Letters to the Editor

Volume VI Number 1
January 8-14, 1998

Most Elegant Fowl Featured

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

My wife, Barbara, and I were very pleased with the opportunity to share the elegance of "our" swans with your readers (cover and page 4, Nov. 20-27). It brought to mind a phrase that is a take-off on Edward Lear's "Owl and the Pussycat":

	Swan, oh, Swan
	Though you be not owl,
	You surely are
	A most elegant fowl.

-Gene Miller, Fairhaven

Who Was that Bird?

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

I have a question that someone on your staff or possibly one of your readers may be able to help with.

Recently my wife and I were lazily raking leaves. I had just hauled a pile to the corner of the yard when I heard an unusual bird cry: it was more of a screech. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a small hawk fly away and land on a tree limb 100 feet away. We have red tailed hawks in our neighborhood, but this one was smaller and did not have the red markings.

I yelled loudly to my wife and pointed. At that moment, the bird flew straight at me, passing by less than three feet from my face. I should add that I was wearing large leather welding gloves and still pointing at the time. I was so amazed that I didn't look for markings that would have helped determine the bird's species. Unfortunately, he didn't land on me - although I'm not sure what I would have done if he had.

Later, we wondered if maybe the bird was a trained falcon or hawk that had escaped. Was the bird responding to my voice and outstretched gloved hand?

We would appreciate any thoughts you or your readers may have.

-Bob & Rose Kovich, West River

Sustainable Dream Shared

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

I have intended to write and compliment and thank you for your wonderful paper for quite some time. I guess good intentions often get put on the back burner to make time for the day-to-day grind of our modern hectic lives.

I also share your dream where people enjoy a high quality of life in a sustainable way that they'll be able to hand down for generations to come. I feel we as people have made progress in the area of protecting our precious Chesapeake. This progress is due in a huge way to publications like New Bay Times and due to dedicated and caring people like the staff at New Bay Times. Thank you, New Bay Times, and keep up the good work!

-Jack Wade, Churchton

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