Hang up those suspicious calls

How many bank accounts have been robbed by the telephone caller who delivers this welcome message: “Congratulations, you have just been awarded a trip to the Caribbean, all expenses paid!” Then he adds, “Just press nine.” Which many like me would do, because I had never heard of this scam that everyone else seems to know about. I soon learned this caller had really been around. Whenever I mentioned my own “good luck,” everyone laughed, some friends having been similarly contacted several times—sometimes twice in the same evening, which seems to be our caller’s favourite time to strike. I was quickly warned by those like me who were soon, and unaccountably, missing money from their bank accounts through such a “con!” When I told my local daughter, she reported having received the same message on the same evening and not for the first time. Like many others, she had learned to hang up at once. Otherwise, somehow or other, your bank account could be robbed. My daughter reassured me since I do not use a certain kind of phone, there’s no need to worry about robbery. But it’s said Bell tone users should beware.
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Bud Cyr, long our nearest district farmer, handed me a gift for “Nutty,” the squirrel, that I’m sure will be much appreciated. This is quite a squirrely item to be sure—a corncob feeder with a dried cob already attached, along with a chair for Nutty to dine on. It easily can be attached to a railing and should prove the envy of other squirrels. I know Nutty tells the others to back off while he enjoys Bud’s thoughtfulness!
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It’s good to meet Walter Christiansen and other members of the old Canadians who brought national fame here in 1952 by winning the Allan Cup before our senior hockey had withered away.
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Can that long-awaited rain last Tuesday be considered the first indication that precipitation has not entirely ended for Rainy River District? While we may not stand in desperate need for rainfall yet this year, many are concerned about the low lake levels this spring as torrents of melted snow usually fill all shrunken waterways to overflowing!
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What a difference a day or two can make at this time of year. Folks around here now can start discussing gardening, fishing, and how best to use their time and money while hanging up their snow shovels, hopefully, for maybe several months (but don’t count out that pastime at least for another month).
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Hurray for Heinz! For camping this summer, take along several of their smaller cans of deep-browned beans, which now have a handy lid opener and no need to carry a can opener.
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Folks are finding foreign accents on their phones but the callers attempting sales should realize they cannot be understood. Everyone contacted is losing patience.
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My honeymoon shack was torn down last week, my daughter reports happily. It stood at the back of my father’s Portage Avenue lot and was built by him for tenants long before I was married. My wife and I soon moved out to McIrvine on River Road before following the river out to Crozier, where we spent more than 38 happy years farming. Daughter Carolyn now owns my father’s home.
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“South African Homecoming” was the latest Friday night gospel singing program. That large group of singers on TV’s Channel 75 always offers great entertainment!

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