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Salem Community Patriot

May 28, 2010 - 3

Annual Plant Sale Draws Crowd

by Robyn Hatch

The Salem Garden Club recently held their famous plant sale at Greystone Farms Senior Living on Main Street—an event that welcomes all Salem non-profit organizations to sell their plants, and an anticipated event each year. Pots of Salem volunteer organizations’ members’ prolific perennials, houseplants, and healthy plant starts were available for sale, allowing for volunteers to earn money for their organizations, as well as make gardeners happy to purchase plants proven to grow well in the New England climate. The sale kicked off at 9 a.m., but with the

activity of the attendees, it appeared as if they would easily sell out by lunchtime.

Early shoppers hope to find that perfect plant

Selectmen Meet in Special Session over Bluff Street Extension Road Closure

by Jay Hobson

The Board of Selectmen met for an unscheduled meeting Monday to discuss available “fixes” for the recent closure of the bridge over the Widow Harris Brook on the Bridge Street Extension. The town received a letter on May 21 that

was a hard copy of a fax from the Department of Transportation, stating that the bridge needed to be closed due to the “deteriorated condition of the corrugated steel pipes” under the bridge. There are three such pipes under the bridge that support the structure.

Director of Engineering Bob Puff addressed the Board by highlighting two options available to the Board to address the situation. “There are three options—the first which is to do nothing, which isn’t really an option. The two remaining options are: 1.) To install a steel-framed structure or, possibly, Bailey bridge, or 2.) The second option is to install a “slipline”-type repair,” Puff said.

According to Puff, the cost of a steel-framed structure would be $100,000 to $150,000. “A Bailey bridge would cost between $60,000 and $80,000 and would be a single-lane bridge, not including signaling,” Puff said. The “slipline” option is a repair that would slide a slightly under-sized diameter sleeve through the existing corrugated pipe, and the void between the two pipes is filled with concrete, which is poured in the spaces around the outside of the corrugated pipe. The potential price of the “slipline” fix would be between $90,000 and $100,000. Puff said that DPW Director Rick Russell had been in contact with a contractor in Maine that has the pipe, and could be ready as early as next week to do the slipline repair. The Board voted to implement the “slipline” solution with funds from a bridge reimbursement program estimated at $100,000 to be used to pay for it.

Veterans to Receive Handmade Lap Robes

Jan Mattleman explains proper plant care

by Robyn Hatch

As you go into the entrance of the Kelley Library, you will immediately see a wall decorated with beautiful lap robes. These robes are handmade by the Ladies Auxiliary to help keep veterans warm, and are given to the Soldiers Home in Tilton, the VA Medical Center in Manchester, or anywhere else a veteran may stay. The National President of the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War challenged the

Salem Auxiliary to create 150 lap robes for her Christmas in August project. Through generous donations of yarn, they have successfully met this goal. The Salem Auxiliary will bring the lap robes to the National Convention of the Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, where they will be given to the Veterans of the Civil War, and where they will be given to the Veterans Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

photos by Robyn Hatch

Man Who Struck Officer and Fled Arraigned on Slew of Charges

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

A Salem police officer that was struck by a drunk driver while attempting to assist an intoxicated female on Bridge Street is still out of work. The suspect has now been brought before a judge and faces a long list of charges relating to the incident. Police say Joseph Pauta, 48, of Methuen, MA, was driving while under the influence of alcohol when he pulled up alongside the officer who was out with a female who appeared distressed and in need of assistance. While the officer was speaking to the

female and

Pauta pulled up, the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle, as he felt Pauta was intoxicated. Though it appeared he was going to get out of the vehicle, he instead fled the scene, striking the officer with his vehicle in the process, never stopping and fleeing into Methuen, where he was located in his driveway there. Pauta waived extradition on

Monday in Lawrence District Court and was arraigned at Salem District Court on an assortment of charges before Judge John A. Korbey. On Monday afternoon, Salem police requested bail of $50,000 cash/surety. The court set bail at $50,000 personal recognizance with a series of conditions. Pauta was in court with his

lawyer and family. According to Captain Shawn Patten, he is going to be living with his parents in Salem. Charges included felony counts of reckless conduct and second-degree assault, aggravated DWI, disobeying a police officer, driving after suspension, resisting arrest, and conduct after accident. The Salem officer is still out of work recovering from injuries sustained in the incident. According to court records,

Pauta will be back at Salem District Court on June 8 for a probable cause hearing.

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