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June 12, 2014

A bit shaken and stirred in Danvers

DANVERS — Selectman Bill Clark rolled his tractor on its side while pushing back a compost pile next to his house on Sunday, and he wound up dangling in midair by his seat belt.

Luckily, he was able to extricate himself and crawl out of the cab.

Both he and the tractor are OK, he said. “Thank God, my seat belt was on.”

Clark Farm posted a picture on its Facebook page with the caption: “Unfortunately, we will be out of the bark mulch and compost business until we figure out how to rectify this 7,000 pound problem.”

After the farm put up this picture, members of the Mscisz family, who run a local construction company, came to the rescue with an excavator and helped right the tractor in 20 minutes.

“Thank God for great friends, Ted Mscisz, Fred Mscisz and John Mscisz!! What would we do without you?!” read a subsequent post with a picture of the tractor sitting upright near the excavator.

“It’s what friendship is all about,” Clark said.

Electric Division hires three

Scott Keaton, a licensed journeyman electrician, had worked at Salem Harbor Station since 1982, but with its shutdown last week, he had to find a new job. He found it at Danvers Electric.

Department of Public Works Director David Lane said Keaton has been hired as a first technician, and “he’s become an important part of the team already.”

Other recent hires include Michael Caulfield and Richard Smith.

This puppy ismore of a pooch

The replacement dog for the town’s police K-9, Falco, is a little older than first thought. Police Chief Neil Ouellette said that the Belgian Malinois is 18 months old and that he misspoke when he first reported the puppy’s age. Falco, who’s approaching 10 years of service, will be replaced by the new dog, thanks to a donation from a nonprofit foundation. Ouellette said the $6,500 check to cover the cost of the new dog arrived last week.

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