April 12th, 2017

Spring brings high water, ticks, bears, coyotes – Press & Sun-Bulletin

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Dave Henderson, Correspondent 9:39 p.m. ET April 11, 2017

Know what to do if you encounter a coyote this spring.(Photo: Getty Images)

According to poets, spring means new growth, warming weather and expectation.

Hereabouts, however, it also means high, cold, fast streams that make local trout fishing more foolhardy than fun and an explosion of ticks that promises to accelerate the Lyme Disease threat to unprescedented levels.

Oh yeah, and the neighbors have seen bears and/or coyotes scampering about. Maybe 20 years ago this was unheard of, but today these two are legitimate spring scoundrels throughout the Southern Tier and northern Pennsylvania.

Well, the creeks will go down and ticks and squirrels can be avoided with a few simple precautions. But what about bears and coyotes?

Consider that nearly all negative bear encounters hereabouts are the result of animals being attracted to human food sources. So, it says here, the simplest way to avoid a nuisance encounter is to remove potential food sources.

Put away bird feeders (birds do not need supplemental food in the spring and summer), store garbage cans, barbecue grills and pet food indoors, and dont take the garbage out until the night before collection.

Bears will get plenty to eat without your help.

Coyotes? They are well-adapted to suburban and even urban environments but will avoid contact with people for the most part.

But they can, and will, feed on pets, garbage, pet food, etc. To minimize the chance of conflicts, it is important to maintain coyotes’ natural fear of people.

So dont feed your pets outside and dont allow them to run free; fence off compost piles and, like you did with bears, make garbage inaccessible and clean up the bird feeder. Coyotes dont eat bird feed, but they feed on the things that do.

Fencing your yard may deter coyotes. The fence should be tight to the ground, preferably extending six inches below ground level and taller than four feet.

The state suggests that if you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior. Stand tall and hold arms out to look large. If a coyote lingers for too long, make loud noises, wave your arms or throw sticks and stones.

If coyote behavior becomes threatening, report it to the local DEC office as this may indicate that some individual coyotes have lost their fear of people and there may be a greater risk that a problem could occur.

For more information about the Eastern Coyote and preventing conflicts with coyotes, visit the DECs websites for Eastern Coyotewww.dec.ny.gov/animals/9359.html and Coyote Conflicts http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6971.html

TU Youth Camp in Deposit

The New York State Trout Unlimited Council will conduct its annual Trout Waters Youth Camp from June 9-14 at Scotts Family Resort on Oquaga Lake in Deposit.

All applicants must be at least age 13 by May 15, which is the deadline for application. Registration costs $500 and covers room, board, instruction and fishing.

Applicants must submit an essay stating why they want to attend the camp and what they expect to get from the experience. They also need a recommendation from a student counselor or science teacher.

For information and application forms, call Ronald Urban at 845-339-5938 or email Ronsgonefishing@aol.com.

Homer dominates Portzline

K.C. Sims and Urb Wormer each broke 48 birds on the trapfield and teammate Curt Robbins broke 48 in the skeet competition Sunday at the Tompkins County Fish & Game Club to lead Homer to a sweep of the two categories and into first place after two weeks of the Portzline League.

Homer turned in a 237 in trap and a 234 in skeet for a 945 after two weeks, 10 birds ahead of host Tompkins County. Homer stands second to Tompkins County by three birds in the skeet standings but has a 13-bird lead in the trap competition.

The league does not shoot on Easter Sunday. It resumes its schedule April 23 at Homer.

Trout stocking continues

Six locations on Oquaga Creek in Sanford were scheduled to be stocked with brown trout early this week, as were two spots on Cayuta Creek in Barton.

Nanticoke Creek in Union and Maine, the East Branch of Nanticoke Creek in Maine and Catatonk Creek in Candor also were scheduled to receive fish.

Director to speak at TU meeting

Jeff Skelding, Executive Director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River, will be giving a presentation during the April 18 meeting of the Al Hazzard Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Vestal Public Library.

The Friends of the Upper Delaware is a community based watershed protection organization in Hancock. Skeldings presentation will include a status update on the NYC reservoir management plan (Flexible Flow Management Plan), passage of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act in Congress and what that means for the Upper Delaware River, and development of a first of a Stream Corridor Management Plan for the tributaries and main stem of the East and West Branches and main stem of the Upper Delaware River below the NYC Delaware River basin reservoirs.

He also sees potential for new state fishing rules to improve protections for the wild trout of the Upper Delaware River.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge.

Hendersons outdoors columns appear in the Press & Sun-Bulletin and Ithaca Journal on Thursdays. If you have a comment or data pertinent to the columns, send it directly to Henderson Outdoors, 202 Prospect Street, Endicott NY 13760 or email it to dddhender@aol.com.

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April 7th, 2017

Notable deaths in the Washington area – Washington Post

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Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

James Montgomery III, D.C. Insurance Commissioner

James Montgomery III, 85, insurance commissioner for D.C. government from 1978 to 1983 who later operated a consulting business, died Feb.16 at his home in Ponce Inlet, Fla. The cause was cancer said a daughter, Jennifer Greenway.

Mr. Montgomery, a native of Camden, S.C., began his career with the D.C. Department of Insurance as an actuarial assistant in 1959. In 1994, he moved to Florida from Great Falls, Va., and continued to operate his consulting business until 2002.

George Bedford Jr., GWU purchasing officer

George Bedford Jr., 70, former chief of credit card purchasing for operating expenses of George Washington University, died Feb.4 at a hospice center in Washington. The cause was liver cancer, said a son, George Bedford III.

Mr. Bedford, a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., was born in Washington. He worked 28years as an accounting officer for GWU, retiring as purchasing card director in 2013. He was an amateur baseball player playing in the Ponce de Leon League for 30years. He also coached youth baseball in Rockville, Md.

Janet Rotariu, church financial administrator

Janet Rotariu, 92, who retired in the early 2000s as a financial administrator for the Episcopal All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Md., died Jan.21 at a medical center in Salisbury, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Mark Rotariu.

Mrs. Rotariu was born Janet McAuley in Urbana, Ill., and moved to Bethesda in 1962 and Salisbury in 2003. She was a financial administrator at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda from 1968 to 1977. She also volunteered with altar guild committees and served as vestrywoman at multiple churches. In the 1980s and 1990s, she volunteered with Childrens National Medical Center in Washington.

Grover Bud Manderfield, bank president

Grover Bud Manderfield, 84, a Washington-area banker who began his career in 1958 as a loan officer of the bank of Occoquan in Virginia and retired in 1987 as president of Sovran Bank, died Feb.17 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Iris Sam Manderfield.

Mr. Manderfield, an Alexandria resident, was born in Massillon, Ohio, and grew up in Woodbridge, Va. He was president of Suburban Bancorp. when it merged in 1985 with Sovran Financial Corp., and Mr. Manderfield became president of its subsidiary Sovran Bank. After several later mergers, Sovran became part of Bank of America.

On retiring from banking, Mr. Manderfield and a partner formed an asset management company. He was a consultant to the Federal Reserve Board and a president of the Maryland Bankers Association.

Richard Thorington Jr., Smithsonian curator

Richard Thorington Jr., 79, curator emeritus in the National Museum of Natural Historys mammals division, died Feb.24 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from a bacterial blood infection, said his wife, Caroline Thorington.

Dr. Thorington, a Bethesda resident, was born in Philadelphia. He joined the Smithsonian Institution staff as curator of mammals in 1969 and took emeritus status in 2015. He was author of two books about squirrels and more than 50 scientific papers.

In the 1970s he was diagnosed as having Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a peripheral neuropathy disorder that by the 1990s had made him largely dependent on a wheelchair and an electric three-wheel scooter. He continued to work full-time and described being a quadriplegic as a nuisance, his wife said.

