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The Heritage Baptist
performed the classic
Christmas story, Bethlehem’s
The spoken narration and
music ensembles provided
an experience, bringing the
audience into the time of
collaborated on this telling
of the Christmas story
from the vantage point
that God’s ways are not
typically our ways. The
upbeat musical performance
offered the congregation the
opportunity to travel back in
time so that they too could
participate in the birth of
followed the performance.
submitted by Eric
Cieszynski, Grade 7
The seventh grade class
of Saint Patrick’s School in
Pelham had a fundraiser
for the Alzheimer’s
Foundation of America
from Thanksgiving to
December 20. Each year,
Mrs. Stader’s seventh grade
class picks a charitable
cause to support with
a fundraiser around the
holidays. Several of the
students from the class
chose charities that were
important to them. They
presented speeches on
their charities to the class
explaining why they
wanted us to choose their
charity for our fundraiser.
After all the presentations
had been made, the class
voted and decided on this
year’s charity. We chose
the Alzheimer’s Foundation
because our classmate, Kylee
Jedraszek, lost her grandfather to this
terrible disease a few months ago.
As a group, we came up with a list of activities that we would do
in support of our fundraiser. We decided to sponsor a Spirit Day
were the Saint Patrick’s students could pay $1 to dress down on
December 6. We also decided to sell chocolate dipped candy canes
for $1 each after the Paraliturgy on December 12, as well as during
lunch on two days the following week. Some people even placed
bulk orders of the candy canes! This idea became so popular that
Mrs. Jedraszek scheduled two “dipping parties” at her house so that
the seventh grade students could set up an assembly line to unwrap,
dip, bag and bow the delicious candy canes. In addition, Andrew
Cavanaugh ordered coin collection cans online so we could place
them at businesses to add to the total money raised.
My involvement in the Remember Those Who Forget fundraiser
was very great. First off, I made several PA announcements to the
entire school concerning Spirit Day, the amount of money raised on
the Spirit Day and the total money collected during the fundraising.
Secondly, I donated $15
of my own money then I
asked each of my parents
if they would consider
matching it. They did,
so I was able to bring
in a donation of $45.
Additionally, I brought in
a coin collection can to
my baseball facility and
collected $10.58 over ﬁve
days. I also joined several
of my classmates dipping
candy canes on one of the
two “Dipping Days” at the
Jedraszek’s house. Lastly,
I was scheduled to sell
candy canes during the
preschool class’s lunch
period, but as it turned
out, they had all placed
pre-orders so I didn’t need
to sell any during their
This project showed
me that even seventh
graders can make a
difference by raising money to stop
this disease by doing simple things like
having a Dress Down Day or selling
candy canes at lunch. What I will remember most out of this whole
experience is when Kylee and I made the ﬁnal announcement on
Friday, December 20, stating the grand total of funds that we raised.
It was exciting to know that we could raise $1,555 in just under two
weeks. We were also lucky enough to have two anonymous people
from California decide to have a corporate matching challenge. As a
result, they matched our funds to give us a grand total of $3,058.08!
Overall, I think this exciting and fun fundraiser helped us all grow
as leaders to show that we can take charge and raise money to help
researchers perhaps ﬁnd a cure to Alzheimer’s some day!
Becky Coliandris has conﬁrmed she will be visiting the class on
Friday January 10 to congratulate the class and hear their stories
of success with fundraising. She is the Development Ofﬁcer for
Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter,
Bedford, NH. She will be bringing bracelets and other promotional
Heritage Baptist Church Performs
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Staff photo by Doug Robinson
Seventh Graders at St. Patrick School Raise
$1,555 for Annual Charity Project
“Remember Tose Who Forget”
From left are Junior High teacher, Mrs. Lynne Stader, with seventh grade
students Kelly McDermott, Sophia Lupoli and Kylee Jedraszek.
From left are seventh graders Elizabeth Burgess, Kylee Jedraszek and Andrew Cavanagh
Proposed for 2014
by Barbara O’Brien
One of the warrant articles to be put on Windham’s
2014 town ballot proposes that $100,000 be
designated for the revaluation of all property in the
State statute requires that a town-wide revaluation
be conducted every ﬁve years. The last time Windham
went through the process was in 2010. Although
the money is proposed for appropriation in 2014,
the revaluation would not be concluded until 2015;
allowing Windham to stay within the ﬁve-year
Windham’s Town Assessor, Rex Norman, said if the
town doesn’t comply with the timeframe, the State
of New Hampshire could hire a ﬁrm to do the job,
anyway; a situation which would most likely wind
up costing local taxpayers more money than if the
revaluation is handled locally. “We need to prepare
for what’s coming,” Norman said, while presenting the
proposed warrant article to selectmen.
According to Norman, the goal of the revaluation is
“to fairly and accurately assess all property.” Values
assessed for tax purposes need to be statistically in line
with market value, he explained. “Currently, Windham
is outside acceptable DRA (Department of Revenue
Administration) guidelines.” Norman told selectmen.
“This happens, typically, as a town gets farther away
from the last revaluation.”
by Lynne Ober
Although the trafﬁc issue in the center of Pelham will be
solved with the completion of construction, trafﬁc continues to
be an issue in Pelham, thanks to growth of the town.
Pelham’s Planning Director, Jeff Gowan, briefed selectmen
on the troubled intersections at Route 38 and Old Gage Hill
Road and Sherburne Road and Mammoth Road (Route 128).
At the brieﬁng, New Hampshire Department of Transportation
[NHDOT] staff were also present. Bill Lambert, Michelle
Marshall, Trent Zanes and Julie Chizmas from the Nashua
Regional Planning Commission all participated in the brieﬁng.
The issues at Old Gage Hill Road and Route 38 are line of
sight issues. While Old Gage Hill Road probably would not be
approved today because this intersection is just below the crest
of a hill and there is a small store close to this intersection on
the Route 38 portion. Restructuring the road to lower the hill,
lowering the speed limit, posting warning signs, clearing brush
or completely restructuring the intersection were options that
came from a brainstorming session.
At Sherburne Road and Mammoth Road, options continued
to revolve around using a roundabout, building trafﬁc islands,
installing trafﬁc lights and better signage.
NHDOT Highway Safety Engineer Michelle Marshall reviewed
concepts for the Route 38/Old Gage Hill Road intersection and
the Mammoth Road (Route 128)/Sherburne Road intersection,
explaining how road safety audits were conducted and what
they learned from the audits. Pelham selectmen had been
briefed on the use of roundabouts to alleviate trafﬁc at the
Sherburne Road and Mammoth Road intersection months ago.
Marshall commented that NHDOT had revised the road safety
auditing process. According to Marshall, the original audit was
developed into a report but not carried out into work orders. The
process has been changed to start with a road safety audit and
end up with a project. Marshall told the board that previous
road safety audits for Pelham fell into the category of having
reports, without associated projects. She stated she recently
submitted work orders to both the district and the trafﬁc bureau
to look at possible short-term solutions that came out of the
road safety audits done in Pelham and also discussed the federal
Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and associated
funding that would be available for the intersections.
Selectman Doug Viger recalled a previous group meeting with
selectmen to review short-term solutions, but Marshall, who was
new to the team, was unsure if the items previously discussed
were captured in the information being presented. However,
Gowan said he believed the short-term solution items were
contained in the presentation.
Selectman and Board Chairman Ed Gleason believed the
proposal for the board’s approval were two approaches that
qualiﬁed for the HSIP funding; one proposal for Route 38/Old
Gage Hill Road intersection and the other for the Mammoth
Road/Sherburne Road intersection. Marshall reviewed the
options for the intersections that would not qualify for the HSIP
Next, Gleason asked what the time line would be for the
recommended plans versus the time line associated with the
options. Zanes explained two of the options qualiﬁed for
the HSIP funding and would need to be approved by federal
highway before a project and project schedule would be created.
He said the options that didn’t qualify for the HSIP funding, but
might be more effective in improving capacity and at the same
time have an affect with safety.
When Gleason asked if there would be any town responsibility
associated with funding the options, Zanes said Congestion
Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds might be available for the
roundabout and signals.
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by making healthy choices.
As you know, a well-fed
child is ready to learn and
achieves more success in
school than a hungry child.
Whether a child eats breakfast
at home or at school, multiple
studies have shown the
importance of breakfast for a
child to enter school ready to
learn. Pelham School District
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breakfast program at Pelham
Memorial School and Pelham
High School. It will be begin
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Windham Presbyterian Church
Announces Interim Pastor
Tradition of Giving
Submitted by Ruth Coole,
Windham Woman’s Club
The Windham Woman’s
Club tradition of giving
was shown during the
holiday for families in
need. The club’s annual
Project will bring a joyful
Christmas to need families!
Gifts are chosen from a
coded list by members
and are brought to club’s
Christmas social luncheon
for co-chairs of the project
to sort and deliver.
Pictured at the Common
Man in Windham where
the club’s luncheon took
place on December 4
are Co-Chairs Shelagh
Demers and Terri Arangio.
An abundance of gifts are
also shown for a happy
submitted by Windham Presbyterian Church
Beginning January 6, Al Padilla will be serving as Interim Pastor at
Windham Presbyterian Church. Pastor Padilla has an extensive list
of credentials. He’s an accomplished author, speaker and teacher.
He is currently Dean of the Hispanic Ministries program at Gordon-
Conwell Theological Seminary where he is also Professor of the New
Testament. He founded the Spanish Eastern School of Theology, has
won various awards including the United Way of Merrimack Valley
Man of the Year, and was interim pastor for a Presbyterian church in
Lawrence, Massachusetts, a few years ago. Al holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in education from Villanova University, a master’s
degree in divinity from Gordon-Conwell and a doctorate in biblical
studies from Drew University.
Airman Robert McLean,
a graduate of Pelham High
School, son of Robert and
Cheryl of Pelham, completed
his Basic Training and
graduated from Security Forces
School at Lackland Air Force
Base, Texas. After a brief leave
in November, he was assigned
to Holloman AFB in New
Mexico. He will advance in his
training while there and await
his deployment orders.
Saint Anselm College junior
Abigail Crane of Pelham has
received a research grant to
continue her study of maternity
nursing. Through the New
Hampshire Idea Networking
of Biomedical Research
Excellence (NH-INBRE) grant,
the nursing major conducts
research at Catholic Medical
Center in Manchester. She
recruits volunteers to see if a
nurse-administered educational intervention will reduce symptoms of
postpartum depression in new mothers.
After initially gathering information from hospital patients, Crane
follows-up with them after six weeks, three months, and six months
via mail or phone. She has worked closely during the semester with
Saint Anselm nursing professor Dr. Deborah McCarter-Spaulding.
During the summer break, Crane attended two conferences on
breast feeding. The ﬁrst conference was with the New Hampshire
Breastfeeding Task Force, the second conference was with the Inequity
in Breastfeeding Support Summit in Seattle, WA.
The INBRE grant is intended to strengthen biomedical research
experiences for students at undergraduate colleges by partnering them
with faculty who specialize in the ﬁeld of the student’s interest. Crane
was one of 11 Saint Anselm students who received an INBRE grant.
Erica Pantaleo of Pelham has been named to the Dean’s List at
Colby Sawyer College for the fall semester.
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In My Opinion...
In My Opinion... In My Opinion...
by Senator Kelly Ayotte
Military Retiree Benefts Cuts Are Unfair
To Our Servicemen and Women
Foot and Vehicle Traffc at
Muldoon Park Discussed
by Lynne Ober
Pelham Planning Director Jeff Gowan reported
to selectmen that the Highway Safety Committee
(HSC) had discussed lighting for Coach’s Way at
Nashua Road and lighting within Muldoon park.
In the short term, the recommendation of the
Highway Safety Committee was to add reﬂective
markers at the intersection of Nashua Road and
The HSC was concerned about pedestrian
trafﬁc within the park and wanted to pursue
adding a light within the park to illuminate the
area used by pedestrian trafﬁc. There was a brief
discussion regarding the addition of a light. It
was decided that investigation was needed as
to how and where a light would be added at
the park, either inside the park or at the road
Board of Selectmen Chairman Ed Gleason
asked if the board would prefer to take action
regarding the reﬂectors and defer action
regarding lights pending further investigation
for what it would entail and determination of
cost. After another brief discussion, selectmen
authorized Town Administrator Tom Gaydos to
work with the Highway Department and oversee
the installation of reﬂectors at the Nashua Road
egress to Muldoon Park.
The board also asked Gaydos to work with
Gowan and the parks and recreation director to
review what it would take to implement a light.
A report of that investigation will be given to the
board at a later date.
What could be the Source of
Municipal Water for Windham?
submitted by Al Letizio, Jr.
Windham’s neighboring towns of Hudson,
Derry and Salem have municipal water. The
Water Supply Study being discussed currently by
Selectmen would investigate the feasibility of an
interconnection with one or more of these towns as
a source of water.
The most likely candidates are Hudson and
Derry. Where does their water actually come
from? Hudson sources from the Merrimack River
and Derry sources from Lake Massabesic. Once
withdrawn, the water passes through a treatment
facility and is piped to customers.
One other short-term source of water may exist
right here in town. A series of test wells have been
drilled in and around the center of Windham, on
various parcels of land. The study would look at
the feasibility of withdrawing and distributing water
from these wells.
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Teacher Contract Ratifed by
Union Members and School Board
by Barbara O’Brien
It’s been two and a half years since public
school teachers in Windham have had a valid
contract, but they will need to wait a couple
more months before they ﬁnd out if the latest
proposal will be approved by those who have
the ﬁnal say – the registered voters.
The Windham School District’s most recent
contract expired on June 30, 2011. Proposals
that were negotiated during the past two years
were unsuccessful, with last year’s tentative
agreement going down to defeat at the ballot
box. Most residents who voted against any
increases last year said it was because of the
poor economy, not because the teachers weren’t
Negotiations between the Windham Education
Association (WEA) and the Windham School
District came to an impasse this past October
15, at which time a court-ordered mediator
was appointed to the task. The mediator was
agreed upon by both sides of the negotiations.
