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Pelham Pack 25 Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouts

by Roger Kriegl, Jr.

This year the Cub Scouts organization celebrates its 75th anniversary.  Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founded scouting as a “game with a purpose.” 

To boys all over the world it is much more than a game.  It provides a life-learning experience where boys demonstrate their skills while showing their duty to God and country.  Cub Scouts contribute to their communities by participating in service projects such as the annual “Scouting for Food” benefiting the local food bank or the annual coat drive where Scouts collect donations from citizens, but Scouts also benefit significantly from the communities they live in.  Many volunteers from the multiple professions such as the local police and fire departments teach kids about crime and fire prevention and first aid along with many other important skills.  Many towns provide public land where Scouts can hike and camp, participate in sports and learn about outdoors skills and environmental awareness and preservation.  It is through scouting that the youth of today can become the responsible citizens of tomorrow.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouts, Pelham Pack 25 along with their sponsoring organization the American Legion Post 100, planted a sugar maple tree in the Pelham Village Green on Veterans Day.  The tree donated by Countrybrook Farms of Hudson will provide the Pelham community with a lasting symbol.






Girls Just Want to Have Fun

by Lynne Ober

Once again, an innovative program sponsored by Pelham Fish and Game is bringing laughter and fun to the main club house.  Every Monday evening a group of women, who signed up to take the beginning archery class for women only, work on improving their archery skills under the eyes of instructors Gene and Tom Rochette, who are certified archery instructors as well as brothers.

“We started with the basics, including the nine steps to shooting, and are pleased with how quickly our students are improving,” Tom said.  “This is supposed to be fun and relaxed, and we work at keeping it that way.”

From left, Diane Bedard and Lisa Bedard practice their shooting before class begins.

The nine-step sequence start with stance and then moves on to grip, nock, predraw, draw, anchor, aim, release and follow through.

“What they should have started with was which is the top of the bow,” laughed one student.  “Last week every time I picked up a bow to shoot, I had it upside down.”

For Lisa and Diane Bedard it was a way to extend a childhood friendship.  “We lived next door to each other,” smiled Lisa.”

“We went to school together,” chimed in Diane.

Then, over the year, they drifted apart until they found out they were dating brothers.  Now happily married to the brothers, they are family and students together.

Brittany Butler, 11, carefully lines up her shot.

“I’d really like to compete in this sport,” said Diane, who works at Pelham Building Supplies.

Pelham Memorial School student Brittany Butler is also taking the class and hopes to go on to competition.

According to Pelham Fish and Game President, Art Crochetiere, the club will offer a 15-course walk-through for archers in the spring.

And the Winner is …

by Lynne Ober

The Sherburne Hall Committee came to the Pelham Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday and, with the help of a few friends, drew the winners from their recent fundraising raffle.

There were five prizes.  Jennifer Pendergast won the $100 cash donated by a Friend of Sherburne Hall.  Ray Belleville won the 15-inch LCD television donated by Citizen's Bank.  Fran Gilfoyle won the week's stay at a resort donated by a friend of Sherburne Hall.  Mary Boucher won the queen-size quilt made and donated by Glennie Edwards, and Regina Malloy won the Harman Advance Pellet Stove donated by North East Coal Sales.

Drawing the prizes was a bit harder than one might expect.  Raffle tickets had been printed in white and blue.  Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman Hal Lynde asked for one volunteer for each prize.  While Romeo Croteau of North East Coal Sales twirled the ticket box, the volunteer had to stand so that tickets could not be seen until one had been drawn.

Bill McDevitt, a Sherburne Hall Committee member, said that they had raised nearly $5,000 with this raffle.  He thanked everyone who donated prizes and everyone who bought tickets.  "We hope to be able to renovate Sherburne Hall and these funds will help us."

Romeo Croteau assists with the prize drawing.  Monica, the vendor from Vision, helps him out.

Timing Just Right for Boy and Girl Scout Vigil

by Karen Plumley

With a crystal clear sky and nothing but good weather and Thanksgiving on the horizon, the timing was just right for the seventh annual Scouting for Food project hosted by the Boys and Girls Scouts of Pelham.  Food collected at the vigil will be donated to the Pelham Food Pantry.  Members of Boy Scout Troops 25 and 610 and Girl Scout Troop 158 were in attendance.  In total there were 42 enthusiastic Scouts and troop leaders present for the vigil that began on Friday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m. and ended at noontime on Sunday, November 13.  

The Scouts set up camp on the lawn of St. Patrick’s School, with rows of tents lined up neatly awaiting the 10;00 p.m. curfew.  At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, Girl Scouts Kaitlin Ormsby, Marybeth Hebert, and Becca Mastropiero huddled together all bundled in their winter attire and prepared an evening snack of baked potatoes with sour cream, while troop leaders added wood to the roaring, crackling campfire.  Boy Scout Matt Guimond and friend Mike Socha did not venture far from the fire, staying warm, while only a few feet away the blistering cold began freezing the tiny droplets of moisture on the grass. 

