The only news I have to report is that it was very cold this past week. Coincidentally, the price of home heating oil rose 10 cents. This betokens hard times for working folks.

History note

From The Republican Journal, 1899, no author noted: “Some years ago our farm was a great stopping place for rats and they used to come out and eat in the trough after the hogs had eaten; so we sent for Marion Staples, who was a good shot. About noon two old rats and twelve young rats came out to eat, and Marion drew a bead on the lot and fired, and after the smoke cleared away there were no dead or wounded rats as expected. Marion set out to swear, but didn’t.”

Marsh River

The North Branch of Marsh River below the Route 1 bridge in Frankfort is opening up. I’m told this ranks as an earlier-than-usual opening. This is a good thing, since it means less chance of ice buildup after spring rains and snowmelt come down the stream and also, less chance of flooding.

Under the feeder

The early morning cooing of mourning doves is now as regular as the sunrise. Spring is on its way for certain.

I had a report of Canada geese returning to Frankfort Marsh this past week. Soon, a host of waterfowl will make their way back to their historical nesting habitat here and in other places along the Maine coast.

Something else that will soon return, my “Perchin’ Prediction” will run in about three weeks. General law fishing season opens on April 1. As always, I hope to get out and follow some favorite books and streams and hopefully, catch a few trout.

Weekly quote

“Use every man according to his desert and who should ’scape whipping?” — Wm. Shakespeare