By Tom Seymour | Jun 06, 2021
The Frankfort Memorial Day service was well-attended despite drizzle and cool temperatures. The Boy Scouts performed a flag ceremony and the folding of the flag was done in a professional manner.
Evelyn Adams dedicated two red maple trees, one on either side of the granite stone memorial, to the memory of Sophie Treat. Members of the Treat family were among the first settlers in the area. Ruth Kroll, a Treat descendant, was present at the ceremony.
After the memorial event, many in attendance walked next door to the Waldo Pierce Library and Reading Room for its open house. Coffee, doughnuts and other treats greeted the visitors and a number of people, including myself, signed up for library cards.
Next, the Frankfort Congregational Church would like to thank all who participated in the first of the season’s takeout turkey suppers. These will be held the last Saturday of each month, from 4:30 p.m. until food is sold out. To preorder a meal, call 223-9978 or 505-1928.
June ranks among the better months for every kind of fishing. Trolling in lakes and ponds takes some of the biggest fish of the season, especially brown trout.
I had a letdown this week. Taking my boat out for the first time this season, to Unity Pond, I had planned on loading up on black crappies. After launching the boat and loading all the gear, the motor started on the third pull, always a good sign after a long winter. But after going only a short distance, the motor quit with a loud “bang.” It seemed I had struck something.
After that, the motor would not fire despite repeated attempts. So I removed the cover and noted gasoline dripping from the carburetor. Then upon raising the motor, I found that the tether on the kill switch, a safety device intended to stop the motor in the event the operator falls overboard, had become wrapped on the propeller shaft. Removing the tether allowed the motor to start right up. I was ready to go out in the lake anyway, despite the dripping gas, when my fishing buddy John McMillan noted that this was a dangerous situation and an errant spark could cause an explosion. I agreed. So we loaded everything back in the truck.
Had that tether cord not become wound up in the propeller shaft, we might have never known about the gas leak and the danger it presented. We gave a short prayer of thanks for this unlikely intervention.
Under the feeder
Bird activity at my seed feeder has seen an unending rainbow of dazzling colors. A pair of cardinals regularly visit and when they leave, the brilliant-yellow goldfinches take their place. Then a new visitor showed up, a male, rose-breasted grosbeak.
Old English Motto: “Mist in May and heat in June, bring all things in tune.”