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Pelham - Windham News August 6, 2010 - 5


DiFruscia Seeks Re-Election Thank you for supporting


me over the past 12 years as your representative in the New Hampshire State Legislature. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent you. I hope you will continue your support for me when you vote in the primary on September 14 and in the final election on November 2. Serving in the legislature is a


Representative Anthony R. DiFruscia


commitment to public service. To be effective, a legislator must


be in attendance when the House is in session. I can proudly report that I have attended every voting session during my six terms in office. My record is one of fiscal prudence and social responsibility.


Legislators are presented with hundreds of bills each session. These bills must be carefully evaluated to determine whether they will best serve the people of our district and what the cost will be to the taxpayer. I currently serve on the Judiciary Committee. I believe that each person is born with inalienable rights that should be


protected by law. I support marriage equality and civil rights. I support expanded


gambling as a method of tax relief for the homeowner and as source of funding for education. I’ve been an advocate of consumer rights and worked with local citizen groups to develop Windham’s Rail Trail and to stop new tolls being placed on I-93. My record reflects strong support for environmental initiatives. I’ve co-sponsored legislation for senior citizen tax credits and the Evergreen Clause for public employees, which ensures job security while guaranteeing that the public will continue to receive public safety and services. I’ve supported legislation that promotes small businesses—the


mainstay of our economy. As a small business owner and recent recipient of a Merrimack Valley Small Family Business Award, I understand the problems facing businesses during these difficult economic times. I continue to practice law with my wife and partner, Kathleen,


at DiFruscia Law Offices, a firm I founded in 1967. I also own and manage affordable housing with AD Management and Realty, and Parkside Apartments West, LLC. I would appreciate your support and the opportunity to


continue to represent you in the New Hampshire Legislature. Please feel free to contact me either by e-mail at adifruscia@aol. com or at 898-8198.


Mike Downing Running for Rockingham Sheriff Rockingham County voters


Mike Downing


will have the first opportunity in decades to choose from a number of candidates in the race for Rockingham County Sheriff, and each candidate’s qualifications is what will prove to be the difference. After a great deal of consideration and discussions with my family, I have decided to leave my position as the State Senator from District 22 and run for Rockingham County Sheriff. The job of Sheriff is not just that of being a top law enforcement official, but it’s an administrative position that demands experience in leadership positions. My knowledge of law enforcement, business, and public policy make


me uniquely qualified for Sheriff. Growing up in Salem with a family of five sisters and three brothers wasn’t easy, but it taught me compassionate values that I have carried with me throughout my life.


My wife, Heidi, and I run a small laundry business in Salem,


we have five children, and we are active in the area with several charities and boards. I joined the State Police in 1976 because I developed an affinity for public safety. As my desire to serve grew stronger, I joined the Army and began my tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Military Police. The Army was, and continues to be, a distinctive opportunity to give back to our Country and


Charlie with


Outdoors Bears


Chalk From the Laconia Citizen, a bear that reportedly entered


to meet and serve with many amazing individuals. I have carried on in my role as Captain of the Ancient and Honorable Military Company, which is the third oldest chartered military organization in the World, and the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Having served in the New Hampshire State Police, Salem


Police Department, and 82nd Airborne Military Police, I have a full understanding of how various law enforcement organizations operate and what is needed to create stronger communications that result in a safer Rockingham County. I have the skills and fundamental experience to be an effective manager and administrator for the office. As a Patrol Supervisor in the Salem Police Department, a former President of the Board of Directors of Salemhaven, a long-term care and skilled nursing facility, and a small business owner, I understand budgetary constraints and meeting a payroll. Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of serving as the State Senator from District 22, which includes Salem, Atkinson, Pelham, and Plaistow, and I have a proven record of fighting for taxpayers to stop huge spending increases, higher taxes, and cost shifting to local communities. As the next Rockingham County Sheriff, I’ll run a tight ship and stretch every dollar to extract as much value for taxpayers as possible. Fiscal responsibility and public safety must be the top issues for the next Rockingham County Sheriff, but above all else, I pledge to uphold the Department’s Mission, which is to “provide public safety services … emphasizing professionalism, cooperation, competence and integrity, in order to foster a partnership which will preserve and improve the quality of life in Rockingham County.” I appreciate your consideration and ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 14. Mike Downing is a Republican State Senator from Salem running for Rockingham County Sheriff.


