Windham Students in The Phantom Tollbooth

by Lianna Bessette

Hudson Wells as Tock, the dog

The Actor’s Guild presented The Phantom Tollbooth by Susan Nanus during the past weekend with shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Seifert Auditorium at Salem High School.  Directed by Kathleen F. Dacey, the students brought the story of Milo to children and parents in the three-act play.  Performing from Windham were Ramsey Eassa, Heather Jacques, Anna Cino, Carolyn Colbert, Peter Costa, Summer LaCrosse, Devan Nagel and Gena Stearms.  Working behind the curtains was Katie Durgin.

The Salem High Actors Guild is a club for students interested in theater production and performance.  Under the direction of teachers Ms. Kathleen Dacey and Ms. Jillian Tremblay, they produce four to five shows per year including a musical, comedy, drama and childrens show.  The guild consists of more than 35 students.  Actors rehearse after school almost every day of the year in preparation for these performances.  Students on the tech crew design, paint, and decorate all set pieces (often constructed by SHS building trades).  The students work hard to present quality pieces of theater to their audiences.  Keep your eyes open for future productions!

The Mathemagician played by Heather Jacques, awaits a decision from Princess Pure Reason and Princess Sweet Rhyme. 

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PHS Varsity Award Recipients

Monday, June 2, the Pelham High School Booster Club put on the Varsity Awards Dinner at Harris’ Pelham Inn.  The following are the recipients of the awards for the night:

Male Python Award:  Dan Trainor is the Male Python Award winner.  Dan was a four-year, three sport athlete.  He played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.  During the fall of his senior season, he also kicked for the state champion football team.  Throughout his four-year career, Dan has been selected to All Star and All State teams.  Dan was a NHADA Male Scholar Athlete Award Recipient.  He has chosen to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy next year.

Dan Trainor receives the Male Python Award from Coach Kress and Coach Regan.

Female Python Award:  Jen Gray is the Female Python Award winner.  She has played soccer and softball for four years at PHS.  She was a captain of both teams during her senior year.  She has been the consummate team player throughout and led the softball team in nearly every statistical category this spring.  She has been selected to several All Star and All State teams.  She is also the Valedictorian of her class and a NHADA Female Scholar Athlete Award recipient.  Jen has chosen to attend Boston University next year.

Coaches Soucy and Jacquith congratulate Jen Gray for winning the Female Python Award.

Male Scholar Athlete Award:  Scott Connaster is the male scholar athlete.  Scott has played tennis for four years at PHS and indoor track for the past two years.  During this time he has maintained a GPA of over 3.9 and a top 15 ranking in his class.  Scott has chosen to attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall.

Female Scholar Athlete Award:  Stephanie Martins is the female scholar athlete award winner.  She is a four year three-sport athlete who has run cross country, indoor and outdoor track each year.  During this time, she has maintained a GPA of over 4.1 and a top 10 ranking in her class.  Stephanie has chosen to attend the University of Massachusetts – Lowell in the fall.

Male Sportsmanship Award:  Max Roth is the recipient of the male sportsmanship award.  Max has participated in football, outdoor track, and baseball throughout his high school career.  He was a captain of the state champion football team.  Max has been a true team player doing whatever it takes on the field to help the team.  Max has decided to attend Plymouth State University in the fall.

Female Sportsmanship Award:  Caitlin Morgan is the recipient of the female sportsmanship award.  Caitlin has been a member of the basketball and lacrosse programs for the last four years.  During this time, she has been a team player and represented Pelham well.  Caitlin has decided to attend Keene State College in the fall.

Manager’s Award:  The recipient of the Manager’s Award is Becca Mastropiero.  During her high school career, she was the manager for the volleyball team.  During her time, she assisted with duties during practice and kept the book at games.  Becca was a valuable asset to the volleyball program.  Becca has chosen to attend Keene State College in the fall.

Four other recognition awards were given to two male and two female athletes; the Marine Recognition Award and the Army Scholar – Athlete Recognition Award.

