Town News

Linda Baniszeski

Happy Birthday to “Chick” McCoubrey on March 23.

Welcome back all you snowbirds  who spent colder months in the South.  You know who you are.  

Patty Reynolds had an exciting time the other weekend in New York City with her sister.  Patty helped to celebrate her sister’s little grand daughter’s first birthday.  Apart from birthday party fun, they spent time seeing the sights around Times Square and went to the Hard Rock Cafe, along with other attractions.  We’re happy Patty and her sister had such a great time, but are glad she’s safely back in Meddybemps. 

Sally Ketchen and I had a nice visit on the phone this morning.  She has asked me to let everyone know that Meddybemps Christian Church is hosting an Easter Breakfast at Meddybemps Community Center - 8 a.m.  All are welcome at no cost.  Easter Church Service follows at 9:30 a.m.  Meddybemps Christian Church holds regularly scheduled children and adult Sunday School classes each week from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Ice Out?  Not yet.  The lake is mostly open in the wider areas, but more shallow coves and areas between some islands continue to be mostly ice covered.  Our cove is about 50-50. Barry and I thought the ice would disappear on Saturday.  However, we got an overnight surprise when we awoke to frozen areas again.  The ice formations are fascinating.  The line where the ice and water meet has a ridge of waves frozen in time.  

While discussing weather conditions and wildlife around here, Sally Ketchen said she “saw two deer from the Arbo’s kitchen window.” She also shared that the pond on her property is also sometimes open and frozen.  “The pond freezes overnight, and then the ice melts near the island during the day.”  She hasn’t seen any wildlife in the pond yet, but expects the usual denizens to return when it is completely open and the weather is a bit warmer.  

Pete Trouant has been taking some more amazing wildlife photos again.  A recent photo he shared shows a rather chubby beaver resting on the edge of ice abutting open water in front of his camp. It’s as though the critter posed for the picture.  The songs of various birds continue to fill the morning air and the season transforms before our very eyes.  We have seen the usual variety of woodpeckers scaling the trees.  Around our feeder we see additional red squirrels and an assortment of birds.  Other than those littld bully Blue Jays, the rest of our feathered friends seem to get along just fine.  Something sings a lot, but cannot see where the singing bird is hiding.  There are brown creepers, finches, sparrows, juncos and chickadees, and other kinds I can’t identify as I’m a pretty poor ‘birder’ without my book by my side.  I try to warn the more vulnerable animals to hide in the branches when the eagles soar overhead.  The squirrels and chipmunks instinctively know to stay low and look up high for circling birds.  Nature amazes! 

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17.  There are many myths and facts surrounding this holiday.  Some of these “facts” were new to me.  Did you know?  St. Patrick was not Irish, he was from Wales. The humble shamrock was originally a teaching tool: St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish. For many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick’s blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.  In Chicago every year, Plumbers Union Local 110 dyes the river “Kelly” green. The dye lasts for about five hours.  It seems everybody is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. 


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