‘The Wizard of Oz’ opens early to benefit Crossville, Tenn. boy with Sanfilippo syndrome

On January 30, the Cumberland County Playhouse (CCP), in Crossville, Tenn., opened its student-volunteer production of “The Wizard of Oz” one day early for a sold-out benefit to support four-year-old Rylan Hyder, who was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome.

The Cumberland County Playhouse opens "The Wizard of Oz" one day early on January 30, as a benefit for Rylan Hyder, 4.
The Cumberland County Playhouse opens “The Wizard of Oz” one day early on January 30, as a benefit for Rylan Hyder. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)

Mandy Dearman, assistant to the producing director and the volunteer coordinator at CCP, contacted Nicole Simmons, Hyder’s mother, about organizing this benefit. Simmons said, “We went to high school together, and she called me up one day. Rylan has a Facebook page, … and everybody has seen it on there and wanted to do something for him.”

“Everyone’s been very nice,” Simmons said, “and we’re very accepting of that. We appreciate it!”

Nicole Simmons, Rylan's mother, speaks with well wishers before the play begins. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Rylan’s mother Nicole Simmons (center) speaks with well wishers before the play begins. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)

Bryce McDonald is the associate producing director and public relations coordinator at CCP. While introducing the production, he said, “Being here tonight is such a beautiful show of community love, and it’s all for that little boy, so thank you all so much for that. We at the playhouse would like to thank our very own Mandy Dearman for bringing this to us. … We’d also like to thank Tams-Witmark. That’s a licensing house that owns ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and they allowed us to do this performance and to have a voucher system, so you could purchase a voucher to see the show. …”

Dorothy (Ellie Burnett) talks with Hickory (Lenny Lively), Hunk (Ransom Velker) and Zeke (Malachi Banegas) on the Gale farm. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Dorothy (Emery Smith) talks with Hickory (Lenny Lively), Hunk (Ransom Velker) and Zeke (Malachi Banegas) on the Gale farm. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)

CCP donated all of its ticket and concession sales from the evening to the Hyder family to help with their travel expenses to Columbus, Ohio, where Hyder will be evaluated for a clinical trial at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Many in the audience wore “Saving Rylan” shirts to show their support for the family. The back of the shirts read “’I can do all things through Christ.’ –Philippians 4:13” and “Finding a cure for Sanfilippo syndrome.”

On January 31, CCP shared a photo on Facebook of the Hyder family with “The Wizard of Oz” cast. The post stated that the event raised $6,000.

Good witch Glinda (Rachel Masters) and Munchkins greet Dorothy (Emery Smith) and Toto (Taylor Dearman) in Munchkinland. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Good witch Glinda (Rachel Masters) and Munchkins greet Dorothy (Emery Smith) and Toto (Taylor Dearman) in Munchkinland. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)

Doctors diagnosed Hyder with Mucopolysaccharidoses or MPS III-A – also known as Sanfilippo syndrome – on November 21. His body cannot produce the enzymes necessary to reprocess materials in cells and causes the cells to store biological materials that the body should be able to remove naturally. This build-up in the cells may lead to the degeneration of not only the heart, joints and bones, but also the respiratory and central nervous systems. Hyder is specifically missing the heparan N-sulfatase enzyme.

Simmons said, “[Prior to the diagnosis, Rylan] had been having some gastro issues, which is what I thought it was because his belly would get distended. Blood work showed increased liver enzymes, enlarged spleen and liver, so that’s why they continued with more testing because they had thought it might be a genetic disorder. …”

Rylan Hyder sits on his father’s lap (Jonathan Hyder) in the main theater as seats fill up for the sold-out benefit performance. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
The Cumberland County Playhouse presents "The Wizard of Oz" volunteer production. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
The Cumberland County Playhouse presents “The Wizard of Oz” volunteer production, which will be playing through February 21. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)

Simmons and her husband Jonathan Hyder will take Hyder to Nationwide Children’s Hospital this month for evaluations to prepare for a clinical trial.

Simmons said, “The clinical trial hasn’t made it through the last FCA approval, so, as of right now, there’s no set date when the clinical trial will start. … They’re hopefully proposing sometime this summer.”

