Waldo News

By Carolyn Zachary | Mar 02, 2018

Waldo Town News

By Tom Seymour

March 8, 2018

194 East Waldo Road

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-974

tomgseymour@gmail.com

The town has spread crushed rock and gravel on dirt roads where mud season, with its ruts, potholes and sinkholes, has already arrived. This has taken roads from the “impassable” category and made them at least passable.

Early spring

And speaking of ruts and potholes, drivers have already encountered frost heaves on tarred roads. These perennial hazards have formed early this year. To me, it’s a sure sign of an early spring.

Sure, we may have another snowstorm or two, but it appears that the climate has turned a corner and to justify that statement, I point to some signs from nature. Coltsfoot, a dandelion relative and the first wildflower to bloom, already has blossomed, adding a brilliant yellow to an otherwise drab landscape.

Several days ago a friend spotted a turkey vulture riding the thermals in Hampden. Turkey vultures follow the retreating snowpack north and this marks the earliest sighting ever, at least to my knowledge, of a vulture in this region. And in other early-bird news, a friend spied a large flock of robins.

Next, striped skunks are out in full force, another obvious, and pungent, sign of returning spring.

Also, lakes and ponds are beginning to show some open water around their edges.

Insect pests have awakened too. Ticks are out and about and those walking in grassy or brushy areas need to take precautions.

And finally, a weeping pussy willow in front of my house has developed catkins. This was evident during the last week of February. With all these signs from nature, it seems a sure bet that the groundhog was wrong and we will enjoy an early spring.

Mail woes

Since the post office has taken action to set aright the ongoing problem of missing and misdelivered mail, thanks to Sen. Collins’ office responding to my complaints, I’ve heard more horror stories from around town.

Several more Waldo residents have contacted me with tales of losing their mail and getting no satisfaction from the post office. These people have also told me that when they need to send something important through the mail they must drive to the post office rather than relying on a very imperfect rural mail delivery system. All this, I’m told, will soon be a thing of the past.

If Waldo residents still have problems, I am willing to take their complaints and forward them to Sen. Collins’ office. But first take note of the exact circumstance. That is, if you receive someone else’s mail, I’ll need the day of delivery and also, how many letters or mailers were misdelivered. Working together, we’ll get to the bottom of this and, hopefully, we will once again find cause to trust rural mail delivery with our precious mail.

Next, RSU 3 Adult and Community Education will host a trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show. Unfortunately, the notice arrived too late and registrations have ended. Those attending should have an enjoyable time, since this is New England’s biggest flower and garden show.

Perchin’ prediction

It’s that in-between time now when ice conditions are deteriorating and open-water fishing hasn’t yet opened. I did manage to catch a rainbow trout from a river that is open to year-round fishing, a prelude to what is to come.

Weekly quote

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens

 

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