T. Robert Romero, lawyer, court auditor

T. Robert Romero, 92, a Montgomery County lawyer and longtime auditor for Montgomery County Circuit Court, died Feb.24 at an assisted-living center in Las Vegas. The cause was coronary artery disease, said a daughter, Elizabeth Lee Dance.

Mr. Romero was born in Washington. In 1949, he opened a law practice in Silver Spring, Md., and later moved his office to Rockville, Md., where he maintained a general law practice until retiring in 2016. He also served as court auditor in Montgomery County from 1962 until retiring. He moved to Las Vegas in 2016 from Silver Spring, Md.

G. Lindsay Mattison, nonprofit founder

G. Lindsay Mattison, 77, the founder of nonprofit organizations dedicated to examining alternatives to a variety of U.S. defense, nuclear and foreign relations policies, died Feb.25 at a care facility in Fort Washington, Md. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said a daughter, Jeanne Mattison.

Graham Lindsay Mattison, a resident of Fort Washington, Md., was born in Worcester, Mass. In the late 1960s, he helped compile and edit The Politics of Escalation in Vietnam, a paper that argued the invalidity of premises underlying the escalation of the Vietnam War.

Later, he founded the Center for Defense Information and the International Center for Development Policy, nonprofit organizations backed by foundation grants and other fundraising efforts. Under these auspices, Mr. Mattison warned of the perils of nuclear waste and nuclear power and investigated consequences of U.S. policies in places such as El Salvador and Nicaragua. He retired about five years ago.

Ann Smith-Marshall, dance and exercise instructor

Ann Smith-Marshall, 89, a dance and exercise instructor who for almost 60years taught classes in community centers, schools, nursing homes and private facilities, died Feb.21 at a care center in Annandale, Va. The cause was a stroke, said a son, Eric Smith.

Mrs. Smith-Marshall was born Anne Wheeler in Western Springs, Ill., and moved to the Washington area 45years ago, settling in Alexandria, Va. She wrote five books on exercise and stretching and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and also produced a series of exercise videos. She was a consultant to the International Association of Physical Activity, Aging and Sports. She also did sculpting and quilting, and for a period ran a frame, art and antique store.

Charles Ruttenberg, lawyer

Charles Ruttenberg, 94, a Washington lawyer and partner in the firm of Arent Fox who retired in 2008, died Feb.27 at his home in Washington. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Alexandra Ruttenberg.

Mr. Ruttenberg, a native of Reading, Pa., began his legal career in Washington as an associate with Covington & Burling. Later he was deputy general counsel to the National Science Foundation and general counsel to the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities. In 1969, he joined Arent Fox, where his specialties included entertainment, intellectual property and antitrust law. He was a former president of the Cosmos Club.

Janet Brown, Pentagon employee

Janet Brown, 93, who retired from the Pentagon in 1972 as adviser for Latin American affairs in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, died Feb.24 at a hospital in Arlington, Va. The cause was heart ailments, said a son, Bradford Brown.

Mrs. Brown, an Arlington resident, was born Janet Waldo in Toll Gate, W.Va. She settled in the Washington area after Navy service during World War II and began working at the Pentagon. She was an analyst for Army intelligence before joining the Chief of Naval Operations.

Vasilia Valia Vassila, singer, choral teacher

Vasilia Valia Vassila, 63, a piano and chorus teacher at Montgomery County, Md., schools in the 1980s and 1990s, including Mill Creek Towne and Beverly Farms elementary schools and Thomas Pyle Middle School, died Feb.6 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was metastasized lymphoma, said a daughter, Liana Vassila.

Mrs. Vassila was born Vasilia Apostolou in Athens, and moved to the Washington area in the mid-1970s, eventually settling in Potomac, Md. Early in her career, she performed at the Athens Conservatoire and toured Europe with a Greek national choir. Her memberships included the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, a charitable organization. In the 1980s to the early 1990s, she led the choir at Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Bethesda.

William Brown, obstetrician-gynecologist

William Brown, 81, an obstetrician-gynecologist who taught at Howard University medical school and served in staff positions at Howard hospital, died March2 at a hospital in Baltimore. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his wife, Hattie Brown.

Dr. Brown, a Washington resident since 1960, was born in New York City. He served on the medical staff at Howard for 30years before retiring in 2004 after holding positions that included director of medical services and assistant professor in the obstetrics and gynecology department. He was a past president of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia and a past executive secretary of the National Medical Association.

Mary-Louise Walker, foreign languages teacher

Mary-Louise Walker, 93, who taught French and Spanish at Glasgow Middle School in Lincolnia, Va., among other schools in Northern Virginia from the 1960s to the 1980s, died Feb.26 at a retirement home in Winchester, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Linda Walker-Hill.

Ms. Walker, a Fairfax County resident from 1953 to 2011, was born Mary-Louise Hershberger in Johnstown, Pa. Her memberships included the Daughters of the American Revolution and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a former volunteer usher for the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Vienna, Va.

Mary Love, English teacher

Mary Love, 69, who taught English at Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, Va., from the mid-1990s to 2009, died March 8 at a medical center in Loveland, Colo. The cause was cardiac arrest, said a son, Ralph Love.

Mrs. Love was born Mary Blaisdell in Milwaukee and settled in Fairfax County, Va., in 1984. She moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 2015. Her memberships included the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Andre Le Gallo, CIA officer

Andre Le Gallo, 78, a CIA clandestine officer from 1961 to 1994 who served in Asia, Africa, Europe and then spent five years as vice president for corporate security for the energy giant Enron, died March5 at his home in Woodland, Calif. The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease, said a daughter, Therese Le Gallo.

Mr. Le Gallo was born in Paris and lived with his grandparents in Brittany during World War II, immigrating to the United States at 11. After his CIA retirement, he moved to Houston from McLean, Va., for Enron as one of its first hires from the spy agency. They were looking for people who knew where the international buttons were, he later told the New York Times. He left in 1999, several years before the company imploded in a massive fraud scheme. He eventually moved to California and wrote spy novels.

Joel Fisher, environmental adviser

Joel Fisher, 76, an environmental adviser from 1980 to 2006 to representatives of the United States and Canada on the use of air and water resources in the boundary regions shared by both countries, died Feb.24 at a hospital in Green Valley, Ariz. The cause was multiple systems failure, said a son, Paul Fisher.

Dr. Fisher was born in Brooklyn and lived in Fairfax County, Va., from 1966 until 2006. Early in his career, he was a staff engineer with the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration and an Environmental Protection Agency research engineer, specializing in biological surveys of Alaska rivers for the Alaska pipeline. In 2006, he moved to Tucson, where he did environmental consulting for clients including EPA and the State Department.

Frances Williamson, volunteer

Frances Williamson, 83, a homemaker who did volunteer work with Bethesda First Baptist Church, Suburban Hospital, the American Cancer Society and a mens homeless shelter in Rockville, Md., died Feb.25 at a hospice in Rockville. The cause was a stroke and heart ailments, said a daughter, Donna Lynn Melvin.

Mrs. Williamson, a resident of Silver Spring, Md., was born Frances Bledsoe in Bethesda, Md. As a young woman, she was a secretary at the Pentagon.

Richard Balenger, IBM engineer

Richard Balenger, 76, an IBM computer engineer for 26years who turned to freelance computer training in retirement, died March6 at a hospice center in Jacksonville, Fla. The cause was cardiopulmonary disease, said a daughter, Victoria Balenger.

Mr. Balenger, a native Washingtonian, was a former resident of Silver Spring, Md., who most recently lived in Jacksonville. His memberships included the Wheaton Moose Club and several bowling leagues.

Lane Hart IV, NSA cryptanalyst

Lane Hart IV, 89, a National Security Agency cryptanalyst who retired in 1979 after 28years with the agency, died March10 at a care center in Ellicott City, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Lane Hart.

Mr. Hart, a resident of Ellicott City, Md., was born in Harrisburg, Pa. He was a former president of the Association for Retarded Citizens of Howard County, Md., and a volunteer wholesale manager of a charitable organization that provided goods for a welfare clinic in Guatemala.

