Thank You! Salem

Thank you for allowing our new publication into your home today.  Our hope is that we can bring to you a paper that will spotlight activities in your hometown of Salem, and how your friend’s and neighbor’s time and energy is being spent at community events, social groups, schools and sports leagues.

Who are we? – the publisher of your new community paper is the Area News Group who currently produces papers for the towns of Hudson, Litchfield, Windham, and Pelham.  This new paper will be in the same style as all the Area News Group papers, and will be brought to your mailbox every Friday by the United States Postal Service; it will be uniquely Salem, New Hampshire’s own paper.

While the Area News Group knows how to deliver a paper that you and your family and friends will find informative and interesting to read, we need your assistance in naming your new paper.  Business and trade names must be approved and registered with the State of New Hampshire, and we have found that a neighboring publishing company owns the name that would most fit the newspaper, The Salem News, and we were not approved for the Salem Community News.  Many of our friends have offered names like The Salem Spectator; NH State Senator Letourneau, from nearby Windham, thought that a throwback name to a past Salem landmark, The Depot News, could lend a name,.

The Area News Group would like our readers to offer their assistance in naming this publication.  From this first issue through June and July, we will use a banner that reads Area News Group – Salem Edition while you get the feel of the paper.  The new banner will be incorporated into the August 3 edition with the name’s creator receiving a $100 gift certificate to their favorite Salem restaurant.

Today’s paper is just the beginning of a great relationship with the people of Salem.  Our senior management team knows the importance of having an office in Salem for good customer service; however, office space in Salem has eluded our management.  We are actively searching for office space which will be staffed four days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is expected to be a Mecca of newspaper excitement in Salem.  Once open, the staff hopes that citizens will stop by, whether it is regarding a news story, a community event, or the need for a classified or display advertisement; that way we can use the community calendar to assist you in finding activities in your community.  Salem residents have been hired to be writers and correspondents for your paper to make sure we have the pulse of your hometown in our reporting to you.  Local phone numbers, fax, and e-mail will soon be available.  In the meantime, call the Area News Group main office at 880-1516, fax to 879-9707, or e-mail

With a paper in the towns of Pelham and Windham, the Area News Group has been a member of your Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce for two years.  They have introduced us to your great town and the many events and activities that happen in your town as well as your thriving business community.

In today’s issue be sure to enter the mail-in contest to receive a family pack of five tickets to the Nashua Pride for their game on June 26.  Watch in next week’s June 8 edition for the first of many reports on the Salem Selectmen from Jay Hodson.  Also watch for information on your friends and neighbors who will be graduating from Salem High School that night.

The Area News Group is excited about this new edition and hopes the readers in Salem will enjoy their new paper.

Remembering Those Who Proudly Served

by Len Lathrop

The reflections in the helmet of the Salem ROTC Honor Guard, of those assembled on Veteran’s Park during Monday’s services help us remember those who have served this country.

From the gazebo on Veterans Park, Veterans Associate President Robert A. Castricone, greeted the more than 200 people assembled to honor those who have bravely served our country.  After the Salem High School Band played the National Anthem and an armed forces medley, the MIA/POW flag was placed on an empty chair by Salem ROTC officers.

Army Corporal Nicholas Arvanitis, 22, who was killed last October from enemy fire in Iraq, and Robert Moscillo, who also lost his in life in Iraq from a roadside land mine in May, both citizens of Salem, were honored as two of the 3,545 servicemen and women, who have given their all in our current action.  They were cited by Past State and current Commander of the American Legion’s Ernest W. Young Post 63, Douglas Micklon.

As the Salem High School Band played a drum roll, a roll call of 70 veterans with Salem connections who passed away since last Memorial Day, was read aloud; and Taps was sounded. 

The names of the Honor Guard participants are: (Right to Left) George MacLean, Steve Woods, Hubert Barker, George Rearsor

Salem Junior Air Force ROTC Cadets overshadowed by the American Flag, The State of New Hampshire Flag and the MIA/POW flag as they honor America with their salute during the playing of our National Anthem by the the Salem High School Band.

What Your Legislators Have Done

by Scott E. Green

You always wonder what your state representatives and state senators do in Concord.  Well, one thing they do is sponsor or co-sponsor legislation.  To the shock and amazement of all, some actually pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate and then survive the potential threat of a gubernatorial veto.  Listed below are the bills and their authors or co-authors which have actually become part of the laws of this state.

