by S.

Aaron Shamshoyan
Candidates for the Board of Selectmen
all agree the tax rate needs to be kept
affordable for residents, but that is where the
commonalties end.
During the recent Chamber of Commerce-
sponsored candidate forum, the three hopefuls
laid out their ideas for the town’s future.
Incumbents Michael Lyons and Stephen
Campbell, along with challenger Michael
Petrilli, all have different opinions on the
proposed high school renovation.
Petrilli, a 39-year Salem resident, felt a
regional school could be a solution to the
dilapidated building. He suggested a regional
school, covering Pelham and possibly other
towns, could lower costs of providing an
improved learning environment for high
school students. “We must also look at other
options,” he added.
Campbell called the proposed $75 million
high school renovation too expensive,
fearing it would delay needed town capital
projects. He voted against the proposal as
the selectmen’s representative to the budget
Lyons urged support for the renovation.
“The time is now to get that done,” he said,
adding it was the most important building in
town to renovate. Lyons also noted the actual
renovation cost to residents to be about $64
million due to state grants.
Selectmen voted during budget season not
to take a stance on the school renovation
Candidates also weighted in their priorities
for town infrastructure projects specific to
Lyons felt the police department needed to
be addressed. “I think the police station is the
highest priority,” he said. “We’ve got to do
something very soon.”
Petrilli felt a public safety complex could be
a solution to aging police and fire departments.
He suggested the high school facility could be
converted to a public safety complex if a new
regional school were to be built elsewhere.
Campbell said the operating budget needed
to be reviewed before capital projects could
move forward. “I think the real problem is
money,” he said, adding efficiencies needed to
be found and reviewing personnel costs.
Candidates were asked their opinions on
Town Manager Keith Hickey and how well he
was doing in the position.
Petrelli felt Hickey lacked in communication
with the board. “Basically, I would assess that
it can be much better,” he said. Petrilli added
Hickey should be “more transparent” with the
Campbell said he couldn’t specifically
discuss a review of Hickey as it would violate
privacy laws, but said conflicts have arisen.
“Everybody has disagreements,” he said.
“Sometime he does a good job and sometimes
I disagree with him.”
Lyons felt Hickey fit the position well,
adding he was glad to see some stability in the
office. “Mr. Hickey walks a delicate line with
a split board,” he said.
Giving closing statements, Campbell said he
was a fiscal conservative, seeking to keep taxes
affordable. “Salem has always been a blue
collar town,” he said. “I like diversity.”
Lyons, a member of the road stabilization
committee, said he hoped to continue
improving Salem’s failing road system and
that all remaining main roads in town would
be paved within three years. “I don’t want to
leave that job undone,” he said.
Petrilli considered Salem to be at a
crossroads. “I need to represent you,” he said.
“Accountability and responsibility is what I run
The three candidates are running for two,
three-year positions on the board.
But selectmen’s candidates weren’t the only
ones being questioned, with budget committee
members being asked to share their plans if
Selectmen, Budget Committee
Candidates Face Off Before Election
Incumbent Barry Pietrantonio,
Candidate for Budget Committee
Incumbent Stephen Campbell,
Candidate for Selectman
Incumbent Michael Lyons, Candidate for Selectman
Michael Petrilli, Candidate for Selectman
Shannon Bettencourt,
Candidate for Budget Committee
Selectmen Approve
Video Surveillance
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
Better resolution security video recording at state
park-and-ride facilities could assist law enforcement
during investigations and protect local residents, and
Salem selectmen will now support the proposal.
Mark Sanborn, Director of Government Relations
for Concord Coach Lines, operating as Boston Express
in Salem, asked the board Monday to reconsider their
previous vote opposing House Bill 1250.
Sanborn said the bill would allow for current
surveillance equipment installed at state park-and-
ride facilities to record at a much higher resolution,
providing accurate face detection and legibility of
vehicle license plates.
“The equipment is there,” Sanborn explained,
noting a low-resolution recording was currently being
The bill would also limit the time recordings could
be maintained. If approved, files would be deleted
24 days after acquisition. Currently no limit exists on
how long the video can be stored.
Sanborn said cars are permitted to be parked in
the facility for 21 consecutive days, and the proposal
would allow three additional days for the video to be
Selectman Patrick Hargreaves raised concerns over
the availability of recordings to the public, saying
a husband could obtain footage to stalk his wife
through the right-to-know law.
Sanborn explained that that scenario was already
possible. “That can already happen, what you’re
describing,” he told Hargreaves.
But Sanborn said it was important to support the
proposal for the safety of residents and employees.
Concord Coach Lines also operates in Maine where
higher resolution cameras have been approved.
Sanborn said his company has worked with state
and local authorities to track theft, drug sales and
trafficking, among other crimes.
Selectman Stephen Campbell feared the availability
of video through a right-to-know request. “Anybody
could put in a request,” he said, adding he would like
to hear from residents against the proposal.
Campbell was also concerned law enforcement
would have to file paperwork with the state to obtain
footage during an investigation. “It may not be well
thought out,” he said. “I’m not for something that
may not work.”
Chairman Everett McBride praised the proposal,
saying it would increase protection for locals. “I want
to protect the public to the extent that is humanly
possible,” he said. “If someone’s doing something
wrong there, then they should be caught.”
Selectman Michael Lyons said he had previously
voted against the bill as not enough time had been
given for a thorough conclusion to be made.
The proposal would affect the exit two park-and-
ride site off of Interstate 93 in Salem, along with eight
other locations throughout the state.
Sanborn said live feeds from the system would only
be available onsite and at a single remote facility.
Selectmen approved the proposal, 3-2, with
Selectman James Keller and Campbell in opposition.
Salem is the last of several communities affected by
the bill to approve it.
If approved by state lawmakers, the system
changes would take effect 60 days after passage.
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Lauren M. Mazzoleni, a junior Media Studies and Digital Arts major,
has been named to the Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s College for the fall
semester. Lauren is the daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth Mazzoleni
and a graduate of Salem High School.
Samantha Gauvain has been named to Dean’s List at Arizona State
Jill M. Casazza is a sophomore in the psychology program at the
University of New England College of Arts and Sciences. Jill has earned
a GPA of 3.8 and has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester
for her many academic achievements. She is the daughter of William
and Jean Casazza. Jill graduated from Salem High School in 2012.
Brianna Davis has completed her Nursing program and was named
to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Rivier College. This is her third
Colleen Slein, a 2013 Central Catholic graduate, earned distinction
by being named to the Dean’s List (3.0 GPA) and Commandant’s List
(top one-third of class) based on performance during the fall semester at
the United States Air Force Academy.
Samantha Ciaraldi was among the 2,900 students from the University
of Massachusetts-Boston who made the fall Dean’s List.
Kayla Donohue, a member of the class of 2014, has been named to
the fall Dean’s List at Loyola University.
The University of Massachusetts-Lowell recently recognized
scholarship recipients at the university’s Celebration of Scholarship
The event brought together individuals who have endowed
scholarships – including UMass-Lowell faculty and staff – and students
who have received support for their education through those funds.
During the last academic year, approximately 1,000 students were
awarded more than $1 million in scholarships, a 33 percent increase in
funding to 15 percent more students than the previous year.
Students honored at the event included: Mary Mersereau, who is the
recipient of the LaTorre Family Scholarship, the Arthur S. Zamanakos
Endowed Scholarship; David DeLuca, who is the recipient of a
scholarship from the Mark and Elisia Saab Endowed Scholarship Fund;
and Michaela Rheault, who is the recipient of a scholarship from the
Manning School of Business Discretionary Fund, a scholarship from the
Pernick Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Michael Dion, Alanna Driscoll and Michelle LeFevre have been
named to Plymouth State University’s Dean’s List for the fall semester.
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submitted by Regina Andler
Rockingham Toyota of Salem recently donated $2,500 to the Greater Salem Caregivers
that was matched by an additional $2,500 by Toyota Corporation of America. Rockingham
Toyota of 354 Main Street in Salem is under the ownership of the Horgan Family and is the
premier distributorship of Toyota automobiles in the Merrimac Valley area.
The Greater Salem Caregivers, a nonprofit established in 1989, serves the elderly
and disabled in Salem, Atkinson, Pelham and Plaistow by providing rides to doctor’s
appointments, shopping, errands and visits.
submitted by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
The Chief John P. Ganley Community Service Award is presented
to an individual “who has exhibited concern, involvement and
leadership in the community of Salem; while providing inspiration
to others, through his or her dedication, integrity and courage in
the manner exemplified by Chief John P. Ganley during his life
on earth.” Chief Ganley passed away in March of 1989, but his
commitment to the community is carried forward and recognized
each year on St. Patrick’s Day.
This year’s honoree, Ann R. Lally, president of Salem Co-
operative Bank, truly exhibits the concern, involvement and
leadership in Salem that Chief Ganley exemplified. Ann’s
contributions to the Salem community have been numerous and
her dedication inspiring. With more than 28 years at the bank, she
has supported education and youth development on many levels.
Ann is a past president of the board of the Boys & Girls Club of
Greater Salem and she also served as treasurer for many years. She
was heavily involved in the capital campaign of the club, including
a renovation, rebuild and addition to the teen center. For many
years, Ann has been involved in the club’s largest fundraisers, the
annual auction and the golf tournament.
Through her affiliation with the Greater Salem Chamber of
Commerce, Ann was involved in the creation of the Hidden
Jewel Awards, honoring deserving woman for their unselfish and
unrecognized contributions to the betterment of the greater Salem
area. She currently serves as the treasurer for the chamber. Ann
has served as a trustee of the Trust Funds of Dollars for Scholars of
Salem and also is a new member of the Regional Board of the NH
Charitable Foundation. She was instrumental in establishing the
Salem Community Benefit, a wholly owned charitable corporation
of the Salem Co-operative Bank, which provides funding for
various charitable organizations. Ann has served on many ad hoc
committees and frequently attends many area events and supports
their fundraising efforts. She is known for her infectious smile and
willingness to always lend a hand.
Members of the community are invited to honor Ann Lally as the
Ganley family presents her with the John P. Ganley Community
Service Award on Monday, March 17, at the 25th Annual John P.
Ganley St. Patrick’s Day Memorial Award Luncheon. Doors open
at 11 a.m. for refreshments. The program gets underway at noon.
A meal of corned beef and cabbage will be served followed by the
presentation of the award. The luncheon “Pot of Gold” Sponsor is
Pentucket Bank. Additional sponsorship is provided by Salem Co-
operative Bank, Haverhill Bank, and the Irish Cottage Restaurants.
The “Singing Trooper,” Retired Sgt. Daniel Clark, and the New
Hampshire Police Associations Pipes & Drums will perform at the
event. Reservations are required. Further questions or reservation
requests can be directed to Denise Dolloff at the club –898-7709,
ext. 16 or via e-mail at
submitted by Pentucket Bank
Employees at Pentucket Bank are no strangers to supporting
their community and that was particularly evident during their
annual United Way campaign. With 19 employees working in the
Hampstead and Salem branches and several others who live in
New Hampshire, they were able to give $21,249 to Granite United
Way this year.
“Pentucket Bank has an admirable corporate culture of giving
back. The employees that give during the United Way campaign
don’t stop there; they are out in the community
volunteering to improve the areas where
they live and work,” said Patrick Tufts,
President and CEO of Granite United
Way. “Granite United Way is fortunate
to have the support of these individuals
and Pentucket Bank’s President
and CEO Scott Cote. He actively
encourages his team to give back and
every year we are so impressed with
how generous they are.”
Pentucket Bank also hosts United
Way campaigns in their Massachusetts
locations and between both states they
were able to give $68,145 through
corporate and employee gifts.
“Pentucket Bank employees
truly understand the importance of
community involvement; through both
monetary donations and volunteerism.
Each year that the bank participates
with the Granite United Way, I grow
increasingly more humbled and proud
of the way our employees rise to the
occasion to help those in need,” said
Scott Cote, president and CEO of
Pentucket Bank.
Granite United Way is committed to improving the lives of
individuals and families by supporting programs in the areas of
education, income and health. Granite United Way works with
more than 1,000 companies, 25,000 investors and thousands of
volunteers every year to support communities.
Granite United Way serves the Southern (Manchester/Derry/
Salem), Merrimack County, North Country, Central New
Hampshire Region, Northern and Upper Valley regions of New
Hampshire and Vermont as well as Windsor County, VT.
