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A Sunset Salute
from Elaine Foley
... sun sets over Boston Harbor and a Tall Ships visit ...from guest blogger Elaine Foley's previous post on her own site. Her blog can be accessed by typing cafechatelaine@blogspot.com into your search engine.

The Tall Ships are coming! The Tall Ships are coming!
from Elaine Foley
... anxiously awaiting the arrival of the tall ships for Sail Boston, 2017...from guest blogger Elaine Foley's previous post Her blog can be accessed by typing cafechatelaine@blogspot.com into your search engine.

More Stuff
by Betty Rossi
... I am so thrilled that I've found these

Sailing down the Danube to Budapest ...
from Don Norris
... it was the vacation of a lifetime!

On a tree coming down
by Shirley Rabb
...or rather going up

A young soldier's letter to his mother in1953
by Joe Sullivan
...64 years ago Joe's birthday and the Cease Fire in Korea occurred within days of each other.

Tall Ships to Boston's shores
by Debbi Collar
... worth the wait for The Grand Parade of Sails

How does your garden grow?
by Debbi Collar
... what your garden says about you

Ell Pond bedtime stories
by Debbi Collar
... 2017 photo essay of "Mel,""Rose,"and the Cygnet family

Staying out of trouble in Tokyo
by Joe Sullivan
...Joe Rattigan takes a rookie under his wing to avoid temptation in Japan.

Always the same
by Shirley Rabb
... always different

Plants
from Roseanne Bellofatto
... Roseanne's plant talks to her

The Appreciation Party
by Shirley Rabb
... and a good time was had by all

Notebooks, notebooks, notebooks and a folder
by Betty Rossi
... this should just about finish off these sayings

This year's health carnival was a medicinable blast!!!
from Don Norris
... we had to choose these 14 flicks from that pile of 83!

Spring day at the beach
by Shirley Rabb
... always something going on

Know your neighborhoods
by Debbi Collar
... history of communities bordering Melrose and Senior Day at Mt. Hood

Soothing the savage breast
by Brent Collar
... taking notes and keying in on piano lessons as an adult.

Finally no fence or leash
by Casa
...I think it is finally spring

Art show, once again, at Memorial Hall
from Don Norris
... Stringers' Don Norris captures a zillion

The view from Crane Castle Cupola
by Debbi Collar
... bird's eye view of the estate at Castle Hill

More sayings, tidbits and words that I love
by Betty Rossi
... I have collected recipes, poems and sayings for years

A tribute to George
by Shirley Rabb
... a new friend I lost too soon

Boston's Custom House
by Debbi Collar
... a bird's eye view of cities and towns in and around Boston.

All about hats ...
from Don Norris
... Count 'em, see how many you've got ...

Forecasting a questionable future
from Don Norris
... like, am I too old to make out???

Most crooked tree in town ...
from Don Norris
... see if you can top THIS one!

More thoughts and sayings that I've saved
by Betty Rossi
... I've saved these in the strangest places and old notebooks. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Easter Chocolate
by Betty Rossi
...what's wrong with chocolate?

The inside guy.
...By Joe Sullivan
... Joe Rattigan uses his hidden connections to deliver a story to Washington.

Boston skyline in oils
from Don Norris
... not the best shot, but passable ...

The politician, in the works
from Don Norris
... reserecting an age-old carving ...

Intergenerational Spring Fling Dance
by Shirley RAbb
... a joyous fun filled time

Nesting hummingbird
Steve Johnson

Pachyderm Preakness Stakes
by Debbi Collar
... racing elephants, just part of a day's work for a one time local radio news announcer

Hodgepodge, goofy, outrageous!!!
Don Norris
... itinerant photos, left-overs, never seen before ...

At 87, it's time to get the bike out
from Don Norris
... Good. It's April, anticipating the early arrival of summer ...

Drawing for the local real estate guy
Don Norris
... this story is a sketch -- and ink sketch, 40 years ago

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Enrico Caruso, Monumental Axis, blue tongues

Reaching towards the sky
by Shirley Rabb
... with dreams of green

Our Boston skyline -- in 'moving' pictures
by Don Norris
... from Harvard Square down river, in photos ...

More of my collection
by Betty Rossi
... more stuff that I've collected and loved over the years

Cygnet, gosling and duckling Flight School
by Debbi Collar
... Ell Pond and waterfowl take off and landings.

Hogan's Goat
by Joe Sullivan
... an unexplained mystery finally revealed.

Did you know?
by florence Shea
... pink cells, camcorder, ghosts

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... coin ridges, the Quagga, "Wife Beware"

Did you Know?
by Florence Shea
... Pass the buck, Lucretia Borgia, Library of Congress

Wintertime in Melrose
from Don Norris
... snow tires, sleds, boots, snow plows, beautiful scenes ...

Do you want to build an indoor snowman?
by Debbi Collar
... posting thoughts about winter and its wonders-indoors and outdoors

Spring is in the air, on land and in Ell Pond
by Debbi Collar
...recent activity at Ell Pond points to signs of spring. Part I

Coffee cups and fine memories
from Don Norris
... a short piece about our travels

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... light bulb, O. Henry, piggy bank

It's not the players -- it's the coach!
from Don Norris
... borrowed from the Globe's front page ...

Snow
from Don Norris
... That's the trouble with Spring -- no snow on my lantern

Where have all the people gone
by Shirley Rabb
... the beach is for the birds now

Old age, booze, and forgetfulness ...
from Don Norris
... has this Stringer found the magic cure????

Winter
by Betty Rossi
...winter will be here forever

SDM Foundation
by Debbi Collar
... technology help for all and it's FREE!

Doomsday crochet
by Betty Rossi
... I must have lived a very protected childhood

Private Joe Rattigan's little white lie.
by Joe Sullivan
... it came at a time when silence would be no virtue.

Today it is about the birds
by Shirley Rabb
... they came to brighten up a cloudy day

A human's idea of a winter wonderland
by Casa
... my ideas of cold paws

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
kneecaps, inauguration photo, Twinkies

The day the MHS singers came ...
from Don Norris
... bringing beauty, music, and new life

Fifth year, dinner for the old folks
from the SilverStringers ...
... who says Melrose doesn't have the right stuff???

Christmas Past -- a look at the holidays
SilverStringers
... remembering times just past ...

The Last minute luckout.
by Joe Sullivan
...How Joe Rattigan weaseled his way out of the Marine Corps and into the Army.

Happy New Year!
by Betty Rossi
... I've jotted these onto backs of envelopes, on sales slips found in my pocketbook and little pieces of paper

Christmas Dinner for all
by Shirley Rabb
... and a good time was had by all

Holidays in Melrose
By Debbi Collar & Flo Shea
... Celebrations!

It was just for one day
by Shirley Rabb
...only twenty four hours

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Nephite Julep, Love, Daintree rainforest

Yet more of Don's sketches
from the artist
... "I'll just keep on saving all that old stuff ..."

Like reading a novel -- it fills the time
from Don Norris
... Carving, drawing, photographing -- all hobbies

The old barn in Boxford
from Don Norris
... another of Don's drawings

Tuskegee Airmen come to Melrose
Photos from the SilverStringers, story from the Melrose Weekly News
... packed house remembers WWII fliers

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Deborah Sampson, Lyndon Johnson, Gulliver's Travels

Uuunn uhn! No parking here!
from Don Norris
... hot stuff, maybe

Experimenting with Adobe Photoshop
from Don Norris
... shooting close-ups in the Computer Room ...

When your camera fails, check your settings ...
from Don Norris
... on a spectacularly drizzly day, I goofed

Again, again, again, it's Halloween!!!
From the SilverStringeers ...
... This year, visitors were sparse ...

Another sketch from Don's old files
from Don Norris
... I got a million of 'em ...

More from Don's sketchpad ...
from Don Norris
... probably drawn while vacationing in Maine ...

A different view of our town ...
from Don Norris
... from the south, looking north ...

Salvation -- and a few choice expletives ...
from Don Norris
... computer room becomes a shootin' range ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... a handkerchief, an igloo, "Two Gun" Hart

Lettuce in the kitchen
by Betty Rossi
... Oh my gosh, I've become a farmer!

Collecting memories
by Betty Rossi
... So few people have learned the art of collecting memories

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... the Titanic, Pocahontas, The Boston Nation

My favorite restaurants
by Betty Rossi
... We were asked to write about our favorite restaurants, well, here goes

Green grass and fudgicles
by Betty Rossi
... I was driving down the street the other day

Success -- the Cerretani family effort
by John Cerretani
... remembering family roots and Richardson's Market

Unusual pix, mistakes, wonderments ...
from Don Norris
... sometimes, mystically, the picture turns out different ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... a tortoise, airplane pilots, Marcus Tiro

Wedeco, an old time hardware store
by Ella Letterie and Louise Fennell
... Broken glass is a pain

Chicken Chow Mein
from Allen MacPherson
... what a memory!

What a feast!
by Betty Rossi
... Have you ever been to a feast?

My Corner
from Jim Reppucci
... Gone are the days

Mount up, people, round 'em up!
from Don Norris
... a quiz, where'd it come from?

Oooo, Ooo!!! Lobsta for lunch!
from Don Norris
... McDee's offering was pretty darned good ...

Working stiffs -- err, famous people ...
from the Silver Stringers
... Stringer splinter group in action

... Nonsense, all about Tick-Tocks ...
from Don Norris
... but do I really need four time pieces?

Lennie's-On-The-Turnpike
by Steve Johnson
... a place to remember and Woody Herman honked

Melrose History
by Debbi Collar
... outlander envisions life as a "real" Melrosian.

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Benjamin Franklin; The Wizard of Oz' 'X'

Who knew?
by Kay McCarte
... Irving Smolens was a jazz afficienado

The sun is high above the trees
by Shirley Rabb
... time sure does fly

I come from Bawstin
by Betty Rossi
... I found part of this in an old notebook

Avalon writes ...
by Avalon Berg and Florence Shea
... here's what I'm up to now

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Northwest Ordinance, Hupmobile, burnt food

The last New England nine
from Shirley Rabb
... time to look at the past and hope for this year

Pond life
by Debbi Collar
… enjoying nature

It must be what humans call spring
by Casa
... because now I smell the flowers

Appreciated Volunteers
by Debbi Collar
… special friends of The Milano Senior Center

Empty Nest Syndrome
by Betty Rossi
... I have Empty Nest Syndrome

Senior Citizen Day surprises at Mt Hood
by Debbi Collar
…some new discoveries for long time residents of Melrose.

Laugh with the ladies
by Shirley Rabb
... a unique and fun presentation

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... ballet-goers, St. Louis Gateway Arch, EPCOT

A week-end in Melrose
by Shirley Rabb
... and how diversified we are

The short life of our brand new, three-ton diesel
by Joe Sullivan
... Better a short life for the diesel than the guys who were driving it.

Diary of a smoker
by Betty Rossi
... I just got home after a week in the hospital

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Ice cream cones, Mayday, Dr. Teeth

In the car, in the rain
by Shirley Rabb
... cold and damp, but dry ...

A two dimensional view
by Shirley Rabb
... to see and believe

Intergenerational Spring Fling
Debbi Collar and Shirley Rabb
… and a great time was had by all

Quannapowitt on a spring day
by Shirley Rabb
... the season is in full swing

A Cook's Recipes
by Betty Rossi
... they say to ask ten...no, make that 10 thousand cooks how to fry a chicken, and you are likely to receive 10 million different answers

Frozen in time
by Shirley Rabb
... a day to remember

Thank you Melrose
from Crystal Dawn
... a grateful veteran

Inherit The Wind
Richard Umbro
... some will inherit only the wind

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Pony Express, Hoover Dam, Etch-a-Sketch

Red Hat Review 2016
by Shirley Rabb
.. a Stringer recalls a year's worth of happenings

A short letter
by Casa
... to friends and family

Vexillology
by Debbi Collar
... the study of flags-taking a look behind the banners

How I finally figured things out at Shaw's.
by Joe Sullivan
... it took awhile

It's all about the best things in life
from Don Norris
... while recuperating, I got to thinking ...

Symphony in black and white
Louise Fennell
... dancing to a silent tune

The Twilight Runner
Richard Umbro
... Bronze is sometimes brighter than gold.

Fluttering forecaster?
by Debbi Collar
… a new weather prognosticator perhaps?

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Zywocice,Poland, Play-Doh, fender net

Sunday by the pond
by Shirley Rabb
... and peacefully enjoying the day

Rotary show to feature local talent
by Joe Sullivan
... Stars Over Melrose, a city-wide talent show will premiere at Memorial Hall and will feature performers ranging from teens to seniors.

Beebe Estate Quilt Exhibit
Norma Staples, photos by Louise Fennell
... beauty and warmth on display at Beebe

Vanilla and Valentine's Day
by Betty Rossi
... those who know me, know that I love to cook

The soft landing
by Joe Sullivan
... After the cease-fire Joe Rattigan watches his combat- ready artillery unit slide into a formal, less apprehensive life.

It's breakfast at supper time
Shirley Rabb
... and we went to a Brupper

Doodling, sketching, having fun ...
from Don Norris
... a new, monthly feature, hopefully using readers' scribbles

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Hershey's Kisses; your spit; Boston Latin School

Tomorrow's Another Day
by Richard Umbro
... two young people on a running track

Enchanted Village
Louise Fennell
... trip back in time

New Year's Day Hike
by Debbi Collar
… a healthy start to 2016

Children's Holiday Party
By Debbi Collar
… Memories of Mt. Hood Park Association's Children's Holiday Party

Photographer's dream
Debbi Collar
… capturing a tender moment with Santa and one of his reindeer

Point Reyes, California
by Avalon Berg and Florence Shea
... our 2015 family Thanksgiving

Geezer Pleaser
from Florence Shea
...treatment for $500

Ma's big surprise
by Joe Sullivan
... her Sonny Boy comes home with some delightful news.

