Another Hit for Pelham Community Theatre and Arts
by Lynne Ober
The title of Pelham’s Community Theatre and Arts (PCTA) group makes you smile before you take your seat for the performance. You have the Right to Remain Dead is an interactive murder mystery and comedy with the audience playing a key role in determining Who Done It.
Act one opened with an introduction to Big Daddy and his conniving family. Despite an important family meeting, mayhem arises that sets the stage for the future. Big Daddy, played by Ben Harrison, is a rich and devious southern gentleman, who just can’t help stirring up the family as they anxiously await “something very suspicious.”
Before you know it, there’s a dead body, but not the one that you expected and the hunt is on for the murderer. When Officer Bainbridge, played by Jon Cares, begins searching for the murderer, the audience it surprised that they are being questioned too. Not only questioned, but they are being treated as suspects. Is the murderer sitting next to you?
Directed by Janet Daigle and cast by Ginny Fichera, this frenetic mystery comedy keeps the audience guessing until the last clue. This spoof was the ultimate for armchair detectives.
Pelham High School Senior and co-founder of PCTA Joe Smith was the Stage Manager and Lee Lepore handled the lights and sound for this fifth time for PCTA.
PCTA dedicated their performances as a benefit to Pelham’s Diane Fisher and her family during her battle with cancer. “We’ve done really well with fund raising,” smiled Barbarba Stadtmiller.
Governor Lynch Visits with Chamber Members
Members of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce along with the Derry Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to hear from and pose questions to Governor John Lynch at the Windham Country Club on Friday, May 6. Governor Lynch told the eighty people in attendance that he was pleased to be the governor and outlined the many projects that were in front of his administration, and especially as they impacted the Windham/Salem area. Topics ranged from widening of Route 93, growth in the North Country for travel and tourism, health insurance for small businesses, expanding the job opportunities in New Hampshire, having a lean but responsible budget, public kindergarten, and health care for the 20% of New Hampshire children who are uninsured.
The highlight of the morning was the Governor’s statement that his goal in the education funding issue was that all towns would receive 90% (as a minimum in 2006, and 2007), of what they received in 2005. This would be a way to allow these towns to prepare for the reduction in state funding. He touched on the fact that education funding has seemed to be an issue since 1642 in New Hampshire, and feels that a comprehensive plan resulting from these changes can make for an equitable situation all around.
The Price of Trash
by Lynn McNamara
Up until now, all Windham residential trash was treated equally. Whether a resident chose to deliver his own trash to the dump or paid a curb-side pickup service to give his bags a lift, once that trash reached the Transfer and Recycling Station, it was dropped for free. Not anymore. As of the vote of the Board of Selectmen on May 9, Windham garbage delivered to the station by a commercial hauler will pay a higher price.
At Monday’s meeting, the Selectmen voted 3-2 in support of the proposal by Dave Paulson, manager of Windham’s Transfer and Recycling Station, to charge these commercial haulers a $1,000 annual fee. Two companies operating in town will be effected, Ideal Disposal and Atlantic North Waste Systems. Mr. Paulson noted that this fee schedule is an attempt to treat all business entities the same regarding use of the station. Current practice imposes a fee on haulers of commercial waste. According to Mr. Paulson, there was "no scientific formula" used in coming up with the fee schedule, but he believed it to be fair. The increase will most likely be absorbed by the customer, with an estimated $0.50 increase in their quarterly bill.
According to Mr. Paulson, the commercial haulers of residential waste currently account for one-third of the waste stream at the station. They deliver roughly 1,000 tons per year. When asked by the Board, Mr. Paulson conceded that the costs of dealing with this waste are no different than waste dropped off personally by a resident, but stated that the issue was the volume. He added that these commercial haulers account for 90% of the use of the scale at the station. The station spends roughly $1,500 annually to maintain the scale.
Selectmen Hohenberger and Crisler argued that although the additional fee to Windham residents may be small, all Windham residents already pay for the Transfer Station through their taxes. Adding fees to the hauler would amount to double charging some residents for its use. It was also noted that these companies help to keep traffic down at the station. If all residents dropped their trash off personally, the traffic problems would be enormous. While the resident hires the service for the convenience, this can be seen as a benefit to the town, rather than an additional cost.
A representative from Atlantic North offered to the Board that all the trash being delivered to the station is from Windham and the town would have to get rid of anyway. He also noted that his company encourages curb-side recycling, which is ultimately a financial benefit to the town.
Selectman Crisler asked Mr. Paulson if he were hoping the haulers chose to deliver Windham’s trash to another station, thereby reducing the waste stream by one-third. Paulson asserted that he was "not trying to run (the commercial) haulers out of Windham,” he was only trying "to treat all commercial entities the same."
Selectmen Breton, Carpenter, and Stearns voted in favor of the new fee schedule.