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February ramblings!💐🌸🌻🎂

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Go, Dorrie, go!

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Dorrie does NOT wear fur – she just models it! 🐯🐶🐵🐸

By Dorrie Maynard

First, I would like to talk about my vehicle. I call it the bat mobile. Others sometimes refer to it as the Giving Van. It is beginning to be known around Worcester as the vehicle that hands out pet food on some days and necessitates to the less fortunate on other days.

It is a vehicle that is hard not to miss – a 2007 Black Toyota FJ Cruiser. I was the first person in Worcester to own one. I happened to be driving by
HarrToyota and they had one on
display. I went in with a few
friends. We had all decided that I
wasn’t buying, just looking. After I took it for a test drive, I asked: “Where do I sign?” I filled out the paperwork and waited for my “special order” to come in. It was the first new car I had ever purchased! I was so excited and, because it was so unique looking, every time I drove it, people would look and point! I vowed to keep it clean always!

Well, to those who know me, you know that never happened! My “truck” is always filled with things that are either coming or going. Almost every family member of mine has cleaned and/orsorted that vehicle out at least once. My nieces have done it several times. To people who don’t know me: if you ever happen to walk by my truck, you will think that someone is living in there
or living out of there! There are bags of bread, pet food, blankets, hats/gloves, “blessing bags,” chargers, and just general “stuff.”

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Dorrie’s cutie pies!

People call me all the time and tell me that they have things they need to get rid and ask if I could come and
get them, as they know I will always find homes for whatever they are getting rid of. I drive regularly to Shrewsbury and have driven to Auburn a few times in
the past month. I love sorting things and making gift packages of items that are going to various locations. I
bring things to Abby’s House for women, the Mustard Seed soup kitchen, …

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At a fund-raiser outside the glorious Mustard Seed for Dorrie’s CENTRAL MASS KIBBLE CONNECTION!!!

… WARL, a private, in-home cat rescue, a dog shelter in Connecticut. I also give to people that I know personally who are in need.

I am very fortunate that people who know me, know that I have this ability to “spread the love” or “share the wealth.” I hate to see things end up in the
trash or at the side of the road when I probably know someone who can use whatever is being re-homed.

I am considering starting a small non-profit that would enable me to pick up items from people and give them tax donation slips for their goods. At home I have a very large basement – I could start to warehouse items. I would run a free service to those in need and free pick up or drop off to people who want to just pass along their good, useable items.

Items would include but not
be limited to: household items, small furniture, linens, pots/pans, clothing, small appliances, etc. Of course, stipulations would have to be made: all items would need to be in clean, workable condition, as I would not
want to have to end up having to hire a dumpster to remove items that I could not pass on. … Just something
that I am thinking about as the 2017 begins.

Some other thoughts that are dancing in my head: all the pets that were adopted over the holidays that hopefully won’t end up back where they came
from or worse!

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Dorrie adopted these beauties …

… and has given Rose’s little Cece so many cute toys! Thanks, Auntie D!

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pics: R.T.

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Like Craigslist “free” to a good home. I
am confident that most animal rescues and shelters do their best to make sure these “failures” are few and far between, but I am sure there are some that cats and dogs that slip through
the cracks.

Several years ago,I had been looking for another dog after my first dog passed away, so I put it out there to all my friends that I was on the hunt. I was looking for an older, small female to be a companion to my other dog. A friend emailed me about a craigslist ad, “free to a good home.” The dog seemed perfect other than they described her as “protective.” I remember calling the
woman and begging her to keep the dog until I could get there to meet her. She mentioned that she had had several other calls that said they would just “take the dog.” I wanted to bring my current dog for a meet and greet to see if they would be comptable.

It was a Friday night drive to Dorchester in the middle ofrush hour. It took me 2.5 hours to get there. I got
lost several times and was ready to give up when the very kind woman offered to start walking to meet me. She described what she was wearing and I described
my “bat mobile” to her. We eventually met up and she directed me to her
house. When we arrived, I walked in and Princess attacked me, nipped my pants and practically lunged at my dog. I thought: This isn’t good, but I was patient and kept trying to get Princess to come near me. She was so attached to her owner and her kids, but they were moving and could not take her as their new lease did not allow dogs. I ended up saying, “What the heck, I’ll take
her and make it work!” I did give the woman $100 as she looked
like she could use it to help with moving expenses.

I brought Princess into my house and she has lived up to her name ever since!

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Princess is still “protective” and does not like strangers, especially men, but once guests are in my home and she knows the are “safe,” she does come around. I have no idea what her past was like, I know that I am her third and final owner, that she had been
“bred” and had had several litters. I guess that is why she gets along so well with my 3 year old dog that was
another rehoming find. They play like puppies even though Princess is 11 years old! They sleep together, play together, and eat together. I have found my pack!

