Pelham - Windham News February 18, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Support for Stephanie Wimmer for School Board
A wise friend recently reminded me that one of the
keys to Windham’s greatness is that “we’re a town of super-volunteers.” That is, we’re blessed with many intelligent, energetic, communicative, and public- minded citizens who organize and run everything from town government on down to sports leagues and garden clubs. As a direct result, Windham is the envy of the region—competent self-government, low taxes, and a wonderful quality of life.
I am proud to support Stephanie Wimmer for School Board this year because she builds on this tradition. She is a healthcare economist and business professor, so she has the practical smarts to help manage the multimillion-dollar school system that touches so many parts of our lives. She also has the organizational and communication skills to execute on plans and balance competing interests. Stephanie has put those traits to great use in Windham as an effective and tireless super-volunteer who is a pure delight to know and work with. Put simply, I trust Stephanie Wimmer to make good decisions for my kids as students and for me as a taxpayer. I could not ask for anything more. It is people like Stephanie Wimmer who make
Windham an exceptional community. Please let us keep her working for us—this time on the School Board!
Travis Blais - Windham
Support for Michelle Farrell for School Board
We are writing in support of Michelle Farrell’s School Board candidacy. During this past year, we have had the opportunity to work with Michelle regarding a school policy that was under review by the School Board. We found Michelle to be very responsive and thoughtful regarding our concerns. She went out of her way to discuss our concerns with both the School Board members and school administrative staff. In addition, she followed up to be sure that our concerns were addressed appropriately.
Although our issue affected a minority of Windham residents, Michelle took the issue seriously and gave it her full attention. Michelle has shown she is an effective advocate for Windham citizens, and for this reason, we will give Michelle our full support in the coming
election. Thank you for your consideration. Dr. Jonathan and Jodi Coppeta - Windham
Margaret Crisler for Planning Board
Having served as the Selectman member of the Planning Board during my three terms (1997-2003 and 2005-2008) as Selectman, I now ask for your vote for a three-year, regular term as a member of the Windham Planning Board.
My husband and I have been Windham residents for
24 years. Like many residents, we moved here because Windham had a rural character with lovely homes on large lots, good schools, and was an easy commute to Boston. I first ran for Selectman in 1997 because a housing boom was threatening to put profits over residential property values. During the following years, many of us worked hard to manage growth that would curtail sprawl, encourage only quality homes to be built, and support commercial growth that helped our tax rate while not compromising residential values. I come again to ask for your support because we are at another crossroad. Windham is extremely attractive to large-scale commercial growth with our easy I-93 N/S access, and Route 111 E/W access. With justifiable concerns for our tax rate, we are capitalizing on our location by actively seeking business development. The question is will we manage this growth so that residential values are not compromised, or will we let growth happen, unchecked, with little concern for anything except profit? There is a very real danger that Route 111 could soon resemble – at best – Route 102 in Londonderry or possibly Route 28 in Salem. I am also an outspoken advocate for protecting our Lakes, streams, and wells. Cobbetts and Canobie are tremendous assets to our town, not just for their scenic beauty and recreational opportunities, but they also constitute a large percentage of our tax base. The same
is true of our smaller ponds. I join the Lake associations in their efforts to improve/maintain lake water quality, as well as work hard to protect our groundwater. A Planning Board veteran, I am well qualified to be a competent member—one that is deeply committed to Windham’s future. As your State Representative, I served on the Municipal and County Government Committee, which deals with Planning Board legislation. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with graduate work in Chemistry. My professional background is in Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs for FDA-regulated medical devices, work that requires thorough knowledge of reading and interpreting laws and regulations. Although the work is going to be hard, the hours late, I do ask for your vote and your support on March 8. Voting will be at the High School and I will be there on Election Day. As you go to vote, please stop by and say hello, and I will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit me on my Website, www.MargaretCrisler.com
Margaret McKee Crisler - Windham
Kathleen DiFruscia for Selectman
In response to the encouragement of many of my
fellow Windham residents, my family and friends and my concern for the future of the Town of Windham, I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Windham Board of Selectmen. While I have been actively involved over the years in many town issues, this is my first endeavor as a candidate for elected office. My husband, Anthony, and I moved to Windham in 1981, built our home on Cobbetts Pond, and raised our family. For more than 20 years, I’ve volunteered as the Legal Advisor to the Cobbetts Pond Improvement Association and Cobbetts Pond Village District, where I also served as a Village District Commissioner, served as one of he founding members of the Windham Economic Development Committee, am a member of the Windham Endowment for Community Advancement, serve on the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Lakes, and am the originator of Ice Fest on Cobbetts Pond. I was pleased to receive a citation from the NH House, the Senate, and the Governor for Outstanding Citizenship and Volunteer Work in the Town of Windham, and a citation from the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce in the Family Owned Business Category at the Annual Small Business Recognition Day. During my years in Windham, I have been an
