2009-06-11 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Do snakes travel in pairs?

Wayne Madden told me about a recent encounter with a snake(s). Already knowing that Wayne writes a story quite well, I asked him if he would write his own account of the incident. What he gave me is a bit long for this column, but because it's a good story and well written, I decided to use all of it. Here it is. . . . "Knowing that my wife Nancy is recovering from surgery, Susan Pope asked me how Nancy was doing. I responded that she was doing well and that she had a lot of visitors and plenty of excitement and that her most recent visitor was a snake joining her to watch the Oprah show. I told her about the experience and she said I should be reminded that snakes travel in pairs. . . . One day week before last, I took a call at the office from Nancy and she said 'You need to get home. There's a snake in the house.' When I got home in a few minutes I found her sitting in the car with the doors locked. She had grabbed her cell phone on the way out the back door. Needless to say, she had no idea where the snake was at this point, only that it had extended its head and part of its body down in front of the television just as the Oprah show went off and news came on. . . . We cautiously made our way to the living room where we saw no evidence of a snake and she watched as I looked under and behind everything throughout the room. I found nothing and since she had just observed the thorough search she began to wonder if she had imagined seeing the snake. I asked if she had just awakened from a nap or if she had been dreaming about snakes recently and she said no. So I concluded that we had a snake to deal with. As you can imagine she wanted to sit in another room but I insisted that we sit in the living room where she saw the snake. After about 20 minutes with us talking and watching the news, she shouted out that it was coming down the fireplace from behind the mantel. . . . I had a killing stick ready and attempted to kill it but it fell to the hearth and went under the television. Nancy left to take the grandchildren to church and about 45 minutes later, after poking it from under the television several times, I finally killed it and removed it from the house. . . . This was Wednesday, week before last. Friday of last week, Nancy called and said 'Guess what I found.' My response was another snake . She said no but she found a snake's shed (old skin) on the shelf above the computer upstairs. . . . So the question is: Do snakes travel in pairs or was this the old skin from the snake I killed? I know what Susan Pope will say. As you can imagine, we don't relax a lot lately."

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In the First Baptist Church weekly newsletter, Rev. Klay Aspinwall, the pastor, tells about another encounter with a snake. He says, "With all our efforts of working together for a successful Vacation Bible School this week, perhaps

Chris Townsend provided the best illustration. Early Tuesday morning, he noticed a snake partially exposed in one of the vented grates along the handicapped ramp. With quick hands and courageous audacity, he grabbed the serpent by the tail, pulled it away from the church, and escorted it off the church grounds." . . . How would you handle a snake if you encountered one?

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Two Mercer University students will be presenting a sacred music concert at First Baptist Sunday evening, June 28, at six o'clock.

Peyson Moss, who served as pianist at the church for several years, and

Jonathan Johnson, a tenor at Mercer, will be presenting the concert.

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Three more Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School graduates who have plans -- Haley Ward will be a student at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Kashie Lewis will be enrolled at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Graham Wolfe will be a student at the University of Georgia, majoring either in Pre-Law or Pre- Veterinary.

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Marvin Hudson, our Major League baseball umpire, was one of the umpires for the Braves' weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in Atlanta. It's always fun to watch him. During his time "behind the plate" he had a rather heated confrontation with a Pittsburgh batter.

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Word from the 2010 Washington- Wilkes Spring Tour of Homes committee says members are already hard at work with plans. The tour will be held April 2, 3, and 4, which is also Easter weekend.

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The highest price I've seen for gas in Washington-Wilkes this week is $2.53 per gallon, and that was Monday. It may be higher than that by now.

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We've had some good rain during the last week. Norris got 1.5 inch last Thursday night and a trace Friday morning. . . . Sonny had a whopping 2.1 inches. Total rainfall for the whole month of June last year was only .8 of an inch.

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Kip Burke made pictures of three "baby" armadillos under a hydrangea bush in his yard last week. They looked like miniature pre-historic monsters. He also saw a fawn "sitting" on the side of Hudson Drive. He made pictures and the deer didn't move so Kip decided he'd better see if it was okay, so he spoke to the deer and he got up and ran. . . . We have a large armadillo in a hollow stump in our yard. Many people report that the hummingbirds are back in large numbers.

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Joan Cowen who lives in Washington Wilkes and has an internet business called Jolly Rompers called to say that she has been asked to supply children's clothing for three boys and three girls who will be on television's Larry King Live and the CBS Early Show, which begins Thursday, June 11.

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In observance of Independence Day, The News-Reporter and Radio Shack will close on Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through the week of July 6-10. This means that we will be printing the paper for July 9 on Friday, July 3. Deadlines for this paper are

Wednesday, July 1, 5 p.m., all classified and legal advertisements, society news, and advertising inserts.

Thursday, July 2, 12 noon, all other news and retail advertising. Community correspondents should turn in what they have by 5 p.m. Wednesday. We will reopen on Monday, July 13, at 9 a.m.

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Look for a lot of traffic in town this weekend. About 1,700 bicycle riders and hundreds of their friends are expected to begin arriving Thursday and Friday for the 2009 Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). . . . And there will be an art stroll around The Square Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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After a "night of revelry" on The Square on July 3, the annual Fourth of July Parade will be held as usual on the morning of The Fourth at 8 a.m. The parade begins in Fort Washington Park. No motorized vehicles are allowed, but all walkers, strollers, bicycles, tricycles, scooters, and dogs on leashes are welcomed for a short walk around The Square and a short (very short) patriotic program in the park.

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