Firemen at Haigh

Lily Iascone thinks this hat fits her personality 

Salem firemen paid a visit to Haigh School, bringing three firemen, one big fire truck, and the white rescue truck.  This was a planned event for the first and second graders.  The firemen took turns going into the classrooms and showing a video Be Cool to the children.  Questions were answered, and then the students went outside to see the trucks.  After much explaining about the different aspects of the equipment, each child was helped into the driver’s seat of the fire truck.  Smiles came onto the faces of many.  When standing next to the truck, the students got to look at and actually touch a big piece of its hose.  They never realized how large and heavy most of the equipment really is.  The big highlight was actually putting on the fire hat for a new fashion statement.

While in the rescue truck, the students were talked to about some of the do’s and don’ts of fire safety.  As in the classroom, questions were asked and answered.  Then each child was able to crawl out the back window onto the ladder attached to the truck.  There was plenty of help so no one would get hurt.

The day ended with more lessons about fire safety, more questions and answers, and each child receiving a special coloring book.

A special thanks to Salem Fire for spending time with the students.  This was a day not to be forgotten!

Explaining fire safety to students

Katherine LaCroix needing help

Salem Arbor Day Celebration

by Len Lathrop

From far left: Tim Wolfe, Helen and Damon Kenison, Howie and Bev Glynn, Linda LeMay, Nancy Bernier, Ann LeClair and Hattie Greenwood, listen to the poem read by LeMay as Tim completes the planting.

As with many Arbor Days in the past, the Town of Salem will be graced for many years as this year’s tree was planted at the town Museum.  Members of the Salem Historical Society gather to celebrate the day and accept the White Blossoming Weeping Cherry tree from the Salem Garden Club.

Garden Club president Linda LeMay lead the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, offered the Club prayer and recited a Poem by Joyce Kilmer entitled “Trees”. 

As Tim Wolfe of Lake Street Garden Center planted the tree and completed the base with bark mulch and multi colored Pansies, LeMay mentioned that this was the ninth tree that Wolfe had planted for the Garden club, to which Wolfe commented how great a feeling it was to drive though Salem and see all the trees that he had taken part in planting.  Howie Glynn, president of the Historical Society, pointed out how there must be roughly 25 trees which the Garden club had donated to the town, and only knew of one that had been removed at the High School to make room for the portable classrooms.  Hattie Greenwood, a long time Salem resident, lamented that Wolf was the grandson of the originator of the Lake Street Center, who went on to explain that this tree will grow to about 15 to 20 feet tall and is a the perfect size and type to accent the Museum.

The 2009 Arbor Day services closed with Glynn thanking the garden club for all they do in the town and for choosing the museum for this year’s tree.


by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowering breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

Littleville Learning Center

Once again, the Littleville Learning Center opened its doors to display its students’ art work.

They showcased over 1,000 pieces, with ideas and groupings from prehistoric works to today’s modern artists.  The focus was to connect art and nature with a ‘Tree of Life’ theme.  The included photos are only a sampling of the 65 students’ work.

Nolan LaBossiere, 6, next to his “Jumpy Horse”

What Will Charter Commission Look Like? 

Candidates, in the order they will speak, await the start of the taping.

Twenty-five residents declaring their desire to be one of nine members of the Charter Commission will be in the voters’ hands on May 19.

Many of the names are well-known to most voters as they have run for other offices or are current office holders and town employees, including three current selectmen, the fire chief, deputy police chief, recreation director, budget committee members, past charter commission members, and school board members.  There are some volunteers who have never served the town before.

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Salem Cable Television hosted a forum where candidates could speak to the viewer for three minutes; Attorney Bernard Campbell, a member of the chamber government affairs committee, hosted it.  Recorded on Thursday, 16 of the 25 candidates delivered short speeches outlining their candidacies.

Those wishing for your vote are: Arthur Barnes, Pamela Berry, Kevin Breen, Robert Campbell, Stephen Campbell, Annette Cooke, Richard Cooney, Christopher Dillon, Laurence Disendorf, Dustin Dufour, Harley Featherston, Michael Flathers, William Ganley, Patrick Hargreaves, Brian Keaveny, John LeFebvre, Joseph Lessard Jr., Thomas Linehan, Michael Lyons, Patrick McDougall, Melanie Murray, Daniel Norris, Don Sorcinelli, Cathy Ann Stacey, and Robert Uttley.

Following a citizen question about the ballot being in alphabetical order, Sue Wall, Salem Town Clerk, reports that she has been advised by the Sectary of State office that to follow the listing used during the town elections in March would be the prudent method to follow, noting the ballot will begin with the letter C.

During the candidates’ night, many expressed why they would be a good choice for your vote and why they wanted the position.  The strongest statement came from Patrick McDougall, who proclaimed he wanted to speak from the heart.  He was a resident of Methuen, MA when it transitioned from a town to a city, and he said he doesn’t want Salem to make that change.  “I don’t want to see any changes,” he said.  “I want to keep Salem just the way it is.”  While Tom Linehan claims that Donna Sytek called him the “quintessential grass roots person” who wants to work on the commission.  Larry Disendorf said having hundreds of voters decide major cash warrant articles during deliberative sessions wasn’t a reasonable decision-making process.  He continued, “It’s turning democracy on its head.”  Selectman Mike Lyons wants to see change and compromise in the process of opportunity for change.

Check the Salem Cable Television listing to see all the candidates’ presentations.

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