by Len Lathrop
As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award
project, Mary Hammar hopes to add a
pergola to the Pelham Public Library.
Mary recently hosted a spaghetti supper
Friday, April 25, at the St. Patrick’s
Church Parish Center to raise money for
her unusual but inviting project.
Hammar plans to construct a
pergola, a type of arbor, over the patio
at the Pelham Public Library. It will
transform the under-used patio space at
the library into a peaceful, welcoming
environment that patrons can enjoy.
This addition will turn the space into
a great place to relax, read, or study,
as well as an ideal venue for library
programs. A pergola is an archway
in a garden or park consisting of a
framework covered with climbing or
trailing plants. It has its origin in the
mid-17th century from Italian, from
Latin pergula, ‘projecting roof,’ and
from pergere, ‘come or go forward.’
By completing this transformation at
the library, Mary hopes to encourage
the community to spend more time
outside enjoying all that nature has to
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the
highest award in Girl Scouting. In
order to earn this award, girls must
design and implement a project that
targets an issue in their community.
The project must take a minimum of
80 hours to complete, be linked to a
national or global problem, and be
Mary is a member of Troop 10547
where Scouts from both Pelham and
Hudson work together. Hammar, a
Pelham High School senior, will attend
the University of New Hampshire in the
fall to study dietetics.
This pergola will cover a patio that
was constructed by Jake Wormald as
his Eagle project as a member of Troop
25 and Crew 610 in 2011, but has been
somewhat underutilized because of the
bright sun. Helping Hammar with her
project is local builder Pete Ripaldi; a
prior pergola he built is pictured. The
project has a rough cost for materials of
$800. Mary has been fundraising and
wished to thank Hannaford, Sam’s Club
and St. Patrick Church for their help
with the supper.
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by Barbara O’Brien
“What do we do next year?” That is the question SAU 95
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg posed to the Windham
School Board during another extremely lengthy and, once again,
contentious meeting. The issue to which Feneberg was referring
was how the school district was going to cope with the loss of the
portable classrooms located at Golden Brook Elementary School.
School board members had voted 3 to 2, last month, to permanently
abandon the partially dismantled modular building and not to spend
any more time, money or resources on rehabilitating the 14-year
The portable building was evacuated this past January after
evidence of further mold contamination was discovered. The
problem ﬁrst surfaced about 11 months ago, but school board
members had thought remediation had rectiﬁed the situation.
Unfortunately, that was not the case and more mold was found to
be growing in some of the spaces above certain classrooms. At
the time, ﬁrst graders were located in the portables. They were,
subsequently, moved to the main building at Golden Brook and four
third grade classes were relocated to a section of Windham High
When the move was made this past February, it was the school
administration’s intent to have it only be until the end of the current
school year. At the time, it was thought that the portables would
be refurbished and ready for use for the 2014-2015 school year.
Due to the decision last month, however, there will be no portable
classrooms at Golden Brook to house any students.
Faced with yet another space dilemma, administrators considered
several options for what they hope will be only short term. Options
presented during the May 6 board meeting included the following:
Keeping the status quo, which is housing four third grades classes
and the pre-kindergarten program at the high school;
Relocating all eight third grade classes to the high school (four of
these classes are now at Center School);
Relocating all ﬁfth graders to the high school (these students are
now at Center School);
Relocating all eighth graders to the high school (these students are
now at Windham Middle School); or
Relocating all kindergarten students to the high school (these
students are now at Golden Brook).
After considering all the pros and cons of each of these
alternatives, Feneberg recommended that the status quo be
maintained and four third grade classes be housed at Windham High
School for the upcoming school year. “There is no good solution,”
Feneberg said, but, out of the possible options, felt this choice was
the least of the worst. Feneberg said his recommendation was based
primarily on the likely impact on students, both the high schoolers
and on whichever younger group would be relocated to the nearly
ﬁve-year-old facility. “This is not to be considered a permanent
solution,” Feneberg said. “It is only a temporary compromise.”
Feneberg also said that the feedback he has received from
teachers, as well as the parents of third graders housed at the high
school currently, has been very positive.
High School Assistant Principal Bob Dawson discussed the impact
that moving an entire additional grade to the high school would
likely have on high school students. “There is very little open
space available at the high school,” Dawson said. “And the more
we get squeezed, the less ﬂexibility we have in offering courses.”
“The more we move students around, the more classes become
Guidance Director Julie Lichtman explained that a four-year plan
is formulated when a freshman enters Windham High School; a
plan that could be seriously affected by adding an entire younger
grade to the school’s population. The classes which would be most
affected would be the Honors and Advance Placement courses, she
added. Bringing the eighth grade to the high school and integrating
it into the high school program would also have an adverse affect on
the ongoing accreditation process, which is well underway. “That
would be a real game changer,” Lichtman said, adding that the
accreditation process would most likely have to begin all over again.
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This 1945 photo shows Mrs. Donovan, teacher at the former Gumpus one-
room school on Mammoth Road, instilling patriotism, sacriﬁce and loyalty, in
her students by recognizing Memorial Day at the Pelham home of Raymond
Jurewicz, who was killed in World War II. I was fortunate to be one of her
students at that time.
1945 Memorial Day Tribute
at Home of Raymond Jurewicz
Pelham Library to Gain a Pergola
A group of Scouts helps Mary Hammar, third from left,
with a spaghetti supper at St. Patrick’s Parish Center.
A pergola will be built by Pete Ripaldi to cover the patio constructed previously
by local Eagle Scout, Jake Wormald.
Opposing Opinions : Reps ‘Have the Floor’ at PHS
submitted by Alyssa Sandall and Tia Floyd,
Pelham High School
Representative Charlene Takesian (R) and her husband,
former New Hampshire representative Harold Lynde (D)
and current town selectman, participated in a question-and-
answer session hosted by Ms. Dube’s criminology class on
April 21at Pelham High School to speak about current issues
being voted on in New Hampshire’s legislative branch.
Representative Renny Cushing (D–Hampton), sponsor of the
Death Penalty Repeal Bill, was also invited to attend, but
declined the invitation.
Current issues that were discussed included the death
penalty repeal, marijuana laws, and a potential fetal
homicide bill that may soon be in effect. School Resource
Ofﬁcer Brian Kelly of the Pelham Police Department was
also present to speak on behalf of law enforcement in regard
to the death penalty being repealed. Students asked various
questions and offered their opinions about the three topics.
Prior to the presentation, students did extensive research in
order to learn more about each issue.
Rep. Takesian and former Representative Lynde helped
students to understand more thoroughly what was currently
being voted on in the legislative branch of New Hampshire.
Rep. Takesian made students aware that in New Hampshire,
unlike in other states, every request for a law change or
a new bill is heard. Rep. Takesian explained that she has
mixed feelings about the death penalty; she would keep it
the way it is currently written and not repeal it because it
is so seldom used and she sees no compelling reasons to
repeal it. She believes that the death penalty does not act as
a deterrent for crime.
Harold Lynde, on the other hand, is in favor of repealing
the death penalty. He explained that from what he has
heard from people directly affected, they say that the death
penalty does not do anything to help them emotionally. He
personally thinks it sends the wrong message to kill people
on death row through execution. He stated that it would
be more cost efﬁcient to give defendants life without parole
than to put them on death row, but he was unsure what the
exact costs for each would be.
Although the death penalty repeal was deadlocked in
the Senate and was not passed, Rep. Takesian explained
that Governor Maggie Hassan would sign it if it passed the
Senate only if it would not apply to Michael Addison who is
currently on death row for killing Manchester Police Ofﬁcer
Ofﬁcer Kelly stated that he and most other law
enforcement ofﬁcers do not want the death penalty to be
repealed. The last time a person was executed in the state of
New Hampshire was in 1939. As the death penalty stands
currently, a person is eligible for the death penalty for killing
a police ofﬁcer, kidnapping a person and a homicide
Ms. Dube’s criminology students heard from Rep. Takesian and her husband, Selectman Harold Lynde.
continued to page 14- Third Graders
continued to page 15- Reps
Teacher Catherine Donovan, far left, appears with students,
from left, Arthur Bergeron, Cliford Patenaude, unknown, and Stephen Straughan.
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The College of Saint Rose has announced that Catherine E. O’Hare of Pelham is one
of 104 students who was honored for outstanding academic achievement.
O’Hare, a junior, received the Krista Henry Award at the annual Honors Convocation
held recently on the Saint Rose campus. This award is presented to a junior majoring in
psychology whose overall grade-point average and grade-point average in psychology
is at least 3.50 and who demonstrates - through course work, internship or other
experiences - compassion, concern for others and an interest in entering the helping
University of New England senior Amanda Vaudreuil was
named CCC Player of the Year and ﬁrst team shortstop.
Vaudreuil, a senior from Windham, has been a consistent
force for the Nor’easters this season, a midst one of the best
statistical campaigns on record at UNE. Additionally, the second
team All-CCC shortstop from 2012 ﬁnished ﬁrst or second
against other league players in nearly every offensive category
during the 18-game CCC schedule. Vaudreuil currently holds
an overall batting average of .504 and led the league with a .554
average against CCC opponents on 32 hits (tied for ﬁrst). The
senior also led the league with an on-base percentage .600, a
1.000 slugging percentage, and in runs scored with 25. In all
games played, she has scored 42 runs on 63 hits and drove in
37 RBI, all good for ﬁrst in the league. Vaudreuil has 25 extra-base hits, behind 18
doubles, and six home runs, all adding up to 101 total bases. Over 37 games so far, she
has reached base safely in all but three contests, tallied 20 multi-hit outings, and posted
four hits on ﬁve different occasions. Nationally, the shortstop ranks among all NCAA
DIII athletes in batting average (11th), doubles per game (22nd), on-base percentage
(25th), toughest to strike out (30th), slugging percentage (31st), and runs per game
(33rd). UNE enters the 2014 CCC Tournament as the No. 4 seed after compiling a 12-6
record in league play (23-15 overall).
Pelham resident Lauren Mitchell graduated from Northeastern University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude. Lauren did two
internships while attending school. One was with the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative
Services and the other with the U.S. Marshal Service. Lauren will pursue her master’s
degree in the fall at Northeastern University.
Austin Preparatory School senior Jonathan Saurman of
Pelham was honored by the National Football Foundation
on May 4. Saurman was selected as a 2014 scholar-
athlete, one of only a few thousand across the country
to earn this distinction. Criteria for the award include,
but are not limited to, academic achievement, athletic
accomplishments and community leadership. He is
congratulated by Austin Prep Headmaster James Hickey and
Head Football Coach Bill Maradei, who nominated him for
the award. The ceremony took place at the Boston Newton
Marriott hotel in Newton, MA.
On May 2, Alexandra O’Donnell of Pelham received
the Dan Award at Curry College’s 45th Annual Awards
Recognition Ceremony. This special event honored Curry College students who have
achieved excellence in academics, student life, the arts, and athletics. In all, more than
70 awards were presented to deserving students.
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by Barbara O’Brien
A New Hampshire Department of
Transportation program that has already
been in effect for the past four years is
now making inroads into the Town of
Windham. Representatives of the DOT
met with selectmen last month to discuss
implementing the High Risk Rural Road
Program in this part of the state.
Bill Oldenburg from the Bureau of
Highway Design and Highway Safety
Engineer Michelle Marshall met with
town ofﬁcials to explain the goals of
the program. People often worry about
the hazards of traveling on high-speed
interstates or other major highways, but
a signiﬁcant number of very serious,
sometimes fatal, motor vehicle accidents
also happen on those dark, winding
back roads. In fact, Windham is ranked
as the 40th worst for such incidents out
of the total 239 communities statewide.
The High Risk Rural Road Program
is being mandated by the federal
government through its highway safety
program. The program’s main purpose
is to reduce fatalities. “Most accidents
happen on rural roads, when a driver
leaves the road and hits a tree or lands
in a ditch,” Oldenburg said. One of
the goals of the project is to reduce
accidents by reducing driver confusion.
“It’s vital to provide consistency for
drivers,” Oldenburg said.
Hoping to make these roads safer,
especially in bad weather or at night, the
program is working to replace existing
road signs with new highly reﬂective
signage. “The new signs will be much
brighter and ﬂuorescent,” Oldenburg
explained. “They are much more
noticeable both day and night. They
practically glow in the dark.”
According to Marshall, “They (the new
signs) are critical for nighttime driving.”
Selectmen’s Chairman Ross McLeod
commented, “The signs literally pop out
at you at night.”
Approximately $900,000 per year is
being spent in New Hampshire on this
project. This project incurs no expense
to local communities. Once the signs are
erected, however, they do become the
property of the municipality in which they
Other communities in southern New
Hampshire currently being assessed
include Derry, Lee, Raymond, Deerﬁeld,
Chester and Nottingham. Forty
communities in other parts of the state have
already been evaluated. It is expected that
the program will be completed statewide
some time in 2015.
Marshall commented that there has
already been a 10 to 15 percent reduction
in accidents in areas where the new signs
have been erected. The new signage
does not include speed limit signs, which
will remain unchanged. The ultra-bright
signs include curve indication warnings,
chevrons, sharp curve indicators and “Slow
Down” signs before especially treacherous
areas. Some “school bus stop” signs have
already been switched over to the new
ﬂuorescent material and can be seen along
Route 111 in Windham.
According to Windham Fire Chief Tom
McPherson, the next step in the process
will be for DOT representatives and
local ofﬁcials to go out on the roads and
view existing signs, thereby determining
the need for the new-style road signs.
McPherson is also chairman of the
Windham Highway Safety Committee.
During the survey, ofﬁcials will be
reviewing the crash data from speciﬁc
areas for the preceding three years.
Selectmen are throwing their full support
behind the project (5 to 0) and have sent
a letter to the DOT indicating their desire
to proceed. “The town has the ﬁnal say,”
Oldenburg emphasized. Before any
signs are actually posted, the issue will
be brought back to selectmen for a ﬁnal
review and decision.
Striving to Make
Rural Roads Safer
submitted by Meghan Marcus
An annual presentation of artwork being created by
students in 9th through 12th grades in the state of NH is
opened at the NH Institute of Art’s Sharon Arts Center on
Friday, May 2. This will be a juried exhibition designed
to help strengthen the artistic development of the
students who participate
by experiencing the
preparation, jurying, and
The exhibition will run
from May 2 through
June 14 at the Sharon
Arts Center Exhibition
Gallery, 30 Grove St. in
Open to all 9th through
12th grade high school
students in the state of
NH, students offer up to
two digital submissions
Acceptable media include ceramics, drawing/pastel,
digital art, glass, 2D mixed media, 3D mixed media,
painting (oil and acrylic), photography, printmaking and
watercolor. Best in Show will receive a $250 grand
prize. Ten ﬁrst-place winners from each media category
will receive a $50 prize. Additionally, the NH Institute
of Art will award a $1500 scholarship to a graduating
The juror for the NH High School Students exhibition
is Joel Gill, associate dean of student affairs at the NH
Institute of Art. Gill received his Masters of Fine Arts
from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from
Windham High School participants and their works are
as follows: Connor Birmingham – Adamma, Magbetu
Woman and Child, Grade 12; Nicolas DePamphilis – Me
in 3D, Grade 10; Kristen Doucette – Adamma, Blue Jar;
Zachary Nardini – Unknown Soldier, Grade 12; and Max
Souter – Chicago, Grade 10.
Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.sharonarts.org.
submitted by Lucy Wilkerson
Second graders from Cub Scout Pack 610’s Wolf
Den celebrated Earth Day by heading to Long Pond in
Pelham. On April 24, the Veteran’s Memorial Park Town
Beach became the den meeting site for some of the boys
in Den 3. Armed with rakes, buckets, trash bags and
gloves, the wolves came one step closer to earning their
World Conservation Badge. In all, their hour and a half
of work netted them 10 small bags of trash. Their next
Den meeting will have them taking a tour of the NH Fish
and Game Hatchery in Nashua and learning more about
Pack 610 is holding an “Electronics Collection
Recycling Fundraiser” on Saturday, May 31 from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of St Patrick Church,
18 Main St. in Pelham. For a complete list of what is
being accepted and for fees, visit the website at www.
pack610nh.com. In conjunction the Pack is working
on a “Go Green Energy” Expo for the same day. This
educational event will feature companies totting “Green
Energy” solutions for homes and businesses.
To learn more about Cub Scout Pack 610, visit the
website or like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Second graders from
Cub Scout Pack 610
Den 3 are Kaden and
Lars Helgemoe, Nathan
Paquette, Daniel Porter
(den chief ), and Bradley
Sprague. Also pictured is
Emily Paquette (Cadette
Girl Scout Troop
Pelham Scouts Pitch in on Earth Day
submitted by the Ofﬁce of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
In advance of the Senate’s consideration of legislation to
increase the minimum wage, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
(D-NH), on Tuesday, April 28, cited data that shows New
Hampshire’s families, veterans and economy would
beneﬁt greatly from raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
Currently, New Hampshire’s minimum wage is $7.25.
According to reports, increasing the minimum wage
would result in a raise for more than 110,000 Granite
Staters, including approximately 67,000 New Hampshire
women. The move would also lift more than 10,000
Granite Staters out of poverty.
“Raising the minimum wage will help create New
Hampshire jobs, boost our economy, and make sure hard
working people can provide for their families,” Shaheen
said. “Increasing the minimum wage is the right thing
to do for the 110,000 Granite Staters who have earned
a raise and for the 10,000 who would be lifted out of
poverty. I hope we can pass this bill this week on behalf
of New Hampshire workers, families, and our economy.”
