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submitted by Lisa Matte, Leader Senior, Troop 12379 The girls of Troop 12379 are proud

to say that they have been at the beach all summer. In keeping with the Girl Scout tradition, they went out into their community to find a need that could be addressed in a big way. They wanted to connect with their community and create a project that the kids, and indeed the Town of Salem, could benefit from. They found their project in a small community beach on Millville Lake. A one time grand waterfront property, the Millville Beach had been enjoyed for years as one of the town’s summer recreational areas. But, like the beach itself, the days of family picnicking and swimming came to a close many years ago. The Millville Lake Protection Association

(MLPA) took over the care of this property and the Town of Salem re-opened it to its residents, minus the lifeguards and previous town funding. MLPA keeps a watchful eye on the property. They added picnic tables and cook stoves to help recreate this beachfront area. A clean-up

Salem Community Patriot in the Kitchen Patriot Girl Scouts with the clean beach in the background - Kerri, Maggie and Jessica show off their project

project takes place each spring. It is held in conjunction with the Town of Salem’s efforts to keep the waterways and recreational areas clean. However, the property at Millville Beach is expansive. It would take a great many man hours to properly maintain. The girls compared it to “not raking your yard for 10 years.” The property had received a great deal of damage with the past ice storms, as well as the loss of one of its huge pine trees last season. Brush and bramble grew up where a green lawn had once allowed children a place to play. The beachfront filling in with broadleaf weeds. Broken glass and trash cluttered the wooded area creating an eyesore that has kept so many from enjoying this property. This is where the Girl Scouts enter the picture. Troop 12379, under the guidance of MLPA, has been hard at work clearing away the debris that has built up over the years. Our Girl Scout project required each girl to give 50 individual service hours. Jessica Fillio, Kerri McCarron and Margaret Matte set out to make the beach a place that the neighborhood could be proud of. They began by clearing the brush, hauling it away, opening the waterfront area, creating a walkway to the stone memorial and planting flowers there. Rebuilding and repairing the retaining wall taught the girls new skills. Most of us had never mixed cement before. An incredible amount of effort and attention to detail went into this project. A walk along the

Tucker Matte showing off the new walkway continued to page 6- Scouts Fourth Annual Hidden Jewel Awards A Knight




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Volume 5 Number 16 October 28, 2011 16 Pages

Todesca being knighted

by Kristen Hoffman “They are the ones chosen by the King,” Annibale Todesca,

owner of The Colosseum in Salem said, sipping espresso one afternoon. He said this nonchalantly, in regards to Knights of Malta, a fraternal order based in Malta, a small, island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. Todesca happens to be in the Knights of Malta.

Like all members of the order, Todesca was chosen to be continued to page 7- A Knight

Tose honored, Joanne Flynn, Emerald; Lynne Martineau, Pink Diamond; Mary Griffin, Mother of Pearl; Stephanie Micklon, Sapphire; Patricia Corbett, Topaz; Katherine McArthur, Diamond in the rough; Cindi Woodbury, Ruby

by Len Lathrop The rain last Wednesday could not dampen the excitement as the community gathered at the Merrimack Valley Event Center to celebrate the fourth annual Hidden Jewel Awards. Presented by Salem Co-operative Bank and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, these awards recognize distinguished Women. Congratulations to this year’s recipients for their outstanding efforts and commitment to serving others, each was introduced by Ann Lally president of Salem Co-operative bank, the seven outstanding women are Lynne Martineau, Stephanie Micklon, Cindi Woodbury, Joanne Flynn, Patricia Corbett, Katherine McArthur, and Mary Griffin.

“It is our pleasure to be the Platinum Sponsor of today’s

event,” Lally stated, “Today’s event focuses on the women in our communities that go above and beyond every day. We wanted to showcase these women who are eager and passionate about their causes. We received many nominations for women that consistently

Mother of Pearl award winner Mary Griffen with NH Deputy Speaker of the house Pam tucker and Speaker of the

NH House of Representatives William O’Brien

give their very best every day. I hope that you will agree that they are fixtures in their community with their contributions often going unrecognized. We are proud and honored to have an opportunity to acknowledge their accomplishments.“ Our Pink Diamond Award winner Lynne Martineau The Pink Diamond represents inspiration. Lynne was instrumental

in raising funds for Michelle Park at Mary Queen of Peace Church. Today, many children enjoy Michelle Park thanks to her efforts. Lynne is also very involved with Salem Relay for Life; which she became involved in after a dear friend succumbed to cancer. She most recently co-chaired the entire event. Her commitment, passion, and dedication resulted in one of the most successful years for Relay for Life in Salem. Lynne is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in the community who needs her. She is passionate and dedicated to everything she becomes involved in. Our Sapphire Award winner Stephanie Micklon The Sapphire represents loyalty. Stephanie is a woman whose

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goal in life is to help others and the community she lives in. She often volunteers her time at Salem schools and has been greatly involved with seniors making it her goal to better their lives. She has given many families a home away from home for their loved ones. Stephanie works hard for the town of Salem with her publications in local newspapers to events around town promoting groups and causes that mean the most to her. Her work for Veteran Affairs, from helping with the Memorial Day parade and luncheon to being actively involved in the American Legion planning events, help not only local veterans and their families but also veterans in New Hampshire and around the U.S. Cindi Woodbury is the Ruby Award winner The Ruby represents passion and heart. Cindi is described by her peers as someone who is compassionate and giving of her time and herself. She instituted a Read Across America program in Salem, an event that brought celebrity readers from around the state into the Salem community. Cindi established the Veteran’s Day breakfast, approximately 10 years ago. This is an event honors Salem veterans and is a way of thanking the men and women who have served our country. It features music, celebrity speakers, and poems written by and performed by the students. Cindi is the mother of three boys. Now that they are older her charitable efforts have branched out to include Honor Flight, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Emerald Award winner Joanne Flynn The Emerald represents hope and prosperity.

Joanne’s peers

describe her as generous and having a big heart. Joanne has worked hard to educate and advocate for women on domestic violence issues. She was recognized by the Safe Place as a “Sign of Hope” in both 2003 and 2007 for her significant contributions and efforts

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