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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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July 13, 2017

My top five superheroes

By Brett Yates

I’ve gotten to the point where my hatred of superhero movies is so intense that I get angry just seeing that a new one has been released. In the case of last weekend, it was “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the Marvel character’s second reboot…

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July 12, 2017

Rockin with Jerry Jam

By DJ Dave Hoffenberg

This year would have been the 75th birthday of Jerry Garcia and while there are many celebrations planned around the country, there is a great one that happens every year just over the border in Bath, N.H. I’m referring to Jerry…

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July 12, 2017

The Hard Sell

By Dom Cioffi

My doorbell rang the other night around dinnertime, but I didn’t think much about it since my doorbell rings every night around dinnertime.

Ninety-nine out of one hundred times, it’s one of my son’s friends looking to play basketball, shoot Nerf guns,…

Pitchers on fire as CBKs delivered to big hitters
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July 5, 2017

Pitchers on fire as CBKs delivered to big hitters

Clearly Moguls kept their winning ways going with a sweep of the “M” teams — McGrath’s Sushi and Max Team — but both were hard fought see-saw battles. C.M. welcomed back veteran ace pitcher “Ronzoni” Hacker to the mound, having been away for the past two games…

Starlings aren’t darling
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July 5, 2017

Starlings aren’t darling

By Joe Rankin

It’s the classic story of unintended consequences.

In 1890, Eugene Schieffelin released 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park with the hope of establishing a breeding population. Just in case the experiment wasn’t successful, he released another 40 the next year.

Schieffelin…

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July 5, 2017

What 4th of July means to me

By Marguerite Jill Dye and Marguerite Loucks Dye

Injustice, insurrection, independence, and new beginnings are what the 4th of July is all about. Pilgrims fled Europe for religious freedom and new opportunities. Many risked everything to cross the dangerous seas and begin a new life.

Altitude Sickness
July 5, 2017

Boredom, withdrawal, healing

By Brady Crain

Thee healing chronicles continued: I have good days, and I have bad days. The thing that gets me down the most is not really being able to move my torso at all.

Luckily, tomorrow I will be allowed to start lifting weights…

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July 5, 2017

The world is a sandwich

By Brett Yates

One of the important duties I’ve set for this column has been the task of settling, once and for all, in the inviolable space of print, some of the common internet debates in which pedantic males between the ages of 14 and…

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July 5, 2017

Up and coming

By Dom Cioffi

I had a conversation recently with a young mother who was pining over the sickness of her newborn. At six months old, this was the child’s first real illness so she was understandably concerned.

I could sense the nervous tension in her…