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Around the Town with Lou - October 15, 2009

Battle flags and the Stars and Bars of the Old Confederacy were stiff in the breeze at Memorial Park at a re-enaction of the Southern Armies’ encampment sponsored by the Mineola Library. A contingent of Confederate soldiers of the 57th Virginia Infantry Company D pitched their tents. They were led by Capt. Ray Picket whose great-great grandfather led the famous charge at Gettysburg. Newspapers were on display reporting that terrible battle of July 1 to 3 in 1863. More than 58,000 men fell those three terrible days in the worst battle in our history. In fact, Gettysburg was the bloodiest engagement ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. They had copies of the NY Times reporting the news as well as Harper’s Weekly, the Southern Weekly and the Daily Citizen. The latter newspaper was printed on the back of wallpaper due to the shortage of newsprint.

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There is an impressive new statue on the west side of Chaminades’ activities building of Christ on the Cross with the two Marys kneeling at his feet.

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Former Mayor Bob Hinck had called my attention that there is indeed a plaque is the park honoring our neighbor Tom DeLuca who was killed in Vietnam. The plaque is on the north side of the parking lot with a tree as well, planted in Tom’s memory. He lived on Lincoln Avenue.

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It must have been my day for speaking to former mayors as I had a talk with Ed Smith. Former Mayor Ed and his wife Evelyne live in Connecticut. He says he misses the village and keeps up with local events by reading the MA. The Smiths hope to be able to visit Mineola soon.

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President Obama was on The Dave Letterman Show and the host asked the president if he thought that some of his opposition was racist. Mr. Obama said “No, Dave I don’t. Actually I was black before I was elected.”

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That same program, referring to that Iranian dictator spewing out his litany of lies at the UN, Dave said, “Hey, Joe Wilson, where are you when we need you?”

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Jack and Anita Baker had lunch at Jonathans. Jack, who is 92 years old, used to own Capital Stationery in town and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Canoe was the first American Indian word incorporated into the English language. I know you were anxious to find that out.

Corpus Christ Church was happy to welcome their new pastor Msgr. Robert Coyle. The new pastor who is only in his 40s was formerly a Navy chaplain serving on the aircraft carriers H. Truman and later the Eisenhower.

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As the pool season ended, it was noted a poor work ethic on the part of many. Lifeguards had to be reminded that it was their turn, gate people not bothering to check passes, non-residents allowed to sneak in the facility. A turnstile may be erected at the gate to increase control. The poor work ethic did not apply to all the crew, of course. Many did their jobs. The pool is being repainted and the leaking roof in the office will be repaired.

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When former President Bill Clinton obtained the release of the two journalists from North Korea, Jay Leno found this headline, “Two Journalist Fried.” Leno also came up with this ad, “Sorry, but only 200 per customer.” It should have been two per customer.

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Joyce Gorycki lunched at the Williston Town House.

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Debbie Dorenfast is a special agent with the Dept. of Homeland Security. She was at the last meeting of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. Also at that meeting were Cynthia Decruz, she is the new asst. vice president of the Roslyn Savings Bank, and Mary Ann Boerner of Boerner Marketing.

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The mayor would like to build a movie theater or a hotel between First Street and Harrison Avenue. The loss of the parking field behind Eleanor Rigby’s, Franwin, Kucks and the other stores would be devastating to them.

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The village board has approved the building of the nine-story condominium on Old Country Road. This would bring in two and a half million dollars in tax revenues. Garden City is objecting, claiming too much traffic congestion. Let’s hope something can be worked out.

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Simon and Maryann Lemli of Clinton Avenue give lots of pleasure to the Golden Agers and the Leisure Club with their line dancing lessons.

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Larry Young, owner of Young’s Taxi, is a customer of the Whistle Stop of Mary Ann Fearon. Mary Ann tells me that she has retained almost all of her former Mineola customers.