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Pelham - Windham News 6 - April 8, 2011


Lock Your Doors – Burglaries on the Rise


submitted by Pelham Police Department On Friday, March 25, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Pelham police responded to a residence located in the area of Tenney Road and Nashua Road for a reported burglary that had occurred between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It is believed that the suspect(s) entered through an unlocked door in the basement. There were multiple items stolen from the house to include jewelry and change. Some of those items were later recovered on the side of the road in Windham. On Tuesday, April 5, at approximately at 5:41 p.m., members


of the Pelham Police Department responded to a residence located in the area of Marsh Road and Greeley Road for a reported burglary, which occurred at approximately 4 p.m. The suspect(s) entered through an unlocked front door and stole a large television and a laptop computer. A resident was home at the time of the burglary and is believed to have scared off the intruder(s). The resident did not see the intruder(s), as he believed that a family member had come home and did not go upstairs to see who was in the residence. Pelham Police asks residents to take the time to immediately report any suspicious activity. Do not hesitate to report unfamiliar vehicles or individuals in your neighborhood. In addition, it is believed that the suspect(s) may have been knocking on residents’ doors pretending to be lost or at the wrong address to do work they were hired for. The quicker you report this activity, the quicker we can confirm or dispel what their true intentions are. The Pelham Police Department is reminding citizens to keep


your doors locked at all times. Be a good neighbor and watch out for one another. If anyone has any tips regarding the above burglaries, please contact the Pelham Police Department’s Criminal Bureau at 635- 2411.


VFW Members Honored


submitted by Mark McCabe, Commander, VFW Post 10722 On March 26 at the Radisson in Nashua, the 2010-2011 Veterans


of Foreign Wars NH State Commander, Dave Oullette, and the NH State President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Donna Fischer, were honored at the traditional Testimonial Dinner. Dave Oullette of Pelham was recognized for his outstanding efforts and leadership during the past year, as he represented the NH VFW throughout the country at many functions and events. Dave, a past Commander of the John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 in Pelham, rose through the Chairs over the past five years and was elected NH Department Commander in May 2010 for a one-year term. His wife, Kate, sons, brothers, sister, and other family were in Nashua to toast Dave’s achievements, as well as members of Pelham’s VFW Post and its new Ladies Auxiliary. His slogan “Let’s Get ‘Er Done” speaks to Dave’s character and ideals of doing what is necessary to support all veterans. He has worked tirelessly for many years to promote the VFW’s many veterans’ programs, including this year’s special project “Honor Flight,” which takes WWII veterans to Washington, DC, for a day in order for them to see their World War II Memorial. These men are met at the airport with a Parade of Flags to see them off and again upon their return that night, many stand and pay tribute to them, cheering and thanking them for their sacrifices, which will never be forgotten. Donna Fischer comes from the Merrimack Post and worked side


by side with Dave throughout her term as the NH President of the Ladies Auxiliary, hosting the National President and the National Senior Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary, who both visited New Hampshire this year. Thanks to Donna’s efforts, the National President, Cortina Barnes, instituted the new Ladies Auxiliary in Pelham, Dave’s home Post, in October 2010. Then, the National Sr. VP, Gwen Rankin, made a point to visit this new Auxiliary during her January 2011 visit. Donna’s special project was MooreMart, which supports New Hampshire troops by providing necessary personal items on a quarterly basis by shipping individual packages overseas. Over 1,500 packages were sent overseas in March. Dave and Donna were praised for working as a team all year, as


Dave Oullette, VFW NH State Commander, proudly accepts his recognition with a salute


they represented the New Hampshire VFW proudly, and they also shared their Testimonial Dinner, showing that the NH VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary are unified in their support of our nation’s veterans. Both Dave and Donna thanked the men and women of the NH VFW and Ladies Auxiliary for all their assistance, effort, and time dedicated to supporting veterans and their families. Together, they continue to honor the dead by helping the living.


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Windham Eighth Graders Vie


for Top Prize at National School Scrabble Championship


submitted by Katie Schulz Student word wizards from all over the U.S. and Canada will vie for the $10,000 top prize at the annual National School SCRABBLE Championship (NSSC). The event will take place at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, FL, on April 15- 16. All contestants are fifth through eighth graders and play in teams of two. Defending champions are eighth graders


Bradley Robbins and Evan McCarthy from Windham. Other favored teams this year are from Texas, California, North Carolina, and Toronto. Many of these student competitors will go on to play – and often defeat – adults in rated


SCRABBLE tournaments and the annual National SCRABBLE Championship. Praised by parents and educators alike, the


School SCRABBLE Program is an innovative teaching tool that has helped teach over a million kids in over 20,000 schools nationwide spelling, vocabulary, math, dictionary use, and more. To learn more and watch a fun four-minute video about the National School SCRABBLE Championship, go to www.schoolscrabble.com. Play begins at 2 p.m., with three rounds on


Friday, April 15, and all day Saturday, April 16. Finals will be approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Awards Ceremony.


Fire Truck - continued from front page


heavier-duty pump (1,000 gallons). “It’s the best you can buy,” Zins commented. “It should hold up quite well.” The new truck will be 100% (2010) compliant for emission standards as well, he added.


In response to Hohenberger’s question as


to why a new fire truck costs so much, Zins explained that this vehicle “has to do everything. It has to carry everything. It has to go everywhere in town.” “It’s not an off-the-shelf truck,” Zins said. “We


have to rely on the pump, as there is no municipal water system in Windham.” “This truck will be ready to go when it’s backed


into the station,” McPherson said. As for when the new truck might arrive, McPherson said delivery is guaranteed within 240 days or the company will be responsible for paying a $100 per-day penalty. When asked what would be done with the old Engine #3, McPherson said that attempts to sell


the truck outright will be made, as the trade-in offers made were very low. Selectmen voted unanimously (5 to 0) to support the purchase from Bulldog Fire Apparatus. “It’s having assets like this, which are run by an extremely professional fire department that help make Windham the great community that it is,” Chairman Ross McLeod said. McPherson also expressed his gratitude to the selectmen for their decision regarding the purchase of a new fire engine. “Members of the truck committee and I are very pleased with the decisions of the board.” “I think the selectmen’s unanimous vote in support of the committee’s recommendation supported the long hours and tireless efforts put forth by committee members, ensuring that the citizens of Windham receive the best quality for the right price,” McPherson continued. “I am very pleased with their cooperation.”


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