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Mary E. Trimble: Blue – A Special Gift

Group-at-well-GOODby Mary E. Trimble

I continued to go on trek, sometimes with Sainabou or another auxiliary nurse, sometimes alone. An orderly/driver took me from the Basse Health Center to a distant village where a family lived whose child had been hospitalized. I wanted to call on the family to see how the child was doing and perhaps offer nutrition counseling.

As was so often the case, several people crowded around the Land Rover as we arrived, all talking and laughing and extending their hands to greet us. A man, a leper with badly deformed hands and feet, greeted me. He extended his stub of a hand and I felt no choice but to shake it, quickly realizing, at least hoping, that he was no longer contagious. As I grasped his hand, I saw in his eyes a warmth toward me, a look that I’ll always remember.

A man standing near us left and returned, carrying a live chicken and gave it to me. “Abaraka.” Thank you, he said quietly. I wondered if this man was the leper’s relative, perhaps his brother.

via Blue: A Special Gift | Mary E. Trimble.

Police Blotter: Your Weekly Update

police-car54.1-300x171From Your Stanwood Police Department:

On 4-12-14, a resident of the 7800 block of 272nd St NW reported being a victim of fraud. Investigation continues.

On 4-12-14, a 43 year old Camano Island man is being referred for Assault 4 DV in the 8400 block of Cedarhome Dr. He had an altercation with his ex-wife; she advised he grabbed her and left bruises.

On 4-13-14, a mail slot in a business in the 27000 block of 102nd Av NW was vandalized overnight.

Can You Co-Exist With Backyard Beavers?

From Wikimedia Commons.

From Wikimedia Commons.

From WDFW:

Some streamside landowners find themselves battling backyard beavers that gnaw down trees and flood yards with their dams.

But even after removing dams or even the beavers themselves, most streamside landowners find themselves losing the war. That’s because the old adage “busy as a beaver” is true, and because streams will always attract beavers.

Understanding more about this species and how they can benefit other wildlife, along with the steps required by law to address beaver problems, may help some landowners call a truce and learn how to co-exist with beavers.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) habitat biologist Jamie Bails says that when she hears from landowners with beaver problems, most want a quick and simple solution to a complicated and long-term situation. They want to know who to call to trap the beaver or how to remove the dam so that the stream doesn’t flood the yard.

Landowners can work with WDFW to protect their property from damage by wildlife. Removal or modification of a beaver dam in Washington requires a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) because it involves in-stream work that can potentially affect fish and other wildlife. This permit can be obtained by contacting WDFW habitat biologists like Bails, who visit the site to determine if there are other reasons why the property is flooding, and submitting a simple application (see http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/hpa/ .)

Mary E. Trimble Book Review: The Longest Trail

by Mary E. Trimble

Roni McFadden has written a memorable book,The Longest Trail, a true-life novel that begins in 1963 in northern California when Roni is twelve years old. After saving her baby-sitting money for two years, she buys her first horse, Sparol, for $125,

While on horseback, Roni can forget the sexual abuse from her step-father, forget that she isn’t accepted at school, and, later, that the crowd she’s running with could get her into serious trouble with sex, drugs and free love. When astride a horse, she feels whole and at peace with herself.

Through a friend, Roni meets John Slaughter, then in his forties and married with his own children, a throw-back cowboy with a kind nature and a magical way with horses. In addition to his regular job, John takes hunters on pack trips in the High Sierra Mountains. He offers her an opportunity to help with the horses, to exercise, feed and groom them, and clean corrals. While at school, she lives for the time when she’ll be with the horses, when she’ll be at peace.

Roni proves her value and is soon a part of John’s pack operation and joins him at a pack-station, a place where they stage high-country trips. Through the years, Roni is given more responsibility. With the responsibility comes dealing with city folks who bring the noise and rush of city life to their country outings. She learns patience, self-reliance and how to deal with hardship and discomfort. She learns to appreciate the high country’s beauty and simple pleasures. Roni finds a kinship with horses that few achieve.

via Book Review: The Longest Trail | Mary E. Trimble.