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Veterans Honored
at Gibson Cemetery Sunset Service
by Marc Ayotte
A small but reflective
gathering enjoyed the honoring
of those who have served and
currently serve this nation
with a sunset service at the
Veteran’s Plaza at Gibson
Cemetery in Pelham. Veterans
Day is officially observed on
November 11, and is intended
to honor and thank all military
personnel, particularly living
veterans, who served the United
States in wars.
The service was a combined
effort of the Pelham American
Legion Post 100 and the Pelham
VFW Post 10722. Paul
Pellerin, who commanded
the 21 gun salute, has
been on the American
Legion’s Honor Guard
for the past 37 years and
has held the position
of Captain for the past
four. Among the VFW
representatives was
current Commander,
Mark McCabe. The late
afternoon service followed
an earlier, morning
gathering by both Posts
just up the road at the
Veterans Memorial Park.
The service began
with McCabe reading
the opening prayer and
was followed by Aram
Jeknavorian who is the
current Adjutant and past Commander for
the American Legion - Pelham Post 100.
Jeknavorian recited two literary pieces;
“In Flanders Fields” which he said is a
“traditional poem” written by a Canadian
Lt. Commander and then followed that by a
reading of “We stand for Freedom” by Roger
Robicheau, a U.S. Army Specialist, 5th Class.
McCabe followed with a recital of names
by Len Lathrop
The Veterans of Foreign War have been collecting and storing flags for
over a year and on Sunday, November 10, the scouts from Troop 610 held a
retirement service behind the post. Over 50 flags were retired that day. The
scouts followed the guidelines for old flag retirement, with all the dignity and
respect befitting our nation’s flag.
After folding the worn, torn, faded or badly soiled flag in the care of the
VFW a process that took almost an hour, the scouts were ready to begin
the service. Under the direction of Scoutmaster Roger Patenaude the troop
assembled and paraded to the ceremonial site where Assistant Scoutmaster
Andre Michaud had prepared a fire in a memorial iron urn.
After the presenting of the colors, a history of our flags was read by the
scouts and the first flag was deconstructed to be burned. Each of the 13 strips
have a unique meaning which was read to those assembled as each scout in
turn placed that strip into the fire.
First stripe: The 13 stripes stand for the original 13 colonies which are:
Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia, and New Jersey.
Second stripe: The white stands for purity
Third stripe: The red stands for courage
Fourth stripe: “Give me liberty or give me death”
continued to page 12- Flag Retiring
Retiring Old Glory
with Troop 610
Pelham American Legion Adjutant Aram Jeknavorian reads the poem
“We Stand for Freedom” at the Veterans Day Sunset Service in Pelham.
VFW Commander Mark McCabe is to his right.
Members of the American Legion Post 100 rife
squad and of cials from the VFW Post 10722 who
participated in the Veterans Day Sunset Service
Pictured to the left: Brent Morgenstern (retiring fag), Ryan Cummings, John Williams,
Noah Hurst Roger Patenaude (Scout Master) (far left) and Connor Cote
see page 20
see page 16
continued to page 12- Veterans
School Board
Leaning Toward
Phased Addition to
Middle School
by Barbara O’Brien
After a further whittling down of the choices intended to
reduce the space crunch in Windham’s public schools, school
board members are leaning toward a phased approach to
enlarging Windham Middle School. This latest development
came during the school board meeting on November 5.
Space constraints and large class sizes have been worsening
in the past several years, as Windham, unlike most of New
Hampshire, continues to see a population growth. The
construction of new houses and the resultant increase in
residents is anticipated to continue for at least the next six
years.
School administrators started out with about a dozen
possibilities, then reduced the choices to three final options
late last month. The final choices included doing nothing
this year, moving eighth grade students into a new addition
at Windham High School, and a multi-phased addition to
Windham Middle School.
Although Windham Middle School is dubbed “a middle
school,” because it houses grades six through eight, it is not
a State approved middle school, because it lacks certain
programs and facilities. If an addition is ultimately approved
by voters, those deficiencies would be addressed.
While doing nothing this coming year didn’t gain much
popularity among board members or residents who attended
the meeting, moving the eighth graders to the high school was
even less popular. School board members were adamant
Pelham Budget Committee
Gives Selectmen
a Thumbs Up
by Lynne Ober
Pelham’s Budget Committee has completed its review of the
town budget and made very few changes. In fact Selectman
Doug Viger reported that the Budget Committee gave several
compliments to Selectmen for their careful budget preparations
and for the transparency that they and all department heads
presented in the budget. There was a reduction of $42,076 to
the presented budget with the end result of a town budget in
the amount of $13,291,750.
Viger also said that Pelham’s Food Pantry made a request
for a donation during the Budget Committee meeting. When
Selectman Hal Lynde questioned why they hadn’t initially
come to the Selectmen with the request, Viger reported that the
food pantry had a new director who didn’t realize there was a
budget line for charitable donations and so failed to meet with
selectmen during budget deliberations.
Board of Selectmen Chairman Ed Gleason said that he
thought it was evident that the board tried to control budget
growth during their budget review given the increase from last
year was a total of 3.4 percent. Gleason noted that the board
tried to educate people that there is an inherent growth based
on contractual obligations, which are typically between a 2
percent and 2.5 percent increase each year. He hoped tax
payers recognized that the 3.4 percent budget increase that
was offered included a 2.6 percent of inherent growth. “This
shows there’s very little discretionary money in the budget for
departments above the default budget.” Gleason agreed the
proposed budget spoke well for the departments in terms of
their willingness to hold the line and meet objectives.
Selectman Bill McDevitt thanked Viger for his work on the
Budget Committee and noted that it was a time-consuming job.
continued to page 14- Middle School Addition
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The following Windham residents earned their degree at Saint
Joseph’s College of Maine this past September: Rebecca LaFrance,
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Kathryn
Whittemore, Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner.
Jimmy Morgan will be competing along with his pair partner at the
U.S. Figure Skating National Championships held in Boston in January.
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Jimmy has attended Windham schools and graduated from Salem
High School in 2010. He now attends Boston University full time
while maintaining his elite athlete status with the USFSA.
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to-the-senior-ranks.
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Penguin Players Meet Willy Wonka
Women in Technology Program
Selects Two Pelham High Students
by Christopher Gamble, Pelham High School Intern
Every year, BAE Systems hand picks a select group of female
juniors and seniors from the Southern NH area for their Women
in Technology (WiT) program. This program allows students who
have an aptitude in math and science the opportunity to explore
careers in various engineering disciplines. BAE makes available 18
spots for young women to intern and learn the tools of the trade in
hopes of pursuing a technical career.
This year, BAE received 57 applications from 13 different
schools, including one in Massachusetts. Of these 57 applicants,
two were Pelham High School students, Alyssa Pantaleo (junior)
and Emily Lamport (senior), both of whom were selected for this
year’s program. In this extremely competitive battle for a spot a
small group of BAE employees grade the applicants on a number
of aspects including the classes they are taking and college major
they intend to pursue. Mostly, BAE looks for applicants that seem
“generally interested in and certain they would be pursuing a
career in science, technology, engineering, or math,” stated the
WiT director, Nichole Levasseur.
Pantaleo, who plans to major in Aerospace and Aeronautics
Engineering in college, stated in an interview that Lamport, the
other intern from Pelham, convinced her to join robotics a few
years ago, sparking her passion for technology and engineering.
Lamport then added that if it wasn’t for her older sister, who was
also a WiT intern in high school, she would not have joined
robotics in high school, thus never discovering her passion and
talent for technology.
The two women had different thoughts upon applying to the BAE
program, but agreed that they were a bit nervous on the first day.
However, Alyssa and Emily readily admitted they found most of the
work complicated yet easy to pick up. Lamport said, “The work
they do at BAE is insane” and continued to express her eagerness
to get more in depth as the internship continues. When asked
what classes and/or programs at Pelham High School they thought
helped them the most with fine-tuning their skills for WiT, they both
agreed that joining the robotics team at PHS was the most helpful.
Pantaleo stated, “Just offering the robotics club in school helped me
discover my future.”
Having an edge in the engineering business, as well as any other,
is crucial to being successful. And an edge is just what these girls
are getting every week when they visit BAE. With their internship
concluding in February, they will have had a substantial amount
of time experiencing engineering while preparing and learning for
college. These two women are prime examples of the success of
our students within Pelham High School.
by Gloria Lavoie
Pelham Community Theater and Arts presented Roald Dahl’s
classic, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at Pelham’s Sherburne
Hall. To the delight of parents, and friends, the players donned
elaborate costumes, designed by Janet Daigle and they remembered
all of their lines, much to the delight of their director Jessica
Mullen. Three showings were offered; all with free admission. One
performance was Friday evening and two performances were on
Saturday.
The play was about a young boy, Charlie Bucket played by
Valerie Annal, and his winning a Golden Ticket to tour and partake
in adventures at the candy factory owned and operated by an
eccentric and quite peculiar Willy Wonka, played by Lydia Lewis.
Willy Wonka promises Charlie that, for as long as he possesses the
Golden Ticket, his family shall have tasty morsels for the rest of
their lives.
The production was endearing, as you might expect from
children’s theater. Tales of gum that never loses flavor and
gob-stoppers that change flavor once a week sweetened this
entertaining performance of this classic tale. Adorable Oompa-
Loompas, played by Bella Salamone, Emmie Salamone, Sarah
Petisce, Trevor Dame, chanted their lines together and scurried
around in rainbow wigs, tie dye shirts and colorful tights.
Charlie learns from Mr. Wonka that the entire day at the factory
has been a test and that Charlie has been chosen to run the
factory once Wonka steps down. Excited that his poor family shall
never go hungry again, Charlie accepts the offer, concluding the
production.
Director Jessica Mullen said of the young thespians, “The
children are a blessing. Thanks to the parents for letting us work
with them.” She presented the players with their participation pins
and named Peyton Petisce, with the Penguin Award, as chosen
by her peers for the most impressive performance in her role as a
precocious Veruca Salt.
Post-production, 4 year old Dillon McGhee approached Willy
Wonka (Lydia Lewis) and said, “I loved the show!” The pair shared
a high-five and McGhee
beamed with delight as if
he had just met the real
candy magnate. These
impressive productions
produced by the team,
together with Pelham
Public Television, in
conjunction with Pelham
Parks and Recreation and
hosted by The Pelham
Selectman give families
an affordable activity
and help expose their
children to the arts right
in their home towns.
The Pelham Community
Theater starts a new
production every 9 weeks and classes do fill fast. “The children are
amazing,” said Janet Daigle, “It is such a joy to work with them,”
she added.
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Willy Wonka gives the winners of the Golden Tickets
a tour and a lesson in gluttony.
Oompa Loompas help narrate the show.
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Letters to our Editor
Pelham - Windham News | November 15, 2013 - 3
Tank You for ‘Filling-the-Boot’
On behalf of the Professional Firefghters of Pelham IAFF Local 4546 we
would like to thank the residents and visitors of the Pelham area for their
support during our Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill-the-boot” Boot
Drives. Muscular Dystrophy afects more people than you may think, and
there are individuals within our community that are afected by this illness.
Each year since we have started participating in the boot drives it has been
an internal goal within our Local to beat the top contenders and it is with
your support that one year that may be possible.
Firefghters have been banding together in this efort to fght
neuromuscular diseases since 1954. We volunteer our time to stand in the
intersections within our community to help “Fill-the-Boot” and “Make a
Muscle, Make a Diference.”
Te 2013 season for flling the boot was a spectacular as with your help
we raised $8,500 for MDA New Hampshire. Tis would not have been
possible without the help of the volunteers who helped hold the boots as
well as those who helped fll them. Tank you again for another great year!
Patrick M. Weaver, Sr., Vice President, Professional Firefghters of
Pelham IAFF Local # 4546, Pelham
No Pelham Skate Park Tis Year
Can you believe it has been fve years since the grand opening of our
community ice rink? Five years is a long time and this project has been a
labor of love for us all.
In the inaugural season, through private fundraising efort, the Ice Garden
had over 25 companies and families make donations to fund the purchase
of an ice rink kit and equipment needed to maintain a 100 foot by 50 foot
ice surface. In addition, we had 12-plus volunteers who were committed to
maintaining the ice and clearing snow on a daily/basis.
Over the years, several outdoor community events were hosted at the
Ice Garden including WinterFest and the annual Pelham Police vs. Pelham
Fire Department charity hockey game. An Adult Pond Hockey league was
founded. Teenagers would play pond hockey after school. Some teenage
couples had their “frst date” at the Ice Garden. Parents and Grandparents
would bring their kids to the rink on weekend mornings. And many, many
children slipped on their frst pair of skates at the Pelham Ice Garden.
Te rink was then moved the rink onto the basketball courts in 2010
which made it easier to build the rink, easier for the patrons to access the
rink, but more challenging to maintain the ice due to its proximity to the
sun during the day. Te Ice Garden only had 10 ofcially “open” skating
days in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
At the outset, the “Pelham Ice Garden volunteer group” made a
commitment to the Town of Pelham that volunteers would build and
maintain the rink, and the town simply would provide the proper risk
insurance as the rink was built within a park (which was not an additional
purchase to the town).
Once everyone realized the massive efort it takes to maintain an outdoor
ice rink in southern NH, naturally, volunteer participation began to wane
over the past 4 seasons.
In 2011, the volunteer group asked for some help from the Town and
Parks and Recreation department, wherein the monies raised from the
adult Pond Hockey League could help fund some new equipment for ice
maintenance and kids from the Pelham School system could help maintain
the ice from time to time. But again, given the proximity of the rink and
being overexposed to the sun, the rink was built ... but the ice quickly
melted in 2013.
Given these current challenges, we regret to inform you that the Pelham
Ice Garden will not be built in 2014. It is our intent to take only one year
of; but we need time to re-assess our plan, fnancials, number of volunteers,
and other logistics needed in order to build and operate a safe ice surface in
the future.
I am sure this comes as a disappointment to many. But at the very least,
our hope is you “caught the bug” and that the enjoyment of outdoor skating
is something you will continue to enjoy on open ponds, lakes, or maybe
even in your own backyard?
I would like to remind you all that this ice rink that has bought so much
joy and excitement to us all started with a simple thread on the Pelham
Message Board. So do not think for one second that your voices aren’t
heard when you put yourself out there. We encourage you to communicate
your feedback privately, but even more important publicly. We believe
in transparent communication and hope that through your support and
cooperation we will all be skating somewhere near the center of town in
2015.
Tank you all for your support and friendship over the years. I have
thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all, and mere words could never
fully articulate how much I appreciate everything you have done to support
the Pelham Ice Garden.
Chris Mader, Founder and President, Pelham Ice Garden, Pelham
Pelham Good Neighbor Fund 44th Annual
Christmas Drive
During the Christmas holiday season, the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
helps individuals and families with food as well as toys and clothing for the
children.
If you need help during the holidays, please call one of the following:
Nancy Vachon, 603-521-4045; Brenda Blake, 603-635-3590; or Karen
Fournier 978-319-8650.
If you need help, please call no later than Saturday, December 7. Your call
will be handled in strict confdence.
Frank Sullivan, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
Tank You From the Helping Hands
Windham’s Helping Hands would like to extend a heartfelt thank you
to the Common Man Restaurant and the Windham Firefghters for their
generosity and hard work at last weekend’s Common Man Charity Breakfast.
Teir support of the community has continued to help fll many needs that
would otherwise go unanswered. From the individuals who volunteered
their time waiting on tables, cooking, cleaning, and seating customers, to
the pink shirt wearing frefghters who tirelessly cleared tables, we couldn’t
have been more impressed. We thank the rafe sellers for their charm and
the celebrities (Erin Fehlau from WMUR and Mike Morin from WZID )
for their great deliveries - cofee and announcements respectively. Lastly, we
would like to thank you, the customer. We appreciate your support of the
community and promise that Windham’s Helping Hands will continue to
reach out to those in need.
