Windham Memorial Day Parade

Windham residents celebrated Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason it was intended - to honor those who paid for Americans’ freedom with their lives.

On a beautiful morning May 29 at 9:30 a.m., the Windham Memorial Day parade began at Center School for the march to the Cemetery on the Plains.  .

Parade Marshal, Mort Pearlman, signaled the participants to begin their journey:  led by Patrolman Scott Rogers on motorcycle followed by Parade Marshal Pearlman together with many veterans in full uniform representing all branches of the armed forces.

Also in attendance, the Board of Selectmen, Galen Stearns, Chairman, Roger Hohenberger, Alan Carpenter, Margaret Crisler, and Dennis Senibaldi and Windham School Board members Barbara Coish, Beverly Donovan, Bruce Anderson, and Beth Valentine.

Following close behind were State Senator Robert Letourneau, State Representatives Mary E. Griffin, Kevin Waterhouse and James Coburn (a candidate for governor).

Guest speakers included local resident, retired veteran Wallace Ramsden who gave an inspirational message to everyone regarding freedom and the price paid for it.

The invocation was given by Reverend Gilbert of St. Matthew Church in Windham.

Parade Marshal Mort Pearlman's recitation honoring our veterans was a stirring tribute to all members of the armed forces, past and present.  Kudos to Chairman Pearlman for his devotion to the planning each year of the Memorial Day Parade.  Americans must never forget the price paid by veterans for freedom.

Bands marching in the Windham parade were the Windham Center School, Windham Middle School, and the Salem High School band under the direction of Marty Clausen.

Guest speaker, Colonel Pam Casey, a retired army veteran, paid tribute to all servicemen and women.  Colonel Casey indicated how honored she was to be present along with her fellow veterans.

Selectman Roger Hohenberger and Boy Scout Tommy Merchel and State Representative Mary Griffin with Girl Scout Allie Otis, presented wreaths at the cemetery in honor of our beloved deceased veterans.

The final blessing was presented by Reverend Stuart of the Windham Presbyterian Church.

Parade Marshal Pearlman thanked Gail Webster and Laura Swensen for the beautification of the cemetery and asked all in attendance to remember Memorial Day always.

Let us all remember how proud we are to be an American.  God bless America.

Jesse Hayes, 10, and Nick Laurin, 10, of Cub Scout Pack 25 get ready for the Memorial Day Parade.

Members of the American Legion Post 100 stand at attention at Pelham Town Center during the Memorial Day Parade.

Brownies and Girl Scouts hold their banner proudly as they march in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday morning.

Brett, 5, and little sister Meadow, 2, pose at the Veterans Memorial in Gibson Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony.

Korean War Veterans Hee K. Kim, Kyung S. Kang, and Jung S. Seo.

Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning from the American Legion Post 100 in Pelham.

Pelham Remembers Veterans’ Sacrifices on Memorial Day

by Karen Plumley

The 2006 Memorial Day Parade in Pelham began at the American Legion Post 100, and continued down 111A to Marsh Road.  The procession briefly paused at the town center, where shots were fired to commemorate veterans while simultaneously securing the attention of the crowd.  Before returning to the American Legion for a cookout, the parade continued to Gibson Cemetery where a thought-provoking Memorial Day ceremony took place.  Those who participated in the parade included members of the American Legion, VFW, Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Pelham Little League. 

All participants and the many onlookers were there to honor and pay tribute to veterans who so bravely have served in our nation's armed forces.

American Legion Post 100 SAL Adviser Herman Hanson spoke eloquently at the cemetery, reminding all those in attendance that “no matter what you think of the current war in Iraq, stop and say a prayer and remember those that put their lives on the line so we can be free.”

Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, and was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time reserved for decorating the gravestones and honoring soldiers who died during the Civil War.  In this era of uncertainty and war, Americans recognize even more profoundly how much the citizens’ very freedoms rest on the courageous sacrifices of the men and women who have fought throughout the country’s relatively brief history.

Windham Center School Recognized as Regional Math Champions

submitted by Kara Saranich, Assistant Principal, Windham Center School

The Fourth Grade Continental Mathematics League Team of Windham Center School has earned the first-place award as Regional Champions of the Euclidean Division in the Northeast Region.  In addition, the team placed fourth nationally, in a field of more than 500 schools.

This fine achievement was accomplished through a lot of hard work and practice by all of Center School’s fourth grade students, who faced these daunting word problems with courage and extraordinary effort.  Janice Broady, the team’s adviser, said that every member of the team should be extremely proud of their success.

The following students contributed the highest scores to their team:  Genevieve Corman, Michael Donovan, Ashley Masucci, Joseph Forti, Bethany Fennessey, Samuel Kauhl, Connor Bermingham, Samuel Hastings, Justin Frey, Tucker Lippold, Justin Roth, and Jeffrey Peterson.

Local Business Owner Receives Honor from Post Office

by Karen Plumley

If there is a positive side to hardship and tragedy, it is that it can bring out the best in people.  This much can be said for long time Pelham resident and owner of North East Coal Sales Romeo J. Croteau.  Croteau, who is already well known in town for his generosity, gladly donated his time and energy to help out the Pelham Post Office when three feet of water at the back platform area blocked the mail delivery truck from unloading its cargo on Monday morning.  According to Postmaster Kevin Fosman, it was due to Croteau’s efforts that mail service was uninterrupted for the majority of Pelham residents.  “About 88 to 89 percent of the town received mail on Monday.  We were able to deliver to everyone except those living on streets that were shut down,” described Fosman.