Thoughts on becoming a Silver Stringer
Jim Tierney
... a monthly contributor reflects

Me and the Mirror
by Joe Sullivan
... a response to the request (mine) For God's sake write something!

The tree that would grow in Brooklyn
by Joe Sullivan
... How Fish Deseo preserved the the memory of Christmas 1952

My life at the Mirror
Louise Fennell
... free education

Twenty years and still running
by Betty Rossi
... I heard it through the grapevine

Reflections of my time at The Melrose Mirror
by Debbi Collar
… looking back and moving forward.

My eleven years as a Silver Stringer
by Ed Boyd
... about seventy articles

Happy 20th birthday
by Steve Johnson
... it's been a long trip

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Galvaynes Groove, Chicago, Charles Dickens

Things to remember
by Shirley Rabb
... as the season changes

Silver Stringer memories
Florence Shea
... it's been 7 years now

We are Stringers
by Shirley Rabb
... time is just a number

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... chickens, Tattered Tom, Homo habilis

Milano Birthday party
by Shirley Rabb
... And it was 20 years

I am having so much fun
by Casa
... Time to celebrate

Morning of a spooky day
by Shirley Rabb
... welcome to the mystery of the morning

Clowns
by Betty Rossi
... Jonathan is going to be a clown

Dolores Driscoll wife of Melrose Mirror founder dies.
excerpt by Joe Sullivan
... a Saugus native who was raised in Melrose was married to Jack Driscoll for 57 years

Coffee
by Debbi Collar
… as promised from last month's Tea Time, equal time for coffee.

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... your head, earmuffs, Samuel Gregory

Here's another rib-tickler
from Florence Shea
... the elevator

History comes alive
by Shirley Rabb
...and the senior center is transported

Some other funnybone ticklers
by Betty Rossi
... two old Jewish men are sitting

Write us - we're 20!
by Debbi Collari
… please send us your written memories of The Melrose Mirror as we celebrate 20 years of publication

The Great Debate
by Betty Rossi
... The Great Debate is not between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Pope Francis' visit provokes a very old memory.
by Joe Sullivan
... recollections of a shopping trip at a religious goods store located directly across from the Walls of the Vatican

My time with the Mirror
Shirley Rabb
... so many years, so much fun

It's hard to believe--
Kay McCarte
... it's been 20 years and counting

When you're really down, look to your friends
from Don Norris
... Perhaps Lahey Clinic will pull me through again!

Saugus Iron Works
by Debbi Collar
… behind the scenes of historic preservation at Saugus Iron Works and the 17th century way of life

Changing of the seasons
by Shirley Rabb
... the end of summer

Speaking of jokes ...
from Florence Shea
... continuing the quest for levity ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... lingerie, dead shrew, Thomas Edison

Melrose Mirror celebrates
by the Silver Stringers
…a double decade of writing prose, poetry and politics

Does the name Hermione ring a bell?
by Serge Angeric
… Melrose resident doles out early American history

Red Sox memories
by Steve Johnson
... signatures of the famous ...

More jokes that tickle my funny bone
by Betty Rossi
... "what would you say? ..."

Did you know
by Florence Shea
... trolley car, elephant tusks, a mars Bar

When discretion was the better part of valor.
by Joe Sullivan
... and keeping your mouth shut ain't such a bad idea either.

The green jewel of Melrose -- Mt. Hood
by Debbi Collar
… sit back, relax and enjoy this gem

Tea time
by Debbi Collar
… the history, the science and the taste of tea

The downside of downsizing
by Kay McCarte
... the memories that are evoked

Tucker Gately
by John Gately
... celebrates seven years at Gately's

A day at the farm
by Betty Rossi
... the miracle of birth

Melrose Mirror celebrates
by the Silver Stringers
... a double decade of writing prose, poetry and politics

Chicken Little
by Betty Rossi
... a couple of jokes that tickle my funny bone

MMTV Traveler Rita Mucera
by Debbi Collar
… "Have You Been Here?" program hostess

Megabucks at Breads and Bits
by Joe Sullivan
... when the eaves dropper is caught red-handed at the popular little Irish tea shop.

This is Pine Banks
by Shirley Rabb
... on the border line of Melrose and Malden

A short article
by Casa
... written by request

St. Mary's gets a facelift
from Kay McCarte
... in the heat of mid-summer

Jokes
the SilverStringers
... we were told by our writers that they thunk and they thunk, but couldn't come up with a joke ... except from Kay ...wait a minute..another one just came in

Let's go to the movies ...
from the SilverStringers
... a transition: Theater, skating rink, now a bank

Happenings along the way -- in diners
from Don Norris
... there is a resurgence -- and re-construction -- of well-used diners

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... mouse; piano forte; income tax

True Grit..grit -- as in gravel.
by Joe Sullivan
... the race is not always to the swift -- especially when you can figure out another way to win.

A Wild Affair
by Debbi Collar
… meet, greet, educate and eat

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... rain, tattoos, Ferris wheel

Almost a quiet day
by Shirley Rabb
... those are the good days

The guys who the statues are about.
by Joe Sullivan
... Nine middle school girls and the city's Veteran Services host Korean War Veterans for a trip to see the War Memorials in Washington, D.C.

Old Yankee Hoarder
by Betty Rossi
...do you really think that I can throw that out

Remembering Natalie Thomson
by Kay McCarte

Wild night at Ell Pond
by Debbi Collar
… Ell Pond's cast of characters

A Lot of Nonsense
by Louise Fennell
... my Dad's favorite expression

Goodbye Hilltop
by Debbi Collar
… the end of an era

Remembering Ann Robbins Talbot
by Kay McCarte

A day in Maine
by Casa
... it is a great life

Facing reality: Who was William Napoleon Norris?
from Don Norris
... Hollywood couldn't write a better script ...

Did you know
by Florence Shea
... convict 2599, windmills, alarm clocks

Outside my windows
by Shirley Rabb
... and right here in Melrose

The lake is free
by Shirley Rabb
... it is early spring

A walk around the block
by Casa
... now that spring is here

Lantern Ceremony
by Debbi Collar
… Old North Church commemorates the hanging of the Signal Lanterns in April of 1775.

New arrivals of Spring
by Debbi Collar
… announcements at area ponds

Red Hat Review 2015
by Shirley Rabb

Tribute to Zeus
by Wendy Golini
... he looked more like a bear than a puppy

Hot dog!!!!
by Louise Fennell
... hot dogs in my life

Blueberry Soup
by Betty Rossi
... at this time of the year, I get very nostalgic

Re-enacting Paul Revere's ride
by Debbi Collar
... the in's and out's of a Boston tradition

A spring day at the beach
by Shirley Rabb
... Hampton NH and Revere beaches

Irving Smolens, long-time Silver Stringer, dies.
by Joe Sullivan
... D Day Landing veteran, political activist, and all-time stand up guy succumbs at 90.

Finally a weekend without rain or snow
by Shirley Rabb
... how wonderful it is

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... a goatee, Jay Silverheels, philtrum

Sticks, sticks, sticks, all over the house
from Don Norris
... one develops a limp to fit the stick

Washington School band, circa 1929
by John Porter
... photo, but no words!

A day in the life of ...
from Don Norris
... Sunburn, motorcycles and parking tickets

I've got a hankering
by Betty Rossi
... nag, nag, nag, but I really have deep, dark wish ...

Is Whittier a plagiarist?
by Louise Fennell
... Is there a time limit on plagiarism?

"TV Travelers" invade Lynn shoe factory
from Don Norris
... video team spots really neat place in oldtown

He thought we forgot
by Florence Shea
... another birthday

Books in bloom
by Debbi Collar
... Spring

Waiting in the wings
by Debbi Collar
... Carmel Quinn's life story ~ wait 'til she tells you

A fascinating journey through South Africa
Shirley Rabb
... a place of the modern and the mystic

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... 1906 earthquake, false eyelashes, Arby's

Cabin Fever
by Betty Rossi
... I have Cabin Fever

Melrose spring fling
by Shirley Rabb
... and what a time it was

Peanuts for Lent
by Joe Sullivan
... seemed like a good idea at the time.

I have got to get out
Casa
... this is outrageous

It seemed like it would never end
Shirley Rabb
... and it has not yet

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Archaeopteryx, President Andrew Jackson, Mae West

Snow birds
by Debbi Collar
... discovering new bird feeders-Spring is in the air

Stringers branch out, now shooting movies!
from Don Norris and Louise Fennell
... new link to the Melrose television station ...

A pot-bellied Bluejay and some good neighbors
from Don Norris
... not much to eat in this oak tree ...

Christmas dinner for our neighbors
by Shirley Rabb
... and a great time was had by all

Mantels, shelves and making memories
by Debbi Collar
… holiday traditions with Elves, Mensches, Maccabees and Kippah Kantors

Alone, canoeing Florida's Oklawaha Swamp
from Don Norris
... erie, quiet, alone, tired, sore .... but beautiful

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Tequila, Tommy-Lee Jones, Tom Dooley

The first snowfall
by Shirley Rabb
...beautiful and peceful

How Cousin Danno came in from the cold.
by Joe Sullivan
... and just when you think you know who everybody is.

The difference between Complete and Finished
from Jerry Norton in Washington State ...
... all about this English language

Big wind topples Don's motorcycle
from Don Norris
... storm pushes 300lb bike off its stand

A beverage of your choice
by Joe Sullivan
... Unfortunately, the choice will be either yes or no.

Ben's Heart
by Debbi Collar
… lifetime lessons only preschoolers can teach

Making Waves in American History
by Debbi Collar
… UNH Professor wins the National DAR American History Award Medal

It's vanity all over again
by Shirley Rabb
... keeps us reading on the road (but not texting)

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Burt Bacharach, Sierra Sam, yellow

What to do.....where to go
by Shirley Rabb
... signs of our time

Norman's Norma
by Debbi Collar
… on babysitting for Norman Rockwell's children

Driving Mr. Dickens
by Debbi Collar
… Gerald Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens performs

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... cornucopia, 60 minutes; Tinkerbell

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... tinsel, chewing gun, a gimlet

The peacefulness of a cloudy day
by Shirley Rabb
... as the fall colors start to appear

Boston's history on ice
by Debbi Collar
... prepare for winter!

The royal color of Melrose
by Shirley Rabb
... regal, spicy, risque, pompous, bombastic

Fashion flurries for Thelma
by Debbi Collar and Don Norris ...
... a stylish fit found at the Milano Senior Center -- thanks to Carol Nelson

Once again, it's VicFair time!
from the SilverStringers
... a quick rundown of photos and comments

The mysterious Mr. Ashe
from Bonnie Moore
... What would you do?

Stringer joins Sox for a single pitch
from Don Norris
... oooph, the ball sails through the air, falls to the ground 20 feet away ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... billboards, a kiss, S.O.S.

Knocking on grandma's door
story and photos by Debbi Collar
… Grandma's "basket of goodies" from Red Riding Hood, goes gourmet

A puzzlement
by Casa
...something I can't figure out

Volleyball season is back!!!
from Don Norris
... Varsity, JVs, both looking strong

'Senior Tones' bring house down at Senior Center
by Debbi Collar and Don Norris
... Tierney Hall rocks with good-old music

When the next stop was home
by Joe Sullivan
...excerpts from a story about a young soldier's long trip home.

Hobbies, carvings, and "Three up"
from Don Norris
... the preacher, the rabbi and the priest ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... bagel shops, Homer Simpson, Arsenic Complexion Wafers

News editor wants to sell his bike
from Don Norris
... two dirtbikes is one too many ...

Purple, by Roget and Webster
by Shirley Rabb
... and also by my friend Arlene

Dream Diner
by Betty Rossi
... our pictures are hanging on the wall

Follow me!
by Betty Rossi
... who could ever refuse an offer

A five day vacation in Kyoto Japan
by Joe Sullivan
... but first you have to get there.

Summer Stroll on Main Street
by Debbi Collar
… businesses welcomed patrons to a traffic free evening, artists and performers were also on hand.

Boardman House
Debbi Collar
…a look into the past through architecture and inventory in the 17th century

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... ignition key, Personal Computer, firehouses

The Senior Tones winter practice session
by Debbi Collar
… no matter the weather, the Senior Tones sing up a storm

Seniors urged to get sign-in tags
from the SilverStringers

Studying Ken Burns in the woods of New Hampshire
from Don Norris
... an up-close look at a senior-level week-long class

Have you been here?
by kmccarte
... is still going strong.

The Rockets' Red, Blue or Gold Flares
by Debbi Collar
... an Independence Day Blast

I love the written word
by Betty Rossi
... I love to read. Anything. Everything.

Melrose D-Day Vet , Irving Smolens, steps out to talk to Obama
by Joe Sullivan
... Using his presence at a D-Day Comemmoration in France Irving speaks his piece to the President of the United States.

Unlike every day
by Shirley Rabb
... its a joy to be alive and enjoy

Stay-cation boating beats the heat
by Debbi Collar
... taking a summer safari on nearby ponds and lakes

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Albert T. Marshall, Oreo cookie, mozzarella cheese

Main Street/Fare vs. Fair
by Debbi Collar
... Exercising your palate -- a humorous look at what is being dished out on Main Street in Melrose.

