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Salem Community Patriot 1-10-2014

Salem Community Patriot 1-10-2014

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by AJ Dickinson
The Salem High School annual winter concert took place once again on Thursday, December 19. The nearly two hour performance began, as it traditionally has in the past, with many powerfully entertaining performances from such Salem High musical groups as the Jazz Ensemble, Honors Chorus, Vocal Quintet and the combined choruses to name a few.At the beginning of the show it was announced that Ellen Bosch, beloved teacher and mentor, would be retiring at the end of this school year after teaching at the high school since 1999. In the middle of the event to her and the audience’s surprise, chorus department aide and graduate of 2008, Hudson Wells took the stage. Hudson began to explain to the audience, as Mrs. Bosch watched from the side of the stage, of his transformation from a curious home-schooled boy to the man he became after walking through the music room doors at Salem’s public high school. He went on by saying, “In my four years of chorus, Mrs. Bosch was so much more than a teacher to all of us and impacted so many in a powerful way.” The act of gratitude that was shown to Mrs.
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For 27 years, the Salem Firefighters Relief Association has been providing a holiday meal to the seniors. Retired firefighter Tom Tetreault has been doing this for 25 years. He related how this had started at the Masonic Temple with 30 seniors being fed. This year, some 30 Salem firefighters, family members and friends served salad, home cooked pasta, meatballs, bread and dessert. Nearly 300 people were served in two settings. One senior commented how his doggie bag would provide him with two days of meals. The volunteers could be seen helping the seniors with their jackets, finding seats, serving the food and cleaning up. Some of them started cooking and preparing the food at 8 a.m. and would be there cleaning up until about 3 p.m. This event wouldn’t be as successful as it is if it weren’t for Patti Drelick, Director of Salem Senior Services, the staff and the volunteers of the Salem Senior Center. The Association paid for all the food and supplies. In addition, the Salem
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
The battle over temporary signs on the side of town roads could soon come to a close with selectmen approving a zoning board amendment clarifying their usage.The amendment allows qualifying organizations to post signs on private property two weeks before an event, with verbal permission from the property owner, up to three times per year. Per the amendment, qualifying events are: “A special event taking place in the Town of Salem and occurring no more than three times per calendar year.” Qualifying organizations are non-profits, organizations eligible to be registered as non-profits and charities. The event must be for the benefit of the organization. The amendment also restricts the size of signs, number of signs on a person’s property and states they must be removed 48 hours after the event. Relay for Life member Jon Tripp asked the board to consider allowing additional directional signs to be posted on the day of an event. He said signs help welcome the public to the relay when the event is underway.Chairman Everett McBride said under the amendment, those signs could be posted on private property.Selectman James Keller, agreed with the proposal. “It’s a starting point and I think we need some boundaries.” He questioned what the right number of times to allow organizations to post signs would be. “When do you get to a place where enough is enough?” he asked. The amendment wouldn’t limit organizations with subgroups in town such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Assistant Town Manager Leon Goodwin clarified the amendment, saying each section of the organization would be allowed three sign postings per year. Selectman Michael Lyons feared the ruling would not be effective. “There is a policy (currently), we don’t enforce it at all,” he said. Hickey said the position was eliminated by the board. “The person who’s supposed to be doing this was cut from the budget four years ago.” Hickey added a citizens’ petition was being brought fourth at the town meeting regarding signs, but that it was being proposed as a selectmen’s amendment rather than a zoning amendment, and if approved, would only be advisory. Debate over temporary signs was sparked last year when the board noticed farmers market’s signs posted for extensive amounts of time. They then told the organization signs could not be posted except for specified locations and on private property on the day of the event. Salem Farmers Market Director Jane Lang said this amendment wouldn’t help her organization, which is struggling to reach residents. “I feel that we’re being segregated from other non-profits,” she said noting the market was registered with the state. “We are a registered non-profit.”Lang says the market needs to post signs on the day of operation since the location can be hard to find. The summer market currently operates in Lake Street Garden Center on Lake Street and she feels additional signs are necessary. “We take them right down,” she
said adding they are only up a few hours a week. The amendment does not allow signs to be posted in the public right-of-way or on town property.The planning board will hold a public hearing on  January 21 to discuss the amendment and will seek public input.
