Waldo Town News

By Sarah Reynolds | Dec 07, 2012

By Tom Seymour



Waldo native’s grave found in Colorado

A letter and photo of a headstone of a Waldo man was sent to the Belfast Historical Society recently and they, in turn, gave me a copy for inclusion in the Waldo Town News. The inscription on the stone reads: “D.A. MORE. Co.1. 1.MAINE CaV.” A typed legend, presumably from the cemetery records, reads a bit differently. It says: "Delmont A. Moore/ Co 1/ 1st ME Cavalry/ Born in Waldo, Maine September 22, 1835/ Son of Samuel and Ann Curtis Moore/ Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs."

If any Moore, More or Curtis descendants have a missing person from Civil War times, perhaps this may come as some help. Any interested persons may contact me and I will pass on the information, or contact the Belfast Historical Society directly.

Pa’tridge Prediction

If I had to live on pa’tridge, my stomach would sure be growling right about now. I hunt every chance I get, but with no luck. Perchin’ time looks better and better, and if weather cooperates, we’ll be out ice fishing soon.

What’s It?

Albert Jackson has made another try at identifying the item in my mystery photo. Al suggested it was either a seaside plant or some kind of fern. Good guesses again, but still not on the money.

So before the image fades from everyone’s memory, I’ll give the answer. It is the interior, cartilaginous skeleton of a common squid, commonly known as the “pen.” Anyone who has ever cleaned a squid should remember pulling this long translucent, feather-shaped thing from the tube, or body. It does look like a feather and could easily be trimmed for use as an old-fashioned quill pen.

So thanks for all the answers and next time, I’ll try to find something more easily (but not too) identified.

Geminid shower

We here under the dark skies of Waldo, Maine, have a good opportunity for viewing the annual Geminid meteor shower. Although meteors are visible a night previous and a night after, the peak occurs beginning after 9 p.m. on Dec. 13 and lasts until early morning.

We have no moonlight this year to interfere with our view, so barring cloud cover, we may see up to 120 meteors per hour when viewing from a dark sky location.

So bundle up, put some hot chocolate in a thermos and find a comfortable lawn chair. Position yourself to watch high in the south. Try tracing any meteor trails in reverse and if they come from the area near the star Castor, in Gemini, it is a Geminid meteor.

Weekly quote

My fishing buddy Dave Small tells me his father was fond of the following quote. Dave isn’t sure where his dad got it: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”


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