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Volume 8 Number 11 October 1, 2010 14 Pages A Rock is a Rock … or is it?


by Robyn Hatch This past week, the second-grade classes at Golden Brook School in Windham enjoyed a fantastic Rocks and Minerals presentation from the NH Massabesic Audubon Center, co-sponsored by the Windham PTA and Golden Brook School. The program was a perfect supplement to their current classroom science unit. The presenters were very informative and did a very good job at teaching the information to the second graders at the right level. This hands-on presentation was highly interesting and fully engaged the children in the topic from beginning to end. This program allowed the children to see granite and its component minerals (feldspar, mica, and quartz). It helped teach them what the differences are between a rock and a mineral. The presenter also shared examples of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks with the class. The students got to see a rock that floats, view an assortment of fossils, write with rocks, and feel the texture of a variety of rocks from an extensive collection provided by the organization. This presentation was sponsored and paid for by the families that financially support the Windham PTA.


Mrs. Clemman’s second graders Boy Scouts Host Spaghetti Supper


by Doug Robinson For the 11th year, Boy Scout Troop 263 of Derry/Salem hosted their annual Spaghetti Supper at St. Matthew’s Church in Windham.


Complete with meatballs, salad, bread, coffee, and dessert,


every chair at each table was filled. And those who came hungry left the dinner quite full. The annual fundraiser offers the Scouts the opportunity to


purchase new tents, as well as other much-needed supplies for their troop. Each year, the event raises over $3,000 for the Boy Scouts. Boys 11-17 years old filled the hall serving, waiting on tables, clearing tables, cleaning up messes, and restocking the food line. Adults stayed in the background cooking, while the Scouts executed the needs of the night. Scouts who participated in the event earned hours that could be applied to their community service badge.


Left: Dan Rubery, John Spanos, and Alex Meier (right to left) serve up heaping portions to those who visited their food line


PMA Fun Fest Event Enjoyed by All


by Tom Tollefson The 15th annual Presentation of Mary Academy Fall Fun Fest was rockin’ outside the school with music, a bounce house, kids’ games, pumpkin decorating, food, a petting zoo, and face painting. The sunny, warm weather made last Saturday a perfect day in Hudson for a festival. “Today’s a gorgeous day. I have four kids and


they’re enjoying it very much,” Jamie Heitmiller said as he down at a picnic table soaking up the sun, while one of his children ate a slice of pizza. The annual autumn event has not always had


as many kid-oriented activities. “We changed it about four years ago from


a craft fair to a carnival-style fair. It seemed more fun for the kids,” said Chris Thompson, a member of the school’s parent group. Many of those in attendance have enjoyed the added kid-oriented activities. “There’s a lot of activities for the kids, and I think every year it’s bigger and better,” an anonymous person said. Mackenzie, 5, pointed out that she enjoyed


everything at the festival, but her absolute favorite activity was “painting cookies, then eating them.” Even some of the older children enjoyed the


day. “It brings back memories of all the good times we had,” former student Bryan Brown said about the nostalgia of the day. In addition to the outdoor activities, the


traditional penny sale continued in the cafeteria, where visitors could purchase 100 tickets for $1 and distribute tickets towards winning items of their choice. A total of 394 items were offered. The wide variety of items included houseware products and electronics. “My daughter loves it. She won last year and thinks she can do it again,” Tricia Trey said. Down the hall in PMA’s gym, you could find


the traditional craft fair and a themed basket from each class raffled off. “I like coming back every year because there’s people here who’ve bought from me in the past and come back every year,” said Linda Stearns, wife of Windham Selectman Galen Stearns, as she manned her craft table. Another vendor at the event was Joanne Tompkins, Zack Tompkins’ grandmother, who


Deanna Tardif puts a ticket in for the penny sale


Emily, 7; Ryan, 2; Zachary, 5; and John Ostrowski at the Fun Fest


was selling T-shirts and hats to fundraise for the football stadium built in Zach’s name. She was also publicizing for upcoming fundraisers for the Zach Tompkins Memorial Fund. The proceeds from PMA’s Fall Fun Fest


goes to educational field trips and enrichment programs, among other school-related expenses. Part of the proceeds from this event over the last three years helped cover the cost of PMA’s new playground.


