Pelham - Windham News
4 - March 26, 2010
The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Mother/Son Rock-Out Nite a Success
On Friday, March 19, the Town of Windham Recreation Department hosted a Mother/Son Rock-Out Nite at Promises to Keep. There was food, dancing, and a lot of fun! I would like to thank the businesses that donated for the event: T-Bones in Derry, The Windham Restaurant, Mad Science of Southern NH, and NH Racing Limos. Thank you also to Selectmen Bruce Breton and Charlie McMahon and to Promises to Keep for all their help during the event.
Cheryl S. Haas, Recreation Coordinator - Windham
Thank You for Supporting the School District
Thank you to the thousands that voted to support the school district infrastructure. Since August of 2008, I have spent hundreds of hours working with the committee, ACES, friends, neighbors, and other community groups on promoting the solution and getting out the facts. The result was disappointing, but the community has shown that it recognizes the facilities are the root cause of issues within the town. Other articles failed as well, and it’s hard to say why. I’m sure there were many reasons for all the nos, but it is impossible to accurately gauge the reasons.
In the larger picture, working to address facility issues lays the foundation for all other corrective actions. We saw that over 2,500 people indicated that
they wanted PSB members who looked at facts, reviewed data, and worked to identify a long- term strategy to address school needs. Both Andy Ducharme and Rob Hardy are active members of this community. They believe that the community is more than just schools; it’s the seniors, empty nesters, and families that make up the town of Pelham. The School Board must act to support the interests of all taxpayers by recommending actions that will protect and benefit every taxpayer. It will not be easy, but we know we have three people committed to improving our community. As a community, we have started to rally together. It was amazing to attend ACES meetings and see people with their children, people who do not have children, long-time residents, and new residents all together with a common goal. It was invigorating and renewing to me personally as a person who has worked to improve education for many years. I am truly proud of the efforts. You couldn’t help but feel the positive energy and soak it up.
As a resident, I can assure you that I will communicate the concerns of residents to me as a former committee member. I encourage all residents and especially the 58 percent to keep speaking out and stay active in our community. I also encourage residents to contact their state
Pelham Sex Offender Arrested
submitted by Pelham Police Department
On March 4, Pelham Detective James
Johnson arrested Adam Koch, 24, of Pelham, on two warrants in connection with violating the New Hampshire Sex Offender Registration requirements. Koch is a registered, publishable sex offender who resides in the town of Pelham.
While conducting an
investigation into the information provided to the Pelham Police Department on Adam’s 2009 registration form, Detective Johnson
located information that is required by the state that Koch was believed to have been concealing from the police. As a tier-one sex offender, Koch is required to register
twice a year at the Pelham Police Station and must register all online identifiers, as well as places of employment.
Johnson was able to locate both an e-mail address and a Facebook account that was not reported to police as required. Adam also failed to notify the police of his current employment and failed to appear for his 2010 registration within the five- day period required by the state. Due to the information gathered, arrest warrants were sought. Koch was charged
with two counts of Failure to Report and was later bailed, and will appear at the Salem District Court on March 22 for his arraignment.
Routine Traffic Stop
Nets Burglary Suspect
submitted by Pelham Police Department
On Wednesday March 3, at 5:59 p.m., Pelham police arrested an individual who, at the time of his arrest, was in possession of an item that was reported stolen in a recent burglary. Michael Gleason, 28, of Pelham, was stopped by Lieutenant Brian McCarthy and Sergeant Thomas O’Donnell after the officers observed Gleason operating a vehicle after his license had been suspended.
Officers noticed a gold rose brooch in the console of Gleason’s vehicle during a search of the vehicle. Officers contacted the victim of a recent
burglary on Falcon Road and she confirmed that the brooch was, in fact, hers. Police questioned Gleason regarding the brooch and subsequently
searched his residence. The search yielded a second item from a burglary on Simpson Road that was identified by that victim. The search also yielded quantities of heroin, marijuana, and several prescription pills that were not prescribed to Gleason. Police also recovered a quantity of jewelry believed to be stolen.
