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February 11, 2013

Heard Around Beverly: City councilor soars in Army visit

BEVERLY — It was definitely more exciting than a City Council meeting.

Ward 3 City Councilor Jim Latter recently spent a weekend sky-diving and skeet-shooting and generally having a great time at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Latter, an Air Force veteran, made the trip in his role with the New England Community Advisory Board, a group of citizens that promotes stronger ties between the public and the Army.

The Army invites hundreds of civilians to the football game every year “to get the message of what today’s Army is out into the civilian community,” Latter said.

“Honestly it was very busy. The Army brings you down there and you do fun stuff, but they get their pound of flesh out of you.”

One of the highlights, of course, was Latter’s leap from a plane, his first attempt at sky-diving. Fortunately he did it in tandem with Sgt. 1st Class Noah Watts, a member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team.

“These people are the absolute best at what they do,” Latter said.

Remembering Father D’Arcy

The recent death of Bishop John D’Arcy in Indiana struck a chord for longtime parishioners at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Beverly.

D’Arcy, who was head of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese that includes the University of Notre Dame, served as pastor at St. Mary’s when he was fresh out of seminary in the 1950s and ’60s.

He was heavily involved in the church’s two drum corps, the Cardinals and the Crusaders, that were a big part of the city’s culture for young people in those days.

D’Arcy returned to St. Mary’s in 2007 for a Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

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