Salem Community Patriot

A Cause for the Paws

by Andrea Ganley – Dannewitz

Kodak, a rescued Pomeranian waiting for the ‘go’ to take off.

Salem Animal Rescue League kick started their summer fundraising this year with a motorcycle charity run known as “A Cause for the Paws”.  This year’s event was extremely special.

Back in 2005, a talented, local auto body technician named “Fast” Eddy Beaulieu approached the Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) with the idea of hosting a motorcycle event to raise money for the shelter.  “Fast” Eddy had a mission, to help those who couldn’t help themselves: abused, neglected, and abandoned animals.  Eddy and his girlfriend Linda Jalbert, both of Salem, are originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, and had organized such events in the past for the Lazarus House and the MSPCA.  They chose SARL in 2005 as the recipient of the charity event because they knew the shelter needed financial help.  2005 was the first annual “A Cause for the Paws” motorcycle run, and was a great success.  They had every intention of repeating the event in 2006.

Sadly, that year, “Fast” Eddy Beaulieu’s life came to an abrupt end.  He suffered a massive heart attack.  Those who knew, loved, and adored this talented man were devastated.  The “A Cause for the Paws” event did not go on.

2007 is a different story.  Eddy deserves a tribute for all he did for those who could not help themselves.  Linda knew it too.  Eddy still rides on.

The meet started at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday July 8.  With such an upbeat and positive vibe amongst those that attended, it was a sight to see those custom-built and painted specialty vehicles, dune buggies, and of course motorcycles.  The group rolled in on their “sweet wheels”, and the fun began.  “Eddy’s Cruise” t-shirts were sold for charity money.  SARL’s mascot Rocky danced around and entertained participants while waiting for the signal to go. 

The route taken was one mapped out by Eddy himself with the destination being one of his favorite places, the Kingston Veteran’s Club.  The end of the ride would start a celebration in remembering Eddy’s life and collecting donations for the Salem Animal Rescue League.  The celebration included food, drink, and live entertainment.

Linda Jalbert personally would like to thank everyone who came and made it a huge success.  To all those who attended; it meant so much to her to see everyone there.  She truly appreciates everyone coming together for a tribute to Eddy.  More than big thanks are due to all who shared in this event.

All proceeds from this event went to Salem Animal Rescue League.  It is greatly in need of donations at this time due to an overwhelming amount of cats and kittens, recent flooding damages they have incurred, and an upcoming move due to the Interstate 93 widening project.  To make contributions to the shelter, you can mail donations to SARL, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, New Hampshire, 03079.  You can also visit them on the web at  Visit the shelter during adoption hours, which are Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There are many cats and dogs in need of homes at the shelter right now.  If you are looking for a furry four legged friend why not think “A Cause for the Paws” and adopt a homeless pet today.

Fast Eddy’s loved ones taking off for his tribute ride.

Rocky in the Chevy Impala that rode in Eddy’s Cruise.

Fourth of July Celebration

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Aimee and Tami sparkle.

Salem’s Fourth of July celebration got off to a slow start this year.  With the weather predictions not in favor of any outdoor celebration, the crowd was slow coming in.  However, despite the rain, the celebration went on.  There was music, food, drinks, temporary tattoos, glow products for the entire family, and the best part about it is that all the proceeds went right to the Salem Olympic Devils.  They are our community’s special needs athletes. 

Salem Fire Department brought out their new Fire Safety Trailer, with demonstrations for children and adults alike on common fire safety.  The tour included common fire hazards in the home, how to escape a fire safely, and how a sprinkler system works.  Of course, kids had their choice of red, white, or blue firefighter hats, stickers, and coloring books. 

The event started around 4:00 p.m.  With the rain just getting slightly heavier and the wind picking up speed, it didn’t seem too promising that the fireworks show would go on.  It was decided around 8:00 p.m. that the show would go on, just a bit earlier than scheduled. 

By 8:00 p.m., the rain was pouring down on the crowd.  There was still a decent turnout of approximately 100 - 200 guests.  A small turnout compared to previous years.

Despite the rain, plenty of “rain resilient” kids danced to the music by DJ Sean Reardon.  There were tents set up to keep people dry and to accommodate concessions. 

Kelly Gallagher, who has volunteered for the event for the past six years, offered temporary tattoos.  Her father Ed Gallagher and his family, as well as other coaches, committee members, and parents of Olympic Devil athletes, make a team effort of being in charge of concessions.  They also had lots of fun glow products such as crazy glow glasses, fiber optic glow spinners, glow bracelets, and necklaces available for purchase.  As a team, they have volunteered at the fireworks event for the past decade.

Logan, JT and Emily Plant with daddy, Tom.

Kelly Library “It’s Story Time”

Bethany Graham enjoys her book.

Drop in story time at the Kelley Library is always a treat for tots.  The picnic theme is a huge hit with our “wee ones”.  The picnic theme stories chosen were “The Most Perfect Spot” by Diane Goode and “We’re Going on a Picnic” by Pat Hutchins.  Kathy Cloutier was the featured storyteller for Tuesday July 3. 

Kelley Library drop in story time is on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., and also on Tuesday evenings at   7 p.m.  Pajamas are welcome during the evening story hours.

Kathy Cloutier leads story time.

To Better Serve ......

Area News Group welcomes long time sports enthusiast Tommy Gates, who will be providing stories for our Salem paper.  If you don’t remember Tommy Gates by name, he has brought sports to the Salem Community in both the Salem Record and the Salem Observer.  He is a long time Salem resident who has his own sports history to draw on.  To relive old times with Tommy, you can call him at our Salem Office at 603-681-0510, or stop in at 68 Stiles Road Suite 5.  You can also email him at 

Another new face to our Salem staff is another well-known and long term Salem resident, Ron Penczak.  Ron will be providing a monthly opinion column to the Salem readers.  Ron hopes to generate interest and to provide readers with alternative thoughts regarding what town staff and elected officials are stating or proposing.  His columns frequently disagree with what has been said or published by town or school personnel or elected officials.  He believes it is important for readers to have more than what a newspaper article might publish, to enhance their thoughts about supporting or discussing any particular issue.  See Ron’s first hard look at Salem politics on page 4, in his column entitled, “In My Opinion”.

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