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Pelham - Windham News
December 11, 2009 - 11
How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
Now Accepting Infants and Toddlers!
submitted by Lynn Barry
Who doesn’t melt when they see adorable
puppies with red bows tied around them leaping
about in a pet-store window? In December,
holiday shoppers find them so irresistible that they
are eager to pay top dollar to surprise someone on
Christmas morning with a cuddly pup under the
tree.
The puppy-under-the-tree scenario has a great
image, but the reality is not always as warm and
fuzzy as we’d like to imagine. A dog is a precious
purchase that will be in someone’s life for an
average of 15 years, so it should not be an impulse
buy. And for consumers who insist on buying
a dog as a gift, they should never – under any
circumstance – buy one from a pet store, where
most of the ‘inventory’ comes from puppy mills
and you just might end up giving the gift of a very
sick or dying animal.
For consumers wanting to give a healthy,
happy dog as a gift, we recommend the following
Where to start: Once you determine that you want to give
guidelines:
the gift of an animal for the holidays, please look to your local
Be practical: Consider giving a gift certificate covering the
shelters. One of four shelter dogs is a purebred, and adopting
adoption fee at a local shelter, rather than choosing a dog or cat
from a shelter will save you hundreds of dollars, and save a life.
for someone else. Wrap the certificate with a dog/cat bowl and
Beware: Most dogs sold in pet stores – and via the Internet –
toys, or even a stuffed animal, so there is something to unwrap.
come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are mass-breeding facilities
Not as cute as a live dog or cat, but a much more thoughtful
Order Early
where dogs are crowded into cages and puppies are churned out
decision for the animal and the recipient. It is best to let the
with little regard to their health or to sound breeding practices.
recipient pick out the dog or cat they connect with, rather than
Chirstmas is Friday,
Mills often hide behind the “legitimacy” of a neighborhood pet
you picking out the one that you connect with.
store. The worst gift you can ever give is the puppy that looks
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Do your research: Does the recipient have the time to exercise
fine when you pick her out at the store, and then “crashes”
a dog daily? Are they ready for the expense of vet bills and any
after a day or two. Your gift will end up costing the recipient
emergencies that will come up? Do they have time to train
thousands of dollars, not to mention Christmas heartbreak. It
a dog or cat? How do they feel about dog or cat hair on the
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happens way too often around the holidays.
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gift of joy Funding Effort for Depot Project Moves Ahead
by Barbara O’Brien go if the freight building is renovated, which would involve the
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Windham administrators are still optimistic that they can garner a loss of a portion of the structure currently used as office space. A
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portion of available stimulus money to pay for some of the ongoing proposed warrant article, which would have raised the money to
renovations to the town’s historic depot. build a salt shed and attached highway department facilities, failed
Although Windham had already been approved to receive some to gain sufficient voter support this past March. No decision was
funding through a federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant, made as to where those offices would be located in the future.
town officials later learned that they could most likely receive The cost of the proposed site work, as well as plans for the depot
more money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act building itself, without any work being done to the freight building,
(ARRA) of 2009. ARRA is an economic stimulus package enacted would have been about $189,000. The cost of renovating the freight
this past February. This Act of Congress was intended to provide a building alone was determined to be about $39,000.
stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the worst recession One of the stipulations of the ARRA money, that also generated
in decades. Priority is being given to those communities that have discussion among town officials was the fact that whatever work
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projects that are judged to be “shovel-ready.” was put out in the base bid would have to be completed, even if
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bid of $238,367; enough money to cover site work and renovations expected, the additional money will have to come from local
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to the depot building itself, as well as renovations to the adjacent sources.
freight building. It was not a unanimous decision, however. While Under the ARRA package, Windham could get 100 percent
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Happy Holidays!
Selectman Roger Hohenberger was not in attendance at the meeting would pay 80 percent of the final cost, with local taxpayers being
when the vote was taken. responsible for paying the remaining 20 percent. It is projected
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The major discussion prior to the vote revolved around the fact that Windham taxpayers will save money by going with the ARRA
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that the freight building is currently home to the town’s highway program, rather than the TE plan.
department and where those employees and the equipment might In addition to any federal money that Windham will receive for
the depot project, there is still approximately
$28,000 left in the account, which was
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