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Pelham Food Pantry
Volume 13 Number 14 January 30, 2015 16 Pages

Past, Present and Future Come Together

as PHS Addition Progresses

advantage of an empty school

building to temporarily close
down one exit on the north
side of the building. This
allowed BP&S to begin the
foundation work for the
new main entrance of the
building. Getting a head start
on this foundation work gives
the crews some flexibility for
the summer months when
a significant amount of
work has been planned for
Inside the plastic wrap
encasing the new addition
where it is approximately a
balmy 50 degrees thanks to
heaters on both ends of the
structure, the underground
plumbing is currently being
installed on the first floor.
The concrete decking has
been poured on half of the
surface up on the second floor and the
second half is being prepared for pouring in
the near future.
For the latest information such as project
highlights, revised site plans, projected
timelines, and other pertinent information,

School Board Asked

to Reconsider Cenergistic Contract
by Barbara OBrien
On Jan. 6, Windham School Board
members heard a presentation by
Cenergistic, an energy management
company out of Dallas, Texas. After
listening to the proposal, the majority of
school board members decided to approve
moving forward with a five-year contract.
Controversy exploded on the issue,
however, when school board Chairman
Jerome Rekart denied several members of
the public a chance to provide input.
The aggravation that was evident that
evening certainly didnt fade away when
the meeting was adjourned. Conversely, it
returned full force, two weeks later, when
the next school board meeting convened.
During the public input session of the Jan.
20 school board meeting, a substantial
number of residents asked board members
to reconsider their vote to partner with the
Salem School District and Cenergistic. The
vote to approve the contract was 3 to 1 to
1. Voting in favor were Chairman Rekart,
Vice-Chairman Dennis Senibaldi and board
member Michael Joanis. Voting against
implementing the agreement was board
member Ken Eyring. Board member Rob
Breton abstained from voting.
Jerry Rufo, a member of the Citizens
Facilities Committee, an entity established
by the school board last spring, was one of
the people denied permission to speak after

the Cenergistic presentation. That night,

I was absolutely speechless, Rufo said
when he took his turn at the podium on Jan.
20. I really hope the school board will
reconsider its decision on Cenergistic, he
stated. I dont want the school district to
get stuck with a company that goes around
putting out sticky notes, saying that the last
person to leave should turn out the lights.
Rufo, whose business experience includes
many years as a facilities manager, said he
could do a better job than Cenergistic and
at no cost to the school district.
Daniel Popovici-Muller, currently a
candidate for school board, said he found
the Jan. 6 interaction painful to watch.
Popovici-Muller said he doesnt feel that
due diligence was done on the part of
the school board or administrators who
were recommending the contract with
Cenergistic. What in Gods name was the
hurry? he wanted to know. Your job is to
determine if Cenergistics services are worth
$570,000, Popovici-Muller told the school
board. He, then, urged board members to
put the issue on the back burner in order
to take the time to make a more informed
decision. We all make mistakes, he
added. We are judged by how we deal
with them.
Windham resident Bob Leonard, and
experienced facilities manager, said he was
absolutely appalled by what he witnessed

at the prior school board meeting. I would

have been fired if Id made such a decision,
without having as much information as
possible, he stated. It appears the school
board is operating in a vacuum, he
continued. I believe theyd be happy if we
all sat down and shut up.
Resident Mary Lou Bartlett said she is
tired of what she termed the school boards
fast and furious spending.
Resident Karl Dubay also asked the
school board to reconsider the Cenergistic
contract. Step back and take another
look, Dubay urged.
Resident Eileen Mashimo implored the
school board to reconsider the Cenergistic
contract. Mashimo said she had contacted
school administrators in the Midwest and
been told they werent very happy with the
results and questioned the validity of the
companys software program.
Rich Amari, another member of the
Citizens Facilities Committee, told school
administrators that there are so many
reasons to reconsider the Cenergistic
contract. Referring to Rekarts refusal to
allow him to speak at the prior meeting,
Amari explained, We only wanted to save
the school district nearly $600,000. We
only wanted to educate the school board,
so you could make an informed decision.

Receives $1,500

from Jeanne DArc Credit Union

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

submitted by Amanda
Lecaroz, Superintendent
Freezing winter
temperatures have not
been able to slow down
progress on the Pelham
High School renovation
project as work
continues to move
forward in the quest
to complete the new
29-classroom addition
for the fall of 2015.
After the last of
the additions steel
structure was erected
in late December, the
district held a Topping
Out Ceremony where
a lighted tree graced
the highest steel beam
that was signed by the
The PHS addition progresses despite the frigid temperatures.
entire PHS senior class
and staff.
generations lay the foundation and support
Making the event even more special
for future Pelham students and in this one
was that the owner of the steel company
case, the past, present, and future of PHS
used for the project, Stephen Chasse of
both literally and figuratively came together
S.L Chasse Steel Fabrication & Erection of
on one wonderful day.
Hudson, is a PHS graduate from the class
At the end of December and during
of 1983. PHS has always prided itself in
the early days of January over the holiday
perpetuating the belief that past and present
vacation, the construction crews took

(From left) Jeanne DArc Credit Union Senior Vice President and Chief
Marketing Ocer Michelle Silveira, Fr. Volney DeRosia of St. Patricks Parish,
and Cheryl Brunelle, director of the Pelham Food Pantry
submitted by Jeanne DArc Credit Union
Jeanne DArc Credit Union announced that the winner of
the latest Give a Click campaign located on the website is the Food Pantry of
Pelham at St. Patricks Parish. This nonprofit has a network
of partners who are committed to ending food insecurity for
those who live, worship, and work in the Pelham community.
It provides basic, nonperishable food items, bread, meat, and
dairy products on a weekly basis and personal care items,
household supplies, and special items on a rotating basis.
Jeanne DArc Credit Union understands the
value of community and working together. On the website, community members
can read about three worthy nonprofit organizations and then
vote for the one they would most like to see us support. The
charity with the most votes then receives a $1,500 donation
from the Credit Union. Different charities are posted every
quarter, so they encouraged people to keep returning to to help their favorites gain a
much-needed donation.
We consider social responsibility to be an integral part
of our overall mission, said Mark S. Cochran, president and
CEO of Jeanne DArc Credit Union. The Give a Click
campaign allows us to help people in our region become
more involved with their communities and with each other.
We are pleased to help the Food Pantry of Pelham at St.
Patricks Parish continue its important work.
In this campaign, the organizations received strong support
from website visitors. When the campaign ended, the Pelham
Food Pantry received the most votes, while the Dracut Food
Pantry came in a close second, and the Westford Food Pantry
came in third. Individuals were permitted to vote only once.
The current Give a Click campaign is focused on
another trio of nonprofit organizations in the region. The
organizations vying for the next donation are the Lowell
House, Inc., A Childs Light, Inc., and Strongwater Farm
Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

continued to page 13- Cenergistic Contract

School Board Majority Says No

to Recommending Citizen-Petitioned Construction
by Barbara OBrien
When members of the Citizens Facilities Committee realized that
the Windham School Board was not going to put forth a construction
project this year, they took the initiative and submitted a citizenpetitioned warrant article.
The Citizens Facilities Committee, a sub-committee established
by the Windham School Board, has been meeting weekly since
last April, with hundreds of hours spent vetting various options;
each intended to solve the ongoing space crunch faced by three of
Windhams four public schools. Although the time constraints the
committee was under resulted in a crunch of its own, they did come
forth this past fall with a recommendation (Option 6). After listening
to their proposal, however, school board Vice-Chairman Dennis
Senibaldi requested that they go back to the drawing table and take
another look at what was dubbed Option 2.
As a result of the last-minute request, time simply ran out. It
was at this juncture, that committee member Tom Murray decided
to author a citizen-petitioned warrant article; one which proposes
an addition and renovations to Golden Brook School, as well
as renovations to Windham Middle School. Murray was able to
procure the required number of signatures on the citizens petition

and get it turned in, shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline on Jan. 9.
The citizens petition asks voters to raise and appropriate $15 million
for these projects. Passage of the construction
bond requires a 60 percent majority vote.
A bond hearing was held on the citizen-petitioned warrant article
on Jan. 20. The petition is listed as Article 3 on this years school
district warrant. Speaking for the members of the Citizens Facilities
Committee were Tom Murray, Rich Amari and Jerry Rufo. Were
tired of band-aid approaches to the space problem, Amari said.
This warrant article is a permanent solution.
Weve been working on this option for seven months, Murray
added. Its unacceptable to me to have a solution and not move
forward with the proposal.
I want the residents hard-earned tax money to be spent wisely,
Rufo said. It would be irresponsible of us not to come forward
with a recommendation at this time. I want the public to have
the opportunity to vote on this issue this coming March. Option
2 provides the best solution, Rufo said. Its the most cost-effective
and would bring about the return of 100 third-graders and 40
preschoolers now housed at Windham High School, he explained.
Its not right to do nothing, Murray added.

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According to Option 2, as included in the proposed citizenpetitioned warrant article, Golden Brook would become a facility
for preschoolers through fourth grade, Center School would house
students in grades five and six and Windham Middle School would
be used for grades seven and eight. The goal would be to have
an average of 20 students per class. The renovations and addition
would free up much-needed space at both the middle school and
Center School, Murray explained.
Not only would lab space be incorporated at the middle school,
but art rooms, music rooms, special education space, an enrichment
room and additional media space would become available at
Golden Brook. The proposed addition includes a second floor
over the existing pods. The proposed project also includes the
construction of 20 regular classrooms at Golden Brook. The new
kindergarten wing at Golden Brook would not be impacted by the
proposed construction, nor would the existing cafeteria/gymnasium.
The proposal also includes purchasing a piece of land adjacent to
Golden Brook School.
Although school board Chairman Jerome Rekart said he
appreciated the time and effort the Citizens Facilities Committee has
put into the task, he is concerned about the land acquisition required
to bring Option 2 to fruition. Rekart said he had spoken with the
current landowner and been told this individual doesnt support the
citizen-petitioned warrant article put forth by committee members,
although he has no problem with Option 2 itself. Murray said he
had also spoken with the current landowner and been told the
landowner wanted the idea to have the support of the school board,
but that he would cooperate with the sale when the time comes.
School board member Michael Joanis said he had multiple
concerns about the citizens petition, including no existing
agreement for the acquisition of the land in question, the need for
site improvements and students being in class during construction.
This is putting the cart before the horse, Joanis said. I need a
second opinion on the proposal, he said. Im not comfortable
moving forward until we have multiple cost estimates. The whole
continued to page 7- Board Says No

2 - January 30, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

Windham Windup Robotics Gears up

for Recycle Rush Challenge

More than 400 students have earned Deans List or Deans High
Honors during the just-completed fall term at Nichols College.
Recognized for achieving high grades were freshman Sean Fabian of
Windham and freshman Joseph Slattery of Pelham.
Sarah E. Capps of Pelham and Natalie E. Jenoski and Paige Mary
Montanaro of Windham have been named to the Deans List for the
fall semester at the University of Rhode Island.
The following residents were recently named to Stonehill Colleges
Deans List for the fall semester: Jessica Pappagianopoulos of Pelham,
a member of the Class of 2015, studying Psychology, and Courtney
Walsh of Windham, a member of the Class of 2018, studying Biology.
Justin Spognardi of Pelham has been named to the Champlain
College Deans List for fall semester. Spognardi is majoring in Game
Art and Animation.
Kimberly Movsesian from Windham has been named to SUNY
Geneseos Deans List for the fall semester.
Lauryn Ash and Matthew Blanchard, both of Pelham, have been
recognized on the Deans List at Norwich University for the fall
The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Jamie Calamari
and Adam DePersio, both of Windham, have been named to the
Deans List for the fall semester.
Bethany D. Fennessey of Windham was named to the Deans List
at Colby College for her outstanding academic achievement during
the fall semester. Fennessey, a member of the Class of 2018, is the
daughter of Richard and Polly Fennessey of Windham and attended
Windham High School.
Alexis Michal, a junior student-athlete at Keene State College
majoring in Health Science and Communication, has been named
to the Little East Conference Fall Academic All-Conference Team.
To be named a Fall All-Academic awardee, a student-athlete must
have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher through the
2014 spring semester and be at least a sophomore academically and
athletically. The student-athlete must also be a full-time member of a
varsity sport and be enrolled in its institution for a full academic year.
Colby-Sawyer has announced that Erica Pantaleo of Pelham, a
member of the class of 2017 majoring in Exercise Science, has been
named to the Deans List for the fall semester.
The following Windham residents are among those to be named
to the Roger Williams University Deans List for the fall semester:
Rachel Appleman, majoring in Marketing; Ailish Barry, majoring in
Psychology; Alexandria Hennessy, majoring in Elementary Education;
Michela Maczko, majoring in Architecture; Kelsey Piazza, majoring
in Graphic Design Communications and Theresa Powell, majoring in
Bentley University is pleased to announce that Nicholas Morin, a
sophomore from Pelham, was named to the Deans List for the fall
Patrick J. Silk has been named to the Presidents List for the fall
semester at Elon University. The Presidents List is composed of
students with no grade below an A-minus in a minimum of 12
semester hours. Silk is the son of Mr. David Silk and Mrs. Laurie Silk
of Pelham.
Endicott College is pleased to announce the Deans List students
for fall semester: Among those recognized are Melissa Ann Cino,
a freshman majoring in Management and the daughter of Paul and
Robin Cino of Windham; and Olivia Crane, a junior majoring in
Graphic Design and the daughter of Christopher and Debra Crane of
Rachel M. Sullivan of Windham is participating in St. Lawrence
Universitys Study Abroad Program for the spring semester. Sullivan
is a member of the Class of 2016 and is majoring in economics and
psychology. She attended Windham High School. She is participating
in the spring off-campus New York City Semester Program.
Alexis Michal, a junior student-athlete at Keene State College
majoring in Health Science and Communication, has been named
to the Little East Conference Fall Academic All-Conference Team.
To be named a Fall All-Academic awardee, a student-athlete must
have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher through the
2014 spring semester and be at least a sophomore academically and
athletically. The student-athlete must also be a full-time member of a
varsity sport and be enrolled in its institution for a full academic year.
Send your Accolades to with a photo

submitted by Jacob Penttinen

Saturday, Jan. 3, was a big day for
all FIRST Robotics teams. It was the
day when FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology)
reveals the competition challenge to
roughly 2,500 teams worldwide. On kickoff day, team 3467, The Windham Windup,
and team 4909 from Billerica, Mass., were
eager to start.
This years challenge is Recycle Rush.
The goal of the game is for robots to score
points by stacking tote crates on top of
each other. Along with the totes, robots
earn additional points by stacking recycling
cans and discarding litter, pool noodles,
inside the cans. The goal of this challenge
is to score as many points as possible.
As soon as the two teams learned the
challenge they separated into mixed groups
including students and mentors of both
teams to strategize the game field, analyze
the rules, brainstorm the robots mechanics,
and plan electrical systems of the robot.
After a few hours of brainstorming,
each group presented the ideas they had
developed. Both teams left the kickoff
session with a number of concepts to
consider and refine going into this years
challenge. The following Monday, team
3467 met to begin prototyping the drive

base and a mechanism that could handle

game pieces with ease. Students used
their creations to test the capabilities of
their ideas and illustrate their concepts.
The designs given by these students were
creative and uncommon. All of the
thoughts were heard out and strong points
were established. As of now, the team is
still in the design and development phase
but has come up with good ideas for its
As the mechanical team is drilling away
building the robot, the programming team
is reviving the mechanum drive system for
practice to ensure it functions correctly.
The electrical team is also working towards
making a board for the newly released
RoboRio, which is the newest electrical
board that allows better control of the
robot during matches, which is essential
in the two and a half minutes matches.
Meanwhile, the awards team is writing
and practicing presentations for the
FRC Team 3467 is the FIRST Robotics
Competition team from Windham High
School in Windham. Active since October
2010, the mission of the team is to inspire
students to seek careers in engineering,
science, and technology by enabling
educational and entertaining partnerships

with mentors who have experience

and backgrounds in these fields. Major
supporters include: Windham School
District, Veloxion, BAE Systems, WillSeal
USA, Veolia Environmental Systems, and
Pugliese Contracting.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen
founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an
appreciation of science and technology
in young people. Based in Manchester,
N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative
programs to build self-confidence,
knowledge, and life skills while motivating
young people to pursue opportunities in
science, technology, and engineering.

