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Cooks’s Trailer Park Gets Facelift

by Jay Hobson


From left to right:  Alice Cook, and her husband Arthur Cook, Jim O’Leary and Lydia O’Leary.

Volunteers from Adorn, a faith-based organization and a ministry of The Believer’s Meeting Church, along with members of New Wine Fellowship, Rockingham Christian Church, and others, began helping residents of Cook’s Trailer Park spruce up and repair their trailers on Monday.  The week-long endeavor of scraping hitches and scrubbing trailers in preparation for painting will wrap up on Friday.

Originally, members of First Baptist Church in Salem, Lydia O’Leary and her husband Jim started Believer’s Meeting Church in an effort to show that the early Christian church originally didn’t meet in large or formal buildings but, rather, in the homes of the faithful which the O’Leary’s do every Friday evening.  “We meet on Friday’s so people who like to meet on Sunday in traditional church buildings can still do it,” Lydia said

Jim and Lydia are both from Salem and are committed Christians and former youth pastors at First Baptist.  “As a church, we felt God was telling us to be involved in the community with other organizations,” O’Leary said.

“Our goal is to assess the biggest need in Salem each year and try to meet it, along with other volunteers and groups,” Lydia said.

This year’s need was Cook’s Trailer Park.  Some of the 39 trailers have been damaged by flood waters over the years and some have fallen into disrepair for one reason or another, and Adorn is there to remedy the situation.

“When they first approached me about what they planned to do, I asked what it would cost me,” Alice Cook, co-owner with her husband Arthur Cook, said.  “Whenever she said ‘nothing’ I didn’t believe it at first,” Cook added.

“I asked Mrs. Cook if I could meet with her to explain and she agreed,” Lydia said.

“That’s when I realized how good these people are.  Imagine helping total strangers for free,” Alice said, while wiping away a tear.

Adorn is getting some help with their project.

The town of Salem waived permit fees for the permits needed to rebuild and refurbish wooden porches; Cyr Lumber donated $100 worth of lumber; McDonalds donated drinks; Daigle Plumbing is donating breakfast for the volunteers; Shaws Supermarket donated gift cards for food; various churches and community groups will work side by side to help with the work.  On Saturday there will be a cookout at 1 p.m. for the park’s residents.

This is the second project attempted by Adorn; the first was hosting Christmas dinners to raise money for teens in Salem.

“A lot of the charitable gifts at Christmas are for young kids and, many times, teens are left getting nothing.  We raised funds to give teens gift cards for the mall for clothes and teen things,” Lydia said.

The volunteers, all sporting yellow T-shirts, gathered their materials and set out to work, with Arthur Cook leading the way right along side Lydia and Jim O’Leary.


Front:  Brooklyn O’Leary, left, and sister Autumn O’Leary.  Rear from left:  Sharon Woitkiewicz, Natalie Larson, Aubrey Larson, Steven Martin, Gail Martin, Hudson Wells, Holly Boyko, Gerry Daigle, Janice Daigle, James O’Leary and Lydia O’Leary.


Crimeline of Southern New Hampshire, Inc.

by Robyn Hatch

On July 24, 1984, Salem New Hampshire Crimeline came into existence as a result of a group of citizens in Salem who wanted to help the Salem Police Department in making Salem a safer place to live in, by helping fight crime.


Donald Boland, Woody Chemieleski (Vice Chairman) Josie Simmone and her husband Channel Simmone

In 1995, Salem Crimeline expanded its coverage to include Windham, Derry, and Londonderry.  Salem Crimeline changed its name to Crimeline of Southern, NH Inc. and added a second phone so people outside the area could call our 800 number.  Crimeline of Southern NH, Inc. maintains two telephone systems in the Salem Police Station which they provide all the funding for.  The phones are monitored 24 hours a day and are not part of the general police system, and are not taped.

If witnesses have information about criminal activity, wanted people, or unsolved crimes, they can call Crimeline of Southern NH, Inc. at 893-6600 or 1-800-498-4040.  Your call will be completely anonymous and you will be issued a secret Crimeline number, known only to you and Crimeline.  The information you provide will be passed onto the investigation agency of the police that have jurisdiction for the crime.  If the information leads to the arrest of the suspects involved, Crimeline will pay you up to $1,000 cash reward.  Callers are not required by Crimeline to give their names or to come forward and testify as a witness in a trial.  However, if a Crimeline caller wishes to forgo their anonymity and come forward and testify as a witness in a trial, Crimeline will double the cash reward.  Since Crimeline has been in existence they have helped the police department solve crimes of burglaries, larcenies, narcotics (deals), and the recoveries of stolen merchandise and arrests of those responsible.  The success of Crimeline of Southern NH, Inc. over the past years has been the direct results of the support of the citizens in the communities that Crimeline serves.

The support comes from the businesses, social groups, and individuals; without support of these people, Crimeline would not have the effect that it has had over the years in helping fight crime and making these towns a safer place to live.  Credit can also be given to news media; they have had a direct involvement in getting the message of Crimeline out to the communities.

