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Gilman E. Sleeper Civil War Camp Installation of Officers
submitted by Dorothy J. Goldman The Gilman E. Sleeper Camp 60, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil
War and its Auxiliary, recently held an installation ceremony for new officers. The Sleeper Camp meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Kelley Library in Salem. Anyone interested in the Civil War or who has a relative who served are welcome to join.
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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Tucked away on Shadow Lake Road lies a little treasure known as the Salem Town Forest. There are over five and a half miles of trails throughout the 205 acres. The land has a wide variety of uses, including walking, horseback riding, skiing, hunting, camping, and bird watching. For over 30 years, the Town Forest has served as a place to enjoy the outdoors. The Town Forest began as a purchase of 94 acres in 1979 for $79,000. Brought before the citizens at a town meeting, the purchase was approved. The sale of the original parcel was negotiated between former Selectman Richard Tibbets and former owner William Brown. Brown was interested in leaving space for future generations to grow and sold the land for its assessed value. Since then, the land has continued to grow in size by adding contiguous town-owned lots. Today, the Salem Conservation Commission oversees the Town Forest. They are the stewards of the forest, spending time to better it throughout the year. “What has amazed me is how
Doug Jenkins is being sworn in as Camp Commander by Gary Ward, Department Commander, New Hampshire
Fly Tying Class Ushers in Fishing Season
by Robyn Hatch The Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited held a hands-on class in fly tying led by Jim Norton, which was very popular for men and women alike. People quickly learned the skills needed to tie their own flies in time for the next fishing season. Participants were able to keep everything they used to tie during the class time.
Brook trout are the only trout
native to much of the eastern United States. Arguably the most beautiful freshwater fish, brook trout survive in only the coldest and cleanest water. In fact, brook trout, according to the handout, serve as indicators of the health of the watersheds they inhabit. Strong wild brook trout populations demonstrate that a stream or river ecosystem is healthy and that water quality is excellent. A decline in brook
trout populations can serve as an early warning that the health of an entire system is at risk. As talked about in the class, like most of New England, New Hampshire suffers from a legacy of intense timber cutting. Deforestation, associated sedimentation, and channelization for log drives degraded stream habitat and depleted many brook trout populations. Regional biologists ranked road sedimentation as the number-one threat to brook trout in New Hampshire. Road construction and poorly maintained roads can increase sedimentation and impair water quality. Non-native fish, particularly rainbow trout, were ranked as the second and third most widespread disturbances to brook trout statewide. People value brook trout not only for their beauty, their taste, and their sport-fish qualities, but also as indicators of the health of the watersheds where they live. These brook trout will always mirror the health of the Appalachians and the water that drain from these beautiful landscapes. Having collective efforts to restore the brook trout will enable human health to be protected and help to preserve the quality of life for generations.
Te Salem Town Forest located on Shadow Lake Road (Old Route 111)
much the Conservation Commission cares for the Forest,” said Susan Covey, Selectmen’s representative for the Conservation Commission. “It’s unbelievable how much they are passionate about it.” Permission for the commission to manage the Town Forest came in 1983 as the result of Town Meeting articles 16 and 17. The cost to the town for yearly maintenance is minimal at about $500. This includes the lease fee for the parking lot from the state of New Hampshire. Over the past year, $3,200 was paid for an updated Town Forest
submitted by Donna Kish It was a long season, but well worth all the effort! After months of hard work, success has paid off for the Salem Rams Division 10 Cheerleaders, who won second place at the American Youth Cheer (AYC) National Competition held in Orlando, FL. The 2010 New Hampshire State Champion Salem Rams traveled to the Sunshine State and went head-to- head with teams from across the nation. The team turned in a stellar performance and garnered second in the Nation with their breathtaking and heart-stopping routine jam-packed with incredible stunts, high-flying gymnastics, and dance. Only three points separated the Rams from the first- place team from Monroe, CT. The Salem Rams have not sent a team to the Nationals since 2005. “We are incredibly proud of our girls,” said Coach Donna
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Te bridge leading into the Town Forest
management plan. The forest also has ways to earn money for the town as in 2008 when a timber harvest generated $6,600.
No matter how you choose to use it,
the Town Forest will provide relaxation and enjoyment. The Hitty-Titty Pond flows from Shadow Lake to Millville Pond and passes right through the forest, making for a beautiful scene. Six- thousand square feet of wetlands have been created within the forest. Thanks to a cooperative effort between the Town of Salem and various landowners, the area is available for all to use.
Salem Rams Win Second Place in National Cheerleading Championships
2010 Division 10 State Champs Salem Rams Proud to Hold Second Place Trophy from the Nationals. Back row: Tori Kish,
Student Coaches Kaylle Haidaichuk and Julia Iascone, Erin Roberts, Coach Jordan Caruso, Stella Hazelton, Kasey Grasso, Taylor Vartanian, Allison Tiller, Christina Kennamer, Maddie Grasso, Coach Donna Redshaw. Sitting: Bianca Boucher, Julia St. Hilaire, Chloe Sicard, Brooklynn Leonard, Alexis Lefebre, Emilee Redshaw. Front: Lily Iascone
Jason Ross receives instruction
Redshaw. “They have worked so hard for this and to come in second in the Nation is just an unbelievable honor.” ‘Believe’ has been the Rams theme all year long and according to Coach Jordan Caruso, “Anything can be accomplished when you believe just as these girls did.” The Rams team, comprised of eight-, nine-, and 10-year-old girls, competed against highly regarded teams from Texas and Florida, states known for extremely competitive cheerleading. “This has
been the best experience of my life,” said Coach Jordan, who, along with student coaches Julia Iascone and Kaylee Haidaichuk, choreographed the winning routine. “This was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Rams VP of Cheer AnnMarie Iascone. “The girls are not only great competitors; they have now become great friends.” While in Florida, the girls were also invited to a party for
cheerleaders and football players at Universal Studios hosted by AYC/AYF. The entire theme park was closed to the public and AYC teams from all over the United States were able to go on rides and had the entire park to themselves for the night. Congratulations, Salem Rams!
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