Pelham - Windham News August 5, 2011 - 5
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“School’s out for summer. School’s out
forever!”… well at least for another month. So while you now try desperately to get Alice Cooper’s song out of your head, why not think about whether or not you are sending your child out with the appropriate summer protection. No, I’m not talking about protective eyewear for when the neighbors have their annual watermelon-seed spitting contest, I’m talking about sunscreen. It is an important topic that always seems to be discussed, and yet, it is almost guaranteed that your child will get at least one sunburn during his or her summer vacation. And it’s not necessarily the beach days that cause the most sun damage, but the regular day- to-day activities your child partakes in. So to quickly review the facts, here’s a list of things to remember: • Try to avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its highest peak.
• Generously apply sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 30 or higher about 15-30 minutes before letting your child outside, as this will allow the skin to absorb the lotion and form a protective layer.
• Te American Academy of Dermatology recommends that sunscreen should be reapplied about every two hours, especially if the child has been sweating or swimming. (Even if the bottle reads “sweat and/or water proof”!)
• Even during overcast days, sunscreen is important because UV rays travel through clouds and reflect off of sand, water, snow, and even concrete. Children are also often unaware that they are developing a sunburn on cooler/windy days because breezes keep the skin cool.
• Provide children with shade, a hat, plenty of water, light long fitted clothing if this does not make them too uncomfortable, and UV protective sunglasses as the eyes can also receive damage from sun exposure. Alright, so now that is has taken nearly an hour to get your child ready to go play outside, you are convinced that as a parent you have taken every necessary precaution to ensure that your child does not come home looking like a lobster.
So why are you flabbergasted when she shows up glowing as bright as Rudolf’s red nose during last years holiday season? Parents tend to think that if they apply
sunscreen to their child’s trunk, back, arms, legs, and face, that their bases have all been covered. Not so. Some areas are often overlooked due to the fact that sun exposure is not as high as to other portions of the body, such as the arms and back, yet when these areas are exposed, can quickly lead to a bad sunburn. To ensure that your child is receiving the proper summer protection, make sure sunscreen is applied to these often missed areas: • Te skin under the straps of clothing in case they shift during activities
• Te hair part and around the hairline, especially if the hair is pulled up
• Te ears and the area around them, as well as the back of the neck
• Hands & feet, not forgetting the palms and soles
• Lips-this is especially important because the skin is sensitive and when sunburned will become swollen and bright red (Note: Chap sticks with SPF are safe for everyday use and can further help protect against sunburned lips.) Following these simple steps can help ensure
that your child has a sunburn free summer! Don’t forget that children follow by what they see, so make sure to lead by example.
Annika Glaeser – Pelham
A Letter of Tanks to the Boston Red Sox
Tis is the second year that my son, Corey
Eyring, has participated in the Windham Little League’s Jimmy Fund Season. Te rewards for Corey and the rest of my family for participating in such a wonderful cause are the life lessons that we will cherish forever, along with the realization that we live in a very special community. Because the Red Sox have promoted the
Jimmy Fund for many years… we decided to ask for their help - and I am grateful they complied with Corey’s request by donating a Tim Wakefield picture (to be used as a prize in our fund raising raffle). Te donation reinforces the
goals and values that the Red Sox profess all year long, and that Corey strove to achieve. From my perspective as a parent … because
the Red Sox actively promote the Jimmy Fund … the very tangible contribution they made directly to Corey in support of his efforts represents more then just a simple donation. It represents the conviction of the Red Sox organization regarding this very important cause – which not only reinforces its importance - it makes Corey’s positive experience even more meaningful as a life lesson. To heighten the importance of the experience
further, each year the Windham Baseball Softball League has made all Jimmy Fund donations in support and honor of one of our own residents in their fight against cancer. Last year, it was CJ Bemister (then 17 years old and struggling with the disease), and this year we are supporting Nicholas Barbaro, who is seven. By the League’s linking of our fund raising
efforts to our town’s children, it brings our community closer together and makes the cause even more personal - and rewarding - as we are extremely grateful to have recently heard that CJ is now in remission. Between this year and last year, I am very
proud that my son’s individual Jimmy Fund fund raising effort surpassed $4,300. I am equally proud of the fund raising efforts of our entire league and of the extreme generosity of our town. Between the past two years, the league has raised nearly $29,000 for this very worthy cause, with each year breaking previous fund raising records. Corey and I, along with my wife, Tunde,
are sincerely appreciative of the philanthropic example and support that the Red Sox continually provide to our communities. In addition to the Tim Wakefield picture that Corey received … Paul German, another Windham resident, also requested a donation from the Red Sox on behalf of our Jimmy Fund efforts. He received a JD Drew autographed baseball - which was also added as a prize to our league wide raffle.
