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Salem Community Patriot 11-8-2013

Salem Community Patriot 11-8-2013

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Gaming Bill Proposal

Representative Gary Azarian Speaks to Lions Club members about a gaming bill he plans to propose to lawmakers. by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A new gaming bill will soon be making its way before lawmakers in Concord and two local representatives hope it could mean a bright future for Rockingham Park. Representative Gary Azarian (R-Salem), introduced by Representative Robert Elliott (R-Salem), spoke to Lions Club members during a Halloween dinner meeting where he outlined the proposal. SB 152, a bill permitting one licensed casino in the state, failed in May when the house voted not to reconsider an inexpedient to legislate motion which was adopted. The motion passed by 35 votes. Azarian said his new bill is similar to SB 152, but contained amendments, which would help satisfy opponents of the previous bill. An omnibus of amendments proposed earlier this year is being included in the new bill, Azarian said. Amendments include provisions for regulation, impact on the state, and revenue dispersion. He said the previous bill failed committee approval by one vote, adding it was from Salem. “We’ve taken SB 152 with the omnibus and that’s the bill,” Azarian said. “What they made in that omnibus is what should be on the bill.” And if the bill does pass, Azarian hopes Rockingham Park will be receive the license. “We need to create jobs,” he said adding about 2,200 jobs would be created in Salem on the park grounds if a license was granted. Millions in revenue would be raised for the state from a casino also. “The state needs the revenue,” Azarian said, noting funding would help reconstruct the highway and fund human services. “The bottom line is there’s going to be a lot of money raised for the state and the town,” he said. Azarian said expanded gaming would not impact charitable gaming. Currently Rockingham Park raises about $1.8 million for local charities annually, and if revenues were to decrease, the casino would be required to supplement the funds. “We need to fight for this at the State House level and not here in Salem,” Azarian said. A non-binding referendum held in March showed close to 80-percent of voters supported a casino in town on the grounds of Rockingham Park. Azarian said competition in Massachusetts wouldn’t be an issue for a Salem-based casino. The location of Rockingham Park is probably the best locating in New England, Azarian said on behalf of consultants. Both Azarian and Elliott are confident the bill will pass. Azarian said the new provisions will satisfy the needs of many opponents and feel it has been well thought out.

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Salem Community Patriot
submitted by Sonny Tylus Reverend Eric Redard was announced as Senior Pastor for the First Congregational Church of Salem, UCC. Rev. Redard graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 1996 and has since served as the Associate Pastor in four churches in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ; First Parish in Wakefield, Trinitarian Congregational Church in North Andover, First Congregational Church of Norwood, and First Congregational Church in Reading. Rev. Eric has also worked with Amedisys Hospice as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator and most recently as Executive Director of Hospice of York in Maine. Rev. Redard was most recently serving as Interim Associate Pastor at First Parish Congregational Church in York, ME, with a passion for pastoral care, teaching and mission. When not working, he loves being with his children Kaylee (18) and Eric (15), cycling, photography and walking along the coast. Interesting Facts about Rev. Eric Redard o Earned All-American Honorable Mention in Track & Field while at Masconomet Regional High School, and earned a Track Scholarship to the University of Maine, Orono. o Earned All-American Honors as a UMaine Cheerleader and school mascot o Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. o Coached track and worked as a permanent substitute teacher at Masconomet Regional High School. o Completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Beverly Hospital. o Ordained by the Metropolitan Boston Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ in September 2000 by the same minister by which he was baptized and confirmed.

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First Congregational Church of Salem Welcomes Pastor Eric Redard

Reverend Eric Redard, Senior Pastor for the First Congregational Church of Salem, UCC

Silverthorne Celebrates Paula Faist’s 20th Anniversary
submitted by Sonny Tylus Recently, Salemhaven and Silverthorne celebrated Paula Faist’s 20th anniversary as the Director of Silverthorne. Friends, staff and board members threw her a surprise party at Salemhaven. Over the years she has become a voice for the elderly in the community. Senator Chuck Mores once commented “Having served as President of Silverthorne in the early 90s, it is impressive to see the growth of the center. Silverthorne provides a great benefit to so many families looking to keep their elderly family members home for as long as possible.” Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing added, “Silverthorne is an important part of the elderly care in the Salem area. It provides opportunity for the entire family to continue normal life style.” Silverthorne, with Paula’s leadership, provides a special place outside of one’s home, where adults with all types of abilities and disabilities, are able to receive extraordinary care while living at home and remaining active in their community. Let’s hope she stays for another 20 years. Pictured to the right: Board Member Mike Collins presents Paula Faist with an anniversary plaque.

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Amanda Bickford’s Big Night
by Jacob Gagnon wide breast cancer organization, and Amanda Bickford had earned received donation cards that she and this moment. It was the kind of her teammates sold throughout the high accomplishment that made the long school and community. Salem created a nights sweating in a gymnasium in “Wall of Hope,” where students and staff those seemingly endless hours of members could place their name or the practice worth it. It was the kind of name of loved ones affected by cancer on accomplishment that made those their donation card which were hung on countless thoughts about upcoming the wall. For the game, Bickford and the matches and opponents on sleepless team brought in concessions and foods nights worthwhile. On Saturday night, that were sold during the match to add to November 2, Bickford had claimed her the donation total. 500th dig as a Blue Devil. “I really wanted to do a Dig Pink It was the quarterfinal round of game because it meant a lot to me,” said the 2013 Division I Girls Volleyball Bickford. “It’s just a great cause. We Championship Tournament and the raised over about $600 for Susan G. Salem High team had just defeated Komen.” Nashua North High School, three sets to Where did this urge to continually two, to advance into the next round of give back to her community come from? the playoffs. Bickford, as she had done Bickford is not quite sure. It could be all season long, played an integral part in from her family, or her former and current Salem’s Amanda Bickford her team’s victory. teammates. All she does know is that it “She’s been a captain, a leader and the is a wonderful thing to do. “It’s my home. energy and go-to person to bring them all You just want to give back. I went to the together as one,” said Head Volleyball Coach John Roemer. Boys and Girls club so I help out there too,” said Bickford. “It was definitely a big step into that leadership role and just “Helping out in the community is just a great thing to me.” trying to lead the team and keep the younger players up,” said On the court, Bickford is still focused on the task ahead for Bickford. “I think I’ve done an OK job for now.” the Blue Devils. There is nothing they could want more than But Bickford has been more than OK as a leader both on to follow their male volleyball counterparts by repeating as and off the court. “She does a lot of stuff with the community. continued to page 6- Amanda Bickford She spearheaded the Dig Pink game,” said Roemer. “She did a lot for us within the community.” Bickford, as she has done since her freshman year at Salem High School, participated in the Salem Community Caregivers Walk. She also got a few of her teammates to join her on the 5K Walk and earned donations for the Community Caregivers. “It was just a great time walking and doing something for a good cause. It’s been a great tradition,” said Bickford. When October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, rolled around, Bickford thought it was obvious what her team needed to do. Last season, the Blue Devils hosted a successful “Dig Pink” game where all donations and concessions sold went to Breast Cancer Awareness as players, coaches and fans www.thecolosseumrestaurant.com donned pink shirts in support of the cause. Piano Bar Tues. & Weds. Evenings Breckenridge Bickford contacted Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nationStaff photo by Jacob Gagnon

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Boys & Girls Club Man of the Year Jim Desjardins received the honor for his service, support, and dedication to helping the success of the club. “What a great organization to be part of,” Desjardins said. “I have a real soft spot in my heart for children that need some place safe to go.” Desjardins said he came from a broken home and wanted to help support children of the community.