For more information, visit
Courtesy photo
Rockingham Toyota
Donates to
Greater Salem Caregivers
From left are Karen Yasenka, Greater Salem Caregivers Board of Directors; Ryan Horgan, general
manager of Rockingham Toyota; Dwight Feeney, Caregivers Board of Directors; and Richard
O’Shaughnessy, executive director of Salem Caregivers.
Courtesy photo
Ann Lally
Lally Chosen as
Ganley Community Service Award Winner
Shown at Pentucket Bank’s Hampstead branch are, from front left, Maria Gudinas,
vice president of Resource Development; Scott Cote, president and CEO of Pentucket Bank;
and Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way.
Courtesy photo
Pentucket Bank Gives Back in a Big Way
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The Word Around Town...
Letters to our Editor
Salem Community Patriot | March 7, 2014 - 3
SHS Proposed Renovations
PLEASE Also Vote
YES on
School District
Article 2
- $11 Million
in State Funding
- Historically Low
Interest Rates
- Low Construction
for Selectman
A Working Road Plan!
• Transparency: You know where your road stands
• Results: 34 miles rebuilt since 2010
• Committed: All major roads completed by 2018
• 8 of 13 Red listed bridges rebuilt
• 2 Red listed bridges left after this year
• $2.59 Million received in State & Federal Aid
All Done with
Since 2011
Fiscal Agent Patricia Corbett
For the Road Ahead
Restore Democracy with Article
19 on Ballot
Article 19 which will be voted on in the Salem election on
March 11 is the result of a bi-partisan, grassroots movement
growing in communities across New Hampshire and the
nation. Te January 2010 Citizens United decision, afrming
prior Supreme Court rulings that corporations and unions
have the same Constitutional rights to freedom of speech as
individuals and that spending money in elections is a form
of free speech, allowed unlimited donations by corporations
and unions to super PACs. In NH, outside groups – with
their own agendas - spent fve times as much on our elections
as the candidates themselves did in the 2012 cycle, efectively
silencing the voices of those with less money. How is that
democratic? Te only way for the people’s voice to be heard is
through an amendment to the Constitution stating that money
is not protected political speech and can be regulated, and the
rights enumerated in the Constitution are for human beings
only. Tat’s where Article 19 comes in.
Similar articles are being voted on in over 50 communities
in our state alone, putting pressure on our state legislature to
call for a convention to write an amendment. Sixteen states
have already done so, and many other states throughout the
nation are concurrently working on it. Once enough states
are on board, Congress will likely act to pass an amendment as
they have done four times in the past. Without pressure from
us, Congress is unlikely to support the democratic interests of
their constituents or go against the special interests that got
elected in the frst place. Forcing Congress to act, or possibly
bypassing Congress altogether, would send a formidable
modern-day example of the sovereignty of the people. Please
help restore our democracy and vote for Article 19.
Scott Abercrombie, Salem
Why I Support the Salem High
School Renovation
I have listened to the debate for the renovation both pro
and con. I am not moved by the projected increase in property
values; I started in Salem, I will end in Salem. I understand
the pull toward the “band aid” approach but I’ve had to deal
with band aided bridges, police station, fre stations and a
public works garage. Lastly at this stage in my life a $350
increase in my property tax bill is a cause to make one pause
and think.
Fifty years ago, more or less, the citizens of this community
decided to make an investment it the future. Tey did so by
voting to build Salem High. I am quite sure that many of
them who did so didn’t know at the time; they were making an
investment in my future.
I entered Salem High as a freshman during the fall of 1966;
the school was new then, brand new. Over the course of the
four years I attended classes there and I received a sound
education. Tat education became the base which allowed me
enter the workforce and prosper in my chosen career.
So in a sense it is personal for me. Salem High is where I
got my start; it’s where I’m from. Now it is my turn to pass
that investment forward to hundreds of students I’ll never
know. Perhaps years from now some will refect back to their
beginnings as I am doing now and think, “I’m glad somebody
thought I was worth it.”
I will vote yes on the renovation plan and hope you will too.
Arthur Barnes, Salem
Support Salem High School,
Vote “Yes” on Question 2
First, let me state that I am proud to serve on the Municipal
Budget Committee and previously on the Salem School Board
for eight years. I thank all the voters for supporting me this
long and I hope I can now count on your vote on Question 2.
Voting “yes” on Question 2 is truly a necessity. We have
all come to embrace the acts of so many true leaders before us
for creating this wonderful town. Now we must honor their
memory and their courageous acts by repairing what everyone
admits is the most traveled building in the town.
Tis plan is well thought out and will create a building at
the High School site that will stand the test of time. Please do
not allow another opportunity to drift by; it will only increase
the eventual costs.
Please vote yes on Question 2 and if you supported me in
the past you should know I have reviewed carefully the plan, it
is very diferent from what was proposed in 2007. I have taken
the tour of the facility and agree that it becomes more and
more difcult to keep up with the roof failures, cracked walls,
single pane glass, and a furnace that is on its last legs.
Remember if you vote at Fisk or Soule you must go to the
Race Track to vote for just this election.
Let your voice be heard by getting out to support your
schools. Tanks to all and proud to be from Salem
Bob Bryant, Salem
Cast a Vote for Mike Petrilli
On March 11 when the voters of Salem go to the polls I am
asking them to cast one of the votes for Selectmen for Mike
Petrilli. I have known Mike for several years as a member
of the Knights of Columbus Council 4442. He is an active
member in the council. He runs, organizes and cooks at
community breakfasts at St. Julie’s Hall at St. Joseph Church.
He helps at our many yearly blood drives by donating, serving
meals and donating snacks. He is an active participant in the
council meetings. He is not afraid to ask questions about how
and why the council runs its business.
As a small business owner in Salem he knows what it
takes to create a budget, balance income and expenses, and
look at the bottom line to make adjustments to the business.
As a business owner he understands customer service and
understands the need for feedback for the customers he
serves. Tese are all qualities that he can bring to the Board
of Selectmen. When the voters go to the polls on March 11, I
respectfully request they cast a vote for Mike Petrilli.
Tom Campbell, Salem
Support Shannon Bettencourt
for Budget Committee
I am writing this letter in support of Shannon Bettencourt
for Budget Committee in Salem.
Shannon has served in various positions over the years,
including roles in the New Hampshire Legislature, United
States Senate and in the private sector.
Shannon is honest and forthright but equally respects others’
opinions. She is magnifcent at working cooperatively, is a great
mediator and has no hidden agendas or axes to grind. What
you see is what you get.
Although I’ve only known Shannon well for a few years, I
know that she will be a breath of fresh air and a constructive
member of our fnances. She will also be a tough fscal
conservative who will bring an end to run away spending.
While we all want the best schools for our children and the best
care for our seniors, the constant tax increases are hammering
taxpayers. It’s time to restore a balance between taxes and
I feel that I know Salem, its citizens and its needs pretty well,
and believe that you could not fnd a better qualifed candidate
to serve on the Budget Committee.
I recommend Shannon Bettencourt for this position without
hesitation or reservation whatsoever. Please vote on March
11 to bring current and future spending back on a sustainable
trajectory by voting for Shannon Bettencourt.
Barbara Bishop Cardoza, Salem
Be Proud of Salem and Vote
Salem Pride! I would like to take this opportunity to share
my thoughts with you about Salem Pride. First, I have been
proud to represent the citizens of Salem as a member of the
School Board for the past seven years. Tank you for your
continued support. Second, I am proud of the 704 employees
that are dedicated to providing an exceptional education and
safe environment for our children. Next, I am proud of the
successful completion of the Phase I renovations of the Barron,
Lancaster, and North Salem elementary schools. Te district
completed comprehensive renovations within an ambitious
ffteen month period on time and within the budget the
community provided. Finally, I am proud of the current
renovations to the Fisk and Soule elementary schools. Te
Phase II project is progressing well at Soule and Fisk Schools,
and I’m confdent the community will be pleased with the
result. Finally, modest renovations to address Haigh School life
safety issues will be completed this summer.
On March 11, the voters of Salem will be asked to consider
several articles on the school district ballot. Tis year, we have
fve collective bargaining agreements that need your support:
teachers, support staf, secretaries, custodians, and food service
employees. Te individuals in each group continue to amaze
me with their professionalism and dedication to their positions.
I am proud to work with them to provide a quality education
for our children. Each of the collective bargaining units
ofered concessions that will keep the tax impact very low, and
which helped to earn the recommendation of the Municipal
Budget Committee.
Another critical question on this year’s ballot is the proposed
high school renovation project. Te time is now to address
the defcits in this facility. Financially, we will receive $10.8
million from the state to renovate the Career and Technical
Education Center. Te cost of materials and labor is low, as
are interest rates. We will not see these benefts again if the
project is delayed. Te educational spaces need upgrading
with attention to technological needs and upgraded systems.
It is also imperative to address safety and security needs within
the building. It is important to restrict access to visitors. My
son will be a freshman this fall. I want him to have a sense of
pride in his school. Tis may be difcult due to the current
conditions of the facility. Finally, Salem High School is a
community building that we should all be proud to have in our
town. It is one of our most valuable resources.
Te Salem School Board is dedicated to the successful
completion of the renovation projects approved by the
voters and the projects to come. We will remain diligent in
monitoring the quality of the work and the need to remain
within the proposed budget. Further, we will look to reduce
future operating costs to lessen the tax impact for the citizens
of this community.
Finally, I would also like to ask for your support for my
brother, Mike Lyons, to the Board of Selectman. Just like me,
Mike is proud to represent the citizens of this community and
works tirelessly to make Salem a better place. Over the last
several years, Mike has spearheaded the program to repair our
roads and bridges. I am proud of Mike’s eforts and believe
he should continue this work on the Road Program. Mike is
also a strong supporter of the proposed high school renovation
project. Tus, Mike has vision for a better Salem; he has Salem
Patricia Corbett, Salem
On March 11, Vote Yes to Article
2 and Invest in Salem’s Future
Salem voters need to consider two questions: Does SHS
need to be renovated, and can we aford it?
SHS is deteriorating, potentially unsafe, unsecure, and
does not meet today’s educational standards. In order to teach
students well, we need science labs and technology centers
designed to accommodate current curriculums. Relying solely
on an excellent teaching staf is not enough. Anyone who
bemoans America’s current education ranking cannot logically
Voting No means spending millions to apply band-aids
without addressing underlying problems, nor making needed
improvements. We also lose millions in state aid for the CTE
Center. Voting Yes means we receive millions in state aid, and
create a modern facility that serves this community beyond just
a high school.
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I support Mike Lyons for
I think Mike Lyons should be re-elected for selectman. He
has helped the community in so many ways that the other
candidates have not.
Mike Lyons has supported the high school renovations
from the start. In fact, he was the only selectman who openly
supported the renovations.
Mike Lyons is running for re-election and in the past three
years he has made many contributions to the community. He
supported fxing some of the bridges around town as well as
some of the roads, and is sure to continue his support.
People should vote for Mike Lyons because he is a candidate
that you can count on to do the right thing and I don’t think
you can say that about the other candidates.
People of all ages should support Mike Lyons, even the ones
who can’t vote, like me because he is a great person who cares a
lot about our town.
Mary Gallo, Salem
Salem High Needs Attention;
Support Article 2
I am the parent of two North Salem Elementary school
students in third and ffth grade. I with many other parents
worked hard to support renovations in our elementary schools.
Like Salem High School, our elementary schools in Salem were
in dire need of repair and renovations. As a parent, it was not a
place I felt good about sending my children. Te facilities were
not just old, but under spaced. Classes were being conducted
of of rolling carts, in stairwell and in closets turned in to make
shift learning areas due to lack of space.
Salem High School faces these same issues, only on a
much grander scale. Crumbling and cracked walls and foors,
classrooms with outdated equipment, a facility that lacks the
technology that is required to give our student a competitive
advantage in today’s world. As a recruiter who has looked at
thousands of resumes of young adults entering the workforce
for the frst time, I can attest to the fact that the foundation of
their education will provide them with the greatest advantage.
High schools and technical centers are a key component to
giving our children and the students of Salem the competitive
edge they will need to succeed. Without updated STEM
facilities, a state-of-the-art technical center and competitive
physical education and arts venues they will fall behind their
peers at other high schools in our region.
As the renovation of our elementary schools has provided a
source of pride for the students, faculty and families that use
them, the renovation of Salem High School will do the same,
only on a much larger scale. Salem High School is not just a
school; it is a community center for our town. On a wintery
Wednesday night last week there was not a parking place to
be found. Why you ask, there was a talent show, a basketball
game, continuing education classes and at least 3 meetings that
I was aware of. Tis is a community venue.
Renovating Salem High School will provide our community
with a state-of-the-art learning facility that will provide our
students with a competitive advantage for their future success.
