Lions International Peace Poster Contest

by Robyn Hatch

Lions Peace Poster contest winners

Lillian Oliveri (Woodbury School) and Brianna Rastello (St. Joseph’s School), both seventh grade students, have taken the first step to becoming internationally recognized artists, by winning a local competition sponsored by the Salem Lions Club.  They were both chosen as first place winners to represent Salem in national and international competition.  The two second place winners were Nicole Radanovies and Amanda Bickford.  Their posters were among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Poster Contest.  Lions Club International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.  The posters were selected for their originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme “What Peace Means to Me.”

Salem Lions Club president Annette Cooke said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students.

“It was obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them.  I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.  Both Lillian Oliveri and Brianna Rastello’s posters will advance through the district, multiple district, and international levels of competition if one is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Cooke said.

One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.  The grand prize includes a cash award of $2,500 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City, New York for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations.  The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

“Our club and its Peace Poster Contest chairman Kay Barretto are cheering for both Lillian and Brianna as their posters advance in the competition, and we hope that their visions will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Cooke said.

Locally, Lillian Oliveri and Brianna Rastello were honored at The Blackwater Grille in Salem.  A very nice dinner was served to the winners and their parents.  A trophy was presented along with a first place certificate and other surprises.

Good luck to all!

Kids Carnival at Woodbury

by Robyn Hatch

Twins Troy and Cole Stoddard

Woodbury Middle School hosted a Kids Carnival that was filled to the maximum with students, parents, and friends.  All proceeds from this function will benefit people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders, served by Region 10 Community Support Services Inc., found at either WWW.REGION10NH.COM or 893-1299.

There were the Fisher Cat mascot, Milly the Millrat, Ronald McDonald, and Salem Police Department.  Many children got a chance to try on police and fireman outfits, along with many coloring contests and masks and sweatshirts to take home.  Demonstrations took place all day for entertainment, and the afternoon ended with raffles for incredible baskets of gifts.

This was a day full of fun and food, and a great way to raise money for disabilities.  Kids left full of smiles and, in many cases, ready for a nap.

From masks and coloring pages to all the other little items the children took home with them, this day will be long remembered.  Good job!

My hero (Boston Strob)

Jenna Mahoney, busy coloring

Joclyn Lesaux, face painting

Elk of the Year

by Robyn Hatch

Kenneth Myette wearing the famous Elk Hat

Once again, the Salem Elks nominated their new ‘Elk of the Year’ at a beautiful and funny ceremony in the Salem Elks Lodge.  The crowd was there in full capacity to honor and nominate Kenneth Myette, also known as “Gator.”  This award is based on volunteerism and general support for the organization.  Kenneth recently did major plumbing work for the organization at no cost to the Elks.

Kenneth is just a small example of the type of people found at the Elks organization.

Have a great year Gator!

Kenneth Myette giving flowers to his sister.

Yoga at North Salem

by Robyn Hatch

Tori Moretti and friend, getting ready for class

The North Salem PTA is excited to present a four-week yoga session run by Camille Flaherty, owner of Yoga Balance of Life.  These Yoga classes are being held after school at North Salem in the All-Purpose Room.  There is no cost for the students to attend, as the PTA will cover all expenses for this program.  The sessions include grades 1 and 2, and grades 3, 4, and 5.

Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India and is a simple, non-competitive way for children to get the exercise they need while having fun.  The breathing and centering exercises in yoga enhance concentration skills, patience, balance, self-esteem, flexibility, strength, and helps develop both sides of the brain.  It also prepares children to be able to stretch and release tension before preparing in any sporting event.  Many professional football players and other athletes use yoga to prepare for a game.

This is a fun event for children right after school.  Good job North Salem!

1st and 2nd graders in this class

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