Kaitln Ormsby, 16, Becca Mastropiero, 15, and Marybeth Hebert, 16, members of Girl Scout Troop 158, huddle together under the food tent. 

It is the sixth year that the Scouting for Food project has camped out at St. Patrick’s School, and the sixth year that the Girl Scouts have taken part in the vigil.  “I was very jealous when the Boy Scouts came up with the idea seven years ago, so after I heard about it, I called them and asked if we (the Girl Scouts) could be a part of it too,” explained Girl Scout Troop Leader Roseanne Puddister.

In addition to collecting canned goods for the food pantry, the troops maintained a busy schedule over the course of the weekend.  On Saturday, troop members built a large lookout tower to prop up the scout and American flags, cooked a 24 pound turkey in a metal garbage can, and welcomed younger levels of Scouts for some fun bridging activities. 

“The vigil normally averages between 50 and 80 grocery carriages of food, depending on weather conditions,” said Troop Leader Paul Beauchesne, who added that they usually receive generous monetary donations as well.  According to Puddister, “Two years ago it was just bitter cold, and even ended up snowing, so we all went indoors to sleep in the basement of St. Pat’s Church.”  No one seemed to be phased by the cold weather this year; the Scouts were all prepared with warm winter coats, and sleeping bags.  “This is beautiful tonight,” described Troop Leader Tom Goss.  “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.”  And a perfect time to collect food for the pantry whose demand is at its greatest during the holiday season.

Boy Scout Troop 25 work together to build a flag tower on Saturday at the Pelham Food Pantry vigil.

Dogs Get Royal Treatment at Pet Wellness Festival

by Karen Plumley

The town of Pelham was teaming with fun activities this weekend, but one of the lesser-known gems was the Pet Wellness Festival on Saturday, November 12 at Dog Talk & TheraPet.  Pets and owners -- young and old alike -- were welcome to come in, enjoy the buffet of snacks, and take part in a well-crafted afternoon of educational wellness for pets.  The programs included aromatherapy, massage, and behavior modification.

Dog Talk & TheraPet owners Maureen and Gary Ross, who also authored the popular book “Train Your Dog, Change Your Life,” greeted guests and their pets at the door.  The many other participants of the festival included Karen LaChapelle, a massage therapy student from the Bancroft School; Bob Mello and Dyan Cahill, police dog trainers for Working Dog Foundation; and members of both Libby’s Haven for Senior Canines and the Animal Rescue Network of New England.  All proceeds from the festival went to benefit the latter two organizations.

Christina Clark, 7, enjoys her time with a loveable pup at the Pet Wellness Festival on Saturday, November 12.

One of the more unusual programs taking part in the festival was the Reading Education Assistance Dogs represented by Linda Browne.  This nonprofit organization provides highly trained dogs as companions to children who are just learning to read, or are having trouble with reading.  The theory is that these amazing canine companions stimulate a child’s willingness to read by being attentive listeners, nonjudgmental, and relaxing while allowing a child to read at his or her own pace.

There were also many dogs up for adoption at the festival, and they were very hard to ignore.  Charming and well-behaved, senior dogs such as Greta, 11, and Chester, 14, looked lovingly at everyone passing by, hoping to find someone willing to take them home.  One-year-old Mickey enthusiastically dashed around greeting guests.  Still other pups like seven-month-old Tulla enjoyed being pampered, and laid down lazily soaking up the aroma while enjoying a professional massage.  The festival took place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and was packed with visitors the entire time.  For more information about the festival participants, pet wellness, therapy, training, or massage: visit or call 603-635-DOGS.

Christmas Craft Fair A Seasonal Delight

by Karen Plumley

St. Patrick’s Clubhouse in Pelham was alive with guests this weekend looking for holiday treats.  You would have been hard pressed to find a parking spot at any time of the day this weekend during this popular annual event that is hosted by members of St. Patrick’s Parish.  This year the fair boasted beautifully handcrafted jewelry, winter hats and mittens, lively pillows, yummy baked goods, and an array of Christmas gifts that were most certain to send any visitor into a giddy trance of holiday shopping delight.

Children of all ages enjoyed the rocking fisherman, handcrafted by Pelham resident Raymond Roeger.  Keli Shepard exhibited her lovely personalized gift baskets and beaded jewelry.  And Joyce McDevitt displayed her handcrafted children’s pillows stuffed with lovable characters such as Bob the Builder, Elmo, Mickey Mouse, and Sesame Street’s Ernie.  In addition to the crafts, there was a free raffle at the door for three Christmas items, and a raffle to win a $150 shopping spree with various local businesses including Barnes and Noble, and at the low price of $1 per two tickets it had a lot of takers.  All proceeds will go to St. Patrick Church and school in a manner that will be decided at a committee meeting being held later next week.  Results of the raffle will also be known at that time.  For more information, contact St. Patrick’s Parish at 635-3525.

Joyce McDevitt displays her fanciful children’s pillows at the Christmas Craft Fair this weekend at St. Patrick’s Clubhouse.

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