By Alli Mattson, Ridgefield
August 27, 2014 6 a.m.
When we bought our property in Sara some 58 years ago, we did not realize what a treasure we were getting. The east side of our lower acre adjoined what is now Whipple Creek Park, a popular place for hikers and horseback riders.
Have you taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for The ALS Association? Did you get any fun photos of someone dumping a bucket of ice water on your head? We'd like to see them and run a selection in an upcoming Neighbors section.
I know only a handful of Latin phrases: Semper fidelis ("Always faithful"); Caveat emptor ("Let the buyer beware"); E pluribus unum ("Out of many, one"); and In vino veritas ("In wine, truth"). A wee handful to be sure, but my regard for the Latin language is immense. Perhaps one day I'll take the time to pursue a linguistic tour of the ancient Italic lexicon; after all, if it was good enough for Julius Caesar …
See an airplane from the pilot's seat during Open Cockpit Day, where an array of specialty airplanes will be open to visitors. Weather permitting, volunteer pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association also will be on hand to give free airplane rides to children ages 8 to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. The education center also offers a flight simulator lab and model-glider building.
A cold and drafty attic housing mice in the insulation changed how Robert Brierley thought about home heating, insulation and sealing homes. In 2004, after sucking out the insulation and closing up the holes to improve a vintage home's warmth, the homeowner told Brierley the house was warmer and more comfortable since his company, Revival Energy, had "fixed" the problem. Brierley was confused, because he hadn't blown any insulation back in yet. An engineer by training, he didn't believe there could be any improvement. After all, it was the insulation that kept the heat in the home, wasn't it?
By Sharon Royle, North Garrison Heights
August 20, 2014 6 a.m.
School was out, and we were getting ready to take a road trip to California. Our brand new Plymouth Satellite station wagon was big enough to hold all seven of us: two young boys and a toddling girl, two grandparents, me and my husband, Walt.