This is the time of year when we often have an interval of balmy, sunny weather known as Indian summer.
Inquiries as to the origin of this name bring out a remarkable variety of explanations.
One is that this lovely time of year, often referred to as St. Martin’s summer or Martinmass in England, had its name changed to Indian summer by the same New England Puritans who objected to Christmas because the English name sounded “popish,” or Catholic.
The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s next membership and public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.
Karen Doughty, U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management, will present a status update of the K-25 historic preservation initiative.
Doughty is responsible for the project management oversight and will review the status of the project. The request for proposals have been received and are being evaluated. There were nine pre-qualified bidders.
Fraternal Order of Eagles 3429 President Wes Goss presents a $1,146 check to Steve Johnson of Open Doors Tennessee.
The money was raised during a University of Tennessee Volunteers tailgate party.
Open Doors of Tennessee, which is located in Kingston, is committed to providing opportunities, resources, information, programs and support for families of individuals with disabilities and childhood cancer.
The mailing of ballots for the 2013 Farm Service Agency county committee elections has begun, with a Dec. 2 deadline to return ballots to the FSA offices.
“The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government,” said USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia.
It is truly amazing what a little research about a single species of bird can turn up.
Take the chickadee, for instance. Edward Howe Forbush, an ornithologist in Massachusetts, set out to make his apple orchard especially attractive to chickadees during the winter to find out what they liked to eat. He offered them various things but found they preferred to forage.
He discovered the eggs of caterpillars, cankerworms and some other enemies of trees were their favorites. A single bird would eat more than 250 eggs at a single meal.