Belmont

Town Office hours are Monday, 1-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The board of selectmen meets Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

The Town Office phone number is 342-5722 and the fax number is 342-2252. Code enforcement hours are 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. The phone number is 342-3179. Availability is by appointment most of the time.

The Belmont town meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, in the Community Room of the Town Office.

Condolences to the Whitney family on the loss of Savannah Marie Whitney at 8 weeks of age on Feb. 15.

At the Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, congratulations are in order for former students of CVA (Carrabassett Valley Academy, at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine) for their superlative performances. Seth Wescott brought home gold in the snowboard cross and Bode Miller has gold, silver and bronze in alpine events. Seth’s parents, father and stepmother, Jim and Jo Wescott are from Belfast. Bode grew up in the shadow of Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire. A third skier, Emily Cook of Massachusetts did not fare so well in her event.

In many of the past winter Olympics, it has seemed like a near impossibility for U.S. skiers to do well in Nordic (cross country) events, and no medals had ever been won. That has all changed in 2010, as three silvers and a gold medal have been won in Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross country) events.

Those ice condition warnings by the Maine Warden Service were well founded. The ice-fishing derby on Sebago Lake was canceled after it had started, because so many fisherman and vehicles went into the water. A Game Warden checking ice conditions before the derby started also got dunked. This morning, Feb. 26, there is a report of a snowmobile on Moosehead Lake going through the ice.

Once again we were close to a dry month and paid the price in just one period of two to three days, primarily of rain with a little slush mixed in. As I was driving around town Thursday afternoon, there was still an inch or so of snow (fresh) in some parts of town, while others didn’t appear to get to get any. When the totals are tabulated, it will be a wet month. It’s been cold enough that much of the old base is still intact. Here in the valley, it has held at 35 degrees or less right through the storms. My front yard is afloat, and it will be getting soggy getting to some of my sap buckets when I start collecting again. I have produced about 2 liters of syrup to date, a record for February, since I have rarely started much before mid-March in the past.

90 mph winds were recorded by weather instruments in buoys off the coast. There is no friction at sea to slow the wind. Once again, this is typical weather in Maine and New England and has happened many times in the past.

The Brooks Preservation Society is attempting to return train service to Belfast on the tracks of the former Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad. Railroading is a substantial attraction, and should add at least a few tourism dollars to the local economy if this project is done right. Just about any boost to tourism and the local economy should be welcomed. In New Hampshire, there are several tourism-related railroads that are thriving. In that state, many years ago, only the Wolfeborough Railroad eventually failed. Like covered bridges, lighthouses, old forts, and many of our older, historic homes, railroading needs to be preserved and becomes a viable portion of the economy. I commend the effort of the Brooks Preservation Society and wish I had the time to get involved in their effort.

Now that I’ve introduced the subject of covered bridges, there is the distinct possibility that there is no longer an authentic covered bridge to be found in Maine. I am not sure whether or not the Maine Department of Transportation has made repairs to all of them yet, but most have been repaired. The use of nuts and bolts and steel to repair a covered bridge will result in its being dropped from the authentic classification, a considerable loss of value in the eyes of covered bridge historians and buffs. To be authentic, a covered bridge must be restored with wood and trunnels (pegs) as are also used in authentic post-and-beam construction.

There is a Graton family in Ashland, New Hampshire, that is world renowned for its covered bridge repair and construction, and which often can do an authentic repair for less that the cost of improvising. Frequently, in low-traffic locations, a small stream can be crossed with a new authentic covered bridge for less than the cost of steel and with much lower lifetime maintenance cost.

Anyone looking for native, wild blue lupine seed, I have a supply from last year’s crop. Give me a call at 342-3179.

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Brooks

Brooks Harvest Home Grange gets a facelift

The members of the Harvest Home Grange in Brooks would like to thank all of those individuals and businesses that have helped in the inside work that is currently being done. There are too many businesses to list here, but some of them include EBS, Viking and Paul’s True Value, which donated paint, sandpaper, brushes, rollers, etc. and the Waldo County Recovery Program donated their time to sand and paint the main hall of the Grange. Millie Gibbs told me that they did a wonderful job and the main hall looks great. Again, a huge thank you to all who donated supplies or your time to help out, it is greatly appreciated.

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Freedom

It’s that time of year again!

Remember: Municipal elections are Friday, March 12 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Town Office.

I want to emphasize that when you fill out the ballot, you must make an X or a check mark in the square box alongside the name of the person you are voting for and remember, any ballots that are not filled out correctly will be discarded! Please do not write any kind of remarks or mark the ballots in any other way. They will not count.

Absentee ballots are available to be picked up at the Town Office. If you need someone to pick up and return your absentee ballot you must first fill out an application. You can also contact Cindy Abbott via e-mail or call her at 382-6177 ex. 1. The form is giving permission, from you, to have someone else pick up your ballot and to return it to the Town Office.

The elected positions that will be on the ballot are as follows: town clerk, treasurer, tax collector, excise tax collector and a three-year term for selectman.

Three people took out nomination papers for the selectman’s position, but only one person had theirs turned in by the deadline and that was Ron Price, whose current three-year term is expiring.

Cindy Abbott is running unopposed for the offices of town clerk, tax collector and excise tax collector. Erna Keller is running unopposed for the treasurer’s post.

If you want to vote for anyone who is not on the ballot, you must go to where that position is listed and fill in a name, mark it with an X or checkmark, and fill in the name of the town they live in (in this case, it has to be Freedom).

These are the three steps to be followed if you want your vote to be counted. Just exercise your right as a citizen, and as a registered voter, and get out and vote.

The yearly town meeting will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Dirigo Grange hall starting at 10 a.m. Lunch will be available at noon. After lunch, the meeting will resume. The Dirigo Grange #98 will meet at the Dirigo Grange Hall Thursday, March 4 starting at 7:30 p.m.

The next selector’s meeting will be held Wednesday, March 10 at the Town Office starting at 6 p.m.

The budget committee had their last meeting last week, the town reports will be put together for distribution as soon as possible.

At town meeting this year, there will be many articles on the warrant that will need the votes of the residents. It’s important that you try to attend this meeting because a lot of the money that is spent during the course of the year is determined by the people that attend the town meeting — these are the people responsible for setting the budget.

You must read over the articles in the warrant before attending the meeting so that you will know how to voice your opinion, etc. The budget committee works very hard to keep the budget down; the least you can do is to show them your support by getting out to the meeting and voting on the articles.

Foreclosures

Due to the fact that tax bills was sent out in June and not November, there will be two foreclosure notices sent out this year.

The automatic foreclosure date for past-due 2007 taxes will be March 6, 2010.

A pre-foreclosure notice will be sent out October 2, 2010 for 2008’s past-due taxes.

A second certified foreclosure notice will go out 45 days before the actual foreclosure — so they will go out November 15, 2010 for 2008’s past-due taxes, as that is 45 days before the actual foreclosure. The automatic foreclosure date for past-due taxes from 2008 will be December 31, 2010.

Voice of Freedom

The Jackson Food Pantry will be hosting a “Women’s-Only Clothing Sale” Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Community Center, located on the Village Road. Tables/spaces are available for $10 each. Tables have started to be spoken for, with a large percentage being reserved for plus-size clothing.

Breakfast and lunch will available on-site. Sell your items at your prices, but organizers ask to please keep it limited to just women’s clothing and accessories. Setup will be available the day and evening before, so come sell your items and make some money!

The following Saturday, March 13, the Food Pantry will be doing it all over again, except with a different theme — this time, it will be hosting a “Children’s-Only Clothing Sale.”

That sale will also take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Jackson Community Center. Tables and spaces will be available for the same prices, and breakfast and lunch will once again be available on-site. Sell your items at your prices, but again, please keep it limited to just children’s clothing, furnishings, toys and accessories, etc.

For more information on either of the sales, contact Cindy Ludden by phone at 722-3205, or by e-mail at: cindyl (that’s a small letter ‘L’) @fairpoint.net, or call Diane Brown at 722-3759.

