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Volume 8 Number 16
February 20, 2015 12 Pages

Salem Community Patriot


Birches Academy

submitted by Dael Angelico-Hart,


Birches Academy of Academics & Art
On Feb. 10, a little after noon, a chunk of falling ice hit a gas
pipe and created a leak behind 419 South Broadway, home of a
number of retail establishments and The Birches Academy Charter
School. The Birches neighbors, White Street Paint, who were the
first to know, immediately thought to notify the school so they
could immediately evacuate 193 children into the ice and slush
that remained after the last snowstorm. The snow on the streets
was still so significant that all of Salem, including The Birches, had
had a 90-minute delay of school that morning.
As the school took attendance in the parking lot, the Salem
Fire and Police departments arrived in force and took immediate
charge of the safety of the students. To get the students as far away
from the gas leak as fast as possible, they stopped all traffic on
Route 28 so that that students and school personnel could cross
over to the soon-to-be-opened Toyota and Honda dealership across
the street from the school.
After crossing Route 28, the administration of The Birches called
both First Student, the bus company that serves Salem students and
Superintendent Mike Delahanty. Both responded immediately by
coming to the aid of their neighboring charter school. First Student
immediately sent a fleet of buses and the police department
let them through the closed traffic to the Birches students. The
superintendent opened the doors of Salem High School to shelter
the Birches students. No one who participated in this evacuation
will ever forget one of the firefighters who picked up a first grader,
still in his slippers from school, which he had changed into
from his boots this snowy morning, and carried him over the icy
puddles on the street to the safety and warmth of the First Student
buses.
When the children arrived at the high school, Superintendent
Delahanty was there to personally greet everyone along with Tracy
Collyer, principal of staff of Salem High School, who immediately
mobilized her staff. They provided the comfort of their auditorium
and clipboards and tables to check the students as the parents
began to arrive. The Birches staff and students shared their space
for the next three hours while every need was fulfilled, including
snacks bought from vending machines at 3:30 to feed the teachers
who had not eaten all day.
So many people have been victims of this terrible winter
weather and The Birches Academy on this day was no exception.
But the response of the neighbors in the plaza, the Salem
Police and Fire departments, First Student bus company and the
leadership and staff of SAU 57 was truly extraordinary. The Birches
staff and grateful parents would like to thank all of the friends and
neighbors who reached out and turned a potential horrendous
situation into an opportunity to experience the generosity of the
Salem community.

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Staff photo by Jon Tripp

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Evacuated Due
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Breanne Wolcott and Angelina Fichera share a snow tube.

Town Operating Budget Sparks Debate


at Deliberative Session

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
in at $532,800. The
The last town
amendment passed.
deliberative session to
Selectmens Chairman
be held at the existing
Pat Hargreaves sought an
Salem High School
amendment to article 13,
auditorium is on the
winter weather operations,
books as the building is
doubling the total amount
being renovated over the
to $500,000 as a result of
next few years, yet the
the continuing snowstorms.
nearly 3.5 hour meeting
We had a little snow
saw fewer than 100 in
storm a couple weeks ago
attendance.
and a little more snow
Amendments to
coming up this week,
article eight, the towns
Hargreaves said.
proposed 2015 operating
Director of Public
budget, sparked debate
Works Rick Russell said
with two amendments
the money was needed to
being proposed to the
get though this winter and
$41.75 million article.
make it till January 2016.
Selectman Stephen Campbell, Selectman Everett McBride, and Selectman Pat Hargreaves
First, voters approved
Over the past 11 days
Staff photos by Bob Gibbs
adding $15,000 for Rockingham Community
weve had over 60 inches of snow, he said. Its
Action to the budget.
kind of drained our resources.
Following that, Selectman Everett McBride
Russell said the towns road salt supply
proposed adding $82,800 as the bids come in to
needed to be replenished and that would require
repaint the Howard St. water tank.
spending much of the funds.
The bid came in a little high, McBride said.
Were going to be over $200,000 just to
We have ample finding in the water fund.
replace our materials, he said. The funds would
The increase would come from the water
come from the unreserved fund balance.
reserved fund balance and would not affect the
The amendment was approved and moved to
water rate.
the ballot.
Town Manager Keith Hickey said the tank was
Voters also approved adding $318,450 from
supposed to be painted every 15 years and it was
the unreserved fund balance to article 14, the
time for the maintenance.
2015 road construction article.
We need to repaint the outside, which is what
This is the first year recently bids were not
this money is proposed for.
favorable and above the proposed amount.
Town Manager Keith Hickey
The budget currently has $450,000 for the
All articles will appear on the March 10 ballot
project Hickey explained, adding the bid came
for election day.

Voters Reinstate $400K


in Cuts Made by Budget Committee
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
Over $400,000 has been added back to the school districts
operating budget per deliberative session. This occurred after funds
had been cut from the article by the budget committee.
School board member Michael Carney made the motion to
amend school district article two by adding $424,168 back to the
proposed budget.
This is a restoration amendment to bring back the funds that the
school board recommended to the budget committee, Carney said.
Going through the cuts the budget committee made, Carney
explained the actual operating budget was down nearly $600,000,
but interest and principal payments on approved bonds have driven
the cost up.
Retirement costs were also to blame, with the state reducing its
contribution and requiring the district to cover over $400,000 more

than previous years.


Theyve solved their budget problem by pushing the expenses
down to the local communities, Carney said about the state.
He noted over $2 million in significant increases were made to
the budget, and the board worked hard to offset the costs including
closing Haigh Elementary School to students at the end of the
current school year.
We thought it was best to close that school to help put some
operational savings into the budget, Carney said, adding about
$800,000 was saved by closing the facility.
Selectman Stephen Campbell spoke as the budget committee
representative saying he was opposed to the amendment and the
district could find since enrollments were declining.
You would expect that costs would be going down, he said.
Only one high school teacher has been reduced.
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Seven BudCom Members Take Vote


in Violation of State Law

Andrew Dang, a freshman at Mercer Universitys School of


Engineering, was named to the Deans List of for the fall semester.
Kara Thomas, a freshman majoring in Undeclared, was among
approximately 2,125 students at Coastal Carolina University who made
the fall Deans List.
Ariana Arden, a first-year student Undeclared major at the University
of Vermont has been named to the Deans List for the fall semester.
The following local residents were among 1,082 students from
Worcester Polytechnic Institute named to the universitys Deans List for
academic excellence for the fall semester: Brenna Blakslee, a first year
student majoring in chemical engineering; and Kara Devaney, a senior
majoring in chemical engineering.
Local residents were named to the Deans List at the University
of Massachusetts-Lowell. Among those recognized for achieving
academic distinction for the fall semester at UMass Lowell are:
Brandon Antonelli, majoring in criminal justice; Daniel Barbin,
majoring in plastics engineering; Kyle Beattie, majoring in business
administration; Tyler Beninati, majoring in biology; Autumn Calabria,
majoring in criminal justice; Alessandra Cozzone, majoring in nursing;
Shannon Daher, majoring in psychology; Tyler Donahue, majoring
in criminal justice; Kyle Gaudette, majoring in English; Crista Harb,
majoring in nursing; Jeffrey LaRosa, majoring in criminal justice;
Francesca Lonardo, majoring in psychology; Riesa Maggio, majoring
in criminal justice; Christina McCann, majoring in exercise physiology;
Mary Mersereau, majoring in mathematics; Sara Mersereau, majoring
in chemistry; Zachary Najarian-Naja, majoring in history; Allana
Ormond, majoring in psychology; Sarah Raye, majoring in criminal
justice; David Rodriguez, majoring in psychology; Nicholas Savastano,
majoring in chemical engineering; and Emily Yunes, majoring in history
Shannon Siracusa has been named to the Siena College Presidents
List for the fall semester. Siracusa is a psychology major. The
Presidents List requires a 3.9 grade point average or higher.
Olivia Burkehas been named to Assumption Colleges Deans List,
one of the schools highest academic honors. Olivia is a member of
the class of 2018.
Margaret K. Fitzgerald, Brittney C. Hall, Jillian A. McColgan,
and Emma M. Morse have been named to the Deans List for the fall
semester at Quinnipiac University.
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Congratulations to
St. Josephs Regional
Catholic School
Spelling Champs
First: Alison Joyner
Second: Stephen Mellor
Third/Fourth: Patrick Beaudin (lower floor champion)
Fifth: Hunter Wolters
Sixth: Bryan Lavoie
Seventh: Parisa Tabiatnejad (school champion)
Eighth: Riley Bowers

Soule Students and Staff Appreciate their


Award-Winning Principal
by Jay Hobson
Soule School Principal Anna Parrill, who was
recently named NH Principal of the Year, was
honored by her staff and students in at assembly
on Tuesday.
Superintendent of Schools Michael Delahanty
was on hand and gave an object lesson to the
students using a junk metal bar that although
some would call it junk, others could see uses
and value. It could be made into a horseshoe
or even jewelry, and that that is what Principal
Parrill does; she sees worth and value in the
people she meets.
Others in attendance were school board
members Bernie Campbell, Pamela Berry and
School Board Chair Patricia Corbett.
Students from each grade sang a song
honoring Parrill and a This is Your Life presentation was made
featuring students portraying the people in Parrills life from her
home in Ohio.

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I dont know how much more public they could be, Keller said.
They were all public.
Budget committee member Paul Huard said the committee had
been meeting for two years, and people could have joined the
committee at any time.
This went on for two years, so it is not like new, so it wasnt a
surprise, he said.
School board representative Michael Carney could not attend the
post-deliberative meeting but weighed in after hearing about the
vote.
They dont know the law, Carney, a former budget committee
member, said. I think they really saw I wasnt there and they had
the vote to change it.
He said the reconsideration was not needed and there should
have been enough information presented initially.
They have a public meeting, they take a preliminary vote, they
take a final vote, he said.
Hoover said the vote was a mistake explaining he was
unaware of the clause requiring an article to be amended before
reconsidering it.
I didnt see the clause, he said. I was unaware of the clause.
At the Feb. 11 meeting, Hoover, a two-term chairman, said the
young board was unaware of the clause.
All of us being less than one term, except Mr. Huard being a
term and a quarter, he said. It is with recommendation for the
safety complex.
Huard said the board should have known the vote was not
allowed during the meeting.
The two of us at least should have known better. That was not
necessary because there had been no change, he said to Hoover.
Selectmens Representative Stephen Campbell, a 16-year veteran
of the budget committee who has advocated against the proposal,
said he forgot the clause.
None of the seven of us that voted remembered the rules, he
said. It slipped my mind.
Budget committee member Stephen Plante was also absent from
the meeting after the deliberative session.
Article 7 will be on the March ballot seeking to construct a
joint public safety complex combining the police department and
central fire station.

