Elks Halloween

Anayaiz Mendez, first Halloween

This past Saturday, the Derry-Salem Elks, on Shadow Lake in Salem, NH, held it's famous Halloween Party.  This event was full of wonderful surprises for the kids.  The usual "eat an apple from a string" was replaced with a tasty doughnut.  One little person stood there and tried to eat all four doughnuts tied to the strings, and the crowd laughed and let her do it.  There were many prizes, and many different types of snacks to satisfy everyone.  Unfortunately, the amount of kids that showed up was smaller than last year, probably due to the economy.  The youngsters that did participate came as Spider Man, angels, goblins and monsters.  The crowd was very young and many celebrating their first Halloween.  This was a very safe event and one that is looked forward to each year.

Adrienne and her dad, busy as work

A little dab will do it (Maddelyn Cleaver)

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Good Samaritan Helps Injured Woman

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Kevin Pelletier of Derry happened to be driving on Pleasant Street the afternoon of October 10 when he thought he heard a cry for help.  He turned around his Sanel Auto Parts pickup truck and saw an elderly woman on the ground in her driveway flailing her arms yelling for help.

He encountered Carol Rivard, a 90-year-old woman who still drives, lives independently and has been fortunate to age gracefully, but this particular day had not turned out so gracious to her, until Pelletier came along.

Rivard had left her home through her garage and was ready to get in her car to pick up Chinese food for lunch.  As she walked toward her car her leg gave out and she fell hard, breaking her hip.  She said she had been trying to sit up and yelling for help for about 10 to 15 minutes before Pelletier found her.

She told him she was in agonizing pain and asked that he call her daughter, Joyce Hatfield, at Woodbury School down the street.  After trouble reaching Hatfield he succeeded but the daughter found herself stuck in traffic for 20 minutes in trying to get to her mother.  In the meantime, Pelletier called the fire department and police to get medical attention for Rivard.

Through the ordeal Pelletier stayed with Rivard until help arrived.

“During the time I was with her the only person who stopped was one gentleman who had noticed her.  Before I found her, no one stopped.  I had left work for lunch and to pay a bill and as I passed by her home I heard ‘help, help!’  After I called for help I had to call my boss at Sanel to let him know why I would be late, and to send someone else to pick up lunch,” Pelletier said.

Rivard had surgery the next day and is recovering at Northeast Rehab.  Hatfield called Pelletier Kevin on Saturday to thank him for helping her mother.  “I can’t thank him enough.  Who knows how long she would have been there if he hadn’t stopped,” she said.

Pelletier called Hatfield the following Tuesday to see how Rivard was doing.  He was pleased to hear that she was in recovery and doing well.

Hatfield pointed out a very important fact that could have helped her mother get help faster.  “For a couple of years the family has tried to convince my mom to get a cell phone and keep it with her for an emergency.  Of course she always replied she didn’t need one.  Well, the next day after her surgery she asked us to get her one.  I think that elderly people should have them in case of an emergency, like my mom when she fell.  The prepaid phones are not expensive and could save time when help is needed in a hurry,” Hatfield said.

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Hidden Jewel Winners

First Annual Hidden Jewel Award Winners, from left, Pat Good, Blue Sapphire Award; Bonnie Breen, Emerald Award; Freda Smith, Mother of Pearl Award; Louise Peltz, Topaz Award; Tiffany Eddy, Keynote Speaker, WMUR Channel 9; Mary Graffeo, Pink Diamond; Holly DeCarteret, Diamond in the Rough; Kathy Davis, Ruby Award. The event held at the Atkinson County Club was hosted by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem Co-operative Bank. It highlighted the achievement of these outstanding citizens on Wednesday, October 29. Congratulations to all the recipients.

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Haigh Scarecrow

by Robyn Hatch

Connor places the head on one of the scarecrows.

The Haigh Horticulture Club met to explore PAHOYS (scarecrow) and their place in New England History.  Students were broken down into small teams to create their own PAHOYS to be used to decorate Haigh in the tradition of a New England Harvest.  The scarecrow is one of the most familiar figures of the rural landscape in many countries of the world.  His ragged figure has been recorded in rural history for centuries.  Earliest known written fact about the scarecrows was written in 1592.  Definition of a scarecrow - "That which frightens or is intended to frighten without doing physical harm.  Literally, that which scares away crows.”

Farmers of old world, once a year, would sew their land by hand after the land had been lovingly prepared and tended.  The farmer would discard his old clothes and create a friendly chap, the scarecrow, and put him to work guarding his crops.  The scarecrow worked then, and still does today.

In the Philippines, they celebrate the PAHOY-PAHOY FESTIVAL.  It is typically celebrated on May 25 in Calbiga, Samar Island.  There is a grand parade and dancing in the streets by people dressed like scarecrows.  Legend is that a scarecrow had saved village folk in Calbiga from famine by driving off marauding waves of pestilential Maya or ricebirds.  During the festivities, revelers in their gaudy costumes called on the gods to protect the crops and make the land fertile.

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Spirits Alive at Kayla Drive!

George Spates and his wife Mo Shyne, along with their son Dawson, spend an entire weekend every year to set up their Halloween decorations, surely getting the entire neighborhood into the spirit.  George says they dress up for Halloween and really get into it — all for the kids.  Their home on Kayla Drive is a focal point in their neighborhood during the holiday season, from Halloween to Christmas.

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