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Salem Community Patriot | April 6, 2012 - 13 Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?


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“Thumbs down to manager Scott at the Salem Market Basket. Scott, I was not trying to prove you wrong, I was just showing you the price on the shelf was different from the price it rang up so it could be corrected not just for myself but for other shoppers. Taking your abuse was not worth the 50cents savings, I would have been happy to just put the item back. Your attitude was a disgrace to managers everywhere who are able to maintain a level of decorum and professionalism even when they are having a bad day. Grow up!”


“Thumbs down to every driver who speeds through my Grove Ave neighborhood. The mere moments you save driving that fast is nothing compared to the life you could take of a child, neighbor or beloved family pet. Slow down.... please. Remember to mention this to your guests as well.”


“Thumbs down to having to notify the State or County not to come on our property to spray for


chemicals into our soil for bugs? What is the outcome, two illnesses per year?”


“Thumbs down to last week’s comments on


Pat H. Do we really want ‘used car salesman’ with their slick attire running our town, or do we want a guy whose heart is in the right place. Washington is fi lled with ‘slick salesman’ if that’s what you want. And we know where that’s gotten us. Give me a down-to-earth honest person any day!”


“Thumbs up to the whole licensing scandal. When the legislatures wanted railroads built back in the 1930’s, the railroads were paid per mile laid. The farmers complained that there were no regulations, so the Highway Carriers Act started regulating passengers and freight, and morphed into our current ‘drivers’ laws.”


“Thumbs up to the ‘Building Commission’


back in the 1930’s to regulate the building codes. Designed to regulate State Buildings, on State property, with State funds. And then the counties adopted those statutes as a whole, to enforce these regulations on private property to bring in revenue...go fi gure!”


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“Thumbs up to the ridiculousness of the court system. The ‘State of New Hampshire’ v. John Doe. To prove they have jurisdiction to hear the case, they have to prove you were within the State of New Hampshire. That means you, the defendant, had to be within the plaintiff. And if that wasn’t enough, they want to suggest the State is either dirt, or a geographic location. How can dirt suffer an injury and be represented by a prosecutor? And who does the judge represent? So don’t expect a fair trial!”


“Thumbs down. Half of US congress is a Rupert Murdoch echo chamber, the other side of the aisle afraid to call them on it. Congressman Charles Bass, your three point survey was worded like Rupert Murdoch


would have his propagandists screed. Mr. Ryan’s budget is a con artist’s trick. Scarcely different than that run on the sensibilities of the republic


“Thumbs up to neighbors who voted against curbside pickup. Had it passed, and you refused to comply, you would have been dragged from your home and your belongings strewn out at the curb all because a neighbor put a mark on a piece of paper. It makes no sense, but they have the police convinced that a mark on a piece of paper compels them to be the violent ones. It’s happening all across this country.”


“Thumbs down to John Manning for having a sign on Cross Street at a house that’s for sale. You lost, so pick up your signs. Did your good buddy Ron Belanger tell you to keep it there?”


April 10: Who Won the War of 1812? New Hampshire’s Forgotten Patriot Pirates, Milford, NH. When was the War of 1812? That’s a trick question, but if you don’t recall America’s “Forgotten War” with England - you’re not alone. Two hundred years ago, with only 17 armed ships, a youthful United States declared war on the world’s largest navy (with 700 ships). Then we invaded Canada. In retaliation the British burned Washington, DC to the ground. So how come we think we won? History writer J. Dennis Robinson offers an upbeat, often irreverent, bicentennial look at New Hampshire’s reluctant role in “Mr. Madison’s War” with special emphasis on the privateers who swarmed out of the state’s only seaport. 7 p.m. Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St. (603) 673-2408. April 11: Italian Gardens: Then and Now, Litchfi eld, NH. “The garden is a home’s most important room.” Cornish resident Charles A. Platt (1861-1933), architect, artist, and landscape designer, practiced what he preached. A jump ahead of Edith Wharton and Maxfi eld Parrish in admiration of these gardens, Platt photographed and applied Italian design principles for villas and gardens so that Americans could follow them. A PowerPoint presentation describes and illustrates Italian gardens as Platt photographed them in 1894. Re-photographed in a pilgrimage a century later, we’ll explore what these gardens look like today, from the same vantage point, and discuss the history of designed spaces. Presented by James B. Atkinson. 6:30 p.m. Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Highway. Aaron Cutler Memorial Library. (603) 424-4044. April 11: Fruit Tree Grafting and Pruning Demonstration, Brentwood, NH. Nada Haddad, UNH Cooperative Extension Educator, Agricultural Resources, Rockingham County, and Bill Lord, Fruit Specialist, Emeritus will conduct the demonstration. They will graft apple trees and prune large, medium and young trees. They will also prune peach trees. This is an outdoor event, held rain or shine. Dress for the weather. No registration is required. 4-6:30 p.m. Apple Annie, 66 Rowell Rd. (603) 679-5616; deb. stevens@unh.edu. April 12: Crime and Punishment on the Isles of Shoals, Rochester, NH. Louis Wagner was charged with murdering Anethe and Karen Christenson on Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals, in March of 1873. He was convicted on the fi rst charge and executed in 1875. Although sentiment against Wagner was at a fever pitch


