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Pelham - Windham News June 24, 2011 - 3


The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor


WHS Parent Surveys I am writing to encourage all Windham High


School (WHS) parents to please complete the current WHS Parent Survey as soon as possible. Our principal Tom Murphy takes parent input


very seriously, and is actively seeking your input as the school administration continues to refine Windham High School programs towards the highest possible ideals. As Windham High School advances in the school accreditation process, parent input and engagement is critically important. In order for the survey to accurately reflect the attitudes, opinions, and perspectives of WHS parents, as many parents as possible need to complete it, including both moms and dads. The survey is available on the Windham High School Website, on the school’s official Facebook site at “Windham High School, Windham, NH,” and was e-mailed to all WHS parents several weeks ago. Parents can also call Windham High School directly at 537-2400 with questions about the survey or any other issues of concern. Windham High School is truly striving to create an outstanding and open culture in which the concerns and contributions of parents are a valued part of the planning and development. Parent participation in the survey and other events will help make the high school extraordinary. Please complete the survey today.


Donna Bramante InDelicato - Windham Area Businesses


Support Positive Action Program at WMS


Many local businesses have donated gifts in support of the PTA and Windham Middle School’s Seventh Grade Positive Action Program, known more familiarly at the school as “Bonus Bucks.” This program recognizes and rewards responsible student behavior and excellence in academics. The plan involves students doing positive things for themselves and others, and earning “Bonus Bucks” from teachers for their actions. With these “bucks,” the students are able to purchase special privileges and bid on prizes at rewards auctions held during the school year. We held the last of our three rewards auctions


on June 16. Windham Middle School and PTA would like to thank the following businesses for contributing to our auctions: Canobie Lake Park, Cobbett’s Pond Pizza, The Common Man, Game


Stop, J. Michaels Sports Pub, Laser Craze, Life is good, Lobster Tail, Maddie’s Bagels and Eatery, McDonalds/Napoli Group, Mel’s Funway Park, Metro Rock, Park Place Lanes, Pinball Wizard Arcade, Shabby Chic, Shaw’s, Sports Authority, Trisha Conaton/Lia Sophia, T-Bones, TSNY Beantown, Victorian Park Mini Golf and Family Entertainment Center, Wal-Mart, WHS Jaguar Booster Club, Windham Basketball, Windham Junction, and You’re Fired. Windham Middle School would not be able to offer such great prizes to the students without the help of area businesses; your generosity to the school helps the seventh grade teachers reward the students with the positive attention they deserve. All of us at WMS appreciate your support of this program!


The Windham Middle School Seventh Grade Team - Windham


Windham Actors Guild Seeks Stage Director


Windham Actors Guild is the latest and greatest new theater group in Southern New Hampshire! With the huge success of our very first show under our belts, “Windham on Broadway,” the momentum is building and we are looking forward to our fall production, Arsenic and Old Lace. We are currently seeking a Stage Director for this hilarious straight play. If you feel you possess the energy, drive, and talent needed for this position, and would like to join an amazing group of individuals, please send a letter of intent to Mr. Richard Bouchard, President, Windham Actors Guild, info@windhamactorsguild.com, by June 30.


Holly Breton - Windham Host Families Needed Donations for Our Troops


Optima Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation has been collecting donations at their facility on Pelham Road in Salem of personal care and food items for our military service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Owner Jeff Kamuda learned of a program going on at Windham Presbyterian Church called Operation Back Home, and wanted to know how he could get involved. Clients and personnel have been bringing in items such as razors, sunblock,