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Accolades

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
A vote to reconsider a recommendation by the Salem Budget
Committee on Article 7, a proposed public safety complex has
been deemed illegal by town lawyers since the article was not
amended during the deliberative session on Feb. 7.
Town attorney Barton Mayer cited RSA 32:5, V. (b) which states
in part, If the article is amended at first session of the meeting in
an official ballot referendum municipality, the governing body and
budget committee, if one exists, may revise its recommendation on
the special warrant article and the revised recommendation shall
appear on the ballot.
The budget committee does not have the legal authority to
change its recommendation when the town meeting has not
amended the article, Mayer wrote.
The motion to reconsider at a budget committee meeting in the
high schools lobby immediately after deliberative session came
from member Martha Spalding.
Draft minutes from the meeting do not detail discussion on the
motion but only indicate the reconsideration vote was 4-3 to move
without recommendation.
Clarification on the minutes from Chairman Dane Hoover said
the four supporting votes to change the recommendation were
himself, Shannon Bettencourt, Martha Spalding, and Paul Welch.
Opposed to the change were Robert Bryant, Paul Huard, and
Selectmens Representative Stephen Campbell.
Spalding said at the Feb. 11 budget committee meeting, she was
told information she received from Selectman James Keller was
wrong and that public meetings were not held while drafting the
proposal.
I felt it was only fair for taxpayers to have some input when
coming up with the proposal, she said. I asked Selectman
Keller if there had been public hearings, when he said yes, it was
enough for me to vote with recommendation.
Keller stood by his words to Spalding saying the meetings were
indeed public and was confused how she heard otherwise.
Im all about transparency, Keller later said. Im all about
integrity, I dont lie to people.
He said besides public hearings at the budget committee, board
of selectmen, and deliberative session, other meetings were open
and held in the conference room at the town hall.

Parrill was heralded


as being competitive
and showed her skill at
spinning a basketball on her finger to the applause of her students.
A letter was read to her, written from her former principal at
Hampstead Middle School Dick Fugere, now retired.
Out of all the assistant principals that served with me over the
years, you were the best, Fugere said.
Parrill has been principal of Soule for nine years and it was noted
that she makes an effort to learn all of the students names and has
a habit of giving nicknames to some.
Parrill said that she couldnt imagine such a great honor being
bestowed on her and thanked the students and staff for their
accolades.
All my life I have been involved in team sports as a competitor,
and theres no way that this award is about one person; no way,
Parrill said. My qualities are being a coach and to bring out the
best in you. But every single day, by your smiles and looking at
you, I see the best in me.

SHS Yearbook Design


Takes First in the Nation
submitted by Jeff Dennis,
Salem High School
Salem High School was
recognized by the Columbia
Scholastic Press Association as
a first-place winner in its 32nd
Gold Circle Awards program.
Salem Highs yearbook The Log
won first place for its Portraits
with Superlatives, designed and
created by Chris Nobrega, Class of
2014. This is the first time SHS has
received this prestigious award.
Editors for the 2014 yearbook
were Alysha Letendre, Joelle Ramey
and Taylor Treadwell. Adviser to the
yearbook is Debra Wilmarth
Since 1984, CSPA has recognized
outstanding achievement in both
verbal and visual categories for
newspapers, magazines and
yearbooks. For the yearbooks and
digital media categories this year
attracted 4,646 entries produced by
students at colleges, universities and
secondary schools throughout the
United States.
Judges cited a total of 671
winners for either first, second or
third place or for Certificates of
Merit for those deemed worthy of
honorable mention in a category.
Entry categories included those
for newspapers, magazines,
yearbooks or for digital (online)
media, in its annual competition for
individual achievement by student
writers, editors, designers and
photographers.

Alysha Letendre

Taylor Treadwell

Christopher Nobrega

Courtesy photos

Joelle Ramey

Salem Community Patriot | February 20, 2015 - 3

Good for the Community


Your Hometown Community Calendar

Ongoing
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers have
their own worship experience while their
parents attend the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
at Mary Queen of Peace Church. Bible
stories come alive. They learn prayers, songs,
games, etc.

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Friday, February 20
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.
$35/visit. For further information or to schedule
an appointment call 580-6668.

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Saturday, February 21
To better inform the public about
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the current condition of the Police and
Central Fire Departments and the need
for a new Public Safety Complex, both
facilities will be hosting tours that are open
to the public. Tours both days will occur between
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop by and view the facilities,
ask questions and meet the Police and Fire
Command Staff.

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Saturday, February 28
The Supervisors of the Checklist will
be in session from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
on the lower level of the Municipal Office
Building. Residents of Salem may register to vote,
make changes or corrections to their existing data,
or switch their party affiliation at these sessions.
Perspective new voters need to be 18 years of age.
A picture ID and proof of domicile is requires. (A
drivers license is acceptable.) Naturalized citizens
must show a passport or documented citizenship
papers. In order to participate in the upcoming
Town Election on March 10, a resident must
be registered 10 days or more beforehand. No
additions or corrections will be accepted after this
session. Residents may also register to vote with
the Town Clerk at anytime during regular office
hours through Feb. 27. Copies of the current voter
checklist are available to view at the reference
desk at the Kelley Library and at the Town Clerks
office.

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Monday, February 23 thru Friday,


February 27
Winter Vacation for Salem School
District

Wednesday February 25
Kelley Book Group. This months book
is Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled
Hosseini. Copies of the book are available
at the library. This Book Group meets
monthly on the last Wednesday of the month,
and is facilitated by Joan Fardella. 7 to 8:30
p.m. Contact Audrey LaRoche at 898-7064 or
alaroche@kelleylibrary.org.

5th

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Sunday, March 1
On the first Sunday of each month, at
St. Joseph Church, join us as we Sing and
Shout at 6:30 p.m. after the 5 p.m. Mass
for Adoration. Night of Praise, Music and
Adoration.

Monday, March 9
ServiceLink Resource Center of
Rockingham County is offering a New to
Medicare Workshop on from 1:30 to 4
p.m. at the Kelley Library, Beshara Room,
located at 234 Main St., Salem. If you are new
to Medicare, or will be in the next few months,
this is the workshop for you! This workshop will
review the basics of Medicare Part A and Part
B, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare
Supplemental Plans, Medicare Advantage, and
Preventing Medicare Fraud and Abuse. Space is
limited; call ServiceLink at 893-9769 for more
information and to reserve your seat.

9th

February

Monday, March 9 thru


Thursday, March 12
Deacon Jay Cormier will lead a four-day
parish retreat during the third week of Lent.
The retreat program will take place at 7:15
a.m. at St. Joseph Church, and be repeated
that evening at 7 p.m. at Mary Queen of
Peace Church.

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Tuesday, March 10
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at
five polling places: Fisk School, Soule
School, Barron School, Senior Center
and North Salem School.

Sunday, March 15
Special Olympic Devils:
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Special Olympic NH Regional
Basketball Assessment will be held
at Salem High School. The Recreation
Department is looking for volunteers to help
officiate, keep score, and provide directions.
Contact the Rec. Dept. at 890-2140 if you are
interested in helping out.

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Saturday, March 21
Luke Latino is a Boy Scout with Troop
st
409 in Salem and is working to achieve
the rank of Eagle. He needs to complete
a community service project and raise
funds to pay for the project. He will replace the
school sign at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School
in Salem, a much needed project. We hope you
can support his efforts to complete his project.
We invite you to attend his Pasta Dinner at St.
Josephs Gym today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. If you are
unable to attend, due to distance or scheduling,
the letter includes other ways you can support his
project through advertisements, table sponsors, or
donations. I am also selling advertisements on the
placemats that will be seen by all attendees on the
night of the dinner. For more information contact
Luke at luketroop409@gmail.com.

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Saturday, March 28
The Homeland Heroes Foundation will
th hold a 1950s Spring Fling dinner dance,
featuring The Reminsants, Bostons Best
Oldies Band, 6 to 11 p.m. at the Atkinson
Country Club. Join us for a fun filled night
and a great cause! Prize Wheel, Silent Auction,
raffles and more. $55 per person. Tickets must
be purchased prior to the event. Buy tickets at
homelandheroesfoundation.org or call (617)
910-6948. Proceeds to benefit soldiers and their
families.

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Elk of the Year


Woody Daugherty Honored
submitted by Louise Landry,
Derry Salem Elks
The Derry Salem Elks annually picks
a member who volunteers above and
beyond to honor as Elk of the Year.
On Feb. 7 the Elks honored Woody
Daugherty, who has been an Elk for
16 years. His accomplishments have
included running the committee for the
Christmas food baskets. This year 110
needy families received two baskets of
food for a complete turkey dinner and
other staples. In addition, Daugherty
has also helped with the Elks telephone
and computer systems when there are
problems; he also flips burgers for the
Kidfest and K Ride for a Cure and helps
out on many other things when needed
around the lodge. Woody is a true Elk
who shows what Elkdom is all about.

Woody Daugherty was named Elk of the Year.

$400K in Cuts
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Campbell said high school enrollment had
working hard to keep tax impacts minimal and
dropped about 130 students and felt the cost
seek savings for taxpayers.
We are taking the impact of our budget on the
decreases didnt follow enrollment.
tax rate very cautiously, he said.
School board member Bernard Campbell
said the staffing decisions should be left to staff,
Voters approved the amendment, and the article
and student-to-teacher ratios are not a direct
was moved to the ballot to be voted upon in
correlation.
March.
Campbell said a band class could have 70
students and only one teacher,
while Advanced Placement
courses might only have 12
students.
I believe that the school board
in supporting the administration
should be given the opportunity
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Re-Elect Huard and


Gain Bipartisan Approach
My name is Paul Huard and I am, once again,
a candidate for the Salem Budget Committee. I
am originally from Manchester. I received a
bachelors and masters degree from Keene State
College. I started teaching in Hillsboro. When
conditions became unbearable, I searched for
a new opportunity. Salem offered one, and my
wife, Kathy, and I fell in love with the town. It
became the perfect place for my daughters,
Rebecca and Amy. We have been extremely
satisfied with what the town has given us. The
town is vibrant, safe, affordable, and provides
great opportunities.
I spent 36 years as a teacher, advisor, and
actively served the community and state. I spent
43 years as an official in several sports. I served
on the Executive Board for Boys Basketball and
as President and Treasurer of NH Track Officials.
My largest contribution to Salem was working for
students. As class advisor to seven classes, the
National Honor Society, Yearbook, and Organizer
to the SHS Faculty Scholarship Plays, I believe
that my work helped students in positive ways.
My work for Dollars for Scholars and Trust Fund
Trustee since 1988, and the work of others, helped
us distribute over a million dollars to graduates. I
currently serve as JP and Bail Commissioner for
the 10th District Court.
My reason for running is I believe that I still
have something to offer. I am not political and I
despise partisanship voting. Look at Washington,
at New Hampshire, and then at Salem. We have

amazing people who work together for us not


parties! Since selected, then elected and reelected to serve on the Budget Committee, I have
learned much. Despite the critics, things are
improving. Our town continues to grow, despite
setbacks. We have mortgage and unemployment
problems, but we also have one of the lowest tax
rates in southern New Hampshire. We have fixed
roads, bridges and schools. Salem once again is
vibrant and growing. New construction continues
to add to the tax base.
We have to make decisions with common
sense. Unions, town and school officials worked
hard to be fair while trying to save money. We
need to take care of many groups and issues: our
elderly, our children, struggling families, safety on
our streets, replacing deteriorating structures, and
attracting people to Salem. Salem has worked
hard to do well for its citizens. Salem is safe with
dedicated employees working hard to protect us,
educate us, and make our streets safe. Salem is
not a silver lining but its not a dark cloud
either, as some project. You cant fix broken with
a No!
I make no promises except to work hard. The
primary responsibility for making Salem work,
however, belongs to the School Board and the
Selectmen. I have served with people who are
committed to the taxpayers of Salem. I hope you
will give me another chance to serve. Whatever
your decision, I hope that you will vote and
support the community.

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The Word Around Town...


