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Sentinel & Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 17, 2002, Fitchburg, Massachusetts OF NORTH 1838 5 60 Pages MARCH LORDS LADIES OF THE DANCE Ancient art of step dancing drawing more devotees By Margaret Smith By Margaret Smith com t the Rince Ceann Saile Irish Dance Academy in the air is charged with ment and the thunderous steps of hard These borne of the harsh life of men at are the dances Alan likes just like the hard It's because you get to make a lot of said of Mount who has been studying for three have more footwork involved in This troupe members rehearsed for a performance day at the Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Monty Tech in Dancers practiced routines that would appear familiar to many Irish with dancers executing spirited leaps to the ethereal sounds of traditional But in another routine they swing hula hoops expertly around their and negotiate a trapeze all to the novelty song as recorded by They Might Be Throughout teacher and academy founder O'Hanlon remarks on makeup and eye and warns them to mind the ing trapeze The week of St. Patrick's Day is flush with Irish cultural But for dedicated step dancing is a year-round whose popularity has grown with the success of Michael whole thing got me said academy ber Molly of a junior at Oakmont Regional High cousin was doing it and I really wanted She was always amazed by the rapid Equally daunting was the notion of dancing with her arms perfectly still at her a hallmark of traditional step She's mastered the but also enjoys contemporary forms that allow for movement of the upper love being said Even if she doesn't pursue a career in performing she hope to dance all my With the new popularity has come both an appreciation of the ancient culture and desire to push creative Yet there are high expectations teachers are certified through An le Rinci the Irish Dance established in the 1920s. you join the you See Page A7 SENTINEL ENTERPRISE ROBERT BURNS Step dancer Alan Powers of Mount performs a solo Saturday at Monty Tech in Israel denies cease-fire call Israelis meet with U.S. peace envoy Zinni By Greg Myre The Associated Press JERUSALEM Israel tracked from a statement ing that at a meeting Israel and the Palestinians would declare a cease-fire to end nearly 18 months of after U.S. and Palestinian said it was Israeli Prime Cheney meets Minister Anel With Saudis B3 Sharon's office said that no such meeting has been A second statement blamed the media for the saying re- ports had quoted an earlier an- that U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni would chair a meeting goal of which will be to bring about a declaration by both sides on a Both the Palestinians and the United States said that while talks were the Israeli statement was Palestinians said no meeting has been set up for Mohammed the Palestinian security chief in told Israel TV that the Palestinians would not meet the Israelis unless Israel first pulls out of Palestinian areas and also agrees to political not just truce The U.S. Embassy said Zinni had discussed ideas and no decisions have been taken on the next Sharon earlier dropped ditions for a including seven days of absolute After a Saturday night meeting at his desert ranch with Sharon's office issued a statement saying a cease-fire was in the Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin said the meeting today would have the goal of setting a date for a cease-fire hopefully within the next few But the later statement decision has been made on holding a Sharon committed to a cease-fire and will do everything possible to make a cease-fire come Gissin said If a cease-fire is they would immediately move to im- a U.S. truce plan worked out last year by CIA Director George Sharon's office Israel has given assurances it will meet a key Palestinian de- mand and withdraw its army from the remaining Palestinian See Page A5 AP PHOTO A Palestinian police officer helps leader Yasser Arafat on Saturday through a wall damaged during an Israeli Army incursion into the Amari refugee camp in the West Drought no impediment to playing of the greens INSIDE TODAY'S SENTINEL ENTERPRISE By Lisa E. Dupill com LEOMINSTER It was and the golfers were hanging out at the pro shop at Country Club on Some rented others waited in golf carts and all were ready to get out on the The drought watch in most of tral Massachusetts due to very low precipitation levels so far hasn't ed golf Most are ready to open for the son some area grounds Maintenance projects generally reserved for late spring may already be Club members at started playing on temporary greens in said 25-year golfer Maurice of In some rough areas the grass was brown because it is still so early in the a condition made a little worse by moderate the golf club expected to open the Levesque long as it's not Mild winter means early opening for some area courses greens are those circular areas where the grass is cut to a quarter-inch as short as For most of greens are ered to keep them from drying Levesque The mild weather has been good for think it's like Levesque With the greens more golfers will likely show as many will not play on the temporary areas where the grass tends to be affects the The the rough if it's dry or Every game is Levesque Kevin grounds said he's had his eye on the water expanded the pond to hold more he have two As long as they don't go we should be in good shape Having the course open so early in the season is a he But seasonal maintenance crews have been working just about all ter on drainage rather than taking it White The dry conditions have had some The grass is brown in spots and there are a few but with applications of organic fertilizer White said it should come through a dry spell in reasonable planning for the but it's hard to say what will We still could have a whole month of rain in White A wet spring might not be so good for golf isn't a water The Townsend Country Club at 40 Scales Lane in Townsend is still The club is looking at a potential ing on weather David Copeland has been the grounds superintendent for seven do have three wells for our use See Page A7 LOCAL Globetrotter hits town Harlem Globetrotter Otis Key was showing off his stuff in Lunenburg on Page A3 NATION Liza walks down aisle Liza Minnelli began her fourth stab at marriage on Saturday with her New York ding to producer David Page A4 SPORTS Diamond in the rough Former Fitchburg High outfielder Jason Twomley is adjusting to baseball life in Division 1 at Page Cl VISIT Us ONLINE AT Mostly sunny highs in the Business C5 Classified Crossword D5 Community Editorial A6 Entertainment D4 Local A3 Lotteries A2 Nation Obituaries A4 Region A7 Sports World B3 Commerce Bank Dedicated to the Needs of North Central Massachusetts Call or Visit Commerce 565 Main Leominster 978-466-6866 OPEN 7am 7pm Member FDIC Equal Opportunity Lender
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