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Marking that Exciting First

Day at PES
Volume 14 Number 5 September 4, 2015 16 Pages

Staff photos by Rhiannon Snide

Brendan (grade 5) and Kayli Millard (grade 2)

Kevin and Carol Lehane bring their daughter, Ava,

for her first day of fourth grade.

Luke Estell (grade 2) poses

with his younger sister.

Eric OLeary drops o his son, Eric,

for his first day of fourth grade.

Jillian LeBlanc (grade 4)

and Jordan Robito (grade 3)

Celebrating Back to School at the New PHS

Led by the marching band, the PHS student body parades between the old building (pictured left) and the new building to walk for the first time through
the new high school entrance into a bright glass hallway that connects both buildings.

Mr. Moore teaches the first chemistry class of the year in one of the new rooms at Pelham High.
The PHS addition boasts state-of-the-art science labs for biology, chemistry, physics and general
science. The large windows allow for increased natural light that will both save in operational
costs and produce an environment more conducive to learning.

Staff photos by Kaela Law

On the first day of school, Senior Class President Heather Snide and VP Allie Hoey cut the
ribbon in a ceremony to open the brand new addition of Pelham High School
as Principal Dr. Mohr and sta cheer them on from the sidewalk.

Principal Mohr and sta hold open the doors to the new high school
addition as students enter the building on the first day
of the 2015-2016 school year.

by Kaela Law
As the summer wore on, Pelham residents drove up Marsh
Road watching the progress of the Pelham High School
expansion project. Just days before the start of the 2015-2016
school year, the addition was completed, and the building was
ready to foster new student growth and learning.
On the morning of Aug. 31, the first day of school, the
PHS student body and staff held an unofficial ribbon-cutting
ceremony to open the building.
A proper learning environment will certainly inspire success
among our students, and it is my pleasure to invite Pelham High
School seniors to be the first to step foot in our new facility,
explained Amanda Lecaroz, superintendent of Pelham schools.
The Senior Class President Heather Snide and Vice President
Allie Hoey led the way through the entrance doors followed by
the rest of the Pelham High School seniors and underclassmen to
begin the school year in their new classrooms.
Construction will continue on the older building of the high
school throughout the course of the year to upgrade the main
offices, cafeteria, library, gymnasium and locker rooms, as well
as to create a new auditorium. Although a few classes will still
take place in the older building, the majority will be held in the
new facilities.
I want to thank our community for supporting this project,
said Lecaroz.

Windham to Take Wait-and-See Attitude on Lawsuit against State

by Barbara OBrien
As the City of Dover moves forward with a lawsuit against
the State of New Hampshire, regarding appropriate funding for
adequate aid to public education, other communities affected by the
loss of money are being urged to take a wait-and-see attitude.
Windham School Board members held a special meeting on Aug.
26, the day after representatives from Dover held an invitation-only
meeting at the New Hampshire Municipal Association in Concord
to discuss the issue. According to Windham School District
Attorney Gordon Graham, approximately 30 people attended the
session. Representing Windham, in addition to Graham, were
school board members Tom Murray (vice chairman) and Ken
Eyring (chairman), Ross McLeod (selectman), David Bates (state
representative) and Tina McCoy (interim superintendent).
During the past five years that a cap has been in place on
adequacy aid to education, 78 school districts statewide have been
affected by a loss of funding. Currently, there are still 44 school
districts losing money on an annual basis, including Windham. The
lawsuit against the State of New Hampshire claims that the cap
on funding is unconstitutional. Adequacy aid is based on a per
student payment. Its a straight forward formula, Attorney Graham
said. Therefore, there cant be a cap. Its not complicated.
According to information discussed during the meeting in
Concord, if the decision is in Dovers favor and the cap on funding
is unconstitutional, that decision will also apply to every other
school district in New Hampshire. Therefore, Dover city officials
are saying that there is no reason for other towns to file suit at this
time. If its true of Dover, its also true of all other communities,
Graham emphasized.
There are two aspects to the legal action being taken by Dover.
The first is to have the cap on adequacy aid removed moving
forward, beginning Sept. 1. The second would be an attempt to get
retroactive funding lost through the cap back to 2009. Graham said
he expects a decision on the removal of the cap moving forward to
be made this coming October or November. The second section,
however, he said, is more complex and could take considerably
longer for a decision to be reached. Its a much different animal,

Graham said. It could drag on much

longer. We need to keep an eye on it.
In the meantime, Dover is
encouraging any citizen who is
concerned about this issue to express
those feelings to a member of the New
Hampshire Legislature or to Governor
Maggie Hassen. Dover also requested
a letter of support from the Windham
School Board; a request that was
approved unanimously (5 to 0).
Eyring and McCoy were assigned
the job of staying in contact with
those involved in Dovers lawsuit
and also monitoring any progress
being made on the possibility of
retroactive relief. It was a very
helpful meeting about how people
can potentially come together to
solve this dilemma, McCoy said.
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taxpayers of Windham to
pursue all options, she said.
During the past five years,
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less than was originally called
for through the formula for
adequate aid to education.
It was a good meeting,
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people in synch, he said.

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Night Disc Golf Tournament Lights up Muldoon Park

Staff photos by Lynne Ober

by Lynne Ober
Disc golf is a growing sport that costs little. If
you have a disc, you can play. Although serious
disc golfers often carry bags with discs of various
weights (similar to Frisbees), you can play with
just one or two and many people do.
Many of the NH courses are free, such as the
one at Muldoon Park, or cost a nominal fee to
pay for course maintenance. As a result, disc golf
becomes a lovely walk in wooded areas that all
members of the family can enjoy. The holes are
baskets with chains. The fairways are much
rougher than youd find on a regular golf course,
and the rough can mean a little hike into the
Theres been an active league at Muldoon Park
for a couple of years and this past Saturday, Aug.
29, they decided to hold a night tournament.
Why not? It was going to be a full moon, but
even with a full moon, how would you find your
disc after you through it? Youd attach glow sticks
or little LED lights to your disc, of course. How
would you find the fairway? More glow sticks, of

A disc lighted with a glow stick helps with visibility.

course, and those also adorned the baskets.
It was a warm summer evening as the 27
adventurous golfers gathered to begin installing
glow sticks. The first part of the evening before
it got pitch dark involved putting glow sticks
on every basket for every hole and marking the
way along the fairway with glow sticks. Golfers
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with glow sticks that would shine in the darkness.
Foursomes were assigned and golfers scattered
to the various holes for the shotgun start.
Although it was twilight as they started, darkness
fell. Flashlights could be seen around the course,
and the discs made a colorful sight as they flew
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Around the course hoots and hollers could be
heard as golfers laughed at their situation and
groaned as their discs flew into the woods. By 11
p.m. everyone was back at the starting point with
stories to tell. This was a lot of fun, said Justin,
who said he had been golfing for one season and
participated in his first night event.
Amazingly enough Phil Vilmorin threw a plus
1 on the course in the dark, and right behind him
was Jim Wirwille was only one behind Phil.
This league regularly meets on Sundays (as well
as Tuesdays) so the plan was for every Sunday
player to help pick up the glow sticks from the
Saturday night event.
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Old Home Day
Not a
baseball field,
but a thriving
of people
having fun and
discovering their
true potential
... thats what
the athletes, families and volunteers of Nashua Special Olympics have
done together over the last 25 years.
Nashua Special Olympics, a local program of Special Olympics
New Hampshire, consists of more than 300 athletes, coaches,
volunteers and family members, who work together to train, organize
and promote athletic opportunities for Special Olympics athletes. For
the last 25 years, their continued efforts have built a strong community
that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental
disabilities through competitive sports training. But thats not all. The
experience of being a team player, of achieving your personal best,
and of learning how to grow in social situations has built not only
strong bodies, but strong friendships and strong self-esteem, as well.
Ben Demers of Pelham, an employee of Chunkys Pub and Cinema,
has been involved in the Nashua program for 12 years. Ben, 28, is
active in many of the team sports, including basketball, alpine skiing,
bowling, swimming and golf. When asked why he participates, he
said, Special Olympics is important to the quality of my life. My best
friends Isaac and Scotty J. are there, and we have a lot of fun together.
It keeps me healthy. I want to always be in Special Olympics!
Demers connection to Nashua Special Olympics is a common
thread that runs through many local families. Today, the program
continues to bring young members on board, through the Young
Athletes program, which serves populations from ages 2-7 and
prepares children for competitive sports training with NSO, which is
available to people with developmental disabilities ages 8-99.
The Nashua Special Olympics community includes the Greater
Nashua area and surrounding towns including Pelham, Hudson,
Litchfield, Merrimack and Hollis. The program offers both unified
sports (partnering developmentally challenged athletes with peer
mentors) and traditional sports. Some of the many sports offered
include unified basketball, unified bowling, unified softball, unified
soccer, swimming, bocce, track and field, unified floor hockey, alpine
skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoe and unified golf. Athletes
train throughout the year and participate in local, regional, state
and national competitions. Nashua Special Olympics relies on
their dedicated volunteers and family members who donate their
time coaching, partnering and organizing events. As a nonprofit
organization, NSO relies on fundraising and donations as its sole
means of ensuring the program has the facilities and equipment it
needs to provide opportunities to athletes.
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the Town of Pelham and sponsored by the First Congregational Church,
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in Pelham. The proceeds will benefit Nashua Special Olympics. Last
year over 400 runners and walkers participated in the event, and this
year they are hoping to break that record.
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Pelham - Windham News | September 4, 2015 - 3

Rolling out the Welcome Mat at Golden Brook

by Doug Robinson
With the precision of a well-oiled Swiss timepiece, the teachers
and administrators of Windhams Golden Brook School rolled out the
welcome mat for their newest students as well as their returning ones.
While 23 buses lined the schools front driveway to deliver students,
many parents about 100 vehicles in all-- chose to drop off their
precious cargo at the back door.
Teachers lined the front lawn with signs in hand, holding their
name high, to indicate the designated place for their second grade
students to meet. Upon arrival of Golden Brook first graders, teachers
escorted these young lads and lasses into the school gym, where they
met their teachers and fellow classmates. The kindergarten students
were escorted to their rooms to begin getting acclimated to their new
learning environment.
Students of Ms. Gilberts class spent their day reading the book, First
Jitters, to learn about how they will grow a mystical tree, as well as
receive their locker, where to place their lunch and what to do with the
information they brought from home.
Over the next couple of days explained Golden Brook Principal
Rory OConnor, we will work with the kids closely and help them
understand bus safety, lunch room procedures, dismissal procedures,
Twins, Alex, left, and Owen, say goodbye to their mom,
and our expectations of their behavior on the playground.
Alison Lewandowski, as music teacher Eric
continued to
state, We have
a great culture
here at Golden
Brook. All of
our teachers
are focused on
the children.
We have a
very positive
and everyone
is dedicated to
teaching and
Second grade teacher Deanna Tewksbury earns the
most creative as she designed
Kindergarten and first grade students are led into Golden Brook to begin the school year.
a color-coordinated sign to match her attire.

