Cub Scouts Hold 35th Annual Pancake Breakfast

by Lauren Danzi 

Cub Scouts serve pancakes and sausages at their 35th annual pancake breakfast.

The Windham Cub Scouts held their 35th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 3, at St.

Matthew’s Parish Center from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.  “During the first hour of the Pancake Breakfast, the Cub Scouts made over 1,000 pancakes!” said Carolyn Caron, committee chair of Pack 266.  “750 people came through by 10:30!” said Scout Master Fred Nader.  He explained that he estimated how many people had been through by how much food they had served.  Tickets cost $5 per person if purchased in advance through a Cub Scout or $6 at the door with a $20 max for families and children under 5 were free.  Each Cub Scout was responsible for selling 10 tickets with a few Scouts selling more.  The troops also sold tickets around town at the transfer station and soccer field. 

“St Matthew’s is graciously hosting us!” said Caron.  She explained that local companies, including IHOP and Bickford’s, donated the orange juice, pancakes, and sausages for the breakfast.  A group of Cub Scouts organized all the plates, napkins, and cutlery, while another group served each person pancakes and sausages as they went through the line, and yet another group poured and passed out the orange juice.  Other Cub Scouts greeted those as they walked in, saying “Enjoy your pancakes!”

The fundraiser supports Troops 266 and 263 and will help them afford patches and different activities.  Caron explained that this is the only fundraiser the troops do all year and the funds support almost 100 Scouts.  Last year some of the funds went to build a new pinewood derby track.  The individual Cub Scouts also raise money with a popcorn fundraiser, but this fundraiser is for each individual kid in helping them do different things such as going to camp.  For those interested in learning more about the Windham Cub Scouts, contact Carolyn Caron at

Cub Scouts work hard to pour cups of orange juice and arrange carefully on a table for the pancake breakfast.

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Salem Rotary Donates Dictionaries to Pelham Students

by Diane Chubb

Students at PES eagerly line up to receive their dictionaries.

Still all hyped up on the sugar from Trick or Treating the night before, the third graders at Pelham Elementary School (PES) got a special treat on November 1.  For the second year in a row, the Salem Rotary Club donated student dictionaries to every third grade student at PES.  Maria Bertolone and Ed David were on hand to pass them out to the eager students.  David challenged every third grader to pronounce the longest word found on the last page of the dictionary.  If they could do it, he said Principal LaFrance would give them a free homework pass for one whole week.  Several students tried, but no one could pronounce the 1,909 letter word.  “I could not do it either,” laughed Principal Alicia LaFrance.   LaFrance added, “Thank you to the Salem Rotary for their generous donation to the students of Pelham.”

The dictionaries are purchased with funds raised by the Club at its annual hockey game with the Boston Bruins, and are supplied by the Dictionary Project, a non-profit organization based in South Carolina.  

“Children are the future.  We hope that when you graduate from school, you will go on to be active in your own communities,” said David, before distributing the dictionaries.

The Salem Rotary Club services Pelham, Windham, Hampstead and Atkinson, as well as Salem, through a number of community service programs.  

Most recently, the Club donated a defibrillator to PES, as well as to other locations.  The group also donated a freezer to the Salem Food Pantry, and distributes food baskets for the holidays to those in need.  

For more information about the Salem Rotary Club, please contact Laura Allaine, president, at 898-2153 or visit their Website at

Maria Bertolone and Ed David of the Salem Rotary Club get ready to distribute dictionaries at PES.

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Beauty and the Beast Showcased at PHS

submitted by Karen Cabral

On Thursday, November 1, the Pelham High Performers enchanted children and adults at Pelham High School with Beauty and the Beast.  This famous tale was delightfully woven by narrator Jaime Newell.

She drew the audience in by sharing an account of a poor peasant family; Beauty, played by Olivia Maal, and Papa, played by Colin Barry, who are seeking their fortune through learning and hard work, only to have their lives turned up-side-down by a Beast, played by Justin Rogers.  The beast, once a strikingly handsome but greedy prince, has fallen under a curse by a beggar, played by Ashley Scalia.  The curse can only be broken if the beast can find the meaning of true love.

The play was not for the faint of heart with feral wolves Siobhan Roche, Nicole Olson, and Mackenzie Tripper, scouring the audience for a fresh meal.  Later on, the castle gate was stormed by town residents Breanne Brown, Kaycey Cooper, Kate Ward, Hayley Cummings, Jessica Jones, and Leanne Cann.  Director, Maryna Demetri, and Assistant Director, Scott Cloutier, skillfully balanced the dark scenes with many humorous ones.  Comic relief was added by colorful characters performing as castle servants. Mrs. Tea Time was played by Nyria Combs, Tink was played by Ryan Burke, Mr. Windup played by Nik Kfoury, and Ms. Sparkle played by Nicole Overy.

The tale Beauty and the Beast illustrated how easily a simple search for love can get complicated when there is only one beautiful girl.  The narcissist, Bruno, played by Joe Cabral, stubbornly pursued Beauty throughout the scenes.  His own search for love, often interrupted by self-admiration, eventually ended in a hostile confrontation between two off stage best friends, Justin Rogers, and himself. 

