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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Finally, Memorial Day weekend is here. Remember the brutally cold and snowy winter, and the soggy spring? We endured, because we knew eventually May 30th would be here and the unofficial summer kickoff would begin.

Parades and Memorial services will be held in just about every town. Memorial Day is both a solemn and joyous occasion, solemn because we honor the memories of all those who have made the great sacrifice so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's joyous because despite terror-driven enemies we continue to embrace those freedoms.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This past week was another primary election and while it rained on some people's aspirations the sun shone for others through the raindrops. Congratulations to all the primary winners and for those that are still contesting seats, good luck in the fall. While most people believe the Presidential or gubernatorial elections, the elections that select our local officials are the most important of all in my opinion.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

When I think of Memorial Day, I remember an incident from years ago.

It happened when I was a youngster watching a Memorial Day parade. I never missed a parade because I grew up on the main street of town and all of the parades passed by my house.

On this day, the marching units, honorees, and bands passed by with usual fanfare.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The last thing I want to do is upset the readers of this column.

But in case you haven't heard or read about it, today is Doomsday.

Yep! At 6 p.m. today the world's going to end. We're finished, gone.

So don't cut the grass. Don't make any dinner reservations for this evening. Don't plant that camping trip. It's no use.

We're finished, done for, toast, call it what you want. No use planning a column for next week. There's not going to be anyone around to read it.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

JZBICK@TNONLINE.COM

IN 1911 ALVA ERSKINE BELMONT, A PROMINENT MULTI-MILLIONAIRE AMERICAN SOCIALITE AND A MAJOR FIGURE IN WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENTS, HAD A VISION TO CREATE A FARM WHERE GIRLS COULD LIVE AND WORK HARD, EARNING WAGES WHILE LEARNING HOW TO DO MAN'S WORK.

THE INTENT WAS TO GET GIRLS OUT OF THE CITY AND BACK TO A WHOLESOME ENVIRONMENT. WHEN ALVA MADE HER 200-ACRE MANSION AND GROUNDS ON LONG ISLAND AVAILABLE, OVER 200 YOUNG WOMEN IMMEDIATELY APPLIED.

THE "WOMEN FARMERS" DID GARDENING, TOOK CARE OF LAWNS, RAISED VEGETABLES AND GREW FRUITS.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

First an update from Shelton, Connecticut. Due to overwhelming support from America for the reversal of the overly harsh and in some opinions arbitrary rule that was going to keep James Tate and his two friends from attending the senior prom for asking his date by hanging a paper sign on the outside of his high school, Head Mistress Beth Smith reversed her decision and said such cases in the future will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

jzbicktnonline.com

It's not clear how local promoters were able to swing it, but on May 13, 1911, the Lansford Opera House landed Mary Mannering, one of the biggest stars of the stage world, for a one-night showing.

When it came to the big stage, there was no bigger name during the first decade of the 20th century than Mannering. The British-born round-faced, dark-haired performer appeared to be at the top of her acting career in 1911.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

When it was time to pack for a mini-vacation with my husband, I found myself getting more and more excited.

I was relishing the thought of the two of us getting away together.

It might sound strange to look forward to a vacation because for retirees, every day is a vacation.

But even when there is no compelling schedule in your everyday life and you can basically design your own day, there is always more freedom when you're away on vacation.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

By Karen Cimms

kcimms@tnonline.com

After 21 years, my favorite house is finally on the market.

It's going to need a lot of work. It's still beautiful, but it's been updated and redecorated since the last time I saw it. The outside of the stately red brick Georgian mansion is the same black shutters, Palladian window over the front door, paved horseshoe driveway and two-car garage but I don't even recognize the inside.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

There's a town in Connecticut called Shelton and in this town there is a high school. In the high school is a senior named James Tate. James, being a romantic, wanted to ask a girl to the prom. His friends made a contest out of the most creative way to ask her, so he comes up with the idea of hanging a message of 12 inch tall letters on the front of the school that she would see when she comes to school. So he and his two friends went to the school during the night and hanged their banner.