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Windham Easter Egg Hunt

by Lynne Ober

Once again the Windham Recreation Committee with the help of Boy Scout Troop 266 hosted a delightful Easter egg hunt.  They’ve been doing this for more years than they can remember.  “Ummm.  Let’s see, when we started we used to bring down hens to lay the eggs,” said Frank Farmer with a twinkle in his eye.

This year the Boy Scouts stuffed nearly 2,700 plastic eggs with “age appropriate candy,” said Farmer.  They worked for approximately five hours to prepare the eggs for the hunt and then showed up to help prepare the three areas for hunting. 

There was a small area for the two and under kids.  Another area for 3 – 5 year olds and then eggs were scattered all over the Town Hall grounds for the older kids who loved looking under the bushes and around the buildings.

“The Boy Scouts were absolutely awesome,” said Recreation Committee member Kathy Narkewich

Before it was time for the hunt to begin, the grounds began to fill with excited kids and their parents.  One of the areas that drew the greatest amount of early attention was the proposed playground display.  A conceptual map showing the “tree house” equipment was on display.  Every youngster who saw the display was enchanted.  The tree house design is new to the market and the first in Burke Premier Playground Environments new line of Nature Play Adventure Series.  Because the committee will make a presentation to Selectmen, they wanted to raise awareness among parents.  The entire cost of the playground will be $108,000 if funds can be raised by early April because Burke is offering a twenty percent discount.

Just before it was time for the hunt to begin, children were directed to their appropriate hunting spot.  They were also told that the Easter Bunny waited for them upstairs and that photographs of the children with the Easter Bunny would be taken and mailed to parents.

       Finally it was time to go and with a great amount of giggling, and scurrying children began to gather eggs.

Easter Bunny Makes Two Stops in Pelham

by Lynne Ober

Everyone involved with the two Easter Egg hunts in Pelham heaved a sigh of relief when the day dawned sunny and not too cold.  It’s early for bunnies to be out, but that didn’t stop the Easter Bunny.

One hunt was held in the morning at Cross Roads Baptist Church and one hunt was held on the Village Green and sponsored by the Parks and Rec Department.

Members of the Cross Roads Baptist Church invited children from Pelham, Windham, and other towns surrounding Pelham to their hunt.  “It’s all about giving something to the community,” said Pastor Matt with a boyish grin.  “This is our third year and every year we’ve learned something and made the event bigger.”

This year they had rented a bouncing tent that was filled with giggling youngsters.  There was a face painting table, a petting zoo, and an opportunity to sign up for the Serengeti themed Vacation Bible School.  Chatter the Chipmunk made an early visit and thrilled the youngsters.

Hudson resident Kelley Yeager, who attends the church and hopes to move to Pelham in the near future, lead the egg filling adventure.  “We filled over 10,000 plastic eggs and we taped each one shut,” she smiled.  To accomplish that project, Kelley said that ten to twenty people met five different times and worked a minimum of three hours each time they met.  “We did it.”

The morning of the hunt volunteers “planted” many eggs behind the church where the older children would gather eggs.  “One of the things that we’ve learned is that it’s not good to have the eggs for the younger children out too long before the hunt,” laughed Pastor Matt, “and we wanted children to have time to enjoy the animals in the petting zoo, bounce in the bouncing tent and get their faces painted.  The way we decided to approach this was to have a ten minute show inside the church just before the egg hunt.  Volunteers will spread the eggs for the younger children while they watch the show.”

Once the hunt started, giggles and shouts filled the air as youngsters from one to twelve gathered eggs.

Later that afternoon youngsters gathered around the Village Green.  Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy had roped off the green so that the Easter Bunny could deliver his eggs.  “It took almost two hours to get all the eggs on the green,” said Darren.  “I’d like to thank both Pelham’s American Legion and Trubus Marketing, without their support we would not have been able to make this happen.”

In addition to candy filled plastic eggs, high school art students decorated and donated a dozen specially painted wooden eggs.

This is the first year for Parks and Rec to sponsor this event, but it was very well attended.  Before the event, the Easter Bunny roamed through the crowd, exchanging high fives with youngsters.

Finally it was time for the hunt to begin.  The youngsters quickly covered the partially snow-covered green, gathering their eggs.

    A great time was had by all.

Authors Donate $15,000 to Pelham Historical Society

The authors of “Reflections, A Pictorial History of Pelham, New Hampshire, 1746 - 1996” have decided to allocate all of the proceeds from the sale of this history book to the Pelham Historical Society to help fund an ongoing revitalization of the Historical Society Building on Main Street.

In 1996, six members of Pelham’s 250th Anniversary Committee set out to create a pictorial history of the Town of Pelham.  After three years of research and writing, a 275 plus page coffee table style book, containing over 400 photographs and 2,000 names was completed.

About four years ago, all costs of creating, printing and publishing the book were recovered.  Since then all book sale proceeds have accumulated in a special fund.  Last spring the fund purchased a computer for the Pelham Historical Society.

This week all of the authors agreed to allocate the remainder of the fund, an amount in excess of $15,000, to the ongoing renovation of the Historical Society Building on Main Street, the Old Public Library.

The authors are Pelham School Board Member Eleanor H. Burton; Town Moderator Philip R. Currier; current Historical Society Treasurer Josephine L. Fletcher; current Historical Society President William T. Hayes; founding member and past President of the Historical Society Carrolyn M. Law; and former Clerk of the Pelham District Court Joyce E. Mason.

The purpose of the revitalization effort is to restore the 108 year old building to its original grandeur.  In a newspaper article dating back to December 5, 1896, the then brand new building was described as follows:

“It is a modest, but conspicuous building of tasteful design.  It is of brick with the front entrance in the center, and reached by neat steps of cut granite.  On entering the vestibule directly to the right, is the room for the town officers…

Passing the vestibule the delivery room is reached.  On the left is the memorial room, which is a thing of beauty.  It runs the entire depth of the building, and is lighted on three sides.  The walls and ceiling are tastefully frescoed, the floor, as are all the floors in the building, is a hard wood.  But the standing woodwork is a decided novelty, for this latitude.  It is of Southern hazel, highly finished, presenting a dark, rich appearance that is very attractive.

An important and appropriate feature is the collection of marble tablets on the walls, containing in gilt the names of all residents of the town who have served in the wars from Queen Ann’s time until the late rebellion.”

The restoration will take place under the watchful eye of Pelham Building Inspector Roland Soucy, an acknowledged expert in the restoration of old buildings.  He has already visited the site and agreed to provide the names of artisans qualified to perform the work.

The Historical Society Building is owned by the Citizens of Pelham, who have leased the building, by town meeting vote, to the Historical Society for a period of 50 years.

It is anticipated that future book sales will generate another $15,000, which has also been allocated by the authors to future restoration projects.  Residents can help with the restoration project by buying a copy of the book online at www.pelhamweb.org/historicalsociety/bookstore.

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