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
and analysis from the Economic Policy Institute, raising the
minimum wage to $10.10 would also add $90.8 million
to New Hampshire’s GDP; help more than 4,500 New
Hampshire veterans earn a living and stay out of poverty;
and create 400 new jobs.
The federal minimum wage has lagged behind the cost
of living for decades and has lost more than 30 percent
of its value since 1968. The Minimum Wage Fairness Act
would help restore the earning power of the minimum
wage by raising it to $10.10 over two years. The Senate is
expected to consider the bill this week.
Increased Minimum Wage
WHS Students Participate in State
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Many small children dream of becoming a police ofﬁcer when
they grow up. Achieving that goal when they reach adulthood,
however, is not an easy undertaking.
During the second session of the Windham Citizen Police
Academy, participants learned about the arduous tasks involved
in becoming a law enforcement ofﬁcer. “It takes a special type of
person to succeed as a police ofﬁcer,” Windham Police Sergeant
Bryan Smith said. Smith is responsible for putting together the
nine-week citizen program that got underway on April 17. He
has been with the department for the past nine years. “A police
ofﬁcer has to stay calm under very stressful situations,” Smith
continued. “A police ofﬁcer often has to react counter-intuitively
– running toward a dangerous situation, rather than running away
“What does it take to become a police ofﬁcer?” Captain Mike
Caron asked. Caron is the most senior person at the Windham
Police Department, having been employed there for the past 22
years. “I’ve seen a lot during these years,” Caron said, remarking
on the steady growth of the community and the related issues that
go with that expansion. Caron worked as a patrol sergeant from
1996 to 2006, an investigator from 2006 until 2009; achieving
the rank of captain in 2010.
Caron explained that, these days, nearly 100 percent of those
who apply for a position with the Windham Police Department
have a college degree. In New Hampshire, applicants must be
hired by a local police department prior to being able to enter the
New Hampshire Police Academy program.
The ﬁrst phase of the testing process is a written test; with a
minimum 80 percent being the passing grade. The physical ability
test, which comes next on the agenda, requires 100 percent to
pass. Next is the oral review board, which is made up of three
members of the police department, each of whom asks questions
of the applicant. At this point, the top two or three candidates are
interviewed by the police chief, who ultimately selects the top
Being chosen as the top candidate, however, is far from the
end of the quest. Next comes a comprehensive background
check, which includes any possible criminal activity, education,
ﬁnancial status, and former employment. “We’ll talk to
everybody,” Captain Caron said. “We’ll go everywhere to ﬁnd
out what we need to know.” “We dig, dig, dig,” he said.
If a candidate makes it through the background check, which
can take weeks, a psychology test and pre-polygraph questioning
is administered. These questions can take several hours to
complete. Next, is the actual polygraph, itself. “We lose six to
seven out of 10 applicants during the polygraph,” Caron noted.
“There’s no such thing as a ﬁb,” Caron said. “If it’s not the truth,
then it is a lie.”
Finally, the top candidate undergoes a medical examination
and drug screening. “If the individual passes all of these aspects,
he or she is offered a job,” Caron said. Windham only actively
recruits for new ofﬁcers when a position needs to be ﬁlled, he
The next step in the process is attending the 14-week live-
in program at the New Hampshire Police Academy, which is
located on the campus of the New Hampshire Technical Institute
in Concord. While attending the academy, the candidates are not
paid by the State of New Hampshire, but by the local community
where they were hired.
Caron described the police academy as being “paramilitary,”
in that recruits must learn how to take orders. Those attending
the academy are also schooled in laws, ethics, human relations,
safety, ﬁrearms training and report writing. Much of the training
is based on scenarios. After graduation from the police academy,
the individual participates in a 12-week program, working
directly with a local ﬁeld training ofﬁcer, honing skills and
becoming familiar with the community in which he or she will be
working. “After six months, this individual is essentially ready to
work on his or her own,” Caron said, although continued training
never ends. A new ofﬁcer is on probation for the ﬁrst year of
employment and is not under contract during this period.
In order to even start the process of becoming a police ofﬁcer,
an applicant must meet a set of minimum standards set by the
New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, whose
responsibility it is to grant and revoke certiﬁcations. Minimum
standards include being at least 21 years of age (there is no
speciﬁed upper age limit), being a citizen of the United States
of America, having a minimum high school diploma or GED.
Also, applicants must never have been convicted of a felony or
multiple misdemeanors and possess a good driving record. An
applicant may not have been diagnosed with any serious mental
disorder nor dishonorably discharged from the military. Any
possible illegal drug involvement is also scrutinized during the
initial application period. Knowingly making false statements
during the application process is also reason for not being
selected to move forward. “Lying is the biggest reason people are
disqualiﬁed,” Caron said.
When asked if it is difﬁcult to attract ofﬁcers to Windham
who are already certiﬁed, a situation which saves taxpayers a
signiﬁcant amount of money in training, Carol replied. “We
do make a good salary in Windham, but, still, we are the
lowest paid agency in this area, which makes it hard to attract
certiﬁed ofﬁcers from elsewhere.” Until this past March, when
the majority of Windham voters approved a new police union
contract, Windham Police had previously been without a
contract for four years. On a positive note, however, “We haven’t
lost anyone to another department for the past eight and a half
years,” Caron said.
The cost of hiring and training one new police ofﬁcer totals a
minimum of $25,335, Caron explained. This includes $11,200
for 14 weeks at the police academy, plus an entry-level salary
of $20 per hour while attending the academy. The initial outlay
for uniforms and equipment amounts to about $1,600 at a
minimum, plus an additional $1,200 for body armor; a piece
of equipment Caron described as “priceless.” While the Kevlar
vests are considered to be bullet resistant, in that the vest absorbs
much of the energy of a bullet, projectiles can still cause soft
tissue damage to the person wearing the vest. The vests are ﬁtted
individually to the person wearing it and, due to wear and tear,
need to be replaced about every ﬁve years.
Ofﬁcers carry about 25 pounds of equipment on their “Sam
Browne” belts every time they are on duty. The name of the belt
comes from a British Army ofﬁcer who served in India during
the end of the 19th century and designed the belt to compensate
for a war injury to his arm. The belt, which originally included
a strap that crossed one shoulder, became standard fare for
American military ofﬁcers during World War I. Sam Browne
belts, minus the shoulder strap, are now worn almost universally
among police ofﬁcers. As for the equipment carried on the belt,
Caron said it is the portable radio that gets the most use. “That’s
our lifeline,” he said.
Becoming a Police Offcer is No Easy Task
Staff photos by Barbara O’Brien
Windham Police Sergeant Bryan Smith displays the various “tools of the trade”
used by local law enforcement. Smith created the ongoing Citizen Police Academy
now being held weekly at the Windham Fire Department
Windham resident Tim Stanton checks out the 25 pounds of equipment worn
by local police of cers. Stanton is one of 20 people taking part in the inaugural
Windham Citizen Police Academy.
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Te National Association of Letter Carriers, in
conjunction with the rural Carriers and the U.S. Postal
Service, will conduct a Food Drive to help restock
community food banks. Tis year’s event will be held
on Saturday, May 10, as part of the NALC’s nationwide
response to the ever increasing need for food in the
battle against hunger.
Residents of Hudson, Litchfeld and Pelham are
asked to leave non-perishable food items by their
mailboxes on Saturday, May 10, for pickup by their
carriers. All food collected will stay in Hudson,
Litchfeld and Pelham food banks.
In 2013, 10,600 pounds of food was collected and
distributed to families in need. Nationally, 74.4 million
pounds of food was collected. Great job done by all
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Letters to our Editor
Tank you, WHS Families
Te Senior Safe Night committee wishes to thank the
following families who have given us a donation for the
Class of 2014’s Last Night event.
$20.14 Contributors: Adams, Allgood, Anderson,
Augusta, Belinski, Bench, Bergeron, Bermingham,
Bono, Boroche, Bouley, Broady, Bruzzese, Byers,
Cappiello, Caron, Chan, Chou, Clark, Clemons,
Cocciardi, Curtis, D’Angelo, Dastous, Donovan,
Dorman, Duclos, Duke, Fabiano, Farrell, Fischer,
Folsom, Forgione, Frake, Gagnon, Gallagher, Gauthier,
Gendreau, Golden, Higgins, Hoenisch, Hollins,
Hopkins, Houde, Howe, Hudson, Hume, Jolicoeur,
Joseph, Khoury, Kosowicz, Kuchipudi, Leclair, Letizio,
Levesque, Lewis, Lindquist, Lisowski, Lombardo,
Lowman, Maliszewski, Maltais, Manning, Martel,
Merchant, Miedico, Miller, Miller, Montenbrey,
O’Neil, Petrycki, Piazza, Poirier, Potter, Ricard, Rice,
Rogers, Sharpe, Shea, Smith, Smith, Stevens, Sundman,
Sweeney, Swift, Winston
Freshmen Level - $25 to $100: Aylaian,
Carbonneau, Carpenter, Cino, Depamphilis, Gill,
Greenleaf, Lagos, Liddy, Masone, Megna, Miller,
O’Connor, Peterson, Costa, Cipollone, Jiang, Pereira,
Andon, Angelini, Graham, Dutrisac, Boyd, Farr,
Folsom, Giardino, Lemay, Leonard, Lippold, Matsco,
Savukinas, Vafdes, Splagounias, Willis
Sophomore level - $101 to $299: Pierson
Each year, the committee takes on the huge task of
raising $8,000 to fund this evening of fun and safety on
graduation night. All donations are used 100 percent
to provide entertainment, decorations, food, and rafes.
Te event is always a huge success; almost 90 percent
of the senior class attends. Please join our current
sponsors this year and send a tax deductible donation or
a rafe prize to WHS Senior Safe Night – Last Night,
64 London Bridge Road. On behalf of the Class of
2014, we graciously thank you!
Donna Hume, Windham
Te Community Development Department and
Windham Economic Development Committee would
like to thank Massage Chi Holistic & Fitness Center for
being the May and June Community Business Sponsor
for the Windham Community Economic Development
web site. Visit the website at www.windham-nh.com to
view the Massage Chi Holistic & Fitness Center ad and
fnd a link to their web site. Massage Chi Holistic &
Fitness Center is a one stop shop for all your health and
ftness needs. Take a few minutes to visit their website
to see what services they can ofer you and your family
and don’t forget to thank them for their continued
support of community economic development in
Laura Scott, Community Development Director,
Training Police Offcers
in the Field
by Barbara O’Brien
Even after 14 weeks at the New Hampshire Police Academy,
recruits are only about halfway through their initial training. They
still have another dozen weeks to train beside the local FTO (Field
Training Ofﬁcer). One of the FTOs in Windham is Ofﬁcer Philip
Ofﬁcer O’Loughlin has worked for Windham Police for the past
ﬁve years. He is a former Army paratrooper and has earned a
bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
O’Loughlin said he is a big advocate of community policing. “I
really want to get to know the people in this community,” he said;
not just those who have gotten into some kind of trouble. “As a
general rule, we deal with two-percent of the people about 99
percent of the time,” he commented. O’Loughlin is one of the
ofﬁcers who made a presentation during the inaugural Windham
Citizen Police Academy, which got underway on April 17 with
20 non-law enforcement participants. The program will continue
through early June.
O’Loughlin explained that the mission of a ﬁeld training ofﬁcer is
“to produce a highly trained and positively motivated professional,
who is capable of meeting contemporary law enforcement standards
of performance.” O’Loughlin’s goal is to build on what was learned
at the police academy and to apply that knowledge to the real world.
“Teamwork is paramount,” he said. As a police ofﬁcer, new skills are
learned all the time; with training going on day after day, year after
year. “It’s never really the end of training,” O’Loughlin said. “We’re
Among the training given to new ofﬁcers is how to protect
themselves, their fellow ofﬁcers and citizens in general; to be
constantly aware of their location and surroundings, how to most
expeditiously get from one place to another, and to be able to use all
the tools of the trade
O’Loughlin said he doesn’t like relying on GPS. “What happens
when a satellite goes down and you’re called to a domestic?” he
questioned. “How do you get there now?” “You need to know the
quickest route from here to there,” he said. “GPS will often send you
the long way, anyway,” he added. New ofﬁcers need to learn the
location of all businesses and other landmarks in town, as well as
where even the most remote roads are located.
Being designated as a ﬁeld training ofﬁcer carries multiple
responsibilities, including supervision, teaching, evaluation,
remediation, counseling, inspecting and being a positive role model.
“Police ofﬁcers see things the general public doesn’t want to see,”
O’Loughlin said, “and we need to be prepared for that.”
When a ﬁeld training ofﬁcer has completed administering the
12-week program to a new police ofﬁcer, he or she needs to be
conﬁdent that the new ofﬁcer is capable of being there when
needed. “You need to know that this ofﬁcer is capable of helping
you get home safely at the end of the day,” O’Loughlin said.
Get Fit in Body and Soul …
Become a Dog Walker or Volunteer
submitted by Animal Rescue Network of New England
They all wag joyfully in anticipation of a kind pat on the
head, a clean kennel or better yet, a walk in the sunshine.
Animal Rescue Network of New England, Inc is currently
recruiting volunteers for any aspect of rescue; happy walking
feet (mornings and/or evenings) to exercise the dogs, hands on
at the shelter and at our monthly Pet Adoption Days or “off site”
If you help out with handling dogs at our Pet Adoption Day,
you will be matched with dogs in your comfort/experience level
and no more. ‘Off site’ volunteers need not be as experienced
in dog handling, but might be able to write thank yous, update
ﬂyers, develop fundraising events, etc. A bonus would be
to have volunteers with veterinary or obedience training
Come to our volunteer meeting on Thursday, May 15, at the
Pelham Police Department Community Room from 6-7:30 p.m.;
come to our next Pet Adoption Day on
May 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First
Congregational Church located at 3 Main
St. in Pelham or visit www.arnne.org and
click on the Volunteering Link.
If you do not have time but would like
to support our efforts, consider making
a donation on our site via PayPal or mail
your tax deductible donation to: ARNNE,
Inc, P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076.
Please support these great animals.
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Strawberry Festival and Book Fair Call for
Volunteers. Mark your calendars for the
Friends of the Library of Windham’s 31st
Annual Strawberry Festival and Book Fair.
The Strawberry Festival Committee is in the
process of planning this wonderful event and
now we need you! Last year, over 200 people donated
a few hours of their time to help out at the festival.
We hope you’ll consider volunteering this year. Our
dedicated volunteers are what make the Strawberry
Festival and Book Fair successful each year. Visit
http://tiny.cc/2014StrawberryFestival and http://tinyurl.
com/2014SFBookFair for information on available
volunteer positions. We look forward to seeing you.
Pelham Parks and Recreation, 6 Village Green,
Pelham, NH 03076 will be accepting applications
from teens ages 14 plus (as of July 1) for the Junior
Leader Volunteer Program relating to our Tot Summer
Camp and the Summer Camp program for ages
6-13/14 at Pelham Veterans Memorial Park. Forms are
due by the end of May 2014. Applicants will assist our
camp counselors and be in training to become a future
counselor. It is an opportunity to accumulate your
community service hours for the high school. There
is an interview process and the need for two letters
of recommendation as well as a youth employment
certiﬁcate. It is an unpaid position for the six weeks of
camp starting July 7. An 80 percent time commitment
is expected. Forms are available at our town hall
ofﬁce or on the website, www.pelhamweb.com/
recreation. E-mail email@example.com or call
635-2721 with any questions.
Thursdays thru June 12
Walking Program for Adults and Older Adults
with Windham Recreation, 9:15 to 10 a.m., Grifﬁn
Park (meet at bulletin board in front of Grifﬁn on ﬁrst
day). Program fee. Windham Recreation is excited
to team up with the Londonderry YMCA to offer this
program! Join Karen for weekly walks at Grifﬁn Park
and exercises designed to build balance, strength,
endurance, and community. To register, contact
the Recreation Ofﬁce at 965-1208 or by e-mail at
Tuesdays thru June 24
Live Stronger Classes! Open to teens and adults,
ages 16 and over. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Pelham Senior
Center. The instructor is Sue O’Maley, who has
extensive experience with workout programs of
various descriptions. This is a total body workout that
strengthens, sculpts and tones all the major muscle
groups. Work the core, upper and lower body to
protect and strengthen muscles, joints and bone
health, boost energy levels, enhance mood and burn
calories. You must be able to get down to the ﬂoor
and back up. Bring a mat, water bottle and wear
supportive athletic shoes. Program fee. Space is
limited. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call
635-2721 with any questions.
Friday, May 9
The John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post
10722 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will hold
a Loyalty Day Veteran Beneﬁt Dinner at St.
Patrick Church, 12 Main St. in Pelham. Doors
open at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $10 per adult;
$5 per child under 12. Chicken, rice, veggies,
salad, coffee, tea, desserts, and more! Contact Mark
McCabe at 635-1540, e-mail: vfwmark.mccabe@
yahoo.com or visit our website at www.pelhamweb.
Saturday, May 10
2014 Electronics/Mercury Collection
Event. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Windham High
School. Proceeds to beneﬁt the Windham
PTA. For more info visit www.windhampta.
