Some good news for once
by Bethany M. Dunbar October 16, 2009
The scarecrows are back. I’m not exactly sure why I find this story so completely fascinating except it seems like a small triumph of kindness over crappiness.
So I went back and slogged through a lot of really wet grass to get a lot more photos, which you will see posted here for posterity. I don’t think I photographed all the scarecrows but I did get a lot of them.
One idea I got from an e-mail was that maybe next year, Barton can develop the whole scarecrow thing into a theme or a contest and possibly even make some events around it. Wouldn’t that be fun?
The background on the story is this: Last week Karen and Brian Chaffee put up something like 38 scarecrows along Route 5 between Barton and Orleans. I covered this story for the Chronicle, but just after I took some pictures the scarecrows were taken down. It seems some twerp had shot the hunter scarecrow and burned the soldier scarecrows, and the Chaffees were nervous that more damage might be done by leaving them up.
But Karen said she had so many phone calls (about 90) she felt that she just had to put them back up for everyone. So far they seem soggy but fairly undamaged. Yay! Karen mentioned that Donna Bousquet of Irasburg gets credit for painting the faces, and that she did all of them in about an hour. Now that’s some speedy talent.