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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- January 5, 2007

A bright, shiny, new look appears on the Council on Aging's 165 year old carriage house, thanks to Sheriff James DePaolo and his crew of prisoners from the Middlesex House of Correction. The COA made a contract to paint our Milano Senior Center using volunteer inmates in the Sheriff's early release program. The seniors met a nice crew of men who were polite, upbeat, personable and good workers, while the Council saved about $40,000.

Photos by Jack Beckley


Publisher for this issue is Don Norris

An invitation to comment on our writing
by SilverStringers
... most of us write stories because we can't help ourselves

Sheriff James DiPaola receives key to the City
by Natalie Thomson
... from Mayor Robert Dolan

A remembrance of Don Murray
by Jack Driscoll
... distinguished UNH professor, writer of Globe column and many books

Jim Driscoll with Dr. Ed Boyd: a dialogue
by Ed Boyd
... a charter member reflects on ten years as a SilverStringer.

Hannah Ginsberg
by Freeman Frank
... the indomitability of the human spirit: a true account.

We're running out of dunce caps
by Russ Priestley
... and a new slant on undertaking

Big ears on little children
by Ella Letterie
... ears the rest of the story

Impotence, a national pandemic
by Jerry Norton
... with a little tongue-in-cheek

Polymnia previews Christmas
by Jackie Wattenberg
... handsomely

Notable quotes
by Carol Nelson
... what a funny dream

Melrose writer finds a star in Stoneham
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... first day on the job, she finds an opera star

A summer vacation for one
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... learning new writing skills on Old Cape Cod

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

Canine capers by Casa January 2007
by Casa
... the continuing trip

An infinite space?
by Len Dalton
... can you imagine, duplicates out there

Rain, rain, on our alluvial plain ...
from the SilverStringers
... a damp photo essay on Melrose in the mist

Soggy in Seattle, he says
By Jerry Norton
... photo essay on Jerry's Washington State

Joyful holiday gift
by Jackie Wattenberg
... the crowds come out for Yoichi's holiday fun

Favorite Christmas present
by Eleanor Jenkins
... recalling a favorite gift and Christmas

Registry film scheduled on senior driving habits
by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging
... Looking Ahead for January, 2007 -- first issue of New Year



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