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Church of Salem sent nearly 50 Christmas stockings to troops serving overseas during the holidays. Individuals and families generously donated items to fill the stockings, such as snacks, toiletries, cards, candy, and other gifts. The project was organized by the Missions Committee at the church. “This is a wonderful project, and it is a great opportunity for families to do something together for an important cause,” stated church member Lois Mlocek. “It is especially


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meaningful to us because our daughter-in-law is serving in Afghanistan.” Mlocek’s seven-year-


old granddaughter, Lauren Brooks, was also involved in the project. “We filled the stockings with goodies, like candy and games,” stated Lauren. “They are away for Christmas and other holidays, and it is a way to say thank you for protecting our country.” The First Congregational


Church, United Church of Christ, is located at 15 Lawrence Road, Salem. For additional information call 893-3421.


by Robyn Hatch Supported by a generous donation from the Salem Lions Club, Salem’s Annual Holiday Concert was held last week at the Salem High School, and attracted a full crowd. Reverend Robert Elliot started off the welcome with the processional of “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” The audience got to sing next with Salem High School’s Band under the direction of Marty Claussen. The Believers, under the direction of Lydia O’Leary, performed a song by young Brooklyn O’Leary, who shocked everyone with her massive voice. She was a knockout and will always be remembered by her incredible voice and huge smiles! The audience, under the direction of Marge McManus, got to sing Christmas songs, and then the Salem High School Band got to show their professionalism, even though they had just returned from Disney World. St. Joseph’s Choral Ensemble sang more Christmas songs, while Salem High School directed “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The Granite State United Baptist Church brought their youngest members out with “Gospel Bells,” and the audience sang “The First Noel” like it was going out of style. The North Salem Chorus sang “Like the Beat of a Drum,” ending up with more music by the Salem High Band. As the crowd ended the night by singing “Silent Night,” all left with big smiles on their faces before heading outside.


Te Believers Peter Sullivan, Dick O’Shaughnessy, and Mark LaRochelle (Te Tree Kings)


Joseph (Nathan Hill) and Mary (Cassandra Muise)


Lois Mlocek with Baylee Mlocek, Lauren Brooks, Mackenzie Mlocek, Jeremy Mlocek, and Kevin Brooks


New Town Manager Announced


by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Beginning April 1, 2011, Salem will officially have a new town manager. Keith R. Hickey of Merrimack was chosen by the selectmen to serve the position. The process began over the


summer with the resignation of former Town Manager Jonathan Sistare. Municipal Resources Incorporated (MRI) of Meredith was retained by the selectmen to conduct the search. About 100 applicants applied, being narrowed down through interviews and telephone conversations, along with sitting in front of a citizens’ panel, an employee panel, and professional town managers. Finally, three finalists were interviewed by the selectmen, who decided that Hickey was the most qualified, with his financial background and extensive experience in New Hampshire.


Some of the goals for the


new town manager include rebuilding infrastructure, town employees’ healthcare, and participation in the state’s pension fund, said Chairman Lyons. Also, Lyons liked that Hickey is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC).


Keith Hickey


Lyons said that the Board was to make certain that the tools would be in place to promote longevity with Hickey. Lyons was also pleased with Hickey’s history of longevity in other places. Some of


Hickey’s goals for the town are to perform things that the


community needs. Hickey said that his past experiences will be very useful in the position. “This is a great opportunity for me professionally,” said Hickey. “I think that Salem is a great community.” He looks forward to bringing stability to the position. He has been the town manager in Merrimack since 2006. Hickey said he is a very approachable person, with his door always open to the community. He says people should feel comfortable to ask questions and receive answers. Currently, Hickey lives in Merrimack, and is undecided about moving to Salem. He will be meeting with Interim Town Manager Dr. Henry LaBranche to get the feel of the position and smooth out the transition. This announcement came


on Hickey’s 46th birthday. He feels that his background in finance will be critical for the success of the position.


by Doug Robinson The Salem Knights of Columbus hosted their annual Christmas party, at which young children, family members, and relatives were once again treated to a warm meal, entertainment, and a visit from Santa Claus. The Salem Knights’ tradition for giving


children a Christmas party dates back so far that members of the Knights agree that “it’s what we do, and we have always been doing this.” Ziti, meatballs, chicken, platters of cold cuts, juice, and water lined the walls of the Knights Hall. Hors d’oeuvres of cheese and crackers were also served for everyone’s enjoyment. Following the meal, Romper Rhythm and Puppets provided the entertainment. Puppeteer Diane Kordas performed three short Merry Christmas stories to the thrill of all those in attendance. Stories of The Bear Christmas, Santa and the Snowman, as well as The Gingerbread Man left children mesmerized and enchanted by Kordas’ puppeteering magic. Every child who attended the


luncheon was presented a special gift, wrapped and tagged, with the child’s name from Santa. Founded in 1957, the Salem Knights of Columbus has over 230 dedicated members who donate their time to the betterment of the Salem community. The Knights work closely with Salem’s Saints Mary and Joseph Parish, which includes St. Joseph Church and Mary Queen of Peace Church. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families, and young people.


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Santa and the Gingerbread Man, both puppets, take time out from their duties to say “hello” to


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Bridget’s second visit with Santa at the Knights of Columbus Christmas party


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Every child who attended the luncheon was presented a special gift


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