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February 25, 2013

Book honors North Country military memories


“I got a response from this girl in California who said it brought back a lot of memories of her brothers when they were in the Marine Corps, so it’s fulfilling,” he said.

He is printing and binding the books in small quantities at Border Press; so far he has sold about 300 copies. Many who buy it are sending it to relatives in the North Country diaspora around the country. 

Scrapbooks: A Collection So We Won’t Forget is available locally at the Corner-Stone Bookshop in Plattsburgh and Cornerstone Drug and Gift in Rouses Point. It is also available online at


Rochester is going strong on the second volume, with 35 pages already complete and more clippings and stories coming in almost daily.

“Now that I’ve got this one done, a lot of people are contacting me,” Rochester said. “A lot of people were sort of like, they didn’t want to tell their story, but once they’ve seen this, they now want to come in. So I’ve found it really interesting, the things I didn’t know.”

He said he has no plans currently on producing a third volume or increasing his scope much beyond the Northern Tier for the second one. The first book took about two years to produce, but he expects the new one to come together and be available for sale much faster. 

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