October 13, 2016
Danish Angling Bonanza: 80,000 Trout Set Free By Accident
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) Danish anglers are rushing to a western Denmark fjord to catch some of the up to 80,000 farmed rainbow trout that have been accidentally released into Danish waters, hoping to keep them from upsetting the area’s ecological balance.
A cargo ship on Monday accidentally tore apart a fish farm net off Assens, 200 kilometers (124 miles) west of Copenhagen in the western Baltic Sea. Now authorities fear the farmed trout will eat the eggs of other trout species.
Soeren Knabe of the environmental group Vandpleje Fyn is urging anglers to “grab their rods and catch as many as possible. I’ll join them this weekend.”
Knabe said Wednesday the rip happened “at the worst time” because sea trout “are about to spawn and their eggs are ‘yummy’ for rainbow trout.”
City Picks Fake Christmas Tree To Avoid ‘Charlie Brown’ Stir
Reading, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania mayor has reluctantly signed off on a plan to erect a 35-foot tall artificial tree to avoid a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree controversy like one that erupted two years ago.
The Reading Eagle reports Reading (REH’-ding) Mayor Wally Scott is a fan of natural trees but wanted to avoid the stir caused when city workers erected a scraggly real tree two years ago.
The tree was first ridiculed then embraced by residents when it was likened to the scrawny tree featured in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The artificial tree will boast 1,250 ornaments, more than 1,900 lights and a 5-foot star.
The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $17,000. The Downtown Improvement District is paying the rest: nearly $4,400. The tree should last 15 to 20 years.
Groom’s Mother Goes For A Walk, Gets Lost, Delays Wedding
LANDAFF, NH (AP) A New Hampshire wedding got a dose of unexpected drama when the groom’s mother went missing for several hours.
State police were told Sunday afternoon Philameana Guerino hadn’t been seen for hours. The 72-year-old Massachusetts woman was in Landaff, New Hampshire, to attend the wedding and had gone for a walk in the woods.
Several troopers responded with conservation officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game and a K-9 unit. The state police also used a Reverse 911 call through the Grafton County sheriff’s office to notify residents in a 5-mile area.
Guerino was found an hour and a half later. She had gotten lost on her walk.
State police say on their Facebook page the wedding was delayed several hours but the bride and groom “definitely have a story for the future.”
Some Claim Bigfoot Spotted On Michigan Eagle Nest Camera
Beulah, MI (AP) Some people think they’ve spotted Bigfoot on a live camera trained on an eagle’s nest in Michigan.
The clip from a camera mounted on a tree near a state fish hatchery shows baby eaglets in the nest while a dark figure walking on two legs moves on the ground below.
The Detroit Free Press reports the clip was highlighted on the website of CarbonTV, which has partnered with the state to install the eagle cam. The company tells the Free Press the clip was captured in May.
Idaho State University Professor Jeff Meldrum, who studies the legend of the never-confirmed man-ape-like creature, tells the newspaper the video is “interesting,” but “doesn’t offer much by way of compelling evidence.”
Ronald McDonald Keeping A Lower Profile These Days
New York (AP) McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise.
McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change.
The burger chain’s decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.
Farm Stand Turns Outhouse Into Voting Booth
Ashland, NH (AP) A New Hampshire farm stand is letting customers put their votes for president where he thinks they belong: right in the toilet.
Owens Truck Farm is home to an outhouse-turned-fake-voting booth with mannequins of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and toilets to cast ballots.
Farm stand owner Chris Owens tells New Hampshire Public Radio that customers have been stopping by for photos and to vote at the Ashland farm.
He says he’s collected a couple hundred ballots already.
Above the Trump mannequin is a sign that reads, “If I am elected, we will build a wall between Plymouth and Rumney, and Rumney will pay for it,” referring to two nearby towns.
Owens plans to tally the just-for-fun votes next month.