Rain Date Results in Big Crowd for Pelham Fireworks

July 25, 2014

by Marc Ayotte

After the originally scheduled Independence Day celebration in Pelham was postponed due to inclement weather, the Pelham Community Spirit Inc. regrouped and held the event on Saturday, July 12.  The event which was held behind the Pelham Elementary School got off to a slow start in the late afternoon, but by the time 7 p.m. rolled around, the Crossroads Church Praise Band was rocking, the fried dough was flying, and hundreds of children were being entertained in a variety of ways, from air-filled fun houses to watermelon eating contests.

There were many familiar organizations that set up booths again this year, including ARNNE, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Cub Scout Pack 610, the Jimmy Fund League (Pelham baseball), Pelham Firefighters, the Community Emergency Response Team as well as the host and sponsor Pelham Community Spirit.  In addition, there was the somewhat recently formed Pelham ACES (Awareness for Community and Education Support).

The ACES booth was certainly one of the most active spots on the evening as they held several, popular watermelon eating contests, the first two rounds which were won by PES student Jude Correa.  The activity around the booth was symbolic of the role the organization has taken in the community.  Pelham ACES President Linda Dart-Kathios offered, “We hold fundraisers to support the community in any way we can.”

In just its fourth year, the group has made a valuable contribution to many aspects of the education system in the town.  “We do give a scholarship every year to a graduating senior,” noted Dart-Kathios.  This year’s recipient of $500 was Avery Goss.  Additionally, the organization has donated $5,000 to the PHS marching band, as well as a total of $5,000 to the middle school, bringing state-of-the-art software and hardware to two classrooms.

Although there was a noticeable decrease in traditional, patriotic red, white and blue apparel normally found during this event, the energy level and anticipation rose as the evening went on.  And by 9:30, fireworks were filling the sky above PES for all to enjoy.  Once again, the Pelham Police Department is to be commended for their role in implementing an orderly and efficient exit strategy from the night’s festivities.