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Scholarship supper

Greg Coleman announces that the Rena Whitney Scholarship Supper will be held at the Waldo Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. This year’s supper has an Italian theme, with menu items including manicotti, spaghetti, an Alfredo dish, lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and hot and cold drinks. Donations are accepted.

Perchin’ prediction

I didn’t get out last week because it was just a bit too cold for my taste. My prediction for this week doesn’t offer much hope either. Fishing should be a bit slow. But then again, fishing was always an unpredictable activity and things can turn on a dime. So if you have a chance to get out, don’t hesitate.

SWOAM meeting

I was a featured speaker at the Small Woodlot Owners Of Maine (SWOAM) annual meeting held last Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center. I got to meet new friends as well as many longtime friends.

My program was well-received and everything went fine. All the same, I couldn’t wait to get out of Augusta and head back home to Waldo. Things in Augusta, including traffic, are just too busy and hectic for me.

In the garden – sort of

Last summer may be long past, but the fruits of the season remain. I get immense satisfaction from using the herbs and vegetables that I put up last year. Also, my freezer still has several kinds of wild mushrooms, a great treat when temperatures plummet and Nor’easters batter us with high winds and snow.

Also, let me remind readers to check the status of their winter squash. If any of your squash show even the tiniest trace of rot, either use the unaffected part immediately or throw it out. And if your squash has begun to lose some of its inherent sweetness, you can stop that in its tracks by parboiling and freezing your remaining squash.

Weekly quote

Here’s wisdom from my late grandpa, Tom White: “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you read.”