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Page 30 THE QUODDY TIDES 26 January, 2018 I A plan for local production This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoy- ment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun. - From the Book of Eccle- siastes (c. 450-180. BCE) Natural events - One good thing about having a bitter cold snap early in the win- ter is this: From now on unless it gets down to 20 below and stays there for two weeks, anything the season can throw at Cornerstone Church "'To Know Christ, and to Make Him Known, through Worship, Love & Service" 112 County Road, Eastport Come as you are, who you are. Nothing but love & hope found here. Adult Sunday School -- 9 a.m. Worship Service and Children' s Sunday School -- 10 a.m. 853-4208 us will look mild compared to what we have already been through. We're hard- ened-off good and proper. Bitter cold is particularly hard for those who work out- side or keep animals. Machinery gets cranky and may break or refuse to run, but the animals must be fed and watered re- gardless of the weather. Chores that take an hour when it's milder may take two or three hours when it is so cold. But we leam from it, and next time it happens maybe we'll be better able to handle it. Un-natural events - Plastic picket fenc- es, but more on that in a moment. Field and forest report - Some outdoors work is best done in winter, particularly orchard work and woods work. In the or- chard, it's pruning time because the sap is down in the roots and less likely to freeze and damage the living bark around prun- ing cuts, and there is less chance of infec- tion since disease organisms are inactive in the cold. In the woods, it's cutting and skidding out logs for lumber or firewood. Winter-cut wood needs less time to season since the sap is down, and skidding is much easier over frozen ground. The trees are asleep, their leaves are gone and their sap has been drawn down to their roots. Maybe they even feel less pain. Saltwater report - Plastic lobster traps, but more on that in a moment, too. Rank opinion - Maybe I've told you how my brother and sister-in-law have a numbering system for their favorite rants. So they don't have to repeat the entire rant ,aint i!(ateri ekakwitha Jarish Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday, 4 p.m. St. Joseph, Eastport Saturday, 5:30 p.m. St. Ann, Elders Center, Pleasant Point Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception, Calais Sunday, 10:30 a.m. St.James, Baileyville Tel: 454-0680 E-mail: I @bituarie WILLIAM J. SMITH every time it comes up, they just call out its designated number so as not to bore each other with the whole load. It would be a great blessing to everyone if politi- cians and pundits everywhere would only adopt this simple system. We know what you are going to say. Save your breath and our blood pressure. After the follow- ing rant, your commentator will endeavor to follow that eminently sane example. Maybe. Now, about those plastic picket fences and plastic lobster traps and the like. Maine is the most forested state in the U.S. with over 17 million acres of woods, including vast expanses of softwoods, such as spruce, fir and cedar, and hard- woods, such as oak, maple and birch. We want our food to be produced locally, maybe even pay a little more for it, be- cause it's good for the local economy, creates jobs, keeps the money in the com- munity and we all know that. Then why don't we insist that other products be pro- duced locally? We desperately need jobs for Maine families. Unemployment and underem- ployment - with all their ills like poverty, hunger, addiction and domestic abuse - are too high. So what do we do? We buy plastic picket fences! At one time, the cold months in New England were spent man- ufacturing berry boxes, fruit boxes, fish boxes, lobster traps, lobster boats, shin- gles, clapboards, pickets, lattices, mold- ings, gutters, doors, windows, lumber, firewood and many other products from local sources for local use. Now these products are shipped in from who knows where while our workers waste away. It does not have to be this way. Small- scale local agriculture is booming in Maine. Why not small-scale, locally- sourced manufacturing? Foolish fantasy or possible plan? Your comments are wel- come. Seedpods to carry around - From Ann Landers, 1918-2002: Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them. (All rights reserved, 1992-2018, by Rob McCall, publisher.) FINDING GUIDANCE DURING A DIFFICULT TIME IS COMFORTING. THATS WHY PEOPLE TURN TO US. 3NERAL HOME 26 Church St Calais 72 High St Eastport (207) 454-3141 (207) 853-4240 PLEASANT POINT - William Joseph (Bill) Smith, 47, of Pleasant Point passed away Sunday, December 3,2017. Bill was born on July 26, 1970, son of Frances T. (Bassett) and Clifton E. Smith Sr. On his path to the spirit world he will be greeted by his parents, broth- [ ~ ers, nieces and nephews. He leaves be- hind his loving family: lifetime love, Dalejo Longfellow; daughter, Ane Soctomah and Cameron; sons, Kyle Francis, Charles Trott and Kim, Isaac Syliboy and Chelsea, Andrew Francis-Stevens; god- child, Winona Dana-Smith (Love Pest); as well as his dogs, Diesel and Bella, and cats, Ducks and Toddlina. He also leaves behind his siblings, Margaret Apt, Clifton Smith Jr. and Rachael, Barbara Newell and Joe, Kathy Smith and Wayne, Ruby Griffm and husband Mike, Ralph Smith Sr Lisa Dana and husband Ricky, David Francis and wife Heather; special niece, Holly Smith and Willie; sister-in-law, Lynn Neptune; uncles, Joseph L. Basset, Doug Brackett, Ernie Smith; aunt, Gracie Davis; his adopted siblings, Kateri, Raquel, Cindy, Renee, Pete, Kirk, Sepsa, Raymond, Kinap, Dale Larkin, Mike Donahue and Joe Knott; friends, Doc, Doug and Kabookie; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dale and Gerarda (Meme) Longfellow. Bill had a zest for life and loved all of his nieces and nephews, including the ba- bies. He attended school at Beatrice Raf- ferty School, Shead High School and Washington County Community College, where he studied building construction. He had a passion for watching "Star Trek," playing chess and going on family vacations to DC and Junior. He loved tip- ping, wrinkling, clamming and most of all raking for Alex Nicholas. He loved clas- sic rock and dancing with the babies. He loved coffee in the mornings and making his famous specialty breakfast. His family will miss his fried bologna sandwiches, hamburger helper, barbecue ribs and tur- key gravy. He made dream catchers like his morn and was famous for giving tides to those in need, which often ended up being a three-hour tour. You will forever be in our hearts, and a piece of our heart goes with you. Till the day we meet again. Billyums. 3n Memoriam In loving memory of MAUPdCE MITCHELL February 6, 1937 - January 24, 2013 A loving husband, father, grandfa- ther, great-grandfather and friend. Always in our hearts. Wife - Regina And family Card of Thanks A sincere thanks to all of my friends and relatives for the phone calls, texts, visits and cards after the loss of my aunt and my dad and after my lovely daughter's horrible crash. My dad did so much for so many. In Nancy's words, "The pain of a broken leg, broken arm, fractured wrist, lacerations, etc. is not nearly as bad as the pain of not being able to visit my grampie during his last hours." Charlie Curtis