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Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
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The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
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A huge truck load of peanut butter is headed to Oklahoma tornado victims. Friday afternoon, 31,680 jars of it were loaded onto a truck at Lineage Logistics in Albany. The 22 pallets of peanut butterMore >>
Friday afternoon, 31,680 jars of it were loaded onto a truck at Lineage Logistics in Albany.More >>
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Summer at Wild Adventures in Valdosta kicks off this weekend. The park has a lot planned for the celebration, including free admission for military and first responders. Starting this weekend WildMore >>
The park has a lot planned for the celebration, including free admission for military and first responders.
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A Valdosta High School senior drove off from school today with a brand new car. An academic program, geared at keeping high schoolers on track, put the 18-year-old in the drawing. And Friday morning onlyMore >>
An academic program, geared at keeping high schoolers on track, put the 18-year-old in the drawing. And Friday morning only his key unlocked the car.
Cook County, GA-- Long before compact disk players and earphones, some people like to listen to loud sounds with unusual rhythms.
A gentle turn of a metal wheel creates music for Frank Lynch. “Most folks have never really seen these,” he says. Much less listened to an old popper engine for very long.
He has 12 of what you could call music machines, and he's working on more. “From pure rust to running in bad shape,” he described hie pieces. His oldest dates back to 1902, and he wasn’t even born when his hit-and-miss engines were popular. “They are about twice as old as me,” he laughs.
Back in the early 30's before electricity made its way throughout the country, a lot of washing machines were powered by very small gasoline engines. “Maytag washing machines came with two-cycle engines,” Frank said.
The engines powered a variety of machines besides washers. One cuts trees, a forerunner of the chain saw. Another one powered a John Deere cement mixer, using a chain to transfer power from the engine to the mixer. It still runs like brand new, even with a piece of bailing wire for a spark plug wire.
The old engine collector often finds them at tractor shows, but Frank finds it harder and harder to keep them running. “There are very few parts you can buy for them.” His mechanical talent makes an old part at least functional. “Lots of time you work on your own parts weld them up or grind them back.”
He takes time to appreciate his engines, sitting and listening to one he brought back from the junk heap. “There’s something called pipe music. Listen to the exhaust of the engines.” Something he loves to do.
The engines have distinctive sounds. A Novo engine, that needs to have the oil turned on, sounds much like a sneeze when it runs. A John Deere sounds as if it’s on its last legs, only to keep running somehow.
The simple engines were simple for a practical reason. “To have something you could work on and use,” says Frank, and listen to. Proving music is in the ears of the beholder.