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“Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development,” writes United Nations Enabled. Persons with disabilities make up an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population. This year, in an effort to renew our global commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities, the United States became a proud signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty represents a paradigm shift, urging equal protection and benefits for all citizens, and reaffirming the inherent dignity and independence of the 650 million people living with disabilities worldwide. Today, as we commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate the skills, achievements, and contributions of persons with disabilities in America and around the world. We recognize the progress we have made toward equality for all, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring individuals with disabilities can reach their greatest potential. According to the Governor’s Commission on Disability, the self-reported number from the State of NH lists New Hampshire with an 11.2 percent (2011) or approximately 1,323,531 (2010) individuals who have a disability. Of those facts, 30 percent of those over 65 are recorded with a disability.
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Knights of Columbus with returning veterans by Pat Blodgett How to find contentment, stay fit and healthy, connect to your spiritual side, and link up with some of the finest people around? Rick Dewhirst, President of Dewhirst Family Funeral Care, has found the answer in mountain climbing. He says, “Originally I began climbing to knock off a little weight, but quickly caught ‘the bug.’” He began running road races with friends around 1995, completed the grueling 7.6 up-hill miles Mount Washington Road Race four times, enjoyed a 100 mile bicycle race, and finished the 2002 Boston Marathon. “I actually took up hiking to supplement my running, but a knee injury called a halt to running. Hikers and mountain climbers are some of the friendliest people you could want to be with. There’s a certain camaraderie and support that exists in these groups. They’re a close, caring, community who understand why we’re all out there, who share a love for the outdoors, and who help each other reach their goals.” In 2004 Rick found himself consumed with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, the tallest free standing mountain on earth. I found myself amazed to hear him calmly mention this African adventure as if it were the natural progression for all hikers. “My wife questioned my sanity, although I had talked about it for two years, and the trekking company assured me I was capable.” Treks to Mount K were fully booked, so he committed to a trip in 2005, giving himself six months to prepare for such a challenging climb in addition to gathering the necessary equipment, training, and mindset. Rick decided to hike three of the 4,000 foot high peaks in New Hampshire as preparation. Talking about the Kilimanjaro trek, Rick continued to page 5- Dewhirst
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Christmas Parade Community Patriot
by Robyn Hatch As an annual event, the town of Salem introduced the holiday season with an annual Christmas/Holiday Parade. Thousands were expected to line Main Street for this popular event, which began on North Policy Street and traveled down Main Street to Salem High School. A special visit from Santa Claus rounded up this special event. Kids lined the street, eating tasty treats and cookies from St. David’s, hot chocolate and coffee helped those cope with the temperature. For many of these families, this parade is a family tradition as a perfect end to the holiday weekend. Schools were represented by floats and proud students. Clowns, dogs, and dance studios were everywhere. Many residents waved and cheered from the sidewalks as the people in the parade danced, marched and drove pretty floats for all to see. Children could be seen waving flags and chasing after the many candy pieces that were thrown by marching groups. Local politicians, community groups, churches and scout troops made their way down the parade route. Proving to be quite a crowd pleaser, athletes from Salem Youth Soccer made their first appearance in the parade. Residents got to see local veterans and applauded as they passed through the crowd. continued to page 5- Parade
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Town Hall to Get an ATM
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Transactions at the town hall will be a little easier with an automated teller machine to be installed in the building, while the town remains unable to process credit cards. Talk of a machine raised questions from selectmen in the past, and Tax Collector Cheryl-Ann Bolouk came before the board to answer concerns. Selectwoman Susan Covey asked about the cost of a phone line and installation. Bolouk said her bid request required companies to pay installation costs and also all monthly costs. She said the unit would connect wirelessly unless the connection could not be reached. The unit would be free standing and bolted to the floor, not installed in the wall as previously discussed. Placement on the unit would keep it visible. “Some of the staff would have it in plain view,” Said Selectman Stephen Campbell. Selectman Patrick Hargreaves asked about a camera on the machine. “If anyone breaks the machine, it’s going to be word versus word.” A camera may be in the machine, but it will be in view of town employees. Selectwoman Covey added, “The purpose of the machine is to be able to do transactions you can only do in cash.” Town Manager Keith Hickey said the maximum cost of the machine to the town would be $10 a month if no one uses it. The town would receive 25 cents from every transaction. Forty transactions a month would allow the town to break even. Chairwoman Elizabeth Roth asked about the terms of the contract and the ability to cancel, which she was told could be terminated after 90 days. The board voted in favor to install the machine.
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Community Stewardess Honored by LGC
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Whether it may be the Planning Board or Conservation Commission, Linda Harvey enjoys serving the town. “I grew up in a family that did a lot,” said Harvey, citing the basis of her volunteer work to be her mother. “She spent her life volunteering.” Recently named one of two annual Volunteers of the Year by the Local Government Center (LGC), Linda was honored for her countless hours serving the town updating the sidewalk master plan, revising the zoning ordnances, reworking the subdivision and site plans, along with many tasks on the Conservation Commission. Selectwoman Susan Covey talked about her observations of Harvey. “Personally I have never seen a commissioner who worked harder to accomplish their goals. They are a true working board and Linda is a huge part of that. She has been instrumental in putting together a sidewalk master plan and she adamantly protects wetlands as well as all of our natural resources on both the planning board and conservation commission. We are very lucky to have someone volunteer to take on such an important role in Salem.” Linda began her work with the town in 2000 when she joined the Conservation Commission. Since being on the board, she has redone the land ordinance multiple times and continues to keep it updates. In addition, she maintains the list of easements on conservation land. While being on the board, Linda decided to review years of town reports, analyzing information and creating a history of the Conservation Commission and its funding. Keeping records of this information, she began the tradition of reviewing the commissions find at each monthly meeting, allowing for a better record of expenses.
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Linda Harvey displays her Local Government Center Volunteer of the Year award with her husband Bob at the LGC lunch in Manchester. Despite her involvement with the Conservation Commission, Harvey decided to work with the town’s planning department and began serving on the Planning Board. Now, four and a half years later, she has an extensive list of accomplishments with the department. “I’ve been the one really pushing for an upgraded sidewalk system in town,” she said. Linda has spent many hours reorganizing and updating the information, which is part of the transportation section of the town’s master plan. “When I went through it I found it incomplete,” she said adding the last master plan was last updated in 2001. Linda said there is a lack of support for continued to page 5- Harvey
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Lions Club Donates Thanksgiving Baskets
Eighth Annual Holiday Stroll and Silent Auction
submitted by Sonny Tylus Greystone Farm, located at 242 Main Street in Salem, will be hosting its eight annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The stroll will offer spirits, hors d’oeurvres, desserts and music. In addition you can bid on over 70 wreaths, gift baskets, sleighs and other items which have been donated by over 70 organizations. Your $5 admission fee gets you a chance to win one of the Grand Raffle prizes, including, a flat screen TV, Blue Ray Player, microwave and a mini DVD camcorder. Over the years, more than $40,000 has been raised for senior charities. The beneficiary will be ServiceLink of Rockingham County which provides services for the elderly. This year there will be a competition between the Salem Fire and Police Departments for the basket that receives the highest bid. Chief Breen and Deputy Chief Shawn Pattern have been trading barbs regarding each other’s creativity. The winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights. If you can’t attend, you can make a donation to ServiceLink of Rockingham, 287 Lawrence Road, Salem NH 03079. Hope to see you there and Happy Holidays!
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Lions Club members Erin Daly, Sandy Dennehy, Sheryl Parsons, Jim Morin and Ethan Rhequot by Robyn Hatch The Salem Lions Club donated a total of 55 Thanksgiving baskets to needy Salem families this year. Money was raised through charity gambling via a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at Rockingham Park. Each basket contained approximately $65 worth of food. The annual event saw an increase in donations this year. Market Basket in Salem also contributed to the event.
