All cleaned up from the last storm? Then get ready for another one this weekend. They are really getting it in the Midwest -- just be prepared.
Saw the second robin of the year yesterday. It was all puffed up and its breast was a very bright orange. It was sitting in an old tree bordering our lawn and just before that a male cardinal was sitting there. The goldfinches are in big flocks right now and coming to our feeders en mass.
Congratulations to Gabrielle Raymond, daughter of Lance and Nancy Raymond of Blanket Lane. She is attending Tufts University and was on the dean’s list for the fall semester. Tufts requires a grade point average of 3.4 or greater.
Lesson learned! No more suppers in winter. We had the benefit supper Feb. 16 with a very low attendance -- of course, it was snowing. Started out lightly, but by the time for dinner, it was snowing quite hard. The amount raised was $335, and most of that came from the people working on the supper, the few who did turn out and one big donation of $100. Many thanks to you all. As it happened, that day two more families were helped out with 100 gallons of fuel each at a cost of $796. But the best thing about that was that we had the capability to help them. This is a confidential program and if the recipients tell anyone, that is their business. Thanks to all for your support.
Saturday night, Feb.16, two members of our fire department were called to assist in Unity for a fire at a big apartment complex. They took out the Scott Air Packs so the building could be checked for people. Mutual support does not necessarily stop with just one town. If trouble arises, the fire department support does many things besides fighting fires. Traffic control at accidents, diverting traffic in the event of flooding and many other good deeds. Good job, guys.
The Prospect Fire Department will meet Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. in the office, and the Prospect Community Club will hold the first meeting of the year Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. in the dining room. Mary (Fairbrother) Brown, RN, will be there also to talk on the subject of osteoporosis -- risks, prevention and treatments. Everyone is invited to attend and it should be interesting.
The second budget meeting will be held Mar. 12 in the Town Office. This meeting will finalize the proposed budget for the year, as by then the selectmen should have received information pertaining to what the state is going to do with revenue-sharing, Homestead Exemption and excise taxes. Voting for officers will take place Mar. 20 and town meeting will be Mar. 30 starting at 9 a.m. in the Fire Station.
Since Fred Swift sold Maddie’s Place to D.J. Moody and Ruth Helbig, he has had two operations on his wrists. Carpel tunnel on both caused him considerable pain and now they are healing nicely and he will be able to return to work soon, delivering sheet rock. Wish you well, Fred.
I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week and please remember those who need a card or a prayer. God bless you all.