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Pelham - Windham News 8 - April 15, 2011


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• Norman Demers, 29 Arlene Drive, 8/9-69-22, Change large bathroom into two bathrooms.


• John Ignatowicz, 960 Mammoth Road, 7/4-18, 16 × 16 deck off rear of house.


• John & Tricia Finnegan, 40 Lannan Drive, 24/12-42-2, 8 × 10 shed. • James W. Petersen Built Homes, 9 Campbell Road, 30/11-166, foundation.


• Christopher & Susan Cregg, 19 Westfall Road North, 33/1-47-25, Add second level to become a game room with wet bar. New set of stairs from first-level breezeway to second-level game room. Make bedroom in home a full bath, which will also extend hallway to new third bedroom over breezeway. 10 × 10 deck.


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Windham Robotics Team Moves On to National Competition


by Barbara O’Brien In its very first year of competition, the FIRST robotics team from


Windham High School won the Rookie All-Star Award at the recent Granite State Regional, earning them the privilege of moving on to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MI, later this month. This is only Windham High School’s second year of operation. It opened its doors to students (freshmen and sophomores) in September 2009. The Granite State Regional was held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester in the middle of March. The Windham Windup Team (#3467), as it is dubbed, is mentored by Windham High School Engineering Teacher Scott Kukshtel. The students banded together as a rookie team at the beginning of the current school year and began the process of learning as much as possible about engineering and building robots. Since that time, the team has partnered with local professionals, making connections in the community that, without FIRST, they wouldn’t have known existed. Many other FIRST Robotics Competition teams reached out to them along the way, offering help where needed and demonstrating the gracious professionalism that has become the organization’s mantra. Their hope is that the individual talents of the team will come together to pave the way for future Windham FIRST teams. FIRST was founded in 1989 by local entrepreneur Dean Kamen and headquartered in Manchester. From the beginning of actual competition in 1992, with only 28 teams competing in a New Hampshire high school gym, the annual convention now includes close to 250,000 young people ages 14 to 18. The annual FIRST National Championship is now held in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MI, with thousands of students traveling from across the country to compete. Nationally, more than 90,000 volunteers help to make FIRST happen on a yearly basis. It is also supported by a network of more than 3,500 corporations, educational, and professional institutions, as well as countless individuals.


More than $14 million is offered in college scholarships. A total of 134 scholarship providers contribute to the fund, with 888 different scholarships being made available to participants. During the 2010-2011 school year, it is estimated that nearly a quarter of a million students have participated in the overall program, encompassing a total of 22,475 teams for a total creation of 20,675 robots. At the upcoming national competition, it is anticipated that 51,875 students divided into 2,075 teams will participate in the three-day event, which will be held from April 27-30. Students participating are in grades 9 through 12.


Robots are built during a six-week period prior to the national competition, from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST. Each robot can weigh up to 120 pounds, excluding batteries and bumpers. Team goals for FIRST competitors include:


♦ To teach engineering, science, and technology through partnerships with mentors who have backgrounds in these fields.


♦ To inspire students and team members to seek careers in engineering, science, and technology.


♦ To build a successful, technically challenging, competitive robot through a combination of both student and mentor contributions.


♦ To become a year-round team and spread the word of FIRST through all of our activities. FIRST is billed as “the varsity sport for the mind,” It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real- world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. This year’s generous funding for Windham’s FIRST team came primarily from NASA, JC Penney, and BAE Systems. Team members said they are most grateful for the support of their sponsors. “It has permitted us to focus on building our team and gaining the skills and knowledge to be a competitive team right out of the gate!” Kukshtel exclaimed.


FIRST Robotics team members met with the Windham School Board on April 5, only three weeks before the national competition. Speaking of the recent Granite State competition, Windham High School Principal Tom Murphy compared it to the “Super Bowl,” with incredible teamwork and hundreds of fans cheering from the stands.


Although the Windham Windups are a small, young team, their goal is to inspire other students to value technology and engineering. “You have to get everything right, or the robot doesn’t work,” one team member told School Board members. Windham team members need to raise about $11,000 to make the trip to St. Louis at the end of April. They are currently selling energy-efficient LED light bulbs and are also seeking donations to help offset the cost of the trip. Anyone who is interested in helping can find out more information through the Windham School District Website or by calling the high school at 537-2400.


Windham’s Flo Wheeler Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


submitted by Louise Landry, Derry Salem Elks The Derry-Salem Elks presented Flo Wheeler of Windham with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of volunteerism. Flo had been an active member of the Elks Lodge for 15 years, as well as the Emblem Club (ladies auxiliary). Most Sundays, you will find Flo serving breakfast. Besides serving breakfast, she has served many Friday night dinners, works every year for Kidsfest, and you will always find her working at the Bingo and Texas Hold ’Em. She has volunteered for many other functions throughout her years of volunteerism. Flo is a good example of what a good Elk is and what Elkdom is all about. The Lodge is very proud to have such a member.


Dennis Boisvert, Trustee of the Derry-Salem Lodge, Flo Wheeler, and Rodney Cronin, Trustee of the Lodge, present Flo with her award


Windham Center School Holds Teacher Appreciation Week Activities


submitted by Rosemarie Kelly, Windham PTA In gratitude for all that our Windham teachers and staff do for our


children throughout the year, the Windham PTA sponsors a yearly “Teacher Appreciation Week” in all the Windham schools. This year’s theme at Center School was “Our Teachers Take the Cake!” Activities for teachers and staff held during the week included a raffle of 31 gift baskets, a Pasta Luncheon on Wednesday, and donuts and muffins on Friday. A collage of “cakes,” one for each teacher, was constructed along one of the hallways. The students decorated the cakes with paper “candles” containing personal messages to their teachers.


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