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Pelham~Windham News Volume 9 Number 42 May 4, 2012 16 Pages National
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7- 11 by Doug Robinson
Since 1984, National PTA® has designated the first full week in May as PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. PTA events at the national, state, and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make. Teacher Appreciation Week begins on the 7th until the 11th of May. During this time, students are offered the opportunity to show teachers how thankful they are for their support. It it’s time for students and communities to demonstrate how much our teachers mean so that we can have a better future. Teachers, the people who educate us, and give us the vital knowledge which we need to live our lives. They encourage, support, discipline and prepare us for the road ahead and now it’s time for us to show them our appreciation. The 8th of May will mark
Teacher Appreciation Day and students all across America will show their appreciation by rewarding their teachers with lovely gifts. These gifts can come in a variety of shapes and sizes – remember, it’s the thought that counts.
“NEA (National Education Association) and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May. The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day’ writes the NEA. The NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only. Some schools may have a special schedule lined up which will provide many outlets for students and communities to show how much a specific teacher or school system means to you them. Teachers will also be able to recognize the positive effects, which he or she has on students, which is sure to give everybody involved in education a huge boost. Litchfield School
Superintendent commented, “Teachers are the lifeblood of learning, and instill a passion for learning in students. Although technology has made vast advances in how we learn, nothing takes the place of the human factor of the teacher in the classroom. We all remember the teacher
who inspired us in a given field and gave us the confidence to achieve more than we ever imagined.
On National Teacher Day, thousands of communities take time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teacher’s play in making sure every student receives a quality education.
Boy Scout Troop 263 Earns Unit of Honor
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submitted by Michael Theriault The Nutfield District of the Daniel Webster Council held its annual recognition dinner in April. Troop 263 of Windham for the second year in a row
achieved the status of Unit of Honor. The Troop had to achieve certain goals and meet many requirements, ultimately ensuring a great program for boys to be a part of. Congratulations to the boys and the adult leaders of Troop 263 for another great year in scouting. Also in April the troop participated in a white water
rafting excursion on the Kennebec River in Maine which was an awesome adventure. With many exciting adventures still to come Troop 263 are always looking for new boy Scouts. If you would like to check us out come to Windham Middle School Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in the Cafe during the school year or visit our Website at www.troop263nh.org
ARNNE Holds Monthly Pet Adoption Day
by Marc Ayotte Pelham center was the happening place on Saturday, April 28, particularly for dog lovers, as the Animal Rescue Network of New England (ARNNE) showcased several of their dogs that are currently available for adoption. As evidenced by the frequency of their ‘adoption days’ held at the common near the First Congregational Church, there is an enormous need in this community, as well as other surrounding areas, to find good homes for pets, according to ARNNE president Donna Clark. Accordingly, the Pelham Animal Holding Facility works in conjunction with other area shelters in attempting to place the wayward dogs in loving homes. As Clark sadly pointed out, “there are more dogs than homes” and she urges pet-seekers to adopt versus buying. “We service the local animal shelter to house unclaimed dogs” explained Clark, adding “Pelham dogs are our first priority” but also noted that they do reach out to other facilities in need of placing dogs in that special home. She also indicated that for potential ‘foster parent/owners,’ pure breed shelters do exist with dogs that are “adoptable for a fee that is much less than a breeder’s price.” The showcase dog for the day was Maggie; “she’s the long timer,” noted Clark. Maggie is a one and a half year old Pit bull who Clark describes as being “perfect with people, kids and has basic manners and is also in training” (see photo). Also on the marquee was a loveable Australian Kelpie, Cattle Dog (mix) named Molly. She’s a bundle of
Receiving attention from brother and sister, Nicolas and Samantha Fisher, is Maggie. Te 18-month-old Pitbull is friendly with kids and in need of a loving home (see story)
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Pelham Considers Options on House Redistricting Lawsuits
by Diane Chubb To date, three separate lawsuits have been
filed challenging the redistricting plan created by the House. The plan was drawn up in 2011 as a result of updated census data. In 2006, New Hampshire voters
overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution to ensure that communities with enough population - 3,291 residents - “shall have its own district of one or more representative seats.” For the past few months, the battle regarding redistricting has raged on and Pelham has been one of the casualties. The redistricting plan denies 59 of these towns its own representative. Pelham is among these towns, which has sufficient population to support 4 representatives. After the bill was vetoed by Governor Lynch, almost immediately, House Republicans took up a vote to override the veto. Pelham’s Shaun Doherty was the only one from the local delegation to support the veto. The other members of the delegation, all of whom live in Hudson and Litchfield, voted to override the veto.
Since that time, some of the local legislators
have tried to explain the reasoning behind their vote. However, Pelham residents remain unconvinced that the representatives are serving the needs of the town. To date, there are three separate lawsuits contesting the redistricting plan. One was filed by Manchester Mayor Ted
Gatsas. House Republicans claimed that it was merely a political move and chastised the mayor for “deciding to waste taxpayers’ resources.” Manchester was negatively impacted by the redistricting, losing seats and being combined with Litchfield.
Concord filed a similar suit, stating the plan combines city wards with surrounding communities to create House districts. Under the redistricting plan, Concord is combined with Hopkinton to form a three-person district. A third suit has been filed by Democratic state Rep. Mary Jane Wallner (Concord) along with other state representatives, citizens and the activist group Granite State Progress. “The New Hampshire House of Representatives is by design a large and distinct
body to accurately represent the individual character of each of our state’s communities,” said Wallner. “The House redistricting plan is unconstitutional and violates the letter and the spirit of the 2006 constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by New Hampshire voters.”
Other petitioners include former Rep. Harold
Lynde of Pelham. The suit states, “The full House or its Special Committee on Redistricting considered and rejected a number of alternatives that would have allowed more towns and wards to have their own districts.” The petitions for the three lawsuits will be heard on Thursday, May 3, in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester. Documents forwarded to the court include four different plans, including those that were originally presented during the redistricting debate.
Representative Doherty stated, “I do not believe that this redistricting plan follows
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