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Volume 13 Number 13 January 16, 2015 12 Pages

Proposed Natural Gas Line Expansion to Impact Windham
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property taxes once the project is operational.
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Committee, wanted to know if the natural
gas would just be transported through New
Hampshire, and then exported elsewhere. Fore
responded that the gas would be “predominately
meant for New England.” “The demand is right
here,” he said. When questioned about the safety
of the pipeline, the representative said, “Pipelines
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“The state and federal governments make the
final decision on routes,” explained Fore. “Kinder
Morgan only makes the proposal.” Plans are to
coordinate the new natural gaslines with existing
power line routes. A minimum 50-foot corridor
(right-of-way) is required. “A lot of public input
will be sought before any decisions are made,” he
said.
The new pipeline would cover 2.2 miles in
Windham and would affect 46 landowners; each
of whom would be financially compensated for
the use of their property. “We want to make this
project as least impactful as possible,” Fore said.
It is anticipated that about 3,000 jobs would
be created during the construction process. In
addition, Kinder Morgan estimates that Windham
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and Connecticut to help meet an
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Representatives of Kinder Morgan
recently met with Windham
Selectmen to provide an overview of
the proposed project and its potential
impact on the region. Kinder Morgan
is the largest energy infrastructure
company in North America. The
corporation owns an interest in or
operates approximately 80,000
miles of pipelines and 180 terminals.
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refined petroleum products, crude oil,
carbon dioxide and other products.
Kinder Morgan also stores or handles
a variety of products and materials
at their terminals, such as gasoline,
jet fuel, ethanol, coal, petroleum and
steel.
According to a representative of Kinder Morgan,
New England currently has the highest electricity
rates in all of North America. The goal of
expanding the existing pipeline is to provide lower
cost fuel to power-generating utilities and, thereby,
reduce the cost of electricity to consumers. “We
are a transport company,” said Allen Fore, vice
president of Public Affairs, Kinder Morgan. “We
get the fuel from where it is and send it to where
it’s needed.” In the past, much of the natural gas
had to be transported to New England all the way
from the Gulf region. The existing Tennessee Gas
Pipeline has been in place for the past 60 years
and crosses 10 municipalities in New Hampshire;
for a total of 50 miles. These days, however, the
sources are much closer to New England, with
much of it coming from Pennsylvania. “It’s much

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said Fore.
The plan is to install most of the new pipeline
adjacent to the two existing Tennessee Gas
Pipelines, therefore, limiting the impact on
affected communities. The new pipeline will
be buried underground, a minimum of three
feet deep, and the ground above the pipe will
be restored to its natural environment. There
will be a new compressor station constructed in
New Hampshire, but it won’t be in Windham,
according to the company’s representative.
Currently, a compressor station is situated in the
Town of Pelham. The two existing pipes are 12
and 20 inches in diameter. The proposed pipeline
will likely be either 30 or 36 inches in diameter.
Several billion dollars is dedicated to the overall
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Learn More
at an Open House
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company
is planning to expand its existing pipeline
system to serve the growing demand
for interstate natural gas transmission
service in the northeastern United States.
The Northeast Energy Direct Project is
being developed to meet the growing
energy needs in the Northeast and, more
specifically, the New England region.
TGP plans to host open houses in
January and February for the portion of
the project located from Wright, N.Y., to
Dracut, Mass. Below are the details of
two local open houses. All open houses
are from 6 to 8 p.m. A light buffet will
be served. Landowners will receive
notification of the open houses via mail,
and ads will be placed in local newspapers
to inform the public.
February 18:
Londonderry High School cafeteria; 295
Mammoth Rd., Londonderry
February 19:
White Birch Banquet Hall; 222 Central
St., Hudson

Sharing and Celebrating Music at WHS in the Granite State Invitational
Staff photos by Jillian DiPersio

concert that night.
by Jillian DiPersio, Windham High School Intern
The beauty of music is found in the expressive and collaborative
Windham High School was
chosen to host the festival at last
nature of the art form. Windham High School works continually to
keep music alive and well, augmenting their efforts by hosting the
year’s G.S.I.M.F. “It’s the perfect
11th Annual Granite State Invitational Music Festival on Friday, Jan. 9.
size festival: it’s not overwhelming,
the school can still function as a
Six high schools from around New Hampshire took part in
the festival:
school during
the day, and at
Belmont, Gilford,
Goffstown, John
the same time,
the music
Stark Regional,
Raymond,
students are
and Windham
all contained
in an area
high schools.
A group of
that’s not
suffocating
students selected
or cramped,”
by director
nomination
commented
was invited
Jared Cassedy,
director of Fine
to participate
Arts K-12 for
in either the
The G.S.I.M.F. Chorus rehearses on stage before the performance.
the Windham
G.S.I.M.F. Chorus
or Band. Each
School District
Dr. Chris Shepard, an internationally recognized conductor and
group rehearsed
and director of WHS bands. Although WHS has
keyboard continuist, founder of the Sydneian Bach Choir and
attended this festival for a few years, this was
all day with
Orchestra, director of the Dessoff Choirs in New York City and
the festival
the first one they hosted.
the Worcester Chorus in Worcester, Mass. Dr. Shepard is also the
culminating in a
The G.S.I.M.F. Chorus was directed by
Professor Nicholas Orovich rehearses a flute trio from Frank Ticheli’s “Shenandoah.”
conductor of the Great Waters Festival Choir of Wolfeboro.
continued to page 7- WHS Music

Following Heated Exchange WSB Agrees
to Five-year Contract with Energy Firm
by Barbara O’Brien
Tempers flared in the midst of the Jan.
6 school board meeting when Chairman
Jerome Rekart refused to allow any of the
facilities planning committee members to
provide input on a proposed energy savings
program. Facilities planning committee
members were livid at Rekart’s denial;
reminding him of the countless volunteer
hours they had spent researching and
assessing ways in which to save taxpayers
money.
Although there were raised voices on
both sides of the debate, and those who
insisted they be allowed to speak did refuse
to sit back down and be quiet, there were
no verbal or physical threats made by
anyone. As a result of the confrontation,
however, Rekart called a five-minute recess,
and school board members left the front
table. During that recess, a call was made

to Windham Police, resulting in the arrival
of two uniformed officers, who spoke briefly
with those on both sides of the issue and
then stood quietly observing the situation
before leaving.
Although a public input session had
been allowed at the very beginning of the
meeting, facilities planning committee
member Tom Murray explained that he and
the other members in attendance couldn’t
make fully informed comments until after
they had heard the energy savings proposal.
“Just listen to us for five minutes,” Murray
asked Rekart. “I can show you everything
you need to know.” Murray’s pleas went
unanswered, however.
Chairman Rekart changed the public
input policy last year, reportedly, to save
time, as meetings were often extending
beyond the midnight hour. Prior to Rekart’s
change in policy, the public was allowed

to make comments after each topic on that
meeting’s agenda, as well as to provide
other input on school-related issues at the
onset of each meeting. Since the change,
some residents have complained about
the lack of opportunity for people to
express their opinions or make suggestions.
The public input sessions are limited to
approximately three minutes per person.
School board member Ken Eyring said he
feels that “it’s a true injustice not to consider
what members of the facilities committee
have to say.” “I feel like we’re rushing into
this,” he added.
“Shouting back and forth at a meeting is
not going to help,” school board member
Rob Breton said, also commenting that he
felt it might be a good idea to postpone
taking a vote on the proposed energy
savings program until a later meeting.
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Wells Sampled in
Pelham Show Low
MtBE Levels
by Lynne Ober
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has
a MtBE (Methyl-tertiary Butyl Ether) Remediation Bureau, which
recently completed a voluntary well sampling program within the
Town of Pelham. Affected property owners were contacted and had
the option of participating in the free well sampling program. The
area evaluated was the area near the intersections of Bridge Street
(Route 38) and Coburn Avenue, Tiger Avenue and Jericho Road.
According to the DES, the purpose of the sampling program was to
evaluate the presence of MtBE in the vicinity of a recent detection of
MtBE in a drinking water well and to ensure that safe drinking water
is provided to residents impacted above the drinking water standard
of 13 parts per billion.
According to Derek S. Bennett, who works in the MTBE
Remediation Bureau, data from geographic information system
were reviewed in advance to determine if the chosen properties
were served by a public water system or an on-site private drinking
water well. “Those determined to be served by a well were
further reviewed to identify if the New Hampshire Department of
Environmental Services had already conducted recent water quality
sampling on the drinking water well. Private wells that had not been
sampled were subsequently invited to participate in the program.”
Bennett said a September 2014 meeting was held with Pelham
officials to discuss the overall function of MtBERB: the intent of the
sampling program, the targeted sampling area, and the properties
that would be invited to participate. After that meeting, an invitation
was mailed to 93 homes and businesses located within the targeted
sampling district. “The invitation offered to collect a sample to be
analyzed for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at no cost to the
well owner. Furthermore, the invitation offered to collect any other
drinking water samples that the homeowner would like to have
analyzed at their own expense.”
continued to page 7- Low MtBE Levels

