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January 24, 2014

A peek inside the St. Joseph development


North Shore legend

The late Beverly Seamans was a local treasure.

Her sculptures are at the American Cathedral in Paris, the Museum of Science in Boston and at the entrances to Salem Hospital and Marblehead High.

Her yard at the edge of Marblehead Harbor was one of the wonders of the world, filled with many of her sculptures.

If you get up out of your chair and hurry, you can see some of her work in an exhibit at The House of the Seven Gables that runs through the end of the month. The exhibit also includes her paintings, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Her great-uncle was Frank Benson, the noted American Impressionist and subject of a PEM show a few years ago, and her grandfather was John Benson, a terrific marine artist.

Do yourself a favor and check out this show from the Beverly Seamans collection. For more information, go to

Pesky Pole II

Here’s a follow-up to our story on the missing Pesky Pole at the Salem Diner.

Howard Graves, a retired Raytheon employee from Salem, wrote us to say he was the guy who attached a printed label with the lettering “Pesky Pole” to the coat rack at The Salem Diner that became known as the Pesky Pole.

“It took Johnny almost a week before noticing the name on the pole,” Graves said. “He enjoyed it immensely and pointed to it often.”

Graves, by the way, called the late Pesky a real gentleman.


School Superintendent Stephen Russell peered into his crystal ball Tuesday night, saw a snowstorm coming and called off school on Wednesday.

Imagine his surprise when he rolled out of bed Wednesday morning, raced out into his yard and couldn’t find enough snow to make a snowball. OK, maybe an inch or two fell, but that was about it.

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