Pelham - Windham News
December 18, 2009 - 5
McPherson Family Thanks Community
Electrical Fire at Pelham
submitted by Linda Parke
Windham High School Sophomores Hannah Peters and Elementary School
Sarah Vivinetto were in the midst of planning their Sweet 16
birthday party when they read about Hadley Media’s Great
submitted by Pelham Fire Department
Pumpkin Run, which was to benefit young Sofie McPherson,
On Tuesday, December 15, at approximately 9:49 a.m., the Pelham
who was suffering from a brain tumor. Proceeds from that
Fire Department was dispatched to the Pelham Elementary School for
event totaled more than $6,000.
a fire alarm activation with reports of smell of smoke in the building.
Then, on November 7, the night of their party, Hannah
First arriving companies reported nothing showing and that the
and Sarah chose to ask all their guests, in lieu of presents, to
building had been evacuated.
make a donation to Sofie McPherson as well.
School personnel reported a smell of smoke on the second
“We thought about it and realized that we really didn’t
floor of the east wing and that the school staff were working on an
need 90 presents,” said Hannah and Sarah. “We saw the
accountability of the students.
Great Pumpkin Run in the local paper, and thought how
Entry was made to the second floor, where crews encountered a
nice it would be to help out a local family. We’re so glad
strong smell of burning electrical that was confined to the room of
that all our friends were as enthusiastic about the cause as
origin. It was reported that all children were accounted for and, upon
investigation, a melted transformer was found in the classroom heating
That night, more than $1,300 was raised.
unit. The heating unit was shut down and maintenance was advised of
“We are speechless,” said Kelly McPherson, Sofie’s mom.
“This experience has been like nothing we could have
Mutual aid was received from Windham, Salem, Hudson, and
imagined, and we feel so fortunate to live in a community
Dracut, MA. No injuries were reported.
that is so caring. Sofie has many, many friends. To all those
who participated in the Great Pumpkin Run in some of this
season’s worst weather, and to the amazing high school
students and their families who donated to our cause, we
have nothing more to say than a big, giant thank-you!”
Hannah Peters, Sofie McPherson, and Sarah Vivinetto
Pelham Families Enjoy Time with Santa
submitted by Pelham Public Library
The Ernest Mathew Law Reading Room was
filled with the warmth of the season at the
Pelham Public Library on December 8.
Santa made his arrival at 3:30 p.m. and was
greeted by over 30 children who had come to
see him. He and Miss Debbie sat around the big
tree and welcomed all the kids.
Miss Debbie read stories, and then she and
the kids sang some well-loved Christmas carols
After the stories and the songs, the children
were able to sit with Santa, tell them what they
want for Christmas, and have their picture taken.
While the children were waiting for their turns,
they were able to color pictures and write out
their lists to give to Santa.
We would like to thank the families and the
staff of the Pelham Public Library for a wonderful
Robert Rice, Library Director; Debbie Laffond, Children’s
Librarian; and Santa
Pelham Police Implement Operation
Oxy-Clean; Arrests Made
submitted by Pelham Police Department
The Pelham Police Department’s Criminal Bureau ended a week-long sweep of arrests. During a three
month-long investigation, detectives targeted the illegal use and sale of the powerful prescription drug
Oxycontin. During the investigation, detectives identified several Pelham residents who were both using
and selling Oxycontin within the town of Pelham.
The following individuals were arrested during Operation Oxy-
• William Joyce, 19, Pelham, Sale of Oxycontin - felony
• Daniel Sweeney, 20, Pelham, Sale of Oxycontin - felony
• Biun Hilbert, 25, Pelham, Sale of Oxycontin - felony
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• Michael Strules, 19, Pelham, Possession of Oxycontin - felony
• Elizabeth Duffy, 19, Pelham, Possession of Oxycontin - felony
• Gage Beauchesne, 18, Pelham, Possession of Oxycontin in a Motor
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This operation was in response to the recent spike in felony-level
crimes in Pelham. Within the past four months, Pelham police have
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and several residential burglaries involving firearm thefts.
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Evidence gathered in these cases led toward suspects who are using
Oxycontin or attempting to purchase Oxycontin in Pelham. The goal
of Operation Oxy-Clean was to identity both the town sources selling
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Though the operation has come to a close, detectives have been
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