Pelham - Windham News
May 7, 2010 - 3
Two Tons of Roadside Litter Collected
by Barbara O’Brien
One hundred volunteers, each of whom gave up their Saturday, picked up more than 4,000 pounds of litter and debris along the roadsides of Windham. That’s two tons of trash that other people tossed out of passing vehicles. Windham residents Diana Fallon and Dennis Senibaldi spearheaded the spring cleanup, which took place on April 17, just prior to the official Earth Day. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
During the selectmen’s meeting on April 19, Vice Chairman Bruce Breton commended all those residents who took part in the cleanup. Breton also had an idea that he hopes will prevent some of that garbage from landing along the highways and byways of Windham. Breton recommended that anti-littering signs be posted along certain roads, particularly stretches
where littering has become a chronic problem. One example given by Breton was Rollston Road. Anti-littering signs would refer to a State Statute that allows a fine to be levied for those who are caught throwing trash along the roadside. Generally, these fines are assessed at $250 per incident. Breton said that the posting of such signs has worked well in the Town of Derry in lessening the amount of litter left along roads and in wooded areas. Windham Police Chief Gerald Lewis said that local police departments already have the authority
to enforce the anti-littering ordinance, but signs being posted will serve to raise public awareness. Lewis also said, however, that he doesn’t want to see the town inundated with signs. Too many signs will cause them to lose their impact, he added. They should only be posted where there is a chronic problem.
As for the annual spring cleanup of town roads and conservation areas, selectmen said that plans
are for Windham to do it again next year. Every day should be Earth Day, however, and residents are encouraged to pick up litter wherever and whenever they find it.
UNH Rainfall Study of Interest to Selectmen
by Lynne Ober
Pelham Selectman Bill McDevitt told the Board of Selectmen that he had recently read a study that came out of the University of New Hampshire (Carbon Solutions New England and Clean Air Cool Planet). He said that the study tracked trends and extreme precipitation events in the Northeastern United States from 1948 to 2007. The study indicated that the trend of heavy rain events would continue. The study confirms what most people in the Northeastern United States see out their windows, and is “consistent with projections of climate change associated with global warming.” The study of rainfall in the region over the last 50 years indicates an increasing trend of heavy rain events. The study detailed precipitation data from 219 National Weather Service cooperative stations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. According to the study, “It is increasingly likely that policymakers and planners are going to have to contend with the ramifications of these types of events on a more regular basis.” Heavy rains seem to bring more spring flooding every year, and this year has been no exception. McDevitt pointed out that there were a number of areas in town that had been brought to the Board’s attention because of flooding issues. He said that the state and the community was equipped to deal with snow, but should discuss how to deal with water. Based on that need, McDevitt suggested putting a small sub-committee together with one or two Selectmen Representatives.
Selectmen discussed the information and the concept of dealing with rain, as well as with snow, and reached a consensus that they should move forward with a sub-committee. Pelham Planning Director Jeff Gowan told the Board that he would be happy to serve on a sub- committee and encouraged the Nashua Regional Planning Commission to be included because they currently had a group discussing flooding issues that the town could tie into and use their resources.
McDevitt said that he would like to speak with Town Administrator Tom Gaydos, Highway Road Agent Don Foss, and others to put together a committee and speak further on the issues. There was no objection by the Board.
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Over a thousand seedlings were provided by
National Grid in honor of the 40th aniversary of Earth Day and the 138th of Arbor Day
Students from Mrs. Cummings’, Mrs. Robertson’s, and Mrs. Mangiafico’s classes really get into the spirit. Students pictured are Nick Kathios, Olivia Parks,
Rachel Marion, Shea Kingsley, Mikayla Sequeria, Jessica Anderson, Sara Fisher, Noah Hurst, Marissa Langlois, Tyler Landry, Ryan Walters, Andrew Beauchesne, Trevor Lloyd, and Brandon Hammond
Pelham Eelmentary School Celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day
Above: Christopher Davis, Jake Dumont,
Nicholas Peters, Charlie Szettella, Jordyn Galgay, Nathan Sprague, and Greg Nicolls enjoy the celebration from the stands at the Harris Track and Field complex
Right: Greg Nicolls, Christopher Davis (obscured), Jake Dumont, Nicholas Peters, Jordyn Galgay, and Kelsey Vincinguerra receive seedlings from
volunteers from National Grid. National Grid visits local communities each year to promote green living and natural resources conservation
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