Archive for January, 2015

Robins in the Snow!

January 28th, 2015 by Cindy Neugebauer

IMG_0949[1]I just went for a walk with Bailey out back.  Just as we came around the corner I saw the crabapple tree full of robins!  Could that be?  They were having lunch…just chomping down on crababpples.  What a site.

This picture does not do this justice.  By the time I dug my camera out of my pocket below layers of fleece most of them flew away.

For those of you that have visited Red Hill, the crabapple tree is that prolific tree that sits in view as you look out the center of the deck.  Just amazing.

I will have to watch for these little guys and see if I can capture the kodak moment.  I planted this tree about 12 years ago, per the suggestion of my sister Linda.  She said the birds will love it.  She sure was right! Enjoy the winter everyone!  Stay cozy.  -Cindy

C&O National Park Considering Fees

January 28th, 2015 by Cindy Neugebauer

There is a lot of concern locally in Washington County about fees the National Parks system is considering to impose on the C&O Park.
Alot of good points were brought up at the meeting last night in Hagerstown.  This park is a gem in Washington County and is used by alot of visitors as well as locals for recreational use.  Cyclists, joggers and hikers are found the on the path daily.  Free of charge.
Maintaining the park takes a lot of manpower to cut and trim trees, mow the grass, fill in the ruts and washout from rain water.  Paid park employees are few.
I truly don’t know how they will monitor their fee structure.  They say they will moniter it only in the parking lots.  A huge task in my opinion.  There are so many access points along this 184 mile path.  Who will pay?  Those of us that are honest citizens and try to do the right thing.  Will there be any consequences for those that “sneak” in?  What about those that go to the Potomac River to fish?.  Will they be charged a fee for crossing the path to get to the river?
A lot needs to be considered.  For more information, please read the article that was featured on the front page of the Herald Mail this morning.