The annual Waldo town meeting takes place Saturday, March 30, at the Waldo Town Hall and Community Building at 9 a.m.

Waldo First Selectman Kathy Littlefield announces that Town Reports are available from the Town Office and also from Weaver’s Store. Kathy also said that she will deliver reports to any Waldo residents who are unable to get out and get their own.

And as always, residents are encouraged to arrive early for coffee and informal conversation, beginning at 8 a.m.

Dirt roads

The town graded three dirt roads last week. This year’s mud season was and is a severe one and the grading, although early, was badly needed. The bill for the three roads was $7,000.

Despite this huge expense, East Waldo Road resident Deb Burwell says that on the afternoon of the grading, she was alarmed at hearing a loud exhaust and looked out on the newly graded road and saw a “Jeep-type” vehicle with huge, high tires, repeatedly slamming into a particularly muddy section of road and churning up the mud, creating even worse conditions than what existed prior to the grading. Unfortunately, Deb was unable to take the license number, something that would help police locate the perpetrator.

When incidents such as these occur, the idea of paving our dirt roads makes even more sense. At $7,000 a pop to grade our roads, the town could in fact save money if our roads were paved. It’s something to consider, to say the least.

Under the feeder

I saw a turkey vulture on March 17, a sure sign of spring. Robins, grackles and mourning doves are much in evidence as well. But we have more than just birds to tell us that spring has sprung. The pungent aroma of striped skunk has greeted Waldo residents on still evenings as of late. Also, I saw a huge raccoon several evenings ago, so we can be sure that despite the occasional backsliding in the form of snow, spring is here and there’s no denying it.

Perchin’ prediction

Only three days until open-water fishing in brooks and streams begins. I have never missed an opening day of trout season and hopefully, this year will be no exception. A few years were dicey, though, and some saw me going out in blizzards. I even fished on opening day 1987, the year of the great flood.

However, with each passing year, more and more trout streams have begun sporting “No Trespassing” signs. Also, people are building houses next to stream crossings, thus putting places that many of us have fished since childhood, out of bounds. It’s a sign of the times.

The town of Waldo that so many of us knew, along with the Waldo County we knew, are changing quickly. No longer do landowners permit access to their land for sporting purposes. A new breed of landowners has taken over and these folks, as former fisheries biologist Dennis McNeish once said,  “…do not like to see others having fun.”

So this opening day my fishing buddy Tony Wieman and I plan to head out, far from Waldo County, in hopes of locating some unposted streams. It’s a sad commentary on what has happened to our home waters here in Waldo County that anglers should need to travel afar just to find a brook to fish.

Weekly quote

MacLean’s River is the title of these verses, but I am unaware of the author.

Does the old river still flow and does life still run through it…

Does the old river still wash away sins as we knew it…

Are rainbows still made overhead… enticing trout from their bed…

Can you still hear the whispering rocks if you listen…

Can you still go there…and learn about God while you’re fishin’…