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The John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722


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Thanks the Pelham Community


Ringing in the Holiday Cheer: Handbell Choir Performs at Local Venues


by Karen Plumley Established in 1976 by


VFW and Ladies Auxiliary’s donated patriotic tree for Pelham’s Festival of Trees


submitted by Mark T. McCabe, Commander, VFW Post 10722 “It’s been a fantastic year


of growth and accomplished community involvement, which has brought the Pelham VFW and community to national prominence,” stated Cmdr. Mark McCabe. The VFW Post, located at 6 Main Street (the old Pelham Town Hall), has been supporting the community more than ever. They are an integral part of the Pelham community. The VFW continues its ongoing support of the Good Neighbor Fund Food Drive, the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contests, Teacher, Police, and Firefi ghter of the Year awards, and its participation in all veteran- related days, including Loyalty Day, Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, Pearl Harbor Day, and 9/11 remembrances. The VFW has provided a Color Guard for the Pelham High Graduation and Memorial School Winter Concert. The 62 members have opened the Post for use by other Pelham non-profi t organizations. Four Girl Scout troops, the Pelham Community Theater Group, the Pelham Garden Club, the Pelham Spirit Group, Claudia Coombs Choir, and our famous Royal Red Hats all use the facility for their meeting space at no set cost. “All we ask is that each group occasionally provide a donation and/or sponsor an event, with the proceeds going to the VFW to help cover the costs of building operation,” McCabe said. In June, the VFW holds an annual Pelham High School Graduates Dinner for those who have elected to serve in the military.


“It’s


important to recognize these young people, as they will be defending our country and our freedoms in the years to come,” said McCabe. Last June, there were fi ve young men and their families recognized for their decision to serve. Other community suppers were also throughout the year.


In 2011, they will be holding monthly theme


dinners, typically on the fi rst or second Fridays of each month. “For instance, January will be a ‘50s theme, with homemade stew and shepherd’s pie dinners. We’ll have ‘50s music and decorations. We’re encouraging people to dress in ‘50s clothing. The Ladies Auxiliary will provide and have a “soda shop” set up to provide orange and root- beer fl oats! Maybe a little karaoke, too! It’s going to be fun times!” stated Madeline Dreusicke, Senior Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary. “An Italian night is also in the works, with Italian music, candle-lit tables, and home-made spaghetti, meatballs, salad, etc. The cost of all dinners will include coffee/tea/soda and dessert. You won’t be able to beat this meal for the price,” she added. Throughout the summer,


the VFW held a Red Sox/ Yankees ticket raffl e that raised close to $2,000. Two Pelham residents, whose organizations were the recipients of the donations, included Denise Gionet, President of the New Hampshire Gold Star Mothers, who accepted their donation with grace to help establish one of six memorials that are being erected across the country. The New England area Memorial will be in Manchester. Dave Ouellette is the current Department of New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander. He accepted his share to benefi t the VFW State Commander’s Special Project “Honor Flight,” which takes World War II Veterans to Washington, DC for a day so they can see and spend time at their memorials. “Two of the Pelham VFW Post members have been selected to go to Washington, DC in the spring of 2011.” In October, the VFW Post added a Ladies Auxiliary— the fi rst ever in Pelham! The highlight was that our Ladies Auxiliary was instituted and the offi cers installed by Cortina Barnes—the National President Ladies Auxiliary continued to page 13- VFW


Pelham resident Frances Chadwick, the First Congregational Church English Handbell Choir held one of its many holiday performances on the evening of Tuesday, December 7, at the Pelham Public Library. Ringing in the holiday cheer, the choir could be heard throughout the library, playing the beautiful melodies of the season. A group of 30- 40 onlookers fi lled the library’s front foyer and listened with rapt interest as the choir’s director, Sharon Hone, briefl y talked about the group’s long history and answered such questions as, “Why do you where those funny little white gloves?” “To protect and preserve the


brass bells from the natural oils and acids in our hands,” Hone answered. She invited the audience to hum along with the music, but the audience was too awed to sing or even breathe. The choir began its set with “A Call to Celebration” and continued with the Polish lullaby, “Infant Holy.” Throughout the beautiful performance, the choir occasionally paused while Hone fi elded questions and talked more about how the group achieved its sound. “I am often asked if playing in the bell choir is like playing in a band. It really isn’t.


It’s more


like nine or 10 people playing a single piano,” she described. “It’s all about timing and cooperation.” Watching the choir more closely, audience members


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Th e First Congregational Church Handbell Choir, seen from the balcony above at their holiday performance on Tuesday evening, December 7, at the Pelham Public Library


noticed that the musicians’ lips were moving constantly. They were not actually singing the songs, however; they were counting out their notes, ringing only the ones to which they were assigned. The effect was marvelous—a single, beautifully arranged melody played by nine. Drawing the attention of library patrons upstairs as well, another large group of folks gathered to glimpse the bell choir from the balcony above. The library paid a stipend to


the choir for their performance on Tuesday, which the choir automatically donated to the


Pelham Good Neighbor Fund. In a phone interview, Hone explained, “None of our choir members ever get paid for what they do. Stipends are always given to the church and eventually donated to various charitable organizations. We will be performing at the Nesmith Library on December 14, and the stipend earned will be donated to the Windham organization, ‘Neighbors in Need,’” she said.


In the past, the handbell


choir has played at nursing homes and for weddings, and the ringers made an appearance this season at the


Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees in early December. According to Hone, they practice weekly starting on Labor Day, and sometimes perform in tandem with other musicians, notably organists, fl utists, violinists, and cellists. The Pelham Public Library, in an effort to offer free services and events in greater numbers and diversity, continues to strengthen its reputation as a premier gathering spot for the community. For a list of upcoming events, contact the library at 635-7581.


Windham Tree Lighting


by Robyn Hatch The Windham Recreation Department held their


Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with Santa arriving by fi re truck. Santa was escorted by the Salem High Marching Band. Santa went immediately to the Cable Studio for photos. There was a huge bonfi re to stay warm, crafts in the Town Hall, and refreshments all afternoon. A performance by the Windham Community Band followed with many carols sung by the Windham Middle School Chorus. The offi cial tree lighting was done after the photos with Santa, followed by a spaghetti supper taking place at the Presbyterian Church.


Mrs. Claus waves to the crowd


Santa gives a “high-fi ve” to the children


Daisy Troop 10080 ‘Fa La La La Laaaas’ at the Grace House of Windham


submitted by Daisy Troop 10080


On Saturday, December 11,


Daisy Troop 10080 went to the Grace House of Windham. They sang Christmas carols, delivered homemade gifts for the residents, and shared some holiday cheer. The fi rst-grade girls made lapel pins, door wreaths, hard-candy Christmas trees, and chocolate/pretzel treats at their troop meeting earlier in the week. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the time and thoughtful gifts brought by the girls during this special holiday season.


$850 donation to State Commander’s Project Honor Flight


courtesy photos staff photos by Robyn Hatch


staff photo by Karen Plumley


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