Montville Town News
Boy oh boy its been cold this past week. Our woodpile has taken quite a blow but I hear this frigid weather will take a break this weekend and it might climb into the 50s! Mighty strange weathaaa we're havin' ain't it? At least the coldness has helped me pinpoint all the drafts in our house. Something to keep working at...
Town Office News
The select board would like to thank Road Commissioner Steve Lucas, Emergency Management Director John York, and the many others who devoted many hours keeping our roads cleared of snow, ice, and tree limbs and keeping our residents safe during the last week. Awesome job guys!
Also, the board would like everyone in Montville to know that they are welcome to take one or two 5-gallon buckets of sand from the town sand shed which is located behind the transfer station, for their driveways. The town however, cannot afford to supply whole pick-up loads and taking sand for commercial use is prohibited.
A reminder that the deadline to register your dog is January 31. You can register in the office, through the mail (414 Center Rd., Montville, ME 04941 - please include rabies info and if necessary, a self-addressed stamped envelope), or online at : www10.informe.org./dog_license/ You will be able to pay by credit card 24 hours a day through January 31st. If you no longer have your dog please contact the office so they can be removed from the listing.
Waldo County Humane Society will hold a free rabies clinic on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the cafeteria of the Leroy H. Smith School, 319 South Main Street, Winterport from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Rachel Emerson of Ridge Runner Veterinary Services will be administering shots. This will be our only clinic until fall so if your pet needs a shot to get licensed, now is the time to do it. Shots are free to Waldo County residents. Out of county pets will be charged a small fee of $7.00. Donations are gratefully accepted. In addition to the rabies shot, coupon discounts toward the cost of having pets spayed or neutered will be available.
Montville Fire Department would like to remind everyone the importance of keeping your chimneys clean. Good advice and its not too late. Also, start thinking about t-shirt ideas for the next Montville Field Day. There will be more information about this contest at the town meeting in March.
A big shout out to John and Karen York's son Matthew, as he left last sunday (1/5) for Army basic training at Fort Sill Oklahoma. It took until late Thursday night (1/9) to actually get to the base due to weather issues across the country. He is finally there and will continuing at that location for his advanced training as a "Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator Maintainer". His parents are very proud he has chosen to serve his country by taking on a challenging career in the US Army. Best of luck to you Matt!
A friend of mine turned me onto a cool "all things Montville" blog this week. Go to: www.365montville.wordpress.com. According to the site it's "A year's worth of words, thoughts and happenings from Montville, Maine" complete with beautiful pictures and poems. Check it out and submit your own take on the Montville scene.
There will be an "Animals in Winter Hike/Snowshoe" on Sunday January 19th at 10 am with wildlife expert Paul Flynn and Maine Natural Areas Program intern Nicole Lutkemuller. Discover how animals spend the winter and look for signs of animal activity. The hike will start at the Whitten Hill parking lot (off of Halldale Road). It will be a 3-mile hike and it is being put on by the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (www.swlamaine.org for more info).
Liberty Library News
Soup Night - Saturday, January 25 at 5:00 Postponed from January 11th due to weather. Warm up at the Library at our annual "Soup Night." There will be a variety of delicious homemade soups and desserts - all for free. It is our way of saying "thank you" to the community for all the support you give the Library throughout the year. A fun night slurping and socializing with your neighbors! Also while at the library, check the wonderful photographs of Shelagh Delphyne from Montville. She is exhibiting her photographs of Maine at the Library for the months of January & February. Prints, gifts, and books are for sale and a percentage of the sales will go to the library.
Downton Trivia (yes it's back on...)
A "Downton Trivia" form can be downloaded from our website www.liberty.lib.me.us (or you can pick one up at the library) and turn in in by Soup Night. At the end of the evening, the entry with the most correct answers will be awarded a fabulous prize donated by MPBN. In case of a tie, the winner will be drawn from the first-place entries.
Mittens for Kids
Sixteen pairs of mittens were collected from the "Mitten Basket" and delivered to Walker School. That's in addition to 18 pair that were delivered in December. A sincere "thank you" to everyone who has had their knitting needles clicking and clacking to keep some small hands warm. We will continue collecting mittens until the end of January and they will be taken to WaldoCAP.
Get out and bike with your neighbors! A group of folks from Liberty and Montville are forming a Davistown community team to bike the Trek Across Maine, a three day, 180 mile ride that starts at Sunday River and ends in Belfast June 13-15, 2014. This is an exciting opportunity for the community to come together to support an important cause, challenge yourself, and have fun. Please come join us. Learn more about the Trek, forming a Davistown team, options for getting bicycles, and fundraising. (Please note that we're encouraging kids to ride, but kids 12 years old and under must ride on a tandem bike with an adult.) We'll be meeting at 6:30 at Walker School on Tuesday February 11 to work on getting ready for this big event. If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact Jen Gunderman-King at 505-1452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about the Trek at: http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/events/cycle/trek-across-maine/ If you can't fit the three days of biking into your schedule, or aren't interested in biking, but would like to support our efforts, you can help out by becoming a sponsor. Let Jen know and we'll make it happen.
Mount View News
The Mount View Band put on a superb show last wednesday. The performance started with the Intermediate Band led by Dawn Boden followed by the Advanced Band, the Jazz/Rock Band and the Concert Band led my Michael Venti. Great job to everyone!
Rescheduled Mount View Chamber Singer Concerts: January 10th at the Freedom Congregational Church @ 7 p.m., January 12th at the Lincolnville United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center @ 4 p.m. and later on the 12th at 7 p.m. they will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belfast. These are very talented singers who put on a wonderful show. Catch them if you can!
There will be a RSU3 School Board Meeting on Monday January 13th at the Unity Elementary School at 7 pm. The two main topics of discussion will be the possibility of contracting out the bus service (for the 2014-15 school year) and also the possibility of closing one of the schools for the 2015-16 school year in the RSU3 district as cost saving measure. Interested members of the community are welcome to listen and participate in these discussions.
Take it Outside 5th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby. Learn how to ice fish! Will be held at Lake St. George State Park on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 from 8am to 3pm. Equipment and bait provided. Warming hut, hot cocoa and BBQ lunch included. Prizes for all children registered to fish. Persons 12 years and older cost is $1.50 each. Under 12 and over 65 there is no charge. There will also be dog sled rides from 10am to 3pm. Cost is $3.00 per person. For more information call 589-4255 or go online at www.parksandlands.com (click on Parks Events Calendar). A special thanks goes out to all the sponsors that help make this event fun for the children and families!
I guess 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. My deadline for next week's edition is Friday at 10:00.
Until next time.