Author Archives: John McCormick

A collector’s postcards stir memories of his lifelong link to Lucy

Doesn’t everybody collect something? Their reasons and manner vary enormously. There are collectors of ancient artifacts, first day covers, comic books, Pez dispensers, medieval armor, a myriad of other items—and thankfully, old postcards. Perhaps a bigger draw for website visitors … Continue reading

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Of course, Schwering’s has it – they have everything

OK, kids, that was snow I saw Thursday night. Really wet snow, but snow, nonetheless. I guess that Polar Vortex the weather forecasters warned about has arrived. The season’s first freeze is already expected here during overnight lows this upcoming … Continue reading

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Veterans Day 2014 – We pause to thank vets; Bonus – the Editor learns a new thing

Well, pre-Veterans Day, I guess, since the real deal is still two days away. I met a man today who gave me another insight into the service of veterans. To the men and women of  VFW Post 3020 who have come to carry … Continue reading

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Vets Day Ceremony Sunday, Nov 9 at 10:30 am at Riverton War Memorial

I know it’s late notice, but I just heard myself. Bob Smyth tells me that there will be an observance of Veterans Day at the Riverton War Memorial tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Previously, Bill Brown had notified … Continue reading

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Digging up Riverton’s history… literally

Speaking of digging up Riverton’s history… Did you see this report or one like it during a 24-hour news cycle at the end of October? If you want a good laugh, scroll down and read the comments made by … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season…

“Tempus fugit,” as my Cramer Junior High Latin teacher instructed in 1961. Seems like after I passed sixty, time has actually increased in velocity. It’s already time to pay Society dues again. November newsletters are in the mail along with … Continue reading

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Gaslight News – November 2014

Inside this issue read “Summering in Riverton,” the feature story that tells about the Lawn House and other boarding houses of the late 1800s-early1900s. Paul Daly retires  after serving 28 years as HSR treasurer Mayor Brown carves a new staff … Continue reading

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Plan of the New Town of Riverton

I have used parts of a certain undated Riverton map to illustrate a few web and newsletter articles (most recently, GN #158) and I have been asked about it. This is what I know. The full title:I do love a good … Continue reading

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Reserve your seat for for Winterthur’s Downton Costume Exhibit

Downton Abbey Season 5 will premiere Sunday, January 4, 2015, 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE Classic on PBS. Until then, we fans will have to get our Downton fix by reserving a seat for the Friday, December 5,  Society sponsored bus trip to … Continue reading

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Bob Gleason returns Oct. 22 to play Poe at the Porch Club

Next month the Society will observe the 165th anniversary of passing of Edgar Allan Poe, the man who turned “Nevermore” into an enduring catchphrase, with a special performance at The Porch Club by actor/historian Bob Gleason. Before Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, … Continue reading

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