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Salem Community Patriot 4-4-2014

Salem Community Patriot 4-4-2014

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The Salem Community Patriot is a free bi-weekly newspaper delivered to every home in Salem New Hampshire every-other Friday.
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Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
 Volume 7 Number 19 April 4, 2014 12 Pages
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Youth of the Year recipient Kristen Foster, 18, receives her award from Salem Boys & Girls Club Director of Operations Chris Woodby at the annual Youth of the Year dinner in the een Center of the club. Foster’s Youth of the Year application included essays, recommendations, and an interview in front of five local business leaders. Te award was presented March 25.
 Youth of the Year Goes to Kristen Foster
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Permitting Process Soon to be Online
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
New software to streamline the town’s permitting process means residents will soon be able to save a trip to town hall and apply online.Salem Selectmen unanimously voted Monday night to begin using ViewPoint Government Solutions ViewPermit to allow applicants to apply online and forgo an in-person application.“It should provide a great benefit to the public and the staff,” said Assistant Town Manager Leon Goodwin. The software also features a tablet-based interface inspectors can utilize in the field, allowing for instantaneous updates on a permit’s status, and a centralized data point.Goodwin said Andover, Mass., currently uses the software and invited him down for a tour where it helped boost the inspections department. About 70 percent of applicants apply online, he said.“I’m so happy I can’t even tell you,” Selectman Everett McBride said about the software.Salem will be the first New Hampshire municipality to use ViewPoint, and the company will need to build the program with state and local codes.Carl Anderson, senior municipal relationship manager from ViewPoint, said the database will be customized with town codes, and existing data will be integrated. Anderson provided a demonstration of the user interface from both the resident perspective and the inspector. Goodwin said two finalists were chosen after multiple products were evaluated, and ultimately ViewPoint was selected. He said the other alternative charged 4 percent of permitting fees which was detractive.But funding allocations will need to be created to cover the costs of the new software, as it was not budgeted for in 2014.Town Manager Keith Hickey said a one-time set up fee of $24,500 could be covered with funds remaining from a server room project. Three to four months of service fees could also be covered from the fund along with money remaining from other projects.Hickey added that $3,000 remained from monies allocated to replace and upgrade existing town computers.Selectman Stephen Campbell raised concerns over a convenience fee charged to customers seeking to pay online. He said a 3 percent convenience fee on a million dollar permit could substantially increase the cost.Goodwin responded saying the program offered a pay-in-person option, allowing users to avoid the fee.Anderson added a project requiring a substantial permit as mentioned would likely need to be done in person with the building department. He suggested the software would address a majority of basic applications. “I think there’s a real benefit to the town,” he said.Anderson said ViewPoint would begin creating the program based on state and local codes and begin to provide training for employees. He said the program could go live once testing and training were complete.Campbell suggested setting a date for the software to be implemented citing the current program took almost four years to get started.Goodwin hopes to have ViewPoint available for permitting later this year.
Salem Building Plans on Broadway 
by Bob Gibbs
Among the currently ongoing community business projects in the
works in Salem are the Cumberland Farms at 382 S. Broadway and the site of the former Service Credit Union on 159 North Broadway.Plans for the razing and rebuilding of a remodeled Cumberland Farms were approved by the Salem Planning Board at last week’s meeting.The remodeling will be a smaller 4,500-square-foot building and 12 gasoline pumps. The new building will only house Cumberland Farms. At this time, Ralphies’ Cafe Italiano is the only other business in this building. Ralphies is attempting to find a new home in Salem.
Ross Muldoff, the planning director for the Town of Salem, says the new property will be much more environmentally friendly. The curbing around the entire property will be placed to funnel all rainwater to a filtration pond that will be located behind the building. This pond will have aquatic plants that will filter and clean the runoff before it gets into the soil. The property will also have small trees and shrubs to enhance the look of the property. Outside the building will be shaded tables making this a great place to stop for anyone traveling along the rail trail that runs behind the property. Mr. Muldoff stated that the lights above the gas pumps will be recessed and of a lower intensity, making these lights less of a distraction to neighbors and travelers along Route 28. The former Service Credit Union site at 159 North Broadway has been approved by the planning board to be built as an 8,000-square-foot urgent care and medical office building. Parking will accommodate vehicles including handicap spaces. A variance was approved allowing the building to be set back 10 feet from the front property line where 30 feet is the usual requirement. A tenant for this property has not been announced.For more information on the projects going on in Salem go to the town’s project website: www.salemnhprojects.org.