Penny Drive

Have any spare change? The sixth annual Penny Drive sponsored by nonprofit Future MSAD 3 will include all SAD 3 schools in 2010. Funds raised through the Penny Drive will support Future’s campaign for enhancements to Mount View’s new and existing athletic and recreational facilities.

Since 2004, participating SAD 3 elementary schools raised $7,362.59 to support enhancements to the new Mount View — including The Clifford Performing Arts Center and the new campaign for athletic and recreational facilities.

Mount View Middle School and Mount View Elementary launched their Penny Drive activities March 1. The Penny Drive will conclude on March 26.

The slogan for the 2010 Penny Drive is, “When we work together, we are ONE team!”

The fundraiser is being coordinated by Future MSAD 3 Event Committee Co-Chairwomen Bev Winship and Barbara Higgins.

Anyone can drop off pennies or change or even a check for the penny drive. If you wish you can drop it off at any school and specify if you wish it to be credited to any certain child’s class , school or grade — such as for your grandchildren. Good luck and have fun!

For more information on the campaign, Mount View athletic facility naming opportunities, or to contribute: call 948-6120 or e-mail futuremsad3@yahoo.com or visit futuremsad3.org. Find Future MSAD 3 on Facebook. Contributions can be sent to Future MSAD 3, P.O. Box 151, Unity, ME 04988.

New recycling list

Newspaper can include any inserts that come with that paper. Junk mail includes the items that come in the mail and which the postal service, by law, has to deliver to the person they are addressed to. Also included in that category is what is known as mixed paper/low-grade paper.

Cans can be crushed by removing both ends and stepped on. If the can has one side that cannot be removed by a can opener, it takes a bit more to crush them by stepping on them just the right way. We understand that some people can’t do this and we will still pick up the items. You do not need to remove the label.

Some people cannot afford to purchase clear plastic bags. Therefore items in shopping bags will be taken by us.

The biggest problems are the items that are not being cleaned properly and paper items being wet.

Some things that are being found are very nasty (mice, dirty diapers, used tissue, etc.) Even if the materials where these nasty things are found are recyclable, we cannot recycle those items under any circumstances. This type of trash instead costs money to dispose of and when there is a lot, the cost is very high. Residents have been notified about the appropriate recycling procedures. A paper with the appropriate recycling practices was highlighted and left for residents.

Notes were left with the trash that was left behind explaining why the trash was left and yet people still put the trash in with the recyclables.

It’s been a difficult process to educate people the proper way to recycle and there are people who still do not understand the process.

Be advised that our recycling team, which consists of Stanley McDonald and Lisa Smith, is trying to do the best that they can to do the job correctly. The head of the recycling center is the one that went through the procedure step-by-step with them and told them what was wrong with our recycling and said this wasn’t their fault. These are things the people that put the recycling out should be doing.

If everyone in the town would recycle, it would bring the town much more revenue.

You can pick up the new recycling list at the Town Office.

Get well

Extra-special get well wishes go out to my grandson Kyle, who had surgery in Portland on Tuesday of this past week and after being home for several hours, the ambulance was called to take him to the hospital in Waterville. He stayed there for several hours, and then returned home. On Thursday, he was taken back to the hospital in Portland and the surgeon checked him out and sent him back home to heal. He is feeling better but it will take a while before he is healed completely. Hang in there Kyle, with the passing of each day, you will be feeling better.

Contact me with anything you would like to share with the readers.

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Knox — by Rita Doughty

Well here it is another Thursday and I am writing this for next Wednesday’s paper. How time flies! Hope folks are keeping well from those stomach bugs and virus flare-ups. Our friend Bob Richardson from Dexter and Exeter has been in the Dover hospital again with a virus that made him terribly ill. He soon goes for heart-related stents. Get well soon, Bob — the guys want to play cribbage.

Town office news

The town audits for 2008 and 2009 are available in the office. Please stop by if you’d like a copy.

The moose permit lottery applications are in. For a $2 fee you can get this done at the office as well. The deadline is April 1, 2010.

Rabbit hunt and pig roast

The 9th Annual Rabbit Hunt and Pig Roast will take place Saturday, March 27 at the Pine Tree Coon, Cat and Bear Hunters Club House on Tyler Road in Albion. The pig roast and all the fixings for non-hunters (the public) costs $6 for adults, while children under age 12 can eat for $4. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Victor Buker (437-9212), Sonny Sylvester (437-7037) or Junior Sylvester (437-9397). Entry forms for the hunt are available at the Freedom General Store.

Penny Drive

Have any spare change? The sixth annual Penny Drive sponsored by nonprofit Future MSAD 3 will include all SAD 3 schools in 2010. Funds raised through the Penny Drive will support Future’s campaign for enhancements to Mount View’s new and existing athletic and recreational facilities.

Since 2004 participating SAD 3 elementary schools raised $7,362.59 to support enhancements to the new Mount View — including The Clifford Performing Arts Center and the new campaign for athletic and recreational facilities.

Mount View Middle School and Mount View Elementary launched their Penny Drive activities March 1. The Penny Drive will conclude on March 26.

The slogan for the 2010 Penny Drive is, “When we work together, we are ONE team!”

The fundraiser is being coordinated by Future MSAD 3 Event Committee Co-Chairwomen Bev Winship and Barbara Higgins.

Anyone can drop off pennies or change or even a check for the penny drive. If you wish you can drop it off at any school and specify if you wish it to be credited to any certain child’s class , school or grade — such as for your grandchildren. Good luck and have fun!

For more information on the campaign, Mount View athletic facility naming opportunities, or to contribute: call 948-6120 or e-mail futuremsad3@yahoo.com or visit futuremsad3.org. Find Future MSAD 3 on Facebook. Contributions can be sent to Future MSAD 3, P O Box 151, Unity, ME 04988.

Town meeting

The Knox town meeting will be held Saturday, March 20. The voting for first selectman will take place Friday, March 19 at the town office. At town meeting there will be drinks and snacks available.

Fourth District

The Fourth District Ladies American Legion Auxiliary will meet Sunday, March 7 at Augusta Post #2. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. and there will be refreshments after. Bring something for the silent auction.

Class of 1960

The committee for the class of 1960 Unity-Freedom 50th reunion will have met on March 3 by the time this appears in the paper.

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the Dionne family on the loss of their sister, Nancy (Dionne) Harding of Clinton. The family used to own the farm in Unity by the college which is now the Cheesman place. Her sister, Barbara, was in my class of 1960. We are thinking of your family.

Many from town and the surrounding area attended the wake and funeral of Sonny Bailey on February 18 and 19.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Elaine (Jackson) LaCombe of Hampden. She grew up in Morrill, daughter of Albert and Ruth (Clark) Jackson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at the Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, on Waldo Ave. in Belfast. Thinking of you folks at this sad time.

Karaoke night

A family karaoke night will be held at Spanky’s Pizza in Unity on Friday, March 11, from 5-8 p.m. Come and check it out and sing a tune, it sounds like fun.

Get well

Get well wishes go out to Ralph Myrick, husband of Jean (Getchell) Myrick, of Unity. Hope you are well soon.

Get well wishes to Albert Nickerson as I heard you were injured in a recent fall.

Visitors

Sara, Katie, and Gabe Doughty visited, as did Zachary Nickerson. David and Cody also stopped by.

Birthday

Ava Jean Nickerson turned 4 years old and celebrated her birthday at a party Feb. 21 at her home. Grandparents attending were Rodney and Debbie Ingraham, Ray and Dawna Routhier of Oakland, and Hanley and Lisa Nickerson of Unity. Many other family members and friends attended as well. There was a Spongebob cake and ice cream and refreshments for everyone. She received many gifts.

My granddaughter Sara Doughty of Winslow also celebrated her 9th birthday with her cousin John Snyer of Hermon on Feb. 20 at a party held at her grandparent’s house, Linwood and Karen Doughty of Knox. They both enjoyed a family day of sliding with many family members and friends and after sliding there was cake and ice cream enjoyed by all. Happy belated birthday, Sara — I love you!

