The Magic Soule School Bus made a showing for the parents of Soule’s second-graders.  A presentation was performed by the students on dinosaurs; complete with songs, readings, dinosaur hats and a few jokes.  The parents were delighted!  This was the first assembly for the parents for many of the students.  There were nervous faces at first (students as well as parents), and as soon as the parents were spotted in the crowd, smiles and waves took place.  Good job second-graders!

Traci Jones riding the Magic Soule Bus

Grade 2 students waiting to start

Kaylee Domigan taking part in the presentation

Happy songs

The whole assembly

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Woodbury Art Show

The Greater Salem Artists Association recently held its 22nd Annual Spring Art Fling at Woodbury Middle School.  This was a show, as well as an opportunity for local artists to sell their works.  There were featured artists, music by Emerald Strings, a sixth annual cookie walk and many raffles prizes.  Many original works by local artists and students were on display.  With a huge turnout and many pieces of exceptional work, everyone got excited and motivated to pick up that paintbrush or camera to come up with new ideas and creations. 

Winners of the art show were:

Professional artists:

  • Best in Show - Don Whittemore, Windham
  • First place - MaryAnn Manning, Salem
  • Second place - Mary Castricone, Salem
  • Third place - Robert Bicknell, Groton, Massachusetts
  • People's Choice - Mary Casticone, Salem

Emerging artists:

  • First place - Thea Meyer, Londonderry

Great job artists!

Rachel Walker, grade 12

Briana Mullins, grade 8

Professional, Mary Castricione, “Good Old Girl”

Don Whittemore with his Grand Prize winner

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Boys and Girls Club Spring Charity Auction

The Salem Boys and Girls Club Spring Charity Auction was an event that can’t be described in words.  Imagine, more than 350 people at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club on Saturday night.  Beginning with a silent auction and wine tasting as the guests arrived around 5:30 p.m., getting the festivities was under way; couples had an auction number that tracked their purchases and made biding easy and fun.  There were more than 270 articles in the silent auction and after a great dinner there were 40 more in the live auction. 

As dinner was beginning the award-winning Torch Club was introduced by Salem’s Youth of the Year, Katie Beal.  The Torch Club was the state winner for its nutritional program for healthy eating habits for today’s youth; it was awarded a plaque and donation to the Salem Boys and Girls Club by the Staples Corporation. 

During the live auction, Cynthia Vigeant was introduced and she spoke of her and husband Mark becoming parents to Anthony Webster who stood next to his mom during her conversation with the audience.  Cynthia spoke of how great the Club had been to them after Anthony’s caregiver, his grandmother, died and their struggle to have Anthony as their son.  Mrs. Vigeant highlighted the summer camper program and the scholarship to support Anthony’s attending.

The evening ended with the sale of two bleacher seats from Fenway Park for more than $3,000 to support the Boys and Girls Club Programs.

Katie Beal, current Youth of the Year, at podium.  Back:  Jessica Lucier, education and technology director at the club and Torch Club advisor; and Torch Club/ Boys and Girls Club members Robbie LaChance, Brianna Lumb, Nick Garcia, Josh Garcia and Josh Gosselin.  Front:  Torch Club/Boys and Girls Club members Ashley Rawson and John Rainville; and Rose Halloran, fine arts director

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Salem Prepared if Floods Come

by Jay Hobson

Salem residents well remember the flood of 2006 and the Mother’s Day flood of 2007, and with near-record snowfalls in northern New Hampshire we would all ask what about 2008?

Salem Fire Chief Kevin Breen has asked himself the same question and as Emergency Operations Center commander as well as fire chief, Breen has been working with local and state officials on the potential problem.

On Breen’s office computer is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Website that monitors rivers in the area.  At a glance there is a real-time graph indicating the water level of the Spicket River, where that level is in relation to flood stage and when action needs to be taken.

Breen has been in contact with state officials via conference calls and has been assured that state officials are taking the potential of future flooding very seriously and are ready if and when the time comes.

“I was part of a conference call that lasted nearly an hour and was reassured that the state is taking this very seriously,” Breen said.

Being prepared doesn’t rest with just local and state officials; all must do their part in helping keep flood waters at bay.

Residents can make sure streams and rivers abutting their property or nearby are free of debris and culverts are unobstructed.

“I walked a section of river in town and the amount of debris and trash in the streams is incredible,” Breen said.

According to Breen, with the USGS technology, residents doing their part and local officials in a state of readiness the town is prepared should waters rise.

Breen has several suggestions for those living within a flood-prone area.  They are:

  1. Have at least 72 hours of food, fresh water, medications and batteries.
  2. Have an evacuation plan - know what you’re going to take and where you’re going and how you’re getting there
  3. Prepare ahead of time and fill sandbags a few at a time and place around cellar windows, bulkheads and garage doors etc.
  4. Keep emergency telephone numbers handy and heed warnings made by officials.
  5. Keep an eye on elderly and disabled neighbors and offer assistance if needed.

U.S. Geological Survey river monitoring system station monitored by Breen

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Salem Democrats Hold Unity Breakfast

by Jay Hobson

The Salem Democratic Town Committee held a unity breakfast at the Triumphant Cross Luthern Church, 171 Zion Hill Road on Saturday.

Among attendees were Congressman Paul Hodes, Salem Selectman and Board Chairman Elizabeth Roth, State Senate President Pro Tem Maggie Hassan, Executive Councilor Beverly Hollingworth and state Democratic Party Chairperson Ray Buckley.

Hollingworth and Salem resident Dick O’Shaghnessy awarded the Community Service Award to recently retired Salem Town Clerk Barbara Lessard in recognition of her 25 years of service to Salem, 23 years of which was spent as town clerk.

Executive Councilor Berverly Hollingworth, left, and Dick O’Shaughnessy, right, present retired Town Clerk Barbara Lessard, center, with the Community Service Award.

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