The Scotia News, originally published by John and Thea MacRee is restarting publication this month. The biggest difference will be that the Scotia News will be an on-line paper, rather than one that is mailed to your home.

  The Scotia News can be downloaded and you can print your own hard copy.

  We are hoping (and planning) to publish four issues a year, January, April, July, and October, although we hope that as time goes by we may be able to publish more.

  The Scotia News will, as in the past, carry news of Scottish and Scottish-American activities.

  We would really like to hear from people about what kinds of things they would like to se printed here. We have got some tidbits a quiz and a book review in this issue, which We hope to have as regular features. We are also planning an Off the Beaten Path column about somewhat off the beaten path places to visit in Scotland. We are also planning interviews with various Scots and Scottish Americans. Wed like to have a Letters to the Editor column as well. There has even been talk of a column with some recipes for Scottish foods!

  Please let us know your comments. You can reach us at: ""





  We hope that the Scotia News will bring you information about all kinds of things Scottish. But that means we need to hear from you. You can drop us a line and tell us about your upcoming events, info. If you have some opinion on some Scottish or Scottish related topic, we might be able to use it in our up-coming Letters to the Editor column.

  You can write to us at our e-mail address:


We are looking forward to hearing from you!





  The School for Scottish Studies offers a variety of courses each term. Currently Don Ross is teaching a class in intermediate Gaelic, while Margaret Macleod Block is teaching conversational Gaelic workshop.

  Mr. Ross has studied Gaelic with Larry (William Laird) Siegel, Bill Aitkins and Jane Williams and completed a summer program taught by instructors at the University of Edinburgh.

  Ms. Block is a native speaker of Gaelic and was born in Stornoway on Lewis in Scotland.

  Marion Hamilton, who has been playing the pipes for more than twenty years and teaching for more than ten is one of the instructors. Richard Hamilton, who has been and instructor and Pipe Major and teacher for the last 20 years is the other. He will be including a course on pipe maintenance for both beginning and intermediate classes.

  Last, but not least, are the courses taught by Mary Abdul on Scottish Highland and Step Dancing. Ms. Abdul has performed and taught Scottish dance for more than twenty-five years. Among her teachers were Kathy Majewska Cameron, Robert McOwen and Jo Hamilton. She is certified by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

  Although students are generally required to enroll for courses on a term-by-term basis, this term, some of the dance courses can be taken on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

  For further information on courses being given and those scheduled for the fall semester please contact the School for Scottish Studies at