Pelham Junior to Take the Stage for NH

Outstanding Teen Competition
submitted by Pam Poff
Olivia Poff, a Pelham High School junior, will take the stage
at the 11th annual Miss New Hampshires Outstanding Teen
Competition on Saturday, Feb. 14 for two preliminary competitions
and Sunday, Feb. 15 for the finals. Alongside 22 other contestants,
Poff will vie for scholarships and the right to compete at the 11th
annual Miss Americas Outstanding Teen in July in Orlando, Fla.
New Hampshires Outstanding Teen Competition, the little
sister program to the Miss America Organization, is a program for
girls ages 13 to 17 years of age. The competition is intended to
encourage and reward talent, communication skills, community
service, and academic achievement. The Miss New Hampshire
Scholarship Program, the official state chapter of the Miss America
Organization, sponsors the teen program. Olivia will perform her
talent of Born to Fly by Sarah Evans on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the 2
p.m. competition show.
The competition takes place at the Stockbridge Theatre at
Pinkertons Academys Spaulding Arts & Humanities Center in
Derry. The first preliminary competition begins at 2 p.m. on the
14th and the evening preliminary competition begins at 7 p.m. The
contestants are vying for more than $4,000 in scholarship grants.
Miss New Hampshire 2014 Megan Cooley, along with Marc
Willis, will serve as co emcees of the event, and Miss New
Hampshires Outstanding Teen Caroline Carter will crown her
successor. The programs producer is Miss New Hampshire 2003,

Candace Glickman. Pattie Lamontagne chairs the event with her

co-chair Miss New Hampshire 2005 Audra (Paquette) Burns.
The student teens are scored using the same general criteria as
the Miss New Hampshire and Miss America competitions. During
the preliminary competitions the scoring is done as follows:
interview 25 percent, talent 35 percent, evening wear/on-stage
question 20 percent, life style and fitness 10 percent, and scholastic
achievement 10 percent.
Sunday will begin with an opening and then a top 10 will be
announced. The top 10 will compete once again in the on-stage
events with 35 percent of each contestants score carried forward
from the preliminary in the form of a composite score. Talent
will be worth 35 percent, evening wear 15 percent, and fitness
competition 15 percent. By the end of the evening, a top five will
be named followed by the announcement of runners-up and a
Tickets are available at the door at a price of $32.50 for adults
and $17.50 for students under 18 or seniors over 62. The one
ticket allows entrance to both Saturday preliminaries and the finals
on Sunday. The box office at the theater opens one hour before
each event.
Photos of the 23 contestants can be found on the Miss NH
Web-site /teen/local contestant page,

Grammy Night Celebration at

Windham High School February 8th
by Jillian DiPersio, WHS Student Intern
Join us on Feb. 8 to help celebrate Mr. Jared
Cassedy being named a Top-Ten finalist for the
GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Join us as we
roll out the red carpet and watch the GRAMMY

Awards together in the WHS auditorium. Light

refreshments will be served and semi-formal attire is
suggested. We will begin welcoming guests at 7 p.m.
on the red carpet!

Kinder Morgan Reps to Go Door to Door

submitted by Pelham Police Department
In the coming weeks, representatives from Kinder Morgan will
be going door to door to speak to residents who may be impacted


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Speech Therapy

by the firms proposed natural gas pipeline installation. The

representatives should be in possession of Kinder Morgan credentials
and a photo identification issued by the Pelham Police Department
confirming their affiliation with Kinder Morgan. If you should
have any questions regarding this matter, call the Pelham Police
Department at 635-2411.

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Pelham - Windham News | January 30, 2015 - 3

WHS French Department Says Bonjour, Qubec!

beautiful, tundra-like landscape with ice
floating in the St. Lawrence. Second (and most
excitingly) was the adrenaline rush. Pile three or
four people onto a toboggan, and you fly all the
way down the run.
After some free time in Old Qubec we all
piled onto the bus and made our way to the
Sugar Shack. After a presentation on maple
syrup production we were given a true treat: a
traditional Canadian meal. From the pea soup
to the crpes, it was all 100% Canadian. A
musician performed that evening with a guitar
and greeted us with a jubilant cry, Maple syrup
in everything! He was not kidding either
Maple syrup in the pea soup was surprisingly
delicious. We ended the evening with traditional
French songs and line dancing. Our teacher,
Madame Brennan, also had her moment in the
lime light with a spoons solo.
On our final day in Qubec we visited
Montmorency Falls. This waterfall, much of it
frozen this time of year, is actually taller than
Niagara Falls (though not as wide). We all
hiked up and crossed the suspension bridge
hanging over the falls, capturing pictures and
trying not to drop our cameras. Last, but not
least, was a trip to the Chocolaterie de lle
dOrlans. The island itself was gorgeous, but
the Belgian chocolate we had the opportunity
to taste test was truly delicious. With a heavy heart
we boarded the bus for the final time. We gave Mathieu a hearty
Merci as we dropped him off in Old Qubec, before proceeding to
make our way back home to New Hampshire. Au Revoir, Qubec!

The French Department poses by the St. Lawrence River on Lle DOrlans.

ended and he left us off at the Chateau Frontenac he gave Mathieu

a warm embrace and opened his arms to me, calling me Notre
journaliste. The following day was packed from beginning to end.
We began with breakfast in Old Qubec before walking to the
Muse du Fort where we were given a light and sound presentation
on the history of Qubec.
We then journeyed outside the city to LHtel de Glace,
or the Ice Hotel. The hotel must be rebuilt every winter
and was actually still under construction when we
arrived. Nonetheless we were able to tour the suites and
see the amazing works of art created by the sculptors.
Our guide informed us that guests at the Ice Hotel are
actually toasty warm at night, wrapped in sleeping bags
that can withstand frigid temperatures. I, however, am
not convinced.
Perhaps the most beautiful sight was the Ice Chapel,
where many marriage ceremonies take place each year.
Our guide said brides must be prepared to wear dresses
made of fur to stay warm enough in the ice hotel. Before
leaving we all took a turn going down the indoor ice
We went back to the Chateau Frontenac for a little
bit of fun as we were each allowed three slides down
the Toboggan Run. It was quite the hike to make it up
the hill leading up to the run, but so worth it for two
reasons. First was the view. Take a breath once you hike
Madame Brennan shows her students how to play the spoons at the Sugar Shack.
all the way to the top and you will see an icy, yet strikingly
Staff photos by Jillian DiPersio

by Jillian DiPersio, WHS Student Intern

Over Martin Luther King Day weekend, I had
the privilege of attending the Windham High
School French Departments very first field trip
abroad: a spectacular journey to Qubec City
through Education First Tours to experience La
Belle Province decked out in its winter attire. Let
me begin, dear reader, by first telling you I have
never been so cold in my life. Let me compound
this statement, though, with the realization that,
once you get past the frigid temperatures, Qubec
City is perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever
seen. Now, I have not traveled very far, but the
beauty of the city itself was complemented, if not
overshadowed, by the beautiful kindness of the
people we met.
We arrived in Qubec City mid-afternoon on
Saturday, Jan. 17. For many of us (myself included)
crossing the Canadian border was our first
experience leaving the country.
While the border-crossing experience may not
have been as dramatic as I had once envisioned,
the most shocking part of our first hours was
exiting the bus. I could not understand how
Canadians can function in temperatures below
zero on practically a daily basis in the winter.
Despite the cold, our tour guide, Mathieu, was
more than pleased to give us our first taste of
Qubec. We all went off for lunch and found
that, while most residents of Qubec appreciate an
attempt at French, nearly all of them can also speak English.
After lunch we saw the Chateau Frontenac for the first time, many
of us taking pictures over the railing overlooking the scenic (not to
mention mostly frozen) St. Lawrence River. After braving the cold for
only so long we took refuge on the heated bus before checking in at
the Htel Quartier. We all eagerly heeded Mathieus advice to dress
in layers: that night we would be taking an hour and a half walking
tour of Old Qubec City.
One meal and six layers of clothing later, we met our tour guide,
Jacques (playing the role of a salty sailor in the French navy) outside
of the restaurant. He brought us all through Old Qubec City, telling
us about the French and British influence on the architecture and
how the citys history has shaped its character today.
Jacques was my first up-close-and-personal experience with the
kindness of many of the residents of Qubec. I began a conversation
with our guide as we walked along, telling him in French that I
hope their summers are warmer (that night it was approximately 19
below zero). He laughed and as we talked we passed by the French
embassy I noticed a black sign hung that pronounced, Je suis
Charlie. I asked Jacques how the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks
have impacted the people of Qubec, a province in a country
strongly connected to its French roots.
Jacques was born in Paris, so the attacks, he told me, were
especially devastating for him. I told him that I am an aspiring
journalist and quoted the French motto, Libert, Egalit, Fraternit.
I would like to think he was touched by this, for when the tour

Capital Needs Assessment on Ballot

for First Time
by Barbara OBrien
In addition to the proposed 2015-2016
Windham School District Operating Budget,
voters are also being asked to weigh in on a
Capital Needs Assessment Warrant Article for the
first time.
The school districts Capital Needs Assessment
Program is a 20-year plan that has identified major
pending facilities and grounds maintenance,
repair and replacement projects. The program
calls for an expenditure of approximately
$675,000 per year for the next two decades, in
order to stay on target, Business Administrator
Adam Steel said. A full capital needs assessment
was performed at all school district facilities last
In order to manage the long-term plan,
Windham School Board members decided to use
an existing capital reserve fund; one which was
established by voters in 2006. The capital reserve
fund is used as a holding account for these
According to Steel, by using a capital reserve
fund, as defined by state statute, the following
advantages are realized:
Any savings from completed projects cannot
be used for other purposes, but can be left
in place for future projects, thereby reducing
future amounts needing to be raised annually
by taxpayers;
A high level of transparency exists as to the
use of such funds. Also, budget numbers can
be used to forecast the cost of projects, while
only the exact amount would actually be spent
on projects included in the plan; and
By saving for future projects through a capital

reserve fund, the impact on taxpayers is

consistent and, therefore, would not result in a
high level of volatility each year, as the cost of
annual projects fluctuates.
A capital reserve fund provides a consistent
tax impact, Steel said. Some years, the planned
work might be greater than the average and, other
years, it might be less. The Capital Improvement
Plan is intended to stabilize the tax rate and,
thereby, avoid large spikes in the amount of
money needing to be raised by taxpayers.
Projects slated for next summer, should
voters approve the Capital Needs Assessment
Warrant Article on Tuesday, March 10, include
classroom HVAC units at Windham Middle School
($139,450), Windham Middle School roof repairs
(design) ($70,000), Phase II of Windham Middle
School roof repairs ($325,000), and Windham
Middle School classroom refinishing ($152,580).
The amount being requested from voters for
capital needs projects expected to get underway
on July 1, 2015 is $615,000. The remainder of the
money ($60,000) needed for this years designated
projects is already in place in an existing fund.
The projected (estimated) impact of these
proposed projects on the 2015 Tax Rate is an
increase of 29 cents per $1,000 property valuation
or a total of an additional $101.50 on a home
assessed for tax purposes at an average $350,000.
Windhams Capital Improvement Plan
committee is in support of the proposed Capital
Needs Assessment Program and this years
proposed warrant article (number 4). The
Windham School Board is also throwing its
unanimous support behind Article 4, with a vote
of 5 to 0.

Single Car Crash Results in Broken

Utility Pole
submitted by the Pelham Police Department
On Jan. 18, at approximately 1:22 a.m., members of the
Pelham Police and Fire departments responded to a singlevehicle crash in the area of 699 Mammoth Road. The
van was traveling north, crossed the southbound lane and
struck a utility pole on the southbound shoulder. The pole
broke apart and hung on live power wires over the roadway
forcing Mammoth Road to be closed.
The driver of the van was identified as Adolfo Burgos, 37,
of Lawrence, Mass. Burgos was transported to Lawrence
General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Due to the damage to the utility pole, traffic was detoured
from Mammoth Road between Nashua Road and Tenney
Road. Detours were clearly marked and remained until
approximately noon on Jan. 18.
The crash remains under investigation at this time. At
press time no charges had been brought against Burgos.




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The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Endorsing Tom Murray

for Windham School Board
It is with great respect for Mr. Murray that I write this letter of support
for his candidacy. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Tom over
the past year, as part of the Educational Choices Foundation. During that
time, I have grown to know Mr. Murray as an individual who cares deeply
for the quality of Education in Windham. With several children of his own
who attend school in the district, he truly has a vested interest in the success
of our schools. He is an established business man, who owns and operates
his own General Contracting firm in town. His company has done extensive
work in schools and educational facilities, so his knowledge and expertise in
this area is something that will be a tremendous resource for this district as it
continues to face and tackle the currents needs of the students and teachers.
Beyond all this, Tom is a good person. He is generous and caring, and
someone who I know will have the best interests of the children at heart,
should he be elected. Tom is one of the most passionate people Ive met,
in the way he approaches his family, his work and the Windham School
System. Im proud to call him a colleague and a friend. Please join me in
supporting Tom Murray for Windham School Board.
Christopher Baker, Windham

Daniel Popovici-Muller will Fight

for our Freedoms
I first met Mr. Popovici-Muller at a town hall meeting to discuss the
Windham Academy Charter School. At that meeting, a local resident spoke
out to say that she was concerned that the word Liberty was used in the
charter application. Daniel politely took the floor to say that he had grown
up in a communist country and that was the last time he had heard that
the word Liberty was something to be concerned about. The entire room
erupted in applause at his response. It was right then and there that I knew
Mr. Popovici-Muller was someone who understood first-hand the effects
of living under an oppressive regime, and conversely, thanks to this great
nation, the beauty and sanctity of freedom. True Freedom.
While I dont know where Daniel stands on the Charter School, as he as
always said he wants to hear more about the proposition, I do respect the
fact that he is not afraid to stand up and fight for the principles of Americas
founders, the framers of the U.S. Constitution and the protections that keep
us free. Recently, the Windham School Board has taken measures to restrict
speech and silence the residents of the town ... tactics that Mr. PopoviciMuller is all too familiar with. While the recent actions of the school board
to limit our constitutional rights are alarming and concerning at the very
least, its not too late to elect someone who will not support such tactics.
Ronald Reagan once said that Freedom is never more than one
generation away from extinction. We didnt pass it on to our children in the
bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to
do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children
and childrens children what it was once like in the United States where men
were free. He later said that those who have known freedom and lost it
have never known it again. Our children ARE the next generation, and if
we dont teach them what true freedom is and what it means to fight for it, I
believe it could one day be lost.
I worry that the policies that are being put in place by our current school
board members are being done to limit our freedoms and seize control of
our school system. I worry that this school board has lost sight of the fact
that they were elected to be representatives of the people, not loom over
them. Mr. Popovici-Muller is exactly the kind of man I want fighting
for our freedoms and our childrens freedoms. A person who respects the
Constitution, our founding principles, and the freedoms we hold dear.
Please elect Daniel Popovici-Muller to the Windham School Board in
March, so that we can change the course of actions that this existing school
board has begun to put into place.
Christopher Baker, Windham

Your Opinions Dont Matter

At the last Windham School Board meeting, it was encouraging to see
Windham residents getting engaged in our schools. Many voiced their
concerns to the three SB members who recently voted to waste nearly
$600K on the no-bid Cenergistic contract, calling for them to reconsider

the contract. Unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears and not one of those SB
members (Mr. Rekart, Joanis or Senibaldi) provided the courtesy of any
I was even more encouraged when people strongly admonished Chairman
Rekart for his recent, unwarranted action to call the police on three of our
towns most respected residents (who have volunteered hundreds of hours
to our schools this past year alone), simply because they wanted to provide
expert advice prior to the Cenergistic vote. The public outrage towards
Chairman Rekarts actions shows that people in this town will not be bullied
when power is abused.
For a brief moment, I thought Chairman Rekart got the message,
and understood that his unilateral decision to silence public input since
the summertime was a mistake. He began by saying he felt there was a
consensus of the Board to allow public input. Although, I never heard him
say that he agreed with that consensus, nor that he, personally, was now
willing to listen, I was still hopeful. Imagine my dismay when I heard him
say after most of the residents had left to go home:
Public input is fantastic. There are 13,000 plus residents in this town
and I talk to these residents every day of the week. I get emails from these
residents. They come and talk with me, so to think that just the individuals
that got up and spoke tonight represent the feelings and thoughts of every
single person in town is not true.
One of those individuals that got up and spoke to express strong
concerns regarding Chairman Rekarts unilateral actions was Ross McLeod,
the Chairman of the Windham Selectmen. Mr. McLeod has served
Windham as a Selectman for many years and has done so with honor and
always with the best interest of our town at heart. He listens closely to
public input at Selectmen meetings, and has a pretty good sense of the
feelings and thoughts of the people in our town. When Chairman Rekart
appeared to summarily dismiss Mr. McLeods comments along with a lot of
the other comments provided by Windham residents who took time out of
their busy day to share their concerns, it was clear that he no longer has the
ability to listen to those he was elected to serve. And it does not bode well
for our town when he defends his actions by suggesting he has the publics
support to shut down public opinion and call the police on our neighbors.
He is running for re-election. It is important to vote on March 10.
Cynthia Finn, Windham

