Brooks

This past week was our town meeting, I have attended every year since moving to Maine, and no other experience gives you that feeling of having real involvement in your community and your government like voting with your hands so you know where all your neighbors stand on issues. It is the way all of America should be.

Even though there have still been no fistfights, though I was told some meetings have gotten heated, this year’s meeting had some tough times, albeit civil. The tall order this year was electing not one, but two, selectmen, one to a three-year term and one to a one-year term. Mike Switzer, former school board member and co-owner of Ralph’s Cafe, won the three-year seat and Darren Mehuren, member of Future MSAD3, won the one-year seat. Linda Lord, who seemed almost giddy at times in the meeting, decided not to run again, having been promoted to Maine state librarian. Linda served as selectwoman of Brooks for nine years, and we were lucky to have her.

Troy Central School is having a children’s yard sale Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are still available for $10. Call 948-2280, and leave a message. Now I have been told that, contrary to the title of the yard sale, this is actually not a chance to sell or buy small children, or a yard sale run by kids, but rather a yard sale run by adults to benefit the students of Troy Central School. So having said that, don’t put a price tag on your kid and show up with him or her, just show up with cash to buy other people’s stuff.

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Freedom

The selectors meeting will be held Wednesday, April 7, at the Town Office at 6 p.m. Newly elected Selectman Ron Price will be chairman of the board.

Appointments by the Board of Selectors:

David Skofield as plumbing inspector, Jackie Robbins as assessing agent, Sandra Gould, health nurse, Jo Ann Knowlton, deputy clerk, Jay Guber, code enforcement officer, Scott Holmes, animal control officer, Stanley McDonald Jr., recycling, Addison Chase, appeals board, Dave Bridges, Glen Bridges, Sallyann Hadyniak, Kevin Malady, comprehensive plan, Cindy Abbott, alternate general assistant, Carol Richardson, general assistance, Glen Bridges, secretary, Sallyann Hadyniak, deputy secretary, Keith Overlock, emergency management.

If I have left anyone out, I will make the correction next week.

Spring cleanup is scheduled on Mitchell Road June 5. Please bring your stuff and I will announce the time when it begins and ends at a later date. So start cleaning up and then be ready to take it there. If you have the means to take your stuff to Mitchell Road, please check on your neighbors (especially senior citizens) in case they need any help getting their stuff there also.

The Dirigo Grange 98 will have an open meeting Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Their program will be both educational and fun; the theme will be “Back To The 1960’s.”

Admission free, everyone is welcome to attend.

MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey

The MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey organization will hold a meeting Sunday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Mount View High School cafeteria to talk about how to better meet the needs of parents, players and coaches during the 2010 Youth Field Hockey season. We would like to invite any interested parents, coaches, former players and community members to come to the meeting.

Topics will include changing the structure of the organization, the 2010 fall season, the summer youth coaching clinic, the summer youth player clinic, fundraising, and starting a field hockey booster club to benefit players in second through 12th grades. Call Gloria Hewett, Mount View High School field hockey coach, at 342-3717; Debi Stephens, Mount View seventh-grade field hockey coach, at 589-4760; or Penny Stevens, Mount View eighth-grade feld hockey coach, at 568-3732, with questions or suggestions.

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery will hold a meeting Tuesday, April 6, 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.

If there is anyone interested in volunteering to be on the Town Cemetery Committee or the Freedom Bi-Centennial 2013 Committee, contact the Town Office at 382-6177. There is much needed work to be done and you can help!

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

Freedom book project

Glen Bridges reports that the Freedom book exchange project will be up and running soon. Books available to borrow will be on shelves in the Town Office that are being built by volunteers Tim Biggs and Dave Bridges. Open during regular office hours with no staff, the book exchange will operate on the honor system. Glen and Trudy Price will be volunteer managers/organizers.

Donated books can be nonfiction or fiction, and should be in good condition. We’d also love to have DVDs and plan a small section of children’s books. We cannot accommodate oversized, or “coffee-table” books. Call 382-6221 to arrange for pickup.

Also, we ask that residents please do not bring their donated books to the Town Office. Thanks so very much. We appreciate any donations, and hope all Freedom neighbors will enjoy sharing books and movies.

Voice of Freedom

When you walk into the Town Office you will notice the new swivel desk chairs that were donated by the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department. The department raised money to purchase new chairs for the fire house and gifted its old chairs, which are in great condition, to the Town Office. I personally thank you, as well as those who attend the meetings that are held at the Town Office, especially when they are long.

Quite recently the 2010 Census form was delivered to your home. There is a low percentage of forms that have been filled out and returned. So please take the few minutes required to fill out the form and mail it in the envelope that was enclosed with the form. This is a matter of great importance.

