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Cranberry Cove Gazette

VOL. 13


Cranberry Cove, January 2014 Late Night Edition

Today, Frigid & Cold, high 21F, low 6F. Tonight, Partly Cloudy, low 6F. Tomorrow, Snow showers, high 24F.

“In the know around the Cove!”

Coldberry Cove

Frigid Temps force folks indoors

by Holly Fairweather

The month of January is supposed to be one of renewal and all that resolution jazz, but the cold seems to be just more of the same. Or rather, way too much of the same. While cold temps are nothing new in Maine, this new year’s storms seem to bear an icy ferocity many seasoned residents are not readily prepared for. It’s even worse for the many transplants we’ve seen come to town lately. Those not used to he Northern Winds and strong Eastern seaboard currents were knocked for a cold loop when storm after storm hammered the Cove. Warming shelters have been working double time both at the Moose Lodge and at the Zachary Alexander Bed & Breakfast. The warming shelters are open whenever temperatures dip below freezing in Cranberry Cove and are available 24/7. The cold weather has already brought in cases of frostbite, weather-related accidents, and heating difficulties for the utility companies servicing this area. Some residents have reported loss of heating and power in their homes, which the repair crews of Cranberry Heat & Gas Co. assure are being worked on as fast as possible. To help beat the cold, the Gazette’s included some Beat the Cold tips on page 2. The wintery conditions have made things difficult not only for the fishing industry that normally thrives despite the cold, but for folks on the ground. Numerous accidents have been reported with boats, trucks, and cars. It has caused problems with emergency services as well, but the township’s department of transportation has declined a response to questions of failing street clearing and unsafe travel conditions. Continued on page 15...

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Cranberry Cove Gazette Fishing Industry Feeling Bitter by Marcus Brown

Riding on the heels of the suspicious wave of boat and equipment damages of last year, many of the Cranberry Cove fishing companies were banking on the following season to break even on the expensive repairs they had to shell out and the depleted supply of fish they were able to catch within the few remaining days of the seasons. This year however proved to bring more wear for the worn. Two important fishing seasons were cancelled this year, leaving shrimp catching firm Bary Shrimp among those in the red at the very start of a vital season. After 50 years in the shrimp business, owner Frankie Bary, age 57, says he may have to close up and dock his boats for the last time. The largest of the fishing companies, DeBaunter Fisheries, is seeing similar woes. Though the company includes both harvested fish as well as farmed fish supplies, the weather has made managing everything from their oyster farms to pulling in catches difficult. This on top of the large repairs the company had to do on two of its largest fleet trawlers. The circumstances of the sabotage to the vessels’ engines as well as a well timed hit and run accident involving their best mechanic nearly forced the family into bankruptcy. Lately the DeBaunter family’s been moving away from fishing to focus more on the bread and butter of their business - Agriculture. Head of Estate Amara DeBaunter has hinted that the shift may become more permanent if things decline any further, which would mean a lot of jobs lost from one of the town’s largest employers. The pain of the decline and halted season was felt heaviest in the Nepuag Nation, where the industry is not mere commerce but necessary to quite literally put dinner on the table. Officials from both the Nepuag Nation and Cranberry Cove Town Council are planning a meeting next month to discuss a resolution.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette School is in Session! by Harry Gorvino Dust off those school books kids, and break out those backpacks it’s that times ... Bourgeois College will have an Open house and New Student Orientation Day took place toward the end of this month in preparation for the Spring Terms. People can still stop by The Bourgeois College Annex, located on Short Street in Machias Port for coffee and donuts and get to meet the staff. New students can talk to the Administration about setting up their classes or to the Professors as to the best classes available to them for their degrees. A recent series of grants from philanthropic organizations have allowed the college to offer more scholarships and improvements to their facilities, which includes a laboratory, test kitchens, and many agricultural courses working alongside the large farming and fishing industry. With the recent issues of student loan costs, the grants and scholarships will serve as an excellent aid to struggling students. Not all of the college news is good however. The facility is currently under fire due to the report of missing student Rebecca Mulligan, otherwise affectionately known as Becky by those close to her. Becky, a local student at Bourgeois College went missing January 20th 2014 during the white out, blizzard. Concerns include the possibility of the young woman getting lost in the snow or potential foul play. Becky had been active in an occult chat room online and all indications point to her having gone out to meet someone from the room. Rebecca is 5’6, weighs about 125 pounds and has red hair. She was last seen wearing a purple winter parka, black ugg boots and jeans. She was known to frequent Serendipity, as well as the small occult shop on Marli Street. Police believe they are looking for a lone suspect targeting young girls, but more details will become available as the investigation progresses.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette Cold Weather Tips! by Farah Mist

