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By Tom Seymour | Jun 27, 2020


A big news story now concerns a dust cloud, originating in the Sahara Desert, crossing the Atlantic and descending upon the American Southland. Soon, they say, the dust may reach the Northeast.

Anyone who lives or travels on a dirt road nowadays can say with a certainty to bring it on, since it can’t get much worse than it already is.

Dry weather has made our dirt roads into dust bowls. Had calcium, “road salt,” been applied in a timely manner, the many tons of dust that now cover motor vehicles, homes and most everything else would not have escaped. It would be interesting to learn just how many tons of taxpayer-funded gravel dissipates into fine dust and goes blowing in the wind.

One thing about this is that it is easy to see whose vehicles have recently traveled on dirt roads, since they are covered with a thick layer of dust.

Hopefully, someone will buy my house and I’ll not have to deal with dirt roads any more. It’s odd, too, since as a youngster, I considered it a great thing to live on a dirt road. It was to be set apart from the common herd. Now, it seems plain that that youthful notion was misguided. Live and learn.

Town meeting

The annual town meeting will be held Saturday, July 11, at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall. Participants will maintain 6 feet of space around them, whether seated or standing, and all are encouraged to wear masks. We will not be having our breakfast meeting this year.

Town reports are still available at the Town Office. If you can’t get out to get one, call 342-5348 and a copy will be delivered to you.

In the garden

After three plantings due to seed rotting in the ground because of the cold, wet and late spring, my vegetables are finally putting on noticeable growth. Still, everything seems well behind schedule. The long-term weather forecast, which I check out on a regular basis, tells us that the current warm conditions will remain through September.

However, these long-range forecasts are notoriously inaccurate. The Weather Channel told us that March, April and May would see above-average temperatures. Instead, we were well below normal and even had snow way into May. And then we had a frost in early June. All the same, it’s hard not to look at the future weather predictions, even if no one can really tell the weather more than about one week ahead.

By the way, the hare that I have written about lately is not alone. Watching the other day as the hare nibbled grass in front of my door, another, smaller hare bounced out of the woods and when it got near the first hare, that hare bristled and jumped at it, driving it back in the woods.

Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day. And thank God for the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and for all the patriots who fought in all American wars to keep our country free.

Perchin’ prediction

It’s hard to predict how fish will bite now. This season has been unlike previous seasons in that fish behavior, never totally predictable, is now unfathomable. I’ve had more fishless days lately than I care to relate.

The last one was a doozy. I went to Megunticook Lake for rainbow trout. It was a somewhat foggy day, perfect I thought, for fishing and also, for keeping recreational boaters off the water. The speedboats were indeed scarce, but fish were, too. I had one strike and it succeeded in tearing up my smelt but not getting hooked.

And then the wind came up, along with a bank of pea-soup fog. It was then my motor developed problems. A friend recently filled my tank for me and it was my fault for not mentioning to get only non-ethanol gas. The regular gas had water in it and that caused the motor to stall. Even worse, I nearly tore my arm off to get the motor started again.

The height of this dismal day was when the motor stalled while the wind was blowing me ashore. I got it started in the nick of time. Then the fog became so thick that I lost my bearings and I became, much to my chagrin, “turned around.”

Following the shoreline for what seemed an eternity, I finally spied a recognizable landmark and made my way back to the landing. The only good thing is that it has to get better from here.

Weekly quote

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ― George Santayana


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Comments (1)
Posted by: Alan Charles Pickering | Jun 30, 2020 07:30

Tom, in reference to your weekly quote, you may need to include a compass and chart in your tackle box for future fishing expeditions. Your ramblings around the county are always entertaining and informative for us old natives. Thanks for what you do.

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