Golden Brook Principal Rory OConnor welcomes Mia, 6, and her mom, Maja,
on the first day of school.
staff photos by Doug Robinson

submitted by
of Windham
Club of Windham
recently met at the
Windham Bible
Chapel to start
their new fiscal
year. A big thank
you was extended
to the outgoing
executive board
as they passed
their materials to
the newly elected
officers. The
MOMS Club is a
local chapter of an
international group
and MOMS is an
acronym for Moms
Offering Moms
Support. While
the moms met, their
children played together in the playroom.
The local chapter was organized over nine years
ago and currently has 83 members. Incoming
President Amy Crowley said, We have a
wonderful group of moms who share the same
purpose and principles of the MOMS Club, one
of which is to engage in activities to enrich the
lives of children in the community. Another is to
undertake and complete at least one charitable,
humanitarian or social welfare project related to
children each year. This year we got together as

Courtesy photo

MOMS Club Offers Array of Socializing and Support Opportunities

a group and sliced strawberries for the annual

Strawberry Festival to benefit the Nesmith Library.
The MOMS club is open for new members.
Crowley explained that the group is particularly
helpful to new moms and move in moms. They
have a meal train that organizes several days of
delivered family dinners to a new mom. A series
of monthly activities include a business meeting, a
morning or afternoon seasonal or holiday-themed
brunch or dinner potluck, and a recent MOMS
night out that included movie night, martial arts
practice, manicures and pedicures, and paddle

boarding on Cobbetts Pond. Other than the

MOMS night out, all other activities take place
during daylight hours and children are welcome.
A monthly newsletter is electronically sent to
all members which includes a calendar of free
events in Windham and surrounding towns.
Crowley added, Our goal is for a mom to be able
to look at our calendar on any given day and be
able to find something to do with her children.
Activities are planned each month exclusively for
the MOMS club, which have recently included
farm tours apple, pumpkin, blueberry picking;
and morning and afternoon playgroups. Other
seasonal field trips over the past year included
visiting a local butterfly museum, milking cows,
enjoying tractor rides, and finding their way
through a 12-acre corn maze in the fall. Meeting
places include local playgrounds, town beach, the
Windham Co-op, the Windham Middle School,

and the Windham Bible Chapel for their events,

such as quarterly New Member Teas.
The Windham MOM Club has a closed
Facebook page and other group media to share
information relating to schools, services, and
child-related matters. This past year the group
established a babysitting co-op where members
can swap sitting with no money changing hands,
a book club, recipe club, and a club for moms
whose partners are temporarily out of town who
might meet at a playground for a picnic dinner
or other activities. New officer appoints are as
follows: Amy Crowley, president; Lauren Tilton,
administrative VP; Meg Bedrick, membership
VP; Laura Cousens, secretary; and Sara Graves,
treasurer. For further information visit their
website at or


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The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Contribution to the Coish

Scholarship Fund
This past summer, I volunteered to sit in the dunk
tank at the strawberry Festival. It was a fun experience
and wonderful opportunity to participate in an event
where the proceeds from the dunk tank helped benefit
the nesmith Librarys summer reading Program.
Prior to the event, I made a commitment to donate
$20 in the fall to a scholarship for every time I was sent
to the bottom of the tank (up to $200). That limit was
reached within five minutes, and the time has arrived
for me to make good on my pledge.
Four years ago, the coish family established a fund
that provides a $1,000 scholarship each year to WHs
students, and the balance is getting low. That made it
an easy decision where to donate the money.
although I have known of Barbara coish for many
years, I did not have the pleasure of really getting to
know her until this past year. she is a very warm and
special person who volunteers countless hours of her
time every week to our community; running the senior
center, videotaping meetings for WctV21, helping
out in our classrooms, and much more ...
It is because of Mrs. coish and many other people
like her who live in Windham that our town is a very
special place to live. My donation to her scholarship
fund is a small way to let her know how much she and
her family are appreciated.
Ken Eyring, Chairman, Windham School Board

Presentation of Mary academy

Capital Campaign underway
On aug. 27, Presentation of Mary academy
celebrated a milestone occasion with over 90 people
in attendance. Thank you to all who attended the
official kick-off of PMas capital campaign for a new
gymnasium and arts center. Momentum has been
building since last winter with many highlights along

the campaign trail. Our lead donors have set the

pace for a successful campaign, and the dedication
of PMas staff and volunteers, parents and students
alike, is inspiring. PMas new center will be named
The Thompson center for athletics and Performing
arts in honor of our lead donors, Thomas and jeffrey
Thompson. The Thompson center will not only
enhance the education of PMa students, but it will
benefit the greater Hudson community in many ways.
I encourage all who are curious to visit PMas website
at, or reach out to me by email at
Diana LaMothe, PMA Capital Campaign Director,

urging Careful review

of Teachers Contract
The school districts contract with the teachers union
will be expiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
The school board has a statutory and fiduciary duty to
negotiate a contract that is in the best interests of the
taxpayers while providing a fair compensation package
to the employees.
I worked over 25 years in the insurance and benefits
area and hold the rEBc, rHU, cLU (registered
Employee Benefits consultant, registered Health
Underwriter, and chartered Life Underwriter)
designations. In the last two decades, the richness
and types of benefits in the private sector has changed
dramatically. When I first started my career, employer
paid pension plans, employee profit sharing plans and
indemnity health plans with low deductibles that were
100 percent employer paid were the norm. Through
the years pensions have been replaced with 401(k)
Plans; profit sharing plans changed to stock options;
and indemnity health plans were replaced with HMOs
and PPOs. Employees are now expected to pay 3050 percent of their health insurance premiums, and
deductibles exceeding $6,000 for singles and $10,000

for families are becoming the norm.

The current teacher contract should be reviewed
carefully to determine if certain benefits that may have
been common in the past need to be updated to meet
current circumstances. Windham took a small first step
in its last contract, abandoning its practice of paying for
100 percent of health insurance premiums. This year
the district will pay 94 percent, and employees will pay
6 percent of health insurance premiums. There should
more steps taken for school district employees to take
on more of their fair share of the health insurance costs.
The contract should also be compared with the
contracts of several other districts to determine if there
are components or language that need to be adjusted.
For example:
Windham has a sick pay bank in which employees
contribute 1 sick day to the bank each year, and
can apply to use sick days in the case of a longer
illness. In Windham participation is mandatory,
while it is voluntary in other districts. several
districts have contract language that will provide
full pay without charging sick days for any
employee injured while at work. Windhams
contract does not appear to address this issue.
The district reimburses teachers for higher
education courses. Unlike other districts, the
Windham contract does not have a minimum
passing grade requirement. There is in fact no
contract language that states a teacher even has to
In the private sector automatic raises and raises of
3 percent, are a thing of the past. several other
school districts have reexamined its practice of
automatic 3 percent step increases. at least one
district instituted half steps (1 percent raises),
other districts no longer guarantee automatic
yearly step increases.
The Windham taxpayers have experienced huge
school tax increases the past decade. at some point
there will be a tipping point in which taxpayers will find
that the burden of high taxes outweighs the benefits of
staying in Windham for its quality of life. We simply

cannot afford for any contract offer to the teachers

union to be more than the taxpayers can bear.
Eileen Mashimo, Windham

Thanking September Community

Business Sponsor
The community development department and
Windham Economic development committee would
like to thank Golden crane traditional Martial arts for
being the september community Business sponsor for
the Windham community Economic development
website. Visit the website at
to see their ad and find a link to their website. Golden
crane karate offers classes for all skill levels and ages,
with personalized instruction in a supportive group
environment. Make time to see what classes and
trainings they have to offer at their dojo at 46 Lowell
rd. and dont forget to thank them for their continued
support of community economic development in
Laura Scott, Community Development Director,

Pelham good neighbor Fund

golf Tourney nets nearly $16K
The Pelham Good neighbor Fund Golf tournament
committee held its 22nd annual Golf tournament at
campbells scottish Highlands in salem on aug. 10.
We would like to thank our sponsors, the donors who
provided gifts for our rae drawings and especially the
golfers for helping to make our golf tournament a huge
success. We were able to raise $15,750 for the Pelham
Good neighbor Fund.
Frank Sullivan, Pelham Good Neighbor Fund

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Pelham Public Library Story Hours for

Upcoming Year! We are looking forward to
a new year of explorations and adventures!
The year-long theme for story hours and
for lots of programming throughout the
library is Learn Something New @ the Library!
as we explore our library as a valuable information
resource. Monthly themes will be developed with
stories, songs, enrichment activities and crafts.
There will also be many special programs for all
ages! Story times will be divided into four sessions
through the school year. Session 1 starts Sept. 14
and will continue until Oct. 31. Check out the
times and descriptions to see what works best for
you and your child.
Preschool Story hour: Ages 3-5, Mon., 11 a.m.,
stories, songs, finger plays, and simple crafts
selected for the interests and attention-span of
the preschooler. Child must be at least 3 years
old to attend this program.
Babies Story Time: Infants to 18 months, Tue.,
11 a.m., a first library experience for babies and
their parent or caregiver. We will enjoy nursery
rhymes, songs, finger plays, and an introduction
to books.
Just Twos: Toddlers, age 2, Wed., 11 a.m., a
special half hour story time with lots of music
and movement and a simple story and craft, too!


Tuesdays & Thursdays thru October 15

Pelham Community Theatre, in
Now conjunction with the Pelham Parks &
Recreation, invites you to join us for our
very first musical! Ten week program for
ages 6-16, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Performances:
Oct. 16, 17, and 18, Sherburne Hall, Pelham.
Program fee. Scholarship applications available.
Auditions will be held on the first day of the
program. All participants will be cast in the
show. Space is limited. Sign up today! First time
participants receive a special award. Registration
is available at the Town Hall and online. If you
have any questions contact Laura Smith, Artistic
Director, or 635-2721.
Saturday, September 5
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 (we will sing the Rosary) at
8:30 a.m. Following the rosary we will have a pot
luck breakfast and fellowship and celebrate Mother
Marys birthday. For more information call Linda
at 930-6436 or email WomenOfMaryNH@yahoo.
com. Note: Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet
will be available before Mass at 7:30 in the chapel.



Sunday, September 6 &

Monday, September 7
Nesmith Library - Closed
Monday, September 7
Pelham Public Library - Closed

Wednesday, September 9
The meeting of the Womans Service
Club of Windham will be held at Windham
Town Hall. Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.
followed by the meeting. Our many civic
and community projects: Scholarship fund, annual
donations to four Windham Schools, awards
to Middle School graduates, Candidates Night
sponsored yearly, Veterans Project, Provide baskets
and adopt families for Christmas gifts, donations
made to Shepherds Pantry several times a year,
annual coat and sweater collection in Oct. and
Nov. and many more projects. Guests welcome!
Come meet us and enjoy! Find out what we
are about! For more information, visit www.


The Windham Planning Board will be holding

the first public hearings on the 2016 Town Meeting
Zoning Ordinance amendments at 7 p.m. at the
Town Hall. There will be public hearings on the
proposed new Market Square Overlay District and
amendments to the restrictions on retails sales in
the Professional, Business and Technology District.