Patti Letizio, on behalf of the Board Members of WHH, Windham
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Outdoor Classroom Starts Phase 1 Four WHS Students Selected for
Elite Performance Series
at Carnegie Hall
Windham High School FIRST
Robotics Team Once Again Emerges
Victorious at 2013 River Rage FRC
Robotics Competition
by Gloria Lavoie
Pelham Elementary School (PES) PTA President
Kristen Rodrigue has hoped for an outdoor space
at PES for a couple of years now. “We have just
been so busy that it has taken until now to get it
started,” she explained. She proposed the idea to
the school board and it is finally moving forward
with the help of PTA volunteers and the generosity
of area businesses.
Upon receiving approval from the School
Board, the PTA’s intentions are to create a natural
classroom setting by preserving the authentic
beauty of the spot; an area in the wooded area
adjacent to the West Wing parking lot of the
school. “By creating a natural outdoor learning
area, we are hoping students and teachers will be
inspired by this unique environment,” explained
Rodrigue. She hopes to give teachers the chance
to be creative with their curriculum.
Rodrigue stated in her proposal to the School
Board, “It has been proven that an outdoor
learning area increases students ability and
interests in science, math, reading, writing, and
independent learning. Students get excited about
learning outdoors and stay more engaged with the
lessons.”
Chris Beaudry, owner of Pro-Turf Landscaping
from Pelham, has offered to donate all of the
necessary labor and equipment to prepare the
grounds at PES for this outdoor classroom. On
a recent rainy morning, the removal of small
saplings, dead trees, branches and brush were
cleared as part of Phase 1 of the project. “I’m
really excited about this project as well as
working with the PTA and Pelham School District.
As soon as I heard about this project, I knew this
was something that I could help the PTA with.
Clearing the area is just phase 1. The fun stuff will
come in the spring and I think the kids are going
to love it. As a resident and business owner of
Pelham, I feel that it’s really important to give back
to my community,” said Beaudry.
The project will be supervised by the PTA
volunteers and members. The plan is to start
Phase 2 in early spring of 2014 with a completion
time frame to allow usage before the close of the
school year. The PTA hopes to obtain a donation
of trees to be used for seating. To keep the
ambiance natural, seating will be created using
stumps, benches will be constructed from logs
and there will be a podium also constructed from
natural resources.
submitted by Elizabeth Bondioli
Four Windham High School Students have
been selected to participate in the 2014
American High School Honors Performance
Series at Carnegie Hall. The four students are
Senior Olivia Bono (Clarinet), Junior Robyn
Clark (Voice), and Sophomores Cierra Cowan
(Bassoon) and Giuliana Jeffers (Trumpet). The
Series was established to showcase some of the
most talented student performers in high school
today. The students were among over 10,000
nominated internationally; only 500 students were
selected for the performance - 300 in the Honors
Choir, 100 in the Honors Band, and 100 in the
Honors Orchestra. These Windham High School
musicians will travel to New York City in early
February where they will join other students from
the United States, Canada, and select international
schools to rehearse with internationally acclaimed
conductors Dr. Lynne Gackle, Jeffrey Grogan, and
Craig Kirchhoff. The program allows the students
to rehearse and perform under these talented
conductors and to perform before representatives
of collegiate and professional music programs in
the famed Carnegie Hall of New York City. The
students will also be able to see some of the sights
of New York City, including a Broadway play.
Mr. Jared Cassedy, Dean of Fine, Living, and
Technical Arts and the Director of Bands at
Windham High School, nominated several of his
students and is thrilled to have four Finalists in
the program. “This is an outstanding opportunity
to again provide our students with the most
meaningful learning and performing experiences
possible. These students have worked exceedingly
hard in every regard - we have much to be proud
of here at Windham High School!”
The 2014 High School Honors Performance
Series takes place February 6-10, 2014, with the
Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall Sunday,
February 9.
submitted by Scott Kukshtel,
Windham Windup US FIRST
Windham High School’s FIRST Robotics Team,
the Windham Windup, once again brought home
the Champions trophy from the River Rage FIRST
Robotics competition this past weekend. The
Windham team, the second place tournament
seed after the Qualification rounds, picked teams
from Concord, NH and Oakland, ME to join their
alliance for the Elimination rounds. Together, the
three teams went undefeated in eliminations, and
triumphed over 30 of the best FRC teams from all
over New England.
River Rage 2013, the 17th edition of the longest-
running FIRST Robotics off-season competition,
was sponsored by FRC teams from all three
Manchester public high schools, and was held
at Goffstown High School. The competition
traditionally draws the strongest New England
teams as they come together to play the current
year’s FRC game one more time, before a brand-
new challenge is released in January. The
challenge for 2013, “Ultimate Ascent,” features 120
pound robots that can shoot Frisbee discs into wall
slots of various size, and an end-game featuring
robots climbing up to three levels on a 10 foot tall
pyramid-shaped metal pipe structure. Matches
feature two alliances of three teams/robots each,
who play to see which alliance can score the most
points in 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
The Windham Windup, known officially in
the FIRST world as Team 3467, turned just three
years old this month. They were named Rookie
All-Stars in 2011, traveling to the FIRST World
Championships as a result. In 2012, the team
brought home two Motorola Quality Awards from
FRC Regional competitions, and finished the year
with their very first tournament victory at River
Rage 2012. In 2013, the team was victorious at
the Pine Tree Regional in Lewiston, ME, and earned
a repeat trip to the World Championship event in
St. Louis, MO. At that event, they earned one of
only four coveted Judge’s Awards for their clever
pyramid climbing assembly.
The 2013 off-season brought more recognition
in the form of a Champions trophy at BattleCry14
@ WPI, a semifinalist finish at the prestigious
Indiana Robotics Invitational, and this weekend’s
repeat as River Rage Champions. All of these
accomplishments were recognized by New
Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan in an official
Governor’s Commendation presented to the team
in September. Assisting the Windham team in the
winning alliance at River Rage were two FRC teams
with impressive histories of their own:
Team 1517, “The Lumberjacks” from Bishop
Brady High School in Concord, have been
competing and winning awards in FRC since 2005.
Team 2648, “Infinite Loop” from Messalonskee
High School in Oakland, ME, have been competing
and winning since 2008, and partnered with the
Windham Windup in the 2013 Pine Tree Regional
winning alliance.
According to Lead Advisor Scott Kukshtel, who
is the Engineering and Technology Teacher at
Windham High School, “This victory is the perfect
culmination to a dream season. Although we
started out a bit rocky at our first competition, the
team really pulled together over the course of the
competition season, made some well thought-out
and effective changes, and produced a unique and
very competitive robot. We’re only three years old,
but the accolades the team has garnered this year
are ones that any FRC team would be proud to
have on their resume. Plus, based on the excellent
performance of our younger members who stepped
up into competitive roles on Saturday, the future
looks very bright for this team.”
About The Windham Windup
FRC Team 3467 is the FIRST Robotics
Competition team from Windham High School in
Windham. Active since October 2010, the mission
of the team is to inspire students to seek careers in
engineering, science, and technology by enabling
educational and entertaining partnerships with
mentors who have experience and backgrounds in
these fields. Major supporters include: Windham
School District, Veloxion, BAE Systems, WillSeal
USA, Veolia Environmental Systems, and IBM.
About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation
of science and technology in young people. Based
in Manchester, FIRST designs accessible, innovative
programs to build self-confidence, knowledge,
and life skills while motivating young people to
pursue opportunities in science, technology, and
engineering.
Courtesy photo
From left to right: Giuliana Jefers, Sophomore, Trumpet, Robyn Clark, Junior, Voice, Olivia Bono, Senior, Clarinet,
Cierra Cowan, Sophomore, Bassoon.
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Honoring Veteran’s the Wolf den (2nd graders) from Cub Scout
Pack 610 performed a Veteran’s Day Tribute at the VA Community
Living Center in Manchester on Monday, November 11.
Coordinated by Ladies Auxiliary Chairperson Madeline Dreusicke,
our boys were joined by representatives from Boy Scout Troop
610 and Girl Scout Cadets/Senior Troop 10886. The group, led by
Wolf den leader Danielle Paquette, performed the play “What is a
Veteran?” Immediately following the boys read the poem “Veterans
Day” by Cheryl Dyson. The group then led everyone in singing
“You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “I’m Proud to Be an American.” Each
veteran was presented with a thank you card and a scrolled copy of
the poem. At the conclusion of the show the facility was presented
a handmade and autographed Veteran’s Day collage. The boys were
told that it would be proudly displayed in the main hallway at the
center.
The young men and women of brought joyous smiles to the
residents of the living center, who in turn shared handshakes, sincere
thank you’ s and hugs with our group.
As we honor men and women in our Armed Services for their
willingness to step up and go in harm’s way for our good, we want
to take pause to thank these scouts for their willingness to serve.
We would be remiss to not say acknowledge each parent. The
willingness of families to make the extra effort to encourage their
scout, to do their part, to step up and be counted as someone
willing to make a difference, earns the gratitude of the entire Pelham
scouting community.
Scouting is unique. As much as we all enjoy sports it doesn’t
provide a service as a defining attribute of character. Of course, our
scouts play sports, most scouts do. Consider Shane Victorino, an
Eagle Scout, whose triple in the final game of the World Series put
our Red Sox on the road to victory. He was also a star in football,
soccer, basketball, and track. I would bet his parents wore out more
than a few sets of tires hauling him around to meetings and events.
Scouting requires no pre-requisites for advancement. Boys can
join at any time. Now that fall sports are ending and winter is slowly
setting in, unplug your son from electronics and come and see what
scouting is all about.
Visit our website, www.pack610nh.com, like us on Facebook,
or better still, come and visit one of our pack meetings. Our next
is Saturday, November 19, 4:30 pm at the Pelham Fish and Game
Club. For more information, contact us at pack610nh@gmail.com.
by Barbara O’Brien
The members of the Windham Education Association have not
had a valid teacher contract for the past three years and current
negotiations have reached an impasse. As a result, some parents and
other residents are concerned that valued and experienced teachers
will opt to find employment elsewhere.
Former school board member Mike Hatem is one of those
people. So, in order to express his views, Hatem stood before the
current school board earlier this month and asked them to put any
improvements to the school district’s facilities on hold and “push for
a new contract.” “I would love to see a new middle school. I would
love to see a new track at the high school,” Hatem said, but residents
have made it clear that they cannot afford to take on all the school
district’s needs at the same time.
This past March, both the teacher contract and the proposed
construction of a new seventh and eighth grade school failed to rally
a sufficient number of voters to get either warrant article passed.
Even the proposed 2013-2014 school district operating budget failed
to pass muster, resulting in the Windham School District having to
operate under a default budget once again.
“There is no excuse for no raises in three years,” Hatem said. “We
have amazing quality teachers in this school district,” he stated. “I
am afraid we will lose them.
Windham resident, parent and community volunteer Diane
Carpenter said she echoed what Hatem had to say about school
staff. “The teachers in kindergarten through twelfth grade are great,”
Carpenter added. However, Carpenter said she wasn’t at the school
board meeting to say whether one issue was more important than
the other, referring to teacher contracts or facility improvements. “I’d
love a new school,” she said, “but a building is nothing without the
people in it. “ We’re nothing if we’re not taking care of our core.”
“We need an operating budget and two contracts (teacher and
instructional assistants),” Carpenter emphasized. “Everything else
can take a breath.” “We need to give contracts our full attention,”
she said.
School board members did not reply directly to either Hatem’s or
Carpenter’s comments, but later, during the discussion of what to
do about ongoing space problems in the Windham School District,
there were mixed opinions from board members on where the
primary emphasis needed to be this coming March.
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November 16
Pelham Parks and Recreation would
like to welcome everyone to a free
performance by our Advanced Theatre
Players on Friday at 7 p.m. or Saturday at either
4 or 7 p.m. in Sherburne Hall, inside the Pelham
Municipal Building. Our director has worked for
weeks with the young budding actors and actresses
to produce a Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood
story for your family’s entertainment. The children
have worked very hard and would welcome you
to view the results of their efforts and to support
the theatre program. It’s a fun free afternoon or
evening out for the whole family. Hope to see
you there. If you have any questions, e-mail
recreation@pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721.
Saturday, November 16
“Daddy and Donuts Story Time at
the Library.” At 10:30 a.m. the library
will be hosting a special story time for
kids and their Dads with stories, songs,
crafts and donuts! This is a great opportunity
for the little ones to share one of their favorite
places with Dad, or some other favorite grown-
up, who is often not able to come to a week day
story hour. This month’s stories will be around
a theme of “Thanksgiving.” Funding for this
program is provided by the Friends of the Pelham
Library. For this and other library news check the
Children’s Calendar on our exciting webpage http://
pelhampubliclibrary.org for exact dates and times.
There are some exciting opportunities for get-
togethers!
Starting Monday, November 18
Holiday Crafts at the Nesmith Library
Registration.
It isn’t the Holiday Season without
a little glitter, a gob of glue, and some
homemade crafts. The Friends of the
Library of Windham is sponsoring Holiday Craft
Workshops again this year for children ages four
and up. Registration for this year’s crafts will begin
Nov. 18 from 4-6 p.m. for current FLOW members.
Payment is due at the time of registration. Bring
your children with you on the evening of the
signups, and let them enjoy a practice craft (fall-
themed) donated by FLOW.
For registration after Nov. 18, ask for the Holiday
Craft sign-up sheet at the front desk of the Library.
Sessions fill up quickly, so arrive early to sign up.
Sample crafts are on display at the Nesmith Library.
This year’s workshops will begin Dec. 2 and run
according to the schedule below Dec. 12. The
classes are approximately one hour long, and all
the necessary supplies will be provided.
Tuesday, November 19
Introduction of Agenda 21: “Effective
execution of Agenda 21 will require
a profound reorientation of all human
society, unlike anything the world has
ever experienced - a major shift in the priorities
of both governments and individuals and an
unprecedented redeployment of human and
financial resources. This shift will demand that a
concern for the environmental consequences of
every human action be integrated into individual
and collective decision-making at every level.”
Excerpt, UN Agenda 21. Nesmith Library, 8
Fellows Rd., Windham at 7 p.m. Free admission.
Sponsored by the Windham Chapter of The John
Birch Society. For more info call 434-9695 or
((857) 498-1309, www.jbs.org/agenda21.
Thursday, November 21
The Pelham Public Library is excited to
announce its first “Hunger Games Book
Group” exclusively for Young Adults. The
group will host three book talks over the
course of late October and November to discuss
the book, culminating in a Hunger Games Party
with pizza, trivia games, prizes and more. The
book talks will take place from 4 to 5 p.m.
Each book talk will cover one of the three parts
of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. A
structured agenda will be provided, though readers
are encouraged present their own topics for
discussion. This club is geared toward independent
readers in grades 7-12 who enjoy reading for fun
and who would love a chance to talk over a good
story with their peers. A limited number of books
will be available at the Pelham library. Contact
Rebecca at rcrockett@pelhamweb.com or call the
library at 635-7581 if you have any questions or to
sign up.
Friday, November 22
Advanced Formatting in Microsoft
Word. If you are an intermediate user of
Microsoft Word but want to improve your
existing skills, the Pelham Public Library is
offering a course on Advanced Formatting in Word
on at 10 a.m. Topics that we will cover include
section breaks and levels, creating table of contents
and indexes, and mail merges. To sign-up for
this class, call 635-7581. For more information
about all our events check us out online at http://
pelhampubliclibrary.org. Must have valid Pelham
Library Card to sign up.
The JCA Club will be hosting the Fourth Annual
Staff vs. Students Flag Football Game and Punt,
Pass and Kick Competition, Football field/Turf
Field in Windham! 2:20-3 p.m. Kick, Pass, Punt
Competition and Flag Football Games 3-5 p.m.
Teachers, students, and staff are encouraged to sign
up Thursday and Friday in the cafeteria. Minimum
of eight players and a team maximum of 11. There
must be a minimum of four men and four women
per team. Cost: $25 per team, or $3 per person,
or four or more donated items per person for
Windham’s Helping Hands fundraiser.
Thursday, November 28
19th Annual Windham Turkey Trot - 9
a.m. Thanksgiving Day, 70 Blossom Rd.
