DogFest, the Celebration of Pets

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Roxey, a one-year-old Olde English Mastiff shows with her tongue just how sweet it is to be at DogFest with her “parents.”

Not even rain could keep the dog lovers indoors this past Sunday.  Rain and all, there was still an excellent turnout for the Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) 16th Annual DogFest held at Salem High School Sunday, September 28.

The annual celebration of pets was complete with pet related vendors, crafters, a psychic, a demonstration by Salem Police K-9 Officer Benoit and his partner Till, as well as the U.S. Customs Beagle Brigade.  The Bark Avenue tent was the spotlight of contests such as waggiest tail, best pet trick, best pet costume, and owner/dog look a like contest.  All were a huge hit with the crowd of animal lovers who came out to support SARL.

Reverend Caroline Stevenson of St. David’s Church held a blessing of the animals taking the time to bless each and every pet that waited in line for her.  After the blessing, the Pennies for the Paws-Walk for Animals kicked off.  The walk is a one-mile walk with leashed dogs that walk for monetary pledges, which are donated to SARL.

Several area animal rescue organizations such as Patriot Lab and All Breed Rescue, Greater Derry Humane Society, Libby’s Haven for Senior Pets, and Pets In Need all set up informational booths about their organizations and pets available for adoption.

Some of those who attended waited all year long for the event, while some just stopped by to see what all the barking was about.  Those who did not know what the event was all about soon learned about SARL’s great work here in Salem and 18 surrounding communities, featuring pets for adoption, and the many community outreach programs SARL offers.

SARL also had an informational booth with plenty of information about the organization, recent rescue missions, and their capital giving campaign that began last fall, which is funding the future home of SARL at the Ronald Kimball Family Farm located on Brady Avenue.

SARL’s annual DogFest is so much fun for the entire family – even the four legged kids.  Several sponsors made the event, vending space, and activities possible.  Much thanks goes to the Kimball Family, Andover Animal Hospital, Professional Pet Sitting, and Seed Technology.

DogFest is only one of the many great events that SARL hosts annually.  For more information about SARL, their community outreach programs, and the capital giving campaign call the shelter at 890-2166 or visit

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Ina Roorda Memorial

by Robyn Hatch

Ina’s daughter Nicole Henry and grand-daughter Evalina

The Fisk School held a family barbeque to raise money for the Ina Roorda Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Ina Roorda died last year, and she will always be remembered by the many lives she touched with her enthusiastic personality and passion for teaching.  The fund awards one scholarship to a graduating senior and one savings bond to a graduating Fisk fifth-grader each year.  The barbeque was held at the Salem/Derry Elks in Salem, and all food was donated by the Outback Steak House in Methuen.  The cost of the tickets included a DJ, a great dinner, and plenty of raffles.  What a great event to keep Ina’s memory alive!

Some of the many Fisk teachers involved

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Ladies Tea

by Robyn Hatch

A new dance

This month the Senior Center in Salem held their usual monthly tea, but this month had a different twist.  There was square dancing with George McGibbon to go along with the tea and crumpets.  Many of the people attending had done this type of dancing before, but George was patient with even the newest of beginners.  By the time he had walked everyone through the steps, the music and steps seemed fun and not complicated.  For those who didn’t dance, it was enjoyable just to watch and listen to the music.  This was another event at the senior center to remember!  This event was available to all members.

If interested in other events, please call the Salem Senior Center at 603-890-2191.

Marilyn and Judy giving it their best shot

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Celebrity Chef Cooks Up Fun at Woodbury; Makes Return this Saturday at Health & Wellness Expo

Tommy Grella

As they clutched their stomachs at the sight of imported dried anchovies in a jar, sixth-grade students at Woodbury School learned that, prepared properly, these little salty fish might actually be to their liking; minced fine, they make meatballs taste divine.

Local “Chefertainer” Tommy Grella served up fun and practical advice on healthy and safe cooking, during cooking demos this week for students in Woodbury Middle School’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes.  Grella, a financial planner from Methuen by day, was a finalist on television’s “Next Food Network Star,” and will be making a return visit this Saturday to Woodbury as part of the entertainment offered at this Saturday’s Health & Wellness Expo, sponsored jointly by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Woodbury PTSA.

The event runs from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 at the Woodbury.  More than 50 local businesses will be on hand, offering family wellness products and services, samples, demos and info.  A Family Fun Zone features Wii and other electronic fitness games.  Hair stylists will be doing hair cuts for Locks of Love to benefit cancer patients undergoing treatment.  The Red Cross will do a blood drive in front of the school, and Salem police will offer a KidFind table.  The Woodbury PTSA will run a morning bake sale and lunch service, with proceeds going to support PTSA programming.

Drawings for several prizes — including a new bike, restaurant and retail gift certificates, chiropractic services, Manchester Wolves team basket, and other items — will be held at the event.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

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