The Truth about Cenergistic

and Energy Savings
The following are facts about the Cenergistic contract that the Windham
and Salem School Districts have approved. Cenergistic is listed by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency as an Energy Star Partner for Sustained
Excellence and is listed as a 2013 Energy Star Award winner for improving
energy efficiency in educational institutions (schools).
If savings are not achieved it will not cost the districts any money (Read
contract guarantee)
Cenergistic has over 1,360 clients who have used their product with an
average financial savings of 26 percent.
They (Cenergistic) are well vetted and have consistently demonstrated
municipal energy savings in several area communities. Prior to entering
into this contract with Cenergistic, Salem aggressively searched for ways to
reduce their energy bill. This included Utility Company audits, heating
and weatherization improvements, and mechanical changes. They (Salem)
were recognized by their utility company for taking every measure possible
to reduce energy costs. However, the savings realized by their aggressive
behavior are a fraction of the savings projected by Cenergistic. The Salem
School Board voted 5-0 to approve this contract.
Contrary to what was stated in misinformed opinion letters, Londonderry
has saved over $4.85 million since contracting with Cenergistics in 2001.
The district spent about $308,000 over the first four years, but saved
$750,000 during that period. Londonderry continues to use Cenergistic
licensed software (EnergyCAP) and has consistently realized significant
savings each year for over a decade (14 years of data). It should also be
noted that even though Londonderry has increased their square footage
by 35 percent, their energy bill is lower than what it was before using
Cenergistic (Chuck Zappale, Londonderrys Director of Buildings and
Projected savings for Windham is approximately $186,000 per year,
Salem approximately $178,000 ( Eagle Tribune, Jan. 18, 2015). Savings
are realized by equipment modification, software control in real time, and
behavioral modification. In the beginning, this includes the expertise of an

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Contrary to the opinion stated by Mr. Ken Eyring, Tom Murray and
others, local Public Utility Companies do not offer any product like or
any energy audit savings even remotely similar to the savings School
Districts have realized with the type of comprehensive energy savings
modification that Cenergistic offers. In addition, several members of the
Windham and Salem School Boards did carefully review all aspects of the
Cenergistic contract and looked specifically at similar School Districts
that have contracted with Cenergistic (currently there are over 30 School
Districts in New England using Cenergistics). In addition several other
energy conservation companies, including Johnson Controls and Trane,
were considered. As a matter of fact, energy conservation programs, like
this, have been considered for more than ten years now by both districts.
A partnership with Salem is timely, risk free and certainly worth trying.
Lets not waste yet another opportunity and end up spending more money
because of ignorance and misinformation.
Unfortunately the negative media around this and other topics, mostly
emanating from one school board member, detracts from important
education progress and reflects negatively on the town overall.
John InDelicato, Windham

The Fox is in Charge of the Henhouse

At the Jan. 6 WSB meeting, Mr. Rekart, Joanis and Senibaldi voted to
give $577,000 of our tax dollars to a company called Cenergistic. (Mr.
Eyring voted against, Mr. Breton abstained). Before the vote, the public was
not allowed any input after Cenergistic made their presentation. Volunteer
members of the Facilities Committee were present, but denied their right
to speak. These people are Windham residents, facility experts and have
a vested interest in our town. They have extensive knowledge in energy
conservation an expertise which is severely lacking in our School Board
and Administration. Mr. Eyring asked several times during the meeting to
get their input, but was overruled.
Instead, Rekart, Joanis and Senibaldi placed their blind faith in a
representative from Cenergistic. A company which will make nearly $600K
by telling district employees what most Windham residents already know...
it is a waste of taxpayer money to keep the lights burning in our schools long
after everyone has left for the day. Cenergistic will produce reports with
No third party interference. No District shall not allow any third party
to interfere with the Districts Program implementation. Essentially Mr.
Rekart, Joanis and Senibaldi have put the fox in charge of the henhouse!
In the Jan. 15 edition of the Pelham~Windham News, Mr. Rekart said
one of the reasons 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 behaviors, so real savings can be realized. Hmm ... in their haste
to ram this Cenergistic contract down our throats, Mr. Rekart, Joanis and
Senibaldi must have forgotten about Warrant Article 5 on the March ballot
to hire a School District Facilities Manager (for $128K full boat) who
would be on-site to perform the same duties Mr. Rekart voted to also pay
Cenergistic $600K for. Either Rekart, Joanis and Senibaldi dont understand
one of the duties of a Facilities Manager is to maximize the entire plant
by incorporating energy saving incentives or they just dont care about
wasting money which could be spent on our kids and teachers. That $600K
could be more efficiently invested in lighting, motors, motion sensors and
infrastructure upgrades, in addition to software automation of our energy
systems. The return on investment would be greater, and all of the savings
would go to the district.
PSNH offers free energy audits and rebate programs. I am speaking from
experience as a retired Facilities Manager, but you can now lump me in with
the large, ever growing group of Windham residents whose knowledge is
ignored by a majority of the School Board. Apparently, Im viewed as having
a conflict of interest because I want our tax money to be spent wisely ...
whereas; Cenergistic doesnt have the same conflict.
At the Jan. 20 WSB meeting, the board had an opportunity to reverse
their inept decision. The public comment portion of the meeting finally
provided an opportunity for the public to speak about Cenergistic.
Members of the Facilities Committee, myself and other concerned citizens
all spoke against the contract. Not one person spoke in favor of the
Cenergistic contract. And everyone spoke about Mr. Rekarts policy to
prohibit public input during the discussion of agenda items. Ross McLeod
was present and schooled Chairman Rekart about his responsibilities and
importance of listening to public. Mr. McLeods experience as the Board of
Selectmens Chairman should have made Chairman Rekart take notice.
But all comments were ignored. All of the board members who voted
for the Cenergistic agreement stubbornly stuck to their positions. It was
clear these board members dont represent the community. Apparently,
our collective engineering degrees, construction backgrounds, facilities
management experience and law degrees dont match up to the opinions of
the Cenergistic salesman and the minimal research which was performed by
the Business Administrator.
Who in the room has Windhams best interests at heart and why are
they being ignored?
Bob Leonard, Windham

Two Windham Dentists Named Top in NH

Well, because
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your routine cleanings and
checkups anyway .right?

The Community Development Department and Economic Development

Committee want to congratulate Dr. Danielle Ross of Windham
Orthodontics and Dr. Kenneth J. Kalil of Kalil Dental Associates for
being named Top Dentists by NH Magazine. USA Top Dentists asked
of thousands of dentists If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which
dentists would you refer them to? to help determine who the Top Dentists
in NH should be. These two successful Windham businesses rose to the top
and we are so glad that they are here in Windham. Congratulations again
and we wish you continued great success.

Also, all restorative, sealants, whitening and prosthetic

treatments are available here at our state-of-the-art facility.

Laura Scott, Community Development Director, Windham

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Good for the Community

Your Hometown Community Calendar

Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31

Pelham Parks and Recreation is
happy to announce the production
schedule for its Childrens Beginner
Theatre Group under the direction of Janet
Daigle. Aladdin will take place on Jan. 30 at
7 p.m. and Jan. 31, at both 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in
Sherburne Hall, located inside Pelham Town Hall,
Village Green. Tickets managed at the door only;
refreshments served. Bring the family and share a
wonderful theatre art experience while supporting
our young actors. Email recreation@pelhamweb.
com or call 635-2721 with any questions.


Month of February
Blind Date with a Book. Come visit
the Nesmith Library all through the month
of February to have a Blind Date with a
Book. Check out a novel that has been
wrapped to hide the title, and give it a try. Fill
out a short review of the book to be entered into
a Dinner & Movie for Two raffle package that
includes theater tickets and a restaurant gift card.
Not interested in a Blind Date? No problem. Just
select a book thats new to you, and review it to
enter the raffle. Even if you dont finish the book,
you can still enter. Just let us know if you liked it,
loved it, or knew it wasnt for you. Its a fun event
for patrons who are ready to expand their reading
horizons! Free gift for the first ten patrons to turn
in reviews sheets. All reviews must be turned in
by Feb. 28.


Monday, February 2
We invite you to attend an event early
in the legislative session for a chance
to hear from our legislative leaders on
matters pending in Concord. The event,
co-hosted by the Greater Hudson and Greater
Salem Chambers of Commerce will be held at
the Pelham Town Hall in Pelham. All legislative
leaders from both chambers coverage area have
been invited to attend. We are also pleased to
announce that newly elected House Speaker,
Shawn Jasper, who represents Hudson and
Pelham, will be attending the event. This free
event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m.
followed by brief remarks from invited guests,
followed by moderated audience questions. The
program is scheduled to end at 9 a.m. Register
with the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce,



Wednesday, February 4
Todays Womans Service Club of
Windham meeting will be held at the
Windham Town Hall. Luncheon begins
at 11:30 a.m., followed by program and
meeting. Program will feature guest speaker
Melissa Koerner, health, fitness, and nutrition
coach, who will present a wellness seminar,
What You Dont Know About Food Labels is
Harming Your Health. Guests welcome, bring
a friend, tell a neighbor and enjoy, come find
out what we are about! For more information
about the club, call 889-0578 or visit www.

Pelham School Deliberative Session, 7 p.m.,

Sherburne Hall


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

Saturday, February 7
All Women of all ages are invited to
join us in honoring Our Lady for First
Saturday Devotions at St. Patrick Church
in Pelham. We begin with Mass at 8 a.m.,
followed by the Rosary at 8:30 and then join us
for a pot luck breakfast, faith enrichment and
fellowship. For more information call Linda at
930-6436 or e-mail WomenOfMaryNH@yahoo.
com. Note: Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet
will be available before Mass at 7:30 in the


Windham Town Deliberative Session, 9 a.m.,

Windham High School
Tuesdays, February 10 thru April 14
Beginner Theatre for Kids, for ages 6
and up, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Sherburne
Hall, Village Green, Pelham. Cast of
20-plust will be selected. No experience
needed; everyone gets a part. Size of group
is limited; first come, first serve. Program fee.
Registration form at 6 Village Green or online at Register online
at Production
scheduled for Apr. 17 and 18. Volunteers are
needed if youre able to assist with the program!
Sign up ASAP. Call 635-2721 with any questions
or email

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



Wednesday, February 11
Craft Club presents Zentangle
Valentines, 6 p.m. at the Nesmith
Library. One of our Craft Club members
has generously offered to show us how to

make Zentangle holiday cards, just in time

for Valentines Day! We will learn a series
of easy Zentangle inspired patterns, and
use them to craft new designs. Zentangle
is a simple, fun, and relaxing way to create
art. No experience necessary. Children are
welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Event is free, and open to the public. Space is
limited. Call 432-7154 to register.
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 get 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 Register
online at Sign
up by Feb. 6. Call 635-2721 with any questions
or email
Thursday, February 12
Valentine DropIn Craft at the Pelham
Library! This after from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
you can stop in at the library and make a
Valentine gift for someone special. We will
be making lovely thumbprint heart necklaces! The
necklaces do require some drying time, so plan
on leaving them here overnight and picking them
up on Friday. Throughout our school years, we
all gave cards to our classmates, but where did
this tradition of Valentines Day cards begin? Well,
back in 1415, Charles the Duke of Orleans wrote
a poem for his wife while imprisoned in the Tower
of London on Valentines Day. By the 16th century,
cards had become so common on Valentines Day
several religious leaders preached banning the
practice of exchanging Valentines Day cards. But
true love has prevailed and each year in the U.S.,
about 190 million Valentines Day cards are sent.
And that figure does not include the hundreds of
millions of cards school children exchange. We
will do our part to keep the tradition going by
providing supplies to make Valentines cards for
your special someone. This craft is suitable for all




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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
Details of open houses scheduled in February
are below. All 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


Thursday, February 26
The Womans Service Club of
th Windham
will host a Candidates
Night at the Windham Town Hall at 7
p.m. Community is invited to meet the
candidates. An opportunity for all to hear
and question what the candidates are proposing
to in filling their positions. The event will be aired
live on Windham Community Cable, WCTV-21.


Wednesday, February 18 & Thursday,

February 19
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC

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In My Opinion...

by Homer Shannon

by Homer Shannon, Windham

While I greatly appreciate that Area News Group, publisher of
the Pelham~Windham News, ran the article, Proposed Natural Gas
Line Expansion to Impact Windham, (other local newspapers have
been slow to pick up this story), I must write in and point out several
errors and omissions in the article.
There are two significant errors that must be addressed: First, the
title. The proposed New England Energy Direct or NED pipeline
does not impact Windham in any unique way. It impacts 17 towns
in New Hampshire equally, starting in Pelham and going all the
way to Winchester. Locally, it impacts Pelham, Windham, Hudson,
Londonderry and Litchfield. The second error is that the article
states that, The plan is to install most of the new pipeline adjacent
to the two existing Tennessee Gas Pipelines, therefore, limiting the
impact of affected communities. This is false. In the Jan. 5 meeting
with Kinder Morgan and the Windham selectmen, in response to a
Windham resident residing on Autumn Street (not me, though I do
live on Autumn Street), it was explained that there is not enough
room in the existing gas pipeline right of way, which already has
a 12 inch and a 20 inch line, for another pipe. The NED pipeline
route is the PSNH power line right of way through Windham and
A detailed map, based on Google Earth technology, is available
at (note - this is a Tiny URL
address, the full address is:
viewer?mid=zgAQiJrh1ha4.kNGzXXqidtYk&hl=en-US). The link
provides you with a Kinder Morgan created, zoom-able, satellite
and graphical map that shows exactly where the pipeline location is
planned and what properties will be impacted. The route does not
use the existing gas line right of way at all.
Regarding the jobs this project will bring to NH, on Kinder

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Article Corrections

Morgans web page,, (full link

east/neenergydirect/capacity.aspx), there is a link to a paper called,
NH Powerline Route Benefits. This paper lists the total number
of jobs as 520 temporary jobs (one year or less) and an estimated
5 permanent positions. Despite this, Kinder Morgan, in its press
releases, frequently states up to 3,000 jobs, the number listed in the
Pelham~Windham article. This project will not bring any meaningful
job opportunities to our area or anywhere else in New Hampshire.
An important issue not covered in the Pelham~Windham News
article is the issue of the High Consequence Area around the
pipeline. The HCA, also referred to the incineration zone, is
the area, defined by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
Administration, in which there would be a high mortality rate for
anyone not immediately evacuating the area, should there be a
breech in the pipeline resulting in an explosion and fire. The HCA
for a 36 inch pipeline operating at 1,500 PSI is calculated to be
1,000 feet. This is a far larger risk area than the current 12 inch and
20 inch lines, which operate at much lower pressures. The Pipeline
and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration document describing
the HCA fails to explain what the damage caused by the continued
burning of the resulting fire - which would be inextinguishable for
up to an hour - would be. No fire on this line could be contained
until all of the gas in the line burned off, and at 1,500 PSI, there is a
tremendous amount of fuel in the line to be burned. Gas pipelines
may be the safest way to transport natural gas and they do have a
low probability of explosion, but the probability is not zero. An
explosion and fire would impact people quite distant from the
immediate fire source.
The last issue with the recent Pelham~Windham News article
I will raise is that it does not clarify the Kinder-Morgan-promoted
misunderstanding that the pipeline will not be in the power line right

of way - it will be adjacent to it. The article only mentions that the
pipeline will require a 50 foot right of way. Be very clear that this
right of way is a new right of way, in addition to the existing power
line right of way, not a part of it.
For landowners with an existing easement to PSNH, this is an
important point. Many homes built with power line easements
are sited quite close to the edge of the power line right of way. If a
home, in the route of the pipeline, is sited less than 50 feet from the
edge of the power line right of way, it will need to be torn down. If
there is sufficient space between the home and the power line right
of way, the new gas pipeline easement will take much of the existing
yard and any forested power line buffer zone. The presence of the
gas pipeline in a property owners land will devastate the owners
property value and, so far, Kinder Morgan has not stated that there
would be any compensation for this.
There are many other issues with the Kinder Morgan NED
proposal, which in all fairness, I could not have expected Area News
Group to begin to cover in their initial piece on the topic. But,
citizens beware. The Kinder Morgan NED project will have a huge
impact on wide swaths of our towns and we all need to be aware of
it, paying attention to it and, yes, to be understandably quite alarmed
by it.

