This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Pelham - Windham News 12 - December 23, 2010

Pelham Ice Garden Installed at Lyon’s Park Basketball Courts for Winter

by Tom Tollefson Anyone suiting up with a coat and mittens to play winter basketball at Lyon’s Park in Pelham will be disappointed. A portable 100 by 50 foot community outdoor ice skating rink now covers the centers of both basketball courts until the ice melts around March. The Pelham Ice Garden was installed

Saturday, December 18, by a group of town volunteers. It’s the third year of the temporary outdoor ice rink and the first year it’s been laid across the basketball courts. It’s the portable ice rink’s third year in Pelham and first on the basketball courts. In the previous two years it was on the field. According to the Pelham Recreation Department and town volunteers, the change came because the basketball court offers a more level surface and better lighting, under the lighting, which is used during the summer hours

to keep pickup games going late. “We moved it there because it was the most level area. We had some issues the last few years with it not being 100 percent level,” Pelham Recreation Director Brian Johnson said. “When they laser graded it (this year), what seemed very level to the eye was quite a dramatic drop off.” According to Johnson, the unleveled

field varied about 14 inches from the deepest part to the shallowest. The town considered it a concern for the rink, which should have ice consistently 4 to 5 inches all the way around. “Our Parks and Recreation Director and I have been talking and most community ice rinks are on basketball courts and they don’t have problems,” lead volunteer Chris Nader said. “We called other communities who’ve done this (put a temporary ice rink on a basketball court) and they’ve never had a problem with it.” Starting December 26,

the Pelham Ice Garden is open dawn to 9 p.m. every day, and sees an average of 30 skaters a day. With few organized leagues, most of the open hours give residents an opportunity for free skating. The first major organized event will be Winter Fest, held at the rink on the last Saturday in January.

In the spring, the

ice will either evaporate or will be pumped out into the woods by the volunteers. According to Nader there is no concern for flooding. The rink is made up of 4 inch pipe and 12 mill reinforced liner and a fastening system that fastens the liner to the frame. The fastening system protects the liner from ice and ice skate blades. It’s filled by 20,000 gallons of water that is frozen usually over the first seven evenings. The rink was purchased from Porta-Rinx for $6,000. The money for the rink’s purchase

three years ago was covered through fundraising by the Pelham Ice Garden volunteer group and by a considerable donation from an anonymous resident. “The reason he gave us the check

was that he grew up in Boston and remembered how much fun he had skating outside at the MVC rinks and he wanted us to be able to do that in Pelham,” Mader said. This recreational ice rink is continually cared for by group of about seven volunteers. Each day the ice is smoothed over by a lawn tractor pulling a zamboni with a 50 gallon drum of hot water.

“It (the zamboni) basically turns it (the ice rink) into glass in five minutes,” Mader said.

Mader appreciates all his fellow

volunteers that help care for the upkeep of the rink. “We have a few committed people. They take a lot of pride that we have this in town. Having those committed volunteers is always a challenge.”

Beat the Hol iday BULGE!

Only $19.99 a month!

*see club for details



•Life Fitness/ Stairmaster/Cardio •Body Masters strength circuit •Nautilus strength

10 Bridge St. Pelham, NH •Free WiFi

•24 hour Key Club

Pelham’s Newest & Only Fitness Center! kout in air-conditioned comfort!

Workout 24 hours a day!! •Discounts for Seniors, Town Employees & Couples 603-508-6328 or 603-479-0688 “Kn w Y ur Car”

Cold whether brings challenges for both car and driver. If you take time to prepare and protect your vehicle, you can save money and hassle later on. A few tips for vehicle winterization and safe travels this season: Clear vision: Having full view of

what’s ahead and behind your vehicle at all times is vital, so be sure to check

your windshield wiper blades and washer fluid before winter precipita- tion hits. For colder climates where you may experience ice or frost, you may want to keep a bottle of de-icing windshield spray handy. Simply spray your icy windshield with the fluid, turn on your vehicle defroster and your windows will clear quickly and easily.

