Feeding deer has rewards -- it's nice to know they're getting enough to eat throughout the winter, and watching them graze is fascinating and rewarding to the feeders. There's a downside, though, depending on when and where the herd is fed. In Newry, in the early evenings, deer, presumably leaving their human-provided buffet with full bellies, have been hit by cars. In daylight, the drivers would have been able to see the deer more quickly and could possibly have avoided hitting them. It's possible, also, that the deer having been treated to a scrumptious meal by humans, felt less need to be wary. Maybe only early morning feedings would work? Or maybe feeding deer on Route 26 is just life-threatening for the herd, regardless of the time of day?
Sunday breakfasts at the Ladies Aid Building from 8 to 11 a.m. are still popular, both for the food and the socialization!
The Town Meeting will be held the last Thursday of March at the schoolhouse.
"Back in the Day" aprons were big, almost floor-length. Women could hike them up in a double fold and tuck them in at the waist, creating a most useful pocket. Sometimes, women even tucked their infants into the "pocket." Possibly this creative use of a pocket was a prelude to today's slings that keep a baby close to mom and easy to tote, allowing mom to have both hands free.
Do you other Uptonites have any news you'd like to share? Please, call me at 533-2111. I refuse to use this column as an "autobiography" of my week -- it'd be too boring for you, the reader.
Do you enjoy The Citizen's re-established policy of including pictures of their columnists?
Seen any coyotes? How's the snowmobiling? Been snowshoeing? Have you had any interesting trips or guests? Were you a visitor in town?
Have a wonderful week. Selah