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A hawk looks over its shoulder in a tree close to a Keene home with bird feeders. Photographer Stephanie Baute says the hawk appeared to be most interested in the squirrels running around.

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Keene Public Library reopens to patrons

Keene Public Library is open again for in-person visits.

Beginning this week, the library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 5 beyond the designated area of the library foyer, and social distancing must be maintained throughout the building.

Curbside pickup of reserved materials will be available during the library’s open hours. Patrons must call the library when they arrive to arrange to have their materials brought to the door.

100+ Women Who Care donates to Stonewall Farm

At its February meeting, 100+ Women Who Care-Cheshire County selected Stonewall Farm as the recipient of $16,000 in donations.

The donations will be used to support full-day outdoor education programs for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The group chose Stonewall Farm to help meet a demand for child care and academic support for school-age children while schools are operating remotely due to the pandemic. For more information about the program, go to https://stonewallfarm.org or call the farm at 357-7278.

100+ Women Who Care-Cheshire County is a group of more than 300 local women who meet four times a year. Each member commits to donating $50 per quarter and, at each meeting, a local non-profit organization is selected to receive the donations. New members are welcome.

The next scheduled meeting will be on Monday, May 3, at 5:45 p.m., via Zoom. For information, go to https://100pluswomencheshirecounty.com or email Jane Shapiro at 100pluswomencheshirecounty@gmail.com.

Monadnock Food Co-op to host gardening webinar

The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene will host a webinar titled “How to Grow a Totally Organic Garden” on Monday, March 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with author Celeste Longacre.

Last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic drove many to start home gardens. Longacre will teach those new to organic gardening the tools needed to plant and maintain a garden, including soil preparation, planting, weeding and thinning. Longacre is the author of Celeste’s Garden Delights. She is also an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for 40 years. For information, visit her website at celestelongacre.com.

The event is free; however, registration is required at monadnockfood.coop/event/gardening/.

Writers’ group to host

children’s book author

Speaker, teacher and author Amy MacDonald will be the featured guest at Monadnock Writers’ Group’s monthly meeting on Saturday, March 20, at 9:45 a.m.

MacDonald, a resident of Maine, is the author of 15 books for elementary and school-age children including “Little Beaver and the Echo,” “Rachel Fister’s Blister,” and “No More Nice.” She has taught creative writing at the University of Maine-Farmington, the Stonecoast Writers Conference and Harvard University.

You need not be a writer to attend. The meeting is open to the public free of charge. For a link to the online event, email monadnockwriters@gmail.com

Monadnock Writers’ Group meets on the third Saturday of each month, providing a place for writers in the Monadnock Region to offer their experiences. Information: www.monadnockwriters.org.

Jaffrey Public Library launches tutoring resource

Jaffrey Public Library is now offering Brainfuse HelpNow, an on-demand online tutoring resource for all levels of learners from children through adults.

Brainfuse HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and background. Students communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow is now available to all Jaffrey Public Library patrons from any computer with Internet connection.

For more information, go to www.jaffreypubliclibrary.org or call the library at 532-7301.

Public Muse, March 16, 2021
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Asinus the Little Easter Donkey

Part V

On Friday, the world changed forever:

The Master was branded uncouth ...

Arrested and tried, then condemned to die

For merely just telling the truth.

Asinus knew something was brewing:

He felt it somehow in his heart ...

He sensed Joseph was not his usual self,

And wondered if chaos would start.

Accordingly, Joseph decided

To pay his respects to the King,

So he and Asinus climbed up a knoll

To view a most hideous thing.

On Calvary’s hill were three crosses:

The Nazarene flanked by two thieves,

With crowds of mobs leering and looking up

At the criminals hanging on trees.

Asinus held back his emotions ...

He wanted to break loose and bray,

And thought what an awful atrocity

For a man who had so much to say.

In view of that, Joseph departed

Before the demise of the three,

And sent word to Governor Pilate’s house

With an utmost imperative plea.

He begged for the body of Jesus

Amid this exhibit of gloom,

To give Christ a dignified burial:

The Pharisee’s own personal tomb.

Now when this ordeal was all over,

Old Joseph wrapped Jesus in sheets ...

With Asinus then leading the small cortege,

The procession traversed through the streets.



Editors’s note: This is the fifth part of a six-part narrative poem to be published each Tuesday in the Sentinel. There is one section for each week of the six-week Lenten (Easter) season.

One Act of Kindness

a stone tossed into a pond

sends ripples radiating outward -

circle after circle after circle

ever widening

until even lily pads near shore

nod in approval ...

one act of kindness

touches us all

and maybe inspires us

to stop

and reach down

for a stone




A restless night I find myself

Just strolling by the shore

And in my dream it seems to me

Just as it was before

Just you and I, alone that night

Together we were blessed

The waves came in, the moon came out

Our feet gently caressed

But all good things I fear must end

Or so to me it seems

So hand in hand back from the shore

And waking from my dreams




He wants himself to be fine.

He wants to stay in line.

He wants himself to be wise.

see things through everyone’s eyes

He wants to know how to apologize.

to be honest and true no disguise

He wants to be magical be coy.

like a winsome cute little boy

He wants to be logical make sense.

like the present and imperfect tense



The 100+ Women Who Care-Cheshire County Steering Committee presents a virtual check to Stonewall Farm via Zoom.