It may not seem like much in the face of a calamity as overwhelming as the monstrous fire that gutted part of the old Bethlehem Steel complex in Lackawanna, but it was heartening, nonetheless.
In the midst of the crisis, which interfered with the lives of thousands of residents, two state troopers spotted an apparently disoriented beaver walking near Route 5 in the vicinity of the fire a week ago. Because it appeared to be in distress, the troopers caught the 50-pound creature in a large cardboard box and transported it to the SPCA facility in the Town of Tonawanda. It received some care there, and was transferred to Abbe-Freeland Animal Sanctuary in Angelica. It will likely be held until spring and then released.
The troopers didn’t have to come to the aid of a helpless and distressed animal, especially with so much else happening. That they did says something good about them and about the finer impulses of human nature.
One way or another, the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia, was going to offer a lesson to the world in how not to give in to aging.
The oldest of the runners signed up for October’s competition could have been Dharam Pal Singh of India. He claims to have been born Oct. 6, 1897 – that’s what his passport says, the New York Times reports, which would make him 119 years old.
Many doubted he was that old and, in the end, he didn’t make it to the competition. But John Gilmour did. The 97-year-old from Australia, who had been a prisoner of war during World War II, entered the 800-meter race in the men’s 95-to-99 age group. He won. He was also the only competitor.
Lesson: Keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you’re moving, you’re alive.
It’s been more than 70 years since a New Yorker occupied the White House, and while many in the Empire State are cheering the election of Donald Trump as president, there is at least one group of New Yorkers who are already finding the experience to be annoying: anyone in the vicinity of the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 56th Street.
The Manhattan address is the location of Trump Tower, where the president-elect lives and is working to form his administration. The crush of people, police and barricades is turning an already busy street into a nightmare.
The neighbors, at least, will be happy if Trump decides to decamp for the White House upon his inauguration.