Sister City Introduces Millbank to New Feathered Friends
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Written by Howard Dale Jr.   
Saturday, 07 May 2016 07:36

MILLBANK – Sheridan, Wisconsin has been a sister city to Millbank since 2013, and so far, the sibling relationship has been similar to that you would find in other families – long periods of indifference, punctuated by oubursts of fervent affection, which are in turn punctuated by fierce rivalry and irritation. “If we were an only child city, we’d probably be spoiled rotten, and have mother city issues, so we’re thankful to have Sheridan in our city family,” says city councilman Gary Shanks.

In honor of this past Earth Day, Sheridan sent Millbank a pair of Eastern Black-banded Snapwings, small, crested seed-eating birds endemic to that region. “They’re real cute,” says city councilwoman Mandy Mills. “And when they flap their wings, it makes a little popping sound, like snapping your fingers. It’s sweet.”

Ms. Mills isn’t the only one to catch “snapwing fever”. Over the past two weeks, over a dozen local residents have visited the new arrivals. City officials have also begun a contest to name the feathered pair. The most popular entries thus far are “Mr. and Mrs. Sofa Guy”, “Lunch and Dinner”, and “Dave” for both birds.snapwing

However, some residents have voiced concern about the new additions to the local fauna. Eloise Van Vlinden, local duck enthusiast, has been petitioning outside the Super Grocery Mart. “How can we be expected to care for these foreign invaders when we struggle to provide enough habitat for our own native ducks?” She is in favor of building a wall to keep snapwings and any other exotic species out of the town.

Millbank officials, in consultation with the local ornithological society, have done some research about how to make the new avian residents feel at home. “Most birds don’t tend to stick around Millbank,” says local birdwatcher, Sergio Iturribide. “They fly away to Chesterburgh Point as fast as their little wings can carry them.” To that end, the ornithological society has created a habitat stocked with nesting materials and food behind the public library. “They are picky eaters, it turns out, so we’ve tried a little bit of everything. Butterscotch pudding is a favorite,” says Iturribide.

“True Millbankians all the way,” comments Mills. In return, the Millbank City Council has decided to give their own gift to Sheridan – a new sofa from Mr. Sofa Guy’s Sofa Kingdom Warehouse Emporium. “We thought they would appreciate something in a nice plaid.”

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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 07:45

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