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CONWAY — Today marks what would have been the 77th birthday of my late oldest brother, decorated Army Silver Star-winning Vietnam helicopter pilot veteran and Country Ecology newspaper and radio columnist naturalist David L. Eastman of Tamworth.

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DWIGHT A. SMITH was not the sailor pictured kissing a dental assistant on V-J Day in that famous Alfred Eisenstaedt Times Square Life Magazine photo 75 years ago, but it could have been.

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TOP OF AUGUST to you and yours, which not only means it’s yours truly’s birthday today (8-1) and the start of vacation, but it also means it’s the height of summer and the best news for any true New Englander is the start of the fresh sweet native corn harvesting season.

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A SMALL BUT ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP of friends and colleagues gathered at the spacious, socially-distanced, landscaped Garden of the Wildcat Inn and Tavern Wednesday night to celebrate Certified Executive Chef Bryant Alden’s induction into the prestigious American Academy of Chefs.

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WHILE COVID-19 is dominating the news these days, and rightly so, having lost my brother Steve 12 years ago to glioblastoma multiforme, a brain cancer that also claimed the lives of Sens. Teddy Kennedy and John McCain and so many others, including Jen Hill, after whom Jen’s Friends is named,…

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GENERALLY, I would be giving readers an overview of all of the local valley Independence Day activities with my annual Fourth of July preview column, but of course, this is not a year like any others, given our fears about the pandemic, and the resultant cancellation of parades, concerts and…

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HAPPY FIRST DAY of summer and Happy Father’s Day Weekend, a scorcher of one at that to you and that guy who taught you how to throw a baseball, the importance of saving for a rainy day and how to try and be on time.

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HAPPY GRADUATION TO all students, this strange COVID-19 season, as we tip our caps (and face masks) to all, but especially to the students of Kennett High who are celebrating their big day today with an unusual chairlift ride on the Skimobile Express quad to the summit of Cranmore, where cer…

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AFTER A SPRING THAT already has been dauntingly challenging due to COVID-19's health concerns and the resultant economic downturns, the past week exploded into furor over the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis while in custody of four white policemen.

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AND SO BEGINS the strangest Memorial Day Weekend in anyone’s memory. Usually a time of family gatherings, cookouts and the unofficial start of summer, this year, it's a mixed bag of face-masked, social-distancing recommendations where we have to resist the natural urge to congregate.