2 - January 16, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

Windham Couple Gives $20,000
Toward Restoration of Moeckel Pond

Accolades
Dean College announces that Marissa Daigle of Pelham and Benjamin
Sweetser of Windham have been named to the Dean’s list for the fall
semester.
Pelham residents Joshua Sparkman, a senior Music Education major,
and Kaeleigh Sparkman, a freshman Exercise Science major were among
approximately 450 Bob Jones University students named to the fall
semester’s President’s List.
Gina Grimes of Pelham has achieved Dean’s List for the fall semester
at Lasell College. Grimes a member of the class of 2016, is majoring in
Criminal Justice.
The following Windham residents have been named to the Dean’s List
at Providence College for the fall semester: Brian Fenn, a member of the
class of 2018; Andrew Kalil, a member of the class of 2017; Mackenzie
Miller, a member of the class of 2015; and Meghan O’Connor, a member
of the class of 2018.
Mark W. Cronin, Dean of the College, announces the following
students that were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Saint
Anselm College. From Pelham, Abigail E. Crane, a Nursing major and a
member of the Class of 2015 and Gregory P. Spicer, a Biology major, and
a member of the Class of 2016; and from Windham, Jason K. Herrick,
a Criminal Justice major and a member of the Class of 2015; Lauren E.
Puglisi, a Business major and a member of the Class of 2015; Lindsey M.
Puglisi, a Psychology major and a member of the Class of 2017; Clairee
D. Putnam, a English major and a member of the Class of 2018; Kathryn
P. Sheldon, a Psychology major and a member of the Class of 2015;
Brooke M. Cormier, a Nursing major and a member of the Class of 2016;
and Victoria A. George, an English major and a member of the Class of
2015.
Lakes Region Community College has announced its fall honors
students: Pelham resident Thomas Gleason, majoring in Fire Science, has
been named to the President’s List and Windham resident Kerry Brown,
also majoring in Fire science, has been named to the Vice-President’s List.
Katelyn Goupil of Pelham has been named to the Dean’s List at
Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New
England. Katelyn is the daughter of Paul and Sharon Goupil.
The fall semester Dean’s List at Bryant University includes the following
area residents: Tyler Dejadon, a senior in Marketing; Ryan Frank, a
sophomore in Accounting; Gregory Irwin, a junior in Management, all
of Pelham and Mariah Gill, a junior in Management and Colin Lagos, a
sophomore in Global Supply Chain Management, both of of Windham.

submitted by Dianna Fallon
The Friends of Moeckel Pond has received a donation of
$20,000 from Windham residents Dr. James Finn and Dr.
Elizabeth Marston. The couple hopes to encourage residents of
Windham and surrounding communities to join them in helping to
restore water to Moeckel Pond by making a large gift to fund the
reconstruction of historic Moeckel Dam.
With restoration of the dam, the pond and surrounding acres
will provide residents with public access to 70 acres of calm water
for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, as well as to 200 acres of
adjacent woods for hiking, and return of the water vista from Deer
Leap ledge. In addition, the area will function more efficiently
within the highly ranked migratory corridor in which it lies, and
will provide a sustainable habitat for migratory waterfowl. Lastly,
once restored, the rich history of the Moeckel Dam and Simpson
Mill complex may make it eligible for the National Register.
Local organizations, both private and public, along with
concerned citizens have formed a coalition to restore and preserve
this valuable and diverse acreage. The Friends of Moeckel Pond,
the Windham Conservation Commission, the Windham Heritage
Commission/Historic Commission, and the Windham Endowment
are working together to raise the funds necessary for the significant

Woman’s Service Club Scholarships Awarded
submitted by Ruth Coole
At the Woman’s Service Club of
Windham scholarship reception held Jan.
7, scholarship recipients of Windham
received their awards after successfully
completing their first semester.
Congratulations!
Show in photo, from left, are Caroline
Lewis and son Richard, who is attending
the University of New Hampshire and
majoring in computer engineering; Linda
Gallagher, co-chairman, Scholarship
Committee; and Dyan Lowman
accepting on her son Andrew Lowman’s
behalf. He is attending Providence
College and majoring in biology.
Courtesy photo

Discussion on Master Plan and Housing
for Ages 55+ Scheduled for Jan. 21

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submitted by Elizabeth Wood, Community Planner, Windham
On Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. the Windham Planning Board
will host a public hearing to review an ordinance proposal for
Housing for Older Persons. The planning board has been working
on this ordinance amendment since the summer and, if the board
approves its final form, it will have the option to move the item to
the town warrant.
Attorney Bernie Campbell is scheduled to be at the meeting to
go over this and all other items scheduled to be on the ballot for
March elections.

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In addition to the town meeting, there will also be a presentation
of Phase I of the 2015 Master Plan at the Jan. 21 meeting.
The public is encouraged and welcome to participate in all
public hearing and meeting items.
To view the proposed ordinance language of the Housing
for Older Persons, all other town meeting items, and the 2015
Master Plan chapter drafts, feel free to contact the Community
Development Department at 432-3806 or visit the town website at
www.windhamnewhampshire.com.

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modernization and repair necessary to restore Moeckel Dam,
which has safeguarded the pond for 230 years. To date, they have
raised half of the $460,000 required for the project.
Dr. Finn and Dr. Marston ask you to join them in supporting this
very worthwhile project that will preserve the rich history and the
valuable natural resources in this area. They ask you to join in
this effort and to “Give a Dam” by making a significant donation
to this project, giving yourself and your community a wonderful
present for the New Year. Please make a generous donation either
to the Friends of Moeckel Pond or to the Windham Endowment for
Community Advancement, indicating that your donation is for the
Moeckel Pond Fund.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check to:
Friends of Moeckel Pond, 26 Rock Pond Road, Windham, NH
03087, or, Windham Endowment for Community Advancement,
PO Box 4315, Windham, NH 03087. Electronic donations may
be made at windhamendowment.org. To learn more, visit: www.
facebook.com/friendsofmoeckelpond; www.windhamendowment.
org - click on the Moeckel Pond link or call Dianna Fallon at 8937334, Diane Carpenter at 548-0907, Peter Griffin at 898-2940, or
Patrick Spooner at 552-5248.

by Barbara O’Brien
Since the high school’s opening in September of 2009, Windham
School District administrators have launched four searches for a
new principal for Windham High School.
Although current principal Ryan Kaplan is anticipated to remain
at Windham High School until the end of the 2014-2015 school
year, the search for his replacement has already begun. The topic
was on the school board’s agenda for Jan. 6, but was, ultimately,
postponed as the result of time constraints. The subject is expected
to be on the school board’s next agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Kaplan has served as the head administrator of Windham High
School for the past year and a half, taking on his duties on July 1,
2013. Prior to coming to Windham, Kaplan served for four years

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Kaplan cites his reasons for leaving Windham High School as
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The first principal of Windham High School was Richard Manley,
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for three years, earning the title of New Hampshire High School
Principal of the Year for 2012. He, subsequently, resigned from
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Public Hearing on Proposed School Budget Set for Jan. 16
by Barbara O’Brien
A public hearing on the proposed 2015-2016
Windham School District operating budget and
all warrant articles has been scheduled for Friday,
Jan. 16, beginning at 7 p.m., in the high school
auditorium.
The proposed operating budget for next
year, which begins on July 1, was approved by
school board members by a vote of 4 to 0 to 1,
during their Jan. 6 meeting. Voting in favor were
Chairman Jerome Rekart, Vice-Chairman Dennis
Senibaldi and board members Michael Joanis and
Rob Breton. School board member Ken Eyring
abstained from voting.

The proposed 2015-2016 school district
operating budget totals $45,723,506, which is a
2.1 percent increase over the current year’s 20142015 school district operating budget. According
to SAU 95 Business Administrator Adam Steel,
the proposed increase would translate into a 14
cent increase (.09%) on the 2015 Tax Rate. On
the average Windham home, valued at $350,000,
this would mean an increase of $49 in taxes. This
doesn’t include any possible increase on the town
side of the ledger.
The proposed budget includes an additional
$99,000, an amount that was added during
the most recent school board meeting. Prior to

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this, there was only $1,000 in the line item for
architectural and engineering fees; an insufficient
amount should voters decide to move forward
with an addition or renovations to one or more of
the existing school buildings in the district. “We
need a more realistic number,” Joanis said. “We
know it’s coming!”
Senibaldi said he thought the money for
architectural and engineering fees should be a
separate warrant article and not included in the
operating budget. “If it’s voted down, all the work
done by the facilities planning committee is for
nothing,” Breton said. Members of the school
facilities planning committee have been meeting

weekly since last April, working through six
options that might best help to alleviate the space
crunch in Windham schools, while not placing
too heavy a burden on taxpayers.
The motion to add the $99,000 (for a total
of $100,000) to the operating budget for the
purpose of funding architectural and engineering
fees passed by a vote of 2 to 0 to 3. Only Joanis
and Breton voted in favor of the addition to the
operating budget, while Senibaldi, Rekart and
Eyring abstained from voting.

School Construction Put Forth
Through Citizens’ Petition
by Barbara O’Brien
From all appearances, at the end of 2014, it seemed that there would be no school construction project
proposed to voters this coming March; despite the countless hours and extensive expertise that members
of the Citizens Facilities Committee had put into the task. Virtually, at the final hour, however, on Jan. 9,
a citizens’ petition was hand-delivered to the SAU 95 office.
This past summer, committee members had put forth six options for dealing with the space problem
that has plagued Windham for several years. Those options were, subsequently, narrowed down to
three choices. Then, in November, committee members went to the school board with their final
recommendation: Option 6, which included renovations and an addition to Golden Brook School,
renovations and an addition to Center School and renovations to Windham Middle School. With time
already running short, committee members were asked to go back and take another look at Option 2,
which includes renovations and an addition to Golden Brook School, as well as renovations to the middle
school. Committee members did just that, but still no action was forthcoming from the school board.
Not wanting all of their time and effort to go to waste, some of the members of the Citizens Facilities
Committee took the task into their own hands and crafted a citizens’ petition. With literally hours to
spare, the petition was circulated among registered voters and the required minimum of 25 signatures
was obtained.
The petition, now designated as Article 3 on the school district warrant, asks voters to raise and
appropriate $15 million for the purpose of renovations and an addition to Golden Brook School, which
would then house students from preschool through fourth grade. The funds would also be used to
renovate portions of Windham Middle School. The citizens’ petition incorporates what was originally
Option 2; the choice of which
was recommended by the
Citizens Facilities Committee
Greater Salem Chamber Commerce
by a vote of 5 to 0. The warrant
article also asks that voters raise
Presents…
and appropriate $350,000 for
the first year’s payment on the
construction bond or note. This
warrant article would take a 60
percent majority to pass.
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proposed 2015-2016 school
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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor

Taxation without Representation
On Jan. 16, 2015, the Windham School Board (WSB) voted to enter into
a $577,136 five year agreement with Cenergistic, a behavior modification
company that specializes in energy conservation. I am dumbfounded that
some WSB members pushed for the Windham School District (WSD)
to engage in this non-negotiable contract (partnering with Salem School
District). Cenergistic proposed, through a behavioral modification program,
to reduce energy usage by simply training staff to shut off lights, and turn
boilers on and off with more efficiency. All without changing a light bulb,
replacing a transformer or renovating our current infrastructure to reflect up
to date energy saving technology.
Cenergistic proposed a $1.8M energy savings over 10 years, claiming that
they would be paid over the next 5 years strictly from the school district’s
savings, calculated during that period with their own software. They also
claimed that they would cover the excess cost if the WSD didn’t realize the
full proposed savings. Chairman Rekart, Mike Joanis and Dennis Senibaldi
accepted the presented information without feeling a need for further
vetting, then rushed to accept the contract. In awarding the contract,
our purchasing policy requirement of 3 competitive bids was ignored.
Cenergistic is not a unique company that provides a unique service; these
companies exist in abundance.
At this meeting, the public was blocked from voicing their concerns about
this proposal. Several Windham residents have energy conservation expertise
and serve on the Facilities Committee (FC). After Mr. Eyring’s repeated
suggestions to allow public input, especially from the FC, and a final request
by Mr. Senibaldi, Chairman Rekart refused. As several members of the
public tried to share their concerns and begged for a delay to further vet the
contract with Cenergistic, Mr. Rekart immediately forced a recess so home
viewers would not hear the public objections. He then requested the police
be called.
It is not acceptable for our taxpayer money to be spent without public
input or for the WSB chairman to call the police when a Windham taxpayer
stands up for his right to voice his opinion. The chairman’s practice of
shutting down public discussion has become costly to our town. I expect
my hard earned money to be spent responsibly, not given away to companies
that guarantee energy savings that are calculated with software purchased
from ENRON; the energy company that perpetrated one of the biggest
energy scams in history.
Mr. Eyring, and Mr. Breton were the voices of reason, unfortunately
they were in the minority. Mr. Eyring voiced reservations, and provided
compelling facts as to why it was not a good idea to make an immediate
decision. He also mentioned the Derry School District’s refusal to enter into
an agreement with Cenergistic and Salem. Didn’t anyone (other than Mr.
Eyring and Mr. Breton) want to know the why? There are some disturbing
stories that can be found on the internet related to Energy Education, Inc.
(Cenergistic’s name prior to 2012). Cenergistic should have been vetted
before the Board gave its approval.
March 10th is quickly approaching and we need more common sense
and fiscal responsibility on the WSB. We need a board that encourages
and embraces public input. I can’t thank Mr. Eyring enough for doing his
homework, providing facts, calling for public input, involving experts in
his decision making, providing transparency and being an excellent steward
of our tax dollars. This is what he promised last March, and it is why we
elected him. He needs help if we want a school board that doesn’t treat
us like criminals when we question their actions and/or provide public
comments.

advisory to all Massachusetts school districts concerning EEI’s business
practices.
Cenergistic,(i.e.: EEI), hires numerous current and former
superintendents and other educational professionals around the country
as “Marketing Consultants.” There have been many instances where
educational professionals’ employment with Cenergistic was not disclosed to
client school districts.
A Houston area school Superintendent retired after it was revealed she
was being paid $500 for each meeting she arranged between EEI and other
school districts. The Polk County, FL. Asst. Superintendent was fired after
he was found to have been paid by vendors, including “$70,000 in financial
payments (from EEI) while doing business with Polk County.”
Londonderry’s Chuck Zappala has been listed as a reference in Cenergistic
(EEI) marketing materials for many years. In last week’s SB meeting,
Business Administrator Adam Steel said the Londonderry reference told him
“you should sign the contract as soon as you can ... they are worth every
penny.” (@20:50 of WSB 1/6/15 meeting).
Windham needs to ask Cenergistic who their local marketing consultants
are, and if any of their references are compensated for their endorsements.
Londonderry signed on with then EEI in 2004. A 2005 Boston Globe
article entitled “Prince of Darkness saves cash for district” chronicled the
district energy manager Bob Lees making rounds in each of the school
buildings to make sure “each window is shut and the lights and computers
are turned off for the night ... in the beginning, he (Lees) left notes for
faculty members who left computers on or who forgot to shut their
windows.”
There are many articles which tout the “behavior modification” used
by Cenergistic including “denying teachers’ requests to have ‘less energy
saving’ temperature settings in their classrooms,” keeping vestibule doors
closed in winter, limiting the hours school buildings are open, and complete
shutdown of buildings in the summer.
Several districts have disputed the accuracy of the savings reports
generated from the required EnergyCAP (previously owned by Enron)
software program. One district disagreed with an EnergyCAP report
boasting over $600,000 in savings. The district’s numbers showed they had
paid Cenergistic almost $200,000 more than they had saved. Some school
districts have terminated their contracts at a very steep price. Greece, NY,
paid EEI $310,800 for an early contract termination. Sacramento, CA.
School District paid a $700,000 settlement after being sued by EEI for $1.5
million. The disagreement began when Sacramento questioned the accuracy
of the EnergyCAP savings reports. Other districts that disputed their energy
savings found they could not afford to pay the steep early termination fees.
Did Energy Education Inc. have to change its name due to its bad
reputation? Are the EnergyCAP software savings reports inaccurate? What
happens if the district does not want to implement their suggestions? Are
some of Cenergistic’s business practices unethical? Who do they have on
their payroll? How steep are the termination fees? Is it the best use of
Windham taxpayer money to limit the use of our buildings, and employ a
“Prince of Darkness” to write notes to remind people to turn off lights?
Windham taxpayers have suffered tremendously this past decade as the
school board, at the behest of the administration, has repeatedly made hasty
decisions with no due diligence, ultimately costing the taxpayers millions. I
would implore the school board to refrain from signing this contract. We
simply cannot afford another “Portables” fiasco.
Eileen A. Mashimo, Windham

Uneasy about WSB’s Quick Decision

Cynthia Finn, Windham

‘Prince of Darkness’ Comes to Windham
I became concerned while reviewing Windham School Board’s January 6
meeting packet on the proposed contract with Cenergistic (formerly Energy
Education Inc “EEI”). The presentation touted “too good to be true”
benefits, without ever providing any details on how the benefits would be
achieved. A quick internet search also raised questions about this company’s
business practices.
In May 2008 then “Energy Education Inc.” gave a presentation to
the Fitchburg, MA ,School Board. A newspaper article described a very
enthusiastic reference from Londonderry, NH, building operations manager
Chuck Zappala. Later that year the Massachusetts Inspector General
received a complaint from Fitchburg about EEI’s marketing practices and
contract. The IG’s investigation led the office to release an 18-page special

The energy conservation company, Cenergistic (formerly known as
Energy Education, Inc.), gave a presentation to the Windham school board
on Tuesday January 6, 2015. Cenergistic claims to save energy costs by
implementing “behavioral changes” without any mechanical updates. Under
its five year contract with the district it requires Windham to pay a fee of
$577,136. None of the projected savings however are guaranteed.
Prior to making such an important financial decision on behalf of the
district, there should have been a great deal more preparation and effort by
certain school board members. This decision will have a lasting financial
impact on our student’s resources – with close to $600K not making it to
the classroom. With the exception of school board members Ken Eyring
and Rob Breton, the remaining board members were quick – too quick – to
approve the contract after hearing the Cenergistic presentation.
I am uneasy with how rushed this decision was. It has never happened in
my career where I have made a presentation to a client and then awarded the

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Every Windham child deserves excellent schools that provide the best
education we can afford. However, I believe achieving that goal requires
more school board members with the courage, knowledge and experience
to focus on our financial issues - our spending problem cannot be fixed by
borrowing and increasing taxes. If elected, my three years of service will help
Windham’s school board stop rubber-stamping ever-increasing expenditures
and ensure that every dollar is spent wisely to improve the quality of our
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This year’s budget meetings were so short and high level that without
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project on the spot. It would be irresponsible of my clients to do such – and
this is exactly what our school board did with Cenergistic.
I have further concerns regarding my research of Cenergistic. It revealed:
• A measurable amount of stories where municipalities were unhappy
with the results. Some went so far as to buy out the contracts for
hundreds of thousands of dollars (tinyurl.com/ceneg-02 and tinyurl.
com/ceneg-04).
• Another story said a top administrator who oversaw millions of
dollars for his district received up to $70,000 dollars in gifts and perks
(tinyurl.com/ceneg-01).
• The administration did a meager job at best in vetting out Cenergistic’s
claim to be a single source vendor. I was quickly able to find a
competitor; Educon (tinyurl.com/ceneg-10).
All of these stories should have been researched and vetted before entering
into an agreement.
As a point of order, all purchases $5,000 and over should be done in
accordance with current Windham School Board policy DJE – which
requires at least three competitive bids. This process was ignored.
My colleagues Jerry Rufo, Rich Amari and I are volunteer members of
the Windham Citizens Facility Committee. Each of us brings a tremendous
amount of professional construction background from multiple perspectives
in providing cost effective solutions that benefit the Students and Taxpayers
of our District. We collectively incorporated our energy conservation
expertise into each committee proposal.
I am a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a LEED
certified contractor and a member of the US green building council. I
regularly perform lighting rebates for commercial clients and have an expert
background in energy saving solutions, being the owner of two net zero
buildings – with both being nationally recognized by the USDA.
School board member Ken Eyring continues to fulfill his campaign
promises to get the community involved. In this case, he recognized my
energy conservation skills and asked for my assistance to jointly contact
PSNH account executive Robert Krey to investigate their free and subsidized
energy savings programs. Mr. Krey explained several programs and
incentives that are offered exclusively to municipalities, including free audits
to identify energy saving opportunities at all of our district’s schools, such as
replacing lights, HVAC and mechanical measures. Some programs pay up
to 50 percent of the costs for the upgrades. No contracts need to be signed,
and there are no costs associated with these programs. All of the savings
would go directly to the district with no FEE.
This was important information for the school board to consider and
compare to the Cenergistic presentation, and in spite of Mr. Eyring’s request,
Chairman Rekart unilaterally refused to allow any public input from any
of the expert members from the facility committee that were present. Mr.
Eyring was clear in explaining to Chairman Rekart that not hearing from
members of the public limits his – and the Board’s – ability to properly
represent the students and taxpayers of the district to make an informed
decision.
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Good for the Community
Your Hometown Community Calendar

