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Salem Is First Up for Hockmeyer Studios

by Judy Wakefield

Salem High School students weren’t the only ones smiling one recent morning at school.  School officials were, too.

It’s unusual to have teens and teachers smiling together, but when the annual chore of getting the school’s 2,700 teens to the gymnasium to have their school picture taken gets done more than two hours ahead of schedule, it makes teachers smile.

Picture day was Tuesday, September 4, and Hockmeyer Studios was ready.  Forty staffers were armed with 15 cameras and ready to shoot.  While school officials allotted a full morning for the job — 7:30 a.m. to noon — the camera crew was finished by 10 a.m.

“Wow, they’re done!” and “Wow, they are way ahead of schedule” were some of the comments from the delighted high school staffers.  There was no chaos and no time for students to be involved with something other than school pictures.  The process was smooth and fast.

“This is what we do,” said Brian Hockmeyer, who owns the business with his wife, Ann, and was on-site to handle inquiries and direct all that student traffic.  “It’s what we do best.”  This year marks his 27th year in business, and the fall is super busy as always.

As every parent knows, school pictures are happening in all schools this fall.  In total, Hockmeyer Studios will dispatch some 70 staffers to take pictures of some 100,000 students, Brian Hockmeyer said.

He has been in the business for 33 years and said good organization is the key to good school photographs.  “We take care of everything for the school, like directing students and the cameras, and our schools like that,” he said.

He also said kids really enjoy having their picture taken, so getting them to smile is not difficult. In fact, he said there are no tips when it comes to getting a good school photograph.  Rather, a good cameraman or woman will pack a smile and a positive attitude with his or her camera bag.  “I mean, look at those girls’ cute tops and nice hair and look at the boys with collared shirts.  They want to have their picture taken,” Brian Hockmeyer said.

His studio recently got the approval of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals (NHASP).  Hockmeyer Studios is now that group’s recommended school photography company.

In addition to the NHASP endorsement, and easily meeting deadlines, the tradition approach to this family business also makes Brian Hockmeyer smile. Hockmeyer’s children, Elizabeth and Brian, have been involved with their parents’ business for several years.  Both will eventually take over the business as they are “interested and committed,” their dad said.  Both joined their dad at Salem High.  And Elizabeth’s husband, Jeffrey Williams, runs the company’s digital processing lab.  All are involved with the company’s yearbook press, too.

“It’s a second generation of family owners who will continue to provide the same quality and service as our parents have for 27 years,” Elizabeth Hockmeyer-Williams said.  “We anticipate continued growth and change as we move forward during this extremely exciting time.”

Salem Woman’s Club

by Robyn Hatch

The GFWC Salem Woman’s Club is affiliated with State and General Federation Clubs.  This is a group of women, 18 and older, who volunteer their time and talents to community causes.  Some of the many projects they have participated in are:

  • Scholarships for seniors going on to further their education.
  • A short Story/Poetry Contest for all Salem students to stimulate creative writing.
  • Works with the Salem High School sewing class to make comfort pillows for cancer patients at local hospitals and rehab centers.
  • Provide DNA Life Print Kits to preschoolers.
  • Donations to the Kelley Library to purchase large print books, and,
  • Sewing handmade quilts to donate to the community and nonprofit groups.  (These quilts are sewn by the Salem High sewing class and the pictures are drawn by the fourth grade students at the Lancaster school.)

Betty Moran - Co. President, Barbara Elliot - Co. President , Annette Cooke - Vice President; standing; Charlotte Panneton, Lorraine Amirault - Treasurer

These are just a few of the many projects the club has participated in.  The Salem Woman’s Club meets every first Tuesday of the month with a luncheon at the Kelley Library.  While it is a very busy club, they find time to socialize and have fun.  Any woman interested in learning about the club is invited to attend a meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.

Give this organization a try — what have you got to lose?  The founder was Alice Noyes Brown who organized it on February 22, 1926.  Club Motto:  “Service to Salem.”

Any questions, call Barbara Elliott at 893-0402.

No Letting Up for Perry’s Volleyball Team

by Tommy Gates

Salem’s Timmy Briggs leaves the floor to return for a point past Timberline.

Coach E. J. Perry sent his defending champs out on the court to face Oyster River and Timberlane last week, and the Blue Devil boys volleyball team didn’t have a problem getting two, 3 – 0 sweeps to run their current streak to an amazing 59 matches in a row. 

Coach Perry said, “Our kids know that everybody in Class L is getting pumped up to meet us, but they welcome the challenge, and the younger kids are following suit.  Our leaders like Dan Kinney, Josh Klecan, and Timmy Briggs are setting a great example for the other kids.”