Rick Perry at Chamber
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Texas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry spoke to residents Tuesday night with a focus of securing the country’s border. The event, hosted by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, was held at Brookstone Park. “Today we have a Federal Government that fails to make a serious effort to secure the border,” Perry said, adding Washington didn’t implement basic steps to do so. As governor of Texas, Perry said he has dealt with the problem for ten years, spending over $400 million to prevent the transfer of drugs, weapons, and people. “No state has the resources to be able to defend that border, to secure that border the way it needs to be done.” Perry said the task requires a president with will, knowledge, and experience to accomplish the task. “I’m going to be a law and order president,” he said, “I will secure that border.” He said within twelve months he will have it shut down. His plan to close off the border is to use technology already developed by
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Outbursts Discredit our State’s Leaders
Last November’s state election results clearly showed New Hampshire voters wanted a change, but now with half the term expiring we are left to wonder if the change voters wanted was the one they got. Last week the state’s Ballot Law Commission ruled to uphold President Obama’s right to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. This ruling provoked a shockingly angry response from a group of Republican state legislators who were in attendance. They accused the commission’s Republican chair of treason and a wanton disregard of the U.S. Constitution. To be fair, the House Majority Leader, DJ Bettencourt (R-Salem) wasted little time in publicly disparaging their behavior and urging them to get back in line. While I am no fan of Bettencourt’s overall agenda, I applaud his attempt to act sanely in the midst of a Republican caucus that has demonstrated a proclivity for pushing ideas and legislation that favor the narrow social, economic, and political interests of the extreme right. The behavior of the group of legislators supporting this latest “birther” initiative, reported to include Harry Accornero of Laconia, Al Baldasaro of Londonderry, Susan DeLemus of Rochester, Laurie Pettengill of Glen, Larry Rappaport of Colebrook, William Tobin of Sanbornton, Moe Villeneuve of Bedford and Lucien and Carol Vita of Middleton, was an embarrassment not only to their party, but to the state of New Hampshire. We started the year with former Rep. Martin Harty (R-Barrington) suggesting that we ship disabled people out of the state, witnessed the ouster of Republican state chair Jack Kimball in September, and now we close with “Birthers” clinging desperately to a repeatedly discredited question on the legitimacy of the President’s citizenship. All this turmoil in Republican ranks suggests to me that at least the numbers of undecided voters, if not Democrats, might begin to swell as if stung by a bee between now and next November. That might be good for all of us who want to see rational discourse and leadership from our elected officials. Andrew Weir – Hampstead the evidence can be plainly viewed 2. the officer to have a lawful right of access to the object, and 3. the incriminating character of the object to be : immediately apparent.” In the Zion Hill Stop, the officer looked into the vehicle and observed open containers of alcohol, drugs and empty beer cans in plain view. No warrant was needed. Further, the Salem Police Department has a Tow Inventory Policy, which requires officers to take inventory (incident to arrest) and then secure items of value before towing the vehicle. In the event that you feel the Tow Inventory Policy is a violation of the law, I encourage you to research the law (State V. Forrest Finn). If you have questions, please feel free to contact me, Sgt. Rob Morin, Salem Police Department, 603893-1911, firstname.lastname@example.org. Rob Morin -Salem
Supporting Rick Perry
We have many fine candidates running for President in the Republican Party. Change in Washington is necessary! In fact, radical change is necessary to get America back on track with economic and debt free stability. We seem to have several candidates that say one thing and change their mind in the course of just one debate to please the public - this is very wish washy! We have one candidate that tells it like it is and has accomplished huge items of progress for the people as a go-getter and doer, in Texas as a Governor, that is Rick Perry. He is dealing with immigration on a daily basis and pointing out he would do more hard work to really secure the boarders if elected president unlike President Obama. He has encouraged foreign investment in Texas creating many jobs, he has balanced budgets. Being a governor he has seen how big government in Washington, DC has corrupted our nation and is bankrupting America. We need a straight talking person that will repeal Obama Care, support our military to keep America strong around the world, hold China, and other foreign countries accountable on trade and intellectual property rights. He is person that will support Israel over Iran unlike our current President Obama. Rick Perry will win many states for the nomination especially in the southern part of the nation. Several people I personally know as Independents in Texas and New Hampshire voted for Obama are all for Rick Perry this time around. Help support a bold thinker, a social conservative, a doer, and most of all a true believer in individual liberty and the Constitution of the United States. Ed Brooks - Salem
FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament Comes to Manchester
Nearly three hundred area children, ages 9 to 14, are among the record 171,000 children around the world who have risen to the 2011 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) “Food Factor®” Challenge. To successfully complete the Challenge, teams of young people must conduct research and build and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to explore the ways in which food can become contaminated – from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and unsafe storage – and then propose real-world solutions for preventing or combating these contaminates. Through handson experience and working in teams, children have a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology. The students come from Litchfield, Pelham, Salem and Windham schools. The are organized into 50 teams which will go head-to-head, putting eight weeks of research, design and programming to the test in a regional FLL Championship Tournament to win honors and recognition. The event will be held Saturday, December 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Opening Ceremony at 8:15 a.m., Championship Tournament from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m.), at Manchester Central High School, 207 Lowell Street, Manchester. Admission to the FIRST LEGO League event is open to the public and is free-ofcharge. The FLL season will culminate with the FLL World Festival at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, 2012.
Thumbs Down About the Citizen Ride Along
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Your Hometown Community Calendar Your Hometown Community Calendar December Community Events --------Monday, December 5 The Salem Depot Train Station Museum will be open from 6-8 p.m. The history th of transportation, artifacts, and stories are housed in the museum. Also, do your Christmas Shopping and purchase the book with stories and drawings by Salem seniors and school children. Videos are available. There is no charge to come and view transportation over the years in Salem. Any questions, please call Beverly at 893-8882.
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meal. Please bring your family and friends. The dinner will feature turkey with all the trimmings, and will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main Street, Salem. Reservations are necessary so the committee can plan, so please call 603-571-9381 or 603-479-3612. You may also call the Parish Office at 603-893-8661 to make a reservation. If you need a ride, one will be provided. Please make sure to leave your name and phone number when you call for a reservation, so we can contact you. Dessert donations are very much appreciated. If you cannot attend, we can make arrangements to deliver to Salem residents.
Meetings -------------------------Saturday, December 3 The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Salem rd Contractors Association and HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Excel) have come together to bring you the 2011 Holiday Dance, which will be held at the Castleton Banquet Center in Windham, from 6-11 p.m. The event will feature cocktails and appetizers, dinner, and music. There is a charge for the tickets. For more information, or to register, visit www.salemcontractors.org.
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Thursday, December 8 The Eighth Annual Holiday Stroll and Silent Auction at Graystone Farm at Salem, a th Benchmark Senior Living Community, will be held to benefit ServiceLink of Rockingham County. Graystone Farm is located at 242 Main Street, Salem. Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy spirits, hors d’oeuvres and holiday music as you stroll our community and view a wide array of wreaths, sleighs, centerpieces, and gift baskets decorated by our local sponsors. The proceeds from every sale will benefit the programs of ServiceLink of Rockingham County. The Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m. and the bidding will conclude at 8 p.m. Don’t miss this wonderful and charitable Holiday Celebration! The $5.00 admission fee includes a chance in our Grand Raffle! Shuttle transportation to area parking will be available all evening. For more information, call 603-898-5393 or visit www.benchmarkseniorliving.com.
Library ----------------------------Tuesday, December 6 The Kelley Library will hold a Craft Time at 9:30 a.m. This is a special activity th time for 4-6 year olds, featuring crafts from a variety of materials. Registration is required. Sign-up in the Kelley Library Children’s Room, or call 898-7064.
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Religious Events ---------Saturday, December 3 The North Salem United Methodist Church, 389 North Main Street, Salem, will hold a rd Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature beaded jewelry, crocheted and knitted afghans and scarves, dish gardens and much more! The Women’s club will be selling hot soups, baked goods and refreshments.
Saturday, December 10 The Kelley Library Board of Trustees invites the Salem community to an afternoon of th seasonal music for a Holiday Concert and Tea with the Windham Flute Ensemble and local guest performers. Delicious treats and beverages will be served in the lower lobby before and after the performance, which will begin at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 The Annual Holiday Breakfast, sponsored by Salem Centre for Orthodontix, will th be held in the Eclipse Teen Center (2nd Floor of the Boys & Girls Club) from 9-11 a.m. More info and ticket purchases can be made at http://www.salembgc.org/what/ events/holidaybreakfast.asp, or tickets will also be available at the front office. Admission includes breakfast, face painting, arts and crafts and more! Bring your camera to take photos with Santa Claus. Any questions, please contact Mike Stevens at 603898-7709, ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 14 Come join the Kelley Library to decorate for the holidays at 6:30 p.m. This th cookiesevent invites children ages 6 and family up to use their artistic talents to decorate Holiday cookies. Parents are invited to stay and share in the fun. Call Cathy at 8987064, or drop by the Children’s Room, to register.
Saturday, December 10 Come hear the beautiful music of Sergei Novikov at the North Salem United th Methodist Church, 389 N. Main Street, No. Salem, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door, or $5 before December 9 by calling Charley at 603-893-9825. For an advance preview, see www.SpeakingMusic.com.
Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17; and Saturday and Sunday, December 24 and 25 The Rockingham Christian Church will hold their annual “Christmas in this Place” th program on December 16 at 7 p.m. and December 17 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. They will also hold Candlelight Christmas Eve Gatherings on December 24 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and a Christmas Day Gathering on December 25 at 10:15 a.m.
School Activities ---------Saturday, December 10 Craft Fair Cancellation: The holiday craft fair at the William E. Lancaster School has been lack of th cancelled due to a contactcrafters. For at more information, Bev Sullivan Pres58@comcast.net, or 603-401-2048.
Sunday, December 25 Once again, with the permission of Fr. John Michalowski, Pastor of Saints Mary and th Joseph Parish in Salem, and with the help of the Salem Knights of Columbus, there will be a Christmas Dinner from 12:30– 3:30 p.m. for all who are alone and would like companionship, friendship and a nice hot
Thursday, December 15 The Pontine Theatre is back at the Kelley p.m. bringing their adaptation th Library at 7Dickens’ “A Christmas of Charles Carol”. Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers present this holiday classic in toy theatre. Toy theatre is an antique parlor entertainment, performed on a miniature tabletop, two-dimensional stage, with cut-out scenery and actors. It reached its height of popularity in England, during the Victorian era. This event is appropriate for children ages 10 and older and adults. This event is open to the public with no charge. More information on this and other December offerings can be found on the Kelley Library website, www.kelleylibrary.org.
Sunday, December 11 and Saturday, December 24 St. Patrick’s Choir will be performing a new Christmas Cantata, “Heaven on Earth.” th The cantata is a collection of songs both traditional and new, that illustrate the Christmas story. The concert will be performed at St. Patrick Church at 4 p.m. and again on December 24 at 11 p.m. There is no fee for admission.
