Pelham - Windham News 2 - April 1, 2011
Plans for Griffin Park Parking Lot Move Forward
by Barbara O’Brien On March 8, the majority of
Windham voters approved spending up to $200,000 to expand the parking lot at the town-owned Griffin Park. Less than two weeks later, on March 21, selectmen voted to move forward with the engineering aspect of the project. There were two issues discussed
during the debate on how to progress with the enlargement of the parking lot at Griffin Park. First, deciding who would assist in overseeing the project, and second, to finalize how to proceed with the final stages of engineering. Town Administrator David Sullivan
explained that Windham resident and engineer Peter Zohdi of Herberts Associates had donated the initial conceptual plans for the parking lot, as presented to voters at Town Meeting. According to Sullivan, the value of Herberts’ donation ranged from
$60,000 to $80,000. Sullivan said that approximately
$10,000 worth of work remains to be done on finalizing the engineering plans and recommended that selectmen endorse continuing with Herberts Associates. To go out to bid on finishing the engineering could cost significantly more, Sullivan said, up to as much as $30,000. Newly elected selectman Kathleen
DiFruscia said she appreciates all the work that has been done pro bono by Herberts Associates, but would prefer that the project, including the remainder of the engineering, be put out to bid. DiFruscia said she’d like to see the entire project “looked at as a unit,” rather than piecemeal. “Maybe we can get the parking lot done for less than $200,000,” she said. Selectman Roger Hohenberger said
he felt that Herberts Associates had done well by the town in the past
and he wasn’t opposed to having the engineering firm continue with the project. Hohenberger did mention, however, that he has concerns about drainage in the area of the future parking lot that might adversely affect Cobbetts Pond. He said he wants to make sure these issues are addressed during the engineering phase of the project. Selectmen’s Chairman Ross
McLeod said he wants the conceptual engineering plan sent to both the Cobbetts Pond Improvement Association and the Windham Recreation Committee for input. McLeod said he appreciates all the work done by Herberts, but would still like to see the remainder of the engineering put out to competitive bid. When the vote was taken, the
decision was to continue securing engineering services from Herbert Associates, including addressing any
drainage issues. The decision was not unanimous, however. Voting in favor of securing Herberts Associates were Selectmen Roger Hohenberger, Bruce Breton, and Phil LoChiatto. Voting against awarding the remainder of the engineering project to Herberts, and in favor of going out to competitive bid, were Selectmen Kathleen DiFruscia and Ross McLeod. As for who will be helping to
oversee the parking lot project, selectmen voted 5 to 0 to allow former selectman Charles McMahon to continue in that role. McMahon, who was not re-elected to another term as selectman, played a prominent role in bringing the parking lot proposal to voters earlier this month. It was clarified, however, that McMahon would be working in conjunction with Sullivan and other staff members and not making decisions on his own. Windham resident Carolyn Webber
Pelham Memorial School Jazz Band Happenings
submitted by Paul A. Santerre The Pelham Memorial School (PMS) Jazz
Band was founded in 2001 when current instrumental music teacher Paul A. Santerre began his tenure at the school. The jazz band is comprised each year of approximately 20 young musicians who audition for seats in this prestigious group. Instrumentalists in grades six through eight who play saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass or drum set and have an interesting playing jazz audition each fall so the musicians in the band change each year. The PMS Jazz Band is featured in the
Pelham Memorial School Winter and Spring Concerts, Pelham Fine Arts Night, competes in the Music in the Parks Festivals at Six Flags in Agawam, MA, plays at Concerts on the Village Green, and performs Souhegan High School Jazz Night, Nashua High School South Jazz Night, and many other local and Southern New Hampshire. The band plays a wide variety of musical selections and styles each year. It is the philosophy of Santerre and the PMS Music Department that students perform music
that is of historic value, teaches technique, leaves room for musical growth, and develops an appreciation of music unfamiliar to the students. There is also a selection that is chosen for the enjoyment of the students. Included in their repertoire over the years have been selections such as Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” Benny Goodman’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Route 66,” to name a few. This year, the band has added “Inside and Out,” jazz standard “Satin Doll,” and movie themes like James Bond and the “Theme from Shaft.” The members of the PMS Jazz Band are frequently recognized for their outstanding musical achievements. Many have been selected to perform in the New Hampshire South Central Music Festival, and each year at the Music in the Parks Festival, at least one soloist is recognized for his or her outstanding performance.
It is with great pride that the Pelham Memorial School Jazz Band performs in Pelham today. Santerre and the band are very excited about being here and are looking forward to a wonderful time of sharing music.
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Students Earn Matthew Thornton DAR Good Citizens Awards
submitted by Matthew Thornton Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Two high school seniors are recipients of the DAR Good Citizens Award presented by the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Nicholas Brackett of Alvirne High School and Ethan Ely of
Pelham High School are this year’s award winners. Chapter DAR Good Citizens Chairman Cecily Eldridge and Regent Judy Eriksen presented the certificate of award to Brackett at the March meeting of the chapter. Both students will be recognized again at the New Hampshire DAR Good Citizens Luncheon on April 15 in Concord. The DAR Good Citizens are chosen by their schools as those
who have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
Cecily Eldridge, DAR Good Citizens Chairman; Nicholas Brackett; and Judy Eriksen, Matthew Tornton Chapter Regent
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suggested that the expanded parking lot not be built in front of the park, but placed behind the facility instead. This would maintain the rural character of Range Road, Webber said, rather than making the front of the park “look like a car dealership.” Sullivan said that the parking area could not be built in the area suggested by Webber because of conservation issues. Resident Margaret Case also spoke on the issue, saying that the proposed location is what people voted on and approved and selectmen should respect that decision, and not make changes to the plan after the fact. Plans are to build the parking lot
later this year, Sullivan said, while at the same time trying to work around athletic activities scheduled for the park.
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