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One end o London Bridge Road travels rom Route 111 to the high school driveway, while the other end meanders up to Castle Hill Road. In order to ascertain a reasonable speed or both sections o London Bridge Road, Windham Police Chie Gerald Lewis conducted a two-portion speed survey.
The frst speed survey was done rom the high school
to Route 111 and took a total o nine days, during which
approximately 10,000 vehicles were clocked. Lewis said
that 99 percent o the cars and trucks that traveled along
that stretch were two-axle vehicles. The results o the survey
indicated that 85 percent o motorists were driving at an
average o 48 mph—both uphill and down.
According to New Hampshire State Standards, that portion
o London Bridge Road could have a speed limit o 35 mph.
“But less than 10 percent o drivers travel at that speed,”
Lewis told selectmen during their Board meeting on August
16. As a result, Lewis recommended a posted speed limit o
40 mph or that section o London Bridge Road. “This will
allow the police department to ocus on those going at a
higher speed; the more serious violators,” he said. He also
said he eels that it will still be sae on London Bridge Road,
even with a speed limit o 40 mph.
Not all the selectmen agreed with Lewis’ recommendation
to set the speed limit on that section o London Bridge Road
at 40 mph, though. Selectman Roger Hohenberger said that
out o all the roads in Windham, this is the one that should
not have a higher speed limit. Citing the large number o
inexperienced drivers who will traveling that road on a daily
basis, he said, “I am not in avor o raising the speed limit
rom 35 mph to 40.”
“The speed survey only shows what people are driving, not
what’s appropriate,” Vice Chairman Bruce Breton said. He
also said that he opposed raising the speed limit to 40 mph
and wanted to stay with the state’s statutory recommendation
o 35 mph.
too low, we’ll be accused o creating a speed trap,” he said.
Saying that he eels the new road has proven itsel in the past
year o use, he sided with Lewis’ recommendation o 40 mph.
Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said the town
“shouldn’t have this road as a undraiser” to trap those who
are going slightly more than the state’s recommended 35 mph. He said he didn’t want drivers to have to keep their oot on the brake all the way down the hill.
The fnal vote on setting the speed limit at 40 mph or the
section o London Bridge Road rom Route 111 to the high
school driveway was three in avor and two opposed. Voting
in avor o the 40-mph speed limit were McMahon, Ross, and
Galen Stearns. Voting in opposition o the 40-mph speed
limit were Hohenberger and Breton.
On the opposite end o London Bridge Road, headed up
to Castle Hill Road, a six-day speed survey was conducted,
with a total o approximately 2,500 vehicles encountered.
Lewis said that the average speed o 85 percent o the
trafc was 32 mph. This portion o London Bridge Road is
mostly residential. Lewis said this stretch meets the state
standards or a 30-mph speed limit and that is what he was
Selectmen voted 4 to 1 to post that portion o London
Bridge Road at 30 mph. McMahon, Hohenberger, Breton,
and Ross voted in avor o the 30-mph speed limit. Only
Stearns voted against it.
In other highway committee business, based on a resident’s
request, committee members considered whether or not to
install a stop sign, speed limit sign, and Children Playing sign
in the area o Haskell and Blueberry Roads. While it was
decided not to put up either a speed limit or Children Playing
sign, Lewis did recommend a stop sign being erected at the
intersection. Selectmen agreed unanimously.
Also, the question o whether or not to replace a street
light at Lenny Road and Tully Street was discussed. The light
had been taken out during a recent windstorm. Based on
Lewis’ recommendation, selectmen decided not to reinstall
a light at that intersection. “That intersection is no dierent
than any other in town [that doesn’t have a light],” Lewis told
selectmen. It was determined, however, that a stop sign, as
well as a No Outlet sign, would be posted at the Lenny Road/
Tully Street intersection.
A line o sight issue, which was causing problems on Range
Road near Searles, due to shrubs that were planted along
the median strip, has been remedied. The New Hampshire
Department o Transportation (DOT) was contacted about the
visibility issue and the shrubs have been trimmed.
There are two active projects currently going on in the area o Exit 3 o Route 93 in Windham, with our particular saety improvements taking center stage.