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Rockingham Christian Church ‘Serving Salem Together’
Local Church Cancels Services to Serve Community
Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan

Accolades
St. Lawrence University welcomed Kelsey L. Card as a member of the class of 2017. Card graduated from Salem High School. Johnny P. Mom completed his academic degree program at University of New Hampshire-Manchester in September. Mom was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Laura Daigle, a Music Education and Theatre Arts major at Plymouth State University performed the role of ensemble member in a production of “Les Miserables,” October 24-27 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. Courtney Littlefield is performing in Wilkes University Theatre’s presentation of “Seussical” in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center on the University’s campus. The musical is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and narrated by The Cat in the Hat. The play tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” In addition to protecting the Whos and confronting naysayers and danger, Horton must protect an egg left in his care. The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in a play sure to please audiences of all ages. Littlefield is a sophomore Musical Theatre Major and plays the part of The Mayor’s Wife in the play. Littlefield is the daughter of Kellie Solt and Kevin Littlefield. Nearly 630 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this past summer. Among the graduates was Allison Shufelt who was awarded a Master of Arts degree. Send your Accolades to news@areanewsgroup.com with a photo

(Front left to right) Bryan Lagrasse, Ben Lagrasse, and Bill Carino pull a full tarp of leaves with help from (back) Stephanie Carino, Valeria Carino, and Michael Ryer on Brade Avenue as part of Rockingham Christian Church’s initiative Serving Salem Together. by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Church services were canceled Sunday when over 200 members of Rockingham Christian Church hit the streets October 26 and 27 to help residents in need rake leaves and complete tasks around their yards. Members visited over 25 properties raking leaves, painting, completing various repairs, and building a handicapped ramp. Youth minister Steve Cullum said the initiative, called Serving Salem Together, was an effort to support and interact with the community. “We want to love our neighbor,” Cullum said as he raked leaves on Brady Avenue. Serving the community is important for the church. “Instead of just going to church, we want to be the church,” Cullum said. Cullum, along with three other church members, cleared leaves from a Community Crossroads property, which serves individuals and their families with developmental disabilities. “Our highest priority was people who were incapable of doing the work themselves,” he said. Up the road, a group of families helped clear leaves from another

(left to right) Church Members Yvette Cullum, Steve Cullum, and Priscilla Brito clear a Community Crossroads property Sunday, Oct. 26 on Brady Avenue. The group, along with over 200 other church members, helped clear properties around the Greater Salem area. Brady Avenue property. Team leader Bill Carino said serving the community was important for him and the church. “It’s important to pull together at a time like this,” Carino said. “We have a good team, good fun.” On the site, the team raked leaves, cleared gardens, and prepared the yard for winter. The group began working at 9:30 a.m. and continued until the project was completed. Projects were recommended by church members and external contacts, Cullum said, adding an emphasis was placed on nonprofits. The initiative was well received by community members, and Cullum said the church plans to complete similar projects in the future. “Serving Salem Together is a weekend where we meet people where they are and help them follow Jesus by helping our neighbors with yard work and small home repair,” he said. Cullum said the church, located on Industrial Way, was glad to be working in the communities it serves. Members re turned to the church facility after working for a meal and worship celebration.

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Official quote from Stephen Campbell
October 21, 2013 During a debate with Human Resources Director Molly McKeon regarding offering a new health insurance option to town employees, Selectman Stephen Campbell said the following.

VFW Post 8546 Hosts Senior Halloween Party
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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Shutdown Over, Tea Party Defeated, but Brace Yourself for Another One Next Year
“There are no winners here.” Harsh words, and they were uttered by president Barack Obama after signing the agreement last Wednesday, October 16 that ended the Tea Party Republican-instigated federal government shutdown. Sixteen days of layoffs affecting 800,000 federal employees, closed facilities, neglected national security procedures and a financial loss of over $24 billion was finally over, as Texas’ bedtime-story savant Ted Cruz and his like-minded gang of GOP malcontents and crybabies finally gave in to the inevitable. The Republican Party lost again, just as they did during the two similar shutdowns during Bill Clinton’s presidency back in 1995-96. The court of public opinion has spoken, as after concatenating most polls between 63-80% of Americans and a whopping two thirds of registered Republicans disagreed with the shutdown. And the prevailing, unarguable fact is that most American citizens across all political lines save for the “ultraist” of right-wingers are sick and tired of the continuous hatred and gridlock demonstrated day after day from the conservative Tea Party faction of the present-day GOP. The sole purpose of this latest subterfuge was their attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act, the landmark Obamacare law that is opposed by nearly every GOP lawmaker in America. But the ACA is simply the latest in a long line of necessary and successful ameliorations effected by the Democrats over the past five years that together have pulled us out of the rudderless morass we were ensconced in back in 2008. An amazing amount of positive legislation was unsuccessfully filibustered and denigrated ad nauseum over that period by Washington Republicans before Democratic passage, legislation that has placed America

Scouts’ Food Drive to be Held This Weekend
This is a heads-up for this year’s Scouts Food Drive. Saturday, November 9 will be this year’s date! If you found a tag on your door knob last Saturday, November 2, then the Scouts will be in your neighborhood to pick up your bag or box of groceries. Please do not hang the bag on your mail box. Leave it next to the mail box by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday the 9th. If they are not collecting in your neighborhood, please bring whatever food that you can donate to the Pantry of your choice. Due to the economy, all pantries are in need. Please plan ahead and give whatever you can. If each of us does our share, we can replenish our Pantries. Non-perishable foods, like canned vegetables, fruits, baked beans, tuna or any canned meats, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, cranberry sauce, any size canned soup (we use small cans for single people, while the larger cans are given to families), cereal or oatmeal is always a need, peanut butter, and dry milk are always in demand. Please just do the best that you can. Do help our neighbors, many of them are what I call the working poor. Two low-income jobs just “doesn’t cut it! We are not allowed to give out food that has been opened, nor food that is outdated. The Food for the Hungry is a Mission of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church and we serve between 55-60 Salem families every week. These people are our neighbors not “those People.” We are Blessed to be of service to people who live in “our town” and are having a difficult time. If they lived next door to you, you would be “there” for them. The Scout Drive is one way that we can show our compassion. We really are a compassionate community. We have proved it, time and time again Kay Panciocco, Salem