Seectmen  Approve Limits on Temporary SignsSelectmen  Approve Limits on Temporary Signs
Cherished Music Department Head Surprised at SHS Winter Concert
Firefighters Relief Association also donates to local food pantries, delivers baskets of food and helps out with a Christmas Giving Tree that benefits about sixty people. Several members made note of the fact that they benefit from charitable gaming and were thankful for Rockingham Park for hosting it. One person said the gaming helps provide them with the means to do all the things they do for the community.
by Doug Robinson
 Joe Faro has had a lifetime relationship with the Boys and Girls Club. As a youth, he spent many days at the local Boys and Girls Club.Today, many years later, he and his family have continued that relationship. The difference today is that he has become a pinnacle leader within the Boys and Girls Club Organization; offering his time, talents and philanthropy.The Salem Boys and Girls Club honored Joe and his wife Samantha by awarding them the first Jeremiah Milbank Society Award because of Joe’s personal and financial commitment to the Salem Boys and Girls Club. “The Jeremiah Milbank Society is an elite group of individuals dedicated to supporting their local Boys & Girls Clubs,” states the Jeremiah Milbank Society.As reported in the December 20, 2013, edition of the
Salem Community Patriot 
: “Jeremiah Milbank (1887-1972) was a man of remarkable accomplishments as a businessman, financier, and philanthropist. Milbank led efforts to eradicate diphtheria and organized the International Committee for the Study of Infantile Paralysis in 1928. Because of Milbank’s active interest in a cure for polio, President Franklin Roosevelt asked him to chair the organization that was the forerunner of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.“A lifelong believer in volunteerism, Jeremiah Milbank helped President Herbert Hoover develop the Boys & Girls Club national organization that provides support services for clubs serving disadvantaged youth. He served as treasurer of the national organization for more than 25 years.“Throughout his lifetime, Milbank gave a fortune to help those in need. Yet he never sought monuments or memorials. He believed that wealth not used to help others was wealth wasted. One instrument of that belief is The JM Foundation, which continues the ideals of free enterprise and entrepreneurship that guided Milbank’s
Chief Breen and Salem Firefighters serving the food Erin Daley, Second Vice President Salem Boys and Girls Club (center), presents Samantha and Joe Faro with the Jeremiah Milbank Society Award 
continued to page 11- Faros Honored 
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Kathleen Spohn - $30Robert & Lorraine Curnew - $25Lavallee Family - $100Anonymous - $20David L. Barnard - $25 Joanne Flynn - $250Daniel & Maureen Gallagher - $100Ann & Peter Lally - $100Michael J. Demers - $200Bruce & Barbara Parks - $200Dan the Tree Man - $200Centerpoint Chimney - $200New England Finish Systems LLC - $200Greater Salem Vineyard - $200Eaton Door & Frame LLC - $200Donna & Richard Wells - $400Salem High School - $275.37Anonymous - $100 Jo & Sally Will - $200Robert & Sharon Boudreau - $125C.A. Bascio - $75M. Patricia Krippendorf - $150Louis & Mary Levesque - $30Chanel & Josephine Simard - $25Pat’s Lock & Key Inc. - Pat Hargreaves - $253.24Methuen Construction - $775Rita Wiggin - $150Anonymous - $50Noreen & Donald Canney - $25Nancy & Mike Carney - $25Elizabeth Vermilyea - $50Anonymous - $150Anonymous - $20Santa at the Salem Landfill - $925R & J BP Station - $10.10Romano’s - $64.36B & H Oil Co. - $242.92Balducci’s - $102.88Big Daddy’s Pizza - $102.17Daisy Cleaners - $44.53Salem Co-operative Bank - $40.95Domino’s - $3.53Arthur Viola - $325Gary Cimeno - $50Louis Fantozzi - $1,000Taylor O’Keefe - $75Sandi O’Connell - $250Susan J. Clifford - $200Rick Toothaker - $300Irene & Paul St. Onge - $50Anonymous - $200Maureen Barrows - $25Paul & Linda O’Reilly - $25Monica & George Schalk - $60Anonymous - $100
Your contribution can brighten a child’s Christmas and help parents who are struggling to have something to give their children. Contributions can be mailed to: Salem Christmas Fund Inc., PO Box 1234, Salem, NH 03079
Please send your name, address, e-mail address, message to appear in the paper, and a check payable to The Salem Christmas Fund
 Won’t you consider helping a needy family or child with clothing food or toys this year? For close to 40 years, the Salem Christmas Fund has been helping the needy during the Holiday Season. The need this year is even greater than ever.  You can make a difference.