Postmaster Fosman recognized Croteau with a Letter of Commendation in a ceremony Friday morning.  Although the rain just kept on coming, the ceremony was held outside the post office.  In the letter, Fosman outlined Croteau’s efforts:  “Your unselfish actions allowed the Pelham office to execute timely delivery to a vast majority of our customers in Pelham on Monday, May 15, 2006 and for this you should be commended.”  Post office personnel who were grateful for his assistance surrounded Croteau as Fosman was presented with the letter.  

It was lucky for the post office that Croteau was scheduled to be there on Monday morning already:  he is the person who collects and then delivers donations to the food pantry for the annual food drive, a job that has been his for many years.  According to Croteau, he arrived at the post office on Monday morning to load the food pantry donations when Fosman approached him.  “He (Fosman) asked me what I was doing that morning.  I said, ‘what do you need?’  He then told me about the mail delivery truck,” Croteau described.  Croteau parked his truck in the front of the building and used his lift to help unload 18 containers of mail from the larger delivery truck.  Fosman estimates that perhaps 15,000-20,000 pieces of mail were unloaded.  Croteau recalled with a smile that Fosman then asked him, “What are you doing at two o’clock and five o’clock this afternoon?”  Croteau actually helped the post office unload not one but two deliveries that day, and he also assisted in the dispatch of local mail to the Manchester office.

“Without the lift we would have been faced with offloading the mail manually in small bundles,” noted Fosman.  This task would have been quite daunting and according to Fosman would have taken several hours.  With two deliveries and a dispatch, it would have been virtually impossible to deliver all the mail on time.

When asked to comment on his generous actions and the honor bestowed upon him, Croteau answered with genuine sincerity, “I did it because I enjoy helping out.  It was no big deal.”  But as Fosman points out in his letter, “I sincerely appreciated all your assistance and I am sure the residents of Pelham feel the same way.”

In addition to commending Croteau, Fosman also shared his appreciation for his hard working postal team who all showed up for work on Monday morning despite the weather, and for Pelham Plaza owner Neil Fineman who helped out tremendously with the parking lot issues.  “In the time of need, it is nice to see a community come together for each other,” stated Postmaster Fosman.

Traveling Tide Pools Wash Up at Nesmith Library

by Karen Plumley

Youngsters got a glimpse of marine life when Cynde McInnis and Emily Young, representatives from The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation of Portsmouth, were at hand on Tuesday, May 23 at Nesmith Library for an educational presentation of “Traveling Tide Pools.” 

A program designed for home-schooled children ages 6 - 12, the Tide Pool presentation was not limited to Windham residents, but since space was limited, children were required to register ahead of time. 

McInnis and Young taught the youngsters about marine life that inhabit New England waters and also discussed such topics as tides, rocky versus sandy beaches, plankton, and the differences between various marine creatures such as starfish, seaweed, crabs, lobsters, and various types of fish.  At the end of the presentation, children were treated to a “touch tank” containing many of the sea life that was discussed during the lesson.

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting New England’s marine environment, through education and research.  They are involved in marine education and research of local marine life, especially endangered mammals.  They also assist and provide expertise during whale watches, and even take part in periodic hands-on beach cleanups and Adopt-a-Beach efforts.  For more information on this organization, log on to their website at

Cynde McInnis, member of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, demonstrates how the moon affects the Earth’s ocean tides.  Student volunteers aid in the demonstration during the Traveling Tide Pools program at Nesmith Library on Tuesday morning.

Verizon Fiber Optics in Windham

by Tom Tollefson

“Can you hear me now?” is the line everyone associates with their Verizon cell phones, but the nationwide company now offers FiOS cable and Internet service.  This service, which directly competes with a traditional cable company, will soon be offered in Windham, blurring the lines between traditional phone service products and television products.  Bundled products such as this are already being offered in other areas and are the wave of the future.

Over the past month, Verizon officials have been meeting with the Windham Cable Board to discuss the possibility of offering their FiOS system, which provides cable and high-speed Internet through new fiber optic connections.  Subscribers would get one bill for their phone, cable and Internet services.

Although the prices and specifics have been discussed in non-public meetings, a conclusion is soon expected to be announced to the public.  Once Windham Cable Board and Verizon reach that conclusion, Verizon will begin installing fiber optics at the homes of the Windham residents who chose to use their service.

However, don’t give up your current connection too soon.  According to Lisa Thorne, Vice President of Verizon’s Municipal Affairs for New Hampshire, it will be at least a year before the first phase of installations is completed in Windham.

The FiOS broadband internet connection offers up to 30 megabytes per second downstream and up to 5 Mbps upstream for interactive applications.

The fiber cable connection is 100 percent digital and offers more than 300 television channels with parental controls included.

Bids Accepted for New Pelham Memorial School Roof

by Diane Chubb

Pelham Memorial School needs a new roof along the back of the school.  The School Board wants to get the work done over the summer months in order to have the least amount of impact on educational offerings. 

Following established bid procedures the SAU sent out invitations for contractors to bid on the repairs to the back roof section of Pelham Memorial School.  A complete bid spec was available to all interested bidders with a due date set for June 1.  

The winning contractor must be available to begin immediately and will be required to tear off, haul away and dispose of the existing roofing to the deck.  Two layers of polyisocyanurate insulation must be installed before the rubber roof system is installed on top.  The walls and roof penetrations will require flashing as well.

The contractor will also be required to have all of the work for the roof completed during the non-school, summer period (June - August).

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