Cub Scouts Host Pancake Breakfast

by Doug Robinson

Cub Scouts Chris, Matthew, and Chris serve up a traditional pancake breakfast.

True to their promise to “Do My Best” and “To Help Other People,” Windham Cub Scouts from Pack 263 and Pack 266 continued their annual tradition of serving many hundreds of breakfast meals — pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee — during their 37th annual Cub Scout Pancake Breakfast at St. Matthews Church in Windham.

“This is a major fundraising activity for the Scouts,” commented organizer Kristen Pelletier.

Businesses throughout the Windham community continue to support the Cub Scouts, both through donations of food and donations of money.  Major sponsor Debbie Mackenzie of Debbie Mackenzie Realty of Windham stated, “It’s a great event, and the Scouts benefit immensely from the large community who turn out every year!  Great pancakes and sausages on a Saturday morning.  What more can you ask for?”  Other major sponsors include H& B Homes, Corp., Mesiti, and EmbroidMe.

“Concord Nissan has been participating with the Scouts for years.  They are active in not only the giving of funds for this breakfast but they have also participated in the aspect of volunteerism,” stated Pelletier.  “We are very thankful to all of our sponsors who went above and beyond to make this breakfast successful.”

Young Scouts welcomed incoming patrons, while other scouts cleared tables, helped refill food containers, and served the public breakfast.  Adults gathered in the kitchen stirring up pancake batter or flipping newly-formed pancakes on the grill, and others outside the kitchen served coffee refills.

“We are very thankful to IHOP and Bickfords for their support with the pancake batter, as well as Howie Glynn and Sons, Water House Country Story, Klemm’s Mobile on the Run, McDonalds, Shaws, BJ’s, Klemm’s Bakery, and Walmart for their help,” said organizer Pelletier.

Proceeds from the breakfast will support the two Cub Scout Packs for the entire year.

Volleyball Cruises through Quarterfinal and Semifinal Contests

by Chris White

Kyle Ruffen spikes the ball over a Keene defender.

Salem opened its playoff run against Keene at home last Thursday.  The game served as more of a tune-up for the semifinals as the undefeated Blue Devils quickly put away the eighth-seeded Owls.  It only took three games for Salem to defeat the visitors as they won by scores of 25-10, 25-8, and 25-6.

Jason Kinney led the Salem attack with 14 kills.  He also had five blocks and was successful serving the ball as he gathered 14 service points.  Seven of his service points were aces.  Dan Tiner continued his excellent play with 11 kills.  The two hitters received some assistance from seniors Joe Trovato and Jared Scali up front.  Trovato had a solid game with seven kills and six blocks, while Scali collected six kills, five blocks, and five service points.  Juniors Joe Gallant and Corey Forrest also contributed five kills each.

Setter Chris Barnes did a nice job of finding Salem’s attackers.  He contributed 31 assists in the game.  Defensively, Justin O’Brien earned 12 digs while collecting eight service points, and C.J. Demarco finished with seven digs.

The team traveled to Derry on Tuesday to play the fourth-seeded Pinkerton Astros in a semifinal match.  Even though Pinkerton was the lower seed, the Astros still had home-court advantage as the NHIAA volleyball tournament is held in Hackler Gymnasium on the Pinkerton Academy campus every year.  The disadvantage did not phase the Blue Devils though as they defeated Pinkerton in three games.

The Astros gave the Blue Devils all they could handle.  In the first game, Salem was down by a score of 19-14, but came back to win 25-23.  The second set also turned out to be a close match as Salem was up 23-22, but a block from Scali and a kill from Tiner earned Salem’s 24th and 25th points to take the game.  In the third game, Salem took advantage of the depleted Astros as it won by double digits, 25-12.

“They gave us two tough games, but I knew my guys would respond,” Coach E.J. Perry said.

Kinney was the difference in the game as he led the Salem attack again with 13 kills.  He also had 16 service points and seven blocks.  He was complimented nicely by Tiner, who supplied 12 kills in the victory.  Tiner controlled the net all game and received help from Gallant and Scali.  Gallant had seven kills and fours blocks, while Scali had five kills and three blocks.  Trovato also made some solid contributions at the net. 

Barnes had another strong performance as he handed out 33 assists.  On defense, Demarco led Salem in the digs department with 11.  O’Brien added four digs and Kinney also played well on defense with eight digs.  Overall, the entire team passed well in the semifinal contest, Perry noted.

