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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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206 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 left to right: Cameron Peters, Robin Peakes Coutts, and Jim Barry Weston's True Rulers S T E V E M A A S writer narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions your voice painting a portrait reflections last but not least this year, more than ever, writing with any certainty about politics is a risky busi- ness. Still, I'm willing to go out on a limb and predict the outcome of one Weston race even though I'm writing this story two months before the election. The measurer of lumber is an office of such importance that three people share it. And, not just anyone can be a measurer of lumber. The job requires tact, an unusual fashion sense, a yardstick (well, actually, that's optional), and a sense of humor. Assuming no surprise challengers, Weston voters will return its three incumbents for another year in office. What, you may ask, does a measurer of lumber do? The answer, to paraphrase the town website, is to crack down on unscrupulous purvey- ors who misrepresent the size, grade, and quantity of their lumber. Compare it to the role

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