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Pelham~Windham News Volume 9 Number 10 September 16, 2011 16 Pages 9/11 Remembered at Windham Fire Department

The Windham Fire Department memorialized 9/11 on Sunday morning at 8:30. Prayers were said and the national anthem was sung by a firefighter’s daughter. Windham’s steel for the memorial was from the World Trade Center Towers. It was the focal point of this year’s program. Over 100 people attended the 10th annual remembrance service.

A Maltese Cross memorializing those

who have served was also dedicated at the ceremony. The cross, made from bricks, will sit underneath the department’s bell next to the front

entrance. 9/11: ‘In the End, Love Always Wins’

Pelham’s Reverend Bill Ferguson Delivers Moving Memorial

staff photos by Robyn Hatch

ARNNE’s ‘Putts fore Mutts’ Golf Fundraiser

by Marc Ayotte Beautiful

Reverend Bill Ferguson of the First Congregational Church of Pelham delivers an emotional sermon on ‘Reflection of Love’

by Marc Ayotte Over 200 residents gathered at the First Congregational Church in Pelham this past Sunday for an Ecumenical prayer of service and remembrance for those who lost their lives on that fateful day, 10 years ago. Reverend Bill Ferguson began the service by welcoming all who were in attendance; saying that the gathering for the prayer and reflection is being held “in the spirit of our community.” After the opening prayer and time for silent meditation, the service continued with a reading of Psalm 77 from the Scripture on Faith. A passage from the psalm questioned, “has God’s mercy ceased forever?” It was a question that became an eerily pertinent topic in the wake of the 9/11 devastation that occurred on our home soil; some 3,000 years after the psalm was written. Father Anthony Kuzia, CM, Pastor, Saint Patrick’s Parish interpreted the psalm’s message as being a lesson to teach us about faith “in the face of a disaster,“ admitting that the psalm, although authored thousands of years ago, “could have been written about 9/11.” He continued by saying that the final verse, according to the psalmist, spoke of a new confidence in God’s guidance for the future. In his Reflection on Faith address, Father Anthony proceeded to mention specific stories involving two victims of the Twin Towers tragedy. One of the accountings spoke of the life of Captain John Ogonowski, whose parents attended the service hosted by the First Congregational Church. Ogonowski piloted American Airlines flight 11, which departed from Logan and met its tragic destination when it was flown into the north tower. Father Anthony spoke with great remembrance of the individual who grew up in nearby Dracut, MA, was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, husband to his wife Peggy, and father to three

daughters who attended St. Pat’s school in Pelham. He was also a man “who liked Jesus Christ and loved the poor” noted Father Anthony, who added that John saw the image of the creator even in the discarded. Ogonowski’s efforts to help the poor were reflected in allowing Cambodian refugees to get their start as farmers in the United States by farming on land that he inherited.

A Reflection on Hope by New England Pentecostal

Church’s Bishop Stanley Choate, although recognizing the continued grieving felt every day by those affected by the 9/11 horror, had a more forward looking message to deliver. The Bishop intimated that we should move on with our lives, as individuals and as a country. He defined hope as an “expectation for a better tomorrow.” As such, Bishop Choate conveyed a theme that it was time to move on, saying that we need to “learn from our past and not be stagnated.” After an inspiring and combined three church choir rendition of “One Song,” Dave Hennessey read John 15:9-17 from the Scripture on Love. Reverend Bill Ferguson then followed the reading with his personal Reflection of Love. In his fifth year at the Pelham Congregational Church, Reverend Bill, as he is affectionately referred to, recounted his whereabouts on the horrible Tuesday morning in September of 2001. He recalled that he had just moved to Hampstead and met his congregation for the first time on September 11. As he reflected on the horror that had unfolded just hours before, Reverend Bill acknowledged that he wondered, “what was God thinking?” With that doubt and indecision of 10 years ago, comes a self-critiqued embarrassment because such a question revealed that he didn’t truly know the God he committed his life to. Stricken by the enormous devastation that faced

continued to page 5- Love Wins Pelham townspeople lined the street in front of the fire station as they observed a ceremonial display of ‘Te Tolling of the Bells’