Sports & Recreation --Saturday, December 17 The Salem Boys and Girls Club will hold the First Annual Sporting Goods Flea Market at the club. The club will be selling new and used sports equipment. If anyone would like to th donate items, please contact Josh Perreault at 898-7709x11. We will also be raffling off a new pair of skis and bindings donated by Buchikas.
Sunday, December 11 The St. Patrick’s Choir will be sponsoring Caroling, Cocoa, and Community at Lyons th Park from 7-8:30 p.m. In the event of rain, will be held at the VFW Hall. Come join St. Patrick’s Choir and other local church choir members for a community sing-a-long event. Cookies and hot chocolate for all. Everyone welcome. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Pelham Food Pantry.
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Salem Church Services
Ararat Armenian Congregational Church 2 Salem Street • Sunday Services, 10:30 a.m. Centerpoint Community Church 101 School Street • Sunday Service, 10 a.m. Grace Assembly of God 199 Zion Hill Road • Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m.; Wednesday night Bible Study, 7 p.m. Granite United Church 1 Sand Hill Road • Saturdays, 4 p.m.; Sunday Services, 8:45, 10, and 11:30 a.m. www.graniteunited.com Hannah Tenney United Methodist Church 290 Main Street• Sunday Worship and Sunday School, 11 a.m. Faith Bible Chapel Meets at American Legion Hall, 38 Milville Street • Worship Service, 8:30 a.m., 7 p.m.; Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Greater Salem Vineyard Fellowship Meets at Salem High School, Auditorium • Sunday Service, 10:00 a.m. First Congregational Church, UCC 15 Lawrence Road • Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m.; www.FCC-Salem.org North Salem United Methodist Church 389 North Main Street • Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School, 9 a.m. Pleasant Street United Methodist Church 8 Pleasant Street • Saturday Sabbath Worship Service, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Worship and Sunday School, 9:00 a.m.; www.pleasantstreetumc.org Rockingham Christian Church 5 Industrial Way, Unit #2 • Sunday Worship & Children’s Church, 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. • www.rccsalem.com Salem Bible Church 11 Ermer Road (off Rte. 111) • Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m., Eve. Worship, 6 p.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m. • Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m. Saints Mary and Joseph Parish: Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church 200 Lawrence Road • Masses: Sat., 4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.; Weekdays: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Rosary, 8:40 a.m., Mass, 9 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 33 Main Street • Masses: Sat., 4:15 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.; Weekdays: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Rosary 6:50 a.m., Mass, 7:15 a.m.; Wed., Rosary, 6:50 a.m., Eucharistic Service 7:15 a.m., Evening Mass, 6:30 p.m. St. David’s Episcopal Church Main Street (across from Kelley Library) • Sunday Services, 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church 171 Zion Hill Road • Sunday Services, 8 a.m., 9 a.m.; • Fellowship Hour 10 a.m.
Salem Regular Meetings & Events
American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Post #63, 38 Millville Street, third Monday, 7 p.m. Artists Association of Greater Salem, Kelley Library, Conf. Room, second Thursday, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. Board of Selectmen meetings, Town Hall (Knightly Room); first, second, and fourth Monday. 7 p.m. Budget Committee meetings, Town Hall (Knightly Room), second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Cancer Support meetings, Granite State Baptist Church, 1 Sand Hill Road, first and third Monday, 6 – 7:30 p.m. CHADD–Nashua-Windham Chapter, Windham Presbyterian Church, third Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Conservation Commission meetings, Town Hall (Knightly Room), first Wednesday, 7 p.m. Council on Aging meetings, Ingram Senior Center, fourth Tuesday of April, May, June, August, September and October, 11 a.m. (890-2190) Democratic Town Committee, Kelley Library, third Monday, 7 p.m. Diabetes Support Group, Ingram Senior Center, 1 Sally Suite Way, third Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Disabled American Veterans, W.T. Barron Chapter 25, American Legion, second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. Domestic Abuse Support Group, (confidential), Call A Safe Place, 890-6392 for more information. Exchange Club, Jonathan’s (Park Plane Lanes), Thursdays, 12 p.m. Families Cope, Kelley Library, Room B, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – noon Garden Club meetings, Salemhaven Nursing Home, second Tuesday , 7 p.m. Greater Salem Artists Association, Kelley Library, second Thursday, 6:30 p.m., September through May. Historic District Commission meetings, at the Museum, 310 Main Street, at the call of the chairman. Historic Society, Salem, Old Town Hall (310 Main Street), second Tuesday, March through November at 7:30 p.m. Housing Authority meetings, Housing Authority, 70 Telfer Circle, Second Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. Interdenominational Prayer Group, North Salem United Methodist Church, every Sunday evening Kelley Library Trustees meetings, at the Library, 234 Main Street, 10 times per year, date and time set at each meeting. Kiwanis, Salem Boys’ & Girls’ Club, 2nd Monday, 6 p.m. Knights of Columbus, 37 Main Street, 2nd Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Lions Club, Salem Boys & Girls Club, second Tuesday, at noon and Black Water Grill, last Thursday, at 7 p.m. Machine Knitting Club, Kelley Library, Room B, first Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon. Masons, Spicket Lodge No. 85, 107 Main Street, second Thursday of the month. Military Moms, Boys’ & Girls’ Club, 2nd Thursday, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Mom’s Club of Salem, Kelley Library, fourth Monday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Order of the Eastern Star, Spicket Lodge No. 85, 107 Main Street, third Friday. Overeaters Anonymous, Kelley Library, Room B, Fridays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Planning Board meetings, Town Hall, second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. Recreation Advisory Committee meetings, Town Hall (Conference Room), first Wednesday, 7 p.m. Refunder’s Group, Kelley Library, Lanc Room, third Saturday, 9am – noon. Rotary Club of Greater Salem, Rockingham Park, Upper Floor, Right, Fridays, 7:30 a.m. Salem Family Resources–Success By 6 Grandparents as Parents Support Group Groups, third Friday, 9:30 a.m. at Greater Salem Caregivers. 287 Lawrence Road (Foss School Building). (898-5493) Cindy Jury, Executive Director, Salem Family Resources–Success By 6 Salem Community Emergency Response Team, Trustees room, ADP, 11 Northeast Blvd, second Wednesday, 6 p.m. New recruits are welcome to attend. Salem Crossing #2, Kelley Library, Room B, third Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m. Salem Crossing #3/Rockingham Commons, Kelley Library, Room B, third Monday, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. Salem Museum, 310 Main Street, Open Mondays, 2 – 5 p.m. (890-2280) Salem NH Citizen Corps, Knightly Room, Town Hall, second Tuesday, 7 p.m. Salem Republican Town Committee, first Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Kelley Library, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Salem Senior Services, open Mon. – Thurs., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Salem Teen Social Center, Kelley Library, Room B, first Thursday, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. Salem Writers Group, Kelley Library, Conf. Room, second Tuesday, 10 a.m. – noon. Salem Youth Hockey, Kelley Library, Room B, second Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:45 p.m. Son’s of Union Vets & Auxiliary, Kelley Library, Room B, fourth Saturday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Pleasant Street Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Winning Speakers Club, Senior Center, Lowell Road, second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Women’s Club (GFWC) Salem Chapter, Kelley Library, Beshara Room, first Tuesday, noon – 2 p.m. (No July, August or December) Zoning Board of Adjustment meetings, Town Hall, first Tuesday, 7 p.m.
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The weather stayed reasonably warmer than first anticipated. The Carlene Nazarian Dance Center put on a very fast performance that left children dancing by the side of the road. Salem’s own Blue Devil Marching Band played holiday music to lead the way for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive in a sleigh led by eight tiny reindeer. Everyone left very pleased by the results. For a parade that was almost cancelled due to funding, they put on a pretty good show.
Smith & Wesson Venture Rifles Recalled
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Product Recall: Thompson Center Venture Rifle. Description of the Hazard: During an internal technical review, Smith & Wesson determined that some of the sears used on Venture rifles produced from August 1, 2011 to October 28, 2011, may not have been manufactured to specification. Because the sear is an important part of the firing mechanism, we are asking that all of the rifles produced during this time period be returned to Smith & Wesson so that the firearm can be inspected by our technicians to ensure that the rifle operates in a safe and appropriate manner. Description of the Product Involved: This recall applies only to Venture rifles manufactured from August 1, 2011 to October 28, 2011. To determine if your rifle is affected, please reference the serial number list located at www.smith-wesson.com/venturerecall or by calling Smith & Wesson directly at 1-800-713-0356. If your serial number does not fall within the list of affected serial numbers, your rifle is not part of this recall. Charlie Chalk can be reached at email@example.com
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says, “There was a bonus to our climb. Because we spent eight days on the mountain, we had more time to stop at the crater next to the glacier and I got some fantastic pictures.” I asked, “Can you describe what it feels like to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro? The sparkle in Rick’s eyes, the slow smile and the deep sigh as he relives that moment in January 2005 speak volumes! “ “Exhilaration, pride, an intense spiritual experience to be one of only eleven climbers who make it after eight days and seven nights.” Where does one look for challenges after having stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro? By October 2007 he had gone on to finish climbing all 48 of the 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. He then began to work on New England’s 4,000 foot peaks which include New Hampshire’s 48, Vermont’s five, and Maine’s 14 bringing the total climbed to 67. Finished with that in September 2010, Rick began to work on the more exclusive New England 100 highest peaks list which includes the 67 4,000 foot peaks but also the next 33 highest that are just under 4,000 feet, many of which are in very remote areas of New England and oftentimes do not have trails to guide hikers. In April 2012, Rick and several of his hiking group will be recognized for this achievement by the Appalachian Mountain Club at their Awards Ceremony. “There’s talk among the group about doing the highest peaks in New York state, I plan to do more hiking with my two children as well as hiking with friends that are still working on their own lists of peaks climbed.” When Rick’s feet are in non-hiking mode he serves on the Board of Directors of Salem Boys and Girls Club, is a member of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Executive Committee of NH Funeral Directors Association, and a speaker, presenter, and resource for local grief and support groups throughout Greater Salem and neighboring communities.” Rick must have been listening when British ecologist and environmentalist David de Rothschild advised us to, “Follow your goosebumps!” Isn’t that what life is all about?
