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Pelham~Windham News Volume 9 Number 39 April 13, 2012 16 Pages
Income Tax Day: Tuesday, April 17
by Doug Robinson Many United States residents
mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15. However, this deadline may be extended to accommodate holidays, extreme weather conditions, or when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Whether you are dreading Tax
Day, the tax return filing deadline, or looking forward to a sizable return, you need to file a return on time. Thus, you must know when Tax Day falls in 2012.
While most know that April 15
is the traditional Tax Day, the fact that April 15, 2012 is a Sunday has thrown things out of whack a little. The Tax filing deadline for 2012 is Tuesday, April 17. Income tax was first introduced in the United States of America in 1861. A rate of three percent was levied on incomes above $800 per year and the resulting revenue was used to help fund the American Civil War effort. However, income tax was seen as unconstitutional and the law was repealed in 1872. The idea of a tax on personal income, at a rate of two percent, was reintroduced in the Revenue Act of 1894, but the legal status of this kind of tax was still unclear. In 1913, the “Sixteenth Amendment” to the Constitution of the United States was ratified. This cleared the way for the modern income tax system in the USA. Today, those paying their annual
tax work approximately 107 days to pay that yearly income tax. With April 15 being a Sunday,
naturally we’d usually look to Monday, April 16, as the default deadline. However, a little-known holiday called Emancipation Day is celebrated in the District of Columbia, and Emancipation Day falls on April 16. Accordingly, this 2012’s Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17. Emancipation Day honors that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, which enabled the release of about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia, nine months in advance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was made an official public holiday in D.C. on January 4, 2005, by Mayor Anthony A. Williams. “Tax Day may not be our favorite
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All cozied-up together are Grace with the shelter’s toy poodle Sara during a visit on Tursday, April 5
Left to right: Windham Terrace Assisted Living’s Program Director Melanie Purcell; C.O.O. of the Bedford Animal shelter Lindsay Hamrick; Ladies from Windham Terrace - Muriel, Priscille, Joan, Grace, Dorothy, Mary Ann, Frances, Jane and Activity Assistant Danielle Finocchiaro
Preschool Program Moves to High School
by Barbara O’Brien Windham School Board members had two reasonable choices concerning the location of the district’s preschool program; either leave it where it is and invest a substantial amount of money in renovations to the building or relocate the program to a section of Windham High School. After an extensive discussion during the meeting
on April 3, school board members came to the unanimous decision to vacate the building where the pre-school is presently housed and spend money retrofitting two downstairs classrooms at the high school, as soon as the current school year ends. “This is where Special Education begins,” Superintendent Henry LaBranche told school board members, in reference to the district’s
preschool; a program designed to help children ages 3 to 5, who are identified as having special needs. The preschool has been housed in the facility on
Route 111 for many years, ever since the Windham Police Department moved into its current quarters on Fellows Road. According to long-time resident Bob Coole, the building was constructed in 1981 at a cost of $99,999 and was approved by voters at the prior town meeting. According to Coole, the structure was built as a house, so that the town could eventually sell it. Referring to the building’s current need for renovations, Coole said, “It was built to last 20 years.” That was 31 years ago. The building was conveyed to the school district in 1999 and has been home to the pre-school continued to page 5- Preschool Move
School Board Hires Consulting Group for Facilities Study
by Diane Chubb The Pelham School Board has approved $5,000 to hire an outside consulting group to create a strategic plan for school facilities. Unlike other facilities planning groups, this one brings an outside group that would bring together people from the community with a variety of opinions. One of the drawbacks of a volunteer committee is that the same people tend to be involved. An outside group might be able to bring in a wider scope of people. Assistant Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz suggested using New England School Development Counsel (NESDEC) to help facilitate the strategic planning process. The group is a non-profit company made up retired superintendents that performs superintendent
searches, curriculum consulting and strategic planning. There are two different options that the Board could pursue. 1. Full Strategic Plan, 6-8 month session - cost is approximately $10-13,000.
