“How much it cost”

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John and Abigail Adams (From The History Chef website)

Barely two weeks after the end of our major political parties’ conventions of posturing and pontificating, and about a dozen weeks until the vote to pick our next president, it might be worth remembering that 239 years ago, thousands of regular folk – including my 4th-great grandfather Dependence Sturtevant – were actively involved in a North American war to earn us the right to participate in this glorious mess.
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The Vollies Are Busy

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Apparatus of the Vernon Fire Department is decked out for the holidays. – From the VFD Website

In late May 2016 in Milford, Conn., half a dozen regular folks – volunteers, good Samaritans – pulled to the side of what locals call the Route 15 Connector, which links Interstate 95 to Route 15 (from Milford east, called the Wilbur Cross Parkway – The Merritt to the west), and among them they managed to pull two young women from a car that had crashed and caught fire. Continue reading