular 100 percent juices. 5. A smooth finish to the school day Smoothies are a fun way for kids to get a ton of nutrients in one single drink. It’s easy for parents to stock up on frozen fruit at the local grocery store. Then, when kids get home, they can choose what flavors they want and you can blend the fruit with low-fat milk, yogurt and ice for a cool and delicious drink. You might even sneak in a few veggies by adding a splash of vegetable

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died peacefully August 13, 2012, at the Wingate in Andover, MA. She was born, raised and educated in Cranston, RI, where she graduated from St. Xavier’s Academy. She later received a nursing degree from St. Joseph Nursing School in Rhode Island. She was a resident of Windham for the past 11 years, formerly of Andover. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Windham. Mary was employed for many years as a Registered Nurse with the Greenery in North Andover, MA. She was a member of the Shawsheen Village Women’s Club and the Red Hatters. She volunteered for the Red Cross. She loved spending time with her family and friends as well as traveling. She was the beloved daughter of the late William and Mary

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Taylor. She is survived by her daughters Ann M. Taylor of Windham, and Barbara C. Taylor of Andover, NH; sons, Gregory and his wife Theresa Taylor of Windham, and Jeffrey A. Taylor of Meredith; sisters, Kathleen Casey of Warwick, RI, Joan Aylesworth of Cranston, RI, and Carol and her husband Gary Hornung of North Kingston, RI; grandchildren, Gregory, Anna, Joshua, Jessica, and Colette; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated August 15 at St. Matthew Church, Windham. Burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Red Cross at Arrangements were in the care of Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at

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Loletta P. (Thompson) Little, 78, of Salem died peacefully August 13, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New Brunswick, Canada, where she grew up and attended schools. She was a resident of Salem for the past 55 years, formerly of Orono, ME. Mrs. Little was a homemaker. She also worked at the Salem High School Cafeteria, because she loved the kids there. She did volunteer work for Salemhaven Nursing Home for many years as well as providing mercy meals at St. Joseph’s Church in Salem. She was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem. She enjoyed wintering in Florida, loved flowers, and was an excellent cook and baker. She was an avid reader and loved to shop. Loletta was loved by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her son and daughter, John “Jack” Little and Susan Mary (Little) Shelzi. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Little of Salem; son, Christopher Little and his significant other, Nancy Morris, of Salem; daughters, Cynthia and her husband Francis Burke, Jr. of Hampstead, and Karen and her husband Jean Pierre Roulet of Windham; brother and sisters, George Thompson, Betty Thompson, Joan Brenda Hood, and Geraldine Storey, all of New Brunswick, Canada, and Evangeline Neilsen of British Columbia; eight grandchildren, Erin, Kelly, Frankie, Christina, Maria, Joseph, Simone, and Colette; two greatgrandchildren, Tyler and Hunter; and many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Salem. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Greater Salem Caregivers, PO Box 2316, Salem, NH 03079, or to the Ingram Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweet Way, Salem, NH 03079. The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem had care of the arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at

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The Board of Adjustment met on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pelham Town Hall, 6 Village Green, Pelham, NH and voted on the following petition: Case #ZO2012-00015 PROULX, Louise, William and Daniel, Oneil, Peter 51 Hinds Lane Map 27 Lot 2-98 seeking a Variance to Article III, Sections 307-7, 307-12 and 307-14 to permit the construction of a four bedroom single family house on a pre-existing non-conforming lot of record that contains 29,600 s.f. where 43,560 s.f. is required and maintains 75.6’ of frontage on a town approved road where 200’ is required. The Board of Adjustment APPROVED the Variance with the conditions that the dwelling does not exceed 3 bedrooms, 2 stories, 3,000 sqft and 30‘ in height and that all debris is removed from site.

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“Thumbs down. Is Windham becoming the Pelham will have learned from this experience richest town in the state with the highest number and when the SAU splits, the residents will take of special ed students? I have been following some control of this money!” all of the board meetings for some time now, “Thumbs up to better public education. Leave and I am seeing an alarming trend of more and no child behind. This program lead by President more special needs students moving to town. W, gave guidelines to school boards to set higher Is it published somewhere, nationally, that the standards for education throughout America. This Windham School District is so wonderful in gave educators a mandate to perform so that ‘No servicing this group of students? If it is, please child was left behind.’ Pelham, NH is seeking a stop the presses, because we can’t afford it waiver to not perform these guidelines and the SB anymore! Taxpayers, ask to see the special ed thinks this is good news. Good news to get a pass portion of the district budget. I know a lot of for students and the district to not achieve, and to readers are going to call me the ‘bad guy’ for calling this out - but enough is enough. There is only so much Waxing, facials, nails, hair and now offering SHELLAC! we can handle and afford. Perhaps we have to say no to every ‘wish fering Now ofndling list’ item from parents. ear ca I’m all for helping kids, but this is crazy. Let’s be realistic.”

