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Disabilities Day: December 3

“Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development,” writes United Nations Enabled. Persons with disabilities make up an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population. This year, in an effort to renew our global commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities, the United States became a proud signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty represents a paradigm shift, urging equal protection and benefits for all citizens, and reaffirming the inherent dignity and independence of the 650 million people living with disabilities worldwide. Today, as we commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate the skills, achievements, and contributions of persons with disabilities in America and around the world. We recognize the progress we have made toward equality for all, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring individuals with disabilities can reach their greatest potential. According to the Governor’s Commission on Disability, the self-reported number from the State of NH lists New Hampshire with an 11.2 percent (2011) or approximately 1,323,531 (2010) individuals who have a disability. Of those facts, 30 percent of those over 65 are recorded with a disability.

Knights of Columbus with returning veterans

by Pat Blodgett How to find contentment, stay fit and healthy, connect to your spiritual side, and link up with some of the finest people around? Rick Dewhirst, President of Dewhirst Family Funeral Care, has found the answer in mountain climbing. He says, “Originally I began climbing to knock off a little weight, but quickly caught ‘the bug.’”

Town Hall to Get an ATM

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Transactions at

the town hall will be a little easier with an automated teller machine to be installed in the building, while the town remains unable to process credit cards. Talk of a machine

raised questions from selectmen in the past, and Tax Collector Cheryl-Ann Bolouk came before the board to answer concerns. Selectwoman Susan

Covey asked about the cost of a phone line and installation. Bolouk said her bid request required companies to pay installation costs and also all monthly costs. She said the unit would connect wirelessly unless the connection could not be reached. The unit would be free standing and bolted to the floor, not installed in the wall as previously discussed.

Placement on the unit

would keep it visible. “Some of the staff would have it in plain view,” Said Selectman Stephen


Selectman Patrick Hargreaves asked about a camera on the machine. “If anyone breaks the machine, it’s going to be word versus word.” A camera may be in the machine, but it will be in view of town employees. Selectwoman Covey added, “The purpose of the machine is to be able to do transactions you can only do in cash.” Town Manager

Keith Hickey said the maximum cost of the machine to the town would be $10 a month if no one uses it. The town would receive 25 cents from every transaction. Forty transactions a month would allow the town to break even. Chairwoman

Elizabeth Roth asked about the terms of the contract and the ability to cancel, which she was told could be terminated after 90 days. The board voted

in favor to install the machine.

He began running road races with friends around 1995, completed the grueling 7.6 up-hill miles Mount Washington Road Race four times, enjoyed a 100 mile bicycle race, and finished the 2002 Boston Marathon. “I actually took up hiking to supplement my running, but a knee injury called a halt to running. Hikers and mountain climbers are some of the friendliest people you could want to be with. There’s a certain camaraderie and support that exists in these groups. They’re a close, caring, community

who understand why we’re all out there, who share a love for the outdoors, and who help each other reach their goals.” In 2004 Rick found himself consumed with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, the tallest free standing mountain on earth. I found myself amazed to hear him calmly mention this African adventure as if it were the natural progression for all hikers. “My wife questioned my sanity, although I had talked about it for two years, and the trekking company assured me I was capable.” Treks to Mount K were fully booked, so he committed to a trip in 2005, giving himself six months to prepare for such a challenging climb in addition to gathering the necessary equipment, training, and mindset. Rick decided to hike three of the 4,000 foot high peaks in New Hampshire as preparation. Talking about the Kilimanjaro trek, Rick

continued to page 5- Dewhirst Community Stewardess Honored by LGC

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Whether it may be the Planning Board or Conservation Commission, Linda Harvey enjoys serving the town. “I grew up in a family that did a lot,” said Harvey, citing the basis of her volunteer work to be her mother. “She spent her life volunteering.” Recently named one of two annual

Volunteers of the Year by the Local Government Center (LGC), Linda was honored for her countless hours serving the town updating the sidewalk master plan, revising the zoning ordnances, reworking the subdivision and site plans, along with many tasks on the Conservation Commission. Selectwoman Susan Covey talked about her observations of Harvey. “Personally I have never seen a commissioner who worked harder to accomplish their goals. They are a true working board and Linda is a huge part of that. She has been instrumental in putting together a sidewalk master

plan and she adamantly protects wetlands as well as all of our natural resources on both the planning board and conservation commission. We are very lucky to have someone volunteer to take on such an important role in Salem.”

Linda began her work with the

town in 2000 when she joined the Conservation Commission. Since being on the board, she has redone the land ordinance multiple times and continues to keep it updates. In addition, she maintains the list of easements on conservation land. While being on the board, Linda decided to review years of town reports, analyzing information and creating a history of the Conservation Commission and its funding. Keeping records of this information, she began the tradition of reviewing the commissions find at each monthly meeting, allowing for a better record of expenses.

Linda Harvey displays her Local Government Center Volunteer of the Year award with her husband Bob at the LGC lunch in Manchester.

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Volume 5 Number 22 December 2, 2011 12 Pages Salem’s Annual Christmas Parade

by Robyn Hatch As an annual event, the town of Salem introduced the holiday season with an annual Christmas/Holiday Parade. Thousands were expected to line Main Street for this popular event, which began on North Policy Street and traveled down Main Street to Salem High School. A special visit from Santa Claus rounded up this special event.

Kids lined the street, eating tasty treats and cookies from St. David’s, hot chocolate and coffee helped those cope with the temperature. For many of these families, this parade is a family tradition as a perfect end to the holiday weekend. Schools were represented by floats and proud students. Clowns, dogs, and dance studios were everywhere. Many residents waved and cheered from the sidewalks as the people in the parade danced, marched and drove pretty floats for all to see. Children could be seen waving flags and chasing after the many candy pieces that were thrown by marching groups.

Local politicians, community groups,

churches and scout troops made their way down the parade route. Proving to be quite a crowd pleaser, athletes from Salem Youth Soccer made their first appearance in the parade. Residents got to see local veterans and applauded as they passed through the crowd.

continued to page 5- Parade Rick Dewhirst is Following His ‘Goosebumps’

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