Morrill town news
by Mindy Rowlands
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Every time I see my Uncle Ashley he always comments on the fact that he enjoys reading my newspaper articles, but he never fails to say, “You’re a pretty girl, Mindy, but that photo in the newspaper doesn’t look anything like you.” Based on the number of times he has said this and the emphasis he places on it, I’m pretty certain he finds my headshot photo rather unattractive. So, I had my son take a new photo of me. I’m not sure that it’s much of an improvement, but hopefully Uncle Ashley likes it better than the other one. If not, I guess that if I can’t be pretty than it’s better to be witty, so hopefully he’ll still enjoy my column even if he doesn’t like my picture.
I had hoped that the colder and longer winter had decreased the tick population, but it appears that has not been the case. I have been finding small ticks just crawling around on the dog and one night I picked six of them off him. Needless to say, we have become very vigilant in doing nightly tick checks. Please make sure to check everyone in the household daily, but also remember that just because you don’t have any on you before bed doesn’t mean you won’t have one on you by morning. Those nasty things find ways to get in your home via anything that travels outside and in and if they are in your home they will find you. If you haven’t purchased one of the little plastic tick removers that they sell at all the pet stores and vets, then you should. I have read about all the supposed tricks for tick removal and I have tried them all, but none of them work except for the removers you get for your pets. They remove the entire tick and they won’t cause you to accidently squeeze the tick as you remove it.
I love to hike and the boys are forced to go along with me. I am always looking for new places to go that will be somewhat kid-friendly, where we can all enjoy a little trek. We have done a number of hikes within the Coastal Mountain Land Trust which covers areas in Lincolnville, Hope, Camden, Rockport, etc., but we only recently discovered that the Georges River Land Trust has a number of hiking trails that we are planning on checking out this summer. If you haven’t had a chance to hike the Canal Path in Searsmont, I highly recommend it. It is only a two mile hike with very little elevation change, but it follows the Georges River and is so beautiful. We picked the perfect time of the year to hike it as the water levels were down enough that the trail was dry, but were also early enough in the season that we didn’t have to contend with the blackflies.