Salem Community Patriot 2 - May 20, 2011
A Place to Just ‘Putt’ Around
by Doug Robinson Everybody loves to just “putt around.” And
everybody just loves to spend time leisurely relaxing, socializing and some maybe like to putt a few golf balls on a putting green. Avid golfers spend hours honing their skills, testing their reflects, keening their eye sight as they forever attempt to take a stroke off their golf score by practicing their putts on a putting green. Thanks to the generous donation from Boy Scout, Neal Drapeau, residents of Salemhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will have the ability to putt around all day on their new, synthetic putting green. As a result of Drapeau’s putting green project, he earned Boy Scout’s highest recognition and award, Eagle Scout. The wheelchair accessible putting green offers a no maintenance recreation area for all residents to enjoy. The synthetic green has been used on many professional football fields and has usually been referred to as “artificial turf.” For the Salemhaven golfers, the synthetic putting greens simulate the turf of a real grass golf course. The putting green will be surrounded with large planters in which the residents will be invited to plant and care for a variety of flowers. From geraniums, to pansies, to marigolds, and more, the flowers surrounding the putting green will provide
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Back row: Chris Schwing, Neal Drapean (boy scout), Nick Draponetti, Rod Rheaume. Front: Nate McNeal, Jonathan Rheaume, Anthony Dragonetti.
warmth and pleasure to all who visit. Artificial putting greens are made to look and feel like natural putting greens, without the hassle of watering and maintenance and can be constructed both indoors and outdoors. They are environmentally friendly, requiring no watering or mowing. Putting greens offer those would be professional golfers the ability to keep up their skills, as well as provide them the opportunity to socialize with others. Artificial putting greens are designed to blend in perfectly with surroundings too.
Artificial putting green products are uniform and clean, much like natural putting greens. They do not dry out or fade throughout time, leaving them green and healthy-looking for years to come. The great thing about the many artificial putting greens on the market is that you are able to customize your green based upon different factors. This includes the dimensions, curves, and type of surface and most importantly for Salemhaven, its purpose of use. “We are especially excited with regards to both the health and recreational benefits of the putting green” commented Salemhaven Community Liaison, Stephanie Micklon. “Neal Drapeau worked with our Rehabilitation Department so that he could construct the putting green with the needs of our residents foremost in mind. Residents will be able to have lots of enjoyment and fun while they receive the benefits of exercise, balance, and movement.” The new putting green offers Salemhaven a
value added benefit to the residents who live at Salemhaven. Whether it be entertaining, or simply just “putting around,” the new putting green at Salemhaven will bring enjoyment and leisure to all for many years to come.
submitted by Sonny Tylus Lot of chatter, laughs, and— most of all—a great night of memories were shared at the Leadership Greater Salem Reunion held at Salem Co- operative Bank in May. Those present reflect the value of this educational endeavor by The Greater Salem of Commerce from 1996- 2003. Ann Lally, President of the Bank and member of
the first Class, hosted the event. Pat Kulesz, their energizing leader, attended, and Nancy Carney, former Director of the program, welcomed those in attendance. Plans for future gatherings echoed throughout the evening. Over 100 Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce members attended this valuable educational program designed to enhance and develop leadership skills. The classes introduced
participants to the resources of Greater Salem and the various business segments of the surrounding communities. The program also provided each participant the ability to enhance their personal leadership style. Those missing this special reunion, including instructors, original organizers, and sponsors, are encouraged to contact Ann (alally@salemcoop. com) or Nancy, providing their addresses and e- mail contact information for future events.
Business Owner Arrested on Prostitution Charges
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz The owner of a local weight loss consulting business and one of her employees were arrested last Friday on prostitution charges. Salem Police Department received information over two weeks ago from a former employee of the ETEA Weight Loss Spa stating that prostitution was a service being offered at the business. Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn
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on Friday, May 13, Deputy Police Chief Patten said one of the masseuses had $4,800 in cash on her which she described to the officers as “tip money.”
According to the affidavits at Salem District Court, Barron had told her former employee that she had agreed to end massages in sexual activity after her clients asked her to. She also told this former employee that if she wanted to make some real money she should start giving massages with happy endings. Barron’s business is nestled into an antique brick building located at 282 Main Street. The building also houses a tanning salon, a hair and nail salon, a real estate business, and an upholstery business.
Apparently Barron used online Susan Choi
to what was allegedly happening at ETEA said that the owner of the business Lori Barron, 47, of Salem had trained several women in massage and also trained them how to perform certain sex acts on the clients at the end of the massage. The women Barron trained were not licensed massage therapists. However, Barron does have a license to practice massage therapy, but she will not be performing massages in Salem anymore. On Friday police carried out what was dubbed
“Operation Bunny Ranch” and with the assistance of Salem Health Officer Brian Lockard warrants for the arrest of Barron and an employee, Susan Choi, 39, of Derry were executed. Lockard served Barron an order to cease and desist all business practices in Salem barring her from engaging in any massage practice in town based on the allegations of prostitution and hiring unlicensed massage therapists. Lockard has said he does not plan on rescinding on that order.
When police took Barron and Choi into custody
advertising such as Craigslist and Backpage.com
to lure women to work for her and also advertised “Incredible Massage for Men” and described massages as designed especially for the health and needs of men given with a soothing and unique delivery, by appointment only. Barron’s license to practice massage therapy
is still valid, however, Choi is not a licensed massage therapist and may face fines. If Barron is convicted of the charges she faces she could have her license revoked by the state as well as face fines. Currently Barron is charged with two counts of prostitution, one a felony charge and the other a misdemeanor. Choi faces two counts of misdemeanor prostitution. Barron was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and Choi was released on a court summons. Deputy Police Chief Patten said that the
investigation is ongoing and more charges could be possible. “It was important for us, once we heard about this, to get enough information and stop that activity from happening as soon as possible,” Patten said.
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