Correction

Ardria “Jo” Spencer passed away, not Ardrian as was printed.

Newborn

A daughter, Beatrice Rose, was born Feb. 4 to Bridget and G. W. Martin of Montville. She weighed 9 lbs. and 3oz. She is a sister to Ora. Congratulations to the family on your new addition.

Runner sled time trials

On Feb. 20 at the Fastest Time Trials of the Runner Sled Races “Bubba” Lawrence had the fastest time. He is one of 16 racers who was to compete Feb. 27 for the title of Fastest Sledder in All the Land.

Rare Snowfall

Recently received an e-mail from young Roger Drew in Norfolk, Va. which said they had 12 inches of snow falling and no snowmobile. He’s going to enlist in the Army and his brother Justice in the Navy. Their dad, Roger III, was attending school for air conditioning and heating. He’s retired from the Navy. Glad to hear from them.

Lunches

This week I have attended the Good Table Lunch Program at Unity Community Center. Nice to talk and visit with different folks. Thursday, because of all the rain, I stayed home to keep checking to make sure the cellar drain was flowing out. Luckily it was!

Phone call from Elsie, RE: Haiti

Devan Harris, daughter of George Harris Jr. of Lithia, Fla. and granddaughter of Elsie Harris of Norwood, Mass. is in Haiti. She’s been there for about a week. Devan is in the U.S. Army out of Fort Lee, Va. She works with the chaplain giving out water and food to the little children. Devan is doing really well. It’s not too long ago she lost her mom, Ann, to cancer.

Safety course at Ingraham Equipment

A tractor and farm equipment safety course will run for five consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings starting March 17. This will be held at Ingraham Equipment in Knox. For more information call 800-287-1426, there is a $15 fee to cover the course. It is also sponsored by the University of Maine Extension service for youth and adults. To register, go to umaine.edu/waldo and click on Tractor Safety.

News from Jackson

The Jackson Food Pantry is hosting the second annual “women’s-only” clothing and accessories sale at the Jackson Community Center. This will take place Saturday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables and/or spaces to rent are $10 each. Breakfast and lunch will be available. You can sell your own clothes and etc. at your own prices and you get to keep all the money. A good way to start your spring cleaning. Cindy Ludden called and said they have a lot of plus-size clothing. For tables to rent call Cindy at 722-3205 or Diane Brown at 722-3759. Setup is the day or evening before.

Also, Saturday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a “children’s-only” clothing and accessories/toys sale. The same procedures, prices, requirements as the week before. Setup day or evening before and call Cindy and Diane for table space. This is a good chance to purchase either women’s or children’s clothing and it will help support the Jackson Food Pantry.

Feeling good

Jim Hitchcock of Unity wanted his friends to know that he’s doing good. He was at the lunch this week. It’s nice to see he’s feeling much better now. Take care Jim. Hope, Haley, Heather, Mei-Li and Cindy were recently in Pennsylvania and New York.

Ridgetop Restaurant

Ridgetop Restaurant is open again, the owners are back from vacation. I have heard the restaurant had some remodeling completed and everyone should come check it out and have a bite to eat.

Cabin fever reliever

Spectrum Generations and the Waldo County Triad are partnering to hold an auction to raise funds to carry out programs for older residents. The auction will take place Friday, March 12 at the Masonic Hall in Belfast. Viewing is from 5-6 p.m. and the auction is from 6-9 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments available. If you have any questions, please call Sandra at 548-6530.

Dog licensing

The Knox Town Office has announced that dog licenses are now past due and there will be a late fee assessed for dogs licensed.

Have a great week and watch out for flooding.

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Lincolnville Town News – by Diane O’Brien

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Municipal Meetings

All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

The selectmen meet Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m.; meeting televised on channel 99.

The land use committee meets Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. followed by the planning board at 7 p.m.

Also on that Wednesday, the lakes and ponds committee meets at 7 p.m.

Town Office

Nomination papers for open positions on the board of selectmen, the school committee, Five Town CSD board and the budget committee will be available at the town office March 15.

School

Friday, March 5 eighth graders will be traveling to Orono for the day to visit the University of Maine and Eastern Maine College. Sounds like a great way to get kids thinking about the future…

Also this Friday, the LCS PTO sponsors another Family Movie Night, this time featuring Aliens in the Attic, for grades K-5. The movie begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free with snacks for sale. Kids, come in your favorite Pj’s and bring a sleeping bag or blanket. Adult supervision is required (don’t know if adults are supposed to come in their Pj’s or not).

Thursday, March 11, the K-3 Concert will be held in Walsh Common starting at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 12, is a Teacher Workshop Day so there’ll be no school.

Save the Date

Partners for Enrichment is holding a Contra Dance and Pasta Dinner on Friday, March 19 at LCS with Ti’ Acadie providing the music and calling. Ti’ Acadie is a Maine dance band and folk trio. Mark your calendars for a fun evening!

The library’s Book Fair was a great success a couple of weeks ago, netting $692 for new books for the library.

Widows Group

The second gathering of the Lincolnville Area Widow’s Group will be Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Julia Libby, 486 Camden Road (Route 52). All widows welcome. Bring a bag lunch if you like; for more information call 763-4504.

Upcoming Events

A Saturday morning (March 20) Bluegrass/Folk Music Jam Session will be held at LCS starting at 9 a.m. Organizer Rosey Gerry says, “Whether you’re just learning to play or have been at it for a long time, come and have fun. Bring your mandolin, fiddle, banjo, saw, spoons, guitar, autoharp, dobro, dulcimer, harmonica, washboard, jug, stand-up bass, concertina, whistle — and especially your good voice and favorite songs.” The morning’s open to all ages, especially students and is free. Call Rosey, 975-5432, for more information.

Spring is Really Coming

My friend on the shore in Camden reports seeing the tips of snowdrops and daffodils poking up, surely a good sign!
Liz Hand writes from Coleman Pond: “On Monday, I saw (and killed) a mosquito outside at Tooley Cottage. I think this is a record for early appearance of the little buggers, for me anyway.”
And Barbara Hatch, from her perch on Town House Road: “The land looking toward you, roughly SE from here, and then toward the meadow, has a spring morning appearance to it. The ground fog follows the Ducktrap and the low places between here and the top of Cameron Mountain. For me, it’s one of the first signs of spring.”
Those of us who feed the birds all winter keep an eye out for the return of our favorites. We’ve had the usual chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers – both hairy and downy – and a nice big flock of goldfinches in their winter feathers. Come spring they’ll be gorgeous, flitting back and forth. We’ve watched in vain for our usual titmouse flock; Wally calls them Christmas birds with their bright, black shoe button eyes. This week a lone titmouse showed up in the middle of a rainstorm, looking like a greaser with his damp crest slicked back. But we knew what he was by those eyes.
The Parkers were pleased to see “their” flock of Canada geese return to the pond across the road from their house. The morning Connie pointed them out to me, we noticed a single turkey in the middle of the flock. There are four turkey regulars, she told me, who make a circuit every morning, coming down out of the woods behind their house, checking out the bird feeder, then across the road to Earle Dearborn’s feeders, then out to the pond area.
Our raven is back, calling from the top, dead branch of a pine tree next to our chicken yard. He/she croaks and caws, though nothing like a crow’s call, sounding like it’s underwater or hoarse from a bad throat. So far, its mate hasn’t appeared; last year there were two of them swooping and calling over our house at all hours of the day. Eventually, they settled down and, we assumed, built a nest on Frohock Mtn. After that they made regular runs over the house, but generally one at a time. Hopefully, the missing mate will show up soon.

Several people have reported hearing the chickadees’ sweet spring call. I haven’t yet, but then, the rain, snow, sleet and wind haven’t let up enough for me to go out!

 

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Monroe

More Cabin Fever Relief

Spectrum Generations and the Waldo County Triad are partnering to hold an auction to raise funds to carry out programs for older residents. The auction is March 12 at the Masonic Hall in Belfast. Viewing is from 5-6 p.m. and the auction is from 6-9 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments available. If you have any questions please call Sandra at 548-6530.