To the relief of the audience, all ends well with Beauty and the Beast finding each other and breaking the beggars spell.  The next day, advisors Mr. Black and Mrs. Dorval took the cast to perform at Pelham Elementary School.  At least 19 other students supported the creative effort by contributing their time to manage the stage, set, costumes, sound and lights. 

Justin Rogers (left) and Joseph Cabral.

It Takes More Than Volunteers

by Diane Chubb

No library can run without its volunteers.  Perhaps you remember shelving books when you were younger. Or maybe your mom volunteered to lead the Story Time or do crafts with groups.  

There is no doubt that volunteering is good education.  Local high schools, such as Pelham High School, know that and therefore require students to complete a number of hours of community service.  

However, as stated in Windham’s Nesmith Library Volunteer Policy, “Volunteers are not meant as replacements for appropriately trained and paid staff, nor as compensation for inadequate staffing patterns, nor for failure to fill vacant posts, nor for cutbacks in library funding.

In other words, it takes more than volunteers to run a library.  

First, someone has to coordinate and train those volunteers.  People often need some initial training to do simple tasks, such as putting books away or straightening the stacks.

Ironically, sometimes it is not possible to have volunteers to help ease the work burden on the staff, because there is not enough staff to manage the volunteers!

However, in the case of the Pelham Library, fully staffing the children’s department opened the door to a more comprehensive volunteer program at Pelham Public Library.  

To date, since January 2007, 44 volunteers have donated 204 hours in the children’s department.  Their contributions of time have ranged from Marie Yanish’s popular “Evening Stories with Marie” to the inspired decorations for the Summer Reading Program to the more mundane tasks of reshelving returned books and materials.  

Pelham Library Director Sue Hoadley explained:  “Our volunteer program has been carefully designed to expand and enhance public service to the community.  Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications, the needs of the library, and on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule of volunteer hours.  Individuals 14 years of age or older are welcome to apply.  Those under age 18 must also have signed permission from their parent or legal guardian.”

Second, although volunteers are certainly well-intentioned, if there is a conflict in time, the volunteer work may get left by the wayside.  In addition, there are simply some tasks that volunteers cannot do.  

Librarians, particularly those at Pelham Library, have either an advanced degree in Library Science, or many years of library experience.  

Library staff must also maintain patron confidentiality.  People use the library to accomplish a number of tasks, including researching new jobs, getting information about government benefits, (health and medical) or perhaps court proceedings.  This is often information that must remain confidential.  

“Protecting patron privacy requires a high level of discretion, judgment, and vigilance,” says Hoadley.  

The librarian’s professional ethics mandate the confidentiality of a patron’s reading choices.  Libraries are a place where a relationship of trust is to be maintained and held sacred. Even reference questions must remain private and confidential.

State law mandates that library card info must remain confidential.  NH RSA 201-D:11 states, “Library records which contain the names or other personal identifying information regarding the users of public or other than public libraries shall be confidential...Such records include, but are not limited to, library, information system, and archival records related to the circulation and use of library materials or services.”

This is the main reason that volunteers may not check out books.  Even just the titles and subject matter of the books checked out to patrons is confidential information.  The names of library card holders is confidential, as is their personal information.  

Moreover, the federal and state governments have laws that govern volunteers.  NH state law is actually stricter than federal law on this point.  NH Dept. of Labor Administrative Rule 803.06 states that volunteers may not “displace a paid employee.”  

Students learn that this is the case with internships.  As long as a student is earning course credit of some kind, the volunteer work is permissible.  However, business many not use “free” interns as substitutes for paid employees.  Such is the case with the library.  

The Pelham Library and Nesmith Library, as well as other libraries in the area, welcome volunteers.  Volunteers can help expand and enhance public service to the community. 

All those interested in volunteering at the local libraries must complete an interest form.  In Pelham, volunteers must also complete a Criminal Offense Record Investigation (CORI).  Prospective volunteers under the age of 18 must also have signed permission from their parent or legal guardian.

“We value the contributions of each of these volunteers,” said Hoadley.  “By sharing their time and talent with us, they make a big difference in the quality of library service in our community.”

Hannaford Recalls Ground Beef

Hannaford Supermarkets is recalling all ground beef products bought in Hannaford stores with use by  or freeze by dates of October 11 - October 31. 

The recall also extends to Century Farms ground beef products with use by or freeze by dates of October 11 - November 3.  Consumers should return products to their local Hannaford for full refunds.

The product is part of the Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. voluntary recall of approximately 1 million pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

While Cargill has informed us that there have been no reported illnesses from the product, our policy is to err on the side of caution when food safety is involved, said Hannaford spokesperson Caren Epstein.

Safe food handling is essential, said Epstein.  One way to insure that potentially harmful bacteria is killed is to cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Cargills toll-free hotline at (877) 455-1034.  For questions regarding Hannafords refund policy, contact the Hannaford Customer Information Center at (800) 213-9040. 

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