Letters to our Editor

We Want to do it the Right Way


The debate is not whether the farmers market is
important to many local citizens or is beneficial to the
community. The debate is not whether good quality
food makes a difference in someones overall health or
if the farmers market supports local commerce and is
good for the local economy. While many believe that
all of the above are true, not everyone may feel the
same way. But thats not the issue at hand. Today the
issue is a Citizens Petition which will appear on the
Salem town ballot on March 10. Article 5 pertains to
allowing the Salem NH Farmers Market (SNHFM) or
any non-profit organization in town that has weekly
events to post signs that day for the purpose of directing
interested townsfolk to where and when the event is
taking place.
Many people who shop at the farmers market in
the summer months may not even know that the
farmers market in Salem is actually open year-round.
Or that SNHFM is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit
organization. But what would help to bring awareness
to the farmers market would be to allow the market
to post signs each week. I understand that many of
you have concerns about all the signs littering our
community, but that is not what Article 5 is all about.
Article 5 is really just an amendment to a current sign
ordinance and it is confusing. It would actually only
allow the farmers market or any non-profit organization
that holds weekly events to post signs on the day of an
event. Thats it, only one day a week!
The Salem NH Farmers Market wants to do it the
right way. We dont want to put signs up illegally like
many of the other signs you see all over town. We are
asking the citizens of Salem to allow us the privilege of
posting signs once a week and we hope you will support
us.
As Co-president of the Salem NH Farmers Market
Board of Directors I humbly ask you to vote Yes on
Article 5 on March 10.
Kay Barretto, Salem

Get it Right for Salem


with Keith Belair
My name is Keith Belair and I am a candidate for one
of the two open seats on the Planning Board. I am 53
years old and a life-long Salem resident and Salem High
School graduate.
After serving four years in the U.S. Army, I spent
twenty years in the home building business in Greater
Salem. For the past twelve years, I have owned and
operated More Space Place, a franchise of a national
Murphy bed retailer, located on South Broadway, with
warehouse facilities on Industrial Way. I am a former
Chairman of the Board of the Greater Salem Chamber

of Commerce, and currently serve as a Chamber


director. I also served as President of the Salem
Contractors Association. I live on Galway Lane with
my wife Lynn. I have three grown children, Matthew,
Eric and Stephanie.
With the decreasing amount of land available for
large scale residential subdivisions, the future of Salems
development is shifting toward the redevelopment
of our commercial properties. The prospect of a
major project at Rockingham Park and the continued
improvements in the Depot area make this a
challenging time to be part of the process of working
with businesses willing to invest in Salem and to rebuild
our commercial base and provide quality jobs for our
residents. The increased value in our commercial
properties can lower the tax rate for residents. It is also
a crucial time for the future of Salem and our towns
appearance for the next couple of generations. We must
get it right for Salem and for our children.
I would appreciate your vote on March 10. Thank
you.
Keith Belair, Salem

Support Paul Huard


for Budget Committee
I am writing to ask for your support of Paul Huard to
the Municipal Budget Committee in Salem, NH. Paul
has been a resident of our community for over 40 years.
It is here that he and his wife, Kathy, decided to raise
their two daughters. Over the years, Paul has been very
active in state, town, and school district organizations:
Dollars for Scholars, Bail Commission, Track and Field
Association, to name a few. Thus, I see Mr. Huard as an
individual who deeply cares about his community.
As a Budget Committee member, Mr. Huard brings
his many experiences to the process. He gathers the
information needed to make decisions through thoughtprovoking questions. He reviews additional materials as
needed. His decisions are based on what is best for this
community. Further, he is not afraid to stand for what
he believes. He is a reasonable voice for the people of
Salem.
On March 10, I ask that you please support Paul
Huard for the Municipal Budget Committee.
Patricia Corbett, Salem

Making his Vote Count


on Three Initiatives
There are three initiatives I am supporting.
Lets get the Safety Complex built (Yes on 7). Its
extremely overdue, and you wont see a better plan.
And then lets learn from history so we arent doomed
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the growing town of Salem. Unfortunately, we as a
community never put together a plan to update the
buildings on a rolling schedule, rather we left them
to deteriorate until we have to rebuild them all at the
same time. As a town, lets set a schedule that has us
rebuilding and paying for our infrastructure on a more
affordable timetable. Our children and grandchildren
will thank us for it.
Salem has a new bright spot the Farmers Market,
which is a 502(c) charity. Farmers Markets bring
community to every town who hosts one, and ours is
no exception. Unfortunately our Farmers Market has
highlighted the Selectmans inability to articulate a sign
ordinance that works for us, the residents of Salem.
This is why I am supporting the citizens petition which
allows for directional signs to be placed six hours before
the market on Sunday mornings, and requires them to
be taken down within 6 hours after the market.
I am also voting yes on article 25 to help fund
Salem Family Resources, Success by 6. Lets support the
next generation.
Finally my thanks go out to our DPW. You have
kept the roads clear during a very challenging month.
Larry Disenhof, Salem

Testimony for the


Boys & Girls Club
My name is Kathy Graziano and I have been a Salem
resident for 17 years. I feel lucky as a resident to have
the Boys and Girls Club as part of our community.
My children have been members there for many years.
The club offers so much for young children and teens.
They love the club. My son has made many friends
throughout the years and those friendships have grown
because of one common factor; the Boys & Girls Club.
The staff is a great group. They are approachable and
friendly. You can see when you walk in the doors how
much they care about the children. I know that when
my children go to the club whether it be for after school
care or for other activities such as the sports program
they are safe and will have fun.
Im asking the people of Salem to vote Yes on Article
21 which helps the Boys and Girls Club. The funding
the will receive can help them continue to service the
young people in our community. The club is able to
help many families by offering children a safe place
to go after school and during vacations. They have
so much to offer such as homework club, art, sports
recreation, summer camp and character development
just to name a few. Please help the Boys and Girls Club
and our community and vote Yes on Article 21. It will
be money well spent.
Kathy Graziano, Salem

Vote Yes to the


Salem Safety Complex
Since most of us were little kids, and through all the
years that have passed by up to whatever age were at
now, its a safe bet that if we were asked Hey, do you
support the local fire and police departments? the
answer would be a resounding Yes! And this would
probably be true whether or not you had that popular
dream back then to BE one of that respected number
when you grew up.
Well, on Tuesday, March 10, we present-day adults
have a chance to prove our loyalty, in the voting booth,
to all those hard working professionals. The Salem
Safety Complex will be Article 7 on your ballot, and
entails the merging of the police station on Veterans
Memorial Parkway with the Central Fire Station on
Main Street, with the complex being located where
the police station is now. Like the two school projects
of the last couple of years this endeavor has been long
overdue for both structures.
The two buildings were constructed in 1966, and by
now have all the problems that our own homes would
have if theyd received the scant amount of upkeep
theyve had over that period. The fire barn actually
contains no sprinkling system, isnt handicap accessible,
and would fail any federal ADA inspection. Their
ladder truck actually has to be housed at the South
Station, as its too long for the Central. Much of their
other apparatus and supplies are also located elsewhere
due to lack of room. There are several holes in some of
the office floors, some of which the fire staff cover with
pieces of tile.
In 2014 the station received over 36,000 phone
calls into dispatch, handled almost 5,000 emergency
incidents, and over 2,400 emergency hospital
transports. Firemen perform many more duties
than just what their name entails, including EMT
responsibilities and assisting the police, making their
having to operate out of structures made 50 years
ago for a far smaller staff extremely unwieldy, and
oftentimes actually dangerous.
Like everywhere across America the local population
has exploded in Salem since these structures were built.
We had a total of 12 sworn police officers working
out of Veterans Parkway at that time: we now number
62 full-time men and women, as well as 22 part-time
police and 19 ancillary employees. They handled a total
of over 35,000 incidents last year ranging from over
2,000 arrests, hundreds of shopliftings and drug ODs,
burglaries, assaults, etc. Most of their lockup guests
have to be transferred to the Rockingham County Jail
due to the small prison space at Veterans Parkway.

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And one more ridiculous space problem remains the


incredible fact that most of their legal records are
stored outside in an adjacent shed. And unfortunately
omnipresent mold is an ongoing problem at both
locations.
The cost to taxpayers for the completed complex
would total $21.8 million, after allowing for $1.65
million in funds that are already earmarked for the
project. The total cost to homeowners based on a
$250,000 property assessment would be $114 annually
to start, decreasing as the 20-year bond period goes on
to just $79 in final year 20. Almost $700,000 would
also be saved by its passage, as already-approved plans
to relocate various police and fire equipment as well as
an upcoming Environmental Services fee of $234,000
would be negated.
Analogous to the current Red Line MBTA train
breakdown problems down in Boston, highlighted
during our recent nightmarish two-week snow siege
due to their lack of upkeep, insufficient ameliorations
over the past five decades along with Salems increased
population and higher number of fire/police employees
has made the proposed Safety Complex a timely and
necessary upgrade. For the sake of the true heroes in
our midst who are entrusted with the most physically
and mentally-challenging jobs around, lets vote Yes
on Article 7 and bring Salems most important safety
bastions into the 21st century.
William F. Klessens, Salem

Recalling Humble Beginnings


of Copper Cannon Camp
In New Hampshire there are many non-profits
that do wonderful things for our local communities
and the Granite State. One of those organizations
is Copper Cannon Camp, a 501(c)3 located in the
White Mountains. For over 50 summers, Copper
Cannon Camp has been providing a free summer camp
experience to low-income youth from throughout the
state.
In 1963, Hamilton Ford decided it was time to give
back for what he had received as a child and began
Copper Cannon. At 10 years old, Ham and his family
were invited to a two week fresh air family camp
in Minnesota. As Ham remembered, it was a time
to experience three meals a day, a chance for mother
to smile and through this, Ham was changed. He
started bringing up children from orphanages to his ski
lodge during the summer months. Over the years, the
Copper Cannon program has served over 21,000 youth.
Since 1969, Copper Cannon Camp has been the
major project for the New Hampshire Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks. Elks lodges help recruit youth
for the program, provide transportation to Copper
Cannon and many help make certain a child has a
sleeping bag or water bottle.
From its humble beginnings in the yard of Ham
Fords ski lodge outside of Franconia, Copper Cannon
has grown while still maintaining its original intention
of providing low-income children with a free camp
experience. It does this through the generosity of
donors from throughout the state. Their 43rd annual
auction is fast approaching on Saturday, March 7, at the
Littleton Elks and I highly recommend supporting such
a unique and wonderful cause.
If people would like to find out more about Copper
Cannon Camp, their website is www.coppercannon.org.
Louise Landry, Derry Salem Elks, Salem

Support Those who Keep us Safe


Citizens of Salem have the opportunity this March
to support our local Police and Fire Departments. The
Police Department building is in serious disrepair,
unhealthy, and unsafe. There are questions whether the
Police Station could pass a building code inspection.
The Fire Department building on Main Street is
also sub standard and inadequate. Inaction will cost
Salem residents millions more in just a few years due
to building materials increase in cost as well as the
opportunity to lock in historically low-interest rates on
bonds. I will be supporting the new Safety complex as
well as the other warrant articles concerning the Police
and Fire Departments. Please support those who work
every day to keep us safe.

