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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- April 6, 2007

Musical Prodigy: The Polymnia Choral Society's March concert at Memorial Hall was delightful and featured the rich tones of Brendan Carroll, noted Boston Irish tenor. But much of the music that night was conducted by this small child, who, tired of being seated in the front row, took advantage of the arrangement to either conduct the group, or to do a twirling, arm-waving jig at the front of the auditorium. She was perfect for her job and the concert was a roaring success.

Photo by Don Norris

Publisher for this issue is Ed Boyd

A joyful Celtic celebration
by Jackie Wattenberg
... Polymnia at its best

by Ed Boyd
... the best friend I ever had

Talkin' the talk
by Russ Priestley
... advice for April

Alonzo Garcelon Whitman
by Arthur Holmes Whitman, Jr.
... beloved principal of Melrose High

Hat Guys
by Joe Sullivan
... it's the headgear that brings us history

Valuing human life
by Jackie Wattenberg
...is it time for impeachment?

Have you been "matched up" lately?
by Ed Wright
... What would you do?

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

Canine capers by Casa - April 2007
by Casa
...the continuing journey

A Melrosian spends winter on Mt. Washington
by Len Dalton
... prattle as a hutman on New England's tallest mountain

From the Mystic River to the Mystic River
from Jim Tierney
... an easy ride into history

My art career
by Alice Graham
... tracing a path with oils and watercolors

Stringers 'take' on winter in Bermuda
by Don and Lorry Norris
... the people and the scenery are just fine

Photographers: Need inspiration? Try this ...
from National Geographic's "Traveler" magazine
... photo sources on the Web, from Scott Stuckey

Some writings from sixty years ago
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a twelve year old writes from the past

Mini-bus service expanded
by Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging
... Looking Ahead for April, 2007


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