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June Tuthill Bassemir is the widowed mother of four and grandmother of 10. An artist and writer, she volunteers as a docent in a 1765 farm house. June loves old cars and antiques, and has also enjoyed furniture stripping and rug hooking. "I used to say I was a stripper and hooker.but with so many trips around the sun, no one raises an eyebrow anymore. They only laugh." June has given up furniture stripping, but is still an avid rug hooker.
Frank Beresheim was born in New York City in 1959 and moved to the Catskill Mountains as a child, returning to Queens at age 16, where he began writing poetry and playing music. Married in 1988, Frank found his way back to the Catskills and never looked back. He lives with his wife and two teenaged sons in the friendly community of Saugerties, NY.
Carolyn Cecil has been writing poetry for ten years. She participates in a monthly poetry critique group where she is based in Baltimore. Her poetry has been published in The Broadkill Review, Poet's Ink, More Stories Website, Loyalhanna Review and The Gunpowder Review. She will read from her work on March 21, 2013 at Third Thursday, Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, Md.
William D. Cecil, Sr. was born in 1906 and lived for 96 years. He was a lifelong educator, people person, and believer in nature. He spent time recuperating from an illness in the late 1920s and thirties. He used this time to write poetry and to heal. He was a member of the Shakespeare Symposium in Lewiston, NY and wrote biographical material on an artist known for his depictions of Niagara Falls (Amos Sangster).
Tom Cherwin lives in Woodstock. He is a professional editor and writes for the theater.
Frank Corradino is a Cornell-degreed engineer who has spent the past 26 years in industrial writing and publishing. He is currently resident curmudgeon on several upstate NY on-line news forums and lives near Rome, NY.
Bo Drury, born in the Texas Panhandle during ‘the great depression’, had the advantages of growing up in the country and developing a great love and respect for nature and the plains. Listening to the tall tales of her father and hearing the stories of many of her ancestors as they braved the hardships of the new land and were themselves instrumental in taming the Wild West, from her 5th great-grandfather, Daniel Boone, to her paternal grandparents making ‘the run’ for land into the Indian Territory, she has story after story to tell. With a ranching heritage on one side and a newspaper family on the other, her desire to write started at the age of eleven after reading the story of “Betty Zane” written by Zane Gray. To date she has written several short stories of the west and of the folks who lived during those times.
Dave Griffin is retired and pursues his various interests while living in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. He is the webmaster for More Stories!
J. Hill Hamon, a long time member of AAPA, writes and produces the electronic journal, Whippoorwill E-Comment. The Hamons live out in the sticks in central Kentucky on 16 acres of rolling terrain with woods and a pond. J.Hill retired from teaching Biology at a small college in Lexington, Kentucky.
Marj Hastings was born in Worcester, MA., where she obtained her Bachelors degree from Clark University and a Masters from Assumption College, both in that city A career Real Estate Broker, she is married to Bob O'Connell (Salt City Stories). They are still working and traveling.
Stephanie Heigh has lived in Sullivan County, New York most of her life, many years of it with her husband Robert, a retired teacher. Writing has long been her passion as well as reading. While very young she found even cereal boxes fascinating to read. Her other primary interests are music and her grandchildren. Stephanie's best loved job was in her small hometown library as a front desk clerk. Besides meeting many wonderful people, she had the magnificent perk of borrowing any publication when it was hot off the press. The library is still a second home. Visiting there provides a warmth and human connection that no other venue does.
Erin K. is a member of her local SERTOMA Club (Service To Mankind.) She is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at a Middle School. She is a cross country and track runner for the High School teams. Erin enjoys free writing about topics she can choose and she’s on the yearbook staff at her school. She has been playing the violin for many years. Erin describes herself as a huge Christian and attends church and youth group regularly. Erin was awarded the Heritage Essay Award by her local Sertoma Club for her essay, “We Are One In The American Flag.”
Avo Kubar lives in Saugerties, from where he often travels.
