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A Visit To Life Alive – An Organic Oasis In Salem

It’s All About Healthy And Tasty Choices At Life Alive By Chuck Christiansen EDITOR’S NOTE:   We at Salem Digest love it when our readers and fans contribute.  There’s no better source of information than you, and those like you that are out there in Salem and other north shore locations every day.  Who has a great burger?  The coldest beer? An awesome waitstaff?   Those are things that we want to hear from you. We love that Chuck has decided to contribute here and we would love it if somewhere along the line you would also consider submitting a little ...

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Summer Jobs Are Still A Part Of Student Life

Flying Saucers In A Pizza Kitchen A Learning Experience By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman         For many Salem High students summer is not necessarily a season of lazy days and idyllic nights, but one of putting in long hours at summer jobs.  Students often work as many hours as one would find at a typical full time job, so to compensate for the more minimal hours they are forced to take during the school year. Graduated senior Maise Shepard works as a dishwasher at Flying Saucer Pizza, where she was worked for the previous two years.  Though she is ...

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Forest River Pool A Salem Summer Tradition

The City And The Salem Y Are Keeping Us Cool In The Heat By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman   One of the most heralded events of any Salem resident’s summer is the opening of the Forest River Pool. Nestled inside Forest River Park, the pool consists of a small pool and a big pool. The two are attached by a gate, and are designed to suit swimmers of varying ability levels. The small pool is at most 3 feet deep, while the big pool ranges from 5 feet to 9 feet. Originally a salt water pool, Forest River is now chlorinated and ...

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Is It Time For a Salem City-Wide Master Plan?

Tom Daniel Returns As New City Planner By William Legault The Mayor’s announcement of Tom Daniel as the Director of Planning and Community Development has just become public as I sit here and type these words on my laptop. It comes as no surprise that here that the announcement comes so quickly on the heels of the retirement of Lynn Duncan.  Kim Driscoll seldom sits on a decision and that is a strength.  The selection of Daniel also came as no real surprise. Most probably expected that the Mayor would appoint someone that she is familiar with to the post. I ...

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Keep Salem Clean? Whose Responsibility Is It?

Trash In The Park, Street Sweeping, Cigarette Slobs – Who Do we Blame? By William Legault Whose responsibility is it to keep the city clean? This seems to be one of the great questions of the day.  Our downtown overall is about as clean on a daily basis as it it has ever been.  The same cannot be said of the entrance corridors and the outlying neighborhoods.  Some of the parks seem to well kept, while others seem to be forgotten except for efforts by active neighborhood groups. There is a responsibility on the part of municipal government, and in ...

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Summer Salem Highlights – The Farmer’s Market And Kylie Sullivan

Veggies, Meat & Fish, Baked Goods, Cider, And Music In Derby Square By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III Tradition dies hard in Salem, and the Salem Farmer’s Market proves that every Thursday during the summer months. History dates the first formal market in Salem back to 1634.  Fresh game and locally grown vegetables and grains were probably the most common goods purveyed, but some kind of cider or beer would also have likely been available. Salem’s public market endured into the 1970’s, some of you may remember the stalls and carts located on the asphalt surface of the old Marketplace and Derby ...

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Finals Week Features Stress And Changes

Students Struggle And Adapt For Success By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman   One would think that the last week of the school year would be a one of the most fun and relaxing weeks for students. In actuality this is finals week, a week jam packed with stressful tests. These exams constitute a large portion of students grades for most classes, in some cases even upwards of twenty percent. This means that students feel extreme pressure to do well on this one exam, or risk dropping their grade by as many as two letters. Students employ various techniques to make it through ...

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Eppley Asks For $1 Million In Additional Road Repair Funding

Additional Funds Approved, New City Hall Annex Proposal Moves Forward Three New Firefighters Sworn in By William Legault   a   Tonight during the regular City Council meeting, Councillor David Eppley, the Chairman of the Committee on Administration & Finance asked that the body approve an additional $1 Million dollars in spending for road and sidewalk repair. This was approved unanimously. Earlier in the public commentary meeting Teasie Riley-Goggin, who often lectures the City Council on their fiscal responsibilities, took them to task for their failure to purchase the monitoring software to compliment the city purchase of “smart” water meters ...

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Aurora – Harry & Sally Return For A Second Chance

Bahn Xeo And Lemongrass Chicken Do Not Disappoint By Harry & Sally Editors Note:  The BaldOne cannot do all of the restaurant reviews, even if he would like to do exactly that.  The primary reason is, that it would not be fair.  He has places that he likes, and some places that he likes a lot.  He also has places that he doesn’t like, and perhaps one or two that he dislikes a lot.  In order to be fair to everybody we sometimes send some others out to do the work. Harry & Sally come as a team, and most ...

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SHS Science Expo – It’s Only Rocket Science

With Seniors Gone The Next SHS Generation Takes The Lead By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman   With the departure of the senior students, Salem High’s focus turns to the remaining scholars. This past Tuesday students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade debuted the product of their efforts in their science classes, at the annual Science Expo. Students in all classes, from college prep Biology to advanced placement Chemistry, must complete and present a project. These projects have been in the making for several weeks, and are a large component of students fourth quarter grade. The Science Expo takes over all three cafeterias ...

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