Pelham - Windham News January 14, 2011- 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Rep. Bates&#x2019; Motives
Rep. Bates attempts to title his weekly statement as a legislative update. Simply put, Rep. Bates misleads and twists the facts. Issue number one is concerned with permitting guns in the State House. Obviously, he would prefer to satisfy the so-called gun lobby rather than protect school children who visit daily. What occurred in Arizona concerning Congresswoman Giffords speaks volumes and should not be repeated in the New Hampshire legislature, especially where innocent children are taught democracy. The second part of the article deals with the state constitution concerning Article 31 and 32. These articles were intended in 1784 to be a method for the people to communicate with the state representatives. Under no circumstances was the intention of the article to give the General Court greater power than the Judiciary. Does Rep. Bates ignore the separation of powers as he has ignored the separation of church and state? In order for you to receive the full truth about
any issue in the state house, you may review those sessions by viewing them at www.gencourt.st
. Click on &#x201C;Streaming Media&#x201D; and choose &#x201C;House Sessions&#x201D; or &#x201C;House Committee Meetings.&#x201D;
Anthony R. DiFruscia - Windham
GOP Town Committee Meeting The Windham GOP Town Committee will meet
on Tuesday, January 18, at 7 p.m., at the Windham Senior Center. The guest speaker will be Shawn Jasper, NH House Deputy Majority Leader, who will speak on what&#x2019;s happening in Concord now that the Republicans are back in the majority for
the first time in four years. Mr. Jasper is in his ninth term in the NH House, and has been active in House Republican leadership for many years. He lives in Hudson and serves his community as a Selectman. Chairman Pam Skinner states, &#x201C;We are very pleased to bring a senior member of House Republican leadership to Windham, and are looking forward to hearing the party&#x2019;s plans to bring the state back to fiscal soundness in these trying economic times.&#x201D; This meeting is a public service open to all, no matter what party affiliation. NH residents who want to know how the Republican Party is responding to the current fiscal crisis are urged to attend this very informative session. However, after the program, there will be a
Town Committee meeting open to registered Windham Republicans only. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers for the coming term. If anyone has questions or wishes further information, they may call Pam Skinner at 893- 6825 or Margaret Crisler 595-7625.
Margaret McKee Crisler - Windham
Pelham Communication Committee Gets Underway
At long last, the Pelham School Board&#x2019;s (PSB) newly formed Communication Committee is taking shape. The committee is charged with exploring new
ways to reach out to our community served by the Pelham School District. In forming the committee, I believe the PSB understands the value of sustained communication with all of its stakeholders. Whether your interest in the Pelham School District is high or not so high, we&#x2019;re
looking to keep you informed of their activities quickly, easily, and proactively. While part of its charge is to review current
practices and to develop a communications plan for the Board&#x2019;s consideration, the committee is already making it easier for you to follow current events. A new Facebook page has been created to provide a gateway for new events, links, and other things of interest. Just sign in to your Facebook account and search for &#x201C;Pelham School District.&#x201D; Add the page to your &#x2018;Like&#x2019; list and you won&#x2019;t miss another PSB event again! Keep an eye out for further developments in the
coming weeks. Facebook is just the beginning and I, for one, am excited about the possibilities coming down the pike. And lastly, effective communications is
a two-way street. If you have any ideas, questions, suggestions, or even want to serve on the committee (there&#x2019;s one place open as of this writing), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Gellar - Pelham
Town Buildings to Undergo Energy Audit
by Barbara O&#x2019;Brien Windham selectmen had decided, previously, to apply for and accept federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), but when it came down to actually approving the expenditure for an energy audit, there was some disagreement among board members. The United States Congress passed ARRA in February 2009 as part of President Barack Obama&#x2019;s &#x201C;Stimulus Package.&#x201D; The amount of the ARRA grant awarded to
Windham for an energy audit totals $14,000. There are no matching funds required of the municipality, so there is no additional cost to local taxpayers. &#x201C;I don&#x2019;t understand the hesitation,&#x201D;
Sullivan said. The grant application also specified retrofitting some of the town&#x2019;s outdoor lighting; an issue handled separately by selectmen. Working with the local energy committee, town officials identified five town-owned buildings that could benefit from a professional energy audit, thereby, hopefully, saving taxpayers money on the rising cost of heat and electricity. &#x201C;The reason for this entire process is to cut energy costs,&#x201D; Town Administrator David Sullivan told selectmen. Of the 11 bids received by town officials, the
lowest was from McCormack in Dexter, ME, at a cost of $4,500. Unfortunately, however, the McCormack bid did not meet all the required specifications. The second lowest bid was from
GECS in Scarborough, ME, in the amount of $5,340. GECS was eliminated, however, as the company was not responsive to certain bid specification requests. That left the third lowest bid, from Arbogast Energy Auditing of Westbrook, ME, in an amount totaling $5,950. &#x201C;With this company, we&#x2019;ll be getting the specifications completely,&#x201D; Sullivan informed selectmen. Selectman Roger Hohenberger was having second thoughts about spending the money, however. &#x201C;When we first started with this, it sounded great,&#x201D; he said. &#x201C;But now it&#x2019;s growing into more than I expected.&#x201D; &#x201C;And I anticipate it will only grow more,&#x201D; he added. Hohenberger said he felt that the town&#x2019;s volunteer energy committee, along with certain town employees, could do the job on their own. &#x201C;We already have a department [maintenance] that can do this,&#x201D; he said.
