January of 1998 brought great sadness both to BOAF and to me
personally. It took with it a devoted member and a dear friend. Carl Cantin succumbed to
To describe Carl is easy. He was the type of friend we wish we were - or had. He was
there when needed, ready to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He was kind; a tall,
gentleperson with a keen sense of humor.
My real first encounter with Carl was at the 1994 National Cage Bird Show. He took it
upon himself to coordinate the set up and tear down of the show. He worked late into the
evening setting up the show benches, chairs and tables. From there on, Carl was at all
club events, setting up and tearing down - always in good spirits. When his wife Marie was
not working, she too would be there helping out. We could always count on Carl - without a
It was apparent that we were not the only recipients of Carl's good will. The church
was filled with friends - many friends, bidding their fond farewell to a man who left
before his time, yet made a hole that cannot be filled.
Carl will be remembered for the good things he did for others - and those who knew him
are luckier and richer. The world has lost a special person. Take care Carl, we'll miss
Would You Kiss That Bird? by
By now most members know Prism, my green wing macaw, by his big threatening beak! Well,
it is really only threatening if he tries to bite you with it. Ouch! Actually, Prism is
quite the "snuggle bug".
Each year I bring Prism to our company Christmas party. He gets along well with most
kids, especially when he is bigger than they are. At this years party I was holding
Prism near some youngsters when he leaned over and gave me a kiss. Not just any kiss! It
was a juicy French kiss.
One girl, who was five or six years old, asked how I could let him kiss me like that.
I explained that Ive had Prism since he was three months old. I continued with
the fact that I was top bird, the leader of his flock and that we trusted each other. (I
heard that thought about me being a bird brain.) I told her he always takes my lip in his
beak and hasnt bitten me yet.
After a moments pause she said she wasnt thinking of his beak. It was his
large tongue which bothered her. It was all black.
Secretarys Report: Meeting of January 12, 1998
Presentation: Fire in the Home with Pets
& 1998 Calendar of Events
The meeting was called to order at 7:45 pm by Denise Bourgault. The first order of
business was a presentation about smoke detectors and monitored fire protection by Karen
Meyer of ADT. She indicated that by the time someone sees flames in your home it is too
late for your pets. ADT uses sensors that are photoelectric rather than ionized like most
home smoke detectors. This minimizes false alarms. In the ADT system, a monitoring station
is alerted when smoke or fire is detected and your local fire department is notified.
A special offer of $24.95/month with free installation of two sensors was made to
members who set up an appointment with Karen at the meeting. Those not at the meeting can
reach Karen in Manchester NH at (800) 888-1141 ext. 5936. I dont know if the special
offer will still be available to you but it doesnt hurt to ask.
A tentative calendar of events was assembled based upon suggestions of the membership.
A couple of meeting topics which didnt fit our schedule were hand feeding and a
summer picnic. These will be used if the tentative agenda can not be confirmed.
After another great raffle and the 50-50 drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40
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February 25, 1998