LIFE STORIES: Model T collection keeps retired engineer young
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LIFE STORIES: Model T collection keeps retired engineer young

Machines are an art form for Elvin Townsend. The 85-year-old's garages are a testament to his mechanical inclinations. He has several Model Ts -- eight antique vehicles in total -- from the early 1900s, most of which he either built or restored by himself.

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LIFE STORIES: Retired two-star general says 'the military is a young man's game'
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LIFE STORIES: Retired two-star general says 'the military is a young man's game'

From behind the desk of his second floor office at First Bankers Trust Co., Scott Thoele looks to be far removed from the life of danger and tough decisions he once led. Maj. Gen. Thoele, 59, retired from a 35-year military career in September 2015 and settled in as internal audit manager at First Bankers Trust. He held on to the buzz cut.

LIFE STORIES: Good Sam residents give activities aide insight into aging
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LIFE STORIES: Good Sam residents give activities aide insight into aging

Sporting a massive 2-year-old afro, bright green shoes and a quartz crystal dangling from his neck, Joe Ware doesn't exactly blend in while on the job at Good Samaritan Home. The 21-year-old Quincy native has worked at Good Sam since he was 16. "It seems like people open up to me, and they eventually lead off to some of their personal stories, as a friend almost," he said.

LIFE STORIES: World War II journalist reflects on many different lives
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LIFE STORIES: World War II journalist reflects on many different lives

Margaret "Margie" McClain has lived at least nine lives. The 97-year-old has been an advertising representative, a journalist during World War II, a college student, a mother and a painter, to name a few.

LIFE STORIES: Music sustains Quincy couple for six decades
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LIFE STORIES: Music sustains Quincy couple for six decades

After 60 years of marriage, Doris and Ted Dede still use pet names, still make eyes at each other across the table and are still happy together. She jokes that they've lost a bit of luster over the years, but she still finds herself fawning over her husband's eyes. Twisting one of the rings he bought her last Christmas, Doris recited the inscription from memory -- "I loved you then, I love you still, always have, always will."

LIFE STORIES: Quincy native a scientist trying to answer life's biggest questions
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LIFE STORIES: Quincy native a scientist trying to answer life's biggest questions

A conversation with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist and Quincy native John Stegeman walks the line between teaching and storytelling.

LIFE STORIES: German immigrant finally feels at home in Quincy
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LIFE STORIES: German immigrant finally feels at home in Quincy

One of Judy Percy's earliest conscious memories is of her proclaiming her desire to immigrate to America. She was 3.

LIFE STORIES: Quincy pastor builds life from calling to ministry
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LIFE STORIES: Quincy pastor builds life from calling to ministry

On the southern wall of her office, the Rev. Patty Johansen has built a sort of timeline of her life reflected through pictures of the churches in which she has served.

LIFE STORIES: Retired Air Force medic gets second start in life
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LIFE STORIES: Retired Air Force medic gets second start in life

The best way to face life knowing a lung transplant is looming in your future is to stay in the moment. Betsy Powell backs that advice with first-hand experience.

LIFE STORIES: Chicago kid becomes Quincy school resource officer
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LIFE STORIES: Chicago kid becomes Quincy school resource officer

An afternoon with Baldwin Intermediate School resource officer Bill Calkins is unpredictable, interesting and slightly chaotic. When there isn't a crisis, his pace slows and he greets students - they all know him as "Officer C" - as he makes his way through the halls in full uniform.