Mediation sessions got underway on December
5, with union members ratifying a proposed
agreement during the early morning hours of
School board members voted to support the
tentative agreement during a brief meeting
on December 19. The proposed two-year
agreement was approved by a vote of 4 to 0.
Voting in favor of the proposed contract were
Vice Chairman Stephanie Wimmer and school
board members Jerome Rekart, Michelle Farrell
and Dennis Senibaldi. School Board Chairman
Michael Joanis abstained from voting as his wife
is employed by the Windham School District.
Jerome Rekart, who served on the negotiations
committee, explained that the proposed contract
contains changes in health care beneﬁts which
include greater cost sharing by union members.
The prescription plan included in the proposed
agreement also includes copayments of
$10/$20/$45, depending on the drug formulary
and the tier on which a particular prescription
medication is located.
As for the STEP structure, based on longevity
and education, two additional steps have been
added to the proposed contract. Reportedly,
Windham is still below par on the number of
STEPS it offers to its employees. There is no cost
of living adjustment included in the two years of
the proposed contract.
According to Rekart, the ﬁrst year of the
proposed agreement would cost taxpayers an
additional $488,269, while the second year
would mean an additional increase of $505,237.
Rekart commended the members of the
negotiating team for their diligence in pursuing
a contract they
is posted on
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by Senator Kelly Ayotte
It’s wrong that the budget
agreement in Washington
was reached on the backs of
our military men and women
who have put their lives on
the line to defend our nation.
The deal unfairly singles out
military retirees by cutting
their hard-earned retirement
beneﬁts – including disabled
veterans who retire because of their injuries.
Under the proposal, a Sergeant First Class in the
Army who qualiﬁes for retirement at twenty years of
service at age 40, and who has most likely deployed
multiple times to war, could lose approximately
$72,000 between retirement and turning age 62.
That’s the result of a provision in the bill that requires
a one percent annual reduction in the cost of living
adjustment for military retirees.
What makes this particularly unfair is that changes
made to federal civilian employee retirement beneﬁts
apply only to new hires. Our military retirees were
not given the same protections.
When I pressed for answers on who would be
impacted, the Department of Defense informed
my ofﬁce that the cuts would also apply to service
members medically retired – including those who
have sustained injuries in combat, men and women
who have sacriﬁced mightily for our nation.
Retired service members are the only ones who
are seeing their beneﬁts cut midstream in this budget
deal. Where’s the so-called “shared sacriﬁce”? It’s a
demoralizing message to send our men and women
serving in harm’s way in Afghanistan and around the
Given that the non-partisan Congressional Budget
Ofﬁce estimates that the federal government will
spend $47 trillion over the next ten years, with just
a little effort we can work together to ﬁnd $6 billion
to replace these unfair beneﬁt reductions. And with
billions in wasteful spending throughout the federal
government, it’s a false choice to suggest that the
government will shut down unless military retiree
beneﬁts are cut.
If both parties work together now, we could
easily replace these cuts. For starters, over the past
three years, the Government Accountability Ofﬁce
has uncovered 162 areas of fragmentation, overlap
and duplication in federal agencies – adding up to
hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending.
Although I introduced two proposals to replace
cuts to military retiree beneﬁts, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats blocked
all amendments to the budget deal from being
considered and voted on. Saying we should just
pass this budget agreement with these offensive
cuts in it and ﬁx it later is a cop out and no comfort
to our military retirees, who now have to rely on
Washington politicians to change a law they voted
My amendments would have easily replaced
these unfair beneﬁt cuts. One proposal would have
saved billions by stopping a scheme uncovered
by the Treasury Department watchdog in which
illegal immigrants fraudulently claim the additional
child tax credit. Another proposal would close a
loophole that costs billions in which some states, not
including New Hampshire, dole out nominal energy
assistance beneﬁts – as low as $1 in some cases –
to automatically increase Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program beneﬁts for households that may
otherwise be ineligible for higher beneﬁts. These are
just two examples among many of how we could
have covered the $6 billion in cuts to military retiree
We would not enjoy the freedoms we have in
our great country if not for the sacriﬁces of our
servicemen and women. Military retirees earned
their beneﬁts through their brave service to our
nation. Congress needs to ﬁx this provision now.
Senator Kelly Ayotte, of Nashua, is a member
of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the
Senate Budget Committee.
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Former Preschool Building
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by Barbara O’Brien
The small building that sits next to the SAU 95 building on Route 111, and was most
recently used as the preschool building for the Windham School District, has been
transferred back to the ownership of the town.
Originally, about 30 years ago, it was built as the town’s police station. It was no
longer of use to the town however, after the new police station on Fellows Road was
built. It was at that point that the town gave the building to the school district, on
the condition that it be used for educational purposes. Unfortunately, the structure
gradually fell into disrepair and, about 18 months ago, was abandoned by the school
district. The preschool program was moved up the hill to a section of Windham High
School. School ofﬁcials said that the cost of renovating the building was cost prohibitive.
For about a year after the preschoolers left the building, the town allowed the school
district to use it for storage.
Late last month, selectmen were informed that the school district had no further use
for the old building and transferred it back to town ownership. “The building will sit idle
until selectmen decide what to do with it,” Town Administrator David Sullivan said. In
the meantime, the building will be winterized so that no further damage occurs.
The facility was actually built as a house, Sullivan explained, with intentions to sell it
as such when it was no longer needed by the town. Recent discussions have included
the possibility of selling the property on the open market or checking into the feasibility
of using it as a community center, perhaps a location for teenagers. All discussions, so
far, have only been preliminary.
by Marc Ayotte
Sherburne Hall in Pelham was once again the sight for
the Pelham Community Spirit (PCS) sponsored Southern
New Hampshire Festival of Trees. The week-long event
featured a display of beautiful, festive and creatively
decorated Christmas trees, wreathes and gingerbread
houses that were available for public viewing and then
rafﬂed off during Saturday’s conclusion.
The Pelham Community Spirit’s mission in part is ‘to
foster a sense of community within Pelham through
fundraisers, special events and community activities.’
The Festival of Trees is one of the three major fundraising
events the group puts on during the course of the year;
the other two being Concerts on the Village Green and
Independence Day Celebration. In all three instances,
volunteers are the key ingredient to the successful
endeavors that, according to the Spirit’s President, Brenda
Eaves, has seen over $20,000 given back to the community.
This year’s turnout was excellent, Eaves pointed out.
Over 60 trees and other seasonal items were donated and
decorated by individuals and area businesses and then
displayed. For the entire week following Thanksgiving Day,
the items were on display for people to view and then,
through purchasing rafﬂe tickets, they were able to take a
chance on bringing their favorite tree back home with them
after the event concluded on Saturday, December 7. “It’s
small, intimate, manageable,” noted former organization
President Charlene Takesian adding, “you can take the
trees home and use them.” With respect to the quaint
characteristic of the event, Eaves expressed; “it’s like a
reunion every night.”
For the second year, the PCS gave away a ‘Community
Spirit Scholarship.’ As indicated by Takesian, the two
criteria for the scholarship recipient were to be in either
their second or third year of college and to have been a
Pelham resident during their high school years. As pointed
out by both Eaves and Takesian, the award goes to an
individual who has exhibited outstanding volunteer work
in the past and continues to do so.
In outdoing themselves from last year’s $1,000
scholarship donation, this year the PCS presented not only
a scholarship in the same amount to this year’s winner,
Ashley Scalia, but also an additional six scholarships for
$200 each to: Roxanne Lapierre, Peter Figueiredo, Melinda
Mara, Lauren Tocco, Steven Lawson and Ryan Belleville.
According to Takesian, the Festival of Trees event
involves “all community groups and community
entertainment,” including The Legionaires, Handbell Choir,
The St. Patrick’s Choir and Pelham High School Band which
played prior to the presentation of the scholarship and the
announcement of tree winners on late Saturday afternoon.
“It’s been great,” expressed Eaves of this season’s turnout
as she discussed the possibility of having a tree-decorating
competition next year involving town sports teams and
As is the case in all their events, only non-proﬁt
organizations are used; with the bake sale portion of
the Festival of Trees featuring treats from no less than
nine different groups. Following is a list of winners and
categories of decorated trees: Skin Perfect – Best Mini
Tree; Flowers by Albert – Best Wreath; Cub Scout Pack 25
– Best Gingerbread; St. Patrick’s Choir – Most Traditional
(decorated and donated in memory of Robert Doucette
who recently passed); Washington Savings Bank – Most
Beautiful; PHS – Most Creative; VFW – Most Original.
Tese are some of the many trees displayed at
this year’s Festival of Trees sponsored by
Pelham Community Spirit.
Standing next to his favorite tree - the money tree -
is Andrew Repici and friend Makenzie Roche.
$1,000 Scholarship Winner Ashley Scalia (center) is joined by Pelham Community Spirit volunteers and other secondary scholarship winners.
Pelham Community Spirit Holds Fifth Annual Festival of Trees
by Barbara O’Brien
A $20,000 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) proposal to
continue much needed renovations to Windham’s historic
Searles School and Chapel building, has been withdrawn
by members of the committee that oversees the more than
Committee member Marion Dinsmore said that
committee members opted to remove the proposed warrant
article for 2014, due to concern over a similar, but larger
warrant article going down to defeat last March. Even
though the warrant article would not have cost taxpayers
any money, as it would have been repaid through rental
fees, voters said “no” to the request of $100,000 anyway.
Following the defeat of last year’s warrant article, a
fund was set up by Historic District Commission member
Margaret Case; an undertaking that netted enough
donations to accomplish a
signiﬁcant number of the
repairs. “We pulled out the
 warrant article over
concern that it might be voted
down again,” Dinsmore said.
Instead, committee members
will be concentrating on using
donations for the continuing
repairs and renovations.
“This facility has a positive
cash ﬂow,” Selectman Al
Letizio, Jr. commented. “It’s
not costing taxpayers money,”
he said. “It has been a good
investment for the town.” The
Searles School and Chapel
is available for weddings,
receptions, showers, birthdays,
anniversary parties and
During the past few months,
due entirely to donations, new
windows were installed in the
east room, the second ﬂoor of
the carillon tower was repaired
and the exterior of the building
was repainted. The ﬁnal
payment on a loan taken out
for renovations ten years ago
has recently been made. The
annual payment on that loan
was $12,000. Moving forward,
Dinsmore said, the $12,000
used previously for the bond
payment, will be used for
additional renovations to the
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In May 2007, Joseph Roark became Pelham’s Chief of Police.
He recently sat down to review his time as Chief and he
recalled some town history that he has been a part of.
“There have been a few things. There were, unfortunately
two ofﬁcer involved shootings over the last two years; one
was in town and the other one began in town as a pursuit and
ended in Windham. That person survived. Unfortunately, the
other individual on Bridge Street died in the aftermath,” Chief
In his six and a half years at the helm as Police Chief, a job
he says he loves and is honored to have, he has dealt with a myriad
of calls that come in; from ducks in a resident’s chimney, raccoons
in a resident’s attic, to a recent bomb threat and school lock-down.
There are incidents and subjects that he admits he would like
forgotten; such as the loose cow in the road that ofﬁcers used a
taser on incident; a recommendation he made to euthanize Bosco,
an aggressive dog that bit a police ofﬁcer and the thousands of
e-mails he received in protest; the complaints about how much
manpower was used at a two-day standoff on Sherburne Road
years ago; and continuous complaints about the town’s incomplete
round-a-bouts that are under multi-year construction. He recently
had to terminate an ofﬁcer, as a last resort, a decision he ﬁrmly
stands by. “We get every kind of call. The buck stops with us when
there is nobody else to call. We do it all,” Roark explained.
He refers to Pelham, the town he has worked in for 17 years,
as a ‘pretty safe town.’ “We don’t have anything too violent here,
typically. The entire time I have been here as a police ofﬁcer, we
have had one murder and I would say that’s pretty safe, all things
considered,” explained Roark. “We solved the murder, to clear
our record,” he continued. “I’m lucky. I have a good department
that I can depend on and two lieutenants I can trust when I am not
around. I have great police ofﬁcers and they all make me look good.
I just have to make sure I point us in the right direction and the
employees do the rest,” he added.
In August 2012, Chief Roark encountered a life altering health
scare, as he suffered a heart attack while on duty. He was feeling
some persistent pains in his chest and brought himself to the
walk-in center in town. “If I hadn’t been a Police Ofﬁcer and had
a lot of training on these types of things, I might have ignored
it,” he explained. He thinks that sometimes it’s good to get an
early warning and start taking care of yourself. “It’s one of those
experiences that changes everything. I’m happy to say that I am
healthy and back to normal,” he added. He admits the experience
was a setback but he now exercises regularly and makes wiser
choices with his food selections. He credits his loving wife, Kerry,
with providing healthy meals and always keeping a watchful eye on
what he is eating.
The Roark family has lived a modest life in their 15 years in
Pelham and appears to be just another all American family. Roark
and his wife Kerry (MacDonald), a teacher at Woodbury Middle
School in Salem, have two sons, Colin, 9, and Hugh, 3. The family
adopted a rescued German shepherd, already appropriately named
“Cruiser.” The family is active in their church and community and
enjoys watching their son Colin play hockey, soccer and football
with the Pelham Razorbacks.
Chief Roark says that he is just a regular guy who likes to go home
and just enjoy his family. Being a police ofﬁcer is what he proudly
does, but it does not deﬁne who he is. He noted that the parents
on his son’s hockey team didn’t even know he was a police ofﬁcer
for the ﬁrst couple of years. He is thankful for his very supportive
and outgoing wife and jokes that she knows more people in town
than he does. “We’re just civil servants to the taxpayers,” he humbly
The chief’s charming wife, Kerry said, “My husband is the ﬁrst
person I go to for advice about anything! He gives sound advice and
has never guided me the wrong way! I am always in awe of how
much people respect my husband, but it is no surprise. He is an
awesome dad, husband, friend, brother and police ofﬁcer, and I am
honored to be his wife. Above all, he is the voice of reason in our
house and our boys love and adore him. They truly can’t get enough
of their Dad.”
Roark describes his role as a police ofﬁcer as being a ‘community
caretaker.’ “Only a portion of what we do is law enforcement.
