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Posted 02/22/98

Message from Ed Plummer ...

Since I wrote my last column for the September ANTIC, we have had our Summer Sporting Days and Fall Festival as well as an earthdog practice in Martinsburg, WV. The events were terrific, as we have come to expect, and I would like to thank all who helped. But especially Jane Anderson, John and Pam Beale, Carolyn and Wally Bishop, Mary Fine, Sheila Foran, Peter and Pru Read, Dick Reynolds, and Carl and Faith Schrader deserve our appreciation.

My heart is particularly warmed by evidence that Norfolks are coming out through out the land to enter and qualify at earthdog and field events. As reported last issue, Robert and Henrietta Lachman's Rosey earned her Senior Earthdog title in June. In August, Sheila Foran's Grenadier earned his AWTA Certificate of Gameness and then, in September, Carl and Faith Schrader's Rosebud earned her JE title at the Scotty Club's event following our ANTA practice session at the Bishop's Finale Farm.

I recently learned that over the October 18-19 weekend "Team Norfolk" descended on AWTA and AKC tests at Crosswicks, NJ, where Debby Pritchard's Grazie qualified in Introduction to Quarry, Sue Ely's Ch. Reidmar Sweet Georgia Brown attained AWTA Certificate of Gameness and an AKC JE leg, Richard and Cheryl Reynolds' Jeep qualified in AWTA Novice and earned an AKC JE leg, and Mary Waters 9-month-old Domby bitch earned an AKC JE leg. Plus, the Lachmans' Rosey came within seconds of qualifying for Master Earthdog (this just weeks after producing her first litter). Congratulations to you all; you are demonstrating that the Norfolk is a working terrier!

Jane Anderson has some wonderful new items for the store. We now have a beautiful Holiday Greeting card with two Norfolk puppies in a sleigh with a pine-bough background; get them, for next year if not this. The "big" new item is a one-of-a-kind, portable writing desk with drawers that is adorned with a delightful Norfolk oil painting, signed and dated, by Cynthia Morse. The consensus at Katonah was that this piece should be raffled off.

Next year we will have our regular big three events, with the Spring Fling tentatively set for Casanova, VA. In addition, Tony Gabrielli and Wayne Palmer are planning an ANTA match in the Cleveland, Ohio, area July 11th in coordination with the Ashtabula and Grand River KC's AKC shows that weekend; watch for details.

By the first of the year, ANTA should be online with the ANTA Home Page at We will stress the educational focus of our Club and will have past ANTIC articles from the first issues to the present. We will have a Norfolk photo gallery that changes regularly and invite the submission of interesting Norfolk pictures (not show pictures) which should be sent to me. Include the names of the dog(s); parents, and dog(s) owner, plus appropriate photo credit.

And, next year is an election year. I devoted my June column to this, so I will only reiterate here that, if you are interested in participating in the day-to-day activities of ANTA, let me or Secretary Lori Pelletier know and we make your desires known to the nominating committee.

Ed Plummer
December 1997


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