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To begin this discussion of the tax law changes that went into effect in
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Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) - This is an insurance coverage
under a government sponsored program, an eligible employer
sponsored plan, a plan in the individual market, a grandfathered health
plan or other coverage recognized by the Dept of Health and Human
Services. Also known as qualifying health care coverage.
Shared Responsibility Payment (SRP) - If the taxpayer or any member
of the tax household, did not have either MEC or an exemption for any
month during the tax year, a taxpayer must compute a shared responsibility payment on the income tax return.
Tax Household - the tax household includes the taxpayer, taxpayer's
spouse if filing a joint return, ANY individual claimed as a DEPENDENT on the return as well as EACH person the taxpayer can, but does
not claim as a dependent.
Marketplace (aka The Exchange, Health Insurance Marketplace) - A
government or nonprofit entity that offers qualified health plans to
Health Coverage Exemptions- A recognized reason for not having
MEC during any month of the tax year. Examples are unaffordable
coverage, short coverage gap, household income below filing threshold.
Premium Tax Credit - A new tax credit for certain people who
enrolled in a qualified health plan offered through the Marketplace.
A taxpayer MUST NOT be eligible for other minimum essential
coverage, as through an employer to qualify.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal and state governments, insurers, employers and individuals share responsibility for
improving health insurance coverage in the US. The ACA created the
"Marketplace" where taxpayers find information about insurance
options, purchase qualified health plans and when eligible acquire help
paying premiums and out of pocket expenses utilizing the new
premium tax credit. The ACA also created the individual shared
responsibility provision, which requires individuals to have minimum
essential coverage for each month of the year, or qualify for a coverage
exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment when filing their
income tax return. Most taxpayers will have had this MEC prior to
year's start and only had to maintain it for the whole year. If coverage
was maintained, then these taxpayers will simply have to check a box
indicating this fact on the tax form, no further action is required. ( Next
year taxpayers will receive either a 1095-B or 1095-C form indicating
coverage information.) Taxpayers who did not maintain coverage, may
be exempt from the SRP and will not have to make a payment with the
return. Coverage exemptions are available for individuals who are
specifically described as having a religious, economic, or other
justification for not having the MEC. These taxpayers who qualify for an
exemption will be required to file the new Form 8965, Health Coverage
Exemptions with their tax returns in 2014. Needless to say, if a taxpayer
or any dependent on the return did not maintain MEC for each month
of the tax year and did not qualify for a coverage exemption, must
calculate a payment and add it to their tax liability on the tax return.
As you can see, in terms of simplifying the tax code, we have added
another layer of calculations to complete the yearly return. As stated,
for most individuals who have family plans through their employer or
seniors with Medicare Part A or Medicare Advantage, there is little to be
concerned, a simple box must be checked. Next year you will probably
receive a reporting form in the 1095 series to verify your MEC. It is for
individuals, who purchased through the Marketplace and qualify for the
new premium tax credit or for individuals that did not maintain MEC
and must calculate a payment where confusion will abound.
In the next article, I will continue to delve into the quagmire, however
since their are limitations to the size of these articles, I will be attempting to add a web page at our website so that many of the charts and
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Pelham Elementary School
Pelham Elementary School held its eight
annual spelling bee on Thursday, Jan. 15.
Michelle Viger, assistant principal of PES, was
the announcer. The judges were Debbie Ryan
and Debbie Leuteritz, representing the Pelham
School Board, and Peter Tselios, PES art teacher.
The recorder was Karen Slaton, integration
specialist and enrichment teacher. Twenty-two
students in grades three through five participated.
Abigail Druding, a fourth grader, was declared

the winner. Abigail won in the 14th round with the word
The runner up was Ella MacLean, a fifth grader.
Abigail will be going to the regional spelling bee in
Concord on Feb. 28.
PES Principal Thomas Adamakos with
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Very Low Turnout for Public Hearing

on School Budget
by Barbara OBrien
Friday, Jan. 16 brought frigid temperatures and bone-chilling
wind gusts, but there was no precipitation and the roads were clear.
Nonetheless, only a dozen residents showed up at Windham High
School for the early evening public hearing on the proposed 20152016 Windham School District budget and assorted warrant articles.
Furthermore, out of those who did attend, only a handful came to
the microphone with questions or comments for the five-member
school board.
Whether or not the low turnout at the public hearing bodes well
for the proposals remains to be seen, but most of the comments
that were made by the handful of people who addressed the school
board were more negative than positive. Ample copies of the
proposed budget and detailed explanations of the process were
provided for those who attended, although one resident noted
that copies of the potential default budget were not included
among the piles of documents. Business Administrator Adam
Steel, subsequently, made copies of the anticipated default budget
available. The default budget would only come into play if the
proposed operating budget for 2015-2016 fails to receive support
from the majority of voters who cast ballots.
This year, the proposed school district operating budget appears
on the warrant as Article 8 and totals $47,308,826. Should the
proposed budget be defeated on Election Day in March, the default
budget is proposed in the amount of $46,283,307, which is the
same as last year, with any certain adjustments required by a
previous action of the school board or by state or federal law. The
proposed operating budget for the 2015-2016 school year, which
gets underway on July 1, is being recommended by a 4 to 1 vote
of the Windham
Putting their support behind the
proposed budget are Chairman Jerome Rekart, Vice-Chairman
Dennis Senibaldi, and school board members Rob Breton and
Michael Joanis.
School board member Ken Eyring voted against the budget
proposal, saying he knows there are other expenses coming down
the pike. Eyring also said he didnt feel that a lot of the budget
was making it to the kids, noting that there are multiple new staff
positions across the board and administrative salaries are on the
increase. Senibaldi contradicted Eyring, saying that any teaching
positions are benefitting the kids. These positions are getting
us back on course, Senibaldi said. Eyring said he didnt want
to rubber stamp the proposed budget. Im a numbers guy, he
added. Chairman Rekart took exception with the rubber stamp
comment, saying he found the notion that other board members
were doing just that very insulting. We followed the process,
Rekart said. Eyring responded that he hadnt intended to insinuate
that any other board member had merely rubber stamped the
proposed budget.
The proposed operating budget, which does not include any
proposed warrant articles, includes a 2.05 percent increase over
the current approved school district operating budget. According
to Steel, the increase is driven largely by the three-year teacher
contract that was approved last March, increases in mandatory
state retirement funding, increases in special education funding
and requests for new staff positions throughout the school district.
Enrollment is still increasing, Steel explained, mostly at the
secondary level. The proposed budget includes requests for 16 new
staff positions for a total of $610,000 in salaries and benefits.
The proposed operating budget for 2015-2016 shows a
breakdown of $22,214,948 for salaries (48.59%), $10,103,186
for benefits (22.10%), $4,794,305 for operational costs (10.49%),
$3,552,157 for debt obligations (7.77%), $3,078,148 for supplies
and equipment (6.73%) and $1,980,762 for special education
Based on anticipated statistics, the proposed budget and all
proposed warrant articles could have a 2015 tax rate impact of
between 25 cents and 96 cents per $1,000 property valuation; with
an increase of 33 cents per $1,000 valuation being the most likely.
Based on these calculations, property assessed for tax purposes at
$350,000 could see an increase of between $87.50 and $336; with
a likely increase of $115.50. Many factors affect the tax rate and

these forecasts should not be relied upon for anything more than as
a preliminary estimate for planning purposes, Steel commented.
These statistics include a potential school district tax rate impact
only and are unrelated to any possible hike on the town side of the
On Oct. 1, 2014, the actual enrollment for the Windham School
District was 2,857 students. The projected enrollment for the
2015-2016 school year is 2,872; an increase of 15 students districtwide. Steel noted that the budget has tracked evenly with student
enrollment since Windham High School first became a four-year
facility (2011-2012). Since Windham High School became fully
enrolled, the per pupil cost to the school district has been about
$1,000 less than the state average.
Four other warrant articles are being proposed by the school
board, including funding for the new capital needs assessment
plan ($675,000 cost, of which $60,000 is already set aside); a new
facilities manager position (cost of $128,386 in salary and benefits);
and two articles with no monetary appropriations, one of which
allows the town and school district to swap parcels of land; the
other which would permit the school district to accept a portion
of town-owned land located off Heritage Hill Road, adjacent to
Windham Middle School.
In addition, two citizen-petitioned warrant articles have been
submitted; the first of which proposes appropriating $1.82 million
to install an artificial turf athletic field, lighting and bleachers at
Windham High School; and, the second of which proposes $15
million for renovations and additions to Golden Brook School and
renovations to Windham Middle School.
One of the residents who did come to the microphone during
the public hearing was former school district custodian Bob Davis,
who retired last year. Davis had served in that capacity for about
20 years, most recently at Windham High School. Davis expressed
concern over there being too few custodians to properly take
care of the high school and also spoke about the high turnover
of personnel in that department, as well as the low wages. Steel
agreed that the school district has experienced a significant turnover
in custodians in recent years. Superintendent Winfried Feneberg
responded to Davis by saying, We want to be competitive and
attract high quality people to these positions. Davis also said that
the number of supplies on hand in the school district has been too
high in recent years. Davis said he was concerned about quantity
control. Steel said recent controls have been put in place to
manage the number of supplies on hand and that any overstock
could be returned to the appropriate vendors for credit. Steel said
that an administrative assistant was hired a few months ago, whose
job includes handling this issue.
Another resident questioned the addition of two more director
positions. Phase One of the transition from deans to directors began
with the 2014-2015 school year. The two new director positions
slated for next year (Phase Two) include English and social studies;
each of whom will be responsible for grades six through twelve.
Superintendent Feneberg said that the new director positions have
proven to be very valuable thus far. The value added is a valid
expense, Feneberg said.
A question regarding the $100,000 included in the proposed
operating budget for architectural and engineering fees was also
posed, in regard to what the money was intended for. School board
members admitted that no specific plan was on the table, at this
juncture, but funds for these services would be needed if the work
of the school district facilities planning committee was to move
forward. We need to be ready to move forward with whichever
option is recommended, school board member Ken Eyring
said. Eyring gave his word that any of this money not spent for
architectural and engineering fees would be returned to taxpayers.
I promise you that, Eyring emphasized.
The deliberative session for the Windham School District is
scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Windham
High School auditorium. Election Day is set for Tuesday, March 10.
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Residents Exercise their Freedom of Speech at School Board Meeting

by Barbara OBrien
Two weeks after members of the Citizens Facilities Committee,
a group established by the Windham School Board early last year,
were denied the right to speak following the presentation of a
proposed contract dealing with an energy savings program, the
meeting room was filled with members of the public; many of whom
were there to take exception with what had happened 14 days
School board Chairman Jerome Rekart had established a public
input policy last year prescribing that the public would be allowed
to speak for a three-minute period at the beginning of each meeting
and would not be allowed to comment during the remainder of
the meeting. Shortly after the Jan. 6 meeting, where comment was
denied to members of the Citizens Facilities Committee, Rekart said
he had no intention of changing the policy, despite the obvious
dissatisfaction of those who were there to bear witness to the fiasco.
Rekart, apparently, had a change of heart during the following
days, however, commenting at the Jan. 20 meeting,
that he had the sense that the public input session
policy needs to be changed. People have
taken to the airways, Rekart said, referring to the
multitude of emails, texts and phone calls he had
been receiving. Although a discussion of how best
to remedy the issue wasnt held that night, there
was plenty of opportunity allowed for those in
attendance to voice their opinions, and, they didnt
mince words in doing so.
Ross McLeod, chairman of the Windham Board
of Selectmen, was the first to speak out on the
subject, which he identified as being near and
dear to his heart. Even if you dont agree with
what is being said, you must appreciate public
input, McLeod said. Public input gives us more
information on which to make decisions, he
added. McLeod disagreed with having public
input only at the beginning of a meeting.
It needs to be close in time to the issues at
hand, he said. It appears youre working in a
vacuum, McLeod told school board members.
You are your own worst enemies and thats too
bad, McLeod continued. When it comes down
to meeting management, the more you engage the public in the
process, the more the public will understand what youre trying to
accomplish. McLeod suggested that the school board conduct
whatever presentation is on the agenda, then allow public input,
then hold a board discussion. Let us speak on the agenda items,
McLeod said, so we dont feel like a stump at a garden party.
Windham resident Cynthia Finn, also a member of the Citizens
Facilities Committee, told school board members that she has always
wanted her children to grow up in a community that values free
speech and she expects school board members to model this policy.
Ive seen a pattern of behavior here that concerns me, Finn said, a
pattern of discouraging public input.
Discouraging public input has resulted in the school board

making some poor decisions, she continued. Not allowing the

public to speak makes the school board appear arrogant and selfimportant, Finn continued. Its a slap in the face to the residents.
Resident Mary Lou Bartlett said she believes theres a segment of
the public that distrusts the school board and doesnt feel certain
members are working together for the best of the community. You
havent forgotten the portable disaster, have you? Bartlett asked,
referring to last years abandonment and eventual demolition of the
10-classroom portable facility at Golden Brook School. Referring
to the chaos that erupted two weeks earlier, Bartlett asked, What
country are we living in, anyway? Calling the police?
Shame on you for calling the police on one of our citizens, who
simply wanted to be heard, resident Bob Leonard said, During
the Jan. 6 meeting, Windham Police were called to the community
development building when several residents urged school board
members to listen to what they wanted to say. After checking out the
situation, the two police officers who entered the building spoke to

several people then left without incident. The school board is out
of control, Bartlett said.
Resident and local business owner Karl Dubay emphasized the
importance of revamping the public input portion of school board
meetings. Dubay said he was disheartened by the school boards
lack of encouraging public input and participation.
Citizens Facilities Committee member Tom Murray, who has
frequently served as the spokesperson for the group, said, This is
the United States of America; and we have the right to free speech.
Murray spoke of how his predecessors had fought to ensure that
right and he wasnt about to give it up. Murray said he feels that
the existing format for public input, to the school board, prevents
members of the community from exercising their freedom of speech.

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process is backwards, Joanis said. Im not comfortable unless the
land acquisition is spelled out.
Murray noted that the land acquisition is referred to in Option 2.
Murray said he respectfully disagreed with Joanis, commenting
that the petitioners are aware of site work that needs to be done
and are aware of the need to hire an architectural/engineering firm.
We wouldnt present anything to the town that hasnt been vetted
out, Murray said, adding that he will have all prices verified prior to
Election Day in March. Murray said that the Golden Brook site is the
most user-friendly property available. I am confident that we can
work around school being in session,
Murray said. We do recognize the challenges of the situation,
but feel we have the solution in our hands. Murray said he had
already spoken to six contractors and several other school districts
regarding the proposed construction project. The construction
would take about 18 months to complete, he said.
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg expressed appreciation for all
the work done by members of the Citizens Facilities Committee.
Im very pleased with the level of public input, he said. There has
been an inordinate amount of effort put forth.
Feneberg agreed that Option 2 is the most viable of the choices
considered, but also believes there is additional work that needs to
be completed before taking the question to voters. I understand the
communitys urgency, Feneberg said, but we need more time.
School board member Ken Eyring said, I agree something needs
to be done. I also agree were running out of time.
There needs to be a balance here, he continued, adding that
the next two months prior to Election Day might allow sufficient
time to wrap up the remaining issues. Eyring agreed that the land
acquisition is one of the outstanding issues. Operating costs are also
an important part of the formula, he said. All in all, though, Eyring
believes the proposed warrant article is a very viable alternative.
The bottom line, though, is that its up to the voters, he said.
Should the citizen-petitioned warrant article pass voter scrutiny in
March, Eyring said he wants the members of the Citizens Facilities
Committee to continue as a part of the process. Those members who
were at the bond hearing agreed to his request.
Former school board member Michelle Farrell said shes
concerned that time has run out for anything to be accomplished this
year. We need more time before spending $15 million, she said.
Former school board member Rick Horrigan, who also worked
on the high school construction project, said hes concerned
about following the correct process. Its tough to get a 60
percent majority vote, Horrigan said. We need time to educate
the public. Horrigan did admit, however, that he feels Option 2
addresses all foreseeable issues; looking 10 years into the future.
According to Horrigan, if approved, with a 20-year construction
bond, the tax impact in the highest year would be 55 cents per
$1,000 assessed property valuation.
Resident Bob Leonard said, This is a no-brainer. If youre looking
for a solution, this is it! Its not perfect. Its not going to satisfy
everyone, but it will help the kids; it will help the teachers; it will
help alleviate the traffic congestion. I fully support the proposal.
Murray said committee members were very cautious about only
proposing what the voters have said they want.
Former school board Chairman Barbara Coish said she was happy
to sign the citizens petition and fully supports the concept. Salem
just put in an addition, Coish noted, and every one of the kids
survived the disruption.
Resident Chris Baker also added his support to the citizenpetitioned warrant article. Its time to do something, Baker said.
This board has the responsibility to move forward. Baker said he is
aware of people in town who are considering pulling their children
out of the school district, because of the over-crowding.
Joanis said the school board has included $100,000 in the
proposed operating budget for next year; money that is intended for
architectural and engineering fees. We just werent able to meet
the timeline for this year, despite our best efforts, Joanis said.
Vice-Chairman Senibaldi said he supports Option 2, as well, but
also shares concerns over land acquisition. Im kind of on the
fence, right now, Senibaldi said. There are so many positives, but
there are a few drawbacks, he said. What if the landowner just
says Sorry?
School board member Breton said he is very impressed with what
the committee has accomplished, but is also concerned about the

Rich Amari, who identified himself as one of the three people

who were told to stay quiet at the meeting on Jan. 6, said all they
had wanted to accomplish was to save the Windham School
District $600,000 by providing information on other ways to
save money on energy, other than signing a five-year contract with
Cenergistic. We only wanted to educate the school board, so you
could make an informed decision, Amari said. Yet, not one person
on the school board, with the exception of Ken Eyring, came to our
defense, Amari stated. Having expressed his opinion, Amari said,
Lets put this behind us and move forward.
Before the discussion of the issue came to a conclusion for the
evening, Amari presented the school board with recommendations
for a new public input policy. According to these recommendations:
Any individual desiring to speak shall be allowed to speak and
engage in dialogue with the school board and the administration
during the public comment portion of the meeting, and when
agenda items are being discussed. If any action or motion is to
be taken by the school board, public
comment shall be allowed prior to any
such action or motion. The speaker shall
give his or her name, address, and the
group, if any, that is represented.
The presentation should be as brief
as possible. Written remarks are
Speakers may offer comments on such
school operations and programs as
concern them in public session, however,
the school board will not hear personal
complaints of school personnel or
complaints against any person connected
with the school system.
All speakers are to conduct themselves
in a civil manner. Obscene, libelous,
defamatory or violent statements will be
considered out of order and will not be
tolerated. The school board chairman
may terminate the speakers privilege of
address if the speaker does not follow
these rules of order. The school board
vests in its chairperson, or other presiding
officer, the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual
who does not adhere to the rules established above, as to content
or time.
The Windham School Board will conduct its next meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Community Development
Building, adjacent to town hall. This meeting will be open to
the public. It will be the final school board meeting prior to the
deliberative session, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7 p.m.
at Windham High School (auditorium).


