Staff Reporter

Books for bird watchers, cooks

“What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing —What Birds are Doing and Why”By David Allen Sibley David Sibley began watching birds early in childhood under the guidance of his father, a Yale University ornithologist. He noticed that the standard bird guides of the time only presented one illustration and did not image juvenile birds or the seasonal plumages of some birds. So, he began to teach himself illustration, studying the works of other wildlife artists. He is the author of the “Sibley Guide to Birds,” which has become one of the more popular field guides today. In this large format coffee-table book there are over 300 illustrations designed to be life-sized, so that the larger birds are often shown in a close-up of the head. The details of the eyes, beak and feathers are quite accurate, and the pose of the bird is correct and precise. But not only are these birds beautifully illustrated, there is an accompanying page of facts unique to each bird. What makes one species different from the other? It’s not just their coloring or the song, but also its habitat and how it finds food and then consumes it. An example of the obscure facts explains how a pelican catches a fish, but also describes how the bird keeps from drowning after it swallowed all the water...

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Persian Gulf War marks 30 years

By Charles H. Bogart Thirty years ago, in 1990, the Gulf War started when on Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. In response, the United States and other countries sent troops to protect Saudi Arabia. The first U.S. troops arrived in Saudi Arabia on Aug. 7, 1990. First, there was Operation Desert Shield, from Aug. 2, 1990, to Jan. 17, 1991, during which the U.S. and its allies built up their combat strength. Then came Operation Desert Storm, from Jan. 17, 1990, to Feb. 28, 1991, during which time the U.S. and its allies drove the Iraqi troops out...

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Warm up this winter with these titles

“The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix E. Harrow “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” is the debut novel by award-winning Kentucky author Alix E. Harrow. At the surface, this historical fantasy is the coming of age story of young January Scaller, a motherless girl with a perpetually absent father. January is the ward of the wealthy and powerful Cornelius Locke, head of the New England Archaeological Society and employer of her father, Julian Scaller, who travels the world as a field agent searching for artifacts to add to Locke’s extensive collection. Brought up in Locke’s Vermont mansion,...

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Be healthy, be alternative: Frankfort offers many complementary medicine options

By McKenna Horsley and Hannah Brown Frankfort locals have several options to put them on a path to healing. They just have to look in their own neighborhood. Several practices and businesses in the town highlight complementary medicine, or medicine that is used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Over the past decade, using alternative or complementary medicine has been on the rise in America. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, about 30% of adults and 12% of children use approaches to health care that are not typically part of conventional medical care or have origins...

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Remembering USS Pompano

By Charles Bogart During the 46 months the United States was involved in World War II, Dec. 7, 1941, to Sept. 2, 1945, the United States Navy lost 52 submarines to various causes. These causes included enemy action, accidents, navigation hazards, Blue on Blue incidents and malfunctioning torpedoes. The United States sent its submarine force to war in 1941 with torpedoes that did not work as advertised. They ran deeper than they were supposed to, failed to explode when they hit an enemy ship or exploded before reaching the enemy ship, and occasionally made a circular run sinking the...

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