Reading is Elementary

by Karen Plumley

During the storytime PJ party in Mrs. Andrews’ second grade class, one of her students, Blythe, hunkers down to read a story.  The PJ party was incorporated into the larger Read Across America event.

It was a reading extravaganza at Pelham Elementary School on Friday, March 7, as students and teachers at all grade levels celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  “I can’t believe Dr. Seuss is 104 years old!” piped up Kendall, a fifth grader from Mrs. Mangiafico’s class.  Then Jessica stated, “I like how all the Dr. Seuss books rhyme and teach you a lesson.”  The enthusiastic students listened to two Dr. Seuss stories during the celebration, including The Sneetches.  “I thought that [The Sneetches] was really enjoyable,” enthused Jayme.

It was the second time that Reading Specialist Michelle Viger organized the much anticipated school-wide “Read Across America” event that required recruiting members from the community to read their favorite Dr. Seuss stories to the classrooms.  Fifth grade volunteers were all dressed up in their “Cat in the Hat” attire and escorted the special guests to each class.  School board member Eleanor Burton, police chief Joe Roark, fire chief Michael Walker, First Congregational Church’s Reverend Bill Ferguson, and Selectman Doug Viger were just some of the familiar faces who volunteered to share their passion of reading with the elementary children.

Mrs. Robin Andrews really made a day of it in her second grade class.  Children were invited to wear their pajamas to school and join in a storytime “PJ” party.  “In the past, I would have a PJ party as sort of a cabin fever break in winter, but Dr. Seuss’ birthday has turned out to be a great time to do it,” described Andrews.  During the party, each reader who came to visit the class read a story that related to a snack they were having.  “Our first reader read Green Eggs and Ham and then made green eggs for the kids,” she noted.  For lunch, they had a reader come in to read Princess and the Pizza and then the kids ate pizza.  Later, they had popcorn for their afternoon snack after a guest read The Popcorn Dragon.  “They live pretty well in my class!” Andrews enthused.

“They were so cute and very attentive,” said Danielle Downs, a local hairdresser who was invited to read for the second year in a row.  Many of the other readers agreed and all were impressed with how well-behaved the kids were, and how much they enjoyed the day.

“I’m exhausted,” declared Mrs. Viger after the event concluded as she sat down to chat and share some Dr. Seuss cake with a few of the lingering readers.  When asked what motivates her to put in the time and energy organizing this huge occasion, Viger replied “It’s the passion to read that keeps me going … sometimes, when we think we just don’t have time to read to our kids, we have to ask ourselves “How can we afford not to?”


Special guest reader Mr. Malloy is escorted to his classroom by fifth graders Alex Webster and Eric Guinasso, during the Read Across America celebration.


David snuggles into his sleeping bag in Mrs. Mangiafico’s second grade class and reads during Read Across America.

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Pelham High Hands Out Sports Awards at Booster Club Banquet

by Tommy Gates


Brittany Croteau is congratulated by Coach Powers.

Pelham High School was certainly alive and kicking the day before Town Meeting Election Day as Athletic Director Tim Powers emceed the Pelham Booster Club Awards Night.  Because the gym was being set up for Tuesday’s voting booths, the event was held in the cafeteria.  The winter track team started off the festivities as head coach Justin Soucy told the crowd that out of the 27 kids that went out for the team, 12 qualified for the open meets, and 11 of those athletes qualified for the Class I Meet.  Soucy presented the coaches award to sophomore Jordyn Oriole, while her younger sister, Shannon Oriole, picked up the most improved award.  The team’s most valuable performer went to freshman Stephanie Marks.  Assistant coach Jen Jaquith handed out the boys track awards and senior Dave Perreira was given the coaches award.  Lanky sophomore Mike Bogochow, or “Bogie” as his teammates call him, took home the teams’ most improved award.  Jacquith then named Todd Paquin the most valuable player for the team.

Coach Amanda Iwanicki was next up to promote her Python girls gymnastic team, which enjoyed a very successful season in only its second season of competing.  Iwanicki gave the most improved award to senior Yvonne Figueiredo for her diligence throughout the season.  The coaches award was given to a girl who had never even done gymnastics before as freshman Ximorah Ramos caught on unbelievably quick and did all the events for most of the season when Iwanicki needed her.  Junior Chelsea L’anson picked up the teams’ most valuable performer as she was Pelham’s lone winner of several events throughout the season.  The Pelham Python Cheerleaders were next in line and first-year coach Vanessa Palmisano started off the show by handing her coaches award to junior Shannon Gallant.  The most improved award went to junior Tina Baird, and sophomore Molly Smith came away with the most valuable performer trophy.  This is a much-improved team that finished in fourth place in the Class I Cheerleading Meet last month at UNH, and second at the Kiwanis Meet.


Mike Bogochow receives award from Coach Jacquith.

The Lady Pythons basketball team was next and Powers gave one of his three coaches awards to senior transfer student Brittany Croteau for the tremendous season she had in scoring and rebounding.  The next coaches award went to senior Caitlin Morgan for her unselfish style of play throughout the season, and Powers’ last coaches award went to junior Katie Bourque.  Next came Coach Todd Kress and his 14 - 4 Python basketball team that was beaten in the playoffs by eventual Class I champion Hanover.  Kress gave out two coaches awards, but apologized to the crowd for several of his kids not being there, because he gave them permission to go to the T.D. Banknorth Garden in Boston to see their friend Billy Marsen, star for Central Catholic in beating Boston College High School.  Kress gave his two coaches awards to seniors Brady Tryon and Jamie Vaiknoras for their leadership in helping the Pythons to the quarterfinals, and then Kress awarded the unsung hero award to senior Evan Cove, who at 6 feet was taking on players six to eight inches taller all year long and winning the battle under the boards.  Junior All-State selection Justin Hojlo was presented with his 1,000 points scored banner that will go up on the wall of the Pelham High Gym.

The last awards of the evening came from the wrestling coach, and Bob Riddinger had plenty of great things to rave about from his group.  Pelham placed four wrestlers at the Division II Meet and they went to the Meet of Champions where Mike Perruccio took second place and Billy Sullivan took fifth.  Riddinger presented his coaches award to Matt Harris for always wrestling 10 to 20 pounds over his usual weight, or wherever the team needed him the most.  The most improved award went to senior 189-pounder Jake Corbin and Riddinger then presented the most valuable wrestler award to 135-pound Billy Sullivan, who went 36 - 12 in his senior year.


Award recipient, Max Roth

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Pelham Election Results

Town Election
Selectmen - Three year term
Vote for two
William McDevitt
2402*
Alfio (Al) Torrisi
1041
Douglas Viger
2055*
Town Moderator - two year term
Vote for one
Philip R. Currier
2963*
Supervisor of Checklist - three years term
Vote for one
Kim L. Boland
2768*
Town Treasurer - Three year term
Vote for one
Charlene F. Takesian
2740*
Budget Committee - Three year term
Vote for three
Robert S. Sherman
2279*
Angele Diack
2010*
Daniel Guimond
2070*
Library Trustee - Three year term
Vote for two
Ann Susan Snide
2433*
Douglas H. Fyffe
2171*
Planning Board - Three year term
Vote for two
Jason Croteau
2441*
Paul Dadak
2110*
Cemetery Trustee - Three year term
Vote for two
Timothy Zelonis
1882*
Edwin Baker
1428
Richard W. Jensen
1458*
Write ins
33
Trustee of Trust Funds - Three year term
Vote for one
Write ins
336
Trustee of the Trust Funds - Two year term
Vote for one
Write ins
209
Trustee of the Trust Funds - One year term
Vote for one
Write ins
205
Articles
Yes
No
Article 2:
Allow Conservation Subdivision in residential districts
2231
1512
Article 3:
Minor Home Occupations
2117
1574
Article 4:
Sign Definitions and Restrictions
2264
1462
Article 5:
Erecting a Fire Station - 3/5 Vote Required - Failed
1669
2225
Article 6:
Operating Budget
1770
2033
Article 7:
Compensated Absence Trust Fund
1872
1938
Article 8:
Funding Assessment Updates
2237
1562
Article 9:
Collective Bargaining Agreement - Police
1824
1975
Article 10:
Collective Bargaining Agreement  - Public Works and Municipal Employees
1817
1981
Article 11: 
Construction of Two Soccer Fields at Raymond Park
1409
2463
Article 12:
Fire Command Vehicle
1999
1881
Article 13:
Hiring and Equipping New Police Officer
1558
2303
Article 14
Purchase 4-wheel Drive Pick Up Truck with Plow for Highway Department
1793
2067
Article 15:
Repair, Maintenance and Upgrading of Town Roads
2817
1052
Article 16:
Purchase/Lease 6-wheeled Highway Plow Truck
1770
2144
Article 17
Build Garage for Highway Equipment
1734
2169
Article 18:
Senior Center Building Capital Reserve Fund
1484
2419
Article 19:
Vehicle Replacement Capital Reserve Fund
898
2992
Article 20:
Second Egress for Muldoon Park
1988
1898
Article 21:
Establish Town Forests
2849
989
Article 22:
Forest Maintenance Fund
2326
1571
Article 23:
Acceptance of Roads as Class V Town Roads
2654
1148
Article 24:
Constructing a Cemetery Garage
1139
2741
Article 25:
Hear Reports of Auditors, Agents, and Committees
2419
1265
School District
School Board - Three year term
Vote for one
Linda Mahoney
1792*
Raymond P. Perry
1746
School Board - One year term
Vote for one
Linda Koehler
1445*
Lorraine Dube
1290
Joseph Farris
681
School District Moderator
Vote for one
Kenneth Dunne
2566*
School District Treasurer
Vote for one
Patricia Murphy
2650*
School District Clerk
Vote for one
Patricia Murphy
2611*
School District Warrant
Yes
No
Article 2:
Acquisition of land for school construction  (3/5 needed) - Failed
1755
2210
Article 3:
Construction and equipping of a new Pelham High School building (3/5 needed) - Failed
1580
2375
Article 4:
Construction of an auditorium in new high school (3/5 needed) - Failed
1331
2613
Article 5:
School Operating Budget
1716
2138
Article 6:
Fund 3% salary increase for non-union employees
2058
1826
Article 7:
Create special education teacher/case manager position
1313
2562
Article 8:
Create Health/PE teacher position
1428
2443
Article 9:
Create half-time custodian position/PES
1187
2679
Article 10:
Create Grade 6 teacher position/PMS
1862
1999
Article 11a: 
Create 1/2 business teacher/PHS
1533
2089
Article 11b:
Social studies teacher/PHS
1140
2615
Article 12:
Continuation of Child Benefit Services/St. Patrick School
1824
2002
Article 13:
Fund third year of district-wide technology plan
1969
1838
Article 14:
Replace existing parking lot to add additional parking space/PMS
911
2948
Article 15:
Add to the School District Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund
1941
1859
Article 16:
Transformer replacement
2979
847
Article 17:
Form Pelham High School Building Committee
2188
1558
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Windham Election Results

