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August 23, 2013

Heard Around Town: A Salem horse way up in the Maine woods

SALEM — It has been a few years since we have seen Ruth Wall, a sweet and gentle woman who ran Friendship Carriage Tours.

For more than a decade, Wall gave rides to tourists, clop-clopping with her handsome horses through the McIntire Historic District and down busy city streets.

The business was both a joy and source of worry, as Wall tried to lead a 19th-century life in a 21st-century town. She seemed forever in search of somewhere to keep her carriages and horses.

Friendship Carriage Tours has not been around for several years, but the Walls are not far away.

Ruth and her husband are living on a farm in Maine, not too far up the coast, working hard to get the land in shape.

Her beloved 17-year-old horse, Curley, is still by her side, moving logs and helping clear fields. He has been joined by 10-year-old Dan, also a Percheron.

Ruth, who works as an EMT, said they live “on the side of a ridge that is all covered with blueberry fields.”

Sounds like paradise to us.

Monster tuna

If your were dining in Gloucester on Sunday night, or anywhere near that salty city, you probably heard the news.

Right around dinner time, a 37-foot fishing boat out of Marblehead chugged into the harbor with one of the biggest tunas seen around here in a long time.

A bluefin tuna that weighed 900 pounds and was almost 10 feet long was caught at Jeffreys Ledge, about 35 miles out to sea.

It was caught by a three-man crew aboard “Second Source,” which is owned by Bob Hansen of Hansen Marine Engineering of Marblehead.

And it took all three men to haul in that huge fish. The victorious crew included Hansen, Faxon Michaud and Jim Michaud.

Faxon, by the way, is the son of Biff Michaud of the Salem Witch Museum.

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