I am still chipping away at putting my gardens to bed for the winter, tucking in the roses, planting the garlic, wondering if there is still time to throw in a few more bulbs. These warm days are deceptive, I think I may have missed the bulb window. The sheep continue to graze, leaving most of their hay untouched. Not to be caught out by mother nature, I did get my studs put on.

Town Office

Town Office will be closed Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 24-28. Next Select Board meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Help a teacher!

Learn to sub! Did you know that schools all over the country and right here in Waldo County are desperate for substitute teachers? Do you have time to help out our schools and earn $105 a day? There is an upcoming substitute teacher training course running on two Wednesday evenings, Dec. 1 and 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Regional School Unit 3. Please register online, at rsu3.maineadulted.org, or call 568-3426.

Interested in nursing?

RSU 3 has a high school biology class starting on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. It is an online class with a one-hour live online meeting each week with the instructor. It runs for 15 weeks and there is no charge. This is for those who are interested in pursuing a medical career — particularly nursing — and have never taken high school biology, or it might not have been completed recently enough to fulfill admission requirements.

Maine history nugget

As Maine’s deer season for firearms wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 27, I thought it might be interesting to look back on past Maine deer harvests of over 150 years ago. In the 1850s it was reported that “our forests were overrun … with deer and moose … venison brought high prices in New York and other cities … and nearly every man and boy who could wear snowshoes made a business of hunting. They finally glutted the market, so that tons upon tons were sold in Bangor for 2 cents per pound, and many carcasses were left in the woods to rot. The wolves were plenty at that time and they would kill deer for fun when the snow was very deep.” It was believed that by 1864, “the wolves starved after the deep snow of ’64 when whites and Indians killed every deer they could in Penobscot and Aroostook counties for hides.” However, “Laws were passed in 1883 prohibiting deer hunting with dogs, setting bag limits and creating the Fish and Game Department and the warden service.” However, “The illegal trade in Maine venison was long apparent to anyone visiting the Boston markets. In December 1894 the small schooner Montecello departed Addison with ninety deer carcasses and failed to arrive at Boston. Rumors of a schooner selling venison along the coast led the consignor to the authorities. When the Montecello finally did arrive the venison had vanished, her captain explaining that heavy weather had forced him to jettison cargo.” (p. 224, A Day’s Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920 Part I, by W.H. Bunting)

May all your venison be legal and happy Thanksgiving! Hope your day will be filled with loving family and your tables be laden with delectable delights.