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Day December 15th Bill of Rights
Day, 2011 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
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Salem Community Patriot Concert
Holiday and Tea
On December 15, 1791, the United States adopted the Bill of Rights, enshrining in our Constitution the protection of our inalienable freedoms, from the right to speak our minds and worship as we please to the guarantee of equal justice under the law. For 220 years, these fundamental liberties have shaped our national character and stirred the souls of all who dream of a freer, more just world. As we mark this milestone, we renew our commitment to preserving our universal rights and perfecting our Union. Introduced in the First Congress in 1789, the Bill of Rights was born out of compromise. The promise of enumerated rights enabled the ratification of the Constitution without fear that a more centralized government would encroach on American freedoms. In adopting the first ten Amendments, our Founders put forth an ideal that continues to define our Nation - that we can have both liberty and security, that we need not sacrifice the rights of man for the rule of law. This national holiday was officially declared on December 15, 1941, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In remarks prepared in advance of that declaration Roosevelt promised that Americans “will not, under any threat … surrender the guarantee of liberty our forefathers framed for us in our Bill of Rights.” Because Roosevelt wrote these words just days before the attack on Pearl Harbor the declaration received scant attention then or since. Throughout our nation’s history,
generations have risen to uphold the principles outlined in our Bill of Rights and advance equality for all Americans. The liberties we enjoy today are possible only because of these brave patriots, from the service members who have defended our freedom to the citizens who have braved Billy clubs and fire hoses in the hope of extending America’s promise across lines of color and creed. On Bill of Rights Day, we celebrate this proud legacy and resolve to pass to our children an America worthy of our Founders’ vision.
by Robyn Hatch The Kelley Board of Trustees invited the Salem community to a pleasant afternoon of Christmas music for a Holiday Concert and Tea with the Windham Flute Ensemble and several local quest performers. Treats and beverages were also served in the lower lobby. The concert ended with “Messiah” by Handel, arranged by Robert Maddox.
Windham Flute Ensemble
Annual Holiday Stroll and Silent Auction a Success
Staff of Greystone & Volunteers submitted by Connie Young More than 200 people attended the Holiday Stroll and Silent
Auction at Greystone Farm on December 8. Proceeds from the event benefited the programs of ServiceLink of Rockingham County. Strollers mingled and celebrated the holiday season as they met friends, took a chance on the grand raffle, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and holiday music while bidding on more than eighty items. Sparkling wreaths, overflowing sleighs and baskets were filled with treasures provided by local businesses, organizations, and individuals who donated generously to make each item special and unique.
School to Spend $34K on Laptops
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Sixty new laptops will be purchased by Salem High
School’s CTE program for use in the health services department after a unanimous vote by the School Board. Proposed by CTE Director Christopher Dodge, the laptops will replace outdated machines, with a set of upgraded uniform platforms. “The computers that are currently in there are at the end of their duty cycle,” said Dodge. The Computer On Wheels (COW) will be a portable unit containing the laptops that can be brought into a room for use by students. Dodge said powerful software is available to aid students in learning, but the current units cannot power it. The upgrade will allow students access to the tools. The sixty machines will carry a total price tag of $34,440, with a bid for this price coming from Sunnytech USA of Woburn, MA.
Money for the laptops will come from a grant.
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Greystone Farm community and staff worked cheerfully and tirelessly to make this a very special event along with the Friends of ServiceLink volunteers.
ServiceLink helps older adults, caregivers, and disabled adults find, understand, and access the information, programs and resources they need as they age, live with a disability or care for a loved one. If you would still like to donate to support the programs of ServiceLink of Rockingham County, send your donation to Friends of ServiceLink, Inc., 287 Lawrence Road, Salem, NH 03079.
Sen. Morse Honored as ‘Outstanding Legislator’ for 2011
The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities held its annual Holiday Gathering on December 7 to recognize state legislators who have made an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities during the 2011 legislative session. Sen. Chuck Morse (R-Salem) received the “Outstanding Legislator for
2011.” In giving Morse the award, Executive Director Carol Stamatakis said, “Our council members greatly appreciated your leadership of the Senate Finance Committee in conducting proceedings that were exceptionally respectful to the public, your history of service to your community and your willingness to be accessible to people with disabilities and their families and to listen to their concerns.” Morse, who chairs Finance, returned to the state Senate in 2010 after four years away from Concord. He came back due to his serious concerns over the 2012-2013 budget along with his desire to solve the state’s $800 million deficit. “I was determined to balance the budget and eliminate the deficit, which we did,” said Morse, “but all the while, I kept in mind the needs of those individuals and families who depend so heavily on state services. We can’t help everyone as much as we’d like, but I am always willing to listen to people. We heard some really heart-breaking stories during our budget deliberations, stories that you don’t quickly forget. The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a great partner to work with, particularly when it comes to understanding the needs of our disabled citizens. I’m very honored by this award and
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accept it on behalf of the entire Senate.” Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter) was honored as the “Outstanding Legislator” in the House while Linda Quintanilha received “Advocate of the Year.” The event was held at the Holiday Inn on North Main Street in Concord.
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Staff photos by Robyn Hatch
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