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Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 08-07

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Queen of Devonshires - On the eve of July 28, three ladies of the Realm, Princess Amberlett Barrett , Lady  Michaela  de Benoit and Athalia Edan were called to  Devonshires at the request of  the  Queen, Victoria.  Just after ten p.m., she was delivered of a healthy baby girl.  Athalia was the attending midwife, with Princess Amberlette assisting while Lady Michaela played the harp to help soothe the mother and child.  We congratulate Queen Victoria and welcome Princess Priscilla Camille Scarlett Montalban.  -- submitted by Athalia Doe

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Regatta Race - The Kingdom of Telarus hosted the Jewel of the Sea, a single mast regatta race, on the 19th.   Heathfield was represented by Captain Joseph Walsh, and two of his crew, Flynn Harkness and Brendan O'Sionna, sailing the sloop, Gypsy Queen.   It was a a close race with the Gypsy Queen out in front until nearly the end.   The Gypsy Queen came in second., following the Despoena from Salaria.  Congratulation to Captain Walsh and crew for a job well done!  -- submitted by Brendan O'Sionna


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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Basil - Is a key ingredient in pesto - the zesty, immensely popular sauce for pasta. But Basil is no newcomer. It's been a favorite for thousands of years, not only in the kitchen but also in the medicine chest. Basil has been used successfully to treat intestinal parasites and skin infections, particularly acne. It may also stimulate the immune system. Considering basil's current popularity, it's amazing what a contradictory reputation it has had down through the centuries. The the ancient Greeks and Romans, the herb was a symbol of hostility and insanity. They believed that to grow truly fragrant basil, one had to shout and swear angrily while sowing its 

seeds. Even today in French "sowing basil" (semer le basilic) means ranting. Other folk traditions have associated the herb with love. During recent centuries when an Italian woman placed a potted basil plant on her balcony, it signaled she was ready to receive her lover. And in northern Europe, lovers exchanged basil sprigs as signs of faithfulness. In India, basil has long been revered as a sacred herb. The native species is even called Ocimum sanctum, "Holy Basil." It is considered sacred to the gods Vishnu and Krishna and believe to be a protector in life and death. Haitians also believe in basil's protective powers. Shopkeepers sprinkle basis water around their stores to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity.

Intestinal Parasites: Basil oil really does kill intestinal parasites, thus confirming its traditional use in Malaya and lending credence to its age-old use as a stomach soother and treatment for a broad range of intestinal ailments.

Acne: Indian researchers have reported that basil kills bacteria when applied to the skin. They have used basil oil successfully to treat acen.

Immune Stimulant: One animal study shows basil stimulates the immune system by increasing production of disease fighting antibodies by up to 20 percent. This may help explain its supposed effectiveness against bacteria and its traditional uses in treating many infectious illnesses.

Safety Factor: It is regarded as being safe to use for otherwise healthy non-pregnant, non-nursing adults who do not have liver disease. Basil is considered safe in amounts typically recommended. Basil should not be used in medicinal amounts only in consultation with your doctor.   --Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman


Life Around Here

 Spring melted into summer with the bursting of flowers to dot fields and fill gardens alike. The lake has become the popular spot by day and by night. Days of sweltering heat were best found indoors or in lakes to keep cool. Shops closed in the afternoon for a 'siesta' to combat the excessive heat. In spite of the summer days businesses flourished from the marketplace to the ports. A new invention was put to good use and becoming very popular, a device called a Pulley Fan. Designed much like the clocks using weights to keep the blades moving circulating the air. None other than our Niklas Traugott had come up with the idea. Wedding plans are being made by Devon Winters for her nuptials with Allan Cleary coming up soon in August. deBeauvias await the arrival of their first child. The dog days of summer are coming up even if it has felt like they are already here. A canoe race is being planned so that may help to cool everyone off.  --submitted by Marcy McGuire


Births: None this month. Marriages: None this month.  Engagements: None this month.  Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: None this month.


