I don’t think there is much that smells worse than chicken manure fertilizer. The new trend among the local farmers is using chicken poop ( presumably coming from the factory chicken operations up in Accomack County) to spread on their farm fields. The odor is a combination of dog poop and rotten fish. As I like to keep my windows open (for “fresh” air) my entire house reeked yesterday. I had to burn candles. To top it off, our large, very hairy dog comes in the morning having trudged all through said fields and rolled enthusiastically, so she is now coated with the horrendous ( toxic, too, no doubt!) stuff. We NEVER had these issues with regular fertilizers or fungicides. I can only guess that the chicken poop is cheaper.
This report was sent in by a local resident of Northampton County.
Beware Lower Northampton residents! We came within a few minutes of being broken into this morning- By chance, my husband woke up at 5:30am – it was still basically dark outside- he let one of our dogs out of the front door and heard the handle of the kitchen patio door being tried ( thank God we lock everything at night). When he ran back to the kitchen, he heard car doors slam from back near the barn behind our house! He ran over to the windows by the driveway and saw a black Ford or Chevy full size pickup truck with camper shell on the bed take off down our driveway! Possibly Florida tags. He grabbed his keys and chased them as far as Plantation Rd, where they turned their lights off and frank couldnt see which way they went. So whoever was planning to rob us came all the way up our driveway, knowing we were at home and were prowling around our property and attempted to get into the house. This is APPALLING, and has never happened in the 20+ years we have lived here. We will now be installing a gate, motion sensors, and alarm system.
Note: There have been other reported break-ins, and attempted breaking and entries along Plantation Road.
Sent to the Mirror by a local citizen. “12:05 today, a drone was weaving around our home in Marina Villages. Not just from above, but from second story between homes right by windows like a peeping tom! I felt like shooting the darn thing down. Total invasion of privacy!! And total violation of the law! I called non-emergency police and Sgt. Potts responded and he was going to search for the thing. Of course, as Sgt. Potts said, these things have become so inexpensive and so many people have them, it’s difficult to control.”
Opinion:How difficult is it to control, really? We’re all in favor of folks having fun with drones, but there is a time and place. When I was kid, we used to launch Estes rockets, but my father made sure we did it in a big open field, so we didn’t launch one through our neighbor’s kitchen window. Seems the same kind of courtesy could be offered here. Or, an new town ordinance allowing annoyed citizens to shoot them down?
A reader asks, “Does anybody remember this cat or know if he is still around? I took this photograph of the adorable “Got Milk?” cat some 8 years ago at a cottage on OCCRoad…often wondered what happened to him…” If anyone does have any information on this cat, write a comment or send to: email@example.com
GOSSIP: During Cape Charles Town Council Comments at the January 19th Regular Meeting, Councilwoman Dora Sullivan stated that while observing a routine traffic stop in town, she was taken by the professional and courteous demeanor of the CCPD. She went on to say that it was a breath of fresh air, that after 20 years of living here, she could finally feel good about the police. While it is true that Chief Pruitt has done a fine job with the CCPD, with former Police Chief, now Councilman Sambo Brown sitting just across from her, Sullivan’s comments came across as a somewhat harsh reprisal of Brown’s tenure. Observers wondered whether this ‘shot across the bow’ and was an indication of internal strife within the Cape Charles Power Bubble (CCPB).
During Executive Session, Town Council met with business entities which are interested in starting a brew pub at location in Cape Charles. Details are sketchy (cannot confirm contracts, sale, entity, etc.); however the operation is looking at 200,000 gallons of water use per year. As always, there are hurdles. There currently is not a ‘Brew Pub’ use in the current zoning ordinance, and for this type of operation, the parcel would have to be rezoned industrial, unless the operation is more ‘Pub’ serving food and beverage than it is actually ‘brewing’.
Water and sewer hookups may also prove problematic. Water is closer, but will require connection. Sewer, even further, will also require connections.
The Mirror will provide more details as they become available.
A few weeks back, we posted a story that was sent in by a Bay Creek resident, voicing issue with a storage box that was placed at the entrance of the beach. Our intrepid citizen has followed up with another photo, this time showing a total turnaround and improvement. The box has been painted white, and is now emblazoned with the Bay Creek logo. Nice job all!
