Even college dives deserve obituaries. Annie Bui’s article from the Cornell Daily Sun reminds the author of too many evenings spent enjoying fellowship and postponing studies:

“After more than 36 years in operation, Dunbar’s is the next College town (Ithaca, NY) watering hole to shut its doors. The Collegetown fixture since 1979 is known to many Cornellians for its dive bar atmosphere, with ceiling tiles and walls scribbled on in permanent marker and six dollar “Group Therapy” special.

“The closure of Dunbar’s follows the shuttering of a number of Collegetown bars in recent years. The building that housed Pixel Lounge was demolished this summer to make way for a new residential and commercial development on Eddy Street. Stella’s Restaurant, Bar and Café also closed this year, and is now occupied by StartupTree.

The iconic Chapter House pub was destroyed in an early-morning fire on April 14, though management has stated that they hope to reopen by next August.

“The Royal Palm Tavern aka ‘The Palms‘ (and an A-E favorite) closed in February 2012 and both Johnny O’s and Dino’s shut their doors the year before.

“Dunbar’s owner was a long-time supporter of wrestling and hockey, as well as a big fan of all athletics at Cornell. Several NHL players-alumni brought the Stanley Cup to the bar during its heyday.

S.S. United States has a life preserver

In its 1950s heyday, the historic ship, the world’s fastest luxury liner, dashed across the Atlantic carrying royalty and immigrants alike to American shores. But for nearly a half century now the “Big U,” as the ship is known, has been docked, collecting barnacles and rust after jet travel lured away all the customers.

Now there’s a chance the S.S. United States may sail again, after Crystal Cruises, a luxury travel company, signed a purchase option for the ship, the Associated Press reports. Just months earlier, preservationists almost had to scrap the Titanic-size vessel as their funds dwindled.

She’s been berthed on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, A-E remembers from half a decade spent in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sure and certain sign of Spring

Uber-gardener Frau has been receiving seasonal catalogues hawking seeds and botanicals for more than two months. The super snowfall was the background for the delivery of five pamphlets that served as a catalyst for Spring planting only weeks away in Greater Jasper.

Artwork of the week

Bloomberg News featured a drawing of an outsized cheese grater sawing away at a tree stump. The message: Be careful what you put on your penne. That may be wood dust rather than parmesan, the Food and Drug Administration cautions.

Volunteers needed

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano’s helpful April mailing includes a long list of places where volunteers are always needed: Helping seniors, veterans and children or becoming a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical service provider simply requires a call to a telephone number the assemblyman helpfully provides.

A final (A-E hopes) seasonal thanks

Remember A-E’s frequent beatification of anonymous (their choice, not A-E’s) neighborhood stalwarts who plow snowy sidewalks to help the lame and halt navigate wintry hurdles? They did it again after our recent Springtime “interruption,” as a Tribune headline writer called the heaviest snowfall of the season almost three weeks into Spring.

Thanks again for what A-E hopes is the last time for at least eight months, neighborly stalwarts and Mail Carrier Doug.

Metrorail considers shutting system for six months

The subway network has grown to five lines, 86 stations, and 106.3 miles of track, the second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States, in passenger trips; there were 727,684 trips per weekday, on Metrorail in fiscal year 2008, the Washington Times reports.

How will 350,000 passengers travel to and from work every day without Metro for six months? The correct answer: on every DC-area crowded street.

Al Bruce of Canisteo writes a weekly column for The Evening Tribune.