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Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

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August 25, 2015
Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

John D’Arcangelo, a former teacher and long-time resident of Trail, B.C., has thoughtfully included one of my childhood memories in his recently published book A Time to Remember. My short entry recounts my dad Mike Verzuh’s recollection of a hockey game in which Cominco president S.G. Blaylock intervened to ensure that the game would go on. The book,...
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Buddy DeVito’s Celebration of Life

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May 31, 2015
Buddy DeVito’s Celebration of Life

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, we celebrated the life of Francesco Edward “Buddy” DeVito, a long-time family friend and later a personal friend of mine. Buddy had died about six months earlier on October 29, 2014, at age 94, but his widow Maureen Mitchell wanted to wait a while before spreading his ashes in...
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Peoples in Between – A history essay

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March 28, 2011
Peoples in Between – A history essay

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Francisus Verzuh crossed the line from Montana into Canada apparently without being noticed by the authorities that had policed the borderlands regions along the forty-ninth parallel separating the United States and Canada since the mid-1870s. By earlier standards, this was a quiet crossing. There were no United...
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Moral support and a 62-lb squash

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January 9, 2011
Moral support and a 62-lb squash

Dad had taken a miss the past two years of the district fall fair vegetable-growing competition – squash category. Always a green thumb and always a solid competitor, he had been discouraged when his 41-pound giant won a blue-ribbon second prize, forfeiting the red-ribbon first prize to a smaller but apparently better squash.
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