Soule Firetruck

by Robyn Hatch

Julian Bouchrouche, one happy kid.

A dream came true for a first grader from Soule School.  Julian Bouchrouche and his mom were taken to school in a Salem fire truck.  He arrived to a cheering crowd of his classmates from Kellie Annicelli’s class, and received a red firefighter’s cap, and a handshake from the attending firefighter.  Not only did he feel very special, but this is a day to be long remembered!  Julian won the ride in a raffle drawn at the Fire Station Open House that was held the previous week.  Good job Salem Fire Company!

Finally the truck!

A handshake from a friendly firefighter.

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Salem High School Band Show

by Robyn Hatch

Salem High School hosted it’s 13th Annual Invitational Band Show on Saturday, October 11th.  Seventeen bands from across the region attended for a night of precision, music and entertainment.  This is just one of the many fundraisers the band has held as they will be representing Salem, Windham and New England in the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Arizona on January 3, 2009.  Donations are welcome and may be mailed to SHS-PMC, P.O. Box 144, Salem, New Hampshire 03079.

Salem Jr. ROTC Colorguard

Salem High Blue Devil Marching Band

Salem High Band Members

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Greater Salem Artists Association

by Robyn Hatch

Kathy Cooper busy at work.

The Greater Salem Artists Association held their monthly meeting at Kelley Library.  With a full house in attendance, the basics were covered, and after taking a break including goodies, the meeting got underway as, Kathy Cooper, an incredible artist, showed her still life work, demonstrating her style.

Kathy’s representational paintings possess a “magical” or “spiritual” quality, which captures the soul.  Painting mostly from her studio, Kathy collects interesting subjects from antique stores around New England to construct her still life.  An antique vase and flowers from her gardens are the most popular subjects for Kathy to paint in her painterly old master’s style.

Before turning to a full-time career in fine art, Kathy was a graphic designer and illustrator.  Her 20 years of experience in this field is evident in her paintings through prominent design and composition.  Originally from San Antonio, she has painted since childhood and studied art in college in Texas.  Kathy moved to New England in the mid 1980’s where she attended the Srebnik Atelier, studying landscape, artistic human anatomy, and the great masters.

Her work has been accepted in the SOCAL-ASOPA Society of Portrait Artists National Portrait Competition, the Academic Artists Association National Exhibit, the Lyme Art Association Exhibit, and the Fuller Museum Members Exhibition, and she is a Woman Artist of the West (WAOW) Associate Member.  Kathy teaches in her Westford, MA studio, and demonstrates for art societies around New England.  Her art can be seen on her website:  If you are interested in the Art Association please call 603-893-8774.

A sampling of Kathy’s artistic abilities

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Rosie’s Makes a Donation

by Robyn Hatch

Rosie’s Restaurant on 224 North Broadway in Salem held a “Cruise Night” every Tuesday evening throughout the summer.  As part of the festivities, a 50/50 raffle was held and the beneficiary of the proceeds was the Greater Salem Caregivers.

The Greater Salem Caregivers (GSC), a non-profit organization, has been in business since 1989 covering Salem, Pelham, Plaistow, and Atkinson.  It now has over 200 clients and 80 volunteers helping to drive people to doctor’s appointments, shopping or just visiting.  GSC was very pleased with the donation.

Greater Salem Caregivers receiving a check from Rosie.

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