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16 - October 14, 2011 | Salem Community Patriot House Leaders


on Panning Efforts to Deal with Potential Loss of $35 Million in Federal Funds


submitted by NH Speaker of the House


House Speaker William O’Brien, House Finance Committee Chairman Ken Weyler and Vice-Chairman Lynne Ober issued statements on plans regarding reducing state spending by $35 million. At this time, the state is awaiting the final word on whether or not the federal government will reduce federal funds by that amount this fiscal year. Currently, the state’s appeal of the repayment has been denied, but the state has asked for reconsideration of the ruling. “The news that we expect September’s revenues to be $5-10 million above our plan, after the news last month was $9.6 million ahead of estimates, is an encouraging sign that our economy is starting to respond to the positive developments of lower taxes and regulations. While this is a good sign, we will need to see if it becomes a trend. Given that we still have not heard a final word from the federal government on repaying the $35 million and that we are seeing positive revenue growth, it seems appropriate that the Finance Committee should continue their planning efforts on making reductions, but not to take action until we get better information


about our economy and the results of our request for reconsideration. That said, we remain committed to ensuring that New Hampshire has an honest, balanced budget without new taxes or fees, House Speaker William O’Brien said. House Finance Chairman


Ken Weyler also spoke in favor of reconsideration, the hard work we put into delivering a balanced budget that actually reduced taxes and fees is now paying dividends in terms of a growing economy that is lifting our revenue picture. While we certainly hope that the federal government reconsiders, we will continue our efforts to come up with a plan to reduce spending to balance our budget if these new charges materialize,” Weyler said. House Finance Vice Chairman Lynne Ober agreed, “We’ve been closely watching revenues. It appears that September will come in above plan. We are hopeful that if we need to repay the federal government $35 million, we will not have to make budget cuts. Our goal is not to downshift nor do we wish to make unneeded cuts. We are committed to supporting New Hampshire residents without asking them to pay any additional taxes,” Ober said.


North Salem


submitted by North Salem School Congratulations North Salem! New Hampshire Partners in Education has awarded the North Salem Elementary School with the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. The award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of school volunteer coordinators and their volunteer teams for the achievements realized during the previous school year. A huge thank you is extended to our dedicated parent/guardian volunteers for all their hard work and for making our school’s volunteer program among the best in the state! Volunteering is critical to the success of our school community and ultimately to our children. North Salem encourages every parent/guardian to become involved with the school in any way possible. Whether it’s reading in the classroom, baking at home, or organizing a fundraiser, your efforts will make a difference no matter how small! Speaking of volunteers, HarvestFest 2011 is in need of volunteers to make the evening possible! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Our annual HarvestFest offers a fun evening of hayrides, crafts, face painting, games, a cookie walk, Harvest General Store, and basket raffle. The Harvest Canteen will be open to serve pizza, drinks, and popcorn. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: spin art, tattoos, hay ride, cookie walk, kitchen, bean bag toss, front door, selling tickets for scratch ticket tree, popcorn, craft room, lollipop tree, store, nail painting, ball dropping, and bounce house. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please fill out the form that was sent home with your child and send it in to the school as soon as possible. The new North Salem School Store is open for business! Thanks


submitted by Barron School First Grade Two, four, six, eight! First graders are really great! September was a busy and exciting month, and first grade at the Barron is off to a great start! Grade one students have been getting to know all about each other and learning to read each other’s names. They are also working very hard to match “Partner Letters,” hear letter sounds, and find words they already know on signs, posters, and messages. Reader’s Workshop has been launched and they are learning


how to choose “just right books.” Reading time is so much fun! Concentrating on sight words and learning phonics through activities and games is helping them read wall words, morning messages, and of course, lots of books! They’re working very hard to earn their Barron Bs and would like to thank all the parent volunteers who will listen to them read every week. This month they will be using their five senses to explore apples, pumpkins and the changes that come with the fall season. They will listen to and read many books about autumn.


School News


to the PTA, once a month, students will be able to purchase novelty and fun school supplies! Items range in price from as little as a nickel to $1. Students can purchase their items during lunch recess. During the month of October, the store will be open on Thursday, October 27. Don’t forget to clip those Boxtops for Education. If you have collected any Boxtops over the summer, now is the time to turn them in. Our school gets 10 cents for every Boxtop, which can add up to a lot of extra money for our school! We are also collecting Labels for Education from Campbell, Franco-American, Glad, Dannon, and Pepperidge Farm products. Upcoming dates to remember in October: NECAP Testing – October 11-21; Halloween Parade and Fundraiser Distribution – Friday, October 28; Spirit Day – Black, Orange and White Day – Monday, October 31.


Barron School News


There are many Math Detectives in grade one, too. They have been discovering all the places they can find numbers, learning to write numbers, and how to make and count tallies. You’ll find first graders searching for examples of numbers everywhere in the environment. They are becoming very good observers and they are looking for numbers and patterns wherever they go. Everyone had a wonderful time on Grandparents’ Day. Thanks to the Barron PTA, they all enjoyed a special musical program with Johnny the K. in the beautiful new gym. he children were so excited to show off their newly renovated classrooms. As you can tell, grade one has been very busy since school started and they are all looking forward to an exciting year in first grade.


School News


A big “Hero-Gram” goes out to the many parents who helped them find bus lines and learn their way around the Barron School during the first week of school!


2nd Annual Oktoberfest


Greater Salem, NH Rotary Club


UNDER A LARGE TENT AT ROCKINGHAM PARK


Friday October 14th from 5pm to 10pm Saturday October 15th from Noon to 9pm


$10 Admission for Adults • $5 for Kids up to 18 Kids 5 and Under Free


• Traditional German Food along with beer, wine, soft drinks and desserts • Tethered hot air balloon rides Saturday afternoon courtesy of ReMax • A large car show on Saturday afternoon


• The Oberlander Hofbrau Band, authentic German oom-pah party band, on Friday from 6pm to 10pm, and Saturday 5pm to 9pm


• The Chris White Band on Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm • Face painting and balloons for kids


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