by Bob Gibbs
The Salem High School junior and senior classes presented “Battle of the Bands” at Seifert auditorium. The battle was held between groups and artists from Salem High School. Attendees to the battle were asked to bring in canned food goods that would be donated to local food kitchens.The bands involved in this year’s battle were as follows: Running with Scissors: Noah Rothgaber, Richard Wildes, Heather Brooks and Alex Gulliver;Run On Three: Nick Santo, Dylan Sheltzer, Tommy Stift and Keeghan Fountain;Krissy & Drew: Krissy Renalds and Drew Moro;Beast ee Boyz: Brennan Tremblay, Dylan Smeltzer and Jack Boudreau;Chloe & Troy: Chloe Reynolds and Troy Labranche;Trogdor: Alex Burrill and James Selter;The Blind Commissioner: Dan Donovan; and Juice Jiving Part III: Alex Burrill.
Rocking the House at Salem High Battle of the Bands
Drew Moro and Krissy Renoldse Blind Commissioner Dan Donovan  Alex Burrill Chloe Reynolds and Troy Labranche 
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submitted by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce has chosen local businesses as recipients of the 2014 Business Pillar Awards. The awards, given in the categories of Large Business, Small Business, Non-profit and New Business, recognize and honor the companies for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the community at large. The honorees, in the respective areas are as follows: Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil, Santo Insurance and Financial Services, Salem Family Resources/ Success by 6, and Tuscan Brands. Winners will be recognized at the Sixth Annual Economic Development Breakfast on Thursday, April 17, 7:30 to 10 a.m., at Castleton Event and Banquet Center, 92 Indian Rock Rd., Windham. The event, entitled “Modern Economy,” will address innovations in technology to help businesses increase their bottom line and succeed in the digital economy. The breakfast will feature industry experts from Google and Microsoft, along with a broadband update by the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. Exhibitors from technology-based businesses will be on hand to showcase their products. Pentucket Bank is the generous platinum sponsor.Tickets to the Economic Development Breakfast, which includes a full breakfast buffet, are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and are available by calling the chamber office at 893-3177 or at www.Eventbrite.com. For more information about the breakfast or other activities presented by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, go to its website at gschamber.com, check out their Facebook page, or call the office.
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Mark W. Cronin, Interim Dean of the College, announces the following students that were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Saint Anselm College:
Nicole Arsenault, Brittany Beaumier, Kelsie Cameron, Erin Duggan, Jason Herrick, Jennifer Hoyt, Allan McQuarrie, Jonathan McQuarrie, Robert Merritt, Catherine Miranowicz, Joseph Morin
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Paul Trabucco
.Forty Saint Anselm College students were inducted into the college’s TAU Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. Inductees included residents
Catherine Miranowicz
, a junior education studies major and
Joseph Morin
, a junior economics major.Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Juniors must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and seniors a 3.1 cumulative grade point average to apply for membership. Applicants are selected by a committee of TAU chapter faculty and administrators based on academic standing, leadership, and service to the college and community.The inductees and their guests were welcomed at Mass and a brunch before the beginning of the official induction ceremony. Montague Brown, Ph.D., president of Tau Chapter and chair of the philosophy department presided over the induction. Rt. Rev. Mark A. Cooper, O.S.B., Abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, performed the opening invocation.
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Town Manager Honors Senior Corps Volunteers
submitted by Addie Tarbell, Program Coordinator, Friends RSVP 
Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey met with a small contingent of Friends RSVP volunteers at the Ingram Senior Center to recognize the contributions of RSVP volunteers and other national service programs. RSVP is a Senior Corps program that recruits and mobilizes volunteers to meet significant unmet needs. Volunteers work throughout the year to get tasks done that wouldn’t be accomplished otherwise. RSVP volunteers serve children, families and older adults by providing free Bone Builders senior exercise classes and doing necessary work at locations like adult daycare facilities, schools, senior nutrition sites, healthcare facilities, state and municipal human services agencies, libraries, cultural venues, hospitals, food banks, soup kitchens, nursing facilities, disaster preparedness organizations, thrift stores, transportation programs and many others. In the last 12 months, 78 RSVP volunteers provided 6,100 hours of service to an estimated 1,880 Salem residents.In total, 662 Friends RSVP volunteers worked 72,041 hours doing critical community work last year, which saved towns, counties and the state significant funds. Hickey showed his gratitude for RSVP, and other volunteers contributing to Salem causes, as part of the nationwide celebration of service. “The volunteers in our community are essential to the success of the community’s mission,” said Hickey. Other Senior Corps programs (under the Corporation for National and Community Service) that have been active in New Hampshire for almost 50 years are as follows: The Foster Grandparent Program, which engages members to tutor and mentor children in 90 New Hampshire schools and other youth service organizations, providing about 3,500 children with more than 140,000 hours of targeted interventions every year. The Foster Grandparent Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. The Senior Companion Program provides transportation, non-medical assistance and companionship to elderly and disabled individuals to enable them to remain living in their own homes. The Senior Companion Program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.The Friends Program is a non-profit human services agency, based in Concord, N.H., that has served New Hampshire residents since 1975. It operates an emergency housing shelter for families and a youth mentoring program as well as engages volunteers of all ages in community service to meet critical unmet needs. The agency is the statewide sponsor of the Foster Grandparent Program and one of six RSVP’s in New Hampshire; www.friendsprogram.org; 228-1193.