immediately following the murders, time and refl ection have generated an ongoing debate as to the fairness of the trial and the validity of the verdict. Drawing from the trial transcript, media reports, and the cultural milieu in which the trial took place, independent scholar John Perrault invites you to examine the law’s judgment of Louis Wagner. Perrault weaves his “Ballad of Louis Wagner” through the course of the program with guitar and vocals. 7 p.m. Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson St. (603) 330-3099. April 13: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, Lowell, MA. Following the enormous success of ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two stars of the Emmy nominated series, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Mochrie and Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Admission fee. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www.lowellauditorium.com. April 13-15: Patriots’ Day Celebration, Ogunquit, ME. Historical characters offer insights into the past at reenactments throughout the weekend, plus a treasure hunt and a slew of fun activities for all at various downtown locations. (207) 646- 2939; visitorgunquit.org. April 14: Family Concert, Nashua, NH. The Nashua Chamber Orchestra features a solo by young violinist Francesca Bass, who brought down the house at the orchestra’s February concerts. Other youth soloists who will perform include Kevin Chen, piano, and Matthew O’Dowd, Rebecca O’Dowd, and Sage Wesenberg, violin. Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Grieg, and other composers are on the program. Free. 3 p.m. Music/Art/Media Wing, Nashua Public Library. (603) 589-4600; www. nashualibrary.org. April 15: Scrap Arts Music, Barre, VT. Need convincing that recycling can be fun, creative, and best of all, tuneful? Then don’t miss this show featuring the innovative percussion theater of fi ve hyperkinetic musicians who play instruments crafted from salvaged items. Barre Opera House. (802) 476-8188; barreoperahouse.org. April 15: Annual Model Train Show, Hooksett, NH. The Hooksett Lions Club event, where proceeds go to support local charities, will feature


model train layouts of all scales, over 60 vendors, train collecting clinics, videos, white elephant sales, raffl es and food provided in our version of the Dining car. There will be hands on programs for kids and many other activities. Admission fee. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cawley Middle School, White Hall Road. (603) 485 5021. April 15: Spring Doll & Teddy Bear Show, Whitman, MA. You’ll fi nd more than 40 tables of antique, collectible, and modern wares. Enter the raffl e; then grab a bite at the Doll House Café. Knight of Columbus Hall. (781) 447-6079. April 17: Monadnock Tales, Jaffrey, NH. Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the world, is a New Hampshire state icon, a natural wonder, and the source of inspiration for poets, musicians, and artists. The lore and legend of the mountain lends it a distinct personality that is the subject of both this program and the poem “Monadnock Tales” written by Edie Clark in collaboration with composer Larry Siegel. 7 p.m. United Church of Jaffrey (Parish Hall), 54 Main St. (603) 532-7263. April 19: The Intimate Garden, Bedford, NH. Bedford High School hosts a lecture by renowned horticultural designer and author Gordon Hayward, offering tips to keep your garden looking sharp in all seasons based on universal design principles. (603) 488-5001; bedfordnhgardenclub.org. April 21: Genealogy Workshop, Nashua, NH. In April, the U.S. Census Bureau will post data from the 1940 census online for the fi rst time. Genealogists, whether professional or amateur, eagerly await the release. Find out how to use the data to fi nd your ancestors (and perhaps yourself). Laura Prescott, who worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for seven year, will conduct the workshop. 10: a.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. (603) 589-4610; www. nashualibrary.org/directions.htm. April 21-22: Spring Shower of Quilts, Southbury, CT. The Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild offers an expansive show featuring appraisals, demonstrations, exhibits, a raffl e, and more. Crowne Plaza. cpiecemakers.org. April 21-29: Science Festival, Cambridge, MA. A celebration of science, technology and engineering with more than 200 events at various locations across the city. Take in lectures, ,performances, family activities, exhibits, tours, debates, and more. (617) 324-4379; cambridgesciencefestival.org. April 25: Overboard: A True Bluewater Odyssey


