Monthly Archives: February 2009

From the Files

Place: Greenport, New York, at the eastern terminus of the Long Island Railroad mainline. Shelter Island visible across the water. Date: August 1974, as best I can determine. Subject: ALCO RS-3 locomotive and coach. Hey, Kat — ring a bell?

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News From Old Cape Cod

Ah, yes… brings back fond memories of drunks I locked up in my Provincetown years… Man burned after setting fire in his car in Hyannis Cape Cod Times, Feb. 25, 2009: HYANNIS – A 24-year-old Marstons Mills man was taken … Continue reading

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One More Dragon Attack

God, I used to hate it when this happened- you’re sitting at your desk, trying to slog through mountains of paperwork, and a damn dragon busts into the office and goes after you. What- you don’t believe me? Park ranger … Continue reading

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Superintendents Behaving Badly, Part 51,454

News from Gettysburg: FUNDING MISUSE? Feds investigate Latschar’s fence near his home Gettysburg Times, February 24, 2009 Federal investigators are probing whether Gettysburg Battlefield Supt. John Latschar misused $8,700 in park and non-profit funds to construct a fence near his … Continue reading

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Mackinac Island, October 2004

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Out At The Caves

Took some friends out to the sea caves on the mainland shore near Cornucopia yesterday. Hadn’t seen the caves in quite a while, though there was a time in the mid-1990s I used to spend just about every winter Saturday … Continue reading

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Of Rangers And Specialization

Those interested in ranger-related issues will do well to read a paper recently posted on the web site of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees. Based on a broad sampling of member comments, the document was compiled and distilled … Continue reading

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The Recession Hits Home

One of my favorite stores is closing this weekend: Forslund’s Building Supplies, in Ashland. That’s a place where I’ve bought fence rails, lumber for innumerable projects, stain for the back deck, the new sink for the downstairs bathroom… the list … Continue reading

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Grade Inflation In A Stetson Hat?

An article in yesterday’s Times reminds me how much I do not miss first-line supervision: Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes New York Times, Feb. 17, 2009: Prof. Marshall Grossman has come to expect complaints whenever he returns graded … Continue reading

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A Challenge to Cheesehead Pride

One of my favorite spots to take out-of-state visitors is Fred Smith’s Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin. This is a wonderfully wacky folk-art folly: several acres filled with statues made from beer bottles and concrete. It doesn’t matter that bar … Continue reading

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Is It Time To Give Up On Baseball?

I dunno. I’m feeling pretty discouraged with the latest news. I never thought that A-Rod belonged on the Yanks to start with; the team had Jeter at shortstop already, and moving Rodriguez over to third seemed a waste- just another … Continue reading

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The Day The Music Revived

Okay, that’s an oversimplification, but there’s no question that the arrival of the Beatles transformed rock immensely, and put some spark back into a scene which had fallen into a Tin Pan Alley rut. And it was forty-five years ago … Continue reading

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