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Day at the zoo: I had the pleasure of visiting the Jacksonville Zoo recently, for the first time in more than 30 years. What an experience. Senior tickets are $9.50 and regular tickets are $11.  Train rides are $4 per person and for $2 your child can actually hand feed a giraffe. I didn’t catch the price, but kids can also ride a real dromedary camel. And plant enthusiasts, you are in for a huge treat. The park is packed with beautiful plants and every one is labeled, letting you know its species and the country it comes from. We had fun “playing” with a group of “sensitivity” plants. I actually spotted a huge papaya tree with football-sized fruits on it and several species of banana plants were bearing fruit. What a huge variety of animals. There was an amphibian building and a building dedicated specifically to snakes. This was like a mini-vacation. It took an hour and a half to get there and what fun is offered for the entire family.  There are several places to eat and get something cold to drink. There is a huge play area for kids, including a water park they can actually play in with their clothes on rather than swimsuits. I definitely want to return with my little grandson, Charlie, when he gets older.

More leaves donated: Much thanks to Earl Craven of Oak Island for donating more than 30 barrels of oak leaves. I used most of them on my line-the-fence project, but I ran out of newspapers. When I accumulate more, I’ll continue to mulch my fence line to eliminate grass cutting. Thirty barrels or 60 leaf bags full of leaves sounds like a lot, but before you know it, you’ve run out and need more. I’ve also started a compost bed near my garden. I just appreciate all of you who are composting or saving your leaves instead of burning them. With all this pollen in the air we sure don’t need smoke.

Attention crafters: The Midway Gallery on Martin Road in Midway will host an art festival Saturday, April 28. All crafters are invited to exhibit their works. Call 884-3726.

Flea market fans: Are you cleaning out the attic, garage or storage house? Look around at things that have sat there for years with no use, not even a glance. You need to get rid of them. Remember, there are people out there who are searching for your “treasures.” Al Wolford, owner and manager of Pojo’s Treasures and Things in Midway is now sponsoring a yard sale for the public to participate in, every first Saturday of each month. The next one will be May 5. Cost of a spot is only $10. Give Al a call at 884-4455 or 492-2349 to reserve a spot in May.

Support the Midway Museum: So many of our local citizens volunteer to help paint, fix and clean up at the Midway Museum across from the colonial cemetery in Midway. But the museum receives no state, county or city funding, only private donations. If you would like to contribute to this wonderful place to visit and take a trip back into time, send your donation to Midway Museum, Inc. P. O. Box 195, Midway, Ga. 31320.  

Things to do: I hope all of you cut out my column last week with all those wonderful things to do in the month of April. Put it on your fridge door as a reminder. If you plan on attending the Sunday Supper In The Strawberry Patch on April 29, you need to call and get your tickets now before they sell out.

Gasoline gouging: According to the figures printed in the news in March, which I printed in one of my columns, gas prices were supposed to fall in the month of April. You and I know they haven’t. Again I ask, why are our government officials not intervening on our behalf?

Buyer beware: There has been a monumental amount of dump trucks on the roads in Liberty County lately. That paints a picture for me. Where is all that dirt going?  If you are looking to buy a new home, please take a long, hard look at the property before you decide. Look around at the vegetation nearby. Do you see cattails, rush, junkus, sedge or sawgrass? These are plants that thrive in wetlands. Is there a huge amount of fill dirt and rye grass planted? You can bet if you see any of these signs, the property will flood during a hard rain.  

Support our troops: The Coastal Courier is asking the community to show its support of our troops by submitting messages online at Please help with this effort.
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