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Volume 7 Number 29 January 29, 2010 12 Pages


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Proposed School Budget Up 3.41 Percent
by Barbara O’Brien It’s less than originally put forth, but the final proposed 2010-2011 Windham School District Operating Budget still shows an increase of 3.41 percent over what was allocated for the current school year. In defense of their proposal, however, School Board members point out that the student population for next year is expected to show an increase of about four percent over the current enrollment. Next year’s proposed operating budget totals $39,955,629; $1,316,993 more than the $38,638,636 allocated for the current 2009-2010 school year. In addition to the general operating budget, $406,847 is also set aside through grant funding and an additional $744,538 is appropriated for food services. Neither the grant money or the food service funding has any impact on local taxpayer dollars. The food service program is self-funded through money collected by the sale of hot lunches and other food items sold to students and staff. School Board Vice Chairman Mike Hatem described the proposed 20102011 school budget as being “very lean.” Increases in the proposed operating budget that are due to contractual agreements include health insurance, which is forecast to increase by 26.2 percent next year for a total of $534,446; teacher salary increases totaling $713,409; liability insurance, $33,000; an SAU assessment of $67,651; and student transportation of $32,463. There is one area of decrease in contractual obligations, however, that being $854,437 less in debt payments for a past building project. Proposed increases of a discretionary nature include $89,584 for a new guidance counselor at the elementary school level; $69,762 for an additional Special Education teacher; $59,099 in salary increases (1.5 percent) for nonunion employees; and $154,750 for a modular classroom and furnishings at Windham Middle School. Hatem said that the most important of the discretionary items is the money for the modular classroom. If the modular (portable) classroom is not approved by voters, he said, it could mean the loss of the library and computer lab. Without the modular, he explained, students might have to continued to page 8- School Budget

PES Third Annual

Spelling Bee

staff photo by Karen Plumley

Competitors in the Pelham Elementary School third annual spelling bee competition, which was held on Thursday, January 21 by Karen Plumley In a grueling but exciting sevenround competition, a Pelham fourth grader named Ethan Boisvert emerged victorious at the Pelham Elementary School (PES)’s third annual spelling bee, held on Thursday, January 21. “This year’s competition was really good, and the longest one we’ve ever had,” noted PES Reading Specialist and Bee organizer Michelle Viger. In the audience were cheering students in grades three through five, their teachers, and some special guests, including Superintendent Dr. Frank Bass, as well as School Board members Deb Ryan and Eleanor Burton. Also attending were many supportive parents, including Ethan’s mom, dad, and grandmother, who excitedly hugged him in praise after it was all over. According to Viger, the spelling words got increasingly more difficult as the rounds progressed. “There were words such as ‘accomplice’ and ‘fallacy,’” she said. In the end, Ethan Boisvert was able to spell “infatuation,” beating the very impressive runner-up, Natalie Villanueva (a third grader). Natalie’s word in the final round was “psychoanalysis.” For being the runner up in a very tough competition, Natalie won herself a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble, while Ethan earned a $25 gift card. Twenty-four students, the winners of each of their classes’ spelling bees, competed in the school-wide competition on Thursday. The school champion will go on to compete in the regional spelling bee championship that will be held in Salem on March 13. If for any reason he cannot attend, the runnerup will go in his stead.

Space Crunch Continues in Schools
by Barbara O’Brien Windham School Board members decided not to ask voters for the money to build a new school this year, putting off the inevitable for at least one more year. However, the space constraints that are necessitating additional construction are not getting better. Long-term projections indicate that the student population of Windham will only increase over the next 10 years. During a recent public forum, School Board Vice Chairman Mike Hatem and Superintendent Frank Bass presented statistics pertaining to school enrollment, as well as the student capacity of three of Windham’s schools, including Golden Brook Elementary, Center School, and Windham Middle School. The only school not included was the brandnew Windham High School, which opened this past September to grades nine and 10. The estimated enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year is as follows: Golden Brook Elementary (kindergarten through second grade), with a total of 700 students, including approximately 200 kindergarteners; Center School (third through fifth grade) with a total of 673+ students; and Windham Middle School (sixth through eighth grade) with a total of 612 students. By comparison, according to the statistics presented, Golden Brook has a student capacity of 550 students (not including the modular classrooms installed for the new kindergarten program initiated this past fall); Center School has a student capacity of 632 students; and the Middle School a total student capacity of 658 students. The total capacity translates into an average of 27 students per classroom; a number which school administrators believe continued to page 8- Space Crunch

PES spelling bee champion, fourth grader Ethan Boisvert

PES spelling bee runner-up, third grader Natalie Villanueva

Thinking Ahead to Mosquito Season
by Barbara O’Brien The majority of Windham Selectmen think that continuing to spray portions of the community for mosquitoes is a very good idea. That opinion is not unanimous, however. With winter only one-third over and the “bug season” months away, Town Administrator David Sullivan, thinking ahead, asked selectmen to make a decision on whether or not to continue the spraying; a project which was begun about four years ago. Windham officials began spraying for mosquitoes due to the influx of the West Nile Virus and Triple E (Eastern Equine Encephalitis), both of which are borne by mosquitoes. People said they were especially concerned about the areas where young people participate in sports and other outdoor activities. During the board meeting on January 4, and after a brief discussion, selectmen voted 3 to 1 to approve $27,000 to continue the insecticide spraying project for 2010. Voting in favor of spraying again were Vice Chairman Bruce Breton, Ross McLeod, and Charles McMahon. Roger Hohenberger cast the only negative vote. Chairman Galen Stearns was not in attendance at that meeting. Hohenberger said he views the spraying for mosquitoes as “a useless expenditure of money,” also asking “What empirical data do we have that this has solved anything?” Then, answering his question himself, replied, “None!” “This only helps the mosquito sprayers,” he added. McMahon took exception with Hohenberger’s comments, saying that he continues to support spraying certain areas of Windham because it also helps to diminish the tick population, an insect that can carry Lyme disease, which is a potentially debilitating condition that can cause long-term negative effects. “We have a safety obligation” to continue the spraying, McMahon said. McMahon also said that he believes the threat of Triple E is less now than it was a few years ago, due to the seasonal spraying. “If we help even one child, it is worth it,” McMahon said. McLeod said he largely supports continuing with the spraying program this year because of standing water issues at some of the town’s recreational areas. “These areas are a real breeding ground” for mosquitoes, he said. In a separate vote, again 3 to 1, selectmen decided to waive the bid process and once again award the contract to Municipal Pest Management and Swamp, Inc. of Kittery, Maine. Sullivan said that town officials have a good rapport with the owners of the company and he recommends continuing with them again this year. Swamp, Inc. has done the job for the same amount ($27,000) for the past three years, Sullivan said.

