A severe storm earlier in the summer uprooted a large maple tree on our street and it fell on the roofs of our neighbors’ houses. Some weeks after the tree was cut down and removed, a city work crew and contractor Scott’s Tree Service arrived to grind down the stump. City worker Ed Jardell described how the stump is ground down in sweeping back and forth passes of the grinder’s large rotary blade. The machine takes off more or less two inches at a time depending on the species and hardness of the tree and whether there is any sponginess or rot. Watch video of Philadelphia City crew grinding down the stump of a maple tree uprooted by a storm
Lima beans were traditionally grown in Cape May County, New Jersey and to celebrate the bean, West Cape May holds an annual festival. Cindy Amiano shown here in festival photo album put her name in a drawing box a few years ago and had the luck of being picked as Lima Bean Queen. In that role she has appeared in the Christmas day and the July 4th parade and featured in the Exit Zero magazine. The festival features singing, a flea market, funny commemorative shirts and lots of food especially of the lima bean variety, chilies, soups and even drinks. Watch video of lima bean queen and the West Cape May annual festival here.