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Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 13-19

“No act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” Aesop, “Pass it On” by Doug Robinson “Sharing is caring.” “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” stated Mark Twain. Random Acts of Kindness Week was founded the principal that “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people” states the Random Acts of Kindness organization. “Share can be a very simple act of kindness. It will really make the person you share with feel valued.” Since 1995, Random Acts of Kindness has brought people together to share kinds act, sharing kindness, as well encouraging people to practice more kindness. “There are plenty of opportunities for us to be nice to one another in everyday life.” History has demonstrated that most acts of Random Acts of Kindness have occurred during the publicized events of a national disaster. Television infomercials combined with promotional events to raise funds for needy organizations generate millions of dollars yearly. The Random Acts of Kindness organization believes that “You don’t have to wait until a natural disaster. The Random Acts of Kindness foundation inspires people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.” The act of giving connects us to others, and not only “creates a stronger community, (the act of) giving helps build a stronger community for everyone” writes Research according to, has shown that “positive learning environments lead to better learning outcomes. Kindness is a means to creating a positive learning environment.”

Historians, Laureates, Politicians, World leaders, and even Winnie the Pooh are universal with their beliefs regarding the benefits of kindness: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.” Kahlil Gibran “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” Winnie the Pooh “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” Jean-Jacques Rousseau “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” William Shakespeare “Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.” Sophocles “That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” William Words Random Acts of Kindness week takes place in February as a fun way to cheer people up and give back to society. Sometimes the best acts of kindness are ones that are a surprise, such as pulling up to a toll booth and discovering that someone else has paid. Other s ideas include:

heavy bags.

Hold the door for someone carrying Offer to help your neighbor with a task.

Praise an employee to his or her manager. Buy flowers for a friend for no reason. Or, just say thank you to all you meet.

Value, recognize, and acknowledge all those with whom you meet. Thank you. Thank you. I value you.

You are important. Thank you for helping me. No matter who, just say, thank you. Hold the door open for those in front and those behind. Piano Bar Tues. & Weds. Evenings

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Breckenridge Plaza 264 NO. Broadway, Salem, NH 603-898-1190 Class breaking loose with a few moves From left to right are grandson Chris Mertz, daughter Phyllis Mertz holding their great-granddaughters Scarlet

Mertz and Caitlin Hildebrandt, Mary, Ralph, and granddaughter Heather Vir Hildebrandt, daughter of their son Bruce, who lives in New York. Daughter Donna Marie Vir Barbera lives in Florida.

submitted by Dick O’Shaughnessy On Valentine’s Day, the Greater Salem Caregivers honored the longest married couple in Salem. The couple honored was Ralph and Mary (Lorenzo) Vir of Catherine Avenue who were married on August 24, 1944, at St. Polycarp Church in Somerville, MA. The Virs have lived in Salem for 53 years and have three children,

six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple met during World War II while Ralph was in the Navy stationed in Boston, MA. In attendance to honor Ralph and Mary was Wil Bamford, President

Mary and Ralph Vir of Salem won the Caregiver contest as longest-married couple in Salem, wed on August 24, 1944.

of the Salem Kiwanis Club who on behalf of the Club donated a gift certificate to a local restaurant. A beautiful bouquet of flowers was donated by Chuck Morse of

Freshwater Farms. Local accordion player, Sebastian Faro also played a melody of romantic love songs to honor the Virs. The Greater Salem Caregivers would like to congratulate Ralph and Mary for their 67 years of commitment and devotion to each other.

$21.5 Million Bond to Appear on Ballot by S. Aaron Shamshoyan

A $21.5 million bond and the close to $60 million operating budget were moved to the ballot without amendment last Thursday evening at the school deliberative session. School board member Pam Berry presented article two, a proposal

to raise $21.5 million for renovations of the Fisk, Haigh, and Soule elementary schools. “All three of these schools were built between 1955 and 1963,” she said, adding energy conservation renovations would also be made. Project Architect Chris Drobat gave a presentation of changes to be made. Drobat said gymnasiums would be added to all three schools, additional and renovated classroom space would allow for kindergarten to be located inside the building,

and upgrades to the mechanical infrastructure would be some of the changes. The article was moved to the ballot without amendment. Article three, the school district operating budget at $59,777,128

was presented next. Budget Committee chair Russell Frydryck spoke saying, “To bring a budget in with this small of an increase was very commendable.” Frydryck added it was a lean budget. School Board member Bernard Campbell presented goals for the district. “We are retaining the School Resource Officers,” he said noting they are critical to the district and the cost was shifted to the operating budget. Campbell said technology was important to the district and they

continued to page 6- $21.5 Million Bond Hip Hop Phenom Visits Salem Dance Studio by Robyn Hatch

Christopher DiNicola of Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company crew member from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, stopped by the Carlene Nazarian Dance Studio to teach a Hip Hop Master Class in Salem. This class was open to all dancers ages 10 and up. This was an amazing opportunity for students and had to be acted upon quickly to reserve a spot.

Carlene Nazarian Studio has been in Salem for 27

years. These dancers have won numerous local and national awards and competitions over the years. Dancers learn self-discipline, determination and confidence. These qualities are the foundation of a strong character as well as an accomplished dancer. The craft is taken very seriously and approached by the students with love and concern.

Left: Christopher DiNicola surrounded by class participants Salem Community Patriot Patriot




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