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If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end…

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…it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.

The above picture is actually of the Boulevard of the Allies back in 1930. I think those same cars are still stuck in traffic there!

We have lot’s coming up in the next few days including a LEGO contest, a raffle drawing, and a Labor Day cookout!

Of course Labor Day reminds me of an old joke about someone that struggled to find how they should spend their days laboring. The following is their first person report:

As a young man

  • My first job was in an orange juice factory, but I couldn’t concentrate on the same old boring rind, so I got canned.
  • Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.
  • After that, I tried working in a donut shop, but I soon got tired of the hole business.
  • I manufactured calendars, but my days were numbered.
  • I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it. Mainly because it was a sew-sew job, de-pleating and de-pressing.
  • I took a job as an upholsterer, but I never recovered.

In my prime

  • Next I tried working in a car muffler factory, but that was exhausting.
  • I wanted to be a barber, but I just couldn’t cut it.
  • Then I was a pilot, but tended to wing it, and I didn’t have the right altitude.
  • I studied to become a doctor, but I didn’t have enough patients for the job.
  • I became a Velcro salesman, but I couldn’t stick with it.
  • I tried my hand at a professional career in tennis, but it wasn’t my racket. I was too high strung.
  • I became a baker, but it wasn’t a cakewalk, and I couldn’t make enough dough. They fired me after I left a cake out in the rain.
  • I was a masseur for a while, but I rubbed people the wrong way.
  • I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.

Later in life

  • Then I became a personal trainer in a gym, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.
  • I thought about being a historian, but I couldn’t see a future in it.
  • Next I was an electrician, but I found the work shocking and revolting, so they discharged me.
  • I tried being a teacher, but I soon lost my principal, my faculties, and my class.
  • I turned to farming, but I wasn’t outstanding in my field.
  • I took a job as an elevator operator. The job had its ups and downs, and I got the shaft.
  • I sold origami, but the business folded.


  • I took a job at UPS, but I couldn’t express myself.
  • I tried being a fireman, but I suffered burnout.
  • I became a banker, but I lacked interest and maturity, and finally withdrew from the job.
  • I was a professional fisherman, but I couldn’t live on my net income.
  • I next worked in a shoe factory, but I just didn’t fit in. They thought I was a loafer, and I got the boot.
  • I worked at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.

…so I’ve retired, and I find I’m a perfect fit for this job!

With both Labor Day and our first LEGO event of the new school year coming up, it has caused me to pause. Some of you may not have realized this, but I worked in hospitals for years before teaching and opening Lost and Found. I worked at the four letters for nine years and I spent eight years at a small community hospital. Naturally all that hospital work has allowed me to give deep consideration about what the most common procedure would be at a LEGO hospital. Plastic Surgery!

Of course considering what I do now, running a soda fountain pharmacy, reminds me of a knock knock joke.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Ice cream.
Ice cream who?
Ice cream (I scream) when I step on a LEGO!

We want to encourage kids in first through sixth grade to come in and join us for our LEGO Competition this Saturday, September 2nd, starting at 11. There is no entry fee and there will be prizes!

Of great importance, we have our annual fundraiser with lots of exciting baskets. Tickets are priced as follow:

1 ticket for $1
7 tickets for $5
16 tickets for $10
40 tickets for $20

Below is a list of the baskets and their contents:

