John Walsh

As many of you know, my friend Claude is employed by the Royalty Inn in the housekeeping department. He is enrolled in a program sponsored the Community Services Center in Berlin and accepted by the King Family who operate the Royalty in which developmentally disabled folks like Claude are gainfully employed in jobs appropriate to their abilities. Claude works with his job coach, Donna, in making beds and cleaning bathrooms after guests depart. It is a job he has held for a number of ...

Dick Conway

Let's play a little game today. Most people like to play games of one kind or another, so let's spend some time together today playing a little game. This is going to be one of those "What if you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one of something or other with you" games. You know what I mean. If you could have only one book, or one piece of music, or one famous person, what or who would it be? I'll go first. The choice of one book is ...

Poof Tardiff

Once Upon a Berlin Time Hello fellow Berlinites. While putting my newspaper of the month together for the public library, I found a hunting tragedy that took place one hundred years ago. Being in the middle of deer season, I would like to relate to you the sad shooting of a man by the name of Celestine Boissineau. He was shot by Dr. Raymond C. Denison, who had come to this area four years previous from Washington, D.C. He had an active practice in Berlin and his office was situated ...

Ithaca Bound

The calendar may indicate that it is closing in on the middle of December, and Christmas Day is not far away. But it is not Christmas that is on my mind. Next Saturday afternoon, I am to do a New Year's program for the public library in Lowell, Massachusetts. The program is to be a selection of songs, poems, stories, and other writings about, or appropriate for, the new year. The choices are of particular importance this year, I think, given the many unknowns that lie ahead of ...

George Epstein

Out of the Frying Pan To all successful candidates: Congratulations! You are now off to Concord or Washington to represent your constituents and accomplish all the great things you intended when you started your campaign. This letter is intended to help you with the difficult transition from candidate to office holder. As a candidate, you devoted your energy to exaggerating your opponent’s positions on controversial issues. As a candidate, you avoided taking firm positions on the ...