•Not many woolly worms were spotted, but those seen were black on the ends and brown in the middle, indicating a harsh beginning and end of winter with a mild spell in between.
•Hornets nests were built on the ground, indicating cold weather ahead.
•Heavy foliage and mast crops indicate a colder, harder winter.
•Five early morning fogs were counted in August, with only two of them heavy. This points to five snows for the winter, with two heavy snows.
Myriad corn shocks dot a lonely field, their quiet rustle whispering on an urgent autumn wind. Fat, orange pumpkins peep coyly from their nests of tangled vines while plump, juicy apples in their gold and scarlet jackets bob merrily just out of reach overhead. Mountain vistas beckon in their tapestried array of flaming color, each distant peak seemingly vying with the next for another unsurpassed display of breathtaking beauty. Dawn speaks to us in a hushed, burnished wonder of its own as lofty peaks rise midst the fog-enshrouded coves and hollers — the crisp, cool air enveloping us in its invigorating embrace while luring us to come and partake of another glorious Appalachian autumn day unfolding in all its panoramic splendor.
The lonely caw of the crow, the scolding chatter of a busy squirrel, the urgent honking of geese, and last but not least, the lowly woolly worm decked out in his striped overcoat hurrying its way along the highways and woodlands making its signature brief appearance before cold weather sends it scuttling into its warm nest for a long winter's nap. A much anticipated appearance, I might add, as Appalachia's premier winter weather indicator for the upcoming winter ahead! All contribute to the heady blend that sends our senses reeling as nature showcases its finest dress plumage before surrendering to winter's impending blast!
- Enjoying a day on the water
Around the Town: There's plenty to look forward to this month
Ready or not, here it comes! It is August, and that means an onslaught of activities, such as tax free weekend, back to school, election day, the 127 Yard Sale, football and the fair, are all rolling into Cumberland County over the next few weeks.
Single-stream recycling tour planned
A single-stream recycling tour will be Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. at the Solid Waste and Recycling Center Office at 20 Maryetta St. (in the old hardware store building).
Gun and Knife Show to feature birds of prey
The Cumberland County Community Complex will be the site of an educational and informative birds of prey program provided free of charge complements of the Cumberland Mountain State Park Rangers.
FFG Resident Services presents painting to the Pat Summitt Foundation
A dramatic portrait of Pat Summitt, painted by Chuck Jensen, was presented to the Pat Summitt Foundation by Fairfield Glade Resident Services at its Community Information Event on memory care.
Zarola entertains 127 Seniors
The members of the 127 South Senior Center met Friday, July 25, for bingo and Mexican Train domino game. Conversation, along with coffee and sweets, was enjoyed by all. Helen Lord called the bingo numbers, and the prizes were furnished by Eye Centers of Tennessee. Life Care Center checked everyone's blood pressures.
- Marriage licenses (Published July 30, 2014)
Habitat celebrates 55th home dedication
Anne Crisp is excited that she and her two daughters have a home to call their own. Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) dedicated the 55th home to be built in partnership with low-income families. Crisp put more than 500 hours of "sweat equity" into her home and has completed 50 hours of self-improvement, where she attended classes on budgeting, home maintenance and good neighbor among others.
Gypsy Rose to visit Fair Park
The Cumberland County Playhouse is currently performing the award-winning Broadway play “Gypsy.” A great American story set during the 1920s fading vaudeville circuit, "Gypsy" portrays the rise of famed burlesque performer and stage mother Gypsy Rose Lee as she journeys across the country with her mother and sister during a time when Vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. The complex character of Rose could be described as bold and brassy, as she steamrolls everyone in her way to turn her daughters June and Louise into child stars.
Match August garden tasks to plant biology
During all seasons in temperate climates like ours the greenery around us is changing. New shoots appear and leaves pop out of swollen buds after spring rains.
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