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Hyder family will be working with neurosurgeon Dr. Kevin Flanigan, the clinical research coordinator of the trial; Dr. Kim McBride, a geneticist; and Dr. Haiyan Fu and Dr. Doug McCarty, researchers in gene therapy, at Nationwide.

“They have to get the medicine just so-so for humans,” said Simmons. “So, hopefully, there are no set backs. It’s a virus they will inject into the spinal column. What that virus is supposed to do is to give them the enzyme that they are missing to stop the accumulation of heparan sulfate on the brain. If everything goes OK, it should be like a one-time treatment type deal. That’s the whole plan.”

Since Hyder’s diagnosis, Simmons has researched the Sanfilippo syndrome and made connections with several support groups. She said, “The National MPS Society is a good support group. Our private Facebook page [for MPS] is a very good support group because the people who are on that Facebook page only have children with this disorder. … Nobody else can see what’s written on it. … That helps a lot.”

The Hyders have three sons: Gage, 7; Brayden, 6; and Rylan, 4. Simmons said, “[His brothers] are good with him. They’re still young. They don’t totally get it. We answer questions as questions come about. It’s kind of hard explaining that to a six-year-old and a seven-year-old, so we just take it as it comes.”

Donations can still be given to the Saving Rylan fund on GoFundMe.com. For those who wish to donate in Crossville, Progressive Savings Bank has a “Saving Rylan” account set up at 807 N. Main St.

(Graphic by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
(Graphic by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)

A Time 4 Paws brings no-kill philosophy to Cumberland Co., Tenn.

Animal shelters across the U.S. put down millions of animals annually because they have not found homes for these dogs and cats within a small window of time. While shelters have improved their save rate to a national average of 65 percent, no-kill adoption centers are forming in both urban and rural areas to improve this statistic to 99 percent. Staff members and volunteers with A Time 4 Paws, located in Crossville, Tenn., believe that through education they can change this community into one that embraces the no-kill philosophy.

In 2004, Karen McMeekin, founder of A Time 4 Paws, joined the local Humane Society as a board member when the county and city shelter’s were euthanizing 85 to 90 percent of their animals. McMeekin said, “What I started doing was making transports out of the county up north to facilities that would accept them. I transported in my truck and my horse trailer 30 to 40 to 50 animals at a time.”

McMeekin said, “When I was running the Humane Society [in Cumberland County] for three months, we were completely no-kill. We killed nothing. We saved 42 upper-respiratory cats and every animal that had Parvo in there. [Elizabeth Chaste] and I took 12-hour shifts laying on the floor with Parvo dogs, giving them medications that they needed to save every one of them.

McMeekin and Chaste met when they were board members for the Humane Society. They read “Redemption” by Nathan Winograd, the founder of the No-Kill Advocacy Center and strategically planned to implement this way of thinking in Cumberland County.

“[A Time 4 Paws] became a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2005. We then decided that we should learn other ways – rather than transporting animals north. We felt that we would be killing other animals up north by bringing ours there, so we educated ourselves on the no-kill philosophy.”

McMeekin visited Best Friends Animal Society in Utah and other organizations in Texas, Florida and Washington, D.C. to learn how to develop a no-kill community.

According to the No Kill Advocacy Center in Oakland, Calif., more than 23 million people adopt pets annually, and shelters kill approximately three million dogs and cats every year because they are not re-homed. McMeekin said, “The no-kill philosophy does not say there is an overpopulation. There’s a lack of effort.”

McMeekin said, “I could go on for hours about animals we have helped and people we have helped – not just animals – but the people.”

Fran Long agreed that she has benefited from adopting two dogs through A Time 4 Pets.

Long and her husband Jim adopted Zoe after Jim was diagnosed with cancer. She said that Jim and Zoe were inseparable. A year and a half after Jim passed away, Long decided to adopt another dog. She said, “I wasn’t able to take her to the dog park and walk her as much as we did before – and exercise and play. … I thought, She needs someone to play with to help occupy her time between me getting involved.

“[Zoe] took to Rosie right away, and they’ve been the best playmates. They watch out the front door and alert me to anything that goes on outside.”

