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2 - October 28, 2011 | Salem Community Patriot


by Len Lathrop Last Friday, 16 days before Halloween, the Christmas Spirit was alive and well at the Pine Tree Quilt Shop on North Broadway in Salem. “Neighbors Helping Newborns” set up shop and eight sewing machines hummed as stockings for newborns were constructed. Jane Blackey, Lilian Carter, Jeannette Green, Barbara Clements, Nelda Campbell, Marilyn Schweida, Cindy Blout and Stella Blout volunteered their time and toiled away at their sewing machines all afternoon. For over 10 years, Neighbor Helping Newborns had been providing comfort and necessities to premature and newborn babies at hospitals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. While this day the group was making Christmas stockings, they all make handmade garments for hospitalized and premature babies. They also sew bereavement items for babies that do not survive and they collect and package store-bought infant clothing into layettes for families with a financial need. Want more information about


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submitted by Deb Zimmerman, Pack 25 Leader The first grade Tiger Cub Scouts of Pack 25 enjoyed a beautiful autumn day last weekend at Peach Tree Farms in Salem. They were given a tour of the farm, which included chickens, a rooster, a few goats, a sheep and bunnies. Visiting a local farm is one of the many “Go See It” trips that these Pelham scouts will participate in this year to earn their Tiger badge. After the tour the scouts were treated to some yummy ice cream from the Peach Tree Farm Ice Cream Stand. The farm and ice cream stand is open from mid April to October 31. Many thanks to the staff of Peach Tree Farms is located just off Route 38 on Brady Ave. in Salem.


$250,000 Cell Phone Tower Could Reach 190 Feet


by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The proposal of a cell phone tower to be constructed behind Wal-Mart on North Broadway caused heated debate among selectmen. Carey Diehl of C Davis Associates representing Bay Communications, inquired whether selectmen would support such project. Town Planning Director Ross Moldoff introduced the project, asking for selectmen’s input on leasing a twenty- five hundred square foot piece of town land to the company for purposes of constructing a cell phone tower. “We’re going to go to town meeting in March and ask for approval,” said Moldoff, saying the town would have to vote on the lease. Moldoff said the lease agreement would have nine auto- renewals, and could last fifty years. Bay Communications was looking for support by selectmen, before spending $10,000 planning the project In order to construct the tower, Bay Communications would have to have $1,000,000 in liability insurance and also have a removal plan. The tower would be constructed on a


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town owned ball field behind Wal-Mart. “The sight is substantially screened,” Moldoff said, mentioning a small building would be placed at the base of the tower. There is also a thirty-acre conservation easement bordering the site. The constructed tower would look like a flagpole with concealed antennas. Discussion began to heat up as the height of the tower was discussed. Diehl said he could not say how tall the structure would be as height will be determined by the carrier using the tower. FCC regulations permit for a height up to 190 feet.


Selectman Stephen Campbell questioned the height, saying the zoning ordinance allows for structures to be only 30 feet above tree line. “I have a problem supporting a proposed project when the most important data point is


unknown,” he said. Selectman Patrick Hargreaves recalled the project being presented before the board in February, saying he wanted to know how the planning board felt on the issue. “You had seven months to bring this in front of the planning board to ask a simple question about the height, and you didn’t.” Moldoff said the company wanted to negotiate a lease prior to spending money on engineering. Selectman Michael Lyons felt the planning board would adequately review the tower’s height. “They will spend hours on this, hours and hours and hours talking about the height.” Diehl said the tower would probably be between 125 and 175 feet. Lease costs would be determined by


the tower height, generating between $14,000 and $24,000 annually for the town, with a three percent annual increase. Selectman Campbell requested a public hearing be held for input from abutters. With a motion from Selectwoman Susan Covey, the board voted to support a lease agreement pending a public hearing with Selectman Campbell abstaining. The cost to construct the tower would be around $250,000.


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Right, Jane Blackey and Lilian Carter sew stockings Above, Donna, Neighbors helping newborn founder works with the mother an daughter team of Cindy and Donna Blunt while across the table Nelda Campbell and Marilyn Schweida continue putting the stocking together


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