Barbeque and Jamfest at Field of Dreams

by Jay Hobson

Field of Dreams Board Members: Nancy Prominsky Rooney (treasurer), Chris Dillon (recreation director), Pat Good (vice president), Ross Trecartin (president), and Wayne Pilla (secretary)

Folks from all over town came to Field of Dreams last Saturday to share in good food and great music.

The classic New England fall day saw bright sunshine and seasonally comfortable temperatures while smoke from barbeque grills wafted through the trees, giving the place a look of being engulfed in an early morning mist.  The aroma of grilling burgers and hot dogs accentuated the pangs of hungry visitors, and great music filled the air.  The music was provided by three Salem bands that, according to Field of Dreams Board Vice President Pat Good, all donated their time.

First on stage was an acoustic band called Three Play, with vocalist Donna Fisher center stage flanked by guitarists Chris Colella and Paul Iannazzo.  Fisher’s vocals were effortlessly done from covers of Melissa Etheridge to Heart.

Next up was Clay Tiles, a band comprised mainly of childhood friends and neighbors from Budron Avenue and Carol Avenue, with Rick Poulin on Drums, Chris Burns on lead guitar, Brian Elliott on bass guitar, and Kevin Elliott’s soulful voice that had the crowd swaying and heads bobbing.

Then came the showmanship and guitar riffing of George Williams of George and Company.  Williams works his guitar with body language that reveals just how into the music this talented guitarist delves.

Along with George was Mike Weston on drums, keyboardist Dave Peek, and George’s brother, bassist Bob Williams.

The event was put together over a relatively short time.

“We were able to put this all together in about two months, and the bands were great and donated their time.  The proceeds will go towards covering the expenses of Field of Dreams, like extending the brick walkway to the parking lot, and other expenses,” Good said.

Games were provided for younger residents, like frisbee and golf, and of course the playground was a big hit with the younger kids.  The event, which ran from noon to 5 p.m., had its finale as members from all three bands joined together for a stage-filled jam session that closed the afternoon with a festive flair.

“This is wonderful and very exciting,” said resident MaryCarol Wieland.

Clay Tiles performs at Jamfest: Kevin Elliott, Rick Poulin (on drums), Brian Elliott, Chris Burns

Healthy Environment Program at Mary Fisk Elementary 

The PTA, a parents & teacher group that supports enrichment programs and opportunities for our children, plans fundraising events for our school community, assists with classroom festivities and special events, began a effort to provide supplies and education to the students to understand the step everyone can take during the up coming flu season. 

The Salem Police Benevolence Association made a donation to start the program, which will focus on methods of prevention such as hand washing, classroom supplies to air purifiers.

To learn more about the program please visit the Fisk School web site and click on Healthy Environment.

Sgt. Rob Morin and Sgt. Mike Wagner present start up funds to Fisk School PTA Chairperson Paula Patten.

Sgt. Rob Morin assists 3rd graders Rhys Edwards and Brian Collins with Hand washing. 

Salem High School Inducts Five Into Hall of Fame

by Chris White

The Salem/Woodbury Hall of Fame held its 27th annual induction ceremony at Atkinson Country Club on Friday, September 25.  Family and friends of the inductees gathered for the evening to have dinner and then watched the honoring of the five distinguished Salem High School alumni.  The class of 2009 included Bernard H. Campbell ’74, Charles Samataro III ’82, Jonathan K. Barry ’94, Lt. Gary J. Khoury ’85, and Dr. Susan Habinowski Chow ’90.

Bernard H. Campbell ’74

Mr. Bernard Campbell has served the Salem School District as a member of the Salem School Board since 1997.  He has also served on the Salem Planning Board and is a member of The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. 

At Salem High School, he was a varsity track manager and a member of the 1974 All-State Orchestra.  He also served as the senior class vice president.  Campbell has been calling Salem High School football games for years on Salem’s local station.  He has been a dedicated broadcaster and a detailed statistician for the Blue Devils.

“The stats were a way to sound more knowledgeable and make the broadcast more interesting,” Campbell said in his induction speech.


Charles Samataro III ’82

Mr. Charles Samataro competed for four years in the soccer program during high school.  In 1979, he was recognized as the Boy Scout of the Year and was later elected to “Order of the Arrow,” a National Camping Honor Society.

After graduating from Salem, probably his most notable accomplishment is working as a senior videographer and producer at the ESPN Television Network.  Samataro has won five Emmy Awards, the most prestigious honor in the television industry.  His roots are deep within Salem High School as he was dedicated to the Salem High School Television Production Program and took advantage of career opportunities that were presented to him after gaining valuable experience there.

“To think when I was a freshman that I would have the career that I have is ironic,” Samataro said.  “I just latched on to a growing company and succeeded.”

Jonathan K. Barry ’94

Jonathan Barry was a tremendous two-sport athlete and captain as he participated on the football and basketball teams.  He received the Coaches Award in football for the 1993 season and the Bowlby Award in 1993 and 1994.

After graduating, he attended Colby College where he excelled academically and athletically as the football team captain.  He graduated from Colby College in 1998 Magna Cum Laude with a major in English.  He studied at the University of Oxford for graduate school and graduated with a Masters degree in Science Economic and Social History. 

Barry has also been recognized as the National Football Foundation and Colby Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete of the Year from Maine 1997-1998.  Other awards of his also include the Wilkinson Fullman Prize for top History major in 1997, the Jack Foner Prize for Outstanding History thesis in 1998, and the winner of the UTA National Competition for Senior Thesis in History in 1998.  He has two publications and established two research grants in his name.

“It’s an honor to be in this class with people who have given so much back to their communities and come from a great place like Salem,” Barry said after the ceremony.

Lt. Gary J. Khoury ’85

Lt. Gary Khoury was a senior class president and three-sport athlete who participated on the football and indoor/outdoor track teams.  In 1985, he broke the indoor high hurdle record and served as captain of both track teams.

He graduated with honors from Tufts University in 1990.  After graduating from Tufts, he was selected to serve as a representative from the United States in the Japanese Ministry of Education’s Program.  He went on to running his own Karate academy which was recognized by the governor of Massachusetts and the White House for his ground-breaking character development programs for school-aged children.  At age 40 in 2006, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to protect our homeland and will return to duty on October 9.

“It’s an incredible honor, especially to be among such an accomplished group,” Khoury said about his induction. 

Dr. Susan Habinowski Chow ’90

In 1990, Susan Habinowski won Spring Student-Athlete, played on a championship softball team, and was named Eagle-Tribune Athlete of the Year.  She was also recognized as a two-time Boston Globe All-Star, set a school record with a 0.00 E.R.A., and graduated second in her class.

She moved on to Fairfield University in Connecticut and earned another softball championship, while graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Pre-Med.  She was then awarded a fellowship to attend Dartmouth University where she received her doctorate in molecular biology, published her research thesis, and co-authored a number of other papers.

At the induction ceremony, her former coach, Harold Sachs, recalled what Habinowski said in her speech at graduation in 1990: “If you have passion for whatever it is, you will be successful.”


Information about the inductees was provided by the Salem High School Athletic Department.

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