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Pelham~Windham News Volume 11 Number 18 March 14, 2014 20 Pages Town

Administrator Achieves 25 Years of Service, a First in NH

Young Python Robotics Team Becomes Strong Force

by Rhiannon Snide, Pelham High School Intern “Gnarly driving, killer

programming, and sheer luck” are just three of many attributions Pelham High School’s robotics team accredited to their recent success. On February 28 and March 1,

Pelham High School’s very own Python Robotics team competed and placed third overall in the fi rst of many FIRST Robotics district competitions. A team that for two years has made very little impact at the competitions, slithered into the arena and in the words of Pelham High Senior Emily Lamport, “took Nashua South by storm.” With a record of eight wins and four losses, no

one, including the Pythons, had expected the young team to be such a strong force at the competition. “Considering we could barely move for our fi rst two practice rounds and fi rst three matches, we came in by total surprise,” said Nick Lauren, Pelham High senior.

Windham Town Administrator David Sullivan has been serving the community for the

past 25 years, the longest tenure for that position ever in New Hampshire.

by Barbara O’Brien David Sullivan has achieved something no other person in his position has ever done in New Hampshire. Sullivan has served as a town administrator, in the same town, for 25 years; a quarter of a century.

After all those years, it’s not easy to keep a secret from Sullivan, but his fellow employees, former town offi cials and members of his family were able to do just that.

On March 10, assuming it would be just another Monday night selectmen’s meeting; Sullivan was caught completely off guard when the accolades began. Sullivan’s fi rst hint that something special was happening was when Selectman Al Letizio, Jr. began extolling Sullivan’s strengths. “Having Dave as our town administrator for all these years has been a gift for us and our community,” Letizio said. “Being a town administrator is not an easy job to do. It requires the consummate professional.”

continued to page 9- Sullivan Staff photos by AJ Dickinson Sixteen Years of Song and Dance Windham Community Band Celebrates Annual Evening of Music by Jillian DiPersio,

Windham High School Intern Sixteen years ago the Windham Community Band breathed new life into the town, and its music has continued to enchant the community ever since. The band is open to the public, offering free concerts throughout the summer season and giving local musicians of just about every age and skill level the opportunity to come together and make music. On Saturday, March 29, they will put on their annual “Evening of Music” dinner and dance fundraiser at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham. Perhaps most amazing about the ensemble is the dedicated group of musicians who come together each week at rehearsals to spread their passion. The band was founded by Roanne Copley and Frank Rydstrom in 1997. They were both non-musicians “but they thought the town should have a band, particularly for some of the students. They found a conductor, Bruce Lee, who was also one of the cofounders

A Successful Move for Third Graders

by Barbara O’Brien Windham Superintendent Winfried Feneberg says that he has

received nothing but positive feedback following the move of four third-grade classes into space at Windham High School. The move up the hill to the high school, on Monday, March

Windham Community Band brings together musicians af all ages and skill levels.

of the group,” explained President of the Community Band’s Board of Directors, David Howard. Howard saw an article in the town newspaper about the new band during the summer of 1997 and decided to join.

“I played clarinet starting in the fi fth

grade, picked up the fl ute and saxophone and the oboe later on when I was a teenager,” he said. “I have degrees in musicology from Yale and Smith and I

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3, was necessitated by the discovery of mold and mildew in the space above the ceiling in some of the portable classrooms where fi rst graders were housed at Golden Brook School. Golden Brook is home to students in kindergarten through third grade. Not wanting to transfer fi rst-graders up to the high school, school administrators opted to move the third-graders from Golden Brook to the nearly fi ve-year-old high school. The rest of the third-grade students remained at Windham’s Center School. School offi cials had already been aware of the mold and mildew problem, caused by leaking roofs, but had thought the issue was remedied this past summer when some renovations were made. Air quality tests were done monthly, all of which showed the air in the portable classrooms was at acceptable levels, with fewer pollutants than existed outside the building. This past month, however, new leaks were discovered, which, subsequently, led to the discovery of small patches of mildew in the space above the drop-style ceiling. Following the students move to the high school earlier this month, Feneberg said he had seen nothing but excited third- graders and dedicated staff members who were comfortable in their new surroundings. As for the move itself, “everyone pitched in,” Feneberg said, with staff members from all grade levels helping out. “It was a very productive day,” he said. An open house for parents and their third-graders was held the day prior to the relocation; an event that was well attended and well received, Feneberg said. As for the “host” facility, Feneberg said the high school staff and students were “very welcoming”; many of whom cheered and displayed signs, as they greeted the buses carrying the third- graders on their fi rst day at Windham High School. “It was a very warm experience,” he added. As for the portable classrooms, the investigation into the extent of the mold and mildew problem continues, after which costs for renovations will be estimated.

How our Towns Votedon page 11

Pelham High School’s Robotics Team 4034 not only competed in the competition placing third overall but was also awarded the

Excellence in Engineering Award at the closing ceremonies.

T e Pelham High Robotics team captures third place at the FIRST Robotics Competition Granite State District

Qualifi er on March 1 at Nashua South. Front row from left are Robert Coulter, Morgan Pratt, Samantha Chiodi, Alyssa Pantaleo, Ryan McGlynn.

Second row: Paul Roessling, Michael Camire, Jesse Golden, Amanda Olsen,

T omas Duggan, Coleman Bailey, Emily Lamport, Matthew Lamport, Chris Day,

Eric Rossi, Zachary Rossi, Nicholas Laurin, Alison Blanchard, and William Degon. In the very back: Noah Lamoureaux.

This year, the competition gave students six weeks to construct and program a robot that could pick up, and throw a 2-foot diameter ball through an 11-foot high goal. During the game three robots would be placed on either side of the court to form alliances as each of the three worked together in order to score the most points and win the match. Pelham, coming in third, were not only a prime alliance to obtain, but they were able to choose their own teammates this year, something they have never experienced in the past.

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