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This will be the 25th production of the annual Melrose Victorian Fair, which celebrates our city's heritage, our beautiful old houses and our 27,000 citizens. It begins and ends all in one day, and features 200 booths and six hours of home-spun entertainment. Be there beginning at 11:00 on Sunday morning, September 18th. It will be a blast.


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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- September 2, 2005

Getting a jump on the September 30th opening of the sparkling new Carriage House Lounge at the Milano Senior Center were these dozen or so volunteers -- actually they were drafted for this photo shoot, conducted by the SilverStringer phototeam. What had been the lowest floor of three in this 170 year old home for horses, the new lounge upgrade cost about $200,000 -- all of which was donated by over 700 citizens and businesses of Melrose. Now there's community spirit! From the left are volunteers Ed Wright, and behind him, Ellie Forrest; SilverStringer Frank Callahan; Kathy McClory. a member of the Meals on Wheels team; Milano Coordinator Georgie Lewis and COA Friends president, Rita Quinn Dietrich.

Photo by Louise Fennell


Publisher for this issue is Don Norris

Summer reading, et al ...

Opening planned for Carriage House Lounge
from COA Director Jack Beckley
... ribbon cutting on September 30th

A young man remembers September 11, 2001
from David Healey
... please keep these men and women in your thoughts

In a world of cell phones
by Shirley Rabb
... they're everywhere

Claire has passed by
from Roseanne Greene
... a tribute to a cherished friend.

The guns of Civitavecchia
By Jerry Norton
... and one that got away

What are the odds?
by Jim Tierney
... preview of our worst nightmare -- The Home Invasion

We remember the smells of summers past
Ann Robbins Talbot

Off to a bad start
by Carol Nelson
... once upon a time ...

Manners, or what are left of them
by Jeanne Maure
... cell phone, baby on board, no signal and a left turn!

That's the "Spirit"
by Roseanne Greene
... the healthy alternative to pricey baseball

The Ring saga
Letter from Kathryn Bushey
... from Montpelier, via Melrose, to Darien in Connecticut

What do you do when your car goes to the shop?
by Bob Ross
 ... a good question

It is past time to ban the horror of war
by Jackie Wattenberg
... listen to the words of great presidents past

New Lounge opens at Milano Center
by Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging
... "Looking Ahead" lists new senior activities



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