Sunday, May 11
Boy Scout Troop 610 of Pelham invites
you to attend a Mother’s Day “Queen Bee”
Brunch on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make that
special woman in your life feel like a queen
bee! Join us at the Pelham American Legion,
32 Windham Rd. in Pelham for a delicious selection
of food as well as a silent auction. Cost is $12 per
Monday, May 12
Toddler Music with Sarah Gardner. Come
play with us! Sarah Gardner will be at the
Nesmith Library at 10 a.m. to Sing into
Spring! Bring your little ones to join the
band, explore instruments, sing and dance
along to their favorite stomping, jumping,
ﬂying, twirling songs. This program is for children
ages 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required; space is limited. Stop by or
call the library at 432-7154 to register.
Do It Yourself Part D Workshop to be held on
from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Southern NH University,
25 Pelham Rd., Room 311, 3rd ﬂoor, in Salem, for
residents of Rockingham County. This workshop is
hosted by Rockingham County ServiceLink in Salem.
Learn how to enter your own medications, compare
Medicare drug plans and enroll in a drug plan using
the Medicare Plan Finder. Participants are requested
to bring a list of their medications with dosage and
frequency information and their Medicare card.
Enrollment is limited so please call ServiceLink at 893-
9769 to register. Basic computer skills are required to
participate in the Workshop.
Wednesday, May 14
NH Speaker of the House Terie Norelli -
Guest Speaker. Together with the Pelham
Democratic Town Committee the Hudson
Democratic Town Committee invites
you to come, listen and ask questions of
Representative Terie Norelli, NH Speaker of
the House. Her comments will include giving a
“statehouse update” including where the House Dems
are with respect to their agenda and an opportunity for
Representative Norelli has served three terms as
speaker of the House, the only Democrat to serve in
this position in over 100 years!
Representative Norelli has served as the ranking
Democrat on the House Science, Technology, and
Energy Committee where she was chair of the Clean
Air Subcommittee. She has also served on the
Public Works and Highways Committee as well as
co-chaired the Reproductive Rights Caucus, as well
as many other boards and committees. She is well
versed and experienced in the workings of our elected
representatives in Concord.
Bring a food item to share if you wish. Coffee and
soft drinks will be provided.
The meeting will convene at 7 p.m. at the VFW
John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St.,
Thursday, May 15
At tonight’s meeting, the Windham Garden
Club will focus on the group’s 24th annual
Plant Sale to be held May 17 at the Windham
Town Hall parking lot.
Sale co-chairs Margaret Crisler, Club
President, and Su Bennett, Treasurer, will review
committee and individual assignments for plant
collection, sale set-up and area stafﬁng.
Club members are reminded to bring their sold
tickets and money for the Nancy Surette Memorial
Scholarship rafﬂe, the drawing for which will be held
at the Plant Sale’s closing.
The meeting will be held at Windham Town Hall, 3
North Lowell St. at 7 p.m.
All members of the local business and non-proﬁt
community are invited to a free workshop on entitled
“Leading Your Business to Success!” By attending this
workshop you will learn how your leadership style will
inﬂuence the level of performance for you and your
employees each day. The leadership discussion will
cover: Leading verses Managing, Leadership Styles,
When to Lead and When to Follow, Leading Millennial
Workers (birth years ranging from the early 1980s
to the early 2000s), Leading to Customer Service
Excellence, Self-Leadership and Resources. This
workshop will be led by Al Getler, who is President of
Ellie on Wheels Media, Inc.
The workshop will be held at Searles School &
Chapel, 3 Chapel Rd. in Windham from 5:30-7 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited; register online at www.
windham-nh.com or RSVP to Laura Scott,
Community Development Director, at lscott@
windhamnewhampshire.com or 432-3806 by May 12.
Woodworking Presentation: Nesmith Library will
be hosting Woodworker Stephen Carey at 6 p.m. for
a discussion and presentation on Multi-Generational
Concepts and Design in wood art. Carey, a NH artist,
has thrived in a home shop for over 40 years, making
unique wood art using average tools and supplies
on a budget, and knows how to help fellow amateur
woodworkers succeed. Stop by the library to see a
display of his intricate pieces. Carey will also hold a
short Q&A on the woodworking process. For more
info on this program, call the library at 432-7154.
Saturday, May 17
“Ladies and gentlemen! Start your little red
wagons!” That traditional cry will ring out
over the Windham town Hall parking lot at
9:30 a.m., when the Windham Garden Club
opens its 24th annual Plant Sale.
The region’s largest such event will feature
nearly 3,000 perennials for shade, sun and in-
between, annuals, vegetables and herbs all hardy to
the area. Almost all of the plant material has been
frown and/or donated by Club members and friends,
and each of the well-marked sale areas will be staffed
by knowledgeable gardeners ready to answer any and
The Sale will also include the annual Nancy Surette
Memorial Scholarship fund rafﬂe, with the prize
drawings to be held at the Sale’s closing at 1 p.m.
Shoppers are encouraged to bring wagons and
garden carts. Cash and Checks only will be accepted.
Sunday, May 18
Join the Windham Endowment for
Community Advancement at its Third Annual
Jazz Brunch and Art Show Auction. This
annual springtime event to celebrate ﬁne arts
in Windham will include a wonderful buffet
and feature professional jazz music by the Say
ward Quartette, Artist displays, and a silent auction
with art pieces, Cenobite Lake Park tickets, restaurant
gift certiﬁcates and much more.
Searles School and Chapel, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at windhamendowment.org.
$20/adult, $10 child, $60/family maximum (two adults
and unlimited children).
We hope you will come and relax to the
sounds of smooth jazz, enjoy good food,
beautiful art, and visit with friends. Proceeds
from the event will support the Windham
Endowment Scholarship, Recreation,
Environmental and Cultural Funds.
Tuesday, May 20
Flower Arranging Workshop at the
Nesmith Library Sponsored by the
Friends of the Library of Windham.
Back by popular demand, Dianne
Howes will be conducting a hands-on
workshop at the Library at 7 p.m. Dianne
will demonstrate and guide participants in ﬁlling a
medium-size basket to hang on your wall or your
door. We will be working with silk ﬂowers so your
arrangement can be used all summer long and for
years to come!
Many in town know Dianne for her tireless efforts
for the Future Farmers Association (FFA) and the Skills
USA Competitions for the building trades students in
the area. She does all this while also managing David
Howes Construction, Inc. But did you know in a
former life she was a ﬂorist? She still keeps her hands
busy with ﬂoral arrangements.
Register at the front desk of the library or by calling
432-7154. This event is free and open to the public
but space is limited to the ﬁrst 20 to sign up. In the
event the workshop is full, we will have a waiting
list. With enough people, we will schedule a second
Wednesdays, May 21 thru June 25
New Art Program for Kids! Beginners,
all ages (starting at age 6) welcome. No
experience needed. The course with our
talented certiﬁed art teacher, Julie Slattery,
will explore art in various mediums, such as
water colors, oil pastels and clay. Students will
use their imagination and creativity to explore art.
Materials provided. Get ready to create! Parent drop
off and pick up.
Program will be held at the First Congregational
Church basement classroom from 4:30 to 5:30
p.m. Size of groups is limited; ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve.
Program cost. Sign up by May 15. Registration form
at 6 Village Green or online at www.pelhamweb.com/
recreation. Call Pelham Parks & Rec at 635-2721 with
any questions or e-mail Recreation@pelhamweb.com.
Friday, May 23
Crossroads Church at 43 Atwood Rd.,
Pelham, is hosting the Hear Our Worship Tour
with Jaime Jamgochian, the Andy Needham
Band and Joe Frey at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6
p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://
www.itickets.com/events/324032.html. For more
information contact the church ofﬁce at 635-1556.
Last day for Women’s Spring Slow Pitch Softball
sign up for women ages 18 and over. All games
will be played at Newcomb Field on Sunday and
Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. on
Sundays and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Games will last
seven innings scheduled every 1 14/ hours. The ﬁrst
game is June 1, with each team playing 12 regular
season games followed by play offs. League will
follow modiﬁed USSSA rules; however, only USSSA
approved bats will be allowed. Players are required to
supply their own equipment and uniforms. Each team
should ﬁnd a sponsor to purchase team t-shirts for
them. No metal cleats are allowed. USSSA Umpires
will have access to game balls. No metal cleats are
Program cost. Forms and payment may be mailed
to 6 Village Green, Pelham, NH 03076. You may
also register and pay online with MC/VISA at https://
webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Program is subject to
cancellation due to insufﬁcient sign-ups. Call 635-
2721 or e-mail email@example.com with any
Tuesday, May 27
Hiking the Appalachian Trail: An Evening
with Roger “Hammer” Tetreault. Have you
ever dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail?
Or are you a casual hiking enthusiast who
likes the challenge of meeting nature on foot?
Come to the Pelham Public Library at 6 p.m. to
hear of one man’s experience doing just that!
Tetreault took the phrase “take a hike” literally
when he decided to walk the 2,176.4 miles of the
Appalachian Trail. A carpenter by trade, Roger is a
backpacking and hiking enthusiast. After 10 years of
hiking the local terrain, he decided early in 2008 to
hike the Appalachian Trail.
It took Roger ﬁve and a half months to hike from
Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in
Maine. He hiked from March 25 until September
7. Roger has produced a presentation in which
he chronicles the many sights and sounds of the
Appalachian Trail. Join us at the Library to view
Roger’s adventure. After the presentation, Roger will
take questions and lead a discussion. Free and open
to the public.
For more information about all our events go to
http://pelhampubliclibrary.org or by calling us at 635-
Saturday, May 31
The 31st Annual Strawberry Festival will
take place at Windham High School from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event will feature games,
entertainment, rafﬂes, information booths and even a
dunk tank! There will also be plenty of delicious food
for purchase provided by many local establishments,
to include the Festival’s signature strawberry shortcake.
A book fair will be held in conjunction with the
Festival. Mark your calendars and join the Friends of
the Library of Windham at this wonderful community
Sunday, June 1
Beach Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come
join us for food, activities, music fun
at Pelham Veterans Memorial Park, 11
Mammoth Rd. in Pelham. Free giveaways,
games, music, face painting, inﬂatable’s for
the kids, new playground, volleyball game at the
beach, BBQ and other refreshments, Summer Camp
Sign-Ups. (Rain date: Sunday, June 8.)
Tuesdays, June 3 thru July 8
The Pelham Parks and Recreation is offering
Adult/Teen Tennis lessons to be run by USTA
Certiﬁed Instructor Phyllis Morris at Pelham
High School outdoor tennis courts for six
weeks. The program will emphasize the
skills of the game with a fun and challenging
environment designed to get the best out of each
participant. Time: Teens 5-6 p.m.; Beginners/
Advanced Beginners, 6-7 p.m.; Intermediate 7-8 p.m.
Program fee. See https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com for
online sign ups. Class size is limited; ﬁrst come-ﬁrst
served. Each player must bring his/her own racket and
one can of new tennis balls. For more information,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 635-2721.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 3 thru June 26
Strength Lab Boot Camp - ages 18 to 106 are
invited! No experience needed for this ﬁtness class.
A variety of functional strength exercises will be
combined with cardio circuit intervals, agility and drill
for the full body. It is designed for all ﬁtness levels to
lose weight, reduce stress, tone, increase strength and
endurance, increase energy and build conﬁdence.
Program will be held at the Dennis Lyons Memorial
Park behind Pelham Town Hall from 5:45 to 6:45 a.m.
Program cost. Sign up by May 27. Registration form
at 6 Village Green or online at www.pelhamweb.
com/recreation. Register online at https://webtrac.
pelhamweb.com. Call 635-2721 with any questions
or e-mail Recreation@pelhamweb.com.
Sunday, June 8
The Windham Rail Trail Alliance is pleased
to announce that the seventh annual Flat
‘n Fast 5K Road Race and Walk on this
picturesque paved rail trail.
On line registration is available on www.
coolrunning.com, and on the WRTA website
This is a point-to-point USATF (NH10032RF)
certiﬁed race starting from the Roulston Road entrance
at 8:30 a.m., with a fun walk starting immediately after
the last runner. The race is organized in conjunction
with the Windham Recreation Department with chip
timing provided by Granite State Timing.
The ﬁrst 250 runners will receive a race shirt. First
male/female ﬁnishers will receive a cash prize, and we
award $50 for setting a Course Record (Male - 16:38,
Female - 19:01) and there are also age group awards
and free rafﬂe for participants. Food and refreshments
will be served after the race.
The Windham Rail Trail is renowned as the
benchmark for paved rail trails in the state. All
proceeds go towards trail maintenance and
Tuesday, July 8 thru Thursday, August 14
Tots Summer Playground Camp at Elmer G.
Raymond Memorial Park Lodge. Boys/Girls, ages 3-5
(by July 1), Tuesday/Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each
day. Program fee. Sign-ups begin May 1. For more
information, e-mail email@example.com or
Wednesday, July 9 thru Friday, August 15
Pelham Summer Camp at Pelham Veterans
Memorial Park, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday
No camp on full rain days; no makeup
dates. Extended care available 7:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. Program fee. For more information,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 635-2721.
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On April 24-26 FIRST Robotics Team 3467, The Windham Windup,
from Windham competed at the FIRST World Championships in St.
Louis, Mo., taking home a divisional win and slipping just short of the
The FIRST Robotics World Championship draws 400 of the top
robotics teams in the world. The teams compete in 100 divisions with
the division winners advancing to compete for the world championship
title. Going into the event, Team 3467 was ranked sixth in New England
region and was one of the top competitors in their division.
After going 5-5 in qualiﬁcation matches, The Windham Windup
was picked by Team 2590 from Robbinsville, N.J., Team 1625 of
Milwaukee, Wis., and Team 1477 from The Woodlands, Texas. The four
teams faced stiff competition and emerged as the division champions.
The teams then went to play against the three other division winners
for the title of world champions. The Windham alliance made it to
the semi ﬁnals where they lost
to the eventual world champion
The intensity of competition
wasn’t the only challenge for
the local squad. The morning
of departure, Team 3467 was
informed their coach bus was
cancelled due to a mechanical
problem leaving the team
scrambling for an alternative.
With help from Windham’s school
administration and an anonymous
donor, The Windham Windup
secured vehicles to travel to St.
“It was a very stressful start,”
Windham High School senior
Greg Samsel said.
The team also found aid from
Team 58 of Maine, an alliance
partner that assisted Windham
in winning the UNH District in
March. Team 58 transported Team 3467’s pit supplies and equipment
in one of their bus bays.
“FIRST is great because all the teams are so friendly,” sophomore
Dan Savukinas said. “Without Team 58, we would have had no tools
or spare parts with us, and we would not have been able to do so well.”
Highlights of Team 3467’s 2014 competition season include two
district events wins, two Engineering Inspiration awards recognizing
the team’s commitment to building an appreciation for science and
technology in the community, and the prestigious Chairmen’s Award for
embodying the values of FIRST.
Team 3467: The Windham Windup would like to thank the
Windham community for all the support that has sustained them
through their successful season.
About The Windham Windup
FRC Team 3467 is the FIRST Robotics Competition team from
Windham High School in Windham. Active since October 2010, the
mission of the team is to inspire students to seek careers in engineering,
science, and technology. By enabling educational and entertaining
partnerships with mentors who have experience and backgrounds in
these ﬁelds. Major supporters include the Windham School District,
Veloxion, BAE Systems, Veolia Environmental Services, and Pugliese
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration
and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an
appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in
Manchester, NH, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to
build self-conﬁdence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young
people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.
by AJ Dickinson
The Windham Garden Club recently hosted a book discussion
with Thomas J. Mickey, New Hampshire resident, author, and former
professor of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University.
Members of the Windham Garden Club relaxed in town hall that
evening eager to hear this accredited writer and educator’s view on
modern gardening and its marketing inﬂuence throughout the 19th
After recently publishing his third book, America’s Romance with
the English Garden, this past year, Mickey has spread his ideas on
America’s fascination of the English-style garden by speaking about
his book at more than 50 locations around the country. In the
month of April alone this dedicated author has 20 book discussions
scheduled throughout the Northeast. “If I don’t go out and give talks
about the book people won’t know about it.” said Mickey as he
explained that since retirement he dedicates at least two hours a day
to contacting organizations across the country. By promoting his
book Thomas is making Americans everywhere recognize that our
understanding of the “ideal lawn” was inﬂuenced by seed company
The idea for the book came through teaching such subjects as
history of marketing and advertising. He has expressed his interest
in advertising and its inﬂuence on the public by examining public
relations materials such as catalogs, brochures, videos, and press
releases for the past 20 years. “What amazes me is how we try to
persuade others to take up an idea, a candidate, or a product,” said
Mickey. As someone who is obviously curious about what is being
promoted in this country, as well as being a master gardener, he
formulated a question, “how did we get the garden marketed to us?
Next, he decided to take charge of his interests and contacted the
Department of Horticulture Services at the Smithsonian Museum in
Washington, D. C., where he proposed interest in studying marketing
of the garden in the 19th century. Reluctantly, he was invited by the
museum to stay for an entire year where many hours of investigative
research led him to factual evidence suggesting that Americans were
“seduced” by the idea of the English garden style of landscaping.
While investigating the subject, Mickey made a discovery about
the seed company’s strategic choice to advertise the English garden,
“though the company owners knew the French, Italian, Spanish, and
Dutch gardens, the English garden, with its signature lawn, became
the brand to sell seeds and plants in the nineteenth century.”
Thanks to the efforts of these seed companies the lawn soon
became one of the most notable features of the American landscape.
