SHS Building Trades Fabricate Corbels for Depot Rehab

by Len Lathrop


Corbel, cut, sanded, drilled, painted and ready to go in SHS Building Trades workroom.

Now that the Train Station has a new roof, window and doors and much more, it was time to continue with some more detail work.  Dr. Henry Labranche, Depot Committee Chairman, reached out to the high school to make duplicate corbels for the roofline and the window caps.

Corbels have been used in architecture for hundreds of years.  Originating in Medieval architecture, the name corbel was attached to a piece of stone jutting out of a wall in order to support a superincumbent weight.  Although corbels were originally constructed from natural stone, as time progressed, these modified brackets were constructed out of marble, faux stone, concrete, polyurethane, polystyrene, and many different styles of wood.  Beginning in the early English period, wood has become the favorite material in corbel construction.

Utilizing an original corbel from The Depot as a pattern, the students, under the watchful eye of Building Trades instructor Bill Duchano, constructed from 4-inch by 14-inch blanks which were cut individually on band saws by the students who then used belt sanders to smooth and shape the final product and drilled mounting holes.  Students then primed and painted the corbels; the installation is being donated by Stonehill Builders.


An original corbel from The Depot.


Bill Duchano, Building Trades instructor; Dr. Henry Labranche, Depot Project team member, and Thomas Gioseffi of Stonehill Builders check the corbel placement on an original drawing of the Depot.

No Change in Newly Elected Charter Commission Seats, Recount Keeps Those Elected

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

The nine members of the newly elected charter commission has not changed after a recount of the votes that took place on Monday, June 1 at a public meeting held in the Knightly Room at Salem Town Hall.

The recount came after candidate Pamela Berry came in tenth, behind Cathy Ann Stacey, by just one vote (233-232).  Berry’s numbers remained the same after the recount but Cathy Ann Stacey earned one more, bringing her total votes to 234.

Town Moderator Chris Goodnow, who contacted officials in Concord prior to the recount regarding proper procedure as it is performed in the State’s government, oversaw the recount.  The entire recount process took about two hours.  Volunteers turned out to recount the ballots from each of the town’s six voting districts.  There were two people per district counting up the votes while one additional person per district acted as an observer.  If the teams decided a ballot or vote was questionable, those ballots were put aside for review by a committee.

The special election held on May 19 consisted of 25 candidates seeking just nine seats on the newly designated charter commission.  The special election was requested at Salem Town Meeting in March by Salem voters, who spoke out and voted “yes” for a charter commission to be elected to study Salem’s current form of government and possibly suggest changes, which will be decided by Salem voters.

According to Susan Wall, Town of Salem Town Clerk, the entire special election process cost about $5,500.  Town Manager Jonathan Sistare had estimated originally the cost of a special election would be between $4,000 and $7,000.

The newly elected members of the nine-member panel are Fire Chief Kevin Breen, Deputy Chief of Police William Ganley, Arthur Barnes, Michael Lyons, Pat Hargreaves, Stephen Campbell, Robert Campbell, Annette Cooke, and Cathy Ann Stacey.

Kiwanis Scholarship Award Banquet

by Robyn Hatch


Scholarship winners

The Kiwanis Club held their 2009 Scholarship Award Banquet at the Harris Pelham Inn.

Howie Zidel (president) had the call to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance under the direction of Bob Stanley (president-elect).  Will Bamford (vice president) took the audience into a patriotic song, and Liz Carey (the first woman Kiwanis) led the prayer.  After opening remarks by Howie, everyone had a delicious turkey supper.  Special recognition was given to some people who had done much for the scholarship program:  Michelle Karca, Alissa Hazard, Heidi Greenlaw, and Carol Fazioli.


Howie Zidel (president), explaining the criteria for a scholarship

The scholarships began with a mention that a few of the winners received a larger bonus dollar amount because of the surplus that had been available by the Kiwanis.

The scholarship recipients were:

Ashley Andrew $1,500
Lianna Bessette $2,500
Christopher Foote $1,500
Matthew Forzese $1,500
Kaitlyn Kulesz $1,500
Niki Marion $2,500
Emily Moldoff $1,500
Jocelyn Morris $1,500
Sean Stewart $1,500
David Stewart $1,500

The Kiwanis organization, founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  The principle core of the Kiwanis’ mission is the belief that the most effective way to enhance a community is to enhance its children — when you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream and succeed, great things will happen.

As always, we thank the Kiwanis for their continual generosity and community commitment.

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