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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
Nearly 40 area non-proﬁts and organizations rely on
charitable gambling to supplement a large portion of their
annual budget, but failure by state lawmakers to pass an
expanded gaming bill and threats of southern competition could
cause that funding source to fold.
Organizations involved in charitable gaming at Rockingham
Park earn an average of $53,000 a year. Members are required
to assist in the operation of games of chance about once a
month. All organizations combined raise nearly $2 million at
Rockingham Park alone.
Salem Kiwanis President Tony Fabrizio said Rockingham Park
provides a majority of the organization’s revenue. “Most of our
fundraising is through gaming at Rockingham Park,” he said.
The organization uses that money to support programs such as
the Kelley Library Summer Reading Program and Make a Wish
Dinner, in addition to annual donations between $5,000 and
$10,000 to the Tufts Medical Center Pediatric Trauma Division.
The Knights of Columbus also fear the loss of charitable
gaming. “If we lost Rockingham Park, we’d lose about $50,000
to $60,000 a year,” Finance Manager Gene Bryant said. The
Knights help fund various charities including Catholic Charities
in Manchester and Lazarus Houses. “The charity gaming at
Rockingham Park really makes a huge difference,” Bryant said.
Both groups also support the Boys & Girls Club. “Gaming
has been a substantial stream of revenue for the club for many
years,” Chief Professional Ofﬁcer Michael Centor said.
Organizations such as Kiwanis, the Knights of Columbus
and the Arlington Pond Protective Association helped fund
the installation of a new gymnasium ﬂoor recently at the club.
Centor said the organizations raised $30,000 to fund half the
Losing donations isn’t the only funding threat the club would
have to face if charitable gaming were to end. The Boys & Girls
Club is a member of Rockingham Park’s charitable gaming and
received close to $100,000 a year between games of chance
and bingo, also hosted at the track. Centor said the funds are
relied upon as club membership increases.
“We continue to see new members and registrations walk
through the door,” Centor said. About 300 members attend the
club daily and over 3,000 are registered, an increase of 450
from 2012. Centor said nearly 10 percent of the club’s budget
was received from gaming. “Without gaming, it will be that
much more of an uphill struggle,” he said about raising funds.
Competition is already creating a problem for charities.
Centor said the Aquasino, a casino boat, launched earlier
this year in Lynn, Massachusetts and other southern casino
expansions have caused a reduction in revenue. Between
games of chance and bingo, Centor said funds have declined
Rockingham Park President and General Manager Ed
Callahan believes expanded gaming will pass in the state soon.
“The hope is that the legislature will do something in the next
year or two,” he said.
A gaming oversight committee is being established to help
ease concerns of naysayers to expanded gaming. “Their charge
is to provide rules and regulations for a casino for the next
session of the legislature,” Callahan said.
Earlier this year, the New Hampshire House of
Representatives voted to kill Senate Bill 152, which would have
allowed expansion of video lottery machines in the state. The
bill would have required casinos allocate space for charitable
gaming, and that if revenues were to decline, the casino would
have to provide the difference.
Callahan said Rockingham Park needs expanded gaming
to survive. “If the state doesn’t do anything, Rockingham and
Seabrook won’t be the only charitable rooms we’ll end up
closing down.” That would mean a signiﬁcant impact on non-
proﬁts and charities south of Manchester.
“Salem and Seabrook raise nearly 60 percent of the state’s
charitable revenue”, Callahan said. Massachusetts competition
will also create a problem for the track. “If a casino opens up in
Massachusetts in early 2016, than Rockingham Park’s not going
to make it,” he said.
The competition would take customers and employees
according to Callahan. Eighty percent of poker room customers
are from Massachusetts and a closer casino without the limited
maximum bet and a better atmosphere could be more attractive.
“Employees would be driven to higher wages and bigger tips”,
And if expanded gaming doesn’t pass in the state, park
owners could entertain development options for the 126-acre
property in late 2015.
Callahan said the state would lose nearly $2 million in
revenues if the park closed and if a Massachusetts casino opens,
the state could lose up to $100 million in lottery, liquor, and
rooms and meals taxes if nothing is done in the state.
State Representative Gary Azarian (R-Salem) will propose an
expanded gaming bill to lawmakers early next year. Azarian
presented the bill last month at a Lions Club meeting and said it
was similar to SB 152, but included amendments, which were
suggested in the previous session. Azarian is conﬁdent his bill
will pass, but didn’t guarantee Rockingham would receive the
If gaming does pass, Salem is ready. A non-binding
referendum in March showed 80 percent of voters supported
a casino on the grounds of Rockingham Park. If the park
is to obtain a license in the future, residents will have the
opportunity to vote on a binding referendum if they still support
If Rockingham is granted a license, Millennium Gaming
of Las Vegas plans to purchase the property and invest nearly
$600 million in construction of a casino, hotel, entertainment
center and grandstand. Horse racing would be restored to the
Local Organizations Would Lose
Nearly $2 Million Annually
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by Barbara O’Brien
Members of the Windham School Board got their ﬁrst public view
of the proposed 2014-2015 school district operating budget earlier
this month, but they didn’t appear surprised by the increase.
According to SAU 95 Business Administrator Adam Steel, next
year’s proposed operating budget shows an increase of 2.98 percent
over the current year’s default budget of $43,486,224. The school
board’s proposed budget for the current 2013-2014 school year
failed to obtain a majority of the votes cast last March, resulting in
the enactment of the default budget.
The proposed operating budget for next year currently stands at
$44,831,018; an increase from the current year of $1,344,794 (2.98
percent). There are not, however, any current teacher or instructional
aide contracts in place.
As currently proposed, the operating budget for next year would
have a tax impact of 64 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. This
translates into an approximate tax increase of $224 on property
assessed at $350,000. This increase does not include any separate
moneyed warrant articles or any warrant articles being put forth on
the town side of the ledger.
The reasons for the increased proposal include a slight increase
in required state retirement contributions by the school district, an
increase in student transportation costs (two new buses), technology
upgrades, more instructional aides due to an increase in students
on Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and 14 new proposed staff
The 14 proposed new stafﬁng positions include:
• A half-time preschool teacher (Special Education)
• An additional secretary at Golden Brook Elementary School
• A half-time guidance counselor at Golden Brook Elementary
• A fourth-grade teacher at Windham Center School
• An increase in secretarial hours at Windham Center School
• A seventh-grade position at Windham Middle School (math/
• An intervention math teacher at Windham Middle School
• A special education case manager at Windham Middle School
Initial Proposed School Budget up 2.98%
This Holiday Season
by Marc Ayotte
In the most recent fund-raiser for the ongoing support of
the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund (PGNF), the Pelham Police
Department (PPD) presented a check for $1,255 to them.
The check was presented by PPD Master Patrol Ofﬁcer Matt
Keenliside to Pelham Good Neighbor Fund President Frank Sullivan
at Scissors Palace located at 95 Bridge Street in Pelham. The fund-
raiser event was organized by Ofﬁcer Keenliside, and basically
reﬂected a department-wide, ‘No shave November.’ “We’ve never
done anything like this,” offered Keeliside, noting that department
regulations allow only moustaches. He continued by adding
that Chief Joe Roark made the exception of beard growth for this
charitable event. The ofﬁcers met at the Pelham business on Monday
morning, November 25, where Scissor’s owner Alex Prudhomme
promptly returned the ofﬁcers to clean-shaved status.
After each ofﬁcer contributed $50 to the concept of donating
it to charity, Keeliside indicated that overwhelmingly, the ofﬁcers
collectively decided the money would go to the PGNF, which is
earmarked to exclusively help Pelham residents in need. “We help
people in need in the town,” expressed Sullivan, who elaborated
by saying that moneys beneﬁt families with personal bills such
as utilities, rent and food. Additionally, Sullivan noted that the
charitable offerings sometimes go to various household expenses in
the form of gasoline cards.
Karen Fournier, Vice President and Branch Manager of Enterprise
Bank (Pelham location), was also at Scissors Palace representing
the bank. Fournier, a Pelham resident, also serves as the PGNF’s
Vice President. In addition to their involvement with this local
charity, Fournier mentioned the upcoming “Sponsor a Child at
Christmas” campaign that the bank organizes. Also, on December
14 and 15 the bank is conducting the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
Forty Fourth Annual Christmas Drive in the Pelham Plaza parking
lot. Volunteers will be accepting food and cash donations to help
families in need.
the PPD fund-raiser,
and according to
“Alex also donated
$125 that he took-
in (from) touching
up the guys’
wanted to offer a
to Prudhomme for
opening his shop
on a day when he is normally closed for business, solely to shave
the beards at no cost to the ofﬁcers. After another $125 straggled
in from other ofﬁcers in the department, pushing its contribution to
$1,380 the total contribution for the beard-growing charitable event
climbed over an impressive $1,500 mark.
Pelham Police and Good Neighbor Join Forces
Pelham police of cers who participated in the beard-growing fund-raiser for the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
From left: Matt Keenliside, Ryan Donovan, Brian Kelly, Jim Locke, Brian Barbato, Mike Pickles, Glen Chase, Dave DeRoche. Front, from left:
Scissors Palace owner Alex Prudhomme, Enterprise Bank V.P. (Pelham Branch) Karen Fournier and Pelham Good Neighbor Fund President Frank Sullivan
Of cer Brian Kelly gets his beard removed
by Scissors’ owner Alex Prudhomme.
continued to page 10 - School Budget
by Barbara O’Brien
The directors of the Educational Choices
Foundation, a non-proﬁt organization recently
formed in New Hampshire, want to meet with
members of the Windham School Board to
address the possibility of the two entities working
together toward the goal of establishing a charter
school in the Town of Windham.
Charter Schools are schools that have
received “charters” from a school district
or state department of education to operate
independently. They are not private schools and
do receive public funding based on enrollment.
They are not, however, governed by all of
the same regulations as public schools. The
ﬁrst charter school in the United States was
established in Minnesota in 1991, more than 20
Local resident, business owner and parent
Tom Murray, one of the directors of the newly
formed Educational Choices Foundation, said
the organization is trying to help the community
of Windham to alleviate the over-crowding in
existing schools, while at the same time providing
an excellent education to students. It is the hope
of these directors that school board members are
willing to work in conjunction with making this a
Director Ken Eyring, also a member of the
Windham Taxpayers Coalition, said the group has
been looking at the school district’s space crunch
and alternative options to solve the problem for
some time. Eyring said the taxpayers’ coalition
recently reached out to Murray and has since
joined forces. “This is a win-win situation for the
Windham School District,” Eyring told school
Murray is already in the process of constructing
a building at 135 Rockingham Road (Route
28) that could house a charter school for
approximately 300 elementary school students.
The New Hampshire Department of Education has
already been contacted regarding the possibility
of receiving a charter to establish such a school
in Windham. According to Eyring, such a charter
school in Windham could be eligible for a start-
up grant ranging from $300,000 to $400,000 in
“A charter school in Windham
would provide a choice for
parents,” Eyring said. It would
also reduce the need to hire more
teachers for Windham public
schools. There would be zero
tax impact on Windham property
owners, he noted.
Eyring went on to explain that
it would be preferable to have a
charter school that is approved
by the local school district and
not just the state department
of education. “If the charter
school is approved by the local
school district, the students in
that district get preference (in
being accepted),” Eyring stated.
“If the approval comes from
the department of education,
the charter school must accept
applications from everywhere,” he
It is anticipated that the
charter for a new school should
be ﬁnished by mid-December.
The directors of the Educational
Choices Foundation would like
to meet with
the end of the
they had no
but would like
to see as much
The details of
would be held
in a public or
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by Barbara O’Brien
Windham School Board members had hoped to
make a ﬁnal decision on what direction to take in
regard to dealing with the space crunch at local
schools no later than November 19, but the date
came and went without any progress being made.