Originally it took Thomas two years to write the ﬁrst draft of his
book, but after rewriting it several times over seven years the book
was completed and published by the Ohio University Press in 2013.
“The book centers on the idea that in the late 1880s, for the ﬁrst
time, with the rise of the number of newspapers in each city along
with national magazines, Americans had a type of garden inspired
by the media, and not simply by a small group of family and friends
who might offer advice on what to plant and how to arrange a
garden,” Mickey explained. “People wanted standardized products
like Quaker Oats and Ivory soap. They wanted a garden like the one
on the catalog cover.”
‘The Windham Windup’ Takes Divisional Title
in FIRST Robotics World Championship
Tomas J. Mickey chats with Danielle Durocher,
program director of the Windham Garden Club.
Staff photo by AJ Dickinson
How America’s Romance with the English Garden Bloomed
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Any good company or organization has a policy which gives a vision
of where they are, along with goals to get to a clear deﬁned future. New
Hampshire towns such as Windham use these visions as well to give
town staff and residents a comprehensible direction for their community,
its land use and overall development. The Southern New Hampshire
Planning Commission will assist Windham in the ﬁrst stage of developing
its 2015 Master Plan. Everyone will be involved in this process. The town
will distribute and collect surveys from all residents starting about the
middle of May and throughout the month of June.
“I’m sure the citizens will ﬁnd time to give input on their community,”
said Windham Community Development Director Laura Scott.
The surveys should be available online on the town website (www.
windhamnewhampshire.com), through press releases in local newspapers,
on paper copy in municipal buildings, and advertised on town cable TV.
However, the Windham Planning Board is still working out the details of
how the surveys will be outreached to the community. The survey results
will then help give a direction to the updates of the town’s master plan.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission Executive Director
David Preece gave a presentation at the 2015 Master Plan Kickoff meeting
in Windham on April 30 during the ﬁrst part of the planning board
meeting. The kickoff meeting was open to public input and gave the
planning board and residents a chance to discuss the organization and
schedule for developing phase I of the master plan. According to Preece,
the master plan serves to answer the questions where we are now, where
we are going, where do we want to be, and how do we get there? The
last master plan was updated in 2005. Windham updates the master plan
every ten years.
New Hampshire municipalities are required to have a master plan by
state law. New Hampshire legislation RSA 674:2 describes it as follows:
“The Master Plan shall be a set of statements, land use and development
principles for the municipality with such accompanying maps, diagrams,
charts, and descriptions as to give legal standing to the implementation
ordinances and other measures of the planning board.”
Chapters in the master plan include land use, regional concerns,
demographic trends, and a vision statement. Other optional chapters may
also include the following: transportation, community facilities, economic
development, natural resources, natural hazards, utility and public
service, implementation, housing, community design, neighborhood plan,
cultural and historical resources, energy, and recreation.
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission will assist the
Windham Planning Board in gathering the data for the development
of the town’s updated master plan. These ﬁrst steps start with data
gathering and end with ﬁnalizing a vision and goals for the town and
are considered phase I. The details of phase II had yet to be decided as
of press time. Once phase I is complete, the funding for phase II must
be approved for the budget in March of 2015.
“I don’t anticipate it being that expensive because a lot of it has
already been done,” said Windham Community Development Director
The planning board will soon meet with members from various
committees within the town to discuss the selection of questions on the
surveys as well as any other thoughts on the updates to the master plan.
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission will work with the
town in the development of the surveys.
Preece has a database of questions that have been used to develop
other master plan developments and will offer the questions to the
planning board to potentially use on the surveys.
“There might be questions that aren’t in the database that are unique
to Windham that will need to be developed,” Preece said about
additional questions that may be added after conversations among
Another major step in the data collection process will be an open
public discussion of residents’ concerns and goals for Windham in the
Kick-off Workshop. This community event has yet to be scheduled,
but is said occur during the summer. “This is where we ﬁnd out from
the community what are the needs and the assets that Windham has,”
The planning board will use the results from the surveys and the
Community Kickoff Meeting to ﬁnalize phase I by the end of the year.
Planning Board Vice-chairman Alan Carpenter hopes to move up the
conclusion of Phase I to fall of 2014. Scott and Preece believe it is a
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission is a
coordinating agency that helps plan the initiatives of Manchester and
13 other communities in the surrounding region. The municipalities
they serve have a variety of sizes ranging from 3,600 to 110,000 in
For more information on the Windham Master Plan 2015, contact
Windham Community Development Director Laura Scott at 432-3806
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
by Barbara O’Brien
A lot of public input was generated at a recent Windham
Selectmen’s meeting regarding what to do with the parcel of land
previously used as a skateboard park. The 170-foot-by-80-foot piece
of town-owned property is situated near the entrance to Grifﬁn Park.
After serving as a skateboard park for nearly a decade, the area was
closed about a year and a half ago, due to numerous and repetitive
The area where the former skateboard park was built has been
deserted for months, ever since selectmen made arrangements to
have the ramps, fencing and other equipment trucked away. Now
that spring is here, however, it is time to come up with some plans
for using this prime piece of land. As a result, in order to generate
additional discussion on the subject, selectmen solicited public
input during their meeting on April 21.
The ﬁrst person to speak was Barbara Coish, who, among her
numerous other activities, serves as volunteer manager of the
Windham Senior Center. Coish said that several of the people who
frequent the senior center are suggesting that the former skateboard
park be turned into “a passive area,” where people can relax and
play such traditional games as shufﬂeboard, horseshoes or Bocce.
“Just plant grass and add some shade trees,” Coish recommended.
An area for playing chess or checkers was also among the
suggestions made by senior citizens.
David Howard, who is president of the Windham Community
Band, made a pitch for a bandstand or outdoor performance stage
to occupy the former skate park area. Howard, who said the idea
also has the support of the Windham Actors Guild, described the
idea as being a covered, raised concrete slab, large enough for
a 50-member concert band (approximately 30 feet by 50 feet).
Howard commented on the fact that this area is close to the parking
lot, which would make it convenient for residents, as well as for
musicians lugging instruments. “A band shell would be an excellent
addition to the community, wherever it is put,” State Representative
Kevin Waterhouse commented. Long-time actor and director Bob
Haas, said there might be federal or state funding available for
constructing an outdoor stage. He also suggested that a small fee be
charged to those attending events to help defray any maintenance
Resident Betsy Raymond came to the podium to suggest building
sand volleyball courts. “It should be made into a Family Fun Fitness
Area,” she said, adding that two courts would ﬁt in the available
space perfectly. Raymond said that Brookline, N.H., is currently
doing such a project with a budget of $15,000. Raymond said
that sand volleyball is growing in popularity. “I feel it is a perfect
addition to the park,” she stated, noting that people of all ages can
participate. If there were two courts available, up to 24 people
would be able to pay at one time. When asked if there is room
at the Town Beach for playing volleyball, Recreation Department
Coordinator Cheryl Haas said there was not. Later, however, former
coordinator Margaret Case, who held that position for 18 years,
said there is room at the beach for one court. “It has been done
previously,” Case said.
Bob Coole, a long-time resident who rarely misses a selectmen’s
meeting, said that, more than 16 years ago, when the original plans
for the park were made, they included both a horseshoe pit and
a volleyball court. Coole suggested that selectmen give “rebirth”
to a survey that was conducted in 1997 and ﬁnd out what today’s
residents prefer. “Make this a true town effort,” he urged town
Long-time resident and town moderator Peter Grifﬁn expressed
concern about the amount of available parking at Grifﬁn Park if the
facilities continue to grow. “Grifﬁn Park is an amazing complex,
one that is very popular,” Grifﬁn said. In fact, it’s so popular, Grifﬁn
said, that it has become “a regional venue,” with people coming
from surrounding communities, as well as from Windham. Grifﬁn
addressed the earlier suggestion that a bandstand/stage be built at
Grifﬁn Park, stating that he believes somewhere at the high school
would be a better idea. “There’s never a parking problem up there,”
Ginny Campanula, another Windham resident, suggested
selectmen consider constructing a golﬁng cage (30 feet by 60 feet)
using nylon netting, telephone-type poles and steel cables. Two to
three people would be able to use it at a time, she explained. Such
a facility could serve people of all ages, Campanula commented.
Community Development Director Laura Scott suggested
putting in raised ﬂower beds, similar to the ones at Prescott Park
in Portsmouth. Make it a public beautiﬁcation project, Scott said.
Margaret Case encouraged selectmen to “look at the big picture of
the park, not just this one spot.”
State Representative Mary Grifﬁn, whose late husband, Andy, is
the namesake of Grifﬁn Park, said she spends a great deal of time
at the park. “I really appreciate all the effort that has gone into
making it the wonderful place that it has become,” Mary Grifﬁn said,
adding that she would hate to see the area become “too crowded.”
Referring to Grifﬁn Park as “Andy’s Utopia,” Mary Grifﬁn said, “It’s
important that everybody enjoy it.” “Get off your duffs and get out
there,” she said. “You’ll live a lot longer, if you do!” Mrs. Grifﬁn,
who follows her own advice, is 88 years old. As for what to do with
the former skateboard park, Mrs. Grifﬁn told town ofﬁcials to “put
your heads together and come up with some brilliant ideas.”
School board member Dennis Senibaldi, who also serves on the
town’s recreation committee, said that as much as he loves sports,
he agrees that a more passive area would be a good idea. “A shady
place to sit down and relax” would work well in that particular area,
Senibaldi said. Newly elected selectman Joel Desilets suggested
making the area into a quarter-mile walking path, one that could be
beautiﬁed with trees and shrubs.
Other ideas that were bandied about included building a splash
pad, similar to the one in Derry; a dog park, where pets could play;
and a “Pickle Ball” court. “Pickle Ball” is a paddle sport that was
invented in 1965 by a resident of the State of Washington. It was
named after the inventor’s family dog, which enjoyed chasing balls
across the lawn. “Pickle Ball is a combination of badminton, tennis
and ping pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court, using a
regulation tennis net, a paddle-style racquet and a large plastic ball.
While town ofﬁcials continue to discuss the possibilities, several
residents asked that the former skateboard park be kept open for
younger children to ride their bikes.
After extensive discussion and signiﬁcant input, selectmen voted
4 to 0 to conduct a community-wide survey, using the upcoming
master plan survey as the vehicle for obtaining suggestions from
residents. “This is the best way to get the widest swath of people,”
selectmen’s Vice-chairman Al Letizio, Jr. said. “This will help us
determine what people really want,” Selectman Bruce Breton added.
The survey will be distributed later this year. In the meantime,
anyone who has any other ideas for the former skateboard park is
encouraged to contact one of the selectmen.
Community to be Surveyed on Uses for Former Skate Park
Windham Master Plan 2015: Coming Soon
submitted by the Pelham Police Department
On Monday, April 21, at approximately
3:20 p.m., members of the Pelham Police and
Fire Departments responded to a report of a
motorcycle accident on Herrick Circle. Upon
arrival, they located the motorcycle in the
middle of the road and the operator sitting
on the side of the roadway. The operator was
identiﬁed as Ronald Sousa, 57, of Pelham.
Sousa had been operating his 2012
orange KTM on/off road motorcycle when he
apparently lost control of the bike. Sousa fell
off the motorcycle and struck his head on the
pavement causing a severe head wound. He
was treated immediately by the Pelham Fire
Department. Due to the head wound, Boston
MedFlight was called and responded. He
was ﬂown to Tufts Medical Center for further
The Pelham Trafﬁc Accident Reconstruction
Team was called to the scene of the crash to
investigate it further. Sousa was not wearing
a helmet at the time of the crash. The cause
of accident remains under investigation.
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The Windham Fire Department has a long and proud history of service to the Town of Windham.
The Windham Historical Society would like to highlight the people and events that have shaped that
history in town.
From the time the original ﬁrehouse was built next to the town hall in the 1940s to its present
location on Fellows Road, many changes have occurred. Many professional and volunteer
ﬁreﬁghters have passed through its doors. Numerous buildings, ﬁre trucks and ambulances have
come and gone.
A get together on Wednesday, May 21, at Searles Chapel on Range Road in Windham has been
scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Stop by to reminisce. Bring any memorabilia items that you would
like to share. Any pictures that can be scanned, CDs or ﬂash drives that can be copied would be
Do you have any pictures of remembrances of the old ﬁre station and additions, the new ﬁre
station, mutual aid, any ﬁres such as the Rockingham Park ﬁre, Johnson’s Barn ﬁre or the Malden
If you have a remembrance to share, write it down: call or e-mail one of the people below, or
bring it on Wednesday May 21 to Searles Chapel and be a part of the history. WCTV is going to
record this event for all to enjoy later.
Fore more information, contact Frank or Diane Farmer at 434-7196 or e-mail Jean Manthorne at
by Barbara O’Brien
The large, white, windowed garage doors that grace the front of the 67-year-old former Windham
Fire Station will be replaced, but the goal is to keep the original look. The stone and wood building
was built in 1946.
Last year, selectmen decided to include the door replacement on their list of needed maintenance
tasks. Some of the doors had not been working for a long time. Subsequently, a bid process was
begun, netting a total of eight bids from companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The
lowest bid came from a Concord, New Hampshire ﬁrm at $9,995; the highest from a company in
Massachusetts at $13,800. Selectmen decided to go with the second lowest bid, however, from
a Hooksett company, quoting $10,544. By a vote of 4 to 0 to 1, selectmen chose the slightly
more expensive bid because the company included necessary carpentry work, as well, and, also,
manufactures the tracks on which the doors operate in-house. The bid was awarded to R.G. Tomes
Prior to awarding the bids, town ofﬁcials consulted with members of the Windham Historic
District Commission and Historical Society to make sure the original authenticity will be retained.
Voting in favor of moving forward with the bid were Chairman Ross McLeod, Vice-chairman Al
Letizio, Jr. and Selectmen Roger Hohenberger and Joel Desilets. Selectman Bruce Breton abstained
from voting on the decision.
In other business, selectmen unanimously approved a bid for reshingling the roof on the
community development building, located next to town hall. A total of six bids were received. On
the recommendation of Town Administrator Dave Sullivan, the project was awarded to A+ Exteriors
for a total cost of $5,466. The only contingency would be if some of the existing plywood under the
shingles needs to be replaced. Should that be the case, the issue will be brought back to selectmen
for further action.
by Barbara O’Brien
Five Windham ﬁreﬁghters will be getting
new sets of protective gear, while the Windham
Police Department will be replacing ﬁve
vehicles with newer models.
The majority of selectmen decided to waive
the bid process for both of these purchases as
there is only one area vendor who provides the
protective gear for ﬁreﬁghters, and the vehicles
being considered for the police department
had already gone through the state bid process
in Massachusetts. The only negative vote
came from Selectman Roger Hohenberger.
Hohenberger was not opposed to buying the
gear or the vehicles. He was, however, not
in favor of waiving the bid process. Voting in
favor of waiving the bid process were Vice-
chairman Al Letizio, Jr., Joel Desilets and Bruce
Breton. Chairman Ross McLeod was not in
attendance at the meeting.
Fire Chief Tom McPherson said the ﬁve
sets of protective gear that will be purchased,
totaling $10,560, will replace the worst existing
sets of gear. “Globe” gear, which will be
purchased from Bergeron Protective Gear, a
New Hampshire ﬁrm, is a well-known brand,
McPherson told selectmen. “In terms of
quality, it is one of the best,” McPherson said.
Five years ago, the last time some of the
gear was replaced, Windham ﬁreﬁghters tested
about seven different brands of protective gear.
“No one else came close to Globe,” McPherson
stated. McPherson said he anticipates getting
about 10 years of use out of the new gear.
Selectmen voted 4 to 0 to purchase the ﬁve sets
of protective gear from Bergeron.
As for new vehicles for Windham Police,
town ofﬁcials were told that there are no
2014 models left through the State of New
Hampshire bid price. However, Windham is
eligible to purchase such vehicles through the
State of Massachusetts bid price at the same
cost offered to communities in the Bay State.
After some discussion, selectmen voted 4
to 0 to purchase four Ford Explorers and one
Ford sedan-style cruiser. The sedan model will
be assigned to one of the department’s two
captains. The total cost of the deal amounts to
$131.617, which is $117 more than originally
budgeted. The vehicles will be obtained
through a three-year lease/purchase agreement.
The acquisition was previously approved by
voters this past March.
Selectman Joel Desilets asked whether the
new Ford Explorers are more fuel efﬁcient than
the vehicles being replaced. “Yes, without
question,” Town Administrator David Sullivan
responded. The new SUVs are said to get about
18 miles per gallon, as compared to about 16
miles per gallon on the vehicles being taken
out of service.
Marietta A. Potter, 79, a long-time resident of Pelham, passed away
at her home on May 1, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, from
complications of breast cancer.
She was born in Lowell, MA, on March 13, 1935, daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. William Flanagan.
Marietta was a deeply caring and loving person. She was a shining
example of how people should lead their lives. She was the Pelham
Town Librarian for many years, where she read to all the town’s children.
It was at her position with the Library where she realized there were
families in the town that were unable to feed their children. Through her
faith and with the help of St. Patrick Church, she established the Pelham
Food Pantry. For over 20 years the Pelham Food Pantry has fed children
in need, and to date feeds over 100 families per year. In 2011 the Town
of Pelham dedicated its annual report to her, in dedication to feeding the hungry. In previous years
she was chosen as the Grand Marshall at Pelham’s Annual Old Home Day Parade for her dedication
to volunteerism. She was also a member of the Women’s Guild and Red Hat Society.
