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A representative of Sarasota County'sEnergy Upgrade campaign will be at Home Depot, 4111 Cattlemen Road Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. to answer your questions about saving energy and money.
Take tricks and treats safely
The 16th annual Halloween Safewalktakes place 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, on Dearborn Street in Englewood (west of S.R.776 to Olde Englewood Road). Area businesses will pass out candy to kids. Plus, costume contests for two and four-legged creatures.
Commissioners extend time line for administrator selection
The popular farmhouse market opens its third season at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota. Stop by for fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and organic produce, as well as cut flowers and prepared foods.
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for October. (Yikes, are gas prices really up 15.9 percent over this time last year?) Get details on population, employment, top employers and more. And stay tuned for new reports here each month.
At the Lakeview Park Clean-Up, some residents were picking up some branches of a tree when a dangerous Water Moccasin slithered out and dashed into the water. It might be useful to know one when you see it, but the differences between the venomous Florida Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth) and the wholly harmless Water Snake can be subtle. Here are a few images and links that might help. First, here's a Water Moccasin
Another shot of a Water Moccasin (click for a huge image):
Here's the plain old harmless Florida Water Snake:
Another clue (thanks Ray):
When in water, Water Moccasins move on top of the water - almost as if they were gliding on the surface, like this:
Water Moccasins are to be met with extreme caution. "When a moccasin is nesting or has her young in their nest it will aggressively defend that area," says Ray. "Moccasins have aggressively attacked people."
Water Snakes tend to be partly submerged, partly out of the water, more like this: