Editor's note: Knox town columnist Rita Doughty was recently hospitalized in Augusta and is recovering her strength at the Winslow home of her son Wayne and daughter-in-law Laura in preparation for surgery soon. She reports that her granddaughter Sara, "a godsend," is taking excellent care of her.

Cards can be sent to Rita, c/o Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Doughty, 8 Fuller Drive, Winslow, ME 04901.