Looking Back

Looking Back
October 11, 2017

“Number, please?” No longer

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Having grown up with party lines and phones without a dial, I am truly amazed by the way communication has changed. Dial phones were probably as welcome to my parents’ generation as cell phones are to mine.

But what is the…

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August 31, 2017

The era of lunch counters

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Coffee shops seem to be the trend these days. People want a spot to sit and relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and have something light to eat.

Back in my youth, during the 50s and 60s, people did that at…

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August 16, 2017

The days of factories

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you lived in the Rutland area back in “yesteryear,” you will remember the numerous jobs that were available in area factories. ”Yesteryear” from the point of view of my own early remembrances goes back to the 50s and 60s….

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August 2, 2017

The neighborhood concept

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you have a garden area that is close to the street you get to meet a lot of people while you work.

These people seem to fit into the category of “walkers”—dog walkers, fitness walkers and stroller pushers.

I am…

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July 27, 2017

Remembering Rutland’s first pool

By Mary Ellen Shaw

In the heat of summer I can’t help but think of the many days back in the 50s and 60s that I spent at the Rutland City pool.

It was located on the west side on North Main Street where there…

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July 20, 2017

Remembering Rutland’s first pool

By Mary Ellen Shaw

In the heat of summer, I can’t help but think of the many days back in the 50s and 60s that I spent at the Rutland City pool.

It was located on the west side on North Main Street where there…

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July 13, 2017

Proms of yesteryear

By Mary Ellen Shaw

As often happens when a group of women get together, phones are taken from pocketbooks and pictures are shared.

One of the most recent reasons for doing that was to show pictures of grandchildren who attended junior and senior proms. Some…

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June 21, 2017

Remembering summer places for food, ice cream

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Now that summer is here it brings back memories of summer meals and ice cream treats enjoyed outdoors back in the 60s and 70s.

The A&W Restaurant on upper North Main Street was one of the “in places” to go. It…

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June 7, 2017

Things we can’t part with

We don’t have to be very old before we acquire items that are dear to us and just can’t be thrown away.

When you’re a child, it could be a doll, a toy fire engine or a baseball card. It just means too much to…

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May 24, 2017

Time to plant your garden

The summer season officially starts for many of us on Memorial Day weekend.

It seems to be the official date to plant our flower and vegetable gardens.

I remember when I was first married I would buy a few annuals and plant them in my…