4 - May 14, 2010
Salem Community Patriot
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Mail Carriers Food Drive a Success
Anthony R. DiFruscia
With the defeat of gambling with the New Hampshire House, a new poker game of Texas Hold ‘Em is being played between the legislature and the governor. As I attempt to understand the governor in playing his poker hand, I am constantly reminded of the song The Gambler: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” The poker game of Texas Hold ‘Em between the Legislature and the governor shows the first flop of cards with two kings showing. The legislature has a king in their hand. My guess on this first flop is that the governor has the third king; after all, he does have the veto power. However, in calling the governor’s bluff, I believe the legislature has an open-ended straight flush. When the fourth card is dropped (called the draw) in the poker game, the governor and the legislature are now raising the ante, waiting for the last card—the river card. It appears the governor has bettered his hand and got the third king for three of a kind, a full house, or four of a kind. However, if the river shows up with an ace of hearts or a 10 of hearts, then the legislature has a straight flush, which beats four of a kind or a full house. It appears the governor has now gone “all in,”
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saying that the gambling bills that have been submitted do not have enough regulation. The legislature must now call the governor’s hand. In calling, we are saying to the governor, “Let’s see your plan with your special governor’s commission in gambling.”
I certainly agree that gambling in and of itself with casino destinations would be a concept that would be conducive to New Hampshire. Casino destinations would use our natural resources as a backdrop to the casino and would also include families. It is clear that there should be competition in bidding for at least three to five casinos.
It is certainly true that the stringent regulations are important; however, the cities and town must have the ability to veto a casino in their backyard since the casino must abide by all zoning bylaws and regulations of the local community. I hope the governor stops playing games and expedites his so-called gambling legislation proposal so that the people win and have a deficit-free budget. As in a casino, the House always wins.
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Steve Goudin, you did a great job coordinating another year of the Mail Carrier’s drive. May 8 was a stormy, rainy, day (that is an understatement) but that did not stop the Mail Carriers from having a successful Food Drive. The Food for the Hungry Food Pantry at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church received enough food so that we can survive for the summer months. These are always the months where donations decline. We are grateful to the Mail Carriers for this yearly gift. We appreciate the gentle and generous community of Salem. You are always such a giving community. Without your support, our food pantry would not be in service. How can we ever thank all the volunteers for their hard work and time? Every year, you answer the call. Our special thanks go to Arthur Barnes; Everett and Doreen McBride; Mike Lyons; Rita Browne; and John Perkins. When the food came in late, these people stayed far past the time limit that they had given us. Load after load came in, and they labored through it until all was cleaned up. We could not have done it without you. AK’s Roast Beef and Pizza Place on Lawrence Road donated two scrumptious pizzas. You were so generous. Thanks. Our neighbors know and practice the Golden
Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” May God Bless each and every one who has made these drives such a success.
Kay Panciocco - Salem
MOMS Club of Salem May Membership Drive
The MOMS Club® of Salem is currently conducting its May Membership Drive, and all members are involved in helping to spread the word about the Club in an effort to grow the membership. All at-home mothers in Salem, including those who work part-time, are encouraged to join the MOMS Club and get a friend to join as well. The MOMS Club of Salem is a great social outlet
Salem Senior Safe Night
The Salem Youth Committee is sponsoring its 17th annual Senior Safe Night, an all-night party at Salem High School for graduating seniors only. The date for this year is Wednesday, June 9, starting at 6 p.m. overnight into June 10, and finishing with breakfast at 5:30 a.m. Admission is free and the party is alcohol- and tobacco-free, too! All participants need to have signed permission slips and organizers contact parents if their child either does not show up or leaves early. Entertainment such as the video yearbook, a
hypnotist, photo booths, sports, a DJ and karaoke, a scavenger hunt, and dancing are available all night, with as much free food as even a teenager can eat! This includes pizza at 6, subs at 10, ice cream sundaes at 1:30 a.m., and breakfast at 5 a.m. Everyone who comes gets a goody bag filled with free gifts and coupons, and many large raffle items are drawn at breakfast. The grand finale is the raffling of a car at 6 a.m. donated by Rockingham Motors. Every year, this event depends on the generosity of Salem businesses and individuals. If you know of anyone who would like to donate raffle items or anything else that would make the party go with a swing, please contact Joyce Hatfield at 898-8402, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For food donations, please call Patti Frydryck at 898-6552, or e-mail her at chatty-patty@comcast. net. Parents of freshmen, sophomore, and junior students are invited to act as chaperones or volunteers, as this gives them the chance to see the celebration for themselves. We also use various community members and parents who have chaperoned in the past. However, no parents of seniors are allowed. We look for a minimum commitment of two hours and the most difficult time slots to fill are 2 to 6 a.m. and the cleanup afterwards (go figure!). If you are interested in volunteering, just contact Patty Juranovitz at 894-5847 or email@example.com