Gleason also admitted responsibility for a burglary that occurred on Little Island Park several weeks ago, where copper pipes were removed from a residence. Gleason was charged with operating after being deemed a habitual offender, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, two counts of receiving stolen property, felony theft of a generator, possession of prescription drugs, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, and burglary. The investigation is ongoing.
representatives to encourage them to fight to keep school building aid. This is a significant tool to resolving our school issues. I want to say thank you to all who took the time to vote, talked to the committee, called in to the call-in show, and attended open forums. Regardless of the way you voted, I want to thank you for taking the time to get information. We still have a struggle ahead of us and we have to continue the positive momentum.
Daryle Hillsgrove - Pelham
Relay for Life
In less than 70 days, over 65 teams will take to
the Pelham Harris Track and Field on June 5 and walk in the very first American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Pelham. To date, we have raised over $26,000. Just as the effects of a challenging economy are
felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day. These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted to the American Cancer Society critically important. Local volunteers are a huge part of a nationwide effort to save lives from cancer, but additional people are needed for the progress to continue.
Plans are underway for the Society’s annual fundraiser, Relay For Life® of Pelham, which will be held at Harris Track and Field on June 5. The money raised at Relay enables the American Cancer Society to deliver on its mission of helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against the disease. Relay provides the Society with money to support vital, cutting-edge cancer research; provides cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at our Hope Lodge, and round-the-clock support at our national cancer information center available at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night; publishes life-saving literature on cancer prevention, detection, and tobacco control; and develops a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer. Now is the time for individuals, families, community groups, corporations, and small businesses to commit their Relay For Life team participation. Join us at this event to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost, fight back against the disease, and help the American Cancer Society realize its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. To sign up, participate, or learn how you may
volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit www. relayforlife.org/pelhamnh.
Mary Collins and Maria Moujaes, Relay For Life - Pelham
Suspicious Subject Claims to be from Comcast
submitted by Pelham Police Department
On March 13 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Pelham
Police Department took a report from a person residing at Pelham Terrace regarding suspicious activity. Upon interviewing the complainant, police learned that a male subject knocked on the door of the residence sometime after 6 p.m. on March 13, claiming to be a representative from Comcast. The complainant opened the door and was greeted by a tall, skinny white male with dark hair, wearing what appeared to be some sort of uniform. The complainant described the clothing as a light blue or gray shirt, and the same color pants. The subject did not give a name, and the complainant did not see any identification or notice the vehicle he was driving. The complainant reported that the suspect indicated that he needed to enter the residence to repair the cable box. The complainant subsequently allowed the suspect into the residence and showed the suspect where the cable box was. The complainant told police that the suspect stayed for about 10 minutes and left. After the suspect had left, the complainant realized that
they did not have an appointment for Comcast to come to the house and the cable box was replaced two weeks ago and did not need to be fixed. The complainant called Comcast to see if anyone had signed out at her house, and was informed that they had no record of the call. The complainant subsequently called the police and filed a report for it. Police contacted Comcast to see if anyone was in the area March 13, or if it may have been a private contractor. The Comcast representative stated that no employees from Comcast were at Pelham Terrace today and stated that their private contractors have Comcast ID cards and are required to check in with them upon arriving at a work site. Police are unable to determine if the suspect was an actual employee of Comcast. Police are asking all residents to ask for identification before allowing anyone into their homes. If the individual does not have proper identification or refuses to identify him/herself, please call police immediately.
Town of Pelham
Building Permits Issued March 15-19
Mark & Sheila Princince, 67 Lannan Drive, 31/12-42-6, renew permit to finish basement, open concept with exercise area, entertainment area, full bathroom, small kitchen area with island.
Marsh Road Properties, LLC, 180 Marsh Road, 34/1-14, renew permit to rebuild entire 8-room single family from the foundation to bring into code conformity. William Martin, 12 Gaston Street, 30/11-180, renew permit for an 18 x 32 family room, mudroom, and entry addition. Sousa Realty & Dev. Corp., Lawrence Corner Road, 1/5-104-14, foundation. Sousa Realty & Dev. Corp., Lawrence Corner Road, 1/5-104-3, foundation. Robert & Nouch Berger, 41A Ledge Road, 24/12-224-1, 12 x 14 shed.
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