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vagueness of the land acquisition.

Windham resident and local business owner Karl Dubay
cautioned school board members to be more aware of how many
residents view them. Theres a big voting bloc in town that watches
these meetings on cable TV and reads the newspapers and is
yearning for some leadership, Dubay said. It seems that no matter
what this committee does, it doesnt suit the school board, he said.
Every time someone has an idea that doesnt meet the correct
political form, it gets shot down.
There needs to be an end to this negative interaction, Dubay
emphasized. The politics in this room are disgusting!
Citizens Facilities Committee member Amari spoke to the
residents who were at the meeting and watching
on cable. The Citizens Committee? We are
25 Indian Rock Rd. #15 (rte 111), Windham, 1 mile off exit 3 rte 93
you, Amari said. Were doing this for our kids.
Believe me, were not doing this for the school
board. Were here for just one reason; to do this
right. Were not giving up.
After all was said and done, school board
members voted 4 to 1 not to recommend passage
of the proposed citizen-petitioned warrant article
regarding school construction. Voting against the
petitioned warrant article were Michael Joanis,
Dennis Senibaldi, Rob Breton and Jerome Rekart.
The only school board member who voted in
support was Ken Eyring. I wholeheartedly
support the citizens petition, Eyring said. I
have confidence in these people. Eyring said he
believes the school board should reach out to the
landowner before the clock runs out and Election
Day arrives. Its all about the kids, Eyring said.
Joanis said he just couldnt support a warrant
article that has some serious holes in it. A few
days after the meeting, Eyring spoke about the
proposed warrant article and his support for it.
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Additional information on
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I am pleased to announce
my candidacy for a second
term on the Windham
School Board. I have lived
in Windham with my wife
and three daughters for 13
years. I am proud to be
actively involved in our
community and I cherish all
the wonderful opportunities
Windham has given my
I am running for re-election
because I believe in public
education and the value it
brings to our community.
Providing an exceptional
education for our students
is my number one priority.
The kids are always my
first concern when making
decisions that come to the
board. Putting students first
will not only benefit our children, but also our town, our home
values, and our community. I firmly believe that a student-first
approach provides the best return on our tax dollar investment.
Serving on the board has been a valuable experience where I
have learned many things. As a board member, I understand our
responsibility for setting the direction, tone, and tenor of the district.
We are also responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent,
setting policy, preparing the budget, acting on staff nominations,
and negotiating contracts. Because the superintendent is the only
employee of the board and the most senior administrator in the
district, an effective working relationship between the board and the
superintendent is essential. This relationship requires trust.
In the coming years, the school boards focus should remain on
the districts strategic plan, our mission, our goals, policies, and most
importantly, the wellbeing and achievements of our students. We
have made significant progress over the years in student performance
and I am extremely proud of the administration, faculty, parents and
students for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments.
I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow board
members. I am committed to working diligently to build consensus
and I understand the importance of operating as a team. All five
board members must remain focused on the important issues and
set personal agendas aside. I plan to stay active in the community
to ensure the ideas and opinions of residents are included in my
decision making process.
I respectfully request your support for re-election to the Windham
School Board on Tuesday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the
Windham High School.
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Thumbs up/Thumbs down. I would like to know why Atwood

Road and Atwood Road Extension the name of the road was
changed. They are calling it Peaceful Drive. With no notice to the
public or taxpayer. I live in that neighborhood so I can tell you that
theres nothing peaceful about it. Massachusetts people use it to
cross over so they dont have to sit at the light on 38. People are
running that light constantly. Theres a day care center there. They
should have been hanging a sign that says Slow, Children At Play,

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or Slow, School Zone. Not Peaceful Drive because let me tell you
something, theres nothing peaceful about it. I dont know whats
going on in this town when they can just start changing the names
of roads without notifying the people who live there; I think thats
pushing it a little too far. What do you think, Pelham?
Thumbs up/Thumbs down. I live on Atwood Road in Pelham
and I am very disturbed that this towns heritage is being taken
away. The family Atwood helped build this town. They were one
of the first, with the Curriers and the Hobbs. Im very disturbed that
our town history is being taken away. No one was given a word
that Atwood Road would be turned into Peaceful Drive. Why is our
town history just being thrown away? You know, this town maybe
isnt even worth living in anymore and Ive been here since the
early 60s. Bye-bye Pelham.
Thumbs up/Thumbs down. As a past historian for the American
Legion Post 100 here in Pelham, I am the past historian on World
War II to the Civil War, and I am appalled at the name change of
Atwood Road to Peaceful Drive. Shame on the Historical Society
for allowing this to happen. What about all the Civil War people
who are buried in that cemetery? Are we supposed to change
the name to Peaceful Cemetery? I am appalled at the change in
history that this town did not take into consideration. And being
a historian I think I am going to contact the state historian and see
what they have to say about it. Maybe we will get together and
change Peaceful Drive back to Atwood Road.
Thumbs up/Thumbs down. Now that the snow has melted
somewhat, we can now see all the beer cans that are littered all
over our road. There are beer cans all over my front lawn and
my neighbors front lawn, someone is doing a lot of drinking and
driving, and I hope that they get caught. If I get the plate number
I will definitely turn them in. Im sick of picking up beer cans all
winter. If youre going to do the crime you better be prepared to do
the time. Drinking and driving is illegal, so is littering. Someone
is driving drunk and Im putting this in the paper so my neighbors
know that Im picking up the cans and if I ever catch the plate
number Im turning them in.
Thumbs up/Thumbs down. The minions are gone at the Pelham
fire station. My kids and I miss seeing them on our way to and from

school every day. Please bring them back, at least when it gets a
little warmer out!

Reckart and Joanis, on their decision to spend $600,000 of tax

payer money (without even the required formal bid process) on yet
another outside consultant. A petulant Reckart actually called the
cops on Murray - and passed the spending initiative anyway. Thank
you Mr. Murray. Thank you for standing up for the rest of us.

Thumbs down: Im at a loss on what was meant by the thumbs

targeting big money blaming everything on the Koch Brothers? I
agree with your suggestion there is an ever present erosion of the
middle class in this country. But targeting the Koch brothers solely
is like saying all whites are racists. Or all Blacks commit crime.
Lots of Americans pay the price for your freedom every day so you
can write this garbage. So what is your solution? Occupy Wall St.
or stop all traffic on I-93? Using George Soros funding?
Thumbs up to the Transfer Station. I have often had help from
a great guy. This past week no one was available, so I went ahead
and disposed of the paper myself. This guy came up to me and
apologized for not being able to help me at that moment. Thank
you for your help, smile, and kindness. I am a senior, and I do
appreciate this so much. I also have been worried about the ice,
but very relieved to see how well the ice has been removed from
this area. Thank you.

Thumbs up. Two big thumbs up to Tom Murray for throwing

his hat in the ring for Windham school board. A former boxer.
Successful contractor and businessman. Loving father and
husband. If youre tired of politics as usual, high taxes, and broken
promises from certain school board members - heres the solution.
Tom Murray is an honest man who stands up boldly and fights for
whats right. I challenge everyone to watch several school board


Thumbs down to the Pelham Fire Chief. Once again he does

not care what the people of the town want. First the sneaky tactics
to get the fire station. Now the same getting his deputy. For the
last few years the townspeople have voted down his deputy. So
this year he decided to take money away from the much needed
call department and is hiring a deputy behind the backs of the
townspeople of Pelham. The past fire chiefs had no problem
running the department. If he is not capable then maybe the town
should hire someone that is.

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Thumbs down to PFD and the BOS. We pay training, trucks,

salaries, equipment, fuel, expenses and more. Why are residents
charged when an ambulance is needed? Plus they have this in the
budget yearly. All PFD are EMT, we pay for this. How many leave.
Pay the training out of pocket. Is PPD gonna charge to arrest me for
the car?

Thumbs up to the Windham residents that supported placing a

turf field on the ballot. Our community is spending an enormous
amount of money maintaining our current fields, and renting field
space from other communities. The turf field will significantly
reduce our spending in the long run. I will certainly be voting yes
on Article 2!

Thumbs up. Two big thumbs up to Tom Murray. Its not often
that a resident steps up and boldly challenges local government
waste. Murray is a successful local contractor with experience
designing and building eco friendly facilities for New England
businesses and universities. Recently, Murray made the news as
member of Windham school boards new facility committee. It
seems he dared to publicly challenge School board members

Thumbs down. The Pelham SAU just spent over $1 million

on a set of trailers for the SAU Headquarters and now our Pelham
Police Department wants to spend over $400,000 for a new dog
pound. You should all take a walk over to the cemetery where they
just built a brand new office garage that is 200 percent larger than
the old dog pound and so much better looking than the SAU trailer
park and it was done at a cost of under $100,000. Animal Control,
take note. Save us the taxpayers some money.

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Thumbs down to the parents doing drop-off in the morning at

the Windham Center School. Not only is it a safety issue but its
a law, as well as a direct request from the school, that your kid is
not in the front seat and that the kids exit the vehicles from the left
side back seat. You dont need to be their best friends, please just
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by Barbara OBrien
In March of 2008, the majority of voters who cast ballots in
Windham said Yes to a warrant article intended to allow a land
swap between the town and the school district. The 16 acres that
was supposed to be given to the school district is a section of what
is known as The Gage Land, and is located adjacent to Windham
High School. The property that was supposed to be given to the
town was not specifically designated, but was to be at least twice
as much property as the land being given to the school district (a
minimum of 32 acres).
The purpose of the land swap was to provide the school district
with nearby land on which to expand athletic facilities at Windham
High School. The high school began operations in September of
2009, the year after the land swap warrant article was approved.
Certain additional athletic facilities were not included when the
high school was constructed, due to financial constraints.
The warrant article that was approved more than six years
ago included a sunset clause, which resulted in the land swap
deal becoming null and void on December 31, 2014 were it not
finalized by that date. For various reasons, the projects were not
completed within the six-year window, Selectman Al Letizio, Jr.
said. Letizio is also a former member of the Windham School
As no actions were taken to make the land swap a done deal,
selectmen and school board members have worked cooperatively
to have an almost identical warrant article included in this years
balloting. The sunset clause, this time around, however, is for a
period of 20 years. Those in favor of the renewed land swap are
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missing athletic components before the new proposal would be

slated to expire on December 31, 2035.
Selectman Bruce Breton said hed like to see the 16-acre Gage
parcel just conveyed to the school district, rather than requiring
a land swap. Were all one family, Breton emphasized. Letizio
responded by saying that it is simpler to keep the warrant article as
it was originally and not to make changes at this point. Its very
important for the high school to have the use of this land, Letizio
added. Selectmens Chairman Ross McLeod commented that
hed always felt that the six-year time period, originally proposed,
was just too short. Selectman Roger Hohenberger agreed that the
school district and town all involve the same group of residents, but
are still two separate entities.
School board member Michael Joanis explained that the main
reason why the land swap wasnt completed by the end of 2014 is
that the school board is still deciding which option is the best to
solve ongoing space issues in the school district. At this juncture,
the only warrant article involving renovations and/or additions
is a citizens petition asking voters to approve $15 million for
an addition and renovations to Golden Brook School, as well as
renovations to Windham Middle School.
Selectmen voted unanimously (5 to 0) to place the land swap
warrant article on the 2015 Town Warrant. Voting in favor were
Chairman Ross McLeod, Roger Hohenberger, Bruce Breton, Joel
Desilets and Vice-Chairman Al Letizio, Jr. Likewise, members of
the school board also voted unanimously (5 to 0) to place the land
swap warrant article on the 2016 School District Warrant. Voting in
favor of the posting were Chairman Jerome Rekart, Vice-Chairman
Dennis Senibaldi and school board members Michael Joanis, Ken
Eyring and Rob Breton. In order to become valid, both of the
twin articles will have to pass by a majority vote on Election Day.
Voting on these two issues and all other town and school district
warrant articles will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at Windham
High School. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. The
annual school district deliberative session will be held on Friday,
Feb. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The
annual town deliberative session is slated for Saturday, Feb. 7,
beginning at 9 a.m., also in the Windham High School auditorium.

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by Barbara OBrien
New Hampshire State Representative David Bates (R-Windham) says
he is working to have the caps removed from the State Adequacy in
Education Law. The caps were put in place during 2011. Since that
time, according to Bates, Windham has been underfunded in State
Adequacy Aid by $11.7 million; transferring more of the burden for
education to local tax bills.
Windham is not alone, however, Bates explained. There are 79 other
communities across New Hampshire that are in the same boat when it
comes to a lack of State Adequacy Aid. Statewide, he said, towns are
underfunded by about $79 million.
If Bates campaign is successful, the legislative bill on which he
is working would take effect in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Parallel
legislation is also in the works in the State Senate, he added.
Some towns are currently being over-funded for what an adequate
education would be, Bates said, explaining that there are even towns
which no longer have students that are still getting the benefit of State
Adequacy Aid for Education. These communities need to be weaned
off these stabilization grants, he said.
Bates said the success of his campaign to remove the existing caps
from adequacy aid is based largely on the state budget being revenue
neutral. In other words, incoming revenue would need to balance
with expenditures. If State Adequacy Aid for Education is revamped,
it might open up the possibility of renewing State Building Aid, once
again. A moratorium on granting State Building Aid to communities for
school construction has been in place now for several years.
Bates said he is eliciting support from local school board members
and administrators in campaigning to have existing caps removed from
the State Adequacy Aid for Education Law. Windham needs to start
getting what it should have been getting all along, he said.