Windham Country Club (WCC) was the site for the fourth annual Animal Rescue Network of New England (ARNNE) golf fundraiser on Monday, September 12. A total of 72 friends, volunteers and supporters of ARNNE showed up at WCC for the 7:30 shotgun start, scramble format tournament, with the net proceeds going exclusively to the animal rescue organization. Lynn Barry, who is a senior volunteer for the rescue network and tournament coordinator, indicated that this year’s turnout was the biggest in the four years the golf event has been held. According to Barry, “there has been an abundance of local dogs coming in from other animal facilities located in surrounding towns.” The sharp increase of pets available for adoption or fostering at the Pelham dog holding facility is thought to be a result of today’s economic conditions effecting current pet owners. For a variety of reasons, from finances to living arrangements, existing pet owners are being forced to put their pets up for adoption. This is where the folks at ARNNE perform a wonderful service in trying to find new homes for the pets for which their well being is entrusted. The rescue network is an ‘all volunteer organization’ (and always in need of them) with one hundred percent of all donations and fund raising proceeds going solely to animal care and kennel upkeep. Accordingly, fundraisers such as this golf tournament become paramount in the organization’s ability to effectively find new homes for fosters as well as strays. Two key contributions for this year’s event came from local businesses; Harris Family Inn located in Pelham and Tee Emm’s Kennels out of Methuen, MA, donated $1,000 as a result of their corporate sponsorship role. Tee Emm’s graciously donated an additional five hundred dollars above and beyond the sponsorship fee. Funds were also raised through other area businesses’ sponsoring of individual holes. Specialty signs were also created featuring pets “thanking” their respective adopters for “saving” them, as well as ‘In Memory’ signs, denoting the names of beloved lost pets. Beaver Valley Farms located in Pelham, very generously donated money to ARNNE as a means of covering all the printing costs for the various signs. Additionally, in their continued support of the animal rescue organization, Beaver Valley Farms donates all the food that is used for the pets staying in the kennel as well as living with foster families. From an individual perspective, Gerry and Rita Cormier are two of the most generous supporters of ARNNE’s efforts. Not only have the Cormiers been ardent financial contributors to the rescue organization, they are also representative of how successful and mutually rewarding the adoption process can be, illustrated by their adoption of Duncan, a black lab/ Min Pin. Gerry Cormier has also paid for and personally constructed a shed for the Pelham kennel. His involvement in this golf fundraiser was unparalleled in terms of generating donations and recruiting

over 20 golfers to participate in the event. Over the past

ARNNE volunteers (L to R): Ellen Schofield with ‘Shy’ - a Jack Russell mix, Lynn Barry, Donna Clark and Deb Coultas with ‘Olivia’ - a rescue Boston Terrier

three years, Lynn Barry noted that donations have been used in a variety of ways including a new roof on the kennel, well repair to provide for good drinking water, a washer and dryer for the assurance of clean bedding and alike, as well as general kennel operational costs and veterinarian care. She

anticipates that

this year’s funds will be used for improving the ventilation at the facility and hooking up a fire alarm system that will be tied in with the Pelham fired department. Although there is a constant need to find homes for foster pets of all ages and sizes, Barry notes that their senior program is a top priority. The “nursing home for foster dogs” is the term that they affectionately use to describe the process of finding foster homes for elderly dogs, which Julie Gallagher strives to do on a daily basis.

In a sad parallel to the human

race, it is the elderly dogs that are often the last ones to be taken care of. However, regardless of age, a main objective of the rescue organization is to get the pets into a foster environment in hopes of getting them better acclimated to their potential new surroundings, thus making them more suitable for a permanent adoption situation.

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Tree of the many supporters of the animal rescue organization who participated in the ARNNE golf fundraiser; L to R: James McLachlan, Helen McIntyre, and Gerry Cormier

With respect to the actual golf fund

raising event, prizes were awarded for the top three low net scores, closest to the pin and longest drive. The results for the aforementioned categories are as follow: first place winners: Kevin Nyberg, Jay Nyberg, Rick Jean, Kevin Cerconi; second place winners: Greg Zanni, Mike Nicolo, Kevin Cormier; Third place winners: Hartley Boswell, Mike King, Glen Wylan, Albert King; Longest Drive: Men’s: Glenn Chaloux; Women’s Stacie Stewart and Closest to the Pin: Mike King ARNNE will conduct its next Pet

Adoption Day on Saturday, September 24 at the common near the First Congregational Church in Pelham. The day’s activities will include a dog show that starts at 10:30 a.m., a miniature horse, a dog walk-a-thon, pet photos and demonstrations.

staff photos by Marc Ayotte

staff photos by Marc Ayotte

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