Montville Town News
We had an awesome time walking around the Common Ground Fair this past weekend. The weather was perfect and it seemed very well attended. We took the train in from Unity and my family (mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law & Sharon and the boys) loved the whole experience. We were there on Saturday and there was a freakish cold weather front that came out of no where that threatened to unleash some rain at the end of the day, but we managed to get back just as we felt some drops. Hats off to the MOFGA people for putting together such a great event every year.
In my ramblings around town I noticed the Fire Department has a fine new paved entryway to the station. (or is it dooryard?) Congratulations! Looks great. Watch out for ditching work starting up on 220 up by Halldale Road, and also on 173 heading into South Montville.
Town Office News
The Montville Select Board will change its meeting night from Tuesdays to Mondays beginning October 21, 2013. The Board will not meet on state holidays that fall on Monday. Meetings will continue to occur at the the town office at 7:00 p.m.
Interest will begin to accrue on the first half of 2013 property taxes on Monday, September 30.
The town office will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day.
The ditching work seems to have finally culminated on Burnham Hill Road. There were some residents that expressed concerns over several issues concerning the roadwork. The select board will discuss these issues in a future meeting.
Road Commissioner Steve Lucas reported that the road grader has broken down, again.
Town Office hours:
Monday & Wednesday 9-3 (some transactions 3-5), Tuesday 2-7, 1st & 3rd Saturday 9-11.
Check out their website for more information: www.montvillemaine.org
Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance Event
Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hike the Northern Headwaters trail.
This 3.5-mile loop takes hikers past a pristine section of the Sheepscot River headwaters and through a variety of forest types including majestic mature hemlock stands. The hike is of moderate difficulty. Meet at the Whitten Hill trailhead and parking lot on the Halldale Road 1.5 miles from Rte 220. Please bring a bag lunch and water, we will plan to picnic along the way. Co-sponsored with the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Liberty Library Event
Story Time at the Liberty Library - Thursdays at 10:30
The library will be holding a Story Time program for preschoolers this fall and will continue, if there is enough interest and participation. A fun atmosphere for parent and child to share time together at the library and to make new friends. Please see the website www.liberty.lib.me.us or stop by the library for weekly themes and for more information.
Friday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. - Coyote ~ America's Songdog
Conservation Biologist Geri Vistein’s presentation will center on the "perceptions and relationships" - between coyote, Native Americans and European Americans, coyote’s relationship with other wildlife and the ecosystem, and how we coexist with coyotes. Come and learn about this resilient carnivore in a way you have never heard before. Co-sponsored with the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA). This presentation gives our community members a chance to come together and share your own stories, ask questions you have been wanting to ask, and share a dialogue that helps us all to understand better our very deep rooted relationships with all life, including our fellow humans.
During October, a portion of "I AM Coyote" art exhibit from different Maine artists will be displayed at the library. It focuses on Coyote through the personal and creative expression and has the goal of teaching about this native carnivore.
Walker Elementary News:
The second Story Walk will take place this Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 on the trail by the ball field at Roberts Field. Our family attended the first Story Walk and had a great time, so if you have some free time Saturday afternoon, please plan to come participate in this fun, active reading of Honey. . . Honey . . . Lion, by Jan Brett. If you don't get a chance to attend the walk, you can still come later and walk the trail and read the story, as the story will stay posted in the woods for at least another month.
The Hannaford Helps Schools program has begun!! Starting September 1st through December 1st, anyone shopping at Hannaford and purchasing certain products will receive a second receipt that is worth varied amounts depending on what items/products you have purchased. We will collect the receipts until December 12, 2013. Any receipts turned in after that date will not be accepted. Remember, part of our fund-raising is the collection of BoxTops for Education, ink cartridges and Hannaford Helps Schools receipts. Feel free to drop off at school whenever you'd like. Also we collect soda can tabs for the Shriners Hospital.
That's about it for this week. If you have news you would like me to include, or just let me know you read the column, send me an email or give me a call.
Until next time.