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Pelham - Windham News December 3, 2010 - 3

Daisy Troop Makes Stockings for Troops

submitted by Diane Chubb Daisy Troop #10034 is ready for the holiday

season. On Wednesday, November 17, the Daisies filled

stockings to be sent to the troops overseas. The stockings included snack items, decks of cards, note cards and pens, activity books, and hot chocolate. The girls presented the stockings to Mark McCabe, VFW Post Commander; and Rita McCabe, President of the Ladies Auxiliary. The stockings were done with

the VFW in conjunction with MooreMart, a local organization that sends care packages to the troops in the Middle East and local veterans homes. The project counted toward the troop’s annual community service project. Participating Daisies also earned their light green Daisy petal, which represents consideration and caring.

Support Sought for Recreational Fields at Spruce Pond

by Barbara O’Brien Former Windham Selectman Dennis Senibaldi has spent a lot of time and effort working toward the goal of turning donated land into a future recreational area. Yet, despite repeated attempts, Senibaldi has not been able to get the support of current board members. The approximately 20 acres involved in the proposal is to be deeded to the town as part of the subdivision approval for Spruce Pond, a large housing development located off Route 28 in Windham. During two recent meetings with the existing Board of Selectmen, Senibaldi has not been able to actually get a verbal show of support. Even when Senibaldi came forward with plans to obtain certain materials and labor at no cost to taxpayers, selectmen showed a lackluster interest at best. The middle of last month, Senibaldi brought forth a proposal that

would have saved the town thousands of dollars off the cost of the fill that is needed to bring the Spruce Pond property closer to athletic field requirements. The only cost to taxpayers would have been for the fuel needed to truck the fill from a section of the I-93 project to Spruce Pond. The cost to deliver approximately 30,000 cubic yards to the Spruce Pond location was estimated at between $2,500 and $3,000. Senibaldi said if the town had to buy just 10,000 yards of comparable fill, it would run around $60,000, bringing the price tag for 30,000 cubic yards to a whopping $180,000. Despite Senibaldi’s pleas, however, selectmen chose to delay a decision. Selectman Ross McLeod said he was concerned that board members didn’t have enough information about the drainage at the Spruce Pond site. “This is not last-minute planning,” Senibaldi told selectmen. “There are detailed plans on file.” But Senibaldi said that not all of the current selectmen have reviewed said plans. In the meantime, the offer to donate the fill to the town for this project was rescinded and the materials will be used on other sections of the I-93 expansion project instead. “There are other options out there, though,” Senibaldi said during the November 22 selectmen’s meeting. “I want to be able to seek out other sources,” he added. “This area has great potential for use as a recreational field,” Senibaldi said. Selectman Roger Hohenberger asked if the donated land could be utilized without any added fill. “There is no other way around it,” Joe Maynard, engineer for Benchmark Engineering, answered.

Senibaldi asked selectmen if they would

approve spending up to $3,000 for the fuel needed to run the machinery to spread any large amount of fill he might be able to obtain. He suggested that the money be taken from the town’s recreational budget. “We’d be getting upwards of $15,000 of free service to spread any fill,” he added, explaining that equipment used by the developer would be made available for the project.

Selectman Galen Stearns said he would only

be willing to approve the money until December 31. “I don’t want to encumber this money into 2011, based on a tentative plan,” he said. “It’s not going to happen that quickly,” Senibaldi said, referring to how long it will take for him to locate another source of donated fill for the project. “The board has not had discussions of whether or not it supports building this field,” Hohenberger said. “There have been numerous discussions already,” Senibaldi countered. “Another field is needed and it would have to go to the town for a vote, anyway,” he said. A future recreational field at Spruce Pond is included in the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in the amount of $200,000. That plan is not on the agenda for the immediate future, however. The Spruce Pond property is scheduled to be deeded to the Town of Windham by H&B Homes this coming May. Prior to construction getting underway at Spruce Pond, this particular parcel was a wooded lot, which has since been cleared. Subdivision approval for Spruce Pond was granted in May 2008. While selectmen did, finally, approve setting aside up to $3,000 of the 2010 recreation budget to be used for spreading fill at the Spruce Pond site, Senibaldi was still not able to get any clear direction from board members as to their ultimate goal for this property. Questions such as “Does the board support the project itself?” and “Is it viable?” went unanswered. Selectmen voted 3 to 1 to allocate up to $3,000 for the cost of fuel to spread fill at Spruce Pond. Selectman Ross McLeod abstained due to his association with the Windham Soccer League. Voting in favor of setting aside the money were Selectmen Hohenberger, McMahon, and Breton. Selectman Stearns voted in the negative. Senibaldi said he would return with any updates when they become available.

Daisy Troop #10034 is one of three local Daisy

troops in Pelham, and is part of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Daisy members are pictured to the left with Rita and Mark McCabe: Back row: Rebecca Hayes, Hannah Montminy, Jordan Dolliver, Rachel Chubb, Lauren Kubit, Katie Remeis (Jr. Troop member), Ella Maclean, Catie Johnson. Front row: Emma Maigatter, Alexandra Hayes, Olivia Musto, Allison Hardy, Catie Bodenrader, Makena Truong, Caitlyn Costa, and Sarah Remeis.


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Selectmen Choose Not to be Paid – Again

by Barbara O’Brien For the second year in a row,

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