The ﬁve school board members are leaning
toward a multi-phased addition to the existing
Windham Middle School, but administrators feel
that more investigation is needed into the site on
which the addition would be built. As a result,
a site survey, including an investigation into sub-
surface conditions, is being conducted. It is now
anticipated that the information about what can
and cannot be done on this site will be available
in time for the school board’s Tuesday, December
Time to reach that decision is running out,
however. Business Administrator Adam Steel said
that the “drop dead date” for what goes on next
March’s school district ballot is January 7.
The current site survey will help to determine
the extent of any addition, as well as the cost of
an access loop to Windham Middle School off
of Heritage Hill Road. Board members believe
the loop is badly needed to lessen existing trafﬁc
issues at the middle school. There is some
concern, however, that constructing the trafﬁc
loop could mean losing an existing baseball
ﬁeld; an asset that is already in short supply in
the Town of Windham. However, “we are only
investigating the site, not engineering it,” Steel
Many Will be Kept
Warm this Winter
submitted by Pelham Good Neighbor
Chris Mearn, Vice President of
Rubicon Real Estate which owns
Pelham Plaza, presented to Frank
Sullivan, President of the Pelham
Good Neighbor Fund and Karen
Fournier, Vice President of the
Pelham Good Neighbor Fund and
Branch Manager of Enterprise Bank
in Pelham, with a donation of $1,000
in food gift cards. The food gift cards
will be distributed to our Neighbors
In Need during the holiday season.
submitted by Pelham High School
Ms. Kathryn Sheridan, Dean of Guidance at
Pelham High School, recently served on the New
England Association of Schools and Colleges
(NEASC) visiting committee for Athol High
School (MA). Founded in 1885, NEASC is the
oldest regional accreditation association in the
country and has been recognized by the U. S.
Department of Education as the sole agency to
award accreditation to educational institutions in
New England. Sheridan participated in the review
of several educational components of Athol High
School, and assisted speciﬁcally in writing the
ﬁnal report for the NEASC Assessment of and for
Student Learning Standard. This is Sheridan’s ﬁfth
participation on a NEASC team. She is a former
English teacher who has worked at PHS since
Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
PHS Dean of Guidance Participates
in NEASC Visiting Committee
Front, from left: Margot Luhrmann and Patricia Russell, Co-chair
Back, from left: Mary Ashburn, Sue Violi, Co-chair and Aileen Stearns
From left: Frank Sullivan, Chris
Mearn and Karen Fournier
Educational Choices Foundation
Wants to Discuss
Charter School in Windham
Decision on School
submitted by Ruth Coole,
Windham Woman’s Club
The Windham Woman’s Club wants to
thank everyone for your caring and giving at
our November 2 coat and sweater drive! We
collected 864 items and distributed to the
following charitable organizations: Shepherds
Pantry - Windham; Sonshine Soup Kitchen and
First Baptist Church Food Pantry - Derry; New
Horizons - Manchester and Adult Learning Center
Special thank you to two locations in Windham,
Shaws and Nesmith Library, for having bins for
collection. Thank you to our members who
volunteered their time to sort, count and bag and
to the co-chairs of project Patricia Russell
and Sue Violi. Our website:
The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Pelham - Windham News | November 29, 2013 - 3
Put Your Mask On! Windham Endowment for
Community Advancement Says Tank You
Te Windham Endowment’s annual fundraiser, Unmask the Magic! was a huge
success. Te Endowment is proud to have so many members of our community help
advance the work we do - raising funds to beneft Education, Culture, Recreation and
the Environment within Windham.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Moeckel Pond Fund (supporting the
restoration of Moeckel Pond and providing easy access to the pond for all residents of
Windham), the Windham Historic Commission Fund (supporting Searles School and
Chapel), the Education Fund and the Recreation Fund.
We would like to thank the community for their continued support. We are
especially thankful to the following businesses and families for their generous
sponsorships and donations, which made this event so successful.
Event Sponsors: Edward N. Herbert Assoc., Inc., Black Tie Limousine Inc.,
Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital
Dessert Providers: Apple Acres, Private Island Cakes, Sophisticakes, Windham
Businesses: Access Tent of Windham, All About You!, Black Moose Country
Store, Black Tie Limousine, East Coast Alpine Ski Shop, Fantasian Nails, Kumo Sushi
Restaurant, Lucia’s Bodega, More Space Place, Prelude Restaurant, Prime Butcher,
Shaw’s, Stonyfeld Yogurt, Synfully Sweet Treats, Windham Pilates, Windham
Restaurant, Woof It Down.
Families: Armstrong Family, Bruzzese Family, Carpenter Family, Kathleen
DiFruscia, Donovan Family, Howard Family, Mollica Family, Wimmer Family, Don
At this thankful time of year, everyone at the Windham Endowment is very
appreciative to be part of the Windham Community.
Diane Carpenter, Windham
Te Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
44th Annual Christmas Drive
Te Pelham Good Neighbor Fund committee is asking for your support so that we
will be able to help individuals and families during Christmas with food, clothing and
toys for the children. We are asking individuals, families, businesses, organizations,
schools, civic and church groups to be as generous as possible. Volunteers will be
accepting food and cash donations on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Pelham Plaza. If you would like to
make a donation online, please visit our website at www.pelhamgoodneighborfund.org
or you can make your check payable to the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, P.O. Box
953, Pelham, NH 03076. Your cash donation is tax deductible since we are a 501(c)
(3) charitable organization. Te committee also uses the money collected during the
drive to provide fnancial assistance 52 weeks a year for food, heat, rent, electricity and
other household expenses. Your fnancial support would be greatly appreciated so we
can help our Neighbors In Need. If you need help during the holidays, please call one
of the people listed below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would
like to sponsor a child or family for Christmas, please also call one of the people listed
below or you can go to the First Congregational Church or St. Patrick’s Church to
pick out a name tag(s).
Nancy Vachon - (603) 521-4045, Brenda Blake - (603) 635-3590, and Karen
Fournier - (978) 319-8650.
Please call after 6 p.m. during the week and after 10 a.m. on the weekends. We
need to hear from you no later than Saturday, December 7. Your call for help will be
handled in strict confdence.
Frank Sullivan, President, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund
Amazing Community Spirit
Tanks to everyone who participated in the frst annual Wellness in Motion Walk-
a-Ton for the beneft of Windham’s Helping Hands. Te walk was a huge success
thanks to the hard work of so many volunteers and participants whose generosity will
be felt by the residents of Windham throughout the coming year.
It is heartwarming to be associated with such a great organization and to be part of
this community. When we started Windham’s Helping Hands over 10 years ago, we
started with a goal of helping every school aged child in Windham go back to school
with a new outft and sneakers. Since then our neighbors have proven, through their
dedication and generosity, that much bigger things can be accomplished.
We have expanded our program to cover holiday drives at Tanksgiving and
Christmas and to provide local support throughout the year to the teachers and staf
that educate and care for the children of our community. We have been overwhelmed
by the outpouring of fnancial, service and emotional support from all of you, our
It is that exact spirit of generosity and dedication to each other that we would like
to continue by appealing to everyone to participate in the 19th Annual Windham
Turkey Trot (http://www.windhamturkeytrot.org/). Tis wonderful Windham
tradition has been supporting our community for nearly two decades, raising funds to
support Te Shepherd’s Pantry, Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County and
Windham’s Helping Hands. Please join the Turkey Trot and give as generously as you
can. Your help is especially appreciated this time of year.
Ruth-Anne Calandra, Co-Founder, Windham’s Helping Hands
Te board members of Windham’s Helping Hands would like to thank our
sponsors, volunteers and participants of our frst annual Wellness in Motion Walk-a-
Ton. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and the outpouring
of support from all. Special thanks to Gamma Medica Inc, Enterprise Bank, Coco,
Early and Associates, Windham Dunkin’ Donuts, Prudential Verani Realty and
Debbie Mackenzie Realty as our Gold Sponsors as well as Windham Lions, Klemms
Mobile, Windham Terrace, Parent Chiropractic Center, Windham Pilates, Warde
Health, Bank of New England, Early Years Child Care, and Howie Glynn and
Sons. In addition, we were able to have apples courtesy of Apple Acres, water bottles
courtesy of Shaws Windham and hot chocolate and cofee served by Siri Wilbur,
Sandy Hurley, Deb Paone and Susan Hebert of Prudential Verani Realty.
We are honored to have had more than 100 families (more than 400 people) walk
the loop up to fve times at Grifn Park, and earn a bead necklace for each lap along
the way. We loved seeing the smiles and excitement on everyone’s faces and promise
that the proceeds will help your neighbors in need smile as well!
Check out pictures on our Windham’s Helping Hands Facebook page and email us
your pictures at windhamshelpinghands.org and we will post them as well!
Patti Letizio on behalf of the Board Members
of Windham’s Helping Hands
‘Te Great Conversation’
Perception sometimes becomes reality.
As a member of the Pelham School Board, as a resident, and as a parent, I am
lucky enough to have had some enlightening, riveting, and often contentious
conversations with my fellow citizens. I always enjoy these exchanges as nothing
connects two people more than open and honest communication. I am, however,
chagrined at how often my partners in conversation do not know, what I believe to
be, important facts. I do not intend any disrespect here. I attribute this to a number
of factors - our busy lives trying to make ends meet, lack of information and the
“telephone game” phenomenon. Te disservice, as I see it, to this great town is that
the misinformation becomes the perception and those perceptions become our town
and school district’s reality. Te Pelham School District would like the opportunity to
match those perceptions with the true reality. To that end we have begun an initiative
called “Te Great Conversation.” We desire to engage the community of Pelham in a
conversation about the Pelham Schools and the benefts they bring to the public.
We have formed “Great Conversation” teams and they are eager and willing to
come to any Pelham organization to bring their message. Tey are members of the
public who wish to engage in a two-way conversation about our schools, how they
support the community and how they can improve the beneft to the public. If you
are interested in having a team come visit your meeting, function or group please
contact Amanda Lecaroz at email@example.com or call the SAU at 635-1145.
I recently ran across a quote that sums it up perfectly for me, “Communication
leads to community, that is, understanding … and mutual valuing.”
My hope is that by mutually valuing our schools and our town we will be a unifed
community that will only become a greater source of pride than we already
For more information on “Te Great Conversation”, please visit pelhamsd.org and
Debbie Ryan, Pelham
Holiday Aid for
Two Local Rescues
From now through December 31 Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital
(REVH) will be collecting donations for the Salem Animal Rescue League and the
Animal Rescue Network of New England. Both of these non-proft organizations
work diligently to provide a safe haven and to fnd forever homes for the animals that
come through their doors. Tese organizations rely on community donations in order
to provide the animals with the best care possible. Below is a holiday wish list of items
desperately needed this holiday season:
Toys, Food - canned and dry, Leashes,
Simple Green cleaner, Towels, Bleach,
Beds – blankets, comforters, Paper
Monetary donations may also be
brought or mailed to REVH.
REVH is located at 3 Cobbetts Pond
Road in Windham. REVH is a 24 hour
emergency facility; donations may be
brought in anytime!
Denise Bly, Rockingham Emergency
Veterinary Hospital, Windham
Can a Windham
Help Resolve WSD
When Windham Taxpayers
overwhelmingly voted down the
proposed two-grade, $50M school last
March – it was an important frst step in
getting Windham School District (WSD)
taxes under control. Te next step is to
fnd cost efective solutions to our needs.
Te most glaring (and potentially costly)
need is to reduce the crowding problem in the Windham Middle School (WMS).
With this goal in mind, the Windham Taxpayers Coalition (WTC) formed a
committee about six months ago to address the WMS issue. Several obvious solutions
were researched, including expanding the WMS and moving the 8th grade students to
the high school.
A few months ago, we began to explore another option, opening a new Charter
School in Windham. Te WTC reached out to many NH experts on education
to learn more about the possibilities and potential benefts. Tis led us to several
individuals who are now actively involved in our planning; Matt Southerton and
Mr. Southerton is the Director of the NH Center for Innovative Schools (www.
nhcharterschools.org). His organization provides specialized assistance to help new
charter school ventures get started.
