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Linda Baniszeski 


It is said that if March comes in like a lion, it should go out like a lamb.  We will see -- a lot of those rules don’t apply to this part of Maine.  We have had a great deal of high winds.  Not as damaging as other locations.  Throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England states there have been heavy rains, some snow, dangerous floods and damaging winds.  We are fortunate not to have the results suffered in other places.   The winds also dry a lot of the moisture from the ground.  Due to Barry adding another layer of small stones for much less mud, Scuffy and I can now walk up and down our lane for much needed exercise.   Hope springs eternal that the more friendly season is not too far away.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead by 1 hour on Saturday night, March 10.  (Spring ahead. Fall behind.  That’s the best way to remember the formula).  Just as my body is finally acclimated to the current times so that I’ve been able to rise earlier - now this time change is thrown at me.  Don’t they know that older folks cannot respond so quickly to these changes.  It’s a very good thing I don’t have to get to work every day on time like in the old days.  I was a stickler for punctuality and usually got to the office early and started the coffee for everyone.  The years of age don’t bother me at all -- the changes to my body are another matter entirely.   

Correction:  I previously reported the incorrect date for the Meddybemps Annual Meeting. The correct date is March 26 at 6 p.m. Meddybemps Community Center.  I reported it as the “28th.”  Thanks to Pete Trount for catching my mistake.  Please re-mark your calendars accordingly.  Notice will also be posted at the Community Center.

The pre-Easter dinner at 2nd Baptist Church in Calais is Saturday - March 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.  All are invited.

Summer residents Meg and John Rothberg enjoyed a recent trip to South Carolina.  The photos on Facebook showed beautiful days and many fascinating things they did during their stay.   

Seasonal changes are putting wildlife on the move again ... hopefully signalling warmer weather is on the horizon.  Barry saw deep moose tracks on our lane from 191.  He said judging by the depth of the tracks, it must be a large one.  We had a bluejay looking in our sunporch window perched on the porch railing.  It cocked its head and stared right at me, as though to announce “more seeds are needed in the feeder.”  There have been woodpeckers on the tree next to the feeder.  I believe it is a Downy from the photo and description in my bird book.  It says they like suet, berries and seeds and that they dig in tree bark for insects.  This one meets all of the criteria.  The flock of Juncos comes and goes.  They are among my favorites.  The ones we see in the east are 6-1/2 “ long, are dark slate colored on their backs with pale grey bellies.  They are so cute and never act like little bullies like some other birds do.   It looks like a scene from “Bambi,” with the juncos, chickadees, bluejays and red squirrels scampering and snacking under the feeder. 

In closing, it would be nice if these March winds would bring warmer temperatures for the April showers and sunshine that bring to life the May flowers.  Hope springs eternal.

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