We begin this week’s column with some municipal news.

Municipal nomination papers are available from the Frankfort Town Office for the following offices: selectman, overseer of the poor and assessor, for a three-year term; road commissioner, a one-year term; Planning Board member, a five-year term; Planning Board member, a three-year term.

A minimum of 25 signatures is needed for nomination. Nomination papers are due to the Town Clerk by 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Dog licenses are due by Jan. 31. You must have a certificate of rabies vaccination in order to license your dog. Fees for spayed/neutered animals are $6 and $11 for unaltered dogs. A $25 late fee will be imposed on outstanding licenses beginning Feb. 1.

Burns night

I plan on hosting a Burns Night celebration at my new home in Frankfort. This will be a small gathering of a few, socially distanced friends. Small though it will be, we’ll still celebrate in the traditional way with real Scottish haggis, bashed neeps (mashed rutabagas), kale, oatcakes and Scottish shortbread. And yes, I will have wee dram on hand for a toast to the immortal memory.

Good stargazing

One thing I notice that differs from my old home in Waldo is that in Waldo, as often as not, high, thin clouds from the bay would cover what would otherwise be clear skies. Frankfort, at least where I live, does not have that problem. Now my only excuse not to go out at night with my telescope is that it is cold outside. Brace up, Tom, and get out there.

Weekly quote

Here’s some weather folklore that might come in handy:

Evening red and morning gray

Sends the traveler on his way.

Evening gray and morning red

Brings down rain upon his head.