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    Newtown is beginning to feel a little like Wild Kingdom to me. In addition to the usual coyote and deer sightings, I am hearing about some more unusual activity. First, there are the bobcats on Scudder Road. Then there is the swan on Route 302.

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    FAITH Food Pantry has joined the social network world, thanks to the efforts of Sandy Hook resident Gary Jeanfaivre, along with FAITH volunteer Nancy Taylor. “I have just helped the FAITH Food Pantry set up a Facebook page, as the volunteers are looking to use it as a way to connect with the community,” Gary tells us. His grandmother, Laura Hewitt, has been a longtime pantry volunteer, says Gary, so he is pretty familiar with what a wonderful group of people operate the local food pantry.

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    I have been worrying my whiskers off over the news coming out of Liberia. I hope you join me in sending silent purrs and good thoughts toward our friends outside of Monrovia. The building project for the New Life Christian Academy, funded by Reed Intermediate School Pushcart Warriors and an anonymous West Coast couple, is still suspended, and all schools are closed for the time being due to the Ebola outbreak.

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    The wine at the Newtown Forest Association’s September 6 Sunset Wine Tasting Fundraiser must have been excellent. Even a sky full of lightening the latter part of the evening could not drive off the many supporters in attendance. Instead, the small room sheltering the auction donations became a full house, as did the nearby gazebo. Party on, foresters!

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    Longtime Newtown resident Pete Samoskevich was surprised on Saturday by his family and friends with a celebration of his 80th birthday. Pete, known best around town on the ball diamonds and working at Sunoco, continues to be a presence in town, entertaining anyone who will talk with him. Happy Birthday, Petey!

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    Summer reading is not just for kids in this town. Adults are invited to take part in the C.H. Booth Library Adult Summer Reading program. Stop by the main circulation desk on the second floor and pick up some review forms. Read your books, and then put the forms into your chosen prize boxes on the table, near the front door. Librarians there tell me there will be a grand drawing, at the end of August, for some awesome prizes.

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    If you’re reading this column, I know you are a supporter of the printed word. Need I remind you that one of New England’s largest book sales gets underway this Saturday, July 12, right here in town? Friends of the C.H. Booth Library presents the 39th Annual Book Sale at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, beginning at 9 am. The real fun begins at 7 am, though, when numbered admission tickets go on sale at the door, for $5 each.

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    Photo bombs continue to be a very popular trend, and this week I spotted one of my own doing just that. When one of our Bee photographers was out collecting Bee’s Buck photos last week, she didn’t realize that while she was trying to sneakily take a photo for this week’s challenge photo, the photographer herself was also being watched.

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    I have my tail tucked between my legs, and that is not something a cat is apt to do. Last week’s column failed to mention a very important day celebrating some very important people: fathers. A humble and belated Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads who are, were, or will be!

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    Caraluzzi’s Market, at 5 Queen Street, is hosting The Animal Center’s cat and kitten food drive through June 21. The Animal Center is requesting Friskies and Purina brand wet and dry food, but all donations are greatly appreciated as it heads into its busiest time of year. Donation bins are located at the store entranceways.