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October 14, 2012

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“I am looking forward to the political season being over.’’

Kevin Cuff of Andover, who is running for state representative in the 17th Essex District including parts of Lawrence, Andover and Methuen, speaking at the Service Club of Andover’s breakfast on Friday. He was alluding to the fatigue being felt by him and other candidates during the long campaign.

You looking at me?

The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill was having trouble getting Shaun Toohey on the phone to confirm his attendance for a Meet the Candidates Night tomorrow at the library.

Toohey is one of four candidates vying for the 1st Essex Senate seat and was the last to confirm he will attend the forum. Promoting the event at last week’s City Council meeting, a representative of the group, Joel Gagnon, stared at Councilor William Ryan while announcing that Toohey hadn’t yet replied to his invitation.

“If he could get please back to us as soon as possible, that would be appreciated,” Gagnon told the council while looking at Ryan, who is Toohey’s father-in-law.

After the meeting, several councilors joked that Ryan appeared to be looking everywhere but at Gagnon during his remarks. Toohey has since told the group he will be at the forum.

What about the paper clips?

Windham and Pelham School Board members last week were reviewing a list of furnishings and equipment to be claimed in the upcoming breakup of SAU 28.

Jerome Rekart of Windham wanted to know from business administrator Adam Steel if the list, prepared by an outside party, was exhaustive.

“As far as I know,” Steel replied. “There may be a stapler here and there they missed.”

Definition disagreement

“Can you tell me what your idea of patronage is, Jim?” Mary Willard of Andover asked state state Rep. James Lyons, R-Andover, at the Service Club of Andover breakfast Friday.

Lyons, who is running for re-election to the 18th Essex District seat, has criticized his Democratic opponent, former Rep. Barbara L’Italien, for accepting a $100,000-a-year post with the office of state Treasurer Steven Grossman.

“If you’re telling me that’s not patronage, I don’t know what the word means,” Lyons told Willard.

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