End-of-life decisions talk

You are invited to attend a talk on “Making end-of-life decisions: Some non-traditional options,” Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the Monroe Town Hall, located at the corner of Routes 141 and 139.

Topics covered will include: Advanced directives and making end-of-life decisions, green cemeteries, direct cremation, burial on your own land, home funerals, casketless burials, bookshelf coffins and more.

Presenter Karen Gleeson is a social worker who has worked in the hospice and end-of-life field for the last ten years. She is a certified grief counselor.

Paul Sheridan, retired educator and second presenter, teaches Senior College at the Hutchinson Center, works as an AARP driving safety instructor, and serves on the board of the Belfast Co-operative.

Karen and Paul are working with one of a growing number of small local groups in Waldo County who are preparing to provide support for each other in carrying out their end-of-life decisions.

For more information, call Karen Marysdaughter at 525-4538 or email karenmd@psouth.net.

Clothing sales in Jackson

The Jackson Food Pantry will be hosting a “Women’s-Only Clothing Sale” Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Jackson Community Center located on the Village Road.

Tables are being spoken for at $10 each, with a large percentage being set aside for plus-sized clothing. Breakfast and lunch will be available on-site. Organizers invite you to come and sell your items at your prices, but are reminding sellers to please keep it limited to just women’s clothing and accessories. Setup will be available the day and evening before, so come sell your items and make some money.

The following Saturday, March 13, they’re doing it all over again, except this time it will be a “Children’s-Only Clothing Sale”, which will also take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Community Center. Once again, tables will be $10 each, and breakfast and lunch will also be available there.

You can come and sell your items at your prices, but organizers again ask sellers to please keep it limited to just children’s clothing, furnishings, toys and accessories.

For more information on either of the sales, please contact Cindy Ludden at 722-3205, or e-mail her at cindyl (that’s a small ‘L’, as in Ludden) or Diane Brown at 722-3759.

Martha’s ‘Meet Monroe’ Profile: Dan Dolloff

Dan Dolloff’s son Mark, a Mount View High School sophomore, is the sixth generation of Dolloffs in Monroe. The original family homestead was on Twombly Road, occupied by Dan’s great-grandfather David (1810-1906) and his wife Irena, until they built the Pattee Road house around 1837. The family genealogy connects Dolloffs to Twomblys and Nealleys by marriage.

Dan is very animated in telling about his heritage and shared with me many ancestral photos and documents. But then, he is very animated about every aspect of his life. Born February 17, 1957 in Bristol, Connecticut, number five out of six children, Dan was a high-energy kid. He was often in scrapes with other kids and was perhaps given some disciplinary passes as the only boy child, but he was not shy about standing up for himself.

He recalls an incident in second grade during some free study time when he chose to read. His teacher closed his book and insisted he do a math lesson and when she walked away, he re-opened his book. This was repeated several times before she hit him in the face with a ruler. Dan retaliated with a roundhouse punch which resulted in both of them being suspended for a week. He remembers no particular punishment at home.

His energy was channeled into pee-wee league baseball, football, and basketball, Cub Scouts, mowing neighborhood lawns, and he loved to play “Army” with friends in “The Hoppers,” an extensive forest surrounding their home. He once camped out in the woods overnight without telling his parents, but they were apparently used to his independent behavior and made no big fuss about it. The Bristol Nursery, renowned for its vast fields of chrysanthemums, was nearby with spectacular colors that still live in his memory. Most summers the family came to Maine to see relatives and to camp at Roach Pond, near Moosehead Lake.

Dan’s father Robert attended the Pattee Corner School until the 8th grade, and then had to walk into town for high school. After graduating from Monroe High School, he was sent by an uncle to learn the machinist’s trade and became an aviation machinist instructor for aircraft carriers. When he returned to Monroe several years later, he worked at the Brooks Post Office and married Frances Roberts, who was a descendant of a Brooks founding family.

Robert found a good job in a Bristol, Conn. machinist plant and Frances worked at W.T. Grant until his father died in 1969, and he brought his family back to Monroe to live with his mother in the summer of 1971. They had a pony, a horse and raised beef for the family, while growing vegetables on 3 acres of land. Robert sold dried beans and potatoes in the surrounding area. He was involved with the Grange and the Masons, served as a selectman, joined a midnight bowling league (for nightshift workers) and played league softball.

Pattee Road was a lively place at the time with Saturday night music sessions held at a different home each time. Robert played guitar, accordion and drums, and the neighbors brought their instruments, along with cider and homemade beer.

It is easy to see how Dan has modeled his father’s active lifestyle. Immediately when he got into high school, he was involved in sports, making the soccer, baseball, and basketball teams and enjoying ski club trips to the Camden Snow Bowl. He was a Boy Scout, and through his church youth group, he climbed Mt. Katahdin several times.

Academically he was drawn to the sciences, in particular biology, with its animal dissection component, and he struggled greatly with algebra, though it proved invaluable later when he began carpentry. The best part of school was the vocational shop where he could actually make things with a clear practical connection to everyday life. He learned horticulture, welding, automotive mechanics, basic carpentry and drafting, and still remembers a teacher’s praise for a creative eight-sided, three-story house that he designed. By 10th grade he had his driver’s license and a 1960 Ford half-ton pick-up truck that had cost him $100, so he could then drive himself to school.

From graduation in 1975 Dan went right into the Navy, spending six weeks at the Great Lakes Training Center in Chicago, Company 299. He wanted to be an electrician, but they discovered a degree of colorblindness, so he went to carpentry school. Not wanting to sever his ties to the Navy, he joined a Seabees construction battalion in 1977. For two weeks each year, as a member of the “Cold Weather Battalion” he was sent to Fort Drum near Watertown, New York where the men got to indulge their love of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow camping. “I have never seen so much snow in my life,” says Dan. Watertown often takes the brunt of massive lake-effect storms.

Except for two years working on concrete foundations in Connecticut, Dan has worked in Maine, holding many jobs using his carpentry, concrete, forklift, or Class B trucking experience. In his work at Northeast Equipment in Waldo, he made numerous trips to the Leominster, Mass. area to build large chicken houses.

He drove a pay loader for the Maine Reduction Company outside of Brooks where they manufactured high-nitrogen fertilizer from chicken scraps, and later, leather. He worked 12-hour shifts on the Belfast docks as a “hole boss” stacking sacks of potatoes, at a time when Fred Clements was foreman.

Dan fondly recalls the years when the back-to-the-landers moved in on Pattee Road. He had had no exposure to hippie culture and it was very liberating for him. There were homesteading innovations, discussions of many ideas he hadn’t before considered, and open expressions of personal freedoms (like skinny dipping). Dan credits these friendships with giving him open mindedness and a greater tolerance for alternative lifestyles.

For several years he was a member of the Lion’s Club and the fire department, but later found his greatest satisfaction with the Brooks Masonic Lodge, where he is a two-time past Master. He is now the Mason’s District Education Representative for Waldo County.

After a layoff from Northeast Equipment in 1989, Dan went to work in Old Town for what became the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill and stayed for 13 years. One day in 2003 he went in for work and found the gate locked, only to discover that 300 of the 600 employees had been fired without notice. It was in July of 1989 that Dan married Barbara Parker whom he had met at Monroe’s Red Barn Dance Hall.

Barbara had just completed a degree in special education from the University of Maine at Farmington. They honeymooned at Prince Edward Island, where bizarrely they encountered relatives at a Lion’s Club restaurant. They joked that they had come along “to give them pointers.” Over time, Barbara taught in Hampden, at Mount View, in Bangor, Monroe, and back to Mount View. Their children arrived over a seven-year period, starting with Kaitlyn, now a freshman in nursing at UMaine Orono, then Mark, and then Sarah, who is a 7th grader at the middle school.

