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Pelham - Windham News May 20, 2011 - 17

Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

Comments expressed in this column are the sole views of those callers and do not reflect the views of the Pelham~Windham News or its advertisers. Town and school officials encourage readers to seek out assistance directly to resolve any problems or issues. The Pelham~Windham News editorial staff holds the right to refuse any comment deemed inappropriate.

“Thumbs up to Gov. Lynch for vetoing the so- called ‘right to work’ bill that passed the Senate and House. It really should be called ‘right to work for less’ because that’s the net effect. So much for good middle-class jobs! No businesses stood up and supported this bill. The majority of our state reps and senators voted for it anyway. So who is being served here, I have to wonder? Now that the Governor has said no, the Republican house speaker has cracked his whip to keep his team in line. We’ll see who really supports jobs and families - it’ll be those who sustain the veto and say no to an override.”

“Thumbs up to the Pelham High School

coaches for benching their players that went on vacation and were not committed to their team!”

“Thumbs up to the two Pelham Memorial students who sang the National Anthem together at Pelham Little League’s Opening Day ceremony. That was so beautifully done and inspiring on so many levels. Thank you Pelham Little League, that was truly a treat!”

“Thumbs down. I never write in but this one particular ‘thumbs down’ made me so angry, I couldn’t help myself! To the so-called ‘Mother’ who was upset that pictures were scheduled for Flag FB on Mother’s Day...Are you kidding me? The second you become a parent - but more importantly, a MOTHER, your wants & desires are automatically on the back burner! Do you know how lucky you are to have a healthy child who can play sports?? Why don’t you take a ride to Children’s Hospital in Boston and ask the moms of terminally ill children how they liked spending their Mother’s Day in ICU? You are a disgrace to mothers everywhere! Having a healthy thriving child(ren) should be Mother’s Day.....everyday.”

“Thumbs up to the NH House of Reps for repealing the Democrat’s gambling winnings tax. This is a huge positive for Salem!”

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Metropolis now offers a unique option for parents and struggling students: affordable, one-on-one tutoring by qualified teachers in your home. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, the nation’s fastest growing in-home tutoring company, has opened a branch in Greater Salem. Club Z! provides high-quality, individualized tutoring to students in the security of their homes, at times convenient to parents.

According to Lewis Malburne, owner to the new Greater Salem Club Z!, “Tutoring is performed in the student’s home in order to provide a comfortable and non-competitive environment for learning. In-home tutoring eliminates the pressure and embarrassment of the classroom setting and allows each student to focus on the lesson at hand.” “Club Z! reaches students more quickly and effectively,” according to Mr. Malburne, “because tutors give students the individual attention they need, making each child more comfortable, eager, and confident about learning.” Parents also benefit from the convenience of in-home tutoring, according to Mr. Malburne. Club Z! tutors have flexible schedules and can accommodate working parents. Most tutoring is performed after normal business hours and on weekends. Furthermore, parents are not pressed for time by having to provide transportation for their child to and from a learning center. The Greater Salem Club Z! is locally owned and operated, as are all 300-plus Club Z! franchises throughout the United States. Each franchise employs local teachers and degreed professionals to perform the tutoring services. Club Z! tutors are either state-certified public or private school teachers, or degreed professionals with expertise in the area they are tutoring. Club Z! matches tutors with students based on their individual academic needs and personality. Tutors’ teaching styles are highly individualized and tailored specifically to the student. With Club Z!, a student has the same tutor for the entire program, with lessons following the same curriculum the student is learning at school. Tutors do not introduce additional material or require outside work. Students work at their own pace, with most sessions lasting from one to two hours, depending on the age and need of the student.

Club Z! offers tutoring in all core subjects—reading, math, science, computers, language arts, and much more. Club Z! also provides tutoring in study skills, SAT, ACT, and other assessment test preparation, as well as specialized services for children with learning disabilities. Club Z! does not require long-term contracts. Parents can end tutoring at any time. Find out more about the Greater Salem Club Z! by

calling 685-3334 or by visiting the Club Z! Website at

“Thumbs down to the Pelham Fire Department.

I was recently traveling down Route 38 and was nearly hit at Old Gage Hill Road by the reckless driver operating the station’s ambulance. This same type of incident also occurred on April 1st when there were icy conditions and extra caution was required. A word to the wise: Town authority and emergency response units are supposed to be used to save lives, not end them!”

“Thumbs down to the school board member

who had her dog at Muldoon Park on the baseball field even though it is posted ‘no dogs allowed.’ And she is giving advice to who?? … about what??”

”Thumbs up, way up, to my neighbor who found my pocketbook in the middle of Marsh Road and returned it so me. I want to thank her for being such a wonderful and honest person. St. Anthony picked the right person to find my purse and return it. Thank you again.”

“Thumbs up to the library staff at GMS!! It’s

never ending what the children are learning about books and their topics!”

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“Thumbs down. It is reported that we need 2 new fire trucks for the proposed new station. The fire department probably wants 2 brinks trucks loaded with money. Look, work with what you have or find a job in Beverly Hills.”

“Thumbs up to the New Hampshire House of Reps. for seeking to eliminate ‘double dippers.’ The practice of public workers who have retired and are collecting a pension but still work a part- time job must stop!

