The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 7, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Astrological event falls with Daylight Savings Time

"Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when listening to the music of the wind and the silence of the stars?"

Possibly turning back our clocks this past Sunday could have been the biggest astrological event of this week.

Only problem is that Daylight Savings Time has little to do with the movement of the stars, or the sun, or even the moon.

The tradition of adjusting the time on our clocks is firmly grounded in our agrarian heritage. However, there is a pretty big "heavenly" event happening tonight with the planet Venus. The waning moon will be 5 degrees north of the ecliptic, while Venus is situated 4 degrees south of it.

This will be Venus' farthest-south declination in the past 80 years or more. The bulge of the crescent moon is pointing sunward now, and both it and Venus are particularly brilliant. In fact, last evening as we strolled out of the woods from hunting, Venus was so bright that it appeared to be a low-flying airplane approaching with its landing lights switched onto high beam.

n Another dumb crook story

Timothy James Mott, 34, of Columbia Cross Roads, has been charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, three summary counts of possessing loaded firearms in a vehicle, a summary count of unlawful use of lights and numerous traffic violations following a crash early on Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, this "jack-lighting joker" injured two Bradford County-based Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officers as he tried to speed away from his crime. Spotlighting deer is illegal in our state between 11 p.m. and sunrise. Mott was seen spotlighting around 2:30 a.m. and the WCOs were called in to investigate. They gave a short chase and then set up a road block.

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