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Sparta "Swamp Land" to be auctioned June 2nd, 2011

Sparta "Swamp Land" to be auctioned June 2nd, 2011

There is a huge sign on Division Avenue just North of the Sparta Airport announcing the auction of a large parcel of real estate on the Rogue River.  I chuckle when I think of  paying a pretty penny for some prime mosquito breeding grounds.  After further review, there is more than meets the eye with this property!  The description on www.lastbidrealestate.com paints a prettier picture of what is available in comparison to the 55 mph view you get from driving buy.

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

A Strange Foam Discovered at the Middle School

From: http://www.spartaschools.org
By Zac Curtis and Maddie Rummler

The Kent Intermediate School District had a few of their specially trained instructors from the Aeronautics Education Lab, stop by the 8th grade science classes at the Middle School and get things foaming with a chemical reaction that got students talking. The purpose of the lab was to teach these 8th grade students about the types of plastics that NASA uses in their rockets and shuttles and let them experience making them.

The plastics lab consisted of a few chemicals that when mixed together made a root beer looking foam. There were two plastics made: A higher tougher plastic and a softer lower one that the students enjoyed creating.