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“Thumbs down to the Pelham School Board, especially their ‘Communication Committee.’ We’ve been hearing for months how the School Board is going to better communication with the residents but parents never heard a word of explanation as to what happened at PMS and the incident of selling/processing marijuana within the school. Did you think it would be kept a secret? Instead of providing us with facts, you now have 400+ students providing us with their own versions, true or not. This is a disgrace and just one more reason we have not to trust you.”

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“Thumbs down to the people in the car with the license plate -RISS-. I almost

called the police when I saw you throw a can out your window in an attempt to hit a child on a bike. You’re lucky he wasn’t injured. Please grow up and realize that was a really dumb thing to do.”

“Thumbs down, WAY down to Governor John

Lynch for his veto of Right-to-Work. The fact that Gov. Lynch accepted over $112,000 in Union campaign contributions shows that his veto was bought and that he is corrupt.”

“Thumbs down to the idiot driver behind me

Monday morning ... even though I was pulling into the PES ... with a fire truck coming with lights flashing I pulled over instead of pulling into the PES, for the reason that if the Fire truck was going to the school I would have blocked the way ... and what did you do ... you almost reared me instead of pulling over and then had the nerve to yell at me ... lets hope it wasn’t anyone you knew they were going to help ... BTW... when you see flashing lights ... the rule is PULL OVER...”

“Thumbs up to House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt and his Republican colleagues in the NH House for eliminating the Gambling Tax. It’s about time our leaders started fighting for Rockingham Park.”

“Thumbs up to Rep. DJ Bettencourt for his sponsorship of legislation honoring the brave men and women who killed Osama Bin Laden. His bill earned a very rare unanimous vote of the entire House of Representatives.”

“Thumbs down to Sen. Chuck Morse for

wanting to privatize New Hampshire’s prisons. Privatization is WRONG and opens the state up to lots of liability. How can a ‘for profit’ company do it cheaper than the State, which is not looking to make a profit?”

“Thumbs up to the sweetest guy ever for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I don’t know what I’d do without you. You’re the best!”

Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Pelham~Windham News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at When submitting a Tumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Pelham~Windham News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Offers Tips to Cross-Border Travelers

submitted by U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists throughout Vermont and New Hampshire are providing guidance to assist cross-border travelers who intend to travel between the U.S. and Canada. The tips are designed to ease the crossing process for travelers as CBP officers and agriculture specialists maintain their principal anti-terror mission. Please know that CBP officers and agriculture specialists in the St. Albans area of operations are here to assist you with your cross-border travels. These officers are a part of America’s first line of defense and you can have peace of mind knowing these men and women are serving to protect our northern border 24/7. CBP officers and agriculture specialists will treat each person who enters through a port of entry equally throughout each step of the inspection process. Be cognizant that while each officer is upholding the law and fulfilling their daily duties in protecting America, each traveler also serves a very important role in the process. In an effort to provide the best possible service to the traveling public, CBP officials are proactively reminding members of the traveling public that there are a number of steps they can employ to cross the border as quickly and safely as possible while avoiding violations of U.S. law. To assist travelers in their role and expedite travelers at the border, CBP has provided some basic border travel tips. For more information, please visit the “Know Before You Go” Website at vacation/kbyg. Tip 1 – Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before

arriving at the inspection booth. Have crossing documents available for the inspection, including a WHTI-approved document for U.S. citizens. For more information, visit the “Get You Home” Website (http://www. Tip 2 – Vehicle occupants should not use cell phones while approaching the port or during the inspection process. Cell phone usage slows down the inspection process and causes delays for everyone in line. Tip 3 – Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms. In addition to federal laws,

travelers entering the U.S. at ports of entry are also subject to all state alcohol/tobacco/firearm laws. Often times, state laws can be more restrictive than federal laws. If transporting any of these items, please check with local law enforcement to see if any restrictions apply. Tip 4 – Travelers should build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic. Tip 5 - Alternate Routes. During periods of heavy travel, border crossers may wish to consider alternative entry routes. For example, they may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled Beecher Falls instead of the Derby Line port. For more information on border crossing times, which are updated hourly, visit the CBP “Border Wait Times” Website ( Tip 6 – Currency. There is no limit on total amount of monetary instruments that may be brought in or taken out of the U.S. However, if you are transporting more than $10,000, you must file a Report of International Transportation of International Currency or Monetary Instruments (FinCen 105 – this form is available at the port of entry). Failure to properly declare or report the importation or exportation of currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 could result in seizure.


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Tip 7 – Food items. Prepared foods for personal consumption or for family/friend gatherings is allowed. If bringing food items for resale or for commercial use, go to or contact your local CBP office for more information. However, if you plan to cross the border with fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables and you are not sure if they are allowed into the United States, check with your local CBP office before arrival. Tip 8 – Goods and gifts. When crossing the border, all travelers and

vehicles are subject to search. Keep this in mind when transporting gifts for special occasions. Remember to “declare everything purchased or acquired outside of the United States.” If duty is applicable, credit cards or cash payment in U.S. currency is acceptable. Tip 9 – Medicine/Narcotics. Travelers must declare medications at the border. All valid non-expired prescription medications should be in the original prescription containers with all pertinent information listed on the outside. Narcotics and dangerous drugs are prohibited entry. There are severe civil and/or criminal penalties if imported. Tip 10 – Pets. Cats and dogs must be free of disease and illness when entering the U.S. In addition, dog owners must be able to show proof of rabies vaccination. If crossing with a puppy, certain paperwork will need to be completed at the border for the “new addition to the family.” The border travel tips will be of assistance in averting any potential

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