Monthly Archives: June 2011

NEK Alumni Notes is a feature about you



by Bethany M Dunbar, June 11, 2011

It’s summer time and the living is, well, hectic.  There’s something about the early sunrise and long gorgeous evenings that drives us to try to get even more done each day.

Although it’s not technically summer yet, it’s feeling a lot like it with close to 90 degree temperatures, wild hail and thunderstorms and lots of green leaves, bird songs, and fireflies at night.  My gosh things happen fast around here.

My vegetables garden is up.  I’ve planted lots of jalapeño pepper plants for my boyfriend Jim’s son Rob who built the terraces for us.  My daughter is all graduated from college and headed to San Francisco to research raptors.

It doesn’t seem very long ago that I was digging my mailbox out of what seemed an impossibly huge snowbank.

If you’re here you know what I’m talking about — the incredible speed at which spring has sprung and the world seems to be just bursting with life.  If you’re not, why not?  This is the time of year to come home or visit.

Whether you are here or not, I’m hoping you will take a look at a new feature on the Chronicle’s web site called NEK Alumni Notes.  It’s an idea I had some time ago and have just now put into place — a section of the site devoted to news and notes from all over by people who used to live here or visit often.  We already have posted a bunch and my hope is that it will do nothing but grow.

Where are you now?  What are you up to?  Do you have a good Kingdom story about your time here?  Are you looking for someone or wondering what ever happened to someone you knew here?  We can post notes from people just trying to reconnect too.  Post a note in the comment box on the site:, or post it here, or e-mail your note to me:

You don’t have to graduate from anything, it’s just for fun.  For those who have sent me something already, thank you!  Some of it appeared in the newspaper this week.  The rest is on the site and I have a few others promised to me, coming soon.

Also on the site this week is an article about a new museum in town:  The Museum of Everyday Life.  Clare Dolan has started a museum in her barn in Glover.  Tena Starr wrote about it.  The first featured exhibit is matches, including a banjo made out of matches and glue, stained with coffee.  It’s completely amazing.

Joseph Gresser has started taking videos sometimes when he’s out covering the news.  He posted a video on the site this week of the North Country Union High School Pops Concert.  A row of boys singing in harmony about organic vegetables.  Priceless.

Take a look, let us know what you think.

Thanks again for all your contributions and feedback.