As an economist, I am a data junkie. I constantly peer over scads of numbers and other information to assess what is going on and how our economy might evolve.
New England aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, features rich color highlights in the late season of early frost and colorful trees. The blue-purple blossom is eye-catching with its yellow-orange center. This large and showy aster, like most asters, blooms late in the season and provides a critical fall nectar source for pollinators, especially monarch butterflies as they stock up for their fall migration to Mexico. It is the larval host for pearl crescent and checkerspot butterflies.
The Papah likes it when I keep my columns warm and fuzzy. I have a large readership among folks my age who remember how things used to be years ago. These same folks are the ones who are going to be affected by the monkey business going on with Social Security. We remember when there were shoe factories in Richmond, a baby clothes factory in Gardiner. We remember when there were local stores.
I would like to dedicate this week’s column to the memory of Dr. Carol Eckert.
I believe the bulk of humanity works hard to be kind and genuine. It can be a struggle, but most of us try to be the best people we can be.
When I was in high school, my father was my principal driving instructor. I can still recall his first lesson:
The wind is cold today and it is howling around the corner of the church on the hill, where I have my office. Our trees are at the height of their color and are taking a whipping in the wind. Many leaves have flown far away.
A big thank you goes out to all of our friends and neighbors who work so hard cleaning trash from the roadsides. I am sure you have seen them out there picking up the trash on the roads in our towns. I can’t imagine what a mess we would have without their dedication to eliminating the litter. Please help them out by not throwing trash out of your vehicle and making sure any trash you are carrying in a truck or trailer cannot fly off into the road. Also, I am quite sure they wouldn’t mind if they had some help in this effort.
A belated happy birthday to Mary Ouellette from her hubby Paul. My fault — he asked me at the bean supper and forgot to write it down.
Last Friday, Oct. 7, felt like the last gasp of summer. Temps reaching near 80 degrees with barely any wind. All this making for a perfect day for the last boat ride of the year. We headed out around noon, with Louds Island being our destination. Many thanks to Jimmy Ellsworth for allowing us to dock at Little Harbor and walk the island. I have always felt that Little Harbor, with its emerald green water and idyllic scenery, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful placse on earth.
We use the color orange for safety, to alert others of our presence in potentially dangerous situations, such as walking in the woods during hunting season. Of course, that activity in itself is not a wise endeavor. Maybe that is why we celebrate fall with colorful orange pumpkin displays everywhere, firmly stating that another harvest season has been safely achieved.
Hello, friends and neighbors! Fall is in the air, and with it comes the anticipation of activities near and far. This year at the Union Fair it was fun to see our national island athlete, Casco Bailey, jump his heart out over a big, blue swimming pool. Casco is a black labrador who lives with Erin Bailey and competes with Seacoast Dock Dogs, located in Berwick. These premier canine aquatic events include Extreme Vertical (high jump), Big Air (long jump), and Speed Retrieve (fetch the toy the fastest!).
The largest river on the Indonesian island of Java begins its long journey to the sea in the beautiful twin volcanic mountains of Wayang and Windu. As the stream moves northwest towards the city of Jakarta, its pure waters pass by hundreds of factories and facilities that use the flow as nature’s free waste-removal service. Textile manufacturers pour arsenic, mercury, heavy metals, and other contaminants into the river. By the time it empties into the Java Sea, the Citarum River has been transformed from life-sustaining H2O into the world’s most polluted waterway.
Mark your calendars and make your reservations for the next community supper at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19. The meal will feature a Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner. Please note: meal reservations must be made by noon on Monday, Oct. 17 by calling 882-8230. Chicken is always available as an alternative entree but must be specified with the meal reservation. All are welcome!