Hello Waldo!

I have a new email address for this column, shown above. Please use it to send me anything you’re doing/seeing locally! It should be easy to remember.

I hope you all enjoyed that 40-degree sunny day we had on Friday. I took the baby out for a long walk and enjoyed the spring-like air. While sunset is still around 4:30 p.m., last light is right around 5 p.m. and it is such a relief to be past the darkest part of the year.

We are seeing Carolina wrens in our window feeder for the first time. It is unusual to see them here in the winter as Maine is not in their winter habitat. We read that they will only winter this far north if there are problems with their normal habitat. I also read that some birds normally seen in Canada this time of year are being pushed south to places like Maine because of a low pine cone crop there this year. Are you seeing anything interesting at the feeder right now?

The town website only has phone numbers listed for most town officials. I’m going to look into adding people’s email addresses because I know many of us communicate over email most commonly these days and it should be easier to contact people. It would be great to see more town information flowing from Town Hall and officials and maybe this will help!

I have heard from some other younger folks in town who love Waldo and are interested in getting more involved. I hope there are ways we can do so. I for one am interested in serving on the select board at some point. As more younger people move to the area I wonder if someone might be able to jump in and help update/manage the website? It would be great to have a page that’s updated regularly with information from each selectmen’s or Planning Board meeting, as well as other important information; right now it is unclear how to get that.

Unfortunately with COVID-19 we can’t just pop into the Town Hall and chat with Sandra about what is going on the way we could have before, and it highlights the need for more information easily accessible online.

RSU 3 school food pantries

The YMCA in Belfast is collaborating with other local businesses to hold a food drive this month to support the Regional School Unit 3 school food pantries. The food drive will be held Jan. 18-23. Donations may be dropped off at the YMCA in Belfast or by appointment at Mount View in Thorndike (you can call 568-3255). Food will be delivered to the schools the week of Jan. 25. Food and monetary donations can also be made at Down East Federal Credit Union in Unity. Monetary donations should be made out to Mount View Food Pantry. All food items should be nonperishable.