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Pelham~Windham News Volume 8 Number 21 December 10, 2010 16 Pages


Windham Plaza Holiday Stroll Starts the Season Off Right


This past Saturday, Windham Plaza, located on Cobbetts Pond Road in Windham, marked the official start of the holiday season with their 18th Annual Holiday Stroll. The dozen merchants of the plaza joined in the festivities by offering an array of complimentary treats and holiday specials. Most merchants offered patrons a chance at a free drawing to win prizes, like a Keurig coffeemaker from Howie Glynn’s Variety Store or a hair-care basket including a free cut from the Windham Barber and Beauty Shops. The plaza’s restaurants – Lobster Tail, Cobbett’s Pond Pizza, Li’s Asian Cuisine, and The Chatterbox – invited strollers in to sample their fine cuisine. Everyone enjoyed delicious cupcake treats at Shabby Chic, as well as food samplings from local companies at the Bella Vino Wine & Gourmet Shop. One merchant, Kim Spanos Realty, offered her hand-made


ornaments, and the Training Wheels Driving School offered tours and supplied information about their driving programs. The children were thrilled with the face painting at the Windham Learning Tree Academy, as well as the temporary hair dye at the Windham Barbershop! Infinite Fitness was able to have Santa send a few of his best elves to greet folks that day, and even Zach the giant lobster visited the Lobster Tail Restaurant. The parking lot was full of


holiday spirit, with decorations shining brightly and holiday music loud enough for all to hear. Families went from door to door to visit the merchants, who were all delighted to welcome them. The Glynn Family, who hosted this annual family event, treated patrons to popcorn, hot chocolate, and a photo with Santa for the kids, which gave them an opportunity to share their wish lists.


Santa Claus and the Murphy family in front of Howie Glynn’s Store Melise and Jamison Vance, David Torndike, and Kim and Mike Spanos Te Jusczak family with Emily Joaquim and Linda Lineham at Bella Vino WHS Presents The Crucible


by Robyn Hatch Windham High School recently presented The Crucible, which was written by Arthur Miller in 1952. Two dozen actors and 12 technical crew members were involved in the production. This story takes place in Salem, MA, and recounts the 1692 events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials—a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan Times.


In 1953, The Crucible ran on Broadway. Despite being a box office success and acclaimed by critics, it was considered second best to his prior play, Death of a Salesman. This again was written at the height of McCarthyism and when the fear of Communism in the United States was at its peak. Although the events of the play are based on the events that took place in Salem, MA in 1692, Miller was liberal in his fictionalization of those events. Many of the accusations of witchcraft in the play


Cast of characters on their last show


are driven by the affair between farmer, husband, and father John Proctor, and the minister’s teenage niece, Miller claims what he was doing was writing a fictional story about an important event—not an actual reportage of any kind. This story is an allegory for McCarthyism—the making of accusations of treason, disloyalty, and actual accusations without proper regard for evidence. This play has become a classic and has been adapted for film, television, and opera. Today, The Crucible is studied in schools not only because it is considered


a revolutionary work of the time, but also because of the strong relationship to testimony delivered to the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities in Congress during the 1950s. Miller had been questioned by the committee in 1956 and convicted by Congress for not identifying people who were present at meetings he had attended.


by Karen Plumley The annual Yuletide Celebration, hosted by


Yuletide Celebration Hits a High Note


the Pelham Firefighters Association, was held on Sunday, December 5, from 4-6 p.m. at the fire station. Filled with holiday cheer and festive music, the traditional celebration has been enjoyed by many Pelham residents over the years. According to Pelham FFA President Eric Fehmel, the first Yuletide gathering was held in the early 1980s and hasn’t missed a beat since.


Speaking of not missing a beat, the fire station played host to several talented musical guests, including the always-adorable and gorgeously attired Young Levites from the New England Pentecostal Church of Pelham. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed the children’s versions of many classic holiday tunes during the first hour of the celebration. Other concert players included singers from the Crossroads Baptist Church, who performed later in the evening. Refreshments included a delicious bake sale arranged by the Ladies’ Auxiliary, as well as freshly popped corn, coffee, hot chocolate, and warm apple cider. The Pelham Girl Scouts offered face painting to young guests.