Fun community event - 3 and 5 mile
routes. Trotters, from babies to seniors,
run, walk, ride bikes, roll on skateboards, strollers,
wagons and wheelchairs. Benefits The Shepherd’s
Food Pantry, Helping Hands and Family Promise
of Greater Rockingham County. Over $116,000
donated to charity over the years. Monetary
donation of your choice is cost to participate.
Register online at www.windhamturkeytrot.org or
come that morning. T-shirts, with a $20 minimum
donation, can be reserved online until Nov. 17.
E-mail questions to: info@windhamturkeytrot.org.
Saturday, November 23
The Knights of Columbus will hold its
annual Turkey Cheer Dinner and Raffle at
St. Patrick Church Clubhouse. Doors open
at 5 p.m. All you can eat Dinner starts at 6
p.m. followed by an all new and improved raffle.
For tickets and to reserve a table of 8 or more
pleases call: Eric Wright - 635-8772, Frank Maglio
- 35-2251 or John Costa - 508-0579. Tickets are
also available at the door. Adults $9, Seniors and
Children $7 per person. Donations for raffles
greatly appreciated.
Monday, December 2 and
Saturday, December 9
Pelham Fire Department
is proud to introduce an
American Heart Association
Heart Saver First Aid, CPR and AED
Course at the Pelham Fire Station
from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $20.
Sign up at Pelham Fire Station located
at 36 Village Green. Course outline
includes: First aid basics, Medical
emergencies, Injury emergencies,
Environmental emergencies, Adult CPR
and AED use, child CPR and AED use and
infant CPR, video-based course ensures
consistency, Instructor-led, hands-on
class format reinforces skills proficiency,
and a student manual comes with a new
Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference
Guide that summarizes first aid actions for
many injuries and illnesses. Upon completion of
this course, students receive an American Heart
Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course
Completion Card that is valid for two years.
Tuesday, December 3
Pelham High School will hold a
Financial Aid Night for parents and
our college-bound seniors. The event,
organized by the school’s guidance
department, will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in
the PHS Library. A representative from the
New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance
Foundation will facilitate the event, providing
parents and students with information about the
financial aid process for colleges and universities.
Specifically, the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid, FAFSA will be explained in detail. The
FAFSA is required for all financial aid requests.
For more information, call the PHS Guidance
Department at 635-2116.
Nesmith Library Presents an Evening with
Author Frank Grzyb. The Friends of the Library
of Windham present author, Frank Grzyb, for
a special presentation of his book “Hidden
History of Rhode Island and the Civil War” at the
Nesmith Library on at 6:30 p.m. Frank Grzyb’s
book will be available for purchase and signing
following the presentation. This program is free
and open to the public. Register for this program
by calling the Library at 432-7154. Frank Grzyb
is a decorated combat veteran and the author of
three previous books. His work has been featured
in such magazines as America’s Civil War, Civil
War Monitor and The Civil War Times. When not
enjoying his family, Frank serves as a guest lecturer
at high schools, universities and military, civic and
religious organizations.
Friday, December 6
Join Annie at the Pelham Public Library
on at 10 a.m. to learn more about the
basics of Microsoft Excel, including editing
within spreadsheets, creating budgets, and
using functions. To sign-up for this class, please
call 635-7581. Must have valid Pelham Library
Card to sign up.
The Windham Police Officers Association
NEPBA Local 213 is proud to bring to the
community a very Special Family Magic Show at
6 p.m. at the Windham High School Auditorium
on London Bridge Road with world renowned
magician and actor Matt Roberts, who’s astonishing
Magic & Illusion Act will feature fun audience
participation and a magnetic personality that
audiences of all ages will talk about long after the
amazing show. Opening will be juggler Bryson
Lang. Proceeds will be applied to scholarships,
betterment for police officers and their families and
more. Doors open at 6 p.m. to this all-ages show.
Tickets available for a suggested $10 donation by
calling 516-3421 in advance and will be available
at the door. Kids 13 and under free. For more
information, e-mail alex@ecmgevents.com.
Saturday, December 7
Join us from 3-5 p.m. for our Annual
Tree Lighting in Windham. Santa and
Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck around
3 p.m., escorted by the Salem High
Marching Band and Color Guard. Santa will be in
the Windham Cable Studio for photos until 5 p.m.
The Girl Scouts will be hosting holiday crafts in
the upstairs of the Town Hall; while the Boy Scouts
will be watching over the massive bon fire in front
of the Town Hall. You won’t want to miss the
performance by The Windham Community Band in
the heated tent from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Hot cocoa, compliments of Chunky’s, will be
served as well as cookies, and hot coffee. The
Windham Middle School will be singing Christmas
carols in the gazebo on the Town Common at 4:45
p.m., followed by the lighting of the tree. The
Windham Presbyterian Church will be hosting their
annual free non-denominational spaghetti supper.
Be sure to visit the Holiday Shopping
Extravaganza earlier in the day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
at Windham High School to get your shopping
done!
We hope to see you there! The event goes on in
rain, snow, sleet or shine! For more information,
contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by
e-mail at Recreation@WindhamNewHampshire.
com.
Sundays, December 15 thru January 5
Lacrosse Skills Clinic for boys from 5
to 6 p.m. and for girls from 6 to 7 p.m.
at Pelham Elementary School gym. This
Boys and Girls Lacrosse instructional clinic
is open to ages 7 and up. Participants should arrive
in appropriate sneakers and comfortable clothing.
Boys need to bring a lacrosse stick, helmets and
gloves. Girls are required to bring a lacrosse stick
and goggles. All players are advised to bring a
water bottle. Clinics are geared towards newer
players to teach the basics of the game. Learn
the fundamentals and be taught skills for lacrosse
offensively and defensively. You will have great
fun with the coaches and become a better player!
No experience is necessary. A registration form
is required. You may also register and pay online
with MC/VISA at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com
(a household must be set up first in your name).
Space is limited; first come, first served.
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Town of Pelham Building Permits Issued October 28-November 8
o Pelham Realty Group LLC, 150 Bridge Street, 29/7-95, remove and
dispose of PVC roof system, install 1/2 insulation over existing rigid,
polyisocyanurate roof insulation, install fully adhered 060 firestone
rubber roof system.
o William & Ann Barthell, 19 Old County Road, 33/2-61, foundation.
o Stephen & Linda Birch, 1 Doreen Drive, 23/12-101-4, pellet stove
insert.
o Michael & Kimberly Craven, 32 Kens Way, 8/9-41, 18 x 36 in-
ground pool.
o Michael & Jane Madden, 36 Herrick Circle, 17/13-37-29, 20 x 38
gunite in-ground swimming pool with 7 foot 6 inch dia. spa.
o Nicholas & Ashley Miller, 2 Westfall Road South, 33/1-47-10,
septic system replacement (new).
o Henry Rousseau, 50 Woekel Circle, 31/11-273, septic system
replacement in-kind.
o Paul & Renee Burke, 2 Lucy Avenue, 35-6-59, septic system
replacement (new).
o James W. Petersen Built Homes LLC, 14 Whispering Oaks Road,
16/13-85-U, 1,256 sq. ft. condo unit, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car
attached garage.
o Daniel Gleason, 7 Little Island Park, 24/12-68, replace front door
and 6 x 8 concrete steps, repair rotted sill and damaged siding,
replace 6 x 24 cement block retaining walls and steps with 3 x 18
lock block retain walls and integrated steps.
o DHB Homes LLC, Frontier Drive, 36/10-10-18, 2,869 sq. ft. single
family home with 3 car attached garage, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, 12
x 12 deck; basement and attic will be unfinished.
o Brookview Realty Group LLC, 15 Tina Avenue, 22/8-88, convert 2
family house into a 4 family; 8 total bedrooms, 4 baths.
o Richard Lannan, 11 McGrath Road, 38/1-76-1, add 1/2 bath in
hobby room and mop sink in garage.
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The National League of Cities has recognized the Town of Pelham Parks and
Recreation for recent completion of key goals in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and
Counties (LMCTC) component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative for solving
childhood obesity. Community leaders play a role in addressing this issue and we
are looking to be involved. Silver, gold and bronze medals have been awarded to
the Town of Pelham for the goals reached to date.
Pelham Parks and Recreation will continue to commit to the initiative by offering
recreational programs to children and helping to promote physical activity and
healthy food service options where possible. More than 370 cities, towns and
counties are participating in LMCTC across America and Pelham is happy to be
counted as one.
For more information on Let’s Move and Pelham’s accomplishments to date,
visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org . The National League of Cities is
dedicated to helping build better communities.
submitted by Al Letizio, Jr.
“Expanding the taxpayer base” isn’t a fancy way of saying
“increasing taxes.” To the contrary, expanding the taxpayer base
is about creating more assets on the tax rolls to spread the cost
of operations across more taxpaying entities. This expansion,
if done through commercial development (not residential) will
result in more net income to Windham, thus reducing the share
of the burden currently on residential taxpayers. This tax money
contributes to the payment of costs related to town-funded
community features that add to Windham’s quality of life -
everything from great schools to safe roads.
The Windham Economic Development Committee - dedicated to
enhancing the vitality of the local economy to balance the tax base
for all Windham residents.
Developing Windham’s commercial tax base could deliver
an additional $5,000,000 in tax dollars to Windham, according
to the Town of Windham CTAP Build-Out Report. Commercial
Development will ease the tax burden on Windham Residents. If
we had our commercial base better developed today, your tax bill
could be reduced by 12 percent.
The Windham Economic Development Committee – dedicated
to enhancing the vitality of the local economy to balance the
tax base for all Windham residents. Visit us on line at: www.
windhamnewhampshire.com/committees/economic-development-
committee.
by Gloria Lavoie
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10654, together with their leaders
Susan Truong and Jeannie Baker meet twice a month. They talk
about being better people, living healthy and they discuss ways to
help in their Communities.
As part of the girl’s journey with scouting, they visited the Pelham
Food Pantry to see what it was all about and how they could help.
Cheryl Brunelle, who volunteers to run the pantry, gave the girls a
tour of the facility.
Brunelle explained to the girls learned how people’s situations in
life can change suddenly, requiring assistance with purchasing food.
Sometimes their need for assistance is short-term and often times,
those who have received help in the past, turn around and become
volunteers themselves. She told the girls how the Pelham Food
Pantry has come a long way from being housed in an abandoned
rug company, then to a trailer beside the church and now in its new
building behind the church and the clubhouse where the troop
meets.
The Brownies asked how they could help. Troop leader Truong
said, “They helped stock shelves and pack a bag with rice, canned
vegetables, cereal and cake mix for a person that would be by the
next day.”
Pelham Boys and Girl Scouts will be collecting food beginning
Friday November 8th, as part of their Scouting for Food nationwide
event. The Girl Scouts spent the evening making ‘Thank You’ signs
and bookmarks to thank donors in their efforts.
Scouts of Troop 610 and 25 collected donations to fill the Food
Bank while they camped in front of St Pat’s School Friday and
Saturday night. On Saturday, the Cub Scouts of Pack 610 and 25
stood in front of what is referred to as the “wind tunnel,” or, what is
more generally known as Hannaford Parking lot and collected food
and money donations. Cheryl Brunnel, the Director of the Pelham
food pantry said, “They did a phenomenal job, I know it was cold.“
It was so cold that the scouts had to be rotated every 15 minutes.
The scouts collected more than they had in past years, with a
total of 1,224 food items and $1,136 in cash donations.
Cubs Scouts load boxes in the truck that go to the food Pantry
Courtesy photos
Pelham Scouts Collect for the Food Bank
Staff photo by Gloria Lavoie
Girl Scout troop 10654 got a tour of the
Pelham Food Pantry from Cheryl Brunelle.
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On Sunday, the U13 Pelham Red Hawks
returned to the Northeast Athletic Club complex
in Pembroke to take on Bedford AC for the NHSL
Division 3 Championship. Pelham got off to a fast
start, pressuring the Bedford defense in the wings
in the opening minute. Joe Carney, Rami Eid, and
Joe Moore each had scoring chances inside the
Bedford penalty box, only to be turned away by
excellent play from the Bedford goalie. Slowly,
Bedford began to turn the momentum in their
favor. With Bedford playing several balls into the
Pelham penalty area, the Red Hawk defense had
to scramble to keep Bedford off the score board.
Balls that did get through were controlled by Red
Hawk goalie, Joe Ferchak. The first half ended
with no score.
In the second half, Pelham again mounted an
early attack with Jake DeSousa, Keegan Garrett,
and James Msaddi combining with the forward
trio of Eid, Carney and Moore to control
the run of play. About 10 minutes into
the half, a ball played from the left wing
found Jake DeSousa just inside the top
of the penalty area. After settling the
ball, he fire a shot, past the diving Beford
goalie, into the low, right corner of the net,
putting the Red Hawks ahead 1-0. Not
content with just the one goal, the Red
Hawks continued to control play through
the midfield and into the Bedford end of
the field. Solid defense and continued
strong goalie play by Bedford kept the
Red Hawks from extending their lead. As
the half wore on, Bedford played with
more energy and got more players into
the attack. But, the Pelham defensive
effort was up to the challenge with Chris
Druding and Keegan Garrett bottling up
the midfield, and Michael Grosman, Colby
Shawver, Jack Maclean, and Tyler Larson
keeping the Bedford scoring chances to a
minimum. The shots that did get through
were controlled nicely by Joe Ferchak in
the Pelham net. After several tense minutes
of Bedford pressure, the final whistle blew
and Pelham earned a hard fought 1-0
victory and the NHSL, U13-Division 3
Championship!
In the end, it was a total team effort;
including key minutes from Jackson
Gustavsen, Tim O’Connor, Tyler
Passamonte, Cody Fox, Calvin Jozokos, and
Victor Palazzolo, that helped propel the
Red Hawks to the win.
PHS Senior Cheerleaders
PHS senior cheerleaders with their parents at Pelham’s Homecoming/Senior Night.
Graduating cheerleading seniors who were honored at Pelham’s Homecoming/Senior Night.
Front row: Katie Emerick, Andrianna Letendre, Tifany Wallace, and Sabrina Ducharme.
Back row: Alexia Rogers, Lauren Airey, and Kerilyn Kwiatowski.
Pelham Red Hawks U13 Champs. Front Row - Tyler Passamonte, Tim O’Connor, Colby Shawver, Victor Palazzolo,
Jake DeSousa, Rami Eid, James Msaddi, Calvin Jozokos, Jackson Gustavsen. Back Row - Tyler Larson, Keegan Garrett,
Cody Fox, Joe Moore, Jack Maclean, Joe Ferchak, Michael Grosman, Chris Druding, Joe Carney
(missing, Nick Robichaux). Behind players - Coach Derek Gustavsen, Coach Jim Druding
Courtesy photo
Pelham Red Hawks NHSL U13
Division 3 Champions
submitted by Paula Chausse
A2 Gymnasts Levels 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 competed at the
Massachusetts Judges Cup On November 2-3 in Shrewsberry, MA.
Level 4: Bailee Cunliffe of Pelham was fourth on vault (8.3), fifth
on bars (8.75), fourth on beam (8.725), first on floor (9.15) and first
All Around with a 34.925.
Level 5: Alexa Chausse of Pelham was sixth on bars (7.95), sixth
on beam (9.175) and seventh All Around with a 34.675; Katie
Hawkins of Windham was fourth on vault (8.5), fifth on bars (8.05),
fifth on beam (9.075), sixth on floor (8.55), and fourth All Around
with a 34.175; Molly O’Donnell of Hudson was first on bars (8.775),
second on beam with a (9.425), third on floor (9.2), and first All
Around with a 35.8.
Level 6: Mikayla Hawkins of Windham was first on vault (9.45),
tied for fifth on bars (7.5), and first on floor (9.45). Lauren Lavallee
of Pelham was third on vault (8.85), tied for fifth on bars (7.5), fifth
on beam (8.4), second on floor (9.15), and second All Around with
a 33.9.
Level 8: Dakots Cummings of Pelham was first on beam (8.725),
first on floor (9.25), and third All Around with a 33.675. Jackie
Smith of Hudson was fifth on vault (8.7), second on floor (9.325),
and fourth All Around with a 33.875. Grace Vaillancourt of Hudson
was first on vault (9.0), fourth on bars (8.5), fourth on beam (8.3),
first on floor (9.375), and third All Around with a 35.175.
