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February 18, 2013

Condon first to return papers to run for selectman

Freeman Condon is the first candidate in the selectmen’s race to return his nomination papers to the town clerk’s office and have the signatures certified, said Town Clerk Wilma McDonald.

Condon is one of five who have taken out papers in consideration of a run for one of the two seats on the Board of Selectmen that are up for grabs this spring. The three-year terms of Selectmen Ed Hunt and Jerry Klima expire this year.

Others who may be in the race include Ronald Laffely, Tom Saab, Harold Congdon and Paula Moore. All candidates must gather the signature of 32 registered Salisbury voters and return their papers by Tuesday, March 12, at 5 p.m. to be included on the April 30 ballot.

Hunt and Klima had not taken out papers as of Thursday, but they have until Friday, March 8, to do so. Hunt is on vacation and not available for comment.

At Friday’s selectmen’s meeting, Klima indicated he’s still deciding on whether he’ll run for re-election to another term on the board. He’s also considering running for town moderator, he said.

Long-time town moderator Ron Ray appears not to be running for re-election; his daughter, Rona-Lee Ray-Parrot, has taken out candidacy papers.

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The Friends of the Salisbury Public Library’s second annual “Heart to Art” fundraiser has been extended to Feb. 26, due to the recent blizzard.

The fundraiser allows residents to purchase wooden hearts at the library front desk and turn them into artwork by decorating them. The hearts should then be returned to the library by the new extended deadline.

Then join the Friends between 6 and 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 to vote for your favorite heart. Winners receive a box of chocolate from Willey’s.

For more information, contact the library at 978-465-5071.

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