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Pelham - Windham News September 24, 2010 - 3

Lighting Project at Griffin Park Completed

by Barbara O’Brien The lights are on at Windham’s Griffin Park, at least between

dusk and 9 p.m., thanks to the generosity and dedication of those who participate in the local baseball/softball league. As summer moves into autumn, and the hours of daylight

grow shorter, the need for artificial lighting becomes more of an issue. Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said there have been no complaints from area residents concerning the permanent lighting fixtures. “They are turned off no later than 9 p.m., usually earlier,” McMahon said. During the selectmen’s meeting on September 13, McMahon

informed his fellow town officials that the job was completed and those using the park in the evening can now see where they’re going. The project involved installing lights in the parking lot, along the walkways, and in the area of the

baseball/softball fields. The cost of the multi-facet project was paid fully by the

Windham Baseball/Softball Association and cost taxpayers nothing, McMahon said. The Windham Baseball/Softball Association will also be paying the cost of the electricity used to illuminate the lights. Referring to the group that installed the lighting fixtures,

McMahon said, “They did a fantastic job.” He also commented that the lighting allows more flexibility in the use of the park. “This is something of which residents can be duly proud,” McMahon said. Selectman Ross McLeod expressed his appreciation to

McMahon and the Windham Baseball/Softball Association for working to make this project a reality.

Annual ‘Putts Fore Mutts’ a Huge Success

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photo courtesy of Creations by Sea-Jay First place winners of the “Putts Fore Mutts” Golf

Tournament shown with Wanda: Mickey Ninteau, Gary McPhillips, Bernie DeGiorgio, and Mark Ryan

Network of New England’s (ARNNE) third Annual “Putts Fore Mutts” Golf Tournament at the Windham Country Club on Thursday, September 16. The golfers were able to enjoy the lovely summer weather while golfing on the beautiful grounds of the Windham Country Club. ARNNE had their very first senior mascot at the event. Wanda was recently rescued within hours from a high kill shelter in North Carolina, and had a great time meeting everyone and hanging out with the attendees for the day. Wanda is hoping to find her forever home soon. At the end of the 18 holes of golf, golfers and many guests joined at the Club House for a delicious lunch prepared by the Windham Country Club. Everyone enjoyed the award ceremony and were able to choose among a variety of raffle baskets, thanks to the generosity of many local businesses such as Windham Country Club, Jaguar Tool and Machine, Salemhaven Rehabilitation, Amy K Massage, Pure Perfection Salon and

Racing with a Chip

by Lynne Ober Runners all have a story about running a race and then

waiting hours to get results, but that didn’t happen at the Pelham Old Home Day race, as the very latest in computer technology made the results available as soon as people crossed the finish line. The race was timed by New England Timing, a company using the latest in computer technology. Before the race, every racer’s application was carefully entered into a computer and then assigned a computer chip, which was embedded in an ankle bracelet that the runner would wear during the race. The morning of the race, people who registered were also given an ankle bracelet, and two people entered data into laptops.

Jim Ewell, one of the owners of New England Timing, grinned and said that races that get sold out with no morning entries were his favorite, but that they were also prepared for such an event, as many morning entries as showed up. The ankle bracelet is small, attaches with Velcro over the

runner’s socks, and carries a very important computer chip—a chip that makes tallying the final results so much easier. Today, these chips can be used in one of two ways—they can be used to determine the finish time or they can produce a “chip” time. Larger races use the “chip” time method, which has all runners crossing the starting line in one area. As a runner crosses the start line, the time is recorded. Then, at the end, the runner crosses a finish line and the “chip” time is determined. For races like the Boston Marathon where it might take a runner five or more minutes to even reach the start line after the race officially starts, “chip” time clocks the

actual time a runner is on the course. At Pelham Old Home Day, each runner was herded down a finish line with blue mats spread on the roadway. As the runner with the ankle bracelet crossed the blue mat, a signal with the time was sent to the computer. As soon as runners crossed, a report could be printed showing the time, runner’s name, runner’s bib number, and class. Ewell and his crew had two laptops, blue finish mats, and a printer set up on-site. At the race, runners and walkers merely had to wait for the last person to arrive before total results could be posted and trophies given.

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Ewell and his partner, Dave Breeden, are both runners who had also worked at timing races. When they decided to begin their company, they mortgaged their homes to raise the $150,000 needed to invest in their business. Within three years, they had paid off their investment. “We both know what it’s like to wait, and we want to offer services that enhance a runner’s experience while eliminating that annoying wait for results.” People who ran at the Old Home Day Race know that New England Timing did all of that.

Windham Police to Collect Unneeded Prescriptions

by Barbara O’Brien The Windham Police Department will be participating in a national event intended to provide a method by which unwanted or expired prescription medications can be discarded. Police Chief Gerald Lewis said that Saturday, September 25, is “National Take Back Day.” Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., anyone may stop by the Windham Police Department on Fellows Road and drop off unwanted medications for disposal. “No questions asked,” Lewis said. “Take Back Day” is being sponsored by

the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The purpose of the collection day is to prevent medications from being poured down drains or flushed down toilets, eventually to make their way to groundwater sources, or from falling into the hands of children or those who

might use them for illegal purposes. Lewis said that legislators are currently looking into the possibility of installing permanent drop-boxes where people would be able to leave unwanted medications on a regular basis.

Lewis also said the police department’s first annual “Shred Day,” which was held on September 18, was a success. During this event, Windham Police partnered with the Syntax Corporation to allow residents to dispose of documents, using a mobile shredding machine supplied by Syntax.

Lewis said that 30 to 40 people brought in

paperwork to be destroyed. “For the first year out, we feel it was quite successful,” Lewis said. Plans are in the works to hold another “Shred Day” event next year.

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