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The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

How Your State Representatives Voted in Concord

Here is how the Windham/Salem state representatives

voted on March 21, 2012 on House Bill 437, relative to the definition of marriage.* Gary Azarian - Yea David Bates - Nay Ronald Belanger - Yea David Bettencourt - Yea Robert Elliott - Nay Marilinda Garcia - Nay Mary Griffin - Nay Walter Kolodziej - Nay Donna Mauro - Nay Charles McMahon - Did not vote Richard Okerman - Did not vote John Sytek - Yea

Kevin Waterhouse - Yea A “yea” vote upholds the right for same sex marriage,

a vote for civil rights. A “nay” vote repeals the right for same sex marriage, against civil rights. We encourage readers to keep a record of how the

representatives voted. *Source: New Hampshire General Court – Bill

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Anthony R. DiFruscia - Windham Rekart Tanks His Supporters

I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, all of my supporters, and those who came out to vote on March 13. I am honored to have been elected to be

Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts Academy Outstanding Instruction and Community Service

submitted by Laurie MacInnis, Professional Martial Arts Academy Professional Martial Arts Academy in Windham, in conjunction with our Derry academy, is celebrating 18 years of providing outstanding, nationally recognized, martial arts instruction. In honor of this milestone, Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts Academy will host an anniversary celebration at the Windham academy located at 58 Range Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Free trial classes will be offered; instructors will be on hand to answer your martial arts questions. This celebration is open to the public, all are welcome to attend! Space is limited for the Free Trial Classes. Call 893-7990 today for class times and to reserve your spot!

Seventh Annual Daddy Daughter Dances Were Successful

On Sunday, March 18, and Friday, March 23,

Windham Recreation hosted the Seventh Annual Daddy Daughter Dances. Te response was so huge

In My Opinion...

by Amy Landry For most people, being sick is not a desirable experience. When

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you are sick, your life is interrupted; you may miss out on work, school, activities, and other events. It is only natural that your first instinct is to find a way to get better in the shortest amount of time, so you make an appointment to meet with your doctor and request to be treated with antibiotics or, if your child is sick, you request that he or she is treated with antibiotics. After all, you have learned that antibiotics can treat almost any illness on the planet, so why not use them to treat your illness? And, even if the antibiotics do not work, what is the harm in trying them out anyway? The truth is, although antibiotics are extremely useful in fighting a broad range of infections, they do have limitations and restrictions. For instance, antibiotics are effective against many different kinds of bacterial infections, such as strep throat and bronchitis, but they are completely ineffective in treating viral infections, such as the common cold or influenza. Out of the 48 million people who become sick every year , there will be close to one billion cases of the common cold and about 5 percent to 20 percent of the population will come down with the flu. Unfortunately, for these people, there is no treatment available except simple symptom relief, such as taking over-the-counter medicines, increasing fluid intake, getting plenty of rest, and/or using a vaporizer or saline spray. Although it might be frustrating to be told that there is no

a member of the Windham School Board and I look forward to working with my fellow WSB members, the school administrators, faculty, staff, and the residents of the town as we confront the challenges that face our district. If any questions, concerns, or recommendations arise, please do not hesitate to contact me at 603-818-3306 or

Jerome Rekart - Windham

this year, we actually had two dances! I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who assisted with the events. Tank you to: Laura Scott, Debbie Mckenzie, Nicole Merrill, Al Getler, Holly Breton, Linda Parke, Katie F, Victoria H, Cara C, Lindsay S, Brynn R, Sophia P, and Ariana M. I would also like to thank Delahunty’s, the Eagle

Tribune, Soleil Salon and Spa, Artistic Creations, and Windham Beauty Shop for their generous donations. We are looking forward to next year when we will

have 2 dances once again! Cheryl Haas, Recreation Coordinator - Windham

by Amy Landry

My name is Amy Landry. I am a Salem High School graduate from the class of 2009, and I am currently a junior undergraduate student at the University of New Hampshire-Durham, majoring in medical microbiology. My studies include pathogenic microbiology, immunology, biostatistics, genetics, infectious disease and health, and many other biomedical-based courses. I am also involved in extracurricular activities, such as the University Honors Program, the UNH Pre-Dental Society, and the Wildcat Marching Band. Upon graduation from UNH next year, I plan to attend dental school to pursue a career as a dentist.

Why You Should Think Twice About Antibiotics

treatment for whatever ‘bug’ you are sick with, it is important that you understand the dangers of the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. When antibiotics are not used properly, they become increasingly ineffective over time due to the existence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. What this means is that an antibiotic may no longer be able to cure a particular infection anymore and may even reach the point where the disease is untreatable. When more and more hard-to-treat illnesses are spread from person to person, there is a major health concern that these antibiotic-resistant infections will more likely lead to serious disability or even death.

In order to slow down the progression of antibiotic resistant bacteria, we must all do our part by making smart decisions and taking individual responsibility when it comes to the use of antibiotics. While it may be tempting to go straight away to the doctor’s office to get a prescription the moment you start feeling sick, before running off to the pharmacy with your ‘golden ticket’ in hand, please make sure you have taken all possible treatment options under careful consideration. You should never ignore your symptoms or the fact that you are sick. However, do not falsely presume that the doctor will be able to give you a prescription for any and every ailment that

comes your way. The next time you have a runny nose, think twice about relying on antibiotics for treatment because your decision will not only impact your own individual health, but it will ultimately affect the health of the entire community, as well.

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Fools’ Day. Shaw’s registered dietitian, Jennifer Shea, has the inside scoop on the food myths we all should dispel. Shea encourages you to not be tricked by the following ‘healthy’ foods: 1. Avoid eggs; they’ll raise your “bad” cholesterol. Yes, egg yolks do have the most concentrated amount of cholesterol of any food, but research has proven that dietary cholesterol has almost nothing to do with serum (blood) cholesterol. One egg has only 70 calories and is packed with vitamins and minerals. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy

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2. Carbs make you fat. Cutting carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) from your diet may result in short-term weight loss but only because of water loss from decreased carbohydrate stores (carbs hold onto water in the body). Eating carbs in moderation does not directly lead to weight gain. The body and mind use carbs for energy, and going too long without them can cause lethargy, mood swings and may cause you to overindulge in carbs once you start eating them again. So, eat your carbs! The key here

is: Choose whole grain carbs that are fiber-rich, which will help fill you up and satisfy hunger. Bottom line: One-fourth of the food on your plate at each meal should be a whole grain food, such as whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa or barley.

3. Coffee is bad for you. Actually, the health benefits of coffee outweigh the risks – just watch the cream and sugar. Coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia and have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes. Researchers aren’t sure which components are protective – could be the caffeine or the high antioxidant content. Remember, heavy caffeine use in certain persons can cause sleep problems, irritable behavior and anxiety. Bottom line: Drink your coffee in moderation but go without or use creamers and sugar sparingly.

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4. Sea salt is a healthier version of regular salt. Everyday table salt has about 2,300 mg/sodium per teaspoon. Sea salt is made from evaporated seawater and has about 2,300 mg/sodium as well. Sea salt does have magnesium and iron, in tiny amounts (so really no benefit). A table salt benefit is that it’s fortified with iodine, which regulates the hormones in your body. Bottom ;line: Sea salt sounds fancy and more natural, but it’s no better for you.


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