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Pelham - Windham News September 17, 2010 - 7

Woof It Down Celebration

submitted by Laura Scott The Woof It Down Best of NH Celebration held on September 11 was a huge success. Over 100 people and pooches attended the event and sampled cake and frozen yogurt, received goody bags, and congratulated Patty and John Apkarian on their businesses success. The Windham Economic Development Committee would like to thank the following local businesses who helped make this event possible: Windham Animal Hospital, Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital, Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Woof Woof Doggie Daycare, The Village Bean, and Windham Deli. Support your neighbors and shop local.

Largest High School Essay Contest Opens, Focuses on American Citizenship

submitted by Rachel Gillespie U.S. high school students and their teachers

are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute’s fifth annual Being an American Essay Contest. Top prize winners and their teachers will also receive all-expenses paid trips to the nation’s capital. The largest high school essay contest in the

country, awarding 180 students and teachers with cash prizes and attracting more than 50,000 essays last year, explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, DC area devoted to educating children about the Constitution and Founding principles. The sponsors include the History Channel and the Stuart Family Foundation. “This contest is unique in that

Pelham Community Spirit Sets Date for Second Annual Festival of Trees

submitted by Charlene Takesian Pelham Community Spirit, Inc. (PCS), a non-profit organization fostering community involvement in Pelham, announces their second annual Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees in Sherburne Hall at the Municipal Building Complex. Last year’s event was deemed a huge success by Mark Jedraszek, president of PCS. “We had wonderful community support both in the donation of Trees and in attendance of the event,” said Mark. “We hope to have more trees this year to draw more people.” Over 1,000 people came to see the display of 40 decorated trees in Sherburne Hall. People purchased raffle tickets that were placed in receptacles by each tree in hopes of winning that tree. Prize ribbons were awarded to trees based on originality, creativity, and most beautiful. The most beautiful tree was donated by Countrybrook Farms from Hudson. “It happened to be the first tree people saw when they entered the Hall. Everyone commented on how pretty it looked,“ said Charlene Takesian, member of Pelham Community Spirit. The trees were not only beautifully decorated, but also included $100 cash, scratch tickets, video games, and even a moving train. The highlight of the event was a wedding. Bob and Tammy Kohler tied the knot among the trees. Tammy approached PCS with the request. “Our first date was at Methuen’s [MA] Festival of Trees, and I thought it would be nice to be married surrounded by them,” said Tammy. Over nine non-profit groups participated in the event by holding bake sales in the lobby of the Town Hall. “We wanted to include as many Pelham non-

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profit groups as we could to share in the proceeds. That’s part of our mission. We want everyone to be able to have an opportunity to raise funds for their own needs,” said Takesian. “This year, we hope to be able to offer a college scholarship, as well as donate to the Pelham Food Pantry and the Good Neighbor Fund, and maybe continue with the effort to improve Sherburne Hall.“ Pelham Community Spirit was able to purchase a new stage curtain for Sherburne Hall, helped the Pelham Ice Garden, and also donated to St. Patrick’s eighth-grade class with the proceeds from last year’s event. The Festival this year will run from November 26 through December 4. Information and applications to enter a tree are available on their Website: Businesses are also invited to advertise in a Program Book that will be distributed throughout the Town. Pelham Community Spirit also sponsors the Independence Day Celebration and the Summer Concert series in Pelham. They meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the VFW Hall on Main Street. Anyone is welcome to attend and join the group to help with the planning of these events.


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it gives students the opportunity to think about the important civic values communicated in our Founding documents, and embodied by American civic heroes,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their own acts of good citizenship as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.” Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: “What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?” The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographical regions will be announced at a special Washington, DC Awards Gala in the spring of 2011, where they will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 (first place), $1,000 (second place), and $500 (third place). The winning students will also explore the nation’s capital, meet contemporary American heroes and national leaders, and visit national landmarks. Additionally, the contest will

award 126 honorable mention prizes of $100 to seven students and their teachers from each region. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms,” said Being an American Essay Contest Director John Croft. Nearly 100,000 students

have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006. Now in its fifth year, the contest is the largest high school essay contest in the country. “The Being an American

Essay Contest is a wonderful way to awaken students’ interest in the ideas of the American Founding. The Stuart Family Foundation is honored to be one of the Contest’s supporters,” said Stuart Family Foundation Executive Director Truman Anderson.

Complete contest details can be found below. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans, and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and other Americans who have contributed to America’s shared civic values, are available at www.

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