in the vastly-improved state that short-memoried citizens are taking for granted now. These include 2009’s Economic Stimulus Act, the GM/ Chrysler bailouts, 2010s Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (which serves as a regulatory watchdog to prevent last decade’s housing, business and jobs failures from recurring), the wide expansion of hate crime protections, as well as the ACA. Just Google “Obama’s top 50 accomplishments/Washington Monthly” for a memory refresher, a list that all Obama-bashers should either stay away from or just pretend doesn’t exist. And anyone still arguing about the necessity of the gradual implementation of Obamacare should check out the millions of families busily signing up for benefits on the online marketplace healthcare.gov, despite all the system problems and slowdowns that are currently being redressed. Or talk to some of the American families and our elderly who have already been enjoying the earliest benefits of the law since last year. And the good news is that the slowdowns and inaccessibility of the website should be fixed before the end of November, giving customers plenty of time to sign up for assistance. Furloughs are over, parks are reopened and government funding is congress-approved through January 15, 2014, with the option of continued federal borrowing through February 7. If Cruz, John Cornyn, Jim Inhofe and the rest of these quixotic “leaders” have their way we can all look forward then to another tug-of-war between America’s financial solvency and Tea Party Republicans, in their continuous efforts to drag us all back to the past before the November 2014 elections. All in the name of hindering a president whom they have hated more and more with each successful legislative gain his administration has made, by a ragtag movement that wouldn’t even exist if John McCain had won election in 2008. William F. Klessens, Salem

In My Opinion...
by Ron Penczak According to a February, 2013, Bloomberg report, Saudi Arabian residents pay 45 cents for a gallon of gasoline. In Kuwait, the cost is 81 cents/gallon. Venezuela is a ridiculous 6 cents a gallon; a result of government subsidies. Recent U.S. prices range from a low of 3.16 to 4.26/gallon. The International Energy Agency is forecasting that the United States will become the world’s leading oil producer by 2017 which should move us away from our dependence on foreign oil. Does this mean a reduction in cost for Americans? During President Obama’s State of the Union Address on July 24, 2012, he stated that U.S. oil production is the highest it has been in the past eight years and the U.S. is relying less on foreign oil than it has in the past 16 years. President Obama truthfully reported that U.S. oil production has increased during each of his four years of being in office. What he neglected to mention, and was reported by the U.S. Oil Imports and Exports, plus data from the Energy Information Administration demonstrates, was, that the U.S. oil production increased at a similar rate during 2004-2008, a trend which began under President Bush. White House Advisors on August 30 reported that U.S. oil production is at its highest level in the past 17 years. CNN Opinion published an article titled: “America, the Saudi of Tomorrow.” They mentioned that the U.S. could be exporting more oil than Saudi as early as 2017. According to CBN World News, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal was concerned that American shale oil production could become a threat to the Saudi economy. A number of articles were written mentioning that the Saudis are considering increasing oil production to drive the price of oil down to sixty dollars a barrel. You would think that this would be good news for the American businesses and citizens wouldn’t you? Does that mean that our gas prices will fall closer to other oil producing nations? I doubt it. Why, because we are exporting oil which is good for the U.S. trade deficit. Who is going to convince American oil companies to build refineries? Keep in mind, the few refineries we have can be shut down quickly by a major catastrophic event like a hurricane. This happened not long ago. We need modern refineries in safe locations. No matter what, gas prices won’t drastically come down because of the greed of our oil companies. They want to maximize their profits and apparently none wants to build refineries. Also, our government won’t provide subsidies like the other major oil producing nations. The benefits of U.S. gasoline being stabilized at three dollars per gallon, my arbitrary price, would be a boon to our economy. The costs of shipping goods across the U.S. would cost less, in turn;

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Forty-Five Cents a Gallon for Gasoline
the costs of goods and food would be cheaper. It would be less expensive to commute to work. Airline tickets would be reasonable allowing more people to travel. Americans would have more discretionary money to spend and be able to enjoy the lifestyle we all want. American industry would invest in new equipment, hire new employees and improve our economy. Lower stabilized gas prices, I believe, would dramatically improve our economy. Isn’t it time for President Obama, to do something more productive, instead of riding on the coattails of President Bush and continuing to pronounce that oil production has increased every year that he’s been in office. Why can’t he exert his influence to convince the wealthy oil companies to spend some of their profits to build refineries? Why not keep some of this oil in the U.S. to stabilize the price of gasoline. Why not subsidize the price of gasoline like the other major oil producers do. I believe that most Americans don’t expect our gas prices to ever return to three dollars a gallon, but I think most American businesses and citizens would appreciate gas being stabilized at a set price. That way American businesses and citizens could plan their budgets and plan for the future. Wouldn’t that be a Win-Win for the United States and its citizens? In My Opinion is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opinion of one writer, Ron Penczak, as opposed to a newspaper reporter who does not provide an opinion but reports the facts. This column, in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the Salem Community Patriot or the opinion of the management, advertisers and ownership of Area News Group.

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Halloween Party Brings Out the Fun

Salem Boys & Girls Club Annual Dinner
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Staff photos by AJ Dickinson

2012 Man of the Year Joe Faro (left) presents 2013 recipient Jim Desjardins the award for his hard work and dedication to the club Tuesday inside Tuscan Kitchen. Boys & Girls Club Executive Assistant Beth Keane accepted the Presidents Award from Patrick Donovan for making a lasting impact on the club with her hard work and dedication (left) Senator Chuck Morse (R-Salem) presents Man of the Year recipient Jim Desjardins a proclamation for his efforts supporting the club.

Chris Nicoli of Canobie Lake Park holds the Be Great award he received from Chief volunteer Officer Patrick Donovan for countless volunteer hours at the Salem Boys & Girls Club Tuesday.

8 year old Christina F and 7 year old Jocelynn S . 10 year old Julia Acker shows off her best Mona Lisa Impression

Drake, Jack, Gavin, and Jacob by AJ Dickinson Over 300 people attended the Salem High School Tuesday, October 29 for their annual Halloween Party. The town- wide event, which has become a tradition in Salem is a fun way for the little ones to have a good time and win some candy. The doors to the school opened at 5:45 p.m. After first enjoying refreshments in the cafeteria, families made their way to the upper gym where the costume parade took place. After the costume contest in which kids where judged on “best representative of Halloween” and “most

Pictured above, Chief Professional Officer Michael Centor of the Salem Boys & Girls Club (left) presents George Wallace of Discovery Communications with the Marketing and Communications Award.

Chris, Samantha, Nick, and Nathan original” costume the kids could then win some candy by playing any one of the many games set in the gym. The party, although intended for children 10 and under, was a hit for the whole family.

