As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now we have dangerous wild animals taking over our recreational areas!

And attacking us when we confront them!

Consider the case of Dan Fontenot.

He was playing on the LSU Golf Course with Fred Enright and Buster Schilling when, at the No. 6 tee, he encountered a snapping turtle sunning himself.

Says Dan, “Being a humanitarian, I thought I would put it in a nearby pond.

“So I threw a towel over it, and reached for what I thought was its tail.

“It turned out to be its head, and it bit me through the towel. It latched on to my ring finger, and wouldn’t let go.”

Dan finally freed himself from the turtle and bound up his wound, which was bleeding profusely.

A dedicated golfer, he went on to complete the nine holes, finishing with a 41.

He says the moral to his story is “When dealing with snapping turtles, it’s important to know heads from tails.”

Where there’s smoke …

Shooter Mullins says, “When your correspondents start writing about cooking, I feel kinda left out.

“I try to keep my own cooking to a minimum, as the smoke alarm scares the hell out of my old dog.”

Wearing of the cheese

“N.K. the Baton Rouge Cheesehead” says he’s a living example of just how considerate fans of the Green Bay Packers can be:

“After my Packers beat our Saints in the opening game, I didn’t bike around with my cheesehead on my bicycle helmet the day after the game.

“Wouldn’t have been polite.”

Or safe. …

No micro-managing here

Paul Vincent Sr. says, “Since computers, I no longer have regular phone contact with my boss, and usually just get email on occasion.

“I had not received any during the past 10 days, so I sent him a note asking him if he is still in the game.

“His answer was, ‘I am still in the game, but not in on every play.’

“Now that is my kind of CEO.”

Tractors on parade

As a fan of the Krewe of Yazoo lawnmower marchers in the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, I’m delighted to see another piece of equipment in a parade.

A major event at the St. Elizabeth Church Harvest Festival, Oct. 9 in Paincourtville, will be the Second annual Tractor Parade.

Diane LeBlanc says, “Farmers from our community proudly show off the tools of their trade” in honor of sugar cane farming.

There will be food, games, auctions and entertainment. The festival starts at 9:30 a.m.

Call (985) 369-6518.

Death notice

“Today I had to say goodbye to an old friend of 50 years,” says Carol Knight.

“She was pretty, quiet, well-behaved, hard-working and so dependable!

“She was a Sears Kenmore dryer, a Christmas gift.

“Don’t make ’em like they used to! I shall miss her.”

Worthy causes

The Silver Sun jewelry and gift store will donate 15 percent of jewelry sale proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for breast cancer research, during a two-week “Pearls of Hope” event in October.

There will be a “Pearls of Hope Soirée” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 13 with educational material, special offers, wine, refreshments and gifts.

Call (225) 215-2345, or visit http://www.facebook.com/thesilversun.

Special People Dept.

• Mable R. Moses celebrated her 90th birthday Tuesday.

• Carl and Shirley Himel celebrate 55 years of marriage Wednesday.

Thought for the Day

From Doug Johnson of Watson: “Is it just me, or do others smell a rat when they see an asterisk by the word ‘free’ in an advertisement?”

Weather report

This one from Marsha R. is so bad I think she must have gotten it from Pat Shingleton:

“They call it ‘Indian Summer’ because in the morning you have Apache fog.”

The hole truth

Ann W. Piazza says, “Sitting in the drop-off line at school my son, Gus Piazza III, asked me what the circles on the back of the car in front of us meant.

“I began to explain to him that different cars have different emblems, and that particular car was an Audi.

“He looked at me very seriously and asked, ‘Well, do they have an inney?’

“I didn’t even try to explain …”