Margaret Thomas Buchholz

Margaret Thomas Buchholz may update the classic local history book she coauthored in 1992 with Larry Savadove, “Great Storms of the Jersey Shore,” to include Superstorm Sandy.

“I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if my publisher wants to do it,” said Buchholz, 79, of Harvey Cedars, known as “Pooch.” But first owner Raymond Fisk of Down the Shore Publishing must deal with repairs to his bayfront home and office in Stafford Township, she said.

Down the Shore recently published Buchholz’s “Josephine: From Washington Working Girl to Fisherman’s Wife.” It’s a memoir of the life of her mom, Josephine Lehman Thomas.

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Thomas kept extensive diaries about her time as a journalist in Michigan; a “government girl” during World War I, at the War Department in Washington, D.C.; and a researcher and ghostwriter for Lowell Thomas, traveling through Europe in the 1920s. Buchholz edited the diaries for the first half of the book.

The second half concerns Thomas’ life after moving to Harvey Cedars with husband Reynold Thomas (no relation to Lowell) during the Great Depression. Thomas’s family had a summer place there.

“It becomes more of my writing then,” said Buchholz, who published Long Beach Island’s weekly “Beachcomber” newspaper for 35 years.

“My father tried to be a fisherman, but that was a failure. My mother sold (the story of his attempt) to Scribner’s Magazine, and we lived on that for a year,” she said. “If you read the book you get a picture of how people can get along on so little. “

The book also contains great descriptions of the hurricanes of 1938 and 1944, she said. See

Diabetes Update

Christopher Zitnay, board-certified endocrinologist and medical director of the Diabetes Center at Cape Regional Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Diabetes Update, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., on Nov. 7 at the Medical Center.

Nurse and center manager Cindy Kraemer, clinical dietician Betsy German and others will discuss diabetes management at the free event. Call 609-463-2547.

Locals at Kimmel Center

James Goodrich, of Hammonton, will perform in a trio and Jennifer Camillo, of Egg Harbor Township, will be a soloist in Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra’s “A Celtic Christmas at the Kimmel,” 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia. Donna and Lauren Berchtold, of Egg Harbor Township, and Lorraine Fitting and Melody Warrener, of Egg Harbor City, also will perform. Call 856-783-5326.

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