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Stuffed animals nailed to poles a curious sight

September 13, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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A pair of stuffed bears hang from nails on a utility pole across from the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse in East Butler. Motorists have noticed that East Butler Road has been populated by a number of continually alternating plush toys. Workers from St. Vincent de Paul suspect the animals are coming from the warehouse dumpster.

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SUMMIT TWP — Some find them creepy, some say they're cool, others find them cheerful.

But everyone wants to know the story behind the stuffed animals appearing attached to utility poles along East Butler Road.

Individual stuffed animals are mostly nailed to the poles along a stretch of the road between Ervin Industries and Anna Marie's Winery & Cafe near the railroad tracks in East Butler.

Strangely, stuffed animals are even removed and replaced by others, according to area residents.

Started with teddy bear

Karen Hilliard lives in Rustic Ridge mobile home park on East Butler Road.

“I see them every day when I go to work and when I come home,” Hilliard said. “Sometimes, there are different ones when I come home than there were in the morning.”

She said whoever is placing the plethora of plush toys started off small.

“The first thing I noticed was a teddy bear along the road,” Hilliard said. “I thought the garbage man dropped it.”

The next day, the same stuffed toy was tacked to a utility pole.

She said stuffed gorillas, frogs, Raggedy Ann dolls and others have been appearing on the poles along the road since then.

“At first, it was not little animals,” Hilliard said. “They were, like, large ones.”

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.