Patrick Quinlan, Army officer

Patrick Quinlan, 82, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran who for 13years after retirement ran his own executive search and recruitment organization, died March9 at his home in Alexandria, Va. The cause was Alzheimers disease, said his wife, Patricia Quinlan.

Col. Quinlan, a native of Mount Pleasant, Mich., served 22years in the Army before retiring in 1979. He then was president of High Quality Search in the 1980s and 1990s. He was president of the Boosters Club at Thomas Edison High School in Alexandria and a eucharistic minister at Woodlawn Chapel at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Harry E.T. Thayer, ambassador

Harry E.T. Thayer, 89, a career Foreign Service officer who served as ambassador to Singapore in the early 1980s and retired in 1989 as the dean of the Foreign Service Institutes School of Language Studies, died Jan. 21 at a hospice center in Washington. The cause was nasopharyngeal cancer, a rare form of head and neck cancer, said a son, Robert Thayer.

Mr. Thayer was born in Boston, raised in Newtown Square, Pa., and moved to Washington in 1956 to work for the State Department. His overseas assignments took him to posts in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Beijing. In the late 1970s, he served as the State Departments director of Chinese affairs. Besides foreign affairs and diplomatic organizations, his memberships included the C&O Canal Association, a conservation group.

Mariko Ando, singer

Mariko Ando, 97, a singer and soloist in the choir at the Protestant chapel at Fort Myer, Va., and in concerts and operas in the Washington area and elsewhere, died March10 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. The cause was respiratory failure and pneumonia, said a daughter, Roxanne Ando.

Mrs. Ando was born Mariko Mukai to Japanese immigrant parents in Seattle, and she pursued a musical career in opera and concerts in Seattle, New York and Colorado. In 1961, she moved to the Washington area and eventually settled in Alexandria.

At the Arlington Music Theatre, she sang the role of Rosina in Rossinis The Barber of Seville, and she continued to sing in the choir at Fort Myer through her 80s. She also taught piano lessons at home. Her last public performance was at 95 as a guest soloist at a concert at a senior center in Silver Spring, Md.

Rita Rosenkrantz, court domestic relations master

Rita Rosenkrantz, 82, who made preliminary rulings and judgments as a domestic relations master for the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Md., from 1984 to 1994, died Feb.15 at a hospice care center in Rockville, Md. The cause was a subdural hematoma, said a daughter, Clove Haviva.

Ms. Rosenkrantz was born Rita Reitman in Fairmont, W.Va., and moved to the Washington area in the early 1960s, eventually settling in Rockville. From 1967 to 1984, she led a private law practice in Silver Spring, Md. She held leadership positions with the Womens Bar Association of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Association. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and served on the board of the Jewish Social Service Agency, providing pro bono legal services for adoptions.

John Renzi, oboist

John Renzi, 85, an oboist in military bands who retired in 1975 as a master gunnery sergeant and chief oboist in the Presidents Own U.S. Marine Corps band, died March14 at his home in Summerland Key, Fla. The cause was congestive heart failure and a stroke, said his wife, Betty Renzi.

Mr. Renzi was born in New York, and his father was a musician in the NBC Symphony conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The younger Mr. Renzi was an oboist with the U.S. Military Academy band at West Point, N.Y., from 1948 to 1955 and with the Army Field Band at Fort Meade, Md., from 1955 until he joined the Presidents Own in 1962.

In retirement, he taught music lessons and also was a contracting officer for the Small Business Administration for 10years. A former resident of Boyds, Md., he sailed with his wife to Summerland Key in 1995 and decided to stay there.

Lawrence Scheinman, nuclear nonproliferation expert

Lawrence Scheinman, 82, an expert on nuclear nonproliferation who joined the Carter administrations State Department in the late 1970s and worked to curb Japans plutonium program, died Feb.19 at his home in Vienna, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Adam Scheinman.

Dr. Scheinman, a native of Queens, spent much of his career in academia teaching international affairs and political science. He served in the Clinton administration as assistant director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and remained in the Washington area afterward.

Dr. Scheinman served on multiple advisory committees and organizations, including the Senate Foreign Relations Policy Advisory Group, and his memberships included the Atlantic Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He wrote books on nuclear proliferation.

Richard Littell, lawyer

Richard Littell, 85, a Washington lawyer who specialized in administrative matters in private practice after having served during the 1970s as general counsel to the Postal Rate Commission and the Civil Aeronautics Board, died Feb.5 at his home in Fairfax County, Va. His death certificate listed the sole cause as complications of advanced aging.

Mr. Littell was born in Hartford, Conn. He came to Washington in 1958 as an attorney adviser to the Civil Aeronautics Board. In that capacity, he helped negotiate a treaty on hijacking and sabotage. Later he worked for private law firms including Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin; and Bishop, Cook, Purcell & Reynolds. From 1990 until he retired in 2005, he had a solo private practice.

He was author of a legal treatise on the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and of pieces in The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Washington Times on subjects including utility rate cases and the ivory trade and the saving of elephants.

Stanley Deutsch, anesthesiologist

Stanley Deutsch, 86, an anesthesiologist and professor at George Washington University Hospital for nine years before his retirement in 1998, died March12 at his home in Bristow, Va. The cause was complications from Parkinsons disease, said his wife, Margaret Deutsch.

Dr. Deutsch was born in New York City. He was on the anesthesiology faculty at the University of Texas at Houston, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Chicago and Harvard before joining GWU in 1989. He had been a longtime examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and was a former president of the American College of Anesthesiologists. A former resident of Arlington, Va., he moved to Bristow seven years ago.

Carol Smith, bookkeeper

Carol Smith, 75, a bookkeeper at Howard Universitys dental college from the mid-1960s until her retirement in 1989, died March11 at a hospital in Henderson, N.C. The cause was pneumonia, said a son, Larry Smith.

Mrs. Smith was born Carol McDowell in Washington. In 2000, she moved to Warrenton, N.C., from the District.

Roger Shoup, Presbyterian clergyman

Roger Shoup, 79, a Presbyterian clergyman who served eight churches in Northern Virginia and Maryland on interim assignments, died March11 at his home in Gainesville, Va. The cause was renal failure, said his wife, Marilyn Cromartie.

Dr. Shoup was born in Fremont, Ohio, and held clerical positions at churches in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania before coming to the Washington area in 1997 as interim pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Annandale.

He was a specialist in conflict resolution. Among the churches he later served were Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Md., Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Manassas Presbyterian Church and Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax County. He retired in 2011 after two years as head of Chester Presbyterian Church in Chester, Va., south of Richmond.

Milton Newberry, army colonel

Milton Newberry, 79, a retired Army colonel who participated in combat operations in Vietnam, died March5 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was blood cancer, said a son, James Newberry.

Col. Newberry, a resident of McLean, Va., was born in San Antonio. He served in the Army from 1959 to 1986, retiring as a staffer in the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was vice president for Army operations at Burdeshaw Associates, a Washington-based defense consultancy, from 1987 to 2017.

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April 7th, 2017

Hartley: Getting a little squirrely about fake news – Aspen Times

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This week, I was so excited to write a column about one of the best things I’ve seen on Facebook in a while: “Woman arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend.” I’m not even sure what the crime would be for something like that, but it was accompanied by the greatest mug shot I’ve ever seen just awesomely stupid. I couldn’t believe how easy my job was going to be.

I practically had the column written in my mind the minute I saw the headline. I was going to go out and trap a bunch of squirrels and train them to be special operations forces. Then I was going to set them loose to kill all the world’s religious extremists. It was going to be a win-win. Best-case scenario, I was going to end terrorism; worst-case scenario, you’d have a few more cuddly attack squirrels at the park where your children play.

The story itself couldn’t have been any better. The squirrels had ambushed the guy on a number of occasions and managed to bite off two fingers and a testicle, and he only figured out his ex-girlfriend was orchestrating everything when he caught her lurking behind a tree during one of the attacks.

