East Machias – Local dad Gerry Beal is demanding answers after learning his burn pile was unauthorized earlier today.
“Since when in the hell do I need to get a goddamn permit to burn brush in my own friggin backyard?” Beal asked after being visited by the local fire chief.
Beal had cut down a spruce and was in the process of burning it on the edge of his lawn.
“Suppose you’re going to tell me if I got a blow-down across the snowmobile trail on the back-40, I got to go sign my life away to get a friggin permit?” Beal asked.
The volunteer fire department chief happened to drive by and saw the smoke, leading to the discovery of an unauthorized burn.
“Let me tell you something about that fella,” Beal said, “he’s been telling everyone what to do since we was in high school. Don’t have much time for that fella.”
According to the fire department, the permit is a simple issue, and can sometimes even be taken care of by verbal agreement.
“Time was you could do what you want,” Beal said. “This whole state is going to hell.”
His frustrations were made worse when he realized he wouldn’t be able to get rid of his used motor oil.
“What in the hell am I supposed to do with 20 gallons of oil and all this spoiled gas?”