Superstitions
by Athalia Doe Edan

Dreams at night are a devil's delight, Dreams in the morning, heed the angels' warning. Dreaming of acorns predicts pleasant things & that much gain is to be expected. If you see almonds in your dream you'll have a temporary sorrow. If a woman dreams she is nursing a baby, she will be deceived by the one she trusts the most. To dream of killing a bear foretells liberation from entanglements. If a woman dreams of making a bed, there will soon be a new lover in her life. Flying birds are a sign of prosperity to the dreamer.

To dream of a crown predicts a change in your life. The dreamer will travel a long distance from home & form new relationships. To be chased by a raccoon shows that a person you thought a friend has turned on you and now works behind your back for your downfall. To see a rose bush in full foliage denotes a wedding in the family. To dream of carrying an open umbrella in the rain is a very fortunate sign that speaks of good luck in most endeavors.

OTHER LIFE FORMS

Goblins -- Malicious and grotesque, a single goblin is a nuisance, but in large numbers they can be quite dangerous. Goblins travel in roving bands that scavenge for food and hunt smaller prey. They make their homes in rocky outcroppings, caves, or even in ditches along the sides of roads. Their pranks run from distasteful to depraved. The rare goblin that is mischievous but good-natured is known as a hobgoblin. 

Most goblin species are born without teeth. They must find substitutes, either the teeth of other animals, or sharp objects like glass, rocks or metals other than iron. There are many signs to look for if you suspect goblin folk are in the vicinity. Cats, dogs, and other small domesticated animals go missing is a telltale sign, as goblins will capture and eat them. Nightmares, especially of being chased, are another indication. For some reason, goblins have this effect on humans.

Certain types of goblin species haunt battlefields where many soldiers have fallen. They soak their hats in the blood of the slain and in that of their own victims. Appropriately, they are called redcaps. They are intelligent enough to make crude weapons. Their toad-like body is covered with fleshy polyps and their eyes can move independently of on another. The smaller simple eyes detect body heat. Some have bioluminescent organs on the tips of their tongues. These are used to attract sprites, their favorite food. Goblins have acute hearing and a highly refined sense of smell. As masters of refuse, they will use anything discarded by humans and urinate to mark their property and territory.    -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!


August

'Lughnassad' means 'the funeral games of Lugh', referring to Lugh, the Irish sun god. However, the funeral is not his own, but the funeral games he hosts in honor of his foster-mother Tailte.  For that reason, the traditional Tailtean craft fairs and Tailtean marriages (which last for a year and a day) are celebrated at this time.  As autumn begins, the Sun God enters his old age, but is not yet dead.  It is also a celebration of the first harvest. The Christian religion adopted this theme and called it 'Lammas', meaning 'loaf-mass', a time when newly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar.  An alternative date around August 5 (Old Lammas), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Leo, is sometimes employed by Covens.

"August, the eighth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summerís rule, derives its name from Augustus (Augustus Caesar).  The traditional birthstone amulets of August are the peridot and the sardonyx; and the gladiolus and the poppy are the monthís traditional flowers.  August is shared by the astrological signs of Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Ceres, the Corn Mother, Demeter, John Barleycorn, Lugh, and all goddesses who preside over agriculture.  During the month of August, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Lammas, one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world."

The Chinese also have a day devoted to love. Qi Qiao Jie, or the seventh eve, is often referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day.  While the annual gift giving commonly associated with St. Valentine's Day doesn't take place, there are several charming customs associated with this romantic day for lovers.  There are two legends surrounding the origins of Chinese Valentine's Day. Both involve the position of the stars on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar (August 11th in the year 2005).  According to the first version, the seven daughters of the Goddess of Heaven caught the eye of a Cowherd during one of their visits to earth.  The daughters were bathing in a river and the Cowherd, Niu Lang, decided to have a bit of fun by running off with their clothing. It fell upon the prettiest daughter (who happened to be the seventh born), to ask him to return their clothes.  Of course, since Niu Lang had seen the daughter, Zhi Nu, naked, they had to be married. The couple lived happily for several years. Eventually however, the Goddess of Heaven became fed up with her daughter's absence, and ordered her to return to heaven.  However, the mother took pity on the couple and allowed them to be reunited once a year.  Legend has it that on the seventh night of the seventh moon, magpies form a bridge with their wings for Zhi Nu to cross to meet her husband. (http://www.egreenway.com/months/monaug.htm)  --submitted by Marcy McGuire


August
by Elizabeth Maua Taylor

August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a match flame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.