Salem Christmas Fund Received More Donations
 
submitted by A. Phair, Salem Christmas Fund 
Salem Christmas Fund Program Coordinator Sally Sweet accepting a generous donation from Pat Hargreaves of Pats Lock & Key who put out a canister to help collect money for the fund and then matched the total raised out of his own pocket. Many local businesses in Salem help the fund by allowing canisters to be placed near their registers. All proceeds go towards paying for clothing and food vouchers for the needy in town.
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submitted by Dick O’Shaugnessy 
The Salem Christmas Fund would like to thank the following Salem businesses for participating in “Canister Drive” this past Christmas Season: R&J BP Gasoline Station, Romano’s Pizza, Salem Cooperative Bank, Daisy Cleaners, B&H Oil, Balducci’s Pizza and Big Daddy’s Pizza. Because of the generosity and community concern of individuals and local businesses nearly 700 Salem citizens were helped this year.We especially would like to congratulate B&H Oil for collecting the most money and to Romano’s, Balducci’s, Big Daddy’s Pizza and Daisy Cleaners for their special efforts.
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 Salem Boys and Girls Club Youth Cash in on Clubby Dollars
by Doug Robinson
The line to enter into the Clubby Store at the Salem Boys and Girls Club stretched like a black Friday early hour shopping deal. Little people lined up to collect and cash in on their year’s worth of earned Clubby Dollars. These Salem Boys and Girls Club’s youth have spent a year “earning, saving, and learning how to spend responsibility” commented Director of Development, Denise Dolloff. Throughout the year, children of the Salem Boys and Girls Club were offered the opportunity to earn “Clubbies” or credits, which could be turned in to purchase items from the Clubby Store. Bank accounts were established, deposit slips were created and the children tracked their progress with their earnings.“The children were recognized for helping out at the Boys and Girls Club, recognized for completing their homework, as well as doing other activities,” continued Dolloff.The Clubby Store was stocked with items from art to adventure, candies to crocodiles, and items of interest for mom, dad and all members of the family.
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Bernard H. Campbell Announces Bid for Re-Election to School Board 
It has been my pleasure to have served on the Salem School Board for nearly 16 years. Over that time, I believe that my professional background as a practicing attorney concentrating in municipal law and my experience as a local business owner serving the Salem community has helped me make positive contributions to the function of the school board and the operation of the Salem School District. Because I believe I can continue to help shape effective educational policy, which balances the needs of our students, and the capacity of our community, I am seeking your vote to return me to the board for another three-year term.Clearly one of the most important initiatives which the school board has undertaken in the last six years has been the elementary school renovation program. I am grateful for the community’s support for that effort. I advocated for and supported the approach taken in March of 2013 which  will bring needed safety and code enhancements to all our elementary schools, while focusing facility expansions in a fashion which avoids committing funds to facilities we may not need in the future.In the months ahead, the community is going to be engaged in a similar discussion concerning the renovation of Salem High School. Te need for renovations is, I believe, self-evident to all the community. Te type and scope of renovations should match the reasonable needs of “21st Century Learners” (a key element of the recently adopted new District Strategic Plan) and the number of students which we can effectively project. In addition, any renovation plan should recognize the “community needs” which are fulfilled by Salem High School. Salem High School is, and should remain, the heart of the Salem community.On a personal level, I have lived and worked in this community my entire life, graduating from Salem High in 1974, and commuting to Boston University School of Law from 1977-1980. With my law office in the community, I am in touch with local events. I have two children, both of whom graduated from Salem High and both of whom have pursued teaching as a profession. I make it a priority to attend activities in our schools, whether it is broadcasting fall football, supporting performing arts, or attending awards programs at Salem High School. I am honored to be a member of the Salem-Woodbury Hall of Fame. For years I was active with the local Dollars for Scholars and served as president in 1983-1984. Both my law office and my family business, Campbell’s Scottish Highlands, are members of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and I am proud to have been selected to receive the Bill Brown Business Person of the Year award from the Chamber in 2010. I hold (or have held) leadership positions in the New Hampshire Bar Association, the NH ax Collectors Ass’n, and the United Methodist Church, both locally and in the New England area. In addition to my service on the school board, I have served a deputy moderator approximately 20 years.If I am re-elected to the school board, I pledge to continue the pursuit of educational opportunities for all Salem students. Tis means active participation, critical thinking, and analysis, working cooperatively with the other board members and being an advocate for children in the Salem schools.I would appreciate your vote for school board on Election Day: March 11, 2014.
