My apologies for a lack of a column last week. I took my first, real vacation in many years and was deep in the North Maine Woods when it came time to write and send in a column. I was in such a rush to head north that I even forgot to notify The Journal.

Speaking of the North Woods, the difference in climate between here and there is remarkable. As of the end of last week, most leaves were off the trees, with only a few stragglers remaining. So it seemed out-of-place to return home and find the autumn leaves still on the trees in all their glory.

First there is no heat pump, then there is

I had an interesting incident this week regarding rebates from Efficiency Maine for a heat pump to be installed at my new house. I learned that a previous owner had installed a heat pump but had taken it out upon leaving. Who takes heat pumps with them anyway? But on to the story. What I didn’t know is if a residence, not an individual, had already received a rebate from Efficiency Maine, the residence cannot obtain another rebate.

I was certain that the previous owner had gone for the rebate, but the company that was to install the new heat pumped checked with Efficiency Maine not once, but twice, and was assured that no one had ever gotten a rebate for my residence. The installation date was set for Nov. 4 and I was overjoyed.

But the other day, the company wrote me and said that Efficiency Maine had recanted and that someone had indeed taken the rebate for this residence. The contractor, though, swears that he was told, two times, that most assuredly, no rebate was ever given. Of course, Efficiency Maine has the last word in this, and so I don’t get my rebate and thus cannot get a heat pump.

Easy come, easy go, I guess. But I am annoyed that Efficiency Maine denies ever telling the contractor, two times no less, that I was eligible for the $2,000 rebate. That’s government for you, I suppose.

History note

This from the Oct. 22, 1903, issue of The Republican Journal: “Eighteen towns in Waldo County have taken advantage of the State road law and have improved their highways greatly. The law became operative in 1901. Frankfort had a piece of road along the river front that overflowed at the highest tides. In 1902 and 1903 this section was raised 2 ½ feet above highwater, using 250 tons of crushed stone and 350 cubic yards of gravel.”

Weekly quote

Old saying: “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.” That goes for heat pumps, too.