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Know when to quit

I have managed to live without the ill effects of alcohol so far.

Back in my grade school days in Medina, N.Y., we wrote essays for the Women's Christian Temperance Union on the reasons not to use tobacco or alcohol.

When I attended Milwaukee State Teachers College, we had freshman lectures every Monday after classes by the president. Later, at Whitewater State Teachers College, I found out about after hours. All rooming houses required girls to be in their rooms by 10 p.m.

Still later when I worked on a master's degree at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., was a dry town.

And finally, I learned from my late husband, Pat Torsell, a bartender at the American Legion in Bellefonte, what the term "Shut the drinks off" stood for.

Emily Torsell Milesburg

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