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Published the first Friday of each month by the SilverStringers of Melrose, Massachusetts -- February 3, 2012

This is the vista Melrosians see from the 12th fairway of our Mount Hood Municipal Golf Course -- a towering piece of rugged, rocky landscape that was carved out by the last ice age. The peak of "The Hood" is a lofty 270 feet above sea level, providing magnificent views of Boston, the Blue Hills beyond, the South Shore and the Atlantic Ocean, four miles to the east. In the sprawling suburbia of eastern Massachusetts, Melrose remains a quiet, residential community, still referred to as "the bedroom of Boston".

... 300mm telephoto by Don Norris

Publisher for this issue is Kay McCarte

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Mount Hood Course revenue lowest since 2005 -- but still tops $2 million
by Joe Sullivan
... 64 rainy days and sluggish economy adversely affect numbers for 2011

Valentine's Day
by Florence Shea
... St. Valentine and romance

Creative Swedish Weaving Classes
by Joan Alcala
... Kathy Bowen, the Swedish weaving instructor at the Milano Center in Melrose loves Swedish weaving.

January on the beach
by Casa
... I had it almost to myself

First in the Nation
by Russ Priestley
... the 'me first' generation

Permissible swear words
by Dorothy O'Connor
... some swear words are acceptable

Postcards provide scenes from a century ago
by Don Norris, Len Dalton and a string of people from a century ago
... the way Melrose and Malden appeared in 1900s

I can handle this
from Charles Coombs
... all part of growing up

Origami Class at the Senior Center
by Betty Rossi
... Cut. Fold. Fold. Fold.

Did you know?
by Florence Shea
... coat hangers, metrophobia,candy hearts

Why, it's Valentine's Day ...
Why, in this year of depression and trials, do we continue to live life as if nothing has changed. Perhaps it is good to celebrate those things dear to us, like Christmas, the Fourth of July -- and of course, Valentine's Day. Above all, love seems to be the most enduring of all our feelings, and so, under impetus provided by Melrosian Candis Jan Stout, we put together a collection of stories of life itself -- of life, as it has been on Valentine's Day. Ms. Stout will produce the program on February 14th, in song and readings, at the Milano Center on West Foster Street.
This program is supported in part by a grant from Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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