Pelham - Windham News January 14, 2011 - 13
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&#x201C;Thumbs up to Brian Carton for announcing his candidacy for Pelham School Board. Brian served on the High School Facilities Committee. Brian will bring sound ideas with a strong support for better education in the Pelham School District. With Brian&#x2019;s experience I know the School Board will be able to move forward solving the many challenges ahead. Thank you Brian for making education first and foremost in Pelham. To the 58.6 percent of voters who supported the new high school, let&#x2019;s work together to elect Brian Carton to the Pelham School Board. The work begins anew!&#x201D;
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&#x201C;Thumbs up to the red necks that tie their loudly barking dogs in the front yard. Thanks for waking us up early on weekends and keeping us up late on weekdays, and yes, our visitors are very impressed with your dogs going nuts.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down, way down to Windham Center
School for allowing our children to be forced to stand against a fence for an entire recess because they weren&#x2019;t in complete snow clothes, although there was no snow on the pavement. Ma&#x2019;am, you are a mean-spirited bully. You told the children that you don&#x2019;t care if they are cold or bored. Anti- bullying doesn&#x2019;t just apply to children. You are a clear example of that. Rest assured, you are easily replaced in this economy. Parents, our children deserve better!&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to all the smokers of New Hampshire. This is the year 2011 and you people still don&#x2019;t realize that you&#x2019;re not only hurting yourselves, but hurting others at public places.
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&#x201C;Thumbs down to the two Pelham Firefighters that committed fraud and lied about your EMT certification, you should be ashamed of yourselves. We pay our taxes and you guys let us down. If I get sick I&#x2019;m not calling you in fear I will get one of the fraudulent EMTs what a disgrace.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to Tony DiFruscia. Your continual negative letters to the editor about the Reps who replaced you will not help you regain the credibility you lost by your juvenile negative campaigning in the last election.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to Anthony DiFruscia for believing that &#x2018;separation of church and state&#x2019; is in the Constitution. It is not. It&#x2019;s understandable for the average citizen to be confused, but it&#x2019;s inexcusable for a lawyer to suggest that language is in the Constitution. The phrase was in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, in 1802.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to whoever keeps the
negative comments flowing towards the WHS Flute Ensemble. I personally find it sad and pitiful that people spend their time degrading the hard work of a bunch of 15-16 year - old
girls. Who does that? And it is sad that you are making accusations off of no true information. Information was given to every flute student in the band via email, and so it is extremely false to say that people were excluded. And, to the comment that there are students not in the band that play flute, how is the person who started the ensemble supposed to know that there are players out there not in the band? We are all human, so it is unfair to call out all of these &#x2018;so &#x2013; called&#x2019; flaws of a small group of young, high - school aged students. It makes students like the ones who started this ensemble want to stop trying to work hard for the sake of bringing nice music to the community. Please leave these poor students alone.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to people who think they are better than the other people that live in the building. Why don&#x2019;t you follow the rules like everyone else ... and close your window, and lower the noise level.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to the rude person that lives in the building ... there are other people that live here, too. We don&#x2019;t need to listen to you carry on the way you do. Nor listen to your music or loud TV. Yeah it is great you have money to spend on a surround system, but we don&#x2019;t need to listen to it! Thanks for being the best neighbor ever, not!&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to the person posting &#x2018;thumbs
down&#x2019; to the Pelham Baseball Program. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to ruin a wonderful program dedicated to children because you have a vendetta. Get a life!&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs up and please vote in Pelham&#x2019;s proposal for a $3.7 million, much needed, fire station for all of Pelham&#x2019;s residents. This will benefit all of Pelham&#x2019;s residents forever unlike building a kindergarten school that will only service a specific need for a specific amount of time which all Pelham residents will have to pay
Synchronized Skating Teams Take Silver at Cape Cod Synchronized Classic
submitted by Carola Mandeville, Head Coach, Synchro Stars The Synchro Stars Synchronized Skating teams took home
silver medals in their divisions at the 16th Annual Cape Cod Synchronized Classic held in Bourne, MA. This is the first year for the Synchro Stars, who skate out of the Cyclones Arena in Hudson and represent the Gate City Figure Skating Club. The Cape Cod
Classic is the first major competition in the Synchro East Challenge Series. The Beginner 1 team skated to a vacation theme and Beginner 3 team skated to a Pretty Woman theme, earning both teams a silver medal in their divisions. The next competition for the teams will be January 9 and 10 at the Colonial Synchronized Classic at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA.
