From Napoli, Italy to Salem, NH
How Italian Food Should Be!!
by Doug Robinson
And how sweet she is. Over 180 riends andamily attended the surprise birthday party hostedin the honor o Mary Grifn’s birthday, which washeld at the beautiul Harris’ Pelham Inn. “Shethinks she is coming here to receive an awardor volunteerism rom Salemhaven,” commentedSalemhaven Community Liaison StephanieMicklon. “This is going to be a total surprise.”“There are a lot o important people heretonight to share in Sweet Mary’s birthday party,so, tonight, we are going to check our titles atthe door,” commented Micklon, who served asMaster o Ceremonies and is a longtime riendo Mary’s. U.S. Congressman Charlie Bass, NHExecutive Council Members Ray Wieczorekand John Sununu, and NH State RepresentativeKevin Waterhouse list only a ew o the politicaldignities who attended to pay tribute to SweetMary.Born in Lynn, MA, Mary Grifn attended LynnEnglish High School, class o 1943, and continuedon to urther her education at Pierce SecretarialCollege. She has been retired rom her positionas a legal secretary and her position as a DistrictClerk Secretary.As a Windham resident, she was a chartermember and continues to serve on the CableCommittee. She was the host/emcee or WindhamCable Television or 12 years. Congressman Basscommented that, “I remember my frst interviewwith you when I frst got started. Phew. Whatan interview. I remember as I was walking awaythat my position in politics could be quicklyover ater that interview. Nobody can beat yourcommitment and she is the heart o Windham.The size o this crowd just shows how importantshe is to us all. She is a great public servant.”For the past 15 years, Sweet Mary has touchedthe “souls and lives” o many o her constituentsas she has served her position as a NH StateRepresentative. As a NH State Representative, shehas been elected Deputy Majority Whip as well asMajority Caucus Whip.Sweet Mary’s list o organizations,accomplishments, and involvement could fll aphone book:Board o Governors, Vesta Roy Excellence inPublic Service, 2004-2006; National Federationo Republican Women, 2000-2006; Member,Manchester Republican Women’s Club; Member,Nashua Republican Women’s Club; Member,New Hampshire Senior American Pageant;Member, Salem Senior Singers; Member, SalemVeterans o Foreign Wars Sunshine Spreaders;Member, Salem Women’s Club; Member, SeacoastRepublican Women’s Club; Member, WindhamCapital Improvement; Member, WindhamCrimeline o South New Hampshire; and theLegislative Chair o the Windham Women’s Club.Sweet Mary also has been a Representative,White House Conerence on Aging, 2005;Member, Windham Planning Board; FormerMember, Capitol Improvement Committee; FormerMember, Conservation Committee; and FormerMember, Economic Development.“She used to have a arm stand where shewould sell produce and such rom her arm. Shetrusted everyone. I remember that she wouldleave a can unattended or olks to drop theirmoney into it. She is so kind and so generous.She has always been giving to others or the 40years I have known her.”Windham residents today enjoy Grifn Park’sthree baseball felds, soccer feld, tennis andbasketball courts, in-line skate park, pavedwalking path, covered pavilion/concession stand,and playground areas as the direct result o thegiting o the land rom Sweet Mary’s amily. Forcenturies and generations to come, children andadults alike will be able to rest, relax, or simplyplay in one o Windham’s “Jewels.”However, the night o the ceremony, SweetMary was not being recognized or her legacy o lie’s political and personal achievements—shewas being honored because she is loved. Micklonsummed up the evening best by saying, “She is areally good soul.” Another close riend to Marystated, “When you give to others, it always comesback.”NH State Representative Kevin Waterhousecommented, “She is the greatest.”For those who wish to sing along with SweetMary while she sings, dances, and perormsthe popular Dean Martin song, “NobodyLoves Me,“ view http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=FnrBF3dCwws. Here are the words:You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves youyou’re nobody ‘til somebody cares.You may be king, you may possess the world andits gold,but gold won’t bring you happiness when you’regrowing old.The world still is the same, you never change it,As sure as the stars shine above;You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you,So fnd yoursel somebody to love.The world still is the same, you never change it,As sure as the stars shine above;You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you,So fnd yoursel somebody, fnd yoursel somebody,Find yoursel somebody to love.