Mr. Frischknect is the Chairman of the Academy of Science and Design, the
highest achieving charter school in NH (www.asdnh.org), and the founder of the
Founders Academy, an approved charter school that will open in Londonderry next
Our collective research has led us to believe that opening a local district charter
school in Windham would be a zero tax impact solution to the WMS crowding issue.
Two weeks ago Windham resident, Tom Murray, told the school board he was
pursuing the idea of opening a charter school in Windham. Since then we joined
forces and formed the Educational Choices Foundation, a non-proft organization
that will sponsor the new charter school.
Tere is still much work to be done and more information to share, but here is a
summary of the benefts and comments that were presented at the Windham School
Board meeting on Tuesday, November 19th.
* Our venture has the support and direct involvement of some of NH’s most
knowledgeable charter school experts.*
* Mr. Murray owns the building that is currently under construction at 183
Rockingham Road (Rt. 28), Windham. Tis is the intended location for the school.
* Upon opening, the charter school would be able to absorb approximately 300
students from the Windham School District which should alleviate capacity issues in
* Tis approach would provide a zero tax impact to the WSD .
* Te charter school would become eligible for an estimated $400K to $575K in
start-up grants. Again, this would have no tax impact to Windham taxpayers.
* It would reduce the need to hire additional teachers and thereby keep future
payroll and benefts lower.
* It provides a viable education choice for parents.
* Charter schools can be approved by the NH DOE or by a local school
* State approved charter schools must accept applicants from all towns
which would drastically restrict the number of Windham students that could
be accepted. Tis is why we prefer the local district charter school approach.
* We are asking the Windham School Board to approve the charter school
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Winter has yet to arrive, at least not ofﬁcially. A
few cold and likely snowy months are waiting on the
horizon, but some folks are already planning their spring
Among this group of optimists is Windham’s
Community Development Department Director Laura
Scott and University of New Hampshire graduate
student and intern Jeff Malloy. Malloy has worked as an
environmental planner for the past 10 years. Together,
Scott and Malloy have been working under the Capstone
Project, an initiative intended to bring community
members together; to create “a gathering place,” where
residents can share a common interest or goal.
As a result, Scott and Malloy have spent some
time in recent weeks investigating locations where a
community garden project might thrive. It has been
a challenge to ﬁnd such a spot, Malloy said, citing
sunlight and water requirements, as well as access and
parking availability as some of the issues to be faced.
Thanks to the members of the Crossing Life Church and
property owner Sean Foster, however, the ideal spot was
located at 122 North Lowell Road and, subsequently,
a “use agreement” was reached. That agreement has
been reviewed by Town Counsel Bernie Campbell
and was signed by selectmen on November 18. There
is no ﬁnancial obligation on the part of the Town of
Windham. The agreement is renewable on an annual
basis, Scott explained.
According to Malloy, the 100 square foot parcel
of land (approximately ¼ acre) is large enough to
accommodate 30 individual garden beds. The area will
also have space for composting, annual ﬂower beds and
will feature a post and rail fence, as well as rain barrels.
Both in-ground and raised beds will be developed. For
the ﬁrst year, however, only 20 garden spots will be
developed. “We are starting small,” Scott said. “We
don’t want to be too ambitious.”
“It sounds like a great idea,” Selectman Roger
Hohenberger said, but, he, also, expressed concern
over how the area would be policed. Hohenberger
referred to the littering and vandalism that took place at
the town-owned skateboard park, until it was recently
dismantled, as well as concern about people “pilfering”
from other people’s garden spots. “This is a very public
spot,” Scott replied, referring to the location. “We also
hope everyone will watch out for each other,” she said.
Similar projects are already successfully underway in
Pembroke, Derry and Goffstown, she added.
Scott also said she is seeking the donation of materials
to be used at the community garden. Anyone
interested in further information can contact
Laura Scott at 432-3806. If the community
garden project is successful, Scott says she
hopes there will be enough vegetables to
share with local food banks.
Voting in favor of the use agreement with
Sean Foster and the Crossing Life Church
were Chairman Phil LoChiatto, Selectmen
Al Letizio, Jr. and Roger Hohenberger. Vice-
Chairman Kathleen DiFruscia and Selectman
Ross McLeod were not present when the vote
Community Garden Program Proposed
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Pelham Memorial School
Many of the seventh
graders at Pelham Memorial
School had a special treat
in October when Deb
Ryan came to speak to the
students. Mrs. Ryan is a
resident of Pelham and a
school board member who
has a passion for Pelham’s
history and a desire to share
her interest with the students.
It was a double pleasure
when Mrs. Eleanor Burton
attended the presentation and
added her knowledge and
Mrs. Ryan showed pictures
of Pelham’s rich history,
which included residential
homes and businesses of
the past. She explained the
meaning behind the Butler
Monument which honored the
town’s ﬁrst settler, John Butler
and explained to the students why Pelham was a vacation
place for many.
In thank you notes to Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. Burton, the
students summed it up the best:
• “Thank you Mrs. Ryan for coming to our class and
telling us about Pelham and its history. I will always
look at Pelham with more thought and curiosity
now. Thank you so much.” Dylan
• “Thank you Mrs. Ryan for showing us some cool
facts about our little town. I didn’t know a lot that
you told us and it was very interesting. I was very
pleased to have you come.” Anna
• “Thank you for coming and teaching us the history
of Pelham! I learned a lot. I never knew Pelham
had so much history.” Elise
• Thank you so much for teaching us all about
Pelham’s history. I never knew so much about the
place I’ve been growing up in for the past 12 years if
my life!” Gala Cares
• “Thank you Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. Burton for I learned
so much about this great town!” Riley
• “Thank you Mrs. Ryan for teaching us the history of
Pelham. I had no idea it was a vacation place and
that it was here for so long.” Emma
• “Thank you for coming to teach us about the history
of Pelham. I didn’t know half of the things you said.
I will stop and think about Pelham’s history more
now. “ Jared
• “Thanks for coming to our class. I learned so much!
My mom was so surprised about all the information
I was able to tell her.” Jessica
• “Thanks! I will always look at Pelham differently
and imagine it with trolley tracks.” Jason
At the end of the presentation, Mrs. Ryan told the
students that they are living history now and the many
changes happening in Pelham will be a part of history for
them to pass on to future generations. It was pleasure to
have Mrs. Ryan speak to the school and share her passion
of the town while stimulating an interest in history and a
pride of Pelham.
Windham School District
submitted by the Windham School District
The Windham School District held their annual Food Drive for Windham’s Helping
Hands. All four schools participated in the Food Drive from November 12 through 22.
Collectively, the schools were able to bring in over 8,000 pounds of food. Each year the
school with the highest weight in food takes home the turkey trophy. This year Windham
Middle School was able to take home the trophy. Windham Middle School brought in an
astounding 5,300 pounds of food.
Thank you the students, staff and parents for your help in making our food drive a success
this year! A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped move and organize all of the
Deb Ryan Shares Her Love
of Town History with Students
Deb Ryan points to an old picture that shows the common area where the Butler Monument is.
Deb Ryan addresses the seventh-grade class at on one of
her visits to Pelham Memorial School.
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• February 21, 2014: Teacher workshop day (from June 12), no
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Windham High School students
and teachers once again joined
forces for a worthy cause, in
addition to continuing their
adversarial roles on the gridiron.
On Friday, November 22, a
total of six student/athlete teams
engaged with some internal
competition as well as squared-
off against a single faculty team
in the fourth annual ﬂag football
game sponsored by the Jaguar
Community Alliance (JCA).
When all was said and done, the
teachers once again emerged
victorious this year, stomping the
students eight touchdowns to two.
According to Michael Welch,
who is the JCA co-advisor
along with Janice Les, the
event received “great support
from the administration and
teachers.” Welch went on to
say that the annual, ‘friendly
grudge on the gridiron affair’
along with other JCA events, helps
“bring school diversity together.”
Welch elaborated on the matter by saying, “Our club, the Jaguar
Community Alliance, has a few purposes, but most notably we are
focused on bringing together students with and without disabilities
while creating a climate of diversity and acceptance. Our events
are as diverse as our students and staff.”
Athletic Director, Bill Raycraft, noted of the light-hearted rivalry,
“usually it’s pretty ugly but a lot of fun.” On a larger scale, the
Jaguar A.D. added, “it’s a nice community event for the school.”
With a $20 per team entry fee, half of the event’s proceeds will
go to Windham Helping Hands; an organization geared towards
helping Windham families in need. In raising $115 for the day,
Welch described the effort as, “deﬁnitely our most successful ﬂag
football event yet.”
As previously alluded to, there was great participation from
the teachers; suiting up for the faculty team were: Bill Raycraft
(Athletic Director), Jack Byrne (Coach and Human Performance),
Ken Naroian (English), Anne Haky (Human Performance), Greg
Iworsky (School Resource Ofﬁcer), David Gilbert (Math), Kathleen
Reardon (English), Michelle Rhoads (Math), Matt St. Hilaire and
Robert Tompkins (Instructional Assistants), Thomas Darrin (Social
Studies) and Jennifer Beland (Mathematics and Special Services).
In addition to many other faculty members who were there as fans
to support the cause, were Assistant Principal Bob Dawson and
Science/Special Services Teacher Matthew Blair who played out
their roles as whistle blowers (referees) for the game.
After the successful and
entertaining event that included
over 100 participants, Welch
summarized the group’s principal
endeavor for all of its events; “the
activities allow students a chance
to socialize and participate in
manner that is most comfortable
for them.” Based on his
experience as the JCA co-advisor,
Welch also offered; “I have found
that just getting students together
with the basic premise that we
all want the same thing, to be
accepted and appreciated, results
in natural friendships and at the
very least, acceptance. From
video game nights, movie nights or
staff versus student competitions,
we try to create events that allow
people a chance to participate in
some manner and conveniently,
develop friendships and possibly
knock down some walls (while)
we’re at it.”
WHS Teachers, Students Play
in JCA Flag Football Game
Josh Gallager dives into the end zone for a touchdown before Andrew Doorman was able to strip him of his fag.
Human Performance Teacher Jack Byrne
(far right) performed well on this play,
scoring for the faculty.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
Sunday, December 1
Come and join us in Celebrating Yuletide
at the Pelham Fire Department starting at
4:15 p.m. There will be plenty of food; hot
dogs and hamburgers for a small donation.
Free desserts, coffee, hot chocolate and more!
There will be holiday music provided by local
church choirs! Santa will be arriving at 6 p.m.
Come visit Santa and Mrs. Claus!
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.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Bell Choir
Performance. Come celebrate with the Pelham
Public Library on at 6:30 p.m. for the lighting of
the beautiful Conifer tree on the Village Green,
courtesy of the Garden Club. Then join us inside
for hot cocoa and a performance by the Pelham
Congregational Church Bell Choir. It will be a
cheery event to put everyone into the holiday spirit.
Baked goods will be provided by the Friends of the
Library – feel free to bring your own special treat to
share. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, December 3
Story Hour Registration – Session 2. Numbers
will be handed out when the library opens at 9
a.m. No phone registrations will be taken until
after the in-house library registration is completed;
subject to space availability. This program is
only open to families who are Nesmith Library
cardholders. Story hour is for children ages 3-6
years of age who can independently participate
in an hour of stories, songs, and a simple coloring
project. While the child is in his/her story hour
class, a parent or guardian needs to remain in the
library at all times. Children must be three years
of age by December 1, 2013 to be eligible for this
session, and each child may only be registered for
one class per story hour session.
Story hour sessions will be held on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Story hours will
begin the week of December 9 and run for eight
weeks with the last story hour being held the week
of February 10.