Sunday, January 18
The First Congregational Church of
Pelham UCC is pleased to announce that
the First Annual “Undie Sunday” Game
with the Manchester Monarchs Hockey
Club is scheduled for this afternoon. A few years
ago our church was very successful in collecting
new underwear for local Homeless shelters,
a basic need that often goes unnoticed. This
past year, members of our Mission Committee
approached the Manchester Monarchs Hockey
club and asked if they would sponsor a collection
at one of their games to benefit the Homeless
Shelters in New Hampshire. They were very
enthusiastic and welcoming! The game will be at
3 p.m. this afternoon and tickets can be ordered
in advance so we can all sit in the same section.
Spread the word and have others join in. Bring
donation of new underwear, socks, diapers to
donate! To order tickets go to http://tinyurl.com/
UNDIESUNDAY. To register your church group
contact Ryan Leach at 626-7825, ext. 6112 or
e-mail rleach@manchestermonarchs.com.

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Tuesday, January 20
Team Trivia Night. The fun continues!
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Nesmith Library’s first team trivia night
of the year will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Come as a team or individual. Questions
cover sports, history, geography, science, pop
culture, current events, and more. Prizes,
food, and challenging questions! Event is free
and open to the public, though space may be
limited. Children are welcome to attend when
accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 4327154 to register.

20

Supervisors of the Checklist for the Town of
Pelham will be in session today from 7 to 7:30
p.m., in the Lobby of Town Hall, for the following
purposes: Correction of the checklist and change
in party registration may be accepted.

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Friday, January 23
Pelham Parks and Recreation
announces an evening for auditions in its
Adult Theatre program. The production
to take place on May 22 and 23 is for the

comedy “Helium” with our director Janet Daigle.
Rehearsals would be held over three plus months
on Wednesday evenings in Sherburne Hall, which
is located inside the Pelham Municipal Building.
The auditions for all interested adults (ages 18
and over) will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. also in
Sherburne Hall. Players chosen will be asked to
pay for a script. If any have any questions, contact
us at recreation@pelhamweb.com or 635-2721.
Saturday, January 24
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Animal Rescue Network of New
England will hold a Pet Adoption Day
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First
Congregational Church, 3 Main Street,
Pelham.

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Tuesday, January 27
Pelham Parks & Recreation Theatre
Program Director, Janet Daigle, will
host a meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in
Sherburne Hall, Pelham Municipal Building,
for all interested persons ages 18 and over. The
Pelham Parks and Recreation Community Theatre
and Arts is looking for energetic enthusiastic
people to be a part of theatre infrastructure and
assist with lighting, stage management and crew,
set construction, advertising, concessions and
more. No experience required! Please attend,
no obligation, to learn more. E-mail recreation@
pelhamweb.com or call at 635-2721 with any
questions.

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Wednesday, January 28
Craft Club: Beaded Bracelets. Join
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us at the Nesmith Library from 6 to 7:30
p.m. as we create easy and beautiful
beaded bracelets. Stop by the library to see
examples. All supplies are provided, though you
are welcome to bring any additional supplies you
would like. Event is free. Space is limited. Call
the library at 432-7154 to register.

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Pelham Parks and Recreation invites parents
interested in the sport of lacrosse for their son or
daughter to attend a Lacrosse Parent Information
Night at 6:30 p.m. in Sherburne Hall inside the
Pelham Municipal Building. The recreation

director and lacrosse coaches will be in
attendance to begin accepting sign-ups
for the spring lacrosse season for Pelham
Outlaws and Pelham Lady Outlaws as well as
answer any questions you may have. E-mail
recreation@pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721
with any questions. Otherwise we hope to see
you there!
Thursday, January 29
Help “Strike Out” Scleroderma
Bowling Fun Fundraiser, 7 p.m.,
Park Place Lanes, 16 Rockingham
Rd., Windham. Teams of six, only 12
teams available. Free pizza, drinks and cash
bar. Prize for winning team! Each team $600 in
pledges ($100 per person). Sign up your team of
family/friends today. Contact Laurie NazarianKnott at The Dance Connection, 893-4919 or
dcnhwindham@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, February 3
Pelham Town Deliberative Session,
7 p.m., Sherburne Hall.

4th

Wednesday, February 4
Pelham School Deliberative Session,
7 p.m., Sherburne Hall.

6th

Friday, February 6
Windham School Deliberative Session,
7 p.m., Windham High School

Wednesdays, February 11 thru March 25
New Adult Crochet classes for adults
and teens of all abilities (ages 16 and
up), 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 16 Pulpit Rock
Rd., Suite 2. No experience needed for
this class. Beginners welcome! Participants will
be provided with supplies needed and will learn
some stitches. Five small crochet projects will
be guided by instructor Andrea Dube. You will
also receive a home instruction packet for them.
Size of groups is limited; first come, first served.
Come and learn to crochet, socialize and have
a fun night! Program fee. Registration form at 6
Village Green or online at www.pelhamweb.com/
recreation. Register online at https://webtrac.
pelhamweb.com. Sign up by Feb. 6. Call 635-

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2721 with any questions or e-mail
Recreation@pelhamweb.com.
Wednesday, February 18 & Thursday,
February 19
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC
is planning to expand its existing pipeline
system to serve the growing demand for
interstate natural gas transmission service in the
northeastern United States. The Northeast Energy
Direct Project is being developed to meet the
growing energy needs in the Northeast and, more
specifically, the New England region.
TGP plans to host open houses in January and
February for the portion of the Project located
from Wright, NY, to Dracut, MA, and in MarchApril for the portion of the Project located from
Troy, PA, to Wright, NY, to provide additional
information and answer questions concerning the
Project.
Details of open houses scheduled in February are
below. Open Houses are from 6 to 8 p.m. Light
buffet will be served. Landowners will receive
notification of the open houses via mail, and ads
will be placed in local newspapers to inform the
general public.
Feb. 18: Londonderry High School Cafeteria;
295 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry
Feb. 19: White Birch Banquet Hall; 222 Central
St., Hudson

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House Passes Bill to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides
submitted by the Office of Congresswoman Annie Kuster
On Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH02) applauded House passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention
for American Veterans Act, which she cosponsored. The Clay Hunt
Act will provide oversight at the DOD and VA to help ensure all
veterans can access the comprehensive mental health services they
need. Kuster helped introduce the Clay Hunt Act last year after the
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on which she serves, uncovered
instances of mismanagement and delayed care at VA centers across
the country.
“Many of our service members undergo extremely traumatic
experiences while serving and protecting our nation, and we must
ensure they have access to the mental health services they need
when they return home,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “No
veteran should ever have to wait for this type of care, which can be

Pelham Fire Log
Monday, Jan. 5: 5:55 a.m. Investigate fire alarm
activation, Bridge Street. 6:25 a.m. Investigate fire
alarm activation, Bridge Street. 8:37 a.m. Investigate
fire alarm activation, Bridge Street. 9:44 a.m. Motor
vehicle accident, Old Gage Hill Road. 8:56 p.m.
Medical aid, Mulberry Lane. 9:16 p.m. Medical
assistance, Bush Hill Road. 9:20 p.m. Responded
to report of building fire, Brett Circle, found to be
permitted burn. 10:48 p.m. Medical assistance,
Stevens Road.
Tuesday, Jan. 6: 11:01 a.m. Dispatched to
Londonderry for mutual aid, cancelled en route. 10:16
p.m. Medical emergency, Benoit Avenue.
Wednesday, Jan. 7: 11:20 a.m. Motor vehicle
accident, Windham Road at Hobbs Road. 3:00
p.m. Medical emergency, Partridge Lane. 3:47
p.m. Medical aid, Marsh Road. 4:49 p.m. Medical
emergency, South Shore Drive. 6:16 p.m. CO
detector activation, Simpson Mill Road. 9:21 p.m.
Electrical issue, Katie Lane.
Thursday, Jan. 8: 2:05 a.m. Motor vehicle accident,
Dutton Road. 6:40 a.m. Investigate fire alarm
activation, Marsh Road.
Friday, Jan. 9: 3:56 a.m. Pellet stove issue, Leblanc
Road. 7:08 a.m. Water issue, Marsh Road. 7:58 a.m.
Water problem, Pond View Road. 10:17 a.m. Service
call, Dutton Road. 10:51 a.m. Medical emergency,
Loretta Avenue. 10:53 a.m. Medical emergency,
Monument Hill Road. 11:34 a.m. Investigate fire
alarm activation, Bridge Street. 1:07 p.m. Medical
emergency, Lucy Avenue. 9:14 p.m. Medical
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Bridge Street. 10:01 p.m. Medical aid, Jennifer Drive.
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just as crucial for recovery as physical health services. I was proud
to help introduce this legislation last year, and I urge the Senate to
swiftly pass this bill into law so we can do right by our veterans and
increase access to the high-quality care they deserve.”
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act is
named after Clay Hunt, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran who
faced barriers to receiving mental health care at the VA, and whose
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome tragically led to his suicide. In his
honor, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
will implement a comprehensive, community-based approach to
suicide prevention among former service members, and will increase
oversight at the VA. The bill will require a third party to annually
evaluate both the Department of Defense and the VA mental health
and suicide prevention programs, and it will require the VA to
develop an interactive website for mental health services that is

integrated with the National Guard Bureau. The bill also addresses
the deficiency of mental health professionals at the VA by creating an
education loan repayment pilot program to recruit new practitioners
to the VA.
As a Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee,
Congresswoman Annie Kuster helped lead the investigation into
mismanagement at the VA last year. She was one of the first
members of the committee to call for the resignation of VA Secretary
Eric Shinseki, and last year she helped pass into law a bipartisan,
comprehensive reform bill to completely overhaul the VA and help
ensure every veteran can access timely, high-quality medical care.
Kuster continues to hold a series of meetings and roundtables with
veterans and veteran service organizations across the Second District
to ensure the new reform bill is meeting its intended goals.

