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Pelham~Windham News Volume 9 Number 40 April 20, 2012 16 Pages


April is Autism


Awareness Month


by Doug Robinson The fifth annual World Autism


Awareness Day has been designated for April 2. April is Autism Awareness Month, a global effort to raise awareness and world attention on the issues affecting those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today. “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors” writes Autismspeaks.com. In addition, “autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum - a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.


“By way of comparison, this is more


children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome. Combined. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered.” In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to one in every 110 births in the United States and almost one in 70 boys.


Windham High School Hosts 10K Road Race Runners get out to a fast start at the Windham 10K Road Race last Saturday


by Chris White Windham High School hosted its first 10K Road Race on Saturday, April 14. There were 122 people who ran in the race and there was also a large turnout for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk that followed. Over $7,000was raised as a result of the high


level of participation in the event. The money raised from the event will go towards the fund for building an outdoor track at Windham High School. “The goal was to work together as a community for the ultimate goal of raising money for a track that the entire community


can benefit from,” Windham High cross country coach Kate Jackson said. “I’m happy with how our first year at the 10K distance went and extremely impressed at the turnout for our 1-Mile Fun Run.”


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2012 Umpires listen to Dave Masiello’s instruction during the Umpiring Clinic at Muldoon Park


submitted by Scott Ketelaar Mother Nature cooperated and an outstanding turnout of volunteers made for a very successful Field Clean up Day at Muldoon Park on Saturday morning for Pelham Baseball. Lots of work was put in and much was accomplished on all the baseball fields throughout the morning and early afternoon. Opening Day 2012 right around the corner on May 5, so it was critical to get our baseball fields and dugouts in top shape so the players have safe, high quality surfaces to play their games and practices. Dunkin Donuts of Pelham generously donated food for all volunteers that participated


in setting up our batting cages, filling in and raking all infield areas, working on the pitching mounds, picking up trash and getting our baseball equipment in order for the year.


It


was wonderful to see some new faces out there volunteering and getting involved with Pelham Baseball and this should be a positive indication of what is to come in the future for all the kids playing this year and beyond. While field clean up was happening there


was also a number of kids participating in an umpiring clinic run by Umpire in Chief, Dave Masiello. This years’ crop of umpires learned any new rules for 2012, division specific rules,


President of Pelham Baseball Chris Mader gives direction and keeps Field Clean up Day running smoothly


and how to best position themselves during the game to be as effective as possible. Over 300 kids ages 4 to 15 have registered to


play baseball in Pelham this year and everyone is excited to get the season started. Practices are already under way for some teams and all the kids are anxious to start playing games on Opening Day. Between the dedication of our volunteers and the support of numerous local businesses, the 2012 Pelham Baseball season will certainly be fun, exciting and rewarding for all of the kids, parents and coaches involved. Now, for those words every baseball player loves to hear … Let’s Play Ball!


State Puts Delahunty Nursery Property on the Market


by Barbara O’Brien The Town of Windham is being given the first right of refusal on


purchasing the commercial property presently being used by Delahunty’s Nursery at the intersection of Route 111 and Range Road. According to Windham Town Administrator David Sullivan, the property has been put on the market by the State of New Hampshire, Department of Transportation (DOT). The price tag has been set at $1.2 million, Sullivan told selectmen, during their weekly board meeting on April 9. The property was purchased by the DOT a number of years ago in conjunction with the reconstruction of Route 111, but is now considered as surplus. The owners of Delahunty Nursery have been leasing the land and building from the DOT since that time. Selectmen said that Jay Yennaco, the owner of Delahunty’s, would be seeking another location for the nursery and floral business.


Sullivan will be contacting members of the Windham Planning Board, Economic Development Committee and Conservation Commission to find out if those entities have any interest in the town acquiring the Delahunty property from the State. During the April 9 meeting, selectmen did not express any interest in


having the Town of Windham own the property. “I’m glad to see it’s back on the market,” Selectman Roger Hohenberger commented. “I’m glad it’s going to be back on the tax roles.” “I don’t see the town needing the property, however,” Hohenberger stated. After conferring with the other relevant town boards, selectmen will discuss whether or not to make an offer to the DOT or to turn down the opportunity.


PEDC Workshop on Branding and Social Media on May 1 by Diane Chubb An intimate group gathered on April 3 at the Te most recent PEDC event featured several guests from various financial lending institutions.


Pelham Library to discuss alternatives sources of funding for local small businesses. The program, “Show Me the Money,” featured representatives from traditional and non-traditional resources for local business owners to obtain loans. On hand were Amy Bassett from the Small Business Administration, John Hamilton from Community Lending, Eric Adams from Bay Colony and Darlene Friedman from the Interface Financial Group. They were able to describe the financial resources offered by their respective organizations and answer questions from attendees. The Pelham Economic Development Committee (PEDC) has partnered with the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Pelham Public Library and Citizens Bank to present a four-part series of workshops designed to provide local businesses with useful information.


To date, the programs have gained some positive attention among local business owners. On Tuesday, May 1, Diane Chubb of Legalogos and MaryAnne Pfeiffer of 108 degrees will present about the importance of branding, marketing, and social media. This will be the last session of this workshop series.


All of the sessions are free of charge, and held


at the Pelham Public Library. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., and the programs begin at 5:45 for approximately one hour. The Pelham Economic Development Committee


is a volunteer organization dedicated to showcasing the benefits of doing business in Pelham as well as assisting existing business to grow and prosper.


If


you are interested in more information about the PEDC, contact Jeff Gowan at 635-7811.


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Staff photos by Chris White


Staff photo by Diane Chubb


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