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08/24/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

My intent
I’ve waited to comment on what some have said about me on these pages, largely because of two reasons: fear and common sense. Racism is a serious charge to leave unanswered, however, so I’m compelled to do a manual override of my defense systems. (more…)

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08/12/15 8:03am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO A corner of the attic at Sylvester manor, where slaves and indentured servants  families were quartered.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO A corner of the attic at Sylvester Manor, where slaves and indentured servants were quartered.

In the stifling attic of rough boards, the afternoon sunlight caught etchings of sailing ships on a wooden beam near a narrow window.

You could see a progression in the work, from a suggestion of a ship to finely drawn images of sails and intricate renderings of ropes and riggings. In the airless August heat, just under the roof of Sylvester Manor, the etchings spoke of an indentured boy’s need for expression and freedom. (more…)

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08/07/15 1:21pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Three of 12 pigs enjoyed brief freedom at Sylvester Manor Farm Friday afternoon until staff members rounded them up for transport back to their pens. Someone apparently left a gate open enabling the animals to get loose shortly before 1 p.m. But they were back shortly after 1. The staff was able to keep them from escaping the farm stand grounds on Manwaring Road in what was a brief but frantic effort to get them into a trailer.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Three of 12 pigs enjoyed brief freedom at Sylvester Manor Farm Friday afternoon until staff members rounded them up for transport back to their pens. Someone apparently left a gate open enabling the animals to get loose shortly before 1 p.m. But they were back shortly after 1. The staff was able to keep them from escaping the farm stand grounds on Manwaring Road in what was a brief but frantic effort to get them into a trailer.

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08/07/15 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel's Retreat Center. property.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center. A reader wrote bemoaning the fact that a part of the property will be developed.

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To the Editor:
I was saddened to see the property that was a spiritual sanctuary for youth and families for decades is now planned as an exclusive, private, residential enclave (see story, “Development plans for St. Gabe’s,” July 23). (more…)

08/02/15 3:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY

CHARITY ROBEY

When Joni Mitchell sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?” she was probably thinking of the environment.

But she could just as well been singing of the relief provided by a few minutes in a porta-potty.

During summer in the United States, the porta-potty is ubiquitous and indispensable. It goes by many names; porta-san, porta-potty, Johnny on the spot, Portaloo and kybo (more about that later.) (more…)