Knights Prepare for ACS Walk

Having a great breakfast, loving the pancakes, is Nathan Bouchard with his sister Chanel, as did Jeff and their friend Knight Butch Kealey.

Once again, the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Peterson Council 4442, are sponsoring a team in the Greater Salem Cancer Relay.  Joining the Knights will be the Salem Kiwanis, who have been banding together to walk the track at Salem High School on June 27.  In a fundraising effort, the K of C held a breakfast at their hall on Main Street.  Those in attendance enjoyed eggs, pancakes, french toast, and ham and sausage – all prepared by the members.  With raffles and special Key-cutting activities, the Council raised funds for the fight against cancer.

Missed breakfast this weekend?  The Knights will be there again on Sunday, May 31 for your eating enjoyment.  Come out and have a great breakfast and support the fight against cancer.

Butch Kealey, Ralph Miele, Dick Collopy, Greg Buscanera, Jose Moreno, Don Gagne, Jim Broadhurst, Al Faucher

Chorus Does Exceptional Piece

The Haigh School chorus presented an incredible version of Oliver Twist, under the music direction of Amy Moldoff.  This professional, fast-moving event had many soloist and group songs.  Tia Garbenis, Tristan Rock, Hayley Ensko, Sarah Gallagher, Molly Boudreau, and Danielle Demers sang solos that were nearly perfect – a welcomed surprise for many!  This concert was the hit for the year and will certainly go in the books as one of the best.

Hailey Twombly singing Where Is Love

Tia Garbenis, soloist for Pick a Pocket

Tristan Rock, Hayley Ensko, and Sarah Gallagher singing I’d Do

Molly Boudreau, soloist for It’s a Fine Life

Stone Environmental School Cleared of Salmonella, Woodbury Students and Staff Feeling Better

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

A mixer used by staff of Stone Environmental School in Madison was identified as the source of a salmonella-poisoning outbreak that infected over 70 students of Woodbury Middle School late last month.

Superintendent of Salem Schools, Michael Delahanty is relieved that the students and staff are feeling better, with the exception of one student who did try to return to school but was sent home this week as the student still felt ill.

According to a press release issued by officials of Stone Environmental School, the mixer was used to prepare pudding that many of the Woodbury School seventh grade participants ate.  Officials of Stone Environmental School are pleased with the handling of the investigation conducted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Purity Spring Resort, the school’s parent company.

In the press release issued last week, the executive director of Stone Environmental School, David Freese, said, “Each week during our program season, our first and foremost concern is for the safety and well-being of our students when we bring them to the Purity Spring Resort’s facilities and grounds.  We are pleased that Purity Spring Resort and the Department of Health and Human Services have found the source of the illness that unfortunately made a number of our students ill.  With the resolution of this unfortunate situation, we look forward to continuing our environmental education programs as we have done for the last 18 years.”

Superintendent Delahanty had already made the decision before the Woodbury students went on the trip that this was to be the last year the school district would send the students, mainly due to financial cost of the trip and also liability issues.

Kelley Library Gets Mobile

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Joan Fardella (l) and Anne Pepin (r) are officially launching an expanded program that has existed for over 25 years.  Both are very excited and eager to continue this program at a larger level.

Salem is full of special caring and compassionate people.  For those who just love people and helping those that could be less fortunate than others is never anything less than a fulfilling experience.

Many homebound residents in Salem already know how sweet Anne Pepin really is.  Twenty-five years ago she saw a need to be filled — getting the library to those who cannot make it there.  She began visiting with residents at Millville Arms and Telfer Circle, assisting the residents with library materials, all very low-key and all by herself.  The vision she had for this project is now becoming a reality, thanks to help from Joan Fardella, Kelley Library Trustee.

Both Joan and Anne are now preparing to reach out to more people who are in need of the service.  Anne said the joy that she sees from her bi-weekly visits with the homebound means so much more to them than someone just picking up and swapping out library materials.  She said, “Many of these people enjoy having someone stop by just to talk for a bit, help with a minor household chore they just cannot handle anymore, but many enjoy the company we can provide to them.  It’s a beautiful thing to see their eyes light up when I make my visit.”  Joan added to that, saying, “Many of these people are lonely.  It really brightens their day, giving them someone to talk to and providing a useful service to them.”

Joan and Anne shared a common vision of expanding the program, but Anne works full-time at the library, while Joan is retired.  Joan made Anne’s vision a reality by launching an official expansion of the program, effective May 1.

The Kelley Library has been providing delivery of library materials for 25 years, thanks to Anne Pepin.  Based on the success of the program thus far, Joan Fardella intends to reach even more homebound residents.  The service is available not just to the elderly homebound but to anyone of any age who is truly homebound, whether it is permanent or temporary, or due to illness, injury or disability.

Materials available through this program are currently limited to books (large and standard print) and audio books.  Delivery is every two weeks.

To learn more about the program, call the Kelley Library at 898-7064 to arrange for a home visit.

Historical Society Welcomes Artists

The Salem Historical Society once again had a program that would interest many.

At a free monthly meeting, the guests were able to experience some works by two artists – Dotty Beal (a fabric designer) and Marylou Sears (a color and oil artist).  Many pieces were shown by each, with questions to follow.

Dotty Beal became interested in Japanese Bunka seven years ago.  Bunka is a unique form of embroidery using a special needle and rayon threads to create beautiful works that resemble paintings.  Dotty has entered many contests and has won many first place and Best of Show awards.  (Best of Show means all the stitching - colors and depth of dimension - is perfect.)  She also studies under Beverly Enos, an artist from Georgetown.

Marylou Sears is an artist from Salem and a member of the Salem Artists Association.  Being an Art teacher at Woodbury is very rewarding for Marylou.  She challenges her students to try new things to improve their artistic abilities.  She learns from them as well.  Marylou loves drawing and painting and sharing what she has created with the students and other people who are fortunate enough to see her work.

Dotty Beal showing some techniques

A beach scene on a foggy day

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