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Salem Retired Educators Association at SHS has lunch prepared by the students and staff of Salem High School’s Center for Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts students submitted by Bob Berthel, Salem School District The Salem Retired Educators Association was welcomed by Salem Superintendent Dr. Michael Delahanty to Salem High School’s Three Seasons Restaurant. The group enjoyed a meal prepared by the students and staff of the Center for Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts program. The Salem Retired Educators Association is open to all former teachers, secretaries and support staff of the Salem School District. The association meets in April, July and October and currently has 135 members.

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Salem High School Completing SelfStudy for 10 Year Reaccreditation
submitted by Salem High School Salem High School is in the process of a self-study in preparation for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) visit regarding the school’s reaccreditation. Principal Tracy Collyer indicated that “to become a member of NEASC, a school must meet the Committee on Public Secondary Schools Standards for Accreditation. The purpose of the self-study is to provide an opportunity for our professional staff to review all our educational programs, processes, systems, and practices to determine the degree to which our school meets those rigorous standards.” A committee of professional educators, sent by NEASC, will review all materials prepared by the faculty in the self-assessment, visit classes, and talk with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members during their four-day visit to the school. Salem High School has been scheduled for a visit March 9-12, 2014. If you are interested in serving on a parent or community panel, contact Jan Radowicz at jan. radowicz@sau57.org. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, founded in 1885, is the oldest accrediting agency in the country and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole agency to award accreditation to PreK12 schools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in New England. For more information, visit http://shs.sau57. libguides.com/shsneasc.
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Friday night, October 25, the Salem Junior Olympic Devils hosted a Halloween Party for the Salem Special Olympic athletes. A special thank you to the Ghostbuster team who made a special appearance, Armando’s for their great pizza and to the Salem Elks.

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o Has led nine mission trips within and outside the United States o Was president and participant of the Reading Clergy Association o Served o Enjoys photography, and cycling 
Words from Congregation: “I appreciate Eric’s commitment to the ministry. He is compassionate and sensitive as he ministers to parishioners of all ages.” “I see Eric as a spiritual person who holds passionately to issues of outreach and social justice. Eric values the wide spectrum of people within the local church and has the capacity to relate well to all ages.” “Eric cares deeply for people and serves the cause of Christ with enthusiasm. His work with youth and the educational enterprises of the church are real strengths.” “His enthusiastic personality, great sense of humor, and contagious laugh are some of the great attributes that make Eric Redard a real part of our church family.” “Eric has the personal qualities and inner talents to radiate pastoral care through spiritual leadership, sharing of his faith, listening and compassion.”

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submitted by the Barron School News From the Fourth Grade: The fourth grade students have just finished hunting through their mystery stories for traces of story plot elements. By solving the mysteries they closed the “case” on the mysteries unit. They have also been hard at work learning about the regions of the U.S.A. and researching facts about their state. In the second quarter the fourth graders will start to explore the human body systems and their functions too. Heroes for October: Grade 1: Gabriella Mosto, Reegan Boppel, Franshely Polanco, Camden Smith, Lizmarie Ortiz, Daniel Hughes, Finneas Davy, Alyssa Martin, Bernadette Rao, Kenneth Chouinard Grade 2: Gracie Silver, Logan Halloran, Dyllan Pomerleau, Joe Guerrera, Nathan Barbagallo, Sabrina Zeledon, Olivia Marion, Donnie Auger Grade 3: Shane Burns, Matteo Mustapha, Erin Ross, Hannah Greenwood, Isabella Sangermano, Gianna DiZazzo, Hadia Farooq, Jessica Kamal, Adam Goetz, Jack Toscano Grade 4: Kaylee Aborn, Andrew Donovan, Amanda Twombly, William Karantonis, Sadie Caddell, Hailey Pompeo Grade 5: Lauren Ross, Emily laudani, Billy Muti, Ethan Bodenrader, John Todt, Alredo DaCunha, Abigail Martino, Ryan Belkus, Breanne Wolcott, Melanie Kurman, Anthony Mosto, Colin Marchaud

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submitted by Barron School Grade 5 Team This has been a wonderful fall season, and a wonderful start to a new school year here at Barron. Grade 5 students worked very hard on NECAP testing, teachers are quite proud of their classes. Teachers have been attending workshops and using professional development time to create new units of study for Writer’s Workshop, Math Workshop, and Readers’ Workshop. The Common Core is our curriculum focus as we tie our goals for student reading, writing, and computing into new units of study. I hope you learned about our student farmers this fall. Students grew bean plants to observe the cycle of plant growth. Students drew notes as they watched their plants change and grow. You would be surprised how many fifth graders were excited to eat a green bean. Science this quarter is about cells and microscopes, cycles of food and water moving through a plant, leaf creature creations, and fun learning new science vocabulary as we read and take notes. It will be nice to have some time to sit with you at Parent Conferences on November 12 to talk about the progress your child has been making. A schedule will come home soon for parent sign ups. See you soon.

submitted by North Salem School As North Salem School continues with our Character Counts program the following students were caught showing the trait of “Respect” last week: Avery Kench, Ryan Poirier, Jack Maietta, Brady York, Nicholas Culleton, Bridget Kelly, Drew Tremblay, Alex Hanna, Tia Kinnas, Luke Bottomley, Olivia Petersen, Anthony Simard, Jakob Velat, Gavin Heitin, Shayne Santo, Alex Karibian, Liam Shpak, Tedy Hannon, Ryan Bohondoney, Damian Pineiro, Julia Petersen, Jeremy Poirier, Dominic Hamman, Alexa Remillard, MacKenzie DeStefano, Harrison Higgins, Liliana Foti, Garriella Martiniello, Tyler Gagne, Dylan Shine, Jackson Doughty, Ryan Callahan, Gabrielle Driggers, Hana Watanabe, Rachel Holliday, Katie Chartrain, Gabe Messina, Sophia Sousa, Anthony

Cirella, Angelina Hajjar, Jefferson Burke, Isabelle Collins, Olivia Kisiel, Alex Godoy, Ella Pratt, Roxy Quinno, Alexis Delaurier, Jared Marconi, Mikey Prince, Anthony Maravelis, Sara Watanabe, Camryn Mustapha, Sam Scala, Neena Galvez, Sophie Pan, Joseph Williams, Kallie McCarthy, Robert Martiniello, Blake Harvey, Caleb FedericoDyer, Alex Hanna, Isabella Collins, Isabella Carter, Kayla Bernard, Hunter Glickel, Emma Powers, Jonathan Clarkin, Tanner Tessier, Kara Kornacki, Tyler Bernard, Shannon Lamb, Max Hathaway, Jack Maietta, Julianna Gigante, Sam Jammer, Ella Pratt, Avagale Karakaya, Caitlin Roeger, Haydin Rau, Anthont Caracoglia, Charlotte Kriete, Zayna Hanna, Aaron Petkiewich, Ben Record, Shayne Santo, Aryanna Cabrera, Alex Karibian, Roma Mistry, and Johnny Screnci.