Soda Machines at Lyons Park


by Lynne Ober Pelham’s Ice Garden/Community Spirit Groups requested permission to install soda machines at Lyons Park in order to raise funds to support these efforts. Lance Ouellette met with Pelham selectmen to discuss Pelham Ice Garden/Community Spirit Group’s request for a soda machine to be placed at Lyons Park. He said in January, it was proposed there was a site for a couple of soda machines and that the group felt it would be a good opportunity to raise money that would go back to the community. Ouellette said no one realized all the channels required to make this happen. At this time, the group had received approval from Pepsi and removed the old (Coca-Cola) vending machine. There were two machines on the site that had been in use, but usage had been discontinued until the matter was appropriately settled.


When Selectman Ed Gleason asked who would be responsible for the general maintenance to the machines and repairing any vandalism that occurred, Ouellette said that Pepsi covered liability/ vandalism to the machine under their contract. He noted that they would like to post signs indicating a phone number to call with any problems; the contact for the public would be Ouellette or Chris Mader.


Selectmen briefly discussed the request and the proposal for


raising the funds. Town Administrator Tom Gaydos asked who would fill the machine.


Ouellette said that he and Mader would fill the machine. Gaydos said he believed the vandalism occurred either when the


machine wasn’t operating or when it was sold out, and noted there would be a donation/reimbursement for the electricity. Ouellette said he had already made the offer for his company


Architectural Firm Hired to do School Facilities Master Plan


by Barbara O’Brien Windham School Board members have decided to hire the


architectural firm of Lavallee/Brensinger to prepare a Facilities Master Plan for the entire school district. Lavallee/Brensinger is the same firm that drew up the design and related plans for Windham High School, a facility that began operations just under a year ago. Windham High School cost taxpayers approximately $50 million. School Superintendent Frank Bass said Lavallee/Brensinger’s task will be to determine how best to address the space needs of the Windham School District, including any future projected growth in student population. Bass said he realizes these are tough economic times and the ability of taxpayers to foot the bill for any renovations, additions, or new construction will have to be taken into account in coming up with a plan. Bass said that Lavallee/Brensinger’s most recent project was


developing a Master Plan for the Salem School District. According to Bass, Windham school administrators interviewed several architectural firms before making the recommendation to proceed with Lavallee/Brensinger. As for the Windham School Facilities Master Plan, Bass said that $160,000 is available to complete the project. School Board members voted 4 to 0 to hire Lavallee/Brensinger to complete the School District Master Plan. Voting in favor were Chairman Bruce Anderson, Michelle Farrell, Jeff Bostic, and John Hollinger. Vice Chairman Ed Gallagher was not present when the vote was taken.


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to pay the Town up front for a full year of the estimated electricity costs. The estimated cost was $17 per month or $204 annually. Selectman Hal Lynde asked if there was a contract between Pepsi and Pelham Ice Garden.


Ouellette responded that the contract was between Pepsi and A


Handy Company because it had to go through a commercialized company. There was a consensus of the Board that the project was approved and that the group could fill the machine. When Ouellette questioned the billing process, Gaydos said the Town would send a bill.


EXCAVATING G.E.


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a downtown home in search of food this week is prompting warnings from state wildlife officials who say that while generally not dangerous, the bruins should be avoided, and if confronted, be made to feel “unwelcome.” That’s the recommendation of Andrew Timmins, the Bear Project leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, in response to a report of a black bear entering a home. Timmins urged residents to stay away from bears. “It’s important for people to recognize that bears don’t confuse a lack of human fear with aggression. These bears are in the area for the easy food; they’re not there to be harmful to people, but obviously you should keep your distance.” Timmins said anyone seeing a bear around a house should try to drive it off by making noise—clanging metal pans together works well, he noted, as does an air horn or even throwing rocks in the direction of the bear.


“It’s all about making


them feel there’s a greater risk associated with getting that easy food. Make them unwelcome and starve them out of the area.” It is illegal to feed bears in the state, said Timmins, explaining that bears that become nuisances may have to be killed if they can’t be trapped and relocated. While the number of bears killed in the state continues to increase, the number of fatalities caused by bears in the Granite State remains at one, said Timmins, and that was recorded in 1784.


Charlie Chalk can be reached at outdoorswithcharlie@areanewsgroup.com 1994


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