On The Light Side
FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ To paraphrase an old saying: Better wed than dead - particularly in that mausoleum.
That’s where a Flint couple began their married life, because the bride said such a structure represents the loving qualities of her new marriage.
″It’s a sanctuary, a place of love and a place of memories,″ said Gwen Lynk, the bride and a sales counselor at Flint Memorial Park. ″And we (employees and owners of the cemetery) all treat each other like family here, and it was nice to be among family.″
Lynk and Steven S. Schultz were married Sunday in the building, which has skylights and stained glass windows, amid balloons, streamers, floral arrangements and tombs.
Some of the preceremony guests were people who came to visit crypts, unaware of the wedding.
″They were favorably impressed that we were going to be married in that setting,″ Lynk said.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Specialty shops that cater to pampered pets are proliferating in California faster than rabbits, industry watchers say.
Such stores are occupying more retail space, but far fewer operate outside California, said John M. McMillin, a food industry analyst with Prudential- Bache Securities in New York.
″Only Californians would put their dogs on a diet,″ he said. ″But I’m seeing more and more interest in people getting into this business.″
The stores provide such items as gourmet foods, handmade toys and European furniture.
″People are definitely pampering their pets more. I find many of the people are more concerned with their animals’ nutrition than their own,″ said Jan Edminster, owner of the Pet Shop. People are ″starting to realize that grocery store (pet) food is junk food, and they don’t want their pets to have it.″
At Companion Pet Supply, owner Joseph Hale offers customers such items as $60 fur-lined dog beds and $40 fake diamond-studded leashes and collars.
The store helps pet owners ″spoil their babies,″ said Hale, owner of more than 200 birds. He said he’s unmarried and never wants human children.
BROOKTONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The 4-foot-long lizard snapped his teeth and wagged his tongue at residents of this town, creating what looked like an outtake from a ″B″ horror film.
″Apparently, this thing was not very happy and was trying to bite everything in sight,″ Tompkins County sheriff’s Deputy David Bush said after the 5-pound, non-poisonous reptile was captured Sunday.
Several Brooktondale residents spotted the lizard Saturday and tried to catch it, but the animal quickly shredded the paper bag it was stuffed into, said Gordon Gabaree, of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The lizard escaped and apparently spent Saturday night in the woods.
″This is the kind of lizard they use in Hollywood movies with the long waving tail, the claws to dig into the skin and the fork-shaped tongue,″ said Kraig Adler, a Cornell University biology professor.
The lizard’s now in Adler’s custody while he looks for the owner. If no one claims the lizard, Adler said, it will probably be donated to the Burnet Park Zoo in Syracuse.