Te significance of these contributions is not lost on any of us, and we are proud to have had the Red Sox as one of the many sponsors of our very successful efforts this year.
Ken Eyring - Windham No Tax Anticipation Note Required This Time Around
by Barbara O’Brien Windham town officials were prepared to borrow up to $1 million in anticipation of tax revenue, but, as it turned out, the short-term loan was not needed this time around. Assistant Town Administrator and Financial Director Dana Call had made arrangements for the Tax Anticipation Note (TAN), but a sufficient number of taxpayers came through with their first 2011 semi-annual payment that the loan wasn’t necessary. “Thanks to these residents, we squeaked through,” Call told selectmen, during their board meeting on July 25. The first of the two semi-annual tax payments was due on July 1. Appreciation was also expressed to the members of the Windham
School Board for their cooperation. “Thanks to the school district for working with us,” Selectman Roger Hohenberger said. “Working with the school, we did not have to draw on our $1 million line of credit and it remains available for cash flow needs in December,” Call said. The second semi-annual tax payment is due December 1. Other good news is that there was an overall savings in the construction of the new salt shed/highway department garage of approximately $4,000. A total of $960,000 was approved by voters for the construction of the new facility. Another $1,600 was saved by purchasing electric supply service from Constellation New Energy, instead of through Public Service of New Hampshire. “That’s the good news,” Call said. As for “the bad news,” vehicle fuel continues to run slightly over budget, with the overall expenditure for halfway through the year being 61 percent, with the highway department constituting the highest overage, due to the tough winter weather experienced this past January and February. The price of heating oil has also cost more than anticipated when the 2011 budget was formulated late last year. It is anticipated that the line item for the three town-owned buildings that utilize oil will wind up being over budget by about $3,000 at the end of the year. Buildings heated by propane, including the library and fire and police departments are expected to remain within their allotted budgets. As for the Windham Police Department, some line items are running over budget, Call explained, including the payment of overtime. However, there are offsetting savings in the salary line, due to coverage for a police officer who is currently out on workers compensation. Vehicle maintenance is above what was anticipated, due largely to the age of certain vehicles, specifically the Ford Expedition, which required significant repairs to keep it on the road until it was due to be replaced this summer. The Expedition is slated to be auctioned off in the near future and it is hoped that some of the money spent on repairs will be recouped. The Windham Fire Department is forecast to be significantly over budget for overtime, even considering offsetting savings in the salary line, Call stated. Sixty-nine percent of the 2011 overtime budget was expended as of June 30; halfway through the year. As for incoming revenue, “most line items are in line with
expectations,” Call said. Items of note include the revised Highway Block Grant, which is actually $8,411 less than the State previously estimated. Building permits are slightly lower than was anticipated, while planning board fees are a bit higher than expected.
Call explained that the town continues to invest up to $5 million in a higher rate account; currently at 0.6 percent at Centrix Bank. However, she cautioned, this interest rate is less than Windham was originally offered (1.0 percent), due to current market trends. The total bottom-line budget for 2011 amounts to $13,478,640. Of that amount, $5,736,756 had been expended by June 30. The total remaining halfway through the year amounted to $7,741,884.
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Whether in the air or on the highways, millions of American hunters are traveling long distances today in pursuit of wild game and adventure. Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is offering tips to help make the journey go more smoothly. • Most outfitters and booking agents offer information kits for their traveling clients. Read and follow them to the letter.
• Make two lists. One for items to pick up at your destination and one for items to bring from home. Commonly forgotten: hunter and bowhunter education certification cards, birth certificate or other identification for young hunters, tags, personal medicines and toiletries.
• Study rules of the road. If you’re driving to your hunt, be aware of any restrictions that could affect your trip home. For example, a number of states now regulate transportation of deer and elk carcasses in an effort to control chronic wasting disease. Visit the website of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, www.cwd-info.org
• If you’re traveling to Canada or abroad, go online and print out U.S. Customs Form 4457. This is the form needed for registering everything with a serial number that you intend to take with you. When you return, it’s how authorities will know what equipment you took from home versus what you purchased on your trip. See www.cbp.gov
• Call your credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling out of the country, and for how long. This helps prevent them from denying charges suddenly appearing from Africa or other far-flung destinations, as well as any layover stops along the way.
• Some airlines - and some airline employees - lean anti-gun and anti-hunting. Then go online and carefully read that airline’s policies concerning transport of firearms, ammunition, antlers and meat. Preempt confused airline employees by taking a printout of these policies with you to the airport.
• If you’re flying with firearms, more time will be necessary at check in. Get to the airport an extra hour early. Generally speaking, archery gear is treated as normal checked baggage.
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