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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- May 6, 2005

STEPPING INTO the world of "peoples' journalism", this Rye, New Hampshire group absorbs enthusiasm from the SilverStringers, publishers of the Melrose Mirror at a joint meeting in late April. The spread of the popular internet software, a product of the Media Lab at MIT, has topped six thousand 'paperless newspapers' on the net, around the world. The story of Rye's testing the waters starts with the Stringers' report below.

Photo by Don Norris

Publisher for this issue is Jim Driscoll

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.

by Dr. Al Mandraccia

Down Mexico Way
by Marie Salamanca
... if one must be sick, it might as well be in Mexico

Fifty years ago: The Melrose High School Class of 1955
by Steve Johnson
... a night on the town

Car care
by Shirley Rabb
... a must-do thing

Thanks to Johann and Ottmar
by Russ Priestley
... pioneers in printing and publishing

Lost memories
Bob Ross
... never to be replaced

Time marches on
by Frank O'Callaghan
... or should I say gallops?

The best kept secret on the North Shore
by Jim Tierney
... Salem, we hardly knew ye

Danger: thin ice
by Jerry Norton
... learning the hard way

More email: 'Do you do a Computer 101?'
from the Stringer mailbag
... computer garden nears fruition

Not exactly personal mail ...
by Don Norris
... excerpts from 40 days on the road

Bought a new chair
Bob Ross
... real comfort for a change

Silver Legislature celebrates Silver Anniversary
from Anne MacGillivray
... praise given and citations awarded

Computer tips May05:
Protect your Registry - Backup regularly

Bob Ross -
... prevent stress, be prepared

Senior Chorus at Appreciation Program
from Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging
... "Looking Ahead" for May, 2005


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