RLTCHTCt, Thursiy, April 16.
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University of Louisville biologist Dr. Burt Monroe, who
believes the birds are more nuisance than actual damage,
said this week that as far as he is aware there is "not much
that can be done about the situation except to wait for them
to leave." That shouldn't be too long, he promised plagued
Another ornithology expert Mrs. Frederick Stamm
optimisticry agreed that in a month and a half, maybe
sooner, the birds should have completely abandoned the
roost -- until fall, at least.
The flock is already noticeable dwindling, they noted.
The birds have been roosting in that site since fall, but
recently complaints from the nearby Zelma Fields
subdivision residents have been greater.
The blackbirds have periodically been flocking together
in the area from fall through winter over the past 1 5 years.
The roosting area has moved only slightly. For many years
they used a woods on Fairmount Road (Farmers Road) and
at one time the roost in that location held an estimated six
and a half million birds; this was in 19S7 and 1958. Later
they moved toward the Johnson School Road area and then
the Highview site.
Roost Building Apin
The roost had broken up for some years but recently
fcegan building up again. This year it's down according to
Monroe, which he attributes to possible other, smaller
roosts being formed nearby. He's seen birds returning at
dusk to roost, flying in directions other than toward Fern
The roost consists mainly of starlings, with three other
blackbird species also represented
red winged blackbirds,
cowbirds and common grackels. These species, except for
the starlings who are permanent Kentucky residents, are
partially migratory. (Some birds of the latter three species
go south for the winter, others stay here through the cold
What happens, according to the two ornithologists, is
that each fall the starlings and the other
blackbirds begin gathering together and roosting in a group
during the night. They always tend to return to the same
roost they've already established in past winters.
Then about February or March migratory birds going
back north also loin the established roost for a few weeks.
causing a larger build-up- .
It is possibly this increase in size
is causing tne present outcry among annoyed residents.
By now the birds usually have abandoned the roost
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would shut the quarry down
She didn't want "them to
work something out," Mrs.
Compton replied angrily. She
wants them to close the quarry.
She and other residents contend
the quarry is operating illegally.
Hughes also retorted that
dust stirred up by the quarry is
worse than a dust storm he
once went through in North
Africa, and that rocks dropped
by trucks on the streets
represented potential danger
should they be hit and caused to
fly and injure someone. He also
called the situation just another
example of how the county
government dominated by
eastern Louisville interests
ignored the problems of people
who lived in southern Jefferson
and talk with the people who
out there and with the
He has already had several
conversations with residents,
Miller said, and
plans to use both more
ceased operations was because
the federal government ordered
them to stop after World War II.
'Danger of Losing"
we turn down their
proposal and go into court the
residents might end up losing
combined with meetings of everything and winning
community civic groups for nothing," Miller said. He said he
believed those leading the
opposition who have been
"1 am firmly convinced there
will probably be some people trying to get the matter into
who don't want it. But nobody court probably don't realize the
is going to be able to live in an danger of losing.
island in the 1970'. What must
Mrs. Compton said Tuesday
be done is to make what's there
that "we won't lose. We have
BOOKMOBILE NUf.IIER ONE aiti at the corner of Melda and Emmalee in Beverly Manor
too much proof. We're ready to
subdivision open for business.
Miller cited some of the
"factors" that he believed must
"Do they consider the
be considered before taking any
action toward shutting down inconvenience and dirt, dust,
noise and damages to our
property and danger to our
There is $5 million worth of children more important than
rock in the quarry. Some revenue? Is the county going to
Miller, who is the latest of a $500,000 in state sales tax represent the people or a million
long line of county attorneys would come out of it. Over the dollar concern?"
Miller said that there have
who have inherited the quarry year schools get $50,000 from
question as built-i- n part of their sales tax. Some of this, he been complaints
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Jaycees, Cobb has served on the adding that "You have to have job, says he is not convinced emphasized, would go to damage from blasting, and noise
of Kentucky Okolona Community Council the backing of your employer or that either the residents or the
teachers at Blue Lick from the quarry, but the
Jaycees. In 1967-- 68
while and the Adult Education
you're out of luck." He has it, quarry are 1 00 per cent right or Elementary School up the road weather the weather "has not
serving as president of his Committee of the Louisville
been conducive" to determining
from the quarry.
chapter he was named the YMCA. He is a member of the
whether the complaints are
The election will be held on
If the quarry is shut down
outstanding local president in Advisory Committee for Mental May 23 at Convention Center
The situation is a complex there will still be a 75 foot hole justified.
this region and in 1968-- 69 was Health and Mental Retardation
during the state Jaycee one, he said this week, with in the earth and a danger to
"We need to wait and see but
named outstanding national for Kentucky and has been a convention in Louisville.
many factors to be considered contend with.
there's no time to wait. They
director for his work in Region Little League baseball coach.
before shutting down the
caluse say that in the summer when it's
III. He is a member of the
quarry. The case also abounds in that allows the quarry to hot and dry, there is
Asked his expectations for
legal questions and certain continue operating
after zoning going only on what they tell
victory, Cobb replied that he
Active not only in the
fringe areas of the law that laws went into effect here in me.
