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‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters? Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels The health care nuclear option Lifelong coin collector hopes club will inspire next generation of numismatists Newton resident continues to advocate for elders Marlborough EMT, firefighter retires after serving 43 years A special brotherhood of service Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need
 

‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters?

Janice Lindsay “I thought I’d write,” the letter begins, “as we’re timing contractions. I saw the good doctor this afternoon and he said any time now…” On Oct. 30, 1969, my sister began this letter to me when she was about to give birth to her second child. By the time she finished the letter, […]

Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels

Maine Street, Rangeley. By Victor Block Digging our paddles into the shallow water, my son Tom and I steered our canoe around a sharp turn in the river. Suddenly, we were face-to-face – or, more accurately, face-to-knees – with a massive creature standing directly in our path. Another day, another moose! Lifting its head to […]

The health care nuclear option

By Al Norman Congress and the White House are poised to dismantle health care protections in our state that may take decades to repair. It’s a health care nuclear option. On Feb. 24, 22 advocacy groups (including Mass Home Care) sent the following letter to Governor Charlie Baker on the impending cuts to MassHealth: “Children, […]

Lifelong coin collector hopes club will inspire next generation of numismatists

Nipmuc Coin Club logo By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer Richard “Dick” Lisi, president of the Nipmuc Coin Club, remembers when he first developed his passion for the study and collection of coins – or numismatics – more than 50 years ago. “I was 12 years old,” he recalled. “I was a paper boy. Papers were […]

Newton resident continues to advocate for elders

Marian Knapp By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Newton – Now 78, Marian Knapp has spent much of her life serving others in different capacities such as a counselor, caretaker and consultant. She is also a woman who has always highly valued education, so much so that she pursued a Ph.D. which she was awarded just […]

Marlborough EMT, firefighter retires after serving 43 years

Retired Marlborough EMT and firefighter Mickey Grasso (center) gathers with colleagues during his last shift. (Photo/submitted) By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Marlborough – Mickey Grasso began 2017 by retiring after serving 43 years as an emergency medical technician and firefighter with the Marlborough Fire Department (MFD). Now, he’s continuing his 10th year as a […]

A special brotherhood of service

In the town of Hingham, there are two Chief Olssons. Robert “Bob” Olsson, 64, is the fire chief and his younger brother, Glenn, 59, is the police chief. And although they took different paths to achieve their respective department’s top spots, they share a deep commitment to public service and honoring the work ethic that was instilled in them at an early age.

Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need

In 2012, Col. Marian McGovern, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), retired after a career that spanned over 30 years in law enforcement. And although it is now in a different capacity, her time is still spent helping many of society’s most vulnerable – children, the elderly, and victims of abuse – all of whom she worked tirelessly for throughout her career with the MSP.

Reverse mortgages: Do you have the answers?

27 March 2017

If you are like many seniors you may wake up feeling financially stressed. Concern about having enough money, worry about a lingering home repair, or frustration with credit card or real estate tax payments can be a burden. Even worse is the fear of not having enough money if something should happen in the future.

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The safety of the person with Alzheimer’s disease

27 March 2017

Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's can be rewarding - and stressful. Home safety is important for everyone - but it carries added significance for caregivers. This is especially true if you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease in your home. A throw rug or a stray toy on the steps could easily put your loved one at risk of a fall or injury.

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Do good. Then do better.

27 March 2017

While in college I worked at a nursing home where I met Mary. Mary had severe dementia and was combative. One day while trying to bring her to the commode, she punched me. Hard. With both fists. In the kidneys. I saw stars. Cathy was another resident who would lash out. Cathy did not honor social envelopes nor did she know when enough was enough. She would interrupt me without thinking and would talk for hours if left unchecked. Sometimes, if she felt she was being ignored, she would get in my face and say some pretty unkind things.

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Active seniors develop healthful program of day trips

09 March 2017

Members of the Trailblazers gather at the Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Southborough – The Trailblazers is not your parents’ recreational organization. It’s a group of active seniors who developed a year-round program offering day trips with healthful activities. Destinations of the Trailblazers trips range […]

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Find your calm through tai chi and qigong

09 March 2017

Ray Caisse (l) and Dave Crocker By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer Westford/Ayer – Dave Crocker, 71, and Ray Caisse, 77, have a lot in common. Both have had long careers in management, and describe themselves as former workaholics. Both have had life-altering health challenges: Crocker, a stroke, and Caisse, a heart attack. Now both […]

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Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer – Donald R. Korb OD

28 February 2017

Donald R. Korb OD Photo/Andy Weigl, Weigl Photography Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer Donald R. Korb OD By David Bagdon, Publisher Dry eyes are not a new phenomenon, in fact; most people have experienced them at various times throughout their lives. In most cases, dry eyes are a nuisance causing minor discomfort often brought about by […]

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