It will be a source of pride not just for the students, faculty and
families who use it every day, but the community who will
continue to use this facility as a gathering place for so many
other events. A place that all Salem residents can be proud of.
Please support the renovations of Salem High School for
these reasons and so many more. Vote “yes” on Article 2 on
March 11.
Robyn Glickel, Salem
Let’s Renew the Spirit
of Salem High School
Tree years ago, my husband and I left our starter home,
with our then 4 year old son. We left behind a quaint home,
in a family friendly neighborhood in the hope of planting our
son where he would grow, where he would thrive. We found
the perfect home for us, and researched the area. Salem had
the conveniences we needed, the natural surroundings we
craved, and (to the joy of our realtor) it had a very reputable,
highly graded school system. We were sold.
My son attends the Fisk school. I spent some quality time
volunteering in the classroom and library when he was in
kindergarten. I witnessed the incredible staf struggle to make
the best of the space and conditions they were given. Two
years later, I see new walls arising ... new construction, new
hope - a renewed spirit of sorts. My son gives me the updates
about the latest and greatest changes each time we drive by
the school. He is 7 years old, young to some, but his school
matters to him. He is eagerly anticipating the new gym, and
the large library. It makes a diference to him that his school
will be “like Lancaster” (which he had toured the year before).
Comfort, safety, joy of learning are only enhanced by having
school pride. When the vote passed last year to renovate the
Fisk, the young students cheered, and I believe they stood just
a little bit taller.
Since we have lived in Salem, I have attended several events
at the Salem High School. Having a degree in teaching, I
fully understand that one can attain a decent education in a
not-so-stellar facility. Walls do not defne those students or
the quality of educators. Nevertheless, I have to be blunt and
admit ... walking into that school gave me a kick in the gut. I
quite literally felt like I had taken a time machine and arrived
back when my parents would be walking the halls. It felt
cold, prison-like, neglected - unloved. For a brief moment, I
found myself gearing up my defenses for the future (when my
son will walk these halls). What will friends and family think
when they need to come to a school function, sporting event,
concert? I am not proud to say, I felt embarrassed.
What a raw moment - a moment when I questioned
whether or not we made the right move for our son.
Salem High School is not drawing in new residents. Having
a decrepit school is damaging the reputation of our great
town. Salem, it is time! It can’t wait. No one should feel
embarrassed, unsafe, or forgotten in their school. Let’s show
what community pride looks like. Let’s show up to vote Yes
on Question 2. Save Our Schools, and renew the spirit of
this tired facility. Let’s give Salem High School, its educators,
workers, and students a taste of that eager anticipation my son
has right now.
Sandy Gonzales, Salem
Let’s Have Some Pride
I tend to be skeptical about any amount of money spent by
our town ofcials and typically take a conservative approach
to government spending. With respect to the proposed Salem
High article, I have taken the time to look at the numbers and
tax impact for the band-aids versus the renovation project.
In my opinion, the renovation option is fnancially the best
option for our community.
Tirty-fve million dollars in band-aid repairs and
replacements sounds like it is a lot less than $64 million to
renovate. But, construction on a 50 year old structure can
easily creep higher due to other items that are uncovered once
band-aid work is underway. Te School Board has done
everything they can to extend the life of this building. Now it
will only be cost prohibitive to patch the facility and keep it in
its current state. Also, the budget reduction for capital projects
will ofset tax increases that a bond would incur.
Renovated schools means increased property values for all of
us homeowners in Salem. A study from 2008 found that “the
passage of a bond measure causes housing prices in the district
to rise by about six percent. Tis efect persists for at least a
decade” (Cellini, Ferreira, and Rothstein, 2008). Tis is great
news for all of us homeowners and tax payers. Tis equates to
$18,000 for a home valued at $300,000. Tis increased home
value is shown to remain for at least 10 years after the school
facility investments. Tis should appeal to all of us taxpayers
and homeowners, even if you do not have any children
currently in our neighborhood schools or if they are about to
graduate. Our schools are a big part of what makes our town a
thriving community and a desirable place to call home.
Recently I was in the bleachers watching a high school
basketball game and was shocked to see the amount of drips
from the roof coming down on spectators as well as on
the court. Tere were two people including one spectator
who kept jumping up to wipe the wet spots. It was frankly
embarrassing to think that the visiting team’s fans were also
witnessing this. At another game the next day, there was
even more dripping and large trash buckets to collect that
water during a travel basketball game with another town’s fans
experiencing the issue. I also toured a cold and musty smelling
preschool area on the bottom foor where a ceiling tile had
actually been converted to a drain to collect water from leaks in
the boys’ locker room.
I am not proud of this facility and I am starting questioning
its structural safety and overall air quality. For these reasons
and many more, I will be supporting the Salem High School
Renovation Project on March 11 so that our kids and
community can have a safe and up to date facility.
Cellini, Ferreira, and Rothstein (2008). Te Value of
School Facilities: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression
Discontinuity Design. CEPS Working Paper No. 180.
Ben Healey, Salem
Te Financial Imperative to Pass
School Article 2
On Tuesday, March 11, we have the opportunity to vote on,
and approve, Article 2, Salem High School renovations, on the
school ballot. Tese renovations are long overdue, and the cost
will never, ever be lower than it is right now.
Te number to be bonded is $64 million, after state
building aid of almost $11 million is applied to the project.
Tis is the number that will be paid for by the community as
a whole. Te tax impact for a property assessed at $300K is
$25 in year 1, $142 in year 2, $261 in year 3, and $350 in year
4, decreasing thereafter for the remainder of the 25-year bond
Te tax impact is not going to be nearly as signifcant as
the increase in your property values as a result of high school
renovations - a 6 percent increase immediately and additional
increases which persist for a decade, according to recent studies
of what has happened in other communities as a result of
school renovations. Tat’s an immediate $18,000 increase in
the value of your $300,000 home (or a $36,000 increase in the
value of your $600,000 home).
Te cost of waiting is real. Construction prices have
increased 33 percent in the past seven years since the last
high school renovation proposal was on the ballot and failed,
and they continue to rise. If this community waits to pass
renovations, this year’s high school plan could easily increase by
33 percent in the next seven years.
Conservative estimates show that, by waiting just fve
years to pass renovations, we could spend an additional $38.5
million over the life of a 25-year bond. Tis assumes a 3
percent annual increase in construction costs, a 1.25 percent
increase in interest rates, and no available state aid.
Let me repeat: We could easily spend $38.5 million more
by waiting fve years. In addition, as Salem high school
continues to deteriorate, it will require heavier renovations and
more reconstruction, and therefore more money. If we wait at
all, we will pay more, and the longer we wait, the more we pay.
Tere is no doubt. Tere is a saying that nothing is certain
except death and taxes. If you’re not banking on dying in the
near future, it is smarter to pay lower taxes over time.
Now is the time for us to fx our high school, which is
also an extensive community resource, visited by over 10,000
people every week. Tis new high school plan will give us the
lowest cost investment, and the most value, for our money.
Te return on our investment is lower taxes than we would
have to pay if the plan is not passed, higher property values, a
school that we can be proud of, and a community that people
will want to move to, and stay in. It’s an investment in our
present and in our future. And the cost is never, ever going
to be lower than it is right now. Please vote “yes” on School
Article 2, on the yellow school ballot, Tuesday March 11.
Sherry Kilgus-Kramer, Salem
Two Big Dates: March 11 and
March 31
Tere’s a couple big dates coming up this month that
Salemites should be aware of. We all have an opportunity
to cast our ballots on several very important local issues on
Tuesday the 11th at your voting/elections locale. All poll hours
of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And citizens who normally
vote at either the Fiske or Soule schools are instructed to
instead go to Rockingham Park on Route 28 for this election
only, due to Fiske school renovations. Just follow the signs
once you get there.
Many of the questions we’ll be voting on are the routine
ones about salaries and raises for town employees, but
according to virtually all of the excellent articles and letters
written in the past month about the proposed Salem High
School renovations, it appears the verdict is in. Far from being
some onerous tax increase that would strap many homeowners
fnancially, a “yes” vote will serve two positive functions. First,
anyone who has checked out the photographs and videos of the
school buildings’ interior or taken any of the free tours ofered
would have to agree that after nearly 50 years this antiquated
structure (which even has many safety issues pending) is
hanging by a very slender thread. Both our students and
their teachers deserve more than moldy walls in many areas,
electric plugs located in ceilings instead of near foor-level, and
a dearth of basic school supplies and decent classrooms to do
their jobs.
Te Warrant Article 2 proposal totals $75 million, $11
million of which the state will furnish if the project is voted
for. And housing studies have shown that Salem house/
property values will immediately rise 6 percent ($12,000 on a
$200,000 home, $18,000 on a $300,000 property, etc.), and
continue to rise incrementally annually with a positive vote.
Google Strengthen Our Schools for the tax impact breakdown
through 2018, property tax raises that pale into insignifcance
compared to the thousands of dollars of value that homeowners
will realize.
Voting yes for the high school renovations not only makes
good (and necessary) civic sense: it will also be a fnancial
beneft to all Salem property holders. Please vote yes on
Warrant Article 2.
And the other important date is March 31, at least for
residents who don’t currently carry health insurance. Despite
all the usual negative GOP gloom-and-doom about the
Afordable Care Act (similar to the castigation they’ve practiced
on virtually every other positive policy that Washington has
enacted over the past fve years), is up, alive and
well after its poor November startup. A statistic you won’t be
hearing on FOX “News” or Limbaugh/Savage, et al is the fact
that nearly fve million Americans have successfully signed up
for benefts. And this doesn’t even take into account the state-
run signups with states like Massachusetts that have their own
And another fact that you won’t be hearing conservatives
crowing about is the Incredible Shrinking Defcit, which
dropped last week to just over $500 billion, or one-third the
total inherited by president Barack Obama from spending king
George W. Bush fve years ago. And much of the credit for this
drop is tied in with less federal spending on healthcare issues
as diferent facets of Obamacare have taken efect in the past
two years.
But the good news for uninsured Americans is the fact
that the l-o-n-g waits trying to sign into are a
thing of the past. So jump on before the end of the month
and avoid a tax penalty on your 2014 return. Te fne will be
$95 per adult and $47.50 per child (or 1%of your household
income, whichever is greater).
William F. Klessens, Salem
Salem High School Lacks
Fundamental Needs
I write to you from a three-fold perspective. Firstly, I am a
highly qualifed ELA educator in the state of Massachusetts.
Secondly, I am a mother of two children in the Salem
school district, and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I
am a graduate of a high school that has stood in its original
condition for over 40 years with minimal upgrade. I know,
frst hand, what it’s like as a student of a school whose town
sees no need to invest in its future. I refuse to sit back and
watch this happen in a town with such potential for greatness.
Our school district and state has recently joined the
country’s initiative to prepare our students for a global market
upon high school graduation, which is based on the Common
Core Standards. Tese standards prepare our students for
21st century productivity, focusing on communication,
collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity as their
groundwork. Tis revolution in education is great news
for students and educators, however, if our students are to
maximize their potential, they need to have the basic necessities
to help them practice and master these standards.
If our students are to stand a chance at succeeding
post-graduation, they need access to relevant technology.
Presently, even if the school wanted to, the building’s
electrical infrastructure and connectivity are not supportive
of the technology-rich environment that our students need
to be successful. Additionally, the school’s science labs and
classrooms are lacking in size and structure, making it difcult
to implement the rigorous science curriculum.
Beyond technology, our students are lacking the
fundamental needs that any modern building would support.
Included in this is good air quality and temperature control.
Tis is a major contributor to the circulation of illness, which
reduces attendance. In addition, many classes lack natural
light. Research points to natural light as being one of the
simplest yet efective ways at improving student’s academic
Tese are only a few of the dysfunctions within the building
of SHS, please vote on March 11 to pass Article 2, and give our
students a chance to succeed in high school, and in life.
Jen Lacasse, Salem
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Article 19 on the Salem Ballot is
Worthy of Note and Your Vote
Te Citizen’s United ruling by the Supreme Court allows
unlimited donations to political candidates by corporations,
unions, and super PACs.
Please vote “yes” on Article 19 joining many communities
in our state putting pressure on our state legislature to call for a
convention to write an amendment to the Constitution stating
that money is not protected political speech.
Please vote “yes” on Article 19 and, hopefully, the NH
Legislature will be persuaded to join 16 other states who have
already called for a convention to write an amendment.
Please help restore sanity to our election process.
