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Volume 11 Number 23 May 23, 2014 20 Pages Pelham Prom Rocks at WHS Junior-Senior Prom Danversport Yacht Club from the deck by Jillian DiPersio,


Windham High School Intern On Saturday, May 17 the Danversport


Yacht Club hosted our 2014 Windham High School Junior-Senior prom. After hours of what was for some of us painstaking preparation and hundreds of pictures taken at friends’ houses, all the students attending the event headed to the high school for the fi rst annual mandatory grand march. Parents lined the walkway to the school,


cameras poised and ready, as the students, decked out in fl oor-length gowns and tuxedos, walked down the red carpet and boarded the buses destined for Danvers, Mass. “I was so impressed with the grand march,” said WHS guidance counselor Julie Lichtmann. “We had so many community members that were here, the parents loved seeing all the kids dressed up and it looked like the kids had a ball at the prom.” As the venue was approximately 45 minutes from the high school, taking the bus was mandatory for all students in attendance. Despite the fact that at fi rst many students were upset that they could not drive themselves or rent a limo, the bus ride was almost an added bonus, giving students more time to chat with friends. “I liked the bus ride because I got to talk with my friends and just sit for a while and have fun without the hassle of driving somewhere,” says WHS junior Brynn Roche. It was also a time to see a different side of our favorite teachers, as Mrs. Mary Anderson, dean of Mathematics at WHS, squished onto the seats with us to take a quick snapshot. She says “taking all the selfi es on the bus” was one of her favorite parts of the night, second to the grand march. The venue, the Danversport Yacht Club,


was breathtaking. With an enormous chandelier hanging from the ceiling over the


Chef Nicole


Offers Couscous to PES Students


by Len Lathrop Unless you have a student in the elementary school


you most likely don’t know how the lunch program has changed.


As part of the healthy eating program Chef Nicole


Barreira, the corporate chef for the Great New Hampshire Restaurants Corporation, which includes T-Bones and Cactus Jacks, was at Pelham Elementary for lunch and to introduce a side dish with couscous as the primary ingredient. Surprising? Not when you consider that this is all part of healthy eating supervised by Kelly Rambeau whose title in the Pelham school system is nutritional services director, but whose role has many challenges. Getting the students at all three schools to eat healthy, control the cost of the meals and follow national guidelines for school nutrition programs. Couscous is a traditional North African and Middle Eastern dish made from precooked coarsely ground semolina, the rich endosperm extracted from durum wheat. Think of it as tiny little pastas, which is how Chef


continued to page 16- Chef Nicole


Cashie Willis and Alex Harrington share food questions with Chef Nicole; both 2nd graders were interested in the food and careers in food service.


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see more on page 10 Pythons hamming it up for the photographer during the Pelham High School prom held at T e Granite Rose;


a premier events venue located in Hampstead. Hundreds of students attended the formal event that featured a buff et style meal and plenty of dancing to today’s hits played by DJ Paul Lepine. T e night’s festivities featured the naming of the Prom Queen and King which went to Lauren Austin and Jared Labonte.


Courtesy photo


Windham Firefi ghter Adds Four Decades to Family’s Legacy of Service


by Barbara O’Brien It’s not uncommon for members of the same family to enter the fi eld of


fi refi ghting or law enforcement, but what is unusual is when two brothers dedicate a combined total of more than eight decades. One of those brothers, James Brown, was recognized earlier this month for his 40 years of full-time service to the Windham Fire Department. These four decades don’t even include the additional years of part-time service Jim has devoted to the town he calls home.


continued to page 16- Jim Brown Megan McNamara and Andrew Hume


dance fl oor and a deck that overlooked the harbor outside, students had two beautiful options of where to spend the evening. Despite the fact that it was so far away, the venue was a hit with the students. Junior Sophia Tausanovitch says that despite the distance she liked that she “got to look over the water and everything. It was pretty cool.” The building was alive with activity that night, a wedding even taking place just below the deck. Students cheered as the bride and groom kissed. We had all been holding our breath, as the weather forecast at fi rst seemed bleak with a 100 percent chance of rain. The hot topic for the week at school had been “What will the weather be like for the prom?”


continued to page 16- WHS Prom Staff photo by Len Lathrop


Jim Brown


See Jim Rice Story on Page 19


Pelham Selects Patrol Lieutenant as Town Administrator


The Town of Pelham Board of Selectmen announces the hiring of Brian McCarthy, 49, as the Town of Pelham’s new town administrator. Brian McCarthy was raised in Burlington, Mass., and graduated from Burlington High School in 1983. Upon graduation he attended North Shore Community College in Beverly, Mass. McCarthy will be leaving his position with the Pelham Police Department to accept the town administrator’s job. At the Pelham Police Department, McCarthy will be leaving his position as a patrol lieutenant where he was in charge of the patrol division of the department. Prior to becoming lieutenant in 2007, he served as a sergeant and patrolman. He joined the Pelham Police Department in 2005.


In addition to his patrol supervision responsibilities McCarthy was


the Pelham Police Department’s “senior services offi cer” in which he served as a liaison person between the town’s senior population and the police department. McCarthy also supervises the Police Explorer Post, the AARP Driver Education program, the Accreditation Program, the DARE program and the School Resource Offi cer program. He was also instrumental in overhauling all of the police department’s standard operating policies and procedures.


Prior to his appointment as patrol lieutenant, McCarthy previously supervised the Pelham Police Department’s Detective and Administrative divisions. He began his law enforcement career in November of 1988 with the Brookline, NH Police Department where he eventually rose through the ranks to achieve the rank of the Chief of Brookline Police in 1996.


In 1997, he joined the New Hampshire State Police as a state trooper


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and where he patrolled the highways of Rockingham and Hillsborough counties until 2003 when he accepted transfer to the Commercial Truck Enforcement Team out of Concord Headquarters. McCarthy moved to Pelham in 2002 where he resides with his wife,


Pam. McCarthy is also a volunteer tour guide at the New Hampshire Airport Museum in Manchester, and a member of the St. Patrick Church Men’s Group. His interests include restoring vintage automobiles, aviation, travel and fi tness. lf you have any questions regarding new Town Administrator Brian McCarthy, call the Pelham Board of Selectmen Chairman, Edmund Gleason, at 635-8233.


Staff photo by Len Lathrop Staff photo by Len LathroS


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