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This town has a history of saying no. Not just to
the big projects but to increasing annual budgets to
allow for upgrades and maintenance to town facilities
or to anything that will increase the tax rate. There are
times when it is appropriate to say no. There are times
when we need to evaluate our priorities and listen to the
reasonable arguments about why it may not be timely to
do something or when more time needs to be put forth
examining other options. I do not believe this is not
one of those times. The amount of time and diligence
spent by many members of our community on options
for a comprehensive plan, researching those options and
crunching the numbers over the past two years speaks
for itself.
It seems as though everything is coming at us at once
but this is what happens when the voters continually
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The mountains of snow were put to good use as the Salem Girl Scouts
enjoyed their annual Winterfest at Camp Lincoln in Kingston on Saturday,
Jan. 31. The camp had three hills open for sledding and several groups
ventured out for a snow shoe hike around and over the frozen pond.
Some girls worked on snow forts and made real snow cones. In between
activities, the Scouts and
their leaders enjoyed
snacks and cocoa by the
fire in the camps main
lodge.

Elizabeth Jackson helps a friend get her snow shoes on.

Vanessa Ventulo leads a line of hikers up a hill.

More Letters to our Editor


continued from page 4
public facilities in this town are in the condition
they are is because of our unwillingness to say
yes. We hear from many of our elected officials,
consistently, that the tax payers cannot afford
increases to the tax rate. That a certain plan
cannot be supported because it is too costly, or
not enough research is done or any number of
the same old tired mantras. But the nos mean
that needed repairs and upgrades dont get done
and the conditions dont miraculously go away,
they just continue to get worse.
Each time we say no we are forced to bring
the issue up further down the road and the cost
for the same types of repairs have increased. At
some point, there has to be a time to say yes.
There is never a good time to spend the
significant amount of money we are talking
about. There will always be some legitimate
argument as to why now might not be the time
for renovations or a new facility. I would submit
to my fellow citizens and this board of elected
officials that now is the time to say yes.
Over the past few weeks I have heard
comments from residents in town and from
board members here last night asking why we
have to spend $23 million, why cant we just
spent a few million.
The time for piece meal repairs to the police
and fire station has passed. As a taxpayer I say
no to the continued flushing of my hard earned
money down the toilet for band aid repairs. The
band aid needs to be ripped off.
It is time to say Yes.
It is time to say Yes, we care about our town;
It is time to say Yes we care about our
employees and our residents safety;
It is time to say, Yes we care enough to bite
the bullet and get done what needs to get done
before the costs escalate yet again; it is time to
say Yes to the future of Salem; it is time to say
Yes to Salem Pride
Melissa Sorcinelli, Salem

Think Before You Write


To my critics in the paper I wish to say
thanks for revealing your ignorance. Clearly,
these ideologues believe the propaganda they
are shoveled by Rather, Williams, the Clintons,
and Obama, all proven or admitted liars. To
these people, facts mean nothing, only their
unsupported opinions are real. Fortunately,
I learned how to research and to build an
argument predicated upon factual evidence.
The fundamental cause of the 2008 economic
collapse was unpaid mortgages mandated
by Democrat Congress passed law. The
Community Reinvestment Act 1977, passed by
a Democratic Congress and signed by Carter,
was noble in its cause to enable minorities the
ability to get mortgages. It was a guideline until
Clintons HUD created regulations mandating
banks to extend credit without being assured
the creditor could actually pay using newly
developed mortgage vehicles and minimized
down payments.
These new regulations issued in 1995
required the use of innovative or flexible
lending practices to address credit needs of
Low Moderate Income (LMI) borrowers and
neighborhoods. The liberal bible NY Times itself
reported in 1999 that Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac were under pressure from the Clinton
administration to increase lending to LMI
home buyers - a policy that necessarily entailed
booking mortgages with unacceptably high risks.
Banks responded to this new accountability by
increasing the CRA loans they made by relaxing
lending standards. The reason was a threat
from the Federal regulators (union bureaucrats)
that non-compliant banks couldnt merge or
be merged into other banks unless a significant
percentage of their loans were given to minorities
with minimized income. That, along with
bundling these risky mortgages for investors,
created the mortgage bubble. Unionized
government bureaucrats are permanent and span
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the majority are Democrats only adds to the
argument.
The biggest mistruth was spoken this week
by revisionist Obama who, at a prayer breakfast,
spewed an alternate version of history to criticize
America and the Judeo-Christian ethic that built
the success of the West since the Renaissance.
He said for Americans not to get on [their] high
horse against radical Islam due to the Crusades,
the Inquisition, Slavery and Jim Crow laws.
Fact is, in 1095 the Pope called on Western
Christians to take up arms in order to aid the
Byzantine Christians and recapture the Holy
Land from Muslims after their initial jihad
invasion. The actions during every war often
include atrocities not condoned by society or the
army. In the West perpetrators of such atrocities,
when discovered, are prosecuted. Clearly, this is
not the case for the current Islamic Jihadists.
Slavery has been used since man was on the
planet and still occurs today in some third world
and Islamic countries. I find it interesting how
black activists re-write history of the US to
denigrate our society. Many of our Founding
Fathers, while owning slaves on their plantations,
freed them when they died. Christians were
the abolitionists who campaigned for decades
throughout the West to eliminate slavery. It was
a Republican President who killed slavery in the
US. It was Southern Democrats who passed
and enforced Jim Crow Laws. Reverend Martin
Luther King Jr. was a Republican and his core
leadership group were real Christian Reverends
with actual churches and congregations unlike
the poser Reverends Sharpton and Jackson who
essentially use racial blackmail to make money.
Fact is, without Republican votes, the Southern
Democrats would have defeated the Civil Rights
Act.
Those are facts. I have all the references for
this article so feel free to request them.

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new Premium Tax Credit (PTC). When taxpayers enrolled for a plan
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company to lower their premiums or claim all of the benefit when they
filed their returns. You must file a tax return to claim this credit, or if
you received advance credit payments to offset your premiums
throughout the year, you must file to reconcile these advance payments
with the actual amount allowed. Since income was estimated at the
time of sign up for these plans, taxpayers must now calculate the actual
credit allowed for the year based upon the income received on the tax
return. If excess payments were received during the year, the excess
amount will need to be added to the tax liability on the return and be
repaid.
Taxpayers are allowed a premium tax credit if they meet the following criteria: 1) The taxpayer, spouse or dependents were enrolled at
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are considered to be covered for a month in a MEC if you were
enrolled and entitled to receive benefits for at least one day during that
month), 2) one or more of these individuals were NOT eligible for
another MEC (such as through your employer) during the time enrolled
in the Marketplace 3) and the taxpayer is an applicable taxpayer. (You
are an applicable taxpayer if your household income is at least 100%
but not more than 400% of the federal poverty line (FPL) for your
family size. If married, you file a joint return with your spouse, unless
you are considered "unmarried" for the Head of Household filing
status. You cannot be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.)
The Federal Poverty Line (FPL) is determined, adjusted for inflation,
and published at the beginning of each year by the US Dept. of Health
and Human Services (HHS). It is based upon family size. The Premium
Tax Credit for 2014 is based upon the 2013 FPL that was available
when enrollment started in 2013. ( I have published a link at our
website to view these tables)
The taxpayer's household income is the modified adjusted gross
income (MAGI) of the taxpayer, spouse if married filing a joint return
and all dependents listed on the taxpayers return who are required to
file a federal return for the year. MAGI for purposes of the Premium Tax
Credit, is the adjusted gross income on the return (AGI) plus any
excluded foreign income, nontaxable social security benefits including
tier 1 railroad retirement benefits (not SSI), and any tax exempt interest.
A taxpayer is allowed a PTC only for months that a member of his
(her) family was enrolled in a plan through the Marketplace and not
eligible for another MEC from any other source. This includes eligibility
for Medicaid, Medicare or other government sponsored programs. The
taxpayer, spouse and others for whom the taxpayer claims a personal
exemption on the return, meeting these 2 requirements are part of the
taxpayers "coverage family".
Taxpayers who purchased their MEC through the Marketplace, will
receive a Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.
The information on the form includes monthly premiums applicable
to the SLCSP used to compute the credit, the total monthly premium
paid for the coverage of all family members, the amount of advance
credit payments and the SSN, names of all covered individuals, and
other required information. (The SLCSP is the second lowest cost silver
plan offered by the Marketplace. The Marketplace offers Bronze, Silver
Gold and Platinum)
This information must be entered into the new Form 8962 Premium
Tax Credit. Since a taxpayer's MEC is considered on a month by month
basis, then the Form 1095-A and Form 8962 is broken down into
monthly segments. If plans change, family members change throughout
the year or the MEC is not met during any part of the year, then the
PTC can only be calculated on a month to month basis and then
totaled to determine the credit for the year. If taxpayers are enrolled in
the same qualified plan for all 12 months and if their SLCSP does not
change, then a single annual calculation can be completed. Taxpayers
must wait to receive their 1095-A before attempting to complete their
2014 income tax return so that Form 8962 can be completed.

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The proposed Salem Safety Complex will include a
unified command room that houses both the police and fire
departments call takers and dispatchers.
Currently, each department houses their own dispatch
stations.
The benefit of combining these departments into
one room is all about speed of communications.
The unification of the command rooms will cause a
reduction in personnel. There will be minimal overlap in
responsibilities of all the staff members who work in the
command room.
The overlap will come mostly with walk-up traffic to
the stations customer service window. Both departments
consider themselves a customer service organization.
Citizens often come to the fire department dispatch
window to find out about outside fire permits, home /
business alarm permits, and for directions around town. The police
dispatchers often have walk-ups looking for forms for gun permits, to
file reports of crimes, to speak to an officer, and many other issues.
Both departments dispatchers are highly specialized. Each
speaks a specific language, each has his or her own priorities, and
each responds differently to calls. Each department utilizes unique
computer-aided dispatch/records management systems.
In 2013, the Salem Police had 33,968 calls for service and lobby
calls totaled 13,969. In 2013, the Salem Fire Department responded
to 4,556 emergency incidents. The dispatch office can receive as
many as 300 calls a day to the business line with dozens of people
coming up to the walk-up window. The fire dispatch is most often
staffed by one person. Both stations are staffed on a 24/7 basis.
As Fire Lieutenant Enos puts it, the dispatch office often goes from
zero to hero.
When a citizen dials 9-1-1, the 9-1-1 dispatcher in Concord,
N.H., connects the caller to both the police and the fire call takers.

