Looking Back

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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…

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May 11, 2017

Popular products from the 50s

Life was certainly different back in the 50s compared to today.

I recently came across some ads from that era and they prompted me to take a look back at the products customers were enticed to buy and how the manufacturers went about it.

So…

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April 26, 2017

Tweaking our passions

When you reach your retirement years, hopefully you will be able to do the things you love. Your hobbies and passions in life probably had to take a back seat to work and family responsibilities during the years you were employed, but now they can…

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April 12, 2017

The library

I will admit that I have become a lost soul when it comes to using the library for reference material these days.

I was a pro at finding things in the old card catalogs. The Dewey Decimal System and I were good friends back then….

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March 29, 2017

How old is old?

Getting together with friends for coffee usually brings up a topic that shows our senior status. We reached the conclusion that “old” has a very different meaning depending on our own age at the time. To a young child, babysitters are in the “adult category”…

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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…