Neighbors in the College Heights (near Wellesley College) area of town celebrated a dog named Cinnamon’s first birthday party in mid-August. As you can see, these pooches and friends know how to party.
The Cat’s Hospital on Rte. 9 West in Wellesley called our attention to an accident and subsequent car fire that took place right in front of the business today.
Fortunately for those involved in the accident, the Wellesley Fire Department station 2 is located right there as well alongside the hospital. The department reports that there were no serious injuries and that both drivers involved were evaluated by Wellesley medics and refused transport.
Swellesley reader BK, who shared this photo from Rte. 16 in lower falls, asks: Why did the snapping turtle cross the road just over the Wellesley line?
While Massachusetts overall this summer has suffered its worst Gypsy Moth infestation since 1981, when 3 million acres were defoliated, Wellesley has gotten off relatively unscathed. I’m sure some of you would beg to differ, as the white (female) and light brown (male) moths certainly have clustered in parts of town and in great numbers in surrounding communities.
“We have been very lucky to be in a relatively Gypsy Moth free zone here in Wellesley this year. But, of course, that doesn’t mean the same for next year,” says Cricket Vlass, landscape planner for the town’s Department of Public Works. The Natural Resources Commission would get on the case if it looks like Gypsy Moths will become a serious health threat to town-owned trees, she says.
The moths have grown in abundance this year after a couple of drier than usual springs during which fungus that usually keeps Gypsy Moth caterpillars under control has been unable to thrive.
Meanwhile, this very fine Blinded Sphinx Moth landed on Mrs. Swellesley’s white shirt over the weekend.
She was none too happy about that, but Mr. Swellesley was psyched to add this specimen to Bob’s Bugs page.
Swellesley reader HB shared this photo of what he described as a mink skittering across the backyard of a Wellesley home. “Hard to imagine a mink in Wellesley that wasn’t in a coat!”, the reader quipped.
Follow up: Some readers have suggested this is more likely a fisher cat than a mink, and indeed fisher cats are seen fairly frequently in these parts…
From Wellesley Free Library:
The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf gets underway at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at Wellesley Free Library
Potential witnesses and jurors may register online at www.WellesleyFreeLibrary.org through the calendar starting on July 13 in order to testify or serve on the jury. To qualify for this live action, role playing event, you must be between three and one-hundred and three years old, willing to play a part of a storybook character and able to tell the truth. No experience is necessary.
One of the charges against Big Bad Wolf is being brought by little Red Riding Hood who alleges, “That nasty old Wolf actually ate my Granny!”
Mr. Wolf is also charged with huffing and puffing and blowing down 2 Little Pigs’ homes.
Keep your eyes open for Francine, a ten-month old female hound mix missing from Natick since June 26. She is a shy pup, so if you see her do not give chase. Francine is facing multiple challenges — she is a dog without a forever home, she has lived on the streets before, and she is extremely wary. A representative from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, the agency that is coordinating the search and that has assumed responsibility for her says, “What we really need are sightings. Do not call her. Do not search. She is extremely shy.”
We’re hoping that Francine, who looks to be a very good girl, is found soon so that Big Fluffy Dog can move on with the next part of its mission — finding a loving home for her.
New this summer from the Wellesley Recreation Department: