posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken
Reading Kate's blog about riding around on police patrols, I have been struck by the difference between a small city like Portland and a much smaller town like Littleton.
Every state probably has a Littleton, but if you're keeping track, I'm talking Massachusetts here.
We have a weekly newspaper called the Littleton Independent. I've written stuff for that paper for ...yikes! ... almost 30 years.
Some things change:
On the other hand, some things never change:
Some newspapers actually make their Police and Fire logs boring. "Police responded to a citizen call on Main St." "Police made 24 traffic stops." I mean, yawn! The Littleton Independent, on the other hand, often has really interesting fare. Some of my favorites, in no particular order:
Of course there are real emergencies in any town. Within a block of our house we've had many automobile accidents as well as a murder and a small plane crash with loss of life. Our family has had more than our share of medical crises, so we actually revere these men and women who have literally saved our lives.
Still, we can be part of the problem, too. A few weeks ago the police came to the door to make sure all was well. They insisted that someone had dialed 911 from our house, then hung up. Because the line was busy, they sent an officer to check. We were baffled but safe. A few weeks later I figured it out. The used phone I'd bought for a dollar from a church sale had a safety feature: just pressing the little on-off button a couple of times sends a 911 call.
I forgot to look, but I'm guessing it was reported as a "well-being check on Goldsmith St."