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Salem Community Patriot 10-26-2012

Salem Community Patriot 10-26-2012

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Skyrocketing Insurance Rates

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A dramatic increase in health insurance costs for 2013 forced selectmen to hold an unanticipated meeting Monday night, leaving the goal of a $6.99 tax rate a distant memory. The proposed budget selectmen previously approved for 2013 called for a 10-percent increase in the Cigna health insurance costs, but last week, they learned this would not be the case. Health insurance costs will increase around 18-percent for the town next year. The increase caused concern for the board, prompting the meeting to be held. The board spent a majority of the nearly two-hour meeting looking for cuts to offset the increase of over $280,000. A three-two vote eliminated $15,000 from funds allocated to build a server room in the town hall. The original proposal for $100,000 had already been reduced by $10,000 prior to Monday, and now was left with only $75,000 to complete the project. Selectman Jim Keller, who voted against the reduction, suggested the board eliminate the entire item saying funding for the project was insufficient. “We can’t do it for $75,000,” he said, noting he preferred not to have servers in the facility and wanted to move to a remote cloud based solution. Funds could be used to rewire parts of the town’s existing network. The police and fire department also saw cuts in their budgets. Selectman Stephen Campbell proposed cutting $25,000 from both the police and fire department overtime and retirement, which passed. The board later increased the cuts to $35,000 each. Town Manager Keith Hickey said the 18-percent tax rate could be negotiated town to 14 or 15 percent with the insurance broker. The town’s portion of the tax rate will likely be the same if not more then 2012 at $7.06 per thousand. The meeting was adjourned prior to completion of the discussion, and the board will continue deliberations at their October 29 meeting.

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Kids Salem Community Patriot on a Mission
submitted by Christopher B. Goodnow On Sunday, October 21, the Callahan, Doughty, Hanna and Goodnow children held a bake sale to raise money for the Callahan’s 3 year old cousin Brady who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. They sold home baked goods and “Brady’s Mission Neuroblastoma Bracelets.” They raised $300 in four hours. Thank you to everyone who helped this wonderful cause! For more information please visit Bradysmission.com.

Salem Community
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Just over two years after suffering severe injuries in Afghanistan, a local veteran says he is doing alright. Sergeant Arthur Barnes IV, a National Guardsman, was injured in July 2010 when riding in a Military All Terrain Vehicle that was struck by an improvised explosive device. With a punctured lung, broken jaw, and spinal injuries, Barnes was sent to Germany and later flown to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. Now, a year and a half later after returning home to Salem, he’s improving everyday, “I probably won’t run the Boston Marathon,” he joked, but said besides aches and pains, he was getting around just fine. Looking to move on with his career, Barnes says he is waiting to be released from the National Guard. “It’s a tremendously long process,” he said. After receiving a VA rating, Barnes will then be released from service. He estimates this to happen between November and January. Despite the lengthy rehabilitation process, Barnes said the government is doing the best they can. He said the extensive process prevents people from falling through the cracks. Barnes praised Walter Reed for their medical work saying the facility was great to fix guys up. He felt rehabilitation was lacking though. continued to page 10- Barnes

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A Salem Landmark is Demolished
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by Gloria Lavoie Sullivan The Croft family quietly watched as the building that housed their family business for 100 years, Granite State Potato Chips, was demolished on Tuesday. Granite State Potato Chips Company was created in 1907 by two men, Thomas Divine and William Croft. The company was located on Route 28 across from Taylor Street. The logo of the company had the Old Man of The Mountain on it and it was an area favorite, chips being sold throughout New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts. The business closed in 2007, marking the beginning of William “Bud” Croft’s retirement.

It was also the beginning of a long wait as the family’s hopes of selling their recipe, the business or even just the property that never came to fruition. That is, until this week. The land was finally purchased and the family has been waiting for this day. “It has been a long time coming,” stated business owner, JoAnn Croft. When asked if she was sad today, she replied, “No. I’m ready. I’ve been ready for a long time.” Mr. Croft stood in the distance, wearing his new hat given to him by the wrecking company and watched his building come down slowly, with the demolition just being announced the night before, he seemed to be in a state of disbelief

The historic Granite State Potato Chip factory located at 227 North Broadway was demolished Tuesday as new development plans move forward. The company, which began over 100 years ago, shut down operation in 2007. Plans have come before the town to build a 5,400 square foot building containing a Dunkin’ Donuts along with retail and office space. and remained quiet as the dust settled on his land. Croft and his wife also own the two homes adjacent to the chip factory parking lot. The couple resides in one dwelling and the other home was scheduled for demolition the following day. Giant pickle jars, cinder blocks, old furniture, outdated machinery and empty buckets were strewn throughout the property as the wrecker went to work tearing down the 1905 property as if were child’s play. Passers-by looked in amazement as the business most of them knew as children was disappearing before their eyes. “I used to work here,” said one visitor as she took some photos of her own. “I can’t believe this,” she added. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) website explains some of the challenges the family faced over the years, “The owners of the property attempted to sell the property after the shutdown. Their purchase and sales agreement fell through, however, because the family could not afford to conduct the environmental investigations required by the prospective purchaser. The environmental unknowns were too great and included an onsite landfill, fuel oil spills in the basement of the residential building, floating product near former tanks, spilled Gift Certificates Available asphalt from a 264 NO. Broadway, Salem, NH 603-898-1190 paving tenant,
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etc.” There was also a significant amount of solid waste scattered throughout the property, including an abandoned delivery truck and boat. DES was contacted by the Croft family in 2009 after repeated failures to sell the property. DES agreed to complete the investigation work that was stalling the property sale using its EPA petroleum brownfields assessment grant. A Phase I environmental assessment was completed in May 2010 and a Phase II in July 2010 using the brownfields funding. Based on the results of the Phase I and II studies, DES approved the completion of a soil delineation of the petroleum contamination using additional brownfields funding. The soil delineation report was submitted to DES April 26, 2011. The redevelopment plan for the site consists of demolition of existing structures and construction of a new retail building, including a new Dunkin’ Donuts. To many people, the chip factory was an unforgettable landmark. The smell of potato chips filled the area and local youngsters would make their way across Route 28 to make their purchases. Freshly cooked hot chips would pile out of a chute in the sales area and, if you were lucky, a factory employee would give you a sample. “I remember going there as a kid. I would get a big pickle out of the jar and some pretzel sticks,” said many. Also repeated often, “It’s a sad day in Salem.” “I walked there as a kid. My cousins got the bucket; we got the box with the tape on it. I used to think it was fun and funny finding the chips with the oil filled bubbles,” said lifelong Salem resident Steven Lantagne. Jodi Croft, daughter of the owners, took pictures and checked on her Dad occasionally. She said, “My Dad said that he is excited this morning. He is happy that it is almost over.”

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FBLA Participates in Leadership Workshop
101; and a campus tour. Every student also participated in an “Apprentice” based activity. Participants got into groups and created an invention using only the materials that were provided. All inventions were judged by a panel of judges and winners were announced at the end of the workshop. In addition, schools were encouraged to create a shoe-themed piggy bank to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Overall, FBLA raised over $1,000. Everyone had a great time and can’t wait to go again next year!

Pumpkin Festival Goes On, Despite Rain

submitted by Rachel Ratay On October 17, Salem High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) went to the 41st fall leadership workshop at Daniel Webster College. The students

participated in various workshops including Sports Management; Game Design; Homeland Security; Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts; Money, Money; Physics; Business Dining Etiquette; Air Traffic Control; College

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John, 7, requested that he look like Batman. by Diane Chubb A little rain was not going to stop the determined parents from Birches Academy of Academics and Arts. The Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for Sunday, October 14, went on as planned, but inside the school rather than outdoors. The event featured hot dogs, pizza and snacks, bake-sale items, plus decorate-your-own-cupcakes. There were games and prizes for the kids, as well as face painting. Halloween costumes were also available for sale. One room featured several vendors, including Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, jewelry and other crafts. The Kona Ice truck was parked outside, and despite the rain, kids were still enjoying the icy treats. The Salem Police were present, offering its Child ID program. The electronic kit is designed to digitally scan a child’s fingerprint, photograph and other important information for parents to keep. The event was one of many fundraisers being held by the new charter school. Although the school receives some funding from the state, it is only a portion of the money needed to run the school. The school formed The Foundation of Birches Academy as its fundraising arm, responsible for raising the remaining money required. “Even though it wasn’t what we had pictured, everything worked out great!” said Paula Patten, the head of the Birches Foundation. “It was a wonderful day for everyone that was there and a fantastic fundraiser for our kids.” Birches will be holding a Parent’s Night Out at the Salem/ Derry Elks on Route 111 on Friday, October 19. The event will feature food, music and tons of raffle prizes, including the chance to win $10,000!