Please contact me if you have anything of interest you would like to share with the readers.

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Knox — by Rita Doughty

Lunch

The Open Door Community Table Lunch Program at the Community Center in Unity has been well attended this past week. Thanks to Hilltop Store and Half Moon Gardens Greenhouse for the items donated for the extra drawing on Friday. Thanks to those who donated sweets as well. Thanks to the volunteers for providing nice food and a good time.

50th class reunion

The Unity-Freedom Class of 1960 50th class reunion will be July 24 at Lakeview Golf Course. Plan your vacation so you can be there.

Old East Knox School

At the town meeting Articles 6 and 7 were voted to pass over. These were regarding the Community Development Block Grant for the benefit of the old East Knox Grammar School (municipal building). So the old school is doomed, I guess. The requested $2,500 was not raised to accept and apply for the grant to do the study to see what to do with the building. Apparently it was thought to be too cost-prohibitive. It was the last old school in town. Thanks, Mary Ellen, for working on the grant.

MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey

The MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey organization will hold a meeting Sunday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Mount View High School cafeteria to talk about how to better meet the needs of parents, players and coaches during the 2010 Youth Field Hockey season. We would like to invite any interested parents, coaches, former players and community members to come to the meeting.

Topics will include changing the structure of the organization, the 2010 fall season, the summer youth coaching clinic, the summer youth player clinic, fundraising, and starting a field hockey booster club to benefit players in second through 12th grades. Call Gloria Hewett, Mount View High School field hockey coach, at 342-3717; Debi Stephens, Mount View seventh-grade field hockey coach, at 589-4760; or Penny Stevens, Mount View eighth-grade feld hockey coach, at 568-3732, with questions or suggestions.

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Cherylee (Bagley) Call of Troy.

Census Bureau hiring

The Census Bureau is still hiring through the summer in Unity, Thorndike, Burnham and Troy. Call 866-861-2010 to schedule an appointment.

Shop opens

On April 3 the Good Steward Shop in Unity will open.

Game day

On April 2 from 1-4 p.m. a games and playing cards activities group will be meeting at the Community Center in Unity. This is open to all seniors, retirees, singles and married folks as well. It will be the first Friday of each month. Light refreshments and drinks available. Come join in.

ALA project

The American Legion Auxiliary is collecting goodies to mail to Nancy Henry’s grandson, Charles, who is serving in Afghanistan. He’s in the mountains, she said.

Get well

I called Jean Myrick of Unity and asked about her husband, Ralph, and she said he’s in acute rehab. Get better soon, Ralph!

Penny drive

A big “Thank-you” from Beverly Winship for all the many,many rolls of pennies from the unidentified person who left them at the Mount View School office. And to all of you who donated pennies and money for the penny drive this month. Thanks also to all the kids who brought pennies to school. Way to go! Soon we’ll know how much was collected.

WaldoCAP

Waldo Community Action Partners received all the money it requested at town meeting. The sum of $73,833. was spent alone just for home heating fuel for low-income residents. I and others are very grateful for the services they provide. We need to support them as they do a lot for residents in town.

Moose permits

On the moose permits, the deadline for mailing or delivering your paper application is April 1. The applications submitted via the Internet must be in no later than May 14. Previously I didn’t include this information.

Commemorative coins

The Bureau of Veterans Services has veterans commemorative coins available for sale. They honor veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. They are $10.50 each. The e-mail address Mainebvs@maine.gov./info.

Open house

The Ingraham Equipment open house is April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hello and a happy holiday

Hello to Kate Hillman of Troy, I hope you are doing well. I think of you often.

Happy Easter to all on Sunday, April 4.

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Lincolnville

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

The school committee meets Monday, April 5, 7 p.m. at the
Town Office.

Nomination papers are due back to the town office by 5 p.m. April 26.

School
The community is invited to the LCS spring musical “The Ever After,” held Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2, 7 p.m. in Walsh Common. Students in grades 5-8 are putting on this musical comedy about a talk-show host and popular fairytale characters. Admission is free.

Two LCS Destination Imagination teams will be competing at the state tournament in Orono April 10. The middle-level team (Brendan Carey, Max Geffken, Lily Kassen, Crockett Lalor, Zach Pitcairn and coached by Cindy Gerry) and the elementary team (Ben Benson, Matt Czuchra, Colt Magri, Andy Pitcairn and coached by Tricia Magri) both did very well at the DI tournament held recently. Good luck at the state tournament!

