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8 September 02, 2021 OPINIONS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ U5 The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. THE CREEK 1 y Cecil Lawson ‘ There’s a little unnamed . stream that runs out of the woods behind my house. A section of it forms some- I:.thing of a property boundary j~3vith the neighbor behind us ~:before it gently curves and :‘ flows onward toward the road- ' I’ way and then on to the Licking .‘ River. Before it gets there, it has ' I been channeled into a culvert L: than runs alongside I-64 until ’_ v itreaches the river at the Bath- Rowan County line, just besides . the interstate bridge there. , I’ve tried to find how it might have ran toward the river be- fore the interstate was built by looking at old maps, but I’ve never seen it worthy of being , recorded on any map. Over many decades I have i explored its headwaters in the woods. Before it forms a single stream that is near my family’s northernmost property bound- ary, it is fed by two branches, 'one of which curves to the Southwest, and the other to the " northwest. ‘ The southwest branch is the larger of the two and runs into thicker stands of trees, includ- ing what may possibly be a Na- tive American marker tree, in r,which a single limb of a very r large and old tree is growing at a 45 degree angle and pointing ~Vto the southeast The stream then continues on until it reach- . .es a patch of the woods that '00 .pronounHun”... 156,000.00’00900‘0400090 % stays wet for most of the year and is probably fed by local un- derground springs, a feature I have happened to notice along 'a gentle rise in the land along several different properties. ' ' The swampy area then forms corner of the woods with an- other neighbor. The northwest branch has taken me much longer to fully explore. I have found it to run diagonal across the length of most of the woods. It must gather an enormous amount of drainage during heavy rains, but its depth is less than a foot along most of its run. It finally comes to a head and then gen- tly disappears near a little grove of misshapen hickory trees that were made that way by a heavy storm long, long ago. I remember once getting lost in those woods one winter when I was a teenage, when the snow was several feet deep. I managed to locate the northwest branch and follow it back to a recognizable place. I wasn’t smart enough at the time to realize that, there be- ing snow on the ground, I could have relraced my own tracks, but I remain grateful to the stream for leading me in the right direction. While researching old deeds, I was unable to find out much about the little stream, so I’ve had to rely on my own observations over time. On another neighboring property, the creek is fed by another set of branches, but these are not natural. I think they were once ditches dug where now stands a younger set of woods, as it has an intricate set of right KNW BEST of these are fed by water chan- neled alongside two low berms which parallel the barbed wire fences within the woods, which makes me think the original property boundaries were sirn— ply deep ditches and piles of dirt cut into the ground. All of these are then channeled into a straight ditch which forms a property boundary between two other neighbors before it runs into the creek. Someone put a lot of work into that set of drainages. At this time its ex- act history remains unknown to me, but I’ll keep digging. During rainy times such as we’ve been having, the little creek has a tendency to over- run its culvert as it passes under Old Sand Road, caus ing brief, minor flooding of the roadway. Of course, by the time it reaches that spot, it is additionally fed by ditches along the road, so it‘s not a real surprise when that happens, given the amount it’s rained over the past decade. The bottom of the creek is filled with sand and tiny pieces of sandstone, and I’ve found little else in it over time. There are many, many other creeks around, but this is the one I know best I grew up with it, walked its bank, and contin- ue to do so. I think it still might have something to teach. News Outlook $ 99 RETIREMENT ARE YOU RETIRING OR HAVE YOU RETIRED? IS YOUR MONEY WORKING FOR YOU OR OTHER PEOPLE? DO YOU NEED AN INCOME WITHOUT TOUCHING THE PRINCIPLE? WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN COMPOUNDING INTEREST? BE THE BOSS OF YOUR RETIREMENT, PUT YOUR MONEY TO WORK FOR YOU! FOR A PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT: CALL JIM AT 606-683-2104 CELL: 859-948-4376 EMAIL: gatesiimmie@gahoo.com WHO YOU GONNA CALL??? INTEREST BUSTER!!! WHO YOU GONNA CALL??? INTEREST BUSTERII! WHO YOU GONNA CALL??? 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