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  1. The Pied Piper of Sheep and Goats


    February 13, 2012 by Terry Ropp

    Bug Scuffle Road recently had a unique moment in its history — a parade down the road led by the “Pied Piper.” On this day, my husband Larry, Linda and Marvin Jones, Carolyn Jones-Kelley, and Marc Adamczyk, led a mixed herd of sheep and goats from David Stills’ property south of us to the Jones’ property north of us. The purpose of the move was to change the pasture in which the herd was grazing. The parade was led by Carolyn, who enticed the animals to follow her by shaking a bucket of corn. To keep them interested, she occasionally drizzled kernels of corn much like Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest. The animals were entranced and followed. All was not like in the fairy tales, however. Marvin was in the back with a long rope that he would sling out in case any stragglers thought they wanted to turn aside. The snaking rope, which caused no harm, merely startled them back into the correct path. The others were involved in the parade, too. Linda was the advance guard in her pickup truck. Occasionally, she got excited and jumped out of her truck to take pictures. She was far …