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05/13/15 4:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO Lions Club Citizen of the Year Jack Monaghan relaxing on ‘his’ bench outside Dr. Frank Kestler’s office on North Ferry Road.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO
Lions Club Citizen of the Year Jack Monaghan relaxing on ‘his’ bench outside Dr. Frank Kestler’s office on North Ferry Road.

Jack Monaghan is a man who can’t say no.

That’s why he’s involved in so many volunteer efforts and why the Lions Club has named him its Citizen of the Year, an award he’ll receive at a dinner in his honor at the Pridwin Hotel on Thursday, May 21. (more…)

03/06/15 12:32pm
COURTESY PHOTO |

COURTESY PHOTO |

The great Gaels of Ireland

Are men that God made mad,

For all their wars are merry, 

And all their songs are sad. 

Those words are from the English poet G.K. Chesterton. They were published in 1911 as part of “The Ballad of the White Horse,” an account in verse of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex -— sometimes regarded as the first king of England. (more…)

03/13/14 4:45pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Tara Fitzgerald and Adrian Dunbar star in the Irish film "Hear My Song," as part of the Library's tribute to St. Patrick's Day.

COURTESY PHOTO | Tara Fitzgerald and Adrian Dunbar star in “Hear My Song,” to be screened at the Library Tuesday, March 18.

St. Patrick’s Day being nigh, we have an Irish tale to tell and show: Once upon a time, there was a beloved Irish tenor named Josef Locke, who gained fame and fortune in the British Isles in the 1940s and 50s. (more…)