Ron Paquette, Norfolk Wed June 08

Did anyone else out there ever work at Ulmer's Farm? I remember they hired us to pick strawberries for something like 10 cents per peck. We would spend most of the day in the hot sun covered in strawberries. We ate so many that it took years for me to even look at a strawberry. Bobby Ulmer, who was probably in his forties, would drive to Lonicut and pick up a bunch of us and let us work all day. We would walk down to the OUR FOLLY building on 123 and buy some candy.The job didn't pay, it seemed like we spent alot more than we made, but those strawberries were great to throw at each other, as long as the old woman didn't catch us. It is amazing that we actually had jobs back then even though we were only like 13 years old. Whatever happened to enterprise?

danfon, verm.oh Wed June 08

I must be way to young for the crowd on this page - but I did grow up in NA. Most of what passes for memory lane is before my time and mostly about Attleboro. The hair and clothes issue is interesting. In prison every day, the inmates are not supposed to wear their pants down over their rear ends but we constantly have to tell them to pull up their pants. There is supposed to be a dress code and to a certain extent they are made to follow it. I personally enjoy when a guy comes into the mess hall with a different and wild hair-do. It is very difficult to come up with a new and unique way to keep one's hair when you see all the different prison styles. I always compliment the guy when he has especially wild hair. You would be amazed watching the guys on the rec. yard fixing other guys' hair. Prison can be a place where a person begins to lose his or her identity and looks for other ways to stand out or just be unique. The hair, the clothes, the colors of the shoes, the way the clothes are worn, and other outward looks are all read by the investigators who are constantly making statements about the groups, gangs, and many others activities of the inmates (forget about the tats!) Just because a person wears their hair and clothes a certain way doesn't gaurantee they will drop out and become a criminal, but the guys I have watched for almost 20 years could teach these high schools kids about outrageous.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Tue June 07

It's so sad to make so much fuss in this Guestbook on a little kid who went to school with what ever kind of hairstlye. Big deal. End it, people, it's stupid. My brother always got his head shaved (crew cut I think it was called) in the last few weeks of school (good ol' Bob's Barber Shop in Attleboro)! Now that drew attention in class … everyone touching the little hair stubs etc. In this day and age he would be a distraction, a skin head, a punk rocker, etc. Fact of the matter is, "It's only a problem if you make it a problem." Plus there is so much in this world that is far more important to worry about. Let's keep this Guestbook a guestbook. Write good thoughts and positive notes. Leave all the drama to the newspaper and TV news stations. Take time and enjoy your friends and family. Life is way too short to not enjoy all you have around you. God's blessings of love, peace and joy to all!

, RI Tue June 07

Hi, I need help finding information about a class reunion. So far nothing has been posted in the Sun Chronicle's reunion page. I went to school at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional and have lost contact with everyone. I'm hoping to find out if there is a 25-year reunion planned for the class of 1980 and if so, when. I've tried looking on-line at the school's homepage, and I've tried finding e-mails or phone numbers for Sharon (Rivet) Dubois or Norma (Souza) Fox. I've had no luck at all yet. Can anyone here help. I live out of state. Thanks. (Sharpe) Houle

Angela (Sharpe) Houle, Harford Tue June 07

To Kathy Hughes and Patricia Caltrider: The North Hop was run by my parents, Rich and Lillian Morse. It began on Sept. 28, 1956, at the American Legion Hall (at the corner of the high school parking lot near the swimming pool). As we kept growing we moved to the YMCA, then the Elk's Hall (downstairs, then upstairs,) then the second floor of the Badaracco Bldg. (above the drugstore), and finally, until 1968, the VFW Hall near Jolly Cholly's. I was the DJ from 1956 when I was 13 until I left for graduate school in 1964. The last song was always "Teenage Goodnight" by the Chordettes. Great memories.

Tom Morse, Milpitas, CA Mon June 06

Hey, Kathy and Pat, I remember the North Hop well. I went in the mid '60s . I graduated KPRHS in "65". It was a blast, except my parents never knew I went ! lol - and then on to Jolly Cholly's Pizza? you actually went there to eat? If memory serves me correctly, we just went there to pick up boys ! Those were the good old days..

Louise (Machado) Atkins, Richmond, Va. Mon June 06

I remember the North Hop too. I started going in 1962 (hate dating myself) with friends Doreen McCann and Sue Roy. When we went it was held at the VFW on Jefferson Street. I just loved dancing with Teddy Chamberlain and Billy Estrella. They were the best two dancers there! When it was over we used to walk to JC's and had our parents pick us up there. We didn't have our licenses and were from Attleboro. God bless you, Mr. Fahey, and all your co-servicemen who are fighting for freedom for the Iraqi people. We are so blessed to have the right to voice our opinions here. We just need to be careful not to offend others when we do it. Being the father of a WW2 Marine who was a forward observer in the South Pacific, I am extremely proud of all servicemen and the jobs they do whether at home or away. Love and blessings to all of you.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon June 06

Someone please tell me that there are more important issues up there than one kid wearing cornrows in his hair! Sometime I read this page and I feel like we are on different planets! No one makes any mention as to whether or not this kid is a good student. Just curious … would this same school throw Jesus Christ out for wearing long hair and a robe to school? I think most of our schools have bigger issues than hairstyles these days. I mean, how about the average grade point average of most American students. How about what percent of our young people can't afford to go to college. How about whether or not our kids are gonna make it home from school alive in a day and time when kids are being gunned down on campus. Someone please tell me … is this kid's hairstyle really newsworthy!?

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Round Rock, TX Sun June 05

To Kathy Hughes: I, too, remember the record hops; I think I only missed one during my 4 years of high school (1958-62). When I first started going, they were held at the old Elks Hall on Bank Street, then they moved up over Bernier's Drug Store on the corner of No. Washington & Elm. The last name of the couple who ran them escapes me, but their son, Tom, was the DJ. Always ended with "Goodnight, Sweetheart, well it's time to go," that was always too soon coming. We were so lucky to have them, then off to Jolly Cholly's after for pizza. JC's sometimes got a bad rap, but it was Sunday School compared to what the kids have to put up with today. My best friend, Joan Chabot Colletto's uncle, Frank Vanbeaver, was the security guard/bouncer at the hop and kept a very close eye on us, so we had to behave. Sure do miss those days.

Patricia (Marcoullier) Caltrider, Everson, WA Sat June 04

Well, I have not checked in for a while and I guess I have not missed much. I was in Iraq two years ago, and seem to remember some excchanges between the outspoken Mr. Howard and some other folks who probably no longer utilize this site. I am glad to be here doing a job that is gratifying, and sometimes macabre. As someone who is actively "fighting" for your 1st Amendment rights, I was hoping, Mr. Howard, that maybe you could utilize that right a little less on this site or maybe somewhere else for the next few months. I love to read about the nostalgia, and history of our area, but could watch soap operas if I wanted to hear other people chastise each other. Looking forward to the Tex Barry's dogs, and seeing the changes when I get back. Hope the content is more entertaining, and less depressing in the future. Hello, Mr D'Arconte. My best to Lara, and keep up the good work. Always a joy to catch up with "local" news. God bless from Iraq.

HM2 Daniel Fahey, Ramadi, Iraq Sat June 04

I knew it!!! This is the Mr Howard that lived in my neigborhood growing up. Didn't like him then … don't like him now! Us poor kids had to wait in HIS front yard for the bus … mean old man!

toymom, Fri June 03

I agree with my dad, and several others, who have said that the principal of the school was within her rights to request the student change his hairdo. It is a simple fact that how you clothe and present yourself to the world says alot about who you are, or who you will become, even if you are just an impressionable kid wearing a joke hairdo on a bet. How we carry ourselves early in life will make a difference later on. A teacher should have the right to hold autonomy when it comes to controlling students in his or her class, and a school principal should have the same autonomy when dealing with the responsibility of many students, and their education experience. Weird hairdos, skimpy clothes, etc., are a distraction to learning, and a disgrace to the student him or herself. If children aren't taught respect and decency, and yes that means (gasp) conforming to normal, expected standards of dress and behavior from an early age, then we can only blame ourselves for what they become when they are older. Some schools in the area where I live are now even considering separating the genders in classrooms to create a less distracted learning environment, and I agree that would be an excellent idea. Schools are meant to be places of education, not runways for the latest fashions or fads, and not venues for students to display their idolatry for certain celebrities. I know kids need to express themselves, don't get me wrong, so let them paint, or study drama, or creative writing. Involve them in workshops that teach them skills involving their various interests. Encourage them to be individuals, but teach them that to get along in this world, it is necessary to adapt to accepted standards. If more of the kids around here had parents who made them dress right and act decently, instead of running around with their pants hanging off their butts and wearing their ball caps sideways, and displaying their "gangsta" colors, then they might actually be able to take advantage of school and learn something, instead of dealing crack on the streetcorner two years later, with no job, no future, and no common sense. Even my 3-year-old daughter has sense enough to see the ridiculousness of certain fashion statements. Seeing a neighborhood kid riding his bicycle up the street with his pants hanging low, exposing his underwear, she exclaimed, "Gawd a mighty, pull up your pants!" I hope and pray she keeps that attitude her whole life, and I'll do my best to encourage it. Peace out.

Kristen (Howard) Weeks, Greenville, SC Fri June 03

Going down "Memory Lane" once again, I wonder if anyone remembers the "North Hop." For the life of me, I can't remember where it was located; I only remember begging my parents to let me go! This all happened back in the early 1960s.

Kathy Hughes, Fayetteville, NY Fri June 03

Jeez! I thought this was a site about Attleboro and the surrounding communities, not an on-line chat room! Not everyone wants to dwell on an "old news" story about some kid's hair style. Is Tom McAvoy out there? We need some good stories and updates about the Attleboro area! Enough with the sniping and ridiculous banter!

Glori, wareham Fri June 03

To those who supported my opinion and my right to say it, "Thank You." To the others, vile rhetoric? Someone's imagination is working overtime. And John, you like Mark better than me? What a surprise. Coulda fooled me. Oh, and keep saying things about me that are not true because I know in your "brain" you think they are. It's okay. And if Mark did not mention me by name, how come you adversaries all blasted me? Guess he didn't have to. Thanks for the prayers, Debbie. I appreciate them. Always good to love thine enemies.

Rich Howard, NPR, Florida 34653 Fri June 03

One thing about Rich, he never lets facts stand in the way of a good argument. Therefore, in the interest of accuracy, my only response to his rant will be to note that I have NEVER worked in Worcester — and that when I returned to this newspaper after a two-year absence, it was because I had been contacted by the editors and offered a better job than the one I previously had — no crawling necessary. Obviously, it was the right move for all parties concerned. Cheers!

Mark Farinella, Attleboro Thu June 02

Our condolences to The Sun Chronicle publisher, Mr. Oreste P. D'Arconte, on the loss of his mother as reported in the 1 Jun obituaries. Our prayers are offered to him and his family.

Thomas A. Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Wed June 01

I agree, Rich ! My son irons his shirt and wears a tie to school every day. That alone is worth the cost of tuition!!!

Brad, Baltimore Tue May 31

I think therearen't enough parents backing the authority figures in the schools. The kids today get away with too much. When my kids were in school and came home with a complaint, the first think I ask was what did you do to deserve it. I believe the dress code should be better and that no bare skin, weird hairdos should be worn. And I grew up in the '60s. The kids need more structure and less disruptions in the classrooms. These kids whine about everything until Mom and Dad give in. Spend more time making your kids study and become someone. They are the future of this country.

Connie Uriot, Attleboro, MA Tue May 31

Yes, good conduct and appearance make for a better student. After all it was MCAS. By the way, Mark, he wore the conrows the next day and Miss Pomerleau did not see him, but knew about it. Dr.DeMoura also passed him in the corridor and made no mention of his hairdo (and not because it was in the media). By the way, he WAS ridiculed by other students because his hairdo was so ridiculous looking. His mother should have known better. Incidently, it was last year that his Red Sox hero wore his hair in conrows, and I understand that it was a bet from his sister. Miss Pomerleau, as principal, has a heavy burden (without an assistant) to maintain discipline in her school. Perhaps she should not have reacted, but she did and that is her prerogative. You were really off base with your comments about the Norton Public Schools. I believe everyone is treated equally and no one is disciplined because of religious dress, ethnicity, etc. Also, I take offense to your comment "a sheltered little town." This is definitely a negative remark towards Norton. So much so, I'm ready to cancel my subscription because of your entire entry. I know we have freedom of the press, and you can state your opinions, but it doesn't sell in my book.

Gilda, Norton Tue May 31

Dear Mr. Howard, I was not trying to be mean spirited in my previous comment. But I must admit it hasn't taken you very long to get back in the swing of it. Just read your commnents about Mark F. to see that mean spiritedness seems to be second nature to you. I hope I never get to the point in my life that I feel in order to get my point across I need to stoop to name calling and other means of nastiness. Too bad we all don't feel like you do about everything in life, but then again who would you have to put down here in the Guestbook. I will keep you in my prayers, yup, this liberal believes in a higher power and prays too. Who knew!

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Tue May 31

Rich, you are a "negative poster" not because of your opinions, but because you never learned how to conduct an intelligent discussion. It is fine to disagree with anyone but you should show how their opinion is wrong. Instead you usually attack the person, often with unfounded and foolish accusations. Mark Farinella barely mentioned you and never by name. Your reaction was to slur his name with the most vile rhetoric. I know your intention is to make us think less of Mark. Instead, it makes us think less of you.

John Owen, Easton, MA Tue May 31

It's called SCHOOL. It's run by the SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Prepare your children, that means conduct and appearance.

Ron Paquette, Norfolk Tue May 31

Now, that's funny!!

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Tue May 31

Still reading the GuestBook, and checking on the ones that I know. I did graduate from King Philip back in 1958. The first class to graduate in the new school. Am dating myself!! I did see about Shep. The only Shep that I knew was Shep Sheperson from East Bacon St.. He was behind me in school, family of 4 boys I think. On another subject, want to change my e-mail address, as it is the same old one when I checked the records. The other has been discarded. Really enjoy this page so much. Wish everyone a wonderful summer. God bless each of you.

Doris Smith, Deltona Sun May 29

Now I get it. If I state a belief or offer an opinion, I am a "negative poster." I simply stated that I think the parents went overboard. I simply offered a story about the way it was when it was better and authority was obeyed to no horrible end. I understand that Mark Farinella is a modern thinking liberal who espouses that "anything goes" and "if it feels good, do it." Since I disagree with that thought process for all the reasons I have stated previously in my "negative thinking," he labels me just that. I thus label him a boob who managed to crawl back for his job when his big move to Worcester didn't work out to his approval. Actually I think he is a fairly gifted sports writer but a wrongly thinking human when it comes to what is right and what is wrong. The kid's teacher and principal said to get rid of the cornrows, then get rid of them. For no other reason than they said to. The superintendant backed them up, good enough for me. I suppose Mark F. has much more experience in teaching kids and in attempting to set them on the right track in life. Well, let me tell you that if you allow everything and flail against authority then you are dead wrong. He drags other possibilities into the discussion when the discussion should be centered on the incident of which we speak. To publicly, in print, lambaste the decisions of the authority involved is counter productive to society as a whole. Get a grip, Mark. Now if YOU wore cornrows I would not object. I think they would look rather good on you. Maybe make you a "hottie" for all the high school kids you hang around. That's it from Mr. Negative …

Rich Howard, NPR, Florida 34653 Sat May 28

It figures that one regular poster to this board would take a negative tack toward the boy who went to school in Norton with his hair in cornrows. Well, let's look at the facts — the school had no strictly defined dress code, which meant that any action taken in regard to the boy's hairdo was bound to be totally subjective in nature. At this point, you have to ask why the principal found the hairdo objectionable. Is it because cornrows are not generally thought of as a symbol of white suburban society? What if an African-American child had arrived at school wearing the same hairdo? Would he or she have been subjected to the same embarrassment by an authority figure's standard of what's acceptable and what isn't? What if a Muslim girl had arrived at school with her hair covered in a scarf or shawl as dictated by her religion? Might that have been deemed "disruptive" by someone because it's not the so-called norm for a sheltered little town like Norton? The only problem with the boy's cornrows were that they were badly done. It's not as if he shaved a swastika into his head — and as for the disruption factor, if the teachers of that school were doing their jobs properly, any commotion prior to the standardized test that may have been caused by the hairdo (and really, there likely would have been very little because kids these days have seen just about everything) should have ended with their commands for the kids to sit down and take the test. The principal was out of line with her action and should be reprimanded publicly, if she hasn't already been privately. And by the way, a few years ago all of the members of the Foxboro High School girls' basketball team wore their hair in cornrows as they entered the MIAA Tournament, and they advanced all the way to the state championship game with the hairstyles causing nary a ripple of "disruption" among anyone. There are far more pressing issues for educators to address than whether one kid wants to wear his hair in the style of his favorite baseball player! What if

he had chosen Johnny Damon? Would the principal have had hedge clippers ready and waiting?

Mark Farinella, Attleboro Thu May 26

"Well, I guess Debbie Stewart's back, too FRIENDLY here for awhile." Now THAT is what I would say IF I were vindictive, but I'm not so I didn't say it.

Rich Howard, NPR, Florida 34653 Thu May 26

Hi, does anyone remember the man, and his name, who used to carry children from the playroom at Sturdy Memorial Hospital to the operating room? It was in the very early 1960s. For years now they wheel them in chairs or stretchers, but back then there was this man who would carry the kids in his arms. Does anyone remember? Thank you.

Karen, Maspeth Wed May 25

THE TWEETER CENTER is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and we'd like to know your favorite Tweeter memory from the past two decades. Was it a Jimmy Buffett concert? An Aerosmith blowout? A night at the venue with a special someone? Let us know. We plan to publish the best responses in our June 23 Get Out! section in

advance of Tweeter's June 24 20th anniversary show featuring Oasis. Send responses to Get Out! editor Bill Stedman at or The Sun Chronicle, c/o Bill Stedman, Box 600, Attleboro, MA, 02703. Include your name, hometown, phone number and a photo from the event if you have one. Keep your responses to 100 words or fewer. We need to hear from you by June 17, so don't delay.

Bill Stedman, Attleboro Wed May 25

Debbie, I graduated KP in 1984, so I was a bit younger than you. The name Shep doesn't ring a bell, sorry. I do remember growing up in Plainville was fun, though. We used to go down to Falk's Market and buy penny candy, and Bo-Peep's too. Mr. Falk used to like to show us the autograph book he had where all the famous people that had driven through Plainville and stopped in his store had signed. They used to have a cat who would just walk around the store and lie anywhere it wanted, including on top of the unwrapped candy! If that were today, OMG somebody call the health department! Debbie, if you went to KP do you rember Mr. Radziewicz the math teacher? I know he had to have been teaching there forever by the time I went to school there. I remember he never ever smiled! He was proud of it, too. Oh, and the way he would cross his hands underneath his arms at the chalkboard, and when he removed them he had yellow chalk stains under his arms! LOL those were the days. I remember back then they had a smoking area for the kids in the courtyard, too. Boy, how times have changed. (And no, Dad, I didn't smoke in the courtyard.) My dad is still convinced he saw me smoking a cig with my friends behind the school when he went to pick me up from drama practice one night, and I insist it was not me, I always hated cigarettes. A bag of nostalgic penny candy mailed directly to anyone who can guess who my dad is in the Guestbook : ) Have a great week everyone.

Kristen (Howard) Weeks, Greenville, SC Tue May 24

I moved to Attleboro in 1955 from New Brunswick ,Canada, and lived in Attleboro for twenty years and am now living back in New Brunswick. I have alot of good memories of living in Attleboro. I started school at Peter Thacher and sure remember Mr. Miller ( I had a lot of respect for him and did not get in trouble in school). Someone was asking about Densmore's. I went to Densmore's when Tom and Katherine Densmore owned it (behind Heagney's on Union St.) Coffee millkshakes for 25 cents. Does anyone remember Sunny Brook Farm (milk store) on County St. (might be where Eli's is now)also on South Main St. Skateng on the pond at Bliss Bros. and going through the ice up to my waist (took my skates off and walked my bike home in my sock feet to Major St. in January about 13 years old ). Mr. Roundsville at east side pool and gym teacher at Peter Thacher (some might remember his nick name). Mahon's market on James St. and MaLaney's Market on the opposite corner.

George HannahMon May 23

Rich, I have to agree with you. I applaud Miss Pomerleau for her decision. (I heard she took him right off the bus). She was probably protecting him from embarrasment. He would have been a laughing stock by his peers. Conrows - no - silly braids by an amaetur - yes . His picture on the front page of The Sun Chronicle was laughable to say the least. If he wanted to emulate his Red Sox hero his mother should have taken him to a professional. Enough said on that.

Gilda , Norton Fri May 20

was just sitting here and started wondering,after 40 years, how many names of people i knew back when i was gowing up i could remember, and were are they now, and how did there lives turn out. midge sillman. jimmie tillman. ron and don campell. kevin liston. bobby mack. claire duphily. carolann gerans. it's amazing how hard it is to remeber, spell check on that one. well if anyone has any info,feel free to email.

mike grant, grand prairie, tx Sun May 22

Well I guess Mr Howard is back! Too quiet here for awhile. Soulsoprano, I too went to KP, class of '70 and grew up in Plainville. It was a wonderful time to grow up in a small town. Fond memories of all the good that Plainville had to offer, Don's Diner, Plainville Drug and those great lime rickies, Rollie's chocolate donuts, skating on the ice behind the drug store, swimming in the town pool, just being able to be a kid. Those days seem to be gone for kids. I was a Bergevine and one of my sisters friends was a young guy named "Shep." Would he be related to you? Let's hope more KPe'rs help share memories.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Fri May 20

Welcome home, Richie Didick!!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu May 19

Lemmee get this straight now. A student goes to his public school with what is a disruptive hairdo according to his teachers and his principal. In other words, his authority figures. So they order it undone and the parents decide to go ballistic. Is that about right? Geez, the poor kid will go through life with this indignity on his shoulders? Geez, his modern parents will not be able to face their friends and workmates unless they lash out at the authority in the school? When I was a freshman in NAHS back in the day, as they say, I tested the authority by going to the first day of school in Levi jeans. Before homeroom period was over I was back home changing into khaki trousers. Why? I was told to by my homeroom teacher. Simple as that. I was told to and I did. Believe me, obeying her was much easier than facing Dad if he found out. So here I am, 65 years old now and retired and I have not suffered one bit. Haven't killed anyone. Never went to prison. Nope, no flashbacks of this dastardly incident bothering me. Seems to me this kid's parents gotta get a reality check. Instead they escalate this simple incident by going public and demanding the principal issue a public apology to little "Johnny Cornrow." Bravo to Superintendant Lincoln DeMoura and Principal Janice Pomerleau. p.s. Dare I mention that the child's baseball hero is on a 6-game suspension for drilling fastballs at Tampa Bay batters? Ahhh, the modern "hero." Drop the cornrows and pick up a book, kid. You too, Bronson.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Wed May 18

CONGRATULATIONS Dave Proia on your promotion to captain in the Attleboro Police Dept.! I`ll have to stop in and say "Hi" next time I`m up there. Don't worry! I drive slower these days.

Brad, Baltimore Tue May 17

In response to Maryann Ferns from Texas: AMEN, sister! Please allow me to add a few points you forgot to mention. Our mothers felt free to lay us on our tummies to sleep without being put on a guilt trip for possibly causing our deaths. We could ride our bikes and play outside anywhere around the neighborhood without worrying if the local pervert was out to murder us. Boys and girls could be friends all the way to junior high school without even thinking about experimenting with sex! We had respect for our parents and knew if we disobeyed them there would be spankings and groundings, and we didn't dare call the local child protection agency and have our parents arrested. We listened to our teachers and we went to church and knew who God was and what He was all about. Just a few extra thoughts. On a different note, is anyone who reads this interested in sharing memories of Plainville, or perhaps King Philip Regional Schools? I graduated in 1984 and would love to include some Plainville, Wrentham or Norfolk memories in this forum if anyone else would too. Love to hear from you!

Kristen (Howard) Weeks, Greenville, SC Mon May 16

Just found the Attleboro site. What a hoot! Graduated from AHS in 1969 - went to Richardson School & Thacher then AHS. I remember ALL of the places mentioned. LOVED Bobby's and then Cottage bakery - Jolly Cholly's- A&W stand (Oh how I miss that!) the Boro Drive-in. The nostalgia is so heart-warming. Does anyone remember an old guy with a wagon who used to drive on South Main St. I think his name was "Pappy?" (near Gaffney's farm) Remember ice skating at Capron Park and the little snack shed with the "guy who's eyes follow you" mask in the window? Love it! When I drive thru the city now I feel so sad … it's lost its small town charm and character. Would love to hear from other "Attleboro-ites."

Jan, Wareham, MA Sun May 15

Correction: The PA BBQ still exists. Took the grandkids last summer. It's the Moose Club that no longer has the BBQ. PA is good family supper but after dark can get a little hairy.

Linda Sullivan, Attleboro Sat May 14

Sad to read of the passing of Mike Nolan. Nice guy. Another of my childhood buddies gone. He was a good athlete for Coyle and just a great guy. Rest in peace, Mike.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Fri May 13

Amen, Maryann!! I couldn't have said it better myself!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville Fri May 13

Hey Dan, I was just home for my niece's First Communion and Mother's Day. I don't know if Morse's Pond is empty or not, but I can tell you they no longer have the PA Club BBQs for the same reason they stopped them before - fights, I think I heard. Bliss Brothers is still going strong, Bristol Farms has expanded and built a deck so you can eat outside, and they now serve breakfast on it! They make French toast with masa (Portuguese sweet bread, remember that? MMMM !)Chartley Pond is still full, Briggs Nursery is still making money hand-over-fist, the Archway Hotel is now gone and new condos built on its site, going for $300,000 or more (!). There are finally lights at the entrance to the No. Attle. Industrial Park, at the Plaza where the Tri-Boro Theatres (old K-Mart) are, with the Bliss Bros 2nd restraunt now the Picadilly II, and they also did the intersection of North Ave and Kelly Blvd so now there are turning lanes with curbs. There is a new Dunkin' Donuts at the end of (old) E-Z-Park block, and the Thayer Pharmacy went from CVS to now some kinda Dollar store. It is still good to be home, and the pizzas are still AWESOME at Briggs Corner Pizza (formerly J&D Pizza). But the North End Deli still has the best damn Italian grinders with that sesame-seeded knotted roll and the chopped tomato and pickle and oil stuff they slather it with. Oh Dan!! our AHS 1980 25th Class Reunion is in August - go to the REUNION SECTION in here to see the details. It's a Family Day, different from what we've experienced in past reunions. And Ralph Arguin and his wife own the B&B where it will be. I remember when he was my health teacher in 6th or 7th grade at Brennan - which is now a Bristol Community College campus! Would love to see ya there!

Terry Bosh, Sterling, VA Thu May 12

hey where did everyone go?one minute everyone is writing stuff like there is no tomorrow and the next thing no one is saying a word. maybe we are just tired of remembering the old days. so how about the now days. I am in ohio and was wondering if morses pond is empty and if they still had pa club barbeques and if bliss brothers is still there and what about the bristol farms and is briggs nursery still operating whats going on back there let me know thanks

danf, verm Wed May 11

A BOY is born, Hunter Dakota-Harrop Crauder to SGT Benjamin Crauder and Kerri Crauder formerly of North Attleboro.

Kerri Crauder, Fort Drum, NY Wed May 11

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we

rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no

99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell

phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no

lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't

had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They

actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers

and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

(My own footnote: We actually sat at the dinner table together to eat most nights, and most families attended some kind of church service together. Could it be that those two little things actually made us feel a sense of responsibility and respect towards one another?)

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Round Rock, TX Fri May 06

Ha ha, Spit, loved your comments about fishing in the reservoir. I always wondered why they let people fish, boat, swim, etc in the water that would, eventually, come out of someone's faucet. YUCK! Does anyone know who's responsible for those memorial displays once they become nothing but trash heaps? There's one on Route 1 (in No. Attle.) where that girl died a few weeks ago. All the stuffed animals, burned out candles and dead flowers and such are still there. Shouldn't her friends clear away their mess?

G. Martin, North Attleborough Mon May 02

To our Attleboro & Mansfield friends and relatives: I want to convey that May 2nd is a very special day for me. On this day in 1930, Jacob & Anna Kashtan were rewarded with a very special daughter, Helen, in Chelsea, MA. They later moved to 1680 West St., West Mansfield. On 12 July 1952 she married an Attleboro native (me) and after many years as an Air Force wife, she moved with our three children to Virginia Beach. I am the most fortunate of men in having such a beautiful wife. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Sun May 01

John Buchanan: AOL says your e-mail is not valid. I read your Guestbook article and googled "Tex Barry's Diner." How did you get to "Guestbook" from there?? Anyway, Google led me to this directory and thought you'd be interested in the below Attleboro pic. Note the cryptic Worcester 1920 comment … perhaps it was transplanted from Worcester? Anyway, I never frequented there. My diners were Morin's on Wall Street (between the Union Theater and the Railroad Station), Barney's on Bank St. and Corbett's on Union St. (behind the post office). Are you part of the Buchanan clan from Nova Scotia circa 1900?? PS: My WIN98SE can't handle Google's Keyhole, but they also provide a MapSearch that includes satellite images. For Bro Howard: Did/do you frequent Tex Barry's Diner?? MA DINERS (page 1) Casey's Diner, Natick, MA:

Casey's Diner is a Worcester diner from 1922. It was originally located in Framingham, MA. In 1927, it was sold to Fred Casey and moved to Main St. in Natick. It was moved to this location in 1977. This little 10-stool diner measures 10' x 20 1/2' and is one of the oldest, best-preserved diners in the country. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features an all-oak interior. There is a take-out window to one side. Sisson's Diner, South Middleboro, MA: Sisson's Diner is actually not a real diner but a converted 1926 trolley car. Capitol Diner, Lynn, MA. Tex Barry's Coney Island Diner, Attleboro, MA. The Capitol Diner is a Brill from 1928. There are only two Brills operating in the country and this is the most original. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally called the "Miss Lynn Diner." When it changed hands in 1938, it was renamed to refer to the Capitol Theatre across the street (now gone). For another photo, see this website. Buried under all that wood, Tex Barry's Coney Island Diner is a Worcester diner from the 1920s.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Sun May 01

Love the Guestbook. All the comments about growing up in Attleboro are great. My family has been here for generations, my parents still live here. Is there any one out there that has 5 or more generations of graduates from AHS? My daughter Kyla Whittemore will be graduating from AHS in June 2005, and she will be the 5th generation of my family to graduate from AHS. Just curious to see if there is any one else?

Wendy Adams, North Attleboro, MA Sat April 30

Recently moved from Elizabethton, TN, to the Pacific NW. Catching up on all the nostalgia about growing up in NA. I grew up on Pleasant St., so clearly remember sliding down Leonard St. in the winter. Does anyone remember the Moriarty's German Shepard, Gus? If he were out, he'd chase you down the hill and scare us all. My first job, the day after I turned 16, was at JJ Newberry's. I didn't see if Fran's Dairy was mentioned but I do remember when Mike Coyle bought it in the '60s. Still there and still called Fran's, even though Mike has probably owned over twice as long as Fran did. Joan Chabot and I would walk there (before Mike's reign) almost every night in the summer if we could scape up the cost of a hot fudge sundae and an order of french fries (not the frozen kind). I think they were 25 cents each. My older brother, Ronnie, saved Donnie Kelly's life one winter when they were on Morin's nearly frozen pond. Ron got off but Donnie fell in. Ron ran and got a ladder from a nearby home, stretched it across the ice and pulled Donnie out before the fire dept. got there. Just reading all the old postings brought back many memories. We really get nostalgic as we get older. Thanks for sharing.

Patricia (Marcoullier) Caltrider, Everson, WA Fri April 29

Rich, sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Lorna (Carvalho) Noren, Nashville, TN Fri April 29

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I just happened to Google Tex Barry's Diner when I came upon the Sun Chronicle Guestbook. The diner property and the adjoining vacant building has a "Tim Tatarian" FOR SALE sign on it. During the summer on Thursdays, my wife and I stop at Tex Barry's and get some of those great hot dogs with the works and a coffee milk to bring to Capron Park where we sit and enjoy the concerts while eating the hotdogs. Tex Barry's hot dogs and the Capron Park concerts have become a new tradition for us.

What led me to my search was to find out some more details about the diner's origins and past names. I know it was a 1920s era diner and believe it was called George's Diner when I worked after school at Balfour's next door during the early '50s. I met Don Sawyer, the watercolorist from Brattleboro, VT ( a couple of weeks ago. Don is trying documenting all the New England diners before they are gone and he wanted to get down to Attleboro to do Tex Barry's. I offered to take pictures of Tex's and e-mail them to him, which I've done. I also included an inside shot of the current owner of the Attleboro Tex Barry's at his usual spot behind the grill. If any of the regulars to the Guestbook could offer some history about the diner I'd appreciate it. P.S. If you'd like to do an arial zoom over Attleboro, or anywhere else in the world, go to another Google site called and download a no-strings-attached 7 day free trial of their Keyhole LT2. You'll get hooked like I did. I just came back from Tokyo, Japan, where I was able to find the Pacific Maridian Hotel I used to stay at 10 years ago when I was there frequently on business, just by flying over the city and following the rail lines. Not all areas of the world are in sharp focus with the free download version, but you can't beat the price for 'round-the-world or neighborhood arial fly-overs.

John Buchanan, Attleboro Thu April 28

Kudos to the YMCA and Coelho Middle School for getting the kids walking again. There is far too much tv watching and video game playing. Growing up we walked everywhere and so did my kids. My kids were allowed one hour of tv per day. They read books. They learned far more from the books than they did from tv.

Lorna (Carvalho) Noren, Nashville, TN Tue April 26

NO FISHING AT ORR'S POND AND MANCHESTER RESERVOIR??? Has all logic been lost? I understand the concern for "homeland security," but how will banning fishermen insure the safety of the water supply? Am I alone in thinking that if someone were intent on poisoning the water that it would be done in spite of this ban? I grew up fishing DAILY at both of these spots. These places are like HOME to me and now I can't go there anymore? I assume that ANYONE walking in these areas will be considered terrorists subject to immediate arrest. If I thought that no fishing would make the water supply any safer than it is right now, I would gladly comply, but it does not take a terrorism expert to see that this ban will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to make the water supply any safer. This is getting a little ridiculous, don't you think? What's next? A chip in the back of everyone's neck? Don't laugh. Go check out the new GOOGLE MAP section. I can LOOK in YOUR backyard! I'm pretty sure that BIG BROTHER can magnify a little closer than GOOGLE can.

spit, Thu April 21

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I live in Attleboro and I love it. It's a city rich in culture and diversity!

Karolyn Siegerman, Attleboro Mon April 18

Happy belated birthday, ALICE GRILL.

Dan, Fallujah Thu April 14

Re: contacting cable 9 - You can get onto the Internet, but you cannot use a telephone book? Does the word "Duh" ring a bell?

Frank Morse, Norton Tue April 12

Here's what this site is all about . . . seeing your brother's (Spit!) fantastic memory in action and meeting up with an old pal (Nancy). Every place we live better have wonderful memories - if not, you're not living life right!

Karen, Apple Valley, MN Tue April 12

Will someone kindly provide a means of contacting Public Access Channel 9 (Comcast) so I (or anyone) can tell them that their on-screen time hasn't been advanced to reflect daylight savings time. As a high-tech provider of access for educational news, it makes them look stupid. Many thanks.

J. Getter, North Attleboro Sun April 10

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Tom, just reading over your questions on Bliss School. A. Irving Studley (who wrote books on Attleboro's history) was the principal when I went there ('40s); Mr. Jordan was the janitor/crossing guard. Gilda was talking about Shield's. Do you remember when there was nothing but an empty field there? When I graduated from HS I went to work at that building when it was the Bay State Optical Co. I think that was the first company to occupy the building. Bay State moved to New York in '53 or '54 and we were out of a job unless we moved to New York with them. We lived on Holman St. so I walked to work. We walked everywhere growing up because we lived so close to everything. More than one car in the family was unheard of and most times not even that.

Ann Gard, Waterville, ME Fri April 08

It is not forever, and it is important to make those contacts. I think one of the best things about remembering the city in its former glory, it gives us a chance to remember those friends and family that made our lives more complete. Mr. Burbank from A.H.S back in 79-80 helped me realize things about myself then that changed the way I viewed life and people. So don't be afraid to communicate because your words might actually change the hearts of others you don't even know.

danf, vermoh Fri April 08

When we moved to Florida three years ago, one of my first calls was to Bob Green and his wife Sue who had moved down here quite some time before me. We had a nice chat and promised we would get together. We only live about an hour from them. We never got together and now I read that he has died at 60 and that he was preceeded in death by his wife some time ago. Message: Make those old contacts and see people you care about. Send notes. Make calls. Visit. Have lunch. Get together and have a few laughs. It ain't forever folks. No time like the present to act. Take care, all. Call again, Priscilla, I don't have your number. Hello, Jackie, wherever you are.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL34653 Tue April 05

What I personally wouldn't give to see the old teachers again, or to see how they are today! I had Miss Henson for 1st grade in Tiffany, and the fireball Miss LaFontaine for 2nd grade, and the delightful Miss Peck, (Mrs. Coombs later on) for third grade, who made me grow a love for books … ah, that "Charlotte's Web" break every day … I loved her reading to us … what a wonderful soul she was … so genuine. In fourth grade I had Miss Solomon, and at that point, the year was 1970. Does anyone remember the music teacher that serviced Tiffany … she was a frail woman, but nice, Miss Hesketh, I want to say.

Debb, Mansfield Fri April 01

Spit, that's so nice that you named your daughter Bethan y… to tell youthe truth I hated my name growing up … no one had ever heard of it, they used to call me Stephanie, Tiffany, etc….now I love my name and hear it alot more!!!Was I in any of your classes?

Bethany Correia, Salem, NH Fri April 01

Tiffany was the best school!! I had Miss Hensen for first grade, Miss Lafontaine for second, and Mrs. Combes for third. I went to Willett for 4th and 5th grade. Dan F. - Tim is living back at home again … driving trucks all over New England. I will tell him you said hi. I'm bringing my kids down to Attleboro for our April vacation … hang out with nanee and granpa and go to Capron … they love exploring all the places I went when I was a kid .. .I take them to Hayward Field in the summer, and stuff like that. Attleboro was a great place to be as a kid … I just hope my kids feel the same way about Salem when they grow up!! Would love to hear from more people from my past!!!

Bethany Correia, Salem, NH Fri April 01

Sorry for the typeos with my last entry …(

Nancy, Fri April 01

Dear Spit: Yes, I remember that windy October when the woods went ablaze! Rememeber my brother rushing into the old garage and grabbing the red can … thinking it was water to put the little fire out, but it was really GAS. Oh yeah … I can still hear the woods going WOOSH! I think there is a new housing development now where the woods were. My brother and I were never close nor do we speak. It used to bother me, but I'm very close to and very much like my half brother. We even look more alike, too. Yes, you were my brother's friend, but out of all my brother's friends … you were the only one who was so nice to me and I always thought your sister were so blessed to have a brother like you. Your sisters I adored and still do. I know Val has passed on to a new life, but her smile and cute giggle remain in my memory & in my heart. Karen I would love to see again! She was one of my very best friends, too, I would have to say … the most fun too. She used to make me laugh so hard my sides would ache! When you see her … hug her for me. Now as for teachers at school … I had Miss Henson for first grade (not my best yr and this teacher used to pinch my ear … I swear that is why one ear is bigger than the other). Miss. Lafontain 2nd grade, she was wonderful to me, but she was hard on boys. Mrs. Combs 3rd grade, I learned the most from. Miss McMahon 4th grade, she was my all-time best teacher … everything I have needed or used in my life, I learned from this wonderful lady. We moved just as I was starting Studley. That school was so different. I was afraid of the snake in the science class … remember the snake? I think it's name was Arthur. Recess you got to buy candy … now that was cool! Never thought I would miss school … but I do. Take care, my friend, & best wishes to your family and the Guestbook people, too!

Nancy, Fri April 01

They killed Teri today,

She could not last when they took her food away.

She fought the fight right to the last,

But the "killers" won by making her fast.

Michael must be proud of his hard fought "win",

He succeeded in legally killing his next of kin.

No one ever saw a signed living will,

But his word did give them the right to kill ?..

Death by starvation is considered too hard a way,

For a killer on death row to face judgement day.

But Teri could not speak for herself and so,

It was deemed a fine way for her to go.

They have opened a scary door now that Teri has died,

But when they face God there will be no place to hide.

God bless her and keep her safe from her husband and the courts now.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Thu March 31

Spit, you blow my mind. I know you e-mailed me and we found out we were close in age but a few years apart. I am Dan F's year, but man, you guys … teachers!

1st grade was Mrs. Frick at Willett. I still remember her angry green eyes as she yelled at me because I was making fun of Jeff Estey.We once had a mock of a circus and somebody sold peanuts we could throw at the 'elephants.' Anybody remember playing 'red light/green light' on those big cement stairs? I see them now from my mom's window at Rivercourt. We walked over there not long ago. It looked so much smaller than when I was 5! 3rd grade at Studley was the late Mrs. Spatcher (wife of Spatcher namesake pool). She tied a boy's hair in a red ribbon because she said he was acting like a baby. I still remember his name. 4th grade was Mrs. Blackwell. I was afraid of her, but liked Mrs. Barnicoat! 5th grade, Mrs. Scublinsky - if there is anyone out there who had her in the cafeteria-turned-classroom at Studley, well … we laugh together.

6th grade was at Brennan.We had a tall skinney guy who looked like Dick York - 'Darrin' from Bewitched. The rest are a blur until AHS. Except a sweet French teacher in 8th grade. AHS was Graphic Arts and Mr. DiPaulo and Mr .O'Leary and Mr .Mollung. Shame on the jerk who put acid in his Coke. We would NEVER do stuff like the kids today do. We did have respect, although I was not alone when I was occasionally skipping school in Capron Park, now was I … ?

Terry Bosh, Sterling, VA Thu March 31

Nancy, THANK YOU for the kind words. Although you were always "my sister's friend," my sister always thought of you as one of her BEST friends! Your brother was somewhat of an "odd duck," what today I would describe as a bit "eccentric." We were friends in the neighborhood (at least up until we inadvertently set the woods on fire!) Please give him my best. As for my teachers at Tiffany, 1st grade was Mrs. Jones. I remember her as a "Plain Jane" type, a very nice teacher. 2nd grade was Miss LaFontaine who had a bad habit of whacking kids (ME!) under the chin with the knuckle of her bent pointer finger as she yelled 6 inches away from your face something about "not talking?" I wasn't really listening to what she said after she made me bite my tongue! 3rd grade was Miss Peck who got married the year I was in her class, when she suddenly became Mrs. Coombs. I will always remember her because she used to read to the class every day after lunch. "Charlotte's Web." She was a sweet lady. 4th grade was Mrs. McGuire, who I remember as a pretty blonde. But the thing I remember about her the most was that she WASN'T Mrs. Nimiroski who was across the hall! The word around the playground was that you didn't want to be in that class! Of course, the legend of Mrs. Nimiroski was larger than the lady herself, but for a 4th grader, it was a serious life-changing event! Flag Day ceremonies were always memorable because the festivities coincided with graduation, the end of school! We would sing patriotic songs for our parents out on the basketball court (which is now a tennis court for the condos). I also remember playing batball and hopscotch in the paved schoolyard. Home plate was near the corner of the school building (near the door where you used to clap out the erasers) and the batter always tried to hit the ball hard enough to get it over the hill into the street, but no one ever could reach it. Maybe steroids would have helped. lol. Seems like yesterday.

spit, Thu March 31

Dear Spit: You captured all the wonderful memories and I so miss those great times. Your family was very special to us, and I so miss your sisters. I wish Bob could have met you and your family … you guys made living in Attleboro fantastic. I know he would have enjoyed your friendship … you were such a cute boy and great friend to all. Deb: I remember those heavy swinging doors! Got my first black eye from one. First grade, Miss Henson's class. Do you guys remember all the teachers names you had? I do and often think of them. I loved that school. School used to have a Christmas program every year and field day was awesome! Still have my relay ribbons! Thanks for the memories!

Nancy, Wed March 30

I agree with spit, the city was a great place to grow up. Yes, there were some tough times and tough people, but I don't think a city is able to be an abuser, generally people are abusers. After a certain period of time you move on to brighter things,or in some cases move on to different places. One thing I do miss after all these years is the blade meat sandwiches. If the city is such an abuser then the blade meat sandwiches must have dulled the pain for many. Rock on Tiffany school! Rock on Tim A wherever you are. And hats off to the P.A. Club barbeque!

danf, verm oh Wed March 30

Bob, what is better in Nashua? I found it to be among the worst places I lived.

Pete Mignone, Newport, VT Tue March 29

How sad that "Bob" does not have the same great memories of growing up in Attleboro that we all have … buying penny candy at Tommy's Spa, playing on the slides at Capron Park, skating at Morsey's Pond, eating blueberries by Glacier Rock, onion rings at the A&W, swimming at Hayward pool, football at Horton Field, fishing at Simmon's Pond, ice cream at Bliss Brothers, the lights at LaSalette at Christmas time, going to the Camera Shop with Dad and to Sillman's with Ma, softball games at Dodgeville field, steak sandwiches from Ricotti's, pizza from Eli's, breakfast at Morin's, and who could forget sledding at Locust Valley. These are just a few of the vivid memories from growing up in Attleboro. There are literally hundreds more. Bob, either you really didn't grow up in Attleboro or you didn't get out much. Where were you when all this was happening?

spit, Tue March 29

Hi, Bethany. Just wanted to say HI! I remember you from Tiffany School. First row, first seat! I remember your brother Timmy from Tiffany also. Hope all is well with you and yours. I always thought your first name was so pretty and unique that I named one of my daughters after you. NO KIDDING! She's going to college this year. After my dad told us that we were distant relatives of the 2nd and 6th Presidents, I always thought of you as a distant cousin. lol.

spit, Tue March 29

Tiffany School … wow, I can still hear those heavy swinging doors in the corridors. The ceilings were so high, and the hard-wood floors so seasoned over the years, that whenever you walked alone or went through one of those doors you echoed. What a charming "old school" type of school she was in the day. I remember snack time, and getting a glass bottle of milk (from Bliss Brother's Dairy) with the paper flip cap, for 4 cents. I can't imagine what it must look like in there anymore, now that they've made condos out of those rooms! And Tom, I learn something new everyday from you, my kindred spirit … the little red realtor's office on Bungay Road was a little school house?!

debb, mansfield Sat March 26

It's so nice to check out the Guestbook and see everyone's memories of Attleboro. I have one, walking up County Street in the 6th grade on my way to choir practice at the Second Cong. Church … oing by the pPizza shop … stopping in the the little store next to the church for penny candy … I can't think of the name. I also remember while I was at Brennan having the biggest crush on this one guy. I think he may have written in to the Guestbook … Dan F. Growing up in Attleboro was great. I go back to see my parents and sister. I don't know if I would ever move back there after living in NH for all these years, but it was a great place to grow up!!

Bethany Correia, Salem, NH Fri March 25

You poor saps are remembering a place that never existed. Attleboro was a toxic slave-holder enclave that only a few managed to escape … and even those who escaped, as evidenced by some of these posts, never really got far enough away. Attleboro was the abuser, we were all the victims, and now we fondly recall the abuser. Everybody in this blog needs a crisis counciler … and maybe a good law firm to file a class action to recover damages from the cesspool called Attleboro. Thank God the mills have closed and all they are good for now is to provide bedrooms for Boston-bound commuters! At least they are not killing people any more.

Bob Simms, Nashua Fri March 25

I worked at Shields during the Seventies (not sure of the year) for a short time. It later became Dante and I returned to work mothers' hours. Years later I visited a friend soon after the apartments were built. As you would imagine, it was entirely changed from the factory to what it is today. Her apartment was beautiful. I walked in and was sorta in awe knowing that I had once walked in the building that was once a factory.

Gilda, Norton Fri March 25

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Speaking of condos … I know it's been a long time, but I just can't imagine anyone actually living inside of Tiffany School! About 25? years ago when the school was converted into condos, I was working with a guy who had bought a unit there. I asked him to describe WHERE in the building his unit was. He was on the lower level on the left in the front. He couldn't figure out why I had immediately burst out laughing. So, I explained that he was now living in the boy's bathroom! LOL! Does anyone remember a kid at Tiffany who got hit in the eye with a rock? (I think his name was Steve Witherell?) I only remember this because his eye swelled to the size of a softball and was black and blue for months. MAN! That was ugly!

spit, Fri March 25

What a lovely Web site! If I weren't having trouble with my artificial hips, I'd hop in the RV and pay Attleboro a visit. Do you have a dog track?

Stephanie Hopkins, Buttville, NV Thu March 24

Wonder Chef had the best fish and chips in the world! And as for Charlie's Pizza, it became J&D Pizza, and much better. Me and the 'ghetto' kids used to walk up there all the time for pizza and grinders. Aww, man, to get a good Greek non-chain pizza in VA! Even Linda (Lacasse) Boucher can get Greek pizza in Alabama!! Oh, and a program note - The Larson Senior Center Play is April 9th and 10th at Peter Thacher. I will be flying home for it again to see Mom, even thought the damn D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival is the same dates again. When will I ever see it? May we see our Mr. D'Arconte flashing his butt in a red thong again this year ? Their rendition of Monty Python's "Men in Tights" was priceless … you guys gotta go see this play!

Terry Bosh, Sterling, VA Thu March 24

How refreshing to click on to this site and read "normal" reports of old memories. I gave up looking at this site a few months ago, after seeing the same people sniping at each other. Went by my first job recently, Shield's, and it has turned into condos. I'd love to see the inside!

JL, Taunton Wed March 23

Oops. Sorry. I meant Sanford St. versus Peck St. (the old Sanford St. School). For Dan and Spit: What do you mean "we'll catch up"?

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Wed March 23

Extract from "City &Town" section 23 Mar. : ATTLEBORO — The Attleboro Historic Preservation Society hopes to buy the Academy Building from the city so that it can finance restoration of the 160-year-old structure." So, are we running a "guess its location" contest? I know it's not the former Bliss School, nor the single-room little red schoolhouse at the intersection of North Main and Bungay Road. How about the building behind the YMCA which used to house the superintendent of schools on Peck Street? Next question: Who was the principal, the music teacher, the bus driver and the janitor at Bliss School when Pearl Harbor was attacked? How many flavors of ice cream are served at Bliss Brothers and which is the most popular? Who provides and places the American flags on the veterans graves in Attleboro on Memorial Day?

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Wed March 23

I agree with the postings in here of late, thus my frequent return :) I don't think The Sun Chronicle intended for this to be a forum for political banter between citizens. It's been really nice to walk through now and then, so let's keep those memories flowing … like those of having to wear gum on the tip of my nose due to having been caught by Sister Elaine (in CCD in Lonicut). We would always hit "Roger's" little store before CCD, and who could resist the three-feet wrap of "Bub's Daddy Apple" chewing gum? Did anyone else think she bore a great resemblence to Harvey Korman?

debb, Mansfield Wed March 23

Spit: That memory nearly took me off my feet. Was it your father or grandfather? Anyways, it put me in my place. I never chased a person before that and never have I since. Whatever happened to you? Send me an email and we'll catch up.

danf, verm, OH Wed March 23

I haven't been to this site for quite some time because the topics did not interest me. But, today, after reading many of the enteries, I was pleasently surprised. Arriving in Attleboro in the Fifties from Taunton to work I remember many of the stores mentioned and enjoyed reminiscing. It brings back memories of when Attleboro was a thriving shopping area. We spent many lunch hours shopping at Milady's, London's, the Camera Shop, lunch at Bobby's, Gus's Grille and others. Was it Bob Hope who said, "Thanks for the memories."

Gilda Lynch, Norton Tue March 22

Hey Dan, how 'bout this memory? Do you remember chasing a little scrawny kid home from Tiffany School every day until his dad had to tell you to BEAT IT!?

spit, Tue March 22

I don't recall a problem at Wonder Chef. It was located off Falmouth Street. Delicious, warm, Italian grinders. Charlie's Pizza seemed busy to me. My honey and I would get pizza there and go back to "his" place to watch "Star Trek." Owners have come and gone at Charlie's location.

Gayle, Attleboro Mon March 21

Wonder Chef was on the corner of Brook and Holman Streets. I remember a lot of great lunches there for about $3.

Pete Mignone, Newport, VT Mon March 21

Where was wonder chef located? I seem to recall it had a problem. Then I also remember Charlie's Pizza at County Square. He never seemed to have customers. Let's keep the ball rolling, folks, memories like these don't grow on trees.

dan, VERM, OH Thu March 17

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Oh yes - this Guestbook is an enjoyable place to visit lately. Thanks to all who help make it this way! I lived on Northfield Rd. (off Pike Ave.) growing up. Norman Lyle was my neighbor. He had 3 boys. Christopher is the only one I can think of right now. Norman passed away just about a year or so ago. Very nice man. I think I would have remembered if it were he in the window of Houle's. Maybe he took over later on, but originally I don't believe that was him. Caruso's was a lounge on Pleasant St. I went to school with his daughter (Colleen Caruso) and worked at Sturdy with her in the kitchen (1976). I remember Rocco at Saltzman's too! I have a picture of him from a family wedding from 1974! Another one of the nice guys!! Keep the memories coming! What about memories from "Bearcroft Swim Club" on Pike Ave. "The Snack Shack." I wasn't a member of the club, but it was just across the street from the "plat" that I grew up on and some of us kids went over there to buy candy. Fun, fun, fun.

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Fri March 11


PAT BROGAN, PEMBROKE, MA 02359 Fri March 11

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I apologize for the spelling of the "man in the window." The correct spelling of his last name was O'Donnell, but he was well known as Red.

Dave, Seekonk Thu March 10

The "man in the window" was Red O'Donnel who used to manage Houle's Cab Service. From there he did buy out the service and owned it for many years. Norman Lyle was a policeman on the Attleboro force. But with the man in the window, he was known as Red by everyone.

