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Page2 POST-GIAzETTE, OC'T'OI3ER i 8, 2ff1 1 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. HARRY S. TRUMAN DATE OF BIRTH: May 8, 1884 PLACE OF BIRTH: Lamar, MO DATE OF DEATH: December 26, 1972 PLACE OF DEATH: Kansas City, MO SPOUSE: Bess PRESIDENT: April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953 You could usually tell when Harry 7hunan was near, With his favorite expression "The buck always stops here;" When he sat at the piano, he was a man with no faults, Until he started to play the Missouri Waltz. Became our 33~a leader when F.DIR died, As Presidents go we can say that he tried; After using "The Bomb," the Japanese War was not long, But people still argue was its use right or wrong. After World War II came that bitter pill, When relations with Russia went straight down the hill; Diplomacy at that time was not bright and sunny, We can thank the Marshall Plan for squandering our money. To all foreign nations he was "Harry the Honey," Gave away ~.velve billion dollars in Marshal Plan money; His remarks about Congress were dismal and dim, Perhaps some day you'll read what they said about hirra Wife was nicknamed Bess, by the other young girls, That's when she wore all those pretty blond curls; Attracted to Harry when they first met in church, It was love at first sight not thought of a lurch. After the courtship and the flowers he bought her, Then came the wedding and the bouncing young daughter. Being quite modest and fond of formality, As a First Lady she .encouraged normality. Then came the day when the experts did say, The White House structure was rotting away; They packed all their clothing, she was always so neat, And they moved out to Blair House, across that wide street. Back to the White House for about one more year, Paid off the builder no more need to fear; Then back to Missouri with pencil and pad, Now read their memoirs are the good or plain bad? f NSUIMNCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financia/ and Estate Planning Email Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU m nobile @ nobileinsu BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 :.y West End Museum Honors JUDGE DOMENIC J.F. RUSSO for Italian Heritage Month West Ender Richard Settipane congratu- Judge Russo receiving citation from lates Judge Russo, Ret. curator of Museum. On October 8, 2013, The West End Mu- seum hosted honoree for this year's Italian Heritage Month: Judge Domenic J.F. Russo, the retired First Justice of the East Boston division of the District Court. Each year, The West End Museum recognizes and honors current and former West Enders of Italian heritage who have contributed to preserv- ing the culture of the West End and its rich immigrant history. "Judge Russo always has a calming story to tell at board meetings,, said Duane Lucia. "His wisdom, advice and guidance have been invaluable to the success of The West End Museum." BAY STATE CHAPTER OF FREEDOMS FOUNDATION TO George Washington Honor Medals Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh, Hospitality Homes of Boston, the Ipswich River Watershed Association, and Thomas Materazzo of Boston to be Honored at Ceremo- nies in East Boston The Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Val- ley Forge will present pres- tigious George Washington Honor Medals to two commu- nity environmental preser- vation groups and an orga- nization that provides tem- porary housing to families visiting the City of Boston during a loved one's medical procedure. The Chapter will also present a "Spirit of '76" Award for meritorious ser- vice and patriotism to a long- time veteran's affairs official in the City of Boston. The awards will be presented at the Bay State Chapter's 33ra Annual Awards Luncheon on Satur- day, November 9, 2013, at 12:30 pm, in Spinelli~s Ban- quet Facility, Day Square, East Boston. The Honor Medal will be presented to: The Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh; Hospi- tality Homes of Boston; and the Ipswich River Watershed Association. "The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, Hospitality Homes, and the Ipswich River Watershed Association all represent the best ideals of America -- selfless service to community, helping those in need and preserving and protecting our natural re- sources," said Joseph V. Ferrino, Sr., Founder and Executive Director of Bay State Chapter, Freedoms Foundation. "We honor these organizations with the George Washington Honor Medal because they have made a difference in the lives of countless citizens around our state and across this country." Thomas Matarazzo of Bos- ton will be honored with the Bay State Chapter "Spirit of '76" Award for his dedication to the good works of Free- doms Foundation, and his many years of serving and supporting military veterans in the City of Boston. The Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh is a grassroots environmental organization, formed in the early 1980s to help preserve the marsh and publicize its importance as an urban natural resource. Belle Isle Marsh is a 350- acre reservation adminis- tered by the state Depart- ment of Conservation and Recreation. Among the larg- est surviving salt marches in Boston Harbor, Belle Isle features plants and wildlife now rare to the Boston met- ropolitan area. The Friends of Belie Isle Marsh is a group of community-based volun- teers who seek to protect the marsh from development and promote its environ- mental significance through educational and recreational activities available to the public. Hospitality Homes of Bos- ton provides free short- term housing in volunteer host homes and donated apartments for families and friends of patients seeking care at Boston-area hospi- tals. Since 1983, this unique home-away-from-home expe- rience has brought a com- passionate response, as well as emotional and financial relief to guests in need. These services are made possible by the generosity of volunteer hosts and support- ers. Thirty years ago, Hospi- tality Homes was the first program of its kind in the nation, and since then, the organization has served more than 14,000 families. The Ipswich River Water- shed Association (IRWA) serves as a "Voice of the River" that was once one of the most stressed waterways in the country and is now being brought back to health and vitality thanks to the hard work and caring of its volunteers and professional staff. Through advocacy, edu- cation and conservation, the IRWA has improved stream flow in the Ipswich and saved the river. The organization has reached thousands of people through educational programs, inspiring people to enjoy the scenic beauty of the river and use its re- sources wisely. IRWA offers use of its canoe dock, spon- sors fireside chats, develops school curricula and educa- tional materials, offers pro- grams on how to save water, supports low-impact develop- ment and water resource protection and trains citizen- scientists who help monitor the health of the Ipswich River. Thomas Materazzo of Boston -- the Spirit of '76 Award winner -- was the (Continued on Page 14)