Area Gymnastics Compete in Massachusetts Judges Cup
Courtesy photos
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Level 6, 7, 8, left to right: Amanda Olson, Jackie Smith (Hudson), Grace Vaillancourt (Hudson), Coach Nicole,
Lauren Lavallee (Pelham), Hanna Vaillancourt (Hudson), Mikayla Hawkins (Windham).
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to right: Bailey
Cunlife (Pelham),
Katie Hawkins
(Windham),
Molly O’Donnell
(Hudson), Alexa
Chausse (Pelham),
Belle Stewart, and
Colleen Bisson.
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New Village Center District Project
submitted by Beverly Donovan
Windham resident Chris McCarthy of Village
Center Properties, LLC is pleased to present Village
Center Place, his vision for a pedestrian-friendly
mixed use area. The project incorporates a total
of 28,500 square feet of dining, offices, retail and
banking within three building pads - all integrated
and designed to fit the vision of the Town’s new
regulations and long term Master Planning goals.
This project is proposed for the land at 13-15
Indian Rock Road (Route 111) in the Windham
Village Center District.
Phase 1 of the multi-phase project is moving
forward through the Community Development
process and preliminary plans are intended to
initiate an interactive review process with the town
boards, committees, and departments. According
to Karl Dubay of The Dubay Group, engineers for
the project, additional detailed design is on-going
and updated information will be forthcoming in
the coming months.
McCarthy and his development team look
forward to working together with the Town on
this signature project. Colliers International is
marketing the property. For information, contact
Beverly Donovan at beverly.donovan@colliers.
com.
submitted by Presentation of Mary Academy, Hudson
PMA students donated their Halloween Candy to create care packages for the troops
overseas. All 460 students wrote a personal Christmas card to accompany the candy
being shipped to the Troops on Veteran’s Day!
Left to right, second graders: Drew Gerst, Gabrielle Bernard and Jacob Willett!
PMA Students Send
Care Packages to
U.S. Troops Overseas
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November is Carbon Monoxide Safety Month
submitted by Fire Department
The Fire Department reminds you that Carbon
Monoxide is potentially fatal and even low-levels of the
poison can cause lasting damage to your health. Do you
have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector in your home?
An average 500 people in the United States die every
year from accidental CO poisoning. The poisonous,
colorless and odorless gas is produced when carbon-
based fuels such as oil, gas, wood or coal do not have
enough oxygen to burn completely. In most cases, people
do not know that they are being exposed to CO. When
CO is inhaled into the body it combines with the blood,
preventing it from absorbing oxygen and if a person is
exposed to CO over a period, it can cause illness and even
death.
It is dangerous to block ventilation to your fuel-
burning appliances as this can lead to Carbon Monoxide
poisoning. Fuel-burning appliances need a consistent
supply of air in order for complete combustion to occur
and for the appliance to work correctly.
If you use a solid fuel burning appliance you should
have your chimney swept at least once a year, preferably
before each winter, as birds’ nests, falling stonework and
rubble, also spider webs and leaves can block chimneys
and stop or reduce the flow of air. Any blockage can alter
the combustion balance or can cause carbon monoxide
to enter the home instead of being safely vented from the
property outside.
Appliances that are properly installed and serviced and
have sufficient ventilation are efficient and safe.
If you are installing only one carbon monoxide
detector, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) recommends it be located near the sleeping area,
where it can wake you if you are asleep. Additional
detectors on every level and in every bedroom of a
home provide extra protection against carbon monoxide
poisoning. Homeowners should remember not to install
carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside
fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small
amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector
should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or
cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as
bathrooms. When considering where to place a carbon
monoxide detector, keep in mind that although carbon
monoxide is roughly the same weight as air (carbon
monoxide’s specific gravity is 0.9657, as stated by the EPA;
the National Resource Council lists the specific gravity of
air as one), it may be contained in warm air coming from
combustion appliances such as home heating equipment.
If this is the case, carbon monoxide will rise with the
warmer air. Installation locations vary by manufacturer.
Manufacturers’ recommendations differ to a certain degree
based on research conducted with each one’s specific
detector. Therefore, make sure to read the provided
installation manual for each detector before installing.
If you’re Carbon Monoxide alarm sounds evacuate your
home and call 911 for a fire department response.
The early symptoms
Recognizing the early symptoms of Carbon Monoxide
poisoning will save your life.
Our blood has a component called hemoglobin, which
normally absorbs oxygen in our lungs and carries it to
the rest of the body. But hemoglobin absorbs Carbon
Monoxide 240 times more easily than it does oxygen.
So, when we inhale Carbon Monoxide from the air, it is
this toxic gas, rather than oxygen that attaches itself to the
hemoglobin, starving the body of oxygen. The smaller the
person, the more quickly the body can be overcome by the
effects of Carbon Monoxide.
The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are
similar to the ‘flu.’ They can include:
• nausea, dizziness , tiredness , headaches , stomach
pains ,chest pains
If you experience these symptoms but feel better when
you are outside or away from the appliance, you could be
suffering from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
• Remember the causes: Carbon Monoxide can be
produced when any fuel is burnt, including oil, gas,
wood and coal
• Remember to service: To prevent Carbon Monoxide,
have appliances serviced annually and keep vents, flues
and chimneys clear
• Remember the alarm: Carbon Monoxide is odorless
and colorless so for added protection install an audible
Carbon Monoxide alarm.
Nault’s Makes Donation
to Fire Department
by Barbara O’Brien
Wanting to give back to the community, Nault’s of
Windham has donated a lighting balloon to the local fire
department.
Windham Fire Chief Tom McPherson expressed
appreciation to owner Dick Nault for his generous
donation. “This is a great addition to the fire department,”
McPherson said, explaining that the lighting balloon
would be very useful during motor vehicle accidents that
occur after dark, as well as during training sessions for
firefighters. “This equipment is extremely beneficial,”
McPherson said, adding that the fire department would
be sharing the equipment with the Windham Police
Department, as well.
The lighting balloon includes an 18-foot high stand and
provides lighting for an area up to 16,000 square feet.
The balloon can withstand winds up to 62 miles per hour,
McPherson noted. The light works on power generated by
a fire truck or by a generator.
Selectmen’s chairman Phil LoChiatto thanked Nault’s
for the generous donation of the lighting balloon and for
everything Nault’s does for the Town of Windham.
Selectmen accepted the donation by a vote of 4 to 0.
Voting in favor were Chairman LoChiatto, Vice-Chairman
Kathleen DiFruscia and Selectmen Roger Hohenberger and
Al Letizio, Jr. Selectman Ross McLeod did not attend the
meeting where the vote was taken.
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Pelham Tax Rate Set
submitted by Tom Gaydos
The Pelham Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce that the
New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set
the Town’s 2013 tax rate at $22.87 per $1,000 of valuation, which
represents a decrease of $1.53 or a 6.3 percent reduction from the
2012 tax rate of $24.40.
Since Pelham’s average home assessment is $292,000 means the
average homeowner will see a reduction of $447 in their 2013 tax
bill.
The 2013 $22.87 tax rate consist of the following individual
elements:
Town at $6.48, down $1.01 or 13.5 percent from $7.49
School at $12.71, down $0.55 or 4.1 percent from $13.26
State Education at $2.47, down $0.02 or 0.8 percent from $2.49
County at $1.21, up $0.05 or 4.3 percent from $1.16
The $1.01 reduction in the Town rate fulfills the commitment
the Board made to the taxpayers that the funding of the new Fire
Station at a dollar on the tax rate would be a onetime expense. It is
important to cite that going forward the Fire Station is now complete
with no further bond or interest expenses pending.
The net assessed value that the 2013 tax rate is based upon
has been established at $1,399,678,318, up 0.12 percent from
1,383,822,264 in 2012.
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham School Board members were not pleased to
learn that the school district has lost at least $81,950 in
revenue from uncollected impact fees. Impact fees are
collected on new single family residences to help offset the
projected impact of the development on schools and public
safety issues. They are also supposed to be collected on
dwellings that go through a seasonal conversion.
School board members asked Windham Community
Development Director Laura Scott to meet with them
after they heard there had been public safety fees that
were not properly collected by the town. The Community
Development Department is responsible for collecting all
impact fees for both public safety and the school district.
Scott had already been called on the
carpet before selectmen previously,
admitting that there had been a
misunderstanding about the details of
State statutes governing the collection of
impact fees. Scott told selectmen that
changes in the statute accounted for the
confusion. She told a similar story to
school board members.
According to Scott, school impact fees
have been in place since 1998, but some
portions of the statute have changed five
times since the enactment. The current
statute has been in place since 2000,
she explained. School impact fees also
began being assessed on homes that were
converted from seasonal to year-round,
beginning in 2008, following a town
meeting vote that same year.
Scott told school board members that
the building inspector was never informed
of the addition of school impact fees on
seasonal conversions, so the assessments
were never made, resulting in the school
district’s loss of more than $81,000 in
revenue. Scott said she became aware of
the issue just this past summer. She has
worked for the Community Development
Department for more than four years. “We cannot go back
and collect” the uncollected impact fees, Scott told school
administrators, “but we will collect them going forward.”
There may very well be other school impact fees that
were never correctly collected, either, but school officials
will need to wait until after the 2014 budget preparation
season is concluded. Town officials just don’t have the
time to do the investigation right now, Scott said. Current
plans are to look into the matter the beginning of next year,
dating back to 2004, to assure that the correct amounts
have been collected on developers building new single
family houses. Public safety impact fees were not collected
properly during this time period.
“It’s more than a little frustrating,” school board vice-
chairman Stephanie Wimmer told Scott. “It’s a meaningful
amount of money” that was lost, Wimmer said. adding that
the uncollected fees could have paid a teacher’s salary and
benefits. Scott said impact fee revenue cannot be used as
part of the school district or town’s operating budgets, only
for capital expenditures.
Wimmer also said she thought a third-party should be
brought in to audit the records, rather than having the
investigation done in-house. “The books are open to
anyone to look at,” Scott said. Scott said that she’s not
in charge of the audit, although she has been very much
involved in the investigation into the impact fee situation.
Whether or not to have an outside audit would be the
decision of selectmen, however. “Some of this happened
before I came here,” Scott told school board members.
“What can the town do to rectify” the situation?
Wimmer wanted to know. “The selectmen aren’t going to
give any money back to the school,” school board member
Dennis Senibaldi stated. The selectmen will probably
“giggle” at the thought of doing something like that, he
said. Senibaldi is a former Windham Selectmen and is also
currently employed at the town’s transfer station. He is the
newest member of the school board, having been elected
just this past March.
Scott says she will return to the school board to continue
the discussion about impact fee assessment when she has
more information to share.
submitted by Christine Byrnes,
Keystone Girl Scouts Leader
Sixth grade Girl Scouts, Olivia Cargnel and Isabella
Cebrero, earned their Bronze Award by creating
colorful and detailed floor maps of their beautiful and
busy school – Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in
Hudson.
With the guidance of their project advisor, Debbie
Fontaine, Olivia and Bella dedicated themselves to
hours of learning a new software application and
studying the original, paper floor plans of the school,
to design the maps to scale. The new maps have been
placed by the main stairwells throughout the school
and in other key locations to assist visitors navigating
about PMA. Additionally, they will be a useful resource
for first-responders.
The Bronze Award is a leadership adventure where
you use your special skills and interests to take action
and make a difference in your community. This award
is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve!
With the help of Debbie, Olivia and Bella found a
need, made a plan, and took action! Way to go girls ...
you are here!
submitted by Christine Simmons, Windham High School
Mike Nikitas from NECN visited WHS Personal Finance class
last week. Mr. Nikitas has been an anchor for NECN since 1992.
He is also a UNH alumni and New Hampshire native. Nikitas
discussed his career, education and experiences in the broadcast
industry. There was a question and answer period at the end of
his talk. Students asked a range of questions from socio-political
to whether or not he covered Windham “Dodge Ball issue.” Mr.
Nikitas was transparent with his responses and students got a wealth
of knowledge from his talk. This was part of the personal finance
career unit- researching careers, exploring career options.
School District Lost More Than
$81,000 in Impact Fee Revenue
Left to Right: Brian Matthews, Sarah Liddy, Nick Turchi, Korey Lord, Nicole Tanguay, Austin Messina, Mary Aylaian, Zack Augusta, Matt Shea,
Jack Crowley, Matt Merchel, Jessica Gerry, Christine Simmons (Business Teacher), Mike Nikitas (Center), Tucker Lippold, Josh Gallagher,
Lexi Lewis, Abigail Lagos, Mike Tardif, Kaitlin Howard, Joshua Cafua, Kyle Carbonneau, Alyssa Pierce, Ashley Dorman, Holly Busko.
Courtesy photo
NECN Anchor Visits
Windham High School Business Class
Girl Scout Troop
10530 Olivia
Cargnel and
Isabella Cebrero
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New Hampshire Partners in
Education has named a Windham
resident as the 2013 Parent Volunteer
of the Year.
The award was presented to Dawna
Parent of Windham, during the school
board meeting on November 5, by
former New Hampshire Partners in
Education Chairman Dillard Collins.
Collins is currently the vice-chairman
of the non-profit organization. New
Hampshire Partners in Education has
been in existence for the past 30 years.
Parent was recognized for her
stellar service to Windham schools
during New Hampshire Partners in
Education’s annual celebration of
volunteers. The yearly recognition
shines the light on those who
have “done something of great
significance,” Collins said.
“Dawna embodies what every
school hopes for when someone
volunteers,” Collins said. “She is
always there.” Parent has volunteered
for the past two years at Windham
Middle School. She doesn’t like
public accolades, however, Collins
said. “She is a very humble lady.”
Parent is also a chiropractor, who
operates a facility in Londonderry.
Windham Middle School Principal
Dan Moulas also complimented Parent
on her dedication to the students
and faculty. “Dawna is super active
and super supportive of our school,”
Moulas said. School board member
Michelle Farrell also praised Parent.
“Dawna always makes time,” no
matter what the project, Farrell said,
adding that she even helps out the
school board when the need arises.
“It’s such an honor to have been
chosen,” Parent told Collins and
school board members. “I absolutely
love to be involved in the schools and
I love to volunteer,” Parent said. “It’s
the very least I can do.” “We have
an amazing group of volunteers in
Windham,” she said. Parent will be
“moving up” to Windham High School
next year as a volunteer.
Parent Volunteer
of the Year Named
Dawna Parent, who was recently awarded the Parent Volunteer of the
Year Award from the New Hampshire Partners in Education Association.
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Veterans Day
Remembered in Pelham
by Lynne Ober
The Pelham VFW Post remembered veterans
in two ways on Veterans Day. The first ceremony
was held at Pelham Veterans Park in conjunction
with Pelham’s American Legion Post. The
audience watched as members of the VFW
Auxiliary led the pledge of allegiance and sang
the national anthem. Then VFW Post Commander
Mark McCabe introduced participants and spoke
about honoring veterans from all wars. He read
the list of names of all Pelham residents who had
died in any war, beginning with the French/ Indian
War. Poems were read and finally Girl Scout Kate
Blais laid a wreath on the monument. This was
followed by a 21 gun salute.
Community Breakfast Raised Money
for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Ladies from Windham’s Helping Hands, Sally Hunt, Patti Letizio,
Cathy Pappalardo, Ruth Ann Calandra and Windham Firefghter Campbell.
by Gloria Lavoie
The Windham Fire Department, Windham’s Helping Hands,
the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Common Man
Restaurant formed a winning team on Sunday, November 10 as
they celebrated their 13th annual Community Breakfast. Guests
participated in a silent auction and entered to win an array of items;
a generator, Patriots tickets and golfing at Windham Country Club
were just a few of the items that were of interest to the 600 diners
in attendance. Bids were placed to be the recipient of a dinner
prepared by the firefighters and served at the firehouse.