Dick Laurey is a professional musician and the owner of his own company, an electronics assembly firm in Oregon. He worked as a studio musician for Capitol Records, taught and played rock, jazz and dinner theater in Southern California, Hawaii and Las Vegas and then settled down in Oregon with his wife some years ago to raise two daughters. His are all true stories ”They are bizarre enough that I don't have to make them up."
Tony Leone, CSC, has been featured on most D-Day websites and filmed on many local veteran programs and on Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation." Featured speaker on local school programs and the subject of newspaper stories by the local paper, the Glens Falls Post-Star reporter David Blow. “Archangelo” is a columnist and cartoonist for a California industrial newsletter and is the former editor/post adjutant of the American Legion Post 553 newspaper.
Deborah Christiansen Martin, was born in Utica, NY and attended Proctor High School as a member of the Class of 1977. Married to Jim Martin, she is the mom of four children and a full-time member of the Air Natonal Guard in Rome, NY. Debbie is a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, President of the Junior Enlisted Council and 2nd Vice Commander of the Leon R Roberts Post 161 in Holland Patent, NY. She describes herself as an ex-hippie, ex-hairstylist, ex-conservative, and ex-cranky person, but time will tell regarding the latter.
Ryan R. Matt is a soon-to-be attorney who recently passed the NYS Bar Exam. He has an uncanny ability to find himself in unique predicaments.
Delores Miller lives with husband Russell in Hortonville, Wisconsin. In the summer of 2007 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party hosted by their five children and ten grandchildren. It’s been a long road. Dairy farming until retirement in 1993, they continued to 'work' the land, making a subdivision of 39 new homes on their former hay fields.
Dick Naegele, "Clipper," now hails from Tennesee, but most days find his heart in the Mohawk Valley of central New York State, where he plans to one day return. Living the life of the "Last American Cowboy," Dick was a trucker and logged over 3 million miles on the nation's highways. He has owned his own business, been a government manager and also a professional firefighter. A writer of many talents and experiences, his writing sees the hearts of people that most of us often miss. More of "Clipper's" writing is located on his blog, "Along the Banks of Beaver Creek," at: http://alongthebanksofbeavercreek.blogspot.com/
Annie Fiore-Nicoletti grew up in The Bronx. She and her husband relocated to Saugerties in 1998. She is retired from more than twenty-five years working in an administrative capacity in the health care sector. Annie had a great imagination all of her life. She started storytelling for her two granddaughters who she refers to as The Sunshine Girls. It was Tanna and Teah who prompted her to put one of their favorite stories on paper. Since then she has written several children’s short stories and is working on her first novel. Annie enjoys writing for pleasure and hopes to some day be published. She is also the founder of the Saugerties Writer’s Club.
Maureen “Moe” O’Brien moved from Bethel, CT to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1988. Her “claim to fame” as she likes to phrase it, is that she played professional basketball, touring with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1959. She is an avid golfer and won the SC Senior Women’s Golf Championship in 1993 and 2004. Her book “Who’s Got The Ball? And Other Nagging Questions About Team Life”, was published in 1995. It is a “how to” book for team members in all work environments. Maureen is the proud Grandma of eight granddaughters, ranging in age from fifteen to twenty seven.
Louette Wippermann Ostermann, 74, the mother of ten children, lives in Sheboygan on the Shore of Lake Michigan. Her interests include family history, genealogy, her children and grandchildren's activities, Lutheran church work, playing piano, traveling, writing letters, and making quilts.
Robert J. O’Connell grew up in Syracuse, NY, known as the Salt City, where he graduated from LeMoyne College and gained his PhD from the Upstate Medical University Center at Syracuse. He has been a career neurobiologist on the research faculty of Florida State University, Rockefeller University, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology and the (University of Massachusetts) UMass Medical School. Now semi-retired, Bob and his second wife are engaged in real estate and other endeavors.
Jim Parsons, who got bored with going round in circles on a tractor, experienced a mid-life crisis which saw him studying English Lit, German language, History and Sociology at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW in Australia. That led to a satisfying late-life career teaching Communication, English, creative writing, and adult literacy at the Moree Campus of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). Jim lives with his family in Brisbane.
