COURTESY PHOTOCitizens of Forest Grove beware! Strange things are afoot in your seemingly peaceful town. Recently, 86-year-old Bob Trumper found a four-headed corn plant in his front-yard garden on Ballad Place near the Department of Forestry building. These are so rare that last month in Pennsylvania, a similar four-headed corn plant made national news.

Then last week, City Engineer Derek Robbins found a two-inch Pine Sawyer beetle in Public Works Director Rob Foster's office. According to a reliable source (the Internet), this is the largest species of beetle in western North America and can reach nearly three inches in length (counting antennae). Although it is not rare in Oregon, the Pine Sawyer beetle usually occurs in mountain forests, which makes it rare for Forest Grove -- and extremely rare for a public works director’s office.

So keep your eyes open. Beware other unusual signs. If you spot Mayor Pete Truax, a die-hard Huskies fan, in an Oregon Ducks T-shirt, can the apocalypse be far behind?

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