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  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 1/2/2012 6:45:38 PM
    ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU WEEP? At the Sussex Assizes held in Chichester in March 1805, there were 29 prisoners for trial of whom 15 were sentenced to death. Their offences ranged from sheep stealing and the theft of bridles and saddles to the theft ... more

  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 12/24/2011 4:10:32 PM
    'TIS THE SEASON TO BE MERRY 24 DECEMBER 1830 The last executions on Penenden Heath attracted a huge crowd. Because of fears of disorder and even of a rescue attempt, there was a very strong military presence which escorted the wagon... more

  • CITY SLICKERS -- Week of Dec 24 by Robert A. Mills 12/24/2011 7:00:58 AM
    There used to be a place down in the Bristol Hills south of Rochester, NY — not really in the Southern Tier, probably closer to Canandaigua — before you got to the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort — it was a large spread catering to groups who wa... more

  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 12/17/2011 5:35:57 AM
    IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE For many years during the mid- to late-eighteenth century a sovereign cure for the gullible, Beaume de Vie, was advertised in newspapers in almost every county. This ‘most admirable Family Medicine’ was on... more

  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 12/13/2011 2:49:25 AM
    HARD TIMES In early December 1862, after four months awaiting trial for a serious offence, George Dennis of Cranbrook was acquitted at Maidstone Assizes. It was bad enough being imprisoned for such a time but he also had worri... more

  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 12/13/2011 2:48:55 AM
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  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 12/10/2011 4:23:11 PM
    BARBARIC JUSTICE In the midst of all the high-falutin' language, among all the majesty of wigs and scarlet gowns, and the lawyers' addresses to m'lud and gentlemen of the jury, there are still the ordinary folk in the backgrou... more

  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 12/8/2011 1:27:39 AM
    HEALTH TIPS Okay, here's another footnote which may appeal to historians and writers of historical fiction. One ailment particularly rife in many parts of Britain in times past was whooping cough. This wretched illness, with a cough... more

  • SNIPPETS OF THE PAST by Johnnie Johnson 11/29/2011 4:09:26 PM
    PRISON WORKS What is the purpose of prison? This question continues to agitate the minds our politicians? Punishment? Retribution? Reformation? Or is it simply to move anti-social characters from our streets either temporarily or permanent... more

  • LOVE DIVINATION by Johnnie Johnson 11/3/2011 8:26:48 AM
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  • HOLY SMOKE! by Robert A. Mills 10/29/2011 5:47:47 AM
    Except for Edgar Guest and Ogden Nash, my favorite American poet has to be Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His A LANDLORD’S TALE: THE RIDE OF PAUL REVERE is a prime example of my all-time favorites. Of course, most people know it as THE MI... more

  • Democracy & The Constitution of the United States of America by Leonard l Brunk 10/22/2011 12:37:46 AM
    To holler and complain in the name of our “right as an American” we should at least understand what it means to be an American; we should be educated on the foundations our nation was built upon. To shout at our leaders in anger telling them to fix t... more

  • THE E PLURIBUS UNUM DEDICATION OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., MEMORIAL by Uriah J. Fields 10/20/2011 4:37:09 AM
    My eye-witness account of the Oct. 16, 20011 Dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Wasington D.C. I think you will be pleased that you read it. ... more

  • A Quaint British Custom? by Grace Elliot 10/19/2011 7:02:13 AM
    Why do the British drive on the left hand side of the road? The answer may surprise you! ... more

  • Share and share alike by George Warholak 10/7/2011 8:42:27 AM
    Leviticus 19: 33-34 says that, "When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong." ... more

  • The Israel and Palestine Conflicts by George Warholak 10/4/2011 12:53:55 PM
    Isaac and Ishmael were brought together in the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 25: 9 RSV). ... more

  • On This Day 9/13/1806 by Karen Palumbo 9/22/2011 3:09:53 PM
    American sympathizer Charles James Fox dies in Great Britain... more

  • On This Day 9/12/1777 by Karen Palumbo 9/22/2011 2:54:26 PM
    Congress receives news o defet at Brandywine, Pennsylvania... more

  • On This Day 9/11/2777 by Karen Palumbo 9/22/2011 2:39:48 PM
    The "Battle of Brandywine" begins... more

  • On This Day 9/10/1776 by Karen Palumbo 9/22/2011 2:23:01 PM
    Nathan Hale volunteers to spy behind British lines... more

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