Levine met with Windham selectmen on August 16 to provide an
update on the ongoing, multi-year expansion o the I-93 corridor
stretching rom the Massachusetts state line to Manchester. The
last time Stamnos and Levine met with town ofcials publicly was
this past May, shortly ater torrential spring rains caused extensive
ooding in the area o Exit 3, inundating nearby bodies o water.
Saety considerations that are currently in the process o being
handled include removing trafc rom two o the state’s red-listed
bridges; one along the Route 111 stretch and the other in the area
o Route 111A. Red-listed bridges are deemed as needing to be
replaced due to saety concerns. Stamnos said that trafc will be
A second saety improvement underway is the construction o a new southbound o-ramp; one that will begin up by the Weigh Station on Route 93 and extend or about a mile. It is anticipated that the new o-ramp will be paved in early September.
The third saety project that is in the works is to create an
acceleration on-ramp or the southbound side o Route 93, allowing
motorists to merge more easily with trafc already traveling along
The ourth project intended to enhance the saety o Exit 3 is the
installation o trafc signals at the bottom o the southbound o-
ramp at the intersection o Route 111 (Indian Rock Road). This is
a heavily traveled area and, currently, making a let hand turn onto
Route 111 rom the Exit 3 southbound o-ramp is difcult during
The current phase o the multiple stage highway reconstruction
project is budgeted at a total o $55 million. Stamnos said that
this phase o reconstruction is about 65 percent completed and is
expected to be fnished by the end o 2011.
The southbound o-ramp or Route 93 will be ully operational by
next June or July, according to Stamnos. The total completion o the
Exit 3 project is not expected to be fnished until sometime in 2015.
All Exit 3 unding is in place, Stamnos assured town ofcials, and
construction bonds are about to be issued.
Also, in the near-term, construction work will begin on another
I-93 bridge, located just south o the Windham town line in Salem.
Work is also in progress at Exits 1 and 2 in Salem and Exit 5 in North
recently perormed the
enchanting stage production
o Hans Christian Andersen’s
tells the story o a young
mermaid willing to give up
her lie in the sea and her
identity as a mermaid in eort
to gain a human soul and the
love o a human prince. First
published in 1837, the story
o The Little Mermaid was
made into a movie by the
Choir also perormed with the Pelham Penguins as they sang, danced, and moved with the
that Pelham Glee and the
Penguin Players teamed up to
put on a perormance.
Coming this December,
the Pelham Penguin Players
will be perorming It’s A
The Nesmith Library recently celebrated their End o the Summer
Reading Program Party eaturing Lon Cerel’s Magic Palooza Family
Show. Lon Cerel is a keen combination o perormer, comedian,
and magician who has been working audiences with skill, wit,
and a love o his crat or more than 18 years. No wonder Lon is
a regularly eatured, “trafc building” perormer at comedy clubs,
shopping malls, conventions, and airs rom Atlanta to Nova Scotia.
Grand prize drawings were held at the party, including tickets to Water Country, Storyland, and Canobie Lake Park. Ater the show, the Friends o the Library o Windham (FLOW) set up the library or
make-your-own ice cream sundaes. The event was a tremendous success due to all o the parents who helped out and the children who participated in the Summer Reading Program.
The Nesmith Library is always amazed by the tremendous
response or the summer reading program. This year, over 409
children enrolled, and between the three reading groups, they read
over 6,717 books combined. Sixty-three children registered in the
Little Listeners (ages 3 and under) logged in close to 1,555 books;
151 Read-To-Me Readers (ages 4-6) read 3,719 books, and 195
Independent Readers tallied over 1,443 titles.
Selectmen, Sherburne Hall, 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays
Single Mom Small Group, 7 p.m., Fridays, Mindy 635-8679
St. Patrick School Board, School Library, 7 p.m., second Tuesday
VFW, 6 Main Street, Pelham, 7 p.m., frst Thursday
Wattannick Grange, Hudson Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., frst and third
rom August 4) in ront o the Pelham Public
Library starting at 5:30 p.m., eaturing the
Mill City Revival Band. Pelham Community
Spirit will be sponsoring the event with the
help rom our community businesses. Bring
a chair or a blanket and your amily and
riends. Check the Pelham Message Board
or cancellations due to weather, or call
Pelham Parks and Recreation at 635-2721.
