Waldo News

By Carolyn Zachary | Feb 03, 2018

By Tom Seymour

Feb. 2, 2018

194 East Waldo Road

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-974

tomgseymour@gmail.com

Waldo News

No news is good news, so “they” say. Well I have good news. There is no town news to report.

February Blues

The string of back-to-back snows has taken a toll upon Waldo residents. A persistent lack of sun accounts for what is variously known as “the blues” and “cabin fever.” All it takes to relieve these symptoms is a few above-freezing days accompanied by bright sunshine.

Now, in early February, we have gained more than an hour of daylight, a good and positive note. In only a few weeks, I’ll begin the countdown of days until spring, an exercise that helps Mainers endure the long winter.

On another positive note, gravel driveways, despite potholes and such, are smooth as glass now, thanks to ice and snow filling in the holes and the snowplow blade smoothing everything over. This will change come spring thaw but for now, going is smooth, at least on private drives. Town roads still have problems with all those ruts created during the last thaw, now frozen in place. But this too will pass and some time next spring, the grader will erase the lumps, bumps and ruts.

Under the Feeder

Birds continue to feed heavily at backyard feeding stations. My suet feeders see a continuous line of juncos, chickadees, titmouses, jays and cardinals.

Perchin’ Prediction

Fishing will pick up this coming week. Much of our luck or lack of luck, has to do with local weather systems. When high pressure moves in behind a storm front, fish feel the pressure difference on their sensory organs, known as lateral lines. This pressure change puts them off their feed.

After a few days of this, fish acclimate themselves to the change and begin feeding in earnest.

Weekly Quote - Waldo Beginnings

This excerpt comes from Williamson’s The History of Belfast Maine, Volume 1: “The annexation of a portion of Belfast to Waldo Plantation, or of Waldo to Belfast, was for many years a favorite project with the people at the northern section of the town. In 1827, Robert B. Cochran and others petitioned the legislature to constitute a part of Belfast, including the Head of the Tide and the whole of Waldo, into a separate town.

“Belfast remonstrated, and the petitioners had leave to withdraw…it was revived in 1845. Belfast appointed Alfred Johnson, N.M. Lowney, Hiram O. Alden, James P. White, Charles Moore, Salathiel Nickerson, and Edwin C. Kimball to investigate the matter. It is believed that these gentlemen advised the erection of Waldo into a town by itself, which was done by the Legislature of that year.”

 

 

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