Firefighters Visit Students During Fire Safety Week
Preschool up through grade four were able to view a fire truck along with an ambulance. The students were given a little quiz by the firefighters as to what to do in case of a fire or an emergency. The students enjoyed the helpful hints from the firefighters such as; leaving a building immediately if there is a fire, Call 9-1-1 for an Emergency, Stop Drop and Roll if your clothes catch on fire, Do Not be afraid of the firefighters with their masks on (even though they sound like Darth Vader) and have a meeting place at home outside in case of a fire. The students were pleasantly surprised by the gust of wind that caught the spray from the fire hose and we all got wet. We are all very thankful for the hard work of the Salem Fire Department and everything they do to keep our community of Salem safe.
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submitted by St. Joseph Regional Catholic School To help us celebrate Fire Safety week,

the Salem Firefighters were kind enough to visit Saint Joseph Regional Catholic School, on Thursday, October 11. Students from

Salem Co-Operative Bank’s Donation Supports Mission Possible
submitted by Susan Noel Salem Community Benefit, the wholly owned charitable corporation of Salem Co-operative Bank, recently contributed $50,000 to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The check was presented by Nadema Gemmell, Chairman of Salem Community Benefit and Ann Lally, President of Salem Co-operative Bank to the NH Food Bank’s Executive Director, Melanie Gosselin. The monies will be earmarked for the Mission Possible Campaign, a New Hampshire initiative to fund the purchase and renovation of the new center of operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. The goal of the Mission Possible Capital Campaign Challenge is to raise $700,000 by the end of 2012. When this goal is met, generous sponsors will match additional $350,000 towards an overall campaign goal to raise $5 million. Much more than a warehouse, the Food Bank’s new location at 700 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester allows the program to focus on direct service, innovative programs, and solutions to address hunger at its root causes. “We are thrilled to lend our support to an outstanding charity that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities served by the Bank, “says Ann Lally, President of Salem Co-operative Bank. “These are tough economic times for many throughout the state and it’s important to support organizations doing so much good.” About Salem Community Benefit Salem Community Benefit, Inc. is dedicated to meeting the charitable needs of the communities served by Salem Co-operative Bank. IRS qualified non-profits interested in funding may contact Salem Co-operative Bank at 893-3333 for more information. About Salem Co-operative Bank Founded in 1922, Salem Co-operative Bank serves individual and small businesses in Salem, New Hampshire, Methuen, MA and their surrounding communities. They were founded to, and remain committed to, providing financial services with honesty and integrity, while maintaining their position as a financially sound cornerstone of the community. Salem Cooperative Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and a Member of the FDIC. Salem Co-operative Bank is located at 3 South Broadway, Salem, and at 284 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA. For additional information about the bank, visit salemcoop.com About The New Hampshire Food Bank A program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, the New Hampshire Food Bank serves as the only Food Bank in the state. Their current approach to ending hunger includes developing programs to help educate their registered agencies, rolling out a Mobile Food Pantry, expanding their Cooking Matters program, and developing their Recipe for Success program. Every year, the Food Bank distributes over 7.8 million pounds of donated, surplus food to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior citizen homes. These registered agencies in turn provide the food to over 130,000 different men, women and children throughout New Hampshire each year. The community campaign for the Food Bank is statewide and will run through 2012. For further information, contact Lisa Merrill-Burzak, Vice President of Development at NH Catholic Charities, at 669-3030, ext. 240.

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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
$30. Now it is $60 or $90 per week versus $180 per week for three cars. Food has gone up exponentially with the latest increase in milk going from $2.79 to $3.79. A bit more than the “official” inflation rate. What can a President do to help on gas prices? The oil companies control prices right? Wrong. Much of the increase in gas pricing is because of the speculators seeing no increase in the flow of oil. In 2008, when gas last hit a high, President Bush signed an order enabling more drilling. Within 6 months, gasoline became $1.86 because the market believed there would be increased flow coming. Therefore Bush manipulated prices through market psychology. What has Obama and EPA done in the same circumstance? Eliminate drilling as much as possible in the US while funding offshore plans in Brazil (“We will be your best customer ...”) and Venezuela – home of dictator (oops, freely elected?) Chavez. If you research, you will discover Obama’s stated goal during the campaign was $5 gasoline and a 50 percent increase in electricity to fund the “green energy” conversion. That, along with committing us to spending $10 trillion in new borrowed money through 2018, and he has started the U.S. down the Greece path. It is part of his “transformation of America” into the redistributed second class power he seems to desire. During the Town Hall debate, he claimed to believe that we should reward “self-reliance,” “individual initiative” and “risk-takers.” And yet, a few months ago, he ridiculed these self-reliant risk-takers for thinking they were “just so smart,” sneering “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” This election offers a clear choice between trickle down government and the philosophy of success embodied in our unique Constitution – Greece or America. You choose. Bill Weimar, Salem than babies aborted. The real issue here is that the government (taxpayers) should not pay for anyone’s abortion. Doesn’t anyone believe in personal responsibility? If someone wants contraceptives covered in their Health Plan let them purchase a plan that provides it. While listening to the Democratic Convention I heard speaker after speaker talking about contraception and abortion rights for women. I did not hear one male asking for his condoms to be paid for or a vasectomy. Is this only a women’s issue? Isn’t the male equally responsible for a pregnancy? The Democratic Party receives millions of dollars from the abortion industry, so it’s in their best interest to keep it alive and well. Presently the Democrats and Planned Parenthood are fighting for sex selection in the abortion process. In places where sex selection is legal, over 60 percent of aborted babies are female. Is this how the Democrats are looking out for the future women of America? President Obama is the most pro-abortion politician in America! To those of us who are “senior citizens” let me ask this question. Will a man who sanctions the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortions and supports allowing babies born alive be killed or left to die, withhold medicine or medical procedures for a needy senior? Obamacare anyone? Yes, he can and yes, he will. (www.patbick.com) Patrick Bick, Salem

What Readers Need to Know About Romney
I have followed with interest your recent coverage of the election. However, one key fact has been underemphasized in your reporting. Please remind your readers that our current President has had four years to dig us out of the economic slump, and has not done so. In fact, President Obama’s “spend now, pay later” policies have worsened the recession. Obama has brought us ever-increasing debt and sky-high unemployment. Mitt Romney has spent his life in business. Romney understands that the road to recovery is to unleash the spirit of American free enterprise. Only by lowering taxes and removing unnecessary regulations can we recover the prosperity and opportunity that should be the birthright of every American. Mitt Romney is the right choice for our nation. Michael Stevens, Salem

Let Down Again
This has been a bizarre Presidential campaign due to Obama’s need to obfuscate, hide scandals, and disinform the public to ensure they are confused as to reality and will vote for him. A great example is the “47% of people pay no income taxes” comment by Mitt Romney. This truism was manipulated by the Obama campaign played up as divisive and insulting to people who receive federal checks (benefits). In receiving an email from the Obama campaign, I was encouraged to go to the “Groups” section of their website. There I found 16 different groups – all of America sliced and diced into little pieces of race, ethnicity, religion, and even a special section for women. All have pages of glowing promises for that group’s specific requirements. But there were two groups missing – both major constituencies: European ancestry and men. Mr. Obama said they were “not my voters” in 2011. Clearly, he has a problem with a 50 percent comment as well – but in a worse sense. He actually disenfranchised 49 percent of voters by excluding men as a category in his slice and dice Americans Groups Page. Obama claims to be the friend of the middle class. Who are these people? They are the small business owners and citizens that make up the group between the 15 percent poor and the 5 percent who pay 60 percent of all taxes. It’s the group who has suffered the most under the Obama regime. Before you vote – think about this - since Obama has been president, everything you own - your home, pension, savings accounts, take home pay, the U.S. dollar itself - are all worth less. Meanwhile, the necessities of life gas, food, and anything else that requires fuel to be transported to you - costs more. Lot’s more. It was only a year ago I could fill my tank for around

Misconceptions About Republicans
I would like to address two issues that are often brought up in letters to the editor, Republicans associated with the Tea Party and the War on Women. Tea Party events are attended by people who work, pay taxes and love this great country. They feel we are overtaxed and have too much government interference in our lives. To the Democrats, Liberals and Main Street Media these people are considered evil. The alternative to the Tea Party is the darling of the Democrats, the “Occupy Group.” They rally without the proper permits, interfere with people going to work, and decimate personal and public property. Members of the occupy group have been arrested for everything from drug use, to murder and rape. Since they can stay for days it would appear they neither work nor attend college. They are the pride of the Democratic Party and highly spoken of by President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. As for the “War on Women,” the way I see it is this war boils down to two issues, pay and abortion (as if those are the only two issues women care about). Several recently published letters have congratulated the President for signing the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. President Kennedy signed the first Equal Pay Act in 1963 and George W. Bush the second in 2003. This president does not adhere to any law he simply is above the law. He himself pays women on his staff 18 percent less than the men for comparable work. What is this new law going to accomplish? Actions speak louder than words. Abortion is a billion dollar industry in America. As a Pro-life person I would much rather see the use of contraceptives to prevent pregnancies

Sustainable Communities Makes People a Mere Number, Revoke Granite State Future Agreement
When The Old Man in the Mountain fell off the cliff and hit rock bottom, he was trying to warn us there’s no future in Granite State Future. The Old Man was around when there were self-proclaimed well-meaning persons with tyrannical power to decide who should live where. There is an old Gaelic expression, “ban suidhich” meaning, “white settler” or sheep. On a whim, Lord Seaforth had the power to issue a number of summonses of removal to evict the people from their tiny crofts to make way for sheep. Families were “cleared” from the land because the overlord thought he knew better. The people did not have rights to their private property because the King owned the land. continued to page 4 - Letters to our Editor

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Community Events --------Saturday November 3 The Derry Salem Elks, 39 Shadow Lake Road, Salem, will hold their Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come and get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Community Events --------Saturday, October 27 The Salem Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session from 11 a.m. to noon on the lower level of the Municipal Office Building for the purpose of registering new voters for the upcoming Presidential/State General Election. This will be the last opportunity for a resident of Salem to register to vote if he/she wants their name to appear on the checklist that will be used on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. New Hampshire election law does, however, allow a person to register to vote at the polls if they present required documentation. Voters must be 18 years of age or older, and a picture ID and proof of domicile is required. Naturalized citizens must show a passport of documented citizenship papers.

Library --------------------Thursday, November 1 The Kelley Library will hold a Movie st Night at 6:30 p.m. In honor of Thanksgiving, this month’s film is Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, and Patricia Clarkson. Movie nights are open to the public at no charge. Contact Paul at 898-7064 for more information, or visit www.kelleylibrary.org.





Thursday, November 15 The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main Street, Salem, from 1-7 p.m. Blood donations are needed to meet the basic need for New Hampshire hospitals this November. The American Red Cross urges those who are eligible to help meet the need by donating blood.



Saturday, November 3 rd “Perfectly Frank” is a delightful evening of swing, jazz, and Sinatra featuring the 16-piece Boston Big Band and premier vocalist, Steve Marvin, to be presented on Saturday, November 3, at Windham High School auditorium. The concert is a benefit to raise funds for mental health services for veterans and their families. This swinging band consists of professional musicians from the greater Boston area whose musical styles and sounds echo the Count Basie and Nelson Riddle era. Steve Marvin’s incredible voice brings Frank Sinatra’s mellow crooning and finger-snapping rhythms to life for the delight of all. Sponsoring this spectacular musical event to raise funds for their unique outreach to provide mental health services to veterans and their families. This is a powerful and practical way to say, “Thank you,” to all past and present military personnel for their service and sacrifice for our freedom. There is a cost for the tickets, and they are free for veterans and military personnel in uniform. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nepastoral.org or at the door.


