Elks Car Show

An overview of the show

Finally good weather came up for the Salem-Derry Elks car show in Salem.  There were more than 100 cars on display from creative roadsters to 1971 Mavericks.  Much looking and talking about the individual models went on.  Some cars were incredibly pretty with lots of chrome, while others were art pieces with colors and designs drawn on the body surface.

These car shows help to raise money for functions the Elks put on and support during the year.  There was one $100 gas raffle, while the rest of the money was raised on beer, other alcohol and food.  Definitely a fun time for young and old alike!

Talk about creativity

The red 1956 Oldsmobile

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Haigh Makeover

Last touches

The Haigh School on 25 School Street in Salem planned to surprise its students with a makeover that took place all summer.

Outside the school, the PTA commissioned Mr. Ladnarik (owner of Signs and More) to upgrade the Haigh School sign with letter tracks, a fresh coat of paint, and the addition of the Haigh Hornets Mascot.  Much landscaping was done by Trinity Landscaping from Methuen, Massachusetts, with fresh mulch and new plants put everywhere.  The biggest change was to the flagpole area which can now be seen.  Bushes were cut down and trimmed with beautiful flowering plants and bushes added to this new patio-looking area.

Inside the school, the walls were freshly painted, and the gym now sports a big colorful mural with the school mascot, done by Off The Wall Designs, Salem, NH.  This mural is not only colorful with the school colors but has little characters laced throughout the lettering.  Not many children can look at this without laughing!

This is now a school truly designed for the kids and a place they will look forward to going to each day.  Great job, Haigh!

Last painting on the banner

Painted stones by the students

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Origins of Geremonty Drive

So many times we drive on Geremonty Drive in Salem, and very few of us know anything about the meaning of “Geremonty”.  We turn onto it by Kelley Library, go up to Salem High School, and on to Field of Dreams.  Who or what was “geremonty”?

Francis Geremonty was born in Stoneham, Mass. on October 18, 1901.  He was the son of Alfred and Florence Geremonty, and later married May Eckford in 1924.  Two children were born but died in infancy.  Mr. Geremonty died July 2, 1963.

Mr. Geremonty was an educator who served Salem’s school system during two different periods.  Geremonty Drive, through the town’s municipal complex, was named after Francis, in his memory.  He came to Salem first in 1926 as a teacher-coach at the then (new) Woodbury High School, where he remained for two years.  His football teams were very successful and members of his teams revered him.  Francis returned as headmaster of Woodbury High School in October 1956 and continued that post until his death in 1963.

He attended Stoneham public schools and was graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1925, where he earned his Master’s degree in history at that school in 1930.

Francis Geremonty was generally known to Salem people as “Gerry”.  He also served during World War 1 with the 101st Division and was heavily involved in several bitter campaigns.  He earned the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross.

This is a man that the town of Salem is very proud to have had lived and been a part of the area.  Now when you drive down Geremonty Drive you can put a person to the name.

(Information obtained from the Salem Historical Society)

Intersection of Geremonty Dr. and Main St.

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Food Pantry Demand Has Risen

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

The economy is unce0rtain and times are tough for many, even some who never thought things would get so bad.  Some Salem residents are reaching out for assistance to try to help make ends meet.  After fueling the family car, paying heat and electricity bills, some families are finding no money left for food.  People who have never needed assistance before, or never even dreamed they would need assistance are in need of it now.  Many are seeking help with feeding their families through the local food pantries.

The Pleasant Street United Methodist Church has had a food pantry for nearly 30 years.  Greta-Rose Barnes, known as the brain of this humanitarian service, said the crowd of needy residents has grown, especially recently.  People of all walks of life and social backgrounds are finding themselves unable to afford food.

Catholic Charities sets the guidelines that are to be followed by church organizations hosting a food pantry program.  But where does the food come from?  Long time Pleasant Street United Methodist Church food pantry volunteer Kay Panciocco says limited funds come in donations from local residents and businesses.  The money is used to buy food from the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.  Private citizens and residents of Salem also donate food items to help stock the pantry’s shelves.  In addition to the private donations, several major food drives help keep the food pantry going.  No one in our community should be going hungry, yet there are many who are.

Besides the New Hampshire Food Bank, several local food-related businesses continuously donate whatever they can to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church’s food pantry.  Peter’s Farm on Cross Street recently donated two large boxes of farm-fresh corn on the cob; Shaw’s Supermarkets in Salem and Windham donate frequently any items that are needed including fresh bread; and Mike’s Red Barn on Main Street also consistently donates.  Local business owner, Rick Dewhirst, makes a point to drive every Wednesday to Shaw’s and anywhere else the volunteers need him to pick up items.

 Many who are living this situation every day do not tell others they are struggling and do not ask for help from their families, friends and neighbors.  Many people who are in a better position than most do not realize they can help, or how they can help.  In addition to non-perishable food items such as canned goods, canned juice, or pasta the food pantry tries very hard to provide items that can not be bought with food stamps such as:  laundry detergent, tooth brushes, tooth paste, hair brushes, shampoo, soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, feminine hygiene products, deodorant and diapers.  The pantry never has enough of these items.

The Pleasant Street United Methodist Church food pantry is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.  If you wish to donate items that are needed drop them off between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.  The church is located at 8 Pleasant Street in Salem.

The Pleasant Street United Methodist Church is not the only food pantry in town.  In fact we have several locations in town, and each pantry has the same mission, to feed the hungry and those in need in our community.  For more information regarding locations and needed supplies visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

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Chamber to Honor ‘Distinguished Businessperson’

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the 2008 William A. Brown Distinguished Businessperson Award.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, and the 27th presentation of this award (as it was originally presented by the Salem Commerce Exchange).  The Chamber’s most prestigious award, is presented to an individual who, by a single act or through a variety of activities, has enhanced the environment of this community.  This award is given in the memory of William A. Brown who was the first to receive it.  The award will be presented to Ann Lally, president of Salem Cooperative Bank, where she has worked since 1986.  Before being named president, she was senior vice president and treasurer from 1994 to 1997 and treasurer from 1988 to 1994.  She is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and master’s in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University (New Hampshire College).  She is a director and past president of the Salem Boys and Girls Club, past chairman and director of the New Hampshire Bankers Association, and a past board member of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs, where she received the 1997 Leadership in Industry Award.  She participated in the Greater Salem Leadership program in 1997 and that year was named the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem Person of the Year.  She also was named Community Banker of the Year in 2004 and was presented with the Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Hall of Fame award in 2005.

This year the Chamber and event sponsor Citizen’s Bank will make the award presentation on September 24 at the Chamber’s annual dinner at The Granite Rose in Hampstead, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m.  Dinner will begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $50 per person, with tables of 10 available.  For additional information or to buy tickets, contact the Chamber office at 893-3177. 

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Duck Visits Class

North Salem School had a visitor the first day of class — a duck joined the fourth grade physical education class for a Frisbee lesson.  A nice way to start the school year!

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