There will also be workshops on amendments

to the buffer requirements for vernal pools and
language that would provide incentives for
alternative energy instillations. Copies of these
proposed amendments are available on the Towns
website ( or
at the Community Development Department. For
more information, contact Laura Scott, Community
Development Director at 432-3806 or lscott@
Thursday, September 10
Plan on attending the Website Checkth
up: How Healthy is Your Business
Website? Free Business Seminar from
5:30 to 7 p.m. at held AJ Letizio Sales &
Marketing, Inc., (91 Indian Rock Rd., and will
taught by Scott Baetz, owner of Windham-based
AdminInternet. You will learn practical tools,
tactics and tips to make your website a powerful
resource to help grow your business. This event
is free to attend but you must register by Sept. 8
at or by contacting Laura
Scott at 432-3806.

Fundraiser Planning. Come and learn

more about NED and its impacts on
Pelham, Windham, and 15 other affected
towns in Southern NH. Deny Access
Forms available. Whether you are on the
proposed pipeline route or not, protect
yourself and property, sign one today! John
H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 VFW, 6
Main St., Pelham.
Wednesday, September 16
ServiceLink Resource Center of
Rockingham County is offering a New
to Medicare Workshop from 1:30 to 4
p.m., Nutfield Medical Building, Room
102B, 44 Birch St. in Derry. If you are new
to Medicare, or will be in the next few months,
this is the workshop for you! This workshop will
review the basics of Medicare Part A and Part
B, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare
Supplemental Plans, Medicare Advantage, and
Preventing Medicare Fraud and Abuse. Space is
limited, so call ServiceLink at 893-9769 for more
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Monday, September 14
Pelham Parks & Rec is accepting
th registrations for an Introductory to Karate
program offered to children ages 4-7.
There are four one-hour classes from 5 to
5:30 p.m. beginning tonight. Program fee.
Children will be introduced to the fun and structure
of martial arts and parents can test their interest for
a more than affordable investment! Registration
forms are available at Parks & Rec office, or you
may sign up online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.
com. Email or call
635-2721 with questions. Space is limited so
register soon!


Pelham Parks & Rec is accepting registrations for

Womens Volleyball (ages 18 and up). Games are
every Monday evening at the Pelham Elementary
School Gym starting at 6:30 p.m. No experience
needed; gym sneakers required. Program fee. Visit
the website (
for a form or stop by the Parks & Rec office.
You may also register online at https://webtrac. First games begin tonight; games
end typically in mid-June. Call 635-2721 with
questions or email
Pelham Parks & Rec is accepting registrations
for Womens Pick-Up Basketball program (ages 18
and up). Games start tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the
Pelham Memorial school gym and continue each
Monday through June, 2016. Program fee. Forms
are available on the website (www.pelhamweb.
com/recreation) or the Park & Rec our 6 Village
Green office. Players may join pick-up games only
after they have both registered and paid. To register
online sign up at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.
com; you can register and pay with MC/VISA).
Questions? Call at 635-2721 or email recreation@
Tuesday, September 15
Pelham Parks & Rec is accepting
registrations for the Mens Pick-Up
Basketball program (must be at least 18
years of age and graduated from high
school). Games start tonight from 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. in the Pelham Elementary school gym
and continue each Tuesday through the end of
the school year in 2016. Program fee. Forms are
available on the website (
recreation) or at the Parks & Rec. office. Proof of
residency is required. For online sign-ups, go to; you can register
and pay with MC/VISA. Questions? Call 635-2721
or email


Pelham/Windham Pipeline Awareness is hosting

its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss
the proposed Kinder Morgan NED Project. All are
welcome to attend! Updates on: Open Houses/
Scoping Meetings; NHPLAN State meeting; Old
Home Day Booth; Community Outreach efforts;

Tuesday, September 18
Eight week Live Stronger Classes open
th to teen and adults, ages 16 and over, from
6:15 to 7:15 p.m. starting tonight, at the
Pelham Senior Center. This is a total body
workout that strengthens, sculpts and tones
all the major muscle groups. Work the core, upper
and lower body to protect and strengthen muscles,
joints and bone health, boost energy levels,
enhance mood and burn calories. Participants may
bring their own weights or resistance bands as an
option or nothing at all and should wear supportive
athletic shoes. You must be able to get down to
the floor and back up. Space is limited; first come,
first served Program fee. Payments online can
be made with MC/VISA. Register with Pelham
Parks and Recreation office. Form available www. You may register and
pay online at
Email or call 6352721.


Saturday, September 19
Pelham Old Home Day. This years
theme is Hand In Hand with Those Who
th Serve. Well be honoring the Pelhams
Firefighters, Police Officers, CERT and
MRC. Come to Pelham Center and
check it out. Invite your friends, family
and neighbors. We truly have something for
everyone: numerous artisan and crafter booths,
the Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction, a 5K Road
Race, a White Elephant sale, a Penny Sale, amazing
Entertainment on our main stage as well as kids
games and activities. The Grand Parade starts at
3 p.m. and features bands, teams, community
groups, animals and plenty of beautiful classic
vehicles. New this year is a Pancake Breakfast,
serving in the Church Fellowship Hall from 7 to
9 a.m. Our Food Tents serves up Fair favorites all
day. The day concludes with a Pulled Pork Dinner,
served in the Church Fellowship Hall. Pelham Old
Home Day starts at 7 a.m. and doesnt end until the
last piece of pie is served at dinner. If youd like to
know more about Pelham Old Home day, check


From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Windham High

School Band and Choir will be hosting a Mattress
Sale in the WHS Gymnasium. Proceeds from this
sale will benefit the music programs in their goal of
traveling to Canada this coming school year. Deals
can be found up to 50 percent off the retail price of
brand name mattresses. This is a great opportunity
to find a great deal on a mattress while supporting
local music and arts programs. Come out to
support the WHS Band and Choir in their efforts to
travel this year at the mattress sale.
PMA Parent Group will be hosting its 20th Annual
Fall Fun Fest. This year will be bigger than ever!
There will be inflatables for all ages to enjoy, theme

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raffles, over 250
Penny Sale items to win, petting zoo,
face painting, tie-dye your own shirt or bucket hat,
paint your own pumpkin. Enjoy grilled burgers,
hot dogs, sausages, pulled pork, homemade apple
crisp and more! There will be the Sisters Fish
Pond, Super Raffle with a chance to win $500 for
only a $1 ticket. New this year is a large photo
booth with fun props and a live DJ! You can also
enjoy climbing on a fire truck, ambulance, S.W.A.T
vehicle, Waste Managements large trash truck,
DARE and a Hudson town truck! This is a fun
family event for all ages to enjoy and is open to the
Sunday, September 20
Third Annual Salem Animal Rescue
th League Cruisin for Critters Car Show,
Salem Boys & Girls Club, Geremonty Blvd,
Salem, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come join
us for a great time as we gaze upon and
admire vintage cars from all eras. Vendor space
available, food and refreshments on site, music, 12
class awards, driver prizes, raffles, and adoptable
animals. All proceeds will benefit the many
homeless animals residing at the Salem Animal
Rescue League. Admission: Free for spectators.
$10 per car/bike/truck. Contact D.J. Bettencourt at


Tuesday, September 22
Registration for the Fall Story Hour
nd Session will held at the Nesmith Library.
Numbers for obtaining a spot in story
hour are handed out at 9 a.m. Phone
registrations are taken only after the inhouse library registration is completed if openings
are still available. Story hour is a pre-registered
program for children 3 to 6 years of age who can
independently participate in an hour of stories,
songs, and a coloring activity. Twelve children
are registered per class, and a child can only be
registered for one time slot per session. Parents
and/or guardians do not stay in story hour with the
children, but are required to remain in the library
during that time. For this first session, children
must be three years of age by Sept. 1, 2015, to
participate. Story hour registration is open to
Nesmith Library cardholders and each parent or
family representative may only register the children
from one family. For more info call the library at
432-7154 and ask for the childrens room.


Saturday, September 26
In an effort to care for our community,
th area residents are pleased to announce the
first annual Pelham Clean-Up Day. The
litter clean-up project is designed along
roadways in town. It is a hands-on approach
with the goal of maintaining the towns curbside
appeal while creating pride in our community. The
event begins at the John H. Hargreaves Memorial
Post 10722 VFW, 6 Main St. beginning at 9 a.m.
From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. we will clean up the
assigned roads in town. At noon we will regroup
at the VFW for free food, entertainment and a raffle
including prizes from local businesses. Join us at
Pelham NH Clean Up Day Facebook page or email
us at


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Kevin S. Nabydoski

Kevin S. Nabydoski, 33, a

lifelong resident of Pelham,
passed away peacefully
surrounded by his loving
family on Aug. 24, 2015, at
Massachusetts General Hospital
in Boston after suffering a heart
Born in Concord, Mass.,
Feb. 27, 1982, the beloved son of Michele S. and
Edward R. Nabydoski, he attended Pelham schools
and was a graduate of Pelham High School in the
Class of 2001 where he was a star athlete and

Captain of both the football and wrestling teams.

Eager to further his education, he then went on to
attend Plymouth State University.
Kevin was a proud member of Union Local
537 in Boston as a Journeyman Pipefitter and
Welder and most recently was employed by J. C.
Cannistraro, LLC.
Kevin had a zest for life and love of adventure.
His devotion to his family and friends will never be
forgotten by those who knew him and loved him.
Among his many activities, he faithfully went
to the gym, six days a week at the very least,
enjoyed movies and dining out, especially to the


Cheesecake Factory. He was also an avid local

sports fan, especially of the New England Patriots.
In addition to his parents, Michele and Ed, Kevin
is survived by his brother, Eric; sister-in-law, Jessica;
nephew and best friend, Eric, Jr.; precious niece,
Liliana; grandmother, Della Nabydoski; aunt and
godmother, Elaine Graves; loving girlfriend, Theresa
Joy; lifelong friends, Jason Tennis, Chris LeBrecque,
Matt LeBrecque, Bryan Yorke; the family dogs,
Scooby, Luke and Ernie and many more
cousins and dear friends.
He was also best friend of the late Charles S. PJ

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Kevins family is at peace knowing that he is in
Heaven with his Nana and both of his grandfathers.
In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there
were no calling hours and all funeral services were
held privately for his family.
Those wishing may make contributions in his
memory to the American Heart Association, 20
Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
E-condolences at www.pelhamfuneralhome.
com. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F.
ODonnell, Jr. (603) 635-3333.


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6 - September 4, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

submitted by 1st Lt. Michelle Kavanagh, Deputy,

U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
While some teenagers are content to spend their summers just
goofing around, one young man has chosen to do something
very different.
Earlier this month, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
Tanner Bogner attended the North East Region Glider Academy
at Hartness State Airport in Vermont. This is a highly competitive
program with less than a hundred slots each year nationwide.
At the glider academy, all the basic to advanced skills, as well
as ground instruction, go toward obtaining a private glider pilot
rating. Bogner spent nine days, both on the ground and soaring
the skies, learning to fly gliders along with 11 other cadets from
across the country. Bogner graduated from the academy and
earned his CAP Cadet Pre-solo Wings. This is an award earned
by a CAP student pilot who has successfully performed a flight,
demonstrating to an onboard CAP-certificated flight instructor
that he has the ability to fly the aircraft without assistance from
the instructor.

