My wife, Jennie, was driving home recently after spending an afternoon working up at St. Francis Catholic Church in Fulton. Just off the road, she spotted the carcass of a deer that apparently been struck by a vehicle and killed.

She spotted what she thought was a turkey vulture next to the carcass. [Have you noticed how many turkey vultures seem to have taken up residence around our area?]

She slowed her van because this particular bird didn't look like other turkey vultures.

As she stopped the van, the bird stood taller, and she gasped. It was a bald eagle! Can you imagine how cool that was?

There have been reports of a nesting pair of eagles in the area. Maybe this was one of them.

So, here we have the ultimate symbol of our nation right in our own back yard.

The annual Highland Day celebration is just around the corner. As of this writing, there will be over 80 exhibitors spread out over the crossroads intersection of Routes 216 and 108 in Highland.

The festivities start off with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. There's a kids area, food, beverages, etc.

I'll be there, knocking about. Maybe we'll run into each other.

Another event happening the same day as Highland Day is the open house at the Clarksville facility of the University Of Maryland College Of Agriculture and Natural Resources at 4240 Folly Quarter Road.

Admission is free, and there is sure to be lots of fun for kids of all ages. You can call 301-596-9330 for more information.