Newspaper – Bridgeville Star Mon, 21 Jun 2021 23:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Newspaper – Bridgeville Star 32 32 Sandy Springs to beautify ‘wasteland’ before work begins on Veterans Park Mon, 21 Jun 2021 20:50:50 +0000

An area in front of the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center that will one day be the city’s veterans park will be given a slight makeover to beautify the triangle of concrete and pavement.

The work will improve an area that Mayor Rusty Paul previously referred to as “wasteland” at community meetings.

The site plan shows where the concrete will be removed and the sod installed next to Roswell Road at the future Veterans Park site. (Town of Sandy Springs)

“This place has been rightly called the wasteland and the staff are fed up with me screaming and screaming and begging and crying to do something there,” he told the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods during his annual meeting April 22.

City Council approved a $ 263,285 contract with Tri Scapes of Alpharetta at its June 15 meeting to remove concrete from the property along Roswell Road, between Mount Vernon Highway and Johnson Ferry Drive. Only the flat portion of the land between Roswell Road and a public safety vehicle trench will be subject to concrete removal and turf replacement.

The project includes the installation of approximately 25,000 square feet of sod and irrigation hook-ups, new fencing and bushes along Johnson Ferry Road, Deputy City Manager David Wells said.

Further work would require a thorough assessment, Wells said. This is because the eastern part of the property falls off. Part of the site is also in an industrial wasteland, he said. To clean up the contaminated soil, they will have to sink 25 feet into the ground, he said.

The design of the veterans park is under contract. The city hopes to have it built in time for Veterans Day in 2022.

This view shows the “vacant lot” after the billboards were demolished, with City Springs in the background on Roswell Road. (Sandy Springs)

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Copier letter writer; newspaper of June 17; Trump and his father Sun, 20 Jun 2021 23:06:13 +0000

Jane Meagher: My letter: it was plagiarized

While imitation is the highest form of flattery, plagiarism is a serious offense. This is exactly what Dennis McDaniel (June 14) is guilty of taking my May 2 letter and changing the word Republican to Democrat. Of course, plagiarism is nothing new to the Democratic Party. Biden was caught plagiarizing on several occasions, which forced him to withdraw from the 1988 presidential election.

It should come as no surprise that McDaniel steals my writing. Other than spending more money on problems, which often do not reach the intended recipient, Dems do not offer original solutions to problems. Their response is to attack the opposition and insult us instead of finding real results for the nation’s problems.

Most interesting about McDaniel’s letter is how false his arguments are. He can make whatever claims he wants, but the reality is the Democratic-led Congress is pushing for higher taxes, bigger government, and the elimination of school choice. These politicians are asking for more money just to increase their power, which does not produce real results and only solves problems later. They never tire of spending other people’s money. The Conservatives are delivering results-based solutions that put more resources in the hands of hard-working women and men and provide a real opportunity to realize the American dream.

Jane meagher


Diane Mayer: The June 17 article: A full review

The Camera of June 17 had several interesting articles:

1. Tuition fees are rising by leaps and bounds Why? How about investigating director salaries and how much the top ranks have increased over the past 20 years? They are crap money and have no clear academic purpose.

2. Our air quality is terrible, causing health problems. Boulder City Council, please follow the suggestions in the article: No gasoline mowers. No gasoline leaf blowers.

2.A And, tip, while you’re at it: No single-use plastics, for example, plastic bags from the grocery store.

3. Xcel is making a big deal in Boulder. Tip: Don’t sign that horrible contract.

4. The entire editorial by Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. Camera – please post all of Zakaria’s columns on Sunday, don’t delete the key points he does. And make room by shortening other things to the opinion length of 700 words. Big, long editorials are certainly no better than short, precise ones.

