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2 - March 30, 2012 | Salem Community Patriot New Memorial at the Field of Dreams

by Len Lathrop The summer-like weather this March allowed for Bert Capuano of Capuano Masonry and Landscaping to begin work on a memorial bench for Thomas O. Morrow III at the Field of Dreams about a month early. On Saturday, Capuano worked on the brick base for this memorial bench donated by the Salem Exchange Club in honor of Morrow, a past president of the club. Marrow died in August of 2007 at the age of 64; he had served as the operation manager for 30 years a Canobie Lake Park and helped to develop that park. Active in the Salem community, Morrow was also a member of the Salem Chamber, active in the Dollars for Scholars program, he facilitated getting the 90 foot flagpole for the Field of Dreams when it opened, the Exchange Club has maintained that pole and the 12 by 18 foot flag that flies their daily, since its erection. Current Exchange Club members Doug Seed and Bonnie Breen mentioned that it was quite a site when Morrow had the giant flag pole moved from Burger King who donated it to the Exchange Club to the Field of Dreams, down the Salem street to the to its current location. While visiting with Capuano on Saturday, he mentioned that he had also installed the brick walkways as a 17-18 year old in the early 90s when the field opened. Saturday he was working to put the block down, as you can see in the picture. The next time you visit the park remember the wonderful contributions that Mr. Morrow made to the park and the hard work that many groups put in to keep the park of vibrant part of the Salem community

Bert getting the site ready on a beautiful spring day Boys & Girls Club of Salem Receives $7,500 Grant from JCPenney

submitted by Boys & Girls Club of Salem Studies show that one out of every four children in America is left unattended between 3 and 6 p.m. each school day. Thanks to the supportive partnership with jcpenney and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), more Salem youth will now have the opportunity to attend an afterschool program offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Salem. The Boys & Girls Club of Salem will receive a $7,500 access grant to provide parents with the opportunity to engage their children with caring, adult professionals in a safe place filled with life-enhancing programs. According to the “America After 3pm” report released by the

Afterschool Alliance in conjunction with JCPenney, a vast majority of parents seek the resources to engage their kids with adult

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Farm Road and runs along the Spicket River. Its location provides an area where citizens and several with dogs can enjoy a safe stroll. On any given day, one might spot a deer, fox, rabbit or raccoon. Also, many songbirds flit about the brushes in the area. It is a quiet, pleasant area to stroll.

This past winter someone made the area their own trash disposal depot. Its aesthetics has been marred by bags of trash dumped in the brush and the roadway. I’m sure the trash included shards of glass and petroleum products. Also, individuals with ATV’s and motorbikes have dug up sections of the road and erosion has set in. Once National Grid

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was informed of the illegal dumping they took immediate action to remedy this problem. Kurt Demmer, Director Electric Distribution Operations, New Hampshire, mentioned that they removed two truckloads of trash out of the area. He did mention that much trash was imbedded in the frozen ground and his task force was unable to pick it up. However, he did promise with the warmer

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role models who help foster their social, physical and academic development. By providing grants to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, JCPenney is assisting families with children who are currently not enrolled in afterschool services or are on the verge of withdrawing due to financial hardship. This local grant is part of a larger multi million-dollar distribution from jcpenney benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the YMCA of the USA, National 4-H and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). “The availability of affordable afterschool programs continues to be an important community objective in order to meet the needs of working parents and provide endless opportunities to our local youth,” said Mike Stevens. Interim Chief Professional Officer. “Participating in an afterschool program not only keeps kids safe,

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it engages them in a positive learning environment that helps them reach their full potential in life.” Since 1999, JCPenney has continued a long-standing relationship with BGCA in working to provide young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, with access to safe, positive afterschool environments and proven programs. JCPenney has donated more than $30-million to help bring high quality afterschool programs to those youth who need it most. Together, jcpenney and BGCA are having a significant and positive impact on young people and families across the nation. While much work remains to be done to address the growing needs of America’s youth who have no place to go after school, this long-term partnership is a powerful model for ensuring that great futures begin at Boys & Girls Club.

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weather he would be back to clean up the remainder of the trash. Hopefully, they will also add several tons of fill to stop the erosion.

National Grid did put a

chain across the Right of Way to restrict vehicles from entering the area. Demmer said they would review any other possible entries to the area and take remedial action this spring. Kurt Demmer and National Grid should receive kudos for being good citizens and wanting to keep their property environmentally safe and clean.


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