Feel the Bern

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As  a resident of New Hampshire, every four years I have the opportunity to meet the next President of the United States. Whenever possible I attend the town hall meetings and house parties to personally meet the candidates.

These are interesting events to photograph because they are strictly choreographed by the campaign staff. Lighting and proximity to the candidate is an issue. The Sanders event was almost like a rock concert. The crowd was very young and very enthusiastic.  I was fortunate enough to meet Bernie whom I admire.

After the event I was interviewed on camera which was an awkward experience for me as one who is usually on the other side of the camera. Hopefully I’ll never see that interview. I made the observation that Senator Sanders uses the pronoun “we” when he discusses what he will do, in stark contrast to Donald Trump who uses the pronoun “I”.

Bernie Sanders
NH 4 Bernie
Bernie Sanders
Feel the Bern?
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
Waiting for his intro
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
Meeting supporters
Bernie Sanders
Meeting supporters
Bernie Sanders
Feeling the Bern
Bernie Sanders
I was asked questions on camera, hope I didn’t embarrass myself

Short video showing crowd size

Window Wednesday Theme : Hong Kong Shuttle

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I dipped into the archives for today’s #WindowWednesday photo theme. I was stationed aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. One of our ports of call was Hong Kong in 1970. We anchored in Victoria Harbour and rode this water shuttle when we went on liberty.

Hong Kong Shuttle

Hong Kong has a highly developed public transportation system, so getting around was not an issue. Riding the Star Ferries is something any visitor should experience as a way from getting back and forth to Kowloon and Hong Kong.

New Ipswich Sampler at the Jaffrey Civic Center

An exhibit of work from the New Ipswich Artist league is on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The display will run from May 29 through Saturday, June 27th 2015. I attended the opening reception on Friday.
Jaffrey Civic Center
League members are Steve Brosque, Roland Coates, Carol Culhane, Debra Johnson, Mickey Katz, Danielle Le Bris, Karen Miller, Erin & Matt Patterson, Francie Riggs, Regina & Shannon Stirnweis, Betsy Thoms, and Susan Williams.

Not all members were present at the opening.
New Ipswich Artist League
The members are standing in front of paintings that they created based upon this photograph.
Inspiration for Art
There were a number of different interpretations of the cloud photo.
Cloud Paintings
Harvey and Susan Williams touring the exhibit
Harvey and Susan Williams
Work of Danielle M. Le Bris  – Encaustic Painting
Danielle M. Le Bris - Encaustic
It wouldn’t be an opening night without a selection of cheeses, wine and hors-d’oeuvres. Delicious.
Roland Coates
Roland Coates

Print of painted turtles by Matt Patterson. Matt is currently working on a book of reptiles and amphibians.
Matt Patterson - Painted Turtles
Wood Carving by Steve Brosque
Taking a break
Fairy House by Regina Stirnweis
Fairy House - Regina Stirnweis
Roland discussing his pencil drawing of “St. John Moon”.
Roland Coates discusses his colored pencil drawing
Money doesn’t grow on trees… or does it?  Mixed media by Mickey Katz (titled Money Tree).
Money Tree - Mickey Katz
When I saw the cloud photo, I realized that I had taken a similar shot in August of 2008 in Falmouth, MA.

Falmouth Cloud

I’ve only included a few photos of the all the works on exhibit. Stop in and see it before June 27th.

Memorial Day – Saying Goodbye to New Ipswich WWII veterans

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Memorial to Edward Aho
Since 1977 New Ipswich residents Peter and Bonny Jo Aho would host a coffee and nisu hospitality tent for veterans participating in the morning Memorial Day Parade.

New Ipswich holds its Memorial Day observance a week before the official date. As other small towns in the Monadnock region, staggering the date allows the towns to book marching bands, color guard and rifle squad.

Each year there is a reading of the honor roll mentioning Veterans that died since the last Memorial Day. This year Peter’s dad Edward Aho was on the list.

New Ipswich Memorial Day - 2013

With some coaxing our friend Bob Grippardi and his wife had convinced Bob’s dad Peter(left) to move from Florida to New Ipswich to live with them. They renovated their home to accommodate him. Peter was also honored today.

Peter and Edward first met in 2013 at the morning coffee, another sunny May morning.
Edward Aho - WWII Veteran
Edward had attended every Memorial day except one. He will be missed.
Edward I. AhoEdward served in the Navy in WWII

Throwback Thursday #TBT

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One of my favorite photo themes is #ThrowbackThursday. Reaching deep in the catalog for some of these.

Christmas 1947 at 50 Horan Avenue in Stamford, CT
Post war years living in Veteran’s Housing
I seem happy

I wish I knew a bit more about this photo. My Aunt Adeline sang in this choral group (4th Wave on left of microphone)
She loved the song “Cool Water” by the Sons of the Pioneers and I’m guessing that might have been one of the songs they sang.

Christmas Dance 1942
My dad is on the left side in the middle of the frame.
Could this have been a USO dance?

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New Ipswich WWII Veterans

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Veterans Day is observed on the 11th day of the 11th month
This is an album prepared by Hazel Moore for the New Ipswich Historical Society
Additional information may be found on their website


If you have information about the men and women in this album I encourage you to enter comments to the Flickr Album (click on any photo to view in full screen)

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Stamford’s World War II Service Roll: "A Reconstructed List of Names"

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I was delighted to read an article in the Stamford Advocate about efforts of Ron Marcus and Dan Burke who spent four years collecting over 10,000 names of Stamford residents who served in WWII.

The Service Roll was demolished and the individual markers were bulldozed into oblivion. I was aware of the Service and proud to see my dad and relatives on the markers. However they missed my Aunt Adeline who served in the Waves.

Dan Burke is known to our family and he runs the very popular Facebook group If you’re really from Stamford (CT) you’d know ….

The UPDATED list is available on Stamford Historical Society Website
And it finally includes my Aunt Adeline

Poltrack Albert John 7 Warren St. USCG X X
Poltrack Adeline O. 16 Willow St. WAVE X X
Poltrack Anthony Dennis 16 Willow St. USA X X
Poltrack Anthony Stanley 6 Rugby St, USA X X X
Poltrack Edward Philip 16 Willow St. USA X X
Poltrack Francis John Mark 16 Willow St. USMC X X
Poltrack Frank 192 Ludlow St. USN X X
Poltrack Henry Benedict 9 Rugby St. USA X X vol 9 #19 p19
Poltrack John Adam 34 Lockwood Ave. USAAC X X
Poltrack Joseph Marion 9 Rugby St. USN X X X
Poltrack Thomas Francis 34 Lockwood Ave. USA X X vol 9 #20 p 18

Stamford Service Roll in 1943

My Dad (second POLTRACK on list)
An oversight, they didn’t list my Aunt Adeline

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