4 - February 17, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Vote to Protect Canobie Lake, Vote Yes on Citizen’s Petition 3
Citizen’s Petition 3 on the Zoning Ballot asks to extend the same type of watershed protections Cobbetts Pond presently has to cover Canobie Lake as well. Canobie Lake is a beautiful lake and precious natural resource. It is in danger of declining if we do not take steps to protect it. Te storm water management provisions of the ordinance are highly recommended by lake management experts. You can read the complete 2011 Canobie Lake Watershed Study, learn more about the ordinance and read the letters of support by visiting the Canobie Lake Protective Association Website at www.canobielake.org
. Citizen’s petition 3 on the Zoning Ballot is
recommended by the Windham Planning Board by a 7-0 vote. Please vote “yes” to amend the Cobbetts Pond Watershed Ordinance to include Canobie Lake.
Chris Colbert and Marie Maio - Windham
Victor Danevich, Candidate for Pelham Board of Selectmen
I am announcing that I will be a candidate for re- election to the Pelham Board of Selectmen this March, a position I have held in the past for six years. A lot of things have changed in the past few years and I am very eager to re-join the Pelham Board of Selectmen and serve the community. As some of you may recall, I reluctantly stepped down from the Board at the end of my term after my full time job commitments dramatically increased. Despite not being active on any elected or appointed
board during the past three years, I have remained engaged with the Town through hundreds of hours of continued volunteer work, focused on supporting our Town’s technology plan and infrastructure. My interest in re-joining the Board of Selectmen is to work on behalf of all citizens and bring forward looking ideas into government in order to make Pelham a community we can all be proud of. I don’t have an agenda going into this election, but instead coming into this refreshed, open-minded and with a willingness to listen, research issues and make informed decisions as though every dollar was my own. We are a diverse Town, with diverse needs and diverse
views. It takes a candidate who is willing to work to unify the community, negotiate and compromise where meaningful and willing to bridge differing views versus all-to-often spreadsheet-politics that polarize and cripple progress. I believe I am uniquely qualified to publicly serve as
a Pelham Selectmen and would encourage you to get to know me a little bit better by visiting my website at www.danevich.com
where my civic and professional qualifications are detailed. I thank you for consideration and respectfully ask
for your vote on Tuesday March 13, at Pelham High School.
Victor Danevich - Pelham
Stephanie Foster Is the Ideal Candidate for Planning Board
I have come to know and respect Stephanie Foster for the commitment she has made to so many people in her everyday life. Her dedication to her family and our community mirrors the care and concern that so many of us share. And now that Stephanie has more free time in her life, she has decided to run for the Planning Board. With her ability to listen and understand the needs of our residents, she will properly and fairly weigh each resident’s needs with the guidelines and ordinances for each decision she makes. She will also have a very positive impact on the
new Master Plan that will be developed for 2015. She will take extreme care to maintain our town’s charm, maintaining the rural quality of Windham while properly balancing and maintaining our tax base. Stephanie Foster is the perfect person for us to elect for one of the open Planning Board position, and I hope you have a chance to spend time with her before the elections so that you can learn for yourself what a great asset she will be for our town.
Michael Duhart – Windham
Stephanie Foster Running for Windham Planning Board
I am Stephanie Foster and I am excited to announce my candidacy for Windham town planning board. For 12 years I have been an active voting citizen in Windham local politics. It is my desire to now become a voice at the table. As a mother of five, I am concerned for the generational impact of decisions being made today. As a planning board member I will commit to move the development process forward, marrying the realities of “old values and new horizons.” I will stand with the old values of protecting natural/historic resources while committing to fostering responsible
economic development. I have a vision for Windham to move ahead into the future as a welcoming community for people of tradition and innovation. I am asking for your vote on March 13.
Stephanie Foster - Windham Possible Second Daddy Daughter Dance for Windham
Windham Recreation is researching the possibility to hold a second Daddy Daughter Dance this year because of the overwhelming interest. Tis dance is open for all Windham girls and their fathers (or grandfather/uncle). Tere is no age minimum for this dance. Te tentative date would be Sunday, March 18, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Castleton. In order to be able to offer this event, there would have to be a minimum number of people who would attend. If you are interested, please contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by e-mail at Recreation@Windha mNewHampshire.com
Cheryl S. Haas, Recreation Coordinator – Windham
Mike Joanis Announces his Candidacy for
Windham School Board
My name is Mike Joanis and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Windham School Board. I have lived in Windham with my wife Wendy and our three daughters for 10 years and we are proud to be actively involved in the community. My daughters are in the ninth, seventh, and third grades. Tey are excellent students and are involved in many activities, having directly benefited from their exceptional teachers, previous school boards, and the continued support of the community. My wife is an educator working at Windham High School (WHS) as a reading specialist. Together my wife and daughters have exposed me to many people and experiences in town and within the school district. My motivation to run for School Board comes
directly from our children’s education, our pride in the community and our concern over our property tax bill and how that money is spent. In these still tough economic times, any proposed tax increases must be justified with concrete benefits or future cost savings. Our town is not immune to the current economic conditions and because of this I believe careful fiscal management must be a priority for the school system and the town.