As I read on, though, I realized it seemed a little too perfect. The article was on a website that was clearly some kind of tabloid, and when I looked deeper into the story, I learned that all of it from the squirrels to the mug shot was fake.

I was crushed. I wanted so badly for the story to be true. Those are the kind of stories that keep me going and on which I’ve survived for the past nine years. But I am a respectable journalist, dadgum it, and when I learn that a story is fake, there is no way that I will use it as the basis for a column.

And so it goes with the nonexistent lady with the imaginary trained attack squirrels. I couldn’t possibly use it as a flimsy premise for a column now. That would be beneath me.

Yeah, right.

But my experience does bring up an important point about why fake news is such a problem, and why everyone, on all sides of all issues, needs to keep themselves better informed and bring a healthy dose of skepticism to everything they read or hear from a friend.

We’re all insecure. We all want so badly to think that we’re right about things. It’s important to our fragile egos. Thus, when we want to catch up on the news, we seek out sources whether it’s Brietbart or MSNBC that reinforce the things we already believe and make us feel better about ourselves.

I’m sure researchers have done studies proving that people are much more likely to believe fake news when they already agree with it. That’s just human nature. If you like what something is telling you, you’re not going to challenge it because you wouldn’t want to know it wasn’t true.

In my case, with the nutty lady and her squirrels, there’s no drastic consequence. I was just bummed to learn it wasn’t real. But when it comes to things that matter, like stories about our government and elected leaders, it can be a little dangerous to have people believing fake things. At the very least, it contributes mightily to the pathetic level of discourse that passes for our national conversation these days.

If you’re a regular reader of Fox News’ website or the Wall Street Journal, go to CNN or the New York Times every now and then to read some opposing viewpoints, and vice versa. Before you believe everything you read online and share it with your friends, check to make sure it’s true. Your friends will appreciate it.

There was a quote that a friend reposted on social media recently that perfectly sums up the problem I’m talking about: “Ah, April 1st: The only day of the year that people critically evaluate things they find on the Internet before accepting them as true.”

Just treat every day like April Fool’s Day and never accept things at face value, particularly if you agree wholeheartedly with them. I know that sounds cynical and pessimistic, but in this day and age, with so much untrue crap flying all around the Internet, you really need to be wary, or next thing you know, you’ll be believing that mentally challenged women can actually train squirrels to attack.

Todd Hartley taught chipmunks how to stuff acorns in their cheeks. Seriously; he was the guy. To read more or leave a comment, visit http://zerobudget.net.

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April 3rd, 2017

Squirrel Removal Experts In Westchester & NYC

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March 30th, 2017

Atlanta United at Seattle Sounders: What to Watch For – Dirty South Soccer (registration) (blog)

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Say what you want but the international break is the worst. Fans are filled with anxiety over whether or not their national teams will qualify for the World Cup while club team supporters are anxious about whether or not their teams star player will get injured in a game that doesnt affect league standings. If you were in the Venn diagram of Atlanta United and USMNT fans, you felt a mixture of elation with the 4 points the Stars and Stripes earned and dread as the Five Stripes lost their striker for 4-6 weeks with a quad strain.

To make matters worse, the army of intelligent squirrels that MLS bread to create the 2017 schedule has Atlanta facing off against Seattle on Friday night. This gives the team one less day to recover from international play and the rigors of intercontinental air travel.

How will lineup changes impact United?

Atlanta will most likely be playing without Miguel Almiron who played 135 minutes for Paraguay over two games and will be traveling to Seattle from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Kenwyne Jones may also have limited availability after logging significant minutes in both of Trinidad and Tobagos games. While Carlos Carmona played just two minutes in the international break, he may also be held out since he missed most of practice over the last two weeks.

Julian Gressel has been put forward as a possible replacement for Almiron as central attacking midfielder moving up from his deeper #8 role he has played so far this season. Gressel scored 15 goals for Providence last year and has shown that he can link the defense with the attack, but he is not as strong on the ball as Almiron and will have to deal with Ozzie Alonso getting in the way of everything in midfield. How he plays will be crucial if Atlanta is going to get a point or steal a win in the match.

Further up the field in some ways this week isnt the worst timing for Josef to miss a game. He was unlikely to play a full 90 minutes even if he had been healthy if he had played in both games for Venezuela so Atlanta should have been preparing for his absence for this game anyway. That also means that the team has been preparing his replacement for the past two weeks in practice.

As far as replacing him, it seems likely that Yamil Asad will play as a false 9 and Jacob Peterson will move into his role on the left wing. Peterson and Asad have both had nearly two weeks of practice in these roles. That time will have been crucial for Peterson to build chemistry with Greg Garza since Atlanta has looked very dangerous when Atlanta breaks down the left side of the field with Asad starting there.

For Asad, it means that hes had two full weeks to practice rounding goalkeepers, defeating offside traps, and work on his diving headers.

Key Matchup: Atlantas backline vs. Whoever starts for Seattle up front

In the past two weeks Seattle has shown that it can punish disorganized defenses and will exploit midfields that allow them to find space to work when they counter. The Sounders found that space in the past two games and fought back from a 2-0 deficit against Montreal in the match before they battered the New York Red Bulls for a dominant 3-1 win.

In contrast to New York and Montreal, Atlanta has only allowed three goals this year. Of those, only one was from the run of play with the others being an own-goal and a penalty. In comparison, Montreal is notoriously spotty on defense and was prone to giving up late goals last year. For their part, New York is still working on a new system and badly failed to control the midfield against Seattle.

Atlanta will have the benefit of two more weeks of practice so that the defenders can continue to build fitness, chemistry, and communication skills. One more thing in Atlantas favor will be that the Sounders will likely have to rotate their squad. They had five players on international duty including Clint Dempsey who is still recovering from a heart condition, Jordan Morris who injured his ankle against New York, and Nico Lodeiro who will be traveling to Seattle from South America. Left back Joevin Jones, who also gets involved in the Sounders attack, may also be doubtful after playing two qualifiers for Trinidad and Tobago.

With the Sounders possibly missing their three headed attacking monster Atlanta should be able to contain the Seattle attack which may feature Will Bruin, who lost his starting spot in lowly Houston last season, at forward.

An opportunity to exploit Seattles backline

While Atlanta should have all four starting defenders on the field, the Rave Green may rotate their backline. As mentioned above, Joevin Jones may not play and if he does it will be his third game in seven days. Defensive anchor Roman Torres will most likely be on the bench as the center back played in both of Panamas World Cup qualifiers and may be suffering from a severe case of being served after Christian Pulisic set up Clint Dempsey for a goal.

Chad Marshall is a lock to start but is slow and may be paired with Tony Alfaro who played in six games for the Sounders last year and watched Atlanta score four goals on Seattle in the preseason. At right back, an out of position Cristian Roldan or versatile MLS newcomer Gustav Svensson could be options to fill out the defense.

The backline rotation presents Atlanta an opportunity to take advantage of players who have not played a game as a unit to this point in the season. Seattle will have been planning for this as well but their plan B defenders against Atlantas starters should be a matchup that favors United.

While coach Tata Martino noted that he expects a close up and down match, in a lot of ways the game shapes up well for United. There is never a good time to play Seattle but going against their B lineup is definitely more favorable than playing them at full strength. Atlanta will be happy with a point from the match but stealing another win on the road should not be out of the question this week.

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March 30th, 2017

Rehabilitated bobcat released into wilds of Wawayanda – New Jersey Herald

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Posted: Mar. 29, 2017 5:40 pm

VERNON Faced with an opening, the bobcat was cautious; curiosity, after all, is a trait of felines.

As he stood in the opening, he looked left: People!

On silent cats’ paws, he receded like the fog, into the depths and safety of the wooden transport case which had brought him Wednesday to Wawayanda State Park.

The wild spirit which kept him alive, and his rehabilitation team to “just know he’s going to do well,” then took over. He waited for maybe five minutes hunkered in the carrier.

