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October 28, 2011 - 3
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Try Your Luck at Fenway Park’sMock Las Vegas Night to Aid Researchfor Local Boys with Muscular Dystrophy
Te Jett Foundation will hold its second annual Las Vegas night at 7 p.m.Friday, November 4, at Fenway Park’s EMC Club. Tis amazing event issure to stand above the rest as we bring a dierent type of game to Fenway.Guests start the evening with “play” money to try their luck at blackjack,poker, roulette, and craps, all the while sharing a spectacular view of Fenway Park – no experience necessary.Te night will also include live and silent auctions, casino magic, dancingand cocktails. One lucky rae winner will go home with wine for a year,and a David Yurman necklace valued at $1,000 for another winner. All of the proceeds will benet the Jett Program for PediatricNeuromuscular Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.Several local families are planning to attend the event to support theirchildren with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A statement from Lori Saord, of Pelham, whose 15 and 13 year oldsons have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Lori is very involved in raisingfunds and awareness for the Jett Foundation: “Te Jett Foundation andCamp Promise East has given our boys an opportunity to spend an entire week away at camp. Tat might seem like a small thing, but it was huge forus. Tey have never been able to do that before and it gave them a feelingof independence from their parents that every teen needs. Ben’s rst words when we picked him up was, “I can’t wait for next year!”. Tank you JettFoundation for all you do to raise awareness and fund research and giveopportunities like this that our boys never would otherwise have.”Don’t miss your chance to buy your tickets today – open to thepublic! ickets are only $75 per person and can be purchased at http:// jettfoundation.org or by calling (781) 585-5566.Te Kingston-based Jett Foundation is a nonprot dedicated to increasingawareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and raising money for research.It is named after Jarrett “Jett” McSherry of Pembroke, who was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2001, when he was 5 years old. We chose Fenway Park for this event because boys with Duchenne lack the muscle strength toparticipate in sports and Fenway epitomizes muscle strength and ability.ogether we can move mountains to save the lives of these boys aected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Lori Saford - Pelham
Here in the live free or die state, we have very limited abilities to cope with the ever rising cost associated with our ageing infrastructure as well asthe rising cost of everything connected to our day to day life. We have justa few choices ... casino gambling, sales tax, income tax or rely on increaseproperty tax. Te people and our legislature had better make up their mindsand pick one. Chanting for downsize government is only a quick x. Andstop blaming those that expect a raise now and then ... their just like youand I. Costs are going to keep going up, and the cost to run a town, city,and state will keep coming. Te inevitability is, one of these picks will haveto be made sooner or later. I for one don’t relish the thought of paying 700,800, or 900 a month for property taxes alone. Is that what we have to look forward to in retirement ... moving out of our homes because we can’t aordthe property taxes. It’s no longer can I aord to buy a home ... it’s can Iaord the taxes.So there it is fellow New Hampshire residents. Pick one of the solutionsand be done with it. Complaining about the choices doesn’t change a thing... it is what it is! So if your going to pick casino gambling we had betterstop sitting on our hands and do it before Massachusetts does it.
