“We’re going to have some fun,” Gould said, adding , with a laugh: “We have to make sure we don’t pull any hamstrings.”
He said the game will take place in Saturday, July 12, at Palmer Cover Park in Salem. It will be followed by a barbecue with free ice cream, courtesy of Treadwell’s. Fee is $20 per player, and proceeds go to Salem Pantry.
Councilor and car salesman Mike Garabedian, on his way out of Wiggin Auditorium that night, tossed over his shoulder that he’d contribute, too. “I’ll throw in a Subaru.”
Bettencourt, a standout baseball player, as well as a basketball star in high school and college, admitted it might take a little practice to get his game back, but he recalled that beating Salem was always “great motivation” for him in school. He also remembered that while he was growing up, there was an annual softball contest when the late Peter Torigian was mayor.
Checking out careers
Scores of Peabody High sophomores flocked through the field house at the school last Friday to check out some future professions with local employers. The annual event is sponsored by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and the Peabody Education Foundation and features more than 50 booths, with everyone from state lawmakers and various city and school departments to Peabody restaurants, firms and even a couple media companies, including yours truly.
It’s a telling sign of the digital age when students recognize their local daily newspaper as something their grandmothers read. But there is hope: A few students expressed genuine enthusiasm and even thought it was “cool” once they learned what a reporter’s job is like day to day. The booth that usually attracts the largest crowd, of course, is the Peabody Police Department. They let students try out the hardware and “cool” equipment.