Most of what we do is try and keep the peace and solve problems
for people. If all we did was
crime ﬁghting, we wouldn’t
have enough crime here to go
around,” he proudly explained.
“We keep order and we keep
people safe. That’s what we
do. That is our mission in a
town like Pelham. The Town
has always been supportive of
our department. I am thankful
for the Board of Selectmen, the
Budget Committee, the Town
Administrator and the people I
have. When I need something,
they support it. I can’t complain,”
Roark proudly stated, “I would put my 21 police ofﬁcers up
against any other town’s police ofﬁcers and we would have the
best police department. We do a lot. The guys are good. We’re
professional. The call volume and the amount of activity we
generate through call volume and self-initiated stuff, we do well.
The town gets their money’s worth from the police department.
We try to return the support we get from the town by turning out a
Surprisingly, Roark, the youngest of nine children and also
a twin, did not originally aspire to be a police ofﬁcer. He and
his twin brother, also a police ofﬁcer, both attended UMass-
Lowell, played college soccer and earned a degree in business
administration. Roark believes this degree has helped with
management practices within the police department. He worked
his way through college working security at numerous nightclubs.
After college graduation, he worked at his brother’s irrigation
business as a foreman. He was 27 when he started a career in
law enforcement. He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice
administration at Western New England University.
Roark described himself, “I’m pretty normal. I am like every
other guy. I’m a quiet guy. I’m not that interesting. I’m not
on Facebook.” He sees things in his profession that he would
rather not see but he manages to leave it at the ofﬁce. He remains
compassionate but is able to detach himself enough to focus on his
family when the day is over. There are many disturbing civil cases
he has witnessed over the years. “I always hope that things work out
for people. I know that you cannot sit around the kitchen table and
solve people’s problems and issues in a shift,” he explained.
Pelham’s Chief of Police is an honest, straightforward and
approachable guy. He is quick with a smile and obviously very
thankful in life. When he is not leading Pelham’s ﬁnest, he enjoys
heading north to relax with family in the lakes region. He enjoys
yard work, reading, ﬁshing and playing sports. He thinks it’s funny
that, as the youngest of nine children (his twin is actually ﬁve
minutes older), he was never in a position of power or authority.
As Chief of Police of Pelham, his only regret is that he cannot be
everywhere he wants to be. “I want to attend everything but I can’t.
There are times when I have to balance this job and meeting and
greeting people with my life at home,” he said.
Have You Met Pelham’s Police Chief Joseph Roark?
Chief Joseph Roark in his ofce
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham Selectmen and Library Director Carl Heidenblad have
reached a compromise that saves taxpayers money, but still allows
enough money to implement Heidenblad’s two top priorities.
The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) committee had already
agreed to support a proposed two-prong project for the Nesmith
Library, an upgrade to the heating and ventilation system, as well as
painting and the replacement of carpeting. The total package was set
at approximately $175,000; $88,000 for the carpeting and painting
and about $95,000 for the HVAC portion of the project. Town
Administrator David Sullivan said that the existing HVAC system is
very inefﬁcient and townspeople will save money in the long-term by
replacing it sooner than later.
During one of the ﬁnal work sessions on the proposed 2014 town
operating budget, however, Heidenblad told town ofﬁcials that he
would rather see the part-time young adult librarian expanded to full-
time; even if it meant foregoing some of the physical improvements
to the library. The position is currently 30 hours a week. Heidenblad
was asking that the job be increased to a 40 hour per week position.
“I feel very strongly about this position,” Heidenblad said. “It is a
much needed service; one that provides homework assistance for
students,” he explained. Heidenblad said the use of this portion of
the library is up about 150 percent over years past. “This position is
very important to our program,” he told selectmen. “I feel I would be
remiss if I didn’t address it.” “This position allows us to do a better
job,” Heidenblad said.
According to ﬁgures presented during the discussion, the salary
and beneﬁts line for the young adult librarian would increase by
about $32,000 (nine months during 2014, as the position would
not become full-time until after the elections this coming March).
Conversely, according to budget calculations presented, the overall
proposed library operating budget for next year is down by about
$12,000 from 2013.
In reality, selectmen have no say over the library’s budget. The
Nesmith Library is a totally separate entity, governed by a board of
trustees. However, historically, selectmen and the library director
have worked together in a spirit of cooperation. If selectmen chose
to do so, however, they could completely remove the library budget
from the town’s operating budget and have it presented as a separate
warrant article. This, however, has apparently never happened
before and the current selectmen said they didn’t feel it was a
necessary or prudent move to make at this time.
Selectman Al Letizio, Jr. wanted to know how vital the expanded
hours for the young adult librarian are for the upcoming year. “Well,
unlike ﬁre or the police departments, no one is going to die if it’s not
funded, but it would hurt the program if the hours aren’t increased,”
Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he would like to see the CIP
proposal cut in half and done over two years, rather than both being
done during 2014. He recommended doing just the HVAC portion
of the project this year. Hohenberger also said he recommended
putting in the increased hours for the librarian as a separate warrant
article. Heidenblad stated that he did not support the concept of a
separate warrant article for increasing an employee’s hours. Town
Administrator David Sullivan recommended delaying the increased
hours for the young adult librarian until July 1, thereby saving about
$10,000 in salary and beneﬁts. Selectman Ross McLeod said he
favored doing both parts of the CIP plan this year in preference to the
additional librarian hours. Selectman Phil LoChiatto said he didn’t
feel it was a good idea “to swap one for the other.”
After further discussion, selectmen eventually voted 4 to 1 to
support upgrading the HVAC system at the Nesmith Library, plus
increasing the young adult librarian’s hours to 40 per week, effective
this coming March. They also recommended leaving the carpeting
and painting at the library in the CIP program, but slating it for 2015
instead. “It’s a good compromise,” LoChiatto said. Voting in favor
of the motion were Phil LoChiatto, Kathleen DiFruscia, Ross McLeod
and Al Letizio, Jr. The only opposing vote came from Selectman
Hohenberger, who said he wanted the increase in hours to be
delayed until next July, rather than implementing them in March,
right after Town Meeting.
Selectmen and Library Director
Work Out Compromise
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If you are looking for information regarding land
use and land development in New Hampshire
and in the Windham community, you may want
to visit the Windham Community Development
Department. The department possesses an archive
of books, pamphlets, fact sheets, maps and other
resources that are available for public viewing upon
• historical zoning maps of Windham
• tax, trail, and water resource maps
• transportation and land use studies
• aquifers, watershed protection, water quality,
wetlands and shore land materials
• ﬂood plain materials
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A full list of materials available for viewing
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Windham Concert Band Seeks New Director
Pelham High Students Plan to Take Flight
Saturday, January 4
All Women of all ages are invited to
join us in honoring Our Lady for First
Saturday Devotions at St. Patrick Church
in Pelham. We begin with Mass at 8 a.m.
followed by the Rosary at 8:30 a.m. and then join
us for a pot luck breakfast, Faith Enrichment 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
Sunday January 5 & Tuesday January 7
Windham Actors Guild will hold
auditions for its spring 2014 production
of Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” We are looking
for adults and children ages 8 and above.
All roles are available. Auditions will be held
Sunday at Windham High School from 12:30 to 3
p.m. and Tuesday at the Windham Town Hall from
6:30 to 9 p.m. Prepare 32 bars of a song of your
choosing – singing from the show is welcome
but not required. Bring sheet music in the proper
key. No a cappella, no pre-recorded music. No
monologue is needed, but you may be asked to
read from the script. Be dressed to dance.
Callbacks, by invitation only, will be held
on Thursday, January 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. at
Windham Town Hall. Callbacks may consist of
cold readings, singing of speciﬁc songs from the
show and additional dancing.
For more information about auditions,
productions, or Windham Actors Guild in general,
call the Producer at 247-8634 or visit our website
Monday, January 6
The Pelham Town Republican
Committee will resume its regularly
scheduled meetings on the ﬁrst Monday
of each month. The next meeting held
tonight at 7 p.m. in the VFW building at 6 Main
St. in Pelham. Discussions will include Grassroots
Politics and Fundraising. There will also be a
guest speaker to present The Great Conversation -
a positive presentation of our schools in Pelham.
All Republicans are welcome and urged to attend.
Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, January 7
Affordable Care Act Sign-Up
Session with PPNNE. At 10:30 a.m., a
representative from Planned Parenthood
of Northern New England will be at the
Pelham Public Library to assist people in signing
up within the Insurance Marketplace, established
by the Affordable Care Act. As the federally
certiﬁed Healthcare Navigator for the State of
New Hampshire, PPNNE is able to answer any
questions you may have about the ACA as well
as actively help you to sign up for new insurance
within the federal marketplace. To sign up
for this event, please call the Pelham Public
Library at 635-7581. Space is limited – register
today. For more information about events at
the Pelham Public Library, please visit http://
Live Stronger Classes! Open to teen and adults,
ages 16 and over. Tuesdays for six weeks starting
January 7, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Pelham Senior Center.
This is a total body workout that strengthens,
sculpts and tones all the major muscle groups
but it is not aerobics. Work the core, upper and
lower body to protect and strengthen muscles,
joints and bone health, boost energy levels,
enhance mood and burn calories. Participants
may bring their own weights or resistance bands
as an option or nothing at all. You must be able
to get down to the ﬂoor and back up. Bring a
mat and water bottle and wear supportive athletic
shoes. Program fee. Register with Pelham Parks
and Recreation ofﬁce at 6 Village Green. Form
available to print at www.pelhamweb.com/
recreation. You may register and pay online at
https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Space is limited;
ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served. E-mail recreation@
pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721 with any
Wednesday, January 8
The Pelham Democratic Town
Committee invites you to come, listen and
ask questions of Patricia “Patti” LaFrance,
Hillsborough County Attorney. Her talk
will focus on the growing drug problem in the
County and escalating violence associated with
drug addiction. Her subject complements the
discussions that have occurred in Pelham recently
about the increase in drug use by our youth. Plan
on attending as this is a timely and important
The meeting will be at John H. Hargreaves
VFW Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham
at 7 p.m. Bring a food item to share. RSVP @
The Windham Woman’s Club’s next meeting
will be held at Windham Town Hall. This month
is Scholarship recipients luncheon begins at
11:30 a.m. followed by meeting. There will be no
program this month. Guests welcome! Bring a
friend and come meet us and ﬁnd out what we are
about and enjoy! For information, call Sue Violi,
membership chairman at 889-0578. Our website:
Friday, January 10 & Tuesday, January 14
Learn the Basics of E-Readers. Are you
expecting an e-Reader from Santa this
holiday season, but still not quite sure
how you will like it? The Pelham Public
Library is offering two E-Reader Basics courses
to help you learn how to use your new device as
well as access e-books available through New
Hampshire Downloadable Books. The classes will
be held on Friday at 10 a.m. and Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Sign up early – space is limited! Bringing your
own e-Reader is highly recommended. To sign-
up for this class, call 635-7581. Must have valid
Pelham Library Card to sign up.
Saturday, January 11, & Thursdays, 16, 23
The Pelham School District (PSD) will
be holding “The Great Conversation”
meetings during the month of January:
• January 11: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pelham
• January 16: 6:30-8 p.m. at Pelham
Congregational Church Community Room
• January 23: 6:30-8 p.m. at the Pelham
• January 30: 7-8:30 p.m. at Pelham High
Sunday, January 12
The New Greeley Singers of
Pelham has rescheduled its Annual
Winter Concert “Music in the Winter
Air.” The concert, originally scheduled
December 15 but postponed because of the
weather, will be held today at 3 p.m. at the First
Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham. It
will uplift you, entertain you, perhaps inspire
you, and keep you in the holiday spirit long
after Christmas. This year’s annual holiday
concert by 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. 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 email@example.com, or visit our website
newgreeleysingers.com. Of course, tickets
purchased for the December concert are still
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!
Monday, January 13
Learn how to beat debt, build wealth,
ﬁnd bargains, invest for the future and
give like never before! Heritage Baptist
Church of Windham is hosting Dave
Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a nine-week
course that can teach you new methods to help
you manage your ﬁnances successfully. Weekly
classes begin January 13 at 7 p.m. at Heritage!
And the ﬁrst class is free! Call 654-4000 or visit
www.hbcnh.org/fpu to ﬁnd out more!
Beginning Tuesday, January 14
Windham Recreation department offers
wellness coaching class at Windham
High School – so you can realize your
healthy resolutions! Class runs Tuesdays for
six weeks beginning January 14.
Join “Energize Your New Year, Realize Your
Resolutions” a group wellness coaching class,
to learn how to make those resolutions a reality.
Create your peak wellness action plan, learn
how to set and accomplish realistic health goals,
and celebrate successes. Become aware of all
your stress triggers that can completely disrupt
your wellness efforts. Improve your nutrition
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Be sure to mark your calendars for the
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second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the
WHS Media Room. At the January 14 meeting we
will be discussing the budget, entertainment and
Freshman and sophomore parents are especially
needed to help in the planning for this year. For
more information call Donna Hume at 598-4424.
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by Christopher Gamble, Pelham High School intern
It’s a tradition for Pelham High School students to take a trip out of the
country during April vacation. Each year, the school chooses a different
country for students to visit. In previous years, students have traveled to
Spain, the Dominican Republic and Greece. This year, accompanied by
teachers Casey Locke and Michael Chew, students are being offered an
opportunity to take a week-long trip to Italy to experience the rich culture and
learn a little more about the European country.
Students will not only be learning the culture as they explore Italy, but they
will also experience some of the basic rules of traveling from Students Love
Travel, a new travel company which focuses on the educational aspect of
student trips. “Students Love Travel allows students a better experience while
on the trip,” expressed Michael Chew, a Spanish teacher at Pelham High.
Chew went on to explain that in order to help students get a feel for traveling,
the company has the students split into separate groups at the airport in Rome
to discuss and determine the most efﬁcient and quickest way for them to get
back to their hotel. Along with other similar small activities, students will
experience a week away from home living independently.
Throughout the trip students will spend three nights in Rome, exploring
major attractions of the city such as the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, the
Spanish Steps and the Churches of the Piazza del Popolo just in the ﬁrst day.