and support forever. The triplets are once again pursuing their wants only, not the whole towns&#x2019; necessity. Up with the fire station, down with kindergarten!&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs up to utilizing the empty school lots for student parking. Students are parking anywhere and everywhere, legit or not. If you are so concerned (&#x2018;it&#x2019;s about the &#x2018;kids&#x2019;) utilize the crossing guard that is already there and utilize the empty lot, safe for school kids and lawful parking. Or tell me, do Moe Larry and Curly have a much better and more logical idea? I doubt it. Happy New Year!&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to soon to be losing one of the only two school board members who have always worked for the Pelham townspeople and the town&#x2019;s needs. I am also sorry for Ms. Dube but I do understand Miss Mahoney&#x2019;s decision. So instead of triplets we will now have quadruplets, four times the trouble. But have no fear, because it will always come down to &#x2018;power to the people.&#x2019;&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs up to Bryce Santos for representing NH in the Under-Armor Invitational game in Florida, going 4 for 5 with extra points, two great punts, and great representation of the Razorbacks Football League here in Pelham/Windham, that&#x2019;s a great big &#x2018;thumbs up&#x2019; from his friend Larry.&#x201D;
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Python Swimmers&#x2019; Hard Work Pays Off
submitted by John Duffy, Coach, Pelham High School Swimming Team There was another strong showing from the Python swimmers at
the Windham meet on Sunday, January 9, where four teams were represented in a dual-meet format: Pelham, Windham, Souhegan, and Merrimack. Leading off the women&#x2019;s events were Lauren Tocco, Katherine McArthur, Madeline Avina, and Ashley LaBonte in the 200 medley relay, knocking off a half-second with a time of 2:47.13. The ladies continued with a host of personal best times: Lauren Melchionda and Ashley LaBonte swam personal bests in the 50-yard freestyle, with both taking a half-second off their personal bests.
Emily Lamport took two-tenths off her 50 free personal best, and Madeline Avina took two and a half seconds off her personal best in the 50 free with a time of 40.75. In the 100 free, Lauren Melchionda swam her personal best with a time of 1:16.30, taking two seconds off her time. Katherine McArthur took three seconds off her 100 freestyle with a time of 1:17.67. Ashley LaBonte swam a personal best in the 100 free with a time of 1:19.45, taking two seconds off her time. The ladies had a very strong showing in the 200 freestyle relay.
Te Beginner 3 team is made up of Kiara Chase (Hudson), Dari de la Rosa, Emily Fleming, Olivia Gomez, Jessica Hanifan (Pelham), Jackie Knight (Windham), Caroline Mandeville (Hudson), and Emilyann Nault (Salem)
Te Beginner 1 team is made up of Lexy Clark, Arianna Concepcion,
Isabelle Gates, Amanda Gedrich, Hannah Goldthwait, Katya Johnson, Lydia Lewis, Ashley Raiff, Danielle Zajchowski (Pelham),and Shanni Zhou (Windham). Missing: Kaylee Ouellette (Hudson)
Pelham Brothers Score &#x2018;Hat Trick&#x2019; of Trophies
submitted by Karen Young Jonathan, Benjamin, and James Young of Pelham scored a hat
trick of Championship Trophies. These three brothers participated in the Groton Tourney in the Woods along with their hockey teams. Jonathan, a Squirt 1 with the Hollis Cavaliers, went undefeated in all of his games, scoring five goals in one game alone. His team beat out PAT (Pepperell, Ashby, Townsend, MA) in a 6-0 shutout championship game.
Benjamin, a Squirt 2 with the Cavaliers, lost only to Groton, MA, and faced them again in the championship game. In a nail-biter, neck-and-neck game, Benjamin scored the first and the tie-breaking goal with only four minutes left in the game, leading his team to a 4-3 win. James, a Pee Wee 1 with the Cavaliers, also went undefeated in all of his games, facing Woonsocket in his championship game. James played tough defense against Woonsocket, the game was scoreless through three periods, scoreless through a five-minute overtime, and came down to a shootout, with each team getting five shots. The Cavaliers were able to score twice; Woonsockett was shut out. Three trophies, three entirely different games, and one happy family! Congratulations, Young Brothers!
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The combined efforts of Sarah Chapman, Katherine McArthur, Ashley LaBonte, and Lauren Melchionda took three and a half seconds off their previous meet with a new time of 2:23.72. Emily Lamport swam her personal best in the 100-yard backstroke with a new time of 1:51.70, and Captain Lauren Tocco swam a personal best in the 100 backstroke with a new time of 1:27.82. The Python men&#x2019;s swimmers also turned in a host of personal best
times. Brandon Hannon came in second place in the 50-yard freestyle,
swimming a new personal best time of 27.42. Tommy Lynch swam his personal best in the 50-yard freestyle, capturing fifth place for the meet with a time of 27.96 and taking three seconds off his personal best.
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