Tom Tucci - Windham
Friends of the Library of Windham Accepting Book Donations
Te Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) is now acceptingdonations of books and other items. As in the past, we welcome donationsof new and gently-used books, books on CD/tape, music CDs, DVD moviesand computer software and games. We also accept donations of boardgames and puzzles. Donated items will be sorted and available for purchaseat our ongoing book sale and during our annual Book Fairs. If you havebeen doing some fall cleaning and would like to support a good cause, pleaseconsider making a donation. Donations can be dropped o at the NesmithLibrary during regular business hours.Unfortunately, we do not sell and cannot accept Reader’s Digestcondensed books, text books, encyclopedias, magazines, music/audio tapesor VHS tapes. Many volunteer hours are spent sorting and categorizing thedonations. Terefore, we ask that you help us by ensuring that your itemsare of good quality, complete and saleable. Since we also do not sell any damaged books, please sort out books that are musty, have broken spines,missing pages or pages that have yellowed with age. Your help will make theprocess easier and will also provide the public with great choices at our sales! We thank you for your support! It is thanks to the public’s generosity that the Friends are able to have successful book sales year after year. Money raised through these sales benet the Nesmith Library and help fund many programs for our community. If you have any questions or would like tobecome involved with the book sale process, please contact Robin Kraneat (617) 285-0212 or firstname.lastname@example.org, RoseAnn Secondino email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pam Skwiot, FLOW - Windham
Fifty Years of Pain and Sueringon Canobie Lake
At an October 2 meeting with NHDO ocialsregarding a planned noise barrier to lower highway noise forve homes on South Shore Road on Canobie Lake in Salem/ Windham by ve decibels, 35 home owners claimed that it iscompletely inadequate!Lowering the noise by ve db from 75dB = 67dB on alogarithmic scale is not going to make their lives any morelivable, in fact when the additional lanes are nished moretrac will make the noise worse.Tat 5dB decrease in noise is inconsequential to healthand daily living. Most people cannot sleep through the nightat 45 dB. Researchers discovered that for every 10 decibelsor more of road noise, a person’s risk of having a strokeincreased by 14 percent (Medicine Net.com).Tere is a general consensus about the noise levels thatcause health impacts :
Environmental noise above 40-50dBA leq is likely to leadto signicant annoyance.
Noise levels between 65-70 dBA leq may be risk factorsfor school performance and ischemic heart disease.
Outdoor noise levels of 40-60 dBA leq may disturb sleep.
rac noise of 70 dB(A) may cause hearing email@example.com A lowering of between 7-10 dB is what the FederalHighway Administration (FHWA) requires and that is what we want. Decibels are rated on an earthquake type scale. A change of three or four dB is a lot.Te 35 additional waterfront homeowners or about 85residents, who have formed a Coalition named “Residents Against Highway noise,” complained that they also shouldbe shielded from the 50 years of 75 decibel highway noisebellowing at them from the highway.Teir coalition’s ocer’s presented DO with evidencethat with a rather minor adjustment to the planned noisebarrier in height by 4 feet and in length by 400 feet to stopline of sight noise from the north could dramatically helpthem without incurring a dramatic increase in cost to DO.Te 35 more homes would have much more protectionfrom the constant drone coming from the near 100,000 cars and trucks aday on Route I-93 from both the north and southbound lanes. We hopethey understand the suering that many homeowners have been through forso many years, some living less than 200-plus feet from the highway.Representatives from both NHDO, NHDES and our the senators andour congressman attended the two and a half hour meeting in Concord.DO claims homes must be within a certain distance from the highway andat a certain dB level, at that point, to qualify for mitigation. We considerthat a misguided method for qualication!Our coalition’s research shows we have unusual circumstances in that:1. Te noise from the highway refracts (bounces) across the water to theirhomes (basic physics law)2. We also claim that noise amplies over water. rue! (Another basic law of physics.)3. Wind moves sound waves. We have a perpetual S/W-N/E wind comingfrom the highway toward the lake. (An AZ DO study proved this.)Te NHDO has yet to respond to our request to adjust the plannedsound barrier!Mr. Bill Cass is the Director of Project Development at NHDO to whom we delivered our request.Some things just make sense!
Richard Hannon, President - Windham
Windham Rec. anksHarvest Fest Volunteers and Sponsors
On Saturday, October 22, the own of Windham’s Recreation Departmenthosted the Seventh Annual Harvest Fest at Grin Park. Te event wasa huge success and many enjoyed the events throughout the day. Tere were hayrides, pumpkin painting, pies baking contest, crafts, and muchmore! Te day ended with the very popular trick-or-treating around GrinPark. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers,organizations, and businesses that contributed to the event. Te harvestdecorations at Grin Park were created and set-up by Delahunty’s, and they
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