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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- December 3, 2004


'TWAS THE DAY AFTER Thanksgiving, and all through New York City, crowds jammed the stores. The occasion was a two-day vacation for the Norris family of Melrose to see the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Caught in the chocolate store at Rockefeller Center are Lorry Norris (wife of editor Don Norris) and daughter Joanne Phillips, formerly of Melrose, now of Belmont, New Hampshire. Also in the party were Jeff Phillips, Nancy Norris and David Seavey, all of middle New Hampshire. New York is a blast, they all agreed.


Publisher for this issue is Louise Fennell.

Alice Linfield White, once of Melrose
by Irving Smolens
... human and civil rights pioneer

How to grow trees
by Russ Priestley
... for fun and profit

Expressions -- a new look at Melrose
from the SilverStringers
... Photo team stakes out local coffee shops

My life in retail
By Jerry Norton
... memories of a green grocer

Our golden pond
Shirley Rabb
... the beauty outside our window

Growing up in Melrose (Part Three)
by Paul A. Hupper
... of electric streets, the smithy and outstanding teachers 75 years ago

Iraqi war is justified, Melrose writer contends
from Len Dalton
... alternative is continued murder of innocents

Frustration and failure
by Natalie Thomson
... and fun at the Fair

Shore duty Boston then Staff ComDesRon 12.
Bob Ross
 ... a good life but I am a civilian again

Vacationing in the Hudson River Valley--Where?
by James Tierney
... we found it

Construction time: Two grand for "Expressions"
From the Photo Team
... if they'd only pay us our worth ...

Silver Haired Legislature Report November 2004
by Anne MacGillivray
... SHL presents citation to Gov. Romney

Computer Tips12/04:
Auto receive Email

by Bob Ross
... no need to check for email now.

Looking Ahead: Milano Center forges ahead ...
by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose COA
... meanwhile, Jack takes "a vacation"



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