Haigh School Students Receive Awards

by Robyn Hatch

Haigh School, under the direction of Principal Gail Rowe and her reading specialists, Mrs. Tetu and Mrs. Felpel, awarded many certificates and pencils to the December Students of the Month, “I Love To Read Awards” and “Random Acts of Kindness Awards.”  These awards were given by feedback from teachers and faculty.  This assembly was a kickoff for the program “Elect to Read … Vote for Books,” which begins on January 14.  Two poems, I Want My Mommy, and Babies Are Weird were read and voted on to get interest started.  The Read-A-Thon will end on March 21 with a Gold Medal Ceremony to follow on March 31.

“I Love to Read” awards.

A happy smile.

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Snowshoeing at America’s Stonehenge

America’s Stonehenge in Salem has a winter event not to be missed if you love the outdoors.  Not only is the property beautiful, but snowshoeing is available at a very affordable price.  Shoe rental is an option.  The people in these photos were going on a recent winter hike under the moon, complete with little lights marking the trials.  This adventure always ends with hot chocolate and fresh cookies.

Check out the website for more details, www.stonehengeusa.com, or call at 893-8300.

Inside display of snowshoes

Getting ready, Diana Elwell (Salem)

April Desmarais and Robert Rickard, ready for the hike.

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Meisner Road Fire Deemed Suspicious

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

A New Year’s Eve fire that tore through a Meisner Road home has been labeled suspicious.  No people were in the house when the fire broke out.  The single-family split-level home is owned by Michael Dobeck.

Just after 10 a.m. neighbors noticed heavy smoke coming from the 6 Meisner Road home.  They called for help and  firefighters and police responded.  A neighbor told firefighters four dogs were believed to be inside.  Firefighters rescued two Labrador retrievers. A Chihuahua and a poodle perished.

Firefighters knocked down the fire quickly but the home is believed to be a total loss.  The fire originated in a first-floor den at the rear of the home.

Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Jeff Emmanuelson said, “Originally, the origin of the fire was titled undetermined.  Salem Fire Department conducted an investigation along with Salem police detectives into the cause of the fire.  I met with the homeowners and their home insurance company, which concluded our end of the investigation.  Now that the fire has been ruled as of suspicious origin, we are taking a supportive role in the investigation.  It has now been turned over to Salem police.”

Deputy Police Chief Bill Ganley said that “any time a fire is declared to be of suspicious origin the investigation could possibly become criminal.  What we still need to do is look at all the evidence, continue to investigate the cause, and determine if a criminal investigation will ensue.”  No further details about what makes the fire appear suspicious were available.

About 20 Salem and Windham firefighters responded.  Methuen, Massachusetts, and Derry fire departments provided station coverage for Salem and Windham.

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