A beau­ti­ful out­door wed­ding

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The Tabler fam­ily spent a grand week­end in Penn­syl­va­nia to at­tend a beau­ti­ful out­door wed­ding of my nephew Ed “Chip” Tabler’s son Jimmy to a lovely Melodie on a farm near Harrisburg.

Chip and his wife Coleen live in Mid­dle­town, Md., and he is a re­tired U.S. Air pi­lot, which he tells me has been taken over by Amer­i­can Air­lines. Chip fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his late fa­ther, my brother Bud, who lived here in Cen­tre­ville for a short time many years ago. Bud flew bombers in World War II, and taught fly­ing at the Hager­stown air­port for a num­ber of years.

But I di­gress, as usual, and just want to say how beau­ti­ful the wed­ding was on this farm, which I found out later, has been re­fur­bished to han­dle events of this type. The wed­ding party con­sisted of 10 lovely brides­maids and 10 nat­tily-dressed grooms­men.

We stayed in a larger Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press a few miles away along with much of the wed­ding party and guests, so we were able to visit ev­ery­one again be­fore leav­ing for home on Sun­day.

We were all lucky as the weather was sunny with a breeze right at the east­ern edge of the Al­legheny moun­tain range.

••• BACK­YARD BO­NANZA Yes, we have a lot of fun watch­ing the birds in our back­yard on the bird­bath and the two bird feed­ers nearby. I’ve seen as many as six black birds on and in the bird­bath at one time, but they don’t stay long when that many show up. Nor­mally, there will be just one or two drink­ing and tak­ing a splash in the water— I have to fill the darn thing daily. Then along comes one of our pesky squir­rels and he/she jumps up on the bird­bath to get a drink and scares all the birds off, but not for long.

I have to fill the finch feeder once a day or even more, but the larger wild bird feeder at the border of the rose gar­den only needs fill­ing once a week. Even there the darn squir­rel gets his fill as he climbs up and hangs up­side down get­ting into the bot­tom of the feeder.

This is all a great af­ter­noon di­ver­sion as we sit on our screened-in pa­tio to en­joy the wildlife.

••• FIRST OF MANY Well, it did not take long for the first of the 2018 cal­en­dars to show up in the mail.

It was June 20th and the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy has sent us a beau­ti­ful cal­en­dar for next year. But as I have men­tioned be­fore and I am sure most of my reader-friends are the same: we all get far too many cal­en­dars in the mail.

••• THOSE GAS PRICES I am glad I don’t have to buy my gaso­line in Penn­syl­va­nia. We no­ticed on our trip that it hov­ered be­tween $2.35 and $2.36 a gal­lon. I want to go back down to Ocean City, where we no­ticed a cou­ple sta­tions be­tween the re­sort city and Sal­is­bury where it was as low as $2.01 a gal­lon.

Of course, I can’t com­plain. I wait un­til our ACME re­ceipts get up to around 40 cents off a gal­lon be­fore I fill up at the ACME sta­tion. I haven’t paid full price for gas for a long time!

••• OUR OWN FORT MCHENRY There was an in­ter­est­ing piece in the LE­GION mag­a­zine this month about Fort McHenry. The ar­ti­cle con­cerned the 100th an­niver­sary of World War I, and had a lengthy dis­cus­sion how Fort McHenry had been turned into the largest Army hos­pi­tal in the na­tion dur­ing the war. It was called U.S. Army Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal No. 2, and dur­ing the war han­dled more than 32,000 pa­tients and there were 119,000 surg­eries per­formed there.

••• GOTTA STOP Bet­ter bring this week’s visit to a close with my other clip­pings and notes for next week. Gotta get to the grass — been away too many times and that green stuff keeps on grow­ing even if we don’t have much rain.

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