By Tom Seymour


The Waldo Peirce Reading Room Library on Main Street in Frankfort has resumed its regular hours: Monday, 5-7 p.m.; Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 9-11 a.m.; with the addition of Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.  The library will offer summer programming for children to include the Tails and Tales program, Arts and Crafts Hour, Storytime, take-home activities, and summer reading prizes.
Waldo Community Action Partners will be at our library twice weekly beginning July 6 and running through the summer until Aug. 27 to provide take-home breakfasts and lunches for children 18 and under.  On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, three days of meals, and on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m., four days of meals may be picked up.
The book club has resumed as well and meets on a monthly basis for discussion. We look forward to adding new members.
For more information on any of these programs or how to get your free library card, please visit or contact the library and reading room at or 223-4438. You can also find us on Facebook.

Super storm

June went out with a bang in Frankfort. An afternoon storm brought severe lightning, bone-jarring thunder, torrential rain and heavy winds. This was only the second time in my life to witness such brute

Storm damage in Frankfort June 30. By Tom Seymour

force in nature. The first time I was out on a wilderness lake in my boat, but that’s another story for another time.

Parts of town lost power for about one hour. Also, a limb from a huge willow tree just past my house fell across the road, but some passersby were able to wrestle it to the side of the road. The main road in town wasn’t so lucky. A huge section of a maple tree split off and landed on the highway, blocking traffic.

As it turned out, I had just dropped a book in the return slot at the library and it was only a short while later that the tree broke. Things are back to normal now, but it was a memorable storm and one that no one wants to see repeated any time soon.

In the garden

Veggies are beginning to put on steady growth now and I have little cukes, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini squash and tomatoes on the vines.

Under the feeder

Not one, but two pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks frequent my feeder. It’s uncommon enough for me to spy just one of these handsome birds, but to have two pairs come around regularly is more than I could have hoped for.

Also, two pairs of cardinals visit my feeder, another plus.

Perchin’ prediction

I plan on fishing the Penobscot River for striped bass with my pal Andy Collar of Waterville. We’ll see how we do.

Tom Seymour, right, plays “Yankee Doodle” while seated on the float of Frankfort Congregational Church, of which he is pastor, in the town’s parade July 5. Carolyn Zachary

History note

Bangor Daily News, May 7, 1901: “Senator Albert Pierce of Frankfort, told a commercial reporter that business was never more brisk at the plant of the Mt. Waldo Granite Co., than at the  present time. There are about 400 men employed and they are busily engaged on shaping stone for the Chicago post office and the Portsmouth dry dock.”

Weekly quote

“In July shear your rye.” — Old English saying