Odd Side – May 14, 2019

Watching Ice Melt? Residents Compete to Guess Time of Thaw

WEST DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) – It’s officially spring in one northeastern Vermont community, where people bought tickets to guess when a cinder block would fall through the ice at a local pond.

The cinder block went through the ice of Joe’s Pond in West Danville on Thursday, April 25, at 5:39 a.m.

Each year, the Joe’s Pond Ice Out Contest asks participants to guess the date and time of the ice melt.

More than 13,000 tickets were sold, and the winner gets more than $5,000. The remainder goes to the Joe’s Pond Association.

Giant Salamander Named Pennsylvania’s Official Amphibian

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s new official amphibian is a slimy, two-foot-long salamander that needs clean streams to thrive.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday granting the honor to the Eastern hellbender, a nocturnal animal whose colorful nicknames include spotted water gecko, lasagna lizard and mud devil.

Members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s student leadership council have spent three years campaigning to get it designated as the state’s official amphibian, helped by Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute.

It’s the largest salamander in North America.

Wolf says the most recent official designation of that type in the state occurred in 1974, when the firefly was named Pennsylvania’s official insect.

Police K-9 on Chase Stuck With Over 200 Quills By Porcupine

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – A police K-9 in Oregon is recovering after encountering a porcupine and getting stuck with over 200 quills.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said Odin was called to the scene to track a suspect on Saturday when the dog crossed paths with the porcupine. Several quills were found in Odin’s mouth and two near his left eye.

The search was suspended and Odin was taken to an animal hospital, where he was treated for over two hours.

Police are still seeking the suspect.

Road Crew Misspells ‘School’ In School Crossing

DORAL, Fla. (AP) – A road crew in Florida should get an “F’’ for spelling.

A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word “school” at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.

WPLG brought it to the city’s attention, and the city tweeted that the private contractor has now corrected its work. It’s not clear how long the mistake was there in plain sight.