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August 23, 2013

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


As for the tuna, it’s already on dinner plates in Japan.

Auction treasure

Write down this date: Sept. 29.

That’s the day The House of the Seven Gables holds “Taste of the Gables,” its big fundraiser.

This is a great event for a lot of reasons, not least of which is the incredible food served up by local chefs. But what caught our eye is one of the auction items.

A sculpture by the late Beverly Seamans has been donated for the live auction. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, it should. Seamans, who lived by the sea in Marblehead, was a noted sculptor whose work is literally all over the world.

Her family has donated “Winslow,” a harbor seal sculpture originally commissioned for a project at Prout’s Neck in Maine, where the artist Winslow Homer had a studio. This is a smaller, possibly prototype of the original, mounted on granite from Prout’s Neck.

A similar piece by Seamans sold at a recent auction for $24,000.

Drunken driver

An item in the police log caught our attention.

A Salem man was arrested for drunken driving last Friday in the “Blaney Street parking area.”

Why it caught our attention is that the Salem ferry, which is located at the Blaney Street landing, just opened its little outdoor cafe where it proudly, and hopefully profitably, is serving alcohol to ferry passengers and, from what we’re told, a few locals who like to sip wine by the sea.

Anyway, we put our crack investigative team to work and discovered, much to our surprise, that the incident had nothing to do with the ferry. The guy simply had too much to drink someplace else and was spotted staggering toward his car over by the landing.

Good cause

Salem High band director Cynthia Napierkowski’s campaign to raise $100,000 for new uniforms and equipment is marching right along.

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