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Pelham - Windham News July 26, 2010 - 11


Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?


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603-635-2012 “Thumbs down to Obama. So, what exactly


is Obama’s agenda? Do you still believe that the Democratic Party is a party of the people? Think again. Being a retired school teacher and a democrat most of my life, this administration is FAR from being the Democratic Party we once knew. It is a Progressive (Liberal) Party out to ‘transform’ us away from the Capitalism form of government that got us here for the past 200 years. Obama and his administration want no part of the people but what they are striving for is POWER. Power derived from our tax dollars collected as a result of all these programs that are being ramrodded through Congress. All this money in the hands of bureaucrats throughout the country will be funneled to special interest groups strengthening and ensuring their power and control. Get the picture? So, does Obama really care about YOU and ME? Stay tuned.”


“Thumbs down to the Parks & Recreation


Director for double booking the field at Lyons Park. If he had checked his calendar when the director of Flag Football called to schedule the games…opps, my mistake they are one in the same. Geez, I wonder where his priorities are…. One guess??!!”


“Thumbs up to the couple that kindly gave me


a few baby wipes at the 4th of July festivities in Pelham. My 5-year-old son had just finished an ice cream and his hands were covered! I can only imagine how much dirt would have stuck to his hands if I had not been able to wipe them off. Thanks again! “


“Thumbs up to the Supreme Court for its June


28th decision (McDonald V Chicago). Well at least the 5 Justices who correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution. As for the other 4 Justices, they should be impeached and removed from the Court. It is quite apparent that those 4 used


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“Thumbs up to our 14-


year-old! Ben, you and Sam are our heroes. Dad & Mom are so proud of you. Most adults would have a difficult time handling everything that you’ve already endured in your short life. We are praying for a quick recovery from this last surgery!”


“Thumbs


down for the two quitting facility committee members that have nothing better to do than send in thumbs comments about the School Board Chair (who by the way didn’t quit). I have it on good intelligence that Wednesday night is when they run hair-straightening specials at the local no voting salon!! He was not the first SB member to take advantage of this opportunity!!!”


“Thumbs down to the officer


They may have won but it was dirty and disrespectful.”


“Thumbs down to the Pelham police officer.


I’m not sure if it was Pelham or Windham but someone left their 2 kids alone in an SUV in front of the post office and someone grabbed a hold of me and told me that they believed they were a police officer. Totally in shock!”


“Thumbs down to the inconsiderate dog


owners who keep their dogs outside all day and night barking at every little thing that goes


“Thumbs up Cindy at Sunlight Realty. She


helped a lot of people through the recession, a lot of hard work and aggravation. Also, she sits as a board member trustee and doesn’t get paid for it. She sends cookies to the troops every other week. On Old Home Days she collects a bunch of food to send to the needy and the other day I asked her, are you happy to go home, because I’m a customer and she said no I’m going to help the 8- year-old baseball team in town. I said how much do they pay you and she said nothing. She is very involved in the town and should be recognized.”


“Thumbs down to the town of Pelham and the Lawn Sprinkler Systems


in Pelham NH who thought it was funny to follow a cute girl down a private road and throw his blue’s on to play a joke on her. Don’t forget that my tax dollars pay your salary, grow up and do your job properly.”


“Thumbs up and a big congratulations to


Rachel L for being picked to do a solo in her competition group. You have so much going for you and you always give it your all. What a fantastic accomplishment at this time in your life!!! We are so very proud of you, Papou and Yiayia.”


“Thumbs down to the Pelham Elementary


School and their hiring practices. I applied for a position there and though I’m fully qualified and have worked for the school system for a number of years. It seems you need to be politically connected in town to even be considered for a position in town.”


“Thumbs down and shame on the Babe Ruth


coaches of the Diamondbacks for allowing their team to display such unsportsmanlike behavior.


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by. During the week people need to work and barking at 11PM at night is not fair. On top of that, on the weekends they put their dogs out at 7AM, come on people that’s just un-neighborly. If you need to keep your pets outside all day and night maybe you should find them a better home.”


“Thumbs down to the Pelham board of


selectmen. I just got done watching the meeting on Tuesday and it seems there is a huge conflict of interest when you have the building inspector who currently works for the second highest bidder of the senior center and they are going to get together and discuss cost. I have a huge problem with that and I hope the taxpayers have a concern with that. Low bidder with $30,000 less had no influence with the current building inspector unlike the second highest bidder. I hope the townspeople watch the meeting and see that there needs to be a change.”


Places to Go … People to See


July 16-18: Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, MA. Enjoy lectures and demonstrations, “brown bag” lunchtime Q&A sessions, and a variety of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists, including world-renowned violinist Midori. Shalin Liu Performance Center. (978) 546-7391; rockportmusic.org. July 16: Rick Watson, Portsmouth, NH. From piano standards to backwoods bluegrass, this multi-talented instrumentalist brings great authenticity to everything he performs. Free. 8:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn. July 16: Maine Windjammer Parade, Rockland, ME. Bring blankets, chairs, and a camera for a close-up look at the entire fleet as it sails past Rockland Breakwater. Stake out a spot anywhere along the mile-long structure for the best spectator views. 1-800-807-9463; sailmainecoast.com. July 17: American Independence Festival, Exeter, NH. Join the American Independence Museum in celebration of America’s freedom and the institution’s 20th anniversary with troop encampments, a Revolutionary battle re- enactment, traditional artisans’ displays, and a showing of New Hampshire’s original 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence, discovered hidden under attic floorboards in 1985. (603) 772-2622; independencemuseum.org. July 17: Great Niantic Bay Raft Race, East Lyme,