Sharing is caring, unless it is the flu bug! Valentine Day is coming, planning to give that special kiss? Sure you want to spend the holiday in bed with that special someone moaning and groaning but not while you fight over the box of Kleenex and the bottle of Tylenol. Drop in anytime, get your flu shot and make sure the only thing you are trading is Valentines! Words of wisdom! Local Herbal Practitioner Marion Gordine of the Cranberry Cove Clinic recommends a simple recipe for soothing the common cold. Simply mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of half a lemon or lime. Mix until combined to a fluid like consistency. You can add thyme for added potency infusion. Consume the brew and that cold will get a punch it’ll never recover from! Dr. Vanderhoven at the Family Clinic of Cranberry Cove reminds people to take precautions. Bundle up and limit exposure to cold. Frostbite can develop in under ten minutes in weather like this. Wear a hat and mittens. If you can’t stop shivering, have trouble remembering things, feel tired or talk funny - You may have hypothermia which can be very dangerous! Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately! Protect yourself against cabin fever! Dr. Valeria Pomroy has been providing comprehensive psychological services including counseling and psychotherapy since 1993. She has maintained a commitment to offering effective and competent psychological help to a wide variety of individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of concerns. There are many basic services the practice offers, including sex therapy, child counseling, marital issues, psychotherapy, psychological evaluations and consultation. Make an appointment today. Walk- ins are welcome. Dr. Pomroy’s currently practices in the Cove Family Clinic. ((Available after 12:30pms SLT))

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Cranberry Cove Gazette Word of Mouth Did ya hear....

Word Around Town is...

The murder wave is because the old mill was destroyed? Few even remember that the Giandes Saw Mill was the site of a horrible series of madness and mass accidental suicides. But the building recently was torn down. The spirits of the worn workers are restless and angry!

The sheriff likes to walk around high heels while walking poodles in the park at night. Behind that tough imposing facsade is a lady forever silence by her duties to the town! Equality for all!

- A little birdy - Howyoudoin’ I heard that... Dorothy was really attacked by the winery owner’s dogs because she sampled too many barrels. Wine Conspiracy! - Because Yes

Did you know that... Love Wine? The secret ingredient in the Hollowstone’s famous wine is People and Cats!

Word on the Street is...


Mr. Blackstone is back in town and he’s going to suck the blood out of ALL your kids....and wallets

The Sisters of Mercy Sanitarium Offering peaceful closure and rehabilitation to those in need. Enjoy cozy rooms, healthy warm meals, and the utmost in quality care. Our staff is ready to help you recover and return to a life of normalcy. • • • •

Rehabilitation Counseling Adult Care Treatments for Mental Disorders

We are currently looking for Qualified individuals to help the troubled souls of Cranberry Cove through this difficult time, including therapists, security officers, nurses, and cooks. Please contact our Director of Services for further details. Page 5

Cranberry Cove Gazette Apple Ladybugs

Cravings ‘n Savings!

Submitted by Sam Rodegah Delightfully fun treat kids will enjoy making themselves!