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his summer reading book, and the aides helped us download one. Before you start complaining, do your research.” Windham. He does a great job, he’s done a great job for a long time, and he does a great job with a very limited budget. Also, as far as Griffin Park goes, I watched the kids the other day after a soccer practice throw all their bottles and walk off the field and leave them, and I watched the guy that works there have to pick them all up and put them in the trash. Thumbs down to both of those.” “Thumbs down to any Pelham Board member, Mr. Lebranch, full or part-time, taking any portion of their salary and integrating it into another professional’s salary budget. This is taxpayers money, that supports these budgets. No individual or board should be allowed to rearrange moneys anywhere, changing yearly salaries and budgets at all without a town’s ballot vote. Let the taxpayers beware. If we allow it this time, it will happen again.” “Thumbs down to hair-brained ideas. Everyone knows that kindergarten in public school is for parents who don’t want to pay for their own babysitters. Theoretically, the library is for every town citizen. I wish someone would tell that to the Pelham Librarians. They seam to think that the front desk is their own private social club, and patrons are just nuisances. If they don’t wise up, maybe we can convert the library for another useless purpose, an SAU building.” “Thumbs down to the hideously expensive Pelham/Windham School System, their failing test scores, and their lack of proficiency in Asic skills. Let’s get rid of the whole system and replace them with charter schools.” “Thumbs down. What annoys me is how the Pelham School Department hands out raises to the higher paid school employees, by using money from the full-time school superintendant’s account. At this time, we have a part-time superintendant. Part-time help do not get all of the benefits that full-time employees get. That $20,000 that was used to give to the VicePrincipal and a couple of other employees is now theirs for life, or as long as they work for the town of Pelham. What happens when we hire a new full-time superintendant? Will the new superintendant’s account be short $20,000 for retirement pay? And who will be expected to replace that money? Where will the School Board get that money? That’s right, from our tax bill!”

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“Thumbs down. Pelham Health Associates and Dr. Kodali, I want to thank you for sending me a certified letter telling me I’ve been dismissed as a patient for my inappropriate behavior with your staff, whom don’t have professional manners. Fact: I called for a referral not an exam. I told the office my specialist’s name and number. They said to come on down, no problem for a referral. I got to your office and your associate started taking my vitals. I asked the nurse to stop, because all I wanted was a referral. She said ‘Don’t worry, the doctor won’t charge you a co-pay.’ A second staff member arrived and I asked again for my referral. She said it’s not company policy to refer out of their group, but she did recommend that maybe I should change my primary care doctor. I got up and walked out of the office. I had no confrontations with any staff. I think your business ethics should 238 Central St, change, the patients Suite 8, Hudson, NH come first, not your pocketbook!”

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continue to fail. First, we lowered our standards to pass from ‘C’ to ‘D’, now we allow students to be left behind. The Pelham School District is a district in need of improvement, not a district of achievements. Why are the parents not outraged at these failing schools we have in Pelham. Call your School Board members, get involved to work for better education in Pelham. Be the solution! Children need their parents to be their voice. Leaving any child behind is never good news!” “Thumbs up Pelham Library! The modern library is more than a repository for books; it’s a community gathering place. Senior citizens can read the papers in a comfy spot. Teens engage in positive after school activities, such as chess club, Teen Advisory Group, and study sessions. Audiences can enjoy concerts or poetry contests. Children engage in story time and other programs. My family learned how to make pasta and stuffed grape leaves! None of this would be possible in cramped quarters. If you can’t find a book, use the interlibrary loan system or download books for free there. My son and I waited too long to get

“Thumbs down to Hardy and Durchame for blaming all the preventive maintenance problems and not getting ipads in the schools on the Budget Committee. Give me a break! Start taking some responsibility yourselves!” “Thumbs down to the NH legislature for deregulating FairPoint communications, so that FairPoint could be more profitable! (10.5 million in compensation for 6 executives in 2011 isn’t enough?) And thumbs down to FairPoint for changing the consumers’ ‘service agreement.’ In calling FairPoint to request the catalogue mentioned in the agreement brochure, I was told I had to go online to get the catalogue, price lists and product guides! Way to go NH legislaturefor whom do you work?”

