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Around The Town With Lou: July 12, 2013

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Edward Snowden, who Rep. Peter King says should be charged with treason and I agree, says that if he was captured he would have a kangaroo trial. What does that mean? It seems to be an expression found only in the U.S. It means that you will be found guilty automatically. Like a kangaroo, they will leap over any evidence that the court doesn’t like.

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Dr. Ann Forte and husband Richard have lived on Mineola Boulevard for 17 years. They have two children, Richard Jr. and Nicole. Ann is active in the running club.

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Barney Rauert is a mechanical engineer working right now for the diocese of Brooklyn. He and Elizabeth have resided on Nassau Boulevard for 30 years.

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Murphy’s Irish Pub on Old Country Road now has OTB. You can place your bet and watch the horses run.

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At the pool, I talked with Carl Santelmo, the supervisor, and a man who really enjoys the water, Jimmy McHugh, a painter of Hill Street.

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Good to see Terry and Mary Hale at Mass at Corpus Christi Church.

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Diane Anderson lives on the border of Mineola and Williston Park. She works at Total Performances Gym on Hillside Avenue.

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John Macedo is a good customer of Foresto’s Mens shop.

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“Homicide victims seldom talk to police.” Jay Leno spotted that headline. It would really make you believe in zombies if they did. I guess Brad Pitt knows what he is doing.

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John Davanzo donated the gifts at Mass to his late parents. The gifts were brought up by his son, John Paul, and his daughters Terry, Julie and Mary and, of course, John himself.

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Jerry Prizeman is an accountant. He and Kathy live on Coolidge Avenue.

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Corpus Christi Deacon Brian Mannix spoke of his late dad on Father’s Day. Joe Mannix was a faithful Catholic and a daily communicant. Joe was an usher for 30 years.

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Julio and Maritza Olcese left Peru for Mineola years ago. Julio and I became friends since I spoke Spanish and our daughter, Sister Annmarie, served in Peru for five years. Julio was a waiter at the Old Estorial Granada Spanish restaurant.

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Renzo told me that he had sold La Marmite. He was the owner for 40 years.

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Christopher Heller, Fred Lang and Angela McColgan were awarded the Jerry Mehlman Scholarships of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

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Very few pitchers win 20 games anymore. Since they changed to five starters, nobody had won 30 in a long time. Believe it or not, there was once a 40 game winner. Eddie Walsh, pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 1912, went 40-15.

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Joe and Helene Harris live on Shortridge Drive, their home for the past 40 years. Joe is in the pension business. They attend Beth Shalom Chabad.