Dave, Seekonk Thu March 10

i remember dino, in the 7th grade, i remember a 9th grader was picking on some of the 7th graders and dino stepped in and cleaned the kid's clock in a few seconds, that was the first time i seen his talant.

mike g., g.p. texas Wed March 09

Thanks, Dawna, it was Kull's! I enjoyed the comments about "The man in the window" and I do believe I remember seeing him up there. I think he was so noticable because everyone walked down Park Street on the opposite side. There weren't a lot of reasons to be on "that"side of the street. Maybe to browse through the 45s in Mullin's Music Shop or, for the ones with talent, to take music lessons. Then there was the Joke shop next to the Archway. I remember buying a "Car bomb" in there and placing in in a new Corvette owned by a young pharamacist in Ashley's (I was about 12). This bomb whistled and smoked and although I wasn't there to witness it, almost gave poor Dick a heart attack (he was probably all of 22). Don't we wish that "Car bombs" of today JUST whistled and smoked. I think I bought my first Whoopie Cushion there too. We used to walk into town by way of Bank St and Mary's Candy Store, past Watson's Diner and cross at the corner. Saturday's sometimes found us bowling "Duck Pins" at the Bank St Bowling Alley whose entrance was really in the alley! Peter's Fruit Stand always had the best looking fruit on display with half a dozen different newspapers spread out for your choosing. I can still smell the fruit! I remember many townspeople that came into Ashley's for ice cream or soda. One was Phil Kakowski (sp), a local sculptor. At one point he had finished a bust of JFK and showed me the check (covering the amount) signed by Jackie. I was impressed! These stories are fun to recall, and I enjoy reading similar visits to this site. Have a great day, all!

Tom Ashley, North Scituate, RI Wed March 09

First let me say THANK YOU to all the people who responded and contacted me with info on Ashley's Drugstore and Densmore's. If anyone is interested I have class pictures from Bliss School 1960/1961 and Richardson School for class years 1916/1962 Miss Okeefe's class, 1962/1963 Mrs. Blackwell's class, 1963/1964 Mrs. Bowen's class, and 1964/1965 Miss Carty's class. If you would like to see them I will be happy to e-mail them to you. Please put CLASS PICS in the subject line so I won't think it is spam and delete it. Also if anyone has a class picture for Richardson School, class of 1965/1966 Mr. Skitt's class, I would love to have a copy.

Karen, Queens, NY Wed March 09

"The guy with the pipe" was Larry Rossi. I also worked at Saltzman's while in h.s … lots of interesting stories in Attleboro during those times, especially when I worked for Pleasant Cab while in college. I could write a book about those nights. I think "the guy in the window" was Pete Houle, not Norm Lyle. Of course, Norm may have replaced Pete somewhere down the line.

Bob M, Attleboro Wed March 09

As I walk down the path of memories, I seem to remember a couple of places. Wasn't there a place downtown called Mary's?And does anyone remember a place called Caruso's? Maybe I'm digging too deep. Oh, well, such is life.Where do you find photos of Attleboro? And yes I remember that fight between Dino and Foreman.What a city, I tell you. What a city!

dan, VermOh Wed March 09

Heavens. Wonder Chef! They had the most unusual, great-tasting pizza. Dad would come home with it on Friday's when we lived on Holman Street in the very early' 60s. Sheild's was still open (behind it) and was a factory of some sort. There was also a building in front of Wonder Chef, (on the corner) Does anyone know what it was? I think it still stands abandoned today. And thanks, Tom, for the name of the infamous "man in the window"! I think I may have gone to school with his kids, Debbie, Diane, if that's the same Lyle. Reading this Guestbook has been the best boost to a day's end (check nightly) for me of late. "Football games on the Common." I could just picture it! And remember when the Common was lit up very well for Christmas. What a time to be a kid, or teenager, it was. If I could go back and do it all over again, I surely would. I hope to see more entries, more rekindled, kindred connections to you all. Godspeed!

Debb , Mansfield Tue March 08

What, if anything, is going on with the Foster building? I spent 28 years there from around 1968 to 1996. I know it was turned into a den of ????? But what since then? I have heard rumors about condos and such, but nothing concrete. Anyone know whats going on with it? I wish I could explain the good days better but suffice to say, I and many other hard and dedicated employees gave the Boot's family some nice income and they treated us fairly good until the roof fell in under T.B. So many memories about downtown Attleboro in those heady days. Norman Lyle? Yes, he was a policeman and he had a trash truck and picked up trash on the side with his son. He sure was a hard worker and one of our good customers at Saltzman's where I worked part time. Good old Rocco since passed away would shorten a pair of trousers on the spot if it meant making the sale. No 2 or 3 days waiting and no charge either. Even "the guy with the pipe" who managed Floyd's would come and have Rocco tailor pants to save HIS sales. And the old Capron Park during a warm spring or summer lunch hour was memorable. The Emerald Mall was the beginning of the end of all of it but times and people change. Let's hope it was for the better but hold onto those memories anyway, they are worth it.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, Fl 34653 Tue March 08

While watching "The Contender" recently, I couldn't help thinking about Attleboro's own John "Dino" Denis fighting George Foreman back in the 7'0s. Although he did not win, it was a gallant effort and made me feel proud to be from Attleboro. Thanks, Dino.

spit, Tue March 08

Re: Tom's entry on Feb 22. I believe that the office supply store was called Kull's. I love this site, it sure does bring back a lot of memories.

Dawna, St. Petersburg Tue March 08

I really enjoy this section with all the memories. When you say the man in the window was Norman Lyle, how I remember Norman, his sister Midge and all at Jack Witschi's for roller skating. That was such a good time in my life. Being with the ones from Plainville, and all the towns around. Many friends and so much fun!!! Keep up the good work with all the messages. I am down here in Florida, and have been for 21 years. However, Plainville and that area will always be my home. I miss you folks.

Doris (Cobb) Smith, Deltona Tue March 08

It's been so long since I've been there, the memories help bring it all back. Thanks all!

Tony, Seattle Mon March 07

wonder chef, nicki, houles cab and the guy in the window, raceing slots at the camera shop, petes fruit stand, i grew up with all that stuff and more from 55 to 70. football games on the common, cottage bakery, would walk 2 miles for a 6 cent donut. all the games at finberg field, than over to bliss brothers for an orange sherbert, i have nothing but respect and thanks to the people of attleboro during that period of my life.

mike g., grand prairie texas Sun March 06

That guy in the window of Houle's Taxi? I talked with my brother Howie by phone today and he tells me that was Norman Lyle, subsequently an Attleboro policeman. By the way, Howie is pushing for 100% membership at the Post 115 VFW on Park St.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Fri March 04

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Oh … the man in the window!! I had forgotten about him! How funny that we all saw him there. Does anyone know his name? Is there anyone out there that remembers Wonder Chef? What about Mr. Spearin from Bliss school? What about some other teacher memories? I was sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Sharkey from AHS. He was a great business teacher! Always had time for his students! God Bless you, Mr. Sharkey and your family!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Fri March 04

oh wow, Mars Bargain Land! I used to trek down there on Saturday's and buy my 45s for 50 cents! And who can forget the A&W at Country Square!

Debb, Mansfield Thu March 03

Trying to locate Ronald Lee Mullikin. Any information will be appreciated. Contact me directly, put "Ronnie" in the subject space. Thanks

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Thu March 03

Man, can we go back or what? I'm 6, all over again, walking to the Five and Dime, I can see the rows of "trinkets"; and a quick scoot, atop the spinning stools … and its nirvana, with just mom, dad and I.

Debb, Mansfield Wed March 02

Speaking of memories, it is with profound sadness that I learned of the death of Coach Pensavalle. The Coach was a lasting influence on me when things got a bit tough in life. His lessons and his drive persevered and started NAHS on its long road of gridiron glory. It was he who instilled the winning attitude in a bunch of kids back in the early fifties and it stuck. No matter what coach you honor now for having great teams at North, rest assured it was the attibutes of Coach Pensavalle many years ago that brought them from that to this. He touched so many lives in his short tenure at North. I remember when we learned he was moving on that we thought that was the end. It wasen't the end it was only the beginning because of his underpinnings. I had occasion to speak on the phone with Coach Pensavalle in the last year or so when I was trying to get my brother Roy considered for the Attleboro Area Hall of Fame. It was then I learned that "Coach Pennsie" was not even in. I see that has been rectified now and I am happy for that. My heart goes out to his wife Betty and I wish I could be there for the service but I will be there in spirit as will my deceased beloved brother Roy. Rest in peace, Coach. God bless you and God bless your entire family.

Rich Howard, New Port Richie, FL 34653 Wed March 02

What about Mars Bargainland with Fernandes Supermarket. Wow!

danf, vermilionohio Wed March 02

I love hearing about all the wonderful people and places we had growing up in Attleboro. I've said it many times in the Guestbook, "It was great to be a kid back then"! Two favorite people come to mind to me today. Mr. Castro, and his little store off of County St. I remember getting a star on my Tootsie pop wrapper and he said it was good luck and it meant you got a free one. Some times he gave me a free one even if I wasn't lucky to get a star on my wrapper, but just for being a good kid, he said. Then the second person that comes to mind, the Gulf gas station in Attleboro. The man who used to put gas in my parents car and was always wonderful to me as a little girl. All I know was his name was Andy. I never knew his last name, but every week we went to see Andy, and he would fill up my step-father's car and talk with us for hours. He was such a fun and dear man. At christmas he always had something to give his customers. I still have a christmas decoration he gave me, as well a promo he was giving customers free with a full tank of gas. It was a sing-along album of Disney songs he handed out. I still have the album. Albums? Remember those things … ha ha ? Well, time after time, some special people enter your mind that you have met along your walk in life and you just never forget them. I always think back on the people I was blessed to have met so many years ago. Store keepers, gas station attendants, the crossing guard who always kept me safe. I can't remember his name, but he was the sweetest old man. God bless him and the milk man who used to deliver way back then, who on hot summer days used to have a frozen Ice Pop saved just for me. So many people and so many wonderful memories of Attleboro from way back in 1967-1974. If any of the people I remember are still around, I can never thank you enough for being a special part of my life If any of these special people have passed on to new life, then God Bless you and thank you for giving me the honor of knowing such wonderful people from Attleboro!

Nancy, Westerly, RI Wed March 02

Tom J., what a joy to open to the Guestbook and see that someone remembered my mom. I do remember as a kid she called the coffee frappes "cabinets." My grandmother was Anna LaMothe, and worked many years at TI. Oh, those wonderful summer days of the TI Family Days … memories come flooding back. My dad is one of the 13 Bergevine's that lived on Knight Avenue in Hebronville. He is the baby and now the only one left. We grew up knowing all the stories of the babseball teams that played in Dodgeville and Hebronville. We heard all the stories of the 10 Mile River and how my dad got the scar on his knee. We grew up knowing about the mills that were part of the neighborhood. But the best times were when they would talk about all the wonderful people who walked through the doors of Payette's. I am also, proud to say that Tom, Ronnie to us, is my uncle. He was the baby in the LaMothe family. He moved to FL many years ago and relocated to NC only a couple of years ago. He is also a contributor to the Guestbook from time to time. Just goes to show you that one's heart is never far from home no matter how far we roam. Thank you for your response and best wishes to you and yours.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Tue March 01

To Harry Sayles: Thanks for the memory of slot car racing at The Camera Shop basement. Do you remember they moved the slot car racing to a building on Railroad Avenue with a larger race track? And whatever became of Dale McCaughey who worked there and handled all the racers? It was neat having your name written on the chalkboard among the top 10 fastest cars!

Kenny Pelletier, Sugar Land, TX Tue March 01

I may have submitted this before and if so, forgive me. I just became eligble for Medicare. Anyway here it is. Reading about Burger Chef brings to mind the commercials they had on WARA back "in the day," as they now say. The jingle went; "Burger Chef a nickel and a dime, Burger Chef gives you more every time. A nickel and a dime will get french fried potatoes, big thick shakes and the juciest, tastiest hamburgers yet." Think about that the next time you go to McDonalds and pay up. Also having worked the better part of my working life in Attleboro, I surely remember the guy in the window and Peter's Fruit Stand and scones at that bakery near the arch. Was it the Cottage Bakery? I worked at Saltzman's part time for 15 years and for Foster's for 28 years and recall Cony Island hot dogs and Heagney's and Kids Town when it was across from London's and the current police station was the Elks Lodge. What a teeming little city it was. Every storefront was active with real stores. Milady's was a bustling department store and Woolworth's lunch counter had decent hot dogs. Banks were few but friendly and never charged fees for service like they do now. In the happier days of my marriage to the mother of my children, Attleboro had a huge part. Sillman's shoe club and London's, Cooper's, Ashley Drug and Pleasant Pharmacy, the Camera Shop and Densmore's under Bud Densmore and then the Forgets. A twin bill at the Union with your love interest on a Saturday night and hanging at Bobby's on Bank Street. Keep in mind I was a North Attleboro guy and we had our own places too, but Attleboro was, in those days, "going to the city." I understand change but often it is not for the better. If Kevin can bring Attleboro back to its former glory, then good luck to him. I do not think it possible, but maybe it can produce better memories for its current citizens both old and young.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Tue March 01

Deb, I remember the Chinese restaraunt. At one time it was where the sub shop is now. Many weeks we'd eat there and then Mom and Dad would do the shopping at the A & P. From the A & P it was off to either Walte's or Beache's for the meat for the week

Pete Mignone, Newport, VT Tue March 01

I remember Joy Hing on Pleasant Street! My mom loved their chow mein sandwiches. My dad used to bring her one home as a surprise. Mom and I went there for dinner as a treat after grocery shopping at the A&P (but only if there was nothing frozen in the trunk) I once had the biggest best REAL veal cutlet there. It was bigger than the plate, and only cost about $2.50! I also remember the 'man in the window'…and the jewelry shop on the first floor, selling every kind of incense there was. We used to go there during the "Sidewalk Sales.' Remember them? London's was in full swing, both floors. And Coney Island (2 with sauce!), Kid's Town Barbie clothes, Heagney's, the Gazebo and the old parking lot across from the Common before they re-did it. Homesick again!

Terry Bosh, Sterling, VA Tue March 01

A smile came to my face, Don, remembering "the guy in the window." Isn't it funny as children how we remembered looking up for him, nearly like if we didn't see him, gone was our comfort zone. He certainly was an icon, always leaning over the window and looking out at the the folks and cars going by. The Archway is long gone, and Burger Chef is now yet another, much-needed bank for the Attleboros. Do you remember further down on Pleasant Street, there was a Chinese restaurant, across from what was Pleasant Pharmacy? I think the same people may have owned Soon Lee Cleaners on Park Street. Not sure.

Debb, Mansfield Mon February 28

Re: Dan's comment on Houle's Taxi. It was next to a 2nd floor barber where my Bliss School classmate's father worked (Dorothea Trainer's dad). The Archway was originally the Park Hotel Lounge before fire damage. My brother Roger (Dusty) was both a customer and bartender there. For Debbie Stewart: I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's death. We were family friends. Your grandmother and my mother worked together and were best of friends. I spent many an afternoon from Feb-May 1949 chatting with your mom as she served up coffee cabinents (called frappes in RI - a milkshake with coffee icecream)at Payette's. He had converted the bar a few years earlier. I had r-eenlisted 18 May 1949 in the USAF and retired in June 1966, coming back to Attleboro on leave each year with my Mansfield wife, Helen Kashtan, and three children. Settled in Virginia Beach and worked Civil Service Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force until my second retirement October 2000. I spent 1937 on 123 Knight Ave., Hebronville, and knew a Bergevine family there. Any relation? Also noted in the Guest Book contributers a Tom LaMothe from Deland, Fla. Any relation?

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Mon February 28

The Camera Shop on Saturday mornings, where you could go down stairs to race cars. Or old Tony the shoe man.

harry sayles, hephzibah, georgia Mon February 28

Seeing as everyone is talking about the old days of downtown, can you remember the Archway Hotel downtown? And do you remember looking up at the window of the Houle's Cab company and seeing that guy up there every day. And I was wondering whatever happened to Burger Chef? And does anyone still skate on Morse's Pond?

Dan F, vermilion ohio Sat February 26

Thank you, Tom Johnson, for the memories of Attleboro. I have a question though about Payette's. Was Payette's also a coffee/ice cream shoppe at one time? My parents, Ann LaMothe and Homer Bergevine met when my mom worked at what she told us was Payette's. Growing up we always heard stories of different people they knew from the days at Payette's. Somehow I can't picture Mom working the bar. This would have been in the late '48 - 51. I'd love to hear from anyone who knew my parents, especially my mom, who we lost in January of ' 04. Thanks for the memories.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Fri February 25

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I've enjoyed reading everyone's recollections of old Attleboro. The only problem is it reminds me that I'm getting old. I remember most of what's been brought up.

Pete Mignone, Newport, VT Fri February 25

How I enjoyed your walk down memory lane, Tom. It was strikingly vivid, and though I was not so much as a thought yet, I could actually picture Attleboro, 'in the day.'. I thought my own memories were kindred, but yours by far were warm, and heartfelt (just what I'd like to see more of in here). Kudos, to you, and please do share more! And hello to you Cindy :) I graduated class of '79. I will definitely contact you! What days those were, those real-life "Happy Days" I refer to them now. What a time it was to be a teenager … even if your glasses were run over by the lawnmower man at Capron Park, while you were "taking the day off" (only once, mind you) and you had to explain the 'ruins' to your folks!

Debb, Mansfield Fri February 25

Re: Tom Ashley's comment and the Ashley Block. That recessed stairway once led to a movie theater and its name was engraved above the entrance. The Park-Union St. corner was Payette's - originally a barroom with a very spacious and ornate bar facing Union Street. Mr. Payette offered a free buffet spread for the paying customers. My father would sometimes sneak in one or two of his eight boys for a snack. Directly outside was a trolley car track and the trolley would travel down Park Street circa 1934 when I was 6. Oliver's Fish Market and The Army Navy Clothing Store shared the Pleasnt S.t- Park St. corner with the Red Wing Bar (located on the second floor). That same block housed Charlie's Package store and a Chinese Laundry/takeout chop suey. Directly beyond the tunnel was Ames Butter & Ground Coffee store and the National Grocery Store (or was it the A&P - Atlantic & Pacific) . Then the magic of Newberry's and the 5&10. Beyond that was Cooper's news stand. Its upper floor was the majestic marble staircase entrance to the Bates Theater. Union Street also had the Attleboro Foundry and the Union Theater (with Tom Mix and Flash Gordon serials and Roxy Picci was still a kid with his older brother, Mundo). Anyone rememember the horse stables at the corner of Morey and Emory/Park St. and its subsequent fire? I think the horses pulled the trolley cars and the fire wagons. Capron Park and the Sunday concerts and Cracker Jacks. The WWII troop trains stopping by the Common for coffee and doughnuts. And the crowds of shoppers on Saturday night throughout downtown, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Bowling (and setting pins) at Maxey's on Wall St. and Willey's on Bank St. The only mall was Pall Mall cigarettes but the only cigarettes available were Fatimas from Densmore's. So we settled for Hardtack candy. Such sweet times (so what we had cardboard in our shoes and hauled dried prunes, raisins, apricots and oatmeal from the welfare center on County St.). So sweet times.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Wed February 23

Hi, Debb! We're the same age with a lot of the same memories. Did you graduate from AHS in '78? I'd like to hear from you. Just e-mail me and maybe we can "relive" some memories of the past that we went through together.

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Wed February 23

Does anyone remember going to our "in town discoteque," The Latern Lodge? During high school it was the place to go on those Friday and Saturday nights (it was legal then to drink at 18) Can someone tell me what it is today? It's called The Oasis, but any given time you go by there, you can spot, one, sometimes, six cars parked there. What a shame to see it so dead. I still look at it as I drive by, I suppose waiting to see a tell-tale sign or a spark of 1978 all over again.

Debb, Mansfield Tue February 22

As a relatively new visitor to this site, I was pleasently surprised to see an exchange concerning my dad's building. The Ashley Building was owned by my dad (Chet) and his brother (Winthrop) better known as "Pink." I spent a number of years working at the soda fountain as did my brother and cousin Fran. Joel had it close. I remember a cobbler shop, the office supply store, a store called Fine's (fabrics), Jay's, then the drug store. An ally separated the drug store from the Camera Shop. I believe Fine's and the shoe store where Ashley Building residents. I remember a recessed stairway on the north corner of the Park Street side of the building that accessed law offices, a beauty palor, a dentist and jewlery repair shop on the second floor. I think there was a driving school up there for awhile also. I'm struggeling to come up with the name of the office supply store, but nothing is registering (starts with K??). It does bring back some great memories.With more input from other vis itors to this site, I'm sure we'll eventually rebuild this block (accurately) by way of "Memory Lane".

Tom Ashley, North Scituate Tue February 22

Rich Howard, where did you read that I was against people having opinions? Please re-read my letter. Does it sound like I "jumped all over" someone? Anyone who has read your rants in the past will know that is your approach, not mine.

John Owen, Easton, MA Tue February 22

I just found this site. It's great.

Pete Mignone, Newport, VT Tue February 22

TO KAREN: I believe Ashley drug store was there and a shoe cobbler, Jay's Shoe Store was there also. Also remember a store to buy school supplies ,but do not remember the name. Hope this helps you.


Fine site!

John Agricola, Vienna Sun February 20

John Morin, since you have moved to the Sunshine State I need your real e-mail address so I can tell you what Jack really says about you now that you are not here. Hey, Jack, tell John to invite us to his wedding. Is this his fourth or fifth ?

joel watters, wareham mass Sun February 20

Hi Karen. I believe Densmore's was right behind the Heagney's diner, which was on the corner of Park and Union (which is now a Chinese Restaurant). Densmore's sold newpapers, magazines right? Similar to Cooper's, further uptown. And I believe the Forgets owned Densmore's (I think). So if I'm right, it was on Union Street, on your right if you were going down toward the theater. As far as the businesses that were in the Ashley Building, I can vaguely remember The Camera Shop (dreaded memories of my mother getting my hair 'bee-hived' at the age of 8, mind you, adorned in a yellow stiff dress, sitting on a one armed love-seat, getting pictures taken by a fast-talking man in bellbottoms comes to mind here) Anyway, moving forward I can't remember what was between Heagney's and The Camera Shop, but beyond Peter's Fruit stand a little ways beyond the arches, was Bibeault's (Bee-bos) Pharmacy. Hope that helps!!

Debb, Mansfield Fri February 18

Jump all over him, John Owen. You are very good at that. Your life's quest seems to be, "Let me have my opinions but if anyone else has one that differs, leap on them with both feet." All he did was give a valid opinion about morning vs. evening newspapers. Lighten up.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Fri February 18

Anyone who reads the SC knows that they only print local news they're interested in - and it always has to have their slant to it. I feel badly for their reporters, trying to write an article about what really happens, then the editors butcher the article. Anything controversial goes in the paper because they love the muckraking. Fun things, community events are filler. Sure, a newspaper can't come out every 10 minutes, but report on local life, not local junk.

G. Martin, North Attleborough Fri February 18

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Hi, I'm looking for help! I lived in Attleboro most of my youth. It was both a wonderful place to grow up, but also, for me, a horrific place to grow up. I am doing some research and am wondering if anyone knows: Where was Densmore's? In the early 1960s what stores were in the same building as Ashley's drugstore and in the building that had Peter's fruit stand? Some of the same businesses are there (closed of course) but some of them are different. Thank you.

Karen , Queens, NY Wed February 16

Very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. My condolences to his family.

Dick Mullin, South Dennis Tue February 15

Newspapers provide perspective and nuance as a result of the editing process, something left out of TV and radio. Good ones do, anyhow. The reader of this one may judge where it falls.

Frank Hogue, Attleboro Tue February 15

Just to clarify my statement regarding my Feb. 11 entry. It seems some may have misunderstood my entry. My intention was not to attack newspapers in general. I have high regards for journalism and the newspaper trade. I would never attack this medium of news coverage. I was only comparing morning papers to afternoon papers. It was that simple. Nothing more.

Al Magnin, Tue February 15

I couldn't disagree more with Al Magnin's statement (Feb 11) that newspapers only provide old news. Granted TV and radio provide immediate coverage of news events in a way that newspapers cannot; however, newspapers provide a depth of coverage and thoughtfulness that TV and radio either cannot or will not. I find most TV news coverage to be sketchy at best. They skip from one story to another with minimal details. And some of the stories they cover are a waste of time. Watch Fox News and you would think Michael Jackson's trial was of major importance to the world. TV helps you keep up with events, but you have to read the newspaper if you want substance.

John Owen, Easton, MA Mon February 14

I can understand resistence to change, that's only human, but where did anyone get the idea that there would be less local news in a morning Sun Chronicle? There has been no change in that committment. That's what makes The Sun Chronicle different. We were just honored by the New England Press Association as Newspaper of the Year, primarily for our local news package. We devote more space to local news than any other newspaper, anywhere. In case you missed it, here's a quote from the publisher in a front-page story Sunday, Feb. 6: "Local news is still what we do best and that is absolutely not going to change. We know people read us because you can't get anywhere else the kind of local news we provide."


Thanks, Al, for your insight. That is exactly how I feel. I have noticed over the past six months less and less of the "local" community news. I have wondered if this was a way to help us accept the change. Since I live in Foxboro, I looked forward to the reporting of local news by Ms. Pennington. She covered all the local issues and it was a pleasure to read her reports. I just feel like we have lost so much in the name of progress in our lives that it would be nice to continue to have an exceptional "local" paper that was geared to local issues, sports and concerns to all of us … locally. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Mon February 14

Every so often, I miss my youth, and when I do, I return here, to where I can always find it. Nice to see we band together and stroll down Bushee Street path to Capron Park together. Then end up at the duck pond and sit on the stone edging and put on our skates. This winter in particular has brought out the ol' meloncholia for days but a blur now. Capron Park has changed so much that I can't even go back in time anymore, so I avoid it. My once beloved Tommy's Spa is now an insurance agency, and the Gazzolas have long gone from the gas station in Lonicut. And who could forget the watchful eye of Roxy Peachy, God bless his soul, at the Union Theater. I can see the small theater to the right, after we passed those big mirrors. Going to the Post Office with Mom … crossing the street to London's … going to Sillman's for shoes … stopping at the 5 & Dime. I'd like to think I was just small then, and Attleboro seemed really big and alive, but it was that, and more. If I could, I'd go back, and bring 1969 back, and this little 9-yea- old girl would go to Peter's fruit stand and buy a sparkling apple.

Debb, Mansfield Sat February 12

My thoughts and prayers are with Councilor Carolyn Tedino for a speedy recovery. We served together at the BKSA … memories (sigh). GET WELL SOON!

Spit, Fri February 11

In reply to Deb Stewart's comment dated Jan 27 regarding morning newspapers. I would like to say that morning newspapers can only report old news. When you come home from work at night and turn on your television you can't help but hear top news stories. Even while riding in your car you cannot help but listen to news stories on your radio. By the end of the evening you've pretty much heard any and all relevant news topics that have occurred during the day, repeated several times in fact. Now when you get up in the morning, hoping to read something new that might be happening in the world, you open your morning paper and what do you read. Yesterday's stories! If something significant happens in your town today you now have to wait until tomorrow to read about it.

Unless you are spending your money hoping to save money by clipping newspaper coupons, a morning newspaper is pretty much a waste.

Al, Ut Fri February 11

I was just reading the comments about the city. I moved away many years ago, but it is still good to visit. many of the old places are gone. I can remember Dr. doroty trying to extract all my teeth in 7th grade and also i remember the museum on the top floor of the bronson building, Tommy's spa coffee before school, hanging out at fourth street market during lunch at brennan middle school. running through the golf course at night hoping we wouldn't get shot exciting times. The best barbeque's when I was a kid were at the P.A. club in lonicut all the old men would speak to me in portuguese like I was one of their family members even though I couldnt speak one word it didnt seem to matter to them. Attleboro has indeed changed but no one can take the memories of the days gone by

fonseca dan jr, Vermilion, OH Tue February 08

Kay and I lived in North Attleboro until 1973 when I was transfered to Johnson City, Tenn., with Texas Instruments. I am seeking information on John Foley. If you know someone that worked there in those years I'd appreciate having this passed on/hearing from some old friends. Bob & Kay

Bob Proteau, Saint Petersburg, FL Sun February 06

Not to worry about the SC losing its local news edge by changing to a morning rag. To do that it would have to have been in the business of covering local news in the first place.

Brad Morris, Norton Fri January 28

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Since it appears that many Guestbook and Web site readers are in fact daily readers of The Sun Chronicle, I would like to know your thoughts and feelings about the changes due to come very shortly at the S.C. The paper is set to become a "morning" paper sometime in February. I spoke to the editor of the paper when I heard the rumor. I was told that they in fact had done a survey and when I questioned "who" was surveyed I was told it was a scientific survey. Well, I along with many of the readers here grew up with this paper. It was part of our lives, it holds many memories of our past, our children's triumphs and defeats, losses of close friends and family. The Sun Chronicle was a part of our communities by bringing us all that "local" news. I think we are going to lose that by going to a morning paper. What is your opinion? I for one would love to read your comments. I look forward to hearing all views here in the Guestbook.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Thu January 27

Good to see most people back. Why do so many of you who live worlds away from the Attleboroughs have such nasty things to say about what things are like there now and about the newspaper? I go back there about once a year and think the place is still pretty good. I delivered the paper for years as a kid - when we picked up our papers in the center of NA. It was the Sun and the Chronicle at the time. A man named Frank Curtis ran the newspaper shop in the center of town. What about Morin's Diner? and the great donut shops in NA? My parents have always found the latest and newest places to eat over these past 20 years. Time marches on folks. We all have great memories of the wonder years, but get real, put it into perspective. How about some more of those great stories of the growing up years.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Thu January 27

I'd like to find out if anyone has any information about Carpenter's Grocery Store that was located on or about 10 Park St. I believe that it burned down around 1910. If anyone has any information about this store, please pass it along.

Al , Utah Thu January 27

Also: Kudos to The Sun Chronicle for not charging to access your archives!

Brad, Baltimore Thu January 27

Since we are on the topic of "Web sites," check out "The Cape Cod Times" site. I especially enjoy the links they have with photo collections. You can really get a feel for the recent record snows you suffered through! Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the The Sun Chronicle Opinion Page editor for the recent editorial: "When the prescription was hot chocolate," a tribute to Chet Ashley. My family and I enjoyed and appreciate the kind words.

Brad, Baltimore Thu January 27

I appreciate the excellent job, Lynxmaster. Keep up the effort and don't be frazzled by those critics who fail to enjoy the daily respite of viewing your fabulous SUN CHRONICLE Guest Book.

Thomas A. Johnson, Virginia Beach Wed January 26

Let the Lynxmaster oblige you, Spit: As I said in an earlier e-mail, we had 1,911,100 visitors to this Web site in 2004. They accounted for 6,132,870 page views in that period. That makes our Web site the second largest information source in this area. What's No. 1? The Sun Chronicle. Using round numbers, last year we sold 20,000 newspapers a day on 361 days (there are four days we normally do not publish), so that adds up to 7,220,000 Sun Chronicles sold in 2004. Those 361 days represent a total of 14,640 pages. Multiply that by the 20,000 readers and you get 292.2 million newspaper "page views." And The Sun Chronicle, from circulation and advertising revenue, generates 17 times the operating profit of the Web site which, of course, only has advertising revenue. Digital news delivery is the future, I agree, but it won't be from a Web site. This is only a step along the way. And the Web tail is not about to wag the newspaper dog any time soon. Show me a newspaper Web site with significant content that does not charge you to access it, and I'll show you a Web site that operates in the red.

Lynxmaster, Tue January 25

I am sure I am not alone when I tell you that the last time I actually HELD a copy of The Sun Chronicle in my hand was when I drove through the center of Attleboro many years ago. Aside from taking the kids on a "nostaglia trip," there is really no reason to go there. EVERYTHING IS GONE! Balfour, the Park Tavern, Densmore's, the Camera Shop, Sillman's, the Post Office, Rocco's, Kid's Town … it's a ghost town! If this Lynxmaster guy is doing anything else besides tending to the Web site, it's probably running down to Eli's to pick up lunch. lol. What could be more important to business for the paper than making this Web site better? Certainly, Mr. Lynxmaster, you must see that your future employment is completely dependant on how many hits this site gets? If I were you, I would be putting as much "stuff" as possible on here … forget about the print version, THIS is your future! I would like to know how many hits a day this site gets versus how many papers you sell.

Spit, Tue January 25

This is a risk, but it's worth it. The Lynxmaster should remember that some individuals who submit Guestbook entries do not use their entire true names, nor their primary e-mail addresses. It is common practice nowadays to have a "junk" e-mail address that serves as a catch-all for the spam and other possible unwanted e-mail that might arise from using a site like this. Therefore, the Lynxmaster has no idea whether or not I am a subscribing customer to either the digital or hard-copy edition of The Sun Chronicle, and should not make such hasty judgements as though I am not. Furthermore, there are plenty of newspapers around the country who offer their entire content for free on their websites, and still make plenty of money, so if you are classified as such a well-read paper as you claim, then it shouldn't bother you that some people expect something for free. A little more piquing the interests of those who do not subscribe might attract them to do so. Lastly, let me clarify;at the time I wrote my letter to the editor, I was not referring to the entire webiste not being updated, but rather the Guestbook portion only; this is my fault for not being more specific, and I certainly did not receive any response to my comments. I am not sure I am quite used to being chastised by the webmaster of a website simply for stating my opinions. It seems inappropriate somehow. I wonder if anyone else agrees. Do you happen to be related to Rich in Florida by any chance? Just a hunch. Have a blessed day Guest-bookers!

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Sat January 22

i fully agree with armywife , if it wasnt for the support of my wife and children, i probaly would not have put 22 years in the air force. the military is not for everyone, it is not something you can only put 50 percent in. the worst thing a spouse can do to a love one, is to put more worries on him or her while they are away. we need to be focused on our mission. any protest being done in the states during our mission only takes away from us. not only do we have to stay focused but our leaders also that have sent us there. also to all of you that complain about this sitet, go buy a paper, stop looking for a free ride.

mike, grand prairie, tx Sat January 22

To the "concerned Guestbook viewers": Although I may agree with your opinions, I have to say this Guestbook is at the recieving end of the people. The words that are chosen (most of the time) are boring; however, if you want to bring back the Attleboro memories - just enter them in! Then perhaps your reading will encourage others and make this "free" site more enjoyable. I'd like to start the memories rolling once again by asking, does anyone know what the future holds for the Bliss School building? What a shame for that building to sit there the way it is. I have a lot of fun memories from that building (1966-1971). I remember the playgrounds - boys on one playground, girls on the other! Wow, have times changed right there! What about Tri-boro Drive-In. I miss that, too. Skating on Coopers pond with the neighborhood (Northfield Road) kids. Going to Burger Chef for a burger with the family! Mars was the best place for a kid to shop at Christmas time - or for any other occasion. Keep 'em coming! What do you miss the most?

Cyndy Lesperance, Meredith, NH Sat January 22

To: Kerri, Fort Drum, NY: What a fitting [albeit unintentional] tribute your post was being so close to Dr. King's birthday, on the subject of the futility of the protestation you witnessed: "One woman holding a sign, 'My Soldier Can't Be Here So I Am.' " Regarding your inference to your viewing that anguished woman's braving the inclement weather and holding a sign protesting publically "supporting her soldier" during this police-state-like atmosphere [of the presidential inauguration imbroglio]. Your revealing and presumptive post here brings to mind the affected populace of the civil rights era. During that era, many "'viewers " made a similar observation. They accused these protesters of "wasting their time on protesting something they can't change," as well. They also arrived at your post's 'This Protest is futile!' conclusion; subsequent to viewing these minorities [from a safe distance on TV and in newspapers] being hosed by the police during the 1960s; after being hastily removed from the white-only cafés solely for having the audacity to non-violently protest "futility" by asking to be served a coffee peacefully. Your astute post is direct evidence of the fact that you are correct about one thing [at the very least], that some things. well … they simply cannot be changed.

Just the facts, Sat January 22

P.S. I forgot this little gem: "The Lynxmaster responds, with equal sarcasm: 1) Content has always been "scanty." So then, "Lynxmaster,"just what is the point of your Web site if not to deliver news? I might also add that your admission of a lack of content is something that also goes for your feature and syndiated story-filled print version, and has been the case since your "newspaper" went for 7 cents at the long-gone Mary's Spa on Bank Street.

Ken Watson, Boston (Attleboro native) Fri January 21

The "Lynxmaster" may want to disengage from the Stan Lee world masked superhero names in which he travels long enough to make note of the fact that even the Washington Post and New York Times do not consider on-line readers to be freeloaders … indeed, they are turning their sites into major revenue streams and gathering e-mailing lists in the thousands. Apparently The Sun Chronicle's universe ends somewhere around the Foxboro town line.

Ken Watson, Boston (Attleboro)

The Lynxmaster responds, with equal sarcasm: 1) Content has always been "scanty." It was never our business plan to put our whole newspaper here for you, for free. 2) A site re-design is nearly complete and will be launched in a month or so. 3) This Website is updated every day. Refresh. 4) Lizzy, you were sent an e-mail response - the one I just gave you in No. 3 - as soon as your letter was received. 5) Define "loyal customer." If you're not buying the paper in the hard copy or the complete digital edition, or buying from our advertisers, you're not a customer at all. You're availing yourself of a free service we're providing at our expense and complaining that you're not getting more for your money. 6) This Web site had 1.9 million visitors last year. 7) Yes, Woody, it is your imagination. See No. 1. 8) "Millions?" 9) The Sun Chronicle has been judged the best newspaper of its size in New England several times in the past 15 years or so by the New England Press Association and the New England Newspaper Association.

Lynxmaster, Fri January 21

I wholeheartedly agree with Woody from Attleboro. I have spent time reading the on-line version of The Sun Chronicle myself, and I am highly disappointed with not only the scanty content, but the apparent lack of skill and enthusiasm of the Webmasters who arrange the site. Not only is the newspaper portion itself a drag, but also this Guestbook is becoming increasingly boring with each passing day. I wrote a letter to the editor not too long ago asking why they don't update the site more often; even once a week would be better than how seldom they do it now, and I got absolutely no reply, not even an automatic e-mail response. So much for the power of a loyal customer complaint. …Getting sleepy right now just thinking about it … think I'll go take a nap. LOL Have a great day everyone!

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Fri January 21

As I sit and watch the presidential inauguration, I ask myself why these people are wasteing their time on protesting something they can't change. I saw one woman holding a sign, " My Soldier Can't Be Here So I Am." If she put as much effort into supporting her soldier as she did in protesting this event he would be one lucky man to have a woman like her.

Kerri, Fort Drum, NY Fri January 21

Is it just my imagination or is the on-line edition of The Sun Chronicle getting nearly as thin and useless as the print version? It's always kind of looked like some kid's blog to start with, but now even those few stories that do appear under "local news" are down to like a hundred words. My visits to the site are down from once a day to around once a week because, quiet frankly, it's a pretty boring and static place. About the only saving grace is Richie's insane rantings from Florida. But he's old and if the Sun Chronicle's advertisers are depending on him to pull a high-quality demographic, then they're as wacked as he is. Which is possible. It must be millions of dollars that London's dumped into this paper over the years and look where they are today.

Woody Bowman, Attleboro Thu January 20

To my friend Jack at Morin's: Tell all my friends that I”ve moved to Florida. Keep in touch.

John Morin, Santa Rosa Beach, FL Sat January 15

Happy 2005, all. I have a reading assignment for you. Please take the time to read Sean Hannity's book, "Deliver Us From Evil." My wife got it for me for Christmas. It explains everything you need to know. Enjoy.

Dick howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Thu January 13

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i haven't seen you in a long time, but i sure remember you and pool and the jukebox at foxboro vfw. i'm sorry for this. i always said who is it? you always new it was me, "Debbie." my last name is Connor if you didn't know. take care.

"Eddie" , mansfield Wed January 05

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my friends in Attleboro. I hope the coming year brings you happiness and prosperity and brings to the world peace and understanding to all mankind.

Barbara Healey, Largo, FL Fri December 31

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Once again I was saddened to log onto the SC obits. and see an old friend, Bob Dion had passed away. As it states, he certainly did have a great personality. It conjures up a lot of old memories to see his name and sad to say it was in the obits. So, to all my old friends and aquaintences, life is short, enjoy it to the fullest. Hope to see some of you when I visit for Christmas. To Billy and Bubba and Rick and Wink, to Jackie and Carlene and Polly and Woody and Janet and Neil and Denny and Linnekin and Fred Ernie and Duke and Pat and all my other old friends, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The same to all friend and foe alike in the Guestbook. Last word to Bob Dion - "Semper Fi," Marine, rest in peace.

Rich (Dick) Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Wed December 22

Dear Guestbook and Sun Chronicle Staff: Best wishes to all for a safe and wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah and many blessings to all in the 2005 New Year! Sincerely, Nancy

Nancy Zazzera, Westerly Tue December 21

Every time I see Tom LaMothe's address of Murphy, N.C., it reminds me of my favorite story-behind-the-song. This is an appropriate season to tell it: In the early 1930s, photographer Doris Ulmann visited Murphy. While she set up a portrait of a street preacher, her assistant, an actor and singer named John Jacob Niles, listened to the man's daughter, Annie Morgan, sing a little ditty. He gave her a nickel (a quarter, in some accounts) to sing another verse. She repeated the same words. He gave another nickel. She sang the same words. The exchange was repeated a total of eight times and Niles came away only with the words she sang the first time. But what words they were: "I wonder as I wander/ out under the sky/ How Jesus Our Savior did come for to die/ For poor ord'n'ry people like you and like I/ I wonder as I wander/ Out under the sky." Niles later added a few verses of his own to finish the song "I Wonder As I Wander," since recorded by Barbra Streisand and many others and made a key part of the Langston Hughes play "The Black Nativity." Wonderful things come from Murphy. Hope you're enjoying yourself there, Mr. Lamothe.

pinetop slim, Attleboro Thu December 16

The phone cards are all well and good. I will send one or donate over the phone - we have cards around to use for long distance calls instead of using a long distance company. What gets me is the greed of the phone companies, when they make 210% profits every year, increase the charges and want big money to fix problems in their lines when there is a problem. How much do their executives get for bonuses every year? And why doesn't the phone company and government install FTS lines so these troops can call home during certain times of the year, like Christmas? I would like to know how much free time the phone companies donate to the troops. If I am wrong I would like to be corrected. By the way, the only way Christ can be taken out of Christmas is if WE take Him out. In our house He is alive and well. It is snowing in West Virginia. The hills and the trees look great. As a federal prison chaplain there are more religions than most people know anything about. We deal with many of them and it is very interresting. Christmas is the time that Christians can set the example in how we treat and speak to others. Christmas is the time for us to show how much we care and let our actions and words speak for themselves. Just do it as the saying goes and let others see our good works and glorify God in heaven.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Tue December 14

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Nancy, I think that is a wonderful idea and I will send one or two in. Having served in the military for 22 years, 12 of which were overseas, I can assure you how much appreciated it will be. Thanks again for pointing out a great way for us to show our support and send the spirit of Christmas to our troops.

David Bosh, Tallahassee Wed December 08

Tom Johnson: What a wonderful idea, consider it done. God Bless our fighting men & women of the armed forces

Tom LaMothe, Murphy, NC Tue December 07

Rich - The venom I referred to had nothing to do with your beliefs but the words that pigeonholed me without knowing what I believe.

~, Norton Tue December 07

To The Attleboro Sun Chronicle Guestbook members: Please read the following and consider a "Positive Energy" action (Nancy Zazzera, Westerly, RI Sat December 04) by sending a phonecard to Walter Reed Hospital and an entry to the Sun Chronicle Guestbook giving thanks to our servicemen and women and blessings to our fellow guestbook members. Thanks. Merry Christmas. Tom Johnson.

Because so many things on the Internet are not what they say they are, I called the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and spoke with a representative of the Medical Family Assistance Center. She assured me that the need is legitimate. Should you want to verify this yourself, the number is 866-546-1310 (a toll free number). So, if you would like to give some support to a wounded service person in a

military medical facility, read on. Anna and I thought it might be particularly helpful during the holiday period. Thanks for considering this request. Mike and Anna. Yellow ribbons tied around trees and red, white and blue stickers on the backs of SUVs saying "Support our Troops" are things that make civilians feel good, but do nothing for the men and women actually in uniform. So please consider the following: The number ONE request at Walter Reed hospital is phone cards. The government doesn't pay long distance phone charges and these wounded service people are rationing their calls home. Many will be there throughout the holidays. Really support our troops - send phone cards of any amount to: Medical Family Assistance Center, Walter Reed Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20307-5001. They say they need an "endless" supply of these - any amount, even $5, is greatly appreciated. Wal-Mart has good prices on AT&T cards, Sam's Club is even better, if you are a member. I pay less than 3 cents per minute there. I am sure you would feel better about doing this, than to buy something for a third cousin, who would find it on the closet shelf six months later, and wonder where it came from. Thanks for your consideration and have a great holiday. God bless America and those who go in harm's way for our security.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Tue December 07

I wanted to share a couple of memories I have of the Attleboro area. I remember going to see Santa and having my picture taken with my sisters and brother at Ann and Hope. I also recall going to Bobby's Rollaway Christmas parties in the late 7'0s. Singing Christmas carols to the resident's of Madonor Manor with the CCD class and Father Roy.

, Portland,Maine Mon December 06

Nancy, I don't think you offended anyone, honey! I think your comments were a wonderful distraction that brought back many warm Christmas memories of childhood in The Attleboros for many of us. It is all too easy for believers and non-believers alike to forget that without Christ, there would be no Christmas. Our friend Rich is absolutely right about that. And you know, it is the one time of year when people tend to put their differences aside and be much kinder to each other. It is one of my favorite things about this time of year. For that even non-believers should be greatful. I for one have decided not to let those whom I disagree with get the better of me and will bite my cyber tongue from here on out in regards to Rich's posts. I'd even send him out a big mistletoe kiss on the cheek as a sign of good will. (Of course he wouldn't accept it if I were a man, but since I'm not, I hope he will!)

~, Norton Mon December 06

To "mypseudonym": 1) I wish you to quote exactly where I called YOU a baby killer? 2) You need never be afraid of me and to insert that into your comments indicating that I may be a physical threat is prepostorous. I, after all, am the one who chooses LIFE. I do not know yet what your feelings are on abortion. 3) You call my beliefs "venom." I don't understand that. I do not hate anyone, but I have the right to state that certain issues going on in today's society are wrong, don't I? 4) If you did not order me off the Guestbook, you came as close as as you could to doing so. 5) I frankly do not care if you remain "hidden," I only point out that I do not. (Maybe I should feel threatened). 6) You choose to not like the current administration but you are willing to support one that chooses "innocent baby deaths" so you tell me what you are. I am confused. Feel free to get back to me when you sort it all out and come up with a meaningful dialogue on what your beliefs are vs. mine. Thanks and MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon December 06

Dear Readers: Yes, I've been trying to get the spirit of Christmas going in this Guestbook. Sorry some of my wonderful memories of my old hometown, Attleboro, include that of Saint Nick. Not all my memories are centered around the jolly man. So to celebrate the birth of our wonderful Lord, I have a memory of when I was 5 years old in Attleboro. I had just watched for the first time the tv special, "The Littlest Angel and The Little Drummer Boy." I knew at a young age that Christmas wasn't just about Santa, it was all about the birth of our loving Lord. One thing my mother use to do is put the three wise men on one side of the room. Each day she would move them closer and closer to the manger. I was told to stop asking how many more days until Christmas and that by the time the three wise men reach the manger, then it would be Christmas. Back then Christmas seemed longer and I use to want Christmas to hurry up and arrive. I got in trouble one morning for moving the three wise men ahead and didn't think my mom would notice, but she did. I never did that again! Many years have gone by and now I carry on this tradition with my own kids. You are right, Rich, we need to put more of Christ back in CHRISTmas. Sorry if I offened anyone with my Santa memories. I was just trying to lighten things up and make some positive energy in this Guestbook. Merry Christmas to all! Love, Nancy

Nancy Zazzera, Westerly, RI Sat December 04

I was thinking about my response to Rich's attack and just wanted to clarify something. I'm sure that after reading my first response to his monologue posted on 12/4, he would say that if I don't like it here, move out. (He does have a way of getting into your head in some way or other, doesn't he?) Well, I do like it here. I so admire the ideals and passion of the men who founded this country. It's just that things were very different then. Live and societies evolve. Populations grow. There are people who would have us stay in the past instead of moving towards a future which concentrates on positive change. I am not pushing my politics or religion on anyone. I have not stated what my politics are other than the fact that I don't like the current administration. In spite of this, I still believe in the spirit that built this country as well as its potential to once again become the greatest civilized nation on earth. It is that belief that keeps me here and that keeps us all so passionate about what we think is best for it. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Peace in the New Year.

~, Norton Sat December 04

Rich, my post was a request, not a demand. I am not the first to ask you to take your venom elswhere. Yes, you certainly do "stir things up" and are obviously off the deep end, for the post I wrote sent you off on a tirade calling me a baby killer, etc. My e-mail address is real however my_pseudonym (the correct spelling) was taken so instead I used the misspelling, I've got children and frankly to have my real name out in the open where an unstable person like yourself has access to it scares me. Extremists like yourself scare me and make me fear for my physical safety. Having small children I don't have the luxury of using my real name in a country where children are being shot in their own schools and our communications are being monitored by the Patriot Act. You can speak your mind but under your president's administration, I'm afraid to speak mine.

~, Norton Sat December 04

I have to say on the subject of his Christmas memories, I agree wholeheartedly with Rich. I am in my late 30s, with a 3-year-old daughter, in whom we are trying to instill Christian and moral values, especially during this Christmas season. I, too, remember being able to say "Merry Christmas" without being held in contempt. Just the other day I was in a store shopping for Christmas decorations, looking for a front doormat for my porch. I saw many designs they had available, some with "Seasons Greetings," and some with "Happy Holidays," but none whatsoever with "Merry Christmas." I was saddened, coming to the realization once again of what this country has become. I remember Nativity scenes and creches displayed all over The Attleboros in town squares growing up, and no one opposing the real reason for the Christmas holiday. I also grew up Catholic, and I remember the wonder and the pageantry of the live Nativity scenes, the depth in which the aspects of Christ's life, and death, were portrayed there, and it left an impression on me. While I no longer attend Catholic church, I have never left my "first love," Jesus, and the value of what He did for me on the cross, and how He lived his life is never lost on me. I love giving gifts at Christmas, but I hate the commercialism of it. The other night my husband and I rented pay-per-view movies for our daughter to watch, to begin the Christmas season, and we found an old one on the list called "Nestor the Christmas Donkey," straight out of the early seventies! Now having been sold to cable companies and the like, it was once one of those Rankin and Bass television specials they showed at Christmastime, with the claymation characters, etc. Talk about nostalgia! My husband and I marveled at how different we have become in this country. We slowly commented on how we would never see anything like this on the public airwaves nowadays, mentioning God, the Bible, and even Jesus, or how his role was to be our Savior! It does appall me how the groups that claim to be all about "religious freedom" are mostly out to take away the Christians' rights to practice their religion, and enhance the rights of everyone else. I do know, however, who rules this earth, and why these things have come to pass, and who wins in the end! Sadly, we cannot "go home again," no matter how many guestbooks we create, no matter how many memories we try to stir up. The events that are unfolding before us were written in a far larger book long before we were born, and they will come, eventually, to the end that was already determined. In the meantime, though, we can try to be a little more loving to our neighbor. We can determine not to "sell out" to the modern version of the "holiday season," by creating and keeping our own traditions based on what we believe. Rich is not the first person to leave the cruel New England winters for the warmer climates. I have done it; alot of us in the Guestbook have, and for many reasons. That doesn't mean we still don't love our home, or have a right to belong there in whatever way we can keep contact. Just as some of you wish those like him would go back to where he now lives, there are some in the South who hate that we've come here to live, and want us to move back up North! The sad truth is that the southern states (at least it used to be so) more clearly represent our inner values, and we are not as uncomfortable living among them as we would be "back home." I do think sometimes the political commentary gets to be too much, and too heated, but hey, it's not my Guestbook, it's everybody's and I apologize if my introductory comments offended Rich, or anyone else. I just wish we could all be a little more lighthearted, is all. Life is so short and precious. Merry Christmas to Rich and his wife, and to all of you others here in the Guestbook, and all the families you represent. May the love of Jesus fill your hearts this Christmas, and may you understand the gift that He gave us by coming down here to live as a human being, a tiny baby, just the way we all began. Have a blessed holiday!

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Sat December 04

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To I find it amusing that you think I was outdueled and tar and feathered in a battle of wits with some person who sticks "Allahs" in where "God" belongs. I also find what you think unimportant. What IS inportant is the fact that I do not hide behind phony names and false e-mail addresses. I say what I think and I take the heat from spineless wonders such as you. I am reachable via e-mail, phone and snail mail, as well as in person. Unlike many here in the Guestbook who "strike and hide." Secondly, I was born and raised in North Attleboro and lived in the area (except for military postings) until I turned 62. That area is my "home." My memories are there, both good and bad. I am not the first northerner who retired to Florida. I point this out since you "ordered" me out of the Guestbook. Who do you think you are to order me to do anything? I also find it odd that my belief in God and my knowledge that this country was formed by Christians with Christian principles in mind who also guaranteed the right to practice whatever religion you choose, rankles people like you to the point of slander. What value system did you grow up under, anyway? Are you pro-choice? If so how did you learn that baby killing is OK? Who teaches that, the ACLU? If so, we may need an ABCLU. "American Baby Civil Liberties Union," to protect their little lives from abortion butchers. How about same-sex marriages, no, how about same-sex coupling? Do you like that? If so, who taught you that it is OK for disgusting unions of same-gender people? Where does this stuff come from? C'mon, let's hear where you stand. My God, you may believe in the innocence of "O.J." for all I know. Well, Mr. pseudonym, I know where I stand and if you don't like it, well too bad. Just please don't tell me I have been outwitted by the witless. Some of you want my Christmas memories? Okay, I remember going to church at the old Universalist Church in downtown North Attleboro and learning about the birth of the Christ child. I remember later on dating Catholics and attending Midnight Mass with them on Christmas Eve and being amazed by the pagentry of a Catholic mass. I remember being able to pray in public school and being able to celebrate Christmas at school. I recall all the radio programs about the birth of Jesus (later on TV programs). I remember seeing the lights at LaSalette and thinking how wonderful it was to celebrate Christmas this way. I remember the little booklets of Christian Christmas songs being passed out in public school so we could all sing along. I remember all the Santa Claus stuff too, but mostly I remember that Christmas was for Christ. Gee, maybe since kids kinda worship Santa, you people will want to have "separation of Santa and State" also. I mean, why not? You seem to thrive on wrecking every value ever taught by our teachers and parents and clergy up until 1959. "Merry Christmas" became "Happy Holidays" so as not to upset some atheist or whatever. Speaking one's mind became "be politically correct" by rewriting history. Now school kids are kept from receiving copies of the Declaration of Independance because of it's references to God. I could go on and on, as you know, but suffice to say, pseudonym, it's not too late. God is very forgiving. Have a great Christmas season.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Fri December 03

Well my, if you don't like Rich's comments just pass'em by. Myself, I like the stirring of the pot. Keeps ya thinking. Rich may live in Florida but he's born and raised in The Attleboros so this is pretty much his hometown Guestbook and needs not go away, and I 'm pretty sure you're not the Lynxmaster and I'm real sure you don't have the right to speak for all who use this Guestbook. Stay around, Rich. Merry Christmas to you and your family,and Merry Christmas and good health to everyone else in this Guestbook.