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sidewalks in town. “There’s been a decline on the part of the town leaders to put more sidewalks in town.” She said cost of maintenance along with traffic backups for pedestrian crossings are not favored. “If it’s there, people will use it,” she said, “There are a lot of people out there that would prefer to do things by bicycle or walking.” Also while working on the Planning Board, Linda has worked to review the board’s bylaws. Working for over a month on and off, she has reorganized and clarified the document. One of her biggest projects has been reviewing the zoning ordnances. While she doesn’t keep track, Linda estimates she has spent over 500 hours on the project. “It was a massive effort just because of the way it had been maintained all these years.” The old revision contained repetitive information due to editing over the years and lacked uniformity. Linda was able to remove over 100 pages from the ordnances because of this. She said information varied in different sections, citing set back requirements as an example. The new format she has created allows for future editing, keeping with the new layout. The planning board also maintains the subdivision and site plans, and Linda is currently in the process of reviewing these. Once finished, she plans to work on town’s entire master plan. “Ross and I are going to be working on updating the master plan for the entire town.” In addition, Linda is beginning work on the Natural Resources master plan, an overview including conservation land, future goals, an open space plan, and a town forest management plan. With a passion for bicycling, Linda has spent more then 30 years on the state’s Bicycle Transportation Committee. This translated into work on the bicycle pedestrian corridor, which will take foot and bicycle traffic through Salem on the former rail trail. Linda’s dedication to the town was the reason for her receiving the Local Government Center’s Volunteer award. Feeling very honored, Linda said the award is given to only two recipients a year with nominees all over the state. “New Hampshire runs on volunteers,” she said. She recognized that the New Hampshire House of Represents and Senate are all volunteers, along with governing boards of towns and cities. “It’s rather overwhelming,” she said. Linda was presented with the award in Manchester last week.
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Police Department’s Citizens Academy Learns About Special Ops Unit During Final Class
Sgt. Kevin Fitzgerald demonstrates how weapons are held when making entry into a building. by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz SWAT is an acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics, and that really sums up what a SWAT team is about. Last week the Salem Police Department’s Citizens Academy discussed the history and tactics of the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (SNHSOU). The unit was formed in 1998 and was the first regional SWAT team in the state. Much training was put into starting the unit and the training continues constantly. Salem Police Captain John Lozowski still trains officers for the SNHSOU but retired from the team several years ago. The team has trained with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), New York City Police Department (NYPD), and Boston Police Department (BPD). Between the three large agencies everything from shield tactics, riot control, high risk warrant arrests and searches, hostage negotiations and more have been drilled into the officers that make up the SNHSOU. In addition to the three large agencies SNHSOU has also trained with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Navy SEALS, Secret Service,
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Lisa Beckham tried on Sgt. Kevin Fitzgerald’s SWAT gear. It is a lot heavier than it looks. United States Marshals and the Israeli Army. Salem residents should be extremely proud to know that over one-third of the officers that make up Salem Police Department are SWAT trained. “We benefit greatly by having a SWAT team available to us. Salem residents should be quite confident that not only are Salem Police Officers very well trained but that we have many officers who are SWAT trained. They know the tactics inside and out and are very capable of using these techniques at any given time that they are needed,” Captain John Lozowski said. Officers who are approved for the SWAT team are held to higher standard than patrol officers. Their physical requirements, psychological exams, and fire arms efficiency are more intense and are also tested more often than patrol officers. Captain Lozowski and Detective Sergeant Kevin Fitzgerald both say that SWAT tactics have changed over the years, with a major change in tactics being made after Columbine. “What officers did at Columbine was exactly what they were trained to do, but it resulted in a
Ron Penczak and Captain John Lozowski demonstrate how a line of officers make entry and how they make silent communication to each other. airplane assaults. They are specially trained in the use of high-powered weapons as well as less than lethal equipment. Officers approved for the SWAT team must first pass two classes, SWAT I and II. They are highly trained in the use of weapons issued to them, tactical strategies and must know every piece of equipment they carry inside and out. When they are called out and must make entry to a home or building they prefer to use a shock and awe approach to minimize fatalities. In New Hampshire there are very few regional SWAT teams. SNHSHOU was the first in the state and helped to set the standard. SNHSOU is compiled of numerous agencies in the southern New Hampshire area including Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry, Hampstead, Raymond, Pelham, Hudson, Litchfield, and Atkinson. Every community that has officers in the team benefits greatly from having their resources pooled into the unit. Anytime the unit is needed it is activated and responds as quickly as it possibly can.
lot of lives lost. What happened was that citizens called for help and the patrol unit responded, set up a perimeter, and waited for nearly 40 minutes for the SWAT team to respond. The entire time there were active shooters inside and innocent people were being killed. Since that has happened patrol units are now trained that they are first on the scene and they make immediate entry with weapons drawn and they hunt down that suspect, engage and end that threat immediately. No longer does an agency wait 45 minutes for a SWAT team to respond,” Captain Lozowski explained. All the lessons learned that day changed SWAT teams and police agencies around the country, making them better equipped for active shooter incidents. Captain Lozowski says that when the team was first formed they averaged about 14 to 16 entries a year. Now it is much less. Typically what the SNHSOU does is handle barricaded subjects, hostage situations and negotiations, high risk warrant arrests, high-risk searches, active shooter/ school shootings, stand by for large events, and
Third Annual ‘Run the Highlands’ Race for MS
Sam, Rebecca, Rachel and Hannah Avard - all winners by Robyn Hatch The third annual Salem Kiwanis “Run the Highlands” for Multiple Sclerosis and KPT1 5K Run/Walk race was held at the beautiful Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Gold Course with close to 100 runners. The race supported the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Class medals were given to the top three winners in each category:
Alexia Arsenault Female overall 1. Rachel Avard (16) 2. Hannah Avard (14) 3. Tara Buoanna (37) Male Overall 1. Emery Bickford (30) 2. Jacob Persons (20) 3. Shane McCarthy (22)
Dan Dodson Male Age 1-14 1. Sean Totty (13) 2. Samual Avard (12) 3. Jackson Cain (10) Female Age 1-1 4 1. Emma Wellington (12) 2. Meagan Hanlon (14) 3. Chelsea Dunn (15) Male age 15 - 19
Winner Emery Bickford 1. Matt Persons (16) 2. Tyler McCarthy (19) 3. Jeremy Garneau (17) Female age 15-19 1. Rebecca Avard (16) 2. Katie Page (16) 3. Alexia Arsenault (18) This was an incredible race on an incredible day.
Gov. Lynch Requests Disaster Declaration
Gov. Lynch has asked President Barack Obama for a presidential declaration that, if granted, will make New Hampshire eligible for federal disaster aid to help cover costs resulting from the October snow storm. “This severe storm resulted in historic snowfall levels for the months of October and November throughout many areas of the State,” Gov. Lynch wrote in his request. “Because this storm occurred at the end of October, most trees were still covered with leaves. The record snowfall amounts, combined with high winds with gusts to 35 mph, caused very significant tree damage and produced the second-largest number of utility customer power outages in New Hampshire history.” The Governor’s request is for damage to public infrastructure in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. Local communities, the State and FEMA assessment teams estimate damage to public infrastructure in those two counties to be nearly $3 million. At the height of the storm, more than 40 state roads and over 250 local roads were closed or severely restricted due to downed power lines and debris. Some 122 elementary and secondary schools were closed statewide, many for several days. A total of 12 shelters and six warming stations were opened during the storm. The storm also knocked out power to approximately 300,000 utility customers, leaving many without power for up to a week. The storm’s damage was compounded by the fact it occurred less than 60 days after Tropical Storm Irene caused significant damage across New Hampshire. If Gov. Lynch’s request is granted, the federal aid will help cover costs local communities incurred while responding to the storm, and removal of significant amounts of debris in the storm’s aftermath. FEMA previously granted a limited declaration for New Hampshire, which would only covered the cost of water, food and other materials such as generators supplied directly by federal agencies. It did not include aid to help cover the cost of response to the storm, including snow and debris removal.
