News from SAD 3

On April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount View School there will be a meeting for parents and community members who are interested in re-establishing the Mount View Athletic Boosters’ Club.

The agenda for this meeting will include:

1. Review information and recommendations regarding MV Athletic Boosters’ Club by-laws, mission statement, policies and procedures;

2. Review information and recommendations regarding past MVA Booster Club meeting minutes and activities;

3. Review information and recommendations from Pat Newall regarding MVA Booster Club Finances;

4. Take action to reestablish MV Athletic Boosters’ Club which will include adopting by-laws, plan election of officers, schedule next meeting date, etc.

Please try to attend this very important meeting and please spread the word.

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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.

Town meeting has come and gone and it was not quite as smooth and quick as we are accustomed to in Belmont. Moderator Lee Woodward earned his pay this year, as funding for new fire equipment became an issue. An additional $10,000 was added to the $25,000 already budgeted. Additionally, there was an adjustment necessary to pay firefighters and EMTs for training hours.

Most of the other warrant articles passed as proposed. Steve Fuller, editor of The Republican Journal, gave an excellent rundown of the meeting in his article starting on page 1 of the March 17 Journal. There is a good supply of the Town Reports at the Town Office for those who want them. The Belmont Comprehensive Plan needs to be addressed as it is approaching 10 years of age, with updates necessary. An article was passed to form a committee for this project, which could take two to three years to complete.

Volunteers are needed! If you are interested in serving on the Comprehensive Plan Committee, you may sign up at the Town Office and you will likely be interviewed by the Select Board on a Tuesday evening. Among the items to be resolved by the committee will be the question of whether or not to extend the current commercial zone along Route 3 (Augusta Road), east to the Belfast city line. The warrant article regarding that matter was defeated and deferred to the Comprehensive Plan Committee for further review.

I believe Belmont is currently one of the best-zoned small towns in Maine, thanks to the foresight of town management in the past. Our Select Board/assessors put in long hours to keep Belmont’s taxes in check, and it is no secret that our taxes are low. Any adjustment to our Comprehensive Plan and existing zoning needs to be very carefully thought out.

Two to three days in the 60s is effectively bringing the maple-sugaring season to an end over much of Maine. Though the season started early, the continued warmup without a return to normal cold is bringing it to an end. Any sap that flows will be dark and/or hazy and will boil down to extra dark syrup, which is good for cooking. The maple at the Blaine House that was tapped by Gov. John Baldacci recently in conjunction with his proclamation of Maple Sunday on March 28, should have been tapped earlier this year. Had I elected to wait for my usual timing, I would not have had any season, and the sap that has flowed has not been up to normal volume.

Maine Maple Sunday 2010 is Sunday, March 28. Maple Weekend at Ducktrap Valley Maple Farm and Wildlife Conserve will be Friday, 1-6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. 153 Dickey Mill Road in Belmont, next to the Ducktrap River and Preserve, is the location. Dickey Mill Road is off Lincolnville Road and will be marked by bright red Maple Products signs. Maple syrup, baked beans, pecan pie and blueberry pie — all made with maple syrup — will be available, plus other products. Our lupines are already pushing their shoots up, and we have wild blue lupine seeds and native evergreens and conifers.

Ian Stewart and Coastal Mountain Land Trust are looking for volunteers to do projects involving the Ducktrap River and Preserve. If interested, call Ian at 236-7091 in Camden. A meeting will already have been held March 24. I was not advised until March 17. This may be a great opportunity to see if the Ducktrap Coalition can be put back together. I am meeting with Ian on the 22nd as I have Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission on the 24th.

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Brooks

Well I don’t want to jinx it, but I am hoping this weather stays this way. I, like most people, like the cold and snow, that’s why I moved to Maine, but there really is nothing like a warm winter day, where the weather here is warmer than that of our southernmost state, Florida. I was watching the Weather channel the other day and the temparature in Caribou was warmer than it was in New Orleans.

Even with the cooler weather in Florida we had many locals fly away for some time in the cool sun there. My mother, Susan Champa, and my two nieces, Alyssa and Alex Schiessl, spent some time visiting family and lying on the beach. My mother said that the girls had on shorts and swimsuit tops in the 50- 60-degree weather down there and the residents of Florida had on coats and scarves. I guess they don’t really know what cold is. Also taking a trip to Florida were Lisa Gibbs and her three kids, Lisa and her family own Dockside Reastaurant in Belfast. She said the trip was a much-needed escape, and when I last heard from her she was having a great time.

With the spring weather comes the re-opening of Ralph’s Cafe. The cafe will open March 24 and resume its hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and  8 a.m. 2 p.m. Sunday. The cafe also opens with some changes to the menu, and some renovation to the dining room. Also the juke box, “Bertha,” has decided to come back from its vacation and is now working, so the 45s of my youth and that I have collected over the years are now filling the dining room with music once again.

For the winter, a group of us have been meeting every week on a rotating schedule to host dinners. This past week the dinner was held at my house on the ridge and the budding new couple of Joanne Wilcox and David Graham arrived looking very cute together. I had noticed for weeks that the two were arriving together all around town.

One such occasion was Jen and Hans Albee’s open house this past week. The Albees live in the old Mullison house on Moosehead Trail in the village. The party was a potluck and many were in attendance. The Albees moved to Brooks this past July and seem to have fit right into our small town. Jen will be on stage in The Marsh River Theater’s production of “Almost, Maine” and I hear there is talk that Hans will be joining the fire department. The highlight of the evening for me was when Jen showed us her cat’s trick of catching and fetching frozen peas.

Fireside Chat with Betty Littlefield

I dont know about you, but I have really enjoyed the information that Betty has shared with us. Unfortunately I think this will be the last one for a while, as Betty must put all her energy into getting the Pilley House Museum ready to reopen this year. I would like to thank Betty and encourage everyone to visit the Pilley House this summer for their open houses, which are usually held on Sunday afternoons. Betty writes:

Hi Friends,

Well, perhaps winter is over and spring is unusually early, but in Maine we never know what to expect. On May 30, 1935, my grandfather, Noyes Cilley, wrote in his diary: “About forty years ago today, I had seventeen sheep freeze in the pasture with a cold May rain.” That year would have been 1895.

Can you imagine those winter days in Brooks village around 1900 when the ice of the mill pond near the bridge was frozen solidly and young couples skated together with probably a blazing fire nearby? Four pairs of clamp-on skates found in the Pilley house tell us that Al Pilley and his sisters probably joined other Brooks young folks in one of their favorite winter pastimes.

