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Waldo Town News

By Tom Seymour | Jun 14, 2019


Little by little, Waldo is losing its once-friendly, rural nature. As more people buy land and build houses, posting signs spring up like mushrooms after a fall rain. In fact, the first thing most people do, even before building their house, it to post so as to deny others the ability to recreate on their land.

It wasn’t always so, this “Me-My-Mine” attitude. Until only 25 or 30 years ago, hunters, fishermen and in fact anyone, could freely roam Waldo’s woods and fields. Not so now. A new attitude prevails. And some of us mourn the loss of the old ways.

The “old” Waldo is gone, but I have fond memories of it. I recall driving down East Waldo Road as a teenager more than 50 years ago, just reveling in the unspoiled beauty. This was one of my favorite haunts. No more, though, no more.

I have begun looking at land in what remains of the “old” Maine. But finding a place where the old-time Maine attitude rules has become exceedingly difficult. Also, moving is a traumatic experience and it is the last thing I want to do. But the thirst for a freer, friendlier place to live is strong. Whether or not my quest ever comes to fruition, remains to be seen.

No news

No news is good news, “they” say. And here in Waldo, news items are far and few between. Over the years I’ve practically begged for news, but with little results. And news, as such, can be anything that affects Waldo residents. Whether it is a birthday or a visit with family and friends, that kind of news works well in a town column.

Summer, especially, rates as a no-news time. And perhaps that’s a good thing. Now on to less-newsy, but still important items.

Perchin’ prediction

Freshwater fishing is red-hot right now. Perch and crappie are on the feed, as are trout and salmon. If I were ever to take a vacation of a week or so, mid-June would be the perfect time. And of course that is predicated upon the great fishing opportunities available right now.

In the garden

Rain, rain and more rain. That’s what our gardens have had to contend with. Crops are a good two weeks behind, if not more. But if sun and warmth return, our crops will quickly make up for lost time. And if things remain the same, well at least for my part, foraging can save the day. And the stores still sell vegetables. So let’s hope that this long-running, cold and rainy trend goes away soon.

Computer woes

Recent car problems, caused by a faulty computer part, have plagued me for some time, climaxing last week when, trying to leave Greenville, my car wouldn’t start. I waited most of the day for a wrecker to arrive from Unity. Worse yet, though I am covered by GM's new-car, roadside assistance warranty, I still had to pay $175 for the towing.

The replacement part finally arrived, though, and now the car runs fine. But once burned, twice learned, and I’ll never fully trust it again.

Speaking of computers, sometimes when checking the news online, images on the side of the news items are not only unappealing, but in some cases, disgusting. But there is a way to circumvent that. Just right-click the mouse and at the bottom of the new window, click on “inspect.” This removes the offending images and replaces them with inoffensive, computer gobbledygook, numbers and letters. I chanced upon this by accident and now use it frequently.

Weekly quote

“What is so rare as a day in June?” — James Russell Lowell




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