Looking Back

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March 1, 2017

The shortcuts we took

As we all know, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

During the aging process we sometimes take the “long way ‘round” to go places and do things. If you are with the love of your life, that might work out OK…

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February 15, 2017

Popular diets over the decades

Well, we are now into the second month of a new year. Did you make any resolutions? If so, how are they going? It’s no surprise that weight loss and fitness are the goals that many of us hope to achieve. I am among those…

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February 2, 2017

Remembering Rutland’s Rotary skating rink

In a recent column I mentioned that Rotary Rink in Rutland was a popular place to ice skate during my youth in the 1950s and 60s. However, its history dates back to the 1930s. The Rotary Club turned the property over to the city in…

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January 18, 2017

Skiing with a rope tow at the country club

When I was growing up in Rutland during the 50s and 60s you didn’t have to leave the city to experience downhill skiing. You simply headed to the Rutland Country Club on Grove Street.  There was a rope tow that brought you to the top…

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January 4, 2017

Hanging onto the old

I don’t know when I got so behind the times but I have a feeling that retirement is the culprit! I am happy in my little world of limited technology but when various items need replacing I am going to have quite the time adjusting….

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December 21, 2016

Winter fun – right in the neighborhood

I got my first taste of winter fun in the 1940s when I was bundled up and placed in a wooden sleigh that was made for a small child. I still have that sleigh today. It has a back to lean against, a wrought iron…

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December 7, 2016

Entertainment of yesteryear

My husband, Peter, and I are fans of tennis. Although we don’t have a lot of “needs” when it comes to what we watch on TV, we do like to follow tennis tournaments throughout the year. The Tennis Channel will soon be leaving our “sports…

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November 22, 2016

All about cooking!

By Mary Ellen Shaw When I was a young girl I remember my mother had a thick green hardcover cookbook.  It was her “go to” cookbook and the pages looked it. Various recipes had little remnants of ingredients that had been dropped on the pages…

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October 12, 2016

The written word

The written word back in my youth did not appear on a digital device. It showed up on a piece of paper and was written with a pen or pencil. In the 1950s many young girls recorded their own personal experiences using a ballpoint pen…

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September 28, 2016

A variety of house calls

Back in the 1950s and 1960s people came to our homes to provide services that are handled very differently today. I remember when the milkman came to our house to deliver milk in a glass bottle. His name was Mr. Adams and he always arrived…