last year. Ryan has no interest in Medicare nor reducing US defi cits. Mr. Bass you should not support Ryan’s crazy budget resolution based Simpson Bowles Commission which not approved by the majority of the commission. Both Mr. Bass and Senator Ayotte need to work for the American people, not Rupert Murdoch.”


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“Thumbs down to Salem District Court for not being larger. The ‘State of New Hampshire’ couldn’t fi t in the courtroom for my major criminal trial of having a tail-light out, so the judge had to dismiss the case. The prosecutor tried to represent ‘The State of New Hampshire’ but he had no ‘fi rst hand knowledge’ so I wasn’t buying it. The offi cer wasn’t the ‘injured party’ so I wasn’t buying that either. No, I wanted the entire ‘State’ to take the stand...so I could cross-examine. The ‘State’ was bringing the charges!”


“Thumbs down to the tow companies who want


to charge storage fees even after the charges for the initial traffi c stop and ticket have been thrown out. Wow does something smell there. My buddy Rico even thinks something smells in this regard! In the old days ‘highway robbery’ was done by the bad guys. Where did they go wrong?”


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“Thumbs up to the Salem Public Works Department. The workers, you’ve done a wonderful job cleaning up the lower end of Pleasant Street where all the debris collects. You’ve raked it and made it look so beautiful. It’s really something. I’m so proud of you. Thank you for your good work!”


“Thumbs down. Well, the Salem Police have taken the Police details to a new level on Main Street near the red barn. This home-owner had a tree taken down on their property. The trucks and the cops were in the driveway, away from the road. Of course, the homeowner fl ipped the bill for this, for the cop for at least four hours.”


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of a New Hampshire Man’s Survival, Brentwood, NH. In May of 2005 Captain Tom Tighe and fi rst mate Loch Reidy of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crewmembers for a fi ve- day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. One of the new members was Ron Burd of NH. Four days into their voyage a massive storm struck and Captain Tighe and Reidy were swept from the boat carried away by huge seas. The three new crew members somehow remained on the vessel as it was torn apart by the seas. Using slides, Michael J. Tougias brings this story to life, following the desperate struggles of both the crew on the boat and the Captain and fi rst mate in the sea. Tougias met Ron Burd at a Humanities Council-sponsored presentation of one of Tougias’ other HTG programs. Burd shared his amazing story of survival with Tougias, who wrote a book about Burd’s experiences and created this new HTG program as well. 7 p.m. Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Rd. (603) 642-3355. April 27-29: Daffodil Festival Weekend, Nantucket, MA. More than 3 million blooms awaken across the island in spring, and the residents celebrate with an antique car parade, tailgate picnic, daffodil show, dog parade, and more. (508) 228-1700;nantucketchamber.org. May 6: Fishing Derby, Londonderry, NH. The event is open to children ages 14 and under accompanied by adults for supervision. Both the Londonderry Fish and Game and the state of NH stock the pond just before the fi shing derby with various types of fi sh making it relatively easy to catch them. Prizes in various categories are provided. The event is always a lot of fun for those who love the outdoors. It is a great opportunity for your young ones to reel in a fi sh and for you to catch it all with your camera! Food and Drink will be available to purchase. Bring your own worms and tackle. Registration required. Free. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (rain or shine). Londonderry Fish and Game Club (access is off of 5 Lund Street, Litchfi eld). www. londonderryfi shandgameclub.com.


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