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Pelham - Windham News | April 13, 2012 - 15 Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?


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“Thumbs up to the upcoming improvements


to Pelham’s High School and New Fire Station. I hope we can continue to improve but we also don’t want to end up like Windham with a town nobody wants to move to because taxes are through the roof. How about looking at cutting spending, putting a cap on unlimited overtime for town employees and re-negotiating health and pensions to bring them more into line?”


“Thumbs up.


Congratulations to the students, English and Math teachers at Pelham Memorial School for being the only school from the Pelham/Windham school district to make AYP in two areas tested. Pelham Memorial was one of the 25% from the state to make AYP in both Math and Reading based on their NECAP results.”


“Thumbs down to the people who arrive early to pick up their children from school and let their cars idle for 20 or more minutes. It’s a waste of energy, contributes to global warming and when our kids come out of the school they have to breath the exhaust. Just shut it off. What could you possibly be doing that requires running your engine that long?”


“Thumbs up to the


Pelham Memorial School Staff. You were the only school to make Yearly Progress in both Math and Reading. Obviously, you know what you’re doing and our kids are lucky to


have great teachers like yourselves! Keep up the good work. We all appreciate your hard work.”


“Thumbs up to the Boy Scout troops in Windham for all of their volunteer work!”


“Thumbs down. When riding through Pelham


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and Windham, I am very saddened by the lack of American flags displayed on homes and business buildings. I urge everyone to purchase and fly our flag proudly. It is a symbol of America, our heritage, our Veterans servicemen and our country. You show your love and pride for all to admire. Let it fly everyday and keep this pride alive.”


“Thumbs up for the cause. My family donates, but thumbs down for the once again location, and especially having no town noise ordinance. Even the city of Lowell has a noise ordinance. How about 6 or 7 am until midnight? That sounds fair. If not, this once again overnight fundraiser should be held in our local town official’s back yard. Or better yet, your own back yard for however long and noisy you want.”


“Thumbs down to the thumbs down poster who is telling home owners that they are entitled to collect impact fees back from their home builder. You win this year’s most ridiculous comment award! Do you also think I’m entitled to go after my builder for the real estate commission, building permit, driveway permit, carpeting, bark mulch, and other costs associated to build my home?”


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“Thumbs up. Once again, my family does morally, ethically, medically and financially support the cause. You are confused. We will all march with you all night long in your backyard, so party on!”


“Thumbs up to the Pelham 2011


Town Report. This year’s winner for the highest paid town employee will be awarded to our Town Administrator. He earned $142,291. That equals $2,736/week. The next question that should be asked is, what do you do in Pelham that justifies a paycheck of $2,736/ week. And this amount does not include health benefits or retirement benefits. Please keep in mind that our tax bills will be in the mail real soon.”


“Thumbs up. What a fabulous job the students did with their New England Common Assessment exams from Pelham Memorial School. Without their hard work, an undertaking like this would have been impossible. They were the only school in the district to achieve passing scores in both math and reading. Congratulations also go out to the English and Math teachers from Memorial for your work and for making this goal possible. I’m a proud parent to have my children attend this school and learning about this great news. Keep up the good work everyone.”


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up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Pelham~Windham News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at thumbs@ areanewsgroup.com. When submitting a Tumbs com- ment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Pelham~Windham News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


by Marc Ayotte Almost a year ago to the day, the Pelham boys’ lacrosse team opened up their season with an 11-3 drubbing at the hands of Kearsarge Regional, in what was a disappointing home loss. On Tuesday, April 10 of 2012, the Pythons avenged their previous season’s home opening loss by traveling to North Sutton where they ruined the Cougars home opener, dumping Kearsarge by the score of 8-3, in division III action. The Pythons fell behind early 1-0 before they were able to grab a 3-2 lead after the first half of play. After missing the entire last season due to a knee injury, Pelham welcomed back the scoring talents of attack Alec Paradis. The Python junior made an impactful return, scoring three times while dishing out three assists. In the midfielder slot, Harley Kearney added to the scoring punch by scoring twice while adding an assist. Junior Nick Fisette, who was active due to an injury to Keston Beauregard, chipped in nicely with a goal and two assists. Nick Morin, who also tallied a goal in last year’s opener against the Cougars, recorded a goal and an assist. Mike Roscoe closed out the Pelham scoring with his first goal of the season.


two goals by Kearney that rallied the troops. “He had two monster goals” recalled the head Python, “but goal number five came while we were in a lull” added Regan. Defensively, goalie Jake Diaz


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Pythons Tame Cougars in LAX Opener


Nick Morin, shown above in last year’s home opener against the Cougars, matched last year’s feat by also scoring a goal in this year’s 8-3 season opening road win against Kearsarge


According to head coach Matt Regan, it was the


earned the praises of his coach; “he was fantastic in his first varsity start” exclaimed Regan, noting his 13 saves in net was key in the opening day win. With respect to ‘special teams’ play, Regan commended face-off specialist Kevin DeAngelo for his effectiveness in winning the battles at


center field; “He won every faceoff” Regan indicated. In mentioning that the Cougars at times ‘forfeited’ or conceded the faceoff in an attempt to get in better defensive position, Regan added “I’ve never seen that before”, adding that DeAngelo’s ability to dominate the face-offs was actually


Due to a year long injury, donning the B’s cap and playing the role of cheerleader was all Alec Paradis could do for the Python Lacrosse team last season; this year,


Paradis notched a hat trick in leading Pelham to an 8-3 win in the season opener against Kearsarge


creating fast break opportunities for the Pythons. The Pythons will face Pembroke on Friday, April 13, in their home opener at the Harris Family Field.


Windham Baseball, Softball Win on Opening Day


Windham senior Tom Mullin fires a pitch in the Jaguars’ season opener against Plymouth on Monday


by Chris White Windham High’s baseball and softball teams


Windham pitcher Rachel Vafides tossed a three-hit shutout against Plymouth on opening day


enjoyed a successful opening day on Monday, April 9. Each team defeated Plymouth Regional at


home to start the season off with a 1-0 record. The baseball Jaguars shutout Plymouth, 10-0,in a six-inning mercy victory. Windham pitcher Tom Mullin gave up only four hits and two walks, while striking out four Bobcats over six innings in the shutout effort. Mullin also had a productive day afternoon at the plate with two hits, one RBI, and two runs scored. Matt Carbonello led the Jaguar offense, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and one run scored. Also contributing to Windham’s offense were Mike DiOrio (two runs scored), David Carbonello (two runs scored, one RBI), Adam Dolan (one run scored, one RBI), David Crichton (1 for 1, one RBI), Jeff Peterson (1 for 3, one RBI), Connor Whittemore (1 for 3, one run scored), and Daniel Farias (1 for 1, one run scored, one RBI). Meanwhile, the Jaguar softball team took a 5-0 shutout win over the Bobcats. Windham pitcher


Rachel Vafides went the distance, allowing only three hits, three walks, and striking out 10 batters. She also went 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. Windham catcher Emily Comtois led off the second inning with a booming double off the left field fence and Makenzie Magee (two RBIs) tripled to left center to score Comtois. Then Danielle Donovan (one RBI) singled Magee home to put the Jaguars up 2-0. The Jaguars received two-hit performances from


Vafides, Magee, and Heather Tornquist. Comtois also threw out two runners attempting to steal second.


After visiting Lebanon on Wednesday, the


Windham baseball and softball teams will see their next action at home against John Stark Regional on Friday, April 13. Each game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.


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