Prep Time: 10 mins Makes 4 servings


2 red apples 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1/4 cup raisins 8 thin pretzel sticks 2 or 3 small grapes

Preparation: Slice the apples in half from top to bottom and scoop out the cores using a knife or melon baller. If you have an apple corer, core the apples first then slice them in half. Place each half flat side down on a small plate. For a fancier presentation later, cut a split through the halves in the shape of a triangle. You make hollow this section somewhat or leave it cut to resemble folded “wings.” Pro Tip: To keep them from browning, dip the apple slices in a bit of orange juice! Dab peanut butter on the back of the “ladybug” to form spots. Place raisins onto the peanut butter to give the impression of ladybug markings. This method can be used to make eyes as well. Extra peanut butter can be filled into the split made before. More raisins can cover this area to resemble the black inner body of the “ladybug.” Place one end of a pretzel stick into one side of the slice. Do the same on the other side to create the effect of antennae. Finally apply some peanut butter to the unsplit end of the apple half. Place a small grape to serve as the ladybug head. Creative kids may choose to add eyes or additional dots as they see fit.

Ants on a Log

Submitted by Granny Dot A classic snack kids of all ages can enjoy!


5 celery stalks 1/2 peanut butter 1/4 raisins


Make sure your celery stalks are nice and clean; scrub them under running water well. Cut the stalks in half or into small manageable sizes for little hands. Fill the centers with generous helpings of peanut butter, and place raisins in the middle to resemble the “ants.” Kids can decorate their logs however they please.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette Cravings ‘n Savings!

Hot Cocoa the Right Way

Submitted by Champion for Chocolate You will never go back to instant mix after this! Makes 4 servings


1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 1/2 cups milk 3/4 cup white sugar 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pinch salt 1/2 cup half-and-half cream 1/3 cup boiling water

Preparation: Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature. Cool Tip You can combine the dry ingredients in jars to always have your own “instant hot chocolate” on hand. Makes great gifts!

February Specials:

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We love to get reader submissions! Send us your tasty treats via the Gazette Office mailbox! Page 7

Cranberry Cove Gazette Nova Mai’s Night Cap Hey there chickies! Need a warm pickmeup? The cold is nipping in all the wrong places, how’s a girl supposed to break it down into the new year? Turns out the bars of Cranberry Cove got it covered. Lately the bar scene’s been kicking up at the Hose & Harpies Pub on Short Street in Machias Point. They sure can pour a mean pint! I’ve also heard that with the recent renovations to the former church club Indulgence, we may all soon be rockin’ out some hardcore heat for Valentine’s Day!

Keep on keepin’ on, chickies!

The Hose & Harp Pub Located on the corner of Short Street & Williamson Drive, the Hose and Harp Pub harkens back to the Irish Pubs of old! Come on down for a helpin’ of locally brewed ales and great atmosphere! Watch the games in style while rubbing elbows with the men and women of Cranberry Cove’s Fire Company! Page 8

Cranberry Cove Gazette The Reading Duck Warms Up! by Mavin Sweetny Do you love reading but miss the joy of a good old fashioned book? Yeah the tablet’s not doing it for me either lately, but I have great news. There’s a new head librarian and she is dead set on reminding the folks of Cranberry Cove about how awesome a treasure they have in their own library. Giada Bedrosian is the young looking but old at heart Head Librarian at the Reading Duck. It will soon be starting a Book Club for the people of Cranberry Cove. The Library asked the group to list some books for February’s pick and the poll for which book should be read next is now up and ready for the public’s vote!

Some of the recommendations that ended up in the final poll are: The Purity Myth Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson In Bed with Mr. Wrong Let us know your pick by voting at the library and be sure to reserve your copy of the pick before Feb 1st. Of course the library’s not all steamy novels! They’ve really upped the scale of the upstairs children’s area with plenty of nooks and crannies for private family-friendly reading. The Library often hosts community games and functions, including bingo and old movie nights.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette NEPAUG NEWS

By Joel Passamaquoddy

Sad News For Fishing Global warming and overfishing shrimp and scallops is affecting the livelihood of local Cove fisherman and their families. This means mortgages go unpaid, bills for everyday living are a huge struggle, might even mean losing your $200,000 fishing boat not including all the gear and time you invested. 2014 season for Maine Shrimp never got started! It is closed season. 2014 diving and dragging for scallops is limited to 3 days a week due to ocean depleted stock,

Keeping the Heat The winter this year has been bitterly cold and more within the Nepaug nation have been struggling to find solutions to maintain heating withing their homes and cabins without straining resources. A feat easier said than done when few homes are properly insulated. The proposed solution includes purchase of special charcoal and wood chips that burn longer and hotter within furnaces on a small batch. The Nepaug Nation is also working alongside the Cranberry Cove Government to find alternatives to open fire heating systems entirely.