Bernard H. Campbell, Salem
Standing for Something or Fall for Anything 
Most people would agree that if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. Te current thinking among those of the Liberal bent and philosophy teaches we can do what we want as long as it feels right and good regardless that it hurts people and society as a whole.Tis trend among many is to foster a society which has no regard for the consequences of huge government debt, support for welfare illegal aliens, disdain for the unborn, disregard for freedom of religion, even your right to stand your ground to protect your family. Liberally they support smoking, excessive drinking, unchecked welfare, and taxation without representation,  which can all lead to morally corrupt expensive disasters for a civil society.It seems that the present Obama administration just says, “Just move along there is nothing to see here.” Yet, we know they continue to have scandal after scandal, FBI, IRS, Fast and Furious Gun smuggling, and ObamaCare just to name a few. We Americans want honest government. Not a destructive nor lesser credible government like we have!I believe if a person feels the need to engage in these activities under the
U.S. Constitution
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Bill of Rights 
! So be it! However, the laws need to be enforced and made stronger to protect the innocent people that are being harmed in the name of liberalism and a corrupt big government.  We see every day this liberal way of life slowly destroying America, by undermining the fabric of a sound society. Te current Paul Duck controversy is an example of people trying to stop one person from expressing his sincere views and beliefs. It shows that network A&E will bow to the political oppressors of the NAACP and homosexual groups.  What needs to be said, would Martin Luther King have endorsed their so called outrage? I believe not. He was for free speech! Unless we turn back to believe in “One nation under God,” with liberty and freedom of speech for all, we as a nation will continue to be under attack by terrorism and forces of progressive evil founded by liberalism.
 Ed Brooks, Salem
Grateful to Salem Firefighters Relief Association
 
It is with great appreciation I write this letter of thanks to the Salem Firefighters Relief Association. On Monday, December 16th, Salem’s seniors were once again treated to an incredible holiday feast by our local firefighters. Nearly 300 Seniors attended the 27th Anniversary of this fabulous event. We had to take reservations in two shifts to be able to accommodate all who wanted to attend!Te seniors were served an Italian luncheon of salad, home-cooked pasta, meatballs and dessert by the most delightful and happy ‘elves’. More than thirty firefighters, family members and friends volunteered their time and talents to make this wonderful day possible. Tey did all the shopping, prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning themselves. With so many years of wonderful memories, the seniors look forward to this time of year with great anticipation. Te firefighters have an intuitive knack of making the seniors feel so special. On behalf of our seniors I want to extend our sincere and tremendous appreciation to the Salem Firefighters Relief Association for their enormous generosity in serving delicious fare, special treatment and great fun! It’s been the talk of the center with compliments and rave reviews abounding.Special thanks also goes to Judith Morrison, who volunteered to play the piano and enhance the holiday party atmosphere.Our best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Patricia M. Drelick, Director, Salem Senior Services, Salem
 America Passes Its First Budget Since 2009
Congratulations is due (finally) to the two-year bipartisan budget agreement hammered out by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last Tursday, serving as a slightly-late but welcome Christmas present to the country. Negotiations were headed by Democrat Patty Murray and Republican (and last year’s VP candidate) Paul Ryan, and was strongly fueled by a conscious desire to avert another government shutdown on January 15 (unfortunately still a possibility). Te House vote was 332-94, and the earlier Senate tally was 64-36, both bodies headed as usual by the Democrats and a smattering of moderate Republicans, a group whose numbers both in the Senate and the House are beginning to grow as the  Washington GOP at long last is beginning to wake up to the fact, realized by the rest of us since Day One back in 2010, that their noxious ea Party faction holds as much, if not even more danger for their numbers than they do to the Democrats.Tis is the first federal budget agreed to in
 four years 
 by our hopelessly-divided politicians in Washington, and predictably the only way that both sides were able to pass the legislation was for speaker John Boehner’s GOP-controlled House to finally wake up, smell the coffee and repudiate the ea Party arm of their cabal. And Boehner certainly accomplished this in a big way a couple weeks before Christmas as the budget logjam continued, thanks to the rent Franks and Rich Nugents of his world, by lashing out vehemently against his regressive antagonizers, calling them “ridiculous,” likening the mainstream GOP/ea Party battle as a “civil war,” and finally verbalizing what anyone of intelligence has known for the past five years by intoning “I think they are misleading their followers”. Gee, John ... you
think? 
