Have you noticed the cow on top of the roof at Saunders Brothers Mill on Main Street? Yup. A cow. Not a live one, but… The cow was the mascot for Vermont Tubbs (a furniture manufacturer) which was recently purchased by Saunders Mill according to Town Manager Kim Sparks. The cow came with the deal. The Vermont cow has now moved to Maine and lives on the mill roof. Thought you'd like to know.
Deer hunting season begins this Saturday, Nov. 2, for Maine residents only. It is open to all hunters Monday, Nov. 4. Hunting seasons for other species continue. Time to wear your hunter orange if you aren't already. For hunters, it is the law to wear two pieces of hunter orange clothing, and there is a hefty fine for not doing so. For everyone else, it is safety and common sense to wear it when outdoors. Remember this for your animals as well. Even though hunting is not allowed on Sundays, it's still a good idea to wear that orange.
I have given in and filled the bird and suet feeders. Now the chickadees and squirrels no longer have to stare in the windows beseeching me to put some food out for them.
A few flakes of snow fell last week. They may not have made it to Locke's Mills, but they found me in the hills of Andover.
Today (Oct. 31) is Halloween and that marks the beginning of the “short-daylight season” holidays which go on into January. Right now the holidays honor spirits of those who came before. All Hallows' Eve (aka Halloween), All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day come one after the other followed by the Day of the Dead which is celebrated in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. There are similar celebrations in Asian and African countries. For these cultures the goal is ancestor veneration to ensure the ancestors' continued well-being and positive disposition towards the living and sometimes to ask for special favors or assistance. And I thought it was all about trick-or-treat.
Saturday night is time to set your clocks back one hour. Wonder if we could convince politicians to finally get rid of this need to mess with time changes?
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