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own Manager Keith Hickey, center back, and Ingram Senior Center Director, Patti Drelick, front, third from left, celebrate National Service by recognizing Friends RSVP volunteers.
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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
A plan to deliver 1,200 megawatts of electricity to New England was explained to Rotarians last week, and the company hopes to soon move forward with the project.Scott Spradling of the Northern Pass spoke on the project, which seeks to install a 187-mile transmission line through northern New Hampshire, increasing available electricity to the grid.Spradling said 1,200 megawatts is the equivalent of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, which delivers electricity to about 1 million homes.The project is facing opposition, and has caused Northeast Utilities, the parent company of Northern Pass, to reengineer a plan for transmission lines.North country residents argue power lines will decrease tourism and ruin the state’s scenery. Spradling said the original plan involved up to 150-foot transmission line towers to be run down existing right-of-ways through the state, and caused an outcry from residents. A second plan has been proposed, including burying 7.5 miles of the line in Pittsburg and Colebrook along with lower towers, and Spradling said agreements are already in place with property owners. But federal and state approvals are needed before the project can move forward, he said.Communities in northern and central New Hampshire are not happy about the project. Information from Bury the Northern Pass, an independent website advocating for the lines to be buried underground, said at least four New Hampshire towns voted to increase funding for legal representation to oppose the project in March.The site also lists multiple projects of similar length with high voltage transmission lines buried underground or underwater within 500 miles of Concord. Spradling said burying the lines could triple the cost of the $1.4 billion project. He said the company is attempting to plan routes where lines would be hidden behind natural barriers. And the additional power is necessary, according to Spradling. “Some of these older plants are going to withdraw,” he said about aging power companies. Spradling said between 5,000 and 8,000 megawatts of electricity will be removed from the New England grid over the next few years as plants go offline. He said the Northern Pass project wouldn’t entirely cover the deficit. “We don’t have a lot of other options here in New Hampshire,” he said, explaining that much of the area’s electricity comes from natural gas plants, but there are no plans for expansion. Spradling added the grid is currently being supplemented by turbine engines powered by jet fuel, but said they were expensive to operate.
submitted by Regina Andler 
Some Salem residents may be a little cozier in their homes this year after attending the recent “Button Up NH – Salem Edition,” a free home energy workshop at the Boys & Girls Club. Andrew Duncan, energy program instructor with Lakes Region Community College, was on hand for this workshop designed to help homeowners find energy-efficient ways to button up their homes and save money at the same time. Bob Reals, efficiency program analyst with Liberty Utilities, was also there to lend a hand and go over the many energy-savings opportunities available to New Hampshire residents. Feeling a chill with this winter weather? Andrew went over the details of an energy-efficient home from top to bottom complete with show-and-tell items for the audience such as different types of insulation, lighting, an infrared meter for finding out where your home is leaking air and more. Bob Reals reviewed the home energy audit information provided by Liberty Utilities along with other programs and rebate options. For more information, visitwww.nhsaves.com. The event was sponsored by Nature Made Simple and the Salem Boys & Girls Club with refreshments provided by the Salem NH Farmers Market. Many thanks to Liberty Utilities who donated $10 for every Liberty Utilities customer to the Salem Boys & Girls Club. The workshop raised $200 for the club. These workshops are presented all over New Hampshire by the people at Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative. For more free workshops visit www.plymouthenergy.org.
Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
Northern Pass Proposal Sparks Controversy 
From left, Scott Spradling of the Northern Pass stands withRotary President Nanci Carney, and Sarah Hoodlet,Project Outreach Specialist for Northern Pass.
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Photo Left: Bob Reals on left and  Andrew Duncan on the right.Photo op Right: Liberty Utilities table Photo Bottom Right: Andrew Duncan instructing the group.
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