Town News


Linda Baniszeski


January seems to have slipped by so quickly.  Here we are, already in February.  I like the prospect of improving weather.  However, at my age, prefer time to pass more slowly.  The lake continues to let us know that the temperatures have been volatile.  As colder temperatures have taken ahold again, the lake’s rolling rumblings thunder around the clock.  Scuffy doesn’t know quite where and why it’s coming from.  She is a bit scared and inquisitive at the same time.  One can see she can’t understand the racket.  

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Bell family upon the death of Ed’s and Dick’s mother last week in Augusta.  She was an accomplished lady and lived a good long life.  She is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren.

February is regarded as Black History Month and American Heart Month.  Of course it is also the month of Valentine’s Day.  Fruits and veggies of the month are oranges, star fruit, plus two kinds of squash and a melon. This month’s flower is the violet and birthstone is amethyst.

Birthdays to be celebrated right here in our community are Justin McCoubrey - February 1; and Barbara Clark and Mike Johnson on February 7.  Seasonal residents’ birthdays include Amy Rothberg Salamon - 2nd, and Harold Hansen - 3rd. Blessings to all on your special days and in the year to come.

February 5 is Super Bowl day.  Go Patriots!  February 1st was National Singing Day, and the 2nd is Groundhog Day.  No matter what old Punxatawney Phil says, according to the calendar we WILL have 6 more weeks of winter.  We have friends in North Carolina who took us to a little town that celebrates its possums.  The town has a New Years event where they “drop a possum” at midnight.  As one would expect, the animal rights people raised a ruckus and called it cruelty to the possum.  Not so, say the towns folks.  One man remarked in a newspaper article that “possums line up for the honor.”  It seems that they live-trap a possum a few weeks before the event, house it in a nice warm and cozy crate, feed and water it just fine and then celebrate the critter as part of the town’s New Year event. They do not actually drop the thing and let it go splat.  It is in a crate that is gently and slowly raised and lowered by a crane leading up to the stroke of midnight.  Once it gets to the ground, the possum is set free, with a good tale for it’s fellow possums.  

Thankfully, my computer is back online.  My iMac now has the latest Operating System, so she (yes, it is a “she” and her name is MacKenzie) should have no more difficulties accessing the web and Fairpoint e-mail portals.  The Geek Squad did a great job.  MacKenzie is happy to be home after seven days in Bangor.  I am happy about it too.

I was thankful that Friday’s snow stopped by Saturday when I drove to Bangor.  Earlier throughout the week, our weather ran the gamut.  We had heavy sleet, rains and winds most of Tuesday and a day of light ice accumulation.  It  became cloudy and 36 deg. by late afternoon and overnight into Wednesday morning.  The denizens of our feeder are quite clever.  The red squirrel “Rusty” (that’s right, I name everything around here) hunkered down inside the feeder, icicles hanging from its roof.  Inside, he/she was dry and sheltered rolling around in the bird food. The birds sheltered under a lean-to beneath the feeder and in the thick boughs of the pine trees that surround it.  We dodged what could have been a very damaging accumulation of ice if Tuesday’s precipitation had all been freezing rain.  We lost the tv signal only for about 2 hours.  


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