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Students who run the newspaper at the high school just put out their first edition of the year. I am guessing they were just a little put out when I told them that they should expect to stick around after school until at least five o’clock for the final edits, proofreading, corrections, cross-checking, and final send off. The final send off comes when they send the completed files to the printer via the internet. But as they attended to their work, really dug down into it, dove for perfection–which is impossible–their tone and the atmosphere in the classroom shifted. As the final corrections were made and re-checked, one after another said how nervous they were, how they wanted to keep checking to make sure everything was just right. And then as the corrected files were saved, the moment came for the send-off, and the…

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Slow news: Yarn work delights

Old Story It’s an old story by now, but a group of volunteers organized by former library employee Mary Klaneski, who since her retirement eight years ago owns and operates New England Yard and Spindle, knitted some fancy and colorful stuff that now decorates and, as Yard and Spindle’s online newsletter announcing the event said, embellishes objects and surfaces at the Bristol Public Library. The effort began with a call from Library Director Debbie Prozzo, Klaneski said. Klaneski got right to it, seeking volunteers and holding regular monthly meetings. That was in April. Outside each library entrance (or exit), the yarn work wraps trees and columns and statues. Inside, shelves and mantles are dotted with yarn of various sizes and designs. The yarn work adds pizazz. Its presence is fun, mostly because, you don’t expect it. Because you don’t expect it, it delights the senses….


Memorial Boulevard Building Committee takes next step

The Memorial Boulevard Cultural Center Building Committee voted unanimously to authorize the architects working on the restoration of the old school building to proceed to the next phase–development of design documents. “Basically, we are satisfied with this design and now we want to get some detailed documents so the numbers can get better,” said Peter DelMastro, who ran the meeting while chairman Frank Stawski was away. To drive home his point, Del Mastro said, if the theater wanted to bring in the current Broadway smash hit, “Hamilton,” this facility would be able to handle that kind of performance when it’s done. “And that is what we want. We want it to be a regional theater that handles all kinds of things for the community and broader,” he said. The design document phrase allows the architects and construction firm to obtain more accurate costs. Until…