2008-08-28 / The Office Cat

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Hummer rescued, recuperating

Downtown Washington is having a Sidewalk Sale Labor Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, August 29-30, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We're all invited to "Come see what is NEW in Downtown Washington! Eat lunch and dinner in one of our fabulous restaurants." Sounds like fun!

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Daylight Saving Time doesn't end until November 2 this year. It's already a bit dark at 6 a.m., which means that the darkness is going to play havoc with those of us who walk early in the morning. We will soon have to wait until after 7:00 to get out unless we're not afraid of the dark.

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Norris says that from Monday of last week until Monday of this week he recorded .8 of an inch of rain from the four showers we had. Monday night's storm added .75 of an inch to that. Total for the month as of Monday was 2.25 inches -- and some of those Florida places got 25-30 inches in a couple of days. I heard Tuesday morning that Rayle got 2 inches Monday night, while Tignall and Metasville got about what Washington did. I don't know how accurate that is.

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Louie, the oldest animal at Vicky Moses' Second Time Around Mini Farm, has died. Louie was a ram that was the first animal brought to the farm. He was about 10 years old. Vicky says that in his younger years he enjoyed "head butts" but in recent years a bit of arthritis had crept into him. But he would still slowly get up from his geriatric pen and come to get his left ear scratched. He always enjoyed romaine lettuce, specially cut for him every day by his friends at the Pizza Hut. A memorial fund has been started at the farm in Louie's memory with all contributions going to the 2008 Southeastern Regional Llama Show in September. You can send your contributions to the farm at 146 Hendry Lane, Washington.

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Three ladies at Quiet Oaks Health Care Center in Crawford have recently celebrated their 100th birthday and one of them is a Wilkes Countian. Bessie Mae Paradise was born in Wilkes County and is a graduate of State Normal School. She taught school until her marriage to Mark A. Paradise. After her marriage and subsequent move to Oglethorpe County she became a permanent homemaker. She was an active member of the Salem Baptist Church and the Woman's Missionary Union. The other two ladies who are 100 years old are Sara Faust Chandler and Lila Shackelford.

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Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's popular Celebrity Waiters Dinner has been scheduled for Thursday, October 2, at the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria. Entertainment for the evening will be Elvis Impersonator Chris Shupe of Athens. Tickets will be on sale soon. . . . The Washington Little Theater Company's production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" will be presented October 3, 4, 10, and 11. The annual Gala will be held on October 11 at LaFayette Manor. . . . The I'd

Rather Be In Tignall Fall Festival is Saturday, November 1. . . . The

Little Theater will present "The Sanders Family Christmas" the first weekend in December -- December 5, 6, and 7. Other events were listed in last week's column. Call me if I've left out your favorite.

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I didn't know birds were on a bullfrog's menu. Trevin Burriss on North Pecan Street says that he has a rather large bullfrog in his fish pond at his home. While working in the yard he noticed that the bullfrog had a bird hanging from his mouth. When he went to investigate the frog dropped the bird and dived into his pond. The bird was dead. . . . We've seen raccoon tracks just outside the side door here at The News-Reporter. The 'coons have probably been scrounging a meal from the dumpster which collects from all over the area.

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One more hummingbird story -- too good not to share. Pat Callaway has lots of hummingbirds at her home on Stony Ridge Road. Thursday when she and Otis were hauling hay and pulled the trailer up near the feeders, Pat noticed a hummer trying to fly very close to the ground. She realized that it was having trouble flying and finally caught the beauty. She now has it in a parakeet cage and says the little bird is getting stronger every day. Now and then it manages to escape the cage and fly around in the house. She will probably set it free when it is strong enough. Pat brought the little bird to The News-Reporter for us to see, and it made my day.

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Monday is Labor Day and many businesses and the schools will be closed that day. We're joining them, so we have some early deadlines for getting out the September 4 issue of The News-Reporter. All classified and legal advertisements are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 29. Social news is also due at that same time. Community correspondents are asked to slide their news under the front door before noon on Monday (Labor Day). All other news and retail advertising is due by noon on Tuesday, September 2.

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Here is another item from Bob Hill's Cherokee, Oklahoma, newspaper. "Houses in the 1500s had thatched roofs -- thick straw piled high with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and dogs and other small animals (mice, bugs, etc.) lived in the roof. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice, clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, 'Dirt poor.'" As children and grandchildren would say, "gross, yuk."

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