Feed the birds this win­ter

Record Observer - - Opinion -

I surely hope every­one is feed­ing the birds af­ter the 3-inch snow­fall last week and in the cold weather that was hold­ing on as I am writ­ing this Mon­day. Al­most too cold to walk the dog, but we made it half­way around the block each morn­ing with both of us bun­dled up.

Had to re­plen­ish the feed in the yard un­der the bird feed­ers Sun­day af­ter a big block of black birds de­scended on the yard. Most of the time it has been only spar­rows, snow birds (that’s what we call those with the white stom­aches) and a few car­di­nals and wrens.


RE­COV­ER­ING Glad to hear that Sher­iff Deputy War­ren Ho­gan is re­cov­er­ing and may even be home now, but has more surger y ex­pected, I hear.

We must all be re­lieved that he was not killed in that in­ci­dent and that he was able to kill his as­sailant. Some­how, you just don’t think those kinds of things will hap­pen out­side big cities.

If you can, try to at­tend the fundraiser to be held on Mon­day, Jan. 16, down at Doc’s River­side Grill in Cen­tre­ville. They will be hold­ing a 50-50 raf­fle and si­lent auc­tion among other ac­tiv­i­ties to raise money for the Ho­gan Fam­ily, and Doc’s man­age­ment will be giv­ing 10 per­cent of their sales that evening to the event.

If you wish, I un­der­stand you can mail any do­na­tion you may wish to make to the Queen Anne’s County Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice, Lodge 108, at P.O. Box 695, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

••• UNIQUE CAL­EN­DAR We al­ways like to get one of the Queen­stown Bank unique cal­en­dars ev­ery year be­cause of the great his­toric pho­tos on each month.

We seem to get plenty mailed to us from all over the place, but none like the Queen­stown one. I es­pe­cially liked the pho­to­graph for the month of Novem­ber, show­ing a fam­ily in a wagon at Need­wood Farm. We can see the farm­house from our house out here in the Heights, and we were over there many times when Joe Quimby and his fam­ily lived there. Has any­one iden­ti­fied the fam­ily on the wagon in the pic­ture? Maybe a few more cal­en­dars left at Cen­tre­ville Branch of the bank.

••• FIRE COM­PANY DIN­NER That was a great Good­will Fire Com­pany din­ner and in­stal­la­tion of of­fi­cers Satur­day evening at the fire­house; although the snow prob­a­bly kept a num­ber of folks away. My cam­era man­aged to get a cou­ple of shots, but some­thing is wrong with it and I guess I’ll have to find a new one. We will try to get the story and what pic­tures I got in next week’s is­sue.

Most of our of­fi­cers were re­turned in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ray­mond Aaron and Trea­surer Don­ald Dawkins. We had din­ner at the ta­ble with the two and their wives. Don­ald de­serves a lot of credit as he has been named trea­surer for many year, in fact, if I am not mis­taken, he could be the long­est-ser ving trea­surer of a fire com­pany in the state of Mary­land. I’ll have to go back through the scrap­books and see if I can find out when he was first elected.

And what a meal! Susie’s Kitchen was the caterer and had more food and desserts than you can imag­ine. It was de­li­cious.

••• FIRSTS SHOTS FIRED I am not sure where I picked it up, but I have a small magazine ti­tled Salute which is for Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary, ac­cord­ing to the in­side cover. The ar­ti­cles con­cern mainly his­tory of the mil­i­tary and one of the ar­ti­cles caught my at­ten­tion be­cause it said that the first shots of the Civil War were fired months be­fore the at­tack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC, and they were fired by cadets from the Ci­tadel, a mil­i­tar y col­lege in Charleston, where I spent one year back in the early ‘40s.

Any­way, the ar­ti­cles noted that his­tory says a can­non at Fort Sumter fired shots on April 12, 1861, and was claimed to be the first shots of the war.

No, ac­cord­ing to a large mon­u­ment which now sits at one end of the Ci­tadel pa­rade ground, cadets from the mil­i­tary school fired on a Union steamer “Star of the West,” on Jan. 9, 1861, as it was ap­proach­ing Charleston to de­liver sup­plies to Fort Sumter. The ar­ti­cle went on to say that this mon­u­ment at the Ci­tadel Pa­rade grounds was funded by the Charleston Civil War Com­mis­sion, the Class of 1961, and a con­tri­bu­tion by Ge­orge E. Campsen Jr., a mem­ber of the Class of 1951.

••• WHY THAT WALL? What the heck is this talk from our pres­i­dent-elect about build­ing a wall on the Mex­i­can bor­der? The last stor y I saw said it could cost as much as $12 bil­lion to $35 BIL­LION.

Of course, Trump said the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment will pay for it once he build it. Lots of luck on that!

••• KEEP FEED­ING Another re­minder, to keep feed­ing those birds as long as this snow stays around!

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