“Thumbs up to parents who have their children waiting outside for the bus in the morning. For those that don’t, the bus (and my children) should not be waiting for your children to come out your front door and walk down the driveway. You have an approximate time frame when Mrs. H will arrive. Be considerate and do your part in making the morning ride quicker and getting our children to school on time. Even in bad weather, you can have them sit in your car instead of your house. Please have your children waiting for the bus at the end of your driveway each day. In the past, I have not called the bus company to request that drivers enforce this, but I will call repeatedly this year if I need to.” “Thumbs down to the coordinator who mistreats her staff and students, talks negatively about them throughout the district, and slanders their reputation. You should be ashamed of your behavior and dishonesty. One should be more careful with their gossip and constant need to have diarrhea of the mouth.” “Thumbs up! Happy 6th birthday, Megan. Love Mom, Dad and Ladybug!” “Thumbs up to the ‘never die’ spirit of Linda Mahoney and her minions. A local paper runs a story stating that she was speeding in the very school zone that she said nobody ever speeds in, and every thumbs down section since, they are spouting as much negative stuff they can think up. Consistency – got to hand it to her!” “Thumbs down to the caller that keeps calling and beating up on the Maintenance Director for

“Thumbs up and thumbs down. For at least two weeks I have read the discussion about our interim Superintendent and the questions about his salary. His salary is ‘public knowledge.’ We are paying him $500.00 a day. Anyone can go to the SAU office and get copies of this. No, it is not listed in any Town Report, because we, as residents of Pelham or Windham, have no say in how the SAU money is spent! Raises and benefits are given to any of the employees of the SAU as the Superintendent, by Ed LeBrasseur Where Senior ! or whoever, sees fit. A few years Experience ts Salem, NH Discoun ounts! ago in Pelham, a Warrant was C put before the voters to have Cell 603-819-8075 some control of this money and Vinyl & Wood Siding • Replacement Windows • Carpentry • Vinyl Trim & Decking how it was being spent, and the residents voted it down! An Honest Day’s Work for an Honest Day’s Pay! Hopefully, both Windham and

