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Volume 8 Number 4 August 13, 2010 14 Pages
Old Home Day Committee Selects Parade Marshal
submitted by Pete Bennett, Pelham Old Home Day Committee The Pelham Old Home Day Committee is pleased to announce that Special Olympics has been chosen as Marshal for Pelham’s 104th Old Home Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, September 18. Representing Special Olympics as Marshals will be the two top fundraisers for the Nashua and Pelham areas: Benjamin Demers of Pelham and Scott McCulIough of Nashua. The honor of Parade Marshal is bestowed annually upon a resident, group, or organization that works selflessly for the betterment of the community and its fellow citizens. Certainly, Special Olympics is well qualified for this honor. Pelham is a member of the Nashua Special Olympics; a non-profit organization dedicated “to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities through competitive sports training.” Locally, Special Olympics has 300 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members “who work together to train, organize, and promote athletic opportunities for Special Olympics Athletes.” Special Olympics provides a vast selection of sport programs, which include Basketball, Bowling, Bocce, Cross-Country and Alpine Skiing, Hockey, Golf, Snowshoeing, and Track and Field. Special Olympic athletes train year-round and regularly compete on local, regional, state, and national levels. Again this year, we are pleased to have the Nashua Special Olympics as sponsors of the Pelham Old Home Day 5K Race and Walk. The proceeds will benefit the Nashua Special Olympics program, which includes the Pelham area.
Special Olympics, established in 1960, largely credits its successful run of 50 years to its involved and dedicated support group made up of volunteers, moms, and dads.
Besides the Special Olympians, we would also like to recognize Norman and Colleen Demers, two tireless Pelham workers for local Special Olympics. Norman serves as Treasurer, Executive Board; and Colleen serves as Head of Coaches and Varsity Basketball Coach, Nashua Special Olympics. The 2010 theme for Pelham Old Home Day is “Pelham
– A Special Place” and it is with this thought in the spirit of Old Home Day that we honor the Special Olympians and applaud the dedicated workers behind their success.
Town Gets Road Salt at State Price
by Barbara O’Brien
Being able to buy road salt at the price being paid by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) could save the Town of Windham about $16,490 this
On the recommendation of Highway Agent Jack McCartney, Windham selectmen voted 4 to 0 to approve purchasing salt to treat the town’s icy roads at the state bid price of $56.76 per ton. This compares with $73.25 per ton if town officials were to buy road salt without joining in on the state’s purchase. This computes to a difference of $16.49 per ton. According to Assistant Town Administrator Dana Call,
Windham uses an average of about 1,000 tons of road salt per winter season. This year’s purchase will be made through the International Salt Company, a facility that derives its sodium chloride from Chile’s Atacama Desert. The International Salt Company provides about 50% of the salt used to de-ice roadways from Maine to North Carolina. Voting in favor of buying road salt at the State bid price were Selectmen Charles McMahon, Roger Hohenberger, Bruce Breton, and Galen Stearns. Selectman Ross McLeod did not attend the August 2 meeting where the vote was taken.
Athena Chan, 7th grade with Mike Adams, Museum Instructor
Community Helps Pelham Firefighters to ‘Fill the Boot’
submitted by Patrick M. Weaver, Sr. Vice President, Professional Firefighters of Pelham IAFF Local No. 4546 The Professional Firefighters of Pelham IAFF Local 4546 recently held one of their Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) “Fill-the- boot” Boot Drives. Muscular Dystrophy affects more people than you may think, and there are individuals within our community that are affected by this illness. Each year, the Hudson, Windham, and Pelham firefighters are the top three fundraisers for the MDA as New Hampshire Firefighters. This is absolutely amazing that Southern New Hampshire bands together for this cause. Each year since we have started participating in the boot drives, it has been an internal goal within Local 4546 to beat the top contenders of the Hudson and Windham firefighters, and it is with your support that one year, this may be possible. Firefighters have been banding together in this effort to fight neuromuscular diseases since 1954. We volunteer our time to stand in the intersections within our community to help “Fill the boot” for Jerry’s Kids. Jerry Lewis is the National Chairman for the MDA and hosts the Jerry Lewis Telethon each Labor Day, where anyone can call in and make a donation if they have not already and present their checks from their fundraising efforts. Over the past few years, Pelham has sent some of its firefighters to WMUR News 9 in Manchester to present the community’s funds to the MDA. This Saturday, August 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town Center,
Pelham firefighters will be out there for our fourth of five boot drives that will be held this year. Our final boot drive will be held on Saturday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town Center of Pelham. If anyone has questions about the MDA or how to make a donation, feel free to stop down at the fire station or call 635-2703 and ask to
Tis firefighter asks a passerby to help to “fill the boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
speak with someone regarding the Boot Drives. Again, we would like to thank you for all your support in raising money for this disease research.
Ireland Comes to the Village Green by Robyn Hatch
Eileen Moore Quinn, professor of anthropology at the College of Charlestown in South Carolina, and Shamus Pender, a Massachusetts- based folk singer, came together to play Irish folklore music in Pelham, which was enjoyed by everyone, despite the extreme heat. The concert took place as part of the Summer 2010 Concert Series on the Village Green that Pelham Community Spirit, Inc. created. Missions of Irish came to America in the second half of the 19th
century, and Quinn wondered how much traditional Irish folklore and customs remained in the second and third generations of Irish in America. To find out, she interviewed a number of people of Irish ancestry in New England. Quinn also talked about Irish work in America and ways in which Irish identity was preserved through food, religious memories, and music.
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Call to make an appointment 434-8233 Shamus and Eileen warm up before the concert Barbara and Holmes Tracy, enjoying the weather Rockets: There and Back Again
by Robyn Hatch Thanks to Lori Morse, Youth Services
Librarian at the Nesmith Library, students could attend the Boston Museum of Science’s “Rockets: There and Back Again” presentation, at which students were able to create an air
rocket that launches across the room, and engineer a way for a payload to return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explored the science behind rockets and space exploration. Imagination was used to plan, build, and test
each decision, and the kids came up with really unique designs to test their engineering knowledge.
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Luke Haynes tries to
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Mia Brikiatis “gets good” at making rockets
Stephen and Casey Cote, just relaxing
BACK TO SCHOOL
staff photos by Robyn Hatch staff photos by Robyn Hatch
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