Dan Cordell, Spring Hill, FL Thu December 02

I remember the Santa House on the Common, but I was afraid of him. He was too big to me. I remember the only Santa I would go near was at Grant's. And yes to the one who asked if the lights at LaSalette still shine - starting Turkey Day till the New Year. I also remember the ice skating at Capron Park, and Brother David, I also remember you and Tracie taking me skating on my little double blades on the "pond' at the end of Mathewson Avenue. I must been, what, 2? 3? I still remember you each taking one of my hands and FLYYYING on your grown-up white skates across the pond. I don't think I ever touched the ice! I vividly remember that treat, because Mom used to spank me if I ever went past the fire hydrant - and the pond was just beyond that damn hydrant. I know now she was afraid I'd toddle in and drown, but it was full of fish! And I loved to poke them with a stick. I remember once there was a few pink sunfish on the side, dead. I poked them. I was fascinated! I also remember marvelling at Donnie Markham skipping stones across that pond. Now its just an overgrown mud hole. Oh, the fishing the kids used to do! I remember one day, me and my cousin Robin Boudreau were sitting on the bank near Mrs. Crayola(?)'s house. One of the kids, Jeff McKearney I think, hauled back to let fly and hooked my pants with the fish hook. Now, I was all of 5 or so, and had never seen a fishhook, so I freaked out, and all Robin could do was laugh. They cut it out, and I ran home to make sure Mommy wouldn't get mad there was a hole in my blue corduroys. I don't remember if she was, but I do remember being ultra-freaked out by that fishook.

Terry Bosh, Sterling, VA Thu December 02

I remember skating under the lights at Capron Park and the hot chocolate at the park. I remember Wednesday nites in Attleboro and the huge soda fountain at the 5&10 that had 35-cent hot fudge sundaes. Shopping at San Souci's or Miladay's, the New Public Market, stopping in at Ashley's for a lime rickey. I must say I do miss those days. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that the spirit stays with you all year long.

Sue, South Attleboro, Mass Wed December 01

"Merry Christmas" was the sign over the arch in the center of town and that little "shack" where Santa sat was a wonder to all us kids growing up. I remember the Santa and how he would really listen to you as you told him of the toys you wanted for Christmas. Does anyone ever listen like he did? I also remember the Santa in London's and the candy canes he would also give the kids. The Christmas lights at LaSalette and skating there and in Capron Park were especially fun when the Christmas music was playing. There always was something for us kids to do. Thanks for sparking those memories and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

David Bosh, Tallahassee Wed December 01

This is for all human beings, may they be religious in their hearts or not. This is from the story in the current Readers Digest about the girl on Kauai who lost her arm to a shark. She heard of a boy in the Carolinas who also lost his arm and was having trouble dealing with it. - She phoned him and said, "Hey, Logan, this is Bethany Hamilton from Kauai, Hawaii. You probably heard I lost my arm to a shark." "Yeah," he said softly. "I just want you to know I'm surfing in the national finals with one arm." "Yeah? Cool," he said. "Look, I know you may not feel great right now. But I know that you can do a whole lot of stuff too. You can and you will. Okay?" We chatted some more, and I could feel his mood brightening. "Keep in touch, and let me know what you're up to," I added. He promised he would, and I know that Logan is on the road back. Moments like this make me think I may be able to do more good having one arm than when I had two. I think this was God's plan for me all along. I am not saying that God made the shark bite me. I think He knew it would happen, and He made a way for my life to be meaningful in spite of it happening. If I can help other people find hope in God, then that is worth whatever I've lost. - If this does not make you pause and think of the power of God in your life, then nothing will. Keep God in our lives and in our teachings and in our hearts. Stop the madness of trying to get him out of our lives.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Wed December 01

What's wrong Rich? You have to go "mano a mano" because someone acutally has you beat in the battle of wits? "Just The Facts" has you tarred and feathered. Give it up and create your own blog so that this Guestbook can be for readers like Nancy and the others who are using it to reminise about visits to Santa at London's. (Yes, ladies … I remember, too!) Now, Rich, you've been asked nicely. Don't be the guest who doesn't know when he's no longer welcome. It's rude and inconsiderate. You have your home - it's in Florida. Kindly stay there and submit entries to your own on-line newspaper's guestbook!

~, Norton Sat November 27

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To Lorna: I remember the Santa at London's letting me pull on his beard! It was a real beard, and you're right he did look like the Coca Cola Santa! Minus the Coke bottle. I wonder who he really was? He was fantastic. I saw him two years in a row, after that I didn't visit London's. No, my parents went to Sears in Warwick shopping and the Santa there was as fake as could be. My parents told me he was one of Santa's helpers. I was convinced the Santa at London's was the real McCoy! They would not let me go back to see him, but they had me write him. I was so upset and the ring meant that much more to me, ya know? Happy holidays to you and God bless! To Spit: I remember Christmas caroling in Attleboro! I so miss that! Does anyone do that anymore? I haven't gone to LaSalette in years. Do they still have it all beautiful with lights at Christmastime? Let me know, because I would really love to take my children there. Happy holidays to you and your's this holiday season, my dear friend! To Rich: I know you have some awesome memories of your Christmases when you were here, so … I'm waiting to hear them. Forget all the other stuff in the Guestbook. I want to know if you ever went ice skating or Christmas caroling?! Come on I know you have them! Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of your family! To the Guestbook: All of you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nancy Zazzera, Westerly, RI Wed November 24

To "Just the Facts": What part of "mano a mano" didn't you understand?

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed November 24

I remember Santa's house like it was yesterday! You knew you were in for a treat going to see santa on the Common. It was very small in that house, but the long-lasting memories are BIG! That was a tradition to stop in to give our wish list and then off to x-mas shop! Oh, those were the days! Anyone from class of '78 chorus with Mrs. Whitman out there? We had so many cupcakes left over after caroling - they were willed to her in the yearbook! That was fun, too!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Tue November 23

From Rich Howard: "I never said the govenrment should favor one religion over another. I said that this country was formed with Christian principles by Christians who, by the way, guaranteed the rights of non-Christians. Now can you dispute that?" — LOL Rich — Do you mean there's NO "disputing" the Country-Formin' Christian Founders guaranteeing of the rights of the "non-Christian" native Indians or the civil rights of those "non-Christian heathens, the African slaves? Maybe you mean the rights of women or the guaranteed rights of those"non-Christian" heathen Japanese folks who later on got tossed in internment camps simply because they had slanted eyes? And yes, Rich, we can all understand your anger with the person who brought your wife into the conversation. After all, you are the only person who should be allowed to make any of your customary callous, bigoted and belittling blowhard comments regarding whomever someone else in here is sleeping with! — — As for your comment about your fear that someone else in here will "make you look stupid," I'm reasonably certain that everyone in here would likely agree that this would be impossible because you satisfactorily accomplish this task all by your lonesome - quite adequately, in fact!

Just the facts, Tue November 23

Nancy, it's funny that I read your comments on the London's Santa. I was just telling my son last night about my memories of shopping at London's and going downstairs to visit Santa. He always seemed like "the real Santa" to me. He was as close to the Coca Cola Santa as anyone could get. Sometimes I long to go back to those days when life was slower. We had less, but we were happier. We used our minds instead of letting TV think for us. To Arthur Itis: Tsk, tsk, how sad that we all think it is fine for us to voice our opinions but as soon as someone has a different one, we condemn them. It is sad that another's opinions would cause you to wish him dead. Even if he were a "condominium commando" as you put it, it is his right. Would you take away his rights just because he doesn't agree with you? Rich, would you take away Arthur's rights just because he doesn't agree with you? Please, follks, can we put this aside for the holidays?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Tue November 23

My mom used to take me "uptown" to see Santa every year! He was in his "house" right near the arches on the Common. We'd wait in line and watch all the kids coming out with a candy cane, and then it was my turn. Being the "Momma's boy" that I was, I used to make my mom go in that "house" while I was in there … just a bit cramped for all of us. Is Santa's house still on the Common?

Spit, Tue November 23

This is for Nancy. I remember the plastic Santa rings they used to give out at London's, too! My mom would take us there every year to see Santa Claus. We also sometimes would go to see him in his little "house" in the town square in Attleboro. At Christmastime, we used to browse around Kid's Town, the toy store. It was really close to where my dad worked, and I remember walking around and thinking that store held all of my dreams under one roof! I remember Morin's, too, and the snowy nights at Christmastime. "Santa" always made sure Christmas was good for us kids at our house. We always had alot of nice things under the tree. Sometimes alot of the true family togetherness was missing in our house, and as I got older that made Christmas kind of sad for me, but somehow there was always that magic of hope at Christmas, and that day always seemed to end up being special nonetheless. I think my parents tried as hard as they knew how to make us happy. There is no place like the Attleboros at Christmastime in my memory. We live in the south now, but nothing can compare to those snowy, cold Christmases from my childhood. We are lucky if we even GET snow here by January or February, or at all, but I do NOT miss the shoveling, or the snowplows burying the cars all over again after you've just cleared them out! Happy Thanksgiving to all this week! Be seeing you soon!

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Mon November 22

Talk about remembering Attleboro: Does anyone remember when Santa's House was on Attleboro Common (all so long ago), over by the arch, near the train tracks? It was the size of a closet but so packed with joy … and LaSalette, I went there faithfully as a child and now I bring my own kids to it. O, the memories! To all in the Attleboro area: Have a safe and happy holiday season. Stay safe.

Sweetpea, MA Mon November 22

Well, that's really nice, wishing a fellow citizen was run over by a bus. But what can one expect from people who condone baby murder? What's a human life to them? To "Just the Facts": I never said the govenrment should favor one religion over another. I said that this country was formed with Christian principles by Christians who, by the way, guaranteed the rights of non-Christians. Now can you dispute that? Can you spin and twist it to make me look stupid? Or can you agree that is what I said? I think when people like you want to run every Christian mention or God mention out of government buildings, etc., you are attempting to re-write history. Why? I don't know. Just because you are trouble making, unhappy with your lives, jerks who wish to grind away at the rest of us. Turn your flags upside down, kill your babies, free your criminals and marry your brother for all I care. Just don't tell me what I can and cannot say. By the way to the other jerk, my wife admires my passion for what I believe. She is not part of this so leave her out of it, you got that? If you want to drag my family into this discussion, show your face to me so we can go mano a mano. In short, have some guts. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all of you from one who speaks his mind and deals with the aftermath. Watch out for that bus now …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon November 22

It has been quite a while since I visited this site and, sorry to say, things have not changed. I very much enjoyed reading about the Boshes, Carvalhos , about Bungay Lake. Had hoped to hear more from classmates of mine from Tiffany School and such.. About the Texieras, Metteys , Capionegros and others, but instead I have to read about the politics of people in Florida. Nostalgia is a wonderful look at the past; don't destroy it with bitterness. Ignore the politics and religion, no one can change the other person's mind, and rather reply only to the nostalgia. Remember the quote from Tennyson: " Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, in looking on the happy Autmn Fields, and thinking of the days that are no more."

J."Bruce" Angelo, Lebanon , TN. Mon November 22

Dear Guestbook Friends: I found the very first Santa ring I had received as a little girl. As I stared at this little plastic ring, the memories came back to me in a flash. The sparkling snow covered town of Attleboro was looking so festive with all of the Christmas lights aglow and green garland with brightly colored red bows adorning ever shop in town. I went into a shop with my parents … I think it was called Londons?! There was a long line to see the man himself - Santa! I stood in line while my parents shopped (you could do this back then with no worries). I remember telling the jolly man what I would like. I remember Santa asking me if I was naughty or nice. I was very honest. I was nice, but I had a brother who made that difficult at times. Santa laughed and told me honesty was the way to be. He said he would see what he could do. He gave me a Santa ring. I was so thrilled and you would have thought I won the Lottery! I went to Morin's afterwards for hot chocolate and told my parents of my visit with Santa. The snow was coming down heavy that night and the neighborhood looked like a Christmas card. It was the Christmas of 1968. One I would never forget! I cherished that Santa ring and would only wear it on Christmas Eve. I found my old faded Santa ring this week. I had the same feelings as I did when I first got it. Did I get what I was wanting that Christmas? Well, Santa said he's see what he could do… and he came through. I had gotten the doll I was asking for and knew it paid to be honest. If any of you have a Thanksgiving or Christmas memory of years ago - Guestbook it! Let's get the wonderful spirit of the holiday's going. Best wishes to all this Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

Nancy Zazzera, Westerly, RI Sun November 21

I was just wondering, with Christmastime approaching, did anyone here ever go to La Sallette to see the Christmas displays way back when? That was one of my favorite activities as a kid, to go down there in the dead of winter when it was really cold, and walk around all of the light displays. We would get some hot apple cider and it always tasted so good! My mom used to make us climb up the knee steps to the statue of the Virgin Mary. We were brought up Catholic, and this was a very big deal to her. I just remember how COLD those Christmasy nights were. Our noses nearly froze off, but I looked forward to it every year!

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Sat November 20

The best bus that ever pulled out of North Attleboro was the one with Howard on it. Too bad he wasn't under it. Howard is a typical Florida "condominium commando." He hates everthing and everybody. I bet his old lady is glad he's on the computer all the time.

arthur itis, Lake Wobegon, MN Sat November 20

Pete and Lorna, how nice to open the Guestbook and read some great memories. I too lived in PLainville and remember Wilkens Airport and the Snack Shack. We lived on Sidney St. and I can remember laying on the grass on Sundays watching the planes flying over and then the parachuters jumping out. It was an awesome sight. My parents would take us over to the Snack Shack for ice cream and then we would sit at the side of the road and watch the planes take off and land. How terribly sad that kids today can not enjoy that kind of easy and no-fuss living. I also remember looking forward to the circus that came every year to Wilkens Airport. What a great time it was to be a kid. Keep the memories coming.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Sat November 20

Re (From Rich): "I was not here to speak for the native Americans, but I am here to speak for the victims of terrorists. Lastly, if you feel the native American thing was so wrong, you must agree that the Muslim terrorists thing is wrong too. When innocents die there is no "right." Oh, we're in agreement there, Rich. Anytime someone shows up on our shores with an ax to grind and with the intention of using their religious "idealism" (as a doctrine that only "their" ideas are the ONLY reality) to demonize, terrorize and ultimately annihilate the "natives" is truly cause for alarm and action afterwards, no doubt about it - history clearly shows this to be true. Should the United States government show exclusive favoritism toward Christianity (or any other religion), however; this would be a clear violation of the First Amendment. This amendment clearly states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." There is another reference to religion in Article 6, Section 3. This clause states: "the United States and the several States shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution, but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." As citizens (not religious subjects), we are - and should remain - free to recognize and pursue (without persecution) the beliefs of one or many religions or none at all. Religion is clearly a "personal" belief. There are so many religions to choose from, including the choice of no religion. It is out of the question for our government to decide that one belief is right and another is wrong. So it is reasonable to say that it is (and should remain) unconstitutional for our government to favor Christianity (or any other religion, over other religions, including the choice of no religion. In any case, please forgive me being a "'wiseacher" in my earlier post, and have yourself a nice Thanksgiving in NPR, Rich.

Just the facts, Sat November 20

To Just the Facts: Thank you sooo much for the great laugh! I needed that. Too bad that the joke is always on "Rich." I guess if you ask for it … Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Be safe and healthy.

Zelda, Attleboro Fri November 19

Actually, I never lived in Plainville. Just my relatives. I lived in Attleboro all my life until 1994. My husband had a heart attack, was laid off while in ICU and so he took the first job that came along. We went to Scottsdale, AZ, for a year and then to Tallahassee, FL, for a year and a half and then to Nashville. I have been in Nashville since October 1996. Each move got me closer to home, but my heart is there in Attleboro with all my family. I have two of my four children here and one of my six grandchildren here, so you can see why I long to be back home. I get home for a week twice a year, but I will not make it for Christmas this year. My husband has to have surgery. I can't believe the changes either - especially along Route 1. My grandmother's land went from Messenger Street all the way to Plain Street (the street behind the Snack Shack). She had 60 acres.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Fri November 19

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To "Just the Facts": I agree with what you say about how this country was started. I read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" also. That was then, this is now. If I follow your reasoning, we should allow the Muslims or anyone to fly the planes into the towers and accept it as punishment for the Pilgrims? Is that about it? Splitting hairs like this is asinine. It's the same as if you blame me for slavery when neither I nor anyone else in my blood line ever owned or condoned owning them. In fact, my friend, I am half Syrian by blood so I think I can speak about the atrocity of hijacking planes and killing innocents by Arabs better than you can. I abhor that the same as I abhor what happened to the native Americans. I was not here to speak for the native Americans but I am here to speak for the victims of terrorists. Lastly, if you feel the native American thing was so wrong, you must agree that the Muslim terrorists thing is wrong too. When innocents die there is no "right." None of what you say changes that fact. None of what you say changes the fact that this country was formed, rightly or wrongly, on Christian principles.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri November 19

Re: Rich's comment: "… nice try but the Muslims did not sail over here on wooden ships to form this country." Yes, Rich, I can see how you might fail to see the irony in your comparative analysis with regard to the nice country-forming "Christian" folks like the Native-Inhabitant-Hand-Chopping Christopher Columbus, as well as those Land-Grabbing and Carpet Bagging Mayflower passengers who landed, plunked down a flag and declared this land to be THEIR OWN — when all of these parties (including those who flew into the towers …) landed here on these shores in order to first 'terrorize,' and then hoped to eventually annihilate this land's inhabitants … Can't you just picture Rich Howard giving the Thanksgiving blessing at whichever relative's table who gets stuck with serving him on Turkey Day: "Dear Lord, we thank ye for NEVER endowing those Heathen 'Non-Christian' Native Americans Indians with the foresight to have enacted a far more 'well-thought-out' immigration policy …"

Just the facts, Thu November 18

To Lorna in Nashville: I was begining to think that I was the only one who remembered the Wilkins Airport. Too bad your father didn't get the chance to fly. I always wanted to be a pilot, but lost enough of my hearing in boot camp back in '64 to preclude military flight school.They frown on pilots that can't hear the instructions from the tower. Something about crashing and other such calamities. If you want to see the Wilkins area now, just go to aerial maps, click on terra server and go from there. I couldn't believe the growth in the area when I saw it. Back in those days my grandfather had a camp on Bungay Lake and we would go to visit him there by taking the road that went off behind the Snack Shack.There was nothing out there then, and I mean nothing. Now there is a golf course, I think, and a few trailer parks with houses going up in between. I think if I moved back to Plainville I would like to live in that area. How long since you've lived in Plainville?

Pete McGill, Bonita Springs, Fl Thu November 18

I remember the Snack Shack and Wilkins Airport. When I was a little girl we went to my grandmother's farm on Messenger St. Sometimes on the way there or on the way home, we would stop at the Snack Shack for ice cream and watch the planes take off and land. My dad always wanted to fly a plane but never got to. As for Rich, he is a senior citizen who is set in his ways and you can't change him so why feed his anger?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu November 18

In answer to "Just the Facts," nice try but the Muslims did not sail over here on wooden ships to form this country. However, they are free to practice their religion here as are all others. The fact that GOD is mentioned in all those places is testimony to the fact that Christians DID come here and form this country and Christians were the cornerstone of it. However, I repeat, others can practice what they choose so long as they do not break the laws of the land, just as Christians have to uphold the same laws. Christians did not fly our jetliners into our buildings. Christians did not blow up sailors on the Cole or kill marines in our embassies, etc. You may think it is funny substituting Allah in those quotes but there is nothing funny about it. Not to almost 4,000 dead Americans of all faiths on 9/11. Not to survivors of dead Marines and KIA servicemen fighting to free a people and to save your sorry ass from more 9/11's. As for all you other bleeding hearts who lambaste my entries here, get a life yourselves. My life is dedicated to keeping Socialism out of the USA. I live here. I was born here. I have the right to say what I want. You who would silence me are no better than any dictator who ever ruled with fear of death. You have your sick place in society. Muck around in it and stop telling me what to say and where to say it. Happy Thanksgiving, all. Who will you thank for your blessings? Allah?

Rich Howard, NPR ,FL 34653 Thu November 18

This is for Lizzy from NC. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I've often stopped by the Guestbook, but never left a message. When I started reading, it was enjoyable, but I too, come here less and less, as it is so disheartening and disappointing to see the bitterness that has spilled into it. This should be a forum for catching up and remembering, and those people who have the need for political discourse should find another forum for it. Perhaps The Sun Chronicle would consider a "political discussion" page? That way, maybe the Guestbook could get back to what it's original intention was. I see where the Attleboro area got the first snowstorm of winter. Such fond memories I have of sledding, making snow forts and ice skating at Capron Park! Let's try and get some good entries here. Is Cooper's still in the center of town? I remember getting Lime Rickeys and coffee frappes there!

Francis, Washington, DC Thu November 18

I am now thinking that if we all ignore Mr. Howard and not answer any more of his commants maybe he will just go away. Now getting back to what this "Guestbook" started out to be: Has anyone ever had a drink at the North End Social Club in North Attleboro? Is it still there? And how about Bud Rioux's bar in Attleboro Falls? Anybody know anything about that, or Bud? Last but not least is the Snack Shack out by Wilkins Airport in Plainville. Best darn fish and chips I ever had back in the '50s, if you can remember back that far. Speaking of Wilkins Airport, that was where I had my first airplane ride. The pilot was Mr. Alden Smith, our neighbor in Plainville, and the plane was a Stinson voyager. We took off with Alden Sr. and Alden Jr. and myself and flew up to Revere Beach and back. We had to buzz the field to scare the cows off the grass in order to land. I don't think I have been that excited since. What a thrill for a 9-year-old to go for an airplane ride. Airplanes were still pretty new at that time. How about it you'all? Lets get back to nostalgia.

Pete McGill, Bonita Springs, FL Wed November 17

I was visiting the Web site someone mentioned the other day in the Guestbook, about the old New England amusement parks. It was very nostaligic, but the pics of Rocky Point were very sad. I wonder how the people in the photos got permission to walk around in there and take pictures, or DID they? : )

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Wed November 17

I would like to praise the Patriots for following up on the disappointment of the 7-year-old boy who won the "take your player to school day." They really made up for the no-show in a big way. All of us who are mothers can appreciate that.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Wed November 17

Hey, Richie, you live in Florida for cripesake. Shut off the computer, open the door to your trailer and go outside. Man, if anybody is in need of getting a life it is you, dude. I feel sorry for you, man. Just another Sunshine State Condo Nazi shooing kids offa the lawn. A shame.

Frank Morse, Duluth Wed November 17

Hi, Rich. Check out how it looks when the quotes which you cited are read as such (using the word Allah, the Muslim word for God):

"In Allah We Trust" - "One Nation Under Allah" - "Allah Bless the USA, so large, so friendly, so rich" - W.H. Auden - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (Allah) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." - Declaration of Independence, July, 4, 1776. - "We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their plows but to secure liberty for their souls." - Robt. J. McCracken - "This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while ALLAH is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith." - Lyndon B. Johnson - "ALLAH grants liberty to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." - Daniel Webster - "It does not require a lawyer to interpret the provisions of the Bill of Rights. They are as clear as the Ten Commandments." - Herbert Hoover - "We here highly resolve that this nation under ALLAH, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that govt. of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." - Abe Lincoln - "I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at shall be my country's, by Allah's and truth's. I was born an American; I shall die an American." - Daniel Webster

Just the facts, Wed November 17

Howard, I wish you back all the lousyness and insanity you spout out. Oh, wait! You are already insane ! My bad … !

Terry Bosh, Sterling VA Tue November 16

I entered the Guestbook thinking it was going to be a virtual trip into the past, reminiscing about the old days in the Attleboros, where I was born and raised, and instead I see I landed in a hotbed of political debate, and some of it not so polite. At the risk of sounding like a judgemental newcomer, may I say that this does not appear to be the proper place for such heated commentary? I understand we all have freedom of speech in in this country; however, aren't there more politically arousing venues in which some can vent their opinions over these volatile issues, and leave the quaint little nooks designed to help us escape for awhile to those who simply wish to chat about gentler things? Just a thought.

Lizzy B., Charlotte, NC Tue November 16

Frenchwoman, "In God We Trust" - "One Nation Under God" - "God Bless the USA, so large, so friendly, so rich" - W.H. Auden - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." - Decleration of Independance, July, 4, 1776. - "We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their plows but to secure liberty for their souls." - Robt. J. McCracken - "This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while GOD is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith." - Lyndon B. Johnson - "GOD grants liberty to those who love it,and are always ready to guard and defend it." - Daniel Webster - "It does not require a lawyer to interpert the provisions of the Bill of Rights. They are as clear as the Ten Commandments." - Herbert Hoover - "We here highly resolve that this nation under GOD, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that govt. of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the eart." - Abe Lincoln - "I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at shall be my country's, by GOD's and truth's. I was born an American; I shall die an American." - Daniel Webster …. I could go on and on, Frenchwoman, but you see the point. You who now preach seperation of church and state fail to realize that it means that the government will not interfere with your choice of worship. It does NOT mean we leave GOD out of our teachings and out of our government buildings and out of our schools. In fact, a strong belief in HIM helped form and shape this country and such quotes as you see here are all over our government buildings. Only lately has this modern hate of GOD come to pass and wrongly so. As for the butt-kicking election, take a look at the USA map and see the red from the blue, county by county. Yes, it was an ass-kicking. It was also a message to cease and desist killing unborn children, etc.,,or you shall never have another so-called Democrat in the White House. As for my lambasting "travlin," well she lambasted me first. She ordered me not to "spout my goo," as she put it. You folks can dish it out but you can't take it. As for the election, as I said to "travlin," Canada awaits. Buh bye.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue November 16

The elections are over, guys, so why don't you all give the Guestbook back to the people of Attleboro. And start your own little Guestbooks where you live now.

Mike, G>Texas Mon November 15

oh and rich you mentioned the franco without mentioning shorty coutamash. he tought me how to play pool. while im at it is that the same doraty from feehan? and there is a book out about n/a and a (for better word )phamphlet about jolly chollys both co-penned by bob lanpher

diesel1507, cocoa Mon November 15

My point is your just too darn funny.

diesel1507, Cocoa, FL Mon November 15

Come, come, Mr. Howard. Your vituperous lambasting of your fellow Americans is bordering on hysterics. We all have the right to say what we want WITHIN reason but your comments are very close to slander. With your education from the good state of Massachusetts you should be able to say what you want without resorting to vicious rhetoric. Please try to calm down and write something nice for a change. Better yet, have your doctor give you a prescription for paxil to lessen your feelings of depression and paranoia. That would help us all.

Pete McGill, Bonita Springs, FL Sat November 13

Rich, you call a 51% margin by an incumbent president an ass-kicking? I call it "in by the skin of your teeth." Just looking at this Guestbook is an example of how divided this country has become. How sad. Sadder still, that you call yourself a Christian. I hadn't dropped by to visit this book in a while, and now I know I won't drop in anymore. Enjoy your "victory," Rich. Christians like you are no better than the Muslim extremists who believe in Jihad. What ever happened in this country to the separation of Church and State? Oh, well, adieu ….

c, North Providence, RI Fri November 12

R.J. Houston, What's your point?

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue November 09

Thank you, Pete McGill. I couldn't have said it better myself. You are a smart man. I have been saying for a long time (not necessarily here in the Guestbook) that there should be term limits. The question is will enough people sign a petition to get it on the national ballot? That is where it needs to be. This is still a government of the people, for the people and by the people and the people need to get away from their TV sets, video games and such, and start to do something!!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Tue November 09

Terry Bosh, stop whining. Suck it up. The moral half of this country is sick of you and your friends who kill babies and support gay unions and free criminals. Point your travlin' buggy north and take your socialist ways to Canada. If you hate it here so much, get out. We don't need you. You call the president a moron and I call you a traitor just like Jane Fonda and Kerry followers. I hope the hell your name is on a FBI watch list because I for one do not trust people of your mind-set. You are all, for the most part, lousy losers who refuse to get the message. Please run Hillary in '08 so we can bury you again.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue November 09

Darn, Rich, do you want to meet the guy or what? "I invite YOU to a discussion any time you can get to Florida or I get to Massachusetts. I would LOVE to go face to face with a socialist."

R J houston, cocoa fla Mon November 08

Just as I expected!! But today is a beautiful day in West Virginia. The sun is out, it is about 50 degrees, the leaves have all turned and most are now off the trees. It was a great fall, the colors here are amazing. If you have never been to WV, you should come for a visit. The mountains, the lakes, the rafting, the camping, hiking and fishing are the best! I'm gong to NA in a couple of weeks with two of my children. I hope to walk some of those familiar streets and eat in some of those great places. I should tell a story sometime about playing basketball, eating two Reese's cups and drinking a coke in the old YMCA across from the fire station in NA.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Sat November 06

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I have been reading all the messages here in the Guestbook and I must say some people get really upset when their political views are questioned. My first reaction to all these views is "thank You" to our founding fathers for having the foresight to make it our right to speak our minds no matter what our minds come up with. There are still several places in this world that would put you to the sword for less than I have read here. My second reaction is that most of you have missed the boat by blaming the president for the problems of this country. He is, fter all, only one man. The bigger problem is the Congress and thats the place to start reform, if you ask me. Until we get term limits in place and not allow any congressman to serve for 20 years like Mr. Kerry and his ilk then all the problems discussed here will continue and nothing will ever change. That goes for Republicans, too. Terms ought to be limited to two and no election for two more terms. That will break up the "good old boy" syndrome in DC and make it much more difficult for special interests to promote their agendas. Congress will never vote for term limits because that would put most of them out of business and they are in business for sure. We the voters must do this ourselves by voting in new congressmen each year and dumping the old guys. There ought to be an age limit on Congress, too, say 60 or so. We need fresh new ideas in Congress and youthful congressmen with the energy to carry them out. So chew on that for awhile and remember that the president can say anything he wants to get your vote but nothing happens until Congress says it can happen.

Pete McGill, Bonita Springs, FL Sat November 06

Well, Tanya, your comments weren't addressed to anyone in particular, so I will be the first to acknowledge them.Your post is very well written with good grammar and no spelling errors that I can see. Your intellectual superiority is obvious to me, BUT please humor me and share some of the exact "political terminology" or the particular "way in which our government operates" or even possibly some "matters of legality" that you are "amazed" by. How about recommending a specific book that I could read on Sunday instead of watching the Patriots so that I could then initiate some "intelligent discourse" with you? While we're on the subject: You know what "amazes" me? It's those people who possess a gift of better understanding and who are obviously blessed with a keener sense than the rest of us who offer nothing but the fact that we are all below them. By the way, recently while dealing in a "matter of legality," my prayer was answered for guidance as to what to do when the message came through my heart and up to my head clear as clear could be. I truly understood it as a miracle. The message was: "It's more important to DO right than it is to BE right."

Spit, Fri November 05

The recent letter from Brian Doherty about morality and the recent election is off the mark. The morality being referenced by the voters who put George Bush back in office is primarily related to turning back the tide of gay and lesbian activism. In a New York Times article today, Barney Frank (who is gay) stated that the mass marriages of gays and lesbians in San Francisco galvanized conservative opposition. That is why measures in 11 states banning gay/lesbian marriage were approved by voters.

Chris Mitchell, North Attleboro, MA Fri November 05

Well John, the "right wing whackos," as you call them, say hello to you from the right. Where are you, oh is that you waaaaaay over there on the left? Yup, that's John. Believer in baby killing and turning the flag upside down and same-sex marriages and whatever else his "left wing whackos" espouse. Seems like many of you are kinda out of touch with the pulse of moral America, John. In fact it looked like an old-fashioned ass-kicking to me. Even good old boy T.D. misread his constituants in S. Dakota, huh? Oh, too bad. As for my discussions, I invite YOU to a discussion any time you can get to Florida or I get to Massachusetts. I would LOVE to go face to face with a socialist. Yeah, John, if I sound like I am piling it on, I am. I have listened to your garbage for a long time. I have taken your shots at me time after time. And to find out in the end that America says morals do count and extreme liberalism is a dead duck and John Owen is out of touch, well that warms me, John. Have fun stewing for the next four. You and Kennedy and Kerry and Meehan and Edwards and the whole lot of you are just last week's newspaper. Move a bit toward the middle, my adversary, and maybe someone will listen to you. Do me a favor and click on and check out the map of America showing county by county red and blue. Even you will be amazed. Junk mail? I think not, John. You just won't let the message sink in. Too bad. Buh-bye.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu November 04

Howard, I laugh at you. You believe yourself. That's hysterical! And don't get all bloated and explode your goo here again because Bush won. He only won HALF of the country. The rest of US are NOT amused. I see bumper stickers saying "No one died when Clinton Lied." But the good news is: In the Election of 2008, we NEVER have to hear from this moron again!

Terry Bosh, Sterling , VA Thu November 04

I'm amazed as I read the commentary on the election how often political terminology is misused, how little is understood about the way in which our government operates and how often a LEGAL issue is argued with religious belief rather than matters of legality. Perhaps the way to make America better is for Americans to shut off the TV and read a book. The founders of this country would be ashamed at the lack of intelligent discourse that takes place in this country. The "Greatest Nation on Earth" certainly is NOT acting like it.

Tanya (Noren) McLaughlin, Murfreesboro, TN Wed November 03

Rich, to call what you do "discussion" is laughable. You take a position, close your eyes, cover your ears and bellow. I added you to my junk mail list because you were sending me junk mail. I read the first 20 or so messages and they all conveyed the lack of thoughtfulness and simplemindedness that is your hallmark. I simply had enough of your forwarding me mail from right-wing simpletons and religious wackos. No wonder so many people do not use their real names in the Guestbook.

John Owen, Easton Wed November 03

Way to go, Nancy! I have been saying the same thing. I am glad someone out there feels the same way as me. One thing that does bother me that will not stop is something that everyone is overlooking. It doesn't matter who gets into office when you have lobbyists who are being paid ridiculous sums of money by big business to get laws passed that only make things worse for the average working-class American. Rich is right about one thing. I have a daughter who is a history major with a 4.0 average and minoring in political science. If we don't learn from our mistakes we will be forced to relive them at a later time. We must stop the terrorism of innocent people. It is not only happening in other countries, but also right here in our own country by some of our own citizens who are sympathetic to these off-the-wall groups. We will revert to socialism and then who knows, maybe communism. The way that will happen is by allowing the government to keep growing out of control and having more and more to say in our personal lives. I think I'll get off my soap box before I offend anyone. But just because the election is over, don't get too comfortable because it still goes on behind the scenes. I think our election process has become a dirty mud-slinging event and we need to clean it up! They need to run on the issues, not how many skeletons are in each other's closet!!

Lorna Noren, Nashville, TN Tue November 02

I heard on the radio this morning that you can support a soldier in Iraq for the holidays by going to the following website: WWW.ANYSOLDIER.COM. In order for letters and/or packages to be delivered by Christmas, they have to be postmarked by Nov. 15.

Let us please put all our policital beliefs aside and help our troops get through this holiday season.

Susan, Stoughton Tue November 02

I guess it's easier for John Owen to add me to his junk mail list than it is for him to read items on "both" sides of an issue and discuss them. I noticed one thing about him, he loves to label but not discuss. Just sling the name-calling mud and turn your back and walk away, right, John? What is it like to live in your cowardly, socialist world? I hope I never find out.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL34653 Tue November 02

Eric and I just wanted to give a big thanks to The Sun Chronicle for publishing a small article on our experience at the Red Sox parade. It was an amazing experience to just be a part of the parade, but to be recognized on the front page of The Sun Chronicle was very special, too. It will be the perfect opener for our collection of clippings of this Incredible evnt in history. THANKS AGAIN FROM TORONTO!!!!

Roberta(Robbie) Horst and Eric DaRosa , Burlington, Ontario, Canada Tue November 02

Thank heaven tomorrow is the final day of all this Bush vs. Kerry. The TV commercials and late night jokes and Guestbook banter should be done, or will it? I have some dear friends who are pro Kerry and some … including myself … who are pro Bush. I have had my pro Kerry friends tell me why they think he is so great and why they are voting for him. What do you think my reaction to them has been? Nothing. Why lose friendships over what all of us have … which is free will to vote for who we choose. That's the beauty of America. So, why fight with a friend, spouse, neighbor or Guestbook friend. This will not sway people to believe what you do. Politics and religion are both topics on which you have to respect one another's decision. Even if it means biting your tongue. God's blessings and best wishes to all, and may the best man win.

Nancy, RI Mon November 01

Yes, Debbie Stewart, I will continue my opinions (you call rantings) on KILLING UNBORN BABIES (you call women's rights), the SIN of same-sex marriages (you call right to marry man to man, etc.). Yes, I will because I miss the America that held values. The America that frowned upon such despicable actions. Your liberal, socialist comrades want to live under a rule that frees you to do whatever you wish and to be taken care of by those who work through the government and our taxes. You and your social programs and your ill-concieved "freedoms" will lead this country down a path to socialism as sure as I now type this entry. All of you who oppose my views and call me names and over-react to my right to say what I feel can do as you wish in the voting booth. I can only pray that sane, clear-thinking Americans nationwide do the right thing and re-elect President Bush. Furthermore. to those who may yet be undecided: When you enter that booth, ask yourself, Laura or Theresa? If THAT doesn't bring a vote for Bush then God help us all. It is pretty simple: A vote for Kerry is a vote for socialism. A vote for President Bush is a vote for a moral America. Remember, a wise man once said that a good democracy cannot last more that 200 years and that we were on borrowed time. Please do not let that time run out. Vote for President George W. Bush, who had the courage to take on those who wish to kill us all in the name of their twisted form of religion. I admit people like Debbie scare the hell out of me because they have been so easily poisened by the left. How anyone can believe anything Kerry says is beyond me. He who turned on his fellow soldiers and joined Hanoi Jane to become Hanoi John. He who flips and flops all over the place. Just check his record and his interviews, for God sakes. Even Tim Russert had him flopping like a fish out of water. He claims to be for the working man. Yes, to get your tax money. He has never worked a day in his life. He will gladly spend you into an early grave and retire with a federal pension like you will never see in your lifetime. Debbie, when you punch that ballot or however you do it there, you will drive a nail into America as sure as God made little green apples. I hope you can sleep at night.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon November 01

Abolishing the Electoral College would be a mistake, as it serves to insure that all voters from all regions of the country are equally important to a successful candidacy. Otherwise, without the present system, a candidate could mount a campaign targeting only those highly populated areas of the country (East Coast) to secure the popular vote to win the office. The Electoral College makes sure that the voters in the sparcely populated areas still matter. Although it has happened, I would say it is very unusual for a candidate to win the electoral vote and not the popular vote.

Spit, Mon November 01

Gee, Rich, I didn't know I was your "favorite." I didn't mention your e-mail to me because I never see any of your e-mails. I added you to my "junk mail" list after you started sending me dozens of e-mails a week filled with juvenile right-wing propaganda.

John Owen, Easton, MA Mon November 01

Go Bush!!!!

Dan, Spring Hill,Florida Mon November 01

Thank you to the following: Terry Bosh and John Owen for your recent comments. For whatever reason, my reply to Denise in FL was not printed. I said that I have come to the understanding over the past year that Mr. Howard is who he is and we will not change him nor his opinions. I am sure after this election he will continue his rantings about a woman's right to choose and many, many more issues. I do hold the belief that each of us has the right to be heard and differences should be embraced. I do not however embrace the mean spirited, caustic remarks that some times come with Mr. Howard's comments. I pray that on Nov. 2 that this country will make the right choice, John Kerry, and if once again the popular vote does not count I will work my fingers to the bone to eliminate the Electoral College. Maybe it has seen it's time. {The Lynxmaster responds: Never saw that reply to Denise you mention. We post every legitimate entry we receive.}

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Fri October 29

To the family of Frank Rapoza: I was terribly saddened by the news of Frank's passing on Oct. 21, 2004. Frank was a wonderful father-in-law to myself and an even greater grandfather to my son Ryan. I will forever hold the wonderful memories of a special man in my heart. Dear Edna, I pray that you find comfort in the knowledge of how much you and Frank mean to all of us. To Ron, Louise, Linda and Lori, you are in my prayers.

Dee Rodseth, Raleigh Fri October 29

Reply to "Full of Disbelief": I point out that Denise fired directly at me thus turnabout is fair play. Case closed. To Terry Bosh: Do you ever have something worthwhile to contribute? And when you look in the mirror do you laugh just as hard at yourself as you do when writing your weak retorts? To Mr John Owen (my favorite): Why don't you and Denise share with the readers the e-mail I sent you. You know, the one explaining how the ambulance-chasing John Edwards forced the American pharmaceutical companies to stop making vaccine due to the huge liabilities inflicted on them by him and his client with a frivolous lawsuit. Just for once, John, tell the whole story. To the guy who wants me to go to Mars: Too RED there for my taste. Enough of that here with the Democratic, ie. Socialist, party in the USA. GO BUSH !!!!! Beat the liberal turncoat Kerry and his liberal pretty-boy running mate.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri October 29

Ha! Everyone complains about Rich but he sure gets everyone fired up and "spewing" their own stuff. I like what Mel Gibson had to say yesterday on GMA. I also agree with him wholeheartedly. "The political campaign is a nightmare to me. When God gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Vote for the biggest lemon and squeeze him for all he is worth!" I know I have left out some of what he said but this was the core of the answer. No candidate will ever be perfect. Search your heart, be well informed and vote for the one who best supports your views. When I am in doubt, I vote the party. Now … how about those Red Sox? I can't believe no one has yet said anything about them!

Lorna Noren, Nashville, TN Fri October 29

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I can't believe this guy. Mr. Howard, you pigeon-hole Denise for her comments and attack her, yet you fail to see how irrational you have become. I find it so amusing how you sound so much like your hero did during the debate when Kerry made a valid point. He would not respond directly, but go off on a tangent about something totally unrelated. Even if they disagree with Denise, surely other readers will agree that you have gone off the deep end with that response even if they think you are right. You really should do a favor and create your own blog where people can comment. Save the spewing of your "wisdom" for those who are foolish enough to believe it. I personally think you are starting to sound like one of those psych hospital patients who was released due to lack of funding. (Hmmm, speaking of which, who's budget lowered THAT funding?)

Full of Disbelief, Norton Thu October 28

Hi, Denise (and Rich ): The following link provides 100 facts about the Bush Administration. It lists 100 facts, and each one has a link at the end of it to back the facts up.

Just the facts, Wed October 27

Hey, Howard! Only five more days 'til you and Dubya go to MARS !! Pack up!

Terry Bosh, Sterling VA Wed October 27

Mr. Howard, your last entry was quite a rant. You say there is a group of people who blame Bush for everything. Well, you are one of those people who hold Bush accountable for nothing. I have heard the Bushies referred to as the "dog ate my paper" administration. There is an excuse for everything. Bush, himself, can't think of a single mistake he has made. Whatever happened to "the buck stops here"? It is laughable that Bush said in one debate that he wanted to make sure Canadian drugs were safe before allowing them into the country and later saying he wanted to get some vaccine from Canada. A little ironic, no? In Canada there is no vaccine shortage thanks to their national healthcare system. I know there is something wrong when US citizens are taking bus trips to Canada to get flu shots. If the shortage was in other countries and the USA had enough vaccine, you can be sure George would be claiming it as an accomplishment.

John Owen, Easton Wed October 27

Thanks for the answer, Denise. However, you are one of the group that blames Bush for everything. While he spent his time trying to right the wrongs of the terrorists, Clinton spent his time in office messing sround with interns, etc. Nice job rating there. But you don't hate him … why? Why is Bush blamed for every crappy mess left him by the previous presidents? ie: Bill/Hill. If our so called allies lined up with us this whole mess would have been over long ago. But no, they turn tail and run and leave it up to us to fend off the terrorist bastards and YOU BLAME BUSH. Wrong country? So S.H. was worth leaving alone to his murdrerous ways? What the hell is wrong with you? You are so far off base it will be an easy pick-off when the terrorists decide to march down the streets of Spring Hill, Florida. Then again you may get lucky and one of your famous sinkholes will swallow you up first. If your guy wins, good luck in the socialist system you will be living in, Denise! Oh, and Bush is to blame for some country's labs making bad vaccine? Man there is no end to what he did to us, huh? Did he really start the Civil War? Did he secretly tell Japan to bomb Pearl Harbor? I hear he was there on D-Day telling the Germans our plans. For sure he was in on the Kennedy assassinations. Of late he must have drugged up the Yankees so they would come out lethargic in game 7. Sound stupid? It is what you and your cohorts sound like. GO BUSH !!!!!!

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Mon October 25

-This message is for Gladys Jackson. I just read of the death of Eddie. He was my favorite guy when he was at the Maples - such a nice man. My heart goes out to you. TAKE CARE . Carol

carol, foxboro Sat October 23

In response to Mr. Howard's question about "why do people hate Mr. Bush," I have several reasons I can cite, but foremost is the fact that he is not, I repeat, NOT a successful leader. He has taken us into a war and a country where we do not belong. If we were to get the terrorists we should have gone to Afghanistan where their leader was hiding - not Iraq. He is arrogant (unable to admit he makes mistakes), self-righteous, condemns our friends and allies abroad, behaves as a child would when things don't go his way, e.g. freedom fries, no Heinz ketchup, etc. What a joke!!! When the people of America have to line up for flu shots, and get turned away because there isn't enough to go around, and then ask Canada for help after we've said their medicine doesn't pass our inspection, and even our own medicine (Vioxx) isn't safe. Need I go on?? Please see that there is another way - a better way. We can't abide another four years of the same old Bush/Cheney system of politics and cover- ups.

Denise Pinsonnault, Spring Hill, Fl. Fri October 22

So, wouldn't it be WAAAY cool if The Sox (MA) won the ALCS, the Astros (TX) won the NLCS, then it would be TX vs MA in the World Series just like it is in the election … hmmm! And of course, we KNOW who'll win … GO SOX !! Patriots, Sox, Bruins ? Yeah! And I had to laugh at the report you guys had about the study showing it taking now 27 minutes to commute. Oh, man! From here to DC it's about 90 minutes. I'd take 27 anyday!

Terry Bosh, Sterling, VA Tue October 19

Well, this morning I attended, along with about 7,000 other supporters, a George W. Bush campaign stop right in the heart of downtown New Port Richey, Florida. He gave a very impressive speech and did not fail to cover any subject pertinent to this presedential campaign. I was very impressed with the diversity of the crowd. From grade school children to seniors all enthusiastic supporters of the president. He successfully rebutted all of the Kerry rhetoric and flip flopping. But most of all, when I listen to this man speak from his heart, I wonder why some folks really hate him. I ask this all the time and no one can tell me why. So I ask you who do ….WHY? He is an honest and sincere and brave leader who speaks from the heart and holds our values and freedoms in utmost regard. The standing ovations, of which there were many, told the tale. He IS adored by so many folks. The crowd held veterans, young mothers, retired folks, children, blacks, white and hispanics! All seeing and believing in the presidents message for a free, safe and successful America with less taxes and smaller government. Do not be fooled by the scare tactics of the "left." Really study the messages and vote for four more years of a true and brave leadership. I saw about 15 protesters as we left the park. One woman held a homemade sign reading, "The president is a murderer." Do you leftists really believe stuff like that? If so, God help you to see the light. GO BUSH …. FOUR MORE YEARS>

Rich Howard, New :Port Richey, FL 34653 Tue October 19

"The French Club," as the Franco-American Club was known in some circles, was hard by the old First National Store and the really old YMCA in N.A. The "Y" was run by Roy Phipps in my day and you paid him 10 cents a week until the annual dues were paid up. He punched another hole in your card with each dime. There was a pommel horse in the weight room which we were never allowed to use. so much for early olympic training). The basketball court was about 1/3 regulation length and the side boundry was a wall. The men who rented rooms across the street showered at the "Y." For 10 cents they got a little soap bar and a towel. So the "Y" consisted of a shower room, two ping-pong tables, a mini basketball court, a weight room and a game/reading room. Just like today, huh? Later on in life the "French Club" became a hangout. You could play pitch, pool and shuffelboard bowling all for money or beers. "Boss" was also popular. Coxie McKewen and Dar Ruist were two favorite bartenders. (I do not swear by the spelling of either name). They sold many a "dimie" draft beer and even had a nickel version. Thats a lot of beer for a buck but the minimim wage was about 90 cents an hour. I am telling you, this joint was packed wall to wall on a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon. Everyone from construction workers, factory guys and suits and ties were there for a cold one and some good old fashioned bulls—t. It was a right of passage for young men of N.A. who could lie about their high school football prowess and bitch about their boss and gamble at some form of game or another. I do remember Eddie, a rotund sort who ruled the club with a steady hand but there were a lot of underage guys at his bar over the years. I just never understood the big jars of pickled eggs and ham hocks …

Rich Howard, NPR, Florida 34653

I think I might have opened a can of worms here … I don't recall 1965, but I'll tell you that my late Great Uncle Eddy used to run the Franco-American Club in NA. He and Aunt Bea were fixtures there for years and every family party was held there. I remember playing musical chairs with all my cousins in the middle of the dance floor after eating dinner. Both Great Uncle Eddy and Aunt Bea are passed away now. Was this their son that you speak of getting killed? Hmmmm, wish my Meme was still around so I could call.

Spit, Sat October 16

I loved reading Bill Lang's story. Thank you, Bill, for sharing this! I so enjoy reading what everyone remembers … good memories and sad ones too. I love when the Guestbook has stories of what people remember when they were growing up. I hope this continues!

Nancy , Westerly, RI Fri October 15

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Ringuette's market. I was a paperboy up and down those streets - Eddy, Ash, Broadway, Hixon Court, etc.,and I cannot remember the name of the cross street just above the market. The Ten Mile River ran by there. We would have contests and see who could jump from one side to the other. I probably delivered papers there between 1965 and 1967. On Fridays we would go into the market and buy cokes, candies and ice creams. The men in there would let us go into the back, behind the butcher counter into the freezer and get our own bottles of soda. I think I remember Eddy Ringuette, the son. He died in a car crash. I can't remember the name of the road up where the farms are, but he hit a tree and was killed. I was just a little kid at the time. We went to the store for sodas and pastries from about 1963 to 1970. I don't remember them having penny candy. The Broadway market had the penny candy. I can vividly remember sitting on the stone wall outside the store drinking sodas. The men in the store were always nice to us. I can't remember what they looked like - I do remember Eddy because he was a big kid and ran the cash register. I don't think it was ever the same after the crash. Thanks for reminding me of that!

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Thu October 14

OK! Listen up, you-all. Everybody sitting in their nice comfortable homes reading this needs to go to and read what it says there. Then get to work and do something about what you see. Every single man, women and child can help here and it won't cost you more than a postage stamp unless you want to do more. Please go there now. Our troops need you.

Pete McGill, Bonita Springs,Fl Wed October 13

I was just reading the story entitled "Debatable Choice" and found it sad and amusing at the same time that "Valerie MacPhee, who at age 18 registered Tuesday to vote in the Nov. 2 election, said she would likely be tuned to the debate and flick to the Red Sox game during commercials." Perhaps this young woman should forego watching the Red Sox game and watch the debate so that she can be an informed voter. Let her know that Mickey Mouse isn't on the ballot.

Julie, Cape Coral, FL Wed October 13

Just wanted to know if the hurricane hit New Port Richie?

olu ego, texas Wed October 13

Maybe your computer broke cuzz of Rich Howard. HAAAA !!

Terry Bosh, Sterling VA Mon October 11

I would love to hear more about Ringuette's Store in NA. If I have my facts right, my great uncle Allie owned that place. I barely remember him as a white-haired, smiling gentleman with a white apron on. Penny candy? I thought that his store was a meat market? Are we talking about the same place? Thanks for the memories!

Spit, Mon October 11

Good site! Keep up the excellent work!

joe, Toronto Mon October 11

Holy Moly! Now that I'm just about blind from reading all the wonderful notes from Rich Howard I think I'll add a few of my own. One things for sure, you can take the man out of New England but you can't take the New England out of the man. I was born at Sturdy Memorial on Jan. 9, 1942, and spent the first 7 or 8 years in N.A. I remember the whistlestop Dewy campaign when it came to N.A. too. The station on Broadway was gone then but we lived just up the street, so I went there to see the train. I wasn't interested in Mr. Dewey. Joe martin was a friend of my grandfather, John Rioux of Rioux Ice Co. fame in NA, but I never met the man. Just up from our home on Broadway was a bridge that the steam engines and later the diesels passed under delivering coal to the W.H.Riley company and I and friends would try to drop stones down the smoke stack as the train went under the bridge. Around the corner in the other direction was Ringettes Store. That's where we got our penny candy in that neighborhood. Next to that was where my good friend Johnny Ippolito lived. His dad owned the Brook Manor and we went there on saturday mornings to help clean up and eat anything we could find. One Saturday we got into the liquor cabinet and went home feeling pretty high. That was the last Saturday I was allowed to go there. I attended the Bank Street School for a few years before we moved to Plainville. The Community Theater was the big event of the week when I got to go to the movies. My mother gave me a quarter and dropped me off in front of the theater. It cost ten cents to get in, ten cents for candy or popcorn and a nickle left over to go to the drugstore on the corner to call for a ride home. Dr. Welch had his dentist office upstairs over the drug store and there was a shoe store the other side of the theater where I went to get shoes for school. I don't remember the owner's name but he was a very nice person and put up with a lot trying to fit me with shoes. He had a machine there you could see all the bones in your feet and that was scary, I'll tell you. Time for dinner, so more later .

