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Around the Town with Lou - April 9, 2010

Washington’s Smithsonian is the latest stop for the exhibit telling the history of America’s nuns and is called “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America.” Our daughter, Sister Annmarie and six other sisters raised the $4 million required to create this exhibit that tells of the works of America’s Women Religious throughout our history. Over 100,000 people have visited the exhibit in Washington so far, including the Papal Nuncio. It all started at the Cincinnati Museum where 67,000 visited and then moved to the Dallas Women’s Museum. From DC it will travel to Cleveland, Boston and Ellis Island and then the seventh stop will be the Mississippi River Museum in Iowa. In pictures and words, the display tells of the work of the Women Religious since the founding of our country and the first French Nuns to arrive at New Orleans in 1770. It tells of the Sisters’ services on the battlefields of the Civil War with the Union and the Confederate armies, the work in hospitals, schools, with unwed mothers and their everlasting aid to the poor and desperate.

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Peter Holowecki of Liberty Avenue, a past commander of the American Legion, has been attending the services for more than 25 years honoring the four chaplains who gave up their life preservers and went down with the Dorchester after it was torpedoed by a Nazi U-boat in WWII. The “Back to God” services are attended each year by the American Legion and the VFW.

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Mineola’s Dorothy Campbell has been appearing in the musical Sugar Babies at the Herrick’s Community Theater. Dorothy is with the Friends of the Library and did a fine job of selling the keys for their new piano and thus helping to raise the funds needed.

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Celebrating March 17 at Patrick’s East Side Grille were Nick and Susan Pennachio and Gene and Maureen Dreyer. At other tables were Mary Madson, Elise and Tony Sainato, Rosanne and John Peritore, Lou and Sheri Egnasko, and Grace and me. At another table were Rich and Joanne Ueland. Patrick’s Grille belongs to two sisters; one, Franceen McPoland, lives in Mineola.

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Bill Delventhal is a good patron of the library. Bill lives on Pomander Road, and he and his wife Ruth are the parents of Bill Jr., my boss at Anton Community Newspapers.

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Linda Guggino of Plymouth Avenue is a busy lady singing with the Choral Society and working at the library at the checkout desk.

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I was sorry to hear about the untimely death of Carole Marchese, wife of Carl, sister of Pat Hinck and sister-in-law of our former Mayor Bob Hinck.

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Third Precinct Police Officer Jim Doughtery does such a bang-up job keeping us safe in this area. Jim lives in Williston Park; and yes, girls, he is still single.

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Deacon John Ryan of Corpus Christi Church is a transitory Deacon, which means that he is on the way to ordination as a priest. He used the well-known gospel, “Let him without sin cast the first stone,” Jesus told the mob wanting to kill the woman caught in adultery. Come to think of it, they still do that in Saudi Arabia.

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People often ask during St. Patrick’s Day what “Erin Go Bragh” means. That is Gaelic and means “Ireland for Eternity.”

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Gary Mazur of the Mineola Fire Department enjoyed lunch at that wonderful Portuguese restaurant Churrasqueira, with the owner Manny Carvalho.

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Dominick, the owner of Studio One Barber Shop at 24 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, next to Minuteman Press, is celebrating his 30th year in the same location. Studio One has been giving good haircuts and shaves to the men of the Willistons and Mineola for a long time. They also are a unisex operation.

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Saw a rare Islander victory over Calgary the other night and had a chance to exchange a few words with former Islander star and now announcer Butch Goring.

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A movie that’s got great acting is The Hurt Locker, and the TV drama we like is The Good Wife.