By Tom Seymour
Waldo Second Selectman Herb Harnden reports that this past week, selectmen signed the new contract for snowplowing. This was awarded to the low bidder and the same contractor the town has used the past few seasons, Farley and Sons. Selectmen also approved and paid for half of the 600 yards of stone to stockpile for use when gravel roads thaw and become muddy. Selectmen met with the road commissioner and identified several spots on various gravel roads that need upgrading. That work has begun and it should continue over the next few weeks. It was also mentioned that the fall grading of the gravel roads will begin in the near future.
Thanks to Herb for keeping readers informed of local government activity.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the brightest object in the night sky next to the moon. But seeing the ISS as it passes over pretty much depends upon luck. The station only remains in view for minutes, so it is imperative that we know when and where to look. Fortunately, “there’s an app for that.” Go online to HQemail@example.com, sign in and NASA will send ISS alerts for our area.
Since Waldo wasn’t listed as one of the major cities on the NASA site (no surprise there), I signed up for Augusta and that worked fine. Bangor would probably work too. Now I can stand outside at the appointed time, binoculars in hand, and watch as the ISS passes over.
Fishing this past week wasn’t all that red-hot, but this week will see much improvement. Now here’s a note regarding a new law. The 126th Maine Legislature has passed LD 720, An Act To Protect Maine’s Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs. The part of this law regulating lead jigs goes into effect in 2017. However, another section, this one regarding the use of lead sinkers one ounce or less (which effectively takes in any sinker anyone would ever use in fresh water), goes into effect earlier. But how much earlier? Here’s what I found.
An article in the September issue of The Maine Sportsman mentions the lead sinker ban as being effective on September 1, 2013. I called the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) to confirm this and according to them, the 2013 date is in error and the actual date for the lead sinker ban is September 1, 2016. I also viewed a copy of the law and found it so ambiguous that it is almost impossible to interpret, at least for a layman with no legal background. We can only hope that the DIF&W person who spoke with me was accurate in his assessment of the new law. It certainly is possible that the Maine Sportsman may be correct in its September 1, 2013 date, which puts those who still wish to use their lead split shot, in a difficult situation.
I cannot yet determine whether or not the lead ban applies to saltwater use. The DIF&W spokesperson thought it didn’t. Hopefully, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will have an answer. I’ll keep you posted.
Who would have ever thought that such a simple and peaceful activity as fishing would ever become so fraught with difficult and complex laws?
“We must never believe that the absence of contact equates to absence of other intelligence.” – Billy Booth