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Today The Cozy Times is featuring the
There has been a lot going on in
Lincoln Point, California!
Check it out!
SADIE'S ICE CREAM SHOP EXPANDS MENU,
Picketers lined Springfield Boulevard on Monday, protesting the newly offered lunch menu at Sadie's Ice Cream Shop. "NOT FAIR TO WILLIE" read the signs, referring to Willie's Bagels, only 2 doors down from Sadie's and a popular lunch spot for many years.
"People don't want to have to get up and trudge outside between lunch and dessert," a spokesperson for Sadie's said. Regular customer Mabel Foster said, "It's hard when it's raining," while her companion, who wished to remain anonymous, asked "When is it ever raining?" The two businesses have agreed to arbitration, which will be facilitated by retired English teacher, Geraldine Porter.
LOCAL DOGS HONORED
A monument unveiled at a ceremony this week at Lincoln Point Park, Civic Center, honored the K-9s that serve alongside the city's police officers. Civilian volunteer, Bev Gowen, arranged the privately funded dedication.
"In the coming year we plan to honor the human officers in the unit," said Gowen, the mother of Detective Eino "Skip" Gowen. The younger Gowen was unavailable for comment.
The Mary Todd Gym has issued swag bags to all lifetime members. Featured is a red logo travel mug with I'D RATHER BE READING in white letters.
Local middle school children showed off their projects this week at the annual Science Fair.
Heading the judges panel was a visiting physicist from the Boston area, Dr. Gloria Lamerino, who is responsible for the nationally recognized Cannoli Method of awarding prizes. "I've never seen so many 5-Cannoli projects," Lamerino said. First prize, a 1-inch mini Austrian crystal cannoli went to Maddie Porter, 12, for her working model of a waste water recycling plant.
After a string of more than a dozen murders in the last 8 years, the Lincoln Point Police Department is pleased to announce that the only crime committed so far this year is the theft of a small fountain from a lawn on Gettysburg Avenue.
The thief left a note reminding the homeowner that it was drought season in California and that he should stop being "a water waster." The homeowner has decided not to pursue the matter.
COOKING WITH CAMILLE
Abraham Lincoln High School home economics teacher CHEF CAMILLE offers a special recipe for Father's Day: an Honest Abe top hat cake.
DIRECTIONS: Start with your favorite basic cake—white, yellow, or chocolate—and bake THREE 8-inch rounds. Split the rounds, giving you six layers. Mix black food coloring into enough frosting to spread between layers and around the top and circumference of the cake. Use the last of it to spread around the edge of the cake plate, to make the brim of the hat.
Add a BEST FATHER figure as pictured, and let the celebration begin!
It's not too soon to begin preparing for the annual costume parade in July.
We're hoping to have fewer Honest Abes this year, and more recognition for Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's Vice President.
Lincoln Point sounds
like quite the little town!
That's this week's edition of
The Cozy Times
I hope you enjoyed!
To learn more about the small California town of Lincoln Point and the many social and cultural opportunities, read The Miniature Mysteries by local author Margaret Grace. The newest titles are MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE (April 2015) and soon-to-be released MATRIMONY IN MINIATURE (September 2016)
Perhaps Manhattan, like Christmas, is best seen through the eyes of a child. Gerry Porter provides both magical experiences for granddaughter Maddie when a SuperKrafts manager takes them to New York City for a huge crafts fair. They get to work on both making miniatures and solving crimes, the detecting duo’s favorite pastimes. All this, plus Rockefeller Center and Radio City, too! But a crafty murderer wants to make sure they don’t make it safely home again to California….
When murder happens in the small town of Lincoln Point CA, there aren’t many degrees of separation between the victim and retired teacher Gerry Porter. How can she stay away from the investigation when the crime scene is the venue for her marriage to Henry Baker? But this time, nephew Detective Skip Gowen tries to discourage Gerry’s and granddaughter Maddie’s efforts to solve “The Case.” He couldn’t live with himself if the murderer learns of their efforts and comes after them....
Available now for pre-order
September 9, 2016
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About the author
Camille has published over 20 novels and many short stories and nonfiction articles.
As Camille Minichino, she's published Periodic Table Mysteries, featuring retired physicist GLORIA LAMERINO
As Margaret Grace, she writes the Miniature Mysteries, featuring miniaturist GERALDINE PORTER and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Maddie. The 8th in the series, MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE was released in April 2015.
As Ada Madison, she's published the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professor SOPHIE KNOWLES.
As Jean Flowers, Camille has launched a new series, The Postmistress Mysteries. The first, DEATH TAKES PRIORITY, debuted in 2015. The second, CANCELLED BY MURDER, is due in September 2016.
A stand-alone, KILLER IN THE CLOISTER, is available on Kindle and CreateSpace.
The nonfiction book, HOW TO LIVE WITH AN ENGINEER, is available on Kindle and Createspace.
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