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NEWS FROM W’TON: Historical Society membership drive under way

Hello Everybody, let's find out what's been happening in Wilmington, shall we?A few columns ago, birthday wishes had been sent out to Bea Lawrence who turned 95 in February. Since that column, a party was held in her honor at the Whiteface Range Hall on Tuesday, March 27.Now that lady has some ...

ON THE SCENE: The road to Redford, Part II

Back in the spring of 1983, Jack Kendrick talked me into driving out to Salt Lake City, he to meet the actor Robert Redford and me to start an artist residency at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. We left on St. Patrick's Day, not in the morning as planned, but 18 hours later at 3:30 a.m. ...

MARTHA SEZ: Going back to one’s roots

Tracing family ancestry is all the rage these days.Back when my grandmothers were charting out their family trees, genealogy was slow and tedious work.The Internet and the science of DNA testing have changed all that. No longer is searching for family roots a solitary elderly pursuit whose path ...

WORLD FOCUS: The world of a poet laureate

"Poetry gets at the very marrow of language. From an early age I've been deeply in love with words, their musical cadence, their meanings and sub-meanings, their texture and historical baggage, even the way they feel in the mouth. Writing poetry allows me to work with words on the deepest level ...

ON THE SCENE: The road to Redford

My first experience behind the wheel was when I popped the clutch on my father's 1964 Pontiac GTO that featured a 389 cu. in V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, dual exhausts and a Hurst manual transmission. I had it up near the orange line when I dropped it into gear and, with gravel flying, ...

MARTHA SEZ: As the crow flies, and more

I was watching a crow yesterday, marveling at the beauty and grace of its movement as it rode the wind.Then, for some reason, I thought of an archeopterix, that prehistoric link between theropod dinosaurs and birds, and imagined it trying to sail around in the same way.Oh, sure, archeopterix ...

WORLD FOCUS: Taken for a ride

Is the United States in its trade relationship with various foreign countries around the world taken for a ride?That's one stark question that was discussed at the symposium organized and hosted by the International Law Society at William & Mary School of Law, in conjunction with other ...

MARTHA SEZ: Warm weather and the luck of the Irish

It's an early spring in the North Country!Right?Birds are trilling their lyrical mating songs. I have been told that the redwinged blackbirds, those famed harbingers of spring, were already warbling their liquid sounding calls a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't heard them yet. I probably will ...

ON THE SCENE: When things go ‘Boom’

My brother Gerret, aka G, was a one-person science fair. As a kid he had an Erector Set, a Gilbert Chemistry Set as well as a microscope and a telescope, also made by A.C. Gilbert. He loved turning purple liquids into clear, creating disappearing inks and, most especially, blowing up things. ...

WORLD FOCUS: Ombudsman

Why would an educator with a mile-long credentials and awards in the field of education and communication/mediation agree to become Senior Assistant Ombudsman at the U. S. Department of Homeland Security? The job requires serving over 45,000 federal employees with issues ranging from workplace ...

ON THE SCENE: Philosophying on Porter

The spirit of the 19th century Philosopher's Camp on Follensby Pond was alive and well in Keene this past weekend under the auspices and hospitality of Fred Cook. Instead of lounging by the shore and smoking our pipes while the guides fished for our dinner and we waxed poetic about the meaning ...

MARTHA SEZ: It’s beginning to look a lot like …?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I just finished shoveling the snow off the driveway.This is the picturesque kind of snow that we want and expect in December, even though we are more likely to get it in February and March. Not that we got much snow of any kind this winter, until ...

WORLD FOCUS: Waiting for Chaplin

Recently released documents by the British spy agency M15 contained an extensive file on Charles Chaplin, considered to have been one of the greatest screen legends of all time.The documents revealed that in response to FBI claims that Chaplin was a "dangerous Communist sympathizer" and was ...

MARTHA SEZ: What happens when a columnist gets pneumonia?

It was bound to happen eventually: I ran out of elderberry cordial, and now I have pneumonia.In September I make elderberry syrup, which I mix with French raspberry brandy, as a preservative. At the first sign of a virus I drink a shot glassful of cordial, and everything is fine. Unfortunately, ...

WORLD FOCUS: Gunboat diplomacy

Who would have thought that one day the amphibious assault ship USS Ponce, docked in Virginia Beach, would be converted into a "mothership," a floating staging base for commandos, as an instrument of modern-day gunboat diplomacy?In international politics, gunboat diplomacy refers to the pursuit ...

ON THE SCENE: Bobsledders have entourages too

Rock stars, movies stars and presidents are not the only people who have entourages; turns out women bobsledders have them as well.Katie Eberling, the brakeman for the USA-1 women's bobsled piloted by Elana Meyers, had an entourage consisting of 17 former members of her college volleyball team, ...

MARTHA SEZ: The Keene logging truck incident

The approach of March is always comforting to me. All through February, the threat of logging trucks is never far from my mind. I can still sense one coming a mile away, I swear. I break out in a cold sweat, without realizing why - and RRRRRRRRROOOOOM! There it goes, hurtling past.It all ...

WORLD FOCUS: Analyzing Mitt Romney

There is hardly a politician running currently for office in the United States, who's every word and action is analyzed more vigorously than that of former Gov. Mitt Romney. He is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency in the 2012 election.David Brooks, the celebrated columnist ...

ON THE SCENE: Lake Placid school’s Winter Carnival delivers

Lake Placid Central School needed a lift and the students, faculty and staff delivered with a truly upbeat Winter Carnival considered by many to be one of the best in years with really great leadership provided by the freshman and senior classes.Now held for the 69th time, the Winter Carnival ...