Bogner has been a part of the Civil Air Patrol for over two
years. He is one promotion away from becoming a cadet officer.
When he finishes high school, he plans to join the U.S. Air
Force, where he wants to become a pilot.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force,
is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide.
CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and
rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination
Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving almost 100
lives a year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security,
disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal,
state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in
aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000
young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.
CAP has been performing missions for America for 74 years. For
more information, visit

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Pelham Teen Soars with Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Tanner Bogner

submitted by
Alyssa Ross
Birches Academy is
excited to welcome
the first-ever
kindergarten class to
its school. Entering
its fourth year,
Birches is a K-8
public charter school
for 225 students
based in Salem,
free to any New
Hampshire resident.
Birches focuses on
integrating arts into
the curriculum. A
perfect example
of this mission is
shown when the new
kindergarten students
had a book read to
them in their first
art class, allowing
them to tie what
they learned from the
story into something

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Birches Academy Greets

its First Kindergarten Class

Front row, from left: Jamie Carnes (Windham), Lyla Filadoro (Windham), and
Eva LeBlond (Windham). Second row: Thomas Grin (Salem), Saliya Figueroa
(Salem), and Daniel Gendreau (Pelham). Third row: Ryan Cole (Windham),
Michella Selitto (Salem), Jonah St. Aubin (Derry), and Aurora Littlefield (Derry).
Fourth row: Trevor Wells (Windham), Mackenzi Kodesh (Nashua), Jacob Deyo
(Salem), and Bridget Lindner (Londonderry).

Putts For Mutts: Its a Win, Win

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submitted by Donna
Clark, ARNNE
And the winners are
... the dogs rescued by
Animal Rescue Network
of New England!
The folks that made
that happen are the
annual golf tournament
winners, Stacie Stewart,
Sandy Fuhs, Nancy
Beirne, and Melissa
Lufman, along with
all the enthusiastic
participants in the 2015
Beautiful Windham
Country Club once
again graciously hosted
this annual event that
Winners: Stacie Stewart, Sandy Fuhs, Nancy Beirne, and Melissa Lufman
attracted 58 golfers to
enjoy a round of golf, delicious dinner and an abundance of raffle prizes. Executive Sponsors
Pelham Harris Inn, Tee Ems Kennels and Beaver Valley Farms, along with all the generous sponsors
and donors, paved the way for a successful tournament in which 100 percent of the proceeds fund
the care and placement of dogs in need.
To view adoptable dogs or become part of this amazing rescue (dog walker, volunteer, foster,
etc.) visit call 233-4801 or join us at one of our monthly
Adoption Events (Meet N Greets).


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Advanced Placement
Culture Established at
Windham High School
by Barbara OBrien
A real A.P. (Advanced Placement) culture has been developed at
Windham High School, Principal Bob Dawson told school board
members, just before classes resumed late last month. These kids
work their tails off all year long, Dawson said of the large number of
students who enroll in A.P. courses.
In order to demonstrate their abilities and knowledge, 152
Windham High School students took 323 different Advanced
Placement exams this past spring. The most recent participation
represents a 27 percent increase over the number of exams taken
in 2014. Dawson, who became Windham Highs new principal on
July 1, had served for several years as the schools assistant principal;
a transition that provided him with an inside view of how the A.P.
program has grown during the past couple of years.
Dawson said goals for the Advanced Placement program at
Windham High are to maintain a high percentage of participation
and to improve scores across all exams.
These A.P. courses are a lot tougher than a college freshman taking
a general studies course, Dawson said. At Windham High School,
students are not assigned to A.P. courses, as they are at some schools,
but opt to take them by choice. Its all about kids getting better,
school board member Daniel Popovici-Muller said, in reference to
the program goals.
Of the exams taken this past spring, 83 percent received a
passing grade of 3 or more; on a scale of 1 to 5. Also, 87.5
percent of students who took one or more of this years Advanced
Placement exams received a passing grade on at least one of the
exams taken. Both of these percentages are higher than the state or
global averages, Dawson reported. This is especially noteworthy
given the large number of students taking AP exams at Windham
High School. I am super happy with the results, Dawson told school
board members.
The average score achieved by Windham High School students on
the A.P. exams was a 3.45, Dawson explained. Again, this number
is higher than either the state or global averages. A.P. courses
and exams are offered in humanities, STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) and economics. A student who
completes an A.P. course is not required to take the associated exam.

Pelham - Windham News | September 4, 2015 - 7

Plans Move Forward for

Repurposing Old Skate Park

submitted by
Kristi St. Laurent
The Windham Democratic
Town Committee (The Windems)
welcomed one 2016 candidate
and two campaigns to Windham
on Sunday, Aug. 23, for its Summer
Lincoln Chafee, recent governor of
Rhode Island and former U.S. senator
(1999-2007), detailed his shift from
the Republican party after leaving
the Senate to an Independent for
governor and now as a Democratic
candidate for president. He garnered
domestic and foreign experience in
the Senate and dealt with economic
Bill Shaheen of NH represents Hillary Clinton at the Aug. 23 Summer Social.
and education issues most notably
as governor experience he would
bring to the White House.
Martin OMalley, former governor
of Maryland, was represented by
current Maryland Attorney General
Brian Frosh who spoke from
his experience in the Maryland
legislature in working with OMalley
and others. He spoke to the
results Gov. OMalley achieved in
improving education, gun safety and
good jobs.
Hillary Clinton, former U.S.
Secretary of State, was represented by
New Hampshires own Bill Shaheen.
Having been involved in politics in
New Hampshire since Jimmy Carters
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh addresses the group.
campaign, Shaheen spoke to Clintons
depth of experience and commitment
to the country and the office.
Senator Bernie Sanders was busy with a
robust campaign stop next door in Salem.
Senator Jim Webb was unable to attend. All
five candidates will speak at the upcoming
New Hampshire Democratic Convention later
this month.
You can find the Windems online at www. Monthly meetings are held
on the third Thursday of the month, usually
at the Windham Senior Center. Feel free
to drop by a meeting or reach out to Chair
Kristi St. Laurent with any questions at Kristi@

Courtesy photos

Windems Welcome
Presidential Candidates

Henri Azibert, Kristi St. Laurent and Val Roman

with candidate Lincoln Chafee

Tokanels Essay Leads to a $500 Scholarship



Pelham Couple
Injured in
Motorcycle Accident

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submitted by Pelham Police Department

On Aug. 31, at approximately 6:38 p.m.,
members of the Pelham Police and Fire
departments responded to a report of a single
motorcycle crash at the intersection of Bowman
Lane and Jeremy Hill Road.
Upon arrival officers observed two people lying
on the roadway. They were identified as Donald
Lebel, 64, and Lisa
Lebel, 53, both from
Pelham. Donald
had been operating a
Blue 2008 Kawasaki
VN1600 on Jeremy
Hill Road. He slowed
down to take a left
turn onto Bowman
Lane and his rear tire
locked up, throwing
him and his wife off
the motorcycle.
Donald had non-life
threatening injuries
and was transported
by a Hudson
Paramedic Ambulance
to St. Joseph Hospital
in Nashua. Lisas
injuries were
considered serious but
non-life threatening;
she was transported
by the Pelham
Paramedic Ambulance
to Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical
Center in Nashua.
Donald and Lisa were both wearing DOTapproved helmets. They both struck their heads
when they were thrown from the bike. The
helmets were critical in minimizing any head
The case remains under investigation; at this
time speed and alcohol do not appear to be

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submitted by the
Greater Salem
The Greater
Salem Contractors
Association $500
Scholarship award
was presented to
James Tokanel, Jr.
of Windham for
the outstanding
essay he
From left: Shawn Farrell, Tom Mosson, Terry Muir, James Tokanel,
submitted for the
Je DiMario, Bonnie Breen, Curt Gracie, and Bill Ermer
2015 Scholarship
T. Lakeview
Paul College
of Business
46 Lowell
Rd, Windham
952-4848 New
Ave, Dracut
contest. This years topic was How can going to school
Economics starting in the fall of 2015.
for business benefit someone entering the contractor
trades? Tokanels essay can be seen on the
Greater Salem Contractors Associations website, He
will be studying business at the University of

by Barbara OBrien
Windhams skateboard park was closed several years ago, due to multiple problems
caused by some of those who made use of the facility. It was eventually dismantled but
not forgotten. Shortly after its demise, selectmen and other town officials, as well as a
significant number of concerned residents, began coming up with ideas to repurpose the
rectangular plot of land near the front of the town-owned Griffin Park.
The progress in moving forward with a new use for the area has been slow, however,
mostly because of financial concerns. Many of the ideas brought forth carried a fairly
large price tag; money not included in the towns annual budget. Until the issue was
brought back to the table on Aug. 24, plans for the old skateboard park had not been
discussed publically since last November.
During the late August meeting, Recreation Coordinator Cheryl Haas said that the one
remaining sticking point was how best to resurface the original concrete pad where
the skateboard park was located. To assist in solving the dilemma, several employees of
the engineering firm of Keach and Nordstrom volunteered their time and expertise. The
majority of those expressing an opinion on the project had said they prefer using the site
as a passive recreational area.
Steve Keach, one of the owners of the Bedford firm, explained that the original
concrete surface remains. The surface is virtually indestructible material, Keach told
selectmen, going on to explain that the current proposal includes the division of the
rectangle into two halves; one side to be covered with pavers, the other half to be
painted in a neutral color with sand to be mixed into the paint to make it slip-resistant.
The first area would be intended for senior citizens and other adults to congregate, while
the second would be mostly for young parents with small children in tow. The paved
side would include alcoves with seating, a gazebo, indigenous shade trees planted along
the perimeter, raised planters and tables intended for playing chess or checkers. The side
intended for use by young children would include games painted on the concrete, such
as hopscotch or four-square, with benches placed along the perimeter so parents could
comfortably watch their children playing.
The area to be refurbished would be visible from the parking lot and Range Road, so
that it would be easier to maintain security. Referring to the side intended for adult use,
Keach described it as the largest outdoor living room in the Town of Windham. Keach
also told town officials that little preparation of the concrete would be needed prior to
putting down the pavers. If approved by Windham voters next March, the project would
take about six weeks to build, Keach said, If it is a normal spring, it would be fully in
place by next summer, he added.
According to Town Administrator David Sullivan, the estimated budget for renovating
the old skateboard park would be a maximum of $200,000. The majority of the
cost would be for the pavers, he said. Some discussion was held regarding the
possibility of selling pavers to individuals, businesses and families, so that messages
could be engraved on each. The possibility of selling memorial benches was also
mentioned. According to Haas, the annual cost of maintaining the site would be in the
neighborhood of $1,000.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger, who said he really would like to see the proposed
project pass voter scrutiny next March, wasnt so supportive of the cost projected for
the pavers. Its too high, Hohenberger told Haas. Id rather see more spent on
passive recreation options. Selectman Ross McLeod said he was fully in support of the
proposal brought forth by the members of the Recreation Committee.
Vice-Chairman Joel Desilets said hed like to see the Windham Garden Club partner
with the recreation committee and Keach and Nordstroms landscape architect in
determining the plantings and raised gardens. Hopefully, this will be used very
frequently, by many, many people, for decades, Desilets commented.
The proposal was expected to be brought forth to the Windham Capital Improvement
Plan Committee on Thursday, Sept. 3. If supported by CIP committee members, it will
be further refined, and then presented to voters as a warrant article in March 2016.
Supporting moving the proposal for $200,000 to the CIP committee were ViceChairman Joel Desilets and Selectmen Roger Hohenberger and Ross McLeod. Neither
Chairman Al Letizio, Jr. nor Selectman Bruce Breton were in attendance during the Aug.
24 meeting.

