2018-01-18 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•Brrrr…it’s freezing again. I don’t know why we are all so surprised; it is winter, after all, and most of us have experienced cold weather before. But this year’s snow and cold seem worse than anything we’ve had in recent years. I am delighted, however, to report that my home is now much warmer and my dog and I can live here comfortably. I had a handyman come in and put plastic over the majority of the windows in the house, and it has made a world of difference. I also have been leaving the thermostat set at a higher setting than normal and not making any effort to change it, no matter what time it is.

•People have been skating on Argyle Lake and, while I’m so glad to see this again, I worry about their safety. Many seem to be skating on an area of the lake that was always considered too thin for skating. Anyone who has lived here long enough will remember the tragedy in the 1960s when five sisters went through the ice. Only one of them was saved. To this day I find myself praying for the parents and the lone survivor.

•By the way, when we get snow that is two- or three-feet deep, please dig out the fire hydrants near your house. It’s amazing how quickly a house can burn up while first responders try to find a hydrant beneath the snow.

It’s also a good time to remember our feathered friends. Scattering breadcrumbs and birdseed, as well as hanging suet on bare branches will be very much appreciated.

•Speaking of helping animals, a yellow dog with white markings was found near Frederick Avenue. The finder brought him to the West Islip Emergency Vet on the westbound service road of Sunrise Highway. He seemed to be in good condition. Hope his owner finds him.

•Do you have a dog or cat? Be sure to get your pet microchipped so that, if lost, the pet can be identified and you will be notified.

•Have you noticed that after a snowstorm, in most large parking lots the plows pile mountains of the snow in handicapped spaces?

I met a man last week who was going into the Babylon Library. He told me that he’s lived in Babylon Village for nearly two years and that he was startled and impressed by how well the streets were cleared after the recent “blizzard.” We often overlook what a good job our highway and sanitation departments do on a regular basis.

Thanks to all the men and women that manage to keep the Village running smoothly in spite of difficult weather!

•Several years ago, I tuned in to a television show called “Curse of Oak Island” on the History Channel. Of course, I thought they were talking about our Oak Island, but it turned out they meant a small island in Nova Scotia. However, before I figured out what was going on, I was hooked!

Two brothers, Rick and Marty, first became interested in Oak Island after reading a story in Reader’s Digest about the island.

For the past 200 years, numerous treasure hunters have spent many hours and a lot of money on trying to find the treasure on Oak Island. The funny thing is, no one knows exactly what the treasure is. Theories range from the Holy Grail (the chalice Christ used at the Last Supper) to the original copies of the works of Shakespeare. Nor do they know exactly where on the island the treasure is hidden. But very intricate hidden traps were put in place meant to prevent the discovery of the treasure.

The program runs on Tuesday nights on channel 47 (History) and it is fascinating! If you get a chance, tune in some time. Every week brings something new and draws you in deeper. Fortunately, most of the television providers carry past episodes on demand, which means you can see many back episodes. Tune in, if you can!

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