advocate for Windham’s economic growth with a view towards encouraging business growth that enhances our tax base while protecting our natural, recreational and historical resources without compromising our residential property values. As your Selectman, I will support responsible business growth and development that serves the needs of the Townspeople. As your Selectman, I will prioritize current issues, most importantly municipal sewer and water, commercial development, and controlling our tax rate. Every decision I make as your Selectman will take into
consideration what the citizens of Windham want and need, that many of our citizens are on fixed incomes, and that many are struggling during these difficult economic times. My commitment will be to the citizens of Windham and not to any special interest group or individual that has a financial interest in our town’s development. I will work towards revising our Conflict of Interest Ordinance to ensure full disclosure by any town employee, town board member, town committee member, or other elected or appointed official of any financial interest in proposals for consideration before our Boards. I would sincerely appreciate your vote on March
8. It will be an honor and privilege to be of service to the citizens of Windham. You may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please also visit my Website, www.kathleensullivandifruscia.com
Kathleen Sullivan DiFruscia - Windham
Support the Windham School Facilities Master Plan
I am writing to ask my fellow citizens to support the
Windham School Facilities Master Plan recommended by our Windham School Board and Administration. Its success requires voters, particularly Windham parents, to show up at the polls on March 8 at Windham High School. The stakes have never been higher for education in Windham. Please get out and vote. As the vote is approaching, Windham’s high educational ideals are becoming increasingly apparent in an emerging groundswell of school advocacy efforts. Windham’s literate parents want optimal education for their children, not crowded classrooms. Here are some of the numerous inspirational volunteer efforts underway to help secure the best voting outcomes for education in Windham: • An ambitious network e-mail campaign asking citizens to inspire 20 others to vote on March 8. The central contact for this campaign is: email@example.com
• A Facebook event campaign reminding voters to put the March 8 date on their schedules. It provides links to School Voting information and the opportunity for interactive dialogue.
• An active citizens group with a terrific Website featuring School Building and voting information at www. WindhamLINK.com
. Additionally, our elected school representatives, non-political school support organizations, and school administrators are responsibly addressing the need for parents and voters to know the facts regarding the upcoming Kindergarten Addition (Article 2) vote and the proposed Windham School Facilities Master Plan (WSFMP) as a whole. Another opportunity for citizens to join the conversation and become informed: • Visit www.windhamsd.org
and click on School Facilities Master Plan. The Q&A section is extremely thorough in addressing all school building plans. All these individuals and organizations are working diligently towards a common goal—providing factual information to the voters of Windham. It is our collective hope that the good people of Windham will rise to the occasion, take the winding road up to Windham High School on March 8, and exercise the power to afford Windham’s children with the best possible education. Please get informed, and please vote for proactive school building solutions that make long-term sense. The future
starts with your vote. Donna Bramante InDelicato - Windham
Special Thanks from Cub Scout Pack 266
On Saturday, February 12, Cub Scout Pack 266 held our Blue and Gold Banquet and Webelos 2 graduation ceremony at Windham High School. There were some special people and companies that helped support us with this event (through personal time, discounts, and donations). We would like to publicly express our thanks and appreciation to them—without them, our event would have been very different: Harry Burnham, Cross Over Ceremony; Michael
and Kellie Fraser, Scout Recognition Arrows; Windham Endowment for Community Advancement, Charter Sponsoring Organization. Donations: Cava Muses, The Common Man, Hannaford, Klemm’s Bakery, Market Basket, McKinnon’s, Shaw’s, Soleil Salon and Spa, Wal-Mart, You’re Fired!, Families of Pack 266.
Blue and Gold Committee: Kathy Farren, Susan Hebert, Cheryl Hoag, Angie Lister, Kim Monterio, Alysia Redard, Sue Rochford, and Lisa Smith. We would like to thank Julie Cowan, Eric Howard,
David Riese, and Chris Shields for helping to guide the boys through their Cub Scout journey. We would also like to especially thank Kevin
Rochford for supporting, leading, and steering the boys as Cub Master of Pack 266 for the last two years. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey with his son on to Boy Scouts. We welcome Russ Redard as our new Cub Master.
We look forward to our upcoming adventures. Thank you all very much!
Cub Scout Pack 266 Leadership Committee - Windham
Endorsing Stephanie Wimmer for School Board
I am writing to endorse Stephanie Wimmer for the
Windham School Board. I have been Stephanie’s neighbor since she moved to
our town. In that time, I’ve known her to be involved extensively in not only her professional aspirations, but also those that well serve the community. I always know
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