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WARMEST WISHES – Martha McLean celebrates the anniversary of her birth today. Martha works diligently helping so many in our community and for that we are most grateful. If you see her at the Salvation Army or Meals on Wheels or visiting with Lori Collins on East Orvis Street, please wish her a wonderful day. Happy Birthday, Martha.

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TRUCK INSTRUCTIONS – Monday afternoon I was on my way to our Bombay home from my afternoon visit on Bayley Road. A stop light halted traffic on Route 37 near Guy’s Diner. Just ahead of me was a huge construction vehicle, a dump truck.

I enjoy reading books at home and while I am waiting in traffic any sign on the vehicle ahead of me will do. In the center of the truck was a huge orange sign that still puzzles me that I have shared with you before. That sign read “Construction Vehicle. Do Not Follow.” I always smile when I see that truck because I must follow it in order to reach my destination. I have yet to understand why that sign is across so many vehicles.

The sign that puzzled me this week, though, was in red letters above the “Do Not Follow” signage. The letters at the top of this truck stated boldly “Do Not Push!” I smiled as I sat in my compact car wondering why I would want to push this huge truck and knowing full well there would be no way I could push it if I so desired.

The light turned green and the lane of traffic I was in began to move forward. The huge truck was extremely slow. At that point I smiled thinking it might be a good idea to “push” if I could, but instead I passed, again smiling for at that point I was following directions and did not follow the construction vehicle.

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GOOD NEWS – Friday I stopped at Subway at the Speedway Plaza. On this trip a drink was purchased with our subs. When I stepped to the counter to put a lid on my drink, I noticed there were donuts at that counter for sale. These donuts were Koffee Kup Donuts. Yes, the same donuts that our friends Lynn and Stephen travel to Vermont to purchase. Good news, Lynn, your donuts may be purchased nearby at the local Speedway Convenience Store.

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HOW OLD – Last week I shared with you about my “old” what some feel is outdated cell phone. Age continually is a topic of conversation in a number of different areas. Monday I stopped at the photo counter in Wal-Mart.

Yes, I was printing pictures to share. Do you realize no one prints photos anymore – we all just watch each other’s families on cell phones or iPads. There are no recent photos to place in an album. And there are no new photos (except for a Christmas photo) to put on my refrigerator or for framing to sit proudly on our coffee table.

I do enjoy taking photos. Just a few short years ago our son gave me a beautiful NIKON camera for Christmas. We have numerous cameras in our home and lenses, filters and even a darkroom for processing the film used in taking pictures.

The new camera was digital –yes it was new, updated or so I thought. And on Monday I learned that my camera, which I thought was new, its only about five years old, is now considered old. I asked about a new card for my camera. I was told that the cards I had picked up were not compatible – they would only work in new cameras. The gentleman was very knowledgeable and showed me what I needed.

But the question “is it a new camera?” still makes me smile. When I told the young man it was only five or six years old, he nicely informed me it was old. For me my old cameras are those using film. I am now waiting for the time when “everything old is new again.”

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AND ON SATURDAY - Betty Pelkey, or Miss Betty as she is known to many, will celebrate her birthday on Saturday. What a good friend Betty is – she is an amazing woman who does so much for others. Betty’s warm smile and friendly hello always touches my heart and I know makes the day on Sunday mornings for so many others. Have a wonderful birthday, Betty, celebrating with your family and many, many friends.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman (a leading “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Her home in Auburn was a frequent stop for a visit during my teenage years.)

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