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Well, it seems almost silly to continue my three-part series on dressing warm for the winter outdoors, doesnít it? As I am putting together this column, my kids are outside without coats Ö in January! So instead of giving you more tips from Trail Creek Outfitters on how to dress for winter, Iíll remind you to go visit 4CP (Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection) and see what tips they have to curb some of this global warming.
Speaking of issues, we had another interesting gun or hunting issue yesterday. Since it was so warm outside my husband took the boys out to ride their bikes. My little guy still has training wheels, so they just go down our road and the short journey takes them from Avondale Borough into London Grove Township, and if they look out to their left, that field (I believe) is part borough, part New Garden Township. Well, anyway, they were walking and saw some guys out in the field in blaze orange, not that unusual. But then ÖBOOM! They fired and it was so loud and so close that my husband said that he actually felt the energy from it. They abruptly turned around and came home, as this wasnít possibly far enough away to be safe. As they walked home, they did encounter some neighbors who were also interested in this and I know at least one is on borough council. They got home and told me about it, and I called the state police barracks in Avondale, the non emergency number.
Well, something tells me that I wasnít the first resident that called them. But she said it was perfectly legal! Hmph. How about that? Something tells me that those ordinances need to be revisited as they were probably written long before there were all these homes nearby. Didnít this paper just report a few weeks ago that a home in New Garden was hit by a hunterís bullet? Funny, even as I writing this, I just heard three more shots outside. Yes, I am well aware that there are different rifles and guns for different distances and theirs may have been appropriate. Call me a cynic, but I just donít have enough faith in my fellow man when it comes to gun shots near my children. Common sense ainít so common anymore. I donít want to just have to have faith that the particular hunter chose the right weapon and his ammo canít reach my child. Anyway, I plan to pursue this further with our borough council and will let you know what happens. In the meantime, can I put a polite request out there to those hunters to not hunt so close to residential areas? Is that really the only place you have to go? OK, rant over.
Now that the holidays are over, the Brandywine River Museum is back to offering free admission on Sunday mornings. The weather is certainly mild enough to walk around outdoors afterwards.
And, get ready for the Eastern Sports Show! Itís coming Feb. 2-10 in Harrisburg at the Farm Show Complex. I have two Family Four-Packs of tickets to give away to my readers. All you have to do is submit a photo of you and/or your family doing something outdoorsy. You can either email the photo to me at LisaLightner at Yahoo.com or you can upload it to our Facebook wall at Facebook.com/KPGreatOutdoors. Pictures must be submitted to me or posted by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 25. We will then pick two winners at random to get the tickets. By submitting photos, you are agreeing that they will be publicized on Facebook and perhaps in a future issue of The Kennett Paper or Avon Grove Sun.
Good luck and have fun!
Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.