Going up 146 stairs to the Statue of Liberty’s crown to rescue someone who has fallen ill or suffered a heart attack can be a grueling climb.
Getting the patient back down those same stairs in a timely fashion is an even bigger challenge.
But for Oxford native Spurgeon Petty, one of eight U.S. Military West Point Academy engineering cadets who were commissioned by the National Park Service to create a safer way to evacuate seriously sick or injured tourists, the challenge was one he welcomed. (June 4, 2010, Page 1B)
This year, persistent rains played serious havoc and frustration with my usual gardening schedule and routines. A good friend, and fellow Master Gardener, mentioned she was attempting to simplify her gardening. Shortly thereafter, a highly praised and widely recommended book came to my attention. The book is, “The New Low Maintenance Garden” by Valerie Easton. (June 4, 2010, Page 2B)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was making his first of three attempts to capture Vicksburg. This attempt would be over land from Tennessee after the Battle of Shiloh. He was following the railroad line that ran from Jackson, Tenn., to Holly Springs and then connected at Grenada with a line that ran from Memphis to Jackson. (June 4, 2010, Page 3B)
While the Square is no stranger to dogs and their owners during the day, another breed of four-legged friends have been sharing the sidewalks and streets with the usual nighttime crowds.
Oxford Police Department’s Mounted Patrol has been out and about the Square since being approved by the Oxford Board of Aldermen earlier this year. (May 28, 2010, Page 1B)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant learned that his army could live off the land when he attempted his first capture in 1862 of the Gibraltar of the South in Vicksburg, after the Battle of Shiloh. This was significant for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. His troops would plunder the homes and farms around Oxford for not only food supplies but also for personal items. (May 28, 2010, Page 3B)
With the weather appearing set to stay warm on through the end of the spring and start of the summer, there are a wide variety of things that you may want to do in May or June to keep your outdoor gardens and landscaping luscious and colorful. The Oxford Garden Club offers several tips for local gardeners to consider. (May 28, 2010, Page 2B)
Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)
Dustin Milewski is one of several students who have taken their canvases in tow around Lafayette County to paint their interpretation of local landscapes. They’re part of the plein air art class taught by University of Mississippi art teacher Philip Jackson. (May 21, 2010, Page 1B)
Every morning the day’s menu at Lusa’s Pastry Cafe is baked fresh. Preparing the sweet pastries is the first thing Carla Rego tackles before moving on to the meat pastries. When those are finished, she helps the head chef, Vincent Sims, with soups and other items on the menu. (May 14, 2010, Page 1B)
GENERATIONS COLUMN – Between the time I spend working at Square Books and Fotino’s and keeping up with my homework, I don’t have a lot of spare time I can spend hanging out with with family. (May 14, 2010, Page 1B)