Dan started working for Hammond Lumber, doing deliveries from Belfast to Caribou, putting in 14-hour days, six days a week. Within a year he had moved on to Matthews Brothers in Belfast, making custom vinyl windows until by March of 2009, the financial crisis put a crimp in the business. With a short stint at Timber Valley Building Products making super insulated panels, he is, like many people now, out looking for work again.

In spite of the insecurity of the employment market, he is upbeat, and his enthusiasm for snowshoeing, ice fishing, camping and hiking is as strong as ever. He has taken his family to Jo Mary Lake most years for short hikes on the Appalachian Trail, day trips to climb a trail-less mountain, or to the white sand beach of Crawford Pond which holds the oldest population of native Togue lake trout.

You may recall that Dan has the state record for white perch as of May 28, 2009, when he caught a 3.24-pound, 18.5-inch specimen at Ellis Pond in Brooks. “My 15 minutes of fame,” says Dan.

Though he has traveled in many states east of the Mississippi, he would love to see Alaska, and perhaps re-visit Prince Edward Island.

Today Dan takes pleasure in making deliveries for the Jackson Food Pantry, and of Monroe, he says, “I’ve seen what the cities are like and I wouldn’t want to raise my kids anywhere else but here.”

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Montville

The New England Runner Sledding Championships qualifying heat was held last weekend and yielded 16 racers vying for the winner’s circle. Despite the rains and warm weather, G. W. Martin assured entrants and fans that the entire 850-foot trail had been covered in plastic — so the race was on!

Those who battled for the top slots on Saturday, Feb. 20 are:

1. Bubba Wayne, Belfast

2. Tim Giroux, East Benton

3. G. W. Martin, Montville

4. Clarence Lawrence, Belfast

5. Derek McKenney, Knox

6. Joel Littlefield, East Benton

7. David Renee, Troy

8. David Niles, Jr., Benton

9. David Yoder, Montville

10. Kerry Merrifield, Knox

11. Rodney Glidden, Palermo

12. Brian Trahan, Clinton

13. Nate Gray, Troy

14. Cody Lawrence, Searsport

15. Scott Kady, Montville

16. John Niles, Benton

Good luck to all!

The Montville Volunteer Fire Department is looking for new firefighters interested in being part of a team dedicated to serving the community and learning new skills at the same time. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact John York at 382-3077.

Town meeting is Saturday, March 27, and will feature a “Montville Industrial Wind Turbine Generator Ordinance” to be debated and voted upon. This is your chance to have your say on this topic and participate in democracy. There’s always a great meal, and a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.

I’ve seen quite a few maples around town with sap lines and buckets attached. Looks like syrup season came a little earlier than usual; I hope it’s a good year for it — there’s nothing like hot pancakes or french toast with maple syrup!

If you have any news, birthday wishes, announcements, or town business that you’d like incorporated into this column, please call or e-mail — it’s right up there next to my photo — or send me a message via Facebook. Montville has its own page!

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Morrill

Save the date — town meeting is Saturday, March 20, at the Community Center. As always, lunch will be served at noon, fondly called “town meetin’ dinnah.”

Seating is limited at the Ames School for the annual dinner and entertainment night hosted by the Tri-Town Parent Teacher Group. Call the school secretary at 342-5300 to reserve your tickets. $15 includes the meal and mystery play “Murder at the Midnight Hour.” This fun evening is at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 6.

Several people from the area attended the beautiful and meaningful wedding of Joanna Hall, and Isaac Hebert in Garland Saturday, Feb. 20. The couple’s parents are Eric and Susanna Hall from Parkman, formerly from this area, and John and Cheryl Hebert from Garland. Beautiful music was provided by two violinists and a guitarist, and several special music numbers were offered by family and friends. Isaac and Joanna will take two weeks to travel to Florida, where they will live, and work at a family-owned health care facility.

Our sympathy is passed on to the family of Elaine (Jackson) LaCombe as Elaine lost her battle with leukemia Feb. 19. It was wonderful that Elaine and her husband had moved back home a few years ago to be with family and friends, having lived in California for several years. Elaine grew up with her three brothers in Morrill on Morey Hill Road, daughter of Albert and Ruth Jackson. She was a year younger than I, so we went through grammar school and high school together. We were so fortunate that our parents were always there for our school, grange, church and 4-H achievements in our tight-knit community. As a town, we share our joys and our griefs, and right now our hearts go out to the family.

Bob and Lem Holmes recently returned from St. Maarten after spending the week laying on the beach, snorkeling and visiting several friends. They also flew to Saba, a nearby volcanic island where they hiked the highest peak on the island and had lunch at Scout’s Place, a local hot spot.

Our friend and former Morrill news columnist Hilda Sheldon turned 93 years old Feb. 19. The following day was a busy one. Her three children and their spouses, Ed and Jean (Sheldon) Whitcomb, Gary and Faye Sheldon, and David and Dalene Sheldon, and a great granddaughter JoJo Stutheit, took her out to eat at Angler’s Restaurant in Hampden. They then continued on to Orono to a birthday celebration at the home of Greg and Michelle (Sheldon) Perkins. There were 39 family members present to not only honor Hilda’s big day, but also acknowledge 22 others that have birthdays in January through June.

Just so you know: 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.

In 1948, General Omar Bradley made a statement with a prophetic ring to it: “We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” Despite our great technologies and great abilities, we have made no progress in solving our basic human problems. — Excerpt from the devotional “Our Journey”

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Palermo

Well here I am again, this is my second article! I love my “job!” Writing for my town is fun. I never knew that my small town had so much going on! It’s very interesting.

My! What strange weather we have been having lately, huh? At least it is washing all the snow away. My Dad commented today that if all this rain was snow we would have been buried! I love snow, but not 10 feet of it! I am glad that it is washing away!

Have a birthday or anniversary that’s coming up? Let me know and I will put it in my article! Just let me know by Thursday evening at the latest.

Palermo Days in danger

This year the Palermo Days parade and activities are scheduled to occur from Sunday, August 8 through Saturday, August 14. Sadly, if more people do not volunteer to help out, Palermo Days activities will have to be dramatically reduced or even canceled! At the first meeting only two volunteers were able to attend, and at the second meeting there were just five people. Many of the previous volunteers wanted to continue to help, but are no longer available. We desperately need more volunteers! We always need help with the talent show, activities after the parade and before and during the street dance, but there are other areas also. We promise you can contribute no matter what your talents. Please become involved!

The next planning meeting is going to be held on Monday night, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Palermo Town Office. At this meeting it will be determined what the future of Palermo Days will be. Please, please consider joining us. Teenagers are welcome, too.

If anyone would be willing to help out but cannot make this meeting and/or has questions please call Teri at 993-2851 or Ilene at 993-2809.

Town government news

On Friday, March 12 there will be municipal elections at the town office. Poll hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available at the town office during regular hours (Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Friday from 2-6 p.m.

The yearly town meeting will be held at the Palermo Consolidated School Gym on Saturday, March 13, starting at 9 a.m.

Dog Licenses are due for 2010! They are available at the town office during regular hours.

Church news

There will be a senior community dinner this Thursday, March 4 at noon. It is a free dinner for senior citizens.

For those of you who don’t already know, the church has a clothing exchange every Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. Donations of good, clean, useable clothing are accepted. You can drop your donations off on Saturday mornings or whenever the church is open.

Library news

What is hospice?

Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m., representatives from Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice will be at the Palermo Community Library (located on Route 3) to discuss Hospice eligibility, Medicare Hospice benefits and the extensive services their comprehensive interdisciplinary teams offer. Organizers state that the information presented at this meeting will provide you with the necessary tools for one of life’s most challenging crossroads.

For more information, call either Barbara Moran at 594-9561 or Ellie Budzko at 993-2490.

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Prospect

We are ready to turn over to a new month and hope that the weather will only get better. We have had a good winter, really, when compared to other states in the mid-western and southern parts of the country. Time to start thinking about starting seeds for your gardens.

I want to wish all the people having birthdays and anniversaries this month a great and happy day, and may you have many more.