This is my country
by Betty Rossi
... land that I love

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... ice cream, can opener, Showlow,Arizona

Mothers
by Betty Rossi
... for the month of May, we Stringers decided to write about our Mothers

Memories of my mother
Louise Fennell
... lunches with MOM

Red Hat Review 2014
by Shirley Rabb
...we are still going strong

Seniors sample menu at Polcari's
from the SilverStringers
"Dutch Treat" on the Pike: "Pricey, but recommended"

Driscoll, Stringers get note at Northeastern
from Northeastern University
... former Globe editor featured in new publication

A genealogical mystery -- who is the man in the photo?
from Don Norris
... sort of, kind of, a Mothers' Day story

Breaking in a new camera
from Don Norris
... from Argus, to Leica, to Nikon and Canon, you gotta keep up ...

No more mister nice guy.
by Joe Sullivan
... the ongoing educational development of Joe Rattigan at the University of North Korea.

Happy Mother's Day Mama Mouse!
Debbi Collar
... unusual Spring cleaning discovery

Don's big birthday
by Betty Rossi
... it's wonderful when friends celebrate together

The Return of Mel and Rose
from Debbi Collar
... the famous swan couple, along with a few friends, are back in Ell Pond

What are you thinking, Casa?
Shirley Rabb
... does time make a difference for a dog

Lobsta! Lobsta! Lobsta!
by Betty Rossi
... while my mother was still alive, she had a hankering

"Miss Melrose" of 1964 -- only half a century ago
from Don Norris
... a reporter remembers, finds 50-year-old photos

First day of spring
by Shirley Rabb
... Is it really March 20th???

Spring, the sea gulls and the ocean
by Casa
... the exhilaration, the stimulation, the freedom

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... American Gothic, ketchup, Underwood devilled ham

How I became a Stringer
by Florence Shea
... from banking to journalism

I've never moved
by Kay McCarte
... I've haven't lived anywhere else...

Politically connected
by Joe Sullivan
... how my grass roots contacts enabled me to hit the big time in State politics.

Just be nice
by Betty Rossi
... It's Lent. Forty days before Easter

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Dr. Seuss, POSSLQ, traffic signals

My home, my home
by Betty Rossi
... While my Mom and Dad were wallpapering

Theological reflections of a four year old.
by Joe Sullivan
... reviewing the terrible sins committed while living at Nana's house.

From an 8-man tent to a hilltop cape ...
from Don Norris
... the saga of some 14 homes

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Compsognathus, clams, Pope Johann XII

Hearts
by Betty Rossi
... with all of the memories

Tom was still with us, there at Turners.
from Don Norris
... one last cocktail ...

Tom Dillon, long-time Silver Stringer, dies
by Joe Sullivan
... contributed many stories to the Melrose Mirror and provided photography for many stories that were written by other Stringers.

Tom
by Betty Rossi
... I'm going to a wake today

Two great guys
by Betty Rossi
... we have lost two icons in the Melrose Community

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... A payphone, Marilyn Monroe, bulls

Christmastime...past, present, forever
by Jackie Wattenberg
... how many changes shall we make ???

So many changes
by Betty Rossi
... I can't believe it's closing

Harry & David Company
by Florence Shea
... a Christmas surprise

My GPS (Gaelic Positioning System)
by Joe Sullivan
... I wonder if Triple A knows about this.

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
.... a firkin, octopus, wedding rings

Grace Kelly's Pajamas
by Joe Sullivan
... and why can you never get a movie star when you really need one?

A trip, a journey, an adventure. Memories
by Betty Rossi
... I recently read an article in Yankee Magazine, about a woman ...

Life has been one hellova good ride ...
from Don Norris
... we Scouts went AWOL, to Times Square on VE night ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... The Birds, Yesnid, artificial Christmas tree

A quiet time
by Shirley Rabb
...and so it was

Few recognize the prize that is our own Mount Hood
from Don Norris
... guests invited to new introduction to "The Hood"

Score --- Number 4 -- -Bobby Orr
by Kay McCarte
... it does have a certain ring to it

Oh, Bearded Wonders!
by Betty Rossi
... if you live in Boston you surely know who I'm talking about

A part of the season
by Shirley Rabb
... a day to remember

Did you Know ?
by Florence Shea
... Hershey Kisses, golf balls, Black Friday

An antique farm truck from a hazy memory
from Don Norris
... a great grant but a lousy border crossing ...

Casa's Lament
By Casa
...just think about it

Just daydreaming
by Betty Rossi
... I was just sitting

The colors of Ell Pond
by Shirley Rabb
...as the seasons change

Mirror writer Joan Alcala leaves us
from the SilverStringers
... nurse to the sick and needy on two continents

Victorian Fair road race draws huge crowd
from the SilverStringers
... kids in carriages, grannies, grandpa, ladies and gentlemen ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... pants, owls on Halloween, 13.5 carat diamond

Alice (bless her heart) turns one hundred
from the SilverStringers
... the community marks the occasion with a big party

I've lost it!
by Betty Rossi
... preoccupied, careless, busy

Tattoos and other art
by Betty Rossi
... art is what you make other people see

Clear the court! It's volleyball season again!
from Don Norris and Dick Collis
... remnants of last year's state champs plan for something better

Melrose on the move
by Shirley Rabb
... enjoyment in exercise

An amateur tries his luck at the midnight skies
from Don Norris
... watching for comets, all we could see were stars

A day at Brooksby Farm
from Rita Mucera
... A Fall destination -- nearby Peabody -- on a nice September day.

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... The Mad Hatter, squirrel tails, your feet

Five buck breakfast before Victorian Faire
from Mark Connarton
... be blessed while dining out

Red Sox's Nava holds clinic for 150 at MHS
from the SilverStringers

Whole Foods opens -- and sparkles!
from Don Norris
... First impressions: A fun place to shop, but high pricces

Requiem for a brother
By Jerry Norton
... the way we were

Quannapowitt
by Shirley Rabb
... hushed as another day begins

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Nestle, Jergens Lotion, Oscar the Grouch

I remember Shadow
by Louise Fennell
... Shadow was a mutt but she went to school through the 6th grade

On planning ahead, here's what's on the election docket ...
from Flo Shea
... Just because Markey moved up, doesn't mean ...

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Animal Crackers, bathroom use, Bill Gates

I have a bad disease....
by Betty Rossi
... it's called a Sweet Tooth

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Ants, Benjamin Franklin, honeymoon

The sports scene, circa 1953
Steve Johnson, The Arizona Stringer
... the Traveler photog has us run right at him ...

Memories of Mom's Southern Fried Chicken
by Louise Fennell
... Mom's Southern Fried Chicken dinner.

Opening Day at our NEW Pine Banks Park
by Betty Rossi
... I was at Pine Banks Park on Opening Day

Jonathan and his team spirit 2013 -- Boston Strong!
by Betty Rossi
... while at his Art Show, I met his friends

Popular Melrose native, John Turner, 75, dies
by Jack Driscoll
... succumbs after fighting cancer for 11 years; from well-known family

Waiting for the Dogface parade.
by Joe Sullivan
... Why you won't see me in the line of March on Memorial Day.

The wild water
by Shirley Rabb
... waiting for the calm

Local readers crowd Brattle speaker
from Don Norris
... super lecture, but readers overwhelm speaker for appraisals

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Roulette, Howdy Doody, Sweet Kiss

They're back!
by Betty Rossi
... just like the swallows that return to Capistrano

Once upon a time
by Betty Rossi
... once upon a time...hmmmm, once upon a time

Red Hat Review 2013
by Shirley Rabb
... another fun filled Red Hat Year

Caveman graffiti
by Betty Rossi
... now that Spring is here, we will be noticing more than the flowers

Shaver O'Brien's biggest fight.
by Joe Sullivan
... who knew that it would be with arithmetic?

Pictorial: Going to the dogs
Photos. comments from Don Norris
... a kindred gathering of Melrose K-9s

The Divine Presence
by Joe Sullivan
... I thought that might have been you.

No school snow days in February
by Betty Rossi
... while I was taking snow pictures, my daughter sent me a few via the computer..a beautiful thing

Seniors get lowdown on brain-fade
from the SilverStringers
... MGH research scientist talks about MRI, catscan, alzheimers ...

The quiet of Ell Pond
by Shirley Rabb
... a cold winter's day

Precious pieces
by Lillian Campbell
... Nothing to do? Here's a needy suggestion ...

One of life's embarrassing moments
by Bob Campbell
... a Melrose native recalls ...

Sweetie, you're my ONLY Valentine ...
from the SilverStringers
... but I can't quite remember your name ...

Woe is February 8 and its blizzard
Photos from Rick Mockler, Florence Shea, Shirley Rabb and Don Norris
... remembering that storm through photos

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Kemo Sabe, Tom & Jerry cartoon, Howard Hughes

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Galileo, Ralph Kramden, 10 ft emu

Multi-family living in Melrose -- boon or bust?
from Don Norris
... the aldermen just had to tweak the regulations a little

Baseball in Melrose, as it was in the '50s
By Dave Powers
... former third-base, now from New Hampshire, delights in great memories

Eileen, the third of ten Driscolls, dies at age 89
by Jack Driscoll
... Excerpts about the family's live wire taken from memoir, 'Picnic for Twelve'

Jonathan's bread
by Betty Rossi
... when Jonathan told me that I was in for a real treat

Hats hats hats --- endless hats
from Don Norris
... Mirror writer uncovers 75 hats in the closets

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... wheelbarrow, wooden love spoons, Super Bowl broadcast

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... trampoline, sauerkraut, Truman Capote

They say that La Befana is the Giver of Gifts
by Betty Rossi
... La Befana gave gifts to good and bad children in Italy

163 Upham St. perfect for Driscolls and for aspiring athletes
by Jack Driscoll
... Memoir describes roomy home with two long side yards, barn, orchard — and 'It' cake

Sixty years later, lunch at Durgin Park
from Don Norris
... local couple laugh at the changing times

Puzzle: What's that strange red building in the distance?
from Don Norris
... continuing the "Where are we" series

Memoir reveals ups & downs inside large Melrose family
By Jack Driscoll
... Courtship letters, diary and more buttress 'Picnic for Twelve'

Home for the Holidays -- interesting photos
from the SilverStringers
... scenes from downtown

Home for the Holidays -- the opening
from the SilverStringers
... scenes from opening night in the city's main business center

Home for the Holidays -- the people and their offspring
from the SilverStringers
... nosing around town with a Canon at the ready ...

Latest on new construction -- Essex Street
from the SilverStringers
... a pictorial update on what's happening in Melrose

Home for the Holidays -- Santa arrives, the MHS girls are honored
from the SilverStringers
... first ever women's state title -- first MHS title in 40 years

Following Yonder Star
by Joe Sullivan
... December 25, 1952, Kumwah, North Korea

A kiss is still a kiss
by Betty Rossi
... a kiss is still a kiss, so the song goes

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Coca-Cola, the Mayflower, Salvation Army kettle

Where are we, young man?
by Don Norris
... the quest to discover where we are continues ...

Thousand-mile hurricane a bust for Melrose
by Don Norris in an interview with Mayor Rob Dolan
... emergency crews ready, city escapes serious damage

Hockey is my favorite spectator sport
by Kay McCarte
... and after more than 50 years I still love it.

Memories of Dorothy O'Connor
by Silverstringers
... remembering Dorothy

Old Universalist Church conversion nears completion
from Joan Alcala and Don Norris
... possible December date, target for opening

Museum of Natural History
by Betty Rossi
... once again, I had a great time with my daughter and grandchildren

Pumpkin picking
by Betty Rossi
... it's the time of the year when you carve pumpkins

What's that happening in Stoneham?
by Tom Dillon
... a massive undertaking is taking place in the Fells

It was a scary time
by Casa
... and I don't want to go through this again

Wild and wooly earthquake stories --
By all the Stringers
... Stringers shake, rattle and roll -- well, some did, some didn't

Reader laments unthinking drivers
by Don Norris
... Biggest gripe: Failing to use turn signals

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... rest room, doggy disco, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

What's in a name?
by Jerry Norton
... a team by any other name

Stringers venture into MMTV
from Editor Don Norris
... Council on Aging endorses MMTV connection

The cost of pickin' apples ...
from Don Norris
... great fun, really good apples, but, ah ...

Melrose is flying high
by Shirley Rabb
... flags for all seasons

Old spices
by Betty Rossi
... while rummaging through my spice cabinet

It started on September 22nd at 10:49am
by Shirley Rabb
... and it is still changing

Apple picking
by Betty Rossi
... my daughter brought my grandchildren apple picking

In defense of Bostonese
by Russ Priestley
... I would like a word, or more, with you outsiders

Bang the drum slowly
by Jerry Norton
… with apologies to author Mark Harris

Summer is over, hurrah
by Casa
... but it really was not too bad

Red Hat review 2012
by Shirley Rabb
... Over The What Hill Gang at play

My dad came from Salt Lake City
by Betty Rossi
... every other year, we drove out West

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... computer bugs, Pigs Eye, rob Peter to pay Paul

Did you Know?
by Florence Shea
... train whistle, Checkmate, vigule

Voting
by Jerry Norton
... the devil is in the details

A few words of sympathy
by Russ Priestley
... in regard to the English language

Point of view
by Tom Dillon
... I went to Harold Parker State Park

How old is old?
by Casa
... I don't understand the aging process

Sandcastles
by Betty Rossi
... when we got to the beach, I couldn't believe my eyes

Time began in a garden
by Betty Rossi
... they say that time began in a garden

Meteorology 101
by Jerry Norton
... setting the record straight

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... barber poles, sneezing, epistaxiophobia, kites

Ell Pond
by Jerry Norton
... I remember

Operation Resolve
by Tom Dillon
... A project started by five students

The storm
by Betty Rossi
... sitting here by candlelight

Something personal about swimming in Ell Pond
from Don Norris
... swans are bottom-feeding, turtles are multiplying, the pond is getting shallow

Here's the true meaning of "Skating on Thin Ice ..."
from Jack Driscoll
... among the tall stories on Ell Pond ...

