Lots of U.S. 1 readers along Route 27 in Kingston will recall our

delivery person who covered that route up until a few short years ago.

Diane Fernandes often delivered the papers in the company of her dog,

a large white – and always friendly – standard poodle.

When Diane could not cover her route for one reason or another – a

bout with colon cancer here, some hip surgery there, another bout with

a different form of cancer later on – many people along the route

would ask for her. "She will be back," we promised, and she always was

– thoroughly enjoying the chance to get out of her house in

Lambertville one day a week. But the last time was tougher and Diane

did not return to her delivery route, though she did continue to come

to our office to help with the monthly billing process.

Diane Fernandes, we are sorry to report, died on August 15 at the age

of 77. We should all be as energetic and as uncomplaining as she.

Last Week’s Cover

Careful readers may have wondered why, in last week’s edition, the

captions on page two did not match the photos on the front cover, and

why the cover was dated August 11 when the inside pages were all

clearly marked August 16. The explanation: A last-minute design change

– a central character in lots of publishing disasters.

In our haste, we also misspelled a word and printed the wrong caption

information on page two. Mea culpa, or nostra culpa: We have all taken

an oath: No last minute cover changes, unless they are warranted by

the news.

To the Editor:

Bath House Saved

Actions by Friends of the Trenton Bath House and the recent diligent

reporting in the media have forced a happy ending to the saga of the

Trenton Bath House. U.S. 1 made an important contribution last year by

running one of the first stories to note that the Bath House would be

for sale and by covering a small exhibition that highlighted ways in

which the Bath House could be adapted to future use ("The Little Bath

House That Could," June 25, 2005).

Mercer County planner Donna Lewis has now confirmed that the county

will use Green Acres money to buy the property and put historic

preservation and conservation easements in place. Ewing Township,

which will own the main JCC building, will operate the Bath House and

pool as a community recreation site. Four acres at the far back of the

JCC property will be sold independently by the current owners.

This is an ideal solution that reflects well on the efforts of many

people. The architecture and preservation communities actively voiced

their concerns. The press played a critical role in making the public

aware that the Bath House might have closed permanently on September 5

if there had not been a quick sale. County officials, too, deserve

praise for diligently pursuing a complicated transaction and for

having the vision to see that the Bath House will add to the historic

and cultural resources of the county. This is a "win-win" conclusion.

Susan G. Solomon Ph.D.

Curatorial Resources & Research

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