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Dancing through the years
Looking Back
February 3, 2016

Dancing through the years

All girls probably remember the first time they danced with a boy. And all boys probably remember the first time they danced with a girl. How could one forget? The adjective “awkward” is probably an accurate way to describe the event.

My first dancing…

Skiing at the Rutland Country Club
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January 21, 2016

Skiing at the Rutland Country Club

Back when I was a young child in the 1950s you could downhill ski in Rutland City. The Rutland Country Club on upper Grove Street was the spot for this unique opportunity. Many of the local kids had their first experience on skis at…

Ice skating remembrances
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January 8, 2016

Ice skating remembrances

What kid doesn’t love ice skating?

Back in the 1950s our Rutland City neighborhood had a couple of swampy areas that froze over. After a snowstorm the kids would get shovels and turn them into skating rinks. The ice was never very smooth but it…

Christmas in the 1950s
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January 6, 2016

Christmas in the 1950s

As a young child in the 50s I remember sitting at a pullout-top desk in our living room, writing my letter to Santa. If selected, it would be read at 4 p.m. on a local radio station. Santa would be sure to say that he…

Foolish things
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December 15, 2015

Foolish things

As I look back at some of the foolish things my friends and I did in our youth, I can only say, “What was I thinking???”

One of the pranks many of us pulled was calling people and asking, “Do you have Prince Albert in…

The sounds of music
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November 27, 2015

The sounds of music

I’ll bet just about everyone reading this column remembers bringing home papers from school that informed your parents about the opportunity to take lessons on a musical instrument. You could rent the instrument in the beginning and eventually buy it.

For me this musical opportunity…

A special neighbor
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November 11, 2015

A special neighbor

Odds are that most of us had someone in our lives while growing up who influenced us. We probably didn’t truly appreciate this fact until we aged. I didn’t have to go far to find the first person who made me feel very special. It…

Halloweens from yesteryear
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October 30, 2015

Halloweens from yesteryear

With Halloween right around the corner it’s fun to think about what that holiday was like back in the 50s and 60s–the time of my youth.

“Back in the day” it was very unusual to see kids trick-or-treating any place but in their own neighborhood….

The Outside Story: October showers
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October 16, 2015

The Outside Story: October showers

By Laurie Morrissey

We call them shooting stars, and they never fail to make us catch our breath in surprise and wonder. But they’re not stars at all. Those bright, brief streaks across the night sky are meteors. Clear skies permitting, the next few months…

Learning to drive
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October 16, 2015

Learning to drive

Back in the 1960s when I was old enough to get my license, the high school I attended (Mount St. Joseph Academy, or MSJ) did not have driver education. In my youth there didn’t seem to be the urgency that today’s teens have to get…