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2 - January 6, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News New Year’s Eve Party Hosted by VFW


Windham Terrace Residents Treated to Holiday Party and Caroling


Sharon Bakeman and Jim and Angie Folan Francis Walsh and Dave Ouellette Erica Leonard and Justin Seavey


by Robyn Hatch The John Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722


in Pelham held an exciting New Year’s Eve Party at St. Patrick’s Parish Center. The celebration included a full course turkey dinner, music, dancing, party favors and more. After dinner, attendees where treated to dancing to music that appealed to children and adults alike. This was definitely a local family-oriented occasion, complete with babysitting if necessary. As usual the VFW Post 10722 did an incredible job!


Kylie, Casey and Ken Chamberlain


submitted by Katie Fittz Windham Terrace recently had a great holiday party including music from the Kid Jazz Band. Then the residents performed for the audience


Santa Jim and Ellen Dovenspike


singing Christmas carols as some of the other residents played the chimes. They were even surprised by a special visit from Santa!


High School Accreditation Process ‘Up and Running’


by Barbara O’Brien Two and half years after the first students entered the doors at Windham High School, Interim Superintendent Dr. Henry LaBranche says the accreditation “process is up and running.” Dr. LaBranche said a representative of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) had visited Windham High School in mid-


December “on an informal basis.” The purpose of the on-site visit was to educate and inform high school staff about the


accreditation process that lies ahead. High School Principal Tom Murphy said he expects that Windham High School will be named as a candidate for accreditation in the near future. After that happens, Murphy said, it would take approximately two years and 10 months to three years for school administration and staff to complete the self-study process required for full accreditation. The self-study will begin next fall, Murphy said.


“It sounds like good progress is being made” on the path to accreditation, Windham School Board Chairman Ed Gallagher stated. Once Windham High becomes an acknowledged candidate for accreditation, students applying for colleges will be able to include that information on their application forms.


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by Barbara O’Brien It wasn’t the total proposed 2012 cable television operating budget that promoted discussion among Windham Selectmen. Instead, it was the relatively small $2,000 proposed increase to the property maintenance line that raised questions.


Cable Committee Chairman Margaret Case explained that the property maintenance had been reduced to $10,000 in 2011 as part of a town-wide effort to cut costs because of the poor economy. Prior to that, she said, the property maintenance line had been set at $12,000 and that is what cable committee members are proposing for 2012. It was Selectman Roger Hohenberger who said he wanted the proposed property maintenance line cut back to the 2011 level of $10,000. The property maintenance line is basically intended to pay for repairs to equipment, Case said. Defending the need to restore the $2,000 removed last year, Case said, “You never know if a piece of equipment will die tomorrow.” Margaret Case also commented that if many of the repairs were not done “in-house” by her husband, Tom Case, the $12,000 proposed budget would not be nearly enough to pay the bills. Cable committee members are also considering replacing existing “hot lights” in the TV studio with more environmentally friendly and efficient “green lights,” a purchase that would be made from the property maintenance line.


As for cable committee members managing the annual operating budget, Margaret Case said, “We’re all very conservative.” “You do a good job,” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia said of the cable committee’s efforts. “And you run a pretty tight budget.” Margaret Case also noted that WCTV-Channel 21 only receives a portion of the franchise fees collected by Comcast, while the remainder of the money goes to offset the local tax rate. Case said this is not the situation in other communities. The five-percent cable franchise fee is added to customers’ monthly bills. Comments were also made by cable committee members regarding Comcast’s demand that the local TV studio’s signal be very sharp; a requirement that necessitates yearly upgrades to equipment. Referring to the audience that views WCTV on a regular basis, Case said, “Believe me, they watch.” Case said she believes the local cable station is “really an asset to the boards.” “Cable on Demand is a real plus,” Selectmen’s Chairman Ross McLeod stated. “You do a fine job of getting us out there,” Selectman Phil LoChiatto commented, although he also said he feels improvements need to be made in getting the sound from the meeting room and to the viewers at home. Case said she agreed with LoChiatto’s assessment. “We are working on it,” she told selectmen. As of the end of December, selectmen had made no changes to the proposed 2012 cable television operating budget, which totals $92,540. This is a $4,050 increase from appropriations allocated for 2011.


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