Bright and Brief
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Those croaks, gobbles, birdcalls and yelps people hear when they call the state Game and Fish Department are not from disgruntled bureaucrats.
It’s the department’s answer to ″elevator music″ for telephone callers who are put on hold. For the past month, the agency has played recordings of Arizona wildlife while people wait for their call to go through.
The response has been favorable, said department spokesman Wes Keyes. ″They think it’s a lot better than listening to music,″ he said.
BOSTON (AP) - Three garbagemen braved maggots, rotting chicken bones and an unholy stink to help a woman who didn’t have cash that she could just toss in the trash.
The three workers on Friday searched through a week’s worth of trash piled five feet deep in a trash bin to find $110 in money orders which Elissa Donland, a secretary, accidentally threw away while cleaning her apartment.
″I don’t have that kind of money to throw away,″ Ms. Donlan said.
She climbed into the trash bin and spent 30 minutes looking for the money orders without success, then asked the three workers for the Howard Disposal Service, who had come to collect the trash, for help.
″I knew that was the last thing these poor guys wanted to do - but I couldn’t bear to go in there again by myself,″ Ms. Donlan said.
″She looked distressed, and we thought it would be the right thing to do,″ said Ronald Mattera, one of the three garbagemen. ″The thing was loaded with maggots, and it stunk to the heavens, but I told her not to worry about it, we’re used to the trash.″
Into the bin went Alphonso Fralucciardi, who tossed bags around while Mattera and Joseph LoConte watched for the money orders, which turned up after 20 minutes.
″I was so happy, I nearly kissed them,″ said Ms. Donlan.
″It kind of made my weekend to do something nice,″ said LoConte. ″We get bad-mouthed so often, but we try to help people out. We’re not all mean and nasty.″
Said Mattera, ″I told her, ‘Now if anyone talks bad about rubbish men, you tell them what we did for you.’ ″
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The bride wore a white swimsuit with a Mickey Mouse emblem. The bridegroom wore swim trunks, a checked, red and white bow tie and a skullcap. The rabbi officiated from the stern of a boat.
Tammie Singer and Philip Rosenbloom were joined in matrimony while whipping across Island Lake on water skies.
″We’re a crazy family,″ said the 24-year-old bride before Friday’s ceremony. ″We love to water ski. We’ve been practicing for days holding hands and kissing″ while on water skis.
She admitted the ceremony was untraditional for a Jewish wedding. ″It’s not kosher,″ she said.
Rabbi Merle Singer, the bride’s uncle, explained that Friday marked the exchange of wedding vows, while the religious ceremony will be Sunday.
″Do you, Phil, take Tammie to be your wife in rough waters or smooth, always with your safety vest on?″ the rabbi said he asked the groom in administering the vows.
The couple skied close enough together to hold hands and kiss in front of a cheering crowd seated in lawn chairs onshore. The rabbi then cut the rope connecting the couple to the boat.
″I now pronounce you to be cut free from your parents,″ the rabbi joked to the couple as they swam toward shore.