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La Conner Mayor: Remaining Turkeys Must Go

Posted by M. Sharon Baker
La Conner Mayor: Remaining Turkeys Must Go

La Connor mayor Ramon Hayes issued a decree this week after suffering through the latest barrage of questions about the town’s five remaining turkeys and why they aren’t gone yet.

The town council voted 4-1 to banish the flock of 12 turkeys in October 2010 after several neighbors grew tired of cleaning up turkey turds and torn up landscaping.

Six of the flock have been caught and another died, but the remaining three hens and two Toms have become trap-wise and so far have eluded capture.

Officially, only four turkeys have been pecking around town this week.

The second tom may have flown the coop, er town earlier this week during the latest turkey round up.  He took flight and hasn’t regrouped with his feathered friends.

I’ve been tasked with covering this story for the La Conner Weekly News, and have had a bit of fun with the story and resulting photos. Some of the info can be found on the Weekly News’ blog.

La Conner, WA is also famous for its fields of daffodills and tulips.

I’m happy to report that the daffodils are just starting to bloom. It’s been cold and wet, so they are a bit late.

Tulip travelers will want to come towards the middle to end of April – that’s just my guess – as the weather may make the tulip bloom a little late too.

Have you been following La Conner’s turkey escapades?

Photos © M. Sharon Baker

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Dipity Time Line on Tom Douglas Restaurants

Posted by M. Sharon Baker
Dipity Time Line on Tom Douglas Restaurants

One of Tom Douglas' new restaurants is the Dahlia Workshop Biscuit Bar where fresh pastries are made from scratch every day.

I just finished making my Dipity time line of Tom Douglas Restaurants, which I mentioned I was doing in my post about great content ideas that don’t include lots of writing. I used Dipity, which was quite easy to use.

You can take a look at the time line here . Ditpity is working with WordPress to allow users to embed the time line on blogs, but they haven’t reached an agreement – yet.

One of Tom Douglas' new restaurants is the Dahlia Workshop Biscuit Bar where fresh pastries are made from scratch every day.

Dipity has a free and premium version. I used the free version, which has lots of social media tags and allows you to link videos and to map your locations. 

I would like to suggest they add an option allowing you to aggregated all the data points on one map, which in my example shows you how close all the restaurants are to each other.

If you have lots of dates, you might want to write out descriptions and choose photos ahead of time

I didn’t, and because I don’t work for TDR, I didn’t have access to photos that would be most appropriate.

So I grabbed some stock photos from my own site and used royalty free photos to fill out my timeline.

I like the way Dipity gives you several options to view the time line, adding flipbooks and mapping, which I think were great additions.

What do you like about Dipity and the time line I created? Do you have items on your site that might make a great time line?

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