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Volume 8 Number 9 September 17, 2010 18 Pages Windham Fire Department 9/11 Memorial Service by Robyn Hatch On behalf of all the men and Bagpipe tribute


women of the Windham Fire Department, Chief Tom McPherson extended a heartfelt thank-you for going to the memorial service in remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We were reminded to never lose our keen vigilance, and not forget what happened nine years ago to those unsuspecting victims at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and aboard the four commercial passenger aircrafts. Never forget the ultimate sacrifices made by the many firefighters, police officers, EMS Providers, and Port Authority and Federal Agents. The tribute is for each and every one of them, and our condolences go out to the families and survivors so touched by that day. Never forget the men and women of the military and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifices since that tragic day. Never forget the men and women who continue to protect our freedom. Windham is our community, and our community is with all of them every day. Everyone has lived the last nine years in the shadow of that tragedy. Vivid reminders of the compassion and generosity were shown on that day and weeks that followed. This is done not in anger of these


losses, but in the honor of their lives. The are missed not in the horror of these losses, but also in the honor of their lives. They are missed not because they are gone, but because they were here. Three Windham


firefighters – Lieutenant Scott Delaney, Lieutenant Jay Moltenbrey, and Paul Fisher – demonstrated their patriotism in a different way on this day by taking part in the Flags on the 48 memorial hike and climbing Mt. Moriah. The number 48 refers to those White Mountains that are over 4,000 feet high. This memorial hike was started on September 15, 2001, when six hikers were compelled to do something to express their grief for the tremendous loss of life suffered at the hands of terrorists. They ascended Mt. Liberty and raised the American flag. Word of this quickly spread and more and more people have taken part every year since. Members of Windham Fire Department have taken part in Flags on the 48 since 2007, having tackled Mts. Eisenhower, Pierce, and Jefferson. God Bless America!


Windham Endowment Bestows Yet Another Gift to the High School


by Barbara O’Brien The Windham Endowment for Community Advancement continues its campaign to enhance the Fine Arts Program at Windham High School, which has just recently opened for its second year of operation. This year, there are three


grades in attendance at Windham High; juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Seniors continue to attend classes at Salem High School under a tuition agreement with that school district. 2011- 2012 will be the first school year that all four grades are in attendance in Windham. During the Windham School


Board’s September 7 meeting, Diane Carpenter, spokesperson for Windham Endowment, announced that $7,515.85 was being donated to the high school for the explicit purpose of purchasing a tuba, a euphonium, two full-size keyboards with stands, microphones, and a Fender amplifier. Carpenter, who traditionally has been the Windham Endowment member to present these gifts, said, “I am just the voice of the gift.” There are many people behind the scenes who are contributing a great deal of time, effort, and money to this campaign, she added. The School Board voted unanimously (5 to 0) to accept the donation from Windham Endowment. “This gift will complement existing opportunities for Windham High School students,” Carpenter told school district officials. Each of the items purchased was requested by staff members at the high school, Carpenter explained. Also recently received by


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Sam’s Club Helps Teachers at PES Cover Expenses for Classroom Supplies


submitted by Sam’s Club Sam’s Club is helping 10 teachers at Pelham Elementary


School (PES) to purchase much-needed classroom supplies this back-to-school season as part of its Teacher Rewards program. Nationally, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations are awarding more than 45,000 educators with $100, infusing $4.5 million to schools across America. It’s estimated that educators spend approximately $500 out of their own pockets each year for classroom supplies, including snacks for students who may not have regular access to food. The Teacher Rewards program helps offset those costs. “Sam’s Club is committed to supporting the local community and addressing unmet needs,” said Christina Oursler. “We know teachers are on tight budgets to provide supplies for their classrooms and Teacher Rewards helps offset those costs.” Pelham Elementary School Principal Alicia LaFrance would like to thank Sam’s Club of Hudson for selecting PES for the Teacher Rewards Program. The reward cards will be put to


very good use to support learning the grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Each Wal-Mart store, Distribution Center, and Sam’s Club location across the U.S. will select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide $100 reward cards to 10 teachers from the selected school. All of Wal- Mart’s and Sam’s Club’s 4,558 facilities nationwide are eligible to participate in the Teacher Rewards program. In 2009, educators’ top purchases through the Teacher