Another train story
by Jerry Norton
... all aboard!

Sad farewell
by Jackie Wattenberg
... to Breads 'n Bits

Jibber jabber
by Betty Rossi
... a few nights ago

The block party
by Betty Rossi
... ever had a block party?

A stroll around our Ell Pond
from Don and Lorry Norris
... a delightful park surrounds a dying kettlepond

The beat goes on
by Russ Priestley
... and on and on

Hello Melrose Mirror
by Jerry Norton
... it's me again

Seniors' favorite Irishman hangs it up
from the SilverStringers
... after 15 years, Mike McDonough retires

Finally! We got to do the Duck Boat thing
from Don Norris
... old history, but a beautiful new look at Boston

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... money doesn't stink, caligynephobia, hospital beds

What's this?! A branch library in the Highlands???
by Charles Coombs
... Charlie looks back to an earlier time ...

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... dynamite, vinegar, zelophobia

Jaelyn's new hat
by Betty Rossi
... in a time when most girls don baseball caps ...

Jaelyn wants snow
by Betty Rossi
... Twinkle, twinkle little star

Tribute to Sonia Schreiber Weitz
by Dorothy O'Connor
... a courageous and meaningful life

Happy Mother's Day, Rose
by Betty Rossi
... guess who had seven babies

"SOLDIERS MEMORIAL SAILORS"
by Russ Priestley
... the title is chiseled into the granite facade.

A place where memories are made
by Kay McCarte
... and these are some of mine

What Memorial Hall means to me
by Dorothy O'Connor
... a local gem of acoustical clarity

My place in the car
by Casa
... this is the place to be

Memorial Day parade
by Florence Shea
... a behind the scenes look as the parade is planned

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Mageirocophobia, walla-walla, cotton candy machine

The Great Escape
by Betty Rossi
... Jaelyn didn't know that Honey knew every escape route

Human's eating habits make me wonder
by Casa
... there must be something about portion control

Eating out
by Carol Nelson
... yum

An announcement
by Carol Nelson
... Coming soon to Bowden Park, in Melrose

Historical Society honors key Melrosians
by Rick Mockler
... Arnold Williams and V. Edward Perkins

I am eleven years old and my parents were lost
by Casa
... but I was not really too scared

A virtual banquet
by Russ Priestley
... a wry observation of regional culture

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Cole Porter, bactrachophobia, Wilma Flintstone

The Song Is You
By Candis Jan Stout
... the lyrics fit the occasion

About Felix Gendro, once a Melrosian
By Candis Jan Stout
... to love a place ...

Gendrot's valentine to the city
By Candis Jan Stout
... famous landscape artist's gift still pays dividends

When I walked into the living room ...
by Don and Lorry Norris
... I knew that she was the one I would marry

A blind date pays off for the long run
from Frank and Marion
... and they just keep on dancing ...

This couple met at Trinity Church
from Judy and Clark
... but he was so much older.

Persistance pays off for this couple
From Ralph and Angie
... a couple of shoemakers tie the knot

All about a blind date ...
from Sheila and Jim
... handsome sailor and his 'out-going' date

He was six-three, she an even five feet
from Richard and Phyllis Gorman
... and 300 came to the wedding

Blind dates didn't show, but love did
from Peter and Marion Gianino
... it happened at Mosely's in 1954

True romance "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
from Phyllis and Bob Blacklock
... philosophically, this pair are softies

St. Patrick's Day
by Florence Shea
... why the Irish celebrate this day

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... The Poor Millionaire,Martenitsa, automysophobia

A love story late in life
by Dorothy O'Connor
... an auto-biography turns into a fairy tale

First in the Nation
by Russ Priestley
... the 'me first' generation

Valentine's Day
by Florence Shea
... St. Valentine and romance

January on the beach
by Casa
... I had it almost to myself

I can handle this
from Charles Coombs
... all part of growing up

Creative Swedish Weaving Classes
by Joan Alcala
... Kathy Bowen, the Swedish weaving instructor at the Milano Center in Melrose loves Swedish weaving.

The accidental apostle
by Joe Sullivan
... he just happened to be in the neighborhood.

Local lady cooks up a storm on Mount Washington
from Priscilla Powers Simm and Donald R. Norris
... carrying volunteerism to the top of the mountain

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... coat hangers, metrophobia,candy hearts

Resolutions
by Carol Nelson
... for 2012

The Christmas vacuum story
by Carol Nelson
... of 2011

Bob Driscoll dies less than year after brother Jim
by Jack Driscoll
... A mentor and model, Bob was unflappable and enjoyed his bad golf shots

I have decided to retire
by Betty Rossi
... after forty years and five mayors

Fate, date and my lifelong mate
by Russ Priestley
... I was a winner... the Red Sox? I don't remember.

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Hair dryers, leathernecks, stasibasiphobia

Veterans' Day breakfast becomes tradition
from SilverStringer Don Norris
... 70-some veterans of peace and war honored by 857 middle school kids ...

Melrose Energy Challenge has receptive audience
by Joan Alcala
... November 13, 2011 Energy Challenge at Melrose City Hall showed enthusiastic response for special presentations about no-cost home energy assessment and access to Mass Save rebates.

Share the memory of your Valentine
from Candis Stout
... luncheon, concert and reading planned for February

A letter to Santa
by Florence Shea
... remembering toys we hoped to find under the tree

Science can be tricky
by Charlie Coombs
... a Winthrop School kid wonders "Why?"

Public invited to songfest at Milano Center
from the Senior Echoes
... North Reading group welcomes the holidays

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Atelophobia, Sinterklaas, get fired

This is Ell Pond
by Shirley Rabb
... viewed from the Fellsway side

Our waning time
by Shirley Rabb
... yet there is still beauty in our leaving

Century-old collection of post cards uncovered
from the SilverStringers
... Seventy, mostly used, messages from the early 1900's

Putting away her dancing shoes ...
by Betty Rossi
... our friend Anne MacGillivray is leaving the Milano Center

‘Tis the season
by Jerry Norton
… my mother messed with my mind

Re-living the French and Indian War
by Don Norris
... Stringer gets caught in crossfire

Red Hat Review 2011
by Shirley Rabb
... and it was a very good year

Time to go
by Charles Coombs
... Whittier School, play-time, nap-time ...

Maine excursion: a lovable donkey
from Don and Lorry Norris
... Freeport farm folks take in neglected animals

More on things my mother used to say
by Betty Rossi
... my dear friend Anthony read the October issue and e-mailed me

Prohibition revisited
by Jerry Norton
... and more fine tuning

Black September
by Jerry Norton
… wha’ happen?

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Post-it-Notes, mosquito statue, samba

York's Drug Store
by Charles Coombs
... memories from the 1930's

The death of an old companion
by Russ Priestley

Even more on "Lennie's On The Turnpike"
from Steve Johnson
... eight-year-old article still draws attention

This was Melrose in the early 1900's, part 2
from Russ Priestley

This was Melrose in the early 1900's
from Russ Priestley
... as revealed in a personal letter handwritten to a friend for her 100th birthday, March, 1985

Middlesex League Volleyball champs open new season
from Don Norris

Surprising moment
by Dorothy O'Connor
... I was at the head of the list

'Suhprise, suhprise!' as Gomer Pyle would say.
by Russ Priestley
... an unusual situation

Surprising moment
by Kay McCarte
... we really did go

Surprising moment
by Florence Shea
... an almost tasteless food I avoided

A life well-lived
from Marie Ryan and Barbara Bernardi
... Anna Merino turns 100

An upcoming trip
by Casa
... I can just feel it

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Martha Washington, a flink, the donut hole

Speaking of the weather
by Jerry Norton
… let me explain

On vacation: Especially aboard the Orient Express
by Kay McCarte
... no murder, just a lot of fun

Redevelopment of an Essex Street Neighborhood
by Joan Alcala
... developers are planning to build a 16 unit residential dwelling in a former church and office building.

In praise of book groups
by Dorothy O'Connor
... a new perspective

Melrose "goes green" with new energy efficiency program
by Joan Alcala
... an interview with Manager Martha Grover at City Hall

On vacations: At the movies on Cape Cod
by Betty Rossi
... the summer I fell in love with Clark Gable.

On vacations: A most memorable journey
by Russ Priestley
... but first, I'll recall all.

On vacations: Once in a lifetime ...
by Don and Lorry Norris
... nine thousand miles and a year later ...

On vacations: A summer outing -- for one
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... learning new skills on old Cape Cod

On vacations: All about fishing in the deep
by Florence Shea
... the prize was worth the trip

On vacations: My worst ever ...
by Dorothy O'Connor
... The frost line in Florida is somewhere to the South ...

On vacations: My best summer
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a more ill-equipped person to run a household ...

History lesson: Neighbors helping neighbors
by Don Norris
... mid-winter storm knocks out power for a week

On vacations: Overall, Maine's the best!
by Shirley Rabb
... mainly mine

National Grandparents Day
by Florence Shea
... honoring grandma and grandpa

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Tootsie Rolls, pirate talk, the bagel

'It could happen to you...'
by Russ Priestley
... an update

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Ivory bar soap, Prozac for dogs, Indian Week

The art of photographing a Bruins victory parade
photo essay from Louise Fennell, story from Don Norris
... the Bruins take the cup, millions come out to get a picture

Melrose goes Hawaiian, luau rocks senior center
from Betty Rossi
... party puts senior crowd to the test

A farewell to an old classmate
by Jerry Norton
… the thinning ranks

Is it pride or vanity?
by Shirley Rabb
... perhaps Roget will give us a better understanding

Rolling Thunder
by Betty Rossi
... I was at a funeral for a fallen Marine and met members of the group of Rolling Thunder

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... Declaration of Independence, bungee jumping, achluophobia

"Foreign Correspondent" Eleanor Jenkins passes
from the SilverStringers
... Stringers lose Philadelphia connection

The Bond Garden
by Shirley Rabb
... a place of beautiful color and comfort

A life of service in three acts
by Dorothy S. O'Connor
... and counting

D-Day sixth of June
by Joe Sullivan
... when a memory of D-Day, June 6, 1944, becomes instead, DNA for history.

Father's Day
by Florence Shea
... celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society

Mother's Day
by Florence Shea
... the origin of the May holiday honoring our maternal bonds

Chair Caning at the Senior Center
by Betty Rossi
... you, too, could do this

Confession of a pack rat
by Russ Priestley
... no other one would know one

Successful food drive supports two local pantries
by Carole P. Tate
... Promotion by Johnnie's Foodmaster stores boosted the efforts of Veterans Services Advisory Board

Great news
by Betty Rossi
... Mel and Rose are back in town

A memory of Melrose
by Jerry Norton
... and a ten-cent caper

We all have our little vanities
by Shirley Rabb
... and they are out there for all the world to see

Quinn Dairy history mystery
by Carole P. Tate
... Mystery lady in 1920's photograph with "Quinn Dairy" written on the back: owner seeks a Quinn descendant to claim the photo.

A secretary's testimonial to her boss
from Susan Krasko
... insights and inspirations gained from thirteen years working with Jack Beckley

And don't come back no more, no more.
by Joe Sullivan
... Jack Beckley hits the road, and not coming back is about the best retirement wish that anyone could hope for.

A multi-task man for a multi-task job
by Dorothy O'Connor
... Bidding adieu to the retiring COA Executive Director, Jack Beckley

Counting Our Blessings
by Dorothy O'Connor
... Re-examining our childhoods

A tale of two cities
by Jerry Norton
… with apologies to Charles Dickens

Congratulations and best wishes to Jack Beckley
from some of his friends
... from friends and co-workers upon your retirement

"The Fighter" film used Irish Thunder's research
by Carole P. Tate
... Halloran's research fed the screenplay for movie "The Fighter"

A tribute to Jack Beckley upon his retirement
by Kay McCarte
... in appreciation by his co-workers on the staff of the Melrose Mirror

St. Patrick's Day symbols
from Betty Rossi
... facts about shamrocks, leprechauns, shillelaghs and more

Ship me a dozen grandmas overnight please
by Carole P. Tate
... In this age of fast food and instant internet information, even grandparenting can happen in the blink of an eye.

Famous words... some not so famous
by Russ Priestley
... and other quotes of note

Requiem for a daughter
by Jerry Norton
... a part of me

Wow, this has been too much for me
by Casa
... I am just too small

Did you know ?
by Florence Shea
... Roman goddess Juno, Flag day, armored knights

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... a goddess, military honors, and a president who got bounced from his own party

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... the origins of "April", "sleep tight" and other otiose information

I ain't no teacher of English, but...
by Russ Priestley
... our society is in serious trouble

Someone named "Driscoll" ...
by Joe Sullivan
... what I remember about a guy I really liked.

Tribute to a gardener
Dorothy O'Connor
... about the "Adopt-A-Site" program

Jim Driscoll dies at 86: 'Quite a guy'
by Jack Driscoll
... Loving husband, father, grandfather and city leader as well

One noodle
by Carol Nelson
... Soups on!

Melrose responds to citizens with winter emergencies
From the office of the Mayor, edited by Carole P. Tate
... unusual times call for unusual caring

Did You Know?
by Florence Shea
... interesting tidbits about March, the nature of chocolate, and 11 more

Many rocks of ages
by Shirley Rabb
... the colors, the shapes, the wonder

We have been shades of green and reds and gold
by Shirley Rabb
... and now we are the color of rust

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... interesting tidbits about February, the meaning of rose colors, and 9 more

Closet cleaning
by Carol Nelson
... Heavens to Fibber Magee!

