Salem Eagle Scouts

by Robyn Hatch

Matthew, Craig and Corey at Field of Dreams

All the board members for Field of Dreams in Salem are thrilled, impressed and grateful with the work three Eagle Scouts have done for the park, now a much better place for the community.

Matthew Correia, a sophomore at Salem High School, worked on an Eagle project to restore and upgrade the light track at Field of Dreams.  It cost about $800 made up by donations and a spaghetti supper.  He installed high efficiency LEDs in place of standard light bulbs to improve the longevity of the track.  His dad, Bruce Correia, and his Eagle advisor, Dave Getchell, repaired the worn electronic boards that controlled the light track.  John Peck gave a length of pipe and a tool to cut the pipe into covers to protect the lenses from theft and vandalism.  All of the lenses were replaced to improve visibility.  The structure then was painted and repaired.  Broken wires were replaced, and the track was rewired to correct for polarity issues with the LEDs.  The control panel was restored with a new piece of Plexiglas and an engraved aluminum cover displaying the controls.  A new potentiometer also was installed.  Matthew estimates the project took him, his dad, his Eagle advisor, and some of his fellow scouts about 400 to  500 man-hours to complete.

Craig Fitzgerald, a senior at Salem High and Eagle Scout,  refurbished the train at the Field of Dreams.  He replaced the top to the flatbed of the train and most of the stepping boards onto each train.  He used micro-pressure-treated wood because he discovered standard pressure-treated wood has copper arsenic in it.  Copper arsenic, if chewed, increases the risk of cancer in young children.  Craig also painted the train with two coats of stain.  Craig undertook this project so that the kids would have a safer area to play on.  Craigs twin brother, Corey Fitzgerald, also from Salem High School, added three eco-friendly picnic tables to the play area.  Corey found that the park was lacking in places for families to rest and have a snack while their children were playing.  These tables now rest just outside the swing area with plenty of viewing of the swings and slides. Corey ran three fundraisers to raise the $700 needed for the tables.  It took about 193 hours to complete the project.  Many local sponsors were involved to which Corey owes a great deal of gratitude.  Salem is very lucky to have these individuals in their town.  The improvement to Field of Dreams is outstanding and much needed.  The park is very lucky and fortunate to have such a generous group of people in these Eagle Scouts who chose this park for their projects.  Eagle Scouts, you are the best!

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Knights of Columbus Officers for 2008-2009

Front row, from left:  Bill Greenood, district deputy; Gene Bryant, deputy grand knight; Ken Akerley, grand knight; Rev. John Michalowski, chaplain.  Second row: Alan Phair, trustee; Al Hamel, lecturer; Bob Fournier, treasurer; Curt Goulet, chancellor; Vin Sarcione, financial secretary; Jim Broadhurst, recorder; Tony Fabrizio, warden.  Third row:  Joe Stafford, trustee; Paul St. Amand, inside guard; Al Faucher, outside guard.  Missing from photo:  Dick Collopy, trustee; Dan Norris, advocate. 

The Bishop Peterson Council 4442 of the Knights of Columbus installed a new slate of officers at St. Joseph Church on Saturday September 12.  Founded in 1957 by 62 Catholic gentlemen, the Bishop Peterson Council today boasts more than 230 members.  Knights in the council work closely with the two Catholic churches in Salem, St. Joseph, and Mary Queen of Peace, priding themselves on the five missions of church, council, community, family and youth through good works and strong faith. 

The grand knight for fraternal year 2008-2009 is Kenneth Akerley with Gene Bryant as the deputy grand knight.  Visit the council’s Website for more information at

Wife of Grand Knight, Ken Akerley, presents him with his Grand Knight jewel.

Tony Fabrizio receives his Grand Knight jewel from his son.

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Salemfest Attracts Hundreds

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Kids Parade - Mitchell and Kaleb Canavan

Salemfest is always an event Salem residents look forward to, but this year an even larger crowd came out to join in the festivities.  With such beautiful weather on Salemfest’s side this year, it made for a great weekend filled with good food, fun children’s activities, and so much more.

The Salem Historical Museum was open for tours and was host to pony rides for children.  Nearby, the Salem Historical Society and the Auxiliary to the Sons of the Civil War organized an adorable children’s parade, which began at the Corner of Bridge and Main Streets at the Hose House No. 2, past the Veterans Common, to the Salem Historical Museum.  Children with decorated bikes, wagons, and strollers marched proudly in their little parade.  The Sons of the Civil War also set up a demonstration of life as a Union soldier, complete with antique military gear and civil war style camp.

The Greater Salem Caregivers also held their annual Vincent Swanson walk-a-thon to raise funds for their services.  They keep homebound people (not just elderly living on their own) as long as they can comfortably provide transportation and help in the home.

At Greystone Farm, their annual apple pie sale, featuring apple pies baked by the residents, was a tasty success.  Greystone Farm also held their annual chowder walk, a classic favorite with soups and chowders made by the top chefs in our area, available to be sampled by the public.  Greystone Farm staff also encouraged those interested in seeing their luxurious assisted living home to enjoy a guided tour.

St. David’s church has always held a fall craft fair to benefit church activities and to fund donations they provide to others in need.  Reverend Caroline Stevenson could be seen walking around meeting and greeting patrons with her adorable adopted greyhounds, which all the kids had to see and give a pat on the head to.  The church had great food, a bounce house, face painting, live music, and 122 fantastic raffle prizes on display.

The Kelley Library Used Book Sale was extremely successful this year.  They also provided space to several non-profit service organizations: Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Salem Woman’s Club, and the Conservation Commission who had an informational display about the Salem Town Forest, and also the Town of Salem Bicycle-Pedestrian Corridor that is currently in the works.

Salem Boys and Girls Club offered a day for kids complete with fun, fun, and more fun.  Children enjoyed games, prizes, and activities suited for their age.

Salemhaven’s annual fall fair, in conjunction with Silverthorne Adult Daycare, hosted a day of food, crafter displays, homemade fudge, Salem afghans, and great raffle prizes.  All proceeds raised at Salemhaven benefited the Salemhaven resident activities fund.  On Sunday, Salemhaven had a special lunch guest.  Governor John Lynch attended Salemfest and enjoyed lunch in the Salemhaven dining room with the residents, then took a tour of the newly remodeled facility.

During the Salemfest activities last weekend, Betty Gay, chairman of the Salemfest committee, was clearly in her glory.  She had hoped for good Salemfest weather for the past several years.  She got it this year and was very thankful.  She was seen virtually everywhere, sporting her pink cowgirl hat, camera in hand, just trying to take it all in.  Her hard work really has paid her back this year with such a great turnout, and such beautiful weather that she had hoped for.

Looking at the Depot Model - Andrew (Historical Museum)

Greystone Chowder Walk

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