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10 - January 30, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

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Late Night Fire Claims Landlords Life

submitted by Pelham Fire Department
The Pelham Fire Department reported that a late-night
fire on Friday, Jan. 23 has left one person dead. The state
Fire Marshals Office announced the fatality early Saturday.
Fire officials identified the victim as Steve Dutton, a local
Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Pelham Fire Chief Jim
Midgley and Police Chief Joseph Roark said in a press release
that crews were called to Blackstone Circle shortly after 10
p.m. for reports of a house fire and, upon arrival, encountered
heavy smoke at a two-story residence.
Fire officials from Pelham and 10 neighboring towns
responded to the fire at 7 Blackstone Circle. By 11:20 p.m.,
the fifth alarm was sounded. Fire crews from across the
region assisted at the scene and provided mutual aid at the
Pelham fire station. The fire was under control at about 1 a.m.
Saturday, according to Pelham Fire Lt. Patrick Weaver.
Initially, all efforts were made to account for the
occupants, said Chief Midgley. Crews assisted one resident
who jumped from a second-story window. She was later
identified as Duttons wife, Roseann, who survived the fire but
broke both of her ankles after the jump.
The Duttons were reported to have two sons and an elderly
female whom they were believed to have legal guardianship
During the five-alarm fire, a second person was removed
from the first-floor rear kitchen and a third individual was
brought out through a window on the second floor.
Preliminary indications are that the fire may have started
within the first floor living room by a portable heater, but an
investigation into the cause is still ongoing.
Fire officials reminded all residents to make sure there is
proper clearance when using alternative heating appliances
and that the home is equipped with working smoke detectors.

submitted by Erin Brink

Windham Daisy Girl Scout Troop 13932 visited the Windham Police
Department as part of the requirements to earn the Respect Authority petal. To
show their gratitude for everything that the police officers and firefighters do, the
girls made Thank You for Your CommitMINT bags and delivered them to the
police and fire stations. Each bag was filled with different kinds of mints. The girls
had a great time talking to the officers and touring the facility.

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Synthetic Turf Field Proposal

Backed by School Board
a construction bond or note. In addition, the warrant article asks
voters to raise and appropriate $60,000 for the first years payment.
A 60 percent majority vote is required for passage of such a warrant
article. Petitioners are asking that the bond/note be taken out for a
period of 20 years. According to Potter, the tax-rate impact for the
highest year of such a loan would be $22 on property assessed at
$350,000 for taxation purposes.
School board Vice-Chairman Dennis Senibaldi said he actually
prefers a natural grass field, but still feels he can support the
proposed artificial turf field. The real benefit, according to Senibaldi,
is the additional playing/practice time that will be possible with
the addition of another athletic field. It will be nice not to have to
worry about playing in the rain, he said, making note of the artificial
School board member Ken Eyring said he feels that the proposed
turf field would be a wonderful asset for the community, but is
concerned about the nearly $2 million price tag. Referring to the
citizens petition, Eyring expressed his gratitude to the public for
getting involved in the process; something he has been advocating
since taking his seat on the board last March. Eyring said hes glad
that the proposal is a separate warrant article. I believe the people
should decide, he said, adding that he hasnt heard anyone speak
out against the idea.
Weve got a real opportunity here, to make a great leap forward,
school board member Rob Breton said. Were in desperate need of
this. School board member Michael Joanis commented that a side
benefit of having artificial turf is that it will require much less water
to maintain. School board Chairman Jerome Rekart said he feels its
always nice when the public becomes involved. This has been on
the radar for some time, Rekart commented. I havent spoken to
anyone whos totally opposed. Rekart said he has no qualms about
supporting the warrant article.
Although there was little comment from members of the public
attending the meeting, those who did come to the podium spoke
in favor of Article 2. Rich Amari noted that the cost of a turf field is
much higher than it would have been when the high school was built
almost six years ago and is only
likely to get more costly if not
done now. Im all for it, Amari
said. Karl Dubay said the high
school is a source of community
pride, and these feelings
would only be enhanced by
the addition of a turf field.
Selectman Ross McLeod said
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the community will save money
in the long run by having a
Pick up or Delivery
turf field, rather than a natural
one. Its a win the whole
way round, McLeod said. Jim
Gustafson, the school boards
student representative, said he
really likes the idea of 1,000
bleacher seats for spectators,
although hes disappointed that
a track is not included in the
At the end of the discussion,
the school board voted
unanimously to recommend
Article 2 to voters. Voting
in favor were Jerome Rekart,
Michael Joanis, Rob Breton,
Ken Eyring and Dennis
Senibaldi. The proposal will
be discussed further during the
Friday, Feb. 6 school district
deliberative session, which
gets underway at 7 p.m. in the
51 Lake St, Nashua
auditorium at Windham High
School. Election Day is set for
Tuesday, March 10. The polls
will be open from 7 a.m. until
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8 p.m. at the high school.

by Barbara OBrien
When Windham High School was built in 2009, many people
already knew it was deficient in outdoor athletic facilities. It was the
Family Owned
cost, however, that drove school administrators to remove certain
components from the original plans. Hoping to solve some of the
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problems that have arisen, due to the lack of sufficient athletic fields,
a group of residents is putting forth a citizen-petitioned warrant
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A bond hearing on the citizens petition was conducted by the
Windham School Board on Jan. 20. The citizens
petition is listed on the 2015-2016 School District
Over 20 Years
Warrant as Article 2. Resident Dan Potter, who
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that many residents have been pushing for, during
the past several years.
Article 2 asks voters to raise
and appropriate the sum of
$1,820,000 for the purpose of
constructing and equipping a
multi-purpose athletic synthetic
turf field, lighting and seating
at Windham High School. The
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Many elements of vehicle maintenance become
second nature to drivers once they have a few
months of driving under their belts. Oil changes,
routine checkups and periodic vehicle inspections
can keep cars running smoothly and safely on the
road. But few drivers remember to maintain their
headlights, a potentially dangerous oversight that
can compromise the safety of drivers and their
fellow motorists.
Old or poorly maintained headlights can be
hazardous for a variety of reasons. When coupled with inclement weather, outdated or dirty
headlights can make it difficult for drivers to see
pedestrians and other vehicles. In addition, drivers
who struggle to see at night may find their visibility further compromised by older headlights that
dont provide the light they need to navigate their
vehicles safely once the sun has gone down.
Because headlights can have such a dramatic
impact on driver safety, its important that motorists take the following steps to maintain their
Recognize when bulbs start to dim. As headlight bulbs age, their light output is reduced by the
effects of humidity, electrical resistance, filament
fatigue, and general usage. The result is dim bulbs
that make it difficult for motorists young and old
to see when driving at twilight and at night, when
a drivers visual acuity is naturally reduced by 70
percent. Drivers should pay attention to how their
headlights are performing, replacing any bulbs
that are no longer providing adequate light.
Dont just replace but upgrade your headlight
bulbs. Bulbs that have started to dim need to be
replaced, but auto enthusiasts or maintenancesavvy drivers know they can upgrade their bulbs
when replacing them. Industry experts recommend replacing headlamp bulbs every two years,
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Some drivers spend a significant amount of time
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Numerous studies have shown that roughly
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Keep wiper blades fresh. Wiper blades
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When inspecting the wiper blades, remember to
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Avoid hanging items that compromise visibility. Many drivers like to hang trinkets, fuzzy dice or
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Clean the interior glass and mirrors. Dirty
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12 - January 30, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

More Letters to our Editor

-continued from page 4

Windham School Board:

Transparency a Necessity
Before the school board candidate filing period
ends Friday and voters can finally start evaluating their
choices, a discussion about transparency and school
board culture seems in order.
One of the most respected Supreme Court Justices,
Louis Brandeis said in 1913 that Publicity is justly
commended as a remedy for social and industrial
diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants;
electric light the most efficient policeman. His appeal
for transparency and for active citizen involvement in
the workings of government still rings true over 100
years later. Please note that at the time publicity
meant both PR/advertising and the practice of making
information widely available to the public which we
today call transparency.
Being raised in Romania under a communist
regime, I have seen firsthand the terrible mistakes
made by a government making decisions in secret.
Throughout my professional career, I have analyzed
many operational and financial errors and learned that
the best way to make decisions is to engage in open
discussion, examine all data, listen to everybody who
has something to say, explain ones reasoning publicly,
then reach a decision. I believe in transparency and
open government because they are morally right and the
most effective way to govern.
The best school boards have open, healthy
conversations in public, and Windhams school board
can do better in this regard. True transparency requires
discussing all important matters in public meetings.
Too often, the details are buried in rarely read 100-plus
page public packets and never brought up publicly.
As town residents, taxpayers and parents we are called
to judge whether school board members do a good job,
and to do that we need to know how the school board
works. Good teachers require pupils to show their
work, not just the results, and grading school board
members works the same way. A school board that
respects its constituents will gladly show their entire
body of work instead of using public meetings to just
vote on a decision after minimal public debate.
Even the best people using ideal processes cannot
guarantee getting every decision right. When mistakes
happen, it is easier for both the board and the town
residents to learn from them if the decisions were made
publicly. Making every decision in a public forum
allows the board to later review their work and learn
from previous mistakes to avoid repeating them.
I live my life according to my beliefs, so I am making
my thoughts and opinions public, and provide the facts
and the analysis I used to reach my conclusions. This
way, everybody can make a judgement on whether I am
the right person for the job and know exactly who they
are voting for.
I am publishing older letters to the editor and recent
articles to the Windham Patch. I would also greatly
appreciate a chance to expand on school board matters

in person: just send me an email and I will be glad to

meet with anybody interested in further discussions.
Get involved, get informed and get to the polls on
March 10 - your vote will make a difference for years to
Daniel Popovici-Muller, Windham

A Gap in Politics
It is my commitment as your newly elected State
Representative of Pelham that I maintain the utmost
transparency and accountability with my votes.
Standing in that commitment I will be posting all my
votes on Facebook with an explanation as to why I
voted the way I did. Congressman Justin Amash out
of Michigan became the first Federal official to do this
when he got elected and I thought the idea had so much
merit as to take it down to the state level here in New
Hampshire and it be a practice that I implement. On
that note, a part of me finds it sad that accountability
and transparency arent as abundant in government as
I believe they should be. I believe thats a real missing
and a gap in politics both here in New Hampshire and
in general federally. During the campaign trail my
colleagues (and fellow incoming freshmen legislators) in
the State House, Rep. Greg Smith and Rep. Kim Rice
also did a great job at touting these principles during
our election and I highly admire and respect both of
those individuals for speaking to both of those values
during the election.
Another practice that I will commit to following both
through Facebook and through upcoming letters to the
editors is speaking to the issues in a way that is done
rationally and intelligently.
I am available on my cell phone 914-275-5696 and
I promise to return all constituent phone calls in a
timely manner. If social media is your preferred choice
of communication - I can be reached by searching
Eric Schleien or by direct link at
I look forward to an ongoing conversation with
constituents. Please do not ever hesitate to reach out.
Eric Schleien, Representative, Hillsborough 37,

A Line has been Crossed by WSB

The Windham School District is the custodian
of a $46M-plus budget that is proposed to grow to
$48M-plus next year (if passed by voters). We entrust
that money to our elected school board members, who
in-turn entrust it to the District Administration to run
our schools.
The Mission statement for the school district is
identical to the first half of the school boards:
to be a continuously improving, learning
community, providing quality services to enable all

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St. Joseph Hospital has received certification from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary
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This certification lets our community know we have the resources and commitment to provide the
best possible stroke care, said Dr. Khawaja Rahman, medical director for the Stroke Program at St. Joseph
Hospital. Its a combination of the right equipment, personnel and training to quickly assess and treat
strokes. This includes the ability to efficiently transfer patients in the rare instances they require treatment
beyond our capabilities Achieving certification validates all the effort we have put into this program and
to ensuring the health and safety of our patients.
The DNV GL Healthcare Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain
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full spectrum of stroke care diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education and establishes clear
metrics to evaluate outcomes.
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According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000
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the Cardiovascular & Diabetes Center, Breast Care Center, and Cancer Center, a CARF-accredited stroke
program at our Rehabilitation Center, and labor and delivery services at the Childbirth Center. They offer
an extensive physician network of specialists and primary care providers. Affiliates include St. Joseph
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In anticipation of the upcoming Windham town

budget meetings, we are once again being fed proposals
to expand the town staffing and equipment as though
the Sky Is Falling and we must have without question
an increased town budget. This is the standard party
line to satisfy the universal bureaucratic oath thou shall
always ask for more dollars than the previous year. All
existing departments everywhere practice this budget
game to continue the solidarity of their existence and
it is usually done in planned incremental occurrences
(very important reference). A few recent examples, add
a new police officer in the school system at $68,400 this
year and the following year it goes to $94,500 and we
already have a police officer in the schools. Our Chief
tells us that surrounding towns have a greater resident
to officer ratio therefore we must increase the level from
19 officers to 25, state wide average is only 18 officers.
When school is not in session (including summer
months will this officer be on the payroll, go home,
on special duty? What about the additional cruiser at
$41,900, will it join the present cruiser at the Route 93
construction project for at least six hours with flashing
lights, when this could be done with a portable flashing
beacon for a fraction of the cost?
Now let us view a classic school board example, the
new school budget includes 16 new positions, only four
teachers and 12 non-essential staff, all at a starting cost
of $726,000 for this year alone. As we all know these
expenses with added benefits will continue to increase
each year, thus a continued budget increase, thus more
tax dollars needed, you can easily see where this is going
with no end. What about the windfall WHS bond
interest saving over $1 million, where and when will
the taxpayer see this relief? Just when the taxpaying
residents think things will get better ...
Well how about this. We have a school committee
chairman that does not allow well informed professional
level citizens speak at a meeting against a consulting
firm that the inspector general cautioning school
districts to perform due diligence before procurement
of this companies services, the school committee
members voted in favor of a 5-year contract regardless
of the companys poor performances. Recently,
selectmen were quoted on the budget, when you look
at these increases it would hardly make a difference and
another quote, when you see the increase its less than
inflation, folks remember those incremental doses.
Careful what you residents wish for from your elected
officials, we need to consider several Nos at the Mar.
10 Town Meeting. There is not enough editorial space
to continue with examples of the perceived urgency to
spend tax dollars. Residents of Windham must take the
time to evaluate all requests and understand the longer
term effect they have on our town operating costs.
Where is the leadership in our government officials
for once to say, we will not increase budgets and
manage our operations without fear that the Sky Is
Steve Zaimes, Windham

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Act Extends VA Benets to SameSex Married Couples
submitted by the Ofce of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
On Jan. 27, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses
Equal Treatment Act, legislation extending veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families
regardless of where they live. The legislation is named after the late New Hampshire National Guard
Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan who passed away in 2013 after a battle with breast cancer; after
her passing, Morgans wife and daughter were initially ineligible to receive certain survivor benefits until
the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. To this day, families in
states where same-sex marriages are not recognized remain ineligible for certain Department of Veterans
Affairs benefits.
No one who has served in uniform and fought for our country should be denied the benefits theyve
earned and deserve, Shaheen said. Its unacceptable that a veteran could return home only to find that
their families are not eligible for benefits they were promised because they live in a state that does not
recognize same-sex marriage. We must act immediately to right this wrong.
All of our nations service members and veterans deserve to have full and equal access to the benefits
they earned serving our nation, said David Stacy, Government Affairs director for the Human Rights
Campaign. Its unconscionable that veterans with a same-sex spouse continue to be treated differently
by the federal government simply because they happen to live in a non-marriage equality state. From
veteran disability compensation, to government backed veteran home loans, the consequences of this
discrimination for our nations LGBT military and veteran families are very real.
Gay and lesbian veterans, having valiantly served in the military, and their spouses must not be
denied the benefits they rightly earned simply because of where they live, said Laura W. Murphy,
director of the American Civil Liberties Unions Washington Legislative Office. Senator Shaheens
legislation is critical to ensuring that married same-sex couples receive the same federal recognition and
respect that opposite-sex couples are entitled to.
Our service members put their lives on the line for our nation, and yet, if they happen to live in a
state that doesnt respect their marriage, the federal government denies them full and equal access to the
veterans benefits they earned, said American Military Partner Association President Ashley BroadwayMack. The only thing that our LGBT veterans and families are asking for is to be treated the exact same
way as our straight counterparts, no more and no less. No service member or veteran should be treated
as second class just because of the sex of their spouse.
According to the Justice Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs is unable to grant
comprehensive benefits to same-sex couples in states that do not recognize such legal marriages. The
Charlie Morgan Act would address this lingering inequality by altering the definition of marriage in
Title 38 to ensure that all veterans receive the federal benefits theyve earned, regardless of their state of
The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),
Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Ron Wyden (DOR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy
Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Al Franken (D-MN) and Gary Peters (D-MI). Shaheen will also
introduce this legislation as an amendment to the Hire More Heroes Act, legislation that already cleared
the House unanimously, when the Senate begins consideration of that bill.