Swap It, Don’t Drop It
by Karen Plumley Children in grades K-3 took center stage at Pelham Elementary School (PES) on the evening of Tuesday, January 12, during the reading program entitled “Reading Is Fun.” During the educational hour (sponsored by the PES PTA, School Council, and Title I), kids were invited to stop by, donate some used books, and pick up a few unfamiliar titles in the school’s firstever book swap. Shortly thereafter, youngsters and their parents sat down to listen to a presentation by Early Childhood Educator, Stephanie Maze-Hsu, from The Center of Applied Child Development at Tufts University. Maze-Hsu is an expert in the art of reading to children, and she is currently working with the elementary school on a contract basis as part of the School In Need of Improvement (SINI) plan. The “Reading Is Fun” program Parents and children in grades K-3 enjoy a book swap at PES on Tuesday, January 12, was open to students at all reading during the “Reading Is Fun” program, hosted by the PES PTA, School Council, and Title I levels and, in particular, the program was designed to encourage parents second half-hour, Maze-Hsu spent time working with the to actively participate in their children’s reading parents only, offering more tips to motivate their children development while inspiring a life-long love of reading. to read. “It all started with a question posed by Dr. Bass: ‘How Meanwhile, children were dismissed to the cafeteria, can we get our students more motivated to read?’” where five PES Title I tutors held reading-related game explained PES Reading Specialist Michelle Viger. “We stations and light snacks. “The tutors developed the wanted to start with the younger kids and their parents. games, and the kids were really enjoying themselves As part of SINI, our improvement plan presented to the and engaged,” described Viger. In the end, nobody left state, we will be holding parent nights throughout the the program empty-handed. Each child was able to school year,” continued Viger. “Reading Is Fun” was one bring home a couple of gently used books. So many of those special nights. books were collected at the swap, noted Viger, that the According to Viger, somewhere between 40 and 50 swapping continued the next school day with the fourth parents were in attendance at this first reading event. and fifth graders. The next school-wide reading event The hour was split into two parts. In the first half-hour will be “Read Across America,” a celebration of reading segment, Maze-Hsu demonstrated the best way to read and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, in March. to kids aloud by actually reading to them directly. In the
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Friday, January 29 The Windham Destination ImagiNation teams will be holding their annual Spaghetti Supper at the new Windham High School, from 5-7:30 p.m. A delicious dinner of spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and beverage will be served. During the dinner, families can participate in the Cake Walk. Destination ImagiNation, or “DI,” is an international organization in which Windham students from grades 2-12 can participate. The program teaches life skills and expands imaginations through teambased, creative problem solving. You can purchase tickets from any DI team member or by calling Christie Davis at 537-0223, or MiShel Meissner at 432-3732, or by emailing Tickets will also be available at the door. Now through Sunday, February 7 Help fight hunger in our community and support the First Congregational Church of Pelham’s endeavor to collect 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items by February 7, 2010. The ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ is a national program that is held annually on Super Bowl Sunday to bring awareness and fight hunger across our country. All proceeds collected will be donated to the Pelham Food Pantry. Donations can be left at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main Street, Pelham. For additional details, contact the church office at 635-7025 or Friday, February 5 Local dentists will provide free dental services as part of the American Dental Association’s annual Give Kids a Smile Day, locally supported by the New Hampshire Dental Society and Northeast Delta Dental. Children with no dental insurance or regular access to dental care will receive free dental services, including dental examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants. Give Kids a Smile Day is the kick-off event for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, designed to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Dental disease is the most prevalent childhood disease, but it is almost completely preventable through regular dental visits, brushing, flossing and access to fluoride. In Pelham, Dr. Nilfa Collins will provide free dental services at 100 Bridge Street. To schedule an appointment, call 635-1166. Sunday, February 14 The New Greeley Singers, a community chorus based in Pelham, will hold a Valentine’s Day Cabaret Fundraiser at the Harris’ Pelham Inn, 65 Ledge Rd., Pelham, starting at 4:30 p.m. There is a cost for tickets, which includes a turkey dinner, with a percent supporting the Singers. A raffle and cash bar will also be available. Tables for eight (8) can be reserved. For tickets, mail a check or money order to New Greeley Singers, P.O. Box 99, Pelham, NH 03076, and they can be mailed to you or held at the door. Questions? E-mail ngsingers@gmail. com, or call Helen at 978-453-9982 or Judy at 635-7438. Tuesday, February 16 Attention Windham Voters! The Windham Woman’s Club will sponsor Candidates Night to be held at 7 p.m. in the Windham Town Hall. The community is invited to meet the candidates. Each candidate will speak briefly, and a question and answer period will follow. Moderator will be Nancy Tullo. Co-chairs are Patricia Skinner and Mary Griffin. The event will be aired live on Windham Community Cable TV Channel 21. Thursdays, Starting on February 18 Representatives from AARP Tax preparation services will be at the Pelham Public Library assisting residents with their tax return preparation. Representatives will be at the library on Thursday evenings from 4-8 p.m., meeting in the Molly Hobbs meeting room. Their last day is April 8, 2010. This is a free service for taxpayers with low- and middleincome, with special attention to those 60 and older. Call 603-893-1025 if you have any questions, or if you would like to make an appointment.

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Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 28 For the month of February we will be celebrating our Food for Fines program at the Pelham Public Library. Once the holidays have come and gone, the local food pantry suffers a tremendous downturn in donations. We hope that this program will help bolster their supplies and give them the resources to keep on going. All of the food is donated to the Food Pantry in town with help from the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund. You can bring these donations to the Library anytime in the month of February and we will forgive any outstanding fines for items returned. Please consider helping out neighbors and yourself at the same time. Saturday, February 6 Warm up at the Friends of the Library of Windham’s (FLOW) Winter Book Fair. Come and enjoy gently used adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, games, CDs, and software from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nesmith Library in Windham. FLOW’s presale will be Friday, February 5, from 4-6:30 p.m. The pre-sale is for FLOW members, teachers, and senior citizens only; however, non-members may join that evening and enjoy the full benefits of membership right away. Senior citizens are not only invited to shop at the pre-sale, but will also enjoy a 25-percent discount at the pre-sale. For more information, contact Susan Hebert at 425-1936 or Kelley Gage at 434-2070. Saturday, February 13 The Nesmith Library in Windham will celebrate the Lunar Year of the Tiger. Our celebration will begin at 1 p.m. Following a brief introduction and history of the holiday, this year’s program features a performance by the Youth Eastern String Troupe. For more information on the troupe performing, visit their website at http://youtheasternstring. com/default.htm. Another highlight of this year’s program will be a Chinese yo-yo demonstration. As in years past, there will be an authentic tea ceremony presentation, and a Taiwanese Lion Dance will be performed in full costume to celebrate the start of the New Year. Children will be able to participate in making simple crafts to bring home and red envelopes will be handed out at the end of the program. A sample of candies and snacks from Chinatown will also be provided. Bring the whole family and enjoy this annual holiday celebration you won’t want to miss!


Baseball website under “Documents”. There will also be two walk-in Registrations on Saturday, February 6 and March 6 at Pelham Memorial School from 9 a.m. to noon. Registrations for the Minor, Major, and Babe Ruth Divisions will be accepted through March 15. Registrations for the T-Ball, Farm, and Challenger Divisions will be accepted through April 15. After these deadlines, a late fee will be imposed. First time registrants will be required to provide a birth certificate at time of registration. Tee Ball players must be age 5-6 on or before April 30, 2010. Baseball players must be age 7-12 on or before April 30, 2010. Babe Ruth players must be 13 on or before April 30, 2010. Senior Babe Ruth players must be 14-15 as of January 1, 2010. For more information, contact Little League’s Player Agent, Ed Gleason at 603-635-8071, 603-508-0536 or e-mailed to Saturday, February 6 The Cobbetts Pond Improvement Association and New Hampshire Lakes are co-sponsoring a Family Ice Fest on Cobbetts Pond from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Parking and pedestrian access is at Castleton. There is no snowmobile or four-wheeler access. Ice Fest events include ice skating, ice fishing demonstrations, snow sculpting, hockey puck contests and much more! Bring your ice skates, snowshoes and cross country skis! Bring a pot of your own chili and compete for prizes against your friends in a chili-tasting contest. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be available courtesy of the CPIA and New Hampshire Lakes. The event is free and open to all. For more information please contact us at or Now through Friday, February 19 Pelham Parks and Recreation is now holding registration for the 2010 Indoor Soccer League, which will be played on five Saturdays, March 6–April 3 at the Pelham Elementary and Memorial School gyms. The league is open to boys and girls, ages 5–12. No experience needed! Coaches wanted! A late fee will be charged after the February 19 deadline. Players will be added if space is available. Teams are a mix of boys and girls; space is limited. One form per child needed. Must be age 5 as of 3/1/10. Registration forms at our town hall office or print form online ( recreation). You may also register/pay online at Forms may be mailed or dropped off at 6 Village Green. There is a fee per player. Coaches meeting tentatively scheduled for March 2, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial cafe. E-mail, or call 635-2721 with any questions or to volunteer as a coach. Sunday, January 31 Pelham Winterfest 2010 will be held at the Pelham Ice Garden outdoor rink in Lyons Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include food, fun, games, and a “Battle of the Badges” Police vs. Fire Department charity hockey game! The game will begin at 1 p.m., and will help raise funds for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock. For more information, visit

Windham Regular Meetings & Events
American Legion Post 109, Town Hall, upstairs, 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday CHADD, Windham Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday (Judy Holt 880-4997) Community Dances, Windham Town Hall, 8 p.m., first Friday (Windham Rec. 894-1947) Conservation Commission, Planning & Development Conference room, 7 p.m., second and fourth Thursday Garden Club, Windham Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday (except July/August) Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., first Monday (except June – August) Historic District/Heritage Commission, Bartley House, 4 p.m., second Wednesday Library Events: Lions Club, Windham Senior Center, 7 p.m., first and third Wednesday (except July & August) Visitors are always welcome. MOM’S Club of Windham, Call for info: 898-8255 or Planning Board, Planning & Development Conference Room, 7:00 p.m., first and third Wednesday Recreation Committee, Planning & Development Conference Room, 7 p.m., third Thursday Recreation Department activities: Selectmen, Planning Department, 7 p.m., Mondays Technical Advisory Committee, SAU Building, 7 p.m., second Thursday (except July, August, December) Toastmasters, Windham Senior Center, 7 p.m., second Wednesday Windham Bible Chapel Youth Group, at Chapel, 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays Windham Newcomers & Friends Club, activities scheduled throughout the month. ( Windham Woman’s Club, Windham Town Hall, 11:30 a.m., first Wednesday, September through May; second Wednesday in January (434-5096, Zoning Board, Planning & Devel. Conference Room, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday.