NH Method for Evaluating Wetlands Updated for First Time in 20 Years


submitted by UNH Cooperative Extension New Hampshire communities, conservation groups, and natural resources consultants now have an updated, practical method for evaluating wetland functions. The NH Method, originally published in 1991, has been updated for the first time in 20 years through the efforts of its two main authors from UNH Cooperative Extension and the NH Method Work Group. Wetlands are an important part of the


hydrologic system, playing a key role in maintaining high-quality water supplies, reducing the amount and volume of storm-water runoff, and storing floodwaters, preventing downstream property damage. The NH Method was first developed in 1991 and, according to one of the authors, Amanda Lindley Stone, UNH Cooperative Extension specialist, Land and Water Conservation, long overdue for an update. “The NH Method is widely used in New Hampshire, so the update was needed to incorporate new information, studies and technologies. It also was an opportunity to incorporate feedback we have received from users over the years.” Officially known as the “Method for the


Inventory and Evaluation of Freshwater Wetlands in New Hampshire,” it has always been known as the NH Method, providing a scientifically-based, user-friendly method designed for both lay and professional audiences. The instructional format provides a step-by-step process that allows users to learn about wetlands and wetland evaluation as they use the procedure. It is only available through its website, http:// nhmethod.org, and can be downloaded as one document or by chapters. Over the past 20 years, the NH Method appears to be the most frequently used wetland evaluation method for town-wide and watershed-based wetland assessments in the state, and has been demonstrated to be both useful and accurate. Its ease of use, educational value and the


overall objectivity of the resulting function evaluations have contributed to its popularity. Since 1991, the NH DES Wetlands Bureau Prime Wetlands Regulations have recommended it as the preferred method for evaluating wetlands for the purpose of Prime Wetlands designation. “The original NH Method was published prior to the wide availability of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), in the early days of desktop computers, and prior to the availability of the Internet. Eighteen years later, it was ripe for an update that included new information sources and technologies. In addition, past users have suggested changes that are now incorporated into this revision,” Stone said. A UNH Cooperative Extension publication, Stone and Frank Mitchell, a UNH Cooperative Extension specialist, emeritus, are the main editors. Contributing authors are listed within the document.


Updates include the addition of new scientific information and new technologies, along with revisions to the evaluation questions for clarity and the incorporation of new data from recent studies. The NH Method is intended to be used for the following purposes: • Educating members of conservation commissions, other town boards, non-wetland professionals and the public about wetland functions and values.


• Evaluating one or more wetlands in a study area, such as a town or a watershed.


• Evaluating Prime Wetlands (RSA 482-A:15) • Collecting baseline information about the wetlands in a study area.


• Creating a database of the scores for the evaluated wetlands for a number of functions, as well as other data about the wetlands in a study area.


• Supporting local planning and decision-making. Make sure to check it out on the following


Website, http://nhmethod.org. It can be downloaded as one document or by chapters.


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Each season, the Cyclones Hockey Club recruits talented junior hockey players from across the country, Canada, and Europe. These players show great potential to play at the college level and beyond, but do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the arena. To take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes and become a “home away from home” for them. We are currently looking for host families in Windham, Salem, Pelham, Londonderry, Derry, Litchfield, and Hudson. These boys, ages ranging


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Denise Dolloff - Windham It’s High Notes for PMS Music Groups


submitted by Paul A. Santerre On Saturday, June 4, the Pelham Memorial School (PMS) Music Department competed in the Music in the Parks Festival in Agawam, MA. The results of the competition are as follows: In competitive divisions: • Treble Chorus: Excellent rating, first place • Select Chorus: Excellent rating, first place • Student: Alex Webster, Best Student Accompanist • Jazz Band: Good rating, second place


• Sixth Grade Band: Superior rating, first place


• Sixth Grade Band: Best Overall Elementary Band


• Seventh & Eighth Grade Band: Superior rating, first place


• Seventh & Eighth Grade Band: Best Overall Middle/Junior High School Band


Many other instrumental, choral, and string ensembles from all over New England performed and competed in this festival, including several elementary, middle school, and high school groups. The chorus, under the direction


of Laura Prior, competed in the competition division and performed very well. The bands, under the direction of Paul A. Santerre, also competed in the competition division and performed exceptionally well. The divisions are determined by school population. After their performance, the PMS Music Department spent a few hours at Six Flags New England Amusement Park before attending the awards ceremony to receive their scores and trophies.


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