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, ...

Dick Conway

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, ...

Poof Tardiff

Poof Tardiff Once Upon a Berlin Time National Champions Hello fellow Berlinites. “Hockey Town USA” was a title once bestowed on this great city. One of the main reasons for this nickname was a hockey team called the Berlin Maroons, or as their opponents dubbed them, “The Flying Frenchmen”. They entertained thousands upon thousands of loyal hockey fans in their years of existence. Here is the story of the 1954 Maroons, who became the National ...

Susan Bruce

President Bush has proposed a $300 million cut in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. He managed to cough up enough dough to give bonuses to key federal employees — and of course those wacky guys on Capital Hill voted themselves another pay raise. The rest of us may just as well embrace the cold, and become one with it. The economy is terrible, unemployment is up, companies are closing down, heating fuel prices are going up, and it’s going to be a cold winter. The president ...