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Citizen Preview ~ Case Closed: Subject is homosexual

60 years after discharge, Canton airman gets the benefits he deserves ~ Editor’s note: The italicized portions have been taken from the subject’s military service record. Names have been altered for confidentiality purposes. All facts have remained the same. *** U.S. AIR FORCE REPORT OF INVESTIGATION – Date: September 11, 1952. Location: Sampson Air Force […]

Irene Storm Photos

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Photos 1 & 2: Canton Police and a DPW crew work diligently to remove a downed tree that fell over power lines at the corner of Washington and Dedham streets. Photos 3 & 4: Sarah and Trejean Crawford remain upbeat despite being blocked in by a large tree branch that fell across their driveway. Additional photos […]

Honor Guard marks milestone with 400th funeral

Phil McKenna (back to camera), John Friel, Bill Hayes and Ed Piana fold the flag. (Blanka Stratford photo)

Tombstones reflect off the hearse pulling into the cemetery. Following immediately thereafter is a black stretch limousine, with the remainder of the funeral procession trailing closely behind. Within each automobile is a set of mourners who silently wait for the next step in commemorating someone else’s journey through life. The rear door of the leading […]

Honor Guard Milestone

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The Canton Honor Guard marked an important milestone earlier this month with its 400th honor guard burial. Photos by Blanka Stratford Current members of the Honor Guard: Bob DeYeso, Bob Witt, George Sykes, Dom Duganiero, Bob Wood, Tony Andreotti, Ed Piana, John Friel, Phil McKenna, Bill Hayes, Gerry Gallagher, Frank LaBollita, Ed Lehan, Arline Love, […]

The Art of War

Eumenides’ Fable by Steven Leahy (Hair by Wasan Aziz)

In today’s world, it is easy enough to portray an era defined by strokes of violence and hued with shades of sensationalized destruction. Add to this a few spatters of hysteria and finger-painted points of blame, and the result is a masterpiece highlighting a version of life that few, if any, would want to comprise. […]

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