Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 29, 2014

Too cold for black squirrels?

By Ben Morris, MA
RPA Daily News

---- — Some readers may not know, but Menorah is the Hebrew word for the seven-branched candlestick that became the primary symbol of Judaism.

Although its meaning has been lost to antiquity, the Menorah symbolizes the Jewish people as the “light” of God.

Today, it is used to symbolize the Jewish state of Israel. It stands before the Parliament building in Jerusalem.

On the way home from Church Sunday, I saw a black squirrel run across the road and up a tree.

I wasn’t aware black squirrels were in Indiana. The only black squirrels I have seen were in the Ghost River area in Ontario, northeast of where I go fishing, and in Washington, D.C., around the White House.

I had assumed the black squirrels, much like the fox squirrels, were all sound asleep inside some hollow den tree.

Any thoughts, readers?

Ben Morris, MA, RPA, writes an archaeological column for the Daily News. He can be reached at 812-932-0298 or at