Crowd en­joys Bo­rax 20-mule team

Record Observer - - OPINION -

A great many people around here owe a big “Thank You” to Donna and Garon Stutz­man for their part in bring­ing the fa­mous Bo­rax 20-mule team to the 4-H Park Sun­day.

The Stutz­mans, who own Grove Creek Mules out­side Cen­tre­ville, were able to have the 20-mule team stop by Queen Anne’s County be­fore head­ing over to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for the na­tional Fourth of July pa­rade. The stopover here cer­tainly at­tracted a heck of a lot more people than I ex­pected to see. There were hun­dreds out at the Park to see the mules and a rid­ing dis­play in the Fair horse ring by Re­becca Evans, a renown trainer of both mules and horses. She per­formed a num­ber of dres­sage sets on one of two mules she had trained. His name was Tom Collins, world cham­pion green English per­for­mance mule; and she then dressed in west­ern gear to ride Miss Junebug, re­v­erse all-around cham­pion mule, with ba­sic west­ern rid­ing ma­neu­vers. I un­der­stand Re­becca was born and raised in Bishop, Calif., called the mule cap­i­tal of the world.

It was tough to get a full pic­ture of the fa­mous 20-mule team as so many people were there look­ing on, but I hope I got one you can see in this week’s col­umn. Yes, I went over to pat one of the mules that just stood there qui­etly in the hot sun for ev­ery­one to see.

It was an his­toric event as this is only the se­cond time in 100 years the 20-mule team has been to the East Coast.

••• THE LOUD FOURTH Read some­where that the Amer­i­can Py­rotech­nics As­so­ci­a­tion claims that na­tional cit­i­zens bought 207.5 mil­lion pounds of fire­works last year, spend­ing a to­tal of $645 mil­lion. Now that’s a lot of noise!

••• WE WILL MISS JOANN JoAnn Adams is re­tir­ing from the Cen­tre­ville Post Of­fice and I will cer­tainly miss her smile be­hind the counter I looked for­ward to when pick­ing up a pack­age or two.

JoAnn has 30 years in the postal busi­ness and feels like it is time to get out and en­joy life other than in the post of­fice.

••• THANKS DON­NIE! As al­ways, it is a kick to get notes from my faith­ful read­ers and the lat­est came in from my friend Don­nie Gal­loway, who ex­plained in de­tail why we have day­light sav­ings time that I men­tioned re­cently.

He writes: “This is what I was told. Farm­ers needed more pro­duc­tive hours of work, get­ting more done in a day. Say a farmer got up at 5 a.m. Set­ting the clock for­ward in spring the farmer would think it was 5 a.m. when it was re­ally 4 a.m. The farmer would start one hour early. The mind con­vinc­ing the body that it was 4 a.m. not 5 a.m. Since the days stay longer, sun­set would be about 8 or 8:30 p.m., in­stead of 5 p.m. This would give the farmer a few more hours at night, work­ing 11 to 12 hours a day. The mind again con­vinc­ing the body that it was about 8 hours. This gives the farmer 3 to 4 more pro­duc­tive hours of work (day plus a half each day in­stead of a reg­u­lar day of 8 hours). But this could only be done for six months then we had to fall back one hour to get ev­ery­thing back to nor­mal. (On a per­sonal note: I think it is a con­spir­acy to make us change ev­ery clock in the house one hour for­ward or back ev­ery six months).”

So, that’s my friend Don­nie’s ex­pla­na­tion!

••• TWO IN TWO MONTHS I look over Sports Il­lus­trated while in the Li­brary once in a while when I get the chance and no­ticed that I hardly ever saw a Mary­land young ath­lete show up in the weekly fea­ture, “Faces in the Crowd.” But then in­side of two months: May and June here are two in a row. It was Mellissa Hex­ter of Bel Air, who made it in May for her weightlift­ing bit and on June 26th it was Steph Col­son, of West­min­ster, for her lacrosse prow­ess. So I shall not com­plain about SI for­get­ting about our Mary­land ath­letes any­more.

••• GLAD IT IS OVER Lit­tle Mag­gie does not like fire­works. All the noise puts her in a panic and shak­ing mood. We have one of those “thun­der­vests” that we can put on her, but she still shakes while the fire­works ex­plode.

PHOTO BY DAN TABLER

Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents gath­ered at the 4-H Park in Cen­tre­ville on Sun­day as the fa­mous Bo­rax 20-mule team stopped while on its way to Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tions in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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