By Penny Picard Sampson

The saga of the “riff-raff” porch kitties has come to a close. The last of the five kittens was successfully captured and sent to live at Hidden Valley Camp and join his/her brothers and sisters. The mama cat, named “Slinky,” was trapped this morning and sent off to the Waterville Humane Society; she will be vetted and spayed and brought back here and not increase the cat population.

Two batches of strawberry jam were made. I got my berries from Mueller’s in Thorndike. They were large, sweet and juicy. I did part with two jars, one for my neighbor Dave and one for my older brother and his wife. She made some Danish with hers and brought me some so it was a fair trade! We also had some strawberry shortcake on fresh buttered biscuits with real whipped cream. My mother was opposed to “canned” whip cream and cool whip and so am I.

On Father’s Day I joined Doreen Berry to do a cemetery stone cleaning demonstration at the Center Cemetery in Thorndike. It’s been years since I have been over to east Thorndike and I got a little lost. We cleaned a few old marble stones, sprayed on the D2, and they’ll start turning white as the D2 works its magic.

Dough boys, french fries, and cotton candy, oh my! Almost next door at the Clinton Fairgrounds! July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will also have fireworks, parade, touch-a-truck, horse show, kids’ events and a car show.

The Amish Charcuterie has reopened as of June 23. I’m pretty sure their regular hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Subway sandwich shop at The Depot has reopened.

Since the groundwork was laid out, the new Dunkin’ Donuts building on Main Street has gone up fast! Four sides of the building were put up yesterday and today they were almost finished hanging the roof trusses.

I ran into Val Tweedie when I was returning bottles the other day. She graciously donated free ice cream cones from Cone’Z to our “Welcome packets” at the Town Office.

I know I’ve shared the story of how, when Val and I were young and out riding bikes, I crashed on the Berry Road bridge. The Berry Road bridge remains closed to cars and trucks. We are awaiting an assessment and estimates from the engineering firm, which we should have within a couple of weeks. We’re looking at different types of decking, both wood and steel.

While perusing Facebook the other day, I came across some pictures of Barry and Vera McCormick’s 50th wedding anniversary pictures. Included in the collage were some pictures of much younger versions of them, including a debonair Barry and Vera in a mini skirt. I ran into Vera at the Depot and remarked on the picture. She said that the skirts used to get measured at school to ensure they weren’t too short. With a wink and a smile Vera said her skirts were measured A LOT!

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