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March 14, 2014

Salem sailor part of search for missing plane


There is even a “donate” button at the bottom of the website — but donations go not to Tierney, but to the Republican committee.

“If, perish the thought, anyone were to donate by mistake, the NRCC says it will return the cash,” The Economist wrote.

Honor students

With all that’s going on in the public schools, it’s nice when they take a moment to recognize the academic and artistic stars.

The Nathaniel Bowditch School did just that at the recent induction of 15 students into the National Junior Honor Society and the Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Take a bow, gang.

Siren song

What a coincidence that a loud siren sounded Wednesday night around 6 p.m. just as the City Council was taking up Mayor Kim Driscoll’s controversial proposal to take the police and fire chief positions out of Civil Service.

The siren blasted away as the council proceedings began before a packed house of hulking police officers and firefighters.

We called out our crack flashlight team to investigate the incident, and they turned up one interesting fact. Hey, that’s good for them.

There was a medical call at 6:03 p.m. in North Salem. Could it have been a police cruiser, fire truck or ambulance racing to an actual emergency?

Or was it an orchestrated event?

We’ll let you be the judge.

Fountain of youth

They don’t give out an award for Most Amazing Citizen of Salem, but if they did, our nominee would be Judge Thaddeus Buczko.

The judge is not only a brilliant jurist, a beloved politician, a distinguished historian, a devout Catholic and a man about town. He also just turned 88.

Last night, Mayor Kim Driscoll nominated him to serve on the Salem Trust Fund Commission — with a term to expire in 2026.

When he finishes his term at age 100, the indefatigable judge will probably decide to run for the City Council seat he held in 1956. When he does, we plan to endorse him.

Tom Dalton can be reached at

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