Friday, January 2, 2009

Carp diem

It isn't often that national media report on the news from Pymatuning Lake, which straddles the border of northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, but recently National Public Radio broadcast a story from there. Officials want to change the rules at a reservoir spillway that is a place where "ducks walk on fish" to feed. The spillway is a churning cauldron of carp where people feed the fish and ducks everything from bread to birthday cakes. This inexplicably is a prime tourist attraction in Crawford County, Pa. The hope was that people would stop throwing bread in the water and would instead use meal pellets. Lawmakers are still working on solutions to the problem.

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