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In This Place: May 14, 2014

Here’s to Our Man on the Street: Clarke A. Sanford by Trish Adams There is no way to measure what our communities owe Clarke Sanford. A progressive, brave, brilliant young man who bought the News in 1904 on a note with $1,400, he was in front of every trend for six dec­ades: motion pictures, automobiles and, always, getting the news. […]

In This Place: April 30, 2014

In honor of Arbor Day, I’m providing some snapshots of life in Margaretville’s CCC camp of the 1930s. One of FDR’s most popular “New Deal” programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps put young men to work around the country, planting trees, build­ing roads and trails during the Great Depression and affording these young men a chance to earn a buck, grow […]

In this Place: April 23, 2014

The Easter Parade by Trish Adams Skimming through the archives this week, reading accounts of Easter visits and services, it became apparent that Easter has always been a quiet holiday of family get-togethers, kids home from school for a few days, sunrise services and Sunday ham dinners: the kind of fodder that kept Roxbury’s Irma Mae Griffin and other local […]

In this Place: April 16, 2014

By Trish Adams April: Whatever Weather Wends Our Way Easter comes late this year, and so will my Easter column. Instead I thought we’d enjoy a good old-fashioned olio of thises and thats. When trying to attract the reader’s eye, it never hurts to start with true crime or have “murder” in the headline, even if one didn’t occur. In […]

In This Place: April 9, 2014

Fishing for Tales by Trish Adams I got myself into another whole kettle of fish this week with “fish­­ing.” Those of you who have yet to plumb the archives don’t know what happens when you search for “fish­ing”?–?an ocean of material “jumps” at you, and if you don’t go after every one, well, the best tale might get away! So […]

In This Place: April 2, 2014

“Tramping” with “Oom John” In a year when we’re all longing for spring, I thought we could spend some time with the man who was born on April 3 and attributed his optimistic nature to this “hopeful” time of year — naturalist and Roxbury native, John Burroughs. Making selections was hard — Burroughs was a frequent topic in this paper and […]

In This Place: March 26, 2014

“No Passengers: This Train is Headed for the (Grave) Yard by Trish Adams Most times, significant histor­ical transitions come and go and people don’t notice until years or even decades later that an epochal shift has had a huge impact on their lives and their communities. That is not the case with the demise of the railroad — and especially […]

In This Place: March 19, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Mud season??Not quite. No, it’s bragging — uh, tapping — time. The sugar harvest simultaneously evokes nostalgia for the old days, marvel at the wonders of modernization and a fierce fidelity to a tradition which will always require time, patience and, it is hoped, good company. March 11, 1910 “Sappin’ Time” by L. R. […]

In This Place: March 12, 2014

Of Saints and Sinners: St. Patrick’s Day It’s a wee bit disappointed I am. Not that me pilferings of St. Paddy’s incidentals was an abuse of me time. But I was hoping for some doings of, shall we say, a more “spirited” nature? If it’s research into the Wearing of the Green in these archives you’ll be doing, put on […]

In This Place: March 5, 2014

Changelings: The Lost and Found Column The theme for this week’s column was serendipitous; my first archive search revealed a story of local troopers in 1932, called out to help find the Lindberg baby, and that got me thinking about children lost closer to home. In folklore, a “changeling” is an inhuman creature substituted for a human child, stolen by […]

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