Second Refurbished Cannon Finds Final Resting Place at Salem Veterans Common

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

The DPW crew with Police Chief Paul Donovan seen proudly standing with the newly refurbished cannon placed with its sister cannon at the Town Common.

In May, a restored cannon belonging to Salem since the Civil War days was placed at the Salem Veterans Common.  Many residents do not know that there was another needing repair and a final resting place.

The Salem Lions Club was looking for a new community project, and with Police Chief Paul Donovan as a member of the Lions Club he contacted Rick Russell about the old cannon that was still sitting in storage.

“I contacted Rick Russell after fellow Lion Pam Latulippe mentioned why not attempt to restore the other cannon.  I agreed it was a great idea, and we got the final cost down as to what funds were needed, and DPW was offering labor at no charge to the town or taxpayers.  It went before the Lions board and it was approved,” said Chief Donovan.

Rick Russell, director of the town’s Department of Public Works, says this is a good thing, that these cannons are part of the town’s history, as well as the fact that the cannons are assets to the town itself.

“We had the first cannon done just in time for Memorial Day.  Now this cannon is ready just in time for Veterans Day,” said Rick Russell.

Workers from Salem’s DPW are unloading the cannon off the trailer for placement at its final resting place at Town Common.

Donation to Kelley Library

by Robyn Hatch

Pat Casaletto, Emma and Grace Joudrey and Stephanie Micklon with new books

The American Legion and Auxillary Ernest York Post 67 was kind enough to give Kelley Library new books for their children's room.  The money raised by selling snacks at the Kelley Library for Salemfest, brought in

close to eighty dollars.  It was an easy decision to purchase new Patriot books with this money.  Three American Girl Books, “So You Want to be President” and “The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain” were the choices given to the library.  Pat Casaletto (President) and Cynthia Brown (Sec./Treas) handed these new items to Stephanie Micklon’s granddaughters Emma and Grace, who are also Life Members of the auxiliary.  After much giggling, they sat down to enjoy The American Girl Series.  This was greatly appreciated by the library and the children who will visit Kelley Library. 

Scarecrows All Over Haigh

by Robyn Hatch

It is almost finished

Haigh School started their horticultural classes with one of their most favorite ideas - making scarecrows to display all over the school grounds, inside and outside.  There were piles of items to choose from (hats, wigs, heads, pants and tons of pantyhose).  A kind grandfather had donated his time and made plenty of wooden frames for the children to build their scarecrows onto for support.  The excitement was very high, the productivity was very low but somehow by the end of the night the strange critters got finished.  They are on display all over Haigh School.

The scarecrow is one of the most familiar figures of the rural in many countries of the world.  His ragged figure has been recorded in rural history for centuries.  Earliest known written facts about scarecrows were written in 1592.  Definition of a scarecrow – ‘That which frightens or is intended to frighten without doing physical harm.’  It literally means - that which scares away crows.  Farmers of old would once a year sew his land by hand after the land had been lovingly prepared and tended.  The farmer used to discard his old clothes and create a friendly chap and put him out to guard his crops.  He worked then and still does.

In the Philippines, they celebrate the PAHOY-PAHOY FESTIVAL.  Typically celebrated on May 25 in Calbiga, Samar Island, there is a grand parade and dancing in the streets by people dressed like scarecrows.  Legend is that a scarecrow (or pahoy) had saved village folk in Calbiga from imminent famine by driving off marauding waves of pestilential maya or ricebirds.  During the festivities, revelers in their gaudy costumescalled on the gods to protect the crops and make the land fertile.

This again, is a fun project and the children look forward to it every year.

Picking out the pieces for the scarecrow

Red Hatters Halloween Bash

by Robyn Hatch

Most of the attending Red Hatters

The Red Hatters under the direction of Queen Bee, Beverly Johnson, had their Halloween Bash at the American Legion Hall in Salem.  Close to 60 people attended, dressed as clowns, Indians, a pregnant woman, a yellow bee, and just plain scary costumes.  It was hard to recognize the people because of their costumes, but the Red Hat spirit was present in all.  Line dancing was taught by Jason (from the Senior Center), and everyone was brave enough to get up and give it a try.  Dotty Beal was a real winner in her clown costume.  Many times she was carrying her character all over the floor, from her dancing, to just making people laugh.  The clown character was Dotty, and she carried it off well.  Food was everywhere mixed among Halloween props, and the sandwiches and fruit were out of this world.  This was a day for the Red Hatters to just get together, let loose and just have harmless fun. 

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