Kinney had 17 kills, 11 service points, and eight blocks, leading the Blue Devils to a 3 – 0 sweep over Oyster River.  Salem opened up with a 25 – 20 victory before finishing off the Bobcats 25 – 15 and 25 – 17.  Perry went to his bench early and often as he usually does and got plenty of work for up-and-coming sophomores Chris Barnes, E. J. DeMarco, Dan Tiner, Jarid Scali, and Jason Kinney, who all took advantage of their minutes on the court.

The Timberlane Owls were next on the Blue Devils schedule, and the Salem kids had an easy time rolling to a 3 – 0 win with scores of 25 – 15, 25 – 16, and 25 – 10. Kinney piled up 26 kills on this night, along with 14 service points and seven blocks at the net.  Josh Klecan plays the teams’ libero, and he served for 12 points and had seven digs as he patrolled the back row.  Timmy Briggs is Salem’s setter, and he kept himself busy by piling up 38 assists, three digs, and knocking down four kills. 

Coach Perry likes what he’s seeing from this group, He’s hoping that the winning streak can be kept alive as they pursue their fourth Division I title in a row this year.

Dan Kinney drives the ball pass the Timberlane defender.

Chamber Invites William Cass to I-93 and Route 111 Update

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with its Economic Development Committee, would like to announce a special informational breakfast program scheduled for September 18.  The event will be hosted by Brookstone Event Center, Route 111, Derry, and begins at 7:30 a.m.  The goal of the program is to update attendees on the Route 111 bypass and I-93 expansion projects.  The guest speaker is Mr. William Cass, P.E. and Chief Project Manager with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

The Economic Development Committee’s goal is to build a strong relationship between the business community and local government.  The Route 111 bypass and I-93 widening will have a substantial impact on the local business community.  Therefore, the Chamber is committed to keeping the membership and public informed on the status.  This informational meeting will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about and voice their opinions on the Rte 111 and I-93 projects.

Contact the chamber office to receive additional information or to RSVP at 893-3177.

The Town Manager’s Letter To Governor Lynch

by Scott E.Green

Below is the letter that the town manager sent to Governor Lynch asking him to appeal the decision of the Federal District Court that effectively delays the start of the decades long work to widen I-93 between Manchester and the NH-MA state line.

The letter details the administrative and some of the economic impact that the delay would have on the town’s own capital projects and economy.  However, it does not give a dollar figure that the delay would cause in terms of delayed or lost opportunities.

Even if the courts expedite the appeal process, there are still going to be costs that cannot be calculated at this time.

September 12, 2007

Dear Governor Lynch:

The Salem Board of Selectmen asked that I write you on their behalf to formally express their disappointment in the decision of United States District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro to require the Federal Highway Administration and the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation to conduct a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) with regard to the widening of I-93 between the State line and Manchester, NH.

In his order, Judge Barbadoro’s requires the State to prepare an SEIS that “specifically considers how the Delphi Panel’s population forecast affects the State’s analysis of both the effectiveness of the four lane alternative” with regard to its ability to reduce traffic congestion, and the “indirect effects of the additional population predicted by those forecasts on secondary road traffic and air quality issues.” The Selectmen believe that this requirement will further delay a long overdue and necessary project. Notwithstanding that the additional analysis may fail to provide attributable data to warrant a delay in this project, it does not change the fact that the current traffic congestion along this section of I-93 justifies the necessary improvements.

The Town of Salem has created an integrated program of capital planning and roadway construction sequenced to the I-93 progress. Salem is integrally linked to I-93; the adjacent parallel five miles of Route 28, with industrial and retail establishments worth over one half billion dollars, two east west arterial roads connecting the interstate at exits one and two, all compel the need for timing the Town’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) with the I-93 schedule.

For example we have created a scope and schedule for the Depot Intersection (Routes 28 and 97) that is coordinated with the conclusion of the I-93 project. A Depot construction project during the I-93 project would create conditions that would preclude safe detouring and traffic management through the community as we move traffic from one construction project (I-93) through another (the Depot intersection).

In addition, substantial further delays would warrant our need to completely reorganize our CIP to move projects ahead of I-93. That would pull dollars out of the neighborhood areas that we have planned and committed for the next five years, and allocate those funds to the projects adjacent to I-93. In turn that requires that the State Ten Year Plan escalate projects such as the Depot to insure their completion prior to I-93. The outcome of continued delay is simple; continued congestion from delayed intersection improvements equates to increased emissions, delays equal increased project costs, delays will create a loss of community support as we continued to juggle projects in relation to an ever-changing I-93 project, and worse, a delay impacts the opportunity to coordinate interstate, arterials, and local road work between the Town and State.

It is for the many reasons listed above that the Salem Board of Selectmen respectfully requests that the Federal Highway Agency and the State of New Hampshire formally appeal the decision of Judge Barbadoro in an effort to prevent further delay of this much needed project.


Henry E. LaBranche, Ed.D.

Town Manager

17 Executive Drive, Suite One, Hudson, NH 03051 Phone: (603)880-1516 Fax: (603)879-9707
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