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Project H.O.P.E.: The Food Bank Gift & Thrift opens Saturday and Toni from the Food Bank told me they’ve got some great things planned. Although the store opens at 10 a.m., the festivities will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be free hot dogs and hamburgers and musical entertainment. Toni wants to thank Sandy Schmidt, who previously operated the WOW Thrift Shop at the same location. “Sandy made this possible,” Toni said. Food Bank Gift & Thrift can pick up furniture at people’s homes and will have a collection drop at Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines once a month. They also will have a “free” box and will layaway items if you cannot pay immediately. Toni said they refer to the thrift shop as Project H.O.P.E. standing for “Helping Other People Eat.” Also, there are two goldfish by the counter of the new store and they need names. Toni said the winner of the “Name the Goldfish” contest will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store. As for WHY the goldfish are on the counter, Toni said she heard there is an Asian tradition that goldfish by a cash register ensures prosperity. The Gift & Thrift is located at 13467 Colfax Highway, at the “Y.” The phone there is 274-7037.

Funny kids: These came from an elementary school history teacher in Ohio, forwarded by a reader.

• Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

• Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

• Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the 10 commandos. He died before he ever reached Canada but his commandos made it.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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