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Memorial Day May 30, 2011


Lions Club Holds Annual Rabies Clinic


Salem Community Patriot Patriot


by Jay Hobson Sunday was cold and


by Robyn Hatch The Salem Lions Club held their annual Rabies Shot Clinic on


May 3 at the Salem Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive, at the rear entrance. Pets were able to get their rabies shot as well as get registered with the town Clerk’s Office at the same time. Pets were on leashes or carriers, and all went smoothly. There were kitties crying, white dogs with patches, and big black labs. All animals behaved themselves, and the Salem Animal Hospital was well organized and got the job done quickly. Because of this event, the actual cost was lower than a regular vet visit ... but the care was just as good.


overcast as Army Private Joseph Morin, 20, of Salem stood awaiting his bride-to-be to walk down the grassy “aisle” behind the Harris’ Pelham Inn. Temporarily trading his


Army camouflage fatigues for a black tuxedo, the soldier stood against a white lattice backdrop anticipating the moment when he would first glimpse his intended. The music changed from


Pachelbel’s Canon in D to a fanfare and as family, friends, and guests stood, the bride, Lauren Adams, 22, of Derry, who was stunning in her white strapless wedding gown, appeared. Lauren, escorted by her mother Arlene Adams on her left and her father Glenn Adams on her right, walked slowly and carefully on the damp lawn to her waiting groom.


Morin had traveled a long


way for this day to happen. Private Morin, the son of


Joseph Morin, 20, and his bride-to-be Lauren Adams


Sheila (O’Donnell) Morin and Paul Morin, is stationed in South Korea arriving in that country seven months ago and on May 19, Morin came back to his hometown to marry his sweetheart and bring her back


to Korea with him. “Today’s military is more family-friendly and we’ll be staying with friends until we get our own place,” Morin said. The ceremony was flawless; the young couple exchanged


Athena Sharpe with her friend Te wedding of Lauren Adams, 22, to Joseph Morin, 20, at Harris’ Pelham Inn


by S. Aaron Shamshoyan At 99 years old, Harry Garabedian is Salem’s most senior resident. This honor earned him the Boston Post Cane, which he was awarded at Monday night’s Selectmen meeting. Garabedian is a lifelong resident of Salem, and only moved from his parents’ home to his own across the street upon his marriage, where he still resides today. Born December 15, 1911, Harry


Garabedian is a member of the first graduating class from Woodbury High School. From there he went on to work in a Salem shoe shop making wooden heels, and made his way to Haverhill to continue doing so. He eventually made a permanent career working in Lawrence’s Everett mills as a suit cutter, employed by brands such as Mighty-Mac and London Fog. He also worked as a barber in Rockingham Park. When asked how to reach his age,


Garabedian responded, “Just wait.” He said he took it easy and he didn’t get excited. He continued, saying he didn’t smoke and that he wasn’t a drinker, and also felt he has good genes. He said he grew up on a diet of lamb, rice pilaf, and yogurt for dessert.


Director of Senior Services Patti


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Drelick and Selectmen’s Chairman Beth Roth presented the Boston Post Cane to Garabedian. “I think we’re going to book him as the next speaker on nutrition at Salem Senior Services,” said Drelick. Garabedian was grateful for the honor, saying, “I am forever thankful for this occasion.” He also said, “I hope you all have a happy 100-year-old party.” The tradition of the Boston Post Cane began in 1909 as a publicity promotion by the Boston Post. Four hundred thirty-


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A Soldier Returns for His Bride


vows, was presented to family, friends, and guests as husband and wife, and will be leaving on June 3 to take up residence in South Korea. “I had visited [Joe] over New


Years [in Korea] and I know pretty much where we’re going. I was surprised that there are very few houses and mostly apartments over there,” the new Mrs. Morin said. Lauren’s weekend didn’t just include getting married. She also graduated on Saturday from the University of New Hampshire, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in business management. Although with wedding planning and associated activities, she didn’t attend the graduation ceremony. “I’ll probably keep going to


school online while we’re over there,” Lauren said. For his part, once Morin returns to South Korea, it’ll be back to work. Morin is an Infantryman and a marksman for his platoon.


Joseph Morin “may kiss the bride”


Boston Post Cane Awarded to Harry Garabedian


Chairman Beth Roth and Director of Senior Services Patti Drelick present Harry Garabedian with the Boston Post Cane


one canes were made from African ebony and capped with 14k gold engraved heads, then distributed to the leading groups of surrounding towns. Edwin Askin Grozier, the Publisher at the time, gave the assignment for Selectmen to make sure the cane was kept in the hands of the oldest resident of the town. The first recipient in Salem was Charles Kimball in 1909, honored at the age of 87. Over the years, the original cane was lost, but in 2005, Salem Senior Services and the Council on Aging decided to resurrect the


tradition and had a new cane made. Since then, Frances Anderson, Hilda Telfer, and Herman Harrison, Sr., have been awarded the cane, now followed by Harry Garabedian. Attendance for this event included


Garabedian’s four sons, Armand, Richard, Harry, and Michael, and two of his daughters-in-law, Ecaterina and Claire. “I was born in Salem and I still live in


Salem,” said Garabedian. “I don’t think I’m going to move.”


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Monday, May 30 Commemorative Services honoring fallen heroes of all America’s wars will be held, beginning with a parade that will start from Salem High School at 1 p.m. and proceed Geremonty Drive and right onto Main Street to Veterans Memorial Park. A Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery, 329 Main Street, at the new Veterans Memorial, featuring guest speaker Governor John Lynch.


Memorial Day Parade & Services


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staff photo by S. Aaron Shamshoyan


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