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Contract with Energy Firm- continued from front page
Eyring, who has also attended numerous
meetings of the school facilities committee,
said he had spoken with a representative
of Public Service of New Hampshire and
been told the company has consultants who
will come in for free to evaluate energy
usage and make recommendations on how
to save money. Eyring also said he has
some concerns about conducting an energy
survey now, before any renovations or
additions are made to the existing facilities.
“I feel it’s premature,” Eyring said of the
energy savings program being proposed
by school administrators. Those who were
opposed to going with the proposed energy
savings program became further incensed
when school board members decided to
vote on the issue, without hearing what
others had to say, first.
The proposal that was put forth by school
administrators came from Cenergistic, a
firm out of Dallas, Texas. According to
one of the representatives of Cenergistic,
which bills itself as an energy conservation
company, its clients save money
“through a change of culture.” The firm’s
representative said patterns of usage are
examined and then changes in behavior
and the optimization of equipment are
recommended.
Cenergistic claims that the use of their
expertise and services costs their clients
nothing. The money made by the company
comes out of the money saved by their
clients, the representative said. “If there
are no savings, we get paid nothing,” he
emphasized. “There would be no cost to
the Windham School District.”
According to Cenergistic’s website, “For
over three decades we have revolutionized
how our clients view, consume and use
energy nationwide. Our behavioralfocused energy conservation approach is
unique in the industry - changing behaviors
to realize significant savings. It comes
with no risk, no debt, and no equipment
to buy. Our average client has saved 26%,
and collectively, we’ve helped our clients
redirect $3.5 billion dollars to invest in the
lives of the people our clients serve, not
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utility companies.”
In addition to substantial energy savings,
Cenergistic states that it will deliver these
CORE benefits:
Capital: Save through elimination or
deferral of capital purchases.
Operations and Maintenance: Save
through reduced labor costs and
consumables replacement.
Recognition: Acknowledgement of good
stewardship through ENERGY STAR awards
and positive publicity.
Environmental: Conserve natural
resources while creating a better
environment for your constituents.
Based on the proposal put before
the Windham School Board, the use of
Cenergistic’s services would amount to a
savings in energy costs of approximately
$1,867,000 during the five-year life of the
proposed contract. Out of those projected
savings, Cenergistic would net $580,000

as its fee. The contract also includes a
full-time energy specialist, selected by
school district administrators, but paid for
by Cenergistic. The proposal also includes
Windham partnering with the Salem School
District. The cost of the energy specialist
would be pro-rated between the two school
districts, the representative for Cenergistic
stated.

issue. He doesn’t want to let the public
speak.” As for the police being called to
the meeting, Murray said he felt it was
totally unnecessary and an over-reaction on
the part of the school administration.
Following the school board meeting,
Rekart said one of the reasons that he voted
in favor of the contract with Cenergistic
is that it has the advantage of having
“someone on site
to teach, monitor
and adjust
Shouting back and forth
behaviors, so that
at a meeting is not going to help,
real savings can
be realized.” As
school board member Rob Breton said.
for contacting the
police, Rekart said
that “the board’s
According to Cenergistic’s representative,
ability to conduct its remaining business
the ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of
was threatened.”
energy used by the school district, thereby
When asked about his policy regarding
conserving energy and reducing costs. The
public input, Rekart replied that he had
process includes a “front-loaded effort,”
made the decision to limit public input
intended to save money quickly, he said.
to the beginning of meetings, based on
The “quick start” would extend over the first
“public input” that he’d received. “I
four months of the contract.
believe it is more considerate of the public
Despite the urging of Eyring and
to have a set time during the first hour of
members of the facilities planning
the meeting for comments on items, rather
committee to give the decision further
than making taxpayers wait to see if or
time for discussion, school board members
when their topic is covered.” As for the
decided to move forward with a motion
most recent meeting, Rekart said, “Any
to enter into a five-year contract, in
taxpayer could have spoken about the
conjunction with the Salem School District,
energy proposal during the public comment
at a no net cost to the school districts.
portion, but nobody did.” Rekart said he
The motion passed by a vote of 3 to 1 to
has no plan to change the public comment
0. Voting in favor were Chairman Jerome
policy, but, “if the will of the board is to
Rekart, Vice-Chairman Dennis Senibaldi
modify the policy, then there is a process
and school board member Michael Joanis.
for that.”
School board member Ken Eyring was the
What is now called Cenergistic has been
only negative vote, while board member
in business for nearly 30 years, but until
Rob Breton abstained from voting.
two years ago it was known as Energy
Senibaldi said he sees the contract as a
Education, Inc. The company’s website
win-win situation and likes the guarantee
states that the name was changed due to its
idea. “It will save us money we wouldn’t
expansion to working with facilities other
have otherwise,” Senibaldi said. Joanis said
than those involved in education. During
energy conservation has really become a
that time, they amassed 1,367 clients.
science and requires a specific expertise.
The day after the school board meeting,
Eyring said that the Derry School District
Eyring said he took an unpaid day off from
recently declined to enter into a contract
his job to do some follow-up investigation
with Cenergistic, stating that it might
regarding Cenergistic. During his research,
behoove Windham to find out why.
Eyring uncovered an advisory from
Following the meeting, Tom Murray
the Office of the Inspector General in
explained what he had wanted to tell
Massachusetts, cautioning school districts to
the school board prior to their taking a
“perform due diligence before conducting
vote on the contract. Murray said he had
the procurement” of services such as
spoken with Robert Krey, who is PSNH’s
those provided by Energy Education,
account executive for Windham. Krey
Inc. (Cenergistic). “Public utilities, state
had told Murray that he could arrange
agencies and others offer free energy
an energy audit for the Windham School
consulting services,” the advisory reads.
District at no cost; one by which the
“Remember, contracts paid for through
utility company would not be getting any
energy savings are not free or no cost.” The
portion of the savings generated through
inspector general’s advisory was based on
its recommendations. “We simply wanted
a review of nearly 20 contracts that school
to provide the public with all the facts,”
districts have had with Energy Education,
Murray said. “We weren’t trying to
Inc.; “an energy consulting firm that claims
influence anyone.”
to achieve energy cost savings through
Murray, the chief executive officer of
education and behavior modification.”
a multi-million dollar business, is also
Eyring also discovered several newspaper
a member of the United States Green
articles relating to school districts that
Building Council, as well as the American
have been dissatisfied with the services
Society of Civil Engineers. As a lead
and eventual costs charged by Energy
certified contractor, Murray has created
Education, Inc. (Cenergistic). A school
energy initiatives for several Fortune
district in Beacon Falls, Conn., was so
500 companies. He is also the
unhappy with the results that it finally
owner of two “Net Zero” buildings,
bought out of the final year of the contract
each of which produces enough
at a cost of $178,200. A school district
electricity on its own, that it doesn’t
in Oak Brook, Ill., incurred $588,600 in
need to acquire energy from a
expenses as the result of the agreement
Saturday, Feb. 14th at the Castleton utility company. Murray said these
with Cenergistic, while only realizing about
buildings have been recognized
$395,000 in energy savings. “These savings
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certain school board members
Additional information obtained
don’t want to take, or even listen
by Eyring involves a school district in
to, the advice given to them by
Lakeland, Fla., where a top administrator
members of the facilities planning
was discovered to have taken $70,000
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committee, even if those members
in “gifts and other perks” from Energy
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have extensive experience in the
Education, Inc., about five years ago,
field being discussed. “It takes
prior to the company’s name change. The
a lot to make me angry,” Murray
incident was investigated as a violation of
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said, “but it really gets me going
state ethics rules and, subsequently, referred
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when information is kept from the
to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in
public.” “If the public is given all
regard to corrupt practices.
the information,
Based on the information provided by
they’ll make the
Cenergistic, during the Jan. 6 school board
right decision,” he
meeting, the company will get underway
said. As for Rekart’s
with its energy survey of the school district
decision not to allow
on Feb. 1. “We’ll work within the current
him to speak during
structure,” the company’s representative
the discussion on
said. “We’ll start where the school district
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WHS Choir Director Sheila Cuneo explained
that Shepard offered the students a unique
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understanding of what it is to make music and perform as well as
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working with people who you don’t really know
their strengths and weaknesses.” Likewise,
Monahan explained that Orovich “definitely brings
a different approach to this than Mr. Cassedy.”
The high school students playing in the festival
were not the only ones to obtain a unique musical
experience. Cuneo, who spends four days of the
week teaching the third grade “Junior Jags” that
have become part of the WHS community, brought
her young musicians in to see the band and choir
rehearsals. “I thought it would be a great exposure
for them, not only from the choral side but also the
band side, for them to see an accomplished choir
in a rehearsal setting,” said Cuneo. Dr. Shepard
even included the third graders and “made them
feel like they were part of the group. It was very
cute,” added Cuneo.
With the cooperation of the Windham community and WHS
faculty and staff, the G.S.I.M.F. “went off very, very well … I think
that it was such a good experience that I could see us doing it again
at some point,” said Cuneo. Furthermore, Orovich concluded, “I
hope that the people who are on stage with me today remember
doing this, having done it, and remember it being a positive
experience ‘cause that’s the way I’ll look at it.”

