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A visit with memory

PALMER — The visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. in September brought back memories for John Grimes of Palmer. He recalled his own excursion to the Vatican and meeting Pope Pius XII in 1944 as the Allied forces were moving through Italy.
Grimes, now 93, served in the 328th Army Signal Corps in both North Africa and Italy as a lineman. In this role, he and a crew of four other men would string communication wires off a reel, keeping an eye out for passing planes that might target them or unexploded shells.
He also remembers trying to maneuver 2 ½-ton trucks up and down narrow roads in the mountains of Italy, a procedure that he admitted still gives him nightmares. READ MORE


Christmas on the Common on Nov. 29

The Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Christmas on the Common on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Hryniewicz Park in Three Rivers. The free event begins at 4 p.m. and includes hot chocolate and coffee as well as candy canes for children. The Palmer High School chorus will lead a holiday sing-a-long and Blue Star Equiculture will provide carriage rides. Then the guest of honor, Santa Claus himself, will arrive at 5 p.m. via Three Rivers Fire truck. Families can bring an ornament for the community tree and kids can have their pictures taken with Santa.
For more information, contact Fred Orszulak at 283-5620 or Michael Swiatlowski at 413-231-4098 or michael@theoldstore.org.
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