Did you know?
Florence Shea
... more fun facts

Strange food, another world
by SilverStringer Don Norris
... amazing how the age-old tastes stay with us

DID YOU KNOW?
by Florence Shea
... some items of trivia for you

Thanksgiving: November and all year long
provided by Carole P. Tate
... Volunteers, donors and coordinators provide groceries for over 150 families through "Servant's Heart" Food Pantry in Melrose

Remembering Elsie Pearl
by Carol Nelson
... our sweet, funny lady has gone

Caring, sharing, loving
by Dorothy O'Connor
... Local family helps victims of Haiti earthquake

Melrose goes green -- officially!
from the office of Mayor Dolan

Energy Commission produces 'Green' Open House Tour
from the Melrose Energy Commission
... six local homes opened for inspection

Beautiful gardens
by Tom Dillon
... are a source of enjoyment for animals as well as people

Local family tours Italy
from Barbara Leedham
... two sisters and a brother visit Vatican

MBTA hands out new Charlie Cards
from the Milano Center
... click, click, click and it's all done

Pine Banks in the Fall
by Shirley Rabb
... thank you for the glorious colors of the season

The arrowhead ...
by Steve Hall
... before New England, there was West Texas

Traffic jam where? In the Humber??
Mail from Peter Green
... we just don't cater to commercial interests

Local kids and philanthropy
from City Hall
... backpacking on the way to school

'Seussical Jr' scheduled at Middle School
from the MS Drama Club
... public urged to attend new production

Flight fright
by Jerry Norton
… I could have taken the train

More about Ell Pond
by Len Dalton

It is a 'melluva hess'
by Russ Priestley
... a reference to a comedy team

Red Hat review 2010
by Shirley Rabb
... it was a wonderful, fun filled year

Bahia blues
by Jerry Norton
... and a cultural clash

Families launch ANOVA School, an inventive experience
by Carole P. Tate
... New regional private school serves families with children identified as gifted and talented.

Calling names
Dorothy O'Connor
... Giving names to inanimate objects

Visions of jellyfish danced in his head
by Tom Dillon
... Cape Cod through the eyes of a little explorer

Surprise visits
by Kay McCarte
... from a reader of and writer for the Melrose Mirror

A delicate matter
by Jerry Norton
... so let’s keep a lid on it

The soldier who cried
by Joe Sullivan
... not only does a mother's love know no bounds, sometimes it pays interest.

A promise fullfilled
by Casa
... sorry I am a little late

Life in the land of the grieving - phase two
by Ed Wright
... Loneliness - you can't go home again

Big John, an allegory
by Russ Priestley
... but nothing to do with Al Gore

Tall tales on Ell Pond and the recent ice age
by Don Norris
... writer gets to play geologist, finds water not too deep.

There are some good folks out there
by Don Norris
... from sorrow comes the joy of giving

Tunes and Tales on Beebe Estate lawn
by Carole P. Tate
... July and August: free family fun concerts promoted by Hallmark Health

A nostalgic trip back to Pleasure Island
from Joseph P. Guzzo
... a Melrose native recalls being a kid again

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

ATM
by Jerry Norton
... one more challenge

Doctor Samuel Mudd's most famous case.
by Joe Sullivan
... how Civil War history will become a personal issue to some students of the future.

Life in the land of the grieving - shock and awe
by Ed Wright
... Ed struggles to deal with the loss of his wife after 55 years of marriage.

The tooth, forsooth
by Jerry Norton
… a dental dilemma

Patriotism at-a-glance
by Carole P. Tate
... Families at home everywhere in America also pay a price for our freedoms. Here's a glance at a few Melrosians in - or related to - the military.

Favorite places: whimsey and reality
by Don Norris
... favorite places in Melrose? That's easy ...

Mount Happy
by Joe Sullivan
... Mount Hood Golf Course is my favorite spot

Asking me my favorite spot....
by Russ Priestley
... causes recall of quite a lot

Southward ho!
by Jerry Norton
... a belated train story

Ah, a blessed event has happened in town
From the SilverStringers' swan watch
... the people quietly celebrate the birth of two baby swans

The great water fiasco leaves Melrose thirsting
by Don Norris
... is this a sign of hairier times to come?

Railroad resources online
by Carole Tate
... Historical pictures, postcards, and RR memorabilia for everyone, from the curious to the fanatic!

Stony staircase to heavenly heights
by Carole Tate
... Mt. Hood tower inspires more than one spiritual journey

Childhood choo choo memories
from Lora Crouss as told to Carole Tate
... The rackety thunder under the bridge was wonderful!

Tracking train tales from childhood til today
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... the sound and sight of old puffer engines faded away, but my memories stay vivid.

Reverence, chowing down, and an Easter egg hunt!
by SilverStringer Don Norris
... the subtle point is, where are we all from?

Warm hockey memories of icy Ell Pond
from Bob Campbell, MHS Class of 1942
... Boston College's 2010 hockey victory fires up 1942 local pond players

D.C. to Boston in a barber chair
by Russ Priestley
... it beats waiting at the station

A southern train scene from the Civil War
by Don Norris
... In 1863, the "new" railway brought it's own benefits and dangers

I am on the road again
by Casa
... this will be fun

For it's hi! hi! hee! in the field artillery!
by Joe Sullivan
... but not all the time.

School life spotlight
by Carole Tate
... (1)Winners of Epilepsy Awareness drawing contest (2)Festival of Nations at Lincoln School

The lowdown on higher ups
by Russ Priestley
... kangaroos, wallabies and wombats too

Picture this
by Shirley Rabb
... a look into the past

"Wind In The Willows" musical features Melrose student
by Carole Tate
... Kidstock! transforms a Lincoln School 8 year old into a singing, dancing toad

Whiskers' Window - April 2010
by Sir Tommy Whiskers, Feline Reporter
... my search at Lincoln School -or was it Lincoln restaurant?

A simple, speedy system
by Russ Priestley
... all bars hold

February storm and not so storm
by Shirley Rabb
... some views from our windows

Internet Introduction for Elders at Milano Center
by Carole Tate
... Seniors get direct access to health information, employment services, recreation on "the web". Find out how to do this and more....

Whiskers Window, March 2010
by Sir Tommy Whiskers, Feline Reporter
... My search for the missing half-size humans begins.

Dialogue days: you & school committee chat!
by Carole Tate
... your chance to have a one-to-one hallway conversation.

Riding the Downeaster and more
by Louise Fennell
... it's more fun than driving

Focus on citizens: shaping future school life
by Carole Tate
... Citizens speak their minds about schools -- because the School District asked for it!

167-foot tall Wind Turbine under consideration for Mount Hood
by Joe Sullivan
... could be even taller depending on golf course's electric power needs.

How the Dudes learned me to talk Texas
by Joe Sullivan
... even though I was doin' somethin' else all the while.

Whisker's Window
by Sir Tommy Whiskers, Feline Correspondent
... debut article of a refined feline

First Night in Boston
Louise Fennell
...the wonder of First Night

An almost inside dog
by Casa
...this is the season

I was back in Melrose
by Eleanor Jenkins
... it was so good to be home.

The tooth truth
by Russ Priestley
... more than you need to know, foresooth

A Red Hat review of 2009
by Shirley Rabb
..and looking forward to 2010

After fifty three years, an old soldier pays a debt.
by Joe Sullivan
... he seeks and finds the old pal he owes it to.

Stockings for soldiers
by Linda Callanan
... one neighborhood's project for Veterans Day

View from my windows
by Louise Fennell
... the beauty outside my windows

Labor Day to May first
by Casa
...it's my time now

Timeline of a life well-spent
from Marie Merino Ryan
... one hundred years with Gentleman Jim Milano

James E. Milano
by Kay McCarte
... Happy 100th birthday

Mount Hood function rooms to be air conditioned
by Joe Sullivan
... Park Commission approves $90 thousand bid on October 27.

The gift of years
by Ed Wright
... life at 82

I don't understand
by Casa
... the human's language

More than just another pizza place
by Joseph P. Guzzo
... truly an institution

Signs of our times
by Shirley Rabb
...summer into fall

Creeping crime
by Russ Priestley
... how could you not notice?

Introducing Zeke
by Eleanor Jenkins
... Steve Hall, my son in law, a resident of Melrose since 1994, has a new family member, Zeke.

Riding the rails for adventure or survival
by Arnold Koch
..."They were hoboes, and with every word they uttered...it all spelled adventure." Jack London 1890's

Times have changed at the old ballyard
by Jim Tierney
... and how “suite” it is

Peru---more than Machu Picchu
by Louise Fennell
... the people and animals of Peru

Proposed athletic field turns into a hot topic at Park Commission meeting
by Joe Sullivan
...Mount Hood neighbors pose challenging questions and strong opinions about Park Commission's selection.

Melrose seniors do ‘the robot'
by Daniel DeMaina
... Nexi expresses emotions through human-like face

It is dog-gone hot
by Casa
...but it is almost over

Stearns & Hill's, Inc.
by Ed Boyd and Tom Dillon
... a delicious place to eat!

Red Hatters on the go again
by Shirley Rabb
... it was like a hole in one

Consultant updates Mount Hood feasibility study for Park Commission
Joe Sullivan
... proposals developed by Beals and Thomas and Commission's own sub committee
are heavily affected by available space and environmental considerations.

The pond between two cities
by Shirley Rabb
... serene, peaceful and just plain beautiful

Macchu Picchu
by Louise Fennell
... my visit to Peru

This is my Providence
by Jim Tierney
... words of Roger Williams (not the pianist)

Grandparents Day is September 13th
By Joseph P. Guzzo
... all they want is to see you, hug you, and talk to you

Me Tarzan
by John Averell
... my moment of fame

Park Commission reviews initial recommendations of feasibility study with Mount Hood golfers.
Joe Sullivan
... improvements both big and small can bring major changes and additions to the Mount Hood Golf Course

ALS, MS and a 'Yes'
by Russ Priestley
... thanks to Lisa, Abby, Kaitlyn and Editor Carol

Father Goose gets a new outfit
by Joan Alcala, photos from Tom Dillon
... Father Goose -- a neighborhood landmark in Melrose

A new 'King of the Road'
from Joseph P. Guzzo
... speaking of motorcycles

Park Commission retains top-notch consultant for Feasibility Study
by Joe Sullivan
... Beals and Thomas, Inc., will develop new ideas for family-oriented recreational facilities at Mount Hood.

I sold my Jeep
by Shirley Rabb
... a hard thing to do

Master of the Macabre
by Russ Priestley
... also known as a poet and originator of detective fiction

Requiem for a sister
by Jerry Norton
… “the mystic chords of memory”

Coming or going, where on earth are we today?
from Tom Dillon
... last month? Why, this war memorial is on the site of the old Gooch School'

Memories of a 5 1/2 year old
from Priscilla Hunt Porter
... a strange change

What were you doing when……..?
by Jim Tierney
… and how far back does your memory go?

Deering Lumber - a company with endurance
by Joan Alcala; modern photos by Tom Dillon; 1959 fire photos by Don Norris
... history of a company servicing Melrose for 137 years

The significance of Mothers' Day
by Carol Priestley
... continues on and on

Auguste Rodin 1640-1700
by Joe Sullivan
... a lady puts the historic sculptor on the clock

Memories of Marie
by SilverStringers
... Marie Salamanca, loved by all

The tall skinny kid
Len Dalton
... my first job

The legacy of the Minutemen
by Russ Priestley
... and how Melrose Minutemen contributed

My memorable Melrose moments
by Bob Campbell, MHS 1942
... a little football between jobs

Spring pops out on Mount Hood
from Don and Lorry Norris
... snow's gone, grass is green, golfers are out

Where on Earth are we? The May quiz
from Tom Dillon
... Second in the series of finding where we stand ...

How's your texting going?
from Jim Tierney
... are you keeping up with your grandkids?

My struggle with an OLPC laptop
by John Averell
... overcoming the keyboard with an achilles heel

Profile of an English teacher and writer
by Joan Alcala
... an interview with Solomon Demeke

Murphy’s by the sea
by Jerry Norton
… does anyone remember?

Some Arizona baseball stories
by Steve Johnson
... the dos and don'ts from Ted and Jim

The restaurant scene
by Jerry Norton
… sound familiar?

The Tomato
Steve Johnson
... hang in there

Birthdays have lost their meaning.
by Carol Priestley
... rite of passage or contemporary comparison?

Valentine's Day memories
by Carol Priestley
... when we could celebrate by just being kids

Snow, snow beautiful snow
by Casa
... I have so much fun

Melrose residents speak out at Stoneham Public Hearing about Ravine Road
by Joe Sullivan
...Melrose participants show that blocking entry to Ravine Road from Fellsway shifts traffic to other, even smaller Melrose neighborhood streets.

You roiling river
by Jerry Norton
... and the rains kept coming

A review of a Red Hatter's 2008
by Shirley Rabb
... as our group now welcomes the challenge of 2009

A Luddite visits the Apple Store
by Dorothy O'Connor
... "you're never too old to learn," but some people don't care

How many days make one weak
by Russ Priestley
... with a resultant fear of window shades

Becoming older
by Dorothy O'Connor
... a new definition

Book Signing by Jack Driscoll
by Jack Beckley
... come meet the author and mentor of the SilverStringers

Melrose Friends of the Aging Create the Jim Driscoll Fund
by Jack Beckley
... thanks to the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

Number six
by Ed Boyd
... Amy has a way of pulling herself out of a hole.

The Christmas that almost wasn't
by Carol Priestley
... and how my view changed forever

Jim Milano's birthday bash
by Kay McCarte
... a night to remember

Ellen the Plumber
by Joe Sullivan
... an issue of the presidential campaign shows up in an a very unexpected place.