N.A. Pete McGill, Bonita Springs,Fla. Sun October 10

I'd be happy to hear from anyone who remembers me or any member of my family in Plainville. Thanks

Norman Mcgill, Bonita Springs,Fla. Sat October 09

Why have there been very few entries in the past couple of weeks. Is the Lynxmaster on vacation?{The Lynxmaster responds: No, I have been here all the time. This site has been flooded with e-mails for several days - all of them blank. Looks like people are starting to get through now (although there were 168 blanks over the weekend), so I'll keep an eye on it.}

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Sat October 09

TO STEVE FROM NA: You talked about the Lewicki brothers. Were they from Plainville? There is a large family in Plainville who owns Lawicki & Sons Excavating. I know two of the boys names are Tom and Joe. Hopefully helpful. Good luck!

ann, north attleboro Wed September 29

I just read of the death of Rolly Perrault and want to convey my condolences to his family. Rolly was my neighbor growing up on Hillcrest Drive. Gosh, what a treat it was to have his homemade donuts in the morning. They always made for a special day. Rollie, Chris, and "Little" Rollie were a great family. Their kindness and goodness will surely live on in their son, grandchildren and great grandchild. God bless him!

Kathleen Hughes, Fayetteville, NY Tue September 28

The woodchips mentioned in the entry about the "new" Capron playground are more than ordinary woodchips. It's called "playground mix" and is cut to government standards to insure safety and to eliminate splinters. It maintains standards that allow a youngster to fall into it and be cushioned by it. It compresses to set standard to allow for continuous cushioning. I know it is available for pick up or delivery at Metcalf Materials in Franklin on Grove Street. Many homeowners put it under their youngsters playground sets and wisely so. I believe daycare centers in Mass. have to use it on their playgrounds. Tell Dave or Nick Metcalf that "Rich sent you".

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Fri September 24

Barb, hi! Tell Tom and Kathy David Bosh said hi!

David Bosh, Tallahassee, FL Fri September 24

for the school year why don't you just change the papers name to the feehan chronicle

, Fri September 24

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Those of you who are away from Attleboro will be glad to know how "kid friendly" the Capron Park playground is now. Approximately two years ago, new playground equipment was put in place by volunteers! It consists of two age-appropriate sets of climb-on apparatus. There are also the "baby swings" and "big kid swings." All this is on a bed of wood chips. My description doesn't do it justice. I know our childhood memories tend to be a little rose-colored, but think about how unsafe the old equipment was. I can still see those concrete blocks under the "monkey bars." I would also like to say "thanks" to a nice group of lifeguards at the Lee's Pond Pool and at Dodgeville this year. They always seemed to be patient and polite. So rare these days! So on the days that my granddaughters and I stayed local, it was a good experience and a happy summer.

Gail, South Attleboro Thu September 23

Hi, Nancy! Unfortunately, Capron Park is no longer as you remember it. It hasn't been for many years, since they renovated it and started charging admission. That entire playground area is GONE. There were three metal slides on that playground. The first one had NO bumps, the middle one had one bump and the last one had three bumps! The "idea" usually starts out with genuine concern (to SAVE Capron Park), but ends up with too much $ and a complete NEW park that is called "Capron Park," but has no semblance of the original. I feel that is what happened here. The last time I drove into "Capron Park" I had to make a u-turn in the middle of the road because it had been turned into a dead-end. Remember how the circle went around by the duck pond and the baseball fields and then by the playground and the parking area for the snack shop? Not anymore! What I found MOST saddening was the (50'? high) chainlink fence ALL the way around the animal section. It's ironic how many times things are ruined in the name of "preservation." My thought's about preserving nature NEVER included fencing and/or asphalt. Either step aside or get "run over" by PROGRESS. No matter, nothing stays the same forever, I guess.

Spit, Wed September 22

Dear Spit: I remember all that and I can't remember what I had for breakfast either! I had the best time at that playground with your sisters. The monkey bars where crazy! How many times did I bang myself up on those, and yet still went back for more! The best slide was the one at Capron Park, ya know the one you would zoom down and hit a bump and it would knock the wind out of you! Is that slide still there? Hey, take care, keep in touch and my best to your family!

Nancy, Westerly, RI Mon September 20

Richie, Richie, Richie … getting your shorts all tied up in a knot. You are very verbose today. Whatsamatta, no kids to chase offa your lawn in that geezer ghetto?

Bruce Norman, Ocala, FL Mon September 20

To some of us, politics and the ramifications of elections is important. Are we supposed to be sorry for that? C'mon, this is still America is it not? Anyone is free to scroll down and not read the political entries. It seems to me that they ARE reading them in spite of what they say. Otherwise, why so upset about them? I began my venture into this Guestbook with many memories which others seemed to enjoy. Then the political climate became such what with 9/11, etc., that In felt I had to chime in with my views which I thought was my right. I will not apoligize for that, why should I? Things got more serious with same sex marriages and abortions, etc., and I kept up the barrage. I realize my supporters are mostly incognito since they e-mail me to keep up the good work but they do not go into the Guestbook with opinions like I do. However, they do not want me to stop. Some say they need a voice and I am it. When the election is over the Guestbook will most likely go back to the great memories we all love and cherish. Just give it time and chill out. If myself and Owen go at each other's throats look upon it as entertainment or just skip over it. Grow up and let it be. Life is much too short to get all bent over comments in the Guestbook. By the way, why is it that those of us who do want to comment politically, are "nutjobs"? I really resent the name calling but agree it is your right to do it. Also, I have NEVER used foul language in this guestbook. I cannot think of a time when I was edited. Maybe I was, but I cannot remember it. Kick back and enjoy life, folks. Stop being so darned edgy about this. I read your memories for the most part, but if I find some dull I just skip over them, I don't cry out to ask the paper to stop printing them. Okay, nuff said … Oh, our hurricane season has been interesting, to say the least. So far, so good here but many not so fortunate. Please think of them and pray for them. Thanks. Rich Howard, Florida. (old North Attleboro boy).

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL34653 Fri September 17

WWWhhhaaaaawwww … listen to the fans of Frenchcurian Candidate Jon Carrie whine about the rough and tumble of political debate. Much better to revise history and paint this dung-hole of a berg like it was someplace nice to live at one time. Puh-leaze.

Bob Martinson, Dodgeville Fri September 17

As I recall, Father Downey passed away around 1971. I always remember him with a cigarette hanging from his mouth … even in church sometimes! I think it was Father Fraga who took his place. Father Downey was so nice, it took a while to "warm up" to the new guy. Growing up in Lonicut, it never occurred to me that the church grounds, the rectory and the sister's convent weren't my personal playground! There were always tons of kids riding their bikes around in the parking lot of the church and we used to have races around the old school where we had Catechism. WHAT DID WE CALL THAT PLACE??? Hide-and-seek behind the kindergarten … from Prairie Ave. to Cherry St., from the old playground to Palm St., those were the boundaries. Does anyone remember the summer "crafts" program that they had at the playground on Linden St.? They would set up in that wooden covered pavilion right in the middle of the playground. Not only did I make my mom a cool ashtray, but I also learned how to play blackjack that summer. I can still see the swings, the slide, the monkey bars, the see-saws, and the merry-go-round. Anything I'm forgetting? It's funny how I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but I can close my eyes and see those vivid memories like yesterday.

Spit, Fri September 17

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This is for Barbara from California who wrote on Aug. 24. I check in occasionally too, to see if there is anything other than political arguments. Holy Ghost Church - Father Sullivan, Father Sharp, Father Downing, Sister Mary Elizabeth and Sister George! I remember them too. I was about 10 years behind you, though. I went to kindergarten at Holy Ghost and remember Sister George would play the piano and we would sing. Fr. Downing was so nice, and it was either Fr. Sullivan or Fr. Sharp (middle age and I can't remember which!) who used to scare the heck out of me! I'll never forget having to go confession when I was in 4th grade - what "sins" could I possibly have, but I remember needing to say something, so told him I had "answered my mother back." Well, he started screaming at me, "You should honor your father and mother!" By the time he was done with me and had given me about 50 Hail Marys, etc., I stepped out of the confessional, to a church with a lot of very scared looking kids (this was back in the day when everyone went to confession on Saturday afternoons - with the nuns there to supervise). I'll never forget the look on the face of the kid that was "up next" to confess his sins! LOL! This was a time when you had to (if you were a girl) have a Kleenex pinned to your head if you didn't have a veil or hat to wear. How times and the Church have changed! But I do have a lot of good memories of Holy Ghost, too. The house the nuns lived in, playing in the backyard there in the summer. Sister Mary Elizabeth for Catechism classes - letting us eat the penny candy we would buy at the store - so long as we shared with her!

C, North Providence, RI Fri September 17

Yes to a political site!! I too, like others, have not visited the Guestbook because of the (sometimes enraged) politics. I miss talking with other Attleboroians about the past. We have so many memories to share and when you look back at the entries, you will see that so many people thank others for the memories. I speak for myself when I say reading of the past always takes me away from the nastiness of the everyday life we are in today with all the bad news of the world. However brief the reading may be. I would love to be able to visit this Guestbook more often and not read the politics and opinions that I can find on most channels on TV. Memories of the past can't be found on the TV … they're right here if they're able to get through! In response to the Lynxmaster having to edit another site, I say it may be easier for you since the "bashing" will be limited to one site only, and the editing will be less time consuming, not to mention less redundant. Why not give it a try? If it doesn't work, we can at least have some, and I do mean some, happier historical readers that have the opportunity to breathe here for a little while. Thanks for asking!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Fri September 17

I vote that this site be used for sharing great stories and memories.

Barbara Machado-Martin, Corona, CA Thu September 16

Lynxmaster: Keep all comments in the single Guestbook, but preface the comments with the sender's identity versus the identity at the end of comments. Maybe also include the profanities for a couple of sessions. Some people don't realize how crude they are until they've seen themselves as others hear/read them. Second choice would then be to establish a "Park Tavern Corner" and shift all existing and future "tirade type" unedited comments to it. By the way … though Bliss School, Bliss Brothers, Skinners Pond, Tom Mix/Flash Gordon at Union Theater, and Barney's Diner are fond memories, I think the fondest is Slater's Catering on Holman/Emory? street (circa 1936) where Mr. Slater would patiently open each ice cream container so we could pick our favorite and enjoy the most heavenly treat of a 5-cent cone ice cream. Thanks for all your good work, Lynxmaster.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Thu September 16

I think those of you who do not enjoy the Guestbook entries should just stop reading them, period. If someone makes a nasty comment, do the adult thing and let it go. Post your opinion, but allow the freedom for others to post theirs as well, and for goodness sake just stop being so immature.

not important, Attleboro Thu September 16

Dear Lynxmaster, I'm with the group tired of the politicos. Let them have thier own page or e-mail to each other. It would be nice to be able to catch up with others or post old memories without having to be subjected to the political discussion. There are plenty of places on the Internet if that was my interest. I wish the politicos would take the hint.

C, North Providence Thu September 16

A few have spoiled it for the many. I don't understand why the editors allow it to continue. Months ago, I suggested a dedicated Web site where the half-dozen political regulars can bash each other without disturbing the rest of us. I see others have suggested the same sensible idea. Yet nothing happens. So why not do the opposite: Establish a new guestbook for Attleboro-related comments, and abandon this one to the nutjobs. This was once a wonderful resource for the community, and could be again. Please, please consider this idea seriously. Or, editors, at least tell us why you don't do it.{The Lynxmaster responds: The last time Guestbook visitors voted on this issue, they were pretty evenly divided about keeping the "nutjobs" in or throwing them out. The Guestbook was never designed to be a chatroom for political opinions, philosophical posturing and personal attacks. I'll look into the possibility of creating another site here for such stuff (which is just another site for The Lynxmaster to maintain, edit and delete obscenities from.). Such places already exist on other Web sites, but it seems they like to come to the Guestbook for the local audience. Of course, they could e-mail each other directly and spare us the rancor and venom. What do the rest of you think?}

KP, Sewickley, PA Wed September 15

Debbie Stewat, Foxboro Sun September 12:I know what you mean, I stay away for awhile, hoping this political crap will stop. I do not see why they don't set up there own Web page . It would be nice to read about memories of Attleboro and the surrounding areas.

Well, I hope the next time you sign in, you get to enjoy, but I wouldn't count on it.

MIKE G., G.P.Texas Wed September 15

Debbie S.: I agree with you, Debbie. I am sorry I lumped Barney Frank into that group. He has done good and I knew that. I went overboard. Still, I do not agree with his lifestyle but that, as you say, is for a higher being to judge. I can only say I was wrong to put his name in with those other despicable Democrats. Sorry, Barney. Sorry, Debbie.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed September 15

I like the site because I will come back.

Chima, Benin Mon September 13

It has been a very long time since I have taken the time to sit and read the Guestbook. Only took me a few minutes to see that the mean-spirited comments have not changed. I see that Mr. Howard is still very clear in his ability to throw nasty comments out regarding every Democrat who seems to have come down the political road. Most of those who come to the Guestbook expect your comments regarding Sen. Kerry and President Clinton but for me, you have really gone over the line with your narrow-minded comments about Rep. Barney Frank. Maybe if more people were concerned with the good that he has done for the people he has represented rather than who he chooses to love, we would all be better off. Have you seen "The Passion of Christ," Mr. Howard? I suggest you do! It really does make one understand the message of "those without sin cast the first stone." You appear to be very good at stone-throwing. Making judgements of others is not up to us. We, including you, will answer to a much higher authority. I will continue to keep all of you in Florida in my thoughts and prayers during these series of hurricanes, for your safety.

Debbie Stewat, Foxboro Sun September 12

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Just wanted to know if the hurricane hit New Port Richie?

Carole Loiselle, Spring Valley Tue September 07

Thanks Brad. We made it fine. The day "after" Frances was worse than the day "of" Frances. Power loss was only 30 hours for us as compared to 13 days for some in Port Charlotte during "Charley." We had about 10 inches of wind-whipped rain that lasted seemingly forever. Our retention pond breached and flooded a few streets but nothing serious. Downtown Tampa was flooded as were other locations. North Tampa had floods and that never happened before. Did any of you see where the Yankees want a forfeit victory because the Tampa Bay Devil Rays could not get to New York in time for a doubleheader? They barely got in in time for one game. Typical Yankee organization. Go, Sox. I loved the Republican Convention, especially Senator Miller's speech. Guess he is persona non grata with his party and with the likes of Owen now, huh? Well, now we have to think about "Ivan" who should be in the area next weekend sometime. Hope not. We are storm weary. But like that other guy said, we are just a bunch of retirees with mink coats and rednecks who don't deserve to be Americans. Where do you find these guys? What rat hole did he come out of? Take care and hope you have a nice winter for a change. We will if we survive another hurricane.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue September 07

Way to go, little Boro! Congrats on the new Briggs Pool opening. We can hardly wait for next July when you open the new Oak Hill Downhill Ski Resort. LOSERS!

Bobbie Jackson, North Attleboro Sun September 05

To Rich and any others in Florida: I just want you to know as Frances is coming near, we are thinking of you and wishing you the best!

Brad, Baltimore Sat September 04

I do not dispute Kerry or Bush's military records. It doesn't matter. People voted for Clinton and he was a draft dodger. Besides, it's what Kerry did when he returned that makes me sick. You don't commit treason against the very comrades you fought with, and throwing his medals at the White House shows disrespect for the very military that protects this country so you people can have your freedom of speech. Kerry hasn't done any thing for the veterans in Mass. It's the veterans services officers and the veterans organizations, VFW/AL/DAV, that have pushed for the veterans issues here. I know first hand because I work in with organizations. We have had rallys in the city and at the state house to get the attention of the legislators. I know a lot of the local politicians. The ones I am friendly with support our veterans all the way. Again, the issue with Kerry is what he did when he returned from Nam not while he was there! I can get 50+ veterans in Attleboro who will agree with me. Stop the madness.

Connie Uriot, Attleboro, MA Fri September 03

Well, ya lost me Bobby … gotta go get the house secured for the weather.Go Bush.

Dan, Spring Hill, FL Fri September 03, you are truly showing your ignorance of facts. Not to mention your ignorance of who is retired to where? Where do you get off lumping your elders who happen to have retired to Florida the way you did? You have no respect for anyone it seems except Kerry and his lieing ways. He is a liar, a male goldigger, a traitor, and a FALSE hero and a false wounded vet who slinked out of Nam at his first chance. Get it through your thick meathead, will you. If he is your type of leader, good luck in your "new socialist America." It seems when they handed out brains you thought they said trains and you missed yours. By the way, the leaders, if you are referring to Kennedy as one of your "great leaders," you can have the whole clan of murdering, rapist, womanizing blockers who Massachusetts people look upon as a diety. And keep Barney and his "male brothel boyfriend" too. See ya. From "Richie" with loathe …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri August 27

Danny dude, I got my education from Terri Heinz's gigolo. That's the hombre who quoted the 150 guys who eyeballed the atrocities "uncovered" by the Winter Soldier tribunal, and then testified that he - and his buddies in arms - had dittoed right along killing babies, raping women and burning entire towns to the ground all just for kicks. Now, mind you, the tribunal was conducted by Tom Hayden and Hanoi Jane, but the war hero (2 self-inflicted Purple Hearts and 2 maybe legit medals if you really, really squint hard while looking)swears that it is all true…twice within the past two weeks. That President Kerry is a slime, low-life, worthless piece of dung is beside the point. Aren't most rat finks?

Bobby O'Brien, Dorchester Thu September 02

Lorna, I could not find any reference to the UN asking the USA to go into Iraq and Clinton refusing. It could be true but I couldn't find anything on it.

John Owen, Easton, MA Fri August 27

Bobby O'Brian, a little education would do you some good. Let's start with some facts. I'm not a Kerry fan..but FACT #1, neither he nor anyone else knowingly killed babies in Nam (having fought there and if my memory serves me right, babies were not on our mission list nor did they show up on our after action reports). #2. Florida is part of America. #3 The population of florida is 17 million of which 1.9 million are veterans,thats roughly 1 in 8 - the 2nd largest veteran population in the country. By the time you reach retirement age and your bones can't take the cold any more, Florida will start looking pretty good

Dan, Fri August 27

I am not positive about the fact so I will stand corrected. I am glad that you have done the research and have stated the facts. I still feel that Clinton is a sleeze and a coward. You can't change my mind on that. In all reality, none of us here will ever change the mind of another person. What a person believes is the result of life experience. Unless something drastic happens, a democrat will always remain a democrat and a republican will always remain a republican. It doesn't matter who the candidates are, it is the issues of the party that will determine who wins out. What bothers me is that our political campaigns have become more about mud slinging and less about issues. I have little respect for either side at this point. The candidates quite often come off looking like spoiled children being caught with their hands in the cookie jar. It is sad.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Fri August 27

Yes, Lorna, I am "Cat's" sister. She and Tom live on Cape Cod, and they are loving it! I will be there in October for my annual trip to New England to catch up with friends and family. It is the only time of year I really miss New England.

Barbara Machado-Martin, Corona, CA Mon August 30

Hey Rich, I just got back from volunteering to work all last week in Punta Gorda (one of the benefits from working for the state). You can see it on TV, but it's a different story to actually see the devastation up front. I am so glad your family made it safely through. I worked at the Health Dept. there under a tarp with a few fans to keep us cool as the building itself had been condemned. I was totally amazed at the spirit the people from there had! Most of the people we saw were living in homes with black mold growing, no electricity, leaky roofs, and the smell from the Peace river after the sewage spilled in it was like living in a septic tank! But they were pleasant, friendly and just thankful they hadn't lost it all. From what I witnessed last week, if I hear a hurricane of that force is headed for us, I will definitely board up all my windows and put anything of irreplaceable value like family pictures, momentos etc in boxes in my car. I saw chain link fences looking like the Hulk had just stepped on them and signal posts ripped right out of the ground! I saw a house ripped in half with the closet still full of clothes & dishes on the table! The only reason I am bringing this up is that I heard Hurricane Hermine is headed for Massachusetts. Attleboro and No. Attleboro aren't as close to the ocean as the Gulf is to us, but the wind and rain did most of the damage in Punta Gorda. I just want you all to heed the warnings if a force 3 hurricane is headed your way. When you get hit head-on with one that big, it is better to be over-protected than under-protected. All my family is in No. Attleboro and Attleboro, and hopefully they will benefit from my experience. Take care.

Chris (Solari) Grogan, NPR,Fl Mon August 30

I remember as a kid a family named the Lewicki Brothers (Steve & Mike)used to let me and my brother drive the autocar dump trunks with them and showed us how to operate the controls for dumping dirt and gravel. As a child it was the coolest thing to us. We loved the big rigs. Anyone know them and what they are doing now ??? They were nice to all the kids on the block.


BLA, BLA, BLA. I can't wait to here the BLA, BLA, BLA on about November 5.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Sat August 28

Lorna: Yes, I remember Bliss Brothers when it just sold ice cream. I went there after every ballgame. I know Nolan's was on the corner of Maple and Pine. They had the best hot chocolate. I know right across Nolan's, that building was always changing.

mike g., grand praire tx Fri August 27

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Hi, Barbara! You are only a few years older than me. I started out at Tiffany School , too. I went there for the first grade. My teacher was Miss Daisy C. Reynolds. She was a great teacher. Miss Young was still the principal. I lived on Ottawa Street. I think you are related to Kathy Machado who married Tom Kelliher, correct? How are they doing?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu August 26

Richie, the Florida sun bakin' your brain? Try a hat. President Kerry saw the baby killing with his own eyes. In 1971 he claimed to be among the war criminals and just this past Tuesday said that he stands by everything he said in 1971. What've you got in Florida? Please, a bunch of retired New Yorker's wearing minks in 100-degree heat, and swamp water crackers picking their noses. Up here in America we are represented by the best of the best.

Bobby O'Brien, Dorchester Thu August 26

The treatment of the Kurds is an interesting and complicated issue, Lorna. But the facts in your last posting are still not accurate.

Bush Sr. started the Gulf War (along with an international coalition) to get Iraq out of Kuwait, not to protect the Kurds. The gassing of the Kurds under George HW Bush happened at the end of the Gulf War. Here is what I found out about both major gassings at the website of the Kurdistan Regional Government ( "At the time, U.S. officials knew of the gassing, but the Reagan administration chose to downplay it because it supported Saddam in his war against Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. This is only one of several bitter betrayals of the Kurds by various U.S. administrations. A prime example: George H.W. Bush urged Iraqis to rise up in 1991 and then let Saddam slaughter them when they responded. Only when CNN recorded a million desperate Kurds fleeing to Iran and Turkey did Bush establish the no-fly zone that still protects much of Iraqi Kurdistan." There is so much propaganda out there it is easy to think of Clinton as bad and Reagan and GHW Bush as good. But as John Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things." Lorna, thanks for bringing this issue up. I learned a lot by researching it.

John Owen, Easton, MA Thu August 26

To: "": You do know you indicated that Kerry is already the president, right? Do you know something that we don't? Also, are you saying that you along with he are denouncing your fellow veterans as baby killers? Can we have your name in case you run for some office in the future, since the VVAW is now as defunct as a dead skunk. Yes, the same VVAW that Kerrry predicted would replace the Legion and the VFW. How can you turn your back on your country like that? We all want babies fed. Ours and those in Iraq and elsewhere. We cannot afford to do it all so we try to help some countries create a better way of life for themselves instead of letting dictators take everything and let their people starve. Methinks you and your bretheren should study some world history. ie: Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Ho, Baby Doc, S.H., and many others, because those are the types of people who run governments you seem to support. Socialist, Communist, Nazi bastards who kill their own at the drop of a hat. Then we have good old Osama who only wants to KILL YOU AND THE REST OF US for his own twisted form of Islam. And you call Nam vets baby killers? Think it over, man, think it over … and thank God you live in a country where you can spout the stuff you do and get away with your life.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed August 25

Mr. Howard, try rechecking the spelling. One " t, " not 2.

Maureen , Myrtle Beach, SC Wed August 25

Mr. Owen, you are right, the first time genocide was performed against the Kurds, Reagan was in office. My son also pointed this out to me. However, it was Clinton who was in office when the UN asked the United States to go into Iraq and Clinton refused. George Sr. did go in. Remember Desert Storm? Does anyone remember the little building where Bliss Brothers sold ice cream before they built the restaurant? Also, does anyone remember the Coffee Break near the corner of Pine and Maple Streets?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Wed August 25

wow, i remember morse sand & gravel and almost geting caught skinny diping by the workers in the mid '60s. i will never forget dogeville,and all the friends i had growing up there. attleboro will always be called home.

bob knight, washougal Wed August 25

Sounds like y'all could use a laugh, so here goes: Several years ago, when the IRS changed it's EIC to give more to families with more than one kid, my Dad and brother-in-law were discussing the tax break. My 5-year-old neice was listening in on the conversation and after a spell went running with tears streaming down her face to inform my sister of what she heard. Her version goes somehting like this: "Mommy, Mommy, Daddy says a woman named Iris (IRS) is gonna pay money for us kids. She (Iris) says me and Mitchell are worth a bunch but she won't pay extra for Coley"! Can't tell ya how hard my sister and I laughed while trying to explain what was really going on to a 5-year-old who thought she was being sold off to the highest bidder!

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Wed August 25

Yes, I'm another one who started my education at Tiffany School; however, it looks like it was a long time before most of you that are sharing memories. I started in the first grade there in 1948 . Ms. Young was the principal. Yes, some of us are still sitting upright and smiling at those memories. My family and friends' experiences with "Morsies" did not include the truck drivers. We lived on Dale Avenue in Attleboro, and our side of Morse Sand and Gravel was great little ponds to ice skate on and in summer the guys would skinny dip. Tthere were actual ledges where they hung a rope and jumped down into the water. It is a wonder none of us broke out necks. Holy Ghost Church, and Father Sullivan, Sister George, were also other great memories. Well, that's enough from the little old lady in California. Keep those memories coming - and I don't mind the political stuff . I work for the Department of Defense. Fun to see what people on that side of the country think. </ B>

Barbara Machado-Martin, Corona, CA Tue August 24

As usual, "" is a phony Web site and you cannot e-mail him, I tried. So to "", I say, you are a misguided yahoo.nutjob.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 343653 Tue August 24

hey, rich howard, how dare you talk about a veteran, i dont care who it is, and then question what he did. were you there with him? i doubt it. daddy didn't get him out of the war like bush serving the national guard, which by the way he never showed up for. don't talk about veterans. many have died for you. please, you make me sick talking like that since i'm a veteran.

disgusted with rich, attleboro Mon August 23

Morse Sand and Gravel brings back a lot of memories. I know they were very helpful in keeping Nichol Avenue clear the winter of '67-'68. Mom was on bed rest with pregnancy number 9 and was rushed numerous times that winter to Sturdy due to complications. We also have another very vivid memory of MS and G. One day a bunch of us kids were playing out in our yard and the next thing we know a couple of kids with guns were being chased down Nichol Avenue from the playground by a small pick-up from Morse Sand and Gravel. I guess the kids had been shooting over there and got caught. Anyway, the truck came barreling up Nichol Avenue and the kids with guns (I'm guessing they were BB or pellet guns) go running through about 12 kids that are playing in the yard back into the woods toward Thurber. The guys from MS and G were screaming and very angry. But the angriest person ended up being my mother who went through the roof when she realized what had happened. The truck chased the kids and I have no idea if they were ever caught. At that time Thurber Ave was full of woods not many house lots, unlike today. The woods would not have been easy to get through with a pick-up. Boy oh boy, my mother let MS and G have it. I can remember to this day Glen Lawton yelling at the top of his lungs, Hey, everyone hit the deck. Guns! We all dropped to the ground and laugh about it to this day. Nancy, do you mean my sister Dana? She would have gone to Finberg Elementary. I see you live in Westerly now. Small world isn't it?

K Crowley, Westerly, RI Mon August 23

OK, a subject change. "Charley" was aimed straight at us. It was supposed to come right up Tampa Bay with a 15 to 18-foot storm surge which would have put me and this computer about 5 feet under water. (I know what some of you are thinking now, be kind). In any case, as VIPIR said it would, "Charley" made that fateful right turn slamming into Charlotte Harbor as a borderline Cat. 5 hurricane. In doing so, it reduced the damage and death toll by missing Tampa Bay but devastated the good and decent folks an hour and a half to our south. Though less populated, etc., they are hit and hit hard. Fire stations and police stations and even supposedly safe shelters are no more. Businesses are gone. Schools are closed. Electricity is only just creeping back on. Phone service is nil. Even cell phone use is scarce since towers are down. People are living in buildings deemed uninhabitable. Shelters are everywhere and volunteers and volunteer agencies and FEMA are doing their best to help these poor souls. Lest we forget, "Charley" was not through after it came inland. It then cut a swath upstate through many counties, doing it's damage along the way. For instance, if you were to come into or go out of Orlando Airport today you would see $5,000,000 in roof, water and other damages. Yet the airport is operating at 100%, a feather in their caps, I say. "Charley" continued on until it exited Florida in Volusia County, about 100 miles south of Jacksonville. Thus, my niece and her family and my sister-in-law in the Punta Gorda area suffered damage, as did my 90-year-ld aunt in assisted living in the Daytona area. All are well, thank God. All are in fine spirits and are moving on to help others as well as get themselves back on track. If any of you have been near a Florida landfall hurricane, you will agree when I say those of you who have not should hope you never are. Having lived through hurricanes and hurricane threats in new England most of my life, I never have experienced what a warm water category 4 or 5 is capable of 'til now. It is no fun. It is horrible. It is hell on earth. We shall evacuate in short order without argument should this happen again. Please pray for the good folks who were affected and help in any way you can. Thank you.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon August 23

I left Mansfield in 1979 and joined VVAW (Vietnam Vets Against the War), fed up with fat, old, blowhard, baby-killer "war heroes" like some of the ones bellowing today about President John F. Kerry. I see that you are all still present and accounted for. How will you ever survive a JFK White House where your taxes go to feed children and not kill them?

Michael, Berkeley Mon August 23

One of my greatest memories about growing up in Wrentham was the Rev. James Coffey, a Roman Catholic priest whom I know loved the Lord. It was with great fondness that I remembered him as I read that he went home to be with the Lord. He was 86. Thinking back to things that he said and taught, I know that he planted seeds in my life that blossomed later. God put him in my life for a reason, and I thank Him for that. He was a great tennis player, and I was never good enough to play with him, but after the Resurrection, it will be nice to have a game with him on even footing. He was a very special and unique man. His sermons still ring in my heart today. His voice was unique and booming. He spoke with incredible conviction! One time, we forgot to turn his microphone on, and nobody could tell! The first time I ever spoke in church, it was at his prompting. I was 10 years old. He had me do a reading. It was Romans Chapter 1. I remember because at 10 years old, it was very hard to say the words "sexual immorality"! He loved righteousness and hated iniquity. He served devalued people, serving for years at Wrentham State School and Walpole Prison. He encouraged me to serve, and I am grateful for his influence in my life. Today, I am a pastor myself, although not in the Catholic church. He was part of the training in the way that I should go, and I am grateful to God for his influence in my life. God bless, Joe

Joe Marino, Mashpee Fri August 20

Kerry can't escape the truth about his Swift Boat years …,oops, months, so he is claiming the Bush campaign is backing the ads put out by other Swift Boat veterans aimed at his lying and traitorous acts, deeds and testimony before Congress as a mouthpiece for Jane Fonda and the VVAW. In short, he can't hide the truth anymore so it is Bush's fault. What a giganitc lowlife. Uh? Commander in Chief??? God help us all …

Rich Howard, NPR, Flolrida 34653 Fri August 20

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Did anyone besides Spit and I go to Tiffany School? My favorite teachers there were Ms. LaFontaine, Mrs. Combs and Ms. McMahon. Does anyone know what happened to these teachers? They were the best. Sad that Tiffany school is now apartment units. I have such wonderful memories of going to school there. OK all but first grad … that was the worst year, but that school only went up to 4th grade, so I had three excellent years. Field day at Capron Park was pretty excellent. Still have my blue ribbons for the egg run and potato sack race. The music concerts we did were the best, and Flag Day was so meaningful. Sad that my own kids don't have these wonderful songs sung in their schools anymore. I have taught them to my kids and hope they will pass them on to their own. I didn't find any info at the library on this wonderful old school. If anyone knows where to find history on this old school, let me know. Thank God the greatest ice cream place I went to as a kid is still around! Bliss Brothers Dairy!! I took my children there and they loved it! The people there where wonderful and they still have the window where you can watch the ice cream being made. I loved school trips there, you knew a free ice cream cone of whatever flavor was awaiting you at the end of the tour. Also, to K. Crowley: I moved from Attleboro, MA and moved to Pawcatuck, CT, my 5th grade yearr. I think I was in your sister's (Dee Dee) class. Tell her hi for me!

Nancy, Westerly, RI Thu August 19

Hey, Gilda, I remember Taunton well. We were from Attleboro but my mom's family was from Berkley. Every Christmas eve we'd go to my Polish grandparents for dinner and gifts and then on the way home Daddy would go through downtown Taunton. They had such a beautiful Christmas display. Was in massachusetts in July showing my grandkids where I grew up and of course it included a trip to Taunton and Berkley where my sister lives on the old family farm. My grandson said, "Ninna, this looks like a good place to be a kid." Boy, was he right. New England is still the best place to be a kid!! Keep those great memories coming. We may not be certain of our future, but one thing for certain is that we sure have some great memories of our past!

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Wed August 18

Hi, Maryann! Glad to see your entry (among the other unavoidable entries )in here. What a great story about what a family means. Stand up for each other and help each other out when in time of need! I grew up just down the street from MS&G on Tiffany Street. They sure would fly around the corner on the bridge over the Ten Mile River. We lived right there on the corner. All day long - everyday - they would fly to and from! In the summer when our windows were open, mom would have to dust everyday because of the trucks! My brother (Steve) and I would go shoot bottles with his BB gun down in back of the sand pits. Oh, what fun we had! My story doesn't come close to yours, Maryann … but it brought back memories. Thanks!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Wed August 18

Is this Web site ever gonna go back to being the interesting spot it used to be with people sending out hellos to each other and chatting about the good old days? I mean if we wanted to hear all this political mud-slinging we could just turn on the 6 o'clock news.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Wed August 18

I have to agree with Jan from Taunton (where I was raised - Wilbur Street, Taunton High, Class of '53). Where are the local stories? It used to be interesting, but not anymore. It really doesn't matter who gets elected; life goes on and not much will change. To Rich, and any other Florida contributors to the Guestbook: hoping all fared well during Bonnie and Charlie. It was devistating to those people in Punta Gorda. We can only imagine. MaryAnn, enjoyed your piece on Morse Sand and Gravel. A nice change from all the other stuff on this site. Everyone, have a wonderful day!

Gilda Lynch, Norton, MA Tue August 17

So, John, are you implying that Ronald Reagan and/or George H.W. Bush should have gone after S.H.? That is what it sounds like to me. Please don't try to say you are NOT implying it either, that would be weak. Anyhow, NOW you have been screaming that Bush II should NOT have attacked. Oh, I get it, you just want to point out how wrong all Republicans are and how wonderful the Clinton gang and all Democrats are. Hmmm, Democrats do something, it is all good, Republicans do something,all bad. Boy, your head is heavy … open up your mind.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue August 17

glad to hear you are well in florida. i was stationed at Macdill when we got hit by one in, i believe, ' 84. my house was a stone's throw away from the water on the base. we rode it out in a warehouse we had for our equipment. The bay did make it to my back door, stopped an inch from going in. you could see cars floating in the bay, but no one got hurt in our area. well, glad you are all right and hope you have heard from your sister-in-law.

mike g., g.p. TX Tue August 17

There is an error in the Aug. 12 posting that says, "Bill Clinton, the coward should have gone into Iraq when Saddam Hussein performed genocide against the Kurds." The major gassing of the Kurds took place in August 1988 when Ronald Reagan was president. A second major event took place after the Gulf War when George H.W. Bush was in office.

John Owen, Easton, MA Tue August 17

i only asked about your service records, because i am retired AF 22 years. also thanks for the beer, Mr. Owens. i was at Phan Rang in between Camhran bay and DaNang. i dont know why people are so hyped on military time to be president. i believe that is why we have a joint chief of staf. I am sure any president would count on them for guidance, before making any military decision. Didn't mean to start any conflict in here. Let's let the people in here enjoy their memories.

mike g., G.P. Texas Sat August 14

I have a story to share about Morse Sand and Gravel, or maybe it's more about a brother standing up for his little siblings. It would have been about 1967. I was 7 and I had two younger sisters and two older brothers. One of MS&G's drivers had a habit of coming around our corner pretty fast, so one day Steven (my BIG brother, all of 16, 120 pounds and 5'5" tall) threw a rock at the big old dump truck. The truck stopped and out jumped a 6'2", 220-pound driver. He told Steven "I'll be back for you after work." And true to his word, he showed up at 5 p.m. My brother told him, "I have little brothers and sisters that play out here and if you ever hit one of them I'll kick your a**." The driver said, "Yeah, you and what army?" Well it was then that Daddy stepped out from behind the old oak tree and with the anger, inner strength and protective power that only the father of 5 can muster, said, "Him and this army!" We all stood there dumbstruck at what might happen next! The driver said ,"Yes sir," got back in his truck and drove (very slowly) down the road. That driver never did go over 25 miles an hour 'round our corner again! I then heard my dad ask Steven, "Weren't you afraid he'd hurt you?" Steven said, "Nope, I knew you'd be there to cover me." Gotta admit I get puffed-up proud every time I think about that day. Rich, I don't much care for your opinions but I have been hoping that you are OK down there in Florida. Tell us how y'all are fairing.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Sat August 14

On another subject: We made it through the storm that was supposed to come straight up Tampa Bay and down our throats. Good for us it made that dramatic right turn which was only "called" by VIPER and ignored by most officials. Thus some poor souls were sent INTO counties for safety and INTO the path of "Charley." Many folks down in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte were hit very hard. Included in that group is my sister-in-law who is widowed and she rode it out in her home all alone. She said it was horrible but she felt her home was strong enough to take it. We spoke to her yesterday but have not been able to contact her yet today. If any of you have lived through a hurricane threat in Florida, you will agree when I say it is no fun. When they predict an 18-foot storm surge up Tampa Bay into the downtown area, that is some scary stuff. Anyhow, we are safe and will now try to contact my sister-in-law again. Take care, all.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Sat August 14

I'm with Bill on this one. Nothing will change no matter who gets in! Politics have become a national soap opera for people like Rich and John to engage in never-ending pissing contests over. The fact is that the "system" is flawed no matter who is elected.

Spit, Fri August 13

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Do you really think anything will change much no matter who gets elected? What big changes will take place for common people like us?

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Thu August 12

Rich, talk about mincing words! How about if I say, "People who think like Rich Howard are complete idiots." Is that OK? I am not saying you are an idiot, after all. If you actually read what I wrote, you will see that I did not in any way "mince words and lead people to believe I (Rich) said YOU spit on vets." And where are you getting this from, "flip-flopping peacenik/warriors like John." When did I ever present myself as either of these? You have been watching too much propaganda on Fox TV. I don't know where you got the idea that I had to respond to every one of your inane pronouncements either. Look, Rich, you're going to vote for Bush unless he gets caught in bed with Michael Jackson and even then you'll blame it on Clinton. You can ramble on all you want, but I agree with Jan from Taunton, this is getting boring.

John Owen, Easton, MA Thu August 12

Does anyone have any stories to share about "Moresy's (sp?) Morse Sand and Gravel during the '50s and '60s?

Barb Machado-Martin, Corona, CA Thu August 12

It has been interesting to read all the arguments lately. My dad was a forward observer with the Fourth Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II. I didn't know what that was until a couple of years ago when a former Marine told me. I saw my dad in a different light. He was the bravest man I ever knew. He cut his foot on a coral reef and nearly lost it, but because he wasn't "in battle" he refused his Purple Heart. Wars are full of these kinds of incidents. There are many more men out there who probably got Purple Hearts that for non-battle cuts and scratches who should have turned them down. Who are we to determine the measure of a man? A scratch to some is nothing to others. Fear is a powerful thing. It can overtake us in a heartbeat and we don't realize it until it is gone. I have no respect for John Kerry. He is two-faced. I have little respect for George Bush because of what he did to John McCain in the primary race before the last election. Now, regarding Bill Clinton, the coward should have gone into Iraq when Saddam Hussein performed genocide against the Kurds. That is when we should have done something! Instead he let S.H. get away with it and left it for GW to take care of. If you are angry at anyone, be angry at the coward who dodged the draft and became commander-in-chief! Only in America!!!!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu August 12

This site has become a real strain to read. I thought it was all about "Hey, how are ya? Remember this and that?" Instead it's a boring clash between the same ole same ole. It's a pity!

Jan, Taunton, MA Wed August 11

Okay, first of all, I never said John Owen spat on anyone. I said "people who think like John Owen." And from most of what I read about what he thinks of the Iraq situation and our president's response to terrorist nations and brutal dictators, well to me that is the same thinking that brought about the name-calling and spitting and dishonor to many vets of Nam. Also he is the one who made the Vietnam-Iraq comparison, not me. If these flip-flopping peacenik/warriors like John would join together as this country did in WWII maybe we could make some inroads to stop these evil-minded bastards before any more people die. Also if our so-called allies had joined this fight with us before we went to Iraq, maybe this would all have been over with by now. So, John, you want it both ways. You are a vet lover who brought supplies but you want us to turn our back on everyone who needs us because it is G.W. leading the way, thereby relegating the 900 dead Americans to a scrap heap of useless history instead of being honorable parts of a movement that may rid the world of evil. Most importantly, you have tried to mince words and lead people to believe I said YOU spit on vets. I never said that and you know it. Find a program, John, and get with it. Stop flopping around. Was there any truth in my last entry? You pick a spot and ZOOM. But then again you have always done just that. And please, John, say some of these things mano a mano. Like the rock thing for instance or the "cementhead" thing …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed August 11

Rich, you have a nasty habit of telling us what other people think and you make up things that they might say. I have always found that stupid and annoying, but when you put words in my mouth you are going way over the line. When you say people who think like me spit on returning Vietnam vets you reveal you own failing grip on reality and your willingness to lie and distort the truth to make a point. Did you not read that I brought supplies to the soldiers in Vietnam? Did you miss the point that most of them were munitions? Does that suggest to you that I was far from being a vet-hating peacenik? I was from the economic group that sent its sons to Vietnam and many of my friends served there. I have always had the greatest respect for them. Time for you to crawl back under the rock.

John Owen, Easton, MA Tue August 10

I agree with John Owen in that some Nam vets felt betrayed by the government and the way it ran that war. He failed to point out that they were betrayed by Democrat Lyndon Johnson. Yes, the war was not fought to be won because it was run by President Johnson and Kennedy before him. It was a long war and had "stages." It began as a popular movement in this country. It began with volunteers going over such as Special Forces and ended with regular G.I.s being spit upon by people who think like John Owen. It was a mess, a civilian mess. BUT IT STOPPED THE DOMINO THEORY IN IT'S TRACKS. It has very little bearing on Iraq. The facts remain that S.H. is a murdering butcher who gassed and otherwise killed thousands of his own countrymen and would have done the same to all of us, given the chance. John Owen does not think that entails mass destruction. No less than retired General Tommy Franks explains it just that way in recent interviews here in the Tampa area. He is disgruntled that WMD has not been a "big find" but points out that when we do find sarin gas shells, the media glosses over it. Sarin gas is a WMD, folks. But again, John Owen, I guess, thinks just leave people like S.H. to do whatever the hell they want. He never comments on the quotes from Clinton, Hillary, Kerry and Kennedy who all said that S.H. was a threat to the U.S. and that he had to be stopped. Of course, that was before the election came up. Now they all flop to become peaceniks on top of being socialists because G.W. had the guts to stand up to the butchering bastard of Baghdad. And whatever G.W. did, has done or will do now must look to be wrong. Way to support the leadership, John …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon August 09

To: ""From: Rich. Enlisted U.S. Army Aug. 1961. Entered basic training Oct. 13, 1961. Basic and second 8 training Fort Dix, N.J. Shipped out to overseas replacement depot, Oakland Army Terminal, Calif. Shipped out to Oahu, Hawaii ,and joined 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks. Served two years Classified Message Center, HQ, 25th Inf Div. Trained on M1 - Expert, Carbine-Expert, 45 pistol-Expert. Trained in P.O.W. training in event of capture. Trained extensive jungle training and jungle survival training. Operated as insurgent enemy during one such exercise which was kinda cool. 25th took part in Operation Mahasarakham in Thailand in preparation for future involvement in Southeast Asia, which they surely did. Transferred back to CONUS in March 1964. Served in Ist Army in Post Hq, Ft. Dix, NJ. Job: Assignment of senior enlisted personnel, (E7, E8 & E9's), coming onto post. Ended up filling VietNam quotas from Dept. of the Army during President Johnson's huge buildup. Seperated from active duty 12 Oct, 1964 with a permanent grade of SP5 E5 and transferred to Enlisted Reserve for next three years. Rcvd. Honorable Discharge Oct. 1967.

Lost beloved brother-in-law in VietNam during Tet in Feb. 1968. (his third tour). My brother also served four years in U.S.M.C. in late '50s. My cousin died in accident on Oahu during his WWII tour in USMC. His sister served as woman Marine during war. My uncle served U.S. Army in WWII. Another brothe- in-law retired U.S. Navy. Several nieces and nephews all served tours in Marines and Air Force. Just a whole bunch of normal duty from me and many others. Just like thousands of other families. Nothing fancy but all willing to serve and go and in some cases die. I am sure many others have much more vivid stories to tell.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Mon August 09

Your welcome, John, and you're right, we are quite a group

Dan, Mon August 09

Yep, Howard. Just like you. Can't see it, can ya? The 'ill will' was directed at your PC delivering your run-on garbage. Hey, when was your and W.'s flight to Mars leaving again? Jan. 1? Cool…

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Mon August 09

Mike G, while you are making a list of who served, here are some people who did not serve: Dick Cheney, Deputy Secretary for Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Attorney General John Ashcroft, House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Karl Rove, Phil Gramm, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush, and too many more to list. (Look them up under "chicken hawk" on the Web.) And George W. says, he's "been to war," although he never got further than Texas. Most people my age were in no rush to go to Vietnam. The problem as I see it, is when these same people are eager for war today and willing to send someone else's child to fight it. And talking tough, like you know who. (Sorry for all the postings, but you asked.)

John Owen, Easton, MA Sat August 07

Dan, thanks for the link to Vietnam Veterans against John Kerry. Here's a quote from Sen. John McCain I found there about Ted Sampley, the founder of that organization: "I am well familiar with Mr. Sampley, and I know him to be one of the most despicable people I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. I consider him a fraud who preys on the hopes of family members of missing servicemen for his own profit. He is dishonorable, an enemy of the truth, and despite his claims, he does not speak for or represent the views of all but a few veterans. The many veterans I know would think it a disgrace to be considered a comrade or supporter of Ted Sampley." Sounds like quite a group!

John Owen, Easton, MA Fri August 06

I think Rich jumped the gun a bit about not getting through. He did and I responded to him. To satisfy your curiosity, Mike G., I did not serve in the military. When I was 21, I did, however, voluntarily go to Vietnam as a merchant seaman (a civilian job) on a ship with 4,000 tons of explosives. For this I received a 10% dangerous cargo bonus and a 100% bonus for the time we spent in a war zone. We delivered 50-caliber rounds and beer (interesting combination) to Cam Rahn Bay which is north of Saigon and south of Da Nang. We were escorted into the harbor by helicopters and gunships as it was common for Viet Cong to lob mortars at the ships. We delivered other munitions to Thailand (and from there, US planes dropped them on people in Vietnam — not a nice thought from the perspective of all these years). I don't know why this would matter to you but there it is. I had a high lottery number (322, I think) and was never drafted. While I was not exactly against the war at that time, I was not about to enlist. On another track, although a lot of people seem to have a clouded memory of those days, I remember the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and, believe me, they bore no resemblance to Jane Fonda despite what Rich says. They were not flower-carrying peaceniks. Most of them were combat-hardened soldiers who were full of anger at the government and leadership who they felt had betrayed them and their fellow soldiers — a scary bunch. Read about Vietnam and you will see that the situation bears much resemblance to Iraq.

John Owen, Easton, MA Fri August 06

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Welcome back to the Guestbook, Rich, long time no see. John, send me your address and I'll send you 10 bucks so you can go see Fahrencrap 9/11 again.Vietnam Vets against John Kerry

Dan, Fri August 06

Before I comment on Mr. Owens and Mr. Howard, I would like to ask them about their time in service and what branch of service.

mike g., g.p. texas Thu August 05

So, John Owen, you think the military does not, on occasion, give out dubious Purple Hearts. On that subject, please read Stephen Ambrose's book, "D-Day" in which you will find a story about Cpl. George Ryan of the 1st Inf. Div. An officer doctor was asking all wounded to gather around him for treatment. Cpl. Ryan held up his hand and said, "How about this, Major?" The doctor said he could get him a Purple Heart. Cpl. Ryan looked around and said that that would be kinda unfair. Guys are all shot up and have lost limbs and all I have is this little hand wound. He refused treatment and rejoined the battle. You see, if he accepted treatment he would have been given a Purple Heart which he did not think he deserved. Does THAT sound like John "War Hero" Kerry? Please research and see if I am making this stuff up. Many feel Kerry abused Navy regulations regarding his wounds and his Purple Hearts. Many feel he used that obscure regulation in order to cut short his duty tour. Thus leaving his shipmates behind to fight on. Many also feel his bravery medals are suspect. If he would admit to this or prove them wrong, many would respect him for it. Instead he now spins all of that into being this great war hero in order to help him gain the presidency. On top of which, he did return to join a subversive movement that disrespected his fellow veterans and his country's flag and it's government. He did this while our guys were still in prison camps in N. Vietnam. He did besmirch those same medals you say he earned in glory. He did write a book besmirching all of the above. By doing so he disrespected every soldier who served, got wounded, got captured or lost their life in Nam. (one of which is my beloved brother-in-law). You keep pounding on Bush but he did none of those things. At least Clinton fessed up to being a draft evader at the convention. Being a draft evader is less of a gaff than being an outright Hanoi Jane type turncoat. Further on the subject of Purple Hearts: I once knew of an M.P. serving in Saigon early in the war. He was sitting on a toilet, one with the overhead tank, when an explosion outside the building shook the tank which fell and injured his shoulder. He got a Purple Heart for a combat-related wound. You can think what you want, say what you want and post what you want, but calling me names and insinuating that I disrespect the efforts and decorations of soldiers is barking up the wrong tree. I fully respect every soldier, war or peace time, I even respect the M.P. with the toilet wound because he made light of it himself and he is NOT running for president on it's merit. I do NOT respect anyone who "spins" his enemy-loving actions into meritorious service for his own gain. Many brave souls did not get medals that they deserved and many do get them under dubious circumstances. No one said the system is perfect. From what I hear, I do not know how Kerry can look himself in the mirror. Remember the high ranking Navy officer who was up for Secretary of the Navy or some such high post not so long ago? He was accused of wearing a ribbon he did not earn and he committed suicide over it. Maybe that was an overreaction, but that is what it meant to him to have unwittingly besmirched the uniform. I wish you would stand in front of me face to face and say the things about me disrespecting brave soldiers that you did in the Guestbook.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL Thu August 05

Once again I have attempted to respond to John Owen through his e-mail. Once again it failed to go through, even though he has assured me in the past that it would go through. Rest assured I have a response and if I cannot get it to him that way, I will post it here in the Guestbook. {The Lynxmaster responds: The Owens address worked for me.}

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu August 05

Wow, Terry, no ill will in your entry huh? Must be your well-intentioned love for your fellow man that you talk about, no matter what their views are, right?

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed August 04

Hi, Vinny.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL, 34653 Wed August 04

Rich, I had no idea that our military gave out "phony Purple Hearts." I bet you think Kerry's silver and bronze stars are phony too. In case you didn't notice, you just insulted every soldier who has ever won a Purple Heart. It infuriates you to think that Clinton is a draft dodger but you are fine with the fact that Bush's cabinet is full of them, including those chickenhawks, Cheney and Wolfowitz. You praise Bush's National Guard service yet criticize Kerry's Vietnam service. Frankly, I don't care who served where but it is irritating to see people like you claim that Kerry's serving in Vietnam was less meaningful that Bush's serving in Alabama. Your opinions would get more respect if they were based on logic instead of your tired, old prejudices.

John Owen, Easton, MA Wed August 04

No, John Owen, you are not alone. It was really nice for almost a month not to have to scroll over Howard's hate-spewing garbage. I was hoping his PC finally choked on it. More's the pity …

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Tue August 03


Vinny, Boston Tue August 03

Dear Rich: I'm so glad you are back! You have been missed and the summer Guestbook has been so boring! How's your summer been in FL? How's your family doing? Never heard back from you on how your 13-year-old niece made out with her illness. Pray all is well. Keep in touch and take care.

Nancy, Tue August 03

Democrats, Republicans, left-wingers, right-wingers. These labels are part of the reason why I avoid any involvement with the US political system. A political party affiliation should not precede a candidate's ideas. Individuals have ideas, not groups. In the beginning, a candidate's ideas would be endorsed by a group, organization or political party. The ideas would give the party purpose. Now it's the other way around. When one affiliates with a group, organization or political party, they inevitably take on all of those associated labels that go with it. ALL democrats are for raising taxes, ALL republicans are for cutting taxes, ALL right-wingers are rich white fundamentalist Christian fanatics, ALL left-wingers are minority special interest tree-hugging abortionists. The two-party system of government is like a perpetual duel that has both combatants standing in their tracks staring at each other, while the audience (taxpayers) wait and watch for something good to happen, hoping that one or the other will remember who they are representing and for what purpose. When I called a local politician to voice my concern about school spending practices, although subtle, eventually the subject of my party affiliation came up in the conversation. I asked what that had to do with my concerns, for which I was told "nothing," and that he just wanted to know "who he was talking to." It's because the organization is more important to the official than the person. Bush, Kerry, Cheney, Edwards. Do any of them have good ideas that can help the citizens of this country? That's all I care about.

