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by Marc Ayotte
The Pelham Parks & Recreation conducts
dozens of camps and events throughout the
year, and one of the more popular ones is the
Tot Camp that just ended on August 14. Held
at the Raymond Scout Lodge located on Keyes
Hill Road, the camp is conducted two days per
week with some 28 children attending this year.
According to PP&R Director Brian Johnson, the campers range in ages 3 to 7 so
naturally a lot of preparation goes into making the program very enjoyable for the
youngsters. “For a lot of the campers, it’s their first social interaction. It’s a great program
and it gives moms a break,” added Johnson who raved about the camp’s director: “We
truly have the greatest director in the world with Pattie Parece.”
In her sixth year as camp supervisor, Parece, with the help of 10 staff members,
provides a myriad of activities for the children to enjoy during the six-week-long program.
Included in her supporting cast are four Junior Leaders who are performing community
service on their way to what Parece hopes will be future camp counselors. “It’s a great
ratio,” observed Parece of the number of staff to campers, enhancing the ability to give the
campers plenty of attention. “It’s definitely not a drop-off and play,” she added.
In a sort of mission statement, Parece offered: “Basically the main focus of our program
and the goal for myself and my staff is to provide a safe, welcoming and exciting summer
camp experience for the children while creating positive childhood memories and
meaningful friendships for our campers and their families.”
Parece explained that each week reflects a different theme, including field trips like the
one recently taken to Benson Park in Hudson. Additionally, the children have already
enjoyed a trip to Chunky’s and have scheduled a field day at Muldoon Park where they
will have a safety officer from the Pelham Police Department speak to the kids, followed
by a bike parade around the pond.
At the lodge, children are able to enjoy various games such as air hockey in addition
to jumping around in the Rec-owned bouncy houses. Other activities that the campers
took part in were nature walks, soccer games, wiffle ball, clown shows, a trip to the town
library for ‘story time’, and a talent show, where the campers performed for their parents
and grandparents – followed by an ice cream social. “From the time they get there until
the time they leave, they’re doing activities,” cited Parece.
Pelham Tot Camp is No Little Feat
Bonding and establishing new friendships are important themes at the tot camp
run by the Pelham Parks & Recreation Department.
Courtesy photos
Age is Only a Number
Courtesy photos
Joanne Flynn
continued to page 14- Joanne Flynn
A State of Emergency was recently declared in the State of New
Hampshire due to drug overdoses.
The following are excerpts contained in the press release from New
Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s office on August 14:
In order to protect public health and well-being, Governor Maggie
Hassan today declared a State of Emergency in the State of New Hampshire
as a result of recent overdoses in Manchester and Concord as a result of the
use or misuse of the synthetic cannabinoid identified as “Smacked!”
The department will work closely with local police departments to
quarantine the “bubblegum flavor” of “Smacked!”
Other brands of synthetic cannabinoids may also pose dangers for
substance abuse and public health. Stores are encouraged to voluntarily
remove all synthetic cannabinoids from their shelves.
Generally referred to as “spice,” synthetic cannabinoids are chemically
engineered substances similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active
ingredient in marijuana. While they are labeled as not for human
consumption, “herbal incense” products of this type are known to be
ingested by smoking or brewing into a tea because they contain synthetic
cannabinoids.
Since August 11, the Manchester Police Department and local health
authorities reported at least 41 people in the Manchester area have
experienced serious medical reactions to the synthetic cannabinoid and at
least 20 were taken by ambulance to Manchester hospitals for treatment. In
continued to page 14- ‘Spice’
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Dilapidated Water
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by Barbara O’Brien
Selectmen have given their unanimous approval for Pennichuck
Water to replace approximately 8,000 feet of obsolete water line
in Windham Estates, including Johnson, Robin Hood, Wildwood,
Birchwood and Rolling Bridge roads.
According to a spokesperson for Pennichuck Water, the
deteriorating water lines were installed by a previous company prior
to 1998. As a result of the dilapidated condition of the existing
water lines, more than 80 extensive leaks have resulted within the
past several years.
Representatives from Pennichuck Water have consulted with
Windham Highway Agent Jack McCarthy because the excavation
project will extend up to six feet from the shoulder of the roadway.
Pennichuck will be making repairs to the roads that are affected at
the company’s expense. Pennichuck Water will be coordinating
those repairs with McCarthy.
The project is expected to take about 180 days to complete.
Bids for the various jobs involved are to be opened on September
2. Approximately three weeks later, the excavation work will
get underway. The final overlay on the excavated roads will be
completed some time next spring. Nine more fire hydrants will be
installed along the repair route and water capacity will increase to
500 gallons per minute for a duration of two hours. Windham Fire
Chief Tom McPherson said the fire protection capacity will increase
ten-fold as a result of the improvements.
As further benefits to residents using Pennichuck Water, fire
insurance rates are anticipated to go down, and there should be far
less interruption of service. This is phase one of a multi-year project
planned by Pennichuck Water.
Selectmen voted 5 to 0 to approve the road excavation in
Windham Estates. Voting in favor were Chairman Ross McLeod,
Vice-chairman Al Letizio, Jr., Bruce Breton, Roger Hohenberger and
Joel Desilets.
In other business, selectmen approved a contract with Granite
State Minerals for the purchase of road salt for the upcoming winter
season. Granite State Minerals has been used previously. The cost
for this coming winter is slightly less than the previous year; going
from $49.48 per ton in 2013 down to $49.13 per ton for 2014.
Highway Agent Jack McCarthy said Windham used about 800 tons
of road salt during the 2013-2014 winter season.
Pelham Seventh Grader Rocks Gillette Stadium
by Marc Ayotte
So, what did you do while your summer was
winding down? Better yet, what did you do
during your summer vacation prior to entering
the seventh grade? For Pelham Memorial School
student Nicole Pelletier, Friday, August 15, was
just another day in the park – or shall we say
stadium?
And that particular stadium just happened to be
the one that Tom Brady and his Patriots call home
on Sundays during the fall. Pelletier welcomed
her most recent singing opportunity, and with
a contingent of supportive family and friends
on hand, proceeded to woo the crowd. Her
superb rendition of the national anthem prior to
the NFL pre-season game between the Pats and
Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium instantly
made its way onto social media; and can also be
viewed/heard on the Pelham~Windham News
Facebook page.
Earlier in the year, on May 24, Pelletier sang
the national anthem at a New England Revolution
soccer game. “Two days later the Patriots called
me,” recalled Michelle Pelletier, Nicole’s mom,
who has quickly become the ‘in-house’ talent
agent for the local, budding star.
Nicole came into singing prominence in Pelham
two years ago when she performed the anthem on
opening day of the town’s Parks & Recreation girls’
softball season. While still a sixth grader, Nicole
was also featured regularly in the friendly confines
of Pelham High School’s “Snake Pit,” where she
sang the national anthem prior to the boys’ varsity
basketball games. She also sang the anthem at the
boys’ varsity baseball senior night as well as at a
Lowell Spinners’ game earlier in the summer.
One of the most emotional and possibly her
marquee performance came prior to that Pythons’
senior night basketball game when she not only
sang the anthem, but also electrified the audience
with a dedication to her older brother, Mike, who
was suiting up for the last time in a PHS uniform
at home. “My brother didn’t even know. It was
a surprise” mentioned Nicole who dazzled the
crowd with a heartfelt and moving version of
Rascal Flatts’ country hit “I Wish” – prompting a
center-court hug of appreciation from big brother.
Already with two Boston professional sports
venues in the books for the soon-to-be 12
year old, Nicole will be adding to her resume
when she makes an appearance this fall prior
to a Celtics game. Despite gaining regional
recognition with her “high-profile gigs,” Nicole
still maintains that hometown pride and hopes to
make more appearances this year prior to varsity
hoops contests: “I love doing the Pythons’ games.”
With hopes of having the singing lessons she
now takes in Salem continue to pay dividends,
Nicole notes; “I want to become a recording
artist.” And with country music admittedly
being her favorite genre of music to sing, she
acknowledged, “I like Carrie Underwood; she’s
my favorite singer.”
Watch out Carrie, this “Pelham Idol” just
may follow your country roads to becoming an
American Idol – her performances causing her
fans to be simply … ”Blown Away!”
Girl Scouts Give Handmade French Rag Dolls to Food Pantry
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Cadet/Senior Girl Scout Troop 10886 from Pelham handmade their own
French rag dolls. The girls saw an article in a magazine where a woman
was selling handmade dolls in New York City for over $100 each. They
decided they could make them too.
Yet, in the spirit of Girl Scouts, the plan was to make three
dolls each: one to give to a friend, one to donate, and one
to keep for themselves. The dolls came out fantastic, yet
took much longer to make than originally thought. The girls
shared their creative skills and worked in teams and made
over 25 dolls. They made several prototype dolls before
selecting the pattern that worked. Each girl added special
items to the dolls, a small pin or button; they even reutilized
broken beaded necklaces by restringing them to the right size
for a doll. The girls also crocheted scarves and shawls.
Eight dolls were donated to the Pelham Food Pantry.
Cheryl Brunelle of the food pantry was thrilled that the girls
created the dolls and were willing to give them away. The
troop received a wonderful thank-you letter from her.
In Brunelle’s words: “Your thoughtfulness makes a big
difference to the families who sometimes need help. The
way I see it is that the gift you gave really has two parts. The
first is the doll itself, of course; they are so, so nice. But even
more important is the feeling you send because the person
who picked the doll gets that feeling that someone else is
thinking of them in a special way. They were a big hit … they
only lasted one week!”
If you have any questions about Girl Scouts e-mail Terri
Ferullo tferullo@gmail.com.
Dispatch Center Serves as the Backbone of Emergency Services
by Barbara O’Brien
“The dispatch center is the backbone of everything we
do,” Windham Police Chief Gerald Lewis said. “Without
communication, we are dead in the water.” “Dispatch is probably
the most important position in the police department.”
Lewis, who has been Windham’s police chief for nearly nine
years, spoke about the local dispatch center during one of the last
sessions of this year’s citizen police academy, a nine-week session
that gave about 20 residents an inside look into law enforcement.
Windham employs five dispatchers, each of whom is responsible
for police communications only. Windham fire communications are
handled by the Derry Fire Department’s dispatch center. Windham
dispatchers do monitor the fire department’s radio frequency,
however. “If the fire department goes out on a call, the police also
respond,” Lewis explained. In fact, it is often a police officer who
arrives first at a fire scene, since he or she might already be out on
the road. “If we arrive first, we become the eyes and ears for the fire
department,” until fire fighters arrive on scene, Lewis stated. “The
fire department and police department work very well together,” he
noted.
The Windham Dispatch Center is located in the police department
on Fellows Road. One dispatcher is on duty round-the-clock and
is responsible for answering calls forwarded from the 9-1-1 center
in Concord, as well as any calls to the police department’s own
business line. Additionally, the dispatcher on duty monitors security
cameras, the fax
machine, the lobby,
the State Police
(SPOTS) terminal,
the computerized
record management
(CAD) system, and
is the main conduit
for checking state
records, including
the Department
of Motor Vehicles.
Dispatchers also
monitor the portable
and mobile radios
for police officers
out on patrol. “This
is not just a job,”
Lewis said. “It is truly a profession.”
Dispatchers are often the first person with whom residents have
contact when they call or stop by the police department. “They
work very hard to make sure they make a positive impression on
the public,” Lewis said. “They do a tremendous job of assisting the
public,” he said, noting the huge responsibility they take on when
they sit down behind the console.
Windham Police has the ability to communicate with every law
enforcement agency in New Hampshire. The main communications
tower in Windham is located on Jenny’s Hill, near Route 93. The
height at which a particular agency can place its antennae is limited
by Federal Communication Commission regulations, so there is no
interference between the multiple agencies that make use of the
tower.
“All frequencies must be coordinate to avoid interference with
one another,” Lewis said. The chief also commented that he would
like to see a nationwide law mandating that public service agencies
can go on any existing communications tower at no cost. “We’re
always struggling to enhance communications,” he said. “It’s a
constant struggle to stay on top of this.” “An officer needs to know
that someone hears him or her if he or she calls for help,” Lewis
emphasized. Lewis hopes that “someday” Windham Police will go
to a microwave system for communications.
The Windham Dispatch Center has a 2014 operating budget of
$411,330, most of which goes for employee salaries and benefits.
As for the money paid to Derry Fire for dispatching Windham fire
calls ($82,280), Lewis said taxpayers are getting a really good deal.
To bring the fire department’s dispatch back to Windham would cost
about $300,000 annually. While Lewis feels the fire department’s
dispatch center should be brought back to Windham, he also
acknowledged that it is cost-prohibitive to do so, at least at this point
in time.
Jason Gallant is one of the dispatchers who helps
to provide 24-hour coverage for the
Windham Police Department.
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Girl Scouts from left, bottom row: Jenny Paul,
Emily Paquette, Katie Ferullo and Michaly Oxner.
Top row: Terryn Brunelle, Emily Keefe, Chelsea Witkowski,
Jess Fox, Elizabeth Cote and Allison Cote.
Missing are Alicia Hamilton, Katie Remeis and Kyra Aboujaiti.
Courtesy photo
Nicole Pelletier of Pelham sang the national anthem
prior to the Patriots’ game on August 15.
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Windham School Board
Needs Control and Transparency
In a recent WSB fve-plus hour meeting on July 29, many residents spoke
in favor of questioning how the school board budget is disbursed. Tey
had questions about many purchases, payments, quotes and the bid process.
Tey were concerned about overpayments and waste. At the center of the
debate was cost control and transparency. Isn’t that the job of the school
board?
Most residents spoke in favor of Ken Eyring’s asking the tough questions
about purchases and payments. Te few who spoke against the questioning
were mainly former school board members.
Tere were a number of highly educated business professionals present
who gave their expertise on how a business can run efectively with cost
control and transparency. Unfortunately, most of the school board seemed
uninterested about knowing about most purchases and payments.
I applaud Ken Eyring for doing his job on the Windham school board
and questioning some purchases and payments. Shouldn’t the school board
be aware of most of these large disbursements and not just one business
administrator or superintendent?
I think we are all in favor of having an excellent school system in
Windham. Tat is not the issue. Te Windham school board should have
some tighter control on spending and oversight on purchases, payments,
quotes and bids. And more transparency would be appreciated by the
resident taxpayers. With that done, greater trust in the Windham school
board would be achieved.
Most businesses and households are run on tighter controlled budgets.
Why not the Windham School department through the Windham School
Board?
Mary Lou Bartlett, Windham
Michelle Levell for Windham State Rep.
I am Ralph Boehm, state rep from Litchfeld, NH. Formerly vice chair
of the Education Committee, and presently the ranking Republican on that
committee. I’ve known Michelle for a number of years as she is a regular at
the state house, coming to testify on education bills in my committee. Also
testifying on other issues in other committees. I would always ask Michelle
for her opinion on bills as I know she had done her homework and respect
her opinion. And hopefully she will join me on that committee next year.
She is a proponent for the best education possible for our children. Whether
in the public school system or another learning environment. Children
learn diferently and they and their parents deserve what is best for them.
Not what the federal or state government prescribes, but what you and/or
your local school district determines what is best.
So I ask all my friends in Windham, as I know a lot of you, as I have
umpired your girl’s softball for a number of years, and know that even some
of the girls are now old enough to vote. Please cast your vote on September
9th for Michelle Levell, she is your best choice to hit a home run for you.
Ralph Boehm, Litchfeld
Kudos to Pelham Cadet/Senior
Girl Scout Troop 10886
Tank you so much for the dolls you brought to the Food Pantry.
Your thoughtfulness makes a big diference to the families who sometimes
need help. Te way I see it is that the gift you gave really has two parts.
Te frst is the doll itself, of course; they are so, so nice. But even more
important is the feeling you send because the person who picked the doll
gets that feeling that someone else is thinking of them in a special way. Tey
were a big hit … they only lasted one week!
Tanks again. Nice job all around.
Cheryl Brunelle, Food Pantry, Pelham
Introducing the Woman’s Service
Club of Windham
Te GFWC-NH Windham Woman’s Club has fled with the state for
dissolution. It has re-incorporated under the name of Woman’s Service
Club of Windham. Approximately 70 percent of the dues, plus meeting
and miscellaneous expenses, were going to the state and national GFWC
rather than being put to use here in the town of Windham for charitable
and educational purposes. After many months of discussion and seeking
alternate solutions, the women of the club voted overwhelmingly to proceed
in this new direction. Te Woman’s Service Club of Windham is now a
registered corporation with the State of NH, has been granted Charitable
Trust status with the State of NH, and is currently pursuing 501(c)3 status
on the federal level.
Nothing else has changed; we will still host bake sales at elections, host
Candidate’s Nights, sponsor the coat drives, yard sale, and baby shower.
We will still partner with Helping Hands to provide Tanksgiving baskets
for those in need and partner with the town to provide Christmas gifts for
those less fortunate. We will still provide 2 scholarships for high school
seniors, camp scholarships and end of year awards for the middle school,
and donations to the libraries at each of the schools, and so forth. Now
we will have more funds available for these and other projects that help the
wonderful town of Windham we live in.
Rebecca D. Howard, President, Woman’s Service Club of Windham
Jim Foley for State Senate
In this era of out-of-control politics in Washington it is important
to remember that politics at the state level is equally, or perhaps more,
important. It is at the state level that fundamental decisions and
expenditures are made that afect us every day and in every way at the
local level. It is essential that we have experienced, dedicated, capable,
trustworthy and honorable people serving us in the State Senate.
Jim Foley has already served us for many years; as a commissioned
