Salem Community Patriot
May 7, 2010 - 5
Garden Club’s Tree Planting Honors Veterans
Governor Signs Law Better Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
submitted by Colin Manning
Governor John Lynch signed a new law on Tuesday aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence.
Surrounded by lawmakers, victims’ advocates, and members the Cantin family, Governor Lynch signed House Bill 1634, which makes the act of non-fatal strangulation a felony. Melissa Cantin Charbonneau was killed last October by her estranged husband, who had been arrested two days prior for allegedly assaulting and strangling Melissa. “Today, we are taking another important step forward in our fight against domestic violence,”
by Robyn Hatch
The Salem Garden Club had an Arbor Day Planting of a beautiful Japanese maple tree at Salem Commons by Tim Wolfe of Lake Street Garden Center. The tree had been a special gift from Linda LeMay, a Garden Club member. The ceremony started out with the Pledge of Allegiance,
followed by the Club’s Prayer. LeMay gave a heartfelt introduction, stating that this was, in reality, a dedication to veterans who have given their lives. A poem, Trees by Joyce Kilmer, was then read.
After the tree was
planted, refreshments were given out in the Old Town Hall.
Right: Tom Wolfe plants the Japanese maple
Trees by Joyce Kilmer, 1886-1918
Linda LeMay reads the poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer
I think I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree, A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the earth’s sweet flowing breast A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.
Governor Lynch said. “We here in New Hampshire recognize the impact of strangulation on its victims. And we are taking action to strengthen our laws to protect victims, potentially save lives, and hold batterers accountable.” Nationally, strangulation is recognized as one of the top risk factors for domestic violence homicide. According to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, 26 percent of the homicides committed from 1990 to 2008 were a result of domestic violence. “Over the last several decades, domestic and sexual violence has been viewed in a new light. What was once a hidden crime has been brought to the forefront of public attention,” Governor Lynch said. “We are working together to help victims create new lives, and we are continuing to put in place here in New Hampshire new protections and laws to fight these crimes.” The new law was supported
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Walk for Hunger
A group from Salem walked 20 miles this past weekend for hunger. Pictured are Sheryl Parsons and Kathryn Ferguson of Enterprise Bank; Denise Dolloff
of the Salem Community Patriot;
Teresa Ferguson, sponsored by Harvard University; and Robert Blakslee (Teresa and Kathryn’s cousin, who was there for support). Over 43,000 people walked the 20-mile course on Sunday, May 2, and $3.8 million was raised!
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