6 - November 25, 2011 | Pelham - Windham News Lower Prices Proposed for Searles Building Functions
by Barbara O’Brien About a year ago, in hopes that it would bring in additional revenue to help support costs involved in maintaining Windham’s historic Searles School and Chapel, town officials approved some changes that raised the cost of renting the 100-year-old facility. With the economy still lagging and unemployment rates still teetering at more than 9 percent nationwide, the new rates have not accomplished what was anticipated.
During the November 14 board meeting,
Searle’s representative Marion Dinsmore told selectmen, “We need to lower our rates.” “They are just too high for a lot of people,” Dinsmore stated. “The use of the school and chapel has been much smaller than it should be.” Even with lower rates being offered to Windham residents and local business owners, the use of the facility has not seen the increase in usage that was hoped. Dinsmore said that 85 percent of the people who inquired about renting the facility for a
function during the past year declined after learning of the rates. “We gave it a year’s try,” she said, but the economy has played a role in the trial period not being successful. Dinsmore did say that she believes the rates being charged are better than competitive when compared with other area facilities.
Rental prices are based on a minimum of three hours. The rental fees change based on the day of the week and whether or not the renter is a Windham resident. For example, the least expensive time of the week to rent the chapel is from Monday through Wednesday. The rental fee hits its peak on Saturdays and holidayss. A new proposal for rental fees will be discussed at the December 5 meeting. Preliminary numbers show rental fees for Searles chapel rooms will drop, predominantly for non-residents and corporations. Under the proposal, the least expensive days of the week to rent Searles will be extended to include Thursday. Windham residents will still face rental fees up to $240
Pelham Armed Robber Arrested submitted by Pelham Police Department
On November 21, detectives from the Pelham Police Department arrested Timothy Silva, 29, of Tyngsborough, MA. Silva was arrested on a warrant for Armed Robbery. The robbery took place on November 15
at the Mammoth Road Convenience Store. During the robbery Silva was wearing a hat and a bandana style cloth covering a portion of his face. He was armed with a handgun and seen on video surveillance pointing the firearm at both the store clerk and two store customers. Prior to
pointing the gun at them, he was seen pulling the hammer on the gun back. After a week long investigation detectives were able to gather enough evidence to secure an arrest warrant for Silva. After the arrest, a search was conducted on Silva’s vehicle and home. Clothing, firearms and other items were seized during the search. Silva was later interviewed by detectives from
the Tyngsborough Police Department, in regards to another armed robbery which took place in Tyngsborough a few days prior to Pelham’s robbery. Silva was held at the Pelham Police Station on $25,000 cash bail. He was scheduled for arraignment in Salem District Court on November 22.
per three-hour event for those days. Out of town residents can expect a hefty break, dropping the price from $480 to $360. Rental fees for Windham residents are expected to remain steady for Saturday and holiday events, with proposed rates staying at $390. Again, non-residents and corporations would reap the benefits of the price drop, with new fees estimated at $585 per three- hour session, as opposed to the $780 rental fee offered now. Different fees will be applied for events lasting more or less than three hours and a company’s non-profit status. Searles school room rental fees use a different scale. The Searles building is not expected to be a moneymaker for the Town of Windham, but town officials do want it to be self-sustaining in regard to maintenance and/or renovations and repairs. “We’re not in dire straits, at least not yet,” Dana Call, Windham Assistant Town Administrator and Finance Director said. Dinsmore explained that the facility is currently meeting operating expenses.
The Searles School and Chapel was given to
Windham by Edward Searles in exchange for a parcel of land that was once home to Windham Schoolhouse No. 1. The particular piece of property on which the schoolhouse was once situated was adjacent to other land owned by the Searles Family. Construction on the Searles building was started in 1909. The school and attached chapel were completed in 1915. Edward Searles was an interior decorator and antiques collector. The structure was built in the English Tudor style of architecture, with stained glass windows, cypress paneling and a central tower with 12 carillons. It was once used to house school children, but was later converted to a facility for functions, such as weddings, showers, anniversary celebrations or other such occasions. A public hearing on any changes in the rates for functions at the Searles School and Chapel is anticipated for early December and will be held during a regular selectmen’s meeting.