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
Pelham Parks and Recreation has been running
Live Stronger classes for adults and our instructor,
Sue O’Maley, is offering a free class from 6:30-7:30
p.m. at the Pelham Senior Center room at 8 Nashua
Rd. Bring a water bottle and ﬂoor mat if possible.
You are also welcome to bring weights and
resistance bands if you like. This is a total body
workout that strengthens, sculpts and tones all
the major muscle groups to work the core, upper
and lower body. A registration form is needed but
there is no cost or obligation. Forms can be found
at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. If you have
any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or give us a call at 635-2721!
Wednesday, December 4
The Windham Woman’s Club is
busy with holiday activities, including
Thanksgiving basket project and Christmas
gifts project, both for local families in need,
as well as veterans’ holiday gift project. The
holiday projects are an important part of the club’s
community service program. The club’s 2013
activities will culminate with a Christmas Social
luncheon at the Common Man in Windham at
11:30 a.m. www.windhamwomansclub.com.
Thursday, December 5
The second session of “The Great
Conversation” will be held today from
6:60 to 8 p.m. in the Dr. Ernest Matthew
Law Reading Room at the Pelham Public
The Great Conversation is designed to engage
the Community of Pelham in a conversation about
the Pelham Schools and the beneﬁts they bring to
the community. Team members of this group are
citizens of Pelham, who are eager to discuss some
of the great things happening at Pelham schools
and to facilitate a two-way conversation about
opportunities to strengthen the school-community
relationship in a mutually beneﬁcial way.
For more information regarding The Great
Conversation, visit http://www.pelhamsd.org/
domain/466, and watch for other community
venues for additional events.
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, 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 email@example.com.
Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7
Match-ups for the First Annual New Horizons
Pre-Season Basketball Jamboree presented by New
Hampshire Sports page and Alvirne High School;
all games to be played at Alvirne.
On Friday: 5 p.m. Salem vs. Windham, 6:30
p.m. Bishop Guerin vs. Bishop Brady, 8 p.m.
Merrimack vs. Pelham
On Saturday: 12 p.m. Alvirne vs. Newport,
1:30 p.m. Spaulding v. Lebanon, 3 p.m. Bedford
vs. Portsmouth, 4:30 p.m. Manchester Central
vs. Conant, 6 p.m. Trinity vs. Pembroke
Saturday, December 7
All Women of all ages are invited to
join us in honoring Our Lady for First
Saturday Devotions on at St. Patrick Church
in Pelham. We begin with Mass at 8 a.m.,
followed by the Rosary at 8:30, and then join us
for our Annual Advent Prayer Service where we
will walk through the Old Testament in preparation
for Christmas. Following the service we will have
a pot luck breakfast and fellowship. For more
information call Linda at -930-6436 or e-mail
WomenOfMaryNH@yahoo.com. Note: Adoration
and Divine Mercy Chaplet will be available before
Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel.
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, 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. 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
The Windham Development Department, in
partnership with the Windham High School, the
local business community and several non-proﬁt
organizations will be holding their Second Annual
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Rd.
The Shopping Extravaganza will help you with all
your holiday shopping needs, including clothing,
jewelry, home décor, specialty foods, toys,
cosmetics, bath and beauty, personal wellness,
and much. Christmas greenery and other festive
decorations will be available for purchase as well
as refreshments; children’s face painting and crafts,
pictures with Santa and his Elves, holiday music,
and rafﬂe prizes you won’t want to miss!
Come and do your holiday shopping while
supporting your community! For an added treat,
check out the tree lighting at the Town Hall from
Windham Recreation will once again be offering
free photos with Santa at the Annual Tree Lighting
on. Santa will be visiting with children at the
Cable Studio from 3-5 p.m. Windham Recreation
will be taking complimentary photos, that will
available for you to download a few days later.
Make sure you take the website information on
where to download and view your photo on your
way out of the Cable Studio. Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, December 10
Friends of the Library in Pelham hold
Elections. The Friends of the Library in
Pelham (FLIP) will host their next meeting
at 6:30 p.m. at the Pelham Public Library.
FLIP is a non-proﬁt group who raise funds for
the Pelham Public Library and sponsor discount
Museum pass programs and other events the library
cannot normally afford. At the next meeting,
FLIP will be holding elections for new ofﬁcers,
president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
Attend the meeting to learn more about how
you can be a part of this fun group. The library
recommends all volunteers attend FLIP meetings
to learn about opportunities to complete more
hours. For more information about all our events
call 635-7581 or check us out online at http://
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
Sunday, December 15
The New Greeley Singers of Pelham Annual
Holiday Concert, “Music in the Winter Air,” 3 p.m.,
First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham. It
will uplift you, entertain you, perhaps inspire you,
and if you are not already there, will be sure to get
you in the holiday spirit. This year’s annual holiday
concert will include songs ranging all the way
from a 1950s-style “Doo-Wop Christmas,” to the
magical “Walking in the Air” from The Snowman,
to the spiritual “Goin’ to Bethlehem,” to the all-
time classic “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s
Messiah. The chorus will be joined this year by the
Merrimack Valley Flute Choir. Tickets are $10 for
adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are
available at the door. To obtain tickets in advance,
or for more information, call Helen at (978) 453-
9982, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our
Light refreshments will be served after the
concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall to give the
singers and audience a chance to visit with each
other. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to
support a local chorus and to enjoy some really
great holiday music!
Friday, December 20
Heritage Baptist Church in Windham
is sharing “Bethlehem’s Child” with the
community. You’re invited to experience
the Christmas story in word and song, with
light refreshments to follow. The program takes
place at 7 p.m. at Heritage, 108 Rockingham Rd.,
Windham. To ﬁnd out more, just call 765-4000 or
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• Old Lawrence Road, LLC, 27 Old Lawrence Road, 29/7-10, remove
& replace existing panel antennas, equipment, cabinets, and
battery cabinets, as well as install a ﬁber distribution box within
their existing leased area. There will be no tower extension of
compound expansion proposed.
• Peter & Donna Sheeran, 278 Windham Road, 15/8-227, 300 sq. ft.
• Jaswant & Floradeliza Moorjani, 18 Balcom Road, 15/8-48, septic
• Nathan Sears, 63 Keyes Hill Road, 2/5-77, septic system
• Skyview Estates LLC, Majestic Avenue, 32/1-146-47, foundation.
• Skyview Estates LLC, Aspen Drive, 32/1-146-6, foundation.
• DHB Homes LLC, 4 Harmony Lane, 4/9-138-1, foundation.
• DHB Homes LLC, Frontier Drive, 36/10-10-17, foundation.
• Christopher Lafrance, 1-3 Arbor Way, 17/12-253-1, 24 foot x 58
foot 6 inch duplex, 3 bedrooms each side, 3.5 baths on each side,
2 car garage on each side, 15 foot 5 inches x 11 foot 7 inches deck
on each side, farmers porch on each side and both have a walk up
• Pelham Realty Group LLC, 150 Bridge Street Unit E, 29/7-95, install
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• Jeannette Malapanis, 9 Hickory Ill Road, 21/3-102-33, 12 x 16
• Skyview Estates LLC, Majestic Avenue, 32/1-146-2, ﬁnish 800 sq. ft.
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• William Barthell, 19 Old County Road, 33/2-61, 2,600 sq. ft. single
family house, one car attached garage, farmer’s porch in front,
covered porch & screen porch in the rear, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.
• Michael & Paula Carrier, 30 Ledge Road, 17/12-200, renew permit
for add. famers porch to right side of house and around front for
an additional entrance; cap off foundation (from 2009 permit) for
• Great Pond Road LLC, 7 Vassar Drive, 16/12-166, septic system
• Scott & Lynne Mallard, 7 Pineridge Road, 16/13-125-3, septic
system replacement in-kind.
• Adeline Realty Trust, 47 Bridge Street, 41/6-120, pellet stove.
• William & Marianne Gaffney, 51 Tenney Road, 21/3-102-2, pellet
• Roy & Elizabeth Parkhurst, 141 Bush Hill Road, 19/3-146-1,
change a screen porch into a three season porch by adding a door
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Pelham has a rich history of carefully enhancing town parks. It is now
time to think about improvements at Raymond Park, which is growing in
usage thanks to the soccer ﬁelds and robust soccer program in Pelham.
Town Building Inspector Roland Soucy, and Parks and Recreation Director
Brian Johnson, met with Selectmen to discuss the new building proposal for
Raymond Park. The proposal Soucy reviewed included both a snack shack
and bathrooms. With this project, a 2,000 gallon per day septic system would
be installed, as approved by the state. Electric service would be pulled from
the exiting service.
When Selectman and Chairman of the Board Ed Gleason asked
if there was a necessity to be ADA compliant, Soucy replied that
the bathrooms were all ADA compliant; they had a concrete slab
ﬂoor with ﬂoor drains. Gleason wanted to know if there was any
need for ramps, but was told no as the building was grade level.
Soucy also said there was a storage area in the basement of the
Selectman Hal Lynde, who championed building the soccer
ﬁelds, asked if the building was being constructed into the hill
and Soucy answered yes; alongside the existing concrete stairs.
When Lynde asked if the building was sized similar to the building
at Muldoon Park, Soucy didn’t recall, but said he believed it was
pretty close to that size.
Soucy told the Board he recommended they have an invited
list of three to four bidders, versus having a public bid, given they
were heavy on the masonry aspect. The intent was to have one
contractor do the whole job. However, selectmen questioned how
they would handle questions about who was and was not invited
to bid. During the ensuing discussion about the bidding process,
Soucy noted all the contractors were from Pelham. He had a list
of basic speciﬁcations that would be used for the contractors to
When Gleason asked where funding for the building would
come from, Johnson said funding would come from the revolving
account using funds raised by travel soccer and Outlaws lacrosse.
He said they would know exactly what funding was needed when
the ﬁnal bids came back; if they needed additional funding they
would do so. No tax dollars are being requested.
Selectmen asked about the timeframe for construction. Soucy
said if they could get the numbers back early enough they could
get the building done before the snow ﬂies.
Selectman Bob Haverty questioned who would manage the
construction project. Soucy said he would. Haverty then asked
about the inside conﬁguration. Would there be a stove and a hood
or grills, but Soucy said no and explained that they might have a
hot dog machine and crock pots as well as drinks. Johnson said
they might have pizza, pretzels and things of that nature.
Finally Gleason asked if Saucy would be handling the bid process and he
offered to do so. He said he could meet with the contractors, review the
plans, go over the job and ﬁeld their questions. Gleason said Soucy had
handled the Senior Center addition in the same manner proposed. That
process was successful and cost effective.
Lynde moved and selectman Doug Viger seconded to authorize Roland
Soucy in conjunction with Brian Johnson to put out for bid the snack shack
proposed at Elmer G. Raymond Memorial Park, near the soccer/lacrosse
ﬁelds, in accordance with the plan presented to the Selectmen at their
October 15, 2013 meeting and the motion passed unanimously.
Snack Shack Proposed for Raymond Park
submitted by Robert D. Horne, Pelham Fire Department
The Pelham Fireman’s Association and Professional Fireﬁghters of
Pelham L4546 are seeking nominations for the second Annual 2014
George W. Harris Outstanding Citizenship Award. This award will
be presented to the winner at the 2014 Fireman’s Ball in February
2014. The qualiﬁcations are as noted below:
“This award is presented to a citizen or citizens who display
a consistent level of leadership, dedication, philanthropy,
volunteerism, guidance, and/or general commitment to the
betterment of the community. These attributes may take the form
of coaching, elective ofﬁce, volunteerism, paid work, or ﬁnancial
contributions, etc. “
Last year’s winners were Chris and Kristen Mader. Your
nominations will be tallied and considered by PFFP L4546 and the
PFA. The nominee must be a Pelham resident. This town has plenty
Nominations Sought for the George W. Harris
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rhorne@pelhamﬁre.com with your nominations. You may also
reach me at the ﬁre station 635-2703. Let us know your contact
information as well as the contact information for the nominee and
let me know if they usually attend the Fireman’s Ball or not. Be
sure to include the reasons why you feel your nominee is worthy.