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Season’s Greetings Season’s Greetings
goodies, along with copies of their recipe to share. Be sure to have extra bags or containers on hand for guests to transport cookies home. * Make it personal - showcase the cookies in a decorative arrangement and ask each participant to introduce themselves and explain why they chose their recipe and what ingredients they used. * Be sure to offer refreshments, such as seasonal beverages, but keep it simple so the cookies are the stars of the show. * Send guests home with a goodie bag filled with a homemade recipe booklet you’ve created to commemorate your party. Ask for participants’ recipes in advance so you can prepare. Can’t decide what holiday cookie you should make as the host? Try the classic Peanut Butter Blossoms. Peanut Butter Blossoms Makes about three dozen cookies Ingredients: 36 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates 1 pouch Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon water 1 egg Granulated sugar Directions: Heat oven to 375 F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. Stir cookie mix, oil, water, and egg in a medium bowl until soft dough forms. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake eight to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. For more recipes, tips and ideas for hosting a cookie exchange, visit www.FavoriteCookies.com.
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Don’t Buy Heartache for the Holidays: How to Avoid Buying Puppies From Puppy Mills
submitted by Animal Rescue Network of New England The Humane Society of the United States warns pet lovers not to put cruelty on their shopping lists this year by unwittingly purchasing puppies from puppy mills. Images of adorable puppies joining their new families on a holiday morning are icons of this festive season, but sadly, behind the adorable puppy purchased from a pet store, website, or classified ad, there often lies a world of cruelty. Puppy mills are mass-breeding facilities where the parent dogs are caged for life with little or no exercise, attention, or vet care, solely to pump out puppies for the pet trade. Conditions are unsanitary and both the parent dogs and their puppies are often sick. “The HSUS puppy mills campaign braces itself every year for the upsetting calls that come in right after the holidays,” says Kathleen Summers, manager of the Puppy Mills Campaign for The HSUS. “People call about sick or even dying puppies that they purchased. Too often consumers who haven’t done their homework end up spending the holiday trying to save a sick animal.” The HSUS offers three tips for pet lovers who want to avoid supporting puppy mills: • Do not buy pets or pet supplies from • Never buy a puppy as a gift or impulse purchase. Puppy mills cater to impulse buyers who haven’t done their homework, and shelters are full of dogs that people could not take care of because they were unprepared for the challenge of raising a pet. • Always consider adoption first. Animal shelters are brimming with pets of all kinds who deserve a loving home (you may be asked to wait until after the holiday to bring the pet home). If choosing to go to a breeder, always visit a breeder’s premises in person to see how and where the puppy’s mother is living. Never buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site, which are primarily supplied by puppy mills. The Animal Rescue Network of New England (ARNNE) has so many adorable pups like Norman all waiting to find their forever homes. Stop by our December 17 Pet Adoption Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Pelham. Visit www.arnne.org for more information.
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T-Bones gears up for ‘Tips for Tots’
by Doug Robinson Cocktail servers, bartenders, and hostesses have begun to put their plans together for their Annual “Tips for Top” night. On December 5, between 4 p.m. to close, every tip offered to TBones employee in Hudson and Salem, as well ash their entire chain, will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Tot’s for Toys program. Tips for Tots began 16 years ago as T-Bones way to say “Thank you” to the communities in which the serve. Each year, thousands of dollars are raised for the Salvation Army. “Last year we raised over $13,000,” said T-Bones Tips for Tots coordinator, Missy Perkins. “Giving back to our community is something T-Bones has a long history of. Aside from the hundreds of various charities we support annually with gift certificates and food donations, since 2004 we have raised more than $200,000 through donation promotions like Let’s Trade a Meal, Sweetheart of a Deal, and our annual fundraising drive Thanks for Giving. We are proud to say each recipient is a well-deserving NH-based organization serving our own communities,” states T-Bones. In addition to their tips being offered to the Toys for Tots program, longtime T-Bones customer Rob Moorehead has offered a 46-inch LCD television for raffle. “We have customers who save for this event,” commented Perkins. After the promotion, the servers gather as a group to personally select toys for the children. “We first go to the Mall and then we end up at Walmart. For years, they have supported our efforts and we are very thankful,” continued Perkins. Staff photos by Doug Robinson
Cocktail servers, bartenders, cocktail and hostesses have begun to put their plans together for their Annual “Tips for Tots” night. Alisha and Cherie (seated). Kevin, Missy, Jeff, Robyn, Jamie, Alex, Ladonna, and Janelle (standing).
Salem Legislator to Sponsor ‘Pro Economic’ Initiatives
submitted by House Republican Office House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (Salem) today released legislation that he intends to sponsor during the upcoming 2012 legislative session and the initiatives reflect reform to a wide range of issues currently facing the State of New Hampshire. The four-term member of the New Hampshire House, who has sponsored more than 50 pieces of legislation that have been signed into law, will keep the focus of the Republican Caucus this session on job creation and the economy. “The pro-growth, pro-economic initiatives that I have chosen to sponsor are indicative of the focus of the Caucus as a whole. Ensuring job growth and overall improvement in the state’s economy remains our absolute first priority. Additionally, making state government more efficient, accountable, and ethical are also among our top priorities in 2012,” said Rep. Bettencourt. The Salem legislator also intends to pursue important and innovative infrastructure and education initiatives to ensure that a high quality of life is maintained in New Hampshire. Job Creation and Tax Reform: • Relative to the credit for the business enterprise tax against the business profits tax. • Relative to protected shoreland permitting fees. • Increasing the threshold amounts for taxation under the business enterprise tax. • Relative to underpayment of estimated taxes and equalization of valuations administered by the department of revenue administration. • establishing a committee to study administration of the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax. • reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduits and establishing a committee to study how utilities are taxed by the state and municipalities. Government Reform: • Making changes to the administration of the university system of New Hampshire • Relative to preparation of fiscal notes. • Relative to protection of private property from the use of eminent domain • Prohibiting the enforcement of out-of-state laws, rules, codes and fess not approved by the New Hampshire legislature. • Relative to the default budget in certain towns. Health: • Relative to the interstate Health Care Compact • Relative to destination cancer hospitals. • Relative to confidential prescription data Infrastructure: • Reinstating the Maine-New Hampshire Interstate Bridge Authority Education: • Establishing an education credit against the business profits tax. Public Safety: • Establishing a criminal offense for failure to report a missing or deceased child. • Establishing a criminal offense for vandalizing or defacing state, municipal, or commercial property. “These two years have been about ‘promises made, promises kept,’” said Bettencourt. “ The people of this state sent us to Concord to fix the problems created by the overspending and increased taxes of the previous Democrat administration. During the coming session we intend to remain focused on job creation, the economy and fulfilling the promises we made to the voters a year ago.”
Senior Center’s Quilter Extraordinaire to Leave
by Robyn Hatch Sometimes exceptional people in our lives have to pack up and move on. This has happened to the quilting instructor for the Senior Center in Salem For the past six years, Thurley Allen has shared her knowledge and love of quilting with many women at the Ingram Senior Center in Salem. Some had no knowledge of quilting and others have been quilting for several years. No matter the level, everyone gained additional knowledge from a loving, caring teacher. It only took a glance from Thurley to see where some pieces were put together incorrectly. Much laughter took place and lasting friendships have been made. The projects were many: table runners, tote bags, mystery quilts, stack and wack patterns, paper piecing, a quilt for the Salem Boys and Girls Club auction, elf hats for the Senior Singers and this past year, a Pioneer Sampler quilt was made by everyone. The patterns were the same but the results were all different depending on the materials chosen. Recently 50 Christmas stockings were made for Neighbors Helping Newborns to give to local hospitals for the babies to be brought out in at Christmas time. Thurley will be missed in January as she takes a break from teaching to take care of medical problems. She is one of a kind and greatly loved by all. Systems • ERRILL SepticGravel • FillSewer Hook-ups, etc. • Loam • Sand M 2 Way Radios for Quick Service EXCA ATING & Son, Inc. V
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Exchange Club’s 44th Annual Charity Christmas Tree Sale
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“Thumbs down to the town of Salem. I agree with the person who wrote in about all these people staying in these cottages. They only have to pay seasonal taxes, where we pay year round, and they’re living there year round! Where is the law? Are they slipping through the cracks? They still have done nothing, and that’s not right for the tax-payers who own a house year round and pay full-blown taxes. These people who live in these seasonal cottages only pay seasonal taxes, yet they’re living there year round. Thumbs down to the town of Salem.” “Thumbs down. How can a tax collector say with a straight face that my taxes only went up 5%, when I figure it went up at least 10%. To top it off, my property value went from $385,000 to $317,000, so I loose on both ends! They make it so that you can’t sell your house now. Thank you Mike Lyons and Elizabeth Roth.” “Thumbs down. I just want to comment on what a stupid governor we have for voting down on casino gambling. Massachusetts just passed theirs. I’ve been out of work for 3 years now, and involvement. What’s up man? Wasn’t your dad one of Salem’s finest back in the day?” “Thumbs down to Ackerman’s trailer park for charging the elderly a $340.00 a month association fee!!! For what??? You cut the lawn and plow the roads. Nothing more! You should be trimming everyone’s landscaping and shoveling their driveways for that amount. And they have to pay the taxes on a lot they don’t own. I know people that live in beautiful condos that have lots more to offer and pay less than this! You should be ashamed of yourselves for taking advantage of these people who are probably all on a fixed income. The owners have quite a deal going there for themselves. It’s truly sickening how greedy people are today.” “Thumbs up! What a class act! Did you hear what the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem did on Veteran s Day? Over 1,000 local Veterans and their guests were treated to a free dinner on Veterans Day. Nice Job! Our Veterans typically go unnoticed 363 days a year which is unfortunate. The other time we think to honor them is the Fourth of July, Independence Day… We Owe them a great deal – our Freedom. The next time you see a veteran in uniform, or just proudly wearing a cap identifying them as a veteran, don’t be shy. Walk up to them And Say, “Thank You For Your Service To Our Country!” I promise you that you will put a smile on their face and it will make you feel great too. Ask him or her where they served, and you may even learn a bit of history with the ensuing conversation. In fact, let us all know how it turned out by placing your own entry in Thumbs Up/Down. It will be a pleasure to see the ‘Ups’ out number the ‘Downs’.” “Thumbs up to Michael Peters and the Peters family for all they do to help those in trouble during this hard economic time. The giving you do to those in need is well beyond expectations. You have been there for families in distress and those with extreme hardships. I, including my family, feel an angel has touched us in our tough time and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Bless you all this holiday season and always.” “Thumbs up to Joe Faro and Tuscan Kitchen for the wonderful meal this past Veteran’s Day. I am a U.S. Marine Veteran and my wife and I really enjoyed the meal served and most of all the thought of how you took care of the men and women who served. Thank you so much again. Semper Fi and God Bless the U.S.A.”
