On a personal note, LaValley attended his 40th reunion last weekend at Johnson State College in Vermont. It was also a reunion for the college’s men’s ensemble, where LaValley was first tenor.
And, if you can stand it, one last principal note.
Among those at the celebration last Saturday for the grand reopening of Saltonstall School were former principals Peg Howard, Bill Shea and Kevin Fahey.
And there was surprise guest from south of the Mason Dixon line — Kathy Corley, the first and founding principal of Saltonstall. It was kind of like having George Washington return for a Fourth of July. Corley even joined the kids in singing the school song, “Saltonstall Pride,” a song she wrote.
For those of you who love birds — you know who you are — a silent auction of birdhouses made by local artists and the community at large will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. on Artists’ Row.
This is a benefit for the Northeast Animal Shelter.
There will be music, food and, if you look skyward, maybe a tufted titmouse or two.
On Sunday, Salem State history professor Bethany Jay will lead a walking tour of the city’s abolitionist past. Salem had several prominent people and families involved in the fight to abolish slavery.
The group is meeting at 1 p.m. at 9 North St. — behind the Witch House. It’s about a two-hour walk, and no reservations are needed.
The free event is sponsored by Historic Salem Inc. — so make a donation.
Cindy Theriault, a local mom, has a great page on Facebook.
It’s called The Chalkboard, and it’s full of information about the Salem schools and goings-on around town.
She’s worked hard on it for the past year, writing almost nightly in her basement down by the laundry. And she’s picked up a lot of followers — Mayor Driscoll and Superintendent Stephen Russell to name two.