Pelham - Windham News 4 - August 20, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Windham School Board Needs a More Open Forum
I attended the Windham School Board (WSB) meeting on Tuesday, August 10, to speak my mind regarding the change in direction the WSB took to go ahead and delay the start time for Windham High School. Truly, I believe the WSB has the children’s best interest at heart and as a mother of five, I also have our children’s best interest at heart. However, how does the WSB show they have the parents’ best interest at heart, too? After all, they put much effort into gaining our vote for their election. Do they put as much effort into gaining our position on issues for which they will vote upon and have a great impact on our families?
I ask these questions because after attending
a WSB workshop meeting, parents/students and other members of the audience cannot address the Board. At a regular WSB meeting, parents/ students – actually, whoever would like to – can address the Board for three minutes, after which all members of the WSB can respond to the issues/ comments brought forward. Astonishing enough, the audience member who initially addressed the Board may not respond back to their comments. Is this how democracy was intended to be? Perhaps the School Board can afford those who wish to speak to the Board another minute or two to readdress the Board. I wouldn’t consider it as much as a debate, but a healthy dialogue, which could clarify misinformation, shed light on thoughtful questions, and even put to rest rumors. If the School Board sought more public input with surveys through our local papers, Alert Now, or the Windham School District Website to see how the townspeople felt about an issue, members of the WSB would gain more respect
by the voters who elected them to the Board to represent us. Hopefully through such open dialogue, they would use public opinion as their guide. Imagine the mark for public approval that the WSB would receive. I am sure it would be High Honors.
Donna Hume - Windham
Pelham Community Spirit Thanks You
The Pelham Community Spirit Group (PCS)
would like to thank everyone for coming to the concerts this summer in spite of the incredible heat! We are looking for members to join Pelham Community Spirit to help with the Festival of Trees, the Concert series for 2011, and the 4th of July 2011 celebration. We would also like to put together a Taste of Southern New Hampshire, inviting area restaurants to participate. Anyone who would like to raise money for their non-profit organization can join PCS and help put together these events. Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Main Street.
Charlene Takesian - Pelham
Terry Dakin for Hillsborough County Commissioner
It is my privilege to support Terry Dakin in the
Republican primary for County Commissioner, which includes Nashua, Hollis, Hudson, and Pelham. I have known Terry for a number of years as a small business owner. I also own and operate a family business in Nashua. Terry shares my views of smaller government and
Anne Marie House Awarded Two Grants
submitted by Anne Marie House The tireless efforts of Anne Marie House to help end family
homelessness in the Greater Nashua area were recognized by its receipt of two grants in July. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Town of Hudson awarded separate grants of $19,500 and $3,000, respectively. Both grants were especially coveted because their unrestricted nature enables them to be flexibly used for operational, capital, or other needs at the sole discretion of Anne Marie House. “We are very grateful for the votes of confidence in the work our
volunteers and staff do that these grants represent” said Network Director Laurie Skibba. Board Trustee Richard Patterson echoed this sentiment, adding, “In these trying times of economic uncertainty and budget shortfalls, the financial generosity of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Town of Hudson in supporting the mission of Anne Marie House is deeply appreciated. We are blessed by the collective contributions of our institutional and individual benefactors and volunteers. What we do would simply not get done without them.” Anne Marie House on the grounds of Presentation of Mary serves
Hudson, Nashua, Londonderry, Amherst, Milford, Brookline, Hollis, Merrimack, Litchfield, Pelham, and Windham. Our vision is to eliminate homelessness one family at a time. We practice the values of hospitality, faith, respect for all people, individual responsibility, and lifelong learning to achieve our mission to support the needs of families experiencing homelessness as they work to achieve sustainable income, housing, and transportation. Our success arises from the generosity of our volunteers and benefactors. Might you join us?
reducing the size and expense of government. Terry will work tirelessly on all of our behalf to stop the spiraling spending in Hillsborough County government. Therefore, please vote for
Town of Pelham Building Permits Issued August 9-13
• Christopher & Kristen Mader, 30 Primrose Lane, 21/3- 102-14, Septic System Replacement In-Kind.
• Michael & Karie Lundin, 80 Township Road, 40/6-185- 61, 16 × 32 in-ground swimming pool.
• Mike & Donna Demers, 17 Thomas Avenue, 34/6-224, remove entire second floor attic & rebuild, change from gable to garrison, three bedrooms existing to be replaced with three bedrooms & full bath, Anderson windows throughout, new “doghouse” for cellar entry, new boxed in steel chimney for wood stove in basement.
• William & Jennifer Pendergast, 127 Jeremy Hill Road, 13/3-150-1, 18 × 20 × 8 deck attached to the rear of house.
• Annemarie Hargreaves, 4 Mount Vernon Drive, 14/4- 83, removing & replacing existing deck (rot), same size, location as footprint.
• Roberta Fuller, 3 Partridge Lane, 37/11-56, 29 × 20 × 6 carport.
• Marcello Decampos, 36 Priscilla Way, 14/3-91-9, 12 × 20 pool deck & 8 × 10 pool deck.
• Randy & Judith Faveau, 11 Gaston Street, 30/11-148, remove and reconstruct exterior walls of home, replace existing windows/doors with same size, structure size does not change, existing construction materials rotted and beyond repair, home will be reshingled after reframed.
County Commissioner on September 14. Kyle Lamerand - Nashua
Nesmith Library Announces the Addition of Mango Languages
submitted by Nesmith Library The Nesmith Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons. Mango is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned. Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches every day greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes, and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 15 ESL courses. “We are thrilled to add our library to the growing list of libraries across the country who have added Mango to their resources,” said Library Director Carl Heidenblad. “Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel reasons. Others just want to because they think it would be interesting. No matter the reason, learning the language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is.” To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the
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