Was it just me?
Perhaps. I was pretty tired yesterday.
But Sunday's Sun -- my favorite of all local news pages -- left me feeling uninspired; for instance: a profile of the county’s outgoing communications director, an update on our very own Hatfield-McCoy feud (more of the same -- they should really just flip a coin and make the loser move.), and a piece on married couples working together at Howard High School. Now, there’s nothing wrong with any of these stories – indeed, I rather enjoyed reading all of them. But simply because a story is worth reading doesn’t mean it’s worth blogging. I have high standards, after all.
So, what is blog-worthy? Uh...
Normally, if there’s snow on the ground, it’s safe to assume that I tracked the predictions and prognostications of our local weather folk to grade their performances (a.k.a. Weatherman Accountability). Unfortunately, there were almost no variations among forecasts and the consensus view before the “storm” (1” of snow) verified. No need for further examination.
Of course, it’s also reasonable to assume that I was out taking numerous pictures of our transformed local landscape and would then post at least one here. Alas, I went skiing yesterday and didn’t get back until well after dark. But, what the heck, here’s a picture Abbzug took of the dog through our kitchen window.
Right Well, here’s a story about the case involving the Plaza Tower. The point of the story is to tell us that a ruling is expected today (Monday) determining whether opponents have legal standing to challenge the project. Hmm. This is kind of an important decision, right? And not just for this specific case.
This story is basically stock boilerplate that can run – with only a few name changes – whenever a new governor takes office. Again, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Meanwhile, of real interest, vultures are becoming quite the pests around here, unless you’re the type of person who likes them (for instance, me), in which case they’re a welcome addition to the landscape.
Anyway, earlier this year the mixed kettle (venue?) of Turkeys and Blacks was bothering parts of Long Reach and now they’ve moved to my neighborhood, Oakland Mills. For the past couple months I’ve seen them circling above the high school towards sunset as they get ready for a night of tearing the roof off the sucker (literally!).
If you've driven by Oakland Mills High School in the early morning or evening, you might have noticed strobe lights flashing from the roof.The story says “turkey vultures,” but the group is mostly made up of their close relatives, black vultures, which used to be uncommon this far north (draw your own climate change conclusions). And this gives me a chance to include another photo of my dog, this one from last week when we came across the group feeding on a squirrel near the village center.
The lights are a way to repel about 100 turkey vultures that roost on the roof and rip away patches of material in the process.
The vultures started showing up in November, and school officials are illuminating the strobe lights every day from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Finally, this looks like an interesting thing to do on Saturday:
Barbara Kellner, director of the Columbia Archives, will offer coffee, dessert, conversation and a film about James W. Rouse and Columbia from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28.
The event will be held at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.
The program, "Columbia: Share the Vision," is sponsored by the Town Center Community Association.
Kellner will share stories about Rouse, the town's founder, and the early days of Columbia.
Reservations are requested.
Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-4744.