Pelham Regular Meetings & Events
Animal Rescue Network of New England, Pelham Police Department Community Service Room, first Monday, 7 – 8 p.m. Budget Committee meeting, Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 pm, visit for exact schedule Conservation Commission, Sherburne Hall, 7:30 p.m., second Wednesday Council on Aging, Pelham Senior Center, 1 p.m., first Thursday (except July and August) CTAC, Town Hall Annex, 7 p.m., second Wednesday GriefShare, grief recovery support group, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Crossroads Baptist Church Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., first Monday (except June-August) Historical Society, Historical Society Building, fourth Monday Knights of Columbus, K of C Hall, 7:30 p.m., first Wednesday Library Events: Library Trustees, Pelham Library, 6:30 p.m., second Wednesday Mom To Mom, Crossroads Baptist Church, every other Thursday, for information, contact Cindy at or 635-1556. MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support), Pelham Public Library, Molly Hobbs Room, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., First Monday (unless it’s a holiday, then second Monday). MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, Crossroads Baptist Church, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., first and third Thursdays of most months. (635-1556 or e-mail; Planning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., first and third Monday Pulpit Rock Lodge Number 103, A&FM Meeting, every second Monday (except July and August), 7:30 p.m., at the Lodge. Pulpit Rock Lodge’s Public Breakfast, every third Sunday (except July and August) 8 – 10 a.m. Red Hat Society, VFW, 6 Main Street, 1:00 p.m., second Tuesday Recreation Department activities: Rockingham County Women’s Connection, Rockingham Race Track, Belmont Room, 11:30 a.m., third Tuesday Selectmen, Sherburne Hall, 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays Single Mom Small Group, 7 p.m., Fridays, Mindy 635-8679 St. Patrick School Board, School Library, 7 p.m., second Tuesday VFW, 6 Main Street, Pelham, 7 p.m., first Thursday Wattannick Grange, Hudson Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., first and third Monday Zoning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., second Monday

Wednesday, February 3 The Windham Woman’s Club will host guest speaker, NH humorist and storyteller Rebecca Rule, author of Live Free and Eat Pie, at their February 3 meeting. Rebecca will be delighting us with her guide to NH and its residents. She’s collected stories about what’s special about this rocky old state of New Hampshire for years, and includes many of them in her new book Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire. Any women interested in seeing Rebecca Rule and finding out about our club are invited to our luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program. Contact Elizabeth McNally 434-9695. Our website is:


Saturday, January 30 Families are invited to the Nesmith Library from 10-11 a.m. to enjoy an interactive book presentation with Natasha Bochkov, the author of the innovative, multi-lingual children’s book Kolobok. Enjoy a spirited reading of this charming folktale by the author while viewing the colorful illustrations on a large screen. Natasha will also incorporate a fun Russian language lesson into her presentation. Natasha Bochkov is a dedicated educator and graphic artist. She encourages all children to be curious about foreign languages and foreign cultures. For more information about Natasha and Kolobok, visit Mondays, February 1 – March 15 Drop-In Toddler story time is for children ages 18 months to 36 months, with a caregiver. Sessions will be held on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. Toddler story time provides an opportunity for you and your child to explore the library and enjoy books together. For information, call 432-7154 and ask for Lori Morse or Karen Frey.


Wednesday, February 17, Friday, March 26, and Friday, April 16 Windham Recreation is pleased to announce a new program for kids ages 3-5. Mad Science ® will be offering fun Meals are served at the Senior Center, and educational workshops for youth to 8 Nashua Road, Pelham. be held once a month with the Recreation Tuesday, February 2 – Friday, February 5 Department. Their workshops are fun-filled Tuesday– Soup, Bar-B-Q Pork Shanks, Potato, and hands-on. On Wednesday, February 17, Mixed Veggies ,Bread, Dessert the topic is Energy and Motion. Children Wednesday– Shepherds Pie (Groun Beef, explore the concept of energy and how Corn, Potato), Sliced Beets, Bread, Brownie/ energy gets things moving in this workshop. Ice Cream On Friday, March 26, the topic is Shapes and Thursday– Chicken Breast, Baked Potato, Structures. Children will discover different Cranberry Sauce, Butternut Squash, Dinner shapes and structures by using different Roll, Tapioca Pudding/Topping kinds of equipment like Geoboards and Friday– Roast Beef, Potato/Gravy, Green Magnatiles. On Friday, April 16, the topic Beans, Bread, Lemon Pie will be Butterflies. Discover where they come from, stages of their growth, how they eat, and even make some of their own to take home during this workshop. The Saturday, February 6 and March 6 workshops are 30-45 minutes in length and Pelham Youth Baseball is proud to announce begin at 10 a.m. There is a cost per class. that on-line registrations are now available Parents stay, but they try to see if the kids can for all levels of Little League and Babe Ruth be independent in the workshop. To register, Baseball for the 2010 season. Simply go to contact the Recreation Office at Recreation the Pelham Baseball website, or at, and click on of your favoriteSpace is limited,even* access Order some 1208. photos, and and pre-registration “Register Online” to register your players. our advertisers with a simple click of the mouse. is required. Although on-line registration is the preferred method, those wishing to register mail can *advertiser must have a web address find documents to do so on the same Pelham

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Scouts Being Scouts at Den Meetings
submitted by Jim Curtin A den is a group of six to eight boys, within the pack, that meets several times a month between pack meetings. The boys in a den are usually all at the same grade level. The den structure allows boys to build relationships with leaders and other boys. The den provides opportunities for activities that would be difficult with a large group. The den also provides leadership opportunities for the boys. to keep the boys interested and active until the entire group has arrived. • Opening. The opening is the official start of the den meeting. It usually consists of a formal ceremony, such as a flag ceremony, a prayer or song, or a group recital of the Cub Scout Promise. • Program. The program part of the meeting will vary by the age of the boys, and may be broken into two or more parts. Generally, most the Cub Scouts to complete some requirements toward an award or rank. The den leader can initial the requirement in the boys’ handbooks, but it must also be signed by a parent or guardian to indicate that the requirement has been completed. Webelos den meetings focus on “Activity Badge Fun.” It’s a time for instruction, practice, games, and contests related to the activity badge of the month. It’s a chance for the boys to learn by doing. Any activity you can imagine can be incorporated into a den meeting, so long as it is age-appropriate, safe, and, most of all, fun. Ideally, the activities included in a den meeting reinforce the values taught by Cub Scouting or match the monthly theme. But sometimes, “just for fun” is all the reason you need. • Crafts • Games • Skits • Songs • Storytelling • Ceremonies If your boy is interested in Scouting, please contact Fred Nader at or Jim Curtin at jimcurtin03087@

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Pelham’s Town Administrator, Thomas Gaydos, Arrested
by Doug Robinson Pelham’s Town Administrator, Thomas Gaydos, was arrested on January 21, by the Manchester Police Department. The Manchester Police Department confirmed that Gaydos was arrested on the charge of Domestic Violence-Simple Assault. Gaydos was arraigned on January 22. In speaking with Pelham’s Town Office, the Pelham~-Windham News was informed, “He is not available.” When asked what time will he be available, the Pelham~Windham News was informed that he was at an “off-site appointment.” Pelham’s Board of Selectman Edmund Gleason stated that, “Tom had informed the Board of Selectmen of his arrest.” Selectman Gleason also stated that the position of the Board of Selectman was to “play it out within the legal system. He was presumed innocent until proven guilty and that his arrest had no bearing on the town or the town employees.”

