Armadillos, Colonial Lake & true blue fans

No huge topic on the agenda today, just a hodge-podge of different observations as we head toward the end of summer.

I don't remember ever seeing so many dead armadillos on the side of the road as I have this year. I saw three on an overpass on S.C. Highway 61 on the same day.

The little armor-coated mammals were first spotted in the Lowcountry 10 to 15 years ago. They're about the size of a large house cat, but the Department of Natural Resources ranks them as an invasive species right along with coyotes and feral hogs.

How they could make it here all the way from Texas only to then run into cars and trucks on our roadways is a mystery to me.

Some folks say they taste like pork.

Some Mount Pleasant women recently decided that tattered American flags flying atop some of the shrimp boats in Shem Creek should be replaced.

Their concerns found their way to Boy Scout Troop 40 and Scoutmaster David Benke. Before you know it, Bob Boyles of American Flag Poles and Flags was involved.

In a very short amount of time, new flags were supplied to the boats of Rocky Magwood and David Richardson.

Those shrimpers have certainly taken their share of lumps fighting leaks in their trawlers and holes in their nets.

Even though there may be problems down below, there are now new flags flying up top and a certain scout troop has been promised a free trip on a shrimp boat.

It's great to hear that Colonial Lake will undergo a renovation. It's still one of those places that seems special, even though it serves a simple existence.

The work will mean the public space will be closed for a year, but as we see the plans and hear about the upgrades, it seems worth it.

Even with the vibrant residential and nearby commercial life in that area of downtown Charleston, Colonial Lake is still one of the great places to take a walk, read a book, ride a bike or merely escape to that bench for the solitude we all should embrace from time to time.

As we head for the start of another football season, Berkeley High head coach Jeff Cruce reminds us of how proud and protective fans can be.

The athletic department purchased two new four-wheel utility vehicles to haul equipment back and forth from the practice fields. The units come with a very distinctive green and gold color scheme.

Almost as soon as the four-wheelers were delivered, Cruce was asked by a Berkeley alum if he could take the vehicles down the street for a couple of days. The vehicles ended up in a paint and body shop where some paint was gladly donated and applied.

Barely 48 hours later, the vehicles returned sporting a new Berkeley Blue paint job.

The booster said he couldn't sleep knowing Summerville colors would be constantly visible on those two units on the Berkeley football field.

That's a true blue fan for 'ya.

The folks in Moncks Corner have come to terms with the fact that their high school principal, Steven Steele, played his high school football in Summerville. That, apparently, is tolerable.

For at least one fan, though, certain lines had to be drawn.

There probably are a few of you out there shaking your heads right now and saying, "So, what's your point?"

No point, really, unless one of the new high schools adopts an armadillo as their mascot.

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