From the miscellaneous drawer

by Anne Swenson

No doubt it is important to stay in touch with family and friends. I prefer email for this, since I am not a Facebook fan or member. It seems to allow more personal info than I care to share.
Subscribers also contact me through email and it’s good to hear from folks who have become friends over the past 40 years or so. And it’s good to know of Betty M. and others like her who are preparing for another tourist season, whatever it is.
I’m not in the office as much as I used to be, so any and all contacts are welcomed.
Staying sequestered in London, my niece and her husband greet me through Skype. The last two attempts though, have been spotty and often what is said disappears, even without the visual sight.
We all have so many projects which could be accomplished, but the motivation to do so may be lacking as my friend Linda noted.
I hope you are shopping locally to support the few businesses that are open, especially the grocery stores. Restaurants need our support as well and take-out food is a great choice to continuously choosing frozen food.
Truly, I love Ely and its people - even its quirks and quarrels. For the most part I can recall past connections which were less confrontational and more friendly.
We evolve, we learn, we re-examine our beliefs and make changes. That is as it should be.
Take care and stay safe, and keep your mind open to embrace change.
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In the Ely Echo for April 21, 1980, 40 years ago, the headlines were:
• Jackpine Bob accuses Dems and GOP major candidates are afraid to debate;
• School Board protests aid cutbacks
• Young military policewoman Debbie Skogen likes past, looks toward future ;
• Reserve unit for Ely considered;
• USFS moves permit station.