  1. Elk County Basket – Six pack Straub “Octoberfest” beer, PA hickory syrup, 1 bottle Copper Fox (Serendipity) wine, North Country popcorn, elk cups, elk jerky, Koozie, bottle opener, Jack Paluh elk ornament
  2. Devotional Basket – Bible (Message translation), prayer journal, daily devotional, sermon notes, Bible study book, Bible tabs, “Bless this House” magnet. 3 Christian music CDs
  3. Avon Basket – Lotions, bubble bath soap, watch, loofah, hand soap, bug spray, shampoo, conditioner
  4. Spicy Basket – Flamin hot Mt. Dew, spicy socks, variety of hot sauces, spicy corn relish, spicy pretzels, spicy mustard, hot peanuts, hot popcorn, hot tamales, spicy ramen
  5. Back to School Basket – 1 binder, 2 notebooks, child scissors, regular scissors, scented highlighters, classic board games, post it notes, 2 in 1 headphones, super tip markers, pencils, M&Ms, scotch tape
  6. Knit and Crochet Basket – 4 learn to knit books, learn to crochet book, various yarns, crochet tools
  7. Loom Basket – Long and round loom set, 7 skeins of yarn, hat and scarf instructions
  8. Fair Trade Basket – Wind chimes, family decoration, two branched maracas, single maraca, 2 paper tablets, glass earrings, glass necklace, key chain, glass tea rest, blue trivet, organic coffee with mug, two bracelets
  9. Home for the Holidays Basket – Pedestal hurricane set, battery operated wax candle (batteries included), 2 hand/fingertip towels, “Merry and Bright” wooden door sign, 3 lace doilies, large holiday ornament
  10. Joyful and Blessed Basket – Holiday ornament, warm and cozy mugs, hazelnut and french vanilla cocoa mix, sherpa slippers, pot holder kit with blueberry muffin mix, glass tray, fondue kiss with Hershey Kisses, Marshmallow fluff
  11. Pamper Basket – Exfoliating gloves, bath salts, candle, soaps, lotion, brush, chocolate pretzels
  12. Clean Auto Basket – Car seat organizer, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, glass cleaner
  13. Lottery Basket – $50 lottery tickets
  14. Roosters Galore Basket – 2 placemats, 2 mugs, salt and pepper shakers, large rooster (white), medium rooster (white), brown rooster, glass decanter, rooster jug, rooster print
  15. Spa Basket – Bathrobe (medium), slippers (medium), bath pillow, hair towel, bath sponge, body butter, lavender shower gel, lavender candle, zen garden
  16. Gift Card Garden – $50 Outback Steak, $60 Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, $25 Applebee’s, $30 Panera, $25 Subway, $10 Chic-Fil-A
  17. Let it Snow Basket – $20 Walmart gift card, heated throw, frosted vanilla candle, snowman dispenser and hand soap, bottle of Pinot Grigio, 2 red and black hand towels, 3 pair gloves, Swiss Miss, Hot Hands hand warmers, 2 pair fuzzy socks, 1 pair socks, black tassel cap and scarf, napkins
  18. Wine Picnic Basket – Picnic Basket, 1 bottle rose wine, 1 bottle red blend wine, 1 bottle Reisling, set of 4 cups, plates, and silverware, 2 glass wine glasses, 2 plastic wine glasses, 2 coasters, 2 plastic containers, corkscrew, candle, tea towel, flower arrangement
  19. Red Patriot Basket – Flip flops, napkins, ladies XL top, flashing light toy, wooden decoration, wallet, patriotic ball ornament
  20. Lady of Luxury Basket – Slippers size 7-8, scrunchie and headband set, “Before you Go” toilet spray, Spongelle (beach grass scent), wide nail brush, flower hand towel, dental floss, toothbrush, concentrated room spray, Bath and Body Works foaming hand soap, almond butter exfoliating spa soap, almond body butter, Gilechrist & Soames skin care bar, chocolate shower burst in mesh bag, “Endless Weekend” room spray, Dove soap moisture cream, Dove soap, stress release sticky pad, antibacterial hand gel, heavy duty clip, fabric lined basket
  21. Kate Spade Purse – New, unopened, $479 value; bonus Kate Spade change purse
  22. Date Night Out Gift Cards – $25 Village Inn gift card, $25 Eat-n-Park gift card
  23. Steeler’s Basket – Two tickets to the Steeler’s vs. Browns game September 18th 8:15pm, Welcome Home Steeler’s decoration, Steeler’s magnet, Steeler’s “Loyalty” decoration, Black and gold tote
  24. Keeley’s Basket – 2-minute masque, preguard cream, free haircut certificate, shampoo, hair spray, conditioner
  25. Pasqualino’s Basket – $25 Pasqualino’s gift card, spaghetti, penne, Pasqualino’s sauce, oven mitt, spaghetti cooking spoon
  26. Raspberry Basket – 1 bottle raspberry wine, 1 bottle raspberry syrup, 1 bottle raspberry vinaigrette, 1 jar raspberry fruit spread, 1 box of raspberry caffeine free tea, bag of raspberry candy and chocolate bar, 1 box of raspberry jello, 1 box of raspberry fruit grain bars
  27. Child Activity Basket – 1 bottle bubbles, 1 bubble wand, 1 bubble flying disc, 1 bubble blower, shapes puzzle, dinosaur train puzzle, 4 coloring books, 1 activity number book, 1 sticker number book, 2 ready to read books, 1 funny face book, ABC magnetic letters, fruit loop crayons, jolly rancher crayons, water color paints, jellie scissors
  28. Ice Cream Basket – 4 color changing plastic cups, waffle bowls, ice cream cones, caramel topping, strawberry topping, marshmallow topping, maraschino cherries, magic shell, rainbow sprinkles, sugar pearls, mixed nut topping, ice cream scooper, Reese’s Pieces, mini M&Ms, $5 Aldi gift card for ice cream
  29. Pasquale’s Basket – 2 #20 gift certificates to Pasquale’s Pizza, $15 play money in box
  30. Tea Basket – 2 English teacups and saucers, etched glass creamer and sugar bowl, mulberry candle, teapot notepad, gentle beauty within book, variety of teas, mint chocolate (fair trade), organic honey
  31. Crayola Basket – Glitter crayons, 3 boxes regular crayons, 3 boxes colored pencils, 1 box markers, 1 activity pack
  32. Car Clean Basket – 2 Air Fresheners, Tire Wet, car garbage bags, glass cleaner, dashboard phone grip pad, 2 cleaning wipes, 2 disinfecting wipes, car wash card, car wash sponge
  33. Hardware Basket – $25 gift certificate to Eastwood Hardware, Cable ties, electrical tape, sanding block, long nose pliers, screwdriver set, precision screwdriver set, gloves, safety scraper
  34. Autumn Welcome Decoration
  35. Christmas Basket – Lennox bowl, soap, crystal cross, tea towel, penguin dish, lighted ornament, candle, Peanut Gang mug, ornaments, Santa wooden decor, dog picture frame
  36. Office Basket – Perpetual calendar, expanding file folder, wonder file, notepad, index cards, small post it notes, pens, pencils, journal
  37. Artwork – 3 wall pictures
  38. Kitchen Basket – Coleman airpot, 2 pugs, 2 anchor hocking glass bowls, spoon rest, pampered chef garnisher, pampered chef au gratin dish, grater, cutting board, measuring spoons, crumbs sweeper, condiment bowls
  39. Golf Basket

