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Pelham - Windham News 8 - July 29, 2011


ARNNE- continued from front page During the three-hour showcase period on Saturday, there were It’s a


many dogs being paraded around to illustrate their temperament and compatibility with adults as well as with children.


great venue to see how a prospective foster dog acts in crowded situations as well as with children. One such situation was with Duncan, an American Staffordshire terrier, who is currently under foster care, but still in search of a permanent home. Duncan is between six and seven years old, currently living with cats, and gets along great with kids (see photo). Any legitimate Animal Rescue organization is welcome to set up at the Pelham Adoption Day. To illustrate the effectiveness of the network approach in trying to find homes for these pets, one can look at the relationship between the Pelham facility and the Wignall Animal Hospital located in Dracut, MA. According to Clark, Pelham assists Dracut in trying to place dogs when their facility becomes


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Sounder, an adorable basset-beagle mix, is an owner-surrender looking for his new adoptive parents


Brother and sister Alaskan Malamutes Willow and Santana are shown by ARNNE volunteers


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overpopulated. In turn, a Wignall Hospital foster candidate was present at the Pelham adoption days. A sweet Basset- Beagle mix by the name of ‘Sounder’ was there. The 12-year-old owner-surrender certainly made me consider taking him home. At this point, it’s important to mention that although ‘owner-surrender’ may have somewhat of a negative connotation assigned to it, that is far from the truth. If anything, it is most often sad, as the dogs are often surrendered due to the previous owners’ inability to care for the dogs—financially, physically, or due to a change in housing where pets are not allowed. The feature dog of the day had to be Ramses, a Belgian Malinois. This breed is noted for its gentle nature and is considered to be a family dog. Ramses is 10 years old and is the result of an owner-surrender. As Clark indicated, it is tough placing seniors that are six to eight years old. So, at 10 years of age, Ramses is just waiting for you to come down and take him away to his new home. Adoptions fees are currently around the $275 price tag and you can find information regarding adoption day dates as well as photos of the dogs that are available for fostering and adoption at ARNNE’s Website, www.arnne. org. Also, there will be a dog rescue benefit golf tournament, cleverly entitled “Putts Fore Mutts,” that will take place on September 12 at the Windham Country Club. Golfers are needed and this will be a great way to support a wonderful cause. For more information on the event, call 233- 4801 and leave a message for Lynn Barry.


Steven Howard, Mackenzie Miller and (far right) Erin Masucci flank the Windham Garden Club’s Grace Marad who presented the trio with the group’s 2011 Nancy Surette Memorial Scholarships at the Club’s June Summer Solstice awards dinner.


submitted by Linda M. German, Windham Garden Club Three outstanding young scholars


have been honored with the Windham Garden Club’s 2011 Nancy Surette Memorial Scholarships. A $2,000 award was presented


to Windham’s Erin Masucci, a June graduate of Central Catholic High School. With a curriculum of nearly


all Advance Placement (AP) and honors courses, including calculus, chemistry, physics and languages, she maintained a 4.13 GPA and stood 11th in her class of 324.


Balancing academics with athletics,


Erin played JV and varsity soccer, ran indoor track and excelled in varsity lacrosse, earning Merrimack All-Star honors.


In community service, she has


volunteered at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Windham’s Shepherd’s Pantry, and tutored children through Cor Unum and Grace Church in Lawrence, MA.


She will be attending Rensselaer


Polytechnic Institute with a dual major of biochemistry and biophysics, with a career goal of medical research targeting cancer treatment. Windhamites Steven Howard and


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Mackenzie Miller, June graduates of Brooks School and Salem High respectively, have each won $1,000 scholarships from the Club. Steven, with eight AP courses to his


credit, including calculus, physics, environmental science and U.S. Government and Politics, earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors. For two summers, he studies calculus at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, earning As both times, but still finding time to earn money as a State Certified baseball umpire for youth leagues. He served as sports editor of the Brooks newspaper and also played varsity track and baseball, while volunteering at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club as an academic tutor. He has chosen Tufts University


where he will pursue a double major in electrical engineering and environmental science. Mackenzie Miller has set her career goals on the medical field, specifically as a physician assistant, and enrolled in Salem’s Health Science and Technology Program. Achieving top grades in AP and honors courses, she was inducted into the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and the Society of High School Scholars. A four year varsity soccer player, captaining her team as a senior, she ran varsity indoor and outdoor track and received scholar-athlete prizes in all three sports.


She has earned her EMS-Basic certification through the Salem Fire and Rescue Station and also interned at local orthopedic and physical therapy facilities. She will attend Providence College as a biology major.


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