Monday, November 26 The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Salem Housing Authority, 70 Telfer Circle, Salem, from 1-6 p.m. Blood donations are needed to meet the basic need for New Hampshire hospitals this November. The American Red Cross urges those who are eligible to help meet the need by donating blood.

Saturday, November 3 rd As part of the Kelley Library’s ongoing observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a Civil War Movie special will be shown at 9:30 a.m. The library is presenting Gettysburg, starring Martin Sheen and Tom Berenger. This feature film is closely based on Michael Shaara’s book Killer Angels, which was a selection for the Kelley Library Civil War Book Group. This event is open to the public at no charge.


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Oct. 31st 6-8pm
Seminars & Courses--Thursday, November 8 The Windham Community Development th Department and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce will hold a free Business Education Seminar entitled Social Media for Small Business: Facebook and Google+ Essentials, featuring guest speakers: Stacey Bruzesse from The Final Details Marketing and Design, and MaryAnn Pfeiffer from 108 Degrees LLC. This seminar will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Library at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. Registration is required. Please RSVP by Monday, November 5. For information on this and other events, or to register, visit www.windham-nh.com or contact Laura Scott, Community Development Director at: lscott@windhamnewhampshire.com or by calling 432-3806. Light refreshments will be served.

Library ----------------------------Wednesday, October 31 st To wrap up One Book, One Month, Joan Fardella and the Kelley Library Book Group will be discussing The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne at 7 p.m. Stop by the main desk of the library to borrow a copy of the book to read before meeting night. New members are always welcome. Find more information about this and other book groups at the Kelley Library at www.kelleylibrary.org.


Monday, November 5 Teens, ages 11 and up, are invited to join the Kelley Library Teen Friends to do a variety of volunteer activities at 2:30 p.m. Teen Friends help the children’s librarians with preparing children’s programs, create displays, plan and help present events for young adults, and other activities. For information about becoming a Kelley Teen Library Friend, contact Cathy or Michele at 898-7064.



Wednesday, November 7 The Kelley Library is proud to be partnering with the Salem Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, which will meet at 7:30 p.m. This month the group is reading In the Garden of Iden, by Kage Baker. New members are always welcome! Copies of the book are available through the library. Visit www.kelleylibrary.org for more information about this and other book groups at the Kelley Library.


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property because the King owned the land. America was founded on the principles of a free people with rights. We do not surrender these rights even to self-proclaimed well-meaning unelected officials deciding what’s in our best interest. Once this power is surrendered, the unelected bureaucrats will exercise fidelity, not to the people, but to their own self interests. Granite State Future was signed without the knowledge or participation of our Selectmen and there were no public hearings before it was signed. The Selectmen didn’t even know it was signed until it was brought to their attention by Selectman Stephen Campbell. If we had a Town Administrator instead of a Town Manager this could not have happened because a Town Administrator does not have the power to bind the Town unilaterally. Why should we trust unelected bureaucrats to go forward with Granite State Future carte blanche? Will they act in the best interests of the people when they’ve already gone ahead without the consent of the governed and signed agreements with the Regional Planners? How much taxpayer money has been spent on legal fees just to determine whether or not and to what extent the Town Manager has already committed the Town of Salem to Granite State Future? Shouldn’t these questions have been asked first before signing the “loyalty oath” with Granite State Future? Is this the kind of change to move forward with? Tell them to keep the change. How much will be diverted from the needs of the residents of Salem to other communities within the Region if they go forward with Granite State Future? How much will well-connected crony developers and favored contractors get out of it? What is the cost/benefit ratio to the Town? There’s been no ground swell from the people of Salem to expand our jurisdictional borders into the greater region where resources from Salem will be shared with others outside of Salem. I’d like to believe that we still have a government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. This will never happen if we allow unelected self-serving bureaucrats to call the shots for us. Something as important as the Regional Planning Granite State Future Sustainable Communities Initiative should have had several public hearings. It should not have been signed without the knowledge or advice of the Selectmen. The source of funding, the strings attached and long term consequences should have been presented to the public before it was signed What promises do the Regional Planners with Granite State Future make and how many will they keep? Whatever happens, there’s one promise we can all be absolutely sure they will keep, and that is, no matter what agreement is made, the taxpayer will always be invited to the table when the time comes for someone to pick up the tab. Martha Titcomb Spalding, Salem Rep. McMahon is dedicated to helping parents like myself (who are care providers) manage our children’s care in the comfort of our homes. As a member of the Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee, he worked with his committee to deliver a better and more cost-effective program for chronically-ill children, like Sean. Rep. McMahon cosponsored the Pilot Program named Sean William Corey. This program represents an opportunity for the State to provide better “care services” and significantly reduce the cost of services to Chronically Ill children. He is a strong advocate for the disabled and chaired the statutory Wait List Oversight Committee to sell the legislature on a quick elimination of the list. He has reformed outdated institutions and placed children back into the homes of their parents. He continues to work with legislative leaders to deliver true Health Care Reform. I encourage voters to support a true leader who, as State Representative, will continue to work hard to improve overall patient care, while saving costs. Patricia Corey, Salem fact that eventually kindergarten will most likely be full day, also will add the need for more classrooms. These are some of the “facts” that this report bases its projections on, clearly when you start out with incorrect numbers, you end up with incorrect numbers. This study also does not take into account several other important factors, this country is just starting to climb out of the worst recession in 80 years, the data being used is a historic outlier. Home sales in Salem are up by 25 percent, and any real estate agent will tell you, good quality people move to towns with good quality schools, bringing up home values. If this study had been done back in 2003-2004 when births in Salem were at a peak, we would be talking about adding two schools. The truth is, school enrollments vary over the years. But, according to this study in 20 to 30 years we would be left with a few hundred students in our entire school system! Does anyone really believe that will happen? By closing one of our schools, broad redistricting would be necessary. Redistricting would not only affect Haigh students, but every elementary School, meaning for example a child in North Salem could be redistricted to Lancaster or Fisk. The impact on the children of Salem would be immeasurable. No school renovation plans will pass without the Haigh parents vote. We, the people of Salem need to unite to get all of our Schools renovated. Please, contact the members of our school board and come to the public forum on October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Salem High School television studio. Let them know that Salem needs to keep moving forward, to look to the future, to plan for the future. If you build it, they will come. Faith DeVita, Salem

Romney Wrong to Politicize Libya
Governor Romney “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” I am upset by your crude, politicization of the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya. Using recently deceased Americans for political gain is utterly indecent and inhuman to the extreme. Find another subject in your futile attempt to establish your national security credibility, all I know is that you volunteered for mission duty in France while a lot of us were in the uniformed services during the Vietnam War. Edward Herger, Salem

It’s More Than Just “Pro Choice”
When you vote remember two things Pell Grants and Supreme Court Justices. At the debates Romney said he supported Pell Grants, in conflict with what he has said at other events; if you have a child or grandchild heading for college that could be a big finical problem. Second, there are several Justices in their 70s who may retire or leave do to health issues. Romney has said that he will appoint justices in the mode of Antonin Scalia overturning Roe. Romney also said that he would support a Personhood Amendment, meaning some forms of birth control would be illegal. The Personhood Amendment gives legal rights, including rights of property to a zygote; a miscarriage or still born would be investigated as murder and an abortion would be murder. I was in my 30 living in Albany, NY when the Roe v. Wade decision was made, although pro-life myself I was pleased. My best friend was an OBGYN nurse in one of the hospitals. She was called down to the emergency room every time a botched abortion was admitted, because it was illegal they always waited until they were on death’s door, with antibiotics most were saved but there were two that weren’t. One was a 17 year old who said that she needed an abortion because her father would kill her if he knew she was messing around. The second was a white suburban housewife with five children under the age of eight, whose husband had left for parts unknown,
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Closing Haigh School Would Impact the Whole Town
I am writing in regards to the second phase of the elementary school renovation project. I am a home owner in Salem, a small business owner, and I am a parent of two children attending Haigh School. My children are in third and fourth grade, and assuming there is truth in the forecasted date of closing, my children would make it through. However, to say my family would not be affected by closing any School in Salem would be incorrect. Every person in Salem will be affected, this decision will carve the landscape of Salem for years to come. The Salem school board is basing their decision largely on a recent report that states our enrollment in Salem schools is expected to drop over the next two years by about 264 students. This report is posted on the school district’s website www.sau57.org, I urge you to read it. The report states there has been a decline of 728 students from K-12 through the period of 2004-2012, with no mention of the over 700 students shifted to Windham High School during that time. Also, left out of this report are all the children who attend kindergarten outside the public school system. The

In Support of McMahon
I would like to praise Rep. Charles McMahon who is running Republican for State House - Rockingham 7. My son Sean, who is 5, suffers from chronic kidney disease, chronic bladder disease and seizure disorder.

