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About Don Murry's last column --

Mary Birnbaum
Jan 5 07
Subj: Don Murray

When I read Don Murray's last column, I left my house with tears in my eyes. I never knew him personally, but he was an important representative to me of my parents' generation; he gave these elders dignity and identity in my mind. He was my companion and teacher as I struggled to care for my parents and understand their needs in my father's last days.

As each elder dies, we lose something precious from the world. Double goes for the loss of Don Murray.

Mary Birnbaum

MHS journalism and The Mirror --  

From: "Sheila Gilmartin"  
Subject: MHS Journalism       
To: "melrose@media.mit.edu"        
Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2006 13:36:35 -0500    

I am one of the journalism teachers and the advisor for MHS' newspaper The Imprint.

I recently had a designer from the HartfordCourant visit my advanced journalism class of editors(about 13 students). It was instructive and inspiring -- the kids have decided to try working with a 5-column format
for our upcoming issue.

I'm wondering if we might visit the idea of journalism students becoming involved with the Weekly          [DOES ANYONE NOTICE SHE REFERS TO "the WEEKLY?"]      in some capacity: seeing your offices, having a visit from photographers, reporters, layout designers, advertising/marketing reps, or any such combination.

When you get a chance will you let me know whatis doable, who might be willing to participate, etc.??


Sheila Gilmartin
English Department
Melrose High School - Rooms 333/339

Nice Front Page --

Subject: Picture of Wreaths       
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006    

Just want to compliment you on the beautiful picure of the "Wonderful World of Wreaths".

She doesn't like Florida --

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006        
Subject: MOVED TO FLORIDA        

We just moved to florida at the end of August the first two months were exciting but not anymore the jobs offer very litttle money which can't pay the bills I wish we rented our house instead of selling it. Now I hate it here. We are going to New york for Christmas I'm afraid to tell my husband that I don''t think I'm comming back, If I stay here any longer I might loose my mind . Its also very boring with not much to do. The kids also hate it here. but you can't just walk away from a house that you bought only 4 months ago and the houses aren't selling at all You were smart not to sel

A cat story --

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006    
Subject: Cat story       

This story happened when my children who are now grown were still little and they loved Christmas. We had a male cat who had to be out side but he would come in and eat and be petted and play but then he had to go back out side.

One day he did not come back. We looked for him all over for blocks and for weeks but no sign of him. A year later it was Christmas morning the kids were opening their presents very excited when all of a sudden our little cat jumped in the picture window. Well, how excited we all were and could not believe he had come back. He came in and spent the day with us and it made
Christmas that much better.

That night he insisted on going out and off he went. We never saw him again.  However we will always remember that surprise on that Christmas Day long ago.

Remember that article about dog sweaters? --

Date:    Tue, 5 Dec 2006        
Subject: mack sweaters       

I'm looking for info on buying a couple of those sweaters for a Mack truck bulldog. I'm a truck driver for getty and we run mack trucks. Being a dog lover I would like to keep him warm this winter.

Thanks, Keith Hodgkins.

Sounds like Cape Ann to me -

Date:    Mon, 4 Dec 2006
Subject: cache @ east end of laneside quarry Kirkheaton nr Huddersfield.       
To whoever it may concern,
Laneside Quarry is being developed into a landfil tip. In the course of my work as a wildlife surveyor I accidentally discovered your 'cache' in a hollow tree, (returning it with a note appended after examination). This tree is due to be felled very shortly so you may wish to retrieve your cache. If I am present when this tree is felled and the cache hasn't been removed I will retrieve it and contact you again.

Yours sincerely,
Aidan Pickering

Freeman Frank's fan --

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, via Stringer John Averell
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006
Subject: Re: Melrose Mirror December issue

do let freeman know how much i loved his story.

More on Freeman Frank's article:

Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 16:18:30 EST       
To:  melrose@media.mit.edu    

Freeman Frank: what a terriffic story, and so wonderfully written. Thanks, Joe Sullivan


About raising eyebrows:
To: melrose@media.mit.edu    

A good idea to invite readers to comment.

I enjoyed the article on impotence and think it should raise a few eyebrows if nothing else. Such an article could trigger a lively discussion, I suppose it could be called a chat room, but letters to the editor are evidence of folks' response to controversial articles in the newspaper, so why not here.

Jay Clark

War in the Pacific:

Thu, 4 Jan 2007
Subject: WWII history/photographs/exhibit
To: lenny15@comcast.net, melrose@media.mit.edu,

Greetings Melrose Mirror contributors and supporters.

I came across your web-site quite by accident and was very impressed with your content. Well done!

Anyway, I though that you might be interested in some of my photography work related to WWII history in the Pacific and Philippines.

I am interested in exhibiting this work in any way that you may deem appropriate. You may or may not have a venue or event that may suite this exhibit. I just thought I'd ask, as I am eager to exhibit my work to an audience that would be interested and appreciative of the subject-matter.

My photography of the American Cemetery in Manila can be seen here: http://www.pbase.com/marchudock/american_cemetery

I also have photos of the old Japanese prison camp at Cabantuan, which was the subject of the major motion picture The Great Raid.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Best Regards, Marc Hudock

Chance connections:

William Wevers
To: melrose@media.mit.edu       
Subject: Grace & Richard Harmelink       
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007

Ms. Ella Letterie,
My wife came upon your article about Grace & Richard, and saved the information for me. My father, William G. Wevers, Sr., was a first cousin to Grace. We had been looking for information as to her whereabouts for some time now. Could you provide a mailing address or email address for her so that I could contact her? Or, if you could provide my contact information below and ask her to contact me that would be good also. I would like to re-connect with her and her family. She will probably remember me as little "Billy"!

Woodstock, VA 22664
William G. Wevers, Jr.

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