Dee Lewis, Salem
Jane Lang Excellent
for Planning Board
I would like to recommend Jane Lang for the Salem Planning
Board. I have known Jane for a number of years and know that
she would do an excellent job for the people of Salem. She is a
tireless worker/advocate with a great deal of common sense.
Her work as a volunteer organizer for the Salem Farmer’s
Market is something we should all be grateful for as Salem has the
best local farmer’s market in the area. Jane also works at the state
level with the NH Farmer’s Market Association supporting the
local food market.
Jane has also spent considerable energy as a member of a state-
wide organization advocating for no cuts to Social Security. I,
for one, am grateful for the work Jane and this organization have
done to save Social Security.
I believe Jane would be an excellent member of the Planning
Board and a person who would advocate for the citizens of Salem.
Dee Lewis, Salem
Ringing a Bell for Mike Lyons
In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life there were two scenarios of
the same town. Te frst was Pottersville which was under the
thumb of Mr. Potter. Tis was an impoverished and depressed
town. It was dark and cold. Te buildings were dilapidated.
Te roads were full of potholes and the people unhappy. Tey
were angry with everything and with each other.
Te other scenario was Bedford Falls. Te leader in this town
was George Bailey. Under his leadership and vision the town
was prosperous and progressive. It was bright and sunny. It was
a nice place to live and the people had a sense of community
and a spirit of looking out for each other. Mike Lyons who
is running for re-election as Salem Selectman reminds me of
George Bailey. He has a positive, forward vision for the Town
and I strongly recommend him for Selectman.
I am ringing a bell for Mike Lyons!
Richard J. O’Shaughnessy, Salem
Practice Your Right to Vote
March 11 is our turn to vote and I hope that we show up
in throngs! We did for the Presidential elections. Why not for
our own town? Tis is where we live! Get informed and do
what many people in the rest of the world would like to do,
cast your ballot! (Some are giving their lives for this freedom.)
I frmly believe that we need a new High School. As I
understand it, the State will aid us with $10.75 million. I don’t
believe that kind of money will ever be available again.
Te youth of our town and in our country, need the best
education that we can provide. Te children and youth of
today must have an education in order to compete with the
rest of the world. High School must prepare them for future
education. Whether it’s college, technology, or any type of
higher learning. Education will help them fght poverty. In
the present world that we live in, Education is a must! I think
that investing in a new High School is an investment in the
future of our Youth. (Maybe ,more of them will decide to stay
and live in our town.) I believe that the longer that we keep
learning, the more that we can contribute to our world!
We all need a good environment ,in order to do our best,
whether it’s our homes, where we work. And defnitely in
school. Our Youth need a new High School. We can’t keep
putting band aids on this situation!
Te custodians work very hard to make the old building
function as well as it does! Water dripping into the building
from the snow covered roof might lead to mold. Another
disaster waiting to happen! It’s just an old building. Away past
its prime. We would not want these conditions at the Town
Hall or the Senior Center or anywhere that means a great deal
to us. Don’t our youth matter?.
Kay Panciocco, Salem
Michael Petrilli Sr. Announces
Candidacy for Selectman
I have lived in Salem, NH for the past 39 years and have
been involved with the town activities for just as long. First
with the Greater Salem Jaycees as president and running the
4th of July town celebration. I was named 1984 Outstanding
Young Man of America ... Hugh O’Brien Award U.S. Jaycees.
I am presently active with the Knights of Columbus Council
4442 and have served as trustee and board member of the
corporation. I am also serving on the Board of Directors
with the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program.
Presently I am serving as Community Breakfast Chairman
for Saints Mary and Joseph Parish. I graduated from Hesser
College summa cum laude 2011with a degree in Business
Management/Science. I am married to my wife Kathleen of 24
years and have two boys, Michael II and Derek, who both have
gone through the Salem, NH school system:
I chose to run for the Salem Board of Selectman position for
a number of reasons:
1. Most of all I am a fscal conservative and believe
less government is a better form of government in order
for people to express themselves and advance in this
world. I am a forward thinking individual and believe
that projects and daily routines can always be improved
and with a more efcient way of doing them.
2. For the last 50-60 years and more the people of
Salem, NH have worked hard to get this town to where
it is today. However, we are at the crossroads of the
planning and implementing the plans that will shape
the future for the citizens of Salem. We must be very
cautious on what we plan on doing and most of all how
we will be able to pay for those plans. We must keep in
mind what the resources are for all our citizens involved
and not just the fortunate ones.
Compassion and caring for our fellow citizens should be
paramount when considering how it will afect them and not
just what’s in it for me attitude. Someday your children will
take over the tax burden that you have saddled them with so
plan according.
Like I have stated before ... I don’t have all the answers, but
will ask a lot of questions to represent you, the taxpayer of
Salem, NH.
I ask you for one of your two votes on Tuesday, March 11
for one of the two seats for selectman to serve you.
In closing, to paraphrase Zig Zigler, a famous motivational
speaker ... ”Te way you see your future determines your
thinking today ... and your thinking today determines your
actions today ... and your actions determine your future ...
Michael W. Petrilli, Sr., Salem
Salem High School
Renovations A Must
I write this plea to residents of Salem to vote to pass Article
2 so that long overdue renovations can be made to the failing
infrastructure of Salem High School.
On a recent tour of the school, I got an “education” of my
own. I was completely overwhelmed by the condition of the
school. Tings like portable classrooms paled in comparison to
much more serious issues of note. Te school fails to meet the
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) making it impossible
for disabled students to access some areas of the school. Te
library has a “pass through” where students who are studying
have to endure other students passing through from one class
to another. Not very conducive to learning. In the science
labs, outlets hang from the ceiling where students must climb
on their desks to plug items into the outlets. Not very safe.
Circuits are continually being tripped due to insufcient amps.
Teachers must move desks out of the way when conducting
labs so that there is adequate space to evacuate the room in
the event of a mishap. Tiles are being lifted from the foor
by frequent sewer back-ups. Tere is asbestos in the adhesive
behind those tiles so each time tiles are lifted, it poses a serious
health issue and abatement specialists must be brought in.
As we passed through a section of the building, I began to
smell an awful odor. Mold and mildew. Visible to the eye. A
clear and present danger. In the gym, we saw large wooden
confgurations drilled into the cinderblock walls in an efort
to keep the walls from continuing to shift. An abject failure.
Walls are shifting despite these eforts. Staircases so steep, I
shudder to think of the injuries one could sustain with one
slip of the foot. Te sounds and banging I heard while on this
tour proved to be a tremendous distraction for me and made
it difcult for me to hear what was being said. I can only
imagine the difculty the students must face.
Tere are so many other issues I could address from my
recent tour. I will be voting yes to this renovation project
so that my daughter, who will attend Salem High in a few
short years (but only if the article is passed), will have the best
possible opportunity for a quality education. For those of you
in Salem who do not have children attending the high school
in the near future, I suggest to you that many studies show
that there is a direct correlation between quality education
and becoming productive members of society. Quality
education is not simply about our educators, although that is
certainly a big piece of the puzzle. Quality education is also
about a conducive environment for learning. Without this,
these young adults stand very little chance of success. Please
consider a yes vote when you head to the polls.
Carla Renny, Salem
Support Shannon Bettencourt
for Budget Committee
I’m writing to express my support for Shannon Bettencourt
for Budget Committee in Salem, NH.
Mrs. Bettencourt is a woman of integrity with a deep
and enduring passion for the well being of every citizen of
Salem. Which is but not limited to, taxpayers, students, town
employees, and seniors.
For these reasons, I believe that Shannon will make an
excellent member of this position. Shannon has great working
knowledge of the town and state policies as well as a solid fscal
conservative background.
Tis will demand good reasons before supporting any
proposed spending. Shannon uses her due diligence and data
assessment before making crucial decisions. Finally, with the
towns’ people alike, Shannon Bettencourt will always be a
staunch steward of town resources. I urge my fellow Salem
residents to support her on March 11.
Mike Rivera, Salem
High School Should be Top
Priority for Town Renovation
In 1966 the average home cost $14,200, the average car was
$2,650 to purchase, gas was 32 cents a gallon, Muhammad Ali
refused to enter the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan became
governor of California. Te Houston Astrodome was built,
and the frst episode of “Star Trek” aired on television. Also in
1966 “Dr. Zhivago” was a hit movie and Te Monkees had a
hit song called “I’m a Believer.” Te cherry on top of all that
was that Salem HS was opened.
I am a conservative teacher. I am far from a person who
wants taxes to be spent like water, but taxes are meant to be
spent on public assets that improve the quality of the town
people live in, for instance, fre houses, roads, police stations,
bridges and schools. If these buildings are not maintained and
start to deteriorate, Salem will fall into the land of 1966 all
Letters continued on page 11.
Food Pantry Donation Drop Off. People
are struggling to feed themselves and their
families ... Economic hardships are still being
felt in your town. Now that the cooler weather
is upon us, we will be collecting non-perishable food
items at the Recreation Department to assist those in
need. All items collected will be given to the local
food banks. Best drop off times: Monday through
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon or call to arrange a time (890-
Friday, March 7
The PTSA will be hosting our Winter
Carnival Family Fun Night, from 6-8 p.m.,
Woodbury Middle School. Festival includes
a DJ, caricatures, face painting, Playball speed
pitch, Clix Photo Booth, Cake Walk, Best Buy Video
Games and Pie Eating Concert. Pizza, snow cones and
a dessert table will be available at the event.
Wednesday, March 11 - Get Out and Vote!
Election Day - Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. at four polling places
Thursday March 12
Wednesday Lunchtime Knitters, Kelley
Library, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Join us for
great conversation and great times knitting
and crocheting. New faces always welcome.
Contact: Alison Baker,
Japanese Children’s Day Fair, Kelley Library,
6:30-7:30 p.m. Family Night this month will offer
participants the chance to experience how Children’s
Day is celebrated in Japan. Activities include carp
kite streamers, Zen gardens, origami, candy sushi and
goldfish scooping. Just for kids aged 6-10 and their
families. Be sure to register. Contact: Brittany Tuttle,
898-7064 or
Friday March 14
Movie Night at the Kelley Library,
6:30-8:45 p.m. This month’s film will be
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, starring
Humphrey Bogart. This year’s films celebrate
winners of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Walter
Huston won the Oscar for his performance in this film
in 1949 after three previous nominations. Contact:
Paul Giblin, 898-7064 or
Tuesday, March 18
The Salem Historical Society will host “A
Choir Music Tour of Ireland,” a presentation
by Daniel Zavisza. This presentation will
be based on a video record of the adventure
a local mixed choir had which traveled together to
Ireland giving public concerts in Dublin and Kilkenny,
Ireland in April 2013. In Kilkenny the choir joined
a local church choir and sang together with them at
their regular rehearsal night. He will also present other
places of interest they visited and Irish people they got
to know personally. Dr, Zavisza is a member of the
Board of Directors of the Salem Historical Society and
a past president of the organization.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall
Museum, 310 Main St., and is open to all free of
charge. Light refreshments will be available after the
meeting. For details call 893-8882 or 898-0842.
Wednesday, March 19
Rockingham VNA and Hospice sponsors
the Salem Senior Center Diabetes Support
Group, 1 Sally Sweet Way in the Senior
Center. Call (800) 540-2981 for further
information. The facilitator for today’s meeting will be
Brenda DeMaria RN, CDE.
Thursday, March 20
Conversations@Kelley from 1-3 p.m.
Looking for some great conversation? Join
us for this new monthly program which
is offering an opportunity for thoughtful
conversation. Joan Fardella will be the leader/guide of
the conversations. Contact: Alison Baker, 898-7064 or
KLAS from 7-8:30 p.m. This month’s program will be
Beginning Genealogy with Michael Brophy. Michael
is a well-respected local genealogist and will be
giving tips, ideas and resource recommendations for
genealogical research. Just right for people thinking of
researching their family, or for those that have already
jumped into the process. Contact: Paul Giblin, 898-
7064 or
Friday, March 21
Rockingham VNA and Hospice sponsors
Foot Care Clinics for individuals 60 years and
older who are unable to perform their own
foot care at the Salem Senior Center, 1 Sally
Sweet Way. Clients will receive a basic nail trimming
and foot assessment, but no treatment of corns or
calluses. Foot clinics are staffed by a Registered Nurse.
Blood pressure check and health education are also
provided. Appointments are necessary for the foot
clinics. Fee. For further information or to schedule an
appointment call 580-6668.
Saturday, March 29
Fly Fishing 101 - an introduction
to the sport - at the Kelley Library
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn to basics
to Fly Fishing. Rods and reels will be
provided by the NH Fish and Game to practice.
