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Kitty Conley’s Scratching Post, Jan. 2

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Updated: December 30, 2013 12:04PM



Happy Birthday

Jan. 2: Mary Joan Torrance Dickson

Jan. 6: Ray Nedohon

Jan. 7: Mark Schweitzer — last year to be under 50 starts now.

Jan. 8: Marilee Halpin — Dennis’s Godmother. She is younger than he is. You figure it out.

I want to give a special thank you to John, Rochelle, Katie and Megan McNamara for a wonderful time at their house for Christmas. We had a ball. What fun.

Our more traditional Orthodox friends celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, while the majority of our Orthodox friends celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 with the rest of the other churches of Christendom. If you celebrate in January, I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Surprise a friend or family member with an “I love you” gift. Try something very unique. Mail. It can be a card or a handwritten note just from you to that person. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It could cost you just a piece of paper, an envelope and a stamp.

“Divorce and Beyond” is a program for people facing the issue of divorce. It will be available at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in St. John starting Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. It is a 10-step program on Monday nights that deals with the new realities brought on by divorce. It is a confidential support group setting with others who are struggling and is a place to vent your anger, pain and frustrations in a safe and healing environment. Contact Deacon Ed Bodley 365-7784 for more information.

Was it murder or suicide? If murder, who did it? Come and find out. Enjoy the “Night of January 16th,” a play written by Ayn Rand, in the courtroom at the courthouse. Save the date of Jan. 16, 2014. The Lake Court House Foundation will know about tickets but will not tell “who done it.” Call 663-0660 for tickets. $15 each. The play will open at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 and continue running at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18. The Sunday matinée is at 3 p.m. Jan. 19. I love watching a good murder in the courtroom.

MacArthur Elementary School has announced the members of the 2014 Math Bowl team. They are: Gabby Murks, Sean Castro, Mason Eaton, Ben Orgentz, Molly Kubal, Keeley Bernard and Logan Culver, fourth-grade; Jonathon Zobel, Gianna Fantin, Katie Jostes, Jazlin Hixson, Anna Stepanovic, Jaelyn Burgos, Justin Reichelt, Spencer Fadden and Cheyenne Covaciu, fifth-grade.

Just a reminder to all the parents out there. If you want your school to become a 4-Star School it must have a 97 percent attendance rate. The principals ask all parents to limit the voluntary absences. If the kids are sick they have to stay home. Please don’t plan your vacations while the kids are in school.

Annual eagle watching events are this month and in February. The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services’ watch at the Mississinewa Lake’s Miami State Recreation Area begins at sunrise on Jan. 18 at the boat launch. This is for the early bird. Be there by 6:30 a.m. Eastern time. That is when everyone will caravan to the roost to watch the eagles greet the morning. The traditional eagle watch is on Feb. 15 and 16. Participants will meet at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area at 3 p.m. Eastern time on both days for a short “Eagles in Indiana” program. After the program participants will caravan to the roosting site to watch eagles return for the night. A live bald eagle from Soarin’s Hawk Raptor Rehab will be on hand for an up close look at our national bird. Donations will be accepted. If you need handicap-accessible parking at the roost site, please mention it during registration. Register by calling (260) 468-2127. The program is free and open to the public. Bring your binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is located at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, Ind. For questions call Teresa Rody at the above phone number. She can give you directions.



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