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Underwater Warriors: Healing, mind, body, spirit


Soldier Sunday will be held for the first time on Sunday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monell’s Restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee, with proceeds benefiting the Underwater Warriors program at Fort Campbell.


200708_newsstand-1.JPGUnderwater Warriors Foundation Inc. provides scuba diving as mind, body, spirit therapy for severely injured soldiers. Underwater Warriors is part of a feature article, Fighting back, in the August issue of Scuba Diving magazine.

“Our warriors, every single one of them, are coming home injured”, says Nancy MacPherson, founder of Underwater Warriors, a Fort Campbell-based scuba diving program that has an optional therapeutic component soldiers can apply for. McPherson created Under Water Warriors a year ago as a non-profit organization.

Michael King, owner of Monell’s Restaurant (located just off the town square in Franklin) plans to host Soldier Sunday on the first Sunday of every month to benefit this unique program. Some program participants will be on hand to meet with guest, including Bryan Price, a Fort Campbell soldier, who is featured in the Scuba magazine article. «Read the rest of this article»

Cast a Dark Shadow on Drive-In Saturday Night


dark-shadows-cover.jpgOnce upon a time there was a spooky old mansion, and a spooky old family, with a spooky old secret. Barnabas Collins, TV’s first daytime soap opera vampire and acclaimed star of the 1960’s daytime hit, Dark Shadows.
I’d get out of high school at 3, race home across the bridge from Holyoke to Chicopee in time to catch the opening credits, and when the closing credits rolled at 3:57 p.m., race three minutes to my job I had to be at work at 4. But I, like most of my friends, were obessive-compulsive about Dark Shadows and Barnabas Collins. Even my mother was lured from her “I never watch daytime TV” stance to stand in the parlor doorway and keep a wary eye on everyone’s favorite vampire.

barnabas1967.jpgMy friends and I lived for Barnabas Collins. He could bite my neck anytime. Quentin (a younger dashing vampire) was cute, but I always had a ‘thing” for older men, especially ones with fangs. Canadian actor Jonathan Frid ( right), with his angular features, deep dark eyes and those oversized eye teeth, created the aloof, romantic master of the house.

Hauntings on Dark Shadows began about six months into the series, and skyrocketed to popularity when Frid made his appearance as a vampire about a year into the show, which arrived on the soap scene in 1966. «Read the rest of this article»

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