What Happened at Grant Field This Week?

Over 1200 People
84 Teams
Over 221,000 Donations and Still Counting
The Salem Relay for Life – American Cancer Society

Two of the Youngest Survivors at the Relay, Lindsay McAlpine and Hunter Drouin, were treated to some special surprise from the “Pappy/Grampy Den Store.

Between tears and joy, over 1,200 people spent 18 hours on Grant Field at Salem High School to raise funds for the American Cancer Society in remembrance of those who have survived and those who were lost to this disease, to celebrate the processes that have been made against the disease, and to fight back to continue the battle to cure cancer.

This the fourth annual Relay For Life of Salem.  The event kicked off with an opening ceremony Saturday, June 21, at 4 p.m.  A special lap celebrating all those who have survived cancer wearing purple shirts and walking with family friends and supporters waved and smiled as they circled the track and then were treated to a very special dinner provided by T-Bones Restaurant.

The track was never empty for the 18 hours and teams continued throughout the night with different special theme laps or laps to the music of different bands:  Memorial lap, Bluegrass Band, Kingston Big Band, Costume Parade, Yoga with Camille Flaherty, Yoga Balance of Life, Flute Ensemble, Luminaria Ceremony, Mardi Gras/Jazz Band.

Theme laps remembered the 70s, toga, green/earth, party hat and patriotic laps.  A non-denominational sunrise service took place at 5 a.m., followed by a healthy warm-up led by Salem Athletic Club.  The closing ceremonies were at 8:30 a.m. as the thunderstorms approached.  This year’s chairpersons Sheryl Parsons and Bill Sherry announced that plans were under way for next year’s event, which will be June 20 and 21, and that next year’s chairpersons will be Lynne Martineau and Paul Donovan. 

For more information visit http://main.acsevents.org/rflnhsalem or call Kathy Smith at 471-4121. 

Suriviors on the Knights of Columbus Relay Team

Sophia Dellali spins the prize wheel at the Salem Co-operative Bank Booth.
Watching are Sheila Kelly ,Terry Muir, and Ann Lally from the Bank.

Gabrille Driggers and Isabella Rogers Walk for the Soule Train Team

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Lancaster Wolves

Davan and TC, Wolves, talk to students at Lancaster

Lancaster School recently ended their program on healthy eating and living that took place for several months.  Each student had been given goal trackers and each month had a different goal the students and parents had to monitor and work on.  These involved physical activity, healthy drinks, hygiene, fruits and vegetables and a limit to television and computer games.  This event was taken very seriously by teachers and students.  As each event was accomplished, a charm was given out as a reward.  The students with the highest completion were put in a basket for a grand prize of a year long pass to Salem Athletic Club (donated by the Salem Athletic Club).  This was won by Gina Dizzard.  Special thanks also goes out to the Salem Patriot and Wal-Mart, who were huge sponsors of this event getting the Manchester Wolves to come and speak.  Many prizes and awards were given to the classrooms and individual students.  Teachers and helpers from Lancaster were Tina White, Kay Barneto, Tana Devine, Kerrie Webster, Christine Nadeau, Kim Knaskowski, Suzi St. Laurent and Diane Keegan, just to name a few.  The Wolves brought in much excitement to this assembly with their positive program “Eating Healthy Foods” with an emphasis on the importance of exercise and physical fitness.  The Wolves also talked about their careers, and then participated in a “tackle the principal” skit.  About 260 students and 75 staff member participated in this very positive and upbeat event.  Good job to all!

Davan Wilson says goodbye friends.

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Historical Society – Virginia Gerseny

Virginia, very involved with her story

The Salem Historical Society had the honor of having Virginia Gerseny of Concord, do her dynamic presentation of Harriet Beecher Stowe.  At no time did we ever see Virginia, from the moment she walked into the room Harriet was present to tell her true story and how she ended up writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin.   She took us back in time and it amazed everyone.

Virginia Gerseny graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University as a music major, did her graduate work in drama at Western Reserve University, and then taught drama at Texas Christian University.  She and her husband owned a large costume company and took time to raise two sons, both of whom now live in New England.

She lived most of her life in Ohio and came to New Hampshire to be near her family less than two years ago.  In Ohio, she presented platform portraits of interesting and historical women.  Her first was Empress Josephine.  In 1992, her Queen Isabella traveled throughout Ohio.  A favorite for Virginia’s audiences was Harriet Beecher Stowe, who she portrayed at the Historical Society.  When Virginia moved to Concord, New Hampshire, she added Mrs. Franklin Pierce to her many talents.  To her surprise, Jane Pierce was almost unknown and for this reason she gave this story total concentration to make people aware of whom this lady really was.  Through much research and pictures of costumes of that day, Jane’s story came to life.  It is a real honor for her to tell the tales of these famous people and to give them all equal value.

A little about Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  This famous book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a well known classic.   Although the American anti-slavery movement had existed at least as long as the nation itself, Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) galvanized public opinion as nothing had before.  The book sold 10,000 copies in its first week and 300,000 in its first year.  Its vivid dramatization of slavery’s cruelties so aroused readers that it is said Abraham Lincoln told Stowe her work had been a catalyst for the Civil War.

Today the novel is often labeled condescending, but its characters still have the power to move our hearts.  Stowe’s Tom is actually American literature’s first black hero, a man who suffers for refusing to obey his white oppressors.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a living, relevant story, passionate in its vivid depiction of the cruelest forms of injustice – and the courage it takes to fight against them.

Thank you Virginia for opening our minds!

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