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Dave McCullough

Here is an early reminder of an upcoming GLS event. Mark your calendar for the annual Fishermen’s and Family Breakfast that will be held on May 14th starting at 7 am to 10am.  There will also be raffles. More details to follow.

Lyme Disease Tick Alert! Because Grand Lake Stream is in a cooler geographic climate, some people feel that ticks are not much of a concern. Although ticks are more prevalent in warmer areas of Maine they live in eastern Maine as well. One story that I have heard repeated several times is about a Grand Lake Stream person who came upon a moose on the Amazon Road that seemed dazed. He started to walk near the moose and could see and hear the ticks that covered much of the animal’s body. What this man saw and heard was not deer Lyme ticks but it does show the need to check yourself daily after spending time outside. The following information is provided as part of the recognition of May as being Lyme Disease Awareness month.

Watch for Ticks to Prevent Lyme Disease

Spring is here, so it’s time to think about the outdoors and proper protection against ticks. Maine had 1,171 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2015. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Ticks are primarily active in warmer months.  Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by a bite from an infected deer tick (Ixodes scapularis).  In Maine, Lyme disease is most common in adults 65 and over and children between the ages of 5 and 15, but anyone can get the disease.  Individuals who work or play outside are more likely to be exposed to ticks. The most common and visible symptom of Lyme disease is a red bulls-eye rash that grows and appears within 3-30 days of exposure.   

Lyme disease is treatable and most individuals recover completely with a proper drugs. However, the easiest way to avoid the disease is prevention, using “No Ticks 4 ME”:

1) Use caution in tick infested areas. 2) Wear protective clothing. 3) Use an EPA approved repellent. 4) Perform daily tick checks after any outdoor activity.

A tick must be attached for a minimum of 24 hours before the infection can be passed on, further stressing the need for prompt and proper tick removal. If you are bitten by a tick, or work in a known tick habitat, watch for symptoms for up to 30 days, and call a healthcare provider if symptoms develop. 

An early reminder to mark Saturday, May 21st as Grand Lake Stream Clean-up day. Many more details to follow!

So, upon reflection of the Easter Celebration here are some words to consider: “The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone’s prayers, and the very best place to be is….in the Hands of God.”

Moose Permits! The regulators of Maine’s annual moose hunt are a week away from closing the books on this year’s paper applications for a permit to bag the state’s official animal. The State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says applications must be postmarked by April 1. The deadline to apply online is May 16.

Getting a permit might be more difficult than usual this year because of a pending cut in permits. State biologists say the permits should be cut by 24 percent to meet public demand to view the animals in the wild. The state currently plans to issue 2,140 permits at the June 11 drawing. The lottery typically attracts tens of thousands of applicants.

Honey production in 2015 from Maine producers with five or more colonies totaled 470 thousand pounds, up 25 percent from 2014, according to Gary Keough, State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New England Field Office. There were 10 thousand colonies producing honey in 2015, up 25 percent from 2014. Yield per colony averaged 47 pounds, unchanged from 2014. Honey prices increased during 2015 to $5.51 per pound, up 10 percent from $4.99 per pound in 2014. Producer honey stocks were 47 thousand pounds on December 15, 2015, up 15% from a year earlier.

An after-thought, all those pesky honey bees buzzing around your flowers are really helping the economy in Maine! 

Your Humble Correspondent: Dave McCullough  207-839-4205 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com