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she was beside herself not knowing how she would feed the children she had. Sadly abortion has been around for centuries in the U.S. In the 1600 and 1700s the methods used were brutal, there were many deaths. Politicians started early using women’s issues to govern; in 1873 they passed the Comstock Act a portion of which made it illegal to allow birth control information to be distributed because the number of white babies had dropped compared to other races. In the 1880s abortion was made illegal in most states because women were getting a little to uppity, wanting the vote and all. True, look it up. Illegal abortion initiatives sprang up all over the country. In Chicago a group called Abortion Counseling Services (code name Jane) had trained practitioners who risked imprisonment to perform safe abortions. By the 1960s, the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion, a network of pastors and rabbis joined up with feminist groups to set up referral services to help women with safe abortions. Then there were the thousands of back ally or kitchen table abortionist. It is hard to tell how many women died from these procedures, records are fuzzy; many deaths were attributed to other things to protect families. (These deaths were the motivation for Clergy involvement) In a perfect world no one would need or want an abortion. I don’t know any Democrat, including the President who thinks abortion is a good idea, they are realists. President Obama is the first President who went to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, asking if there was anything the government could do to help reduce abortions. Women will get abortions. Let them be safe, we don’t need any more women and girls dying in emergency rooms. Vote for President Obama on November 6, this election is too important to take a chance on Romney/Ryan. Women’s reproductive issues need to remain private. Rebecca Fee, Salem funds through big insurance, who have never improved health care outcomes nor reduced costs. Romney has stated he will dismantle the Affordable Care Act in spite of the Supreme Court ruling. Both of these actions will be disastrous for the majority of Americans. The NH right wing O’Brien-led legislature has already cut Health and Human Services budgets disproportionally affecting seniors - aid to nursing homes, help with Alzheimer care, in-home nursing services. According to studies, going to a voucher system for Medicare will increase individual healthcare costs by $6,000 per year with no indication that services would be better. This is a disaster for seniors. On the national front, we know Romney and his fellow Republicans have written off 47 percent of us. We know that Romney is of and by the 1 percent. What is really surprising about the Republican stand on the Affordable Care act is that the idea for “ObamaCare” came out of a Republican Think Tank called the Heritage Foundation, was first implemented by Republican Governor (Romney), and was upheld by a Republican leaning Supreme Court. We must think hard and long about voting Republican this year. The Republican Party is no longer the party for Americans. Voting Republican in NH means you will be voting for a voucher system for Medicare in NH. Voting Republican in the national election means you might lose the benefits you are already receiving through Affordable Care Act - the closed donut hole, preventative care guarantees, no discrimination for pre-existing conditions, small business tax credits, as well as those benefits set to begin in 2014. Make sure you are registered to vote, have a valid ID, and vote on November 6. If you can’t get out, call the town office and arrange for an absentee ballot. Dee Lewis, Salem even basic priorities, like public education, highways or healthcare that keeps up with the needs of a growing and economically developing populace. Whether you’re currently for or against the idea of an income tax in NH, a final reason to think twice about Question 1 is this: it leaves one fewer option down the road if voters in NH ever decide we’d like to take a real shot at halting the growth of property taxes. This affects not only homeowners, but renters through the rent they pay, and on small business owners. Reducing, or even slowing the growth of property taxes is mathematically impossible through spending cuts alone in Concord. Changes to New Hampshire’s core document should be rare and done only when absolutely necessary. Question 1 is unnecessary at best, and fiscally reckless at worst for generations to come. I will vote no on Question 1. Laurel Redden, Salem

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I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for the position of State Representative for the Town of Salem. I have lived in Salem for 34 years. My two sons attended Salem Public Schools. My education includes a BS in International Business from Southern NH University, a Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University, and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (2003 and 2006). I retired from Lucent Technologies (AT&T/Western) as a Human Resources Manager in 2001 after 25 years of service. Subsequently, I worked for the State of NH, Employment Security in Salem, as an Employment Counselor. I then returned to Human Resources, working at Textron Systems in Wilmington. My Social Security Checks began in 2011. My work skills translate nicely into the skills needed in Concord - the ability to negotiate, manage conflict resolution, understand both sides of issues, and problem solving. My experience as an Employment Counselor gave me a deep understanding of individual’s and family’s needs during a life crisis such as losing one’s job. I am running for State Representative because I care about the future of our state. I believe that the past two years have shown that the legislature has had the wrong priorities and have hurt middle class families. My priority is to fight for middle class families. On another note - I am running for office because I feel that Salem has been under represented in Concord and I believe Salem deserves the best in representation. During the course of my career, I have regularly passed extensive background checks. • I believe we must have vibrant public schools. I do not believe our tax money should be siphoned off to religious schools. • I will advocate for legislation that promotes a business friendly environment conducive to job growth. We must make strategic investments (like finishing I-93) in order to open the way for additional business. • I will advocate for Women’s Healthcare rights. • I believe we must protect Medicare for our seniors and not go to a voucher system. • I believe expanded gaming is a great economic opportunity for Salem creating jobs and bringing an influx of investment into Salem. Endorsements: NH AFL-CIO, Common Sense for NH, National Education Association - NH. I am an honest, caring person who will keep Salem’s best interests in the forefront. Acting as your representative will be my full time job, not a side line. I have no hidden social agendas. I ask for your vote on November 6. Dee Lewis, Salem

Mitt is Not a Champion of the Middle Class.
I recently saw a Mitt Romney ad that lamented the fact that middle class household income has decreased by $4,000 and how he feels our pain. What he failed to mention is that the Republican Party has been successfully fighting for lower labor costs for many years. They have fought against minimum wage laws and promoted Right to Work for Less legislation which has been implemented in many states. Attacks on organized labor in both the private and public sectors have successfully decreased union memberships to the lowest level in many decades. This lower union membership goes hand in hand with reduced benefits in the workplace including more expensive health insurance, elimination of pensions, and longer work hours at a lower rate of pay to mention a few. The state of Mississippi has the lowest percentage of union workers in the country at about 4 percent of the workforce, they also have the lowest per capita income in the country, Does Mitt believe that this is a coincidence? Another strategy for lowering middle class income is outsourcing jobs to countries with lower labor costs. Mitt knows all about this, outsourcing jobs is Chapter 1 in the Bain Capital playbook. The threat of outsourcing is a particularly effective weapon at keeping wages as low as possible. Don’t be fooled by Mitt, he has shown repeatedly a willingness to change his position on any issue at any time if there is political advantage to be had. Back and forth and back on women health issues, equal pay, necessity of teachers and training programs. You name it and Mitt has held opposing positions on just about everything. Never has a President had to clean up such a mess from the opposing party. Their major complaint about President Obama is that he hasn’t fixed the economy destroyed by Republican irresponsibility quickly enough; from invading the wrong country after 9/11 and putting the bill for the war on a credit card to an unmonitored banking system which caused a total collapse in the credit markets. The new generation of Tea Party Republicans has opposed the President on every piece of legislation since 2010 seeking neither compromise nor common ground. They are only focused on removing the President from office. President Obama’s economic program is already showing significant progress from the depths of the Great Recession. Automotive manufacturing is way up; oil production has increased while gasoline use is down. Real Estate values have stabilized and actually starting to increase in some areas. 401K personal pension plans have recovered significantly. Critical investments in education and training are being made now to insure that the economic recovery will be sustainable. Just about the only mistake that the President has made was describing the Republican Party as driving the economy into a ditch. A more accurate description would be driving the economy into the Grand Canyon. The Republican Party has not earned the right to be trusted with the Presidency. John Mosto, Salem

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Voting for Ovide
What I have always liked about NH gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne is that he is genuine. He has lived the values he advocates on the campaign trail. Whether that means taking in a special needs foster child and raising him to adulthood, turning down federal funds when they came with federal control of education or leading an annual fundraising effort to support cash-strapped non-profits that serve the poor, this son of New Hampshire practices what he preaches. Besides these admirable personal qualities, Ovide has extensive experience in the policy areas that will be driving the agenda in the next few years. As a former chair of the state Board of Education he knows the challenges of funding and shaping a school system that will produce graduates with the skills needed for a 21st century workforce. His service as counsel to a major medical center has given him insight into the many facets of health care access, delivery, and financing. His leadership of the country’s oldest credit union gave him an understanding of the financial needs of homeowners and small businesses. And finally, his career as a lawyer representing businesses large and small brought him in daily contact with the regulations that not only add to the cost of an initiative, but strangle innovation. In all my years in politics I can’t think of another candidate whose character and entire life experience had better prepared him to be governor than Ovide Lamontagne. Donna Sytek, Salem

Vote No on Question 1
On November 6, NH voters will find at the bottom of our ballots a proposal to amend the NH state constitution to permanently ban any taxes on income. Voters would be wise to ask why the sudden “need” to change our state Constitution on this matter. Many voters remain unaware this is on our ballot. For those who missed the action, lawmakers in Concord this year decided it was not sufficient to simply uphold their campaign pledges to oppose this kind of tax during their own elected term. They decided to open the Constitution to change on this matter and dictate to all future legislatures - and we voters - how to handle this issue. Our NH state Constitution sets the framework for how we govern ourselves, and has worked well for more than 200 years. Not only would amending it dictate state tax policy for the next 200 years, it would diminish the role of the NH legislature and, with it, strip voters of our own power to make decisions that fit with our times. It would back NH further into a fiscal corner, preventing a specific kind of revenue to fund unforeseen emergencies, or

