Pelham - Windham News | May 11, 2012 - 3 Painting Pelham Purple
T e Town Center is decked out in purple ribbons for the Relay.
Ben Harris and Stacy Foote help with the Paint Pelham Purple.
Pelham Firefi ghters, from left to right, Patrick Weaver,
Anthony Bullock (Relay for Life Team Captain), Paul Fisher (Relay for Life Team Captain) and James Foley
by Diane Chubb All around town, bright fl ashes of purple adorn mailboxes, trees and telephone poles. The gazebo in the Town Center is lined with purple ribbons. Even Smokey the Bear, who warns of potential fi re danger in front of the fi re station, is wearing a purple t-shirt. Paint Pelham Purple is the slogan for the upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser.
The annual event offers participants the opportunity to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event will be held on June 9-10 at Harris Family Track and Field. Teams
have been formed all over town, and everyone has spent weeks gearing up for the big event. The Pelham Fire Department has its own team for the second year in a row.
Firefi ghter Anthony Bullock is the captain for the team, and he eagerly hands out purple ribbons to all who visit the station.
Smokey the Bear is part of the Paint Pelham Purple campaign for the Relay for Life.
Mary Collins, one of the team captains, has participated in the Relay for three years, which is as long as it has been in Pelham.
Chamber Scholarship Awards Jared Taylor, a senior
at Pelham High School, was recognized for his expressive personality, confi dence, and clear speech. He will be attending Franklin Pierce University.
(Left to right) Jared Taylor, Benjamin Harris, Catherine Fazioli, Allana Ormond, Matthew Zani, and Matthew Cotton at the Greater Salem Chamber scholarship awards.
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Seven local students were honored with scholarships or certifi cates as part of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s annual Scholarship and Interview Challenge. Interview Challenge winners must face a series of skill-building tests in order to claim the title. Linda Michaelczyk from the Salem School District was a panelist for this year’s competition. She said more then 50 students entered the competition causing the process to take about six weeks. “Each level gets more diffi cult,” Michaelczyk explained, adding three challenges needed to be completed. She said the fi rst level involved business professionals interviewing students at the high school. Contenders then continued on to call businesses to schedule and execute interviews. The top two contestants then interviewed with Human Resource executives ultimately determining a winner. Susan Griebel presented awards to the top four interview challenge winners. First Allana Ormond, a Salem High School senior recognized for her well-written resume, great smile, and focused personality. She will be attending Suffolk University. Benjamin Harris, a Pelham High School senior, was honored for his outstanding resume, polite attitude, and communication skills. Harris will attend Southern New Hampshire University. Salem High School Senior Matthew Zani was recognized for being persistent and confi dant. Griebel said he used effective language. Zani will attend Emerson College.
Public Hearing Set for Audio/Visual Recording on School Buses
by Barbara O’Brien The Windham School Board will be holding a public hearing on a newly proposed policy regarding the future use of audio/visual recordings being done on local school buses. SAU 28 Business Administrator Adam Steel said that the implementation of the proposed policy coincides with the hiring of a new bus company to transport Windham students to and from the four schools in the district. The new bus company will begin servicing Windham with the start of the 2012-2013 school year. There have been cameras on school buses used in Windham in the past, but those cameras had video capability, only. According to Steel, every new school bus will have two mounted
cameras, each of which will have the capability to record audio, as well as video. New Hampshire State Law allows audio recordings to be made on school buses, which is an exception to the general regulations.
Steel said that local school bus drivers are in favor of the audio recordings, saying that it protects them against the “he said/she said” controversy. The recordings would also be valuable in case of an accident, Steel noted. Recordings taken on school buses would not be available to the public through the New Hampshire Right to Know Law and would remain confi dential, Steel said. The recordings will be kept for a period of 10 school days, unless a complaint is received regarding a specifi c time period. The 10-day maintenance period is set by New Hampshire State Law, Steel explained. The required public hearing on the proposed policy has been
scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Development Building, next to Town Hall.
One of three fi nal interview judges, Susan Covey said the skilled contestants had very different personalities. “Although they were four great candidates, we were worried they would be very similar,” she said adding, “They were four very different candidates.” Covey liked the variety in the fi nalist’s personality and skill set.
Scholarships were also awarded to three contestants
who excelled in community involvement and academics. Scholarship Committee member Lynne Snierson presented the fi rst award to Catherine Fazioli, a member of the Salem High School National Honor Society with plans to attend North Eastern in the fall. “We had an enormously talented group,” said Snierson. She explained essays were required for the scholarship, and that Fazioli had chosen to write about the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Snierson said Fazioli learned not to prejudge people but to get to know them. Paula Faist, Director of Silverthorne Adult Day Center, presented the second scholarship to Matthew Cotton, a Windham High School senior. Cotton’s essay focused on “The Shame of the Nation,” and Faist said she was impressed a high school senior would think outside the box and challenge the status of society. Cotton received the highest score in the high school competition. Executive Director of the Greater Salem Chamber Donna Morris said Lisa Korn, a 2009 graduate of Pinkerton Academy and current student at the University of Massachusetts, was receiving the newly designated Nancy Carney scholarship. Morris said the scholarship was named after Carney for her devotion to serving the community and work to help educate students. Korn was not present at the ceremony because of fi nal exams. The Taste of Greater Salem, an annual event run by the chamber, helps to fund scholarships for the students.
“Being a part of Relay for Life is both an exciting and humbling experience,” she says. “I am lucky to have my family by my side as we walk together and help make a difference in the lives of others fi ghting cancer, surviving cancer and in memory of family and friends we have lost to this disease.” Relay for Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt spent 24 hours circling
a track in Tacoma, WA. Throughout the night, friends and family donated money, and he raised $27,000 to fi ght cancer. Now the event takes place in towns across the country as people take up the fi ght against cancer. Teams of people camp out around a track with members taking turns walking. The Pelham event begins at 2 p.m., with a Kickoff Relay. Every hour features a different theme, giving participants an opportunity to dress up, have fun and even win prizes. There is a DJ and other entertainment to keep walkers going through the night.
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