“Kn w Y ur Car” Your BMW and MINI Service Alternative

One Industrial Drive (Rt. 111, Hudson, NH 603-882-3400 Servicing the

World's Finest Motor Cars for Over 29 Years

Auto armor: Did you know that within 30 days, a small scratch or nick in a vehicle’s paint finish can rust? Add some freezing temperatures and a small problem can quickly escalate to a larger, more expensive one. Luck- ily, fixing scratches is quick, easy and affordable, thanks to products such as Dupli-Color’s Scratch Fix 2in1 touch- up paint. Available in thousands of colors to perfectly match your vehicle’s paint, and featuring a pat- ented applicator for precision and control, anyone can achieve pro- fessional looking results that will repair and protect your vehicle’s

Photos courtesy of Pelham Ice Garden Volunteer Group He also stated that the group is

always looking for additional help with cleaning off the snow. “People forget that when you get

a snow storm, you have to get the snow off that ice pretty quickly.


14 inches of snow falls, you have to have volunteers come down to clean off the ice. Otherwise it affects the ice quality,” Mader said. “When it comes to snow, you can always help shovel. When it’s snowing at home, it’s snowing at the ice rink, don’t assume that someone else is doing it. “It’s a big release in the volunteer group when someone else shows up with a snow shovel. It shows that people care about this ice rink.” Anyone interested in volunteering should go to Pelhamicegarden.webs.

com. The schedule for the Pelham Ice Garden, as posted on their Website is as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. - Public skating 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Pond Hockey

league Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. - Family/Public skating

Saturday and Sunday: 7-10 a.m. - Family skate and kids

Hockey (Ages 12 and under) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Family/Public

Skating 4-9 p.m. - Pick up hockey (Ages 13+

for advanced players plus anyone over 18)

Windham Helping Hands Windham’s Helping

Hands sorting donations for local families.

Pictured, left to right, are: Dawna Parent, Christ Savukinas,

Patti Letizio, Sue Hebert, Sally Hunt, Lizz Jodoin, Amy Wagoner and Kathy Davis.

Monthly AUTO SECTION Protect Your Vehicle and Travel Safely This Winter

appearance ... and help you avoid an ugly problem next spring. Tired out: One of the most important aspects of winterization is ensuring you have a safe grip on the road. Like the soles of shoes that prevent you from slipping, quality tires help keep your vehicle securely on the road, especially in slippery rain or snow conditions. Checking tire tread and pressure is important to ensure you have optimal traction. If you live in a particularly snow-prone or rural area, you might also consider buying snow tires and/or chains.

Engine protection: Extreme tem- Monthly AUTO SECTION 85 Lowell Road, Salem, NH 03079

24 Hour Road Service for Fisher Plows $5 OFF

OIL CHANGE General Repairs 10% OFF

With coupon-Not valid with other offers. Expires 1/31/11

8 Raymond Ave, Salem CARSInc. Your Automotive Diagnostic Center

Factory Trained • Factory Level Diagnostics 603. 893.3393

NH State Safety Inspection

With coupon-Not valid with other offers. Expires 1/31/11

With coupon-Not valid with other offers. Expires 1/31/11

only $24.99

Coolant System Flush $59.95

Up to 2 gallons

With coupon-Not valid with other offers. Expires 1/31/11

We have a large inventory of trailer parts and custom hitches.

A Computerized Car Care Center

Foreign & American Cars & Truck Service Specializing in Passenger Car and Fleet Service

REPAIRS GUARANTEED - 12 Months or 12,000 Miles Family Owned & Operated Since 1987

peratures can cause major issues in a vehicle’s engine, so testing your coolant system before winter is very important. Checking the level and concentration of anti-freeze in your vehicle could save you costly engine repair and should be done twice every year. Choose an extended life coolant for ultimate protection, which can be used in nearly any year, make or model vehicle worldwide. Travel prepared: In case something does happen to your vehicle this winter and you’re stranded for an extended period of time, it’s important to keep a few essential items on board. Assemble an emergency kit containing a blanket, gloves, ice scraper, flares, flashlight, jumper cables and basic first aid items. Make sure to also carry a cell phone when you travel, particularly if bad weather is expected. With a few simple steps, you can feel safe and secure for the cooler temperatures ahead. For more information on Dupli- Color products, visit www.

- ARA Content

If Your Birthday is in January, Visit one of these fine inspection centers.




New Hampshire

January 2011

1 I



railer Sales & Service


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14