2014 forces Cove fisherman to fish offshore in the winter for ground fish such as haddock and cod enduring winter storms at sea, rough waters, and gales. A fund raiser and benefit dinner was held January 30th 2014 at the Captain’s Bed and Breakfast to give support to the community . There was also a toy drive for a little ones to uplift spirits.

Fishing Settlement The Nepaug Nation has been working with Cranberry Cove Government to an agreement on how to meet conservation goals for the elver fishery. Right now the consensus is that the nation limits their catch to 1,650 pounds and Nepaug members you must use the EBC to sell your catch issued from Cranberry Cove.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette Deadly Attractions befall Wecoogo Sound by Harry Gorvino

Firefighters responded to a sudden house fire within the Wecoogo cul-de-sac late in the evening on January 14th 2014. First Responders reported later that no one was harmed due to the owner being away from her house at the time of the incident, but it was immediately ruled as suspicious. The damage was mostly to furniture and the interior of the home. The home was deemed structurally sound later that evening. At least one firefighter was taking away from the scene due to a concussion from ice. Homeowner Mikie Rhiadra was in fact in town dealing with the complications of an investigation. She has been the target of violence more than once since arriving in Cranberry Cove, and most recent until the house fire was a terrifying ordeal of home invasion by an unknown assailant. Due to the investigation still being an ongoing ordeal, the details of the case are too sensitive to be released to the press as of yet. Nonetheless, it was clear that Ms. Rhiadra was a little more than a mere one shot target. We’ve been told protection has been offered to keep Ms. Rhiadra safe until the cause of these attacks is discovered. She has been in contact with the Red Cross and other services to help repair her home. The Gazette attempted to get responses and reactions from neighbors, but few if any had anything to say beyond fear and anger at the vagrant series of attacks. Being such a normally peaceful area of Cranberry Cove, the multiple cases of violence against a female neighbor most describe as kind and quiet has many of her neighbors now lobbying the police officials to take greater action in protecting the neighborhood.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette ASK Juliet


Straight Talk for the Cove I love your columns! I am planning to marry the man of my dreams this August. Although his parents are wonderful, I’m a little concerned about the role that they still play in his life...particularly his mother. She still does my fiancé’s laundry, cooks his lunches daily, and cleans his house. What do you think? Fiona the Fiance Dear Fiona the Fiance, I would be concerned too. Have you talked to your fiancé about what he expects from you when you are both married? A man who has his mother perform these mundane daily tasks often will expect his wife to step in, or even worse, continue to have his mother do them. Best to find out what your future might look like NOW...not later.. You take care darling, Juliet² My girlfriend’s birthday is coming up and I don’t know what to give her. I want her to never forget the evening. Do you have any ideas? NoClue

There is a girl I like who has a boyfriend. He plays on a team with me. He and I get along real well. She asked me if would I go out with her and I said that I would. I asked her about her relationship with her boyfriend. She said it was on again off again and she didn’t know where it was going. I don’t really know what she wants from me. We are from different races but it doesn’t seem to matter to her. I don’t know whether she is serious. What should I do? Anonomom Dear Anonomom, Well, she asked you whether you would go out with her. No one can read anyone’s mind about how she really feels. However, one can take a good guess by listening to her words and watching her actions. I get a sense you don’t want to be toyed with. So, I would be frank with her: If you want to go out with me, you go out with no one else. Tell her to make up her mind. That’ll fix that, Juliet²

Young women love flowers and jewelry. An attractive ring and a bouquet of roses are old and respected ways of telling a young woman you want to be forever remembered in her heart. Keep it sweet and from the heart, Juliet² If you’d like your questions answered by our tell it like it should be advisor, submit your inquires via postcard to the Gazette mailbox just outside our office on Parke Ave. You can also submit them via e-mail or anonymously by phone! Page 12