Happy Birthday, ‘Sweet Mary’
Mary Grifn celebrates the moment with U.S. Congressman Charlie Bass, Stephanie Micklon,NH Executive Committee Members Ray Wieczorek and John Sununu
Having received her dozen yellow roses (yellow has the signicance o riendship), Mary Grifn and close riend Stephanie Micklon react to the surprise birthday party
Elsie Talanian, Anne Priestley, Stephanie Micklon, and birthday girl Mary Grifn take a moment to enjoy the night planned ahead
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by Robyn Hatch
The National Honor Society(NHS) and the National JuniorHonor Society (NJHS) are thenations premier organizationsestablished to recognizeoutstanding high school andmiddle level students. Morethan just an honor roll, thosestudents have demonstratedexcellence in the areas o Scholarship, Leadership,Service and Character. Thesecharacteristics have beenassociated with membershipin the organization since theirbeginnings in 1921 and 1920.It is estimated that morethan one million studentsparticipate in activities o thechapters ound in all 50 states.Chapter membership not onlyrecognizes students or theiraccomplishments, challengesthem to develop urther throughactive involvement in schoolactivities and in communityservices.Class o 2012: ChristopherBacho, Brittany Burke, JamesOta, Natalie Ramos, andHannah SambataroClass o 2013: Jachary Arnold, Joshua Boutin, Kelsey Card,Rebecca Collins, Kara English,Shannon Foglia, Neal Foley,Kate Hammett, Naomi Houle, Justin Juranovitis, Sahil Kalyani,Reanna Lombardozzi, BriannaMarand, Jillian McColgan,Leila Melhem, Robert Merritt,Daniel Morin, Hari Nath, LucasO’Neil, Hannah O’Shaughnessy,Noelle Ojo, Leawndra Oseghali,Brianna Rastello, JohathanRheaume, and Jamie Shore.
by Doug Robinson
Extreme Home Makeover
, stand aside. Thanks to the wonderdonation by Salem’s Exchange Club and the hard work done bythe volunteers and proessionals o the Contractor’s Association,a beautiul gazebo has been constructed and placed on theSalemhaven property.Working as a well-orchestrated symphony, contractors graded,leveled, and assisted the crane operator to place the largegazebo “spot on” in the direct center o the graded area.Once the gazebo was located at the top o the hill, it still hada ways to go to be set in its correct position. As this point intime a crane was needed to lit the gazebo approximately 5 eetin the air and then swing the gazebo over a ence, extend itsarm about 15 eet, and then place the gazebo on it new home.“He worked the crane so that it seemed eortless,” commentedonlooker, Bonnie Breen, VP Bank o New England. “They putthe gazebo directly in the center. It was amazing. Everybodycheered.”With the addition o the gazebo, Salemhaven continues toposition themselves as the premier Nursing and RehabilitationCenter in Southern New Hampshire. “From the momentyou enter Salemhaven you will sense that this is no ordinaryresidence. Here special touches abound … in our spaciousdining room … in our lovely patio - the perect place oroutdoor relaxing … and in our attractive private and semi-privateaccommodations. They are all tasteully decorated and have awarm and caring atmosphere with a quality o service to match,”writes Salemhaven.Salemhaven is Medicaid and Medicare Certifed and providesgeneral medical and 24-hour nursing care as well as a number o specialized programs and services to our residents. “Choosing theright setting or a relative, a riend - or even yoursel - isn’t alwayseasy. Our residents maintain their independence and dignity,while enjoying the graciousness, companionship, and saety thatare important characteristics o Salemhaven. Our comortablerooms, delicious meals, courteous service, and convenientlocation are all designed to provide health care with a just-like-home eeling” writes Salemhaven.“We are extremely great ull to both the Exchange Club andto the Contractors Association or this wonderul git. We lookorward to being able to provide more services, concerts, andmusic or our residents. Who knows maybe we will even have awedding in the Gazebo someday,” comments Stephanie Micklon,Community Liaison.
New Gazebo Beautifes Salemhaven
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Gazebo being careully lowered into place
SHS Students Inducted intoNational Honor Society
Peter Alano, a short and unny speech
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