John H Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post
#10722 is pleased to announce the
opportunity or establishing o aVe t e ra n s
are a community member who has sought
the opportunity to honor a loved one while
serving in a civic capacity and having un,
your time has come! The President o the
Department o New Hampshire Veterans
o Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary will hold
an inormational meeting at 7 p.m. at the
Pelham VFW Post. The minimum age is 16
years old. I you have questions, please
contact Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Are you looking to fnd something
interesting, un, and a way to meet new
people? Well, that is what theWi n d h a m
o the year will be held on Wednesday,
September 8, at the Windham Town Hall.
The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., ollowed
by a luncheon. Our club members are all
ages, and we have programs o interest or
all. There will be no program or month o
September. We are beginning our 100th year
o service, and our projects include: College
Scholarships, Veterans’ in Manchester,
Candidates Night, Coat and Sweater Drive,
Yard Sale, Thanksgiving ood baskets or
amilies in need, Christmas ood baskets and
gits or amilies in need, a Baby Shower
Project or Sae House through Catholic
Medical Center, monetary donations to
Shepherd’s Pantry, and many more projects.
Guests are welcome! Bring a riend. We
look orward to meeting you! For more
inormation, see our Website:
September 18 at the First Congregational
Church, with all kinds o un and activities
or the whole amily to enjoy. The day will
begin with a 5K Road Race starting in ront o
the Pelham Public Library. There will also be
a crat/vendor air, an auction, a doll carriage
and bike parade, a pretty pie contest, kids’
games, entertainment and demonstrations,
a ood tent, and much more. For a ull
schedule o events, visit
Boy Scout Troop 263 will be holding its
annual Spaghetti Supper rom 5-7 p.m. at
St. Mathew’s Parish center. Tickets are
available rom the boys. There is a cost or
the supper, and tickets will be available at the
door. This undraiser is the primary source o
unds or the troop to supply the equipment
the troop needs or their program.
August is food for nes month at the Pelham
Public Library. Donate a non-perishable
item and we will orgive your overdue fnes.
All ood will go to the Pelham Food Pantry.
Items that are most needed are canned meat,
tuna, canned ruit, cold cereal, condiments,
paper towels and toilet tissue, toothpaste,
toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, laundry, and
An Adult Learning Spanish Group will
be meeting every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at
the Windham Nesmith Library. All levels
welcome. I you have Spanish materials or
learning packages that you would like to
donate, the library accepts donations.
Children ages 10 and up can come to the
Pelham Library on Tuesday aternoons
rom 3:30-4:30 p.m. to learn the basics of
call the library at 635-7581 today to register
or this un, inormative class. The classes
will be held on September 14, 21, and 28,
and October 12, 19, and 26.
which will be held at the Windham Town
Hall at 7 p.m. to discuss what Impact Fees
are and why everyone is talking about
them. Come learn about Impact Fees rom
Glenn Greenwood, Assistant Director o
the Rockingham Planning Commission, and
give your input to the Planning Board on
this method o paying or municipal and
school capital expenditures. I you have any
questions, eel ree to contact Laura Scott,
Community Development Director, at
432-3806 or by email at:
emphasis on storm water management and
road design. The workshop will be held
at the Windham Town Hall at 8 p.m. The
Planning Board is just beginning to rewrite
these sections o the Regulations and wants
to hear rom the public any concerns,
comments, or recommendations. All
members o the public are welcomed and
encouraged to attend this meeting. Copies
o the proposed regulation changes are
available on the Town Website and at the
Community Development ofce on August
25, as well as at the meeting. For more
inormation, contact Laura Scott, Community
Development Director, at 432-3806 or lscott
The Planning Board and Community
Development Department are in the process
o coordinating a benchmark review of
being held at 9 p.m. at the Community
Development Department to continue this
process. The public is invited to attend
and is encouraged to participate in this
review process. The current Master Plan
was adopted in 2005 and has a 10-year lie.
Inormation about the 2005 Master Plan and
2010 Benchmark review can be ound at
updated/masterplan.htm or by contacting the
Community Development Department.