SilverStringer-inspired book gives tips on generating ideas
by Jack Driscoll
... excerpts from 'Couch Potatoes Sprout' cite Melrose techniques

After the falling
by Shirley Rabb
... we are surrounded by color

Flubs, left-overs and other inconsequential news
Observations from Editor Don Norris
... breaking non-news on the home front -- December 2008

Community meal reflects the times
by Joan Alcala
... welcome to the new program at Milano Senior Center

Murphy’s By the Sea
by Jerry Norton
... does anyone remember?

Happy 99th birthday, Jim
by Kay McCarte
... those were the days, my friend.

Melrose, the city that believes in interfaith assistance
by Shirley Rabb
... and we can prove it

Are you one of these threats to our health?
by Russ Priestley
... they are increasing in prevalence

Another fine mess
By Jerry Norton
… addendum to Priestley's "sinking boat"

Senior golfer recalls where he played golf — and skied — as a boy
by Bob Dunn
... Mount Hood boasted tee shots off cliff, tobogganing across road

A simple gesture to some
by Bonnie Moore
... a special bond to me

Victorian Fair 2008
by Joan Alcala
... the volunteer spirit of Melrose business community and organizations

Why pick on the Y Generation?
by Carol Priestley
... a categorical complaint from the country

An airport meeting continues an unrecognized ongoing ritual
by Joe Sullivan
... soldiers in the ongoing battle of somewhere else

Coincidentally
by Carol Nelson
... a camping adventure

The flatlander's guide to Vermont
by Carol Priestley
... Yup, heed these hints when in the hinterland

Working in the fields of the Lord
by Joe Sullivan
... Melrose grandmother Sara Linnehan volunteers
for medical missionary work in the Dominican Republic

Nice but naughty Spider
by Dororthy O'Connor
... something about fried green tomatoes ...

'Where have you been?' 'Out.'
by Russ Priestley
... 'and what have you been doing?' 'Nothin''

The mighty oak hath fallen
from Marie Merino Ryan
... 'Woodman, spare that tree'

Almost drowned - a true story
by Ed Wright
... it wasn't my time to go

Life in the fast lane
by Jerry Norton
... with the wind in his mustache

The dog days of summer are gone
by Casa
... and boy am I glad

Doing something that scared her
from Lynne McPherson
... meet our September Guest Writer from Australia,
relating her adoption of an Ethiopian boy.

Any Thursday, Sally Frank's Market
by Joan Alcala
... fresh fruits, veggies and other articles for sale

"Whirled Peas"
by Carol Nelson
... dreams and aspirations

In the company of women
from Dorothy O'Connor
... retiring teachers renew time together

Workspace, workspace, what's in a workspace?
by Don Norris
... does that messy desk reflect YOUR personality?

Thrills, chills and spills
by Russ Priestley
... and a return to peace in one piece

Global Campus in Bradford, Vermont
by Carol Priestley
... learning as a lifelong adventure

'7 Over 70' awards presented
from The Melrose Free Press

It's time (at 77) to get a new motorcycle
by Don Norris
... what makes riding a bike so fascinating?

K-9 action at Hesseltine Park
by Shirley Rabb
... dogs of many colors

The deadliest catch
by Jerry Norton
... and a dilemma

My father's pendant
by Bonnie Moore
... the rising phoenix

Dark days in Melrose
by Jerry Norton
... the Great Depression blues

The poor sports fan
by Russ Priestley
... is this what 'crowd control' means?

How I fell in love ... with words
from Carol Priestley
... a love lasting a lifetime

A Silver Stringer's excellent adventure
by Joe Sullivan
... a delegate's day at the State Democratic Convention

Dog days of summer
by Casa
... it's too darn hot

Entertaining a visitor
by Shirley Rabb
... in just seven days

Another chapter in the saga of M. M. Hubert
from Sr. Mary Samson, SHCJ
... we never know where our stories will lead

Then your number comes up
by Ed Wright
... and you get caught in the draft

'Angels Among Us'
from Carol Priestley
... a frank and earnest revelation

Melrose author's book protests all wars
Interview by Carol Nelson
... accuses President of abandoning American ideology

Guest writer of the month
by Laurie in "Birdland."
... suddenly, a computer-assisted lifestyle

Can we talk?
by Russ Priestley
... I'll speak first

Time
by Len Dalton
... what is time?

Mr. X. at the Y.
by Carol Nelson
... strangers at the pool

Portrait of a young dog
by Carol Nelson
... a short tail for M'Lue

Historic rubber shoe complex to survive
by Don Norris
... "The Mills" incorporated in city's "Smart Growth"

My first swim of the year
by Casa
...and boy was the water cold

Some of the good guys
by Russ Priestley
... and how they have affected our lives

A questionable legacy from a wealthy ancestor
by John Averell
... be wary of well-meant gifts

Another tale from the North Country
from Carol Priestley
... when sheep come aknocking

Have you ever been to brupper?
by Shirley Rabb
... all for a worthy cause

Taking down a tree
by Shirley Rabb
... an awesome work in progress

New Forester, old Buick. I love 'em both
from Stringer Don Norris
... wife gets the new Subaru

A park in our midst
by Shirley Rabb
... back to nature for a few hours

A sweet surprise
by Joe Sullivan
... I don't believe that's exactly what she said

What'd he say?
by Russ Priestley
... twist tonguers

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
...a change in the weather

Jenkins family re-visits Philly flower show
by Eleanor Jenkins
... my Melrose daughter returns for country's largest show

Life As A Catholic Nun
Jim Driscoll and Don Norris
...An interview with Sister Isabel Goineau

Moving to the North Country...part two
from Carol Priestley
... making the most of a move

East of Suez
by Jerry Norton
... "where the best is like the worst"

Spring comes to Maine
by Carol Nelson
... memories of Maine

Dizzy Dot -- A sequel to Dorothy's December
by Dororthy O'Connor
... draped over the fender, all was not well

Dorothy's December
by Dorothy O'Connor
... counting one's celestial blessings

Stringers 'teach' at MIT
by SilverStringers
... we take part in the Future Civic Media project

The B&M train, a wave, a hoot and holler and...
by Jack Driscoll
... now it can be told

OP Two Five Roger
by Joe Sullivan
... how Murphy weasels a final look at a hill of high-impact memory.

Where is Zamboni?
by Russ Priestley
... not in your atlas?

Moving to the North Country
from Carol Priestley
... light dawns on a young couple

Super Sunday - Drooper Monday
by Russ Priestley
... "there is no joy in Mudville"

Melrose, the bedroom of Boston
by Don Norris
... location, location, location, melds with Victoriana

An interview with a new resident of Melrose
by Eleanor Jenkins
... our "foreign correspondent" talks with her daughter

A unique hometown
by Russ Priestley
... how so?

Main Street Melrose....the Wal-Mart of calories
by Joe Sullivan
... in only nine-tenths of a mile, nine different places challenge dieters with delicious assortments of baked goods.

Down memory lane
by Jerry Norton
... while under surveillance

Don't just sit there
by Russ Priestley
... do something--like think

Just a note
by Casa
... looking forward to another trip

How to find and use voter information on the Web
Jim Cerny and Al Harper
'If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.' (Gravity's Rainbow, p. 251)

Mirror notes passing of key editor
from the SilverStringers
... Ella Letterie wrote, photographed, edited, innovated

Starting up my new OLPC laptop
by John Averell
... a pleasure and a challenge

Where is Melrose?
by John Averell
... you can't get there from here

A Christmas Carol revisited
by Jerry Norton
... and a lesson in economics

Spend some time with the Red Hatters
by Shirley Rabb
... do you think you can keep up?

How the Park Commission Chose the Mount Hood Manager
by Joe Sullivan
... Meticulous preparation by Commission results in selection procedure that's a class act

Following Yonder Star
by Joe Sullivan
... December 25, 1952, Kumwah, The Iron Triangle, North Korea

My dolls
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a childhood hobby for the 40's

Reflections on interjections
by Russ Priestley
... it's like you know -- whatever

Face on the floor
by Ella Letterie
... t'was a balmy summer evening

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
... this time of year

Dakota Dan litigation revisited
by Arthur Whitman
... was it Dakota Dan or Fresno Dan?

Lady Raiders go twenty straight, win league titles
from Stringer Don Norris

A visit with Lizzie
by Shirley Rabb
... the past is brought alive

Sesquipedalis
by Russ Priestley
... a foot and a half

Open Mike night at the Beebe
from Shirley Rabb
... 'Outloud' at the Beebe coffee house

The stone walls of Melrose
Shirley Rabb
... they are new, they are old and they are beautiful

One more hurrah
by Jerry Norton
... for the thin gray line

Innovation Odyssey....check it out
by Jim Tierney
... they all started here

Middle school project "Top flight", mayor says
by Stringer editor Don Norris
... but 45 minutes to drive across town ...

Stringers at AARP convention in Boston
by SilverStringers
... three days of entertainment, lectures, samples and fun

Cooking out after the service
by Shirley Rabb
... and a good time was had by all

Oh my! "O.J."
by Jerry Norton
... another fine mess

When the dog had his day
by Joe Sullivan
.. and the last shall be first ... even if he's a radio operator

A Red Hatter's meeting
by Shirley Rabb
... a welcomed and beautiful rain

Melrose opens volleyball, hosts Lexington
by Don Norris
... tryout time, cuts, the teams and the competition

"One Laptop per Child" gets personal
from the SilverStringers
... OLPC president calls on SilverStringers

The Chinese statues
by Bonnie Moore
... from junk to priceless

Babe Ruth Stars turn in perfect tourney
from the team coaches

Back to school
by Russ Priestley
... a comparison

Well, young man what do you want to be when you grow up?
by Arthur H. Whitman
... a local boy struggles for identity in WWII

President Lincoln, a grand old lady and me
by Arthur H. Whitman
... last to shake Lincoln's hand before his assassination.

The Westinghouse Airbrake
by Arthur H. Whitman
... at the movies I saw a train that broke in two

Don't fence me in
by Shirley Rabb
... I really need to keep on growin'

With their pant legs down
by Jerry Norton
... the big coverup

Confessions of a guy about to turn 80.
by Ed Wright
... don't look back

The Park Commission gamble that saved Mount Hood
by Joe Sullivan
... buried in debt, the commission takes a successful risk in 2002 with a long-term contract.

Looking for a few good writers
by Ella Letterie
... with the "Melrose connection"

My coyote friend
by Len Dalton
... my coyote friend had watched me for a long time

A change of life
by Russ Priestley
... and you did not think I was capable

Cherries anyone?
by Jerry Norton
... or a tasty drink?

Kindness, determination, love -- our Rita
from the Quinn family

Preston: Making an investment in the community
from Jack Beckley

Mary Hicks: Keeping the family together
from Kathy Bourque

Lorraine -- a volunteer for all seasons
from Meg Cashman

Christine -- always ready to lend a hand
from the Grant family

She volunteers for about everything ... Rosemary
from the Behrle family

Jim: "Father of the Year" becomes a granddad
from Colleen A. Murphy

Memories of summers past
by Eleanor Jenkins
... what a difference 75 years make

Melrose's top seniors ...
from the SilverStringers
... lauded for life style

A lightning bolt from another world
by Arthur H. Whitman
... a graduate of Melrose H.S.'44 reads to a sightless person

Mt. Hood -- the new wild west
by Len Dalton
... SilverStringer "captures" Coyote, on the loose

Hail To The Chief !
by Jerry Norton
... and the electoral process

Monhegan Island Race
from Len Dalton
... two Melrose sailors on the Monhegan Island race.

Memorial Day: The Ceremony
from Speaker James Milano, former Mayor of Melrose
... Jim Milano, at 97, asks us to remember

What's growing 'round Melrose
by Shirley Rabb
... the artistic skill of our neighbors show up in the round

Law Firm selected to advise Park Commission
by Joe Sullivan
... Ultimate goal: Choosing Mount Hood's management while avoiding a suit

Cribbage count needs a lift
from the SilverStringers
... Question: Does bingo waylay card players?

Boston Marathon 1999 - Stream-of-consciousness
by Jennifer Hanley Ross
... I know I'll be back again

Your Move
by Freeman Frank
... checkers are a challenge to the higher powers of the reflective intellect

Sailing Ain't All Peaches and Cream
by Len Dalton
... Racing sailboats can be risky.
Requires skill and some luck to avoid injury.

MHS '49 Reunion Project
by Don Norris
... You help is needed to create a Scrapbook

It's Spring Again
by Natalie Thomson
... Cleaning up

Read, read, read
by Ella Letterie
... everybody reads

Changes of heart
By Freeman Frank
... A true town-gown story of Greater Boston one century after the potato famine.

Lady Raiders wrap it up at Boosters banquet
from the SilverStringers
... Melrose dominates Middlesex basketball league

"To see the boys"
by Lora Crouss
... Ell Pond as Atlantic Ocean?

America the beautiful? ...
by Jerry Norton
... how much grace is shed?

Fire in the kitchen
by Arthur Whitman
... a surprise greeting

Law & order on the Winthrop Playground
by Arthur Whitman
... bullying was managed with effective self-discipline system.

Catching up with the Powers girls
from the SilverStringers
... pssst -- they're all grandmothers now

Iraqi blues
by Jerry Norton
... and the price of gasoline

Alonzo Garcelon Whitman
by Arthur Holmes Whitman, Jr.
... beloved principal of Melrose High

Another local canine
Eleanor Jenkins, assisted by Karen Hall
... who walks the streets and visits with neighbors in Melrose

Have you been "matched up" lately?
by Ed Wright
... What would you do?