2. Best Education Use, 2-3 month session - cost is $5,000. The funds for the “Best Education Use” option
have already been set aside, and the board has voted to hire NESDEC by a vote of 3-2. In preparing its report, NESDEC will look at the best use of school facilities, taking into account enrollment, capacity and organization of grades within schools. Megan Larson was in favor of involving more
continued to page 5- Facilities Study Easter Sunrise Service on Harris Pond
Mike Ely provided various hymns to the congregation during the service.
by Len Lathrop Some would say that the sun did not rise this Easter morning, truly, we know that it did. The darkness lifted and the Spirit was there. Members of the First Congregational Church, as is their tradition, gathered at Harris’ Pelham Inn for their Easter Sunrise Service. The local weatherman had called for sunrise at 6:14 a.m., the sky was filled by the clouds, which turned slightly red as the service began. For those gathered in front of the lake they lended their energy to the celebration, led by 19 children from the congregation under the guidance of Rev. William Ferguson. From the Lord’s light beaming,
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Te congregation assembled in front of a rugged cross at Harris’ Pelham Inn. Te youth can be seen bringing the candle to the gathering, under the direction of Rev. Ferguson.
brought to the congregation in the form of a candle, the youth group provided the reading and mediation. In addition to celebrating the rising of Christ from the dead, the congregation also renewed their Baptismal vows. Rev. Ferguson spoke to all gathered that the water of baptism is the source of our unity in the body of Christ and to reaffirm our baptism into the body they renounce evil.
While the weather was around 40 degrees, the warmth of the congregation was evident, and the peace of the world could be seen across the water and sounds of the geese and ducks joined in to welcome in the new day.
Windham Terrace Ladies ‘Knitten for Kittens’
by Marc Ayotte Several residents of the Windham Terrace Assisted Living facilities were quite busy over the past couple of weeks. On Wednesday, March 28, several ladies completed phase one of a two- part project that involved baking, knitting and kittens. During a six week long project, several Windham Terrace lady residents combined their efforts by forming a knitting group where they knitted blankets and toys to be distributed to cats and dogs. The lucky recipients were the felines and wayward pups located at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford. On Thursday, April 5, the Windham Terrace- mobile took to the road when the ladies drove to Bedford to spend an afternoon delivering their finished blankets and baked goods as well as taking a tour of the shelter. Specifically, the ladies knitted blankets for the new kittens on the scene. According to the shelter’s Humane Educator, Diane Frost, the delivery of the blankets was just in time as it coincided with the beginning of kitten season. As Frost told the ladies, the blankets would come in handy
for transporting the newly born kittens from location to another inside the shelter. After arriving at the shelter, Program Director Melanie Purcell and the eight Windham Terrace residents were accompanied in the meeting room by two of the fortunate blanket recipients. Two kittens named Chauffer and Butler were greeted and treated to the warmth of their new blankets, while somewhat nervously enjoying a snuggling session with each of the ladies. Once the kittens had their visit, Mojo and Sara made their way into the visiting area to enjoy some of the baked dog treats prepared by the ladies of Windham Terrace. Mojo is a 9 year old miniature pinscher that was rescued from a Midwest puppy mill, while four year old toy poodle, Sara (who was one of the Mont Vernon 44) was shown warmth and affection; a stark contrast from her earlier years as a victim of the local dog hoarding case. Even though Mojo’s teeth were entirely extracted, as part as the puppy mill breeding process, the little guy with tongue hanging from the side of his mouth, seemed to appreciate the ladies’ baking efforts. After enjoying their one-on-one time with the
Dorothy does some snuggling with her new friend Chauffer as the kitten enjoys the hand made blanket, compliments of the ladies from Windham Terrace
chosen four, the ladies were given a guided tour through the rest of the shelter where dozens and cats currently call their home.
Income Tax Day
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
Staff photos by Len Lathrop
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