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Kenoza Lake - May 28

Susan Brown Otto - Community Correspondent
Posted 5/27/21

Greetings to all. What a glorious Thursday morning. Low humidity. I woke up at 5:00 and was so fortunate to catch the Super Flower Blood full moon.

Good news spreads fast. Yesterday I was in the …

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Kenoza Lake - May 28

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Greetings to all. What a glorious Thursday morning. Low humidity. I woke up at 5:00 and was so fortunate to catch the Super Flower Blood full moon.

Good news spreads fast. Yesterday I was in the Jeff Pharmacy and ran into Patty Olsen who was busy making photos of Jackson Olsen, her new grandson. Vanessa (nee Brey) and David are the proud parents and Dan and Nancy Brey, the grandparents.

I have yet to see a live fawn yet, however the fox den that is in the culvert pipe across from the Otto residence had two newly born fawn legs in the ditch outside the culvert pipe den. So sad, but nature can be cruel, and everyone has to eat. Although we still have Rose-breasted grosbeaks at our bird feeder, the Baltimore Orioles have moved on. We had an Indigo bunting at the bird feeder for two minutes. The barn swallows and snipes are back. Sugar ants are out.

We normally see a lot of bears on Pucky Huddle Road. So far, we have only had one bear visit our bird feeder this year. It is mating season for bears, so heads up. There is a bear living near the Town of Bethel Town Hall who likes to dumpster dive in the neighborhood. I found the Letter to the Editor in the May 25th Tuesday edition of the Sullivan County Democrat about the deer and bears remarkably interesting. Also, Tom Yaeger's “In My Opinion” piece. I encourage readers to read both Letters to the Editor and speak with folks about our white-tail deer.

Singing resumed last Sunday at the Kenoza Lake United Methodist church. Folks still must wear masks. Hymn books were distributed last week. Still no bulletins.

It is hard to believe that two people drowned within one week of each other, one person on Kenoza Lake and the second on White Lake. It cannot be emphasized enough to always wear a life jacket. Also, keep in mind that if you are wearing a jacket and boots, they hold water. If you do flip your boat, try to get your jacket and boots off as they will weigh you down. Remember that tragedy of October 2008 in Smallwood, when three young men drowned in a relatively small lake? There was a fourth person in the boat who survived because he was able to strip off his heavy jacket.

This Memorial Day weekend, please give pause for those US military people who sacrificed their lives while in military service for our country. I drove by the Kenoza Lake Cemetery yesterday and saw all the flags flying by the various gravestones. Thank you, Keith Kraus, for your dedication. Also, thank you Bill Brey, Helen and Lyle Snedeker for tending to the Kenoza Lake Memorial Stone.

No column for the next two weeks. Next column will be June 18th.

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