Divine signs show up in calf and cutting board, someone donates a pontoon boat to Goodwill, people assault each other with a bagel and doughnut, and more in this week’s edition.

Calf born with cross symbol on head

NORWICH, Conn. - Dairy farmer Brad Davis woke Dec. 1 to find his cow licking the head of her newborn calf. There was a white furry splotch on his head, and Davis took the calf to a heated room in the barn to dry. A few hours later, he returned and found the animal sitting up in the sawdust, the white mark dry and in the shape of a cross.


“I almost fell over,” said Davis, 45. “I felt like I should be on my knees.”


His father, Andrew Gallup Davis, 70, said he’s seen thousands of calves born, but none with a marking like this.


“It’s not one you look at and you try to make something out of it. It’s pronounced,” he said.


Neighborhood children visited and named the calf Moses.


His mother, Fuzzy, is a 2 1⁄2-year-old Holstein cow; his father, Ferdinand, is a 4-year-old Jersey. 


Ric Grummer, chairman of the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, said white markings on the head of Holstein animals are common.


“Clearly, if you get a nice unique cross, it’s unique, but it’s not totally surprising that something like this would happen,” Grummer said.


Mother Teresa appears in cutting board


MELROSE, Mass. - Wendy Golini has a reputation as boisterous conversationalist, a reputation well known to the customers at her Cedar Perk restaurant in Melrose, but when she recently saw an image of Mother Teresa on her cutting board at the restaurant, Golini said she only shared it with a few friends.


“I don’t want to be the crazy lady who saw something,” she said, laughing.


The morning the image appeared, Golini said she’d been praying, particularly imploring Mother Teresa for help with tribulations relating to Golini and her friends and family. Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who died in 1997, spent her life ministering to the destitute, particularly in the slums of Calcutta, India, where she founded the Missionaries of Charity.


Golini said she then looked down and saw the image in the cutting board and stood and stared — “Like I was afraid to move” — and began to cry, drawing the attention of others in the restaurant who were similarly taken aback by the image.


Golini then decided to post a photo of the image on her Facebook account, which is set to private and only visible to her friends. From there, “it started to snowball,” she said, with word spreading quickly, leading to e-mail inquiries from the press.


“I’m not asking anybody to believe anything,” she continued. “I just wanted to share the experience, so if there was one other person who felt the way I did that day and who wasn’t as strong or was about to lose their faith … well, I’ve gotten that.”


The cutting board is now displayed on a stand at Cedar Perk for people to see, and people are continuing to drop in to see it.


Ohio Goodwill acquires unusual donation


CANTON, Ohio - Goodwill gets its share of unique donations, but this one nears the top of the list: a pontoon boat.


It’s complete with two bass seats and a 9.9 horsepower motor. The boat sits — for sale — on cinder blocks in the Goodwill parking lot.


“It’s the first one I can recall,” said Mary Moriarty, vice president of retail operations at Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, who has worked there for 20-plus years.


She said a man who lived at Congress Lake contacted them about making the donation during the summer. Problem was, he didn’t have a trailer. So Goodwill borrowed one, went to his place and picked up the boat.


Goodwill accepts all sorts of donations, from clothing to cars, and now, even a pontoon boat. Last year, 426,831 people donated items to the retail program.


The price for the boat, minus a trailer, is $1,200.


Police: Man wielding doughnut targets officer


LEXINGTON, Mass. - A Lexington police officer was grazed by a flying doughnut last Friday.


Police said the incident occurred during Lexington’s Festival Night, an annual event that welcomes Santa to Lexington Center for the official lighting of downtown’s holiday display.


During the event, police said, Travis Kelley, 19, was selling wreathes without a permit.


Police issued Kelley several warnings and asked him to stop the sale. That’s when things got sticky.


Police said Kelley got upset and threw a doughnut at an officer, hitting him in the chest. A call to Kelley’s home Wednesday was not returned.


Kelley was charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.


Police say bagel used as a weapon


COHASSET, Mass. – A 19-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl apparently had a dispute over a boyfriend that resulted in an assault with a bagel in a local eatery last week, according to police. 


One girl, who was employed at the restaurant, thought the other girl had come in to harass her, and she allegedly threw a bagel in her face. The dispute was reported to police.


No one was injured and no charges are being pursued.


Management is handling the matter with the employee, police said.


Ohio child tells police to arrest mom for being 'mean' and 'always drunk'


MASSILLON, Ohio - When a 5-year-old girl told police to “take my mom to jail because she is very mean and is always drunk,” they did.


The 38-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Stark County Jail on charges of domestic violence and endangering children, both misdemeanors.


Jail records said the child’s mother was angry and “highly intoxicated” when she threw a tennis shoe at the child, striking the girl in the head. The woman admitted having thrown the shoe, calling the incident an “accident.”


Jail records also said the woman was “highly intoxicated and unable to care for her daughter.”


The jail records did not say whether Child Protective Services was notified or whether the child was turned over to another family member.


GateHouse News Service