While running outside in Bremen recently, I noticed two broad-winged hawks at the edge of the woods near the shoulder of a busy road. As one loudly called from a perch, the other disappeared into the brush. Stopping to look, I suddenly felt a raking sensation on my head.
People have been keeping track of the changing seasons by naming full moons for eons. Of course, different people in different times had different names. That gives me an excuse to invent some moon names of my own. My “Egg Moon” is just passed, or perhaps a “Wild Baby Moon,” though there are some second broods and late nesting birds still to go. Goldfinches, for example, are strict vegetarians, so they wait for an abundance of seed.
The 330-acre National Audubon Todd Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Hog Island in Bremen. A smaller portion is on the mainland, where Hockomock Nature Trail is located. Hog Island lies about a quarter-mile offshore, just south of Keene Narrows. The closest public access is from the town landing on Medomak Road in Bremen.
The library is delighted to announce that it is now open for contact-less curbside pickup of library materials. Curbside pickup hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m.
Ticks have one focus and one focus only: to find a host and feed. I often receive phone calls and emails asking, “What kind of tick is this?” or “I took a tick off of me but it was a teeny, tiny one so I’m ok, right?” and “What should I do now?”
I am drawing a picture of a father. His name is Milton Herbert Christian. The oval face, which I accent with a smile and sprinkles of freckles, no hair on top, is the dearest face in all the world to me. It is my father’s face.
The 2.3-acre site was the landing site for a ferry between Wiscasset and Westport Island that was used before the bridge was constructed. The town purchased the property in 2004 from the Wright family. Grants from Land for Maine’s Future and other state agencies helped with the cost of acquisition and site improvements. The town’s Wright Landing Committee maintains the property.
On May 28, citing an inability to pay its bills, the Coastal Resources of Maine trash recovery plant in Hampden suspended its operations. This action prompted the 115 member towns of the nonprofit Municipal Review Committee – among them eight Lincoln County towns that utilize the Wiscasset, Waldoboro, and Boothbay region transfer facilities – to divert their waste from Coastal Resources, and once again haul it to the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock.
Back on March 15, Maine celebrated its 200th birthday, albeit more quietly than originally anticipated. The state’s celebratory events in Augusta were postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Since then, we’ve all been hunkered down in our homes, connecting via Zoom and writing letters to one another to stay in touch. Not exactly how we hoped to be commemorating our state’s bicentennial.
B.J. and Roy Hudson were busy last week making sure that the flags were flying on the phone poles in time for Memorial Day. Thanks to Roy’s donation of several more flags, we are hopeful, at some point, to have them flying the whole length of town.
Palermo Preserve consists of more than 75 acres with 5,400 feet of frontage on the Sheepscot River. There are two separate trail systems on the property, which is owned by Midcoast Conservancy.
Our Sargent crabapple, just outside our kitchen window, has finally burst into a glorious cloud of pink and white. The bees are ecstatic and so am I. Spring has finally arrived! It may be a couple of weeks late this year and suddenly feels like it is trending into summer, but the warmth is most welcome.
It happened! Yesterday I became a grandmother. A lot of people have been saying, “You’re going to love it!” And I’m sure I will.
When I first started writing columns for my Kansas hometown newspaper and a Maine newspaper, I had to introduce myself in my first column.
Coastal Resources of Maine, the state’s newest solid waste recovery facility in Hampden, opened its doors in April 2019. The facility receives most of its trash and recyclables comingled in the same loads. According to Coastal Resources Director of Community Services, Shelby Wright, the facility has dubbed this process “one bin, all in.” It means that for most of the facility’s 115 municipal customers, the familiar way of recycling has changed.