“The Sasquatch Escape: The Imaginary Veterinary: Book I” by Suzanne Selfors; Little Brown, $15.99.

Ten-year-old Ben Silverstein is sure that spending the summer living with his grandfather in the boring town of Buttonville is going to be the worst summer ever. There’s no swimming pool, hardly any other kids, and his grandfather’s idea of fun is Pudding Day at the senior center.

But on the way into town he spots what looks like a dragon overhead. And then his grandfather’s cat drags what appears to be an injured tiny fire-breathing dragon into Ben’s bedroom. Ben meets Pearl Petal, who loves adventure, has a reputation as the town troublemaker and lives in an apartment over the Dollar Store. The two start investigating Dr. Woo’s Worm Hospital and are enlisted in the hunt for an escaped Sasquatch (who likes to sort things by color and is VERY fond of chocolate).

At the end of the book are a bunch of ideas for writing your own stories, plus a recipe for chocolate pudding!

This is the first of what promises to be a very entertaining series from the author of the “Smells Like Dog” series and many other books.

– Jean Westmoore


“Dig with the Experts” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. Paleontologists will be available to assist visitors and provide instruction on how to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the fossils collected at Penn Dixie. Registration is $25-$30. Space is limited. Call 627-4560 or visit


When the radio was first invented, it was used as a wireless telegraph. Messages between ships at sea were transmitted in Morse code – a series of electric “dots” and “dashes.” Early radio operators identified themselves with shot call letters that they could easily tap out in Morse code. At the time, people made up their own call letters. Soon things got very confusing. To avoid this confusion, the world’s nations got together and gave each radio operator a set of call letters to use. That’s why today every radio station (and every TV station, too) has its own unique set of call letters.

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