Registration is required. Program fee. Contact:
Paul Giblin, 898-7064 or pgiblin@kelleylibrary.
Saturday, April 5
The Greater Salem Artists Association
(GSAA) hosts its 28th annual Spring Fling
Art Show and Sale on at the Woodbury
Middle School, 206 Main St., Salem. All
proceeds of the event will go to supporting the
GSAA and will fund a scholarship for a promising
local art student. Each year, a scholarship is awarded
at our January monthly meeting.
This free one-day event will run from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. GSAA artists and their guests will share original
paintings, prints, and note cards for exhibit and
purchase. Those in attendance can meet with the
artists and get to know each one. They can also walk
the exhibit of paintings offered for competition. Adult
and student artists compete for ribbons and prizes.
There will be a “cookie walk” and a raffle. The
cookie walk has become one of the most popular
activities of this event. Attendees have the opportunity
to buy a box of homemade cookies and enter our raffle
for chances to win art and other great prizes. The event
will also feature live music as well as refreshments and
ample parking at the school.
Saturday, April 12
Salem Christian School will hold their first
annual “Gala Extravaganza” featuring the
“Rise and Run” band at 5 p.m. Tables that
seat eight are $200 or $30 per single ticket.
This includes a dinner, dessert and concert. Silent
auction and other fundraising events will also be held.
Tickets are on sale now. They can be purchased by
contacting the Salem Christian School at 893-4289
Field of Dreams Clean-Up Day, from 8:30 a.m.-
1 p.m. Help is needed to shape up the park for the
season and summer concerts. Just come and help out
for as much time as you can share. The parks Annual
Spring Clean-up is a great opportunity to help and give
back to your community. If you have rakes, gloves,
shovels, clippers and energy to share, please come and
help out. Rain date is April 19.
Monday, April 14
Be prepared to render the life savings skills
necessary to save a life. The course teaches
the lifesaving skills of adult hands-only CPR,
child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant
CPR and relief of chocking in an adult, child or infant.
These skills will allow you to initiate the necessary care
to save someone’s life. This course is for high school
students and adults and will be held at the Senior
Center (1 Sally Sweet Way). 5:30-9 p.m. Program fee.
Questions? Call Salem Recreation Department, 890-
Upcoming Events for the Greater Salem Boys & Girls
o Saturday, March 8: Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
performed by the George Williams Band (benefits
SBGC and Field of Dreams) at 7:30 p.m.
o Monday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Ganley
o Saturday, April 5: Spring Charity Auction
o Wednesday, April 23: Trivia Challenge V at 6:30
p.m. in the Eclipse Teen Center
For more information, send e-mail to ddolloff@ or visit
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6 - March 7, 2014 | Salem Community Patriot
There will never be a better
time to invest in the future
of our students and the
Salem community
• 11 million in state funding
• Historically low interest rates
• Low construction costs
Salem High School is a 50-year-old facility
suffering from poor heating and ventilation,
inadequate spaces to support evolving
educational practices, and signifcant security
and sanitation issues.
Mechanical systems have long outlived their
useful life and the building does not meet
current educational standards.
The high cost of a
band-aid solution
It may seem cheaper to address individual
issues over time, but this approach actually
ends up costing more.
• Capital upgrades of $34.5 million over
10 years
• An additional $3.5 million annually
added to the operating budget
• No structural building improvements
• A loss of $10.8 million of CTE funds
• Future imminent increases in
construction costs and interest rates
The Return on investment
is Measurable
Beyond the benefts to the students and the
community, Salem homeowners can expect
a 6% increase in property value* immediately
upon the passing of the bond.
That’s an $18,000 increase on a $300,000
Why not build new?
There is no other location in Salem suitable
for building a new high school. Therefore, the
existing facility would need to be razed and a
new school built in its place. Not only would this
cost more, but students would be disrupted for
the duration of the project.
The proposed renovation plan will create
a contemporary facility with the lowest
possible construction phase impact on
students and on Salem taxpayers.
Now is the Time
SHS Renovation Project, Enhancing Salem Pride
Total Tax Impact
2014-15 $25
2015-16 $141
2016-17 $261
2017-18 $350
2018-19 $344
2019-20 $338
2020-21 $331
*Cellini, S.R., Ferriera, F., & Rothstein, J.
(2010). The Value of School Facility Investments:
Evidence from a Dynamic Regression
Discontinuity Design. Quarterly Journal of
Economics. 125 (1). 215-261.
Vote Yes on Salem High School Renovations - School Article 2 - March 11th
A Safe, Secure Building ● Up-to-date Performing Arts, Music and Athletics Facilities ● Adequate Education Spaces
Learn more at the SSD and
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Supporters of this project include:
A Source of Salem Pride
“I support the effort to renovate this signifcant
community asset and improve opportunities in
Salem. The long-term rewards for our children
and community will be immeasurable.”
“A high school renovation project is, in my view,
unavoidable. The burden on the tax payers will
likely never be less. I couldn’t and didn’t support
previous proposals, but I support this plan.”
- Vince Graziani, CEO Sand 9, SHS Class of ‘78 - Tom Linehan, Fidelity Investments, Retired, WHS Class of ‘64
“We want Salem’s students to have the
advantages provided by a renovated Salem High
School and Career and Technical Education
Center. Tomorrow’s workers need a strong
foundation. Now is the time to get this done.”
- Tom Desmet, President & CEO, Mosiac Technology, SHS
class of ‘74 & Dean Kacos, COO, Mosiac Technology
Russell Ingram Patti Drelick
Hon. Urville J. Beaumont Keith and Tracy Acker
Marilyn R. Campbell Michael and Nancy Carney Sr.
Del and Teresa Downing Sonny Tylus
Paul O. Johnson, Ed. D. Michael and Jill Carney
Larry Belair Christopher and Patricia Corbett
Joe Delahunty Michael and Sheila Murray
John and Donna Sytek Karen Rigazio
Chanel and Josie Simard Dave Carney
Tom and Susan Desmet Kevin and Martha Breen
Arthur E. Barnes, III Bob and Claire Chute
Will and Ingrid Bamford Bernard H. and Veralyn Campbell
Trina Kohrs-Carr Dick and Kathy O’Shaughnessy
Frank Monteiro P.E. Tony and Heidi Fabrizio
Jamie and Kim Santo Dana and Maria Blakeslee
George Fredette, P.E. Richard and Jennifer Wilson
Eugene M. Morgan Peter and Jane Morgan
Paul Huard Jason and Nicole Settineri
Bob and Karen Bryant Sherry Kilgus-Kramer
Ed Lawlor Vince and Sharon Graziani
Mike Lyons Joseph Sweeney
Jim Keller Allen and Heather Demers
Joe and Karen Roy Tom Linehan
Henry and Robyn Glickel Brian and Michelle Hannon
Dave Ruffen Dan and Terri Fischer
Harold and Pam Berry Barry Pietrantonio
Ken Ackerly Russ and Patti Frydryck
Andrea Goodnow Ken and Melissa Szymanski
Ben and Amy Healey Michael and Laurie Collins
An Investment in Salem’s Future
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
A high school senior has attempted to document the challenges
students face daily attending a nearly 50-year-old building, and his
video is a hit.
Austin Clark, 17, of Salem has been involved with television
productions for most of his high school career, and that experience
helped him document deficiencies within Salem High School.
Television class students are often asked to produce client videos
for school departments and the community, and when Clark was
prompted to document problems in a short video, he immediately
took to the challenge.
“I didn’t have trouble finding the real noticeable ones,” Clark
said about problems in the school. “There are so many deficiencies
in the building it was hard to keep the video under five minutes.”
The video shows an aging infrastructure and attempts the school
has taken to maintain and update the building to meet current
educational needs.
Cracks in the walls and floors, aging machine room equipment,
and plugs hanging from the ceiling are all part of a wealth of
examples available, Clark explained. “There was a lot I didn’t
show,” he said because of time constraints.
And for Clark, the short documentary was personal, citing
many challenges he deals with every day including classroom
temperature, lack of space, and safety.
“There’s a lot of climate problems,” Clark said. “If the classrooms
are too cold or way too hot, it can be distracting.”
Clark said the temperature varies depending on the classroom,
and he worked to document this with video from the boiler room
and of aging heaters throughout the school.
Temperature can also be a problem in his television productions
class, where large video editing computers and 20 students share a
former conference room as an editing suite. “It’s always really hot
in there,” Clark said.
He added there was minimal space for production equipment
storage and clients to review projects.
Clark also spends time working in the school’s
auditorium as a theater technician, working in
areas of reduced accessibility.
The technology booth where Clark and fellow
students control sound and lighting in the room
is only accessible by ladder. “There is a lot
of equipment in there and not a lot of space,”
Clark said.
Lighting adjustments means climbing a 15-
foot ladder, navigating through a crowded
balcony, and crawling through the ceiling on
an old wooden catwalk. “We need to crawl
because there is not enough clearance from the
And high school video production is only the
beginning for Clark, who said he would like
to work in the industry as a motion graphics
This video, along with work on the school’s
video yearbook and volunteering for SLC6 and
Salem Community Television, has peaked his
interest in production.
In the end, Clark hopes for a renovation,
giving future television students better tools for
“I’d like to see the high school renovated
so that students don’t have to experience the
challenges we went through,” he said.
Clark’s video gained more than 500 online views in about a
week, and the count continues to climb.
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a tax exempt basis is not subject to these taxes so would not be
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Employers are mandated to start withholding the additional .9%
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The Freedom Fighters Hockey team skated against the Boston
Bruins alumni team at the Salem Icenter on March 4 to raise money
for the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Already $6,500
had been raised with donations continuing to come in.
This team of longtime hockey playing friends organized the
Freedom Fighters Hockey team in 2012 in order to raise money
charity. Founder and team captain Frank Scioli of Stoneham, Mass.,
was inspired to form the team after seeing what his father-in-law
needed to do to get services for
his health issues. Frank’s father-
in-law, Al Ghergia, is a Vietnam-
era U.S. veteran with multiple
sclerosis. Realizing the costs for
this veteran’s care and treatment
caused Frank to take action for all
Frank has been playing hockey
for more than 35 years with his
friends, so using the camaraderie
of the team made it an easy sell
to his teammates to get them all
to help. Ranging in age from
22-55 and coming from various
occupations, everyone on the
team felt for these veterans in
Once the decision was made
to play hockey to raise money,
Frank contacted the Boston Bruins
Alumni Association.
The Boston Bruins Alumni team
got started in 1968 by the late
publicist Herb Ralby then transformed into the organization you
see today by Bruins Legend and Hall of Famer John Bucyk. The
“Chief” headed up the Bruins Alumni since his retirement in 1978
up until 2003, helping make the retired Bruins players “goodwill
ambassadors” throughout New England.
The alumni association plays approximately 35 fundraising games
a year and has raised more than $6 million for local charities and
youth hockey programs throughout the New England area.
Just some of the Bruins
on this year’s team are Ray
Bourque, Rick Middleton,
Reggie Lemelin, Don Awrey,
Terry O’Reilly, and Ken
All members of the
Freedom Fighters Hockey
organization are volunteers.
Along with the players
on the ice, many family
members and friends are
involved with this group.
Family and friends are at the
games selling team products
and 50/50 raffle tickets, with
all of the benefits going to
the charitable organization.
All of the players on the
Freedom Fighters have
initials on their jersey
sleeves. They are the initials
of the specific veteran that
each player is representing.
Frank Scioli wears the initials
A.G. for his father-in-law, Al Ghergia, who served in the Army
during the Vietnam War. Ghergia is now a disabled American vet.
He is the very reason Frank started the Freedom Fighters Hockey
organization. He and his wife have spent many hours at the West
Roxbury Veterans
Administration Center.
They felt helpless and
wanted to give back to
the very people who
gave all Americans
freedom. With help
from an Air Force
veteran co-worker,
the charity team was
started and it has been
a great success. But
not without the help
of Frank’s wife, Kristin,
daughter Lily, and the
16 teammates and
their families.
The charity game
brought a sizeable
crowd of all ages to
the Salem Icenter with
all donations going
to the New England
Shelter for Homeless
Veterans. If you want to donate, send your .donation to: Freedom
Fighters Hockey, 107 Audubon Rd., Bldg 3, Wakefield, MA 01880.
Checks should be made payable to Freedom Fighters Hockey.
Freedom Fighters Hockey Team
Skates for Homeless Veterans
Senior Brian Nippert drops a coin in a bucket placed to catch water dripping from
the roof in Salem High School on February 20. Te bucket has been in place for
over a week and dubbed the “Wishing Well” by students.
