Farewell to Ms. Rowe

by Robyn Hatch

Waiting for Ms. Rowe

The Haigh School ended its school year with a farewell to their loved principal, Ms. Gail Rowe.

Ms. Rowe will become principal of the Alstead Attendance Area schools in the Fall Mountain Regional District, beginning July 1.  The schools include Acworth Center School in Acworth, Sarah Porter in Langdon, and Alstead Primary and Vilas Middle School in Alstead.  The schools are 30 miles from her home in Deering, which is half the commute she has been traveling to Salem.  Ms. Rowe says she has been honored to serve the students, families, and staff of Haigh School and the Salem School District.  She is looking forward to this new opportunity and new challenges.  Ms. Rowe thanks everyone in Salem for their support over the past seven years.

The students took time during an assembly to express their love for Ms. Rowe, with poems, songs, and many hugs.  The students understand, but it was obvious that Ms. Rowe will be greatly missed.

The staff, friends, and Town of Salem wish Ms. Rowe the very best!

Principal Rowe, making her entrance

Father’s Day at Field of Dreams Park

by Robyn Hatch

On a saturating rainy Sunday afternoon, a Father’s Day celebration, sponsored by the National Congress of Fathers and Children of New Hampshire, took place at Field of Dream’s Park at Geremonty Drive in Salem.  There was supposed to be a band, guest speakers, raffles, games, prizes, refreshments, and balloons.  Despite the rain, an incredible food vendor — Ian’s Granite State Franks — was there with his family with a wide variety of temptations to eat.  There was a Foreign Student Exchange booth set up with information on sponsoring children from other countries.  Another booth for the National Congress for Fathers and Children was represented with helpful information and contact numbers.  Face painting was done on the few children who showed up, and they were also treated with balloons.

Even though the day was a wash, the information obtainable, the food, and the music by Dirty Pool (from Wilmington, MA) made the day worthwhile.  Good try, Field of Dreams!

National Congress for Fathers and Children representatives

Salem High School’s Adult Ed Graduation for Non-Traditional Students

by Robyn Hatch

Getting through their education with full-time jobs, life's ongoing challenges and family responsibilities has not been easy for the students in the Adult High School Diploma Program or those getting their GED High School Equivalency Certificates.  While for the majority of students, a high school diploma is little more than a formality, for this year's graduating class at Salem, it was nothing more than remarkable.  The stories are as diverse as the students themselves.  From military duties, to raising an unplanned family - all are just as important and special.  Even though their stories don't fit the typical mold, this is what makes this continuing ed program so special.

This years graduates are:  Ashley Baker, Cassandra Bedard, Thomas Bertini, Brian Bolia, Ashley Bonneau, Siena Brooks, Andrew Burgos, Stephanie Calhau, Carolanne Carey, Shana Casey, Nicholas Castenbader, Nelson DaSilva, Anthony DiMarzo, Joshua Dobeck, Joshua Dumont, John Ensko III, Thomas Evans, Dannielle Evers, Timothy Fitzpatrick, Kurt Haberstroh, Jacqueline Hill, Lindsey Kelly, Steven Kendall, Timothy Lefebvre, Katelyn Marsland, Bryan Meservey, Hebert Muriel, Rita Nasr, Taylor Nicholaou, Cody Pacaya, Jeffrey Papatola, Andrew Parker, Christopher Peffer, Thomas Reagan, Caitlin Reidy, Nina Reppucci, Ashley Rascoe, Colleen Russo, Brandon Sambataro, Ryan Scenna, Jaime Slade, Derrick Steele, Santo Suero, Sara Tofanelli, Alex Toshach, Patrick Tulley, Vanessa Vega, Shane Walsh, William Woitkiewicz

Also, 76 students successfully completed their GED Equivalency requirements in the 2008 - 2009 academic year.  Salem High is pleased to honor the following graduates:  Jennifer Bellavia, Jessica Devine, Sheighlyn Hoartry, Scott Lancaster, Nathan Makarewicz, Kaitlyn McPherson, Nicole Renz, Richard Taylor

Principal's Address

Distinguished guests

‘A Leader…who will be Greatly Missed’

Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo, 23, of Salem, NH died Sat. June 13 in Iraq.

SSgt. Lo graduated from Salem High School in 2004.  He was a member of the Air Force JROTC program and he was the operations squadron and color guard commander and a drill team commander.  SSgt Lo was on the first drill team from Salem High to compete in the National Drill Team Championship and the team earned second place.  He entered the US Army and was assigned to the 797th Ordnance Company, 79th Battalion based in Ft. Hood, Texas.

SSgt. Lo loved learning and was always willing to help tutor students in any grade during his years at Salem High School.  He was a talented musician and played several instruments.  SSgt Lo was very well liked and people were drawn to him because of his personality, commitment and loyalty.  He was a leader who was respected by many and will be greatly missed.

Edmond is survived by his parents, David and Rosa Lo of Salem, NH; his maternal grandfather, Chung Fai Lam of Hong Kong, China; his sisters, Carmen Lo and her husband Rakesh Hira of Salem, NH, Selma and her husband Thomas Deyak of Bedford, NH and Lena and her husband  James Rozzi of Hooksett, NH; his brothers,  Raymond Lo of Salem NH and Norman Lo of Salem, NH; his niece, Marisa Rozzi; and his nephew Evan Deyak

Calling hours are Fri. June 26 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH.  The Funeral Service is Sat. June 27 at 10:30 a.m at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.

A scholarship will be set up in SSgt. Lo’s name and details will be available shortly.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com

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