Conwell “Deke” Abbott Turns 100 Years Old

by Robyn Hatch


Deke Abbott cutting his cake at the Fellowship Hall

Conwell “Deke” Abbott, a long-time member of Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem observed his 100th birthday on Wednesday, October 8.  On this past Sunday, October 11, all of Deke's friends and family were invited to an open-house reception held in his honor in Triumphant Cross' fellowship hall at 171 Zion Hill Road in Salem.  Birthday cards or donations in his name were to be given to the Bread of Life Food Pantry at Triumphant Cross, all per request of Deke.

As his friends know, Deke has a fascinating history.  Born in Clifton Park, NY, he grew up in Rye, NY.  He went to college in Vermont and graduated from Middlebury College in 1930.  During WWII Deke spent three

years with the Army Corps 8th Air Force.  After the war, Deke settled in Peekskill, NY.  He married his wife Fran and had a very successful advertising career in Manhattan.  In 1986 he and Fran retired to Windham;

five years ago he lost Fran.  He continues to play Bridge as part of an active social life.

Deke took the time to talk with all his quests, and smile and have a great time.  As stated, he plays bridge daily and keeps his life very active.  He walks and does everything now except drive.  To be so healthy and alive at 100!  Thanks for setting such a great example!


Jim, Mary, Michael, and Roselyn Abbott;  Dan, Ruth and Faith Clark

Fire Department Open House
Splashing with Fun!

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

The annual Open House at Salem Fire Department did not suffer lack of a crowd just because it poured rain from the sky.  People came in droves to hang with their favorite firefighters and to meet Sparky the Dog and Smokey the Bear.  In addition to fun, food, and good music, there were demonstrations, raffles, and prizes for kids.  Children eagerly put on firefighting gear and could be seen climbing in and out of the ambulances and fire trucks.

But does anyone really know how Salem Fire Department got its start?

On May 13, 1905, Salem Fire Department was established as a volunteer fire department consisting of 18 volunteer firefighters.  Salem only had a population of 2,100 at the time.  Things have certainly changed for Salem Fire Department since opening its doors in 1905.  Now the department provides the Salem community with paramedics who give lifesaving techniques every single day.  These lifesaving techniques include emergency medication administration, advanced airway management, advanced cardiac monitoring, and other services that at one time were only available in hospitals.

Salem Fire Department also operates under the Incident Command System, a national standard, which allows a command officer to maintain command and control of an incident regardless of its size and magnitude.  Very impressive stuff here in Salem!

The annual Open House is a chance to show the community these tools and techniques that the staff and officers of Salem Fire use every day.  But they show the public in a fun fashion… as a big party.  Children love this event, as they enjoy the fun (and educational!) demonstrations that firefighters offer to them, such as the smoke house, a simulated home, and teaching children how to safely escape smoke and fire.

The event kicks off National Fire Prevention Week (October 4-11), and Salem firefighters visit the local schools making efforts to teach school-aged children about fire prevention and safety.


Dylan Balukonis, 2, of Salem, tries on firefighting gear.

Ford’s Flowers Celebrating 25 Years of Quality Service!

by Robyn Hatch

Located at 83 South Broadway in Salem, New Hampshire, Ford Flower Company is New Hampshire's leading florist - celebrating 25 years of quality service.  Owned and operated by Bert Ford and his wife, Susan, Ford Flower Company has become anonymous with outstanding quality, design and service.  The many  varieties of flowers come from Holland, other countries including the United States and local florists.  Fords prides itself on the award winning design staff.  Fords is also the only flower shop in New England to have two American Institute of Floral Designers on staff.  Stop by and look around.  This stop is well worth the visit!


A look at an incredible staircase

Ford's outside entrance

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