When we first moved to Smyrna, we didn't have any pets. Over time we managed to acquire different dogs and cats. We found a vet named Jack Frink because we took a dog, Folly Girl, from someone who was moving and Jack was their vet. Over the years he took care of our pets. A kinder man with animals there never was.

After we didn't have our own pets, we took Daryl and Cathy's girls over to him for something - can't remember what. He was tickled to see us and we were glad to see him. We shared memories of all the animals he had taken care of. He was a great vet, and a good friend to us and our critters. He is missed by all. He is in Heaven taking care of the critters up there.

I’m sad to report the death of Gene Nelson. A forever resident of Smyrna, he continued to live here and work the family farm. He and Gail raised their children, continuing the farming tradition. Contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of Chenango Co., 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815, or to the Smyrna Fire Department. The Smyrna Community sends it deepest sympathy to Gene's extended family.

The Smyrna Fire Department will hold a CPR class at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the fire house; and First Aid class at 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Their world-famous Pancake Day is from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the fire house. That same day, there will be an “Expired Prescription Drop Off” at the Smyrna Town Hall.

It’s migration time for everything from birds to butterflies. Please leave your milkweed and wildflowers for a few more weeks to help the Monarch butterflies on their way to their home base. We haven't had any hummers for a couple of weeks but our feeder is still out for another week or two. Then it will be time to get the good stuff out for our local feathered residents.