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TODAY’S WORD is coquettish. Example: Jasleiny’s coquettish ways charmed the boys, but the girls were not impressed.

THURSDAY’S WORD was convocation. It means an assembly of people gathered in response to a summons. Example: The address Mr. Hairston gave at the convocation inspired his colleagues.

Set-buildingThe folks who build the magic behind the scenes at TheatreWorks Community Players are looking for some help. They are hoping some strong folks could help move some platforms up and down stairs Saturday. To help, show up at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Box Theatre. It shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half, and if enough people show up, there will be pizza.

Weighing in on the big birdJust when it was sounding like the huge bird Bobbie Hairston saw was a great blue heron, another possibility has come up: the osprey, suggested by Bulletin staffer Steve Doyle. This bird with a 70-inch wing span, has a peak of feathers on its head and a crooked beak, just as Hairston described seeing. It migrates between Florida and Canada.

Meanwhile, while Mack Evans, one of the original people Hairston told about the bird, was at the beach, he saw some pelicans. He took pictures to show Bobbie, but Bobbie said it wasn’t one of them.

If you have other suggestions, send them to The Stroller at stroller@martinsvillebulletin.com or 276-638-8801 ext. 243, and one of these days Hairston will pay another visit to the newsroom to look at pictures of those birds, possibly letting us know what it is he has spotted twice locally — once in Collinsville and once in Rich Acres.

Family reunion

The J.P. Williams family reunion will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hughes Shelter on Trot Valley Road in Stuart. Paper products will be provided; people should bring covered-dish foods.

Breakfast in Bassett

The Bassett Ruritan Club on Philpott Dam Road will have its monthly breakfast at 6-10 a.m. Saturday. The all-you-can-eat meal includes fried bologna, sausage, eggs, gravy, biscuits, apples, pancakes (buckwheat and regular), juice and coffee. The cost is $6.

THURSDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: Mules have a reputation for being stubborn. That comes from the fact that they have great common sense and instinct for self-preservation. A horse may not recognize dangers and doesn’t as much stand up to people who are driving it too hard, but mules have it all figured out. They stop before they get hurt. That’s why many say mules are a better choice for beginners and children than horses are.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: When were the first donkeys brought to the United States, as gifts from King Charles III of Spain, and what was the name of the surviving jack who went on to get mules established in the this country?