Fraternal Order of Eagles
Big Walnut F.O.E. #3261
1623 Brice Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
(614) 861-9073
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Boy Scout Troop #279
Boy Scout Troop #279 meets at the Big Walnut F.O.E. each week. We are proud to help out local scout troop with our place to meet!

  • Troop Meetings every Monday night 7-8:30 pm
  • Crew Meetings 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 7-8 pm

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"The most decorated dog in the world" Labrador's feats of skill, bravery still celebrated

Allen Parton came back from his stint in the Royal Navy during the Gulf War in a wheelchair. He couldn't walk or speak. He lost 50 percent of his memory and it was difficult for him to create new memories. But in the late 1990s, he was paired up with a beautiful yellow Lab he named Endal.

Endal had a painful joint condition that almost eliminated him from service dog work but Endal's superior problem solving abilities earned him a place.

During their 10 years together, Endall learned hundreds of signs to tell him to get Parton's hat, razor, or get something from the supermarket shelves. But that was before Endal taught Parton to talk by celebrating every time Parton made a grunt. Endal knew how to operate an ATM, put the card in (either chip or reader), the only dog known to have accomplished this.

Endal's most celebrated moment was when "Allen was knocked out of his wheelchair by a passing car outside a hotel. Endal pulled Allen into the recovery position, retrieved his mobile phone from beneath the car, retrieved a blanket from the upturned wheelchair and covered him, alert barked at a nearby hotel for assistance with no result, and then ran to the hotel to obtain help," according to Wikipedia. In 2009, suffering from debilitating arthritis, Endal taught a new Lab puppy his skills. Endal suffered a stroke and was euthanized that year.
Some sweet news for improving memory Good news older adults!

If you are doing a complicated task and want to do your best, put a spoonful of sugar in your coffee. Or eat something with sugar.

It has been long understood that the brain relies on glucose for performance, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This new study from the University of Warwick in the UK confirms this finding and shows that older adults specifically get a boost of effort and engagement in a task after they have sugar.

Researchers suggest this engagement results in improved memory, according to New Atlas. This finding links with other studies that show doing difficult thinking tasks is essential for maintaining cognitive health as we age. Researchers do not recommend sugar in dietary guidelines for seniors, especially those who should not have it. But, for healthy older adults, sugar can provide a short-term boost on a difficult task.

Cut the pie, Doris, I'm going to do the taxes.
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Where will the robins go this winter?

Every April someone will say breathlessly that they saw their first robin: A hopeful sign that winter is ending and soon (but never soon enough) spring will be here.
But, now, in September when the leaves are beginning to fall and winter is knocking on the door, you might wonder, "Where will the American Robin go and what will they do in the deep freeze of winter?"
The answer might surprise you.
The robins in your yard might join together and flock to the south.
Or they might stay right where they are.
According to journeynorth.org, robins don't so much migrate as they do wander. They tend to go south in search of food, but not necessarily. In the winter, when robins can't get insects and worms, they eat fruits, but not seeds. If your neighborhood has lots of crabapple, hawthorne or late blooming fruit trees, the robins might stay, as long as there is food.
They don't really have to worry about the cold because their feathers keep them warm. When the thermometer drops below zero, robins puff up their feathers. On the outside they might feel cold, but inside they are a toasty 104 degrees. Even the robin's feet stay warm with their fast circulation that spreads warm blood quickly down to the tendons that control the feet.
When temperatures reach about 36 degrees, male robins especially begin flying toward their breeding territories.
That's when the robins actually herald spring because once they are in their breeding areas, they start to sing.
So if you see a robin in winter, don't worry. But if you hear a robin in the spring, smile. You've got some residents who are settling in for the first of their nesting cycles -- up to about four a year.