Her passion for travel led her to all places throughout the Western Hemisphere, but her favorite
destinations were the White Mountains and York Beach, ME.
She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Potter; her sister, Linda Souza; her brother,
James Flanagan and sister-in-law Charleen Flanagan; her three daughters, Charlene Perrin, Brenda
Rutherford and son-in-law John Rutherford, and Annette Jeanson and son-in-law John Jeanson.
She leaves the world a much better place for her nine grandchildren, Jason Rutherford, Michael
Dionne and his wife Maureen, Hailee Perrin, Tyler Perrin, John Patrick Jeanson and his ﬁancé Amber
Pelletier, Joshua Jeanson, Travis Jeanson and signiﬁcant other Emily Barnaby, Bryana Kelly and her
husband Patrick, Nicholas Rutherford and his ﬁancé Nicole Shawver; and four great-grandchildren,
Jason Rutherford, Lili Rutherford, Mikayla Dionne, Lincoln Dionne and soon to be Baby Kelly. She
also leaves many nieces and nephews and her dear friend Kay Neskey.
A memorial service was held on May 5 at St. Patrick Church in Pelham.
In lieu of ﬂowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marietta’s memory to the St. Patrick’s
Food Pantry, 12 Main St., Pelham, NH 03076, or Susan G. Komen at www.komenmass.org.
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by Barbara O’Brien
The Windham Rail Trail, which meanders
through portions of the town and connects at
either end to Derry and Salem, has become
increasingly popular, not just with residents,
but with other people, as well. And while town
ofﬁcials and members of the Windham Rail Trail
Alliance are pleased that the recreational trail is
well utilized, they are also concerned about too
many requests for conducting road races.
Organizing and putting on a road race is
a very large undertaking, Windham Rail Trail
Alliance Chairman Mark Samsel said. “To
run a reasonable race (100 runners) can cost
from $2,100 to $2,500,” Samsel said. “It can
become much more expensive than people
might think.” There is also the issue of liability,
plus insufﬁcient area parking. And if an event
isn’t done properly it can reﬂect negatively on
races held by the Windham Rail Trail Alliance,
which conducts two such events on an annual
basis. A 5K race is held in June and a 10K race
takes place in September, both of which serve as
fundraisers for the non-proﬁt Rail Trail Alliance’s
Members of the Rail Trail Alliance are
extremely active in maintaining the recreational
trail, putting in about 250 volunteer hours
per year just on maintenance, plus another
200 hours devoted to outreach programs. In
addition, about $4,000 of the money raised by
the Windham Rail Trail Alliance, on an annual
basis, is spent on maintaining and upgrading the
trail. Windham is leasing the trail from the State
of New Hampshire on a long-term basis.
After a period of discussion on whether or
not to allow other races to take place along
the Windham Rail Trail, selectmen voted
unanimously (5 to 0) to only allow the two races
sponsored by the Rail Trail Alliance. Selectman
Joel Desilets wanted to know if this included
walking events, such as those held for non-
proﬁt fundraisers, like the ﬁght against breast cancer. Samsel said requests for walk-a-thons would
be considered separately. Any such requests would go to the selectmen for a ﬁnal decision, Samsel
In other business, selectmen voted 4 to 1 to make members of the Windham Rail Trail Alliance
“ofﬁcial town volunteers,” so as to include them under the town’s umbrella liability insurance
coverage. Currently, there are eight individuals who will be included under this designation.
“Unexpected things do happen,” Selectmen’s Chairman Ross McLeod commented.
Town Administrator David Sullivan said including these people under the town’s liability coverage
will have absolutely no impact on the cost of the premium. Voting in favor of including the Rail Trail
Alliance members as ofﬁcial town volunteers were Selectmen Ross McLeod, Al Letizio, Jr., Roger
Hohenberger and Bruce Breton. Voting against the motion was Selectman Joel Desilets.
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Route 111 Median to be Spruced Up
by Barbara O’Brien
Town ofﬁcials are hoping that spending some
additional money on sprucing up the median
strip along the Route 111 By-Pass in Windham
will help to beautify what is considered “The
Gateway” to this crossroads community. The
median strip was originally installed by the New
Hampshire Department of Transportation as
part of the Route 93-111 reconstruction project.
Maintenance of the shrubbery planted along
the median strip, however, is now the town’s
Selectmen voted 4 to 0 to approve a bid of
$20,000 to Boyden Landscaping for maintenance
along this stretch of roadway. In past years, the
allocation was $16,000. The bid from Boyden, a
local landscaper, is the only one that was received
by the deadline.
Town Administrator David Sullivan said there is
more work involved in maintaining this area than
was originally anticipated by town ofﬁcials. In
hopes of cutting down on the excessive growth of
weeds, landscapers will be applying Round-Up
earlier this year, than has been done in the past.
Selectman Bruce Breton said he was not
opposed to spending more money on this project,
something that has been needed for several years.
“Boyden’s does a great job,” Breton said.
Vice-chairman Al Letizio, Jr. commented
that he feels this is a lot of money to spend on
landscaping this area, but it does need to be done.
In the future, however, he would like to see the
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Town of Pelham
Building Permits Issued April 21-May 2
Edward & Linda Peters, 26 Fletcher Drive, 29/7-27-9,
remove and replace existing 16 x 30 deck and construct
new 14 x 18 three season screen porch.
Joe Garon, 14 Harmony Lane, 4/9-138-6, 16 feet 6
inch by 32 feet 6 inch steel wall vinyl liner in-ground
Lebel Brothers Realty Trust, 42-44 Nashua Road, 21/3-59,
removal of third kitchen and three closets.
Peter & Linda Cote, 9 Velma Circle, 14/9-136-29, renew
permit for a 30 x 15 above ground pool with deck.
Sean & Yvette Minuti, 77 Mulberry Lane, 24/12-44-3, 27
foot round above ground pool.
The MSA Realty Trust, 7 Main Street, 22/8-119, 42.6 x
28.6 post and beam garage; variance granted 4/14/2014,
Case No. ZO2014-00003.
Classy Edge, 122 Bridge Street, 29/7-98, 36 inch x 24 inch
temporary sign, “Classy Edge Open Early Mon-Sat 8AM.”
James W. Petersen Build Homes LLC, 8-10 Juniper Lane,
Steven & Karie Smithers, 9 Old County Road, 33/1-165,
remove existing 10 x 10 back deck and replace with new
20 x 12 deck.
Heath & Leanna Dinsmore, 7 Heath Street, 16/8-259,
existing 16 x
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00404 for 24
x 24 garage addition, above will now be great/living room.
Judith Smith, 36 Woekel Circle, 31/11-279, 24 x 36
two story single family modular home, two car attached
garage, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.
Alfred & Barbara Gagnon, 13 Greeley Road, 34/1-3, 30 x
53 Morton Pole Barn for farm equipment storage.
Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, 702 Bridge Street, 23/8-17,
remove out two 2 x 10 x 15 (rotted) and replace with P.T.
lumber; may need to replace two sheets of 4 x 8 plywood
Serena sawyer, 184 Patriot Drive, 40/6-185-40, 24 x 28
and 12 x 12 new deck around existing pool.
James W. Petersen Built Homes LLC, 4 Juniper Lane,
16/13-85-J, add 12 x 8 sunroom and ﬁnish 1,000 sq. ft.
basement to be 1/2 bath, ofﬁce and storage.
Epilepsy Foundation New England, 95 Bridge Street, 35/6-
43, 3 x 8 Grand Opening banner.
Serena Sawyer, 184 Patriot Drive, 40/6-185-40, 12 x 16
Russell & Joanne Hamel, 7 Rocky Hill Road, 7/4-185-3,
replace existing deck damaged by snow fall.
Ronald & Dian Pepin, 70 Marsh Road,
28/7-175-1, 12 x 20 wooden shed.
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Remember disco? The American Heart Association and
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire
are pumping new life into the ‘70s disco classic to help
save lives with Hands-Only CPR.
The American Heart Association campaign uses the
Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive” to teach lifesaving Hands-
Only™ CPR (no breaths, just chest compressions). The
song has more than 100 beats per minute, the near-
perfect rate at which you should push on the chest
during CPR. Thanks to a grant from Anthem’s corporate
foundation, the American Heart Association’s nationwide
Hands-Only CPR awareness campaign and tour is coming
to the Granite State May 20-23, with free educational
programs planned for Portsmouth, Manchester, Nashua,
Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital
cardiac arrest every year, and almost 90 percent of them
die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from
someone on the scene. When begun immediately, CPR
can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
“People feel more conﬁdent performing
Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to
remember the correct rhythm when trained
to the beat of ‘Stayin’ Alive,’” said Amy
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Association. “Not only is it a fun, catchy and memorable
way to remember what to do, but it works – people’s lives
have been saved because of it.”
The American Heart Association’s nationwide tour,
which features a state-of-the-art mobile CPR training unit,
has helped train more than 10,000 people across the
United States over the past three years.
The program scheduled for Nashua will be held
Thursday, May 22, at Rivier University, 420 South Main
St., from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Each site will host several free training sessions for
the public. Each session lasts about 30 minutes and
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by Len Lathrop
You turn off of Sherburne Road on to Spaulding Hill Road as you drive the up the hill.
The road seems to open up, not to swallow you, but to allow you to see some distance
between the houses and through the trees. There is a road to your right that continues
skyward, and set back from the street, you notice a white gazebo, surrounded by grass
and landscaping. This is the “village” envisioned by John Gargasz, the current property
owner/developer for Skyview Estates.
Locals in Pelham might know the site and understand the majestic view that this part
of their town offers, but what they don’t know is how John Gargasz and his team have
designed and engineered this neighborhood to be a place where there are opportunities
for connection. You can get to know your neighbors, grow your own vegetables and
ﬂowers in the 3.5-acre community garden, take leisurely strolls and enjoy the views, and
stop to relax in the charming gazebos.
The developers’ “green” approach to natural land preservation is second to none,
and they’ve worked diligently to maintain the natural surroundings when sculpting
home sites. The neighborhood abuts Pelham conservation property, which amounts
to 200 acres – including many hiking trails. Every homeowner will be a member of
the homeowners’ association who will govern the development. When all phases of
Skyview are developed and sold, each homeowner will also be a 1/63 owner of all open
Buyers can choose from one of Skyview’s nine ﬂoor plans (see Skyview website to
view them all) or provide their own plans, which can be customized by their on-staff
architectural designer. Skyview’s plans include 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom options – even a
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The model home, The Sherburne, boasts the ultimate
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Pelham’s location offers fantastic access to area
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offers the ultimate in small-town charm – with annual
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Come spring, shoppers often ask, “What gift should I get Mom
for Mother’s Day?” How do people transform the sentiments they
have for their mother into gifts that represent love and devotion?
Buying a Mother’s Day gift is no easy task, especially for those
who wait until the last minute to do their shopping.
Beginning early can ease the pressure of Mother’s Day shop-
ping. Research gift options at least a month prior so that you can
read reviews on products and services to guarantee quality. You
also want to make sure the gift will arrive on time if you will be
ordering your gift online. Here are other ways to shop in a smart
* Do some sleuthing. Play detective and take inventory of
what Mom likes to do the most. If you ask your mother what
she wants, she will likely brush off the question and tell you
nothing. It is up to you to do the investigative work. Pay atten-
tion to conversations and see if there is anything she mentions
wanting to try or something around the house that may need
updating. Practical gifts are less likely to end up unopened in
the basement or attic.
* Check expiration dates. Gift certiﬁcates and cards for par-
ticular stores or services are popular come Mother’s Day. But
it is essential to check expiration dates on the certiﬁcates or
ﬁnd gifts, as there is a good chance Mom will put off pamper-
ing herself and you would not want the gift to expire before
she has a chance to use it. In compliance with the law, chain
restaurant gift cards don’t expire for at least ﬁve years from
purchase. Those might be your safest bet.
* Verify a business. Although Mom may love a cute bou-
tique that just opened, verify the business before buying a gift
card from it. An unpredictable economy has made it even
harder for new businesses to succeed, and you don’t Mom to
be stuck with a worthless gift card should the new business
not thrive. If she really likes a particular new business, take
her on a shopping spree at the store instead.
* Skip the chocolate overload. Flowers and chocolates are
traditional Mother’s Day gifts. However, calorie-conscious
women may not want to be faced with the temptation of a
warehouse-sized box of chocolate treats. If Mom truly loves
chocolate, treat her to a gourmet piece or two, but don’t make
that your main gift.
* Avoid “ﬁnal sale” items. It can be tempting to peruse the
deep-discount rack at Mom’s favorite store when retailers cut
prices on items in anticipation of a new season. However,
these sales may come with restrictions on returns or exchanges.
Unless you know Mom will like what you pick out, avoid
the “ﬁnal sale” racks in favor of items that can be returned or
* Ask for a price match. In an effort to keep a loyal customer
base, many stores will price match against competitors’ ads.
Therefore, if you feel more comfortable at a certain store, print
out the advertised price and bring it to your favorite store. There’s
a good chance they will give you the item for the same price.
This works particularly well for tech gifts that typically go on sale
in the days leading up to a holiday or special event.
There are different ways to make shopping for Mother’s Day
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Tips for Dining Out on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this special holiday
serves to honor all those women who devote so much time and
effort to their families. While gifts and other trinkets are certainly
part of the celebration, a vast majority of children opt to treat Mom
to a night out on the town come Mother’s Day. Not only does this
give mom a night off from cooking, but also it presents an opportu-
nity to get dressed up and spend time together as a family.
A vast number of families travel to their favorite restaurants for
Mother’s Day meals. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays of
the year for restaurants. The National Retail Federation says 54.8
percent of Americans treat their mothers to a special meal out on
Mother’s Day. Billions of dollars are generated by people eating
out with their mothers. With large crowds to be expected, diners
can follow a few tips when treating Mom to a meal.
* Book early ... very early. To guarantee a reservation at any
restaurant, namely your favorite restaurant, you will need to make
a reservation well in advance of Mother’s Day. It’s never too early
to put your name on the reservation list. Don’t forget Mother’s Day
is Sunday, May 11, 2014.
* Expect to wait. Even with a reservation, you’re bound to
spend some time waiting at the restaurant. Other families may
be lingering at their tables, as no one wants to rush Mom out of
the door. Plan accordingly for a potentially long wait time. This
means having a snack before you leave. Don’t arrive famished, as
no one wants the dining party to be hungry and cranky, which is
not a good way to celebrate Mom. Have plenty of
snacks and drinks on hand for young children, as
well as activities to keep them entertained.
* Consider dining out a day before or after.
Restaurants are generally packed on Mother’s Day,
and as a result kitchen and wait staffs might be
overtaxed. What’s more, diners might be relegated
to a special or abbreviated menu. If you want
a more relaxed setting and the ability to order
whatever you desire, it may be a better idea to
celebrate Mother’s Day in advance. Then have
Mom enjoy a relaxing day at home on her special
* Take-out is an option. Families can treat Mom
to a dinner out, without really having to go out.
Many restaurants offer takeout service, so you will
not be limited to pizza or Chinese. Even chain
restaurants have curbside service, so if Mom is in
the mood for a burger or something more elabo-
rate, she’ll have that option.
* Expect an included gratuity. Restaurants often
include a gratuity in the bill when servicing larger
parties, such as those that might be celebrating
Mother’s Day. The standard gratuity rate is 18 per-
cent, but you may want to go above and beyond if
you feel the service is exemplary.
* Hire a sitter for young kids. Although Mother’s Day is a
chance for the entire family to spend time together, the main goal
is to ensure Mom’s comfort and happiness. If very young chil-
dren are in tow, she may not be able to relax and enjoy her meal.
Infants will need to be fed, and toddlers may be easily distracted.
Have a sitter watch little ones when adults are dining out, and
then Mom can enjoy time with the kids when she returns home for
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* The surprise of breakfast in bed is almost as
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when the person of honor typically awakes.
* Banging and clanking in the kitchen does
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toast or helping to ﬂip pancakes. The breakfast
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so adults might want to speak to their siblings and
ﬁnance such an excursion together.
* Spa treatment: If Mom is still as active as
ever, then a day of pampering at a nearby spa is
sure to please. Many luxury spas offer packages,
especially around Mother’s Day, that make a full-
on spa treatment a more affordable gift. Men and
women can even accompany Mom on her trip
and reap the rewards of being such a thoughtful
son or daughter.
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by Jacob Gagnon
The Windham High School Boys Volleyball program, despite still being in its infancy, has continued
to develop into one of the strongest teams in the state. After a terriﬁc 2013 season in which the Jaguars
ﬁnished runner-up in the NHIAA Division Championships, Windham has only gotten better.
On Friday evening, May 2 the Jaguars hit another milestone. Senior Tucker Lippold, the outside hitter
for Windham, collected his 1,000th career assist against Bishop Guertin High School. Lippold, a four-year
varsity starter and three-year captain, was moved to the outside hitter position just four games into his
sophomore year. Since that moment, Lippold has averaged 24 assists on his career.
“As setter, he (Lippold) controls the Windham offense but is unquestionably our best hitter, most
consistent server, and this season leads the team in blocks,” said Windham High Head Coach Chris
Baribeau. “With complete conﬁdence I rank Tucker number one as the best all-around player in the state
of NH this spring.”
Lippold’s accomplishment is the ﬁrst statistical achievement for the Windham Boys’ Volleyball program.
