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Redman Enjoys Flying Models

Windham resident David Redman flies - radio controlled model airplanes, that is. “It’s a wonderful hobby,” he smiled.

Redman, who was born “around Pelham,” moved to Illinois years ago. While working and raising a family in the Chicago area, a friend got him interested in flying radio controlled model airplanes. “I guess I was looking for something to do,” he laughs, “but it’s turned into a great activity.”

When Redman and his wife, Norma, moved to Windham fourteen years ago, he decided to keep flying. “It’s getting harder because the land is so scarce,” he commented.

Once settled in Windham, Redman looked around for a flying club or two to join. He found the Southern New Hampshire Radio Control Club (SNHRCC) and began participating in events.

“They have a nice flying site at the old Hudson landfill,” he said. “We work hard to be good neighbors so that we can keep using the site.”

Today Redman is president of SNHRCC and still very much involved in flying and building the planes. “I like building. This is a hobby that grows on you. The more you do, the more you want to do. It’s a great hobby if you like building things and then seeing how they work. I get a lot of satisfaction from it.”

David Redman examines a model of a 1949 Wagner Twin. Only one of its kind was ever built.

Is the Park Open or Closed?

by Lynne Ober

Pelham Selectmen have received questions about a gate at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Is the park open or closed? The gate is across the road and has two large stop signs on it.

Pelham’s Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy and Police Chief Evan Haglund met with Selectmen to discuss the park’s status and the newly installed gate.

McCarthy said that he and his staff had been at Veteran’s Memorial Park through late August. “While we were there, there were few instances of dumping in the park. There’s always been some trash – soda bottles or beer cans. ”McCarthy said that he’d routinely pick up the trash and throw it in the back of his truck for appropriate disposal.

However, when he visited the park in late October, there was a “major issue. A large dresser and other personal items had been dumped. I contacted the Police and asked for an investigation.”

He also told Selectmen that on another occasion large tires from large construction vehicles had been dumped in the woods. “People are driving in and dumping their garbage and other stuff. The items being dumped could not be carried in. People drove in with the intent to dump.”

As a result, McCarthy spoke with Town Administrator Tom Gaydos, Highway Agent Don Foss, and Police Chief Evan Haglund before a decision was made to install the gate. “The gate is not intended to close the park. We just don’t want people driving in and dumping,” McCarthy stated.

Haglund explained that there had been a dumping problem for years. “We still have access for police and fire emergency vehicles because the road is being plowed and we’ve noticed a reduction in dumping since the gate went up.”

Board of Selectman Chairman Bill McDevitt told McCarthy and Haglund that the gate gave the impression that the park was closed. “Couldn’t we have a sign saying open to pedestrian access so that people will know it’s ok to use the park?”

When Selectman Jean Guy Bergeron questioned the location of the gate and wondered why it couldn’t be moved father back where there was room to park and turn around, McCarthy and Haglund both spoke to the issues with moving the gate. Both pointed out that dumping and gathering would occur if the gate was moved.

“Historically we did have the gate at the suggested area, but we still had dumping problems. The gate finally broke and wasn’t replaced,” said Haglund, who also noted that when the gate had been at that location, cars and kids gathered in the turnaround spot.

Bergeron then asked McCarthy if signage could be put up to say “No Motorized Vehicles Beyond this Point.” He also asked if signs could be posted in town forests and if McCarthy could do that.

McCarthy agreed to put up better signage, but noted that he couldn’t control if someone took it down. He also asked Selectmen for clarification as to his role with town property, such as forests, other than the parks.

Second Canine to Join Pelham Police Department

by Lynne Ober

Pelham Police Chief Evan Haglund met with Selectmen to discuss the addition of a second dog to their K-9 unit. Telling the board that it takes from 12 to 18 months to train and season a dog, he pointed out that their current dog, Duke, is six years old. “He’ll be about 8 when the new dog is trained and that is just about the end of his working life.” Duke is a pure breed shepherd imported from Belgium and works with Officer Kenneth Owen. Duke graduated from the New Hampshire Canine Academy in Center Strafford, New Hampshire on November 20, 2000.

Haglund, with tongue in cheek, started his presentation by saying that Police had a position opening and were looking for an applicant who could search more effective than 88 human searchers, who had extreme sensory capacity and who would work for pay of two bowls of food a day. “We’ve found our applicant,” he grinned.

Haglund said that in some case this was a less lethal option and also commented that a police dog brought a lot of good will through its community service work. The K-9 unit helps with lost person searches, narcotics searches, building searches, and apprehension.

Owen, who will retire in twenty-four months, will be able to help train the new dog and ensure an orderly transition. “He (Owen) owns the All Breeds training academy and has offered his assistance both at work and at his academy to help train the new dog,” said Haglund. “That’s a great benefit to us.”

Owen has also been a lead instruction at the New Hampshire Working Dog organization and was instrumental in helping the Pelham Police Department obtain a $1000 grant to be used toward the purchase of the new dog. “Pelham’s matching portion of that grant is $100,” stated Haglund.

The Working Dog Foundation, beginning in 1995, has a mission of improving the public image of the Police Working Dog through our USPCA approved Training Facility and USPCA Certified Trainers; establishing a relationship within communities through multiple programs as well as providing grants to police departments to support their K-9 units.

In addition to the grant, Haglund told Selectmen that local businesses had pledged to donate dog food during the new dog’s training period and that a local vet had offered a discount of regular services.

“We have the equipment. The two officers can share the cruiser. It is our intent to add the second dog at the lowest cost to the Town,” Haglund concluded his presentation.

Selectmen approved the project and complimented Haglund on the cost effectiveness of it.

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