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Said & Done: Miss Curley was a gifted storyteller

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mary Curley was a young Boston girl of Irish descent. She was a graduate of a two-year college. She was not a candidate for a Ph.D., but she was an enthusiastic teacher, and her junior-high school pupils adored her. Miss Curley taught at a time when schoolroom desks were no longer screwed to the floor, but free to be moved to suit the teacher’s desires — and make sweeping and floor-scrubbing easier. Each of us had his own place in the room, and when the bell rang, we lined up in a regular order. From time to time — Oh Happy Day! — Miss Curley … 0

Said and Done: Turtle tales worth the telling

Thursday, August 6, 2015

For a good many years Ruth Cook rules the roost in Gill’s Town Hall. Ruth Cook was a modest old lady, who would never have thought of herself as a “roost - ruler.” Fact is that nothing with a dollar sign attached, no property transfer, no bridge in need of repair, no right-of-way, moved without her notice. She worked for the Selectmen, and … 0

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up what in the geologists’ language are “Herkimer diamonds.” Some of these “diamonds” are double-terminated, pointed … 1