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August 17-19: Annual Cornish Fair, Cornish, NH. The Cornish Fair is a traditional 4H Fair. Exhibits, horse pulls, oxen pulling, Woodsmen’s Field Day Contest, live entertainment, magic shows, midway, tractor pulls, and more. Admission fee. Cornish Fairgrounds, Town House Road. (603) 675-5714; www.cornishfair. com; e-mail August 17-19: Wild Blueberry Festival, Machias, ME. The Centre Street Congregational Church rolls out the blue carpet with an array of crafters, artisans, and food vendors in more than 200 booths; plus a pancake breakfast and blueberry dessert bar, contests, raffles, musical performances, and more. (207) 255-6665; August 17-19: Annual Grecian Festival, Pawtucket, RI. Celebrate food, art, and culture at Assumption of the virgin Mary Green Orthodox Church. (401) 725-3127; August 18: Annual Milford Oyster Festival, Milford, CT. Enjoy the sights and savor the tastes: There’ll be oysters – a whole delectable and varied menu, plus a shucking contest. You’ll find family-oriented fun throughout downtown with high-caliber music performances at Fowler Park, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors on the town green, children’s amusement rides and games, a classic car show, canoe races and tremendous food selections provided by local on-profits. (203) 878-5363; August 19: Wachusett Valley Folk Festival, Westminster, MA. Another year with an impressive lineup of performers, including Joan Osborne, John Gorka, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli, The Rafters, and more. Wachusett Village Inn. (978) 365-2043; wachusettmusic. com. August 21: Sennett, Chaplin, Keaton and the Art of Silent Film Comedy, Meredith, NH. Film was birthed in silence during the first three decades of the 20th century. The social and cultural history of the United States is reflected in the celluloid strips that captured it, especially as these three filmmakers developed the art. Presented by Patrick D. Anderson, Colby-Sawyer College. 6:30 p.m. Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St. (603) 279-4303. August 23: Sidewalk Art Show & Sale, Ogunquit, ME. This charming seaside town is only enhanced by the addition of artists displaying their works from Ian Street to Beach Street and beyond. (207) 646-2939; August 23: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Man Who Wrote The Little Prince, Rindge, NH. The life of French aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) will be examined through his books and the ideas which underlie them - “the importance of responsibility, the fellowship it nurtures among men, the priority of an interior life,” as biographer Stacy Schiff wrote. Along with The Little Prince (1943), a children’s story for adults, the program will review his other fiction and nonfiction, which was inspired in large part by his experience in the early French air mail service in the 20s and 30s and in the French Air Force in World War II. Presented by Scott Eaton. 7 p.m. Cathedral of the Pines, 10 Hale Hill Rd. (603) 899-3300. August 24: Chester Fair, Chester, CT. A true country event at the fairgrounds off Kirtland Terrace, featuring livestock judging, contests, midway rides, shepherding and dog agility demonstrations, live music, and special children’s activities. (860) 526-5947; chesterfair. org. August 25: Celtic Rock Festival, Newport, RI. With a focus on contemporary Celtic music, the Newport waterfront will be rockin’ for more than 10 hours. Shop the Irish Marketplace for gifts and goods, enjoy heart pub fare and a wee pint of Guinness, and take in the lively step dancing. (401) 846-1600; newportwaterfrontevents. com. August 25: Annual Scottish Festival & Celtic Fair, Quechee, VT. Celtic musicians and microbrewed beer, sheepdog trials, pipe band competition, Highland athletic events, dance competition, Clan societies, children’s games, Scottish and American food, and more. (802) 295-5351; August 25-26: Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Salem, MA. View vintage motor yachts and sailboats at Brewer Hawthorne Cover Marina. Tour the vessels, meet the crew, spend time browsing the crafts market, and enjoy the live music and kids activities. Don’t miss the boat parade on Sunday! (617) 666-8530, August 25-26: Annual Flying Show Highlights RC Aircraft, Derry, NH. Four New Hampshire Radio Control Airplane flying clubs will demonstrate their aircraft and flying skills at the 2012 New England Radio Control Fly-In on. The two-day event will feature performances by variety of aircraft including helicopters, gliders, aerobatic planes and scale models. The public is invited to not only watch RC pilots flying their airplanes, but to also try their own hand at flying a radio control airplane. The Fly-In runs each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to both the public and RC airplane pilots. Held at the NH Flying Tigers Air Field on B Street. 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Saturday, September 15 Mark your calendar for the 106th Pelham th Old Home Day Celebration! The days events will include over 75 artisans and crafters, a Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction, a giant raffle, a home made quilt raffle, a 5K Road Race sponsored by Special Olympics, a food tent, a gigantic White Elephant Sale, Penny Sale, kids games and rides, doll carriage and bike parade, a parade at 2:30 p.m., day-long entertainment and demonstrations, and a Chicken BBQ Church Supper at 4:30 p.m.! This is a fun event – with the proceeds going to benefit others. Some of the support locally goes to the Nashua Soup Kitchen, Pelham Food Pantry, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, Lazarus House and Bridges. Friday, November 9 th The Windham Endowment for Community Advancement invites you to join us as we don our fedoras and flapper beads at the third Annual Black-Tie Event Fundraiser. The theme for the 2012 soiree will center around the roaring 20’s, when prohibition was in full swing. As you enter the Searles Castle you will be swept away to a vintage “Speakeasy” where anything can happen. Mark your calendars, as this event will be one for the records. The date is November 9 beginning at 7 p.m. Watch for more details over the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale beginning September 10. Visit for additional information, or call 490-6898 to inquire about sponsorship opportunities and auction donations.

Tuesday, August 21 Attention Windham voters! Join the st GFWC Windham Woman’s Club for their first Candidate’s Night for Windham State Representative Primary Election, 2012 to be held at 7 p.m. in the Windham town hall. The community is invited to meet the candidates and ask questions of individual candidates. Each candidate will speak briefly and a question and answer period will follow, each presentation is timed. The chairman is Ruth-Ellen Post. The event will be aired live on Windham Community Cable, WCTV-21. Wednesday, August 22 nd The Pelham Community Spirit Organization will sponsor a free Concert on the Village Green, 6 Village Green, Pelham, from 6-8 p.m. The concert will feature Sixties Invasion. Bring a blanket or a chair. Food is available for purchase or bring your own. No alcohol allowed on Town Property. Bring a ball or hula-hoop for the kids and enjoy a fun summer evening!

