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Pelham - Windham News May 20, 2011 - 3

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Windham GOP Kicks Off Presidential Race

The Windham Republican Town Committee is pleased to kick off their 2012 GOP Presidential primary series by hosting Jon Huntsman to speak at the Nesmith (Windham) Library at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Mr. Huntsman is a very popular former

Governor of Utah, who resigned in his second term to become the U.S. Ambassador to China. During his tenure as Governor, Utah was named as the best managed state by the Pew Center and also one of the top three states to do business in. He was praised by the Libertarian Cato Institute for his tax cuts and simplification of the tax code, receiving their top score of all 50 Governors for his conservative tax policies. He was appointed Ambassador to China in 2009

and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has extensive experience in the region, serving previously as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and was U.S. Ambassador to Singapore for President H. W. Bush. Although not officially declared as a candidate, he has resigned as Ambassador, and is considered to be “testing the waters” in New Hampshire. This program is presented as a public service

and is open to all interested citizens. If anyone has questions or wishes further information, they may call Margaret Crisler at 595-7625.

Margaret Crisler - Windham

Friends’ Strawberry Festival Finds New Permanent Home Following threats of rain and tornadoes last June

5, the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) chose to move their annual Strawberry Festival to their rain site—Windham High School. This inaugural staging of the Festival has led the Friends to permanently move the Strawberry Festival from the grounds of the Nesmith Library to Windham High School. The Festival’s Book Fair will remain at the Nesmith Library to allow visitors to experience our Town’s Public Library. Over the years, the size and success of the

Festival and Book Fair led to it “outgrowing” the Library grounds. The choice of the High School affords the Festival more space for games and activities, refrigeration for food, shelter in the event of inclement weather, and a professional stage for entertainment. The Festival Committee has been working diligently with Festival Logistics Chair Joe Husson, School District Facilities Director Warren Billings, Police Department Leadership, Fire Department

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Leadership, and the staff at the High School to ensure a smooth and safe transition up to the High School. The team is working to ensure activities are accommodated, grills are fired up, entertainers enjoy their spotlights, and—of course—that the dunk tank is in place! Visit for more information, and mark your calendars for the 28th Annual Strawberry Festival and Book Fair: The 28th Annual Strawberry Festival,

Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Windham High School The 28th Annual Strawberry Festival Book

Fair, Wednesday, June 1, 4-7 p.m. (Preview Sale); Thursday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, June 4, 8-11 a.m., Nesmith Library.

Stephanie Wimmer, FLOW - Windham

Baby Shower Project Thank-You

The Windham Woman’s Club would like to thank everyone who helped to make our club’s Baby Shower Project a great success! Wonderful and caring feeling of support shown! Thank you for the collection of many new baby and toddler clothing, diapers, diaper bags, books, blankets, toys, baby car seats, handmade knitted hats, booties, and quilts! The Upper Room in Derry is an educational and

charitable organization offering assistance to new young mothers and their families. The Woman’s Club would like to give a special

thank-you to both the Nesmith Library and Windham High School for being a collection site, and to Christine Carpenter for bringing the message of giving and caring to the Windham High School students! Together, we collected so many items. A happy,

warm feeling for mothers and their families that you showed! Thank you to Linda Gallagher, chairman of the project, for volunteering her time and hard work in organizing this. Windham Woman’s Club, thank you all very


Ruth Coole, Windham Woman’s Club - Windham

Windham PTA Help Wanted

Please consider taking on one of these important roles for our schools and community.

Wanted: Persons with a commitment to education, community, and family; self-starters who display clear understanding of the worth of involvement in educational programs; and should be dependable, motivated, and goal-oriented. No experience needed! Job sharing is a possibility! Benefits: Chance to work directly with and for the benefit of your own family, our schools, and community; privilege of choosing working hours that fit individual lifestyles. Compensation: Directly proportionate to

time invested; new friends; understanding and appreciation of school programs and opportunities for your child; acquired leadership skills and your child’s self-esteem. Job Title: PTA Volunteer The Windham PTA and its volunteers all work together as a team. You will always have the help you need to accomplish any given task. We are currently seeking volunteers for the

following positions: Membership Director (a detail-oriented person to promote membership and maintain database); Partners Program Director (oversee partners page on Website, produce one or two flyers per school year, acquire new partners, promote program); Sign Coordinator (responsible for changes on the PTA

message board, located outside of Center School); Community Education Coordinator (distribute backpack flyers with useful info regarding the community, health, Internet safety, and other topics).

If interested, please contact Anne-Marie O’Neil at

Rosemarie Kelly, Windham PTA - Windham See more letters on page 5

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