what some of us are paying. And I will stand by my comments about the roads and police. Read the column each week and you will see that there are 1 or 2 Thumbs down comments to the Salem PD every issue. As for the school system, I admit that I do not have a child in school but my comment was made based on what I have heard from a number of parents who do.” Dept is sharing, and so should the town based on a police officer being on duty 24/7.” “Thumbs down. Selectman Lyon’s, do me a huge favor and stop always patting the Manager on the back for something he does or does not do. We pay $125,000.00 salary, it’s his job to do all the things you keep praising him for. We pay the Selectman $3000.00 salary a year to do the same. It’s your Job, your suppose to find the best bang for the taxpayers buck.”
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“Thumbs up to the wonderful woman who lives on pumping station road, who opens her home and her heart to women who are burnt out and “Thumbs down to the person or persons need a place to retreat. Her home and property stealing gas from vehicles on Meisner Circle here is an oasis to many. She should be commended in Salem. Pretty sad when you put $50 in one day for all her hard work. She does an amazing job single-handedly maintaining that home and property. She has lived there many years and spends countless hours Tune-up your furnace or boiler NOW cultivating it to the beautiful OIL GAS and SAVE on next winter’s fuel bills place that it is. Her house undoubtedly brings up the JUNE Oil Burner Tune-Up Special- $125 (includes fuel filter) value of all the homes and properties around it.”
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I can’t find work, and the governor doesn’t care about anybody but himself. He’s a millionaire, so what does he care if anybody else can find a job. He’s brought this state down to the dumps! There’s more programs that are going to get cut because of him, and the gambling would lower our tax rate on our cities and towns. That’s all I have to say. I’ll be so glad when he leaves this office. He stinks!” “Thumbs up, way up, to whoever restored the house at the corner of Main Street and School Street. I’m in town for the holiday, and I had to stop and take a picture of that house. It looks so pretty across from the common. Great job!” “Thumbs up, I want to comment the EMT personnel from the Salem Fire Department. I don’t remember his first name, but the last name was Lopez, and the other gentleman whose first name was Brian. I thank them for treating my mother with dignity, respect and kindness when she fell. I can’t say enough about how I appreciated that, and how they treated her with kindness. You really took care of my mom, and I’m really proud of you.” “Thumbs down to Steven Campbell. You said at last night’s selectmen’s meeting that the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down column is ripping this community apart. Why don’t you look at your own facebook page and see if that’s ripping our community apart!” “Thumbs down to Mike Lyons, Susan Covey and Elizabeth Roth for destroying the town of Salem with all these things that they want to do, and selectman Hargreaves and Campbell are trying to save us and these three people should be thrown out of office that vote for everything. If Lyons says ‘do this – do that’ they both jump on it. Please do something about this next election. Get these people out!” “Thumbs down to the three selectmen for the town of Salem. Rumor has it that Hargreaves is going to leave and he’s not going to run for reelection. That means that Steve Campbell is going to have to face those three people by himself (that’s Lyons, Roth and Susan). They’re the most terrible things that ever happened to the town of Salem. The town has gone to the dogs because of these three.” “Thumbs down to Stephen Campbell. I don’t understand this. Some people think you are jealous of the SPD, others think you have little or no respect for them, and recently alleged stalking
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“Thumbs down to the town employees puffing on cigarettes at the Municipal Building. No one wants to walk into your exhaling smoke, how gross is that? There should be absolutely no smoking on town properties at all.” “Thumbs up to the Salem Police, ACO, and the mall at Rockingham Security Guards for savings the lives of my three dogs when they escaped from my car and ran through the Mall. May you all have a very Merry Christmas and the most wonderful New Year.” “Thumbs down I am the person who wrote in complaining that I am paying $1300/mo in property taxes. Yes, $15,600 to be exact, so don’t say that there is no way anyone is paying that amount of money because you clearly don’t know
“Thumbs down. Watching the Selectmen’s meeting on 11/28 it was a disgrace how Beth Roth, Susan Covey and Mike Lyons voted against the SB2 petition to allow us the Taxpayers to vote on all money articles in the future. The majority of the BOS Roth, Covey, and Lyons, have financially ruined this town with your liberal spending. Folks it’s time to take back our town vote no on Bridge repairs and the 5.3 million dollar road program. Let’s send a strong message to the above people.” “Thumbs down. As for the School Dept picking up the SRO’s in the schools I agree, but at the same time please remember that these Police Officers are Police Officers 24/7 meaning when they leave the school at the end of the day the officer he or she could be on there way home and come upon a robbery in progress and if so the officer must intercede and in doing so could be shot or hurt and therefore be out on disability, therefore the Town would have to pay for there disability because it was not school related. So the School
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Local Government Center Recognizes Municipal Volunteers for Outstanding Dedication to Community
submitted by New Hampshire Local Government Center Local officials and staff from cities and towns across the state gathered at the Radisson Hotel Manchester on Wednesday, November 16, for the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) 70th Annual Conference Municipal Volunteer of the Year Awards celebration. Among those recognized for their contributions to local boards, committees, and projects as well for their ability to inspire and motive others to participate in improving their community was Linda Harvey from the Town of Salem. “Municipalities simply couldn’t get it all done without the efforts of volunteers,” said Cathy Ann Stacey. “Some volunteers are so exceptional, that they enable communities to achieve goals far beyond expectations. Our 2011 recipients are two people that truly do make their local government’s mission possible.” The 24th annual Municipal Volunteer of the Year Awards luncheon was sponsored by TD Bank. Themed Embracing the Mission, the LGC 70th Annual Conference featured 60 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics of concern and interest to New Hampshire local officials. Some 523 elected and appointed officials and staff from city, town, school district and county governments across the state attended the two-day event.
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Sealed Bids will be received at the ofﬁce of the Purchasing Agent, 33 Geremonty Drive, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, until December 19th local time, 11:00am 2011. To request copy of Sealed Bid-328, please contact the Salem, NH Purchasing Department @ 603-890-2090 or visit our website www.townofsalemnh.org Finance proposals. Copies will not be faxed.
Arthur J. Gioacchini
Arthur J. Gioacchini, 77, of Salem, died on November 16, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Manchester. Arthur was born, raised and educated in Lynn, MA and had lived in Salem, MA, before moving to Florida in 1993. He has lived in Salem, NH, since August of 2010. He worked for many years in the shoe industry in Lynn and also worked with Lawson Machine and Tool Company in Malden, MA. He retired from General Electric Co., Lynn. Arthur was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church, Englewood, FL, and also attended Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Salem. He was a member of Fleece Lodge, AF and AM of Lynn, MA and was a member of Aleppo Temple, AANOMS, Wilmington, MA, and Sahib Center, Sarasota, FL. He loved to volunteer and give his help to organizations such as food pantries and church groups, and was a caregiver to his parents and brother. Arthur was an avid reader. He was very dedicated to his wife and would often say that he could not have made it without her. His family members include his wife, Roberta J. (Quimby) Gioacchini of Salem; and his son, Richard A. and his wife Lisa Gioacchini of Methuen, MA. He leaves his grandsons, CPL Devin R. Gioacchini, U.S. Marine Corps, and Nathan M. Gioacchini, a biotech student at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell; and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Darlene Lyn Kenerson. A memorial service was held on November 26 at The Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital, Sahib Shriners, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. To send an online condolence, please visit, www. goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.
