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Living the Old-Fashioned Way

wind turbine in Dublin OHThere’s much ado about the use … and investment … into the wind turbine business. We have a few of them here in central Ohio. The one in the photo is at Glacier Park in Dublin and it provides electricity for the park lights.

Some states with persistent strong winds have acres of them. The first time I saw one of the big wind farms was perhaps 20 years ago on a business trip to California. East of Los Angeles there was a huge farm which I suppose took advantage of the Santa Ana winds. I saw another such farm when driving between Amarillo and Albuquerque where the winds rush down off the Rocky Mts.

Now that the big behemoths are in the news, we’re learning that millions of birds are killed as they try to fly through the farm and that the ground temperature is increased, so they’re not as “green energy” as once thought.

old-fashioned windmill

When I was young, growing up in the rural part of Knox County, it was fairly common to see windmills on farms. There was one at my uncle’s house that I believe pumped up well water. Not sure how it did that as I was too young to understand how it worked. I mainly remember that it squeaked when the blades went round and round. It was a soothing, rhythmic squeak  … comforting like an old squeaky rocking chair or porch swing. I doubt that any birds died as a result of its use.

This old photo of my uncle’s home was probably taken around 1908-10 when my grandparents owned it. I cropped out the family that was in the lower part of the pic because they look like a family that should be in the “Deliverance” movie. 🙂 That’s the front of the house. Imagine having one of the new turbines next to your front door.

The 2012 Taste of Powell is Coming Soon – May 3

Taste of Powell Ohio 43065It’s that time again for the yummy Taste of Powell. If you have never attended this event, make sure you do so this year. For only $25 you can sample the finest fare from over 20 restaurants. Actually you can do more than sample if you visit the booths multiple times, but none of us want to admit that we do that, do we.

DETAILS

  • When: Thursday May 3, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Where: Columbus Zoo, Water’s Edge Events Park
  • Cost: $25 per ticket, plus cash bar
  • Music: Derek Dicenzo Trio

BUY TICKETS

The event is put on by the Powell Chamber of Commerce and you can purchase tickets online at their web site. Order tickets. You can also buy tickets at these local restaurants:

  • Culver’s, 4137 W Powell Rd (west of Sawmill Pkwy)
  • Local Roots, 15 E Olentangy St (at downtown 4 Corners area)
  • Vittoria, 10241 Sawmill Pkwy (south of Powell Rd)

If you see me there, stuffing my face, be sure to say ‘hi’.

Vote Murph for President 2012

I’ve finally decided to endorse a candidate for President 2012. The current four candidates are severely flawed so I support the third party candidate from The Kibble Party.

Vote Murph for President 2012

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I’ve interviewed him personally and here’s what I learned:

  • He was born in the USA and has actual papers to prove it.
  • He’s not going to change the U.S. Constitution because he doesn’t even know what it is.
  • He’s been neutered so he doesn’t care about birth control. Believes you’re free to do your own thing.
  • He’s not going to tell you which vet or medical plan you must use.
  • He supports a ban on toys and food made in China, especially those made for dogs and cats.
  • He’s a strong supporter of freedom … free to sleep on the couch or bed; free to take long naps; free to chase rabbits or cats; free to eat human food.
  • Regarding foreign policy, the only bombs he has are laying in the backyard.
  • Only blames his parents for his “short-comings”. Won’t blame everyone else when he gets in trouble.

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Wylie Coyote finds a home in Delaware County

coyotes now in Delaware County, Ohio

The City of Delaware held a meeting last night at the YMCA to inform residents about the influx of coyotes into the area. There was so much interest that the Community Room was filled to overflowing with people needing to sit on the floor in the aisle and standing outside the room.

The meeting was led by Marne Titchenell, Extension Specialist for OSU. She did a great job while answering questions during her presentations. She covered such subjects as (1) appearance, (2) habitat & habits, (3) preferred food and (4) recommendations for residents.

Appearance

  • They’re the size of a medium-sized dog, around 30-40 lbs.
  • Their coat may resemble that of a wolf (none in Ohio) or a German Shepherd dog.
  • Coyotes carry their tail downward unlike a dog who usually carries their tail upward, especially when running.
  • Their eyes are more yellow-gold unlike a dog which usually has dark brown eyes.

Habitat/Habits

  • They tend to avoid humans yet may live within human’s area, staying concealed within brush, woods, thickets.
  • They are territorial and one family will stay within their marked area. They mate for life. A litter can be 3-11 pups but this seems to depend on availability of food.
  • Much of their hunting is done after dark, especially in urban areas.
  • Breeding season is Jan-Mar and they may be somewhat more aggressive during this period.
  • Rabies does not seem to be a problem in the species.

Preferred Food

  • They primarily hunt for small mammals: voles, rabbits, mice/rats, chipmunks. They may feed on road-kill deer or new-born fawns. Their removal of rats can be very beneficial to humans.
  • In urban areas, they’ll eat the food we leave behind like hamburgers & fries. Outside dog food is an attractant.
  • Research has shown that while they will kill cats, they don’t seem to eat them. Outside cats seem to be viewed as a competitor for the food supply of voles and mice.
  • They have been known to kill small dogs and to eat the dogs. Apparently dogs taste better than cats.

Recommendations for residents

  • Minimize a food source near your home. Eliminate outdoor pet food. Bird feeders may attract underground voles which can attract the coyotes.
  • Don’t allow cats outside to roam. Keep a close eye on small dogs when let out in the evening. If walking a small dog on a leash in the evening, keep it on a short leash near you.
  • If they repeatedly come into your yard, make a ‘noise’ container by filling a pop can with pennies, bolts or other similar metal pieces. Then shake the can to make a racket which will scare them away. Yelling and waving your arms will also do the trick.
  • Remember they can be beneficial by ridding an area of rats and mice, but don’t take special steps to bring them into your yard.

During the 18 months that I lived in Tucson, coyotes were merely a fact of life. Every evening while sitting on my patio, I could hear their howlings as they gathered for their nightly hunt. It was fitting for the surroundings as were the nasty, smelly javelinas. I didn’t worry about my the two Dobermans I had then, as they were much bigger than the coyotes. As for The Murph, I’m glad he has the benefit of a fence when he goes out at night.

Read about the Coyote Project research conducted in Cook County (Chicago).

Help Scotts® help the birds in the Gulf

Scotts® has issued a PR release regarding their NWF donation. Visit their website to learn how you can help and make a donation.

Scotts® Songbird Selections® donated $50,000 to the National Wildlife Federation’s oil spill relief efforts and is asking you to get involved.

Donate to NWF’s recovery efforts and Scotts® Songbird Selections® will match your donation dollar for dollar.*

* Scotts will match up to $50,000 total for all donations. In order for Scotts to match, donations must be made online via http://www.scottswildbirdfood.com.

Glad to see local companies are sharing in the clean-up costs.

Babysitting new arrivals from the Columbus Zoo

One of my granddaughters has worked for the Columbus Zoo for many years. I think her job would be so much fun as she works in the education department with kids and animals. Recently two little baby bears were introduced to the public. One of her friends babysat the two cubs overnight. My granddaughter took some photos as the cubs played at the friend’s home.

Just like Winnie The Poo, this little girl has a rolly-polly belly with the claws necessary to get the honey out of the tree. She needs a little red T-shirt and a friend named Piglet.

 

Baby bear at the Columbus Zoo, Columbus Ohio

Although it’s called the Columbus Zoo, it really is located on the west side of Powell at Powell Rd and Riverside Dr. See Google Map for directions.