Following their ﬁrst defeat of the season, the Jaguars travelled to face John Stark
Regional High School on Monday, April 28. Lippold led in nearly every category to
power Windham to a 3-0 win over the Generals. Lippold collected eight kills, three
blocks, 11 service points and 15 assists. Robert Harradon and Kurtis Jolicouer each
had 14 service points in the contest. Evan Todd led with 16 digs, while Jolicouer
ﬁnished with 15 and Tim Raymond collected 14.
On Wednesday, April 30, Windham hosted the only team that had beaten them this
season, the defending champions, Salem High School. Despite terriﬁc performances
from a number of players, the Jaguars again fell to the Blue Devils, 3-0. In the contest,
Lippold had four blocks, 10 assists and eight service points. Todd scored ﬁve kills.
Harradon collected eight service points while Tim Erdlen had 10 digs.
On May 2, following Lippold’s accomplishment, the Jaguars mauled Bishop Guertin,
3-0. Lippold had 11 assists, four kills and 10 service points in the contest. Raymond
and Todd both had ﬁve kills apiece. Raymond also had four blocks and eight service
points. Erdlen collected 14 digs.
Windham continued their dominant pace by overwhelming a struggling Coe-Brown
squad on Monday, May 5. The Jaguars defeated Coe-Brown in three straight sets to
improve to 6-2 on the season. Coe-Brown fell to 0-8 on the year.
Again, Windham Volleyball’s ﬁnest ruled the statistics of the match. Lowman and
Raymond had seven kills apiece while Todd and Lippold collected six kills each. Jack
Grubbs made his presence felt by earning 13 assists and 12 service points. Erdlen had
11 digs in the game.
The Jaguars believe that Lippold’s accomplishment is only the beginning for a
program that continues to grow.
submitted by Austin Preparatory School
Austin Preparatory School sophomore Jaimee
Cooke of Pelham has verbally committed to
play ice hockey at St. Lawrence University in
New York for Fall 2016.
Cooke, a defensive player, has been a varsity
starter for the Cougars’ women’s ice hockey
team since the eighth grade. St. Lawrence
competes at the Division I level.
Cooke was a Catholic Central League All-Star
and received the Austin Prep Coaches Award
this past season.
submitted by Stephanie Baldwin,
Windham Girl Scouts
In April, Karate International of
Windham hosted Daisy Troops 10006
and 10764 at their facility. Through
a fun and educational introduction
class, the girls were able to earn their
Courageous and Strong Daisy Petal.
The girls had a good time engaging
in games and activities, while also
learning some important defensive
Any girl can be a Girl Scout! For
more information, email: info@
submitted by Pelham Police Department
Members of the Pelham Police Department responded
on April 25 to Pelham Memorial Veterans Park for
numerous “kids” gathering on the town beach on Long
Pond. Upon arrival, the ofﬁcers identiﬁed numerous
people on town property using the beach appropriately.
The ofﬁcers’ attention was drawn to three male subjects on
what appeared to be a raft that was approximately 70 feet
It became apparent that the three were stranded on the
pond without a paddle. An investigation revealed that
the three individuals were not on a raft, but had actually
released a section of dock belonging to the Town of
Pelham in an attempt to get a better position on the pond
to catch ﬁsh. Once the dock was disconnected, it was
quickly carried away from the shoreline by the wind. The
three responsible individuals had no way of controlling or
directing the dock as it drifted toward the middle portion
of Long Pond.
The three stranded subjects were eventually taken
ashore by a resident of Long Pond who saw the incident
unfolding and responded with a personal watercraft to
Upon getting back to dry ground, the involved subjects
were identiﬁed as Mario Aybar, 17, of Lowell, Mass.;
Nicholas Bridge, 18 of Dracut, Mass.; and Dakota
Redding, 18, also of Dracut, were arrested for criminal
mischief. Bridge was also charged with transporting
alcoholic beverages as a result of the investigation. The
section of dock was retrieved by members of Pelham Parks
and Recreation and re-secured to the main dock after the
All three subjects are scheduled to
appear at the 10th District Court in Salem
on June 2.
Windham Boys Volleyball
Continues to Roll
Lippold Hits Assists Milestone
Tom Sawyer Wannabes
up the Pond Without a Paddle
Karate International Hosts
Girl Scout Daisy Troops
10006 and 10763
Austin Prep Hockey Player
Commits to St. Lawrence
Marathon Scarf Makes
My name is Cathy, and I don’t know yours, but I
know you live in Pelham and you knitted me a scarf. I
want to say thank you. That beautiful, bright yellow
and blue scarf means more to me than the medal that
was hung around my neck after I ﬁnished the Boston
Marathon this year.
Here’s how your scarf found me:
Runners were required to pick up packets downtown
which contained their bib number, shirt, and
instructions during the three days prior to race day. I
was there early on the ﬁrst day but the lines were
already impossibly long, serpentining through several
rooms, down hallways, twisting and untwisting before
ﬁnally reaching tables ﬁlled with individually numbered
and named envelopes.
As I was standing in line I saw a young couple across
the room wearing matching blue and yellow scarves.
I commented on how sweet it was that they spent
time preparing for their marathon by knitting Boston
scarves. Hearing my muse, the two women in front
of me quickly turned around and revealed that they
too were wearing scarves. Yellow and blue. Excited
words tumbled out of their mouths as they explained
that people from across the country and around the
world had knit the scarves to “wrap around Boston” as
a token of comfort and support after the bombings last
year. They proudly read the tags pinned to their scarves
identifying the home towns of the knitters. I brushed a
tear off my cheek as they explained how I could have
one, too! There were 7,000 of them and they were
being handed out to runners at the Old South Church
near the ﬁnish line.
Suddenly, I didn’t care about picking up my packet.
I needed to get out, down the stairs, unwind the path
I had followed earlier and get to that church before
all the scarves vanished. Seven thousand is a lot of
scarves. But there were more than 35,000 runners.
How many knew? How many scarves had been
given away already? As I scanned the endless lines of
runners I didn’t see faces anymore, just yellows and
blues knitted and crocheted into the crowd.
Several minutes later I was politely but desperately
weaving my way down Boylston Street. I felt a small
jolt of panic each time I saw another runner wearing
a hand-knitted scarf. Please don’t run out before I get
there. I’m coming!
Finally, I saw the scarf givers. They were reaching
into large boxes and pulling out beautiful stripes of
love and wrapping them gently around the necks of
marathoners. I walked up close, smiling, then ﬂoated
away with my precious scarf, touched by an angel. My
tag says, “Pelham, NH.”
Cathy Ward, Eugene, Oregon
Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down? Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?
“Thumbs up to responsible pet owners who
are considerate of both their pets and neighbors.”
“Thumbs up to the one who said what a
shame it is that Tori Wilbur is being let go. Such
a fantastic teacher and coach. Was a tremendous
inﬂuence on my daughter both educationally
and as an example with her coaching volleyball.
I remember stopping on the way home at a
restaurant for pizza in Nashua after one game
and watching her and the team interact made
me happy we had teachers like her in our school
system. Such a shame, I’d rather see a change
in management at the Middle School then lose
a teacher like this. Some school system will be
lucky to get her.”
“Thumbs down. I have to respond to a
thumbs up that was totally inaccurate. Obama
care may have signed up 8 million but there
are a lot of things not being said. First, of those
8 million how many have actually paid? How
many of those were the 6.2 million that lost their
health insurance due to the ACA? How many are
medium income earners versus those who will
get a reduced or receive Medicare? Here is an
example of this ‘affordable care.’ My brother went
to sign up. He is a lower middle income earner
($29,000). While he does qualify for a reduced
monthly rate that is only a part of the story. His
deductible is $5,500 a year. So his monthly
payment before he gets any coverage is $484.
Living week to week with no extra how is this
‘affordable’? Oh, and by the way, my insurance
premiums went up $35 a week or $1,820 a year.
No reduction there! So know your facts before
you talk about how great this travesty is!”
“Thumbs down to fathers who pretend they
want custody and visitation of their children to
‘friends’ and the public, but it is not the truth.”
“Thumbs up to American businesses that do
business the right way. Please support companies/
corporations that share prosperity with its
workers, keeps jobs in this country, supports our
environment, balances proﬁt with concerns of the
greater good of society. Thumbs up to American
consumers that look beyond price and do business
with moral companies. Thumbs up to the middle
class American citizens, who are the only group of
people that has the motivation
and will to make this country
“Thumbs down to the
‘celestial’ donut shop in
Windham on Route 111.
The American ﬂag in your
shop is not only displayed
incorrectly, but the autographs
in black Sharpie that cover
it are disrespectful no matter
who signed it and what their
intentions were. When I
politely asked you to consider
taking it down, you immediately
said ‘no’, which is why I left
my purchase on the table in
front of you and told you that
I cannot do business with
you. Hopefully after others
tell you the same thing, you’ll
reconsider taking it down and
replacing with proper ﬂag.”
“Thumbs up/Thumbs down. I want this
country to be the best it can be. That means
its citizens, government and businesses all are
in unison and there are shared sacriﬁces and
prosperity. How do we grow beyond where
we are now? How can the greatest good be
achieved? This is what I want to hear from
my elected ofﬁcials in government. We need
everybody on board the ship to make the
promised land of our constitution. Whose legacy
will it be to make America great again?”
“Thumbs up/Thumbs down. To the Pelham
Board of Selectmen: There is a group of
concerned taxpayers that is forming a group and
we now want to see what contract we’re going to
sign for this schools addition, we’d like to see in
writing everywhere you spend our money ‘cuz we
know all about contractors’ kick backs or what
have you. Be very careful, be very much on your
toes because we can get rid of you just like we did
Gaydos but there are a lot of us and we want to
see it in writing. Don’t think you can just take our
money and spend it. As far as reassessment you
better stick that feather in your hat and just pay
the bill yourself.”
“Thumbs down to the person who said that
Obama is the best president we ever had must
be either a terrorist or a Muslim or at least not
American. Thumbs down to the person who
wrote enough about Benghazi, it’s so 20 minutes
ago. How many minutes ago would it have
been if it was one of your family that got blown
or shot to pieces or anything else by the White
House and Mrs. Clinton, the one who lied and
says she knows nothing about it. Thumbs down
to the person(s) who said 16 million people who
signed up for Obamacare, who are too lazy to
get off their rear end to go out and get a job so
that they could pay for their own insurance. I’m
retired, I’ve always paid for my insurance, I am
still paying for my insurance and have to pay for
their insurance. So before you write anything, you
group of people, think of what you’re saying.”
“Thumbs down to the future helicopter moms
walking their precious cargo last week. If you see
a wisp of smoke coming from
a ﬁre pit it is probably because
there is a ﬁre in it! Rather than
immediately dial 9-1-1 why
not knock on the door of the
house and mention it. Change
your approach now, use some
common sense, and save your
precious from a lifetime of
“Thumbs up/Thumbs down.
For the record who paid for
the police details on the 2
free roundabouts? Ya got your
ﬁre station to put stuff in like
hovercrafts, not. I like all the sidewalks; whose
budget is the upkeep in and how much, forever!
Nice job, BudCom.”
“Thumbs down to last week’s liberal.
Dwindling debt? Just passed 17 trillion, spend
over 10 billion a day and bring half of that in tax
revenue. Please explain to all of us how the debt
is shrinking? As for Obummer care, ‘Liar’ people
are having their plans cancelled.
Premiums going down? My
premiums went up so much I
had to either change to a less
reputable carrier or increase
my deductibles by double so
I chose the second and I am
forced to carry pediatric care (I
have no kids) and a prescription
plan that I do not need because
of Obummer. No insurance
companies premiums went
down ... that has to be the
worst post I have ever read
on ‘thumbs’ and I would be
shocked if there was one person
that did not agree.”
“Thumbs down to Windham School District
Administration. The taxpayers of Windham
have given you generous raises every year but
we continue to pay 100% of your healthcare!
$100,000 per year in salary and the taxpayers still
pay 100% of your healthcare! When will you pay
your fair share of Healthcare?”
“Thumbs up/Thumbs down. I would like to
know why NH drivers are not required to have
car insurance. What a joke. I pay a fortune for
insurance to cover these people that don’t want
to foot their own bill? Ridiculous! How do we
“Thumbs up, way up to the Pelham Police
Department and the RAD Systems of Self Defense
class held at the police station. These ofﬁcers
dedicate their personal time to conduct these
trainings twice a year to empower women, young
and old to defend themselves in the event of
an assault or attempted assault. I took my two
daughters to learn how to defend themselves. My
oldest is heading off to college and I thought it
was important to prepare her as she enters this
new phase of her life. I can’t speak highly enough
about the police men and women who were
so dedicated, knowledgeable and open to us.
They are truly dedicated to keeping the citizens
of Pelham safe here and elsewhere. Check out
Pelham Police on Facebook and sign-up for the
next class in June!”
“Thumbs up to Sergeant Anne Perriello,
Sergeant Glen Chase, Ofﬁcer David DeRoche
and Ofﬁcer Ronald Page and to the other ofﬁcers
who dedicate their personal time to the citizens of
Pelham. These people are true professionals and
great people who are dedicated to the community
of Pelham. If ever you have a chance, stop by and
thank them for their service. They would love to
hear from us.”
“Thumbs down Windham School Board.
Certain few making poor decisions past and
present. You are costing thousands of taxpayers’
dollars. $59,000 for a ﬁrm to tell us what we
already know. Then more thousands to demo. Go
back to teaching and stay out of construction. You
have failed the Windham tax payer.”
Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs
up or down, are anonymous and not written by the
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or censure of candidates on the thumbs page. No names
are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue.
Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.
Comments expressed in this column are the sole views of those callers and do not reﬂect the views of the Pelham~Windham News or its advertisers. Town and school ofﬁcials encourage
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When asked why accreditation is so important, Chairman Jerome
Rekart said, “It’s a stamp of approval.”
According to school board member Michael Joanis, “The
accreditation process is almost like an outside audit,” noting that the
process is one way of assuring that everything at the high school is
being done as it should be. Lichtman said that many colleges note
whether applicants are graduating from an accredited high school.
The accreditation process is done by representatives of NEASC (New
England Association of Schools and Colleges).
After several hours of discussion and input from a signiﬁcant
number of residents who attended the meeting, the school board
voted 3 to 2 to support the superintendent’s recommendation that
four third grade classes be housed at the high school for the 2014-
2015 school year. Voting in favor of Feneberg’s recommendation
were Jerome Rekart, Rob Breton and Michael Joanis. Voting against
supporting the recommendation at this time were Dennis Senibaldi
and Ken Eyring.
The decision to take a vote came only after it became obvious that
board members held varying opinions. It had been noted earlier in
the meeting that based on New Hampshire Department of Education
regulations, decisions on the placement of students falls within the
responsibilities of the superintendent. “It’s all outlined in the state
regulations,” Feneberg said. “It is very speciﬁc.”
“We need to rely on the experts,” Breton said.
Although it was Joanis who, eventually, made the motion to
support the recommendation, previously he had said, “This is the
superintendent’s decision. This is an educational decision, not the
school board’s. I don’t feel we should be voting on this.”
Board member Ken Eyring said he didn’t think he had enough
information on the options to make a choice at this point in
time. Eyring also disputed whether or not the decision was the
superintendent’s alone. Eyring said he wanted to be part of the
decision and wanted more time to perform due diligence. “I’m not
comfortable with this process,” Eyring said.
Resident Diane Carpenter urged board members to follow
Feneberg’s recommendation. “The educators are telling us that this
is what we need to do,” Carpenter said.
Vice-chairman Dennis Senibaldi, who was in Washington, D.C.,
chaperoning eighth graders from Windham Middle School on a
ﬁeld trip, participated in the meeting via telephone. Senibaldi
commented several times during the phone call that he disagreed
with moving forward with Feneberg’s recommendation. Senibaldi
said he felt it would be “irresponsible” to do so. “Status quo is
unacceptable,” Senibaldi said, adding that parents had been assured,
several months ago, that having
third graders at the high school
would not continue beyond the
current school year.
Breton acknowledged that
parents had been told this
last January, but also pointed out that the situation had changed
since that meeting. “A lot has changed since then,” Breton said.
“Reality has changed.” Senibaldi responded to Breton’s comments
by saying that the changes are “self-imposed,” apparently referring
to the decision to abandon the portables at Golden Brook. Eyring
and Senibaldi were the two board members who had voted against
derailing plans to refurbish the portable classrooms.
Residents who came to the microphone during the discussion
seemed as disturbed by the inﬁghting that was taking place among
some board members as they were concerned about where to
house students. Most of the public comments involved pleading
with board members to work as a team and to abandon personal
attacks. “The problems are compounding,” resident Rich Amari said.
“What’s the next crisis? Are we going to have to move all our kids to
Rockingham Park?” Amari said he blames the actions of prior school
boards for the problems the district is faced with today.
Joanis said he is working very hard to stay away from any personal
attacks on individual board members, although he also admitted
that it has been a challenge. Breton said that he didn’t take any
comments from others personally; that his only concern is doing the
best thing for all the students. Rekart emphasized, throughout the
meeting that certain protocols and procedures need to be followed
and that personal comments from board members or members of the
public would not be tolerated.
“We do see things differently from one another,” Eyring said, “but I
believe we all are trying to do what is best for the school district.”
As for maintaining the status quo for another school year, Joanis
stated, “This is the lesser of all the evils, at this point.” “However,”
he continued, “It is
not acceptable for
anything longer than
This situation must
be rectiﬁed as soon
as possible,” he said.