When the young cat went for it, he bounded out of the opening, sprinted toward the safety of a rock ledge, slipped on the stone, then found safety by keeping the treeline between himself and those humans.

In seconds, he was over the brow of the hill, back into the woods.

Behind him, the humans applauded.

It was something of a “Born Free” moment.

A bobcat was born last spring and as a juvenile just striking out on his own last November, was struck by a car, nearly killing it.

He won’t know the amount of effort which went into saving his life; from the family that heard the screech of tires and found the young bobcat beside the road, calling animal control; to the skilled fingers of Wendy Ross, the orthopedic veterinary surgeon who used screws, wires and plates to put the pieces of his mangled leg back together; to the rehabilitation team at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Clinton that cared for him.

As the people who assembled for his release drifted away, Heather Freeman stood at the bottom of the hill, looking toward the crest over which the bobcat disappeared.

She is the wildlife care supervisor at Woodlands. The bobcat was under her care.

“We’re not supposed to get attached,” she explained after turning her back to the hillside. “But, you do care.”

Tracy Leaver, executive director at Woodlands also exclaimed that there’s no attachment, despite the sheen in her eyes as she described “the wild spirit” which had kept the bobcat alive, never a passive captive, but seeking to be released.

After the surgery, the post-operative care was a box, two-feet by four-feet.

“We couldn’t let him move around,” Leaver explained to the media gathered for the relatively rare event of releasing a bobcat back into the wild.

This particular bobcat — nicknamed “B.C.” (for bobcat, of course) — came at a good time for the state Division of Fish and Wildlife. It helps the division to celebrate its 125th anniversary; remind taxpayers that they can check-off a donation to wildlife on their income tax returns; and to generally acknowledge the many wildlife rehabilitators around the state.

And, yes, the state also sells personalized wildlife license plates.

It was a good way as well to talk about the state’s efforts in the recovery of an animal which is on the state endangered species list. The only land-based mammals on the list are the bobcat, Allegheny woodrat and the Indiana bat.

Leaver also used it for her own fund-raising plug.

“We don’t receive any federal or state funding,” she said. “All our efforts are funded through donations.”

Leaver said B.C. is the 29th bobcat the facility has rehabilitated with 27 of them now released back into the wild.

When he first came to the facility, “he was looking a little small, a little funky,” she explained. He was an estimated six or seven months old.

At his release, his estimated weight was about 12 pounds and when he fully matures, he’s likely to be about 25 pounds.

She said the process “is not an easy task, nor did it make him very happy.”

Leaver believes the little bobcat had the right attitude.

Giving him a voice she said: “I’m good. I’m going to get out of here. I’m going to do whatever it takes to survive.”

After time in the box, “we put him in a small room all his own,” she explained. “Then came a bigger room, still alone, but with things to do.”

It included ledges and boxes, places to climb and hide.

He was fed dead prey.

“But we could tell from the way he approached it, his mother had taught him well. He was a hunter,” she said.

Then came the outdoor enclosure where his natural secrecy took over.

“We sometimes couldn’t see him,” Leaver said. “We set up a series of trail cams as monitors.”

The secretive nature of bobcats makes even expert biologists unsure of just how many there are in the state, said DFW biologist Gretchen Fowles, who heads the state’s research efforts.

Once common in New Jersey, as they are across much of North America, development, farming, trapping and bounties cut their numbers to where some experts believe there were no wild bobcats left in the state by the middle of the 20th century.

In the late 1970s, DFW decided to reintroduce the bobcat and over the course of a half-dozen years brought in 24 bobcats captured in Maine.

“I’m not sure if they are back to what their numbers once were,” Fowles said, “but we believe it’s getting close.”

Through DNA analysis, she said it appears the current bobcats still retain much of their Down East ancestry, but there is enough of New York and Pennsylvania populations in them to be almost a “New Jersey bobcat population.”

A male bobcat will have an average territory of about 10 square miles — females a bit less — however they can be wanderers, she said.

Recently, a bobcat known to have been born in New Jersey was found more than 100 miles away in Pennsylvania.

Although B.C. was born just a year ago “by six months old, (when he was struck by the car) it’s in their nature to hunt,” said Leaver.

Fowles said bobcat young are weaned in 60-70 days and by 3-4 months old, are going farther and farther away from mom.

Most of the state’s bobcats are in the area west of Interstate 287 and north of Interstate 78. But they can also easily move north or west into New York or Pennsylvania.

Although bobcats historically would have lived in the Pinelands, the biologists said there are no reports of residents seeing them in central or southern parts of the state.

The bobcat’s natural prey are small mammals, such as rabbits, mice, squirrels and chipmunks and birds, insects and sometimes fish. Large bobcats have been known to take down a sick or injured deer, but a healthy deer can usually fight off an attack.

An adult male can be up to four feet long and two feet tall, and weigh 19 to 25 pounds. In northern New England and eastern Canada, adult males are larger ranging up to 50-60 pounds.

As to B.C.’s future?

“He was extremely lucky,” said Fowles of the quick response by the residents when they heard the car, and realized the bobcat was still alive.

She said he was not mobile and likely would have become one of the eight “roadkills” the division recovers in an average year.

However, young bobcats “are naive about things like cars. About 70 percent of those (roadkills) recovered are less than 2 years old.”

Leaver said she was optimistic about B.C.’s survival into adulthood.

“It was the wild spirit that I was most awed by,” she said. “There’s nothing you can do to tame down a bobcat.”

Bruce A. Scruton can also be contacted on Twitter: @brucescrutonNJH or by phone: 973-383-1224

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March 29th, 2017

DC Animal Watch – Washington Post

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These cases were handled by the Humane Rescue Alliance, which operates its shelters at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW and 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, call 202-576-6664 or 202-726-2556, or go to humanerescuealliance.org.

Sticky feathers: Eighth St. NE, 800 block, March 12. A report was received about a bird stuck in a glue trap inside a utility closet. An officer picked up the starling and took it to the shelter. The bird was removed from the glue trap and then transferred to City Wildlife for rehabilitation.

Temporary housing: Fifth St. NW, 1300 block, March 15. A man called about a squirrel nest on his balcony with babies in it. An officer found the mother squirrel nursing two pups. Because the animals were outside the home, the officer did not move the nest. Deterrents were discussed with the homeowner, who was told to wait until the pups have moved off before removing the nest.

Family secured: Ponds St. NE, 4400 block, March 19. A woman called about a family of cats in her garage. An officer captured the mother cat and her three nursing kittens and took them to the shelter. The mother cat will be put through the CatNiPP program and returned to the neighborhood. The kittens will be made available for adoption.

Adoptable pet: Oglethorpe St. NW, unit block, Feb. 1. An owner who lives in a small apartment surrendered a 10-month-old puppy to the shelter because the dog needed more space.

Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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March 26th, 2017

Squirrel Control, Squirrel Removal Syracuse New York

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The most complete squirrel control service in Syracuse Aaron Baker

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Syracuse New York is home to the gray squirrel and Syracuse New York squirrel control problems stay fairly consistent with the beautiful weather and abundant food supply. If you have ever tried to use a squirrel trap, you probably have found that it is harder than you think. The squirrel just doesnt rush over to inspect the trap and run right in. It takes more than that to fool them. Squirrel control starts out like any control program with the right approach. If the squirrel in your attic is causing a problem, then cages will be set and the problem squirrels will be caught. After we solve your squirrel problems, the correct maintenance and prevention strategies need to be applied.

There is a squirrel repellant that does work in some circumstances. Ropel is one of the leading repellants and will help stop the chewing and damage caused by them. If you have a squirrel problem where the animal is chewing on your trees, Ropel is a great solution to control them. Always read the label when applying repellents. Squirrel removal from attics, soffits and even crawlspaces is something that happens fairly regularly. If they can find a place to get in, they will raise a family.Squirrel removal from squirrel traps will normally result in the relocation of them to another habitat. If you are able to do so legally, this is a great solution to this problem. A squirrel in the attic can do a tremendous amount of wiring damage in a very short time. You must protect your wires or a fire could result. The longer the squirrels are in the attic, the more damage will occur. Each year many homes catch fire because of chewed wiring.

