Montville Town News
Very glad to be back from visiting family and friends during Thanksgiving week. I am most thankful for my family. Still, I have a feeling of being out-of-the-loop; perhaps its all the gray days we've had in a row that have left me in a daze.
Remembering Willy Wilmoth
Willy Wilmoth, wildlife carver, sculptor, artist, educator and beloved community character passed away on Tuesday, November 19th. He will be greatly missed.
Willy loved the outdoors and all it had to offer. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed muzzleloading as of late. His main love was that of carving wildlife.
He was originally from Chester, Virginia where he taught wood carving classes at John Tyler Community College. He also taught at the Hand Workshop, a visual arts center in Richmond and was involved with Virginia Wildlife for many years. He moved to Maine with his partner, HL Whitney (who was from Camden) in 2006.
He belonged to the Lake Association of Lake St. George where he volunteered doing boat inspections (for invasive plants) and water quality testing. He also volunteered on the Town of Liberty Conservation Committee.
A tribute will be planned for late spring or early summer of next year. More information to come.
Montville Town Office News
The Board received the results of a 48-hour vehicle count on the Burnham Hill Road, which it had requested of the Maine Department of Transportation in response to concerns of a group of Burnham Hill Road residents. Over two days, the count was: 2 motorcycles, 201 cars, 83 pick-ups, 4 school buses, 8 box trucks, and 4 tractor trailer-type trucks. This information was collected because residents on Burnham Hill Road are concerned about the increasingly large amount of trucks using this small dirt road and also with speeding issues. The Board now is reviewing this information.
Dog licenses are in and your dog can now be registered. You can do this at the Town Office, during regular business hours, or online at: https://www10.informe.org/dog_license/ You will be able to pay by credit card 24 hours a day! The online service in only available through January 31. On February 1 the fines will be $25 per dog, so please be sure to register your dog (s) as soon as possible. You will need the rabies certificate and proof of spay /neuter (if done within the last year). The cost will be $6.00 for spay/neutered dog and $11.00 for an unaltered dog. If you have already registered you animal…. THANK YOU!!!
Walker Elementary School News
"Coats for Kids" would love to have any jackets, coats, vests (winter wear) that your family may have outgrown or that you are replacing with a new piece of clothing. There is a collection box in the hallway across from the Office. All the items donated are given to the Salvation Army for distribution to friends that may need an extra warm items of clothing for winter. Thanks for your support!!
Boy Scout Pack 39 News
December brings snow, and a Mason Lodge Free Movie! Polar Express will be shown at the Mason Lodge #111 this evening (12/6) beginning at 6:30 pm. Come to the 2nd Annual Mason and Scout Movie Night. The Lodge is located ¼ of mile north of Walker School on Route 220 in Liberty. Wear your PJ’s, and get comfy! Pack 39 will hand out free glow bracelets to the kids.
The One Man Volleyball Team will be performing at the South Liberty Baptist Church on December 10th at 6 pm. You can check out Bob's website at www.beatbob.com. For more information, call 845-6013.
Family Anime Night at the Clifford Performing Arts Center at Mt. View High School on Saturday, December 14th. Kiki's Delivery Service will be shown at 2:30 pm and Spirited Away will be shown at 5 pm. Both are Disney animation films and are appropriate for the whole family. Donations accepted.
Palermo Community Supper to Support Don Barrett and Family – Holiday Feast on December 14th from 5-7pm at Palermo School Don is a local farmer (Pageett Farm on Route 3) and has served Palermo on school boards and in other capacities for many years. He is in a tough battle with throat cancer. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to support Don and his wife, veterinarian Pam Page, and their children Aedan, 8, and Katherine, 2. This will be an incredible holiday feast, with turkey and all the trimmings! Bring the whole family. There will be music, a 50/50 raffle and a pie auction. The school is located at 501 Route 3 in Palermo. Cost is $10-person, $25-family. If you would like to help with the supper, please contact email@example.com or call Will Sugg at 993-3014. To help financially if you cannot attend, send a check to 'Friends of Don Barrett', 1368 Level Hill Rd. Palermo, ME 04354. You can also give online at by gong to the following website: www.meepi.org/will/donevent.htm Thanks so much for your kindness and support!
Liberty Library News
The library is seeking exhibitors for 2014. Do you have crafts, artwork or collections that you would like to share with the community? Exhibits are usually up for approximately one month but sometimes longer. We are looking forward to displaying Shelagh Delphyne's photographs in January. If you haven't seen them yet, the Sheepscot Valley Quilter's Wallhangings will be up for a few more weeks. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact us using the "contact us" form on our webpage or call 589-3161. If the library is not open, please leave a message.
The library is open 4 hours a day Monday through Friday and 2 hours on Saturday morning. A dedicated group of volunteers work together to maintain this schedule. A reminder that these staff are all "volunteer" and sometimes things happen or schedules get confused. Please call ahead to be sure the library is open, especially in inclement weather (589-3161). And sometimes volunteers are there for two or four hours and nobody visits which is disappointing. So please visit the library often. There are lots of new books!
Food Pantry donations are now being collected for December. November donations were divided and given to the Liberty Baptist church, AmVets, and New Life church pantries. Bring your food donations to the Post Office and the Library. Cans for money donations are at various locations around town. Please be generous to our neighbors in need.
Need a pattern for making 2-needle mittens? Pick one up at the library and drop off your hand knitted mittens in the Mittens for Kids basket. Sizes for younger grades are most needed. The mittens will be given to Walker School and Waldo Cap for distribution.
Story Time is at 10:30 on Thursdays for preschool children and their caregivers. During December children will enjoy some holiday books and songs and make holiday decorations together. See the website for themes www.liberty.lib.me.us
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.