Teens Cooking at Nesmith

by Lynne Ober

Ryan browns the meat while Kathy Schader talks about the recipe and adds other ingredients to the pot.

Anyone interested in brunch?  How about in learning how to cook recipes that could be combined to provide brunch for your friends?  Last week approximately twenty teenagers joined Kathy Shader to learn how to cook recipes good for brunch or lunch at a Teen Cooking seminar held at Windham’s Nesmith Library.

Local cook and dietitian Kathy Schader shared simple but delicious recipes teens could make for their friends.  Taco Soup, quick quesadilla and fresh fruit kebabs with a fiesta dip were on the menu.

Schader has an easy manner and soon had everyone participating in the class.  As she cooked, she asked questions about ingredients as well as telling the audience interesting tidbits about the recipes and the ingredients used in the recipes.

Ryan, who said that his favorite thing to make was chili, was immediately put to work browning the meet for the taco soup.

Combining her love of nutrition and cooking, Schader talked about good food choices, about the nutrients that each of us needs and how to find good tasting foods that provide needed nutrients.  She provided the calorie count for every recipe, talked about serving size and how the body needs a mixture of fat, protein, carbs, fiber and a mix of all food groups.

Every participant got the recipes and nutrition information for the food prepared at that workshop.

Tables were set up so that the teens could all dig in and make the fiesta dip. 

After the food was prepared, the participants got to taste the recipes and provide their comments.

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Arrest of Lucas O’Sullivan 

O’ Sullivan is apprehended.

While on patrol March 3, Pelham Police Department Officer Matthew Keenliside attempted to stop a speeding motor vehicle on Dutton Road.  The operator of the beige 2002 Dodge Stratus fled from Officer Keenliside and continued to elude the officer through Pelham town center and into Windham where his vehicle eventually crashed into a wooded section off Lowell Road and into a tree.  The subject fled on foot and was apprehended by Officer Keenliside and Detective Jim Johnson in the driveway of a nearby residence.  During the incident, it was discovered that the Dodge had been reported stolen from Manchester on March 1. 

The operator of the stolen vehicle was identified as Lucas O’Sullivan, 25, of Manchester, who was placed under arrest and charged with Disobeying a Police Officer, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.  He was transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry by the Windham Fire Department where he was treated for injuries received in the crash.  The Windham Police Department and New Hampshire State Police assisted with the incident and the investigation.

On March 4, investigators were able to gain information that led to additional charges for Mr. O’Sullivan.  On February 26, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a collision on Bridge Street.  Upon arrival, officers spoke to a witness who reported that the male operator of the vehicle involved in the collision had asked for a ride and when he was turned down the male fled on foot toward Pelham Plaza parking lot.  The witness to the collision provided officers with a detailed physical description of the driver.  Pelham officers and a K-9 unit from the Hudson Police Department searched the area and were unable to locate this individual.

When taken into custody on March 4, investigating officers noticed the similarities between Lucas O’Sullivan and the description of the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision on February 26.  After interviewing O’Sullivan, investigators were able to gain information which led them to bring the following additional charges: Receiving Stolen Property – Motor Vehicle (Felony), and Conduct after an Accident – Leaving the Scene (Misdemeanor – A).

O’ Sullivan is safely cuffed.

O’Sullivan is prepared to be taken to Parkland Medical Center.

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Should Disposal of Commercial Construction Waste be Permitted

by Barbara O'Brien

Windham Selectmen are recommending that the acceptance of commercial construction and demolition waste be discontinued at the town's transfer station, but that support is not unanimous.  There appears to be a large discrepancy in the views of residents, as well.  Voters will have the final say at the polls on Tuesday, March 11.

Warrant Article 24 on this year's town ballot calls for a ban on accepting any commercial construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.  Currently, the ordinance states that commercial demolition waste may be accepted at the transfer station for fees to be determined by the board of selectmen. 