Squirrel control will get rid of squirrels with either squirrel traps or through one way doors but scare tactic programs never work. Here once again, you can buy any type of electronic scare device, but long term, they will fail. It simply moves the squirrels to another part of the home or building. These are not an effective squirrel deterrent.

There is also no such thing as squirrel poison. In all states it is illegal to poison game animals. The poison peanuts you see are not meant for squirrels, but gophers. The squirrels will require trapping or other measure to control them. New York law does not allow you to poison squirrels. Squirrel problems will be most abundant during spring and fall of the year. The spring brings babies and fall brings babies and the tendency of them to come indoors to escape the cold. Squirrel removal is the only way to make your home or building safe and healthy again.

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March 26th, 2017

Squirrels – The New York Times

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Emerging from the torpor of winter means a busy spring for these bears, bees, bats and squirrels.

By STEPH YIN

A reader hopes that the state will eventually ban these hunts.

A lawsuit filed by a squirrel aficionado claims there has not been a proper review of the events environmental effect.

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A common sight in its East Coast home range, the mammal is versatile and easily finds homes in urban areas.

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Stray squirrels, security breaches and, more commonly, technical glitches have caused exchanges around the world to halt.

Pacific Gas and Electricity blamed a squirrel for a power failure that struck 45,000 Bay Area residents last week. But the utilitys past transgressions have left many skeptical of that excuse.

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The hawk has perched outside a second-story window to hunt for gray squirrels, despite efforts by blue jays and crows to get it to leave.

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My previous dog, a New Yorker like me, didnt hunt. Charlie, though, hes a Texan.

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Questions about the bridle path along Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, and feeding the squirrels in New Yorks parks.

Emerging from the torpor of winter means a busy spring for these bears, bees, bats and squirrels.

By STEPH YIN

A reader hopes that the state will eventually ban these hunts.

A lawsuit filed by a squirrel aficionado claims there has not been a proper review of the events environmental effect.

By JESSE McKINLEY

What looks like nothing more than a clump of leaves is a complex, layered construction of twigs, leaves and vines.

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Test your knowledge of this weeks health news.

By TOBY BILANOW

Genetic analyses of 25 squirrels in Britain showed that they were infected with M. leprae, a cause of leprosy in humans.

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Arent you glad you dont have to tell your little one that this is where babies come from?

By JOANNA KLEIN

They are like us and right there with us, our honored frenemies.

By AVI STEINBERG

Many common animals, plants and insects are not native to the environments in which they are now found. Take this quiz and learn more about the living things that surround you.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Dont fall victim to the repellent racket. Cut off their entry points.

By MALIA WOLLAN

How does an endangered species get out of danger? The Delmarva fox squirrel knows how.

By VICTORIA SHANNON

Squirrels do have color vision, but they cannot see the difference between the green leaves of summer and the red leaves of fall, researchers say.

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A common sight in its East Coast home range, the mammal is versatile and easily finds homes in urban areas.

By DAVE TAFT

Stray squirrels, security breaches and, more commonly, technical glitches have caused exchanges around the world to halt.

Pacific Gas and Electricity blamed a squirrel for a power failure that struck 45,000 Bay Area residents last week. But the utilitys past transgressions have left many skeptical of that excuse.

By RONNIE COHEN

The hawk has perched outside a second-story window to hunt for gray squirrels, despite efforts by blue jays and crows to get it to leave.

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

My previous dog, a New Yorker like me, didnt hunt. Charlie, though, hes a Texan.

By PAMELA GWYN KRIPKE

Bill Adler first wrote about squirrels in 1988. Theyre still bedeviling him, and hes still writing about it.

By EVE M. KAHN

Questions about the bridle path along Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, and feeding the squirrels in New Yorks parks.

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March 23rd, 2017

What’s on TV this week? 03.23.17 through 03.29.17 – Greeley Tribune

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TODAY

5 p.m. on CBS 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament Regional Semifinals, also known as the Sweet 16, get underway on both CBS and TBS tonight. The West Regionals take place in San Jose, California while the Midwest Regionals will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. New York City and Memphis, Tennessee will host the Eastern and Southeastern Regionals, which begin on Friday. Winners advance to the Elite 8 (Regional Finals) on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.

7 p.m. on NBC Superstore

Mateo (Nico Santos) is eager to transfer to one of the signature stores in the Cloud 9 chain, but that will require resolution of his current status as an undocumented alien in the new episode “Mateo’s Last Day.” As Jonah and Cheyenne (Ben Feldman, Nichole Bloom) try to give Mateo legal advice, Amy (America Ferrera) comes to the rescue when Glenn (Mark McKinney) is tormented by an Internet troll. Elsewhere, Dina and Garrett (Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn) have a bone to pick with corporate.

7 p.m. on KDVR MasterChef

Former “Top Chef” champ Richard Blais is guest judge for the new episode “Junior Edition: Pie-Eyed,” which as the title suggests finds the Top 12 young chefs, working in four teams of three, cranking out as many pies as they can manage in 10 minutes. The winning team is safe from elimination in the big challenge, which tasks them with using a blow torch to make an appetizer, entree or dessert from ingredients in the show’s pantry.

7 p.m. on HIST Swamp People

As the most active season in the swamp reaches its competitive peak, Dwaine finally reaches his breaking point in a new episode aptly titled “Pressure’s On.” Elsewhere, Willie realizes he’s losing money, while Kristi goes hunting with her son and Glenn fulfills a lifelong dream.

7:30 p.m. on NBC Powerless

Determined to help the financially strapped Jackie (Christina Kirk), Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) is confounded to meet with resistance from the intended beneficiary of her generosity in the new episode “I’ma Friend You.” Van (Alan Tudyk) targets Teddy, Ron and Wendy (Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, Jennie Pierson).

8 p.m. on KWGN Supernatural

Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) fails to include some critical information when she seeks help from Sam, Dean and Castiel (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins) in “Stuck in the Middle (With You).” The British Men of Letters turn out to be part of her mission, and they follow suit in exactly the way the others would have expected which likely would have made them abstain from assisting her. Richard Speight Jr. directed the tale. Another episode follows.

8 p.m. on USA Colony

Will, Katie and Broussard (Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Tory Kittles) all search for a way out of the colony in a new episode called “Lost Boy.” Meanwhile, Maddie (Amanda Righetti) gets some visitors in the Green Zone, while Bram (Alex Neustaedter) looks for closure. Peter Jacobson also stars.

8:01 p.m. on KDVR Kicking & Screaming

After an intense elimination, paranoia kicks into overdrive among the contestants, with each team fearing they’ll be sent home next. As they spend more time together in the jungle though, efforts to strike a productive team balance begin to give way as romances spark and tempers flare in the new episode “Going Coconuts.” Hannah Simone (“New Girl”) is host.

9 p.m. on NBC The Blacklist: Redemption

A new episode called “Borealis 301” finds Tom and Mr. Solomon (Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi) going under cover on an international flight that they believe and, indeed, hope will be hijacked by ruthless thieves who steal highly classified material. Meanwhile, Howard (Terry O’Quinn) urges Tom to search for proof of a conspiracy that was orchestrated by Scottie (Famke Janssen).

11 p.m. on fX Baskets

This defiantly nutty and off-the-wall comedy series sends in the clowns as it rings down the curtain on Season 2 with a finale called “Circus.” As usual, we’re not entirely sure what to make of the episode summary, which advises that Christine (Louie Anderson) turns to Arby (for comfort, one assumes), after Chip (Zach Galifianakis) joins the Russians. Given current political events, we’re not going near that last part in terms of any conjecture.

