Montville Town News
My apologies for getting my column in late. This week turned out to be very busy for me Thursday and Friday. Thank goodness for the weekend though!
There is a "Low-cost neutering for domestic cats" program currently going on now. Residents of Montville can get any cat spayed or neutered for only $10 at the Community Spay-Neuter Clinic in Freeport. Add a rabies vaccination to that for just $10 more. Since a spay for a cat can cost upwards of $140, these spots will go fast. Anyone interested should call the clinic in Freeport at 865-0772 for scheduling. The clinic provides free transportation from Rockland.
Also, there is a "Free neutering for feral cats" program happening as well. I had to look up the meaning of "feral" online just to be on the safe side. A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild according to Wikipedia. The town has access to a grant that allows for the trapping, neutering, and then returning unowned cats (back to the wild) at no cost to the town. They also adopt out the kittens and friendly cats while returning the wild adults to their territory and providing them with food and shelter. If there is a colony of these cats living near you, please call our Animal Control Officer Carol Visser at 382-3104 for more information about this opportunity.
Montville Town News
The town office will now be open until 7:00 on both Mondays and Tuesdays. The new office hours of the town clerk and tax collector are: Mondays 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesdays 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 1st & 3rd Sat. 9-11 a.m.
Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 AM at the Montville Town House.
Fire Department News
The Montville Volunteer Fire Department will hold a drawing for the Camp Neofa one-week campership gift certificate that was won by Mike Bouchard at the 2013 field day. He donated it back to the fire department. Any resident can nominate a child's name to be put in the drawing. They must be between the ages 8-14 and the week campership is for the 2014 season. Nominations are to be emailed to Margaret Masessa. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the email the child's name, age, and address, the child's contact person name and phone number. The drawing will be held at the March fire department business meeting and the winner will be notified. (For information on Camp Neofa check out: campneofa.me or www.campneofa.org) I'm not sure when the business meeting is in March but I would submit your nomination soon in order not to miss it.
10-4 store is accepting bottle and can donations in the name of the Montville Volunteer Fire Department. They also collect used ink cartridges and toners which are recycled for credits at Staples. Those cartridges can be given to any firefighter, or left at the town office. All these donations help offsets costs and are greatly appreciated!
Liberty Library News
WormMainea - Survey
Are you interested in vermicomposting? If so, the Liberty Library needs your help. They are wondering if there is interest in having Mark Follansbee of WormMainea (http://www.wormmainea.com/) be a guest speaker at the library. He would bring a working compost bin full of "vermiworkers," a slide show illustrating the entire process, and answer all sorts of questions. He would also have Starter Bins (18-20 gallon size bins with 1# worms for $35) and worms ($20 per pound) for sale.
This program would be for people of all ages, gardeners and people just looking for ways to send less material to the landfill. Spring is the perfect time to start a worm compost bin because it takes a few months for the worms to multiply and really get down to business. By fall there will be enough worms to handle a substantial amount of kitchen waste. Since there is no odor, this makes it possible to compost indoors all winter.
The Library needs to know if there is enough interest in this program. If interested go to: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bKcPsRxobLjJgOva1gJL0zfwwp63xQUfYPWyics-Ink/viewform#start=invite) and fill out the survey by March 15. This is so the Library has enough time to arrange the program for April if there is enough interest.
There will be a talk "The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods", Thursday March 6, 7pm at Waterfall Arts, Belfast. Author and University of Maine Farmington Professor of Biology Andrew Barton will discuss the past, present, and future of the Maine woods. Co-sponsored by SWLA with Waterfall Arts. The book, The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, by Andrew Barton is at the library.
Call to Artists in Montville. Maine artists, age 50 and older, are invited to exhibit their work at the 12th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ART to be held in Belfast, MAY 15 THRU 18, 2014. Sponsored by Senior College at Belfast and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, this non-juried exhibit is open to amateur and professional visual artists. Last year’s Festival included 140 works of art and attracted over 1,000 visitors. An Entry Form and information may be requested at email@example.com or by calling Juliane Dow at 857-719-6733. The entry deadline is March 31, 2014.
That's 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.