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Dave McCullough 

 

Let’s do a memory check and think about delicious baked foods. Yes it has been about 3 years since Bonney and John closed “Sugar and Spice” in Princeton. Next to food one of my weaknesses is Liquidation Estate Yard Sales. So I turned in to one this past week and the person was from Parsonfield over in western Maine. The name rung a bell for me so I asked if there was a bakery there called “Sugar and Spice”. He responded that yes and they were in the process of moving into Kezar Falls along the Main Street. I looked up the name on the web and found the location so Jenifer and I made a visit!  What a great treat to see Bonny and John again. Both were in good health and Bonny of course starts her day very early to bake all those delicious goodies. We walked out with a couple bags which included pies, cookies and whoopies! There was a stack of Thanksgiving orders close to 2’’ high on their counter! They wished all their friends in Princeton and Grand Lake Stream a Happy Thanksgiving and a joy filled Christmas Season!  Their current plans include visiting with their daughter and grandchildren during the Christmas Season in Calais. If you are traveling route 25 west near New Hampshire at some time stop and say hello! Your visit would be more than welcome.

LET’S TALK TURKEY from the Farm Cove Hermit:  “Once a species of plant or animal is lost from its original habitat it is nearly impossible to re-establish it.  Maine’s Inland Fishery and Wildlife has had success and failure.  The current emphasis is protecting and supporting what species of fish and wildlife we have rather than introducing new ones.  In the fall of 1965 my wife, kids and I were driving down Rte. 9 in Clifton when we stopped to allow a small flock of turkeys to cross the highway.  Ann grabbed up our 8mm movie camera and filmed the event.  This was Maine’s first attempt to bring back this four foot tall, twenty pound “big bird”.  

Many folks side with Ben Franklin who wanted the wild turkey to be our national bird.  Around the time of Christ, Indians of the Southwest domesticated the turkey.  Eastern Indians had no such luck.  By 1950, fifteen states had lost Tom Turkey.  They barely survived in the Southern swamps and mountains.  So, in the 1960s Maine attempted two stockings of pen-raised birds.  They were placed 150 miles east of Bangor and the same amount in the Gorham, Windham area.  Neither group produced young.  In 1971 just 20 birds were stocked in York and 20 more in Eliot. Last year while driving out the Farm Cove Dam Road I sighted 3 wild turkeys.  Amazed, I later learned area sightings were common place.  From that humble 1971 release a substantial, viable hunting population exists statewide.  

Turkey Biology: (1) It is fortunate that they have superior eyesight for they are not very smart, (2) Flying at speeds of 55 miles an hour, they can also run 20 miles an hour, (3)  They enjoy conversations with one another, (4)  They breed in May using a ground nest and the female lays 12 eggs which hatch in 25 days, (5)  Poults fly within a week, (6) Turkeys feed on 350 diet items and (6) They are very tough birds and are winter-proof enduring long periods of zero weather.  Philip Bozenhard is primarily responsible for the remarkable wild turkey chronicles”.

Evergreen Extravaganza. Sunday, November 27, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, November 27, join Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) staff and volunteers as we celebrate the start of the holiday season with an Evergreen Extravaganza!  The Grand Lake Stream School Building will be transformed into an early winter wonderland of crafts, delicious treats, children’s activities, and more. Self-guided stations will be set up to create your own wreaths, sprays, and other balsam holiday decorations. This event is free and all ages are welcome. Meet at the GLS School Building. Please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

This weekend if you are shopping online for holiday gifts, support Downeast Lakes Land Trust by shopping on Amazon Smile or GivingAssistant.org.  A small portion of your purchases will be donated to a non-profit of your choice, at no cost to the consumer.  For more information, check out www.smile.amazon.com and https://givingassistant.org/np#down-east-lakes-land-tr. “

With the Holiday season you will hear about “Wreaths Across America” as wreaths are placed on the grave sites of our veterans who have passed. When you drive by the Grand Lake Stream   Cemetery you will see the result of “Wreaths across Grand Lake Stream.”.A special thanks to Linda Curtis and all the volunteers who made the wreaths and the nice gathering of people who assembled on Veterans Day to place the wreaths.

Please send in what you did to celebrate Thanksgiving. The  readers of the column would love to hear from you!

Dave McCullough  207-839-4205 or dmccull1@!maine.rr.com