Saturday, July 23, 2016

Big Brown Bat Release

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), one of several caught the day before by bat expert Dr. Brian Hickey, of the St. Lawrence River Institute, and colleagues from a house where the owners didn't want them living in the attic is fed mealworms, has a radio tracker attached, and released at Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre, Cornwall,

Bat flying away after release. Was successfully tracked by radio.
Hickey said the big brown bat was not as badly affected by white nose syndrome as the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus), since the big brown bats are more likely to hibernate in buildings and other places less prone to harbor the white nose syndrome fungus. He said that he only finds one or two, if that many, of the little brown bats in places like caves and mines he used to find dozens. He said the best way to catch a bat trapped in your house was with a butterfly net or just pick it off the wall when it settles down with work gloves, since they have small teeth and can't get through them. Exercise caution and do not handle any more than necessary as they can carry rabies!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Whitefish Bay stuck in Seaway

Tugs attempting to pull freighter Whitefish Bay off rocks near Hamilton Island, St. Lawrence Seaway, Thursday morning, July 14, 2016. Freighter lost power and became stuck sideways across channel Tuesday, partially blocking traffic. Another tug, not visible, is tethered to the front end of the boat. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Gladstone Public School Closes

July 4, 2016 - Opened in 1958, closed in 2016, taken shortly after closing. Gladstone Public School, 825 McConnell Avenue, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada was the alumnus of actor Ryan Gosling  I went there well before Gosling did! (Update 2018) It is across from what is now the main hospital in Cornwall as well as a large medical office, and the plans are to convert it into a medical office building. We used to play on the field behind the school in the summer and the skating rink that was there during the winter - I hope the field still remains open to the local kids.
2012, still open

 large section was auditorium, seen from west side.
The auditorium had a bookshelf that served as a library and we had bookmobile visits. The Christmas play there in 1970 was inspired by the FLQ October Crisis. Santa Claus was kidnapped by gangsters, and a prop newspaper read 'Claus Kidnapped', modified from a real newspaper that read (senior UK trade commissioner in Montreal James) 'Cross Kidnapped'

 Graffiti on north side

Farewell Gladstone banner with palm prints

 View from McConnell
 from southeast side

Entrance at the end of Baldwin Ave

Update 2024 - The school was damaged in an arson in 2020, which put an end to plans to convert it into a medical building. All buildings were demolished or removed sometime between November 2023 and March 2024 

After demolition, funnel ball hoop in far right background, photo taken March 23, 2024