Last and final rant. The streets of Worcester then and now. Many people know that I owned and operated a very “iconic” store on Highland Street. It was once known as the famous Shakie Jakes. I was there and loved
every minute of my owning my own business for 10 years, directly across the street from the Sole Proprietor.

It was a perfect spot for my business. I had always dreamed of running a resale shop but always found a million reasons why I couldn’t or shouldn’t. However,
when the opportunity came my way of following in the foot steps of such a landmark store, I had no more reasons
why I couldn’t.

However, owning and operating a small business is not all it is cracked up to be. Times change, my life
changed, other responsibilities became more important and, eventually, I decided to close shop. I will never regret following my dream of owning a resale store!

Unfortunately, the neighborhood changed, and the clientele started to become less and less desirable. Living in the
area, I found the same to be true as well. The small local businesses of Highland Street have all turned into a barber shop, a packaging/mail business, a nail and eye brow salon and a money exchange business. I am not saying they aren’t good for the neighborhood, but they are certainly not the Highland Street businesses that most remember, supported and loved to visit.

And with all that said, I will end my rants for early 2017 and look forward to sharing more stories and interests with you in the future!🌸🌻🌷

If anyone would like
to reach me for comment or questions, please feel free to email me at djmbytheelm@aol.com. All best to all!

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Jett 💙 the dog treats Dorrie gives him (and Lilac)! Dorrie passes out free dog and cat food to pet owners in need at the Mustard Seed, in Piedmont, every month.

Today and every Saturday!!! 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. …at the mighty St. John’s church! The beginnings of a FOOD HUB???

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FREE!

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING

at ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

TEMPLE STREET

FREE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES!

For you – and your children!!!

THANK YOU STOP AND SHOP!!!!

Free fresh fruits and vegetables will now be available from 9:30 to 11:30 Saturday mornings at the St. Francis Xavier Center soup kitchen.

St. John’s Church

20 Temple St.

The St. Francis Xavier Center also has a food pantry and serves hot breakfasts, Mon. – Fri.

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Also, today! 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. REC’s Farmers Market at Crystal Park, Main Street!

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Go, REC, go!!!!

– R.T.

Piedmont: The Mustard Seed’s Donna D. receives key to our city from Mayor Petty and D 4 City Councilor Rivera!

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

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District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera, the Mustard Seed soup kitchen’s Donna Domiziano and Mayor Joseph Petty stand yesterday at the end of the handicapped ramp leading into the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker House at 93 Piedmont St. where Donna has been in charge for the last three decades feeding and even clothing the needy who came through the doors looking for help. They gave Donna a Key to the City for all her selfless work on behalf of Worcester’s downtrodden.

Donna did not want to stop serving the poor, but the people in charge decided that she had served long enough and deserved a well needed rest, so she is being retired.

Donna still plans to help those in need with an operation out of the trunk of her car when she gets settled in her new apartment, which is being provided through the Catholic Diocese here in Worcester.

I can’t say enough about the Catholic faith here in Worcester that has been seeing to the needs of the homeless and hungry people of Worcester for many years. The Mustard Seed is a testament to the ability of concerned and caring individuals to provide sustenance to all regardless of religious affiliation, race, gender, or economic status. Very rarely have they turned anyone away from these programs and, when they did, there was generally a need to do so in order to prevent injury to staff or patrons from an intoxicated or unruly guest.

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Donna holds the “Key to the City of Worcester” made by students at the Worcester Technical High School on Skyline Drive. It was presented to her, with the reading of a proclamation by Mayor Petty in which her service to the community was recognized.

Donna put on a special Lasagna Dinner as a send off for the patrons that she has served all these years.

There were 17 pans of Lasagna made for the occasion served with sausage, peppers, onions, a fresh garden salad, bread, Shasta soda in Grape or Lemon/Lime and an Italian Ice push up for dessert in various tropical flavors like Papaya, Mango, and Pomegranate!

Neither Mayor Petty nor Councilor Rivera could stay to have the dinner with the people, but I sure did! And it was delicious!

Donna will be remembered for years of self-sacrifice. She says she will “Still be scattering the Seed” out of the trunk of her car when she leaves the Mustard Seed June 1, 2015. She told everyone at the dinner that they will all be getting her business card when she gets her new phone number. It will be a way to contact her if someone needs help – help that she can provide with the assistance of many of her contacts that she’s made over the years. Contacts that donate goods and food to help the needy in the Worcester County of our Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

God save the Commonwealth and God bless Donna Domiziano!