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children to master the knowledge and competencies

necessary to function skillfully throughout life.
But the school boards Mission statement goes on to
define a hollow goal:
Goal: The Windham School Board will continue
to actively communicate with and seek input from the
Windham Community on District considerations and
refine communication mechanisms as appropriate.
Apparently, the District Administration is not
interested in public input but at least they are up front
about their intent by removing it from their mission
statement. The school board (as a whole) however, is
hypocritical as their actions speak louder than words.
For as long as I can remember, our taxpayer money
has been recklessly spent by the WSD without proper
oversight by the school board we elected. A perfect
example is the recent rush by Messrs. Rekart, Joanis
and Senibaldi to sign a $577,000 no-bid Cenergistic
contract for behavioral training, where expert public
input was not only blocked ... Chairman Rekart
called the police when people questioned his action to
prohibit their input. More the agenda of a controller
than a citizen-elected representative.
The arrogance of ignoring the public is bad, but
when strong armed tactics use the police in an attempt
to FORCE the public into silence... then a line has been
crossed that must not be tolerated. God Bless each
of Windhams residents who refused to sit silently in
obedience while yet another costly, intolerable decision
was being imposed on our town. Look at 1:18:00
of the video recording, and you can decide if anyone
in the public was out of hand. Your answer will be
an unequivocal No! Then go back and watch the
Cenergistic presentation that begins at 19:00. You will
be stunned to learn what $600K of our tax money was
squandered on.
It is time for change on the school board. After
watching and participating in many school board
meetings, it is obvious that WSB members Messrs.
Rekart and Jonais would prefer that the public not show
up, and do not welcome nor want to hear comments
that do not align with their interests.
The school budget that supports our childrens
education is the largest contributor to our excessively
high property taxes. The school board is elected by
the people (parents and non-parents alike) to serve the
community. Selecting qualified candidates who do
their homework and welcome public input must be
a high priority. School board meetings must be open
to the public with the agenda publicly posted well in
advance. These meetings must be structured to provide
citizens with an opportunity to express their opinions
to the board and the community as issues are being
discussed. Representative government relies on the
informed trust of its citizens.
Change comes slowly, but nothing changes at all
unless good people get involved. It is time to change
board members this election.


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Pelham Fire Log

Monday, January 19: 5:59 a.m. Medical
emergency, Bush Hill Road. 3:12 a.m. Motor
vehicle accident, Marsh Road. 8:52 a.m.
Medical emergency, Old County Road. 4:37 p.m.
Medical emergency, Windham Road. 6:17 p.m.
Investigate fire alarm activation, Carlisle Lane.
Tuesday, January 20: 1:40 a.m. Medical
emergency, Mt. Vernon Drive. 7:18 a.m.
Dispatched for mutual aid to Salem for a building
fire. 9:49 a.m. Medical assistance, Bridge Street.
10:14 a.m. Medical emergency, Main Street.
11:05 a.m. Medical call, Heritage Road. 11:35
a.m. Medical emergency, Terrace Circle. 12:48
p.m. Medical emergency, Ledge Road. 4:09 p.m.
Medical emergency, Gordon Avenue. 6:17 p.m.
Motor vehicle accident, Bush Hill Road.
Wednesday, January 21: 7:09 a.m. Medical
emergency, Kirlin Place. 10:20 a.m. Medical
emergency, Willow Street. 10:54 a.m. Medical
emergency, Mammoth Road. 11:41 a.m.

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Cenergistic Contract- continued from front page

Medical emergency, Windham Road. 1:11 p.m.

Responded for medical alarm activation, Simpson
Mill Road.
Thursday, January 22: 9:30 a.m. Responded for
medical alarm activation, Simpson Mill Road.
3:57 p.m. Medical emergency, Berthel Street.
Friday, January 23: 11:50 a.m. Dispatched for
mutual aid to Hudson for station coverage. 3:49
p.m. Medical assistance, Island Pond Road.
10:07 p.m. Structure fire, Blackstone Circle.
Saturday, January 24: 9:43 a.m. Wires down,
Simpson Road. 12:58 p.m. Dispatched for
mutual aid to Hudson for structure fire. 5:54 p.m.
Medical assistance, Willow Street.
Sunday, January 25: 9:20 a.m. Medical
assistance, Spruce Street. 10:21 a.m. Rekindle
from previous structure fire, Blackstone Circle.
10:48 a.m. Medical emergency, Spruce Street.
11:52 a.m. CO alarm activation, Settlers Way.
1:07 p.m. CO alarm activation, Westfall Road.


Fellow Citizens Facilities Committee member

Tom Murray, who was also denied permission to
speak prior to the school boards vote to approve
the contract, asked board members to just give
us a minute and well show you the math on
how the Windham School District can become
energy-efficient and save money without hiring
Cenergistic. For me, its all about doing whats
best for the children in this school district,
Murray said. Thats why Im so passionate!
Murray also recently added his name to the list of
candidates running for school board this year.
During the public comment period on Jan. 20,
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg stated that the
contract with Cenergistic, although approved by
the majority of school board members two weeks
earlier, had not yet been signed. Feneberg said
the contract was still under review. A few days
after that meeting, Feneberg said the contract with
Cenergistic had still not been signed. However,
the school board has voted on the contract,
and there has been no change on that vote, he
explained. Legal counsel is providing additional
information about questions board members had,
Feneberg said. I anticipate the contract will be
signed in the near future.
Business Administrator Adam Steel said he was
in the process of finalizing some details. When
questioned about the process that was undertaken
in regard to the Cenergistic contract, Steel said, I
can assure you that no laws were broken by the
administration or the school board. Based on the
minutes from the Jan. 6 meeting, the school board
approved a motion by Mike Joanis to authorize
the administration to enter into a contract with
Cenergistic, Inc. for an energy conservation
program for a period of five years at no net cost
to the district, with the stipulation that it is in
conjunction with the Salem School District. The
motion was seconded by school board ViceChairman Senibaldi. After the school board acts,
my job is to work out the details of the contract
between our attorney, our insurance provider, and
the vendor, Steel explained. That process is our
typical routine for all contracts; one that we have
followed for years.

Our attorney did not even receive the contract

from me until the day after the board voted, as I
do not typically expend school district funds on
a legal review for a proposal that is not approved
by the school board, Steel stated. If we ran
into issues in the negotiation process, clearly we
would have to go back to the school board to
tell them we could not come to an agreement,
due to legal and/or insurance reasons, Steel
continued. In reading the draft contract proposal
from Cenergistic, and in conversations with both
Cenergistic and the Salem School District, I was
not concerned about our likelihood at being
successful in finalizing contract language. I
rely on our legal review to ensure we remain in
compliance with all applicable laws.
On Jan. 26, a week after the school board
meeting, Eyring expressed his dissatisfaction with
the manner in which the proposed contract had
been handled, thus far. After many passionate
requests were made by Windham residents,
Im disappointed that my fellow school board
members would not reconsider their 3-1-1
decision that awarded a five-year, $577,000
no-bid contract to Cenergistic for behavioral
training, Eyring said. That service falls within
the scope of a facility managers responsibilities
someone who could provide so much more
benefit to the district.
Eyring also said, I believe the money that will
be paid to Cenergistic should have been utilized
by investing in the built-in, energy conservation
infrastructure upgrades that the facilities
committee has been planning as part of its space
solution. The facilities committees solutions
would provide real, significant energy savings for
years to come and keep all of the savings in the
district, where they could be redirected to the
classroom and taxpayers.
Comments were requested from Chairman
Rekart, but he passed the responsibility to
Vice-Chairman Senibaldi. Dennis has been
handling the media re: the contract, Rekart
said. Questions posed to Senibaldi received no


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Shaheen to Serve As Ranking

Member of European
Subcommittee Everylifetimehasastory
submitted by the Ofce of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced on Jan. 28 that she will serve as ranking member
of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security
Cooperation for the 114th Congress. The Europe Subcommittee has jurisdiction over critical issues
related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, European Union, and Russia, as well as global
responsibility for regional security cooperation.
We are facing significant foreign policy challenges around the globe, including in Europe, that require
careful and deliberate consideration, Shaheen said. From the global threat of terrorism, to Russian
aggression, to issues of climate change and nonproliferation, to new trade opportunities, we must work
together closely with our European allies to address these challenges and opportunities. I look forward to
leading in this effort through my role on the European Affairs Subcommittee.
The subcommittees responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to
terrorism and non-proliferation; crime and illicit narcotics; U.S. foreign assistance programs; and the
promotion of U.S. trade and exports. The subcommittee will be chaired by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).



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Ernesto Munoz
Ernesto Munoz, 70, of Pelham, died
December 30, 2014, at his home.
Born in Ysleta, El Paso, Texas, October
26, 1944, a son of the late Edwardo and
the late Ada (Wells) Munoz, he attended
Ysleta schools and was
a graduate of Bel Air
High School in El Paso.
A veteran of the
Vietnam Conflict,


Ernesto proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

Before retiring, he was employed as an Engineer with Raytheon
Corporation in Pelham and Tewksbury, MA for over 35 years.
Among his many activities, Ernesto enjoyed gardening, crossword
and brain teaser puzzles. He was a huge New England sports fan,
especially of the Boston Celtics. He loved coaching and was a
former coach of Pelham and Manchester baseball and basketball.
Ernesto is survived by two sons, Marc Munoz of Tallahassee, FL,
and Derik Munoz and his wife Jennifer of Colorado Springs, CO;
two grandsons, Maddox and Isaac Munoz; a sister, Daisy Pizarro

and her husband Juan of El Paso, TX; a brother, Charles Munoz and
his wife Priscilla of El Paso, TX; his former wife, Namsuk Hurley
and her husband William of Andover, MA; and several nieces and
In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there were no calling
hours and all funeral services were held privately.
E-condolences at Arrangements
by the Pelham Funeral Home, Pelham, 635-3333.


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Lena I. (DiBenedetto) Thorndike

Lena I. (DiBenedetto) Thorndike,
97, of Windham, died Jan. 20, 2015,
at the Community Hospice House in
Merrimack. Lena was born in Lawrence,
MA, one of the seven children of Maria
(DeMarco) and Giovanni DiBenedetto.
She graduated from Holy Rosary
Grammar School, Lawrence High School
and MacIntosh Business School. She was
a medical secretary for Lawrence General
Hospital for 25 years, later working for
Dr. OShea in Lawrence, MA. She was
a former member and past President of
the Salem Garden Club. Lenas passion was gardening and she
thought planting flowers around town was part of her civic duty.
In the 60s and 70s she put together a floral display for the annual
Central School graduation ceremonies. She planted trees and did

landscaping at the Golden Brook School in 1973. She planted red

maples at Mary Queen of Peace Church in 1976. Her green thumb
beautified the Salem Cooperative Bank lobby for over 30 years. Her
home garden was toured on a regular basis during the 70s as she
was proud to share its beauty and serenity with all her visitors. She
enjoyed baking, bird watching and spending time with her family.
Lena was predeceased by her devoted husband of 49 years,
Robert W. Thorndike; and her siblings, Jenny DiBenedetto, Angelina
Mauceri, Eleanor Helen Lomazzo, Marie Cataudella, Margaret
DiBenedetto and John DiBenedetto.
She is survived by her sons, David and his wife Linda of
Windham, and John of Londonderry; five grandchildren, Brian,
Derek, Angela, Amanda and Candice; two great-grandchildren,
Lilly-Anne and Alexandra and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She had a special relationship with her goddaughter, Maria
Lomazzo and Marias siblings, Anthony and Paula; and her niece,
Angela Chiara.

A funeral service was held Jan. 23 at the Douglas & Johnson

Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, followed by burial on Jan. 24 at
Cemetery on the Hill in Windham.
Memorial contributions in Lenas name may be sent to Community
Hospice House, 210 Naticook Rd., Merrimack, NH 03054.
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Patricia (Rowbotham-Boyd) Smith

Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the
Fresh Pacific
Patricia (Rowbotham-Boyd) Smith, 71, a
American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Dr, Suite 110, Bedford, NH
lifelong resident of Pelham, passed away
03110 or the American Lung Association, 20 Warren St, Suite 4,
January 2, 2015, with her loving family by
Concord, NH 03301.
her side following a courageous battle with
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Paul L. Smith with whom she celebrated
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Born in Lowell,
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Among her many activities, Pat enjoyed yard
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Alvirne - Pelham Avalanche Hockey

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

The Avalanche came up

score. Pat DeVito also had
short in both of their games
an assist. The Avs seemed to
last week with Londonderry
carry the play in the second,
and Nashua North, both of
outshooting Nashua 9-4, but
which were winnable games.
they were still tied at the end
The coaches sent a
of the period, defenseman
message to his players for the
Bobby Haverty getting the
Londonderry game, dropping
goal on a shot from the point.
some veteran players from
The Avs scored three quick
the first and second lines to
goals to take a 6-3 lead, Doug
the third. He also changed
Herling unassisted snipe
the defensive pairings, which
of the Nashua goalie, Brett
limited the ice time for some
Pitre in the slot from Devin
players that usually have
Herling, and a shorthanded
much more. These changes
breakaway tally from Brendan
appeared to give the team a
Parent. Nashua didnt give
jump start at the beginning
up though, they forced the
Pat DeVito, Bobby Haverty, Cam Blake and Tyler Poisson are in overtime.
of the Londonderry game. The
Avs to take a couple of bad
Avs had the advantage in attack
penalties and while on a
Brad Brock and Kyle Resack during the second period score of 2-2
zone time in the first
5-on-3 advantage, Nashua
period and they matched
started the comeback with a
shots on goal with eight
one-timer from the
each. Unfortunately,
face-off circle that
Londonderry was up
Richall couldnt
1-0 after the first, on a
come up with. Then,
power play goal from the
while on a 5-onslot area. Londonderry
4 advantage they
took over in the second
scored again, 6-5
period, outshooting the
Avalanche. Nashua
Avs 13-1 and scoring two
kept skating and tied
more goals, one of which
the game late in the
was a power play goal,
third. In OT there
to take a 3-0 advantage.
was only one shot
The Avs tried to climb
on net, which came
back into the game in the
from behind the
third with a goal from
goal line, bounced
Bryce Blanchard assisted
off an Avalanche
Brandan Parent and Bryce Blanchard can see the puck in the goal at 10:40 of the third.
by Gamst and Parent,
defenders skate, and
Brad Brock and Doug Herling (left) at first score 4.04
but they were not able
found the back of the
for most of the game and it seemed to
to capitalize on other
pay off. Nashua opened the scoring
opportunities. Final score
This was a very disappointing loss for the players, coaches and
in the first, scoring two goals in the first seven minutes of the
was Londonderry 3, Avalanche 1. Shots on goal advantage went to
fans! Hopefully the coach can take some of the negatives from
period, but Alvirne-Pelham fought back tying the score with less
Londonderry 26-17.
this game and turn them into positives. The next game is Saturday,
than a minute left in the first. Goal 1 went to Cam Richall, assisted
Saturday, January 17 versus Nashua North was a heartbreaker,
January 24, at Pinkerton.
by Bryce Blanchard, who made a nice pass across the crease to
the final score in overtime was 7-6 Nashua. The Avs reverted
Richall. Then Richall returned the favor, feeding Blanchard for the
back to their normal line combinations for the North game and


It was a Battle and Finally a Game Broke Out

by Len Lathrop
When the final buzzer sounded,
it seemed like every player on both
teams must have shot at least one
free throw. It was a long game. The
Pythons seemed to be out rebounded
by Monadnock Regional High School
in their own end in the first, but they
controlled play overall and out ran the
visitors. After one quarter it was 7-10
Pythons. By the end of the half, Pelham
had picked up its shooting and was in
the lead 14-21.
Pelham led most of the game and
won by a score of 40-33. The team
senior captains, Lauren Anderson and
Katelyn Surprenant, scored nine points
and 14 points, respectively. Lauren and
Katelyn hooked up with a thrilling play
with nine seconds left in the third

Staff photos by Len Lathrop

quarter. Lauren received the ball from

under the Monadnock basket and drove
the length of the court. With just about
a second left, Lauren found Katelyn
under the basket for a hoop just as the
third-quarter buzzer went off.
Danielle Sirois and Caitlin Riordan,
two freshman forwards, played well
and helped control the defensive
boards. Lilly Shlimon and Jess Lessard
played great defense to contribute to an
important win.
Monadnock came to Pelham with
a record of 9-1 in Division III, and the
Pythons stand at a 72 percent record
of 8-3 so far this season. Pelham High
School has played 11 with seven games

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Alvirne-Pelham Avs
Hockey Digs Deep but
Lose Close One
The snowstorm on Saturday, Jan. 24 postponed the Alvirne-Pelham
Avalanche game, so they played an early game on Monday, Jan. 26
at 3 p.m. in Hooksett at the Ice Den. The Avs, who are riding a sixgame losing streak since winning the season opener, really needed
something to build on to get them going in the second half of the
season and they seem to have gotten that.
Although they lost a close game 2-1 vs. a strong Pinkerton team, the
play of junior goalie Curtis Richall stood out; he made 39 saves in the
loss, many of which were outstanding. Pinkerton was all over the Avs
from the drop of the puck, outshooting Alvirne-Pelham 19-4 in the first
while taking a 1-0 lead.
The Avs played much better in the second period, holding Pinkerton
to eight shots, while generating only five of their own. Brendan Parent
tied the game at one when he trailed Cam Richall into Pinkertons
zone, and Richall dropped a pass back that the goalie never saw.
Parent fired the puck home. Brad Brock also had an assist on the goal.
Pinkerton retook the lead shortly after when the Avs couldnt get a
handle on the puck to clear it. Pinkerton came out from behind the
net three times before one shot deflected off an Avs defenseman and
beat Richall.
The third period was a pretty close period as well, with Pinkerton
outshooting the Avalanche 14-10. Both teams had many good scoring
chances, but neither was able to add to the score.
The Avs played a game on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at PembrokeCampbell. Next, they face Bishop Guertin on Saturday, Jan. 31, 3:30
p.m. at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro (considered a BG home game).