A breakfast buffet, donated by The Common Man Restaurant
was the fare for the day. Firefighters served juice and coffee to the
delight of the attendees who also enjoyed a clown making balloon
animals and had their faces painted while their parties finished their
hearty breakfasts. The restaurant seemed to be at capacity on both
floors and the enormous fireplace filled the entire space with a warm
and cozy feeling. People filled their bellies, fraternized with their
firefighters and raised money for Windham’s Helping Hands and
Muscular Dystrophy.
A hospitable and inviting feeling of community was certainly
in the air, as fire personnel socialized with their friends from
Windham’s Helping Hands and other members of the community.
Representative and Fundraising Coordinator Michele Masse from
the MDA was also in attendance and, together with Firefighter Pat
Robertson, warmly introduced themselves to a family who is new to
Windham and who also has a young family member with Muscular
Dystrophy.
Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a hereditary condition marked by
progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. 750 adults
and children have MD in New Hampshire. Five year old Connor
Mullaly, a kindergartener in Windham is living with the disease. His
mother, Kira attended the event with her four children and Connor’s
therapist and talked about how she will soon be having her home
assessed in order to make any structural changes in her home as her
son’s disease progresses. “Just let us know if there is ever anything
we can do to help,” said Firefighter Robertson. “Bring the kids down
to the station anytime,” he added.
“We’ve had an excellent turnout,” said Fire Chief Tom McPherson.
This event has previously raised $17,000 in one day, as well as bring
community members together, introduce new friends and share the
message that there is help out in your community for those in need.
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On October 30, at approximately 8 p.m.,
members of the Pelham Police Department
responded to a residence in reference to a
domestic disturbance.
Officers arrived and spoke with the
complainant. She advised that she and her
husband had a verbal argument
that that escalated when her
husband discharged a pellet gun
inside the residence. A further
investigation revealed that the
weapon was not a pellet gun but
a 9 millimeter handgun. Officers
also discovered that the weapon
was fired out the front window of
the residence.
The male party, identified as
James Spaziano, admitted to
firing the gun after being questioned by officers.
Spaziano was arrested and charged with
Reckless Conduct and transported to the Pelham
Police station. After processing, Spaziano was
transported to the Valley Street Jail in Manchester.
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Lt Dunn and his daughter Carly receive a balloon gift from Confetti the clown.
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that reflected Pelham residents who had served
their country in wars ranging from the French and
Indian War to the Civil War to as recently as Iraq.
In a poignant moment, McCabe read the name
of Daniel Gionet, a former Pelham High student
who tragically lost his life in Iraq while serving
his country. Daniel’s mother Denise Gionet and
grandfather, Ernest Trepanier who served in the Air
Force during the Korean War were present for the
service.
Just prior to the service, Pellerin and other
members of the rifle squad that fired the
traditional 21 gun salute discussed a comrade of
theirs who recently passed on. Ric Andrews was
a long-time American Legion honor guard who
was also a well decorated war hero. A lifelong
resident of Pelham, Andrews was the recipient of
two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts; resultant
of his service
to his country
during the
Vietnam
War. He also
was a past
Commander
of the Pelham
Post 100
Legion.
VFW Commander McCabe discussed the
attempt at getting more people to recognize and
participate in Veterans Day events such as the
sunset service in Pelham; “the hope really is that
the community will respond and come.” McCabe
mentioned that he along with a lot of people
is supposed to work as a result of ‘corporate
America’ keeping their doors open for business on
Veterans Day. By comparison, he cited England
as a country that honors its veterans in a more
celebrated and overt fashion; “this country doesn’t
do that enough,” added McCabe.
In addition to other members and officials of
the Legion and VFW who attended the celebration
of our veterans’ service to their country, were
representatives of the Pelham Police Department.
There on behalf of the PPD were Master Patrol
Officer Matt Keenliside, who is a nine year
member of the local force as well as a National
Guard veteran and a former Black Hawk pilot
and Captain out of Camp Edwards. He was
accompanied by Sgt. Anne Perriello who has been
with the town police department for almost 13
years, and in her current capacity for the past six
and Officer Bismark Montano who spent 11 years
in the military serving his country and has been
on the PPD for five years.
Fifth stripe: “One if by land, two if the sea”
Sixth stripe: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more
perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the
common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of
liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
of the United States of America.
Seventh stripe: We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are
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rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Eighth stripe: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
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Ninth stripe: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or
press.
Tenth stripe: “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth to this
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John Williams, Connor Cote,
John Galeotalanza, Teron
Zajchhowski, Joshua Tompson,
George Michaud, Cole Gervais,
Max Beland, Daniel Porter,
Roger Patenaude (Scout Master)
Rodney Tompson (Asst. Scout
Master), Andre Michaud (Asst.
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(Asst. Scout Master) Tyler
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Brent Morgenstern, Noah
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Joshua Tompson (carrying troop fag), Brent Morgenstern, Ryan Cummings, David Oujaimi, Noah Hurst,
John Williams, John Galeotalanza, Michael Yeaton, Max Beland, Connor Cote, John Keleshian, Cole Gervais,
Peter Alborghetti, Daniel Porter, George Michaud, Rodney Tompson (Asst. Scout Master)
continent a new nation.”
Eleventh stripe: The right
of citizens of the United
States to vote shall not be
denied or abridged by the
United States or by any state
on account of sex.
Twelfth stripe: “Ask not
what your country can do
for you, but what you can
do for your country.”
Thirteenth stripe:
“One small step for
man, one giant leap for
mankind.” Each state is
being represented by a
star on a field of blue,
which signifies a new
constellation being formed.
Following the burning
of the first flag stripes the
field of blue was retired to
the flames by Scout Master
Patenaude, the field of blue
with in stars always stays
together as it represents
the union of the fifty states
and one should never let
the union be broken. John
Kelly III of the Pelham
High school band played
taps with an echo by his
father John Kelly II. The
scouts and VFW members
in attendance presented
each flag for incineration
as the scouts saluted.
Scott Bowden, Teron Zajchowski, and John Galeotalanza properly fold fag.
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Flag Retiring-contined from front page
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As the American Ship of State slowly sinks into the sea of
socialism, America needs to wake up.
Yes, the American Ship of State has been taking on socialist water
for generations. Pure socialism is a negative, so is pure capitalism
and one must remember that two negatives do make a positive. Our
founding fathers knew this and that’s why, in their wisdom, they
published the principals upon which this great country was founded,
“The Constitution.”
The Constitution has, since its inception, been the target of legal
wrangling and varying interpretation, but sadly, today it is not a basis
for interpretation, rather the target of spin, twists and desecration by
those who would use it against itself. Both parties are equally guilty!
Both parties share the same goal; Control of the Masses. One by the
power of wealth and the other by the power of dictate. Both share
in the vice of Privilege. They all place themselves above the very
people that they were sent to represent. The current Captain of our
ship of state is as outdated as the sea captains of old who believed it
was good to flog the crew to assure subservience. While I concede
the existence of those of character among the mass of lawmakers, it
seems we are clearly overwhelmed with politicians, most of whom
sorely lack the ability to be true Statesmen.
Both sides of the aisle knew the Budget and Debt crises were
coming and neither took preemptive steps to prevent it. Clearly
it was anticipated and expected. The mere fact that within hours
of the “so-called” shutdown of government, nationally, all parks,
memorials, and recreation areas were all closed and sealed off;
complete with signs already printed, with all the pain on the backs
of the people; flog the crew. Then the left leaning media blamed the
right, and the right leaning media blamed the left, and everybody
jockeyed for position. Sadly, there is no evidence of a neutral media
to report the facts. Have you noticed that the federal workers, who
were told to stay home, got all their back pay, while the working
Americans, who lost millions of dollars of free enterprise income,
took all the losses? The Washington politicians always take care of
their own and ignore the public sector, which also gives them their
jobs, sends them to DC, and pays their salaries. I do not begrudge
the federal workers their pay, but I do accuse our representatives
of being short sighted and biased by protecting their special
class, while forgetting about the rest of the equally hard working
Americans.
It has been shown time and time again that when power is
consolidated, especially in government, corruption prevails.
Whether it was a monarchy, a socialist government or a religious
movement, when it got too big and all-powerful, the top leadership
prevailed at the expense of the average person. Ultimately, a house
of cards always collapses; it begins with people who want more
and more from what has been vested in those leaders. This works
very well until they get smart/corrupt leaders who capitalize on
the people’s desire, and it all starts over again. The uniqueness of
America is based on our ability to recognize this destructive cycle,
and the wisdom of the founding fathers who drafted a system to
prevent the United States from falling into the trap and repeating
the cycle. Unfortunately, America is devolving and falling into that
very trap. We have continued to send the same representatives to
Washington over and over again. This has allowed the consolidation
of power that is now leading to the destructive cycle that is dragging
our nation down. But it is not too late; it is time to wake up
America. It is time for term limits.
I do not and cannot fault the individual representatives and
leaders who have lead us down the road to repeat the mistakes of
history. This burden also falls on the shoulders of the “so called”
educators/academia, who, over the years, have lost the vision of
our founding fathers. The only truisms are the pure sciences; math,
chemistry, physics, such as one plus one equals two, etc. Everything
else is philosophical and subject to political interpretation. While
we learn more every day in the sciences, one cannot change pure
science; we can and do change philosophy. Once we let the
philosophy of America change, we quickly lose the America our
founding fathers created, and lose the focus on the one thing that
made us the leader of the world. However, it is not just educators;
it is the overall acceptance of the educated and the leadership with
the power and influence to brainwash the general populace. It is the
repeated spins, misinformation, and lies being crammed down the
throats of the general public; what you hear over and over must be
true. When everything is always 40 percent, 50 percent or more off
the original price, it is a lie. It is all hype, spin and meant to tell you
that you are not smart enough to know you are being misled. This is
bad enough in the consumer market, but when our Government uses
this “manipulation philosophy,” it is both dishonest and immoral.
American Constitutional philosophy is that “Government is of, by,
and for the people”; not to be a Master of the people, designed to
dictate what the people will accept as true, and direct their way of
life through repeated lies and misrepresentations.
It is time for America to wake up! This is not a conflict between
the haves and the have nots. It is also not a conflict between various
religions, or the religious and the non-religious. It is not a conflict
between races. It is a conflict between visions and values. America
was created and built on basic fundamentals of mutual respect, self
reliance, and individual beliefs; beliefs that did not interfere with
those of others. It was built on the fundamental standards passed
down by “Judeo/Christian” teachings, and those standards defined
America. You need not be a Christian; you only need to accept
the true values dictated by these religions. America provides an
opportunity to better your life, but only if you want to a part of who
we are. We are Americans, and Americans are not just people, we
are A People; People who believe in a set of values that make us
unique to other people around the world. Yes, we have violated
those very values as we have grown and evolved. We abused and
took advantage of the Native Americans and the Africans that were
brought to this country by slavers, as well as others. We are still
evolving, and it will be a long and painful evolution as long as the
“evolved and educated” of the abused continue to be a divisive
force. Not to mention the fact that the masses remain ignorant of
what is happening in this wonderful land of ours. As long as the
abusers, through their greed, continue to abuse, and the abused
lack leadership to resolve conflict rather than continue to raise the
ugly head of conflict. It seems a large portion of Americans remain
oblivious to the conditions around them, while they struggle to
survive. As long as that continues to happen, nothing will change.
Truly, those who have the power will continue to thrive and prosper.
Necessities, complimented by greed, are the driving forces of
progress. But only when greed is tempered by compassion and
mutual respect does America, or any society as a whole, achieve
greatness. From the sweatshops of yesterday to the union excesses
of today, America has known it all. And so I ask all Americans to
wake up and embrace the principals of our founding fathers. In this
me generation, it is not all about me; it is about us as a nation. It
is about what America stands for, or stood for. To those who would
incite conflict, I say stand down, and to those who would follow, I
say Wake Up. They are not the leaders of tomorrow; they are the
losers of today who don’t know how to lead, but rather promote
despair. They are the loud voices of desperation that cannot find a
positive message, but must rely on negativism to get the attention
they crave.
I am but a lone, small voice in the wilderness of discontent. In
all my years, I have never feared so for my country. I call on those
more qualified than I, to the Statesmen of America, with the resolve
to return our great nation to the
proud heritage that is ours, to
step up and swing the gauntlet
of Americanism in the socialist
face that threatens the future
of our great land. We can no
longer accept Politically Correct
babble to divert America from
its responsibility to demonstrate
to the world the values that
make all people free and
unencumbered; to rely on his,
or her, ability to rise above the
average, while continuing to
support those of lesser abilities,
and recognizing those of average
ability as equals.
2014 will be one of the most
important election years in
modern history. We the People
have a responsibility, not only to
ourselves, but to our children and grandchildren, to assure that our
Nation is an informed nation that will get out and vote. When our
government believes it needs to support us instead of providing us
the ability to support ourselves, and promote our upward mobility, it
has failed us.
We are America Strong!
In My Opinion is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opin-
ion of one writer, DC Gilbert, as opposed to a newspaper reporter
who does not provide an opinion but reports the facts. This column,
in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not
reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the Hudson-Litchfield News
or the opinion of the management, advertisers and ownership of Area
News Group.
In My Opinion...
In My Opinion... In My Opinion...
by DC Gilbert
Wake Up America
Pelham Fire Log
Monday, November 4: 3:33 a.m. Investigate
alarm activation, Main Street. 1:45 p.m. Medical
emergency, Bridge Street. 3:08 p.m. Medical aid,
Terrace Circle. 6:20 p.m. Medical assistance,
Andrea Lane. 10:23 p.m. Medical aid, Marsh
Road.
Tuesday, November 5: 12:57 a.m. Medical
assistance, Mammoth Road. 5:29 a.m. Medical
emergency, Andrea Lane. 9:19 a.m. Medical aid,
Marsh Road. 10:33 a.m. Medical emergency,
Main Street. 12:52 p.m. Medical emergency,
Nashua Road. 4:06 p.m. Smoke investigation,
Tenney Road. 5:13 p.m. CO alarm activation,
Lisa Terrace. 6:44 p.m. Medical emergency,
Wilshire Lane. 7:51 p.m. Mutual aid to Windham
for a medical call, cancelled en route
Wednesday, November 6: 5:30 a.m. Fire alarm
activation, Bridge Street. 8:59 a.m. Medical
emergency, Yellow Wood Drive. 12:28 p.m.
Medical aid, Balcom Road. 10:49 p.m. Medical
emergency, Mount Vernon Drive.
Thursday, November 7: 2:21 p.m. Medical alarm
activation, Mammoth Road. 5:36 p.m. Medical
emergency, Regis Drive. 7:28 p.m. Medical
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levels in one facility, saying they felt it would be
detrimental to all the students involved.
As a result, Superintendent Winfried Feneberg
came back with another proposal, one that
seemed to catch school board members off-
guard. “Is it possible to bring other grades to
the high school site?” Feneberg asked himself.
Kindergarten through second grades wouldn’t
provide enough students to build “a school
within a school” at the high school site, he said.
Third through fourth grades would work, though,
as far as the number of students goes, he said,
adding that the idea was “only conceptual” at
this point.
“This would provide some
relief” to the overcrowding,
Feneberg said, “although it
would not be a total solution.
This option would also require
the hiring of additional
administrative staff, adding
increased staffing costs. “I do
feel this is a viable temporary
solution,” however. Feneberg
noted. The cost of this option,
including renovations to the
middle school to make it
compliant with State standards,
plus an addition to the high
school, would cost between $12
and $16 million, Feneberg said.
The construction of a separate
building on the high school site
would also most likely result in
the loss of one athletic field, he
explained.
School board member
Michelle Farrell said she likes
the idea that administrators
are “thinking out of the box.”
“We know we need space for
two grades and down the line
we’ll need an addition at the
high school,” Farrell said, so
an addition at the high school
wouldn’t be throwing money
away and there appear to be
less site issues at the high school
location than there are at the site
of the existing middle school.
Vice-Chairman Stephanie Wimmer said she
was dead set against putting eighth graders at
the high school. “It’s wrong for all the children
involved,” she said. Wimmer said she feels the
best solution to the space problem is a new
free-standing school building. “It will cost
less money in the long-term,” she said. As for
building an addition at the high school for third
and fourth graders, Wimmer said, “I feel like it’s
going to get really expensive.” “It sounds like a
whole heck of a lot of money,” she added.
