The locomotive legacy of U.S. Sugar


A piece of Florida locomotive history has come home to the sunshine state after being away for nearly half a century. Steam Engine No. 148 arrived in Clewiston late last year, although not under its own power. The engine and its tender (fuel and water car) arrived from Colorado strapped to two railroad flat cars. Well, most of it arrived by rail.

“We were able to gather and collect most of the pieces that were already removed from the locomotive,” said Ted Dobrie, chief mechanical officer for U.S. Sugar, “and we crated and cataloged all that equipment and shipped all that back by truck. We’re just missing a couple of minor pieces that we’re going to have to track down.”

So, what does a 97-year-old steam locomotive engine have to do with a company in the business of growing and refining sugarcane? Quite a bit, actually. Founded in 1931, U.S…

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Nellie McClung: Assessing Her Impact on Women’s Rights (Post 3 of 3)

When Women Inspire

Colorful Canadian Mural about Votes for Women Mural on Dr. Emily Stowe Way (formerly Elizabeth Street) in Toronto. Photo © Resa McConaghy – Artist: Jacqueline Comrie Garrido.

Welcome to the final installment of Nellie McClung week! This post is written by both Resa and I. As Resa explained in her wonderful post two days ago, Nellie was pivotal in Manitoba being the first Canadian province to grant women the right to vote. The momentous date was January 28, 1916. After this important day, Nellie continued to fight for women’s right to vote in other provinces.

When Were Women Granted the Right to Vote in Other Canadian Provinces?

On March 14, 1916, just two months after Manitoba amended its legislation, women in Saskatchewan gained the legal right to vote. One month later (April 19), Alberta followed suit. The following year, on April 5, 1917, British Columbia changed its laws about women’s right to vote. Just one week…

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Leather Cameo

Glam Meets Girl

Hello Lovelies,

Happy Thursday! My goodness, its cold out there today….I am just in the door after finishing the last of my Christmas shopping (does it ever end). The stores are crazy at the minute, the rush is well and truly underway!

Its a well know fact that both denim and leather go together like peas in a pod as far as I am concerned. One of the many reasons to love both fall and winter is because this combo can be reused over and over again. I am always on the search for new leather or faux leather jackets, you can never have too many in my opinion. One other thing I love about these leather jackets is the simple colour of them, the black leather finish provides a base that can be paired with so many different pieces and allows you to keep the look casual or dress it…

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Letters to the Power Plant #66 — A Blizzard at Dell

Power Plant Men

After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the sixty sixth letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.

2/14/03 – A Blizzard at Dell

Dear Sooner Friends,

I hope I’m not disturbing all of you.  I know how busy it must be, with the “mini-overhaul” and all.  I just thought I would write and let you guys know how things are going down here.

We had a blizzard last weekend.  It was all over the news that we were actually going to have a snow storm in Austin.  People all ran out to the stores to stock up on food and other accessories.

Some put on…

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RBT Show – Angels – The Discovery

Real Bold Truth

Hello RBT Readers!!

The Talk Show on Heart Ministry Radio this past Sunday was a little different. It was a live video taping in the studio!

I’m sharing it here since it is now permanently housed on YouTube and the station’s television branch.

This show is a combination of the last two audio shows that played a couple of weeks ago. My book entitled “Angels- The Discovery” will be here very soon in 2017! This video show is a sneak preview into the introduction of my penn name “Starr Lee Bryant” and a summary of the book itself!

Check it out and stay tuned for more information including a book trailer in the coming weeks.

Finally, this picture below is of an Angel that I have had for nearly 20 years. I was initially inspired about the presence of Angels around the time I purchased this trinket. She…

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