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March 16, 2013

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When state Rep. Dan Winslow, one of the Republicans now in the race for John Kerry’s former U.S. Senate seat, came to Gloucester two weeks ago today, he got to meet a number of supporters during a stop at Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shop on Railroad Avenue.

But one of those supporters who has already stepped up to help the campaign can’t even vote.

Among those who turned out at Jim’s that day was 14-year-old Craig Anderson of Gloucester, who had already taken it upon himself to collect signatures from more than two dozen family members and neighbors. His effort was part of a drive to collect 10,000 certified signatures for Winslow and earn his place on the ballot, with primaries set for April 30 and the general special election pegged for June 25.

“He’s really interested, and really following it,” said Peter Webber, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce vice president who is also young Anderson’s uncle.

“It’s great to see someone that age getting involved,” added Webber, who noted that Craig had done his own research on the candidates, and decided to back Winslow, R-Norfolk.

Webber, who now lives in Rockport, also formerly as a state lawmaker — as a state senator representing Berkshire County from 1980 through 1990, when he lived in Great Barrington.

Rotarian hits 100

Rotary International is now 107 years old, having been founded in 1905 by Chicago lawyer Paul Harris.

But the Gloucester Rotary Club got to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of its own members earlier this month, as well.

Sam Miceli, who served as the local club’s secretary for 37 years and helped establish the club’s organizational structure as it stands today, was honored at the Rotary meeting of March 5, when Gloucester Rotary marked its own Sam Miceli Day,

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