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by Doug Robinson The U.S. Congress established National
Poison Prevention Week to occur the third week in March each yea. The purpose of National Poison Prevention Week “is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them” writes poisonprevention.org
. National Poison Prevention Week was established on September 16, 1961. Shortly thereafter, the Poison Prevention Week Council was organized to coordinate this annual event and promote poison prevention.
More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. Over 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home, with the majority of non-fatal poisonings occurring in children younger than six years old. Poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults. The 2012 theme for National Poison
Prevention Week is, “Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons!” and “Poisoning Spans a Lifetime.” Parents must always be watchful when household chemicals or drugs are being used. Many incidents happen when adults are using a product but are distracted (for example, by the telephone or the doorbell) for a few moments. Children act fast, and adults must make sure that household chemical and medicines are stored away from children at all times. The National Prevention Organizations recommends the following “10 good housekeeping rules” to prevent poisonings: 1. Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after use.
2. Keep all chemicals and medicines locked up and out of sight.
3. Call the poison center 1-800- 222-1222 immediately in case of poisoning.
4. When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take the child or product along when answering the phone or doorbell.
5. Keep items in original containers. 6. Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using.
7. Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them because lamp oil is very toxic.
8. Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.
9. Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as “medicine,” not “candy.”
10. Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically, and safely dispose of unneeded medicines when the illness for which they were prescribed is over. Pour contents down drain or toilet, and rinse the container before discarding.
If you think someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your poison control center. This national toll-free number works from anyplace in the U.S. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Calls are free and confidential and translation services are available in over 150 languages. Your call will be answered by a trained health care professional. Program the number into your phone or keep the number handy. There are currently 57 poison control centers in the United States. For more information regarding poisons, visit www.poisonprevention.org
Tessa Shanteler and Samantha Provencher
Russell Ingram accepts the John P. Ganley Award from Ganley’s son, William J. Ganley III
by Samantha B. Gauvain, Salem High School Intern Last Friday, nearly 300 people gathered in Salem’s Boys’ and Girls’ Club to honor Russell Ingram, the recipient of this year’s John P. Ganley Memorial Award. Guests, average citizens and public officials alike, were greeted with Shamrock necklaces and pins. Attendees also had the opportunity to enter raffles before they took their seats at designated tables.
New Hampshire’s Police Association’s Pipes and Drums band made an appearance to prelude the awards ceremony and played some classic Irish favorites. Luncheon attendees then rose to their feet for the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the honorable Ruth Griffin, former executive councilor of New Hampshire. The Andy Healy Band played the Irish National Anthem to follow the luncheon’s Saint Patrick’s Day theme and ended
their main performance with the Star Spangled Banner. Governor Lynch made his final appearance at the luncheon (under the title of governor). This was the eighth time he has attended the Ganley Luncheon. Lynch described Ingram as “a model of civility.” Michael Collins, the host
of Friday’s events, was then appointed to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club’s board of government. One final speaker was introduced before the award was presented, the Reverend David E. Yasenka of Triumphant Church.
by Robyn Hatch The 2012 Annual Woodbury
PTSA Winter Carnival recently took place on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. with lots of great activities such as a DJ with dancing and contests; an E- GameZone with Wii; Guitar Hero and a Play Station; a cake walk; a Faculty Feud with Mr. Kelly; a pie-eating contest; caricatures; tattoos; Scholastic Book Fair and a food court. This event also featured the best ever prize drawings. The Winter Carnival is Woodbury’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year this event brought in over $4,900, while this year they took in less than $4,000. The money is used for class field trips, grade events, eighth grade celebrations, and seventh grade connections. This event is worked on by many people and looked forward to by many organizations.
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Everyone was Irish for the Ganley event. Congressman Charlie Bass, Selectman Everett McBride, State Rep. Mary Griffin and Dave Cheslay from the Congressman’s office
He led the invocation. Russell Ingram led “a giving
way of life,” according to the Reverend.
After the hungry crowd gorged themselves on corned beef and other hardy Irish dishes, William J. Ganley III rose to commemorate Ingram.
He said, Ingram is “not only an
inspiration for others but a pillar for community.”
Ganley went on to describe
how Ingram is a philanthropist without using tax dollars as seen in Ingram’s use of donations to
continued to page 6- Ganley Lunch Woodbury PTSA Holds Winter Carnival
Dylan Smeltzer, Kelsey Whipple, Sarah Parsans, Darell Torres – all eighth graders
Jasmine Hargreaves, Mariah Dotier, Mikella Adam, Kayleigh Shikrallah, Danielle Demers
Hot Issues Draw Large Deliberative Crowd
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Controversial issues drew the largest crowd in years to the Town Meeting last Saturday as 819 residents gathered in the Salem High School gymnasium, making sure their vote Tuesday was not overturned. After a record turnout for town elections Tuesday of over 6,800 and a shortage of ballots, town officials anticipated a well-attended meeting, and choose to hold it in the gym instead of the usual auditorium location. The meeting began with an accepted motion to move article twenty-eight, Curbside Trash Pick- up to the front. The article called for $172,438 to fund a six-month period to begin this year, and for the town to begin a five-year contract at $445,000 a year for each remaining.
Selectman Stephen Campbell said
he was trying to do the right thing saying it had failed in past votes and urged residents to vote against it. Selectman Patrick Hargreaves felt the same way. He asked residents to “crush it once and for all.” Hargreaves motioned to table the article indefinitely, which voters supported.
Article 26 was taken up next, a $5.25 million plan for road construction and engineering. Selectman Michael Lyons, a vocal supporter of the town’s ten-year road plan, said the article would reconstruct Lawrence Road and Pelham Road among other repairs. “If all articles recommended by the board of Selectmen pass, the town’s tax rate will drop by 4.5 percent,” he said.
Selectman Patrick Hargreaves was honored by William Carter for his 20 years of service as Salem Holiday Parade Chairman
Town Engineer Robert Puff spoke on the article saying Pelham
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Road would be reclaimed, the drainage would be improved, and a new surface would be applied. He said much of the same would happen to Lawrence Road including repairing the box culvert by Garabedian Farm. Puff said the neighborhood aspect to the repairs called for reconstruction of Pumping Station Road and Christine Lane. “Both of those are relatively minor reconstruction projects,” he said. Puff also mentioned design work and repairs would be part of the funding for other roads. Resident Gene Hulshult pleaded for voter to support the article. “I think the ten-year road program is something that everybody can
continued to page 6- Hot Issues
Staff photos by Len Lathrop
Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
Staff photos by Robyn Hatch
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