5. “Money always wins.” Evidenced by the inexplicable refusal of Joe Manchin to allow the passage of a bill in the Senate. And the news (CBS) that the Koch Network is actively lobbying Democratic Senator Joe Manchin to oppose key pieces of legislation related to Biden’s agenda, including filibuster reform and government law. voting rights. Right-wing billionaires now control Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans. They accept their Dear Chief; inexplicable, except the deep desire to keep the money flowing in their coffers

Diane mayer


Kenneth A. Marcoux: Trump: Not far from the tree

Mr. Thomas (Tom Thomas: “GOP Today: Outrageous Acts Are Not Politics,” Open Forum, June 15) is wrong; it is much worse than Afghanistan. This is Nazi Germany in the 1930s / 1940s. Trump’s father, Fred Sr., was a racist, apparently vicious anti-Semitic slum lord and a possible member of the Ku Klux Klan, as he was arrested in a KKK brawl in 1927 (“In 1927, the father of Donald Trump was arrested after a Klan riot in Queens ”, February 29, 2016, Washington Post) and possibly involved in the New York-New Jersey region of the German American Bund, or“ Amerikadeutscher Bund, ”an organization that supported the Goals of Hitler’s Nazi Party, and it is reasonable to assume that he personally idealized Adolph Hitler.

The “Bund” was the overseas extension of the German Nazi Party, and it took its orders directly from Berlin. There is evidence that Fred Trump was, in fact, a spy for the Nazi Party. Oddly enough, his FBI file from 1927 to 1960 has “disappeared”. In the 1930s, Fred Trump reportedly donated millions of dollars to the German Nazi Party.

It seems that Donald Trump grew up embracing the Nazi Party and Hitler’s beliefs and methodologies; they form the basis on which he has conducted all his life and business. These beliefs are clearly stated in Hitler’s 1927 book, “Mein Kampf”, and later in a compilation of Hitler’s speeches published under the title “My New Order”. According to an interview with Vanity Fair in 1990, Ivana Trump told her lawyer, Michael Kennedy, that (Trump) “constantly read a book of Hitler’s speeches and kept a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ by his bedside for reference. (“7 takeaways from Donald Trump’s profile published by Vanity Fair in 1990, August 5, 2015)

Today’s senior Republican leaders have clearly embraced these same beliefs in order to advance the party’s goals of permanently gaining and maintaining control of the federal government, using the disenfranchisement of non-Republican voters and gerrymandering to gain and maintain control through the Electoral College. Trump’s actions as the President continues to indicate that he had and has no respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, or above all the truth. Lying is an integral part of the Republican Party’s current strategy.

Causing the death by murder of over 6 million Jews, and over 75 million more deaths as a result of the Nazis, the Republican Party has today embraced their early beliefs and uses their processes, policies, policies and procedures to apparently reproducing what Adolph Hitler created in Germany here in the United States. Welcome to the new, better, more modern American Republican Nazi Party. Trump himself is an emotional, intellectual, ethical, moral and religious eunuch, and a pathological liar, but his influence and that of his cult of followers is an existential threat to the future of the United States.

Kenneth A. Marcoux


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Column: 60 years of press journalism and unimaginable changes in the industry Sun, 20 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000

George Willhite (left), DG Schumacher (middle) and Bill Judy (right), in the Courier newsroom, Urbana, Illinois, in August 1972.

George Willhite (left), DG Schumacher (middle) and Bill Judy (right), in the Courier newsroom, Urbana, Illinois, in August 1972.

When I started my first full-time reporting job in Carbondale, Illinois 60 years ago this month, I was as full of journalistic zeal as a 22-year-old could be. Even so, I never imagined being a journalist for so long.

We took notes in a “Reporter Notebook” or folded copies, wrote newspaper articles on manual typewriters. In the southern Illinois building on Main Street, reporters and editors were stuck in the same space where printers would retype our edited copy to create punched tape for typesetting machines.

Typesetting machines were mechanical marvels that produced hot lead lines from which newspapers were printed on presses. I was familiar with linotypes and printing presses because I worked in the back office of the commercial printing and bi-weekly newspaper business my father was a part of for over 50 years.

