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January 22, 2015

The annual January thaw has come and gone. It usually occurs around the 20th (or third week) and was welcomed here, as it was just warm enough to melt the ice that had accumulated in shady places.

Of course, the forecast now is calling for rain/snow mix by the weekend, so I suppose we will go back to winter conditions. Cold and rainy weekends are a great time to make chili--and I do like my chili.

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One of the holler’s barred owls made an appearance for us yesterday. It dropped down out of a tree right in front of us and flew to a branch near the road to pose for some photographs. Jeanne got some great shots before it flew off to his home in a hollow beech tree below our house.

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A fire escape is being constructed on the backside of the courthouse. It has been a long time coming and, while we all hope it will never be used, it is a good thing to have.

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It is nice to see some action at the Tudor’s/Gino’s building again. I have a hankering for a good biscuit with toppings, and was beginning to wonder if the building would ever be finished. I predict it will open around the middle of May.

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This is the time of year when half of Grantsville’s Main Street burned to the ground in 1966. I remember the fire siren going on and on and seeing the flames reach into the sky from our house near the old swimming pool. I ran over to town, but was not allowed anywhere near the fire.

March of the next year, we had the worst flood in our history. That was a very bad time for the town, but, somehow, it recovered.

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