The John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW
Post #10722, 6 Main Street, Pelham, will
hold a Ladies Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
The meeting will eature guest speaker,
Department o New Hampshire Ladies
Auxiliary to the Veterans o Foreign Wars
President Donna Fischer.
Tuesday– Soup, Open Faced Bee Sandwich,
Hash Brown Potato, Fruit Cup,
Wednesday– Roast Pork w/Apples &
Saurkraut, Potato/Gravy, Che Cut Veggies,
Dark Bread, Fruited Jell-O
Thursday– Ham & Cheese Quiche, Corn,
Spinach, Bread, Desert
Friday– Roast Turkey & Stufng, Mashed
Potato/Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Butternut
Squash, Dinner Roll, Apple Crisp
un event will be on the campus o PMA
at 182 Lowell Road, Hudson. Parking and
admission are ree. All community members
are welcome to enjoy activities such as: ace
painting, make-your-own scarecrow and
tie-dye T-shirt, pumpkin decorating, ace
painting, and more! There will be over 175
Penny Sale items, including desirable prizes
such as git cards rom local area restaurants
and attractions, games or kids, holiday
items, and more. Our popular theme basket
raes will have over 20 baskets, including
a Nintendo DS basket, Boston sports basket,
scratch ticket basket, and more. There will
be a Super Rae with top prize o $500
cash! The children will love to play on the
inatables and visit the petting zoo! Come
and enjoy a un amily day. The unds raised
by this event help support programs or the
Registration is now open or the all session
o swim lessons at the Salem Boys and
Girls Club. The all session will begin on
September 7 and run until October 30. The
Boys & Girls Club swim lesson program
oers classes or children ages 3 and up,
rom beginner levels to advanced swimmer
and pre-competitive levels. Classes meet
once a week or 45 minutes or an eight-
week period. There is a cost per child, and
non-members ages 6 and up are required to
purchase a membership at a per-year cost.
For more inormation, call 898-7709.
will be held at the Windham Senior Center
starting at 10 a.m. Wildlie Encounters/
Granite State Zoo will be coming to
Windham once a month or demonstrations
or ages 2.75-5 years old. They will bring
two hands-on animals with them, including
one special animal; then, they will discuss
the animals; and fnally, they will send an
activity home with you. They will be in
Windham on September 10, October 8,
November 12, and December 10. There is a
cost per child. To register or to fnd out more
inormation, contact the Recreation Ofce at
965-1208 or by e-mail at
Please note that you must pre-register.
The Windham Recreation Department will
co-sponsor Pilates Classes on Monday
evenings at the Town Hall. Pilates is
a sensational, total body-conditioning
program. These classes are taught by a
Licensed Physical Therapist and Certifed
Pilates Instructor who can modiy exercises
to meet your individual needs. Two levels
o classes are oered. Pilates level I will be
held at 5:30 p.m. and is or anyone new to
Pilates. Pilates level II will be held at 6:30
p.m., and is aster-paced or people already
amiliar with this popular orm o exercise.
Classes begin September 13. There is a cost
or the eight-week session, which should
be made payable to the Town o Windham.
Call Marie Theodhosi at 437-9575 or e-mail
email@example.com to register or class.
(old town hall) on Main Street. The class
or boys and girls ages 6-12 (beginner) will
be held rom 3:30-5 p.m., the class or boys
and girls ages 10-13 (advanced) will be held
rom 5-6:30 p.m., and the class or teens
and adults ages 14 and up will be held rom
6:30-8 p.m. No experience or equipment
needed. Size o groups is limited; frst-
come, frst-serve. Registration orm can be
picked up at 6 Village Green, or online at
online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.
com. Please sign up by September 8. Call
635-2721 with any questions or e-mail
registrations or the 2010-11 Winter Travel
Season. New and returning players are
required to register or the coming season.
Registration is open to any child in grades 4-8
residing in Pelham. Children entering 3rd
grade are permitted to register and try out,
but preerence is given to players entering
the 4th grade. There are two ways to register.
First, there is a new online registration
com and access the “Register Online” link.
Second, there will be a Walk-in Registration
Night, which will be held on September 14,
rom 6-8 p.m. at St. Pat’s Clubhouse. Save
time by printing o the registration orm rom
our Website under the “Documents” link.