of cer in the Marine Corps, as chairman of the Derry Republican Town
Committee, as fnance chairman of the State Republican Party and as a
good friend and neighbor. Jim’s generosity and support of local charitable
organizations and his neighbors has made a real diference in many people’s
lives. Organizations such as the Sonshine Soup Kitchen, the Boys & Girls
Club, the Salvation Army and many others have benefted from Jim’s quiet
good works.
Jim is an experienced businessman who has grown a small business into a
larger business and understands how decisions made in Concord can afect
individuals and businesses alike. Decisions made in Concord also afect the
operations of local municipalities. As former chairman of the Derry Town
Council I understand how a town can be afected by decisions made in
Concord and I know that Jim is aware of, and sensitive to, this issue.
Not only does Jim Foley have the fnancial, business and leadership skills
and experience that we need in the New Hampshire State Senate he is, most
importantly, a man of good character and integrity. I have known Jim for
many years and I am confdent that he will serve us well in Concord.
Terefore, I urge you to vote for Jim Foley for State Senate on
September 9.
Hugh T. Lee, Derry
Ken Eyring is Delivering on his Promises
Ken Eyring is helping our children get the best education possible (he’s a
parent too). He’s doing this by being attentive to details in all aspects of his
responsibilities as a School Board member.
Ken is watching out for how our taxpayer money is being spent, which
is one of the promises he made when running for school board: “Fiscal
Responsibility.”
Ken is truthful. When making statements, he provides the verifying
documentation to back up what he says. As our representative, he is asking
dif cult but important questions to help make the school board more
responsible and transparent to the taxpayers of Windham. Tis fulflls
another promise he made when he ran for the board: “Accountability.”
School Taxes are at an all-time high. As parents, citizens and taxpayers,
we need to work with the school board to help get spending under control.
Tis means establishing policies which beneft our students, schools and
taxpayers alike.
Ken’s repeated proposal to form a Citizen’s Facilities Committee made
up of Windham construction professionals to oversee and vet pricing and
construction proposals is sorely overdue – and fulflls another promise:
“More Community Involvement”. It’s unfortunate his repeated suggestions
have fallen on deaf ears. It is time for our school district to stop overpaying
for construction related services of our facilities.
We also need to reinstate the facilities manager position to provide direct,
daily oversight regarding the maintenance and construction needs of our
school buildings. Two buildings with mold issues this year alone is two
buildings too many! A facilities manager would have the time and focus to
properly maintain our buildings, as well as work with the citizens committee
to provide the best solutions at the best prices. All of this needs to be done
in a transparent way for the beneft of all.
Tank you Ken for your hard work in championing the concerns of your
constituents for the betterment of our schools.
Robert Leonard, Windham
Michael Zaino for Rockingham
County Attorney
I proudly endorse Michael Zaino, based on my unique frst-hand
experience, having worked alongside Michael when I was an assistant county
attorney and having seen – and been impressed by, his intellect, passion,
creativity, work ethic and sense of justice.
Michael Zaino is the only candidate with the broad experience base and
astute strategic vision needed to successfully lead an of ce of prosecutors
as they protect our communities by prosecuting crimes – even while under
budgetary pressures. He is the only candidate with state and federal drug
prosecution experience, and the only one to serve on a drug court leadership
team – experience needed to address today’s burgeoning heroin (and
painkiller) epidemic, among other criminal issues. He has organized and led
numerous training seminars with law enforcement so that they can be more
efective and ef cient.
Michael makes sure that he knows the strength of his evidence as applied
to the law (and how to get what he needs), the judges and how to best make
arguments to them, and the victims’ and law enforcement’s positions and
how to best represent them. He also has deep Superior Court criminal
prosecution experience and current experience therein working with victim
witness advocates (assigned to more serious cases, such as those with child
rape victims) – mandatory experience for any aspiring county attorney.
His pre-trial case preparation sets the standard for others to follow;
preparation that saves money in the long run because he does not waste
judicial resources and he knows the value of a case. Having worked for
multiple county attorneys and US attorneys, Michael Zaino also has the
best experience base and broadest view for leading the Rockingham County
Attorney’s Of ce forward out of its current state of disgrace.
Please join me in voting for the best, most experienced candidate on
September 9 – Michael Zaino for Rockingham County Attorney.
Ross McLeod, Windham
Recognizing Two Local Dentists
Te Windham Community Development Department and Economic
Development Committee would like to congratulate two local businesses for
being included in the NH Magazine Top Dentist list for 2014. Dr. Danielle
Ross of Windham Orthodontics and Dr. Kenneth Kalil of Kalil Dental
Associates were included in this prestigious list and we are very proud that
these businesses are located in Windham. Way to go!
Laura Scott, Community Development Director, Windham
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The Nottingham Brass Quintet was born in 1982
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Selectmen Advocate Addition of Emergency Dispatch Console in Budget
by Lynne Ober
If you have a fire and call for
help, you assume that the fire
department will be immediately
dispatched. Pelham Police Chief
Joe Roark wants to make sure
that will continue to happen, but
the reality is the dispatch console
that handles those calls is old and
failing. Because of that Pelham
Selectmen will support a new
radio console for their dispatch
center in the 2015 budget.
Over the past several years the
existing console has needed more
and more repairs. The vendor,
Motorola, has notified the police
department that no support will be available after 2018,
but getting repair parts is already an issue. Roark called
this request his number-one priority. “We talked about this
last year, but this year we’ve had even more issues and our
console is reaching the end of its life.”
Board of Selectman Chairman Ed Gleason supports putting
the console into the budget. “I don’t want to wait until
disaster happens and then have to find the money to do
it,” he commented. “I’d rather anticipate problems, budget
for them appropriately and be able to maintain our level of
service to our residents.”
The radio console handles all of Pelham’s police, fire
and emergency medical calls according to Roark. The
replacement has an estimated cost of $110,000. Roark
proposed two options for replacement. One would be to
buy a new console for a price of $110,000 and the other was
to enter into a lease and spread the cost over three to five
years. According to Roark, the new console should have an
expected life span of at least a decade.
After discussion, selectmen asked Roark to put a three-year
lease for the new console into the department’s budget for
2015.”
The consequences of failure are overwhelming, and we
will be held accountable by the public for any failure,”
said Selectman Bill McDevitt, who supported the leasing
arrangement. Other selectmen agreed with him.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
‘Rapunzel Narrated’
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by AJ Dickinson
The Pelham Community Theater, a non-profit organization,
in conjunction with Pelham Parks and Recreation, presented
a modern twist to the Rapunzel story so many have grown
to love called Rapunzel Narrated on Friday and Saturday,
August 15 and 16.
As the culmination of the theater group’s
nine-week program, this production
showcased actors between the ages of
9-14 who had rehearsed twice a week for
two hours at a time. The comedy was a
renowned hit as audience members were
shocked to find out Rapunzel “Lily Chafe”
did not fall in love with the fair Prince
Charming “Riley Leblanc” but rather the
narrator of the play, Steve, performed by
“Lydia Lewis.”
Since the theater group’s beginnings
over 10 years, ago hundreds of talented
youngsters have received the many benefits
of the program with these encouraging goals:
“nurture imagination, inspire creativity, build
confidence, and teach theatrical discipline to
young people through theater production.”
Their productions never cease to entertain.
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Te Real Ken Eyring is Standing up
Serving as a school board member is one of the most important
responsibilities a citizen can undertake. Ken Eyring and his fellow board
members are charged, by law, with providing education for the children
of our community. Te job as a board member is a complex and varied
job, sometimes having to hold accountable the local school administration
for their fnancial decisions or lack thereof. But it is also rewarding as you
watch students achieve as a result of an environment that you helped to
provide.
As a parent of fve, I appreciate Ken helping to establish the future of the
educational community and the culture my children will grow up in. He
is standing up for what is right for my children. I have listened to a great
deal of back and forth on some of the controversial issues surrounding
Mr. Eyring’s decisions. Most notable are the ones that relate to spending
policies, and the day to day mismanagement of the operations of the
administration.
School board members should work for the best interests of all pupils
and all citizens, a task requiring constant efort and a strong commitment
to serving the people. Tis sometimes requires holding people accountable,
and Ken has faced this challenge head on. He has represented the
Windham residents and moreover the students of this district by focusing
on some uncomfortable topics for the administration. He has tackled the
“Portable issue,” uncovering the unwanted truth by the administration
detailing what the SAU claimed would cost $832,000 to fnd out it would
only cost $246,000. Moreover, not much of a defense was extended by the
SAU to Mr. Eyring when a similar mold situation was recently uncovered in
the Pre-K Annex Building while he performed his due diligences of carefully
reading through manifests, of which some citizens were very critical on
Eyring.
An efective school board is about having a process. It is the
responsibility of all school board members to ensure that the policies
enacted are carried out, and when those policies are not followed to hold
the administration accountable. Ken has demonstrated his abilities to do
just that by concentrating his time and energy and providing to the public
the statistical facts. Such recent example was with the administration’s
purchasing policy (DJE), which states there must be a minimum of three
competitive bids when purchasing over $5,000. Ken pointed out that the
administration had written 282 purchase orders over $5,000 and that only
32 were bid. Additionally 168 were “single source.” (Meaning there was
no other competitive quote.) Fundamentally the school board’s role and
responsibility is to make sure things like this do not happen and that the
administration acts in accordance with the regulations and school board
policies and procedures.
Solving a problem requires recognizing that there is one. Ken has shown
responsibility and leadership by advocating for an efcient system and to
not continue managing the indebtedness without certain limitations.
He has demonstrated carefulness by keeping the community informed
while compelling the administration to be transparent where they otherwise
would not. A more detailed look by all of the citizens of our community
needs to be taken, whereas it relates directly to the quality of the education
delivered to our children.
Lastly a big thank you needs to be extended to Mr. Ken Eyring and all
the school board members for the sometimes frustrating long hours they
spend trying to resolve the problems of our district. Without you we would
not have the distinct pleasure of watching our students achieve and have so
much success.
Tom Murray, Windham
Te Windham Center School Roof
will not be Fixed ... Again
I left the August 5 Windham school board meeting impressed with Mr.
Senibaldi’s passion, and I share his frustration over the 3-2 board vote to
delay the roof work until next summer. He was the only person to share
how the leaky roof afected the school children and employees, and was a
strong advocate for them (Mr. Rekart also voted against the motion). Te
board members voting to delay had good reasons to be concerned: only
two bidders, a steep price due to the delay in bidding, tight schedule that
was going to impact school, risk of waste by duplicating work if the school
facilities work moves forward next summer.
Tis was a difcult decision and I respect the decision that the school
board had to make, but I am concerned about their lack of interest into why
this happened. Te board was between a rock and a hard place due to the
actions of the administration - shouldn’t the board look carefully into how a
straightforward roof job became another embarrassment for Windham?
Te money was budgeted a year ago and the roof has been a problem for
a few years before that. Why were we rushing to complete the bidding and
work at the very last moment?
Mr. Steel (@44:00): only two of the six qualifed bidders bid on this
work due to the aggressive schedule (that would minimize disruptions to
the school year) required due to the delays in preparing the specifcations
needed for the bidding. @57:00, Mr. Steel says that the capital needs
assessment was addressed in February/March/April and put them in a rush
in terms of schedule for this summer. Mr. Feneberg (01:13:00): the roof
work was meant to be completed during this summer, they will start the
process earlier in the future.
Problems caused by the delay in bidding (few bidders, higher prices,
schedule pressure) were easily foreseeable ... why did the administration
allow the schedule to slip and cause another year delay?
Another topic of interest to the board should be the 31,000 USD spent
on the design/specifcation/supervision contract.
Mr. Murray (@60:00) argued that was excessive and that a facility manager
could have done all that work with the 31K paying their wages for six
months. @58:30 into the video, Mr. Rekart brings the 31K up and Mr.
Steel blames the roofng project delay on the longer time needed to get the
full design/specifcation work done ... no board member inquires why was
this a problem when a full year was available to complete the process.
Overall, a disappointing board meeting: the board seems disinclined to
look into the causes of this failure and we are promised the roof will be
repaired next summer (if it sounds familiar, it is because it is exactly what
we were promised last summer ...). Giving the school administration all the
money they requested and a year to plan for and execute the roof work did
not get the job done - what do we need to do to get the Center School roofs
fxed?
As a parent of a child going to Center School next year and as a
Windham taxpayer, I want to know why the Center School roof was not
repaired this summer as promised, planned and budgeted. Te board needs
to investigate this debacle, publicly explain the reasons for this failure, hold
the people responsible for this failure accountable and explain the measures
to be taken to avoid future problems.
Daniel Popovici-Muller, Windham
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During the week of July 20, six dancers from Dance Concepts in
Pelham traveled to Wildwood, N.J., for the Sophisticated Productions
National Dance Competition. Jeff Wisnewski, Brenna Conway, Kayli
Keenan, Lauryn Putnam, Sidney Bavin, and Brooklyn O’Connor made
the trek down to the beautiful Jersey Shore for the final competition
of the 2014 dance season. Each dancer was selected at a regional
competition to take part in the National Performance Team, where
they join other dancers from around the country to learn, practice,
and perform opening and closing numbers for each show
throughout the week.
The theme of the show was “winter wonderland,” and the
dancers were adorned in beautiful holiday-inspired costumes
as they danced to a medley of some of the most popular
Christmas songs. These performances set the backdrop for
an exciting week of competitive dancing that saw the Dance
Concepts performers dazzle both judges and audience alike.
Throughout the week, the Pelham representatives delivered
outstanding performances as the five solo and one duo
performances scored four Platinums and two Sophisticated Golds.
Each of the dances received special Judges Awards, including
“Dapper Tapper,” “Graceful Storytelling,” “Effervescence,”
“Awesome Actress,” “Shining Star,” and “Something Magical.”
Overall, the experience was “something magical” for all in
attendance. You can see performances by many talented Dance
Concepts dancers on September 13 at Pelham Old Home Day.
Pelham Dancers Dazzle in Wildwood, NJ
Pelham Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for
Adult Co-Ed Volleyball (ages 18 and up) for residents and
non-residents. Pickup games are every Wednesday evening
at the Pelham Elementary School Gym starting at 6:30 p.m.
throughout school year. A volunteer supervisor for the program
is needed. E-mail or call us if you are willing to take on the title.
Visit www.pelhamweb.com/recreation for a form or stop by the 6
Village Green office in Pelham. Program fee. Register online at
https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com and pay with MC/VISA. First games
begin September 17; games end typically in mid-June. Call 635-
2721 with questions or e-mail recreation@pelhamweb.com. No
experience needed; gym sneakers required.
Windham Recreation is offering great outdoor programs this fall –
basketball and tennis. The programs will be held at Griffin Park. A
basketball skills program for boys and girls ages 4-8 years old. Tennis
Lessons are being offered for youth ages 4-9 (as well for women.)
For more information, go to windham.recdesk.com or contact the
Recreation Office at 965-1208.
Wednesday, August 27
First Day of School - Pelham and Windham School
Districts
Murder Mystery Night with The Windham Actors Guild, at 6
p.m. at the Nesmith Library. An exciting evening of suspense, drama,
and mystery! The Windham Actors Guild will lead you through
the show. Participants will help solve the murder. Come for the
excitement, entertainment, and refreshments!
Friday, August 29
Deadline for sign-ups for World Cup Fall Soccer. This
youth soccer program begins in September and ends with
championship games for older divisions in early November. All
games are played on Saturdays at Muldoon Park. Registration is open
to boys/girls, ages 5-15. Practices are midweek; games on Saturdays.
Shin guards required. Team shirt and socks (no shorts) to be included.
Coaches are needed! Fill out a coach application with our office if
you’re able to volunteer. Coaches will be notified by late August if
they can be assigned a team.
Program fee. Registration forms will be available online and at the
6 Village Green town hall office or sign up online at https://webtrac.
pelhamweb.com. Visit www.pelhamweb.com/recreation for more
new details.
Saturday, August 30
End of Summer Potluck, 2 p.m. at the Nesmith Library.
Celebrate the end of the Adult Summer Reading Program with
a potluck! Bring a dish to share with others, and stay for food,
raffles, games, prizes, and more! Space is limited. Registration
required.
Tuesday, September 2
Supervisors of the Checklist for the Town of Pelham will
be in session from7 to 7:30 p.m. In the Lobby of Town Hall,
6 Village Green, Pelham for the following purposes: Last
day for town clerk/supervisors to accept voter registration
applications. No additions or corrections shall be made to the
checklist after this session, until Election Day, except as provided
in RSA659:12.RSA 654:8,II. Registrations may also be made with
the Town Clerk during regular business hours. Picture ID, proof of
Citizenship and proof of residency are required.
Friday, September 5
All members of the Pelham Community are welcome to
join us at the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of the Pelham
High School addition and remodel project, 10 a.m., 85
Marsh Road.
Deadline to sign up for Fall Men’s slow Pitch Softball (Pelham
Men’s Softball League) which will be held at Golden Brook Park,
Newcomb Field weeknights starting week of September 8. For men
over 18 years of age. Program fee for each team. Register online
or in person.






