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Dennis News Notes-6-28-2006

By Rick Racela

Why is it that it never fails when I pull into the gas station I manage to have my gas tank facing the wrong direction?
Who decided that the nozzle should be on a shorter hose requiring drivers to remember which side of the car the gas cap is on?
It’s not like all cars have the cap on the same side. My Ford is on one side and the Honda is on the other.
How about a little arrow near the fuel gauge to remind those of us who can’t remember which side needs to be nearest to the pump?
There’s a seat belt reminder, an oil check reminder, come on, how’s about one more reminder icon on the dashboard?
The k-turn skills required to re-maneuver my car into the correct position can be a frightening sight.
Can’t we have the jazzy new nozzles and a longer hose to reach around the car, you know, like in the old days?
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School’s out for summer – yippee. What’s your game plan?
There’re a lot of fun things to do this summer but remember – safety first.
That means all those things your kids will think you’re a pain in the neck for insisting on.
You know, bike helmets, never swim or surf alone and only where there’s a lifeguard, and my all time favorite safety reminder: look both ways before crossing the street.
I spotted a sure sign of kids having summer fun the other day, a chalk hopscotch board was drawn on the street.
I didn’t think kids played hopscotch anymore. That’s one of my favorite games.
The size of the box has to be in proportion to your shoe size or else you’re all over the cracks.
Having small feet was a sign of a hopscotch champ in my old neighborhood.
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Did you empty out the bookbag from school yet? Check it out for some good end of the year information.
You should find a list of school supplies needed for next year and maybe a summer reading novel and math book.
It’s nice to remind your kid not to wait until Aug. 29 to start the math book, even though they probably will wait till the last minute no matter how many times you say it.
I’d concentrate on the bike helmet rule, if you’re picking your battles.
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Have you stopped in the Senior Center lately? The air conditioner is on and the action is cool.
The Senior Pool Sharks, Rosie’s Book Club, and Line Dancing are just a few of the great events taking place each week.
Call Rose at 861-3137 for a complete list of things happening in one our township’s hot spots.
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Move over Tiger Woods.
John Longstreet, fifth grader in our school, is chipping, putting and driving his way to the top ranks among the nine and 10-year-olds in the state.
This kid is a natural with a golf club along with his brothers and, of course, his Dad might swing the club once in a while, too.
John hasn’t been spotted wearing plaid pants and ugly shoes yet, but with his skills, that can’t be too far off.
Plaid pants or not, keep your eye on this golf-playing family. FORE!
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Recreation soccer sign ups are over on July 27 so don’t miss out on this popular program.
World Cup fever is always alive and well during fall soccer in the township.
Summer camp has taken over the complex Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Swing by any other time to check out the addition of the fitness element to the walking path.
The cardio and exercise stations sprinkled around the path make it a great spot to get in shape.
What’s next at the recreation center?
I only know that whatever it is, it’s going to be great. Hey, it’s the rec complex.
Something for everyone, and doggie bags, too.
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Until next week, remember what Omar Bradley said, “Set your course by the stars, not the lights of every passing ship.”
Call me with your stuff. If your kid received an award at this year’s graduation be sure they send a Thank You card.
The generosity of many different people goes into helping make graduation a special night for so many students.
It’s nice to acknowledge their act of kindness with a quick thanks.
Need an address? Call Mrs. Anderson at 861-2821 extension 214 after July 1.

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