Registration does not ensure participation
in the program. All registered players will
either participate in a tryout session or be
evaluated by teams coaching sta. There is
a registration ee. For more inormation, visit
or children ages 2-4 this all. The program
meets on Tuesday mornings at either 9:45
a.m. or 10:15 a.m., at Grifn Park. To register,
please contact the Recreation Ofce at 965-
1208 or by e-mail at Recreation@Windham
NewHampshire.com. There is a cost or the
our weeks, and pre-registration is a must!
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Community suppers have long been a tradition, and that
tradition continued last week in Pelham when Pelham’s John H.
Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post Number 10722 hosted a ham
and bean supper to support the Girl Scout Gold Award project
o Abby Blais.
I you go centuries back in history, you’ll learn that the word
potluck frst appears in the writings o Thomas Nashe in 16th
century England. As used, it meant “ood provided or an
unexpected or uninvited guest, the luck o the pot.” From that
grew a sense o a “communal meal, where guests bring their
own ood,” and gradually expanded to the cover many types o
community suppers, such as ham and bean suppers.
Growing up in the Midwest, ham and bean suppers always
meant Navy beans, but in New England, the more-amous
Boston Baked Bean concept flls that role. At this week’s
VFW ham and bean supper, the baked beans were beyond
superb and it was even better that the delicious recipe used by
Madeline and Jorg Dreusicke was shared upon request.
and to sit and visit with them over ood. Alicia Hennessey
correctly pointed out that it was also a chance not to cook and
yet eat something delicious.
Others spent time chatting about vacations taken or vacations
planned, summer activities, and sharing inormation about
amily members. This supper upheld all the historical traditions
o such suppers.
Mark McCabe greeted guests at the door. He explained
that the proceeds o this event supported a Pelham Veteran’s
Memorial Wall, which will be presented to the Pelham
community as a Girl Scout “Gold Award” project by Abby Blais
o Pelham. Mark showed where the award would be built and
said, “A perpetual Veteran’s Memorial Wall will be established
within the VFW Post and will recognize all o the Pelham
Veteran’s that gave their ultimate sacrifce during enemy conict
The ormal dedication will be held the weekend ollowing
Veteran’s Day, on Sunday, November 14. McCabe urged
everyone to mark their calendars to attend the supper and the
“It’s a very special night,” Windham Police Chie Gerald Lewis
said, as he promoted Detective Dan Clark to the rank o sergeant.
“This is an honor I don’t have the opportunity to perorm very oten.”
On August 16, at the weekly Windham Selectmen’s meeting,
Clark’s wie, Sarah, pinned a gold sergeant’s badge on her husband’s
dark blue uniorm. Clark’s penchant or doing excellent police work,
as well as repeatedly going above and beyond his assigned duties,
had earned him the promotion in rank. Prior to his recent promotion
to sergeant, Clark had served as a detective or two years. He has
“Dan does a great job or the department,” Lewis said. “I count
on him a lot, as do all his peers.” He said that the promotion
process was very competitive, one in which Clark fnished frst,
earning an overall score o 92.
“What an honor to receive this promotion,” Clark told those who
were gathered in the meeting room. “It is very humbling.” Clark
expressed his appreciation to everyone with whom he has worked
during the past eight years, stating that his ellow ofcers had helped
to make him who he is today. “I try to be like a sponge,” Clark said,
“soaking up as much knowledge as I can, everyday.” Clark also
thanked his wie, Sarah, and his parents or their unailing aith in
him throughout his career. “I have always been able to count on my
amily or constant support,” Clark said.
The Pelham Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with
photography instructor Emily Mastropiero in an eort to introduce
and teach local residents the art o photography.
During the several-week courses, students were introduced
to many aspects o taking pictures, such as themes, viewpoints,
and lighting. At the end o the course, the Parks and Recreation
Department displayed the students’ works on the walls o Town Hall
or all to view and enjoy.
“This was our frst year,” commented Parks and Recreation
Director Brian Johnson. “We are very pleased with the results and
we consider our frst year to be a great success. We realize that
not all kids play soccer in the summertime, and we wish to oer as
many opportunities as possible or local residents to enjoy the Parks
and Recreation Department’s activities.”
A few of the assorted
photographs that were
on display at the art
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