Counting the days to Christmas at the Transfer Station

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 11:00am

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    Frank Barnako is a seasonal resident of Wiscasset at Clarks Point on the Sheepscot River.   His career in journalism included on air and news director positions with CBS and NBC Radio and TV stations.  He was a pioneer in the Internet, helping to create and co-found where he also developed a 200-station radio network and wrote daily columns focused on the stock market, business news, and technology. Barnako describes himself as “an aspiring photographer,” whose work can be seen at<>. He is a member of the town’s Investment Advisory Committee. Email him at

I have finally gotten back to photography.  The last 18 months, I’ve kind of been on pause.  Wasn’t being inspired.  But the closing days of summer dragged me out of the house and back into this beautiful land.  Just this week I managed to head north to Camden, Maine for a little shooting around.  It's a lovely, picturesque village with lots of tourists and a marvelous harbor suitable for everything from small sailboats to multi-masted schooners.  These days there is controversy about an old and deteriorating dam which channels the Megunticook River  into a waterfall at the heart of the harbor.

Another highlight of Camden is Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe.  The two-story cottage-like building is full of old time candy, like you don't see at the Walgreens.  There they are - the root-canal causes of substantial dental bills my father paid.  If it's chewy - it's at Uncle Willy's. Licorice, peanut brittle, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Jujube, Peanut Chews, Sugar Daddy, and more. 

It's a step back in time, prompting an excited, smiling woman to come into the store and ask the sales person, "How many times have you had someone like me come in and say ‘Give me one of everything?’”

As I drove back to Wiscasset, I began seeing the faintest color changes of leaves.  Some red maples were getting redder, for sure.  While other trees' leaves were changing from green to pale yellow, surely a sign that fall is here and winter is coming.

Meanwhile, at the town recycling and refuse center, they call it a 'Transfer Station' - there is another sign of winter, in the parking lot.

Each fall, Donna and I stay here into mid-October, hoping that we'll get a night or two that's cold enough for us to put on a fire in the fireplace. We may get the chance this weekend - low temps are forecast to be in the '40s.

Couple of arty events recently - Saturday evening, the Maine Art Gallery unveiled an extensive exhibition of abstract photography.  The works of four photographers are imaginative, provocative, and entertaining.  The show is titled "Our Maine".  The Gallery this year has mounted six exhibitions ... not bad for a small town.  One visitor to the gallery commented, "Beautiful and sometimes challenging work that stands out from tourist town fare".

One more thing ... The final Wiscasset Art Walk of the year ... at 5pm Thursday. Music, performers, food, art, murals, and oysters.