Crimeline of Southern NH, Inc. would also like to thank the Salem Police Department, Windham, Derry, and Londonderry Police Departments for their continued support of the program.  Without the support of law enforcement, Crimeline of Southern NH, Inc. would not be able to function in the community.  It is because of the great support given by the police departments in these areas that the Crimeline of Southern NH, Inc. is able to enjoy success.

It takes the support of all facets of the community to make the program work.

Again, if you have any information about crimes that have been committed in our area, please call Crimeline at 893-6600 or 1-800-498-4040.


Russell Ingram Senior Center

by Robyn Hatch


Ingram Senior Center

Sometimes you come across something that really has to be talked about.  A senior center tends to have the reputation of being a place where old people go and just sit and talk about death and illness.  This branding has a bad stigma that doesn’t want to leave, and it is important for seniors to read about this and get the real picture. 

The Russell Ingram Senior Center in Salem is so far from being just a stagnant place.  Doors of this present location opened in August 2002 after 10 years of planning.  The old establishment had been around since 1967.  When you visit this center, you will see many people laughing, playing games and cards, doing serious art work, and on the correct days, even dancing.  The atmosphere is very family-oriented, much like being in someone’s house. 

Patti Drelick, the director, is there on site to answer questions, set up the different functions, and to make sure everyone is doing well.  She is very sincere and personable.  Many events and trips are posted, and everything is free to the members.  The Town of Salem picks up most of the expenses.  Right now, there are over 13,000 people that participate and there is already a 600 percent increase in membership.  Newcomers get a personal orientation to show and explain the facilities.

Last week, Senator Joe Kenney and Representative E. Crane made a welcome announcement that is in effect almost immediately.  Bingo has always had a cap on the prize money, in this case, $150.  Because of the growth at this center, a bill is being passed to allow the prize to go up to $500.  This makes you really want to give Bingo a chance!


Mary DeSpencer, Scrabble 2nd place winner.

A Brief History

Salem is one of those unique communities that has long understood the value of providing services to its seniors.  Three decades of service to the elders in Salem began in 1967.  That year, Senior Citizens weekly programs were established through the Recreation Department under the direction of George K. Bruso, Director of Recreation at the old fire station on the corner of Millville and Main Street.

The first movement towards a formalized Senior Program began in 1968.  A group of seniors met and played Whist on a Wednesday afternoon at the Recreation Center.  Soon, this expanded so that on Thursdays, they had arts and crafts.

Programs increased in 1971 when 2,875 seniors attended the various programs under Arthur Corbett, Director of Recreation.  Mrs. Barbara Bender was appointed Senior Citizen Director with Mrs. Bertha Sebrowski as her aide.

Still under the Recreation Department, 1973 saw Mrs. Dorothea Hanna hired by the town to work with senior citizens.  Attendance at the various activities climbed to 4,331.

In March of 1974, the seniors acquired their Drop-In-Center in the Old Town Hall.  The new Drop-In-Center averaged about 600 seniors using the facility each month.

Sally Sweet was appointed coordinator of Elderly Programs in 1975 with the retirement of Dorthea Hanna.

The Center was renovated in 1977; a year in which a 15-passenger van was purchased and a taxi service for medical travel was made available.  A new 1983 van was bought with revenue sharing monies to replace the 1977 van, and in 1988, a Ford Econoline 14-passenger van was purchased.

1991 saw the development of a walking group at the Rockingham Mall, 9:30 a.m. daily.  A 16-passenger 1991 Ford E-350 bus was purchased.  Now, two vans were on the road:  one to take seniors shopping, to the center for activities then home; and the second was used to transport seniors coming to the center for lunch.

The offices of Human Services, Big Brother/Big Sister, and the Recreation Department moved into the second floor of the Center in 1992.

At the March 1999 Town Meeting, David Tilton announced that Roberta and Russell Ingram intended to donate $450,000 to the construction of a new senior center after the Town of Salem had been turned down for a federal grant.  Russell Ingram had been raised in Salem and had become very successful in the banking field.  He and his wife are always giving back to the community, even to this day.  The Boys and Girls Club is also possible because of their generosity.  The total cost of the new Senior Center was well over $1.2 million.


Bill D’Amico playing to win.

The Senior Center has gone through numerous changes and plans over the following years.  With the hiring of Bruce Hamilton Architects (BHA) and TF Moran Engineers, the details of the plans have become clearer and clearer.  The design efforts of BHA have shaped a building that meets the programmatic needs of the seniors.  With the assistance of Sally Sweet, the former Senior Center Director, and now Patti Drelick, the current director, the structure is one that the town can be proud to call a home away from home for the seniors of Salem.  The building gives them a sense of value and a reason to live … a reason to get up in the morning and face any challenges.

Hats off to the Town of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Ingram, Patti Drelick and the many wonderful seniors!

Ingram Senior Center, open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 1 Sally Sweet’s Way, Salem, 890-2190; e-mail:  seniorcenter@ci.salem.nh.us; Website:  townofsalemnh.org.

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