Dear Reader: Monday, May 21

First off, don’t forget about Rochester’s Town Meeting tonight at 7:00 at the elementary school. It shouldn’t be a long night, but it’s important for as many as can participate, be there.

Secondly, we received a $4,000 grant from A.D. Makepeace to help with finishing off the first part of our basement project: the meeting room. The small meeting room should be available by July 1 for private meetings and for use of the historical collection. From now until September 1, it will also be used to house and sort the book sale items as they come in. Only private groups can use this room, as it is not Handicapped Accessible. We will be raising money later in the year to fund a small elevator, which will make the room ADA compliant. Anyway, the small meeting room will have wi-fi and computer connections, and a small flat-screen TV, hooked up to a cable connection, thanks to Comcast. If you would like to use the room for a meeting, please contact me. It should be fully functional in the fall. Many, many thanks to AD Makepeace for their contribution.

Cafe Parlez meets NEXT Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 to discuss Room. June’s book is The Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award in 2002.

And finally for today, here is a long article on Memorial Day (aka Decoration Day) from Wikipedia: Memorial Day. I find cemeteries to be interesting places. Make an effort to drop by one this week and read some of the epitaphs. You can learn a lot about a town by looking at the cemeteries.

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