Cranberry Cove Gazette Coldberry Cove

Frigid Temps force folks indoors (cont.) by Holly Fairweather The weather’s been unkind to many a Cranberry Cove driver, but it seems to reek greatly havoc on drivers unfamiliar with the island’s winter conditions. A driver in a black Ford Mercury Grand Marquis crashed into a fire hydrant in front of the Captains Quarters Plaza on January 24th in the late evening. Main Street temporarily closed as a result of icy road conditions due to flooding from a water main. Most of the business on Main Street were absent of water between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The waters flooded the Plaza, which turned to ice under these extreme cold weather conditions. Pedestrians had to avoid the area until the ice was cleared up in the next 24 hours. Investigation into the accident has led the Sheriff’s department to a Mr. Blackstonne, who owns the vehicle that caused the accident. The Town will be looking to Blackstonne Inc. Insurance for recovery and clean up fees, which will cost the towns’ custodial crew overtime and the shipping of some materials from the mainland. Fees’ have not been totaled as of yet but estimates put it at around $4,000.00. In the meanwhile, one of the companies employees, Neil Jacob, is in the local clinic overnight for observation. Any business owners in the area of the Captains Quarters Plaza are encouraged to contact Blackstonne Inc. if they have suffered damages as well.

Tragedy of the Hellion by Harry Gorvino Weather is being blamed in part for a ship collision which veered directly into the lighthouse station just off the northereastern coast near the Bed & Breakfast. The vessel have been identified as the ‘Hellion’. It was found tilted slightly to right, the front partially mangled from the crash. Still boardable, investigators found a total of 6 bodies, all in uniforms to show they were part of the boat crew, as well as the vessel’s cargo. Inside the crates (which vary in size) were expensive wines, old books, art work and statues. A male survivor was also found inside one of the crates and was said to be pale, malnourished, sickly thin, and in shock, muttering to himself. The survivor was identified as Martin Parks age 37 and Native of Houston, TX. The 6 deceased crewmen are: Floyd Richards, 28- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Armando Vazquez. 30- Clovis, New Mexico Jared Fried 26, Los Angeles, California Arnold Hayes 30 Cleveland, Ohio Abraham Cutti 29 Salem, Massachusetts Boris Chavek (Russian Immigrant) The Gazette has receieved reports that according to ship paperwork, nine people were part of the crew, including one unaccounted for as well as a crewman named Eli Maddenson. Its starting port was at the Port of Miami in Florida. The much of the vessel’s property belonged to a Miss Valeria Pomroy, who recently moved to the town. We have been trying to gather information through our sources down at police headquarters, but lips are tightly sealed at the moment while the investigation continues. Page 13

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Cranberry Cove Gazette Classified Ads

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Cranberry Cove Gazette HOROSCOPES

Career issues take priority for much of January with the Sun in productive Capricorn and your 10th House of Profession until January 19. Patience and persistence are essential for maximizing the power of this ambitious sign. However, there may be some repairs needed Aries in working relationships with sociable 3/21 - 4/19 Venus Retrograde in this part of your chart until January 31. This is a chance to regain trust and upgrade others’ evaluation of you by taking responsibility for what’s happened in the past and demonstrating your reliability in the present.

Don’t look back because the future, particularly in relationships, could look very different from the past this month. January starts with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 1 that falls in your 7th House of Others. This is usually an orderly event that’s more about tidying Cancer up alliances than tearing them down. 6/22 - 7/22 Yet this lunation is challenged by tense planetary aspects from revolutionary Uranus, provocative Pluto, pushy Mars, and excessive Jupiter that are likely to stir restless feelings and spring surprises.

Your ambitions are supported by a strong impulse to learn this month. The life-giving Sun is in practical Capricorn and your 9th House of Higher Mind until January 19 where it provides you with a platform to fulfill your aspirations. There are two key elements Taurus required to make this happen. The first is 4/20 - 5/20 a willingness to explore unfamiliar intellectual territory by setting aside your prejudices and broadening your perspective. The second is to be persistent in your intellectual pursuits because ideas that seem undecipherable at first will make sense if you don’t give up too soon.