Games will last seven innings. Each team will play 10 games
before playoffs. Players must be on the roster at the onset of the
season to participate in play-off games. The teams will consist of a
minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 20 players. Individuals
may register to play on a team if there are spots open and will pay
team captain a portion of the team fee. League will follow USSSA
rules and only USSSA approved bats will be allowed. Players are
required to supply their own equipment. Parks and Recreation
supplies the softballs and a scorekeeper. No metal cleats are allowed
Registration forms, game schedules and a full list of rules will be
available online at (www.pelhamweb.com/recreation). Forms may
be mailed to 6 Village Green with payment. E-mail recreation@
pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721 with any questions.
Saturday, September 6
This fall, the Pelham Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride will
be one of 37 PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and
beyond. The PMC Kids Rides are spokes in the PMC wheel,
joining the more than 5,700 adult PMC cyclists in their mission
to fund adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-
Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC is a two-
day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held the first weekend of every August.
Since 1980, the PMC has raised $414 million for the Jimmy Fund.
PMC Kids Rides offer a way for children to become part of the PMC
mission, involving young people in volunteerism and fundraising in
a safe and athletic way. Since the first ride in 1998, The PMC Kids
Rides program has raised more than $5.5 million.
To provide the young cyclists with an additional push, the PMC
recognizes cyclists in the Kids Rides program who raise $250 or
more. Riders who meet this goal are honored as Heavy Hitters and
receive an official PMC sack pack and certificate to acknowledge
their fundraising achievements.
The Pelham PMC Kids Ride expects 50 children, ages 3 to 14, to
ride in one continuous loop around Pelham Elementary School in
Pelham. The Pelham PMC Kids Ride will be held today from 8:30 to
11:30 a.m. at Pelham Elementary School. There is a $10 registration
fee and a $25 fundraising minimum. Contributions can be made
payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge. To register, visit http://kids.pmc.
org. For more information, e-mail Shayna Silva at pmckidspelham@
gmail.com or call 800-WE-CYCLE.
Tuesday, September 9
State Primary Election
Pelham - Memorial School, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Windham - Windham High School, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays, September 9 thru October 21
Live Stronger Classes open to teen and adults, ages 16 and over
from 6:15 to 7 15 p.m. at the Pelham Senior Center. Bring a floor
mat, water bottle (weights, resistance bands optional). 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. Participants may bring their own
weights or resistance bands as an option or nothing at all. You must
be able to get down to the floor and back up. Participants should
wear supportive athletic shoes. Program fee. Register with Pelham
Parks and Recreation office at 6 Village Green. Form available to
print at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. You may register and pay
online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Space is limited; first
come, first served. E-mail recreation@pelhamweb.com or call 635-
2721 with any questions.
Tuesdays, September 9 thru November 4
Beginner Theatre from 3:30 to 5;30 p.m. in Sherburne Hall for the
production of “My 2 Tailed Halloween Cat” for ages 6 and up – cast
of 23. No experience needed; everyone gets a part. Size of group is
limited; first come, first serve. Registration form at 6 Village Green
or online at www.pelhamweb.com/recreation. Program fee includes
four tickets to productions per family. Sign up ASAP. Call 635-2721
with any questions or email Recreation@pelhamweb.com.
Thursdays, September 11 thru October 2
Fall Adult And Youth Golf Lessons will be run at Windham
Country Club. The one-hour lessons will be given once a
week for four weeks and will emphasize the skills of the game
in a challenging environment. Space is limited. First come,
first serve. Bring a club or borrow one of theirs. These lessons are


