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May 24, 2013

Heard Around Town: A short story about a little bell


Ken Rothwell got a nice award this week.

The owner of Ken’s Kickin’ Chicken, who has donated more food than some small nations consume in a year, received the Giving Tree Award at a school awards ceremony. It’s only the latest honor for the popular Salem chef.

This spring, the American Red Cross named Ken one of its “heroes.”

Happy birthday

One of our local treasures turned 100 last month.

Leon Masse, model builder extraordinaire, finished his model of The First Church in time for his centennial. This is only the latest re-creation in a list that includes the Salem Depot, The House of the Seven Gables and the old Salem Armory, which is on exhibit inside the National Park Service Visitor Center.

Masse lived on Fairmount Street in Salem for years before moving a few months ago to Putnam Farm at Danvers, a senior living facility.

Oh yeah. He’s living over there with his bride, Jeannette, who’s 101.

Color matters

State Treasurer Steven Grossman visited Salem High School on Monday to publicize a financial literacy curriculum the state is trying out in several school systems. He came to Salem because the high school has offered a “Money Matters” course for years and is getting some of the state funding.

During Grossman’s visit, someone remarked on his orange tie, which would have been the right color to wear had he been visiting Beverly High, but not Salem, whose school colors are red and black.

Mayor Kim Driscoll tried to bail him out by noting that Salem State’s colors are blue and orange.

But, still, not the wisest move for a man considering a run for governor.

Veterans benefit

Although it hasn’t received much publicity, the Park & Recreation Commission recently voted to charge veterans the same rate as seniors, which will give them a break on everything from parking permits to a round of golf at Olde Salem Greens.

You can thank Tim Ready for the kind gesture. He brought the idea to the board.

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