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Pennington Piano Teacher Remembers Stalin's Daughter and Granddaughter

BEV TUCKER
The Pennington School

Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Views PSEG-Excelon Merger Positively

BEV TUCKER
The Pennington School

"Inconvenient Truth" Misrepresented As Political Statement by Reviewer

DIANE LEVINE
Linwood Circle


Pennington Piano Teacher Remembers Stalin's Daughter and Granddaughter

To the Editor:

This is a follow-up to the story about Svetlana Peters and her daughter Olga ("Remembering Two Princeton Streets, Sycamore Trees, and George Kennan," Town Topics, July 19).

I was the local piano teacher in Pennington for many years. One day I received a phone call and visit from Svetlana Peters, who had arrived in Pennington, having purchased a home on Sked Street. She was trying to move out of Princeton very quietly. I remember looking at her in my living room and thinking, "This is Josef Stalin's daughter and granddaughter sitting in my home." At the first lesson, Olga informed me that she preferred to be called "Chrissy." Chrissy was enrolled in 6th grade at the Toll Gate school.

Chrissy took piano lessons for about a year. She would sometimes arrive with her little shaggy dog, announcing that she wanted it to come in while she had her lesson. I had a dog and cat in residence that didn't take kindly to this strange little dog intruding on their territory. One morning I opened the newspaper to read a story about Svetlana and her daughter, who had moved to England.

Years later a friend showed me a copy of Life magazine which included stories about up and coming young artists. There was a grown-up Chrissy Peters with very short, cropped hair, lots of silver jewelry, and a tattoo here and there. Apparently she lived in the Arizona area and was gaining some recognition as an artist.

BEV TUCKER
The Pennington School

Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Views PSEG-Excelon Merger Positively

To the Editor:

The PSEG-Excelon merger will provide a positive force in the Mercer County region. Both of these companies hold a strong commitment to diversity and equal opportunity that will continue to benefit this region. They are committed to workforce development and community development, two key areas for economic success and quality of life in this region.

PSEG is a solid supporter of our region. It has always stepped up to support important local initiatives and organizations. While Excelon may not be as well known as PSEG locally, its corporate philosophy is similar to PSEG's. That is what makes this merger work. Excelon is recognized as a strong force in the areas it currently serves such as Chicago and Philadelphia. It is a company that understands the importance of community support and acts on that understanding. It has committed to continuing PSEG's strong presence in our region.

The PSEG-Excelon merger will unite two good companies with similar records of supporting the communities they serve. Our state should embrace this merger and recognize the opportunities it will provide for strong economic development in the state. Only through a sound economy can our communities thrive. This merged organization will strengthen our region, not threaten it.

MICHELE N. SIEKERKA
President and CEO
Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce

"Inconvenient Truth" Misrepresented As Political Statement by Reviewer

To the Editor:

Your review of An Inconvenient Truth does your paper and your readers a disservice. Despite the tone of your review, the movie is hardly a self-serving political statement. Did your reviewer miss the fact that Al Gore has given this presentation over a thousand times all over the world? This is scarcely "ramping up for another presidential run."

I urge everyone to see this film. And shame on you, Town Topics. By branding something politically motivated, you divert public attention from an issue that if left unattended will have disastrous consequences.

DIANE LEVINE
Linwood Circle

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