Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans in Civil War uniforms.

On a cold fall day, Sunday, November 11, 2007, the Veterans Memorial Day ceremony took place on the Town Common sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post of Salem. 

President Robert Castricone gave opening remarks and Assistant Chaplain Hubie OHearn offered a prayer.  Followed by a prisoner of war/missing in action presentation in front of the gazebo, all attending proudly recited the Pledge of Allegiance. 

There were speakers, introduction of veteran and patriotic organizations as well as recognition of the Boys and Girls Club. 

The Salem High School Chorus sang patriotic songs, followed by the guest speaker, Garrett P. Khoury.  The Democracy winner of Salem High School presented his speech followed by a salute to deceased veterans. 

After another song by the the chorus, a VFW color guard and firing squad offered an appropriate  salute.  All were invited to the VFW Post 8546 on North Broadway for refreshments.

Remembering heros

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School Honors Veterans

Abby Lehner (in wheelchair).

Woodbury Memorial School held its annual Veterans Day program on Friday, November 9, hosted by the sixth-grade students.

The Missing in Action/Prisoner of War presentation was done by Salem High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps students.  Governor John Lynch, attending the program for the second year in a row, awarded Jonathan Sistare, Salems new town manager, the Bronze Star for his Army Service in Iraq.  Looking on was Sistares wife, Kathleen and  sons Dylan, 14, Colin, 13, and Ian, 11.

The school jazz band performed under the direction of Patrick Moeschen.  The Woodbury chorus was directed by John Kelly.

A video montage created by photographer Bruce Preston paid tribute to Robert Moscillo and Nick Arvantis, killed in the war.  Another video, by Kelly, was dedicated to veterans past and present.

Cindy Woodbury and Joanne Cuomo, community parent volunteers, handed out Soldiers Angels Answer the Call cards to the veterans along with homemade cookies.

Soldiers Angels is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who reach out and support soldiers in time of need.  An Angel may write a letter, send a package or adopt a soldier during their deployment.  Soldiers Angels give support before, during and after deployment.

For more information:

Pledge of Allegiance

POW/MIA Remembrance

Briana Lumb (deaf student) (blue) Tania Sousa (red)

Charlie Peters and Aneri Soni

Jonathan Sistare

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Kaitlyn Beal – Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Kaitlyn Beal

Atkinson Country Club hosted the Boys and Girls Club of Salems 41st annual award dinner on Tuesday, November 13 recognizing contributions by volunteers, businesses and club staff.  Awards were presented for outstanding service, dedication and commitment to the club.

The evening culminated with the announcement that Kaitlyn Beal, a Salem High School senior, was named the clubs Youth of the Year.

The selection begins with youth of the month designations during the year  For the annual award, three finalists are required to complete a series of essays and interviews.

Kaitlyn is the Keystone Club president and participated in the nationally recognized, locally conceived Dancing with the Golden Stars, an inter-generational dance program.  She also has been a summer camp junior counselor. 

Katie has a strong desire to help those in need.  She can always be found at the Club, said staff member Isreal Larruu.

Each of the finalists received a savings bond donated by Enterprise Bank and Kaitlyn received a $1,000 scholarship donated by Steve and Diane Hatem.

The event is sponsored by Sovereign Bank.  Sovereign Bank is thrilled to be sponsoring this great event once again, said Vice Prtesident John Burke.  It is wonderful to see the potential in these young people and the positive impact that the Boys and Girls Club of Salem has made.  Other sponsors included Salem Co-operative Bank and Enterprise Bank.

Susan McLoughlin and Judy Day receive award.

The finalists, Tim Sullivan, Josh Street and Kaitlyn Beal.

In addition to the Youth of the Year, local businesses and individuals were honored for their dedication and support.

  • Enterprise Bank received the Richard P. McCoy Service Award for outstanding commitment to the club.
  • Marie Salemi, the clubs finance director, received the Staff Stewardship Award for exemplary service.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Salem received the Community Stewardship Award for unfailing support.
  • The Marketing and Communications Award went to Judy Day and Susan McLoughlin for their work promoting the name and mission of the club.
  • The Volunteer Award was presented to Joanne Flynn for her work on the golf tournament.
  • The Man of the Year was given to President Big Al Parchuck for his leadership and dedication to the success of club.
  • The Presidents Award went to board member Dan Norris for significant support and guidance on behalf of the club.
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