Feed the birds this winter
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.
••• DEPUTY HOGAN
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!