Big smiles despite a pilfered pumpkin

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Big smiles despite a pilfered pumpkin

Cara Martin-Zieammerman, 8, and her brother, Larry Zieammerman, 2, grandchildren of Cathy Martin of Hillsboro, had smiles for the photographer Wednesday while posing with one of their two remaining pumpkins. But the pair was more than a little disappointed when their grandmother told them their favorite pumpkin, estimated to be three times larger than this one, was apparently stolen from Martin’s front yard at 302 W. Grand sometime late last week. Martin said the kids had planted the seeds on a lark, and to her surprise, the plant took off and yielded three sizable pumpkins. The two kids had been planning to enter the big one at the county fair in two weeks. Martin said she reported the theft to the police, but doesn’t expect the Great Pumpkin to be recovered. “The first thing Larry did when he came over was run over to where the pumpkin had been growing to see how much bigger it was-and it wasn’t there anymore,” Martin said.

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