And, with that idea
in mind, members
of the Facilities
to meet on a weekly
basis to come up
options for solving
space crunch in the
District. The ﬁnal
will be in the hands
of voters next March.
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is involved, a contract killing in which a person
has been hired, and lastly if a homicide occurs
during a home invasion.
As for an opinion on marijuana laws, Rep.
Takesian said that she supports decriminalizing the
drug, but she discourages young people from using
it. She also said that a person should not be put in
jail for the possession of marijuana. When asked
if that promotes unhealthy habits, Rep. Takesian
said “no” and that people should make their own
mistakes. She recommends treating marijuana
like the United States treats alcohol, legal over the
age of 21, so it is not promoting
Harold Lynde, founder
of the Pelham Community
Coalition created as a response
to substance abuse, advised
students to “be aware, get
informed, and make your own
decisions.” He also said that one
of ﬁve people will get addicted
On the issue of the Fetal
Homicide Bill, Rep. Takesian
did not know the current status
of the bill since it was being
voted on in the Senate. A fetal
homicide bill would protect the
rights of a pregnant woman’s
unborn child. If a mother is
killed and her unborn child is
killed as well, depending on
the provisions of the bill, the
person that is responsible for
the deaths would be charged
with two homicides instead of
one. Rep. Takesian explained
that the bill passed in the
House of Representatives was a
compromise on the previously
The current Fetal Homicide
Bill states that a judge may
use his/her discretion to add prison time to the
defendant if the fetus was killed. That means
that the judge will decide when and if a fetus
is considered a life and if the defendant will be
charged with one homicide or two.
Rep. Takesian also made students aware of
another bill currently in the legislature that would
mandate a 25-foot perimeter around a Planned
Parenthood site. This bill would force protesters
to be at least 25 feet away from the building
while protesting. Overall, students were in favor
of this bill not seeing it as breach of their First
Among the many questions asked of Rep.
Takesian was “when she voted, did she would
vote in favor of her constituents’ opinion or with
her own. She answered by saying that the hardest
part about being a representative is voting with
either her own opinion or with the opinions of
the people that she is representing. She also
explained that if people feel strongly about
something, she would disregard her opinion and
follow the opinions of her constituents. Therefore,
the students learned that if they have a strong
conviction about a certain issue, they should send
Rep. Takesian a letter explaining how they feel
as did everyone in Ms. Dube’s criminology class;
each person’s opinions do make a difference!
The lively exchange of views that took place
between the representatives and the students
on current issues in New Hampshire was an
interesting and informative “hands on” experience;
students were able to take concepts from the
textbook and integrate them with criminal issues
being posed to the legislature of the Granite State.
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Did you know the average person moves 11.4
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Pythons Perform Well at Black Bear T&F Invitational
by Marc Ayotte
“Very good meet yesterday. Our athletes
performed very well – particularly the girls’
team. Very, very competitive meet,” was the
message released by PHS track & ﬁeld coach Don
Mullen, describing his teams’ performance at the
Coe-Brown hosted event on Saturday, May 3, in
In comparison to the Pelham Invitational held
a few weeks ago, Mullen added; “This meet
was very similar to our meet where there was
competition from D-1, D-2 and D-3 (schools).
A few points more on the boys’ side and we
would have moved up our place considerably.”
Accordingly, the boys’ team ﬁnished 10th in the
ﬁeld while the Skyler Goss-led Lady Pythons
turned in an impressive ﬁfth-place showing in the
Continuing her sensational season, Goss was
named outstanding female athlete; reﬂective of
her two individual wins, including a new meet
record in the triple jump. Also assisting her in
garnering the outstanding achievement award
was the fact that she competed in four events to
help the team – including a third-place ﬁnish in
the hurdles as well as anchoring the 4x100 relay
Following is a recap of individual point scorers
who contributed to the Python team score: Skyler
Goss - ﬁrst place pole vault, ﬁrst triple jump,
third 100m HH and ﬁfth place 4x100 relay;
Jared Hannon - second long jump, second place
4x100 relay; Sutton Bradbury-Koster - ﬁrst place
110 HH, sixth place 300m IH and second place
4x100 relay; Brooke Paradis - second 300 IH,
sixth 100m HH, fourth 4x400 and ﬁfth 4x100;
Shannen Arseneault - third 3200m run; Katelyn
Surprenant - fourth 300 IH, fourth 4x400 and
ﬁfth 4x100; Alana Eshbach - fourth place discus;
Kellan Brouder - sixth place triple jump, second
place 4x100 relay; Joey Halpin - second place
4x100; Shaylyn Harrington - fourth place 4x100;
Alexandria Papadimoulis - fourth place 4x400;
and Morgan Pinksten - ﬁfth place 4x100.
A week earlier the Pythons competed in a dual
meet at ConVal, defeating the host Cougars on
both fronts; girls 90-54 and boys 85-54. In bitter
cold and windy conditions, Pelham received a
plethora of individual and relay team ﬁrst-place
showings to come away with the win. Below is
a composite of the athletes and places in their
respective events: Girls - Skyler Goss: ﬁrst
hurdles, ﬁrst PV, ﬁrst TJ, ﬁrst in 4x100 Relay;
Shannen Arseneault: ﬁrst 3200 and 1600; Brooke
Paradis: ﬁrst 300 IH, ﬁrst 200m Dash, ﬁrst in
4x100 and 4x400; Shaylynn Harrington: ﬁrst
HJ, ﬁrst 800 and ﬁrst 4x400; Katelyn Surprenant:
second 300 IH, second TJ ﬁrst 4x100 and 4x400;
Morgan Pinksten: ﬁrst 100m Dash, second
hurdles, third LJ, ﬁrst 4x100 and 4x400; Tiffany
Wallace: second PV; Mackenzie Cawthorn:
second HJ; Jenya Becker: second Long Jump; Jess
Coakley: second 3200 and third 1600; Alexandria
Papadimoulis: third 200m Dash; Allyssa Paradis:
second Jav; Lauren Anderson: third Jav; Gabriel
Harris: T third HJ; Rachel Romeo: third 300 IH
and ﬁrst 4x400;
Boys - Sutton Bradbury-Koster: ﬁrst 110
Hurdles, ﬁrst 300 IH, second 100 Dash and ﬁrst
4x100; Joey Halpin: ﬁrst LJ, second TJ, third 100
Dash and ﬁrst 4x100; Jarod Hannon: ﬁrst 400,
second 200, second LJ, ﬁrst 4x100; Joe Penney:
ﬁrst PV; Kellan Brodur: ﬁrst TJ, second 200, ﬁrst
4x100 and ﬁrst 4x400; Bryce Blanchard: ﬁrst
800 and ﬁrst 4x400; Mike Dommell: second PV;
Griphen Avina: second 110 hurdles and second
300 IH; Anthony Branco: third 800 and ﬁrst
4x400; Allan Vallante: second 3200 and 1600;
Collin Grossman: second Shot and second Disc
and third Jav; Cody Foulds: third 110 Hurdles;
Victor Romeo: third LJ; Kyle Kaberle: ﬁrst 4x400.
PHS Lacrosse Coming Up Short
by Marc Ayotte
It has been a disappointing start for each of the boys’ and girls’
lacrosse teams. For the Lady Pythons who began the season with
a thrilling come-from-behind win at home against Belmont, things
have taken a drastic turn south. After three straight losses, the young
Pelham squad stands at 1-3 on the season.
On the boys’ side of the ledger, hard times have fallen upon the
team that has in recent years, enjoyed a run near the top of its own
division. Since their 16-1 thrashing of Trinity on April 18, Pelham
has dropped four straight. And despite an inarguably grueling early
season schedule that has seen them face D-3 defending champs,
Derryﬁeld, twice, as well as perennial powerhouse Hollis-Brookline,
the Snakes stand at 1-5, and are in danger of watching their season
On April 24, the girls’ skid began with a 19-5 loss against
undefeated Derryﬁeld (4-0). The division-leading Cougars, who have
since improved to 6-0, jumped out to a commanding 13-3 halftime
lead, scoring often while keeping the PHS offense at bay. Goal
scorers on the day for Pelham were Brooke Paradis with two while
Sarah Morin, Mandy Barton and Kaylie Apkarian each chipped in with
a single tally. Pelham goalies Clara Duff-Marsh (2) and Abby Gagnon
(5) combined for the only seven saves on the Cougars’ lethal attackers.
“We lost to a very physical Derryﬁeld team,” noted PHS Coach Kaite
Carmody, adding; “… our stick skills need some improvement along
with our midﬁeld defense.”
Four days later, the Pythons engaged in a shootout, dropping a 20-
15 decision at Pembroke. Pelham stayed close to the Spartans (3-2)
trailing by a single goal at the intermission, 11-10. The Spartans,
however, started to pull away in the second half; “It was a back-
and-forth, one-goal game until 10 minutes left in the second half,”
expressed Carmody, who saw her team slip to 1-2 on the season.
The Pythons’ offense was much more statistically represented in this
contest with three players recording a multiple-goal game. Once
again Brooke Paradis led the team with seven goals while Sarah Morin
and Shannon Wisensee each registered hat tricks with three apiece.
Lauren Diprizio and Mandy Barton chipped in with a goal each.
As noted previously, the boys’ early season demise has been a
result of a vicious schedule; one in which their ﬁve losses (Derryﬁeld
twice) have come against opponents with a combined record of 30-2
(as of May 6). Nonetheless, the 1-5 hole the Snakes ﬁnd themselves
in might have some people concerned with respect to playoff hopes,
still have two
In its ﬁrst
four losses, the
fraction over a
meager ﬁve goals
per game. At (3-1)
ConVal on April
24, Pelham let one
get away that they
have had, losing
by a score of 8-6. “We’re not controlling tempo,” expressed PHS
Coach Joe Young. “(We’re) being dictated (to) rather than dictating.”
The Cougars built a 3-0 lead before Dustin Lubinger put the Pythons
on the board, cutting the Cougar lead to a pair, heading into the
second quarter. C-V answered with a pair of goals to make it 5-1
before Luke Tracy’s name appeared on the score sheet with back-to-
back tallies, making it 5-3.
A Harley Kearney goal in the third stanza was the only one the
Pythons could muster, up but still Young was upbeat saying that after
the goal; “we had a little momentum.” Trailing 8-5 in the ﬁnal frame,
a man-up goal by Nick Wolfrom cut the Snakes’ deﬁcit to two with
7:30 remaining in the contest; “we had plenty of time to make a run,”
On April 29, the Pythons had division-leading Derryﬁeld on its
home turf at the Harris Family ﬁeld. After the Cougars (of a different
color) took a 2-0 lead with 5:22 left in the ﬁrst, it looked as though
Pelham was about to suffer the second beating in as many weeks at
the hands of the defending champs. But two goals in a 54-second
span from Dustin Lubinger and Nick Wolfrom tied things up at two
apiece after the ﬁrst 12 minutes.
After both teams turned up the defensive intensity a notch, the
Pythons broke through with the ﬁrst goal of the second quarter. With
4:39 left, Harley Kearney, from 15 feet out in front of the Derryﬁeld
cage, gave Pelham its ﬁrst lead at 3-2. However, with 2:55 remaining
in the half, Grant Alenson recorded the natural hat trick, scoring his
third consecutive goal to tie the score at 3-3. In the ﬁnal 108 seconds
of the second quarter, the Cougars went on to score two more times
and owned a 5-3 lead at break.
Less than four minutes into the third, Wolfrom scored his second of
the game to pull the Pythons within a goal, but that’s as close as they
would get. Pelham could produce only a single goal in the game’s
ﬁnal 20 minutes as they dropped a 12-5 decision. Despite being
tagged with the loss in the cage, Pelham goalie Collin Duff-Marsh was
outstanding; recording 24 saves – many of them of the highlight reel
May 5: Hollis-Brookline 17, Pelham 3. Goals: Kevin Sabine,
Dustin Lubinger, Harley Kearney Assists: Sabine, Luke Tracy, Nick
Wolfrom Saves: W - Colin
Hollis-Brookline (6-0): 3 5 4 5 -
17 Pelham (1-5): 0 1 2 0 - 3
No other information was
available from the coaching staff.
At left, Pelham’s Shannen Arseneault came away with wins in both the 1600m and 3200m runs in a dual meet at ConVal.
At right, Sutton Bradbury-Koster recorded a frst-place fnish in the 110m high hurdles at the Black Bear Invite.
Windham Softball Falls to Sanborn, Beats Lebanon
by Jacob Gagnon
It was the kind of loss that hurt. The
Windham High School Softball squad
stumbled early on in their game at
Sanborn Regional High School on
Wednesday, April 30, with the Pride
jumping out to a 5-1 lead after two
innings. The Lady Jaguars fought back.
In the third inning, Rachel Rogers
evened the score when she slammed a
three-run homerun. Rogers would go
three-for-ﬁve at the plate with three RBIs
and one run scored. Rachel Vaﬁdes took
to the mound for Windham and silenced
the Sanborn bats.
After three innings of scoreless
play, the Lady Jaguars completed their
comeback and grabbed the lead as
Cailyn Costa pounded a triple out to start
the fourth inning and scored on a single
from teammate Michaela Hatem. Hatem
hit home plate on a single from Rogers.
Later on in the inning, Vaﬁdes scored on
a sacriﬁce ﬂy struck by Alyssa Upton.
The Pride cut the lead to 8-7 with a
pair of runs on three consecutive, two-
out hits. In the bottom of the seventh
and ﬁnal inning, Sanborn threatened
with runners in scoring position. After a
Pride batter struck out for the second out
of the inning, a miscue at second base
allowed both the tying and winning runs
to score to end the ballgame.
Despite the heartbreaking defeat, the
Lady Jaguars showcased a number of
strong performances both at the plate
and on the mound. Emily Comtois,
along with Rogers, led
Comtois went three-for-
ﬁve with three RBIs in
the game. Hatem also
went three-for-ﬁve in the
contest with one RBI and
a pair of runs scored.
The Lady Jaguars, as they do from
each loss, hope to improve upon their
mistakes without losing focus on the
future. The game cannot be unlost, but
lessons can be learned.
Windham returned to the ﬁeld
prepared to play as they hosted the
Lebanon High Falcons on Monday, May
5. The Lady Jaguars offense delivered as
Windham cruised to an 18-5 victory over
Michaela Hatem led Windham with a
tremendous four-hit performance which
included a triple. Teammate Olivia Estes
also powered a four-hit performance for
the Lady Jaguars, including a double.
The Falcons’ Emily Colwell knocked in
Lebanon’s sole extra-base hit of the game
while Windham scored in each of the six
innings. It was an inspiring performance
that the Lady Jags hope to build on.
At left, Lady Python Mandy Barton (white) advances the ball up feld during home feld action against Belmont.
At right, Pelham’s Dustin Lubinger (#11 white) jars the ball loose from Derryfeld’s Joe Costa.
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Benji Stars in Sequel of ‘Silence of the Rams’
Pythons’ Ryan Frank tossed a 2-hit bagel at the T’wolves,
fanning 11 in Pelham’s 5-0 win.
by Marc Ayotte
Going into the 2014 season, it was depth at the
pitching position that was a promising element for
Coach Billy Beauchesne and his Python baseball
team. Since their April 21, 13-6 mishap in
Cougar Country at the hands of perennial playoff
contender Campbell, the Snakes have concocted
a lethal recipe of lights-out pitching as well as
After opening up the season 1-2, Pelham has
strung together four straight wins; outscoring their
opponents 38-5, reﬂective of the aforementioned
potent offense and stiﬂing rotation on the mound.
Consequently, the Pythons (5-2) have emerged
from an early season, emotional abyss and now
ﬁnd themselves ﬁring on all cylinders; ﬁrmly
entrenched in the top ten of the D-3 standings.
The streak started two days after the loss to
the Cougars when Pelham traveled to Raymond
and put a 13-0 hurt on the Rams. It was happy
times revisited for Python’s starting pitcher Chris
Benjamin, who faced Raymond last year in his
ﬁrst varsity appearance on the hill; going the
distance and allowing just two hits while striking
out seven in Pelham’s 3-0 win at home. This year,
Benjamin directed “Silence of the Rams 2” with
plenty of help from his supporting cast. In getting
the nod from Coach Beauchesne, Benjamin (1-1)
was nothing short of spectacular, tossing a one-hit
gem, striking out seven and walking two in the
The Pythons scored all they would need with
one in the top of the ﬁrst and then blew the game
open with four in the third, six in the fourth, and
two more in the ﬁfth and ﬁnal inning. The fourth
inning six-spot was highlighted by a two-run
double from freshman Nick Hamel (2-4, run, three
RBIs). Additionally, Ryan Frank contributed with a
ﬁfth inning two-bagger of his own that also drove
in two Pythons. Also picking up multiple hits
were Jake Vaiknoras (2-4, two RBIs), Joe Slattery
(3-4, RBI), Chris Gamble (2-4, RBI) and Dan
Spicer who went 2 for 4 at the plate including a
Next on tap for the Snakes was what should
have been a positive, memorable couple of days
but instead turned out to be not much more than
a long and disappointing 10-hour round-trip bus
ride. On April 26, PHS embarked on the 240-
mile trip to
to play nearby
on Double Day
ﬁeld, the iconic
at the Baseball
Hall of Fame.
and Jags never
were able to
as their game
rendering players and parents alike to assume the
roles of tourists in the tiny New York town.