Artists conception of a modern unified command center, such as that being proposed in Salem.
Pictured at left: The current Salem Fire Department dispatch center where one
dispatcher operates all of the computers and phones.
If one of the departments is not needed that dispatcher
a weather event, such as a flood, call volume often necessitates
will drop off the call.
additional communications staff for both agencies. This new facility
Currently, if a situation escalates, the dispatchers will need to
would provide the resources necessary to manage these events
make a phone call to the other department. With both departments
efficiently. Although at this time additional on-duty staff is not
in the same room, each will hear what is going on and be able to
proposed, many occurrences require additional staff to handle the
respond much faster.
emergencies in the same manner as response personnel.
In the case of a fire or an injured person, seconds do count.
Today, if needed, the Emergency Operations Center would be
The proposed unified command center may seem like an
set up behind the central station in a mobile unit. This requires
oversized feature. However, currently as many as six officials staff
getting the unit to Salem and connecting the unit to the fire and
the two dispatch centers. This includes a shift commander for the
police departments. All this takes time and resources away from the
police department and a communications supervisor for the fire
emergency.
department.
When the Emergency Operations Center is opened and operated
The new center would be constructed with infrastructure
with full staffing, representatives will be there from the entire town:
(furniture, cabling, servers, switching, etc.) for eight communications
fire, police, Department of Public Works, water, finance, building
positions, four each for Fire and Police. However, only six of the
department, town manager and various agencies, like the American
positions will be fully built allowing for future expansion.
Red Cross and others. When operational it would function as a
According to Fire Marshal Jeffrey Emanuelson, during large-scale
town-wide command post.
incidents or an Emergency Operations Center activation due to

Former Coke Plant Seeks Retail, Office Tenants

by Jay Hobson
The owner of the former Coca~Cola Bottling
plant on Broadway that has been empty and idle
for several years is seeking retail and office tenants
since a planned used car dealership was scrapped.
I knew I had to remodel it and do some work
on it to get anybody interested in it. As it existed
I could not get anybody to even look at it, owner
Joseph Scott said at last weeks Salem Planning
Board meeting.
Scott said that he redid the parking lot the
way the planning board suggested, and Planning
Director Ross Moldoff said that unknown to a
lot of people, there are actually two driveways
entering the property, one which had been closed
off that he has now reopened.
Scott said the property has a name of Old
Cola Plaza. He said that the former owners

of the Coke plant would not allow the use of


the Coca~Cola name such as Old Coca~ Cola
Plaza.
Scott said that there is 30,000 square feet for
retail space, 18,000 square feet for office space
and 18,000 square feet for warehouse space.
Board member Paul Pelletier asked Scott why a
beautiful tree had been taken down, and Scott
said that the tree was dying and that he didnt want
branches falling on people.
The last thing I need is to get sued for $10
million because of a dying tree, Scott said.
Moldoff said that there were actually two lots
that would be consolidated and that there would
be signs that were planned to be added that would
need future planning board consideration.
Its a big improvement over what was there,
Moldoff said. The fact that they tore down a

portion of the building that was old and didnt fit


in, and the fact that theyve upgraded the faade
is a big improvement. The key issue is traffic
and there has been a traffic study and its being
reviewed by our traffic consultant.
Scott said that the garage doors around the
building would probably be removed depending
on the tenants he gets and that would be an easy
renovation.
He said that the retail space would be accessed
by entering from the outside and that an internal
corridor will be used for deliveries.
Scott also said that the first tenant is someone
who wants the second-floor office space.
I would have thought that that would have
been the last space I leased, and the retail the first,
but it looks like itll be the other way around,
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Salem Community Patriot | February 20, 2015 - 7

BAE Systems Marks 2nd Decade of Women in Technology


for Aspiring Young Engineers
high school females have graduated from our WiT programs across
the three BAE Systems sites. Our primary goal is to help these young
women focus on what they want to do when they get into college.
Pelletier said WiT started with six students but now has 18
students per year in New Hampshire, selected from up to 50
applicants. The program has also expanded to BAE Systems sites in
Manassas, Va., and Greenlawn, N.Y. now in their 18th and second
years, respectively.

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Eighteen promising future technical experts from New Hampshire
high schools graduated today from BAE Systems 20th annual
Women in Technology New Hampshire program. The WiT program
is a collaborative effort between local high schools and global
aerospace, security and defense company BAE Systems, giving
female students in New Hampshire who have an aptitude in math
and science a practical opportunity to explore careers in various
technical disciplines.
Through WiT, female students in their junior and senior years of
high school visit BAE Systems at least once a week for 16 weeks to
participate in hands-on engineering modules and to be mentored
by technical experts who share their knowledge and provide
encouragement and guidance toward pursuing an engineering
career. During their time at BAE Systems, students are exposed to
several aspects of engineering by participating in various technical
rotations such as software, mechanical and microwave engineering,
as well as signal processing and engineering manufacturing.
At this years graduation, students shared what they have learned
throughout the WiT program and what they will take away from
the experience. Going in to this I had no idea what I wanted to
do, said Emma Danielson, one of this years WiT graduates and a
student at Goffstown High School. There are so many different
areas of engineering and this helped me understand what it is and
what it would entail if I chose it as my career path. This showed me
engineering can be fun.
Emilyann Nault, another 2015 WiT graduate and a student at
Salem High School, added what she found appealing about a career
in engineering. I would love to travel and I found out through
BAE that engineers can go all over the place to test products they
are working on I didnt realize that electrical engineers had those
opportunities to travel and work as a team, she said.
Each was recognized with a certificate of completion. Previous
WiT graduates have continued on to pursue degrees in science,

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Women in Technology encouraged me to explore a wide
variety of engineering careers, said a former WiT graduate, Kristen
Altvater, now a mechanical engineer for BAE Systems. It opened
my eyes to the vastness of the STEM field, and I found it inspiring to
see engineers - regardless of gender - working together across the
disciplines to create products that make a difference in our country,
community, and in the world. Altvater is a graduate of Londonderry
High School and joined BAE Systems full time in 2013.
The Women in Technology Program gave me the unique
opportunity to learn about engineering from BAE Systems engineers
while I was still in high school. The program introduced me to
engineering concepts in electrical, mechanical and software
engineering. Because of the learning experiences and knowledge
that I gained through participation in the WIT program, I was
confident that pursuing an electrical engineering degree was the
right decision upon graduation from high school, said Courtney
Ross, a WiT alum who graduated from Nashua High School South in
2009 and is now an electrical engineer at BAE Systems.
Congresswoman Anne Kuster, a member of the STEM caucus on
Capitol Hill, was in attendance and congratulated the graduates
on their achievement. I am so impressed by the ideas and the
innovation happening here in New Hampshire. We need a 21st
century work force young people who have the engineering
and technical skills to fill jobs in New Hampshire, she said.
Congratulations and thank you to the mentors for taking time out
of your busy lives and careers to guide and inspire these young
women.
When Sandi Pelletier, a founding member of the WiT program,
began working at BAE Systems 40 years ago as an assembler, few
female engineers were in the industry. If I think back to when
I first started, there really were no women in engineering at all.
Fortunately, thats changed, said Pelletier. Since 1995, almost 600

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School News
8 - February 20, 2015 | Salem Community Patriot

by Paula Faist MS, LSW, Silverthorne Adult Day Center


Can you tell me the difference between a senior center and adult
day center?
I asked Patti Drelick, director of Salem Senior Services, to help
respond to this question.
Pattie reports that Salem Senior Services is a department of the
Town of Salem, located at the Ingram Senior Center. The mission of
Salem Senior Services is to assist the Town of Salems senior citizens
in maintaining self-sufficiency in their homes; acquaint them with
local, county, state and federal programs; increase their opportunities
to interact in the community; and provide them with a multi-purpose
center that fosters mental, physical, social and nutritional wellbeing in a
wholesome
environment.
Silverthorne
is a private
non-profit
center located
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Home. Silverthorne is committed to being the provider of choice
by setting the standard for excellence in regards to service and
clinical care for seniors and their family members. Silverthorne is
licensed through the Department of Health and Human Services as a
medical adult day program. As a licensed program through DHHS,
Silverthorne is required to have medical staff on duty. This includes
a registered nurse, as well as licensed nurse aides. Silverthorne is
also staffed with activity personnel and a social worker. With all the
trained, educated staff on site, Silverthorne is able to care for seniors
with cognitive and physical ailments, all the while, offering support to
family members as well. This is the main difference between the two
centers. Salem Senior Services does not have the staff to offer direct
assistance that may be needed to those seniors with various diagnoses
or limitations, for example, strokes, Alzheimers, Parkinson, etc. If
assistance with activities of daily living is needed, then staff at the
medical day center is available to provide this necessary care but staff
at the senior center is not able.
Salem Senior Center is open to seniors 60 years of age or older who
are fully capable of taking care of themselves. Silverthorne is licensed
to care for individuals 18 years or older.
Both centers are open Monday through Friday. Silverthorne is
open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Senior Center is open Monday through
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m.
Both centers offer socialization, which is essential in maintaining
a good quality of life. At the Ingram Center, certified instructors and/
or trained volunteers lead the more than 200 exercise, education and
wellness program options. These same types of services are offered
at the medical day through the staff on duty. Lunch is provided by
Rockingham Nutrition Program at the senior center. A light breakfast,
huge lunch provided by Salemhaven Nursing Home and a snack are
served at the medical day center.
For more information about the Senior Center, you can call 8902190 or visit their website at townofsalemnh.org.
I can be reached at 893-4799 and Silverthornes website is
silverthorneadultday.org.

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Association and program director of Silverthorne Adult Day Center.
Please continue sending questions to paula@areanewsgroup.com.

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This was a very special week at North Salem School as it was our
Character Counts Spirit Week. Each day of the week students and
staff focused on one of five traits with fun activities and by wearing
the appropriate trait color to school.
Monday Focus on Caring. We wore red and took part in
Mix it Up Monday. Students sat with students from different
classrooms at lunch to get to know them better.
Tuesday Focus on Fairness. We wore orange and Panther
Pals played a variety of games together.
Wednesday Focus on Responsibility. We wore green and
students completed an act of responsibility.
Thursday Focus on Citizenship. We wore purple and
students voted on their favorite lunch dishes that will be served at a
later date. They also voted on a new school logo.
Friday Focus on Respect. Today we wore yellow and took
part in a read around where staff read to students in a different
class.
We also played Character Bingo over the intercom each day
which required students to work as a class to match 4 in a row.
Pasta Palooza was a great success! We thank McGinn Reality,
Market Basket, BJs and T-Bones Restaurant for sponsoring this fun
family event. Proceeds will go towards our Grade 5 celebration in
June. Thank you to Sandra Galvez for chairing this event.
Coming up after our winter break is our Math Fact-A-Thon.
Detailed information will be going home shortly.
Students caught displaying citizenship as part of our Character
Counts program include Damian Thornton, Alana Williams, Tommy
Porter, Zoe Bruno, Ella Paris, Avi Amin, Joelle Petkiewich, Layla
LoScuito, Madison Monahan, Jiya Amin, Drew Tremblay, Bella
Carter, Jordan Bataran, Lizzy Barry, Caroline Case, Owen Harris,
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Tashijian, Angelina Lemieux, Kara Currao, Harlee DiPetrillo,
Nick Shamma, Joe Lebbos, Milena Collins, Bryce Butler, Calvin
Maynard, Gavin Doughty, Tristan Dykes, Jack Callahan, Aidan Gill,
Joseph Goddard, Hayden Nolette, Andrew Maravelis, Angelina
McDonald, Alexia Vondrak, Sydney Eaton, Jefferson Burke, Tyler
DeVito, Anna Lemieux, Connor Doughty, Logan Smith, Leah
Moore, Charlie Goddard, Jimmy Donovan, Petra Illes, Jillian
Tarara, Mason Hill, Evelyn Rigano, Ella Berlin, Jack Richard,
Jordan Bataran, Anthony Cirella, Allison Daigle, Kayla Bernard,
Emma Powers, Shayne Santo, Brady York, Zach Burke, Josh Brady,
Connor West, Jack Maietta, Anna Hazelton, Kaley Kornacki, Alex
Hanna, Jocelyn Ortiz, Meckenzie Foley, Thomas Rabby, Cole Josey,
Cole Glynn, Liam Shpak, Alana Vondrak, Ty Tormey, Jake Dearth,
Rebecca Huyck, Ryan Moeckel, PJ Foti, Jack Oliveri, Ryan Oliveri,
Nathaniel Ayala, Emily Sennott, Joey Colecchia, Nina Moseff,
Tanner Tessier, Sean Roeger, Olivia Petersen, Connor Moore,
Sam Jones, Ava Donahue, Luke Bottomley, Hunter Glickel, Jack
Schoenrock, Dustin Merrill, Max Hathaway, Jenny Olson, Abby
Porter, Liam Hevehan and Mikayla Smith.

