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Appreciation Week May 7- 11
by Doug Robinson
Since 1984, National PTA® has designated the first full week in May as PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. PTA events at the national, state, and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make. Teacher Appreciation Week begins on the 7th until the 11th of May. During this time, students are offered the opportunity to show teachers how thankful they are for their support. It it’s time for students and communities to demonstrate how much our teachers mean so that we can have a better future. Teachers, the people who educate us, and give us the vital knowledge which we need to live our lives. They encourage, support, discipline and prepare us for the road ahead and now it’s time for us to show them our appreciation. The 8th of May will mark Teacher Appreciation Day and students all across America will show their appreciation by rewarding their teachers with lovely gifts. These gifts can come in a variety of shapes and sizes – remember, it’s the thought that counts.
“NEA (National Education
Association) and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May. The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day’ writes the NEA. The NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only. Some schools may have a special
schedule lined up which will provide many outlets for students and communities to show how much a specific teacher or school system means to you them. Teachers will also be able to recognize the positive effects, which he or she has on students, which is sure to give everybody involved in education a huge boost. Litchfield School Superintendent commented, “Teachers are the lifeblood of learning, and instill a passion for learning in students. Although technology has made vast advances in how we learn, nothing takes the place of the human factor of the teacher in the classroom. We all remember the teacher who inspired us in a given field and gave us the confidence to achieve more than we ever imagined. On National Teacher Day, thousands of communities take time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teacher’s play in making sure every student receives a quality education.
A photo of Engine 4, which went into service in 1976, was donated by Alice Campbell.
Pam LaBranche(left), Henry LaBranche, and Beverly Glynn accept one of the first donations to the project.
Boys & Girls Club Begins New Chapter with New Leadership
submitted by Salem Boys & Girls Club The Salem Boys & Girls Club is proud to announce the hiring of Michael Centor as its new Chief Professional Officer. Currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady, NY, Centor stood out as the best candidate to lead the local non-profit into the future. “We were looking for someone who could strike a balance between protecting the traditions and ideals that are the foundation of the Boys & Girls Club, while seeking new ways to expand and improve our service to the greater Salem community,” said Dan Norris, a member of the club’s board of directors. “Mike is the perfect fit. He has a lot of energy and innovative ideas to help us grow and expand, and meet the current challenges of non-profit work today. Coming from the Boys & Girls Club community, he understands our mission implicitly, and knows what we must do to be successful at every level.” As a leader of the Schenectady Club, Centor has experience with fundraising, grant writing,
financial management, and program management and growth. He served as CFO in his community since 2007, and spent years as a volunteer coach and tutor. He also has prior management experience in the restaurant industry. “I am thrilled to be returning to New England. The Salem Boys & Girls Club is an outstanding example of how to provide quality programs to children, while staying connected to the community and its leaders. I am honored to be selected as the new director – and I can’t wait to get started.” Centor will start in mid-
number of exciting new plans for the Boys & Girls Club such as facility improvements and the expansion of music and other programming. About the Salem Boys & Girls
Michael Centor, new Chief Professional Officer
May, in time to oversee the operations through the end of the school year and the beginning of summer camp season. He will oversee a
Club The Salem Boys & Girls Club, a United Way supported organization located at 3 Geremonty Drive, has about 3,000 youth and teen members and serves about 300 kids and teens per day. The club offers award winning before and after-school educational, health and wellness, athletic, and leadership programs, innovative pre-school and kindergarten classes, and popular summer camps. About 85 teens visit the
Eclipse Teen Center at the club each day after school.
Residents Protected from Commercial Waste
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Monday marked the last day for construction and demolition material disposal at the transfer station, as a result of cost saving measures passed at town meeting. “The operation of the transfer station is currently out to bid,” said Town Manager Keith Hickey to selectmen. Hickey said companies were asked to provide quotes both with and without the option of C&D, adding bids were due back May 10, and that the contract would be awarded May 21. He said funds remaining in the account could carry the disposal service through the weekend. The board recently decided to put the contract out to bid in an effort to keep
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prices competitive. A more cost effective contract could return C&D disposal to the station. “People want the C&D,” said Selectman Everett McBride, in support of funding the service. He said many citizens have inquired about retaining C&D disposal. Selectman Stephen Campbell felt the service wasn’t necessary. “Most town’s in the area don’t accept C&D,” he said, adding he had only disposed of one item using the service. “I brought one piece of sheet rock three months ago,” he said. Campbell felt the service should be discontinued pending review of bids. Department of Public Works Director Rick Russell told the board LL&S Recycling on Lowell Road had verbally agreed to offer residents a discount on Saturdays to dispose of construction and demolition material. “Monday through Friday is a busy time or them,” said Russell, noting the Saturday restriction. Russell also said the company had agreed to operate a thirty
yard roll off dumpster at the transfer station at a lesser cost then currently paid. “We are leaving the option open.” “Decisions need to be lived by,” said Selectman Michael Lyons citing recent votes by residents favored a budget without funding for C&D. “I would support it in next year’s budget,” he said. Chairman Patrick Hargreaves summed up the boards thoughts
saying C&D removal services would stop until bids are reviewed. Russell said bulky coupons could still be used at the station for disposal of items such as vinyl siding, carpeting, and furniture.
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Renovations to Salem’s number two Hose House will soon be underway, and the historical society is looking for donations of memorabilia to help complete the project. We’d like to have one wall of pictures of all
the Fire Chiefs in the Town of Salem and the dates they were Chief,” said Beverly Glynn of the historical society. Glynn said the project would replace the
floor, paint walls, install heat, replace broken windows and refurbish outside doors. “We want to keep the same look on the outside doors,” she said.
A fire pole will help complete the project.
“We do have a brass fire pole we want to put in there,” said Glynn. Major renovations will not be required as the building is still structurally sound. Primarily cosmetic work will need to be completed. The society is looking to display memorabilia within the Hose House and is asking for residents to donate items they may have. Glynn said pictures and stories are also welcome.
A firefighter’s helmet, belonging to the late Salem’s Hose House 2 will soon be updated and open to the public.
Charles Kimball, was donated to the society. Kimball was the first firefighter to die in the line of duty in Salem.
“Our ultimate goal will be to use it for touring when it is finished,” said Glynn. Historical Society President Howie Glynn said the basement formerly contained jail cells but the bars had been removed. He added the cement floor still remained and the society would like to reconstruct the cells if funding allowed.
Donations can be sent to the Salem Historical Society at 310 Main St. or the society would be happy to pick them up. Beverly can be reached at 893-8882 for more information or to schedule the delivery of donations.
Kimball’s Helmet and
Other Fire Department Artifacts Among Donations
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