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Pelham~Windham News Volume 9 Number 22 December 9, 2011 16 Pages
December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving
By Doug Robinson
December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Every day, millions of Americans
travel on our Nation’s roadways. Thousands of these drivers and passengers tragically lose their lives each year because of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing the loss of life by practicing safe driving practices and reminding others to be sober, drug free, and safe on the road. Impaired driving and its
consequences can seriously alter or even destroy lives and property in a moment. This reckless behavior not only includes drunk driving, but also the growing problem of drugged driving. Drugs, including those prescribed by a physician, can impair judgment and motor skills. It is critical that we encourage our young people and fellow citizens to make responsible decisions when driving or riding as a passenger, especially if drug use is apparent. This National Impaired Driving
Prevention Month, we must also draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving, including using electronic equipment or texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle. When people take their attention away from the road to answer a call, respond to a message, or use a device, they put themselves and others at risk.
Windham Celebrates the Lighting of the Trees
by Doug Robinson The fire was blazing and the hot chocolate was flowing at the
Town of Windham’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Hundreds of Windham and area residents braved the not so chilly day, and enjoyed the many events sponsored by the Windham Recreation Department. Cookies, crafts, cub scouts along with girl scouts, games, and good ‘old Holiday music filled the Windham Town Office area. The Windham Community Band played for the entertainment of all. Across the street, the Windham Presbyterian Church (WPS) hosted their annual Spaghetti supper to anyone who wished a free meal. Nearly 250 hot meals were served to those attending. Cookies, deserts, and salads were made by members and friends of WPS. Windham Presbyterian Church’s Outreach Committee oversees the event.
As the skies darkened, in came Santa, riding high on a Windham
Fire Truck. And with a Ho Ho Ho and a Ha Ha Ha, the flip was thrown and thousands of Christmas tree lights illuminated the two large trees and the gazebo in the town common.
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Jackson and Kaitlyn Skwiot get their photo taken with Santa.
Te Gazebo in the Town Common has been decorated and illumined for this holiday season. VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Celebrate the Season
by Robyn Hatch The Pelham VFW and Ladies Auxiliary recently held a two-day celebration for the Christmas season. Close to 100 people celebrated the event. The first day was mainly a party for the children so that Christmas shopping could be worked on without the bother of little people. There was face painting, snacks, board games, and lots of playing. Christmas cards were made and later delivered for the soldiers at the VA Medical Center. The second day was open to the public and held more people. Santa Clause surprised everyone with a live appearance, followed by a performance of the Claudia Combs Music Academy with a dinner show. This was an incredibly enjoyable performance for all. All left very full and happy with all the surprises.
Replacement of HVAC Systems Proposed for 2012
by Barbara O’Brien
A recent energy-efficiency study of town-owned buildings in Windham showed that three of those facilities are in need of having their heating/air conditioning systems replaced, with the historic Bartley House being at the top of the list for upgrades. On the recommendation of Windham’s Capital
Improvement Program Committee (CIP), selectmen are considering doing all three buildings during 2012. The total cost of the proposed project would be approximately $105,870 and, if selectmen decide to proceed as recommended, would be a warrant article for voters to consider next March. According to Town Administrator David Sullivan, the system in the Bartley House is 30 years old, while the one in the old Town Hall is 21 years old and the Community Development Building, that once housed the Windham Fire Department, is heated and cooled by a system that is about 11 years old.
Selectmen appeared to be split on the idea of doing all three systems in one year, with some discussion including the possibility of doing the Bartley House and Town Hall during 2012 and taking on the Community Development Building the following year. Windham Maintenance Director Al Barlow emphasized that the Bartley House needs to be “the number one priority.” Selectman Phil LoChiatto expressed concern about making sure that any HVAC work done on the Community Development Building, which includes storage space downstairs and office and public meeting space upstairs, be done precisely to code. LoChiatto, a former planning board chairman, said the building would be considered as “a mixed use.” LoChiatto said he was concerned about fumes from downstairs getting into the ventilation ducts and being sucked upstairs. Barlow informed him that no vehicles are ever housed in the downstairs of the building, anymore. Fire trucks were once housed in that section of the building, which was built in 1946. Barlow also said that there is a separate sealed system in the downstairs of the building that prohibits the migration of any air from going upstairs.
Selectmen did not make a decision on how to proceed with any proposed warrant article during the November 28 budget workshop. A decision will need to be reached, however, by December 19, the deadline for posting the proposed budget for 2012.
Claudia Combs Music Academy with their Christmas Chorus
Sydney Bevin and Santa
Cole Wilkes and Daniel Border, 4th graders Back to Drawing Board for PHS Sprinklers
by Diane Chubb In a split vote of 5-6, the Pelham Budget Committee voted not to support
the Pelham School Board’s proposed warrant article for the installation of sprinklers at Pelham High School (PHS). The item was originally included in the school district budget. However, members of the Budget Committee removed the appropriation from the operating budget with the suggestion that the School Board bring the item back as a separate warrant article to allow for direct voter approval of the project. “We listened to the concerns of the Budget Committee when we originally had the sprinkler system and the HVAC in the operational budget,” said Rob Hardy, Chairman of the Pelham School Board. “We met them half way and took them out of the budget and presented them as separate warrant articles. We are more than happy to give the voters a unencumbered opportunity to weigh in.” Yet despite the compromise by the School Board, the Budget Committee
chose not to recommend the warrant article by a close vote of 5-6 against. A sprinkler system for the high school has been considered in the past. In fact, residents voted against a petitioned warrant article for a sprinkler in March 2011. The current proposal includes running water from Pelham Elementary
School (PES) to the high school. The specific costs are as follows: Underground water Main - $184,000 Mechanical work - $35,000
Sprinkler System/Installation - $221,000 Contingency - $ 60,000 Total - $500,000
One of the biggest issues with the proposed project is the source of
the water. Pennichuck does not have a water line running down Marsh Road as far as the high school. The cost to pipe the water has always been prohibitive at $250 per foot. Plus, there would be extra costs, as Marsh Road would be torn up for the piping, and the extra police details during the construction. Other alternatives, such as a cistern and fire pump on the site, have also been considered. The cost would over $200,000, based on estimates from similar projects recently installed in New Hampshire school projects. Pelham Elementary School already has water supplied by Pennichuck.
The pipe runs around the access road that goes behind the school. By extending the water pipes from the back of PES to the high school, the cost drops significantly, to $168 per foot. Further savings are realized because the district already owns the land where the pipe would be laid. The School Board is excited about the opportunity to extend town water to the high school, as it will eliminate a lot of other issues and potential costs. The district will no longer have to worry about testing and water quality issues from the water drawn from the private well on the property. Town water will also extend the life of the pipes in the building. Currently, the private well water contains higher levels of iron, which can
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Staff photo by Doug Robinson
Staff photos by Robyn Hatch
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