October 29, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- TRICK OR TREAT - PROTECTING FISH ON HALLOWEEN

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TRICK OR TREAT by Carolyn Weise

Time to start planning for the fall holidays. Before long it
will be Halloween and for that day we have to be especially
watchful for anybody traipsing through our yards. We don’t want
visitors falling in the pond. We wouldn’t want any “tricks” on
our ponds either. It was one thing when teenagers would “toilet
paper” a house, or throw raw eggs at your house (which don’t wash
off the next day) but to play a trick on our ponds would be
murder.

I can never get the picture out of my mind of the overflowing
soap suds which was once someone’s koi pond about 15 years ago in
my neighborhood. It sickened me then and it sickens me today. I
have 10’ hedges around my yard to somewhat prevent something like
that from happening to my pond, but the fear is always there.
Once you have seen the terrible things people can and will do,
you cannot return to blissful naivety, no matter how much you
would like to. I personally was never that sort of child but I
suppose I knew ones like that when I went to school. Better to
be safe than sorry.

I suggest you remain watchful, have the pond well-lit and
fenced. On a night like Halloween, I can’t tell one child from
the other in my own neighborhood. I can’t watch both gates at
once. What I do is stay at the front door and hand out pennies,
nickels, and quarters which seems to keep all the children happy.

It also keeps them focused better than candy. So, keep your
yard lighted and remain vigilant. It may prevent a really bad
experience.

- Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at October 29, 2005 12:57 AM
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