It wasn’t all bad
Al Larson is the bluebirds’ best friend. Since 1978, the 96-year-old former sawmill worker has built and maintained some 350 nest boxes across southern Idaho for western and mountain bluebirds, helping the species rebound from near-extinction. He started nest building to keep himself busy in retirement, and now checks in on the rustic abodes every nine days, banding any residents. This year, he’s banded more than 900 bluebirds. “I got carried away,” Larson said. “I kept adding more boxes, and these birds responded.”
Drennan and Anthony
Just hours after British tourist John Drennan proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Anthony, in New York City’s Central Park, disaster struck. The pair were walking through Times Square when the diamond-and-platinum engagement ring slipped off Anthony’s finger and down a sidewalk grate. Sympathetic cops tried to help the lovebirds recover the sparkler, but the heartbroken couple eventually gave up, and left without giving police their names. Officers recovered the ring the next morning and launched a social media campaign to identify the pair, who were back in the U.K. when they discovered the ring had been rescued. It’s now being shipped across the Atlantic. “We’re absolutely ecstatic,” Drennan said.
Bob Wilson traveled from Los Angeles to Northern California with two suitcases full of $1,000 checks. The 89-year-old businessman was horrified when he read how wildfire had ravaged the town of Paradise and left 90 percent of its high school students homeless. Determined to help, he spent hours writing checks for each of the school’s 980 students and 105 teachers, administrators, custodians, and bus drivers. Wilson then trekked 500 miles north to the city of Chico, near Paradise, where he handed out the $1.1 million worth of checks in person. “Good intentions are just good intentions,” he said, “unless you act on them.” ■