Pelham - Windham News 8 - August 12, 2011
submitted by Windham Terrace Residents of Windham Terrace, an assisted living community located in Windham attended the annual Windham Senior Picnic hosted by the employees of the Town of Windham. The theme this year was Mardi Gras, so Windham Terrace residents donned their bright colors, masks, beads and boas. In the true spirit of Mardi Gras, they also gave out beads and masks to people who didn’t have them. “It’s wonderful when all of the local seniors come together,” said Melanie Purcell, activities director for Windham Terrace. “This was a great opportunity for our residents to mingle with members of the community and hear some great music. And they enjoyed sharing Mardi Gras outfitting with those who didn’t come already prepared.”
Residents of Windham Terrace Share the Mardi Gras Spirit at Senior Picnic The annual
Windham Senior Picnic was held at Windham High School with desserts and coffee donated by local businesses. The residents and members of the community listened to the sounds of traditional and early jazz performed by the Fountain Square Ramblers, while enjoying hamburgers, hotdogs and sausages prepared by the local fireman manning the grill. Windham Terrace is the premiere assisted living community located in the quaint town of Windham, New
Hampshire, close to many shops, restaurants, and services. Located just north of the Massachusetts border, it is a short drive from the greater Boston area. Medical care and physician care is easily accessible with the four area medical centers located within five to ten miles. Windham
Windham Terrace Activity Assistant Shannon Sullivan and resident Charlie Stahley show off their Mardi Gras masks.
Terrace offers supplemental nursing care as well, which stands the community apart from assisted living communities in Massachusetts due to state restrictions. For more information, please see Windham Terraces WebPages located at www. terracecommunities.net
Resident Care Assistant Denise Godfrey and resident Mary Lee Underhill enjoy showing off their Mardi Gras spirit.
Residents Frances Catanzaro and Nancy O’Bryan, along with Resident Care Assistant Erin Perry, catch up while waiting for the meal to start.
Storm Water Permit Up for Renewal
by Barbara O’Brien Looking ahead to preparations for next year’s
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town budget, Windham Transfer Station Manager Dave Poulson has given selectmen a heads-up on what will be required for the new Storm Water Permit. Poulson attended a New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) conference a couple of months ago in Concord, where he was told that Windham will most likely need to complete the application during 2012, a process that will impact the annual town budget. “It (the new storm water permit) will cost towns more money and will also
be more stringent,” Poulson said. Windham is one of 45 communities throughout New Hampshire that are currently up for new storm water permits in the near future. These permits will be valid for a period of five years from the date that they are issued. Under the new guidelines for storm water runoff, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will maintain a compliance and enforcement division. “Audits in the past were very rare,” Poulson commented. That is likely to be more strict in the future, he indicated.
Included in the application process will be the need for additional engineering services “using best management practices” at an estimated cost of $15,000. The monitoring and testing
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of 20 locations in Windham, using both dry and wet procedures, will also be required at an estimated cost of approximately $4,100 per year. Under miscellaneous costs, Poulson said salt (chloride) impairment to local water bodies, most particularly Dinsmore Brook and a section of Canobie Lake, could add another $2,000 to the price tag. “No way is Windham going to dodge this
bullet,” Poulson told town officials. “It’s the Battle of Economic Development versus the Environment,” he said. “Route 93 is right there in our face,” he said. “And nobody seems to have a good answer.” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia, who has
worked extensively in handling problems with Cobbetts Pond, disagreed with one portion of Poulson’s statement. DiFruscia said she does believe that economic development and protecting the environment can go hand in hand, “if best management practices are adhered to,” she said. Poulson suggested that the storm water permit issue should be handled regionally, rather than just by one community at a time. “Storm water does not have political boundaries,” he said. “All these consultants are getting rich, while the poorer communities suffer,” Poulson stated. “The process is not simple and it’s only going to get worse,” he added. Selectmen said they would be taking the storm
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water permit issue into consideration when formulating the 2012 town-operating budget during the next several months.
Photos Courtesy of Windham Terrace
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