A beautiful pair of ladies’ strap skates has been donated to the museum by Paula Miron, who says her mother, the late Helen Reynolds, used them; but I suspect the skates probably belonged to someone of a later generation. Also an exceptional pair of men’s skates with a wooden base has been given by Gladys and Gaylon Kennedy, who believe that the skates, found in their barn, may have belonged to the late Roy Staples. I remember that young people of my generation were still skating on the mill pond well into the 1940s.

Many such items from our past have been donated to the Brooks Historical Society museum by you, the people of Brooks, or by those who have moved away but still have strong ties to their home town. One gift of great importance is a collection of enlarged pictures of Brooks given by John and Linda Jewell of Belfast. Many of those pictures have been used on our calendar.

Another former Brooks-Knox native, Lloyd Wentworth of Belfast, has donated the old Brooks telephone switchboard that was given to him by a friend who found it on a local dump years ago. Some of us remember those days when the telephone central office was on the second floor of the Pilley Drug Store. The switchboard was tended by Bertha Stimpson, Lester Johnson, and Evelyn Sampson.

Richard Webber of Swanville, who grew up in Brooks, has entrusted to our care a large ox yoke that was used in farming by his father, the late Roscoe Webber, on the Webber farm on the Underpass Road. The ox yoke is a reminder of the importance of oxen in the early days of Washington Plantation, as our town was called from 1799-1816. Oxen were used well into the later years of the 1800s and early 1900s.

On May 28, 1918, my grandfather wrote in his diary: “Howl (hauled) dressing after I took the milk to Brooks. I had Herbert Smith’s oxen to help. Billy Smith drove the oxen on head (ahead) of the horses.” From my father’s farm on the Brooks-Monroe line, we have a pair of “bog shoes,” worn by oxen or horses on the meadow during haying season. These interesting horse shoes with a board on the underside to keep the animals from sinking into the turf were donated by my brother, the late Robert Brown.

My brothers, Bob and Allen, both remembered haying the meadow with our dad. My mother, the late Eunice Cilley Brown, prized those bog shoes, as she remembered when her father, Noyles Cilley, hayed the meadow. Meadow hay was fed to horses, also it was pressed and shipped away in the train for other uses.

A very special collection of house carpenter’s tools was donated last summer to our museum. The tools and the sturdy homemade chest belonged to Brooks house carpenter the late Roscoe Barden, in the early 1900s. Roscoe and his wife, Faye, and their son, Clarence, lived in the house near the end of Fogg Street, where Joe and Honey Wildes more recently lived. The tools came back to Brooks, as seems fitting, from a grandson. Frank Reynolds, an exceptional house carpenter before he became postmaster, has identified all the tools, which were tagged by his daughter, Paula. Some of those tools are indeed very intricate and beautiful.

I’ll bet that you didn’t know that Brooks once had a really clever inventor. Chester Marden, a house carpenter and smith, invented a device for cutting seed potatoes and even had it patented. We have one of these inventions in the shed at the museum. Chester’s descendants still live in Brooks.

People from other towns and even “from away” are complimentary about our local museum. It is a homelike museum with rooms furnished as they might have been in about 1900, when the house was remodeled. We hope that those of you who have never visited will stop by at one of our open houses next summer. We have air conditioning, so you will be cool on the hottest days. There are chairs throughout the house where you may sit to rest and visit. Rhoda Smith serves free refreshments on the porch, with coffee from Ralph’s Café. Watch for our posters for our upcomming events.

Thank You, and goodnight,

Betty Littlefield

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Freedom

The next regular Selectors meeting will be held Wednesday, April 14 at the Town Office at 6 p.m.

Frances Walker (a write-in for three-year term of selector) was defeated by Ron Price.

Your board of selectors will consist of re-elected Ron Price, (three-year term) Clint Spaulding, (two years left to serve) and Carol Richardson (one year left to serve).

The Town Clerk, etc. Cindy Abbott was re-elected for a one-year term, as was Erna Keller for another one-year term as treasurer.

The Board of Selecto’s will also be the acting road commissioner.

On Friday, March 26 put your recyclables out, for it’s the last Friday of the month. Take notice of all the new items that can be recycled. There is a list of items in the Town Report and also on the wall in the Town Office. The more we recycle, the less our garbage will cost. Please do your part and help the town save money and help the environment.

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery will hold a meeting Tuesday, April 6 at the Town Office at 7 p.m. for all the lot owners. It is important that you attend this meeting because a new board of directors must be picked due to the loss of some members.

Also it would be appreciated that you pick up the Christmas holiday decorations that are still on the graves. Please don’t miss this meeting!

Sunday, March 28 is Palm Sunday and Tuesday, March 30 is the first day of Passover. Friday, April 2 is Good Friday, Sunday, April 4 is Easter, Monday, April 5 is Easter Monday and Tuesday, April 6 is the last day of Passover.

There will be Good Friday services at the Freedom Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Please try to attend. All denominations are welcome.

There will be open art night Monday evenings 6:30-8 p.m. at the office of the Friends of Unity Wetlands on Main Street.

Bring your pencils, pastels, charcoals, paints, laptops or what-have-you and make some art. We’ll have a still life set up each week to work from or you can just do your own thing. This will run for the next four Monday evenings. There will be a $2 donation to cover the cost of heat. Call Jim 948-3703 or e -mail Jim at jmacs@uninets.net for more information.

Avian Haven’s year end report for 2009 is available on its Web site, avianhaven.org. It seems that the recent mailing was lost somewhere. It may show up and it may not, so if you are interested you can read it on their Web site.

Voice of Freedom

March 18 was my birthday and a very happy one. My son, Chuck, baked a birthday cake and prepared dinner. After dinner we had cake, and presents! The cake, dinner and presents were all great. We then attended the “Music in Our Schools Month Concert,” which was held in the Performing Arts Center at the Mount View School and it was a great concert.

It started off with the Mount View Middle School Intermediate Band. They performed four selections and did a fine job. Then the Advanced Band played five selections and there were two solos. Finally the High School Band played five selections and three solos. They did a great job with “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Route 66.”

I found myself singing along with them and I’m so proud of all the musicians. At the end of the program, they asked everyone to sing “Happy Birthday” to the Hadyniaks since it will be Tyler and Kyle’s birthday on Sunday. It was a nice surprise and then while waiting in the lobby a group picture was taken of “the boys” and myself. I love all my Mustangs.

All in all, it was a wonderful day; I received several unexpected phone calls, loads of birthday cards and so many wonderful wishes on Facebook.

Thank you one and all for a memorable birthday and for remembering.

Tyler and Kyle have already made arrangements to celebrate their 17th by having a paintball party on Saturday and a sleepover on Friday and Saturday night. They will have UHOP’s pizza, birthday cake and stay up all night playing X-Box. Then on Sunday, their birthday, we have a family celebration again, which consists of birthday cake, dinner and presents. A wonderful family time. Our birthdays are always a three-day celebration, since they are only three days apart.

