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Pelham - Windham News June 10, 2011 - 3

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Appreciation for Website Support

The Community Development Department and

Windham Economic Development Committee would like to thank Bella Viaggio Salons & Spas for being the June Community Business Sponsor for the Windham Community Economic Development Website, Take a few minutes to visit the new Website and say thank you to Bella Viaggio for their support.

Laura Scott, Community Development Director - Windham

Windham GOP Welcomes Gary Johnson

The Windham Republican Town Committee is pleased to host Governor Gary Johnson as their next candidate in their 2012 GOP Presidential primary series. The event will be held at Nesmith (Windham) Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. Before becoming Governor of New Mexico from 1994 to 2003, Mr. Johnson was a successful businessman, building a small handyman business into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico. Known as “Governor Veto” for his 750 vetoes while in office, he cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. New Mexico was one of only four states which had a balanced budget.

When term limits prevented him from running again, he founded the OUR American initiative, a non-profit organization promoting fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. An avid skier, adventurer, and cyclist, he has currently reached four of the highest peaks on seven continents, including Mount Everest. This program is presented as a public service

and is open to all, no matter what party affiliation. If anyone has questions or wishes further information, they may call Margaret Crisler at 595-7625.

Margaret Crisler - Windham

Windham Town Histories Available

With all of the discussions that have occurred

regarding the future of Windham, perhaps it is time to revisit its past. This can be done by reading several town and regional histories available. The first is the boxed set that includes the reprint of L.A. Morrison’s 862-page History of Windham first published in 1883. It covers the period from 1719 when Windham was part of the region of Nutfield to 1883. Included is an extensive genealogy section covering families important in the establishment of the town. Also included in this box set is the 240-page Rural Oasis published in 1975. The two-volume box set is $75. Rural Oasis alone is $25. The reprint of Morrison’s history and Rural Oasis written by the Windham Town History Committee were commissioned by Windham for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. Both are available at the Nesmith Library and Prudential Dinsmore Real Estate. Proceeds benefit the Nesmith Library and the Friends of Searles School. Two other good reference books on Windham

are the Images of America, Windham edition. Compiled and written in 2003 by Brad Dinsmore, this 128-page edition provides a great pictorial and capsule history of the town.

It is available

locally at the Windham Junction, Barnes & Noble, and online. The last book is Ronald Dale Karr’s Lost Railroads of New England. Published by Branch Line Press, it provides a great overview of the railroad industry in New England. Covered are the two rail corridors serving Windham when it was a rail and industrial hub. This book is also available at Barnes & Noble and online through the publisher. Last, there is the bookMagician of the Modern,

a 492-page biography of the acclaimed museum director and Windham summer resident Everett “Chick“ Austin. Austin was director of the Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s, during which time he revolutionized the museum, art, and music world in America. From the mid 1940s to his death in 1956, he was the artistic director of The Windham Playhouse.

In its days was one of the

preeminent summer theatres in America. Among those performing on its stage were Rod Steiger, Jason Robards, and Broderick Crawford. Among those attending performances was Bette Davis. This book is not only a great biography of one of Windham’s most notable residents, but also an overview of art and music in the 20th century. Unfortunately it is out of print, but is available through numerous used book sites and the Nesmith Library.

Peter J. Griffin, Windham Historic Commission - Windham

Windham Welcomes New Businesses

The Windham Community Development

Department and Windham Economic Development Committee want to extend a warm welcome to the following 4 new businesses. Northstar Financial Planning, Inc. is located at

112 Range Road and is an independent fee-only wealth management and financial life planning firm serving individuals, families and business owners. Visit this Windham-owned business to see how they can help you make your money work for you. TJ’s Roast Beef is located at 32 Indian Rock Road

and has a mouth-watering selection of pizzas, subs, Greek specialties and of course, roast beef. You are shire to find something for everyone in the family at this affordable and convenient restaurant location. Lucia’s Bodega is located at 30 Indian Rock

Road and sells fine wines, craft beers, and gourmet foods. They have tastings every week on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. You need to stop by often because they are always changing their inventory and never know what you will find. Ideal Office Solutions is located at 8

Rockingham Road and has the best recycled and refurbished office furniture around. Anything you need for your home office they have and at reasonable prices. Please take a few minutes to visit these

businesses, see all that they have to offer, and thank them for choosing Windham.

Laura Scott, Community Development Director - Windham

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to Pelham Police Chief Joseph A. Roark from the signer

Pelham Police Response to Escaped Cow

This letter is sent regarding an incident, which took place on June 4, 2011, involving a loose cow from the property of 653 Mammoth Road. On this day, two cows were purchased and

transported to this property by myself and the property owner. The cows were fenced in by a four-strand barbed wire fence, which certainly meets the standards for the state of New Hampshire’s statute for what consists of a legal fence. Despite this enclosure, one cow managed to escape and wandered across the street to a family member’s property. At the time of escape, 12 family members and friends were able to immediately assist in helping to round up the cow and return it to its new residence. Police responded to the scene sending several officers. And while physically in the area, the officers were reticent to actually assist in rounding up the cow; instead, we were advised by an officer that “this is not how I wanted to spend my afternoon.”

Although we are appreciative of the fact that the police did take effort to ensure the safety of the public on the road, we do take issue with the department’s use of the taser gun. Despite a willing group of 12 adult individuals attempting to gain control of the movement of the cow, the officers made the decision to utilize the weapon of a taser gun on the cow against the approval or consent of the owner. In total, the young cow, which had just dealt with the trauma of being moved, was tasered four times. Despite the vocal opposition that myself, the property owner, and several of our friends and family made to the use of the taser weapon, the aforementioned police officers felt that they were above the law, acting out of the scope of

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their authority and made inappropriate use of a weapon. The group of adults were able to begin coaxing the cow to return to its new home and to begin crossing the street. The police, however, felt it was appropriate to taser this cow just before it was about to cross Mammoth Road, despite it beginning its journey back to the correct property. Once the cow was on the correct property, police committed unlawful entry onto the property and continued the use of the taser on the cow, which was now returning to its fenced in area. Certainly, the use of these devices in these situations seems warranted, assuming that no other, less harmful method could have been used, but in this situation, that is just not true. The taser was used to the exclusion of other more humane methods or tools to contain the cow. The taser was not used to immobilize the animal, but rather to punish the animal because—as previously stated—the officers did not want to be spending their afternoon this way. When choosing to become a police officer, one forfeits any control they have over course of their day. Whether a police officer “feels” like chasing a cow or not on any given day is irrelevant. As a public servant paid by our tax dollars, they have no choice. The information on the Taser’s Website does not provide clear instructions or protocols as to what species and under what circumstances the device should be used. Therefore, this lack of clear direction about the use of these devices leaves the door open for the kind of misuse that took place that day. The National Animal Control Association and

the American Veterinary Medical Association do not recommend the use of taser for animal capture or restraint of any animal. The officers were creating a greater risk to the public that they claimed that day they were trying to protect when the group was yelled at by one of the officers,

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