Jason Kennedy has volunteered at A Time 4 Paws for four years. He said, “I believe in chances for animals. If I help out, the more chances they get.”

McMeekin continues to look for opportunities to promote the no-kill alternative to Cumberland County, Tenn. She said, “The ultimate goal would be is to not be needed. Wouldn’t that be fabulous? They just didn’t need A Time 4 Paws because everything was a no-kill, everyone took care of their animals, everyone fed them, didn’t tie them out to trees, didn’t use them as target practice, didn’t anti-freeze poison them. It would be fabulous, but until then we’ll keep on fighting.”

The A Time 4 Paws adoption center is located at 463 Old Jamestown Hwy. in Crossville. The thrift store is located at 1201 West Ave, and the pet hotel is located at 2149 E. 1st St.

McMeekin’s next goal is to open a pet sanctuary to provide more room for the animals in which to live and to engage with potential adopters. She said, “We need someone to donate 70-100 acres. Now that would be community cooperation!”

To contact A Time 4 Paws, call 931-456-6906 or email savetnpets@gmail.com. The organization also has a Facebook page.

For more information about the 11 steps for a no-kill community, click here.

Ranger anticipates spring completion of aviary for rehabilitated birds of prey

Four rehabilitated Tennessee native birds of prey reside at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, Tenn., and participate in public programs with Monica Johnson and Mark Houston, the park rangers who care for them.

However, barred owls McKenzie and Pigpen; Trillium, an eastern screech owl; and Henson, a red-tailed hawk, will take up residence in more natural habitats in the spring.

Johnson said that she expects that the park staff will move them to the new aviary located near the visitor center by the end of May.

Last autumn, more than 20 volunteers framed and added dividing walls to the aviary over two weekends.

Retired carpenter Ray Towers and his wife traveled from Red Bank, Tenn., with other family members to help with this project.

He said, “My wife and I came up for the summer. We wanted to ride the paddleboards. Never had. My wife saw [fundraising information for the aviary], and she says, ‘Let’s go up there and help them build that thing.’ I said O.K. and that’s what we did.

“One of my sons is [at the campground] with his sons and the scouts, and some of the scouts are coming up to help me in a little while.”

Johnson said that the park manager Chip Hillis has been pleased with anticipated draw of visitors to the park with the completion of the aviary. She added, “He’s been very excited about how it’s coming along – the look of it. He loves the look and the shape. The picture of the finished product – he’s all about.”

As the weather improves in the coming months, Johnson will schedule more workdays to complete the aviary. Volunteers may find this information posted on the park’s website. Those who wish to make donations towards the construction of this structure or to the up keep of the birds can mail donations to the Birds of Prey Program at Cumberland Mountain State Park, 24 Office Dr., Crossville, TN 38555.

For more information, call Ranger Monica Johnson at (931) 484-6138 or email her at monica.johnson@tn.gov.

Students and volunteers visit ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Cumberland County Playhouse

Weslie Webster is directing “The Wizard of Oz” with 69 children and adult cast members and five back-stage volunteers at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tenn. This musical will run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 21, and is one of the playhouse’s 50th-anniversary productions for 2015.

Webster said, “It’s a blessing – refreshing – the things [children] say. And I love teaching anyway, and they are sponges, so they just pick up everything that you give them. And they’re so full of life and joy, and they’re so quick to suspend their disbelief. They can make -believe anywhere, so it’s really nice to watch that process with them.”

Webster also serves as the Education Director for the Playhouse Triple Threat education program, which includes classes in theater, music and dance. Many of the children in this musical regularly take classes at the playhouse. She said, “[Lenny Lively, the Tin Man,] has been with us for a long time, and that’s really how he learned to tap.”

In an article posted last October on this blog, Webster said that children benefit from participating in fine arts activities in many positive ways. She encourages children with all levels of theater experience to join playhouse productions. Children do not have to enroll in classes at the playhouse to be cast.

Pleasant Hill Elementary (Crossville) student, Taylor Dearman, 8, who plays Toto, has been performing with the playhouse for seven years. She said, “I just like to move and get active and stuff.” To prepare for her role as Dorothy’s dog, she said, “I try to exercise a lot and move my knees because I’m crawling all over during the whole show.”

