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March 1, 2013

Heard Around Town: The year of the saxophone in Salem


“I’m so thankful,” Jenna said, “and I have no idea who to thank.”

Mr. Salem

Circle this date on your calendar: Sunday, March 24.

They’re holding a big party for former Mayor Jean Levesque from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Moose Family Center. It’s a deserving tribute for a well-liked guy.

Ahab of Academia

Who said education is an easy career?

Have you seen schools Superintendent Stephen Russell recently? He’s hobbling around on one leg like Grandpa McCoy from the “Real McCoys.”

Russell is wearing a large cast after undergoing surgery to fuse his right ankle.

His ankle bothered him for years due to old injuries from his football days as a defensive tackle. Yes, he once played for the Green Bay Packers — no, that’s wrong. Let’s see now. Oh yeah, he played high school football in New Hampshire and a year at UNH.

So if you see him around town, alternately smiling and grimacing, be kind. He’s either in pain or heavily medicated.


If you took your kids to the Lunar New Year celebration at the Peabody Essex Museum, you might have noticed a 15-foot snake.

That was the work of Salem High art teacher Janis Lavine. She made it out of chicken wire and duct tape for the “Year of the Snake” festivities. Children decorated it with colorful satin ribbons as a Chinese New Year activity.

Lavine, who was commissioned by the PEM, made the snake at home and transported it herself to the museum. It was so long, it didn’t fit into her Subaru, so she had to rent a U-Haul.

Broom in mouth

Secretary of State John Kerry had been on the job only a few days when he made a gaffe this week at a town meeting in Germany.

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