By: GRANDMANAN , 3:47 PM GMT on January 10, 2009

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Clear, cold @ -8C with a breeze 10-15KPH from the west. Can look for clear weather next few days then a break mid week. After the break in the deep freeze big time.

Have a critter in the walls downstairs, keeping the group on thier toes. Sevral traps now in place will wait and see how long this fellow takes. Rob seems to have a habit of ignoring the plea to close the basement door in his travels. He now knows the reason. Seem to have one very couple of years takes time to coax it to the proper trap.

Checked out the rink now beginning to skim over with ice, with this weather might be able to lace them up sooner rather than later. Impressive work by those involved in getting it ready. The complex nearing completion within next few weeks, a definate asset to our community.

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2. chunks
8:28 PM GMT on January 10, 2009
Dear Rob:

As dumb as this may sound - when we get critters at the stables - either a squirrel, or a mouse - they seem to like crackers spread with peanut butter? We're not sure why. We have all our feed in metal bins so they can't get in there. Jeremy, the barn manager, has caught a few critters this way and took them over the hill for release. I think he wants to do more, but us women are too soft. Good luck!

Good day here for snowshoeing. A bit cold, but no wind. Beautiful.

Not looking forward to your deep freeze, but I guess I'll just add another layer. It is staying lighter a little more each day. AWESOME.

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1. shoreacres
4:08 PM GMT on January 10, 2009
Good morning, Rob,

JanesVacation and I have been chatting about the advisability of feeding deer during the winter time. She mentioned that her town has banned deer feeding, for a variety of reasons. I left her this story, which I'm copying here to save you the trouble of going to my place to read it. Your mention of the critter in the walls brought it to mind.

Wise to ban the feeding. I have friends who learned all too well the dangers of enticing animals to their property with food. Unfortunately, they were feeding raccoons - marshmallows. They thought it was cute that they came to the door for their treats. Then they thought, I wonder if they'd come in. They did, of course.

The process went like this: open front door, open back door, put down a trail of marshmallows and laugh at the raccoons eating their way through the house and exiting the kitchen door. It was cute and funny until they went on vacation and there were no more opened doors, and no more marshmallows.

The raccoons were not happy. Being raccoons and way smarter and more dexterous than most of us give them credit for, they got into the house, pillaged it looking for their missing marshmallows, and then went out the back door, just as they'd been taught. As I recall, the damage totaled around $40,000. Pretty expensive marshmallows!

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