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Pelham~Windham News Volume 9 Number 7 August 26, 2011 16 Pages Special School


District Meeting to be Held


by Barbara O’Brien Members of the


Windham School Board have voted to hold a special school district meeting, the sole purpose of which will be to reduce the amount of money needed to construct the kindergarten addition to Golden Brook School. The majority of voters had approved the project last March, based on 75 percent funding from the State Department of Education, for a total cost of $2.9 million. Subsequently,the State reduced its contribution to only $1 million, due to budget constraints. As a result of the loss of anticipated revenue, a heftier burden would have been levied on taxpayers. It was at this point, therefore, that school administrators and the architectural firm of Lavalle/ Brensinger went back to the drawing board in an attempt to reduce the cost of construction. After making certain cosmetic changes in the proposed plan, school officials were able to cut the cost by about $300,000, bringing the new price tag down to $2.6 million. The new addition would still contain seven classrooms, as originally proposed. What remains to be done, now, is to get voter approval on the lower cost


proposal. This needs to be done before the 2011 Tax Rate is set sometime in mid-October. School board members said they hope arrangements can be made to hold the special school district meeting either on Saturday, October 1 or the week preceding October 1. In order to expedite the process, SAU 28 Business Administrator Adam Steel has made arrangements for the required audit of all 2010-2011 financial records to take place earlier than was previously scheduled. The audit results are needed to determine the precise amount of money left over from last year’s school budget, as that money will be used to help offset the cost of the kindergarten construction. Steel said earlier this month that he expects approximately $550,000 to be left in the unreserved fund balance. The special school


district meeting will be held in the old town meeting format, with all discussion and voting to occur on the same day. Voters who attend the meeting will decide whether to lower the amount of money approved for construction to $2.6 million or to leave it at the original amount of $2.9 million. No other business can be conducted at the upcoming meeting.


Sherburne Hall Alive with Aladdin see story on page 7


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Princess Jasmine, portrayed by Lydia Safford, peruses the wares of the silk peddler, Tor, portrayed by Kirk Hillson


Celebrated at Griffin Park End of Summer


Chamber to Honor ‘Distinguished Businessperson’ at Annual Dinner


submitted by Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the 2011 William A. Brown Distinguished Businessperson Award. This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, and the 30th presentation of this award, (as it was originally presented by the Salem Commerce Exchange. The William A. Brown Award, Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious award, is presented to an individual who, by a single act or through a variety of activities, has enhanced the business environment of this community. This award is given in the memory of William A. Brown who was the first to receive it. Carrying on with this great tradition, the award will be presented to Howard C. Glynn of B&H Oil Company. Over the past 40 years,


Howard “Howie” Glynn has exhibited effective business leadership with the success and growth of his companies: B&H Oil, Dockside Marina, and Howie Glynn & Sons Convenience Stores and Howie’s Ice Cream. Howie has a longstanding record of community service and involvement in local organizations. He has served as the president


of the Arlington Pond Protection Association for 39 years, been a director of the Salem Boys & Girls Club, been a manager of Salem Little League, served as a Salem Selectman from 1984-1991, president of the Salem Historical Society, and is a former president of the Salem Contractors Association. For over 20 years, Howie has been on the NH Community Development Block Grant where he worked to make the local community better through state and federal grants. Most recently on the Committee for the restoration of the Salem Depot Train Station. This year the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, and event sponsor Citizen’s Bank, is very pleased to present the most prestigious William A. Brown Businessperson of the Year Award to Howard C. Glynn. The presentation will take place on September 21 at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. The festivities will be held at Atkinson Resort & Country Club in Atkinson and will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., with the presentation of awards immediately following. Tickets are $55 per person, with tables of 10 available. For additional information or to purchase a ticket, contact the Chamber Office at 893-3177.


by Robyn Hatch The end of the summer in Windham hit a high note with lots of fun and adventures at Griffin Park. Tie Dye shirts were a big hit for all. Those without a shirt to tie dye could purchase a white shirt for the festivities.


John Anderson, President, and


Sarah Dreshaj, Marketing Director, brought out tons of paints and designs for all to enjoy. The colors were bright and very pretty, bringing many smiles to the kids’ faces. This took quite some time, and in the slow time the Toe Jam Puppet Band set up and started playing and entertaining all. Since 2000, Tom and Vinny have performed around New England at thousands of events - libraries, festivals, theaters, schools, camps, zoos, parks, daycares, churches, temples, children’s hospitals and private parties. Wherever there are kids, they will be there with their high-energy show packed with original music full of inactive stuff, puppets, and props crammed with laughs and overflowing with lots and lots of fun! Windham Rec held another nice job with innocent fun to be long remembered! The kids’ involvement steered each show so every performance was different and unique! These performers interacted with the children and families so easily to make the show very exciting and fun.


Mr. Vinny throwing clothes to kids


John Anderson explaining the procedure to Gabrielle and Shylla Quijano


Ellie Vaughan learning how to twist the fabric


James Vaughan with his mom


School Starts Wednesday!


staff photos by Robyn Hatch


staff photos by Len Lathrop


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