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Salem Community Patriot


Salem Community Community Supports First Annual


by Doug Robinson Family members, schoolmates, and the entire Salem community attended the first annual Edmond Lo Memorial Pasta Night Fundraiser that was recently held at the Salem Elks Club. Those who loved and those who did not know or had never met SSG Edmond Lo huddled together, enjoying memories and sharing concerns, thoughts, and emotions while they participated in the fundraising event.


SSG Edmond Lo paid the highest price possible while serving his country: defending freedom. Lo was a 2004 graduate of Salem High


Patriot Edmond Lo Memorial Pasta Night


School and was “an outstanding cadet,” stated ROTC Chief Puzzo. Dozens of local businesses contributed to support the


fundraising event, which provides two Salem High School ROTC Cadets with financial scholarships to continue their education at a college of their choice. “On June 13, 2009, our country suffered a great loss when SSG Edmond Lo was killed in action while in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom,” according to SSG Edmond Lo’s Website. “He was deployed with the 797th EOD Company to Baghdad, Iraq, for his second tour of duty with the US Army. He provided EOD support to the 25th Infantry Division in multi-national division north. Over the course of


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his career, he was praised for saving many lives by successfully disarming numerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) before one detonated, tragically ending his life. “The SSG Edmond Lo Memorial


SSG Edmond Lo


Scholarship Fund was established in honor of SSG Lo in recognition of his insurmountable courage and bravery and dedication to our country. This awards scholarships to Salem High School students who meet the criteria and exemplify the morals and values of an outstanding citizen.” The first SSG Edmond Lo scholarship recipients were Kathryn Carne and Matthew


Veil. Carne has been accepted to and will attend Norwich University, and Veil has been accepted to and will attend Fitchburg State College this coming fall. Thanks to the generosity of all those who participated and attended the Pasta Night, the fundraiser brought in over $5,000 for the scholarship fund.


staff photos by Doug Robinson


Andrew Wall and Jill Kublbeck prepare the eggs, bacon, and sausage for the seniors


by Doug Robinson The menu posted on the wall of Salem High School’s 3 Seasons


Patriot Salem Community Board in memory of SSG Edmond Lo Family members unite under the banner written in memory for SSG Edmond Lo


Kiwanis 2010 Scholarship Award Banquet


Seniors begin to dive into and enjoy their freshly cooked meals prepared by the Salem High School Student Council


Barron Honors Two Retiring Teachers


Colleen Drugan by Robyn Hatch Scholarship winners


by Robyn Hatch The Kiwanis Club of Salem had their 2010 Scholarship Award Banquet at the Harris’ Pelham Inn, at which 17 scholarships were given out to Salem, Londonderry, and Sanborn students. Anticipated each year by students, these scholarships are special and not handed out to students easily—students earn their award by first filling out the application, then completing the first semester of their school of choice, and then earning at least a C average. Additional qualifications for the scholarship include playing a major role in the Key Club and community service. The caliber of intellect with this year’s award recipients was


staff photo by Robyn Hatch


apparent, as they all had high GPAs and school rankings. The Scholarship Recipients for this year: Sanborn Regional High School: Rachel Croce Londonderry High School: Hillary Gorgal Salem High School: Michael Anderson, Richard Baldio, Patrick Callahan, Jennifer Cote, Sam Fazioli, Brittany Fetzner, Nicholas Frederico, Stephanie Gibbons, Allison Hillner, Peter Iliopoulos, Tyler Kelley. Jill Kublbeck, Kaitlyn LaRoche, Connor Slein, Joseph Trovato


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Barron Elementary recently held a get-together for students, parents, and teachers for the retirement of two of Barron’s most respected teachers: Madeline Wolfe and Colleen Drugan. Together, these dedicated ladies clocked in over 67 years in the Salem school system. Madeline taught grade 2 for over 31 years, while Colleen was a physical education instructor for Barron and Fisk for close to 36 years. Both have decided that it is now time to move on and start a new career. Madeline and Colleen were


very touched to see so many parents and students from the past. Many were now college students. There were also present students and their children who were also to have been taught by either teacher. Madeline was touched that Patty Corbett, one of her former


students from her first class in 1974, was there to help end both careers, which was an emotional moment, especially for Madeline. Over the years, Patty and Madeline wrote many letters back and forth. Madeline still has the photos that Patty had sent her. Now, Patty is a member of the Salem School Board.


Madeline stated that she had come up from Boston years ago—she grew up with the Salem School District and considers it her family. This organization watched Madeline’s two daughters grow, and now are doing the same for her two grandsons. It won’t be easy for either


teacher to leave all the friendships and the people they grew to love. Their hearts will always be in teaching and with the very special people they met along the way.


Restaurant listed scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, pancakes, and bacon. Beneath the sign was a table with a selection of coffee, orange juice, tea, water, and condiments. Salem’s seniors had been invited to come to the school and enjoy a complimentary breakfast hosted by Salem High School Student Council members. “It is great to sit, talk, and enjoy the company of our seniors,” commented Student Council President Jill Kublbeck. “Last year, over 150 seniors came to enjoy our breakfast.” Working in two shifts of 20 students each, energetic students prepared pancakes and bacon, cooked and cleaned, and waitressed and waited for the room full of hungry seniors. “This is our second year of hosting this breakfast,” continued


Kublbeck. “Each year, we select a community project, and we believe that we really enjoy meeting and talking with the seniors.”


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Volume 3 Number 48 June 11, 2010 14 Pages


Salem High Student Council Hosts Breakfast for Seniors


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Best of Luck Class of 2010!


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