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Trio of veteran Belgrade teachers retiring

Long-time third-grade teachers Lynn Johnson, Jan Savko and Diane Thomas all retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, closing the textbook on 113 years of combined Belgrade teaching experience.

Behind the scenes on the Backroads beat: Learning Spanish

I just got back from an interview for my next Backroads story, due out Monday. This will be the third Backroads in a row to profile a local veteran — the series is a lead-in to Memorial Day at the end of the month.

Earl Vining in his military daysI interviewed Earl Vining, a 78-year-old veteran of both Korea and Vietnam. Earl is a talker, and reporters love talkers. The problem, though, is that you wind up with more material than you can possibly fit into the column inches allotted to your story.

I guess that’s why the journalism gods created blogs.

Anyway, here’s a story that Earl told me during our interview today.

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