Teacher Aide Contract Up for a Vote
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4 - January 29, 2010

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Letters to our Editor

not go along with his suggestion to conduct a poll of Pelham voters in order to gauge support for a school building project. I am one of the committee members who objected to conducting The athletic programs at Windham High School a poll unless we could enroll the efforts of are up and running in full force. All of the teams someone who actually had expertise in writing are giving it their all in this inaugural year of and conducting surveys. I’ve seen enough surveys playing at the high school level. The Boosters that were poorly managed that I’m not interested are proud to be supporting the teams, coaches, in adding to the pile of soft, meaningless data. and athletic department as these teams set the The Facilities Committee functions as a team, foundation for the future. and at one point, Kevin was on the team. If Kevin As we move into the second half of the year, really wanted to conduct a survey, he could have the Boosters are gearing up to have 100-percent put in the effort to make it happen. Kevin didn’t participation in the Booster program from our write a survey and present it to the committee, athletes and their families! Membership dues nor did he locate a volunteer who was skilled go toward establishing a scholarship fund for or experienced at managing surveys, nor did he athletes, fund reward and recognition nights, and take any steps to define the necessary logistics, supplement items not covered in the operating timeline, etc. Kevin could have taken the lead on budget. As the Booster program grows, it will a survey and moved it forward. Instead, he chose have the ability to assist the athletic program more to quit the team before our work was done. and more. I don’t recall whether it was Kevin or another We are also encouraging membership from committee member who repeatedly suggested that our student athletes because in order to be we could run a survey with just one question, to considered for a scholarship in their senior year, the effect of “How much are you willing to see it is important that athletes be a member of the your taxes increase?” That’s the perfect example Booster Club for each year they are participating of a loaded question. Of course, no one wants in the sports programs. to see their taxes increase, any more than we Membership is not limited to just students want to see an increase in crime, teen pregnancy, and families that are attending Windham High or drunk driving. It’s also important to note that currently—membership is encouraged for all! the question puts the cart before the horse. As Booster members get access to early ticket sales one School Board member recently pointed out, to events and fundraisers, such as our sold-out we have never attempted to define the scope of comedy nights, as well as discounts offered on a high school building project by first defining Jagwear merchandise (when announced). the funding level, then fitting the project to the Please consider joining us today! Together, we funding. can provide our students with the best possible As a fellow committee member, I valued Kevin’s athletic experience for our student athletes! contribution to our work, and I tried to discourage Join the Boosters today! Go to our convenient him from quitting. I didn’t always agree with him, Website: Go Jaguars! but I did respect his input. I was disappointed when he left, and said so at the time. I’m more Holly Breton, WHS Boosters - Windham disappointed that he now chooses to relentlessly carp about this one topic. I personally believe Easy to Criticize, that it is not okay to leave a team when the work is unfinished, and then complain that tasks were Harder to Get It Done left undone. I’m the co-chair of Pelham’s High School I’m grateful to have had the opportunity Facilities Committee, and I’d like to personally to serve on the committee, and I’m proud comment on a recent Letter to the Editor. of the work we’ve done. We studied hard, On the message board and now in this worked methodically, and made the right newspaper, Kevin Steele has repeatedly recommendation. We know that we’re asking complained that the Facilities Committee did Pelham citizens for a big commitment, but we believe that commitment will lead to tangible benefits for the entire community. When citizens take real pride in their town, great things happen! Accountants, Tax Preparers, Bookkeeping Reminder eminder Brian Carton - Pelham

Barbara Coish for School Board
On Wednesday, January 20, I went to the SAU and signed up with the School District Clerk to run again for a three-year term for the School Board. Since losing my bid for re-election on March 10, I have not lost interest in following the actions of the School Board. As a matter of fact, I have attended every posted public meeting this year, either sitting in the audience, televising live, or taping the meeting so that the public may have a video record of the proceedings. Observing the meetings from the outside this year has been very fascinating to me as I watched Ed Gallagher and Jeff Bostic develop as working members of the Board. Ed appears to be the one member who is really concerned about the budget and the effect of the budget upon the entire community. He asks pertinent questions and makes logical budgetary suggestions. Ed has emerged as a leader on the Board and his business executive background is indeed a definite plus for the community. Jeff with his medical background always stresses the need for the district to develop students who will be well rounded, productive citizens in whatever path they choose after they leave our district and embark on their future adult lives. This is a very important developmental aspect that should be considered by the Board always. Appointing Daphne Kenyon to replace Mark Brockmeier upon his resignation was, to me, the best possible choice in the short term. Daphne, the economist, always quietly demands clarification on issues, considers the taxpayers, understands legislation, thinks outside the box, and expresses her thoughts clearly and concisely. It has been a pleasure to watch Daphne during the past few months and I thank her for stepping up when asked to return to the Board temporarily. I would like to see the Board return to regularly scheduled meetings that are not in conflict with the Selectmen and that can be televised live. Meeting at the SAU, where there is no live television signal, adds to the delay of sometimes up to a week before time permits tape to be transferred to DVD and then scheduled for playback. Perhaps once the high school is cable-activated, meetings will be held there in a space that is convenient and large enough for citizens who wish to attend, to comfortably observe, and to interact with the Board. Another concern of mine is that often, there are very few, if any, residents/voters at the meetings of the School Board. Unless there is a controversial

item on the agenda, the attendance at regular meetings is sparse. I would really like to see residents become energized enough to value attending meetings in person. Should I be elected to the School Board, Windham citizens will get a person who is hard-working and dedicated, has a heart for the children, is aware of the concerns of the town as a whole, and represents every taxpayer, regardless of age. Barbara Coish - Windham

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year. In 2010, there will be even more attention, training, and evaluation placed on coaching at all the levels. Before anyone wants to read into this statement, please don’t. Coaching is like parenting, teaching, or being a manager in an office—if you do not think you can be better at it, you never will. We want to hear from you directly— especially me. I have the benefit of working part-time, so I can spend more time with my and our town’s children, especially coaching; it is something I am passionate about and know what a positive impact it can have on every child. Please visit our Website through the Pelham Web or at www.pelhambbsb. com, and keep checking back for updates and information. Should you have any questions, thoughts, recommendations, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact any of our Board members (see the Contacts tab on our homepage) or me directly at 635-2008 or On behalf of Pelham Baseball, we look forward to seeing you and the kids in 2010 at the park. Lou Longo, Vice President, Pelham Baseball - Pelham property, your children’s education path, and take pride in the town you live in, make your voices heard on March 9 at the polls and vote yes for a new PHS. Every person in your household 18 years and older needs to get out and vote! Parents can send absentee ballots to those away at college—every vote will count. This town needs each citizen to step up and be heard. Suzanne Poirier - Pelham bus.” Where are those people now? For that matter, where are the tennis courts and where is the football field? I know—it’s at the old school. So, all the complaining from people that the fields would not fit at the current site now have to eat crow. I heard that crow doesn’t taste very good—how is it? I guess that sometimes, issues are only issues when they suit you. It’s time to tell the Pelham School Board (PSB) that they need to find a solution that actually has a chance of passing; something that will address the needs of the district and not break the bank. Vote no in March; if you do, you will be supporting education by forcing the PSB to look for another path. Seven years, we have been at this, and we are no closer to addressing the space needs than ever. Tell this PSB, just as the voters in Massachusetts did, to listen to the voters. Kevin Steele - Pelham


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Don’t Expect Silence from Those in the Know
This letter is in direct response to the one last week, entitled “I’m voting No on the New School.” Many Pelham residents gave you the benefit of the doubt while you served on the High School Facilities Planning Committee. When you resigned the committee, shirking your duty to the community and went off on your own personal agenda, they realized you are not what you say you are. Referencing your Pelham Message Board Post, entitled “It’s Time For Me To Get Involved” dated January 13, 2010, after your resignation from the committee, all subsequent posters tore you apart for your misinformation and lies. One thousand, nine hundred readers got the benefit of seeing your original, untruthful post and subsequent valid responses. Now you are trying to reach the other 12,000 Pelham citizens with the same lies and misinformation with your letter to the editor in the Pelham~Windham News. Did you expect complete silence from those in the know? My letter is supported by over 30 community leaders and citizens and members of the town-sanctioned group known as Awareness for Community and Education Support (ACES). Who’s going to stand up and support your letter to the editor? None of the information in your letter is truthful. Taxes are not going up $1,500 if we build a new high school. The new plan does take NRPC’s latest full build-out scenarios into consideration. The plan further provides expansion and flexibility for the School District and does not include a mandatory fifth school building as you mislead voters to believe. Your misinformation and lies are an attempt to sway voters to vote no on the most important issue they will face in almost a generation. This is clearly doing them a dis-service. You want more opinion polls and more studies? Haven’t we wasted enough time and taxpayer dollars over the last 10 years to come to the same conclusions over and over? Don’t you think all of those experts we’ve hired over that time frame know what they are doing? More course offerings do not necessarily mean more teachers. We already have a high school principal and assistant principal. New, energy-efficient technology will lower operating costs while reducing our carbon footprint. Now is the time to act and vote yes in the affirmative for the most important project in a generation to Pelham’s future. For more information regarding the facts, residents and concerned citizens should visit docs.html. Bill Scanzani - Pelham