8 - September 4, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

submitted by Stephanie Daniels

The Salem Exchange Club is proud to be a supporter of the Lazarus
House Ministries in Lawrence, Mass. This June Lazarus House
opened a new shelter named Ishah House. Its focus is on the unique
challenges faced by single, homeless women.
Director of Advocacy Kretcha Roldan-Rodriguez explained, After
researching, we knew there was a great need in this community for
homeless women to have shelter in a protected environment; we
want to be able to provide a safe haven for them at Lazarus House!
Life on the street can be very difficult for anyone. For women it
is particularly dangerous. They are among the most vulnerable
members of the homeless population. In addition to homeless
women, Lazarus House Ministries helps head of households and
individuals living in poverty regain their dignity and become selfsufficient members of our community. They do this by offering
emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis while also
providing transitional housing, advocacy, health services, education
and work preparation to permanently break the cycle of poverty.
Each member of the Salem Exchange Club embraces three primary
core values family, community and country:
Commitment to family is interpreted not only as ones own family
needs but also those of all American families.
Commitment to the community where an exchange member
resides is the focal point for each clubs efforts.
Commitment to country was born in the aftermath of World War
II. A time of unquenchable patriotism. Exchangites are proud to
join veterans and other civic groups in promoting Americanism.
These three values are translated into actions every day to bring
about positive results through the work of hundreds of clubs and tens
of thousands of dedicated exchange club members.
The Salem Exchange Club proudly supports Lazarus House
Ministries and will continue to do so. The exchange club members
meet every Thursday at 12 p.m. at Black Water Grill in Salem. The
invite anyone to come by any week and see how the club supports
the local communities.

The Presentation of Mary

Families were Amazed

With large
by Len Lathrop
signboards, taller than
Thursday night the
Sister and LaMothe,
auditorium was full of
a $3 million goal
parents. Everyone knew
was displayed as
why they were there on
the red line on the
Aug. 27, but most left with
chart denoting $1.4
their eyes wide. A true
million. These signs
goal was established for a
showing the goal
new gymnasium and art
can be seen right
center. It was real and
outside the school.
it was amazing. Now,
Yes, the fundraising
they all were being asked
thermometer graphic
to be part of the dream
is now located on the
and being informed how
lawn by Lowell Road,
they could help make this
but what you cannot
vision a reality.
see is the name of the
Every time Sister Maria,
new building.
principal of PMA, gets
Jeff and Tom
together with Diana
Thompson have
LaMothe, the capital
stepped forward and
campaign chairman, you
met Sister, making a
know things are going to
donation to start the
happen. Walking into
campaign rolling for
The PMA students, composed of eighth graders and one seventh grader, open the program with a
the current second-floor
the Thompson Sports
song they had written about their school and the new Thompson Sports and Arts Center.
auditorium, everyone
and Arts Center.
was greeted by large
She also listed the
artists renderings of the
many others who
building and very adult
have pushed this
refreshments (for those of
campaign to 44 percent of its
you who werent there just visualize).
goal. And for those of you who
Think homemade sangria and craft
know Sister, her approach wont
beers, along with cheesecakes and
surprise you. She explained
pastries of all colors and flavors.
how every family could help,
LaMothe welcomed everyone and,
and then she showed a jar of
of course, the meeting started with
coins totaling $284 that she,
one of Sisters special prayers. If you
who lives with a vow of poverty,
never heard one, a simple donation
has collected since January.
will get you to the groundbreaking
That was when she was sure
where you can hear one for yourself.
that this dream would come
LaMothe spoke about how sports
true and knew she had to do her
help a student develop, citing
part. Sister emphasized how if
examples of her sons involvement
each family at the school could
with athletics.
contribute $1 a day, that would
Sister returned to the podium
provide $580,000 before the
with her notes. She explained
dream comes true.
that the dream and this legacy of
LaMothe showed a computerexcellence effort is the first capital
generated tour of the new center
undertaking the school has ever
that the architect had done,
done. She elaborated on how the
which amazed those there. It
sisters had built the current building
showed renderings of how the
and meticulously taken care of it for
inside will look once you come
all these years, using the words and
through the new doors at the
cleaned a lot. Sister recognized
end of the portico and on into
the many sisters who were there
the sports complex.
who have had given of themselves
Sister called all of this just
to transform the school into the
Sister Maria Rosa, PMA principal and Diana LaMothe, capital campaign the beginning and that Diana
excellent educational facility that it
director, stand beside the fundraising thermometer.
LaMothe is available to meet
is today. As many Catholic schools
with anyone to talk about this
struggle, Sister Maria explained she
the wonderful members of the PMA family
campaign and how they can
might feel a little guilty having 515 students
and the community as a whole who have
help. Sister closed by asking everyone to
ready to start the new school year on the
made contributions before this public part
thank God for making this dream come
first of September. Maria then talked about
of the capital campaign kickoff.
Staff photos by Len Lathrop

Exchange Club
Supports Lazarus
House Ministries

Pelham - Windham News | September 4, 2015 - 9



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many students require a long list of tech products and applications to
keep up with their studies.
According to a Project Tomorrow report titled The New Digital
Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students Activities and
Aspirations, a large percentage of students have access to various
mobile devices in the classroom. Smartphones, laptops, tablets,
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Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited

the home of Kaela Law in Pelham to discuss the
proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Also
in attendance at the meeting were Chairman of
the Nashua Regional Planning Commission Dave
Hennessey, Board of Selectman Chairman Hal
Lynde, Chairman of the Conservation Commission
Paul Gagnon, Conservation Commission member
Louise Delahanty, and affected property owners/
community organizers Julia Steed Mawson and
Homer Shannon of Windham.
Kuster has visited other towns along the
proposed pipeline route including Amherst, New
Ipswich and Temple to better understand the
project and why these communities are opposing
Kuster states, Like many of my constituents,
I have questions and concerns regarding the
Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline project.
During her visit to Pelham, which concluded
with a trip over to the Farmers Market to speak
with Representative Charlene Takesian, the

congresswoman was keen to learn about the

towns aquifers.
An aquifer is an underground water supply.
In Pelham, near Industrial Park, there are 173
homes served by Pennichuck Water Works. The
rest of the towns residential private wells are
served by its aquifers. The largest of these would
be crossed by the proposed pipeline. The Town
of Pelham has an aquifer protection ordinance
that states the Aquifer Conservation District is
an overlay district intended to protect Pelhams
groundwater resources from pollutants generated
by inappropriate land uses in order to protect the
towns existing and future water supply.
Residents expressed concerns to the
congresswoman that developers of this proposed
pipeline took little notice of any of Pelhams
protected areas when devising their plans.
Questions were raised whether this pipeline
would impact and pollute the towns water
resource that feeds thousands of homes. Residents
also expressed concerns over whether local town
ordinances would be
complied with should
this project get federal
approval. Additionally,
concerns were raised that
even state regulations
may not be adhered
should the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission
issue a certificate of
need that would give
this pipeline project a
green light.
More than one recent
study has dissolved
the theory that New
England needs new
gas pipelines. In August,
ENERGYZT released

Staff photo by Kaela Law

Discussing the Pipeline with Congresswoman Kuster

Congresswoman Annie Kuster meets with Representative Charlene Takesian at the Farmers Market on the Village Green
to discuss the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline proposed to cross through five miles in Pelham.
a study titled Analysis of Alternative Winter
Reliability Solutions for New England Energy
Markets that concluded: The lowest cost and
lowest risk way to meet power generation demand
and reduce natural gas prices in the New England
market in the near to medium term is to contract
with existing infrastructure, including LNG
imports and dual-fuel capability, that can provide
peaking response at little to no capital cost and
without ratepayer commitment. With existing
infrastructure and projected needs over the next
ten years, there is plenty of time to monitor

how existing policy initiatives, infrastructure

availability, market response and therefore
new pipeline infrastructure needs evolve over
the long-term. The solution is contracting, not
Congresswoman Kuster strongly believes that
pursuing smart energy policies makes sense for
New Hampshire, and she is continuing to urge
both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
and Kinder Morgan to demonstrate that the project
can adequately benefit the Granite State without
harming local communities or the environment.

School Board Says No

to 100% Green Electric Power
by Barbara OBrien
Members of the Windham School Board decided not to
follow in the footsteps of the towns five selectmen when it
comes to purchasing 100-percent green electricity.
During their meeting on Sept. 1, school board members
never voted on the issue, but the consensus was that they
had other things to spend the districts money on than
cleaner electricity. The cost to the school district for going
with 100 percent renewable electricity would have been
in the neighborhood of $3,500 more than is being spent
now. According to Business Administrator Adam Steel, the
Windham School District used approximately 2.3 million
kilowatts last year.
The Town of Windham used approximately
700,000-kilowatt hours of electricity last
year; the first year that town facilities used
100-percent renewable electricity. The
price difference for 100-percent green
electricity was about $750 more than it had
been previously.
School board member Daniel PopoviciMuller said he feels buying 100-percent
green electricity is an unnecessary
gesture. Board member Dennis Senibaldi
said he would rather see the money spent
directly on the students. Chairman Ken
Eyring said he believes the school board
needs to stay focused on education, noting
that the Windham School District has
been underfunded by the state for the past
five years. Vice-Chairman Tom Murray
and board member Rob Breton both
said they felt they hadnt been provided
with sufficient information far enough in
advance to make a wise decision.
Members of the school districts building
and grounds committee had recommended
going with the proposal for 100-percent
renewable electricity. Committee members
were said to support the proposal because

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Selectmens Vice-Chairman Joel Desilets, who attended
the meeting on Sept. 1, but came in after the discussion
had been completed, implored school board members
to move forward with contracting for 100-percent green
electricity. Its a fantastic opportunity, Desilets said.
Eyring chose not to reconsider the issue, however.
Weve already made our decision, Eyring told Desilets.
By consensus, school board members chose to contract for
20-percent renewable electricity. Desilets thanked school
officials for joining the Regional Electricity Consortium
and for taking the time to consider the recommendation.
Twenty-percent green electricity is better than zero
percent, Desilets commented.
About a month earlier, on Aug. 10, Windham Selectmen
voted unanimously (5 to 0) to join the Regional Electricity
Consortium, thereby bringing several area communities
and school districts together to combine their purchasing
power for electricity. The Windham School District did
join the consortium, as well, and will be purchasing its
20 percent green electricity through that source. Other
entities involved thus far in the Regional Electricity
Consortium are Londonderry and Derry (both towns and
school districts), and the towns of Auburn, Weare and
Chester. By combining the electricity needs of several
towns and school districts, the consortium will be able
to solicit bids of approximately 15 million kilowatts of
electricity usage. Based on the significant increase
in volume, we are confident that the cost will be far
better, than if we were to bid it by ourselves, said Town
Administrator David Sullivan.
Bids will be solicited on 20-percent, 50-percent and
100-percent green electricity. It is anticipated that
bids will be solicited during the month of September.
Electricity is a very volatile commodity right now,
Sullivan commented, adding that no town or school
district is required to accept the price procured by the

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submitted by Windham
Fire Department
With 48 years of dedicated service
to the Windham Fire Department,
Lt. James M. Brown has officially
announced his retirement effective
Oct. 1.
Lt. Brown joined the Windham Fire
Department on April 10, 1968, as
a call firefighter. On Nov. 7, 1973,
he was appointed as a full-time
firefighter and was promoted to the
rank of lieutenant on Jan. 1, 1981.
On Nov. 19, 1971, Lt. Brown was
one a small group of firefighters in
the area to become the first certified
emergency medical technicians in
the State of New Hampshire after
having completed a 72-hour course.
During his time as lieutenant, he
also oversaw the departments water
supply systems; managing cisterns,
hydrants and fire hose inventory.
Lt. Brown has always been an asset
to the Windham Fire Department and
worked tirelessly for his community
whether it be during his shift, or
coordinating annual fundraising
activities such as MDAs Fill-TheBoot Drive, the MDA Common
Man Breakfast and the annual fire
prevention Chili Cook-off event.
The town, as well as the
department, will greatly miss his
contributions to the safety of our
community and wish him nothing but
the best in his retirement.