designed for the basic beginner golfer or golfers with experience.
Must provide own transportation. Contact Pelham Parks and
Recreation via e-mail - recreation@pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721
with any questions.
Wednesday, September 17 thru November 12
Join the Advanced Theater for the production of “Coffee
with God and Kindness” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Sherburne
Hall. For experienced players only, ages 10 and up (cast
of eight). Size of group is limited; first come, first serve.
Registration form at 6 Village Green or online at www.pelhamweb.
com/recreation. Register online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.
com. the cost of the program includes four tickets per participant.
The instructor/director is Janet Daigle. Players must be approved by
director. Sign up ASAP. Call 635-2721 with any questions or e-mail
Recreation@pelhamweb.com.
Friday, September 19
Veteran Benefit Dinner at the VFW Post located at 6 Main
St., Pelham. Public welcome! POW/MIA and September
11th remembrance! All proceeds benefit veterans programs.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $8 per adult; $5 per child under
12. What: Oriental food, coffee, tea, desserts, and more! 50/50
Raffle! Door Prize! Contact Dot and Gene Carter at 635-7863 or
visit our website at www.pelhamweb.org/vfw. Sponsored by John H.
Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary.
Saturday, September 20
Today is the deadline to register for Pelham Travel
Basketball for the 2014-15 Winter Travel Season. New and
returning players from last season are required to register for
the coming season. Registration is open to any child in grades
4-8 residing in Pelham. Children in grade 3 are allowed to try out for
fourth grade teams.
To register, use our On-Line Registration System on www.
pelhambasketball.com. Access the system using the “Register On-
Line” link to the left. You will be required to create an account to
register. For returning players, you will be able to reset your password
if you have forgotten it.
Registration does not ensure participation in the program. All
registered children will be offered the opportunity to be considered
for selection on a travel team for this coming season. Tryouts are
typically offered dependent on the number of registered players. All
registered players will either participate in a tryout session or be
evaluated by teams coaching staff. Final selection of rostered players
will be solely determined by the Head Coach and Board of Directors.
Tryouts will be held on Saturday, September 27, between 12 and 8
p.m. Teams holding tryouts will have 1.5-2 hour sessions.
As more of us want to shop and eat locally, I would like to invite
all local restaurants, food vendors and retail food operations to
participate in the Windham’s Second Annual Foodie Expo and
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The Windham Endowment for Community Advancement is
honored to host For the Love of the Game! A Tribute to Don
Zimmer. This promises to be a special evening honoring a baseball
icon who has a very personal connection to the town of Windham.
Special guests for the evening
include former Red Sox players and
coaches, including Walter Hriniak,
Bob Montgomery, Rico Petrocelli,
Jerry Remy, Jim Rice, and Bob Stanley.
Other notable sports and media
personalities will be in attendance,
including Bill Burt, sports editor of the
Eagle-Tribune and Mike Morin, former
WZID-FM morning radio host. Don’s
widow, Jean “Soot” Zimmer will be
the guest of honor for the evening.
Join the festivities on Friday,
November 14, at Castleton in
Windham. The evening will include
stories about “Zim” shared by the
former Red Sox guests, an exclusive screening of a video tribute
to Don Zimmer, live music by The Smoothies, dinner, auctions,
and more. Tickets are on sale now at the Windham Endowment
website, windhamendowment.org. A limited number of VIP tickets
are also available for early admission to a private cocktail reception
with the evening’s special former Red Sox guests.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Windham Endowment
Recreation Fund.
Don Zimmer was involved in professional baseball for 66 years.
He met Babe Ruth, played with Jackie Robinson, and coached
Derek Jeter. During his baseball career, he was a player, manager,
coach, and adviser to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New
York Mets, Cincinnati Reds,
Washington Senators, Montreal
Expos, San Diego Padres, Boston
Red Sox, New York Yankees,
San Francisco Giants, Colorado
Rockies, Texas Rangers, and
Tampa Bay Rays.
Don Zimmer also touched
the Windham community in a
wonderful way. His daughter,
Donna Mollica, and her family
made their home in Windham,
and “Zim” often visited the
schools as a special guest in his
granddaughter Whitney’s classes.
Zimmer helped raise funds for
the Windham Little League and was instrumental in fundraising
for the baseball fields at Griffin Park, one of which is named in his
honor.
Don’t miss out on this great event. Tickets are on sale now. To
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Pelham - Windham News | August 22, 2014 - 7
Incumbent Lynne Ober has announced her
candidacy for State Representative. “It has been
my pleasure to work with the people in my
district,” smiled Ober. “I have worked diligently
to have a presence in Pelham and to be a voice for
the people who elected me.”
“The roundabouts in Pelham are finally a reality
and I remember working on legislation that started
this process several years ago,” said Ober. “There
are still traffic challenges in Pelham, but some
changes have been made. The intersection with
Mammoth Road and Sherburne is probably the
next big traffic challenge for Pelham.”
Ober has a committed position to no new taxes.
“We have to keep New Hampshire affordable
for our families,” she said. “The state has to be
as diligent in spending as each NH family is –
we must live within our means. Every family in
Pelham has to do the same.”
Although she and her husband, Russ, live in
Hudson, they participate in many Pelham events
from Old Home Day to the Strawberry Festival at
the Pelham Senior Center and Pelham’s Fourth of
July celebration to the Horribles Parade to events
at the VFW, American Legion and schools. “We
believe that being active in the communities we
serve is vital to providing good representation,”
she said. “Both of us will again be at Pelham Old
Home Day. Russ will once again race in the early
morning race, but I think I’ll just cheer the runners
on,” she smiled.
Ober served for six years on the Hudson
School Board and is committed to maintaining
quality education. While on the school board,
she was the board’s representative to the budget
committee. She is a member of the Hudson
Historical Society and a past director for the
society. She is a member of the VFW Auxiliary,
the Friends of the Library and the Hudson
Community Club. She worked on the board of
the Friends of Benson Park and has contributed
many hours as a Benson Park volunteer.
“There’s always something to do in our
community that will help people. It is my goal
to listen to what people need and help find
solutions.”
Russell T. Ober III, incumbent state
representative, has announced his plans to seek
re-election. “I have more work that I’d like to
accomplish.”
Throughout his time as a state representative,
Ober has worked diligently to represent the
people throughout his district.
“During my tenure I have met many people
in Pelham. Every year I participated in their
Old Home Day and annually run in the Old
Home Day race as well as other road races held
in Pelham. I think it’s important to participate
in activities in the communities that I represent
and I pledge to continue to do that if re-elected.
Pelham has some of the same growth problems
as Hudson. Growth affects all areas of town –
from traffic, especially in Pelham Town Center, to
education.”
“I’m committed to no new taxes and
worked this past session on the Ways and
Means Committee to limit tax increases on my
constituents as each of them has a budget and
limited resources. Two years ago I worked to
lower the tax burden on business, which in turn
will foster job growth.”
Ober, a retired Air Force officer flew 265
combat missions in Vietnam. “Most people flew
100 missions and went home, but my unit was re-
called over and over,” he said and noted that was
similar to assignments being given to troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan today. He was awarded the
prestigious Silver Star for Heroism for his part in
the Son Tay prison raid. As a legislator he works
tirelessly for veterans who need assistance.
Ober, a member of Hudson’s Historical Society,
is a past Hudson Trustee of the Trust Fund, an
original member of the Hudson Ethics Committee
and served on the Council of Aging as well as
being a member of the VFW.
“Because of my military background,
my wife, Lynne, and I participate in many of the
Pelham VFW events as well as the Hudson VFW
events,” Ober stated.
Ober has two Bachelor of Arts degrees – one
in chemistry from Syracuse University and one
in German from the University of Maryland,
Heidelberg, Germany campus. He also earned
a master’s in mathematics from Central Michigan
University. While in the military he completed Air
Command and Staff College, Industrial College of
the Armed Forces and Air War College.
Ober taught for 17 years at Alvirne High School
where he helped create the New Hampshire
math test for 10th graders. “I’m well aware of
the pressures facing educators and taxpayers to
ensure that future generations of Americans are
appropriately educated.”
Ober loves the outdoors. He’s an avid runner
who frequently participates in local road races.
“New Hampshire has many opportunities for
residents to enjoy the outdoors. I want to help
preserve that heritage for future generations.”
Jordan Ulery has announced that he is a
candidate for one of the 11 seats representing
Pelham and Hudson in the 2014 Republican
Primary. Ulery has served on the Ways and
Means Committee in the House and on
the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee most
recently. Previously he served on the Criminal
Justice Committee. In Ways and Means Ulery
consistently voted to prevent unnecessary and un-
need increases in fees, fines and taxes proposed
by the Democratic majority. He voted not to
increase the cost each taxpayer paid for goods and
services each of the past two years. Previously
he sponsored and stewarded the request for
a Balanced Budget Amendment through the
General Court which was forwarded to Congress.
Currently Ulery is active with the Article V
Caucus to re-establish the power of the states in
a revitalization of the federalism that help make
America great.
Jordan Ulery is a long-time resident of Hudson,
his two boys attended grade school in town and
attended St. John the Evangelist Church. Those
children are now grown and have families of their
own. The eldest recently retired from the Marine
Corps. The youngest works for United Health
Care. Mr. and Mrs. Ulery have been married
for 43 years and have lived on Webster Street in
Hudson for 42 years. Jordan is also active in the
Knights of Columbus and serves as an alternate
on the Hudson Planning Board. His wife is a
former OB/GYN nurse and assisted many mothers
in Hudson and Pelham with their deliveries at
local hospitals. Many Sunday mornings he can be
found at Suzie’s restaurant when he is available to
answer your questions of comments.
Said Representative Ulery, “I look forward to
again being able to serve the people of Hudson
and Pelham in Concord as their representative.”
Service has been the hallmark of the work Ulery
has done in the region and in Concord. “I
have worked with hard working, dependable
men and women on the Republican ticket who
have tried to keep New Hampshire government
within its means. It will be an honor to return
to Concord to continue the work to prevent
expansive government from interfering with each
of us,” said Ulery. I hope the Republican voters
of Pelham and Hudson will support me at the
September 9 Republican Primary, was expressed
by Representative Jordan Ulery.
Follow Representative Jordan Ulery on
Facebook or on Twitter @repulery.
E-mail contact is repulery@myfairpoint.net.
Lynne Ober Seeks Re-election
as State Representative
Russ Ober Announces Plans
for Re-Election
Jordan Ulery to Vie for
Seat in House of Reps
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Massachusetts Dental Society
The Merrimack District Dental Society has elected John Boss,
DMD, to serve as a trustee to the Massachusetts Dental Society.
An MDS member since 1977, Dr. Boss has previously served
as chair of the MDDS, and is currently the assistant editor of the
MDDS newsletter. Since 1995, he has been an active volunteer
for the Yankee Dental Congress, helping to plan New England’s
largest dental meeting.
Dr. Boss earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury
College and his dental degree from the University of
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Dr. Boss maintains a private practice in Lowell, Mass., located
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The Woman’s Service Club of Windham first
meeting will be held Wednesday, September 3
at Windham Town Hall (upstairs). The luncheon
begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a program and
meeting.
The program will feature Sister Josette Parisi,
general manager of Searles Castle, who will
present the history of Searles Castle and
explain the 100th anniversary celebration
in May.
At the June 4 meeting of Woman’s
Service Club of Windham, an installation
of officers ceremony for 2014-2015 was
held upstairs at Windham Town Hall.
Guests are welcome to attend the
meeting. Bring a friend and come and
enjoy. Find out what the group is all
about. Call Membership Chairman
Sue Violi at 889-0578.
by Lynne Ober
It is once again time for Pelham Selectmen and department heads
to review next year’s budget and budget requests. Police Chief Joe
Roark has asked selectmen if they would support a warrant article to
re-establish the Pelham K-9 unit.
Although Roark did not have all the details worked out when
he spoke to selectmen, he did say that he would not need to add
a new staff member. Instead, he would ask an existing officer to
become the K-9 officer. There would be expenses for acquiring and
training the dog and for dog maintenance. According to Roark,
those expenses did include overtime hours for the K-9 officer who is
responsible for grooming and housing the dog.
Selectmen discussed the request and decided that they would ask
the chief to return when he has the specifics of the warrant article
worked out. The consensus was that they were not yet ready to go
forward, but would be willing to discuss the proposal.
According to Roark, this proposal is not one of his department’s
core support services, but he wanted to discuss and see what
selectmen thought about it.
Roark will return when he has the specifics worked out.
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham School District Business
Administrator Adam Steel had nothing but
accolades for Food Services Director Rhonda
Beckham, as the approach of another school year
drew closer. “She runs a tight ship,” Steel said of
Beckham. As a result, “we are in the black,” Steel
said. The food services program is intended to be
self-supporting.
The school year that ended on June 30 was
the second year that Windham conducted its
food services program in-house. Prior to that, an
outside vendor was used; a decision which did not
turn out well for the local school district.
“Rhonda works very hard to provide nutritious
choices for students,” Steel said. “This has
become a very, very successful operation,” he
stated. “Other school districts are coming to her
and asking how she does it.”
Beckham has introduced a lot of innovations to
the food services program, including taste-testing
among students. As a result, participation in the
lunch program at Windham High School, which
was lagging behind the other three district schools,
has increased.
Unlike many school districts, especially those in
large cities, Windham is mostly paid participation,
as opposed to having numerous students
who receive free or reduced meals because
of low income. Because of limited federal
reimbursement for free or reduced meals, students
in the Windham School District have the choice
of whether or not to take a vegetable or fruit as
part of their lunch. This free choice reduces waste
when it comes to students throwing away their
fruit or vegetables.
As the new school year gets underway, based
on federal guidelines, the cost of a meal at a
Windham public school will be increasing. The
national average price for a hot lunch is $2.65,
while the average price in Windham this past
school year was $2.27. For Windham to opt out
of the National School Lunch Program would
result in the school district losing out on free and
reduced lunches and the prices would escalate
even further, Steel explained.
“Begrudgingly,” members of the Windham
School Board unanimously (5 to 0) approved a
ten-cent increase to last year’s school lunch prices.
Voting in favor were Chairman Jerome Rekart,
Vice-chairman Dennis Senibaldi and school board
members Ken Eyring, Rob Breton and Michael
Joanis.
Board members also unanimously agreed to
purchase a double oven for the high school, two
food bars (one for Windham Middle School and
one for Golden Brook School) and two warmers
for transporting food from the high school kitchen
to the district’s other schools. The total cost of
the new equipment, which will be taken from
the food services account, is $26,000. The
purchases were put out to bid. Also, board
members approved unanimously the sale of a
used convection oven from the high school, which
is being replaced by the new double oven.
by Barbara O’Brien
AT&T, a company that has been in the
“technology” business for the past 137 years, is
offering a mentoring program intended to help
at-risk students stay in school.
Rodney Brough, a Windham resident and
AT&T employee, met with Windham School
Board members last month to explain the “Aspire
Mentoring Program,” whereby AT&T employees
share their life skills, personal stories about their
career path and give advice to help students
succeed in school. It is AT&T’s goal to provide a
minimum of one million hours of mentoring by
the end of 2016. Employees can mentor while at
work, in their communities, or on-line. Last year,
AT&T pledged $350 million to launch the dropout
prevention/college readiness program.
“Aspire” is partnering with several educational
and dropout prevention non-profit organizations
to provide these mentoring opportunities,
including Big Brothers; Big Sisters, Boys and Girls
Clubs of America, Communities in Schools, Jobs
for America’s Graduates, Junior Achievement and
We Teach Science.
Brough told school board members that the
program being offered to Windham students
is called “Oasis” and is intended for ages 10
through 16, which would include at-risk students
attending Windham Middle School and Windham
High School.
“Oasis” is designed to teach students how to
develop their own apps. During 2013, Oasis
volunteers trained more than 1,200 students to
make their own Android apps. The goal this
year is to expand the program by teaching more
employees how to create mobile apps. These
employees can then teach more students in their
communities to do the same.
The ultimate goal is to instill more interest in
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) careers. According to information
provided by Brough, workshop attendees who
thought engineers have fun in their jobs jumped
from 60 percent before the workshop to 88
percent afterward, and attendees who thought
making mobile apps is easy jumped from 25
percent to 68 percent. “Clearly, these workshops
are making a difference,” Brough commented.
“Kids love this workshop. It gets
them inspired,” he said.
School board members asked
Brough to get in touch with
Technology Director Kevin
Verratti to coordinate the
scheduling of workshops. “This
is a great concept,” school board
Chairman Jerome Rekart said.
by Barbara O’Brien
As is the case in most communities across
New Hampshire this time of year, the roadsides
are peppered with brightly colored political
signs attempting to sway voters in favor of their
proclaimed candidates. These signs are seldom
viewed individually, but seem to spring up in
bunches, similar to, but not nearly as pretty as
wildflowers.
Windham Town Administrator David Sullivan
said he has been getting numerous phone calls
from candidates and residents alike, questioning
where these political signs can be posted.
Selectmen Bruce Breton, who has been a
candidate for office on multiple occasions,
described himself as “an expert in political
signage.” “It’s an unwritten law,” Breton said, not
to place political placards in front of occupied
town buildings, as this might give the impression
that “the town” endorses candidates whose signs
are placed out front. Breton also emphasized that
signs should never be placed where they might
interfere with a driver’s or pedestrian’s line of
sight.
Selectmen’s chairman Ross McLeod said he
definitely doesn’t want it to appear that any
candidate is being endorsed by town officials.
McLeod also said he didn’t like the idea of
political signs being posted in front of parks or
cemeteries. “Well, you’re not going to get any
votes out of the cemetery, that’s for sure,” Breton
joked. As for candidates advertising in front of
parks, both Chairman McLeod and Selectman
Joel Desilets noted that they feel the clusters of
signs cause a distraction for drivers in areas where
children frequent.
Vice-chairman Al Letizio, Jr. said he is
concerned about restricting the free speech rights
of candidates by limiting where they can put
signs. Letizio said he doesn’t have a problem
leaving signs where they are, as long as “people
use common sense.” As of mid-August, there
were eight political signs, representing only two
candidates, posted in front of Griffin Park, which
is located on a state highway. Numerous signs
were also scattered along Routes 111 and 28,
with a particularly large bunch at the corner of
Church Street and Route 111; so many, in fact,
that you would have to park the car just to read
what they say.
After further discussion, selectmen voted 3 to
2 to defer to New Hampshire state regulations
pertaining to the posting of political signs. These
regulations allow political signs to be posted in
the state right-of-way, as long as they don’t cause
a sight problem and the person erecting the
sign has received permission from any abutting
property owners. Voting in favor of going with
the state regulations were Al Letizio, Jr., Roger
Hohenberger and Bruce Breton. Voting against
the motion were Joel Desilets and Ross McLeod.
David Sullivan said he would have any signs
removed that are obviously creating a safety
hazard. Those signs would be returned to the
candidate who posted them.
Discover the Woman’s Service
Club of Windham
A K-9 Unit may be in Pelham’s Future
Club of cers for 2014-2015, front row, from left: Jean Hart,
Ann-Louise LeColst, and Maureen Homsey. Maureen Homsey was
also installing of cer. Back row: Laurie Howell - Treasurer: Valerie
Bronstein - Recording Secretary: Rebecca Howard - President: Carol
Settino - 1st Vice-President and Polly Chervincky - 2nd Vice-President.
Not shown is Marie Russo - Corresponding Secretary.
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School District Food Services
Program Starts Year in the Black
AT&T Offers Mentoring Program
to Students at Risk
Tis the Season for Political Signs
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The Windham School District is pleased to announce the selection
of Rory O’Connor as the new principal of the Golden Brook
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and will assume his new position effective immediately.
O’Connor was selected from a field of over 20 applicants in
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educators, parents, school board representatives,
support staff and district administrators. His
nomination was approved by the Windham
School Board at their meeting Tuesday night.
O’Connor has earned a Bachelor of Arts
in sociology from the University of New
