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Rodents plague residents

Barb Swan was visiting with her brother about a month ago at her home on the upper end of 5th Avenue when she realized they weren't alone.

"We were enjoying the birds, which I always feed," she said, "and he was up on the bird feeder."

"He" was a rat, about the length of the 10-inch feeder, with a tail to match.

"I took a quick, closer look to identify what it was and, all of a sudden, I'm thinking, 'Oh, dear,'" Swan recalled.

Down the hill on 6th Avenue, Sharon Malone says she had a visitor as well, right about the same time.

"The first one appeared under my sink, coming up from under...