I take pride in our community and our school
system. Te new Windham High School is a state of the art facility that will benefit our children for decades. I am proud to have served on the WHS Building and Strategic Planning committees. I will use that experience and my firsthand knowledge of the high school construction project to inform and improve the process if voters decide to move forward with a second major school construction project. I have enjoyed coaching local youth sports and currently serve as VP of the Windham Actors Guild. I look forward to continuing to work with many educators and staff members as my daughters proceed through the school system. If elected, it will be important to remain active in the community during my tenure on the school board. Tis will ensure the ideas and opinions of students, parents, and residents are included in my decision making process. I am a licensed professional engineer with experience
working with architects, engineers, and contractors. I recently took an ownership role with a southern New Hampshire specialty contractor. As a businessman and engineer, I am used to finding creative solutions to complex problems and implementing projects in the most cost effective way possible. I know how to conduct detailed analyses in order to make informed decisions. I would use that knowledge to analyze any project or problems facing the school board. I am committed to working collaboratively with the other school board members and staff. I will listen to all stakeholders. I am certain that we can provide an exceptional education for our students while still managing to control costs. Tis will allow us to maintain Windham as a desirable place to live and work that we can all be proud of. I respectfully request your support for School Board
on Tuesday, March 13, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Windham High School.
Mike Joanis - Windham
Shawn Foster for School Board Te town elections are coming up on March 13.
Shawn Foster is running for one of two seats on the school board. We have worked on several projects with Shawn and have found him to be a man of integrity, with realistic, creative solutions to relational and financial issues. Shawn is someone who works easily with people of all persuasions. We believe his background makes him well suited for this position. With the continued expansion of Windham we need
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someone like Shawn who will bring a fresh perspective to all the issues facing our schools. Please vote for Shawn Foster on March 13.
Allen and Judy Johnson - Windham
Lewandowski Candidate for
Windham Town Treasurer
Last year I performed an independent audit of town finances and it became clear that there were ways to reduce costs while increasing accountability, efficiency, integrity and transparency with regard to town finances. I made some recommendations to the Board of Selectmen at that time and would like to continue my efforts to see those changes implemented for the benefit of our town and its residents.
Tat is why I am
running for Town Treasurer. If elected, I will strive to give this part-time position full-time attention so that no opportunity to improve our town’s financial state is missed. Additionally, I pledge to personally review all town
invoices and manually sign each check so that I am aware of where our money is being spent. To increase transparency, I will post all town invoices and checks online within 24-hours so that the citizens can see where their money goes. If elected, I will work with the Board of Selectmen
to undertake a top-down analysis of all town spending to search for unnecessary excess and solicit bids from accounting firms to review town spending and procedures. I look forward to having the opportunity over the
next five weeks to meet with many of you to discuss my ideas and any that you may have to improve transparency. Te town needs to maximize its investments while allowing the residents to see where their money is being spent. It’s your money and I welcome your input.
Corey R. Lewandowski – Windham
Elect Donna Sawyer for School Treasurer
Listening to what Donna Sawyer wants to do as
School Treasurer is exciting and way overdue! She has the background to master this position, and the desire to bring true transparency as well. Her goal is to make it as easy as possible for the taxpayers to see how all of our school tax dollars are spent. It is an easy choice for me to vote for Donna on
March 13 and I hope you do too! Jessica Okerman - Windham
Stephanie Foster for Planning Board
I’m impressed at how well Stephanie Foster has
prepared for a seat on the Planning Board. She has contacted those who have served on
the Planning Board, met with the Community Development Director, attended meetings and has been studying the Master Plan. Tis demonstrates to me that Stephanie Foster is willing to do the hard work it takes to be an effective member of the Planning Board. As the town continues to grow Ms. Foster is committed to preserving the resources that gives Windham its rural charm. Please join me on March 13
in voting for Stephanie Foster - Planning Board.
Rep. Rick Okerman – Windham
Reckert Running for School Board
My name is Jerome Rekart and I am running for one of the two open spots on the Windham School Board. My desire to serve my community in this fashion is a
credit to the many educators who made a lasting impact on me: Mr. Snow, Mrs. Lang, Mr. Krogh, and Mr. McNabb. Indeed, the list could go on. Tey fueled the spark within me that lead to a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation for the value of education. My background and expertise make me an important addition to the board. I earned a B.S. in Biochemistry, with minors in Biology and Psychology, from Indiana University. I have a M.Sc
. and a Ph.D. in Psychology (concentration in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition) from Northwestern University, where my research focus was on the way that learning changes the brain. I was a Postdoctoral Associate at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently I am a professor at Rivier College with a dual-appointment in the Departments of Education and Psychology. I am also the director of both the Master’s Program in Experimental Psychology and the Behavioral Science Laboratory. As a member of the doctoral faculty in Leadership and Learning, I am not only versed in the “alphabet soup” of today’s educational initiatives (e.g., RTI, PBIS, NAEP), but I also teach school administrators and teachers about cutting-edge advancements in education. In my own classroom, I show my students how to assess their own teaching and make adjustments to enhance student learning. Most importantly I help them become informed consumers of educational research and policies. I have published in international and national publications on learning and teaching in K-12 settings. My articles have provided creative, research-based solutions to current educational problems. I have co- authored national presentations on special education. Tis past summer I was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals about my research. I have an insider’s understanding of the NEASC accreditation process from participating in self-studies at the College and as a site reviewer. With your vote I will be in a position to put this knowledge to work to serve the Windham students, parents, educators, and taxpayers. As we as a community weigh the benefits of a new curriculum, a building, or other expenditures in the current economy, it is imperative that we have as much evidence available to us as possible so that we may make informed decisions about how best to allocate our tax dollars. I am committed to making sure that the Town of Windham receives the best returns possible on educational investments.
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