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March 26, 2014

He was just playing through ...


Mark your calendars, folks: The 2014 Topsfield Fair runs from Oct. 3 to Oct. 13.

Look who’s running

Races were shaping up for selectman, School Committee and library trustee as the deadline to return nomination papers passed yesterday.

Incumbent Selectman Diane Langlais faces a challenge from newcomer Scott Herwig for a three-year term. Incumbent School Committee Chairman Eric Crane, former member Jack Billings and newcomer Jeffrey Kay will vie for two three-year terms.

Incumbent Danvers library trustees Wilbur Cobb, Charles Desmond (chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education) and Irene Conte are running for three three-year terms. Linda Tiernan pulled papers but had not returned them by the News’ deadline. She had until 5 p.m. yesterday to do so.

Laboring on

We got a note from Danvers resident Julie Curtis who said the North Shore Labor Council had elected her vice president at its January meeting. It’s the first time a woman has held the post.

“It’s about time somebody broke the glass ceiling,” said Curtis, who has been involved with the council for 15 years.

Curtis is active on the Danvers Democratic Committee as its recording secretary. She’s also an elected Danvers library trustee.

An employee of Salem State University for 34 years, she is currently the athletics secretary, she said. Curtis has been the union steward at Salem State for about 22 years for AFSCME Local 1067 Higher Education in Massachusetts. It was through this work that she became more involved in the activities of the regional labor council, she said.

Shipping up to Worcester

The Danvers Democratic Convention Caucus has elected delegates to the state Democratic convention in Worcester in June. They include Thomas Meagher, John Fratus, Fran Fratus, Gerald Clark, School Committee Chairman Eric Crane, former state Rep. Sally Kerans, Michael Wholley, James Mitchell, Joan George, Julie Curtis, Laurel Chernoff, Beatrice Clark and Sue Ellen Rogal. Alternates are Sarah Ferreira, Michael Burke and Dawna Masterson.

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