Students will also visit Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel and the
Vatican Museums, and then catch an early train to Florence the next morning.
In Florence, they will see Michelangelo’s famous sculpture David at the
Galleria dell’Accademia and travel the neighborhoods of Tuscany. Students
will spend their ﬁnal day in Fiesole and spend the evening relaxing, shopping
and enjoying a farewell dinner before waking up and ﬂying home.
Currently, 11 students have signed up. If you are interested, contact
Michael Chew at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the trip is $3,090 which
includes trip insurance. Coverage includes a “cancel for any reason” beneﬁt
which reimburses 75 percent of any tour fees paid. Installment plans are
available beginning in January.
submitted by David Howard
The Windham Concert Band is seeking a new music director to replace
Jared Cassedy who is leaving the group after nine years. Before being
selected as music director in January 2007, Mr. Cassedy played clarinet with
the band and served as assistant director. Under his leadership the band grew
both in size and in musical maturity, becoming one of the top community
concert bands in New Hampshire. As anyone who has played in the band
or attended its concerts will attest, Jared brought an amazing combination of
energy, musicianship and dedication to the band and to the community.
The Windham Concert Band, along with the Windham Swing Band and
Windham Flute Ensemble, make up the Windham Community Bands, a non-
proﬁt organization founded in 1997. The concert band has approximately
60 volunteer musicians from Windham and surrounding communities. It
performs 10 to 15 concerts per year including the organization’s annual
fundraiser in March, a full summer season of outdoor concerts, the New
Hampshire Community Band Festival in New London, the Windham tree
lighting and the annual holiday concert at Windham High School. Rehearsals
are held each week year-round on Thursdays from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.
The new director will need the ability and training to maintain the high
performance level the band has achieved, while promoting the relaxed,
informal atmosphere of a volunteer community band. He or she must have
the ﬂexibility to work with musicians of all ages and musical backgrounds,
and to select a repertoire that will be entertaining, appropriately challenging
and consistent with the band’s past. Interested candidates are invited to
contact David Howard at 965-3842 or email@example.com
for more information.
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Spruce Pond Sports Fields to be Put on Ballot as Three-Year-Bond
by Barbara O’Brien
A sports ﬁeld complex that has already been ﬁve years in the
making is moving forward to the ballot in Windham this coming
Spruce Pond, land donated to the Town of Windham by Harvey
Brothers as part of an area housing development, is slated to become
this sports-driven community’s latest soccer, baseball and softball
ﬁelds. The property is located across the street from the Windham
Animal Hospital. The estimated cost to ﬁnish the ﬁelds and parking
area, plus sod, fencing and a sprinkler system has been quoted at
The proposal was brought to voters a couple of years ago as a
one-time cost, but was defeated at the ballot box. This time around,
the majority of selectmen are recommending that the project be put
forth as a three-year-bond issue; a process that requires a 60 percent
majority vote to pass muster.
“Every year, we ﬁght for ﬁeld space, both on the town side and
the school, and all the while, the [athletic] programs continue to
grow,” Dennis Senibaldi said. This is the year to start remedying this
perennial problem, Senibaldi told selectmen. “It’s ready to go,” he
said. “It’s now town property and all the environmental permits are
in place,” he said. This past year, some 40,000 cubic yards of ﬁll
was donated to the project, as well as equipment and manpower
to prepare the future ﬁelds. The area has already been sub-graded,
Senibaldi added. “We are ready to rock and roll,” he assured town
Senibaldi noted that without all the donations that have been
received by the town for the Spruce Road ﬁelds, the cost to taxpayers
could have topped $600,000.
”I’m really, really torn on this,” Selectmen’s Vice Chairman
Kathleen DiFruscia said. “This is a lot of money and it’s a difﬁcult
year [in reference to proposed town expenses].” It would be
throwing money away just to let the ﬁelds sit there, but I’m very
worried about the overall budget,” DiFruscia commented. The only
way to reduce the proposed amount would be to remove the fencing
from the project, Senibaldi said, an amount of between $30,000 and
“We can’t just do half the project,” Chairman Phil LoChiatto said,
adding that he was also worried about the possibility of losing the
existing environmental permits if nothing is done. “I do feel it’s a
necessary project,” he said. LoChiatto also expressed concern about
being able to garner a 60 percent majority vote on a bond issue.
Town Administrator David Sullivan said he believes voters would
be more likely to pass a bond issue with a ﬁrst payment of $95,000,
than the entire $275,000 having to be raised all at once. “It’s not a
good year for this,” Selectman Roger Hohenberger said. “I’m afraid
of voters losing conﬁdence.” Selectman Al Letizio, Jr. said he is
in support of the project, but agrees this is a tough year to move it
forward. “I’m leaning toward bonding the project for three years,”
“There will never be a good year to spend the money,” Senibaldi
said, “but this is the right year to get it done. It’s the right year to
ﬁght for it.” “People will either say yay or nay,” he said.
Eventually selectmen voted 3 to 1 to support moving the Spruce
Pond athletic ﬁeld project forward as a three-year-bond for a total
of $275,000. Voting in favor were Selectmen LoChiatto, DiFruscia
and Letizio. Voting against the motion was Roger Hohenberger.
Selectman Ross McLeod, who is involved in the Windham Soccer
Association, abstained from voting.
Middle Schoolers Win for Teamwork at NH State FLL Tournament
submitted by Jaimi and Jeff Kosa, Coaches
The NH State FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
Tournament was held on Saturday, December 7
at Nashua South High School. FLL introduces
students to real-world engineering challenges and
encourages teamwork to solve problems. FLL
teams, guided by their imaginations and adult
coaches, discover exciting career possibilities
and, through the process, learn to make positive
contributions to society. Teams of students
ranging from 9-14 years old competed in this
“sport for the mind” with robots they built out of
LEGOs and programmed to complete tasks on a
game table. The theme this year was “Nature’s
Fury” so the robots had to release a cargo plane
to deliver supplies, retrieve family members
(LEGO miniﬁgs!) to help them get back together,
and perform several other missions, all related
to this theme. The teams also researched a
natural disaster and came up with an innovative
solution to help solve a problem related to their
chosen topic. And, of course, they had to work
together as a team to complete all of these tasks
while following the eight core values of FLL.
Numerous local teams completed at qualifying
tournaments in November, and the top teams
advanced to the state tournament.
TechnoMagic is a FLL team of ﬁve students
from Pelham and Hudson. Team members
include: Kyra Aboujaoude, 12; Anthony
DeRosa, 11; Jade Kosa, 11; Jasper Kosa, 13;
and Kyle O’Brien, 14. They won ﬁrst place
for robot design at the qualiﬁer on November
23 at Daniel Webster College, which earned
them a spot at the state tournament. They
researched tsunamis and designed an innovative
shelter to protect people caught in the path
of a tsunami wave: “T4 – Tsunami-Tsurvival-
Tsafety-Tsphere.” But, most of all, they worked
together as a team to do all of the work for
this competition. According to the team, “we
have so much fun, it isn’t even funny!” As a
result of all of their hard work, TechnoMagic
won ﬁrst place for Teamwork at the state
tournament - their coaches and parents are so
proud of them! The team really appreciates the
local businesses that sponsored them this year:
Boyden’s Landscaping, F.A.S.T, Enterprise Bank
and Lehane Chiropractic. Congratulations to the
“Kids, Gears and Robots” team of Windham for
their top scoring robot and to all of the teams that
competed in FLL this year – way to go teams!
Windham Student Honored for First
Quarter Academic Achievement
Pelham Students Inducted into Bishop
Guertin National Honor Society
submitted by Nashua Catholic
Regional Junior High School
A Windham student was recognized by Nashua
Catholic Regional Junior High School for her
academic achievement during the ﬁrst quarter
ending November 8. Eighth
grader Madeline Seeley-Hacker
was named to the school’s high
Nashua Catholic Regional
Junior High School affords an
outstanding education based on
a solid curriculum that is rooted
in Catholic tradition. Accredited
by the New England Association
of Schools and Colleges, Nashua
Catholic follows diocesan
guidelines and surpasses the state
curriculum standards. Nashua
Catholic, a vibrant and exciting
Christ-centered school, exceeds
expectations every day. Nashua
Catholic will hold its next open house on Sunday,
January 26 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. For more
information, contact the admission ofﬁce at 882-
7011, or you can learn more by visiting the school’s
website at www.ncrjhs.org.
From left are Layne Philipson, Rachael LaPolice and Holly Kathios
submitted by Cris Philipson
Bishop Guertin High School juniors Layne Philipson, Rachael
LaPolice and Holly Kathios of Pelham were recently inducted to
the Euclid J. Beaumont Chapter of the National Honor Society.
The National Honor Society at Bishop Guertin High School
is a group of exceptional students. Membership in the Euclid
J. Beaumont Chapter is a honor bestowed upon a student.
Selection for membership is
done by a faculty council and is
based on outstanding scholarship,
character, leadership and service.
On December 11, Bishop
Guertin inducted 46 new juniors
and seniors into the society.
Once selected, members have
the responsibility to continue to
demonstrate these qualities. The
purpose of this organization shall
be to reward and to render service,
effective leadership and excellent
character in the students at Bishop
Guertin High School. Students
who are elected to the National
Honor Society are exceptional, for
they not only have high academic
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Team with State Trophy
Tsneeki the robot on Game Table
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by Barbara O’Brien
No one was injured as the result of a structure ﬁre that damaged
the 130-year-old building that currently houses Windham’s Common
Man Restaurant, but the popular eatery is closed until further notice.
The smell of smoke was reported by an employee at
approximately 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 28. Fortunately,
preparation staff, both of whom were in the kitchen at the time, were
able to contact 9-1-1 and Windham ﬁreﬁghters responded quickly to
the scene. The two employees exited the building safely. There were
no customers in the restaurant at the time of the incident.
Flames were not visible when ﬁreﬁghters arrived, but with the
use of thermal imaging cameras, they were able to identify the
location of the ﬁre. About a half-hour after arriving, ﬂames were
seen coming out of the second ﬂoor of the building. The origin of
the ﬁre is thought to have been in the ceiling, above the sprinkler
system. The ﬁre then spread into a concealed space above the
ceiling and broke through the roof. At that point,
a second-alarm was sounded, bringing mutual aid
from Derry, Hampstead, Hudson, Londonderry,
Nashua, Pelham and Salem. The Salvation Army’s
Northern New England Division provided water
According to Windham Fire Chief Tom
McPherson, it took ﬁreﬁghters nearly an hour
to bring the ﬁre under control. Fireﬁghters
remained on the scene for several hours, assisting
with water removal and salvage operations.
McPherson said that the old timber structure
suffered extensive smoke and water damage, in
addition to the hole that needed to be cut into the
roof to access the ﬁre.
Preliminary reports indicate that the ﬁre might
have been caused by an electrical problem, but
the incident remains under investigation by the
Windham Fire Department. It is not known when
the Windham Common Man Restaurant will
re-open for business, but plans are to make that
happen as soon as possible.
This is the second such incident at Windham’s
Common Man in the past six months. This past
June, an electrical ﬁre resulted in heavy smoke
and water damage. However, following that
incident, the restaurant was able to re-open the
very same day.
The Common Man Restaurants are owned
by Alex Ray, who opened his ﬁrst such establishment 36 years
ago in Ashland, New Hampshire. Since that time, Ray has added
seven other Common Man Restaurants, as well as 10 other eateries
scattered across New Hampshire; many of them in previously
dilapidated and neglected buildings. The newest Common Man
Restaurant will open in 2015 at the rest area off Route 93 in
Hooksett, which is currently being renovated.
Fire Damages Historic Building that Houses Common Man Restaurant
PHS Winter Concert
Showcases Music Stutents
by Marc Ayotte
Members of the Pelham High School concert band, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles under Director Joseph
Mundy, held a Winter Concert for hundreds of townspeople inside the high school gymnasium on December 19. The
event included several classic and conventional tunes from the likes of the music department’s ﬂute choir, mixed quartet
and percussions ensemble; with a feature performance - ﬂute solo by Mattsen Bradbury-Koster, entitled Winter Spirits.
Liardo on the
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by Gloria Lavoie
The Pelham Elementary (PES) PTA held their annual Winterfest Fair this
past weekend. The students of PES, together with their teachers, contributed
themed baskets that were rafﬂed off to hopeful attendees. Hundreds of
students and their families
participated in the basket rafﬂe,
they shopped the vendors’ craft
tables, children made crafts and
holiday ornaments and danced at
the ever-popular cakewalk event.
Pelham High School students
earned community service hours
for volunteering at the event.
The PTA hosts this festive event
every year to help support the
many great programs that the
group hosts each year for the
Brody Rodrigue, 6,
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Bomb Threat Update
by Gloria Lavoie
In September, an anonymous bomb threat was made against Pelham
Elementary School. The call was received by a school secretary at 8:07 a.m.
Police and ﬁre departments were dispatched immediately. Chief Joseph
ordered the school into lock-down and for the high school and middle
schools to go into shelter-in-place. Two months later, the case is still under
investigation. “There is a suspect,” said Police Chief Joseph Roark.
There were vast differences in opinion in regard to how things were handled
on that September morning. Chief Roark is still comfortable with the difﬁcult
decision that was made that morning as children were arriving by the busload.
The staff was told to redirect children being dropped off to the Memorial
school next door. “The timing was kind of difﬁcult because the kids were just
arriving. There was an element of whether to have shelter-in-place, evacuate
or cancel school,” he explained. “There are a bunch of decisions that have to
be made very quickly in that situation,” he added.
“In the threat matrix that we try to go over when these types of bomb threats
come in, the call was a very low-level threat. It was anonymous. It was not
speciﬁc in its time or place. The motive wasn’t clear. So in that instance,
the typical protocol from the Department of Justice is to have common areas
searched by the people in charge to see if there is anything unusual and carry
on. That is what we did.” Roark explained.
