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CONNECTICUT'S OLDEST FARM COOPERATIVE MARKS CENTENNIAL HELPING FIND GOOD HOMES FOR LAST POST ANIMALS

 CANTON CENTER, Conn., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Canton Creamery, believed to be Connecticut's oldest farmers' cooperative, marks 100 years of service this weekend by helping find good homes for pets.
 Dogs and cats from the famed Last Post home for cats and other animals will be shown 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Creamery, which also is considered one of the oldest, continually operating feed and farm supplies stores in the United States.
 The Last Post, established by the late radio celebrity Pegeen Fitzgerald, offers the animals for adoption at no charge but checks references of persons offering to adopt the animals to insure responsible ownership.
 The Creamery is a 100-year-old white frame structure (on Route 179 at 150 Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center). It began as a dairy cooperative. Katherine Hepburn is known to stop by to pick up cheese there, according to its owner, Gloria Rossetti Michaud, who has expanded its operations to garden supplies and hardware.
 Among lovable animals shown for adoption, according to Jeanne Toomey, the Last Post's executive director, will be Hobo, a large and friendly mixture of a St. Bernard and a Labrador Retriever.
 "Or meet Astro, a Benji-look-alike, or Timmie, a Collie type or a number of our beautiful cats," she says.
 All are up to date on their shots, have been altered and are in perfect health, she says.
 Ms. Rossetti Michaud notes The Creamery's tradition of service is demonstrated by records of transactions of Connecticut farm families dating to when Benjamin Harrison was president and Thomas Edison was perfecting his movie machine.
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 /CONTACT: Jeanne Toomey, executive director of The Last Post, 203-824-5469/


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