The male recipient of the Marine Recognition Award for showing persistence, poise, and perseverance while overcoming obstacles was Tyler Gantt while the female recipient was Katie Bourque.

The male recipient of the Army Scholar Athlete Recognition for achievement in both academics and athletics was Billy Sullivan while the female recipient was Leslie McCabe.

The following are the recipients of the individual team scholarships:

  • Golf – Andy St. Gelais
  • Boys Tennis – Jon Wallace
  • Boys Lacrosse – Billy Sullivan
  • Boys Basketball – Brady Tryon
  • Boys Soccer – Dan Trainor
  • Baseball – James Mostone
  • Football – Tyler Gantt
  • Wrestling – Jake Corbin
  • Boys Cross Country – Andrew Ridlon
  • Boys Indoor track – Dave Pereira
  • Boys Outdoor Track – Andrew Ridlon
  • Girls Cross Country – Lynne Resendes
  • Girls Indoor Track – Rachel Notini
  • Girls Outdoor Track – Leanne Cann
  • Girls Soccer – Jen Gray
  • Girls Basketball – Brittany Croteau
  • Girls Lacrosse – Caitlin Morgan
  • Girls Tennis – Leslie McCabe
  • Volleyball – Heidi Fuller
  • Field Hockey – Katie Bourque
  • Softball – Jess Fanaras
  • Cheerleading – Stacey Chadwick
  • Gymnastics – Yvonne Figuerido

Three athletes were chosen as recipients of Booster Club Scholarships.  The athletes chosen were Billy Sullivan, Alie Peterson, and Jamie Vaiknoras.

Eight athletes were recognized on the night for being four-year three-sport athletes.  The recipients were Rachel Notini, Lynne Resendes, Stephanie Martins, Katie Bourque, Dan Trainor, Jamie Vaiknoras, Billy Sullivan, and Andrew Ridlon.

Also, the following individuals and teams were recognized for their accomplishments:

  • Bruce Vieira – 1000 yards rushing
  • Justin Hojlo – 1000 points scored
  • Mike Perrucio – making it to the New England Wrestling Tournament
  • 2007 Undefeated State Championship Football Team.
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Windham Leasing Cruisers Rather Than Outright Purchase

by Barbara O'Brien

The Windham Police Department will be acquiring six new vehicles for its fleet and, for the first time, will be leasing them, rather than making an outright purchase.

Selectmen unanimously approved signing the lease agreement with MacMulkin Chevrolet of Nashua during the board’s meeting on Monday, May 19, following considerable debate on the advantages of leasing and/or purchasing the vehicles.

The question is: “Do you want to pay interest or do you not want to pay interest?” financial director Dana Call asked selectmen.  “The board (of selectmen) either has to be behind leasing or not,” she added.

Selectman Charles McMahon said he is “generally not enamored with leasing,” but in this case is supportive of the program being presented.  Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he agreed with McMahon’s opinion.  “It just makes more sense to lease,” Hohenberger said.

The vehicles being leased from MacMulkin are Chevrolet Impalas.  The cost for the police package vehicle is $19,446 and the cost for the non-police package is $16,200.

I would expect the non-police package vehicles (standard sedans) to arrive sometime in early July.  The police-package vehicles (marked cruisers) would likely arrive late summer.

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How School Administrative Split Would Affect Pelham

by Lynne Ober

As reported in the Pelham~Windham News, a committee will help the Windham School District decide whether to split from the Pelham School District.  Such a split would mean that each town would have a school district administrative office and a superintendent.

The first steps were taken in March when Windham voters approved formation of the committee that will study withdrawing from Supervisoruy Administrative Unit 28, shared by the Windham and Pelham school districts.  Now Pelham pays about 48 percent for SAU services.  The amount is determined by state law based on a per-pupil ratio.

Windhams committee will spend a year looking at the pros and cons and recommend whether to split.  Should Windham withdraw from SAU 28, a town vote would be required followed by a year of planning before the split became official. 

If approved, a split could be two to three years away, Dr. Frank Bass, the SAU superintendent, has told the Pelham School Board.

