Pat Shingleton: "Cider and Hummingbirds..."
A hoedown is a dance or traditional fiddle tunes. Octobers in high school included the Varsity “R” Hoedown, a fundraiser for the athletic teams that included food, music and cider drinking competitions. As one contestant accidentally spilled a mug of cider, my brother Mike prepared to clean the mess when Bobo Ticani stepped into the cider puddle. Mike kindly told him to move and Bobo made the mistake of saying, “Make me!” With Jim Richards as Mike’s top second, Bobo was directed to Locust Grove School to settle the disagreement. On a clear, chilly, October evening Mike, Jim, Bobo and his entourage poured out of their vehicles. Before Bobo could get his coat off, Mike landed two rights and a left, knocked him out and settled the cider dispute. From cider to birds... Some of our viewers and readers have reported an increase in hummingbird sightings since the storms. Birdwatchers report that the ever popular Ruby Throated Hummingbird will leave our area at the end of the month with a few staying year-round. The website: hummingbirds.net reports that in addition to the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, twelve species of hummingbirds, from the Rufous and Black-chinned to the Broad-tailed, Broad-billed and Green-eared hummingbirds pay us a visit. The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species that breeds east of the Rockies and will journey to their wintering grounds in Central America. National Wildlife Week’s, “Wildlife and Weather” suggests keeping your feeders in place for some stragglers.