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8 - January 16, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

by Barbara O’Brien
Although none of Windham’s five school board members are in opposition to hiring a facilities
manager, the vast majority of them want the position put on the ballot as a separate warrant article and
not included in the operating budget for 2015-2016.
The discussion came up once again during the Jan. 6 board meeting when Vice-Chairman Dennis
Senibaldi made a motion to include the new position in the proposed operating budget in the amount of
$128,386 for salary and benefits. “It will save us money in the long run,” Senibaldi said.” We need a key
person to oversee the facilities.”
“If it doesn’t work out in a year, we can get rid of the position,” he added. Senibaldi also noted that the
school district had such a position a few years ago, albeit for a very short time.
School board member Michael Joanis said he’d prefer that the position stay as a separate warrant
article, although he fully supports hiring someone to do the job. Joanis said the request to hire a facilities
manager did not originate with SAU 95, but had come from the public sector. Chairman Jerome Rekart
said he supports the position completely, whether it is added to the operating budget or presented as a
separate warrant article.
SAU 95 Business Administrator Adam Steel said he is “fully in favor of the position,” although the
request did not come from the administration. “It was on the list,” Steel said. “It just didn’t make the cut
for priorities.”
School board member Rob Breton said he was also completely in favor of hiring a facilities manager
for the school district. “It is a much-needed position,” Breton said. “It’s well worth the cost.” Breton did,
however, prefer to have the position presented to voters as a separate warrant article, however. “I would
like the voters to speak out on it,” he said.
School board member Ken Eyring believes that voters have a right to weigh in on the proposal and how
their money is to be spent, so he supports the idea of having the job put forth as a warrant article. Eyring
also said he strongly supports the facilities manager position.
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said he was “fine with having a separate warrant article for the
position,” as it does not involve
Ed Hurrell
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School board members
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voted 4 to 1 against putting the
facility manager’s position in the
operating budget. Voting against
TREE STUMPS AND SHRUBS GROUND OUT
Senibaldi’s motion to include
GOOD WORK – GOOD RATES
the job in the operating budget
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were Rekart, Joanis, Breton and
Eyring. Senibaldi was the only
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board member to vote in favor of
including the proposed position
in next year’s budget.
“I hope it passes
overwhelmingly,” Joanis said of
the proposed warrant article.
The position will be discussed
further during the school board’s
898-2236
public hearing on Friday, Jan.
16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the
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auditorium of Windham High
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Can you Spell Winners?
submitted by Nesmith
Library
The results are in.
Sixteen homeschoolers
gathered at the Nesmith
Library in Windham
on Monday, Jan. 12 to
participate in an official
Scripp’s local spelling bee.
The spellers represented
grades four through eight
and came from all over
southern New Hampshire.
The champion is fifth
grader Lauren Wiegers
from Hudson. She will
advance to the state level
bee in Concord at the end
of February. The runnerup and alternate is Grace
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School Facilities Manager Position
Moving Forward as Warrant Article

Spelling Bee champ, Lauren Wiegers
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One Million Dollar Capital
Reserve Fund Removed
from School Warrant
by Barbara O’Brien
Windham School Board members decided
unanimously to remove a proposed $1 million
capital reserve fund article from this year’s school
district warrant.
Although no one on the school board contests
that the money is needed to begin dealing with
the space crunch that exists at three of Windham’s
four public schools, without exception, board
members don’t feel this is the right time to ask
voters for this much additional money. The
warrant article was intended to set up a capital
reserve fund for “space needs” and, most likely,
would have been added to on a yearly basis until
there was enough money to achieve a yet-to-bedetermined specific goal.
Vice-Chairman Dennis Senibaldi said he
wanted to remove the $1 million warrant article.
“We have too much on our plate already,”

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by Lynne Ober
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those who participate in outdoor sports from
hiking to boating, cross-country skiing, hunting or
Quality,
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Under current state law, Fish and Game,
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year in which it was purchased. However,
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or have a current NH registration for an offhighway recreational vehicle such as a boat or
snowmobile, you are already exempt from paying
rescue costs due to negligence. Currently one
dollar from each of these registrations goes to the

Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund. Funding from this source
is approximately $180,000 a year, but with yearly rescue costs
reaching approximately $350,000 a year, additional revenue sources
were needed. The Hike Safe card will provide some of that revenue.
Volunteers who help Fish and Game with rescues are not paid
and, in fact, pay for their own training and equipment. If costs
of these were added, rescues could potentially reach the one
million dollar figure. According to Fish and Game Director Glenn
Normandeau, the volunteers’ contribution is massive and it is
difficult to estimate the dollar value.
This card does not protect you from acts of recklessness – only
from negligence. If you have a card, or valid registration for hunting,
boating or snowmobiling, but are reckless, you are still liable for
paying the cost of rescue, which can run to thousands of dollars per
hour if a helicopter is needed.
The card does not actually exist. Instead you purchase one on
the Fish and Game Department’s website (www.wildnh.com). The
purchase information can be printed or saved to a smart phone.
Twenty-two dollars of the card’s cost will go directly to Fish and
Game’s Search and Rescue Fund. The other three dollars is paid to
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Senibaldi said. “This warrant article jeopardizes
other issues,” he added.
“I love the idea of the capital reserve fund,”
Chairman Jerome Rekart said, “but I’m concerned
over adding more money to other needs at this
time.” Rekart says he hopes such a fund might be
established a few years down the road.
School board member Ken Eyring said he had
reached out to a number of residents and hadn’t
spoken to anyone who supported the idea of a
million dollar capital reserve fund at this time.
“People are more concerned over the tax rate,”
Eyring said.
The motion to remove the $1 million capital
reserve fund from the 2015 school district warrant
was approved by a vote of 5 to 0. Voting in favor
were Jerome Rekart, Dennis Senibaldi, Ken Eyring,
Rob Breton and Michael Joanis.

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“Thumbs up! I have been recently keeping
up on the Pelham police dialog in the paper and
online and I have to say we have a wonderful
police department and I don’t think the people of
Pelham know how much crime they actually stop
here in our little town. Our little town isn’t so little
anymore, and progress comes with an increase of
crime. I for one want to recognize and thank the
Pelham Police Department. Thank you and have a
safe new year!”

“Thumbs down, way down to the Pelham
Subway. We ordered 4 foot long subs with the
required 24 hour notice. My husband went to pick
them just before 4 p.m. Christmas Eve as arranged.
No subs! No phone calls or messages either! The
manager had been in and told the clerk they would
close at 4 instead of 5 as posted, so they didn’t
make the sandwiches. Bad, bad way of doing
business!”

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“Thumbs down to ‘Hunter
shoots house’ headline. Anyone
shooting at deer, when deer
season is closed, is not a Hunter,
he is a poacher. Poaching is a
crime. Hunting is not.”

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“Thumbs down. Two
expensive thumbs down to
the Windham School Board
Sat & Sun
for voting 3-1-1 to spend over
10 - 5
$500,000 for yet another outside
Mon - Fri
consultant. This time to teach
11 - 5
Some restrictions apply. Coupon must be
us how to cut our energy usage.
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Seriously? Are they aware that
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“Thumbs down. Big money owns both political
communist
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By the way - before
parties today. One big party with
no
middle
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Cenergistics changed its name from EEI - it was
It’s sink or swim and it’s only a matter of time
sued multiple times by school districts that felt
before the Koch brothers get their way. America is
cheated. Their magical software
no longer red, white and blue. America is dollar
- made by the now infamous
green and the popular vote is a joke. No one wants
Enron, claimed bogus savings.
to pay the price for freedom anymore. We are
Way to go Windham!”
controlled by big money.”

one regular
priced item.

“Thumbs down to the people who decided to
stop feeding the backyard birds. You should not
continue feeding them at summer’s end if you are
not prepared to feed them for the entire winter.
Why you stopped feeding them, I don’t know. If
it’s because of lack of funds, then maybe your
neighbor will help. Please don’t let them starve to
death!”

“Thumbs up and thank you Mr.
Woodbridge for joining our club
and keeping an eye on things.
We really needed a chaperone!”
“Thumbs up to Julez L at The
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See you in 8 weeks!”

