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At their summer cookout, Rowley town employees dedicated this new piece of equipment to Scott Leavitt, who was town highway surveyor and tree warden for many years. He died of cancer earlier this year.

Scott Leavitt, the town’s highway surveyor and tree warden for more than 20 years, touched the hearts of many. His dedication to doing the best for the people of the town was evident in his commitment to always getting the job done and his devotion to those whom he served.

Leavitt, who fell ill late last year, died on March 7, leaving big shoes to fill, according to interim highway surveyor Ron O’Keefe, who had worked with Leavitt for years.

Last week, the department and town dedicated the highway department’s new backhoe in Leavitt’s memory at its annual cookout.

O’Keefe described Leavitt, who was a life-long Rowley resident, as one who took care of the people of Rowley — shoveling out, on his own time, residents who needed assistance, plowing during every storm (“unheard of for DPW directors to do this in a municipality,” said O’Keefe) and never taking his full vacation time so he could oversee the service to the town.

“He took care of the people of this town,” O’Keefe said. “Right down to his very last breath, he was concerned about the department; this is a huge loss to the town of Rowley.”

Leavitt said the department continues to live by Leavitt’s credo of “Whatever you do, do right for the people,” and so begin their jobs every day asking themselves, “What would Scott want [done with this job]?”

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Those who are interested in learning more about the special education opportunities within the Triton district can join in the discussion of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at their informational meeting tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Newbury Elementary School.

Guests can learn what SEPAC is, how it will operate and how to get involved, as well as meet others interested in special education. If you cannot attend but would like more information on the SEPAC, email SEPACtriton@gmail.com or call 978-255-3167.

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Selectmen have approved the continued rental for four years of the police department addition that sits behind the department on Haverhill Street. Selectman Dave Petersen asked police Chief Robert Barker to do a feasibility study on what a permanent replacement of this unit would cost the town.

Barker reminded the Board of Selectmen at the July 29 meeting where this issue was addressed that a $4 million safety building that would have housed the police and fire departments failed at Town Meeting by 47 votes a few years ago. “We have an obligation to let the taxpayers know the replacement costs [of this rental property],” Petersen said. “If residents vote it down, they vote it down, but at least we’ve done our part to present it.” Barker was asked to present more information on the topic at a future selectmen’s meeting.

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Summer yoga for adults continues at the library every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with guest teacher Elissa Shoreman. Shoreman is the owner and founder of Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio in Rowley at the Market Basket plaza. No registration is required to attend the classes, which cost $12 or $10 for Friends of the Library members. Call 978-948-2850 for more information.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net

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