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The Great Sheep Boom
by Susan Miner On October 9 the Salem Historical Society met at the Salem Museum and hosted guest speaker Steve Taylor who gave his discussion on the Great Sheep Boom. Steve has won the 2012 New Hampshire Dairy Farm of the Year award. He owns and runs Taylor Brothers Farm in Meriden. Steve discussed a period of about 30 years in which people got rich like no other time before. It starts about 1620 and the hardship of not having enough food to live on because re-supplying was 90 days by sea. The climate they experienced here was nothing like what they experienced over in Europe or British Isles. The greatest challenge of all was the vast forest that covered the land. The land was 95 percent forest, about 65 percent of that forest was hard wood of that hard wood about one-third of that was beech trees which left on its own would grow to be about six foot thick. They had to clear the land in order to be able to plan crops to sustain themselves. Steve tells the group “In order to clear the land they would initially go in and do what was called stubbing trees. They would go in with a hatchet and just top off the tree so the second year there wouldn’t be any canopy.” They could now plant oats, barley and wheat in the soil around the remaining stump and the sunlight would hit the forest floor now. After the stumps remained for four or five years they would build a fire around them and try to burn them. They couldn’t burn he entire stump so they would wait ten or fifteen years for the roots to start to rot out and take chains and pull them out with oxen finally creating a meadow. They did this for 200 years south of the White Mountains where 80 percent of the land was cleared. There was no modern machinery this was brutally hard work clearing all this land. They would gather all the ashes from the burning of the stumps and sell that as a commodity. Ashes contain potassium, so they were able to sell it to assist in making glass, gunpowder and it contained fertility enhancement properties for the soil. They were selling it back in Europe and to the industrial base of New England. The soft wood pulled from the forest were used for ships masts or timbers or building for construction because they could not process hard wood like they could the soft wood. This brings us to about 1809 when the beginning of the great prosperity starts. Thomas Jefferson appoints William Jarvis to be the American Ambassador to the Spanish court. Jarvis had a farm up in Vermont and an interest in agriculture. One of the first things he did was go out to the countryside of Spain and see the huge herds of sheep. Jarvis had an Englishman put together a deal to buy 15,000 Merino sheep. With no ethics laws on the books, he arranges half of the sheep to go to Englishmen and the other half shipped to New Hampshire. Three thousand eight hundred fifty sheep moved to U.S. port of New York, 1,000 to Boston and Newburyport, Jarvis reserved 350 for himself coming in through Newburyport to and driven over land to Weathersfield, VT. In 1810 the balance of his purchase was brought in to various ports from Maine to Virginia. Jarvis had a vision to get good sheep and then build up the agriculture in the United States. Word got around and everybody who had some money wanted to get their hands on a ram to mate with the native sheep and upgrade generation by generation with the genetics these sheep possessed. In a matter of 5 or 6 years the number of sheep began to boom. In Plainfield, NH in 1815 they had a population of 1169 sheep (based on tax documents), by 1825 the number had grown to 10,432. That was a nine fold increase and their value was very high. The land has been cleared and there is plenty of room for the sheep to eat in the pastures. Development of the wool mills has come to be by this time and the ability to process the wool coming off the farm. The oldest mill dates back to 1816. They soon started popping up anyplace there was water to power the mills. The great explosion of animals on the land caused a problem of containment. Wire had not been invented yet, all the wood they had from clearing the land had been used for other things so the only other thing they had as a resource were rocks. So began the building of the four foot high rock walls. Before you knew it there were 250,000 miles of stone walls built in New Hampshire to contain the sheep. The next challenge was finding enough to feed them through the winter. They used every available bit of manpower to cut hay in the summer, get it cured and moved into the barn for the winter. Next is the timber wolf problem, it is a natural predator of sheep but by killing their natural habitat most of them died off but the remainder were shot. Parasites soon became a problem, they didn’t kill the sheep they just weakened the sheep and it was an incurable cycle. They tried to deal with the problem by making a tea with tobacco plants and pouring the tea down the sheep’s throat. Foot rot was the sheep’s next problem, again, not killing it but causing a multitude of other problems. Now to 1837, this was the perfect storm year

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Steve Taylor discussed the Great Sheep Boom of New Hampshire. which brings the end to the big boom. The panic of 1837 and the depression, the Erie Canal and railroads opening up the west, competition to wool production was beginning. Piracy was coming under control, so wool from Argentine and Australia moved into the market here, depressing the price of the wool produced in our mills. The industrial revolution started, people now worked indoors and wool clothing was not needed as much, box stoves used for heating houses were invented so heavy woolen blankets were not needed. The demand for woolen textiles was diminishing and the demand for cotton textiles was now in higher demand. There were too many animals on too little land and the pastures couldn’t regenerate quickly enough to sustain a food source for all the sheep. As early as 1840 people began to abandon their pastures. The sheep boom collapsed and they started shipping the sheep out west. The impact of this period of prosperity leaves us with two things. Stone walls and impressive architecture created by the wealth from the sheep boom. There is also the legacy of the mills, most of the wooden ones have burned down but the brick ones are seeing a revival now being refurbished and used as office space, lodging and restaurants. One other aspect of the decline of the boom was a great psychological depression due to the fact that there was nothing to take the place of the Great Sheep Boom. The fields that they worked so hard to clear began to grow back, the loss of jobs was astounding and people all moved away, towns just disappeared. Windham lost one third of its population, Pelham also lost one third of its population, Litchfield lost half of its population, Atworth lost over 75 percent of its population. People moved west and towards the Boston area. Dairy farming started but never grew to the numbers of the sheep.

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Hidden Jewel Award Winners (back row - left to right) Emerald Award winner Melanie Nesheim, Sapphire Award winner Kelly Bryant (front row left to right) Ruby Award winner Diane Hatem, Diamond in the Rough Award winner Autumn Faucher, Mother of Pearl Award winner Annamarie Nicosia, Diamond in the Rough Award winner Abigail Lehner and Pink Diamond Award winner Susan Covey. by Susan Miner The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce has found some Hidden Gems and they were revealed on October 17, 2012 at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club and Event Center. This was the Fifth Annual Anniversary luncheon and the awards are a way to honor the area’s “precious gems.” These women were awarded for accomplishments, initiative, and dedication in their field of involvement. It was an acknowledgement of women in the community who have made a difference. Donna Morris, Executive Director of Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce welcomed the group while Ann Lally, Treasurer of the Salem Co-operative Bank gave opening remarks and introduced the guest speaker. Meg Cadoux Hirshberg wife of Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Yogurt was the guest speaker. The mother of three is a freelance writer and has contributed to Yankee magazine, New Hampshire magazine and the Boston Globe magazine. Since 2009 Meg has written a column for Inc. magazine called “Balancing Acts.” Meg discussed the importance of finding the balance between work and family and how if you give yourself too much to one, then the other will suffer. There needs to be a balance in order to maintain a happy healthy life. There were a total of seven awards presented. The Pink Diamond was awarded to Susan Covey. The Sapphire was awarded to Kelly Bryant. The Ruby was presented to Diane Hatem. The Emerald was presented to Melanie Nesheim. Two Diamond in the Rough awards were presented, one to Abaigail Lehner and one to Autumn Faucher. Finally the Mother of Pearl award was awarded to Annamarie Nicosia. The Salem Senior Singers gifted the room with their rendition of “America the Beautiful” after the presentation of awards was completed. Door prizes were drawn after Donna Morris gave closing remarks. Ann Lally acknowledged all the people who made the day possible then Meg Cadoux Hirshberg signed books for anybody who was interested. So many amazing women were in attendance including award winners from previous years.

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Joan Lois Coburn, 82, passed away at her daughter’s home in Hampstead, on October 10, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born in Mexico, ME, on September 5, 1930, and raised and educated in Wisconsin and Methuen, MA. She was a long-time resident of Salem before moving to Danville, and later retiring to Lake Placid, FL. She had recently moved back to New Hampshire. She was an early and active member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Salem where she directed many successful Christmas Fairs. She

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Joan L. Coburn
Hampshire. She was recently predeceased by her beloved husband, Allen W. Coburn, Sr., to whom she was married for nearly 59 years. She is survived by her son, Allen Jr. and his wife Maureen Coburn of Windham; daughters, Jane and her husband James Myers of Hampstead, and Lisa and her husband Jeff Kielinen of Lake Orion, Michigan; and her sister, Marilyn Boyd of York, ME. She adored her grandchildren, Caitlin, Allison, Sarah Joan, Maura and Benjamin; and loved hearing of their adventures as they grew. She was also a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Her Memorial Services were held on October 13 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Salem. The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, has care of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St. David’s Episcopal Church, Salem. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www. douglasandjohnson.com.

was also the church’s secretary and a member of the Altar Guild. A consummate mother of three and homemaker, she enjoyed entertaining and cooking. She often shared her creative spirit in quilting, knitting, cross-stitch, and many other mediums. She was a talented pianist and organist. Joan also loved traveling and planning trips. She spent many summers with family and friends in the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New

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Army Capt. Shawn G. Hogan, 28, of Salem, died October 17, 2012, at the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area, Golden Pond, KY, from injuries sustained in a training exercise. Shawn was born in Albany, NY, and grew up in Salem. He graduated from Salem High School in 2002, where he was cocaptain of the cross-country team. After graduation, Shawn entered the Virginia Military Institute. He was captain of the cross-country and track teams and graduated as the class Valedictorian in 2006. Shawn entered the Army in 2006 and held the rank of Captain. In 2012, he received his Green Beret. Most recently, Shawn was serving as the Commander of a Special Forces Operational Detachment headquartered at Fort Campbell, KY. Shawn enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking, rock climbing, running, and skiing. He was also an avid reader. Shawn is survived by his parents, Richard and Jean (Joly) Hogan of Salem; sister, Nicole Hogan of Salem; significant others, Karree Emmons of Clarksville, TN and her daughter Kaylynn; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Joly of Colonie, NY; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held on October 25 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem, followed by Military G.E. Funeral Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: Green Beret Foundation, PO Box 8250, Huntington Beach, CA 92615. The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem had care of the arrangements. To send a
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Victoria V. (Gillotti) Levy, 98, of Salem, died October 18, 2012, at Whittier Rehab Hospital in Haverhill, MA. Victoria was born and educated in New York, the daughter of the late Mary (Miccia) and Gabriel Gillotti. She worked for North American Reassurance Co. in New York. After moving to Salem, Victoria was a teacher’s aide in the Barron School. She volunteered at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA, for many years and sang with the Salem Senior Singers. She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Sylvan “Moe” Levy. She is survived by her daughter and sonin-law, Carol and Alan Spickler of Salem; and one granddaughter, Jennifer BeachleyLevesque. A Memorial Service was held on October 23, 2012, at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorial contributions may be made in Victoria’s memory to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90025; or www.mazon.org To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit the obituary at www. douglasandjohnson.com.

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by Kristen Hoffman Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne held a roundtable discussion at the Area News Group offices on Tuesday, October 23. Lamontagne, the republican candidate for the state’s highest office discussed his plans for helping small businesses in NH. Lamontagne has previously run for the governor’s seat and the U.S. senate. “I want to bring leadership to the governor’s office,” Lamontagne said. The candidate said that he has always been drawn to public service, and in the past has chaired the Department of Education. Lamontagne chastised the amount of red tape business owners and entrepreneurs face when trying to set up shop in the granite state, but said that despite low taxes, the real NH advantage lies in the people of the state. Lamontagne proposed creating the position of the “Business Advocate” in the governor’s office. The role of the advocate would be to directly field questions and concerns of state business owners. Lamontagne stressed that the position would not add more bureaucracy and red tape to the government, but rather, create easier lines of communication. One of his bolder plans is a five year tax break for companies that are deemed “job creators.”