Mom had also worked at the newspaper in Pana, Illinois, before I arrived, helping to oversee the delivery force. Young people everywhere delivered newspapers and sold them to buyers in the big cities.

Manual typewriters, metallic type, young people delivering newspapers – not all of them are known in today’s newspapers where the emphasis is necessarily on digital. One day I realize with more than a little sadness that people will no longer have a printed newspaper to read with their morning coffee.


In 1961, every city, regardless of its size, had a weekly. Large cities like Charleston and Charlotte, North Carolina, had morning and afternoon dailies, sometimes published by competing companies. New York had seven or eight dailies.

From smaller weeklies to larger dailies, newspapers had their own printing presses, in the same building where the news was written and edited. Later, the new printing centers were far from the main newspaper building, but no one imagined that dailies like The Sun News would be printed miles away.

My second summer job (1962) was in Chicago at The Associated Press. The city had four major dailies, including The Tribune and Sun-Times published in the morning, The Daily News and American afternoon. They had multiple editions, all verified by the AP editors.

The highly reputable Chicago Daily News was a Knight newspaper for a time, the same Knight-Ridder family that previously owned The Sun News.

The AP summer job led to a post-graduation job offer from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After the PA, I graduated from Northwestern University with a masters degree and returned to Southern Illinoisan, then to other Illinois dailies in Champaign-Urbana, Alton, Waukegan and Arlington Heights.


Courrier Champaign-Urbana found itself in an atypical market, competing head-on, seven days a week, with the local News-Gazette. The Courier was owned by the Lindsay-Schaub newspapers of Decatur. There was also the Daily Illini, the University of Illinois student newspaper.

The two newspapers fought for every news article, every inch or line of advertising, every subscriber. The advertising rates of the two competing newspapers of Champaign-Urbana were roughly equivalent to the rates of the newspapers of Decatur and Bloomington-Normal.

Lindsay-Schaub was sold in 1979 and The Courier closed. The building on Race Street in downtown Urbana has become the Courier Café. The place had ghosts to me, and that was a few years before I went there, along with a former press colleague.

The second floor newsroom looked out over the neon sign of the Rose Bowl Tavern across the street. It was handy for a beer on Saturday night, if there was time for it in the Sunday newspaper production crisis.

Our copy went to the composition room by pneumatic tubes, like we use in banks. A dumb little boy on a rope carried envelopes to the business office.

Around the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, The Sun News customer service and information operations moved to the bank building at 38e Avenue Nord and Grissom Parkway. It’s another thing no journalist would have imagined – a newsroom in a bank building.

As I cleaned my office in the Frontage Road building, I remembered over a dozen newsrooms in Illinois and Myrtle Beach.


After moving here and having our condo installed, Rita said I’d better find something to do – away from the apartment. The Sun News needed part-time help with text editing and the editor asked me how many hours I wanted to work and when could I start. I thought I would work part time a few years, and here is 22 years later.

The news department had so many reporters, photographers and editors that for a while I and another new employee shared an office.

The Courier said goodbye to Champaign-Urbana over 40 years ago, the Waukegan newspaper building was demolished for green space, the Alton Telegraph presses are gone, and the building abandoned and The Telegraph printed in another city.

Something important that has not changed: the journalistic dedication of today’s journalists and editors. They work hard to keep The Sun News and other newspapers relevant in troubled times that surely need solid journalism.

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Newspapers to publish book on Warren High School | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 19 Jun 2021 04:09:41 +0000

In one look

The 128-page “Warren Warriors” will be the fourth in a series published this fall by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times. Pre-orders are available.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and the Marietta Times will then feature Warren High School in its anthology of local high school history books.

“Warren Warriors” a 128-page hardcover book, is the fourth in the series and will be published this fall by the newspapers.

“Warren High School and the local Warren School District have a rich tradition of education in Washington County,” Art Smith, book publisher, said.

Other books are “PHS 100”, “PSHS 50”, and “MHS Tigers” on Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School, and Marietta High School, respectively. The newspapers also produced reprints of “Wood County Remembers” and “Washington County in Memory” in addition to several books on popular Mid-Ohio Valley attractions and destinations.

