Bridge of Stone

Bridge of StoneIn my estimation, I’d say today was about as near perfect a day with the sun brightly shining, the temperatures at moderate levels, and a cool drying breeze from the north to bring our Summer’s senses into a near perfect balance.

Perhaps I’m a little more of a fan of these northerly breezes because I know it keeps the humidity down and the mosquitos away.  When young and working out in our vegetable gardens, the high humidity coupled with no wind brought out those pesky mosquitos in droves.  Nobody likes working outdoors when having to continually keep fighting them off.  I’ve never understood why some people are bothered by biting insects more than others.  For me, if there’s a biting fly or mosquito in the near, it’s after me.

Most of my day was spent going over several files on homes that’ll be closing very soon.  Going back thru an entire file before closing day arrives helps to ensure me there wasn’t something overlooked.  Tomorrow’s closing is with a charming young couple who have two beautiful young children.  They’re very excited to be moving into a home they can call their own.  Because of the abilities contained in their extended families, over the coming years, their new home will be transformed into quite the beauty.  I told them not to worry so much about making major improvements because its location allows for it.  There are several very impressive homes but only a stone’s throw away.

As I was driving out to take a photo of a home after lunch, I decided to pay particular attention to the number of black walnut trees there are in those area we call “the parking” which is that grassy section between the city street and the public sidewalk.  Since our City is purchasing a state-of-the-art tree removal contraption in preparation for the number of ash trees that’ll have to be removed, I think the general public should get a little more vocal about getting rid of the black walnut trees growing in the City parking.

Most don’t realize how messy and dangerous those trees can be–especially when they’re really big and shedding hundreds of nuts in the Fall.  If you’ve ever accidentally stepped on a rotting shell casing of a walnut and didn’t get it completely off your shoe, you were quickly brought up to speed how its juice quickly created a world-class stain. Then of course, when those nuts drop on walks, driveways, and streets, they create trip hazards.

Walnut trees, like all other trees have their place in our world.  As far as I’m concerned the only place they belong, are in groves out in the country or in rows at tree farms.  If I were the one of authority in our City, I’d say “Get rid of every one of them growing on our City’s right-of-ways and plant something more befitting of public boulevards.”  Driving thru East Park this afternoon, I spotted the stone footbridge that was just recently re-built.  I think the contractor did a fine job by keeping it more period looking.

The above photo is of our new bridge of stone in East Park.  I’m glad the Park Board continues to stay pro-active with our jewel’s maintenance and improvements.

Joe Chodur

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