Those Dirty Birds - 07/15/14

  We do stories from time to time about flocks of birds that lite for the evening and make a big mess and a lot of noise.  I've done them myself but I was never actually caught up in one of those messes until one day last week while I was off.
  My family and I were at Centennial Park after dinner.  The kids and I were throwing baseball while my wife checked out the ducks on the lake.  I heard the sound of a large flock of birds and caught a glimpse of them moving from one part of the park to some trees near us.  I told my family it was time to go but before we could get to the car my wife and son had been "decorated."  And then there was my car.  Ewww! 
  It was reminiscent of a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock film in living color. The next time I'm at Centennial Park near dusk, I'm not parking or walking under any trees.

 

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BASE-THANKSGIVING

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Scores of seniors are joining the Air Force -- for Thanksgiving. North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base will be playing host to area senior citizens for Thanksgiving Day. It's a decades old event, with many airmen and civilian employees volunteering to help. Mary Larson is with the local Commission on Aging. She tells the Minot Daily News they're still taking reservations for the holiday dinner. About 200 people attended last Thanksgiving.

CROSS-COUNTRY BIKERS

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Dean and Taryn Hatcher have the mettle to pedal -- cross-country. The father-daughter team covered 4,200 miles, riding their bikes from Washington state to the Florida Keys. They finished yesterday and lifted their bikes above their heads as supporters cheered. The 59-year-old Hatcher and his 20-year-old daughter say they were inspired by reports about the unmet needs of veterans. Along the way, they met with veterans and raised money for the organization Hope For The Warriors.

FORT DRUM-WOOD ENERGY

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- "Wood" you? Could you? The Army can and does. The wood in this case is from trees and is supplying all the electricity used at Fort Drum in northern New York State. It's part of the Pentagon's green energy initiative. A suburban Albany utility company has converted the formerly coal-fired power plant at Fort Drum. Instead of fossil fuels, the generators are fired by wood scraps from the timber industry. Officials say the biomass facility has also created nearly 200 jobs.

COOKBOOK TESTERS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When it comes to good cooks, frat brothers probably don't rank high on your list. That's why cookbook author Kit Wohl turns to the members of Tulane University's Zeta Psi fraternity. The recipes need to be tested, so who better than kitchen-challenged frat brothers? Wohl's eighth cookbook in her "New Orleans Classic" series is now out. Wohl tells The Times-Picayune if the novice chefs a have problem, she knows the recipe has to be rewritten. Wohl says a couple of her recipe testers have gone on to culinary school.

 
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