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By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted November 1, 2007

Isn't it time the temperatures went down? People are still swimming and report water temperature at around 60 degrees. The bluefish and albacores are plentiful. With Thanksgiving about three weeks away and our new late return to standard time set for this weekend, the mild weather seems strange. Does anyone remember driving through heavy snowstorms to celebrate Thanksgiving at Grandmother's house?

These days, we find ourselves in a pause between a very long Indian summer and the onset of winter, when preparing gardens for next year's bounty, planting winter rye, and raking leaves seem to take up a lot more time than harvesting the fruit of our labors did.

It's also a good time to take vacations, which is what lots of us are planning.

Clarissa Allen, Mitch Posin, their son, Ned, and Owen Maloney have returned from two weeks in Rosscommon in western Ireland, where they visited Clarissa's cousins.

Ruth Kirchmeier will be showing her woodcuts and Hermine Hull her oil paintings at the library this month. The show will be up this weekend.

The next book discussion meeting at the library is Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4 pm, but it's probably a good idea to start reading now. The book they have chosen is "The Emperor's Children," by Claire Messud. There will be no December meeting, but the book for discussion at the January meeting is "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan, in case you want to be ahead of the game.

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