Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Watch for cars when using noisy leaf blowers

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Accidents, and particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen – they are caused.

– Ernest Greenwood

Autumn brings us weekend festivals, cooler days, pretty trees and one of the most dangerous occupational hazards I can image: leaf blowing.

Most leaves used to be raked, but today all sorts of young men can be seen using leaf blowers to complete the task. It’s a loud job, and most wear some sort of ear mufflers.

Maybe that’s why they don’t seem to hear you when you drive up behind them … just as they step back into the road to redirect their targets.

I’ll admit, I have never heard of anyone getting hit by a car while doing this, but I do know what it would look like.

One of the first news stories I covered right out of college involved the death of a man mowing his lawn next to a busy highway.

Police said the loud roar of his lawnmower probably meant he never heard the sound of the car that happened to run off the road behind him, then over the top of him.

So, please be careful.

YOUR MAIL: Greg Brooks, of Evans, is enjoying the fall colors in Memphis. Darrell and Mary Usry and Georgia Reese are having a great time in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Veronica O’Conner and friend Joan are relaxing
on a cruise of the Carib­bean.

RIVERWALKING: Columbus, Ga., on the western border of our state has a Riverwalk much like Augusta. On Satur­day, a 45-foot chuck of it collapsed.

Experts blame recent work trying to convert a part of the Chattahoochee River – much narrower than our Savannah – into a whitewater rafting course.

TAKING STEPS: University of South Carolina Aiken will hold a 5K Skedaddle Run-Walk event starting at 9 a.m. Satur­day at its Pacer Path.

The annual event benefits the Children’s Miracle Network. Check-in will start at 8 a.m.

SPEAKING OF CHARITABLE ENDEAVORS: It was nice to see so many familiar faces at Saturday’s walk for Alz­hei­mer’s downtown.

A decade ago, most people had never heard of this disease.

A decade from now, we might have a cure.

Efforts such as this weekend’s and the thousand who took part will help.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from Jim Hope in Sylvania.

A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation frequencies.

It was his first time approaching a field at night. In­stead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: “Guess who?”

The controller switched the field lights off and replied: “Guess where!”

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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 11/08/11 - 06:13 am
Goodness I can't stand leaf

Goodness I can't stand leaf blowers! I don't know who invented that infernal contraption but I'd like to strangle him! The same goes for whoever thought about putting those subscription thingys that fall out of magazines when you open them.

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