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An Independent Weekly Newspaper Salem Community Valentine’s Day is Monday Recognized for Support of the Guard and Reserve


submitted by Center for Life Management The Center for Life Management (CLM) was presented with a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve for their efforts to support our military troops serving in Iraq. CLM was specifically recognized for organizing an employee drive that gathered soccer supplies and gear that were donated and shipped to Army Captain Derek Drouin, who was helping to organize a soccer league for children and teens in the Iraq community of Rishidia, where he was serving. Captain Drouin is the son of Carol Drouin, a nurse practitioner on staff at CLM.


Currently home from his service in Iraq, Captain Drouin was on hand when the Statement of Support was presented at a brief ceremony held recently at the Center for Life Management in Derry. Presenting the certificate on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense, was James Goss, Executive Director, NH. “The Statement confirms that a company pledges to fully recognize, honor and enforce


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by Jay Hobson The first deliberative session


was held Saturday at the high school auditorium and the sparsely attended meeting lasted under two hours, with three articles being deliberated by the roughly 90 voters in attendance. The most contentious issue of the meeting was the proposed reinstatement of $434,078 to the operating budget to fund new water meters. The water meter replacement issue was voted down last year. This year, however, the 85 residents and seven elected officials in attendance voted nearly 2-1 in favor of reinstating the funds, with 61 in favor and 31 against the measure. The vote followed remarks


Gina Gulino-Payne, Executive Director of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce; Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO; Carol Drouin, CLM Nurse Practitioner; Captain Derek Drouin; and James Goss, Executive Director, NH, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve


the Uniformed Services Employment and Re- Employment Rights Act. The intent is also to recognize outstanding support that goes above and beyond meeting the requirements


of law. The drive organized by the Center for Life Management is certainly an example of outstanding support and worthy of recognition,” according to Goss.


Salem Rotary Club Welcomes House Majority Leader Bettencourt


submitted by Greater Salem Rotary Club At the weekly breakfast meeting of the


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Greater Salem Rotary Club held at Rockingham Park, the Rotary Club was pleased to welcome Representative D.J. Bettencourt of Salem as its guest speaker. Representative Bettencourt was recently elected Majority Leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Representative Bettencourt addressed Rotary Club members and took questions on a variety of topics, including the anticipated budgetary shortfall facing the State of New Hampshire, potential reform in pension and retirement plans for State employees, as well as the potential for expanded gaming at Rockingham Park. The Greater Salem Rotary Club is a community service organization dedicated to giving back to the Salem community by following the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self.” Those wishing to obtain more information on the Greater Salem Rotary Club are welcome to contact Club President Maria Bertolone at TD Bank in Salem or Club Vice President Peter Rayno at Enterprise Bank in Salem.


D.J. Bettencourt and Peter Rayno Selectmen Discuss


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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Upper Room Family Resource Center presented a petition before the selectmen on Monday night, asking for $10,000 “for the purpose of supporting prevention and early intervention programs and services that strengthen children and families through the Upper Room Family Resource Center,” said Kimberly Bavaro, Executive Director of the Upper Room. The organization can connect families with childcare, elderly housing, and other services to strengthen families. In addition to connecting families with resources, The Upper Room also offers nine programs for families, including Parenting Education, Teen Information for Parenting Success, Juvenile Diversion, and


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Community Service Learning Opportunities. Salem Police Officer Matt Norcross spoke on the importance


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of the Juvenile Diversion program. “I can’t stress enough the importance of having The Upper Room available for us,” he said. The program offers first-time juvenile offenders tools to do better in the community that might not otherwise be available to them. Both the School District and the Police work close with the organization, and many other towns don’t work with them. Selectmen voted to put the petition on the ballot with recommendation.


by resident Robert Campbell, who decried the measure as being “scary” as presented. He said he’d like to see the meters installed, yet felt the way it was being presented wasn’t “thought out properly.” The proposed new meters, according to proponents, would be more accurate and eliminate the need for a meter reader to read the meters, as the information would be fed electronically to a main location. They would also allow for monthly billing rather than the quarterly billing currently in use. When asked if the current staff of one-and-a-half meter readers would be eliminated,


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Selectman Chairman Michael Lyons said he couldn’t say what would happen in the five years it would take to fully implement the new system.


Budget Committee Vice Chairman Peter Rayno asked why the selectmen wouldn’t say they would cut the position, and Selectman Susan Covey said that if the new system eliminated the need for meter readers, then there would be no meter reader position and that she didn’t understand the concern. Another concern voiced regarding the meters was that there was a lack of multiple suppliers and that the town could be “low-balled” to install the system and then be at the mercy of higher prices when the original contract expired.


DPW Director Rick Russell outlined the need for an updated system noting that some of the current meters were inaccurate and that the residents with newer meters were paying more for water than people with older meters. He also noted that the town was using meters that utilized 1950s technology and replacement meters could no longer be purchased. Even though the issue of restoring funding was settled, the replacement issue will be addressed by voters on March 8.


Candidates for Town and School Election


Town Clerk Susan M. Wall


Tax Collector CherylAnn Bolouk Library Trustee Kathleen Norton


Checklist Supervisor Melissa Sorcinelli Treasurer John Sytek


Trustee of the Trust Funds Ralph Stein Planning Board Robert J. Campbell Ronald Belanger


Zoning Board of Adjustment Robert Uttley Ron Giordano


Budget Committee (1 year) Paul Huard Paul Welch


Budget Committee (3 years) Barry Pietrantonio Donald Sorcinelli, Jr. Patrick McDougall Selectman (3 years) Michael “Mike” Lyons Everett McBride, Jr. Roland Theberge Stephen Campbell Selectman (1 year) Susan Covey


John J Manning


School Board (3 years) Bernard Campbell


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