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Salem High School Graduation


Nicholas Gallo, Valedictorian Nathan Koocher, Valedictorian Patriot Patriot Salem Community Christie Cannone, Class President


Salem Co-operative Bank announced the official opening of its new Methuen, MA, branch office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 15. Bank President Ann Lally and David Beshara, Chairman of the Board, did the official honors, along with Donna Morris, President of Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph Bevilacqua, Merrimack Valley Chamber President. Also on hand were several Salem Co-operative Bank Directors and staff, as well as members of the local business community and invited guests. Conveniently located at 284 Merrimack Street in Methuen, the new branch will offer full-service banking solutions for consumers, businesses, and mortgage customers. The branch houses four teller stations; office space for commercial, mortgage, and investment services; as well as a coin machine, two drive-up windows, and a drive-up ATM. Bank President Ann Lally commented, “The Bank has assembled an excellent team of experienced bankers


Joseph Trovato, Salutatorian


by Robyn Hatch The Salem High School Graduation, held at Grant Field, marched down to “Pomp and Circumstance” after the Salem High School Air Force Junior ROTC marched in the lead to begin the ceremony. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Salem High School Honors Chorus, directed by Ellen Bosch, sang the musical version of “Wicked” by Stephan Schwartz. Opening remarks were given by William Hagen, who is leaving to work at Bedford High School. Salutatorian Joseph Trovato gave a very uplifting speech, followed by “Blue Cathedral” and the Salem High School Band. Valedictorian Nathan Zoocher and


Nicholas Gallo took turns with their talks, throwing in a few jokes when


Pastor Kathleen Towns is surrounded by all who were present for the time capsule retrieval, the subsequent opening of the capsule, and the cookout


William Hagen’s last year as principal


appropriate. Class President Christie Cannone gave her President’s Address, and then Michael Delahanty gave a comical speech that will be long remembered. The presentation of almost 500 diplomas followed in a very quick and orderly fashion by Robert Bryant and Pamela Berry. Class President Cannone then gave the Final Presentation. After much cheering, the Class of 2010 left quickly. Based on the smiles of the students, everyone was very proud of their graduation, which ended sooner than they had anticipated. Good luck, Class of 2010!


submitted by Bud Valcourt On Sunday, June 13, the members of Hannah Tenney Memorial United Methodist Church in Salem retrieved a “time capsule” that has been buried since the year 2000 at the cornerstone of the church. In it were membership


Alton Mosher and more photos on page 11 Nicholas Gallo, Valedictorian


Brett Wood dig down approximately three feet at the cornerstone of the Church building to retrieve the time capsule


Grand Opening


Salem Co-operative Methuen Branch


Salem Community Patriot


Jim Rausch, Salem Co-operative Bank Board of Directors; Donna Morris, Executive Director, Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce; David Beshara, Chairman, Board of Directors, Ann Lally, Salem Co-operative Bank President; Dave Beshara, Board of Directors; Nadema Gemmill, Board of Directors; and Joseph Bevilacqua, CEO of Merrimack Valley Chamber


who know the community and understand the needs of both consumers and business customers. Customers may see some familiar faces to the Methuen community, including Sarah Rastello, Vice President of Retail Banking; Robert Murphy, Vice President of Commercial Banking Group; and Nancy Wyman, Branch Manager. The public is invited to stop by anytime, have a cup of coffee, and meet the team.” “We’ve always been committed to serving the needs of the community in Salem, and we’re thrilled to expand our presence to the Methuen market and surrounding areas. The new branch will allow us to bring existing and new consumer and business clients the security of banking with an institution that has been safe and sound for more than 85 years,” said Lally. Salem Co-operative Bank is located at 3 South


Broadway, Salem, and 284 Merrimack Street, Methuen. For additional information about the bank, visit www. salemcoop.com, or call 893-3333 or (978) 682-1010.


Time Capsule Retrieved


lists from that time, pictures of members, prices of fuel costs, and various articles placed there by the Sunday school class of that period. Following the opening of the time capsule, a cookout was held with all church members in attendance.


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Alton Mosher and Brett Wood saw open the capsule to reveal is contents to all who were


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staff photos by Robyn Hatch courtesy photos by Bud Valcourt staff photo by Len Lathrop


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