Chief Roark explained the complexity of this case, “Whether we will be
able to put a case together or not, is difﬁcult to do, as you can imagine. It was
an anonymous bomb threat through a telephone. It’s hard to place who the
person on the other end of the phone is. But we do have a suspect. We do
have an idea as to why this phone call was made and we will keep working
on it.” He is hopeful that there will be enough to issue an arrest warrant in
“A lot of people have different ideas as to how this should have been
handled and I understand that. I am respectful of all of their opinions. We
make those decisions very quickly. We are unable to sit down in a conference
room and go around the table; somebody has to make a decision right that
best that we
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next time this
Parents were unhappy that they were dropping their kids off to unknown
circumstances, as a citizen alert went out about an hour after the threat. This
alert was made as soon as possible but not in time for parents to be informed
at morning drop-off. “Our foremost concern and priority at that moment
was to secure the school. People want instantaneous notiﬁcation these days
through social media. When I was a kid, and there was a bomb threat, I took
home a letter from school at the end of the day,” Roark explained.
In retrospect, the chief considers his decision and using his experience
and what happened that day to help improve decisions moving forward. “In
the future, could we do better when kids are getting dropped off to inform
parents what is occurring? Absolutely. Can we work with the school to make
sure they have staff there to explain the
situation? I think that is a valid concern
but again, at that time, my personnel was
deployed to secure the school and making
sure there wasn’t an eminent threat,” he
stated. The chief admits that they learned
some things that day and he wants parents
to understand that, he too, has children
that age. His son attends St. Patrick’s
School, but if his son were a student at
Pelham Elementary, he would have done
things the same way. Knowing what he
knew, he would have dropped his son off
that day in September.
“As chief, you understand that
sometimes people aren’t going to agree
with you. Sometimes your staff aren’t
going to agree with your decisions. You
just make your decisions the best you can
and you live with the consequences. I’m
comfortable with that,” Roark explained.
Pelham Memorial Hiking Club
Helping Out the Town
Winterfest Fair at PES
An enthusiastic Debbie Ryan encourages her cakewalk
participants to dance at the annual cakewalk.
submitted by Kevin Correa
If you love the magic of the outdoors, consider
experiencing what Pelham Recreation and
Conservation Lands in the winter has to offer.
Walking, biking, running, cross country skiing or
snowshoeing are just are few activities you can
experience in your own back yard. You can ﬁnd
directions and information about these parks on the
Pelham town web site.
This past weekend, members from the Pelham
Memorial Hiking Club had the chance to do
trail maintenance and experience the 150 acres
Gumpus Pond Conservation Area has to offer. The
students also had the chance to witness an active
beaver pond that supports an entire community
of plants, amphibians, animals and a heron
rookery. This is the third year students from Pelham
Memorial are providing great support helping with
the cleanup along some of the trails within the
community. Working closely with town ofﬁcial
Chris McCarron, the club is already planning
an early spring cleanup in many of the town
The Pelham Memorial Hiking Club consists of 70
students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grade
level. They are under the leadership of seventh
grade teachers, Hillary Belanger and Kevin Correa.
10 - January 3, 2014 | Pelham - Windham News
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After just two games of the NHIAA Division II schedule, the
Wolfpack enjoyed some non-conference action when they competed
in the 14th Annual Tuscan Kitchen Blue Devils Classic held at the
Salem Icenter. The Pack brought a 1-1 divisional mark to the holiday
tournament after winning the season opener on the road and then
dropping the home opener, three days later on December 21.
Against Keene, W-P was led by a two goal outing from Justin
Miedico, with one of them proving to be the game winner as the
Pack ruined the Blackbirds home opener by a 5-3 score. Keene took
a 1-0 lead in the ﬁrst before Miedico’s tally on an assist from Bryce
Blanchard at 7:41 tied things at 1 all.
With the score tied at 2-2 after Brad Saklad’s goal in the middle
period, Keene once again grabbed a one goal advantage, but with
just over one minute remaining in the period, Chad Desautels, on
John Monahan’s second assist of the night, tied the score at three
before the Zamboni made its way onto the ice for the second
The third period was all Pack. Just past the midway point, Miedico
notched his second of the night to take a 4-3 lead. With a little
over two minutes remaining in the contest, Blanchard scored an
insurance goal with assists going to Miedico and
Brendan Parent. Mike Donovan got the opening day
nod between the pipes; “(he) had 21 saves and made
a couple of huge saves at the end on odd man rushes,”
recalled ﬁrst year Head Coach Jerry Manchester.
The Pack’s prosperity was short-lived as they faced
two-time defending champion Bedford on their home
Salem sheet and were beaten back by the Bulldogs by
a score of 7-2. It was all Bedford from the opening
faceoff as they proved to be the bigger, faster and more
aggressive team on the ice. The reigning D-II champs
used a four goal outburst from center Chris Viola to
dominate a Wolfpack team that was unable to mount
any offensive attack. The lone W-P goals on the day
came from Dustin Lubinger in the second period and a
third period strike from Porter Carelli which made the
score 6-2 at the time.
Mike Donovan once again got the start in net, but
was replaced at 1:12 of the third period by Jill Moffatt.
The junior goalie made several great saves, noted
Manchester, including one which sparked a Pack rush
up the ice that culminated in Carelli’s tally.
In the Blue Devil Classic, a total of 15 teams engaged in a
22 game schedule over the four day period from December 26-
29; with W-P participating in three of them. The Pack started
its holiday tournament with a day-after-Christmas battle against
Belmont. “We played well,” indicated Manchester of his team’s
play prior to its third period implosion.
With W-P holding a late third period lead, they were suddenly
visited by a ghost of seasons’ past. Ahead by a 3-1 score, a couple
of ill-timed Pack infractions set the stage for two Belmont power
play goals in the last three minutes, resulting in the two teams
ﬁnishing in a 3-3 deadlock; spoiling starting goalie Jill Moffatt’s bid
of registering her ﬁrst win of the season. In their second game, the
Pack was fueled by a ﬁve goal,
ﬁrst period eruption as they
cruised to a 6-3 win over the
Lewiston, Maine version of the
Blue Devils by a score of 6-3.
Leading the assault for the Pack
was the two goal efforts from
(5G, 1A for
(3G, 5A for
easy day in
the crease for
W-P as he
with the win.
In the tournament ﬁnale, the Pack took on
Division I Exeter. In a span of under three
minutes, a pair of second-period, power play
goals off the stick of Dustin Lubinger gave W-P
a 3-1 lead as they again let another two goal
lead slip away; holding on for their second 3-3
tie of the tournament. WHS freshman Christian Bassi became the
third different goalie to start for Manchester’s goalie-rich squad. “I
was real happy with how he performed,” remarked Manchester. In
assessing his varsity debut in the crease, Bassi added; “I felt like I
had a really good game, it was really easy to put pucks in the corner
today because our team was playing so well in front of me.”
Wolfpack Enjoys Break from D-II Action
Over Holiday Break
by Jacob Gagnon
On Friday, December 20, the Windham High School Boys
Basketball team defeated Goffstown, 65-62, to improve to 2-0
for the season. One week prior, the Jaguars had opened the
season with a home-court victory, 68-45, over ConVal High
“We got off to a quick start, which is something we have
been focusing on in our preseason scrimmages and our ﬁrst
game last week against ConVal,” said Head Coach Todd
Steffanides. “That was a positive improvement.”
The Jaguars scored 21 points in the ﬁrst quarter to obtain a
lead that they would maintain for most of the contest. Tyler
Masone led the Jaguars with 17 points and a pair of rebounds.
David Carbonello scored 15 points with four rebounds, while
Andrew Lowman ﬁnished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
“It was a gutsy performance from our players,” said
Steffanides. “We did not play our best game, but we were
getting good looks both in our offense and in getting to the
foul line. Defensively, we need to clean a couple things up,
but I like where this group is at right now.”
On Friday night, December 27, the Jaguars suffered a loss
to Brockton High School (MA), 79-50, as part
of the 2013 Brockton Rotary Holiday Basketball
Tournament. Windham dropped another tough
game the following night against Providence
Classical Christian High School, the defending
Rhode Island Division I Champions, 58-46.
“Our effort was at its highest level yet this
season, and it was consistent from the start of the
game through the end. Certainly something we
can take from this tournament is our consistent
effort to defend and box out,” said Steffanides.
“If we do those two things consistently for four
quarters, then the future of this season looks very
bright.” Windham’s David Carbonello was named
to the tournament’s All-Star team.
Despite the out-of-state losses, Steffanides
understood that this holiday break was not about
adding worthless notches to
their record, but about facing
tough competition and gaining
experience. “This should be
a great experience for our
players and our program,” said
Steffanides. Windham High
remains unbeaten within their
The Jaguars will take to the
court a smarter and stronger
squad as they travel to Milford
High School (NH) on Friday,
Bryce Blanchard caps-of a great individual move by beating Exeter goalie
Tommy Steere 5-hole to tie the score at 1-1.
Dustin Lubinger (#11 white) beats Exeter goalie Tommy Steere for one of his two, second period power play goals.
Wolfpack defenseman Teddy Piandes (#2) clears the puck out from the slot during
holiday tournament action at the Icenter in Salem.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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When Gowan asked if there was a town
match when using CMAQ funds, Zanes did not
know and said he’d have to get back to them.
Gowan then said the planning board had a
couple forthcoming actions that may be able to
provide the town’s match on the project.
Part of the funding process is to establish
a monetary beneﬁt of the projects. When
Selectman Hal Lynde questioned how the
monetary beneﬁt of the projects was calculated,
Marshall said the beneﬁt is based upon the
national standard of safety improvements for the
Then, Lynde asked if trafﬁc ﬂow/ease of trafﬁc
was taken into consideration, commenting
that he believed that even with the islands and
turning lanes on Sherburne Road there would
still be trafﬁc-stacking occurring. He wanted to
know if added capacity during the next decade
had been considered and ended by saying that
he believed a roundabout (at the Sherburne
Road intersection) was the solution and the
beneﬁt it would have to trafﬁc ﬂow far exceeded
other options. He thought it might be better
to spend the money on a long-term solution to
correct the problem and not try for a short-term
solution that caused different issues.
Chizmas explained that the improvements
fell under the highway safety and improvement
programs. She said trafﬁc congestion was not
the intent of the road safety audit. Chizmas also
said CMAQ was a competitive program that the
town didn’t have funds for unless they applied
and were successful competing with the rest of
the state for those funds, and agreed there was
an argument that an improvement could be
shown through implementing something such as
Gowan understood that highway safety
funding may be available for the shorter term
solutions, and asked if funding was mutually
exclusive, meaning if there was a short-term
solution that had federal dollars attached to
it would the town then not have the ability
or a lesser chance of getting CMAQ funds.
Although Chizmas didn’t have an answer, she
commented that if they were to implement the
short-term improvements, they would re-assess
the area (along with trafﬁc counts) to see what
improvement was made to the congestion issue
and rerun the analysis.
Lambert clariﬁed that when computing the
beneﬁts, crash reduction/modiﬁcation factors
are considered and then noted it was strictly a
safety beneﬁt, not a capacity beneﬁt.
Viger said he believed in the roundabout
project done in the town center, but felt it may
be the ‘latest and greatest’ thing. He would
like to see the results from the town center
roundabouts before having roundabouts in other
Gleason commented there were two concerns
expressed; one being the lack of activity
after areas were reviewed. He recalled there
were three levels of solutions; short, medium
and long-term and noted that short-term
improvements never happened. He said the
current proposals seemed to be a deviation
from the previous reviews. He believed the Old
Gage Hill location to be more of a concern than
Sherburne Road. He said it was suggested that
removing shrubbery and some modiﬁcation to
the store entrance be done. He wanted to know
if doing so would mitigate the risks and solve
Marshall replied that their process had
changed from when they originally reviewed
the areas. At that time, they didn’t have a
method to move projects from the road safety
audit report to an actual project. She said that
process was developed this year. She also said
the concept being shown wouldn’t solve all the
problems, but would reduce some of the sight
distance issues at Old Gage Hill and Route 38
When Gleason questioned if there were other
measures that could be reviewed regarding
the safety of the area, Lambert said one of the
short-term remedies being reviewed is the speed
limit. However, Lambert felt with the vertical
crest of the road, the more appropriate solution
would be to have an advisory sign tied to a road
Viger wanted to know how the short-term
solutions brought forward could be addressed.
Zanes said when the road safety audit was
originally created it was an opportunity for a
number of people from different disciplines to
get together and review the site. They came
together and made suggestions; no suggestion
was considered a ‘bad idea.’ As a result, many
of the suggestions made it into the report
because they didn’t want to exclude anything.
Zanes believed the complication came from the
misunderstanding that all the solutions would be
implemented. With regard to Gage Hill Road,
Zanes said they had a ﬁxed cost based on the
number of accidents per year and explained
how they arrived at solutions and the associated
cost for them.
It was clear from the discussion that there
was a level of frustration and some concern that
items were not being presented clearly. Next,
Viger questioned what information was in front
of the selectmen and asked if they were real
solutions or suggestions. Zanes said the items
on the list were the result of a brainstorming
Viger asked what selectmen could do to get
the state to determine what could and should be
done as the next step. Zanes replied they could
provide a response based on the road audit and
give an explanation why options were reviewed.
Viger concluded by stating he felt selectmen
should get the state’s recommendations.
Marshall said the information provided to the
board was a fact sheet used during a NHDOT
ofﬁce meeting and the options posted were the
There was a discussion regarding the
concepts for the Route 38/Old Gage Hill Road
intersection. When Gleason asked if the store
on Route 38 was in agreement with the proposal
to clear the ditch line vegetation and move
utility poles, Marshall said they had not gone to
the store because the access management was
within the right-of-way and it would need to be
When Gleason asked for conﬁrmation that
changing the road proﬁle was a future action
and not currently under consideration, Marshall
answered they had not drawn a concept
because the HSIP funds couldn’t be used for that
Gowan said he was doubtful that the
vegetation clearing would provide a signiﬁcant
improvement, but when he was in the ﬁeld, he
was convinced otherwise as saw there would be
some beneﬁt to that clearing because it would
also include relocating telephone poles and
removing a piece of ledge. Doing so will help
with the sight distance for cars on Old Gage Hill
Road, but he noted that this option doesn’t solve
the road crest problem. However, Gowan felt
that any improvement at the intersection was
worth trying to implement. He said improving
the store trafﬁc should be included.