Winning tickets will be drawn at 4pm on September 4th.

Winners do not need to be present during the drawing.

I should probably mention what else we have coming up in the not too distant future:

  • Friday, September 1st, 5ish – 9ish, Extra Long Board Game Night ~ This has long been a tradition to come in on a Friday and have fun playing games. This time, people have made plans for a long game night of their own accord. Several people are coming in early to play Power Grid.
  • Saturday, September 2nd, 11AM – noon, Space Themed LEGO Contest ~ For September’s LEGO competition, we are encouraging kids to focus on outer space. I think this category will be pretty far out!
  • Saturday, September 2nd, 1PM – 3PM, Tech Help ~ We are a handful of tech heads that like technology and would like to help you with your stuff. We can help with cell phone, tablet, and computer problems/questions. We can talk with you about the latest tech like streaming TV, home security, cyber security, etc. This is all done for free, you just need to come in and ask for help. We will also be offering some classes come September, so let us know what you want to know more about.
  • Saturday, September 2nd, 7PM – 8:30PM, Bereans Group ~ This group, which is open to the public, is discussing, ‘When is it ok to lie?’. Think Rahab, Egyptian midwives, etc.
  • Monday, September 4th : Labor Day ~ We will have a raffle drawing and grilled foods. The grill will be open from 11AM to 5PM
  • Tuesday, 5th, 7PM – 8:30PM, Bible Study ~ We are studying the Book of Exodus. This reminds me of a joke, Why did the Egyptians have a hard time recruiting laborers after the Hebrews left? It was a pyramid scheme.
  • Friday, September 8th, 5ish – 9ish, Extra Long Board Game Night ~ This has long been a tradition to come in on a Friday and have fun playing games. This time, we are gathering early to play my favorite game, XIA and also to discuss some of my upcoming modifications to the game.
  • Saturday, September 9th, 1PM – 3PM, Tech Help in 3D ~ We are a handful of tech heads that like technology and would like to help you with your stuff. We can help with cell phone, tablet, and computer problems/questions. We can talk with you about the latest tech like streaming TV, home security, cyber security, etc. This is all done for free, you just need to come in and ask for help. This will also be the first time that we offer a class on a specific subject, 3D printing. We will discuss types of 3D printing and tools of the trade.
  • Wednesday, September 20th, 5PM – 7PM, Chariots of Fire ~ This movie is based on the true story of two British athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. Join us to watch this classic movie.

As we’ve recently started selling board games at Lost and Found, I decided to highlight a board game that is also space based, Star Wars: Outer Rim.

Take to the stars and become a living legend in Star Wars: Outer Rim, a game of bounty hunters, mercenaries, and smugglers for 1-4 players!

In Outer Rim, you take on the role of an underworld denizen, setting out to make your mark on the galaxy. You’ll travel the outer rim in your personal ship, hire legendary Star Wars characters to join your crew, and try to become the most famous (or infamous) outlaw in the galaxy!

Now for the part everyone always asks about, the actual food! Our soup is our very popular chicken tortilla soup and our sandwich is our locally popular Penn Hills Cheese Steak! Our specialty ice creams are White House Cherry and Peanut Butter Cup.

Thanks and God bless,

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