“Thumbs down to all the Pelham High School
face. Personally, I have never thrown it in anyone’s
kids leaving the school parking lot in the afternoon
face the years of service I gave to my country. The
after we had a 2 inch snowfall in the morning.
person writing this should try living in some of the
Many kids did not bother clearing the snow off
other countries that I’ve served in. Veterans are
their windshield or windows, just a little area so
the ones who make it possible for the person who
they could see out the windshield. I blame this
wrote this to go to bed at night and be safe. Thank
on the school and the parents for not educating
you. I appreciate your paper.”
these so called young adults any
responsibility. Maybe the school
should announce at the end of
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reported shoreline violations
on Rock Pond. Violations include new beaches,
“Thumbs down to Pelham, your selectmen
enlarging existing beaches, new walkways,
and whoever else is involved with the tractor
stairs into the pond, clear cutting shoreline
company that is being built off of 38 by Chunky’s.
reconfiguration, etc., all being done without silt
Now you have your dump trucks running up and
protection or permits.”
down Atwood Road which should be a no truck
throughway. That road will be ruined, instead
“Thumbs down to the person who wrote about
of taking 38. I don’t understand how this town
the veterans and their driving habits. I think this
operates and people get away with what they do.
person should stop and think about what they
You better rearrange those dump trucks. They have
said. Number one: they’re profiling. Number
no business being on the same road as a day care
two: they’re assuming the driver is a veteran. Just
that is only 10 feet from the road. Maybe a phone
because there is a vet’s license plate doesn’t mean
call to the DOT State Police would stop that. How
the driver is always the veteran. Could be a family
would you like that? Huh?”
car. Number three: the person who wrote this says
that veterans are always throwing it in everyone’s
“Thumbs up to Shirley, the Ski Club chaperone.
Windham is lucky to have a person like this. You
rock, Mrs. Shirley.”
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Obituaries

Every lifetime has a story
William E. Russell

Sister Rosanna Descoteaux
Sister Rosanna Descoteaux (formerly Sister M. DeChantal), 94, a
Sister of Mercy for 75 years, died Jan. 9, 2015, at the Warde Health
Center in Windham, after a period of declining health. A native of
Keene, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Rosanna (Metivier)
Descoteaux of Keene.
Sister Rosanna was a teacher in Catholic schools in Claremont,
Manchester, and Keene. She also served as a hospital visitor and
pastoral minister at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. For
several years her ministry was child care in the Seacoast Area
before her retirement to the Warde Health Center.
Sister Rosanna is survived by a brother, Ernest Descoteaux of Keene, many nieces
and nephews, and her Mercy Community.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 14 in the Warde Health Center
Chapel, 21 Searles Road, Windham, followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery,
Bedford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box
420, Windham, NH 03087-0420 and online at www.sistersofmercy.org/northeast.
Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St, Salem, had care of the
arrangements. To send a message of condolence, please view the obituary at www.
douglasandjohnson.com.

William E. Russell, 94 of Windham,
died Jan. 10, 2015, at Parkland Medical
Center, Derry.
Mr. Russell was born in Lawrence, MA,
where he grew up and was educated. He
later received his bachelor’s degree from
St. Anselm College in Manchester, and
his master’s degree in education from
Salem State College. He was a resident of
Windham for the past 55 years.
Mr. Russell was a retired teacher in
physics and chemistry and head of the
science department for Methuen (MA)
High School and the former Tenney High
School, where he taught for over 35 years. He was a US
Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He was a
former school board member, school moderator, and town
moderator for the town of Windham. He was a former
State Coordinator for AARP State Driving Program. He
volunteered at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. He

enjoyed sports, working around the house and he loved
animals.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred H. (Howard)
Russell.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Russell and Lonnie
Little of Sandown, and Susan Fili and Dr. Gabriel Yuil of
Salem; sons, Mark and his wife Ann Russell of Windham,
and William Russell, Jr. of Lawrence, MA; grandchildren,
Lauren Fili and fiancé Matthew Feela, Derek Russell
and Kristie Kyzer, Erin Fili, and Shaun Russell; sisters,
Lillian O’Connor of North Hampton, and Marion Scott of
Clearwater, FL; and beloved cats, Gemini and Lily.
Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at Douglas & Johnson
Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, followed by burial in
the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem
Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Dr, Salem, NH 03079 or to
the American Heart Association.
To send a message of condolence to the family, please
view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

More Letters - continued from page 4
to the school board, help foster a more respectful and cooperative board
culture and steer our district towards a culture of financial discipline.
My professional history shows my consistent success in driving process
improvements and I would continue to do so for Windham.
My mother’s lifetime work as an elementary school teacher showed me
every day how critical good teachers are to the community; I also taught for
a living for 10-plus years. I know how valuable great teachers are and I will
reach out, listen to, and support each Windham teacher in their efforts to
excel professionally.
Sadly, the chairman and certain other members of the school board have
been actively discouraging public input. This is simply wrong. I will listen
to all Windham residents because school board members work for the
taxpayers and the community, and should pay attention to their employers.
Town residents must be welcomed to participate in all public school board
meetings and must be treated with respect instead of the thinly disguised
contempt behind unilateral rules limiting community involvement.
I already met many Windham residents: neighbors, friends, teachers,
parents whose children I have coached in basketball and soccer, people I met
during town meetings and elections, local business owners and employees ...
but this is only the beginning. I promise to work tirelessly before and after
the election to make myself available to everyone who wants to meet with
me.
I believe our school board needs more members that support community
involvement, while representing students, parents, teachers and the best
interests of Windham. This is my first run for public office: I approach it
as a two month job interview for the important job of helping manage the
school district and a significant portion of Windham’s budget. Speaking
from experience, I would never hire a candidate I did not personally
interview and neither should you. I ask for an opportunity to earn your vote

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Daniel Popovici-Muller, Windham

Step Back from the Mudslinging
I find it interesting that there have been multiple accusations about
members of the Windham School Board in the paper just before they are set
to run for re-election.
While the writers could have valid complaints, these letters, submitted
almost continually over the past two months, seem to be more of a
deliberate attack. Is the goal to convince voters not to support the board
members or, worse, to convince the members not to run again in such a
hostile environment? After all, how many people would choose to spend
the inordinate amount of time demanded by what is, basically, a volunteer
position, only to be publicly attacked week after week?
In today’s political climate, we have seen both right and left dig in their
heels with the ultimate goal of winning at all costs. Sadly, the cost usually
falls on the taxpayer … and in this case, the children.
I would like to suggest that we step back from the mudslinging and be
cautious about believing all we read. Is the true goal to support the school
system, to stay informed, and to keep everyone else informed? Or, are these
letters a concerted effort to make the position of school board member too
contentious for a pure volunteer, someone who does not have a financial
stake or a personal agenda?
We need to support people who run for town positions. We need to
make sure the political atmosphere encourages moderates (left and right)
to take part, rather than leave the field to those who have extreme points
of view or who stand to make a profit. Most of us do not have the time to
go to every meeting or keep track of every discussion, even if we would like
to. This is why we elect people we can trust. If we allow those who speak
the loudest to have the floor every time, we run the risk of letting people we

don’t agree with run the system.
I ask everyone, if you have questions, if you find the accusations
troubling, if you would like to learn the truth about what is going on …
ask the members of the board themselves. Ask those on both sides of the
argument. Send an email, stop by a public forum, go to a meeting, watch
on television. This is a small town and they are readily accessible. Please do
not take the word of the few who make the most noise at face value. In the
end, you may agree with them, but at least do so with full awareness of the
facts.
Catherine Robertson-Souter, Windham

Investing in the Windham Community
The Community Development Department and Windham Economic
Development Committee would like to thank Edward Jones for being
the January Community Business Sponsor for the Windham Community
Economic Development web site. Visit the website at www.windham-nh.
com to see the Edward Jones ad and find a link to their website. Edward
Jones is a one-stop-shop for all your financial planning needs. Take a few
minutes to check out this local business to see what services they can offer
you and your family and don’t forget to thank them for their support of
community economic development in Windham.
Laura Scott, Community Development Director, Windham

Reflecting on 45 Years of Helping
Neighbors in Need

The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee has just completed 45
years of helping our Neighbors In Need. The committee had a another busy
and challenging year in 2014, but we were able to take care of 45 residents
in Pelham throughout the year for their household
expenses including rent, heat, electricity and food
25 Indian Rock Rd. #15 (rte 111), Windham, 1 mile off exit 3 rte 93
amounting to $51,251 which is 13 percent higher
than the previous year and the highest amount we have
ever spent in providing financial assistance to our less
fortunate residents in Pelham.
During the Christmas season, we coordinated our
25th Annual Sponsor-A-Child Program where residents
in town purchase gifts for the children. We were able
to provided toys, clothing and food to 26 families
including 47 children. The Salem Elks provided food
for 10 families in Pelham and we thank them for their
support.
During the year, we awarded one scholarship to a
high school senior who had a financial need and had
been accepted to a college, and, over the past fifteen
years, 19 scholarships have been awarded amounting
to $45,500. We established and coordinated the
donations for the George Desmarais Fund Drive which
amounted to $13,170. We did a presentation at the
Pelham Senior Center to discuss with them what we do
and how a member can get in touch with us if he or she
needs our financial assistance. Our fundraisers included
the 21st Annual Golf Tournament and the 45th
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Pelham - Windham News | January 16, 2015 - 11

WHS Beats Campbell at Quad Meet

Pelham High Gymnastics
Shows Strength, Confidence

Three teams traveled to the Cougar Den in Litchfield to grapple against the Campbell Cougars last Saturday morning.
Enter the Crimson Tide of Concord High School, the Cougars of ConVal High School and the Jaguars of Windham
High School. This is what is referred to as a quad meet; each school wrestles each other for a team score and NHIAA
standings. The Windham team prevailed over Campbell 53 to 27.
Top: Mike Tanguay of WHS
rolls Luke Orlando of CHS Tanguay pinned Orlando at
1:58 of the first quarter.
Lower left: At 182#, Jon
Ferri of Windham works to
maintain control of Connor
Gagnon of Campbell. Ferri
won by pin.
Lower right: Wrestling at the
220# weight class, Patrick
Hume of Windham vs.
Mike Killoran of Campbell;
Killoran won by decision 6-3.

Front row : Dakota Cummings, Kayla Deluca, and Cassidy Corbett.
Back row: Sam Passamonte, Jessica Anderson, Sara Fisher, Arianna Getty, Sam Eagan,
Cayla Cerri, Brittany Ducharme, Lizzy Charbonneau, and Sara Passamonte

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Courtesy photos

Pelham Gymnastics had a record-setting 125.05 team total at a recent
Spaulding meet, earning them first place.

