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December 28, 2012

Salem man helps catch assault suspect


Boy Scout news

This week, the Los Angeles Times published about 1,200 files from the Boy Scouts of America listing volunteers and employees who were let go for suspected sexual abuse.

There were no Salem names, but there was a Salem listing.

All it said, however, was “1997” and “Pack 88.” That doesn’t reveal much of anything, especially since the date only indicates the year the file was created by the Boy Scouts. While some listings included a person’s name and a file document, this one had only an ID number.

So far, the Times has created a database with two decades of Boy Scout files released by order of an Oregon court. It also has summary information on more than 3,000 files from 1947 to 2005 that have not yet been made public.

Clam news

Arthur Francis, a longtime Salem resident and former weather and climate teacher at Salem State, attended Christmas Eve Mass at Ste. Anne Church this year.

At the end of Mass, the Rev. George Dufour, the pastor, mentioned something about the weather to his parishioners and then remarked that Francis, a well-known local climatologist, was sitting in the congregation.

As he exited the church, Francis was approached by a woman who wanted to share a story. She said her young grandson just asked her why Francis goes to the beach to get clams, or measure clams or something to that effect.

Her grandson, you see, thought the priest said Francis was a “clamatologist.”

Big Jose

Jose Santana of Salem received a Certificate of Achievement Award at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools.

Santana graduated last year from the barbering program at the New England Hair Academy. He attended school in the evenings while working full time, never missing a class and earning high marks.

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