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1945 Memorial Day Tribute at Home of Raymond Jurewicz


Pelham~Windham News Volume 11 Number 22 May 9, 2014 20 Pages Pelham Library to Gain a Pergola by Len Lathrop


As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Mary Hammar hopes to add a pergola to the Pelham Public Library. Mary recently hosted a spaghetti supper Friday, April 25, at the St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center to raise money for her unusual but inviting project. Hammar plans to construct a pergola, a type of arbor, over the patio at the Pelham Public Library. It will transform the under-used patio space at the library into a peaceful, welcoming environment that patrons can enjoy. This addition will turn the space into a great place to relax, read, or study, as well as an ideal venue for library programs. A pergola is an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with climbing or trailing plants. It has its origin in the mid-17th century from Italian, from Latin pergula, ‘projecting roof,’ and from pergere, ‘come or go forward.’ By completing this transformation at the library, Mary hopes to encourage


the community to spend more time outside enjoying all that nature has to offer. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the


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A pergola will be built by Pete Ripaldi to cover the patio constructed previously by local Eagle Scout, Jake Wormald.


highest award in Girl Scouting. In order to earn this award, girls must design and implement a project that targets an issue in their community. The project must take a minimum of 80 hours to complete, be linked to a national or global problem, and be sustainable.


Mary is a member of Troop 10547


where Scouts from both Pelham and Hudson work together. Hammar, a Pelham High School senior, will attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study dietetics. This pergola will cover a patio that


Teacher Catherine Donovan, far left, appears with students, from left, Arthur Bergeron, Cliff ord Patenaude, unknown, and Stephen Straughan.


submitted by Gene Carter This 1945 photo shows Mrs. Donovan, teacher at the former Gumpus one- room school on Mammoth Road, instilling patriotism, sacrifi ce and loyalty, in her students by recognizing Memorial Day at the Pelham home of Raymond Jurewicz, who was killed in World War II. I was fortunate to be one of her students at that time.


A group of Scouts helps Mary Hammar, third from left, with a spaghetti supper at St. Patrick’s Parish Center.


was constructed by Jake Wormald as his Eagle project as a member of Troop 25 and Crew 610 in 2011, but has been somewhat underutilized because of the bright sun. Helping Hammar with her project is local builder Pete Ripaldi; a prior pergola he built is pictured. The project has a rough cost for materials of $800. Mary has been fundraising and wished to thank Hannaford, Sam’s Club and St. Patrick Church for their help with the supper.


Opposing Opinions : Reps ‘Have the Floor’ at PHS


submitted by Alyssa Sandall and Tia Floyd, Pelham High School Representative Charlene Takesian (R) and her husband, former New Hampshire representative Harold Lynde (D) and current town selectman, participated in a question-and- answer session hosted by Ms. Dube’s criminology class on April 21at Pelham High School to speak about current issues being voted on in New Hampshire’s legislative branch. Representative Renny Cushing (D–Hampton), sponsor of the Death Penalty Repeal Bill, was also invited to attend, but declined the invitation.


Current issues that were discussed included the death penalty repeal, marijuana laws, and a potential fetal homicide bill that may soon be in effect. School Resource Offi cer Brian Kelly of the Pelham Police Department was also present to speak on behalf of law enforcement in regard to the death penalty being repealed. Students asked various questions and offered their opinions about the three topics. Prior to the presentation, students did extensive research in order to learn more about each issue. Rep. Takesian and former Representative Lynde helped students to understand more thoroughly what was currently being voted on in the legislative branch of New Hampshire. Rep. Takesian made students aware that in New Hampshire, unlike in other states, every request for a law change or a new bill is heard. Rep. Takesian explained that she has


Ms. Dube’s criminology students heard from Rep. Takesian and her husband, Selectman Harold Lynde.


