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Waldo Town News

Here’s something to note on your calendars. The annual Waldo town meeting will take place at the Waldo Town Hall and Community Building on Saturday, March 30, at 9 a.m.

As always a coffee-time talk begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until the meeting begins.

Vernal equinox

The first day of spring, the vernal equinox, is only six days away. We’ll see equal hours of day and night, with ever-increasing daylight until June 21, the first day of summer, after which daylight hours will begin to decrease.

Perchin’ prediction

Open-water fishing in brooks and streams begins April 1. Lakes and ponds in the southern section, including the Midcoast region, remain open year-round. That’s the good news. Now the bad.

Something of great concern lurks over the horizon. A bill, LD 695, presented by Sen. Paul Davis, has gone to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for concurrence. If this bill becomes law, we might just as well discard half of our fishing tackle, because it will be illegal to use.

Specifically, LD 695 would ban the use of non-biodegradable hooks and the rubber or plastic portions of artificial lures. This all-encompassing bill would make it impossible to go fishing without somehow running afoul of this law.

The scary part of this, for me, is just that a Maine senator would even suggest such a thing. His bill would take many of our favorite lures out of play. And our precious and expensive collections of fishing tackle would be, of necessity, relegated to a back shelf, never to be used in Maine freshwater situations again. To learn more about this potentially destructive and economy-destroying bill, call the Office of Legislative Information at 287-1692.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to contact the commissioner of Inland Fishers & Wildlife to voice your concerns. Call the main office in Augusta, at 287-8000. And just remember that if this bill becomes law, there’s no telling what may come next.

Under the feeder

I saw a flock of grackles along East Waldo Road last week. Also, a mourning dove showed up at my feeding station. With all this, can all the rest be far behind?

Weekly quote

Before getting on with the weekly quote, I’ll do something I have not done before, which is to respond to a critic. A recent “Weekly Quote” quoted a line by Nazi monster, Joseph Goebbels. What the critic seems not to understand is that in order to avoid repeating the horrible events of the past, we must learn from them. And given the current efforts to distort and change history, we the people must never forget our and the world’s history, even if that history is horribly distasteful.

And now to this week’s quote, which I hope my critic can grasp: “When I get up in the morning I have two choices, either to be happy or to be unhappy and what do you think I do? I just choose to be happy and that’s all there is to it.” — Anon.