Courtesy photo

Lieutenant Brown to Retire

from Windham Fire Department

Lieutenant James M. Brown

Pelham - Windham News | September 4, 2015 - 11

Fire Department Facing Communication Problems

by Barbara OBrien
Windham Fire Chief Tom McPherson gave
selectmen a heads-up during the meeting on
Aug. 24 when he informed them that the old
communications radio on Jennys Hill was not
receiving or transmitting properly. Problems had
been occurring regularly during the previous
month, McPherson said. Its too old to repair and
not adaptable to newer equipment, he told town
The cost of a new radio, not including the
necessary cabinetry, would be around $16,000,
according to McPherson. As the money for
the purchase is not included in the 2015
operating budget, the fire department has made
arrangements to rent the equipment at a cost of
$125 per month through the end of this year.
Chief McPherson cautioned selectmen,
however, that the radio will need to be replaced at

the beginning of 2016.

In other fire department business, selectmen
gave the go-ahead on the purchase of a vehicle
exhaust capture system, as approved by voters
through a warrant article last March. The system
is intended to capture the exhaust from the fire
departments nine vehicles and will be hooked up
to each vehicle as it enters the station.
Once voter approval was received, the
proposed purchase was put out to bid, with two
companies responding. Both companies had
representatives attending the late August meeting.
PlymoVent, out of Belmont, N.H., and Hanover,
Mass., put in a bid of $54,101 for the system,
including installation, annual maintenance and a
seven-year warranty. MagnaGrip, out of Albany,
N.Y., submitted a bid of $73,730; a proposal
that also included installation and a seven-year
warranty. McPherson said that both companies

met all specifications noted by the Windham Fire

Department, but did submit bids using different
The Windham Fire Department is one of only
a few departments that dont already have a
vehicle exhaust capture system in its building.
Its very rare for a department not to have one,
McPherson remarked. Research into the systems
was conducted by Firefighter/EMS Paul Fisher
and Lieutenant Tim Dunn. They did all the hard
work in vetting these systems, McPherson told
When asked which of the two systems that were
brought forth he preferred, McPherson said he
wasnt comfortable making a recommendation.
Any system is better than what we have, which
is nothing, he said. I want something that will
last a long time and protect our firefighters from
exhaust fumes.

On a motion by Selectman Roger Hohenberger,

the bid from PlymoVent was approved by a vote
of 3 to 0. Voting in favor of the motion were
Hohenberger, Vice-Chairman Joel Desilets and
Selectman Ross McLeod. Chairman Al Letizio,
Jr. and Selectman Bruce Breton were not in
attendance at the Aug. 24 meeting. Hohenberger
said the main reason he recommended
contracting with PlymoVent was the lower price,
nearly $20,000 less than the bid submitted by
PlymoVent has been in business for more than
25 years. According to the representative of
PlymoVent, some 8,000 fire trucks are hooked
into the system statewide. The magnetic system
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Carbon Dioxide Issue Continues to Generate Debate

by Barbara OBrien
A debate over raised carbon dioxide levels in some of the
classrooms at Windhams Golden Brook School continues among
school officials, as well as members of the community-at-large.
The issue came to light about a year and a half ago when testing
was done at the aging school, following the discovery of mold and
mildew in some of the portable classrooms. Those classrooms
were subsequently demolished and removed from the site, which
resulted in the need to house some students elsewhere. Three
third grade classes were moved to a section of Windham High
School. Although it was meant to be for only one year, the situation
Discussions surrounding providing clean, fresh air at Golden
Brook did not subside when the portables were razed, however. Air
quality testing has continued on a quarterly basis, with some of the
tests showing carbon dioxide higher than recommended. High C02
levels have been shown to make people feel lethargic and have less
ability to focus on the task at hand. The problem with replacing
the ventilation system at this point, however, is the uncertain status
of the proposed construction and rehabilitation plans for Golden
Brook. School board members hope to bring a warrant article to
voters in March that will solve the space crunch, as well as other
pending issues. Members of the building and grounds committee
feel its best to wait and see what voters decide next spring, rather
than to install a fresh air system now that might have to be removed
if the warrant article passes muster in March. Committee members
said they were trying to avoid duplication.
Business Administrator Adam Steel noted that the carbon dioxide
level also affects some classrooms at Windham Middle School; a
facility that is also slated for renovations if next Marchs proposed
warrant article passes voter scrutiny. Steel said he agreed with the
building and grounds committees recommendation. Waiting
until next March is reasonable, Steel said. In the meantime, Steel
told school board members, The staff will be instructed to leave
the windows open. Steel said he wasnt suggesting that windows
should be opened all the way during cold weather, but left open a
sufficient amount to allow for fresh air to enter the classroom.
School board member Dennis Senibaldi said he wanted the
problem addressed sooner than later. Its been such a big
issue, Senibaldi said, referring to the hoopla that surrounded
carbon dioxide levels late last year, I want an answer now! Its
reprehensible to do nothing, he said.
Vice-Chairman Tom Murray said its just not feasible to fix the
problem now. Theres just not sufficient time to get it done, Murray
said. All we can do is take interim measures in the meantime.
School board member Daniel Popovici-Muller said he wasnt
comfortable doing nothing. Senibaldi said he wants the windows
left open, even if it means the loss of heat. School board member

Chairman and Vice

Chairman Chosen for
Economic Development
by Barbara OBrien
During a recent meeting, former Vice-Chairman Ed Gallagher
was appointed chairman of the Windham Economic Development
Committee. Gallagher also served previously as a member of the
Windham School Board.
As there was no one interested in taking the vacant vice-chairmans
seat on the economic development committee, Selectman Al Letizio,
Jr. offered to step up. Letizio has served on this committee for several
years. He also currently serves as the chairman of the Windham
Board of Selectmen.
During the Aug. 24 selectmens meeting, Letizios appointment
as vice chairman of the economic development committee was
approved by a vote of 3 to 0. Voting in favor were Selectmen Joel
Desilets (vice chairman), Ross McLeod and Roger Hohenberger.
Letizio and Selectman Bruce Breton were not in attendance at the
In other business, selectmen approved the purchase of road salt
for this coming winter season at the New Hampshire State bid price
of $52.47 per ton. Windham will be purchasing its road salt from
Granite State Minerals. According to Town Administrator David
Sullivan, the cost per ton is slightly higher than it was last year.
Selectmen also agreed to sign a contract with Municipal
Resources Assessing Services from 2016 through 2020. Of the two
firms considered, MRI bid the lower price and also, reportedly,
has excellent references and extensive experience. According to
information provided during the meeting, Municipal Resources has
worked with some 500 towns and has never had a contract canceled.
The firm has been in business for the past 25 years and has 17
employees, who work as a team, throughout New Hampshire and
Maine. It is expected that assessors will be working in Windham
approximately three days per week, more often when required.
The costs of the services are as follows: $93,000 for 2016;
$95,800 for 2017; $98,600 for 2018; $101,600 for 2019; and
$104,700 for 2020 for a total of $493,700 for the five-year life of the
Town Administrator David Sullivan said there will be a cost savings
to the town by contracting assessing services, rather than continuing
with a full-time in-house assessor. Former Windham tax assessor
Rex Norman retired from the position earlier this year. As part of the
deal, Administrative Assistant Jen Zins will be receiving training from
Municipal Resources.
Sullivan also informed selectmen that additional assessing services
will be needed for the remainder of 2015. We definitely need
someone prior to January, Sullivan said. The approximate cost for
these services for the rest of the year is estimated at about $20,000.

Rob Breton took a more middle-of-the-road stance. A permanent

solution does hinge on what happens at the polls in March, Breton
said. But we do need to take interim steps in the meantime.
Murray said the target date for construction and renovations at
Golden Brook would be as soon as classes end next June, should
the proposed (Option2+) warrant article garner the required 60
percent majority of votes. Senibaldi said he wants a concrete plan
put in place, so that the carbon dioxide issue can be addressed
immediately after next Marchs annual school district meeting.

During the public input session of the meeting, Windham resident

Cynthia Finn urged school board members to create an enforceable
plan to lower the C02 levels at Golden Brook School. You need
someone to check that the windows are being opened, Finn said.
In other school district business, Steel said that both the Windham
Fire and Police departments had recently worked with school
administrative staff regarding life/safety issues.

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Thumbs down to people who rent houses

are decent people in bed at night and youre out
and dont do yard work. A triple thumbs down
there spying on us. Shame on you!
to the landlords who rent their houses and dont
Thumbs down. I wish that people would be
do upkeep, they dont care what they do to the
neighborhood; theyre living fat
and happy in their new house
that they got by beating the
system. Someone please mow
Tune-up your furnace or boiler NOW
your lawns, pick up your leaves,
and take a little pride in the
neighborhood youre visiting.
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Thumbs down to the person

27+ years of experience - Fully Insured
complaining about another
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School. You would be the
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first one to complain - should
something happen to the
children at the school there was no protection more considerate who walk their dogs at Muldoon
wake up - you are in the year 2015.
Park. Theres a sign that states clearly that no dogs
are allowed, yet people not only bring their dogs
Thumbs up to opportunities to meet
onto the walking trails, they dont clean up the
Presidential candidates in New Hampshire.
dog feces on the walking trail, clean it up! I think
Every four years, our primary schedule and our
that this area should be more carefully policed
history as an independent minded state affords
more than it has.
us the opportunity to get up close and meet
the candidates. Just this month, I was inspired
Thumbs up to the Pelham Police Department
to meet Ben Carson at Castleton and happy to
for responding and shutting down the fireworks
participate in a Veterans Forum with Scott Walker
so quickly on a Monday night. I have never
at the Derry VFW. This is a great opportunity to
complained before but loud fireworks going off on
see people that would lead our nation up close
a Monday night was crossing the line. Neighbors
and personal, to hear their policy pitches, but
should try harder to be considerate of others.
just as importantly, to shake their hands, look
There are families with young children, pets who
in their eyes and get a feel for their character,
are terrified of the loud noise and others like me
the most important quality we should judge in
who have to get up very early in the morning.
a prospective leader. Young or old, Republican,
Ive lived in Pelham for almost 20 years and only
Democrat or Independent, Granite Staters should
in the past couple of years have had to deal with
not take this privilege for granted and hopefully
fireworks all summer long. The constant fireworks
instead take full advantage of these opportunities
have become a real nuisance in the town of
every four years.
Thumbs down to the drones flying around
Debbie Drive. Theres more drones flying around
here than airplanes at Manchester Airport. There

Thumbs down to summer being over and

getting back to the grind. Thumbs up to my love
for getting back to her students and being such a

positive influence on their lives. If parents only

knew how much you do on your own time at
home and how much you care theyd pay you a
million bucks! xo, J.

on patronage and therefore this behavior goes

unchecked, will never change and will continue
to drive families out of these sports. Thank you,
from a very concerned Windham parent.

