Waldo News

By Tom Seymour | Mar 14, 2020



The big news now, here and everywhere, is the coronavirus. Events are being shut down at an exponential pace and fear is palpable. Well, not for all. I am not afraid of catching the virus. And no, I cannot give any reason for my optimism.

What I do find concerning is the now-widespread panic that has engulfed our country.

Closing anything and everything will take a huge economic toll on everyone, rich, poor and middle-income. And that scares me more than the off-chance of contracting the virus.

My calendar for spring and summer events is pretty full. And yet, I wonder if these seminars will be canceled by those hosting them. Much of my income comes from these events and to lose them will not be easy to endure.

On the other hand, I teach foraging for wild, edible plants. And for those who don’t know much about this topic, now might be a good time to learn. So perhaps, at least for me, I’ll still keep busy.

As people flock to the stores to stock up on everything from canned tuna to peanut butter, it gives me a degree of comfort to know that whatever shakes out from this new plague won’t keep me from harvesting and eating wild, healthful foods.

Additionally, those who know how to fish can still go out and catch fresh, nutritious fish from our myriad lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

For me, all this is nothing new. Instead, it is how I typically get my “groceries.” And the wild stuff, being so much more healthful by virtue of not being treated with pesticides and God-knows-what-else, is worth far more than any store-bought items.

Essentially, though, we in Maine are fortunate. Many of us tend gardens, others raise livestock and so on. Besides that, cases of the virus so far are contained to southern Maine. For me, this just gives me another excuse to stay home and well away from “occupied territory,” as my friend Michael Dow of Kennebunk phrases it.

Town meeting

Waldo First Selectman Kathy Littlefield announces that the annual Waldo town meeting will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the Waldo Town Hall and Community Center.

While the business part begins at 9 a.m., residents are invited to an 8 a.m. breakfast meeting, with informal talk and discussion on a host of topics.

Also, town reports are available from the Waldo Town Hall as well as Weaver’s Variety on Route 137. And for those who want a report but can’t get out, Kathy Littlefield is willing to hand-deliver to those who request a report.

One final note: It is possible that given widespread concern and fear, that the town meeting may be postponed. We shall just have to wait and see.

Weekly quote

What did springtime whisper, O ye rivulets?

Waking from your trance so sad,

Pleased to welcome fisher lad, with his little nets. ― Norman Gale

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