Frankfort’s annual election, also known as “voting day,” occurs on Thursday, March 25, at the Frankfort Congregational Church vestry, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available at the Town Office.

The annual town meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 26, at the Wagner School in Winterport, beginning at 7 p.m.

History note

Maine, in years past, had its share of narrow-gauge railways. Some were public and some were privately owned, such as the one described in a Republican Journal article from 1898: “The Mt. Waldo Road runs from the quarries to the wharf from where the granite is shipped. It is one-and one-quarter of a mile in length, and is narrow gauge, the track being three feet wide. The winding engine is at the top of the line and operates the cable drum. The drum is large enough to roll 10,000 feet of cable but only 5,800 feet are used on the road at present.”

Friday afternoon, March 12, saw lights go out in parts of Frankfort. Soon after, town fire trucks and emergency vehicles sped down Loggin Road. The cause, I was told, was a house fire. About three hours later, the trucks returned to the station and soon thereafter, power was restored. This occurred while I was beginning to write this column, so news is yet unavailable. Hopefully, damage was limited and no one was injured.

Taste of spring

Last Friday’s temperatures in Frankfort soared to 56 degrees, a true taste of spring. Where only days before rivers and streams were locked in ice, Friday saw free-running water, a real spirit-lifter. With all this, can true spring be far away?

Asian lady beetles, those nasty imported ladybugs, have awakened and are attempting to get out of my house and, I expect, other houses too. Good riddance to them, I say. Unlike our domestic ladybugs, these critters bite.

Weekly quote

I have always liked this quote from William Shakespeare, but unfortunately, we won’t see daffodils here in Frankfort for another month: “Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, And take the winds of March with beauty.”