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July 11, 2014

Historic signposts moved to Pelham roundabouts

Businesses step up to preserve historic signposts

PELHAM — Drivers in the town’s roundabouts may have noticed new residents in the center of the circles.

Two historic 12-foot granite sign posts have been placed in the center of each roundabout, thanks to help from four local companies.

“This will become, in many ways, the visual focal point of our town center,” planning director Jeff Gowan said. “When I drive through roundabouts that are barren and scruff, I see a missed opportunity.”

The companies donated time, manpower and machines to help the town move the first post on June 25 from the intersection of Hobbs Road at Route 38 to the roundabout closest to Town Hall.

They all helped move the second granite post on July 7 from the intersection of Windham Road and Emerson Lane to the roundabout connecting Marsh Road, Nashua Road, Windham Road and Main Street.

Tim Zelonis of Zelonis Excavating unearthed the posts from their former locations and brought them via trailer to their new homes.

While he is being paid for other work around the roundabouts, he moved the posts for free, a $1,900 value.

Charlie Boyden of Boyden’s Landscaping used a tree auger to dig new holes for the posts.

Russell Wood, president of Woody’s Auto Repair and Towing, helped lower the posts into place with a crane.

“They didn’t want them to break in half so they wanted us to gently lift them in the air and set them in the hole with nylon straps instead of chains,” Wood said. “I was a little nervous, hoping they wouldn’t break in half. I wouldn’t know what we’d do at that point, but all went well.”

Wood said he charges $750 per hour — with a minimum four-hour charge — for his crane, meaning he donated about $3,000 to keep the town center looking its best.

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