Hampshire. He also holds a Master of Education
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For the second year in a row, the accounting firm of Plodzik and
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for the second consecutive year, the results have been stellar.
Prior to 2012, the Town of Windham used the accounting firm of
Vachon and Clukay for many years. They changed firms in 2012,
not because there were any problems with Vachon and Clukay, but
because selectmen felt “a new set of eyes” reviewing the town’s
recordkeeping was a good idea.
Earlier this month, Cheryl Pratt, of Plodzik and Sanderson,
presented an overview of the audit performed for the period of
January 1 through December 31, 2013. “Overall, it was a very good
audit,” Pratt told selectmen, noting that all materials audited were
correctly accounted for by Financial Director Dana Call. Call also
serves as Windham’s assistant town administrator.
“You should be very proud,” Pratt told town officials. “Dana does
a great job.” Pratt also commented that Call correctly complies
with all required standards and provided any and all information
requested during the auditing process. “She was an enormous
help,” Pratt said, adding that such is not the case in all the towns
and school districts the firm audits. “It is a pleasure working with
the Town of Windham,” she said.
Pratt also said that she was pleased to see that town officials had
solved the issue with collecting public service and school impact
fees; a problem that was discovered mid-2013 and has since been
rectified. There were no new management issues identified in this
year’s audit.
Following Pratt’s report, selectmen expressed their appreciation
and gratitude to Call for all her hard work and dedication in
handling the town’s financial matters.
Searles School and Chapel Gets $10K
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by Marc Ayotte
It was a great way to start the work week; a sunny day, a round
of golf on a plush and scenic golf course, all while benefiting the
ongoing efforts of the Animal Rescue Network of New England.
Over 60 golfers paid the $130 entry fee and participated at the
Seventh Annual Putts Fore Mutts golf fundraiser held at Windham
Country Club on Monday, August 18. “This is our biggest fundraiser
of the year,” offered volunteer Jane Ash. “Without this, ARNNE
would not be able to save as many dogs.”
And that is exactly what ARNNE does so well; evidenced by a
couple of their most recent rescues in Lucah and Alexa. Lucah,
a local 2-year-old German Shepherd, is a canine-turned-therapy
dog and according to ARNNE President Donna Clark, is “currently
acting as a service dog in Pelham.” Also benefiting from ARNNE’s
compassionate efforts is Alexa, a.k.a. ‘Lexi’ – a Boxer-Jack Russell
Terrier mix who suffered chemical burns while living in Florida.
After finding a foster home for Lexi while she was still in Florida, the
ARNNE organization out of Pelham proceeded to spend over $1,000
to care for her before she arrived in New Hampshire. What started
as a horrific situation has turned into a feel-good ending as Lexi has
found a new home, adopted by Ian Symons and his son, Doug.
On the golf front, ARNNE continued to receive the generous
support of Harris’ Pelham Inn, Tee Emms Kennels (Methuen, Mass.)
and Beaver Valley Farms of Pelham as each of them contributed as
executive sponsors for the event, carrying with it a hefty $1,500
donation. Additionally, Gerry Cormier, representing “Gerry’s
Critters” donated $500 as the sole “cart fleet sponsor.”
Dozens of raffle prizes were given away with a $250 wine tasting
tour for up to 20 people at Zorvino Vineyards in Sanborn, N.H., as
well as a $200 gift card to Valentino’s Restaurant in Hudson (donated
by Newport Construction of Nashua) topping the
list.
Taking home first prize in the scramble-format
tournament was the foursome of Rob Skowyra,
Greg Schultz, Kevin Shanahan and Mike Taranto.
For their efforts, which reflected an 11 under par,
net 61 on the short, but challenging 5,584 yard
layout from the white tees, the foursome earned
a variety of golf paraphernalia, including a Tiger
Woods hat and a $50 gift card for the WCC pro
shop. Second place went to the group comprised
of Rene Milone, Rob Benoit, Ray Guy and Roger
Albert, whose round of 63 while third place
was taken by the foursome of John Carlson, Bob
Andrews, and the Lavoie brothers-tandem of John
and Jason with a 64. Pro shop gift cards in the
amount of $25 went to each of the winners of the
longest drive contest as well as closest to the pin,
in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Rene
Milone and Rob Benoit took the closest to the
pin honors, while Stacie Steward and Greg Schultz unleashed the
longest drives on the day.
As always, and as Clark indicated during the chicken and
cheeseburger–style barbecue after the tournament; “We are always
looking for volunteers, foster homes and marketing people.” She
then added a special plea for kennel help, saying; “it’s good
exercise.”
by Barbara O’Brien
Thanks again to the dedication and patience of Windham
volunteer Margaret Case, another phase of much-needed renovation
to the town-owned Searles School and Chapel will be completed,
and at no cost to local taxpayers. Case has been diligent in her
efforts to raise money for the historic century-old building for nearly
a year and a half.
Case notified selectmen of the good news earlier this month,
announcing that Windham had received the Conservation License
Plate Grant Award in the amount of $9,688. The purpose of
the grant is to repair the roof on the Searles School and Chapel.
Selectmen resolved to accept the grant unanimously (5 to 0) with
sincere gratitude.
According to the letter received by Case, the “Moose Plate”
Grant Program continues to be very popular. Still, among its many
competitors, the Searles project was viewed very favorably by grant
committee members. “It was amongst those given the highest
priority and was considered to be an exemplary project,” said
Committee Chairman Deborah Gagne.
Upon appropriate documentation, the grant will still need to
receive final approval from the governor and the Executive Council.
Upon execution and approval of the grant agreement, one half
of the award will be made available to begin the project. Once
the work is accomplished with these funds, a narrative summary
must then be submitted to the grant committee. The second half
of the funding will then be made available to complete the job.
A documented reimbursement process will be required. The
submission of digital photos to document progress on the project is
encouraged. Windham has two years in which to
complete the renovations on the roof.
“Please continue to purchase moose license
plates and to support the wonderful preservation
efforts occurring in so many communities,” Gagne
said.
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additions in personnel and a brand-new satellite campus at Devens,
Mass. The 58th school year begins on Tuesday, September 2, on
both the main campus at 120 Prospect Street in Fitchburg, Mass, and
at the new facility at 27 Jackson Road in Devens.
Jennifer Arno Wing of Gardner, Mass., has been appointed director
of Admission and Financial Aid. She reports there are limited spaces
for students in K-8 and applications will still be considered. In
addition to financial aid, the school offers AppleCore scholarships to
qualified candidates.
Skip Ciccarelli of Royalston, Mass., has accepted the position of
woodworking instructor. Emily Tansey of Fitchburg will teach Upper
School science and Briana Riposa of Fitchburg will be the science
intern. Joining the existing preschool staff on the main campus are
three teachers at the new Devens preschool facility: Melissa Rossi of
Fitchburg, Brenda O’Neill of Leominster, Mass., and Carolyn Flagg of
Gardner. Sherri Ebner of New Ipswich, NH, will direct the preschool
program at Devens as well as the Child Development Center at
Applewild on the main campus. Molly Kalter of Leominster will be
Extended Day coordinator on the Fitchburg campus and a 4th grade
aide. Allison Rainville of Lunenburg will be the consultant for the
English Language Learning/International Program.
The finishing touches are being put on the new Applewild at
Devens facility. The center is in the same building as the Devens
branch of Mount Wachusett Community College. The dual-purpose
facility houses a preschool for ages 2.9 to 5, and a transportation
hub for students attending the K-8 school in Fitchburg.
The new, modern preschool and pre-Kindergarten overlooking
a nature-based playground will offer a curriculum-based program
including enriched literacy, science and math, yoga, music and
movement, nature exploration and gardening. The facility will be
an additional bus stop for students being transported to the main
campus. At drop-off after school, K-8 students will be able to stay
for homework help and activities for later pick-up. The after-school
program will continue on the main campus also.
The school is proud of its well-kept buildings and grounds.
Preschoolers at the Fitchburg campus will see a new playground
in their “tree garden.” The harvest from the campus garden will be
enjoyed by all in the Stone Family Dining Hall. In the first week of
school, the sixth grade will head to Chewonki Camp in Wiscasset,
Maine, the seventh grade to the White Mountains, and the eighth
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When the four schools comprising the Windham School District
open their doors to students, again, at the end of this month, School
Resource Officer Greg Iworsky will be ready to assist with any safety
issues that might arise.
Although Iworsky’s office is located at Windham High School, he
is the only school resource officer in the school district, an entity that
includes about 2,900 students. He has served as Windham’s school
resource officer for the past year and a half. Police Chief Gerald
Lewis hopes to add funding for a second resource officer in next
year’s operating budget.
Prior to being hired by Windham Police in 2009, Iworsky worked
with Newton Police for four years. Prior to that he was in the United
States Marine Corps, where he served in Iraq as a machine gunner.
“Windham High School is one of the safest schools in all of New
England, if not in the nation,” Iworsky said. In order to keep the
now five-year-old high school safe, Iworsky spends time “teaching
teachers and students protection techniques,” particularly in regard
to an intruder. This past year, he conducted three
training sessions with just the teachers and six with
the entire school population.
“Safety needs to come first,” he said, adding that he would
like to have additional time to train teachers. Iworsky noted
that there is no state law in New Hampshire that mandates
lock-down drills, a situation he would like to see changed.
“We are required to have 10 fire drills a year,” he noted,
adding that nobody has died in a school fire anywhere in this
country since 1950, yet dozens of people, including children,
have been killed by armed intruders, just in the past several
years.
Responding to a question regarding his opinion of teachers
being allowed to carry a firearm in the school building,
Iworsky replied, “having a teacher carry a handgun is
the stupidest idea; the worst thing, ever.” Other forms
of defense training are much more useful, he added.
Commenting on the danger a teacher faces if she or he is
holding a gun during an intrusion, Iworsky explained, “The
police are going in there to kill the threat. A teacher holding
a gun might look like a threat and could get shot.”
Referring to incidents he handled during the 2013-
2014 school year, Iworsky listed drug possession (mostly
marijuana), disorderly conduct, safety reports, mental health
issues, the possession of three pocket knives, chaperoning
special events, plus teaching forensics, law enforcement and
fingerprinting techniques to students. This coming school
year, Iworsky plans to teach a program in cyber-bullying.
“It’s all about mental health in our society,” Iworsky said.
“Issues are under-diagnosed and there is a growing lack of
resources to
treat those
individuals who
are identified.”
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Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down? Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?
“Thumbs down to Mr. Eyring who is bogging
down forward motion in the school district with
his personal agenda. Your constant interruption
of procedures is slowing down district progress
and it is hurting our students who are currently
enrolled. You ran on the platform that you wanted
to build public trust but spend your time searching
for the ‘Aha! I caught you!’ moment. You, sir, are
damaging public trust, are presenting yourself as
confused, and are spending more time on your
personal agenda than the one before you. Invest
time and energy for our students. Every day
makes a difference when education is at stake.”
“Thumbs up for everyone who cares enough
about our country to show up and vote for the
most Conservative candidates in the Primary
Election on September 9, and thumbs up for
everyone who spends a little time learning
about the history of our country, and votes for
the candidates who will help us to restore the
USA to our founding principles. Thumbs down
for anyone who has not yet figured out that our
current ‘leaders’ are leading this country off a
cliff!”
“Thumbs up to the Windham administrator
that waited until the summer inventory to take
place before writing the P.O. for chairs. That is
fiscally responsible. A stringent purchase policy
may instead promote administrators to project
and overbuy, spending more money and using up
valuable real estate within our buildings. Worse,
they could under buy and your child could spend
180 days in the chairs with the missing screws.
Sadly, this happens in schools. I noticed that the
school board chairs look quite comfortable, and I
doubt they are missing any screws - well, at least
not the chairs. Point being, if policy becomes too
stringent and we have to buy based on projections
rather than actual figures to satisfy a member of
the school board, it hurts the
children and the taxpayer in the
long run. Create an umbrella
policy, trust our professionals,
and move on with more
pressing town issues.”
“Thumbs down to the
Pelham Selectmen for by-
passing the competitive bidding
process. On the advice of the
town administrator the’ highest
bidder’ was awarded the job for
roofing/siding a town building.
The town administrated stated
that the building inspector
knew and liked the contractor.
By-passing the bidding process
and favoring a contractor
because someone knows, likes
or is a friend or family member
breeds corruption and should
be avoided.”
“Thumbs down to leaving
old appliances, TVs, etc., on
your front lawn. You don’t
want them, no one else wants
them. Take them to the dump
before the snow flies. We are
sick of looking at these lawn
ornaments.”
“Thumbs up to all the voters
who follow the state of NH
Move Over law. By moving
over and if you cannot then slow down and stop
for emergency vehicles.”
“Thumbs down to the person who wrote in
slamming the Fireworks Complainer from Pelham.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m not a
fan of banning fireworks, I love them on the 4th
of July and I can even tolerate them for the whole
month of July. However, every single weekend
of the summer, not fun. Give it a rest. It takes
the specialness out of celebrating on the fourth
in my opinion. Do you want to bash me now?
Tolerance is a wonderful thing. Wishing the
person(s) to move back to Mass is unnecessary
and hateful. Grow up.”
“Thumbs up to Dave Bates, glad to hear you’re
running again for NH State Rep.”
“Thumbs up to St. Patrick Catholic School! It’s
been around for many, many years. It’s about a
school and a community and a Catholic education
that matters not about any one
or two people. The haters can
hate and leave; don’t worry; the
rest of us will dig in and build
something great.”
“Thumbs up to Joanne Flynn
for winning the William A.
Brown Distinguished Business
Person Award. It is certainly
well deserved.
“Thumbs up to everyone
who has done the Ice Bucket
Challenge. It has raised
awareness for ALS and has totaled millions of
dollars for research. Approximately 5,600 people
in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year.
Visit www.ALS.net to read about this disease and
to understand where the Ice Bucket challenge
originated. Good Work!
“Thumbs down to all the political signs up and
down the main roads. Not only do you fill our
mail boxes with your pamphlets and all the “junk”
mail, why not take all that money used and energy
and solve the problems all over the state.
“Thumbs up to all the kids heading back to
school. Good Luck! Get involved with extra
activities, make new friends, help someone in
need and enjoy these years, they will go by so
fast.
“Thumbs up to the 2nd Amendment of the Bill
of Rights; “ ... the right of the people to keep and
bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “ Good Luck to
all you game hunters this Fall.
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School Board Decides Unanimously to Pursue Re-Funding High School Bond
by Barbara O’Brien
It’s not common these days for the five members of the Windham
School Board to agree on much of anything unanimously, but that’s
precisely what they managed to do when it came to a vote on
moving forward with the possibility of re-funding the construction
bond for Windham High School.
SAU 95 Business Administrator Adam Steel explained that
re-funding a bond is similar, but not identical, to refinancing a
mortgage. “It’s much more complicated than that,” Steel said. If
the re-funding process goes forward, it would involve paying off the
2005 construction bond for Windham High School and issuing new
bonds in the amount of approximately $17 million, which is the
outstanding balance. “We can save the school district thousands
of dollars through re-funding the bond,” Steel told school board
members earlier this month.
Based on current market conditions, the Windham School District
could realize a savings of about $859,000 (or 4.4 % of the re-funded
bond) by pursuing the re-funding process in the near future. A
representative of PFM, an independent financial adviser based in
New England, explained that the first step is to gain school board
approval for the process to begin. This is an excellent time for re-
funding to take place, he said, as interest rates are still at historic
lows. At this point, even with school board approval to begin the
process, the Windham School District is under no obligation. The
current bond was financed at approximately four percent. New
rates are hovering in the 2.36 percent range. The original maturity
date of the initial 25-year bond would be maintained under a re-
funded bond. There would be no out-of-pocket expenses involved
in the transaction, Steel assured school board members. Any re-
funding expenses would be rolled into the new bond.
“We’ll only do this if we’re fairly certain there will be substantial
savings,” Steel said, meaning a potential savings in the range of three
percent of the re-funded bond amount. Steel will be involved in the
negotiation process throughout. School board members will also
be reviewing the final terms of any agreement within one week of
finalizing the re-funding. School board members will also sign all
related closing documents. “You will be kept up to date,” Steel told
school board members.
Steel also said that the process is several months away from
completion. “There is a lot of work to be done before that happens,”
Steel noted.
Resident Diane Carpenter asked if it is possible to repay the re-
funded bond off earlier than the stated maturity date. Steel said
that this would be possible and would save money at the end of the
repayment process, but would not lower the annual payments up
front.
Voting 5 to 0 to begin the re-funding process were Chairman
Jerome Rekart, Vice-chairman Dennis Senibaldi and school board
members Rob Breton, Ken Eyring and Michael Joanis.
by Barbara O’Brien
At the urging of Windham School Board Vice-chairman Dennis
Senibaldi, school district administrators are looking into and
comparing the health benefits offered to non-union employees.
“It’s unreasonable in this day and age to give away health
insurance,” Senibaldi said, adding that he’s “not trying to be cold.”
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said that a comparison of
what Windham offers and what other similar communities provide
needs to be done. Feneberg said that plans include completing
the comparison by the early fall, before the 2015-2016 budget
season gets underway. “We shouldn’t make a decision based on
what other towns do,” Senibaldi countered. “This is a significant
amount of money.” Feneberg responded that Windham needs
to be competitive with other school districts in order to hire and
retain quality employees.
In today’s society, very few entities are paying 100 percent of
health premiums for their employees. In the recent contracts
signed with Windham Police
and Fire, union employees are
paying an increased percentage of
their health insurance premiums.
Teachers in Windham are also
paying a percentage of their health insurance premiums.
According to information provided by SAU 95, there are 72
non-union employees who receive their health insurance through
the school district. There are seven others who chose to opt out
and received the buyout option. Based on these figures, the
price tag for non-union employee health insurance premiums for
the current school year is costing taxpayers $1,378,297. Should
these employees begin paying a percentage of those premiums,
on a sliding scale, based on income, the school district could
save $176,597 during the current school year, bringing the school
district’s share down to $1,201,700. These savings are based
on employees who make less than $25,000 a year paying zero
percent of their insurance premiums up to a 25 percent employee
contribution for those employees making at least $72,500.
“This is a very diverse group,” Feneberg noted, explaining
that non-union employees include custodians, secretaries and
administrative personnel. Resident Bob Coole, who worked
previously as a custodian for the Windham School District, said
that one of the incentives for people taking these low-paying jobs is
the healthcare package.
Chairman Jerome Rekart said that the school board is “not
looking into doing anything rash” when it comes to health
insurance benefits for non-
union employees. “We need
all the information available”
before making a decision,
Rekart said. “We don’t
want to make changes that
could result in the decline of
someone’s income.” “We’re
not taking this lightly,” he said.
School board member Ken
Eyring encouraged input from
the employees themselves,
stating that he believes this
makes for a better school
district. “All employees have
a voice,” Eyring said. “We
want your input.” Eyring said
he intends to work toward
improving communication
between the school board and
district employees.
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WE BUY JUNK CARS
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Jean-Guy’s in Pelham, a N.H.
Certifed Green Yard, at 603-
635-7171 8/22/14
CHILD CARE
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Experienced and insured. Free
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jobs welcome. 800-221-4065,
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461-1137, 603-438-9533.
8/22/14
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furniture and more. Clean
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HEALTH
PHLEBOTOMY & SAFETY
TRAINING CENTER. Now
taking registrations for July
Phlebotomy classes.
Call 603-883-0306. 8/22/14
HELP WANTED
BEFORE & AFTER
SCHOOL PROGRAM IN
PELHAM, NH is looking
for experienced Child Care
Workers. Candidate must be
available for shifts Monday-
Friday, 6:45am-8:45am &
2:45pm-5:45pm. Salary is
$9.00 an hour for qualifed
individuals. Please send
resume to info@psacc-nh.org
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DRIVER/UTLITY PERSON
$12/hr., about 20 hours/
week, Salem wastewater
treatment frm. Proft sharing.
Separation Technologists. Call
603-898-0020 x 106. Don
Belanger. 8/22/14

