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Te Glynn family after Howie received the William A. Brown Award

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan “It feels good,” said Howie Glynn after receiving the Greater Salem Chamber or Commerce’s William A. Brown Distinguished Businessperson Award. Local business professionals filled the Atkinson Country Club as part of the Chamber’s annual dinner. Glynn was presented the award for his community involvement with his business B&H Oil. Bernard Campbell, the 2010 award recipient, introduced Glynn speaking about his similarities to Bill Brown. “Howie Glynn mirrors Bill Brown in his dedication to a small community based business that carries with it the need and responsibility to serve the community which it sustains.” Upon receiving the award, Glynn said, “B&H Oil I’d have to say is probably the most family oriented business there is in town,” mentioning that his children and grandchildren are also involved in the business. Howie and his wife Beverly also played an instrumental roll in restoring the depot train station. Two other awards were presented that night, The Chairman’s

award, and the Richard E. Landry Volunteer of the Year award. The Chairman’s award was presented by the Immediate past chair

of the chamber, Travis Terry, to Kristen Vadala of Enterprise Bank. Terry said he chose Vadala for the award because of her hard work and dedication to help start the chamber’s new young professionals group HYPE. The group recently celebrated one year of service.

Incoming Chairman Chris Nicoli of Canobie Lake Park

receives the gavel from outgoing president Travis Terry of Travis Terry & Company at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday the 21st.

Travis Terry of Travis Terry & Company presents the Chairman’s Award to Kristen Vadala of Enterprise Bank for her work with the Young Professional Chamber Group (HYPE)

Along with the Chairman’s award, The Volunteer of the Year

award was presented to Keith Belair of More Space Place. Chamber Executive Director Donna Morris chose Belair for his hard work relocating the chamber to their new facility in the Depot Train Station. Belair, the Chairman of the Chamber Relocation Committee, fitted cabinets, built counters, and relocated the offices. The newly elected chairman, Chris Nicoli of Canobie Lake

Park, shared his vision for the Chamber’s future.

Keith Belair of More Space Place accepts the Richard E. Landry Volunteer of the Year Award from Chamber Executive Director Donna Morris.

Windham Seniors Will on Graduate June 8

by Barbara O’Brien It took considerable debate, but school board members finally decided to schedule Windham High School’s very first graduation ceremony for Friday, June 8, 2012. Windham High School opened its doors to students in September of 2009, with only freshmen and sophomores in attendance. The second year, juniors joined the freshmen and sophomores parading through the halls. Now, two years after the first teenagers crossed the threshold, seniors are among the student population; setting the stage for the “Class of 2012” to complete its high school career with the school district’s initial, history-making commencement ceremony. School board members had discussed the possible date several weeks earlier, but the final decision was not reached until the board’s workshop on September 19. The delayed decision was due to board members wanting to know on which day members of “The Class of 2012” wanted to receive their hard-earned diplomas. During their follow-up discussion, Windham High School Principal Tom Murphy said that he had conducted a number of “impromptu conversations” with seniors, primarily during their lunch periods. Murphy described the discussions with seniors as being “insightful,” but with a wide variety of responses. “Most of them wanted to know what the first date they’re eligible to graduate will be,” Murphy commented. “That was the main question.” If there are no “snow days” this coming winter,

Murphy said, rather cynically, seniors would be finished school on June 5. If the winter of 2011-2012 turns out to be an inclement one with multiple school closings, however, that final date would be moved forward. Seniors are required by state regulations to attend classes for 175 days during their final year. When asked which day of the week they would prefer that their graduation ceremony

be scheduled, the number one choice was a Wednesday, followed by a Tuesday, then a Friday. The last choice chosen was for the ceremony to be conducted on a Thursday. “Nobody wanted it to be held on a Monday,” Murphy said. Nearly all the students queried said they did not want their weekend impacted by scheduling graduation for a Saturday or Sunday. Members of the sub- committee tasked with selecting a graduation date had chosen Thursday, June 7. Ironically, Thursday was the last choice for those who will be graduating. “This is a big deal for a lot of folks,” school board Chairman Ed Gallagher said. “It’s a community event,” he added, especially since this is the very first high school graduation in the Town of Windham. Previously, most high school students living in Windham attended and graduated from Salem High School. Currently, there are 125 seniors attending Windham High School. School board members Michelle Farrell and

Jeff Bostic both said they would prefer the graduation take place on a Friday evening, thereby making it more convenient for family members, especially those who live out of town, to get to the ceremony. Weather permitting, it is anticipated that the ceremony will be held outdoors at Windham High School. School board member Stephanie Wimmer said she preferred having the graduation ceremony on a Thursday, as that would give “two days of wiggle room” in case the commencement date had to be postponed due to snow days delaying the final day of classes. Although school board members wanted

to delay the decision until a later date, Superintendent Henry LaBranche encouraged them to reach a decision sooner than later. Finally, on a vote of 4 to 0, Windham High School’s premiere graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 8; unless, of course, it is another snowy winter!

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