Concert for Partners for Enrichment
A concert at LCS Saturday, April 3 at 7 p.m. featuring Whiffletree, the Yentes brothers and The Breezemere Bottom Boys will benefit Partners for Enrichment, the volunteer nonprofit program that brings arts and science enrichment to the K-8 schools of Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children. For ticket information call Jane Cummons, 763-4471 or Rosey Gerry, 975-5432

All-age community spelling bee

The Belfast Community Spelling Bee, benefiting the River School’s annual school trip (this year to Ireland), will be held at the Belfast UU Church, 37 Miller St., Saturday, April 10, 1-5 p.m. Three age groups — under 10, 10 to 15, and 16 and up —- will compete, with each age group’s winner collecting 5 percent of the total admissions collected. Admission for all is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Call 338-9999 for more information.

Tanglewood 4-H Camp
Did you know that Tanglewood now has a second camp, Blueberry Cove, in Tenants Harbor? Both camps offer overnight camp, day camp and trips. Fees are based on household income, and financial aid is available for campers. The day camps offer early and late pickups as well. Both camps are holding an open house on May 1, but if you’re starting to research camp possibilities now, go to tanglewood4h.org or call 789-5868.

Easter events
Bayshore Baptist Church: A 6 a.m. sunrise service at Lincolnville Beach will be followed by a community breakfast at the church as guests of Bayshore. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m.

Crossroads Community Church: An Easter egg hunt and other activities for toddlers through sixth grade will be held at LCS, Saturday, April 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Easter Sunday a free breakfast for the community at 9 a.m. will be followed by Bible study at 10 a.m. and worship at 11. Crossroads holds its services at the school. For more information call Pastor Dave,763-4551.

United Christian Church: A sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. will be held at Norton Pond (weather permitting — call 763-4526 if in doubt), with worship at 9:30 a.m.

King David’s Lodge breakfast
The members of King David’s Lodge hold their annual community Easter breakfast on Easter Sunday, 7-9  a.m., price $5. Here’s a chance to see an historic Lincolnville building that many don’t even realize exists. It’s on Howe Point Road, the little road that dead-ends at Ducktrap.

Ice out

Peg Miller, Pitcher Pond watcher from way back, reports that the ice went out on March 18 this year.

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Monroe

Savory Greek cuisine in Monroe

The Monroe Church public supper will bring you excellent Greek cuisine Saturday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. The entrees will be pork souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, and a vegetarian moussaka as a side dish. When diners come in, on the table will be homemade pita wedges and servings of hummus and baba ghanoush, followed shortly by a Greek salad and lemon chicken soup.

Desserts will include milopita, which is like a strudel made with phylo and filled with chopped apple, raisins, nuts, and spices, and a semolina cake infused with syrup which is poured over it after it is baked. There will also be halvah fudge.

Reservations are recommended at only $10 each. Please call Joyce at 525-9908

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Montville

The roller coaster weather has really thrown me for a loop! One day it’s 68 and sunny, a few days later it snows. The old axiom about Maine weather — the “wait a minute” rule — has been proven once again.

On a positive sign of summer …

Town mowing bids

The Montville Select Board is accepting bids for mowing and trimming the grass at the four municipal buildings in Center Montville as well as at Mt. Repose Cemetery on Route 3 (Acadia Highway) for the 2010 season.

All bids should be received at the Montville Town Office on or before 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27.

For a bid specification sheet, contact the selectmen at:
414 Center Road, Montville, ME 04941. The phone number is 342-5543.

MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey

The MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey organization will hold a meeting Sunday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Mount View High School cafeteria to talk about how to better meet the needs of parents, players and coaches during the 2010 Youth Field Hockey season. We would like to invite any interested parents, coaches, former players and community members to come to the meeting.

Topics will include changing the structure of the organization, the 2010 fall season, the summer youth coaching clinic, the summer youth player clinic, fundraising, and starting a field hockey booster club to benefit players in second through 12th grades. Call Gloria Hewett, Mount View High School field hockey coach, at 342-3717; Debi Stephens, Mount View seventh-grade field hockey coach, at 589-4760; or Penny Stevens, Mount View eighth-grade feld hockey coach, at 568-3732, with questions or suggestions.

 

A letter of thanks

Many thanks go to the Liberty , Montville and surrounding communities Cub Scout Pack 39, numerous volunteers, and Steel Rail Express for the success of our fundraiser for the Cub Scouts at Walker Memorial School in Liberty. With more than 125 people in attendance, $592 was raised through cover charges, refreshments, and the 50/50 raffle. The money will help to support the boys going to Scout camp this summer.

Steel Rail Express, a group of rockers from all over, is now based in Waldo County. Steel Rail Express members include guitarist Joel Watson, drummer Tim Woitowitz, singer Michael Ponder, guitarist Paul Vachon and female vocalist Jennifer Nittolo. SRE has its next gig in Bucksport Friday, April 2 at Toziers II. Look for them on Facebook.

