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by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz
Salem residents would
like answers, but they are not receiving them. The investigation surrounding Deputy Police Chief William Ganley has been kept next to silent from residents, but finally, the announcement came last week. Ganley has retired and is no longer employed by the town. Effective April 1, the 22-
year veteran of the Salem Police Department is officially retired. But those questions residents want answers to remain unanswered. Nothing regarding the internal investigation has been made public, and residents want to know why. On January 29, Ganley
was placed on leave by interim Town Manager Henry LaBranche. This is when it was made public for the first time that some kind of wrongdoing on Ganley’s part was brought to light. Town officials have refused comment on what the matter concerns. All that has been said publicly is that he violated terms of his contracts with both the town and the police department. The Town Manager and the Police Chief have both stated that it is a personnel matter that cannot be discussed publicly. The simple reason for this is a one-word answer. Lawsuit.
If the town discloses
information pertaining to a town employee, that employee has a right to sue the town of Salem. Unless taxpayers want to see a hefty lawsuit against
by Robyn Hatch
On a recent Saturday night, Salem
the town, they will have to wait for a conclusion to this to matter before any answers to questions can be given. According to previous
reports, the investigation started in January after a citizen filed a complaint. Early last month, LaBranche made a disciplinary ruling against Ganley. Ganley has since appealed that ruling with the American Arbitration Association. According to the Finance
was treated to a simply unbelievable and “amazing” performance by Rob Surette and his “Amazing Hero Art.” An awestruck crowd of approximately 500 children and adults witnessed this show sponsored by the Kiwanis of Salem and all six local Elementary Schools PTAs. The artist filled the night with inspiring
Deputy Police Chief William Ganley
artwork, music, and video. There was not one person who left that night without being in wonder and amazement. Rob stated to the children, “you have to have dreams and never give up reaching for them.” A special surprise for the night included
Department in Salem, Ganley earned a salary of $103,084 last year as Deputy Police Chief and an additional $43,557 for working police details. Since the deputy chief was
placed on leave, Captains Shawn Patten and John Lozowski, as well as Chief Paul Donovan, have taken on his duties. No candidates have been publicly announced to fill the position of deputy police chief as of yet.
one child from each school being selected to come onstage and pick and envelope, each of which determined a painting that their school will receive as a donation from Rob, the Kiwanis, and the PTAs. The night was topped off with plenty of door prize raffle giveaways and a special meet-and-greet autograph session with the artist. After the show, Rob said to some of the volunteers that he really enjoyed performing in front of the Salem crowd. All proceeds that were raised from this event will be donated to all six local Elementary School PTAs to benefit their causes.
Rob Surette with portrait of Abe Lincoln Images of 9/11 Human touches blended into video
Pack 409 Annual Pinewood Derby at St. Joseph’s Church
submitted by Jim Garbenis
The Cub Scouts of Pack 409 again enjoyed racing
homemade Pinewood Derby cars at St. Joseph’s Church in Salem on Saturday, March 20. Twenty-six Scouts competed for top honors during elimination races, which lasted from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Approximately 35 family members and friends were there to cheer the Scouts on (and enjoy the many snacks provided by Pack 409’s own Diane Bohnwagner). The Cub Scouts, ranging in age from 6 to10 years
old, faced off on a brand-new track, recently purchased by Pack 409 to use during Pack and District races. The aluminum, 50-foot track, replaced the older wooden track that had been used for many years. Electronic timers signaled the start of each race, while a computer recorded the finish times for all cars racing that day. Tigers, Wolfs, Bears, and Webelos all enjoyed a day
of good-natured competition, cheering themselves and their friends on, during races that were so close that only the electronic eye could really say who had crossed the finish line fastest. The first- and second-place finishers of each Den then went on to race the other first- and second-place finishers to see who had the fastest car in the Pack. These eight boys will represent Pack 409 at the District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, May 1, at 8 a.m., also at St. Joseph’s. The public is invited to attend this event. This year’s trophy winners were: first place – Victor L.
(Den 1, Tiger), second place – Brady G. (Den 3, Wolf), and third place – Daniel B. (Den 5, Bear).
had fun reviewing the entries this year, and awarded medals to cars in three categories: Most Colorful, Most Original, and Funniest. This year’s entries ranged from rolling hot-dogs, batmobiles, sleek racecars, a carrot-car, and almost every other design the Scouts could think of. The final race of the day was the first Annual “Over
The Hill Race.” This race is open to any parent, adult member of Scouting, sibling, or former Cub Scout who has moved on to Boy Scouts. Medals were awarded to: first place – Jim Beaupre, second place – Kevin Griffin, and third place – Gary Burnham. a kid again.
The Pinewood Derby is a yearly race where all Scouts
research, design, build, paint, and race cars that are made from a single block of wood. Certain parameters have to be met, such as weight, length, height, and width. Parental involvement is encouraged, but most of the work is done by the Scouts. As with all the other activities in Scouting, the Pinewood Derby encourages personal growth through learning, sportsmanship, new experiences, and fun. Pack 409 always welcomes new boys (and parents)
who want to join and experience firsthand how exciting, fun, and rewarding Cub Scouting can be.
If you want
to learn more about Cub Scouting, or would like your son to join, feel free to call either Gary Burnham, Pack 409 Cub Master, at 898-8937; or Dennis Rivard, Pack 409 Committee Chairman, at 275-1520. You may also visit our Website at www.pack409.com, or the Daniel Webster Council Website at nhscouting.org.
Shelves empty quickly as DeMoulas readies for razing
by Jay Hobson
For 46 years, the DeMoulas store in the
Route 28 Plaza has been the beginning of the working life for many high school students. Whether stocking shelves or bagging groceries, many high school students in Salem found their first job at DeMoulas after making sure that they fit the exacting dress code; short hair above the collar and around the ears, white shirts, a tie, slacks (no jeans), and oxford-style shoes (no sneakers) for boys, and modest- length skirts, neat hair styled off the face, limited jewelry, and limited makeup for girls. We didn’t know it, but DeMoulas was
creating a work ethic that not only would benefit the DeMoulas business, but would also be carried through life by the young employee.
It was a fun way to be
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1972 at a wage of $1.70 per hour.) “Our shoppers have standards on what
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they expect from the employees that are handling their food, and rightly so,” Dave McLean, Public Relations Manager for DeMoulas/Market Basket, said. Many students
seeking work required some renovations before they could start their job, and now the store is set to undergo some renovations of its own. From Marshall’s
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southward to the end of the building is set to be razed and rebuilt to accommodate a new store of 100,00 square feet, which will drop the DeMoulas name and become Market Basket. “The new store will be about 100,000 square feet, while this store is about 84,000 square feet now,” Scott Richart, a member of store management, said. This week, the store’s shelves were emptying fast, and a temporary store between Marshall’s and Friendly’s that will accommodate shoppers’ needs for convenience items and lottery tickets was being set up. With a Market Basket store only a few hundred yards up the street, the new Market Basket is not a replacement, but an enhancement. “We’re not in competition with each other; we’re the same company. Parking is an issue up the street, and this new store will take some of the pressure off that store’s parking and offer customers a newer and bigger store to shop in without the parking issues,” Richart said. Another manager, who wished only to
be known as Al, said that employees will be relatively unaffected during the store’s temporary closing. “No employees will lose their jobs. We are all being reassigned to stores near our homes and when this location reopens, we’ll be back. The company is taking care of us,” Al said.
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Volume 3 Number XX April 16, 2010 10 Pages
staff photos by Robyn Hatch
staff photo by Jay Hobson
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