Celebrating a Day of Children

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Tristan Hughes, a first tattoo

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were there … were you?  The Derry-Salem Elks Club held their favorite event of the year last Sunday, the celebration of children known as Kidfest.  This is the eleventh year of the event.

Everywhere you looked there were happy, smiling, bright children having some good ol’ fashioned fun.  There were pony rides, midway games, face-painting, prizes, free gifts and dancing, plus much more.

Salem Fire Department held a demonstration of their extraction tools (jaws of life).  Even the smallest of children were amazed at how powerful those tools are, and eagerly applauded the team of firefighters when the top of the car was cut off, lifted, and removed.  Children were also able to take tours of the department’s fire safety trailer.  They learned about common household fire hazards and how a sprinkler system works.

Salem Police K-9 unit held a demonstration of how a police dog is used.  Four legged and furry, Officer Till was a huge hit with the kids as he demonstrated with his handler, Officer Paul Benoit, how he tolerates a ‘bad guy’ with no imminent threat.  But when that ‘bad guy’ crosses the line, or Officer Benoit instructs him to take action, Officer Till showed the kiddies he would chase down, bite, and hold until Officer Benoit can get there.

Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (SOU) also had several weapons, gear, and an armored vehicle on display.  Children were fascinated with the military style vehicle and could be seen peeking through bullet-proof windows and checking out police radios.  They even took turns sitting in the driver’s seat.

In all, the day was a blast, but if only Mother Nature could have held out another half-hour or so.  The event ended with a bang of thunder and a huge splash of rain!

Alyson Fauvel, looking at all the books

I have no idea what is going on

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Salem’s Ingram Senior Center Celebrates Six Years in New Facility

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Sergeant Eric Lamb of the Salem Police Community Service Unit takes his game seriously, and did very well, though the seniors won the match.

Salem seniors celebrated the sixth anniversary of their favorite spot in town, the Ingram Senior Center.  The celebration kicked off early last week with a week-long schedule of games and events.

On Friday, August 8, members of the Salem Police Community Service Unit (CSU) stepped up to the challenge of a friendly game of horseshoes against the seniors.  The CSU needs to brush up on their horseshoe skills because the senior team won the match, just as they did last year.

A special thanks to Dave Wholley of the Department of Public Works (DPW).  The horseshoe pits at the Ingram Senior Center were in need of a little repair prior to the horseshoe challenge.  He stepped up and immediately drove right down there and repaired the pits, keeping the scheduled match on time.

The activities set up for the celebration were in tournament style.  A few of the tourneys were billiards, poker, scrabble, horse shoes, and much more.

The Ingram Senior Center has every reason to celebrate its sixth birthday.  Since the opening of the facility in 2002, the amount of ‘things to do’ for residents over 60 has greatly improved.  They have a place to call their own where they can be who they want to be, and do what they want to do.  Live it up!

Bob Hansen from the senior team takes one for the team!

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Schoolhouse #5

Salem, New Hampshire, is a very special town built on much history.  It is well worth the time it takes to learn about its many hidden secrets.  One recent discovery is Schoolhouse #5, now located at its present location of School and Main Streets.  This quaint little white building, complete with a stone walkway and a carefully maintained garden, is probably a site that is easily taken for granted.

This one-room schoolhouse has actually been on four different sites.  Built in 1873, it stood on the south side of Bluff Street, just east of Zion Hill Road.  It was used for classes there for the children of school district #5 until 1944 when it was moved to Salem Center as an annex for Schoolhouse #1, which stood where the Haigh School is today.  Irven Felch remembered the move, saying a huge walnut tree had to be cut down at Lake

and Millville Streets to get the building around the corner.  The electric company preceded the schoolhouse, moving aside electric poles so the school could get by.

The schoolhouse remained as an annex until 1961 when the town prepared to build an addition to the Haigh School to replace the two older buildings.  Although the #1 Schoolhouse was demolished, the town put the #5 Schoolhouse up for sale and it was purchased for $350 by Bill Brown, a prominent Salem resident and member of the Salem Historical Society.  Mr. Brown moved the building to his home at 47 School Street, hoping it would one day be restored to its original condition.  In 1979, Brown moved the school again, this time to its present location at the corner of School and Main Streets.  He then gave the schoolhouse and the plot of land it was on to the Town of Salem, which in 1981 was added to the Salem Historic District.  The Salem Contractors Association gave the building an exterior facelift, replacing rotting trim boards, giving the building a fresh coat of white paint, and installing stairs at the entrance. 

The building sat idle for several years, but in the late 1990’s the Salem Contractors restored the interior of the building and it opened as a part of the Salem Historical Museum in 2000.  Old school desks, books, and other items are on display to show how a one-room schoolhouse in Salem once looked.  What a nice place to have a school adventure to really see, understand and appreciate how school days have changed!

Special thanks go out to the Salem Historical Society for their help with collecting this information and allowing the actual location shoot to take place.  The Historical Society Museum is open to the public on Mondays from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Members are very willing to discuss with you various historical buildings in town.  Take time to explore and discover the many treasures of the town.

A patriotic touch

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