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Ruth Henning was awarded Salem, NH’s
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20, at 2 p.m. at Windham Terrace, 3 Church
Ruth L. Henning is Salem’s most senior
resident at 99 years old. She was born January
16, 1914 in Methuen, MA. Ruth was one
of four children born to William and Wally
Henning. She had two brothers; William and
Carl; and one sister, Martha.
Ruth grew up in Lawrence, MA. While
at the John R. Rollins Grammar School she
was awarded the Principal’s Gold Medal for
exemplifying what a ‘Best Student’ should
be. She still speaks proudly of that medal
today. After graduating from Lawrence High
School, she went on to Cannon’s Commercial
College in Lawrence to become a professional
secretary. Her career included working at the
Homeowner’s Loan Corp and Avco.
Her passion has always been her faith and
music. She studied under renowned Organist
and Choir Master, Fred Jones, of Grace Episcopal
Church in Lawrence. She went on the play the
organ at Central Methodist Church in Lawrence for 15
In 1948, upon the passing of her mother, Ruth and
her father moved to Salem, NH to live with her sister,
Martha Foley. She became the organist for the First
Congregational Church in the 60s. When the choir
director retired she also became Choir Master of the 15
member choir. In 2007, the church presented Ruth with a
plaque to honor her 55 years of service and participation
as Organist, Choir Master, Church Council Secretary,
Church Treasurer, member of Philathea (the women’s
group) and outstanding stewardship. From 1986 to 2004,
Ruth played a straight 18 years of worship services without
missing a week!
Ms. Henning’s other great pleasure is her family, which
includes ﬁve nieces Priscilla Cravino, Sandra Hebsch,
Carol Tordoff, Nancy Callahan and Wendy Lisbon; one
nephew who has pre-deceased her, Bruce Henning along
with seven grand- and numerous great-grand nieces and
Though Salem’s original Boston Post Cane was lost, it
is believed the town’s original cane recipient was lifelong
Salem citizen and former state representative Charles
Kimball, who was born in 1822 and held the post until
his death in 1911, at the age of 89. Frank “Pop” Bemis,
former stationmaster of the Salem Depot, was awarded the
cane in the late 1950s, and held the honors until 1970,
upon passing at the age of 99. In 2005, Salem Senior
Services Director, Patti Drelick, resurrected the program
and obtained replica canes. Among the more recent
cane recipients were Frances Anderson, 103, August
2005-March 2008; Hilda Telfer, 104, March 2008-April
2008; Herman Harrison, 102, May 2008-February 2011;
and Harry Garabedian, 101, May 2011-September 2013.
Boston Post Cane Presented
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Selectman Pat Hardgraves, Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey, Ruth L. Henning,
and Director Patti Drelick, Salem Senior Service
by AJ Dickinson
The Pelham Public Library celebrated Christine
Ryan as “Artist of the Month” Tuesday, November
12. Christine, who was raised in Pelham until the age
of 11, was more interested in math and science as a
child. However, when visiting one of her childhood
friends in California nine years ago she was told that
anybody can learn to draw and paint. After being
turned onto the book “Drawing on the Right Side of
the Brain” Christine dove into the arts. By studying
the book given to her by her friend and working at
ﬁrst with primarily oil paint the former business major
quickly developed visual skills and techniques, which
take some painters years to form. After being asked
to be named “Artist of the Month” in her home town,
Christine was ecstatic. Locals not only got the chance
to view her beautiful paintings, but also got a chance
to talk to the artist herself.
‘Artist of the Month’ Exhibited
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Christine Ryan posing next to one of her
paintings after being named “Artist of the
Month” by the Pelham Public Library
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Donations to help pay for much needed repairs and renovations
to Windham’s historic Searles School and Chapel on Range Road
continue to come in. The money is being raised to help offset the cost
of the repairs, after voters failed to pass a $100,000 warrant article this
According to fundraiser Chairperson Margaret Case, who initiated
the campaign shortly after the proposed bond failed earlier this
year, work on the more than a century-old building is “progressing.”
Repairs to the carillon tower are next on the agenda, Case said.
As of the end of November, a total of $24,478 had been donated to
the Searles campaign. This is an additional $2,475 from earlier this
Selectmen accepted the donations with gratitude by a vote of 3 to
0. Voting in favor were Chairman Phil LoChiatto, Selectmen Roger
Hohenberger and Al Letizio, Jr. Vice-Chairman Kathleen DiFruscia
and Selectman Ross McLeod did not attend the meeting when the
vote was taken.
Additional donations are still being sought and can be donated
in memory or in honor of someone special in the donor’s life. The
Searles School and Chapel is rented out for special occasions,
such as weddings, receptions, birthday and anniversary parties
and conventions. For more information, visit the website: www.
Donations for Renovations to Searles School and
by Barbara O’Brien
For the ﬁrst time in the more than 20 years that David Sullivan has
served as Windham’s Town Administrator, he is not recommending the
proposed town budget being put forth to selectmen. The proposed
budget in question totals $13,999,896; a 10.5 percent ($1.3 million)
increase over the current year’s approved allocation.
In recent years, for the past several at least, town ofﬁcials have
put forth a zero percent increase in the overall town budget. This
was predominately because of the weak economy and their concern
over taxpayers, whose incomes had suffered, due to the recession.
Unfortunately, when projects get delayed year after year, the problems
compound and, eventually, it is time to play catch-up.
“There are crucial issues that need to be prioritized in the proposed
2014 town budget”, Sullivan told selectmen, referring to this year’s
proposal being the victim of “the perfect storm.” Several elements
are converging, at this point. However, this most likely will result in
major increases in portions of next year’s town budget.
The largest increase to which Sullivan referred is the 41 percent
proposed rise in capital improvements, a portion of the budget which
is slated for a 41 percent ($361,000) hike over 2013 and will be
presented to voters through special warrant articles. There are more
capital improvement proposals on the town side this year than on the
school district side,” Sullivan explained.
The operating budget for next year, which is facing several statutory
increases, over which local town ofﬁcials have no control, is currently
set to increase by about 4.6 percent from 2013. As of mid-
November, the 2014 town operating budget showed an increase
of $618,465 over the current year’s appropriations. The main
reasons for the increase include a hike in the mandatory amount
to be contributed to the state retirement program for municipal
employees, 53 weeks of payroll in 2014, the revaluation of all
properties in Windham (required every ﬁve years), a proposed 2.5
percent salary increase for non-union town employees, the
hiring of an additional employee for the police department,
higher health insurance costs, making a part-time employee
in the community development department full-time, and
moving a part-time employee at the Nesmith Library to full-
time status. Sullivan said that 85 percent of the proposed
increases in the operating budget are mandatory.
Lastly, there are two ratiﬁed union contract agreements
to be brought forth to voters next March (ﬁre and municipal
employees), as well as a tentative agreement with the
police union. “I wholeheartedly support all three of these
contracts,” Sullivan commented.
Selectmen will be meeting on a weekly basis for the next
month or so, ﬁne-tuning the proposed 2014 town budget,
and conferring with department heads in the process.
These public meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the
Community Development Building, adjacent to Town Hall.
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The girls of Windham daisy troop 13932 are doing
something special this holiday season. They are caring for
our senior citizens by helping the non-proﬁt organization
Stockings for Seniors. Stockings for Seniors serve those
who are 60-plus years of age, who have little to no support
in their home and community. Since 2011, they have
provided Christmas stockings ﬁlled with gift items to over
375 seniors. The girls are looking to help by collecting items
that are in need. Some of the items that they are asking
for are: books, puzzles, old movies, picture frames, hats
and gloves, crossword puzzles and Sudoku books, sugar
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by Barbara O’Brien
The ﬁnal chapter of Windham’s now infamous
skateboard park seems to have ﬁnally been concluded.
The town-owned facility, located in Windham’s Grifﬁn
Park, survived nearly a decade of use and abuse, but
was subsequently shut down for good over a year ago.
Following its closure, town ofﬁcials tried repeatedly to sell
off the equipment, but interested parties were few and the
money they were offering was scant.
The Town of Salem eventually bought three pieces of the
equipment, netting Windham’s coffers a few dollars, but
no other monetary offers were forthcoming. Finally, earlier
this month, a Pelham business owner offered to take the
remaining equipment and the chain link fence surrounding
the skateboard park at no cost to the town. No other bids
were received, Town Administrator David Sullivan told
Feeling they had run out of options and wanting the area
to be cleaned up before winter sets in, selectmen approved
the deal by a vote of 3 to 0. Voting in favor of allowing
the Pelham business owner to remove all remaining
materials were Chairman Phil LoChiatto, Selectmen Roger
Hohenberger and Al Letizio, Jr. Vice-Chairman Kathleen
DiFruscia and Ross McLeod did not attend the meeting
when the vote was taken.
The skateboard park was to have been completely
cleared away no later than Wednesday, November 27.
Skateboard Park Saga Finally Finished
by Barbara O’Brien
Despite a request from the members of the Windham Planning
Board, selectmen have decided not to go forward with an outside
audit of impact fees collected through the Community Development
Department during the past several years.
Town ofﬁcials discovered this past summer that certain impact
fees had not been collected at all, while others might have been
over-assessed. Impact fees are assessed on new residential
development to help offset the cost of schools and public safety
services resulting from the development. Impact fees are also
supposed to be assessed on seasonal housing that is converted to
A few weeks ago, Community Development Director Laura Scott
admitted that mistakes had been made in the collection process;
stating that those errors were the result of not fully understanding
the State Statute pertaining to impact fees. Approximately $17,000
was not collected in public safety impact fees. The amount of
school impact fees not collected has not yet been determined.
Selectmen discussed the issue, again, during their November 25
meeting. Not only had selectmen received correspondence from
planning board representatives, but had also been encouraged
by some residents to conduct an external audit of the impact fee
ﬁasco. After considering the issue further, however, the consensus
of selectmen was that it would not be a good use of taxpayer dollars
to spend them on an outside audit.
According to town ofﬁcials, the estimated cost of the outside
audit could run between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on the
depth of the investigation. The going price was said to hover around
$100 per hour.
“There would be no reason to shy away from an outside audit,”
Town Administrator David Sullivan said. “All the information is
public anyway. The only thing that is key is human error,” he said.
Sullivan said his only regret is that the in-house investigation into
the situation wasn’t conducted a year ago. Sullivan said town
ofﬁcials have been “very transparent” from the very beginning of the
in-house investigation. Conducting the in-house investigation were
Sullivan, Finance Director Dana Call and Community Development
Director Laura Scott. Sullivan acknowledged that an outside
audit would likely serve to improve the faith of the public in staff
members, but would not be ﬁscally prudent.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he feels the administration
(Sullivan and Call) has done its job in getting to the bottom of
the problem and now has “a good template” moving forward.
Selectman Al Letizio, Jr. also agreed that spending money on
an outside audit wouldn’t be a prudent choice and said he felt
comfortable with the process going forward. Selectman Ross
McLeod said spending $20,000 when there was no chance of
Selectmen Decide Not to Audit
Impact Fee Mistakes
recovering any of the lost money would be
foolish. However, McLeod emphasized, he is
displeased that the problem involving impact
fees “fell through the cracks” of the Community
Development Department in the ﬁrst place.
McLeod did comment, however, that he has faith
in the abilities of Sullivan and Call in resolving the
problem in-house. Chairman Phil LoChiatto said
he has “full trust” in the town’s administrators and
doesn’t believe any mistakes were intentional. “I
feel a very thorough job (of investigating the errors)
is being done already,” LoChiatto said.
Sullivan said an investigation of any problems
related to the collection of school impact fees
would likely begin in January, after the conclusion
of 2014 budget preparations. School board
members have already expressed concern over any
possible mistakes in the collection process and
have made it clear that they want answers.