At 6 p.m., the North Pole fire engine arrived with none other than Santa Claus, who makes a visit each year to the fire station, gathering


by Karen Plumley At a quieter than usual Holiday Fun Fair at Pelham Elementary School, business was simply booming at one hallway table. Third- grade students from Mrs. Robin Andrews’ class volunteered on Saturday, December 4, to sell their homemade Bow Wow dog biscuits to dog lovers and holiday shoppers. Their festively decorated display was set up in the perfect location nearby the elementary school’s library and could not be missed. Setting the price at $3 per dozen, the company earned a whopping $329 throughout the day for animals in need. Twenty “Bow Wow Biscuit Company” employees – decked out in red and green company T-shirts and hats – worked in shifts at the fair on Saturday. In preparation for the event, children in each department kept busy in their roles. The advertising department drafted creative posters. (In the future, this group hopes to develop a commercial to air on Pelham’s local television station, PTV.) Meanwhile, the public relations department met with newspaper reporters, answered e-mails, and wrote status articles for a classroom newsletter. While the baking prep department measured and mixed the all-natural, healthy ingredients such as wheat germ, vanilla, and oil, the order and accounting departments began tracking incoming orders and sales. In accounting, a small group of math-savvy children keep a ledger book of credits and debits to determine the company’s total profit over time. Although the children belong to specific


departments, they all work together to assemble and bake the product. The Bow


Young members of the children’s choir from New England Pentacostal Church of Pelham sing their hearts out to a gleeful audience at the Pelham Firefighters Association’s Yuletide Celebration on Saturday, December 5


his list of toys for all the good little girls and boys from Pelham and surrounding towns. “The Yuletide Celebration is a way for the firefighters to provide a place for the community to gather, and enjoy music and friendship during the holidays,” said Fehmel. Additionally, the department was collecting donations of new toys for the U.S. Marine


Corps Toys for Tots program. For those who missed the Yuletide event, but want to donate toys to children in need, the Toys for Tots donation box will remain at the Pelham Fire Department until December 20, at which time they will be picked up and delivered to struggling families. For more information, call the fire station at 635-2703.


Wow project has been a huge


undertaking for a small third-grade classroom, but the


Te Bow Wow Biscuit Company’s production team gets busy making their dog biscuit batches for the Holiday Fun Fair. Tird graders Nicolas Carroll and Zach Genikos (in background) package the doggie treats


kids have risen to the challenge and run their business proficiently and with great enthusiasm. Mrs. Andrews started the company in 2008, after attending a Christmas craft fair in Hudson in which a group of third graders were selling dog biscuits. During that year, a student with a passion for animals, Tara Holden, and her mom Melanie helped to get the business off the ground. “Today, the company


has evolved from students just using math skills in a real life experience,” described Mrs. Andrews. She explained that with all of the departments working together, the kids are learning how to apply the academic and social skills they are developing in the classroom, and that these abstract abilities can be successfully translated into a thriving business with consistent hard work and determination. According to third


graders Shannon Burke and Mckenna Williams, representing Bow Wow Biscuit Company as part of its publicity department, the classroom bakes several new batches of dog biscuits every month and plans to continue selling them at the Pet Adoption Days held monthly at Pelham’s First Congregational Church. “We give all the money we earn to ARNNE – the Animal Rescue Network of New England,” Shannon and Mckenna explained. “People can get order forms and order them [from friends of company employees] or come to our classroom and buy them. We will also have a business Website [up and running soon],” noted the girls.


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Tird-grade students from Mrs. Andrews’ class sell their homemade dog biscuits at Pelham Elementary’s Holiday Fun Fair on Saturday. Te Bow Wow Biscuit Company earned over $300 for ARNNE in six hours. Shown are Bobby Charette, Ben Plumley, Ryan Leuteritz, Cole Gervais, and Michael Terrazzano


staff photo by Robyn Hatch photo courtesy Robin Andrews


staff photos by Len Lathrop staff photo by Karen Plumley


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