Pelham, Time to Grow up
It’s that time of year when the Pelham Tax and Spend folk put their agendas in place— those things that are going to increase our taxes: • A new high school • A new junior high school by remodeling the old high school • A new fire station • An addition to the Pelham Senior Center Each and every one of these has become a costly necessity for our town. As taxpayers, do we maintain the status quo by simply voting down each and every article, or should we look at them separately and vote accordingly? From the time we moved to Pelham, over 20 years ago, this town has needed a modern and new high school. The cracked and drafty walls, the eight-foot partitions for classroom walls, and the noise levels in the building make it a poor excuse for learning. Now, our high school is facing the loss of accreditation. How will your children make it into college? The time for a new high school is now, not next year, because if we do nothing now, next year will never come. Remodel the existing sigh school into a modern junior high? This is the costeffective and right thing to do. The town has grown and continues to grow. Creating the junior high school would relieve crowded conditions in the middle school and in the Pelham Elementary School. The state has approved a traffic rotary for the center of town. Does the town need a new fire station? Yes. When we came to town, it was a voluntary fire department— cellar savers. We have grown up and realized that the town of Pelham needed a real fire department. As a town, we voted for a full-time fire department. Now we need a fire station that will house our equipment inside and out of the elements. And as for the Pelham seniors, here is a growing population in our town. The addition for the Senior Center will cost $279,000. Not much, considering this is a facility we will all use at some time in our life. The seniors have raised $40,000 and with $100,000 in the fund, this means the voters need to approve $139,000. This is the cheapest article for the voters to approve. Believe me when I say my taxes are high enough, but the time has come when we as a community of voters must stop and think about the continued growth and needs of our citizens and the community. David Therrien - Pelham

Who Needs to Vote Yes for the New Pelham High School
There has been much debate over the past few years about the need for a new Pelham High School. We have stalled for so long that we now have reached a critical point in that we have major safety issues, the possibility of losing the high school accreditation, and over-crowding that plagues the entire school system. With the help of state funding (30 percent), low interest rates on bonds, and low construction costs, now is the perfect time to finally solve these issues. The warrants are on the ballot. Who will benefit from voting yes for the new high school: • Taxpayers who do not want to see the value of their biggest investment plummet because the town becomes undesirable due to a lack of commitment to education • Taxpayers who realize that by the state providing 30 percent of the cost, the town will save up to $14 million. If we do not act this year, we will eventually have to do something and that will end up costing us much more. • Taxpayers who understand that there is never a good time for a tax increase, but the depreciation of property values has a much greater financial impact than a tax for a new high school (hundreds vs. tens of thousands of dollars) • Taxpayers who understand that this is the most cost-effective, long-term solution for the town –there are no other valid options – years of research have proved this fact repeatedly. • Taxpayers who know that the town has spent thousands of dollars doing the research only to realize the same conclusion over and over again—a new high school on new land. • Parents who have children in the elementary school—now is the time to protect your children’s future education. • Parents who have children currently in Pelham Memorial School—a new school will offer them a safe environment and an accredited high school. • Parents who do not have the luxury of sending their children to private high schools at a cost of $10,000 to 15,000 per year. • Parents who understand that no accreditation means that Pelham High School students will not be accepted into most colleges. If you want to protect the value of your

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Academy of Notre Dame Names Student of the Month for December
submitted by the Academy of Notre Dame Taylor McCarthy of Pelham, a junior at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsborough, MA, has been selected as Student of the Month. During the Christmas season when most people are consumed with the rush that the holidays create, McCarthy was able to see past that and, instead, thought of others. True to her Christian ethic, she brought to light the plight of a needy family to her peers at the Academy and helped to coordinate a plan to reach out to them. Her need to alleviate this family’s suffering was very apparent and they benefited greatly from her compassion. The result of this selfless act enabled this family to purchase Christmas presents for their six children, as well as food for the Christmas table. As an accomplished athlete, McCarthy has participated in lacrosse, diving, and cheering. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCarthy of Pelham.

Young Musical Talent to Propel Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign
submitted by Nicole Van Eden What Becca Levy lacks in years, she more than makes up for with heart. The 13-yearold Washington, DC native has just entered her teens, but has already had her fill of the drunk-driving accidents that kill thousands each year. “Did you know that every 32 minutes, a person dies is a drunk-driving accident in America? When I learned this, I realized that this was something I wanted to do something about—and the best way was through music. It’s a language that all young people speak,” says Becca. With that resolve behind her, Becca could not be happier about being named National Spokesperson for the Stop Drunk Driving Now Kids Saving Kids CD campaign. The campaign marks the first time that talented young musicians from across America will work together to use their music to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence. Thirty artists will appear on a digitally distributed CD, and the music of these talented young people will be available for free downloading by anyone in America. When people visit the page to hear the music, they will see a host of messages – designed by high school and college students – about the brutal costs of drunk driving and prevention messages. “This is another weapon in our drunk driving prevention arsenal,” said Ronald Bellanti, president of Boston-based Illumina Records. “The earlier we start kids thinking about not getting behind the wheel drunk, the better.” The artists that appear on the CD will all be under the age of 18. That means that the music will not only be created by young artists, but also geared to young listeners— the very people who should soak in these messages. The uniqueness of this opportunity is not lost on the artists. “What better way to use my music than to save other kids’ lives? Drunk driving affects everyone, regardless of his or her age. I hope you will join me in this fight. Together, we can all make a difference,” says Becca. To submit your music for consideration, you must submit a MP3 or a WAV file of one of your songs. Also include your age, hometown, and your parents’ contact information. You can submit your music at: You must be 18 years of age or younger, and you must have at least one recorded original song to submit. You can learn more about Becca and hear her music at

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submitted by Colin Manning Governor John Lynch and State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry announced a 30-percent reduction in the state’s dropout rate. A report released January 26 by the State Department of Education shows that for school year 2008-2009, the four-year cumulative dropout rate is 6.7 percent, down from 9.7 percent last year. The annual rate decreased to 1.7 percent from 2.5 percent in 20072008. “For too long, too many of our young people were dropping out of high school, robbing themselves of a better future. We have made it a priority to ensure more of our young people earn a high school diploma so that they will be able to succeed and so that New Hampshire businesses will have the workforce they need for the future,” Governor Lynch said. “Our efforts are producing real results. In just one year, we reduced the number of young people dropping out of high school by 30 percent. We must keep working until every New Hampshire student earns a high school diploma,” Governor Lynch said. Across New Hampshire, 24 high schools reduced the number of dropouts by at least 50 percent. Four New Hampshire high schools had no dropouts this year. The number of students under 18 dropping out before graduation was 171 out of 1,127 dropouts. “We are very pleased with this significant reduction in the dropout rate, and our department will continue to work closely with schools to re-engage students and help them finish high school,” said Commissioner Barry. “We will continue to work to identify dropouts and help them on their path to graduation in an effort to reach our goal of zero dropouts in New Hampshire.” Beginning this year, the state’s compulsory school attendance age is 18. Also, Governor Lynch and the Department of Education have worked with schools to expand alternative education opportunities, offering students options for night school, real-world learning, or to earn GEDs. These changes have led to the significant reduction in the dropout rate. According to the Department of Education’s report, more students earned their GED last year, and more are enrolled in GED and alternative education programs. The report shows an increase in the number of young people who dropped out, but later returned school. The complete 2008-2009 Early Exit and Dropout Rates for Grades 9-12 includes rates for each New Hampshire high school, as well as definitions and calculation methods, can be found on the NH Department of Education Website at education/data/DropoutsAndGraduates.htm.

