Montville Town News
The Special Town Meeting happened September 28th and here are some issues that were decided:
-Transfer station will now have a 3 tier pay system depending on the size of container being used. It goes as follows:
$0.75 for bags that are under 20 gallons,
$1.50 for bags that are 20-35 gallons, and
$2.25 for bags that are over 35 gallons and barrels.
(The current sticker price is $1.50 for bags not exceeding 32 gallons)
It was decided that the Montville Town House will be renovated in accordance with the State Fire Marshall's Office. Plans includes adding an emergency exit door, adding seating, installing a UL-approved woodstove, and painting walls to
satisfy code. (Note: copies of the proposed plan are available on the town website (montvillemaine.org), by email (email@example.com), and at the office of the town clerk. (I kind of liked the old barrel stove with Dr. Seuss stovepipe, but I guess it was not up to code).
It was decided that the Montville Community Hall will be sold to the Union Harvest Grange for a dollar ($1), provided that the deed shall give the Town of Montville a right of first refusal if the Grange decides to sell or conveys such real estate in the future.
And lastly, here is the citizen-initiated article which was passed:
The Town will authorize use, initiated by a Montville citizen, of the meeting room in the Town Office that is free-of-charge for the purpose of discussing issues relating to community, government, taxation, education and other matters pertaining to the public interest. The Town will authorize the Select Board to set policy and fees for use of the Town Office meeting room for private events initiated by a Montville citizen, which are not open to the public.
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.
The town office will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day.
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
The Montville Fire Department is holding a fundraising bottle drive. Bring your bottles and cans for redemption to 10-4 Store (804 Acadia Highway [Rt 3], West Montville) and tell them it's for the Montville Fire Departmant bottle drive.
Walker Elementary School News
At this printing most students will most likely be "almost done" with NECAP's (standards testing). Woo-hoo, way to go guys! Enjoy your weekend!
Walker students were treated to a wonderful version of "Peter and the Wolf" with the No Strings Attached Marionette Company from Vermont on October 3rd at the Mount View High School auditorium. If you ever hear about this group performing again, I would highly recommend catching their show. Very talented performers.
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. Walker Elementary will collect the receipts until December 12, 2013. Any receipts turned in after that date will not be accepted.
Also, part of their fund-raising efforts, is the collection of BoxTops for Education (specially marked boxed tops), ink cartridges and Hannaford Helps Schools receipts. Feel free to drop off at school anytime school is in session (8:30 - 3:30). They collect soda can tabs for the Shriners Hospital as well.
Mount View Middle School News
There is a new Parent/Principal Advisory group meeting once a month to discuss issues concerning the middle school. This is a great way to have an input and stay in the loop of the happenings at school. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in rm M201 of the middle school. Please contact Vicki Kupferman firstname.lastname@example.org or Martha Witham email@example.com for more information.
Some topics that were discussed from the initial meeting on 9/18:
As part of an ongoing afterschool activity, there will be a bus taking 35 students on Thursdays to the Belfast YMCA to attend their Teen Access Program. It will leave at 3:10; they will have time for ½ hr swim, gym activities, hang-out rooms, etc. It will be limited to 35 students per quarter and open to new students each quarter – if it doesn’t fill up then repeats are possible. Ron Ouimette will be the bus monitor and it will be back at Mount View by 5:15 for students to catch the late bus home. Y staff will supervise on that end. Use contact above for more information.
Also, there will be another Jr. Chef’s Club with Beth Chamberlain, Healthy Waldo County/SNAP – afterschool activity to start soon, students will bring home information.
Some middle school students are taking math and English Language Arts in the High School – breaking down ages and grades. Students love the overlap of classes and having mixed homerooms (6 - 8th grades are mixed in homerooms). Average class size is 25, some have 22.
Lunch money – may use PayPal, send $ with student, or bring it in. Feedback has been good that the students “love the lunches!” They may purchase lunch “a la Carte” or “Meal Deal” which includes main course, milk, veggie/salad bar.
Gardening/Agriculture – the middle school is part of the complex’s composting program, and the kitchen uses many local farmers as food sources. At the next faculty meeting they are talking about touring the Thor-Knox garden (adjacent to the school) and using that more.
Recycling – is only happening in the high school at this time, although each room does have a recycling bin for paper. Would need volunteers to coordinate and carry out this program in the middle school.
Hopefully I can have more timely information to share here for next time.
Story Time at the Liberty Library - Thursdays at 10:30 It has been a few years since the library offered a Story Time. Age appropriate library programs help build a foundation for a lifetime love of books and reading. The library will be holding a Story Time program for preschoolers this fall and will continue them if there is enough interest and participation. It will be 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. The theme for the next Story Time on October 10 will be "Owls".
Liberty Graphics T-Shirt & Book Raffle
The last round of the has begun! Featured this month are designs by beloved Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar. (See the article on our website for more information about her.) You have a choice between The Cat at Night or The Little Fisherman. The drawing will be on November 16th. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.00. Purchase tickets at the Library or Liberty Graphics Retail Outlet Store.
Check out the "Online Services" links at the bottom left of the library's webpage. There is a tutorial about how to set up a Facebook account and setting safe privacy controls. There is also a link for the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to sign up for health insurance. Of course, magazine articles, the hobbies and crafts database, Encyclopedia Britannica and more are available through MARVEL! links. Check out the Health link to guide you towards reliable websites for healthcare information. Maine eGov are popular links to the many state services available online from Auto Registration renewal to Professional Licensing. All the links are available on our Home page www.liberty.lib.me.us This is a great service and it's free. I like that!
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.