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Friday, August 17 and on Saturday, August 18 th Pelham Park and Recreation has a youth theatre group program who will put on a production of Peter Pan for a public audience on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, August 18, at both 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Sherburne Hall, 6 Village Green, Pelham. The hall is located inside the Pelham Municipal Building. The play is directed and produced by the very talented Lisa LeBel and Janet Daigle of the Pelham Community Theatre group. Plan an outing with your family to come watch this wonderful production. The children have worked long and arduously to give it their best effort. Refreshments served. Monday, August 20 – Friday, August 24 and Recreation th The Pelham Parkshold a Pelham X Department will Skateboard Camp the week of August 20, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dennis Lyons Memorial Park Skate/ Bike Park. This camp is for boys and girls, ages 7 and up. There is a cost per participant. Learn the correct stance, turning, kick turning, stopping, tricks and much more. Registration forms will be available on the website or at the Parks and Rec. office. You may also sign up https://www. The Web Trac software allows you to register and pay for any activity online. Space is limited; first come, first serve on sign ups. Bring skateboard, knee and elbow pads, helmet (required!); suggest also water bottle. E-mail with any questions or call 635-2721.

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Sports & Recreation --Now through Friday, August 24 Registration for the World Cup Fall Soccer Now 2012 is now being taken. This youth soccer program begins in September and ends with championship games for older divisions in early November. All games are played on Saturdays at MuldoonPark. Registration is open to boys/girls, ages 5–14. Practices are midweek; games on Saturdays. Coaches are needed! Registration forms will be available online and at the 6 Village Green town hall office and at Deadline for sign-up is August 24. There is a registration fee, with a late fee after the deadline. Everyone makes a team. No tryouts for Divisions 1 and 2. Coaches will call families around Labor Day weekend about the 1st practice for Divisions 1 and 2. See www. for more new details and changes on this program. Thursday, September 6 Pelham Cub Scout Pack 25 will hold a Meet and Greet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Pelham Elementary School. Current Scouts and interested scouts, families and friends are welcome to come and check out Pack 25! The evening will feature sign-up incentives, demonstrations, lots of fun and much more! Then, come and join us at our first Pack meeting for the 2012 year, which will be held on Friday, September 7, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Raymond Park. For more information, e-mail Cubmasters Beth Knight at, or Randy Cook at We build strong character while learning duty, honor, respect, courage and so much more. There is no end to our fun!


Thursday, August 23 rd The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Windham Presbyterian Church, Windham, from 2-7 p.m. Blood donations are needed to meet the basic need for New Hampshire hospitals this August. The American Red Cross urges those who are eligible to help meet the need by donating blood.


Thursday, August 23 rd The Friends of Jaguar Football invite you to the first annual Gridiron Gala from 6-10 p.m. at the Castleton. The evening will feature food, drinks, dancing, raffles, and a silent auction. Come meet the WHS Football Team and Cheerleading Squad. There is a cost for the tickets, with a discount for students. Contact Holly Breton for tickets and more information at 978846-1405 or


Seminars & Courses--Monday, September 17; Wednesday, th September 19, and and Monday, September 24 The Pelham Police Department will be hosting a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class for women. The class is designed to empower women through self-defense, awareness, and avoidance. The class is a three-night course and will be held on September 17, 19, and 24. Participants have to attend each class in order to successfully pass the course. Classes will be held at the Pelham Police Department and will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at approximately 9:30 p.m. each night. If you are interested in participating in the class, contact Sgt. Anne T. Perriello at 635-2411 or e-mail her at


Friday, September 7 th The public is welcome to a Veteran Benefit Dinner at the VFW Post 10722, 6 Main Street, Pelham, featuring a World War II Era - South Pacific 40’s Theme! The event will go from 5:30-8 p.m., and will have an Oriental menu including Chinese chicken, chop suey, fried rice, stir fry, egg rolls, lo mein, coffee/tea/soda, and home made desserts. All you can eat! There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and door prize, and Big band and other 40’s music! Dress as a soldier, nurse, in oriental attire, etc. The best costume wins a prize. POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony will be performed. There is a cost for the tickets, with a discount for kids under 12. For more information, contact Mark McCabe at 635-1540, or by e-mail: All Proceeds benefit Pelham’s VFW Post 10722.


Thursday, August 23 Windham Recreation is hosting a Movie Night at Griffin Park on Thursday, August 23. Join us as we watch ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ outdoors under the big screen. The movie starts at dusk by the pavilion. Grab your blankets and chairs, and enjoy a fun night. Prior to the movie, we will be playing ‘Rock Band’ on the big screen! All are invited to attend! For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by e-mail at (In case of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 4 p.m. that day.)



