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October 11, 2013

Heard Around Town: Salem High honors the Music Man


Do you know what that is?

It’s a place where people smoke tobacco from hookahs, or water pipes. Apparently, it originated in India, spread to other countries and is popular in some urban communities. After smoking bans passed in many American communities — like Salem — hookah bars started using tobacco-free products.

The variance was denied.

Merry time

Ian Merry, a local lad, will be honored on Friday, Nov. 1, when St. John the Evangelist School in Beverly holds its annual Legacy Celebration at the Danversport Yacht Club.

1st Lt. Merry, the son of Peter and Betsy Merry, went to St. John the Evangelist, St. John’s Prep and Bowdoin College before being accepted to U.S. Marine Corps’ Officers Candidate School in Quantico, Va.

He was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months as commander of Outpost Hernandez in the southern part of the Helman Province. Tragically, he lost a close friend there, his first squad leader. Following that combat deployment, he conducted training exercises in the western Pacific, notably South Korea and Japan.

Merry is now recruiting Marine officers at colleges in Virginia.

Tea time

And now for a word from the right.

Several local tea party groups and a new organization called the Salem Property Rights Council are holding a meeting Wednesday night at the Ward II Social Club.

A speaker from the John Birch Society will discuss how “green” programs and government grant programs impact private property rights.

Admission is free.

Great man

There is a memorial service tomorrow morning at The First Church for one of this city’s most distinguished citizens: George Brandenburg.

To some, he was a member of the Paul Madore Chorale, a volunteer aboard Friendship and an amateur pilot.

At Harvard University, he was director of the High-Energy Physics Laboratory and senior research fellow and lecturer in physics. Before retiring, he worked on the Atlas experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Those are the folks who study little things like the basic forces that have shaped the universe since the beginning of time.

Needless to say, a crowd is expected.

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