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Lady Jag Gymnasts Continue to Improve


submitted by Mary Alice Boone

Last year marked the first year that
the Windham High School women
gymnasts were able to complete as
a team and not as independents,
and they had lots of success doing
so. This year, with the loss of three
veteran gymnasts and big contributors
in Ali Otis, Lindsey Maffei and Amy
Caron, its been up to captain and
senior Jaycie Greenberg to take on
that leadership role and lead the
underclassmen. Jaycie has done a
great job filling those shoes and has
had to inspire the team through the
adversity of injuries and sickness.
The team welcomed one new
member and freshman phenom,
Samantha Jezak, and Samanthas
contributions to the team all season
long have provided a big boost.
Returning members, sophomores
Kathryn Boone, Nela Klonowski,
Klaudia Klonowski and Mia Brikiatis,
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have managed to pick up where they
left off last season but not without
each meet and all of the girls have done a nice
challenges. Kathryn is working her
job fulfilling their roles. Although having only
way back from an injury suffered at the start of
four contributing gymnasts in a team format that
the season; Mia and Klaudia have been sidelined
usually requires at least five to maximize scores,
for several weeks recently with injury and illness,
Windham has continued to improve their team
so its been up to Jezak, Boone, Klonowski and
scores and still remain competitive.
Greenberg to compete in the majority of the
On Jan. 5, the team traveled to Pinkerton
Academy to compete against Pinkerton, defending
These girls have stepped up to remain
state champs, Pelham, Spaulding and several other
competitive as a team despite being so
schools represented by independent gymnasts.
shorthanded. Only two girls are allowed to
Samantha Jezak posted some impressive scores of
compete in the All-Around and do all four events,
8.1 on Vault, 7.4 on Floor (third place), 8.85 on
and that responsibility has belonged to Jezak and
Beam (third place), 9.0 on Bars (second place) and
Boone throughout the season. Klonowski and
an All-Around score of 33.35 which was good for
Greenberg have had to compete on three events

(sixth place), 8.0 on Floor (third Place) and

an All-Around score of 32.0 which was good
enough to take second place among all
gymnasts! Kathryn Boones performance was
highlighted by scores of 7.3 on Beam, 7.6 on
Floor, 7.8 on Vault and an All-Around score of
28.62 which ranked sixth among all gymnasts
in that category. Nela Klonowskis 7.0 on
Vault, 6.05 on Beam, 6.0 on Floor and Jaycie
Greenbergs 5.7 on Floor contributed to the
teams total score nicely.
The team most recently traveled to Salem
High School on Jan. 19 to face off against
teams from Salem, Londonderry, Pelham, and
Dover among other independent gymnasts.
It was a night to honor the seniors from the
Windham High School and Pelham High
School teams so Windham Coach Paula
Chausse took great pleasure in paying tribute
to Captain Jaycie Greenberg. Jaycie followed
the ceremony with a strong performance on
Floor posting a season personal best score
of 7.0. Samanthas 9.25 on the same event
was good enough to take first place. Kathryn
Boone and Nela Klonowski added their own
season personal bests on Floor of 7.65 and
7.7, respectively. Other highlights of the meet
included: Jezak-8.7 Bars (tie for first!), 8.0 Vault,
7.9 Beam and 33.85 All-Around (season best and
tie for third), Boone-7.35 Vault, 6.8 Beam and
6.35 Bars, Klonowski-6.45 Vault, Greenberg-5.8
The gymnasts will cap off their season with one
more meet at Nashua North on Feb. 5 and then
its on to the state meet being held at Salem High
School on Feb. 21. The team is hoping to have
Mia Brikiatis and Klaudia Klonowski ready to
compete again by then. Best of luck to the Lady
Jags as they try to finish off their season in strong

third place among all gymnasts. Kathryn Boone

had strong performances on Floor and Vault
scoring 7.2 and 7.5, respectively. Nela Klonowski
posted impressive scores of 7.25 on Vault and
7.0 on Floor, and Jaycie Greenberg performed
nicely on Floor and finished with a 6.1 on that
event. Windham posted a third-place team finish
despite only having four gymnasts competing
an admirable feat!
A week later, the Lady Jags visited Pinkerton
once again to compete with Pinkerton, Pelham,
Spaulding, Goffstown and other independent
gymnasts. Samantha Jezak led the team posting
scores of 7.9 on Beam, 8.0 on Floor, 8.1 on Vault

submitted by Ryan OConnor,

WHS Head Track Coach
The WHS Jag Indoor Track &
Field team is rounding into shape
just in time for the D2 State Meet
at Dartmouth College on Sunday,
Feb. 8. The team has been hard at
work since Dec. 1 training inside the
school, around the school in frigid
temperatures and winter weather,
and, most recently, once a week at
the Hampshire Hills Dome one hour
away. The team has battled less than
ideal conditions as well as illnesses
so common during winter, but has
kept their focus and persevered,
all for a chance to toe the line in
Leading the way for the boys team
has been junior Alex Jonson. Jonsons
55m hurdle time is currently tied for
the top spot in D2/3 and ranked fifth
overall in the state. Also ranking high
are sprinters Donvovan Hopkins,
Ricky Ferguson, and Riley Parent in
the 55m dash, Nick Whitehead in
the 600m run, football standout and
newcomer Matt Shea in the long
jump, and Jake Ozoonian in the shot
put. Sheas fellow football standout
and newcomer Victor Pizzotti
has shown his raw athleticism in
qualifying for three individual events.
Both the 4 x 160m and 4 x 800m relays look to
score at the championship.
The girls team has been led by multi-event
qualifiers Lexi Lewis and Kristen Tilley. Tilley, the
most decorated athlete in WHS history, is ranked
in the top five in both the 600m and 1,000m runs.
She also has qualified for the 300m dash and
will run on either the 4x800m, 4 x 400m, and/
or 4x200m relays. Lewis, a three-sport standout
that has already committed to play lacrosse at
Boston University, has led the sprint core all
season and qualified in the 55m dash and 300m
dash. Lewis will also run on the 4 x 200m and
4x400m relays. Also ranking high this season has
been Sam Crichton in the 55m and long jump,
Hannah Harootian in the 600m, Laura Pomeroy
in the 1500m, and Natalie Gallagher in the 55m
hurdles. All three relays have excellent shots at
winning medals at the state meet.
The team is next in action this Saturday night

Courtesy photos

WHS Jag Indoor T&F Prepares for State Meet

Crichton, Grade 12, 46.24
600m Run: Kristen Tilley, Grade 12, 1:43.24;
Hannah Harootian, Grade 11, 1:49.14; Rachel
Rogers, Grade 11, 1:52.44; Grace Donabedian,
Grade 11, 1:53.44
1000m Run: Kristen Tilley, 12, 3:08.24; Rachel
Rogers, 11, 3:28.92
1500m Run: Laura Pomeroy, Grade 11, 5:22.04
300m Run: Lily Shpak, Grade 10, 12:04.04
55m Hurdles: Natalie Gallagher, Grade 11,
Long Jump: Sam Crichton, Grade 12, 14 feet
11.5 inches; Natalie Laliberte, Grade 10, 14
feet 5.75 inches
4 x 160m Relay: Lewis, Tilley, OConnor, TBD,
4 x 400m Relay: Lewis, Tilley, Harootian,
Rogers/Donabedian, 4:33.04
4 x 800m Relay: Tilley, Pomeroy, Rogers,
Harootian, TBD

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tune-up before the state meet.
55m Dash: Donovan Hopkins, Grade 9, 6.94;
Ricky Ferguson, Grade 12, 7.04; Riley Parent,
Grade 10, 7.04; Shane Lafond, Grade 11, 7.14;
Matt Shea, Grade 11, 7.24
600m Run: Nick Whitehead, Grade 12,
1:31.41; Jacob Riese, Grade 9, 1:37.64
1000m Run: Jacob Riese, Grade 9, 2:55.44; Jim
Gustafson, Grade 12, 2:59.44
1500m Run: Nick Khoury, Grade 12, 4:41.49
55m Hurdle: Alex Jonson, Grade 11, 8.34
High Jump: Victor Pizzotti, Grade 10, 5 feet 6
Long Jump: Matt Shea, Grade 11, 18 feet 1.5
inches; Victor Pizzotti, Grade 10, 17 feet 5.75
inches; Troy Miller, Grade 12, 17 feet 5.25
inches; Garrett Beals, Grade 10, 17 feet 3.5


Shot Put: Jake Ozoonian, Grade 12, 39 feet

11.75 inches; Victor Pizzotti, Grade 10, 36 feet
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4 x 160m Relay: Ferguson, Whitehead, Shea,
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4 x 800m Relay: Khoury, Whitehead, Riese,
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55m Dash: Lexi Lewis , Grade 11, 7.74; Sam
Crichton, Grade 12, 7.94; Jenna Parsons, Grade
10, 8.04; Katie OConnor,
Grade 10, 8.14; Natalie
Laliberte, Grade 10, 8.24;
Allie Connelly, Grade 9, 8.24;
Emma Lindquist, Grade 10,
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10, 8.24
300m Dash: Lexi Lewis,
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Pelham Basketball Team Remains Unbeaten

by Mike Bourk
Pelham 77 - Sanborn 35
Pelham continued rolling through NHIAA
Division 3 opponents last week, running their
NHIAA regular season record up to 9-0. First up
on the docket was Sanborn. Pelham jumped to a
33-0 (thats right zero) lead at the end of the first
quarter en route to a 77-35 win.
The man-to-man full-court press by the
Pythons was too much for the Indians to handle.
Pelham was faster, bigger and much more
aggressive on defense. They could only be
stopped by the Sanborn coach calling time outs.
The first quarter was highlighted by two Ryan
Cloutier dunks that had the Pelham fans going
wild. Cloutier scored 16 first-quarter points and
20 for the game.
While Keith Brown led all scorers with 24
points, it was his defense that stood out in this
game. Dylan Silvestri also excelled with a solid
effort on both ends of the court.
One play in particular worth singling out
was Nick Wolfrom diving for a loose ball in
the fourth quarter when Pelham was up by
44 points. After the game Coach Matt Regan
commented about the play, Thats just who we
are. Its the makeup of this team. We go all out
whether were up by 40 or down by four.
In light of the recently suspended California
high school coach who ran up the final score of
a high school basketball game to 161-2I, PHS
Athletic Director Todd Kress commented about
lopsided games. Kress had this to say about
the situation: Its a shame to see a coach allow
something like that to happen. We know theres
a gap between the upper and lower end of our
division, and a game could get out of hand. That
said, we have too much respect for other schools
we play to let something like that happen. Our
starters played very little from the middle of the
second quarter onward.
Pelham 79 - Hillsboro-Deering 36
Pelham scored a season-high 61 points against

Hillsboro-Deering in the first half. As was the

case in the previous game, the starters played
very little beyond the second quarter. Keith
Brown and Ryan Rondeau led all scores with 21
and 18 respectively. Ryan Cloutier chipped in
with 10 points. Coach Matt Regan talked briefly
about the game: This was another solid effort
by our team against an albeit lesser opponent.
The offense looked sharp, and we got a strong
effort on defense, particularity from Dylan
Pelham 40 - Conant 34
After Decembers 62-45 loss to Pelham,
Conant Coach Eric Saucier made some change
to the game planning for their rematch. After
last months game we knew wed have a hard
time running with Pelham. Were not quite there
yet, but closer.
The slower pace kept the outcome in question
right to the very end. Pelham led 35-34 with
under a minute to play. Kyle Frank made three
free throws to put the Pythons up 38-34. With
20 seconds left in regulation, Silvestri grabbed
an offensive rebound and scored to ice the game
for Pelham.



Python senior David Rogers goes in for a lay-up.

After the game, the Pythons coach, Matt Regan, said

he wasnt thrilled with Pelhams performance. We didnt
play particularly well tonight; Conant gave us all we could
handle. Its easy to see why they won the division last year.
Theyre definitely well coached.
The 40-point output by Pelham wasnt just their low
total of the season; they scored more points in the first
half of seven of their eight previous games. The Pythons
will have to step up their effort as the schedule gets much
tougher over the next two weeks as they take on Mascenic,
Winnesquam, Hopkinton, Windham, and Newport, all of
whom have records of 6-3 or 7-2 at the time of this writing.

Left: Pelhams Ryan Cloutier skies over a Sanborn defender

as Keith Brown looks on.

Staff photos by
Mike Bourk

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by Jacob Gagnon
The Windham High School Hockey team has reached
the top of the Division II ranks in its first season as a
solo program. The Jaguars have an unblemished record
of 10-0 after prevailing over some of the toughest
squads in the state.
Since overtaking the top of the Division II ranks,
the Jaguars understand that they now have a target on
their collective back. Every team is working hard and
focused on dethroning
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Windhams electric offense iced the Grizzlies as
the Jaguars won their ninth straight game, 6-4. Patrick
Higgins, Chad Desautels, Timothy Anderson, and Brad
Saklad all scored goals in the contest. John Monahan
led the offensive attack with two goals in the victory.
After being postponed by the weather the day before,
Windham took to the ice on Sunday, Jan. 25 at home
against Merrimack High School. The Tomahawks were
the third-ranked squad in the division, with a 6-1 record
going into their bout with Windham.
Merrimack threatened Windhams perfect record
for most of the game. The top contenders were on the
ropes until the third period. With a little over three
minutes left in the game, the Jaguars came back to take

the 4-3 lead. Windham held on for their 10th straight

Chad Riddle, Nolan Cunningham, Anderson, and
Monahan all scored in the contest. Windham outshot
Merrimack, 25-23.
The Jaguars returned to the ice on Wednesday, Jan.
28 against Bishop Brady on the road. With just eight
games remaining in the regular season, Windham
has already established themselves as one of the top
programs in the state. There is little doubt that they
will be top contenders for the Division II crown in the
coming weeks. There is only one question left for the
Jaguars to answer: Can they be perfect?

Jaguars Basketball Preparing for Playoff Push

by Jacob Gagnon
It is at this point in the season, nearing the midway mark, where
the playoff contenders emerge. The Windham High School boys
Basketball team, led by Coach
Todd Steffanides, appear ready
to make that leap.
On Friday night, Jan. 16, the
Jaguars traveled to face Milford
High School. Despite a terrific
effort, a slow start doomed
Windham as Milford took the
advantage, 18-7, after the first
quarter of play. The Jaguars

continued to battle throughout the contest and nearly completed the

comeback. In the end, it was too much for Windham to overcome as
they fell to the Spartans, 51-49.
We could not overcome a slow start by us tonight, said
Steffanides. Give credit to Milford. They started the game strong out
of the gates, and we were playing catch-up all night.
David Carbonello ignited the Jaguars with 13 points, five rebounds,
four assists, and a steal. Bobby Dickey had 10 points with three
rebounds in the game. Davis Potter scored nine points, with seven
rebounds, and a steal. Joey Frake collected eight points with five
rebounds and two assists while teammate Kurtis Jolicoeur finished the
game with five rebounds and three points scored.
The Jaguars returned to the win column on Tuesday, Jan. 20 on the
road as they throttled Timberlane
Regional High School, 4926. The victory, according to
Steffanides, was anchored by
Windhams tremendous defense
and the result of the Jaguars hard
work in practice paying off.
This was a great team
defensive effort tonight,
Steffanides said. There is still
room for improvement, but I am
very happy with our defensive
effort and our offensive execution
and sharing of the basketball. We
had two solid practices leading
up to this game coming off of
two tough losses last week, so
it is certainly good to practice
well and for the players to get the
results tonight during the game.
Carbonello, once again, led
Windham with 13 points, eight
rebounds, and three steals.
Jolicoeur collected 10 points in
the contest. Kyle Adamson scored
seven points while grabbing five
With the crushing victory
over the Owls, Windham
is 5-3 on the season. With
evident improvements and the
momentum surging in their favor,
the Jaguars may begin to emerge
as legitimate contenders this