Soule Students Learn about Cultures

by Robyn Hatch

On Wednesday, January 24, Soule School had its second annual cultural festival.  The children had the opportunity to play games and make crafts representing cultures from around the world.  The Salem High School Culinary Department as well as many families cooked ethnic main dishes and desserts and encouraged everyone to taste something new.  In addition, there were karate demonstrations, salsa and line dancing and many raffle baskets.

Brianna Mullins and Nicole Gubellini making fortune cookies

Daria Casazza working with Mancala, a game from Africa

Lila Paul and Kim Cook, friends

A lesson in karate

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Lancaster Winter Breakfast

by Robyn Hatch

The Lancaster Family Winter Breakfast was held on January 26, 9 – 11 a.m.  Many people enjoyed the chilly but beautiful day, an abundance of healthy food, sledding, snowboarding and fun.  Inside, a raffle table with winter toys, movie-night baskets, sport packages, pamper items and books were available for prizes.  Much laughter and serious snowboarding and sports was done.

Cole Condo showing his tricks on his snowboard.

Enjoying the snow

Liana, mom, and Cody Clements enjoying the day.

Food line

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Police Seize 22 Dogs Locked in Jeep, Discovery Prompts Raid in Maine

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

January 16 at 10 oclock in the morning Salem police received a call from a citizen at the Wal–Mart Store in Salem.  She told police that while she had been shopping in the store she had a conversation with two women and heard one of the women say they had 26 dogs in the car out in the parking lot, and that several of them had died.  The woman called police.

When officers arrived they met the shopper, who indentfied the two women as they left the store.

The women, one identified as Amy Moolic, 32, of Dracut, Massachusetts, told police they did indeed have a large number of dogs in her vehicle.  She told the officers they had driven all night from Maine.  Moolic led officers to her Jeep Cherokee where officers found 22 dogs crammed in crates sized for cats, with three, four, and even five dogs to a crate.  The officers also found three dead dogs.  Officers said that the stench from the vehicle was horrendous.  The dogs were in need of immediate medical attention, as they were covered in feces and urine, infested with fleas and appeared to have been living in filth.  Moolic told police she had rescued some of the dogs from a puppy mill in Somerville, Maine.  Salem police dispatched Animal Control Officer Kelly Demers to the scene to investigate the matter.

This small female Shih Tzu is one of nine dogs in protective custody with Salem Police Department.

Police said that during the encounter with Moolic, she became belligerent and highly uncooperative and was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.  She was released on $500 cash bail for a hearing in Salem District Court on February 25.

Salem police have not concluded their end of the investigation, but the incident spawned an investigation into the alleged puppy mill operation in Maine.  Animal welfare agencies and Lincoln County authorities in Maine collaborated with Salem police, which prompted a raid at the Somerville, Maine, residence of Fern Clark.

A search warrant by Maine authorities was obtained, and on Saturday, January 19, animal welfare agencies and police conducted a search of the alleged illegal kennel on Hewett Road in Somerville.  Seventy-two animals were seized in what Maine authorities call a horrific case of neglect.  At the home of Fern Clark police and humane society staff removed 67 dogs, four cats and a cockatiel.

Norma Worley, director of Maines animal welfare program, said a Lincoln County prosecutor will decide whether to file animal cruelty charges against Clark.  Worley also has said the search also turned up two dead dogs.

The dogs found in Fern Clarks home included Chihuahuas, Shih-Tzus, and Lhasa apsos.  They were found in filthy cages in rooms covered in feces and urine.  They have all been deprived necessary medical care, and several of the dogs needed emergency medical attention as they were near death.  About a dozen dogs were running loose in the home.

The dogs seized in Salem and in Maine are in protective custody and are not available to be adopted at this time.  State records in Maine show that Fern Clark operated a licensed kennel 1994 – 2005.  She claimed not to have renewed her license in 2005 because she no longer was breeding dogs.  Maine authorities have tried to investigate her for the past two years; however, until now they did not have enough evidence for a warrant.

Demers has called the case just heart – breaking.  Just two weeks ago he testified in court against Christine Harris of Salem who had 50 dogs and two birds seized from her home in September.  Those dogs have since been released from protective custody and have been adopted.  Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) is assisting Demers in the care and shelter of the nine dogs he is holding related to the Wal-Mart case.  The dogs need of extensive medical care and it could be a long road to recovery for most of them.

SARL has been overwhelmed with inquiries as to what people can do to help.  Shelter staff has advised that the best way to help is to make a donation to the shelter on behalf of the dogs for their care.  Visit, or to mail a check to:  Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, NH 03079. 

This blonde Pekingese mix was found matted with feces when seized from Amy Moolic’s Jeep on January 16.

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