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Glenn Smelting

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For dinner, Glenn had procured some steamer clams from Maine. He fed them some cornmeal, a trick to help clean away all the sand and grit. They were delicious in drawn butter.

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Glenn also used the cornmeal for pan-fried smelts. At the East Coast Grill, we called them “fries with eyes.”

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I fell into the trance of Glenn’s stove-top cooking and captured some of the magic on video.

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Scumpas

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We made it up to the wood stove in Winchendon just in time, as the snow and arctic air enveloped the Northeast.

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Glenn brought down a trove of Kostick family photographs and we spent the evening looking back at funny relatives!

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Fishing with Glenn, part 2

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Going home makes me realize how much I love my elders. I wish it was possible to visit Glenn and his world more often.

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Glenn graciously gave us a green terrarium and small plant to bring back for Aunty.

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Ham Shack

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Glenn has the antennae and control room to operate a ham radio, a skill he has mastered over years of practice.

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He said, “Believe it or not, I get nine on air tv channels with this old antenna. No cable bill here. Note the mast mounted preamp on the right. Channels 2,4,5,7,25,38,44,56,and 68.”

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Up on the Roof

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Etta and I climbed to the widow’s watch above the third floor of Glenn’s house, to watch the August sun set.

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She offered me her chicken bone but I was full.

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Campfire at Dusk

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Glenn cooked slow-cooked ribs for us, from a pig raised at his neighbors farm and seasoned wonderfully.

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Glenn also made chicken confit, and fresh squash from his garden.

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His friend Kim came over and we enjoyed telling stories and listening to music beside a campfire at dusk.

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Backyard Hiding Spot

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Glenn had a hand in the celebration of 250 years since Winchendon’s founding: some even say he saved the day.

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The boat carrying all the fireworks launched into Whitney Pond from a ramp he allowed the town to build on his property.

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Whitney Pond, all natural and beautiful, is enjoyed by more folks than ever now that the bike path running along its shore has been completed.

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Backyard Berries

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Winchendon is beautiful to visit at all times of the year, especially with how warm the wood stove keeps the house in winter.

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For seasonal treats, its hard to beat August.

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The blueberries are so thick this year, Glenn invested in a blueberry rake.

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Aunty stayed on at home with the dog, so we brought Winchendon to her in the form of backyard berries.

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Back Home in Winchendon

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Etta and I drove the rental van up to her dad’s place, where she grew up, on the Massachusetts / New Hampshire border. Winchendon was also home to my grandfather, Bop Bop’s, best friend Tap.

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Etta missed her dad and the chickens. I just missed Glenn.

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