“Warren Warriors” is currently in design and will feature hundreds of historic photos of the school, stories about the school’s creation, as well as stories about the students and faculty who have made Warren Halls home since 1961.

An important chapter on the book includes notable graduates of the school, students who have made their mark in the world and communities in whatever their endeavors. To nominate someone as a Notable, email Smith at and include why the graduate should be a Notable, what year they graduated from, and what their accomplishments are.

“The journal believes that the historical books we produce are a valuable means of providing our readers with important information in their lives,” said Jim Spanner, editor of The News, Sentinel and The Times. “They delight readers who know they have been a part of the history of their schools.”

Historical photos can also be shared via email to Smith or mailed to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, 519 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV. 26101.

The book will feature photos from the school in 2021 and include photos of the move to the all-new Warren High School, including “Warren Warriors” will be released shortly after the opening of the new school. The expected delivery date is the end of September.

Discounts are available by pre-ordering books from the Journals Online Bookstore at Delivery is free.

Old books are also available in the online store.

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Poll: Many Americans are resuming pre-virus activities Fri, 18 Jun 2021 21:13:00 +0000

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In this file photo from June 5, 2021, crowds gather on L Street Beach in Boston’s South Boston neighborhood.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming their daily activities, though some fear coronavirus restrictions may be hastily lifted, a new poll shows.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that the majority of Americans who did so regularly before the pandemic say they return to bars or restaurants, travel, and attend events such as movies or sports.

Only 21% are very or extremely worried about a COVID-19 infection in those around them – the lowest level since the start of the pandemic – and only 25% are very concerned that the restrictions lifted could lead to the infection of people additional in their community.

Andrea Moran, a 36-year-old freelance writer and mother of two boys, said she felt both relief and joy at the thought of resuming ‘doing the little things’, like having a drink on the patio. of a restaurant with her husband.

“Honestly, I almost cried,” Moran said. “It’s such a feeling to have gone through the wringer, and we’re finally starting to come out of it.”

Yet 34% of Americans believe restrictions in their area were lifted too quickly, while slightly fewer – 27% – say they weren’t lifted quickly enough. About 4 in 10 people roughly assess the pace of reopening.

The way Americans approached their daily lives suddenly changed after the spread of COVID-19 in the United States in early 2020. On the advice of health officials and governments, people isolated in their homes – alone or with families – to avoid exposure to the virus, which has sickened more than 33 million people and killed 600,000 people in the United States

At the height of the pandemic, restaurants, cinemas and stores closed or continued to operate with limited occupancy; church services, schools and government meetings have gone virtual; and many employers have made working from home an option or a requirement. Wearing a mask in public has become the norm in most places, with some states and cities making it mandatory.

The emergence of the vaccine helped slow infection and death rates, allowing national and local economies to reopen and causing Americans to resume the activities they once enjoyed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month that vaccinated Americans did not have to wear masks in most scenarios, indoors or outdoors. The latest CDC data shows that 53% of all Americans – 65% of those 18 and over – have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

According to the AP-NORC poll, American adults who have not yet rolled up their sleeves for shooting are still hesitant to do so. Only 7% of those who haven’t been vaccinated say they will definitely get a COVID-19 vaccine, and 15% say they likely will.

Forty-six percent of Americans who haven’t been vaccinated say they definitely won’t, and 29% say they probably won’t. Young adults, Americans without a college degree, white evangelicals, rural Americans, and Republicans are the most reluctant to get the vaccine.

The poll found that many Americans still wear masks and take precautions to avoid contact with other people, but the percentage of those who do is down significantly from just a few months ago.

At the end of February, 65% said they still wore a mask around people outside their home. Today, only 37% say so, although 19% say they often wear one.

Forty percent of Americans say they are extremely or very likely to wear a mask when participating in indoor activities outside of their home, while only 28% say the same about outdoor activities .

