With spring coming, were looking forward
to the arrival of Blys birds. When we first
bought our house here almost 40 years ago, we noticed the many
roomed birdhouses across the street. Becoming close friends
with Jack Cummins who maintained the houses, we were delighted
to learn about those nearly black, insect chaserspurple
martins, and Jacks diligence to keep them housed and happy.
We were so lucky to have shared our woodshop with Jack and to
have been able to help build new houses. However, with Jack
moving away, a couple of years of stormy springs, and a basic
change in the neighborhood, those birds disappeared. The houses
fell into a state of disrepair, and wed lost our swooping,
sailing, insect catching friends.
What a relief when we saw the very picturesque new houses go
up and Bly begin to encourage the return of the martins. Id
seen Bly working on his birdhouses at lunchtime when he worked
in the warehouse for Central Greene School District. His meticulous
attention to detail in constructing his houses to his plans
(I later learned those plans were almost a century old.) was
impressive to watch. Little did I know how good those houses
would look years afterward as they were raised on their poles
across the street from our home. With his almost daily observation,
care, and concern for the martins, they have begun to build
a new colony in our neighborhood. Last summer we watched as
several new families grew. With the blessings of the land owner,
First Federal Savings and Loan, Bly has supplied the martins
with their picturesque new homes, has improved the appearance
of our community, and has encouraged a positive bit of ecological
renewal to Dotysburg, and we surely thank him for
it. We really appreciate seeing martins back our neighborhood,
and First Federal and George Blystone have brought them home.
Submitted by Jerry Hardy on 12/27/2005
- When Bly approached us about doing a website for Jacobs Birdhouses
we were very excited. This was a project we felt close to. We,
like Jacobs Birdhouse, pride ourselves on quality.
Submitted by Jason Simmons - VP GreenePA Inc 11/25/05.