--submitted by Shiloh Frazier

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August's Crown
by Michelle L. Thieme

Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
    Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
    Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.

--submitted by Shiloh Frasier

Thoughts in a Garden
by Andrew Marvell

What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.

--submitted by Marcy McGuire


Did You Know?

Magical Light and Shade - In many cultures throughout the world, the prehistoric builders designed and constructed their sacred monuments with great care to create dramatic lighting effects and shadow formations. Many ancient temples and monuments were not observatories, as early researchers believed, but were constructed in order to incorporate astronomical phenomena into ceremonial activities. Ancient peoples "brought in" light - the power of the sun, moon, and perhaps planets -- to sacred spaces. These spectacular sources of light and shadows cast by them were used not only for ritual purposes but also, it would seem, for sheer sensational effect. A good example of light shows within monuments is found at Burro Flats in the Simi Hills, Los Angeles. The flats contain an array of Chumash Indian rock paintings. The paintings depict centipede-like creatures, winged human forms, concentric rings and handprints, which were a sign of sanctity in ancient times.

The Magic of Sunlight: The paintings at Burro Flats are sheltered by rocks for most of the year. But at midwinter the rising sun shines through a natural split in the rocks surrounding the shrine and unleashes a finger of light that illuminates the paintings. At the time of the winter solstice, the Chumash shaman, who watched the sun and kept the calendar, would retire to the caves to witness the event. This visual phenomenon is thought to have been used, in conjunction with special hallucinogenic substances, to alter the state of consciousness of the shaman and produce a profound spiritual experience. A similar ritual may also have been performed by Anasazi Indians a the great ritual kiva (a circular ceremonial structure) called Casa Rinoconada, at Charco Canyon, New Mexico, which is aligned with the four cardinal directions. At the summer solstice the rising sun pierces a hole in the kiva wall and illuminates one of sixe irregularly spaces niches in the opposite wall. There is some debate about the meaning of this, but it suggested that the kiva might have been used as a ceremonial center. Casa Rinconada was located across Chaco Canyon from Pueblo Bonito, a massive stone apartment complex where up to 60,000 people once lived. Sunlight may also have formed an integral part of the rituals and ceremonial activities that were performed at Isleta Pueblo, south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where corn was reportedly blessed by the golden rays of the rising sun admitted at midday into the dark interior of the ceremonial room.

Magical Mounds: It is still uncertain how the great Neolithic chambered mounds of Europe were used, but similar effects occur at some of them, and perhaps most spectacularly at a complex of monuments in the Boyne Valley, Ireland. The most famous of these is the vast burial mound, Newgrange, which dates from around 3000 bc. There, on the winter solstice, the rays of the rising sun pierce an aperture above the entrance to the chamber. This creates a shaft of light that passes through the 60 foot passage and lights up the far end of the chamber. The phenomenon was long discounted as mere folklore, but later witnessed for the first time by an Irish archeologist, Michael O'Kelly, of University College, Cork. The debate as to whether the dramatic lighting effect was accidental was apparently settled by Tom Ray, an astronomer at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, who was able to prove statistically that the burial mound had been deliberately designed so that this light phenomenon occurred only on the winter solstice. Martin Brennan has since made further discoveries. He spent a decade studying the rock artwork of these and other Irish Neolithic monuments. He discovered that the entrance stone at Newgrange had a prominent vertical groove, which he suggested might have been an ancient glyph indicating the alignment of the sun at midwinter. On the opposite side of the tomb Brennan discovered another stone with vertical grooves. Both these stones lie along the line the sunbeam travels through the burial mound at midwinter. In his book The Stars and the Stones, Brennan writes about the lighting effects at Newgrange's companion burial mounds, Knowth and Dwoth. One of the largest mounds of its kind, Knowth ahs to passages facing east and west. The entrance stones at both are marked with vertical grooves. The setting equinoctial sun sends a narrow beam down the west passage, which Brennan has described as "one of the great wonders of the ancient Neolithic world." At Dowth, the setting midwinter sun projects its light into the mound and is reflected off certain stones, producing a stunning light show. Effects like these have led many researches to believe that the mounds were not merely tombs, but major ceremonial centers.  -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Kizzie's Advice

