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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- December 1, 2006

Winter Wonderland of Wreaths -- regardless of one's specific religion, it is time for a rebirth of faith, in each other, of all peoples, of the beliefs we hold dear. Our picture this month comes from a collection of wreaths that now hang in the main corridor of our Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, provided by individuals and businesses. Season's greetings everyone: may the new year be one of peace and reconciliation.

Photos by Louise Fennell and Don Norris

Publisher for this issue is Kay McCarte

Got my fare
by Freeman Frank
... and a trifle to spare: a memory from the Korean War era

Pater Noster
by Joe Sullivan
... the power of prayer -- when you have a strong argument

Those were the days -- the Radio Days
by Steve Johnson
... some Melrose connections

Ode to Russ Priestley
from Jerry Norton (or is it "by") ?
... The Attila the Hun proofreader

Ann Robbins Talbot

Who's who at Mike Festa's lawn party
by Joe Sullivan
... Democrats' big wigs, local candidates, convene on Boston Rock Road

Getting to know Muslims better
by Ed Boyd
... were ALL Muslims to blame for 9-11?

Melrose memories
by Jerry Norton
... in limerick

On the road
by Shirley Rabb
... on the road from Melrose to Montana and back to Melrose

Canine capers by Casa, December 2006
by Casa
... the continuing trip

"Clovis, anyone?" draws grad student's ire
from Len, Jill, John and several others
... First-comers to America: from east or west?

Melrose Symphony is back
by Jackie Wattenberg
... and better than ever

Beethoven Singers delight audience
by Jackie Wattenberg
... gripping, colorful and moving moments

Usufruct? Sewer lines? The readers speak
from Mirror readers
... "Good issue" one says -- but another disagrees

What do you clip?
by Eleanor Jenkins
... going through a box of newspaper clippings and what I found.

Holiday luncheon -- with entertainment!
by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose Council on Aging
... Looking Ahead for December, 2006


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