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    I would never lower myself to be led about on a leash, but my canine friends are not so particular. This past Sunday, dogs and their walkers were out in force, enjoying the truly spring-like weather. There were a number of strollers out solo, as well, or in the case of three visitors to The Pleasance, with their children. Overheard from their conversation was one adult asking another if he had been to The Pleasance before. Receiving a negative reply, he replied, “Well, come on, then.

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    Somewhere out there, a critter is rubbing his rump and thinking, “Ouch! All this for a minnow?” Bee employee Emery Klein was out fishing last week, when his line started spinning out. This gave Emery a bit of a thrill, as he was expecting to reel in the big one. But the “one that got away” turned out to not be a trout or bass or any other fish one might find in Connecticut waters, but a beaver that had been tempted by the minnow at the end of the line.

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    It’s that time of year again when the temps start to rise and you begin to think about opening your pool. As a fundraiser for the company, Botsford Fire Rescue has been delivering pool water to the local area for a number of years and its ready to begin doing so again this year. For more information, including where to send donations or to schedule a delivery, call 203-364-4135.

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    I’ve heard of bean counters, but there are some expert jelly bean counters in town. Lawrence Card joined forces with his sons, 16-year-old Alexandyr, 6-year-old William, and 5-year-old Nathaniel, to come up with the winning number of jellybeans in the jar at Reed Intermediate School. The jellybean guessing contest was sponsored by one of the Odyssey of the Mind teams at the school recently, mom Gia Card tells me. The Cards guessed 2,592 beans, and there were actually only 18 more than that.

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    Hang onto your picnic baskets. I think Yogi and friends are in town. Joe Paliotti spent about an hour watching this bear last week on Parmalee Hill Road, where his mother lives. His mom had crossed paths with the big guy — Joe, a hunter and outdoorsman estimates the bear was 350 to 400 pounds — when taking out the garbage after dark. Newtown Police investigated her call, but the bear was a no show by the time they arrived.

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    “The ‘Fun’ Category, for $100, please!” Trinity Episcopal Church members are looking for trivia lovers of all ages. If you enjoy Jeopardy or The Family Feud, or just would like a fun night out with your friends, Quiz Night is the place to be on Saturday, April 6. Doors open at 6 pm, and dinner/refreshments will be available to purchase. Teams of four to six people will be competing in four categories, with ten questions per category, and all questions will follow the theme of spring. All ages are welcome.

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    Lynn Kovack of the Building Department is grateful and thrilled that certain items inadvertently removed from the Newtown Municipal Center in February have been returned. The charcoal drawings of victims of 12/14 and a special quilt are in the hands of the families who had requested them, so thank you to those who heeded Lynn’s plea.

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    Okay, March. Time to forget that “coming in like a lion” stuff and move on to the “out like a lamb” part. I’m in great need of some greenery, and I sure don’t think those daffodil buds are happy about layers of snow and ice to celebrate the first day of spring.

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    There is a pretty impressive set of ears on Tess Guiser, the canine star playing the part of Toto in the upcoming Newtown Middle School production of The Wizard of Oz. (She’s a Papillon, which is French for butterfly, if that gives you an idea.) But don’t be confused during the play, once Dorothy gets swept to Oz — Tess takes a break and lets another “pooch” pose as Toto. The Wizard of Oz is scheduled for performances at 7 pm, March 15 and 16, and a 2 pm performance on March 17. 

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    Newtown Youth Wrestling Association has a new website. As it Tweeted on February 27, “We have a new website w/a catchy name! http://www.newtownyouthwrestling.com go there often & learn things.” Will do! I’ll bet you didn’t know I’ve honed my tweeting skills, but how else can I follow the “tweet tweeting” of Newtowners… and tweety birds?