Pelham - Windham News 8 - September 16, 2011
Windham Terrace Residents Use Skype to Communicate with Family and Friends
submitted by Katie Fitz Residents of Windham Terrace, an assisted
living community located in Windham, have recently been introduced to Skype. Windham Terrace IT Department showed the residents how to download the program on their computers, as well as the ins and outs of the site, to help them keep in touch with their loved ones that are not local.
Windham Terrace resident Dorothy Nelson skypes her daughter Donna in Florida.
“I’m so glad we were able to show them this website,” said Melanie Purcell, activities director for Windham Terrace. “It is so touching to see their faces light up when they talk to relatives and friends that they otherwise would not be able to see. We make it our goal to make sure our residents are connected, not only in the community, but also to others across the nation.” Many of the residents are amazed that they can actually talk to someone they see on a screen. Even the residents that do not have computers in their apartments can go down to the Windham Terrace library to Skype their friends and relatives.
When Should Graduation Be Held?
by Barbara O’Brien The 2011-2012 school year has only just begun,
but school administrators are already making plans for Windham High School’s very first graduation ceremony. One of the topics of conversation during the
school board’s September 6 meeting was which date would work best for students and their families. Windham High School Principal Tom Murphy said there are currently 125 students comprising “The Class of 2012.” The New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) requires that high school seniors attend 175 days of classes, a quota that will be met on June 5, 2012, unless, of course, there is an inordinate number of snow days this coming winter. The end of the current school year for all other students will most likely be on June 12, unless, again, Mother Nature or some other emergency forces the closing of schools at various times throughout the year.
Principal Murphy at first suggested that the
graduation be held on Thursday, June 7, but school board members said they felt that having a graduation ceremony in the middle of the week, rather than at the end or on a weekend, would not be convenient for many families, especially those who had relatives traveling from out of state. After further discussion of possible dates, school officials decided to seek input from students before reaching a final decision. Murphy said that plans also include holding
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an overnight post-graduation celebration or “safe night” in order to provide a final opportunity for graduates to spend time with their classmates in a supervised, alcohol-free environment. Plans are for the high school’s initial graduation ceremony to be held at Windham High School, despite many other area schools now holding their graduations at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held outdoors. If the weather turns out to be inclement, however, Murphy said there would be plenty of room for students and family members inside the school building, either in the gymnasium or auditorium. Windham High School opened its doors to students in September of 2009 with only
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September, there were three classes in attendance: freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. This is the first year that Windham High School has been home to a senior class. Previously, the majority of high school students from Windham attended Salem High School.
Fitness Center Donates to Pelham Food Pantry
Pelham Food Pantry which is a non-profit organization that helps those in need of food and staples. Thirty-plus women assisted in donating through the month of august and some Zumba fitness classes were offered for free in lieu of non-perishable donations through the month. Pepsi of Wilmington, MA, donated cases of soft drinks and water. Building Fitness For
submitted by Ann Marie Caprio Building Fitness For Women, which is a fitness center for women and offers all aspects of fitness had a fundraiser this past August and donated a generous amount of non-perishables to the
Women in Pelham is owned by Ann Marie Caprio and offers boxing, kickboxing, muscle conditioning, Zumba fitness and more during the week and weekends. The Website for more
information on schedules and directions is www. buildingfitnessforwomen.com
. Throughout the year we fundraise for various non-profit organizations in town and also raised over $5,000 this past June for the Relay for Life.
Pelham’s Recycling Complex: Treasures Amongst the Trash
by Doug Robinson It has been said that “one
man’s trash is another’s treasure” certainly identifies the happenings at Pelham’s Recycling Complex (PERC). The award winning facility, which has been a model for neighboring towns, has once again gone over the top, for all to enjoy.
Beneath the mulch, a beautiful garden, rich with pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, and spaghetti squash has taken root. “We had pumpkins growing as early as July,” commented Ron Hannon, PERC Manager. “We call this area the dumpkin patch. All these vegetables grew from the trash that was thrown away from the residents.
Ron Hannon inspects the vegetable growing upon the grounds of the Pelham Recycling Complex.
I bet we have some of the largest pumpkins in the area for this time of year.”
Windham High Hosts Inaugural Fundraiser 5K Event
Windham High cross country runners Colby Putnam and Brandon Bielinski lead the pack at the start of the race t i l
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