Sunday, March 18, 2012

A new day...a new beginning

dawn skies...March 12, 2012

I started this the other day, but got somewhat side-tracked...which ended-up being a good thing! In just a few days time...I've taken many photos...all to celebrate a new day...a new beginning...of Spring.

Although it's not yet officially "Spring" yet, we have been enjoying days of 70°F. (plus) temperatures, lovely, sunny yet balmy Spring days. In the past few days, I've watched as crocuses and Rhubarb have worked their way through the soil.

Crocuses peeking through the soil
Rhubarb making a debut

As I walked around the yard, I looked up to see that the trees were really starting to bud.

buds developing on a tree

a closer view...see the smidge of green! 
I rounded the corner of the house to find a gorgeous crocus already in bloom...

such a beautiful shade of purple

standing as stately as it can in the flower bed

Later in the morning, I took the camera back out when I saw a bird in another tree, singing its song...

For what or whom it sang...but it was delightful

maybe it was singing its joy at Spring!

The next morning, when I got up and it finally turned daylight out, I was able to see that rain drops still clung to branches on a tree.

such simple things give me such pleasure
drops of life...

even this tree is budding

Today, I went out to see what else had changed...and the flower bed where the first crocus photos were taken had shown some growth.

In a few days, they have grown another couple of inches

buds developing...soon to bloom
As the day headed into late afternoon, our weather changed as a storm came rolling in...and I was able to catch a few cloud formations that I thought were interesting.

almost looks like smoke rising into the sky

I'm not sure what to make of this one

interesting low the clouds hover over the hill

Spring is here in all the ways that it should be...yet Winter may still try to make its last grab and give us a final reminder of what we had just weeks ago. For me...I love watching the new beginnings of the Spring season...the rebirth. This is my favorite time of energizes me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Girls of Le Roy

Downtown Le Roy, NY

In this small town in upstate New York, there are still no answers to what caused the mysterious tics to hit the teenage girls, but there are plenty of possible theories...none of which are yet proven or dis-proven.

I have been following this story since it broke, and since my last blog post, there has only been one decent article that I found in the New York Times. Here, the reporter did her research, but it left me with more questions than answers as she has brought up some unknown issues that haven't been mentioned previously.

Some history:

Located on the eastern border of Genesee County, LeRoy is one of the most picturesque communities in upstate New York. Firstsettled in 1797, the community is nestled along the beautiful Oatka Creek.  The tree-lined streets are lined with stately Victorian homes which provide numerous bed and breakfast retreats in a quiet setting, only half an hour from Rochester and less than an hour from Buffalo. A variety of restaurants provide a wide range of family dining.  LeRoy is conveniently located at the intersection of Routes 5 and 19, only three miles from exit 47 of the New York State Thruway and the 490 expressway into Rochester. 
Known as the birthplace of Jell-O, LeRoy is also the home of the former Ingham University, the first chartered university for women in the United States. The history of LeRoy is preserved and exhibited at the LeRoy Historical Society, which also maintains the Jell-O Gallery, devoted to the history of America’s Most Famous Dessert.
Wikipedia adds:
Prior to its incorporation in 1834, the first settlements in the village were to the east of the present village site. 
The village was an early center for the manufacture of patent medicines by companies such as S. C. Wells & Co. and household chemicals. Products produced in Le Roy included Mustarine, a patent mustard-plaster compound, and Rough On Rats, a rodent poison. Earliest businesses in the village are the Bank of LeRoy (founded 1834, now Bank of America) and the Gazette-News newspaper (defunct 1993). Le Roy is the birthplace of Jell-O. 
Le Roy holds the Oatka Festival every summer, the tradition originating in 1989. This festival includes celebration of the rich culture and history of of the local area with vendors and several of local businesses and restaurants participating each year.
The Keeney House, Machpelah Cemetery, Le Roy House and Union Free School, U.S. Post Office, and Marion Steam Shovel are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the New York Times article...the fact that there may still be contaminated soil that was never dealt with all those years ago...makes you wonder even more if there is an environmental problem.

I won't keep you...the article is a lengthy one...but well worth reading.

What Happened to the Girls in Le Roy