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Pelham High School is well on their way to 40 new tables for their science department. Total Table pledges since 2/23/12: 10 Total Tables Pledged: 23. We are over the halfway mark!

Pack 610 will be raffling gift baskets throughout March. Those interested in buying a raffle ticket can do so at the following locations: March 4th and 5th 9:00 AM-3:00 PM March 10th 11:00 AM-3:00 PM March 13th 7:00 AM-8:00 PM March 17th 8:00 AM-3:00 PM March 24th 3:00-5:00 PM March 31st 10:00-2:30 PM

Pelham Fish and Game Club Pinball Wizard Arcade At the Polls

Hanaford Plaza Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet Easter Egg Hunt Pelham Green - Winners Drawn at 3:00 PM To date the Pack has garnered $7,300 worth of donations for the project.

We would like to issue a Challenge … If 10 or more neighbors in one neighborhood raise enough money to pay for one table by noon on March 31 each donating household will receive 10 free raffle tickets.

To become a table donor and an education supporter, mail a check, payable to Pelham High School

to Dr. Mohr, 85 Marsh Rd, Pelham, NH 03076. You can also make a pledge by sending an e-mail to For questions, call Lucy Wilkerson 438-5074 or Dr. Mohr at the high school.

by Diane Chubb During the School District Deliberative Session, members of the Pelham School Board emphasized the importance of Warrant Articles 4, 5 and 6. These warrants relate to structural improvements at Pelham High School required by NEASC. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges provides accreditation services for more than 2000 public and private institutions throughout the New England states. In November 2008, PHS was placed on

“warning” status by NEASC. PHS has been cited for deficiencies in the physical structure, among

NEASC Accreditation Status May Ride on March Ballot other things.

Attempts to resolve the known issues through a potential co-op with Windham, a new school on a new piece of property and additions have failed to obtain the number of votes necessary for passage.

In the meantime, the PSB has been working to address as many issues in the NEASC reports as possible, at least the ones not related to the physical facility.

NEASC issued its most recent report in September 2011, requesting an update on short and long term plans to address facilities issues. Some of the items that require attention include a proper HVAC system and “immediate steps to address the lack of egress through undersized building windows that do not meet code requirements.” A sprinkler system would make the installation of new windows unnecessary. Dr. Mohr, Principal at PHS, must provide a written response showing what progress has been made toward meeting the goals stated. As Pelham has its Town Meeting in March, Mohr was given an extension of time so she could include the results of the election in her response. Warrant Articles 4-6 all relate to issues at the high school.

Article 4 requests funds for an HVAC upgrade. Article 5, which requires passage of Article 4, would provide for air conditioning in the school where it is not already in place. Article 6 would fund a sprinkler system for the building, thus removing the need to replace windows. During the School District Deliberative Session, held on February 8, the issue of accreditation arose.

Doug Viger, a member of the Board of Selectmen, posed the question of what would happen to accreditation at PHS if the warrant articles did not pass. School Board member Deb Ryan responded, “It doesn’t help our cause.”

Interim Superintendent Henry LaBranche, stated that the public needs to demonstrate its commitment to the school district. Failure to pass the warrant articles would increase the likelihood that PHS would be downgraded from its current “warning” status to a “probation” status. Recently, the Pelham School Board welcomed

Janet Allison, the NEASC commissioner, to attend a meeting and provide more information regarding the accreditation process. In her comments, Allison noted that NEASC has

always noted the positive actions associated with PHS. Correspondence “has always included a number of commendations and it’s based on what the school and the people in it are doing, and that’s important.” She clearly acknowledged that the issues related to PHS have to do with the facility and the lack of community support for the schools.


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Election Day is Tuesday, March 13. If you are interested in

displaying a political sign, keep in mind that there are some important rules that must be followed in choosing where to place these signs. Under state law, NH RSA 664:17, no political advertising (signs) shall be placed on or affixed to any public property, including highway rights-of-way, or private property without the owner’s consent. All political advertising is required to be removed no later than the second Friday following the election (3/23/12). Signs are not allowed to be placed on or affixed to utility poles or highway signs. Political signs may be placed within state- owned rights-of-way as long as the advertising does not obstruct the safe flow of traffic. No person shall remove, deface, or knowingly destroy any


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submitted by Pelham Police Department The Pelham Police Department recently acquired a drug drop off box from NADDI (the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators) for the purposes of collecting old, unused or discarded pharmaceutical prescription drugs from citizens. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including

from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing

them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Teen prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. According to The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, one in

10 teens has abused cough medication, while one in five has taken prescription stimulants, pain medications, or tranquilizers to get “high.” Because of their accessibility in the home, prescription drugs are now considered a “Gateway Drug.” More teens have used a prescription drug to get “high” before trying Marijuana or any other drug. Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and drug drop off boxes like this one are an indispensable

tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health in our community. The drug drop off box was installed in the lobby of the police station for citizens who wish to turn in old, unused or discarded pharmaceutical prescriptions. Citizens may, at any time of day or night, stop in to the police station and place the drugs in the drug drop box. Citizens are not required to speak with an officer when dropping of the drugs. The program is designed for citizens come and go as they please and to remain anonymous if they wish. Needles, drug paraphernalia and liquids will not be accepted. This program is for pharmaceutical prescription drugs or drug patches that are packaged or in their original containers.

“Anything that people in that building- the professional staff, the support staff, the central office, parents, community and their engagement … the processes, programs, services that the school has control over, they have done a very thorough, committed job in implementing the accreditation report,” she stated. “It’s the issues that they don’t control, in terms of the facility that really continue to negatively impact their ability to do everything they need to do.”

Article 5, which requires passage of Article 4, is a request for $400,000 for installation of air conditioning at PHS to the parts of the school where it is not currently in place. The request might be seen as a luxury by some

voters and not at all related to accreditation. However, LaBranche pointed out that there are special needs students who require air conditioning. “We have some students coming up to the

high school and we are required to provide an air conditioned environment for them. If this warrant article does not pass, I am not sure how we will be able to accommodate them,” he stated. After Mohr submits her report to NEASC, it will

several months before the fate of PHS is known. NEASC is not expected to issue its findings until fall 2012. The School Board requests that anyone with questions about the warrant article contact the school board members at

Political Advertising and Signs

political sign which is placed on or affixed to public property or any private property except the owner of the property, persons authorized by the owner of the property, or a law enforcement officer removing improper advertising. Political advertising placed on or affixed to any public property may be removed by the state, or the Town. Political signage removed prior to Election Day by state or the Town is required to be kept for one week so that the candidate may retrieve the items. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike Garrepy, Zoning Board of Adjustment/Code Enforcement Administrator at 432-3806 or or stop in to the Community Development Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refer to NH RSA 664:18 for complete statutory requirements for political advertising.


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