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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. (Contact: windhammomsclub@ 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, third or fourth Thursday, see for date and location. 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.

Pelham Regular Meetings & Events
Animal Rescue Network of New England, Pelham Police Department Community Service Room, first Monday, 7 – 8 p.m. Budget Committee meeting, Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Conservation Commission, Sherburne Hall, 7:30 p.m., second Wednesday Council on Aging, Pelham Senior Center, 1 p.m., first Thursday (except July and August) CTAC, Town Hall Annex, 7 p.m., second Wednesday GriefShare, grief recovery support group, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Baptist Church Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., first Monday (except June-August) Historical Society, Historical Society Building, fourth Monday Knights of Columbus, K of C Hall, 7:30 p.m., first Wednesday Library Trustees, Pelham Library, 6:30 p.m., second Wednesday 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. Royal Red Hat Society, Pelham Senior Center, 1:00 p.m., first Monday 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 Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs/Unique Challenges, Pelham Public Library, Molly Hobbs Room, 6:30 p.m., First Thursday 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

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Book Documenting the Creation of Region’s 9/11 Memorial to be Released
by Kristen Hoffman “Pictures tell stories, and that’s what the book does, it tells stories,” said Christina Green, a Hudson resident and author of “The Journey of a Beam,” a book documenting the creation and process of the 9/11 Memorial in Hudson. The Memorial is one of the best known 9/11 Memorials in the region. For Green, it’s been an incredible story, and a lot of work documenting the project. In May 2011, the beam came to town, carried on the back of an 18-wheeler shrouded in the American Flag. On September 11, 2011, 10 years after the towers fell, the beam was dedicated as part of Hudson’s 9/11 Memorial. There was not a dry eye in sight. Green, was there with her camera, she caught every tear, every embrace, and every emotion. The book will be released on September 11, 2012, and will be offered through major retailers like Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Green, a hobby photographer, originally joined the 9/11 Committee after talking with Hudson Fire Captain Dave Morin. She wanted to take photos documenting the work of the committee, but she never thought it would grow into such a project. “I never thought I would end up writing a book,” she said. The book is mainly comprised of Green’s photography and accompanying captions. There are approximately 400 photos documenting every moment leading up to, and including the 9/11 Memorial in the present day. According to Green, there are photographs documenting every event that took place regarding the memorial. The photos are not limited to just the memorial’s presence in Hudson, but also the beam’s travels. Prior to being placed at its permanent location in Benson’s Park, the beam traveled around the region, appearing in Chelmsford, MA, and the New Hampshire State Trooper’s Memorial Service in Boscawen. working on the book, she managed to carve out a few hours every week to spend with her four-yearold grandson. Though most of the photos included in the book are Green’s, there are several featured that were not hers, but those photographers will get credit. She went on to say, “It’s not about me, but the memorial and the community remembering and honoring.” Green and her publishers are offering a special deal for those who would like to get an advance copy of the book. Those interested in receiving more information can contact Green directly at, and be placed on a blast e-mail list. Green will be holding a book signing at the Hudson Community Center at a later date. Some of the photos from the book will be on display at The New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord in September.

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“The whole process has been unbelievable,” Green said. The original design for the memorial was jotted down on a napkin, and from there, it was created and implemented. Hudson’s 9/11 Memorial is different from others because it recognizes all four attacks. Many memorials mark one particular event. For example, the memorial in Manhattan focuses mainly on the Twin Towers. Hudson’s Memorial has a path that marks the route of Flight 93, which crashed in a remote field near Shanksville, PA. The pathway is lined with granite markers, documenting the timeline of the day, sending a shrill message of the devastation caused that day. “It (the attacks) happened in two hours,” Green said, “can you imagine that? Just two hours, so many lives lost, so many families devastated.” The center point of the memorial is the 30-foot tall beam from tower one. No one knows what floor the beam is from, but its shape indicates that it was near an elevator shaft. The whole project was dear to her because Green grew up in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City bombing affected her and her family a great deal. “The Oklahoma City bombing hit my family hard,” she said. At the time, she was living in Hudson, and felt she was unable to help those who were affected by the attacks. The terrorist attacks on September 11, brought back memories of that day. Working with the 20-person 9/11 Committee and documenting the process of creating the memorial helped her get through the pain of both of the attacks. Green feels the book does a particularly good

