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Have you heard the animals talking?

NEWCOMB Shhh, if you listen carefully, you can hear the animals talking in Newcomb. With the help of their buddy Lumberjack Jack, their telling stories of how the animals came about. For instance, one story is about how the possum ended up with no fur on his tail. Another story is about how the chipmunk got his stripes. Then there is the story on why bats hang upside down.

These stories all started with the brainstorm of Bonnie Potter and Connie Fontaine better known as the Norton Twins of Newcomb. Bonnie, who is retired, and Connie, who is semi-retired, decided that they would start a puppeteer show business. Bonnie used her artistic talents and made Lumberjack Jack and Connie started acquiring the many animal friends. Then Bonnie took the ideas from the Native American stories and wrote scripts for their shows. Next, they found a great portable sound system so everyone will be able to hear Lumberjack Jack and his animal friends speak and listen to the music that ends each show.

The Wild Life Puppeteer show is going to make its debut on Teddy Roosevelt Weekend in Newcomb. They will have continuous shows at the overlook starting Saturday Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 p.m. For more information on the Wild Life Puppeteers call Connie Fontaine at 518-582-5602.

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