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Spring is sprining
Limerick Plantation happenings
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Walking an oaking trail: You have a special invitation to experience a time when the Southern live oak was the most valuable tree in the world and shaped the fate of nations. Tall ships, big wheels, big trees and rugged men tell the story of one of the South’s most fascinating eras. Laura and Meredith Devendorf invite you to join them on Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Melon Bluff Nature and Heritage Reserve to witness re-enacters, historic activities, guided tours every 30 minutes and refreshments. This event will be the Grand Opening of The Oaking Trail. Don’t miss this one.

Attempted rescue: Thanks to the kind heart of Marsha Brinson of the Lake George area, a full-grown woodstork was rescued off Limerick Road on Monday. I stopped and saw her pick the bird up to save him from being hit by a car. He didn’t resist her, so it was obvious he was sick. I told her about the Sanctuary on the Sapelo and told her I’d call Nan. When Nan arrived from McIntosh County, the bird was near death, from starvation. The cold takes a toll on our shore birds, with no food supply. You might recall the death of 19 whooping cranes in Florida during the recent devastating storm. Nan instructed me to place the bird on a heating pad and place a blanket or towel around him. When Nan arrived, she intubated the bird and hydrated him, but it was too late. He later expired. Nan took the bird and will have a necropsy done to see exactly what the cause of death was. Thank you, Marsha, for caring and stopping to help him.

Helpful facts: Eating just one grapefruit a day or drinking half a cup of the juice helps significantly reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, according to a recent study. Red or pink grapefruit is even more beneficial than yellow, possibly because of its higher antioxidant content. One thing you need to be aware of is grapefruit can interfere with medication. So if you’re taking any meds, check with your doctor before adding it to your diet. Salt is also a useful thing to use around your home. After peeling an onion, rub a lemon wedge dipped in salt over your hands to erase the smell. Add a pinch of salt to your coffee grounds to make your brew taste less bitter. Sprinkle a pinch of salt into your tennis shoes when you’re not wearing them to absorb moisture and keep them smelling fresh.

Kudos: A big thank you goes out to Robert Stokes, general manager of Georgia Power, for getting his crews out to Riceboro Creek, where we did a litter pick up several months ago. They took down the old line that had hundreds of fishing lures on it and replaced it with a new line. Look for a story and pictures from Sara Swida of Keep Liberty County Beautiful.

It’s the law: I’ve noticed while driving, that a lot of people are still not aware of a recent law passed in the state of Georgia. Whenever you see an emergency vehicle (police vehicle, ambulance, fire truck) parked in the emergency lane, with lights flashing, you are now mandated by law to immediately move to the left lane, until you are past the vehicle. This protects the occupants of that emergency vehicle, as well as the occupants of the other vehicle(s).

Animals know: Has anyone else noticed the monumental number of ant mounds along Highway 17? There are hundreds of them all the way to Richmond Hill on both sides of the road. And how about the invasion of the ground moles? I’ve never seen so many as we’ve had this year. Now I’m beginning to see birds that don’t usually arrive until spring. Are they trying to predict the weather? One thing I haven’t seen, that I did about this time last year, is caterpillars. My neighbors can tell you, I had so many, munching on my citrus trees, that my yard was a showplace with butterflies all throughout the summer. But I’ve seen none this winter.
Even though General Lee predicted an early spring, I’m wondering what the rest of the animals are trying to tell us.

Another reminder: Don’t forget, time is growing short to reserve a place at the Wild Game Supper at the Bamboo Farms on Feb. 23. Tickets are a $20 donation per person. There is so much food served at this event. There is one loooonnng table of hors d’oeuvres and then a big plate of all kinds of tasty wild game meats served with grits and gravy, a winter salad, huge hot biscuits and key lime pie. Reservations must be received no later than Feb. 20. Call 912-921-5897. Proceeds go to further the programs and upgrades at the Bamboo Farm by the Friends of Coastal Gardens.
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