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by Jay Hobson Thirty consecutive years of doing any activity—marriage, job, etc.—is a milestone to be savored, but when the milestone is running up Mount Washington’s Auto Road every year for 30 consecutive years, well, that’s in a completely special category altogether. Former selectman, now budget committee member appointee Everett McBride, 56, has conquered the grueling race for 30 years. This year, the 51st running of


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by Robyn Hatch This year’s 4th of July Boat


Parade, an annual boat-decorating contest sponsored by Canobie Lake Park that never fails to draw a crowd, kicked off at Canobie Lake’s Rocky Point, and then proceeded around the lake and ended back at the start. Last year’s winners, Kevin and Cindy Forrence, led the parade. Then, Canobie Lake Protective Association (CLPA) Director Odie Odierna and his wife Heidi awarded prizes to three winners: $100 for first place, four passes to Canobie Lake Park for second place, and two passes for third place.


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Greater Salem Contractor’s Association Member Erects Shed for SARL, Saves a Cat’s Life


submitted by Greater Salem Contractors Association On Monday, June 27, a member of the Greater Salem Contractors Association’s (SCA) Community Projects Committee put together a shed for the Salem Animal Rescue League on SARL Drive in Salem. On Friday, an urgent call went out regarding the need for an isolation area for a cat with special circumstances. Tom Mosson of Stonehill Builders and long-time SCA member answered the call and volunteered his weekend laying down the foundation where the shed would be installed. Helping him was his 19-year-old daughter, Morgan Mosson. On Monday evening,


after a full day of work, Tom,


with the help of his brother Mike, finished putting the building together. Funds to purchase the gazebo were


provided by the Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL). “An animal was in need of some help and I just couldn’t stand by and do nothing. Putting an animal down because it has no place to go is senseless. I was happy to help,” stated Tom. “I hope this facility helps to keep as many animals alive as possible.” Joan Welch, SARL volunteer, was quite pleased with the new building and stated, “I hope that with this


Completed SARL shed


news, it may trigger someone to think about adopting a dog or cat.” The Salem Contractors Association’s Community Projects Committee is active in the needs of the Salem area and has provided assistance in such projects as the School House No. 5 renovation, the erecting of the gazebo at Veterans Park and, most recently, the gazebo installation at Salemhaven. In addition, the Association hosts an annual Charity Golf Tournament, with proceeds going to the support of five area food pantries. The Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) was formed in 1992, with the goal of


rescuing 50 stray and unwanted animals in the Salem area. During that year, SARL rescued a total of 157 animals, affirming the need for an alternative to traditional municipal animal control. SARL’s history is one of community interaction with police, town government, and the people of the community. Today, SARL rescues and adopts close to 800 dogs and cats per year. In 1993, SARL was instrumental in changing NH Legislation to make animal abuse a felony. The mission of the Salem Contractors Association is to advance the building industry of the Salem area by


providing a forum for the interchange of information and experience of member contractors and associated trades, and to secure cooperative action and proper consideration of issues affecting the building industry for the common good of its members. To learn more about the Association and its benefits, call President Dale Gerry II 329-4808 or visit www.salemcontractors. org. To learn more about SARL and the adoption process, visit www.sarl-nh-org or call 893-3210.


Have You Met? Town Manager Keith Hickey


by Jay Hobson Keith Hickey, tanned and a little self-conscious about his polo shirt instead of button-down shirt and tie (it was approaching 90 degrees on the day of our interview), was hired as town manager in March and is a New Hampshire native. Born in Bow and graduating from Bishop Brady High School, Hickey went on to get a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Franklin Pierce College and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University. In 2004, after four years as a finance director in Bedford, he was asked if he wanted the position of town manger and he accepted.


In 2006, he took over the


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town manager position in Merrimack and in March 2011 became Salem’s new town manager, replacing interim town manager Henry LaBranche. “I’ve always been interested in the management side of things,” Hickey said. “So when they approached me about becoming Bedford’s town manager, I accepted.” In addition to working with state budgets, town budget, the Board of Selectmen, and the various town departments (police, fire, public works, etc.), Hickey sees his function as providing residents with the best services and town interaction that a municipality can provide. Hickey, a single dad, has


two children that also keep him busy. “I have two boys, Christopher, 20, a junior in college, and Steven, 17, a


the race was held Saturday, June 18, and as he has every year, McBride was there eager and anxious to begin the 7.6-mile uphill contest that, according to the race Website, has runners facing 12-percent, 18-percent, and, at the summit, a 22-percent grade for the last 50 yards known as ‘The Wall.’ “Think of it this way—put a ladder up against your house and run up it for 50 yards after running uphill for over seven miles,” McBride said. McBride is an avid runner. He runs during his lunch hour at work and he ran the Boston Marathon in April 1982 on the day his son was due to be born (his son Christopher graciously waited and was born in May). When Christopher was three weeks old, McBride ran his first Mount Washington race. “Christopher was born on May 20 and I had already signed up for Mount Washington, so I said, ’We’re doing Mount Washington,’ so my wife Doreen and I, with the baby, took the trailer up. Chris was three weeks old and we’re up at Mount Washington and


I’m running my first road race,” McBride said. The race has been a family


affair, with the family leaving on Wednesday and arriving at a campground and McBride joining them after work Wednesday or Friday, and running the race on Saturday and leaving for home


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McBride Accomplishes 30 Years of Running Up Mount Washington


Te toll of running uphill for 7.6 miles shows on the face of a determined Everett McBride. Note the clouds behind and below him


on Sunday. This year, however, with the children now older, other activities prevented the family from being together for the race. “This year was a little different because my son Ryan is a photojournalist and won a photo contest and is staying in New York continued to page 6- McBride


Town Manager Keith Hickey in his office at Town Hall with his display of commemorative golf balls in the background


high school senior, and they both play hockey, and that keeps me going to games from September to March. And my youngest plays lacrosse in the spring,” Hickey said. A display case holds several golf balls on a credenza behind his desk. “I play golf; not as much as


I’d like to, but I get out once a week,” Hickey said. Hickey adds that his favorite


activities always include family, whether at sporting events or time spent at a lake. According to Hickey, Salem’s future holds the opportunities of redeveloping older unused properties and opportunities that the Rockingham Park race track development presents. “Rockingham is a great piece of property at a great location and there’s a real opportunity there,” Hickey said.


Whether in business uniform of button-down shirt and tie or more comfortable polo shirt, Salem’s success is Keith Hickey’s business.


staff photos by Robyn Hatch


staff photo by Jay Hobson


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