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Submitted by Ashley Haseltine, American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pelham The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Pelham held their Kickoff Celebration January 18 at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Pelham. Approximately 100 people came out to learn more about Relay For Life and how to get involved in the first ever Relay in Pelham. There were 19 teams registered before Kickoff, and there are now a total of 39 teams registered online. Relay For Life gives everyone in the community a chance to help the Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register your team today by visiting or by calling 1-800-227-2345. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from 2 p.m. on June 5, until 8 a.m. on June 6, at Harris Field. Relay For Life is an overnight event where teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faithbased groups - people from all walks of life - all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. “Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer,” said Sara-Jean Caira, volunteer co-chair for the event. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps bring hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.” Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

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Anthony Borell, 69, of Londonderry, died January 21, 2010, at his home. Mr. Borell was born in Manhattan, NY, on December 16, 1940, son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Heitz) Borell. He was a graduate of Evander Childs High School, Bronx, NY, and served with the Air Force in Africa from 1958 to 1962. He had been a resident of Londonderry for the past seven years, formerly living in Plantation and Seminole, FL, for more than 20 years. Mr. Borell was employed in banking and worked as a commodity broker. He was a kind, loving husband, and loved everyone’s children and grandchildren. He enjoyed family, friends, travel, the mountains of Georgia and was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Elaine F. Cutler of Londonderry; three children, Caroline Steiner and her husband Luke of Houston, TX, Darrin Borell and his wife Joanne of Bridgewater, NJ, and Jennifer Simmons and her husband Russell of Cooper City, FL; three stepchildren, Suzanne Miller and her husband Jeff of Plantation, FL, David Cutler of Phoenix, AZ, and Sarah Cutler Pritchard and her husband Adam of Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren, Matthew Borell and Christopher Borell, both of Bridgewater, NJ, William Steiner and Charlotte Steiner, both of Houston, TX, and Julianna Miller and Jake Spencer Miller, both of Plantation, FL; three brothers, Michael, Peter and John Borell and his sister, Anna Williams, and his constant companion, Polly the cat. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 26 in St. Jude Parish, Londonderry. Donations may be made to Leach Library, 276 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053 or to the Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier Street, Manchester, NH 03102. Arrangements were under the care of the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Londonderry. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit

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be housed in spaces currently used for library and computer lab. The modular is also needed to reduce class sizes, which are currently higher than the state average, he said. If the money does become available for a modular classroom, the space would be used by the four World Language teachers, Hatem said. However, even with this extra space, three teachers at the middle school would still be without a classroom of their own. The new Windham High School, which opened this past September, is also having an impact on the proposed 2010-2011 operating budget. Additional equipment and books will be needed, as an additional grade level will be added. Presently, there are only two grade levels attending Windham High School (freshmen and sophomores). Next year, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be in attendance. Windham seniors will finish their education at Salem High School under a tuition agreement with that town. The total proposed budget for Windham High School for the second year of its operation amounts to $6,656,812. Tuition to Salem High School for next year, seniors only, totals an estimated $1,833,510. These two items account for an increase of 2.5 percent over the current year’s allocation.

School administrators also detailed the percentages of certain items contained in next year’s budget proposal, including: Salaries and Benefits, 64 percent; Special Education, five percent; High School Tuition, five percent; Debt, 11 percent; SAU Assessment, two percent; Building Maintenance, six percent; Transportation, five percent; and Other, two percent. Should voters not approve the proposed 2010-2011 school district budget (totaling $41,107,014), the resulting default budget would be allocated at $40,846,210 (this includes the $406,847 in grant money, plus the $744,748 for food services). There is a $260,804 difference between the proposed operating budget and the default budget. Items that would not be funded through the default budget include: the new guidance counselor, an additional Special Education teacher, salary increases for non-union employees, and the modular classroom for Windham Middle School. The Windham School District will hold its deliberative session on Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m. in the auditorium at the new Windham High School. Selectmen will hold the annual town deliberative session immediately following the conclusion of the school district meeting.

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is way too high. It was also pointed out that these capacity statistics do not include the large number of adult staff members who also populate the school environment. According to Dr. Bass, administrators are attempting to keep class sizes down to about 20 students wherever possible by having certain programs move from classroom to classroom, and by using modular (portable) classrooms where available. Bass said that studies indicate that smaller class size has a positive effect on students and larger class sizes, conversely, have a negative impact on student performance. With fewer students per class, teachers are able to give more individualized attention and offer more handson opportunities. A classroom population of 20 students or less is definitely recommended for kindergarten through third grade. Vice Chairman Hatem pointed out that the three lower-grade Windham schools have one of the highest student-teacher ratios in New Hampshire, and in some cases, the highest. Currently, there are four building options being bandied about; each of which was formulated during a facility needs study done last year. The cost of these options ranges from a low of $15.7 million to a high of $33.9 million. These options range from renovating existing buildings to tearing down Golden Brook School and building a new middle school. In response to a question regarding moving seventh and/ or eighth graders to the new Windham High School, as it is not presently filled to capacity, School Board member Daphne Kenyon explained that this would only be a temporary fix. As of the 2011-2012 school year, all four grade levels will be in attendance at Windham High School. Presently, juniors and seniors are attending Salem High School under a tuition agreement and only freshmen and sophomores attend Windham High School. Next year, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will go to Windham High School. The following year, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors will all attend Windham High School, and no more students will be tuitioned to Salem High School. If voters pass a school building bond in March 2011, the facility wouldn’t be built and ready for students until 2013, Kenyon said, so the space crunch will continue at least that long. “Kids are still being educated,” Hatem said, “it’s just a lot tougher to accomplish.” Hatem thanked administrators and teachers for their hard work and dedication in managing to keep up the high level of education, despite less than ideal circumstances.

George Juris Bebris
George Juris Bebris, 72, formerly of Pelham, died January 19, 2010, in Dayton, OH. He passed away peacefully in hospice following a stroke. Born in Riga, Latvia, George escaped Eastern Europe as a child during the World War II Soviet invasion. The family eventually immigrated to Manchester, VT, where he became an American citizen and graduated high school from Burr and Burton Academy. After serving in the Navy, he settled first in Massachusetts and then Pelham, working for 30 years as an electronics salesman for Cramer, Arrow, and C&H. Upon retirement he moved to North Carolina, and ultimately to Dayton. In his later years, after the Iron Curtain fell, George visited Latvia with his adult children and took pride in introducing them to his homeland. George is survived by his wife of 42 years, Julia Flaherty Bebris; children, Alexander (Carrie) Bebris of Dayton, OH, Rosemary Bebris (John Kinney) of Mesa, AZ, Peter (Dee Dee) Bebris of Pelham, and Carolyn (James) Giarrusso of Dracut, MA. He was also “Papa” to six grandchildren, Katherine, James Alexander, Michael, Matthew, James Joseph, and Kyle. Services will be held on February 9 at Schlientz and Moore Funeral Home in Centerville, OH. Private commitment in New Hampshire at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burr and Burton Academy (, Hospice of Dayton (, or an organization of the giver’s choice. An online guest book where friends may leave notes of condolence can be found at

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“Thumbs down to parents out there who are not monitoring their kids text messages and Facebook accounts. We check my 12 year old sons accounts every few days to make sure he isn’t doing anything age inappropriate. While he is not misusing them I’m appalled at the use of foul language used especially by girls on his posts. If you have a daughter 11-13 years old who uses a cell phone and Facebook I suggest you take a look from time to time and don’t be surprised when you see a barrage of F-bombs. Pay attention and have a clue will you people.” doesn’t’ like this town or the school board maybe she should move out of this town.” “Thumbs down to Dr. Bass and the Pelham school board for even thinking that land assessed for seven hundred and thirty six thousand is worth 2 million of the tax payers money.” “Thumbs down to our selectman and Little League President! You should be careful about what you say and to whom you say it. Your thoughts and comments about other board members were heard loud and clear. They VOLUNTEER their time to help and don’t need YOU trying to make yourself look better by trying to bad-mouth them! I felt it necessary to tell them what you have said so that they are aware that you have an agenda to get them out. It will NOT WORK! Shame on you - try to be a little more adult and a lot less disrespectful!” “Thumbs proving Pelham a SOLUTION to the high school problem that we can all live with. A new high school on new land with the government paying 30%. This is EXACTLY what the town needs-this is the most cost effective way to finally fix the failing school building, regain our accreditation status, assure the kids are safe, and take comfort that our property values don’t plummet even more. GET OUT AND VOTE YES.” “Thumbs up to a great friend who spent 2 days getting a pizza that is in such high demand just to fulfill her friend’s birthday wish!” “Thumbs up to those who realize now is the time to vote in the new Pelham High School. True, nobody likes a tax increase - but when the time comes to sell your home you will be selling it for tens of thousands of dollars what is right for the community and your biggest investmentVOTE YES on the new high school-it is long over due!” “Thumbs up to my husband Mike. For staying positive and making the best of the situation. We will get through this together. You are the best! Hang in there hon.” “Thumbs down to the EX-selectman, for parking his truck in the FIRE LANE at Shaw’s Supermarket while he does his personal banking. I am not the only person in town who has seen you do this on several occasions. Stop strutting around town like you own the place and park where you are supposed to park, like all of us ‘common’ people.” “Thumbs up. I would like to give a very special thank you to my dad and Chris (in the Passport). You both helped me out when my car slid into a snow bank on Hardwood Road. on Tuesday. I would also like to thank the other residents of Windham that stopped to ask if I needed any help, it is nice to know that we live in such a nice community that we will help each other. I would also like to thank my one year old son that was sound asleep in the back seat and didn’t budge during the whole fiasco!” “Thumbs up to the 3rd Annual Spelling Bee at PES - the students did a fantastic job! A nail-biter right to the end and a very deserving winner!” “Thumbs up to Mrs. Viger for the wonderful job she did as the pronouncer at the PES Spelling Bee.” “Thumbs down to the driver of the truck that struck and killed our family dog and didn’t stop on Atwood Road early Thursday morning.” “Thumbs down to the lefty lunatic who thinks we need a socialized government. The constitution was written to protect us from people like you and no matter how hard you try, you will not change it. We don’t need the government to run our lives. If you don’t like things here, leave, there are plenty of places for you to go. It won’t take long for you to find out socialism isn’t what you think it is. Oh, and by the way, you will not take our firearms away either. It is because of guns that you have the freedom to write foolish things.” “Thumbs down to the arrogant women running for School Board in Windham. You were thrown out of that position because you cannot be trusted to uphold the will of the majority of the voters. When asked about school colors my children tell me they were lied to. Do the right thing and withdraw ! You lack all character and are more repugnant then the trash we have in Washington.” “Thumbs down to just saying ‘no’ to everything the town needs. Next year I will be once again be unable to send my child to Pelham schools because he would again get placed into an overcrowded, under-funded, run down class room. I pay 8500 a year in taxes and 4000 a year for private school. It’s not easy and very hard on the budget. It would be nice to be able to USE what I pay for - schools! I will and would vote yes to a new school funding initiative because even if my taxes go will be less than paying for private school for the next 10 years. There are parents in

