August 10, 1995
It's good to see our neighbor, Jack Newton, back home now after so many weeks in the hospital and more recently at a Stillwater convalescent center. He said from the start of this latest episode that he'd be home before long, and sure enough now he is. Our block has been saddened by the loss of more than its share of neighbors the past few months. Jack Newton and his family have contributed a great deal to the development of this community, and we need his sense of humor to keep the rest of us from fretting too much about things we can't control.
Speaking of this neighborhood, I keep hearing reports of more foxes gamboling in the area of the creek that runs along the south edge of the Country Club and through the bed of old Lake Laird, then on east to the Perry Stadium property. Another creek bed south of there goes through the newly developing area between North Ninth and Seventh streets. A number of fine new homes have been built there in the past few months. Brush and timber along both creeks have been cleared out to enable better drainage, and as a result some foxes living in the area apparently found it necessary to relocate. There are more visible now.
Frank Cutsinger Jr., a long-time resident of the area whose home is on the south side of the Country Club creek, says the animals put on quite a show nearly every evening, almost in his back yard. Frank and Hazel set up lawn chairs outdoors and enjoy watching the performance.
Frank says the foxes are aware of their human audience but they keep their distance and stay away from people most of the time. He worries about young children in the neighborhood who might not realize the danger and try to chase or touch one. A fox is completely untrustworthy and certainly no one should attempt to extend a hand to them. The animals could easily be eliminated but they are a protected species, Frank says, meaning they cannot be shot. So parents, warn your youngsters to watch where they play in the vicinity of those creeks.
Despite recent publicity about the problem, a lot of Perry motorists are still making left turns in the middle of the block around the square. Signs are posted warning that it's a violation of city ordinance to do so, but many drivers persist in breaking the law and risking a collision by crossing oncoming traffic lanes, usually in order to get a parking space. Folks, that's wrong.
While I'm on the subject, it also disturbs me to see young children being held on the laps of drivers in moving vehicles. That is an invitation to disaster, besides also being against the law. Don't risk some child's life by letting him or her join you in the driver's seat. A sudden stop or a minor collision could bring crippling injuries or worst to both the adult and the child. Don't do it.
The front of Cheryl Mack's Beauty Salon at 1415 Kaw street has been dressed up with a neat new porch, complete with railing, and flanked on both sides by ramps for patrons. It all adds up to an improved entrance for this small residential shop. Also worth noting is the removal of weeds along the sidewalk and curbs at Joe Ripley's and Gene Seat's Mid-Continent Permanent Co., 201 South Seventh street. It took some muscle and sweat to get that done in the heat we've been experiencing lately, but the difference in appearance is remarkable.
Reinhold Hamann gets my nomination for maintaining one of the slickest pickups around town. The pickup's basic black body always seems to gleam as though it had just, been waxed and the chrome trim - there's a lot of it - fairly sparkles in the bright summer sunlight. I know Reinhold carries stuff in the bed of his truck sometimes, but you'll never see an accumulation of dirt, trash or even scratches in it. Sure looks nice.