Recently, a Cape Charles Mirror reader submitted these comments, “I know the tourists bring money, and they help the local businesses, but sometimes I wonder if we need them…is this a good bargain for us? Sometimes I don’t blame them, they are on vacation, they are spending their money, so it makes sense they might be ‘all about them’, and be kind of selfish, and just walk by and never any eye contact, or a hello. That’s just the nature of it, but it’s hard when it happens…in your home town, and where you sometimes feel like a second class citizen in your own town. Some things just set you off…the other night at the Experimental Film show at the theatre, and yes it was packed, but we’re sitting next to these ‘people’ who were obviously from out of town, and they started complaining right from the beginning…it was too hot, the place was ‘old and musty’, the service at the bar was horrendous, etc.). I let it go for a while, but when …before the films, when they were announcing things that had happened over the last few weeks, such as how the young dancers and interns did so much to help make the films, and they cheered for each other, this woman just kept saying, ‘Oh these people…they’re so…oh, these people’. I finally had to turn to her and say, ‘You know, these people come here from all different places, come here to make films, and yes, they are young and fun and exuberant…if you don’t like it, there are a lot of people that would like your seat right now.’ She just sneered and turned away from me.”
READER SUBMITTED ISSUE: Why does the Town of Cape Charles tolerate this eyesore?
I wonder…. On the land owned by the town of Cape Charles at the corner of Fig Street and Randolph Avenue there’s a beautiful children’s garden. But between the garden and the old Fitzhugh property, there’s piles of golf cart parts, pallets and just plain trash laying on town property. This eyesore has gotten worse, not better over the last few summers. Why does the town allow a business (Custom Carts) to store junk on their property? The golf cart people, will not clean it up. And at the town offices…talking to building code officials, planning, the town manager, the mayor….nobody seems to have the interest or authority to act.
CAPE CHARLES—Even as he was already dealing with low energy, headache, fatigue, irritability, as well as aches and pains from an extreme laxative detox cleanse, Mayor George Proto still called a special Town Council work session to approve a new town ordinance that he said would eliminate the use of ‘Silly String” or “Spray String” in Cape Charles, “This is the sixth day of my cleanse, and I’m telling you, things have gotten very messy. As you know, frequent bathroom visits can lead to irritation and the breakdown of skin on your bottom, as well as dehydration. Still, even as it’s hard to sit for any length of time, this ordinance is very important.”
During discussion, Councilman Bannon noted, “This whole thing was supposed to make me more calm and centered, but after seeing the way the string just shoots out of the can like that, the whole thing sent my mental state crashing.” Councilwoman Sullivan concurred, “I was so aggravated by watching that…well all that string, I needed to blow off steam by taking three Mucinex, and then getting on the floor and howling like a dog!” Those close to Bannon and Sullivan said they haven’t entirely ruled out the possibility of mental breakdowns.
Below is the full text of the ordinance:
Sec. 39-15. “Spray string,” “Silly String,” or similar matter or substances thereto prohibited. It shall be unlawful and an offense against the Town of Cape Charles for any person to have in his/her possession, keep, store, use, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, give away or handle any “spray string,” “silly string,” or other matter or substances similar thereto, within the town within its police jurisdiction. (Ord. No. 39-002, Â§ 1, 1-4-94)
During public comment, the Cape Charles Business Association gave a 90 minute Powerpoint presentation consisting of 119 blank slides. The CCBA submitted this comment to be read into the record, “First, you try and obtain $500,000 worth of free sand that you intended to use to replenish the beach, and now this? Allowing silly string in town would be disastrous to business. What if someone used it to give one of our B&Bs a bad review? This is the most pressing issue facing the town today. We must act against those spraying silly string with exceptional speed and commitment, as the future of not just the Our Town initiative, but possibly the entire human race depends on swift and decisive action.”
Also during public comment, Cape Charles Mirror editor Wayne Creed voiced concerns, “Because so many in the town rely on aggressive laxatives, we have to find a way to deal with our negative emotions in a nondestructive manner—silly string can do that, it can help us flourish, it can make us happy…and it can help the next generation flourish too.”
The ordinance passed unanimously.
A Cape Charles Mirror Satire