Attorney Receives Volunteer Service Award
Attorney Ruth-Ellen Post was recently recognized by the Southern New Hampshire Chapter of SCORE with a Five-Year Service Award for volunteer counseling to local entrepreneurs and business owners and for other contributions to the chapter, such as a new SCORE website resource on how to choose a business entity. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is
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a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. Based in Manchester, the Southern New Hampshire SCORE Chapter has over 60 member-volunteers with extensive and highly diverse business experience. Local business may find more information or apply for free mentoring assistance at www. score-manchester.org
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by Susan Waldo and Warren Leuteritz Once again the Common in Pelham Center has been
decorated for the Christmas season by the Pelham Garden Group. The lights will go on Thursday, November 24, for the town to enjoy until January 2. For the last 14 years, this display has been set up voluntarily by the Pelham Garden Group, and paid for with funds the Group raises through dues, plant sales, and other fundraising events. The Town of Pelham picks up the electric power expense for the display. Over the years, many people have enjoyed the holiday spirit that this display brings to our community. Some people take photos of family members in front of the various displays and use the photos on their Christmas cards, or simply keep them for their personal enjoyment. This year the five displays include: Christmas Tree and lights on the Gazebo, chaired by Bonnie Moore; a large Christmas Tree surrounded by gifts and carolers, chaired
by Flo Parece; a perimeter of garland and large wreaths around the monument, chaired by Mildred Leuteritz and Carol Theoharous; a skating scene, chaired by Teresa Ferullo; the Snowman scene, chaired by Walt and Ginny Remeis. The entire five display project is directed by Ginny and Walter Remeis. In addition to the people who oversaw the installation of each display, there were many volunteers from the Pelham Garden Group and other interested people who helped make it all happen. This is just one of the many projects the Pelham Garden Group does in the Town of Pelham to help beautify our community. The group is open to any and all people. New members are always welcome. You do not have to be an avid gardener to join the group. Call Glennie Edwards at 635-2612, if you want more information about joining the group.
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The St. Patrick Parish Choir invites all to a Night of Caroling, Cocoa and Community! On Sunday, December 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lyons Memorial Park in Pelham, will transform into a Night of Music and Magic! There will be several drum fires sprinkled throughout the park illuminating the night, creating the backdrop for a Norman Rockwell holiday event which participants will remember for a lifetime! With plenty of holiday caroling hosted by choir members from the many local churches within the community, and free hot cocoa and cookies on hand, this family event will put you into the holiday spirit! It is that time of year, when we look to those most important to us to celebrate the holiday season, so bring
your family, your friends, your neighbors and join a Night of Caroling, Cocoa and Community, which will quickly become the talk around town for years to come! We are burdened with so many daily responsibilities that we don’t set time aside for the most important things in life, our family, friends and neighbors. This event is sure to warm your heart and create an unforgettable memory for your children. Take this time today to mark your calendars, call your family, friends and neighbors and meet us all at Lyons Memorial Park (behind the Pelham Police Department) on Sunday, December 11, at 7 p.m. for an event that will ignite the holiday spirit within you!
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Dedication to Community submitted by New Hampshire Local Government Center Local officials and staff from cities and towns across the state gathered at the Radisson Hotel Manchester on Wednesday, November 16, for the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) 70th Annual Conference Municipal Volunteer of the Year Awards celebration. Among those recognized for their contributions to local boards, committees, and projects as well for their ability to inspire and motive others to participate in improving their community was Linda Harvey from the Town of Salem. “Municipalities simply couldn’t get it all done without the efforts
of volunteers,” said Cathy Ann Stacey. “Some volunteers are so exceptional, that they enable communities to achieve goals far beyond expectations. Our 2011 recipients are two people that truly do make their local government’s mission possible.” The 24th annual Municipal Volunteer of the Year Awards luncheon
was sponsored by TD Bank. Themed Embracing the Mission, the LGC 70th Annual Conference featured 60 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics of concern and interest to New Hampshire local officials. Some 523 elected and appointed officials and staff from city, town, school district and county governments across the state attended the two-day event.
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