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Legal Notice of Public Hearing
December 20, 2011 7:00 PM Knightly Meeting Room Town Hall 33 Geremonty Drive Salem, New Hampshire 03079
The Salem Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at 7:00 PM, to receive citizen input on the adoption of amendments to the Town’s Site Plan Review and Subdivision Regulations. A summary of the proposed amendments is attached. Full copies of the amendments are also available for review at the Town Hall and the Kelly Library. The public is invited to attend and participate in this public hearing or submit written comments prior to the meeting. Please call Planning Director Ross Moldoff at 890-2083 or email at email@example.com if you have any questions. The meeting will be televised on Cable Channel 23. James Keller, Chair Salem Planning Board Proposed Site Plan/Subdivision Amendments 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Revise Floodplain Development Regulations in Subdivision Regulations Add Requirement for Screening Rooftop Mechanical Units Add Requirements for Snow Storage/Disposal and Winter Salting Revise Waiver Provisions Delete Affordable Housing Regulations Allow Waivers for Minor Site Plan Changes
Gertrude H. ‘Trudy’ (Merrill) Sawyer
Gertrude H. “Trudy” (Merrill) Sawyer, 92, of Salem, died November 24, 2011, at Greystone Farms, Salem. She was born in Saco, ME, where she grew up and attended schools. She later graduated from Westbrook College in Portland, ME. She was a resident of Salem for the past 54 years. Mrs. Sawyer was a retired Medical Secretary for Dr. Crampton in Lawrence, MA. She was a former member of the First Church Congregational in Methuen, MA. She enjoyed square and round dancing, crafts, and knitting braded rugs and mittens. She was an avid gardener who loved cats and her camp on Long Lake in Maine. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Theodore “Ted” Sawyer of Salem; and her son, David Sawyer of Auburn. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of NH, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 210, Bedford, NH, 03110. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
SJRCS Community Service Night
submitted by St. Joseph Regional Catholic School All the students and families from St. Joseph Regional Catholic School (SJRCS) contributed food to the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. During Service Night, the middle school students spent the Friday evening prior to Thanksgiving preparing holiday basket for needy families of the school’s four sponsoring parishes, which include Saints Mary and Joseph, Salem, St. Matthew, Windham, St. Anne, Hampstead and St. Luke the Evangelist, Plaistow. In all, 44 baskets with all the fixing for a Thanksgiving feast were put together by the students and distributed to the parishes for needy families. The school received generous donations of 50 turkeys for this project. In addition, students made preparations for the decorating of the float for the annual Christmas parade and prepared care packages and letters for our military serving overseas.
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New Hampshire Selected by Learning Forward as ‘Critical Friend State’
be made available to all states as they implement CCSS. “The Department has already compiled an array of tools to help the school leader inform his/her staff in an ongoing manner around the CCSS. These suggested resource activities are designed to build/enrich the background knowledge for educators in the Common Core State Standards,” said Virginia M. Barry Ph.D., NH Commissioner of Education. “We look forward to sharing these with other States and learning from them.” In addition the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) partnered with the writers of the Common Core State Standards to create grade-by-grade guides for parents that reflect the Common Core State Standards. As a Critical Friend State, NH will participate in meetings with Learning Forward, partner organizations, and Kentucky’s team; provide input in developing tools and strategies; and guide the implementation of resources, tools, and protocols locally. The state will also support new school year and daily school schedules that provide substantive time for professional learning for educators and establish new systems for working with third-party providers and vendors who provide expertise. “Congratulations and deepest appreciation to all our partners and supporters, including the Council of Chief State School Officers, our lead Demonstration State and our Critical Friends States,” said Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward. “I am confident that this partnership will lead to identification of new practices that substantively advance professional learning that ensures effective Common Core instruction.” Learning Forward and the states will work in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, National Association of State Boards of Education and American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education on the initiative. NH was selected from among several states through a competitive process this fall. The Demonstration State and Critical Friends States had to show a commitment to equity, professional development and substantive change.
submitted by North Salem School Forget Black Friday, the place to be this year for all your holiday shopping needs is right here at the North Salem School. On Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the school will open up its doors to North Salem families and the general public for our second annual Holiday Gift and Craft Fair. Sponsored by the PTA, the fair will include unique gifts, one of a kind crafts and an opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa Claus. ‘Tis the season of giving and what better way to give than to those who need it most? The North Salem School would like to thank all of our students who signed up to select an ornament from our “Giving Tree,” a program designed to help families who may feel the burden of the economy, especially during the holiday season. Students who signed up to select an ornament are asked to bring in their wrapped gifts no later than December 14. Please attach the ornament on the package so we know to whom the gift belongs. This will truly make the holiday season brighter for a North Salem family. What better present to give your child this holiday season than the gift of reading. We hope students will take part in our annual used book sale, which will be held Friday, December 2. Each book will cost only 25 cents. All proceeds from the sale will go towards our Read-A-Thon which will take place in the new year. Mark your calendars for the annual Fifth Grade Holiday Chorus Concert on Tuesday evening, December 6, at 7 p.m. at the school. Under the direction of Mrs. Minkle, students will perform a variety of holiday music sure to please everyone! Lights, Camera, Action! As your holiday calendar fills up, be sure to save the date for the annual PTA sponsored movie night to be held on Friday, December 9. More details will be sent home with your child. Back by popular demand, the Scrabble Club will be open once again this year to all students in grades four and five. Under the direction of Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. DiPrima, the Scrabble Club is a fun way for students to learn the game with peers in a club format and a fun setting! Beginning December 7 and continuing every Wednesday until February 22, the final two sessions will be a formal Scrabble Tournament. Students caught “caring” this week include: Emily Kierstead, Hunter Glickel, Kaley Kornacki, Drew Trembaly, Joshua Waterhouse, Seth Dowgiert, Tyler Baron, Carly Saif, Emily DeMinico, Mackenzie Lane, Dante Pistone, Eddie Rowell, Julian Quintal, Brooke Carter, Madison McGinn, Alex Poole, Dante Fernandes, Joey Colecchia, Evelyn Hamel, Mary Parkhurst, Dylan Shine, Kayla Bernard, Emma Powers, Sean Roeger, Alex Hanna, Kelly Nolan, Elizabeth Butterworth, Brynne Kolbert, Anna Carbone, Madison Gee, Ava Donahue, Ashley Bodenrader, Will Pfeiffer, Madison Ciarcia, Sneha Prasad, Patrick Harris, Chloe Stone, Jimmy Hagopian, Jamal Labossiere, Jonah Ludwig, Olivia Bartos, Amber Mosher, Marissa Mellott, Kailey Blanchette, Preston Demmer, Will Marggraf, and Keagan Ryan.
submitted by New Hampshire Department of Education New Hampshire has been selected as a Critical Friend in a new initiative led by Learning Forward – a national membership and advocacy organization focused on professional development – to create a statewide, comprehensive system to support educators as they implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and new student assessments. Kentucky will serve as the Demonstration State for the initiative, while Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington will contribute to the development of the system’s tools and strategies and learn from Kentucky’s challenges and accomplishments. With support from lead funder the Sandler Foundation, Learning Forward will provide coaching and technical assistance and host meetings of the seven states over the next two years of the initiative, Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core. The resources developed through the initiative will
Comcast to Help Local Educators Dream Big with Grant Contest
Comcast is inviting teachers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to enter to win one of three $2,500 technology grants to be used toward new classroom technology. “Comcast is committed to giving back in the communities where our customers live and work, and we are proud to support local schools as part of that commitment,” said Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “We look forward to reviewing this year’s applications and helping three more teachers enhance the technology in their classrooms.” Comcast provides complimentary Internet service schools, libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs on the company’s advanced fiber network in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to help students stay connected. To further contribute to local classrooms and expand digital literacy among students, Comcast is inviting teachers to express how they use Internet service in the classroom and giving them a chance to win a $2,500 technology grant to support their efforts. Teachers interested in applying for a grant can send an e-mail to NE_Community_ Investments@cable.comcast.com with the subject “Comcast in the Classroom” by November 30. Each entry should include the teacher’s name, school, subject, and answers to two questions in 100 words or less: • How do you use Comcast’s courtesy services in your classroom? • How would a $2,500 technology grant help your class dream big? Any teacher from a school receiving Comcast courtesy services is eligible to participate. One entry per teacher is allowed. Finalists will be chosen during the month of December, and will be asked to create a short video, up to five minutes in length, showing why their class is the best pick. Three grant-winning classrooms will be announced in early 2012. Earlier this year, three grant winners from Massachusetts including: Oak Bluffs School on Martha’s Vineyard, Francis M. Leahy School in Lawrence and Abbot School in Westford – were awarded with the $2,500 grants, which were used to purchase iPads, computer equipment, video cameras and more.
Barron School October Heroes
submitted by Barron School The Barron School Heroes Program is in its 11th year. Students are awarded “Herograms” for demonstrating a positive behavior or action and are acknowledged during morning announcements. The Herograms are returned to the classrooms where they will be placed in a Herograms’ container. Classroom teachers in grades one through five select their heroes from the collection of Herograms that have been “earned” by the students. Usually two to four students from each classroom are selected as “Heroes” for the five scheduled Heroes’ Luncheons to be held at the end of October, December, February, April and June with Mr. DiNardo. Photographs of the bi-monthly heroes are also displayed along with their Heroes’ ribbons that the students decorate. This year’s themes include nine character traits that will help our students recognize, respect and celebrate the many contributions that they, as well as others, make in their daily lives. The program also reinforces the notion that anyone can possess and put into practice the qualities and characteristics that define heroism. Heroes chosen for the month of October are: Erin Ross, Nicholas Kendall, Marlena Vo, Natalie Duffy, Adam Goetz, Jake Rizzo, Alija Mulkern, Sopia Quinlan, Hailley Caracoglia, Andrea Sperl, Kaylee Aborn, Troy DeMinico, Emily Plante, Bianca Pichardo, Camryn Mack, Lindsay Jones, Jessica Laliberte, Venesa Aiello, Alex Roy, Angelie Gulliver, Lauren Ross, Justin Watson, Brianne Mack, Sharbel Saab, Julia Whitley, Goerge Anamisis, Devin Mack, Brian English, Ally Harless, Massi Bosli, Kasey Grasso, Grace Lumley, Derek Bosworth, James Ference, Will Michaud, Alyssa Collette, Nick Boppel, Ben Laycock, Jenna Briere, Tyra Papaefthemiou, Sydney Parsons, Adrian Sperl, Emma Bailey, Liz Fallisi, and Damian Medina.
