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Over the Fence

The writing workshop previously mentioned in this column still has a few vacancies.

Heather Haskins, a writer, blogger and writing instructor from Clifton Park will teach a writing class in Warrensburg on the four Wednesdays in February from noon to 2 p.m. This would make a wonderful gift for a writer; the four-session course is open to those who wish to learn more about writing memoir and/or fiction. Classes will be held at Willows Bistro, 3749 Main Street, Warrensburg, and the fee will include lunches supplied by the Bistro. Sign-ups are requested by Jan. 15. Advance payments of $148 per person can be made by contacting Perky Granger at PersisGranger@aol.com or 352-463-3089. The fee willcover all four workshops and four Bistro luncheons which will include soup of choice, salad, toast points, coffee/tea and cookie or cream puff. This would make a perfect gift for the writer on your Christmas shopping list. Participation is limited to 10 and some of thse spots have already been taken.

The Warren County Office for the Aging located at 1340 State Rt. 9 on the first floor of the Human Services building in Lake George offers a wide range of programs for qualifying seniors. To find out all they have to offer simply give them a call at 761-6347.

Groundhog Day is Sunday, Feb. 2 and tradition has had it that if the critter doesn’t see his shadow there will be an early spring. While I do enjoy our winters here in the Adirondacks, I for one am praying that he won’t see it.

While doing some research on the above mentioned topic I came across some interesting fun facts about groundhogs. Did you know that a groundhog whistles when scared or that a groundhog’s teeth never stop growing?

It was also discovered that the tradition of stringing popcorn and cranberries on Christmas trees was to feed the birds through the hard months of winter. This will be an activity I do with my young son during the Presidents week break this February.

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