8 - October 28, 2011 | Pelham - Windham News VFW HarvestFest Dinner was Wunderbar
submitted by Rita McCabe, President VFW/LA The John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722 held its HarvestFest dinner/dance on October 7. Guests arrived at the “Bavarian Village” and were treated to all you can eat homemade German and Polish dishes, which were the talk of the evening. Many guests were dressed in traditional German Dirndls and Lederhosen! DJ Ray Tremblay provided the music for the evening and guests young and old danced to Polkas, German waltzes as well as more modern music. A special treat was to have Anne Hargreaves attend. The Post was renamed in honor of her late husband who was instrumental in starting the Post back in 1983 and was a past post Commander. “I’m very proud of what the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary have accomplished during the past year.
have been very proud of the life which has been brought back into this VFW Post,” Anne stated. As always, all proceeds from these events benefit local veterans and their families as well as support veterans programs nationwide. “We try to create fun opportunities for everyone in the community to come together, enjoy themselves and know they are helping a great cause all at the same time,” stated Commander Mark McCabe. “These events are always open to the public.” An American flag, which was donated by Hammar & Sons, was given away as a door prize to one lucky winner and others took home several other prizes.
The next event will take place on Saturday,
November 5. Famous Dave’s BBQ in Manchester will cater their award winning ribs, pulled pork and chicken which will be coupled with homemade side dishes from the Ladies Auxiliary. The local band “The Boys of Rockingham” will be featured, playing live country music. They’ve recently played at The Yard Restaurant, Shooters, the Rochester Fair and more. “This band is fantastic! We saw them several times now and they’ve inspired me to learn how to line dance,” Madeline Dreusicke told folks. Tickets for this upcoming event can be purchased by contacting Diane Brunelle at 635-3307 or e- mail email@example.com
. Mark your calendars! Bring your friends and family. The evening promises to be filled with great food, great music and as always, it benefits a great cause. The VFW is thankful for all the support it
receives from local businesses and citizens to assist service men and women, their families and our veterans in need. To learn more about what the VFW Post 10722 does, join us on November 13 at 6 Main Street in Pelham for an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free food throughout the day, the Claudia Combs Music Academy will be performing patriotic songs and the Pelham Boy Scouts will perform a flag retirement ceremony outside the Post beginning
at 9:30 a.m. If you have flags, which need to be retired, feel free to bring them by at any point throughout the day and you can retire the flag in memory of a loved one with the assistance of the Scouts and VFW members.
Check out our Website at www.pelhamweb.org/
vfw to see photos of past events and learn about upcoming events. There’s always something fun going on at the VFW! Join us!
Windham Selectmen Say ‘No’ to Fire Department Request
by Barbara O’Brien Windham firefighters were unable to convince the majority of selectmen to allow them to purchase two new thermal imaging cameras for the new fire truck approved by voters last March, despite their plea that they are needed for both public and firefighter safety. After an extended debate, however, selectmen did allow the purchase of one of the cameras. Assistant Fire Chief Ed Morgan, as well as
several other Windham firefighters, met with selectmen on October 17 in an attempt to convince town officials of the need for the new cameras. The two currently owned by the fire department are 10 and 22 years old and do not compare to the technology now available. The
older of the two thermal imaging cameras also draws so much power that the batteries no longer hold a charge. Thermal imaging cameras are used at fire scenes to find hot spots in walls and to locate victims in smoke-filled rooms. “This is one of the most valuable tools a firefighter can have,” Morgan said. “It proves itself over and over, again.” The new cameras are much more lightweight and can be clipped onto a firefighter’s gear, rather than have to be carried by hand, as the older models require.
“If a building collapses on the first crew, we
have a second camera to send in with the rescue crew,” Morgan emphasized. “It also alerts firefighters to a possible flashover or pending
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building collapse,” he said, reminding town officials of an incident that occurred a few years ago at a fire at the old Dunkin Donuts, where Fire Chief Tom McPherson, two other Windham firefighters and three Salem firefighters became trapped inside a burning structure. “That speaks volumes,” as to the importance of having a second camera, Selectmen’s Chairman Ross McLeod said. “Our guys are important enough to have this equipment with them,” Assistant Chief Morgan commented.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger maintained, however, as he had during prior discussions concerning the need for two new cameras, that four cameras (including the two old models) are too many.
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said. Firefighter Scott Delaney said that the images on the older cameras are not as clear as on the new technology. The oldest one should be completely taken out of service, he added. “I don’t even want to let my guys go in with it,” Delaney emphasized. Using the latest equipment, firefighters can more easily find where a fire is hidden, Morgan said. ‘It will save time and money in the long run and it can locate victims in seconds when used for search and rescue.” “They really do see through smoke,” he added.
Delaney also explained that if two crews, comprised of a total of four firefighters, show up at a scene, the first crew could go in one entrance with one camera, while the second crew could go in another entrance with the other camera. The new cameras can continue to function up to a temperature of 2,000 degrees; something that’s not uncommon with the more modern materials contained in today’s structures. The newer model being recommended by firefighters also updates images twice as
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recommended by Selectman Bruce Breton. The cost of the new camera being recommended by members of the fire department would be $9,000 each or a total of $18,000 for the two units. Morgan reminded selectmen that the purchase of the new fire truck (to replace the old Engine 3) is under budget and there is sufficient money in that account to purchase two thermal imaging cameras. Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia made a motion to approve the purchase of two thermal imaging cameras “in support of public safety.” DiFruscia’s motion went down to defeat, however, as the vote was 2 to 2. Selectman DiFruscia and Chairman McLeod voted to purchase the two cameras. Selectmen Hohenberger and Breton voted in opposition. Selectman Phil LoChiatto did not attend the October 17 meeting where the vote was taken.
Hohenberger then made a second motion, recommending that one thermal-imaging camera be purchased. “We can always buy another camera later,” Hohenberger said. The motion to buy a single camera passed by a vote of 4 to 0. DiFruscia and McLeod both said that they would prefer two cameras being purchased, but that one is better than none.
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