Waldo News

By Tom Seymour | Oct 12, 2019



My hunting/fishing trip to the Moosehead Region was a huge success, both in fish and game taken and time off from my home office. I don’t go on standard vacations like most people but, rather, take three or four days here and there to enjoy the state of Maine.

Taxes due

A wise man once said, “If you think you own your property, try not paying your taxes.” He was so right. To that end, tax bills were sent out and by now everyone in town has their assessment. I got my bill on Oct. 9 and see that if it isn’t paid by Nov. 10, the town will charge 9% interest. That seems a pretty short window of opportunity for hard-working taxpayers to come up with the money and 9% seems an outrageous sum. But that’s government for you, cold and calculating.

However, from a tax collector’s point of view, people should know beforehand how much the town will demand of them and have the money set aside for that purpose. So yes, there are two ways of looking at it.

Pa’tridge prediction

Grouse are scarce this year. But we must remember that the population is cyclical and next season, numbers could be thrice that of this year. Wild turkey, on the other hand, are plentiful and the bag limit of four birds for the fall season seems very liberal.

Where’s Waldo?

The old, “Where’s Waldo” question rose its by-now unwelcome head last week while sitting around the table in a hunting lodge enjoying adult beverages. Someone asked me where I was from and as soon as the words left my mouth I knew I’d made a mistake.

The whole crowd, as if on cue, hollered, “Where’s Waldo?” At that point it was no use to point out that Waldo lies between Brooks and Belfast.

Along those same lines, about half of the people whom I tell that I hail from Waldo insist upon believing I am from Waldoboro. It’s a tedious job to explain the difference and only about half of those who get set straight remember correctly. The rest continue to say, “Waldoboro.”

Gas prices vary

Last week, gas prices in Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft and Greenville were $2.37 per gallon. That’s considerably less than average prices in Waldo County. It amazes me how things have changed in a few short years.

Not that long ago, prices in Piscataquis County were far higher than in Waldo County and drivers heading north made it a point to fill up ahead of their trip. Now we monitor our gas tanks to make sure we have at least enough to get to the land of cheaper prices without running out of gas. Go figure.

Weekly quote

“Paying taxes is voluntary.” — Sen. Harry Reid

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