Spit, Tue August 03

Poor John Owen, I guess the truth hits home. You want me to talk about Bush's military record? I don't see any phony purple hearts in it. I don't see any tratiorous actions in it. In other venues, I don't think he ever killed a girl and got away with it. I can't remember him making a movie designed to spew hatred of an American president and not telling the whole story. Kerry, Kennedy, Clinton, H.R. Clinton, to name a few, all made statements that Iraq had WMD and all agreed we had to do something about it. Now they say it is all G.W.'s doing???? Get real ,John Owen. And don't tell me I hate someone when I clearly only hate their socialist thinking and their spin of reality for their own gain. In Bush I see a guy who served in the Air National Guard. Is that bad? In Clinton I see a draft dodger. In Kerry I see a person who has never worked a day in his life, but knows how to choose his monied women, who turned his back on his fellow veterans and his country and his ill-earned medals and whose own shipmates pretty much despise. Many people chose many ways to either evade the draft or to serve on the fringe of the real combat forces. I see nothing wrong with serving but not in combat. After all, thousands do just that. But to serve and then to abet the enemy cause after you have cut short your duty and left your shipmates using obscure Navy Regs, to your advantage, that is downright dirty. Dirtier yet is, years later spinning your service into an act of duty and heroism to gain the White House is abhorrant. Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush the present have given back our pride in America and its moral values which you and your ilk would destroy piece by piece in the name of your freedoms. Your gay marriages, your abortions, your over-the-top social welfare programs, your open-door immigration policies, your rampant release of prisoners to act again and again, your destruction of religious beliefs in America, to name a few, are my reasons to devote my energies to re-elect George W. Bush and if that effort fails, then GOD HELP US ALL.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Tue August 03

Rich Howard, aren't you the guy who complains about "Bush bashing"? Instead of spewing your hatred for Democrats, why don't you tell us about George Bush's military record, or what he has accomplished as president? Frankly, I am tired of all of the hatred that comes out of right-wingers like you and I'm not alone.

John Owen, Easton Tue August 03

I wrote an entry about six days ago. It has yet to be shown. Was there a problem with it? Are you waiting untill the timeliness wears off? What gives? Too anti-Kerry? Exposed Teddy K. for what he is? Made Clinton look silly? Too critical of Michael Moore and his dumb-ass movie? Or are you just short of help? Thanks. (The Lynxmaster responds: Short of help. Read on, Rich, some people missed you.)

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FLl 34653 Sat July 31

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healeri, Franklin Thu July 29

So Clinton says Kerry said, "send me." What he didn't tell you was when Kerry got back from his supposed heroic four months at war, he said, screw them and screw my medals and screw my country and all my fellow veterans. Now I am off to join Hanoi Jane and her subversives. Tell the whole story, Bill. By the way, what did Hillary whisper in your ear during that hug? "We are back on top, Bill, we are the president." And Teddy, my God you would think George W. Bush drove an innocent girl into a tidal pool and left her to drown or something. Get a grip, Teddy. You are what is known in corporate America as a blocker. Step aside and let some youth into that Senate of yours. Go have a Dewars and dream of what might have been if only you could have stayed sober. And Michael Moore saying G.W. lied to the American people on O'Reilly's show. WHAT? Does he know what Clinton and Gore and Hillary and Kerry etc. said on the subject of WMD and Saddam H.? Check it out Mikey, you may have to make another movie.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Wed July 28

Funky John, digital tourist from Texas, was here. Found your Web site while on an occupational vacation (surfing while at work). My quest is to find a way out of my cube without becoming destitute. Cool Web site, like your Guestbook.

John, Austin, TX Wed July 28


MIKE G., G.P. TEXAS Wed July 28

Rich Howard, are you OK … miss you.

Barb Machado-Martin, Corona, CA Mon July 26

Hello, all, just returned from a weeklong trip to Attleboro and the surrounding area. So much has changed yet so much remains the same. The people of Attleboro are still as warm and welcoming as usual. The roads still feel safe to drive on. The weather (compared to our 101 degrees) still feels like heaven! Friendly's clam plate is still the best. Went to Onset beach and the salt air still smells good. Drove throught the Dodgeville/Hebronville area. Visited old Finberg elementary. It all comes rushing back … Mr. Bradshaw standing on the corner stopping traffic for the kids to cross the street. Mrs. Mosley, Miss Silva, Mrs. Maclentic, Mrs. Yuknis, Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. Johnson. Those were the days when teachers were extensions of our parents. Where they were allowed to give a hug for a job well-done, and a swat for misbehaving. We always felt safe and loved and it felt like the teachers and Mom and Dad were all on the same page. Went by the Dodgeville pool, and paid Mom a "visit" at St. Stevens cemetary. Driving up Thurber Avenue I saw a couple of kids out with their mom selling lemonade at 10 cents a cup. Just had to stop and use the same line I heard many times on the corner of Locust and Oakhill when we sold lemonade, "Sorry I don't have anything smaller than a dollar so just keep the change!" Made me feel so good to help and proud of kids still willing to earn their spending money! Yes, Attleboro has changed but I don't think in a bad way. Attleboro is and will remain the home of my childhood memories and like any city, it isn't all always glamorous but to the people who call it "home" it is still a pretty special place.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Mon July 26

I just came across this site. Man, reading through the Guestbook brings back so many memories of the park, the stores, the Twin Village pool, and so many other places we all went to as kids. Life was so different then. Thank you ,everyone, for giving me a chance to stroll down memory lane!

John Kelly, Carroll, NH Fri July 23

My sincerest condolences to my former classmates Jeff Brownell on the passing of his mother on 6/22; Pat Janelle on the passing of her father on 7/6, and Tom McNamara on the passing of his mother on 6/27/04.

John Kelly, Carroll, NH Fri July 23

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I have heard a lot about Japanese hair straightening recently. Maybe you should do a story about it.

Mary, Fri July 23

Is the store Suzy Creamcheese still around? She used to outfit Cher. I visited the store in 1982. We are coming back to Vegas this year and I wanted to visit again. Any info, please let me know.

Melanie Grego, Kansas City Tue July 20

Hi Everyone. Karen, are you related to Michael Crowley who graduated from AHS in 1984?

Shelley R., Attleboro Tue July 20

Brian: No I'm not related to them. My family lived on Northfield Road for a while then on Tiffany Street (Dodgeville end - across from St. Stephen's Cemetary).

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Mon July 19

well it must be summer time, not too many new entries in here. i hope they have the pools up and running for the children. i remember waiting outside the fence in line for the eastside pool to open. is that pool still there or have they built some new ones around town?

mike g., g.p. texas Sun July 18

Mello, are you related to Tina or Celia by any chance?

Brian, Columbia, SC Sun July 18

From the Sun Chronicle: "ATTLEBORO — The new Briggs Pool may not be ready to open until the middle of next month, which is about 30 days later than the last official prediction." Leave it to Attleboro to be surprised by the sudden arrival of summer. Just imagine how shocked they will be come winter and all the plows are scheduled for a spring deployment.

Robin, Jacksonville, NC Sat July 17

Before my father gives everyone a lecture, let's remember that the pool was the Twin Village pool because both communities of Dodgeville and Hebronville worked together, raised money and as a community built the pool together. The playground was Tilda B. Stone Memorial Park (although the last time I was there the basketball courts and ballfields were gone). Hopefully I have gotten it right or else I'm due a lecture from Dad. It was a nice area to grow up in, alot of great memories as a kid and then later as a

worker for the Attleboro Rec Dept. When I get back to town we tend to check out what has become of the pool and surrounding area. It's always nice to hear nice things about our old neighborhood. There were a lot of good families in the area and I wish them well. I'll be sure to pass on the kind thoughts and mesages to my family.

K. Crowley, Westerly Thu July 15

I've been a Sears fan for along time. My first pair of rollerskates came from Sears, still have them. It doesn't surprise me that they are treating the men and women serving this great country with respect and dignity. What does surprise me is how few other companies are doing the same. Americans support these businesses, they should support Americans. Sears has always been a proud American flag waver. I'm proud I've always shopped there, as my parents did before me and my children do now. By the way, my husband and I are both Vietnam veterans. He was Army and I was a Navy medic. Thank you, Sears, for making us proud.

Kristian Lecca, Holyoke, Massachusetts Thu July 15

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This is to Karen Crowley. I was reading some of the letters and saw your name come up. I do remember you in the days at the Dodgeville Pool when you were the lifeguard. Those were the days, and I do remember all of your sisters. I am not sure what happened to Michael. I remember him very well. He was the sweetest boy at the pool. I remember arts and craft day with him. I spent many times at your house with Jamie and Dana. I am living in FL now I have two boys, Sean, who is 21, he is in the army, and my baby, Nick, who is 14. They are great boys, and I have a wonderful husband, Doug. My mom lives here, too. She is doing great. I would like to get in touch with Jjamie, so give her my e-mail and please keep in touch. I really enjoy reading about the real good all days, not this junk that some people put on here. The Dodgeville days were the best.

Jackie( Healey) Mcpherson,Pinellas Park, FL Sat July 10

Hi All ! I was looking back over all the old GB entries, back all the way to the Jolly Cholly's/Rocky Point Park/Lincoln Park Web site. For those of you who missed it, here it is again; but be careful, it will make you really feel the gamut of memories, and sadness that it is all gone now: And if you missed the parts about the T-shirts, Claire's Casuals in Attleboro has them. Mom is visiting me now in MD, and we went through those pictures, and dredged up some great memories! Read the GB there. It's a hoot! Especially about the guy who got taken on the Rocky Point rollercoaster when he was little, and at 46 has never been on one again because of it! Mom remembers all the TI outings there, us freezing by the sea wall eating those awesome clamcakes, but never moving out of the wind, even after all the napkins blew away. Also at Cholly's falling in the water at the boats, and those fries! It is all just great memories now. Like Carroll's Hamburgers, Ratty's and now Park Tavern blademeat.

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Sat July 10

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Karen: I was thinking about Heather. We hung out together around Hebronville - Tiffany Street. I would love to hear from her. My sympathy also to you and your family on your loss. I remember Michael, too. We used to joke around with him and hit some balls out in the yard. Mike: No, I can't say as though I remember having a Moe's sub anywhere around Portsmouth. Nice area though. I don't envy you living in Texas. I just got back from Florida two days ago. Too hot for me!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Thu July 08

Hello, Karen Crowley. My family grew up along with yours. My brother David was in your class, Heather and I were in school together and my sister Christine went to school with Jamie. I think the Cutlers and the Crowleys were two of the bigger families in town. So sorry to hear of Micheal's passing, he was a terrific kid. Where is everyone now? Are any of the gang still in Attleboro?

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue July 06

Cyndy, I just move from Nashua, N.H. last year. Also we were there two years before that. Wish I didn't sell our house. Boy, did the housing go up the last time we got there. We used to live in Portsmouth also. Spent 12 years alltogether up there when I was in the service.Have you ever had a Moe's sub, in Portsmouth? I think when we call it quits on all the moving we do, we will end up in Vermont.

My favorite thing at Capron Park was Frosty. I used to watch him for hours. Plus scratching the buffulo between the horns through the fence.

Mike G., Grand Prairier, TX Sun July 04

Cyndy, not sure who owned it, it was right across from Fernandes on South Main. I grew up in Attleboro, from

'55 to 1970, and all I know is I have to thank the people of that era for a great stepping stone for starting out on the road of my life.

Mike G., Grand Prairie, TX Fri July 02

Karen: I worked at Attleboro Printing and Embossing in 1969 and maybe into 1970. As far as interesting chacters … oh, the stories I could tell, both inside the building as well as outside. I worked in shipping and receiving. At times I worked up on the 5th floor. At least I think it was the 5th. My girlfriend was working there so I'd go up to visit from time to time. At times the guys in shipping would have to go outside and over to the building just across the street where J&L tool used to be. A P & E leased some storage space under this building. It was ungodly hot down there and the spiders were as big as dogs.

Al, Salt Lake City Fri July 02

Cyndy, which sister? Heather, Jamie, Dana or Rachel? Please let me know and I'll be happy to pass it along.

Karen, Westerly Tue June 29

Mike G.: Capron Park! I spent so many summers there on the playground and in the swimming pool, or just under a shady tree with a book on a hot summer afternoon. I remember that playground being loaded with kids - no parents anywhere, it was a different world and time. The snack stand where you could get a chocolate ice cream cone (Bliss Brothers, of course) or a frozen candy bar or popcorn. And Cottage Bakery - where all our birthday cakes would come from. Do you remember Murray's Donut shop in the center of town, too? My dad knew the owner and on Sunday mornings would stop and see him and come home with a special treat - a bag of "donut holes" - hot and shaken with sugar - free of course, 'cause they were just "scraps"!

C, North Providence, RI Tue June 29

Karen: I think it may have been your sister I was friends with. I'd love to hear from her. My e-mail address is below (click on my name). Mike G.: Was Cottage Bakery the one the Carter family used to own and run? My brother was friends with one of the sons (Gary). They lived on Pike Avenue. Mr. Carter also worked at AHS in '70s - culinary arts teacher.

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Tue June 29

In light of all of our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afganistan, please go to This charity builds specially adapted homes for our severely disabled soldiers and I saw the story on Fox & Friends and CNN this weekend. It's a great cause and a great way to say thank you to the troops. Thanks

Dawn, Dighton Sun June 27

In response to the Letter to the editor regarding "wounding words," I ask Mr. Scales and Mr. Andrade, what do the letters A.R.C. in your organization stand for? If my memory serves me correctly, the "wounding word" in question is symbolized on your letterhead. With the greatest respect and admiration for the work you and your organization do, I suggest you offer us an alternate "word," or become a little less thin skinned.

Brad, Baltimore Sun June 27

Do any of you remember the Cottage Bakery? Used to walk miles with 6 cents just for a choclate doughnut. Remember riding my bike all the way to Norton to swim and the YMCA day camp. Sledding and ice skating at Capron Park. And talk about a small world, when I arrived in Vietnam I met one of the Turcotts leaving for home the same day.

Mike G., Grand Prairie, TX. Fri June 25

Al, you have the Crowleys of Attleboro wondering when you worked at Attleboro Printing and Embossing and what floor? Most of us spent time there (seven of us) starting in the early '70s. We have many fond moments of things going on out on the street. Definitely some interesting characters in the building as well on the outside.

Karen, Westerly Fri June 25

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Congratulations to Larry Fitton, my old friend from City Hall. I worked there in 1973-1974. I love the portrait! He always had a cute joke or some quip to make us laugh. He is a great guy.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu June 24

Loved your letter, John Owen..

Ina, Mercer, ME Thu June 24

Yes, I worked at Swank's in the '60s. I think I worked in every place in town. The Camera Shop was great. We had the slot car track downstairs. Pete's, the fruitstand right next door. Wool worth's was there also.{Mike: Please use capital and lower case letters in future entries to the Guestbook. All lower case letters will not fly. Lynxmaster}

Mike G., Grand Prairie, TX Tue June 22

Gilda and Mike: Thanks for giving me the chance to relive some of those great days. Living so far away is hard. I try telling people out here about those day long ago in Attleboro, but all I get are blank stares from people that have no clue what I'm talking about. Those days do however hold a great deal of meaning to me. I'll never forget them or the great people that I met along the way. I hope to move back someday. Although I'm sure things will never be the same. It's nice to hear stories from people that remember things the way that I do. It was a better time, wasn't it?

Al, Utah Mon June 21

Mike G.: After high school in the '60s I worked at Swank on,(I believe, Pearl and School Street. When I graduated Swank was the place to work. I remember it well - it was a great family atomophere. With an hour for lunch we would walk to Gus's Grill once a week for lunch. I remember it being the best place to eat. Also, on another day we would go to Bobby's. Tex Barry's is still there (Balfour, of course, is gone). Noon time was also a time for shopping - London's, Silman's, Milady's, Winthrop's and the Camera Shop. When I first started work in Attleboro there was even a Woolworth's and not so many banks. Now there is one on every corner. Mr. Howard: Whew! I dare not comment. Everyone, have a wonderful day.

Gilda Lynch, Norton Sat June 19

Al: Bliss Brothers, used to go there after every ballgame in the late '50s. Had orange sherbert. Remember they had just the one counter. Grew up on the East Side, brother still lives right across from b.b. Played ball with Ronnie Blais, Mark Forbes. I know Ronnie has passed away. Knew his family well back then.

Mike G., Grand Praier, TX Fri June 18

John O, I am rolling on the floor laughing! Thanks!

Christine Olson, Chandler, AZ Fri June 18

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Rich, Uncle Keith's is on the right side and not the left while headed north

Dan, Spring Hill Fri June 18

Coffee milk and Boston cream pie. Used to have that everyday at George's Diner right next to Balfours. I belive that became Tex Barry's.

Mike G., Grand Prairie, TX Fri June 18

Rich, what a letter! Maybe I should be more tolerant and loving like you and I will be sure to find a place next to you in heaven (which of course, is where you are headed, as you so often tell us). You are obviously filled with kindness and love for your fellow man. It just pours out in all of your letters. Also, I understand your unquestioning admiration of President Bush. Who does not look forward to his riveting speeches? Such an eloquent speaker! He has united this country like never before. Ever since he took office, things just keep getting better. Sure he took a record surplus and turned it into a record deficit, and the country lost millions of jobs, but once his tax cuts start to pay off, boy, we will be rolling in dough! And that war in Iraq. Why don't liberals understand that we had to go to Iraq to get those WMD? What, there were none? Well, by WMD I meant Saddam. He is kind of like a WMD, right? I am sure that is what Bush must have meant when he said WMD. Or maybe we wanted to free the Iraqi people. Yeah that's it. Our great love of the Iraqi people caused us to sacrifice our young men and women and to spend billions of our tax dollars to free them. Forget about spending money on our schools. We need to rebuild Iraq! It is the duty of all of America's sons and daughters to fight for Iraqi freedom. Is it not? And now that you mention it in your last letter, liberals do look sorta dizzy. How perceptive of you to notice! You are right to scold Americans who lost their jobs under Bush. There are plenty of jobs in China. They should go there. That would help the airline industry too! I am looking forward to your next brilliant letter. You make everything so clear! Who said you were wearing blinders? He surely is being influenced by the devil.

John Owen, North Easton, MA Thu June 17

Mike G. You bet I remember WonderChef. Back in the '60s I used to work at Bliss Brothers over on Park Street. After closing, all of us would head out to visit with Nick. He was a great guy. He'd love to come over, sit, spend time with us, shoot the breeze and even have a bite to eat. I miss those days. You're also right on the Gus's Grill thing. That was the best place to get spaghetti and meatballs, meatball sandwiches, etc. Prior to working for Bliss, I worked at Attleboro Printing and Embossing, right next door to Gus's. I worked there while I was in high school. But once a week, before I'd go to work for the evening, I'd stop in at Gus's for my spaghetti and meatball dinner. No one else in the area could even come close.

AL, Thu June 17

Rich H.,on SR19 about two miles north of Spring Hill, almost to Weekie Watchi (probably 30 minutes from your house)there's a place on the left called Uncle Keith's Coney Island. The Coney Island dogs are exactly like Tex Barry's in Attleboro. Half the customers are from Bristol County. And while you're down this way, Brad's Seafood in Hernando Beach has fresh littlenecks. Shipments come in daily. And for real hometown flavor, stop in at the Cumberland Farms for gas and goodies If it weren't for the palm trees, sun and the salty breeze coming in off the Gulf you would think you were back in the North Attleboro/Attleboro area

Dan Cordell, Spring Hill, FL Thu June 17

THERE YA' GO, RICH! GREAT ENTRY! I was beginning to worry that the "mob" was getting to you. Unfortunately for the "liberal" souls (and I don't mean that in a political way), Christian principles can not be twisted and shaped to fit in where it will make those people "feel good." And that is exactly why America came to be, because compromising those principles didn't work 230 years ago, and it won't work now. The truth is what it is, it's real … not an idea or an opinion, it's the way it actually is … and it might be misinterpreted by many wise and smart people, but it can not be changed. Here's a question for everyone…What proof do you have that a spiritual world exists? Proof …?

Spit, Thu June 17

So, does anyone remember Wonder Chef, and Niki, best meatball sandwiches ever. Gus's Grill a close second.

mike g., g.p. Texas Wed June 16

After reading just a few of the opinions written in this … forum, if you will … it's not too difficult to see just how easily wars begin. Take a certain amount of religion, add a little slice of political banter and WHAM let's have a war! WHOOPEE!!! The WMD on the Right will fight the WMD on the Left. In the end all that will be left are the people that were getting along in the first place. Those that adapt and compromise, survive.

Big AL, USA Wed June 16

Politics belong in the opinion category. I am really surprised that the editor hasn't deleted the irritant entirely from the Guestbook. If you want home chow, skip across the state line to Kip's in Pawtucket. Wash down a stack of weiners with a coffee milk! Enjoy.

Mike Brien, Boston Wed June 16

Stephen, the economy is global. Get used to it. If your job went off-shore and you miss it, move. Nat, yes, Christ did die for your sins. Think about it and get ready to repent. Oh, and I will remain confident in my salvation, thanks. Mike G., sorry you are unable to reminisce, though I don't know why. Just do it. John Owen, you of all will learn about the devil the hard way, I guess. That is your choice. Did Hitler attack us? Did North Korea attack us? Did North Vietnam attack us? Was Hitler a WMD? How many does it take to qualify, John? The Iraq WMD was found hiding in a hole and you forgot to addrsss the sarin gas comment. And talk about "spin," well card-carrying liberals are experets on that. No wonder you all walk around looking dizzy. Lastly, this country was founded by individuals fed up with being told what they can and cannot do on Christian principles. These people went through much hardship to accomplish all that you want to tear down in the name of making sin obsolete. If you are all so set on creating this new order, why don't you jump aboard your own vessels and sail off somewhere to re-start civilization as you see it and leave America to true Americans? Now on to the memories: So ,I was just thinking about Coney Island hot dogs today. Anyone know if you can still get them in your area? Ahhh, Bobby's and the Victory Club and Frates Dairy and Jolly Cholly's and The Minuteman Diner on a Friday night or The Red Rock Diner and the mountain of home fries on the grill. Those were the days. Lucetti's Pool Hall and The Rome Cafe for pizza on checkered table cloths. Does Roy Lockwood still cut hair in N.A.? The "old" Elks hall on Church Street (I got hit by a car on my bike exiting the driveway there). I lived though much to the dismay of many of you. Right across the street were the duckpin alleys where many of us bowled in leagues. My buddy Wink and I used to sit on the lawn of the old Universalist Church in downtown N.A. on a Thursday night and read the early issues of Mad Magazine. He became a professor and has his doctorate and I became the nemesis of many of you and all due to Mad Magazine and roasted peanuts from the News Bureau. Only in America, folks. Only in America can a person share his or her memories AND his or her views on politics and life in general and all the "Mike G.s" in the world cannot stop it. Not in America, my friends, not in America.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue June 15

Mr. Howard, thank you for your concern for my arteries, but they are fine. You miss my point entirely. No one would dare to deny you your right to free speech, myself included. Look again at the title of this page; it is a "Guestbook." A guestbook is generally something meant for a few comments, not the editiorials you are so fond of. I have no power with The Sun Chronicle, more's the pity; in the last year, I have seen less and less entries from people trying to catch up with those from the old hometown, probably because they, like myself open the page and see the endless political commentary from you and those who oppose your views, and become discouraged that anyone other than the "politicos" are actually reading this page anymore. There are plenty of other Websites out there that can be gone to for political discussion. Again, you miss the PURPOSE of this site. I absolutely encourage your right to free speech, but please do so in the appropriate forum.

C, North Providence Sun June 13

My sincere condolences to Patricia Betts on the death of her husband Donnie. Donnie was co-captain of the North Attleboro H.S. football team the year I was a freshman warming the bench on that squad. He was a good friend of my brother Roy and a long-time friend of the Howard family, as were his brothers. I have so many memories of the Betts family and of the North ASttleboro of that era I cannot mention them all. Suffice to say a good man has passed and he will be missed. I last spoke to him and Patty when my brother Roy passed away last July. They were gracious then and I will be sending my condolences to Patty now. Rest in peace, Donnie. God be with you, Patty. Sincerely, Rich (Dick) Howard.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Sun June 13

First off, I stumbled upon this Web site but after reading the postings I could not help but speak out. Mr. Howard, I don't know if you read your Bible or not, but let me recomend Romans 1. Yes, homosexuality is listed as a sin there, so is the church's expected response: love them and don't judge. In fact, we are reminded there that all will perish without faith. Jews, Christians, gays and pagans. Without beleif in Christ the law is worthless. Read it. On a personal note, these gay people that you claim to know that chose this life, did they tell you that they chose it or are you putting word in their mouths? I am a lesbian as well as a Christian. I know in my heart of hearts that God's own holy spirit is love, a love that supasses all. I know also that Christ died for ME as well as for you. And anyway, why should you care how I or anyone else lives their lives? How does it effect you if two people choose to share their lives with one another? It is a fact that a society with many deep personal commitments is a safer and happer one. In closing, you and GW Bush need to get over yourselves and your Bible Nazi, commie crap and worry about your own lives and salvation.

Nat, Andrews, TX Sun June 13

Mr. Howard, I'm sorry but "trickle down economics" does not create jobs and bolster the economy anymore. Unless, of course, you are talking about the economies of the countries where all of our manufacturing jobs have been outsourced to. The fact that Bush has a Harvard degree speaks less about his abilities than it does point out that anyone with the clout to get into Harvard in the first place WILL graduate.

Stephen Pierannunzi, Attleboro Sat June 12

Why is it every time I come into read about attleboro, I end up reading one of Mr. Howard's fiction books. I thought this was a page for people to reminisce.

Mike G, Grand Prairie. TX Fri June 11

Enough, Rich Howard. This is not the dark ages. The problems in the world are not caused by the devil. They are caused by the all-too-human flaws of greed and lust for power and money. (Although you do open the door for Saddam to use "the devil made me do it" as his defense.) Your letter of June 8 was an attempt to "spin" your way out of some foolish statements you made in an earlier letter. However, words do not mean whatever you want them to and Saddam's brutality, while reprehensible, is not a WMD. I had to laugh when you said I was undermining any progress made by Bush. Well, that explains why he is having so much trouble accomplishing anything.

John Owen, Easton, MA Fri June 11

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Ms. Olsen, so we are now going to quibble over choice of words such as "culture of life"? I too wish he and others would clearly state their beliefs in such matters LIKE I DO. On that we agree. That is what President Reagan did and it served him well. However, this does not convince me to send President Bush on his way. Especially when I consider the alternative. I truly feel his good qualities and beliefs far outweigh the bad. As for defending big business, perhaps you should consider that when business is supported, it creates jobs. Jobs mean income and income means spending and economic growth. Reagan's trickle-down theory is a prime example. Now if you throw greedy execs into the mix, you get turmoil such as Enron and Martha, etc. The golden parachutes these top people get when they leave a company are immoral but they are approved by you, the stockholders, so blame yourselves. Honesty and integrity should be the order of the day no matter who or what you are and no matter what job you hold. It is quite simple. Helping less fortunate ones is fine but that goes beyond reasonable expectations with a strong liberal control. Control, laws and moderation should be practiced at all times. Now back to the quotes of leaders since you quoted Bush. I think "culture of life" in regard to abortion is OK compared to,; "I invented the Internet" by Al Gore. Or how about, "I never had sexual intercourse with that woman … Ms. Lewinsky." Or maybe this one:L "It depends what the definition of the word is, is." Both by Bill Clinton. At least President Nixon had the good sense to resign and apologize to the American people for far less a crime than Mr. Clinton. Gimme a break. Don't start splitting hairs because that battle could rage forever. As for the Reagan family disparaging Bush, well that remains to be seen and what is said by whom. Remember even Ron had bad times with some children over the years. So go on your Bush-hating ways and I will continue my support of same.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu June 10

Oh, Rich, honey!That's grasping even for you! Now let's be nice even if it hurts. Thank you.

Zelda, Thu June 10

The "Rich Howard Show." Hey, I like the sound of that. My own page, hmmmmmm. If only I knew who the mysterious "C" is so I could thank her or him or them or it. "C," please let me know when The Sun Chronicle bestows the power on you to make this decision to kick me out of the Guestbook, because it is the day "free speech" dies. But so what, at least you may get a blade meat recepie to clog your arteries with.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed June 09

Rich, apparently comparisons made by the current administration to that of the Reagan administration have been met with hostility from the Reagan family. Reagan's son, Ron Jr. told reporters on June 8, "The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he's in now." He said during a recent interview with Salon: "Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's - these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people." Nor do I, which is the first reason I dislike Bush. He is a liar, plain and simple. We went to war because we were told there was an "imminent threat" to the United States.

We all know that wasn't the case. I also dislike his constant rant of contradictions. Instead of standing his ground and specifically saying he is against abortion, he hides behind his mantra of building "A culture of life." So does this culture of life include the 137 men he sent to death while governing Texas? Hey, I am all for punishing criminals, including the death penalty; however, let's not promote this "culture of life" crap while executing more prisioners than any other state in the union. Lastly, G.W. is all about big business, he could care less about you or I for that matter. His Number 1 priorty is big business and his track record proves this. G.W's big business policies have negatively effected our environment (worst environmental record since Hoover), American jobs have been lost to India in the interest of big business, and currently I am paying $2.19 a gallon for gas - again becuase of G.W's love affair with big business (especially the oil industry). I am tired of it and mark my words, so is the rest of the country. In closing, that should answer your question as to why some of us crazy liberals don't like Bush.

Christine Olson, Chandler, AZ Wed June 09

YAAY, C ! I stopped coming here to read, as much as I used to enjoy it, because of Howard's "Bla Bla Bla I am the only one who is right, who cares, who speaks up…" Boring, tedious, sickening. I wonder if he ever goes back and reads all his junk, which by the way shows him contradicting himself, and confused about so much…

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Wed June 09

Could The Sun Chronicle please give Rich Howard his own page? That way, the rest of us could use the Guestbook for the purpose I believe it was set up for: a place for people who have moved away from the Attleboro area (or even those still in the area) to catch up, reminesce, search out old friends and get the definitive blade meat recipe! I am so disappointed that it has turned into a political forum. I "tune in" about every week or so, hoping for something other than the "Rich Howard Show." By the way, I went to the "band" site and it was so interesting! I remember some of those old garage bands at the school dances and battles of the bands! PLEASE, let's get rid of the political stuff, and Mr. Howard, if that is what so interests you, then please find another forum for it. Thank you.

C, North Providence Wed June 09

Mr. Owen, what a fantastic letter to Mr. Howard. So many good points! It was a pleasure to read!

Angelique, Cumberland Tue June 08

I just read the "on-line" headline of charging students to participate in sports. I think it is awful for the students to have to pay to participate in sports! Sports is one of the key elements in keeping kids off drugs and "hangin' out" after school hours. This makes it difficult for some kids to have the opportunity to enhance their athletic ability or even to be part of a team. I have two teenage daughters that have always participated in some kind of sport and have been thankful for that. I am also on a commitee (CoRe) that promotes programs and activities to keep kids off drugs/alcohol. These happen after school hours or in the evening. Our community has seen a huge decrease in the number of students using drugs since this program started.(They were surveyed) However, the kids are encouraged to participate in sports in our community and get involved in volunteering and attending various meetings to become/stay aware of info needed to stay off drugs. This committee is parallel to the sports in assisting this endeavor. When I went to school at AHS, I was lucky enough to have parents that could have provided for me financially. I feel bad for the kids that need to do sports that will not be able to because of the finacial situation in their home. I understand the money needs to come from somewhere, but charging for sports participation doesn't seem like it should be the answer.

Cyndy Lesperance, Meredith, NH Tue June 08

Mr. Owen, separation of church and state only means that the government will not interfere with the practice of religion. It does not mean that it is unlawful to say prayers in school or public buildings. I really don't care who someone prays to so long as they have the freedom to do it. Because I am Christian does not mean I want them to change for me. As for God shaping this country and therefore did he make Iraq, yes He did. BUT you are not taking into account that there is a devil afoot just as there is a God. When people say, "Why did God let this happen?" they are forgetting God's nemesis because it is not being taught anymore. If Kerry were president I would support him if I agreed with him and I would speak against him if I thought he were wrong. Just as you do now. My support of Bush is because I believe he is right. I also supported much of Kennedy's work, but believe me Kerry is no Kennedy. Of course the best of the best just passed away (Reagan), and I believe he belongs on Mt. Rushmore. But then again, many of G.W.'s policies are the same as Reagan's. The fact that I try to convince people to support the president is just me expressing my right to do so. Just as you undermine any progress made by Bush and sing the praises of liberals. Just once spell out what you hate about Bush. We don't really know except that he is Republican. Oh, and do you not consider the finding of sarin gas a weapon of mass destruction? WMD does not have to be a big missle or bomb, you do realize that, do you not? And the fact that he butchered countless thousands of his countrymen is NOT mass destruction? We went because he flaunted every U.N. dictum levied upon him by the U.N. He continued to act the indestructable devil who would not even mourn the loss of his own sons. He was a butcher and he ended up like a rat in a hole which leads me to believe that even he could not find enough people to help him. I really don't know where you get your beliefs but I am glad I did not attend that school. Live long in the roll call of Jane Fonda, Mr. Owen. You will enjoy the company ,since Mr. Kerry is a card-carrying member himself.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue June 08

I would like to send out thanks to those from Wrentham who responded to the case involving Luke Ronco ( I was happy to see that people really do respond, especially when the response comes from the town where my grandparents lived, as well as my father. My grandfather used to drive a school bus, was known as "Rollie" Ferland, and my father graduated in the first graduating class of King Philip High and, while I am on the subject, I would also like to thank those left of my father's classmates who showed up for his wake four years ago, and told me funny stories about him. Thank you again, whoever made donations from Wrentham.

Susan Mousseau, Attleboro Tue June 08

Tell me, Rich Howard, did you learn to support all presidents, or only the ones you agree with. Will you be 100% behind Kerry if he wins? Did you support Clinton? What you try to pass off as patriotism is merely politics. You happen to agree with Bush, so you shout "support the president." You also say, "God helped shape and create America." Did He not do the same for every other country? Was he not involved when Iraq was formed? And, yes, the founders of this country were mostly Christians, but they were careful to keep church and state separate. They had seen the strife caused by one religious group struggling with another throughout history and made it clear that no religious group would hold sway over another in the United States. When people say they want prayer in school, what they are usually saying is that they want the prayers of their religion in school. Would it be OK for your grandchildren to say Jewish prayers in public school? Well, then why is it OK to make Jewish children say Christian prayers? Separation of church and state is a good thing. Lastly, your idea that it is the duty of the USA to police the world is a dangerous one. Are you ready to send troops throughout the world in search of evil dictators? By the way, we did not go to Iraq to rid the world of an evil dictator. We went there to destroy WMD, in case you forgot. There is so much ranting in your last posting, I must have missed something, but that's enough for now. Oh, and as far as homosexuals being sinners, aren't we all?

John Owen, Easton, MA Mon June 07

I feel homosexuality isn't good, but that's how they are, if that's who they want to be. People killing babies/children is very, very wrong. God did not bring us down to kill each other, but to love each other. People should be put in jail for ever doing something so horrible as that.

Angela , Las Vegas Sun June 06

Well said, Rich, and a point well taken, I am right alongside of you on the standards we were taught by our parents, teachers and religious leaders. What puzzles me the most about the short-tearm memory of folks out there is: What part of "They're trying to kill you" don't you understand about what our president is doing for us and our children?

Tom LaMothe, Murphy, NC Sun June 06

Barbara: Great question! Why don`t quahogs have pearls? Or do they? I grew up fishing with and eating those things and never really thought about that. A quick "unofficial" Johns Hopkins survey has just proven that not one of the local folks had ever heard the word "quahog."

Brad Ashley, Baltimore Sat June 05

I would like to express a sincere thank-you to the Hyman Fine School, and especially to Miss Sabrina Hale, my son's teacher, and to the others who faithfully researched Luke Ronco's case. As he has a large brain tumor, the school allowed his class to do a penny drive, and they raised a lot of cash for a little classroom full of kids! Kudos to the kids in Miss Hale's class, they did a great job, and soon Luke will be seeing the photos of you, too, as you get to see new photos of him. Anyone interested in reading more about Luke Ronco, the Web address is, and there you can see that Luke had his photo recently taken with Troy Brown of the New England Patriots! The size comparison is amusing, so really, you should check it out.

Sue Mousseau, Attleboro Sat June 05

Sorry, Mr. Morin, my entry of June 3 should have been directed to "Mike G." and not you. My mistake and I apologize for it.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri June 04

There was a typographical error on the date for the 45th class reunion for AHS '59. The date should have been Sept. 18 at Wentworth Hills CC in Plainville. If you have not been contacted, call B. Libertore at 508-226-0966. {The Lynxmaster responds: I'm not sure who made that mistake, but entries that come in all capital letters, like this one did, must be retyped, which greatly increases the chance of error. Please use upper and lower case letters. Thanks.}

John Morin, Attleboro Fri June 04

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I have enjoyed all comments, negative and positive; that is how we learn. I am not oblivious to what is going on in the world. I have worked for the Department of Defense for over 15 years and have had a plethora of experiences. I do have one important question. Has anyone ever found a Quahog pearl?

Barbara Machado-Martin, Fallbrook, CA Thu June 03

Well, Mr. Owen and Mr. Morin, I only espouse what I have learned as far as supporting my president and love of country and religion. Yes, M.r Morin, I was taught many things in the '40s and '50s. Are you telling me that I was taught wrongly? Are you saying I can never thank my teachers and ministers for their teachings because they were all wrong and they afflicted me with blinders? Are you saying that when the liberal, pinko teachers came along in the late Sixties and Seventies, that they are correct about things? Well, let me tell you something: I will back my teachers and ministers to the hilt against all the liberal socialist wannabees out there. If they have their way this country will one day become the Iraq we just beat or maybe Cuba or any other Third World bastion of communism you can think of. This is America. It was founded by free-thinking people on Christian principles whether you like it or not. God belongs in it's mottos and pledges and in it's schools. Babies belong in the womb FULL TERM. Murderers and robbers and rapists, etc, belong in jail for as long as we can keep them there. And America belongs in places where peoplc cannot help themselves no matter what hardship it causes you. That is our mission. That is why God helped shape and create AMERICA. So we can police the world of these butchering bastards like S.H. and Osama, etc. The fact that some of you and some countries turn your backs on this is proof of short memories. I pray you are not in a building or a bus or on a train that some terrorist butcher decides needs blowing up. Yes, my teachings are good and beneficial and I live by them. If it feels good it does not make it right, boys. You all learn right from wrong and then you twist and shape it to your own belief system. Homosexuality was a sinful choice then and is a sinful choice now. That is what I was taught and that is what I know to be true. None of this means I hate the mayor or any other gays. I pray for them. If I said otherwise I would be lying to them. I will not compromise my principals in order to be politically correct. God bless America.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu June 03

Congratulations, Mayor Keane , on your graduation at 73, and all your accomplishments! Looks like Attleboro needs you back in the mayor`s seat, with all the cuts the school system is suffering with. No foreign language in middle school! Increased class sizes and reduced security and maintenance! If this is more than just a "scare tactic," you had better invite the National Guard to your next PTA meeting! I have many fond memories of growing up in Attleboro, But I sure am glad that my children are not doing the same.

Brad Ashley, Baltimore Thu June 03

What a great letter from Paul Palermo Jr. in the Opinion section today. A must-read for all. Thanks, Paul. You said it all and I agree with every word. BRAVO! I would send a letter myself but the Web address I have for letters does not work and has not worked for my last three attempts.{The Lynxmaster responds: The e-mail address for letters is You can access it at the top of this page or in Opinion under the Local News pull-down menu. I tested them both today and they work.}

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Wed June 02

First of all, I would like to thank my sister, Lynne R., for first writing in, also the people from Slater Street who helped out to raise money for our dear little friend, Luke Ronco, a 5-year-old totally amazing kid, who showed us what strength a little guy can really have. And I hope all will send out their prayers to the Ronco and Rotundi families, who together have shared this difficult phase in life. I would also like to thank Zazzymystic, whoever she be, and Brian Crandall for responding to my letter. Thank you!

Sue Mousseau, Attleboro Tue June 01

Hello and thanks for the great site.

Franz, Sun May 30

People love through their hearts and their feelings. They want to be with the ones they feel safe and secure with. Oh, yes, Mr. Howard, when I said you had blinders on, it meant you have tunnel vision, and that is something you were taught by society.

Michael G., Grand Prairie, TX Thu May 27

Rich, so you want to know what I think is "fine and dandy." Well, for one, the blade meat sandwiches that were discussed here sound good. More to the point, though, I like reading the postings from people who truly care about each other and about people they don't even know. I especially like the people who write to stand up for what are truly American and Christian or other religious values (not your twisted versions). If I complain a lot, it's because you say so many objectionable things. May I never end up so filled with bitterness and anger.

John Owen, Easton, MA Thu May 27

Yes Maryann, they did choose to be called those names as well as to be gay. Just like I chose to be called a right-wing nut job or a hawking warmonger or a Bush butt boy. Just like a liberal chooses to be called a left-wing whacko or a pinko or a tree-hugging woosie or a socialist dork. When we choose, we also choose the baggage that goes with that choice. I or you can no more stop the name calling than anyone else can. If you talk the talk, you walk the walk. I don't call them those names. I only say they chose to live an unnatural life of their own accord. Yes, they have the right to do it but that does not make it right. When I rant on against it I feel sorry for them and hope and pray they see the error of their choice. That is what I pray for. I do not condone that which I think is wrong. I would not condone abortion or murder or rapists or purse snatchers or armed robbers, etc., so why should I condone an unnatural way of life and call it OK just because it is 2004 and we condone eveverything these days. It does not change the way I think or what I was taught, so it can't change me. Yes, I have spoken to homosexuals, ones close to me. Some of them even question that I may be right about judgement day. They say this because we just don't know for sure, do we Maryann? Sin is sin and it has to be forgiven. I would not want homosexuals coaching my grandkids or leading their Scout troop or teaching them gym. That is the way I feel and that is the way it is in Rich Howard World. Will I turn my back on them if in need or drowning or whatever? No, I will not. Do I condone men sleeping with men and women sleeping with women, (and by "sleeping" you know what I mean)?, No, I will not condone it. Not now, not ever. Maybe I will be the one to burn in hell for this stance but I do not think so. Let us just agree that you cannot change me and I cannot change you and that we agree to disagree, OK?

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu May 27

Mr. Howard, if it is true that being gay is a condition caused by the influence of the family, and there are gays in your family, hmmmm, one must wonder what role you played in making these people gay! And surely when you speak of "every man in her life" as being "kind and loving," you are NOT speaking of yourself because if this hatred that spews from your mouth is your example of kind and loving, you are truly a blind man. You have never addressed my comments in the past regarding what God's word says about "judging not." Since you claim to be able to speak on God's behalf then you may want to be a little more careful of how you speak because you are putting yourself in the damnation mode everytime you judge others. Remember, Lucifer thought himself smarter than God. Now, Mr. Howard, how about writing a nice comment about someone, anyone. How about mentioning what a nice job the new mayor is doing for Attleboro and the churches he works with. Or is that not possible bec ause he is, after all, gay!

Maryann Ferns, Georgetown, TX Thu May 27

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Yes, Mr. Howard, I too am certain that homosexual people "choose" to be this way. They "choose" to be persecuted, harassed and ridiculed at every turn. They "choose" nicknames like "fag" and "dyke," Yup, I'm sure that at 7 years old on the playground they decide that life would be too easy as a straight person and all the crap that goes along with being gay would be so much more fun. We all know that there are gays in the military (and if ya think otherwise you need to see a shrink). The sad irony of it is that they put their lives on the front line defending the very Constitution that gives them the right to be left alone to live their lives in peace no matter what their sexual orientation. Now, can someone please tell me why, at a time when the most dangerous thing you can be is American, why are we giving our neighbors such a hard time for whom they choose to love? Can't we all just get along and quit dissing gay people. Have ya ever spoken to a homosexual? They care about the same things we do, they have the same hopes, dreams, fears and ambitions as us. If we, as Christians, represent Jesus Christ, we need to be more compassionate and a little less judgemental.

Maryann Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue May 25

Hmmmmmmm, if they execute gays in the Middle East, then Mr. Watson had the right idea. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Just kidding, folks, don't get in a tizzy. Mr. Owen, if you really believe that homosexuality is NOT a choice, then you are living a lie. I could name some reasons why some make that choice and it is NOT because they were born that way. No one is born that way. It comes from surroundings, such as dominant females (mothers), etc.; weak husbands who take too long to find the strength to stand up to the domineering woman running the house. I know for a fact that the two gays in my family were not born "that way." They made a choice for a myriad of reasons and now they think they are stuck with it. Meanwhile, I pray every day that they see the light and come back to the right team. I also know that the female gay in the family chose the choice because of a dumb-ass shrink who takes her money and tells you what you wish to hear, instead of finding out why she hates men when every man in her life has been a kind and loving example of what a human being should be. You liberal wonks who would have us believe that "if it feels good, do it" is the way to live will burn in your self-made hell one day. You think damnation is a myth? You think going against God and normalcy is OK? Fine, keep it up. Your time will come. Mr. Owen, can you ever answer a question? All you do is come up with yet another stupid statement ,but you never answer a question. Once again, is there anything you don't think is just fine and dandy except an opposing view? As for that first guy who posted an entry aimed at my feelings, if I knew what the hell you were trying to say I would reply but I do not understand what you are saying. Sorry.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue May 25

Mr. Howard, what you need to do is take your blinders off. You do not speak your own thoughts but society's, so maybe you should go to a doctor and try to use your own thoughts instead of the ones you were taught. Think about it: Everything you think and do you worry about what society might think. You are given one life to live on this earth, do you really want to waste it on society?

Mike G., Grand Prairie, TX Mon May 24

Ms. Moran, spend five minutes researching the issue online and you will learn that Islam and the Middle East are not tolerant of homosexuality. You will also learn that the Taliban and others have executed homosexuals. And Rich, your comment that gays should see a "head doctor" is exactly the kind of thinking we have grown to expect from you. If sexual orientation is a choice, as you say it is, do you recall choosing not to be gay?

John Owen, Easton, MA Mon May 24

I just finished reading the article on the DAR house. I grew up at the other end of Elizabeth Street and well remember this house. In the picture, it looks like all the shrubs and grass are overgrown. Wouldn't it be nice if one of the local landscaping companies offered to keep the property neat and trim, gratis. This would be beneficial to the DAR and is tax deductible to the landscaper. Just a thought! Can't wait to go home on June 4 for my vacation.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon May 24

So, Mr. Watson, what do you do for a living? I hope it has nothing to do with the public. With all that is going on in the world, I would think you would have more concerns about what is really affecting our lives.

Michael, Grand Prairie, TX Mon May 4

Regarding gay Muslims: Read up. The saying among tribesmen is that "women are for babies and boys are for fun." You will find that particular quote in the "Hunt for bin Laden." Gay militamen made U.S. troops nuts.

Beth Moran, Mansfield (Ohio) Fri May 21

The true message in Mr. Watson's entry is clear. He thinks being gay is wrong and having legal marriages between them is also wrong. He is right. Sometimes you have to say things in ways that wake people up. That is what he did, I think. No one wants to send them anywhere. Instead of sending them to the Middle East, send them to a qualified head doctor to find out what makes them choose this life and cure them. By the way, Mr. Owen, is there ANYTHING you don't find wrong? Other than someone else having an opinion different than yours that is?

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri May 21

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Congratulations to the new Mrs. Father Porter. It must have been her boyish figure.

Lyle McCain, Bourne, MA Wed May 19

Mr. Watson, you are wrong about "that kind of thing" being a way of life in the Middle East. The religious fundamentalists such as the Taliban share your attitude toward gays. Nice company to be in.

John Owen, Easton, MA Wed May 19

And maybe, Mr. Watson, we should send everyone back to the place of their original ancestory. Which country would you then be shipped off to? And perhaps everyone of us who has sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God should be stoned. Do you have a preferred stone? Why can't we all just get along and let people live their own lives? My beliefs would never let me be gay, and my God would not let me be a condemner of those who are! I guess He figured it was His job to decide whom should be condemned. So, I, until told by God to do otherwise, will love my neighbor as myself. And as an American will leave my neighbor to pursue his Constitutionally protected right to seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Maryann Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue May 18

Now that we have gay marriage, we have got their names and addresses on record. Time to round them up and ship them to the Middle East where that kind of thing is a way of life … or to Michael Jackson's house, whichever.

Al Watson, Norton Mon May 17

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Maryann, I also remember the Spidell's at the Moonbeam. I have their album, autographed by Jack Andrews!

Bernadette (Collins) Holden, Gilbert, AZ Thu May 13

Luke visited my sister yesterday and played with her sons. They had a wonderful afternoon. Luke had a new Web site ( and they have created a PayPal account with the link to it on the new site. Thanks to all who are adding Luke to their prayers. My sister said he's a very cute, energetic and happy young man. Don't forget the yardsale May 15 at 68 Slater St. in Attleboro My sister hopes to make enough money to pay for Luke's rent on his apartment here in Boston. Thanks for all the prayers for Luke.

Lynne, Attleboro Wed May 12

Maryann, I remember those bands! American Style was my cousin's band. The guys were Dave Tracey, Tom DaCosta, Dave Charlebois, Eddie Ring and the Moonbeam was the place to go. Remember the battle of the bands? American Style always came in first and my other cousin's band always came in third, The Travelers with Pat Tracey, Bob Foss, John Rarus and Russ Kandaloft (Russ owns Eli's Pizza). I had lots of fun with both of those bands. All the guys are doing well. I think the Spidells had a 20-year contract at the Moonbeam. They were there every week for years.

Kathy, Woonsocket Wed May 12

Recently my sister met a 5-year-old boy with cancer. Actually one of her neighbors sent out flyers asking for a few donations to help Luke while he is having treatment for cancer here in Boston. There will be a fundraiser yard sale this saturday for Luke on Slater Street in Attleboro. Neighbors are getting together and selling their items and the proceeds will be given to Luke and his family. Read about Luke in the link below. Please stop in on May 15, Saturday, and show your support for Luke and his family. He is in Boston from Philadelphia seeing specialists. He was unable to find room in the Ronald McDonald organization for housing in Boston while having treatment. His family has two other children and is having a tough time of things lately. My sister asked me to spread the info about Luke to some of my friends. I felt some people on this site may be interested in helping this young man out. This is Luke's Web site and story of his treatment. Please forward this link to friends.

Lynne, Attleboro Mon May 10

Does anyone remember the Spidells from The Moonbeam or a band called American Style?

Maryann Ferns, Georgetown, TX Sun May 09

My memories of Russ Mulligan go way back to the late '40s. But mostly I can still see Russ pitching in those softball tournaments at Community Field in North Attleboro. He was tough, rough and a true competitor. Rest in peace, Russ …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Sat May 08

Ahhh, clubs. At 16 we used to go to the F.E.I and the Valley Cafe for beer and entertainment and the best french fries and vinegar around. For just pool and a brew or two, the Cercle Cafe was a good place to start. Also the Robin Hollow or as we called it, "The Bend in the Road." How did they let us get in these places? No one asked for I.D. We just passed the word on where to go with little trouble. Locally in N.A. the French Club right downtown was a given. All these places are out of business now or I would not name them. But do they bring back memories …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri May 07

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Speaking of clubs and bands, The Lantern Lodge was the place to be during the late '60s, early '70s. "The Lodge" was a little tougher to get in with your fake I.D., but it was worth it if you could get in. Attleboro area is still slim pickin's for a night life. If you had transportation, Newport was fun too!

Emily, Norton Thu May 06

There has been recent conversation in the Guestbook regarding Attleboro bands of the '60s. There is a terrific Web site at that I highly recommend you check out. I have submitted information about my Attleboro band, The Velvet Dandelion, to this site. Take a look! If there are any other Attleboro band members reading this, and if you have information to submit to this Web site about your band, please do so! Great memories, and interesting "where are they now?" information.

Kenny Pelletier, Sugar Land, TX Thu May 06

You know what I don't understand, "Archie" as far as I'm concerned was a show that showed extremes of the right and left. Meathead was just as bad as Archie could be. I remember one episode where Meathead and Gloria were mugged. They came home incensed over what happened. Meathead was yelling and screaming exactly like Archie had done many times about criminals and Meathead would stick up for the criminals with liberal rhetoric. The message of the show was, "Let a liberal be mugged and he becomes a conservative." I find it strange that liberals can call conservatives "Archie" but tottaly miss the fact that they can be "Meatheads."

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Wed May 05

I have chosen to respond to R. Quinn and John Owen via e-mail instead of driving all of you nuts with petty arguments. If you want to know my replies, e-mail me and I will gladly send them to you.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue May 04

Tom McAvoy: Do I know you? Your name sounds awfully familiar! What year AHS? And thank you for the update, but I did mean Tim the younger, the son of the "O" in FOB Tavern.(I don't think Tim the Older ever knew about one sunny sunday the tavern got opened by his son with a few friends to "partake" privately. That would have been illegal back then.) And also, what bands DID you play in? And Jarrod's Place is owned and operated by my little cousin Jarrod Ilkowitz, and I remember partying (at a house this time) with Pete from Capt. Pete's Galley. He asked me for a cigarette and I playfully made him get down on his knees to beg for it - and he DID! - right on the sidewalk across the street in front of Eli's Pizza at 2 a.m. Ahh, memories! Hey! Anyone remember Oscar's? Talk about aline of cops … A band from Revere came to play there once and their following came too. They all got real rowdy and drunk, throwing beers all around, messing with us Attleboro girls, and before you knew it, the cops were called. The APD ended up corralling all the Revere people in Kids's Town parking lot to separate them from us Attleboro people, making a line standing right down the length of the parking lot in the middle of Union Street. What a sight! A few of them got arrested (but none of us), and we cheered them into the cruisers. I remember reading the Court Docket a few days later and seeing a list of names with addresses from Revere. Cool.