Selectman Galen Stearns disagreed with Hohenberger&#x2019;s contention. &#x201C;The department we have is not an expert on energy auditing,&#x201D; Stearns said, adding that he feels any recommendations made by a professional firm would be beneficial to the town and &#x201C;a very worthwhile expense.&#x201D; Chairman Charles McMahon said he feels that
Regional Services and Education Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the honors and high honors recipients for it alternative high school programs. From the Summit School in Amherst is Angela Hite of Windham (Academic Merit); and from Regional Service and Education Center Academy in Amherst is Alexander DeLuca of Windham (Honors). The University of Massachusetts-Lowell women&#x2019;s novice four placed fifth in a field of 23 boats to lead a host of solid results at the 2010 Head of the Fish Regatta at the Saratoga (NY) Rowing Club. The novice four covered the 3.5K course in 17:23.39 seconds and placed behind Williams, who won the event in 16:38:55, the University of Montreal, Williams &#x2019;B&#x2019;, and Sacred Heart. (16:57.81). Leading the four was sophomore coxswain Mary Gelter of Windham. Sarah Cino, daughter of Paul and Robin Cino of Windham spent the fall semester studying abroad in Krakow, Poland through a program run by Saint Michael&#x2019;s College. Cino was a student a Jagiellonian University. She is a junior history major at Saint Michael&#x2019;s and a graduate of Salem High School. Austin preparatory School has announced the following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the academic year: From Pelham, Jessica Pappagianopoulos, Grade 12 (Distinction), Christopher Bundock, Grade 11 (Honors), and Jonathan Saurman, Grade 9 (Honors). From Windham: Ryan Letourneau, Grade 6 (Honors), and Stephanie McQuaid, Grade 9 (Honors). Dawn Ely of Pelham was inducted into Ithaca College&#x2019;s Oracle Honor Society in November. The ceremony honors students who have completed their first semester ranked in the top five percent of their academic schools. Ely is a Writing major in the college&#x2019;s School of Humanities and Sciences. The following Pelham residents have been named to the Honor Roll at Lawrence Academy: Andrew Cerretan (senior), Joshua Fyffe (sophomore), and Victoria Stabile (junior). Dr. Nicole L. Saad of Windham recently attended graduation ceremonies at Oxford University, England. Dr. Saad completed her degree in November 2008. The delay was due to Nicole wanting to attend graduation the graduation ceremony with several of her classmates at Oxford. Dr. Saad&#x2019;s Ph.D. is in Bio/Chem and she is presently in her second year teaching Chemistry at Tewksbury (MA) Memorial High School. While at Oxford she earned her &#x201C;Oxford Blues&#x201D; in golf and two blades while rowing for her college. Dr. Saad is a graduate of Salem High School. She attended the University of Hartford and is the daughter of Tom and Evie Saad. Bryan Toupin of Pelham has been named to the Dean&#x2019;s List at Concord Community College for the fall semester. The following residents have been named to the Dean&#x2019;s List for the fall semester at Keene State College: From Pelham: Amy A. Decarolis, Alexander Dutton, Rachael Martin Fournier, Kayla P. Gendreau, Chelsea Lyn I&#x2019;Anson, Caitlin M. Morgan, Chelsea E. Regan, and Michael A. Wallace. From Windham: Erin L. Gass, Jennifer E. Giusto, Abby K. Hajec, and Seth A. Kaiser.
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having the energy audit done by someone who knows what they&#x2019;re doing &#x201C;would incentivize us to do something about fixing energy issues.&#x201D; &#x201C;This is especially important with the cost of fuel, again,
increasing,&#x201D; he said. &#x201C;It will give us a tool that helps us know where to put taxpayer money in the future.&#x201D; Following further discussion, selectmen voted 3 to 1 to spend the grant money on the energy audit. Voting in favor were Selectmen McMahon, Stearns, and Bruce Breton. Only Hohenberger voted in opposition. Selectman Ross McLeod did not attend the December 27 meeting. In a separate vote, selectmen voted unanimously (4 to 0) to retrofit the lights in the parking lots outside the Windham Fire Department, Windham Police Department, and Nesmith Library, all located off of Fellows Road. This project will also be paid for through federal ARRA money. With the installation of new energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs, &#x201C;we will truly see immediate savings,&#x201D; Sullivan said. There were 10 bids received on the project,
ranging in price from $17,900 to $33,636. The lowest bid, however, did not meet specifications. Therefore, on a vote of 4 to 0, selectmen decided to award the project to Phillips Brothers of Pembroke in the amount of $20,800, which is the amount allowed through the ARRA grant. Phillips Brothers had originally bid $21,720, but agreed to reduce the cost to the amount provided through the federal grant.
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