Aaron Siever, 36, of New Market, Va., Said he and his wife regularly wore masks and took other precautions, including getting vaccinated. But Siever said virus restrictions had not been lifted quickly enough, lamenting that some precautions had been politicized and were causing “inherent panic.”

“I think with the masks worn and the people vaccinated, I think we could have opened a little earlier,” said Siever, who maintains the Civil War battlefields grounds in Virginia. “We started to focus on reopening policy rather than health. “

Now that most states have lifted the restrictions, the poll finds that about two-thirds of Americans who travel at least once a month say they will do so in the next few weeks. About three-quarters of restaurant or bar regulars before the pandemic say they will come back now. A year ago, only about half said they would travel or eat out if they could.

Likewise, more and more people are returning to activities such as visiting friends and family, seeing movies or concerts, attending sporting events, and shopping for non-essential items in person.

In Cookeville, Tennessee, Moran said her family still regularly wore masks in public, especially when they were indoors or in the presence of many people. She and her husband have been vaccinated. Moran said she had eaten at outdoor restaurants, but avoided eating indoors.

“Even though the air conditioning circulation is good, I don’t feel comfortable walking in at the moment, where there are a lot of people quite close together that I don’t know,” Moran said.

Moran said his family avoided non-essential travel during the height of the pandemic, canceling a trip to see his brother in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But last weekend the family traveled for the first time in over a year – an approximately 3.5-hour road trip to Asheville, NC, to visit a childhood friend. .

“I felt a little nervous just because being around people is such a surreal thing after so long,” Moran said. “I was really excited and I was delighted for my children that they were able to come out and come back to some semblance of normalcy.”


Fingerhut reported from Washington.


The AP-NORC survey of 1,125 adults was conducted June 10-14 using a sample drawn from the AmeriSpeak probability-based NORC panel, which is designed to be representative of the US population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 points.

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Emerald Cove student selected as poetry contest winner Fri, 18 Jun 2021 01:21:55 +0000

Hanna masudi

Hanna Masudi, a seventh grade student at Emerald Cove High School, was selected this year as the winner of the Rotary Global Peace Initiative Poetry Contest. Hanna’s poem titled “Pieces of Our Homeland,” a 900-word poem, was inspired by the Peace Poem Competition and her study of Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem in her language arts class this past. year.

While writing her poem and trying to express her perspective on peace, one quote that stood out to her was: “The past is history, the future is a mystery and the present is a gift.

“Peace is not a one-way street,” Masudi said. “Everyone has to agree to come together to get there. “

Since the competition, she has started writing several novels, including a 167-page verse novel and a baking blog. Masudi also started a school newspaper in Emerald Cove this year. She is involved in many clubs in the school, including the Writing and Calligraphy Club, Speech and Debate Club, Press Club, and the STEM Program.

In his spare time, Masudi enjoys writing, cooking and playing the flute. Born and raised in Wellington, she plans to become a lawyer, author or pastry chef as she gets older.

Masudi will read his poem in honor of United Nations Peace Day at Wellington Peace Park on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

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Richard Steager Obituary (2021) – David City, NE Thu, 17 Jun 2021 03:47:07 +0000

