by John Walsh

A couple of weeks ago I read a story in this newspaper about an appeal by Captain Jeanne Henderson of the Salvation Army in Berlin for some folks to step forward and adopt a local family for Christmas. There were, she said, many families in the area who were not going to be able to give their kids much of a Christmas unless some of us pitched in and helped out. The appeal struck a chord with me. My late wife, Yvette, and I had often participated in making sure that some kids had a ...

Poof Tardiff

Poof Tardiff Once Upon a Berlin Time The Burgess Pulp Mill Hello fellow Berlinites. Recently, I wrote a story about how and when the Cascade Paper Mill got its start. Today I would like to do the same about the beginning years of the Burgess Pulp Mill. Again, for all the people who worked, retired, and even died in this mill, and for its new owners ,Nexfor-Fraser Paper, here is a short story of the mill that sets in the middle of our ...

William Marvel

The Christmas season produces some odd sensations for those of us who view Christianity as just another cult. The sentiments of charity and good will that Christmas purports to represent are certainly worthy human attributes, and it seems a pity that Christians feel obliged to create a special annual occasion for the artificial enhancement of those atrophied virtues. There at least remains a certain consistency in the degree to which the holiday has been corrupted, however: the same ...

Lala Dinsmore

"All right, you guys. I know why you are following my every move around the house. The only time you were distracted from me was when you discovered all that warm sunshine on my bed, and that's where you are at the moment. But when I go back downstairs and check the turkey carcass in my soup pot, I know you'll be at my heels." Those were my in-head conversations with my cats, Gilbert and Sullivan, otherwise known as the "B and W's" or the black and ...

Ithaca Bound

A month ago, I was standing just a few yards from where Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the greatest speeches, and one of the finest pieces of literature, ever written. The details of that occasion surely need not be reviewed here. The "few appropriate remarks" Lincoln was asked to give have become one of those defining documents that every caring citizen should have indelibly etched in the mind and heart. Just a week after that nation-defining speech at Gettysburg, ...