Waldo News

By Tom Seymour | Oct 20, 2019

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Telemarketers and fraudsters have kept me amused these last few days. First, some person with a foreign accent called, wanting to speak to, “Seymour Thomas.” I played along with him, telling him Mr. Thomas was not home, but I could speak for him.

This was my foot in the door to explain that Mr. Thomas was not interested in what he was selling and not to call back, after which I blocked the phone number.

Next, a company trying to sell me something I didn’t want or need sent me a scam letter addressed to me at, “194 East Wedlow Road, Belfast, Maine.” How anyone could turn “Waldo” to “Wedlow,” is beyond me. Besides that, I live in Waldo, not Belfast. But that’s crooks for you, long on lies and short on facts.

Power out

Last week’s Nor’easter saw Waldo residents waking up to a power outage. This was especially disconcerting for me, since my freezer brims with hard-won vegetables and seafood that I froze for winter use. So it was time for my generator to go online.

But the generator developed some problems and upon inspection, the carburetor was not only loose, but broken. The last person who worked on it apparently left some things undone. So I went to bed worrying about my frozen food and glum at the prospect at having to buy a new generator. Then a funny sound awoke me. It was the refrigerator coming to life. Now, hopefully, I’ll have time to install a new carburetor on my old generator before the next power outage.

We here in Waldo usually stand at the end of the line in getting power restored after an outage, so it was a pleasant surprise when this last outage lasted only one day.

Pa’tridge prediction

An afternoon spent pa’tridge hunting on Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area with Allen Gallant of Waldo proved fruitless. It was as if the place was bereft of game. And though there were others out hunting, we never heard a shot. We decided that the cold, late spring was responsible for spring-hatched chicks succumbing to adverse conditions. But as always, enough old birds remain to hatch out more chicks for next year.

Even so, it was a joy to get out and enjoy the sights and smells of autumn.

‘Wild Critters of Maine’

My new book, “Wild Critters of Maine,” is slated for publication sometime in late fall or early winter, according to my publisher. The book details my interactions with the wild creatures around me. The text is accompanied by photographs by ace nature photographer, Dave Small.

I’ll keep readers informed as to this book’s progress.

 

 

 

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