Discussion next centered on the Sherburne
Road and Mammoth Road intersection options.
The proposal qualifying for HSIP funds was the
construction of median island on Sherburne
Road with separate lanes for left and right turns;
trafﬁc signs will also be reviewed.
Selectman Bob Haverty recalled the
suggestion to making the turn from Mammoth
Road (heading south) onto Sherburne Road
(turning right) more severe so vehicles would
have to slow down to take a harder right turn
onto Sherburne Road. He commented that
currently the corner is too open and vehicles
are hitting the turn at speed, which decreases
the timing for vehicles waiting on Sherburne
Road to turn left onto Mammoth Road. Haverty
believed that theory was previously going to be
tested, but didn’t see mention of such on the
Zanes noted this was something they could
do without having a project because state
personnel could place barrels to implement
the theory and audit the results. Marshall
apologized because this suggestion had not
been capsulized in the proposal.
Gowan said at the Sherburne intersection
they observed vehicles had made their own
turning lane to head south onto Mammoth
Road, which was felt to have compacted the
problem. When he asked if the short-term
recommendation of separating the lanes with a
median island would reduce the room so there
would be less likelihood of cars making their
own lanes, Zanes said it would create more
of a right turn lane ability and believed sight
distance was a factor for using a median island.
He said the crash modiﬁcation numbers say if
trafﬁc could be separate, a certain amount of
safety improvement would be gained. Zanes
commented this was being presented as an
alternative concept, but was not sure there
would be a lot of conﬁdence that it would
provide a huge safety impact. He said it could
be one consideration, given it met the criteria
for federal money.
When Gleason told the board they were
being asked for their concurrence on the two
recommendations made, Marshall agreed they
would like to know if the board would like the
two proposals to move forward into a project.
If not, she asked that selectmen state that fact.
Gowan recommended moving ahead with the
two proposals because the pursuit of the other
options seemed likely to be a multiyear process.
At that point, Lynde asked that the comment
regarding ledge removal at the Old Gage Hill
Road intersection be elaborated upon. Zanes
said looking south on Route 38 there were
poles and a small ledge outcrop they would
like to clear as much as they could for sight and
safety purposes. Lynde said because it was a
terrible intersection, any improvement would
be beneﬁcial. Lynde also commented that it
was a shame the Sherburne Road intersection
wasn’t scored for increased air pollution and
wasted time from people sitting in trafﬁc, but
commented that he liked the idea of testing the
intersection by placing the jersey barriers versus
spending money prior to knowing an outcome.
Gleason asked selectmen if they wanted to
give approval for the concepts to proceed. He
believed the proposal for Route 38 and Old
Gage Hill Road was acceptable. No objection
was voiced. However, with regard to Sherburne
Road there seemed to be some concern relative
to whether adequate research was done from
the initial study. Selectmen agreed to defer
approval for that intersection, pending further
The money proposed in the warrant article will pay for a
contracted assessing service. “With such a small department [in
Windham] it’s tough to keep up with the workload,” Norman said,
describing the assessing department as “Me, Myself and I.” “It’s
basically a one person operation, here in Windham,” Norman
stated. “I feel like the last of the dinosaurs, trying to do it myself,”
he added. “Rex puts in a superhuman effort on the job,” Town
Administrator David Sullivan commented.
During the revaluation process, each property in town is
inspected, both the exterior and interior. The data that is collected
on each property is then reviewed and used to determine the
revaluation of that property. “If the data isn’t accurate, the
assessment won’t be either,” Norman said.
Referring to the proposed expenditure of $100,000 for the
revaluation, Sullivan said, “This is money well-spent every ﬁve
years.” “It’s a lot less costly than hiring another employee for the
assessing department,” he added.
“We’re required to do it. We have to get it done,” Selectmen’s
Chairman Phil LoChiatto said. “If we don’t, it would be turned
over to the [New Hampshire] Bureau of Land and Tax Appeals and
ultimately cost more money,” he said.
Selectmen voted 5 to 0 to place the warrant article for the town-
wide revaluation on next March’s town ballot. Voting in favor were
Chairman Phil LoChiatto, Vice-Chairman Kathleen DiFruscia and
Selectmen Roger Hohenberger, Ross McLeod and Al Letizio, Jr.
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Projects to be Done
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham Recreation Department Coordinator Cheryl Haas
and members of the recreation committee need to choose two out
of the three proposed projects for 2014. To accomplish all three
projects would cost about $30,000, but town ofﬁcials are saying
the spending limit will be $20,000. Coincidentally, each of the
three projects is estimated to cost about $10,000.
Haas detailed the three projects from which a choice needs to
First, are the tennis courts located on Nashua Road. “It’s time
we ﬁx them,” Haas said, commenting that they need to be made
both usable and safe. “A lot of work needs to be done out there,”
she said. “There are major cracks in the tennis courts, as well as
problems with the poles that hold up the nets.”
The second project involves continuing work begun this past
summer on the drainage swale at the Nashua Road sports ﬁeld. It
would be a shame to not ﬁnish the project when so much progress
has already been made, recreation committee member Dennis
Senibaldi said. Plans are to enlarge the existing ﬁeld and to loam
and seed the area. “It’s no longer a mud bog, out there,” Senibaldi
said. It should be kept that way, he emphasized.
The third proposal involves Wonderland Playground, which
needs to be sanded and sealed. The playground was constructed
by a group of volunteers in 1991 and was reconditioned about
ﬁve years ago as a Girl Scout project. However, Haas said, “It
has reached the point where it needs to be done again.” “There
are a lot of splinters!” Wonderland Playground “is well-utilized,”
Haas commented. Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia suggested that
the work on the playground once again be done by volunteers.
Senibaldi said it was his opinion that the job involved more than
could be accomplished by volunteers working alone. “The project
involves extensive work,” Senibaldi said.
Haas said that of the three proposals, her ﬁrst preference would
be to have the tennis courts on Nashua Road refurbished when the
weather improves this coming spring.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger was not in favor of doing two
of the three projects, stating that he wanted another $10,000
cut out of the proposed budget, resulting in the completion of
only one of the projects. Hohenberger’s suggestion did not pass
muster, however, going down to defeat by a vote of 3 to 1 to 1.
Voting against cutting the budget further were Selectmen Phil
LoChiatto, Kathleen DiFruscia and Al Letizio, Jr. Selectman Ross
McLeod abstained from voting, as he is active in the town’s sports
programs. Only Hohenberger voted in favor of his own motion.
“I can’t advocate for all three of the projects,” DiFruscia told her
fellow board members. “I’m not sure I can justify removing any of
them,” Letizio said, but then, decided that he would stick with the
recommended limit of $20,000. LoChiatto agreed that selectmen
should support a limit of $20,000 for this portion of the budget.
While the $20,000 limit was supported by the majority of board
members, they did not decide which two of the three projects
should get done this coming spring and summer. That decision
will, apparently, be left up to members of the town’s recreation
by Barbara O’Brien
A proposal to write another history of the Town
of Windham was presented to town ofﬁcials as
a Capital Improvement Project (CIP), earlier this
year, in the amount of $40,000. However, the
proposal was withdrawn from submission when
members of the Historic District Commission were
told it didn’t qualify. As a result, commission
members are asking that some money be included
in their 2014 operating budget to at least get
started on the publication process.
Several town histories of Windham have been
written during the years since the community
was incorporated in 1742, but the most recent
one, A Rural Oasis, was written in 1975. A lot of
changes have taken place since that time; events
that need to be recorded for future generations.
Commission members would like the next town
history to be published in 2017, which would
coincide with the 275th anniversary of Windham’s
incorporation as a town.
Peter Grifﬁn, who represented the Historic
District Commission at a selectmen’s meeting late
last month, said plans are to take on the project
through a community effort, including involving
students at Windham High School as much
as possible. A professional editor’s assistance
would be required, Grifﬁn explained, at a cost of
Grifﬁn said he estimates that approximately
1,500 copies of the new history would be
published at a total cost of about $28,000. The
books would ultimately be sold, providing
revenue for the town coffers. Copies would be
hardcover, measuring 8 by 10 inches. An e-book
edition is also being considered as an option.
Selectmen Roger Hohenberger and Kathleen
DiFruscia both feel the proposal is a worthy
one, but are concerned that this might not be a
good year to take it on, mostly due to numerous
other moneyed warrant articles.
Selectman Al Letizio, Jr., noting
that 2017 is only three years
away, asked that some money
be put into the budget to get the
As a result, selectmen voted 4
to 1 to add $3,000 to the 2014
Historic District Commission
budget to pay for the services of
an editor. Voting in favor were
Chairman Phil LoChiatto, Vice
Chairman Kathleen DiFruscia
and Selectmen Al Letizio, Jr. and
Ross McLeod. Only Selectman
Roger Hohenberger voted
against the motion. “It’s just not
the right year,” Hohenberger
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noticed smoke coming from the roof. A
working ﬁre assignment was sounded bringing
all Windham Fire Department apparatus to the
scene along with Salem, Derry and Londonderry
Fire Departments. Pelham and Hudson Fire
Departments provided station coverage.
Once inside the residence, ﬁreﬁghters were
able to locate the ﬁre which was located in a
bathroom above the ceiling and into the attic.
The ﬁre was quickly knocked down. However,
there was considerable ﬁre damage to the
bathroom ceiling and some of the roof rafters
within the attic. The remainder of the home had
slight smoke conditions, but did not sustain any
damage. The town’s building inspector was also
called to the scene.
The homeowners were home at the time of
the ﬁre. Early detection and notiﬁcation along
with working smoke detectors are credited with
keeping ﬁre damage to a minimum.
Deputy Chief William Martineau investigated
the cause of the ﬁre and determined the ﬁre to be
from a faulty ceiling fan within the bathroom. The
remainder of the home remained habitable.
State Rep. Marilinda Garcia Files Run for Congress
New generation Republican committed to fscal responsibility
and being an honest vote in Washington
submitted by Brad Stevens
Pledging to bring a new generation of
ﬁscally responsible leadership to Congress,
State Representative Marilinda Garcia has
ﬁled paperwork to run for the Republican
nomination in New Hampshire’s Second
Congressional District. A four-term member of
the New Hampshire House of Representatives,
Garcia has a strong record of supporting
economic development, the strengthening of
local control and choice in education and the
full repeal of ObamaCare.
“I look at Washington, DC and am tired of
the dysfunction. Elected ofﬁcials are supposed
to be public servants committed to putting the
needs of the country ﬁrst, not self-aggrandizing
politicians making promises they don’t intend
to keep,” said Garcia.
“I simply cannot stand by while our state
continues to be hurt by an overreaching federal
government that is recklessly spending our
country into debt, punishing entrepreneurship
and taking away our freedoms.
“If we want to solve our country’s problems,
we have to change the kind of people we send
to Washington and that’s why I’m running for
Congress,” said Garcia.
Marilinda is focused on removing obstacles
to business development and job creation in
the Granite State, strengthening education
opportunities for children, and working towards
patient-centered reforms that actually drive
down the cost of health care.
“The President’s top-down, government-
knows-best health care law is causing a great
deal of pain for thousands of New Hampshire
families, with more to come as the mandates
“I will work to replace this expensive
ObamaCare mess with real, bottom-up reforms
that take power out of the hands of politicians
and put power into the hands of consumers,”
Marilinda Garcia is a lifelong New Hampshire
resident and a four-term member of the state
House of Representatives. A graduate of Tufts
University, the New England Conservatory of
Music and Harvard University, Marilinda works
in education and cyber-security.
New Hampshire’s Second Congressional
District is one of the most politically competitive
seats in the country, having changed parties
three times since 2006 (in 2006, 2010, and 2012).
Pelham Police Arrest
Wanted Subject on Marsh Road
submitted by Pelham Police Department
On December 11, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Pelham police
arrested an individual who was wanted on an outstanding felony
Damon Bonnell, 36, of Pelham was arrested on a warrant for
felony level receiving stolen property. Bonnell was currently out
on bail from a previous Pelham arrest, in which he was found to be
hiding inside the trunk of a vehicle.
On Thanksgiving Day, Pelham police investigated a residential
burglary that took place on Nancy Avenue. In that burglary,
approximately $35,000 in jewelry was stolen along with a nine-
millimeter handgun. Pelham detectives, with the assistance of
the Salem detectives, were able to identify the stolen jewelry at a
pawnshop in Salem.
After gathering this information, a warrant was issued for Bonnell
for felony level receiving stolen property. Detectives later learned
that he was also wanted on other warrants in Massachusetts and he
had another warrant pending for a parole violation from the State of
New Hampshire Department of Corrections.
Detectives later learned that
Bonnell was hiding at an address
on Marsh Road in Pelham. Due to
Bonnell’s propensity to run from the
police and for the concern for public
safety, the residence was surrounded
by Pelham police ofﬁcers and
members of the New Hampshire State
Police Canine and Air Wing Units.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., a call
was placed to the residence. Bonnell
subsequently surrendered himself to
police without incident.
Detectives are still investigating the
whereabouts of the stolen ﬁrearm.
Bonnell was transported to the
Salem Police Department to be
processed on the warrant.
State Rep. Marilinda Garcia
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(NewsUSA) - Winter comes with a unique set of
challenges, including lower air temperatures, lack of
visibility, fewer daylight hours, falling snow and, of
course, icy roads. These can certainly make for some
hazardous driving conditions, which is why experts
say you should dig out your ice scraper, gloves and
snow shovels before hitting the road.
“Don’t set off like a tank commander with a tiny
hole cleared,” says Andy Smith, a patrolman in
The safest way to prepare for winter driving is to be
proactive before an emergency occurs. The follow-
ing tips will give you some ideas on how to drive
safely all winter long:
*Surface Conditions. Roads and drive paths are
likely to be covered with rain, sleet, snow and ice,
which causes slippery driving conditions and re-
duces tire traction. Consider using
snow tires in areas where winter
weather is severe. It’s also important
to inspect your tires for uneven wear,
cupping and proper tread depth.
