When I arrived at the Oracle Cemetery to see how the brush clearing with a volunteer team was going I was greeted by fellow board member Justin Palmer. He reported that yes the work was going on but there had been a glitch.
The first dead tree the group attacked was home to a colossal nest of bees and they weren't happy being invaded.
"Everyone was stung and one guy was hit eight times."
"So they packed it in, right?"
"No, they moved to another area and are hard at work." And so they were.
I've never seen these guys around town but I sure hope they come back. I understand Alicia Bristow with the Visitors Center connected them with Justin ... and that's how a lot of good stuff happens in Oracle. A connection that turns into a positive impact. Amen to that and more.
Now back to Justin for a second. Among other roles around town he's the drummer for the Mother Cody Band. I caught his/their act at the Oracle Community Learning Garden celebration the other day and he/they were great. (Special kudos to Jennifer Rinio for her spectacular rendering of White Rabbit.) A local band on the rise!
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.