"absolutely" thought he would
would have to be interpreted 1943 and how it relates to the
win the state presidency and To
As for cracking of basements
and decided by the court.
quarry specifically would have and walls, "there's no way
added that he is enjoying the
to be interpreted by the courts. legally to prove it was cracked
The law states that no by an explosion unless you see it
"It really gives you an
Quarry Is 'Nuisance'
expansion can be allowed under happening. It could be caused
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opportunity to meet and share cafeteria. It will be
Miller said he agrees with the a
clause, but by anything. Some houses
ideas with a cross section of the
residents that the quarry is a "by its very nature a quarry aren't cracked. More than likely
free to the public.
8tatc" he commented
"Teachers were amazed that "nuisance" as it is presently expands both downwards and it is caused by the
If he wins the Jaycee kids could put h on in a manner operated. But "I am not outwards and apparently this there's no proof." quarry, but'
presidency, Cobb explained, it that was appealing to other convinced that it could not be quarry has been expanding for
A Wycliffe Bible translators
"Neither the dust pollution
"being publicy students." said Headley. worked out in such a way that it the past 12 years," Miller said.
be held at the. wil1
oj; the craVjng PJSlM
"XL.. i'TZZH c JT.:oii2ay77lprir relations msTrzn J toprrxtrcrtive V amTetvJn'got" a couple irt3rTiU:aTce.TheTlUCStr(
A legal issue called "laches" enough proof to get the quarry jf
20, at 7p.m. The purpose of the for the 130 Jaycee chapters standing ovations. Maybe it was is in the way that it is operated." says that if nobody complains
shut down. When these two are
banquet is to encourage interest in Kentucky and traveling because the kids
He stated also that "the about a situation after a certain put together with the noise and
putting it on
and support of the Wycliffe something like 50,000 miles
really understood it and county government has ignored number of years it is the danger caused by the trucks
next year trying to see all the enjoyed it."
the situation so long the questionable whether they have and the hazard of rocks in the
During Sunday's free opposition to the quarry has the right to complain later; this road, as a whole these things
Wycliffe, an interdenomina- chapters."
"Actually, it's like having performance the Thomas been allowed to to become decision the court also would make the
tional mission, specializes in
operation a nuisance."
job," he said, Jefferson choir will also sing (motional and perhaps have to make. "As far as I've
Bible translation among tribal another
"But there arc things that
groups. 2,300 members,
some madrigals from the irrational in their demands that been able to determine, no one can be done to correct them. I
scattered in 21 countries work Wilsons
Shakespearean era, as well as the quarry be shut down, has brought legal action, am interested in seeing what
as linguists and support
although they've complained.
one by Shakespeare. Also period."
they come up with."
personnel with tribal people 50th Anniversary
"We can't be irrational or But
featured will be a group of ten
in this day of
who do not have a written
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Wilson of
Results of the closed meeting
county and city teachers irresponsible about shutting it demonstrations,
4719 Maple Springs Drive, will
with the Vulcan attorneys,
down without giving them a enough," Miller warned.
performing on recorders.
celebrate their 50th wedding
Miller said, would be released
Mrs. Compton claims that
The teams live in tribes, learn anniversary on Sunday, April
Thomas Jefferson High chance, at least seven days, to
language, develop an 1 9, with a reception at Martin School is located at 4401 make some kind of proposal,"
alphabet, teach reading and Hall on Poplar Level Road. Mrs. Rangeland Road.
Miller said on Tuesday
writing with the goal of Wilson is the former Ollie
The twelve third act roles are afternoon prior to the meeting operations stop, they can't
The largest Aeolian-Skinne- r
translating the New Testament Spears. Wilson is a retire United played
by Arthur Dickerson, with Vulcan's attorney. "If they legally start again and that for Organ in
the South is located in
the native tongue.
Mines Worker. They have 11
Steve Chapman, Mike Taylor, don't come up with something some years the quarry was not Alumni
Memorial Chapel on the
Upgrading health, and children and 18 grandchildren. Lea Davis, Scott Meier, Hank we will file suit. If they come up in operation. But the quarry's Southern Baptist Theological
agriculture and teaching simple
Watson, Sandi Moore, Billy with something responsible counsel says that during 1945 Seminary campus. It has 113
industries is also part of their China Painters
Robison, Linda Wulf, Marc with merit, we will consider it and 1946 the reason the quarry ranks of pipes.
Beyerle, Dottie Wulf, Randy
Bright and Joe Garr.
The speaker will be Marion
Cowan, a veteran missionary
The technical staff consists
Guild will hold its eleventh
from Mexico. The public is
of Marvin VonAlmen, Laura
annual exhibit Sunday, April 26
from 1 until 5 p.m. at Highland Hodges, Linda Osbum, David
Tickets are available from Woman's Club, 2000 Lancashire Headley,
Mrs. John P. Marcum, Jr. at 225 Avenue. There is no admission. Debbie Knack, Judy Dooley
Door prizes will be awarded.
and Barbara Baker.