BRAINARD – Richard Louis Steager, 83, of Brainard, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Ridgewood Care Center in Seward. Rich was born on August 30, 1937 in David City to Mary (Hanus) and Louis Steager. The eldest of three boys, he was a faithful assistant to his parents on the farm. He attended a country school and then graduated from Brainard High School in 1955. On July 25, 1955, Rich married the love of his life, Cecelia Pekarek. Together they had seven children: Joette (Don) Novak, Vicki (Rick) Logan, Shirlee (Tag) Goldapp, Lori Comstock and Mike Decock, Ted (Nancy) Steager, Steve (Deborah) Steager and Amy Hottovy. Rich and Cece were fortunate to have 21 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter. Over the years, Rich held various jobs to support his family, but his true loves were working the land and farming. He proudly owned Steager Construction for several years, building terraces, dams and ponds for many residents of Butler County. Even when he worked nights at D&L in Columbus, he continued to farm and raise cattle. If he made his way to the sales barn in Wahoo, his wife and children never quite knew what he would be coming home with. Rich was a lover of nature and all animals. Rich’s favorite moments had been spent dancing polka with his wife; talk about cows, crops and weather with his sons and grandsons; have coffee and play cards with the guys from Brainard and take his grandchildren on four-wheeler rides. He was a calm, proud man with the most infectious smile and a kind but mean spirit. Even the many nurses and caregivers who made his last few months more comfortable fell in love with the easy-going nature and Rich’s sweet smile. Rich was predeceased by his parents; stepmom and stepfather, Joe and Betty Pekarek; son-in-law, Don Novak; son-in-law, Rick Logan; sister-in-law, Beverly Steager; brother-in-law, Joe Laughlin; sister-in-law, (Tanny Pekarek; toddler granddaughter, Samantha Novak and toddler grandson, Chad Steager. He is survived by his loving wife, children and grandchildren; brothers, Ben (Donna ) Steager and Jerry Steager and dear family and friends who rejoice to know that he is now pain free, reunited with loved ones and forever their loving Guardian Angel. The Christian Burial Mass was held on June 11 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Brainard. Reverend Steven Snitley was celebrating. The engagement will be at Instead of flowers, plants and statues, the family is asking for memorials for a future designation. The Kracl Funeral Chapel of the City of David is responsible for the arrangements

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Genealogy Gems: Newspapers Report Unexpected Family History Gems | Citizen of Preston Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Have you ever come across an unexpected gem while working on Family History?

I have several times.

Newspaper articles may have been written about one of the family members. They could also include other people who could be related to family, friends, people who share the same religion or the same geographic area.

I would like to share with you some of the gems that I have found or seen on my grandfather, Claude Clifford McGee, who left his Mississippi home as a young man to come to Western Canada. Utah. He settled in Lewiston, Utah. He’s had a variety of different experiences along the way. Without the newspapers of the time writing articles about him, I would never have been able to discover the information I learned.

The newspaper, a Logan, Utah newspaper, had several articles on Claude McGee, beginning with one published on June 26, 1917. This article relates that Corporal Claude C. McGee is now in charge of the local recruiting office. He was previously attached to the Salt Lake recruiting office as a medical examiner. He also recounts his extensive service in the military, how he was stationed in the Philippines for some time.

On July 23, 1917, an article about Claude McGee was seen in The newspaper. He was mentioned in two other notices in the same newspaper that day.

“A Soldiers Romance” tells the story of recruiting officer Claude C. McGee who had been granted leave to marry a charming young woman, Ethel Blair, of Lewiston, in the Logan Temple.

“He enlisted at Lewiston last April, but had previously served in the Philippines where he saw his extended service begin in 1909.

“He came to Utah and Lewiston, Mississippi to investigate Mormonism and joined the church accordingly. He has a number of friends in the valley who will wish him a safe journey back to his wife.

There was another article that informed people that they could volunteer, and Recruiting Officer McGee was authorized to accept them. They needed to organize 40 bakery businesses at a time with a salary range between $ 30 and $ 51 per month.

A marriage license was granted to Claude C. McGee and Ethel Blair, both of Lewiston.

The next article on Claude McGee was published in January 1919. This article was cut out and mounted on cardboard so I am not sure which newspaper it was printed in.

He begins by recapitulating that he was a recruiting agent in 1917. He was transferred to the medical service at Fort. Douglas in 1918. He became a sergeant. On November 4, his corps departed with the Seventieth Engineer Battalion for overseas service.

While in Hoboken, New Jersey, as the units prepared to leave for overseas, the armistice was signed ending the war. He recounts how he got married and when he arrived home he was greeted by his wife and two-day-old son, who weighed 12 pounds.

That huge baby was my dad, Howard.