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the community who want great schools and are willing to pay a little for them. Remember when your kids were in school and you only wanted the best for them??” “Thumbs down to misinformation on the new school proposal. Today’s topic – Eminent Domain. The land that is being proposed for the new high school has no homes on it. No one is being forced out of their house. This is all open land and the only issue remaining is finding all 35 owners of one parcel. Each owns 2 – 3% of this one parcel and many are not in the area, making it difficult to find them. Do not be mislead by those that want to shoot down the new High School. And by the way, the land does not flood every year and there is no danger from power lines that are not on the property, but nearby. Don’t believe everything Linda Mahoney, Kevin Steele and others who have a personal vendetta against a new school (no matter how many ‘thumbs’ they put in against the school!)” “Thumbs down- I just checked the website that is pushing the new school. It says that after the 39 million is approved that the building committee might decrease the capacity from 850 to 800. Maybe use some savings to build an auditorium, or to install a geothermal heating system. Now they’re talking about adding more classrooms in 5 or 6 years. Just what does 39 million buy us? I’m voting no, to many ifs.” “Thumbs down. I’ve watched the Pelham School Board for over 20 years and the pattern is always the same. The big idea spenders change names and body shape only, otherwise there is no difference. They lie, produce fudged cost numbers which are never correct no matter how many times they are caught and ‘updated’, answer questions with personal attacks in the media and especially on the Message Board which is ignored by most residents. The ones who recently announced for the election are no better (they have been a tag team for years) and one could be considered among the worst yet. The proposed building site is strictly a con job to dump useless land for big profits. Follow the money trail and see who benefits the most and then research the devious intertwining with past and current PSB members or extended families.” “Thumbs down to all the voters of Pelham that are not outraged and asking for an independent prosecutor and auditor to look into the criminal behavior by the school board when they quickly spent the extra million dollars in their budget. It’s time for Pelham voters to do what the people to our South just did and take back our town Government. How does a small town school board spend an extra million dollars anyway? Anybody but me care to know where the money went?” “Thumbs down to the auto sales in the middle of town. I recently bought a car from them that needed lots of undisclosed work. Not only did they not tell me about it they flat out lied to me, AND to make it worse they removed the small light bulbs in the dash that illuminate the indicator lights like ‘service engine soo’ and ‘ABS problem.’ Never buy a car from them and never go there for service. Also ‘thumbs up’ to the guys at RGA Tire who helped me out with fixing all the problems and being straight forward with me.” “Thumbs down to the person who spoke negatively about one of the math teachers at the new high school. Apparently, your mother forgot to tell you that if you’ve got nothing nice to say... shut your entitled trap.” “Thumbs up to the teachers at Windham High School. Clearly you are a dedicated group of educators who care about each and every child. You took upon yourselves the enormous task of integrating technology and learning the ropes of a new school. Keep up the good work and ignore any naysayers!” “Thumbs down...I find it hilarious that the socialist individual who wrote in last week about the left winning the election and anti-gun rhetoric. LMAO......from the time you wrote your idiotic thumbs till it came out in the paper the lovely people of MA took the country back from a liberal doomsday. Ha ha ha ha...what a failure Obama is....he is all done and couldn’t accomplish any of his BS socialist policies.... elections have consequenses.....thank God Obama won the election so the country could unite and move back to our conservative roots and values. I think I’ll celebrate and go add another semiautomatic pistol to my arsenal of legal firearms. If the wonderful election of Scott Brown upsets you than you better move out of the country for the November elections.” “Thumbs down. After reading last weeks’ ‘thumbs up/down’ I am amazed. As a school board member, you should be putting the best possible plan forward for the town, not your personal opinion. I think this group has forgotten what is important. The fact is it’s about the town not about one person/groups own agenda. We are not working together to resolve our school infrastructure needs. We need to DO WHAT IS BEST for this town! We need to start working together to fix our school issues. We need to stop this nonsense of name calling when you don’t get what you want. This does not resolve anything. Offer solutions! PHS is on the verge of losing accreditation. If we lose accreditation, students will lose out on scholarships and financial aid because they will be ineligible. You must graduate from an accredited high school to receive aid. The walls are paper thin. One is afraid if touched or leaned against it will collapse. During windy/ stormy days the common joke and hope amongst students is the school will be knocked down and feels like the roof is going to blow off. Step into the bathroom, you just stepped back to 1970. Most students refuse to use the bathroom. Take a walk in the hallways during class changes and you feel like you are at a WHO concert. Step into the café during lunch and TRY to find a seat. Be late for a class and you’ll be standing. PMS is not an accredited Junior High school. There is not enough space to offer the core curriculum required. The class sizes are growing; there is nowhere to put the students. PMS is facing the same issues as PHS. The students suffer, the curriculum is sub par and our test scores are amongst the lowest in the state. I urge all voters to get the facts and stop listening to the lies presented by the same people who have cost this town millions but have offered NO solutions. “Thumbs down to believing the hype that voting no means lower taxes. Pelham voters have been voting no for years. Our infrastructure is falling apart. And our taxes have not decreased. Emergency band-aids are no longer enough. Imagine if we had used that same money spent on lawyers, repeat committees, and band-aids and used it to provide long-term solutions to permanently address the problems instead? Pelham would be in a much better position today. Thanks to year after year of NO votes, we are faced with addressing everything all at once. There’s nobody to blame but ourselves, the voters. The problems aren’t going away. They are getting worse.” Thank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Pelham~Windham News staff. Thumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at When submitting a Thumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Pelham~Windham News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. 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“Thumbs up! to Denis Ducharme Jr. for your 40th Birthday.... Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear DJ.. Happy birthday to you!!!! Hope it was a great one and you are doing well...always a friend!” “Thumbs up to the Pelham kids who ride bus 379 for all your generosity and kindness over the holiday season. Thank you from your bus driver Mary.” “Thumbs down to Pelham’s million dollar school board overrun over spent mismanaged budget. Take a lesson from Dracut, “halt all new education spending and freeze the budget.’ Budget committee: ‘Don’t sweep this million dollar mismanagement under the rug, freeze the budget, remember, once a cheater always a cheater.” “Thumbs down to the Pelham superintendent and his barrel of lies. He lied to the budget committee two weeks in a row, he has lied to the school committee over and over again. Now he is lying to the people of Pelham regarding land for sale and employees of the school district who have lost their positions.” “Thumbs down for the televised school board asking for 25+ million dollars for their new budget. Last year it was 23 million and they screwed that up and their asking for 2 more million. Is there never an end to the money that they’re asking for. I say heads should roll.” “Thumbs down, way down to McDevitt’s charter government. Absolutely not, my take is that you don’t like the way things are going so you and your colleagues want to be in charge and call the shots for all the townspeople. No way everyone has a right to vote.” “Thumbs up to Jack McCarthy! We really appreciate you putting the signs on North Lowell Road. It makes it such a more attractive road. Thank you.” “Thumbs up to the Pelham school board for asking for only 24.8 million dollars for their new operating budget. Did you know that the Windham school board is asking for over 40 million dollars for their new operating budget? Why so much more money? Because they just built a 53 million dollar high school. Now we should all be so happy that Pelham’s request is for only 40 million dollars for a new high school.” “Thumbs up to Miss Diack and the other budget committee member who did not throw caution to the wind and lived up to their word and commitment instead of saying one thing and doing another. Thank you for your trustworthiness.” “Thumbs down to the Hannafords bakery. Take a ride to Salem and take a look at Shaws and some of the other bakeries around. For the past 5 years I’ve been going in there and there is the same old overpriced stuff. I go in there blindfolded and know exactly where everything is. There is no creativity. The same old thing day in and day out.” “Thumbs down to Dr. Bass and the Pelham school board for not telling the Pelham people that the school board offered the owners of the land they want to buy one-million-nine-hundred and sixty thousand dollars for land that has been assessed at seven-hundred and sixty thousand dollars.” “Thumbs up to the man in the black Silverado with the plow on the front. He was so kind during the snow storm on Monday he blew a path through the bottom of my driveway so I didn’t have to shovel where the snow plow went by my house. That proves that there are some kind people still in this world.”