We celebrated Paul’s birthday Sunday with our daughter Rosemarie and her friend Paul from Hallowell and daughter Lisa and her husband Dwayne from Bucksport. That morning I went over to Hannaford’s in Bucksport to get last-minute things. A man was walking into the parking lot with a bouquet of flowers and I stopped and let him go. As I got out of my car, he came around the corner and gave me the roses that he had bought. He said he only needed two of them so he gave the rest to me. I have no idea who he was, but I said, “Bless you,” and with a smile he walked away. I trimmed them and they are still blooming beautifully.

10-year-old Shayley Bridges of Bowden’s Point also celebrated her birthday this past weekend with a swimming party at the Ellsworth YMCA Saturday with 12 of her friends. The next day her mom, Brandy Bridges, and family had another party with family and then she was surprised with a new mountain bike, something she had been wanting for a while.

Clarence Drew is home now. He came home last Friday and is feeling better but is still on medication and needs to go back to the doctor’s for checkups. Wishing you well, Clarence.

The Sheriff’s deputies have been busy here in the center of town this past week. They have stopped many cars and I don’t know the reasons but am glad to see it happen. So many people go through town as if they were on a race track. Someday, someone will get hurt seriously. Too bad they wouldn’t put up the electronic speed reader and maybe some people will be surprised as to how fast they are going. By increasing their patrols in other towns, they have reduced the speeding and hope they can do the same here.

Thursday, March 11, there will be a meeting in the Town Office at 7:00 p.m. with the planning board members and a representative from Central Maine Power Co. to explain the updates to the poles on the power line. Abutting owners of property are invited to attend and ask their questions if they have any. Also, there will be discussion on a moratorium pertaining to commercial windmills. This item will be in the town report at town meeting. There is a test windmill being installed on Hagen Mountain soon but that was already approved earlier. If the moratorium is wanted by the townspeople then an ordinance will have to be voted in.

Also on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m., the Prospect Community Club will have its first meeting of the year in the dining room. We will be making plans for the baked bean suppers and other events for the year. We do hope you will join us, as if you live in Prospect, you are a member. There are no dues, but you may be asked to help on various events that we will be planning — it can be fun and its all for a good cause.

Sunday, March 14, change the time on your clocks one hour ahead — that is when we start Daylight Saving Time. It’s hard to believe it’s that time already, but at the same time, for safety, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Town meeting will be Saturday, April 3, with the municipal elections on Friday, April 2. The only contest is for the position of fire chief, where current chief Tim Terry is being challenged by Charlie Scherer.

I received an interesting e-mail today about cell phones. This item is worth passing on — cell phone companies are charging $1 to $1.75 or more for information calls. Most of us do not carry a phone book in our vehicle and the numbers stored in your cell phone are usually friends and family but if you need a company phone number then you have to dial 411.

Instead of doing that, when you need to call information, simply dial (800) FREE-411, or (800) 373-3411, without any charge at all. Program that number in your cell phone and you will be able to get any number you need and it will be free. [Editor’s note: According to (800) FREE-411’s Web site, callers will have to listen to one or more short advertisements (each approximately 10 seconds long) before receiving the information they are looking for.] I’ll give you another item next week.

I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week and please remember those that need a card or a prayer. God bless you all.

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Searsmont

What another escape we had this week with these last winter snow storms. The heavy wind and rain was enough for me but it is cleaning up the winter drudges. It is hard to believe February was over on Sunday. My family in Pennsylvania has gotten all these Eastern storms and they have been missing a lot of work and school. We call each other back and forth and laugh how this year we have been very fortunate here in Maine. I know there are those who love the snow and the winter sports, and as far as all the ice fishing is concerned I know it was a very short season. One thing I have really tried to follow this year has been the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. What a long-term goal they strive to achieve and I love to watch all their efforts. There have been several winners from Maine this year and I congratulate them.

Condolences go out to the Lavoie family on the loss of Jody’s husband Kenneth. Our thoughts and prayers go to you and all the families and friends who will miss him dearly.

News from the town office

Argent Communications, LLC recently acquired Windjammer Communications, LLC, the cable company located in Searsmont. As of April 30, Argent will no longer provide services to the town of Searsmont. Please contact Argent at 1-888-815-0610 if you have any questions or concerns.

This is the year the selectmen will appoint ballot clerks. The appointments are for a two-year period. The duties of a ballot clerk are monitoring the ballot box, checking in the people as they come in to vote, passing out ballots, and/or counting ballots. If you are interested in being a ballot clerk, please notify Kathy Hoey at the town office.

Approximately 85 registered voters turned out for a special town meeting at which the voters turned down an offer from the state of Maine for the town to purchase a tractor with a backhoe and front-end loader for $13,000.

When the budget meeting was held to discuss a total budget of approximately $2,000,000, only ten people were there. Let’s try to have a good turn out for town meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 3. Items on the warrant include elections for various committees and a new selectman, as Stacy will not be running again this year.

There will also be a warrant article to approve a lease agreement between the Historical Society and the town for the Historical Society’s proposed barn. The town report is being prepared now, and we hope to have it available in the town by March 22. Make sure you pick one up to review the warrant and the proposed lease agreement and see whose terms are up this year. Perhaps you, or someone you know, would like to fill one or more of the available positions. Please remember to bring some non-perishable items to be distributed to the local food pantries.

If you are concerned about pesticides being sprayed near your home, you can be placed on the Pesticide Notification Registry. To be on the registry, your name must be submitted by March 15. To sign up on the registry, go to thinkfirstspraylast.org. Or, call the Board of Pesticides Control at 287-2731 for an application form. More information is posted at the town office.

Searsmont Historical Society

The next meeting of the Searsmont Historical Society will be held in the Historical Room at the Searsmont Community Center Wednesday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. The speaker this month will be Glendon Mehuren, the only dairy farmer still in business in the town of Searsmont, and he will be speaking on milk producing in these times and some family history as well. All are welcome. There will be light refreshments offered during the break before our business meeting. All are welcome to stay and get acquainted with our society’s achievements and plans for the future.

Cabin fever reliever

Spectrum Generations and the Waldo County Triad are partnering to hold an auction to raise funds to carry out programs for older residents. The auction is Friday, March 12 at the Masonic Hall in Belfast. Viewing is from 5-6 p.m. and the auction is from 6-9 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments will be available, too. If you have any questions please call Sandra at 548-6530.

Goings-on around town

The Tri-Town Parent Teacher Group will present “Murder at the Midnight Hour” Saturday, March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Ames School. This wedding-themed murder mystery dinner is set in 1969. Imagine what happens when old money marries a hippie flower child. Tickets are $15 each and include the show and a complete dinner (appetizers, a traditional or vegetarian lasagna meal, and wedding cake).

Guests are invited to dress the part (if they wish) in hippie-style clothing or more traditional wedding attire. Our talented cast includes Joe DuBois, Ray Porter, Laura Miller, Amanda Anderson, Brian Miller, Bridget Winslow and other special guests. You won’t want to miss the musical talents of Ando Anderson as our wedding singer! Seating is limited. Call Kay at 342-5300 to reserve your tickets today. Proceeds benefit the Tri-Town PTG, which funds learning enrichment activities for children at the Weymouth and Ames Schools.

Seeds for Growth

Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will be selling seeds at the Fraternity Village Store. The seeds are from the Fedco Seed Co. and can be purchased at $1.60 per package. There will be various types of vegetables and flowers with a sheet describing the 25 easy-to-grow varieties. All proceeds from the sales will go to Crossroads to Calvary Christian School in Morrill.

Coming events

The next SWAG meeting will be Monday, March 8 at 1 p.m. They meet downstairs in the Community Center.

Upcoming cribbage games are on Friday, March 5 and 19 at 7 p.m. They also meet downstairs in the Community Center.

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Searsport

Friday, March 5, starting at 6 p.m., the Searsport Republican Town Committee will caucus in Union Hall. Aaron Fethke, chairman of the Town Committee states that the purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates to the state convention, elect members of the Waldo County Republican Committee and organize for the upcoming elections. All Searsport Republicans are urged to attend this event.