A July 1926 article talks about postmasters in Utah preparing for a convention in September. Lewiston Postmaster Claude C. McGee served on two committees: the General Committee and the Host Committee.

The St. Louis Postmaster’s Convention was mentioned in an article featuring Claude C. McGee and his family. It was pasted onto a cardboard page. It was not tagged with a date or in which newspaper it was published. I think it was a local Mississippi newspaper.

Postmaster Claude C. McGee and his family from Lewiston, Utah, were visiting with his sister and mother in Montpellier, Mississippi last week. They travel to Hernand, Mississippi, to visit his brother, the Reverend Frank H. McGee.

The 19th was the day of the postmasters convention in Saint Louis Missouri.

So, from these few articles, I learned why Claude McGee came to Utah. That he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That he had first served in the Army, in the Philippine Islands in 1909. He also enlisted later and served as a recruiting officer and medic. He later became a sergeant.

I learned that my father weighed 12 pounds and that his father could not see him until he was two days old, that he was Lewiston’s postmaster and that he had many adventures in his life.

These gems from old newspapers really helped me learn more about my grandfather. If you want to try and find some gems in your family, the Preston Family History Center has many volunteers ready to help.

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This week at the Lincoln Theater Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:16:29 +0000

«LCCT presents: Women in danger! – In this tumultuous comedy, middle-aged mom Liz has a new man. And let’s face it… he’s just scary. When a mysterious disappearance puts the community on edge, Liz’s best friends leap to the rescue as the wacky caper throws them from the “suburbs” into the Utah wilderness; because there is no danger great enough to prevent women from solving crimes if they want to. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday June 17, Friday June 18; two shows on Saturday June 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday June 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The recently added show at 7 p.m. on June 20 will be general seating, optional masks and no social distancing required. Tickets, currently available for purchase online, will also be available at the door. Tickets: $ 15 / adult, $ 13 / theater member and $ 5 / youth 18 and under.

“Gunda” – (G; 1 hour, 33 minutes) – Experiential cinema in its purest form, “Gunda” tells the unfiltered life of a mother pig, a flock of chickens and a herd of cows with masterful privacy. Using austere, transcendent black-and-white cinematography and the ambient farmhouse soundtrack, master director Victor Kossakowsky invites audiences to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, in s’ permeating their world with magical patience and an otherworldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness and consider the role humanity plays in it. Play at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24.

Coming soon / tickets on sale: “Dans les Hauteurs” – June 25; “Dream Horse” – July 9th. And …. The MidCoast Film Fest, season two opens Friday, July 23 – tickets are not on sale yet.

No concessions are for sale, no outdoor food or drink is permitted, and masks must be worn at all times inside the Lincoln Theater. All tickets must be purchased in advance through our ticket office at The theater office is open to assist with ticket purchases by calling 563-3424 Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information on upcoming films and events is available by visiting our website at

The Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater St., Damariscotta. The curtain rises!

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Workers oppose hospitals demanding COVID vaccines Mon, 14 Jun 2021 19:40:00 +0000

(Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle via AP

In this June 7, 2021 file photo, protesters at the Houston Baytown Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas wave to cars honking them in support of their protest against a policy that says hospital employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their jobs.

HOUSTON – Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse in Houston, is steadfast in her belief that it’s wrong for her employer to force hospital workers like her to get COVID-19 shots or say goodbye to their jobs. But it’s a losing legal argument so far.

In a crushing defeat, a federal judge bluntly ruled over the weekend that if the employees of the Houston Methodist Hospital System didn’t like him, they could go and work elsewhere.

“Methodist is trying to do its job of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to ensure the safety of staff, patients and their families. Bridges can freely choose to accept or refuse a COVID-19 vaccine; However, if she refuses, she will simply have to work elsewhere, ”wrote US District Judge Lynn Hughes, dismissing a lawsuit filed by 117 Houston Methodist workers, including Bridges, regarding the vaccine requirement.

