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January 4, 2013

Heard Around Town: Rumor of the week gets put to rest

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Gabby is the daughter of Steven and Magdalena Fabiszewski, who will be going to Washington with her.

Adoption ban

With a stroke of the pen, Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a blow to many American families last week, including one here in Salem.

“I’m devastated,” Kim Ayers said of the controversial law that Putin signed banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families.

Two years ago, at the urging of her young daughter, Bridget, Ayers traveled to Siberia with her daughter to visit an orphanage. Bridget, now a freshman at Salem High, raised $2,000 for the trip, donated funds to the orphanage and even started a blog about the plight of Russian orphans.

Bridget also brought a photo all the way to Siberia of a little girl named Zhenya — a little girl, now 10, that the Ayers family fell in love with and later decided to adopt.

Now, those chances look slim.

Whatever happens, Kim Ayers said she and her daughter will continue to write, send gifts and provide support.

“In talking with Bridget,” Ayers said, “I assured her that we will take care of (Zhenya) in any way we can, if it’s in my power to do so.”

Singing is her Kraft

Stacia Kraft is one busy person.

The active school parent has been involved with Historic Salem Inc., Salem Community Gardens and a dozen other things.

She’s also a classically trained singer who has a new CD, “Midnight Sun,” that just came out and is available online at CD Baby, Amazon.com and iTunes.

You can also get it at Once & Again, which has two shops on Bridge Street.

Party time

There’s a big birthday coming up on Tuesday. Salem Rotary is 95.

How big a deal is it?

The Hawthorne Hotel is baking a cake, and Rotary President Liz Bradt is dressing up. Yup, she’s going to wear her pink party hat.

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