• A Fulford resident recently reported that a snowy owl had visited her bird feeder during daylight hours and he must have been hungry to be hunting at that time of the day. Numerous birds enjoy her feeder and, consequently, since birds of prey are in search of smaller birds, a hawk has been seen in the area. There are also black squirrels, an occasional deer and two wild turkeys.

• Speaking of squirrels, it would seem that red squirrels have reappeared in many areas whereas they were not much in evidence during the summer months. Since some very healthy red foxes have been seen in various locations, they must have been dining out on the abundance of squirrels of all colours, or, maybe, a few chickens have gone missing?

• A pair of boots, purchased in Vancouver, managed to escape the store without the cashier removing the security tag. They have, consequently been sitting in the owner’s cupboard for the past two years since it was somewhat impossible to return to the store to have the alarm removed. Figuring that the battery in the alarm must by now have expired, she decided to cut it off so that she could finally wear the boots. No such luck. The shrill alarm went off and, despite being muffled in a sheet, she had to endure the ear-piercing sound for over two hours. However, it was worth the pain to be able to get to wear the warm and comfortable boots.

• A man, travelling from Montreal to a birthday party in Knowlton, decided to put the location in his GPS but, mistakenly registered “Knowlton’s Landing” instead of Knowlton. Having been to Knowlton on previous occasions, he was surprised when he was led past Exit #90 and was only directed to turn at the following exit. After finding himself in Potton and at the rocket, he luckily realized his mistake and headed back down the #243 to Lac Brome. The mistake he made was to search in Knowlton rather than Lac Brome. How often the GPS leads us astray – old-fashioned maps are sometimes more trustworthy, if you know how to read them.