By the Mighty Mumford

Sun has gone away,

Darkness ends our day…

Hear a dog bark

Out of silence, it’s sharp,

The bark of a cute shar pei.


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Light Blogging, If Any For Some Time, Probably

Yes! Been there and done it!!!

The Arts Mechanical

Microsoft seems to have trashed my main computer with an update Thursday night.  either that or the hard drive suddenly just died, leaving only the Blue screen of death.  So, all the stuff that comes through that computer is not available and I’m need to get that computer working so the blog is going to have to get short shrift for a while.

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Wish we still had Railway Express


Nobody’s Christmas gifts would have been late!

We know that the passenger network of trains was becoming less complete, especially after WWII, while the airlines and road systems were being built up.

But in the Transportation Act of 1940, the railroads and Federal Government terminated the old land grants which relieved the railroads of transporting mail at a discount price. Did the Post Office Department began looking for alternatives to rail transport of mail, even though it was a very efficient operation? This act may have provided one of the specific reasons for the mails to be diverted, little by little to highway trucks and to the airlines.

Arguably, the Transportation Act of 1958 had as significant an impact upon RPO network pruning. It liberalized the procedures for discontinuing passenger services. With the loss of branch line RPOs –mostly 15-feet and 30-feet space authorization- – the feeder services to trunkline…

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Vietnam vet gets high school diploma 50 years later

City Skipper Gal

20170216_184543 Stephen Cukovecki is presented with his HS diploma 50 years later. 

One Vietnam vet received his diploma, cap, gown and tassel after 50 years of leaving the halls of his high school as a young man. Now, a three time Vietnam tour vet, Stephen Cukovecki, now a Xenia resident, received an honorary Veteran Diploma presented by Beavercreek High School Principal, Jeff Jones.

“As superintendent, my name sits on about 3,700 diplomas and this one is going to be one of my most honored diplomas to present,” Beavercreek Superintendent Otten said during February’s school board meeting.

Mr. Cukovecki was surrounded by friends, family and Beavercreek community members as he was congratulated on a lifetime of service and dedication to the United States through his courageous tours during the Vietnam War and being an exceptional leader in the community throughout his life. In 1967, just two weeks before his graduation, Mr. Cukovecki…

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