Pelham - Windham News 2 - September 9, 2011
Babysitters Training Course
Sarah Hartz, learning how to “burp” the baby
by Robyn Hatch The Babysitters Training Course from the American Red Cross taught another interactive course at the Pelham Library. The class focused on First Aid and safety skills and helped the future babysitters develop skills including confidence. During this day-long course, the student learned
how to: • Perform first aid and get professional medical help fast
• Identify common safety hazards and prevent injuries
• Make good, responsible decisions • Supervise infants through school-age children
Trevor Gagnon learning the ropes
• Choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games
• Perform basic care routines like diapering, feeding and dressing
• Prepare simple meals and snacks • Handle bedtime issues • Find and interview for babysitting job This class is always very popular and always books with over 30 students. With many laughs at the funny looking baby dolls, this is a class to be remembered. The American Red Cross is the organization that is sponsoring this class, along with a lunch and drinks for all.
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submitted by Tom Gaydos, Town Administrator Police, Fire, Cable and the Highway Department performed exceedingly well in response to Hurricane Irene and the Selectmen thanked them publicly at their last meeting. The Police and Fire met regularly before the storm to discuss manning levels and scenarios for “what if.” They prepared for the worse and hoped for the best. The Highway Department cleared culverts and catch basins of debris to prevent/limit backups and street flooding. Jim Greenwood at the Cable Department did an excellent job of posting timely messages. Friday, before Irene hit, saw more people than usual making their trash runs to PERC. Overall, volumes of both trash and recyclables are up due to increased numbers of residents using the facility. We believe this is due to the improved traffic pattern, the ease of single stream recycling and economic conditions. Last week, Fire Chief Midgley attended educational courses for fire chiefs in Atlanta. The nationally recognized school provided information on new technology and methods to make our operation more efficient and effective. Additionally, the new rescue boat, approved at the last town meeting, has arrived. The motorized boat will make water rescues much safer as it is difficult to flip over. The Senior Center is updating its membership lists and now counts over 300 members. The catered meals program, implemented through a federally funded grant, has been well received and greater emphasis will be given to other activities that exercise both the mind and body. Senior Affairs Director, Sara Landry and Cable Coordinator, Jim Greenwood, are exploring and designing a technology update to the new senior’s addition to enable television production so some of the new programs as well as town committee meetings can be televised from the
location. Speaking of the Cable TV department, Jim Greenwood is also exploring new mobile production equipment called the Sony Anycast. It would allow for television productions of not only off site meetings but also coverage of Old Home Day, graduations, concerts and the like. Selectman Chair, Ed Gleason and Planner, Jeff
Gowan attended a presentation on roundabouts put on by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC). Interested persons can view the Website http://teachamerica. com/RAB11/index.ht
ml which provides links to dozens of informative presentations on roundabouts. Gleason and Gowan are reviewing the information to find segments suitable for airing on PTV.
Planning Department meetings have been held with the developers of Pine Ridge Estates which will link Ballard Road to Wellesley Drive. The interconnection of these neighborhoods will provide better response times for our emergency services.
Some 30 years ago, after being authorized
by Town Meeting, the Selectmen appointed a seven member Historic District Commission and discussion has recently taken place at the Planning Board advising to resurrect that committee. Pelham Recreation announced the theatre production of Alladin was very well received. The fall theatre registration is now open for the next production of Oliver Twist. As always, the Recreation Department is offering a myriad of programs for all ages. A check of http://www. pelhamweb.com/recreation
will provide a detailed list of programs. The new roadway providing a second driveway to Muldoon Park from Nashua Road has been bid out and JR Gauthier was the low bidder. Work has begun on the state permitted project that was made possible by an easement granted by Phil Currier.
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Officer T.J. O’Donnell who won the gold medal for the third time in his wrestling weight class division at the bi-annual Police World Games. T.J. came from behind in the finals match to win over a heavily favored and younger opponent. The event was held in New York City in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Needless to say, the competition was tough. The Selectmen are in final negotiations with a company to be the Construction Manager (CM) for the proposed Fire Station. The Construction Manager will work with the architect for a final design and a not to exceed price. The process we plan to use requires “open books” so the Selectmen can see the actual invoices and labor costs. Should the job come in less than the not to exceed price, the town keeps the difference. The CM is selected by their reputation, ability to do the job and their bid price to do the work. We are insisting that the CM be open to sub-contracting work to local companies who can demonstrate their ability to perform the job required and can be price competitive. The Assessing Department is sending out notifications of the new property assessments. Taxpayers can make an
appointment with the assessors to discuss their valuations.
Alana Lamatagne, feeding correctly
Sarah Hartz with a big baby
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