Rocket J. Squirrel
In the past 40 years, we have lived in five places in Maryland and Virginia and have always had flying squirrels. If you have an abundance of mature trees nearby, you should have flying squirrels. We have a flood light on the deck aimed at a big tree 30 feet away. Attract them as twilight fades by putting a smear of chunky peanut butter on the bark as high as you can reach. In the Lightfoot area, we are currently feeding about 12 every evening — some eat peanut butter off the end of the knife as we put multiple dabs on the tree. Watching them "fly" in and race all up and down the tree is more fun than TV. Invite the neighbor kids for the flying squirrel show.
We, too, have seen the flying squirrel in Kingsmill. It’s the first time we’ve seen him in 30 years. Thank you.
In answer to the person wondering if anyone else has seen flying squirrels: We have been living in Williamsburg for 35 years and now we have seen flying squirrels on our wall, near our bird feeder. Thank you. Quite a nice surprise.
We also have lived in the Williamsburg area for more than 30 years and only recently have seen flying squirrels. They probably have been visiting our wildlife feeding station for years, but we captured glimpses of them with a trail camera set up to photograph the opossums that come there at night. The squirrels are so small and so quick that it was like catching glimpses of ghosts.
Virginia Beach shootings
What happened in Virginia Beach is a tragedy, yes. But, why is everybody blaming the weapons? The real problem is still the person behind the gun. What is wrong with these shooters and why?
When James City County starts its new recycling program this summer, I’ve discovered that only No. 1 and No. 2 plastics will be accepted. No food containers at all. So where is the county going to take the yogurt containers and the other plastic buckets that all of the food we buy at the grocery store comes in?
Unlike the caller who said the new recycling program in James City County will accept milk bottles, I don’t think it will. Because it says, “No. 1 and no. 2 plastics only, and no food containers.” Last I looked, milk was a food.
I must remind the commenter in Saturday’s Gazette who made the comment that the first underwater cable was laid across the Atlantic Ocean in the late 1800s. That’s true, but that was a telegraph cable, not a high-power electric cable. And since the towers are already up, it makes sense to complete the job. Unless, of course, the protestors who want to have the cable underground pay for it themselves and then lease it to the power company.
Need the recipe
Every resource I’ve looked up says that the ratio for hummingbird nectar is 1 to 4, as in one cup of sugar to four cups of water, half a cup of sugar to two cups of water. Please weigh in, readers. What are the repercussions if someone I know that says his serum is the best, or his nectar is the best because it’s a ratio of 1 to 2, one cup of sugar to two cups of water? So, if you all would weigh in. Thank you.
Looking for …
Looking for someone who is able to assist in restoring a vintage Pachinko Machine. If interested, please call 757-546-1616. The number I left last week was incorrect.
If anyone has had successful bunion surgery in this area, please list the doctor’s name in the Last Word. Thank you.
Lost handicap placard. It has an identifiable feature. Please contact 757-229-0306 if found. Thank you.
Looking for experienced help to custom measure, order and install two oversized sliding screen doors for our home. Hampton firm will make screens to order, but does not do on-site work. Any recommendations? Thanks!
Is there a service that will come to your house and repair your lawn mower? The person that used to do it has retired and moved to North Carolina.
Williamsburg Players’ final show of the season was a humdinger. The show was fun for all, with its comedy and array of characters. All the leads were sensational, but special acknowledgement goes to Neil Hollands for his raucous character of Pseudolus. I was short of breath just watching him take over the stage and sing at the same time. The Players have had a phenomenal season this year and a selection of great shows. Congratulations to them for a totally entertaining season and I encourage you to see “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” You will not be disappointed. A final word: Buy your season tickets now for next year!
All news, all good
Hey, bravo! A new, all-news radio station, WBQK-FM. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. Moving down to Williamsburg from the North, I was desperate for some intelligent talk and news show. All I would get is commentary on cars running around in circles, religion shows, baseball. It was just depressing. Thank you so much!
If you will miss WBQK 107.9’s music, as will I, do not despair. If you are able to use your smartphone or computer, you can listen to the exact same musical programming (minus the local publicity and announcements) by streaming WFCC 107.5 FM on wfcc.tunegenie.com/. Just click the “Listen” button and enjoy. The same company owned both programs and broadcasted the very same music simultaneously when both stations were operated as classical music presenters. I’m very sorry that WBQK has changed formats and very thankful I learned of this other station.
Well worth a visit
In case you might have missed visiting the Williamsburg Winery, treat yourself to a visit there. The vineyards are beautiful and the restaurant delightful, with delicious food and a very friendly and attentive wait staff. They helped to make a recent birthday celebration even more enjoyable.
