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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Salem Depot Train Station committee held a volunteer and donor appreciation night at the Tuscan Kitchen. Donors and volunteers were presented with drawings of the train station, along with a DVD containing three videos that can be found playing inside of the museum. The restoration of the building was an expensive one, which required the committee to come up with a variety of fundraising ideas. Ed Callahan with Rockingham Park was a critical component in allowing for volunteers to assist in running charitable table games, resulting in over $123,000 towards the project. Rockingham’s Ron Oldeman was also part of the video committee, along with Phil and Marie Cammarata, Canobie Lake Park’s Wayne Ulaky, Robert Berthel, and Doug Seed. These videos can be seen inside of the museum. Other sources of funding included a tax credit diversion program,
allowing for businesses to pay tax dollars to CDFA, where 80 percent would go towards the depot restoration. Businesses are still able to take advantage of this program in 2011. Many donors also gave time and money to the project. The building consists of two sections, the museum, and office space to be leased out to a tenant. The museum contains three televisions with various videos playing on them, pictures and paintings, and old train station memorabilia. In the basement sits the famous safe, where ticket money was kept.
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Depot Volunteers and Donors Appreciation Night
Patriot Howie Glynn gives a tour of the building
Operating hours for the museum are not yet set, but will be available in the near future.
Enrico Casaletto receives his graduation certificate from Sergeant Joel Dolan of the Salem Police Department’s Community Services Unit, and was also congratulated by Chief Donovan, Deputy Chief Patten, and Captain Lozowski
Canobie Lake Park’s Wayne Ulaky and Rockingham Park’s Ron Oldeman enjoy the evening
Committee members Donna Velt and Beverly Glynn
Scott Cote of Pentucket Bank admires the videos displayed in the museum
Salem Lions Club Tree Lighting
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Wondering how the police department’s inner workings all come together was motivation for more than half of 11 people who had signed up for the Salem Police Department’s Citizen Academy this past spring. Every single citizen who participated is very glad they did so, and followed through with it. The Citizen Police Academy
was courtesy of a $3,300 monetary donation from the Greater Salem Exchange Club. This class of 2010 is the very first of its kind for Salem Police Department, with sign-up held in May. Classes were complete by mid-September. The academy was directed
Te Haigh School third-grade chorus celebrates the tree lighting
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Salem Lions Club held their annual tree lighting at Veterans Memorial Common Thursday night with a large crowd of spectators. The evening began with Christmas music played by DJ Russ
Hamilton, followed by a presentation from Anne Priestley, who read a poem and spoke on her mother’s hospitality around the holidays. Next, the Haigh School third- grade chorus, under the direction of Amy Moldoff, sang Christmas carols to the group.
Anne Priestley stands with the Lions mascot
Finally, Paul Cook of the Salem Lions Club illuminated the tree. The Haigh School second-grade chorus
was in attendance to observe and prepare for next year.
Winter Lights Art Show and Sale
by Robyn Hatch The Greater Salem Artists Association presented the Winter Lights Art Show and Sale at the Kelley Library last week. This year, there was a special display of art by students from six of Salem’s elementary schools. The winners of the Professional
Artists Awards are as follows: Acrylic: 1st
– Don Whittemore, 3rd – Jim Collins, 2nd – Jim Collins,
Honorable Mention – Charlotte Huebner. Oil: 1st
– Dorothy Carpenito, 3rd
– Charlotte Huebner, 2nd – MaryLou
Melanson Sears, Honorable Mention – Margaret Moon Hames. Watercolor: 1st
2nd – Marcia Harris, 3rd – Marcia Harris. 2nd 1st
Mixed Media: 1st – Linda Hall, 3rd
– Barbara Glines, – Marcia
Harris, Honorable Mention – Tina Gagnon,
– Millie Dube.
Award Winners for Emerging Artists Awards: – Vivian Trott, 2nd
– Adele Buckwald.
“Apples Time” by Sadie Orlando (third grade at North Salem) Special Award Winners: Chuck Morin
Award – Joanne Keaney Kun, Founders Award – Ken Joncas, Lancaster Award – Lois Beighley, Theme Award – Millie Dube. The Greater Salem Artists Association
was founded in 1985 by Edith Kaufman. Its purpose is to bring together those who share a common interest in all mediums of art. As a non-profit organization, this club supports local young artists with yearly scholarships, provides education and information to the members, and encourages all artists to share and grow together.
by the Community Services Unit of the Salem Police Department with Sergeant Joel Dolan as the Chief Commander for the program. Sergeant Dolan says that Chief Paul Donovan, Deputy Chief Shawn Patten, and Captain John Lozowski all played very important and much appreciated roles in the launching of the citizens’ academy including outreach to residents in town. “We are quite visible in
town, but very misunderstood. The idea of a citizens’ academy is to reach out to citizens and open up the police department to them so they can see what officers, dispatchers, and administrators do, and what role they hold in keeping the police department operating. We also hope to keep the academy going so more people interested have the opportunity to participate in the program in the future,” Dolan said. The program also appeals to people of all legal adult ages. “We had people of all ages sign up,” Sergeant Dolan said. The age requirement to begin is 18 years of age, but we also had people anywhere from their 40s through their 70s,” he added.
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program basically went through a 10-week police academy without the physical fitness requirements to certify as a police officer. All participants signed up and attended on a voluntary basis, and are grateful for the opportunity to do so. The academy taught citizens about every specialty— detectives, K-9 Unit, fieldwork, patrol, evidence, the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, and jobs at the department, as well as a weekly instructional block that teaches about police work and the way Salem Police Department operates. In all, there were 12 police officers that were instructors, everything from detectives to K-9 officers, Captain Lozowski, and Sergeant Kevin Fitzgerald,
who is also a member of the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit. All who participated also went on patrol with an officer for an entire eight-hour shift, and also participated in firearms simulation. Sergeant Dolan said he has had nothing but great feedback from all 11 who participated, and was told by several that they wish it was an ongoing program for them, showing just how much these citizens enjoyed the program and reflecting what they have learned. These citizens, knowing what they know now, are free to correct misconceptions and dispel rumors that may emerge about the department, as they are armed with the “correct” information and can now be considered ambassadors who can speak up on behalf of the police department and freely speak their mind since they now know exactly what goes on at the department. The program has also opened up possible volunteer opportunities for the future. Many are already talking about the department and the program, why they signed up, and what they now know. Carl Swiderski applied for a patrol officer position in 1995 at the same time that now-Deputy Chief Patten was applying. Both passed the test and were sent to the second part—the physical fitness test taken before being selected and sent to police academy. Carl was in his 40s, while Shawn and others applying at the same time were in their early 20s. Carl only missed the mark in the timed run for men by 12 seconds, but he wasn’t upset. He was glad that he kept right up and even surpassed some in the run who were half his age. His reason for applying in the first place was due to a job loss. “I worked in business and after being laid off, I got frustrated and wanted to look into trying a new line of work. Law enforcement interested me and, so, I applied. Even though I didn’t make the final cut, I was glad for the opportunity. That is exactly why I signed up for the citizens’ academy. I wanted to know what was going on behind the scenes and how the department really worked. It really amazed me what is involved in what officers go through and have to do or what they don’t have to do. I found it very interesting and well worth the time,” Carl said.
Carl’s eight-hour ride along on a patrol shift proved interesting as well. He was there for a call of a teenage and boy who were attempting to pawn stolen items. The female was caught; the male
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Volume 4 Number 20 December 10, 2010 12 Pages
Police Graduate Eleven Citizen Police Academy Members
“Sunlit Filly” by Jim Collins
staff photos by Robyn Hatch
staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan staff photos by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz
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