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park ,MD Tue May 04

Tom McAvoy: What band did you play with back then? I knew most of the bands and would love to discuss them with you.

Zelda, Attleboro Mon May 03

Rich: As for Archie Bunker, do I really have to explain that all of his feelings are not my feelings? For God'S sake, he was fictional, for your entertainment. But if he were real, you could not deny his love for his America … Well, I won't deny Archie's "fictional love" for the "America":

- Where the black repair man fixing his refrigerator was not allowed the use of the toilet at his home.

- Where the president (Nixon, of all people) and the government were always right and anyone who disagreed was a "pinko commie."

— Where he could understand completely, and nod in agreement, when Lionel the black next-door neighbor (teasingly) explained why it would be a "bad idea" for a black man to take up jogging in Archie's primarily white neighborhood.

Sounds like I agree with Rich on this one. Certainly none of us can deny Archie's was a "fictional love" for "America."

R. Quinn, Boston, MA Mon May 03

Wow, reading about the old days in Attleboro brings back so many memories. It was fun. Thanks

Barbara (LaPlante) Wood, Taunton Sun May 02

Gilda, I too will miss Mrs. Laurie. She was a wonderful woman who took the time to get to really know her customers and to remember them as well. She will surely be missed by many people throughtout the area. My sympathy goes out to her husband. God has another angel looking down on all of us. God bless her.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Sat May 01

Just did a partial read of the Guestbook entries, first chance I've had in a long time. To Terry Bosh of Brooklyn Park, Md.: If the Tim O'Hare you're asking about is Tim Sr., who would have been about 70 now, I'm sorry to inform you that he passed away a couple of years ago of a respiratory ailment. Tim was a wonderful guy and good friend. His son, Tim Jr., still lives in the area. We met at the Bruce Estrella Sr. wake a few weeks back. To Ken Pelletier of Sugarland, Tx.: As the Lynxmaster pointed out, Jarrod's is located in the late lamented Suzy Creamcheese Electric Theater (started by Tim Ney, now of Linux), which of course was in a previous life Willy's Bowling Alley & Pool Hall; however, the old SCET was closed down by the city authorities of the '60s on it's third night of operations, not first. It was closed on bogus "fire code violations" (although it had operated as the bowling alley many years with no similar problems). The first two nights a Jimi Hendrix- type three-man band from Franklin played, with no incidents (they had a great 15-year-old drummer named Kenny Brown, who we recruited to join OUR band, which was slated to play on the fateful third night before they closed us down). We then played for the crowd at several outdoor locations, with the police rousting us each time, until the evening culminated in the now-legendary "March on the Police Station" by about a hundred teens simply seeking answers to the fire code questions from some, ANY, city official. Of course, we were met by armed police and the fire department with fire hoses aimed at us. Unwilling to see people hurt (or worse) over the incident, we dispersed the crowd and told everybody to go their own ways. What can be said in retrospect other than, "Oh, well, it was the '60s" (summer of '68, to be exact).

Tom McAvoy, Attleboro Sat May 01

Sad to hear my great aunt Bella Bettencourt passed away. She was my grandfather's sister. My prayers to my cousin Joe and his wonderful wife Hilda and their families. My love and prayers to the many relatives I know I have on this family tree, but have never met. God's blessing to all! Love always, Nancy

Nancy Zazzera, Westerly, RI Sat May 01

Now I am an empty barrel. I thought I was Archie Bunker. Plus I have been called a right-wing extremist and a lot of other things here in my addiction called "Guesttbook." Well, my only addiction is supporting my president and our troops and speaking out about child murder and other such liberal dogma. Call me what you will. Another quote: "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me." That's from my childhood in North Attleboro. They say all you need to know you learn in kindergarten. Could be true. Why? Because you are still too young to be in college being taught by mostly liberal "pinko commie profs." Oops, there I go again. Gotta go fill my barrel, bye.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri April 30

I used to go to Arlene's any time I needed something special that I just couldn't find anywhere else. It is getting harder and harder to find those specialty shops. My heart goes out to Jan and her family. She will be missed.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Fri April 30

Rich Howard, you claim to have deep respect for our men in uniform but you choose to attack a man who served in a war zone and side with the chicken hawks like Bush and Cheney. (That's a term for people who are all for war as long as some one else does the fighting.) Bush specifically requested not to go overseas and Cheney had five deferments. Cheney said he had "other priorities" at the time! You may not like Kerry, but he did request to be sent to Vietnam and he did win a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. The Special Forces soldier he pulled out of the Mekong River under a hail of bullets thinks he is a hero even if you have doubts. As John Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts."

John Owen, North Easton Fri April 30

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For those who no longer live in this area and may be familiar with Janice Laurie, this is an excerpt from Wednesday's Sun Chronicle: "A longtime downtown business woman suffered fatal injuries Tuesday in a fall down cellar stairs at the Chamber of Commerce of the Attleboro Area offices at 43 Union St. " Some of you may or may not remember Janice Laurie as the owner of Arlene's Corsetry Shop at 5 Park St. She had an established business at that location for 38 years. I frequented her shop on occasion and found her (and her mother who recently passed away) to be courteous, friendly and pleasant to chat with. Both Janice and her mother were outstanding people and an asset to the City of Attleboro. She will truly be missed. My condolences go out to her husband and family. She will truly be missed as no one can replace her expertise in her chosen profession. (Note from the Lynxmaster: That sad event was reported on this Web site Wednesday, followed the next day by the funeral arrangements. The complete story is on our digital edition for that day, which can be purchased from, accessed from our home page. Digital subscriptions are also available.)

Gilda Lynch, Norton, MA Thu April 29

I'm looking for anyone that may have any photos of the old "Bobby's" restaurant that was so popular with Attleboro youth in the '50s and '60s (preferably exterior, but will settle for any). Will pay any reproduction and/or mailing costs and photos will be returned undamaged. Please contact Tom McAvoy at 508-226-0605 or e-mail Thank you.

Tom McAvoy, Attleboro, MA Thu April 29

To "Lucretia McWhatever": Sad to say, "pinko liberals" do exist, thus if I or anyone else uses the term, so what? As for Archie Bunker, do I really have to explain that all of his feelings are not my feelings. For God sake, he was fictional, for your entertainment. But if he were real, you could not deny his love for his America. Now we go too far the other way with political correctness and removal of God from everything public. What the hell does that get you? Lastly, if I re-read a book and found a chapter or two missing it would seem wrong. I brought up the missing entries and the Lynxmaster explained the problem and restored them. Why does this rankle you? Get a life and a REAL NAME, for God sakes. Why are you and some others hiding behind these stupid handles? If you want to talk the talk, then walk the walk.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl, 34653 Thu April 29

Like most of the people who post here, I am not as devoted to the Guestbook as Rich Howard is. I only respond from time to time, giving other people a chance to be heard. As long as we are sharing quotes, one from Ben Franklin comes to mind: "Empty barrels make the most noise."

John Owen, Easton, MA Thu April 29

Thanks, Christine, always learn something when I am wrong. Now I know it was a quote by Roosevelt. Again let me repeat what I said in my first response to you: "There is a big difference between criticizing and bashing." There is also a difference between criticizing with facts and opinions, and there is a time to criticize and a time not too. That dosen't mean you're forbidden from criticizing, just means with every freedom comes responsibility. Here are the two quotes we found. This is mine: "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), Paris, Sorbonne 1910. The one you found: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." If you take the two together, I think you get a better picture.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Thu April 29

Well said, Spit! Maryann, Spit is right, it is not regional, it is everywhere. It is stupid, and parenting has lost something since our generation. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It sounds like my dad, with my mom just passing away February, and now he has health problems including kidneys. I totally understand your situation. One of the hardest things is being so far away. That is why we moved our parents near one of us kids from Florida. There's no family down there. It is a blessing to have him two doors down from me as he has had a terrible year this year! I will remember your father in my prayers and thoughts. Be strong and God bless!

CyndyMeredith, NH Thu April 29

I checked out the Guestbook after work and had a good chuckle. The Guestbook has been accused of being Mr. Howard's whole world. Now I know it's true. He's counting missing entries!!! One last thing: I remember Mr. H. being compared to Archie Bunker. One of his missing letters used the phrase "pinko liberals." I remember Archie calling "Meathead" that name many times. Back then Russia was making us feel unsafe. Now it's our own president. Thanks for the laughs. Good after a long night at work!

Lucretia MacEvil, Attleboro Thu April 29

Thank you for sharing that great quote with us, Christine. I'm familiar with it, butGoogled it anyway and found that it can be found in over 55,000 Web sites. At thes March for Women's Lives in D.C. on Sunday, a number of people were wearing t-shirts with the quote emblazoned on the back. I would love to share some of the quotes about Bush that were worn on t-shirts and painted on signs, but they are too witty to be posted here. Please let me know if you'd like to see my pictures of the largest March in America's history.

Shannon Lee, Watertown Wed April 28

John Owen is like the groundhog. Every once in awhile he pokes his head out and the rest of you get six more weeks of Howard and Glover. Anyway, let us not bash anyone. Let us critique both. Just check out Kerry's military-pertinent voting record. Methinks he still is turning his back on those in uniform. With what he did after his "tour" in Nam and now with his anti-body armor votes, etc., he is pretty much a current day Benadict Arnold. Has he ever said how he would have handled post 9/11 times? Or does he just "bash" what Bush has done? Remember, he voted FOR this war before he voted against this war. All I know is, we are there and we must finish it. Thus we should come together and help find a way to do so through co-operation with the president, not by simply getting p—-d off at everything he does. Save your criticism for after it is over. You have fallen into the trap of the enemy. You want a quote? Here is one for you. "United we stand, divided we fall." Is it not bad enough some supposed friends are turning their backs on us? Being in the Tampa area and our hockey team playing in Montreal right now, I just read in our paper that the Canadian crowds boo the United States National Anthem before games. Also at the golf course I work part time at, the club passed out small American flags to put on the carts on the anniversary of 9/11 last year. One "snowbird Canadian" was heard to say, "get that thing off my cart, I'm a Canadian." Nice, huh? Maybe Robin Williams is right. Maybe we should just pull in our horns and let the rest of the world fend for itself. That should be something to see. Have a good week all.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Wed April 28

Spit, I couldn't have said it better myself. The first thing I would do is reduce the TV's and computers in the house to one. The next thing I would do is shut off the TV and computer during meal time and everyone sits down together and has discussions! This worked in our house, ask any of my kids. It still works with the grandchildren when they visit. Maryann, I remember your father from when I worked for Stretch at Classic Auto Sales at Briggs Corner. He always came in and bought all his cars from us. You lived on the corner of Oak Hill and Locust Streets, right? I'll pray for him. He always seemed like such a nice man.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Wed April 28

Southern trend? No, parental irresponsibility is not a "regional" issue. I've dealt with it right here in New England. Too many inexperienced (dumb?) parents are trying to be their kid's friend instead of setting boundaries and teaching them the difference between right and wrong. It's appalling (and sad) that many kids are telling their parents what to do, rather than the other way around. One kid (age 16) was bragging that she had convinced her parents to chaperone a drinking party at their house so that all the kids would be supervised (while getting drunk?) and not have to go drink in the cemetery! She explained to us that her parents were "totally cool" with anything she wanted to do. Well, so much for THAT friend! BYE! Another mother reasoned that if her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend slept in separate rooms, that there was nothing wrong with him sleeping over EVERY WEEKEND. That's when I asked for a show of hands in the room of those present who had ever been a teenage boy. After I was the only one that raised my hand, I went on to explain some of the devious (and quite ingenious) plans that I had orchestrated throughout my high school years for the sole purpose of getting a girl alone. Hello? What do these parents think, that these kids are doing right after the lights go out? I know that "kids will be kids" and mine are no exception, but if they choose to "break the rules" they will have to work their careful plans around our constant watch! Good luck and, whatever you do, don't get caught! The price to pay will be much higher than anything you could imagine.

Spit, Wed April 28

My dear Fred Glover, the quote is from 1918, it had to do with President Wilson and the dissent that followed our entrance into WWI. I'm not sure why you couldn't find it. Just go to and type in the first five words of the quote. Rich, what can I say? You always have a comeback, I would expect nothing less from you.

Christine, Chandler, AZ Wed April 28

Just moved from Friendswood and find it very different, in a positive way! (The Lynxmaster responds: Does this writer have the wrong Attleboro? Attleborough, England?)

Thesla Beck, Liverpool Wed April 28

Hello, all. A couple of things: First, I ask your prayers for my dad, Henry. He is in the hospital suffering from many things including failed kidneys, heart problems, urinary tract problems, difficulty walking, hearing, and speaking. He is 84 and I think his biggest ailment is missing Mom terribly. I know he would like to join her, but it isn't his time yet so I ask that you pray for him to be as well as he can be while he is here. Another thing I am curious about, I don't know if this is just a southern thing but there seems to be a lot of parents down here promoting promiscuity by allowing their teenage sons and daughters to have their boyfriends or girlfriends spend the night. I work mostly with teenagers and I hear about this too often. I have teenage neices and nephews and I know they aren't being allowed to do this, so I wondered if this was just a southern trend.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue April 27

Fred Glover, I think I get your logic. When someone criticizes Bush it is "bashing" and when someone criticizes Kerry, well that's just "criticism."

John Owen, Easton, MA Tue April 27

There are 56 days of missing entries from the Guestbook. From Feb. 26 to April 23 there is a huge gap. I know I answered the last person who was critical of me and now both of those are missing. No way of telling how much else is gone. I know that all the people who came to my defense have their entries among the missing. Any way to find the missing entries and restore them to the Guestbook or is this like Nixon's tapes? Just asking. (The Lynxmaster responds: Those entries were temporarily lost during recent data transfer. They have been restored.)

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Tue April 27

Where did everyone go? (The Lynxmaster responds: Computer change-over caused some delays, plus Lynxmaster and No. 1 assistant were occupied elsewhere for a few days.We're back.)

Shelley, Attleboro Mon April 26

My dear Christine Olson, could you plese back up where you got that quote from Theodore Roosevelt? I could find no such quote. But I did find this one which would say Theodore Roosevelt couldn't have said the one you suggest: "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), Paris, Sorbonne 1910

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Mon April 26

Recently my sister met a 5-year-old boy with cancer. Actually one of her neighbors sent out flyers asking for a few donations to help Luke while he is having treatment for cancer here in Boston. He is in Boston from Philadelphia seein specialists. He was unable to find room in the Ronald McDonald organization for housing in Boston while having treatment. His family has two other children and is having a tough time of things lately. My nephews - 4, 8 and 13 - donated some new toys and my brother-in-law donated some $. Tuesday the young boy and his Mom are coming to visit my sister so Luke can have a few boys to play with for a little while ( hoping he is feeling well). My sister asked me to spread the info about Luke to some of my friends. And having been around this site since Big Brother 2, I felt some people on this site may be interested in helping this young man out. This is Luke's Web site and story of his treatment. Please forward this link to friends. I'll llet you know how his visit goes with my nephews.

lr, Attleboro Sun April 25

My dear Christine, there is a difference between bashing and criticizing. Need I say more?

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Sat April 24

I love this page. Keep it up.

osha, aba Fri April 23

Ms. Olsen: 1) I never said people should not be critical of anyone.

2) For you to pull out one comment of a multi-comment entry and key in on it is nothing short of "slanting the news," a truly liberal tactic. Can you comment on anything else in there? It was a retort to someone else who called me an Archie Bunker, which I refute.

Rich Howard NPR, FL 34653 Wed April 14

As for the Bush "bashing" comment, we should look to Theodore Roosevelt who said, "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Disagreeing with or questioning President Bush is as American as apple pie. Those who see it otherwise are blind to America's democracy and freedoms.

Christine Olson, Arizona Tue April 13

Haven't lived there in a long time, but would like to check in once and a while. Are you the only local media left? This site looks like some guy's MSN weblog, not very professional or complete compared to every other news Web site I have visited.(The Lynxmaster responds: The Chronicle and the Sun have been around since the late 1800s, and merged in 1971 into The Sun Chronicle. The only other local media, the radio station, hasn't been local in years. There are a plethora of free and paid weeklies in the area also. As for our Web site, I'd be glad to hear your suggestions. E-mail them to Readers seeking our total news package are directed to our digital subscription service at

Bob Sanchez, Chicago Tue April 13

Once again, thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and candles for my 13-year-old niece. It is truly wonderful to hear so much from so many of you. I have built a prayer circle and I pray it helps. Thirteen is too young to face such trials. She will be here tomorrow with her parents for a week's visit which we are looking forward to. I want to add that when I do pray it is for ALL the afflicted and for many things. Sadly, I have to add my retort to Angelique in this entry. She still does not get it. She does not even begin to understand what I am about. Her babble on tolerance is only to give the OK to anyone who wants to do anything: kill babies, men marry men, women marry women, lenient on criminals, bash Bush. That is what she wants. Fine, that is her right, as it is my right to disagree with her. She keeps saying I am intolerant. Yes, of killers and wrongful "marriages," etc. That does not mean I hate them. I don't. I do not go into the streets and hunt them down. I only impart my feelings so that the madness can stop. She makes me an Archie Bunker yet in my family we have Jew married to Arab, Black married to White, Catholic married to Protestant, marriage with a convicted and redeemed felon who has found Jesus, White married to Mexican, 15-year age differentials in marriages, three gays that I know of (two very close to me), and I love them all. Do I wish they were not gay? A most astounding "YES." Do I hate them and shun them? A most astounding "NO." Do they shun me? One does and one sort of does, and one does not and respects my right to my opinions. I am no Archie Bunker. I am not the life's lesson you teach. You are just plain stubborn and you see me as the one to put your wrath on in this matter because we disagree on basic issues. Go! Support your wrongful causes. Be free. Enjoy. Judgement comes to us all at some time. Good luck with yours. God bless all of you and Happy Easter. Christ carries the message and it is clear. Love one another as I love you. And that goes for all of us.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri April 09

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Another vote for Mr. Howard. I sometimes agree with him, other times not. It's not a matter of liking or not liking. Honest and respectful people express their opinions and agree to disagree with one another. It's not about liking or disliking. I seriously doubt many of Mr. Howard's detractors dislike him or what he has to say. My guess is they simply disagree with his opinions. Mr. Howard we will say a prayer for your granddaughter. Have a great Easter!

Frequent, Detroit Thu April 08

Michael Grant, I married a Duphily from Alvin Street and am happy to report that we are all in the general area and see each other often.

Mr. J. Duphily, Attleboro Thu April 08

Good afternoon. In this day and age, I think most of us like to talk and teach our kids and grandchildren about diversity. We should try to respect someone who is different in appearance, religion, etc. We shouldn't make jokes about a person's nationality or family style. I know I'm not practicing what I preach to my grandchildren with this next statement. Someone with Mr. Howard's Archie Bunker attitudes is a nightmare. It's really, really hard to be tolerant of him when he is so narrow-minded about everyone who doesn't believe like him. I've used him in a life's lesson about one who isn't tolerant of those of us who aren't made from the same cookie cutter. We are a multi-culture family and have been the victims of attitudes like his. Whew, had to say my piece. Think Spring!

Angelique, Cumberland Wed April 07

Rich, just know there is a candle lit and prayers being said here in California for your family.

Barb (Machado) Martin, Corona, CA Wed April 07

I was just sitting here reading about everything and to a point it really makes me homesick. So much has changed in attleboro. I lived there for 30 years and grew up in Dodgeville, a great place to raise kids. To me I dont think I would ever go back. Don't get me wrong, I love Attleboro but it just isn't the same anymore. I have noticed a few names as I read on that I grew up with and just a little note to say hi. I am very happily married to a great man. I have two sons. My oldest is in the army and just came home from South Korea after being away for a year. He was home for three weeks and now is in Georgia. He just got news that it looks like he will be going to Iraq, which I am very upset about. I guess it is a mom thing. And my baby is 13 and he is wonderful. Life is great here in Florida, but I will always remember the great days of Attleboro.

Jackie (Healey) McPherson, Pinellas Park, FL Wed April 07

I want to thank all who have had kind words to say in these last few entries. It means a lot to me, but the prayers and thoughts for my niece mean much more. I can tolerate the slings and arrows but what she has had to face is so much more important. Building a prayer circle seems to be an important weapon to help her. I cannot imagine being 13 and being told by a specialist that I may be wheelchair bound at 40. God bless her and God bless you for the kind wishes. As a way of explaining my passion for what I percieve to be the difference between right and wrong, I offer this thought. Liberal politicians have the mostly liberal press and electronic media to help them get the message out. For a long time those of us who have had the opposite (conservative) view have been called "the silent majority." I choose not to be silent. I choose to help fight staying off a path that leads to socialism. I choose to be heard. I choose to not condone killing unborn human beings or same-sex unions, or going too easy on criminals. In so doing I fully accept the fact that some will say my entries are twisted or lacking in a normal thought process, etc. Because I understand that they have no sensible way to reply, they throw stones. Not one of them has explained why it is good to kill babies and to "couple" two men or two women in legal and binding marriages. No one has addressed the fact that states like Massachsetts are easy on perpertrators and hard on victims. How quickly the survivors of a murdered family member or the victim of a carjacker or rapist are cast aside and hordes of lawyers come forth to help defend the rights of the perp. Sickening, just plain sickening. In my view, the world and all of the decencies I was taught and have tried to live with are in danger of crashing down faster than even I thought possible. As I have said before about my rantings, "If not I, who? If not now, when?"

Happy Easter! God bless you all!

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Tue April 06

Add me to the list. I am a long-time fan of Rich Howard, and have enjoyed seeing how he can energize this Guestbook! Rich, my thoughts and prayers as well are with you, your family and your niece. May God bless you all!

Brad Ashley, Baltimore Mon April 05

I agree with Spit. Even though I don't agree with everything that Rich has to say, I like hearing his opinions. If a person feels threatened by Rich's opinions, then perhaps that person's opinions are not soundly based. If you feel strongly about something, you shouldn't feel threatened by another person's different opinions. Debate is a wonderful thing. Rich, your niece is in my prayers. I hope her prognosis is good.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon April 05

Spit, I second that vote! I read the Guestbook and welcome Rich's comments. God bless him, he is a good and dear man! I read the newspaper every day. I read what interests me and ignore what doesn't. But I don't complain to the paper. Why do people get so bent on Mr. Howard? If you don't like what he has to say, pass by it. Some of us enjoy Rich and look forward to hearing what he has to say or a prayer request he may make. Give this man a break! We love ya, Rich!

Nancy Zazzera, Sat April 03

I wonder if Shannon is right? Let's take a vote and see if it's true that MOST people don't like Mr. Howard's comments. Let me cast the first vote for the supposed minority and say YES, I do like Mr. Howard's comments. I might not always agree with everything he has to say, but I always look forward to reading them. And since we're on the subject, I think Shannon's comments are indicative of her shallow, self-centered narrow-mindedness. (Just leave the guy alone, will ya'?)

Spit, Fri April 02

Hi, Rich, I haven't been on in a while but I will indeed pray for your niece. No child should ever have to suffer. It just doesn't seem fair. God bless her, you and the rest of your family. My prayers are with you all.

Connie Uriot, Attleboro Fri April 02

Dear Rich: Will keep your family in my prayers! Please let us all know how she is doing. Isaiah 41:10,13! God bless!

Nancy Zazzera, RI Thu April 01

Mr. Howard, you should understand that most people on here don't like your comments. In all honesty, we don't know you and therefore no one can really say that they don't like you as a person. We know only what you choose (and choose not) to write here in the Guestbook. That being said, you and your family are in my thoughts.

Shannon Lee, Watertown Thu April 01

Hi Rich, I have no opinions today, only heartache to hear that another family has to be put through this nightmare. God has his reasons, whether to test our strength or hers, but no matter what it hurts very much to watch her go through this. I have lit a candle at LaSallette Shrine and have spoken to one of the priests there. Please know that we are all praying for a long life and that her spirits will always be high and her smile always wide. God bless your family.

Zelda, Attleboro Tue March 30

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Mr. Howard, your neice has my prayers. She's on our Bible study group list. What is her first name?

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Mon March 29

BRAVO to the Larson Senior Center cast for another great play! Mom was great (of course). She and the rest of the cast had a blast! You should have seen state Rep. John Lepper gliding over the stage as the caped Phantom of the Opera. He was really getting into it! And this newspaper's publisher in a manly chorus line in tights and a red thong singing Monty Python's "Men in Tights'! One of the other highlights was Gypsy Rose Lee in bright red lipstick, long black wig and a slinky shiny dress with the thickest furriest arm hair I've ever seen on a man! One audience member ran up to "her" and put two dollar bills in "her" dress belt! It was hysterical! You guys really ought to go next year. Tickets were only $6. A cheap fun night out with the city elders. Bravo!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Mon March 29

Thank you for your spiritual wisdom of the day, Mr. Lamothe. However, your words are likely empty to those who know all too well the institutional barriers that face folks who are not white, not middle class, etc. Please don't be blind to the plights of those around you, though you assume they breathe the same air. Don't forget, the folks you just gave advice to probably own a computer and are interested in others' opinions enough to visit the Guestbook. That says a lot about who writes and reads the entries here. We may breathe a common air - an air of pride, entitlement to have our opinions be read and responded to by others, etc. Though we may all have such air, you should know that there are plenty of folks who are suffocating.

Shannon Lee, Watertown Mon March 29

Does anyone have information about an old friend from school: Sharon Sprague? Career, marriage, where she lives? We graduated fron NAHS in 1975.

KPS, Portland, Maine Mon March 29

I ask a favor of all of you, even those who dislike me. I am asking for prayers for my 13-year-old niece who has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. This is fatal in infants and toddlers and has better survival chances in 5 to 8-year-olds. In her case, being 13 should be a good thing and she should live as good a life as she does now with a few minor restrictions. Prayers are most helpful and we would really appreciate them. Her attitude is outstanding and she wonders what all the fuss is about. God bless you all and thank you.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Mon March 29

Is this a Guest Book or a Sunday school class? B o r i n g. If I need a little Bible thumping, I'll ask you!

Bored Reader, Attleboro Sat March 27

Breath. Air surrounds us all. It may be clean and fresh in the country, it may be polluted in big cities, but its life-giving presence is all around us. Air is just a mixture of gases containing roughly 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. Air is air, but it becomes something entirely different when inhaled and exhaled by a living creature. It becomes breath. It literally changes in both chemical composition and potential. Words are breath. Words are simply air set in motion by a living soul. All of us on Earth have virtually the same 21/79% mixture. But oh, how the words differ. All carried by the same air. Hate or love spoken, same air. Encouragement or discouragement spoken, same air. Compliments or criticisms spoken, same air. Curses or blessings spoken, same air. Can do or can't do spoken, same air.The beauty or misery of life spoken, same air. Faith or doubt spoken, same air. Laughter or sighs expressed, same air. Same air, but different breath. Air comes into us all with the same potential. We change it, we charge it, we shape it, we make it, then we send it. Changed. Regardless of what you have been through, no matter what your parents did, no matter what is or isn't in your bank account, no matter what hurts,YOU have a decision to make about the next breath. God not only breathed the breath of life into man and he became a living soul, He gave us the choice of what to do with every breath. He literally gave you the power to breathe life into people and situations, all with the power of your words. He gave you the power of good and evil, life and death, with breath. Take a deep breath … and decide. I thought all the readers would like a fresh breath of air. This article was a production of "Cry of the

Tom LaMothe, Murphy, NC Thu March 25

While I've participated in a number of impassioned exchanges with Rich Howard, I wish this Guestbook could be used for more worthwhile purposes. I'm currently in graduate school studying Human Development and Psychology and many of my assignments have required me to reflect back on my childhood and adolescent experiences, the majority of which occurred in Attleboro. I'm saddened by what I see as the progressive deterioration of the city and the complacency of the residents who continue to live there. We must take steps to improve the lives of those currently living in Attleboro, especially our schoolchildren! While AHS has a number of great programs designed to get students to college, those programs are targeted to students who fit the stereotype of those who are college educated; namely white, middle class kids. But the twist is that Attleboro is largely made up of children who don't fit this profile—children like me who were homeless, had family members addicted to alcohol and drugs, etc. My proposal is to begin using the Guestbook as a way to brainstorm ideas for revitalizing the town and its programs geared toward young people. I think it's wonderful that we have a new mayor who seemingly has a vision to do just that. Also, I urge folks to volunteer their extra time to the numerous organizations located in and around Attleboro. The local homeless shelter could not only use your time, but your donations as well. Please give children in Attleboro the head start they deserve. Attleboro was just mentioned as a city with a considerable homeless problem in Jonathan Kozol's latest book, Rachel and Her Children. So, maybe when you pick up some of that blade meat, give a little to your less fortunate neighbors. When you move back to Attleboro with your children, instill in them a desire to help out their less fortunate classmates. I'm getting the education I need to someday give back in the fullest way possible to the children of Attleboro.

Shannon Lee, Watertown Thu March 25

I responded to Mr. McAuliffe, the plumber who wants to unclog the guestbook, via e-mail.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, Fl 34653 Thu March 25

Does anyone remember the Duphily's on Alvin Street? Does anyone know where they all went?

michael grant, grand prairie TX Wed March 24

Dear Maryann Carlin: Thank you for taking the time to share George Carlin's words with us. I found it inspiring and will be looking for a way to copy it for each of my family members. Again,Thank You

T. McCoy, North Attleboro Tue March 23

Is there any way Rich H. could have his own guestbook? He seems to be continuing to clog this one with his line of dribble.

Bob McAuliffe, Attleboro Tue March 23

Shannon Lee, thank you for sharing that e-mail. One can find an answer for any personal viewpoint in the Bible, as we have seen so often these past few months in the Guestbook. Once again, I choose to see the good in all people and try very hard not to judge one's way of life or differences.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Sat March 20

Thanks, MaryAnne! That was nice! Spring is Saturday! YAAY! And for my end, I see the Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade is scheduled for April 3 this year here in D.C. I hope I will make it this time, as Mom is in the Larsen Senior Center Play next weekend, March the 26th. They are usually the same weekend. And for choices, we all know Mom rules! Zelda, I tried to e-mail you, but your e-mail address is not working.

Happy Spring everybody! We made it through another winter! *WHEW*

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park MD Fri March 19

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I am aware that y'all are under a blanket of snow yet again so here I send you some of the wonderful benefits of snow. It cleans the air as it falls, helping eliminate some of the alergies people have from pollen and such. It freezes the ground so you need not be pestered by such things as fire ants which cannot survive the frozen ground. The melting snow helps re-fill the lakes and streams. Now, to bring you some springtime good news: The dogwoods are in bloom here in Texas as are the tulips and daffodils, so it can't be long and the warmth will sweep across Massachusetts too. Have a wonderful winter and a blessed spring. Thinking of y'all with fondness.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Fri March 19

Both Gert and Shannon Lee have a point when it comes to Rich Howard's views, but I have to go partway and side with Rich. It's a tough issue for sure, but let's look at the commonsense side of it for a minute. Marriage is a religous ceremony between a man and a woman. A marriage can also be performed in a civil ceremony. And two people can say they are married and live as common law partners. But say I have health insurance and the guy I drink beer with at the corner bar doesn't. What's to stop us from getting a marriage license and going to some bleeding-heart liberal preacher and getting married? Where does that end? Groups of people can do it and all get health insurance. Then why couldn't I get 10 guys from Utah and marry all of them and get health insurance. So come on folks get realistic. It has to stop somewhere. I happen to live in an area where several of the homeowners are gay couples. They don't advertise it, but they don't hide it either. As far as I know they are very nice friendly cordial people. They maintain their property in great condition. It's none of anyone's business what they do in private. If they want to get married let them go to a church that will do it, but the state doesn't have any right to give anyone a marriage license in the first place. Let the bleeding-heart liberals petition to change the Constitution if they think they can. I also agree with Rich on the abortion issue. If a woman wants to get rid of a baby by abortion she is a murderer plain and simple. She should have thought about the consequences when she took her pants off. Rape is another matter. Murder is wrong and it is everyone's business, and abortion is murder, which makes it our business, you and me. I started out trying to make light of Rich in some situations, and although I don't agree with him on some things, I do regret the way I characterized him and offer my apologies. He is right about this country going down the tube in many ways. I don't like George Bush, and I dispise John Kerry-Heinz (a bottle of ketchup on every table!). Both of these guys are controlled by big money. They could care less about anyone other than their own kind. There are hundreds of thousands of good Americans out there, but they'll never get a chance to lead this country, and that's a shame.

Arthur Itis, Lake Wobegon, MN Thu March 18

Gert, I know people a LOT closer to me than the mayor or his family who are gay. I do not hate them, nor anyone who claims that lifestyle. I believe it is a form of sickness and that with proper attention it could have been cured. In one case, I know someone who now swears by their therapist but in my estimation, only because that therapist only told them what they WANTED to hear, not what was right or wrong or good for them. So if I say, "sick" it is a general term meaning they could be cured. Many people have many illnesses and choose not to be cured. So I pray for them all, not that it seems to be doing much good but it is all I have. If I did not think they were sick, whether I knew them or not, I would be lying to myself. It seems to me that we just accept almost everything these days without thought of consequences. I wonder where morality and teachings of right and wrong went. Just because many now say all of it is OK does not make it so. And yes, some are sicker than others. I never set out to make enemies by stating my beliefs but I did, and I will continue to say abortion, same-sex marriages and freeing killers and rapists, etc., is wrong by everything I was taught and still believe. Pretty simple, Gert. I pray for all of them and you every day of my life. Just because I don't condone what they do does not mean I do not love them. I only wish they would reconsider.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu March 18

Rich, I am not bashing you by pointing this out to you but, if I may speak for some of the others, please re-read your comments of Wednesday, Nov. 5, and again explain to me what type of people you think are sick. There is a well-known public fact about this mayor and here you praise him and his family. What's up with that? Are they only OK when YOU know them? Either they are good people or bad, make up your mind! Please. (The Lynxmaster responds: I've been waiting quietly for four months for someone to raise this question. And it's a fair one to ask in the context of the strong opinions expressed in recent Guestbook discussion. But be very careful with this one. There will be no bashing of specific individuals because of their sexual orientation or anything else. Anything I consider in bad taste or at all deprecating will not be posted. Period. The leash will be very short on discussion of this specific issue.)

Gert, Wed March 17

Funny or not funny, depending on your stand. I, for one, think this is hysterical. On her U.S. radio show recently, Dr. Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a U.S. resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative: Dear Dr. Laura: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Law and how to follow them. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord -Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians? I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. The passage clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination. Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination? Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die? I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging. Your adoring fan, James M. Kauffman, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, University of Virginia

Shannon Lee, Watertown Wed March 17

Just read Gloria LaBounty's story about the gay family thing. I have decided that I will keep fighting against this garbage, but am I fighting a losing battle? What the hell is happening to us? Where do these sick ideas come from? How can so many of you think this stuff is OK? I truly hope I am not in a losing fight but it looks ominous. Well, you know how I feel anyway and the slams will come but I don't care. I hope you all wake up before it it too late,I really do. God bless you. He is watching.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon March 15

My deepest sympathy to the Hicks family on the passing of Mr. Hicks. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed. God's blessings of peace and comfort to Mrs. Hicks, Frank, June and Monique. Love, Nancy

Nancy Zazzera, Westerly, RI Mon March 15

A day late and a dollar short, yes, that's me. I would like to ask you, have any of you ever continued a conversation without getting a response? I think not. Did you ever think if you stopped responding to Mr. Howard he would eventually run out of things to say? I would also like to say that whether I agree with Mr. Howard or not is not the point. You judging him is no better than him judging us. In about three months I am moving back to Mass. from Maryland in the hopes that my children will see a better way of life, a place where their uniqueness makes them special not different. So, to Mr. Howard and all the rest, thank you for making The Attleboros the diverse, accepting place I grew up in. It is people like you that taught me to accept all people, faults and all.

Michele MacCormack Moran, Baltimore Mon March 15

Blade meat, blade meat, blade meat! Well, now it seems to me the mystery of the blade meat has been solved. Won't someone please help me with something REALLY important? By this, of course, I mean BROOK MANOR CHEESE! Oh how I've tried to aquire this closely-guarded treasure of a recipe! My mom and stepdad were married there on New Years Eve 1964. Every special family event was celebrated there. By the early 1990s my mom was unwell and bedridden. Well, on New Years Eve 1994, Barb and Sid's 30th anniversary rolled around. I called the Brook, told them who I was and explained our situation and asked if I could purchase a pound of the cheese to bring to them. Now I'm sure Mr. Scarletelli's son didn't really know who Barb and Sid were, but even with my "tale of woe" he declined to fulfill my request. Two months later, mom passed away - cheeseless! I'm sure Ori (sp?) met her in heaven with a platter of prime rib, but we, the living, need that cheese! I've tried mixin' up wispride, cream cheese, olive juice, pimento, etc. in every conceivable manner to no avail. Does anyone know how to duplicate this delightful, sinfully perfect appetizer? I'd be forever greatful to anyone who could share it. "A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk's leap toward immortality." - Clifton Fadiman (American writer and editor; New Yorker book reviewer)

Stacy, Lincoln Sun March 14

Amen, Maryann. That was beautiful!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Fri March 12

An alphabetical directory of out-of-town and local visitors to the Guestbook follows the comments. Comments remain posted for at least a month and are printed periodically as Letters from Home on the Opinion pages of The Sun Chronicle. A note on style: Please do not send entries or names in all capital letters or in all lower-case letters. Thanks.

Isn't it amazing that George Carlin, gross and mouthy comedian of the '70s and '80s, could write something so very eloquent, and so very appropriate about "life and it's significance." What follows is a wonderful message from George Carlin (published after his wife's recent death): "The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings and shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life but not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window, and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose to share this insight, or to just hit delete. Remember, spend some of your time with loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up at you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. Remember to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all to mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment, for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


1. Throw out the nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the Devil's workshop." And the Devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: if it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Thu March 11

OK, kids, if you are going to quote the Bible as a way of pointing fingers at certain groups of people for their errors then you need to hold yourselves up to the Book. Perhaps these verses will help you see your own error. YOU are not here to judge ANYONE. You are called to pray for these people, let God take care of the judging stuff! Amen? I believe it was Jesus who said, "Let he amongst you who is without sin cast the first stone!" Any of these verses ring a bell: "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Matthew 7:3-5. Here's one more while we're all here: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1. What the heck, let's include this one: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37. OK, as long as I'm still studying: "Judge not thy neighbor by thyself: and be discreet in every point." Ecclesiasticus 31:15. One last one, then I'll shut up: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Now I have to admit that I am not in support of gay marriages or abortion, but I happen to live in a country that protects the rights of its people and allows them "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Fortunately, none of us will be judged by the actions of others.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Thu March 11

I would like to thank a guy I never knew for helping me make my move back to Florida. I spent another five years back at my hometown of North Attleborough up 'til this past January. Then I would look and see that Rich Howard could still be involved with his hometown right here on the Web, so I moved. So here I sit, broken-hearted … no wait a minute, that is another story. I am happy to be back home in Florida. I hope someday to reurn to good ole North, but not too soon. I hope while I was there they had all my efforts with high regard. I mean, after all, I was almost five years there, a constable, a park commissioner and an RTM member. Hopefully others will get involved in my place and realize it is well worth the few hours a week or a month you put in. Now on to my next town to terrorize with my knowledge. Or lack thereof. Good luck, N.A. I still call you my home when I am not around my neighbors here in Florida.

Scott Fuller, Clermont, FL Thu March 11

Well said, Mike. You speak for a lot of us!

A Reader, Attleboro Thu March 11

I am interested in contact from anyone researching or knowledgeable regarding the history of West Attleboro (the area between Route 1 and Cumberland, R.I.) and Arnold Mills, which was once called the Attleboro Gore. My main interest is in many of the old families.

Tom Wright, Lexington, MA Thu March 11

Anybody just notice how "Mike" entered all his thoughts about some of us and that it is "OK"? Gee, what the hell have we been doing? Get a grip Mike, you're only 30. Live some life and get back to us. We can't speak military jargon or much of anything else, according to Mike, because we sully HIS Guestbook. Just when I have been making some inroads with some on the G.B., like Zelda and Dan, now I have to turn off my computer and go home. So sorry Mike, not leaving. The issues are too inportant to put aside for you.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu March 11

OK, Rich, what I said was I have the same beliefs as you, I did not say that I condone such unions and actions. Although they get each other off the street so I don't get stuck with one of them! Sorry, couldn't resist. I just understand where they get their feelings from and in "some" cases why they are the way they are. I feel the same way as my family has for many generations. There are some for instance, Anne Heche, the person that was going with Ellen DeGeneres, is now married and has a child. She is a very sick individual. She had no business claiming to be gay. There was no medical problem with her genes. It has become a very sick fad and in no way do I condone it. The only time I agree on abortion is if the child is so sick and deformed and will not survive outside the womb and the mother's life is in danger, she should have the choice. It's nothing I would do, but if I believed in it I would want to be able to have the right to decide if I would live or die! I used the words "some" and "few" because "the others" are partaking in a fad that they will have to live with the rest of their lives, God bless them. Have a nice day!

Zelda, Wed March 10

Zzzzzzzzzz… That is my usual basic reaction to the empty rhetoric written on a daily basis by Rich and most others on this board. The continuous banter back and forth about who's right or wrong and whether there is a God or not, and who's is better, is tedious to read and follow. As a guy who's only 30 I enjoy the talk about the way "Attleboro used to be" and little anecdotes from some old-timers who know things from a simpler time. This is a Guestbook. As a kid, my parents taught me that when I was a guest in someone else's home that I should act appropriately. Shoving my beliefs - no matter how strongly I feel about them - down other people's throats is not very "guestly." This is a Guestbook read by people from their homes. Those of you who feel the need to bicker and preach and act childish should go join an AOL Teen Chat room. I know they are always looking for ignorant people there. Apparently 9/11 was not as significant an event for enough of you. I know everyday I remember that horrible nightmare and appreciate the people around me. I don't have time in my busy day to worry whether or not two people of the same sex want to marry or any of the other "issues" that are dissected here on a daily basis. Those of you who do, get a life! Sharing recipes for blade meat, wondering if anyone else is experiencing bad cable reception and bringing up valid points about The Sun Chronicle's misuse of advertising are so much more interesting (and harmless) to read about than who can outdo whom in the knowledge department. Also, nobody is impressed with your religious, political or military jargon that is thrown around here. Save the 100-point words for Scrabble. The really intelligent people don't feel the need to show their feathers.

Mike, Wed March 10

I can't believe the ads in The Sun Chronicle lately. On two pages there was one article and that took up only about 1/8 of the two pages. If I wanted to search for a vendor I can use the yellow pages.

Ray Boudreau, Attleboro Tue March 09

Zelda, honey, BRAVO! I will always believe the ones who yell the ugliest are the ones who won't even consider their loved ones may sustain the things they rail against. I know members of the gay population to be some of the kindest, most compassionate kind of people there are. They are still human, and should be free to love. As for abortion and religion, I believe it is a very personal choice, and do not discuss my religion or my opinion of abortion unless asked. The first man who has that choice to make, let others be to him as callous as those who have never been there. There are reasons for everything. Can we move on from the insulting ranting now?

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Tue March 09

When you try to bring medicine into the whole same-sex marriage it is just something people say when they can't handle the truth. It is against everything written in the Bible. Marriage is to be between a man and a woman. That is it! Not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. I can't down them altogether because I have a cousin who is "gay" but I believe it is wrong. That is my opinion.

Ashley Zazzera, Westerly, RI Tue March 09

How many of you keep track of the poll on this web site? Out of 425 votes, Bush got 76.7% againts Kerry

21.4%. Not sure was 1.9%. It was on for at least three days. I'm surprized no one has brought it up.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Tue March 09

67A1F not 67A17. Sorry

Dan Cordell, Spring Hill Wed March 10

Yes, "Zelda," you have explained yourself quite well, thank you. However, terms like, "a few" and "some" do not explain away the thousands upon thousands of gays. For the most part it remains a choice and a bad one at that. I guess you could say that God creates some abnormal beings but you are forgetting that their is also a devil afoot. No one mentions the devil anymore, why? He is as evil as God is good and has a hand in many things. It is still simple to me: A man and a man should not be having sex and neither a woman and a woman. It goes against nature and the natural order of things. Also, Zelda, I have never called anyone names here, not "sleeze" or anything else. I pray for all of them. I love them all and want them to see the light.

As for stating that some abortions are OK because of this or that reason is wrong. It becomes selective breeding and smacks of Hitlerism. Education and the teaching of morals is the better answer. I am appalled at the moral decay in the world today and it all stems from those among us who choose to erode the moral fiber of the human race to suit their own selfish desires. For example, okaying abortions and removing God from life and okaying same-sex marriages plus being liberal enough to free molestors, etc., to strike again. Rationalize all you want, Zelda, but wrong is wrong. I thought today about my relatives, etc. My grandparents, my parents, my in-laws, cousins, siblings and their spouses, school chums, teachers, fellow veterans I served with and scores of others who have been a part of or touched my life. None of them, not any, condoned the things I speak about. Are we ALL so wrong Zelda? Were we led down the wrong path only to be enlightened now in 2004 to the fact that all of those things are OK? I say someone be the first doctor to speak against abortions or the first public figure to stop being politically correct and speak against same-sex unions of all kinds and be the first teacher or clergy to go public to argue for morals again and they will be my hero, not liberal, "anything goes" people. Do you know how I stand now? I don't buy your logic for okaying gays nor abortions. Fix the problems, don't condone them.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed March 10

Dan Cordell: I went to your Web page. It was very interesting. Thank you for your service! Welcome home!

Christine Olson, Scottsdale AZ Tue March 09

Hi Rich. OK, let me try to rationally explain some things to you. First, I'll try to explain my understanding of most gay people. I worked in the medical field for many years and tests, such as brain scans, blood tests and even plain old x-rays, show that most men claiming to be gay truly do have signs of female genes in their bodies. Some even have physical female organs and hormones and glands. This does throw off the body, as you could well understand, and puts them in a horrible limbo sexually. For this reason I choose not to tell these people they are the scum of the earth. Some of them seriously have nowhere else to turn. I feel that life is very short, but if you are lonely and unhappy it's a long way to any type of peace. I will not speak badly about gays. Now, the abortion issue: I am not for abortion in any way for myself. I cannot understand killing your own flesh and blood and I even have a problem with putting one's own child up for adoption, but those are the rules for me and my conscience and my soul and beliefs govern this opinion. Because of poor education, poor upbringing and extremely low esteem, not to mention selfishness, some people choose to have abortions or opt for adoptions. I have seen some girls use abortion as birth control and when they finally got married and wanted children their bodies said NO! That is how God has punished them. There are also some women that have been very sick and had to choose between maybe dying themselves or having a baby that would be horribly disfigured and terribly sick all of it's life. These are the hardest decisions a woman has to make and this is the one I say is the woman's personal choice. She is not doing it to be a "sleeze," but rather to save a life. The only good thing I see with adoption is that good decent couples that cannot have babies on their own have the chance to be blessed. It seems unfortunate to me that the people that are against abortion do not do something constructive with the "coke" babies and HIV babies so they don't end up ignorant and neglected on the streets like the parents they came from. You are what you are taught in life, and if nobody is there to teach you and lead you down the right path, how do you know what is wrong? I don't bash your opinions, Rich, I just don't understand why you are so blatently harsh and use a blanket rejection for all the people I have talked about without having any exception for things out of these people's control. There is such a thing as compassion that has to figure into all circumstances in life. I have my very strong beliefs and they are not that far off from yours, BUT … I also have compasion for some of the people for circumstances out of their control. Have I explained myself better to you now?

Zelda, Attleboro Mon March 08

I attended the hockey game at the Gallo Ice Arena Sunday and would have questioned the motives of the coach and or the players, because of the lack of sportmanship, self-control and ability to play a game without trying to put someone in the hospital. I am from Bourne, so this is not sour grapes, but perhaps an opportunity to prevent an injury or an incident (parent or coach) losing their temper and doing something stupid.

Don Morse, Bourne Mon March 08

Rich, I did not refer to you as a "grumpy old man" and I never would. I respect the elderly and veterans, always. Although I whole-heartedly disagree with you, I think its great that you are fiesty and opinionated in your golden years. Many, in fact too many, of our elderly simply give up on life and die miserably. I admire you for your spunk - not your closed-minded opinions, Your spunk! Now, on to the Bible issue. The Bible makes one, that's right one, mention of same-sex affairs. I believe it is Leviticus 18:22 Alas, in the same Bible, in fact the same book within the Bible (Lev.), it states that I may possess slaves, male or female (Lev. 25:44) so why is one Bible verse still considered an abomination (I am refering to the slave verse, Rich) and one would be considered insane in this day and age? Is only some of what God said relevant? Im just wondering? John O., twisting the truth and disregard for the facts is a common conservative practice. If you haven't already read any of Al Franken's books, run - thats right, run - to the bookstore and purchase his latest book ("Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell"). It is by far the funniest book I have ever read. It will have you in stiches AND it is filled with examples of the moral majority's truth twisting and refusal to look at facts. A must-read for any intelligent liberal. Hmmm, the "moral majority" lies and twists facts. Wouldnt that be considered an oxymoron?

Christine Olson, Scottsdale, AZ Mon March 08

My heart goes out to Rod Jarosz and his family. No one should ever have to lose a child. God bless you and keep you in your time of grief. I sure miss my mechanic. It has been hard to find a reliable one out here.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon March 08

I promised to get the info about another popular blade meat restaurant. It's called "C's" on Route 118 near Slater Street in Attleboro. You can even order pies there for the holidays.

Angelique, Cumberland Mon March 08

Hi, Rich! Been thinking of you and your family. We are hoping to visit Florida this year. My best friend lives in Rockledge. He has been trying to get us to move there for three years now. The only place I've been to in FL was Orlando for a week. It was OK, nice to visit, but I wouldn't want to live in Orlando. If the cost of living here in RI keeps going up, I just may be in Florida sooner than I think! Connecticut is worse! My friends have a beautiful home, but the taxes are too high. Sad thing is their house is almost paid off, now they are planning on moving - yes, to Florida! I went to Attleboro to see my old neighborhood. Wish I could buy back my old house I grew up in on County Street. It needs a lot of work and looked so run down. Love that old place and had the best neighbors. Most of them are still there! All this talk about blade meat! I remember my grandfather having this a lot when I was a kid. I never had blade meat. It sounds awesome, but what is it? Have a great week and God Bless you and the family! Sincerely, your friends in RI!

Nancy, Sun March 07

Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with us! I love reading the Guestbook, but not when people say unkind things about each other. Sad to say, I guess we have to stay away from religion and politics to be nice to each other. I don't agree with everyone all of the time; I suspect none of us do. For sure, I am not always patient and kind, but please try to be - along with me. Mr. Howard is right. we are all on the same railroad track heading out of this life on Earth. All ages are special.

Kathleen Hughes, Fayetteville, NY Sat March 06

To the family of Bev Harvey: I would like to extend my condolences. Bev and I go way back.

Marie A. Nortemann, North Attleboro Sat March 06

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Ahh,Rich,Rich,Rich. Before you start bashing, know your target. Opinions are like - well, you know what - everyone has one. Me, I'm just looking for a recipe, pretty simple. If you need some background on me, my MOS was 67A17 / 67N20,I'm a 100% P&T Nam vet (I know you know that was not from being a rear-echelon guy.) If you want to read more on me and my unit in Nam go to Really read while you're there, then when your thanking your god for whatever you thank him for, thank him for the 46 men in my company that gave their life so we can still be free to do, amongst other things, bash each other on this little electronic wonder, void of soul, but ever so powerful that with the stroke of the send button you can magically paint me as a screaming liberal - or label someone an idiot because there views may differ from yours. Again, life's short, make it count.

Dan Cordell, Spring Hill Fri March 05

Angelique and Christine: Sorry to say you are wrong about me on every count. As for women's right to do what they please with their own bodies, they are also owners of the right to NOT have pregnancy-making sex which results in killing babies whose rights YOU seem not to give a damn about. And don't give me this pregnancy-by-rape crap. You as well as I know that most unwanted pregnancies are from wanted sexual activities. And same-sex sex is not only wrong, it is sickening and that is backed up by my Bible, as you say. You have your opinons which I believe are warped and wrong and I have mine which you say make me a grumpy old man. Yeah, like the ones who fought and died for you to espouse this sickening crap about liberties that only you care about and you don't care who you hurt along the way. Well, I for one say, you can have that life, I am not interested. You will never shake my beliefs in right and wrong. Plus I will defend my beliefs until the day you or someone else finds a way to get rid of me. So espouse your silly banter. You will answer to someone much higher than we when the time comes. I pray you find Jesus before it is too late. Man and woman marriage has a history backed up by thousands of years of teachings. Your same-sex marriages have a history backed up only by your new-found interest in having same-sex marriages. Many of these freedoms you want go against every form of human decency and there is something to be said for human decency. You can't just go off and do whatever you damn well please in a civilized society. Try reading the Bible instead of blespheming it. You may learn something.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Fri March 05

Rich Howard, sometimes your arguments are breath-takingly illogical. In your March 3 entry, you imply that Kerry is not a war hero because he left Vietnam early, leaving his crew to fight the fight. You make it sound like he abandoned his shipmates. You seem to have little interest in facts, but here they are: Kerry earned three Purple Hearts for being wounded in three separate incidents. He also earned a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for bravery. He did take advantage of a Navy rule that says you can be transferred after being wounded three times, but for you to imply that he skipped out on his obligations is absurd and dishonest. Where was George W. at this time?

John Owen, Easton, MA Fri March 05

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Mr. Howard, all the things about this country you don't like is exactly why they call it America, the land of the free. It's backed up by a piece of paper called the Constitution. The only thing the Constitution does is allow you to dislike everything that other people stand for. Am I wrong this time?