Town Election
Selectman - Three year term
Vote for two
Ross McLeod
1176
Charles McMahon
1241*
Bruce Richardson
540
Galen Stearns
1256*
Moderator - Two year term
Vote for one
Peter Griffin
1906*
Cemetery Trustee - Three year term
Vote for one
Mark Brockmeier
657
Gail Webster
1360*
Library Trustee - One year term
Vote for one
Anne-Marie O'Neil
558
Carolyn B. Webber
824*
Joyce Wilt
568
Library Trustee - Three year term
Vote for two
Mark Branoff
1687*
Trustee of Trust Funds - Three year term
Vote for one
Alphonese Marcil, Jr.
1668*
Supervisor of the Checklist - Six yer term
Vote for one
Robert Skinner
1748*
Planning Board - Three year term
Vote for two
Philip Lochiatto
1430*
Rick Okerman
1420*
Board of Adjustment - Three year term
Vote for one
Mark Samsel
1706*
Board of Adjustment - One year term
Vote for one
Thomas Murray
1647*
Articles
Yes
No
Article 2:  Amendment to Windham Zoning Ordinance/Zoning District Map by petition:
Petition 1:
Change zoning classification Lot 21-U-30
1490
761
Petition 2:
Change zonning classification Lots 8-B-6100 and 8-B-6150
653
1574
Petition 3:
Change zoning classification of Lot 8-B3002
569
1670
Petition 4:
Changezoning classification of three lots
1398
826
Petition 5:
Change zoning classification of Lot 9-A500
575
1663
Petition 6:
Change zoning classification of five lots
1166
1015
Petition 7:
Change zoning classifiation of three lots
532
1658
Article 3:  Amend WinchamZoning Ordinance/Zoning District Map proposed by Planning Board:
Amendment 1: 
Change zoning classification for 10 lots.
1116
985
Amentment 2:
Change zoning classification for Lot 8-B-500
1042
939
Amentment 3:
Change zoning classificationof Lot 2-A-1325
1474
553
Amendment 4:
Insert defition of "Change of Use of Structure"
1328
582
Amendment 5:
Update Section 301 of Zoning Ordinance
1252
590
Amentment 6:
Delete then re-adopt Section 302 of Zoning Ordinance
1262
575
Amendment 7:
Add new subsection to Section 303
1222
636
Amendment 8:
Clarify the ability of an existing structure
1192
667
Amendment 9:
Enace a series of changes to the Wetland and Watershed Protection District
1221
702
Amendment 10:
Clarify site plan application
1354
563
Amendment 11:
Add requirement for site plan approval of uses in Limited Industrial District
1434
521
Amendment 12:
Enact a series of changes to Section 607 of Zoning Ordance re:Flood Plan District Regulations
1409
502
Amendment 13:
Enace changes to Section 610 re; Elderly Housing
1519
553
Amendment 14:
Amend Section 702 governing setbacks for structures
1506
483
Amendment 15:
Clarify language in Section 702.1 dealing with types of itesm and/or greatures within steback areas
1443
502
Amendment 16:
Amend Section 704 re: parking of unregistered/uninspected motor vehicles
1271
760
Amendment 17:
Delete the re-enact Section 706.5.14 re: temporary sinance
1338
615
Amendment 18:
Enact new series or regulations to be designed as Section 719
1367
688
Amendment 19:
Enance changes to the Impact Fee provisions
1275
705
Articles
Yes
No
Article 4:
Property Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund
1398
877
Article 5:
Earned Time Expendable Trust Fund
1254
984
Article 6:
Benefits for members of Local Union 3657 AFSCME (Police Union)
1509
785
Article 7:
Benefits for Mmemmbers of Local Union #2916 (AFF (Fire Union)