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No Drugs Discovered
During Unannounced
Search at Salem High
submitted by the Office of the Superintendent, SAU 57
Through a cooperative effort of Salem High School and the Salem
Police, seven trained dogs from Salem and surrounding community
police departments searched more than 20 classrooms in two school
hallways for evidence of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia. The
February 21 search turned up nothing. No students or faculty were
present in the rooms as they were searched.
This was an unannounced effort coordinated by the school’s
resource officer, Kevin Swanson, and high school administrators.
Officers from Methuen, Mass., as well as Londonderry, Plaistow, and
Hudson, N.H., joined Salem officers and their dogs in this effort.
No event prompted the search. One goal of such an unannounced
search is to help students and staff maintain a safe school
environment by realizing that such searches can occur at any time.
School officials want to use all available resources
to help keep the school free of illegal substances.
The search occurred at approximately 11:30
a.m. while students were at lunch in the cafeteria.
School officials want to emphasize that no single
factor contributed to the decision to bring the dogs
to the school or to search specific classrooms.
The search was supervised by canine officers
who were accompanied by Salem High School
Salem High administrators, who were pleased
that no controlled or illegal dangerous substances
were found, promise to remain diligent in their
efforts to keep Salem schools safe.
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other players prior to dropping the puck for the game
Te Freedom Fighters hockey team line up for a team photo
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Assumes bond rates of
3%, 3.25%, & 3.5% and
State Building Aid of $11 Million
Assumes bond rate of
4.25%, 4.5%, & 4.75%;
3% price increase per year,
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submitted by
Salem High
Specialist Rachel
Hopkins, known
as an “inspiring
and innovative
educator who has
broadened the
school literary
was selected as
the Salem High
School Staff
Member of the
Month for January. In nominating her, staff
members commented: “she goes above and
beyond for Salem High School on a daily basis.
She is very knowledgeable about all of the latest
on-line applications and technology, and she
understands how they can be used within a
According to Salem staff members, Mrs.
Hopkins is willing to teach anyone how to use
new technology and is very patient as they work
(and sometimes struggle) to become proficient
with it. She also poses questions that help
teachers reflect on their practice and consider
how they can better prepare learners for the 21

century workplace. She helps teachers organize
in-house subject-specific materials when they
bring their classes to the library, has identified
on-line sources for research, and has even put
together carts to be brought down to classrooms
when the library is overbooked. She is always
willing to create a library guide for classes,
even if teachers are working on something
spontaneously. She works with teachers to plan
workshops, and she motivates them to plan some
on their own, serving as a great role model. Very
easy to collaborate with, Mrs. Hopkins knows
how to balance a conversation with serious
discussion and a sense of humor. She started
a monthly book club that, according to the
teachers, has encouraged them to read books
they would not have read on their own but
thoroughly enjoyed. “Rachel is a real find and
definitely one of the jewels in the SHS crown -
she should be staff member of the year!”
In February, Joseph Early, a social studies
teacher, was selected as the high school’s
Staff Member of the Month. His nomination
by a student stated that “one thing students
immediately notice about Mr. Early is the
overwhelming passion he has for teaching. He
is engaging and encourages students to laugh
and participate in classroom discussions. Mr.
Early incorporates social, cultural, artistic,
musical, architectural, and intellectual history
in his discussions, making his classes incredibly
interesting. He also makes a continual effort to
connect the information he is teaching to what
students are experiencing and can understand.
Mr. Early keeps students up-to-date with the
newest research and case studies through nightly
scientific news article assignments, encourages
students to develop their own views through
position papers, and recommends students
frequently check multiple news sources, such
as CNN, British Broadcasting Corporation, and
Deutsche Welle, to enrich their understanding of
world conflicts and politics and to demonstrate
the relevance of the material being taught. Mr.
Early is also extremely organized. From his
class syllabus to the rubrics he uses to assess
students know
exactly what is
expected. This
is not to say his
expectations are
low or that his
classes are easy
– they are quite
difficult by any
standard. But
by knowing his
students can
improve both
their grade and
their intellectual
experience. Mr. Early does all this while
establishing great relationships with his students.
He freely gives his own time, even over
vacation weeks, to host study groups to increase
his students’ confidence and preparedness
for exams. He is a genuine person who is
intelligent, credible, organized, enthusiastic,
and friendly, all qualities that make him truly
deserving of Staff Member of the Month.”
Congratulations to Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Early
for their well-deserved recognition.
SHS Staff Members Recognized
for their Dedication
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submitted by Salem High School
Salem High School students have been honored
for their exemplary volunteer service with a
President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all
ages who have volunteered significant amounts
of their time to serve their communities and their
country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit
of Community Awards program on behalf of
President Barack Obama. Salem High School
nominated Kathryn Caron, Sarah Richards and
Johnna Skourtis for national honors this fall in
recognition of their volunteer service.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards,
sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership
with the National Association of Secondary
School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle
level and high school students across America for
outstanding volunteer service.
The recipients of these awards demonstrate
that young people across America are making
remarkable contributions to the health and vitality
of their community.
Students Recognized with
President’s Volunteer Service Award
Sarah Richards Kathryn Caron
Johnna Skourtis

submitted by Haigh School
January and February were busy months at Haigh
Elementary. Students were treated to an assembly by
Mad Science in January. The show was such a hit that
60 students signed up for the afterschool program and
are having fun learning about science. Bad weather
delayed the fourth grade field trip to the state house, but
it has been rescheduled for March 27. February 10 was
the 100th day of school. Throughout the day students
participated in many academic activities to celebrate. In
an effort to give back to the community students were
challenged to bring in 100 non-perishable food items per
grade level. They accepted this challenge and brought
more than 500 items which have been donated to the
Helping Hands Food Pantry in Salem.
Haigh Hornets also participated in the Pennies for
Patients Campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society. Students cleaned out their piggy banks and
donated $884.47! Bravo to the second grade students
who taught the school all about bats when they performed
their show, “Going Batty,” on February 21.
The Haigh Hero theme for January and February
was Soaring Above Expectations. Congratulations to
Jose Ferreira, Bryanna Guitartd, Kaelyn Roberts, Caleb
O’Rourke, Madison Wilson, Damien Santos, Nicco
Freitas, Matthew Ferraro, Ryan Morse, Meg O’Callaghan,
Joseph Sheedy, Ben Boudreau, Mary Olsen, Cameron
Pike, Anna Rigazio, Luke Mazejka, Christopher Camara,
Deante Raymond, Catherine Harnois, Ali Blakeslee,
Casey Bramhall, Hannah Muskavitch, Kiara Rivas, David
Carmichael, Aliyah Dominguez, Corinna Pazzanese,
David Landry, Alexa Burrill, Tyler Major.
Mark your calendars for these important dates: March
5, Variety Show auditions; March 11, Election Day, PTA
meeting, March 13; March 19, Variety Show at the High
School; and March 21, Pizza Bingo Night.
The Buzz Around Haigh
submitted by Merrideth Reed, FBLA,
Salem High School
On February 12 Salem Future Business Leaders
of America held its Blue Jeans for Babies day where
all the teachers in the Salem School District could
where blue jeans for only $5. Salem FBLA holds this
fundraiser every year to raise money for the March of
Dimes. This year throughout the Salem School District
FBLA raised $1,000. Thank you to everyone who
participated in the Blue Jeans for Babies day.
Salem FBLA Helps March of Dimes
Salem High Teachers help the March
of Dimes by taking part in FBLA’s
Blue Jeans for Babies day.
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on this article should just get into their hot tub time machine,
put on some beach boys music, go for a spin in their GTO car
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Brian Sacco, Salem
Vote to Help the Students
Tere are times in one’s life when a decision you make may
help others more than it directly helps oneself. Tis vote for the
renovation may be one of those decisions. Tere are so many
groups of people that make up the voting population of Salem
and many of those voters will never be students in this new
school. However, that does not diminish the seriousness of the
project or the real need for this renovation project. Te school
was built nearly 50 years ago and it needs to be renovated.
Te district has tried to fx and patch and maintain the best it
could, but now we have a unique opportunity to have grant
money help us renovate the school to be a modern day facility
and provide our students with a sense of pride again. Te time
is now, we cannot wait any longer, and it will not get any less
expensive. We must act now and make this happen.
Tis is actually a unique situation, where the group that is
afected the most by this vote, the students of Salem, do not
actually have the ability to vote on their own future.
Tis vote on Tuesday, March 11, is not only about a new
building/facility, it is not only about developing a new and
revised STEM curriculum which focuses on the math and
sciences which is where the strongest job growth will be in
decades to come. It is also based on utilizing the building as
a true community center for the arts/music, athletic, adult
education programming, non-proft events for local group and
so many other groups that use the building on a daily basis.
Tat being said, the reason each of these segments of the
populations will want to vote in favor of this project is as
Te parents will vote in favor of the project because they
want what is best for their child and the children of the
community and that means safety, security and the best facility
and curriculum we can assemble to give the kids their best
opportunity in life.
Te retired community whom many also had children who
attended this school system over the past 30-40 years and know
what Salem Pride meant in the 70s and 80s to themselves and
their children and want that same passion in the community
again and truly need this project to move forward to help
maintain the property values of their homes which is so closely
tied to the quality of a school system in a community
Te grandparents of this town who may or may not have
kids in Salem, but will vote with their heart to give this
generation all the tools and resources to be successful in life
just as they had the opportunity themselves growing up. As
Grandparents, we expect our children and grandchildren to
work hard and earn the opportunity, but we certainly do not
want to be the ones to vote against at least giving them the
Tis vote will not be about whether you are republican or
democrat, whether you are a Lancaster Wildcat or a Barron
Bobcat, it will not matter whether or not you are single or
married, have children, or not, whether you are retired or
actively working. Why, because this vote is about helping other
people and allowing them to pursue their dreams as a child. It
is about being a member of a community and feeling a sense of
commitment and pride to the community which we all live.
When each of you are standing in the booth at the polls
voting on Tuesday in favor of this project, I want everyone to
take a deep breath, look up in the air and check the box in favor
of the renovation project and as you walk out the door into the
fresh air, take a breath, let that smile show and know that there
are not many times in life when we can have a positive impact
on the community as a whole and on each individual child to
let them pursue their dreams.
Let that smile show through and as you drive away to your
busy world, know that you changed the town of Salem and
the Salem School District in a positive way for decades to
come. What a sense of pride and accomplishment you will feel
knowing you did what was right for our community.
Tank you so much for all your support.
Jamie Santo, Salem
As Mike Lyons’s Supervisor,
I Support His Re-election
While not a registered voter in Salem I am writing this letter on
behalf of Mike Lyons who is running for re-election to the Board
of Selectmen in Salem, NH. I have known Mike for 10 years,
nine as his supervisor, at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
Mike has always been a motivated self starter, a hard worker and
someone that can be counted on to make things happen. On
a personal level Mike has talked to me at length about his part
time job as a Selectman and I have seen that same passion in his
professional work here. Mike truly understands the importance
of commitments and deadlines. Several times at the end of a
long day I know that he leaves to go to an event or meeting in
Salem and then returns to the of ce later that evening to satisfy
his work commitments when required. Tis past June Mike
was recognized for his hard work when he interviewed for and
successfully obtained a new position as a Section Manager within
the Mechanical Engineering Directorate. As a result Mike no
longer reports to me but is a peer with 19 Engineers to manage and
provide career guidance to. It has been my pleasure working with
Mike and I hope you return him to his role as Selectmen in Salem.
Stephen Sergeant, Andover, MA
Salem High is in Desperate Need
of Repair
I am writing to you as a Salem resident of over 10 years as well
as the parent of two school-aged children, frst grade and a junior
at the high school. I love living in Salem; however, the recent
years of fghting over renovating our failing school buildings has
left me discouraged. Salem is a wonderful community that is
flled with great opportunities for all ages so to have citizens vote
against securing opportunities for the next generation is upsetting.
I have never cast a vote on whether or not it would beneft me
directly but on whether it would beneft the community as a
whole so I am asking the citizens of Salem to do just that at the
polls on March 11. Please get out and vote “yes” on Article 2 on
the school ballot. Our high school is in desperate need of repair.
If you doubt the validity of that statement, please contact the high
school and schedule a tour and see for yourself. Our last school
renovation only passed by 166 votes, so it is imperative that all
parents and community members get out to support this vote
and show their Salem pride. Please don’t assume that the vote is a
given or that it doesn’t matter. Every vote matters in this election,
and we need parents and supporters to get out to the polls on the
11th and vote yes on Article 2. Everyone benefts from having a
thriving and safe high school. Te high school supports so much
for this community-whether its men’s basketball leagues, public
forums or local dance studio recitals. Please do the right thing on
March 11th and support our future blue devils.
