Early morning begins with looking out the bedroom window to see what sort of day awaits; to drink in the resin scent of evergreens, the nut-like essence of hardwoods; and to marvel at this forest so deep and vast, the clean purity of it, the comfort in its loneliness.
Be alert and thankful, friends and neighbors! Last week, on Monday at 11:43 a.m., the Westport Fire Department was called to investigate smoke at the southern end of the island on Main Road. Inspection revealed a woods fire and, with the assistance of firefighters from both Wiscasset and Edgecomb, the fire was brought under control. In addition, the Alna Fire Department covered Wiscasset for water-supply purposes in case of another emergency.
I’d like to start off this week’s column wishing Andraya Elena Roque and Phoenix Throckmorton-Hansford happy birthday! Andraya celebrates her sweet 16 this week, and Phoenix turns 19.
In case you may not have noticed, we have a new scale for weighing brush and construction debris. In order to protect the scale from damage, users must follow some rules. You must enter and exit the scale very slowly. Also, do not stop or start abruptly. Following these rules will increase the longevity of the scale.
The minute I sat down at Ye Olde Compoot to get this column out, the power went away for 45 minutes. A lot has been happening in Edgecomb, I’m sure more than I know about, but here’s what I’ve got:
The words of Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore have inspired me for decades. Recently, I was reminded of his famous poem that begins:
“God gave all men all earth to love, but since our hearts are small, ordained for each one spot should prove beloved over all.”
That was it? We have been looking forward to the rain for a week or more and I am disappointed. I have nearly run the church battery bank to the limit because of the lack of sunshine and the need to pump much water to the greenhouse and garden.
My hummingbirds have finally left for the winter. I will miss seeing them come to my feeder and I look forward to their return in the spring.
Here’s to the students of Kevin Crafts’ and Jason Bigonia’s classes, who contributed their time and energy to a seashore cleanup on Friday, Sept. 23 at the town of Bristol’s Pemaquid Beach Park. The week of Sept. 17-24 was designated as Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, when volunteers all over our beautiful planet dedicate a bit of time to picking up trash along the shores of the world’s oceans. The trash is collected, identified, counted, and reported back to Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. According to a report released last May at the United Nations Environment Assembly, in the 2015 Coastal Cleanup nearly 800,000 volunteers worldwide collected an estimated 18 million pounds of trash — the equivalent of 100 Boeing 737s!
Hey folks, we got through another week, I think, with nothin’ to get too excited about up in Augusta, but on the national scene, well, man, let’s just say there is a bunch of hootin’ and hollerin’ going on between these two whatevers that are running for the Big House! Now I don’t know about you, folks, but I haven’t even had a television all summer and I haven’t missed all those stupid political ads at all, so my condolences to those of you who have had to suffer through even the evenin’ news with that idiotic stuff coming on every two minutes.
Medomak Valley Senior Citizens met on Monday, Sept. 19 at the VFW Hall on Mill Street in Waldoboro. We had 24 members present.
Jewelweed — or touch-me-not, Impatiens pallid — with its orange or yellow blossoms, is found in wet spring or in swamp-like places.
Just converting from burning fuels to solar electricity will cut energy needs by up to a third. So, why do some still argue against solar power?