A Superior Court judge recently determined that Doug Grover has an illegal junk yard on Rowe Hill Road. Grover has been ordered to clean it up by Oct.1 at which time there will be another court hearing to review how he did with the clean-up. In addition to this, Grover is also responsible for covering the Town of Greenwood's costs in this matter which include legal fees and the code enforcement officer's time.
The lease agreement between the Town and the Jackson-Silver American Legion on the Gore Road has still not been reviewed by the Legion's attorney. This agreement is for the land-lease to build a new town office beside the Legion Hall. Town Manager Kim Sparks said we could not continue to wait any longer and has sent the draft agreement to our attorney for first review. At the time of this writing, the Legion's attorney was on vacation. Hopefully we can get an agreement in place before the snow flies.
More changes at The Local Hub. Kayaks are now available for rent there and can be launched from their recently-installed dock. They have both single and tandem kayaks, and canoes will be added in a few more weeks. Nick and Janet Bartlett, who own the business, certainly are hard workers. No flies on them.
Friday Fish Fry at the Greenwood Fire Department (Howe Hill Rd.), this Friday, July 26, 3 to 6 p.m. Eat there or get it to go.
The Community Lakes Association annual meeting is Saturday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. at the Woodstock Town Office. All are welcome to attend.
So, did the recent heat wave take the starch right out of you, to quote my long-gone relatives? There are many catch phrases associated with high heat and humidity. Often voiced is, "we need a thunderstorm to break this heat.” That usually works since thunderstorms happen on the edge of weather fronts. How about the phrase, "the air sure is getting close?" My mother was the last one I heard use this phrase, and it refers the high humidity and stillness that can occur before a thunderstorm moves in. If you have any old catch phrases like these, please let me know. I enjoy hearing them and I'll share with others.
Those folk phrases seem to focus on thunderstorms. These bring lightning which can be one of three primary types. There is the dramatic bolt lightning that goes from the clouds to the ground and is the type of lightning that can strike something. Then there is cloud-to-cloud lightning which goes as it says. Heat lightning is the old phrase for far away cloud-to-cloud lightning, and this lightning is seen but seldom heard because the storm is distant. Last is lightning within a cloud that stays within that cloud. Very interesting to see as the whole cloud lights up from the inside out. This type does not seem to be that common up here but is more prevalent in the southern states.
And then there is lightning safety. The bottom line is get inside. If you can't do that, avoid trees and other tall objects, avoid caves, avoid long conductors like fences, bridges and wet ropes, and assume the lightning position i.e. roll up in a ball keeping in mind the things to avoid. Make yourself the lowest point around. The National Weather Service has good lightning safety information at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/outdoors.htm#near. The best advice always remains, plan ahead and avoid the situation. Guess that could apply to lots more than just lightning.
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