Saturday’s ruling in the closely watched legal case on how far healthcare facilities can go to protect patients and others from the coronavirus is said to be the first of its kind in the United States. But that will not be the end of the debate.

Bridges said she and the others would take their case to the United States Supreme Court if they had to: “This is just the beginning. We’re going to fight for quite a while. “

And other hospital systems across the country, including Washington, DC, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania and most recently New York, have followed the Houston Methodist and have been pushed back as well.

Legal experts say these vaccine requirements, especially in the face of a public health crisis, are likely to continue to be upheld in court as long as employers provide reasonable exemptions, including for medical conditions or religious objections. .

Methodist employees in Houston compared their situation to medical experiments performed on unintentional victims in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The judge called the comparison “objectionable” and said the claims made in the lawsuit that the vaccines are experimental and dangerous are false.

“These people are not imprisoned. They are not tied. They are just being asked to get vaccinated to protect the most vulnerable in hospitals and other health care settings, ”said Valerie Koch, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center.

Bridges is one of 178 Methodist workers in Houston who were suspended without pay on June 8 and will be fired if they do not agree to be vaccinated by June 22.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia’s largest private employer, and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital System also reported that employees who are not fully immunized would lose their jobs.

Houston Methodist’s decision in April made it the first major U.S. healthcare system to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers. Many hospitals across the country, including the Houston Methodist, already need other types of vaccines, including the flu.

Houston Methodist President and CEO Marc Boom said nearly 25,000 of the system’s more than 26,000 workers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“You did the right thing. You protected our patients, your colleagues, your families and our community. Science proves that vaccines are not only safe but necessary if we are to overcome COVID-19”, Boom said in a statement to employees.

But Bridges, 39, and Kara Shepherd, 38, another nurse who is part of the lawsuit, say they are not confident in the safety of the vaccine. They say they have seen patients and colleagues have severe reactions and there is insufficient knowledge about its long-term effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that although a small number of health issues have been reported, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very efficient.

The two Bridges, who worked 6 and a half years in the medico-surgical inpatient unit at Houston Methodist Hospital in the suburb of Baytown, and Shepherd, who worked 7 and a half years in the work unit and childbirth from a Methodist hospital in Houston, say they are not anti-vaccine, conspiracy theorists, and not making a political statement.

“For me it ultimately comes down to freedom,” Shepherd said.

Their lawyer, Jared Woodfill, said the hospital system does not allow its workers to make their own health care decisions.

Indiana University Health, Indiana’s largest hospital system, requires all of its employees to be fully immunized by September 1. So far, just over 60% of its 34,000 employees have been vaccinated, spokesman Jeff Swiatek said.

Some Indianapolis employees protested the demand on Saturday.

Kasey Ladig, an intensive care nurse and outpatient coordinator in the bone marrow transplant unit at IU Health, said she quit the job she loved the day the policy was announced.

“I would like to hear something other than, ‘We trust the science,’” Ladig said. “It was a huge red flag. I didn’t feel comfortable getting it.

Hospital workers and others have argued that such requirements are illegal because COVID-19 vaccines are dispensed under emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and have not received final approval from the FDA. But Koch said emergency use doesn’t mean people are experienced, and added that FDA approval is pending.

Allison K. Hoffman, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said Methodist employees in Houston claimed they were being used as human guinea pigs or that the vaccine policy violated the Nuremberg Code, a set of rules for the medical experiments which were developed in the wake of the Nazi atrocities, “border on the absurd”.

To avoid such fights, many employers offer vaccination incentives.

Instead of requiring vaccines, the small health care system in Jackson, Wyoming, offered bonuses of $ 600 to employees who got vaccinated before the end of May. This increased vaccinations from 73% to 82% of the 840 employees at St. John’s Health, spokeswoman Karen Connelly said.

Bridges and Shepherd said that while the expected loss of their job has resulted in financial worries, they have no regrets.

“We’re all proud of our decision because we stood firm and didn’t do something against our will just for a paycheck,” Bridges said.


Melley reported from Los Angeles.

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