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Salem Memorial Day Services

photos by Robyn Hatch

by Robyn Hatch

On a very hot day with more people than usual,

Salem Community


Douglas Micklon (Association President) with his two granddaughters and Pat Hargreaves

Salem’s Memorial Day Commemorative Services honoring the fallen heroes were held, beginning with a beautiful parade that kicked off from Salem High School and marched down Geremonty Drive and Main Street to Veterans Park. Then, a program at Veterans Park paid homage to the more than a million warriors in all of our nation’s wars. Salem acting Town Manager Dr. Henry LaBranche, long-time chief administrator of Salem’s public schools, was the main speaker at the Memorial Day ceremonies. After the ceremony, the public was invited to the VFW Post 8546 on 42 North Broadway for refreshments. Memorial Day began as a remembrance for casualties of the Civil War. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic designated May 30, 1868 “... as a day for strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, or hamlet churchyard in the land ... It is the purpose of the Commanders-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance

with the hope that it will be kept from year to year while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of the departed.” One hundred and forty years later, we still honor the memory of those comrades, as well as fallen comrades from all the conflicts this great country

Enrico Cassaletto, POW/MIA ceremony

Lucille and Richard Penny, parents of military children


Salem Community

Salem Blue Devils Marching Band Parade participants march proudly with their flags

Kids’ Bike Safety Event

by Robyn Hatch

Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Salem, kids were able to have their bicycles checked, get little prizes to keep, have their picture taken with the Boston Red Sox World Series trophies, and see a beautiful racecar with its owner, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and his trophies. When the kid’s bikes were registered, each child also received a free helmet and bicycle protection pads. Not only were the bicycle safety checks done, but free bike raffles and giveaways were plentiful, free safety kits were for the taking, and many prizes and surprises were handed out by all who participated. The highlight of the event was the free helmets, which was entertaining due to the people trying on the different styles and colors.

Color Guard in formation

Pelham Trooper, Salem DMV Worker,

Five Others

Arraigned on

Fraud, Bribery Charges

Steve Hagon, Kevin Compt, David Dalyrmple, Tony Fabrizio, Eli Kaufman (Red Sox Ambassador), Chanel Simard, Todd Gibbs, and Jon Tripp pose with the Boston Red Sox 2004 and 2005 World Series Trophies

by Jay Hobson

NH State Trooper Fred Stamatatos, 40, of Pelham, and Salem Division of Motor Vehicles employee Donna Rockholt, 47, of Manchester, were arraigned in Salem District court last week on bribery and fraud charges stemming from a months-long investigation. Rockholt is alleged to have used her position at the Salem DMV to obtain fraudulent driver’s licenses for illegal aliens who were using fake IDs and for accepting $500 per license in bribes. She has been charged with three felony counts of bribery in official matters, official oppression, and unsworn falsification.

According to prosecutors, after her arrest, Rockholt confessed to issuing as many 70 false licenses. Rockholt was arraigned from jail via closed- circuit television by Judge John Korbey.

Stamatatos is accused of one count of bribery in official matters, six counts of unsworn falsification, and three counts of official oppression.

Stamatatos allegedly sold

Tony Fabrizio and his three sons look over the beautiful trophies

Emily Stewart and her brother try on new helmets

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. with his trophies and sponsors

salvage inspection stickers to Alberto Medina, 39, of Manchester, while Stamatatos was based out of the Troop A barracks in Epping. Stamatatos was also arraigned from jail via closed-circuit television by Judge Korbey. Prosecutors allege that it

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was Medina who also bribed Rockholt for the licenses. The others arrested during

the investigation are: Diana Baez, 25, of Lynn, MA, who is charged with fraud in the use of identification documents and fraudulent use of a Social Security number.

Salem DMV employee Donna

Rockholt, 47, from Manchester at her arraignment on bribery and fraud charges

Pelham resident Fred Stamatatos, 40, at his arraignment on fraud and bribery charges

Juan A. Cosme

Marcano, 41, of Lawrence, MA, is charged with fraudulent use of

a Social Security number. Eric Alba Matos, 30, of Lawrence, MA, is charged with making false statements on a passport application. Angie Paola Patrone, 39, of Lawrence, MA, is charged with fraud and misuse of identity documents, misuse of a Social Security number, and conspiracy to commit fraud with identity documents.

has since endured. As long as there are wars, there will be casualties and veterans. We will continue to decorate the graves of those brave members of the Armed Services as long as a survivor of any war remains to honor their memory.

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