There were pets ga­lore

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PETS GA­LORE! We had all kinds of an­i­mals around the Li­brary on Sun­day for the 5th an­nual Pet-A-Palooza, in­clud­ing dogs, cats, rab­bits and a hedge hog. The tiny hedge hog was not on view when I saw him in a lit­tle cage. They told me he/she was owned by Sam Ed­ding­ton, who played his gui­tar and sang songs in front of the Li­brary dur­ing the day. I un­der­stand he works at the East­ern Shore Re­gional Li­brary in Sal­is­bury. Hope­fully, you will get a chance to see some of the ac­tiv­ity in shots I snapped around the Li­brary Sun­day; and I hope one or more of The an­i­mals up for adop­tion that were on leash for those at­tend­ing got a for­ever home that day.

There were not as many ven­dors as past events — prob­a­bly the some­what tHreat­en­ing weather kept them away.

No, I did not take Mag­gie, since I was busy with the cam­era, and any­way she is quite a barker and would have been bark­ing at the other dogs all day long.

••• ONE QUES­TION Just have a ques­tion af­ter watch­ing a half-dozen or more car com­mer­cials on TV the other day.

Why do the car peo­ple have to show their cars speed­ing all the time?

I did not buy my car for the top speed; but it seems to me if you show only your new car speed­ing down the high­way, then the young peo­ple who get be­hind the wheel will want to do the same.

••• AT THE BIRD FEEDER As I know I have men­tioned be­fore, our break­fast times are more en­joy­able when we can watch the ac­tion around and un­der the finch bird feeder in the back­yard and the var­i­ous an­i­mals that show up dur­ing the morn­ing.

The other morn­ing all at one time we had one rab­bit, a large male dove and a male car­di­nal feed­ing his mate or one of his fam­ily. They all had to be find­ing feed knocked out of the feeder just above them on the pole be­cause I don’t have a suet cake in the lit­tle cage on the pole right now.

I thought it was strange be­cause while we see the squir­rels, a few rab­bits and plenty of birds around the feeder, we don’t usu­ally see three or four dif­fer­ent kinds of an­i­mals feed­ing within feet of one an­other very of­ten.

••• WANT A NICKEL? We re­ceived a form let­ter from the Par­a­lyzed Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica or­ga­ni­za­tion ev­ery week or so. At­tached to the let­ter in­side ask­ing for money is a nickel; and along with the nickel comes an­other hun­dred of ad­dress la­bels ad­dressed for Ruth, or even to me. You have to won­der just how much money the DVA peo­ple are spend­ing on those let­ters since you know it must be in the thou­sands sent out.

Well, I guess they have checked it out and are re­ceiv­ing enough money back to make it worth­while to keep sending out those nick­els.

It makes me won­der just how many of my reader-friends are also re­ceiv­ing those beg­ging let­ters from the Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica group?


ERNIE PYLE Great piece in the lat­est edi­tion of Out­look by the Bay, a free mag­a­zine you can pick up at the Li­brary or Ed­wards or maybe other places in town, that had me go­ing back in my mem­ory to World War II. It was about Ernie Pyle, one of the wartime’s bet­ter news­pa­per cor­re­spon­dents who spent his time talk­ing to sol­diers right up in the front lines of the war. I re­mem­ber at Camp Lee while at the pub­lic re­la­tions of­fice where I was sta­tioned that I looked for­ward to get­ting the daily pa­pers and look­ing for Ernie’s col­umn or writ­ings.

I must try to find one of his early books called “Home Coun­try,” which he wrote while driv­ing 9,000 miles in a Model T road­ster across coun­try with his new wife. His col­umns from that jour­ney made up the book that was pub­lished in 1930.

••• SEE YA JUNE 10 Just an­other re­minder that you have June 10 marked on the cal­en­dar for our big an­nual Lions Club Bay Music Festival out at the 4-H Park. We hope it will be a bright day as we will have 12, yes 12, bands, play­ing from 2 to 9 p.m., and I will prob­a­bly be be­hind my ta­ble sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets on the beau­ti­ful Paul Reed Smith gui­tar he do­nates each year for our festival. Look­ing to see ya there!

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