Easter at Triumphant Cross

He has risen

On Easter at 7 o’clock in the morning, a beautiful well-organized ceremony took place at the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 171 Zion Hill Road in Salem.  The festival started inside for a few words, then moved outside to the garden at sunrise for a blessing of those who could not be present, then back inside to the warmth and closing.  

Lutheran Church on Easter morning

Start of the ceremony

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Easter Sunrise Service on the Common

by Robyn Hatch

At 6 a.m., Easter was observed on the Salem Common with a joint sunrise service by the First Congregational Church of Salem and the Ararat Armenian Congregational Church.  The Reverend Ara Heghinian and The Reverend Jessica McArdle presided over the 50 parishioners who came on the dark and very cold morning with mittens, ear muffs, flashlights and plenty of Easter cheer.

After the ceremony, all were invited to join for breakfast and much-needed coffee at the First Congregational Church.

The Reverend Jessica McArdle, Reverend Ara Heghinian and a few parishioners

Flashlights in hand

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Celebration of African Drumming and Dance

by Robyn Hatch

Concentration by Mrs. L’ecuyer’s students

The Barron School third-grade students presented a celebration of African drumming and dance on March 20.  There were two guest artists from Portland, Maine — Annegret Baier, drumming instructor; and Erma Colvin, dance instructor.  Amy Moldoff, music director for Barron, pulled off an assembly for the parents.

African drumming and dance is in its 10th year at Barron.  It is an integrated third-grade unit that teaches social studies, language arts, music, physical education and art.

All students have the opportunity to drum and dance for a six-week music unit.  Students learn much about cultural, habitats, climates, economic society, etc., regarding Africa.  Geography and mapping skills are taught at length.

The students also spend time creating maps, shields, dolls, games and the outfits they wore for the performance.

As a member of a community in Africa, everyone is important.  Your contribution is important and very valuable to the whole group effort.

Rhythm helps a person to hear and feel music in a very different way.  It uplifts and awakens the soul.  From this point, rhythm becomes very physical.  It takes over the body and makes a person want to dance.

Mrs. L’ecuyer’s class dancing students

Ms. Somma’s drummers

I can get this in Ms. Somma’s class.

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Chamber of Commence Ribbon Cutting DeVito’s on Main

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