W.H. Payne was born and raised in New York City. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He retired in 2005 from a 36 year career in law enforcement. He lives in upstate New York, where he is active in veterans' service organizations and in historic preservation.
Sal Perritano lives in the Mohawk Valley, where he is retired after 32 years as a state law enforcement officer. He sharpens his humor daily while enjoying a wonderful life as a full time babsitter to his 2 year old grandson. Sal says he has now seen and heard and done it all.
Ralph C. Quinn is a lifelong resident of Utica, New York. Born there in 1959, Ralph has lived and traveled extensively across the United States. He is presently a Manager for a national restaurant chain. Married to Bett,y he is the father of 7 children and grandfather of 12. Ralph’s main interests are Martial Arts, the study of Far Eastern Religions, Philosophy and music. He Admins several forums, writes for the sheer joy of telling stories and still makes his home in Utica with Betty, their flock of 9 parrots and their Siamese cat Kao K'o-Kung.
Kelly Reale lives in the Albany, NY area with her husband and two daughters. She writes occasionally, when the corporate world lets up a bit.
Harold Ratzburg was born at the start of the Great Depression and raised on a Dairy Farm in Wisconsin. He served four years in the US Air Force in the 50's and was stationed in Germany, where he met his wife Anneliese, who helped get him through College to become a Civil Engineer. After a time as a Highway Engineer and College Instructor, he wound up as a City Engineer of a small town in New Jersey. Twenty four years later he retired to become an old geezer telling old stories on his new fangled computer.
Lainey Rudolph lives in Saugerties and conducts Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction Programs as well as meditation groups.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dee Senchak and her spouse now enjoy retirement in South Carolina. She enjoys exploring local sites of interest with friends, reading the old fashioned way, book discussion groups, and writing short fiction. Several of her short stories have appeared in publications of Immaculata College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University. Her stories lean toward humor and irony. As Grouch Marx said, “Life is too short to be taken seriously.”
Kevin Schmitt lives in Minnesota and has been a factory worker for thirty-five years. His hobbies are camping, cross country hiking, kayaking, and playing the Boehm type flute (Irish folk music and marches.) When the weather is too God awful for anything else, he writes and practices a bit of Karate kata. He is not a cool person, and he is aging rather quickly.
Greg Shattenberg is an artist residing in West Paris, Maine.
Hugh Singleton was born 1931 in Cuthbert, a small agricultural town in southwest central Georgia. The Singletons date back to the pre-civil war days, with older roots paternal roots go back to England; maternal to Ireland. Hugh’s higher education consists of business school training in accounting and administration. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, 1951-1955. Hugh enjoyed a career with the NCR Corporation and retired at the end of 1993. Hugh and his wife live in a retirement community near Leesburg, FL where they enjoy a number of activities.
Mark D, Shulman, is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, where he taught and did research as Head and Graduate Program Director of the Meteorology Department. His research led to more than 80 peer reviewed publications. He served as President of the National Weather Service, Associate Editor of several professional journals and as the State Climatologist for New Jersey. He lives in Woodstock on the steep slope of Overlook Mountain where he continues to observe the weather and work in and on the arboretum he built.
Ralph Stevenson is 58 and lives in Pueblo, Colorado. He's been writing short fiction and poetry since he was a kid. Several of his works have been published in anthologies and journals.
Bill Venrick and his wife, Jean, retired in 1994 from a mixed career of preaching, printing, commercial art. Bill and Jean raised two adopted children and have 4 grandchildren. Jean was mother & housekeeper of the home they built and have lived in since 1964. She assisted in their rubber stamp manufacturing business late in their career. Both write in the histrory genre. Married since 1951, the two are enjoying life as they adjust to sudden changes, such as Jean's stroke in 2008, which modified both of their schedules. Spiritual values are important to them and they continue in regular church attendance. The Venricks' house has walls of books.