Waldo News

By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 12, 2017

By Tom Seymour

November 10, 2017

194 East Waldo Road

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-974

tomgseymour@gmail.com

Waldo Town News

Voter turnout was fairly heavy during last week’s election. When I went to vote in early afternoon, 75 Waldo residents had already voted. It seemed unusual to have that many people voting during an off-season election, but the hot-button referendum questions had everything to do with it.

Next, while Waldo has already endured a week-long power outage, chances of a similar situation seem quite good. Trees remain in precarious positions, poised to take down more power lines. Much more work remains for power crews before the ever-present danger of power outages sees any significant decline.

During the last outage, I saw crews from out of state and Canada working to restore power but didn’t see any Central Maine Power trucks. Were it not for this out-of-state assistance, we would probably remain in the dark. So a big thank-you to all who came to Maine to help restore our power.

My worry now is that with an unusually cold weather pattern in place, more power outages could have tragic consequences for those without woodstoves or non-electric propane heaters. Old people, especially, are at risk of freezing to death. Let’s hope this never happens, but we do need to be aware that this is a terrible time of year for power outages.

Under the Feeder

For those who read The Maine Sportsman magazine, my January Maine Wildlife column will feature chickadees, both the black-capped variety and the boreal type.

Next, I saw a flock of blackbirds last week. This seemed quite late for these birds to congregate ahead of their annual southward migration. Probably the above-average temperatures of September and October held them up.

Perchin’ Prediction

I caught some brilliantly colored brook trout in Megunticook River last week. I also caught something else. A tick crawled up my leg and bit me on the soft tissue where the leg bends, beneath the knee.

The bite itches and remains swollen, cause for concern. So let this serve as a warning. Tick season has not ended. The danger of a tick bite will remain at least until snow flies.

Weekly Quote

“If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck,

There’ll be nothing after, but sludge and muck.” – Old English saying

 

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