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Pelham - Windham News April 8, 2011 - 13

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Dear Reader, Hopefully, you all enjoyed our April Fool’s joke last week with the printing of this page upside-down. If you would like your name to be printed with your ‘thumbs’ comment, please clearly indicate that to us and we will be happy to publish your name under your comment. Also, as is the practice of this paper, when we feel a topic has been carried long enough, we exercise the option to suspend that topic; therefore, any ‘thumbs’ relative to Pelham Little League will not be printed after this week.

“Thumbs down to ‘thumbs down’ writers. This should be ‘thumbs up’ only.

I wish more people

would write only ‘thumbs up,’ especially when they talk bad or really do not know what they are talking about. Baseball is all good, the dump is good, the school board and selectmen do the best with what they have. You can change all of these if you ask. When you post here you still have what bothers you.

saved us all.

I like the dump-people and the money they I will post here every week when I see

the men being harassed by people who obviously have never been there.

If you have a question just

ask. My daughter plays baseball and those folks are fantastic. Hoping to see more good stuff here. This is what happens with the votes, the minority yell louder. Fill these pages with Love.”

“Thumbs up to Randy Cook for all his years of great service to Pack 25 and to Den 3 who just crossed over to Boy Scouts. You have touched the lives of all these boys and have prepared them for their future in scouting. And congratulations to all the young men from Den 3 who crossed over to Boy Scouts, great job, we are all very proud of you!”

Pelham Fire Log

Monday, March 28: 9:32 a.m. Medical emergency, Old Lawrence Road. 4:09 pm. Brush fire, Tina Avenue. 5:16 p.m. Medical emergency, Nashua Road. Tuesday, March 29: 12:03 a.m. Medical emergency, Fletcher Drive. 10:56 a.m. Investigate odor of gas, Industrial Park Drive. 12:46 p.m. Medical emergency, Atwood Road. 7:52 p.m. Medical emergency, Jericho Road. Wednesday, March 30: 4:29 a.m. Medical emergency, Blue Jay Lane. 6:37 p.m. Medical emergency, Regis Drive. 7:45 p.m. Medical walk-in, Fire Station. Thursday, March 31: 1:40 a.m. Medical emergency, Terrace Circle. 9:08 a.m. Medical emergency, Brookview Drive. 10:14 a.m. Trouble alarm activation, Main Street. 1:17 p.m. Mutual aid to Windham. 3:14 p.m. Fire alarm activation, Industrial Park Drive. 3:36 p.m. Medical emergency, Main Street. Friday, April 1: 5:55 a.m. Trouble alarm activation, Mammoth Road. 6:01 a.m. Investigate tree limb on wires, Dutton Road. 6:16 a.m. Two-car motor vehicle accident, Bridge Street. 7:00 a.m. Storm coverage. 8:35 a.m. Investigate tree on wires, Debbie Drive and Luann Lane. 1:46 p.m. Medical emergency, Terrace Circle. 2:35 p.m. Medical emergency, Balcom Road. 5:12 p.m. Trouble alarm activation, Bridge Street. 7:05 p.m. Investigate blown transformer caused by tree limbs on wires, Garland Drive. 7:26 p.m. Medical emergency, Main Street. 8:56 p.m. Accidental medical alarm activation, Blackstone Circle. 11:19 p.m., Medical emergency, Lawrence Corner Road. Saturday, April 2: 3:33 p.m. Medical emergency, South Shore Drive. Sunday, April 3: 3:31 a.m. CO detector activation, Nashua Road. 12:19 p.m. Mutual aid to Windham for station coverage. 5:13 p.m. Illegal burning, Dutton Road.

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“Thumbs down to Dr. Bass and the administration at the Pelham High School. Last Fall, PHS’s name was submitted to the NBC Program, ‘School Pride’. This program is the same as Extreme Home Makeovers, except that NBC remakes Schools instead of people’s homes. It costs the cities or towns and the residents absolutely nothing! The name was accepted and the school district was asked to make a video of

the ‘deplorable conditions’ at the school! The students and teachers tried to make the video were stopped many times, even though it was being filmed after school hours! Well, this is now April and NBC is all done waiting for Pelham NH’s video. There are plenty of schools out there who would jump at the chance of having their school building totally renovated at no cost to the town, residents, or school district!!! Once again, we have wasted a wonderful opportunity! Even though the building would have been totally renovated in and out, I guess that it wouldn’t have been ‘brand new’ - right School Board??? Also, it wouldn’t have cost millions of dollars so that wouldn’t work either- right School Board???”

“Thumbs up to all of the Destination Imagination teams, who did a great job representing Pelham at the regional tournament! An especially big ‘thumbs up’ to our team managers - Chris, Suzanne, Mike, Melissa, and Collette, as well as our appraisers and volunteers! Good luck to The Banana Squad at state tournament!”

