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Clearing off my desk with a few odds and ends

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Yes, it’s that time — bits and pieces week. When the little scraps of paper start to fall off my desk, I know it’s time for another omnibus column.

Happy 85th birthday to Marge Nelson, of Lowell. “Everyone calls me ‘Ma,” Marge quickly noted. “Even my next-door neighbor, and he’s two years older than me.”

To celebrate, the family took her for a lake cruise in Chicago this past summer.

“I’ve lived here for 40 years and it’s the first time I saw the city, except for passing through,” she said. “Can’t say I’d want to live there. Too big and too noisy but the boat trip was fun.”

Brothers Corbin and Matt Satterwine (ages 9 and 12 respectively) of Schererville asked about Issy the Terrible (my terrier). They specifically wanted to know if she’ll miss the summer months.

Well, my friends, Issy is my little magnolia blossom. She doesn’t like it when it’s really hot and likewise, she hates it when it gets really cold.

If I try to take her for a walk when it’s very hot or cold, we’ll get halfway down the block and she does a sharp U-turn and heads for home with me in tow.

Seriously, as much as she likes to be outside in nice weather, when it comes to extremes, her favorite spot is curled up on the couch.

Sara and Paul Brinski, Highland, give a high-five to their neighbor Kathy, who, they believed, stopped a late-night robbery attempt while they were away recently.

According to Paul, Kathy had gotten up in the middle of the night, casually looked out the front window and spotted an unfamiliar truck parked on the street.

“I didn’t recognize it but I thought I could see someone sitting inside,” Kathy explained. “I was alone at the time so I did the first thing I could think of … I started to blink our outdoor lights on and off.”

It must have done the trick because the truck pulled away shortly after.

“We really are a Neighborhood Watch community,” Paul said. “This proves it works when we all look out for each other.”

And finally, Issy and I can’t let you forget that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. When you and your family are looking to provide a forever home for a pet, please stop for a moment and consider our local shelters.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 5 million to 7 million pets are left in shelters each year in the U.S. So before you spend hundreds on that purebred or “designer dog” (Issy wants you to know designer dogs may have fancy names but in reality they’re just mutts like she is), stop by a shelter.

Once you do, tell me if you can resist the pleading look in those sad eyes as they wait with hope that someone will take them home to shower them with loving care.



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