FRIDAY

5:30 p.m. on DISN Tangled: The Series

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s hit 2010 computer-animated movie comedy in this new series adaptation, which follows their characters, along with several other new ones. In the first episode, Rapunzel and Cassandra (voice of Eden Espinoza), her tough-as-nails handmaiden, go to a wizard’s cottage to learn what has happened to Rapunzel’s hair. The voice ensemble also includes Julie Bowen, Clancy Brown, Paul F. Tompkins, Sean Hayes and Jeffrey Tambor.

6 p.m. on MAX Movie: Mechanic: Resurrection

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), a master assassin who faked his own death so he could escape his former line of work, is forced back into his old deadly game when he is coerced into killing an imprisoned African warlord, a human trafficker and an arms dealer. If he fails to deliver, a woman he loves is certain to die at the hands of an old enemy. Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Sam Hazeldine also star in this 2016 action thriller, a sequel to Statham’s 2011 hit “The Mechanic.”

7 p.m. on NBC Grimm

The dark prophecy appears to be nearing fulfillment when a sinister force arrives in Portland with its eyes set on Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) in the new episode “Zerstorrer Shrugged.” Trying to protect her, Nick (David Giuntoli), along with Captain Renard and Adalind (Sasha Roiz, Claire Coffee), returns to the scene of his first investigation as a Grimm. Meanwhile, Monroe, Eve and Rosalee (Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner) make a discovery that uncovers the origins of the mysterious stick.

7 p.m. on KDVR Rosewood

When a criminal lures Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) to the murder scene of a former tech millionaire, he forces Rosie to re-examine a case from his past, possibly discovering a new result in the process, in “Clavicle, Trauma & Closure.” Sam Huntington, Eric Winter and LaToya Luckett guest star; Jaina Lee Ortiz, Lorraine Toussaint and Eddie Cibrian also star.

8 p.m. on KWGN The Originals

After they are cured and awakened, the Mikaelson siblings and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set out to rescue Klaus (Joseph Morgan), an endeavor that likely will face deadly opposition from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), in the new episode “No Quarter.” Meanwhile, the effects of the Tunde Blade start to manifest themselves, causing Klaus’ darkest demons to materialize, and Vincent (Yusef Gatewood) investigates a haunting more sinister than he could imagine. Daniel Gillies also stars.

8 p.m. on ABC Shark Tank

Who doesn’t love puppies? Viewers find out if the Sharks do in this episode, since a San Francisco couple uses canines in their pitch for products designed for the animals’ use. A Boston woman advocates the use of algae as a nutritional health supplement. Las Vegas friends present the clothes they designed themselves to suit literally their athletic physiques. Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec are the Sharks here.

8 p.m. on SHOW Movie: Born to Be Blue

In the late 1960s, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) begins a romance with an actress (Carmen Ejogo) while trying to play himself in a film about his earlier, heroin-addicted years. Hawke and the film, which was written, produced and directed by Robert Budreau, got generally favorable reviews, although it’s fairly heavily fictionalized and only partly based on Baker’s life and career. Callum Keith Rennie, Stephen McHattie and Janet-Laine Green also star in this 2015 feature.

8:01 p.m. on KDVR Sleepy Hollow

Former series regular John Noble returns in a guest appearance as Henry Parrish, Ichabod’s (Tom Mison) son (don’t ask, it’s really complicated) in the new episode “Tomorrow,” wherein the team learns more about Lara (guest star Seychelle Gabriel) and gets a harrowing glimpse into the horrific dystopian world that will come to pass if Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) rises to power. Only these heroes stand in the way of the insane billionaire, but they may be too late. Janina Gavankar and Lyndie Greenwood also star.

9 p.m. on KWGN Reign

As Mary (Adelaide Kane) confronts potential political consequences to a marriage with Lord Darnley (Will Kemp), King Charles (Spencer MacPherson) vanishes, leaving Catherine to deal with the aftermath, in the new “Love & Death.” Elsewhere, Claude (Rose Williams) is presented with an interesting proposition, while Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) comes to the aid of Gideon (Ben Geurens). Craig Parker and Dan Jeannotte also star.

9 p.m. on KRMA Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

There’s certainly a lot to celebrate in the case of one of television history’s most popular talents not only her iconic roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and her eponymous 1970s sitcom, but also her tenure as a chief of one of the industry’s most revered and honored production companies. This tribute includes comments from Moore and many of her associates, plus a bounty of clips and expect to hear, “Ohhhh, Robbb!” (and Van Dyke, an interviewee here).

SATURDAY

4 p.m. on WTBS 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The first of four Regional Final games gets underway as the Elite 8 play in the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri and San Jose, California. The winners, of course, advance to the Final Four and will play one week from now in Glendale, Arizona. The other two teams will be decided on Sunday. Last year No.10 Syracuse pulled the upset against top-seeded Virginia to advance to the “Big Dance.”

6 p.m. on HBO Movie: Independence Day: Resurgence

Its title notwithstanding, this 2016 sequel to the 1996 blockbuster didn’t exactly trigger a resurgence of interest on the part of fans with its plot about those nasty extraterrestrials staging a lethal comeback on the 20th anniversary of their initial invasion. Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman head the international ensemble of the film, which earned back its production costs but fell far short of the worldwide gross racked up by the original.

6 p.m. on LIFE Movie: Stalker’s Prey

While celebrating her 18th birthday, Laura (Saxon Sharbino) has a close brush with death when Bruce (Mason Dye, “Flowers in the Attic”), a handsome college student, saves her from a shark attack that leaves her boyfriend dead. After Bruce becomes a local hero, he doesn’t respond well when his damsel in distress rebuffs his attempted courtship since she’s still mourning her deceased beau. Cynthia Gibb also stars in this 2017 thriller.

7 p.m. on CBS Ransom

While engrossed in playing a hot new smartphone game, a band of five teenagers is lured into a deadly trap in a presumably empty old structure in France in a new episode called “The Castle.” In short order Eric (Luke Roberts) and the other members on his team are summoned to negotiate the release of the captives. Camille Langer, Boyd Ferguson, Britta Meier, Simon Holman and Logan Smythe guest star. Sarah Green and Brandon Jay McLaren also star.

7 p.m. on KBDI Austin City Limits

Music lovers have had a friend in James Taylor for many, many years, and this episode showcases the veteran talent performing tunes both long-familiar and newer. “Fire and Rain” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and, of course, the Carole King-written “You’ve Got a Friend” are among classics on the roster, but the hour also draws selections from the recent “Before This World,” which was Taylor’s first album of original music in 13 years.

7 p.m. on NBC Movie: Despicable Me 2

This animated 2013 sequel was more than a raging success at the box office; It has a place in film history as one of the most profitable movies Universal Pictures ever has released. Steve Carell returns as the voice of the now-domesticated Gru, brought back into a life of excitement by the Anti-Villain League, which wants him to find the thief who made off with a dangerous serum. Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove also lend their voices again.

7 p.m. on SHOW Movie: American Jihad

Filmmakers Alison Ellwood and Sarah Dowland explore the troubling issue of homegrown Jihadism, focusing particularly on how young men are radicalized to commit violent acts of terrorism and what can be done to prevent it. The compelling new documentary includes the perspectives of former Jihadists and those deeply affected by this practice, and also looks at the impact of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen identified by the CIA as a leader of al-Qaeda and a resourceful recruiter of young Americans.

8:02 p.m. on LIFE Movie: Boyfriend Killer

After her son is killed in an apparent car accident, a heartbroken Sandra Cruz goes to gather his belongings and meets a woman at his apartment whom she is given to believe is his grieving girlfriend. The more the younger woman talks, however, the more holes become evident in her story, eventually forcing Sandra to wonder whether this girl played a role in her son’s death. Yancy Butler, Kate Mansi, Patrick Muldoon and Barbie Castro star in this 2017 thriller.

