The Pussums Cat Co. in Turner kicks off its anniversary in a big way

Supplies to make catnip toys line cabinets in the production location at Pussums Cat Co. in Turner. Pussums Cat Organization

Forty several years of cats and catnip in Turner. The Pussums Cat Organization is marking its anniversary in a huge way, producing a large — can you say “world’s largest” — catnip kicker at 72 inches large and 50 inches in girth.

Pussums Cat Business in Turner manufactured “the world s largest” catnip kicker for its 40th anniversary. Pussums Cat Co. image

For the uninitiated, catnip-loving cats arrive in two classes the lickers and enthusiasts, and the kickers and chasers. The kickers get the catnip-stuffed pillows and rabbit kick them with their again paws (a single method of kicking).

Okay, so why all the fuss about catnip? Due to the fact it is significant enterprise for the Turner-based wholesaler and retailer. Proprietor Susan Shaw tells The Excitement she goes as a result of 8,000 to 10,000 lbs of catnip each 12 months. She has 20 unbiased contractors, a few full-time and a few section-time personnel who sew together and things the catnip toys, cat mats and beds, pack them up and ship them to additional than 300 wholesale clients in 32 states.

Yes, there are hand-picked guard cats inside the facility. The 3 felines are hospice kitties picked simply because they really do not like catnip, which is genuine for just one in five cats, in accordance to Shaw. Consider the mayhem in a catnip warehouse if they did?

People today can capture the outsized catnip kicker on tour as a result of mid-August in different metropolitan areas, the place they can get their picture taken with the massive kicker and select up a sample of Dr. Pussums catnip, or prevent by the Turner retail store at 293 Auburn Highway.

Contractors are producing progress Wednesday on the groundwork for the Olive Backyard garden restaurant, bottom proper on Turner Avenue in Auburn. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

DIGGING THE OLIVE Backyard garden

The gates are up and the dozers are digging at the website of the future Olive Backyard garden restaurant at 649 Turner St. in Auburn. Demolition of the previous Ruby Tuesday cafe was done in early April and foundation work is underway.

Darden Eating places, the parent company of Olive Backyard, plans to build a 6,600-sq.-foot restaurant with an as-of-yet undetermined opening date in early 2023. The chain has areas in Augusta, South Portland and Bangor.


Maine is starting to experience the pinch on the housing market place from higher home finance loan fascination premiums and inflation.

Sales of one-family households declined 9.83% past thirty day period, in accordance to Maine Listings.

“We are beginning to see residences keeping on the marketplace for weeks alternatively of times, rate changes, and much less purchasers competing for new for-sale listings as increasing home loan desire premiums have cooled some segments of consumer demand,” Madeleine Hill, president of the Maine Association of Realtors, claimed.

Stock of one-loved ones homes continues to be traditionally low, Hill additional, with 1.8 months of offer accessible for sale. A 6-month offer is deemed a balanced market place.

The statewide median income price hit $360,825 in June 2022, up 16.4% when compared to June 2021. The median profits price tag implies that half of the residences had been offered for more and half bought for less.

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