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TODAY'S WORD is apropos. Example: Apropos of the new school year, it occurs to me that you haven't decided which after-school activities to take.

TUESDAY’S WORD was lagniappe. It means something given as a bonus or extra gift. Example: "Then, as a little lagniappe, they circle back and have her lean on her brother." (Source: The Substitution Order" by Martin Clark, Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)

Fantastic beasts

A hunt for beasts is going on at the Martinsville Library through Friday. Twenty-one cards, each with a fantastical beast featured on it, are hidden throughout the library. Anyone who finds a card and brings it to the circulation desk may trade it for a prize.

Free community meal

Stanleytown United Methodist Church, 24 Maplewood Ave., will have a free Neighbors Eating Together (NET) meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu will feature chicken Alfredo, tossed salad, baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. 

A legend, busted

In Tuesday's Stroller we had the famous classified ad which sounded like a sexy woman looking for a boyfriend but ended up being an advertisement about a dog, placed by a humane society. That "ad" circulated widely about 15 years ago. 

But was it a real ad, or just a joke that people took seriously? There's only one way to find out: Ask the newspaper which supposedly ran it, the Atlanta Journal. The Stroller found the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC).

The AJC's News Information Specialist, Sandi West, wrote in an email that she could not find the ad and does not know if it ever actually ran in the newspaper, but the newspaper wrote a story about the ad, and she sent it to the Stroller.

On Sept. 26, 2003, the AJC had the article "Romeos bark up wrong tree: Fake ad leads to doggy haven" by Clint Williams. The story calls the ad "an email-driven hoax" and says that "Nobody has traced the email's origin."

Representatives of the Atlanta Humane Society say that the society did not place such an ad, but it was receiving a couple of phone calls each week in response to it.

Truck-load accessory sale

The United Way of MHC will have a monster sale of accessories from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the former John Redd Smith Elementary School gym, 40 School Drive, Collinsville. For sale will be vases, lamps, bowls including nesting bowls, planters, statues, coasters, canisters and much more, "all priced to sell," the flyer promises. Cash and credit cards will be taken, and purchases must be taken away on the day of the sale.

TUESDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: The word for a hen sitting on eggs to incubate them is "brood;" a hen who is brooding is called a "broody hen."

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: How often does a hen lay an egg?

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