Bits and Pieces: Lotto Hit Aids Small Printer

Valerie Mason, who owns a small printing operation on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, won $10,000 in the Aug. 7 Powerball drawing.

Yes, the beauty of the online age is that we can provide tidbits on even the most mundane of stories. Take Newsquest Publishing from the United Kingdom, which parents 15 regional newspapers spanning the southwest of England. Earlier this summer, it related the tale of a lost tortoise having wandered into Astra Printing in Cullompton.

Since the owner was nowhere to be found, employee Michelle Wells scooped up the critter and volunteered to look after it until…wait! A rogue turtle crawling into a printing shop is worth reporting? Are they nuts or something? Of course, that makes Bits and Pieces worse for passing it along.

Anyway, Michelle and her husband, Kristian, are keen on returning the tortoise to its rightful owner. As writers, we’re contractually obligated to use the word “keen” in any story about British folk. Use of the word in the United States pretty much died in the 1960s.

But, we digress. The Wells have been posting flyers and posters around town in the hopes of finding Cecil Turtle’s parents. Michelle has contacted local vets and a pet shop. Alas, no one has been holding candlelight vigils for the safe return of their tortoise. My guess is that this couple, which did not have a pet previously, has one now.

We will provide more details on this developing story as they become available. Or, more likely, you’ve read the last of this tale. Just don’t leave any nasty remarks in the comments section.

Fat Chance: The gang at Hopkins Printing, of Columbus, OH, decided to turn up the heat on themselves by taking health care reform—the battle of the bulge, in particular—quite seriously. The result: employees combined to shed a whopping 136 pounds in just four weeks.

Providing a kick to the garden variety health and wellness meetings, Hopkins Printing challenged itself with a friendly “Biggest Loser” competition. Teams of three squared off using fun monikers such as Chunky Monkeys, Chocoholics and—the winning squad—Weapons of Mass Reduction. Now, that’s clever!

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