first tracks


The first responder to this blog should be seen on this site now. Thanks and yes, I’m hoping to have this be more conversational as well. Not quite the same as first tracks on the mountain while skiing but a thrill, no doubt. he-he.

Had another post but it was either garbled or garbage. I do edit/approve them to keep this a ‘family’ blog – no potty-mouth posters. Good to know there’s someone out there



Top tens ways to know it’s going to be just a spectaular day, he said sarcastically

10. When you open the fridge door to get the milk for coffee and an entire package of sliced cheese falls out of the fridge door, hits the floor and slides – deck of cards style – under the fridge. Happy, happy, joy, joy

more later…

History buff alert

A Hartford 10th-grader is doing a pretty cool thing for his Eagle Scout rank and his community. Charles Cornell has organized a look back into Hartford’s past to take place at the museum on Main Street as well as the adjoining Civil War Enlistment Center. On Aug. 16 the curious can come and pick up a map for a self-guided tour of the area and return to the grounds across from the museum to see re-enactors and demonstrations. Lots of history going way back into the early days of the county and the country. The enlistment center appears to be one, if not the only, remaining enlistment site in New York State. If so, way cool, if not, still an extremely rare thing.

Two days before that the Hebron Historical Society will gather at the same location for a program, check out the calendar in the paper for more details on the Aug. 14 event.

‘Sounded like an explosion’

Bud Davies was busy raking up the remainder of the mess Friday afternoon.

The 10-foot square patch in his front yard was all that remained to show the former home of a large, 90-foot or more, pine tree that was a victim of the electrical storm that rumbled through Granville last week.

Bud said the lightening strike Saturday night scared the heck out of him as a tree less than 25 feet from his bedroom window was struck and heavily damaged.

“I looked out and I couldn’t see anything wrong,” Davies said.

The substantial damage to the tree, enough that it had to be taken down the following day, looked as if the trunk had been cut in half to someone looking very closely.

From a few feet away, Davies said, the damage was not readily apparent.

Closer inspection showed the bark along parts of the trunk had been cooked by the bolt which also split the majority of the trunk perfectly in half before going to ground. Bark and wood from one of the few obvious areas of damage flew into up to 40 feet from the tree’s trunk and lay scattered about Davies’ backyard.

Davies said he called in Calvin Bourn, who initially said he would return in a few days, “But the more he said he thought about it, the more he felt it had to come down right away,” Davies said. Davies said Bourn was concerned that if the wind picked up the divided tree might fall and it was tall enough to several homes in the area.

Bourn returned and in a matter of hours reduced the hulking pine to the bald spot in the front lawn Davies was working to repair.

Neighbors report that the resounding crash startled them as well. Davies’ next door neighbor reported the explosion shook her home so violently it dislodged a porcelain tea cup from a shelf and shattering it on the floor.

Neighbors also reported damage to phone lines and computers.




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