Lala Dinsmore

ALMOST TIME TO PUT AWAY THE BIKE RACK Lala Dinsmore When the thermometer registers below 40 degrees, I'm afraid it's not very pleasant to ride a bike, unless you have your ski-goggles, long johns and ski parka on. Realizing this and the fact that we seem to be having a cool fall, my friend John and I planned a few days of bicycle touring on the coast of Maine last week. We should have done it long before this, but this has been a busy fall. Using my love for the coastal ...

Susan Bruce

The holiday season is upon us. Many folks will be attending family gatherings and other parties. It’s a time for re-connection, since many of us are so busy during the year that we don’t see a lot of people we enjoy. Parties and social gatherings frequently include alcohol. Alcohol causes impairment — and everyone has to get home somehow. Be sensible this year, and arrange transportation before you have that first drink. I’ve heard some radio ads done by well meaning police officers, ...

By Ithaca Bound

Once again we stand before the Janus Gate. A few more days, a last look at what will now be past, a resolute setting of the face toward whatever lies ahead, and a sturdy stride through the gate and into the unknown. ~or good or for ill, the New Year awaits. The other day, I did program of songs, stories, poems, and trivia on the theme of the New Year for the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, Massachusetts. In an earlier column, I wrote about the process of putting that program ...

Poof Tardiff

Hello fellow Berlinites. Continuing my story of the 1954 National Champion Berlin Maroons, their next competition came from north of the border. The Coaticook Aces came to Berlin and played the Maroons in a Saturday night, Sunday afternoon affair. The Maroons came out with a split, winning the first game 4-2 and losing the second 6-5. A fine, hat trick performance by Rene Blais of Coaticook sealed the win on Sunday for the Aces. The middle of February saw ...

John Walsh

This writer had the pleasure recently, along with good friend Lala and her son Phil Dinsmore, of an extended visit to Mexico. We first flew into a city on the Pacific Ocean side of the country called Los Mochis and joined an Elderhostel tour. We then traveled nearly 500 miles into the interior of the Sierra Madre Mountains on the Chihuahua & Pacifico Railroad to view Mexico’s magnificent Copper Canyon and to sample the simple life led by the inhabitants of the region. After ...