Salem Community Patriot 2 - May 27, 2011
Rotary Hosts Clean-Up Day at Salem Animal Rescue League
Rotarians rake the yard clean as they volunteer their time at SARL
by Doug Robinson On Friday, May 20, the Salem Rotary Club participated in the Salem Animal Rescue League’s (SARL) clean-up day. In addition to the Rotarians, volunteers coming from as far as Nashua also participated. Armed with rakes, shovels, trimmers,
and gloves, Rotarians and volunteers attended to weeding, raking, trimming bushes, and spreading bark mulch. During the clean-up, SARL offered
rabies vaccinations and microchipping. Volunteers dug their hands deep into the dirt around Bernard’s Place, Lloyd’s Dog House, and Kitty City, removing weeds and then planting various flowers. Within the animal trailers, dogs, cats,
and even a parrot are being housed until a family match is found. “We do not euthanize the animals that come to us. We find them homes,” commented Jolene Malot, volunteer coordinator. Peter Rayno of Salem Rotary commented, “We are dedicated to community service and we are here today to help out.” The Salem Animal Rescue League is fully funded by private donations and does not receive any funding from State or Federal agencies.
by Connor Tremblay Twenty high school students recently competed in a variety of competitions that utilized their technical skills in the national career and technical student organization, SkillsUSA. Of the 20 students, four are eligible and two are choosing to move on to the National level in Kansas City, MO. The 20 students participated in competitions ranging from Architectural Drafting and Technical Computer Applications to Automotive Service Technology and Culinary Commercial Baking. Each competition was held in a different location, ranging from community colleges to right inside Salem High. Senior Thomas Merchel is
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moving on to Kansas City for his outstanding performance, which earned him first place in the Architectural Drafting competition. “I had to design a bicycle shop with certain specifications in a six-hour timeframe. I had fun doing it,” said Merchel. Senior Max Boucher, who placed second in Architectural Drafting, said, “I feel as though the competition gave me insight on what exactly an architect must perform in order to satisfy clients, regulations, and themselves.” Christopher Gatta, also a senior,
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Christopher Gatta, Courtney Smith, Zachary Fancy, Matthew Vincent, Tomas Merchel, Alaina
Moglia, Daniel Given, Evan Kirby, and Jeremy Arzuaga hold up their well-earned medals after their competitions. Medalists missing from the photo: Rob Daniels and Max Boucher
The new Bulletin Board competition was taken on by Seniors Matthew Vincent and Cortney Parece. They were given a theme, and had to create an appropriate bulletin board while on a specific budget. They came in third for their work.
is moving on to Missouri for his first-place performance in the Automotive Service Technology competition. “There were eight stations, such as brakes and engines, where Chris had to show his automotive skills,” described Theresa Berube, Salem High’s SkillsUSA coordinator. “He is moving on to Nationals and he is prepping to win.” The club’s public relations officer,
Dan Given, swept the Technical Computer Applications category at Greater Bay Community College, competing in Microsoft Office and basic computer skills. “Training to compete helped me to decide that I wanted to major in computer science; it helped me decide my future path,” Dan shared.
Other competition winners were Senior Zachary Fancy – second place in Graphic Communications, Senior Robert Daniels – first place in Technical Drafting, Senior Alaina Moglia – second place in Graphic Advertising Design, Junior Evan Kirby – first place in Graphic Communications, and Junior Jeremy Arzuaga – third place in Computer Maintenance & Repair. “The competition was great,” said
Evan Kirby. “I put in 100-percent effort. I did it to have something good to put on a resume and to have a chance to win a scholarship.” Other SkillsUSA competitors consisted of Zachary Blazich, Ryan Carney, William Griskevich, Michael Johnson, Emily Schmitz, Kerry Schrow, Trevor Thomas, and Rose Wainwright.
All first-place winners had the
chance to compete at the national level, facing the very best in the country. But due to the cost of travel
Dan Given placed 1st in the technical Computer Applications competition
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to each and every one of you for your contributions,” he said. Rain prior to the event gave way to clouds, making for a comfortable day. After the last putt was sunk, lunch was served and prizes awarded.
or other conflicts, only Gatta and Merchel decided to go. Now, those two students will travel across the country to compete and represent Salem High School. As Berube put it, “We’re reaching for the stars. We’re going there.”
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