by Tom Seymour
The lack of a Waldo column in last week’s Journal was because my internet service got knocked out by the weather and I couldn’t send my column in. Ice buildup on the satellite dish (satellite is the only high-speed service available on East Waldo Road) knocked my receiver out of alignment. A technician was scheduled to visit last Saturday, but extreme icing on all roads made it impossible. East Waldo Road was a glare for the entire day.
Speaking of East Waldo Road, last Thursday I went to Belfast shopping and on the way back, found that the Town of Waldo had spread gravel on the worst of the mud-and-potholed sections. What a pleasant surprise.
Next, Kelly Jacobs announces that the Waldo Boosters will host a public supper at Waldo Town Hall on February 1 from 4 – 6 p.m. Price, as always, is by donation. Menu items include baked beans, macaroni and cheese, shepard’s pie, chowder, soup and a variety of homemade desserts.
Proceeds go toward the Rena Whitney Scholarship fund. Kelly also said that Waldo has several resident high-school seniors this year and hopes for a good turnout at the supper in order to support our seniors. If you know of any seniors who would like to attend and perhaps participate in the event, please bring them along. For further information, call Kellie Jacobs at 342-3295.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency asks Waldo residents to call 2-2-1 to report any residential or personal property damage incurred because of the December ice storm. The agency asks that these be reported even if it appears that insurance will cover some or all of the cost.
Under the Feeder
Barry Crawford and later, Dan Avener, both reported sighting a snowy owl on Perkins Road last week. These visitors from arctic regions sometimes drop down to Maine in winter. Even so, it’s rare to encounter a snowy owl.
It appears that folks are getting out on the ice and trying their luck. Albert Jackson of Morrill said that while driving past Lake St. George in Liberty last week, he saw as many as 50 vehicles lined up along the road. Albert wonders if any fish will be left come spring. I can assure him that there will, indeed, be some salmon and brook left. And if anyone can catch them, Albert can.
As for me, I have yet to get out on the ice. My recent stint of power outages, coupled with loss of internet access, has put me way behind on meeting magazine deadlines. That means that when the power came back on, it was nose to the grindstone, or more aptly put, the keyboard, for me.
My good friend the late Jim Mollison was fond of saying, “It’s nice to get up in the morning, but it’s nicer to stay in bed.” With that kind of mindset, it’s no wonder we two got along so well.