The Spirit of Salem Pride Reawakens


submitted by Michael
W. Delahanty, Ed.D.,
Superintendent, SAU 57
Salem residents
have long loved their
community. Generations
have carried traditions
forward and established
a fabric that forms the
Salem Pride foundation.
This spirit of pride has
reawakened during the
past several years as a
momentum of improvement
has carried forward.
The pride is evident in
commercial development
projects; perseverance
in the development and
establishment of a rail
trail; enhanced local roads
and bridges; and school
renovation projects. When
residents are proud of their community, they want to enhance the
infrastructure and ensure opportunities for residents of all ages.
Further, representatives of all ages and demographics participate.
Community is giving among each other, and the best
communities are centered on citizens and group efforts. In the
best communities, skills and resources are shared for common
purposes. Its not a few people giving a great deal but a great many
people giving something.
The words Salem Pride became more widely used during the
campaign to encourage support for a comprehensive Salem High
School renovation project. The group Strengthen our Schools was
instrumental in awakening the prideful spirit reflected in civic
engagement and community involvement. The result is remarkable
and the momentum contagious.
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The characteristics of
strong thriving communities
include the capacity
to identify problems,
establish priorities, and
act. The success of Salems
improvements these past
several years is emblematic
of such characteristics.
Community leaders and
grass roots groups such
as Strengthen our Schools
realize that improvements
are necessary for the
youngest and oldest of
Salems citizens, and they
act in those interests.
Though not an overnight
success story, Salem Pride
has been at the center of the
efforts.
A group of committed
and caring people has
carried the Salem Pride spirit forward by developing and adopting
a formal logo to reflect that spirit in graphic form. You can already
see the logo on apparel and merchandise and soon everyone will
see Salem Pride on the uniforms of high school athletes, band
members, and members of clubs and activities. Further, an online
store, established specifically for this purpose, offers Salem Pride
clothing for everyone interested in proudly proclaiming their
interest in advancing improvement efforts.
The people of this town are its greatest asset, and its greatest
asset will continue to make all the difference. Its quite all right to
feel a sense of gratification and satisfaction, even joy, at the idea of
successful community improvement actions that reflect the Salem
Pride theme. Its quite okay to wear your Salem Pride proudly.

St. Joseph Regional Catholic Marks 100th Day


with Donation to Food Pantry
submitted by Saint Joseph
Regional Catholic School
Grades Pre-K through 4 celebrated their 100th
Day of school with a math activity. Their goal
was to collect a minimum of 100 cans for the
hundredth day of school. They sorted them by size
and color. They counted the cans in groups of 10s
and then counted
the groups of 10s
together to get 100.
The children were
very excited to be a
part of this helping
project. The cans
were donated to
Saints Mary and
Josephs food pantry.

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Cooking

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Gemelli al Tegamino
Very tasty and very fun to make! Serves 4.
ingredients you will need:

Ingredients:
1 pound of Gemelli (curled twin macaroni); fresh is better
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup grated Parmigiano and Romano cheese
2 cups marinara sauce or meat sauce
Fresh parsley and fresh basil, chopped

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Thumbs up. Your vote makes a difference!


The proposed joint safety complex will help
improve safety and protect lives in Salem. The
Strengthen Our Schools board urges you to vote
yes on Article 7 March 10, to help maximize the
security of all of our children and citizens.
Thumbs up to the new proposed Salem Safety
Complex. Many town residents are unaware of
the fact that the Central Fire Station as well as the
Salem police station on Veterans Parkway are both
about 50 years old and long past being acceptable
workplaces for these professionals to do their
jobs. If you dont believe this, please stop by one
or both stations and ask for a brief tour of the
facilities: any fireman or police officer there will
be glad to oblige. The new facility would take the
place of the police station and contain brand-new
work installations for both teams. Please vote
yes for the Safety Complex on March 10!

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sacrifice family time, put on a bullet proof vest


every day. In their line of work, they put their
life on the line every day. To be denied given a
raise in unacceptable. They were denied being
given a raise because the Selectmen feel that
having a new Work Place/Safety Complex is more
important than them being given a raise. Before
the Safety Complex is approved ... you need to
approve a raise for the Police Officers. They will
be the ones working in the complex, they will be
the ones putting their lives on the line every day,
and they will be the ones protecting the streets of
Salem.

Thumbs down. Last week it was illegal to


dump snow in the harbor. Today its legal. Next
week its illegal again. They could change all
the Codes and Statutes at midnight. I could care
less. Im not a member of their legal society. I
dont have to follow their copywrited Codes
and Statutes. Im not a Code
decipherer. Im not required to
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Thumbs down on a new safety complex. We
should pay for the work done on the schools first.
Why create another tax increase. I dont plan on
being arrested and I really dont care if the town
doesnt has the state of the art police station and
fire station. The selectman should raise the taxes
on the retail buildings they are ones that use the
town services the most. Just look at the police
logs in the paper. My house is old and I would
like to have newer things in it but I work with
what I have. Vote no on question 7. Taxes are
high enough.
Thumbs up to the teachers and staff at
St. Joseph Regional School for organizing a
wonderful Catholic Schools Week Mass and
dinner for the St. Joseph Regional School families!
We are thrilled to be part of this community and
are so grateful for the outstanding teachers, staff,
and well-rounded education our children are
receiving. A top notch option for pre-school,
elementary and middle school education right
here in Salem!
Thumbs down to Senator Ayotte and Speaker
Boehner. Their support for the war criminal
Netanyahu is morally wrong! Gaza is not a free
fire zone to empty magazines of US supplied
weapons. The West Bank is not a free fire
zone for Israeli militants to kill and dispossess
Arabs. Israeli nuclear weapons are immoral and
destabilizing in the world. Israel is a war criminal
state lead by Netanyahu a war criminal. Shame
on Ayotte and Boehner.

Thumbs down to Rep


Belanger who cant seem to
find his way to Concord these
days. You want to sit around a
sandwich shop all day gossiping
and conspiring, fine, but you
were elected to represent us in
Concord. Cant vote and be part
of the process from Lawrence
RD Salem.

Thumbs down to Selectman


Stephen Campbell for
proclaiming that the Safety
Complex committee comprises
of no private citizens. For
someone who, in one minute
is a Selectman and the next
a private citizen, this seems
awfully hypocritical.
Thumbs up to everyone,
private or public, who
served on the Safety Complex
exploratory committee and/
or the Salem Safety Now team
for giving up their personal
time to work towards making
this project a reality. Everyone
knows it is sorely needed; its
just that some people willing to
help more than just themselves.

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Thumbs down to this globalwarming and all the snow it


brings. Its getting really old.
Make it stop Al Gore, make it
stop!

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Thumbs down To the Safety Complex. Does


the town know that the Police Officers were
denied being given a raise? These men and
women risk their life every day that they go
to work. They work hard, sacrifice their time,

Thumbs up to all the snow.


Perhaps a roof collapse at the
police or fire station will be
enough to urge the group of
obstructionists to stop being
detrimental to our town and
support a project which is way
overdue. Only the uneducated
voter would believe they are
saving taxpayers money when
in fact they are delaying needed
projects which only cost more in
the future.

Thumbs down to Gov. Maggie Hassan! Her


proposed billion dollar spending increase and
reckless tax increases demonstrate her lack
of commitment to New Hampshires fiscally
responsible values. The governors budget is
the wrong approach, and it will threaten New
Hampshires fiscal integrity.
Thumbs down to Governor Hassan for
abandoning Rockingham Park. She is now
supporting Keno instead of expanded gaming
which would save Rockingham Park. Shame on
her and every person in Salem who voted for her.
Hassan could not care less about Salem.

to make their wallets fat. Thumbs down to the


process that allows a part of Salems history to be
destroyed.
Thumbs down to Salem DPW. Our roads are
terrible. We live out by the lake and have yet to
see a town truck plow our road. Only two guys
in pickups with plows attached to the front and
theyve done a terrible job. The road is not wide
enough for two cars to pass. One must pull into
someones driveway so the other can pass. There
is still inches of snow on the road to make sure
you slip and slide. Theyve done a terrible job
from the very first storm. I cant believe that we
are paying hard earned tax dollars and our roads

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Thumbs down to Gary


Azarian. His time as Chairman
of the Zoning Board of
Adjustment has been marked by the harassment
and destruction of small businesses in town.
Unless you are friends with him or contribute
money for him to buy campaign signs for him, he

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Thumbs down to the pompous and
presumptuous supporters of the Public Safety
Complex. Stop lecturing everyone on what
citizens can and cannot afford. You have never
walked in the shoes of the people in Salem who
are struggling to pay their taxes. We have not
yet started to pay for the Salem
High School renovation project
and they want to add another
expensive project on the backs
of taxpayers. Stop the war on
GAS
the poor in Salem!

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my fellow residents in Salem
for helping by clearing the fire
hydrants. If you could take the
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small path to the hydrant still
leaves the task of clearing
Thumbs up the Jerry Rekart for staying focused
enough snow to make access quicker, to the
on the education of our children.
firemen, and will waste valuable time. Again,
thank you for your efforts during this unbelievable
Thumbs up. Two thumbs up to the
winter.
Maintenance Crew, of the Salem Housing
Authority. They have worked relentlessly during
Thumbs down to State Rep. Gary Azarian.
all of the latest snowstorms, to ensure that the
His
Letter to the Editor in the last edition of the
residents at Telfer Circle were safe, plowed
Patriot
about Governor Hassan attacking nursing
and shoveled out. They also ensured that our
home funding was correct. But then he says we
cars were cleaned off, that we were able to
need to find alternatives. Rep. Azarian has been
leave our community and not be stuck in our
a State Representative for three years (minus the
homes, for more than 6-8 hours. There are no
year he resigned from office). Why hasnt he done
words to express the gratitude felt for these fine
anything about the problem? Less pontificating
gentlemen, and a special thanks to Kevin. The
and more solutions. He hasnt filed a single bill in
Housing Authority should be very proud. Thank
Concord!
you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thumbs up to U.S. Citizens. Freed slaves and
foreigners asking to come into this country. My
birth certificate doesnt say U.S. Citizen. Im a
State citizen, not a federal citizen. So why do I
pay federal income tax if Im not a federal U.S.
Citizen? Voluntary compliance. Once you agree
by signing their forms, you volunteer. I dont
speak legalese.

Thumbs down. Thumbs way down to


Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan for raising
the motor vehicle registration fee by 35%. This is
the last thing we need after she just raised the gas
tax last year. People are hurting and these kinds
of tax increases are killing us. The Democrats are
destroying NH.

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Thumbs down. The town


of Salem, plow operators win
two awards so far this month.
Award number one - last place for plowing. My
street is still a sheet of ice. Poor plowing and no
sand or salting on the road. Award number two First place for knocking down mail boxes. On my
street they knocked over five and damaged one.
Ive seen others knocked down on School Street
and on Dyer Ave. I understand the post office has
said that there are over 200 mail boxes that have
been knocked over.