Dear Readers, Below are a few quotes that I hold near and dear to my heart. It is best to heed this advice above all. I've found great luck, and I hope to see results by next month.

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. - African proverb

The wise man never loses his temper. - Cicero

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. - George S. Patton

It's a bit simple, but it shall do the trick. I hope I am always able to risk everything with reason.  ---- Kizzie


RECIPES of the MONTH

Turkish Delight

2 cups (1/2 liter) granulated sugar * 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) water * 1 lemon, the peel cut into strips, the juice squeezed and strained * 1 orange, the peel cut into strips, the juice squeezed and strained * 4 tablespoons (60 ml) unflavored powdered gelatin * 2 tablespoons (30 ml) confectioners' sugar * 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch

Dissolve the granulated sugar in half of the water over medium heat.  Add the strips of lemon and orange peel and the juices.  Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  Soften the gelatin by soaking it for 5 to 10 minutes in the rest of the water.  Add the gelatin to the sugar syrup stirring well, and boil for 10 minutes, until the syrup reaches the thread stage. Strain the mixture into shallow dampened pan or onto platters, and let it
set for 24 hours.  Cut the candy into 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) squares.  Sift the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch together into a shallow dish.  Roll the pieces of candy in the mixture.  Store the squares in boxes with more confectioners' sugar and cornstarch between each layer.  
--submitted by Cairenn Turlough

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Broccoli Bake

2 bunches broccoli * 1 can cream of mushroom soup * 1/2 cup of mayo * 1 small onion chopped * 2 tsp of garlic powder * 1 cup mozzarella cheese * 1 cup American cheese * 1/2 stick of margarine/butter * 1/2 cup of bread crumbs

Boil broccoli until soft - not mushy. Mix in bowl mushroom soup, mayo onion, garlic and cheese. Place broccoli on bottom of pan and pour mixture over. Melt butter over stove top and mix in bread crumbs then sprinkle over mixture. Bake for approximately 30 mins at 350. *Also can mix in cheddar cheese in mixture - optional.   --submitted Esmeralda Gibson

Elderberry Pie

3 1/2 cups fresh elderberries * 1 to 1 1/2 cups honey * 4 Tablespoons whole grain flour * 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Whole wheat or whole spelt pie crust. Line a 9" pie plate with bottom crust. Mix elderberries, honey, flour, and lemon juice. Pour into crust. Put top crust on. Seal, flute, and cut slits in the top crust. Bake at 375 degrees until crust is browned and the berry juice is bubbling through the top. Serve warm with whipped cream. Make the slices small because this pie is very rich. --submitted by Cairenn Turlough

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Angel Buttermilk Biscuits

4 cups flour * 1/4 cup sugar * 2 tablespoons baking powder * 1 teaspoon salt * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1 1/2 cup butter * 1 1/2 cup buttermilk

Before measuring flour, stir flour with a spoon to lighten. Carefully spoon flour into measuring cup to prevent packing. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and soda. Stir. Add three-fourths of the butter and cut into flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal. ("Cutting in" may be accomplished using a pastry blender, scissor action with two knives, or by using a fork.) Cut remaining 1/4 butter in, leaving distinguishable small lumps of butter. Make a well in center of mix. Add milk all at once and stir just until mixed. Do not over mix. Press dough into a ball, gently knead 2-3 times, flatten with hands on a slightly floured surface to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into biscuits using floured biscuit cutter, cookie cutter, glass or other round object. Place biscuits on un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with fresh jams, or honey, and butter. Serves a dozen.    --submitted by Kizzie Cohen


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Lost And Found
~ Of all the things I've lost in life .... I miss my mind the most ~

Lost:   One folding spyglass. A few places it could be is the regatta event in allied lands or at the Thistle. If found please contact Captain Joseph Walsh.


Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Barrister needed. Chimney Sweeps. Cobbler store position available. Beauty Salon available. Chiropractor needed to set up shop. Consular needed. Martial Arts Instructor needed.

Contact Malcolm Douglas for: Dentist needed to set up office. Another Bower needed. Barber shop available. Dance Instructor needed. Tattoo Parlor proprietor wanted.

Thanks to Job finder: Many positions are found every day from the need of sailors and dock workers to shops and streamlined services. Any questions contact Draven MacShire or Malcolm Douglas.


Thoughts for the Month

Summer's lease hath all to short a date. -   William Shakespeare

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. -   Sam Keen

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire


Advertisements

Spring Scented and Hued Candles,  field of flowers in yellow are specially priced to welcome spring. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Spring Bouquets: Carnations and Daises along with baby's breath at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion. Lilies on special this month.

Benzaiten Imports receives new shipments weekly. Special this month:  beautiful vases from China, India and Egypt..  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk. We are located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire.

The Needle and Spool Clothier:  Summer  is knocking at the doors and it is time lighter clothing soon.  Imported fabrics have been acquired for the balls and dances.  From a silk gown to a linen tailored suit.  Any pre-made clothing for Summer will be on sale with half off the asked price.

The BookStop: It's time for summer planting.   Stop on by to get Almanac pamphlets. Gardening books are half price.

Heathfield Orphanage: Gifts, food, summer clothing and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated. Books in good shape are needed.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex with any questions.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic is now open at the McKnight estate in Heathfield. Donovan McKnight, DVM, and Katherine McKnight. We are trained in the treatment and care of all domestic and most exotic animals.  The estates are located just outside of Heathfield near Barrington Hospital. Special on flea dips during the summer months.

Certain Somethings Shop.  Special this month:  Clearance of summer items.   Our items are made by artisans from the Realms and we also carry imported items.  Hours are from nine until four.

Herbal Delights, located in Barrington Hospital, has teas and tinctures available to fight off all manner of ailments. Special ointments to relieve bug bites and sunburn.  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk, with special openings as needed.

Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop, located just off the marketplace is having specials on gum drops.  Penny candy available.

Leather Shop,  Now taking orders for leather coats for fall and winter. Choice of linings.

Deli Delights - Bring your sweetheart in for a slice of pie. Two for the price of one when you mention this ad. Kizzie Cohen

Butcher Shop - A pound at roast for half price when you mention this ad at the Butcher Shop. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am til dusk. Ask for Ham Frasier.

Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music shop is now open. Carrying musical instruments, sheet music and more.  Lap harps now on sale.

Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern is having special entertainment all this week of Irish step dancers. Rooms at special rates for overnight stays. Marlana Cherill proprietor.

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??? Question Corner ???

1. If you could choose the manner of your death, what would it be?

2. Do you have specific long term goals? What is one and how do you plan on reaching it?

If you would like to reply and have it published in next month's issue, please submit the question with your answer to Lahoneee.


Monthly Horoscope

Leo (July 22-Aug22) -- I don't blame you if you have the feeling that there's very little you can trust in this world. I can fully empathize with how it seems we never really know what other people are thinking, feeling or what their motives are. But despite these questions, it's clear that, at least for the moment, what you see is what is real. It would take a lot right now for someone to fool you, and any situation that threatens to compromise your integrity will belie itself with little or no effort on your part. And, more to the point, you are being offered something, a relationship, an opportunity, specific knowledge or a gift of intuition, that has the power to reach you like few experiences you've ever known. The price, if there is one, is that you be clear with yourself about what you know is true and what you know is false. In a sense, this is a vow of honesty to yourself. We could all use one of those, but in your case the rewards will exceed all your expectations. -- submitted by Velvet MacShire  See Planet Waves for other months.


Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

Flowers - Lisette McTiel Frasier, Heathfield Commons.
Lumber - Jon McAndrews Lumber Mill, Ballicastle.
Wines - Mike McAndrews Vineyards, Heathfield;  Darren McCullen Vineyards, Ballicastle.

Leather, Beef, Horses - Maurice, Joseph and Rory McDonough, McDonough Ranch Heathfield.
Wool, Yarn & Cloth - McCormick Sheep Ranch, Heathfield.
Cider, Flour, Grains, Apples, Milk, Eggs, Vegetables - Draven MacShire, Ravanna of Heathfield.
Potcheen - Sean DeBurgh, Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire of Heathfield.
Baked Goods - Teri's Sweets Shoppe, Ballicastle.
Shipping, Trips by Sea - Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire, or Bovee Shipping, Heathfield.
Kennels  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary Frasier and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
Clothing - Seamstress - Acacia Sterling, Heathfield Commons.
Fortune Teller - Nataliya Andree, Heathfield Commons.
Barrington Hospital - Gates Barrington, Sara Devonshire, Heathfield.
Clocks - Aleric and Niklas Traugott, Heathfield Commons.
Blacksmiths; Horse Shoeing, Swords, Daggers - Lochlan Kearney, Ballicastle; Brian McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Leatherwork and Sheaths - Moncha McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Surveyor - Robert Frasier, Ballicastle.
Herbs Shop - Sara Devonshire, Barrington Hospital Lobby.
Book Shop - Mariah McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Archeologist - Kitavari Griffin, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sinead NiAhearne Frasier and Aislin NiFaelen, Heathfield.
Raw Ores - Joseph McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Smelter - Eddie McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Private Investigators - Joseph McDonough, Jacob Anderson, Mercy LaCorte and Clark Davis, Heathfield.
Furniture - Sean MacGrath.
Veterinarians - Donovan and Katherine McKnight.
Frasier Signs - Kyle Frasier, Heathfield Commons and Ballicastle.
Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop- Carienn and Corina Turlough, Heathfield Commons.
Certain Somethings Shop - Sorcha Beirne, Heathfield Commons.
Leather Goods:  Jaelysa
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary
Glass Maker: Isolde Fitzpatrick, Heathfield Commons
Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern: Marlana Cherill Proprietor, Barrett's Bay
Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music Shop: Lorelei Barre, Heathfield Commons
Moore Catering by Paris Moore

Many thanks to those who contribute to this newspaper. Any additions, corrections or wishing to run an ad please contact Lahoneee.


Gossip from the Wharf
"If you believe these - I have lands in Rhydin to sell you"
by The Wharf Crones - Matty and Pearl

All gossip that comes in through the port, and places least expected,  you can be sure that Matty and Pearl know every little tidbit and then some added. Embellishing is a way of life to make the tale far more colorful. If something is not certain nor clear, it is easy to fill in those gaps; there is nothing like assuming. They will make sure all gossip gets around come rain or shine and the sharing of a tea biscuit. There is a place for Drama Queens.


**We caught a certain Dairy man in the clothier's shop holding up gowns. Will his soon wife to be find out that he is a cross dresser? At least he has good taste in the ones he held up in making a choice. We may need to crash their reception to see who really wears the wedding gown.

** There's a certain stealthy Frenchman we have trying to keep track of but we find it is hard to follow him in the shadows of the night. Tripping over unseen branches and the like. Especially when she tripped and I followed landing right atop. Pearl and I have been nursing quite a few bruises, scratches and mosquito bites. Oui, oui, getting a glimpse of that confident swagger was worth the price.

**There's a new one in town and better our chances to get in our bids first on the handsome tobacco shop owner. Pearl and I have picked up smoking fine cigars for the proprietor is certainly as fine. We've been practicing even though Poor Pearl has been gagging. Once she gets the hang of it, we'll be over to his shop.

