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Leap Year: A Year


Salem Community Patriot Patriot of 366 Days


by Doug Robinson A leap year consists of 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has 365 days. When the year is a leap year, the month of February will have 29 days, instead of the usual 28 days in the calendar. The Gregorian calendar has also been referred to as the Western calendar, or Christian calendar. The calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII (after whom the calendar was named, on 24 February 1582). He believed that the calendar used by Julius Caesar (known as the Julian calendar) was in error.


During Leap Years, we add a Leap Day, an extra – or intercalary – day on February 29. Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. “It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days (a tropical year) to circle once around the Sun writes www.timeanddate.com. If we didn’t add a day on February 29 every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.” History has taught us that Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years in the Roman Empire over 2,000 years ago, but the Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. This led to way too many leap years, but didn’t get corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar more than 1,500 years later.


About.com states that “Persons born on leap day, February 29, are called “leaplings” or “leapers.” However fun it may be to rib them for enjoying 75 percent fewer birthdays than the rest of us over the course of their lives, they do have the special privilege, between leap years, of celebrating their nativity a full day earlier if they so choose. It was once thought that leapling babies would inevitably prove sickly and “hard to raise,” though no one remembers why. “Ironically, notwithstanding the fact that the whole point of adding an extra day to February every four years was to align the human measurement of time more closely with nature, in days gone by folks apparently believed that monkeying with the calendar like that might actually throw nature out of whack, even hampering the raising of crops and livestock. It used to be said, for example, that beans and peas planted during a leap year “grow the wrong way” - whatever that means - and, in the words of the Scots, “Leap year was never a good sheep year.”


“In keeping with the theme of nature gone awry, a whimsical tradition dating back at least four centuries (and still trotted out at four-year intervals by newspaper feature writers) holds that leap years confer upon women the “privilege” of proposing marriage to men instead of the other way around. The convention was (in literature, if not in reality) that any man who refused such a proposal owed his spurned suitor a silk gown and a kiss - provided she was wearing a red petticoat at the moment she popped the question.”


Lisa Martin of Culinary Capers, Beverly Donovan of Grubb and Ellis/Northern New England, Christine Steele of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and Rosie of Tastefully Simple


Stephanie Micklon of Salemhaven Nursing Home and Sue Lavallee of Holiday Inn celebrate with their winnings from Area News Groups slot machine at the Business Expo portion of the evening.


See Greater Salem Chanmber of Commerce Expo story on page 7 Valentine’s Surprise


submitted by Cindy Shumsky, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Valentine’s Day brought a surprise to Dr. Jeff Norton and members of The


Pain Clinic at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem. A grateful patient sent a quartet of singers to surprise and entertain them. Each of the women


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Volume 5 Number 32 February 24, 2012 16 Pages


Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Expo Had A Great Turnout


was presented with a beautiful long stem rose and then a barbershop quartet known as “Northern Comfort” launched into a delightful program of old favorites in four part harmony. The group is part of The Merrimack Valley Townsmen Chorus, which meets weekly at All Saints Church in Haverhill, MA.


Senator Jeanne Shaheen Holds Town Forum, Senate Could Authorize I-93 Widening Funds


by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Federal moneys could soon help fund the widening efforts of Interstate 93, and ensure a secure future for projects.


A roundtable discussion at the Salem Town


Hall Tuesday brought together local business leaders and town officials to discuss concerns with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “Interstate 93 was build to accommodate 60,000 a day,” said Shaheen, adding currently 100,000 travel the highway. Windham Community Development Director


Laura Scott expressed concerns saying some businesses are restricted from expansion until the completion of the project. She said the project would expand the tax base in Windham and


US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey


Southern New Hampshire, adding jobs would be created.


New Hampshire Department of


Transportation Federal Liaison Mark Sanborn said federal funds were necessary. “Federal aid is a huge portion of our overall pie,” he said. Sanborn added other projects were halted until federal finds were guaranteed. He said Interstate 93 was top priority. Senator Shaheen said a bill was currently in the senate to allocate these finds. “It would reauthorize highway funding for another two years,” she said, noting it would reduce over twenty complicated funding streams to five.


continued to page 6 - I-93 Widening Funds


Ganley Community Service Award Winner Announced


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community of Salem; while providing inspiration to others, through his or her dedication, integrity and courage in the manner exemplified by Chief John P. Ganley during his life on earth.” Chief Ganley passed away in March of 1989 but his commitment to the community is carried forward and recognized each year on St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s honoree is Russell Ingram whose


Russ Ingram continued to page 6 - Ganley Community Service Award


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