As Aviation Chair, Ayotte will
Advocate for a Safer, More Efficient
Air Traffic System
submitted by the Office of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced on
Jan. 9 that she will serve as the chair of the Senate
Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations,
Safety, and Security. Ayotte was the top Republican
on the subcommittee for the past two years, and will
continue to work across the aisle to create a safer and
more efficient air traffic system that will benefit New
Hampshire’s aviation infrastructure workforce and help
grow businesses in the state.
“As Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on
Aviation, I will continue to be a strong advocate for
a safer and more efficient air traffic system, which is
vital to New Hampshire’s general aviation operators
and businesses, airports, aviation suppliers, and small
businesses,” said Senator Ayotte. “Modernizing our air
traffic system will help grow New Hampshire’s economy
and create jobs, and our state’s dedicated aviation
infrastructure workforce – including those at Nashua’s

Air Traffic Control Center and Nashua Municipal
Airport, Merrimack’s Boston Terminal Radar Approach
Control facility, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
and our smaller airports – will continue to play an
integral role in strengthening New Hampshire’s business
climate.”
The aviation subcommittee has jurisdiction over
civil aviation, with specific oversight responsibility
for the Federal Aviation Administration. It controls
the authorization levels for all of the FAA’s programs
and agency’s grant-making efforts in funding airport
infrastructure projects and air traffic control facility
upgrades. The subcommittee also has jurisdiction over
oversight of the nation’s international infrastructure
related to civil aviation as well as domestic aviation
security and the majority of the Transportation Security
Administration workforce.
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will serve as the
ranking member on the subcommittee this Congress.

NH Residents
Urged to Bring
Cancer Stories to the
State House
submitted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action
Network, Inc.
Those in New Hampshire living with cancer --and their
families-- are depending on you.
The 2015 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Legislative Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at
the State House in Concord. Cancer advocates, survivors, and
members of the legislature are invited to attend from 8 to 10 a.m.
This is an important day for those living with cancer and their
family members and friends to come to the State House to tell
their personal stories to their state legislators. State leaders will
hear these stories so they can take appropriate action on cancerrelated issues and programs.
Register now at www.acscan.org/2015NHRSVP or call 4714116.
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the
American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and
legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major
health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials
and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN
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the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For
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Submitted by Debra Getty
The Pelham High Gymnastics team
started their year strong with a positive
attitude toward the season. They are very
eager to show their accomplishments and
take the new season head on.
During the first meet at Salem High on
Dec. 16, the team placed fourth with an
all-around score of 117.95, beating their
score at states last year. Sara Fisher placed
second on beam and overall with an
individual score of 32.45.
The team then traveled to Spaulding and
took first place overall with a record-setting
125.05. On vault: Sara Fisher, first, 8.35;
Sara Passamonte, second, 8.0; and Dakota
Cummings, third, 7.9. Bars: Dakota
Cummings, first, 7.9; Sara Passamonte,
7.7; and Sara Fisher, third, 7.5. Beam:
Sara Fisher, first, 8.3. Floor: Sara Fisher,

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first, 8.95. In the all-around scores it was
Sara Fisher with first, 33.10, and Dakota
Cummings with third, 31.50.
On Jan. 5 Pelham traveled to Pinkerton
Academy where they came in second place
as a team with a score of 119.05. Sara
Passamonte came in third on bars with an
8.2, and Kayla Deluca came in third on
floor with an 8.1. The girls returned to
Pinkerton Academy on Jan. 12 and came in
second place again with a score of 120.55.
Sara Fisher came in third in the all around
with a 32.15; she was first on floor with an
8.4, and third on vault with an 8.35.
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Alvirne-Pelham Avalanche Hockey Battles Two Tough D1 Opponents

Staff photos by Len Lathorp

Pelham~WindhamSports
Avalanche #16 Doug Herling brings the puck out of their end.

A-line rushes out of their own end.
It was a tough week for the Avalanche last week, losing back-toback games to Bishop Brady and Concord. The team has struggled
at both ends of the ice; they aren’t generating enough offense and
the defense is giving up too many opportunities for their opponents.
You should see some line changes in the near future in an effort to
boost the offense. The leaders of the team, Cam Blake, Pat DeVito,

Devin Herling sends puck to a waiting forward.

Goaltender Curtis Richall pushes away a Bishop Brady shot.

Bryce Blanchard and Brett Pitre, are expected to start putting the
puck in the net soon.
Wednesday, Jan. 7 (Game 1 after the holiday break) vs. Bishop
Brady
This was a game that the Avs could/should have won. The Avs
outshot Bishop Brady 32-20 in the 2-0 loss. Many of the shots were
great scoring chances in which the Brady goalie came up big. There
was no puck luck for the Avalanche in this game. Brady capitalized
on a couple of mistakes made by the Avs. In the first period, as one
of the Avs defensemen tried to fire the puck behind his net, he hit
the side of the net and the puck bounced right in front of Avs goalie
Curtis Richall. The Brady player grabbed the loose puck and shot it
on Richall for the 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until late
in the third when the Avs defensemen were attacking offensively.
The puck bounced out of Brady’s zone and the Brady player went
in alone on Richall; he shot the puck over Richall’s glove for the
score. With the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, the Avs mounted
a fierce attack, but weren’t able to beat an outstanding Brady
goaltender.
Saturday, Jan. 10 vs. Concord
The boys were totally dominated by a fast and very physical
Concord team. The Avs were outshot a total of 43-9 in the 6-2

loss. Although they were outshot in the first period 14-3, the score
was 0-0 at the end of 1. There were many blocked shots as well
that could have made the score lopsided. Strong defensive play by
Bobby Haverty and Matt DiPrizio, along with solid goaltending, kept
the game scoreless.
Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for the second period,
in which Concord scored three times on 19 shots. Concord had
a relentless attack, and, when they finally scored the first goal on
Richall, they seemed to smell blood and attack harder, while AlvirnePelham seemed to lose steam. The third was filled with penalties;
even strength play was not the norm in this one. The Avalanche
finally got on the board in the third, when Bryce Blanchard made a
centering pass to Brendan Parent. The puck bounced off of Parent,
but Cam Richall picked up the loose puck and slid the puck by the
Concord net minder. Shortly after that, defenseman DiPrizio carried
the puck down low from the point and fired home the unassisted
goal. The success was short lived as Concord grabbed two more
goals to seal the deal.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier with Londonderry Jan. 15,
Nashua North Jan. 17 and Pinkerton Jan. 24. Welcome to D1
hockey.

Five Jaguars Chosen Windham Boys’ Basketball Cruises Past Timberlane
Jacob Gagnon
going in transition,” said Coach Todd Steffanides.
as CHaD All-Stars byThe
Windham High School boys’ Basketball team made quick work
Windham scored early and often, leading the Owls at the half, 39-17.
by Jacob Gagnon
It is a game that transcends football. For the last four
years, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) has
hosted a special New Hampshire High School East versus
West All-Star football game as a way to raise both money
and awareness for their pediatric specialty clinic.
Those selected to the teams represent the best the state
has to offer on the gridiron. Those same players also
contribute off the field as well, spreading awareness and
fundraising for the cause. Since its inception, Windham
has been well represented as part of Team East. In the past,
former Jaguars Joe Lorenz, Kevin Cooney, Danny Cannone,
David Crichton, and Scott Priestley Jr. have competed in the
contest.
In the 2015 edition of the All-Star bout, five members of
the Division II State Championship squad will compete.
Kellin Bail, Brendan McInnis, Joey Frake, Kurtis Jolicoeur,
and Anthony Gallo have all been selected to play. Just as
they have all throughout their high school careers, these
Jaguars will make the Windham community proud with
their participation and performance.

of Timberlane Regional High School on Friday night, Jan. 9. After a
monster first half, the Jaguars cruised to a 64-42 victory over the Owls.
Days earlier, on Tuesday, Jan. 6, Windham fell to cross-town rival
Pelham High School, 77-60. Despite the loss, the Jaguars’ David
Carbonello put on an incredible performance with 18 points, nine
rebounds, and seven assists. Cole Gill also played well, scoring 14
points with nine rebounds. After the disappointing defeat, Windham
understood the importance of rebounding back into the win column.
“Our players did a good job responding to the loss earlier this week
to Pelham. We did a good job with our half-court defense, which got us

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existing building to improve structure and up-grade utilities with
addition of 20x24 third floor; house will remain a 2 bedroom;
variance approved 11/14/2013, Case #ZO2014-00026.
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Monarchs Dropped by Sharks, 3-1
Team now 6-1-0-0 against Worcester this season
submitted by Daniel Ventresca
The Monarchs suffered their first
loss of the season in seven games
against the Sharks, falling 3-1 on
Tuesday night at the DCU Center.
They are now winless in their last
three road games.
David Van der Gulik scored
Manchester’s (25-9-3-1) only goal
of the game in the first period.
The win was Worcester’s (17-14-3-2)
fourth in its last five games. Daniil Tarasov
gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 7:56 in the
opening period.
Manchester answered with the tying goal just
nine seconds later when Van der Gulik took a feed
from Nic Dowd and beat Troy Grosenick 8:05 into
the first. It marked Van der Gulik’s seventh goal of
the season.
Neither team scored in the second period, with
Worcester outshooting the Monarchs in the frame,
13-10.

Micheal Haley broke the 1-1 tie at 2:21 in
the third period with his 11th goal of the
season.
Worcester iced the game with
an empty-net goal from Freddie
Hamilton at 19:31 in the third.
The Monarchs return to the
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• Patrik Bartosak made his sixth consecutive
start for the Monarchs, making 28 saves.
• Manchester has scored two goals or less in
five of its last six games beginning on Jan. 2,
going 2-2-2-0 in those six games.
• After going 5-for-11 on the power play
against Binghamton on Saturday, the
Monarchs went 0-for-4 on the man advantage
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Once again, it was Carbonello and Gill who led the Jags on the court.
Gill scored 16 points while collecting five rebounds, two steals, one
block, and an assist. Carbonello put up 12 points with one block, four
steals, and four assists. Teammates Kyle Rembis and Marco Allanach
scored seven points apiece to contribute to the win.
“This team is really committed to working hard and getting better
every day in practice,” said Steffanides. “That effort is carrying over to
games, and that is great to see.” With the win, Windham is 4-1 on the
season. The Jaguars hoped to maintain that momentum as they traveled
to Portsmouth High School on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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