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Salem Community Patriot

April 30, 2010 - 3

Salem Lions

Maura Palmer Announced as New Principal of Salem High School

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Beginning July 1, Salem High School has a new principal, a familiar face to those students who attended the Woodbury Middle School. Maura Palmer, who has worked for the school district since 1997, has been selected to fill the spot being opened by current principal Bill Hagen. Hagen announced recently that he would be leaving Salem High School to take a position in the Bedford School District. There, Hagen will be principal of Bedford High School. According to Michael Delahanty, Superintendent of Schools, he received 15 completed applications after he announced a call for candidates. The call for candidates ended

April 13 after Delahanty approached Palmer about the job. She gladly accepted, halting interviews with other candidates. Delahanty felt it wouldn’t be necessary to put candidates through the interview process after already making a selection. In addition, Brad St. Laurent, currently serving in his sixth year as assistant principal at Woodbury Middle School, will be promoted to the role of principal. Prior to coming to Salem, St. Laurent was a middle school math teacher in Windham. These administrators leave behind difficult roles to fill, but both have much promise to continue the outstanding traditions of both schools.

submitted by Sheryl Parsons

At the April 15 Salem Lions Club meeting, president Sheryl Parsons gave the club’s gift of $2,000 to

Lydia O’Leary and Sharon Woitkiewicz of The Believers’ Meeting for their church’s outreach. Their Adorn Ministry provides the food pantries in Salem with supplies every couple of months, as they can raise the $2,000 needed for each trip to pick up a truckload of goods. Looking on are club members Bill Lavoie, Bill Kimball, and Bob Elliott.

Assessor Announces Continuation of Listing Project

submitted by Town Assessor

The Town of Salem will be starting up the measure and list project again this spring. To date, approximately 20 percent of the town has been done in-house. We have hired additional help in order to complete the project for our next valuation update in 2011. Listers will be visiting houses through the rest of the year and possibly into next spring. The last time a full measure and list of homes took place was for the 2000 revaluation. Listers will ask to inspect the interior and also measure the outside of the dwelling, along with any outbuildings. These individuals will not be setting values, but will simply be looking to verify that existing data, such as number of bedrooms, baths, type of flooring,

condition of the property, etc., are accurate. Although homeowners are not required to let the listers inside, it is best that they not have to estimate the data being collected. All listers will carry IDs, and homeowners are advised to ask to see them. There will be individuals doing home visits on Saturdays, as well as during the workweek. The first area to be done will be the Autumn Woods neighborhood. As the project progresses, we will try to update you as to the neighborhoods being visited. Should you not be at home, the lister will leave a door hanger with a number to call to set up an appointment. Any questions should be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 890-2115.

Missing Man Found Safe and Unharmed

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Police and fire officials responded on Thursday, April 22, at 3:10 p.m. to Wal-Mart for a report of a missing adult male. The caller, a female shopper, told police that she could not locate her 52-year- old son, who had been waiting at their vehicle for her to return from shopping. She informed officers that her son has disabilities, had recently sustained a head injury, and also suffers from Narcolepsy. He had been missing for two hours. Officers began an immediate search for the man identified as David Schipellite, 52, of Chester. The Salem police K-9 unit arrived on scene and conducted a search with several officers. Initially, the search did not turn up any sign of the missing man.

A short time later, Officer Rick Nicosia, who had been reviewing surveillance footage from Wal-Mart, located the subject on video leaving the vehicle from the parking lot and heading towards the wood line at the rear of the building. Officer Nicosia noted the subject was walking with a significant limp. Officers out on the search turned their efforts to that specific area, coming up empty-handed again.

Salem Fire Department was called in to assist in the search and put out a town-wide reverse 911 through the Code Red system. Salem residents were informed of the missing subject and his description. Officers and firefighters commenced on a line search starting at Lake Street and continued towards the rear of the Wal-Mart building.

Salem police received assistance from

Massachusetts State Police Air Unit, which deployed a helicopter to aid in the search. New Hampshire State Police had been contacted first; however, their helicopter was out of service for repairs.

Around 5:40 p.m., Officers Jeff Ouellette and

Tom Kench located Schipellite in a wooded area between Wal-Mart and Movie Scene. He indicated to the officers that he had become tired and sat down on a rock to rest. He subsequently fell asleep for an unknown amount of time. He was not injured. Every second of the search was taken very seriously, and Salem police used all available resources to aid in the man’s safe return.

Greater Salem Chamber Announces Taste of Greater Salem Event

submitted by Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Enterprise Bank and the Area News Group, will hold the 13th Annual Taste of Greater Salem on Wednesday, May 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Atkinson Resort and Country Club in Atkinson. The event allows sampling of culinary creations from Chamber member restaurants and funds the Chamber’s scholarship program. Participants include: Atkinson Resort & Country Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Chief Wok, Common Man, Greystone Farms, J. Michael’s Family Sports Pub, Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge, Kendall Pond Pizza, Maddie’s Bagel & Eatery, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, Michael’s Market, Salemhaven, Steve-N-James Tavern, The Meat House, T-Bones Restaurant, and USA Subs. Every year, the restaurants bring their specialties and the wide

variety of foods never disappoints! There is a per-person cost for tickets, which include admission and sampling. Call the Chamber office at 893-3177 to reserve your space. For more information on the Chamber of Commerce, visit the Website at www.gschamber.com.

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