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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
A busy season for road repair may cause headaches for motorists stuck in traffi c, but will result in a much- improved driving experience in the near future. A two-phase summer long project will work to resurface and increase the lifespan of several town roads. Public Woks Operations Manager Dave Wholley said resurfacing on Butler Street was coming to a close as crews work to stripe the roadway after milling the topcoat of pavement, and applying a fresh surface. Roadwork on Route 28 is also nearing completion.
“Paving is on schedule,” Wholley said. The project called for two sections of roadway to be resurfaced. Over 3,000 feet of roadway from Hillcrest Road to Pattee Road and just over 1,500 feet of roadway beginning at Cluff Road and fi nishing at Veterans Memorial Parkway was milled and resurfaced. Deteriorating road surfaces allowed for underground traffi c control wires to become exposed. Crowning pavement will also be restored to the roads median improving drainage. “Everything out there will be completed in its entirety by the Fourth of July,” Wholley said. Eleven other roads in town will receive maintenance under phase two of the project. Parts of Ermer Road, Chatham Circle, Sillen Drive, Barron Avenue, Copper Beech Road, Millville Circle, Millville Terrace, Joseph Road, Therese Road, Hunters Run, and Grove Avenue, will receive maintenance, scheduled to be completed by October 10. Wholley stressed the importance of maintaining
roads. “This is being proactive,” he said adding maintenance of a road will prevent a costly reconstruction. “This is a maintenance thing we’re doing.” Work done under the surface restoration plan has a lifespan of fi ve to seven years, and can be reapplied after that. The cost to reconstruct a road can be up to ten times the cost of a surface restoration. “It’s always a good practice to maintain your best roads fi rst,” he said, “It’s always more costly to rebuild a road that’s gone into failure.” Road Reconstruction: When a road reaches the end of its serviceable life it has to be reconstructed, which is the case for a few roads in town. Lawrence Road is currently under construction and expected to be in a binder course by July 4, said Town Engineer Robert Puff. “We paved to the binder course form Baldwin Street to the Foss School,” he said. Earthwork is also underway from the Foss to Pond Street.
While the project is progressing smoothly, an upcoming culvert replacement will force the road to close. “The culvert by the Donobedian farm needs to be replaced,” said Puff estimating that project to take place between July and August. Work on the road by Mary Queen Peace Church is expected to begin in two weeks. Puff said extensive drainage work in the area will need to take place, but the road will remain open. He expects the project to be completed by late October. Phase one of reconstruction on Pelham road is also
underway. The contractor has reclaimed pavement from the Brookdale and Brady intersection down to Cassidy Way, and plans to have it repaved by July 4. Puff plans for the entire project to be completed in October. The third construction project scheduled for this summer hit a roadblock last week when contaminated soil was discovered. A strong petroleum odor temporally suspended work on Pumping Station Road and the contractor was relocated until samples could be tested. Preliminary results by a private contractor determined the soil to be safe. “The concentration of the material are lower then state soil remediation standards,” Puff said. The town will continue to work with the Department of Environmental Services on the matter for more extensive tests. The contractor is working on another part of the project until a conclusive result is reached. The source of contaminates is currently unknown to offi cials. Roadwork being completed this year is funded form a $5.25 million warrant article passed by voters in March.
Exchange Club Field of Dreams Dedication
submitted by Sonny Tylus Recently, the Field of Dreams kicked off of its 20th
season with a dedication ceremony by the Exchange Club. Larry VanDeventer, the current President introduced Doug Seed as the spokesman for the event. Larry spoke about how Doug has been an Exchange Club member for 39 years and how he personally knew each of the past members to be honored. Doug talked about how the club has donated to many groups, organizations and individuals. He also related to how they offer scholarships every year. The main part of the event was the Dedication of the Thomas O. Memorial bench and the Member Memorial plaza. He talked about each past member, Charles M. Breen Jr., Dr. Herb Brown, Ralph W. Hey, John and Helen Sullivan, Bob Loranger, Donna Marion and Thomas Morrow who had passed away. Each past member has a brick with their name inscribed in it and Tom has a bench. Doug had a little story to tell about each person and what they meant to the club.
In addition to the dedication, the Exchange Club donated a fl ag to the Field of Dreams
T e new fl ag was raised by the Salem High School Junior Air Force ROTC
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T omas O. Morrow’s memorial bench
A story was told of how Tom Morrow, a Field of Dreams past Board Member was instrumental in getting the fl agpole donated by Burger King and installed by National Grid. Many people from Canobie Lake Park were on hand for the dedication because Tom was a long time manager there as well as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Boys and Girls Club. The Park arranged for Tom’s son Gregg to be there. In addition to the dedication, the Exchange Club donated a new fl ag to the Field of Dreams which was raised by the Salem High School Junior Air Force ROTC in a moving moment. Sharon Riley sang the National Anthem as the fl ag was raised. The fl agpole is lighted 365 days a year. Andy Nelson thanked all those who had donated to the project. He thanked the following companies or individuals: Methuen Construction, Steve Capuano Masonry & Construction, Don Cortnoir, Lisa Breen (Charles M. Breen’s daughter) Mike Colizzi and Dave Erwin of Colizzi Memorials, Garabedian Landscaping, J. Stewart’s Flower Shoppe and LED Conversions for their donations. Connie Breen closed the ceremony by singing “America the Beautiful.”
Salem’s Relay for Life: Fighting for a Cause, Remembering Those Lost
submitted by Sonny Tylus Even Mother Nature couldn’t dampen the spirits of the over 500 participants at this year’s Salem Relay for Life. The opening ceremony was delayed for about 25 minutes due to heavy rain and lighting but the sun fi nally came out. Erin Graichen, this year’s Chairperson, started it off by thanking the people for coming out as well as the sponsors and the committee members. Pat Spain from the National Geographic TV show The Beast Hunter related his experience and story with cancer. He encouraged people to get involved. There was a special presentation by Salem Fire Fighter Lieutenant Dennis Galvin, President of the Salem Fire Fighters Relief Association. On their behalf, a $5,000 donation was made to the Salem Relay for Life. “Currently there are about a dozen current or past fi reman battling cancer.” Later, Assistant Chief Paul Parisi of the Salem Fire Department how “four active members and many past members have contracted cancer. Not only is it the breathing of hazard materials but the skin contact that is causing this. Seventy percent of workers at the 911 site have developed cancer.” The fi ghters not only made the donation but a large group attending the relay. Dick O’Shaughnessy, this year’s Honorary Chairperson, took the microphone and gave the crowds some words of encouragement about the battle for a cure for cancer and how it was going. As is the tradition with Relay for Life,
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the fi rst lap walk was dedicated to the 108 cancer survivors and their caregivers. They all walked with their purple t-shirts. After that more than 48 teams took their turns walking the track. As usual, Grant Field was in great shape and special thanks should go to the Salem School District and the staff. Every hour there was a different theme for the laps for the walkers. Some of them were the Cardboard Box Derby,
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Halloscream, Super Hero, Bras for a Cause, etc. The most emotional lap, Luminaria, is dedicated to the memory of people who have passed away from cancer. The names and pictures of those people are displayed on a large screen. The biggest team was the PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) team with over 30 members. They could be seen wearing their bright orange shirts with their
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