Alice saves the day in Lewiston, MaineBy John Horgan
Credit San Bruno's Alice Barnes with a razor-sharp memory. As usual, she's right on top of things. And the good citizens of Lewiston, Maine, can be thankful for that.
Barnes, you see, has been a big help in solving something of a puzzle in that New England community. She has family roots there.
Not long ago, the folks in Lewiston found themselves at a loss. They couldn't locate a time capsule buried in a park back in 1976. The guy in charge of that bicentennial effort was Alice's brother, Arthur Bisson.
But he died in 2001. No one was left in town with a clue about the time capsule's whereabouts. It seemed as though Arthur had taken that information with him to the grave.
Fortunately, by a process of elimination within the Bisson family, Alice was given a telephone call out here in California by an inquiring reporter. Voila. Problem solved.
Alice had been informed of the object's location 30 years ago. Naturally, she carefully retained that vital morsel for posterity. Nothing new there.
As she put it recently via e-mail, "Some mornings just seem to be more interesting than others." How true.
FREAK SHOW -- A KCBS-Radio traffic reporter was providing the latest info on Bay Area fender-benders and other vehicular matters last weekend when she mentioned a problem on a particular freeway.
She said there were issues in the route's "middle-hand lane." Say what? We've heard of right-hand lanes and left-hand lanes. But the middle-hand variety was something fresh and new.
In fact, it conjured up images of old circus freak shows presented by people like P.T. Barnum.
"See the man with three hands," the barker might have hollered for all the rubes to hear.
Hey, maybe Alice Barnes would have something helpful to say on that strange subject, too. Wouldn't put it past her.
BRAIN FREEZE -- Speaking of boo-boos, several alert readers have pointed out a glaring boner in this space earlier this month.
Instead of the word "know," something else appeared in its place: "no." Can't figure out how that happened.
Was it a simple typo? Did the computer, using some contrary version of spell-check, make the change on its own somehow? Was it brain-freeze?
Whatever the cause, the error stood out like Karl Rove at a Hillary Clinton fund-raiser. But thanks for catching it.
HALL OF FAME -- Tickets for the 18th annual San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet are on sale at The Times.
They are priced at $50 apiece. Proceeds will benefit the County History Museum in Redwood City.
The event is set for June 22 at the San Mateo Elks Lodge. Ten county sports figures will be feted on that evening.
For more information and tickets, call Dottie Burdine at (650) 348-4332.
Copyright ©2006 San Mateo County Times. Published 04/25/2006.