job at capturing the emotions of visitors, “Some people walk right up to the beam and touch it, others keep a distance,” she said. Green herself has never touched the beam. She spent many evenings and weekends sitting on a nearby bench with her camera, taking pictures of visitors, by doing that, she’s seen incredible things, many of which are surprising. She has witnessed at least one wedding proposal at the site, bringing hope to a scene that stands to remind all of tragedy. But what strikes her the most is when she sees parents guiding small children through the memorial, “I hope parents will educate their children about what really happened,” she said. “The events happened years before they were born, but it is an important piece of history.” Many times, the children seem bored, but to her, it’s important that they are exposed, to some degree, to what happened that day. Green went on to say that some of the most powerful moments in documenting the erection of the monument came from the reactions of those who affected the most by the attacks. A retired New York City Police Officer was at the Memorial Dedication, and her reaction caught her off guard, “We found out after the ceremony that she was a retired NYPD

officer, we told her that if she told us beforehand, we would have given her a with the other dignitaries, but she said, ‘it’s not about me, it’s about the events that happened,’” that, according to Green, was one of the more solemn moments that came along with writing the book. “It’s all about the people,” Green said, she feels that the 9/11 Committee, as well as the Town of Hudson has done a great job memorializing the victims and events of September 11, “The town should be proud,” she says. By writing this book, she has found that not only Hudson and area residents have been affected by the memorial. For example, the retired police officer at the dedication ceremony has since kept in touch with Green. The officer has brought former Department colleagues to the site of the memorial. Visitors have been quick to thank the 9/11 Committee for all the hard work they have done, “We get a lot of letters from people who were moved by the memorial, a lot Last Application of people see it and ask how they can volunteer. (new clients only) Things like that really bring me joy,” she said. Aug 30, 2012 “Terrorism is never going away, it’s been around for ever, and it always will be,” Green added, “but people need a way to cope.” It Ed Hurrell Free Estimates was through this memorial that Pelham, NH Fully Insured the 9/11 Committee has helped people cope with the tragedy. A lot of people helped Green with the book. She TREE STUMPS AND SHRUBS GROUND OUT will not say who the book is GOOD WORK – GOOD RATES dedicated to, opting to keep QUICK SERVICE it under wraps until the book is released in September. But (603) 893-6902 Before After those who helped her have not been forgotten, “I had so much support from my family and close friends who knew about it (the book) I have had support from my employer and co workers, as well as the whole 9/11 Committee and the community,” Green said. She estimates she spent about three to four hours a night working on the book. She missed family events, outings with friends and other personal moments. Despite the long hours spent

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NESDEC Report Provides Familiar Information
by Diane Chubb The New England School Development Counsel (NESDEC) report commissioned by the Pelham School Board provided information already well-known to residents of Pelham - the current facilities are inadequate to provide educational services to Pelham students. Assistant Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz presented the initial report to the board on August 1. NESDEC was asked by the Board to review the current facilities and educational program in the Pelham School District, and consider future needs as set forth by known projections. They did an analysis of the current buildings, where they stand in reference to supporting that education program as well as recommendations for options for consideration of future use. The PSB had voted 3-2 to spend $5,000 to hire NESDEC to do the two-three month study to create a strategic plan for the school facilities in town. Lecaroz noted that the report had an educational program focus, rather than simply reporting on capacity. Together with other reports done in previous years, she felt that the board had a really clear picture of what we have and where we need to go to make decisions about short and long term options. She noted that the figures used for enrollment projections were five years into the future. John Kennedy and Marge Clark from NESDEC attended the August 1, meeting to review the draft report with the board, using a PowerPoint presentation. The elementary school facility was found to be a great building, because of the design, the space for the gymnasium and library, and the number of music and art classrooms. The building is currently at full capacity for the next year, as kindergarten will be contained within the main building. The building, which is designed for 1,000 at full capacity, will be operating with 916 students this fall. Despite a decline in enrollment, no classrooms at Pelham Elementary School (PES) would be eliminated. A loss of at least 25 students in one grade level is required in order to eliminate a classroom. The elementary school is also considering a full-day kindergarten program, which would require eight more classrooms. This is based on the fact that more parents would be able to take advantage of a full-day program. The NESDEC team did note the lack of parking for larger school events. One of the main points made by Clark was that the expectations of an elementary school have changed over the years. Educational programs, materials used and goals are very different. NESDEC noted that PES does a good job of meeting the more recent expectations. Pelham Memorial School fared better. For the educational program currently in place, the building, with the modular, is at capacity. It was noted that the library should be located within the main building, and not in a modular unit. However, if a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), world language or technical education program were introduced or expanded at the Memorial School, additional space would be required. The current school does not offer many of the programs typically found in a middle school environment. For the most part, class sizes are in the normal range. However, some closet space has been converted to educational space. However, these areas have no windows and no ventilation. There are ADA issues with the locker room and the lift to the second floor. The building does not have an elevator and the lift takes two to three minutes to operate. As expected, Pelham High School was found to be significantly over its capacity. For the 2014-2015 school year, enrollment is projected to be in the 837 range. State standards require 30 square feet per student, which means not exceeding an 85 percent utilization rate. The projected enrollment would send the building to 90 percent utilization. Again, the expectations of the programs that are expected in a high school are not able to be met in the current high school facility. The report recommends either building a brand new high school facility or embarking on a significant renovation and additional project. The core space at PHS is also lacking. NESDEC had serious concerns about the proximity of the cafeteria to classroom space. As Pelham will be required to house its own School Administration Unit as of July 2013, providing space for this purpose is also a necessity. A pre-school is also required by federal and state law. NESDEC will be formalizing its report shortly. The board must determine when to hold a community forum to present the report to the public, and which options to bring forward for community feedback.