Youle Street Coasting
by Lora Crouss

Talkin' the talk
by Russ Priestley
... advice for April

Hat Guys
by Joe Sullivan
... it's the headgear that brings us history

Way to go, Richard
by Roseanne Green
... A tribute to a friend

Living History Day
from Marie Merino Ryan
... Senior citizens, including SilverStringer Russ Priestley, go back to high school

Anonymous
by Freeman Frank
... a profile in the courage of respectable small-towners

Kicked out
from Jo Dondis, guest columnist of the month
.. the passing of an old family friend

In Massachusetts, Senior Citizen Journalism Serves as Model
Knight Citizen News Network
... Mirror appraisal gets national scan

Lady Raiders top Middlesex League -- again.
from the MHS Boosters
... at 19 and 1 -- next, the division games, then the state playoffs

Canine capers by Casa - July 2007
by Casa
...the continuing journey

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

What we do for love
by John Averell
... a winter's tale

Canine Capers by Casa-June 2007
by Casa
... the continuing journey

Twenty years as a landlady
by Alice Graham
... multi-houses with lots -- of work

A day of wonder
by Shirley Rabb
... it was a beautiful day

Salt crystal rock lamp
by Ed Boyd
... a sad story that causes looking at myself

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

In need of perspective
by Freeman Frank
... and a whole lot more that he just didn't know

Weather, weather everywhere
by Russ Priestley
... but no two snowflakes to compare

Canine capers by Casa - May 2007
by Casa
... the continuing journey

On the road - May 2007
by Shirley Rabb
... from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Remembering Melrose -- half a century ago
from Richard Demaris, MHS '49
... a native recalls growing up in the '30s

Some memories of the B&M
by Donald F. Morrison
... railroading hobbyist speaks of early years

Those were the good old days
by J. Tierney
... or were they?

Canine capers by Casa - April 2007
by Casa
...the continuing journey

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
...from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Global warming
by Jerry Norton
... oh my!

A remembrance of Don Murray
by Jack Driscoll
... distinguished UNH professor, writer of Globe column and many books

Favorite Christmas present
by Eleanor Jenkins
... recalling a favorite gift and Christmas

A summer vacation for one
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... learning new writing skills on Old Cape Cod

Melrose writer finds a star in Stoneham
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... first day on the job, she finds an opera star

Sheriff James DiPaola receives key to the City
by Natalie Thomson
... from Mayor Robert Dolan

Canine capers by Casa March 2007
by Casa
... the continuing journey

Hannah Ginsberg
by Freeman Frank
... the indomitability of the human spirit: a true account.

The freshman
by Joe Sullivan
... back to school -- with anxiety and apprehension

Big ears on little children
by Ella Letterie
... ears the rest of the story

I found my diamond pin
by Ella Letterie
... what was lost is now found

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
...from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Impotence, a national pandemic
by Jerry Norton
... with a little tongue-in-cheek

Radio days
by Jerry Norton
... more memories

An intimate conversation with my wife
by Don Norris
... are we making the same mistakes?

Second chances
by Carol Nelson
... a retelling of the story of Ivan Osokin

Those were the days -- the Radio Days
by Steve Johnson
... some Melrose connections

Pater Noster
by Joe Sullivan
... the power of prayer -- when you have a strong argument

Canine capers by Casa Feb-2007
by Casa
... the continuing trip

Got my fare
by Freeman Frank
... and a trifle to spare: a memory from the Korean War era

The times are changing
by Steve Johnson
... but not everywhere

Who's who at Mike Festa's lawn party
by Joe Sullivan
... Democrats' big wigs, local candidates, convene on Boston Rock Road

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Canine capers by Casa January 2007
by Casa
... the continuing trip

History of Melrose's "Three Musketeers"
by Joanne Imbracsio
... international partying at the Levi Gould House

Canine capers by Casa, December 2006
by Casa
... the continuing trip

Adventures in Macy's spaces
from Harold Dondis
... a beautiful lady is gone

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... on the road from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

J'accuse
by Jerry Norton
... with apologies to Emile Zola

Stringers wrap first ten years
from Don Norris and friends
... Media Lab experiment worked out just fine

Middle School: Topping it off
from the SilverStringers

Melrose volleyball: reloading, not rebuilding
from the MHS Boosters' website
... Lady Raiders living up, playing hard

Victorian Fair again a boomer
Photos, commentary by the SilverStringer Phototeam
... a sunny day, 220 booths, and the people came in droves

A turn of events
by Joe Sullivan
... a sad interlude during a very happy journey

Anne MacGillivray named to "Who's Who"
from the Editors of Empire Cambridge "Who's Who" Registry
... among our country's most accomplishd women

On seeing red
by Freeman Frank
... the other kind of learning

Canine capers by Casa-Nov. 2006
by Casa
...the continuing trip

Eastward ho!
by Jerry Norton
... clickity clack, echoing back

Several generations learn harmonica basics
by Dorothy O’Connor
... youngster blows out all with "Oh, Susannah"

Comes the dawn
by Russ Priestley
... early but somewhat belatedly

Problems of a phobic person
by Russ Priestley
... nothing wrong with me, with me

Twilight of a career
by Jerry Norton
... or what have you done for us lately?

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... on the road from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

On the road chapter #2
by Shirley Rabb
... from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

A fitting memorial
by Marie M. Ryan
... a centennial observance

Melrose battleground for bundled services
by Joe Sullivan
... Verizon's new FiOS system competition for Comcast

The game of substitutions
by Carol Nelson
... You win!

Football in the forties
By Jim Driscoll
... out of trouble for a few hours

Other dangers
by Freeman Frank
... one farmboy's "take" on the American dream

On the road - chapter #1
by Shirley Rabb
... continuing story of our trip from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Canine capers by Casa - Oct2006
by Casa
... the continuing trip

Local events for August
By Jim Driscoll
... Some activities in Melrose

My adventures on the purple bed
by Dororthy O'Connor
... satellite surgical op was in Waltham

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... continuing story of Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Canine capers by Casa-September2006
by Casa
... the continuing trip

Bell tolls
by Freeman Frank
... in four parts, we re-visit the '50s and '60s

August... awesome/awful
by Russ Priestley
... some of each

Moving to a small space
by Carol Nelson
... hopefully helpful hints

One world
by Carol Nelson
... Is your mission on earth finished?

Canine capers by Casa - August 2006
by Casa
... just the beginning

A baseball story
by Jerry Norton
... and a grand old man

A few good philosophers
by Carol Nelson
... what some great men thought

Man with a message
by Carol Nelson
... the prophet of technology ... the metaphysician of media ... the patriarch of media criticism

Yet another successful Fourth of July Parade
Photos by Don Norris and Natalie Thomson
... City Recreation Department scores once again

Events in Melrose for July
By Jim Driscoll
... Limited activities in the city

Golfers are a strange breed ...
by Jim Tierney
... but I think I envy them

Do you have STML?
by Ed Wright
... and how to combat it

Flying helicopters at Pine Banks Park
by Stringer Don Norris
... the T-Rex is one great flying machine

A flood story with many heroes
by Irving Smolens
... special thanks to Steve Trulli at the Whittemore's Hardware Store

Coming events for June in Melrose
By Jim Driscoll
... Just another reminder

I was attacked by a computer
by Russ Priestley
... and how to avoid being a victim

Vestido de jean
by Kimberly L. Parker
... Virginia "senior" supplies our first article in Spanish

The May flood 2006
by Shirley Rabb
... eight days of rain

A pig story
by Jerry Norton
... oink!

The seriousness of global warming
by Len Dalton
... global warming and cooling

Teddy bears picnic
by Carol Nelson
... if you go out in the woods today

Watching life's parade go by
by Carol Nelson

On the road to Montana
by Shirley Rabb
... and having fun

A view from the Silver Legislature
from Anne McGillivray
... Work continues on priority measures

Margery reviews the Crawford line
by Margery Crawford Carter
... What's all this about Coney Island?!

My friends in Scouting
by Eleanor Jenkins
... make new friends but keep the old

How to conduct yourself on the podium
by John Averell
... my experience leading a band

The 'Mountain Goats' do Eisenhower
by Betty Densmore
... over 70 and still climbing the White Mountains

The lowdown on the Nokomis affair
by Marie Wood
... Class of '46 opens the door, Floridians flood in

Coming Attractions in Melrose during May and June
By Jim Driscoll
... Just a reminder of city events

Canine capers by Casa-July 2006
by Casa
... having fun playing around

Canine capers by Casa - June, 2006
by Casa
... new to the neighborhood

SilverStringers host open house
by Don Norris
... Looking for a few good writers

Melrose, where the streets are lined with gold
by Shirley Rabb
...and blooming

The last shot in Korea - decision time
by Joe Sullivan
... even a General would agree

The Korea awakening
by Joe Sullivan
... keep the steel helmet handy

Preparing and packing
by Shirley Rabb
... getting ready to go

Stringers plan Open House
by Don Norris
... spreading the wealth, looking for new members

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
...Close to home older friends

Signs of Spring
Carol Nelson
... Fiona finding fairies - Photographs by Laura DiMattia

Melrosians hit the beach in Nokomis
provided by Marie Wood
... party time once again in Florida

A really special Memorial Day Parade
from his Honor, the Mayor
... save Sunday May 28 to honor our Vets

Tax text writers
by Russ Priestley
... pleez speaka da English

Sixth graders ... write on!
from some SilverStringers
... we seen our duty and we dun it

Life on the bounding main
by Jerry Norton
... tourist style

Four minute response
by Shirley Rabb
... an amazing effort

"One Laptop per Child" is happening
from Don Norris
... how can we help but succeed?

Taking on Tai Chi
by Carol Nelson
... keeping my balance

Girls' hockey team
by Russ Priestley
... it ain't new

My education
by Carol Nelson
... or, how I got here from there

Red Hatters, child - like
by Shirley Rabb
... back to the era of dolls

Treasure Hunting in Melrose
by Bill Jodrey
... The possibilities of finding gold in your backyard.

Treasure Hunting in Melrose
by Bill Jodrey
... The possibilities of finding gold in your backyard.

Looking back at Jodrey's good stuff
from Editor Don Norris
... The Stringers celebrate Bill's stories

A fisher, a cat and
some road kill

by Frank O'Callahan

A valentine for Bill Jodrey
by Carol Nelson
... a tribute to the author

Belly bumping down Crest Avenue
by Ann Talbot
... not for sissies

'Febrewary' is Presidents' Month
by Russ Priestley
... ingest these quotations, in jest

Brunch at the new Cedar Perk
by Natalie Thomson
... but don't come for dinner

Ted Berger - 100 years young
by Natalie Thomson
... a quiet time to celebrate!

Twice baked, Silverstringers do biscotti
by Shirley Rabb
... and they are so good

My doll house
by Eleanor Jenkins
... a gift for Christmas that I can still enjoy today

From the Homefront
By Marie Salamanca
... Thanks to the women knitting and sewing for the troops

The tale of the tweed hat
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... some stories seem to complete themselves

I couldn't wait
Kay McCarte
... I was such a klutz

Margery goes to Girl Scout camp
Margery Carter
... mail and presents were too much

The Senior Center celebrates
by Shirley Rabb
... a good time was had by all

I was a Grandmother
by Natalie Thomson
... for one week

My New Cousin
Steve Johnson
... She was an early Christmas present...

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
... come and meet my buddies

Winter wonderland in Melrose
by Eleanor Jenkins
... life is great in Melrose

The making of a time capsule
By Jim Driscoll
... What will our descendants think?

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
... visiting the reservation

Canine capers by Casa
by Casa
... sleeping around

A big raccoon visited us
by Bob Ross
... it did not come back

The Red Hatters go to the manor
Shirley Rabb
... in a very medieval way

Redemption
Jerry Norton
... I wasn't dreaming

Living in a world of darkness
by Russ Priestley
... count your blessings

Holiday happening
by Natalie Thomson
... it's a miracle!

Canine capers
by Casa as told to Shirley Rabb
... my outstanding exercise routine

Embracing my inner crone
by Carol Nelson
... enjoying nature

Bussed back to Boston
by Carol Nelson
... "East is east and west is San Francisco." O. Henry

Canine capers by Casa: Chapter 1
by Casa
... my new life has begun

33rd Permanent Scholarship Fund breakfast
by Natalie Thomson
... Melrose Senior High scores again

More tales from Winnisquam
Margery Carter
... who needs little brothers?

24 hour daylight in Iceland
by Bob Ross
... difficult adjusting to daylight all the time

Christmas visit
From Eleanor Jenkins
... Use as a tool to learn how to do it yourself!

The dog got me
Bob Ross
 ... exercising isn't always fun

To build a bridge
by Jerry Norton
... it takes a village

New id card
by Bob Ross
... will be permanent someday

Help! I'm climbing the walls
by Russ Priestley
... and I can't get down

Red Hat invasion
by Shirley Rabb
... age, what little importance

Everybody loves a Victorian Fair
by Don Norris
... but what keeps it going, for 25 years?

Big feet
by Carol Nelson
... pssssst ... just ask Google!

Business and social communities respond graciously
by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose COA
... provide support for Milano Lounge expansion

Carnation
By Jerry Norton
... from contented cows

Is nostalgia worth three slurpies?
by Eleanor Jenkins
... our Philly Stringer notes how close we are

Summer at Lake Winnisquam
by Margery Carter
... My Dad slept with his shoes on that night

A local motoring tradition closing its doors
by Bob Burgess
... saying good-bye to an old friend.

What's in a name?
by Russ Priestley
... it all depends

Prelude to a Reunion
by Steve Johnson
... how I gained the right to go there

Melrose Weekly News --- the new competition
from the SilverStringers
... suddenly our town has THREE newspapers and a TV station!