Tis should’ve-remained-underground Republican subgenre began forming several weeks after Obama won the presidency over John McCain back in November, 2008. Many shadowy outside organizations like Heritage Action and the Senate Conservative Fund helped the ea Partiers immeasurably in their nascent months, providing dollars and publicity,  which included many ugly anti-Obama billboards, faux news spots, etc. Teir adherents currently are approximately 90 percent white and 60 percent male and demonstrated early-on that they had no problem whatsoever blasting and blaming the Obama administration for every Bush/Cheney-caused mess that they inherited, from a ruined economy, two raging wars, hundreds of thousands of lost jobs
monthly 
, and the complete erosion of faith of our overseas allies. Four years of rampant, unprecedented GOP Senate filibustering of everything from legislation to routine presidential  judge appointments rendered the Democrats’ changing the filibuster rules on November 21 a foregone conclusion to anyone following the continuing  Washington impasse.Originally claiming to be a libertarian-style anti-tax group, a little surveying of their voting proclivities from the Obama victory to the present shows ea Party pols to be just another anti-minority/women/immigrant/entitlement program cabal whose national significance rests on American conservative voters pulling the levers for them in droves back in November 2010 while many Democrat voters stayed home watching daytime V, protesting the fact that the United States wasn’t back to the Bill Clinton years yet. Boehner and the rest of the GOP hierarchy had no problem back then backing these regressives, even as many of them campaigned against and defeated solid moderate Republicans like Richard Lugar, Charlie Crist and Bob Bennett.But it’s nice to see Boehner along with other national-level Republicans come around, even if belatedly. Te Democrat Party had to fight tooth-and-nail over Obama’s first term to pass all the legislation that pulled  America out of the boiling cauldron George W. Bush had left it in, as the Republican House/Senate fought against each and every bill, even including many that in the past would’ve been embraced by any respectable conservative. Tere was no “mainstream” GOP during those four years, as the Republican- headed House and the ugly Mitch McConnell-led Senate minority denigrated and filibustered the very legislation, job programs, etc. that enabled our nation to recover. Tankfully there looks like there’s a chance for some enforced bipartisan cooperation between the parties over the next three years due to the Speaker’s about-face regarding his ea Party members, who have become more of a thorn in their own party’s side than the opposition Democrats ever could be.
William F. Klessens, Salem
I support the Zoning Amendment Proposed by the Salem Planning Department
 At the Salem elections in March, I will be supporting the zoning amendment proposed by the Salem Planning Department to permit temporary signs for charities on residential and commercial property under the conditions specified. In the future I will be working with other interested Salem residents to expand the zoning amendment, but this proposed amendment offers much more legal protection for charitable organizations than they have now.Here is an example of the shortfall of legal protection: I just learned yesterday from the new attorney who works for the own of Salem that signs for charitable fundraisers on personal property are considered commercial! Tus, signs for charitable organizations’ fundraisers are prohibited unless the newly proposed ordinance is approved since commercial signs on private property are not permitted. At 7 p.m. uesday, January 21, interested citizens can attend the second hearing on this proposed zoning amendment that will join the current Zoning Ordinance 7:2.4.2 as paragraph 11 if adopted. So many questions  were discussed by the public and the Planning Board members at the first hearing that the Planning Board agreed to hold the allowed second public hearing.I am horrified by the interpretation that non-profit fundraisers are considered commercial, but that’s how another experienced volunteer board member confirmed the state law. And unless zoning specifically permits something, it is prohibited. Tat sounds backwards to me, (like being guilty until proven innocent), but they claim that’s NH law. He said we probably  would not get in trouble for posting signs for charitable fundraisers, but if someone complained, the own would have the right to remove the signs right off our residential property. So it sounds like the current law is much  worse than my pet peeve, which is not permitting temporary signs in the right-of-way. Some of us are currently circulating a petition for removing the prohibition in the Municipal Code 275-17B (not a zoning ordinance) of signs in the right-of-way and on other own property. Tis petition will
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