Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week Three - 49 To Go

In this novel Paulo Coehlo takes up the case of a Dutch exotic dancer, Mata Hari. Mata Hari was the stage name of Margaretha Zelle. To escape from poverty the Germans offered Zelle 20,000 francs to convey information to them. Coehlo lets Zelle tell her own story, but the author implies that Zelle’s fate, death by firing squad, might have been influenced by her pride.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week Two - 50 To Go

This 2017 installment of the Joe Gunther series is set primarily in an urban environment, but is still very Vermont oriented. Despite starting with an intriguing element, a forty-year-old skeleton, the story line and plot tend to limp along until the twisted ending.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

255 State Street

255 State Street is located on the corner of State and Grant streets. With the white fence surrounding the front and the side of the house and the two lion statues guarding the driveway, the house makes for a nice vista.

Called the Schooley House by past generations. It was originally the home of William Koenig and his brewery was located on the lot behind the house. The present owner believes the house was built in 1850.

William Koenig and his wife Catherine were both born in Germany. William woked in New England and New York City and eventually settled in Auburn, NY, where he established aa brewery and later moved it in 1868 to State and Grant streets. William and Catherine's son August (Augie) Koening took over the business in 1891. William and Catherine had other children besides August: William, Carrie, Katherine, Emma and Charles.

After William and Catherine Koenig's death, the home was purchased by Ralph L. Schooley. Ralph L. Schooley was listed in the Auburn City Directory in 1950 as a building contractor and president of Schooley Enterprises.

Ralph L. Schooley Sr. was born in Candor, Tioga County, NY. He was the son of Elbert Schooley and Ada Henderson. He married Beatrice Kisor. She was from Cortlnad County, NY. Raplph Sr. and his wife Beatrice had seven children: Ralph Hr., James E., David S., Madeline, Dolores, Phylis, and Rita Lorraine.

The beautiful home above has been well cared for over the years. Presently it is an apartment house.

This article submitted by John R. St. Croix appeared in the Tuesday, January 3, 2017 edition of The Citizen.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2017


What's not to love about a challenge? Here is one, 2017 52 Books in 52 Weeks, that runs from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The rules are simple.



Week One - 51 To Go

Set in provincial Brattleboro, Vermont, with a slight diversion to Chicago, this hard-boiled police procedural is fast-paced and its gripping story line is full of twists. Archer Mayor is truly a wordsmith. However, the plot, at least in my mind, left many unanswered questions.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Week Fifty-Two

This Christmas themed cozy reads like a long short story. While it lacks substance, the recipe book element makes it worthwhile.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Week Fifty-One - 1 to go

David Baldacci fourth book in the Puller series starts with two stories, both of which started nearly thirty years ago. The Puller brothers and some of their old acquaintances work cooperatively to permanently resolve these  three decade old accounts. The reader should not be discouraged by the zigging and zagging story line because Baldacci provides a satisfactory closure.