The weather has been wonderful and I think spring is here. Very soon you will see people preparing to clean up the mess after winter and plant flowers, cut grass and welcome the time to be able to spend it outdoors.

Hopefully now that March Madness is over, we can all get back to normal, whatever normal is.

If you have anything of interest to report, please contact me.

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Jackson

Well, I will have a lot of notes, and they will be late, but people seem to enjoy it. As I’m sending this on Thursday, I think there’s some down there for next week.

Weather

How about this weather? Snow is slowly going. Brother Robert was sitting outside in Zephyrhills, Fla., cooking supper; he called us girls and said it was 80 degrees.

Sunday I was in Waterville at the YMCA, and out front it was so green. You could see people getting the feel of it, only to discover it was artificial. Oh, the look on their faces!

Maple syrup

A lot of people are tapping trees. It’s interesting to see all the different containers — large garbage cans, blue containers with covers, True Value pails, white pails with a piece of plywood on top and then a brick holding them down, and also some milk jugs hanging with a string. It’s just interesting to see so many kinds.

Spring

More signs of spring Sunday. There were a lot of motorcycles, Dairy Joy is open, and people are hanging clothes outside. I still have snow out back, so I haven’t been able to.

Back to Jackson

Eleanor Tibbetts spent the weekend with Harold and Irene. Polly talked to her, and I think Johnny saw her. Do come again, Eleanor — “What a lady.”

Haiti

My nephew’s wife, Megan, an RN at EMMC, is on her way with other nurses (she’ll meet them in Boston) going to Haiti for two weeks. Her son, Elijah, a senior from the high school in Newport, is also going. They live in Palmyra.

LeeAnn

Congratulations to my granddaughter LeeAnn, as she now has her license. That’s going to save her Mum and me a lot of running to Mount View. She has her own car, too, thanks to Grampa and Grammie Larrabee — it was her 16th birthday present.

Spring

Animals are out and about. I saw a big flock of turkeys strutting, deer are coming out at the Fowlers’, squirrels are darting across the road, and Canada Geese were at Virginia Work’s, but not on the water — they were walking on ice.

Tasty treats

Have you gotten your Girl Scout cookies yet? They’re good, as always.

A delay

Well, here it is Saturday, and I didn’t get this mailed yet. I was going to do it on my way to Mount View, but am now going to hold off to see if I can get it in when they want it.

Error

A couple of errors recently — it was Shirley and Leonard Chadbourne at sister Lucille’s birthday party, and the Belfast ball game with such a crowd was Mount View, not Medomak Valley. Probably my fault, as I probably put M.V. Ah well, it’s all over.

Writing

My family keeps saying why don’t you give it up. I like to write, and have had several long articles in several magazines. I think I write fairly good, though my spelling is so-so. And I receive a lot of comments. Maybe someday I’ll have a computer.

Schools

Isn’t this budget thing scary, especially for our schools! Our kids are going to be hurt. They said on TV that U.S. kids are way down in math and reading. What are we thinking of? Cut some other things! That is so foolish. I remember once we went to four days a week, which didn’t work out so well. Also, for MSAD 3 they asked each person in the district to give a day to help out. I can’t remember if we did or not, but I’d do anything to help our kids.

Did you know?

I saw on TV that it averages out that each person eats about 200 pounds of meat per year.

Feed the animals

Polly Dodge spends a lot in order to feed all kinds of birds, animals, etc. I can’t imagine the food she buys per year, but she feeds all kinds of birds and knows every kind. She also has a lot of turkeys, who this winter were in the trees across Route 7 and came the same time each day. Last night I looked out and a swarm of bees were all over the corn outside. Went to shut off the inside lights to go to bed and looked outside and three deer were eating the corn.

Cookbook

Polly needs more recipes for the Jackson cookbook. You don’t need to belong to our church, it’s just a fundraiser.

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Knox — by Rita Doughty

Soup and sandwich lunch

March 25 and 26 is lunch and soup specials at the “Open Door” in Unity at the Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s the last full week of the end of the month. I forgot there’s a short week next week for March, so I should have announced this last week.

Driving school

Bert’s Driving School has its next class starting April 5.

It’s spring time

Need your garden rototilled? Other tractor services available, call JoAnne at 382-6344. If no answer leave a message.

Maine service member ceremony for veterans

On Sunday, March 14 at Post 2 in Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKenney and I attended the State of Maine Service Medal ceremony for veterans.

Major General John W. Libby assisted Jack Stearns and Peter Ogden, the director of Maine Veterans Services, with a Vietnam Veterans State of Maine Gold Star Honorable Service Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation for honorable service during the Vietnam War in the Armed Forces for ETR2 Norman L McKenney, Jr. (Clarence’s brother). Clarence also accepted for PFC Theodore Glenn Drew (“Skippy”), cousin of Marilyn and Rita. Sadly, both were killed in Vietnam.

Veterans wounded in any war, those who have a Purple Heart, are missing in action, were  killed in action or were prisoners of war aer entitled to these State of Maine medals. A family member may submit the name. Commemorative coins in honor of Maine Veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam are available at mainebvs@maine.gov.

District officers

Fourth District American Legion Auxiliary met March 7 at Post 2 in Augusta. Twenty-two people were in attendance. Officers nominated were: President Juanita Dinsmore Unit 43, Alt. President Alta Lambert Unit 5, Secretary/Treasurer Rita Doughty 50, Historian Carol Hatch 181, Chaplain Cathy Gurney 14, Sergeant at Arms Sandra Jackson 14. Election and Installation will be at Grover-Hinckley Post 14 Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m.

Penny drive

Please don’t forget the penny drive as the youngsters are busy taking pennies to school.

Walker School information

Gabriel Doughty announced they finally have desks to sit at now in his first-grade class at Walker School. He went to Mount View for a play show of “Peter and the Wolf,” but declared he couldn’t see good at all.

TOPS

Tops 379 meets Thursday nights at 5:30 p.m. at the Knox Town Office, call 568-3411 for information.

Kinney’s Sugarhouse

Kinney’s Sugarhouse is open. It is located on Abbott Road. Info 568-7576, or mapleconfections.com. On Sunday, March 28 2-4 p.m. they will have live entertainment from the Dave Rowe Trio. There will be samples of syrup, maple coffee, and maple glazed donut holes to try. They will have syrup, candy, cream, sugar and other goodies on hand for sale.

Open house

Ingraham Equipment will be hosting its 50th Anniversary Open House Saturday, April 21 from 8:30a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy food and good old time conversation.

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Lincolnville

Municipal meetings

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

The land use committee meets Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m.

The planning board also meets Wednesday at 7 p.m.

