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November 16, 2012

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She’s also got some great drum majors — seniors Kim Barzola, Celine Morneau and Aidan Scrimgeour. They are assisted by percussion captain Gary Hanson and color guard captains Hugo Canales and Merllyn Sanchez.

The band, as usual, is really good. It got a gold medal this fall in the New England Scholastic Band Association finals in Lawrence.

Life before Monopoly

A Salem traveler got a mild shock walking through Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport, which is used by American Airlines and Virgin America.

An exhibit caught his eye: “Let’s Play: 100 Years of Board Games.”

There was lots of stuff about Salem, Parker Brothers and Monopoly.

But did you know that Salem was the game capital of the U.S. long before Monopoly? Here’s a blurb from the airport Web page:

“In 1843, W. & S.B. Ives of Salem, Mass., first published The Mansion of Happiness, which was based on an earlier British model. The goal was to reach the seat of happiness in the center. It became one of the first widely successful, mass-produced board games in the United States. Players advanced by landing on spaces such as piety, honesty and humility, and regressed when landing on vices such as cruelty, immodesty and ingratitude.”

It’s been a long time since anyone in this city has landed on piety, honesty and humility.

Green movies

CinemaSalem is doing all it can to shrink its carbon footprint.

After showing “Cape Spin” on the Cape Wind project last weekend, it will screen “Deep Green” at 10 a.m. on Sunday. This award-winning, 50-minute documentary focuses on “solutions to man-made global warming.”

The free film is presented by the Green Salem Business Challenge, which has a series of events planned over the next few months.

Get there early — the first 50 people get free coffee.

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