Around Town: Starting with works of poetry, ending with summer popcorn

August 22, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Yolantha Pace is one of several poets who have been asked to dedicate a poem to Maya Angelou, whose body of works include "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Pace described the request as a "double WOW."

Her plate has had a few wows on it lately. In July, she participated in The Harlem Book Fair. She was one of the authors selected to do an on-stage reading at that event, which attracted coverage from BET and C-SPAN.

Pace is a performance arts specialist who lives in Danville. She has published a book of poetry, "Winged-Plucked Butterfly." A poem in that collection, "The Worth of a Woman," is included in a collection of poems, "Poetry as Prayer: Appalachian Women Speak."

Tough time for ducks, deer in Casey

It was not a good day for ducks, nor deer, in Casey County.

Motorists have had trouble with a flock of ducks on Ky. 206 in Casey County numerous times. The ducks don't seem to want to stay off the road, and because of the numbers cut a large swath across the highway.


The inevitable happened. A motorist hit about a dozen of the fine-feathered friends, but didn't stop to check the injured. About 10 were left to die on the highway. A good neighbor decided to remove them.

In another incident, a motorist who hit a deer didn't appear to be to upset with the damage to his truck. He did stop. He'd bagged a 14-point buck for the first time in his life. The antlers are set to be mounted to hang on the wall.

Summer of 1915 similar to this summer

Danville's summer of 2004 has something in common with the summer of 1915.

The newspaper reported in August 1915 that it had been the coldest summer recorded in 44 years.

In June, the temperature got as low as 48 degrees. In July, 54 degrees was the low. August had a low of 52 degrees.

As we all know, it can be hot as well. The Sept. 25, 1895, paper had the following item:

"It has been so hot on the Chaplin River, in the West End, that popcorn has 'popped' on the stalk. If you don't believe it, come to this office and see an ear of the same, which was left here by Major Gault. It speaks for itself."

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