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• An increase in secretarial hours at Windham Middle School
• A business education teacher at Windham High School
• A cable television production coordinator/teacher at Windham High School
• A half-time student transition coordinator (Special Education) at Windham High School.
According to Superintendent Winfried Feneberg, the proposed teaching positions are
budgeted at a bachelor’s degree (Step 2) level, except for the special education and guidance
counselor jobs, which are budgeted at a master’s degree level.
“How many of these positions are really needed?” school board member Dennis Senibaldi
wanted to know. “I don’t think we need 14 (new or expanded positions),” Senibaldi said. “It’s
excessive. It’s way over the top.” “We all need to work as a team to come up with a budget,”
school board Vice-Chairman Stephanie Wimmer cautioned. “I want something that will pass,”
Senibaldi continued. “A $1.3 million increase won’t pass voters,” he said. “I prefer teachers
over other staff or administrators,” he stated.
School board members will continue to work on the proposed school operating budget for
next year at their next meeting on Tuesday, December 3. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and
will be held in the Community Development Building next to Town Hall. Public comment is
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Joseph “Joe” Culleton,80, of Lakeland, FL, formerly
of Windham, died unexpectedly on November 6, 2013,
following a brief illness.
Toe was born in West Roxbury, MA and graduated from
Boston Trade School. Joe and his wife, Barbara, moved
to Windham in 1959 with their three daughters. Barbara
was the secretary at the Windham Center School, then the
Middle School, for 26 years. Joe was involved in town
politics serving on both the Planning Board and Board of
Selectmen for many years. Joe and Barbara retired and
moved to Lakeland in 1996.
Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Donna
(Culleton) Bagley of Houston, TX, and her two sons Adam
and Michael, Greely (Culleton) Drew of Manchester and
her husband Bob and their son Rob, and Kerry (Culleton) Zelonis of Pelham and her
husband Tim and their son Bret Culleton.
Those who knew Joe knew him for telling jokes, his love of golf, and of course his
outstanding cooking skills. Joe and Barbara would often have friends over for big
dinners and in recent years, Joe would organize theme nights at the clubhouse in the
community where he and Barbara resided in Lakeland. He was also very thoughtful
and generous and would deliver food to friends who were sick or going through their
own tough time. He will be dearly missed.
There was a private service in Florida following a cremation. For on-line
condolences, please visit gentrymorrison.typepad.com/obituaries/2013/11/joe-culleton.
Joseph ‘Joe’ Culleton
Charles W. “Charlie” Hobbs, Jr., 86, of Pelham, died
November 18, 2013, at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson,
with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved
husband of the late Charlotte M. “Carla” (Koehler) Hobbs
who died February 22, 2002.
Born in Nashua, November 20, 1926, the son of the late
Charles W. Hobbs, Sr. and the late Ruby (Guild) Hobbs, he
was raised in Pelham at the “Hobbs House” which is now
known as the Pelham Senior Citizens Center and received
his education at Pelham Grammar School and Lowell (MA)
A veteran of World War II, Charlie proudly served his
country in the U.S. Navy as a Motor Machinist’s Mate
Second Class and was awarded the World War II Victory
Medal, the American Area Ribbon, the Asiatic Paciﬁc Area
Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Before retiring, Mr. Hobbs was employed as a Rural Mail
Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the Town of Pelham.
He also retired as a Volunteer Fireﬁghter with the Town of
Pelham. In addition to his regular employment, he was
known to be a talented carpenter and remodeler.
Among his many activities, Charlie was a life member
of the Pelham Senior Center, a member of the American
Legion Post 100 in Pelham, a member of the U.S. Rural
Letter Carrier Association and AARP.
He was a member of the First
Congregational Church in Pelham.
Mr. Hobbs is survived by a
daughter, Carla Bordeleau and her
husband Robert of Clermont, FL; two
sons, Charles W. “Chucka” Hobbs
III and his wife Brenda and Robert
G. Hobbs and his wife Cynthia all
of Pelham; seven grandchildren; 18
great-grandchildren; a great-great-
granddaughter; a sister, Harriett
LaBelle of Butler, WI; and many
nieces and nephews.
He was also brother of the late Florence Roberts and the
late Frances Gilbride.
Funeral service took place November 22 at the Pelham
Funeral Home with the Reverend Bill Ferguson of the First
Congregational Church in Pelham ofﬁciating. Burial in the
Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to
the Pelham Council on Aging, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham, NH
Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell,
Jr. and John W. Crane. E-condolences at www.
Charles W. ‘Charlie’ Hobbs, Jr.
submitted by Al Letizio, Jr.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental
Services (NHDES) accumulates and categorizes key
water supply data for all of New Hampshire. Here are
some of those water facts for the Town of Windham.
Windham has about 1,400 private wells and about
68 public water systems. In Windham, NHDES
has records of elevated contaminants in numerous
private and public water supply systems; including
arsenic (about one in ﬁve wells in NH has an arsenic
level of greater than 0.010 milligrams per liter per
NHDES). While some contamination is naturally
occurring, other contamination is the result of the
salting of roads, blasting, gasoline spill(s), backwash
from water softeners and from septic systems. Since
1984, approximately 20 percent of the wells in a DES
study area (Windham included) have been deepened,
fractured or replaced.
The WEDC has asked the Board of Selectmen to
support placement of a warrant article on the next
ballot to support a study on bringing municipal water
to Windham and thinks the time is now to start the
The Windham Economic Development Committee
– Keeping you informed and remaining 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/
Department of Environmental Services
Identifes Windham Water Issues
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The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem will host its Winter Sports
Swap. The swap will be held on Friday, December 13 from 6:30-
8 p.m. and Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m.–noon at the Club
on 3 Geremonty Drive. The Club is accepting donations now thru
December 13 of all “previously enjoyed” or new sporting goods for
all seasons. All donations can be dropped off at the Club, Monday
through Friday, between 1 and 8 p.m.
The idea of the swap is to get sports equipment that isn’t being
used into the hands of children who will use the equipment.
Children attending the swap can come in and pick up any
equipment they may need and the cost is free. We usually have
cleats, skates, bats, basketballs, lacrosse equipment, batting helmets,
skateboards, shin pads, shoulder pads and more! Ideally, people
will trade in equipment they no longer use or outgrew and continue
to donate it back. This cycle will allow this event to continue.
Cash donations are also optional, with 100 percent coming back
to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Thank you for your continued support and for giving children
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“Thumbs up. Thank you
Coach Chris for a great fall
sports season. You kept our
teams organized and still
made it exciting and possible
for the kids and parents to
show our true Pelham pride.
Looking forward to the spring
sports season, good luck to
everyone out there playing a
winter sport. Stay warm.”
“Thumbs up to Chris
Mater. Thank you to all of
your efforts for the Pelham
ice rink. We are sad there’s no rink this year,
but we look forward to having it back again
next year. Thank you for all that you do for the
“Thumbs down to Gleason on contractual
obligations. I usually 2 to 2.5%. This is not
true. Others have only gotten 3% in the
last ﬁve years. So hide more money in your
hideaway account, Ed.”
“Thumbs down to PMS Cheerleading
tryouts. Three Razorback coaches judging
at these tryouts! Is anyone surprised all the
Razorback girls made it and only 1 or 2 non-
Razorback Cheerleaders made the team? This
was not a fair tryout! Shame on PMS to allow
this to happen.”
“Thumbs up to D.C. Gilbert for his well
written Op/Ed ‘In My Opinion’ piece from
Nov. 15th. I totally agree with him that it is
time to ‘Wake Up America.’ We must vote
for candidates who promote the Constitution.
America is becoming a Socialist nation, and
the majority does not seem
to care. I wish Mr. Gilbert
would run for ofﬁce. We
need him talking sense in
Concord or Washington.”
“Thumbs down to all
the individuals in charge
of hiring for businesses in
New Hampshire. It’s bad
enough that you discriminate
because people don’t possess
some made up college
degree. Then you all claim it
is due to inexperience, which
is because you aren’t willing
to give anyone a fair chance.
Now the biggest joke being
reported in the news is due
to a superﬁcial reason. How
shallow is it to discriminate
against applicants due to the
color of their clothing? It’s
one thing to turn them away
for derogatory content, if
applicable, but a mere color?
Talk about pathetic!”
“Thumbs up to the
Windham School District
teachers. Our town voted
down a contract last year that
would have cost the average
homeowner $1.20 a month
- less than a cheap cup of
coffee. My family will be there for you March.
I will bring as many friends as I can. Make a
difference and show your teachers we value
“Thumbs up to my amazing husband who
celebrates his 40th birthday this November!
You are the love of my life and I’m lucky to
have spent 18 years out of the 40 with you.
Your hard work and dedication to our family
never goes unnoticed. Shepley, Tia and I
hope you have a great Birthday and know
how much you are appreciated and loved.
“Thumbs down. Why can’t we create a
government debit care that only accepts
certain items? These items could have a
it in their
cart. Add an
extra space to
the bar code
that gives the
approval. Now if you could automatically
forward the ﬁnal receipt to a center that
its case worker has access to then those
tax dollars would be supervised. I think
manufacturers could pull this off and help
America be more efﬁcient.”
“Thumbs down. Is this the way the second
round about is going to be left for the winter?
The new pavement doesn’t help.”
“Thumbs up to the VFW and the Scouts for
honoring ‘Old Glory’ and retiring the ﬂag with
“Thumbs up to this cold weather!
Snowboarding is just around the corner! Can
hardly wait to hit the slopes!”
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Few teams could stop him from scoring in the fall of 2012.
Even fewer teams were able to keep him out of the scoring
column in the autumn of the ensuing year. And despite Pelham
missing the playoffs this past year, he almost single handedly
carried his team to the post season promised land. His soccer
coach Matt Miller says of him; “he’s one of the most creative
players I’ve seen in any sport. He never gave up in any situation
and always found a way to get a good shot off for himself or a
After exploding onto the scoring scene in his junior season
with a school record of 22 goals, he followed that showing with
a brilliant encore. With his slightly eccentric, yet iconic hot pink
coiffure displaying his support for Cancer Awareness in October,
Harley Kearney torched soccer keepers across the Division III
In a season where the Pelham scorebook looked more like the
Kearney chronicles, he netted an astounding 29 goals in a 16
game season (averaging a jaw-dropping 1.81 goals per game) to
shatter his own single season mark. And when his soccer playing
days for PHS ended this past October, Kearney ﬁnished his career
with 63 varsity goals; inarguably the most proliﬁc soccer goal
scorer in Python history.
Kearney moved to Pelham from New Jersey in the ﬁrst grade
and says he’s been playing soccer ever since he can remember.
He recalls playing soccer for Pelham Memorial and with the
Dragons in the town league as well as “hopping around” with
various travel teams in Hudson and Nashua.
With respect to inﬂuential roles along the way, Kearney
noted; “my dad always pushed me to soccer and it was the
thing I was good at so I stuck with it.” Although his father
played soccer collegiately, it was interestingly at the position of
goalie and not as a striker; a position Kearney played, setting the
scoring standard for years to come.
Soccer was deﬁnitely in the family genes as Zack Kearney,
Harley’s brother and a 2006 PHS graduate, also played the
striker position for the Pythons; “I loved watching him play,”
recalled the younger sibling. “The combination of knowledge
from my brother being a striker and Dad being a goalie was
very helpful,” offered the Python 3-sport athlete who also was
an integral part of the lacrosse team that made a championship
run last season as well as wore the jersey as the place kicker for
the PHS football team this past season.
Some athletes, regardless of the sport, simply have a scoring-
knack, the proverbial ‘nose for the ball.’ In Kearney’s case, it
was the creative and adept use of his feet and head that made
him such a proﬁcient offensive threat. As such, he innately
took on the role of team leader, stating modestly; “we needed
someone who could ﬁnish the ball and it turned out to be
Regarding the ball he received for scoring the record
breaker, Kearney intimated it’s just sitting around the house;
“it’s just another ball that I scored another goal with,” he
offered matter-of-factly. However, displayed in a trophy case
in his home is a soccer ball, signed by all of his teammates.
