Home sale and writing award

     The big news lately is that we sold my little brick cottage in the woods, the one I lived in alone before Donna Rai’ and I moved to Sharon, in one day, a remarkable feat since real estate in the Shenango Valley is very much a buyer’s market these days. I had done some cleaning, made some repairs, improved the landscaping, and put a paint job on the house and garage and got the property looking better than it ever did when I lived there. It’s a unique place, very private, with lots of woods on all sides and 3.5 acres. The first person who looked at it fell in love with the house and setting and bought the place immediately. So don’t listen to the naysayers who tell you you’ll never sell your house.
     The other news is that Donna Rai’ and I and also Grove City writer Brad Isles attended the annual Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association awards conference recently in Butler, PA. We enjoyed seminars on writing and photography, a breakout meeting at the Butler Hunting and Fishing Club, and an awards and fundraising banquet. We outbid a rival at auction for a beautiful painting of mourning doves on the wing by artist Gerry Putt, and I received a conservation award for a piece I did last year about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s work in the Allegheny National Forest. That was a nice surprise. The competition’s fierce.
     Good luck out there. And have a great week outdoors    

~ Don Feigert, 6-14-07

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