Friday, October 3, 2014

It's October, and things are beginning to Die

Its October, and things are beginning to die. Nature, however, is quite selective in that regard. Here in the northeast portion of the US, summer is dying fast. In this particular temperate zone in which I live, leaves change their colors, flowers and people die.

In many areas of the country, nature-lovers like to tour about and see the wonderful fall colors provided by the deciduous trees. One area which depends somewhat on this seasonal tourism is the Pocono Mountain region of northeast Pennsylvania. This year, however, such activity may be limited due to the massive manhunt currently in place for the suspected killer, Eric Frein. So intense is the situation that the state has suspended game hunting and trapping seasons in Pike and Monroe counties. The intent is to keep people out of the woods.

According to PAHomepage:

 “The closure was initiated after the Pennsylvania State Police advised on Tuesday that troopers who are part of the search for fugitive Eric Frein had uncovered explosive devices that apparently were left behind in wooded areas by the fugitive, and would pose an obvious danger to anyone who would encounter them."

Billboard depicting the subject of manhunt in northeast PA (ref)

"Frein is wanted in the Sept. 12 [2014] ambush-shooting death of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County. Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded in the attack. The search for Frein has continued since, and police recently discovered explosive devices – at least one of which was attached to a trip wire – in the area they were searching.”

Halloween and Day of the Dead are supposed to be pretend frightening events, not real ones.