1572
719
Article 8:
Benefits for members of Local Union #1801 AFSCME (Municipal Union)
1440
826
Aritlce 9:
If artcoles 6, 7, 8 defeated, authorize governing body to call one spection meeting.
1402
848
Article 10:
Withdraw from Searles Special Revenue Fund
1746
537
Article 11:
Withdraw fromSearles Special Revenue Fund
1803
472
Article 12:
purchase Transfer/Disposal Trailer
1573
698
Article 13:
Replace Castle Hill Road Bridge
1569
731
Article 14:
Funding portion of town's share of costs association with establishment of bike pathls along Lowell Road
1472
847
Article 15:
Develop Engineering and Design Plans associated with Windham Depot Area
1471
910
Article 16:
Add to Salt Shed/HighwayFacility Captial Reserve Fund
1535
822
Article 17
Renovating Nesmith Library
1457
948
Article 18:
Costs needed to implement staff reorganization plan within Twon's Maintenance Department
1486
859
Article 19:
Purchase Shalt Shed/Highway Garage Engineering/Feasibility Study
1446
883
Article 20:
Hire additional Firefighter/EMTs
1308
1089
Article 21
Conservation Fund
1595
728
Article 22:
Conveying portion of town-owned land to Windham School District
1524
927
Article 23:
Comprehensive amendment to Windham Blasting Ordinance
1735
432
Article 24:
Windham Solid Waste ordinance
1521
685
Article 25:
Tallies of Board of Selectmen botes
1938
240
Article 26:
Discontinuanceof portion of Westerly line of LondonderryRoad
1575
516
Article 27
Discontinu portion of an old woods road (The Old County Road)
1550
568
Article 28:
Dincontinue a Town owned walking path easement
483
1682
Article 29: By petition
Discontinue a town-owned pedestrian easement
394
1789
Article 30:  By petition
Adopt a Noise Ordinance
1403
803
Article 31:
Transition of Students from Salem to new Windham HIghSchool
1617
565
Article 32:
Operating Budget
1850
544
School District
School Board - Three year term
Vote for two
Chris Lane
650
Mark Brockmeier
889*
Michael Hatem
1346*
Laura Bellavia
840
Richard Forde
296
School Distric Clerk - One year term
Vote for one
Mary Ann Horaj
1756*
School Treaturer - One year term
Vote for one
Maura Pennisi
1718*
School District Moderator - One year term
Vote for one
Elizabeth A. Dunn
1827*
Articles
Yes
No
Article 2: 
Construction of second gymnasium for Windham High School
1179
1371
Article 3: 
Article reconsolidated into Article 2
1209
764
Article 4:
Article reconsolidated into Article 2
1163
773
Article 5:  Citizen petition
London Bridge Road Extension - need 60%
1234
1270
Article 6:
Gage property swap
1658
821
Aritcle 7:
Teachers contract
1600
819
Article 8:
Special meeting if Article 7 do not pass
1425
846
Article 9:
Add to the Driveway/Parking Lot Paving Capital Reserve Fund
1669
751
Article 10:
School buildings and Grounds Maineteanance fund
1791
621
Article 11:
New Assistant Principal position/Golden Brook School
866
1558
Article 12:
Nw Spanish teacher position/Windham Middle School
1130
1289
Article 13:
Operating Budget
1503
869
Article 14:
Create a planning committee to consier withdrawal from and/or reorganization of SAU 28
1563
766
Article 15:
Change terms of School District Clerk, Moderator and Treasurer
1701
688
Article 16:  Citizen petition
Official colors for Windham High School
1414
973
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