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Middle Township 1/4/2006

By Rick Racela

I haven’t been to a class reunion in the 33 years since graduating, so I thought I’d find out what some of my long lost friends were up to.
Timothy T. was an environmental-ist/author who was killed by a griz-zly bear in Alaska.
Block Buster currently has the documentary about him, Grizzly Man.
Holly S. and Barry R. are book authors.
Wolfgang V. is a respected scien-tist and Margaret D. a doctor, as is Barry R. Lesley M. is an actuary, and Lydia H. owns an antique store and is secretary of a kennel club.
My accomplish-ments haven’t been nearly so grand, but you know what, I never sought those kind of ac-complishments out.
My husband, my kids, books, my home and gardens have made me a very happy woman.
 The county li-brary has some great programs starting up.
The public is invited to join in a lively discus-sion of recent literary fiction by exchanging opinions and ideas.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m.
Each month a different book is discussed.
Listed next are books that will be discussed on the following dates:
Jan. 5 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini;
Feb. 2 My Sis-ter’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult; March 2 She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan; April 6 Gilead by Marilynne Robin-son; May 4 Small Island by Andrea Levy; June 2 1968 by Mark Kurlansky.
If you would like to order a book through the library or for additional infor-mation please call Diane Hamilton at 463-6359.
 The winter and spring schedule for the county library’s math club is set.
Children in kin-dergarten through eighth grades are welcome to attend and overcome prob-lems with math.
Children will learn by using number puzzles, problem solving, logic puzzles and math games.
Math club will be held on Satur-days, 1 to 2 p.m. from Jan. 14 to April 8.
Registration is not required. 
For additional information please call 463-6350.
“We the People” an independent book club for children in kin-dergarten through sixth grades will run from Jan. 17 through June 2 at the county li-brary.
The reading club is provided to allow children to choose their pre-ferred reading material and to read at their own pace.
In order to par-ticipate, children must register in the library’s children’s room and pick up a reading packet containing infor-mation about the club.
Members are re-quired to read a book and then an-swer five ques-tions, or complete an activity.
Upon completion each child will receive a prize. Special crafts programs will be held for book club participants.
For additional information please call 463-6354.
The library will host Family Arts and Crafts for children in kin-dergarten through eighth grades.
Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of the month from Feb. through June, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Families can hear a story while enjoying arts and crafts together.
Registration is required in the children’s room of the library.
For additional information please call 463-6350.
The library will hold a book sale in January from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the following dates.
Jan. 9, hardback books will be twenty five cents and paperback books ten cents.
Jan. 10 will be half price day.
Jan. 11 will be dollar-a-bag day.
The sale will have all types of books along with other media mate-rial.
This sale will include an abun-dance of books on history and lit-erature for anyone interested in these subjects. For additional information please call 463-6350.
 Poetry can in-spire and make us think, and should be an important part of our daily lives.
To further this effort the public is invited to en-joy poetry read-ings by Walt Christopher Stick-ney and Jack Wal-ters on Jan. 17 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the  Cape May County Li-brary.
Stickney of Cape May is the author of several books, including War Re-ports and Selected Poems, Cover My Souls and The Be-thesda Preludes.
A director of films, Stickney has also performed in numerous shows throughout Europe and the United States, receiving awards for his works from The National Endowment for the Arts and several from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Hu-manities including the first individ-ual grant award.
He is a nominee for The National Book Award 2005 and The Pulitzer Prize 2005.
Walters is a re-tired journalist and the author of Saigon.
He began his ca-reer as a copyboy for The Philadel-phia Inquirer in the 1930s and sub-sequently became a reporter for the Armed Forces Radio during WWII.
His career in-cludes being a reporter, corre-spondent and pro-ducer for CBS, NBC, ABC, Radio Free Europe and the Stars & Stripes. He taught journalism for the University of Min-nesota, Brooklyn College, and the New School Univer-sity.  He cur-rently lives near Goshen.
Both authors will have books available for pur-chase and signing.  Please call 463-6350 for addi-tional informa-tion.
The Wetlands In-stitute will be presenting Movies on the Marsh, with either a documen-tary or animated film about nature. Each movie will be followed by a visit from animals from the county zoo or Wetlands aquarium.
On Saturday “Winged Migration” will be the fea-ture, and on Jan. 21 “Ice Age.”
Shows run from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free with the price of admis-sion.
Green Creek Fire Hall will sponsor an All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sun-day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $6.
Cape May County Duplicate ACBL Bridge Club Dec.19 overall winners: Mike Mueller/Ron Small; Jerry Muel-ler/Jim Ulmer; Bernadette Sny-der/John Villeri; Henry Bu-chianico/Martha Noll.
     Dec. 22 Overall winners: Mike Mueller/Ron Small; William Haas/ Bob Sylvia; Gloria Bernardo/Martha Noll; Thomas Tena-glia/Mike Bruno.

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