Citing his work with the Department of Education, he stressed the need for reform for schools. “Support the Claremont Amendment,” he said, adding that he would do away with donor and recipient towns. The amendment makes it unlawful for the legislature to give more money to struggling school districts than to non struggling school districts, “We should not be spending property taxes that way,” he said. One of the hottest debates out there right now is Universal Healthcare. Lamontagne is a strident critic of what has been deemed “Obamacare.” He advocated the expansion of private insurers throughout the state, the expansion of Medicaid, and the creation of a high risk pool for those who already have pre-existing medical conditions. In recent years, the state has developed community ratings for insurers, which, according to Lamontagne made it harder for private insurance companies to exist and provide services in the state. Lamontagne and his Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan have been engaged in a heated election season, with close poll numbers and starkly different campaigns. Gov. John Lynch announced he would not pursue a sixth run for office last winter, which created the first NH gubernatorial race in over ten years without an incumbent.

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“Thumbs up to Rebecca Fee and Dee Lewis for sharing the facts not lies when writing their awesome Letters to the Editor. These are two women who have opened our eyes to the reality of our current legislation with whom want to put into place a managed care act HB1560, which will impair the seniors and mentally challenged of Salem. Also, we need these two women in Concord who will respect our rights as women when it comes to our women’s health issues. Not the Garcia girls who will vote to take that away from us.” “Thumbs up to the Salem Selectmen for taking the time to revisit the Granite State Future. I am looking forward to a future BOS meeting on this issue and pray they unanimously remove Salem from the program. Save our Property Rights and God Bless America!” “Thumbs up to Selectman Stephen Campbell for exposing Bill Scott’s MOU with Regional Planners/ Granite State Future /Sustainable Communities signed behind the backs of the BOS. Staffers like Scott are used to demanding and getting their way. Elected officials represent the people. Staffers should not usurp their decision-making authority.” “Thumbs up to all of the Salem residents who have become educated on the threat of the Sustainable Communities program. I hope our selectmen see the light too!” “Thumbs down. Don’t believe everything you hear on the TV or in the paper. It’s so polluted it’s not even funny. Otherwise you must believe when advertisers say, ‘you must see this movie, it’s the first of it’s kind, it’s the truth, it’s very funny.’ People are going like sheep to see these movies or whatever. These are the same people that are giving you your updates on your politics. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it must be a duck. This is what I’m saying about the media.” “Thumbs up to all the Democrats for having a dynamic duo to represent the USA. One is a thug and the other is a clown.” “Thumbs down to the amount of litter that is apparent in Salem these days. The more litter, the more littering will occur.” “Thumbs down to the Salem Police Department. The guy on Policy Street came out with a butter knife. The Salem PD responded and shot the guy three times, shot his leg off, fired a bullet 18 feet into the guys house, they fired on a guy’s fence next door. No matter what, who they shoot or who they kill, they’re always found ‘not guilty.’ Then, they’re going to put the guy in jail after they blew his leg off and put two bullets into him. That’s real police work. I hope those three cops can sleep at night. Real tough guys.” “Thumbs up. Brook Village West in Salem – You are doing a good job cleaning up the complex there, new roofing, etc.; but you do need to put in new AC/heating units in every apartment. All AC units are way over 30 yeas old and are a fire hazard. This needs to be done for each unit. There have been so many complaints and everyone can see from outside how rotted and unbalanced they are, and not air tight. Cold coming in and lots of bugs, also. Otherwise, it is looking good, but seriously, this needs to be done asap.” “Thumbs up to St. Joe’s school cross country team for a great session with much hard work and thank you to the coach who put a lot of effort into the team!” “Thumbs down to voting in the federal election. The United States of America is not a country, but a union of 50 separate countries. The President does not give the ‘state of the country’ address. He gives the ‘state of the union’ address. So, voting in the federal election is actually an act of insurrection against your country “Thumbs up to exposing the fraud and corruption is our society. Human on human abuse through fraud is as heinous a crime as physical abuse. And it’s all around us. Psychopathic predators preying on other humans is rampant, whether the court system or corporate. Hopefully, we will find the courage to put an end to it.” “Thumbs up to Representative Garcia for supporting Speaker Bill O’Brien. The House made some intelligent and tough decisions the past two years because of a nearly $800M deficit that was inherited by the Democrats who raised our taxes 24% over the previous 4 years. Thank God people like Representatives Garcia and O’Brien who brought fiscal sanity and put a stop to the social engineering and wasteful spending! Fiscal responsibility will help NH maintain the NH advantage!” “Thumbs down. I am offended by Keith Hickey’s comments demanding residents keep their opinions to themselves when they don’t reflect positively on him as Town Manager. He has bypassed the Board of Selectmen and our other elected officials while unilaterally making decisions to pursue his agendas and increase his authority. When he did this in Merrimack, it cost that town $2M for one of his mistakes.” “Thumbs down. The more I read about the Granite State Future, the more I realize it is not for Salem, NH or America. Not only does Salem need to get out of this program, they need to send a clear message to Concord to end this program statewide. It enables the federal government to directly dictate state policy -- which directly impacts Salem in multiple ways. Loss of local control, loss of water and property rights, redistribution of wealth.” “Thumbs up to Peter Rayno and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. His new format for State Representatives on candidates’ night was an excellent idea and made for a lively and informative program. He did a great job of moderating the discussion. He had done his homework and had a list of pertinent topics to stimulate the discussion. Everyone had a chance to express views and he kept things politely and efficiently moving along. A great concept and a job well done. Candy Crowley, watch out!”

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tied to a rope in the yard for a few hours a day, then put back in a crate. If you can’t afford the expense of owning an animal or have the desire to take care of it properly, maybe you should rethink being a pet owner. Shame on the town of Salem for allowing these people to adopt animals that have come from abusive homes, only to find themselves in another lousy situation.” “Thumbs down. In the past few weeks, we can see a trend for Mr. Hickey to take it upon himself to keep the BOS out of the loop, e.g. the GSF program, SCTV union employees. When the Town Manager unilaterally makes decisions without oversight, mistakes can happen. According someone’s feelings. With an increase in insurance - get rid of the unions and start using part-time employees. Most employees don’t even know what the Town has available. Save our tax dollars. Businesses either cut personnel and make do with less or hire only part-time employees.” “Thumbs down to all of you who think that Obama is giving you the promised land. He is not. He is laying down the path to socialism. Educate yourself before you vote. His programs will take away all that you now have, and your kids will never see college. It will ruin our great country forever and you will lose everything that is so good and sacred to you. Most of all of our freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be gone. Be an educated voter. Smarten up!” “Thumbs down to all the elected officials and those who are seeking election. We do not want a casino in New Hampshire!” “Thumbs down to the Salem Postal delivery in the Colonial Drive area. I understand with the cutbacks and the fact that you have to work in all kinds of weather that your job is not that easy, but getting your mail at 7:45 pm is a little ridiculous. I went outside and was looking for the horse and buggy that was delivering my mail. Hopefully, this can be resolved and we can get our mail while it’s still light out.” “Thumbs down. Regarding the lady police officer who was caught driving under the influence after an accident, my question to you would be, will she be subject to the same standards as the average citizen in the Salem community, meaning fines, 9 months suspension of license, and most important three days of alcohol school in Amherst, at a cost to her of about $600, which all people who are charged for that have to attend.”

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“Thumbs down to the Benghazi-gate Comment. I am a Vietnam era veteran. I equate Governor Romney’s Benghazi-gate with Joe McCarthy’s politicizing cold war issues that should not have been treated in the media. Presidents have ‘blood on their hands’; several for Vietnam, Reagan for Marines killed while they slept in Lebanon, Clinton for Mogadishu, GW Bush and Obama have ‘blood on their hands’ for Iraq and Afghanistan. Politicizing casualties suffered during a president’s term is no better than the hippies who spat on my uniformed contemporaries. Governor Romney ought to be ashamed.” “Thumbs down to you, Mr. President. Your slogan is ‘moving forward.’ Yes, you are moving us forward into the gas chambers. Oh, you people think history won’t repeat itself? Well, think again.” “Thumbs down to the misleading Republican attack ad on Maggie Hassan. She and her family live in the house owned by Phillips Exeter Academy where her husband is the principal. They do not own that house. Phillips Exeter pays the property tax on that house. This false ad is put out by Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign.” “Thumbs down to the people who removed the Obama magnet from my car while I was parked at the mall, and removed the Obama sign from my yard the day after I put it up. I don’t support your candidate, but I do respect your right to support him. Why can’t you show others the same courtesy?” “Thumbs up to the Town of Salem. The imaginary fiction created out of thin air. Much like a ‘forest’, a fiction you can’t touch. You can touch the bark or leaves of a tree, but you can’t touch a forest. It’s an imaginary concept. It’s make believe. You can’t touch ‘The Town of Salem’. It’s a make believe corporation created out of thin air when pen hit paper and the charter was written. As a town employee, if they ever met their boss, the Town of Salem. It’s really just people dealing with people. The rest is make believe.” “Thumbs down to pet owners who have an animal only as a status figure. Believe it or not animals do need to be cared for, ie: proper feeding, medical care, and yes maybe even a walk from time to time. This 18-months Samedoes not mean As-Cash Option on

he was their Town Manager. This is why we have a system of checks and balances and they should be respected. It doesn’t help when Mr. Hickey publicly blasts people for getting upset with his lack of transparency.” “Thumbs up to Martha S. for posting her letter and explaining the seriousness of the Sustainable Communities! Time for the BOS to take action!” “Thumbs down. Called the town office to find out where I am voting as I am newly registered. They told me where, only to find out others in my building go elsewhere. I called back, and the person who answered the phone (and suggestion is they tell you their name when answering) transferred me all around to finally find out that I will vote where the people in my building vote, not the one told to me at the beginning. I can see why there are so many negatives about town employees - incompetent, lack of training, but make big bucks.” “Thumbs up to the Salem/Derry Elks for hosting the Salem Junior Olympic Devils Halloween party. A wonderful time was had by all. And a special thumbs up to the Ghostbusters who stopped by and were the highlight of the party. Thanks to all of you!”

