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Editor's note: Our circulation is spreading, we believe, judging from a steady increase in mail from our readers. Most of it is "good stuff", newsworthy, and printable. And so we pass it along as a reflection of our small American city, so the world will know what and who we are. Oh yes: I couldn't resist including one particular email (the last item), simply a kindly proposition to an aging but spritely Stringer.


Social commentary from our Philadelphia Stringer
From: Eleanor Jenkins, March 15

I just read Don’s story about getting older and collecting things. My husband was 58 when he died, but all of our married life he was doing that. We moved into our first and only home in Havertown in 1960. There was a railroad spur at the foot of our dead end street that ended at the only manufacturing company in town, a chewing gum factory. Once a week a tanker car, filled with corn syrup would chug along to the chewing gum factory in the middle of the night. About twenty years ago, the railroad abandoned that line and the tracks were pulled out. Before all were cleared away, my husband lugged up from the tracks several pieces of the track, "for garden edgings", he said. They are so heavy, I can’t move them at all and they are still sitting in the corner of the yard. The other thing he brought home were the spikes that held the railroad ties in place. They would be useful some day. I thought he was going to find a nice piece of wood, to put these spikes in and we could hang our coats on them as we came in from the rain. They are in the drawer some where. I guess all men have that instinct to harbor something it may come in handy some day.

Response: Yes, Eleanor, I too have two railroad spikes that Bill Jodrey gave me. They are also in the drawer, gathering dust. Don Norris.


Looking for classmates ...
From: Priscilla Simm, Hillsboro, NH

March 16: Hello Melrose retirees,
Wonder if there is anyone out there from the Melrose High School Class of l950. I have lived in New Hampshire for many years, but still have friends in Melrose - Don and Lorry Norris among them. Great couple. This is my first time looking at the Melrose Mirror. Don't know why I waited so long. Enjoyed the photographs, especially Don's mushrooms when he really had to get grounded for the special shot.
Class of l950 - where are you?

Priscilla Powers Simm, MHS'50


Life ain't fair ....
From: Jerry Norton in Washington

March 15: Hello Stringers,
Don Norris' fine story about two gurus dropping in on one of your weekly meetings and solving your vexing computer problem of six month's duration (in only 20 minutes) gives rise to greater social-humanitarion issues. Why have such people as Henry Holtzman and Walter Bender been overly endowed with gray matter (throw in John Averell, too) when many people, like me, have to struggle to understand the functions of a camcorder. Forget about equal distribution of the wealth...how about doing the same with brain power. As has been observed, "life ain't fair."

Stringer, Jerry Norton

Response: Ain't it da truth!


Does the Mirror live forever? ...

From: Stuart Skinner Jr
To: melrose@media.mit.edu
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006
Subject: Geothermal

Just read the web article on proposed geothermal installation at Melrose schools (Jan 1998). Please give me an update on what has happened in intervening years!
Stuart, Norwood

Response: Oooww -- an eight year old article! Fantastic. Glad to see the Mirror remains viable. Update: Not much there. The project never got off the ground.

Our board of library trustees (of which I was a member) considered a similar project in the '80s, but dropped it as we could find no working installations to prove the idea worked.

Don Norris, Mirror editor #3.

Stuart's addendum: Once you put it on the net, it lives forever!
Idea is viable, just expensive unless you have consistent heavy usage because the heat is so readily available around the clock… Library with extended hours? Perhaps…



Looking for columnist Don Murray ...

From: "knyberg" {knyberg@swfla.}
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Subject: don murray

i would like to know how to access don murray in the boston globe. thank
you. knyberg@swfla.

You can access his present and past columns at:

best regards, jack driscoll


A sample of my paintings ...

"dave and rebecca" {rcavali3@tampa}        
To:    Melrose@media.mit.edu       
Sun, 19 Mar 2006

my name is david cavaliere and i think i was in your painting class with robert digiovanni. here [is a sample of] my recent paintings. hope you are well.


Even we seniors rate a proposition ...       
Mon, 27 Feb 2006
From:    "Don" Book         
To: melrose@media.mit.edu       

Subject: is it you?    


Hope I am not writing to wrong address. I am nice, pretty looking
girl. I am planning on visiting your town this month. Can
we meet each other in person? Message me back at jd****me.info

Response: Smile, for I did. DRN


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