Another veteran of the playhouse’s community productions is Katey Dailey, a 17-year-old senior at Stone Memorial High School (Crossville). With more than 20 plays to her credit, she is one of two people cast to play the Wicked Witch of the West.

Dailey said, “Rehearsals are amazing. I love being mean. It’s fun. You know, all of the anger from your day – you can come here and … forget about everything for a couple of hours.”

Dailey plans to attend a liberal arts college to study theater arts. She said, “I guess everybody plans to be on Broadway, but … that’s really far away. But I just kind of take it day by day, and I really want to be successful. And I want to be happy with myself and what I’m doing. And I think that’s … how success comes: if you’re happy with yourself and what you’re doing. So I just want to do this. Nothing else.”

Webster said, “Just for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – because it’s the 50th anniversary season and the playhouse started mentoring to kids … we’ve made it all kids. And there are some roles that are perfect for adult volunteers, so it’s a complete student-volunteer production.”

In 1965, actors Paul and Mary Crabtree moved to rural Crossville, where Mary had family ties. City leaders asked Paul to direct a children’s play, to which community members responded with enthusiasm and requests for more productions. This support raised funds to build the playhouse, now in its 50th season. Their son Jim Crabtree serves as managing director.

The playhouse receives some financial support from sponsors, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. However, it earns 80 percent of its operating costs from ticket sales. At the national level, the majority of theaters cover 52 percent of their expenses from tickets.

Marta McPeters teaches life skills and community involvement in Fentress County

Marta McPeters, the family and consumer science teacher at Clarkrange High School (CHS) in Clarkrange, Tenn., helped her students organize a Christmas party for 34 children from the local Head Start school on Dec. 19, in the high school cafeteria during fourth period.

McPeters said, “We had about 34 kids come up with parents and/or grandparents – younger brothers and sisters, too – and visit with Santa to pick up their gifts and have some snacks.”

In November, McPeters set up an Angel Tree in the school lobby to collect gifts for this event. While CHS has less than 300 students, faculty, staff, students and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club donated gifts for 110 children of the two Fentress County Head Start programs and for children registered through the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA).

Throughout the school year, McPeters takes her students on mini field trips to give them opportunities to interact with Fentress County groups. She said that she usually takes students each semester to play with and read to Head Start children and to visit the county nursing home and senior citizen center.

Bethany Atkinson, a 16-year-old junior and member of FCCLA, said, [Mrs. McPeters] is wonderful. She helps out with everything. She does so much in the school and helps everyone out.”

This month, she made a trip with students from each of her 90-minute classes to the Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County nursing home and the Fentress County Senor Citizen’s Center in Jamestown, Tenn. The students delivered Christmas cards and snowflake ornaments while they spoke with nursing home residents and senior citizens.

McPeters’ FCCLA club also fund raises for several national organizations, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and Operation Christmas Child (OCC). FCCLA works in conjuction with the Future Business Leaders of America club to fill shoe boxes for the OCC campaign. She said, “We also do activities with breast cancer awareness and autism awareness, along with several other organizations and groups.

“We have our annual Pink Out activities at a home basketball game. The students sell Pink Out T-shirts, and we donate some of the money that night from the Pink Out shirts and from the Pass the Pink sheet for … the Relay for Life. We are working with some of the other faculty and staff and some other students to have a Relay for Life team this year.”

Senior Stevie Hall, 17, said, “Mrs. McPeters makes everything an opportunity, and everything – she makes it so much fun. If you’ve never been in FCCLA, it’s awesome to try and experience new things.”

To see the video with extended interviews, click here.

Children improve critical thinking skills in Crossville chess competition

The Cumberland County Chess Club hosted its 43rd annual Cumberland County Chess Championship on Saturday, December 12, at the community complex on Livingston Road in Crossville, Tenn.

The five-rounds of competition were open to residents of and people who work in Cumberland County, including people under the age of 18. Harry Sabine, the secretary/treasurer of the CCCC, said, “We have opted to not require [a U.S. Chess Federation membership] at this tournament because we’d like every human in the county to play. …”

Sabine, who is also one of the founders of the club and a national tournament director for the USCF, said that he believes children benefit from learning chess. He said, “I would maintain – as many players would – that chess is good for kids. It teaches them to think. As far as I’m concerned, it definitely helps in their studies and everything else.