Wimmer, who has been involved in school
expansion issues for nearly a decade, said she
doesn’t feel that the community of Windham
believes there really is a space problem. “The
community feels no outrage,” Wimmer said.
“They have no appetite to solve the problem.”
Residents seem to think we can build a couple of
science labs at the middle school and add a turf
field, “and we’re done,” Wimmer said. School
board member Dennis Senibaldi commented that
there is “always a level of convincing people”
that something needs to be done.
School board member Jerome Rekart said he
didn’t “hate the idea right off the bat,” referring
to building an addition for the third and fourth
grades at the high school. “What do we gain
by shifting third and fourth graders instead of
seventh and eighth graders, though,” Rekart
asked. According to Feneberg, the benefit would
be that there are no athletic programs to be
impacted and the younger students would be
contained in their own classrooms, for the most
part, rather than changing classes throughout the
school day.
Chairman Michael Joanis said he views the
latest proposal as “only a temporary stopgap
to where we need to be.” Senibaldi said he
appreciates Feneberg’s creativeness, but feels it
is not a viable solution. “It just creates another
bump,” Senibaldi stated. The third and fourth
grades moving to a new addition would cost
more in administrative expenses, he said. “I’d
rather spend money on more teachers, instead.”
Senibaldi said he still supports a phased
approach to expanding Windham Middle School.
“We need to stay the course,” The residents are
all facilitated out,” he said. “We need to stay
clear and concise” about where we are headed.
“We’ve already been told ‘no’ to a new school,”
he said. Last March’s proposed seventh and
eighth grade school, planned for land on London
Bridge Road, went down to a resounding defeat.
Following a lengthy discussion regarding
moving third and fourth graders to the high
school site, a consensus of school board
members showed there is no real support for
the proposal. And, although no vote was taken
at the last meeting, board members did show a
preference for a phased addition to the middle
school. The preliminary plans for the addition
include a three-story 12-classroom addition with
a multi-purpose room. This would allow for the
creation of additional science labs, technical
education and family/consumer science classes;
all of which would bring Windham Middle
School into compliance with State standards for
an approved middle school.
Rekart said he views the phased middle
school expansion as “a step forward.” Senibaldi
said he feels the idea has a good chance of
garnering voter support. The estimated cost
of necessary site work, plus phase one of the
additions to Windham Middle School would be
approximately $17.8 million.
Despite advance notice of the November 5
meeting, few residents attended, none of whom
were in favor of moving the eighth grade to the
high school. Windham resident Tom Murray,
who served for many years on the zoning board,
did add another perspective to the discussion,
however. Murray, who is the president of
Pugliese Contracting in Windham, as well as
the father of five children, said he is actively
pursuing permission from the Department of
Education to open a charter school in Windham.
In fact, the building which might someday house
a charter school is currently under construction
on Rockingham Road. Traditionally, charter
schools include students in kindergarten through
eighth grade. The charter school being put forth
by Murray would house between 300 and 400
students. Murray also said he is in the process
of seeking federal grant money for this tentative
charter school.
School board members will hold their next
meeting on Tuesday, November 19, beginning at
7 p.m. at the Community Development Building
(next to Town Hall). It is anticipated that board
members will reach a final decision on which
space option to pursue. Public input will be
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First Wellness in Motion Walk
by Gloria Lavoie
The brisk fall air did not affect walker’s high
spirits as they participated in Windham’s first
Wellness in Motion Walk. Windham’s Helping
Hands organization hosted the fundraising event.
The group has offered assistance to families in
need for 10 years. Windham students, teachers,
residents and businesses alike were invited to
participate in the 3.5 mile walk by raising
funds through sponsorship. There was even a
“Golden Sneaker” award for the school who
raised the most participants. “We have had
wonderful support in the Community and we
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high school kids here helping and earning
community service hours,” said organizer
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Hands.
Hundreds of people of all ages were given
colored beaded necklaces as they completed
each of the five laps around Griffin Park.
Windham teachers wore beads to school
the previous week to entice their students to
attend the walk. Upon completion, people
were walking around with every color of the
rainbow around their necks and big smiles on
their faces as they mingled with friends and
fellow participants.
Apples from Apple Acres and water from
Shaws were available for snacking as the
participants made their way. Hot chocolate
was enjoyed at the finish line for those who
wished to warm up.
“The funds raised today will help feed and
clothe people; from the youngest resident
to senior citizens,” stated Pappalardo. Her
husband and fellow organizer Al cheered on
everyone who passed by him. The couple
stated that there is a ‘huge need’ for assistance
and they are excited that their very first
wellness walk was such a success.
“This is a real family friendly event. It was
fantastic,” said Al Pappalardo.
Nicholas Redard and football players (L to R) Christopher
Redard, JP Pallaria and Matthew Redard walked and
showed team pride.
Te Christenson Family of Windham: Nancy and Eric
with their children Hannah and Eric.
Kathy Merchel, a teacher at Golden Brook School and
Roy Dennehy happily completed fve laps.
Warde Health Center of Windham formed a team that
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Pelham Selectmen heard the good news that improvements to
the new fire station were nearly complete. Town Administrator
Tom Gaydos reported that there was still $87,800 remaining in the
budget and the last items that needed to be addresses were drainage,
irrigation and some landscaping work that needed to be completed
in front and behind the fire station. According to Gaydos, there are
two components, costing approximately $47,000, that need to be
purchased for the Johnson system that controls the HVAC. However,
he reported that Fire Chief Jim Midgley would like to put up an
electronic sign to relay information during emergency situations.
There is still one unresolved area. An area that Gaydos
characterized as a “risk” because of a finger pointing situation.
Negotiations are on-going with Eckman Construction and the
contractor to try and resolve this situation, which he did not detail.
The amount in question is approximately $9,000. Even if this
negotiation does not end in favor of the town, Gaydos believed there
would be an excess of approximately $31,000 available to turn back
to taxpayers at the end of the project.
Board of Selectmen Chairman Ed Gleason said he had requested
that Gaydos not give the specifics of this item because of the on-
going negotiation.
Gaydos asked how the board wished to handle the irrigation and
landscaping bids, specifically if they wanted to split the bids and if
they wanted to qualify people prior to or after bidding.
Gleason said he understood that currently Boyden was responsible
for landscaping and the irrigation was the responsibility of the Young
Brothers.
Gaydos replied that the company that designed the irrigation
indicated that the irrigation could work with the present well
capacity and water containing unit. He said whoever bids on the
irrigation will have to know how to do it because it also operates the
Village Green and roundabout. He said the water system was from a
well, and not Pennichuck Water.
Gleason again said that through a prior conversation, the feeling
was Boyden should do the landscaping to remain consistent with the
other landscaping, and Young should do the irrigation because they
had done the installation, maintenance and upkeep. Also, they were
familiar with the system.
When Selectman Bill McDevitt asked for a rough dollar figure,
Gaydos said it was approximately $8,000 for irrigation and
landscaping, but it didn’t have to be a package deal.
When Selectman Hal Lynde asked if Lyons Park was essentially
separate, Gaydos answered yes, but it would far more expensive to
have two companies blow the lines out at Lyons Park and another
to blow the lines out at Village Green and the fire station. He said
currently one company handled all the existing lines. Next Lynde
asked about the irrigation for the roundabout.
Gaydos replied there was a pipe leading out to the existing
roundabout but was unsure where the water would come from for
the second roundabout.
Both Lynde and McDevitt felt they would be better off having one
company handled the water.
Gleason said because Selectman Bob Haverty had voiced concern
with the process, he felt awkward making a decision at the moment
and asked Gaydos what he needed at this time.
After Gaydos replied he was seeking the Selectmen’s opinion,
Gleason said he had a lengthy discussion with the Fire Chief,
Boyden and Young Brothers. He felt introducing anyone else would
introduce a potential conflict given that Young had been handling
the distribution box, distribution of the water and was familiar with
the sequencing.
At this point Selectman Doug Viger added that Young was involved
with putting a well at the fire station before the station was at the
site and had anticipated the size of the line. He said they had also
provided reduced costs at Muldoon Field and had been respectable
in the work done and what was charged. The Board agreed that
Young should handle irrigation, which meant that all present
selectmen were in unanimous agreement and that Gaydos had
received his needed opinion from the board.
by Barbara O’Brien
Frustration over the community development department’s
inability to collect the right amount of money for impact fees
continues to snowball in Windham. Not only are town officials
upset by the mistakes, but school board members are also
concerned.
Impact fees are assessed on new single family homes, as well as
when a seasonal home is converted to year-round living. There are
two kinds of impact fees assessed in Windham, those pertaining to
public safety and those based on school district needs. Windham
has been collecting impact fees for several years already, but it was
just learned this past summer that mistakes in calculations were
being made. Community Development Director Laura Scott said
the mistakes were due to confusion over the State statutes governing
impact fees. Unfortunately, town officials cannot go back and
collect the correct amount of money now. Town officials can,
however, refund any developers overcharged in the assessment of
impact fees.
The topic has come up during the last three selectmen’s meetings.
Most recently, on November 4, selectmen’s chairman Phil LoChiatto
said, “We should refund the money, even if it’s only $1.” Other
board members agreed that any excess money should be refunded
to the appropriate entity, but it was decided that refunds would wait
until a complete analysis has been done. “I have no objection to
refunds,” Town Administrator David Sullivan said, “but we need to
make sure any analysis is complete before any refunds are issued.”
Although Scott didn’t attend the November 4 board meeting,
Assistant Town Administrator and Financial Director Dana Call
reported that the loss of public safety impact fees between 2008 and
2013 was not as severe as Scott originally thought. Late last month,
Scott had reported a loss of $37,283 in revenue for 23 house lots.
Call said it turned out some of that money could still be collected
because 12 of the lots are still in the process of being developed.
Call noted that impact fees can be collected when a certificate of
occupancy is issued, as well as when a building permit is issued. As
of November 4, the loss in revenue for public safety impact fees was
calculated at $17,831 for 11 residential building lots.
Now that the errors have been discovered, selectmen want to
make sure these mistakes never happen again. “We need to wind
up with a system that works efficiently,” LoChiatto emphasized.
“I am baffled by a lot of what has gone on during the collection
of impact fees,” Selectman Al Letizio, Jr. said. “I’ve never seen
anything like it,” he added. “Obviously a lot of mistakes were
made,” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia said. “And it concerns me.”
DiFruscia commented on how important it is to go through the
analysis process thoroughly to assure these mistakes never happen
again.”
Resident Bob Coole, who rarely misses either a board of
selectmen or a school board meeting, was obviously aggravated.
“We lost revenue and no one’s being held accountable,” Coole
said. Sullivan replied that the issue is a personnel matter and any
possible discipline could not be discussed in public. “I am not able
to divulge that information,” Sullivan said.
Former selectman Alan Carpenter asked town officials if
they would release legal correspondence from Town Attorney
Bernie Campbell, regarding interpretations related to the impact
fee debacle. Sullivan said he had no objections. “I don’t see
a problem,” DiFruscia, also an attorney, added. “Most of the
information has been discussed publically already,” she said.
Selectmen voted 4 to 0 to release the pertinent legal information.
Voting in favor were Phil LoChiatto, Kathleen DiFruscia, Al Letizio,
Jr. and Roger Hohenberger. Selectman Ross McLeod was not at the
meeting.
“As a resident of Windham, I wonder why thousands of
communities utilize the impact fee process successfully and
Windham cannot,” Carpenter told town officials. “I hope something
significant comes out of this that will remedy the problem,”
Windham Planning Board Chairman Ruth-Ellen Post said. “This
is scary. It’s a bad system,” she said. In regard to the uneven or
unfair assessment of fees, Post stressed the importance of protecting
the town against liability. “We have to make sure we have a good
tracking record,” LoChiatto stated, wondering how much a third
party analysis would cost taxpayers.
Resident Pat Nysten told selectmen they must “make sure the
process is rock solid in the future.” Town officials should seriously
consider hiring a third-party firm,” Nysten urged selectmen. “The
community development director (Laura Scott) clearly said she didn’t
understand” the State statute, he recalled.
Carpenter insisted that selectmen have the responsibility to do a
detailed audit of impact fee collection. “Why were they collected
or not collected? Carpenter wanted to know. “Was it a mistake or
a matter of integrity?” Carpenter asked. Sullivan responded that he
doesn’t believe the problem is due to an integrity issue. “I have no
problem with a third-party review,” Sullivan said.
Resident Vanessa Nysten told selectmen that she has had trouble
“getting accurate information from the community development
director, even when the problem is pointed out to her.” The recent
review has involved “(Scott) checking her own work,” Nysten
commented.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he doesn’t feel there is a need
for an outside audit. “We now understand what went wrong and
are working to make sure it doesn’t reoccur,” Hohenberger said.
Selectman DiFruscia took exception with Hohenberger’s opinion,
however. “If members of the public are expressing concerns, a third-
party review would lay to rest these concerns,” DiFruscia said.
As a result of selectmen’s instructions, Sullivan will be checking
into firms that conduct this type of research and finding out the
estimated cost of a third-party review. It might not be until after the
2014 budget preparation season has been concluded, however, that
any further analysis is done into the collection of impact fees.
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by Tom Tollefson
Most of what we know of World War I we read in history books.
Author Richard Ruben was at Pelham’s Sherburne Hall last Thursday
night to give residents more detailed and personal perspective of the
war than simple dates and time lines. The author gave a two hour
power point presentation about his book “The Last of the Dough
Boys,” which is a collection of memoirs and stories told through
the eyes of World War I veterans. He shared stories of the many
veterans he interviewed and also discussed the challenges of finding
living residents.
“The experiences are very different than the usual book you would
hear. The personal experiences with the veterans were very different.
It was very interesting,” said Pelham resident, Air Force veteran, and
current Pelham VFW member Ray Fabian.
Throughout most of Ruben’s lecture he told the story of how he
found and interviewed three dozen living World War I veterans.
Ruben’s motivation for writing “The Last of the Dough Boys” came
from his lifelong love of history and the desire to preserve the stories
of the veterans while they are alive and able to share them.
He started his research by contacting the federal government and
requesting a list of American WWI vets along with their contact
information. His efforts went denied due to strict privacy laws.
“That was very naive of me,” Ruben said looking back at his
expectation for gaining the veterans contact information.
Ruben then set out to contact VFW and American Legion Groups
across the country looking for WWI vets. In his lecture Ruben stated
he was told “no, we haven’t seen any in 10, 15, or 20 years but tell
us if you find any.”
It wasn’t until Ruben contacted the French Embassy that he had
any success. The French gave away Legion of Honor medals to
any soldier who had served in combat on French soil during WWI.
A man at the French Embassy by the name of Nam Docao sent
Ruben copies of the 550 successful applications for the award from
American soldiers.
“I got my first big break, not from our government, but the French
government,” Ruben said.
Ruben got right to work and started calling the veterans. He
called dozens before finally finding one who was still alive.
“Up until then I felt that finding an alive World War I veteran was
theoretical,” he said.
Laurence Moffitt was just that; Ruben’s first contact with a
live WWI veteran. Moffitt was over 100 years old, when Ruben
interviewed him in 2003, and still rode in the town parade every
year joking that he assumed everyone wanted to see an “exhibit.”
Then there was William Eugene Lee, a former marine who had
survived the vicious fighting in the infamous battles in Belleau
Woods. Lee dropped out of high school to join the marines when
World War I broke out and was among the first marines sent to
France. He survived being shot in the wrist. However, his close
friend and fellow soldier Joe Wnuk died in one of the final battles of
the war.
Ruben noted that his interview experience shattered many
stereotypes of elderly. He was concerned about the condition of
their memories only to realize that most of the veterans’ long term
memories were fully intact.
“Not only could he remember the first day he came to America,
but the name of the ship he had come on and every address he
had ever lived,” Ruben said about his interview with 106 year old
Samuel Goldberg.
Ruben’s other concern prior to conducting the interviews was
rather or not people would want to discuss what happened during
the war. He was surprised to find that most of the veterans were
happy to share their stories.