mixed feelings about the death penalty; she would keep it the way it is currently written and not repeal it because it is so seldom used and she sees no compelling reasons to repeal it. She believes that the death penalty does not act as a deterrent for crime. Harold Lynde, on the other hand, is in favor of repealing the death penalty. He explained that from what he has heard from people directly affected, they say that the death penalty does not do anything to help them emotionally. He personally thinks it sends the wrong message to kill people on death row through execution. He stated that it would be more cost effi cient to give defendants life without parole than to put them on death row, but he was unsure what the exact costs for each would be. Although the death penalty repeal was deadlocked in the Senate and was not passed, Rep. Takesian explained that Governor Maggie Hassan would sign it if it passed the Senate only if it would not apply to Michael Addison who is currently on death row for killing Manchester Police Offi cer Michael Briggs. Offi cer Kelly stated that he and most other law


enforcement offi cers do not want the death penalty to be repealed. The last time a person was executed in the state of New Hampshire was in 1939. As the death penalty stands currently, a person is eligible for the death penalty for killing a police offi cer, kidnapping a person and a homicide


continued to page 15- Reps Some Third Graders to Remain at High School Next Year


by Barbara O’Brien “What do we do next year?” That is the question SAU 95 Superintendent Winfried Feneberg posed to the Windham School Board during another extremely lengthy and, once again, contentious meeting. The issue to which Feneberg was referring was how the school district was going to cope with the loss of the portable classrooms located at Golden Brook Elementary School. School board members had voted 3 to 2, last month, to permanently abandon the partially dismantled modular building and not to spend any more time, money or resources on rehabilitating the 14-year structure. The portable building was evacuated this past January after evidence of further mold contamination was discovered. The problem fi rst surfaced about 11 months ago, but school board members had thought remediation had rectifi ed the situation. Unfortunately, that was not the case and more mold was found to be growing in some of the spaces above certain classrooms. At the time, fi rst graders were located in the portables. They were, subsequently, moved to the main building at Golden Brook and four


third grade classes were relocated to a section of Windham High School.


When the move was made this past February, it was the school administration’s intent to have it only be until the end of the current school year. At the time, it was thought that the portables would be refurbished and ready for use for the 2014-2015 school year. Due to the decision last month, however, there will be no portable classrooms at Golden Brook to house any students. Faced with yet another space dilemma, administrators considered


several options for what they hope will be only short term. Options presented during the May 6 board meeting included the following: Keeping the status quo, which is housing four third grades classes and the pre-kindergarten program at the high school; Relocating all eight third grade classes to the high school (four of these classes are now at Center School); Relocating all fi fth graders to the high school (these students are now at Center School); Relocating all eighth graders to the high school (these students are now at Windham Middle School); or


Relocating all kindergarten students to the high school (these students are now at Golden Brook). After considering all the pros and cons of each of these alternatives, Feneberg recommended that the status quo be maintained and four third grade classes be housed at Windham High School for the upcoming school year. “There is no good solution,” Feneberg said, but, out of the possible options, felt this choice was the least of the worst. Feneberg said his recommendation was based primarily on the likely impact on students, both the high schoolers and on whichever younger group would be relocated to the nearly fi ve-year-old facility. “This is not to be considered a permanent solution,” Feneberg said. “It is only a temporary compromise.” Feneberg also said that the feedback he has received from


teachers, as well as the parents of third graders housed at the high school currently, has been very positive. High School Assistant Principal Bob Dawson discussed the impact


that moving an entire additional grade to the high school would likely have on high school students. “There is very little open space available at the high school,” Dawson said. “And the more we get squeezed, the less fl exibility we have in offering courses.” “The more we move students around, the more classes become compromised.”


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Guidance Director Julie Lichtman explained that a four-year plan is formulated when a freshman enters Windham High School; a plan that could be seriously affected by adding an entire younger grade to the school’s population. The classes which would be most affected would be the Honors and Advance Placement courses, she added. Bringing the eighth grade to the high school and integrating it into the high school program would also have an adverse affect on the ongoing accreditation process, which is well underway. “That would be a real game changer,” Lichtman said, adding that the accreditation process would most likely have to begin all over again. continued to page 14- Third Graders


Photo courtesy of Gene Carter Staff photo by Len Lathrop


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