Nicole Settineri, Salem
Appeal to Parents - Vote Yes on
Article 2
March 11 is right around the corner ... the campaign to
educate our community is in full swing! So many of you
whom I spoke with throughout the course of the campaign feel
optimistic about Article 2, the Salem High School Renovation
Project passing. Te well thought out architectural plan
addresses all of the needs of our students and community while
also implementing a phased approach over three years to help
minimize the inconvenience to attending students.
Tere is no better time to renovate Salem High School, the
school district is receiving nearly $11 million in state aid (that
will be handed to the next community if not used), interest
rates are at historical lows and construction costs will continue
to rise in the future. Te time is now to help restore a sense of
pride in our community.
As parents it is our responsibility to ensure that our children
have a school which allows them to reach their full potential
and remain competitive with their peers. Te high school’s
aging infrastructure and defciencies in academic spaces are
compromising our children’s education and high school
experience causing the sense of pride to slip. When students
and community members visit Salem High School it is an
embarrassment. We are not looking to build the Taj Mahal but
instead a building that is adequate, secure and ofers a modern
day high school education.
Te sobering reality is that in last year’s election only 22
percent of parents voted, which translates to only 1,642 parents
out of 7,307. Tis statistic underscores how critical each of our
votes are. Parents, please don’t leave this decision to chance,
you must get out and vote yes to Article 2 on March 11.
We can restore the Salem Pride!
Melissa Szymansky, Salem
Vote Yes on Question 2
I expect most voters of Salem NH have already decided
whether they are going to vote for or against the renovations
to Salem High School. For those few voters who are still
undecided as to which way to vote, know that there will never
be a more defning time for you to do what is right – vote
yes on Question 2. As a homeowner in Salem, the parent of
four young children and a board member to the largest youth
organization in Salem I certainly understand the value of what
voting yes will mean. As a homeowner I do not want to face
the future costs of doing nothing to the high school, as I do
want a return on my investment. As a parent, I do want the
option of sending my children to a safe school and not the
falling apart and somewhat unsecure building that it is today.
As a board member to the largest youth organization in Salem,
I want to see every child aforded the same safe educational
opportunities as my own children.
To those who are voting no on question 2, I certainly
respect your opinion. Your debate has made me review the
student population studies and renovation plans over and over
again, and by doing so has solidifed my belief that voting yes
is indeed the right thing to do. Te vote to renovate the ailing
high school building should not be about political agenda’s
or personal dislike between Selectman, Budget Committee
members or the Salem School Board (which at times it
appears it has become) but rather doing what is best for the
community in a fnancially and educationally appropriate way.
If still undecided as how to vote, do take a tour of the school,
review the school population studies and renovation plans, and
ultimately weigh the cost of doing what is right versus doing
Please join me in voting “yes” on Question 2 on Tuesday,
March 11.
Richard Wilson, Salem
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Rita M. (Ross) Palmer Passed
away peacefully on February
28, 2014, with her family by her
side. Rita was a lifelong Salem
resident she was the daughter of
the late, James L. and Katherine
(Mahoney) Ross. Rita was born
on the family farm on Zion Hill
Road on May 26, 1922. Rita
was a graduate of Woodbury
High School, class of 1940.
She married her high school
sweetheart, the late William D.
Palmer, on February 14 1942,
in Saint Joseph Church. Rita
enjoyed politics and being around people. She
campaigned for many friends and was active in
town, state, and national politics. Rita was very
proud to have been on U.S. Senator Judd Gregg’s
staff during his political career of 30 years.
Rita also loved to spend time with family and
friends, talking about Salem, NH, past, present,
and future. She was an inspiration to many
and will be remembered for her sharp mind
and wisdom. Rita was a member of St. Joseph
Parish, the Salem NH Memorial Ladies Auxiliary,
8546 since 1968, the Salem Republican Town
Committee and Salem Historical Society.
Rita was predeceased by her
brother, Daniel F. Ross.
She is survived by her daughter
and son-in-law, Suzanne and Charles
Gardner of Salem; and grandson, Jason
W. Gardner of Salem, whom she was
very proud of; her constant Maine
Coon companions, Ashleigh and
Madison; special cousins, Margaret
Robbins of Derry, Helen Ackerman
of Naples FL, Mildred MacCallum
of Newport, Nova Scotia, Canada;
nephews, Bill Ermer of Derry and
Ralph Ermer of Salem.
The family would like to thank all
her special phone friends who kept in touch
with Rita during her ailing health.
Rita’s wishes were for a private service and
Contribution in her memory may be made the
Salem Historical Society, 310 Main St., Salem,
NH 03079, Attn: Beverly Glynn.
Arrangements are by The Goundrey &
Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem.
To send an online condolence, please visit or www.
Rita M. (Ross) Palmer
Three candidates are seeking two positions on
the board, Incumbents Barry Pietrantonio and
Stephen Plante are facing challenger Shannon
Bettencourt. Plante was not in attendance for the
Pietrantonio, a lifelong Salem resident, said he
hopes to continue providing services expected
by locals, but at a reasonable cost. “For the past
three years I think we’ve been able to provide
a reasonable tax rate compared to surrounding
towns,” he said.
Bettencourt said she had a young family and
was concerned with rising taxes in town. “I also
am concerned with keeping Salem affordable,”
she said.
The candidates couldn’t escape giving their
opinion on the proposed high school renovation
Bettencourt said she was concerned with the
safety of the building: “It has been a long time
since anything has been done to this school.”
If the proposal doesn’t pass, Bettencourt said
she would hope to review a new proposal while
on the board.
Pietrantonio agreed something needed to
be done to the building, favoring the current
He said the plan should be supported because
the state will cover 15-percent of the project. “I
think that’s the responsibility of the town,” he said
about the renovation.
The candidates were asked whether the town
should buy or lease smaller vehicles.
Pietrantonio said police cruisers were recently
leased, citing their minimal value at the end of
their serviceable life. “They put a lot of miles on
them; they’re not worth much money.”
Bettencourt disagreed, saying she would
rather purchase vehicles, which is what she does
personally, but said each proposal would be
reviewed regardless.
“Whatever makes sense economically,” she
Both candidates agreed charitable giving
through the tax base should continue.
Pietrantonio said if the warrant articles were
being supported over the course of three or four
years, they should be added to the operating
budget. “It’s an ethical responsibility in my mind,”
he said.
Bettencourt said helping people recover from
financial hardship could lead to them contributing
to the tax base in the future.
Candidates running for school board, planning
board, treasurer, and the zoning board of
adjustment were allowed time to share their
reasons for their candidacy. Of those, only the
planning board is a contested race.
Panelists were Peter Rayno of Enterprise
Bank and Len Lathrop, publisher of the Salem
Community Patriot.
The evening was moderated by Joel Olbricht.
Town Moderator Christopher Goodnow,
member of the Chamber of Commerce
government affairs committee, said Fisk and Soule
voters would cast ballots at Rockingham Park this
year while the schools undergo renovations.
Have Fun & Earn Money this Summer 2014!!
All candidates must be certified or able to be certified in CPR and First Aid
Hourly rate of pay varies by position and related experience. All applicants must be 16 years old or
• Playground Directors & Leaders (Candidates must be able to work well with children ages 6
to 10 or 11 to 15.) Directors: Plan schedule of activities and oversee operations. Leaders:
assist with running activities and supervising field trips. 10 to 26 hours/week; M-F
• Lifeguards: Advanced Lifesaving Certificate required; responsible for beach area; establish
and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and public; possess good
judgment to handle minor problems and maintain order; lifeguard with experience and
WSI preferred. (Hours: 30 to 35 wkly.) Head Lifeguard: Certificate required; responsible
for day to day operations of Hedgehog Park inclusive of work schedules for lifeguards, in-
service training, ensuring the facility is clean and safe.
• Hedgehog Park Attendant: enforces park rules and regulations, cleans and maintains the park
including bathrooms. Ensures all users have the correct parking permit.
• Tennis Instructor (20 to 25 hrs/wk. for 7 weeks.)
• Recreation Department Intern: This individual will work with the Recreation Director in
creating, scheduling, supervising and running programs. They must be creative and able to
deal with the public and minor issues. They must also have a valid driver’s license.
Background checks will be completed on all employees.
Apply to: Recreation Dept. Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH between 8:30 a.m. and
2:00 p.m. or at: Deadline for applications: March 20, 2014
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“Thumbs up/Thumbs down. I’m all for the
band going to Washington in April as long as they
don’t use any of my tax dollars to fund them.”
“Thumbs up/Thumbs down. Do understand
that the Salem High School needs a major
renovation? I’m all for it but I would appreciate
the Salem School Committee and the Salem
Superintendant of Schools making a better
effort to bring the school budget under control.
How comes the town does such a good job of
controlling costs and the school side keeps on
increasing our taxes? Also, how do they justify
the default budget being higher than the proposed
budget? I would think that the default budget
should be the same as this year’s budget.”
“Thumbs down to my
neighbor for parking in the
handicapped spot at Wal-Mart
recently. I’m sure your parents
would be embarrassed if they
knew you used their placard to
park there.”
“Thumbs down to Jane Lang
who’s running for the planning
board. You should not be
running because you’re mad
at the board. You should be
running because you care.”
“Thumbs down. If you want
to save the Town of Salem, get
rid of flip-flop McBride, Keller,
and Lyons, and let Hargraves
and Steve Campbell run the
show, and you will see a big,
big change in town. Please
do that. Do not vote for Lyons, vote for Steve
Campbell and do not vote for the Garcia sisters,
they ruined it for us with Rockingham Park. We
could have had everything going for us but those
stupid sisters voted against it.”
“Thumbs up/Thumbs down. Please don’t vote
for the Garcia sisters. We need the Rockingham
Park casino left here. We’re running out of money,
we’re running out of everything,
our taxes keep going up, we
need something in town. They
don’t care. Please don’t vote
for them, they don’t know what
they’re doing to begin with.”
“Thumbs down to Senator
Ayotte for her disdain for
American veterans. Senator
why do you put Netanyahu’s
warmongering and the AIPAC
ahead of disabled American
“Thumbs down to the owner of the old Polcari’s
restaurant building. I used to think looking at
all your empty commercial building’s covered
in graffiti was an eye sore but you’ve outdone
yourself now. Painting that beautiful red brick
building a brown is just awful and I can’t believe
the Town let you do it.”
“Thumbs down to North
American Power. They promise
lower prices than Liberty
Utilities, then they nearly double
the price a month later. They are
a total fraud.”
“Thumbs down. Salem
school should not combine
cafe workers and custodians
for raises. the café workers get
one every year while the rest of
us get nothing and the problem
with that is the money comes
from that department meaning the price of food
goes up and the kids get feed more crap have
you looked at what they are being feed. Plus half
don’t where hair nets.”
“Thumbs down to the $75 million price tag for
the proposed high school ‘renovation.’ Per the
school district, there is a finish construction cost
of $159 per square foot and a total cost of $264
per square foot for this project. Doing the math,
that amounts to $45 million for the actual ‘hard’
construction and a whopping $30 million for
‘soft’ costs (furnishings, etc.). You have to wonder
why it would cost that much to fill the space! I
voted for all of the other school renovations and
I’ve seen and agree that the high school needs to
be renovated but I can’t vote for it, not for that
“Thumbs down. Before you get stopped on
the road, there has to be a formal complaint filed
against you. Criminal Rules of Civil Procedure,
Rule 4. And there has to be an injured party. The
State of New Hampshire cannot be injured. It’s
a fiction created on paper. The State cannot file
a claim against you. Was the man (wearing a
uniform) injured? No. So file a claim against the
man (in uniform) for filing a false claim. But don’t
use an attorney, they’re in on the scam. Then file
a claim against his boss, the town manager.”
“Thumbs up to the Salem Police Department.
On March 4th just after midnight I called Salem
PD. Two unknowns at my door. A Salem
Officer - off duty - on his way home, responded
to my home. Arriving minutes before marked
police could. Thank you for going above and
beyond! I feel safer knowing our town seeks out
professional, caring people! Again.”
“Thumbs down to the Salem dump manager.
Giving people a hard time, pointing at your
watch, and throwing your hands up like a baby for
people showing up at or around closing time is a
little ridiculous. It must be nice to leave your job
at 2:45 every day. I would expect this from a 5
year old, not a grown adult.”
