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From the Publisher's Desk – Fairies creating shenanigans (Sept. 2, 2015 issue)

Erwin must be overrun with fairies. I haven’t seen them personally, but I have seen their handy work in three locations and that is enough to convince me.
Last week I got an email from my friend Carol Riggs, giving me a heads up about two sightings she had seen of their work in town. I later found out that my sister, Shannon Blevins, had the same in her yard. I am sure some of you reading this have been a victim of the fairies’ mischief as well and I just haven’t heard about it. First, let me say, don’t panic. We have to stay calm.
I grabbed the camera and cautiously headed to the location pictured here. Sure enough, I saw it for myself. These fairies had planted mushrooms in a perfect circle. Obviously this must be their food of choice.
Now before Erwin empties out let me tell you “the rest of the story.” Carol did include in her email that this is known as a “fairy circle” or “fairy ring.” I went online to my good friend “Google.” How did I make it before Google came into my life?
Well that lead me to Wikipedia where I learned that it is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. The rings may grow to over 33 feet in diameter, and they become stable over time as the fungus grows and seeks food underground. They are found mainly in forested areas, but also appear in grasslands or rangelands.
There are about 60 mushroom species which can grow in the fairy ring pattern. The best known is the edible Scotch bonnet, commonly known as the fairy ring champion.
One of the largest rings ever found is near Belfort in France. Formed by Infundibulicybe geotropa, (whatever that is) that ring is thought to be about 2,000 feet in diameter and over 700 years old.
I was surprised at the large size of the mushrooms I saw locally and the fact that they could shoot up in such a perfect circle with none growing in the middle or off to the sides. Nature fascinates me. For all that we have learned, there is still so much unknown. It reminds me of the greatness of God and how much higher his ways are above ours.
It astounds me as well on how man has discovered what is edible and what is not. At least we don’t have to do that at this point in time. There are so many mushrooms and various types are deadly if consumed. Someone before us had to learn that research hard way.
Many turn away from dishes with mushrooms. I suppose it is their slimy appearance when cooked or the ugliness when growing. I enjoy them myself when safely purchased in a grocery store. Anyway, help me keep a look out for actual fairies. I’m not sure I believe Wikipedia. It still seems a bit strange to me. Let’s keep this research local for now.