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Pelham - Windham News December 17, 2010 - 3


Judges to the Rescue


submitted by the Pelham Historical Society Recently, the Town of Pelham’s furnace


technician made his annual service call to the Pelham Historical Society Building. He found that the heat exchanger in the ancient hot air furnace had rusted out, making it possible for the system to distribute carbon monoxide throughout the building.


All agreed that the 40-year-old heating behemoth was beyond repair. Fortunately, Town Administrator Thomas Gaydos found enough money in the Town’s existing building emergency repair account to replace the antiquated giant with two small, high-efficiency propane heating


Currier is the custodian of the Ruth Sherburne Sturrus Fund, a fund established for the benefit of the Historical Society by his cousin, the late Ruth Sherburne, daughter of E.G. Sherburne. On behalf of the fund, he immediately agreed to pay for a third of the cost of the system upgrade. The second call was to retired Judge J. Albert


Lynch. Lynch was the Chief Judge of the Pelham District Court from 1955 until his retirement in 1992, a period of 37 years. He was a co-founder of the Pelham Historical Society in 1963 and has been the Society’s most consistent financial supporter. He immediately agreed to pay the remaining cost of the upgraded HVAC system. A recent NRPC energy audit of


all Town buildings found that the slate-roofed, brick-sided, granite- supported 1896 Historical Society Building was the most energy-efficient building owned by the Town of Pelham. This was due to the building’s unique design, mass, and orientation dictated by the building’s designer, award-winning MIT architect Frederick W. Stickney, a member of the Pelham Stickney Family.


Pelham Historical Society building


units—one for each floor. The selectmen approved the furnace replacement. Unfortunately, the emergency repair account did not contain enough money to add the high- tech air conditioning and humidity control components common to museum buildings. This was unfortunate because the high humidity found in the soon-to-be-restored basement was not only responsible for the rusting out of the heat exchanger, it was also growing mold on the walls and destroying books and historical artifacts stored in the building’s lower level. The heating contractor reported that it would


be much cheaper to add these components during the installation of the new heating units than at a later date. At this point, William “Spike” Hayes, who looks after the building for the Historical Society, made two phone calls. The first was to Attorney Philip Currier, past President of the Historical Society and former Special Justice of the Pelham District Court. As a Special Justice of the Court, Judge Currier held court in the Memorial Room of the Historical Society Building for a number of years.


by Barbara O’Brien


Subsequent to the energy audit, custom-made, architectural-grade storm


windows were installed on all first- and second- story windows by Pelham Building Inspector Roland Soucy. The design of the storms was pre- approved by the State Historic Preservation Office in Concord.


Roland, a consummate craftsman, also personally designed and manufactured custom, high-quality, rot-resistant, mahogany, divided- light, thermopane-replacement cellar windows. His historically correct design was based on a 1906 photo of the 1896 building. The Historical Society hopes that with the installation of the new, energy-efficient furnaces, programmable thermostats, new first- and second-story storm windows, and custom-built thermopane basement windows, the Historical Society Building will see a further reduction in energy use and will continue to be the most energy- efficient building owned by the Town. According to Hayes, the building was placed on the State Register of Historical Places in 2009 and is expected to be placed on the National Register in 2011.


Santa’s ‘Elves’ Bake Cookies for His Arrival by Len Lathrop


Imagine this: Fresh- baked cookies, still warm from the oven, being served at the Windham Tree Lighting Ceremony. But Santa doesn’t bring them on the fire truck. And no one in the basement of Town Hall “works the stoves.”


No—for many years, community members gather at A. J. Letizio’s office at 9 Indian Rock Road and use their test kitchen to bake 1,300 cookies for Santa’s arrival. The Letizios provided all the material and


Rep. Kevin Waterhouse and Rep.Gary Azarian transfer the cookies into the box under the watchful eye of Rep. Mary Griffin and Meg Diamond


equipment for the cookies – even the boxes – to


get the delicious treats to the Windham Town Common.


Intermixed in the cooking crews, in addition to several veterans of past years of cookie making, were folks who who represent Windham at the State House, several veterans, and newly elected state representatives worked under the direction of Mike Angelo from the Letizio Company. Baking this season were Gary Azarian, Mr. and Mrs. David Bates, Mary E. Griffin, Walter Kolodziej, Donna C. Mauro, Richard Okerman, Kevin Waterhouse, Lynn Nill, Eileen McReynolds, Meg Diamond, and Ann Priestly.


Above: Rep. Walter


Kolodziej works with Eileen McReynolds as Rep. David Bates and Rep. Donna Mauro look on


Right: Rep Donna Mauro instructs Rep. Gary Azarian in the baking process


Phase 3 of an ongoing Windham sewer study will remain as a proposed warrant article, at least for the time being. It is being put forth through the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).


Phase 3 of Sewer Study Stays as Warrant Article Proposal for Now It’s


before we move on to the next phase.” He added, “We need to know this information before we can make a commitment.”


Scott assured selectmen that the information


Phases 1 and 2 of the multi-phase study were done during the past two years, with the results of the second phase due to be released before the end of the year. Phases 1 and 2 were paid for with Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) funding. The money was made available to communities as the result of construction along the I-93 corridor; a project that will have a major impact on the Town of Windham. Those who support the sewer study feel this is the most opportune time to look into laying conduits for a future sewer system in sections of Windham, due to the fact that the area where the highway is being relocated has already been dug up. The sewer study is being conducted in conjunction with the Town of Salem, which makes use of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District for sewage disposal. “This is the time to drop a line,” Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said. According to Windham Community Development Director Laura Scott, Phase 3, which is being estimated at a cost of $65,000, would address legal and engineering issues, as well as grant applications and public outreach and education. Phase 3 would also address the cost of an agreement with the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District, as well as the cost to Windham homeowners to hook into the sewer system. Scott said that she has also been working in tandem with the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to take advantage of the work being done near Exit 3 of Route 93. Selectman Roger Hohenberger was not enthusiastic about moving on to Phase 3 at this time. “I thought we would have costs at the end of Phase 2,” he said. “We need to know the impact on taxpayers.” Selectman Ross McLeod agreed with Hohenberger, saying, “I want to know the results of one phase


would be available by year’s end. “There will be opportunities for public input,” Scott explained. “It’s the voters who have the final call,” Selectman Bruce Breton added. Scott pointed out that if the study gets delayed, the process would become much more expensive. “If that happens, we’ll be a year behind Salem, which is already slowing down, waiting for us to catch up.” Scott noted that the two towns working together is vital. “The environment has no boundaries,” she reminded town officials. Ralph


Valentine, chairman of the Windham Economic Development Committee, asked for selectmen’s support on the


proposed warrant article. “Development in Windham is going to happen with or without sewer.


probably better if we have sewer,” he said. “Give the voters the chance to have a say.” Selectman Galen Stearns agreed with Valentine.


“Leave it in and move forward,” he advised. “There will be ample opportunity to remove it at a later date.”


After further discussion, selectmen voted 3 to 2


to leave Phase 3 of the sewer study as a proposed warrant article. Voting in favor of moving forward with the warrant article were Selectmen McMahon, Stearns, and Breton. Voting against the proposal were Selectman Hohenberger and McLeod.


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