Restored Cannon Makes Debut at Town Common

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

DPW crews place the refurbished cannon at Salem Common.

Like many, Arthur Barnes noticed that the antique cannon at Salem Common was in dire need of refurbishing.  He attempted to see $1,000 put into the town budget for the purpose of repairing and refurbishing the cannon, which is dated 1917.  Due to town budget constraints, the $1,000 needed did not make it into the budget — but Arthur did not give up.

“I would drive by and see the wheels flailing out.  It was embarrassing to look at.  I know a lot of the names on the Veterans Memorial Stone and thought that they deserve better recognition of the service and sacrifice they gave for our country.  I did some research on the cost of replacing parts and such and decided to donate the money needed for its restoration,” Barnes said.

Chief mechanic of the Department of Public Works, Ted Puzniak, was put in charge of the restoration project for the cannon at Salem Common.

“It was some work, but nothing we couldn’t handle.  We had to sandblast, prime and paint, as well as make new wheels that fit and work,” said Ted Puzniak.

The cannon is a French design brought to the United States in 1917.  At the time, the U.S. military was lagging in useful artillery.  The cannon was used for infantry support when the U.S. armed forces entered World War I.

Town Manager Jonathan Sistare thanks Arthur Barnes for his donation to restore the historic cannon.  Barnes received a plaque thanking him for his efforts.

Lions Club Penny Social

by Robyn Hatch

Annette Cooke, Sheryl Parsons, Pam LaTulipe, Yogi Fregeau

The Harris Pelham Inn was once again host to the Salem Lions Club annual Penny Social.  The excited crowd enjoyed looking at the hundreds of pretty baskets full of items worth at least $25.  The majority of the raffles were $1, while the more expensive went to the $5 price range, and there were also 50/50 chances.  The basket items were all donated by the many businesses in and around Salem:  green basket teas, pearl necklaces and earrings, salon basket, sweeper and bathroom accessories, autographed ML Carr basketball, wine racks, beautiful plants, a savings bond, and a breakfast basket, to name a few.  The special raffles included Red Sox tickets, two nights at Foxwoods to hear Gloria Estafan and Carol King, and three yards of mulch delivered.  There was an interest for everyone, and the night ended with many people feeling happy.  Harris Pelham Inn served their famous turkey dinner, complete with salad and bread.  The Lions Club raises money with events like this, and the money all goes back to the community.

Paul Donovan is checking out the prizes.

Bob Elliot is telling it like it is

Class of 2010 Plans to Collect One Million Pennies

by Melissa Norton

At Salem High School the student council does many fundraisers to raise money for class events and for charity.  Over the past couple of weeks the class council of 2010 has been in the process of trying to collect one million pennies to go to the 2010 senior prom at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, and to a fund to help Salem students in need.

The idea to collect one million pennies came from the 2010 class president, junior Christie Cannone.  The class council decided they needed to find a box big enough to hold one million pennies, so they went to the CADD (Computer Animated Drafting and Design) teacher, Mr. Derosa, hoping he could help them design a special box.  The students in the CADD class helped to figure out the exact size the box had to be to fit one million pennies, then, with donated materials from Portland Glass and Yarde Metals in Pelham, the class council constructed the box.

One million pennies is equal to $10,000.  The fundraiser is planned to go on for the rest of the year.  Each day the box is put in the principal’s office, but when lunchtime comes it is pushed to the cafeteria so students can bring in their extra pennies.

“No one uses pennies any more.  I know that they’re a pain for me to have.  So we thought ‘Why not take everyone’s unused pennies and put them to something useful?’,” said 2010 class advisor Deb Wilmarth.

At the end of the year, the box of pennies will be taken to the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA and cashed in.  The money will go to the 2010 senior prom at Gillette Stadium, but some of it will go to a fund that helps Salem students in need of school supplies and school lunches.

“We’re staying close to home with this fundraiser.  Our goal for next year’s prom is that the prom is free for the seniors.  In the process, we also want to make sure that our students have somewhere to turn to if they have money problems,” Wilmarth said.

Anyone in the public can donate to the box.  The class council and the school would really appreciate donations to help support this year’s junior class.

Charter Commission Membership Decided

by Jay Hobson

Savannah Dannewitz, 5, can’t wait to be old enough to vote. She eagerly accompanied mom to the polls to cast votes for the newly formed Charter Commission.

The Tuesday, May 19 election had a record low turnout, as only 830 voters (4 percent) out of 20,392 registered voters cast their ballots on two issues at polling stations across Salem.

The nine Charter Commission members that were elected are:

  • Budget Committee member Stephen Campbell - 385 votes
  • Selectman Patrick Hargreaves - 334 votes
  • Planning Board member Robert Campbell - 301 votes
  • Fire Chief Kevin Breen - 282 votes
  • Lions Club President Annette Cooke - 274 votes
  • Selectman Michael Lyons - 267 votes
  • Selectman Arthur Barnes - 243 votes
  • William Ganley III - 242 votes
  • Rockingham County Registrar of Deeds Cathy Ann Stacey - 233 votes

The second issue decided was the Canobie Phase II Bond.  That issue failed with a yes vote of 508 votes for and 308 votes against.  The measure needed a two-thirds majority to pass, which it did not receive, garnering only a simple majority.

The record low turnout was possibly due to “voter fatigue”, according to Town Moderator Chris Goodnow, as voters have been asked to go to the polls several times this year.

“I’m very disappointed (with the low turnout).  This is sad,” said State Representative Anne Priestley, who is the mother of newly elected Charter Commission member Cathy Ann Stacey.

The ballot, although in alphabetical order, began with the letter C and ended with the letter B, as decided by statehouse officials.

“State officials draw a letter out of a hat and ballots across the state start with that letter and proceed alphabetically.  In this case, the letter was C so the ballot start with C, went through the alphabet, and ended with B,” said Mike Carney, who co-hosted Channel 23’s election coverage.

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