PART TIME Responsible
individual to maintain
laundromat and dry cleaners.
Experience preferred.
References required. Call for
appointment. 603-820-2759.
8/22/14
EXPERIENCED
LANDSCAPER WANTED
Experience in mowing. Full
time, valid driver’s license
required. 603-883-1028 8/22/14

LOOKING FOR AFTER
SCHOOL SITTER from
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, M - F,
my home for four weeks
minimum. Position may
become permanent with more
hours (2:30 to 5:00 PM).
Call 603-204-7156 after 6pm.
Ask for Kathy. 8/22/14
PLANT COMPANY
SEEKING part-time service
technician for care of interior
plantings in southern New
Hampshire. 5 - 8 hours per
week. Must be knowledgeable
in plant watering and lighting
requirements. Car and
insurance necessary. Call 603-
524-1516. 8/8-8/15/14
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exterior painting, power
washing, all work guaranteed,
free estimates. Fully insured.
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603-305-4974. 8/22/14
1 COLLINS BROS.
PAINTING. Interior &
Exterior; Top quality work;
Afordable; Fully insured;
Free estimates; Excellent refs.
603-886-0668. 8/22/14
ALL PHASES OF
REMODELING AND
HOME REPAIRS.
Carpentry/painting/
fooring. Bathrooms - from
faucet replacements to
full renovations. All work
performed by owner,
Tomas Jablonski. 27+ years
experience. Call today,
603-440-9530. Free estimates,
fully insured 8/22/14

