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Waiting for ice out

04/16/2015
Pushaw Lake. Orono, Maine.

Pushaw Lake. Orono, Maine.

“When the roads are clear enough to ride my bicycle.”

A true harbinger of spring.

Students in a University of Maine on-line journalism class I supervise will have a chance at bonus points if they put together a “person-on-the-street” interview project before the end of the semester. As an example, one of the class teachers asked me and two others about our first signs of spring.

I e-mailed back the bike answer.

Then I jumped on my “silver-streak” and peddled out to Pushaw Lake. Pushaw is a sprawling, island-filled waterway north of Bangor. Just a 45 minute ride with the wind in your face.

The roads were sandy and loaded with potholes but I would occasionally catch a whiff of fresh pine and pass a jogger wearing shorts. Yes spring was in the air.

It just wasn’t on Pushaw yet.

Still lots of decomposing ice and a cold wind coming down from the northwest. Angry red-wing black birds squawked at me from an evergreen: “Leeeeevvvv, leeeeevvv!”

I did.

Right after I took the picture above.

Maybe I should change my “person-on-the-street” answer.

“When it’s ice out on Pushaw Lake.”

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