the old buzzard next door. No, we’re not being insulting. She really is an old buzzard, and she really does live next door. Mildred may be a buzzard, but she’s got eyes like a hawk – nothing slips by her. Rumor has it she’s a retired librarian... Or a former drill sergeant in the merchant marines. So, if it’s mischief you’re planning, you better find a way to skirt around Mildred’s house. She makes very good cookies, however, and always has a plate of them out, should you stumble through her back door while chasing a cricket, trying to figure out what makes it sing. She also knows the answer to just about everything, information culled from years of doing crossword puzzles...in ink.