Local naturalist and bird researcher Tom Kashmer made ornithological history this fall when he became the first person in Ohio to capture and band two shorebirds that are uncommon in the East and Midwest.
Wilson’s Phalarope is common in the prairie marshes and western lakes of North America. The bird winters in Argentina. The Red-Necked Phalarope breeds in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Canada and Alaska and spends the winter at sea off the coast of South America. Both species are rare to Ohio.
Both birds were captured on the mud flats at the western end of Muddy Creek Bay. The birds were part of a much larger research project conducted by Kashmer and fellow bird-bander Tom Bartlett, of Tiffin. The shorebird research project is a cooperative venture with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, The Ohio State University, Winous Point Marsh Conservancy and local private marsh owners.
Car owner featured
When Mike Evanoff purchased his 1965 Chevelle, he didn’t have any idea it would some day be the subject of a television commercial.
He purchased the car while a senior in high school and tried several combinations of boosting the engine’s power and transmission performance.
Two years ago, however, he installed a Tremec transmission with a 4.56 differential at his repair shop at Suburban Motors in Lake Township.
The combination of the 502-cubic inch engine with superchargers and the new transmission – a six-speed on the floor with two overdrives – is the right mix, he says in the commercial.
“I’ve never had more fun driving my Chevelle than I do today with a Tremec transmission,” he says.
The commercial can be seen on YouTube. (True customer file 467).
In spite of the high performance engine and transmission, Evanoff says the gas mileage is fairly good.
Homebound seniors get fruit baskets
Some homebound seniors in Sandusky County received early holiday gifts of boxes of fruit, compliments of the WSOS Senior Services.
“We are always looking for a way to bring something new and different to our homebound seniors, some of whom may receive a hot meal every weekday of the year. A fresh fruit and produce box is a creative way to provide nutritional meals at this time of year,” said Senior Services director Robin Richter.
Volunteers of the Passenger Care Attendants program assembled the boxes Dec. 7 at the Senior Center in Fremont. The boxes were distributed to seniors Dec. 9 and 10.
Senior Services departments of Food Service, Meals-on-Wheels and TRIPS combine to provide the fruit/produce boxes. Each box contained fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese logs, sausage, breads, and nuts. The Food Service staff developed a creative five-day menu that meets nutritional requirements.
For more information on WSOS Senior Services or for senior center locations, call 1-800-775-9767.