“If you are into mind games at all, it’s the classic. In an hour, you can learn how the pieces move, but then, for a lifetime, you won’t necessarily learn how to play well. I mean there’s no limit to what you can learn.”

The club has had many young members in its 43-year history. Sabine said, “We’ve had kids even pre-kindergarten that play. … The age of the player has nothing to do with how good they are. We had a third grader that was ranked consistently in the top five in the United States in his age group, and he could play adults.”

Wendi Fischer wrote an article for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in which she identified several skills children improve when they play chess:

  • Thinking strategically
  • Weighing options before making decisions
  • Anticipating consequences
  • Developing self-confidence
  • Increasing academic performance

Kathy Obenberger volunteered to enter data into the computer for the tournament while her son competed. When her children became interested in chess three years ago, she began leading the Crossville Home School Chess Club.

Obenberger said, “I think it encourages people to take their time and think which is something that doesn’t happen much in our society anymore – texting, saying things and regretting having said them. With chess you have to think about it. … And if you make a mistake in life, it’s not the end of the world. Life goes on, and you just have to do your best to recover from it and not just give up. That’s my goal for them learning from chess – in addition to it’s a fun game.”

The top 10 players and winners in seven categories received plaques, and all other participants received medals. Two of the special category winners were high school students. This year’s top player, Bill Hall, received a plaque at the 5:30 p.m. awards ceremony and will have his name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the lobby of the Cumberland County Bank.

The CCCC meets for general play every Thursday at 7 p.m., at Dairy Queen at 760 North Main St. in the Woodmere Mall shopping center.

For more information about membership and local competitions, visit www.CumberlandCountyChess.org.

SMHS choir hosts 4th annual Christmas concert and pancake breakfast

The Stone Memorial High School choir and its booster club hosted a Christmas concert and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the school cafeteria on Dec. 6, to raise money for this music program’s expenses.

Choir Director Blake Saldaña said, “This is the fourth year we have hosted the pancake breakfast at SMHS.”

“We generally raise money to pay for music, choral festival fees, travel, uniforms, and our piano accompanist. We also have students that participate in regional and state honor choirs, which is also paid for by the money that we raise.

“Our group is traveling to New York City next summer to perform at Carnegie Hall, so we are also raising money to pay for the trip.”

The parent volunteers from the booster club collected money and served more than 200 plates of breakfast in less than an hour.

Journey Houston performed a solo of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and Cheyenne Graff followed with “Where Are You, Christmas?”

Tais LeBaron and Alung Tung sang solos in “I Saw Three Ships,” and Anna Kemmer and Jason Lambert sang in front of the choir during “O Holy Night.” The choir also performed “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” “Hush, My Babe,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel, Joy to the World,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are” and “Carol of the Bells.”

The choir’s trip to New York City in June 2015, will be a joint performance with the Festival Chorale of Fairfield Glade, Tenn. Brian Bacon will direct the group in “Gloria” and “Te Deum.”


Rugby visitors discover handmade and vintage gifts at annual Victorian Christmas affair

The village of Rugby, Tenn., on Highway 52, hosted its annual Thanksgiving Marketplace event on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, to welcome the Christmas season.

Historic Rugby and local vendors planned special sales and activities to draw in visitors for the holiday weekend.

In September, the village received very positive attention from an article about Dolly Parton in Southern Living magazine. She was quoted to say, “’[My husband and I] try to see all the little, out-of-the-way places [where] other people don’t go. … Just like our little Rugby. You know up around Knoxville? There’s a little town up there called Rugby. We find all the little Rugby’s all over Tennessee. All the little places that are just out of the way and have a little history.’”

Donna Heffner and Annie Patterson own the of Spirit of Red Hill Nature Art and Oddiments gift shop and the Alexander-Perrigo House, a bed and breakfast, in which the shop is located. Heffner said that she was very pleased with the turnout for this holiday event.