Wedding invitation to P. E. I.
from J. Tierney
... never again will I drive

Snow White and me
by Carol Nelson
... "Some kinds of help are the kind of help we all can do without." "Free To Be You And Me"

Shirley missed the trip
by Natalie Thomson
... her Dramamine didn't work

What are the odds?
by Jim Tierney
... preview of our worst nightmare -- The Home Invasion

The old Melrose theater
by Jerry Norton
... of fond memory

Two movies and a book
by Steve Johnson
... some time well spent this summer

That's the "Spirit"
by Roseanne Greene
... the healthy alternative to pricey baseball

Claire has passed by
from Roseanne Greene
... a tribute to a cherished friend.

The no-book book report
by Russ Priestley
... rags to riches, but who knew?

1950's surprise party
by Carol Nelson
... who knew?

Cousins
by Shirley Rabb

Manners, or what are left of them
by Jeanne Maure
... cell phone, baby on board, no signal and a left turn!

Opening planned for Carriage House Lounge
from COA Director Jack Beckley
... ribbon cutting on September 30th

In a world of cell phones
by Shirley Rabb
... they're everywhere

Melrose Mirror celebrates its ninth year
by Jackie Wattenberg
... It's hard to believe

An event off Nantucket Island
by Ella Letterie
... we still enjoyed the week

My life as a fashion model
by Roseanne Greene
... a brief foray into the local modeling scene

Nantasket - by boat
by Kay McCarte
... was it worth all the effort?

Stringers discover new activity, "geocaching"
by Don Norris
... take part in Finnish research project

A Melrose story
by Carol Nelson
... a memorial to Gerry Nadel at Ell Pond

Happy and horrifying
by Shirley Rabb
... October faces

9:29ers Banjo Club
by Shirley Rabb
... a rousing start to the holiday week-end

Interview with Ben DiMattia
by Carol Nelson
... life-long resident of Melrose

Turpeinen returns with new research project
by Don Norris
... Stringers sign up again.

Silver Legislature Report - June 17, 2005
Anne MacGillivary
... we made a trip to the Cape

It's the '40s, and a family is headed for The Beach
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a day for family, food and fun

A rite of passage
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... ballroom dancing lessons - first venture into the "dating scene".

Margery takes dancing lessons
by Margery Carter
... not her favorite thing

Fifty years ago: The Melrose High School Class of 1955
by Steve Johnson
... Johnny's Frantic Atlantic

West Point Graduation Class of 2005
by Irving Smolens
... Impact of internet & e-mail in our world today

Fond memories of Grandma Driscoll
by Ashley Driscoll, age 15
... the loving care in the nursing home was special

The animal kingdom of Melrose
by Shirley Rabb
... alive to the eye and mind

Senior Center Volunteers
by Natalie Thomson
... appreciation luncheon

Russ Priestley inducted into MHS Sports Hall of Fame
by Jim Driscoll
... four brothers Hall-of-Famers - a first

Mail boxes
by Shirley Rabb
... imaginative and unique

Margery survives third grade
by Margery Carter
... luckily she got promoted

The day I almost burned down Jordan Marsh
from Ann Robbins Talbot
... we were so sophisticated

Mama Bird and her three chicks
by Margaret Small
... did the little ones sing for their supper?

Stringers, Surfers meet on new Rye enterprise
from the SilverStringers
... New Hampshire group draws on Mirror experience

Father Sullivan goes to Rome
An interview with the SilverStringers
... and takes us all with him.

Living wills
Bob Ross
... make sure your wishes are followed

50 Years ago, Part 2
by Steve Johnson
... four guys, one bow tie

Car care
by Shirley Rabb
... a must-do thing

Thanks to Johann and Ottmar
by Russ Priestley
... pioneers in printing and publishing

Fifty years ago: The Melrose High School Class of 1955
by Steve Johnson
... a night on the town

Pay quarterly estimated taxes online
by Bob Ross
... it's fast and it's free

Ideas
by Carol Nelson
... ideas can liberate us

The Nearings
by Carol Nelson
... A Love story

April
by Shirley Rabb
... recovery time

Wedeco, an old time hardware store
by Ella Letterie and Louise Fennell
... Broken glass is a pain

Panic, or how I lost a grandson
by Frank O'Callaghan
... In the yard? Up a tree? Who left the gate open?

Melrose Doorways
Stringers Photo Group
... an open invitation to our city

An early Yankee Educator
George Nelson Torrey
... an impossible dream became a reality

Danger: thin ice
by Jerry Norton
... learning the hard way

Melrose Mirror Sections explained
by Bob Ross
... past articles readily available

Bought a new chair
Bob Ross
... real comfort for a change

Rebate problems for PC stuff
by Bob Ross
... don't get scammed

Lost memories
Bob Ross
... never to be replaced

Subject: Shingles
by Jerry Norton
... not the kind on your roof

The Gates
by Carol Nelson
... a metaphor for the river of life

Flower show time
by Shirley Rabb
... a necessity

Heating pad - homemade
Bob Ross
... relief for aching neck and shoulders

Blower/Vac - so easy
by Bob Ross
... sure beats raking

St. Valentine Day party
by Ella Letterie
... he gave a lot for lovers

Elements of style
by Carol Nelson
... quite a collection

Quentin Crisp
by Carol Nelson
... author and flamboyant celebrity - 1908-1999

Portable USB storage disk.
Bob Ross
... amazing technology

What's in a name?
by Jerry Norton
... but it's a nice restaurant

A walk for our homeless veterans
Robert VanKirk
... a challenge from a 105 year-old veteran

Bell of Hudson given to Admiral Pratt
Bob Ross
... son gave bell of WW-II Ship to father for Christmas

Wind turbines for Mount Hood
Len Dalton
... renewable energy is here and sorely needed. Let's do it!

I am your
American Flag

by William C. Moore

Let's look at your bottom line
by Russ Priestley
... speaking broadly

A diplomatic faux pas
By Jerry Norton
... keep off the statue

Movie Magic and Melrose
by George Nelson Torrey
... the good old days

Assignment: Give us YOUR resolutions
from the SilverStringers
... too fat, too unshapely, tired of smoking ...

Regional conference: Protecting common ground
from Mike Ryan
... from the Friends of the Fells

My Aunt Mollie
by Shirley Rabb
...a life well lived

Mirror "Tomorrow's journal", newsman notes in book
Commentary from Dan Gillmor
... "We the Media" examines news in the future

What is an angler?
by Russ Priestley
... that's the Jeopardy answer

The Melrose Human Rights Committee
from Bonnie Cronin
... working to make Melrose "one community open to all"

Dear John
by Jerry Norton
... a recruit's lament

The early days of word processing
by Steve Johnson
... The Computer, MIT, NASA's Apollo Project and "The Broadside"

Christmases long, long ago
by Natalie Thomson
... when Santa was alive

Christmas past
by Ella Letterie
... I remembered it well

Frustration and failure
by Natalie Thomson
... and fun at the Fair

To eat or
not to eat

By Jerry Norton

They also serve
by Jerry Norton
... those left to guard on the home front ...

Our golden pond
Shirley Rabb
... the beauty outside our window

My life in retail
By Jerry Norton
... memories of a green grocer

The second-greatest story ever told
by Arnold Koch
... Melrose writer talks of Margaret Mitchell

Check 21
Bob Ross
... no more float time

From my father's knee
by Russ Priestley
... to finality

Don Murray visits with Silverstringers
by Ella Letterie
... knew he wanted to write as a youngster

It has been a great life
by B. Natalie Urban
... a wonderful 80 years

A house
all spiffed up

by John Averell
... ready for Halloween

Thanksgiving
by Shirley Rabb
... the season and the celebration

How to grow trees
by Russ Priestley
... for fun and profit

Photo series to
honor SilverStringer

from Don Norris

Frances Bertulli retires as COA coordinator
by Ella Letterie
... a great tribute

... and there was lots of food and fun!
by the Silver Stringer photo group

Governor of
Oakland Street

by Bob Ross

Subscriptions for Protecting, Learning your Computer
by Bob Ross
... time consuming but worth it

Growing up in Melrose (Part Three)
by Paul A. Hupper
... of electric streets, the smithy and outstanding teachers 75 years ago

Growing up in Melrose (Part Two)
by Paul A. Hupper
...the downtown was full of fascinations for a pre-teenager 75 years ago

Growing up in Melrose
by Paul A. Hupper
... of beginnings, endings, buildings, jobs and excursions 75 years ago

Christmas Eve Warmth
by Paul A. Hupper
... ten-year-old has vivid memory of 1929 in downtown Melrose

Country yard sale
by Shirley Rabb
... bargain day in Shapleigh, Maine

Chelsea Clock
by Shirley Rabb
... made in America

Leading a dog's life
by Russ Priestley
... follow the leader

Elements of weather for you
by Len Dalton
 ... a simplified description of weather elements

Shore duty Boston then Staff ComDesRon 12.
Bob Ross
 ... a good life but I am a civilian again

Melrose web site
 gains new section

by Silver Stringers
 ... find information easily

Elements of meteorology
by Len Dalton
 ... join the weather fraternity and have a lot of fun.

New color of money
by Bob Ross 

Why the Ice Ages ?
by Len Dalton
 ... plate techtonics and wandering continents

Sergei Rachmaninoff to a kid
by Len Dalton
 ... The drab, starkness of the depression contrasts with this man's music.

The trip of a lifetime
by Irving Smolens
 ... a D-Day vet returns to the beach

Two out of ten
by Natalie Thomson
 ... sand, sea and sky

Silver Haired Legislature special report
Anne MacGillivray
 ... the Estate Recovery Act was overridden

From line dancer to line dance teacher
by Anne MacGillivray
 ... stay tuned up, stay in shape! 

A Montana visit
By Jerry Norton
 ... fun on the 4th

Heavenly Licks
by ella letterie
 ... good to the last lick

From East Boston to Hull
by ella letterie
 ... beaches I have known and loved

My journey to librarianship
by Jason T. Soohoo
 ... a 21st century trip

Main street restaurants
by Shirley Rabb
 ... for all to enjoy.

Senator Tisei honored
by Anne MacGillivray
 ... special guest

Unusual visitor
 on Oakland Street

by Bob Ross

Five at the beach
by Russ Priestley

Bad night at Quonset
by Jerry Norton 
 ... if only I had

Stringers reconnect with Media Lab
from the SilverStringers
 ... beginning 9th year of publication of the Melrose Mirror

The SilverStringers - Who We Are
by Bob Ross
 ... a wealth of information 

Remembering Mary
 by SilverStringers
 ... SilverStringers reminisce

Silver Haired Legislature Celebrates 25th Anniversary 
by Anne MacGillivray
 ... another milestone

Color me Melrose
by Shirley Rabb
 ... steps and beyond

Those happy camping grandmas
by  Margaret Small
 ... fun in the sun on Casco Bay

Memorial Day
 May 31, 2004 

by Bob Ross
 

DNA Detectives
by Leonard Dalton
 ... The future is seen from the past.

The colorful males
by Shirley Rabb
 ... at the feeders

Hindenburg over Melrose
By Jerry Norton
 ... and its final flight

Secret gems of Melrose
from the Victorian Melrose Society
 ... a timeline of architects and builders

What more does
 Catherine have
 to give up?

by Ella Letterie

A nature walk through our Fells
by SilverStringer Don Norris
 ... a skeleton, five goslings and a forest full of growing things

Volunteer Recognition at the Senior Center
by Natalie Thomson
 ... spelled: community thanks

A local flood
by Russ Priestley
 ... a satiation situation

The Boardman goose
by Shirley Rabb
 ... a good neighbor

The line between use & abuse
from the SilverStringers
 ... you're out of touch if you're not in touch

Melrose Fireman of year 2004
by Bob Ross
 ... not that many fires now

Does anyone
 recognize
  these boys?

by Fran Bertulli
 

Tour of Logan airport
from Ashley Letterie
 ... this tour was fun and educational

Sylvie's new home
by Marjorie Isnor
 ... elderly housing

Ellen Goodman visits
by Jerry Norton
 ... tongue-tied in Riverside

Memories of old cars
by Margery Carter
 ... Margery goes for a ride

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
by Shirley Rabb
 ... our care center of choice

Have YOU ever lived in Melrose Mass?
by Bob Ross
 ... soliciting history and stories 

Paper for empty
 print cartridges

Bob Ross

Senior fun in the sun
by Jerry Norton 
 ... softball, anyone?

Democratic Convention media coverage 
by Silverstringer
 ... cover the activities, news, commentaries and analyses about the news media. 

Smoke alarm batteries
by Bob Ross
 ... threw them away

A Cuban vignette 
by Jerry Norton
 ... those were the days 

Joyously, Ms Carter takes us back to the '20s
by Margery Carter
 ... marbles, tracing paper and the teacher who got "told off"

Married 59 years
Bob Ross
 ... time really flies by

Socializing with Saddam Hussein's captors
by Irving Smolens
 ... Proud of our soldiers, regret the conflict

The birth of the Silver Haired Legislature
by Al Norman
 ... hard work by two ladies saves the Silver Haired Legislature 

February
by Shirley Rabb
 ... a month of memories

New members named to CoA
Submitted by Bob Ross
... John Averell, Rosemary Behrle key at Milano Center

To paraphrase the holidays...
by Natalie Thomson
 ... there's no place like the Senior Center

Holiday house tour
by Shirley Rabb
 ... the magic of Christmas

London duty - NavEur FreqMgr & Computers
by Bob Ross
 ... duty in London enjoyed by all

We moved to Florida
Bob Ross
 ... I loved it, Lil hated it. So, back to Melrose

Watch this space !
by Silverstringers
 ... Milano Senior Center Renovation

The Milano Center's "Ray of Sunshine"
by David Pluviose
... remembering a life well lived


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