This hardcover collection of E.E. Cummings’ poems was returned to Cleveland Heights Libraries — 50 years after it was checked out. It’s the second time this year that a long-overdue item was returned to Heights Libraries. (Photo courtesy of Cleveland Heights Libraries)
ACROSS AMERICA — A library in Ohio is reporting another case of patron’s remorse.
“Color me mortified,” the person confessed in a letter accompanying a copy of an E.E. Cummings poetry collection checked out from a Cleveland Heights library so long ago that it was forgotten in a box packed for a move. “I’m so very sorry.”
A crisp $2 bill was attached as well, though fines for overdue books were suspended a couple of years ago.
Heights Libraries spokeswoman Cheryl Banks wonders if the customer was motivated to come clean after learning another patron had returned a Bob Dylan album that was nearly a half-century overdue. By Chris Mosby for Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Patch
Kismet At The Kennel
It doesn’t happen this way often, but a family looking for their lost dog and another one hoping to find a stray’s owner showed up at the same time at a shelter in Georgia. The shelter staff said the “perfect reunion of happenstance” illustrates “that we truly rely on you, the community, to provide happy endings for the pets in our care.” By Michelle Rotuno-Johnson for Brookhaven, Georgia, Patch
Two families met at a Georgia animal shelter, one looking for their dog and the other looking for a stray’s owner. (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Animal Services)
‘Put Me In, Coach! I’m Ready To Play!’
The John Fogerty anthem “Centerfield” could’ve been written for Alexia Jorge, the first woman ever to play on the Saint Elizabeth University baseball team. “No, Dad, I want to play baseball,” Alexia Jorge told her dad, her tee-ball and baseball coach when he asked her young self if she’d rather switch to softball. “And I was 4 or 5, so it was just straight passion and love for the game.” By Josh Bakan for Morristown, New Jersey, Patch
Catcher Alexia Jorge is one of the first women to play college baseball. (Photo courtesy of Alexia Jorge)
Sweet Taste Of Success
There’s nothing quite like the feeling Jake Lukens and Michelle Anderson get when the doorbell rings at the Moose and Me home-based bakery and it’s time for them to present a customer with the cakes or cookies they’ve created. A $63,000 Kickstarter campaign means bakery owner Megan Elder will be able to move the business to a storefront, where she will be able to hire more adults living with disabilities. “Our goal is not only to make delicious things with adults with disabilities, but to create an environment where our employees and community members can have positive interactions,” Elder said. By Lisa Marie Farver for Naperville, Illinois, Patch