Our lovely Orange correspondent (Orange is her city of residence, not her color) writes, "...One of the egrets on the original 1880s Plaza fountain, now installed next to the library, was stolen Tuesday (6/22)! ...Security cameras captured the shadowy image of three young men detaching it from the fountain base and running off into the nearby neighborhood. Scrap metal hounds? College prank? We don't know. However, if you see anything or hear anything... please alert the Orange Police Dept."
This is pretty sad. By all accounts, crime and delinquency has been on the rise in Downtown Orange over the past couple years. Maybe it's time for a few more police patrols in Old Towne.
The photo above shows the fountain at its original home in Plaza Park in the 1920s. The image below is a close-up of the egrets. Today, the egrets are painted white all over, rather than the more realistic paint job of yore. (Egrets? I've had a few. But then again,... Too few to mention.)