Come On In - It's Nice and Warm Inside

Thumbs up to Sen. Kelly Ayotte for hosting


Town Hall meetings and for constantly holding
open hours in the Salem for constituents to
get their issues addressed. Unlike Sen. Jeanne
Shaheen who hides from her constituents, Senator
Ayotte gets things done for Salem.

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are horrifying.
Thumbs down. I live in Salem for 80 years,
born and raised here. The cost of my water
bill is enough to choke a horse. My electric
bill, fuel and registration fees are all enough to
choke a team of horses. Now they want to put
in a public safety building. If they dont like
where theyre working then they can quit and go
work somewhere else. Theyre taking my entire
pension, its unbelievable.
Thumbs up to Salem Police officers DeFeudis
and Pappalardo. During the latest blizzard, I
accidentally locked my keys in truck while it was
running. These Salem officers responded to my
call for help with professionalism and quickly
unlocked my vehicle saving my much time and
money. Thanks!
Thumbs down to ALEC, the Republican owned
lobby, which is pressuring state legislatures
including the NH legislature to ban cities from
offering broadband internet access. Nearly 20
states already have laws stopping cities from
providing fast, free, publicly-owned internet
access. Think about not having to pay Comcast
or FairPoint for Internet! ALEC is pressuring
Republican legislators to put up a bill in NH
legislature stopping NH cities and towns from
having publicly-owned internet access.
Thumbs up to the Town of Salem for finally
rising above the naysayers and moving forward
with projects! First the schools, now a safety
complex. I love being part of a contemporary
community. Way to go Salem!

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the Deliberative Session and
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is a bunch of complainers and
clueless do-gooders who have
Thumbs down to those who are holding us
absolutely no regard for taxpayers. We need to
back. Salem does not need politicians like Steve
vote these huge spenders out of office, starting
Campbell who says no to everything. We need
with Pam Berry. I will not support any further
progressive thinkers who want to move this town
renovations or building plans in the future without
forward. I think people are starting to figure out
some budgetary compromise.
that we spend more money in the long run when
Thumbs up to Kelly Ayotte for fighting for
we defer infrastructure.
Granite State Veterans.
Thumbs down to Steve Campbell. Hes
Thumbs down Salem spends money like we
nothing but a bully. He whines like a petulant
come from across the border. Dont believe all
child when he doesnt get his way. Now he wants
that you see. The police have a few wires hanging
to do a TV show on why people should vote no
around a few desks. Smarten up. We dont need
on things? What an ego he has. I cant wait for
to spend any more money.
him to be voted out of office so we can put bright,
imaginative professionals on the board.
Thumbs down to whatever government agency
decides where the USPS pick up boxes are around
Thumbs down to James Keller for the $23
the town of Salem. The one in front of Santander
million boondoggle scheme for the safety
Bank is extremely inconvenient to get to. Its also
complex. $23 million and three times the space
unsafe. I cant imagine that mail carriers ever
that the fire/police currently use. I am no longer
actually pick anything up there because it is so
supporting him because of this.
unsafe. Cant you figure out a better place to put
this mailbox?
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Walter W. Blanchette

Joan (Manning) Bellefeuille

Walter W. Blanchette, 82, of Salem, died Feb. 15, 2015, at Massachusetts General
Hospital, Boston, MA.
Walter was born and raised in Methuen, MA where he was educated in Catholic
schools. He was a resident of Salem for the past 28 years.
Walter worked in construction and retired from Malden Mills. Walter was a U.S.
Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW Post 8349
in Methuen. He enjoyed antiquing along with yard sales and flea market shopping.
Walter was predeceased by his wife, Florence (Nelson) Blanchette.
He is survived by his sons, Walter Jr. of Lawrence, MA, Ron and Heather
Blanchette of Oregon, Ryan Blanchette of Salem, Randy Blanchette of Florida,
and Dean Blanchette of Salem; daughters, Linda Blanchette of Washington, and
Beverly and Arthur Hoegan of Goffstown; brothers, Phillip Blanchette of Pelham,
Leo Blanchette of Methuen, MA, Robert Blanchette of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Frank
Blanchette of Townsend, MA; sisters, Lucille Hamel of Florida and Yvette Moreau of
Laconia. He is also survived by four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home,
214 Main St., Salem. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, MA.
To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.
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Joan (Manning) Bellefeuille, 82, of Salem, died Feb. 8, 2015, at her home.
She was born in Lowell, MA, grew up and was educated in Dracut, MA. She was a
resident of Salem for the past 52 years.
Joan was a homemaker. She was a member of the Salem congregation of the
Jehovah Witnesses at the Kingdom Hall in Methuen, MA. She loved working around
her house, especially gardening.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jean E. Bellefeuille; and her brother, Anthony
Manning.
She is survived by her son, Steven Bellefeuille of Seattle, WA; daughters, Carol
and her husband Michael Friedrich of Concord, NH, and Ann and her husband Richard Fassio of
Merrimac, MA; siblings, Peter, Costy, and John Manning, all of Dracut, Mary Panagakos of Lowell, MA,
Emily Manning of Dracut, Esther Golles of Woburn, MA, Helen Paleologos of Dracut, and Voula Roux of
Hudson; grandchildren, Ricky and Jonathan Warner, Heidi Brown, Joshua and Tiffany Friedrich; six greatgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was
held Feb. 13 at the Douglas &
Johnson Funeral Home, 214
Main St., Salem.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Jehovahs
Witnesses, Kingdom Hall,
130 Jackson St., Methuen, MA
214 Main Street, Salem, NH
01844.
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condolence to the family, please
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submitted by Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem


The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem Sea
Lions saved one of its best performances of the
season for the time when it counted most: the
2015 NENEAPC (Northeast New England Area
Program Council) Boys & Girls Club Swim League
Championships. There the Sea Lions tallied 580
points to take the Division II runner-up trophy at
the annual 13-team competition at the Worcester
Boys & Girls Cub.
For Salem, it was their first time back in the
league in more than 10 years and they made
their return a worthwhile one. The teams age
groups finished first in the 8 and under girls, and
second in the 8 and under boys, 9-10 boys, 11-12
girls and 11-12 boys. Leading the way was the
teams 8 and under girls squad who captured the
divisions championship, tallying 147 points to
defeat second-place Charlestown, 147-107.
The meets start found the girls 100 yard
medley relay team of Sophia Militello, Ava
Balukonis, Shea Mackey and Mary Olsen turning
in a medal-winning (1:41:85) third-place effort.
Meanwhile, teammates Militello and Balukonis
followed up the relay taking fourth and fifth place
in the 100 yard individual medley. Balukonis
clocking in at (1:54:22) while Militello came in at
(1:59:59). The 25 freestyle found Madison Wilson
taking the top spot for the Sea Lions with a (20:36)
finish, while teammate Mary Olson followed with
a (20:99) swim.
The 25 yard butterfly action saw Balukonis and
Mackey turning in a pair of spectacular efforts.
Balukonis came in at (25:71) while Mackey fought
to an impressive (32:86) finish. The Sealions
strong 50 freestylers Mary Olson and Sophia
Militello kept their power on full throttle as they
sped to a pair of solid swims; Olson taking 2.16
seconds off with her (44:03) swim, while Militello
kept pace with a (45:64) swim. The 25 backstroke
action saw a pair of personal best swims with
Madison Wilson back to match her freestyle swim
clocking in at (26:06) a 1.22 second improvement,
while Meg OCallahan also turned in a personal
best (26:77) effort.
The girls wrapped up their championship
effort in the 25 breaststroke with Mackey back
in the action with a (31:95) second swim, while
Libby Nichols checked in with a fantastic (32:80)
swim. Wrapping up the championship effort
were the girls 8 and under 100 freestyle relay
where swimmers Kendall Salvador, Nichols, Callie
Arcidiacono and Wilson fought to a (1:44:67)
sixth-place finish.
The age group success parade continued with
the teams 8 and under boys who managed 109
points also turning in top-flight performances

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Salem Sea Lions Excel at New England Boys & Girls Club Swim Championships

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem Sea Lions swim to a runner-up finish
at the Northeast New England Swim League Championships.
while finishing in second place in Division
2. The team trailed winner Chelsea by just 11
points. Leading the way for the boys was Andrew
Hardjusuito taking sixth in the 100 individual
medley (1:58:17) as well as a (27:10) fifth-place
finish in the 25 breast stroke. Joining Andrew was
Bennett Atkins who managed a pair of medalwinning performances by taking third in the 50
free (45:91) to go along with an eighth in the 25
butterfly (26:49). Other dual scorers included
first-year swimmer Matthew Conte with a thirdplace (24:39) medal-winning performance in the
25 back to go along with a (24:61) 11th in the 25
free. The boys 100 freestyle relay team of Nolan
Callery, Conte, Hardjosuito, and Bennett took
fourth in (1:35:21).
The teams 11-12 girls and boys also turned in
spectacular performances on the day that led to
the teams second-place overall finish. Salems
girls scored 114 points, just seven points behind
age group winner Charlestown with 121 points.
Starting off the day was the teams 200 medley
relay team of Molly Porter, Julia Huberdeau, Sarah
Egan and Delaney Stone taking a (2:41:53) ninth
place finish good for 22 points and topping the
teams previous best relay time by more than
seven seconds. Continuing on in the scoring
parade was Molly Porter with a (1:37:13) finish
in the 100 individual medley, Ericka Wright and
Delaney Stone with a pair of powerful personal
best swims in the 50 free, Wright coming in at

(33:40) 2.57 seconds off her previous best time,


while Stone came in at (33:55) 1.83 seconds
ahead of her previous best. Following her stellar
freestyle performance, Stone stepped right back
up to the block to turn in a massively impressive
(38:60) effort in the 50 butterfly, knocking off
6.74 seconds from her previous best. The 100
freestyle action saw Ericka Wright move up to the
age groups best female performance of the season
checking in with a (1:16:15) effort, which was
1.82 seconds better than her last outing.
The girls afternoon also saw Molly Porter
with a solid (40:96) effort in the 50 back, Julia
Huberdeau with a (46:06) finish in the 50 breast
stroke, while the girls 200 freestyle relay team of
Heather Johansen, Lauren Huyck, Haily Johansen
and Wright sailed in with a (2:39:41) seventhplace finish.
Boys 11-12 action found Sergei Kirilin starting
off the day with a (1:33:16) 100 individual
medley effort, to go along with a (42:18) eighthplace finish in the 50 butterfly. Freestyle action
found the combination of Zachary MacKenzie
and Riley Militello stirring up the waters with
thrilling efforts. MacKenzie took third in the
50 free (30:11), while Militello was close
behind with a seventh in (33:47). The 100 free
competition was equally close as MacKenzie took
fourth in (1:11:00) slicing 7.59 seconds off his
time. Militello turned in an equally spectacular
performance taking eighth in (1:17:60), a 5.73