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Proceeds from Discovery Night
Beneft Rotary’s Charities
submitted by Regina Andler
Just what is Rotary? The Greater Salem Rotary Club held
its second annual Discovery Rotary Night/Cruising Through
Windham event February 20 at Searles Chapel in Windham.
This annual event promotes the Greater Salem Rotary Club
and educates others on what Rotary International is all about.
Attendees were treated to live music from The Gentlemen as
well as a selection of delicious food. Proceeds from
the event went to the club’s many charitable endeavors
in and around the Greater Salem area, including
the annual dictionary distribution to third graders,
sponsorship of the Salem Fishing Derby, annual holiday
food basket donations and the Salem school playground
improvement fund. In addition, international donations
were made, benefiting victims of Hurricane Katrina, the
tsunami relief fund and International
safe drinking water projects. Each year
the club raffles off a cruise for two to
Bermuda and announces the winner
the night of the event. Congratulations
to this year’s cruise winner, Heather
Arthur and Janice Barnes and Rick and Lynn Silva
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Salem High Hockey Honors its Seniors
by Bob Gibbs
Prior to the start of the Salem
High School hockey team’s last
regular season home game, the
team and the school honored
and thanked its seniors.
Making the presentation to
the players and their parents
was athletic director David
The players were each
individually announced to
the spectators. AD Rozumek
thanked and congratulated
each player, presenting them
a flower bouquet. The players
were then joined on the ice by
their parents with continued
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Salem High Hockey Coach Mark McGinn was
honored by the school for his 200th win at Salem
High School. School Superintendent Michael
Delahanty and Athletic Director Dave Rozumek
presented Coach McGinn with a trophy on the
ice prior to the Salem vs. Londonderry game. The
team and all present at the game saluted Coach
McGinn with a standing ovation.
The hockey program started under Coach
McGinn in the 1999-2000 season playing as
a Division II team. For the 2003-2004 season
Salem finished with a 21-2-1 record. The team
went on to win the New Hampshire Division I
championship defeating Manchester Memorial in
a thrilling 3-2 overtime win. Under Coach Mark
McGinn the Salem High School program went
from a Division II team to the champs of New
Hampshire in only five years.
Salem High Hockey Coach McGinn
Honored for 200 Wins
SHS hockey coach Mark McGinn, center, with wife, daughter, Superintendent Delahanty and the Blue Devils mascot.
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by Jacob Gagnon
The Meet of Champions is what
every high school grappler in New
Hampshire works toward. The
tournament is the reason for the long
hours of practice, the perpetual drip
of sweat, the strained muscles and the
anxious minds. The payoff for all of
that hard work is the opportunity to
compete against the best in the state.
The Salem High School wrestling
team, who has struggled through
illness and injury for a chunk of the
regular season, managed to qualify
seven wrestlers for the Meet of
Champions held at Pinkerton Academy
on Saturday, March 1.
The week prior, at the NHIAA
Division I Championship Tournament
at Concord High School on February
22, the Blue Devils’ grapplers came
ready to wrestle. Salem showcased
some wrestlers who, due to a dent
in the starting lineup, had gotten the
chance to compete at the biggest
tournament of the season in Division
I. They would not let that opportunity
go to waste.
“We measure our victories in many
different ways,” said Head Coach Wes
Decker. “It’s not just the guy who
has his hand raised at the end of the
In the 113-pound weight class,
Braden Boulet earned fifth place by
going 1-2 on the day. Ed Page, at 120
pounds, also secured fifth place with a
2-2 record. In the 126-pound weight
class, John Tanguay earned third-place
honors for the Blue Devils with a
terrific 3-1 record in the tournament.
Also winning third place in the
Division I Tournament was Avery
Santiago at 138 pounds with a 3-1
record. Jake Genest, at 145 pounds,
went 1-3 to claim sixth place in his
weight class. At 195 pounds, John
Bartose took sixth place with a 1-3
record. In the 220-pound weight
class, Mike Poulin scored third place
with a 3-1 record to round out the
Salem placers.
“I thought we wrestled pretty well,”
said Head Coach Wes Decker. “I
thought there were some matches that
we could have won that we let slip
by, but I was fairly pleased with our
At the Meet of Champions, Salem’s
seven, once again, showed up
physically and mentally prepared to
battle the best. As the final whistle
was blown, the last hand was raised,
and the 2013-2014 season of New
Hampshire high school wrestling came
to a close, three Blue Devils found
their way onto the podium. Salem
High School finished in 11th place
overall with 46.50 team points.
Jake Genest won two bouts and
lost three to earn sixth-place honors
in the 145-pound weight class. For a
wrestler who spent most of last season
at the junior varsity level, this season
proved how far hard work can take an
athlete; especially one as committed
to improvement as Genest.
“Jake wasn’t really on anybody’s
radar, and he put himself on there
through a very solid offseason,” said
Genest trained with a pair of
seasoned grapplers, including a
former New England champion
in the area to hone his skills in
the offseason. “Those guys made
a huge difference in Jake’s skill,
strength and toughness. Jake is
really the poster boy for what
working hard in the offseason can
help you accomplish,” said Decker.
“Although he fell short of his goal,
he accomplished so much more
than people thought he would. He
was a great success story.”
In the postseason in any sport, it
is often about the athlete or team
that is performing at their highest
level at the most important time
that determines success. That is
especially true in wrestling. Avery
Santiago proved it. “Santiago really
put his best two weeks together in the
last two weeks of the season,” said
Decker. “He peaked at the right time
and showed that, as a sophomore,
he’s going to have a real bright future
in New Hampshire wrestling.” In
the 138-pound weight class, Avery
Santiago went 4-2 to score fifth place
at the Meet of Champions.
Mike Poulin, in the 220-pound
weight class, was the top placer
for the Blue Devils at the Meet of
Champions. “The kid (Poulin) is just
a beast. He worked hard and we
are really excited about his success,”
said Decker. Poulin earned fourth
place with a 3-2 record and was
one win away from a New England
Championship tournament berth.
“The season had its ups and
downs. Every team deals with
obstacles, and we seemed to get our
fair share of them but I think it was
something we can learn from,” said
Decker. “We are going to be looking
for those three guys to really lead
the team next year
to bigger and better
Three Grapplers Earn Podium Spots
at Meet of Champions
Salem’s Mike Poulin breaks down his opponent at the Meet of Champions.
Poulin would go on to take 4th place in the tournament.
Salem’s John Bartose pins his frst round opponent at the Meet of Champions on March 1.
Staff photos by Jacob Gagnon
by Jacob Gagnon
The Salem High School hockey team wrapped up their terrific
2013-2014 regular season on Saturday, March 1. The Blue Devils,
led by Head Coach Mark McGinn, finished the season with a 15-2-1
record and have earned the second seed for the NHIAA Division I
Championship tournament.
Salem traveled to Pinkerton Academy’s home ice at the Ice Den in
Hooksett on February 26. The Astros struck first, scoring 23 seconds
into the opening period. “The first period has been a struggle
for us all year. We don’t give up many, but we just don’t start off
well,” said McGinn. Despite numerous attempts and power play
opportunities, it would be the only Pinkerton goal of the game.
The Astros maintained the lead for the remainder of the first
period. Salem struck back in the second period of play as Salem
defenseman Paul Antowiak set up Cody Soucy for the game-tying
goal. Both teams, despite chances to take the lead, would remain
scoreless for the rest of the second period of play.
Less than two minutes into the third period, the Blue Devils took
the lead on another goal from Soucy, assisted this time by Alex Ring.
Salem’s strong defensive effort
stopped Pinkerton’s attempts
to tie the contest. Junior
goalkeeper, Sam MacDonald,
excelled between the pipes for
Salem, making 27 saves in the
game. “There was a little flurry
there on the (Pinkerton) power
play, Sam made one or two
really nice saves there,” said
McGinn. “He’s done great all
The Astros finished the
year with a record of 8-8-2,
securing the seventh seed in the
postseason tournament.
“That was a good test for us.
We’re winning those one-goal
games so we feel good,” said
McGinn. On February 27, the
Blue Devils once again scored a
one-goal victory. Salem defeated
Trinity High School in overtime
thanks to a goal from sophomore
Chris Lemay.
Salem returned to their home
ice for the final time of the
regular season on Saturday night,
March 1 to take on Londonderry
High School. The Blue Devils
would have locked up the
number-one seed of the Division
I Tournament as long as their
terrific winning streak continued.
Salem had not lost in their last
11 games, winning ten of those
contests and skating to a draw
once. The Lancers played the
part of spoilers, however, as they
defeated the Blue Devils, 2-1, in
Despite the loss in the regular
season finale, Salem secured the
second seed and, with it, a first-
round bye. St. Thomas Aquinas
High School, the only other
team to beat Salem this season,
has earned the first seed of the
Division I Tournament. The Blue
Devils will face the winner of
Pinkerton Academy and Hanover
High School. Salem will host
the winner on Saturday, March 8
at 9 p.m. at the Salem Ice Center.
It has been a tremendous year
for the Salem High hockey team.
Despite struggling, season-long,
from slow starts, the Blue Devils
have been able to battle back
to win close games. Salem will
need to maintain that fighting
spirit in the postseason if they
are to realize their dreams of a
state title.
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Come join the Salem Rams and
New Hampshire’s Youth Football and
Cheerleading Program. Be part of the
team, make new friends and have fun
competing against other towns!!
Returning Football Players
and Cheerleaders
Thursday March 13
FEES: 1st child $200.00,
Each additional child: $140.00,
Family cap is $480.00
New Football Players and Cheerleaders
Thursday March 20
Woodbury Middle School
Each player will receive a game shirt and player trophy for completing the season!
Travel and compete against NH teams from Nashua, Bedford, Nor Rock,
Franklin, Laconia, Goffstown, Concord and Manchester.
REGISTRATION: Thursday March 20th 6:00-8:00
Woodbury Middle School, Salem, NH • Visit for more information!
Flag Football Registration Fee $100.00
FLAG FOOTBALL is a FUN and SAFE way to get engaged in the
great game of football and kick off your football career!! Players
ages 5 to 7 will be introduced to football
basics in a non-hitting environment.
The players will be coached on learning
and developing all the fundamental skills
needed to play the game including:
running, passing, catching,
scripted-plays, lining up and
teamwork. Roster size is small
to afford players more
individualized coaching.
Rams Introduce Flag Football Program!
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On the night that the team honored
its seniors, the Salem Blue Devils girls
basketball team earned a hard fought
victory over rival Pinkerton Academy
Prior to the start of the game, Salem
coach Michaela Galvin and athletic
director David Rozumek presented flowers
to the seniors of both the Salem
and Pinkerton teams. While
being introduced by coach
Galvin, the seniors on the Lady
Blue Devils were escorted onto
the court with their parents.
The seniors were presented with
a bouquet as well as high fives
and hugs from parents, coaches
and teammates.
The game was a back-and-
forth battle with both teams
taking and then losing the lead.
Salem was led in scoring by
Alexandra Sirmaian with 15
points and Amanda Bickford
with 10 points, while Kelly
Lamarre added 12 points and
12 rebounds as Salem downed
Pinkerton 45-40.
Salem 45, Pinkerton 40
Pinkerton (13-5) 12-6-14-8-40
Salem (13-5) 7-17-15-8-45
Pinkerton (40): Albrecht 1-0-2, Stacy
2-0-5, Fortier 1-5-8, Bonneau 6-2-16,
Martin 4-0-9
Salem (45): Bickford 4-2-10, Blakslee
1-1-3, Sirmaian 4-6-15, Davis 0-2-2,
Hickey 1-1-3, Lamarre 5-2-12, L.
Longtin 0-0-0, Twomey 0-0-0. Totals
3-pointers: S - Sirmaian; P - Bonneau
2, Martin, Stacy, Fortier
Team 1 2 3 4 Final
Pinkerton 12 6 14 8 40
Salem 5 17 15 8 45
Lady Blue Devils Defeat Pinkerton on Senior Night
Salem High seniors and their parents pose with Coach Michaela Galvin , far right,
before the Lady Blue Devils game with Pinkerton
Salem High guard #15 Brenna Blakslee drives to the hoop.
Hockey Team Finishes Tremendous Regular Season
Earns Second Seed for Division I Tourney
Salem senior Jake Bartlett checks a Pinkerton player
in the fnal period of Salem’s win.
Salem goalie Sam MacDonald makes a save against Pinkerton Academy.
MacDonald would make 27 saves in the Blue Devil victory.
Staff photos by Jacob Gagnon
staff photos by Bob Gibbs

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