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Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Jack and Claudette Schloss on April 24, to Heidi and John Baker on April 27, and to Russ and Nereida Howe on April 28.

Get well wishes go out to Earle Dibble, Jane Day, Joe Mosher, Suzie Baker, and Doreen Cooper.

Give us a call with your Easter news. Many of our warm weather friends and neighbors are returning home after spending the winter months away - We're glad to have them back.

Is there a volunteer who would be willing to start the Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight-loss program once again in Thurman? This TOPS program has been well-attended in recent years, but illness recently sidelined its leadership - and a new local program director is being sought. For details, call Debbie Allen at 792-2888.

Fundraiser for memory tree set

A fundraiser featuring a sale of homemade confections is to be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Warrensburg VFW Post on Main Street.

Proceeds will go towards a Japanese lilac tree to be planted on the grounds of Cornell Cooperative Extension as a memorial to departed teenager Courtney Mae Swinton, who took her own life about a year ago.

Irv West, who is organizing the tree-planting and accompanying ceremony set for May 19, said that Saturday's fundraiser at the VFW will offer many homemade delicacies in time for Easter and Passover. Special treats available include homemade chocolate lollipops, he said. For details, call West at 623-3987.

Over the fence

As soon as the days started getting warmer, turkeys began trotting around in the fields and roadways, local residents have reported. Even a lone Canada goose was back in his old habitat, just waiting for others to congregate.

Many folks are worrying about our local emergency squad. It ran fine in recent years as it was with just good hearted volunteers. Now everyone seems to want to change everything that kept our town "almost heaven" and peaceful. Recently, the squad leadership changed, but the controversy surrounding the squad operations hasn't ceased. Let's hope we can continue to have prompt emergency response, and that our local volunteers are still involved in one way or another.

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