East Hebron School, Hebron, NH


East Hebron School, Hebron, NH

Hebron, in Grafton County, NH, was formed in 1791 from a portion of the extinct township of Cockermouth and from a portion of what was then called West Plymouth.  Although as subsistence farmers they never had a lot of money, the residents of the new town were able to support a church and a school.  Early reports say that there were as many as nine schools in the town at one time.  However, the first official report in 1880 shows only five schools in operation, most of which held only one term per year, varying in length from 7 to 11 weeks. In the late 1880s the number of students diminished and the town school board decided to consolidate the students into two schools, the Village School and the East Hebron School which opened in the summer of 1888 with 17 students.  By 1898, East Hebron was holding three terms of school.  In 1942, the small school population at East Hebron forced its closure, and the remaining students were sent to the Village School.



Monthly Meditation, 2/2016

February, 2016

Monthly Meditation


By Wayne S. Walker

     “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:4).  How long does it take you to take a breath?  Two or three seconds?  A little longer if you’re relaxed, and a little shorter if you just finished running the three minute mile!  David said that man is like a breath.  The parallel statement in the verse is “his days are like a passing shadow.”  Thus, David is talking about the relative length of our time on earth.  I just recently turned 62 years of age.  To my children, that seems incredibly old, but to me, it seems as if only yesterday I was their age.

“The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).  All my grandparents lived to be seventy or more.  My father died at almost age 83.  However, not everyone lives to be eighty, or even seventy.  My mother passed away at the age of 64.  Some time ago, in the same week, the obituary column of my hometown newspaper contained the death notices of two people with whom I went to high school.  One was a couple of years older (we bought our house from his parents), and the other was three years younger (he was a freshman tuba player when I was the senior first chair tubist in band).

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).  A breath takes a few seconds.  A shadow passing by might be seen for a moment or two.  Steam from the tea kettle appears for just a little while and then disappears.  Life is like that.  The age of 62 seems like a long time—until you get there!  When compared to the history of earth, it is but a drop in the bucket.  When compared to eternity, it is even less.  “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’d first begun.”

Rock Hollow School, Malta, OH


Rock Hollow School

501 S. Main St.

Malta, OH 43756

The Rock Hollow School is a one-room school that was originally built in 1877 in a wooded ravine two miles south of Ringgold in Union Township, OH, and housed classes for fifty-seven years. The first class was held in November 1877, with John D. Davis of Ringgold teaching. Grades one through eight were taught in this one-room building, with an enrollment average of twenty to twenty-five pupils. The school closed in 1934 and sold in 1937 to Hettie Woodward, a former student and teacher at Rock Hollow School. In 1980, the heirs of the late Hettie Woodward donated the school to the Morgan County Historical Society for preservation.  Fearing vandalism due to its remote location, the historical society relocated the building to its present location on Main Street in Malta in 1991. The building was disassembled and rebuilt in exact original condition. Rock Hollow School was officially rededicated on November 1, 1992. The school is furnished and equipped just as it was when it was still in use in the late 19th century.  It is operated by the Morgan County Historical Society, 142 East Main Street, McConnelsville, OH, 43756.



5 Ways to Organize Your High School Student

5 Ways to Organize Your High School Student
by Susan Spann
From theoldschoolhousemagazine.com

It’s never too early to begin gathering information about homeschooling through high school. Regardless of our children’s future dreams and aspirations–whether they want to graduate and begin missionary work, own their own businesses, learn a trade, or attend college, for many homeschooling parents, homeschooling through high school seems daunting. However, with the impressive selection of high school curricula and resources on the market, the explosion of online classes, and the increasing overall support, homeschooling high school is not as tough as you think!

One mom shares her tips for organizing a high school student. Even if high school is still a few years off for your family, you’ll want to keep this list as a reference.

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Remo Giazotto and the Adagio after Albinoni


Remo Giazotto (September 4, 1910–August 26, 1998) was an Italian musicologist, music critic, and composer, mostly known through his systematic catalogue of the works of Tomaso Albinoni, who wrote biographies of Albinoni and other composers, including Vivaldi, the composer of the Four Seasons.  Born at Rome, Italy, on September 4, 1910, Giazotto served as a music critic (from 1932) and editor (1945–1949) of the Rivista musicale italiana and was appointed co-editor of the Nuova rivista musicale italiana in 1967. He was a professor of the history of music at the University of Florence (1957–69) and in 1962 was nominated to the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia.

