Another column done by hand. My favorite printer needs repair beyond new ink. So here goes!
“Bed is too small for my tiredness. Give me a hilltop with trees. Tuck a cloud up under my head. Lord, blow the moon out, please.”
No repellent is 100 percent effective and some can be harmful to small children and pets. The good news is that one has choices. Products containing DEET – diethyltoluamide — have always been the go-to, but we are now learning that DEET can build up and cause toxic health levels in small children. To avoid this, always wash repellent off every day and before reapplying. There are lots of other repellent options one can to go, both at home and on the shelf.
The winter of 2016-2017 is coughing up a last few attempts with snow, sleet, freezing rain, and just plain rain, with the possibility of something over the weekend – April Fool’s Day. No worries, it’s happened before and we can do this as spring is knocking on the door.
Birders desiring to see the “woodcock dance” brave the cool damp evening air, with flashlight in hand, visiting an open field. To listen for the eerie peent call and see the downward display flight and “song” of the American Woodcock, Scolopax minor, portends an interesting evening. The “song” is actually a product of the bird’s wings.
Every 12 hours and 26 minutes billions of gallons of water move into or out of the Gulf of Maine. Most locations around the world see their coastline gain about a meter of water between low and high tides. In contrast, we, who live along the Gulf of Maine, see anywhere from 3 to 17 meters of water depending on location.
As I write this column, I am wearing green because it is St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. March 17 also marks one year since I started working at The Lincoln County News. I arrived in Maine a year ago March 16 from California, having never set foot in the Pine Tree State before that. But I have to say that I have gotten to know my way around fairly well, especially around the vibrant arts community that exists in Lincoln County. I look forward to the year ahead.
Roughly some 65 percent of the year is under daylight saving time. This alone should tell us how popular it is. From what I’ve read, it’s even the ancients who were pushing the idea of a religion that said, “Let there be light.”
How disappointing can it get when one is reduced to looking for a dripping roof as a sign of spring? My usual harbinger of spring, a clump of snowdrops by the front step, was unfortunately still buried in a snowdrift from our Ides of March blizzard at the time of the official arrival of spring on Monday.
Happy spring, everyone. We made it through another Maine winter. Although the calendar says March 20, Mother Nature could still have a few surprises left for us, but we know that winter is finally winding down. We will be complaining about black flies and too much traffic before we know it. The last few days, I have noticed that the male goldfinches have a few spots of bright yellow reappearing here and there on their winter plumage, and the purple finches are looking much brighter as well. We have also gained well over three hours of daylight. Time to plant the seedlings!
Tom Tripp wrote in a letter to the sports editor last week that he disapproves of the term Lady in front of school’s mascots, i.e., Lady Eagles, Lady Panthers, Lady Seahawks, and Lady Wolverines.
The magic of Mary Poppins: The Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta was the scene of a most energetic and entertaining run-through on the afternoon of Sunday, March 12 of Lincoln County Community Theater’s upcoming production of “Mary Poppins – In Concert.”
Winter intends to have its say; that is the sense of things this week. We are preparing for another snowstorm. Wind and cold and dangerous roads will mean we don’t go out unless we have to. Those who do have to go out — the plow trucks and the drivers — will be up at […]
I know we have presented this article many times over the years, but we must stress the extreme importance of getting one’s pet in for a physical exam at the very least once a year. Pets age so much faster than we do that by the time one sees symptoms, the problem could have far-reaching effects.