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are useful in communication, but shouldn’t be used during school hours because they are a distraction. Whatever we say through a text message could easily be said aloud; therefore it does not interrupt the freedom of speech. If a faculty member confiscates a phone, then goes through its contents without notifying the owner or presenting a warrant, it is crossing the line and violating our rights. I think the members of the school board should discuss this matter and its consequences openly, considering cell phone searches are a growing problem. If they have a disagreement, they should take the matter to the state and not continue to ignore the problem. This rule isn’t just for the benefit and better education of students, but for staff members as well. What would America be like if no one learned anything new and we didn’t know how to socialize with others without ‘text talk’? I think it would be very unpleasant because we would lose most of our educated thoughts. We also wouldn’t be able to learn, communicate, and trade with the rest of the world. So, in conclusion, cell phones, even though they are entertaining and useful, they should continue to be kept out of sight at school. If students are caught with them, confiscations can be tolerated as long as searches don’t occur. I strongly believe cell phone searches are in violation of our rights, as they are stated in the Constitution.
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submitted by Justin Missert The Constitution was ratified over 200 years ago. For six years, New Hampshire has produced an essay contest for students about how the Constitution applies to modern life. This year’s topic was the Constitution allowing schools to completely ban or limit the possession, use or display of cell phones, smart phones, iPads or other mobile communication devices in school buildings, and should schools be allowed to confiscate those devices and punish students who bring them to school. Over 500 students across the state of New Hampshire entered the contest, but only 16 were chosen for the middle school and high school divisions. Local resident Brittany Missert has received a state finalist award for her incredible essay in the middle school division. Her essay reads: “The right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches shall not be violated.” These are the first words of Amendment IV of our Constitution. However, it says nothing about taking away someone’s property, if it remains unsearched. In this case, the property is a student’s 603-552-3486 cell phone. I believe cell phones
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by Chris White For the second straight year, Salem’s number one cross country runner, Ben Dutton, headed to the New England Cross Country Championships after qualifying with a top 25 finish at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions. This time around, however, Dutton’s expectations for the New England meet would be a little different. “I had a different mind-set going into it this year,” said Dutton, who was Salem’s lone New England representative this year at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, RI. ”It wasn’t just nice to be there this time. I had some goals that I wanted to achieve.” Dutton clocked a time of 16:32 to place 30th overall in the New England field on Saturday, November 12. The senior Blue Devil was also the seventh competitor from New Hampshire to cross the finish line that day, a significant improvement since placing 11th (16:11.4) overall among New Hampshire’s elite at the Meet of Champions a week earlier. “Missing the top 10 at the Meet of Champions was disappointing for me,” Dutton said. “But coming back with seventh place among New Hampshire runners at New England’s was pretty satisfying. The whole race, I kept running up the field and passing guys I usually didn’t.” Dutton said competition is one aspect he enjoys most about distance running. He first noticed his competitive nature when he began running cross country in the sixth grade and was the number seven runner on his team. By the time he was an eighth grader, he was competing for the team’s number one spot. “The fact that you can always get better and potentially beat others who are better than you is motivating for me,” explained Dutton, who is an honor roll student. His current cross country coach, Jason Thibodeau, said Dutton’s passion for being the best helped set the tone for the whole team this season. “He definitely pulls the team along with him,” Thibodeau said. “The kids look to him to set the bar.”
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Salem’s Dutton Places 30th at New England Championships
Dutton also proved to be one of the most consistent runners in the state this season, as he led Salem in qualifying for the Meet of Champions as a team and became the first Blue Devil ever to be selected to the New Hampshire all-division cross country team. “He performs consistently,” Thibodeau said. “You can always depend on a good run from him and for him to be at the top of the pack.” Naturally, Dutton said he hopes to continue his running career in college, where he can participate in cross country, winter track, and spring track like he does at Salem now. The University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Rhode Island currently lead the list of schools he is interested in.
Ben Dutton, pictured finishing strong at the Meet of Champions, submitted an outstanding cross country season for the Blue Devils this fall. He finished the season by placing 30th overall at the New England Championships.
Blue Devils Fall to Lawrence on Thanksgiving
Salem’s offense paves the way for running back Jerickson Fedrick (#32) by Chris White The Salem Blue Devils concluded the 2011 football season with a 46-28 loss to Lawrence on Thanksgiving Day. The Blue Devils hosted the game this year, after visiting Lawrence last Thanksgiving when they beat the Lancers, 44-38. Lawrence posted a 12-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, and then built a 33-16 advantage by halftime. The Lancers expanded their lead with three touchdowns in the second quarter and were able to take control of the game. The teams traded touchdowns in the second half, as Lawrence went on to take the victory. Salem scored one touchdown in each quarter, beginning with a four-yard touchdown run by Rasheed Adigun in the first. Jerickson Fedrick
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Salem quarterback Jonathan Soldano (#8) unleashes a long pass downfield against Lawrence scored the second Blue Devil touchdown on a nine-yard run in the second. Finally, Abner Rodriguez crossed the goal line twice in the second half – once on a 17-yard run and again on a one-yard plunge. Statistically, the Blue Devil offense was led by Fedrick and Rodriguez. Fedrick led Salem with 171 rushing yards on 27 carries, while Rodriguez gathered 93 yards on 17 carries. Mike Downing also chipped in 41 yards on six carries. Salem finished the season with a 7-5 overall record. The Blue Devils were 5-4 overall in Division 1 play, as they reached the Division 1 semifinals for the second straight season.
Boys & Girls Club Swimmers Making Waves
submitted by Missy Rowell, Salem Boys & Girls Club The Salem Boys & Girls Club Rowell’s Raiders Swim Club was stirring up the water last Saturday in their first home meet of the season, against the Exeter Swim Team. Team scores were neck and
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neck throughout the meet, but in the end, Raiders swimmers prevailed, with a winning score of 291 to Exeter’s 253. Raiders swimmers tallied 34 first place finishes, 20 second place finishes and 11 third place finishes. Sweeping their events with first place finishes across the board were Kyana Baiguy, taking first in the 200IM, 100 Fly and 500 Free, Connor Carbonneau in the 200 free, 100 breast and 500 free, Carmela Souza in the 50 free, 50 back and 50 breast, and Celeste Souza in the 100 back, 200 IM and 500 free. Following close behind with two first place finishes were Anthony Bielecki: 100 free and 50 breast, Brittany Burns: 100 free and 100 breast, Kyle Carbonneau: 100 free and 100 breast, Hunter Cullen: 100 back and 100 free, and Dylan Kerr with first place finishes in the 50 free and 100 fly. Other first place finishers were: Colby Adams in the 200 IM, Colby Burns in the 50 fly, Tayla Caplis in the 100 free, Maddie Craig in the 200 IM, Jack Fitzgerald in the 50 back, Nick Sheedy in the 50 back, Matthew Tomarchio in the 100 free and Jayne Tracy in the 100 IM. Seven Raiders swimmers missed top honors, but scored high with second place finishes. They were Alex Bielecki in the 100 free, Kara Davidson in the 25 fly, Bryan Kerman in the 50 free, Brendan Kerr in the 100 back and 100 free, Emily MacIver in the 50 back, Hannah Schultz in the 100 free and 50 breast, and Alexa Trautz in the 100 back and 100 free. Also scoring for the team with third place finishes were Addison Balbat: 100 free, Norman Kerman: 50 free and 100 free, Jessica Tracy: 50 free and Erika Wright in the 50 back. Relay teams were also strong. Bringing home first place ribbons were the 11/12 girls medley relay team; Hannah Schultz, Carmela Souza, Tayla Caplis and Maddie Craig and 200 Free relay team; Emily MacIver, Maddie Craig, Tayla Caplis and Carmela Souza, 15/18 girls Kathleen Stravinskas, Brittany Burns, Alexa Trautz and Celeste Souza took top honors in their medley and freestyle relays as well. 11/12 boys Eli Cruz, Anthony Bielecki, Colby Adams and Colby Burns and 13/14 boys Brendan Kerr, Connor Carbonneau, Dylan Kerr and Hunter Cullen took firsts in their medley relay events as well. The 13/14 boys relay team of Dylan Kerr, Hunter Cullen, Connor Carbonneau and Bryan Kerman earned top honors in their 200 free relay, as well. Second place relay finishes were awarded to 9/10 boys medley relay team: Matthew Tomarchio, Alex Bielecki, Nick Sheedy and Addison Balbat, and 11/12 boys Free relay team: Colby Burns, Norm Kerman, Colby Adams and Anthony Bielecki. Finally, third place relay finishes went to the girls 11/12 medley relay team of Emily Arcidiacono, Emily MacIver, Kirsten Davidson and Allie Ross, and the 11/12 girls Free relay team of Hannah Schultz, Alyssa Perkins, Kirsten Davidson and Emily Arcidiacono. Raiders will travel to Goffstown next week to take on the Manchester Y Tiger Sharks.
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