In theory, the town that withdraws hires its own staff and moves on while the town remaining in the SAU stays with the superintendent and staff.  That would mean Bass and the SAU staff would stay with Pelham.

In practice, when one town withdraws, all affected SAUs sometimes decide to post and hire all personnel.  This alternative frequently sees all existing staff keeping jobs, perhaps in a different-numbered SAU.  

Proponents of the split say both districts have grown to the point where each one needs its own superintendent and other administrators. 

Others say it will increase costs for both districts by requiring Windham to hire its own administrators and by forcing Pelham to find its own SAU building for Bass and his staff.   They also believe that school districts as small as Pelham and Windham achieve synergy and cost effectiveness by remaining together.

Windham is building a high school and Pelham is looking at multiple options to resolve crowding issues at its three schools and both districts must make important and immediate decisions about starting kindergarten in some fashion if legislation is signed into law by Governor John Lynch.  

In the fall the federally mandated preschool that Windham and Pelham have shared no longer will be a shared service.  Pelham preschool children will move into Pelham Elementary School out of the facility provided by Windham.

Both districts have their own business administrators.

According to Pelhams business administrator, Kathleen Sargent, The total [SAU] budget is $1,055,546.  Pelhams share of SAU cost is $500,275 or approximately 48 percent of the total budget.  However, Windham does not charge Pelham rental for the facility the SAU uses.  Utilities are part of the overall budget and are split along percentages.  According to Sargent, Pelhams 48 percent share will cost it approximately $8,895 through June 2008.  

The Pelham~Windham News asked Sargent, Has Pelham paid for furniture and computers?  If they have paid for furniture and computers, do you keep a separate physical inventory that indicates who owns what?

She responded, Pelham has paid for some furniture, my desk, chair filing cabinet, but for the most part, it will be difficult to claim much of anything.  The records indicate either Windham paid for these items, or the expenses were allocated through the SAU budget.  There is an inventory and that is how I came to the above conclusion.  That is not to say some accommodations might move to Pelham if there is a split.

Proponents of the split in Pelham believe the additional costs will be offset by having staff focused entirely on Pelham schools and students.  They also point out that the district has its own business administrator and would not need to hire as many staff members as there are in the current SAU office, so the overall budget would be lower.

However, former school board member Mike Conrad warned that splitting the SAU is more than just adding a superintendent.  We would also need to add a special ed director, human resources and support staff – not to mention the additional space of where to put them all.  Conrad also pointed out that losing Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson would be a blow because she is able to write and win grants and knows the details of curriculum.

If voters continue to vote no on all warrant articles in Pelham, hiring staff might be problematic.  What would happen if Windham voted to withdraw, but Pelham voters voted against hiring a superintendent and other needed staff?  

If voters continue to vote no on school proposals, where will the SAU be housed?  Rented office space?

Others feel that Pelham needs many more important things than its own SAU and the expenses, but most realize that this decision will not be theirs but that of Windham voters.

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American Legion Memorabilia to be Displayed at Windham Town Hall

by Barbara O’Brien

A new display honoring those who have served or continue to serve in the United States military soon will grace Windhams town hall.

Selectmen have given approval to mount a specially designed cabinet on the second floor in an area which can be viewed easily by the public.  Mort Perlman of Windham American Legion Post 109, said notifications and awards regarding local veterans will be on display. 

Windhams town hall was designated as the official meeting place for the American Legion, by the United States Congress, following the end of World War II.  The legion continues to meet at that location.

The display cabinet is being crafted locally at the American Legions expense.  It will be constructed of poplar wood and blended to fit with existing decor.  The cabinet with have lockable double sliding doors.  A key will be furnished to town officials.  Perlman said the project has been planned for two years.  When asked when the cabinet would be on display, Perlman said, In the very near future.

Although membership of American Legion Post 109 is growing, Perlman said, the organization always is looking for new members. 

Selectmen approved the installation by a vote of 4 - 0.  Selectmen Bruce Breton, Roger Hohenberger, Charles McMahon and Galen Stearns voted in favor.  Chairman Dennis Senibaldi was not at the meeting when the vote was taken.

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