The state convention will be held in Portland on May 7 and 8. It is an excellent opportunity for local Republicans to meet and speak with those who are running for office.
James Gillway, Searsport’s own Republican candidate for the State House will, among other things, be speaking and answering your questions at this event.

Saturday, March 6, starting at 9 a.m., the town meeting will be held at the Searsport High School. All residents are urged to attend.

March 9, starting at 7 p.m., the Searsport Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting in Curtis Hall. This month the speaker will be Mark Bradstreet speaking about Abraham Lincoln. The public is invited to attend.

The annual State of Maine Property Tax School will be held at the University Of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, the week of August 2 through August 6. Maine Revenue Services Property Tax Division puts on the annual school. MRS is looking for vendors to provide meals, etc. for the week-long event. The MRS has asked that local businesses be informed about the school. If any Searsport businesses are interested, the contact person at Maine Revenue Services is Jeff Kendell. He can be contacted at 287-4786.

Spring can’t be far away, on March 14 we turn the clocks ahead and the sign in front of the fire house asks that anyone wanting their fields burned this spring should sign up now. You can sign up by calling them at 548-2302.

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Thorndike — by Tina Durand

Public forum on new superintendent

A public forum soliciting input on hiring SAD 3’s next superintendent will take place Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Clifford Performing Arts Center at the Mount View High School.

Other school news

The SAD 3 Central Office is now located in the Unity Elementary School. The new address is 84 School Street in Unity (ZIP code is 04988).

Substitute vacancies for 2009-2010: Clerical substitutes — Central Office; substitute custodians — district wide; substitute cooks — district wide; substitute bus drivers; tutors — district wide.

Penny drive

The sixth annual Future MSAD 3 penny drive got underway March 1, and this year the Mount View Middle School has joined the “Penny Drive Team” to support Future’s campaign to enhance athletic and recreational facilities at Mount View.

Since 2004, participating SAD 3 elementary schools have raised $7,362.59 to support enhancements to the new Mount View school — including the Performing Arts Center and athletic facilities. In 2010, Mount View Middle School joins the penny drive team to raise funds for Future MSAD 3.

Save your pennies (nickels, dimes and quarters are welcome too!) for the March Future MSAD 3 penny drive! The penny drive will run through March 26. Funds raised through the penny drive support Future’s campaign to enhance athletic and recreational facilities at Mount View. Future is currently raising funds for its “First Things First” campaign to support water and electrical conduit to the new and existing athletic fields, and water, power and sewer lines to a planned outdoor concessions building.

The slogan for the 2010 penny drive is, “When we work together, we are ONE Team!”

The penny drive is being coordinated by Future MSAD 3 Event Committee Co-Chairwomen Bev Winship and Barbara Higgins.

Events in Jackson

Cindy Ludden sent in the following note, asking for help in plugging some upcoming events, yes, events, at the Jackson Food Pantry:

Last year’s Women’s-Only Clothing Sale was such fun and a great community get-together (besides the fact that we were making money) that we’re going to do it again.

The food pantry will be hosting a “Women’s-Only Clothing Sale” Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Community Center, located on the Village Road. Breakfast and lunch will be available on-site.

Tables/spaces are available for $10 each, and they have started to be spoken for/reserved, with a large percentage being set aside for plus-size clothing.

Come and sell your items at your prices, but please keep it limited to just women’s clothing and accessories, please. Setup will be available the day and evening before, so again, come sell your items and make some money!

Then, Saturday, March 13, the food pantry will be hosting a children’s-only clothing sale, also at the Community Center. Tables/spaces will be available at the same price as the week before, and breakfast and lunch will once again be available on-site.

Once again, you can come and sell your items at your prices, but please keep it limited to just children’s clothing, furnishings, toys and accessories, please.

For more information on either of these events, contact Cindy Ludden at 722-3205, or by e-mail at: cindyl (that’s a small letter ‘L’) @fairpoint.net, or call Diane Brown at 722-3759.

Town meeting time

Saturday, March 20 will be the annual town meeting at the Thorndike Auction Hall. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. If you have moved to town and need to register to vote, please come into the Town Office during the office hours. The Town Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, from 1-6 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Thorndike Fire Company will be doing the town meeting lunch and they are asking people in town to help by donating food and desserts. For more information, please contact Fire Chief Peter Quimby at 568-3706 or call Linda Rolerson at 568-3419. The Fire Company wants to say “thank you” to anyone who does decide to help with preparation and clean up.

Call for junior firefighters

Also, the Fire Department is looking for junior volunteers. If you are interested and you are at least 16 years old, come down and join. For more information call Peter Quimby at 568-3706.

Birthdays

Here are some current birthdays:

Cooper Lloyd Wren turns 2 on March 7.Hayle Grover’s birthday was Monday, March 1; Donna Fletcher’s is Tuesday, March 2; Maria Valles celebrates her birthday on Thursday, March 4; Ron Valles will be turning 50 on March 9 (happy birthday, Ron, from your wife!); Carissa Butkewicz on March 10; Channing Murphy on March 14; and Maria Rodriguez Martinez-Estellez, also on March 14.

Some past birthdays that we missed: Cindy Jones (Feb. 16), Alice Jones (Feb. 21), Colin Jones (Feb. 15) and my stepfather Clifford Elwell Sr. (Feb. 25).

Assorted news

A reminder that the Mount View Cheerleading Invitational is Saturday, March 20. It will be held right here at MVHS and it will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get well wishes go out to Kyle Hadyniak who has surgery last week, I hope you feel better soon and know there are a lot of people out there who care.

I went and saw Tina “Ma” Keller the other day, she fell at the Bangor Auditorium right after the tournaments. “Ma” had several stitches and bruises, and I hope she feels better soon. The first responders at the Auditorium were very quick to come and help out the Keller family.

If you have any news you would like to share please let me know at shyshy@uninets.net or 568-7172. Thanks and make it a great week!

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Unity

In my world

The alder is now not only leafing out, but also flowering. It’s actually prettier than the fern, so I’m reluctant to take it down. So — I have a small tree sprouting in my living room.

How ’bout this ‘warm weather’? The driveway has turned into mud, 10 inches deep.

On a better note, Bill’s taking me to see the Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. It’s something I have very much wanted to see in my lifetime. It’s starring Ted Neeley, who played the main character in the motion picture version in 1973. I’m super excited!

This morning, my sister-in-law Sharon said my brother Nelson felt the baby kick for the first time. She described the moment as full of awe and wonder. My brother said it was weird, but I’m sure he said it in awe and wonder, meaning it was really cool.

In your world

Unity College will be on spring break from Monday, March 8 through Friday, March 19.

Gaining Ground workshop at MOFGA

Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This workshop, which will take place at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, will show farmers how to form partnerships with conservation organizations to gain affordable and permanent access to farmland. The workshop will be approximately 5 hours long, and lunch will be included. Cost: $15. For more information and a registration form, contact Erin Quigley: e-mail erinquigley@gmail.com, call 272-8696, or visit equitytrust.org.

Pancake breakfast, sleigh rides in Freedom

Sunday, March 7 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The Dirigo Grange of Freedom will host a pancake breakfast. The menu will include Maine blueberry pancakes, juice, sausage and more. Later, the Village Farm will host area teamsters in the third annual Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Freedom Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hotdogs, cookies, cocoa and coffee during the sleigh rides as a fundraiser for the Department.

Farm business course at MOFGA

Monday and Tuesday, March 8 and 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farming Smarter, Not Harder: Tune-up Your Business and Increase Your Net Profit. this is the title of a farm business course at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Participants will focus on the farm’s profit centers — which parts of the farm make the most money and which may actually lose money, while learning efficient planning, office management, and financial tips for success. Fee: $150 for an individual, $225 for two people from the same farm.