“I was surprised how unemotional they were about it. I tend to
think it was the character of the people. They were very stoic,” he
said when asked why he thought why the former soldiers were so
open about sharing their experiences.
Ruben encouraged his audience members to ask other veterans to
share their experiences. He described it as a way of preserving the
past.
“The worst they can say is that they don’t want to talk about it,” he
added.
Richard Ruben has also written for the New York Times, the New
Yorker, and the Atlantic Monthly. He can be contacted through
his website www.thelastofthedoughboys.com. Ruben’s visit was
sponsored by the Pelham Public Library, Pelham VFW, and an
anonymous resident.
Author Richard Ruben Visits Pelham
(From Left) Adult Services Librarian Annie Seiler, Pelham VFW Post
Commander Mark McCabe, author Richard Ruben, Vietnam Veteran Tim
Kennedy, Pelham Public Library Director Corrine Chronopoulos, and Leslie
Kennedy, Senior Vice-President to the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW in Pelham
showing their support for the book “Te Last of the Dough Boys.”
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Windham Boys Soccer Are Division II Champions Again
by Jacob Gagnon
The Windham High School Boys Soccer squad was more than
ready. After a terrific 14-2 regular season record, the Jaguars had
earned the top-seed in the 2013 NHIAA Division II Championship
Tournament. The defending 2012 champions understood that their
journey to another title would not be easy.
In the semi-final round, Windham High faced off against the
fourth-seeded Oyster River High School on Thursday, November 7
at Eustis Field in Exeter. Strong saves from both teams’ goalkeepers
kept the game scoreless through the first 38 minutes of play.
With twelve minutes left in the first half, Windham’s James Baiguy
scored on an unassisted free kick to push the Jaguars ahead. Despite
being down, Oyster River proved that they were not out as they
earned a corner opportunity in the final few minutes of the first
half. An excellent defensive effort kept the Bobcats out of the net as
Windham led, 1-0, at the half.
“When you get to this point in the season and you have to lean on
so many guys, it makes you feel good about the depth of your team,”
said Hachey. “The versatility of our team showed tonight. There’s
talent all the way through our 25-man roster.”
Fourteen minutes into the second half, the Jaguars notched
another goal. Windham’s offense swarmed the Oyster River goal
like agitated wasps. It was Windham’s Joe Forti who scored the goal
to put Windham ahead, 2-0. Forti’s goal would wind up becoming
crucial as the game wore on.
With three minutes left in the contest, Oyster River cut the lead in
half. Both teams threatened to score in the final minutes of action
but neither team could score. The Jaguars clung onto the lead to
advance to the Division II Championship Game.
“We certainly got our scare at the end but we held it together for
eighty (minutes) and that’s all you can ask for,” said Hachey. “They
(Windham) were able to respond positively after giving up a goal
and really not give up any chances after that.”
On Sunday evening, November 10th at William Ball Stadium
in Exeter, the Jaguars, for the second straight year, played Hollis-
Brookline High School for the Division II Championship. Last
season, in the same round, Windham defeated Hollis-Brookline
with a winning penalty kick goal in
triple overtime from Baiguy. While it
was difficult not to recall the thrilling
games these teams have had in the past
few seasons, Hachey wanted his team to
focus on the present moment and, more
importantly, the task at hand.
“I made it clear that this was not a
rematch; different year, different clubs.
We didn’t want to pull old emotions into
it. Keeping our composure was the most
important thing,” said Hachey.
After a scoreless 36 minutes of play,
Windham drew a penalty kick. Senior
midfielder Tucker Lippold scored to give
the Jaguars a lead that they would not
surrender all game. While that goal
stunned the Hollis-Brookline squad, it
was the next Windham score, less than a
minute and a half later, which devastated them.
There was a moment of déjà vu, as senior James Baiguy, just as he
had done with the winning penalty kick last year in the finals, came
through for the Jaguars on a set piece opportunity. Baiguy delivered
with a direct kick goal to put Windham ahead, 2-0. “You know,
when he takes the set piece shot, he’s got a chance to do something
dangerous with it,” said Hachey. For the second year in a row,
Baiguy had delivered.
“Coming off the bench, (junior) Cole Rutledge was a huge spark
for us,” said Hachey. “Our leadership, (seniors) Tucker Lippold,
Tyler Masone, Joe Forti and Andrew Lowman, our captains, were
amazing.”
Windham understood that a two-goal lead could vanish quickly
in the second forty-minute half. The Jaguars expected, and received,
pressure from Hollis-Brookline in the second half. “There was a lot
of pressure coming at us in the second half but we had faith in what
these guys (Windham) could do and they found a way to do it,” said
Hachey. “That’s really all you can ask for.”
In the first six minutes of second-half action, Hollis-Brookline
attacked Windham, earning corner kicks and setting up scoring
opportunities that narrowly missed. The Jaguars held strong,
thanks to tremendous effort from the midfield, the defense and
senior goalkeeper Tim Erdlen. Erdlen earned the shutout victory
as Windham defeated Hollis-Brookline, 2-0, to win the NHIAA
Division II Championship for the second consecutive year. “We
knew we could do it. We certainly knew that, coming back after last
season, we had a lot of talent and a lot of experience,” said Hachey.
While last year’s championship victory meant a great deal to the
2013 Windham seniors, it was not their title. They did not want,
following this season, to be remembered merely for their ability to
help win a title, but to lead their team to one. “Last time, they were
thought of as the supporting cast and they wanted to have their team
and their time,” said Hachey. “Now they have it and I couldn’t be
happier for them.” Few could be happier than Hachey, as his Jaguars
are champions once again.
Staff photo by Jacob Gagnon
Te 2013 Division II State Champion Windham Jaguars.
Windham Girls Volleyball Falls Just Short of Championship Dreams
by Jacob Gagnon
Head Coach Jill Bartlett would find it hard to believe that her
team, after only four years of varsity existence, was playing for the
Division II State Championship, if she was not around to see all
of the hard work and dedication that brought the Lady Jaguars to
this moment. The Windham High School Girls Volleyball team,
the second seed in the NHIAA Division II Tournament, played the
top-seeded Coe-Brown High School on Saturday, November 9 at
Pinkerton Academy.
“They fought for every point, they played hard and they dug
deep,” said Bartlett of her team’s performance. “We have never
made it past round two in the playoffs. Yet here we are, the second
seed playing for the state championship,” said Bartlett. “Talk about
crushing a goal.”
The scores remained tight throughout the
contest. In the first set, the Bears won, 25-15, to
take the 1-0 set advantage. “They (Coe-Brown)
have a great front line that kind of inhibited our
offense from being able to execute as well as we
have in the past,” said Bartlett. It was a turning
point for Windham as, when faced with a great
challenge, they understood that two choices
awaited them; they could give up or they could
fight. Just as Bartlett has led them to do all
season, the Lady Jaguars chose the latter.
“It was all worth it. The sacrifices, the time, the
minutes in the gym, the extra reps, the pushing,
the digging deep and not letting up,” said Bartlett.
“That’s the best part of the season.”
Coe-Brown was able to squeak by in the
second set, 25-19, but it was clear to all in
attendance that Windham was not going down
without a fight.
“Melissa Cino’s leadership on the court and
overall play was amazing. She has this ability to
focus her team and she’s such an asset on that
court. She is going to be missed,” said Bartlett.
“I don’t think there’s any one person that did not
have an awesome game tonight.”
Junior Hannah Scott had 21 digs in the contest
while Cino recorded 38 assists. Junior Emiline
Sundman earned 12 service
points and three aces. Classmate
Talia Lombardo also scored 12
service points while getting one
ace. Freshman Alexis Sawyer led
the Lady Jaguars with nine kills.
Juniors Basie Bostic had five kills
while Sundman recorded four
kills in the game.
Windham battled back to take
the third set from the Bears, 26-
24, to cut the series lead in half.
While Coe-Brown was able to
claim the fourth set, 25-14, to
claim the championship victory,
the Lady Jaguars left the court
with their heads held high. And,
perhaps most importantly, they
proudly left the court together,
as teammates. “I think it says
volumes about them, not only as
players but as teammates,” said
Bartlett. “I tell them all season
that their number one priority is
to be a good teammate and they
were.”
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“Thumbs up to our free round-abouts. More
lies from the BOS. Please post Police daily
overtime and I believe it was not all free. Would
you show all the hidden costs eddie? Vote No.”
“Thumbs up to the Windham School Board
and Administration. Your priorities are all wrong!
Enough with the facilities! Why are you going to
mediation with the teachers? A
teacher contract should be your
Number 1 and only priority. It
is not brick and mortar that
educate our children, it is our
teachers. I am embarrassed to
live in this town! If you are up
for re-election this year, don’t
bother. I have lost faith in you
... again!”
“Thumbs up to misinformation
(again). Two dumbs down
recently to the Fire Chief and
FD in general are as usual based
in false information. He is not
looking for extra storage for the FD equipment.
The current station is indeed adequate. What he
was referring to was the regional southern NH
hazardous materials team. They need a space to
store its millions of dollars of equipment. Each
town in SNH pays a portion for this service and
has been doing so for many years. It is a shared
expense and that equipment needs a home. Our
entire region benefits from this. If you believe that
the Chief said that Pelham’s station is too small,
please find the quote and print it. And a request
for a replacement fire engine in the budget is not
sneaky. You saw it, so I fail to see how that is
sneaky. PFD has nothing to hide. If he was trying
to hide it, he did a poor job. For the love of God,
if you are going to bash people, please get actual
facts and stop spreading lies.”
“Thumbs up to the Pelham Memorial School
Booster Club and the Fall Banquet! Every year
your banquets get better and better and this year
was the best! From the decorations to the awards
to the wonderful food and desserts you guys really
went all out to show our kids how important
they are! To Christine and Pam and Nancy and
everyone on the Booster Club:
Keep up the Great Work! We all
appreciate it so much!”
“Thumbs up to the Pelham
Firefighters for hosting The
Horribles Parade. My whole
family had a great time. It’s
such a wonderful event for the
community. Thank you!”
“Thumbs up to the discount
store on Rt. 38 for not honoring
there marked prices and
thumbs down to the employee
who changed the price tag
at the register you just lost a
customer.”
“Thumbs up Pelham
Razorbacks! Well deserved
champions. Grade 5, Grade
6 and Grade 7. 8th Grade had an unbelievable
season with a great coaching staff. Best of luck
8th Grade with the All Stars in Florida.”
“Thumbs up to the teachers of Windham whose
commitment to excellence has gone unrecognized
by the public for many years. Windham
teachers volunteer hours of their time outside the
classroom organizing and providing after school
events for their students and the community.
“Thumbs up to the Pelham School Board: You
have made a poor choice of a member of the PSB
to go out into the community to promote the HS
addition! Three years ago she fought’ tooth and
nail’ telling the Pelham voters that a HS addition
could not happen! What are the voters going to
think? The Pelham School Board has lied to them
again! You need to pick a different member to
spread the word about the HS addition warrant
article, or you can forget about it ever passing!
When are you going to realize that the Pelham
Voters do not like to be lied to?”
“Thumbs up to another Windham SB marathon
meeting to discuss facilities. Where are all the
students, parents, and teachers supporting your
potential $17 million addition to WMS? Why
is the fiscal conservative, Dennis Spendabaldi,
leading the charge to get $17 million on the
March ballot? WMS Addition - No, Teachers
Contract - Yes. One step at a time.”
“Thumbs up to the Windham rail trail bike rider.
If you think you slowed down near me, it wasn’t
slow enough. A kind woman actually grabbed
me and pulled me beside her to keep you from
hitting me as you rode by. I never nodded at you.
You yelled at me and looked over your shoulder
scowling and angry faced as you rode by, no
compassion whatsoever. Your wife stopped to
apologize to my husband and to me as she rode
by trying to catch up with you as you continued
riding down the trail oblivious to the commotion
you caused. Don’t attack my husband. You are
the irresponsible party here, not him. It is no
one’s job to ‘watch’ me or make sure I am not left
‘unattended.’ With deaf family members I am
surprised you are so insensitive. Your impatience
caused a scary and dangerous situation on
the narrow pedestrian bridge. A concerned,
compassionate person would have stopped to
make sure everyone was ok, or even walk their
bike. Pedestrians have right-of-way.”
“Thumbs up to the Windham Turkey Trot,
hosting its 19th Annual, really fun community
event Thanksgiving morning. The Trot benefits
The Shepherd’s Pantry, Helping Hands, and Family
Promise. Starting time is 9 a.m.
at 70 Blossom Rd. There are 3 or
5 mile courses and trotters run,
walk, ride bikes & skateboards,
roll in strollers, wagons &
wheelchairs. The Turkey Trot has
grown from 50 to 1,300 people
and has donated over $116,000
to charity! A monetary donation
of your choice is the cost to
participate. It’s a great reunion
place for family & friends. Check
their website for all the details
www.windhamturkeytrot.org.”
“Thumbs up to the
administration team at Golden
Brook School in Windham
because they do not support
their teachers who are
coaches. The mothers and
fathers of our athletes are more
than disappointed. We are
flabbergasted that you cannot get
them out to the games without
forcing them to take personal
time or even just to ride the bus
or make a practice or even make
there own try outs. Since when- can’t an entire
school cover 30 to 40 mins at end of day for a
wopping 2 or 3 times a year? We will stand by
our coaches!”
“Thumbs up to the Pelham, NH Council
on Aging, Corp. for lowering the age when
an individual may join the
organization. The individuals
who utilize the Pelham
Senior Center have organized
as a non-profit, tax- free
-organization and in the
process the age requirement
has been lowered from 55
to 50. Anyone interested in
joining this organization can
call or drop in the Senior
Center. If you want more
information about the activities
you can check the website at
pelhamseniorsblog.wordpress.
com.”
“Thumbs up to the great job with the round-
abouts. Can you even plow them with the
upcoming snow and the bad paving from the first
one to the not built one?”
“Thumbs up to Mike Hammar, hope to you
back soon.”
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Windham Girls’ Soccer Falls in Quarterfnal Round
Windham’s Haley Psareas kicks the ball away
during the opening round of the playofs.
by Jacob Gagnon
The Windham High School Girls Soccer team appeared to be
on their way to a Division II Championship Finals. Despite their
greatest efforts, however, the second-seeded Lady Jaguars were
upset in the quarterfinal round by the seventh-seeded Hanover High
School, 2-1, on Saturday, November 2.
The Lady Jaguars finished the regular season with a 14-0-2 record.
Windham went seventeen games without a loss prior to their defeat
at the Hanover High’s hands. It was a streak that Windham had
hoped would continue on throughout the postseason.
Windham began their postseason hosting the fifteenth-seeded
Milford High School on Wednesday, October 30 in the first round
of the NHIAA Division II Championship
Tournament.
Both squads had opportunities to get
ahead in the first half but solid defense and
tremendous saves kept the scoring vaults
closed. “The defense was as solid as ever,”
said Head Coach Matt Bryant. “They took
care of everything that came back there
every chance they had and that’s what you
need. We don’t let up a lot of goals.”
It was as if a switch had been flipped at
the midway point of the second half. All
of a sudden, the Windham High squad
increased their on-field aggression and
attacked the Milford defense. The Lady
Jaguars were ready to bare their teeth.
With four and a half minutes left of
regulation time, Windham Co-captain
Rachel Vafides scored with an assist from
freshman defender Talia Giardino. “I’m
not sure I can describe that feeling of
watching the ball finally go in the net. Relief
definitely comes to mind,” said Bryant. “We
had two golden chances to score in the first
half but we just couldn’t put it away which
I think was weighing on us. But when we finally got one, it was a
pretty huge relief.”
Despite holding the lead, Windham continued their offensive
attack. In the final minute of play, junior defender Selena Hansen
assisted a goal scored by Co-captain Sarah Chau to advance to the
quarterfinal round, 2-0, over Milford. “We have all the talent in the
world but if we’re going to keep winning, we’re going to have to
do it mentally,” said Bryant following the game. “It was definitely a
team effort.”