, or Jean Casazza at 898- 3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. For any other questions or concerns, you may contact Heidi Greenlaw at 893-7069 (SHS), or e- mail her at email@example.com
Frank Stewart - Salem
for stay-at-home moms of all ages and offers many benefits. These benefits include weekly activities, community service projects, playgroups, ‘Moms Night Out,’ and the Helping Hands Committee. Several scheduled activities are held each week, offering a variety of things to appeal to moms and kids of all ages and interests. These activities include outings to local attractions, park days, potlucks in members’ homes, kids’ crafts, and child fitness activities, among many others. There are also opportunities for special hobby clubs that meet on a regular basis, including book club, crafts, and cooking interests. Monthly ‘Moms Night Outs’ also enable members to enjoy social time with each other while the husbands baby-sit the kids! The MOMS Club also organizes several community outreach and fundraising projects each year. These include Santa Photos and Adopt- A-Family during the holidays, Breathe NH Fun Passes, March of Dimes Walk for Babies, Family Fun Nights at local restaurants, trick-or-treat events at local senior living facilities, and various other fundraisers and events. Funds raised by the club are donated to the local community, as well as to the International MOMS Club® Mother-to-Mother Fund. Service projects are a great way for moms and kids to enjoy activities while giving back to the community at the same time! Playgroups are another great benefit of the MOMS Club. Small groups of members are organized with similar-aged children, from newborn to kindergarten age. Playgroups provide an opportunity for kids to make friends and have regular play dates. Moms get the chance to socialize in a casual, comfortable environment while the kids play.
It’s a wonderful way to make
new friends! The MOMS club also offers members the benefit of its Helping Hands Committee. ‘Helping Hands’ utilizes the help of members to provide assistance to other members in times of need, whether it be the birth of a child or a family illness or emergency, usually in the form of making a meal, possibly babysitting, or other kinds of help. ‘Helping Hands’ is a privilege of membership and a tremendous benefit of the MOMS Club. It is a wonderful opportunity for members to help others, and to have the comfort of knowing that they will receive help when they most need it! The MOMS Club of Salem is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a non-profit, non- denominational organization for at-home mothers around the world. ‘MOMS’ stands for ‘Mothers Offering Mothers Support.’ The MOMS Club was started in 1983 by Mary B. James in Simi Valley, CA, who wanted to meet other at-home mothers with small children. It became a national organization in 1985, and now there are over 1,700 chapters across the country and several international chapters. Membership exceeds 75,000, with new members continually joining, and new chapters are always forming. All MOMS Club activities, with the exception of ‘MOMS Night Out,’ are held during the day. Children are welcome at all daytime activities. All stay-at-home mothers in Salem are
encouraged to attend a Monthly Social of the MOMS Club of Salem to meet other at-home moms in Salem and get more information on the MOMS Club. The next Monthly Social will be held Monday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kelley Library’s Beshara Room on the ground floor. Refreshments will be served, and children are welcome! Toys and crafts will be provided. Please plan to attend, and bring a friend. For more information on the MOMS Club of Salem, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit www. momsclub.org
Sherry Kilgus-Kramer, MOMS Club - Salem
Horse Liniment Erases Pain
Mail Carriers Food Drive Gratitude
Thank you, thank you, thank you! With
ten used to treat inflammation in race horse legs, is now back on the market in its original doctor recommended clinical strength formula. According to a national drug store
HIALEAH, FL — An ingredient of-
survey, the formula at one time became so popular that it rose to the top of phar- macy sales for topical pain relievers. But the company marketing the prod- uct at the time changed the formula and sales plummeted. One of the inventors of the original formula has brought it back to the market under the trade name ARTH ARREST and says it can relieve pain for millions. ARTH ARREST works by a dual
mechanism whereby one ingredient re- lieves pain immediately, while a sec- ond ingredient seeks out and destroys the pain messenger signal before it can be sent to the brain. Considered a medi- cal miracle by some, the ARTH AR- REST formula is useful in the treat- ment of painful disorders ranging from minor aches and pains to more serious conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, tendonitis, backache and more. ARTH ARREST is available in a con- venient roll-on applicator at pharma- cies without a prescription or call 1- 800-339-3301. Now at:
your cooperation, the Post Office carriers collected 1,835 pounds of food for the St. Joseph Food Pantry. Despite the rain, the people of Salem carefully wrapped the food in plastic and set it out for the carriers to pick up.
It is really encouraging to see how generous people can be, even though economic times are hard and most have to watch their budget pretty closely. We at St. Joseph are finding that people are actually more generous when they themselves are having a harder time to make ends meet. I believe it is in times like these that people can more deeply empathize with those who are unemployed or underemployed, and they make an effort to go the extra mile for them.
So, once again, we thank the Post Office personnel and especially Steve Godin, the Salem coordinator, for committing themselves to this effort every year. We look forward to working with you in the coming years.
Deacon David Costello, St. Joseph Food Pantry - Salem
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