This is an excellent time to think about your work. A New Moon in Capricorn on January 1 explodes in your 6th House of Employment, which can lead to sudden changes that can shake you with worry or excite you with fresh possibilities. Be bold and creative by making strong Leo decisions in January with this volatile 7/23 - 8/22 start to the New Year. The heroic side of your personality may fight hard to hold onto what you’ve got, but if you let yourself think out of the box, you may get a very different picture of your professional future that encourages you to try something different.

Digging in and dealing with the difficult details of partnerships is the lead item on your agenda this month. The willful Sun, alluring Venus, and your clever ruling planet Mercury start the year in orderly Capricorn and your 8th House of Deep Sharing -- where clarifying your commitGemini ments is a must. Either way, you will have 5/21 - 6/21 plenty of fresh information that’s likely to alter the course of personal and professional alliances. When you are in doubt about your feelings it’s better to remain silent until you think through the ramifications of what you are about to say.

Romantic and creative interests are bound to keep you busy this month. The fun starts with the Capricorn New Moon on January 1 that lands in your 5th House of Self-Expression and Play. This is usually a somewhat serious event when you establish plans and stick to Virgo them. But this Sun-Moon conjunction is 8/23 - 9/22 a weird and intense event due to strong influences from unruly planets. Rebellious Uranus, provocative Pluto, aggressive Mars, and limitless Jupiter all make stressful connections that are likely to stir unexpected responses.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette HOROSCOPES

Signals are mixed this month as the pressure to buckle down and take care of business is countered by your needs for freedom and stimulation. The action starts on January 1 with the New Moon in Capricorn. This ordinarily organized event occurs in your 4th House of Roots, Libra reminding you that success starts at 9/23 - 10/22 home. Putting your living space in order and dealing with family issues should be your priorities. Sticking to the old ways of running your life appears to be the responsible thing to do, but if you’re truly committed to personal and professional fulfillment, taking chances is more likely to work.

Your year is getting off to a wild start with an intense Capricorn New Moon on January 1. This Sun-Moon conjunction can push you in strange directions, attract surprising events and provoke strong emotions. You may be tempted to act impulsively, which is not your usual Capricorn style, but you can use any feelings of 12/22 - 1/19 restlessness you have to make some significant changes in your life. This lunation occurs in your 1st House of Appearance and Personality so updating your look and taking a different approach toward others is likely.

There are two major trends affecting your life when January begins. Planets in orderly Capricorn are infusing your 3rd House with energy for clearer and more powerful communications. If you want to set the record straight or influence others, do research and planScorpio ning first to be in total control of your 10/23 - 11/21 message. This influence is excellent for any kind of learning or impressing others with your knowledge. Take notice of those moments when you are so sure of what you think that you’re unwilling to consider alternative ideas. That’s when you’d do well to listen to these unwelcome concepts.

The Sun enters quirky Aquarius and your 10th House of Career on January 19 to pile more responsibilities on your professional plate. You might be dealing with undisciplined people or working on new projects for which there are no formal procedures. You’re going to have to be Aquarius creative and flexible enough to make 1/20 - 2/18 adjustments on the fly to take advantage of opportunities at work. It’s better to be curious, to ask questions, and to think outside the box than to act like you already know all the right answers.

Going to extremes is a significant theme late this month and how you handle strong emotions may determine whether this is a good idea or not. The key to this story is the opposition of your philosophical ruling planet Jupiter and tiny but potent Pluto on January 31. Sagittarius A tendency to go overboard with your 11/22 - 12/21 opinions could heat up to a boiling point and negatively affect your finances. Expressing your beliefs is important, of course, but tempering the intensity with which you speak or write about them is recommended.

The focus is on friends, colleagues, and groups when January begins. The life-giving Sun in orderly Capricorn occupies your 11th House of Community until January 19. The upsides include working effectively with others and supporting causes in which you believe. Pisces This is a good time to turn a compassion2/19 - 3/20 ate impulse into committed action as a volunteer. However, the Capricorn New Moon on January 1 is an explosive event that can change your relationships with others.

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Cranberry Cove Gazette January 2014  
Cranberry Cove Gazette January 2014  

The first issue of the New Year for the citizens of Cranberry Cove!