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    6A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL DECEMBER 27, 2017
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While downtown, Alice saw a
child with an orange kitten rid-
ing on her shoulder.
Alice approached the little
girl who said, "I am giving our
cat's kittens away and this is
the only one left." Alice had
two dogs and four cats, so she
was not in the market for a new
pet, and her attorney husband,
Henry, would fl ip if she brought
another home. But, a minute
later Alice walked away with
the free-fl uffy feline wondering
what to tell her husband.
"When I arrived home," said
Alice, "I showed Henry the kit-
ten and told him that I had to
make dinner. Then I calculat-
ingly placed the kitten on his
lap, and quickly turned towards
the kitchen to not let him 'read'
my face and prevent any cross
examination. Only then, did I
casually mention, 'In the morn-
ing, I am taking her to the ani-
mal shelter.'"
Ten minutes later, Henry
called out, "Honey! There is no
need to fi nd the kitten another
home. She has one here." Al-
ice smiled at her premeditated
adoption. Even though Henry
was a brilliant lawyer, she was
an amazingly clever kitty con
artist.
The kitten was named Lady
Edwina after England's Lord
Mountbatten's wife.
Henry and Alice's cats have
an enclosed outdoor area that
prevents them from falling prey
to coyotes.
Five years later, in Novem-
ber, Edwina some how escaped.
The frantic couple posted LOST
fl yers and notices in the news-
paper for weeks and wandered
the streets calling her.
November turned into De-
cember. Alice was not to be de-
terred, she put up $500 reward
posters. As the weather grew
colder, Henry gently told Alice,
"You have to realize that Edwi-
na is gone. It's been six weeks,
she won't be back. We have to
let her go."
After Christmas, a deter-
mined Alice put up another
round of posters. In late Janu-
ary, their neighbor's ten-year-
old son said, "I saw your orange
cat in our yard."
"We'd had several phone
calls," said Alice, "from people
who thought they had seen our
cat. Unfortunately, when we
went to look, it wasn't her. As I
followed the boy he changed his
story to, 'I saw her in our base-
ment.'"
So, they descended the back-
yard steps into a murky base-
ment, littered with plywood and
wallboard, being remodeled by
the "worst handyman in town."
"I peered around the dark
enclosure," said Alice, "and
saw new wallboard behind their
furnace, sealing off the crawl-
space."
When Alice walked over to
it, she was paws-itive that she
heard a faint meow.
She called, "Edwina" and the
cat answered in a louder meow.
The boy ran for his father to
free the walled up cat. After the
handyman ripped off the dry
wall, Alice squinted into the
dark hole and saw cat's eyes in
the crawl space. She held her
breath and fl ashed a light to-
wards them - and THERE was
Edwina!
Edwina may have been out
of confi nement, but as they say,
"She was not out of the woods.".
Her health was purr-carious.
She had been holed up in the
dark for three months, so her
eyes were glassed over, and she
was dehydrated and starved.
"I ran her home," said Alice,
"and when Henry saw her, in
utter disbelief, he gently took
her from me and . . . for the fi rst
time in our married life . . . I saw
him cry. He turned away as his
tears fell. My hard core attorney
husband then drove me to the
vet with "his" kitty.
Our vet could not believe
that Edwina had survived such
a long ordeal. 'There is no rea-
son that she is alive,' he said.
'She was hours away from un-
consciousness, and being so
dehydrated it is a miracle that
she could meow. She must have
survived by licking condensa-
tion from the furnace and eating
bugs.'
What happened after we ar-
rived home from the vets was
equally as shocking! My tough
husband had turned into an
excited little boy because his
beloved cat was back. In his
elation, he phoned his golfi ng
buddies, grown children, busi-
ness partners, government of-
fi cial friends (even one in Aus-
tralia) exclaiming, 'My cat is
home!'"
She was dazed for days, but
she knew that she was home.
It took Edwina several months
to recover, but when she was
held, petted, or talked to, she
responded by purring and hap-
pily kneading her paws. Once
released from her three month
prison, Lady Edwina went on
to live in the lap of luxury, until
her 20th birthday and she never
wandered out of the yard again.
Note:
Four years later, after Hen-
ry's illness and until his passing,
"his" cat, Lady Edwina, never
left his bedside. The two of
them were curled up together in
the bed covers wrapped in love.
TIPS
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South Lane Mental Health moving
South Lane Mental Health has received
$25,000 from Lane County Community &
Economic Development to help remodel
a downtown Cottage Grove building into
offi ces where South Lane Mental Health
counselors will provide therapy to clients.
The offi ces, at 37 N. Sixth St., are in the
heart of the downtown, and formerly housed
the Lane Council of Governments’ Senior
and Disabled Services offi ce. The building
is owned by the Gary & Ruth Ackley Trust,
which has contributed to the remodel work.
Renovations are expected to be complete
later this month and the offi ces will be open
by late January.
South Lane Mental Health, a non-profi t
agency, needs the space in order to meet
increasing demand for therapy services for
youth and adults with mental and behavior-
al health challenges. With the new space,
the agency will be able to hire at least seven
new staff, including therapists. South Lane
Mental Health will continue to also operate
out of offi ces at 1245 and 1345 Birch Ave.
Lane County Commissioner Gary Wil-
liams, who represents East Lane Coun-
ty, advocated for the fi nancial assistance,
which will strengthen South Lane Mental
Health’s provision of services to residents
in the Cottage Grove area, and add to the
vibrancy of the downtown.
Lane County Community & Economic
CORRECTION
In the Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 edition of The Sentinel,
the zombie house that was subject of a new city
lease was identifi ed as being located on 46th St.
The location is on 6th St.
Development, the economic development
agency of Lane County government, pro-
vides fi nancial assistance to local gov-
ernments, nonprofi ts, and other groups to
strengthen communities and foster econom-
ic growth.
South Lane Mental Health, established in
1988, provides counseling, crisis response,
recovery services, and case and medication
management for 2,600 Cottage Grove area
adults and children each year. South Lane
Mental Health also provides housing and
support to individuals with persistent men-
tal health challenges so they can live as in-
dependently as possible in the community.
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