Woodbury – Titanic

Many of the Titanic characters

The Woodbury Thunderbirds seventh grade, recently put on an end-of-the year production about the Titanic, the true story, with the assistance from teachers Jeanna Getchell and Maggie Richards, to name a few.  This was the climax of a month of intensive study on the famous sinking from many studies, research and language arts projects and events, trying to make the well-known story “real.”  It involved 65 students who ended their adventure with a parade outside in character costume, around Woodbury, then back into their classrooms for a  “tea” representing how it would have been on the ship – from the help, second-class passengers, to the first-class and wealthier passengers.  The students each had a true character from the ship to represent and they stayed in costume and carried on conversations with other guests. Nice way to end a busy time and go into school vacation.  Great job!

Teacher Brian DiPanfilp; Bob Breithaupt, stoker; and Sam Gagnon, third-class passenger

Andrew Tulley, playing a Titanic baby; and Madison Carpenter, portraying a rich passenger

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Students Illustrate Their Creations at Littleville Art Show

Telah Johnson, kindergarten, with her Eric Carle horse

For the sixth year, Littleview Learning Center celebrated the month of April with art by learning about art history and the creation of art.  On Friday, April 25, the school was transformed into a virtual gallery open to friends and families to enjoy the artwork of these kindergarten, pre-K and pre-school students — complete with five-foot pirate ships, large castles, giant collages, and art from all the important periods in history — created by the kids.

Jack Sharkey, 6, with the kindergarten’s pirate ship

Faith Hoover and Riley Devine, pre-school, showing off their lovely Egyptian pottery

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Scholarship Winner

A $1,000 Salem-Windham Democratic Scholarship has been awarded this year to Salem High School senior Alexander White, the groups jointly announced today.

White, son of Tamsin Brower of Salem and Chris White of Plaistow, was recognized by New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes during a Democratic Unity Breakfast held recently in Salem.  He plans to study political science at Grinnell College in Iowa.

“We were pleased with the number and quality of applicants this year with such outstanding academic and community service records, and it was a very tough decision,” said David Carney, chair of the Salem-Windham Democratic Scholarship Committee.  “We congratulate and thank all those students who took the time to apply.”

This is the second year the two groups have combined to offer a scholarship, and they plan to continue to offer it annually.

The scholarship is open to a graduating senior residing in Salem or Windham.  Winners are selected based on academic merit, community service and extracurricular activities, financial need, and essay response.  This year’s applicants were asked to respond to the question, “Is any threat worth sacrificing our civil liberties for security?”

For more information about the Salem and Windham Democratic Town Committees, visit their respective Websites at www.salemnhdems.org and www.windems.org.

United States Congressman Paul Hodes congratulates Salem High School senior Alexander White at a recent Democratic Unity Breakfast in Salem.  White was selected as the 2008  Salem-Windham Democratic Scholarship recipient and heads to Grinnell College in Iowa to major in political science.

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National Grid Electric and Gas Rates Raised

Increased rates for National Grids 84,000 New Hampshire natural gas customers and new Energy Service rates for the company’s 40,000 electric customers in New Hampshire went into effect on May 1 – 13.3 percent for gas, 17.3 percent for electricity.

The monthly bill increase for a typical residential gas customer will be about $12. The new gas rate will be $1.1870 per therm, an increase of $0.2096 per therm over the previous average rate of $0.9774.

A typical residential electric customer using 500 kilowatt-hours each month will see an increase of $12.47, from $72.11 to $84.58.  The kilowatt-hour rate will increase from $0.0916 to $0.11655.  The rates were approved by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commisson and reflect the worldwide increase in Energy costs.

National Grid, which completed acquisition of KeySpan in August of 2007, said it does not profit from the cost of natural gas and ensures that it maintains reliable sources for its customers.  The company uses various methods to limit the effect of market forces, such as locking in long-range pricing and placing gas in storage when prices are more favorable.  National Grid also is working to increase the diversity of its gas supply for better pricing and reliability.

Electricity is bought for residential customers every six months from the lowest bidder.

Customer Assistance

For information on saving energy and lowering bills, natural gas customers are urged to visit www.keyspansaves.com for information ranging from rebates on ENERGY STAR® products to low or no cost tips on improving the efficiency of their homes.  The U.S. Department of Energy also offers many tips at www.energysavers.gov.

There are several sources of assistance to customers for whom conservation is not enough.  Programs based on income-eligibility include National Grids discount rate that can save up to $200 each year and fuel assistance, which provides grants to help cover winter heating costs.  Customers who do not qualify for fuel assistance may still be able to get help.  National Grid also supports Neighbor Helping Neighbor, a local fund that assists many New Hampshire families.  Customers should contact their local community action agency to discuss options.

Each fall National Grid offers a fixed price option that locks in the customers price of gas during the winter.  It can help protect customers from sudden price spikes, although it does not guarantee savings.

Electric customers should visit www.nationalgridus.com/granitestate and click on “energy efficiency” for information about energy efficiency programs, budget payment plans and payment assistance.

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