"Ramblings," sometimes described as long-winded, wordy, verbose writings,
can absolutely be thoroughly entertaining! Enjoy our reader's submissions!
Until just a few minutes ago, there was a near total silence across the cove with a couple of cats 'stomping' around the gardens, and two or three boats off in the distance. The locally-based Loons, I suspect, are nesting and Tree Swallows are scouting for nesting territory while whispering brief calls as they flit across the lake and shore.
There was the welcome chirping of Osprey parents teaching their young, and a few kingfishers over on / around Island Park. Then, gradually came the sound of two lawn mowers and a leaf blower. Then also was the intermitant sound of a hammer as a worker labored at repair in the newly-purchased neighbor's home.
But none of those added sounds can adversely queer the beautiful experience I feel as I sit in full sun, while conquering the NY Times X-word puzzle with NPR purring in the background.
Have a nice day !!
Submitted by Gary Sawyer, 6-4-17
Another near perfect day on the North Shore.
The Japanese Crabapple Trees are in bloom, as is the Plum Tree and Weigela and the Lemon and Mahogany Ninebarks. The daffodils are fading away just as the Tulips reach their peak.
There are a couple of Kingfishers entertaining me as they seek out their targets from a few small trees along the shore. Their near constant chattering is somehow comforting, as it fills the void of Loons and Ospreys who, I suspect, are finally nesting on eggs. The Loons have been very vocal lately, right up until this morning.
I saw 74 degrees on the gauge awhile ago and there is full sun.
I managed to hook up the water hoses, and I re-established the flags for a 24 / 7 stint until fall. We are scheduled to launch six floats tomorrow morning, which will pretty much set us up for the season.
Submitted by Gary Sawyer, 5-20-17
A Bit of Ladies Delight Island Lighthouse History from 1981
“Thirty years ago on this date, I had the pleasure of officiating at the wedding of two friends who were also neighbors. I was a JP primarily to register voters, but I had all of the other powers of a Justice of the Peace. They had planned a simple ceremony in their living room with only two friends as witnesses. Although it had been seasonably chilly, the day was not unlike today. We borrowed another neighbor's runabout and the five of us went out to the Cobbossee Lighthouse. After reciting a brief statement and the vows had been made, I produced a bottle of champagne from a briefcase that I had toted along. We all set down our Old Milwaukee cans, drank a dedication 'toast' of the champagne, and lounged for at least five minutes. Very efficient; very lovely. Nice memory!!”
Story written by CYC member Gary Sawyer who lives on the shore of Lake Cobbossee in East Winthrop, and posted on his Facebook page, November 14, 2011. Reprinted here with his permission.
"Brief Review of My Property"
(From An Earlier Submission by Gary)
"The property that I have owned since 1971 was at one time a marina. It is on Keyes Landing Lane in East Winthrop, just several hundred yards from the Manchester Town Line, and not far from the Island Park Bridge. Most charts (the 1900 version by Daniel C. Robinson, and the 1938 version of the Kennebec Journal among them) identify the area as Lily Bay, tucked into the islands off Manchester Bay. There are a couple of postcards citing the property as Pernette Cove. (See pc photos below.)
When I purchased the property, it had a "camp" structure and two out buildings. The Winthrop-Augusta sewer line had just been installed along the shore which apparently added several feet of stabilizing rocks and soil to the original property dimensions.
The site was prime for a marina. It was in a shallow cove, somewhat protected by the land mass of Island Park and Hersey Island. The Island Park Dance Hall and Amusement Area was built by the Augusta, Winthrop, and Gardiner Street Railway in order to attract riders on their trolleys. It worked!
Hundreds of people from all over the state, and beyond, would come to hear the Big Bands from throughout Maine, from Boston, from where-ever. The trolley would make its way from Augusta, along the shore and stop above my place to let people off to come down to rent boats, and then stop at the bridge to let people walk over to the dancehall.
It's a nice heritage. We have discovered several railroad spikes from the old rail bed, and I am told, that many an old nickel or dime have been discovered--thanks to metal dectectors.
Since acquiring the property, I have insulated, added onto the house--twice-- and pushed it back onto a new foundation. I love living here! I have my daughter and her two daughters here in the house.
Although the taxes are EXTREMELY high, I do not plan to leaveit!!"
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