High School Students Model the United Nations

by Melissa Norton, Intern Reporter

Stephanie Pho, representing Canada, votes on a resolution in the environment and energy committee.

On April 15 and 16, students from Salem High School participated in the school’s 35th annual Model UN, learning about parliamentary procedure and tackling major world issues.

Students were split into 72 countries, and then each representative was put on one of the eight committees.  Resolutions prepared by students were put up on the table and then debated using the UN’s Roberts Rules of Parliamentary Procedure.  When resolutions were passed in committee, they were then brought up in General Assembly, held in the school’s auditorium, where every country and representative decided whether it should pass or not.

Students said it gave them the chance to voice their opinions on world issues, and to help give a better understanding.  The students who participated in the event were mostly juniors who take the year-long Comprehensive American Studies class.  Issues from searching for nuclear weapons in Iran to the timely prevention of Somalian piracy were discussed.  Many students spoke very intellectually on several of the controversial topics.  Once every speaker spoke, students then voted whether to pass or fail the resolution by raising cards that said their countries name.

The event was planned and run by juniors and seniors who take the Model UN and Global Politics class at the high school, taught by Kathleen Cavanaugh-Fabrizio.  Students in the class were put on the steering committee and worked as chairpersons and secretaries in the committee.  Each committee was run entirely by the students.  Katie Martino, a junior who was a member of the UN steering committee and participated as a representative for Congo, said, “It was nice to see that many students could come together to discuss world issues maturely.”

The Model UN annual event at the high school has always been extremely successful.  Kevin Golden, a history teacher at the high school, has been the chairperson for many years.  As he retires the following year, he said that his experience with the Model UN has been very enjoyable, as do many of the teachers who have participated in the event year after year.

Salem Rotary Fishing Derby

Emma, Eric, Tyler, and Ronnie with Emma’s catch of the day.

For over 20 years the Salem Rotary Club has sponsored the fishing derby at HedgeHog Park.  This year over 100 children came to fish and have fun. Organized by Chris Dillion, the Salem Recreation Director, the family event is divided into two groups, under 8 fishermen and those between 8-15 years old.  The pond was stocked by NH Fish and Game on Thursday with between 250 and 300 fish.  The winners were largest fish: 8 years old and younger, Leeza Vazquez; smallest fish: same category, Gabriella Martinello; largest fish: 9 years old and older, Stephanie Burke; smallest fish: same category, Andrew Smith.

Is the Washington County Story Going to Help ‘The Rock’?

Larry Maggi, chairman of the Washington County (Pa.) Commissioners, Scott Spradling, and Jeff Kotula, president of Washington County’s Chamber of Commerce.

Millennium Gaming, who have the rights to build a gaming “racino” at Rockingham Park if our state, brought Larry Maggi, chairman of the Washington County (Pa.) Commissioners and Jeff Kotula, president of Washington County’s Chamber of Commerce, to New Hampshire Tuesday to report on the success of the “Meadows Racetrack” and how that community has benefited.  Scott Spradling, formerly of WMUR-TV, hosted the chat at the track for invited Salem residents and community leaders.  Spradling, a spokesperson for “Fix It Now New Hampshire,” a special interest group aimed at bringing video slots to Rockingham Park, used the forum as an opportunity to urge those in favor of slots to contact their local legislators - and the governor - and convince them to take a hard look at expanded gambling.

Meeting in the Belmont Room from where you could see the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker - Blackjack - Craps - Roulette, had Commissioner Maggi asking the question, “I thought it was illegal,” those assembled just chuckled.

Maggi and Kotula, president of Washington County’s Chamber of Commerce, spent Tuesday talking about the effects legalizing expanded gambling has had on Washington County, a suburb about 25 miles from Pittsburgh.  First addressed roughly 40 legislators at the NH State House.  At both settings they told of the similarities of the PA racino and the Rockingham site.  The Meadows has had a temporary slot facility with 1,800 video slots since 2007.  And just last week opened a permanent building with 3,500 slots.  Located in a town about the same size as Salem and with Pittsburgh about the same distance as Boston, MA is from Salem.  Kotula told the 50 residents at the forum that slot machines had not negatively affected the quality of life in the county.  In fact, he said, they were actually part of the county’s plan to improve the quality of life.

During questions, when asked if they had met with Governor Lynch, or if Lynch was in the audience during their presentation, when the answer was no, Salem resident Larry Belair expressed frustration with Lynch’s stance on gambling.  “Governors don’t get to say they’re not sure,” Belair said.  “They have to find out.”

Governor John Lynch has hedged his bets on slots, saying he would only support legislation for video slot machines if he was convinced they wouldn’t have a negative effect on the quality of life in the state.

Spradling asked members of the public to contact the governor and ask him to “connect the dots, do the homework and due diligence.”

Preparing Seniors for Emergencies

by Robyn Hatch

Explaining the importance of an emergency kit

The Salem Senior Center was very lucky to have the New Hampshire Red Cross present an incredible session on ‘Disaster Preparedness.’  The seniors were told they need to take responsibility to protect their life and prepare now for a sudden emergency.

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force evacuation in your neighborhood or confine you to your home.  The Red Cross explained what to do if basic services — water, gas, electricity, or communications — were cut off.  They were also shown how to protect themselves and cope with disaster by planning ahead.  Even with physical limitations, it was shown that it is still easy to protect and prepare for the worst.

A disaster supplies kit needs to be packed and ready in one place, before a disaster strikes.  Supplies need to last for at least three days.  Supplies need to be stored in a backpack or even a container with wheels.  An example of these supplies was shown.

A list of basic needs was passed out in a neat little compact brochure, with some items listed including cold climate supplies and necessary items for the car.

Seniors were told to label their equipment — such as wheelchairs, canes, and walkers — with their name, address, and necessary phone numbers.

The seniors left with a good understanding on what they need to do to be prepared.  Many comments could be heard on how great the session was.  Many could hardly wait to get home and start collecting all the items that were just talked about.

Immediately after the Red Cross talk on Disaster Relief, the nurses from First Choice Training Institute (Salem, New Hampshire) presented many of the seniors with ‘Life Books’ they had been working on for credit from their nursing school.  Several months ago they met with many of the seniors to get background information — special little tidbits to include in these unique books.  Each nurse presented a senior with a Life Book as a gift.  Not only did the seniors feel special, but the nurses learned a valuable lesson on how to interact with older people, how to make them feel valued, as well as receiving a positive feeling they hope to duplicate when they go into the workforce soon.  This was a positive force for all!

The nurses from First Choice Training Institute

Kadi and Eugenia

School District Conducts Household Census

The Salem School District is conducting a household census that will provide information to help identify age-eligible students, project future school enrollments, and plan for the future of our schools.  Residents’ responses are crucial to the success of the effort.  School officials are asking all residents to complete the Census Record Form and return it in the postage-paid response envelope by Thursday, April 30.  Individuals with no children in schools are asked to complete the top portion of the Record Form only.

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