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Pelham - Windham News | February 24, 2012 - 11 Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Expo Had Great Turnout

submitted by Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce On Thursday the 16th of February, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce partnered up with Windham High School and the Windham Economic Development Committee for a three part event consisting of a Career Day for high school students, the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours Networking event and a Business Expo for businesses and non-profit organizations. Both Business After Hours and the Business Expo were well attended and buzzing with positive energy. To view more photos from these great events, visit

Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan

Community Liaison Stephanie Micklon and Food Service Manager Gary Madigan of Salemhaven serve appetizers and deserts.

Sonny Tylus of APP Imprints and Michelle Harvell of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce

Customer Service Representative Luis Hernandez, Owner Christina Barnett, and Practice Manager Amanda Barrick of Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital

Lisa Martin of

Len Lathrop, Editor,

Area News Group, and Sue Lavalle of Holiday Inn

Sonny Tylus of APP Imprints enters a raffle at Canobie Lake Park’s booth

Culinary Capers, Beverly Donovan of Grubb and

Ellis/Northern New England, Christine Steele of the Greater

Salem Chamber of Commerce and Rosie of

Tastefully Simple

Ann LaRuffa, Robin Cino, and Dapper Dan from Salem Animal Rescue League.

Chuck Palazzolo of Lucia’s Bodega fixes an appetizer plate.

Stephanie Micklon of Salemhaven Nursing Home and Sue Lavallee of Holiday Inn celebrate with their winnings from Area News Groups slot machine at the Business Expo portion of the evening.

Kyle W. and Meghan G. of the Common Man Restaurant

PTA Hosts Annual Family Pasta Night

any of the events we host. This year, our numbers were a little bit lower,” noted PTA President Kristen Rodrigue. Despite that, visitors really enjoyed the dinner and entertainment, which as always, was provided by local Italian accordion player Sebastian Faro of Methuen.

Rodrigue also noted that the Olive Garden of Tyngsboro donated the sauce and noodles while the Olive Garden of Methuen donated the breadsticks and salad. Meatballs were obtained at a discounted price from Suppa’s Pizza and Hannaford provided water bottles. There were also a wide variety of desserts brought in by PTA members and parent volunteers, and coffee and drinks were available for everyone.

Te Bouchard and Frechette families of Pelham enjoy good food and friends at the sold-out Family Pasta Night at Pelham Elementary School on Friday evening.

Parent volunteer Kelley Sauer poses with PES Pasta Night’s favorite entertainer, Sabastian Faro of Methuen and recently appointed PES Principal Tomas Adamakos.

by Karen Plumley Pelham Elementary School’s fifth Family Pasta Night, held on

Brothers enjoy their Italian meal together. From left: Alex, Christopher and Ben Rodrigue.

Friday, February 10, proved once again that the annual event continues to grow in popularity. Both dinner sittings sold out with a grand total of 350 guests enjoying the Italian fare. Held in the school’s spacious dining room, guests were greeted and served by several friendly and efficient fifth graders, including 10-year-old Manny Baisley. The PES-PTA also relied heavily on a staff of volunteer parents to help serve and organize the evening. “We strive to maintain a good number of volunteers to help us with our events, but we are not always all set. Volunteers make a huge difference in the success of

PMS Wins Project Green Lights Grant

by Diane Chubb Last summer, Principal Cathy Pinsonneault was reviewing some documents and came across a grant application for Project Green Lights from NorthEast Electrical. The winning school would get a free lighting energy audit and up to $50,000 to comply with the audit report.

Pinsonneault spent a few hours completing the grant application and then forgot about it. A few months later, she was notified that Pelham Memorial School had been selected as the grand prize winner!

Project Green Lights is a community initiative to educate business, towns, school districts and consumers about the importance of saving energy through “green lighting” products. NorthEast, the sponsor of the grant, is a full-service electrical distributor, operating 32 branches throughout New England. NorthEast will be working with the school district to conduct a lighting energy audit to recommend an appropriate energy savings solutions, including lamps and ballasts. PMS will be provided with the appropriate materials, up to $50,000 in value, to fulfill the audit report. NorthEast will even install the materials.

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Last year, Chester W. Barrows Elementary School in Cranston, Rhode Island won the grand prize. Following the audit, the school was provided with a new state of the art energy efficient lighting system which reduced energy consumption by over 40 percent, while improving the quality of the overall light. The reduction in energy also reduced the emissions of green house gases (CO2) by over 46,000 pounds annually. The audit has been conducted, and the district is now awaiting the recommendations from NorthEast Electrical. A lot of lighting upgrades have already been completed in the building over the past few years, so there may not be much more efficiency to gain. School Board Chair Rob Hardy is very excited about the prize. “Mrs. Pinsonneault showed incredible initiative in applying for the grant. We are excited to have been chosen as the grand prize winner for this year, and look forward to seeing the results of the lighting audit. He added, “Given the positive results that other schools have seen as a result of winning this prize, we believe that the equipment installed by NorthEast Electric will benefit the students and staff at PMS, and could provide significant savings to Pelham taxpayers.”

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