“Thumbs down to House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt for choosing politics over people by defending and leading his party into near- unanimous approval of the NH state budget. The House budget shows stunted imagination at best, and ruthlessness at worst. How I wish this so-called leader would actually experience what it’s like to hold a job, pay rent or a mortgage, and learn at little something about how his constituents live before throwing a wrecking ball through the lives of so many with partisan,

politically motivated policies. He could use a lesson in empathy and what it means to be a member of a community.”

“Thumbs up to the ‘thumbs’ being upside-down on April Fools Day! You sly dogs, that was great! :-)”

“Thumbs down to anyone that does not know you can ask for paper bags, or, as few plastic bags as possible when checking out at the local grocery stores. You can even bring in your own recycled plastic or paper bags for that matter.”

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“Thumbs up to lower taxes! This won’t happen

with Haverty or the town manager giving ‘OKs’ to use highway equipment by private people, I mean relatives. I saw the post last week with no names. One of you gave the go ahead. How abusive with our equipment and money. This is not how you keep the taxes down. How many more abuses are happening with our money.”

“Thumbs down to the Pelham Fire Dept. On 4/1, during the storm, we were going down Mammoth Road at a little below the speed limit. A Ford Explorer was tailgating us the whole way and turned onto Nashua Road when we did. As soon as we turned, the Explorer put on its red flashing lights so it could pass us. We thought maybe there was a fire, but when we got to the fire station the Explorer was just parked there. What’s the matter people going too slow for you during a storm so you use the emergency lights to pass people! Oh, I know, the donuts had just arrived!!!”

“Thumbs down to the person who continues to refer to anyone who is born or raised in Pelham as a hillbilly. We all know that originally all first settlers came from Massachusetts and moved to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont etc. Still, I find it funny that it took an 8th grade project that your daughter was doing for you to discover ‘this major revelation’ and even funnier that recent Massachusetts transplants consider anyplace north of Wilmington MA to be the ‘great white

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Sunday, March 27: 9:04 a.m. Motor vehicle stop, Range Road and Chapel Road, arrested Jordan M. Green, 30, Tewksbury, MA, Disobeying an Officer, Driving after Revocation or Suspension. 11:28 a.m. Illegal dumping, Lamson Road. 11:57 a.m. Suspicious vehicle, Jacob Road and Nathan Road. Monday, March 28: 6:50 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Indian Rock Road and Route 93. Tuesday, March 29: 9:15 a.m. Illegal dumping, Leeds Road. 1:00 p.m. Harassment, Lowell Road. 1:18 p.m. Wanted person, Fellows Road, arrested Jeffrey Martin Gray, 48, Windham, Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault, Forcible Rape, Kidnapping, Obstructing Report of Crime or Injury, Simple Assault, False Imprisonment, 3:55 p.m. Suspicious vehicle, Corliss Road. 4:46 p.m. Missing person, Indian Rock Road. 5:30 p.m. Harassment, Rockingham Road. Wednesday, March 30: 8:34 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Indian Rock Road. 11:30 a.m. Assault, Lowell Road. 2:11 p.m. Fraudulent activity, Seavey Road. 2:17 p.m. Lost property, Brookview Road. 2:27 p.m. Burglary, Lowell Road. 8:08 p.m. Attempted theft, Nashua Road. Thursday, March 31: 10:38 a.m. Illegal dumping, Wall Street. 8:24 p.m. Domestic Violence Petition violation. Friday, April 1: 7:50 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Salem Road and Rockingham Road. 7:54 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, North Lowell Road. 8:33 a.m. Traffic hazard, Rockingham Road. Saturday, April 2: 11:55 a.m. Traffic hazard, London Bridge Road. 2:45 p.m. Soliciting, Wilson Road. 4:50 p.m. Harassment, Governor Dismore Road. 5:10 p.m. Suspicious vehicle, Indian Rock Road and Wyman Road. 5:42 p.m. Traffic hazard, Londonderry Road and Country Club Road. 11:21 p.m. Missing person, Locust Road.



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north’ or something. I don’t’ agree with those who constantly vote ‘no’ on anything regarding the expansion or building of new schools to accommodate our town. But I’m also pretty certain that anyone who has grown up in Pelham or the towns in Southern NH don’t refer to themselves as hillbillies. The ‘vote no’ people in this town might be misinformed or financially strapped when it comes to updating our school needs but that doesn’t mean they all have stills in their backyards for moon shinning. Do a little more reading and you will find that Pelham was more or less a farming community?”

“Thumbs down to Lenny Lathrop and his paper

for allowing anonymous attacks on individuals and youth sports groups. I thought newspapers were supposed to serve their community. Instead, you allow yours to be used to perpetuate negative and hurtful attacks in the community. Look what you are turning an honorable profession into. You bring shame to all other newspapers and publishers.”

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