Also consider the last time you
had the tires rotated, balanced and
*Emergency Situations. Winter
weather increases the chance of
getting into a car accident. Pack an
emergency kit to leave in your ve-
hicle at all times. Consider including
safety items such as ﬂares, medical
supplies, jumper cables, a ﬂash light,
batteries, a small shovel and tire
chains. Also consider comfort items
like blankets, gloves and snacks.
*Clear Vision. Snow, ice and fog
diminish your visibility, creating dan-
gerous driving conditions. Remove
all debris from your windshield,
windows and outside mirrors before
driving. Replace your wiper blades
with extreme-weather blades for a
stronger wipe to battle heavy rain,
snow and ice buildup. The TRICO
Ice wiper blade (www.tricoproducts.com) is de-
signed to distribute even pressure for a clearer wipe,
while the contour complements new vehicle models
and maximizes your line of sight.
*Vehicle Performance. Follow the recom-
mended maintenance schedule in your
vehicle’s owner’s manual to avoid hard
starts, stalling and lost power during colder
weather. Keep your gas tank above the halfway mark
because empty tanks collect condensation, which
damages the engine.
Some regions experience heavy snow and dan-
gerous ice storms, others ﬁnd an increase in rainy
conditions, and in some places, temperatures may
just cool down a bit. Regardless of location, the win-
ter season brings a climate change that all drivers
You Think You Know Snow? Follow These Safe Driving Tips
Carriers need clear
access to deliver,
postal service says.
submitted by Tom Rizzo, USPS
It takes more than a few ﬂakes to
deter letter carriers from making their
appointed rounds throughout northern
New England. “But, if we cannot
reach your mailbox, we cannot deliver
your mail,” said District Manager John
“The postal service treats safety and
service with equal priority,” Powers
said. “That’s why we remind you to
include that mailbox in your snow
Letter carriers are on the front line
of severe weather conditions like
many areas are experiencing today, he
explained. “For doorstep deliveries,
painted porches and steps quickly
grow hazardous. While salting and
rubber-backed mats help, we rely on
you to clear the snow. If there’s a warm
spell, and the melting snow puddles, a
quick freeze can make a sidewalk slick
Residents who receive delivery to
roadside mailboxes also must keep the
approach to, and exit from, the mailbox
clear of snow along with vehicles,
trash cans or any other obstacles. “The
carrier needs to drive in, and then
out, without leaving the vehicle,” said
Powers. “The area near the mailbox
should be cleared in a half-moon shape
to give the carrier full visibility.”
The postal service’s northern New
England district includes all of Maine,
New Hampshire and Vermont.
“Please watch for slow-moving postal
vehicles, carriers on foot and children
at play near mailboxes or snow banks,”
he said. “And don’t zip by neighbors
who are clearing mailboxes or
collecting their mail. Let’s all stay safe.”
Stay on the ‘Good’ List by Recycling Old Electronics
submitted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
This holiday season Dad is hoping to get a new big screen TV, Mom wants the
latest tablet, Susie needs a faster laptop and Billy has to have the newest gaming
system because his is three years old. These are certainly perfect gift ideas for one
and all. But what to do with the old electronics that are being replaced? They
certainly will not be sent to the Land of Forgotten Toys, but should still be handled
with care - and recycled in a responsible manner.
The average number of electronics in a United States’ household is 24. We have
become a revolving door of the newest electronics. In 2013, electronics sales in
the U.S. alone will be more than $200 billion. With an increase in sales of new
electronics, there is a growing need for end-of-life management of electronics.
In New Hampshire, one million computers and television units will need to
be disposed of in the next 10 years. Currently, a large amount of discarded
computers and televisions are sent for disposal, not recycling, in NH. This presents
a growing environmental problem for the state and the country.
Most of us don’t think about it, but electronics are ﬁlled with lead, nickel,
cadmium and mercury - all elements that pose a risk to human health and
the environment when not disposed of correctly. It is important to keep
electronics out of landﬁlls to decrease these elements’ prevalence; but also
because they contain valuable resources such as precious metals, copper and
engineered plastics. All of these resources require sizeable energy to process
and manufacture. Recycling electronics can recover valuable materials as well
as reduce the need to mine for more. Every million cell phones recycled saves
35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds
By recycling and reducing mining efforts, we can lower greenhouse emissions,
pollution and energy usage. We can help protect natural resources by extracting
fewer raw materials from the earth.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling a
million laptops saves energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S.
homes per year. Electronics “take-back” programs are growing at electronics
stores and some television and cell phone companies have their own programs.
Schools and community run take-back programs are starting to become more
popular, yet consumers must be careful where they recycle. The EPA warns that
some electronics recyclers do not have environmentally friendly practices.
The EPA suggests looking for certiﬁed “eCycle” locations. Their website http://
www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm can help you
ﬁgure out if your electronics company can help you recycle. Also, consider
extending the life of your electronics by donating them; just be sure to delete all
personal information from the device and reset it to its factory settings ﬁrst.
You can also help serve the environment by purchasing devices with
environmentally minded characteristics form the start. Look for devices that:
o contain fewer toxic constituents
o are made of recycled materials
o are energy efﬁcient
o are designed for easy upgrading or disassembly
o use minimal packaging
o offer leasing take-back options
So next year, when you are sitting on the big guy’s lap and he asks you if you
have been good all year, you can say: “Yes, I didn’t throw my electronics in the
trash - I recycled them!”
submitted by Animal Rescue Network
of New England
Windham Center School students,
Charlotte McNeal, Emma Keenan and
Cameron Livingstone decided that they
wanted to lift their neighbors’ spirits by
singing Christmas carols and also raise
money for animals who are looking for
their forever homes. The girls raised
$115 in generous donations for the
animals being cared for by the Animal
Rescue Network of New England
(ARNNE). They presented the check
to Donna Clark of ARNNE during their
monthly Pet Adoption Day in Pelham.
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Stasia Vynorius Joins
submitted by SunLite Realty
SunLite Realty welcomes Stasia (Zaharias) Vynorius as a licensed real
estate agent. Stasia was raised in Pelham, graduated from Pelham High
and lives in Pelham with her husband
and family. Now, her children attend
Pelham Schools too. Stasia graduated
from Castle College, Windham, in 1992,
with an associate’s degree in business
science. She has years of direct selling
experience and now she brings her skills
to SunLite Realty.
Winter is a good time to evaluate your
needs and get your home ready for the
spring market. Call Stasia at 674-0026
for a free market analysis. SunLite’s
customers can use our truck for free to
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to help stage their home; just another
way SunLite Realty supports Pelham.
o James W. Petersen Built Homes, LLC, 4 & 6 Juniper Lane, 16/13-
o Town of Pelham, 24 Village Green, 22/7-237, 15 x 15 wooden
pergola over existing patio.
o Southern New Hampshire, 33 Windham Road, 22/8-138, repair
trusses, rooﬁng and siding caused by tree damage.
o Brian & Karen Lamoureux, 16/12-116, 537 sq. ft. single story
addition to be used for a family room/sewing room, future
expansion of kitchen.
o Leonard Business Center, 95 Bridge Street, 35/6-43, Epilepsy
Foundation New England Donation Center non-proﬁt
organization that collects clothing and household goods, no
sales, all donations get picked up from (ADS) weekly, nothing
stays on site.
o Bettencourt IV Corp C/O Dunkin Donuts, 869 Mammoth Road,
14/4-177, 50 x 60 sq. ft. Dunkin Donuts with drive-thru.
o Verizon Wireless, 60 Pulpit Rock Road, 41/6-129-1, install new
antenna array at 130 feet for Verizon Wireless; no new shelter to
be added to the compound - Verizon is taking over an existing
empty shelter; add propane generator to compound.
o Scott & Joy Kempton, 29 Wellesley Drive, 24/12-191-4, 18 x 14
free standing shed.
o American Legion Post, 32 Windham Road, 22/8-127, 16 x 12
deck with shed roof.
o Leonard Business Center, 95 Bridge Street, 35/6-43, 4 foot x 8
foot sign, two 64 inch x 52 inch signs, 2 foot x 18 foot sign for
Epilepsy Foundation Donation Center.
o David Mendes, 68 Simpson Road, 7/9-135-8, 2,262 sq. ft. single
family house, 14 x 24 family room with two car garage under, 4
bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 three-quarter bath, 1 half-bath & 12 x 16
o Paquette Family Trust, 63 Bridge Street, 35/6-117, replace wall
(internal) that was removed but needed.
o DHB Homes, LLC, 2 Ladyslipper Avenue, 16/12-105-1,
Town of Pelham
Building Permits Issued December 9-27
Monday, December 16: 9:04 a.m. Medical emergency, Leonard Drive.
10:10 a.m. Medical emergency, Windham Road. 4:41 p.m. CO alarm
activation, Longview Circle. 5:18 p.m. Mutual aid to Hudson for motor
vehicle accident. 7:58 p.m. Medical emergency, Spring Street Extension.
Tuesday, December 17: 3:19 p.m. Medical emergency, Village Green.
Wednesday, December 18: 11:28 a.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth
Road. 11:28 a.m. Medical emergency, Gala Court. 3:48 p.m. Investigate
medical alarm activation. 9:18 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Bridge Street.
Thursday, December 19: 5:42 a.m. Medical emergency, Old Gage Hill
Road. 5:55 a.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth Road. 9:34 a.m. Medical
assistance, Pulpit Rock Road. 2:45 p.m. Fire alarm activation, Pulpit Rock
Road. 2:58 p.m. Medical emergency, Atwood Road. 4:46 p.m. Investigate
alarm activation, Village Green. 5:46 p.m. Dispatched for mutual aid to
Windham, cancelled en route.
Friday, December 20: 9:57 a.m. Medical aid, Pulpit Rock Road. 1:54 p.m.
Medical emergency, Atwood Road. 4:45 p.m. Medical emergency, Stevens
Road. 4:54 p.m. Medical emergency, Loretta Avenue.
Saturday, December 21: 12:17 a.m. Medical emergency, Village Green.
9:29 a.m. Dispatched mutual aid to Methuen, cancelled en route. 2:53 p.m.
Medical emergency, Sawmill Road.
Sunday, December 22: 12:59 p.m. Medical emergency, Willow Street.
Monday, December 23: 6:24 a.m. Medical emergency, Washington
Street. 6:28 a.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth Road. 8:15 a.m. Medical
emergency, Old Gage Hill Road. 11:43 a.m. Medical emergency, Windham
Road. 12:02 p.m. Medical emergency, Jericho Road. 1:08 p.m. Medical
emergency, Colby Lane. 6:08 p.m. Medical aid, Bridge Street.
Tuesday, December 24: 1:01 p.m. Medical emergency, Windham Road.
8:29 p.m. Service call, Beacon Hill Road. 11:34 a.m. Medical aid, West
Wednesday, December 25: 2:12 a.m. Medical emergency, Castle Hill
Road. 1:08 p.m. Investigate alarm activation, Main Street. 6:26 p.m.
Medical, Terrace Circle. 6:45 p.m. Medical emergency, Robinson
Thursday, December 26: 8:13 a.m. Medical aid, Winterberry Road.
12:04 p.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth Road. 1:23 p.m. Motor
vehicle accident, Mammoth Road. 3:03 p.m. Dispatched mutual
aid to Windham. 3:24 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Keyes Hill and
Friday, December 27: 6:01 a.m. Medical emergency, Marsh Road.
1:07 p.m. Medical emergency, Stevens Road. 1:29 p.m. Medical
emergency, Dutton Road. 1:32 p.m. Medical emergency, Fletcher
Drive. 7:30 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Mammoth Road at Marsh
Road. 11:09 p.m. Medical emergency, Washington Street.
Saturday, December 28: 8:30 a.m. Medical emergency, Village
Green. 1:21 p.m. Mutual aid to Windham for structure ﬁre. 10:45
p.m. Service call, assist police department, Atwood Road.
Sunday, December 29: 12:27 a.m. Brush ﬁre, Rita Avenue.
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Rocco is a 2 yrs old. male American Bulldog
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He has done well with kids down to 5
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by Marc Ayotte
In addition to a pair of D-3 dual meets against White Mountain
Regional (WMRHS) and Campbell, the Pelham wrestling team
recently concluded a busy month of December by competing in the
Bronco Invite, The Big Red Invitational and the George Bossi Lowell
Holiday Wrestling Tournament.
The Pythons started their season off on a good note, traveling to
Whiteﬁeld where they defeated the host Spartans by a team score
of 39-18 with most of the points coming by way of forfeit. In the
home opener against Campbell, Pelham was handled rather easily;
falling in team competition, 51-27. In addition to a forfeit recorded
by Jared Boyden, the Pythons received team point contributions from
Matt Koch picked up the ﬁrst Pelham points on the mat when he
recorded an 8-2 decision over Harry Tremblay in a 132 bout. At the
145 weight class, Chase Crawford had his way with David Allen;
getting out to an early 2-0 nothing lead before running it to 7-0 and
an eventual pin just 33 seconds into the middle period. Brad Kamal
battled Sam Havey in a low-scoring 182 bout and emerged with a
win by fall with just 16 ticks left in the match. Tom Gleason (195)
closed out the team scoring; building a 13-0 lead and then recording
a third period pin over Jacob Parzych.
Four days earlier on December 14, the Pythons competed in the
ﬁrst of three consecutive multi-team meets. In the Bronco Invite
hosted by Alvirne, Coach Bob Riddinger received three medal
performances; Matt Koch (2nd, 132), Jason Gleason ﬁnished 2nd as
well, in the 145 division, and Brad Kamal (3rd, wrestling up, in the
195 weight class).
The following Saturday, Pelham crossed the New Hampshire
border and competed in the Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Big Red.
Leading the way for the Pythons were Jared
Boyden and Matt Koch, who each earned
second place medals in their respective
weight classes. Both Boyden and Koch
traveled identical routes in picking up their
hardware. After a ﬁrst round bye, they
each won the next two matches before
losing in the championship bracket ﬁnals.
Meanwhile, Tom Gleason placed fourth after dropping his ﬁnals
match in the consolation bracket. Also earning Assistant Coach
Chris Thomas’s praise was Jason Gleason (138) who wrestled well
but was victimized when he drew Tyngsborough’s Scott Camacho, of
whom Thomas indicated; “he’s got state paper – he’s a stud.”
