Pelham - Windham News 10 - September 10, 2010
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have just completed 10 years as President of the Windham Baseball and Softball League, where I also managed the construction of the facilities at Griffin Park. As your State Representative, I have been a member of the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee for eight years, and currently serve as committee whip. I am also a member of the Developmental Disability Waitlist Oversight Committee. In that capacity, I am pleased to say that the goal of eliminating the DD wait-list was achieved in 2010 after 20 years! The issues facing all of us in New Hampshire will require a cohesive effort by all members of our District 4 Legislative Team in advocating for our fellow citizens. I will work hard to help resolve the education funding challenge while opposing a sales or income tax. I will work hard to improve access to health insurance in New Hampshire to make it more affordable and accessible for individuals and small businesses. I am committed to work to resolve issues affecting our elderly and those with special needs while providing help where it is needed most. With your vote, it would be a privilege to work on your behalf to help continue the New Hampshire Advantage of low taxes and limited government.
Charles McMahon - Windham
Pelham Softball Inc. Board Elections
Pelham Softball Inc. (PSI) is announcing
nominations for its Board of Director Positions. All positions are open, but vacancies exist for a Player Representative, Secretary, Website Coordinator, Umpire in Chief, and 12/14U Player Development Coordinator. I f you would like to be nominated for one of these
vacant positions or any other position, please send an e-mail indicating your interest to president@pel hamnhsoftball.com
. You will find a complete list of all positions on our Website, pelhamnhsoftball.com
, under “League Documents.” All interested candidates should indicate their
interest before our nomination meeting on Tuesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at Pelham High School. Elections will take place Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. at Pelham High School. PSI will be entering their second year as a
community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching softball and developing a love of the game to Pelham girls ages 5-16. Please consider being part of our Board and having a positive impact on the lives of approximately 200 girls.
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Mark Samsel for State Representative
My name is Mark Samsel and am seeking a Representative seat in District 4, representing Windham and Salem. I am a 30-year resident of Windham, residing on Depot Road with my wife, Janet, and where we raised our three children. Our two daughters, Abbey and Emily, attended Windham schools, and graduated from Salem High; our son, Gregory, attends Windham High. Professionally, I have been in IT for 30 years, managing Professional Service organizations for both small and large companies, which included P&L and sales responsibility. Currently, I am employed as a Senior Manager in IT at the Lincoln Financial Group, located in Concord. My elected service includes six years on the
Windham Zoning Board of Adjustment, serving as Chairman for four. Other community service includes one of the founding members and President of the Windham Rail Trail Alliance, Chairman of the Windham Depot Advisory Committee, and Vice President of the New Hampshire Rail Trail Collation. Previously, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Windham Baseball/Softball League, Salem Softball League (managing teams in both leagues), and coached two Odyssey of the Mind Teams. What to expect from me:
1. I will show up to represent the citizens of Windham and Salem.
As an elected official, I strongly believe consistent attendance at Committee Hearings, House Sessions, and legislative participation is an expected commitment. In my four years of elected responsibility on the Windham ZBA as Chairman, I have not missed any meetings. 2. I will vote constantly, representing conservative and fiscally responsible values such as a balanced state budget, support of traditional family values, and 2nd Amendment rights.
3. I will work for bringing fiscal responsibility back to the state. The reality of the economic downturn has not fully hit at the state or town level. Difficult decisions lie in front of the next legislative body, which have been avoided in the past sessions by
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at times putting social issues in front of economic issues.
Real spending cuts are required, not paper reductions. Agencies must be held accountable to a flat or reduced balanced budget and efficiencies, not excess spending. 4. I will support efforts to make New Hampshire the “state of choice” for business to establish roots. We need to make New Hampshire a desirable state to do business from and take aggressive action to make this a business-friendly state by lowering taxes, fees, and advocating for less regulatory burden for our business community and citizens. I support the introduction of Casino gaming to the state through quality venues, bringing sustained revenue and providing employment opportunities; however, not an excuse to increase spending. 5. I will get answers and get things done. My eight years of work on the Windham Rail Trail has afforded me firsthand experience to meet and work with many in the legislature and key agencies, such as DOT and DRED. I know the importance of having strong relationships with those who are decision makers and influencers. I have introduced successful legislation and testified on several bills. Summary: This is a very critical period for New Hampshire and its citizens to reset the current direction of this state. The 2011 session must be dedicated to bringing New Hampshire back on course and back to its values. This is not the New Hampshire I moved to 30 years ago, and not the New Hampshire that my neighbors and many I have met throughout the state and country that have seen us as unique and special. I do not want to see a legislature with a desire to place additional financial burden on its citizens and business, and continue the erosion of family values and individual liberties.
