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By Tom Seymour | Jan 10, 2020


Mid-January, the slowest time of year for many, is upon us. And yet we have a few news items that should interest readers.

First, and more on this in the next column, the annual Rena Whitney Scholarship Potluck Supper will happen at Waldo Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1, 4 to 6 p.m. So mark your calendar, since this stands as a chance to get out, meet neighbors, enjoy some wicked-good food and contribute to a worthy cause.

Perchin’ prediction

While I don’t usually promote fishing derbies because I feel they put too much pressure on the resource, this one sounds like something that deserves mention.

The 11th Annual Youth Ice-Fishing Derby will be held at Lake St. George State Park in Liberty on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for those 12 and older is $1.50. Under 12 and over 65 can register for free.

Most everything needed for a fun and warm day will be provided, including warming hut, lunch, hot cocoa and even ice-fishing equipment.

Under the feeder

The last holdouts, a pair of cardinals, have finally arrived at my feeder. The striking contrast between the fire-engine red of the male and the white snow cover makes for a memorable sight.

I can remember when cardinals were commonly known as “red” cardinals. That logical name is now frowned upon by the bird-watching fraternity, in favor of the official name, “northern” cardinal. It strikes me as comical, though, to call a bird “northern” when there is no southern counterpart. So just between the two of us, “red” cardinal still works for me.

Natural de-icer

If you run out of rock salt to melt ice on your walkway, you needn’t run right out to the store for more. Just shake some baking soda on the ice and snow and it will provide traction while melting the ice.

Thinking ahead, it might pay to save those half-used boxes of baking soda for this use. Wait until you have a good supply and then mix the soda with fine sand.

Weekly quote

“Then came old January, wrapped well in weeds to keep the cold away.” — Spenser


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