Final steak supper of season
Mt. Olivet Lodge will present its last steak supper of the season this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Masons have been offering us these delicious meals for several summers now and have a perfect score for deliciously grilled steaks with all the fixings like baked potato, salad, corn on the cob, biscuits and beverages. The cost is $13 a person. The wait staff (the Masons) is classy, attentive, anxious to please – and never expect a tip. Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to just leave one? They could add it to their proceeds, which, by the way, go to their annual scholarship fund for a local high school student. Anyway, it’s a great meal for a good cause and we hope to see you there for this year’s finale.
Alewife fry head out to sea
In the spring of 2010, the Maine Department of Marine Resources stocked Washington Pond with alewives as part of a long term state-wide effort among many entities to restore alewife populations to their historic spawning areas. Recently, alewife fry (baby fish) have been spotted heading toward the ocean from the lake. This may be the beginning of something big.
Migrating fish have provided a food source to humans and wildlife for centuries. Over the years since water power began to drive the industrial revolution, dams have been constructed that inhibit passage of sea-run fish. Combined with natural blockages, there is a serious deficit of these fodder fish. In recent years, recognition of the importance of the natural migration from salt to fresh water and of the benefits of alewives to lake ecosystems has led to dam removals, construction of fish ladders and other methods to allow their passage upstream. Once stocked-fish release a new generation, they will return to the sea and in about four years, be called to return to the spawning area from which they came.
At a recent meeting of the Washington Lakes Watershed Association, which focused on alewife enhancement, local fisherman Brian Alves mentioned the decrease in size of fish he’s caught in Washington Pond over the years. He’s hoping that an alewife influx will provide a good food supply for lake fish such as bass, brook trout, and rainbow trout, as well as forage for numerous other species like eagles, loons, fox, raccoon, turtles and more.
The re-establishment of sea-run fish access to spawning areas is a long term process (as with most things in the natural world) and something of interest to watch here in our corner of the world.
World of weirdness
As I’ve mentioned, our email puts the automatically sidetracked “junk” into a separate email which it delivers once a week. These aren’t the blocked sources, just miscellaneous messages whose author the program doesn’t recognize. Checking through them takes maybe two minutes and, on rare occasions, I do find a misplaced discard and redirect it. Glancing through them isn’t the waste of time it could be, though, because the strangeness of some of the messages is intriguing. Take for instance a message to stop paying such a high mortgage sent from sendherthoseflowers. I’d love to get some flowers, but pretty much fail to see what that has to do with my mortgage. Another mortgage message comes from best stretch-mark cream. Now, that’s one to ponder. How about truthaboutabs4men telling me there are jobs available. Would I want a job telling the truth about abs for men? By simply reading the short lines, I also learn that my new psychic reading is ready, that millionaire dates has a match for me, and that residential burglaries are on the increase. As for my ex- trying to reach me? I’m in the phone book. And if you are jtrichards, it’s O.K. for you to stop trying to reach me, you don’t have to tell me about it anymore. Last, but not least, Betty; I appreciate your help with getting me a “pasport now,” but if you can’t spell passport, I think we’re already done here. Mmmm. As I often say, cyberspace is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.