By J SWYGART
Teachers at North Adams Community Schools have been working without a new collective bargaining agreement since previous one expired on July 31, 2010. Thanks to a so-called “status quo” provision of current state law, however, the terms of the previous, albeit expired, contract between the school district and the North Adams Teachers Association (NATA) will remain in effect until the next pact is negotiated and ratified.
BY BOB SHRALUKA
The current session of the Indiana Legislature doesn't lack for some really dumb ideas. One of them has garnered little publicity, but ranks near the top on the dumb list.
A bill introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would ban public access to traffic accident reports for a period of 90 days after the accident.
By MARK TURNER
The past few years the vampire film has changed from what began as a horrifying creature to a seductive animal, followed by more creatures and finally with the TWILIGHT films a vampire more interested in seduction than, say, draining blood. All that changed with a wel-received Swedish film called LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
There is hope, folks. Honest to goodness hope. If Don Spice has his way, maybe sometime this spring the tall building on the corner of Second and Monroe streets once famous for its Holthouse Drug Co. business — but now the one most referred to as "the eyesore" — will be renovated, cleaned up and functioning as a business ... or businesses.
Everyone has a photographic memory, but not too many people get the picture.
Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women.
Can you imagine a world without women? No nagging and lots of beer, sports, and merriment.
You be the Judge
By BOB SHRALUKA
Mary Jo Toole wants you to know everything is going well at Operation Help these days — "blessed" is the word she uses — but please don't take that to mean you can quit helping. No one wants to go back to where the local food bank was in the latter days of 2010, when the place had to close for a couple of days due to a lack of food on its shelves.
By JIM SCHINDLER
Never try to please everybody … it can’t be done!
The Laughing Dutchman
Jon came to the United States from Holland 50 years ago, when he was only five years old. After talking with him for a while, Eric asked, “Do they still have windmills in Holland, or just windbags?”
“A little bit of both,” Jon answered, laughing.
By MARK TURNER
Thirdty-five years ago a movie appeared that began a genre of its own. Loosely based on the horror genre that used any animal from killer shrews to giant ants, the film featured Mother Nature gone wild and becoming the most terrifying of all creatures. That film was JAWS and the movies that paid tribute to in whether directly or not is long.
By J SWYGART
It was Saturday morning. There I was, in the garage. The temperature outside was single digits; only about a degree warmer inside.
I was loading up about a month’s worth of recyclables: bags of paper; sacks of glass, plastic and tin cans. A tub full of cardboard. All destined for the county transfer station.
And then I wondered: why?