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Brothers Serve Together Aboard Same Ship
by Jay Hobson Brothers Stephen and Greg Getchell joined the military 30 days apart
back in 2006, and their careers with the Navy until January had taken a different tack. Stephen Getchell is an Interior Communication Specialist 3rd Class,
while his brother, Greg, is a Culinary Specialist 3rd Class. They served our country in different places until January 2010, when both were assigned to the same ship—the USS Carl Vinson. “When my brother finally arrived on the ship is when it really hit me.
We always did everything together, and now to serve our country together on the same ship is just something you can’t put into words,” Greg said. Like a lot of siblings, Greg and Stephen played together when they were little. With only two years separating them in age, they went to school together, played sports together, and later joined the same branch of the military.
“I came to the Carl Vinson to work alongside my brother,” Stephen said. Their mother, Jeanna, who grew up in Salem, is proud of her sons and according to the brothers, finds having them together on the same ship a plus.
“My mom is really excited to have us together at last,” Stephen said. According to the Getchells, deployments are much easier on them, care packages sent by their mom are sent together, and she can see them when they are on leave together more often. The brothers will spend a year working together on the ship, and Greg and Stephen hope to re-enlist when the time comes. Both plan to call San Diego, CA, home by buying a house together.
Greg Getchell and his brother, Steve, serve our country together aboard the USS Carl Vinson
Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Day for Kids Patriot Salem Community Kyleigh, 4, and her mom, Michele
Victoria Bonin waits patiently with her mom as Brianna Bettinger finishes up her Halloween project at the craft table
Volunteer Ashley Rawson paints the face of club member Samantha Maguire, 9
submitted by Rachel Hill On Saturday, September 18, the Boys & Girls Club of Salem held their Annual Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids. The Day for Kids is a national event created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the specific purpose of honoring and celebrating our children. With over 400 parents and children in attendance, families were greeted at the door by staff and parent volunteers, who provided information about the Club, the different events and activities offered during the day, and tours of the Club. As children entered the Club, they had the opportunity to participate in carnival games for prizes, jump around in the bounce house, participate
Jaime Laird, Music Instructor at the Club, gets ready for his band, Mudflap Junior Jones, to play at the event
in a scooter race, and have their face painted. A new addition to the event this year was the live band, Mudflap Junior Jones, who played for most of the day. Refreshments for the event included beverages, popcorn, and chocolate-covered pretzels, all provided by the Club at no cost to parents. The staff of the Club prepare for the event with the intention of providing
a day of fun, food, and festivities for all the families in the community. “We want this to be a fun day for the kids; one that they will remember and look forward to next year,” says Mike Stevens, Program Director. A special thanks goes out to all club members, parents, and staff who volunteered their time and supplies to help make this event successful.
Children’s Author Marty Kelly Visits Fisk School
submitted by Paula Patten Children’s author and illustrator Marty Kelly visited Fisk
School on September 22. Kelly humorously explained how he created his books, from start to finish, and shared some of his memories from his time as a second-grade teacher, as well as a video of a song he created with his friend, Steve Blunt! He topped his performance off with a fun caricature of a
child who shared his favorite classroom rule! Kelly shared with the students a few of his published works, as well as a secret viewing of his upcoming works. His wonderfully enthusiastic, engaging show keeps everyone interested and laughing while learning about writing, imagination, perseverance, and humor. The children, as well as the staff, always love when he visits!
Marty Kelly draws a caricature Marty Kelly showing his work
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Volume 4 Number 11 October 1, 2010 14 Pages
Derry-Salem Elks Soccer Shoot
by Robyn Hatch The Derry-Salem Elks Soccer Shoot held at
Salem Community Patriot
the Woodbury School Field in Salem this past weekend brought children of all age groups from Salem and surrounding towns together to play soccer. This event is part of a National Elks program, with the winners moving on to a regional competition, and those winners moving on to the National Championship. All participants received a gold, bobble-head soccer player statue just for playing. Final winners have not been announced yet.
Noah and Emma Payeur of Londonderry watch their friend Danny Nason, 3, of Salem score two goals
Gabriella Mosto, 3
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courtesy photos staff photos by Robyn Hatch
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