Arithmetickles at Haigh

by Robyn Hatch

This is how it is done…

Haigh School PTA hosted Arithmetickles on January 16.  Arithmetickles is a new, hilarious romp show that combines live theatre with creative math.  The program gives children the opportunity to boost their problem-solving abilities while strengthening their imaginations and advancing their math skills.  Arithmetickles focuses on the many ways math is used in everyday situations, from basic math operations through creative problem solving.  Children are actively involved in the learning process with games that capture the imagination and encourage them to open their minds to the wonderful world of math.

Arithmetickles includes creative number games, problem solving, multiplication, subtracting, percentages, telling time, division, counting, fractions and much more.

The students never realized math could be so much fun.  This program was definitely a plus with the school.  If interested in acquiring them for your school, contact:  Children’s Theatre Center/Arithmetickles, 415 32nd Street, Suite 300, Union City, NJ 07087, (800) 201-643-3100.

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Students Participate in National Poetry Recitation Contest

by Robyn Hatch

Last week, over 4,000 students from 15 New Hampshire high schools were busy “stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” in preparation for the state’s 2008 Poetry Out Loud:  National Recitation Contest.  The New Hampshire contests are part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry.  Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class.

One winner from each school will advance to the state Poetry Out Loud contest, taking place in Keene State College’s Arts Center on March 22.  The high school finalists will go on to become the state champion who will compete nationally in Washington, D.C. at the Poetry Out Loud finals, where $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded.

The Salem students did a great job, and this year’s winners were:

  • First place – Sarah Cotton reciting “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
  • Second place – Patrick Finn reciting “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert  W. Service
  • Third place – Shea Molloy reciting “The Song of the Powers” by David Mason

Sarah Cotton (first place), “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll.

The winning poem is below:


by Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)


`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.


“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”


He took his vorpal sword in hand:

Long time the manxome foe he sought --

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!


One, two!  One, two!  And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.


“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day!  Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.


`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

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Storyteller at Senior Center

by Robyn Hatch

Joan Day with her book and billboard.

The Senior Center in Salem brought a beautiful storyteller, Joan Day, to speak to the members on January 17.  The messages were sweet and brought up many memories of days long gone.  Joan also gave the listeners ways to save their memories for future generations.

Joan Day was born and brought up on a dairy farm in Bath, New Hampshire.  She moved to Concord in 1960 to attend college.  Joan worked for the State of New Hampshire Employment Security in Concord, retiring in 2001 from her work as the agency’s Human Resources Administrator.

Thinking of Yesterday Today is Joan’s second published work.  Her first book was Sylvan, The Gift of Unconditional Love.

For more information, contact Joan Day at with subject line:  Book, or call her at 228-1154.

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Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Invited to Relay For Life of Salem Kickoff Social

Some of the 114 cancer survivors who celebrated at last June’s Relay For Life of Salem walk a lap in their honor to start off the event.  Organizers extend a special invitation to those who have fought cancer to form or join a team this year.  Those interested in forming teams or participating this year are invited to attend a kickoff social Monday at 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main Street.

Organizers of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Salem are extending a special invitation to an upcoming kickoff social to those who have battled cancer and those who have cared for family, friends or neighbors with cancer.

This informational and social event will be held Monday evening, January 28 at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main Street.

The social will help prepare teams and individuals to get the most out of their participation in the fourth annual relay.  This year, the relay will take place the weekend of June 21 - 22 at Salem High Schools Grant Field.

Salems Relay is one of 4,800 held nationwide, where teams of families, friends and coworkers join to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much.  Salems event, featuring family fun, music, dancing, food, games and 18 hours worth of theme laps, has become a key community event focused on hope. Last year the event in Salem drew 1,200 people and raised more than $241,653 for the American Cancer Society to support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

The kickoff is open to all returning relay participants and those interested in forming or joining a team in 2008.  Information about the event, including participation and fundraising goals, how to form and register teams and new ideas for team fundraising, cancer prevention education and awareness and other information will be offered.

For more information or to register a team, an individual or to donate: 

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