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November 12, 2010

A World War I monument crosses the street

SALEM — The Salem Veterans Council has been busy this week.

In addition to planning yesterday's Veterans Day ceremony, at which dozens of World War II veterans received medals from the city, they have been moving monuments.

Well, maybe relocating is a better word.

There is an old, stone World War I monument at the intersection of Proctor Street and Highland Avenue that was dedicated to residents from that neighborhood. While a local family faithfully watched over it through the years, adorning it with flags and flowers on holidays, it had fallen into disrepair in recent years.

The monument, a fixture for nearly a century, proved impossible to move.

"If we tried to move it, it would just collapse because it was so old," said Roger Leger, commander of the Salem Veterans Council.

On Monday, a new stone, delivered by Thomas Mackey & Sons, was placed on the other side of Highland Avenue at a grassy plot at the juncture of Jackson Street and Dalton Parkway. The old plaque, with a list of residents, was attached to the new stone.

There were a few veterans there to watch, but no formal ceremony.

"Within the next few weeks, we'll have a rededication," Leger said.

Fox news

Commuters got a bit of a shock Saturday at the train station when a fox sauntered across the tracks and onto the platform.

Fortunately, Salem State English professor Rod Kessler was on the scene and had his camera ready. The bold fox made his appearance in broad daylight at 10:30 a.m.

Local lore goes national

University of Virginia professor Benjamin Ray, who spoke to a packed house Sunday at The House of the Seven Gables about new research on the Salem Witch Trials, will be back here next month.

He is the historical consultant to National Geographic, which will be here in early December to shoot a TV special in Salem and Danvers on the tragic event. Word has it the crew will be staying at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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