An Independent Weekly Newspaper Salem Community Freda Smith
to Receive the John P. Ganley
Salem Community Patriot Patriot
by Robyn Hatch A free Family Fun Day at the Mall of Rockingham Park sponsored by Holy Family Hospital offered
Community Service Award
submitted by Martha Breen, Director of Development, Boys & Girls Club of Salem The Chief John P. Ganley Community
Service Award is presented to an individual “who has exhibited concern, involvement, and leadership in the community of Salem; while providing inspiration to others, through his or her dedication, integrity, and courage in the manner exemplified by Chief John P. Ganley during his life on earth.” Chief Ganley passed away in March 1989, but his commitment to the community is carried forward and recognized each year on St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s honoree is devoted advocate for the disabled and Salem resident, Alfreda “Freda” Smith. Among her many accomplishments, Smith was instrumental in the closing of Laconia State School and challenged the way New Hampshire cares for individuals with disabilities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the closing of the institution and the release of a new documentary film entitled Lost in Laconia. The film is dedicated to Freda Smith, as her tireless dedication continues to help create better ways to treat and care for chronically ill and disabled children.
Tess and Brooklyn Regan Future nurses and doctors
treatment. At this Teddy Bear Clinic, the kids dressed up like doctors and nurses, bounced and boogied in the obstacle course, and visited the Baby Bear Nursery. Many kids showed up early to experience all the events, including to play doctor and dress- up with hospital scrubs, caps, and masks; to have their favorite bears checked for their health and to receive a birth certificate; to read vital signs of their favorite toys and measure heart and blood pressures;
Maylhea Aguero with her bear
test animal reflexes; dance to the beat of the music; find heart beats and receive shots; sample tasty snacks and play the fruit game; have Teddy Bear lie on a real stretcher and learn about 911; receive and talk about x-rays; and have paws examined and splints put on paws to heal them. The Clinic helped to get kids and adults familiar with what goes on in a hospital setting to help eliminate the fear associated with their activities.
Four Warrant Articles Address Bridges and Roads
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Salem residents will have four
Numerous nominations were submitted on her behalf and detailed her many accomplishments. She has been a New Hampshire State Representative, President and Board Member for the Salem Association for Retarded Citizens (SARC). She is a Board Member for the Disabilities Rights Center and ABLE (Advocates Building Lasting Equality). She serves as part of VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Salem and has volunteered for Greater Salem Caregivers, Ingram Senior Center, and Silverthorne Adult Day Center. Her dedication and service has been recognized by Salem Exchange Club receiving its Golden Deeds Award and by Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce as its Mother of Pearl winner for its first Hidden Jewel Awards in 2008. The New Hampshire Century profiled Smith as one of 100 people who shaped the 20th Century in New Hampshire, a book published in 2001 to commemorate the end of an era. Members of the community are invited to honor Freda as the Ganley Family presents her with the John P. Ganley Community Service Award on Thursday, March 17, at the John P. Ganley/St. Patrick’s Day Memorial Award Luncheon. Doors open at 11 a.m. for refreshments. The program gets underway at 12 p.m. A meal of corned beef and cabbage will be served, followed by the presentation of The Ganley Community Service Award. The Andy Healy Band plays Irish music during the event. The Boys & Girls Club would also like to
acknowledge and thank Pentucket Bank for being the Pot of Gold Sponsor for this event. Reservations are required to attend the
event. Further questions or reservation requests can be directed to Martha Breen at the Boys & Girls Club, 898-7709, ext. 6, or via e-mail at email@example.com
warrant articles dealing with roads and bridges to vote on in the upcoming election and second deliberative session, with the first on the ballot dealing with the South Policy St. bridge over Porcupine Brook. “The bridge was built in 1935, so it’s 75 years old,” said Robert Puff, Town Engineer. There are no records of maintenance or repair, he said. The bridge will increase from 14.5 feet to 18 feet, increasing the hydraulic capacity, and will be widened to eliminate the hourglass shape. “This is the oldest bridge in town,” said Puff. The article includes reconstruction of parts of Stiles Rd., Brady Ave., Pelham Rd., and Brookdale Rd. There will be about 22,000 feet of road reconstruction from this article. The article will cost $5,798,108, and is eligible for an 80-percent reimbursement. The next article will appear
at the second session of Town Meeting, which is for the partial reconstruction of the South Policy St., Kelley Rd., Cluff Crossing Rd., and Cross St. sidewalks to be replaced and added. The article also includes reconstruction of Lisette Dr. and Chappy Ln. The next part of the article is for engineering design work of Town Farm Rd., Bluff St. extension, and the southern end of Lawrence Rd. The last part of the article will find 20,000 feet of mill and overlay work to be done by the DPW. The total cost of the article will be $3,377,003. The following article is for repair
work to the South Policy St. bridge, if the first article fails. It will be for $836,000 and will have no tax impact. The last article will provide $385,000 for the design work of the Bluff St. extension bridge, Bluff St. bridge, and the Providence Hill Rd. bridge. There will be no tax impact of this article. The plans will
South Policy St. Bridge
allow for the bridges to be ready for replacement when funds become available. “We’ve had a lot of success replacing the bridges in the past; they do need attention,” said
Puff. “And I’d like to think we’ve brought forward an orderly and well organized plan that addresses the needs of the town in a responsible way.”
Rep. Charlie Bass Meets With Constituents at Town Hall by Jay Hobson
Republican Congressman Charlie Bass met with constituents from the 2nd Congressional District at the Knightly Meeting room at Salem’s town hall from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday to answer their questions and address any concerns. Healthcare, the nation’s budget deficit, and global warming were a few of the concerns raised by the 50 or so residents in attendance. “This is not going to be an hour of me pontificating—it’s for you. I want to be here and I want to solve problems,” Bass said before opening the question-and-answer format.
Regarding healthcare reform, Bass said that the former system of employer-based healthcare benefits was “not the right approach” and that healthcare “should be universally deductible for everybody.” “We need meaningful, practical torte reform and we need to support community health care centers,” Bass said. A woman who identified herself as “Charlotte
from Amherst” said she was “panicky” because of global warming. “I lie awake in bed at night in a panic and I
can’t sleep. We need to do something about global warming,” Charlotte said. Jessica O’Hare, a program associate at
Environment New Hampshire in Concord, read from a pre-typed slip of paper stating that she realized “you [Bass] have to make tough decisions,
lots of fun for kids and families alike, where kids could bring their favorite stuffed animal and join Holy Family for a special day of first-class
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but the EPA protects public health.” “I don’t believe the EPA as an agency should
have command and control authority to implement a piece of legislation that failed in Congress over the last two years,” Bass said. Bass is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Andy Bridge, also from Amherst, said his main concern was the $14 trillion national debt. “We began work on the debt by cutting $61
billion, but it’s going to take more in the future,” Bass said.
Bass announced the opening in March of a district office in Salem.
“Because of budget constraints, the office will be open a couple of days a week and will cover Salem, Windham, and Atkinson,” Bass said.
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