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September 24, 2013 - Heather Ziegler
A few weeks ago, my sister Marilyn and I were visiting the town of Bethany for its annual community-wide yard sales. There was neat stuff there but I think yard and garage sales are winding down for the season. If we had not ventured into Bethany land on that cool late summer morning we would not have been treated to the awesome experience we had while standing in a yard near the community park. We were perusing some yard sale items when something caught my eye in the sky. A large bird was flying toward us and as it came within clear sight, I yelled "Is that an eagle?" I was so excited when the winged beauty flew directly overhead and we could see the expanse of white under its wings and that distinctive curved beak. The people who lived there said it was not uncommon to see the eagle I swear the bird turned its head and looked at me. I stood there for quite some time in awe of such a creature that represents this grand country. I had never seen a bald eagle in the wild and it was an exhilerating experience. I understand there are several eagles living in the Northern Panhandle, some along the Ohio River. One has even been spotted near Wheeling Park. I suggest you keep your eyes of the sky if you suddenly see a large shadow from above. You, too, might catch a rare glimpse.
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