Attorney General Speaks at Salem High’s Career Day

by Robyn Hatch

Friends, Jared, Tyler, Blaise and Vinnie

New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte was the keynote speaker at Salem High School Career Day as she kicked of the daylong program for sophomores that continued with an examination of colleges and participation seminars at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

The program is designed to help students in their education and career paths.  The students were required to choose two seminars from a variety of options, attend workshops and review a college panel.  Representatives from, more than 30 colleges helped guide the sophomores in their choices, military opportunities and other possibilities such as UPS work programs that encourage education with work/study reimbursed projects.

Ayotte emphasized to the students to find something they really like – something personally important even if it isnt the biggest moneymaker.

She told the students to find what really motivates them and to get involved with people who can mentor and are interested in that same idea.  She told them to keep the doors open, work hard in high school and focus on what they are good at.  She also emphasized that money should not be the reason of focus.

She said opportunities come around and be ready to seize the moment, which most likely this will lead to other avenues.  Ayotte told the students to believe in themselves even when feeling overwhelmed.

Ayotte is the first woman to serve as New Hampshire attorney general.  She was graduated from Pennsylvania State University with honors in 1990 with a bachelor of art degree in political science, and then from the Villanova University School of Law in 1993, where she served as executive editor of the Environmental Law Journal.

Ayotte is a member of the New Hampshire and Maine bars.  After law school, she spent one year as a law clerk to the Sherman Horton, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  From 1994 to 1998 she worked as a litigation associate in the Manchester law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton.

Ayotte joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1998 as a prosecutor in the Criminal Bureau, where she handled white collar, public integrity and homicide cases.  She later became a member of the Homicide Unit where she tried numerous homicide cases.

Ayotte was appointed a senior assistant attorney general and chief of the Homicide Unit in 2000, where she successfully prosecuted two Vermont teenagers in the murders of two Dartmouth College professors.  In February of 2003, Ayotte left the Attorney Generals office to serve as legal counsel for Governor Craig Benson at the beginning of his term.  In July of 2003, she was appointed deputy attorney general where she served until July of 2004 when she was appointed attorney general.  As attorney general, Ayotte has fought to increase criminal penalties for sexual predators and worked to strengthen laws to protect New Hampshire residents against identity theft, cybercrime and methamphetamine.

Ayotte lives in Nashua with her husband, Joseph Daley, and two children, Katherine and Jacob.

Kelly Ayotte, speaker

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Dorothy Beal – One-Woman Show

by Robyn Hatch

Dorothy Beal is doing a one-woman show at the Derry Public Library all of January.  She is a member of the Senior Center in Salem.

Japanese Bunka stitching was introduced to Beal six years ago.  After attending a presentation on Bunka with Beverly Enus, she enrolled in the Purple Dragon Studio for private lessons and studies under Enus to this day.

The pictures have been judged at seminars and have won first prize and also best of show.  The judges come from Canada, Florida, Arizona and Utah to judge the stitching.

The national seminar this year is in Memphis, Tennessee, and the local seminar in Peabody, Massachusetts.  Beal will attend both seminars, presenting pictures to be judged and hopes they will do well enough to received prizes.

It is through the many variations of stitches, pulls, colors and techniques with the needle that makes the images come alive as Beal creates each picture with the experience of learning and pleasure of satisfaction.

Dorothy Beal

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History of St. David’s Episcopal Church

by Robyn Hatch

Early photo of St. David's.

St. Davids Church in Salem was founded in 1961 when a small group of Episcopalians bought the Burgess Farm.  The farm had been used to house thoroughbred horses that raced at Rockingham Park and was renamed after a saint in Wales who loved animals, especially horses.

The farmhouse became the rectory, and the barn the sanctuary.  Tom and Dot Johnson, who have been members of the church since when it was founded recall listening to the sounds of the chickens and roosters who were still in the barn basement when the first worship service was held.

Carolyn Stevenson came to St. Davids in May of 2005 to assist the Reverend Dianne Bragg who was dying of cancer.  When Braggs condition deteriorated in June, she took early medical retirement and the parish called on the Reverend Carolyn Stevenson to be its priest.

Bragg died that September, but after a period of grieving, the congregation found new energy and life.  One way this new energy and life has expressed itself has been by making the property a more visible and welcoming space.  It began with new flooring in the entryway, but rapidly expanded to new carpeting in the sanctuary, repainted walls and ceilings and new front and side doors.  The property was landscaped and the large spruce tree blocking the view of the church was taken down and new white siding installed.  Most recently, the new deck and stairway was constructed and the handicap ramp replaced by an elevator.

St. Davids welcomes everyone regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.  The leadership came up with the phase Gods House, Your Home to describe the nature of the parish.  The worship style reflects ancient traditions while addressing contemporary and personal spiritual needs.

St. Davids reaches out to the community by providing space for people recovering from addiction.  It holds periodic youth band nights where young people can play and listen to each others music, and provides for children in need with outreach efforts.

St. Davids is on Main Street, Salem, across from the Kelley Library.  Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays.

The Rev. Carolyn Stevenson in front of her church

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