While they were unable to advance past the quarterfinal round
of the championship tournament, the Lady Jaguars cannot be
disappointed with their season, with only one loss, nor with their
effort. Focus, for Coach Bryant, is now on next year.
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Pelham’s Goyette Running
Strong for Guertin
by Marc Ayotte
Pelham resident Ellie Goyette had a tremendous
cross country season for the Green and Gold of Bishop
Guertin. The freshman Cardinal finished 22nd (19:38)
at the recent Meet of Champions (MoC) held at Mines
Falls on November 2, in Nashua. Goyette qualified
for the race that featured the best of the best across the
state of New Hampshire by finishing 10th (19:52) at
the divisional championships (D-I) held at Derryfield in
Manchester on October 26.
Goyette’s strong performance at the MoCs (second
on the BG team behind teammate Danielle Poublon)
helped the Cardinals advance to the New England
Championships, which this year was held at the
Derryfield course. Her time aided in a Guertin team
3rd place finish overall, behind perennial powerhouse
Coe-Brown (D-III) and division I adversary, Pinkerton
Academy. Additionally, as a result of her top 10 finish
at the divisionals as well as finishing in the top ten for
Division 1 runners at the MoC’s, Goyette earned Division
I All-State status.
At the New England’s, she finished 71st in a field of
264 of the best high school runners located across the
six states; finishing 14th among New Hampshire runners.
Goyette’s time of 19:34.0 paced the Lady Cardinals to an
impressive seventh place finish (30 schools) in the team
competition.
Other impressive first year credentials for the Pelham
athlete include: leading the BG freshmen team to a
second place finish at the 2013 Souhegan Relays; a fifth
place overall (team best) at this year’s Nashua Invitational,
along with a 22nd place showing in her first appearance
at the Manchester Invitational.
Goyette is a welcomed addition to the BG track team
as well, bringing several outstanding accomplishments
with her from her
competitive days
while attending
Pelham Memorial
School. While in
the eighth grade,
she placed fifth
in the country
in the 800 meter
run at the USATF
National Indoor
Championships
in Landover, MD,
receiving a medal
symbolic of being
in the top 7 in
the country. She
also qualified for
and participated
at the New
Balance National
Championships
in North Carolina
with a 5:30 mile.
Adding to her
accolades as a
Tiger was a third
place showing in
the 3000 meter
run (11:07) at the
USATF Northeast Regional Championships in New Jersey
as well as registering a first place finish in the Tri-County
Championships in both the 800 and 1600 meter events.
Windham Student Chosen NHIAA
Athlete of the Month
Ellie Goyette of Pelham had a fne season
running cross country for Bishop Guertin,
qualifying for both the NH Meet of
Champions as well as the New England
Championships
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The NHIAA is pleased to recognize a Windham athlete who is
outstanding both on and off the field. Clariee Putnam exemplifies the
ideals and values that are the cornerstone of school based athletics and are
positive role models in her school and community.
“One of the most impressive things with Clairee isn’t her dominance on
the field but the commitment to doing it the right way. She is one to help
an opponent up off the floor and thank the officials. She does extra things
you wish every student athlete would portray,” said Bill Raycraft, Athletic
Director of Windham High School.
Putnam is a senior at Windham High and excels in soccer and
basketball. Off the court, she maintains a 4.05 GPA and assists with a
Special Needs program as well as being a member of the Student Athlete
Leadership Team. Putnam recently committed to play basketball at St.
Anselm’s College next year.
The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is a private not
for profit organization that has served as the leader of high school athletics
for its member schools in New Hampshire since 1947. The Mission of
the NHIAA is to ensure fair play in competition and equal opportunity in
interscholastic athletics. Located in Concord, N.H. the NHIAA joins 49
other state associations and the District of Columbia in statewide oversight
of high school interscholastic athletics. The NHIAA follows the rules and
regulations of the National Federation of High School State Associations
based in Indianapolis, IN.
Courtesy photo
Clairee Putnam
Razorbacks 7th Graders Win State Title
submitted by Ron Emrick, Pelham
Razorbacks 7th Grade Head Coach
The Pelham Razorbacks headed to Laconia
on Sunday, November 3 to take on the Bedford
Jaguars in the 7th Grade AYF State Championship
game. Bedford had revenge on their minds
ever since week 3 of the regular season when
both teams met. The Razorbacks scored late in
that game to pull off a thrilling, 14-8 comeback
victory. The title matchup did not disappoint
as both teams played strong, physical defense.
Both offenses had a hard time moving the ball
with any consistency. Things finally broke
the Razorbacks way when their special teams
unit returned a punt for the first touchdown of
the game putting them up 8-0. With seconds
left in the half, the Razorbacks struck again and found
the endzone with some old-fashion, off-tackle power
running. The score was 16-0 at the half. Bedford started
the second half with the ball and with the help of some
nifty running of their own was able to drive deep into
Razorbacks territory. As it has done all season long, the
Razorbacks defense stepped up with its backs against the
wall and kept the Jaguars from scoring. The Razorbacks
found pay dirt one last time in the second half to take a
commanding 22-0 lead. The lead would hold up making
the Razorbacks the 2013 AYF NH State Champions! The
team ended the season undefeated with a 10-0 record.
The 7th Grade Razorbacks are: Manny Baisley, Thalan
Berger, Nathan Binette, Nicholas Blake, Reagan Brunelle,
Shane Buckley, AJ Caggianelli, Stephen Cote, Jake
Cragen, Deven DeBay, Daniel Dickey, Tommy Emrick,
Owen Haskins, Anthony Hodge, Cameron Homsey, John
Jepson, Brett Lindsay, Brandan Mercier, Nick Milano,
Riley Millette, Ian Morgenstern, Riley Nutter, Nicholas
Parent, Riley Perrin, Robbie Petrillo, Cody Stevens,
Nicolas Torres, Devyn Tucci and Austin Walsh.
Many thanks to the volunteers and parents, especially
Team Mom Kelly Homsey, who all pitched in and
helped make the season a huge success. Special thanks
to Assistant Coaches Mike Millette, Kevin Jean, Dave
Lamont and Dave Masiello. Your time, effort and
dedication to teach the great game of football to this very
special group of boys is greatly appreciated. They all end
the season with memories to last a lifetime!
Lynne Whipple Memorial Road Race
submitted by Justin Soucy
Don’t want to battle the crowds on Thanksgiving
morning but still want to get a holiday race in? Need
a tune-up race before Mill Cities? Want a way to burn
off all that turkey you’ll be stuffing your face with on
Thanksgiving? Or just want a back up flat/fast 5K if your
Thanksgiving race ends up being a bust?
Jump into the Run Your Turkey Off for Lynne in Pelham
on November 30. This first annual race will feature chip
timing, 60 available prizes up for grabs in 10 different
categories, after race refreshments provided by Chunky’s
Cinema Pub (soups and chili), long sleeve cotton shirts
for the first 200 entries, and a fast/flat course perfect to
try and set a personal record. Proceeds will go to raise
money for a scholarship in Lynne Whipple’s name.
Lynne Whipple, mother of Pelham High Alum and
Cross Country Track members Ben, Tim and Emily
Mallard, tragically lost her battle with lung cancer earlier
this year. For the past five years this race has been run as
a Pelham High Cross Country Alumni Race where Lynne
was always present taking the role of photographer, timer,
and cheering section. Her laugh, smile and positive
attitude were always in great supply and will be greatly
missed, but hopefully her memory will continue to
generate the same in all that participate. It only seemed
fitting to continue this tradition as an all encompassing
road race in her name for all to participate in.
To register visit http://www.runyourturkeyoff.com/. If
things go well we hope to expand the race options to a
9K and 12K next year running up the infamous Jeremy
Hill. Let’s make this a great holiday event to support a
great cause!! Hope to see you there!
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Lady Jags Field Hockey Team Captures
Division II Championship in Overtime Thriller
by Jacob Gagnon
The Windham High School Field Hockey team never lost hope.
Neither did Head Coach Amanda Ward, even as her Lady Jaguars faced
elimination in both the semi-finals and Championship round of the
NHIAA Division II tournament. Ward’s faith in her team was rewarded.
“These girls, this season, have learned how to face adversity. These
girls were expecting to spend this season with my daughter who
unfortunately passed, but they got through that,” said Ward. Ward’s
daughter, Clairee Ann Ward was stillborn on August 22. “I never doubt
my team. They have shown me what heart and what dedication they
have for this sport and what love they have for each other,” said Ward.
“We have a little angel watching us from above, that’s for sure.”
In the semi-final match on Thursday, October 31 at Eustis Field,
Windham was eight seconds away from playing their final game of the
year. St. Thomas Aquinas led the Jaguars, 2-1, up until the final seconds
of the match. With only eight ticks left on the clock, Windham’s scored
Nikki Croteau to tie the game and force sudden victory overtime.
Following an excellent, sprawling Windham save from goalkeeper
Kelsey Federico, Courtney Sweeny found the net as the Lady Jaguars
overcame the Saints. For the second year in a row, Windham High
would have an opportunity to play in the Division II Championship
game.
The top-seeded Windham faced the sixth-seeded Merrimack Valley
High School on Sunday afternoon, November 3rd at Bedford High
School. The Lady Jaguars, and Coach Ward, had been in this position
one year earlier only this time they were the favorites to claim the
title. Merrimack Valley, however, did not play like a lower-seed as they
proved why they had made it into the championship finals.
After a scoreless first half dominated by defense, Merrimack Valley
struck first midway through the second half. Merrimack led for ten long
minutes as the Lady Jaguars continued to pounce on the Merrimack
Valley squad. With a little under ten minutes left of play, Taylor Powell
tied the contest with a goal assisted by Justine Levesque.
“My seniors kept us in this. They were determined not to walk away
from their high school career without a championship,” said Ward.
“They are gritty, determined girls.”
The championship contest continued to be back-and-forth. In the
final play of regulation, Windham earned an opportunity to score with
no time left on a corner shot. Merrimack Valley stopped the shot and
forced an overtime period.
With thirteen minutes remaining in the first overtime, Sweeny, once
again, scored the winning goal. For the second time in the week, the
Windham Field Hockey squad came back to win in overtime. The Lady
Jaguars had become the 2013 Division II Champions.
“Taylor Powell and Courtney Sweeny were the ones who capitalized
on our whole team’s hard work to put it in the net for us,” said Ward.
“But I’m so impressed by all of these girls. This is what they had wanted
from the very beginning.”
Following the final goal, mixed emotions washed over Ward. “It was
like disbelief and belief all in one,” said Ward. “These girls have worked
so hard all year so I have so much pride in them.”
As the Lady Jaguars hoisted the championship plaque over their
heads in victory, Ward understood that it was faith, in each other and in
themselves, which had led them to this moment.
Jags’ Football Team Bounced from Postseason by Trinity
by Jacob Gagnon
Despite coming into the first round of the
playoffs with high hopes and momentum behind
them, the Windham High School Football team
could not stop the Trinity Pioneers of Manchester
as they had just two weeks earlier. This time,
the Jaguars fell to the Trinity, 36-0, on Saturday
afternoon, November 9 at Windham.
“We knew they were a good team. We caught
them off-guard a little bit that last time. When
you have the turnovers that we had, you’re not
going to win the game,” said Head Coach Bill
Raycraft. “We were able to get those turnovers
that first time around, they got them this time. It
hurts but it is one of those lessons that you’ve got
to take what you can get from it.”
On Saturday, October 26, Windham had
hosted Trinity with the winner earning the right to
host the first round playoff contest. The Jaguars
clobbered the Pioneers, 52-16 and while Raycraft
and his staff understood that Trinity would make
adjustments heading into the game, they were
still confident in their team’s ability to find a way
to win again.
“We went over everything that we thought they
would do to adjust and they did just that like
containing (quarterback Brendan) McInnis on the
outside so we had a couple of plays to go inside,”
said Raycraft. “I think our game plan going in
got them in the right positions to make some
plays but unfortunately, some
dropped balls and a couple
of penalties here and there
certainly didn’t help.”
The Pioneers scored on the
first drive of the game less
than four minutes into the
first quarter. At the start of the
second quarter, the Pioneers
scored again. Windham was
able to stop Trinity’s two-point
conversions. So, with the
Pioneers leading 12-0, the
Jaguars’ defense needed a
stop. Davis Potter recovered
a fumble midway through
the second quarter to give his
offense an opportunity to find
the end zone.
“Defensively, there were
some guys on the line that
came up and made some big
plays. David Crichton and
Kody Folsom, Davis Potter. Those guys did a
really good job up front. Unfortunately, it wasn’t
enough,” said Raycraft.
Windham did little with their chance and, at
the half, Trinity led 18-0 over Windham. “At
halftime, there was no panic,” said Raycraft. “We
made a couple of adjustments and thought we
were in pretty good shape. We had put 52 points
on them in three quarters so we could certainly
put up 18 points in two (quarters).”
McInnis and the Jaguar offense could do
little in the third quarter against Trinity, despite
chances to move down the field. “We didn’t get
that sustained drive that we have been able to do
as the season went on,” said Raycraft. “We made
some mental mistakes that you don’t want to
make in the playoffs.”
Windham did not give up and held the
Pioneers scoreless in the third quarter. There
was still hope for the Jaguars even after Trinity
scored at the start of the fourth quarter of play.
McInnis and Kurtis Jolicoeur, earned big rushing
yards for Windham. “Jolicoeur, our fullback, did
a great job,” said Raycraft. In the end, however,
Windham was unable to score any points against
their aggressive opponents. The Pioneers will
advance to the next round of the playoffs with the
36-0 victory.
While the Jaguars were clearly disappointed
with the final outcome, Raycraft found the
silver lining in the defeat. “If there’s anything
we can take away from this game, it is the fight
that they had right to the end. Any time they
walk on the field, they think they can win. They
are not intimidated by anybody so we’re going
to graduate a few guys but we’ve got a good
crew coming back,” said Raycraft. “So now the
preparations start for next year.” This humbling
Pythons Close Out X-C Season at MoCs
by Marc Ayotte
The Pelham High cross country team
concluded its season on Saturday, November
2 when the girls’ team along with one
representative of the boys’ squad competed at the
Meet of Champions (MoC) held at Nashua South
High.
Bryce Blanchard was the sole runner for the
boy’s Cross-Country Team; having qualified for
the event with a strong showing the week before
at the divisional state meets held at Derryfield.
The race which includes as part of its course, a
section of the Mine Falls woods, was traversed
by the Python sophomore in a time of 17:05;
finishing 46th overall in a field of 160 runners.
With another strong showing by his talented
second year runner, Coach Niemaszyk offered
some words of praise; “Bryce ran his race today.
He went out smart and had a real strong third
mile. He was able to pick off quite a few spots
because of it. It was a great way to cap off the
season. It’s going to be exciting to see what the
next couple years hold for him.”
On the girl’s side of the ledger it was a
disappointing showing as the team who qualified
for the meet by finishing in the top five at the
divisionals a week prior, was only able to post
an 18th place finish out of 19 schools. The best
Lady Python performer was Shaylyn Harrington
who recorded a time of 20:31.6 which placed her
55th in a field of 145 runners. Rounding out the
top five finishers who contributed to the Pelham
team score were: Andrea O’Hearn (2nd, 123rd
overall, 22:56.8), Rhiannon Snide (3rd, 131st,
23:42.0), Avery Goss (4th, 135th overall, 23:59.9)
and Emily Ennis (5th, 137th overall, 24:47.0).
Also representing Pelham for the girls was Jamie
Grimard who finished 140th overall with a time
of 25:28.3.
Bryce Blanchard was the lone PHS
boy’s runner to compete in the MoCs,
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Pelham’s Shaylyn Harrington crosses the bridge coming out
of Mines Falls towards the home stretch in the X-C Meet
of Champions on November 2
Photo courtesy of Scott Lagos
Te leaders of the Lady Jaguars’ Field Hockey squad celebrate their
Division II Championship victory with their coaches.
Photo courtesy of Scott Lagos
Windham junior Joey Frake makes a great catch during the
Jaguars’ playof loss against Trinity.
loss will serve as motivation for a strong returning core
group of players that will not soon forget the feeling of
a season-ending loss.