Rewards program included 25,000 report folders; 24,000 packs of pens, pencils, and crayons; 14,000 packs of paper; 13,000 packs of markers; and 10,000 binders and clipboards, in addition to other essential items—showing that teachers need basic supplies to help support their classrooms. This is the second year that Sam’s Club has supported educators with Teacher Rewards as part of the company’s ongoing support of education initiatives. In 2009, Wal- Mart and its Foundation gave more than $53 million to fund educational programs in communities across the country.


Windham Endowment was what Carpenter termed “a huge gift” of $20,000 from one donor. This donation is eligible for a matching


grant through “WIRE” (Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy). In addition to the $20,000 donation, Windham Endowment has also received a total of $22,870 in various other gifts to benefit its ongoing campaign. On Sunday, September


26, Windham Endowment’s promotion of Fine Arts will hold a Jazz Brunch at Windham High School from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those who attend will be treated to a delicious brunch, plus exquisitely performed musical arrangements. The cost of attending the Jazz Brunch is $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $6 for children under the age of six. The Windham Endowment for Community Advancement is a non-profit organization. In other business, Windham High School Principal Tom Murphy presented a $500 prize won through a recent video competition in which students participated. School Board members accepted the prize money unanimously. Murphy also presented a $1,000 donation to Windham High School made through the generosity of Bob’s Discount Furniture. As part of Bob’s Discount Furniture’s six-month campaign and in honor of the furniture store’s “New Hampshire Days” celebration, each of the four Bob’s Furniture Stores in New Hampshire selected two area high schools to receive a $1,000 donation. Windham High School was selected by the Bob’s store in Salem, along with Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Murphy said that the $1,000 gift from Bob’s Discount Furniture was “not earmarked for any particular purpose.” The donation from Bob’s Discount Furniture Stores was accepted by School Board members 5 to 0.


Mixed Opinions on Implementing New Town Fees


by Barbara O’Brien


After months of considering and reconsidering proposed fees for Windham’s Community Development Department, the selectmen’s final decision on implementing them was split. Despite Community


Development Director Laura Scott’s repeated explanation that “the only difference is that the fees are being collected up front,” rather than having to chase down developers for money after the fact, the vote to implement the changes was 3 to 2. Voting in favor of the implementation of the proposal was Vice Chairman Bruce Breton, Roger Hohenberger, and Ross McLeod. Voting against the proposal were Chairman Charles McMahon and Galen Stearns.


By implementing the new process, “escrows are paid up front, so there is no need to track down an applicant,” Scott said. “It cleans up the process administratively; makes everything up front and transparent,” she said. “This method makes sure the town is protected [financially].” Scott said that applicants would wind up paying only the actual costs of performing tests and reviews; any money left in the escrow account when the project is completed will be returned to the applicant. The amount to be placed in an escrow account is based on historical bills received for engineering, legal, and soil reviews during the past year and a half.


Resident Tom Case said he feels Pelham Elementary School teachers


these tasks should be done by the developer prior to presenting a proposal to the planning board, not arranged by planning department employees. Case said he thinks the new process is “too vague” as to what the escrow money can be used for or when it will be returned to an applicant. “It used to be done this way,” Case said.


Scott said that most applicants get their excess escrow money back as soon as all issues are settled. Others have minor errors, ones that have to be corrected before any remaining money is returned to the applicant. Selectman Hohenberger said that in the past eight years or so, the planning department has had outside engineering firms review proposed plans to assure everything is being done in the best interests of the town. Selectman Stearns wanted


to know why there are so many mistakes being made by developers, errors that need to be caught by an outside engineering firm or legal advisor. “We need to correct whatever is wrong with the process,” Stearns said. Selectman McLeod said he


doesn’t want town officials to have to rely “on the good faith efforts of developers” and likes the extra assurance of having proposals reviewed by an independent source. “This protects the town,” McLeod said. The following is a list of the newly adopted Community


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