“Both coaches (Pelham’s Beauchesne and
Windham’s Jason Matthews) and myself felt more
could have been attempted,” recalled PHS Athletic
Director Todd Kress with respect to “getting the
game in.” In a concerted effort to play ball, Kress
noted; “We even offered to help spread some
quick dry or ﬁll, to absorb two wet areas, and we
were told the decision had already been made.”
With a lot of heart and money invested into this
special occasion, the Python A.D. continued
by conveying the disappointment he felt for all
the athletes involved: “Two teams go ﬁve (plus)
hours, Pelham in the big yellow limo, and very
little effort was shown to try to make these kids’
memories a little more meaningful.”
Back In NH
After the week-long layoff, Pelham resumed
play when they made a shorter trip to Concord
where they pounded host Bishop Brady by a 12-1
score. The game went the full seven innings, but
it was over early as the Pythons scored a pair of
runs in each of the ﬁrst and second innings. Three
more in the fourth made it 7-0 and then in the
top of the seventh, the Snakes received seven free
passes, compliments of the wild Giants’ pitching
staff; scoring ﬁve times before allowing the home
team to plate one in the bottom half of the inning.
Highlighting the Pelham offense was Dan
Spicer who went 2-3 (three RBIs) including a run-
producing double that set the tone in the team’s
ﬁrst at bat. Leading the other seven players that
ﬁlled-out Pelham’s eight hits on the day was Joe
Slattery who had three RBIs on the day with two
of them coming on a fourth inning single. Chris
Benjamin (2-1) was superb again on the mound;
allowing just two hits and 0 ER while fanning six,
though he did allow ﬁve walks which proved to
In the ﬁrst game of its three-game home stand
starting on May 2, Pelham sent Ryan Frank to
the hill. The senior slinger continued the Python
domination on the mound, ﬁring a dazzling two-
hitter in the 5-0 blanking of visiting Prospect
Mountain. Frank tamed the Timberwolves’ batters,
striking out 11 while walking just one as the
Snakes improved to 4-2 on the year. As efﬁcient
as Frank was on the hill, so too was his coach’s
recall of the effort; “Ryan pitched an incredible
The Pythons broke open a scoreless pitcher’s
duel in the bottom of the fourth when they
plated a pair of runners. Dan Spicer led off with
a single, stole second and then moved to third
on Jake Vaiknoras’ single. After Vaiknoras stole
second, Joe Slattery singled up the middle, scoring
his mates (one RBI) for a 2-0 advantage. In the
bottom of the ﬁfth, Spicer (2-2, two runs) tripled
to score Frank, who led off the inning with a walk.
Slattery came through again with another single,
this time down the third base line, driving in his
second and third runs of the game.
On Cinco de Mayo, Pelham hosted Sanborn
in an interdivisional matchup. The Indians made
their way into town, sitting at the bottom of the
Division II standings with an unavailing 0-8
record. Chris Gamble took to the hill and went
the distance; continuing to make the Python
bullpen about as needed as a summer head cold.
Gamble allowed three earned runs on seven
hits, striking out ﬁve on his way to improving his
personal mark to 2-0 on the year with the 9-4
Pelham held a precarious one-run lead through
ﬁve complete after the Indians had rallied for
three runs in their half of the third; “Gamble got
out of a huge jam in the third inning,” recalled
Coach Beauchesne, adding; “he really settled in
after that.” That he did, blanking the Tribe the rest
of the way while his mates added four runs in the
sixth. With Pelham on top 5-4, Gamble (2-3, run,
RBI) started the inning off with a single, and after
a single by Dan Spicer and walk to Jake Vaiknoras,
the bases were full of serpents. Mike Pelletier
made his way into the batter’s box and delivered
a timely opposite ﬁeld, two-run double down the
right ﬁeld line for a little more breathing room.
Two batters later, Tyler Foye (2-3, run, two RBIs)
closed out the scoring on the afternoon with a
Chris Gamble applies the tag to nail a Prospect Mountain runner at third base.
Pelham frst baseman Nick Hamel (freshman)
has been a welcome surprise for the Pythons, both
defensively and at the plate.
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Pythons’ Paitchel Signs National Letter of Intent
by Marc Ayotte
In a brief ceremony at Pelham High School on April 22, Lady Python
two-sport star Hannah Paitchel recently signed her National Letter of
Intent to attend Division II St. Anselm College located in Manchester.
Paitchel, who also made a living on the Snake’s hardwood as a proliﬁc
three point shooter, committed to St. A’s in hopes of being an integral
part of the women’s softball program. “I’m excited to not be too far
from home and hopefully make an impact on the softball team,”
expressed Paitchel, who will transform from Python to Hawk next
fall. With her signing, Paitchel became the ﬁrst PHS athlete to sign a
NLI since Briana Szidat committed to the University of Massachusetts-
Lowell, ﬁve years ago.
When current PHS softball coach Todd Lozeau ﬁrst saw Paitchel ﬁll
the hole between second and third base, he knew he had something
special. “I pretty much knew we found our starting shortstop for the
next four years,” recalled Lozeau. Paitchel went on to ﬂourish and
have a phenomenal ﬁrst three years and hopes to bring the Snakes
deep into the playoffs again this year.
For her career on the Pelham diamond, Paitchel has posted
some incredible numbers. At the plate she has gone 78-177 for an
astonishing .441 batting average as well as an on-base percentage
exceeding .500. She has anchored the team defensively; registering
102 put outs, and 111 assists for a .910 ﬁelding percentage. Enjoying
her second season as team captain, Paitchel is a three-time team MVP
as well as a 2012 D-II 1st Team All-State and 2013 D-III 2nd Team All-
Reﬂecting back on a career that is on its fourth and ﬁnal leg,
Paitchel offered; “I’m happy to have made
an impact on the team for four years.”
Graciously, she put aside her personal
statistics and accomplishment; “I’d like
to thank my head coach for supporting
me; not only in softball but also as a
person.” Paitchel then continued, crediting
Lozeau with making her a better leader.
Additionally, the athlete donning the
number 12 Python jersey added; “I’d also
like to thank my parents for all the support
through the years, and my teammates,
especially the ﬁve other seniors that stuck
together for all four years.”
Parents Steve and Maria, who were in attendance for their daughter’s
signing, expressed their pleasure; “we’re proud of her accomplishments
here at the school, both academically and athletically. We are very
happy with her decision to go to St. A’s. They have everything she
wanted to study, which is business and law. Athletics was a bonus for
us,” noted Steve who indicated that Hannah, who owns the athletic
equivalent of a lofty academic GPA at 3.67, had already been accepted
at the college prior to popular demand sent an athletic scholarship her
way. Another bonus, quickly pointed out by dad, was the proximity
of her choice for higher education relative to their home; “it’s within
driving distance – a huge plus, I’ll be able to go to the games.”
Mom Maria echoed her spouse’s sentiments and also added; “I’m
happy with the local choice after looking from Chicago to here.”
Maria’s reference to Chi-town reﬂects the family’s ‘school tour’ that
took them out to the Midwest which interestingly kept Paitchel ‘outside
the lines;’ the only game in four years that she was not in the starting
lineup. Mom continued with praise of the daughter, the athlete; “I’m
proud of her, she’s a great decision maker. I never second guess her
because she makes great decisions.” With respect to her tenure as a
Python student/athlete, Maria offered; “I’d like to thank the high school
for a great sports experience and excellent education through the
Pelham school system.”
With respect to her contribution to the PHS sports scene, Coach
Lozeau offered; “She has shown great character and has been an
outstanding teammate since day one,” adding; “not much more a
coach can ask for.” Pelham Athletic Director Todd Kress, who sees
great Python athletes come and go, eloquently wrapped up Paitchel’s
contribution to Pelham women’s athletics; “four years ago, Hannah
came in as a very talented athlete. She has combined that natural
ability with a strong work ethic to make herself an elite high school
athlete. We are proud to call Hannah a Python.”
Pelham High School’s Hannah Paitchel signs her National Letter of Intent to
attend St. Anselm College; joining Hannah on this momentous day are her
parents, Maria and Steve Paitchel along with PHS softball coach Todd Lozeau
(back left) and Athletic Director Todd Kress.
Jaguar Baseball Team Mauls West in Doubleheader
Windham’s Ryan Hardacre rounds third en route to scoring an unusual inside-
the-park grand slam against West High School.
by Jacob Gagnon
The numbers say it all. On Saturday afternoon, May 3, the
Windham High School Baseball team collected 25 runs on 23
hits while allowing only four runs, two per game, in a pair of
doubleheader victories over Manchester West High School.
“I’m pretty happy with the performance of the team as a whole
today. They’ve been very good this whole season,” said Head Coach
Jason Matthews. “We expected to do very well this year, so they are
Kevin Anderson led the Jaguars in the opening game, going
two-for-two at the plate with three RBIs. Aiding in the offensive
onslaught were Connor Whittemore and Connor Hopkins, who
each knocked in a pair of RBIs. Hopkins also earned the win on the
mound in the ﬁrst game for Windham.
“We had guys that came off the bench for us today that really
stepped it up. We’re playing very well from top to bottom. We’re
clicking,” said Matthews. “We put our starting guys out there, and,
if they struggle, we can pull them out, and the guys behind them are
just as strong.”
The Jaguars’ bats continued to blaze in the second game. Ryan
Hardacre led both at the plate and on the mound. In an unusual
situation, Hardacre hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the
Blue Knights. Hardacre was also the winning pitcher of the second
game, hurling six full innings while allowing only two runs on four
hits and striking out six West High batters. Zach Byers went three-
for-four in the game and collected two RBIs while teammate Chad
Roche went three-for-ﬁve at the plate with a pair of RBIs.
With the pair of victories, Windham improves to 7-1 on the
season. In their sole loss of the season, the Jaguars were narrowly
beaten, 2-1, by Milford High School.
“We’ve had some pretty strong performances from our pitchers,
but our hitting and our run production are really propelling us this
season. These kids are really motivated to win baseball games this
year,” said Matthews. “We’re just trying to keep them focused on
one game at a time.”
The Jaguars are driven by the chance to redeem themselves
following a semi-ﬁnal exit from last seasons’ NHIAA Championship
Tournament. As long as their pitchers continue to deliver and their
offense continues to produce, Windham will get the opportunity to
avenge last years’ disappointing defeat and claim a state title.
Te Jaguars’ Ryan Hardacre delivers a pitch
in the second game against West High.
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Pythons Top Tribe in ‘Walk-Off’ Thriller
by Marc Ayotte
Over the last couple of weeks, the Pelham High
softball team has been quite busy, playing ﬁve
games in a 12-day span. During that stretch, the
Lady Pythons were all over the map; chalking up a
pair of D-3 wins, losing a key intra-divisional battle
while also dropping an interdivisional decision
to D-II powerhouse and rival Windham. But the
most important and pivotal game of the season thus
far went the Pythons’ way when they knocked off
previously once beaten Sanborn in a scintillating,
extra-inning affair on May 5, pushing its win streak
to three straight and improving its season mark to
ﬁve wins against three losses.
Pelham had its record evened-up at 2-2 on April
23 when host Raymond eked out a 5-4 win with
some late inning larceny. Jordan Parece was the
tough-luck losing pitcher, going 6 innings in the
circle, allowing ﬁve runs (just two earned) on seven
hits while fanning four and walking three. She also
led the Lady Snakes in hits, going 3-4 with a run
scored. Freshman Sarah Ratcliffe contributed nicely
with a 2-3 performance, scoring twice as well as
knocking in a run. Catcher Kelsey Grimard went
2-2, also with a RBI.
The Pythons’ bid to take the “W” back to Pelham
came up inches short when Hannah
Paitchel was robbed of “going yard.”
The recent signer of a National
Letter of Intent to attend St. Anselm
College in the fall, she drove a two-
out, 0-2 pitch to deep right center,
and, as Coach Todd Lozeau recalled
the play; “that’s one that will stick in
my head.” Paitchel’s potential game
winning line shot was hauled down
by the Ram outﬁelder who then
fell across the collapsible home
run fence for what instead, was the
game-ending blow. “That was the
best play I’ve seen a high school
outﬁelder make, outside of Chantal
(Roussel) making a similar catch in
her sophomore year against Hollis-
Brookline,” noted Lozeau of his
current center ﬁelder.
In their next game, the Pythons
hosted rival Windham, and it was
a game the entire team won’t soon
forget. The D-II Jaguars came into
Pelham and put up a baker’s dozen
in the run column en route to a 13-1
win; making it three straight defeats
for Pelham as they slipped to one
game below .500 on the season, at
2-3. The only bright spot on the day
for the Pythons came in the bottom
of the sixth when Sarah Ratcliffe
broke up the Jaguars’ shutout bid
with an RBI single; one of just two
hits Pelham produced on the day.
Retribution of sorts was in order
on the last day of April when the
Lady Pythons traveled to Concord to
take on Bishop Brady. Pelham came
up with a much needed win; scoring
in each of the ﬁrst ﬁve innings, falling the Giants by
a 9-1 verdict. Jordan Parece evened her personal
mark at 3-3 for the season, going the distance
allowing six hits, one ER while striking out 10 and
allowing just two walks.
The Pythons scored all they would need when
they plated a pair in the top half of the ﬁrst. But it
was in the third that Pelham blew the game open,
scoring three times. Highlighting the inning was a
leadoff triple by Sarah Ratcliffe, and a subsequent
RBI single from Parece, who later scored on a run
producing single off the bat of Elissa Mogauro.
Leading the nine-hit Python attack with a multi-hit
game were Ratcliffe (2-3, three runs, two RBI, HR,
3B) and Hannah Paitchel (3-4, two runs, RBI, 2B).
Also contributing to the offensive surge was Parece
(1-3, two runs, two RBI), Mogauro (run, two RBI)
and Kelsey Grimard with a productive groundball
out that scored a run.
The Pythons climbed back over the .500 mark at
the end of the week when they staved-off Prospect
Mountain; taming the Timberwolves by a 5-2
margin. Prospect Mountain’s prospects looked good
early on as they manufactured one in the third and
then put together a single and double for another
in the fourth, giving them a 2-0 lead. However, the
Lady Snakes responded nicely, erupting for ﬁve runs
in the decisive fourth inning.
Freshman Emily Bevens sparked the outburst
with a leadoff double followed by a Ratcliffe walk.
Jordan Parece then came to her own aid when her
double plated both teammates to knot the score
at two apiece. After stealing third, Parce scored
on Mogauro’s ground ball (E-6) for what proved to
be the winning run. A Chantal Roussel single was
followed with a Sarah Ferreira single that brought
Mogauro across the plate for a 4-2 score. Moments
later, a double-steal produced the ﬁnal run of the
day for the Pythons who improved to 4-3 on the
A Paitchel Tribe-Ute
In a crucial, interdivision matchup up with
Sanborn Regional (7-1), the Pythons outlasted the
visiting Indians, but needed extra
innings to do so. In the bottom of
the ninth inning, Hannah Paitchel
drilled the ﬁrst pitch she saw deep
over the left centerﬁeld fence, giving
the Pythons the dramatic 7-6 win.
“I’m just happy I could help our
team get the win today; not only did
it make me happy but it made my
teammates happy as well,” offered
the sublime PHS slugger who is
batting a scorching .727 in her last
11 trips to the plate.
Paitchel, who also had a superb game defensively
in recording 15 put outs, credited others wearing
the Python blue and silver; “today it was truly a
team effort. We had great defense, pitching, and
offense. Without my teammates tying the score in
the bottom of the seventh I never would have had
the opportunity to bat again.”
With the two teams deadlocked at 3-3, Pelham
took the lead with a pair of runs in the home half of
the sixth. Elissa Mogauro led off with a single and
advanced to third after Sarah Jane Spicer’s double.
Paitchel then singled to left, scoring both runners for
a 5-3 lead. But the Indians stormed back, as four
straight, two-out singles gave them a 6-5 advantage
heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Sarah Ratcliffe led off with a double and moved
over to third on a ground ball out. Mogauro then
came through with a clutch sacriﬁce ﬂy to deep
center ﬁeld, scoring Ratcliffe for a 6-6 tie. Jordan
Parece proceeded to shut-down the Tribe for the
next two innings, setting the stage for Paitchel’s
heroics, but not before Mogauro snagged-down a
line drive and through to Julia Barsalou at ﬁrst for an
inning-ending double play. Mogauro was perfect
on the day going 8-for-8 on put outs and assists
opportunities, while Barsalou remained perfect on
the year; yet to have committed an error at the ﬁrst
Leading the Python 11-hit attack with a multi-
hit game were Paitchel (3-4, three runs, three
RBI, 2B, HR) and Sarah Ratcliffe (3-4, run, RBI,
2B). Freshman Emily Bevens contributed nicely
again with a key 2-run single in the home half of
the second inning; tying the score at two apiece.
Picking up the win in the circle for Pelham was
Parece (5-3) who went all nine innings, scattering
13 hits while backed with an errorless effort by
her supporting cast. Epitomizing the Lady Snake’s
defense, while also drawing praise from her coach,
was the play of Erin Long. “She made two big
catches out in left ﬁeld today, one with a runner on
second base in the sixth to end the inning and save
a run,” exclaimed Lozeau.
Chantal Roussel tracks down a line shot to center feld.
Pelham shortstop Hannah Paitchel makes a nice over-the-shoulder
catch of a blooper into shallow left feld.
Python’s second baseman Elissa Mogauro puts the tag on a Prospect Mountain
runner after she was caught in a run down between second and third.