In 1949, Giazotto became the director of the chamber music programs for RAI (Radio Audizioni Italiane) and in 1966 its director of the international programs organized through the European Broadcasting Union. He was also the president of RAI’s auditioning committee and editor of its series of biographies on composers.  Giazotto is most famous for his publication of a work called Adagio in G minor for violin, strings, and organ continuo, which he claimed to have transcribed from a tiny manuscript fragment consisting of a few opening measures of the melody line and basso continuo portion of a slow second movement from an otherwise unknown Albinoni trio sonata that he had  discovered.

According to Giazotto, he obtained the document shortly after the end of World War II from the Saxon State Library in Dresden which had preserved most of its collection, though its buildings were destroyed in the bombing raids of February and March 1945 by the British and American Air Forces. Giazotto concluded that the manuscript fragment was a portion of a church sonata (sonata da chiesa, one of two standard forms of the trio sonata) in G minor composed by Albinoni, possibly as part of his Op. 4 set, around 1708.  In his account, Giazotto then constructed the balance of the complete single-movement work based on this fragmentary theme. He copyrighted it and published it in 1958 under a title which, translated into English, reads “Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ, on Two Thematic Ideas and on a Figured Bass of Tomaso Albinoni.”

Giazotto originally stated that he had arranged the work but not composed it.  However, the fragment has never appeared in public, and Giazotto claimed that it contained only the bass line.   Giazotto never produced the manuscript fragment, and no official record has been found of its presence in the collection of the Saxon State Library.  He subsequently revised this story, claiming it as his own original composition, and the work was attributed to Giazotto.  Musicologist Muska Mangano, Giazotto’s last assistant, claimed to have discovered a modern but independent manuscript transcription of the figured bass portion and six fragmentary bars of the first violin, “bearing in the top right-hand corner a stamp stating unequivocally the Dresden provenance of the original from which it was taken.”

The scholarly consensus is that the Adagio is Giazotto’s composition, whatever source may have inspired him.  The piece is most commonly orchestrated for string ensemble and organ, or string ensemble alone, but with its growing fame has been transcribed for other instruments. Italian conductor Ino Savini (1904–1995) transcribed the Adagio for a large orchestra and conducted the piece himself in Ostrava in 1967 with the Janáček Philharmonic. The composition has also permeated popular culture, having been used as background music for such films as Gallipoli, in television programmes, and in advertisements. Remo Giazotto died on August 26, 1998, at Pisa, Italy.

My collection includes the following work by Remo Giazotto:

Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ, on Two Thematic Ideas and on a Figured Bass of Tomaso Albinoni

material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources

White Oak School, Southbury, CT

white oak southbury

White Oak School, Southbury, CT

The recorded history of Southbury, CT, dates back to 1673. The first purchase from the Pootatuck Indians was dated April 26, 1673. When the first settlers, 15 families from Stratford whom the Southbury town website calls “insurgents,” traveled up the Housatonic on rafts and came to Southbury in 1673, they spent their first night under a white oak tree on Crook Horn Road, in what is now Settlers Park. That section of Southbury became known as White Oak and at 886 Main Street North is the old White Oak School House, built around 1840.   More recently used as an antiques shop, the Greek Revival school house is part of a property, currently on the market, which includes the adjacent 1715 Croucher-Redmund House.



More about Ted Cruz and homeschooling

What does Ted Cruz think about homeschooling? See for yourself.


Here’s more about Ted Cruz and homeschooling

Ted Cruz, Homeschooling, S.306, Dishonesty and Pig-Ignorance
Red State, February 12th, 2016

What is circulating now is a story that Ted Cruz supports the federal regulation of homeschooling. There are two underlying causes of this story: rank dishonesty and pig-ignorance.

Let’s set the baseline. Ted Cruz supports homeschooling. (So does Marco Rubio, btw.) His support has been full, clear, un-nuanced, and unequivocal.

Not all states, however, are supportive of homeschooling. And there are areas within certain states where the decision to homeschool your child will be accompanied by anonymous allegations of child abuse/neglect and a visit from Child Protective Services.

The crux of the issue: the Coverdell Education Savings Account.

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