ELECTRICAL WIRING,
Insured Master Electrician.
Fair prices, Fast response and
Free estimates. Call Dana
at 603-880-3768/ 603-759-
9876. 8/22/14
DAVE’S HANDYMAN
SERVICES. Interior painting,
windows, doors, decks,
basements, and general home
repairs. Licensed and insured.
Free estimates. References
available. 603-486-1310.
7/25-8/22/14
THE FRUGAL
HANDYMAN To Do Lists,
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Maintenance, Any Home
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8/22/14
*JACOBS
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Additions, decks, screened
porches, basements, interior
trim work, etc. Licensed
and insured. Over 25 years
experience. We accept MC,
Visa, Discover. Call Joe 603-
635-9953.
www.jacobsconstructionllc.com.
8/22/14
FULL SERVICE
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insured, registered. Repairs/
additions. Roofng/Siding.
30 years experience.
Formerly with Tis Old
House Competitive pricing
Walter, 603-661-6527. 8/22/14



KME PAINTING LLC.
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exterior, home improvement.
Quality work at a fair price.
Fully insured, call for a free
estimate. 603-759-5680.
8/22/14
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Papa Poole’s
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Walls & Ceilings Repaired,
Light Carpentry, Low Prices!
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8/22/14

INSTRUCTION
PIANO
LESSONS
The Piano
Study,
Sheila Reiss,
Instructor.
Pelham,NH
- 20 yEARS
TEAcHINg ExPERIENcE.
For futher information,
please call 603-635-8754
- Monday-Friday
10:30am-5:30pm.
JUNK REMOVAL
WE BUY junk cars and
trucks. Call Pat at Jean-Guy’s
in Pelham, a N.H. Certifed
Green Yard, at
603-635-7171.8/22/14
ALL ABOUT JUNK
REMOVAL Call Us For All
Your Junk Removal Needs.
We Take It All. 10% Of For
Seniors & Veterans. Call John
603-889-7173 or 978-758-
8371.www.junkoutnh.com
8/22/14
LANDSCAPING
EMERALD GREEN:
Complete Landscape
Maintenance. Retaining
Walls, Patios, Walkways. Lawn
Mowing. Fertilization. Spring
cleanups, pruning, and lawn
renovations, etc.
www.emeraldgreenlandscapingnh.com
603-860-4276. 8/22/14
IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.
Startups, repairs, and
installation. 603-765-4470.
www.gagnonsirrigation.com.
MasterCard/Visa, pre-pay
plans available. 8/22/14

JOE’S LANDSCAPING &
LAWN SERVICE:
Mowings starting at $35.00.
Trees/bush/shrubs - trimming,
pruning, removal.
Spring/Fall cleanups.
Call for a free estimate.
603-401-3255. 4/11-10/31/14
LAWN AERATION
SPECIALIST 35 -45% of
retail price. Joseph Melo. Call:
603-401-3679. Fully Insured
8/8-8/22/14


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Hardscaping
Bobcat & Excavation Services
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7/11-8/22/14

AAA LANDSCAPING:
Lawn Mowing Most Lawns
$30 - $45, Spring Cleanups
Starting at $175, Mulch
Installation, Patios, Walkways,
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8/22/14
POOL SERVICES
LINER REPLACEMENT,
liner repairs, and pool
removals. 15+ years
experience. Call Dan, 603-
765-1818. 8/22/14
SERVICES
IN-TUNE PIANO
SERVICES. Certifed Piano
Technician. Tuning, Repair,
Regulation, Appraisals,
Rebuilding. 603-429-6368.
randy@in-tunepiano.com,
www.in-tunepiano.com.
8/22/14

REPAIR, DESIGN &
BUILD SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Call Fisette Excavating at
603-508-0947 8/22/14





TREE SERVICES
BOUTIN TREE REMOVAL.
Specializing in hazardous
tree removal. Fully insured.
Free estimates and frewood
for sale. Call Daryl at
603-321-8768. www.
boutintreeremoval.com. 8/22/14

HIGH VIEW TREE
SERVICE: Fully insured, free
estimates, 24-hour service.
Specializing in all aspects of
tree service. Call Brownie,
603-546-3079 8/22/14

WANTED
A’S UNWANTED scrap
metal, cars and trucks, lawn
tractors, washers and dryers,
hot-water tanks, etc. Free pick
up. Call Steve at 261-5452.
8/22/14
YARD SALES
YARD SALE Sat. Aug 30.
50 Musquash Road, Hudson
NH. Man’s bicycle, helmet
& shoes. Mens’ shirts-short
and long sleeve, including
western style. Men’s ostrich
cowboy boots. Women’s
clothes, shoes and handbags.
Christmas tree. Concord
House Pewter, dorm fridge.
Wide selection of country
line dance and couples
instructional videos, incuding
music. Entertainment center
for 60” TV, bistro set, baker’s
rack. Lots of older country
music CD’s. Stacking storage
bins and more. 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. 8/22/14

YARD SALE Saturday
8/23 from 9am-3pm. First
Congregational Church,
Pelham. Educational toys,
games, puzzles and more from
Steepletop School. 8/22/14

