The Telegram News
June 19, 2021
  • More Florida manatees have died in the first three months of 2021, than died in the entire year of 2020.  The majority of deaths have occurred between Brevard (where I live), and Broward County. The seagrass that manatee’s like to eat is scarce in these waters. The Indian River Lagoon also runs along these counties. It is estimated that one-third of the states 7,000 manatees uses this river to survive, at least some of the time throughout the year. 
  • The 28th Oak Hill Festival of Flags is in the history books, and it was a great success, despite the cold and rain. Attendance was good, and we appreciate all our friends in Oak Hill and the Jackson County area who came to take advantage of the free entertainment, great rides, and good traditional Festival food! Our Grand Parade was the biggest one in Festival history, with nearly 100 units.  The sun came out in time for our Monday Car Show, with 88 beautiful cars entered.
  • The world’s longest-running science experiment is buried in a secret location somewhere on the Michigan State University campus. In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal buried 20 bottles filled with moist sand and seeds. Each bottle was left uncorked and placed with the mouth pointing down, so that no water would accumulate in the vessels. 
  • Hints From The South - 96 Decibels
    A jet plane flying into the Columbus International Airport creates about 80 decibels of sound, but believe it or not, a large tree filled with male cicadas has been recorded at a level of 96 decibels. That seems crazy, but I remember the last really big hatch that I experienced in Jackson.  I kid you not, I remember working in the yard and getting dizzy from the overwhelming, non-stop, deafening calls of the male cicadas. The effect was amplified when I thought about my dad saying that the cicadas call out to the pharaoh. “Pharaoh-Pharaoh-Pharaoh-Pharaoh!” 
  • Last night my wife noticed how big the moon looked.  It was rising out of the Atlantic Ocean, like some large diced alien space craft.  The moon truly is amazing, but I had a thought trigger in my little pea brain, about something I read years ago.  The moon is technically falling towards earth.  Is that really true?  

  • To The Editor:

    Appalachians are no strangers to natural gas and oil wells -- Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more were permitted for drilling as of 2018. This energy source comes at a high environmental cost, however, with methane emitted as a byproduct of these processes. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide and contributes significantly to global warming. These air contaminants can also cause health implications such as dizziness, nausea, and respiratory problems.

  • I cut my finger the other day and I started thinking what a miracle blood is.  Then I realized, I know very little about blood.  One thing is for sure, as an indicator of health, I think blood might be the one packed with the most information.  Every six months, they take three tubes of blood out of me, and I get a report a mile long about all the different measurements, and indicators of normal or abnormal readings. 
  • To understand the cost of living in Cuba, we must first understand that Cuba has two different currencies.  That really seems odd, doesn’t it?  The Cuban peso (CUP), and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) are both legal currencies in Cuba.  The CUC is roughly the equivalent of one U.S. dollar, and one of those U.S. dollars can buy up to 25 CUP.   
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