Heffner said, “We brought [the boarding house] back. We reconstructed it on the exact spot in the exact same way, so it looks identical to what was here. The shop part of it – this is my artwork. I am a nature wildlife artist. I’m an acrylic painter, and then my partner and I raise gourds, and we’re also gourd artists, so this table is our gourd work. Everything else in our shop basically is vintage. … We make things from vintage things, too, like our jewelry and things like that.”

In the Rugby Commissary, visitors browsed products, such as Victorian toys, pottery and jewelry, made by local and visiting artisans. Jessie Gully, manager of the Rugby Commissary, also planned needle felting classes, which allowed guests to make Victorian-style Christmas ornaments.

Several ladies in the community hosted two afternoon Victorian teas at the Newbury House, which is used as a bed and breakfast by Historic Rugby.

From the Rugby Visitor Center and Theater, interpreters led walking tours through the town and original buildings.

The Harrow Road Café served British dishes such as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and Welsh rarebit, along with standard American fare.

Thomas Hughes, British judge and author of “Tom Brown’s School Days,” founded Rugby in 1880 as a self-sustaining agricultural and cultural utopia on the Cumberland Plateau. This Victorian-era town did not continue the way Hughes imagined it due to several unexpected setbacks; however, in the 1960s, some local families established the Historic Rugby organization to restore the remaining buildings and Hughes’ legacy.

Crossville teacher uses problem-solving in visual art classes

Dale Torri-Safdie teaches visual art at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville, Tenn., as both a creative and an academic subject.

This video highlights the strategies Dale Torri-Safdie uses to teach her Art I students how to build clay animals.

Over the past two weeks, Torri-Safdie has been teaching her Art I students how to make clay animals. Students started by drawing the animals they wanted to sculpt and then breaking down their drawings into shapes. They learned how to use pinch pots, slabs and coils to build their animals and how to slip and score their pieces.

The biggest lesson of this project has been problem-solving. Torri-Safdie said, “It’s not just, ‘We’re all going to do this together, and you must follow the steps.’ They have to conceive of what their animal is and figure out what building technique will work for them to get the effects they want. So there’s more experimentation and problem-solving that they have to do.”

Torri-Safdie also incorporated geography, physics and mathematics into her art lesson. In her presentation to ready students for the project, she asked them to identify the location of an artist’s home country and to use the clay terms they had learned to speculate how artists prevented their works from being top-heavy. Just before students started to build their animals, she showed them a 25-pound block of clay and asked them to figure out how she should divide it to give each of them approximately three pounds.

Torri-Safdie said, “I always feel rewarded when I see them doing this because it’s really something to see a project that totally absorbs every student. Everyone – when they’re doing this – is pretty much on task and focused and just happy about the whole process.”

Ranger leads project for new aviary at Cumberland Mountain State Park

Park Ranger Monica Johnson lives and works at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, Tenn. In addition to maintaining the trails and protecting natural and cultural resources on site, she is responsible for programing and community events. For the past two years, she has been planning for an aviary to support the native Tennessee birds of prey that she has for her park programs.

Johnson is an East Tennessee representative of the Tennessee Park Rangers Association.

Those who wish to contribute to the aviary may contact Ranger Johnson at 931-484-6138 or monica.johnson@tn.gov. Checks may be written to Friends of Cumberland Mountain State Park and sent to Cumberland Mountain State Park, Attn: Bird of Prey Program, 24 Office Dr., Crossville, TN 38555.

On Nov. 8, Park Ranger Monica Johnson uses a nail gun to install dividing walls to the birds of prey aviary at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
On Nov. 8, Park Ranger Monica Johnson uses a nail gun to install dividing walls to the birds of prey aviary at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Red-tailed hawk Henson waits in temporary housing until he makes his home in the new aviary constructed behind the camp store at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Red-tailed hawk Henson waits in temporary housing until he makes his home in the new aviary constructed behind the camp store at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Members of Boy Scout trip 3076 help build and stack aviary doors on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Members of Boy Scout trip 3076 help build and stack aviary doors on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Boy Scout troop leader Chris Garner measures for doors to the aviary enclosures on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park.
Boy Scout troop leader Chris Garner measures for doors to the aviary enclosures on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)