You may have noticed the deer have been moving around lately, primarily due to the hunting season, and you are apt to see them in strange places or crossing the road. The archery season for deer ends soon. The days are growing shorter as the sun is setting before 4:20 p.m.. My, how time flies: about one month from today we will be well into the Christmas season.

Friday is Veterans Day and the start of a holiday weekend. The post office, schools, and other town and county buildings are closed. This holiday was created to acknowledge the armistice that ended Word War. More than 60 years ago the day was rededicated to honor the veterans who fought in all of our country’s armed conflicts. Let us pause for a moment over the weekend to remember all of those who have gone before us.

Jane Konicki, up in Webster, reports that many people missed National Doughnut Day last Saturday. Don’t fret, there will be another in June.

Lawn signs for various political candidates are disappearing from the landscape. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Grandsons Robbie and Henry came down for their first solo visit last weekend. They enjoyed visiting chickens at Green Acre farm, going to the beach and several playgrounds, and looking at lighthouses. They sure did tire out Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Sam. They headed home on Monday.

Mary Ruth Flores, of San Antonio, Tex., came up last Wednesday to visit her sister Katherine Long for awhile. She will be here for the opening of the spinners and weavers group at the hall.

Jen Wool, of South Road, reports that the Barn Raiser Ball at the Agricultural Society was well attended. She enjoyed all the people and the music of Johnny Hoy. She has been busy planting evergreen trees near the Blue Barque.

Ann Quigley, over at the library, reports that on Monday at 7 p.m. the Library will host its monthly Writers Read evening. This event features community members reading short original prose pieces. Both fiction and nonfiction readings are welcome. Each reader is allotted eight minutes and a critique to follow the reading is optional. Sign up to read in advance by calling 508-693-4307 or just come and listen.

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Island author Amelia Smith will host the second meeting of the ongoing genre book group. Each meeting is led by a different Island author presenting a book that exemplifies their particular genre. This month’s pick is The Fifth Season by fantasy writer N. K. Jemisin. Call the library or stop by to request a copy of the book. Reading the book in advance is encouraged but not required. On Wednesday Tweed’s Reads book group will meet at 7 p.m. at the library. This month the group will be reading and discussing West with the Night, a memoir by female aviator Beryl Markham originally published in 1942. Call or stop by to reserve a copy of the book.

On Saturday Nov. 11, 1950 the Norman Benson family in Lambert’s Cove thought they heard the familiar, though far out-of season, music of pinkletinks. For generations it has been an accepted tradition that they announce the arrival of spring with their piping. The Bensons’ granddaughter, Margaret Duquette, succeeded in capturing two of them, which were placed in a globe the kitchen and continued to announce that spring had arrived. Various people said that never before had they known of the peepers appearing at this time of the year.

Happy Birthday to: Richard Cohen, David Warren, Mary Jo Joiner, Andy Brunk, Cynthia Eakin and Linda Sibley Friday; Tina Fisher, Paul Schultz and Wendy Hitchcock Saturday; Bob Gothard, Lucy Mitchell, Cheryl Kram and Rosemary Jackson on Sunday; Geoff Currier, Bob Luskin and Louise Fragosa on Monday; Antonio Saccoccia and Allison Thompson on Tuesday; Jane Finnerty, Carol Hall Marchant, Dixon Rogers, and Wendy Forest on Wednesday; Eric Perzankowski, and Chelsea McCarthy, and Chloe Maley on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Renee Monast and a happy anniversary to Nicole Alley and Arsen Hambardzumian today.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news please call or e-mail me. As we approach the holiday season remember what Will Rogers said about making your money last longer: fold it in half. Have a great week.

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