School

Parents of would-be kindergartners: registration for next year’s class will be held Wednesday, March 31. If you don’t have an appointment yet, call the school at 763-3366. Children must be 5 on or before next Oct. 15 to start school.

The new Reorganization Planning Committee has begun meeting to look at the implications of school consolidation. LCS School Committee Chairman Yvonne Walker says the committee will be looking at sharing administration, teacher contracts and curriculum coordination among the five towns.

Help keep pets at home

For families who are already struggling to make ends meet, taking care of their pet can be tough. The Penobscot Pet Pantry is trying to make it a little easier. The Pet Pantry distributes pet food at the American Legion Hall at Pearl and John streets in Camden on the first Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. You can fill out a one-time application and bring it with you or fill it out at the hall. Call 763-4291 to have an application mailed to you. Both donations and volunteers are needed for the program: pet food, pet toys and accessories as well as cash donations are all appreciated. Send monetary donations to P.O. Box 2004, Hope, ME 04847.

Lots of spring

Kathleen Oliver writes: “The redwings are back! Today, March 7th, is the earliest sighting for us in 18 years and we are all excited. We read Kirstin Lindquist’s article in the paper this week about redwings and were interested to see that her mother measures spring, as we do, by the return of our beauties. This morning we had two handsome males at the feeder, strutting and making sure the other feeder regulars know that a new power hierarchy is about to begin. I guess all the bulbs that have sprung up in the yard are not so far off if the redwings have arrived.”

My own experience with redwings is all on Ducktrap Road, not far from Kathleen’s house. At the Tanglewood office on the corner of Ducktrap and Tanglewood roads, there are a couple of little cattail-filled marshes and the redwings nest there. Come too close to them, as I did one day while walking my dog, and those little hellions attack! The males are quite territorial, as Kathleen indicates, and they didn’t like my dog, dive bombing him till we got the message.

Iceout on Coleman

Liz Hand reports that the ice went out on Coleman Pond on March 15, the earliest since she’s been there (1990). The previous record was March 23 in 2006, and she says that was early.

Have you been keeping an eye on the last ice house on Norton’s, the one that was perched off the point on the southeastern shore? It seemed to be on the ice, but very close to shore. Now it’s gone, so I assume its owner got it to shore in time.

Taking stock

Probably many of us have been taking stock of winter’s damage the past few days, walking around our property. What Pete Anderson discovered was really distressing — two mature Stanley plums and an apple tree were cut down by the Central Maine Power tree cutters unbeknownst to him. They were well marked as tended trees, and since fruit trees are unlikely to grow tall enough to be a threat to wires, there seems no reason to have cut them.

But I hope (and assume since he’s such a great gardener) that Pete also found lots of stuff alive and kicking. For me, the biggest thrill is seeing those first tiny green points scattered evenly over a newly renovated raised bed. And there they were the other morning, frosty in the early sunlight, but undeniably, garlic!

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Montville

Spring has come early to Montville! The robins are back, flowers are blooming, and the grass is greening up — can the black flies be far behind? Town meeting is always a harbinger of the end of winter. …  This year it may be the herald of summer. (I’m eagerly awaiting the smell of fresh-cut grass, myself.)

Montville Volunteer Fire Department news

The Montville Volunteer Fire department will again organize a potluck luncheon at this year’s town meeting. We are trying to contact everyone to remind them it is on March 27 this year, and we would appreciate everyone bringing a dish to share. If no one has called you by 3/24, please call Karen York at 382-3077 or Linda Storey at 342-2309 to let us know what you can bring.

Crockpots are welcome, as we have generators to run them. Hot dishes, salads, desserts are all welcome. Dishes need to be picked up after lunch, as there is no way to wash them at the grange hall. Cost is the same as years past. Adults $6, Seniors $4, and children under 12 $3. Thanks to everyone for their support.

The 10-4 Redemption Center has agreed to accept bottle donations on behalf of the Montville Fire Department. Anyone wishing to donate their recyclables can drop them off at the 10-4 Redemption Center and let them know it is for the Montville Volunteer Fire Department. Again, thanks to everyone for their support. Your efforts help us to continue providing outstanding community service to all our residents.

Montville Historical Society news

During lunch at town meeting on the 27th, there will be a brief film upstairs at the Community Building of the 2009 Frye Mountain Heritage Tour. The film will loop so that it can be viewed at your convenience. The Historical Society will be applying for a grant in the near future, and your feedback on the film is welcome.

Debi Stephens of the Historical Society asks citizens to educate themselves on a proposed state law, LD 1781, “An Act To Allow Electronic Filing of Vital Records and Closing of Records To Guard against Fraud and Make Other Changes to the Vital Records Laws”. If enacted, this law may hinder family historians with Maine ancestors and make genealogy research very difficult. You are encouraged to contact your state representative to voice your concerns.

A message from the Board of Selectmen

The Montville annual town meeting will be held on Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at the Montville Town House.

Annual reports are available at the Montville Town Office and transfer station as well as local stores: Peavey’s, the 10-4 and Hilltop.

You can also view the warrant and book on the Montville Web site: montvillemaine.org.

We encourage all Montville residents to participate in this year’s town meeting.

And now for something fowl…

Rebecca Labbe of Spring Hill Road is missing her beloved pet miniature bantam rooster, Luther. Last seen being chased by a coon hound and headed for the woods, Luther is grey with black streaks. Please call 589-4009 if found.

Spring Hill Road farmer Jen Gunderman-King reported a grisly slaughter of her chickens during the nighttime hours. Weasels are most likely the culprits, and traps have been set. (The coon dog has been ruled out as a suspect due to a solid alibi.)

Note of thanks

Shirley Peavey thanks all those who supported her and her family in recent weeks over the passing of Earl. She appreciates the flowers, cards, and well wishes from friends and family. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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Morrill

What a welcome surprise to have had this mild winter and now warm spring. The winter season started with a beautiful white Christmas, and we expected not to see bare ground again until late March or April, but not so. I only had to have the driveway plowed three times — who would believe it? It certainly helped with the fuel bills, but not with those who depend on winter weather for their livelihood.

All are invited to join Morrill Baptist Church in its Easter Sunday activities:

7:30 a.m. — Sunrise Service on Rowe Hill at Aaron and Lori Littlefield’s place.

9:00 a.m. — Easter Egg Hunt at the school with parents enjoying coffee and doughnuts.

10:00 a.m. — Sunday Morning worship service.

The Ames and Weymouth School students will be presenting another play this year, “The Wizard of Oz”, on Friday, April 2 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Ames School. There was standing room only for last year’s play, “Peter Pan.” These very popular productions are under the direction of Ames teacher Karen Craig-Foley.