second improvement. Ethan Flakne led the way


in the backstroke with a (48:97) effort, while Ethan
Wolfe turned in a (1:00:43) effort in the 50 breast
stroke. The 200 free relay team of Flakne, Kirilin,
Militello and MacKenzie came up with a (2:25:55)
third-place finish.
Rounding out the days swimming were
Salems four male 9-10 swimmers tallying up
an impressive 80 points, led by the quartet of
Julian Militello, Rudy Atkins, Brayden Cooper
and Jacob Arcidiacono. Militello and Atkins
joined together for two great performances in
the 100IM. Militello clocking in at (1:42:55),
while Atkins came in at (1:47:04) both personal
best times. Atkins also continued on the day
with a (1:31:75) effort in the 100 free, while
teammate Brayden Cooper showcased his talent
in the freestyle events with two personal best
performances taking (40:78) in the 50 free, to go
along with an amazing (1:34:64) effort in the 100
free. This was an improvement of 14.02 seconds.
Other top efforts on the day were turned in by
Julian Militello with a (45:21) swim in the 50
back, while Jacob Arcidiacono came in strong
at (1:09:63) in the 50 breast stroke. The boys
then combined in the 100 freestyle relay with a
(1:18:66) fifth-place medal-winning swim.
Other outstanding efforts were turned in by the
teams 13-14 swimmers, with Matt Fraser and Kate
Arcidiacono turning in impressive swims. Fraser
broke the seven-minute barrier in the 500 freestyle
checking in at (6:58:54), an improvement of 20.24
seconds, which was a team personal best high for
the meet. Fraser also turned in a solid (2:36:11)
swim in the 200 free, while Kate Arcidiacono had
two personal best swims as well (41:44) in the 50
free and a (1:37:98) in the 100 free.
Joining in the championship effort were
Ethan Wolfe, Aidan Callery, Ryan Callery, Reilly
Salvador, Lexi Widgren, Erin Reilly, Molly Fraser,
Nate Carter, Ryan Cassin, Veda Kolsani and Jack
Atkins.
The team managed 40 personal best times,
with 32 of the teams 42 participating swimmers
scoring points.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem is
the largest youth serving agency in the greater
Salem area providing opportunities during the
critical before and after school hours. The club is
uniquely situated to provide high-quality programs
that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles,
and good character and citizenship. For more
information, visit their website at www.salembgc.
org or call 898-7709. Great futures start at the
Boys & Girls Club.

Staff photos by Jon Tripp

SBGC Selects Salem Senior Jodi Gosselin as Youth of the Year

Denise Dollo and Joanne Flynn present Michael Clifton with the Man of the
Year Award for his impact as a BGC board member.

Salems Kiwanis Club President Tony Fabrizio accepts the Be Great Award from
Denise Dollo and Joanne Flynn for the clubs ongoing support of the Boys and
Girls Club.

Manager Samantha Rubin accepts the Richard P. McCoy Service Award on


behalf of the 99 Restaurant with Denise Dollo and Joanne Flynn.
The highlight of the evening was the Youth of the Year Award. The
judging committee members David Demers, Joe Faro, Diane Hatem,
Donna Morris, and William Richards narrowed the applicants down
to three finalists: Jodi Gosselin, Edward Graziano, and Nicholas
Karantonis. After a lengthy interview process, the committee
selected Salem High School senior and 11-year club member
Jodi Gosselin as the Youth of the Year. On behalf of State Senator
Chuck Morse, Selectman Everett McBride presented Gosselin
with a NH Senate resolution congratulating her on winning the
award. Gosselin will go on to represent the club at the state level
competition for Youth of the Year.

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Nicholas Karantonis.
by Jon Tripp
It was an award-winning event as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater
Salem honored area residents at the Tuscan Kitchen on Thursday,
Feb. 5. While guests enjoyed a delicious Tuscan buffet dinner, the
clubs 2014 Distinguished Service Awards were presented by Chief
Professional Officer Colin Hanlon, Director of Development Denise

Dolloff, Chief Volunteer Officer Joanne Flynn, and board member


Patrick Donovan.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Mary Frances
Renner; the Richard P. McCoy Service Award was given to the 99
Restaurant; the Man of the Year Award went to past board member
Michael Clifton; and the Be Great Award was received by the Salem
Kiwanis Club.

Woodbury Warriors Tumble


Their Way to Second
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Woodbury Middle School Cheerleaders
take second place at the Tri-County cheer
competition on Feb. 11. The girls, who were
just one-tenth of a point away from taking first,
did a remarkable job with their stunting, flipping
and dancing on the mats at Sanborn Regional
High School. These girls have worked so hard
this year with long practices preparing for this
night.
This is a huge milestone for this sport at
Woodbury Middle School since the program
did not compete in years past. Coach Whitney
Halloran, who takes much pride in this team,
has brought this program to a whole new level.
Rebuilding this program hasnt been easy,
but when she saw the joy in the girls eyes on
Wednesday night it made it all worthwhile.
Congratulations to Woodbury Middle School
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Salem PatriotSports
Seniors Shine as Wrestlers Take Down Nashua South

Staff photos by Jacob Gagnon

Salem PatriotSports

Devin DiCostanzo turns his opponent in the closing moments of the first period.
DiCostanzo would go on to score the pin with 18 seconds left in the period.
by Jacob Gagnon
Four years of sweat, hard work, haunting losses and unforgettable
wins had led the Salem High School senior grapplers to this
moment. In their final regular season meet of the year, the Blue
Devils thrilled their home crowd with a 45-21 thrashing of Nashua
South High School on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Davis Gymnasium.
I thought we wrestled great as a team. It was nice to see so many
of the seniors go out with a win on senior night and the last night
they were going to wrestle here in our home gym. All in all, I was
happy with the way we performed, said Coach Wes Decker. I
think were on pace to have our best performance in two weeks.
In the opening bout, Salems Dylan Chaffee lost 1-0 heartbreaker
at 138 pounds. It was the final moment that the Blue Devils, as a
team, would trail Nashua South on the scoreboard all night. Salem
tied it up in the next match as Ivan DelaRosa held on to win, 14-13,
in the most exciting bout of the entire evening.
DelaRosa, a sophomore and second-year grappler, has stepped
up to fill the shoes of Mike Burke. Burke, who had been having
a tremendous season and who was expected to place high in the

Salems Mike Pascal pins his Nashua South opponent early in the first period.

Division Championships at 145 pounds, suffered an injury that has


prematurely ended his season.
DelaRosa was able to take down his opponent at will but
struggled in the top and bottom positions. He was able to withstand
a final attack and clinch the one-point win for his team. Despite
being new to the varsity ranks, DelaRosa was able to earn the win
over a highly ranked grappler for Nashua South. For Ivan to come
up with that performance and wrestle like he did, its a testament
to how hard he has been working. We are real high on Ivan for the
future, said Decker. He is going to be something special.
DelaRosas victory set the tone for the rest of the dual meet as
Salem then went on a tear. At 152 pounds, Avery Santiago pinned
his opponent just 46 seconds into the match. Next, at 160 pounds,
Mike Pascal scored a pin only 1:19 into the opening period. Devin
DiCostanzo then stuck his Nashua South opponent 1:42 into the
match in the 170-pound weight class.
The Blue Devils collected two forfeits, at 182 and 195 pounds,
and took a no contest at 220 pounds. At heavyweight, Mike Poulin
continued Salems dominance with a first-period pin. Nashua got

back on the board with a Salem forfeit at 106 pounds. At 113, there
was a no-contest with neither team having grapplers at the weight.
At 120 pounds, Ed Page capped off Salems evening with another
first-period pin fall, their fifth in a row. Nashua took 126 by forfeit,
and earned a pin at 132 pounds, but the damage had already been
done. Salem earned the team win, on senior day, 45-21, to finish
out the 2014-2015 regular season.
Our confidence is building and its all heading towards two
weeks from now when it all counts, said Decker. After a 3-6 team
record, the Blue Devils are now focused on preparations for the
Division I Championship and, hopefully, the Meet of Champions.
The Division I Championships will be hosted by Nashua South High
School on Saturday, February 21.
Before the focus shifted completely to the postseason, Decker was
able to reflect on the final meet for his seniors. Im real proud to
have coached them all. Theyre not just athletes that wrestle for me;
I consider each one of them a friend, said Decker. Its bittersweet.
You like seeing them move on because you know the sport has made
them into fine young adults but you miss all of them.

Boys Basketball Defeats Winnacunnet in Thrilling Finish


by Jacob Gagnon
With the game on the line, the Blue Devils knew exactly what to
do: Get the ball to Gott. With 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, Gott
landed a three-pointer to tie the game. With eight seconds left, Gott,
again, scored a game-winning three-point shot to boost the Blue
Devils to the eventual victory.
The game, held in Davis Gymnasium on Friday night, Feb. 13, was
a thrilling contest from start to finish. The first quarter set the tone.
The pace was fast from the start and rarely slowed. Gott hit his first
three-point shot in the first quarter with three minutes remaining. The
Warriors regained the lead, 16-15, at the end of the first quarter.
After exchanging the lead in the second quarter, senior Kenny
Calabrese scored four quick points to get his team ahead, 31-28,
at the half. Co-captains senior Danny Nugent and junior Matthew
Vartanian excelled for Salem. Vartanian, especially, appeared to be
involved in every major play on both sides of the court, from scoring
to rebounding to blocking and defending. Vartanian drove to the
basket and scored to tie the game, 40-40, at the buzzer signaling the
end of the third quarter.
Incredibly, the game continued its break-neck pace in the fourth
quarter. Winnacunnet went on a run to start the quarter. But just
when it looked like the Warriors were going to pull away, Vartanian
and Gott managed to regain the upper hand for Salem. Both squads
hit big three-point shots in the final minutes of the fourth quarter,
but none were bigger than Gotts shots to finish out the game.
Winnacunnet squandered their chance to take the lead after Gott tied
the game in the final minute and a half. Salem, slowly, calmly, drove
the ball back toward the net while being mindful of the clock.
Confusion and excitement converged after Gott made his fourth
and game-sealing three-point shot of the game. Time ran out as
the Winnacunnet coach attempted to call time out. The officials
remedied the confusion by granting the Warriors a final time out.
Winnacunnet had possession of the ball and one last chance to tie
the game with eight seconds remaining. Salems defense held strong
and managed a crucial stop as the Blue Devils earned the win, 55-52.
Vartanian led the Blue Devils with 17 points. Gott was close
behind with 13 points in the game. Calabrese scored eight points,
while Nugent collected seven points to contribute to the win. The
Blue Devils are now 3-9 with six games remaining in the regular
season. Their inspiring win over the Warriors may be enough to spark
Staff photos by Jacob Gagnon a second-half comeback and a postseason opportunity for Salem.
Salems DJ Coletti defends against a Warrior during
Salems thrilling Friday night victory.

Co-captain Matt Vartanian looks for an opening


against a Winnacunnet defender.

Gymnastics Squad Caps Strong Season at State Meet

by Jacob Gagnon
The Salem High School Gymnastics team, led by Coach Kyle
Redmond, has achieved immense success over the last three seasons,
including team and individual state championships. While they did
not finish on top this season, the Blue Devils earned fourth place as a
squad out of 18 teams at the State Championship meet on Saturday,
Feb. 14 at Salem High School.
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team points. Finishing ahead of them were Pinkerton Academy,


the champions with 132.275 points; Bishop Guertin (133.100); and
Londonderry High School (132.025).
In the All-Around Individual State standings, Salems Olivia
Champagne led her team by claiming fourth place with 34.675
points. Teammate Marrina Mayo earned eighth place with a score of
33.450.
Champagne finished third in bars (8.6), sixth in beam (8.4), 12th in
the floor routine (8.525), and fourth on the vault (9.15) to score her
top-ten finish. Mayo finished tied in fifth in bars (8.4), 11th in the
floor routine (8.55), and sixth in vault (8.95) to finish out her solid
outing.
Other scoring Blue Devils
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