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Salem Community Patriot St. Joe’s FIRST LEGO

Salem always known for its academics and Christian values, is fast becoming known for its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs, like MIT’s Scratch programming, use of white boards in the classrooms, virtual field trip class room and now FIRST LEGO League (FLL) participation. This past weekend, St. Joseph

school sent two teams to their first FLL competition. Of the 26 teams, St. Joseph’s teams finished in third and fourth, qualifying for the State Championship in December. It’s easy to see how FLL participation

provides lessons in mechanical and electrical engineering. But to be successful, students also came together as a team to make minute by minute strategy decisions and deal with failure of their programs. They were also judged on oral presentation skills during the Technical and Research presentation events. Public speaking and working as a team to make technical solutions are skills the students will be able to use throughout their academic and work lives. We congratulate both of our teams, the

RoboFlyers and DaNurdz, and wish them well at the FLL New Hampshire State Championships! We would like to thank all the sponsors who contributed to our

Patriot Team Heading to State Finals St. Joseph Regional Catholic School FIRST LEGO League

success, including FPC of Salem, MITRE Corporation, MKS Instruments, Metro Market, Mad Science, Loral Press Inc.,

Exquisite Stitches, Micronetics, Mama Rosie’s, The Common Man Restaurant and Stonyfield Farm.

Fire Truck Ride to School

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan On a cool, crisp November morning, Preston waited for a ride to his fourth grade class at North Salem Elementary School, but today he wouldn’t be riding the bus. Instead, Preston would be riding in a fire truck after being one of a select few chosen for the prize. His mother, Dianne Demmers, said Preston entered a drawing at the Salem Fire Department’s open house, and to their delight, he won. “He is so excited,” she said. As part of the prize, Preston was able to bring a friend along for the ride. Fourth grader Zach was chosen and just after 8:30 a.m., the truck arrived, driven by Fireman Thomas Ryan, who is also a baseball coach of Preston’s. After a look at the truck, the boys climbed aboard for the ride. Ryan said that Preston chatted with him about his baseball team during the ride to school. Not to be late for class, the truck arrived with lights and sirens, as students stood in the playground prior to the start of class. Jumping off the truck with a smile, Preston simply said his ride was “cool.”

Front to back Preston, Zach, and Fireman Tomas Ryan TurkeyTrot held in Memory of Brian Richardson




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Volume 5 Number 20 November 25, 2011 12 Pages

Senior Center Members Enjoy Traditional

Thanksgiving Feast

Jason dancing with Freda Smith

by Robyn Hatch Harris’ Pelham Inn in Pelham once again was the location for a Thanksgiving Celebration. The event was sponsored by the Salem Senior Center, although a few Windham and Pelham residents were there. With close to 200 people in attendance, the room was filled to capacity. Jason, the Senior Center dance instructor, guided the guests through Line Dancing and Ballroom dancing. The people had no idle team. Harris’s Pelham Inn’s famous Turkey feast with all the fixing’s: turkey, potatoes, salad, hot bread, and fancy desserts were served. Everyone left feeling very full and excited for their own Thanksgivings.

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Building Permit Fees Up

36 Percent

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Building permit fees will be raised as the result of a request

by Community Development Director Bill Scott to Selectmen Monday night. Scott explained fees are evaluated every triennium and increased as needed. “We use a methodology that factors in all our overhead costs,” said Scott, adding the fees cover inspectors, secretaries, benefits, and other related costs. “The permit process should be paid for by the permit fees.”

Increases will hit businesses harder then residential property with a 36 percent increase for commercial property and a 24 percent increase to residential builders. Businesses wishing to display a temporary sign will need a $10

Brad St. Laurnet and Anthony D Nardo

by Robyn Hatch The yearly Salem Turkey Trot held in memory of Brian

Richardson at Baron School was held on a great day for running. Richardson a teacher at Baron, died in a car accident ten years ago. He will never be forgotten. The proceeds benefit the Brian Richardson Literacy Fund and all he stood for. Close to 65 runners could be seen stretching and getting

Richardson family

ready for the race. The final winners were Brad St. Laurent and Simonetta Piergenti for the adult division. The over 70 division were friends Fred Berelsen and Dick O’Shaughnessy. Sydney Parsons and Sean Toomey had very close times in the Children’s category.

permit. A permanent sign will require a $40 fee. Scott said the temporary sign price was chosen due to concerns of permit costs being greater then the cost of the sign. Selectman Patrick Hargreaves inquired about fees for the porch he is building to replace one that fell off his house. He said two different inspectors varied in requirements. “One required electrical on the banister porch, and the other inspector did not.” Scott mentioned one inspector was an electrical and the other a building inspector. Resident Dick Gregory commented on the fee hike saying the increase was reasonable and he favored the three-year review. “Three years is a reasonable time to do it,” he said, “Bill has done what he said he was going to do.” Gregory also said he preferred the cost not be on the tax rate and that with the increase, fees would still be more reasonable then other communities. The fees need to raise $419,560 to cover permitting operations. In the past the department had a $31,000 deficit. Piano Bar Tues. & Weds. Evenings

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November 26,2011 from 1pm – 3pm. Traffic will be detoured away from Main St/Route 97 and Route 28 between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Taylor Street. Expect heavy traffic and significant delays throughout the area. Use Route 93 to avoid delays.


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