Celebrity Cheer’s Youth Silver Car Wash

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Celebrity Cheer’s Youth Silver held its annual Car Wash at the Pelham Fire Station on Saturday and celebrated a great turn out!  The athletes and their families organized the event, which included a car wash and bake sale.  Money raised from the team-sponsored events is used to defer the costs of uniforms, competition fees and travel expenses for the upcoming competition season.  The girls also presented the Pelham fire fighters with a basket of home baked goods in appreciation of their continued support.

Celebrity Cheer is a competitive cheer program located in Salem.  Currently, the gym has 12 extremely talented teams of girls and boys from across New England.  Cheerleaders range in age from 5 – 20 and compete around the U.S. at top-level National and local events.  Over the years they have earned numerous National titles as well as invitations to compete at the annual World’s competition.  Celebrity Cheer has earned the reputation of being the “Powerhouse of the East”.  Currently, Celebrity Cheer has the honor of being ranked #14 in the country for competitive cheerleading gyms.

Celebrity Cheer Youth Silver team is the youngest of the elite teams in the gym, comprised of 20 girls ranging in ages from 9 - 12 years old.  This team competes all over the country, and has earned many National titles themselves.  Last season they were first at WSF Nationals in Indianapolis and placed second at Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, where over 700 teams in many divisions compete.  This upcoming season they will travel to ten competitions across the country, including some of the most prestigious cheerleading competitions in the US.  These young athletes are performing skills that are usually seen only with older cheer teams.

Celebrity Cheer athletes and teams have made a name for themselves and have solidified Celebrity Cheer as a successful and respected program ranking among the nation’s elite.  Celebrity Cheer is not only committed to quality training, but instilling loyalty, respect, and responsibility in these athletes.  While working to train these athletes at a highly competitive level, they have promoted values of teamwork, sportsmanship, trust, and dedication.

Don’t let their size and age fool you!

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Royal Story Time in Pelham

by Gloria Sullivan

Wearing their finest princess gowns and crowns, the children of Pelham arrived at Pelhams Public Library for a chance to meet a favorite Princess.  Belle of Disneys Beauty and the Beast graciously greeted the large crowd of boys and girls on Tuesday morning for a story, some songs and a craft.

The children seemed in awe of her presence as they quietly sat and listened to Belle read a story on how to be a princess.  Following the story, Belle enchanted the crowd with her angelic voice while she sang some of their favorite songs from the movie.  Miss Debbie, the childrens librarian, was so impressed with how the children sat so quietly that she remarked, Im thinking about getting a gown to wear when I do story hours to see if its the outfit that was so captivating!

Miss Debbie planned the perfect craft to finish off the magical morning.  The children were invited to decorate their own crowns to take home as souvenirs of their time spent with one of their favorite princesses.  While the children worked on their crowns, they were invited to have their photo taken with Belle who also answered questions and welcomed hugs from the youngsters.  A miniature Cinderella wanted to know if Belle was friends with Cinderella.  Belle replied, Oh yes! All of the princesses are friends! 

The princess visit was arranged through a Pelham business, Little Princess, Parties and Character, owned by Pelham resident Carol Goyette.  The library has hosted this event for the last four years and each year the princess visit is one of the highlights of the summer.

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Using Route 93 Project to Prepare for Windham’s Future

by Barbara O’Brien

The future growth of Windham and how best to prepare for it is a frequent topic of discussion at selectmen’s meetings.  The latest session relating to this issue involved town officials considering how best to use the ongoing Route 93 construction project to make those plans more efficient and less costly.

During the Monday, July 21 board meeting, Windham Highway Agent Jack McCartney raised the issue of the State Department of Transportation (DOT) digging two trenches that would run under Route 93, just south of the Weigh Station (north of Exit 3).  The purpose of those two separate trenches would be to allow one path for water pipes, the other as a conduit for utilities such as cable, electric and phone.  Under the current agreement with the DOT, the cost of construction would be paid by the state, while the Town of Windham would be assessed the cost of the pipes.

McCartney said the total cost to Windham taxpayers would be $15,407 for the water pipes; $10,276 for pvc conduits for other utilities.  Four rows of pvc conduit would be required to do the project, while one row of water pipes would be needed to complete the job.  Currently, water pipe costs 21 cents a running foot; while pvc conduit is four cents per foot, McCartney said.  About 2,800 feet of conduit (four rows) would be needed, while approximately 600 to 800 feet of water pipe would be needed.

Selectmen were clearly divided on how much pipe should be laid under the highway.  The final vote, which came after considerable debate, was three selectmen in favor of laying all five pipes, and two opposed.  Voting in support of informing the DOT that Windham is in favor of laying five pipes under Route 93 during the road construction were Chairman Dennis Senibaldi, Bruce Breton and Charles McMahon.  Opposed to putting in all five pipes as a single project were Selectmen Roger Hohenberger and Galen Stearns.

“At a minimum, we need to let the state know that the town is interested,” Senibaldi said, noting that it will be a couple of years before the money to fund the pipes would be needed.  Senibaldi said whether one pipe or five pipes is eventually laid in that area makes no difference to the job that the DOT has to do.  The state still has to do the trenching, he said. 

Stearns said he’s concerned about laying water pipe under Route 93 when the Town of Windham has no public water system at the current time.  Breton said he feels the job should be done as one whole package, to better prepare for “25 years down the road.”

“We’re talking about the future of Windham,” Breton said. “This needs to be done while 93 is already dug up.”

