Boys & Girls Club Graduation

by Robyn Hatch

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem had their incredible kindergarten graduation to a full house.  The people kept arriving, making it necessary for more chairs to be set up closer to the graduates.  Parents were very excited and many of the brothers and sisters were very proud, and it showed on their faces.  As the children marched in to pomp and circumstance, cameras and video cameras were flashing.  Little people looked for their parents and occasionally a tiny wave crept over the crowd.  Hello was sung, with many parents also mouthing the words.  As the Pledge of Allegiance was recited to a large flag in the back, everyone saluted and spoke the words with pride.  We Love Our Flag and the National Anthem were also sung.  The director gave her address with a teary but prideful speech.  Colors was sung next, to help remove the nervousness away from the students who would soon receive their diplomas.  Along with the diplomas, awards were given for swimming, fitness, and yoga.  Just about everyone walked away with an extra ribbon, hug, or reason to be proud.  The assembly ended with Friends Forever with a presentation of the Class of 2009 for photo opportunities.  Brunch was served immediately after.  This was a day to be long remembered!


Pledge of Allegience


Nicholas Taupin being congratulated


Joshua Moschetto, receiving his diploma and ribbons

Senior Citizens Treated to Breakfast


Student Council members, seniors Kaleigh Liupakka and Katelyn Williams prepare pancakes on the grill.

The Salem High School Student Council hosted a breakfast at their Three Season Restaurant for Senior Citizens.  Under the direction of Student Chef Jharid Pratt, students cooked and served those who attended.

Student Council Advisor Michael Courtois, always with a watchful eye and a wide smile, explained that this “giving back” event was successful for all involved.


Ross Davies serves Al Faucher a wonderful breakfast.


Jessica Fancy takes breakfast orders from some seniors.

Blessing of the Bikes

by Robyn Hatch

To a larger-than-expected crowd, the annual Texas Barbeque and Blessing of the Bikes was held at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Shadow Lake Road, in Salem.  This event featured the band of Dr. Humble and Company Blues Band.  The menu included beef ribs, pork ribs, barbeque chicken, smoked ham, sausage, coleslaw, Dean’s beans, corn on the cob, cornbread, seasoned potatoes, and watermelon.

The Blessing of the Bikes was performed by Father Frink from Jamaica, who filled in for the Father from St. Joe’s, who, because of a back injury, was unable to perform the ceremony.  Even though there were many laughs, especially when Bob Beal rode up on his bicycle, this was really taken seriously for safe travels by the bikers.  This is always a highly-enjoyed, fun-filled event to benefit the Veterans of New Hampshire.


Randy Wolf with his pride and joy


Father Frink, starting to bless the Bikes

Concerts at Woodbury

by Robyn Hatch

Woodbury Middle School was very busy this past week.  Two concerts were performed back to back. The first chorus was by the sixth grade with "God Bless Us Everyone", "Cohan's Big 3", "A Distant Shore", "My Way Back Home", and "Wicked".  Featured soloists were Katie Courtois, Erin Lehner and on violin, Laura Melhem.  To a sold out crowd, the music was fast and very enjoyable.  With a short intermission to set up for the new crowd, the grade 7 and 8 chorus offered a fast moving Broadway Tribute.  The featured music was "All Shook Up", "Grease", "Jersey Boys", and again "Wicked".  There were eight featured soloists who were excellent on all these numbers.  The Gr. 8 Select Chorus also got to play special songs all through the concert.  Both of these session were outstanding.  A job well done by John Kelly and the 230+ chorus members.


John Kelly and his chorus

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