Thumbs down to the Town of Windham for

purchasing a town bus several weeks ago, costing
tax payers $148,411, and then leaving it sitting
outside in the parking lot behind the senior
center, when just across the street is the former
fire department with four garage stalls. I was told
that the stalls are used for storage. Maybe its time
to do a spring cleaning and get rid of some of
the junk and put the bus inside protecting it from
elements and our investment.

Thumbs up to Pelham Community for the

recent discussion of heroin use in Pelham and
surrounding towns. It was an eye opener! Thank
you for the hints of what behaviors to look out for
in our teens. I had no idea that e-cigarettes/vapes
are just a potentially dangerous way to deliver
other drugs. Thank you to the police and school
officials for trying to end this deadly epidemic.

Thumbs down to the Windhams WBSL and

Wolverine programs for allowing the inexcusable
and ever present Daddy Ball behavior to be so
engrained in your programs! How coincidental is
it that the best athletes always happen to be the
coachs children or family friends. Do you think
the parents are so ignorant that we dont see your
agenda? Think again! The subject is ever present
at every game and practice. Its a shame that the

Thumbs down. Big thumbs down to the Town

of Pelham school department. Since when did
we start planting crabgrass around our schools? I
dropped my grandson off at the Memorial School
this morning and I was absolutely appalled by the
condition of the grounds. In some places the grass
is 2 feet high, with weeds growing everywhere.
As a taxpayer I am horrified.

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Unit 7
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Pelham Community Coalition

Confronts Heroin Epidemic
by Rhiannon Snide
Addiction doesnt discriminate is a phrase well-fitting for the
recent heroin epidemic engulfing New Hampshire, and Pelham has
not been spared from this unfortunate popularization of drug use.
The last five years has shown a steady increase in deaths from
opiate and heroin use, placing NH among the top 10 states in
the nation for new youth trends in drug use. Sheryl Mercier
exemplified how easy and destructive it is to fall into a pattern of
addiction as she discussed her sons battle with addiction at the
Heroin Forum Meeting organized by Pelham Community Coalition
on Aug. 20.
Fighting back tears, Mercier explained the devastation of
watching her son endure nine days in a schizophrenic state.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine cannabis
use can cause acute adverse mental effects that mimic psychiatric
disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which is
exactly what triggered Merciers sons nine-day psychosis. He was
brought to a mental hospital in hopes doctors could reverse the
effects the drug use had on his mental state, seeing that he couldnt
eat, drink, and sleep and didnt even recognize his own family.
After recovering from his psychosis and returning to rehab several
times, Merciers son began smoking heroin.
He is a good kid who walked down the wrong road, Mercier
explained, He made the first choice to start those drugs, but now
he has no choice. Now at age 18 he has recognized his need for
professional help and began seeking it on his own terms.
Mercier was not alone at the forum as several officials also spoke
about their personal battles with addiction, as well as resources
to get help. Sandi Coyle, New Futures-director of Recovery
Community Engagement, shared her troubles with substance abuse
and encouraged people not to give up hope. After 11 years of
sobriety Coyle explained that recognizing there are multiple roads

Thumbs up to Windham Conservation System

to the Foster Pond System, especially the new
bridge over the brook. Thank you.


Before & After School Program

to recovery is a big part of finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
Debbie Ryan, member of the Pelham Community Coalition,
stressed throughout the meeting that heroin addiction doesnt start
with heroin; it starts with underage drinking, other drug use, and
then ends with heroin. According to NH Bureau of Drug and
Before & after school program in Pelham, NH
Alcohol Services about 36 percent of kids as early as age 12 have
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begun binge drinking and using marijuana, which may lead to
and afternoon shifts, Monday-Friday.
further drug use.
Must be an energetic, self starter, people
There is this mentality that drinking and drug use is a rite of
and detail oriented person.
passage in high school, Ryan explained if we never give it to our
kids they never have to start.
Must have a min. of 12 ECE credits
Catching drug use early and having discussions with your kids
and experience working with children.
about their health and safety was stated to be one of the best ways
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to steer them away from illegal drug use.
Police Chief Joe Roark and Lt. Rob Horne, Pelham Fire
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departments are ever too busy to help someone in need and
would prefer they get a call to help someone as a resource for
recovery prior to an overdose. In 2014, New Hampshire heroin
overdose deaths exceeded motor vehicle fatalities. In efforts to
decrease this number people are encouraged to contact their local
authorities for help in any case. We have no stigma against heroin
abuse, ensured Chief Roark. Its out there and we understand the
ramifications of it
Other counseling and recovery services were discussed at
the meeting as well. A representative from Gate House Sober
Community discussed the success that their recovery community
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Town Audit is A-Okay

by Barbara OBrien
Cheryl Pratt, the director of Plodzik and Sanderson, the auditing
firm the Town of Windham has employed for the past two
years, reports that the audit done for 2014 has resulted in what
is designated as an unqualified opinion; in that all financial
undertakings were appropriately recorded as required by law.
Pratt informed Windham Selectmen that the firm had experienced
great cooperation and efficiency while working with town
employees and officials during the past several weeks. We cant
always say that, Pratt noted, referring to the approximate 135
municipal audits that Plodzik and Sanderson undertakes on an
annual basis. Plodzik and Sanderson has also been doing the
Windham School Districts annual financial audit for an extended
number of years.
The audit for the Town of Windham that was just concluded
covers Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014. According to Pratt, of the
$734,126 unassigned fund balance at the end of 2014, $434,024
is being used to reduce Windhams Tax Rate. According to Town

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years end was due mostly to three factors: a mild winter (2014),
staff vacancies among various town departments and uncompleted
projects or those that came in under the anticipated budget. There
was definitely no slush fund, Sullivan emphasized.
There were no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies
found during the 2014 audit, Pratt stated. Windham should be
commended on that, she said.
Selectman Ross McLeod expressed gratitude to Assistant Town
Administrator and Financial Director Dana Call for having done an
exceptional job. Dana always stays on top of things around here,
McLeod said.
Only three selectmen attended the final August selectmens
meeting: Ross McLeod, Roger Hohenberger and Joel Desilets.
Desilets served as chairman for the Aug. 24 meeting. Chairman Al
Letizio, Jr. and Selectman Bruce Breton were not in attendance. The
next selectmens meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14 at 7
p.m. in the Community Development Building next to town hall.

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Monday, August 17: 9:085 a.m. Medical assistance, Windham Road.

9:22 a.m. Medical aid, Blackstone Circle. 12:17 p.m. Mutual aid to
Windham to assist Windham Fire Department. 6:52 p.m. Medical
Wednesday, August 19: 8:23 a.m. Medical emergency, Terrace
Circle. 10:50 a.m. Fire alarm activation, Pulpit Rock Road. 11:57
a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Bridge Street. 4:26 p.m. Motor vehicle
accident, Windham Road. 4:46 p.m. Medical assistance, Bear Hill
Road. 6:55 p.m. Medical emergency, Windham Road.
Thursday, August 20: 11:11 a.m. Medical assistance, Willow Street.
3:04 p.m. Fire alarm activation, Marsh Road.
Friday, August 21: 11:38 a.m. Medical emergency, Kirlin Place.
12:53 p.m. Medical emergency, Ledge Road. 9:18 p.m. Medical
assistance, Main Street. 10:28 p.m. Medical assistance, Main Street.
Saturday, August 22: 2:11 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, motorcycle,
Mammoth Road. 6:19 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Bridge Street.
10:24 p.m. Medical emergency, Turtle Crossing Road.
Sunday, August 23: 1:45 a.m. Responded for medical emergency,
Dutton Road. 7:19 a.m. Medical emergency, Mammoth Road.
8:45 a.m. Medical emergency, Sky View Drive. 10:39 a.m. Odor
investigation, Lannan Drive. 12:21 p.m. Medical emergency, Bridge
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Monday, August 24: 12:29 p.m. Medical emergency, Windham
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14 - September 4, 2015 | Pelham - Windham News

It is Soccer Season
in Windham

Wolverines Salem Game Report

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WHS girls Soccer varsity and JV teams
submitted by Cathy Robertson-Souter
Drive by Griffin Park on any Saturday morning to see a rainbow of brightly colored
jerseys sprint across the fields as kids as young as five take part in the number-one sport
on the planet.
Across the U.S., soccer has really started to come into its own. The recent Womens
World Cup win in July lit the country on fire and made stars out of Carli Lloyd, Hope
Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan. An average of 25.4 million
Americans took in the final match against Japan, which smashed records and won more
viewers than any game of the NBA final series.
And, with the Olympics in Rio next summer, where both the womens and mens
teams hope to compete, the excitement is only going to build.
Want to check out some homegrown talent on the soccer pitch? The Windham High
School soccer teams, both strong contenders this year for the Division II titles, kicked off
the 2015 season with heavy-handed wins across the board. All four teams, including
JV, won their initial games against Milford (girls) and Hollis-Brookline (boys).
The teams all play at the high school field. It is a great way to spend a summer or
fall afternoon. Bring a chair or blanket as bleacher seating is limited. The boosters
concession stand should be open for all home games as well and there are opportunities
for younger players to participate in the game. Sign up through the Windham Soccer
Association to help out.
There is no admission fee for any home soccer games.
WHS boys home soccer games:
*Games are at 4 p.m. unless noted* JV games to follow varsity.
Tuesday 9/1 vs. Pelham
Friday 9/11 vs. Milford
Monday 9/14 vs. John Stark
Friday 9/18: Blackout game vs. Goffstown
Friday 9/25 vs. Souhegan
Friday 10/2: Homecoming vs. St. Thomas
Tuesday 10/6 vs. Merrimack Valley
Friday 10/16 vs. Hollis-Brookline
Friday 10/23 vs. Con-Val
WHS girls home soccer games:
*Games are at 4 p.m. unless noted* JV games to follow varsity.
Tuesday 9/8 vs. Oyster River
Thursday 9/10 vs. St. Thomas
Tuesday 9/15: Blackout game vs. John Stark
Thursday 9/24 vs. Goffstown
Tuesday 9/29 vs. Billerica, 3:45
Saturday 10/3: Homecoming vs. Souhegan, 3:30
Monday 10/5 vs. Merrimack Valley
Tuesday 10/20 vs. Hollis-Brookline