I take pride in serving in public positions, both elected and in my non-profit endeavors, and I look forward to bringing my dedication to the House of Representatives for those in District 4.
Mark Samsel - Windham
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off. Kids were fast asleep. All of a sudden, I heard the phone ring! Ring! Ring! Ring! As soon as I heard the ring, I could sense something was wrong. And my sixth sense was right. On the other side, it was the emergency unit team member from Derry Fire Department. He told me that my mom fell down and they had to come to rescue her. The member lifted my mom and put her to bed. At that time, we decided to wait till the next morning for me to go there and take my mom to the emergency. This was my mom’s second fall in two months. She lived by herself in the senior apartments. After her back surgery to cure an injury from the
fall, I was worried and could not sleep. I realized that my mom cannot live by herself. I have to find her a place that is equal to or better than my home. God heard my worry. He directed me to a path to keep my mother, my family, and me happy. He allowed me to keep my job while I take care of my mom. He directed me to the Warde Health Systems. I had heard about Warde from my meeting with Ms. Susan Denopoulos at the Windham High School during the business expo. Warde Health System is the only full-service healthcare provided in Windham that is equipped with both the nursing center and assisted living. The nursing center includes reduced skill rehab with on-site physical and occupational therapists qualified for all rehab services, including knee and hip
replacements. The biggest
challenge we were faced with was that my mom does not know English. So,
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communication became a huge issue. The staff members at Warde recognized the issue and accepted the challenge to resolve it. They went out of their way to find resources to translate key English words used daily into Hindi – national language of India. Some of the residents also started teaching English to my mom so that she can fulfill her basic necessities. They even hired a bi- lingual nurse. The other challenge was that my mom is
vegetarian and she always cooked her own Indian meal. The food facility service staff at Warde recognized the need. They invited me and my wife to share what my mom typically eats and how to cook Indian meals to provide necessary nutrients in mom’s daily diet. The cooks and dining room staff quickly found a solution to meet my mom’s dietary needs. I know many of you think that Warde Health Systems may only be for nuns and Christians. Let me tell you, that’s a myth. The fact is that my mom is neither nun nor Christian. She is Hindu. First, I was shy in exhibiting things in my mom’s room that may not align with Christianity. The director of service, Ms. Elaine Lawrence, made sure that my mom’s room was decorated to reflect her ethnicity and her religious beliefs. This enabled her to experience the freedom and welcomed in the new facility. For any additional question, please feel free to contact Ms. Susan Denopoulos – Director of Administration at 890-1290.
Atul Sheth - Windham
Supporting Doug Mullin for Rockingham County Sheriff I ask that you cast your vote for Doug Mullin
for Rockingham County Sheriff on September 14. I believe Doug Mullin to be the best qualified candidate to serve you in the capacity of High Sheriff of Rockingham County. I believe we need a candidate running the Sheriff’s office who is a certified police officer with extensive law enforcement experience. Doug Mullin retired from the Salem Police Department with 24 years of service, and is now working for the Hampstead Police Department. The Sheriff’s job is not to make laws, but to
enforce the laws. There are people who will try to persuade the voters to elect an administrator or a politician to that position, but I say our best interests will not be served by this. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. Most people are unaware that an elected Sheriff holds statewide enforcement powers that equate to more authority than the State Police. I believe our Sheriff must possess police powers and the ability to effectuate an arrest when needed. Doug Mullin possesses those powers. We cannot afford to elect a candidate that cannot hit the ground running, or one that has little or no law enforcement background. Doug Mullin is certified through Police Standards and Training, has received extensive law enforcement training and education; including, but not limited to Criminal Terrorist Incident, Critical Incident Management, certified Commercial Truck Enforcement Safety Inspector, and Evidence Management. During an emergency, we need a Sheriff who is capable of making immediate decisions. He must be able to act quickly and decisively because these decisions will affect the life and safety of many individuals. Doug Mullin possesses the ability to make split-second safety decisions. His aviation background as a Corporate/ATP-rated pilot for General Dynamics/ Bath Iron Works, a major defense contractor, requires the ability to act quickly and decisively. Doug’s law enforcement career has provided him the ability to observe the unique law enforcement needs of a large community, as well as a small community. We must elect a qualified candidate to this important County position. I could tell you that Doug is a fiscal conservative; he believes in limited government and local control, but those qualities have some, but very little to do with the position of High Sheriff. It is my involvement and understanding of County Government that leads me to this conclusion. Please join me in electing the most qualified candidate as Sheriff on September 14. That candidate is Doug Mullin.
Cathy Ann Stacey, Rockingham County Register of Deeds - Salem
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