Zelda, Attleboro Thu March 04

It scares me to think that we are too busy on our cell phones and Web sites and watching TV to read a little history. If we don't learn from history we will be forced to relive it. I don't remember who said that, but he is right. As far as everyone in Florida being old and disagreeable, that is not so. Besides, a lot of elderly people who live in Florida have spent their lives raising kids, paying taxes, voting and trying to make ends meet in a world where every time you get a raise the government takes it away. They have a right to be disagreeable! Leave the elderly alone! You'll be there someday, too!!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu March 04

Sorry, folks. I resisted responding to Mr. Howard, but I had to put in 2 more cents. I am very much into the 21st century. Unlike you, I wouldn't deny a very large segment of the American population the same Constitutional rights I enjoy, just because I don't approve of their sex life! I can see your type sending people to the back of the bus because they weren't "your color" so they can't be "as good" as the "normal people." Let me guess what your stand would have been on women voting. You're always going on about your right to free speech. Imagine if that right was denied to crabby, old men. You would be wild! I know that last sentence was a little silly, but that's how ignorant you sound. As far as your Bible goes, it's YOUR bible. Not everyone believes in your God. We all have our own beliefs. It's been a long, cold winter here in New England. It's Spring time, a time for hope for a better future for ALL of us. Pull on those polyesters and party!

Angelique, Cumberland Thu March 04

I have a question for Rich: Why do you assume all liberals are "country-hating"? Liberals want rights for EVERYBODY. This includes women and gays (God help us)! We believe that a women has the right to make decisions about her body. I find your re-occurring "baby killing" theme amusing. Lets face it, if men could get pregnant abortions clinics would be on every damn corner, they would be goverment subsidized (more than they currently are) and nobody would question it - ever. This is not a religious issue or a political issue, its a women's issue. The problem is not abortion, the problem stems from the belief that women are second-class citizens and shouldn't be having sex in the first place. Boy, I'll bet the feminist movement in the late '60s really pissed you off! Back to the "country hating" liberals: This is a long-time Republican stand that makes no sense to me. We disagree with the good ole' boys so we MUST hate our country, of course. What was I thinking! You are free to voice your opinion Rich and I am free to disagree. Have a good day!

Christine Olson, Scottsdale AZ Thu March 04

For Arthur, Zelda, Terry and Stormy: When I push away from this computer there is a wonderful woman who is my wife and my life. I am at this computer about 20 minutes a day. There are also close friends here who watch out for one another. I don't attend early-bird specials. I am not angry about everything. (By the way, nice touch running down senior citizens who could be your mom or dad or uncle or aunt or even brother or sister). Even though I am retired, I hold down two part-time jobs totaling 36 hours a week or more. As for putting the name first, I guarantee you you will still read what I write, admit it. I sTIll want to know why I am not supposed to express my opinions. Can someone answer me that? I have been asking this for some time and all I get is another slam and no answer. Also, if you hate me so much, does that mean you are FOR all those terrible things I preach against? Instead of just trying to eliminate me from the Guestbook, try to assail me with reasonable arguments against what I say. None of you have done that and none of you ever will, I guess. Also I have been away from this computer for weeks, which means I am not on it every day. We just got back from experiencing "Bike Week" in Daytona with stops at Downtown Disney to check out the shops and entertainment venues. It was a very nice trip with my wife and my nephew's girlfriend who attends the University of Tampa. We also visited my 89-year-old aunt who lives across the street from the speedway. We visited Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse and dined at a channel-side restaurtant with a window on the water. My daughter, her husband and my 2-year-old granddaughter just completed a week-long visit here. We went to the Tampa Aquarium, Clearwater Beach, the parks, playgrounds and flea market locally and ate at some very nice local restaurants AFTER early-bird hour. I am an avid Patriots fan and have been since Butch Songin was the quarterback. (look that one up in your history books). The NY Yankees train about 20 minutes away from my home and whether you hate or love them it is great entertainment. I thank The Sun Chronicle for this Guestbook and for printing all that I have sent in. They seem to understand free speech much better than some of you. The temperature here now is 75 degrees and I am out the door after I finish this, much to your glee. My wife is the most wonderful person on earth and admires my passion for what I believe in since she also is anti-abortion, etc. She is 15 years my junior by the way and fills my life with much happiness and joy and contentment and LOVE. So now you know more about me you can stop assumimg, which, as we know, only makes an ASS out ou "U" and "ME." God bless you all. Peace and have a blessed day.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Thu March 04

You people have got to understand that Mr. Howard is an elderly man living in Florida. Elderly people living in Florida generally hate everything and everybody. They are known as "condominium commandos" because nobody else is right except them. The cops have even had to keep an eye on the restaurants from 3e to 5 in the afternoon to keep these people from mugging each other at the early bird specials. As for the blade meat at the Park Tavern, its marinated in French dressing, plain and simple.

Arthur Itis, Lake Wobegon, MN Wed March 03

Mr. Howard: I've noticed that you make an entry into the Guestbook just about every day. So my question is: If you were to push away from your computer and turn around, is there anybody standing there asking you to go anywhere with you on any given night? You are surely a very lonesome person with way too much time on your hands. How about a game of shuffleboard or something? Terry Bosh, to you I say, we need to do lunch!

Your Old Pal Zelda, ATTLEBORO Wed March 03

I must say I get amused at the double standards I read in this Guestbook concerning opinions. We all are voicing opinions, so my question is how can you justify your opinion, when you try to tell another he or she hasn't the right to their opinion? Today was a beautiful day, sunny and warm, and I bowled good, 204,156,166. Not bad for a 71-year-old man, but that's my opinion and you don't have to agree with it.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Wed March 03

For the Lynxmaster: Why not put the submitter's name first, at the beginning of a comment, rather than at the end? Then when we see someone's name, we could skip that entry.

Stormy, Omaha Wed March 03

The Carpenters? Try dragging yourself into the 21st century, Angelique. Terry, being on Mars with people who still have morals and decency in their souls would be better than staying here with people who have corrupted all decency by allowing for all the things taking place now. I repeat for the umpteenth time; baby killing (abortion), freeing killers and rapists to rape and kill again, same-sex marriages (one upside being they won't reproduce), country-hating liberals running down all that is decent, Jane Fonda supporters running as wonderful Vietnam war heroes after leaving his crew to fight the fight when he went home early, removal of God and all that is holy from our lives and the lives of our children under the guise of separation of church and state, when in fact separation of church and state is meant to protect the practice of religion not the banning of it. In fact, an atheist started this move, don't you get it? So much more but figure it out for yourselves. God bless you all. Have a blessed day.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed March 03

Hey, Dan Cordell: How come The Sun Chronicle prints my entries if, as you say, this is only a Guestbook not an opinion page? They have yet to refuse to print one. Methinks you may be in error with yor assumption. I have no qualms with your blade meat. I only think there are also important issues to be talked about. You must think killing babies and all the other things are not worth the effort to have an opinion about. Well, you are very wrong. There is room in here for all of us. If you don't like what I write, don't read it. Now go have your blade meat and enjoy it. Think about gay weddings and abortions and freeing killers, etc. as you chew. Have a nice day.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue March 02

Leavin' for Mars soon, eh Howard? Round 'bout Jan 1? Coool. Bye-bye, Howard! Don't forget Dubya! He'll need you to tell him how he feels, too!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Tue March 02

What a beautiful Spring-like day today! I hope we weren't lazy and did our duty at the polls. I don't want to "read" any complaining when things aren't going the way you would like. As I was driving away from the polls, after voting for Kerry, the Carpenters were singing on the radio, "We've Only Just Begun." I'm taking that as an omen of a much brighter future ahead. Things can only get better after these last four years! P.S. I heard there's a restaurant down by Briggs Corner that does a great blade meat sandwich. I'll get the details!

Angelique, Cumberland Tue March 02

I grew up in NA, knew where the park tavern was/is but never went in. I wish I had tried one of those blade meats. As many of you-all that are crazy about them, they must be good. Can't wait to go to NA in a couple of weeks.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Mon March 01

Give me a break! This is a Guestbook not an opinion book or one's personal soapbox. So back to the subject of blade meat. Someone in Attleboro MUST have the closely guarded Park Tavern recipe. Cough it up, life's short. If you're ever in Spring Hill, Fla., and need a taste of The Attleboros, go to Uncle Keith's Coney Island on SR19. Their Coney dogs are exactly like Tex Barry's - steamed bun, Coney sauce, onions and celery salt. They also make great kale soup and many other Portugese dishes. The owners are from Fall River and know how to cook New England style. Gotta go. I'm hungry thinking about it.

Dan Cordell, Spring Hill, FL Mon March 01

Mr. Howard is quite amusing. I suspect he writes to get a reaction and is quite pleased when it inevitably appears. I'm sure he is expressing his true beliefs and opinions. However, I think he tailors them to this audience with an eye towards the entertainment value they provide him. They should be taken with a grain of salt. The man is entitiled to express his opinions in any public forum he chooses. Everyone else has the right to ignore him. He enjoys stirring the pot. It helps pass the time. Now, about those blade meat sandwiches! (Lynxmaster's note: This comment refers to Rich Howard's previous entry, not the latest one below.)

Frequent, Detroit Mon March 01

I just read Mr. Bristol's retort to Mr. Crowell's guest column against the Sun Chronicle's stance on gay marriages. So many words and blather about such a simple subject. The plain and simple fact is, being gay is wrong. It is against every human trait. It is sick and should be treated as a sickness. I have no qualms with two people of any gender liking each other. No problem there. But when they make a case for being married then the line has been crossed. Who is the bride and who is the groom? Who gets top billing on signing for a home and signing the tax return? Who holds the door for who? Who is on "top" if you get my drift? And these are just whimsical, silly questions. I mean conjuring up the images of gay "unions" is just plain yuccckkk! Crowell and the Christian churches are right and Bristol is just adding to the downfall of a wonderful country. It is all coming to a head. Some would and are taking God away from us. They are laughing at our religious teachings and our moral code of human behavior. They are aborting "little people" by the thousands. Now they will be prancing down the aisles of the town hall to get hitched and further decay the society we live in. It is time for the moral majority to speak out and help stop this madness. I know Terry and others will hate me again but I have to keep saying these things because, if not me, who? If not now, when? Our promiscuous, liberal society has gone amok and is killing the America I grew up in and loved. I have a right to be angry about that and I am. I have a right to say it and I do. I beg and implore any who do agree to start telling others that you are sick of this stuff. Get the word to the people in government who want your votes. Just to see Rosie O'Donnell hand in hand with her "wife" and bashing my president was sickening. Where does she get off being the spokesman for morals in this country? OK, now take your shots at me all of you who disagree. I have taken it so far and will continue to do so. Just think about these things. Get on your knees and ask God for an answer. Bye for now and God bless you all.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Mon March 01

Terry, hush. No one is complaining but you. If you don't like what Mr. Howard has to say, no one is making you read it. Grow up!

Sicayou, Sun February 29

Sorry, Terry, I didn't mean to point out the truth. If it hurts to read the truth then you are part of the problem. And I forgot that in your mind, I have no right to have access to the Guestbook. Ooopsy, sorry! NOT!

Rich Howard, NPR, FL Sun February 29

I agree, Terry. Just not safe to tread in these waters. A little light-hearted conversation just isn't within his ability.

Linda, Attleboro Sun February 29

Just back from visiting Attleboro and the Park Tavern. My son Keith and I ordered a light beer and blade meat sandwich. Asked the owner for the recipe to share with numerous Guest Bookers. He declined. I just now searched the WWW with Google and found two hits, both from Here's one: "In the meantime, enjoy these 'Must-do' ideas: Try a sandwich you won't find many other places. You gotta have a blade meat sandwich in Attleboro. Made from chunks of pork marinated in a spicy sauce served on a Portuguese bread roll, it's a true delicacy and hard to find outside the city. Within Attleboro, though, they'll be featured at summer barbecues put on by the Elks, Holy Ghost Church, the Portuguese-American Club and other organizations and they're a staple at several local cafes. Mark Flanagan." Personally, it's not my piece of cake. Instead, let me tell you of the BEST deep sea scallops and whole fried clams from The Fresh Catch restaurant on Chauncey Street in Mansfield.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Sat February 28

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Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the Guestbook, Howard muddies the memories and smacks us in the face again with his hate. Shameful.

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park MD Fri February 27

I would like to say that I think our new mayor Kevin Dumas is doing a wonderful job. I sure do give him credit, having to prove himself to so many unbelievers. It's good to see people our age with ambition, goals and brains. Keep up the good work, Kevin, you are making us very proud! New attitudes and change can be a very good thing.

Zelda, Attleboro Thu February 26

Same-sex marriages. A liar senator from Mass. garnering support. (Scary). A movie portraying the true horror Jesus suffered for US ALL being panned by some for being too violent. Have they read the Bible? Some of them were not prepared for the violence? Why not? People lined up in San Francisco two by two of the same sex for marriages. (Yuck). Jobs gone off-shore to fatten the pockets of greedy stockholders and CEOs. (It is supposed to trickle down, boys). Misconceptions about Iraq and our purpose there. (Guess they were better off under S.H., huh?). Airlines and others gouging so we can "pay for the 9/11 downturn." Gas prices shooting up for whatever reasons. Murderers and rapists etc. getting off lightly or released early to kill or rape etc. again. Liberal judges forgetting that victims exist and suffer while making sure their tormentors are protected to the utmost. School officials with no power to control unruly students without suffering lawsuits. God being trampled on by mislead liberal pinkos who could use God more than some but haven't figured it out yet. (They will). Insurance companies running, (or is that ruining), health care to the point that doctors are reluctant to put a name on what ails you. All this and more and all we are concerned about is blade meat sandwiches? Well, OK, I could use a good blade meat sandwich myself right about now. But please remember the other stuff too and act to correct it. Please stop the madness that is happening all around us. Come back to earth and behold the story of Soddom and Gomorrah . I'll take that blade meat sandwich now …

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed February 25

Hi, Debbie Stewart: I sent you an e-mail with some wedding ideas. If you do not get it, please e-mail me. I would love to help you out with some great wedding ideas and great ways to save tons of $$$ with local vendors and using E-Bay. Thanks.

Melissa Perreault, Attleboro Falls Tue February 24

I just read the article in the "Special Features" section of the Web site regarding Jarrod's Live Rock Venue on Bank Street in Attleboro. Does anyone know if this is the same facility that, back in 1968, a number of us youth converted over to the "Suzy Creamcheese Electric Theater," only to be closed down on the first night of operation by the fire department? I'm curious to know. Thanks!

Kenny Pelletier, Sugar Land, TX Tue February 24

The Lynxmaster responds: Yes, it is. After later manifestations as The Downunder, Pete's Galley and others, the former bowling alley has been Jarrod's for several years now.

It is great to see a newspaper from back home. Keep up the good work!

Caulleen, Greenville, SC Mon February 23

Help! Our daughter just became engaged and they would like an October wedding. Yikes! If any of you know of some appropriate sites for a reception, please e-mail me with the names and locations. I would be so grateful We are looking for some place that would not be more than 45 minutes from Foxboro/Mansfield. She would like country/rustic. Much thanks to anyone who might know of a place that we have overlooked.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Sun February 22

Mr Lynx: Mind explaining … what does full on-line subscription edition mean? Full news at what cost? Sounds interesting. Would like some follow-up info. Thanks

Maureen Nolan Whitty, Myrtle Beach, SC Sun February 22

The Lynxmaster responds: We have contracted with Newsstand to put the entire paper on line in a newspaper page format, so you can browse through every page of the paper just as you could if The Sun Chronicle was delivered to your home that day. This monthly subscription service, credit card only, will cost about $15 per month, about the cost of a monthly subscription to a hard copy of the paper. You will also be able to buy electronic single copies of the paper. If you go to you can see samples of papers they provide and take a demo tour. This should be a boon for out-of-state people who want to read all the news, for mail subscribers tired of getting the paper a week late, for subscribers who go on vacation or away on business and want to read the paper, and so on. It should be ready to go sometime in March.

Ann Gard: It was nice to read the Guestbook (as I usually do every few days) and see a familiar name. Hope both you and your husband are doing well. As for myself, I'm enjoying retirement and keeping busy. With four grandchildren it's not hard. By the way, Mac graduated with me and we just had a 50th class reunion. Boy, time flies! Also, thanks for attending my retirement party at Ann's Place. It was quite special. Sending regards and best wishes from Norton.

Gilda Lynch, Norton Sat February 21

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Is it possible to read Bill Hannan's columns on line? I can't find them. Does Mr. Hannan have an e-mail address? Thanks. (Hi, Dee.)

KP, Sewickley, PA Thu February 19

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As a birthday present last year,I received from my dear long-time friends in Norton a copy of the book "Pictorial History of the Attleboros." This year I received from them Volume II … the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. I was born in 1931 so this volume was special. Every page and picture was full of notalgia. I bought myself a magnifying glass so I wouldn't miss a single familiar face, and there were many. I was so lucky to be born and raised in Attleboro and I can now look back any time I want and relive those wonderful memories of people, places and things. Thank you, Sun Chronice, for a job well done and my dear friends, Pat and Mac, for giving me these treasures.

Ann Gard, West Yarmouth, MA Thu February 19

Blademeat: I believe the Park Tavern purchases its blademeat from Furtado's. It comes in big chunks and is already marinated. I have purchased the 5-lb. bags of Furtado's blademeat from Castro's package store at County Square and simply add a bottle of beer. Bring to a boil and simmer for a couple of hours. When I lived out west my mom would have Furtado's chorico and linguica shipped to me via UPS every Christmas. It was such a treat, along with some Drakes Funny Bones and Lay's vinigar chips. You can probably order from Furtado's on line. Enjoy!

Linda, Attleboro Wed February 18

OK. Blademeat. I found it on the Net. (Yes, good Portuguese woman I am. Daddy, don't turn over in your grave …) I have never cooked it, so here it is again. Or can anyone ask the Park Tavern to divulge theirs ? FOB Tavern used to make it too. Tim O'Hare, where are you ?

BLADEMEAT RECIPE: Tell me how it is. Or if any true Lonicut relative cook can post theirs or the PA Club's? Please?

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Tue February 17

I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the Gazzola family on the loss of their son, Joseph. I can not imagine the grief of losing a child at such a young age. I pray that God will comfort your family in this time of overwhelming sadness. Although I never met this young man, his family touched my life. Having grown up in Lonicut, I have many fond memories of the smiling face of Mr. Gazzola (Joseph's grandfather?) helping me with my bike down at the Getty station. As a young child, I thought that he was one of the kindest men I ever knew. When I got to AHS and met his son, Louis Jr., I told him about the nice things that his dad had done for me over the years and I realized that it wasn't a figment of my young imagination. Mr. Gazzola, the teacher, had the same friendly smile and gentle disposition as his dad. And, if my memory serves me correctly, Joseph's mother was one of my AHS English teachers. I remember her beautiful pearly white smile. After my sister passed away at the age of 25, I came to believe that God's plan is not always revealed to us here on earth. Some things won't be explained until we can see it "from above." Keep the faith and God bless.

Spit, Mon February 16

You just reminded me of the Saturday mornings when I worked at the old Attleboro Post Office. A few of us would have lunch break about 10:30 in the morning and walk over to the Park Tavern for a draft and a blade meat sandwich. Man, it's been a long time.

Tom Fagnand, Kissimmee, FL Sat February 14

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FYI: Rumor has it that the Park Tavern will be closing down for good in the near future to make way for the new CVNA building. Such a big loss for the city of Attleboro and the long-time patrons of the tavern.

Linda, Attleboro Thu February 12

I would love that blade meat recipe too if someone is sharing. I remember getting them at the Elks. I haven't been back to Attleboro in over five years. How much has changed?

Roland Demers, Vancouver, WA Wed February 11

Yes, thank you, Donna. Mom worked with many people throughout her career. I'm sorry to say that I do not remember you off the top of my head, but maybe if I saw you and knew where you worked with her. Anyway, there have been a lot of thoughts, prayers and concerns with the family. Thank you, everyone, for thinking of us! God bless!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Tue February 10

Thank you, Donna, for the nice words and remembering our mom. The family appreciates your thoughts and sympathy. She worked very hard for the doctors in Attleboro and I do remember you, but I don't think the others in the family will. Thank you again.

Kathy (Mello) Eskeli, Woonsocket, RI Mon February 09

To all of my long lost Attleboro neighbors: How are you all? Is that place that has the "best" blademeat sandwiches, the Park Tavern, still in buisness? I imagine that it is, because I would LOVE too have a blademeat sandwich right now. Can anybody send me a recipe or about 3 pounds of the fabulous marinated pork? E-mail me, please, and let me know. Thanks alot. I miss you all, my ole' neighors on Lexington Avenue and beyond.

Gregory S. Perry, Seattle Mon February 09

Love to be in the guestbook. Thanks.

Maureen Nolan Whitty, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Mon February 09

… and let's add HEBRONVILLE as another town worthy of mention, especially the Knight Avenue section and Finberg School with Ms. Roberts' leadership back in the Thirties.

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach Mon February 09

Hello, Attleboro! I am sorry to say that my mother, Rose Marie (Tracey) Mello, passed away last Thursday. She was born and raised in Attleboro. I know there are still a lot of family members and friends there and I would like to have her obituary posted in the paper. I'm waiting to hear from The Sun Chronicle as to whether or not they will print the obituary. I want people there to know she has passed, because she was a special mom to me. Sun Chronicle people, if you read this, please get back to me! Thank you! On a happier note: WAY TO GO PATS! A definite "nailbiting" game! Take a well-deserved break, then do it again!!

Cyndy (Mello) Lesperance, Meredith, NH Sun February 08

I would appreciate an update on the status of Bliss School. Does it have a future, or will it be left to fall down?

KP, Sewickley, PA Sat February 07

I have just learned about the sudden death of Mrs. Rose Marie Mello, a native of Attleboro, who recently passed away in Meredith, N.H. Rose Marie was born in Attleboro and raised her family there along with her husband of 52 years. She worked for many of the doctors in Attleboro through the years as a medical secretary and I had worked with her years ago. I would like to send my deepest sympathies to her family, her husband Alfred Mello (a TI retiree), her daughters Kathy Eskeli and Cindy Lesperance, sons Dan and Steve. I am very sorry for your loss. God bless.

Donna, Attleboro Fri February 06

I was talking to someone from Attleboro tonight and we got to talking all about the different places there. I have not been in Attleboro for many years, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. I loved growing up there and having family around all the time. Then we moved and really lost touch with all my friends. Remembering all the places I used to go to - back in the mid to late '60s into the early '80s - made me feel so good. I loved Attleboro and all the people there. What a great place to raise children and have a family. I wish I could have stayed there and raised my family the way I was raised. To all my family that still live in that area, I miss and love you all!

Kathie Forsythe-McDonnough, Marissa, IL Fri February 06

Seems to me that Mr. Lang was saying that Plainville was a terrible place to live because Rich Howard was from there. Doesn't mean that Plainville was a bad place. I always thought Plainville was a very pretty town. Plenty of good people have come from Plainville and Plainville has good memories for them, like Attleboro does for me and everyone else's hometown has for them. Also, my condolensces to Kerry and Todd Anderson and their families on the news of their father's unexpected death. It must be very difficult for you. I understand. Keep the faith, Kerry and Todd. My prayers are with you.

Joy Harris, Ozark, MO Fri February 06

I was hoping for this kind of response - kind of takes your minds off of Mr. Howard, doesn't it? I guess none of you read any of my comments that began about a year ago or more. I loved North Attleboro, Atttleboro, Plainville, Norton, Mansfield, Taunton, and all those small towns in Mass. and R.I. I'm glad to hear that the rest of you do too. Stop ganging up on Howard and try and take a joke or sarcastic remark. It is interesting of all the other things I said that you all picked up on the Plainville remark! You're always putting Howard down so bad that the comment was really made in jest towards him. I'm sure in real life you all had something said to you as a play on words or something like it - have you not? Believe me, I would have never exchanged my growing up in NA for any other place I have lived. Stop being so doggone serious about everything - none of us is ever going to change the world by putting comments into a Guestbook like this. It is also funny how many defend a place that they no longer live in. Mr. Glover, don't take my comments personally. I could spend many pages on what we do when we visit, what we did growing up, and what great things my children learn when we go to NA and the surrounding areas. So what do you have to say about that!

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Fri February 06

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A little insight on growing up in Plainville for Mr Lang from someone who grew and thrived in that enviroment: Plainville was a wonderful place to raise a family and an even SAFER place to be a kid. I had the great experience of being part of a wonderful, close neighborhood. In Plainville everyone looked out for each other. We were lucky to have wonderful, caring adults such as the late Rita Watson and Ron Fredrickson who gave freely of their time to help guide young women and men through the Girl and Boy Scout programs. We had teen dances at the Wood School where our parents could bring us, drop us off and KNOW that we would be safe because at some point they would also be chaparones. We also knew that if we got in trouble there was no way our parents would not find out. The adults in town cared, there was no looking the other way. We had a wonderful church community and while many of us may not have been of the same religion we all shared in church activities. Was Plainville, Mayberry? No way! But you should know, Mr Lang, that some very wonderful, caring, responsible people have come from that "plain" town. I feel sorry that your time there was not filled with happy memories. I for one will never forget Rollie Perrault and his donuts, the lime rickies from the Plainville Drug, French fries from Don's Diner, swimming on a hot summer afternoon in the town pool, ice skating behind the drug store, camping overnight at the Conservation Area on Everett Sknner Road or just the ability to walk to the center of town from Sidney Street and not having to worry about being abducted. Plainville is growing by leaps and bounds, but since I still have family who reside there I know that it is still a town of loving, caring, compassionate people who want to raise their kids in a "small, plain" town. Hopefully, when you get older you will be able to look back and find some happy memories from your childhood.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Thu February 05

In answer to Mr. Lang: Plainville was the BEST place to grow up. I am so happy that my mom and dad brought our family to Plainville from Attleboro, back in 1945. We had a town where everyone knew and cared about the other. I look back at the years at school, and it was the best time of my life. The town park, and all the fun we had there. Our church, all the stores, every place you were, people knew you. I raised my three sons there, and was so glad that they had a chance to know a town that was small and people cared about you. I can't say enough good things about OUR town, Plainville. Would love to live back there again. I miss it so much. I am down here in Florida, but go back up there every chance I get. Sorry that you feel the way you do about Plainville, as you are the loser. Loved the Pats' game. I am still for you and knew that you would do it! Congratulations!!!

Doris Cobb Smith, Deltona, FL Thu February 05

1) So you see, Mr Lang is entitled to his opinion as are all of you who oppose his opinion. So he doesn't like Plainville, so what?

2) Here in Bucs country I am a minority in that I have been a Patriots fan all of their 44 years. I was at the "traffic jam" game against the Giants when they opened Schaefer Stadium. I sat in a blizzard at Fenway Park when they played the Bills for a spot in the old AFL playoffs. I saw Joe Namath play for the Jets at Fenway his first year. I love the Patriots and have my conference championship hat and my Super Bowl hat is on order. I only wish I could listen to Dennis & Callahan on WEEI but Infinity Broadcasting has stopped letting them broadcast on the internet. A friend did send me the Boston Herald, though, and I thank him for that. 3) Shame on the Massachusetts Supreme court, or at least four of them. What a sham. 4) Don Davis, a Patriots special teams/linebacker guy, lives down the road in Port Charlotte and attends my sister-in-law's church. I hope to get to see the ring when he gets it. (By the way, he used to play for the Bucs and ALMOST signed with Carolina. Wheeeww! 5) If archives of the old "News Leader" are available, you will find me quoted in a front-page article written by Dick Sherman about that opening night in Foxboro. Oh, so long ago. I also worked usher/security that first season and little old ladies threw beer on me because they said I only did it to see the games free, whch was true. 6) Well, off to the golf course. It is 67 degrees right now and the sun is shining. Take care all and God bless you and GO PATRIOTS!!!

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Thu February 05

YAY PATRIOTS!!!!!!!!! I knew they could do it. Out here in MO. there are mostly Kansas City Chiefs fans. It's been an interesting season, to say the least! I am so proud of those guys. I call them "them's my boys" here. One of the girls that I work with had a Super Bowl Party and she was the only one rooting for the Pats and she said she did that just for me! Very cool. Her husband is a big Chiefs fan. Oh well, maybe next year for the Chiefs, but I think not. Let's keep the trophy in New England! Wish I could have gone to the parade today. Thanks, Oreste, for keeping the comments down a bit. Seems that there are a couple of people in here that just aren't too happy. That's too bad. It's nice to see people remembering what it was like back in the day. Anyways, I'm glad the Patriots won and I'm hoping the same for the Red Sox this year. GO PATRIOTS!

Joy (Holbrook) Harris, Ozark, MO Wed February 04

What a great comment: We are all like snowflakes. No matter how many there are, there are no two alike.

Stormy, Omaha Tue February 03

Dear Mr Lang: I'm sure the people of Planville are not upset that you don't want to live there. So you are a prison chaplain. In other words you have a captive audience. Whoppi-dee, sounds a little dull and boring to me.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Tue February 03

I was really disturbed at the comment made by Bill Lang who said that Plainville was a terrible place to grow up. How wrong he is. Ask any of the Guestbook readers who came from Plainville and I assure you they will agree with me that it was the best place to grow up! The name of a town means nothing, it is the people in the town that make it, and Plainville had some of the best people I ever met. There was plenty to do and we were also brought up to have a bit of ingenuity and created our own entertainment as well. Shame on you for judging a great place without any knowledge of what it was really like. Also, Mr. Howard did not "grow up" there. Evidently he resided there after he married.

By the way, thanks Pats for a great entertaing and exciting year! Congratulations!

Karolyn Youngdahl McNamara, Sarasota, FL / Wrentham, MA Mon February 02

Mr. Lang doesn't have a clue what living in Plainville was like growing up. It was a great place to grow up in and I wish Mr. Lang would keep his unkind remarks to himself. I hope all the people who lived in Plainville will respond to Mr. Lang.

Ina (Peck) Riley, Mercer, ME Mon February 02

Dear Bill: I'm so sorry that you feel that Plainville is a sad place to live because there is nothing to do there. I've never found myself happy because of things/events available to me; people and kindness can make me much happier. Perhaps Plainville is no longer the town of my memories, but I suspect that it still has a fair share of good people who reside there. I will probably never reside in Plainville again, but that doesn't mean I don't like it there. Please, let's try to all be kinder to others in everyday doings as well as in this Guestbook. There is nothing to be gained by animosity.

Kathleen Hughes, Fayetteville, NY Mon February 02

Terry, can you post that blademeat recipe for us lost locals? And Mr.Howard, what can I say. Life's short, Chill. GO PATS!

Dan Cordell, Spring Hill Florida Fri January 30

I was gonna call Park Tavern for the blademeat to see if they'd send me some, but then I found this recipe. I've never tried it out, as I always got my blademeat at P-A BBQs way back when: Also for stuffies and clamcakes, try GO PATRIOTS!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Fri January 30

Seems to be a lot more people sending in comments lately. Howard has a way of getting under people's skin. What's the big deal? I have been wondering for months how old Mr. Howard is and where you are from. Thanks for telling us. Plainville explains it all! That's it. What a terrible place to have had to live. Who would have ever wanted to live in Plainville? There's nothing there! One lady said something about the bridge but has yet to say what was going on under the bridge. What a dull place - Plainville. The name says it all. I loved the whole area - graduated from Feehan in 1973. I go back about once a year because my parents are still alive but would never consider moving back. The past is the past and we all have some great memories but that is all they are - memories. I am a chaplain in a federal prison now and listen to many, many stories and know more than my share of sad people. We all had it pretty good - and yes, we are all in need of redemption! I think there is a good church located in a former store just down from the Chinese restaurant, near where the old paper store used to be in NA. I can't even remember the names of the old businesses any more.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Thu January 29

Why don't you all grow up. Quit nit-picking. Life is just too short.

Karen, Thu January 29

Terry, please give my regards to your mom and tell her Art Carvalho's daughter wishes her a speedy recovery. Rich, I may not agree with a lot of what you say, but I do feel you have the right to say it. I think that there are many of you who are angry as Rich by the comments you make. I also agree with the fact that he makes this column interesting. Does anyone have any more memories to share?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu January 29

I would like this Guestbook to allow me to extend my deepest sympathies to Tom, Bob, Bev and Doreen Shuannesy on the passing of their wife and-or mother. I grew up within shouting distance from the family in N.A. and Bob was co-captain of the N.A. football team when I was a freshman. We used to go to their home in the Fifties after school at the invitation of Bev and watch American Bandstand. I have a lot of memories of the family and just saw Bev's husband Rusty at my 45th reunion in November. If any of you see Bob, remind him that we ran into each other at Waikiki Beach in 1963 while I was stationed there and his ship was in Pearl Harbor. Ahhhhh, sweet memories, seems like a billion years ago. In any case, God bless you all and you are all in my prayers. Sincerely, Dick (Rich) Howard

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Thu January 29

I like to come to the Guestbook and see if there is anyone I know who visited. I am young so alot of what people write about I do not remember. My days in NA were in the 1980s and early 90s before I moved. I wish more people would write memories from then. What I remember was Kids Town in Attleboro, North High going to the state Super Bowl in '88 (I was in the band), Bliss Ice Cream near the Tri-Boro theater, Camp Elmwood at the Y (when it was still cheap), and Mike Kirby was my CCD teacher once at St. Mark's, and a lot of other fond youthful memories. My private e-mail is listed below but I chose not not to sign it because I have been verbally attacked by someone here before. My private e-mail is for friends, relatives, business colleagues. It is not a forum for opininated people who feel like our e-mails are doors that they must repeatedly knock on to get us to listen to their view and convert. I do not enjoy this Guestbook as much with all the long whinings. That is what a chat room/message board is for. I do enjoy reading my Sun Chronicle. I look forward to being able to read everything soon by on-line pay subsciption. Thank you.

meambi, Thu January 29

As I have said so many times before in so many ways, I am not angry that you disagree with some of my comments. This, after all, is America and we are supposed to enjoy the right to disagree. What riles me is some of you hide behind this curtain of anonominity, wearing it like a suit of armor while myself and Mr. Owen, among others, choose to be up front and open and therefore accept the slings and arrows and compliments as ourselves. I also have stated that the publisher or editor himself is the one who made the suggestion that we debate via e-mail. Some of you refuse to do that, but still take the opportunity to send me your hate via the Guestbook. Not a level playing field. When I mention that, you never comment on it, like it was never said. Why is that? Tell the publisher you disagree with him also, not just me. I think sometimes that "spineless" is not a strong enough description. This is like shadow boxing. So if the likes of "Zelda" from Attleboro still choose to hide, then so be it. But, Zelda, I hereby invite you to "amaze" me. I can take it.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Thu January 29

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Well, sorry, guys, there won't be any Pats SuperBowl Party in MD for me. I'm in Attleboro, because Mom (86) needs me. She's in Sturdy for a bit. I want to thank whoever you are that helped her Saturday after she passed out in front of the Library on North Main Street and called 911. She's getting better and resting comfortably now, new pacemaker popping along. Still hopin to be in the Larson Senior Center Play in March. She knew how much I wanted sooo bad to be home for this Super Bowl hype week, but not like this! Thanks, Mom!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Wed January 28

A while ago Mr. Howard told Ms. Bosh to curb her anger. Is this not the "pot calling the kettle black?" (in this case, the "crackpot.") Also, Mr. Howard, the name is correct. You may have known my brother from North Attleboro, Bruce Itis. He was well known around town as he always seemed to be favoring his shoulder.

Arthur Itis, Lake Wobegon, MN Wed January 28

OK, Mr. Howard, the reason I'm "spineless" is because I really don't need comments from you on my private e-mail. There are apparently other people that share my observations, so maybe you should take a step back and see what we see. You do not come across as a person that wants to remember the good old days and share the memories. So, I guess I will remain "spineless" because you will remain "nasty." It would actually amaze you to know who I really am. You do not make me very proud at all.

zelda, Attleboro Wed January 28

I disagree with nearly everything Rich Howard says, but I would like to stick up for him a bit here. He tends to get a bit cranky at times, but this Guestbook would not be as interesting without him, and how tedious it would be if everybody agreed all of the time! So, I say keep on writing, Rich. Anyone who does not like what he says, just scroll on by.

John Owen, Easton, MA Wed January 28

Well, Rich Howard, you certainly do have a spine. Allbeit one to four paragraphs long. Being a Bircher, I thought maybe you would have some worthy opinions. I guess not. But now everyone just knows your life story, and it's more than I wanted to know.

Ed Lacasse, Grant, AL Tue January 27

I would like to think that most of Mr. Howard's comments are being misunderstood and that they are actually meant to be good natured, not judgmental. I could be wrong, but I've seen some people react in the same manner after having "seen the light." They are so excited to share the message that they get up on their soapbox and enthusiastically scream it at everyone and anyone. Certainly, evil and sin are nothing to be apathetic or passive about, but one must realize that we all fall short in God's eyes. It doesn't matter if you're a murderer or a shoplifter, a liar or a fibber, a Republican or a Democrat, EVERYONE must accept their fallibility and make atonement. So, Mr. Howard, please tell us all that you are not the judgmental, holier-than-thou that you have come across as, and that you are actually praying for each and every person you have offended to see the message in their hearts as clearly as you have. God bless!

Spit, Tue January 27

Hey, Terry Bosh, can I have that recipe for blademeat, I have lived in California for 30 years and only get it when I go to Attleboro at Park Tavern

Barbara Machado Martin, Corona, CA Mon January 26

Born in Sturdy Hospital in 1940. Lived in North Attleboro until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. Came back to the Attleboros in 1964. Lived in Attleboro for two years, worked in Attleboro for 28 years. Then lived in Plainville for 18 years and back to North Attleboro for a couple of years before building a home in Franklin and staying there for 11 years. Lastly retired and moved to Florida where we have been for less than two years. Make about three or four trips back up there a year for visits. I think that gives me the right to comment on my old home area and the goings on there, even if some of you think I have relinquished that right for some obscure reason. I don't start the arguments. I comment on something I read or hear about and get blasted by some of you for not going along with what you apparently think of the same situation. Then I get accused of arguing and debasing your precious Guestbook. I repeat, at least I have the spine to sign my own name and accurate address and e-mail address. The very editor of the Sun Chronicle suggested we debate via e-mail but you gutless wonders refuse to allow anyone with an opposing view to contact you that way. Thus I clutter your Guestbook with my replies. So, I say, live with it or get some courage. Have a nice week friends and foes alike. God bless you all.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Mon January 26

Back to basics! Does anyone out there know of plans for a NAHS Class of 1969 reunion being scheduled? My sister, Linda Tourigny, who lives in San Diego but would like to plan a trip home, asked me to find out and I figured this would be a good place to start. Thanks!

Barbara Stanford, North Attleboro Mon January 26

You might want to check Reunions under Local News on our home page. Lynxmaster.

We are all like snowflakes. No matter how many there are, there are no two alike. We ALL need to remember that the next time we try to tell others how to think. GO PATS!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon January 26

Hey, Everybody! Congrats to the Pats! Glad to see a "real team" in the Super Bowl. To Bill Lang: If you graduated NAHS in 1975 we went to school together, and I too wonder where the other people are that used to contribute to the Guestbook. I think a lot of folks just got tired of opening the Guestbook on a daily basis only to find Mr. Howard's commentary to the individual(s) he currently disagrees with, most of which is pages long and has no content. No matter who you are or what your opinion is or is about he can always find something to argue about! To Ed Lacasse: Any relation to Paul? Hope all is well in Patriots country - y'all have had some wicked cold snaps! That's one good thing about living in Dallas - it was 70 degrees yesterday! (Course it's supposed to snow today …)Terry: I'd love to come to your Super Bowl party - sounds like good eats! I'm sure out here we'll be feasting on the usual Texas fare - tacos, guacamole and BBQ. I'll take stuffies and blademeat any day!

CWM, Dallas Mon January 26

My new e-mail address. Forget the old one. Go Pats.

Ken Claflin ( Cole), Millinocket ME Sat January 24

I am disgusted with you folks who were apprently AHS grads around '78. You know everything about nothing and expect others to live by your say-so. Get a life. If you live in Florida, then please do so and try to stop telling others how to live and what they should be thinking. Have you heard of obsessive controlling behavior? Spend more time in therapy and less on the computer running your mouth about how wrong people's own thoughts and feelings are. What is it that makes you so right, Mr. Howard? There are some very nice conversations going on and then it comes to your entry and you are arguing with someone. Please stop and talk about pleasant things. Please, please, please!

Zelda, Attleboro Fri January 23

Mr. Howard: For your information, Mr. Lacasse's e-mail is legit. Not that it is your place to monitor such things. I am seriously beginning to think that you perhaps have a problem that needs attention. The whole world is not wrong and, to my knowledge, nowhere is it written that God established you as the world's judge and jury or moral ruler. Please go back to being the pleasant little man who shared quaint stories of Attleboro in the old days. Many people in here are getting tired of your whining, pouting and telling the world how to think.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Thu January 22

Calling God: John Madden was in Chicago to announce a football game one weekend when he noticed a special telephone near the Bears' bench. He asked a nearby player what it was used for and was told it was a hotline to God. John asked if he could use it. The player told him, "Sure, but it will cost you $100." John scratched his head, then thought, what the heck. I could use some help picking games. He pulled out his wallet and paid the $100.00. John's picks were perfect that week. The next week, John was in Texas when he noticed that same kind of phone on the Cowboys' bench. He asked what the telephone was for and was told "It's a hotline to God. If you want to use it, it will cost you $500.00." Recalling last weekend, John pulled out his wallet and made the call. John's picks were perfect again that week! The next weekend John was in New England at Gillette Stadium when he noticed the same kind of phone by the Patriots' bench. He asked Tom Brady, "Is that the hotline to God?" Tom said, "Yes, but it will cost you 50 cents". John looked incredulously at Tom and said, "Wait a second, I just paid $100 in Chicago and $500 in Texas to use the same phone to God! Why does New England only charge 50 cents"? Tom looked at John and replied, "In New England, it's a local call." GO PATRIOTS!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Thu January 22

Hi, Ed. I have been having fun with it, too. Kudos to Paul Tetreault. I really enjoyed the article about him. My condolences to Sandy Raming and her family on the passing of her Mom. Hey, Rich, are you going to vote for John Kerry?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Thu January 22

Always nice to know I can stop by this Web page for a good chuckle. BTW, my e-mail address is also for junk mail, so please feel free to e-mail me.

AJ, North Attleboro Thu January 22

Call me crazy, but I don't see the problem with phony email addresses. Why invite unwanted responses? I personally have a block on the infamous "stalker" in the group.

angelique, Cumberland Thu January 22

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Hi, Lorna, sure is nice to talk to people from home. I'm having fun with this Guestbook.

Ed Lacasse, Grant, AL Wed January 21

Always ahead of the crowd. Great News, resources and service. Thank you, Sun Chronicle!

Dayer Le Baron, Wed January 21

Hmmmmmmmmmm … another phony e-mail address. Maybe it's a conspiracy started by the Tri-Lateral Commission.

Arthur Itis, Lake Wobegon, Mn Wed January 21

Hey, Mr. Howard, this is a real e-mail address. It's reserved for junk mail. If you would like an alternative, I can give you one upon request.

Edward Lacasse, Grant, AL Wed January 21

Terry,I e-mailed you and I am so there. Could you just explain one thing to me? Why is it every time I go to Metro (now Shoppers) I have to show the man what pastrami is, like it is some foriegn meat, and please explain to my fiance that eating it cold is just disgusting. LOL

Michele MacCormack Moran, Brooklyn Park Wed January 21

Ed Lacasse's e-mail address is also a phony.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Wed January 21

Hey! Anyone in MD/VA/DC area who wants to come over to have a proper New England Super Bowl Party with people from home, e-mail me. We'll do potluck of stuff from home - clamcakes, stuffies, blademeat…and bring every damn Patriots flag or banner you have. We'll hang it all over my porch so all of MD can see! GO PATS!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Tue January 20

Hey, John Owen, whoever told you you weren't already on Mars?

Ed Lacasse, Grant, AL Tue January 20

Wow, Mr. Howard, you must have stayed up all night ciphering, to figure out Mike Stand. You would do Jethro Bodine proud.

Ed Lacasse, Grant, AL Tue January 20

Below is my answer is "Arthur Itis" about his comment in the Guestbook aimed at me. It is plain to see how he is a person who hides behind phony names, etc. Furthermore, to pacify the editor, I did try to contact him via e-mail but his e-mail address is also a phony. I got it bounced back to me with the reason being "not our customer." I am not trying to create havoc here. I just want people to know that I do not hide behind phony names, etc. Whether you agree with me or not, you can reach me and slam me and beat on me, mine is not a phony name and address. If you choose to have nothing else, have some courage of your thoughts and convictions. Thank You, Rich Howard.

You know, once a guy wrote a letter to the editor regarding the ongoing problem with the band rehearsal rooms at the old Foster building in Attleboro. He got it through the editor by signing it "Mike Stand." Of course, it took some of us a nano-second to crack his code and know he snuck "microphone stand" by the editors. In another instance a guy sent me an "anonymous" e-mail but his e-mail address was "DJ10/26." Since I knew a guy whose name was Darryl James and he was born on Oct. 26, lo and behold another "cracked code." My point, Mr. Arthur Itis, I hope you screw up the courage to use a real name in the future and I pray your aching joints get better in time. Regards, John Birch

R. Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Mon January 20

This is to Cathy Bamford. I'm sorry, I don't remember your last name. I just wanted to extend my condolences on the death of your father. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless You.

Joy Harris, Ozark, MO Mon January 19

GO PATS! Hi, Ed. I do know Terry Bosh and nearly all the other Boshes. Terry and her brother David in Tallahassee are third (I think) cousins. I will tell my brother you said hello the next time I talk to him. He will probably be back down here this summer. Hi, Terry and David.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon January 19

Terry, not very but keep trying. Try using common sense instead of anger and maybe you will come up with something resembeling meaningful, but your not there yet. Curb your anger and think, Terry think. I know you can do it.

R. Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Mon January 19

Awesome! Our Pats have come through again. Kudos to the team and management! We will be here rooting for them during the Superbowl. How proud they have made all the wonderful sports fans who love them no matter what they do! Go Pats!

Karol McNamara, Sarasota, FL Sun January 18

Another exchange of mindless nonsense between Mr. Owen and Mr. Howard. People think Communism is dead, but Mr. Owen proves that theory wrong, and Mr. Howard reinforces the fact that the John Birch Society is alive and well.

Arthur Itis, Lake Wobegon, Mn Sat January 17

Mr. Howard: If you drove like you think, we'd all be run into ditches in your wake. How's THAT for meaningful?

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Sat January 17

I vote with Terry Bosh. That's a one way ticket, right?

angelique, Cumberland Fri January 16

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That's it, Mr. Howard, I must be a Communist because I do not want to go to Mars with you and George Bush. And, of course, one of my long-time goals is to "get EVERYONE on the public dole." Thanks for keeping us amused up here in the frozen North. Have a good weekend, Rich, and everyone else too.

John Owen, Easton, MA Thu January 15

One more thing, Lorna: Terry Bosh. I'm sure you've seen her name here. She's my sister in Alabama's best friend. Hi, Terry, I know you're reading this. You love this.

Ed Lacasse, Grant, AL Thu January 15

Hi, Lorna. No, I don't know any of them, but to let you know about our strange meeting, I was at my friend Dana's house, and Al Bergevine and your brother were visiting Dana. We got to talking and the rest is history. Believe it or not, I was a pressman at The Sun Chronicle before moving south. Next, I went to Holy Ghost, and probably know everyone you knew in Lonicut. Forget, Manton, Cordierro, Cloud, Oliver, Hayden, Bregnard, Ruggieo, to name a few. Everyone misses Attleboro, but my sister and best friend from N.H. came to visit and stayed. It's a different lifestyle, to say the least, but more desireable at best. I'm happy to make your acquaintence, especially in this strange way. Is this Internet great or what? Tell John I said hello. Hope to hear from you again.

Ed Lacasse, Grant, AL Thu January 15

If in 1492 Queen Isabella thought Columbus was nuts we would all be living in Europe now.

Bob Laplante, North Attleboro MA Thu January 15

Answer: "B" Plan a trip. Maybe you will get a new perspective and stop bitching every time George Bush draws another breath. Plus you will be helping the economy by traveling. The hotel and airline industry will love you for it. You know, the ones who suffered because of 9/11 when G.B. flew into the towers. And was it not G.B. who bombed the U.S.S. Cole? Pretty sure he blew up the Marine barracks in Beirut and attacked both those embassies. Did he not vote to NOT abide by all those U.N. sanctions on Iraq? Yes John, if it is G.B. it is bad and evil and stupid. Tell me the truth, that it is not all political with you. Kennedy wanted to go to the moon - O.K., because you were 12? Bush, back to the moon and on to Mars. - Noooo, very bad. Go cry in someone else's beer. Oh, and Terry, thanks for the vote of confidence. I am off to Mars. Be back in time for you to make a meaningful comment, about two years. By the way, John, I never said I fully agreed with the Mars thing. I just thought it was interesting that it brought you out of the woodwork to once again beat on Bush.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Thu January 15

What if we all thought like Bush? Imagine that the past few years have been rough financially for your family. You had some money saved but it's gone now and you've run up a big credit-card debt just trying to make ends meet. What do you do? (A) Try to cut expenses and work hard to pay down your debt or (B) plan an incredibly expensive trip?

John Owen, Easton, MA Thu January 15

I vote we send both George Bush AND Rich Howard to Mars!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Wed January 14

Thanks for the heads-up on the Accuweather problem. I'll get a techie on it asap. As soon as I thaw one out.

Oreste P. D'Arconte, Publisher

Question to The Sun Chronicle: How come the weather stories on line hardly ever match up with the five-day forecast on the same Web site? You have articles about minus, freezing, etc. and a five-day showing lows at 34 or 18 or 24 and highs at 54 and 43 and 38, etc, and sunny skies. The two have not jived for awhile now.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Wed January 14

Well, Mr. Owen, in respect to Arnold's election, everyone cannot be everything to all people now, can they? Unless of course you accept leaders like S.H. and Hitler and then you have no choice but to accept them and their dogma. Have you ever heard of the lesser of two evils, or the better choice? Guess not. As for your views about spending money here on earth instead of space, well that is the liberal way. Spend it all on those who choose not to work and on programs that give it away for nothing in return. What I want to know is, after you get EVERYONE on the public dole, how do you fund it without a workforce paying your taxes? Oh. I get it, Socialism or Communism. Get your head out of the sand here on earth and go to Mars with the rest of us … you may like being 12 again.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Wed January 14

Yes, Ed, that was my brother and he had just been visiting us. Where in Attleboro did you live? You are right, it is a small world. I have friends in Huntsville that belong to the chorus I used to sing with. They come up here every week to rehearse. They are Betty Meyer, Robin Ashley and Naida Williamson. Is there any chance you know any of them?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, Tn Wed January 14

Mr. Howard, speaking of mindlessly backing a certain political party, I was a bit surprised when you expressed pleasure at the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger some months ago. He is quite liberal and pro-choice. His politics are not at all in line with the ideals you have so forcefully expressed in this Guestbook. Did that R after his name influence you?

John Owen, Easton, MA Wed January 14

What a great time it was in the '70s supporting the Apollo missions. We gained a lot from that program, and will again.

Stormy, Omaha Wed January 14

Time magazine got it right this year! The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short-haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either. He's a recent high school graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a 10-year-old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter-writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and re-assemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first-aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: He washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime. He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to "square away" those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years. He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, and now her, as so many of our young women rise to the call to defend our nation, always, for they have earned our respect and admiration with their blood. As you go to bed tonight, remember them.

Let's not turn the "moon" thing into a political forum. We've been to the moon and spent a great deal of money doing so. Now let's focus on using my hard-earned tax dollar on solving some problems right here on Earth, no matter who's in office.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue January 13

Lorna Noren: I met a John Carvalho last summer visiting a friend in Huntsville, Ala. He said he was from Attleboro. He had just visited his sister in Nashville. Could this be your brother? If it is, this is a small world. By the way, I also come from Attleboro.

Ed L, Grant, AL Tue January 13

Mr. Howard, you Republicans are sensitive. I did think Kennedy's space program was great. But I was 12 years old. Now that I am a grown-up, I don't get as excited about spacemen. I am against any Democrat sending someone to Mars as well. It's not always about Democrats or Republicans. Sometimes it's about common sense.

John Owen, Easton Tue January 13

Mr Owen: With regard to the president wanting to put a man on Mars, I don't think it is any more loony than President Kennedy's vision for putting a man on the moon. While the scientific and technological benefits that were supposedly realized from the space program are somewhat questionable, I think that with this type of vision/plan the goal is the journey itself. Each of us can assess whether it is a worthwhile investment. Certainly there are countless causes that could use the money. However, the reality is that the government ususally finds a way to screw them up and provide little help anyway (cynical, I know). Maybe we can fund a small portion of the program by eliminating our funding of the U.N., foreign aid to countries that turn thier backs on us when we need their support, the missle defense shield, etc… Just a thought

frequent, Detroit Tue January 13

I'm with you, Mr. Owen. There are so many things here on earth that need our time, money and attention. One of my concerns is that Mars will become just another planet that we manage to trash. Kudos to the Patriots on another fine win! My fingers are crossed! We displaced Massachusians are still huge fans and are having a great time bragging. Ya'll stay warm and take the time to check on the old folks in your neighborhoods. With their limited incomes many are forced to choose between heating oil and food. Keep your chins up, spring will return!

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue January 13

Terry, how about, Walt's Roast Beef on Pleasant Street, Watson's Diner on Railroad Avenue, the silver railroad diner across from Sandy's, just to name a few past places to get good eats. And try scrolling past those people who bore you with their rhetoric insults and arguing. It works for me.

Ed L., Grant, AL Mon January 12

Just tell us, Mr Owen, honestly, if you thought President Kennedy's commitment to put a man on the moon was "loony"? Or is it just that this time it is Bush, or a Republican? Did not Kennedy have problems here on earth? Just asking, John.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Mon January 12

GO PATS! I am so proud of you. Everyone here at work was giving me dirty looks because I had my Patriots hat on top of my computer. I am surrounded by Titans fans here, but refuse to convert!

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon January 12

I live in the heart of Ravens country, my MD license plates say "MASSGRL" surrounded by a New England Patriots plate frame, AND I've been flashing my Patriots sweatshirts and flag all over! I'm so proud of them! I told the cop that guards Baltimore City Hall that bathing the buildings in purple wasn't gonna help them Ravens. He doesn't say "Hi" to me anymore… GO PATRIOTS! ALL THE WAY!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park MD Mon January 12

Congratulations to the Patriots on another win. There are lots of us Northerners wintering here in Florida who are really pulling for our "home team." We sure are proud of them and wish them continued success!