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Town offers Training in CPR and First Aid at the start of the season. Hourly rate of pay varies by position and related experience. All applicants must be 16 years old or older. • Playground Co-Directors & Leaders - (Candidates must be able to work well with children ages 6 to 9 or 10 to 13.) Directors: Plan schedule of activities and oversee operations. Leaders: assist with running activities and in supervising field trips. 20 to 26 hours/week; M-F • Lifeguards - Advanced Lifesaving Certificate required; responsible for beach area; establish and maintain good working relationships with coworkers and public; possess good judgment to handle minor problems and maintain order; lifeguard experience or WSI preferred. (Hours: 30 to 35 wkly.) • Sports Camp - Director: Plan, organize supervise Camp; be able to instruct participants in proper form and technique for the sport. Instructor: assist Director in above- duties and plan special events for playgrounds one day per week. (25 to 30 hours per week.) M-F • Tennis Instructor - (20 to 25 hrs/wk. for 7 weeks.) • Laborer - (40 hours/week for 13 weeks.) Perform a variety of manual labor duties including park preparation; lawn & building maintenance & more. Apply to: Recreation Dept. Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH between 9:00 a.m. and noon and 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. or at: www. Deadline for applications: March 19, 2010 EOE/AA/ADA

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Windham-Pelham players celebrate a goal versus Oyster River at UNH’s Whittemore Center. goal of the day. The puck was in WindhamPelham’s offensive end when Malone came out to the corner and made a perfect pass right to Paradis, who tipped the puck into the net for the game-winner. “Once we hit the overtime, our players got recharged and they knew what needed to be done,” Windham-Pelham coach Doug Watson said. “They went out and executed the play they had been practicing properly. It showed that our team has the character and the fortitude to come back.” Windham-Pelham, now 5-0, will look to continue its winning streak this Saturday when it gets into the meat of its schedule against Manchester West. The game will start at 7 p.m. at the Cyclones arena in Hudson.

Pythons Earn Road Win at Souhegan; Lose to Oyster River at Home
by Chris White The Pelham boys’ basketball team faced Souhegan in a road contest on Tuesday, January 19. With their offense struggling against Souhegan’s zone, the Pythons relied on their defense to bring home the victory, 44-36. The lack of offense in the game was evident early on as Pelham held an 8-3 advantage after one quarter. The Pythons scored 18 points in the second, though, and extended their lead to nine points at halftime, 26-17. The Sabers chipped away at the Pelham lead in the third before the Pythons regrouped and held off Souhegan’s threat to secure the win in the fourth. Pelham forced 28 turnovers in the game and received solid contributions from a number of players on the defensive end. Stephen Spirou led the Pythons in scoring with a game-high 14 points. Meanwhile, senior Josh Boissonneault grabbed 12 boards to lead the team in rebounding, and added six points. Big man Mike Lombard was a force on the inside as he registered 11 points and nine rebounds, while playing great defense. Sean Sweeney also turned in a solid effort, scoring five points. Pelham moved on to host the Oyster River Bobcats at the “Snake Pit” on Friday. Pelham planned to earn its second straight win, but Oyster River came strong and amassed a 28-14 lead by halftime. From there, the Bobcats held off the Pythons for the victory, 50-49. Spirou and Lombard paced Pelham with 17 and 13 points, respectively. The loss dropped Pelham’s record to 4-3 on the season.

Granite State Penguins Masters Swim Team Sets World Record
by Chris White The Granite State Penguins, local masters’ swim team, recently won first place for the small workout group division at the New England Short Course Meter Championships held at Boston University on Sunday, December 13, 2009. The Penguins’ mixed 200-239 year-old 800 free relay team also broke a FINA (Federation photo courtesy of Margaret Johns Internationale De Natation) From left: Dan Rogacki, Tracy Grilli, world record while coming in Karin Stokes and Jeffrey Wood first place for its event. The accomplishment is one of the highest achievements in masters swimming. The team includes Jeffrey Wood of Hudson, Tracy Grilli of Londonderry, Karin Stokes of Windham, and Dan Rogacki of Sandown. One of the team’s coaches is Sheryl Scott, who also coaches the Windham High School swim team.

photo by Len Lathrop

12 - January 29, 2010

Pelham~Windham News
Pelham Girls’ Basketball Drops Two Games
by Chris White The Pelham girls’ basketball team dropped decisions to two tough opponents last week. The Pythons first traveled to Durham to play Oyster River on Friday, January 22, but fell to the Bobcats, 67-41. The team then returned home on Tuesday to face Portsmouth, but the Clippers came out on top, 68-57. In Durham, the Pythons hung with the Bobcats for the first quarter, trailing by only three points after one, 17-14. An offensive lapse by Pelham in the second, though, gave the Bobcats the opportunity to increase their lead. Oyster River outscored Pelham 20-4 in the quarter to take a 37-18 lead into the half. After that, Oyster River remained steady in the second half and took the victory. Jacqui Perry was the high-scorer for Pelham with 17 points, while Alex Catalano added eight. Against Portsmouth, the Pythons trailed by only six, 18-12, at the end of the first. The second quarter, however, was when their opponent opened up a lead once again. With their run in the second frame, the Clippers built a 35-21 lead by halftime. After trying to keep pace with the Clippers Gina Grimes looks to split a pair of defenders in the second half, Pelham took one more shot at a comeback near the end of the game. The team outscored Portsmouth 21-10 in the fourth quarter, but it was too late as the Clippers held off the late charge for an 11-point win. Despite the loss, the Pythons played hard throughout the game and did not back down from Portsmouth, one of the top teams in Class I. “We played hard tonight; we always do,” head coach Tim Powers said. “We might not always have the best match-ups, but we’re scrappy and we’ll play hard every game.” Take advantage of our Rolling Enrollment! Freshman Gina Grimes racked up 23 points to 6 weeks for $199 lead the Pythons in scoring Start your training when it’s convenient for you! for the game. Perry also scored in double figures with 15 points, and Rebecca DeBaldo added
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Pelham Travel Basketball Participates in Annual Hudson Tournament
submitted by Pelham Travel Basketball Pelham Travel Basketball teams recently participated in the 33rd Annual Hudson Tournament January 15-18. Numerous towns from around the area played in the event, featuring fourth- through eighth-grade divisions for both boys and girls. The Pelham Pride teams represented the town well, displaying great effort and sportsmanship throughout the four days. Pelham was able to pull out wins in every division and also came up with two tournament championship teams—7th Grade Girls and 8th Grade Boys. Racking up all tournament honors for the Pride teams: • Olivia Gagnon (4th Grade Girls) • Ben Pelletier (4th Grade Boys MVP) • Tim Anderson (5th Grade Boys) • Keith Brown (6th Grade Boys) • Colleen Frey (7th Grade Girls MVP) • Shannon Walsh (7th Grade Girls) • Eric Guinasso (7th Grade Boys) • Jake Vaiknoras (8th Grade Boys MVP) • Zach Conway (8th Grade Boys) Congratulations to all Pride players for the outstanding effort throughout the busy weekend. The Pelham Pride now continues on with their league and tournament season, ending in early March. For more details on the program, visit

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Alexandra Catalano hooks a shot over a Portsmouth defender at home 12. Pelham’s next game will be on the road Friday at Whittier Vocational Tech. The game will start at 5 p.m.

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