Pervasive humming sound in Rockland this evening, or anytime.

By Maggie Trout | Aug 28, 2014

Revision:  We have "surround sound" here.  Manufacturing is important, as are the jobs they create.  In case anyone has forgotten this, we're living in the 21st century now.  The fact of the year does not equate with demonstrable progress.  We are alive in the future that was predicted.  Let's leave this century to return to a time - it seems but a speck of time - when mitigating some problems that were shown to be damaging, could be accomplished without going to extremes.  In this case, incessant noise can be mitigated by taking simple measures. 


I originally wrote, as in the following, that I only mentioned FMC for directional purposes, because in this particular instance, I could not be 100% certain of the source.  Here's the thing - we can fix what is known and fixable without having a cat in the process.  Why wait/pretend/try to ignore --  for years, decades.... it's not that difficult. 


It's been going on for several hours.  It seems to be coming from the direction of FMC, but I only mention FMC for directional purposes.  I've closed the windows.  I'm guessing it could be an industrial fan?  That I can hear it over the sound of the refrigerator is saying something.  Anybody else doing something quiet at home or outside and can hear this thing?  I've heard it only in the past couple months, intermittently.  It's windy tonight, but this new humming is heard on calm nights.  Tonight, it's very bad.  Anyone else?  Whatever it is, some kind of muffler or whatever it would take would be much appreciated.  Thank you.

PS The humming stopped around midnight or so.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Aug 29, 2014 23:26

Your comment is appreciated, as are your good wishes, Mr. McKusic.  The hum was clearly audible when travelling on north Main Street this (Friday) evening, but is not apparent over here on the south west side.  At 9 PM on a Friday night, the only business  I know of that would be operating is FMC.  I had called there last night to ask if anything was different, and was advised that nothing was.  Is it Saturday or Sunday nights that there is usually what I have named a regular burn-off in the evening that is loud, but not the hum heard.  There are fixes for this sort of thing that are not costly.  I just hope that people are not afraid to raise the issue of sound problems when local businesses are involved.  Remedies aren't problematic and do not/should not increase hazardous exposure to workers, as when sound comes from ventilation fans where painting occurs.  Again - appreciation for the input.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 29, 2014 16:45

I think Mr. Dunkle hit it the nail on the head with his comment about the power outage. Every once in awhile have heard machinery noises in the middle of a Summer night and have got up and closed my windows. Personally, the worse my hearing gets the less it bothers me. Has to be some benefit for getting old---er. :) Hope it is better tonight, Mrs. Trout. It isn't any fun having your sleep disturbed.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Aug 29, 2014 13:56

This is an excellent example of the "public fallout" referenced in the "Dialogue" column, and it also perfectly mirrors York's "public square."  In a public square, opinions and concerns are to be freely shared, but stones can, and are, thrown.  There is no moderator in the public square, nor in this newspaper.  That's the risk one assumes, yet even if the risk is known, does that equate with blanket sanction for the most uncivilized retorts?  No.  One of the remedies, other than moderation that upholds terms of use, is to refrain from commenting using people's names.  Al this, Jane that...  Otherwise, what might be objective, is immediately personal.


I was not going to reply to the hearing aid comment, as such comments send a very clear message, and one can trust that readers will see such comments for what they are.  But there reaches a point where continued slurs against any reader should be stopped.  Of course, the question about whether or not the hum was heard as strongly around town remains unanswered.  But I guess the idea here is that going for the throat meets with approval - otherwise, such comments would be removed. 


This is no public square.  There are no faces behind the words.  I'm going against aforementioned standards to say this:  Mr. York.  You do not know me.  The reason for posting about the humming was to acknowledge its existence; to see how the breadth and degree of the sound might well be affecting many residents, not just me, and to find a remedy for it.  Apparently, you were not affected by it.  But you took the opportunity to answer with a snide comment, surely the kind of remark made by the most upstanding of citizens and a great defender of public discourse.  Thank you.

Posted by: Dan Dunkle | Aug 29, 2014 13:39

Might have been something to do with the power outage

Posted by: russell g york | Aug 29, 2014 09:53

change the batties in your hearing aide

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