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I-93 Widening Given Final Green Light to Proceed


submitted by Colin Manning Governor John Lynch and State Transportation Commissioner George Campbell announced on September 22 that the State of New Hampshire has received final approval from the Federal Highway Administration to continue with the rebuilding and widening of a 19.8-mile section of Interstate 93 between Salem and Manchester. “Interstate 93 is a critical piece of New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure, and we have already begun significant work in widening the highway to meet today’s demands. This decision clears the way for us to continue making progress on improving the road,” Governor Lynch said. “The widening of I-93 is a top priority of mine, and it is essential that we continue with the progress we have made in order to improve safety and expand opportunities for economic development and jobs.” The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Supplemental Record of Decision, which upholds a 2005 Record of Decision that concluded “the Four-Lane Alternative is the Environmentally Preferred Alternative since it best balances the need to provide safe and efficient transportation with social, economic, and natural environment concerns.” A lawsuit had questioned the widening of the highway to four lanes. “This decision allows us to continue the progress


that’s already been underway in addressing Red List Bridges and upgrading interchanges on Interstate 93,” said Commissioner Campbell. “This completes the environmental process and we are now moving forward to diligently address growing safety concerns and traffic demands for the thousands of motorists utilizing this vital corridor.” The project involves widening I-93 to a four- lane highway in each direction. It also includes improvements for five interchanges and local roads, and replaces 19 red list bridges within the project corridor.


by Barbara O’Brien


Town Will Continue to Plow Non- Accepted Roads Although the process will most likely change


for developers building roads in Windham in the future, for now, homeowners who live on roads that have not yet been accepted by the Town will continue to have those roads plowed during and after winter storms. Community Development Director Laura Scott said that, while researching the status of existing roads that were laid out during the sub-division process, she discovered that many of them had not yet been accepted as town-owned, but were being provided with winter maintenance nonetheless. This winter maintenance began as soon as the first house received a certificate of occupancy, Scott said.


Gina Franek and Mackenzie, 5, paint pumpkins Neha, 7, with a goat in the petting zoo


Scott has been playing catch-up on issues such as this since she took on the top departmental job last year. “The files are a mess,” Scott said of the conditions she found when taking on the new job. “Following the paper trail is difficult,” she explained. “It takes time to get up to speed, when you have to keep recreating the [past] process.” Referring to the still unaccepted roads, Scott said that some of the developers are now out of business, while other sub-divisions are still in the process of being built. The Town holds bonds on some of these roads, but, in some cases, the amount of the bond is no longer sufficient to cover the costs of completion. The Town would most likely have to expend taxpayers’ money to get the job done at this point. Highway Agent Jack McCartney said, “The


Town has been doing this for 20 years.” “These people [homeowners] are paying taxes and the Town needs to provide services to them,” he said. “We’re not talking private roads here,” McCartney explained. Private roads are not meant to ever become


town-owned roads. The unaccepted roads in question are those that have not yet been completed fully by the developer, yet there are people living in houses along these roads. Fire Chief Tom McPherson and Police Chief


Gerald Lewis also agreed that they needed to be able to get to these residences in the event of an emergency, whether the roadway has been accepted by the town or not. Chief McPherson, who is also chairman of


the Windham Highway Safety Committee, said his largest concern is “public safety and how we get to these people in an emergency during a snowstorm.” McPherson said he wasn’t comfortable counting on the developers to keep these roads clear during snowstorms. “I’m concerned that certain developers are not as reliable as the Town’s highway crew,” he said. Selectman Ross McLeod said that the Town’s


past practices have led to expectations of these homeowners to have their roads treated during and after snowstorms. “We can make changes going forward,” he said, “but we need to continue taking care of the existing circumstances.”


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