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August 2, 2013

For police, it was a wild goose chase

SALEM — What a scene Wednesday night on Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive, better known as the bypass road.

Around 6:30 p.m., multiple 911 calls came into the police station about a duck walking down the middle of the bypass road. On closer inspection, police determined the duck was a Canada goose.

Patrolman Dana Mazola was dispatched to the scene and used his cruiser to guide the faltering fowl into the breakdown lane.

Fortuitously, off-duty animal control officer Don Famico arrived at the scene with his daughter Heather Famico, a candidate for the Ward 2 City Council seat, who was riding shotgun — so to speak.

The Family Famico cornered the gallivanting goose in a gully near the Jefferson at Salem Station apartments, wrapped it in a blanket and took it over to Collins Cove. As Heather drove, Don sat next to her with the goose cradled in his lap. Once they got near Szetela Lane, they walked it down a plank and into the water.

Oh, if only this weren’t all true.

Anyway, the goose is safe and Ward 2 Councilor Mike Sosnowski, the friendly fisherman, may have a fight on his hands.

What wild animal has he rescued recently?

And don’t tell us a lobster.

Hard coal facts

It’s a good thing Salem is getting out of the coal business.

Did you see the story about the protest Sunday at Brayton Point in Somerset, one of the area’s largest coal-burning power plants?

Brayton Point, as many of you know, is the sister plant of Salem Harbor Station and a much larger facility. Dominion, the Virginia energy giant, bought both plants in 2005 but sold Salem last year and is in the process of dumping the Somerset plant.

Nearly 400 protesters showed up Sunday, 44 of whom were arrested for trespassing.

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