The proposed solid waste ordinance does not prohibit residents from bringing such materials to the transfer station if those materials are generated from their own property and are transported by them, in their own vehicle.  The proposal reads, further, that any demolition waste generated from a residential property, but transported to the transfer station by a commercial hauler will not be allowed.

The concern among town officials is that construction and demolition debris is being brought in from surrounding towns and dumped in Windham illegally; a situation which is costing taxpayers money. 

The proposed elimination of commercial construction and demolition debris was discussed extensively, again, during the town's deliberative session last month.  "It doesn't make any difference what the ordinance is unless it's enforced," Betty Dunn said.  Dunn said she believes the transfer station stickers, which are supposed to be displayed on residents' vehicles, are not being used by many people nor are they being checked by employees at the transfer station.  "Nobody has ever asked for my sticker," Dunn said.

Another Windham resident said he's never seen any vehicle turned away from the transfer station, regardless of whether or not there's a permit sticker displayed or not.  Some people said they have even seen vehicles from out of state using the transfer station facilities.

Selectmen's Chairman Alan Carpenter said the sticker requirement has been in effect since 1990.  "It's already on the books," Carpenter said.  "It needs to be enforced."  Carpenter said the current ordinance requires that a resident sticker must be displayed on a vehicle to be allowed entrance to the transfer station.  Stickers are issued annually by the town clerk, he said.  "There's no excuse for not having a sticker," Carpenter said.  There is a limit of one sticker per non-commercial vehicle registered with the town clerk.

Transfer Station Manager Dave Poulson, who has held that job for the past six years, said he agrees that there's an issue with permit stickers not being enforced.  "I do what's in my power to enforce them," he added.  A shortage of employees seems to be the reason most frequently cited for lack of enforcement.

As for dumping commercial construction and demolition debris at the Windham Transfer Station, Poulson said, "I know there's abuse.  Other (area) towns have much stricter rules."  Poulson said such abuse is costing Windham taxpayers about $86,000 a year.  Any incoming revenue paid by commercial haulers for these materials is not enough to offset the cost of getting rid of that which is illegally brought to the site, he said.  "We need to limit the abuse," Poulson emphasized.

Poulson said he wants voters to understand that the new ordinance being proposed this year does not impact residents, it only eliminates the acceptance of construction and demolition debris brought to the site by commercial entities.

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Superintendent Reports ‘Power Lines not a Problem’

by Diane Chubb

At the most recent Pelham School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Frank Bass reported to the board that the power lines that would be adjacent to the property for the proposed new high school are not a health risk. 

The site of the proposed new high school in Pelham is located near power lines.  This has many in town concerned about the risks of cancer and other health problems that have been associated with power lines in the past.  Research has been inconclusive as to the actual risks of living near such lines.  However, research has shown that the distance from the power lines decreases the exposure to electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation exponentially.  The proposed high school building would be located at least 500 feet from the power lines, with the closest classroom approximately 650 feet away. 

The presence of the power lines has caused much discussion among Pelham residents.  A recent ‘letter to the editor’ pointed to a UK study, the Draper Report, about children who lived near high voltage lines.  However, the letter only discussed part of the report.  The entire report discusses that the results were inconclusive with respect to high voltage lines.  The power lines near the high school site are 115V and are not considered high voltage lines, as high voltage lines carry 275kV and 400kV.

Bass sought to put the issue to rest.  He stated that the Boston Regional EPA said there are no dangers with respect to the existing power lines.

Tests have been conducted on the proposed site.  Readings are near baseline.  In fact, tests from various locations around Pelham show higher readings at Town Hall, the location of the former Sherburne School.  Further, people are exposed to higher readings by standing near their microwaves, computer printers, or CRT computer monitors.

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, “Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) are invisible lines of power that surround any electrical device.  Power lines, electrical wiring, and electrical equipment all produce EMF.”  More information about EMF can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/emf/docs/emf2002.pdf.

More detailed information about the proposed site is available, with comments, at www.pelhamhighschoolland.com.

You can also visit the school district Website at www.pelhamsd.org.

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