Wolverines Cheer
submitted by Holly Breton, Windham
4th Grade Team Report:
Windham, 32Salem, 13
Touchdowns: Jake Schena (4),
Brandon Beland (1)
Offensive player of the game: Jake
Defensive player of the game: Matty
5th Grade Team Report:
The 5th grade team faced the Salem
Rams Saturday night. Windham
came up victorious 13-7 in overtime!
Touchdowns - Aiden Williams, Jack
St. Hilaire
Extra Point - Jake Micciche
Offensive players of the game Jack
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and Cole Yennaco and AJ Marinaro
for the Big Push behind Jack.
Defensive players of the game Lukasz Rondeau,
Andrew Noel, Tiger An and Aiden Williams for their
superb sacks!
6th Grade Team Report:
Final Score - Salem Rams, 28 - Windham
Wolverines, 0
Special thanks to the Peterson Family for a great
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Windham defensive player of the
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Pythons Locked and Loaded for 2015 Season

bring kids into the program as freshmen and begin teaching them.
Some will contribute as underclassman, but the hope is with proper
training and some experience, they will step up and play key roles as
In addition to returning JV Coach Bob Crawford and Keon Fox,

Staff photos by Mike Bourk


by Mike Bourk
Pelham took its lumps moving from Division III in 2013 (8-1) to
Division II in 2014 (2-6). Coming off a losing season and sharing
a conference with four of the top five teams in Division II last year
one would not hold a lot of optimism for Pelham this year, but if you
look a little deeper you may be surprised.
Pelham was competitive in every game they played last season.
Three of the teams losses were by seven points or less, and they
were a very young team. Fourth-year Head Coach Ryan Clark
elaborates on this years squad, Yes, we did graduate some key
players from last years team, but that happens every year. I expect
the players who were solid a juniors last year will step up and be
team leaders this year. The players Coach Clark mentions will be
led by the four senior captains: Joe Halpin (half back/cornerback),
Trevor Gagnon (quarterback/safety), Dom Branco (offensive and
defensive lineman), and Ryan Demers (wide receiver/defensive
back). Last season the play of Dom Branco was impressive,
especially when coupled with junior Jacob Brow . The pair provided
a formidable rush up the middle on defense. Robert Ryan has also
looked good in the preseason scrimmages, making the transition
from guard to tight end.
Coach Clark talked about the experience his players picked up
Were still a young team this year, but last year we were a little too
young. We started 14 or 15 underclassmen every game. That varsity
experience was huge for those guys. This year Im seeing they are
thinking a lot less about what they have to do each play now and
playing football now more on instinct. Clark continued, The
beauty of high school football is that is it such a team sport. You

four teams with the best record.

With Windham, Milford, Trinity, Souhegan, and Pelham all in the
same cluster it would not be surprising to see three or even four
teams from that cluster make the playoffs. For Pelham to be one
of those teams, theyll have to hold their own within their cluster
and dominate their out-of-cluster opponents. While both may be
within reach, neither will be an easy task, but with solid offensive
and defensive line play, a deep playoff run would not be out of the


Team captains Joe Halpin, Dom Branco, Ryan Demers, and Trevor Gagnon
Clark picked up some help along the sidelines adding assistant
coaches Jeff Barry, Todd Lozeau (who also coaches softball at PHS),
Bob Petrillo, Mike Ketchen, and Ray Brown.
The Pythons ran the ball a large percentage of the time last season.
Their formation of choice was the double wing, but they also ran
out of a power one and traditional two-back set. Varying their
formations and ball carriers kept other teams off balance. You can
expect to see more of this philosophy from Pelham in 2015. Coach
Clark talked about the running game, You have to be able to run
the football. The better teams in the divisions are the ones who
can move the ball on the ground. A good running game sets us up
for play action passing or a straight passing game, and thats why
we commit to a solid running game. Clark continued, We put a
lot of emphasis on our offensive line. The guys take pride in being
offensive linemen. Our skill players will tell
you, theyre not going anywhere without a
good line.
While Coach Clark talks up the ground
game the Python passing game has looked
good in preseason scrimmages. In addition
to the aforementioned linemen Jack Oulette,
Alex Deacon and Jack Moro have provided
ample protection for Trevor Gagnon to find
Ryan Demers for five preseason touchdown
The playoff team selection format was
changed this year and, like most other head
coaches in the state, Ryan Clark likes the new
format. Previously the top-two teams from each cluster (conference)
played each other and the winner moved on to the semi-finals to
play winners from the other clusters. Because two teams from each
cluster qualified for the playoffs sometimes better teams were left
out. Under the new format each cluster winner will host one of the

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submitted by Holly Binda-Breton
Grade 5 Game Update
On Sunday, Aug. 23, the fifth grade Wolverines team faced the Concord
Capitals for the first game of the season. It was a hard-fought battle, but
Windham came up short. Final score: Concord 6- Windham 2.
Great job by the entire O line for their consistent blocking and tackling,
safety AJ Marinaro with his sack to earn the team a safety, and Aiden Williams
for his brilliant interception.
Grade 6 Game Update
Windham vs. Keene
Final Score: Keene 29-Windham 0
It was a tough season opener for the Wolverines but are now focused on
Salem. Windham offensive player of the game - Mason Rice. Windham
defensive player of the game - Ryan Garcia.
Grade 8 Game Update
The eighth grade team defeated the Keene
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Early Rust wont Slow the Jaguars Down

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by Craig Smith
Coming off of a win in Hollis
on Friday, the Windham varsity
boys Soccer team faced off
against Pelham this Tuesday.
Summer rust took hold of the
Jaguars offense early, causing
mental errors on entry passes and
limiting shot attempts in the first
The offense was dominant,
holding possession of the ball
for nearly the entire game, but
Pelhams collapsing defense
frazzled Windham seniors and
sophomores alike. What shots
did break through Pelhams
spider web of defense were
miraculously saved by the spider
himself, sophomore goal keeper
Sean Geller. He was fantastic
throughout the game, diving
WHS Rocco DiPietro (7) makes a middle field header.
for saves that would make Tim
Howard proud as he stretched
WHS Jon Ferri converts a penalty kick for a goal
and contorted to keep Windham
scoreless in the first half.
The second half would be a different story.
Pelhams defense stilled their offense, which didnt
have enough force to bust through Windhams
savvy back line. Sophomore Noah Rust (11) and
Senior Jon Ferri (8) acted as a two-man wrecking
crew on defense, catching and averting the ball
each time Pelham pushed into their territory. The
back end of the game also brought clarity for the
Windham offense as they scored three goals in quick
succession. Sophomore Jake Morgan (15) scored first,
followed closely by sophomore Kyle Cocciardi (9)
whose speed cut through Pelhams defense like butter.
Ferri topped off the second half with a penalty kick
goal that would be the dagger in Pelhams comeback
hopes. Windham would go on to win 3-0.
After the game a pleased Coach Hachey
commended his team on their second-half
aggressiveness, but advised them to come out strong
WHS Connor ONeil (23) attempts a shot, but Pelham goalkeeper
in the first half as well. When asked about potential
summer rust he said, Our guys do a good job
Sean Geller comes up with a great save.
conditioning, especially the ones trying to crack the
lineup. For the younger guys its a matter of getting
sights are. After that its the best teams, so anything can happen
stronger and faster. This is the next level in skill
and we want to be a part of it.
where the opponents are tougher and longer.
It may be too early to say for sure where this team will end
Once the team is in the groove of the regular season theres
up, but if the rest of the season is as consistent as these first two
little doubt that this team will make the playoffs. Machey said,
games then Windham will have a real powerhouse on its hands
Every teams goal is to get to the playoffs, and we have a great
come playoff time.
core of veterans and young guys, so the final four is where our

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The team will be back in action with the ACT tour north of the border
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After a two-year absence from the Oxford 250, a race that in 2012
was arguably the biggest win of Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.s career netting him
$45,500 in race winnings, the Poles Automotive team returned to see if they
could pick up where they left off.
The team had been absent from this race since their 2012 victory as
Oxford Plains Speedway ownership changed hands to Pro All Star Series
owner Tom Mayberry, and the race was rebranded from an ACT Later Model
Race to a PASS Super Late Model race. For the last two years, the team has
made the trek to Plattsburgh, N.Y., for the ACT International 500 netting
themselves the inaugural race win in 2013 and a third-place finish the
following year.
This year, with the cooperation of ACT and PASS, the schedule allowed
the team the opportunity to return to the most historic race in the Northeast.
With $50,000 in potential prize money for the winner ($25,000 for the win
plus $100 for every lap lead of the 250-lap event) the best of the best were
present. Seventy-seven drivers from all over the Northeast, Southeast and
Canada made the trip looking to etch their names in history as race winners
alongside legendary drivers such as Dave Dion, Kevin Harvick and Kyle
After some disappointing finishes earlier in the year, Pole and the team
decided they wanted to move in a different direction with their super late
model program and spent the entire week converting their ACT late model
over to a PASS super late model. In the long run this decision would prove
to be a wise one as Joey would go on to battle from the 34th starting spot to
finish in the fifth spot.
We struggled on Friday and Saturday with the car. It was a great long
run car but never had the blistering speed that you need to have in order to
qualify for a race like this, Pole said. He was unable to navigate the 97NH
car into a qualifying position through his heat race and then came up just
one position shy of qualifying for 250 lapper in the consolation race. If the
team was going to qualify for the main event they would have to win the
50-lap last chance race. That is exactly what they did.
My guys worked so hard this weekend and never gave up. We ran every
lap of every qualifying race that you could possibly run to try and make this
race, and these guys never quit. We hit on something right at the end of
practice and kept working on it after each qualifying race, Pole said.
Starting deep in the field, it took all 250 laps and some great pit calls by
team owner/crew chief Joe Polewarczyk, Sr. to get the 97NH car to the top
5 of the 41-car field. We werent the fastest car on new tires, but after
about 15 laps we would start picking them off. We just didnt have the fall
of that the other guys had, Joe Sr. said. Joe Jr. ran the first 118 laps until a
caution flew, allowing the team to pit from the 14th position and take four
new Hoosier tires leaving the team two new right side tires for later in the
race, which they took with about 60 laps remaining. The car was really
consistent, and I think with a few cautions in the right spots at the end of
the race we could have had a shot to win this thing, said Pole.
Ultimately, Glen Luce would go on to win the race for the first touring
win of his career netting him $30,100 in race winnings followed by Reid
Lanpher in second and Ben Lynch in third in a car that is also setup by Joe
Polewarczyk, Sr. Its pretty cool to see both of the cars that we set up in the
top five of a race like this. Ben is a great driver and it just goes to show you
that we are moving in the right direction, said Joe Sr.


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WHS Golf Tops

Coach Ken Bourassa,
Windham High School Golf
On Tuesday, Windham High School traveled
to Amherst Country Club to
compete against Souhegan and
Portsmouth High schools. The
team scored a 196 and was able
to win both matches:
Windham - 196
Souhegan - 201
Portsmouth - 205
Windhams top 5 scorers were
as follows:
Chris Bassins - 36, Jack
Crowley - 39, Nico Nardone 40, Andoni Tsoukalas - 40 and
Conor Leland - 41.
Other scores were Vincent
Ruggiero - 41 and Tucker
Stevens - 41.
The teams record now is 4
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