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December 2, 2013

RHONDA SCHROCK: Christopher Churchmouse no match for instruments of death

For crying out loud. Can’t we go one winter without a visitation? Just one? Living in an old farmhouse, this is as likely as a Kennedy turning Republican or Mr. Schrock taking up coffee, but a girl can hope, can’t she?

Being a writer, I process life that way. So when the latest episode occurred, I turned to words to express my feelings. “Dear Schrock Mouse, I know you’re in here,” I began. “I’ve heard your grody little feet skittering overhead in the dark of the night. That, and I’ve been finding ‘black rice’ in my pans in the cupboard. Your little colon’s been busy, and it’s making me cranky.”

When I’m on a roll, there’s no holding back. “That’s why I’m putting out a nice peanut butter snack for you. Your cousin who showed up last year sure liked it. So go ahead, little buddy. Chow down. That’s all. Signed, The Grumpy Writer.”

Boy. If I want to get my female friends going, that’s all it takes. Mention a mouse sighting, and there’s a collective shudder followed by expressions of disgust and ideas for the eradication of the little boogers. They process with words, too.

Now, here’s the thing with mice. I don’t invade their homes, eat their food, or scamper around in a ridiculous fur suit. And I sure don’t, uh, leave stuff in their pots and pans, an “October surprise,” if you will. I don’t. That’s why such temerity offends me.

Anyway. That was chapter one. A few nights later, Mr. Schrock dropped a bomb. “I know where the mice are now,” he said, brows beetling slightly. He’d just come up from the basement where he’d been working out.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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