Friday, February 10, 2012
After Gator-Aid, Inman Park tries something new.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Friday, February 10, 2012
Inman Park resident Eleanor "Mother Goose" Matthews led the charge recently to save Lucy, a domesticated goose from attack by Canada Geese coming to the lake in Springvale Park. Those efforts at keeping the Canada Geese away, via a floating replica alligator, did not achieve the desired result. Undeterred, Matthews shared "Plan B" with her Inman Park neighbors on the community's listserv and with East Atlanta Patch: Yes, the Canada Goose Couple is still at Lucy's Pond but let me tell you that I have received a lot of e-mail from the Patch story that has enlightened me. First, that you cannot expect to put a domestic bird (i.e. Lucy) in a pond where there are wild birds (i.e. geese from the north). The domestic bird would have to have its …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The tale of Eleanor Matthews, a plastic alligator and Lucy, the beloved goose of Springvale Park.
Editor's note: At Patch, we're all about what's local. As part of that, we have a regular feature, along with our sister website, Huffington Post, called the "Greatest Person of the Day." These stories and vignettes serve to highlight those in our communities doing things — some big, some small — that leave our corner of the world just a little bit brighter. Today we highlight Eleanor Matthews, affectionately known as "Mother Goose." Once upon a time, in a neighborhood not so far away, there lived a goose named Lucy. Actually, Lucy still calls Inman Park home and resides in the lake there in Springvale Park. And this once-grim tale has somewhat of a happy ending. How Lucy got there and how she managed to survive a couple of rough bumps is …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Inman Park neighbors join forces to protect a beloved goose named Lucy.
If there's one thing you can say about Inman Park residents, it's that they take care of one another. And that goes for their fine-feathered friends, too. Lucy, a beloved goose who's called Springvale Park home for the last couple of years, is a neighborhood favorite. But last year, a flock of Canada Geese took up temporary residence in the lake at Springvale Park attacked poor Lucy — an Embden Goose — and drove her out of the park. So some residents, led by Eleanor Matthews — herself a Canadian — took up the cause to nurse Lucy back to health and giver her some muscle for protection. Hence: the floating plastic alligator head, which they launched Sunday afternoon. The hope is that the gator head will scare off the Canada Geese.