We are fortunate in Morrill to have our own “Maple Sugar Shack” to visit on Maine Maple Sunday, March 28. Chris and Shelley Simmons will have open house at their business, Simmons and Daughters Maple Syrup, on Weymouth Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to drop in, look over the equipment and have an explanation of the operation from start to finish. There will be syrup for sale at the site.

Remember the first meeting of the Coupons, Cooking and Coffee Club, Tuesday, March 30 at 10 a.m. in the lower level of Morrill Baptist Church. Tish Robotham, who lives on Weymouth Road, will be sharing a number of money-saving techniques for couponing. Also, bring along a list of some of your money-saving ideas and/or recipes to share. If you have any questions, call Mindy Rowlands at 342-4655.

Along with many others, Cora Hannington has had a stubborn case of bronchitis and is having a hard time to shake it. Her son, Charlie, and daughter, Millie, came up from Connecticut for two days to be with her and break up the long days. One evening we all watched the DVD, “Alone in the Wilderness,” the story of Dick Proenneke’s 35 years of solitary life in Alaska, which has been shown several times on MPBN.

I have enjoyed checking out videos and DVDs at the Belfast Library this year, as I can’t find much to my liking on regular TV to watch. The library has a great selection to choose from, and they are very accommodating about ordering from another library, as they did with the aforementioned DVD, if it is not available in Belfast.

There were several women and girls from Morrill who attended an open house baby shower for Julie and Sarah Beth Allen on March 15 at the Allens’ home on Gardens Road in Belmont. Sarah Beth was born in Rockport Jan. 25, and is blessed to have a sister and three brothers. Many of you know the Allens as Bid and Julie, who own and run the Sears Store in Belfast.

An Arab Proverb: “Insults should be written in the sand and praises carved in stone.”

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Northport

Hello, Northport.

Hasn’t this been a lovely March! Such beautiful, sunny days with warm temperatures. Flowers have started peeking out. Hope this continues.

There will be a public supper at the Northport VFW on Route 1 Saturday, March 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Serving baked ham and vegetables, baked beans and casseroles. Cost for adults is $7.

Bayside has lost a favorite son. Frazier Jack Sheehan Metcalf, the beloved son of George and Judy Metcalf and brother of Annie, passed away Monday, March 15. He was the grandson of the late Jack and Fleta Metcalf, Jean and Leo Skellchock, and the late Jim and Beth Sheehan. Fraz truly loved his Bayside summers. A memorial service was held at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, March 20. Condolences may be sent to 53 Pearl St., Bath, ME 04530.

Easter is early this year. It is on April 4. Let’s hope this nice weather continues. To get a head start on Easter activities go to the Disney Web site http://familyfun.go.com/easter/eastercrafts/. Enjoy the site.

Keep information coming as to what is happening around town, be it a birth, engagement, activities, anything. You can call, e-mail or drop off at the Hideaway at any time. See you next week.

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Palermo

What awesome weather! I think spring is finally here. I have been taking walks and lots of pictures. That is one of my favorite things to do; I just like the detail of things. Hope you all enjoyed my picture last week of my Sheltie, Teddy. He is a great dog.

Have a birthday, anniversary, baby announcement, meeting? Then let me know by Thursday and I will put it in for you.

Town news

Municipal elections were March 12.

Municipal Election results: 82 votes. Polls were open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Turnout was low.

Paul Cowing was re-elected selectman for three years, Simeon Blake Brown was re-elected assessor for three years, Kathy Tesseo was re-elected tax collector for three years, Virginia Fleming was re-elected general assistance administrator for three years and Scott Childs was re-elected road commissioner for one year.

Town meeting was held March 13 at the Palermo Consolidated School. The meeting started at 9 a.m. and ran until 12:45 p.m., with only 74 residents signing in.

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Prospect

What a beautiful day! Paul and I rode up to Corinth and saw hardly any snow by the fields. When we came back, there was a red- winged blackbird at our bird feeder. Time to start filling them daily.

Kelley and Carley Scanlon of Bucksport and Morgan Sorey here in town were in New York Wednesday for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They belong to a twirling school and have participated in several parades in past years. I believe two years ago, they were in Washington for the Cherry Blossom Parade.

Kelley and Carley are the daughters of Gary and Kelley Scanlon, granddaughters of Elwin and Gloria Boynton; Morgan is the daughter of Donald Sorey Jr., and his wife of Blanket Lane. These girls are very dedicated to this group and I have seen them twirl once and I’m sure I will again.

Remember that voting for town officials is at the Town Office Friday, April 2 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and town meeting will be Saturday, April 3, same place at 9 a.m.

Another Census training session will take place at the Prospect Community Center dining room Tuesday, March 30 from 12:30-2 p.m. Mileage is reimbursed and the pay is $13.25 an hour. To schedule an employment test, call 203-1020 or 866-861-2010. You need to bring your ID to the test along with your driver’s license and Social Security Card, birth certificate or U.S. passport. Veterans bring a photocopy of your DD 214. Training will also be available in Stockton Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m, Searsport March 31 and April 7, call for the time, Frankfort Friday, April 9, call for time. May have another session in Prospect in April. I’ll put the date and time in the column next week.

It’s not too often that a person can reach their dream, but that is what is happening to Glennie Bennett’s stepbrother down in Nashville, Tenn. His name is Eastern Corbin and his first CD just came out last week. It is already number 6 on the country music charts, and do hope that it will reach the top. I’ve heard his lead song,”Little More Country Than That” several times on the radio and it is good. As Donna said, it’s nice to know someone famous, especially if you’re related to them.

I was surprised today with an relic of the past. Jim Harvey of Frankfort brought a bottle that one of his clam diggers uncovered and he thought I would take care of it. It was a bottle from The Switzer Water Co., which was here in town back around 1907 down the road from where the Sail Inn once stood. The bottle was whole but the mud inside will have to soften up first — not a chip on it. When I was digging around down below our driveway about 10 years ago, I found a whole Leary’s Root Beer bottle, along with a multitude of rusted cans and other broken bottles. Back in the early 1900s, I guess every house had its own private dump. That Leary’s Root Beer was my favorite soda when I was a kid. Still can smell it in my mind.

The Redeeming Love Church will be having a special Easter Morning Breakfast, April 4 at 8:30 a.m. I will write more about it next week as they are also making other plans which I’m sure people will be interested in. The church services are still at 10 a.m. every Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday night is the youth time. They hope to see you there.

I want to thank all the people who donate beans to be baked every month for the Community Club suppers. This year, they gave me money to buy the beans ahead of time and at a great savings, so we know there will be no shortage come July and August. Those two months in the past have been hard for the people to find the yellow eye beans in the stores. With the two extra donations, I bought salt pork, coffee and garbage bags, so we are ready to go.

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.

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Searsmont

When you are reading this we will have been in spring almost a week already. I have been so enjoying the extra hour of daylight and getting things done outside. We will be getting a lot of “loose ends” done on our house this spring and summer. It’s been a great week and time is just going by so fast. We are looking forward to having company from New Jersey the first week in April. It’s always a great time and we love “showing off” our beautiful state.

News from the Town Office

The Cemetery Committee is looking for a sexton. The current sexton will no longer be able to do the job and has resigned from the position. If you are interested in this position, contact the Town Office for details.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the annual town meeting to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 3 at the Searsmont Community Center. Make sure you pick up a copy of Town Report to review the warrant.

As usual, there will be positions available on the various boards. Perhaps you, or someone you know would like to fill one or more of the available positions. After nine years of service to the town as a member of the Board of Selectmen, Stacy Benjamin will not be seeking re-election this year. Please remember to bring some non-perishable items to be distributed to the local food pantries.

The Historical Society is proposing a lease agreement with the town of Searsmont for the construction of a barn to house the larger historical items that have been loaned to it. A copy of the proposed lease will be available at the Town Office once it has been finalized.

The town has been told it will have some roads paved this spring: Route 131, Howard Road and New England Road.

Around-town events

The Searsmont United Methodist Church (located right beside the Fraternity Village Store) will launch this year’s season of potluck church suppers Saturday, April 10 at 5 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children; children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Suppers feature beans, meats, casseroles, salads, beverages, and homemade pies and rolls; they are now handicapped-accessible, thanks to the addition of a stair lift late last fall.

The church traditionally offers suppers on the second Saturday of the month from April through November: May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, and Nov. 13. All are welcome to attend.

Our condolences to the family of John Casner, who passed away March 10.

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Searsport

Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. the Economic Development Committee will meet in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Also Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Shellfish Conservation Committee will meet in the Dan Rich Public Safety Building.

Thursday, March 25 between 8 and 9 a.m. the first Searsport java networking meeting will take place at Capt. Shorty’s. This is a chance for business owners to meet and discuss points of interest.

Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. the Carver Memorial Library’s 4th Annual Spelling Bee will take place in Union Hall. Contact the library for info and entry forms (548-2303).

Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Searsport Historical Society will sponsor its Fourth Annual Scrapbook Crop at Curtis Hall. The $35 fee includes lunch, dinner, beverages and baked goods. For more info e-mail scottjiffy@roadrunner.com or call Karen Kelly, 548-2947.

This October, the Carver Memorial Library Building will mark its 100-year anniversary. Activities will include laying a new walk with memorial/honorary bricking, publishing a booklet and unearthing a copper box from the cornerstone of the building, bringing to light the items placed in it a century ago. After the old box is opened and examined, a new box will be buried.

The committee working on the centennial booklet would like people who have used the library to submit their recollections of times spent there, whether it was just yesterday or 50 years ago. The committee’s plan is to publish some of these on a couple of pages in the book. Information can be emailed to Priscilla King at pmking1221@myfairpoint.net or mailed to her at P.O.Box 203, Searsport, ME 04974.

The Searsport Fire Department will hold its annual craft fair/car show Saturday, July 10. For information or an application call 548-2302

The Searsport Police Department received 121 calls for service during the month of February. Some of the calls were as follows: seven 911 disconnects, eight alarms, 12 animal problems, 19 agency assists, four citizen assists, four citizen disputes, 11 motor vehicle complaints, nine arrests, seven motor vehicle accidents and four welfare checks.

During February, the Searsport Fire Department responded to seven alarms and issued 14 burn permits. The department added one more interior firefighter to its roster.

The Searsport Ambulance Service responded to 46 calls for service during the month of February. From March 1 through 15, they responded to 26 calls for service.

The Searsport Public Works Department will be sweeping the downtown area the week of March 22. If they have done your street in past years, this is your chance to sweep the sand off the edge of your lawns into the road.

The town is posting an opening on the RSU 20 School Board. Anyone interested in filling this position should contact James Gillway and make their intentions known.

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Stockton Springs

Applications for the Stockton Springs High School Alumni Scholarship are available at the guidance office at Searsport District High School for Stockton Springs residents and at the guidance office of Bucksport High School for Prospect residents. This scholarship is available to a senior graduating in 2010, who is a resident of Stockton Springs or Prospect.

The code enforcement officer will be in the office on Monday, March 29 and Thursday, April 22 instead of his regularly scheduled hours of Wednesday for those weeks while he attends training sessions.

The Recreation Committee will sponsor the annual pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt, Saturday, April 3 at Stockton Springs Elementary School. The breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., with the egg hunt to follow. The cost of the pancake breakfast is $5 per person/ $3 for children age 10 and under. There is a fee of $2 per child to participate in the egg hunt. There will be chances to win prizes for those who find the mystery eggs.

Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Office, 217 Main St., Geri Vistein, a conservation biologist, will gived a talk titled “Coyote … America’s Songdog.” I’m sure this will be an interesting evening. I know that there are a couple of packs of coyotes in Stockton and they have been keeping a number of people awake at night with their “singing.” The presentation will take approximately an hour and there will be opportunities for the audience to both ask questions and tell their own stories.

Rhonda Nichols has provided me with a number of Earth-friendly tips from the town Recycling and Energy Conservation Committee. She has asked me to share them with you in the weekly columns. The tip for this week is:

Before you recycle paper, turn it over and use the blank side (if it has one) for note-taking.

(Rhonda wrote her list on the backs of old papers).

Meetings for the upcoming week are: Selectmen, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1; Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. and Recreation Committee 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 7; Harbor Committee, 7 p.m., April 8. All meetings take place at the Town Office.

Universal Waste Day is 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 27 at the Town Garage.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Harry “Junior” Patterson and Candy Moore.

Another birthday, or anniversary, coming up is the 100th anniversary of the Carver Library in Searsport. Priscilla King has asked me to include the following information in this column and I hope that any of you who have memories will share them.

“This October will mark the 100th anniversary of the library building. Activities will include laying a new walk with memorial/honorary bricking, publishing a booklet, and unearthing the copper box from the cornerstone of the building, bringing to light the items placed in it a century ago. After the old box is opened and examined, a new box will be buried.

“The committee working on the centennial booklet would like people who have used the library to submit their recollections of times spent there, whether it was just yesterday, or 50 years ago. Our plan is to publish some of these on a couple pages in the book.”

Information can be e-mailed to Priscilla King at pmking1221@myfairpoint.net or mailed to P.O. Box 203, Searsport, ME 04974.

