Salem Cabaret

by Robyn Hatch

The Jazz ensemble rhythm section, before the show

The Town of Salem came together for the 17th annual Cabaret — Under the Sea — performed at Salem High School.  This was a huge event with well over 200 people in attendance, set among ocean displays, white lights, and a movie screen.  The excellent food was prepared by the school’s culinary department.  The music ranged from many Beatles oldies to the classical works of Handel to songs sung and arranged by many of the students.  There was definitely something for everyone!  An event not to be missed!  This event gives all the proceeds to the Wayne Marchulaitus Scholarship Fund.

The Flute Choir, with Winter’s Gifts

North Salem Leprechauns

by Robyn Hatch

Caleb Federico-Dyer, explaining his complicated trap

Even though the first grade students at North Salem School did not actually catch a magic leprechaun for Saint Patrick’s Day, they had much fun, under the direction of Miss Kane, trying to come up with the best traps.  There were magic hotels, fancy flytraps, complicated gold and silver cages with hidden gold pieces, and tiny traps to almost human sizes.  The traps are a family project that has a school tradition covering many years.

In Irish mythology, a leprechaun is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland.  They are a class of “faerie folk” associated in Irish folklore with the Tuatha De’Danann and other quasi-historical people said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.

Leprechauns usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief.  Popular depiction shows them as being no taller than a small child.  Their trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker.  They are said to be very rich, having much buried treasure.  According to legend, if anyone keeps an eye fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the gaze is withdrawn, he vanishes.

With tiny green footsteps painted on the floor, the students were free to use their imagination — to dream about tiny little faerie folks!  How much fun!  Let’s hope the idea of leprechauns lives on forever in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day.

Traps displayed for any type of leprechaun

SHS Students Have a Night without a Home

by Melissa Norton, Intern reporter

Meghan Bench and Kattey Ortiz try to keep warm in a cardboard box.

Many people will fortunately never experience being homeless.  On March 20, a group of Salem High School students had a chance to see what homelessness was like, braving the harsh New England weather in the school parking lot.

The event was organized by junior Ali Vivineto and senior Brian Peltz.  Both students are active members with the Young Democrats Club at the high school.  After working with members of the Democratic Party to promote newly elected Senator Jean Shaheen and President Barack Obama, the pair wanted to “keep up with the energy.”  Ali got the idea for the event, which was titled ‘Night without a Home’, from her father who is a pilot.  While traveling, he had heard about a college taking part in a very similar event to raise awareness for homelessness.  This gave Ali and Brian the idea to plan an event at their high school.

They spread the word through flyers, the morning announcements, teachers, and by using social networking sites like Facebook.  Forty-five teenagers ended up participating in the event.

“Kids were really open to doing it,” Peltz said.  Each student was required to collect $50 in donations that would be given to New Horizons Homeless Shelter in Manchester.  Students were also instructed to wear warm clothing and bring a box to sleep in.  The event started at 7 p.m. and ended at 7 a.m. the next morning.  Two previously homeless speakers spoke to the students about their experiences and how New Horizons helped get them back on track.

Despite the fact that the temperature was about 20 degrees, the participants still spent the night in the lot.

“It was freezing.  All I wanted to do was go home and sleep in my bed,” participant Ross Davies said.  “It really showed me how hard it must be to be homeless.”

“Before, it was hard to comprehend what it’s like to be homeless.  You wouldn’t think that there are a lot of homeless people in New Hampshire,” Vivineto said.  In 2008 there were about 2,600 homeless people living in the state, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  It is most likely that number will grow in the next year because of the recession.

“We wanted people to get the appreciation and understanding that this really does exist,” Peltz said.

Greater Salem Caregivers Celebrates 20 Years

David Yasenka, Karen Yasenka, and Dick O’Saughnessey

On Friday evening, March 13, the Greater Salem Caregivers celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a dinner-dance held at the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson.  The dinner-dance is a special annual event for the Caregivers, and this year it was even more special because the Greater Salem Caregivers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their founding in 1989.

The evening consisted of a fine corn beef dinner, music, songs, and raffle prizes.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Community Leader Award, which was awarded this year to Reverend David Yasenka, pastor of the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem, who was one of the original founders of the Caregivers and a strong supporter and advocate over the past 20 years.

Past recipients in attendance included Ed Callahan of Rockingham Racetrack and Chuck Morse, former New Hampshire State Senator.

New Hampshire State Senators Mike Downing and Maggie Hasson were also in attendance to present proclamations from the State of New Hampshire in honor of the Caregiver’s anniversary and to thank the Caregiver volunteers for their service and help to the community.

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