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Pelham - Windham News | June 6, 2014 - 3

Windham Firefighter Continually Goes ‘Above and Beyond’

by Barbara O’Brien Windham Firefighter Pat Robertson has been recognized by the International Association of Firefighters and the American Muscular Dystrophy Association for his long-term and continuing volunteer efforts to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Robertson, president of Local 2915, was recently presented with the Above and Beyond Award. Robertson declined to take full credit for all the

fundraising he has been involved in over the years, however.

“It’s truly a group thing,” Robertson said of the more than $127,000 that has been raised during the years he has been involved in the campaign. Robertson was also congratulated by Windham Fire

Windham Firefighter Pat Robertson is honored with the Above and Beyond Award for his unceasing efforts in raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Chief Tom McPherson, who thanked Robertson for his hard work and dedication. Fundraising events include the annual “Boot Drive,” where firefighters stand near traffic lights collecting money from passing motorists in their boots; the annual pancake breakfasts, and the Trans-Ride, a bicycle trip, which stretches from the Canadian border all the way down to southern New Hampshire. “The people of Windham are always so generous,” Robertson said. The majority of the money collected in Windham stays right here in New Hampshire, Robertson commented, with some of it going directly to a Windham family. “It’s people like Pat Robertson and his fellow firefighters that make the residents of this town so proud to live in Windham,” Selectmen’s Vice-chairman Al Letizio, Jr. added.

Windham Firefighter Pat Robertson has a long history supporting MDA. Te photo at left is from 2006 when he was honored while at the Hudson Fire Department.

Windham Might Need $2 Million to Cover Shortfall

by Barbara O’Brien Although she is hoping town officials won’t need to spend any

of the TAN funds she is requesting be set aside as a line of credit, Windham Finance Director and Assistant Town Administrator Dana Call wants to be on the safe side. TAN is an acronym for Tax Anticipation Note. A TAN is money that is borrowed from a financial institution in the period just before tax revenue starts coming in. In Windham, which collects real estate taxes semi-annually, on July 1 and December 1, town officials sometimes need to cover expenses for several weeks prior to tax money actually being paid by residents. A TAN is used to cover the interim period, especially if some residents don’t pay their taxes by the due date. “We start running low on cash this time of year,” Call said late last

month. One of the issues is providing the school district with the remainder of its money by the end of June. The school district runs on a fiscal calendar, July 1 to June 30, while the town side of government runs on the traditional calendar year of January 1 to December 31. During the past four years, however, due to prudent planning and working in cooperation with the school district, Windham has not had to use any of the money that was set aside in a TAN account. Call is asking selectmen to approve a credit line for a TAN of $2 million. “Hopefully, we won’t need it, however,” Call emphasized. Selectmen are planning to respond to Call’s request to set up a TAN account at their next meeting in June.

Call also said she sees no problem with the tax bills getting out on time. Tax payments are due 30 days after the bills are mailed. Traditionally, the first bill of the year is mailed by June 1 and is payable by July 1. After that, interest is assessed on any unpaid amount. The second tax bill of the year is generally mailed by November 1 and is payable no later than December 1. The annual Tax Rate is set by the Department of Revenue Administration each October.

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Windham Garden Club Lists Plant Sale Raffle Winners

submitted by Linda M. German, Windham Garden Club The rain stopped earlier than feared, slickers and storm gear were tossed aside, and happy gardeners from throughout the region streamed in to the Windham Garden Club’s 24th annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 17. The event at Windham’s Town Hall parking lot also featured the

group’s annual Nancy Surette Memorial Scholarship raffle, with the following winners: Bottomless basket of great garden products - Kathy Felson, Windham; handcrafted stained glass butterfly brooch - Cheryl Wainwright, Windham; hand painted flower motif pine table - Pearl Nickles, Windham; a $50 gift card from Lake Street Garden Center - Kathy Shing, Danville; and a living multi-color

hanging basket - Paul Gosselin, Windham. The coveted prizes of first and second place in line at the 2015 Plant Sale with a generous head start went respectively to Robin Heider and Cheryl Wainwright, both of Windham. Membership and program information may be found at www. and the Merrimack Valley since 1984. Northeast Rehab provides personalized care supported by an entire network of services following surgery, illness or injury. Our network includes three acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, over 20 outpatient therapy clinics serving adults and children, a home care division, and many other specialty services.

by Barbara O’Brien On the recommendation of Community Development Director

Laura Scott, selectmen have approved hiring a temporary “consultant” to handle Zoning Board of Adjustment and Code Enforcement issues for the Town of Windham. Hiring someone on a temporary basis is due to the resignation of two long-term employees. Scott told selectmen that the pay rate for the temporary consultant will be about $85 per hour for a total of 10 hours per week. Scott said she anticipates that the consultant will be required for about two months. The job includes working in the office on Mondays, as well as covering Tuesday night ZBA meetings. It is expected that having to hire a temporary consultant will cost

taxpayers an extra $6,000 above what would be paid to a permanent full-time employee. It is hoped that the job will be filled by a permanent employee by the end of July, at the latest, according to Scott.

Selectmen approved hiring the temporary consultant by a vote of 4 to 0. Voting in favor were Vice-chairman Al Letizio, Jr., Roger Hohenberger, Joel Desilets and Bruce Breton. Chairman Ross McLeod was not in attendance at the May 19 board meeting.

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Staff photo by Barbara O’Brien

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