Spring growth conference at MOFGA

Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Growth Conference: From the Ground Up — Soil Improvement. This event will take place at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, and it will cover crop insurance, principles and practices of ecological management of soil and soil management. There will also be a panel discussion. Registration fees: $45 for an individual, $60 for couples, or $25 for students & apprentices. Fees includes lunch. For more information, call 568-4142 or visit mofga.org.

Just outside your world

(Items of possible interest)

Fairfield

Backyard chickens

March 4 & 11, Thursdays, from 6-8 p.m.

Looking for farm-fresh eggs every day? Even some cities are now passing ordinances to allow for small-scale production. If you want to keep poultry for home use or for local sales, but your expertise is limited, this class will get you started. Learn how to select appropriate breeds, the stages of development, how to house and care for your flock, how to handle a laying hen, and regulations governing raising chickens. Receive a handy reference notebook and get ready to order those baby chicks. Richard Brzozowski is an Extension Educator for the UMaine Extension. For more information, contact Lawrence Adult Education in Fairfield, either by calling 453-4200, x3114 or by e-mailing adulted@msad49.org.

Jackson

Women’s-only clothing sale

The Jackson Food Pantry will be hosting a “Women’s-Only Clothing Sale” Saturday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Community Center, located on the Village Road. Tables have started to be reserved, with a large percentage being set aside for plus-size clothing. Tables/spaces are available for $10 each, and breakfast and lunch will be available on-site. Organizers invite you to come sell your items at your prices, but please keep it limited to just women’s clothing and accessories. Setup will be available the day and evening before. Come sell your items and make some money!

Belfast

Cabin Fever Reliever

Spectrum Generations and the Waldo County Triad are partnering to hold an auction to raise funds to carry out programs for older residents. The auction is Friday, March 12 at the Masonic Hall in Belfast. Viewing is from 5-6 p.m. and the auction is from 6-9 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments available. If you have any questions please call Sandra at 548-6530.

Knox

Tractor Safety for youth and adults

UMaine Extension and Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox are offering a tractor and farm machinery safety course. The class will run on five consecutive Wednesday nights, starting on March 17. Register online at umaine.edu/waldo and click on “Tractor Safety for Youth and Adults” under Waldo County News & Info.

Agricultural machine operation is dangerous. Each year, thousands are seriously injured or killed. While machinery has become safer in recent years, the potential for accidents is very real. Although this class is designed for young adults, ages 14-16 who want to earn a federal certificate so they can operate farm machinery as part of their employment on a farm, it also draws many adults and new farmers who want to learn how to drive tractors and operate implements. Participants will receive a manual and be expected to operate machinery during the class. Written and driving exams will be administered during the last class in April.

For more information and/or to register, contact UMaine Extension in Waldo County at 800-287-1426. There is a $15 enrollment fee to cover the manual and some safety equipment.

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Waldo

It looks like Marshall was right about spring, or, as it occurs here in Waldo, mud season. It’s raining outside now and I’m worrying about the stream swelling and washing out the driveway. It’s nice to get this foul pudding-footed season over with early, though — my least favorite ground cover of the year.

I’ve been getting calls from my friend, Waldo resident Susan Lachlan, reminding me to add relevant town information to this column, such as the times that the Waldo Town Office is open, tell folks that the Waldo town meeting is coming, and that the Waldo town report has been issued. I’m thinking about hiring Susan as my trusted assistant, as she is in on all the hard news. I think she should be paid twice, or maybe even 3-4 times, the salary I’m getting here at VillageSoup. (That’s a joke, folks — I’m a volunteer!)

Susan left a voicemail about a recent event on the East Waldo Road where neighbors gathered for the 10th annual neighborhood party, including music and star gazing. Waldo residents Deb Burwell and Cathy Mink were there. I love that we have neighborhoods in Waldo! We sound so metropolitan.

In Belfast on Feb. 24, the third in a series of three meetings was held to discuss Rob Hopkins’ book, “The Transition Handbook, from Oil Dependency to Local Resilience.” Your Waldo correspondent was there, ready to pounce on the third element of the head, heart, and hands approach to the threats of less oil and more pollution (it seems like these two problems should counterbalance each other).

I was sitting next to Belfast resident Corliss Davis. As a small group, we had been asked to talk about outcomes from our country’s dependency on oil. Corliss just burst out with it: war. It was a painful moment. I got it full force — the obvious connection between the demand for oil here in Waldo County and our government’s obsession with politics in the Middle East. What better reason for us to conserve the precious stuff and find other ways to fuel our machinery?

I’m ready to join in a campaign to change our approach to living, if it saves our young people from the horrors of war. I’d rather see them here, learning new technologies for surviving as human beings that require less unbridled use of our planet’s riches, so that we could eek out a little more quality time for people here on Earth.

To that end, I am thrilled to report that the owner of Coyote Moon, Waldo resident Michelle Walker, has made a decision to stop accepting non-recyclable plastic hangers from clothing manufacturers at her downtown Belfast store. Special credit for bringing up the problem goes to Belfast resident Tara Demere, who just couldn’t stand throwing away one more useless plastic hanger. The store hopes that manufacturers will stop the practice of sending non-recyclable packaging to all of the stores they serve, but whether they do or not, Coyote Moon will simply not accept merchandise when they are inside the shipping carton. I’m so proud of this powerful stand taken by a local business!

There is much to hope for as we face our environmental problems straight on. Community activities can teach us the lost arts of our past, we can learn how to do the things that machines have been doing for us, such as making bread (great upper body workout). We can turn off the electronic noise, calm ourselves down, and practice living with fewer machines (but please, not the washing machine!).

The thrust of solutions presented last night come down to this: get local. Well, you can’t get more local than Waldo, Maine, and we have lots of ongoing solutions to the problem of isolation and the solution of community.

• Our friends in Jackson are having a “Women’s-Only Clothing Sale” Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Community Center on Village Road. Hosts will be the Jackson Food Pantry and breakfast & lunch will be available on-site.

• The following Saturday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jackson is having another sale, a “Children’s-Only Clothing Sale.” Contact Cindy Ludden at 722-3205 or Diane Brown at 711-3759 for more information on either sale.

•The Waldo Town Meeting will be held Saturday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. this year. There will be coffee and donuts for local folks who want to socialize at 8:30 a.m.

• Stop by the town office and pick up your Waldo Town Report. Office hours are 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon or 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month. Or, call Shirley Caler (342-5993) or Kathy Littlefield (342-5347). Or, stop by Thompson’s Variety on Route 137.

• Spectrum Generations and The Waldo County Triad are holding an auction Friday, March 12 at the Masonic Hall in Belfast. Viewing is from 5-6 p.m. and the auction is from 6-9 p.m. Call Sandra at 548-6530 for more information.

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Winterport

Winterport Memorial Library

Here are some reminders from the Winterport Memorial Library:

• Every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m., we have a knitting (or any other portable craft of interest) group.

• The first Thursday of the month is Game Day, starting at 4 p.m. Come and enjoy playing board games at the library. The games are provided by the library.

• The second Tuesday of the month is the Adult Book Club from 6-7 p.m. The group is currently reading “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Come join us Thursday, March 11 to discuss the book and find out what the next one is going to be.

• On Saturday mornings it is Children’s Story Time from 10-10:30 a.m.

Winterport Historical Association

The Winterport Historical Association will hold their next meeting Monday, March 8, at the Victoria Grant Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. with a pot luck meal. Committee chair for this meeting is Manny DaSilva. The program will be presented by Michael Thibodeau, District 42 Representative, titled “Maine House of Representatives.”

Cabin Fever Reliever

Spectrum Generations and the Waldo County Triad are partnering to hold an auction to raise funds to carry out programs for older residents. The auction is Friday, March 12, at the Masonic Hall in Belfast. Viewing will be from 5-6 p.m. and the auction is from 6-9 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments available, as well. If you have any questions, please call Sandra at 548-6530.

Pot luck for Pete

The pot luck supper and auction for Pete DeGennero held at the Smith School on Feb. 25 was a huge success. I will have more details next week. Thanks to everyone who has helped in their own special way.