11:30 p.m. on KRMA Austin City Limits

Music lovers have had a friend in James Taylor for many, many years, and this episode showcases the veteran talent performing tunes both long-familiar and newer. “Fire and Rain” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and, of course, the Carole King-written “You’ve Got a Friend” are among classics on the roster, but the hour also draws selections from the recent “Before This World,” which was Taylor’s first album of original music in 13 years.

11:35 p.m. on ABC Movie: Over the Hedge

“Me likey cookie!” This computer-animated 2006 film is stolen by Steve Carell as the voice of Hammy, a hyper squirrel with an addiction to sugar and caffeine. The main plot revolves around a cunning raccoon (voice of Bruce Willis) who uses naive forest residents to steal food from humans to replenish the stash he took from a hungry bear (voice of Nick Nolte). Additional voices include Garry Shandling, Wanda Sykes and William Shatner.

SUNDAY

1:30 p.m. on KDVR NASCAR Racing

Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway is about to see its only Monster Energy Cup race of the season with the running of the Auto Club 400. Fontana’s D-shaped, two-mile oval with low banks has seen reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson win six races here since its inception in 1997, the most of any driver. He also has 13 top five finishes. Among the victories are three at this particular race.

6:30 p.m. on KDVR Bob’s Burgers

A new, hour-long presentation combines the episodes “Aquaticism” and “Ain’t Miss Debatin’,” with Jim Gaffigan, Keegan-Michael Key and Nick Kroll reprising their earlier guest voices. Tina (voice of John Roberts) leads a campaign to keep the local aquarium from shuttering, then she’s pursued to join the debate team. Louise and Gene (voices of Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman) support the making of a stop-motion movie about a certain subject.

7 p.m. on NBC Little Big Shots

“The Princess and the Hot Dog” may seem like a random title for this new episode, but it isn’t. One of the youngsters showcased by host Steve Harvey became a hit on the Internet by costuming herself as a frankfurter on Princess Day. (Well, of course. Who wouldn’t?) The other specially gifted children featured during the hour include the members of an acrobatic troupe, two singers, and two siblings from India who both play the piano.

7 p.m. on HBO Big Little Lies

A remorseful Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) frets that she has caused a lot of complications for Jane (Shailene Woodley), who has a confrontation with Renata (Laura Dern). Ed (Adam Scott) and Madeline have a candid conversation about the sad lack of passion in their marriage. Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) tells Nathan (James Tupper) about Abigail’s (Kathryn Newton) secret project in the new episode “Burning Love.”

7:30 p.m. on KDVR Making History

The reason for venturing to the 1990s is more personal than historical for the time travelers in the new episode “Chadwick’s Angels.” The mission is to allow Dan (Adam Pally) to complete his unfinished goal of consuming a huge ice cream sundae appropriately known as the “Bellybuster.” His plans hit a snag when he encounters a bully again. Vicki Lewis (“NewsRadio”) guest stars. Leighton Meester and Yassir Lester also star.

8 p.m. on CBS Madam Secretary

Enrico Colantoni (“Flashpoint,” “Veronica Mars”) guest stars in the new episode “Convergence,” playing the lawyer for a suspected CIA mole who may be connected to a weapons-smuggling operation. Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) fears larger, deadlier factions are involved, while the poaching of black rhinos in Namibia poses other concerns for her. Henry (Tim Daly) has new worries about his embedded agent. Michael Gaston and Michael Boatman also guest star.

8 p.m. on KRMA Movie: To Walk Invisible: The Bront Sisters

Some of literature’s all-time classics, including “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights,” are among the credits of the siblings whose relationships are dramatized in this new “Masterpiece” offering by writer-director Sally Wainwright. Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie and Charlie Murphy respectively play Charlotte, Emily and Anne, whose conservative lives made the sensational content of their books (which they devised under male pseudonyms) surprising.

8 p.m. on ABC Time After Time

The Paris of the early 1900s reputedly was a magical place unless you happened to be H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) there, as is the case in the new episode “Picture Fades.” The chase continues around and through various French landmarks as Wells tries to prevent his nemesis from altering history. Genesis Rodriguez, Nicole Ari Parker, Will Chase and Jennifer Ferrin also star.

8 p.m. on NBC Chicago Justice

Though the death of a cancer-stricken policeman first is thought to be a suicide, Dawson and Nagel (Jon Seda, Joelle Carter) recognize it as a murder in the new episode “Dead Meat.” The case turns out to be connected to a longtime enemy of Stone (Philip Winchester), who must go to great lengths to see that justice is done. David Eigenberg guest stars in his “Chicago Fire” role. Carl Weathers and Monica Barbaro also star.

8 p.m. on KDVR Family Guy

If there’s one person Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) doesn’t expect to outperform him at fantasy baseball camp, it’s Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) but she does just that in the new episode “Peter’s Lost Youth.” Meg’s (voice of Mila Kunis) assignment to babysit Stewie (also voiced by MacFarlane) gets a lot more complicated when he runs away. Seth Green, Mike Henry and Patrick Warburton also are in the voice cast.

8 p.m. on HBO Girls

Elijah (Andrew Rannells) gets himself all psyched up to endure the stress of an open-call audition for a new Broadway musical, but the presence of an unexpected visitor totally throws him off his game in the new episode “The Bounce.” Elsewhere, a cash-strapped Marnie (Allison Williams) gets a wake-up call from an unlikely source when she tries to pawn a family heirloom, and Hannah (Lena Dunham) re-establishes a connection with Paul-Louis (Riz Ahmed).

8:30 p.m. on HBO Crashing

In a new episode called “Warm-Up,” a depressed Pete (Pete Holmes) feels trapped in a cycle of one step forward and two steps back as he finds himself homeless yet again and facing professional disappointment. Fortunately, pal Artie Lange offers him a guest spot on his podcast, and Sarah Silverman takes pity and invites him to crash with her collection of stray comics. She also helps him get a job as an audience “warm-up” comic.

9 p.m. on NBC Shades of Blue

Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) undertakes her own investigation of Julia Ayres (guest star Anna Gunn), since Stahl (Warren Kole) is fiercely determined to bust the politician, in the new episode “Daddy’s Girl.” Wozniak’s (Ray Liotta) deep ties to Ayres are explained as a drug case forces him to revisit the circumstances of his daughter’s death. Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker and Sarah Jeffery also star.

11 p.m. on fX Feud: Bette and Joan

On the eve of its release, industry buzz on “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” is generally negative, so a dismayed Bette and Joan (Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange) brace themselves for an embarrassing flop in the new episode “More, or Less.” Weeks later, nerves once again are on edge in anticipation of the Academy Award nominations. Meanwhile, Pauline (Alison Wright) tries to overcome some gender barriers.

MONDAY

11 a.m. on ESPN MLB Preseason Baseball

The American League East division accounted for three teams in last year’s playoffs and two of them will get a look at each other today, when Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox visit Mark Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles at their Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Florida. The Red Sox finished 2016 four games ahead of both the O’s and Toronto who were the AL wild card teams. Baseball’s regular season is just a week away.

6 p.m. on FREE Young & Hungry

Gabi and Josh (Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski) land a chance to dog-sit the spoiled-rotten pooch of a celebrity lifestyle guru, but this being a sitcom, you can bet that they make some boneheaded decisions in the new episode “Young & Kiki.” Elsewhere, Elliot (Rex Lee) isn’t able to deliver the VIP concert tickets he promised to Sofia and Yolanda (Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley), so he falls back on a desperate Plan B to deceive them.

6:31 p.m. on FREE Baby Daddy

In the new episode “Ben Rides a Unicorn,” Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) is convinced he has found a woman just as interested as he is in a no-strings hookup arrangement (which would make her the “unicorn” of the title), but Riley (Chelsea Kane) insists he’s kidding himself that such a set-up would ever work. Meanwhile, Danny (Derek Theler) winds up competing against an old friend who is a professional wrestler. Melissa Peterman also stars.

7 p.m. on KRMA Antiques Roadshow

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What’s on TV this week? 03.23.17 through 03.29.17 – Greeley Tribune