Salem High School Students Created A Science Graveyard
submitted by Bob Berthel, Salem School District Salem High School’s freshman Science Teacher Carly Matthews’ Team 2 students participated in an interdisciplinary project in Science and English class. Students researched famous chemists and physicists and wrote historical eulogies about their scientist. They also created headstones to contribute to the scientist “graveyard.” They spent about two weeks working on the projects and then presented on Halloween.
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During this challenge students are encourage to be active for at least 20 minutes every day. If students meet the goal of being active for 40 of the 55 days Haigh will be eligible to win a Dance Party and/or free physical education equipment. October 24 was the first Haigh Hero assembly of the year and the theme was Respect. The fifth grade did a great job of hosting the assembly. Congratulations to Haigh Hero’s: Blake McFarland, Sarah Carmichael, Alex Haidaichuck, Brooke Gagnon, Cole Ewing, Elysa Thomas, Marissa Berard, Jovanna Flaherty, Andrew Pazzanese, Ashton Blaikie, Grace Brito, Andrew Clark, Aylivia Cruz, Mariah Muskavich, Benjamin Mann, Chole Cowin, Laura ThomasRoy, Sorenson, Hannah Colizzi, Erica James, Bijan Tabiatnejad, Julia Tetu, Mariah Dillon, Jackson Mazejka, Anna Carroll, Bach Le, Kyle Ouellette, and Tyler Lewandowski. We respect you all!

submitted by Liz Sheedy It is hard to imagine the Haigh School students have almost completed the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year! It seems like just yesterday students were welcomed attending the annual Welcome Back Cookout and the grand opening of our new playground equipment. It has been just over a year since the wooden playground structure located behind Haigh School was set on fire and consequently destroyed. As the news of the playground fire traveled throughout the Haigh School community fundraising activities were held and donations began pouring in. The entire Haigh School Community is extremely grateful for all the support the community has extended. Without these generous donations, the students at Haigh School would not have started the school year with this fabulous new playground equipment! Special thanks go out to Canobie Lake Park, The Mortgage Specialist, Inc., Salem Youth Soccer and RE/MAX Insight. Changes for Haigh were not just on the outside of the school, but on the inside as well. The first day of school had students wondering where our school library had gone. It did not take long for them to realize it had relocated, received a fresh coat of paint, brand new carpeting, shelving, new computer stations and a circulation desk. In the blink of an eye September turned to October and Haigh students were gearing up for our fall activities. Students have been participating in a Get Active Get Fit Challenge.

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Depot Business Owners Could Lose Property to Road Widening
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Reconstruction of the depot intersection could leave some business owners without a facility as widening would be necessary to accommodate new dedicated left turn lanes. Plans to reconstruct the intersection of Route 28 and Main Street have been in the works for over 20 years, but changes could be coming soon after selectmen approved a plan to move a proposal into the design phase. The board heard a presentation Monday from Martin Kennedy and Greg Bakos of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., detailing two plans to improve depot traffic flow. The first plan called for widening of Route 28, adding a left turn lane both north and south of the intersection. The plan also called for a short sidewalk along the west side of the road. Route 28 would only be widened on the west side, Bakos said, noting businesses such as Daisy Cleaners, Kian Taekwondo, Sugar and Spice Bake Shoppe, along with the Allegra Printing Plaza would see the biggest impact. He said some those properties would most likely have to be purchased if the project is completed. The extra lane would require an estimated 11 to 12 feet beyond the existing roadway to be completed. The second plan would increase the road width further on the west side to make room for a potential median. Bakos said a median would add close to seven feet in additional width and increase the probability some buildings would need to be removed. A larger plan for additional intersections diverting traffic around the depot would come as part of phase two, and eventually the stripped median would be filled in. Drivers would not be able to make left turns to access businesses in the area of the median, but would use turn-around areas. “The immediate plan here is to come in and fix the depot intersection,” Kennedy said about the current capacity limitations. Kennedy urged selectmen to seek space for the future median, saying it would be useful in the future. Selectman Michael Lyons raised concerns businesses could be impacted by the median. Kennedy said it could still be crossed when stripped but a physical median would reduce accessibility. Selectman Stephen Campbell raised concerns about the project cost. He said taking private property for the project could skyrocket costs. He said research showed him just one small building in the area was worth close to $500,000. He suggested making the least possible width adjustment in order to reduce private property impact. Chairman Everett McBride recommended the impact be reduced by eliminating the proposed sidewalk on the west side and also the median. “If you don’t have a sidewalk, you don’t abut the building,” he said. Kennedy responded saying the intersection could be too close to the buildings front and would not be permissible. Daisy Cleaners Owner Jim Desjardins spoke on the potential for his building to be taken for the project. “I can very easily find another location,” he said, noting it was important to have the intersection function properly. “People avoid the area because of traffic.” Desjardins also serves as the vice chair of the Depot Redevelopment Committee. He said the group of business owners voted unanimously to approve the plan if it meant improvement for the intersection. Selectman James Keller recommended the first plan but not construct the sidewalk and leave space for either a future median or sidewalk. The motion passed 4-0-1 with Selectman Patrick Hargreaves obtaining. Kennedy said the plan will now finish the engineering phase and designs will be created. He anticipated bids could be requested in 2015. Town Manager Keith Hickey said the study has been funded from traffic impact fees and could be refunded by up to 80 percent from the state.

Derry Imaging Center Celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week with Donations to NH Food Bank and Local Soup Kitchens
submitted by Derry Medical Center The radiologic technologists at both the Derry and Windham locations of Derry Imaging Center are celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week November 3-9, in an unusual way this year. The technologists will be collecting food for the NH Food Bank and the local soup kitchen that are in dire need of donations. “Our technologists feel strongly that giving back to the community is more satisfying than just celebrating the week among themselves,” said Heidi Clark, director of Derry Imaging. Patients, staff and the public are encouraged to bring nonperishable items such as peanut butter, canned tuna/chicken, soups, pasta, rice, macaroni & cheese and instant potatoes to either the Derry Imaging location at Overlook Medical Park, 6 Tsienneto Road, Derry, or to Castle Commons, 49 Range Road, Windham. National Radiologic Week is celebrated annually to recognize the important role medical imaging professionals (technologists) play in patient care and health care safety. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895. Staffed by more than 35 employees, Derry Imaging Center performs more than 33,000 procedures annually. The technologists work with some of the most innovative equipment in the medical field to help identify pathologies, plan and administer treatment and restore patient health. They specialize in breast imaging - including 3D Mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and general diagnostic radiology (X-Ray). About Derry Imaging Center Derry Imaging Center is a full service diagnostic imaging center located at Overlook Medical Park, 6 Tsienneto Road, Derry, with a new satellite office at Castle Commons, 49 Range Road, Windham. With on site Board Certified, Fellowship Trained radiologists, and offering the most advanced digital imaging and processes available. Derry Imaging Center’s core services include: 3D and Digital Mammography, MRI including fixed and open magnet, ultrasound, CT Scan, X-Ray, Bone Densitometry, and Peripheral Vascular Testing. To schedule an appointment or learn more, call 537-1363 or visit the website at www.DerryImaging.com.