Closing out the 2013 calendar was the highly anticipated and
regionally acclaimed, 46th Annual George Bossi Invitational held
at the Tsongas Arena. Making it to the second day of competition
is considered quite a feat in itself as there are upwards of 700 total
wrestlers vying for the prestigious ﬁrst place medal in 14 different
This year saw four Pythons make it to the second day: Jared
Boyden (113), Matt Koch (126), Brad Kamal (170) and Tom Gleason
(182). Both Boyden and Gleason received ﬁrst round byes and
then won their ﬁrst match while losing the next two. Advancing the
furthest among the Pythons in the double elimination format was
Koch, who after losing his ﬁrst match on Sunday morning, proceeded
to riﬂe-off four consecutive wins over the next 24 hours before his
stay in Lowell came to an end. Second on the team with three wins
was Kamal, who after nearly three years away from competitive
wrestling performed admirably in his ﬁrst Lowell Holiday
Tournament. “I didn’t know what to expect,” reﬂected Kamal, who
later conﬁrmed, “there’s no easy matches here.” With respect to his
ﬁne showing, the PHS sophomore praised his coach’s conditioning
regimen; “our coaches condition us so hard that we have the
advantage in the third period. I think that’s what beneﬁted me most.”
Another noteworthy showing came from Zach Koch, who after
coming off the shelf with a hand injury, won his ﬁrst match in his
Lowell debut; a 1:19 win by fall over Scott Primiano of Mt. Hope, RI.
The younger Koch was eliminated after losing his next two matches
later in the day.
Pelham’s Tom Gleason (190) records a win by fall over Campbell’s Jacob Parzych with 37 seconds remaining in the match.
From left are Python medalists at the Bronco Invite: Jason Gleason (2nd, 145),
Matt Koch (2nd, 126) and Brad Kamal (3rd, 195)
Python Wrestlers Finish Busy Opening Month
by Marc Ayotte
The Pelham girls track and ﬁeld team continued
its torrid start to the indoor track season winning
their third straight meet on Sunday, December
28 at the indoor track complex on the campus of
the University of New Hampshire. The Pythons
outscored perennial powerhouse Portsmouth by
10 points 85.5 to 75.5 as they continue to amaze
head coach Don Mullen with their collective
efforts. Also competing at the meet were Kennett
55.5, Oyster River 53.5, Windham 13 and
Raymond with 5 points.
Leading the Python personal performances
was Skyler Goss; earning ﬁrst place honors in
two events. Her results and the rest of the girls
individual results were as follows: Goss - ﬁrst
55m HH, ﬁrst High Jump, second in Long Jump
member of fourth place 4x160; Elana Eshbach -
ﬁrst shot put; Girls 4x400 team - ﬁrst place. M.
Pinksten, S. Harrington, S. Arseneault and A.
Papadimoulis; Shaylyn Harrington - second place
600m Run and sixth place High Jump and 4x400
member; Shannen Arseneault - second place
1000m Run and 4x400 member; Andrea O’Hearn
- second place 1500m Run and ﬁfth place 3000m
run; Alexandria Papadimoulis - third place 300m
run; Rachel Romeo - third place 55m HH and
4x160 team; Shayanne Skinner - third place shot
put; Avery Goss - third place 1500m Run; 4x160m
Relay fourth place - P. Spanos, J. Becker, R. Romeo
and Skyler Goss; Rhiannon Snide - fourth place
1500m run and 3000m run; Minta Notini - ﬁfth
place shot put and Alyssa Paradis - sixth place shot
On the boys side of the ledger, Portsmouth ran
away from the rest of the ﬁeld to grab ﬁrst place
honors with 102 points, followed by: Oyster River
62, Pelham 39, Raymond 28, Kennet 23, Belmont
11 and Windham with 9.
Top individual performers for Pelham were as
follows: Sutton Bradbury-Koster - ﬁrst place 55m
HH, sixth place 55m Dash and second place
4x160; Jarod Hannon - second place Long Jump,
third place 300m and second place 4x160; 4x160
relay - second place: Sutton Bradbury-Koster, Kyle
Couture, Hannon and Halpin; Joey Halpin - third
place Long Jump; Kyle Couture - ﬁfth place 300m
Dash; Dom Branco - ﬁfth place shot put; Nolan
Duffy - sixth place shot put; and the 4x400 - ﬁfth
place (A. Branco, G. Avina, K. Masson and C.
The win for the Lady Pythons follows ﬁne
showings in their ﬁrst two meets, particularly the
ﬁrst meet of the season when Pelham (89) easily
outpointed a pair of strong programs in Merrimack
Valley (46) and Oyster River (36). After the meet,
Coach Mullen alluded to a conversation he had
with PHS A.D. Todd Kress as they pondered when
the last time a girls team had won an indoor
track and ﬁeld event. “Mr. Kress and I are pretty
conﬁdent that no Pelham track team has ever
come close to winning an indoor track meet,”
revealed Mullen. With the Lady Pythons’ success
reaching new horizons, Mullen also indicated,
“The meet director also took time to point out
what a great job Pelham did today. Beating
Merrimack Valley and Oyster River and the other
12 teams is a great accomplishment,” exclaimed
the ever-enthusiastic Python coach.
Lady Pythons Indoor Track
off to a Sizzling Start
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by Marc Ayotte
The Python basketball season is well under way since we last met
with both the boys and girls teams playing in three divisional games
before escaping into the world of Holiday Invitationals in Lowell,
Massachusetts and at Nashua North, respectively.
For Coach Matt Regan’s boys squad, expectations are high this
season with plans of participating in the D-II state championship
game certainly on the agenda. Less we get ahead of ourselves; the
early part of the Snake’s schedule did have the makings of serving
as a very good measuring stick. Before the calendar would change,
Pelham would face two of the other teams that hope to be in
contention for the title – namely Portsmouth and Pembroke, in that
In the season opener in the Snake Pit, Pelham played a near
ﬂawless ﬁrst half; holding the Clippers to a paltry four points in the
second quarter as they built an impressive 28-13 halftime lead.
After a neutral third quarter, the Python express was soon derailed.
Portsmouth made it a one possession game with under a minute
remaining, but a successful Ryan Frank parade to the charity
stripe in the waning moments helped Pelham preserve a 44-38
The Python’s second game was merely a feast on the once
mighty Milford Spartans before they battled the evermore
dangerous Spartans of Pembroke. At Milford, the Pythons
seized the Spartan’s home court and made it their own
playground, led by the monster performance of Jake Vaiknoras
with 26 points. With strong supporting role performances from
Keith Brown (15) and Zach Conway (12), Pelham dominated
from tip to buzzer; mauling Milford by the score of 75-47.
Boasting an early-season 2-0 mark, the Pythons once again
had the luxury of hosting yet another pre-season, top-ﬁve team
on their home-court. This time, however, the friendly conﬁnes
of the Snake Pit proved venomous to the Pelham cause. As
was the case against Portsmouth, Pelham jumped out to an
impressive 20-12 lead by virtue of three, ﬁrst quarter trifectas
from Keith Brown (23 points). But this time things headed
south in a more precipitous manner. Pembroke outscored the
Pythons 32-19 over the ensuing two quarters and then, on the
heels of 19-10 ﬁnal frame, emphatically put the Pythons in the
loss column with a 63-49 verdict.
Taking a break from the vigorous D-II schedule, the Pythons
traveled south of the border where they competed in the 36th
Annual Greater Lowell Holiday Tournament held at host Lowell
Catholic High School. In game one of their three-game stint
in the Mill City, Keith Brown (22), Ryan Cloutier (21), and Jake
Vaiknoras (17) combined for 60 points in leading the Pythons to an
easy victory over nearby Dracut.
Advancing to the semi-ﬁnals, Pelham ran up against a very
‘long’ Chelmsford squad that dominated the boards and recorded
a plethora of blocked shots en route to a 63-39 shellacking of
the Snakes. Only ﬁve Pythons entered the scoring column with
Vaiknoras (14) and Pelletier (11) accounting for over half of Pelham’s
offensive production. The following night was a little different
as Regan’s crew exacted revenge on 2009 and 2011 Tournament
Champion, Acton-Boxborough, by cutting the Colonials down to
size, 61-40. Having a ﬁne game for the Pythons was Zach Conway
who led all scorers with 21. Both Jake Vaiknoras and Ryan Cloutier
rounded out strong tournament showings by posting 11 points each.
Lady Pythons Get In The Win Column
Loaded with individual talent, the one thing that Head Coach
Bob Shepard admits of his Lady Pythons is; “they need to learn to
play like a team.” The early going of the 2013-2014 season has
not been kind, as the Lady Pythons have quickly found themselves
occupying the basement of the D-II standings at 0-3. Granted,
Pelham has faced some stiff competition with their competition
sporting a collective 7-1 record, but the margin of defeat is the cause
With their ﬁrst three games not having seen the Snake Pit
hardwood, the Pythons have been outscored very signiﬁcantly; 71-
49 at Portsmouth, 72-49 at Milford and 64-42 at Pembroke. So, a
break from divisional play may be just what Shepard’s crew needed.
During the Christmas break, Pelham traveled to Nashua for
three games in the Nashua North sponsored Holiday Tournament.
Although their losing streak on the year reached ﬁve games after
dropping the ﬁrst two games of the tournament, the performances
were markedly improved. Despite double-digit point efforts
from Jorday Parece (15) and Katelyn Surprenant (11), the Pythons
dropped a close tournament opener to Division I Merrimack, 45-
39. In the second game, Pelham once again had a nice showing
against a Souhegan team that is undefeated in regular season play.
The Pythons saw a total of nine different players enter the scoring
column led by Hannah Paitchel with 15 as they fell short, losing to
the Sabers 42-39.
In the ﬁnal game against Nashua South, Pelham jumped out to a
commanding 24-10 lead with just 2:15 remaining in the ﬁrst half.
But a turnover frenzy by the Pythons at the end of the second quarter
and early in the third allowed the Panthers to cut the Pelham lead
to 31-30, heading into the ﬁnal eight minutes. Knotted at 41 as the
clock ticked down to the two minute mark, Paitchel (9 points, ‘tres’)
drained a long jumper from in front of the Python bench to break the
tie. With a pair of free throws from Lauren Anderson and one from
Parece in the last 51 seconds, Pelham was able to outlast South, 47-
43 for its ﬁrst win of the season.
by Jacob Gagnon
The George Bossi Lowell Holiday Wrestling Tournament, hosted
by Lowell High School (MA), is the testing ground for the best
grapplers that New England high schools have to offer at the
midway point in the season. With over 70 teams competing, the
48th annual Lowell Holiday, perhaps the toughest tournament of the
season, separates the champions from the contenders.
The Windham High School Wrestling team, led by the 2013
Division III Coach of the Year, Tom Darrin, was ready to test their
abilities against their peers from all over the region. For the Jaguars
to top last season, in which the team went undefeated and collected
both the Division III and Dual Meet Championships along with the
2013 Sportsmanship Award, may seem like a daunting task. After
all, how do you improve on perfection? But Windham’s plan for
success is simpler than that. The goal, for each wrestler and coach,
is to give everything they have every time they step on the mat.
While the Jaguars did not have any wrestlers place in this season’s
Lowell Holiday Wrestling Tournament, a number of competitors
delivered solid performances on the two-day event. Gui Gauthier
and Jon Ferri led the Windham Wrestling squad with a 3-2 record in
the tournament, ﬁnishing just short of placing.
Gauthier, at 138 pounds, recorded three pins in his three
victories; sticking grapplers from Chelmsford, Merrimack and Exeter
West (RI) High Schools. Ferri, in the 182-pound weight class,
delivered two pins against wrestlers from Manchester Central and
Plymouth Regional High Schools, while also earning a 3-1 decision
victory over a North Andover (MA) grappler.
In the 120-pound weight class, Windham’s Devin Marino ﬁnished
with a 2-2 record, including a 51-second pin and an 8-0 major
decision. At 152 pounds, Reed Wentworth ﬁnished at 2-2 with two
pin falls on the weekend. Ross Wentworth, at 160 pounds, also
went 2-2 at Lowell with two pins. Nolan Hansen (170 pounds) and
David Crichton (285) each earned a victory in the tournament.
Windham will return to the mat on Saturday, January 4, as they
compete against Bedford High School in Bedford, New Hampshire.
With the experience and conﬁdence earned from the Lowell
Holiday Wrestling Tournament, the Jaguars are ready for the rest of
the season to unfold, as they will be working harder than ever to
Windham Grapplers Compete
at Lowell Holiday Tournament
submitted by Coach Duffy
Freshman Olivia Parks came in fourth in the 200 IM and third
overall in the 100 freestyle. But her most notable performance
came in the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay. Parks came
within two tenths of a second from qualifying for states in the 50
free. “I’m looking forward to her achieving this goal in her next
meet,” exclaimed Coach Duffy.
Katie Parks came in ﬁrst in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time
of 1:23.22. She also swam her best in the 50 free. Freshman Abby
Gagnon had impressive swims in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Mandy
Tobin, Valerie Tocco and Emily Lamport all had impressive swims in
Jared Hannon is boiling the water with a state qualifying time in
the 100 freestyle. His time of 57.32 placed him fourth in the meet
against some very accomplished swimmers. He also swam a state
qualifying time in the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay. Glenn
Leuteritz and Zach Johnson turned in impressive performances in
the 50 freestyle. Jay Fenderlander, in his ﬁrst attempt of the 100
butterﬂy, came in ﬁfth with a time of 1:22.57. Matt Lamport is
ready to break through the 30 second barrier in the 50 freestyle with
a time of 30.51, which is a personal best. Will Campbell, Brenton
Ferullo, Brett Young and Brandon Lynch all swam personal bests in
Pythons Impressive in Pool Opener
PHS Hardwood Roundup
Jake Vaiknoras dribbles past Pembroke’s Patrick Welsh
during frst half action in the Snake Pit.
Lady Python Sarah Ratclife shows good anticipation as she steals an
inbounds pass during the fourth quarter at Nashua North.
Pelham’s Hannah Paitchel drives to the hoop during
Nashua North Holiday Tournament action.