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by Len Lathrop Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. George Eliot, ‘Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story,’ Scenes of Clerical Life, 1857. English novelist (1819 - 1880) If the quote was about the new


program between two Salem groups last Friday, Mr. Eliot was right. Patricia Mack and Brittany Baggett brought Henry and Lace to Salemhaven for a visit. The dogs’ feet hardly touched the floor as they went from one lap to the next. They received hugs and some kisses from the Salemhaven Family, and they returned the love. The idea was a collaboration between


SARL’s Shelter Manager Pat Mack and Salemhaven’s Stephanie Micklon, to allow the Salemhaven Family a way to do something nice for the animals. To have the dogs and cats more socialized will help them become more adoptable. The staff can also add to their profile which is shared with families wanting to take a pet home.


Who seemed more content, Gladys Gallant or Henry?


Henry the Chihuahua Jack Russell mix is the first ever Salemhaven Pick of the Litter. He is four years old and is very socialized. He may look strange because of his bad eye but that does not hurt or hamper him. This type of eye problem would have been something he was born with and not a result of any injury. He came to SARL from Los Angeles County through the Flying Chihuahua’s of Hollywood Rescue. This rescue operation got off the ground and is continuing to be funded by Katherine Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy. Lace, the other visitor, is a Jack Russell


mix, who was adopted on Saturday by a wonderful local family. This new program needs volunteers to bring these wonderful pets to Salemhaven. All that is needed is a kind heart, a desire to help both seniors and animals and the ability to handle well behaved dogs. Volunteers need their own car and SARL will provide training. Visits are scheduled every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Hours for Adoption at SARL are


Lace is introduced to Rose Scott by Brittany Baggett, SARL’s coordinator of the visiting program.


Wednesday from 3-7 p.m., Thursday from 12-7 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Salem Animal Rescue League is located at 4 SARL Drive; phone is 893 3210.


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submitted by Sonny Tylus Over 200 people gathered on Wednesday,


July 27 at 49 Main Street in Salem to help dedicate a bridge in memory of Jimmy Johnson. Johnson, a co-owner of Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, passed away in December 2008. In addition to his family and friends, many local and state politicians as well as community and business leaders were in attendance. The newly reconstructed bridge is located next to the house where he grew up in on North Main Street. His parents still live in the house near the bridge. Next to the bridge is a granite marker with a plaque dedicated to him. Jimmy grew up in Salem, where he was


very active in the community and involved in various organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, Derry-Salem Elks, and the United Way. He also served on the board of the Visiting Nurses Association. Professionally,


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Dedication ceremony to honor Jimmy Johnson


he served as the President of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association. One community leader mentioned how Jimmy was always willing to lend a helping hand or make a donation to worthwhile causes. When Jimmy was diagnosed with his illness,


he was only given a short time to live. He survived for eight years after his diagnosis. His long-time business partner, Tyler Douglas remarked how he could always tell when Jimmy was feeling good by his ears. “His big ears would stick out when he was feeling good.” On the pamphlet handed out at the dedication was a picture of Jimmy with his trademark smile. For those of us who remember Jimmy, it will always be with the smile. The family thanked everyone who attended but had a special thanks to the Town Manager, Keith Hickey, the Selectmen and DPW for all their help in getting the granite marker and plaque in place.


National Night Out, Fighting For a Safer Nation


On his first week on the job, Argenis Gomez, is volunteered as a taser victim.


Crimeline members Retired Captain John Boudreau, Ron Penczak, and Sonny Tylus


by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz The annual National Night Out sponsored by Target Stores and Salem Police Department is a great opportunity for the community and the police to build a partnership and work together. Gone are the old days where officers were on foot patrols in neighborhoods and everyone knew who was “on their beat.” Today, officers of all law enforcement agencies across the nation are dealing with a drastic increase in crime and the number of service calls they respond to.


National Night Out gives everyone in the community an opportunity to visit to the police station for an open invitation party, taking a stand against crime and uniting the citizens of Salem with the officers at Salem Police Department. The event, as always is great for children. Kids love seeing the K-9 team demonstrate what Officer Til and Officer Trigger can do, especially when they “catch” the bad guy. There were plenty of smiling faces painted or eating popcorn and other treats, carrying


Mark Babbitt and Kevin Fitzgerald of Southern NH Special Operations Unit


balloon animals and of course jumping and laughing in the bounce house!


Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten was the first to sit in the “dunk a cop” tank and had so much fun egging the kids on to give that ball a good throw and dunk him. Patten was soaked and thoroughly dunked many, many times, later being replaced by Officer Josh York who also took a thorough soaking. The taser demonstrations are always attracting attention and with Salem Police Department’s newest hire, Officer Argenis Gomez literally on his second day on the job just rolled with the punches and was the first to “ride the lightning” taking a hit and shock right to the back for all to see. Everyone in the crowd was truly supportive of his stand up bravery and cheered him on rather than laugh at him, which shows the heart of the Salem community, is truly caring. The real true meaning of the event was definitely not lost in all


the fun. Members of Salem Police Department who belong with the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit had a booth that


Best Friends Cameron Gurley and Davin Demmer celebrate Cameron’s Birthday.


included an armored vehicle and equipment used in a crisis where the SWAT team is needed. They answered questions about what their equipment does and how it is used, even describing scenarios where SWAT is needed. Officer Mark Babbitt and Sgt. Kevin Fitzgerald, both members of the SNHSOU were great at explaining what this special response team is all about. Several booths set up at the event were just for fun so kids could win prizes or grab a treat, but Southern New Hampshire Crimeline members were present to really encourage the citizens of Salem to get involved by providing information they may have about unsolved crimes and assuring them that they can remain anonymous and may even be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of an unsolved crime.


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child abduction free self-defense lessons for children were also available to children who were interested or encouraged by their parents to try it out. Every 40 seconds a child in the U.S. goes missing. That is about 800,000 a year. Children who have learned some self- defense become more confident and are less likely to panic or submit to a predator. They stand a much greater chance at getting away and returning home safe. National Night Out brings the community together and creates that open house feel at the police department, encouraging all ages to attend for food, music, fun and take a stand against crime, letting the bad guys know that we have had enough.


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