I urge everyone to stay the course in maintaining distances and being sensible with the upcoming easing of some of the restrictions. Our local non-essential businesses are suffering, and I have mentioned just a few of them here in Jefferson. Please support our neighbors and maybe hum a tune while you are at it.

On the first day of quarantine, Little Red Barn sold to me: a big scoop of yummy ice cream.

On the second day of quarantine, Brookside Inn sold to me: 2 takeout meals.

On the third day of quarantine, Middletown Valley Bank lent to me: a 3-month loan.

On the fourth day of quarantine, Jefferson Auto Service sold to me: 4 brand new tires.

On the fifth day of quarantine, Hemp’s Meats sold to me: 5 juicy steaks.

On the sixth day of quarantine, Jefferson Archery sold to me: 6 brand new arrows.

On the seventh day of quarantine, Dunkin’ Donuts sold to me: 7 jelly doughnuts.

On the eighth day of quarantine, Jefferson Market sold to me: 8 rolls of TP.

On the ninth day of quarantine, H.C. Summers sold to me: 9 bags of grass seed.

On the tenth day of quarantine, Farmer’s Daughter Bakery sold to me: 10 awesome pastries.

On the eleventh day of quarantine, Watson’s Carry-out sold to me: 11 chicken pieces.

On the twelfth day of quarantine, Adrienne’s Flower Delights sold to me: 12 long stem roses ...

11 chicken pieces, 10 awesome pastries, 9 bags of grass seed, 8 rolls of TP, 7 jelly doughnuts, 6 brand new arrows, 5 juicy steaks, 4 brand new tires, a 3-month loan, 2 takeout meals and a big scoop of yummy ice cream.

Tom Wheatley


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Greg F

Here’s a great article from a respected medical and scientific expert. Those naysayers to masks assuradly won’t read it, but would benefit the most. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/17/health/coronavirus-human-body-gupta-essay/index.html


GregF, have you been following CNN's coronavirus timeline that shows what the government did and when by way of response to the information available at the time?


Typo on my part; should have been just '3 month loan' to fit the right number of syllables in. In any case,folks did get out to some of the businesses today and thanks.

Greg F

The virus has its own schedule and will not fit your version of convenient timing.


After all that shopping it's no wonder you needed that bank loan.... just saying...


More a case of needing something short to replace 3 French hens. The 4 tires will set one back, but the other items are reasonable.


Enjoyed your letter, Tom. I'm gonna ride over to Jefferson and check these places out. [thumbup][ninja]


Thanks! Some interesting side notes:

Hemps Meats has been in the Hemp family since 1848 and local legend has that when they used to drive the steers from Frederick into Jefferson, one bull got loose and wandered into the china shop. We need someone from FNP to research that one.

The original Hemps Meats building is now the bakery and the building across from the bakery (the dentist) is very likely a Sears catalog house. The dentist also owns the Little Red Barn which was the carriage house for the old school which was a PNC Bank and now Dunkin Donuts. Watsons is the same family that used to be out on West Patrick and Brookside Inn is a delightful log building down where the covered bridge once was. Enjoy your trip!

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