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Kenoza Lake - May 21

Susan Brown Otto - Community Correspondent
Posted 5/20/21

Greetings faithful readers! Spring is in full swing now. The leaves on the trees are almost fully out. The apple blossom petals are blowing away, lilac bushes are still fragrant, and the wisteria is …

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Kenoza Lake - May 21

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Greetings faithful readers! Spring is in full swing now. The leaves on the trees are almost fully out. The apple blossom petals are blowing away, lilac bushes are still fragrant, and the wisteria is so graceful and elegant.

It looks like it may be a banner year for apples as so far, no frosty nights while the blossoms have been out. Hopefully there are enough honeybees around to pollinate the trees. Dave and George Slater are already making hay on Brown Farms.

The sunny stretch of weather we are currently having is excellent weather for hay making. I have yet to see a fawn, however the fawns have started to be born. My editor, Joe Abraham tells me that he has seen a few fawns in the Beachwoods. Remember, do not touch the fawn. The mother is nearby.

Faithful readers of the Kenoza Lake news know that I live on Pucky Huddle Road in Bethel and grew up in Kenoza Lake. For the past five years, my husband Ray and I have had the good fortune to have a family of foxes spend the spring and summer months nearby, raising fox kits.

For three years, we had a family of gray foxes. With the gray, we normally only saw the father, Fred the Fox. He would shuttle chicken bones and hot dog buns to his family. Last year, the spring and summer of 2020, no gray foxes, however, we had red foxes. With the red foxes, we saw the kits.

Unfortunately, Ray watched an eagle scoop up a red fox kit and cart it off for a meal. This year, we have had a red fox roaming the neighborhood. Now we know where the mother has made her current den. In the culvert pipe right across the Otto driveway, at the bottom of our dear neighbor Phyllis Walters' driveway! The mother has three kits. Cute, cute, cute! But a terrible place to have young ones living.

The next time we get a big rain, they will move away, however, I hope that she moves them sooner, before they get hit by a car. I moved an orange safety cone in the road, so hopefully motorists will slow down.

Belated happy birthday wishes to my mother, Marguerite Brown who celebrated her birthday on Thursday, May 20th. In my humble opinion, she is the best mother in the world. Happy, happy, happy birthday wishes to you! And many more for years to come.

On May 6th, Kenoza Lake lost one of our most special residents, Jane Fulton. Jane was a faithful member of the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church. Jane was a delightful person who loved to host and entertain the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Women's group. What a spread of food she would put out and decorate her home for various holidays. Her Seven Layer bars were delicious.

Her life was celebrated last Tuesday at the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church followed by interment at the Kenoza Lake Cemetery and a family and friend gathering at the firehouse. I had the honor of playing the organ at her service. The weather was glorious and fitting for such a special lady. God Be with you till we meet again Jane. Godspeed.

Sunday, May 23rd is World Turtle Day. Very soon, turtles will be on the move, as they lay their eggs. Please slow down (safely), give them a brake and if you have a shovel in the back of your car, like I do, safely stop traffic, and help escort the turtle across the road.

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