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Games on … and on

The feel-good story of the winter has long-term potential as a model for our region. There was a whirlwind of activity “behind the scenes” as it were, during the week of Nov. 15 in Lake Placid. It all started with a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon from a local media contact with an ...

WORLD FOCUS: Technology and education

My recent column about William & Mary’s new $48 million School of Education edifice, which is equipped with the latest technological innovations, caught the eye of William Van Wishard, the head of WorldTrend Research, a Washington-based consultancy that specializes in analysis and ...

AROUND AUSABLE: 22nd annual Missing Children’s Basketball Tournament slated

There will be a Zumbathon Fundraiser, which was organized by zumba instructor Chrissy (Depo) Brown to benefit Luke Randy Garcia, son of Chad and Marla (Perkins) Garcia who has been diagnosed with congenital mitral stenosis. There will be a $10 admission charge. The event will include15 zumba ...

MARTHA SEZ:The life of a Super Taster

Who was it that said “The more things change, the more they remain the same”? For example. Have you heard about the Super Tasters who are currently in the news? Super Tasters have more taste buds than other people. At the other end of the scale are the Non Tasters. These folks have few if ...

ON THE SCENE: Art in healthcare in Germany

I went to Berlin last week at the encouragement of Dr. Arnt Gerstenberger, a dentist, who suffered serve burns on his right hand and, while going through seven operations and consequential levels of pain he had heretofore thought not possible, and while at times bored out of his mind in his ...

WORLD FOCUS: The man who knew too much

Rudolf Margolius, deputy minister of foreign trade of the Czechoslovak Republic, just as Capt. Edmond Dantes, the protagonists in Alexandre Dumas historic novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo,” found himself imprisoned for the “crime” of knowing too much. Reading the Washington Post ...

MARTHA SEZ: Night terrors and artifical sleep aids

Have you ever seen a television commercial for the sleep aid Luna Siesta? A giant, day-glo green moth floats over a sleeping city, enters a restless young woman’s bedroom window and drugs her to sleep with the dreamy slow-motion wafting of its wings. This scene is supposed to be soothing, I ...

ON THE SCENE: Egypt on our mind

“What do American’s think about Egypt?” asked Abdalla, a Jordanian man who was my seatmate on a Lufthansa flight from Frankfort to Berlin. “Do they understand that these protests are not led by religion, but by the people? Do they understand how much courage it takes for them to protest ...

WORLD FOCUS: Mr. Conservative

House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, (R-Va.) was in Williamsburg to keynote the Charter Day exercises, the 318th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the College of William and Mary. His selection for this distinction was partly due for his meteoric rise in the firmament of ...

AROUND AUSABLE: School to vote on purchase of buses

The fundraiser for Roy Ano will be held at the American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. A Michigan meal will be served and will include two Michigans, salad, beans and dessert for an $8 donation. Take outs will be available and you may place your order the ...

MARTHA SEZ: It’s official? Really?

Last week a news brief on the car radio caught my attention. The Utah State Legislature was considering designating the Browning M1911 semi-automatic pistol its state gun. What? I couldn’t believe I’d heard correctly. In Arizona, a gunman had just gone on a murderous shooting spree with a ...

WORLD FOCUS: The Camino De Santiago

This is a story a thousand years old. But after centuries of laying dormant, it has come alive. According to a William & Mary website, the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, is a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and background have traversed for a thousand years. ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Donations being accepted for Roy Ano fundraiser

Plans for the fundraiser for Roy Ano to be held at the American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks on Feb. 12 from 1 to 6 p.m are proceeding full speed ahead. Roy, an AuSable Forks native, son of Harry and the late Vada Ano, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is presently hospitalized ...

NEWS FROM W’TON: Nominations being accepted for Citizen of the Year

Hello everybody, here’s a taste of what’s happening in Wilmington. As you have probably heard, the town’s chief financial officer Shirley Lawrence will be leaving her post in the near future. If you are looking to meet our town’s new financial officer, Nicole Forbes, go to the town ...

MARTHA SEZ: What me (or you) worry?

What do you worry about? 1. Male pattern baldness 2. Birthplace of Bobby Jindal 3. Influence of newfangled technology on our young people 4. Birthplace of Bobby Jindal 5. Religion of President Obama 6. Amy Winehouse 7. Why was Oprah’s sister given up for adoption? 8. Gum disease 9. ...

ON THE SCENE: Changing lives through hockey

The Olympic complex was filled with good hockey this past weekend as high school teams from across the United States and Canada came together to play in the 32nd annual Northwood Invitational Hockey Tournament. The tournament featured 20 teams in the Junior and Midget Boys’ Division, 12 teams ...

WORLD FOCUS: Unworthy lives

Jason Lester Atkins, born in Hampton, Va. was gunner on a torpedo bomber during World War II. Then for 40 years he served as an executive with the giant A. O. N. Corporation. In the meantime he became also a published poet. “In 1995, I wrote a series of ‘prose-poems’ to remember the ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Fundraiser for Roy Ano slated at Legion Post

Roy Ano, a native of AuSable Forks, son of Harry and the late Vada Ano was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been hospitalized at Fletcher Allen Health Care Hospital in Vermont. He is currently receiving an extremely aggressive course of chemotherapy and will remain there for a ...

MARTHA SEZ: It’s a mad, mad, mad zodiac world

Biff friended me on facebook yesterday. I must say I was surprised. The fact is, Biff and I have never actually been friends, although we used to date, years ago. The last time I saw Biff, he and his wife Rachel were shopping at a Wal-Mart Super Store where I was buying Halloween candy. Biff ...