Column, Looking Back

‘Snow days’

By Mary Ellen Shaw Recently there has been talk about the possibility of no more snow days in some schools. What a disappointment that would have been when I was a student! Back in the 50s and 60s remote learning […]

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Column, Looking Back

Spreading Christmas cheer

By Mary Ellen Shaw Christmas will be celebrated differently for many of us this year thanks to the pandemic. While large gatherings are a “no-no” the spirit of Christmas and its true meaning will remain the same. I noticed Christmas […]

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Column, Looking Back

Summer jobs

By Mary Ellen Shaw If you are old enough to be reading this you probably had a summer job during your school days. The winter months were spent searching for places to apply. The types of jobs available to young […]

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Column, Looking Back

Looking in books

By Mary Ellen Shaw Before the pandemic I was watching a talk show that used to air on ABC. One of the hosts, Keke Palmer, who is her late 20s, said that when she was a child and didn’t know […]

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Column, Looking Back

With age comes wisdom

By Mary Ellen Shaw They say that with age comes wisdom. While talking with a friend recently we discussed how a lot of things we thought were “cool” back in the day were actually bad ideas! Many of us baby […]

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Column, Looking Back

Halloween memories

By Mary Ellen Shaw Halloween will certainly not be the same this year. The much anticipated parade will not wind its way through downtown Rutland. The crowd that the parade draws is not safe with social distancing guidelines. Sometimes we […]

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