The Blue Devils have now accumulated 111 consecutive victories in their program’s history with the win over Pinkerton.  The team advances to its sixth state final appearance in six seasons.  The contest will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 30.  Salem, a team in search of its sixth straight state championship, will compete against the second-seeded Timberlane Owls.

CIP Gets Two School Requests

by Barbara O’Brien

Windham School Board Vice Chairman Mike Hatem, who represents the school board on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) committee, said there are two requests being put forth for inclusion on the CIP for the 2010-2011 school year.  The committee last met on October 15.

According to Hatem, the school district is requesting that $400,000 be included in the CIP to pay architectural fees, including schematic designs.  It is anticipated that the $400,000 will be made available over a two-year period, with $160,000 to be included for the first year and the other $240,000 for the second year.

The second request being made of the CIP committee is for $250,000 to be added to the school district’s capital reserve fund.  Hatem said he doesn’t think the school district will be getting the entire quarter of a million dollars requested.  It’s likely to be closer to $150,000 that will be added to the school district capital reserve fund, Hatem said.

Plans are to have the updated CIP document completed by the beginning of November.

Police Announce Launch of TIP411

courtesy of Pelham Police Department

The Pelham Police Department launched its Citizen Observer program in November of 2008.  The Citizen Observer program allows citizens to register to receive free alerts via e-mail and/or SMS text messages.  The program allows the police department to communicate with citizens in emergencies by broadcasting information on burglaries, missing persons, or any information that needs to be quickly dispersed throughout the community.  Citizen Observer also allows citizens to sign up for non-emergency alerts such as press releases, community events, and road closures.

The Citizen Observer program has been met with great success and enthusiasm from the residents of Pelham and beyond.  The mission statement of the Pelham Police Department is “Our commitment is to protect and serve the people, with the highest quality of professionalism and courtesy while maintaining a partnership with the community.”  Capitalizing on maintaining a partnership with the community, the Pelham Police Department is proud to announce a new program in conjunction with Citizen Observer called TIP411.

TIP411 allows anyone to submit a completely anonymous tip using their SMS enabled cell phone or their home computer via the Citizen Observer Website.  TIP411 allows the “tipster” to communicate directly with the communications specialists in the Communications Center in real time, similar to an instant messaging system.  “Tipsters” can give any information they feel the police department should know about, whether it be drug information, illegal activity, or bullying in the schools, house parties, etc.  The Police Communications Specialist will forward the information to the appropriate officer or division within the police department.  All TIP411 information is completely confidential; the “tipsters” telephone information is stripped from the system and assigned a unique identity for the sake of the conversation.  The identity cannot even be subpoenaed, as it is not logged on the Citizen Observer system.  Although the unique identity can be recalled at a later time in case the police department needs to follow with additional questions, the identity would still be confidential and unobtainable.

To begin using the TIP411 service immediately, just “text” PELHAM to TIP411 (847411).  We recommend storing it in your phone so it is ready when you need it.  To submit a tip from your computer, go to and click on the “submit a tip” icon.

As always, to sign up to receive citizen alerts go to and click on the “citizen observer” icon.

TIP411 should not be used in an emergency and is not a replacement for 911; all life/property threatening emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

Police Officer Recuperating

by Barbara O’Brien

Windham Police Officer Jason Dzierlatka is home from the hospital and “on the mend,” Police Chief Gerald Lewis said, adding, “Jason has a long road in front of him, with some significant therapy yet to come.  However, he has a great attitude and a positive outlook.  I’m looking forward to getting him back, but it will be a while.”

Officer Dzierlatka has worked for Windham Police for the past two years.  It is estimated that he will be out on disability for approximately six months.

On September 18, Officer Dzierlatka was injured when he was struck by a vehicle, suffering multiple injuries to his lower leg and foot, as the driver was attempting to flee from a bank robbery in Windham.  At the time he was struck, Officer Dzierlatka was in the process of putting down a spike strip on Route 93, just north of Exit 3.  The spike strip was intended to puncture the tires of the getaway vehicle.

The robbery, which netted a small amount of cash, took place at the New England Bank branch off Range Road.  No weapons were shown during the robbery.  The two suspects were subsequently arrested by Massachusetts State Police.

Clint Pickering, 23, of Epsom, and Patrick McKeen, 24, of Laconia, are currently incarcerated at the Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood.

“Both are sitting in jail awaiting the judicial process.  Hopefully for a long time,” Chief Lewis said.

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