4 - February 24, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Gubernatorial Candidate to Address Windham GOP
Te Windham Republican Town Committee is pleased to welcome Steve Kenda at their next regular meeting. Te event will be held at the Windham Senior Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. Mr. Kenda is the founder of Kenda Systems, a
software consulting firm, which he sold in 2006, and became a principal in HireAbility.com
which provides software designed to streamline the hiring process. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he put himself through college by winning scholarships, taking out loans, and working two jobs. He is seriously considering a run for NH Governor
this year and has a Website kenda2012.com
. Tis program is presented as a public service and is open to all. If anyone has questions or wishes further information, they may call Margaret Crisler 595-7625.
Margaret McKee Crisler - Windham
Gleason Running for Pelham Board of Selectmen
I wish to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for re-election to the Pelham Board of Selectmen. If re-elected, my promise is that I will bring the same commitment, dedication, diligence and transparency to the Selectmen’s Office as I have demonstrated under my previous terms as Selectman and, in the past, as a member of the Board of Adjustment, the Budget Committee and the Trustees of the Trust Funds. I believe that during my terms, through cooperation and negotiated consensus on issues, progress has been made in addressing the Town’s infrastructure needs such as the addition to the Senior Center, the Muldoon Park egress, the Raymond Field updates and hopefully a new Fire Station. Tese improvements satisfy short term infrastructure deficiencies and should help mitigating declining property values. I would expect these improvements coupled with an initiative under consideration to bring natural gas to Pelham will also be a contributing factor in attracting additional new business and commercial interests to Pelham such as the Enterprise Bank and the new Southern New Hampshire Medical Facility all of which provide needed residential tax relief.
Also, strategies have been implemented and put in place under which employee contracts are negotiated to recognize the economic hardship the town is facing and serve to minimize future tax burden despite the continuing pass down of financial burdens from the state by reduced revenue sharing and decreased retirement system contributions. One of my major objectives for a next term will be to
work collaboratively with the Board of Selectmen, the School Board, the Budget Committee and Planning to re-implement and assure compliance with a financially responsible Capital Improvement Plan which addresses long term needs and minimizes tax growth. To see my qualifications and further background, please visit my website at edgleason.com
Respectfully, I ask your consideration when you vote
on March13. Ed Gleason – Pelham
Lewandowski is the Right Choice for Windham Town Treasurer I am writing in support of Corey Lewandowski for
Windham Town Treasurer. Corey has worked with our town as an independent auditor and has personally performed an audit on our town finances. I have
spoken with him in depth and was shocked to learn that our current process is to basically “rubber stamp” all invoices with no regard to how our money is being spent. Corey has made a pledge if he is elected as town treasurer that he will personally review each and every expense and will personally sign each check. He also will ensure that every expense will be posted on line so that any citizen in our town will have the ability to see exactly how our tax dollars are being spent. As a current auditor he has the experience and the knowledge necessary to ensure our funds are not being wasted. It is time that our local government becomes transparent and finally put an end to unnecessary waste. I hope you will join me in voting for Corey
Lewandowski for Town Treasurer on March 13. Addison R. Hartmann – Windham
Vote Stephanie Foster for Windham Planning Board I am writing in support of Stephanie Foster who
is running as a candidate for the Windham Planning Board. Prior to Stephanie making her decision to run for the position she had been personally involved in presenting in front of the board. She is aware of what requirements are necessary both as a presenter as well as from a board member perspective. Upon making the decision to run, Stephanie has spent numerous hours studying in depth the Master Plan, attended planning board meetings and met with the Community Development Director as well as reached out to current planning board members. I have spoken with Stephanie personally and believe that she has the right vision for our town. She supports growth that is well thought out and maintains the charm and New England feel that our town wants. However she understands that there is a need for some growth in order to support our tax base. I feel that she will weigh each decision keeping both in mind. I hope you will join me in casting your vote for
Stephanie Foster for Planning Board on March 13. Cynthia Marshall Hartmann - Windham
Eileen Mashimo for Supervisor of the Checklist
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the office
of Supervisor of the Voter Checklist in the Town of Windham. As a voting resident of Windham it is of utmost
importance that all people who are eligible to vote can vote. Tose who are no longer eligible to vote should be taken off the voter list in a timely fashion to ensure there is no opportunity for voter fraud. I will be proactive in my duties of Supervisor of the Voter Checklist and perform regular updates to the list to make every effort to ensure that there is integrity in our voter list and our precious right to vote is never compromised.