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Swanville

Hey, kids, Easter is coming! There’s going to be an Easter Egg Hunt, 9 am, Saturday, April 3, for our town residents. Children in fifth grade and younger are invited to bring their own decorated Easter baskets and meet at the Nickerson School playground for the fun. The Easter bunny is going to be there, and he’s hidden a Golden Egg that has $5 in it.

The sponsors would like parents to RSVP so that there are enough eggs hidden to go around. Please call Beth, 338-2028, or Helen at the Town Hall, 338-5834, and let them know how many children are coming. If you would like to donate plastic eggs to the fun, please call Beth and she can pick them up, or drop them at her house. This military wife wants to see some town spirit happ’nin’, and you’re invited join her in future plans for a Christmas party as well.

Silent Auction & Indoor Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27. at the Captain Albert Stevens School in Belfast. Stuff from all over the county, plus a silent auction including donated items from many area businesses. Gift baskets, artwork, bake sale, tools, books, gift certificates. Raffles for $1 a ticket will be drawn at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. If you want to do some housecleaning for a good cause, we would love donations and will be available at the school for drop off/set up on Friday night, March 26, 5-8 pm.

This is a fundraiser for lumber and hardware for Swan Lake Work Camp 2010, a weeklong camp to provide free home repairs to the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged in our county. If you would like to donate to this effort, now’s the time. If you would like to join us in our preparations for this project, we would love to have you partner with us. If you need your home painted or repaired, applications are still being reviewed and we invite you to sign up immediately. The committee working on preparations meets every last Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at Swanville Community Church, and those interested in helping are welcome to attend.

Transfer station changes are in the wind. Starting April 1, recyclable materials will be accepted at no charge, but will no longer be accepted for credit on trash fees. Trash will continue to be $2 per 30-gallon bag. Handouts describing the fees for all the different wastes that are accepted are available at the transfer station.

The selectmen would like to poll the town regarding dump hours. Please don’t call the Town Hall. Paper surveys will be available down at the station. Call the station during open hours at 338-2554, or you can answer online at swanville.org. Does anyone else want Saturday afternoon hours? Please answer the survey. The town took away the summer Saturday hours, and if you want them back, you’ve got to reply.

Okay, you yahoos and pirates out there! You know who you are. Stop stealing street signs. We just had to spend over $350 on replacements. And this isn’t the first time this year. This is money we won’t have to cover ambulance and fire services. Use your imaginations. Come up with some other silly but inexpensive way to make your mark. I suggest raking someone’s lawn while they’re not looking, or picking up some trash out of the ditches around town. Yeah. That’d show ’em.

The Town Hall will soon be able to process payments with a credit/debit machine that will accept MC/Visa/Discover/Amex cards. It will not cost the town, however, the credit card processing company will charge you personally 2.45 percent of the total of your payment. This is $2.45 for each $100 you pay. Welcome to the electronic age.

Have a great week.

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Thorndike — by Tina Durand

Hello townsfolks,

It has been a very busy week for me and my family. My son had a tournament on the 19th and 20th in Bar Harbor. What a beautiful drive. I decided to go to Belfast towards Bucksport into Ellsworth and into Bar Harbor. We had so much fun playing three games in two days. The kids went swimming in the pool and it was such beautiful weather for hiking and sightseeing.

My daughter, Shyanne, had her first cheerleading invitational on the 20th. It was a lot of fun and learning new things. We placed second. The girls on the team are Shyanne, Jensen, Jessie, Anastasia, Kiana, Allison, Emily,Teanesha and Temika. I am so proud of them and what they learned and did, they make a coach very proud! Congratulations to Troy Tigers for taking the first place.

Thorndike Trail Blazers

The Thorndike Trail Blazers ATV Club met March 16 at the Unity House of Pizza. All ATVers in the Unity/Thorndike (or beyond) area are welcome to attend. Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Next meeting is April 20. We’re hoping to build a few more bridges this year, extend the trails and put up additional signs on the ATV Access Routes and trails. If you are interested in learning more feel free to check out our Facebook Page.

The ATV Club wishes to remind all ATVers that the Thorndike trail system is closed due to mud season. Please respect the land owners who allow us to ride on their land by not riding the trails until they are open. Riding now can cause damage, and can lead to closed trails. It may be difficult to resist the urge to ride with such nice weather, but please refrain from riding until after the trails are open. The good news is that if the current weather conditions continue we may be able to open our trails on April 1; however this is dependent on the weather.

School news

There will be a budget workshop on Monday, the 29th at 7 p.m. in the library at Mount View High School. There is no school Friday, the 26th. That is an in-service day.

If you have any news you would like to share, birthdays, anniversaries or special news, let me know and I will be happy to add your information. Thanks so much 568-7172 or shyshy@uninets.net.

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Unity

In my world

This warmer weather has been very welcome. It seems too early, but the garlic I planted last fall has begun growing. At first I was shoveling snow over it to keep the ground frozen and delay sprouting, but I’ve run out of snow.

We went to visit our friends Joe and Amanda — Joe cleared out the downstairs and set up his pool table. Our hens are laying eggs left and right so I made fresh deviled eggs to bring. Bill boiled a dozen and they came out perfectly. I’ll be honest — I made some really amazing deviled eggs (we taste tested), and I arranged them on a nice stainless steel platter. I sprinkled them with paprika, covered them with plastic and we headed out, bringing the girls with us to play with their golden retriever, Skye. I loaded the girls into the kennel in the car. We stopped at Freedom General and Bill went in to grab a few beers. While I was sitting in the car, I noticed some leaves and something else stuck on the back windshield wiper. It looked like … maybe a flower from a dogwood, but I knew it was too early for that. I disregarded it and we continued on our way.

We pulled in to Joe and Amanda’s and I let the girls out of the kennel. I wondered, “Where did I put the platter of eggs?” For a second, I thought Bill had grabbed them, but then I remembered. I had set them on top of the car while getting the girls into their car kennel and as I walked around to the back of the car, I saw the evidence confirming it. One half of a deviled egg stuck on the windshield wiper, and delicious filling smeared down the back and bumper. I was so mad at myself. (Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened).

We were there for a few hours and had a great time. I played some pretty decent pool. I’m using my dad’s old pool stick he used to use when he was younger. It’s got our last name carved into it. Amanda made a layered Mexican dip dish, which Joe had made the guacamole for. It was fantastic. We headed back home and we looked and looked, but never did find my stainless steel platter. Maybe this time, I’ll learn.

In your world

Voting at Unity Town Office

Friday, March 26 from noon to 8 p.m.

Check out the warrant ahead of time at unityme.org/Warrant2010.html or call the Town Office at 948-3763.

Town Meeting

Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

Unity town meeting at the Unity Elementary School. Please remember to attend your town meeting. Lots of important matters are discussed and decided at our town meetings and your input is needed.

Spring bird migration

Saturday March 27 at 8 a.m.

