Pelham - Windham News 6 - September 9, 2011
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submitted by Rita McCabe Sunday, August 28 began the weeklong 98th Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in San Antonio, TX. Despite the 107 degree weather, five members of the John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 of Pelham attended the convention to be a voice regarding National By-Law updates, to participate in the nomination, election and installation of the National officers for the VFW and it’s Ladies Auxiliary and much more. Attendees from Pelham included Mark McCabe, Commander; Rita McCabe, President of the Ladies Auxiliary; Jorg Dreusicke, Quartermaster; Madeline Dreusicke, Sr., VP; Dave Ouellette, Past Department of NH Commander and his wife Kate Ouellette, President of the Hudson Post. New Hampshire was well represented as approximately 70 more NH VFW/LA members were also in attendance. One of the most touching parts of the
convention were the memorial services held for deceased VFW and LA. “More than 12,000 Ladies Auxiliary members nationwide died during the past year. Similar numbers apply to the VFW,” stated Rita McCabe, President. “Without increases in membership, this organization will not be able to continue to do the tremendous work that it does for Veterans and their families. We need members of our communities to come forward and help us to keep those vital services available for our men and women who fight for our country and way of life.” The VFW/LA Programs include Legislative Services which works with Congress to be sure Veteran’s benefits are not cut, Military Services which supports communication tools, community involvement and financial support to veterans and active duty service members, Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen and Teacher recognition to provide scholarships to young people and honor those who educate them. The Ladies Auxiliary assists the VFW in any way possible while working it’s own programs such as Veterans and Family Support, Cancer Aid and Research, Youth Activities and much more. Together, these organizations nation wide provide over
Mark McCabe, Commander, Pelham VFW; Jackie, and Jorg Dreusicke, Quartermaster, Pelham VFW.
25 million volunteer hours annually. “There is no better way to honor a beloved Veteran than by becoming a member of the VFW/ LA,” Commander Mark McCabe stated. “Everything we do goes to Veterans, their families or to our community of Pelham. Our World War II veterans work just as hard as our Iraqi/Afghanistan Veterans.” During the convention, the new National Commander-in-Chief, Richard DeNoyer from Massachusetts was nominated and elected for the 2011-2012 year and Gwen Rankin was nominated and elected as the National President of the LA. Both will be visiting New Hampshire in a few weeks. The members of Post 10722 have been fortunate to be able to personally meet both these dedicated leaders of the organization. Gwen Rankin came to Pelham last January to visit and view the Memorial Wall that had been recently dedicated at the VFW Post. The group attended all the meetings, workshops, and ceremonies they could in order to learn as much as possible and bring it back to members in Pelham. One of the things they are most proud to bring back is the National Community Service Award. “Our Post in
Pelham earned this award for the State of New Hampshire thanks to all the hard work of our members during this past year and the support of the residents, business of Pelham and surrounding towns. I am thankful and very proud of our VFW members and all our ladies auxiliary,” McCabe said. Post 10722 hopes to continue to do good things in the coming year. At the National Convention, New Hampshire brought home several first and second Outstanding Department awards in various programs and Donna Fischer, Department President of NH earned Outstanding Department President of the Year. NH really performed for our veterans this year and Pelham helped contribute to those NH National Awards. For the VFW/LA Post 10722, the greatest reward is knowing that they made a difference for our country and for those who fight for freedom every day. On September 9, the VFW Post 10722 at 6 Main Street will be having a POW/MIA and 9/11 remembrance ceremony along with World War II 40s music and oriental food for its monthly Theme Dinner. All you can eat dinner. All are welcome to attend.
Selectmen Weigh Options for Painting Historic Buildings
by Barbara O’Brien Town officials had hoped to get three
of Windham’s historic buildings repainted before cold weather sets in this winter, but they recently decided more information is required before they can decide how best to get the job done and have it last as long as possible. Town Administrator David Sullivan said that three bids had been received on painting the old Town Hall, the Bartley Building and the Community Development Building, once the home of the Windham Fire Department. Bids
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that were received came from Target New England of Alton, New Hampshire, M&L Maintenance of Litchfield, New Hampshire and Final Coat of New England of Pembroke, Massachusetts. Target New England and M&L Maintenance both use traditional paint, Sullivan said, while Final Coat of New England employs a product called “Rhino Shield,” which is a ceramic coating, said to look like paint. While Rhino Shield comes with a 25-year warranty and is reported to last even longer than that, the price tag is also about twice as much as traditional painting, coming in at approximately $130,000 for the three buildings included in the specifications. Sullivan also said there was an approximate $40,000 difference
between the bids from Target New England and M&L Maintenance. After reviewing the bids extensively and speaking with the owners of the two firms, it was determined that M&L Maintenance did not meet the bid specifications due to a lack of detailed plans to deal with any old lead paint currently on the building. Sullivan said that all three buildings still have paint that was manufactured prior to 1979, after which time lead was removed due federal regulations. M&L Maintenance was, therefore, disqualified from the bid process, leaving only two contractors remaining for consideration. While Final Coat of New England’s bid totaled $130,000; the
bid for traditional painting from Target New England was quoted at $67,180, both of which are significantly more than the amount in the town’s property maintenance trust fund ($30,000); the funding budgeted for this particular project. Originally, it was anticipated that the work on the three buildings would be done by early October of this year. It has been seven years since the buildings were last painted, Sullivan said, but he also noted that some chipping and peeling began to appear on the town hall only a couple years after the job was last completed, possibly due to humidity or dampness in the old wood. The old Town Hall was built in 1798.
After additional discussion, selectmen decided, however, that they wanted to check out other buildings worked on by the two remaining firms, prior to reaching any decision. They will also be checking with historical experts employed by the State of New Hampshire. “I’d rather not rush to get it done this year,” Selectman Phil LoChiatto said. In addition to approval of the expenditure by selectmen, members of the Windham Historic District Commission must also approve whatever process might be undertaken.
Carol Pynn of the Historic District Commission said that State historical experts recommend no power washing, the use of oil-based primer and acrylic-based paint. She did, agree with town officials, however, that certain specifications currently in place need to be updated. Jerry Parsons, Chairman of the Historic District Commission, commented that he had read several reviews on-line regarding the Rhino Shield product, some positive, others more negative. Rhino Shield has only been in business for 14 years, Parsons noted, not long enough to test the 25-year warranty.
According to the representative of Rhino Shield and Final Coat of New England, the product will never chip, crack, peel or fade. He also said preparation work includes an 11-step process to remove any lead-based paint and that the stripper used is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ceramic coating is 10 times thicker than paint, he said, and is sprayed, not brushed on. It also includes a Class-A Fire Rating, he told town officials. The owner of Target New England said he
would use Benjamin Moore paint products and would estimate the job would last for the next 5 to 10 years. Target New England is also EPA certified, he said. If the town doesn’t have the money to do all three buildings at this point, he added, he would recommend making the old Town Hall the number one priority.
Selectmen are expected to discuss the issue again at their regular board meeting on Monday, September 19, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Development Building.
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