2 - April 27, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News
Pelham Cub Scout Pack 25 Participates in Twilight Hike and Camp-Out at Raymond Park
Getting dark, this group is getting more excited!
Getting ready for our hike! We are excited and ready! Tristan Archer, Christian Hobbs, Ryan Baker, Andrew Strout in front Jaxon Snyder
submitted by Beth Knight, Pack 25 On Saturday evening, April 14, Cub Scout Pack 25 participated in the Nutfield District Hike and Camp-out at Pelham’s Raymond Park. Packs and Troops from Pelham, Salem, Windham, Derry and Londonderry were all included in this new and exciting event! For the first time, it was an evening twilight hike! The trails were marked with
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glow sticks, illuminating the paths as no flashlight were allowed so that the awesome night vision could be used! Then scouts got to camp out in the soccer fields with a night filled with stargazing! All levels of hikers came! Families with strollers and babies in backpacks! Mrs. Corinne Snyder, Committee Chair of Pelham Pack 25, mom to Jaxon and Nikolas Snyder, both of Pelham Pack 25 and Anthony Snyder of Pelham Troop 25, sat down on the dirt with our younger boys to explain the hiking rules! Then lead us through the trails. Also with us, Mr. William Hayes of the Pelham Historic Society, grandfather of Tiger Jonathan Strout and Bear Andrew Strout, and life-time
resident of Pelham, hiked, too! He told stories of old Pelham along the way, stopping to point out a few interesting spots! And Mr. Chad Hamilton, Den Leader and dad to Tiger John Hamilton of Pack 25, talked to us about different trees, plants and berries he was able to identify! These scouts were filled with wonderful information from our awesome team!
Scouts also camped over night! Pelham Pack 25
Trainer, Religious Emblems Coordinator and Den Leader Andre Michaud and Dad of Webelos 1 George Michaud and Mr. Kevin Hunt Den Leader and Dad to Webelos 1 Dylan Hunt camped over night with the boys of Pack 25! ‘It was awesome’ were among the many great things said about the event.
Cub Scouts is a wonderful way for young Gumpas Pond Access and Restrictions Discussed Again
by Lynne Ober Pelham selectmen had agreed to consider restrictions to the Gumpas Pond access in April. Board of Selectmen Chairman, Bill McDevitt reminded the board that that the Town had acquired walking access to Gumpas Pond and had held two public hearings about this access. During those hearings one of the neighbors provided input in the form of a letter that contained request for stipulations to be agreed to by selectmen. McDevitt recognized Wendy Smigelski to discuss the restrictions and stipulations and said that he believed discussion should center around who would be responsible for which items contained in the list of suggestions contained in the previous meeting minutes and as summarized in a letter dated February 12, 2012 submitted by the Gumpas/Gumpas Pond Association. McDevitt reviewed the list of items, which include:
o Pedestrian Traffic Only and said he didn’t feel there was a question because he believed the intention of the Board was to leave the area rough;
o Allowable watercraft: canoes, kayaks and nothing larger than a small electric trolling motor, no trailers, no jet skis.
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o If a trolling motor is brought in, it must be cleaned in order to avoid invasive aquatic weeds in and out of the pond. With this suggestion, McDevitt said he saw signs going into Maine about how to clean a boat and suggested they may possibly be able to do something similar.
o No docks, raft, beach or swimming and Town Administrator Tom Gaydos said someone would need a permit to put out a dock or raft. He said there wasn’t a beach there. McDevitt said they could install a ‘no swimming’ sign, but Selectman Hal Lynde noted that selectmen couldn’t control someone jumping in the water if they were out on the pond. He said they weren’t going to allow a beach to be established there.
o No mooring of boats offshore or stored on- shore. Again, Gaydos said a state permit was needed to moor boats.
o Trash in and Trash out is the policy and McDevitt again said a sign with the rules could be posted. Smigelski said if they created a flier similar to what Bensons is using, the Association would be more than willing to upkeep it. Selectmen Ed Gleason and Lynde thought that a sign would be effective.
o The association wants identification and contact information for the department so landowners can contact in the event there
are violations of any or all the items listed. McDevitt believed if there is a minor issue during the day Police dispatch could be contacted.
o Parking area across the street limited to three or four cars, but Gaydos stated that he thought the Conservation Commission originally spoke about five. He noted that he felt four should be more sufficient. Smigelski said she understood that Conservation Commission Chairman Paul Gagnon agreed to four because there was a parking area up the street.
o The association also wanted town residents identified by a vehicular sticker, but McDevitt didn’t believe that could be done at this time because not everyone has a Transfer Station sticker. Gaydos suggested possibly having people get a beach sticker sold by the recreation department. After a brief discussion regarding the process for issuing beach stickers, Gaydos suggested holding off issuing stickers until they saw what type of action actually occurred in the area. He said if it became a problem they could deal with it. The agreed upon decision was to hold off on this item.
o No parties or fires on the path, parking lot or private property surrounding the pond but McDevitt felt this was an item that could be held off on for now. He said the spirit of the Board was if there is a problem, they would work with the Association.
o Any improvements must be after a discussion with Keith and Kathy Regan and Selectmen agreed.
o Liability concerns must be addressed and Gaydos said was in process.
o No access of private property along the shoreline including the island and dam. McDevitt believed property owners along the shoreline would have to police the property themselves.
o The request of a speed limit was denied because McDevitt said the law didn’t let the town to post as low as 20mph except in a school zone. Smigelski said they already had issues with speed on the road. She said they may contact the DOT to try and get the speed limit lowered.
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o The association requested on-going discussion on possible financial assistance with dam maintenance, repairs and state registration and Smigelski said as a pond association they pay taxes, state registration, repairs, maintain the boards, and meet with the state. She said there was financial liability and the association couldn’t afford to pick up the full tab. She said they had dues, but it wouldn’t be a great deal of money - $50 per year. When McDevitt asked if the Town was expected to pay dues, Smigelski said it was optional for property owners. And noted that there were people on the pond that didn’t pay. Since the town only has an easement and doesn’t own property, there was a discussion. Finally Gaydos said that he understood that the Conservation Commission, who was purchasing and managing the property, indicated that should there be a financial need by the association they would work with them to try and raise money to meet it. McDevitt would like to see Conservation or Park and Recreation contribute the $50 toward the association as honorary members because it would show the Town’s willingness to cooperate and work with the association, but said this was his personal feeling and the position of the board. o
Den Leader Kevin Hunt in action with Dan Porter and John Galeotalanza
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Lack of toilet facilities and McDevitt agreed that there currently weren’t any. Ms. Smigelski said they had their own enforcement issues. Finally Smigelski asked if the board would like to be notified when the association held their annual meeting in August and Selectman Bob Haverty said he would like to attend.
When McDevitt asked the cost of the property taxes for the dam, Smigelski believed the tax was approximately $36 per year. McDevitt then said selectmen had the ability to grant equitable waivers clarified that owners should send selectmen a letter for review.
When McDevitt announced they were done reviewing the list and said the major thing was to determine the items that would be placed on a sign, Smigelski reported she would summarize in a letter the items that have been resolved and which items were currently on hold. Smigelski commented that Lox Lane fed off Hinds Lane and didn’t have a street sign because it was a private lane they maintained and asked if they could post a sign indicating ‘no public access.’ McDevitt questioned if the town provided street signs through the E-911 process, Gaydos believed they had. McDevitt said the Town would put a sign up. Smigelski next questioned if the hours of use would be limited and Gaydos said the hours would be limited from dawn to dusk. The hours will also be posted on the sign.
Photos Courtesy of Alan Archer
Photos Courtesy of Jennifer Hayes
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