It’s there, he noted, “because that’s more important to me.”
Looking forward, Kearney expressed a desire to play at the
next level, setting the stage to follow in his father’s soccer
footsteps. He has shown an interest in both Keene State and
Springﬁeld College (MA). The Springﬁeld program, he offered,
“has a nice family feel. They are not just a bunch of stars
kicking it by themselves.” Though undecided where he will
attend, his scoring prowess should be a welcomed addition
to any offensive arsenal; “I’m talking to a couple of coaches,”
offered Pelham’s number 12, adding; “I have to ﬁnd the right
place for me.”
Kearney Strikes it Big for Pythons
A commemorative ball showing Kearney’s single season and career goal scoring
records is displayed in the trophy showcase at Pelham High.
Harley Kearney possessed a scoring fair as well as sported a vibrant
Mohawk trademark while playing for Pelham.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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Monday, November 18: 3:33 a.m. Medical aid, Arlene Drive. 3:41
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Pythons Bounced by Bow
Chris Benjamin battles for some tough yardage
by Mike Bourk
Pelham started the 2013 season with an upset victory over Bow,
shutting them out 7-0. That was then. Queue an avenging Falcon
team against an injury riddled Pelham team and a different outcome
was inevitable as Bow won the Division III South championship 18-
The Pythons were already without fullback Nick Johnson. Chris
Medeiros, who had over 1,000 yards rushing this season, missed the
last game with back spasms. Medeiros tried to give it a go but it was
not in the cards. Brad Kamal returned to action but did not quite
seem to be at the same level he showed last month.
Neither team scored in the ﬁrst quarter. Zack Maseillo and
Mahmoud Bagegni each had tackles for losses on key 3rd down
plays keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard. Early in the second
quarter Pelham senior quarterback Joe Slattery went down with
a knee injury and spent the remainder of the game on crutches.
Slattery was replaced by junior Bryce Brown. Chris Benjamin took
a Brown pass 26 yards for the ﬁrst score of the game. The lead was
short lived. Bow’s Alex Reitze took the ensuing kick-off 65 yards to
knot the game at 6. Pelham had their chances in the second quarter.
Bow’s Sean Stewart picked off a Brown pass to end one drive. Bow
runners fumbled twice in the quarter (seven times in the game) and
Pelham defenders just couldn’t come up with the football.
In the third quarter Bow drove the ball 60 yards deep into Python
territory. The Falcons tried to convert on a 4th and 1 but Pelham’s
Dylan Ragonese caused and recovered the fumble to end the threat.
With two minutes left in the third quarter and the score still 6-6 Zack
Conway recovered a fumble on the Bow 42 giving Pelham excellent
ﬁeld position. As the fourth quarter started Pelham drove to the
Bow 10 yard line where the Falcons’ Matt Ehrenberg intercepted a
pass to stop the drive. Operating from their own 7 yard line Bow’s
Ehrenberg broke through the line of scrimmage and streaked down
the sidelines for a 93 yard touchdown run.
Ragonese recovered another fumble midway through the fourth
quarter but the Pelham offense just could not get on track. In
addition to the aforementioned players seniors Tom Gleason and
Tyler Kosik had great games on both sides of the ball. Bow’s
Ehrenberg scored a late touchdown making the ﬁnal score 18-6.
Pelham’s Coach Clark talked about the Bow defense afterwards
“They play a tough, well disciplined defense. We just couldn’t get
our offense going.” Clark continues, “We have a lot of very young
players who are going to be good next year and people got to see
a lot of them play today because we were so beat up. Bow is a
fantastic team; I would be shocked if they do win the whole thing.”
While the players were understandably, disheartened by the loss
Coach Clark put things into perspective as he spoke to his players
“Don’t judge our season by one game, we’ve had a great season.
We’ve made terriﬁc progress with our program overall.”
Pythons win regular season ﬁnale against Farmington-Nute
Zack Conway caught 3 touchdown passes from Joe Slattery
leading Pelham to a 44-34 victory over Farmington-Nute. Tyler
Kosik, Mahmoud Bagegni , and Tommy Gleason were standouts on
defense. Gleason also scored a rushing touchdown as did Dylan
Ragonese. Slattery picked off a Tiger pass taking it 65 yards for
a touchdown. The Pythons didn’t miss a beat with kicker Harley
Kearney playing in the state soccer tournament as Chris Benjamin,
Dylan Ragonese, and Bryce Brown ran in the two point conversions
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Pelham’s Brad Kamal
Zack Conway turns corner
Pelham’s Dylan Ragonese
Editors Note: Due to a computer error, we at Area News Group would like to
apologize for not printing the following story on Pythons vs. Bow. Good job team!
submitted by Dan Pascarella
The weekend was full of excitement as 25
Teams battled through the season in three tables
to gain access into the 2013 State Championship
Tournament that took place at Rock Rimmon
Field in Manchester on Saturday and Pembroke
on Sunday. Six teams advanced to the playoffs
and with Windham having an undefeated regular
season were awarded a Bye in the ﬁrst round.
The ﬁrst game was against Hopkinton who
had earlier taken care of Nashua World Cup by
a score of 4-1. This game was a nail-biter from
the start with Windham going on top 1-0 on a
brilliant strike from Matt Taylor in the ﬁrst half.
The Defense anchored by Drew Curtis, John
Kane, Matthew Kearney, Connor Lynch, Ryan
Pascarella and John Tommasi was excellent.
Windham led the league in Goals against this
year; allowing a mere ﬁve shots to ﬁnd the back
of the net. In the Second half with the majority of
time remaining, Windham was shown a Red Card
and forced to play a man down for the remainder
of the game. Hopkinton took advantage quickly
and scored the equalizer. Windham was
resilient and continued to push forward even
down a player and just missed a few excellent
opportunities late in the game. They headed
into overtime with two 10 minute extra sessions.
The midﬁeld was determined and stuck to sound
fundamentals to maintain the advantage in ball
possession. Very late in Overtime and the boys
running ragged from playing a man down for so
long with the great work of Charlie Breen, Owen
Larouco, Aiden Strang and Thomas Glatz was
paying off. With less than three minutes to go the
tireless work of Teddy Shpak, Max Cavallaro and
Aiden Ross resulted in a goal to put Windham
ahead for good. The
continual pressure by
the forwards led to a
hard fought shot by
Aidan Ross ﬁnding
the back of the net.
the pressure in the
and Keeper Ryan
Pascarella was more
than up to the task.
On to the Champion-
A late Sunday
the scene for the
Game versus an
came out quickly and
off the foot of Charlie
Breen to take a 1-0 lead. Anchored by excellent
defense again, as well as some great saves from
Aiden Ross; Windham controlled the game early
on. A penalty kick was awarded to Windham
and they took advantage with Ryan Pascarella
ﬁnding the side netting to extend the lead to
2-0. Portsmouth did come through with a score
off the inside post to make the game 2-1 at the
half. The Second half saw Windham extend the
lead with goals from Owen Larouco and Teddy
Shpak. Forwards Max Cavallaro, Aiden Strang
and Thomas Glatz were key in controlling the
play and keeping Portsmouth on their heels in the
defensive end. Late in the game, Portsmouth kept
the pressure on with a goal. Sound goaltending
from Ryan Pascarella and stiﬂing defense from
John Kane, Drew Curtis, John Tommasi and Matt
Kearney slammed the door shut on a Portsmouth
comeback. Windham came out with a 4-2
Championship win to become State Champions.
The Team would not have been in this position
without the contributions of Jake Rust who was
unable to play in the Championship Weekend.
The resiliency and determination of this team
left an excellent impression on Coaches Dan
Pascarella, Scott Rust and Jay Cavallaro. The Team
would not have been as successful without the
work of Professional Trainer Rob Hadﬁeld from
England. Winning this championship allowed
the boys to give Rob a shiny medal to take with
him as a going away gift. He now heads back to
his home in England for the Winter. These boys
worked hard all season long and play the game
the right way. Congratulations Windham U12
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Python swimmers are gearing up for the 2013-
2014 season with aspirations of building on the
previous year’s success. Last year’s season ended
on a bright note for the Pythons with Brandon
Hannon being the ﬁrst male to qualify and place
in the State meet. This year the pressure will be
on the boys to continue this trend. Coach John
Duffy will be pushing the boys hard but has a
bigger objective to have some girls qualify for
States. With three seniors moving on, “I have a
solid complement of swimmers and the program
has attracted some new prospects,” said Duffy. In
his fourth year at the helm of the Pythons, Duffy
also offered; “we have several incoming freshman
jumping in the pool for the ﬁrst time and some
newcomers joining the team. Each year it is a
continued progression for every swimmer. We
build on the success and training of the previous
season and try to reach new goals; both personal
and team goals.”
This season, Duffy has his sights set on
returning swimmers Valerie Tocco and Katie Parks,
who both performed well in the women’s 100
breaststroke last year. They also made steady
progression in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Both
have been working hard in the off season in their
respective training programs and the Python
coach is anticipating great results from this
training. Returning swimmers Emily Lamport,
Mandy Tobin, Heather Snide and Taylor Nottebart
will have the coach focusing on them in the
freestyle and backstroke.
Freshman swimmer Olivia Parks is joining the
team with some strong age group swimming
experience. “I’m happy to have Olivia on the
team. She is a very strong swimmer and I’m
conﬁdent she will push the other swimmers in
practice,” expressed Duffy.
Abby Gagnon and Mary Nelson are new
swimmers to the team. Accordingly, Duffy
expressed; “As with all new swimmers, I will work
with them on technique and develop their swim
stroke. My biggest thing is getting swimmers
conﬁdent in their swimming abilities. Abby and
Mary will be an important addition to the team.”
On the men’s side, Zach Johnson will be
a returning senior. “Zach has been a solid
contributor to the team since his freshman year,”
indicated Duffy. “He anchors the medley relay
with his backstroke and competes very strong
in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Zach is also a very
versatile swimmer. I can place him in the 200 IM,
200 Free or 500 Free. Zach is always willing to
take on a new challenge.”
Jared Hannon has some big
shoes to ﬁll chasing after big
brother’s accomplishments. Jared
will be the butterﬂy leg of the
medley relay and will compete
strongly in the 50 and 100
freestyle. Coach Duffy would
also like to see Jared develop
some versatility in his events by
swimming the 200 IM and 100
Returning swimmers Brandon
Lynch, Matt Lamport, Glenn
Leuteritz and Jay Fenderlander
will be fun to watch as the season
progresses. Brandon and Matt
ﬁnished strong in the freestyle
last year and we’ll work on
developing other strokes with
them both. According to Duffy,
“Jay and Glenn have both invested
during the off-season with their
respective training programs and
I’m hopeful they will push the
other swimmers in practice.”
Colin Grosman, Brenton Ferullo, Brett Young
and Will Campbell are newcomers on the men’s
side. Colin comes to Pelham from Texas where
he swam. Brenton, Brett and Will are ﬁrst-time
competitive swimmers and as with all new
competitive swimmers Duffy will help with their
stroke development and training in the pool.
“It’s a new year with new opportunities. I
tell the kids each year they will get out of this
sport what they put into it,” relected Duffy,
adding; “doing something new for the ﬁrst
time is a challenge, especially with swimming.
Maintaining a positive mindset, trusting in your
own abilities and believing in the coaching will
show in the results during meets”.
The Pelham Swim Team is a club program in its
ﬁfth season and trains at the Workout Club and
Wellness Center. Anyone interested in joining
or helping out with the team should reach out to
Coach Duffy. His contact information is on the
PHS website under athletics.
