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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.

Chester Tuthill. Chet served in the Marines and after the end of WW2 was sent to China.  He took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights for veterans afterward earning a college degree at Hofstra.  Married with four children, he is now widowed and retired from the Education field.  He is the sole homemaker and caretaker of his son.

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.

Michele Crabtree spent the first 52 of her 57 years in Cumberland, MD, her birthplace.  Since moving to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina  in 2008, she thinks of herself as a "Southerner in training," realizing there is no such thing.  She has dabbled in humorous poetry since her twenties.  The source of her poetic leanings is her Great Aunt Olive who wrote clever rhymes on all of her greeting cards.   Michele is passionate about writing more serious poetry reflective of life experiences.  Her poetry style has been rhyming, but she is working on breaking from that "comfort level."  Her goal is to compile her past, present, and future writings in an organized fashion.

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!

Sandy Gurev is a wife of fifty-one years and mother of two sons and four grandchildren.  Sandy was an elementary school counselor prior to retiring to Williamsburg, VA nine year's ago from Rochester, NY. Her volunteer work includes providing lunch to cancer patients and fitting women with wigs after they have lost their hair.  Playing competitive duplicate bridge and belonging to two book clubs rounds out her time.  Within the past two years she has written a memoir for her grandchildren and a couple of articles for the American Amateur Press Association. Sandy found that writing helped to reduce her perception of pain while she was awaiting back surgery.

J. Hill Hamon was a long time member of AAPA  He wrote and produced the  electronic journal, Whippoorwill E-Comment.  The Hamons lived 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. He passed from us and we still miss him.

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 was married to the late Bob O'Connell (Salt City Stories). 

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.

Darlene Jennings is a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and dates herself by remembering when "we turned off the two downtown traffic lights in the winter." She grew up with sand between her toes and sand-spurs to boot.  Proud mother of two and grandmother of two, Darlene has been self employed for over thirty years in Community Management.  (A job that sucks the soul right out of you, she says.)  Her relief is community service and writing spur-of-the-moment short stories. Many stories have been shared with family and friends who suggested she write a book.  But that just sounds like another job to Darlene!

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, was before his passing featured on most D-Day websites  and filmed on many local veteran programs and on Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation." He was a eatured speaker on local school programs and the subject of newspaper stories by the local paper and the Glens Falls Post-Star reporter David Blow.    “Archangelo” was a columnist and cartoonist for a California industrial newsletter and was 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 an attorney and member of the New York State Bar. 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:

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.

Sheila O’Handley is a diocesan hermit living at Saint Mary’s Place of Solitude and Prayer in the Codroy Valley in the southwest of Newfoundland.

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 was 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.  Before his passing in 2014, Bob was semi-retired and with his second wife was 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.

Dean Rea is a retired newspaper journalist and university journalism professor. "Confessions of a Professor" is the title of a memoir about his 30-year teaching career that will be published in late January.  He and his wife Lou, who live in Eugene, have explored the back roads of Oregon for more than a half-century. He continues to work as a freelance writer, photographer and editor and teaches two high school writing courses as a private academy. His hobbies are fly fishing and building model airplanes.

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.

Dee Senchak and her spouse happily retired from Pennsylvania to South Carolina, where 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.”

Peter Schaub retired in 2010 after 40 years in management at the electric utility in Washington, DC.  He and his wife moved to Williamsburg, Virginia where they enjoy the arts and the immersion in history available within a community that includes the College of William & Mary, Colonial Williamsburg, and Historic Jamestowne.  They also enjoy travel, especially when it has a connection to history.   Peter is a Master Gardener, and an amateur letterpress printer, continuing a hobby that began in his teen years.  He is currently president of the American Amateur Press Association. 

Kevin Schmitt lives in Shakopee Minnesota and has been a factory worker for 35 years. He kayaks in the summer and writes fiction during the cold weather months.

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.

Wanda Spannuth finished her career in Human Services and was encouraged to pursue her passion for writing by author Lisa Doan.  She completed her first children’s book, “Meesha’s Secret”, in 2013, followed by “The Turtle and the Pond Life” in 2014. Her books teach life lessons in hope, courage, acceptance and tolerance.  Wanda is currently working on a one-act play based on “The Turtle and the Pond Life”, will continue with additional children’s books and hopes to complete a novel based on some of her work in Human Services.  Wanda earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from Indiana University and is an avid IU Basketball fan.

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.

Jackie Welsh was born and raised in Fayetteville, Tennessee and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in English.  She married her high school sweetheart and had almost forty years together before he passed away the first day of 2004.  They raised three children and Jackie now has nine grandchildren.  Just this past February  Jackie became the great grandmother of a beautiful baby girl.  Jackie says she has always loved story telling and enjoys writing stories from her memories to give to her family.  She also writes poetry.  Jackie divides her time between Williamsburg, Virginia and the east coast of Florida.

Clarence Wolfshohl is professor emeritus of English at William Woods University. He has published  both creative and scholarly writing in small press and academic journals.  He is a member of AAPA and operates El Grito del Lobo Press.  A native Texan, Wolfshohl now lives with his writing, two dogs and one cat in a nine-acre woods outside of Fulton, Missouri.
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