“Thumbs down. How many times have you heard it said, ‘leave it to a cop to screw up traffic’? This time it wasn’t directing traffic, but obstructing traffic flow. Shortly after 5 pm Saturday, after a cop had stopped someone, his lights were flashing and the traffic had stopped. He could have had the guy pull into the next parking lot.” “Thumbs down to Miss Fee who questions people as to why people support Obama. Then she asks why the other rich people support Romney. The difference is that unlike the rich celebrities, the Romney folks want to help America. She and Dee Lewis come up with a lot of tit for tat, but Obama’s plans have ruined the country. Please pick your battles.” “Thumbs down to NH legislature. You did not appropriate money for public broadcasting. Channel 16 is now obsolete. This is such an educational program for children all the way to the elderly. For many of us, it’s the only way that we see theatre or arts. I am surprised that you could take a program with so much education away from us.” Thank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Salem Community Patriot staff. Thumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at thumbs@areanewsgroup.com. When submitting a Thumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Salem Community Patriot. During the election campaign, no comments will be allowed that are direct endorsements or censure of candidates on the thumbs page. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.

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Salem High School Recognizes …
ubmitted by Salem High School Mike Courtois for his selection to serve on the National Advisory Council of the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). One of three committees of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Board of Directors, the NASC National Advisory Council serves to provide valuable input to NASC staff on issues, topics and concerns related to student council. Members of the Council are also tasked with selecting the region finalists and national winners of the NASC Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year Awards and performing periodic reviews of NASC Awards programs. They will also be actively engaged with the 2013 NASC National Conference in Las Vegas, NV in June 2013. Along with this recognition, Courtois was recognized on May of 2012 as the New Hampshire Association of Student Councils (NHASC) 2012 Advisor of the Year at the State House in Concord. Other acknowledgments include: • Biology teacher at Salem High School for 32 years • Summer school director for 25 years • 29th year as Student Council Advisor at SHS • NHASC Co-Exec. Director 11th year • NHASC Advisor of the Year 1994 • Member of the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors Currently serving two-year term as Region 1 (New England) representative to the National Association of Student Councils Advisory Board.

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Upon returning home, Barnes continued physical therapy in Derry for his injuries. A surgery to rotate a nerve in his arm restored most function to his right hand. “You get aches and pains, but what are you going to do,” he said. Once released, Barnes hopes to go back to school for accounting, looking for advancement in the workforce. “There isn’t an overabundance of accountants,” he said. An evaluation taken during the recovery process indicated this to be an area the veteran would excel in. Barnes currently works in Concord, MA, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Still waiting to be released from the National Guard, Barnes is limited to either part-time employment or full time education as part of the Warriors in Transition program. Designed to rehabilitate soldiers to either active duty or civilian status, the program only allows soldiers a limited workload so they can focus on treatment and therapy. Barnes enjoys the people he currently works with, and said he wouldn’t mind becoming an actual employee once released he said. It was not only Barnes in the Military All Terrain Vehicle that day, a total of six people were involved in the explosion, killing the driver, Robert Grady of Vermont, and injuring the rest. Barnes said a medic in the vehicle received the worst injuries, and has been down in San Antonio, Texas for rehabilitation. “They finally got him up on the prostatic legs,” he said. Another soldier returned to college and two returned to active duty. Barnes said he was soon to attend the wedding of a gunner in the vehicle. A humble man, Barnes said he does not feel he is owed anything. “The hero bit and everything else was a bit much,” he said. Support from family, friends, and the community helped him get through the process, adding he was not big in being in the public eye. “It is not necessarily my story,” he said noting the extensive funding to operate on his injuries and rehab he didn’t financially pay for. “The amount of support I got while I was in the hospital, while I was going through rehab and everything else, has been absolutely excellent,” he said, “It was a little bit overwhelming.” He said now that he is back in Salem he wants to be independent. Barnes spoke of the support his parents provided during his time at Walter Reed. Finding it hard to put their support into words, Barnes was incredibly grateful for their presence. “Mom and dad came down and they were there for the hardest part, the rehab,” he said. Barnes described their support as phenomenal and said they were always there. “They helped me get through all the low points,” he said, adding his mother would help him get dressed in the morning, but restrain herself from helping when he would do tasks necessary for independence. “They were huge.” Now Barnes said he is looking to be released fully from the National Guard and regain his independence. He enjoys the time he spends with his son Buddy, 8, and his daughter Anna, 10. Barnes said Congressman Charles Bass has recognized him multiple times for his service along with other community groups.

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Salem Community Patriot | October 26, 2012 - 11

Girls Soccer Team Finishes 2012 Season Without Regrets
by Jacob Gagnon As the Salem High School Girls Soccer team walked off the field for the final time of the 2012 season on October 19 after falling to Nashua North, 2-0, the pain of a premature end to the season was still too fresh to overcome. The younger players will not be able to understand how much experience they earned or how much they grew as athletes until later. The seniors will not truly appreciate how much they have helped mold the future of the program through their leadership in the moment following that final game. At least the seniors of the squad were able to realize how much they meant to one another following the end of the 2012 season. It may be a year or two, but the impact of seniors Janelle Borges, Rebecca Collins, Katy Page, and Rachel Blazich, will be seen within the Salem High School program. “We were in every game. It’s tough when you’re down but I think we kept our heads on every game and played tough,” said Blazich. The theme of never giving up is one that Head Coach Kendrick Whittle was able to instill in his players’ minds all season long. “We never gave up. We always stuck in every game, even if we were down 2-0, we kept playing as hard as we did when it was 0-0,” said Page. There were other moments of positive respite for the Blue Devils within the season. Defensively, Salem was tested every game and rose to each occasion. “Our defensive line was so strong,” said Borges. Salem has lost seven games this season by one goal. Even in the final loss against the Titans, the second goal was only scored as the Blue Devils were focusing on moving ahead offensively. “It’s not like we were losing games eight, nine, ten to nothing. If it was, then I wouldn’t really want to be here, but they’re competitive and we were in every match. We were battling hard,” said Whittle. The Blue Devils will be able to look back not on the record, but the scorebooks, to see how heartbreakingly close the 2012 season was to being a hugely successful campaign. “Overall, the girls worked hard. At the beginning of the year, I kind of knew that we were in a transitional year. There was a lot of growth and progress from the younger kids and the seniors played well,” said Whittle. “Division I soccer in the state of New Hampshire is very, very good and very competitive. Obviously, we experienced that this year.” In the midst of the transition, Whittle needed strong leadership from within the team. He was able to get it without having to even ask. “They’ve certainly been great leaders for the program and role models for the younger kids,” said Whittle. Next season will depend on how badly the underclassmen want to succeed and how they will use the experience earned this season. The offseason, which the Salem High Girls Soccer team is now in, will decide the fate of next year. “Now the hard part starts and they’ve got to push themselves,” said Whittle. This year’s seniors have provided the mold; it is now someone else’s turn to fill it. Borges, Collins, Page and Blazich walked off the field as a team on October 19 for the final time as teammates, but not as friends. The tough times and close losses are bearable, if every ounce of effort is given with teammates you respect. “I wouldn’t change the season as long as I was playing with them,” said Blazich.

Ovide Lamontagne at Rotary
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Bringing an end to the Greater Salem Rotary Club’s political speaker series, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne spoke to members last Friday about his plans if elected to the governor’s office. The economy was first up for the gubernatorial candidate saying he was concerned about job loss in the state. “New Hampshire is at a crossroads,” he said, adding the state has 30,000 fewer jobs then 2008. He said the state’s economy had fallen from 10th in the country to 30th. Part owner of his law firm, Lamontagne said the firm has a program to create and help small businesses get started at no cost. He said a successful business would create jobs and hoped the small businesses would return to his law firm for legal counsel. “We need the lifeblood of business and that’s capital.” Lamontagne said the government should provide a successful platform for business. “The governor of New Hampshire should be the ambassador and chief of recruiting business to New Hampshire,” he said. A former teacher, Lamontagne said he is an advocate for educational reform. “That no child left behind program is a republican mistake and a democratic mistake.” A proposed Learn to Earn program will align education with the New Hampshire workforce at community colleges and four-year institutions, Lamontagne said. The gubernatorial candidate also expressed concerns about a limited support for state schools. Lamontagne said the schools only receive six percent support from the state, the lowest in the country. Lamontagne said restoration of funding would be critical along with support in the form of scholarships. Lamontagne believes he can balance the state’s budget without additional or increased taxes, pledging not to approve a broad based sales or income tax. “It is very important we live

staff photo by S. Aaron Shamshoyan

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne shakes hands with Rotary Club President Peter Rayno after speaking to Rotarians Friday at Atkinson Country Club.
within our means,” he said. Lamontagne closed saying he was pro-growth and pro-freedom. He promised to sign or veto every bill that made it to his desk. Lamontagne said he wouldn’t use party labels and would serve all people in New Hampshire.

Kelly Ayotte at Mosaic Technology
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan concerned for the economy. “Here’s a guy U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) campaigned (Romney) that’s been successful at everything for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in he’s done.” Ayotte noted Romney’s success Salem Tuesday. both as the former governor of Massachusetts The senator spoke to employees at Mosaic and also in business. She said he understands Technologies on Northwestern Drive about why how to balance a budget. she supports Romney. Ayotte also said government regulation in “I’m really worried about where our country’s going,” she said, noting the rising deficit and 7.8 percent unemployment rate. Ayotte shared concerns on the economy. She said the country was in “the slowest economic recovery since World War two.” Concerns about what Ayotte called core issues were discussed. “We need strong presidential leadership,” she said, noting the need for an economy boom to get people back to work. She also said the next generation should not be left with the current debt. U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) visited Mosaic Technologies where she Ayotte criticized the president saying spoke to employees about her support for GOP Presidential Candidate gas prices have doubled since he Mitt Romney. Ayotte is pictured with Mosaic Technologies Chief took office and healthcare costs have Operating Operator Dean Kacos, and CEO Tom Desmet. gone up about $2,000 for families. “We haven’t had the presidential leadership.” restricting businesses. “It’s become much Ayotte said President Obama came into office more difficult to do business,” she said, speaking about bipartisanship and uniting adding Romney would not increase taxes on people but failed to do so. anyone in a struggling economy. She said the The senator also said President Obama had country has slipped to being seventh in global failed to pass a budget. “The budget that he competitiveness, and felt it needed to once proposed did not get a vote,” she said noting again be the leader. both democrats and republicans rejected it. Senator Ayotte closed encouraging the group She said his proposed budget would bring the to vote noting the race would come down to a country to $25 trillion in debt and increase handful of states. “New Hampshire matters,” taxes. she said. Ayotte said she had no plans to become involved in a presidential campaign but is

Fall Season Majors Champions
submitted by Salem Youth Baseball The Salem Youth Baseball Fall Season Majors (11-12 year olds) are Champion Red Sox. Front row, left to right: Dave Little, Alex Gray, TJ Patten, Travis Patten, Jake Champagne, TJ MacGregor. Back row: Anthony Avella, Max Morasse, John Olivo, Dylan Mc Menemy, Shane Fossiano. Coaches: Al Fossiano, Shawn Patten, Bruce Gray.

