Pelham - Windham News | September 30, 2011 - 5
New Southbound Off-Ramp to Open on I-93 at Exit 3 in Windham
submitted by NH Department of Transportation The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the opening of the new southbound off-ramp on Interstate 93 at Exit 3 in Windham. The new off-ramp alignment improves safety and reduces congestion by allowing exiting vehicles to slow down in advance of the ramp, outside of the flow of mainline traffic, and eliminates the existing tight radius loop ramp at the bottom of a steep downgrade that challenged drivers during winter driving conditions. The new exit ramp will be opened during the night on Friday, September 30. The exit will be just south of the weigh station and north of the old exit. New signs and traffic lanes will guide vehicles through the area. A new traffic signal on NH Route 111
will help motorists turning onto and off of the ramps. The old off- ramp will be closed once the new ramp is opened. Other associated project work will continue during the nights through Friday, October 7. The work will involve milling portions of the existing highway and repaving those areas, and paving other areas of the project. Temporary lane closures will be required on I-93 southbound from the southbound weigh station to the Exit 3 off-ramp and south of the Exit 3 on-ramp. Lane closure will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night. This work is in preparation for a southbound mainline traffic shift onto the newly constructed bridges and roadway targeted for mid-November.
Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem Co-Operative Bank to Recognize Outstanding Women
submitted by Michelle Harvell, Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners for the fourth Annual Hidden Jewel Awards. The Hidden Jewel Awards is a program developed through the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Salem Co-operative Bank, to honor the area’s most priceless women – truly “precious gems.” These awards are intended to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women who have excelled in their chosen field or vocation, defined their role through their initiative and dedication, while establishing a record of leadership and involvement. • Mother of Pearl Award Winner – Mary Griffin
• Diamond in the Rough Award Winner – Katherine McArthur • Sapphire Award Winner – Stephanie Micklon • Topaz Award Winner – Patricia Corbett • Emerald Award Winner – Joanne Flynn • Ruby Award Winner – Cindi Woodbury • Pink Diamond Award Winner – Lynne Martineau The awards will be presented at a gala luncheon on October 19 at Merrimack Valley Golf Club & Event Center in Methuen, MA. Tickets for the luncheon are on sale now, visit http:// 2011hiddenjewel.eventbrite.com
. Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses.
For additional information contact the Chamber Office at 893-3177.
Salem/Windham Appreciation Day Scheduled at Canobie Lake Park Screeemfest/Oktoberfest
submitted by Canobie Lake Park Canobie Lake Park Screeemfest is where fear meets maximum fun this year through October 30. The Park offers quite an array of things to do, from haunts and rides – including Canobie’s wild new roller coaster, Untamed – to live entertainment and a “haunted” fireworks display each Saturday night in October, weather permitting. Plus Canobie’s Oktoberfest celebration is also going on during Screemfest, providing two major fall events for one low admission price. In appreciation of its hometown area, Canobie has also designated Sunday, October 2, as Salem/Windham Appreciation Day at the Park, weather permitting. On that day, residents of Salem and Windham can take advantage of a special, single-day, reduced Canobie Lake Park admission price of just $13. Proof of residency is required for all ages, such as driver’s licenses or report cards/library cards for school-age children, and the special
cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, priced pass or promotion.
Admission includes entry to both Screeemfest and Oktoberfest, as well as all haunted houses, operating rides and live entertainment. Canobie Lake Park will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Salem/Windham Day Event to Salem Family Resources, a non-profit organization that provides support and programs to local area families. For hours and more information about Canobie Lake Park Screeemfest and Oktoberfest events, visit canobie.com
. Salem Family Resources provides support and programs to families in the Greater Salem area to help them meet the physical, social, emotional, and educational needs of their young children. Visit salemfamilyresources.org
on the web for more information and for details about how to support the organization.
High School ‘Being an American’ Essay Contest Opens
submitted by The Bill of Rights Institute U.S. high school students and their teachers
are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest. The largest contest of its kind in the country,
the Being an American Essay Contest explores the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, DC area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.” Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the following question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?” The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded
cash prizes of $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place), and $250 (third place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms. The contest is really a tribute to the excellent work teachers do in the important task of civic education,” said Ross. Over 80,000 students have participated in the
essay contest since it began in 2006. “We are pleased to support the Bill of Rights Institute’s Being an American Essay Contest,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, SVP, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, History Channel. “The contest encourages students to think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today.”
Complete contest details can be found below. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and the Founding principles are available at www. BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest
Shaheen Accepts Women’s Leadership Award
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) accepted
the Torchbearer Award this week from the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL) and Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND) in Washington, DC at the biennial “Women at the Table of Power
Conference.” The WiLL/WAND Torchbearer Award recognizes inspirational women leaders in the fields of peace, justice, and the advancement of women.
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New EPA Guidelines
The EPA has gone ahead with allowing fuel companies to increase the amount of ethanol found in their gasoline from ten to 15 percent. While this might not sound like a big deal, ethanol increases the acidity of fuel. If you’re the owner of an older boat and motor - and that covers most of us - you may find this new fuel can cause problems. Problems that can range from dissolving older fuel lines to eating away the insides of gas tanks, causing clogging and other serious damage to engines. Those engines can be anywhere from the engine on your favorite boat to your lawnmower. The fuel filter is essential. Even in new engines, however, Volvo Penta’s Richard Kolb says there is sometimes a mysterious gooey substance that will clog fuel filters.
Here are some tips for dealing with ethanol, courtesy of BoatUS: • Be ready to change fuel filters more often; • Make sure all your hoses are marked J-1527. Not all hoses are ethanol-compatible.
• Confirm that your boat’s fuel tank will handle the newer ethanol. If not, you may need to replace the tank with another material like aluminum.
• If you’re leaving your boat sitting for any length of time, fill your boat’s tanks to 95 percent of capacity. That allows room for your fuel to breathe, while limiting the space for potential condensation.
• Use fuel stabilizer, although it does not prevent phase separation.
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