Salem Community Patriot 10 - March 25, 2011
Students- continued from front page
It was a night of responsiveness, togetherness, and awareness. Doreen Brown, Program Director at the soup kitchen, came with three homeless alumni, and each of the women talked about how New Horizons helped get them back on their feet. Unlike other shelters, New Horizons helps to fix the problem rather than just providing shelter and food. They assist in finding jobs and getting people back on their feet as quickly as possible. The three women’s experiences were very grounding. “It was touching,” said Cassie Hailson, a junior at SHS.
Being out there all night, the students had a real chance to empathize with the homeless. “You can’t see homelessness,” said Kalyani. “There are more out there than people realize.” Alexandria Boucher, a junior at SHS, said, “By doing this for just 12 hours, it helps so many people.”
When asked why he was there, Dan Schmidt, a junior at SHS, replied, “I want to feel what it’s like to be homeless so I can fully realize how bad they have it.”
“Homelessness is a real problem, and there are so many
misconceptions on the subject. When people read about this in the paper, it will cause them to realize what’s actually going on. And it sets an example for other kids, that it’s ‘cool to care,’” said Kevin Pementel, a senior at SHS. The night was full of fun as well: a kickball game was in action while other students played Frisbee or talked around their boxes and shared snacks. The boxes showed the creativity of all the students there, some with windows and sunroofs to stargaze, others with tunnels and separate rooms. One box even had a ‘kitchen’, where snacks were stored. While some were savvier than others, each group of students made the boxes their own unique home, and looking into each box, the students were laughing, sharing food, and socializing. School principal Maura Palmer and a few teachers who also stayed the night sat around a fire doing the same. Dan Stacey, a junior at SHS, summarized the event: “I came out here to support people that don’t have homes, and I’m having a great night.” Kalyani said, “What makes this night so special is that we are simulating the thing we are helping prevent. It’s such a unique event to Salem.”
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APR Freda Smith -continued from front page
Representatives, the County Sheriff, Salem selectmen, current and past; and many of the past Ganley Award winners. The Andy Healy band entertained guests as the
crowd arrived and mingled. As everyone took their seats, the New Hampshire Police Association’s Pipes and Drums Band brought the room to silence with their powerful and inspiring music. The honorable Ruth Griffin, former Executive Councilor, led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Andy Healy Band performed the Irish and U.S national anthems. After enjoying an Irish boiled dinner with all the fixings right down to the pickled beets, Smith, the 82-year-old mother of a disabled daughter who died seven years ago at age 50, was recognized for her efforts to help the handicapped and her many other accomplishments. She has been a New Hampshire State Representative and President and Board Member for the Salem Association for Retarded Citizens (SARC), and currently serves as a board member for the Disabilities Rights Center and Advocates Building Lasting Equality (ABLE). She serves as part of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Salem and has volunteered for the Greater Salem Caregivers, Ingram Senior Center, and Silverthorne Adult Day Care. As Freda took the dais to receive her award, she touched the audience by stating, “my knees are knocking and my teeth are chattering,” as she spoke of both John and Peg (Ganley), whom she knew in her 47 years in Salem, and what wonderful people they were and how hard they worked to make Salem a better place for all. She accepted the award and remembered the unsung men and women who work day in and day out with the handicapped. Reverend Yasenka’s Invocation closing stated it
all, “The vulnerable of our state are in need of more Freda Smiths today. Thank you, Lord, for Freda, and thank you, Freda, for your inspiration.”
James Fox - continued from front page
awards ceremony in May. Jim was also a member of the Salem Police Benevolent Association, New Hampshire Police Association, and the New England Police Benevolent Association. Jim was very active in the community and with his family. He
volunteered for all police department events, such as their annual open house and National Night Out. He was also a volunteer instructor for the Salem Police Citizen’s Academy. He participated in Relay for Life, and had every intention of doing it again this year. He was a proud coach for Salem Rams Football, Salem Youth Baseball, and the Salem Wolves Indoor Football Team. He loved sports and live sporting events, but, most importantly, he loved his family and any time that they could spend together. Jim is survived by his wonderful wife Jennifer, who
was and is the rock for her family. She devoted herself to caring for Jim during his illness and held her family together during such a difficult time. Jim also was the father of four boys, J.J., Josh, Justin, and Joey. Detective Jim Fox was laid to rest on March 22 with a full-police honor service held at Mary Queen of Peace Church, followed by a graveside full-police honor ceremony at his final resting place at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Anyone who wishes to help Jim’s family during this very difficult time may make donations, no matter how small or how large, to benefit Foxy’s children. Donations can be sent to the Salem Police Benevolent Association c/o James Fox, 9 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Salem, NH.
Freda Smith with Fred Weismann, Donna Velt, and Scott Cody of Pentucket Bank, Ganley award sponsor
Governor Lynch and the Ganley family
Final Inspection The policeman stood and faced his God, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?”
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, “No Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those who carry badges, can’t always be a saint.”
“I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough ... and sometimes I’ve been violent because the streets are awful tough.”
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“And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I wept unmanly tears.”
“I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.”
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“Step forward now, policeman. You’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven’s streets. You’ve done your time in hell.”
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