Dob Cobb Scc!is PrGoMoacy
off into segregated areas for nesting purposes. The
lateness in leaving this year could be the result of the long,
:hard winter. At any rate, they should be gone by late May.
"I don't think people need to worry at this time of the
f year since the roost will soon break up," assured Mrs.
pu- - A: A . nt
ouuiuu. ojw iuu a siuuy uu uic uuca. sunic ycaii ago.
is known of the psychological factors' of birds'
flocking together. It is an adaptation for mutual benefits to
jhe birds, a protective device, possibly for warmth but more
often for safety in number. Birds know that predators can
more easily catch them when they're alone and that
scattering confuses the enemy. Also, the birds have a
warning system for each other.
"It's just the nature of the species to flock together in the
winter," Mrs. Stamm simplified.
("Primordial instinct" was the answer from an Audubon
"Late summer flocking of many species is a feature of
season," Mrs. Stamm explained. "They're
sociable animals and they begin grouping together about
late July, August or September. But they won't become a
concentrated flock until winter."
"But while they're closely knit and gregarious during the
rest of the year, during the breeding season they become
segregated. At that time they pair off into individual nesting
areas. Some species have highly developed territorial
behavior during the nesting season. This usually occurs
So after only a few more weeks the problem will be gone
at least until next winter. They may be back then, but
even if some way could be found to restrain them from that
particular site, they would just move to another location
close by, said Dr. Monroe.
Were City Dwellers
Monroe recalled that back during the 1930'sand 1940's
the only blackbirds in this area were starlings and they
roosted in the downtown area on buildings. Then the area
started getting the other three types of blackbirds and the
starlings joined them in their rural roosts.
Various methods have been tried to get rid of the massive
flocks of birds in other parts of the state, he said, including
shooting, poisoning and making noise to scare them off.
Nothing has worked. Someone even tried using real or fake
to scare them, and the sound of a starling in distress
was recorded and placed in the roost. These methods failed
While pesticides were used in one county to fight the
flocks, this method endangers other wildlife.
"I guess they could be shot," one woman volunteered.
"But I hate to think of all those dead birds hying around."
(A small number of birds have already died mysteriously,
presenting a possible health threat.)
Besides that, anyone contemplating firing into the flock
had better be an excellent shot. While starlings are
unprotected, it's illegal to shoot common grackels,
blackbirds and can result in a fine.
Apparently, the only answer is to sit back and wait a few
weeks. . .and keep under cover meanwhile.
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THREE STUDENT SUBSTITUTES, (left to rcht) Pat Smith, Jan WiZiami and Marsha TutwBer,
take charge of a ninth grade health class during the student take-ovat Southern High School
Students Tofto Over' Southern
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but in the summer children's books are especially sought
Charles has found that there are regular patrons who
arrival of the
punctiliously await the
bookmobile. The phone numbers of these regular patrons
are recorded so that they can be informed if the bookmobile
is not going to make its scheduled stops because of bad
weather or breakdown.
And summer brings its own problems. Until recently
Bookmobile Number One was not
the small, crowded and only
slightly ventilated space on the van got very hot. And
because the windows had to be left open, there was always
the threat of wasps.
When wasps appeared, according to Charles, even the
nost voracious readers qcUy lost their interest.
at Southern Iiy
REGULAR CUGTCriAT.'j end their studest substitutes for the student tdce-ovSchoel tskt time out cf a busy and festive day to be photographed. Left to riht, Diana Donohoe,
Stca NesL Dcttle Gootee, Gail Carter, Lena Steed, Judy Linton and Chris Gdafikc.
Browning admitted that there were a few
regular teachers who did not appreciate the
interruption of their routine, but generally all
Teachers are required by law to be in the
building during school hours. Most of the
teachers listened at the door while their student
substitutes gave the lesson in the classroom.
The students thought it was interesting and
"We even took notes in class," said one
junior girl, " and everything was quiet and
orderly, more quiet than usual."
The day was a festive one, obviously a
welcomed break in the routine.
Discipline was maintained. A few fights
broke out that had to be arbitrated by the
student administrators, and one Southern
decided to take the day for a return to
school. He was drunk, and he found
quickly ushered to the door by the
According to senior Mike Myers who was the
supervisor of the office workers for the day,
this was the only experiment of its kind in the
county schools this year.
Student administrators were: principal,
Steve Dahl; assistant principals, Marshall
Florence and Role Minier; boy's counselor
(grades seven through nine) Steve Rock; girl's
counselor (grades seven through nine) Debbie
Lipe and Nancy Brawner; boy's counselor
(grades nine through 12) Bobby Mauney; girl's
counselor (grades nine through 12); supervisor
of office workers, Mike Myers; and head
custodians, Phil McAfee and Bob Mefford.