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submitted by Salem Police Department The annual winter parking ban is in effect from November 15 through April 15, 2014 from midnight to 6 a.m. On-street parking is prohibited during these time frames. Additionally, on-street parking is prohibited at any time during a declared snow emergency. A snow emergency is defined as 3 inches or more of snow accumulation. The Salem Police Department, in

conjunction with the Department of Public Works, asks residents to adhere to these parking restrictions during this upcoming winter season. Informational fliers will be placed on vehicles parked on the streets from November 15-22. From November 23 through December 1, police will issue warnings. Beginning December 1, parking citations will be issued to all vehicles in violation of the winter parking ban.

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Gregory of Pelham, Beatrice Cook of Cape Coral, FL and Christine Chambers of Salem; his brother, Raymond Cook of Kentucky; and his sister, Jeannette Clanton of Florida; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Jonathan, Nicholas, Brittany, Matthew, Brandon, Dale and Desiree; and greatgranddaughter, Nayeli. A Funeral Mass was held November 4 at St. Joseph Church in Salem followed by cremation. Memorial contributions in Arthur’s name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Arthur J. Cook, 79, of Salem, died, October 31, 2013, at his home. Arthur was a lifelong Salem resident, the son of the late Anna and Albert Cook. He served in the U.S. Army. Arthur enjoyed working, hunting and fishing. He and his wife, own and operate Cook’s Trailer Park. He was predeceased by his brother, Francis Cook and his sister, Arlene Leighton. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice (Durocher) Cook of Salem; his four children, Arthur “Tuggy” Cook and his wife Heidi of Salem, Cindy

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Courtesy photo Brett submitted by D. J. Bettencourt, SARL Brett is a happy dog that loves to explore. He loves other dogs and wants someone to play with. He is energetic and his adopter should have some experience with large dogs. He is okay with dog-savvy cats. Brett is making great progress with our dog trainer and is looking forward to continuing training in a new home. Exercising him regularly will ensure that he will be an awesome dog. Come meet Brett and the other dogs at the Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) during open hours: Thursday, 2-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Janice M. (Francil) Daley, 68, of Salem, died October 28, 2013, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. Janice grew up and was educated in Boston, MA, the daughter of the late Charlotte (Roache) and John Francil. She was a homemaker and she loved spending time with her family. Janice was predeceased by her husband, Daniel Daley. She is survived by her son, Daniel and his wife Linda

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of Walpole, MA; her four daughters, Cathy and her husband Anthony Piemonte of Sandown, Diane Daley and her husband Justin Coffey of Salem, Carolyn Daley of Cape Cod, MA and Janice and husband Brian Heikkila of Lakeville, MA; her brothers, John and Jim Francil; and eight grandchildren, DJ, Jenn, Jamie, Nicholas, Kurt, Matthew, Brody and Caroline. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com

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Eleanor K. ‘Polly’ (Kuhn) Loeffler
Eleanor K. “Polly” (Kuhn) Loeffler, 93, of Salem, died October 29, 2013, at Greystone Farms. Polly was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Stoneham, MA, the daughter of the late Thelma (Russell) and Herbert Kuhn. She graduated from Stoneham High School, Class of 1938. After graduation, she chose the career path. Polly was the proprietor of The Rest Home, an assisted living home in Methuen, MA. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, MA, and she always enjoyed her monthly outings with the Christian Women’s Club. She enjoyed collecting antiques, going to antique auctions and photography. Polly was a member of the Lawrence Camera Club, where she met her husband. They moved to Salem in 1956 to raise their family. Polly was devoted to her family and her home was always open to friends and family. She was very involved in the schools, a member of the PTA and a band parent. Polly was involved in Girl Scouts and was a former leader. Polly enjoyed spending time at her home on Cape Cod in Yarmouthport, MA. She was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, William Loeffler and her siblings, Josephine Kryder, Thelma Hanifl and William Muller. She is survived by her daughters, Gretchen Loeffler and her companion Terry Marshall of Albany, NY, and Heidi and her husband David Greenlaw of Salem; her grandchildren, Dr. Sarah Greenlaw and Hannah Greenlaw; and several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service was held November 2 at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, followed by burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen, MA. Memorial contributions in Eleanor’s name may be made to Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 297, Salem, NH 03079. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Friday, November 8 Veterans Day Program at Woodbury School, 7:45 to 9 a.m., hosted by the sixth grade students. Governor Hassan, Senator Ayotte and Adjutant General Reddel will be attending. Our keynote speaker is Tom Kelley, Salem Firefighter and Veteran. All veterans are welcome.

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musical program by Don Watson, “Welcome Home New Hampshire,” a collection of songs based on people, places and events of the Granite State which were composed together with poet and historian, Steve Redic. Don, who is from Gilford, has been featured on WMUR TV’s “New Hampshire Chronicle. He has performed at several NH venues, including historical societies, libraries and festivals. An outdoor enthusiast, he promotes awareness and respect for nature through his songs and stories. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall Museum, 310 Main St., Salem, and is open to all free of charge. Light refreshments will be available after the meeting. For details call 8938882 or 898-0842. sponsors foot care clinics for individuals 60 years and older who are unable to perform their own foot care. Clients will receive a basic nail trimming and foot assessment, but no treatment of corns or calluses. Foot clinics are staffed by a Registered Nurse. Blood pressure check and health education are also provided. Appointments are necessary for the foot clinics at the Salem Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweet Way. $35/visit. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 580-6668.

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Saturday, November 9 The Philathea Women’s Group of First Congregational Church invites you to partake of a traditional Ham & Bean Supper complete with homemade potato salad, coleslaw and homemade pies for dessert. Dinner will be served 4:30pm-6:30pm at First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Rd., Salem. Tickets are $7 for an adult and $3.50 for children age 10 and under and will be available at the door. “This is a departure from previous years when the supper would follow our craft fair, “ says Kaddy Ackroyd who is the supper committee chair, “But by having it separate from the fair gives us more room to feed more people”. All proceeds benefit the group’s many charity efforts. For more information call 893-3421.