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Football Falls to Nashua North, 3719, Despite Strong Running Game
by Jacob Gagnon Just as bolts of lightning began to sprout across the Salem sky, another electrifying occurrence began on the gridiron as the Blue Devils looked for their first win of the season against Nashua North on Friday night, October 19. On the final play before the game was postponed for nearly an hour and a half, junior Jason Martinez broke away from Titan tacklers to run a long way into the end zone to give Salem their only lead of the game. “We came out wanting to win and we didn’t get it. That’s disappointing but there continues to be bright spots,” said Head Coach Adam Gagne. Those bright spots were evident even despite the rain and the loss to Nashua North, 37-19. “We just have to continue to make plays. That’s what it came down to. We didn’t finish drives on offense and they finished their drives,” said Gagne. When play resumed, both teams seemed more anxious than disrupted. The weather, although constant, would not be an admitted factor for how either team performed. Even Coach Gagne could only grin at the possibility that a little storm could interrupt their play. “It’s football, right?” “We came out in the beginning going hard and obviously we just didn’t end up finishing the plays we thought we would,” said Martinez. Nashua North came back out in the first quarter and gained the lead with a touchdown and a field goal. Starting quarterback, sophomore Jacob Lakos connected to junior Jacob Poore for a gain to set up Martinez’s second score of the game. After receiving a small pass from Lakos, Martinez once again broke free and ran nearly eighty yards for a touchdown. “We just got to keep doing what we’ve got to do and work hard. The linemen did their job,” said Martinez. “He’s a tireless worker. He continues to work

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hard and is always asking questions, always looking at film,” said Gagne of Martinez. The Salem faithful still took their places in the stands, despite the damp cold, and cheered their team throughout. Nashua North scored with two minutes remaining in the half and, after stopping Salem on offense, had another opportunity to do so with less than a minute left. Senior Alex Magoon sacked the Titan quarterback with twenty seconds left to hold the visiting squad. By the end of the fourth quarter, Nashua North had pulled the lead away to 37-12, but the Blue Devils continued to battle. The Salem defense was able to hold the Titans as they threatened in Blue Devil territory many times and Salem’s offense tried to find a rhythm moving forward. Unfortunately, the offensive attack did not occur until it was too late. With a little over a minute left in the game, Lakos brought the ball into Titan territory with a big gain on his feet. Sophomore Josh Rodriguez ran through Nashua North’s goal line defense to collect a score with only 12 seconds remaining. “We came out here to play,” said Rodriguez. Salem will continue to focus on bright spots such as their increased running efficiency and their crucial defensive stops. “(We have to) try to keep playing how we played today and just try to help win games,” said Martinez. “Play as a team and play tough,” said Rodriguez. Both Rodriguez and Martinez will continue to improve on their own game this season, while hoping the entire team’s hard work translates to a victory with three games remaining. Next week, Friday, October 26, Salem will host Concord High School for the Blue Devils’ senior night. Most coaches would just shake their heads when figuring out where to move on from another disappointing loss. Gagne, however, grows more excited at the potential that surrounds him and the entire Blue Devil program. “We’re hungry for a win. We’re going to stay on that. We’re going to continue to work hard in practice. I’m not going to let my foot off the gas. We’re going to continue to keep moving forward and getting better,” said Gagne. The Blue Devils will strive for a win until the end of the season. Despite their focused, keep-swinging attitude, the Salem football program will need to acknowledge the growth of this season’s team when preparing for next year. No team or coach likes to look at next year, especially with three games left, but maybe Gagne, Martinez, and the rest of the growing Blue Devils will look at the 2012 season as a time of growing pains. “No one rises to low expectations,” said Gagne. “I’ve got high expectations around here and I’m going to continue to have them.”
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by Jacob Gagnon There is nothing quite like postseason drama. The Blue Devils, after all, have become accustomed to playing down to the wire all season. With 42 seconds remaining in regulation time of the first round playoff game between the Salem High School Field Hockey team and Dover High School on Thursday, October 18, Head Coach John Gatsas called timeout. The Blue Devils, with possession of the ball, attacked the Green Wave with an unmatched intensity in front of the net. Junior Danielle Smith, with the help of the pressing attack, was able to secure a goal with 36 seconds left to put Salem ahead. “We called timeout. We wanted to push that ball to the far post because we knew they were telling us that they weren’t covering. We tried it in the second half and that post was open,” said Gatsas. Of course, the drama did not end there. Dover responded with a fierce offensive push. With no time left on the clock, the Green Wave earned a corner opportunity. Sophomore Mikayla Ramsdall broke up the attempt to advance the Blue Devils into the quarterfinals. After one half of play, Salem had outshot the visitors, 5-1, without a goal to show for it. Instead of getting frustrated, the home team came out even stronger in the second half. The Blue Devils, in the end, had outshot Dover 12-1. “We made some corrections in the second half and most of the second half we were down their end,” said Gatsas. “It was a great team effort.” “Last year we were thinking about the next game, thinking about the next game, before we got past the game that we were playing. So we were thinking about this game and winning this game before we moved on,” said Danielle Smith. “We’ve had some ups and downs but we are peaking at the right time. We might come back to surprise everyone,” said Smith.

Field Hockey Team Thrives in Postseason Drama; Advance to Semi-Finals

Salem received help from the constantly consistent players, such as juniors Amanda Travaglini, Erika and Danielle Smith and sophomore Kiley Keenan. They also received aid from players who may not normally get credit for a Blue Devil win. These girls brought their best effort into the playoffs. Juniors Jackie Nunnelley and Kara McGuire played well throughout the contest. “They stepped up today,” said Gatsas. The Blue Devils understood how they needed to perform as they travelled to Timberlane for the quarterfinal matchup. Timberlane had defeated Salem in their only meeting this season, 1-0, at Salem’s homecoming. “We have to play aggressive. We just have to hope that we get more aggressive in front of that goal and put the ball in,” said Gatsas. That homecoming loss was not forgotten as the Blue Devil Field Hockey team met Timberlane Regional High School on Sunday, October 21. Salem High was able to match the third-seeded Owls throughout the contest. Salem eventually put away a point, while keeping the home team scoreless to advance to the semi-finals of New Hampshire Division I Championship Tournament. Junior Rachael Denning collected the lone goal of the game with an assist from classmate Abbey Raymond. In the semi-final round, Salem will travel to Exeter to take on the second-seeded Winnacunnet High School on Thursday, October 25. The winner will face off against either Pinkerton or Exeter High Schools. The Blue Devils will continue to attempt to edge out the higher-seeded teams and move forward this postseason. The team, all season, has played with the kind of passion and effort that makes every practice, every sprint, every ache and pain worthwhile in the end, whether there is a championship trophy to hold or not.

Girls Volleyball Extends Winning Streak to 16; Prepares for Postseason
by Jacob Gagnon Few times are more emotional for a high school athlete than the final regular season game that they will compete in on their home court. The Salem High School Girls Volleyball team rode that emotional rollercoaster of Senior Day on Wednesday, October 17. Parents were hugged, pictures were taken and one of the hardest fought games of volleyball all season was played as the Blue Devils walked off their home court, perhaps for the final time, with a win, three sets to one, over Bishop Guertin High School. “We had our hiccups. It was senior night, there were a lot of emotions to handle and they handled it quite well,” said Head Coach John Roemer. “I think we did well in the end. We had a lull and had to work hard to get over it,” said senior Kelsey Card. The Salem crowd was louder than it had been all season. Students, parents and supporters packed the Salem High gymnasium. Those fans erupted as Salem took the first set from Bishop Guertin, 26-24. The Cardinals struck back by taking the next set by the same margin. The Blue Devils were matched shot for shot throughout the contest. It was not until the third set that Salem High was able to show how they react when forced into a corner. When down in the third set, 20-14, the Blue Devils led an amazing comeback to take the win and the series lead, 26-24. While Bishop Guertin would not slow down, Salem had found their stride. They closed out the match in the fourth set, 27-25, while thunderous applause shook the entire gym. Senior Hannah O’Shaughnessy scored three aces and eight kills in the game. Junior Amanda Bickford recorded 12 kills and classmate Alyssa Kolbert had two blocks. Seniors Hannah Latham and Brianna Wojtas played solid matches on both defense and in the middle. Card had 35 assists and senior classmate Rachel Morrissey had three aces and 24 digs. “I’m very, very happy with this season. We are constantly getting better. It’s just been awesome,” said Card. “We’re getting better every day.” There was even more reason to celebrate for the Blue Devils prior to the game besides the senior athletes and their families. Senior Rachel Morrissey was honored for reaching an enormous milestone of 500 career digs earlier in the season. Morrissey’s 24 digs on senior day added to her career 769 digs. Like any team with as many leaders as the Salem High School Girls Volleyball squad, the senior class will be missed. “They mean a lot. They take a lot of the leadership. They take a lot of the responsibility. They want to win. You can tell by the way they play and the way they carry themselves,” said Roemer. “I’ve played every year with them. We grew up together in a way. It’s going to be awful going away without them,” said Card. It is not time to depart just yet. The postseason will arrive next week for the Blue Devils. Salem High, in their final game of the regular season, defeated Nashua North on Friday, October 19th, three sets to one, to improve to 17-1 on the year. “The mindset is to clean up what we have to do, work on the mistakes and just stay aggressive,” said Roemer. The postseason will give the seniors a chance to make an even bolder mark on the Salem community and could set the tone for the Girls Volleyball program for years to come.
Staff photo by Jacob Gagnon

Junior Jason Martinez runs through the rain in his two-touchdown performance during Friday’s loss to Nashua North.

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