Meddybemps News

Town News

Linda Baniszeski 


“Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is?”  An old rhyme from years gone by -- still appropriate, especially for this year.  Actually, I wonder where the spring temperatures are.  The seasons are all out of whack in these parts this year.  Also in Pennsylvania and South Carolina where family still live.  Nevertheless, it keeps life interesting.

Happy birthday wishes to Dana Reynolds on April 14.  Here’s hoping it’s a good one, and that Patty is back from her travels in time to celebrate with him.  Love Patty’s Facebook postings from her sister’s wedding and the sights of Las Vegas.  Undoubtedly, everyone there is having a great time.

My Maine bird book says, “It’s a sure sign of spring when red-winged black birds return.”  Let us hope it is true.  A very large flock of these and another specie of blackbirds are frequenting our feeder en masse.  The book also says it is common for large flocks of the red-winged blackbirds to travel with similar size flocks of other kinds of blackbirds.   What a glorious sight to have nearly 100 birds flitting around the trees, feeder and woods, all the while chirping spring greetings.  

During a nice chat with Sally Ketchen, I’ve learned that a yearling deer was seen out of the kitchen window of the Arbo home.  She said they also had some robins at the Arbo’s, Tammi Smith’s home, Joyce Brown’s and the Trouant’s properties. A couple of spruce grouse were at the Arbo property as well.  Sally added that she could see that ice is out on large areas of the lake, but coves and other protected areas are still iced over.  

From our cove, we can see out into the expanse of the lake from Meddybemps town dock toward the islands.  Each day, open water moves closer to overtaking our cove.  As of now, three quarters of the cove is still iced, but heavy winds continue to break off edges.  There is a great deal of gray shading on the remaining ice surface, indicating we should have complete ice-out very soon.  I must check with Janet Wooding.  Last year in part of her cove, there was still ice, even though we were told the ice was officially out across the lake.  More news next week.  

A pair of geese has returned to Barry’s brother’s property in Pembroke.  We too have four of our seasonal ducks returning. They arrived on Sunday looking for their cracked corn.  They sure have built-in radar to find us each year and remember where they get meals.  

While traveling over the Easter holidays, Barry and I experienced myriad weather conditions.  It was just as cold and snowy in Pennsylvania as it’s been here in Maine.  My older sister and Meddybemps summer resident, Patty Lentz, and I traveled from her Pennsylvania home to South Carolina the week before Easter.  We visited with our younger sister, Michele, and her husband at their home on Lake Marion, near Manning, South Carolina.  What a treat for the senses and soul to be able to walk on sun-drenched days in moderately warm temperatures only needing a light jacket or sweater.  Scuffy especially loved our two and three times a day walks through the beautiful lakeside, gated community where Michele lives.  She and her daughter Andrea, who lives in Virginia, will be here for about 10 days the beginning of August -- their annual mother-daughter road trip.  I visit Michele in the cold months, and she comes here when it is a sweltering 100 degrees in August in South Carolina.  A perfect arrangement.

Each morning, while doing devotions sitting in her sun porch, I would see a different variety of wildlife than here in Maine.  There was a gigantic red headed woodpecker working on a dead tree that was removed by the grounds people at her development only a day later.  I also saw a huge flock of European starlings, a few herons at water’s edge and many squirrels flitting around the yards.  Many kinds of birds serenaded us with various musical calls throughout the days.  The azaleas, dogwoods and magnolias were in bloom.  Trees blossomed and butterflies floated around the flower beds and trees that were bursting with new life.  

We drove to Charleston and James Island for some sightseeing and lunch.  On the way home, we saw wild dogs eating at a deer carcus.  Sadly, wild dogs are very common in the south.  It is quite scary to me to know in any woods and fields, there are sure to be packs of these poor, neglected k-9’s.

Beautiful photos continue to be posted from Florida and various travels to warm climates by the seasonal snowbirds who live here in the summer and elsewhere during winter months.  It makes us ache for a return to warming temperatures and more sunshine right here at home.

Please send your news to or phone 454-3719.  Your news is always welcomed and appreciated.

Blessings to all.