Returning swimmer Katie Parks in the 100 Breaststroke
submitted by Andy Vanti
The Razorbacks traveled to Laconia High School early on Sunday
morning to face a former state championship team, the Londonderry
Wildcats, and emerged victorious with a ﬁnal score of 22-0. After
electing to receive the ball, Razorback punt return specialist Matt
Crowley took it 25 yards down the ﬁeld. Then, an impressive run
by cornerback Derek Crowley set up the Pigs at the 10-yard line.
A false start penalty put them back, but that didn’t stop QB Pat
Madden from scoring the ﬁrst points of the game with his trademark
QB keeper. Madden’s ﬁeld goal attempt was perfect and the score
settled in at 8-0.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats got a taste of bacon when they faced
a lean and mean defensive unit that has been a brick wall for its
opponents all season. Defensive powerhouses Kyle Baker, Evan
Haskins and Ben Plumley broke up Londonderry’s offensive attempts
all morning long, with Matt Jozokos, Matt Frechette and Nick Carroll
providing key tackles.
The ball exchanged hands
several times resulting in no
further score through halftime.
A beautifully completed pass by
QB Drew Brown to Tight End
Neil Rae got the audience on
their feet brieﬂy, but the Pigs
couldn’t convert. The Razorback
defense continued to dominate,
with tackles by Bubbles
Ouellette, Bubba Champagne,
Colby Travis, Riley Bassett and
a TD-saving stop by Derek
Crowley, which marked the end
of the second quarter.
To start the third quarter, Tight
End Kyle Baker hit the Wildcats
QB hard with two yardage-
seeping sacks, and they turned
the ball over on downs at their
own 30-yard line. Several nice
runs set up the Razorbacks with
a ﬁrst-and-goal situation, and
a QB sneak by Drew Brown
convinced everyone but the refs
that the end zone was breached. No matter-a quick handoff from
QB Ian Hoey to Fullback Ben Plumley behind the offensive line
of Nick Branco, Ben Rodrigue, Collin Gosselin, Neil Rae, Michael
Terrazano and Zack Letendre fooled the Wildcats, and the Pigs
increased their score to 16-0.
The ﬁnal quarter saw a fumble recovery by Linebacker Ben
Plumley, and some great defensive stops by Jonathan Kamal, Jeremy
Farris, Matt Muise and Eddie Shlimon to keep Londonderry scoreless,
while on offense Fullback Plumley took a handoff and went with it,
sailing 38 yards down the ﬁeld at breakneck pace to add another 6
points on the scoreboard. The rest, as they say, is history. For the
undefeated sixth-graders who have been to the big game twice in
the last two years, the third one was truly the charm as they ﬁnally
earned the title of state champions and took home the big trophy.
Great job, boys!
Te championship team of sixth-grade Razorbacks
Front row, from left: Max Cavallaro, Drew Curtis, Matthew Kearney, Owen Larouco,
Tomas Glatz and John Kane Back row: Coach Jay Cavallaro, John Tommasi,
Teddy Shpak, Aidan Ross, Ryan Pascarella, Coach Rob Hadfeld, Charlie Breen,
Aidan Strang, Matt Taylor and Coach Dan Pascarella
Windham U12 Boys Soccer Wins
the State Championship
Sixth Grade Pelham Razorbacks Shut Out Londonderry in Championship Game
Python Swimmers Set to Make Waves
16 - November 29, 2013
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optimism has re-emerged. Much of the bright, immediate future
can be attributed to the expectations of both the boys’ and girls’
basketball programs. On the ice, the Wolfpack has a new coach
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the wrestling team once again will enter their season with limited
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Coach Matt Regan’s boys’ basketball squad. In his ﬁfth year at the
helm of Python hoops, Regan shares rejuvenated enthusiasm with
many Pelham supporters; “I think we’re playing, hopefully, for a
championship this year.” As the founder of ‘Next Level Basketball
Academy’, which is a youth developmental program, Regan hopes to
produce future dividends that will help continue this year’s optimism
on the high school scene; “As a group, I believe we have a chance to
compete for everything.”
Inarguably, Pelham enters the pre-season as one of the top ﬁve
teams in Division II; sharing the limelight with four other teams.
Among them are the nearby Jaguars which Regan acknowledges
as a solid threat; “this is as good of a team as they’ve had.” The
Pythons also face stiff competition
in ultimately raising a banner in
the Snake Pit from 2013 state
champs Pembroke, as well as 2012
champion Portsmouth. Pelham
opens up their season against the
Clippers of Portsmouth and then
goes head-to-head against last year’s
best team in the third game of the
With respect to the X’s and O’s
on Regan’s whiteboard, he offered;
“defensively, we’ll be mixing some
things up, but will be predominantly
man-to-man full court.” Regarding
his interior defense, Regan added;
“we’re deﬁnitely taller than we have
been in the past, but not too much.”
Much of that height is attributed to
junior Ryan Cloutier who missed
most of last season on the shelf.
“He’s deﬁnitely a game changer in
terms of blocking shots,” exclaimed
the Python coach, in his 12th year
overall with the Pelham program.
The offensive scheme will feature
four prominent players, a versatility
that Regan and his Snakes will
certainly cherish; “we have four
guys that can really score. We
have a lot of guys that can shoot
but can also get to the basket.” The
aforementioned versatile Pythons
are seniors Jake Vaiknoras and Ryan
Frank, along with Cloutier, and
sophomore sensation, Keith Brown.
“I think we’re a lot more diverse,”
noted Regan, adding; “we do have other options and teams will
have trouble eying in on Brown and Vaiknoras.” Admittedly, Regan
says the Python offense will reﬂect a ‘point guard by committee’
approach, but the prospective addition of freshman Kyle Frank will
add to Pelham’s depth and continuity.
Elsewhere on the hardwood, Coach Bob Sheppard lost an integral
part of his 2012-2013 playoff team to graduation in May; most
notably, Becca DeBaldo who is currently suited up for the Raiders
of Rivier University in Nashua. The Lady Pythons will also be
hampered by sharp shooting guard Hannah Paitchel’s decision to
not return to the court as she
concentrates on her diamond
skills with a collegiate softball
stint on the horizon. “That’ a
big loss for us,” noted Coach
Shepard of Paithchel’s hanging
up the high tops for the cleats.
Shepard fend off such
losses will be a returning
core of players in juniors
Katelyn Surprenant and
Lauren Anderson to go
along with senior Jordan
Pelham will receive
some incoming help
from promising freshmen
Lilly Schlimon and Abby
Joncas. According to
Shepard, Schlimon is a
“natural scorer and has
a nose for the basket,”
while adding about
Joncas; “she is a tenacious
rebounder; she impresses
me with that.” Upon
losing some interior height
and physicality, Shepard
sees his team forced into
playing pressure defense
along with an even more
up-tempo offense than last
year; “we’ll need to speed
the ball up the court all the
time,” assessed the Python
The combined forces of
Windham and Pelham hockey
players that comprise the
Wolfpack have a new head
coach behind the bench this
season. Jerry Manchester
replaces last year’s head of
the Pack, Dan Molinari. Like
his predecessor, Manchester
brings to the table valuable
hockey experience, having held
assistant coach positions at
Amesbury and North Andover
H.S. (Massachusetts), as well
as most recently with WP, last
season. As well, he played
I hockey while attending
The Pack is returning its top
two scorers from a year ago
as Dustin Lubinger (Pelham -
12G, 10A) and Porter Carelli
(Windham – 10G, 12A)
head-man a potentially lethal
offensive attack. Manchester
is expecting good things from
last year’s second line of
sophomores, Bryce Blanchard and Chad Desautels, as well as junior
John Monahan. “That line produced a lot of goals last year,” noted
the WP ﬁrst year head coach. The line combined for a total of 24
goals last year with Blanchard leading the way, having lit the red
lamp 11 times; “they moved the puck around pretty well,” added
Between the pipes, the Wolfpack are blessed with depth, headed
by senior goalie Mike Donovan and a junior transfer from Canada,
Jill Moffatt. In front of the cage, the Pack will be led by returning
seniors Nick Laurin and Connor Tierney.
Despite a deep roster at the D position,
Manchester acknowledges that overall
it is a young defense, as depicted by
sophomores Jack Crowley and Teddy
Piandes who logged a lot of minutes as
freshmen and will be expected to do the
same this season. Manchester is also
excited about forward Justin Miedico
who will lace it up for Pelham-Windham
after transferring from Central Catholic.
Elsewhere in the ‘new blood’ department,
Manchester alluded to the onslaught of
youth to hit the high school level; “there
are incoming freshmen I am hearing good
things about; a handful of kids to come in
With the loss of formidably-sized
players in Colin Begin, Nick Neary and
Artem Aristov, Manchester admits he
will have to use team speed and execute
on the power play as key ingredients
to a successful season. He expects a
large turnout for tryouts with numbers
exceeding 40 who will attempt to make
either the varsity or JV roster. He credits
the increase in numbers and talent, in
part, to a good feeder program from the
Windham middle school.
The Wolf Pack’s early season schedule
is ﬁlled with excitement, highlighted by a
special live performance of the National
Anthem by Rene Rancourt (of Boston
Bruins fame) at the home game against
Merrimack on Wednesday, January 15
at 8:20 p.m. Additionally, the Pack will
scrimmage against D-I Nashua North on
December 14 as well as return to the Salem Christmas Tournament
after last year’s holiday hiatus to UNH; “the kids are excited about
that,” exclaimed Manchester.
The Python wrestling team does have returning senior leadership
in the form of state champion Jared Boyden (113) and Tom Gleason
(182). However, the team still faces the recurring problem of ‘small
numbers’. Coach Bob Riddinger, again this season, will not have
the luxury of entering each meet with a full accompaniment of
wrestlers; “numbers are the issue,” acknowledged the Python coach
who has guided three Pythons (Boyden, Josh Medeiros and Warren
Greenhalgh) to state titles in the last two seasons. “We may have as
many as a dozen to hit the mats,” speculated Riddinger, “we’ll see
Riddinger attributes the lessening of wrestlers at the high school
level to a lack of continuity at the middle school level in recent
years. However, with son Mark now heading the program for
Pelham Memorial School, the stage is set for a feeder program that
will enhance Dad Riddinger’s efforts when the Tigers morph into
Pythons. “Mark is establishing continuity,” revealed the Python
coach, adding; “the wrestlers are coming up knowing a lot of what’s
expected of them.” Mark Riddinger, who is currently a senior at
UMass-Lowell, brings wrestling mentality to the mats as a former
wrestler in the Snake pit; having placed fourth in the state and sixth
at the Meet of Champions during his senior year.
Completing the Riddinger trifecta in the Pelham coaching ranks
is son, RJ, who at the high school level is an assistant coach and
helping in the continued development of a young group of freshmen
who have beneﬁtted from the middle school program. Included in
the frosh brigade are Zach Koch (120), Alex Becker (86) and Brandon
In addition to the young prospects, Bob Riddinger sang the
praises of his two seniors. “Both seniors are going to be knocking
it out this year. They’ve committed themselves the last three years.”
Speciﬁcally addressing Boyden’s season, he added; “Jared has a state
championship under his belt; he knows he’s there and he knows
what it’s going to take.” Addressing his other senior, Riddinger said
of Gleason; “Tommy, coming into this season has refocused. (He)
has a mind set to wrestle at a higher weight in hopes of beating his
opponents with speed.”
Other wrestlers expected to perform well are junior Matt Koch
and sophomore Jason Gleason. Riddinger acknowledged that Koch
showed many signs of improvement last year but intimated that he
probably didn’t reach his full potential. Regarding that, Riddinger
had an optimistic outlook for the elder Koch this year on the mats, “I
think it’s going to be a different story with him this year.” Regarding
the younger Gleason, Riddinger offered “he’s the type that can push
the other guys; he’ll probably out-work everybody in the room.”
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Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
Senior Python wrestler Jared Boyden (106) will be defending his 2013
state championship crown when he takes to the mats this winter.
Pelham’s Dustin Lubinger led the Wolfpack in goals last year with 12.