CT. Thrift and ingenuity come in handy at Hole in the Wall Beach, where teams build makeshift rafts without motors or commercial flotation devices. Music, entertainment, vendors, food, and more; part of “Celebrate East Lyme Day.” (860) 739- 5828; celebratelyme.com. July 20: White Mountain Bluegrass, Derry, NH. This is a lively family band founded by Mac and Hazel McGee. The group has been touring and playing together for over 30 years all over the U.S. and Europe, playing traditional bluegrass music suitable for all audiences. Their instruments include the banjo, fiddle, and stand-up bass. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. MacGregor Park, behind Derry Public Library. (603) 432-6136. July 23: The Ultimate Doo Wop Show, Wolfeboro, NH. The recent PBS-TV music specials, 50 Years of Doo-Wop, were so well received that they created a new showcase and new audiences for veteran Doo-Wop artists. Now, these original artists are on the road performing live, treating 50-something concert-goers to the songs they danced to at sock hops, while allowing younger audiences to discover that Doo-Wop is feel-good music, no matter what your age. This music is like a first love that no one ever forgets. Admission fee. 8 p.m. Great Waters Music Festival. (603) 569-7710; www.greatwaters.org; e-mail: info@greatwaters.org.


July 23-24: Deer isle Jazz Festival, Stonington, ME. Explore the music of New Orleans – ragtime, R&B, and jazz. Stonington Opera House. (207) 367-2788; operahousearts.org. July 24: New London Garden Club Annual Antique Show and Sale, New London, NH. Featuring select New England dealers. Plants and flower arrangements will be for sale. Delicious homemade lunch and snacks will be available. Proceeds are used to support local civic beautification projects and UNH scholarships. Admission fee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Green, Main Street. (603) 526-4543, (603) 763-2840. July 25: Stratham Fair Woodsmen’s Competition, Stratham, NH. You will see professional competitors participating in exciting events like the Hot Saw Competition (don’t blink – it’s fast!), Axe Throw, Block Chop, Jack and Jill, and many others. Bring your own chairs or sit on the hill. 11 a.m. Stratham Fairgrounds, next to the David C. Noyes stage. (603) 679-5616; http://extension. unh.edu. July 27: Skinny Ties, Derry, NH. The Skinny Ties is a four-piece, New England-based new wave band that thrives in recreating the classic sounds of the early MTV era. The band members have extensive experience playing in the greater Boston club scene, bringing over 20 years of passion and experience to their music. The band’s mission is to bring back the nostalgic memories when music was morphing and music videos forever changed the pop culture genre. The band has a distinct and impressive playlist of classic power pop and new wave hits from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. MacGregor Park, behind Derry


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Claremont Croquet Classic, Southwest Harbor, ME. The historic Claremont Hotel, established in 1884, holds its annual tournament. All ages are welcome and encouraged to play. Pre-registration suggested. (207) 244-5036; theclaremonthotel.com. August 2-5: BridgeFest, Newport, RI. Venues across Newport County host live evening performances between the Folk and Jazz Festival weekend. (401) 849-8048; newportarts.org. August 3-4: Menopause The Musical, Lowell, MA. Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The cast laughs at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats, and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage! It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal! Admission fee. 8 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www. lowellauditorium.com. August 7: Rindge Summer Craft Fair, Rindge, NH. Sponsored by the Rindge Woman’s Club, the event’s offerings include quilts, woodworking, jewelry, photography, candles, soaps, pottery, refreshments, and more. Meeting House Lawn. (603) 899-5052; rindgewomansclub.org. August 7-8: All-Mozart Weekend, Lakeville, CT. The Amernet String Quartet, featuring Chauncey Patterson, performs six of Mozart’s viola quintets. Music Mountain. (860) 824-7126; musicmoiuntain.org. August 7-15: Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, Newbury, NH. This is a great summertime event that offers fun, family-friendly education activities designed to entertain and educate visitors about what goes into making fine handcraft and what makes it so valuable. A wide variety of contemporary and traditional handcrafted furniture, jewelry, glass, pottery, prints, metalwork, fiber arts, woodcarvings, weaving, sculptures, and leatherwork will be on display and available for purchase. Admission fee. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Mount Sunapee Resort. www.nhcrafts.org.


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board of selectmen. What is wrong with you guys??? You get the voter approval for the senior center, you increase the size, now it’s over budget and it’s potentially going to cost the taxpayers more money. Ed Gleason, you’re running the show, do what’s right, get that individual off the project, it’s a conflict of interest between him being the Building Inspector and working for the second highest competitor. So I say, ‘thumbs down’ to the whole entire say that the town is structured, it’s not right, ‘thumbs down’ to the board of selectmen in the town of Pelham!”


“Thumbs up to the guys from Methuen Rod


& Gun Club. Without your help, the New Hampshire Trapshooting Championships would not have been the success it was. Thank you from your friends at Pelham Fish & Game Club.”


“Thumbs down to the person complaining


about the ‘poor display’ when it should have been directed to the person who messed up and put those games on that field when there are so many other places around town. Some of these families travel a distance to participate in the Challenger program. YOU should be ashamed of yourself and be grateful that your child is able to play flag football without any disabilities.”


“Thumbs up to our Superintendent. He laughs


at all of us as he cashes his paycheck each week. Trust me! ‘Thumbs down’ to the taxpayers who continue to pay him. Can you say ‘enough’ already.”


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