It seems that without fail every Thursday evening when I go to write this column my computer starts to freeze up. Maybe tonight I'll blame it on March Madness, assuming everyone is online checking their brackets.

Tomorrow I will be in the throes of baking for the annual town meeting; I am on cupcake duty. My sister-in-law Lucia will be challenging my cupcake prowess with her "Orange Dreamsicle" cupcakes.

I'll also be honoring my mother by making her famous "green stuff." It's technically called Watergate Salad (yes, after THE Watergate Hotel). I don't think Mom ever missed an annual town meeting and she dragged me along most years when it was held at the old Quonset hut gymnasium. I do remember Dana P. Stevenson and Ken Murch were selectmen at the time.

I had fun with a scam call yesterday. "Frank" (I'm sure not his real name) called to tell me I'm having computer issues and I need to go to my computer so he can fix it. His first problem was that he thought he was talking to Linda and I told him she died seven years ago and didn't have a computer where she was.

His second problem was he found out I knew he was a scammer and I wasn't an idiot and he should be ashamed of himself. Please do not fall for this trick, and please let your elderly family and friends know that it is a scam.

The clearance sale at The Good Steward Thrift Store on Depot Street will be held March 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so they can make room for spring inventory. They expect to have the spring line available on April 6.

The Country Heat exercise classes are on Monday nights from 6 to 7. Currently the class is being held at the Troy Elementary School gym. Starting April 1, the classes are returning to the Unity Elementary School gym.

There will be a pack basket-making class on Saturday, March 30, at Koons Hall on the Unity College campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Course and material fee is $100 and includes everything you will need to make a 17-inch pack basket. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available. Register with Jes Steele at

Diane Benda at Mad Batter bakery has new business hours: Thursday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There has been a lot of activity on Main and Depot streets with the installation of new taller utility poles and the subsequent cutting and trimming of several large trees. It looks downright "nekkid" in some areas.