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Tuesday, November 12 The Salem School District will be conducting a free screening for Salem children, age’s birth to six years old, who are suspected of having vision problems, hearing problems or developmental concerns. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may require special education. This Child Find screening will be held on at the Fisk School - SEED Program. Appointments are required; spaces are limited. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Linda Collier at 893-7040 or lcollier@sau57.org. Tuesday, November 12 The Salem Historical Society will host a

Wednesday, November 13 Fill Your Cup! An Evening of Food, th Friends, Art & Entertainment to Benefit the Foundation of Birches Academy at the Atkinson Country Club, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Advance Tickets: $35/adults, $25/ children under 15 each. At the door: all tickets $40. Anticipated number of participating caterers/ restaurants: 15-plus. All tickets will be pre-sold by: • By the Foundation of Birches Academy and the Birches Academy Community • Through request or post on the Birches Academy Website and Facebook page Evening’s Events: • Selection of handcrafted vessels • Serving portion of restaurant/caterers signature soup item • Bite-size samples of restaurant/caterers best prepared cuisines in the following categories: Appetizer, entrée or dessert • Mystery Prize Extravaganza • Golden Ticket wine raffle • Silent Auction Event Chairpersons: Jessica Wachsman and Aimye Haroutunian

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Saturday, November 16 The New Village Craft Fair will be held at the First Congregational Church of Salem from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. While browsing the fair, children will enjoy a free Indian corn decoration craft activity. There will also be a bake sale and a variety of food offerings at the Village Café, serving breakfast sandwiches and muffins from 9 to 11 a.m. and a light lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The First Congregational Church of Salem, United Church of Christ, is located at 15 Lawrence Road in Salem and is wheelchair accessible. Call the church at 8933421 or visit www.FCC-Salem.org for more information.

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Thursday, November 28 If due to life circumstances you find yourself without any plans for Thanksgiving Dinner, there’s a place for you at our table. Be our guest! First Congregational Church of Salem, 15 Lawrence Rd., is opening its doors for you at our Thanksgiving table. We invite you to be part of ours. Come. Join us. Serving 12 to 1:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, November 20 Rockingham VNA and Hospice sponsors the Salem Senior Center Diabetes Support Group meetings on the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center located at 1 Sally Sweet Way. The facilitator will be Brenda DeMaria RN, CDE. Call (800) 5402981 for further information.

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Salem PatriotSports
by Jacob Gagnon They were down, but not out. The Salem High Schools Boys Soccer squad hosted Londonderry High School in the first round of the NHIAA Division I Playoff Tournament on Thursday, October 31. After nearly 65 minutes of play, the Blue Devils found themselves in a 3-0 hole. To dig themselves out of it, Head Coach Anthony Karibian knew that his team would have to dig deeper within. That is exactly what the Blue Devils did. “There is no team in the state that has this much heart,” said Karibian. “At three goals down, you lie down and die. But these boys fought hard and took it to them.” The Lancers scored to break open the score with five minutes left in the half. A few minutes later, Londonderry struck again as the first half wound to a close. Salem could not capitalize on opportunities in the first half and remained scoreless. With their season on the line, the Blue Devils understood that they would need to play a better second half. Salem took another blow as, just minutes into the first half, Londonderry scored again to take the 3-0 advantage. Despite returning to the field with more aggression in the second half, Salem could not find the net until there were only thirteen minutes left of regulation time. Andrew Doucette scored an unassisted goal to revitalize the Salem community, weathering the storm outside, to support their team. Minutes later, it was Doucette scoring again thanks to an assist from Todd Righini to cut the lead to one. Playoff drama unfolded in the final minutes of the game as both teams had opportunities to score with neither team prevailing. The Blue Devils played fearlessly as they pushed, prodded and pressed the Lancers to their absolute limit. “He (Doucette) did a fine job and Todd Righini played well. Righini created a lot of chances for us and worked hard.” said

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Boys Soccer Mounts Comeback, Falls in Overtime
seen in Salem history. These guys have spirit that I’ve never seen in a Salem High team.” The Lancers continued to reel in the overtime period. Londonderry played, in the first moments of overtime, like stunned boxers who had gotten surprised with an uppercut. The Blue Devils had a couple of early scoring opportunities that they could not put away. Londonderry booted a shot that passed just over the goalkeeper’s head and bounced into the net to win the game and end Salem’s solid season and terrific comeback. “We were unlucky in overtime,” said Karibian. “We had two chances early on where we could have put them away but they got the lucky bounce. That’s the way sudden victory goes. It’s sudden.” Salem High finished with a 10-6 regular season record. Despite the strong regular season, it was difficult for the Blue Devils not to be disappointed with an early postseason loss. “We came up a bit short,” said Karibian. “But overall, I think the season was a positive experience. It’s the best result we’ve had in the past ten years.” The Blue Devils will lose a handful of special seniors following Staff photo by Jacob Gagnon this season. Not all of those seniors, however, have made their mark on the soccer field. “The leadership goes a long way. Salem’s Darren Righini looks to score in the second half of the Blue Devils’ playoff loss. There were guys that did not get into this game who are just as supportive and strong,” said Karibian. One of those seniors, Karibian. “Charlie Peters and Darren Righini, our captains, stood Max Wildfeuer, was seen helping a cramping teammate stretch up. You don’t get that performance out of a team without excellent out following the defeat. “Wildfeuer went over there and saw a leadership. Those two definitely stepped up their game.” teammate who needed support. That’s a big deal,” said Karibian. As the final minute ticked off the clock, Andrew Fichera booted So while the season ended with a loss, the memory of this 2013 the ball in the direction of the Londonderry net. Doucette, once Salem High Boys Soccer team will be that of teammates who cared again in the right place, used his head to score his third and final for, and helped, one another. Even in defeat, the Blue Devils had Salem goal to tie the game at three goals apiece. earned a different, but special, kind of success. “We came out strong in the second half. We really put them under pressure,” said Karibian. “It was the best comeback I’ve ever

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Senior Soccer Players Honored
by Bob Gibbs Salem High School honored its senior men’s soccer players at its home game on October 24. The senior players’ parents and family were there while each player was called out and honored by their teammates, coaches and athletic director Dave Rozumek. Soccer Seniors Team “Committed to Quality Dedicated to Service”