Hohenberger said he’d like to see the bid process for the pipes done separately as two projects, adding that he’s not sure Route 93, just below the Weigh Station is the right location.  Hohenberger said he wants to have an option “for picking and choosing” which pipes to lay when the time comes to entrench them.  McCartney said he agreed that it would be wise to bid the projects separately. 

McMahon insisted that town officials need to plan the project in one package now, noting that it will be at least 10 years until the Route 93 reconstruction job is done.

“Windham is the dumping ground of traffic in Southern New Hampshire,” McMahon said, adding that the town should get “some benefit” from the work that’s taking place along Route 93.  “We need to keep our flexibility open,” while the interstate highway is already being dug up, he said.

During the public input session of the meeting, resident and electrical engineer Tom Clarey asked why the DOT isn’t considering one giant concrete culvert, which would allow the installation of any number of conduits to run through a single pipe.

“Something big enough to walk through,” Clarey said.  Clarey said this is the technique frequently used in California.  Senibaldi said the DOT has said there needs to be at least 10 feet of separation between the water pipes and the pvc conduits for utilities.  Clarey said it was his opinion that the electric conduits could run above the water pipes and this would eliminate the need for separate trenches.  Hohenberger said he feels the cost of a single large culvert would be less cost-efficient than the separate conduits, anyway. 

When questioned as to putting in conduits along the Route 111 By-Pass project, rather than under Route 93 near the Weigh Station, Windham Planning and Development Director Al Turner said that can be done at a future date, if deemed necessary for sewer lines, but that the Route 111 location isn’t far enough north to allow for efficient water flow.  That should be done under Route 93, he said.

“This is not the time to get bogged down in finances,” Senibaldi said at the end of the discussion.  “We can handle that down the road.  We aren’t locking in anything,” he said.  If the Town of Windham doesn’t allocate the money when the time for the pipes to be installed actually arrives, then fewer (than five) pipes will be laid, Senibaldi said.  Following the 3 to 2 vote, Town Administrator David Sullivan was instructed to advise the DOT that Windham is interested in planning for the trenching of five pipes under Route 93 when the time for that portion of the reconstruction project arrives.

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Windham High School Athletic Master Plan Revisited

by Barbara O’Brien

Windham High School athletic committee member Chris ONeal has asked school board members to revisit the athletic master plan approved by former board members last year.  ONeal is asking that segments of this vision for the school be added to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), to better assure that these projects become reality.

A warrant article pertaining to a portion of the athletic master plan did not pass voter scrutiny in March. The deadline for submitting projects to the CIP for consideration this year is Friday, August 8.  The athletic master plan includes proposals for a multipurpose athletic complex (stadium), including a track, adjacent to the school; a second gymnasium and several athletic fields to enhance those already being built.

In response to ONeal,  school board member Mark Brockmeier said it would be premature to add any athletic facilities to the CIP agenda this year.  The high school is scheduled to open in September of 2009, with only freshman and sophomore classes.  Brockmeier suggested that school officials hold a series of workshops during the next year and have a CIP proposal that everyone can rally around ready for presentation in August of 2009.  

School board member Beverly Donovan pointed out that there are other facility needs in the Windham School District that need to go into the CIP, such as renovations to Golden Brook Elementary School, as well as a state-mandated kindergarten program and upgrading the food service at the three existing schools.  Each school will have its own priority list, Donovan said.  Its the boards job to boil that down and make recommendations for the CIP.

ONeal said he feels as if athletic facilities in the school district are always getting put off until next year, next year and next year.  It never gets done, he said.

Brockmeier said the discussion needs to include facility needs from any educational standpoint, as well as an economic point of view.  It is anticipated this topic will be discussed regularly during upcoming school board meetings.

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Windham High School Deans Spending Summer Making Plans

by Barbara O’Brien

Its still a little more than a year until Windham High School will open its doors to students, but the administrators who will be working there are working to complete curriculum, athletic and co-curricular programs.  The planning team has been given space in the SAU 28 building to hold its meetings.

Principal Richard Manley met with school board members to update them on issues being discussed by the team during July and August.  The new school is scheduled to be up and running by September of 2009.  During the first year of operation, only freshmen and sophomores will attend the school.  Juniors and seniors will continue attending Salem High School on an extended tuition contract.

Manley told school officials the planning team got together for its initial session on July 14 with a tour of the school site on London Bridge Road,  off Route 111.  According to project owners representative Glenn Davis, the new structure is about two-thirds complete, slightly ahead of schedule.

One of the first tasks being tackled by the new administrators is the mission statement.  This will drive all else that lies ahead, Manley said.  Although partially completed, the statement of purpose needs further refinement and development, Manley said.

The high school advisory program is another issue being discussed by administrators.  We need to develop clear goals for this program, Manley told school board members.  The program will include developing learning plans for each student.

An ambassador program, linking Salem High students who live in Windham with those attending the new high school, also is a topic of conversation.  Manley said it is important to have older students serving as mentors for the freshmen and sophomores who will attend Windham High School.  The lack of role models at the new high school was one of the concerns school board members had with only freshmen and sophomores attending the school when it opens.

The athletic program also is being talked about, including the kinds of junior varsity and varsity programs to be offered, as well as the rationale behind those programs.  Athletic Director Bill Raycraft is helping develop the specifics of the new program and related facilities.

How best to integrate health, wellness and physical education programs with other subjects also is being discussed.  Potential co-curricular offerings also are on the table. 

Curriculum development and the sequencing of courses is a major topic for administrators.  Our goal is to create a program of studies by summers end, Manley said. 

The only high school dean position yet to be filled is the dean of special needs.  The hiring of other staff for the school wont begin until early next year, Manley said.

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