DOWNSIZING YARD
SALE: 42 Stark Lane,
Litchfeld/Sat Aug 23, 8AM
to 3PM & Sun Aug 24, 9AM
to 3PM. Arts & craft supplies,
fabric, camping equipment,
antiques, furniture, household
items, collectables, ABS river
canoe, utility trailer & more.
8/22/14
Windham School District
Members Needed to Serve on
Curriculum Advisory Committee
The Windham School District is seeking community members to serve
on an advisory curriculum committee for the purpose of reviewing and
revising proposed Windham School District curriculum documents. This
committee will function in an advisory capacity to the Superintendent of
Schools and provide feedback prior to Windham School Board approval.
The committee will meet on the second Monday of each month beginning
in October from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the SAU office, 19 Haverhill Road.
Please call Susan Cad at 603-425-1719 x 110 or email, scad@windhamsd.
org if you are interested in being a member of this committee.
PUBLIC NOTICES
REAL Estate
Feature your home. 880-1516
REAL Estate
Feature your home. 880-1516
YARD SALE: PELHAM,
Multi-Family Yard Sale,
Sat. August 30th. 10AM-
3PM. Corner of Nashua
Rd. and (42)Brookview
Dr. Camping Equipment,
Tents, Rocking Chair,
Wooden Screen, Christmas
items, Medical assist items,
giant bike, toys, misc.
household. Rain Date
Sunday Aug. 31. Early
birds will be caged. 8/22/14
Pelham Fire Log
Monday, August 11: 8:36 a.m. Investigate fire alarm activation,
Priscilla Way. 9:36 a.m. Investigate fire alarm activation, Bridge
Street. 11:22 a.m. Medical emergency, Atwood Road. 9:12 p.m.
Investigate fire alarm activation, Township Road. 11:32 p.m. Medical
assistance, Ledge Road.
Tuesday, August 12: 4:05 p.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth Road.
6:18 p.m. Medical aid, Bridge Street. 7:53 p.m. Medical emergency,
Mammoth Road.
Wednesday, August 13: 4:43 a.m. Medical emergency, Monument
Hill Road. 9:54 a.m. Medical aid, Loretta Avenue. 2:47 p.m. Smoke
investigation, area of Valley Hill Road. 3:22 p.m. Two car motor
vehicle accident, Mammoth Road.
Thursday, August 14: 8:34 a.m. Investigate report of possible brush
fire, area of Tallant Road. 8:52 a.m. Investigate smoke detector
activation, Patriot Drive. 1:00 p.m. Investigate medical alarm
activation, Arlene Drive. 4:45 p.m. Medical assistance, Spruce Street.
Friday, August 15: 5:39 a.m. Odor of smoke investigation, Bush Hill
Road. 5:44 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Jeremy Hill Road. 6:50 a.m.
Medical emergency, Campbell Road. 8:18 a.m. Medical emergency,
Village Green. 9:23 a.m. Investigate medical alarm activation, Terrace
Circle 10:43 a.m. Investigate fire alarm activation, Morgan Avenue.
12:11 p.m.
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The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce has recognized
Joanne’s commitment to the Greater Salem business community
by selecting her as the 2014 William A. Brown Distinguished
Businessperson Award, the chamber’s most prestigious award.
Joanne, who is the director of golf at Windham Country Club, was
chosen based on her business leadership, community improvement,
charitable involvement, public service, and high moral character.
This award, in its 33rd year, is given in the memory of William
A. Brown, who was the first to receive it. Carrying on with this
great tradition, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and the
Platinum Sponsor, Citizens Bank, will honor Joanne and recognize
other award recipients at the chamber’s annual dinner meeting on
Sept. 24.
Joanne picked up her first golf club at age six. Early on she
developed a passion for the business as she learned under the
tutelage of her father, PGA Professional Bill Flynn, at the Thomson
Country Club. For Joanne, her game was usually secondary, as she
worked alongside her father focusing on how to manage the course
and quickly developing a passion for the business.
This led to her becoming an assistant professional in 1988 and
taking over the management of the family’s nine-hole course,
Lakeview Golf Course in
Wenham, Mass. In addition
to playing, she began teaching
and developing junior golfers.
Monday mornings throughout
the summer consisted of giving
free clinics to approximately
50 juniors and letting them
play on the course. In 1994,
she was elected “Class A”
PGA professional. Her family
purchased land in 1992 and
built Windham Country Club,
which opened its doors in 1995
and is now celebrating its 20th
season. The Windham Country
Club began giving back to the
community from the moment it
opened its doors, holding yearly
summer golf camps for the Lowell Boys & Girls Club (instructing
200 low-income children for a week) and hosting adaptive Golf
Program with Northeast Passage for disabled people and veterans.
Joanne was the first woman head golf professional in New
Hampshire. She has been recognized by the NH chapter of the
New England PGA as the 2002 & 2008 Junior Golf Promoter,
as well as awarded the 2012 Bill Straughsbaugh Club Relations
Award. In 2014, she received the Outstanding Women in Family
Business Award at the New England Family Business Conference.
Joanne received her undergraduate degree from Leslie University,
and master’s degree in business administration from Southern New
Hampshire University.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Joanne has
exemplified the Flynn family spirit of giving back and been
recognized by numerous groups for her passionate support and
active involvement in various charitable organizations. She
currently serves as the president of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater
Salem, and has received several awards from that organization,
such as 2007 Volunteer of the Year, 2008 Presidents Award and in
2011 the Richard McCoy Award. Joanne also currently serves on
the Board of the Salem Animal Rescue League as vice president.
She has been critical to their fundraising effort and keeping the
organization financially stable. Joanne has been an avid supporter
of A Safe Place, an organization that strives to eliminate and prevent
domestic abuse. She organizes a Women’s Charity Golf Classic that
has raised approximately $200,000 over the past 16 years, and was
twice voted a Sign of Hope by the organization.
The chamber will also be honor the following volunteers for
their hard work and dedication to the chamber over the past year:
Ed David, from Edward C. David & Company, CPAs, with the
Chairman’s Award and John B. DeBaun, from Pentucket Bank, with
a Volunteer of the Year Award. The presentations will take place
Wednesday, September 24, at Castleton Banquet and Conference
Center, Windham, and will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner
will begin at 7 p.m., with the presentation of awards immediately
following. Tickets are $60 per person, with tables of 10 available.
For additional information, to purchase a congratulatory ad for
any of the three award winners, or to purchase tickets, contact the
chamber office at 893-3177.
addition, the Concord Police Department reported at
least three cases in one 24-hours period (Aug.19-20)
The declaration will be in effect for 21 days unless
terminated earlier or extended by further order.
Just one day into the proposed duration, the following
press release surfaced:
On August 15, the Pelham Police Departments
Criminal Bureau and NH State Police Narcotics
Investigation Unit ended a six-month long
investigation into the sale of synthetic marijuana
within the town of Pelham. Arrested was Christopher
Matte, 43, of Hudson. Matte is the owner and
employee of Ace Discount Cigarettes, located at on
Bridge Street in Pelham. He was charged with two
counts of felony Sale of Drugs, after police conducted
search warrants at two locations, one of which was
Ace Discount Cigarettes. The charges stem from the
distribution of synthetic marijuana, also commonly
known as “Spice.” The case was expedited due (to)
the recent rash of overdoses throughout the state of
New Hampshire.
Pelham detectives and troopers from the NH
State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit recovered
approximately $7,000 in cash along with over
100 individual bags of synthetic marijuana. These
individual bags were being sold for $19.99. During
the search warrant, the cashier admitted that he was
aware of the State of Emergency, due to the number
of overdoses in the New Hampshire area, but did
continue the sales of “Spice” throughout the day
anyway.
Several months ago, Pelham detectives actually
met with Matte and requested that he halt any further
sales, due to the amount of issues that area users
were having after ingesting the products that he was
selling. He was made aware of how our local young
people were smoking this product and what the side
effects of this drug were. This store was previously
burglarized in October of 2013, at which time
Matte claimed nothing was taken. Investigators later
learned that his entire supply of synthetic marijuana
had been targeted and stolen.
One day prior to the arrest of Matte, this reporter
had a chance to sit down with PPD Detective
Sergeant Thomas O’Donnell. According to
O’Donnell, “Spice” is very common and very popular
with younger kids between the ages of 15 and 18 as
well as with people in their 20s and 30s. A concern
that the sergeant conveyed was that “the kids don’t
understand that it’s a chemical high. They don’t
understand the side effects are very, very dangerous.”
O’Donnell went on to acknowledge that there have
been instances of “Spice” usage in Pelham; “In these
cases, it was clear cut they were using the product,”
O’Donnell said.
In an a troubling rationale found among select
store owners who have been known to sell the
product, O’Donnell revealed in his own words the
mindset of those who lack the moral fiber to choose
right over profits. The sergeant often hears this kind of
response: “We’re not responsible (for) what the people
do with the product after they leave the store.” Equally
disturbing, as O’Donnell points out, is that “the package
is marketed to the kids.” Although he started noticing
the product about two years ago, O’Donnell pointed
out that, “the amount of kids using (it) is at its height
now.”
With less than acceptable results, the Pelham
detective admitted, “We have addressed the issue with
stores in our town. We’ve had some stores comply,
and others refuse to comply,” – a disturbing scenario
in itself. “They’re profit-driven decisions,” added
O’Donnell.
In acknowledging that battling the sale of this product
is “an ongoing fight,” he offered a voice of reason,
saying he was “hopeful for further legislation to put a
halt to all these sales.”
Meanwhile in the bordering town of Windham,
Police Chief Gerald Lewis is pleased with the fact that
“Smacked,” Spice or the like have not been an issue.
“We’ve had no incident in our community where that
product has been involved,” reflected the WPD chief.
In similar attempts employed by other nearby police
departments to seek and remove along with educate
and inform, Lewis offered the following: “We have
surveyed all the stores. We did not find anybody who
had it in their inventory or available to the public.”
Lewis went on to say that “our review was spurred
by what happened in Manchester – we tried to be
proactive with the searches.”
Although the police are not aware of any members
of the community having been affected by the use or
selling of the illegal substance, Chief Lewis recognizes
that “the key is vigilance; we have to stay on top of it.”
‘Spice’- continued from front page
In an arrest on August 15, Pelham Police confscated a large sum of cash and scores of marketable bags containing”synthetic marijuana.”
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With the long-awaited-for Pelham High School remodeling
project now underway, many of the athletic fields are incurring some
collateral damage. The net result is that both the boys’ and girls’
soccer teams and the field hockey team will have their home field
advantage ruffled a bit as they scurry to new fields; namely Raymond
Park and Goyette Field, respectively.
Additionally, the football team just this week had their current
practice field disrupted by an overly active backhoe. “We’re all
over the place,” noted PHS Athletic Director Todd Kress referring to
the various new venues that Python teams will call home this fall.
However, he did offer some reassuring words with respect to the
teams’ collective preparedness for the upcoming season; “they’ll get
to practice every day; they’ll be ready.”
On the bright side, Kress also pointed out that the Harris Family
Field is “gorgeous” and will be “beautiful for the football home
opener,” scheduled for September 5. Similarly, he noted that the
field at Raymond Park, located off of Mammoth Road, will be in
great shape for the Snakes’ home soccer contests.
Participation-wise, Kress said that “numbers are through the roof
right now,” which he considers to be a positive scenario for the
athletic programs as a whole. “Inner-team competition is good
for the depth charts,” he noted in particular reference to the girls’
programs. “This year we have a perfect combination of senior
leadership and freshman/sophomore enthusiasm.”
Girls’ Soccer
There is a new head coach on the Lady Python sidelines this
season as Jon Hall has made the leap from Cougar Country to
Pelham. Hall has an extensive resume in the coaching ranks
including two stints at ConVal where he coached boys’ and girls’
soccer as well as girls’ basketball. Prior to his most recent eight-year
stay with C-V, he coached boys’ soccer at Merrimack High where he
took the Tomahawks to the state finals in 1999. “I’ve been lucky to
work in some pretty competitive programs,” recalled Hall. “My job
(here) is to get them in a position where they can compete in every
game. The wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
With a large incoming freshmen class heading up 41 total players
vying to make the varsity squad, Hall has not had sufficient time to
assess the teams’ prospects. Nonetheless, he has seen enough to
know that his field leadership will come from the likes of Brooke
Paradis, Lauren Anderson, Jess Coakley and Morgan Pinksten.
“We have a very tough schedule at the beginning,” admitted Hall,
referencing the Lady Snakes’ first three tilts which are against
Campbell, Windham and Raymond, in that order. Regarding how he
plans to approach the season, he offered, “We’ll take the season in
four quarters and see where we are, and try to improve at each step.”
Girls’ Volleyball
Coach Jen Nugent returns to the sidelines to lead the Pythons into
D-II action once again this season. In a ‘coach’s perspective special,’
here is what Coach Nugent released for the upcoming season: “It
was an exciting first day of preseason for us today. Good numbers!
Good height (very exciting!) in the newcomers; lots of enthusiasm.
We won’t know rosters until cuts are complete on Friday, but I
can tell you that we have five returning seniors who will provide
a foundation of leadership and experience: Megan Scalia (setter),
Morgan Apkarian (setter), Holly Joyce (middle blocker), Kelsey
Grimard (defensive specialist), and Alyssa Paradis (outside hitter).
“We also have two returning juniors who bring enthusiasm and
strength to our front court in Amanda Olson (middle blocker) and
Lilia Owens (outside hitter). Our hit attack looks aggressive so far
and our defense has logged a lot of off-season court-time in efforts to
‘amp-up’ our already scrappy style of defense we’ve become known
for over the years. (It) looks to be an exciting season. We’ve got
some rising stars as well; Angi Getty (defensive specialist), Mikayla
Sequeira (outside hitter), and Nicole Gargano (defense) are just a few
who look to do great things for us this year. Also, I’ve got an all-
alumni coaching staff this year. Jacqui Perry will be running things
on JV with Matt Mercier as an assistant. Kaylie Apkarian will assist
JV and Varsity. Pythons are gearing up for it! Here we go!”
Girls’ Field Hockey
“Loaded with athletic talent,” is how A.D. Kress described Coach
Patty Stilphen’s Lady Python field hockey ensemble. Not only does
Coach Stilphen agree with the athletic assessment, she also spoke
to the collective mindset heading into preseason; “this is the best
attitude I’ve seen in years.” Leading the Snakes in all aspects will be
six returning seniors, highlighted by Katelyn Surprenant and Ashlyn
Farwell (goalie), who are each entering their fourth season at the
varsity level. Rounding out the Python list of experienced players
are Heather DeFranzo, Darian Rideout, Sarah Ferriera, and Libby
Gorfine. Similarly, Stilphen is also excited about the freshmen crop
wearing the blue and white this season. “We have a lot of talented
underclassmen looking to play a prominent role.”
“We have more varsity experience this year,” noted Stilphen,
which will be enhanced by the fact that 17 of her players took
part in a summer league in Manchester. “It helped with their
confidence,” she expressed. Expounding on that notion, she added,
“With experience comes confidence and with confidence comes
goals. Accordingly, Stilphen hopes that translates into a more potent
offense than was the case last season.
Girls’ X-Country
This season proves to be more challenging for PHS cross country
than it will for perhaps any of the fall sports teams. First-year Head
Coach Steve Charbonneau enters his new position at a time that
the Lady Pythons transition from their prior comfort zone of D-3 to
the vastly more competitive D-II. Regardless, Charbonneau says;
“I’m very optimistic – we have a very good group (returning).” With
respect to the prospects of competing against the likes of perennial
powerhouses Coe-Brown and Souhegan, the new head coach was
philosophical: “They know the challenge – it will only serve to
motivate them even more.”
Leading the way is senior Captain Andrea O’Hearn, Shaylyn
Harrington, Rachel Romeo, and Emily Ennis along with sophomores
Jaime Grimard and Sarah Walker. Adding to the depth of the
program, Charbonneau has five incoming freshmen, to which he
offers; “by all accounts they are set to do very well.” They open
their season on September 2 when they compete at the Sanborn
Invitational.
Football
“I’m excited about it. I think it’s good for the program,” were the
words of Head Coach Ryan Clark as he discussed yet another Python
divisional move that sees his team move up a notch to compete on
Division II gridirons this fall. Last year the Pythons put forth a very
special effort, going 8-0 during the regular season only to fall to Bow
in what will forever be deemed as a poorly conceived playoff format.
Old wounds aside, Coach Clark and his team will have to overcome
what is reality, the decimation of a talented group of offensive
players. “We lost basically our entire offensive line and backfield,”
acknowledged the head football coach, adding; “we’re going to
expect a lot from the younger players.”
With the preseason still too young to even anticipate what might
unfold by opening day, Clark has one person that will provide senior
leadership for the 2014 campaign. “Nick Johnson – he’s as good as
it gets,” noted Clark of his starting fullback.
For the Pythons it may prove to be a difficult year in the win/loss
columns but Clark was up front with his approach to the season.
“Every single year a new group has to step up. We’re looking to
build off of the success from last year and keep that going.” In order
to do so, the Pythons will need to rely heavily on the defense which
fortunately, according to Clark, is returning a lot of their players.
Nostalgically, he is looking forward to competing against D-II
teams such as Milford (9/26) and ConVal (opening day-9/5), saying
that the games will feature “renewed rivalries.” Clark mentioned
that Pelham’s first varsity football game was some 22 years ago vs.
C-V. He also recalls the battles against the Spartans, noting that
Milford was a big rivalry matchup when he played for the team he
now coaches.
Boys’ Soccer
How does a coach replace last year’s prolific and school-record-
setting goal scorer, Harley Kearney? With a balanced attack,
according to second-year Head Coach Matt Miller, “It makes us a
little more dynamic and harder to defend against,” offered Miller
of the luxury he will experience when all of his starters from the
midfield and forward positions (save for Kearney and Derek Sage)
will be returning this season. Despite the anticipated balanced
attack, this year’s prospective enthroned goal scorer will be Eric
Guinasso, who recorded 13 tallies last season in his junior year.
While Miller says that defensive awareness and overall team
health will be contributing factors to how well the Snakes perform
this year, he also is concentrating on ways for his team to not come
up on the light side of, count them, 7-1 goal losses. “We need to
turn them into wins. It’s the difference between not being in the
playoffs and hosting a playoff game,” expressed Miller.
Two other key components on the Python roster are found in
Bryan Gettings who returns for his third season between the posts,
and Kyle Bettencourt, who while positioned at the center of the
defensive scheme, Miller says; “I expect a big year from him.” The
Pythons open up their season on August 29 at home against Sanborn
and then follow that up with a battle against rival Windham on
September 2, also at home.
Boys X-C
Also in his second year as head coach of the PHS cross country
team, Dave Niemaszyk faces the same dilemma that his counterpart
on the girls’ team faces: competing in a very strong Division II.
According to Niemaszyk, most of the varsity runners are returning
– headed up by junior Bryce Blanchard, senior Chris Kaberle, Allan
Vallante (sophomore), and Alec White in his junior year.
With respect to the move up into D-II, Niemaszyk said collectively
of his runners; “I don’t think they’re discouraged by it – it’s just
business as usual. Looking at the circumstances from an individual
runner’s perspective, he added, “Most of these guys are very well
grounded with personal goals.” Acknowledging that the X-C season
basically serves as a build-up period for the athletes to compete at
the states at Derryfield, the Python coach conveyed, “We have to
make sure they are in top shape when it’s time to go at that time of
the year.”
Coaches for the boys’ golf team and the cheering team were not
able to be reached.
Pythons Head into a ‘New Landscape’ of Fall Sports
Staff photo by Marc Ayotte
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Thomas Witham, 69, of Hudson, died
August 7, 2014, at the Southern New
Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua,
surrounded by his loving family.
He was born February 28, 1945, in
Evanston, Wyoming, son of Melvin W. Witham
of Couer d’Alene, Idaho, and the late Christine
(Knoder) Witham.
Tom was the husband of Paulette Witham of Hudson.
He was a great mountain man with a simple soul. In his younger
years he traveled the Alaskan wilderness hunting bird, deer, and
moose. Growing up, he lived in several areas of the country and
was educated in various schools. He graduated with a degree in
engineering from Northeastern University. Tom was employed with
Sanders/BAE for over 20 years, retiring in 2006. He was always short,
sweet, and to the point and found great joy when riding his ATV. Tom
held a great affection for cars and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with
others. He loved the simple beauties that life had to offer and will be
greatly missed by all who knew him.
Besides his loving wife, Paulette, and his dear father, Melvin,
survivors include a daughter, Amy Chouinard and her husband
Jeremy of Windham; two sons, James Bentley and his wife Denise
of Manchester and Marc Bentley and his wife Marie of Nashua;
three granddaughters, Gabrielle Chouinard and Gianna Chouinard
of Windham, and Ashley Bentley of Nashua; two brothers, Llloyd
Witham and his wife Patricia of Couer d’Alene, ID, and David
Witham and his wife Wendy of Fairbanks, Alaska; also his in-laws,
Denise Desaulniers and her
husband Ron of Manchester and
Edmond Duchesne and his wife
Claire of Allenstown; as well as
several nieces, nephews, and
cousins.
A graveside service was held
August 11 in St. Augustine
Cemetery in Manchester.
In lieu of flowers the family
encourages donations be made
in Tom’s loving memory to the
American Heart Association, PO
Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-
7005 or www.heart.org/Donate.
The Dumont-Sullivan
Funeral home in Hudson was
in charge of arrangements. To
share an online message of
condolence, please visit www.
dumontsullivan.com.
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Following back-to-back Division II championship
victories, the goal for the Windham High School boys’
soccer team should be obvious. A third title in a row
would establish the Jaguars as the elite soccer program
in the state.
While the objective has not changed, the path to a
title always varies. “The goal is always to be there in
the end,” said Head Coach Mike Hachey. “The path
to get there always looks different, and this year is no
exception.”
Last season, the Jaguars finished the regular season
with a 14-2 record which was good enough to secure
the top seed for the NHIAA Division II Championship
Tournament. After overcoming tough teams in the
quarter- and semi-final rounds, Windham faced Hollis-
Brookline High School in the title match. The year
prior, the Jaguars defeated Hollis-Brookline in the finals
on a penalty kick after three overtime periods. In 2013,
Windham knocked off their opponents in regulation
time to claim their second straight championship.
After yet another triumph, it is human nature to want
to settle down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Yet
Hachey and his team are hungrier than ever. “We’ve
had a productive summer. There’s been high turnout
for summer ball and training camp. I feel everyone
sees that there’s an opportunity out there for them,” said
Hachey.
Windham has lost nine starters and 13 seniors from
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are two positions that were Windham strong points in
the past. Still, he is excited by the prospect of
developing fresh talent and establishing new
leaders on his team. “Only time will tell if the
depth of our program is strong enough to withstand
the loss of so many elite players in one season,” said
Hachey. “I look forward to that challenge as a coach,
and I am very curious to see how their style of play
evolves.”
Senior David Carbonello is the only returning
starter of the mid-fielders and forwards. Last season,
Carbonello scored 19 goals and collected 13 assists.
Carbonello will need to produce another strong season
to propel his team through the postseason. Hachey
hopes that seniors Cole Rutledge and Matt Laliberte
will “seize the opportunity” to establish themselves as
competent and effective starters.
The sole returning defender from last season’s
championship squad is junior Jon Ferri. Ferri is
expected to lead both the defense and the team this
season. Senior Alex Sexton, who worked well with Ferri
toward the end of last season, should help establish
another suffocating Jaguar defense for the defending
champs.
While the absence of most of the key players that
were critical to Windham’s last two championship
victories may worry some coaches, Hachey is confident
in his program. “We have more unknowns than usual,
but the players appear very aware of the opportunity to
contribute to this program as it continues to establish,”
said Hachey. “It’s their season.”
by Jacob Gagnon
While the divisions, teams, and players may
change, the goals remain the same for the
Windham High School football team. The Jaguars’
hope is to be playing their best football at the end
of the season and to win that elusive final game.
Head Coach Bill Raycraft is confident that his team
will be competing for a championship this year.
“As long as we continue to develop we
expect to be playing for a Southern Conference
championship and then competing for the state
championship,” said Raycraft.
While the Windham program is young, the
Jaguars have achieved great success on the
gridiron. Windham endured the toil and growing
pains in their first few seasons before emerging as
one of the toughest teams in the state. Through
growth and constant improvement, the Jaguars have
been able to move up divisions and compete with
the best squads that the state has to offer.
Last year, after a strong regular season, Windham
was eliminated from the postseason by rival
Trinity High School of Manchester. The Jaguars
met the same fate in the season prior, falling to
the Pioneers in the semi-final game of the division
championship tournament. Windham understands
that they will have to overcome Trinity on their
path to a title. They may have their best shot at
redemption this season with a powerful cast of
players returning for their final season.
Windham has 19 seniors returning to their team.
The returning starters from last season include
Kellin Bail, Joe Frake, Kurtis Jolicoeur, Brendan
McInnis, Anthony Gallo, Shane Lafond, Troy Peters,
Davis Potter, Kevin Anderson, and Matt Shea.
These athletes are only a handful of the senior
leadership that will determine the team’s success.
“(We) expect all of them to take a leadership role,”
said Raycraft. “(They) are expected to step up and
will help lead this team.”
While official preparations and practices do
not begin until the summer, the Jaguars have been
training year-round for another opportunity at the
postseason. “I believe it has been our best turnout
ever for our strength and agility sessions, seven-on-
seven nights, lineman nights, and our camps,” said
Raycraft.
While Windham may have
certainly been motivated by
their postseason downfalls to
improve this off season, they are
also intrinsically driven. This is
due to the nature of Raycraft, his
coaching staff, and the culture
of the Windham program where
work ethic is valued above all else.
Good teams are built on talent, but
the best are built on hard work.
The Jaguars plan to be the latter for
years to come.
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16 - August 22, 2014 | Pelham - Windham News
Very Low Turnout for Charter School Workshop
by Barbara O’Brien
Based on a public hearing held two weeks
earlier, Windham School Board members
anticipated a large turnout for the charter school
workshop conducted on August 19. As it turned
out, however, there were more people on the
stage at Windham High School than there were
scattered about the nearly empty auditorium.
Approximately a dozen residents showed up to
listen to a combination of school board members
and representatives of the Educational Choices
Foundation, the group sponsoring the proposed
Windham Academy Charter School.
The charter school application was presented
to school board members at the end of June. The
five-member school board has until September
15 to decide whether or not to recommend the
application to the New Hampshire Department
of Education. If the application for a charter is
ultimately approved by the State Department of
Education, it will then be presented to Windham
voters through a warrant article next March.
At the public hearing earlier this month,
some residents expressed support for the charter
school, while others were obviously opposed.
Most, however, appeared confused and were
seeking additional information, especially
regarding a charter school’s financial impact on
taxpayers. ”The voters asked overwhelmingly for
transparency,” School Board Chairman Jerome
Rekart reminded those attending the workshop on
August 19.
Although it appeared on the surface, at least,
that the 15 people assembled on the stage for
the workshop were trying to be amicable, it was
obvious that the differences of opinion between
the Educational Choices Foundation and some
members of the Windham School Board were
simmering beneath the spoken words. The
overwhelming feeling was that members of the
ECF felt that many of the questions being asked
by school board members were not the school
district’s business.
In a prepared handout distributed to those in
attendance, on which numerous school board
questions were posed, many of the ECF’s responses
began with “Whereas this is a reasonable topic for
discussion, we are not required by law to provide
such detail at this time.” This statement was
repeatedly followed by a brief explanation that
began, “However, in the spirit of partnering with
the Windham School District, we’d like to give you
our thoughts on this matter.” This was followed
by rather vague comments, not the specific details
asked for by school board members.
In regard to the charter school application, the
school board was mainly interested in budgets,
curriculum and location. The most heated debate
centered on the eventual location of Windham
Academy. Late last fall, information had been
distributed that indicated a building being
constructed by Tom Murray, now a member of
the ECF, was being considered as the proposed
location for the grade one through eight charter
school. Later, it was said that no location had
been selected. When the subject came up during
the workshop, ECF Chairman Sean Donahue said it
would be “premature” to identify a location when
the organization doesn’t even have its charter yet.
School District Attorney Gordon Graham told ECF
members that state law requires that a location be
identified before submitting the proposal to voters.
Any warrant article pertaining to the charter school
would need to be posted by January 26, 2015,
and would need to include the location of the
proposed charter school.
Murray seemed upset by the conversation
surrounding the structure he is building on
Rockingham Road. This building was originally
intended as the location for Windham Academy,
Murray explained, but because he had been
accused of impropriety, he had withdrawn the
offer and placed it on the open market. Currently,
he is negotiating with potential renters, Murray
said. “This could have saved a lot of money for the
school district,” Murray said, adding that he would
have been providing the building at cost. As for
other potential locations, there aren’t very many
suitable buildings in Windham, ECF members
commented. The choice is very slim.
Words were also exchanged over the proposed
curriculum for Windham Charter School. ECF
members didn’t seem to think they needed to
include specific details in the charter application,
while some school board members and Attorney
Graham disagreed. “You need to have goals
and objectives spelled out,” Graham said. “You
need to be crystal clear or the application will be
inadequate.” School board member Rob Breton
agreed, saying that he believes more detail in the
application would benefit voters and could also
serve to attract more students to enroll at Windham
Academy. “You need more specifics, so voters can
make an informed decision next March,” Graham
said. “You need to provide a better outline.” ECF
representatives said they believe what they have
already presented to the school board is sufficient
to meet state requirements based on applications
submitted by and approved for other charter
schools in New Hampshire.
“To us it’s not complete,” Chairman Rekart said.
“We need more information. We’re not trying to
tie your hands,” he told ECF members.”
“This is not meant as a criticism,” Graham
stated. “It’s meant to make this document better.”
“We are simply not the people to give this to
you,” ECF member Chris Baker responded. “The
information you’re asking for has no merit as to
whether the application is a complete document.”
In order to offer a financial impact projection
regarding the proposed charter school, SAU 95
Business Administrator Adam Steel prepared an
overview of the estimated effect on the Windham
School District should the proposed charter
school become reality. According to Steel, the
way the charter school law is written (RSA 94-B),
the school district would be required to submit a
tuition payment to the ECF based on a minimum
of 80 percent of the per pupil coast as calculated
by the Department of Education, using the most
recent data. Should the charter application be
approved, the Windham School District would
be required to budget for the tuition payment to
the ECF, based on projections completed by the
school board. Those costs would be included in
the warrant article that would be placed on the
ballot for voter consideration in March 2015.
Incoming revenue and expenses must match, Steel
explained. Windham Academy is proposed to
begin operations in September of 2015.
According to Steel’s projections, 160 students
would attend Windham Academy the first year,
with 90 percent of those students coming from
the Town of Windham and 10 percent coming
from out of district. There would be no cost to
Windham taxpayers for out-of-town students
attending the charter school. The per student cost
of a child attending classes in the Windham School
District is estimated at $12,632. Eighty percent of
that cost would be the tuition paid to the ECF for
a Windham student attending the charter school
($10,105). According to Steel’s calculations, the
number of students projected to leave Windham
schools and attend the charter school could
mean a reduction of one teacher per grade level
at local schools. This reduction in force could
add up to approximately $620,494 in savings on
teacher salaries and benefits. With fewer students
there could also be less demand for consumable
supplies, an amount estimated at about $557,600.
The fly in the ointment, however, could be that
there would not be an equal number of students
from each grade level leaving Windham public
schools and entering the charter school, causing
even more crowded classrooms than already exist,
should teachers be let go, causing teacher-ratios
to rise. “The net cost to the school district will
experience volatility, based on actual enrollment
and the breakdown between Windham residents
and non-Windham residents” attending the charter
school, Steel said.
ECF members contested Steel’s projections;
however, claiming that the money saved on per
student costs by paying only 80 percent of the
tuition to Windham Charter School and keeping
the remainder in the school district would mean
a net gain for the Windham School District.
Steel explained that there are other expenses not
associated with the per student cost that would
still be the responsibility of the school district. “I
do not project the school district saving money on
transportation, utilities, administrative overhead,
equipment or ancillary services,” Steel said.
“It’s a moving target,” Superintendent Winfried
Feneberg said.
“It’s certainly not set in stone,” school board
vice-chairman Dennis Senibaldi added.
The school board will hold its next meeting on
Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. in the Community
Development Building next to Town Hall. This
meeting will be open to the public. It will be
the final meeting before a decision is made by
the school board concerning the charter school
application.

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