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Field Hockey Squad Drops Semi-Final Match to Pinkerton in Overtime
by Jacob Gagnon For the second straight season, the Salem High School Field Hockey team has fallen in the semi-final round of the NHIAA Division I Championship Tournament. Once again, a valiant effort nearly carried the Blue Devils into the finals but Pinkerton Academy managed to capture the overtime victory, 3-2, on Tuesday, October 9 at Bill Ball Stadium to advance to the Championship match. “We played and controlled part of the game. We had a number of opportunities but we just didn’t capitalize on the chances we had in regulation and in overtime,” said Head Coach John Gatsas. “But I was very proud of our team and of the way they played all year and especially in the playoffs.” After a first round bye, the third-seeded Blue Devils hosted Merrimack High School. Salem advanced to the semi-finals on the power of another shutout victory from goalkeeper Meaghan Williams as they defeated Merrimack, 2-0. “Meaghan Williams had a great performance in goal. For a kid that played goalkeeper for the first time just this year, she had about nine shutouts for us,” said Gatsas. “She had a fantastic run for us this year.” Salem was ready, days later, to take on the second-seeded Pinkerton Academy team. “Against Merrimack, we did a really nice job moving the ball and did a lot of positive things. We felt really good going into the Pinkerton game,” said Gatsas. Salem continued to feel good about their chances of earning a Championship finals berth up until the final score of the game in overtime. Both Rachel Denning and Amanda Travaglini scored goals for Salem in the loss. “I think it was just a team effort. Everyone contributed here and there. We had a number of different goal-scorers throughout the season. Everybody knew their role and did their role very well. I was happy with them (the team) all-around,” said Gatsas. “We grew a lot as the season went.” The Blue Devils finished the 2013 season with a 13-3 record. Following this season, the Salem High squad is graduating 10 seniors from the team. While that is a tough reality to face, Coach Gatsas is optimistic that the developing athletes on the junior varsity team will step up in a big way in the coming seasons. “We have some real nice kids coming up through our JV program. I’m looking for another strong program next year. We just have to work hard at it,” said Gatsas. Salem’s junior varsity squad finished runner-up in the JV Championship Tournament to Pinkerton Academy earlier this season. Despite the high hopes for the next class of student-athletes joining the program, the Blue Devils, and Gatsas, will not soon forget this team. “These seniors are pretty special. Some of them played for seven years together so they had a pretty good bond together. They were a tight team so they had a lot of good memories off the field also,” said Gatsas. “They were a pleasure to coach.”

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Football Team Finishes Season with Decisive Victory in Londonderry
by Jacob Gagnon Last year, the Salem High School Football season ended with a whimper. This year, the Blue Devils finished with a bang. Salem travelled to Londonderry High School to face the playoff-bound Lancers on Friday night, November 1. The Blue Devils had found their stride since the midway point of the season. Every week, it seemed, the Salem squad was delivering impressive performances on the gridiron as they showcased their perpetual improvements. Despite missing the cut for the postseason, Salem’s focus remained sharp. They stepped onto the Londonderry field ready to prove themselves all over again. “The kids played great and they played tough. We executed well so we’re thrilled,” said Head Coach Bob Pike. “It was a great win.” Leading Blue Devil rusher senior Jason Martinez scored the first touchdown of the game with a little over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Londonderry answered back with two minutes left in the first half to tie the game. Despite the clock inching closer to the end of the half, Salem’s offense took to the field with their eyes set on the end zone. Quarterback John Cerrentani took a big hit on a Lancer blitz but returned to the game moments later in time to toss a touchdown pass to classmate Jake Poore. There were seven seconds left in the half. Following a roughing the kicker penalty on Londonderry during an extra point attempt, Cerrentani converted a two-point attempt with a quarterback keeper to take a 15-7 lead at the half. “Zach Luiapaka did a great job lead blocking and Jason (Martinez) is obviously a great runner. Jake Poore, at the end of that first half, made some great plays and big catches at our end,” said Pike. “And up front, across the board, I thought we were great. Austin Ribaudo is doing a great job at guard for
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us. We were impressed all the way around.” Salem received the ball at the start of the second half but was forced to punt after only three plays. The Lancers brought the ball to midfield with a big pass but fumbled on the next play. The Blue Devils recovered on their own 37-yard line. With 58 seconds left in the third quarter, Salem struck again. This time, it was Josh Rodriguez who scored the rushing touchdown to extend the Blue Devil lead to 22-7. “We keep getting better. It’s a credit to them (the players). They keep working hard and we keep getting better,” said Pike. “That’s the name of the game. I’m real happy with that.” After a number of impressive defensive stops, Salem finished off the Lancers the same way they started: with a touchdown run from Martinez. Salem defeated the playoff-caliber Londonderry High School squad, 29-7. It was a fitting finish to the regular season as Martinez, for the last two seasons, has been Salem’s most valuable player as well as a leader in all aspects of the game. According to Pike, the same can be said for the rest of the senior athletes that have led Salem this season. “The seniors have been immensely important. They are the greatest group of kids. They lead the way with everything they do,” said Pike. “When I talk about continuing to get better, but that can be hard to do when you lose some games and they never quit. They have a great attitude and they just kept coming in to work, work, work and they are the reason we are in this position and getting better.” Salem will play one final game of the year on the eve of Thanksgiving at Grant Field against a Massachusetts squad. The Blue Devils never gave up and their diligence was rewarded by a secondhalf of the season performance that, had it happened earlier in the year, may have earned them a playoff berth. With Pike at the helm, they will only get better.

Girls Volleyball Team Advance with Victory Over Nashua North
by Jacob Gagnon It was then, with their backs Like the tide, the thirdagainst the wall and their title seeded Salem High School defense in jeopardy that the Girls Volleyball team’s play Blue Devils responded with continued to rise throughout a dominant fifth set. Salem their quarterfinal game against scored first, second and Nashua North High School often in the final set of the on Saturday, November 11 at night. Despite a solid effort, Salem. With the teams tied Nashua North could not halt at two sets apiece, the Blue the surging Salem squad. The Devil’s tide finally crashed over Blue Devils earned the win, the Titans to advance into the 15-11, to advance to the semisemi-final round of the NHIAA final round. Division I Championship “We practice like this every Tournament where they day. We control everything will face the second-seeded on our side of the net. Once Merrimack High School. we focused on our side of the “I thought it (their net and what we could do, it performance) was made a huge difference,” said phenomenal. They played out Roemer. of their skulls tonight. They Senior Shari Juranovits had fought hard and battled for ten kills while sophomore every point,” said Head Coach Ashley Matthews had nine John Roemer. “It was a tough kills. Junior Rachel Towler had game and they dug deep. They 42 assists. Sophomore Alyssa were exhausted after the third Matthews had 21 digs. Senior set and those are the games Olivia Burke had six blocks. that are tough to win. It shows Classmate Amanda Bickford a lot of character.” had 26 digs and three aces. Salem took the first set, Bickford, as was announced 25-22 to gain the upper hand following the game, had against an aggressive Nashua recorded her 500th career dig North team. After falling in the contest. behind in the second set, the “They’re relentless. They Blue Devils fought back to take do not want to give up,” said the lead, and the win, 26-24, Staff photo by Jacob Gagnon Roemer. “They realize that in the second set of play. they control their own fate. Salem’s Alyssa Kolbert and Olivia Burke jump up The Titans rebounded to They played hard because they to block a Nashua North shot. stay alive in the match with a wanted to play hard and they third set victory, 25-20, before didn’t want to lose. Bottom tying the series at two games apiece with a 25-18 win. line is that they played with a lot of heart.”

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