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Results are in; ostriches don’t bury their heads in sand

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By Rog Patterson

This month’s recognition for Volunteer of the Month  goes to a volunteer who also helps create contributions to our community coffers. Peggy Reed has organized our annual yard sale for the past two years and will be heading up her second annual bazaar come November. Not only that, Peggy is always on hand to participate in any kind of Marion Landing community or committee fundraiser. Between times, she and hubby Ed tend their quaint little shop on the Mi-can-OH-py antique row, keeping her pretty busy all the time. Our congratulations to Volunteer of the Month, Peggy Reed.

Papier Tôle gang

at it again

A few weeks ago, the papier tôle class treated us to their latest 3-D clip job accomplishments at a weekly coffee. This time, the advanced students displayed larger, more complex subjects and even several scenes. Great to have all kinds of learning experiences available at Marion Landing.

Indy 500 this weekend

Why will the annual Memorial Day race be 500 miles long? The organizers of that event’s original race decided seven hours was long enough to keep their audience interested, so they guessed 500 miles. And the first Indy 500 was won by Ray Harroun (yes, the rear-view mirror guy) in exactly six hours, 42 minutes and 8 seconds. So the distance stuck but, forgetting pre-race ballyhoo, the winner of this weekend’s race will finish in well under half that time.

One Indy 500 statistic claims Vatican City, Wimbledon tennis complex, Churchill Downs horse racing track, Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl would all fit inside the Indianapolis Speedway. (Well, maybe not the new Yankee Stadium?)

A skeptical Indianapolis sports writer personally counted 257,325 seats in the stands, then add another few thousand who prefer to watch from the rowdy infield and well over a quarter million people will attend Indianapolis Speedway on race day, plus a whole lot more like me who will be watching on TV.

The New

Pretenders show

We were treated to a remarkable show by The New Pretenders from On Top of the World earlier this month. They entertained us with nearly two hours of non-stop singing, dancing and even an absolutely genuine Dixieland jazz number. Great show and a real pity so few residents turned out to be aware of what a marvelous afternoon of enjoyment had been arranged for them.

Did you know?

Did you know you could start a fascinating conversation by mentioning a study of 200,000 ostriches conducted over a period of 80 years found not one single case of an ostrich burying its head in the sand? Sure makes you wonder who pays for studies like that.

Rog Patterson is a Marion Landing resident, Friendship Kiwanis member and Citizen columnist. Contact him at smcnews@earthlink.net.