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July 18, 2010

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A group of 9- and 10-year-old Gloucester lacrosse players converged on the grassy triangle in front of my home one Sunday to clean up around the World War II Memorial. As a bonus, Michael Linquata, chairman of the memorial committee, gave a talk about his experiences in the war. “Did you know Hugh McCarthy?” one boy asked at the end of the talk. Mike responded that he had. “He’s my grandfather,” the boy replied. “Is he still alive, son?” asked Mike. “Well, we did go to church together this morning” came the reply.

Cindy Hendrickson / Gloucester

. . . And the ‘Vette

One day in May, I was walking down Clarendon Street in front of the Post Office and noticed a new Corvette convertible. A postal worker noticed it, too, and joked with the driver, “Any time you want to trade that for a nice post office truck, let me know.” The ’vette owner retorted: “Make it a post office pension, and you got a deal!”

Patrick Maguire / Boston

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