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Ceremony Honors Past and Present Salem Firefighters


by Jay Hobson Marty Kennedy from the design firm of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin said that his firm believes that the solution to the traffic situation at the Depot was to have a downtown village area with dedicated left-hand turns. “The left-hand turns

would allow for through-way traffic on Route 28 to move unimpeded. Currently, traffic is stopped by motorists waiting to turn left, and the result is traffic back-ups,” Kennedy said.

by Robyn Hatch The Salem Firefighters’ Relief Association presented the 2010 Memorial Breakfast and Ceremony at Pine Grove Cemetery. Since this coming July marks 56 years since losing Firefighter Charles Lester Kimball in the line of duty, Firefighter Kimball’s daughter, Eleanor Foster, and her grandsons, Charles and Phillip, placed a flower at this memorial in his honor and memory. Firefighter Kimball made the ultimate sacrifice as he died in the line of duty in service to his community in 1954.

Patriot Retired firemen in front of the Memorial Stone

On behalf of the men and women of Salem Fire Department, Fire Chief Kevin Breen welcomed everyone to pay tribute to fire department members, past and present. “Each year, we gather on the second Sunday in June here at this memorial to pay tribute to those no longer with us. We remember our deceased firefighters and recall their commitment and service to us, to each other, and to the community. In doing so, we reflect upon what is perhaps most important about being a member

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of the Salem Fire Department. It is the opportunity to serve others in their time of need,” he said. Fire Chief Breen then read “The

Firefighter’s Pledge,” which describes the characteristics of the men and women in firefighting best, he said. I promise concern for others. A willingness to help all those in need. I promise courage – courage to face and conquer my fears.

continued to page 9- Firefighter Memorial Celebrates its Centennial St. Joseph’s Parish

“You too are living stones, built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Once you were no people, but now you are God’s people.” 1 Peter 2: 5, 10.

by Doug Robinson St. Joseph’s Parish will be hosting and celebrating their Centennial Celebration on Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m. in the church, located at 33 Main St., Salem. Following the celebration, a reception and dinner will be held at the Granite Rose, Route 111, Hampstead.

Built in 1929, parishioners of St. Joseph’s gathered together, collecting the fieldstones, rocks, and boulders that were used to construct the present English Tudor-style church. While the church fashions an exterior resembling a time gone

by, the church grounds, pathways, and interiors of the church are filled with all the amenities that one would find in a present-day church, including handicap accessibility, restrooms with baby changing facilities, a family room that has comfortable seating for small groups up to 20, and a kitchen facility that is used to feed the flocks. St. Joseph’s Church also hosts an auditorium and a multi-purpose room, as well as St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School. Before 1909, Catholic services in the Salem area were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Sullivan by Father Herbert Hennon of Westville, a small village near Atkinson. In that year,

the first services were held at Canobie Lake for summer residents, most of who came from Lawrence. According to the church’s history, St. Joseph’s Parish was instituted on May 28, 1910, with Rev. John McNamara serving as the first pastor. For the first few months, Mass was celebrated in Pilgrim Hall, as there were not yet any parish buildings. In 1910, a wooden structure was built at Canobie Lake and consecrated as Immaculate Conception Church. To address the obvious need for a permanent home for the parish, the Sullivan family and Mr. Thomas Devine, founder of the Granite State Potato Chip Co., bought the Main Street property and donated it to the parish. The house on the property was used as a rectory. Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church until 1913. In the fall of that year, the barn attached to the rectory on Main Street was blocked off and renovated to become the first St. Joseph Church.

continued to page 9- St. Joseph’s Parish First flag to burn

by Robyn Hatch The American Legion Ernest W. Young Post 63, 38 Millville Street, Salem, held its Dignified Flag Disposal ceremony. All American flags that have become worn or faded were fittingly destroyed in a respectful and honorable service of tribute, memory, and love. Members from all veterans’ organizations, the military, and community participated in this ceremony. The following is a part of this ceremony: “We gather hear to properly dispose of unserviceable United States Flags, the symbol of our country. This ceremony takes place on or near Flag Day across our nation each year. Americanism has been and should continue to be one of the major programs of The American Legion. The observance of proper respect for the flag of our country and the education of our citizenry in the proper courtesies to be paid to the Flag is an essential element of such Americanism program. It is fitting that Flags which have been used for the decoration

of graves on Memorial Day be collected after such service, inspected, and worn and unserviceable Flags be condemned and properly destroyed. The approved method of disposing of such unserviceable Flags has long been that they be destroyed by burning, but no ritual for such destruction or ceremony in connection therewith has been adopted by The American Legion or included in its official manual of Ceremonies. This was resolved by The American Legion in a National Convention assembled in New York City,

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Using software that animated traffic conditions with as many as 30 percent more vehicles, Kennedy presented to selectmen that with dedicated left-hand turn lanes, parking areas behind storefronts, and additional connecting roads just north and south of the Depot, traffic would move more smoothly, even with the additional vehicles.

According to Kennedy, additional traffic signaling at Willow Street and the former

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It Takes a ‘Village’ Concept to Solve Depot Traffic Woes,

According to Designers

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Coca-Cola bottling plant, with connecting roads from each to Main Street, would alleviate congestion that has plagued the Depot for decades. Kennedy also stated that the plan also includes keeping the village character of the Depot, with diverse uses of properties and redesigned streets. “We really have to move on the left-hand turns because it solves a major problem right away,” Community Development Director Bill Scott said.

Property acquisition to facilitate road widening is a major component of the plan, and contact with business owners in the Depot may lengthen the process. “I don’t think the Masonic

Temple is going to say ‘yeah, c’mon, take our building.’


think this is going to take longer than you think,” Selectman Everett McBride said. The planning board was

scheduled to view the plans on June 22.

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