Eileen Mashimo - Windham
Pelham VFW Post 10722 Sponsors Candidate’s Night
Pelham’s John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722 will again host this year’s Pelham Candidates Night in support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Get Out To Vote” Program. Citizens are welcome to attend the live broadcast on PTV from Sherburne Hall at 7 p.m. on March 8 or call-in to ask direct questions to candidates seeking office. Te VFW kindly asks that candidate’s attend whether opposed or not, to speak to their credentials and accomplishments. Please contact
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to confirm attendance and be scheduled. Voting day is Tuesday March 13 – Know the facts
before you vote. Mark T. McCabe – Pelham
Re-elect Ross McLeod for Windham Board of Selectman Honest. Fair. Informed. Committed. Tat’s what
we want in our elected officials, and that’s what you get with Ross McLeod, who is running for re-election to the Windham Board of Selectmen. We are proud to say that we have known Ross for
many years and know him as a person of integrity - a quality that he has exhibited as a member of the Windham Planning Board and later on the Board of Selectmen. A resident for nearly 15 years, Ross’s sole commitment is the Town of Windham and continuing to make it one of the most desirable places to live in New Hampshire. A big advocate of capital planning, Ross has
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supported sensible development and growth that has made Windham a progressive community while maintaining the town’s sought-after charm - a win- win for the local businesses and residents. Let’s face it, to stay ahead of progress, or even in step with it, requires necessary expenditures, and his focus on capital planning and his ability to make smart fiscal decisions has enabled the town to handle vital expenses without us incurring a major impact on our tax rate. Windham continues to grow by leaps and bounds, putting an even bigger burden on our resources, among them public safety. Realizing that our biggest assets are our home and our family, Ross has proven his dedication in ensuring that both are protected. To fully understand what that entails, he spent a Friday night at the Fire Department, learning the role each person plays and what equipment is required and why. As a result, he was able to make informed decisions concerning this department and its budget. We applaud him for this effort. Perhaps that is what is most impressive about Ross - he comes to the meetings prepared and does his homework so that he is well informed before making important decisions that affect all of us. He is also courteous and respectful to the residents, the town’s employees, and to his fellow board members, a trait we should not just expect, but demand, from our elected officials. Lastly, he has proven himself a person of integrity, recusing himself from votes where there may be a conflict of interest, whether real or perceived. We hope you consider casting your vote for Ross
Karen and Jay Moltenbrey – Windham Local Businesses, Trivent
Financial for Lutherans Raise Over $2,100 for Homeless Families Program
Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County
(FPGRC) greatly appreciates the below-listed businesses and locations, and Trivent Financial for Lutherans, who helped raise funds to start an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Once open, the IHN will help homeless families in the Salem/Derry area get back on their feet. From Halloween through Christmas 2011, these businesses placed a House for Change, a box shaped like a house, on their counters. Te houses were decorated by local youth and by participants in Salem Workplace Success. Houses for Change raised over $1,600 thanks to these locations. One third of this amount will be matched by Trivent Financial for Lutherans’ Care Abounds in Communities program, bringing the total raised to over $2,100. A few businesses could not place a house, but made a donation instead or allowed us to man a table during a busy time; these are included.
Windham: Cyr Lumber, Artistic Creations, Te
Village Bean, Capri Pizza, Windham Beauty Shop, Windham Junction/Te Kitchen, Windham Deli, A Simply Wholesome Life, Bella Vino, Windham Barber Shop, Windham Town Hall. Salem: Lady Grace, Sugar and Spice Bake Shop
Absolute Elegance, Chatila’s Bakery, J. Stewarts Flower Shop, City Line Market Giovanni’s , Gulf Gas Station, Harry’s Barber Shop, Staples, Michael’s Market, Natural Marketplace, Studio 9 Hair Salon, Sunshine Laundry, Vitales Hair Salon, McKinnon’s Market, Londonderry, Mack’s Apples, Curves of Londonderry. Derry: Bark Avenue Pet Salon, Te People’s Barber
Shop, Big Lots, C&K Restaurant, Rite Aid, JR’s on Bypass 28, East Derry General Store, A Cut Above Hair Stylist, Church of the Transfiguration, Etz Hayim Synagogue. Auburn: Mobile Station, Route 28 Bypass, Auburn
Library, Auburn Supermarket. Chester: Hardware store, KD Nails, Chester
Restaurant, Chester Fire Department. Sandown: Sandown Town Hall, Sandown Market,
Bruchetta’s Pizza parlor Hampstead: Bean Towne, Route 111 Dry cleaners,
Toss & Sauce Pizza, Te English Muffin, Hampstead Village Variety, Don’s Market. Other Towns: Bucco’s Deli and Café in Plaistow,
Eggie’s Family Restaurant in Atkinson, Kingston Fire Department, Kingston Library, Newton Library, Danville Library, Sandy’s Variety Store in Manchester. FPGRC is a local affiliate of Family Promise, a national organization seeking to end homelessness in the U.S. among children and their families. Affiliates create a local IHN program to temporarily shelter families in existing church buildings on a rotating basis. Professional staff at a centrally located Day Center work with the families to solve the issues that led to homelessness. Nationally, 80 percent regain permanent housing after staying in the IHN an average of 2-3 months (up to six months in some parts of the U.S.). FPGRC plans to serve Salem, Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Pelham, Atkinson, Auburn, Chester, Danville, Sandown, Hampstead, Kingston, Newton, and Plaistow. For more information on Family Promise please visit www.familypromisegrc.org
. Donations may be made online, or mailed to Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County, Inc., P. O. Box 611, Derry, NH 03038.
Melanie Nesheim, President, Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County
Re-elect McLeod and Hohenberger for Windham Selectmen
Ross McLeod and Roger Hohenberger are superb choices for Board of Selectmen. Ross McLeod stands out as a public official who truly and whole-heartedly embraces open and accountable government and quality of life for all. I admire Ross because he’s an extraordinarily strong and passionate voice for the Town’s people that he represents. Ross vigorously advocates for the competitive bidding process for Town purchases and contracts, and he consistently votes for the lowest bids. Roger Hohenberger is a determined and effective gatekeeper of the Town Budget. Independent thinking, practical decision making, and a sincere concern for doing what’s best for the Town are reasons why I support Roger. During McLeod’s and Hohenberger’s three year terms, the Town budget has remained relatively flat, and I’m confident that they will continue to look after the Town’s fiscal well-being. Ross and Roger are running for Selectmen for all the
right reasons. Please join me in casting your vote for these two exceptional individuals on Tuesday, March 13th.
Patrick Nysten – Windham
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Re-Elect Carolyn Webber for Windham Planning Board I’ve had the pleasure of serving with
Carolyn Webber on the Planning Board over the last 10 months – I as an alternate and she as a regular member. My observations are that Carolyn is dedicated, experienced and considers all Planning Board matters with a fair and balanced approach. Please join me in voting to re-elect Carolyn Webber for Windham Planning Board on Tuesday, March 13 at Windham High School!
Vanessa Nysten – Windham
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