First, three state representatives did not sponsor or co-sponsor any legislation this year.  They are:  Representatives Jason Bedrick (R), David Dalrymple (R), and Robert Elliott (R).

Representative Ronald Belanger (R) sponsored or co-sponsored four pieces of legislation, but only one became law, Senate Bill (SB) 58 which permits towns to require that the votes of their Budget Committee or the Selectman acting as the Budget Committee, be listed next to the particular warrant article that was voted on when it’s listed on the town ballot.

Representative Dave Bettencourt (R) has five bills that passed both Houses though not all of them have yet to face a potential veto.  SB 221 creates a commission to celebrate the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  HB 926 and HB 327 make rule changes in the operation of the state Pharmacy Board.  HB 372 eliminates the rental tax on vehicles built for the transportation of the handicapped.  Finally HB 704 appropriates money for the National Guard Headquarters in Concord, provides funds for disaster relief so as to get matching FEMA grants, provides money to cover shortfalls in various state agencies’ energy budgets and extends the life of the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Men.

Representative Anthony DiFruscia (R) had 11 pieces of legislation that he sponsored or co-sponsored that for various reasons did not become law.

Representative Marlinda Garcia (R) was involved with four pieces of legislation that did not become law or are unlikely to be voted out of committee by the end of the legislative session.

Two out of the four bills co-sponsored by Representative Mary Griffin (R) have become law.  HB 49 waives the one-year state residency requirement for certain categories of veterans for admission to the State Veterans Home, provided they have a current New Hampshire address.  SB 260-FN permits the Lottery Commission to move its offices out of Concord and allows it to transfer funds between line items in its budget.

Representative Russell Ingram (R) had three of his four bills waiting to be reported out of Committee as this article was written, and the fourth was killed.

Representative Charles McMahon (R) had one of his two bills survive the legislative process but it has yet to face Governor Lynch’s veto stamp.  It mandates that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services review Medicaid reimbursement rates every two years, and set how such data is reported.  It also establishes a study committee to review payments made to hospital based medical practices and calls for a moratorium on the payments until the study is done and the committee makes a recommendation.

Like Representative McMahon, Representative Mark Pearson (R) is battling with two bills, with the surviving bill yet to face the governor.  It is SB 87 which takes the governor and council out of a direct role in the internal decision making process of the Lottery Commission.

Representative Anne Priestly (R) had one bill which was killed.

Representative Kevin Waterhouse (R) is another legislator who saw many of his bills pass - four out of seven, though not all have gone to the governor’s desk yet.  They include HB 153 which requires the Department of Transportation (NH DOT) to adopt the bridge construction standards set by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; HB 220 which requires all state departments that use highway construction funds to report it; HB 221 which eliminates some requirements by the NH DOT to report on highway construction activity to the New Hampshire Department of Administrative Services; HB 466 which allows the removal of abandoned vehicles from state parks and ride lots; and HB 753-FN which allows the Transportation Commissioner to use monies for an electronic toll collector transponders fund in order to acquire them.

Finally Senator Michael Downing (R) was involved in 24 pieces of legislation but so far only but only five have made it past the governor’s desk.  HB 466 and SB 87 have been discussed previously.  HB 928 transfers the McAuliffe Planetarium to the New Hampshire Department of Regional Community Technical Colleges; HB 480 mandates the staggering of names on the general election ballot; and SB 43 regulates master barbers. 

Salem Prom

Carissa Curran and Matt Myers exit their classic limo ride at the Salem Prom.

Ryan Mulcahey, Abbey Cohen and Stephanie Carter arrive at their prom.

Leann Brandolini and Dan Savastano.

Alyssa Titus and Steven Hanlon.

Cassie Kammarano front passenger, Kyle Verhault and Rachel Schaefer are chauffeured by Mark Schaefer.

Rebecca Derovin and Greg Bonanno.

Stunning in black and white are Tasha Freydenfeldt and Nick Tomasi.

Sometimes you need a little help from your friends.

Amanda Boucher and Jay Mannion.

Kyley Todd and John Wall arrive in an open carriage.

Prom dresses as far as the eye can see in the Grand March.

The three amigos Adam Stowell, Dan Berube and Tom Brisendia.

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