Karolyn McNamara, Sarasota, FL 34240 Sun January 11

Does anyone else think that Presidents Bush's desire to put a man on Mars is loony? It seems to be a huge waste of money and energy when there are so many problems to solve right here on earth.

John Owen, Easton, MA Sat January 10

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I haven't looked at The Sun Chronicle for awhile. What happened to all the people who used to submit comments to this Guestbook? I have made comments several times over the past year, but have heard very few reactions. I grew up in NA, left in about 1978 and have lived and worked around the US for the last 25 years.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Wed January 07

To Frequent: Oh. Thanks.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Wed January 07

The information that was misunderstood was distributed to the mayor, city council and school committee. They all claim to have not seen the memo, excerpts of which were published in the Sun Chronicle. It is valid to question why school administrators and the school committee did not question a larger than ordinary appropriation. They chose to spend the money and not ask why they received more than the minimum they have been receiving for years. I've been wondering when someone was going to ask this question. The editor and publisher of the Sun have yet to question it, and the citizens have yet to ask.

Frequent, Detroit Mon January 05

My sympathies to the family of Ralph Cote. My dad and I worked for Ralph when he partnered the Cote & Quaglia Company many years ago.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon January 05

I guess I am missing something here, Lorna. Tell me again how the school people should have known that the money didn't exist? It was appropriated by the administration who mis-read the state, right? All of that was not found out 'til after the election, right? Judy Robbins was the mayor, right? And as Harry Truman said on the sign on his desk, "The Buck Stops Here", right? Top dog gets the glory, Top dog gets the blame. Case closed.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Sat January 03

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Please read what I said BEFORE I said that the school committee was to blame. Question: If you were given money that was not rightfully yours, wouldn't you question it? In my book, if money were to be given to me that I was not supposed to get and I didn't question it, it would be equivalent to stealing according to the values with which I was raised. The school committee should have given it back with questions as to the error.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Fri January 02

Well, well, well, Mr Owen, we finally agree to some extent on something. Maybe this will be a good year after all. Wal-Mart, in my estimation, makes it look good on the surface but underneath they really don't care about the employees. It is 2004. The only thing that counts is the bottom line. Unless some people think weighing yourself down with all the little badges they get to wear on their vests and name tags is a good deal then Wal-Mart is the place to be. Now they are also driving out some other "big box" stores as well as the little guy. Kids 'R' Us is a good example. I would hate to see America covered with wall to wall Wal-Marts, but that is the way it is going. However, Sears and some others only have themselves to blame for some of this. The job of a CEO is to have a vision and to feel what is happening down the road. They did not. Wal-Mart came along and blindsided KMart and others. Just like the Japanese auto industry did to Detroit. Well that is my take, anyway. Have a great new year and pray, oops, hope for the best.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Fri January 02

Happy New Year to one and all. May your future years be more blessed than all your past years and may all of us give thanks and blessings to all in our armed forces and reserve forces. A special blessing to our nation's police, rescue and fire departments. Most of all, bless these United States of America and may we live with liberty always. P.S. Bless the AHS Class of 1946

Tom Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA Wed December 31

Dear Ms. Lorna C. Noren: I have one question regarding your entry about the $1.1 million issue. Whaaaaaaat? It is the school departments fault? Please explain. You really have me befuddled on that one. See you next year in the Guestbook.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Wed December 31

Bruce, You may have found a good price at Wal-Mart, but my understanding is that they treat their employees very poorly and drive smaller, locally-owned shops out of business. On the other hand, according to another posting on this page, Sears is taking very good care of its soldier-employees while they are serving oversees. There is a lot of talk on this page about good old American values. It appears that Sears has them. I will choose Sears over Wal-Mart any day.

John Owen, Easton, MA Wed December 31

With so many people blaming Judy Robbins for the $1.1 million error, I would like to know why the people receiving the extra money didn't question why they were given so much. If my company gave me an extra amount in my paycheck, the first thing I would do is ask my boss why, because, sure as shooting, they will take it away in the next paycheck if it was a mistake. It is the school department that is to blame. And furthermore, why did they only give raises to the teachers instead of putting it into books and buildings, too?

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Tue December 30

A happy and blessed New Year to all, and a special thanks to you readers of the Guestbook who e-mailed me regarding Ms. Bea Wood, the former teacher and principal of the Plainville Elementary Schools. She will appreciate the memories you all have of her and be pleased to know she has been such an important part of so many lives!

Karolyn (Youngdahl) McNamara, Sarasota, FL Mon December 29

It saddens me to see the lack of news from the on-line version of my hometown newspaper. I guess the solution is pay-per-view? Pay for the service and receive all that our regular subscribers get? I guess the irony in that is that someone there no longer has the time to show the five or six daily headline stories in their entirety, but once you pay for it, heck, they'll even show you everything on sale at Emerald Square and throw in local movie times too. Sorry, this out-of-state resident with his heart back in the Sun Chronicle area sadly misses what is going on back home. But if money is what makes the world go around, then I wish the decision makers at The Sun Chronicle good luck on this latest gimmick. For those of you who won't be returning once they go pay-per-view, I sincerely hope that on your next visit back home to the Sun Chronicle area you will find the warmth and happiness you always remembered. You can't and shouldn't try to put a price on that. Happy New Year everyone. GO PATRIOTS!

Paul DuVarney, Colonial Heights, VA Mon December 29

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and is looking forward to a healthy, happy and prosperous new year! Lord knows we could use it!

C Morrison, Dallas Mon December 29

Happy New Year everyone!

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Mon December 29

Sears? When is the last time you set foot into a Sears? I have to go back to the 1970s to think of a time when I went into one, and then walked out confident that my Wal-Mart purchase was a good one.

Bruce, Providence Mon December 29

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I agree.

Amops, Fri December 26

Thanks to Rich for mentioning me in his last entry. Yes, it is nice to get positive feedback. Let me begin by wishing all a Merry Christmas and a productive new year. Before the year is gone, let me give you something to think about. If you wish to understand the mind of the left that is consuming the Democratic party today, you have to realize anything goes. Their plan is simple: lie, exaggerate, change the subject, condemn the USA, use degrading language in reference to our leaders, use every fallacy of logic to win, spin every positive action to a negative one. When you have no good ideas to support your contentions that the opposition is wrong, and your fear of losing is so great. you will resort to the above. I dislike war, but I support our troops and what they are doing in getting rid of an evil regime. I dislike war because some of the good will die along with the evil, but that is the nature of war. I support the troops as well as the war they are fighting. I find it impossible to separate the two, as some who say, "I support the troops but not the war." To me that is like me telling my son or daughter who play a sport, that I support them but not what they are doing, and then going to that game with a sign that says, "I Hate Sports." Do you really belive they will think I support them?

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Sat December 20

I assume you have all see the reports about how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called-up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that

Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. Suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a

manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves. So I decided to check it out before I sent it forward. I sent the following email to the Sears Customer

Service Department: I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your store. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item even if it was cheaper at the other store. Here is their answer to my e-mail. Here is the reponse: Dear Customer: Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time. Bill Thorn, Sears Customer Care,


Frank Reilly, North Attleboro Fri December 19

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Ponderous thoughts this Christmas season; 1) Go Pats, 2) Glad I'm not shoveling snow, 3) Nice job on bagging "MR. Dirt-Saddam H.", 4) God please keep our troops and all people safe from harm, 5) God help our president accomplish his goals, 6) Thank you to those who tell me they support my thoughts on certain issues. It comforts me to know that sanity is not dead in America, 7) Thank you Sun Chronicle for this forum, 8) Hello to all my old friends, relatives and former classmates in the north. 9) I hope abortion stops, 10) I hope saner heads prevail to disallow same-sex marriages, 11) "A Christmas Story" is still my favorite Christmas movie - "you'll shoot your eye out," 12) Good luck to mayor-elect Kevin Dumas - guess he will need it from what I have been reading, 13) Hope you all have a snowstorm-free Christmas in New England - maybe one of those light fluffy one-to-two-incher Christmas Eve snowfalls would be good, 14) Keep up the good work my buddy "Pic," 15) Tell Canada for me that we do not want any more of their cold fronts sinking this low into Florida, 16) As usual, the Red Sox have heated up the "hot stove league." Go Sox. Is 2004 the year? 17) Florida needs better-paying jobs and more of them - it is their dirty little secret, 18) We are going to "Bike Week" in Daytona this February - will we see any of you? 19) Think about salvation, I mean really think about it. It affects your future, 20) Last but not least, have wonderful holidays all of you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. For those of different faiths, Happy Holidays to you also. God bless You all.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Thu December 18

Mr. Sherman was a wonderful teacher and I hope he enjoys his retirement. I had the pleasure of being his student for five years in middle school and high school. Spit could not have said it better. He was the best!

Linda (King) Summarell, Dickson, TN Sat December 13

Rich, I read your experience with the soldiers. I too have talked to soldiers right here in Attleboro who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq. I have worked with veterans from all the previous wars as well. I can tell you that they all need our support. Troops over there now will need benefits when they return and Massachusetts is the only state that has a benefit program other than the VA. It's called MGL Chapter 115 Veterans Benefits and Services. I work for the Veterans Departmnt in Attleboro City Hall and can tell you we in Mass. take care of all our veterans and fight continuously for the legislators to stop cutting the benefits, state and federal. This is where the voice of the people need to be heard. Talk to your state senators and representatives and let them know you care! And to stop cutting the VA benefits! And in Mass., stop cutting the state benefits! The men and women come back tattered and scarred. Help them by speaking out and forget why they went. They do it because it's there job. Just like we go to work and do ours. Never stop expressing your opinions. Some people are ignorant as to what these soldiers are up against there and afterward when they come home. Hooray for you.

Connie (Carvalho) Uriot, Attleboro Fri December 12

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Congratulations to Mr. Sherman on announcing his retirement from AHS! I had him as a science teacher way back when and remember him to be a no-nonsense, fair and dedicated educator. He took the job of teaching very seriously and had little tolerance for students who were not intent on learning in his class. He taught me about dedication, hard work and subsequent reward. Thanks for your years of commitment to AHS and enjoy your retirement.

Spit, Wed December 10

Hello to all. I was raised in Attleboro. As as adult, I lived in North Attleboro. I moved to the Nashville areA three years ago to be closer to my parents, and I can't wait to come home. I went back to college and will be moving home when I get my degree. I never realized how lucky I was to have been raised in such a wonderful place until I moved here. I can see from this Guestbook that democracy in its finest form is still alive and well in Massachusetts. Rich, while I disagree with your opinions, I support your right to shout them from the rooftops and respect you for standing by them. Anyway, I'm incredibly homesick and miss everything but LaSalette traffic. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Tanya (Noren) McLaughlin, Murfreesboro, TN Tue December 09

Rich: Thanks for sharing your experience in Atlanta with the young soldier. It was very thoughtful of him to give you the flag patch. I support our troops whether the wars are right or wrong. They are there doing their jobs and fighting for us and our freedom. If a war is wrong, as Vietnam was, it our government that is wrong not our servicemen! I'll keep your mother-in-Law in my prayers.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon December 08

I just wanted to post this note to state how proud I am of my son John and the other firefighters of Mansfield and around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. John and fellow firefighters will be honored by the governor later this month and his mother and I are very proud of all of them and especially John. Great job, son!

Bob Brunelli, Port Charlotte, FL Sat December 06

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Hello, all. We just got back from our seven-day trip to North Attleboro. It was a mixed bag since my mother-in-law ended up in the hospital on Saturday after a fall. She is still there, so prayers please? My dad-in-law is in a nursing home and he is "in and out" so all that is sad to see. I pray for them daily. We attempted to get together for out Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday since all are scattered on Thanksgiving Day. So all but three made it. Four made it because of the hospital incident. The same night we dropped in on my 45th reunion of the Class of 1958. Everyone I saw and spoke to was very nice and many were fans of my comments in the Guestbook. They tell me I have a fan club. Must be a "silent majority fan club." But it does my heart good to know others are still around who have the same values as I profess to have. We enjoyed our stay with my sister-in-law and her lovely family. We left just as the welcome was wearing out. Ha ha ha. I did not make the game, but am happy that North won. Really hope Attleboro can make this the close rivalry it once was, though.

At our stopover in Atlanta on the way up, we conversed with two young soldiers in desert camo who were just arriving for two weeks leave at home. They were, as I said, very young and very enthusiastic about their task over there. Many people spoke with them and shook their hands in support. It was wonderful. I told them about how I hope their welcomes continue to be positive and how it was for some from the Vietnam era. They said they were aware of that from stories they have heard (how to make me feel old), and that they think it is awful that that happened to American troops under any circumstances. Later on as I sat chatting with my wife, I felt a tap on the shoulder. It was one of the young soldiers. He said, "Excuse me, I have something for you." He then handed me a right shoulder American flag patch and told me that it wasn't much but that it was direct from Iraq and he wanted me to have it. I will carry it always as a symbol of my support for those brave young men and women protecting us from the world's latest crop of murdering butchers. God bless them and God bless their mission.

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Thu December 04

If anyone knows how to get in touch with Jay Rixon, please pass this message along. Happy 40th. We should be at a Pats' game like old times.

Paula (Rizzardini) McGovern, Cumberland, RI Tue December 02

Dear Peter: God bless you and your family! Always keep the faith, my friend, and know that when two or more gather in His name miracles happen! You are in our thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Nancy, Westerly, RI Tue December 02

We are looking for our Uncle Ron (Lefebvre) who was living with a niece of his in Attleboro. She lives over on Wilmarth. We know that our uncle has to be deceased, but I have been through the archives looking for his obit and can't find one.

Lefebvre family, Wyandotte Mon December 01

We got a phone call Saturday regarding an apartment we had interviewed for. At first it seemed the apartment was going to another family but by afternoon it was ours. Its small but its home, and we are grateful to all those who took the time to pray for us. It was overwhelming the number of e-mails we received. May God bless those who showed us compassion when we needed it most.

Peter, Plainville Sun November 30

I have been quite busy and have not been able to catch up with reading the paper on line. Being a holiday weekend I did have time to read and see how things are going in Attleboro. I see the soap box is still standing strong. To Rich Howard, it looks like you refer to the United States as being solely yours when you write "my county." If things are so bad in "your country," then MOVE! To Christine Olson: I say you have hit the nail on the head! Thank You!

Gailann Newton, Pittsfield, NH Fri November 28

We had so many good teachers at Plainville Elementary. I remember Miss Wood, Mrs. Medlicott, Miss Zajack, Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Dustin. They encouraged us to read and learn. I loved the old Plainville Library in the little old red house. It did indeed feel like you were reading at home. I remember Al Paulus's gas station. That is where we bought our Christmas tree every year. My sisters and I would often walk to Bankie's service station on Route 1 to buy a bottle of coke. So many good memories …

Kathy Hughes, Fayetteville, NY Fri November 28

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To Peter and his family who are looking for affordable housing: I hope there is someone in your area who can help you soon. My prayers will be with you and, please, if there is anyone who can help this family, now, more than any other time, is the time of year to do so.

Kay, Rosamond, CA Wed November 26

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Arthur Itis, Oshkosh, MN Wed November 26

My wife and I and our toddler son have been living in a rented home. It has been sold and we have to out by Dec. 2. We have two male cats. They are 8 years old. They have always been indoors, they are fixed and declawed. We can't afford much and have been hoping to find a two-bedroom rental with utilities for under $1,000. We are almost out of time and out of desperation I find myself turning to all who read this: HELP! I am employed as a landscaper, but I also do some remodeling-renovation-handyman work. I'm an artist and I'm a Christian. So if you read this and have any ideas, please let us know, please! We have great credit and references, just don't have enough money to afford a mortgage. Thank you.

Peter , Plainville Wed November 26

I am glad you share all those good memories, Ina! I bet you also remember Harry Thompson's store and my uncle Al Paulus' Mobile Station where the laundromat is now. Of course we all remember Ms. Bea Wood, our 4th & 5th grade teacher, (both in one room)and wanted to let you know that I still correspond with her and she is as bright as ever, living in senior housing in Findlay, Ohio. Such a delightful person who I always credit my love for learning to. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Karolyn Youngdahl McNamara, Sarasota, FL Tue November 25

Does anyone remember any of the elementary school teachers they had in Attleboro? I went to Tiffany Elemantary from 1971 to 1974. My very favorite teacher was Ms. LaFontaine. Sad, that this old school is no longer a school. Does anyone know what year was the last year of it being a school? What happened to all the awesome teachers? I bet they went on to Studley or the Junior High. I forgot what the name of that was, but my older brother went there. I have a ton of excellent momories of Tiffany School. If anyone has any, or any info on the old school, please write! Hey, to everyone on the Guestbook and all of Attleboro, "Happy Thanksgiving and God's blessings to all!" P.S. Thinking of you, Rich H., and your family this holiday season! God bless you!

Nancy, Westerly, RI Tue November 25

Thank you, Oreste. It will be great to read all the news.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Tue November 25

My gosh! The NAHS class of '58 is having its 45th reunion this weekend! However, before going to NAHS I lived in Plainville and remember well the Falks. We spent many hours roaming the fields behind "MO" Falk's (the son's) farm. Even played basketball inside their cow barn. Even worked a few weeks helping deliver fresh milk from their milk truck. I was about 10 at the time and dropped a bottle and didn't go back! I remember the railroad bridge on West Bacon street and the other at the end of Fletcher Street. I also remember walking home (at the end of Fletcher Street) from Whiting's pond in the middle of the winter with skates on my feet because my hands were so cold I couldn't untie my skates. Thanks for allowing me to go back to a simpler time and remember the times that shaped a young boy's life.

Dennis Redding, S. Yarmouth, MA Tue November 25

In this day of identity theft, drive-by shootings and prozac-eating mental cases, it is not "courageous" to sign your name to a posted message on the internet, it is SHEER STUPIDITY! While you're signing your name, why don't you put your phone number, address and Social Security number too, so every freak in the world can look you up after you tell them to "burn in hell." Like I told my dad, sitting in your den in front of the screen, it may appear that the Internet is a friendly little place to talk with friends, but BEWARE! It's not the sane, rational, God-fearing "neighborhood" that you grew up in and there's always someone reading your comments that does not understand them as you have intended. If I want you to know my name, I'll e-mail you. Have a warm and safe Holiday Season..

Spit, Tue November 25

This is regarding the practice of just signing first names. I'm firm on my previous opinions, and I can leave it with that. But, we have seen where others have responded with e-mails to the people they disagree with. Who's to say it would stop with that. We don't really KNOW each other. For example, look at the pro-lifers who kill doctors and staff at abortion clinics. Some of the most "Bible spouting" are the most dangerous. Remember the cult in Attleboro. Better to be safe than sorry!

Angelique, Cumberland Tue November 25

I just want to take this opportunity to wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings. We can put aside our differences for a day and hope for the best for all of us. Take a moment to reflect and thank the Lord, (or whomever, or whatever you choose), for all the good in your lives. Peace in this world of ours can begin with one step. I hope you will join me in taking that step. Happy Thanksgiving all.

Rich Howard, NPR, FL 34653 Tue November 25

Hello, Attleboroeans! I have to agree that I don't like to just get the headlines of what is in the newspaper! Now that I have a relative running the city, I would love to get more of the news. I also agree that we can type on and on with all kinds of opinions on things on this site, but can't get the local news. I know it is a newspaper and they rely on the subscribers to pay the bills of The Sun Chronicle, but if the headline news can't be put on the Web site then it seems almost worthless to put in the first line! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and remember our troops that will not be with their families through the holidays. I'm thankful for them!

Cyndy Lesperance, Meredith, NH Tue November 25

Yes, Karolyn, I remember all those places you spoke of. Do you remember Bill and Dell Platner who ran the Spa? We sure do have good memories of Plainville.

Ina Peck Riley, Mercer, ME Mon November 24

When I meet the Lord, I will be judged on what I have done with my life and how I have treated others. I only hope that I haven't failed in being a loving and caring person to all people and not put myself first but last. I hope that I have served others well, both liberals and conservatives, heterosexuals and homosexuals, both adults and children, both good and bad. We all make bad choices at some point in our lives, usually out of desperation. There is not a one of us on this earth who is sinless. There was only one and He gave his life so we can be forgiven. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Mon November 24

Does it upset anyone else that the top stories from the paper are only given a few lines on line. It always says for full story see today's paper. Well, I live somewhere else other than the town I grew up in. I would like to know more about what's going on there but, unfortunately, I can never get the whole story. Why can you post the long-winded rantings and ravings of some posters but not the important hometown news?

Amy, South Carolina Mon November 24

The publisher replies: I hope to have the whole newspaper on line, page after page, sometime in the first quarter of next year, and those who subscribe to this service will be able to read everything the residents of the Attleboro area are offered. Oreste P. D'Arconte

Falk's market, I used to go there every Sunday to pick up a hot chicken turning on the spit, and a loaf of best-tasting Italian bread. By the way, for what it's worth, the only opinions in this Guestbook I think don't belong here, are the ones that don't have their full name attached. If you don't have the courage to put your name on what you write, then you should keep it to yourself.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Mon November 24

I not ony remember Falks Market but knew it when it was Falk and Henrich's. You could call in your weekly grocery order and they would deliver every Saturday. Anyone remember Averill's Garage, Cobb's Garage, the old Post Office and the A&P run by Adrian Wheeler. Also Grants Market! I grew up in Plainville and have many memories of so many people and places. We still live in Wrentham in the summertime and I am looking forward to Plainvilles Centennial! Oh yes, Doc Roger's Drug Store was on one end of Falk & Henrich's and before Rollie Perrault owned the paper store it was run by Mrs. Fuller, a very dear sweet lady who always gave my dog candy treats!

Karolyn Youngdahl McNamara, Sarasota, FL Sun November 23

Rich, you can say what you feel, that is your right in this country, the good old USA, and your opinion is yours and only yours. But, it is not everyones. God gave us brains to use so we could be useful to mankind. We will not burn in hell for being a thinking, resourceful human being. God helps those who help themselves. As far as same-sex marriage, who are you to judge who we fall in love with? This has been around since the Son of God walked the earth and will continue until the end as we know it, and we don't know when that will be. You can have opinions but they are yours.

Sue, South Attleboro, MA Sun November 23

Any of these verses ring a bell: "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Matthew 7:3-5. Here's one more while we're all here: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1. What the heck, let's include this one: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37. OK, as long as I'm still studying: "Judge not thy neighbor by thyself: and be discreet in every point." Ecclesiasticus 31:15. One last one then I'll shut up: "For aLL have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Now I have to admit that I am not in support of gay marriages or abortion, but I happen to live in a country that protects the rights of its people and allows them to pursue "life, liberty and the persuit of happiness." Fortunately, none of us will be judged by the actions of others.

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Fri November 21

Greetings, all! To Unsigned, while I do not agree with what Mr. Howard believes, I give him a great deal of respect. He at least is not afriad to sign his name to his opinion. Anyone who reads this page knows we have disagreed many times. Shame on you. If you stand strongly for something have the conviction to sign your name. I have felt at odds this week as I remember the 40th year of JFK's death. I was a student at Dominican Academy in Plainville when this happened. I remember Sr. Rita being called out of the room and then returning to tell us about the death of our president. I felt like my uncle had died. There was a void I could not explain. To this day I believe it was JFK's remarks of "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" that sent me in the direction to work with those who are so disadvantaged. A liberal, yes, I guess you could call me that, but I prefer to think of myself as a compassionate human. May all of you have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Please keep our men and women who are risking their lives in Iraq in your heart and prayers this week. This does not mean I am pro-war but pro life, and pro freedom. God Bless.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Fri November 21

JFK remembered: Forty years ago today, our president was assassinated. Many of the people reading this article today were yet to be born. They know only of JFK as to what they read or hear, but I remember - as do many others - so well that we can remember what we were doing at the exact minute that it was announced on TV that President Kennedy was dead. The nation and the world was shocked. And for the next 40 years we are left still wondering who killed JFK. Each of us has their own theory as to what happened. I didn't believe the Warren Commission's report 40 years ago and still don't believe it today. I often wonder where this great country would be today if President Kennedy served out his presidency, and perhaps was re-elected to another term. Both JFK and Jackie were certainly great ambassadors to every nation. She spoke French to the People of France, he spoke German to the people of Germany. Every country they visited loved what we loved in our president. It is certainly strange how one can have burnt in their mind something so tragic, so horrific, you never forget. Such is a family so full of tragedy that only one child remains of the Camelot presidency of Our First Family. "Ask not what our country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Rest in peace, JFK, for you will always be remembered.

Tom LaMothe, Murphy, NC Fri November 21

Folks, you won't believe who "Unsigned" is. Think high, no higher, higher yet, no waaaaaay up there, thats right, you got it. It's Him. Just click on unsigned and you'll see. Now I can say, "I hear voices from Him."

Rich Howard, NPR, Fl 34653 Fri November 21

Dear Rich: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from you, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them. 1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord — Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They

claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? 2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus

21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? 4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians? 5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2

clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? 6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination — Lev. 11:10— it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? 7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my

vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here? 8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.

19:27. How should they die? 9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? 10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? — Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't

we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and


Christine Olson, Scottsdale, AZ Fri November 21

Way to go "Unsigned". Be proud of your gutless, unsigned reply. Daily diatrabes? I think not. Get your facts straight, "Unsigned". Oh, and last time I checked I still have a right to my opinion and to point out the Godless acts perpetrated by your state senators and judges. Lastly, last time I checked, I signed all of my entries here whether they were "memories" or comments. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Rich Howard, Nnew Port Richey, FL 34653 Fri November 21

What would this Guestbook be without Rich Howard's entertaining entries? Now we know that we "will all be burning in hell" and should not "expect to be part of the rapture." Next, we'll hear that Santa Claus will not visit our houses.

John Owen, Easton, MA Fri November 21

Hi, Ina. Yes, I do remember the railroad tracks on West Bacon Street. My family lived on West Bacon and I always said that I came from the other side of the tracks! Meril Falk and family also lived on that side of town. Plainville is a wonderful town, and it was the best place to live when we were young. Remember the town park, all the fun at the old swimming pool? The 4th of July fun at the Whiting and Davis parking lot, the barn fire. So many good memories! The years went by way too fast! The best time of my life was spent in Plainville and all the years we had there. Love looking back.

Doris Smith, Deltona, FL Fri November 21

Miss Bride! Miss Bride! I and my brothers grew up two houses down from the Brides. I don't know about the classroom - we were to young to have been in school with them - but I could tell all kinds of stories as we grew up next to them. Looking back now, all in all it was such a great neighborhood, and they were really nice, and a bit different. We shoveled snow for them, helped them move heavy things in the house, put up curtains and, above all, stayed petrified of them most of the time. They were three sisters. We really learned a lot from them those years that one could not fully understand at the time. They were part of our neighborhood and the source of many stories (and still are), really great memories! Very nice people. Rich, did you say that about yourself, just to get people going? And, just what was going on under the bridge in Plainville?

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Fri November 21

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Re: From Rich Howard - "And frankly, folks, I don't really care how much you hate what I say about these issues." Does anyone else get the distinct impression that Rich probably repeats the aforementioned statement say nine or 10 times a day down in sunny New Port Richey. Florida's loss is the Tri-Boro area's gain, I guess. Also, do you ever wonder if Rich believes boring everyone to death with his "daily diatribes" in here is a "mortal" sin as well?

Unsigned, Thu November 20

I grew up in Plainville and remember Falk's Market very well. Does anyone remember the old railroad bridge on West Bacon Street? Lots of good memories from Plainville.

Ina Riley, Mercer, ME Thu November 20

Miss Bride - wasn't she the substitute teacher, also a twin to another Miss Bride? I do recall having a Miss Bride at Brennan Junior . High. I was a classroom gabber, so I don't think she liked me. Was a very different teacher, if I have the right one.

Maureen Whitty, Myrtle Beach, SC Thu November 20

I live in the heart of Ravens country, but my MD license plates say "MASSGRL" surrounded by a NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS plate frame I got off the Web site — JUST to distinguish me from Ravens fans. People beep and wave at me with their MA plates on 95/495/695. LOVE IT!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Thu November 20

I am PROUD of being a neighbor to Massachusetts for not denying a segment of American citizens their equal rights to marry whomever they choose! I'm sure when women were given the right to vote and Blacks given some civil rights, it was greeted with gloom and doom too! Please remember, separate your bible from the Constitution. Also remember, it's your bible, not everyone believes like you. There are a zillion religions and beliefs!

Angelique, Cumberland Thu November 20

My sentiments exactly, Marilyn! I never cheer for the Titans. We are avid Patriots fans - and Bruins fans - and Red Sox fans - and Celtics fans! We, too, take a lot of ribbing from friends here but we still remain faithful.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Wed November 19

I sure do rmember Falk's Market, I grew up in Plainville on Zeller Avenue and graduated from KPRHS in '65.

Louise (Machado) Atkins, Richmond, VA Wed November 19

I cannot tell you how un-proud I am of my old home state of Massachusetts. First they approve using fetuses for research and now gay marriages. How utterly sickening. How shocking it is to realize just how far down we have sunk as a human race. And frankly, folks, I dont really care how much you hate what I say about these issues. You will all be burning in hell when the time comes. This earth is run by God's rules in the end, not yours. So enjoy all of your insane rulings about killing babies and same-sex weddings. Just don't expect to be part of the rapture when it comes. My country is slipping away faster than I thought possible. Every value and every sin I was taught is gone the way of the collar button. You have turned my country into a killing ground and a moral sewer. Enjoy it while you can. Your day will come.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Wed November 19

Peter Seaberg: I remember Falk's Market in Plainville, Merrill and Alice Falk in particular. They were the nicest people anyone would ever want to meet, a very hard working Mom & Pop store. One of the last of it's kind in Plainville, Merrill would take a trip to Maine several time a week with his big truck and pick up produce. He had a delivery route all the way back to Plainville and would drop off fresh produce to other merchants. I remember on Friday nights calling Falks market and ordering fish & chips, and Alice would fry up the haddock and French fries. Good God almighty, they were the best. The meat counter Merrill handled himself. He would cut you a steak anyway you wanted it, and his meat was always fresh. Falk's Market is a landmark and should be preserved. He at one time had postal boxes out of his store. Thank you, Merrill and Alice, for letting me have a piece of history. I know Merrill has passed on, but if Alice is still living, heres a big hug. I would also like to say the way Plainville is growing it will be a city before long.

Tom LaMothe, Murphy, NC Wed November 19

What do the lights at LaSalette mean to you? This marks the 50th year of the LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, and the 50th year of the shrine's Christmas lights display. In honor of that, we're planning to feature the Lights at LaSalette in the Nov. 28 Weekender section and we need your help. If the LaSalette Festival of Lights have held a special meaning for you over the years, or even recently, let us know by writing to Try to keep your response to 100 words or fewer so we can publish as many stories as possible. We need to hear from you by 6 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 24, so don't delay.

Ken Ross, Features Editor, Attleboro Wed November 19

Ok, everyone, let's hear some stories. EVERYONE must have known this teacher. Is there anyone that never had Miss Bride for a teacher? I am the youngest at 60, and my older brother and sister had her for a teacher. Get on your thinking caps and tell your stories.

John K, Seattle, WA. Wed November 19

Dear Pete, Thanks for letting us know about Plainville's upcoming anniversary. I remember Falk's well, with the old wood plank floors. We used to call it "Falkie's." Mr. Falk was always nice to us and seemed to know every family by name. Do you remember the former police chief, Elmer Pease? He lived in the little house right behind the market on East Bacon Street. It is too bad they can't restore Falk's. It was such a typical New England market with the front porch and big window. It sounds like you also have many good memories of the small town I grew up in. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Hughes, Fayetteville, NY Wed November 19

Who remembers Falk's Market back when it was open - old memories, stories. Plainville celebrates its Centennial in 2005, but it doesn't look like the old market will be restored.

Peter Seaberg, Plainville, MA Mon November 17

Way to go, Patriots! As a native of Massachusetts living in Texas, I take a lot of flak from the Cowboys fans down here, but I gotta tell ya, I am doing the Patriots shuffle today! I didn't get to see the game 'cause I had to work so I had to rely on updates via telephone and it sure felt good to brag about the Pats! Keep up the good work, boys! Massachusetts proud, livin' in Texas!

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, georgetown, TX Mon November 17

This is a word of advice. No matter how "busy" you are, no matter what your "schedules" are, no matter how tired you get from the activities of your kids and yourselves, no matter all of that, please keep in touch with those you love and those you profess to care about. In this age of e-mail and, failing that, phones, mail, etc. there is no reason or excuse not to keep in touch with your family and friends. To me this is what this country is lacking in it's hell-bent mission to take up every moment with a scheduled activity. Believe me folks, in the long run you will ask yourself, "What the hell was I thinking"? Take it from one who knows. Thanks for listening.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Mon November 17

If I offend you I'm sorry, but I just belive this has to be said.

I have heard now for some time. People and their politicians say they

support the troops but not the war. As a Korean veteran, I have tried to imagine how I would have reacted to that statement if it was said while I was over there. Here for what it's worth is how I would respond to that statement then and now. It is my opinion that you support the troops because it's politically correct to say that. I would have had problems believing you then, as I do now. You may think you support the troops, but as a veteran and if I was over in Iraq, I would not be happy with your dichotomy. The real reason I belive is you haven't been able to come to grips with the fact that Mr. Bush is president and he has done a good job so far. So you can't support the war, and because of bitterness over his defeat of Al Gore, you will only give half support to the troops. Shame, shame on you, for letting your politics influence your support for our troops and the war against terrorism.

Next, I gave some thought to how I would feel about this statement if I was a terrorist, Saddam loyalist, or whatever. I know I would get great comfort from it. It would give me incentive to continue my cowardly ways. As a teacher long ago told me, "You cant have your cake and eat it too."

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Sun November 16

West Virginia has got to be one of the more patriotic states. The parades all come right by our house and I think the Veterans Day parade is the best. A very good parade and it made us all very proud. My father tells me there are no more parades in North Attleboro for Veterans Day. I'm shocked! Also: We home school! My boys play town sports through the WMCA and Little League. The home schooling academics are second to none. It costs a little more, but they never have to rent books. The chances of HS kids going to college (or the pros) through sports are slim to none. It's all a good lesson, but a good job pays the bills.

Bill Lang, Beckley, WV Sat November 15

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Mr. Rullo, you make some outstanding points. HS is for academics and sports should be the secondary focus, not the primary. The percentage of athletes who continue in athletics after high school is very low, but the academic lessons they learn are what will prepare them for the work world. Whatever happened to "no-pass, no-play"? My daughter was in basketball and track and if her grades slipped she was benched and, although the physical fitness lessons she learned through sports has kept her healthy as an adult, it is her high grades that got her where she is today. I applaud you, Mr. Rullo, for speaking out. It's nice to see how the students feel about this stuff since, after all, high school is supposed to be about the students. Happy Veterans Day to my father, Mr. Henry W. Cutler Jr (WWII) and my brother, Steven H. Cutler. We are the land of the free because of the brave!

Maryann (Cutler) Ferns, Georgetown, TX Tue November 11

Today is one of those days that I really miss being home for all the parades and ceremonies in honor of our veterans. I don't get today off, and other than a small parade downtown, I don't think there are any ceremonies here, which surprises me being so close to Fort Campbell. This is a day when everthing should be closed and not allowed to open. Our veterans gave their lives for this country and for our freedoms. My father was a veteran, my husband is a veteran and my daughter is a veteran. I am very proud of all of them.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Tue November 11

Hi, everyone! That's great news about Kevin Dumas! Rich: Beverly is my cousin and lives in Attleboro. I'll get more info for you. I agree - nice family and I haven't seen them since four years ago, at our aunt's birthday party. Also, if anyone needs info on the AHS reunion 25, it is going to be 12/27/03 at Highland Country Club. Contact Ron Cook or Bruce Olgilvie. Have a great day!

Cyndy, Meredith, NH Tue November 11

To all my fellow veterans: I just want to thank you for your service and to welcome you home. Also have a very happy Veterans Day. Reflect on your service years and remember those who are no longer with us. Happy Veterans Day to all of you. Sincerely, Rich Howard, NPR, Fl. United States Army, 25th Inf. Div. 1961-1964

Rich Howard, Nnw Port Richey, FL 34653 Tue November 11

Seems like nothing changes and yet everything changes. I do miss the North.

Sherry Healey, Atlanta, GA Fri November 07

I was asked by someone if I have any better alternatives to high school sports. Here is what i have to say: Actually, I do have some better suggestions. First let me start by saying I am not against high school sports. It is an excellent medium for students to meet new people, develop self confidence and physical fitness, and earn their way into college. I do think that in the whirlwind of high school sports following in the area other things are left without notice. I am also going to point out that while I dont have physical evidence to support my claims, I have been going to the school for three years and do notice things. Firstly, there is a lot of money going to school sports and in particular football. It should be no surprise that NA is a high school town. And like I said before, there is nothing wrong with that except when high school football gets more attention and funding than academics. Mr. Gay, the principal, always says that NAHS is first and foremost an academic institution, but to tell you the truth I am not seeing it. My freshman year I had a class called FST (fundamentals of science and technolegy). I had a hard time studying because there was only a classroom worth of books for something like four classes. We had to leave our books at school at night and when we left the class. If there was a test comming up, we could sign them out but if you didn't get there fast enough they were all gone. I dont know if it is just me, but something seems wrong when you have to sign out books to study. And a few times I have gone to a teacher or the office to have a photocopy made and I was told that there was no paper in the allotment left for copies. At the media center a student may only make three or five copies. I have to admit things have gotten better in the last year with this. Also, I am stuck in an honors-level class that I shouldn't be in. I am there because there is only one French teacher and he is only allowed to teach five classes a day. So they got rid of all French IV classes except for honors. At least three kids dropped French this year because the class was too difficult. Information that was supposedly review to most of the class was brand new to some of us.

If they had made another French class, it may have been on the smaller side but it seems unfair to give students the choice of a class that they aren't capable of or quitting. Either way it looks bad on a college transcript. I would like to conclude by saying that I am not against high school sports completely, but there are many other more important things, such as an education for students, that aren't getting full attention.

Alexander Rullo, North Attleboro Fri November 07

Dear Mr. Rullo, I think it's wonderful to have an area so supportive of HS sports. In my opinion, football is a great life lesson sport. Eleven players have to all do their job to be successful - they train all year to be ready for the season, so they have healthy minds and bodies. When the community such as the one we live in then comes out and supports their hard work, well that alone is a reward. Add to that the coaches, like the one posting here, who take the time to build character in these young men, then I say we have a winning combination.

T. McCoy, North Fri November 07

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First of all, I want to apologize to the new coaching staff. I don't know the present state of the team. I was just responding to the complaining about scores being run up. I don't believe anyone should ever complain about the score being run up on them. That should be a sign of the need to improve. I do apologize for getting on the current coaching staff. I didn't even know it changed. My statements were directed at the past coaches. The school just always seems to let the talented players play pick-up games on the weekends and fills itself with only one clique. I have seen groups of students (in other schools) that wouldn't and don't otherwise bond, play together on teams that were great and the whole school supports them. In Attleboro that hasn't been the case over the years. Sure there have been some exceptions and that's great. I didn't mean to piss anyone off. I was just venting because I want Attleboro to succeed and I believe that means looking internally, not externally. The talent is there, find it.

James, Texas Thu November 06

I think that the last set of postings is just evidence of how obsessed this town is with high school sports.

Alexander Rullo, North Attleboro, MA Thu November 06

Attleboro has had more talent in its school system for the last 30 years, but they never use it. It's a "one crowd" system and I blame that on the coaching staff and school. Here is a little secret I learned coaching: Teach your kids to tackle and play defense and the other team won't score too much on you. The coaches are always the ones who should be blamed and credited for wins and losses. If your team is being embarassed look no further than them. Why would you look to the other teams' coaches? Recruit the best players attending the school and play them. You might even find school spirit increases with the best football players from all races and backgrounds participating.

James, Texas Wed November 05

Congratulations to Kevin Dumas. I worked with his mother at Foster's many years ago and had lots of good times with Bev, Leo and Kevin. My kids used to play Pac-Man and Uno with him. I am proud of him and I know his parents must be beaming from ear to ear today. As they used

to say, "It takes a Dumas to do it."

Joanne Howard, Plainville Wed November 05

Sorry, Attleboro. I disagree that it was a cheap shot to go for two. It was "one" more point than the kick. If not then, tell me when do you try these new kinds of plays? I actually think it was a compliment to Attleboro, which was showing little let-up and was very close to blocking extra points all night. I believe you can question coaches' motives in any game; for instance, when we put in a new QB, did you blitz him! Fair enough. By the way, I am in the minority on this, but I think you're making this more than it is, like the field goal that followed from 50 yards out. You have to try new things. Also keep in mind, Attleboro was rolling and had a couple of very strong comebacks coming into this game. I never relaxed this whole game - and I doubt Peavey did. Again, I may be wrong but I just don't think it was an in-your-face call, and I hope it wasn't! Thanks for the other compliments and I wish you well in the rest of your season. I know you're proud of the teams turnaround!

T.McCoy, North Attleboro Wed November 05

Congratulations to Kevin Dumas on his upset victory. I hope he is a wonderful mayor for Attleboro. I have known Kevin since almost when he was born. His mom worked for me when I was at Foster's Inc. She was a wonderful worker and Kevin used to come in to visit. He was a great little kid. We had attended cookouts in their yard and vice versa. My ex-wife played Santa for him many years ago. Nice family. His dad Leo and his mom Beverly raised a fine young man and good luck to him. If anyone knows where Beverly is, I would love to conatct her personally about this. Thank you and God bless you all from myself and my wonderful bride, Madonna.

Rich "Dick" Howard, New Port Richey, FL Wed November 05

Mr. Vitelli: I'm sorry but I can't agree with you this time. What better time to try out a razzle-dazzle play. If it doesn't work or has flaws, nothing lost. Now if they have to use that play in a situation where only seconds are left and they need the two-point conversion to win, will not their mental attitude towards it working be greater, and their nervousness less because it has already worked. Isn't it a coache's job to prepare its players mentally and physically as much as possible. Or am I missing something here.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Wed November 05

Lorna: I remember Corbett's well! Curley Corbett went on to work at Willow Tree Farm years ago. I was only a kid then, but I do remember how he made patrons to his store feel welcome and special. Anyone remember Chet Ashley from Ashley's Drug Store? Well, he will be 90 in a couple of weeks! I will be happy to pass along any memories or wishes anyone might have. Thanks!

Brad, Baltimore Wed November 05

Those fish and chips from the Midway were pretty good. I can remember a few places in Dodgeville as well. Lets not forget the "secret baseball field" as well. Or the Hosershoe, not much of that left anymore. I guess we didn't realize it at the time, but it was a pretty nice place to be.

K. Crowley, Westerly, RI Tue November 04

M: I was at the game Friday night, on the BF side. I thought I was the only one who saw the bush league play. I agree it was uncalled for. It's unfortunate that someone does not get Coach Peavey under control. As a new observer, it looks to me like he thinks he is Woody Hayes. Stomping up and down the sidelines, screaming at players and carrying on. I root for BF and hope they continue to win but wish he would tone down his act. By the way, BF lost to North largely because Woody Hayes Jr. did not make a single adjustment to stop the fast kid from North. I don't remember his name or number, but he burned them the whole game. He was out-coached by Sullivan, plain and simple.

CEK, Attleboro Mon November 03

I always loved going to Haddad's in Dodgeville way back when. Robbie's Midway on South Main in Dodgeville had the best fish and chips every Friday night. Anyone remember "split rock" out behind Roelridge Acres? It was in "The Pines". Of course most of it is now housing developments. There was also the glacier rock and Brennan's Pond too. Great place to gorw up.

Ron Healey, Attleboro Sat November 01

Well, once again Bishop Feehan head coach Jack Peavey showed his true colors at McGrath Stadium last night. Comfortably in the lead at 34-0 Coach Peavey decided to pull one of his classic moves and go for the 2-point conversation after the touchdown instead of just kicking the ball. Now this wasn't just any 2-point conversion, it was a razzle-dazzle behind the back flip from holder and QB John McCoy (which incidentally was well executed by John) to the kicker who then ran it in untouched for the conversion, thus pouring salt in the wounds of an already out-of-hand game. Coach Peavey's rationale??? Quote: "You guys were sending a guy from the outside everytime and he was close to blocking the kick." Jack, it was 34-0. The whole situation was extremely unfortunate and even the officials agreed that it was a bogus and unnecessary move. It's a shame that one guy can give a great school and a great bunch of football athletes a bad name. We are not the first school he's done this to, and I'm sure we won't be the last. We respect many coaches on the Feehan staff, including Rob McCoy, Toby Williams, and Kurt Smith, to mention a few, but as the saying goes "a fish rots from the head down" and it's unfortunate for these guys too that they are associated with a guy making decisions that I bet they don't agree with either. All I can say is that what goes around comes around. GO BOMBERS!

M. Vitelli, North Attleboro Sat November 01

I sometimes wish they still had old-time radio on, with programs like, "Can You Top This," "Inner Sanctum," "Lights Out"and "Life of Riley." Speaking of Salty Brine, does anyone remember Benny the Bunny being on his show to promote the Easter egg hunt at Jolly Cholly's.

And how about Zippo the Clown, did you ever have him at your birthday party?

Fred Glover, Noth Attleboro Sat November 01

To Joel or who can remember: Four railroad tracks from paper mill south to pass Olive Street and beyond. Horse-drawn milk wagons from Bliss Bros. Little league baseball with t-shirts only. VFW on Pleasant Street free baseball from bartender helping him clean up after Friday nights. "Service acording to Hoyle." You ask age? Retired a year ago, been here since 1974.

Al Sanborn, Las Vegas NV Fri October 31

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Terry, I do remember Salty Brine and those lucky kids in Foster-Gloucester! I also remember WARA. I entered a coloring contest for WARA and won. I got to go to the station and meet the DJs and collect my prize, a chinese checkers game. I dont recall WHJY being country? It was always rock-n-roll when I was a kid. I was back East last summer and I went to see if Nolan's (or is it Brolin's) on the corner of Pine Street was still around. It is and for anyone who remembers it back in the late '70s early '80s, nothing has changed. Well, the Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac Man games are gone but other than that it has not changed a bit. The old soda fountain is still there and everything. It was so nice to see that some things don't change!

Christine Olson, Scottsdale Fri October 31

Thinking caps on, people. Remember getting a big piece of ice off the milk truck to eat. Haddads ice cream stand on South Main street in Dodgeville. Dugas store on South Main Street. Also Wonder Chef with Nic the Greek, as he called himself. What a great guy he was, always nice and pleasant and gave you a refill of soda free. Not really sure he made any money there, but what a memory. Jay's shoe store. ALso hear there are big plans for the factory across from the Union theatre to be some type of mall and shopping center. Now why not do that 25 years ago and keep all the business in the city. Have a great day all.

Joel, Buzzards Bay Fri October 31

OK, back to Happiness. Ahem, does anybody remember the past radio shows? WARA's sending out birthday greetings on Saturday mornings? Being jealous hearing Salty Brine: "NO SCHOOL IN FOSTER-GLOUCESTER!" Dale Dorman? When WHJY was country - and when Carolyn Fox shut down Providence for a day on April Fools' a few years back? The Dr. Demento show that started with the "Fish Head" Song? ("Roly poly fish heads…") I sing it once in a while at work. You should see the looks I get!

Terry Bosh, Brooklyn Park, MD Thu October 30

Three cheers for M. Vitelli.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Thu October 30

Here we are writing about memories just for the joy of it and Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs. His wife Hillary got $8 million for hers. That's $20 million for memories from two people who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Thu October 30

Dear "Former Attleboro Player": The person who has no clue here is you. This is quite obvious by the fact that you won't give your name and that you would claim that the team has "no game and no heart." Have you been following the team lately? Four wins in a row and two against Division 1 teams. You have no business making claims about a team that you don't know. You don't go to practices, you're not in the locker room before and after games, you don't attend team meetings and my guess is that you don't go to any games. Maybe the teams you played on didn't have heart, but this team has more heart than any other team that I've ever coached. It takes heart to come back from being blown out three consecutive weeks. It's easy to quit. If these kids quit and didn't have heart then they wouldn't have rallied to win four in a row. As former AHS alumns, you and Mr. Boudreau should be ashamed of yourselves for taking shots at your alma mater. First of all it's high school football (not the pros or even college); secondly, where are the letters of support for this team. These kids don't need critics - they get enough of that from us coaches at practice. We're their biggest critics. But you know what?? We're also their biggest fans. Why don't you try jumping on that bandwagon. NO HEART?? You are the guy with no heart, who can't even sign his name to his comments. The AHS football program doesn't need guys like you and Ray Boudreau. I don't care what kind of athlete he was, or you were for that matter. Support your team or shut up!

M. Vitelli, North Attleboro Wed October 29

I have survived the wrath of Rich. Now on to more pleasant things. Does anyone remember Corbett's store on North Main Street in Attleboro right across from Elizabeth Street? There is a travel agent there now, I think.

Lorna Carvalho Noren, Nashville, TN Wed October 29

Mr. McCott: Ray boudreau was a great coach football player and an all-around great guy. You dont know what you are talking about. He coached me in summer baseball and football, and he is one of the greatest athletes Attleboro has ever had, and he is upset that his old team has no game and no heart and it hurts since he is part of that family.

Former Attleboro Player, Tue October 28

Please, Mr. Howard, no e-mails at home. I don't "click on" any mail from people I don't know because of viruses and who needs the spam. I know you can go on and on, so don't waste your time. Thank You.

Angela, Cumberland, RI Tue October 28

Shannon: My sister and I will be attending the march in April and we are both very excited about it! I must say, when I wrote my comments regarding abortion I thought I would get pounded by replys from the

"religious right." I was pleasantly surprised to see just the opposite! For those of you who are interested, go to and get active. If you belive that abortion is a womans choice, you NEED to speak out. Although it is unlikely that Mr. Bush will succeed in overturning Roe V. Wade, the fact remains that he has put more restrictions on abortion than any other president in history. If he is re-elected our reproductive rights could be dangerously close to gone. So please take the time to get involved, it is so very important. We cant let the men in DC make these decisions for us, can we?

Christine Olson, Scottsdale AZ Tue October 28

I agree with Jane Grenon: Leave the nasties out of your opinions.

I also agree with Tom: Could never order just clam necks. Ugh. But that's just our taste.

Fred Glover, North Attleboro Mon October 27

Hi! I've read quite a bit here regarding Jolly Cholly's Funland. I have a website (which I know some of you have visited. thanks) dedictated to the area's amusement parks, which I've centered around J.C.'s. I have very fond memories of the place, as it was the first amusement park I ever went to (not realizing of course that it was really a "kiddieland"). I need your help. I would really like to expand and update the site, but there are very limited photos and info on Jolly Cholly's out there. Does anyone have any old photos, home movies, brochures and or memorabilia regarding the place they would like to share? Full photo credits will be given. If so please contact me. I'd really appreciate it, and judging by the comments here and the questbook on my site, so would everybody else who's ever had the pleasure of going there. Thanks!

Dan Bavaro, Milford, MA Mon October 27

My responses to Angela, Christine and Lorna went to them via e-mail at the suggestion of The Sun Chronicle.

Rich Howard, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Mon October 27

Mr. Howard, I wonder how you'd feel if your granddaughter were pregnant and found out that she would likely die during childbirth. Perhaps then you might not support the ban on so-called "partial-birth" abortions. You should know that the ban doesn't take into consideration whether the life of the mother is at stake. You should also know that the ban doesn't take into consideration whether the woman was raped and had to spend months grappling with the decision to terminate or not to terminate her pregnancy. You should also know that proponents of the ban act as though late-term abortions are a common occurrence. Many local abortion clinics already do not perform late-term abortions BY CHOICE, not because there is ban preventing them from doing so. We can't allow the good ol' boys to tell women what to do with their bodies. We must take action to prevent this from happening. By we, I mean all of us - women and men. I hope to see many folks who support women's right to choose at next year's March for Freedom of Choice, scheduled for April 25, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Organizers anticipate that a crowd of over a million people will attend the march. In fact, the last march of this kind was held in 1992, the very year that Bill Clinton was voted into office. While the temporary passing of this ban is very saddening, I think that many folks have realized that they can no longer be complacent about women's right to choose. What's especially scary is that if Bush is re-elected next year, he will have two or three Supreme Court appointees during his presidency - that'll surely overturn Roe v. Wade. We can stop that from happening. Mr. Howard, please let me know if you'd like more information about the march. Boston NOW has reserved 60 buses to drive people down to Washington, D.C. You don't want anyone to take your seat, do you?!

Shannon Lee, Sun October 26

Just got through reading all the comments and I think the most depressing comment was related to the clam strips. Breathes there a man with soul so dead who hasn't tasted CLAMS WITH BELLIES! The second most depressing is worrying that the RED SOX might call back Bill Buckner as a relief pitcher.

Tom Johnson , Virginia Beach, VA Sun October 26

Christine, Lorna and Angela, thank you for standing up for a woman's right to choose. I agree that it is very easy for Mr. Rich to share his views on everything and anything, even if he is narrow minded about the subject. Choosing to end a pregnency is never an easy decision for any woman, but each of us should have the right to make that choice for ourselves. We, as a country, are not doing a good enough job taking care of all the "unwanted and throw-away" children we now have. Mr. Rich, have you ever worked in the human service field? Have you ever worked with women and children who have come from homes where they were not wanted? Well, I have and unless you are willing to take responsibility as an individual to help raise some of these "unwanted" children, then perhaps you could refrain from condemning more children to a life filled with one foster home after another. As my wonderful grandmother always said to me when I was growing up "unless you have walked in another's shoes, don't be so quick to judge." She was a very smart woman.

Debbie Stewart, Foxboro Sun October 26

Christine Olson, I salute you. A fantastic letter. I am so tired of being told how the world would be a better place if only we could do it "their way!"

Angela, Cumberland, RI Fri October 24

Opinions: Why not give our opinions without the nastiness? Just my opinion.

Jane Grenon, North Attleboro Fri October 24

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