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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan German music, dancing, and food were
in no short supply at the Greater Salem Rotary Club’s Annual Oktoberfest. The two-day event featured authentic German Oom-pah music by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band, and modern music by the Chris White Band. German food was in no short supply, with Bratwurst, Knackwurst, and sides served the tent. Oktoberfest beer was available, with Beck’s Oktoberfest on tap for the event along with an assortment of bottled Oktoberfest brews. Saturday also contained a car show with over 100 cars on display. Chairman of the event Peter Rayno said attendance had increased from the previous year. “It looks like our attendance was probably in the 700 to 800 range,” saying last year’s event had around 500 guests. Rayno was also pleased with the overall event saying, “We firmly believe we had a great community event.” The Oktoberfest also hosted The
Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce for a business after hours on Friday night, bringing in about 75 people. “Partnering with the chamber brought a whole new crowd in,” Rayno said, adding he was pleased with the partnership and hoped to continue hosting them in the future. During the event, the Rotary Club presented Maryellen Costa of Pelham
with the Annual Youth Sports Volunteer of the Year award for her service to the Pelham Community. Costa was credited with raising five children and finding time to coach youth softball and youth baseball in Pelham, along with being a soccer team mother for five years. Costa was also approached to start a youth lacrosse league for the town, a challenge of which she accepted and today
Jim Wilder stands beneath his completed Eagle Scout Project.
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A memorial dedicated to the Salem and Woodbury High School graduates who lost their lives at war was recently unveiled. The memorial is near Grant field. Jim Wilder created the memorial for his Eagle Scout project. Salem High’s AFJROTC had been looking to create a memorial on school grounds for over six years, and were excited to see it unveiled. The memorial consists of a flagpole surrounded by red, white, and blue rocks, flowers, and a plaque mounted to granite. Atop the flagpole is a solar light so that flag can remain raised at night. “I couldn’t think of a better way then to thank the men
and women who serve this country,” said Wilder. He said the project initially required Eagle Board approval followed by School Board approval, after it was approved, he had to raise funds for the project. “Seeing this culmination is
a very proud moment for me,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Delahanty, just before the plaque was unveiled. The Salem High School
AFJROTC Honor Guard Amy Fialkowski, Kristopher Day, and Nicholas Chlang raised the flag at the memorial. The project was overseen by
Wilder’s Eagle Scout Advisor, Major Dan Anderson, who was very pleased with the turnout.
Salem Lions Club 5K Walk for Hunger
Rotarian Bill Sherry shakes hands with Republican Presidential Candidate Buddy Reomer at the Oktoberfest, Gary Johnson also visited the event.
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Volume 5 Number 15 October 21, 2011 12 Pages Salem Rotary Club Oktoberfest
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the program now has over 120 participants. The Rotary Club hosts fundraising events
like this to provide funds for projects benefiting the community. “The Rotary Club is very grateful to the Greater Salem Community for supporting this event over the past couple of years,” Rayno said, adding, “We look forward to hosting the event for years to come.”
Peter Rayno Presents Maryellen Costa with a plaque Pine Grove Cemetery Hit by Vandals
by Andrea Ganley- Dannewitz
In a disturbing act of
vandalism 11 gravestones were tipped over at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem last Wednesday, October 12. Workers from the Salem Department of
Public Works contacted Salem police around 8:09 a.m. to report that the cemetery had been severely vandalized. Patrol officers who responded to the scene contacted the Detectives Unit, according to Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten. Patten says detectives were able to find some physical evidence,
which included pulling latent fingerprints off of one of the headstones. Officers from the Patrol Unit and the Detectives Unit worked together to photograph and process the scene. “This case is being actively investigated, but we have no suspects at this time. If anyone has any information pertaining to this incident I encourage them to contact Salem Police Dispatch at 893-1911 or the Southern New Hampshire Crimeline at 893-6600
Some of participants in the Salem Lions Club’s first 5K Walk for Hunger event on October 2
submitted by Sonny Tylus The Salem Lions Club ran their first 5K Walk for Hunger on
Sunday, October 2. Although the weatherman didn’t provide them with a bright sunny day, the walk went off without a hitch at 9 a.m. A relatively small group of brave walkers met at the Salem
Cooperative Bank for the charity walk. Many local businesses supported the 5k and helped the Lions raise $5,000 for the hungry in Salem.
“If it weren’t for the support of over 20 corporate sponsors and the caring people in our community, we wouldn’t have been able to provide these much needed funds to our local pantries,” said Club President, Sheryl Parsons. “We want to thank all the sponsors for their generous donations and all the walkers who braved the soggy, wet day to help make our first 5K Walk for Hunger a success”. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised
by pledges and sponsorships will be given to community food pantries. The pantries shelves need to be replenished and the Lions are hoping this donation will provide some needed funds to stock the shelves once again. The Salem Lions Club plans to repeat the event in the spring.
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to remain anonymous,” Deputy Chief Patten said. The area of Pine Grove Cemetery located at Main and North Main Streets has been victimized recently and in the past by vandalism and arson. Anyone who suspects they may know who is responsible for the ongoing problem in the area of Main Street, North Main Street and also Emerson Way should contact the Salem Police Department or Southern New Hampshire Crimeline immediately and put a stop to it.
Courtesy photo Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
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