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ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Rescue Group Saves Cat (And More...)

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

STOUGHTON GROUP SAVES CAT: At approximately 1:30 p.m. on May 8, the Stoughton-based South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team (SSDART) was called for a cat in a tree behind La Salette in Attleboro.

According to a press release from SSDART, the caller reported the cat had been stuck in the tree for at least three days and was approximately seventy feet up.

Team leader Christopher D’Arpino (a Stoughton resident) responded to the call with rescuer Jonathan Cuneo (pictured with Timber the cat in our gallery). Once the two arrived they saw a tiger striped young male cat up in a tree perched on a very thin branch.   

“The wind was the biggest concern, given the branch was very thin and the whole tree was swaying from the wind” said D’Arpino in the release.

“We called anyone we could think to help this cat, but when I googled cat in tree rescue the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team came up. They were amazing. I can’t believe what they do, they saved a life,” said the caller in the press release, who wished to remain anonymous.

It took rescuers over an hour to traverse the tree, which had several off shoots making the climb very difficult and dangerous. Once the cat was reached - over eighty feet up - the rescuer was able to secure the cat in a cat bag and safely lower the animal to the ground to a waiting vet tech.  

“The climb was hard, there was no easy way up and the wind was swaying the tree a lot, this was not an easy one that’s for sure” said Cuneo.  

“Training for stuff like this regularly really paid off today.” quipped D’Arpino.  

The cat had no tags or identification, but the caller took responsibility for the cat and brought the cat directly to the veterinarian for safe measure. 

“The cat 'Timber' was in really good shape considering it being up in the tree for three days. It was a bit dehydrated, but overall in really good shape and happy to be out of that tree” said D’Arpino.  

The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team is based in Stoughton and is an all volunteer organization that is dedicated to animal rescue.  

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LOVING THE SPRING FRUIT: Every spring the buds on the peach tree start to appear and shortly thereafter the squirrels and other little critters have a peach bud feast!  With the help of Mal Jacobs of Sharon, a group of Preschoolers at in Stoughton learned how to properly care for the peach tree in the school's backyard. 

During the lesson, they helped to unfold a tree net that was carefully wrapped over and around the tree. The net will allow the peaches to continue and will keep them safe from the local squirrel population. 

The children look forward to harvesting the peaches and including them in the schools healthy snack program! 

Shaloh House Preschool & Kindergarten mindfully serves only fresh fruit and vegetables as part of our raising healthy children initiative! 

For more information on Shaloh House Chabad of the South Area, contact Rabbi Gurkow or for information on the Preschool or Summer Preschool program please contact Marilyn Rabinovitz.  They can both be reached at 781-344-6334 or visit our website at www.shalohhouse.net.

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CHECK PLEASE! A Play by Jonathan Rand will be performed  by the SHS DRAMA CLUB.  Catch it on Saturday, May 12th at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 13th at 5 p.m.

The play will be on stage in the . General Admission is  $8. Students $7 and Kids 12 and under $5. !

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IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING!  OLD STOUGHTON MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS "It's A Grand Night For Singing" on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at the , 6 Park Street in Stoughton Center. Admission is $10, $7.50 for Seniors & Students.

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