Chair lift at the State Fair?
Carolina State Fair officials are proposing a chairlift to carry people around the fairgrounds. They envision the ride to have double seated chairs that move along cables as high as 40 feet in the air. Officials say the chairlift would serve the dual purpose of giving people a recreational ride but also allow them to move easily over congested areas. http://goo.gl/5zuztr
You’ve hear of Car chases but Mother Black Bear Chases Tourists
Tourists in Yellowstone National Park learned that lesson the hard way last Wednesday when they got too close to a trio of cubs. The National Park Service has a number of rules about viewing bears, and these tourists seem to have violated nearly all of them. NPS says to keep a distance of 100 yards (300 feet) and stay in your car when you spot the creatures along roads.
“The most dangerous place is between a mom and her cubs,” Bob Gibson, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Communication and Education Program Manager, told USA Today, saying the tourists were “very much in danger.” Since the cubs were about 13 months old, the mama bear wasn’t as protective as she might have been. But when the she trotted toward the tourists, most of them quickly scattered. http://goo.gl/9O8rdM
Grandmother surprises family with degree from Liberty University
While students have worked hard the past four years to graduate from college, one student worked hard to surprise their family members. Barbara said after a visit to Liberty University three summers ago, she decided to get her bachelor’s degree. Barbara completed her classes online.
It took skill to keep everyone in the family out the loop. Barbara credits her husband for the help. “By fielding some phone calls from family that came in when I had to study,” Barbara said.
Barbara’s family was shocked as they couldn’t figure out why Barbara was in the student line dressed up with her granddaughter who was also graduating. http://goo.gl/1X4OtB
Ana weakens to depression, dumps rain along coast
Tropical Storm Ana lost the last of its strength and was downgraded to a depression as it created wet and windy conditions along the North and South Carolina coasts. http://www.wxii12.com
Outlook for Graduates and Jobs:
With a lot of local college’s graduations this past week my thoughts were on “so how is the job outlook for current grads?” Experts say this year looks better than it has in a long time. 2 reasons an improving economy and retiring baby boomers. http://www.wxii12.com
Anniversaries of Clemmons Tornados’
The beginning of May marks the anniversaries of 2 strong tornadoes that hit the Clemmons area. The first was on May 7 1998 and the second on May 8, 2008 both tornadoes destroyed and damaged several homes in that area. This is a great reminder to have a family plan ready and practicing for when server weather hits. Tornado Warning means to go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom). http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado