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Income Tax Day: Tuesday, April 17


Salem Community Patriot Patriot


by S. Aaron Shamshoyan “Outstanding,” was how Lead Minister


Tom Gerdts of Rockingham Christian Church described this year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt as hundreds children prepared to fill their baskets with candy stuffed eggs. Held on the bank of Rockingham Park’s


by Doug Robinson Many United States residents


mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15. However, this deadline may be extended to accommodate holidays, extreme weather conditions, or when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday.


Whether you are dreading


Tax Day, the tax return filing deadline, or looking forward to a sizable return, you need to file a return on time. Thus, you must know when Tax Day falls in 2012.


While most know that April 15


is the traditional Tax Day, the fact that April 15, 2012 is a Sunday has thrown things out of whack a little. The Tax filing deadline for 2012 is Tuesday, April 17. Income tax was first


introduced in the United States of America in 1861. A rate of three percent was levied on incomes above $800 per year and the resulting revenue was used to help fund the American Civil War effort. However, income tax was seen as unconstitutional and the law was repealed in 1872. The idea of a tax on personal income, at a rate of two percent, was reintroduced in the Revenue Act of 1894, but the legal status of this kind of tax was still unclear. In 1913, the “Sixteenth Amendment” to the Constitution of the United States was ratified. This cleared the way for the modern income tax system in the USA. Today, those paying their annual tax work approximately 107 days to pay that yearly income tax. With April 15 being a Sunday,


naturally we’d usually look to Monday, April 16, as the default deadline. However, a little-known holiday called Emancipation Day is celebrated in the District of Columbia, and Emancipation Day falls on April 16. Accordingly, this 2012’s Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17. Emancipation Day honors that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, which enabled the release of about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia, nine months in advance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was made an official public holiday in D.C. on January 4, 2005, by Mayor Anthony A. Williams. “Tax Day may not be our


favorite ‘holiday,’ but it’s a great time to dine out or go shopping. Many stores are having special Tax Day Sales or offering free items on April 17.” Several restaurants are featuring special Tax Day deals and a free offer writes http://drewdurigan.com/ cheapolife/tax-day-2012-sales- deals/stores-restaurants-malls- tax-day-deals. Those wishing printable coupons are invited to visit their website.


racetrack, Rockingham Christian Church hosted their eleventh annual Egg Hunt open to the public. The hunt was preceded with music, face painting, food, bounce houses, and more. As time passed, children lined up by the field and


waited eagerly to gather over 12,000 colorful eggs scattered on the ground. At 1p.m., the race for the eggs began, and the


field was clean within minutes. “It was great to be outdoors,” said Gerdts who explained the event was held inside last year because of rain. He was very pleased with the excitement of the crowd and was glad to host the event. He said the church hosts the event to “serve the community in a positive way and provide a great experience for families.” Director of Family Ministries Amy Snyder


submitted by Greater Salem Rotary Club The Greater Salem NH Rotary Club recently


provided the Town of Salem with a contribution of $5,400 to fund the cost of surfacing materials and safety borders for the new children’s playground at Hedgehog Pond. On Saturday, April 7, several Rotary Club members joined Selectman Pat Hargreaves as well as other volunteers in installing the safety materials. Club members will return to Hedgehog Pond on Saturday, April 21, for the Annual Youth Fishing Derby as for the past several years Rotarians have both underwritten the entire cost of the event as well as provided volunteers to assist with the festivities. The Greater Salem Rotary Club is a community service organization dedicated to giving back to the Greater Salem community by following the Rotary International Motto of “Service Above Self.” Meetings are held each Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Atkinson Country Club. Those wishing to obtain more information on the Greater Salem Rotary Club are welcome to contact Club President-Elect Peter Rayno at Enterprise Bank in Salem or Club Secretary Laura Allain at Salem Cooperative Bank in Salem.


Students Take Top Honors in Science Olympiad


submitted by Salem High School Salem High School students recently competed in the 2012 New Hampshire Science Olympiad, winning or placing in 14 events. Winston Boucher and William Clark


won first place in the Chemistry Lab, Jonathan Shum and Jenny Zhang won first place in Optics, Kate Hammett and Jenny Zhang won second place in Microbe Mission, Jordanne Miller and Ashley Morin won second place in Write It - Do It, Kristina Carlson won third place in Anatomy & Physiology, Winston Boucher and William Clark won third place in Technical Problem Solving, Jonathan Zywusko and Kerri McCarron won fourth place in Gravity Vehicle, Jordanne Miller and Ashley Morin won fifth place in Astronomy, Lissette Soto and Allison Lewis won fifth place in Forestry, Joshua Gallant and Jonathan Rheaume won sixth place in Dynamic Planet, Lissette Soto and Allison Lewis won sixth place in Experimental Design, Corey Nowak won sixth place in Helicopters, Corey Campbell and Jonathan Rheaume won sixth place in Robot Arm, and Joshua Gallant and Ashley Morin won sixth place in Thermodynamics. Hari Ilangovan, Kimberly Kiplagat, and Emily Yunes were runners-up in their events.


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Back row: Kimberly Kiplagat, Jenny Zhang, Hari Ilangovan, Trevor Campbell, William Clark, Winston Boucher, Corey Campbell, Kristina Carlson.


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Cailyn, 5, quickly gathers colorful Easter eggs.


was astonished by the large group. “That was definitely our biggest crowd ever,” she said adding over 1,000 people came to the event. “We like to get the church out in the community for the community,” she said another hunt would be held next year rain, snow or shine. A full band made up of church volunteers and


the youth group entertained the group with both Christian and secular songs.


Left: Nari smiles as she fills her basket at Rockingham Christian Church’s annual Egg Hunt.


Rotary Club Assists With New Playground


Income Tax Day


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Staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan


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