**Now the clock maker can ring our chimes any day or night. Either brother or both, two of them and two of us. Hanging around their shop at least we can keep track of the hours. Then again, the one has a little angel following him around that makes us wonder along with a lad who seems to harbor a lot of secrets. Oh yes, we've noticed him too but far too young but then I keep an eye out for my daughter too. We wonder if he will hook up with the Adonis' son, now a captain, who can get him in a whole mess of trouble with the rest of the teens.

**The Princess and her Ladies have been out having a good time although one is wearing blind folders for one already under her sights. Rumor has it they have a list of eligible bachelors in the lands and it makes us wonder for out missing list. I think we have some competition there for she is also spreading rumors! Wipe that frown off your face Pearl, we will persevere and don't ask me what that means. 

**Although what is more intriguing is that there is a list of eligible ladies and we need to find the one who has that to make sure our names are on it. Only information gained so far is that it is one of the Gypsies. We'll have to put our sleuth hats on for this project might become very interesting just getting hold of the list. We can find outfits to dress up as two Gypsy ladies. Pearl is all for that idea for she loves color.

**Almost as one king's man bit the dust another arose from it. We've been sneaking around the spar hall to get a glimpse of him, shirtless. Pearl brings a fan with her anymore so she doesn't faint away at the sight. The man in training is just as handsome, le sigh, we may have to take up training with the sword. Would they oblige? The kingsman to train and the other to catch Pearl as she faints.

**It seems that the theater is also haunted not that we believe in ghosts. Still there in one of the blond Adonis involved so we might start haunting it ourselves. We can act. Pearl would make a fine MacBeth. Ouch! Pearl keeps pinching me. I think she's afraid there might be real ghosts there.

**We also may well have competition with a certain lady hidden along the shore of the lake at night with more seen of that kingsman and his trainee. We'll have to get one of those spyglasses the sea captains have.

**I think Pearl and I are going to start eating a lot of ham. If you stop by the butcher's place you'd understand why. We have so many options as we snoop around, something will pan out. Speaking of which, we mingled in that crowd at the northern tavern and caught him along with his pal the clock maker daring a lass to come forward for a kiss. Le sigh, unfortunately it would blow our cover but it was so tempting. Next time we will no matter.

**If we had known the Frenchman was looking for a secretary we would have applied. Two for the same price. Contrary to popular belief, we can write well especially with a flourish. Having a flat between two single, handsome, Frenchmen would have made our millennium. Pearl is wondering if that is like a millipede. I have the brains and she has the looks.

**The quiet little artist has more gumpsum than first appears as she and the harp player went sneaking off to a certain grounded captain's room. Two on one, the man must have been in heaven. No one saw him for hours the next day so they must have worn him out. It was said he had the strangest smile on his face still.

**The Egyptians have been merging with little clothing according to the attire of their culture. I like the ideas this culture holds, so does Pearl. There is something about a map the one has been pouring over again and we might try and find the place it portrays, hide out and get the scoop firsthand. Pearl is excited to give this a try. She wants to see one of those elusive elves, but I think she just wants to view the half dressed male.

**The twins have been back out in force and playing the ole prank on certain ones of a guess who. Mirror images who needs to choose? Just grab one. Although we found out later one of them has eyes for certain candy lass. Maybe that is where eye candy came from. We just need to figure out which of the twins it is as we still can't tell them apart. We might have to give one a tattoo or such so we get our facts straight. Then again, that has never stopped us before.

**Word has it there is going to be some hunting down by two brothers who are another two we would not mind following. If we can keep up for it winded me just getting from the port to the Thistle at night. Pearl is a bit better so she may have to scout ahead until I can catch up. With all the running around we do, I thought I'd lose a few pounds by now. Instead it only makes me all the more hungry by the time I eat. We hit a corn field last week and I ended up husking and eating the corn instead of investigating the odd sounds coming from the field. Pearl didn't want to go in there, said it had to be some kind of gathering of monsters.


WANTED

500 Gold Pieces Offered on Black Doom or Black Beard ... Dead or alive. If both are brought in, a bonus of 500 will be added making it 1500

Crimes:  Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape. Slavery.  Reward is high for any who brings these scoundrels to justice.


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