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By Tom Seymour | Nov 29, 2019


The Thanksgiving storm did little to hamper attendance at the annual, free Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by First Congregational Church of Brooks at the Varney Building. I enjoyed my time there, having had good fellowship and good food, which is all anyone can ask.

Permanent Mud Season

With the onset of freezing weather, our muddy, rutted roads have become frozen in place, ruts, potholes and all. Unless a warm spell intervenes, area dirt roads will remain difficult to traverse. But that’s the nature of the beast and for now, there’s little we can do about it.

Pa’tridge prediction

Hunting seasons on grouse, pheasant, gray squirrel and hares remain open through December. I had plans for some late-season hunts, but high winds coupled with freezing temperatures have ruled that out, at least for the time being.

By month’s end, I predict that some small ponds will have sufficient ice cover to permit safe walking. This does not mean it will be safe to drive on the ice with motor vehicles, though. That requires far thicker ice than we’ll see in December.

Ice-fishers have a chance to participate in a statewide ice-fishing contest that lasts all winter and offers great prizes, among which is a copy of my book, “Getting Your Big Fish, Trolling in Maine.” Other prizes include not only durable goods but also cash.

To participate, mail your $10 entry fee to Wes Ashe at 54 Clover Lane, Brewer, ME, 04412. Wes is a fisheries biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Maine Ice Fishin’ Derby was conceived to help the family of the late Alex Cyr, a noted sportsman and good guy who died far too young. Funds from the derby go toward a college fund for Chase Cyr, Alex’s son, who was born in 2011. All species of fish are covered, from the smallest species to the largest.

Morale booster

I spent all of last week sanding, applying sheetrock compound and painting my living room. Before this the room was dark, but a coat of white paint on walls and ceiling completely changed it into a bright, cheery living space.

So now, with the gloomiest time of year upon us, weather-wise that is, it is important for us to get all the light we can. Light boosts morale and promotes good cheer. For me, the dark days of early winter have just become a little lighter. May the light shine equally as bright for you all.

Weekly quote

“In December keep yourself warm and sleep.” ― Old English saying


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