Bob’s Discount Furniture Kicks Off Annual ‘Celebrate the Arts’ Contest
submitted by Kelly Whitaker Bob’s Discount Furniture, through its Bob’s Outreach program, today announced that it will award $45,000 in cultural grants to deserving schools across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states through its seventh annual Celebrate the Arts contest – designed to support and maintain dance, music and the arts in schools. Bob’s Outreach is accepting contest entries from August 13 through September 10, and will select nine schools to win $5,000 grants to support cultural arts programs during the 2012-2013 school year. Each year, Bob’s Outreach receives thousands of submissions and randomly selects one K-12 school in each of the nine states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia) where Bob’s Discount Furniture stores are located. Following the schools’ selection, the Bob’s Outreach Team visits each winning school to award the grant and visit with students and faculty. Bob’s Discount Furniture began the Celebrate the Arts contest in 2006 after observing the scaling back of fine arts programs and cultural arts assemblies across many school districts in the communities it serves. “Cultural arts programs are often the first targets for elimination when schools must make budget cuts,” said Cathy Poulin, public relations director, Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Bob’s wants to put the arts back in schools, which is why we are so pleased to continue sponsoring the annual Celebrate the Arts grant program.” “The generous check we received from Bob’s Celebrate the Arts contest was a wonderful surprise,” said Judith Bassignani, principal of Garvin Memorial School in Cumberland, RI, one of last year’s contest winners. “This donation enabled us to have a local artist paint a mural in our entryway, buy frames for students’ artwork and assisted our weeklong celebration of reading, which included book giveaways for the students and a performance by the Tanglewood Marionettes.” Beginning August 13, applicants can enter the contest by filling out a form with their personal contact information, as well as their school’s information. Entry forms can be found online at www. and no purchase is necessary. All entries must be submitted by September 10. About Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation anchors the charitable work of the entire Bob’s organization. The foundation and Bob’s Outreach program, along with Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin and other employees, support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and contributions that annually exceed $1.5 million. For more than 15 years Bob’s has partnered with the American Red Cross in New England to promote blood drives. Other supported charities include Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Easter Seals, The Jimmy Fund, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, National Conference for Community Justice, The Johan Santana Foundation, The Andrus Children Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Special Olympics. For more information about the foundation and Bob’s Discount Furniture, visit

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The Area News Group is excited to announce the hiring of two new reporters. Jake Gagnon and Michael Linehan will soon start reporting for our papers. Linehan will write about Hudson politics and events. Gagnon is assigned to Windham and Salem High School sports. Gagnon is a 2012 graduate of Plymouth State University, where he studied English with a concentration in writing. He worked as the Assistant Sports Editor at Plymouth State University’s campus newspaper The Clock. He previously held positions at The Record Enterprise, and The Neighborhood News. He will handle sports in Windham and Salem. Linehan is a 2011 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he studied English with a concentration in writing. He previously held an internship at Noise magazine in Boston, MA, and has experience in a broad range of communication arts, including radio and community television. He will handle the Hudson Political Beat. We’d also like to say goodbye to two reporters who joined us for the summer. Andrew Belliveau and Taylor Thomas are heading back to school. Belliveau is an undergraduate at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he is studying Film, Video and Interactive Media. Thomas will be returning to Keene State College, where she is studying Journalism.

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