Meet at the Friends of Unity Wetlands Education Center at 93 Main St. in search of returning songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. We will go for a walk and listen for bird songs and try to get a glimpse of the birds. Group size is limited and preregistration is required by calling the Friends of Unity Wetlands at 948-3766.

Family sugaring

Saturday March 27 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Join Friends of Unity Wetlands and Unity College students. Participants will meet with the Unity College sugar makers at Quimby Library on campus to get a tour of their sugar shack and tapped trees. Group size is limited and preregistration is required by calling the Friends of Unity Wetlands at 948-3766.

11th annual seed swap and scion exchange

Saturday, March 27 from noon-4 p.m.

For gardeners and orchardists, it’s like the most wonderful flea market in the world. Not only that, but most of the best stuff is free. Please bring any seeds, scionwood, or cuttings you have to share freely with others. Last year we gave away scionwood from well over 100 fruit varieties. These contributions are what make the day a success. We’ll supply the labels and tape and markers. On sale will be T-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock. There is no admission charge, though donations are always welcome and benefit our Heritage Orchard. At MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center. More info at mofga.org.

Lapping Lecture talks about trapping

Tuesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

Unity College’s Lapping Lecture Series at Unity Centre. Craig McLaughlin, associate professor of wildlife. Trapping and why it’s green.

Annual community egg hunt

Saturday, April 3 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Thanks to sponsorships from UniTel and Bangor Savings Bank, volunteers are eagerly planning for and working on this year’s annual community egg hunt. The event takes place at the Unity Community Center. We will have more eggs than ever, a visit from the Easter bunny, games, snacks and fun for all.

17th annual Rural Living Day

Saturday, April 10 from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Preregistration is required. This year’s topics include: Food Preservation and Storage, Seed Saving, Wind Power for the Home, Integrated Pest Management for Your Garden, Planting the Home Orchard, Low Tunnels for Home Gardeners, Top Bar Beekeeping, No-till Vegetable Gardening: What, Why and How, Common Owls in Western Waldo County, Life After Late Blight, You can compost that?, Intensive Raised-Bed Gardens, Managing Your Woodlot, Integrating Sheep & Goats into the Homestead and Troy Howard Middle School’s Garden Project. Complete info and registration available at umaine.edu/waldo. Click on Rural Living Day under Waldo County News & Info.

Sportsman’s conference and dinner

Saturday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

Fourth Annual Sportsman’s Conference and Wild Game Dinner at Unity Center for the Performing Arts. More details next week.

Special note — Triplet Park

Triplet Park has been selected as a finalist in the Edy’s Fruit Bars and Fruit Tree Planting Association’s “Communities Take Root” program. You will control whether or not we win an orchard for Triplet Park through this program. See the article below for more information about the project and how to help us win. Voting has begun. Each month from May 1 through September 1, the five applicants with the highest number of votes will win an orchard. So vote early and vote often. Now is the time for you to spread the word to your entire community to encourage them to vote. Go to communitiestakeroot.com and vote once a day, every day.

We have requested zone-hardy fruit trees and high and low bush native blueberries for the park. Once in production, fruit harvested from Triplet Park’s orchard will be donated to the Unity Area Food Pantry and available for park visitors to sample. Help Triplet Park grow.

Just outside your world

Items of possible interest

Maine Maple Sunday

Sugarhouses around the state are opening their doors once again this year to the public, this year on Sunday, March 28. Visit getrealmaine.com and click on Maine Maple Sunday under Upcoming Events for complete information and to find sugarhouses near you.

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Waldo

The sun is streaming through the windows and the air chilly on this St. Patrick’s Day morning. As the snow recedes, our cluttered dooryard emerges. Remaining are haphazard lawn sculptures, made of items tossed away in haste during the excitement of one project or another, preserved by the winter’s cold. But spring cleaning has commenced here at the Hungry Heron Farm; we’re digging into the mess in preparation for Waldo’s cleanup day on May 16.

I stopped by the Town Office this week to register my car and picked up some informative literature for Waldo residents:

• Mark your calendar for Waldo’s town meeting. “The town’s selectmen”… hmm, this must be a typo; I’m quite sure that two out of the three serving in this role are women… “would like to invite you to come early on town meeting day, March 27 … at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts, a little informal conversation, and a discussion of some possible upcoming projects and ordinances.”

• Waldo Community Boosters “hold monthly meetings and public suppers” and with your help might “have a dance, an auction, an annual barbecue, a karaoke event, or craft fair …” Write to Gregory Coleman, 958 Waterville Road, Waldo, ME 04915 to sign up.

• If you have children graduating from high school or money you’d like to donate to the Rena Whitney scholarship, contact the guidance office of Mount View High School or the Waldo Town Office. To get a scholarship, students must have been a town of Waldo resident for at least six months. There are no restrictions on giving, however. They take money from anywhere.

• Selectmen (and selectwomen) meet every Monday night at 6 p.m., but call before you come just to be sure. Kathy Littlefield: 342-5348; Gerald Whitcomb: 342-5556; Shirley Caler: 342-5993. They really want you to come to meetings, so don’t be shy.

• Planning Board meetings occur the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call Alan Gibson at 722-3079 to verify.

• School board meetings are the second Monday of the month. Request an agenda at msad3.org

Joe Mattos, superintendent of MSAD 3, e-mailed me this week about a meeting of the Mount View Athletic Boosters’ Club at 6:30 p.m. April 8. If you’re interested in reestablishing a new Mount View Athletic Boosters’ Club, be sure to show up. Looks like you can get in on the ground floor of this organization, as they’re going to be talking about mission statement, bylaws, policies and procedures.

It’s so great to be getting involved in the civic life of Waldo! I think I might just attend a select-“man” meeting one of these days, just to see what it’s like. If I do, I’ll tell you all about it. And, I just might suggest that they change the title to reflect that women are serving in leadership roles in this day and age.

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Winterport

Peter DeGennaro had a successful stem cell procedure on March 18,and now it is time to send get well wishes. His address is: Peter DeGennaro, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 6A Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Room 12, 75 Francis St., Boston MA 02115.

Remember to keep good thoughts and prayers for Pete and his family and also baby Fin and his family and Gabe Allen and his family and pray for their health to return to normal soon.

Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for a three-year term for two Council members, a three-year term for two school board members and a tax assessor.

Mike Thibodeau is a candidate for state senator and Joe Brooks is a candidate for state representative, as is Peter Rioux. Good luck, fellows.

There will be a public meeting at the Winterport Town Office April 13 at 6:30 p.m. to discus the replacement of Tibbets Bridge on Loggin Road in Winterport/Frankfort.

Another public meeting will be on April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Town Office to discuss the West Winterport Dam.