A word of caution about Virginia state vehicle inspections. I carefully check my vehicle before inspection and ensure all necessary repairs are completed. Several times, our vehicle has failed due to a small tear in a windshield wiper, even though the wipers were OK. Today the car was inspected at a local inspection station and it failed again due to a tear in one wiper; however, this time I took pictures of the wipers just before the inspection. At home I called the local Vehicle Inspection Office. I would like to thank them for their quick response dispatching a state trooper to my home to discuss my concerns. He told me you have the right to be present for the entire inspection. If you suspect you are being scammed, please report your experience to the local Vehicle Inspection Office, 757-925-2432. It might save others from inappropriate expenses.
Free to you
Is there someone who can use position wedges? They’re used to keep a person in a particular position while they’re in bed, bed bound. Each time my husband goes into the hospital, they give us a bunch. We don’t use them; they’re brand new. And I hate to just toss them in the garbage. But if anyone is taking care of a loved one that needs to be turned and, you know, kept on one side or another, I have these wedges to give for free. You can call me at 707-486-9251. Thank you.
I was in desperate need of having some T-shirts done and didn’t know who to call. So someone gave me a card for Shanita Rawlins of Perfect Creations by Nita. She did an awesome job. She got me my shirts in one day and I gratefully appreciate it, and not just that she does T-shirts. She does candles, beaded jewelry, incense — I mean, she’s just awesome. You can reach her at 757-281-9042 or you can catch her on Facebook or Instagram: Perfect Creations by Nita.
Now, I’m crabby
I was very disappointed to go to one of restaurants that had a sign out front claiming it was crab cake week only to find out they were the same price as any other week.
I’d like to report that on Ironbound Road at Route 5, up near the shopping center, the markings on the road — the lane markings — are completely worn out. You can’t see them. Someone is going to have a horrific accident there because you can’t see where one begins and another one ends. Please take care of this, county or Virginia Department of Transportation.
In the past week, I have been through the Kings Way/Williamsburg Crossing intersection four times with no problem. It’s no problem if you are paying attention to the road and the traffic patterns, just basic driving skills. Two suggestions to VDOT: 1) Put up a “No Left Turn” sign or a “Right Turn Only” sign at the shopping center exit closest to John Tyler Highway to help stop people from trying to jump or go around the traffic island. 2) And for people coming off of John Tyler in the far left hand turn lane, a sign for the left lane “Left Turn Only” and a sign with arrows.
It would be nice if a traffic roundabout was installed at the intersection of Monticello Avenue/Lafayette Street and Richmond Road. The traffic lights could be eliminated and gardens, maybe even a historic statue, could be in the center of it. The only casualty would be the unsightly gas station. This would, in my opinion, greatly enhance the character of the redeveloped Midtown Row area. Editor’s note: The roundabout was suggested at an interest meeting in 2017, but we don’t believe it's in the budget for the Monticello Avenue redesign right now. The city applied for funding through VDOT for the roundabout project, but they've said that it would cost around $4 million and, if approved, that money wouldn't become available to the city until 2024 at the earliest.
To the person complaining about the center toll lanes in Norfolk: Those lanes used to be HOV only and now anyone can use them, but they may have to pay a toll. HOV-compliant vehicles are still free through the use of HOV ezPasses and often the lanes are free to everyone. This is an excellent practice used on most HOV lanes now. It allows everyone the choice of using those lanes or not. The tolls, when in effect, allow people to voluntarily help pay for the roads while bypassing heavy traffic.
The Virginia Gazette states, “Camp Perry was created in 1943 when the U.S. Navy seized land on the south bank of the York River … all the residents were forced to move within a few weeks.” Did the Navy pay property owners for the lands taken? Were the residents given any compensation for having to find housing immediately? Any assistance to the two communities taken over?
Up in Washington
Why does any bill that would help ordinary Americans get a “no” vote from Congressman Wittman? We wish he would explain his no vote on Disaster Aid, HR 2157.
To correct a statement in the Last Word. President Trump did not call Meaghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, “nasty.” He stated he did not know she had made some nasty remarks about him. He did not call her out as being a nasty person, but instead used the word “nasty” referring to verbiage that she supposedly stated about him personally.
To the person who asked when Williamsburg Drug Co will open on Jamestown Road: The answer is ASAP and that looks as though it may be early September. There is a lot of renovating to be done before we debut Williamsburg's most beautiful pharmacy. If you are not a current customer, we would love to see you at either the McLaws Circle location or the Mt. Vernon Avenue location. If transportation is an issue, we will deliver. Just give us a call at 229-1041.
I would like to make known and to thank the many people who have helped the lady riding the mechanized chair in the grocery stores. And I’m also grateful to the stores that provide them. They are so wonderful. Thank you.
I want to thank the person — the lady, the angel — who found my keys in the Harris Teeter parking lot on Friday night when it was raining so much. You don’t know what a blessing you were! I’m a military widow. Thank you very much.
The Williamsburg Memorial Park is just beautiful this season. Thank you for the staff who keeps it manicured and looking so beautiful.