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One of Our Own Art Prizes in Comstock Park

One of Our  Own Art Prizes in Comstock Park

 A few years ago,following an estate sale, we came across an old framed and unsigned painting that was about to be trashed.  It had been a gift from one person to a neighbor, who had given it to her mother who had tucked it in her basement for the next thirty years.  The painting turned out to be a local landscape and was hung for display at the township offices. 

As  local resident Elsa Skeins came in the office one day to pay her taxes, she was surprised to see her old "masterpiece" on the wall, a work she completed when she first took up painting as a hobby. Elsa still paints.  She is one of half a dozen local women artists who get together every Monday afternoon at Zion Lutheran Church. 

Special Guests at Famiy Reunion

Special Guests at Famiy Reunion

The Murtland family in Alpine Township saw some special guests attend their family reunion Sunday. Sue Murtland's sister and her husband manage a Siberian Huskies Rescue Mission in Illinois and brought a sled team, also known as the Z-Team along with them. They do frequent visits to schools and talk about the Iditarod. It was nice to see these beautiful dogs on display. Although they may be sled dogs, they are first and foremost friendly family dogs...


Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w