Community dance volunteers include, but are not limited to: Jen and Dave Florin, Mike and Jen Ponder, Catherine & Bryan Robbins, Kristy Palmer, Brenda and Tim O’Neil, and the generosity of Walker School. Donations were gratefully accepted from Pepsi Co, Lori’s Café, the 10-4 Redemption, and B98.5. Additionally, thanks go to Scott Weinhold and Marcus Riley for set up and lights, and Justin and Terri LaForge for donations and clean up.

Respectfully,

Kate Valleau
Bear Den Leader, Pack 39

Send your news

Thanks to everyone sending me town news! Keep it coming by email: montvillenews@yahoo.com or by phone: 589-4009.

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Palermo

Well, the weather has been weird lately. It’s been sunny, rainy, cold, windy, snowy…. That’s what spring’s like, I guess.

We recently had a wedding at our church, Crossroads to Calvary, on Route 3 in Morrill. March 20 Amanda Dodge and Scott Hall were wed. It was a nice wedding! I loved her dress, it was very pretty. I am very happy for them. I hope they have a wonderful, long life together.

Did anyone do anything for St. Patrick’s Day? I forgot about it until my grandmother mentioned it. Does anyone know the real story of St. Patrick’s Day? Do you know who St. Patrick was? Well, here is some information I dug up about him.

“Little is known of Patrick’s early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the fifth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the church. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave.

“It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the church in Axerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.

“Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. However, over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick’s Day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.

“In the 1798 rebellion, in hopes of making a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase “the wearing of the green,’ meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing, derives from a song of the same name.”

So there you go, there’s your belated information on St. Patrick’s Day. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

For next week:

Do you celebrate Easter or Passover? If so, how do you celebrate it? I would love to know, and I am sure my readers would as well. If you would like to share your story then e-mail or call me by Thursday, the first of April and I will put your story in my article.

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Prospect

In spite of the sudden change in the weather, a pair of bluebirds arrived here March 22. I believe they are the same pair that nested here last year, as they went to the box and then sat in the tree next to it, as they did last year. Tuesday, the male was sitting in the white lilac and I walked up to him and talked to him for a minute or so before he flew away. Our dog, Pal, is getting disgusted with me as after I throw the ball, I start looking for the bluebirds and not paying attention to him.

Sharon Pickering of Bowden’s Point is in need of your prayers. She had a heart transplant two years ago and last September she was diagnosed with fourth-stage colon cancer, which is real bad now. This woman has tried to keep upbeat all through her sickness with the heart before the transplant and now to be knocked down with cancer is quite a lot for her and her husband, Kenney, who has been her support all through good and bad. I pray that God will give her comfort and peace. If you wish to send a card, her address is 196 Bowden Point.

Congratulations to Walter and Pam Lashway of town on the birth of a granddaughter, Chole Elizabeth, born March 2 in Brattleboro, Vt., to parents Eric Lasher and Meagan Bratton . Walter and Pam were there during the birth and also proud great-grammie Gerry Parker of Frankfort was there too. Chole is Gerry’s first great-grandchild. It’s nice they could be there during the happy time.

Remember to vote April 2 for town officers and town meeting will be April 3 in the fire station at 9 a.m.

Pastor Sybille Norris of Redeeming Love Church of God has announced special activities at the church for Easter Sunday, April 4. There will be an Easter morning breakfast for the public from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Prospect Community Center (donations accepted). The Easter Celebration Service will be at 10 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children.

Parents are reminded of the weekly youth night service provided at Redeeming Love from 6-7:30 p.m. It is open to children of all ages, with a variety of age-appropriate, fun activities, including singing, free guitar lessons, puppet shows, games and crafts. Contact Pastor Sybille Norris at 949-0926 for more information.

Do you like orchids? The Eastern Maine Orchard Society will sponsor an orchid sale Saturday, April 10 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clapp Greenhouses at the University of Maine, Orono. Janelle Delicata of Hatch Road is president of the society and has many species in her greenhouse. They will have a large variety of plants, many in bloom, orchid supplies and experts there to answer your questions. For more information you can call Janelle at 567-3822.

There is some concern among the drivers who pick up the trash every Thursday. They have noticed quite an increase in the amount and feel that some people are bringing their trash to Prospect instead of buying a weekly ticket to put on their bags of trash. This is not fair to the residents of town, as this service is being paid for by our tax dollars. If it is indeed happening, maybe you can stop them.

The annual white goods pickup will be June 26 starting at 7 a.m. This may be early to announce it, but you can start to gather things up and get ready for it. There will be lists in Maddie’s Place and the Town Office with the allowable items as it gets nearer.

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

March is nearing an end already. April Fool’s Day is next on the calendar agenda. Not such a special day for me, as that day goes. It is my son and daughter-in-law’s anniversary and my nephew’s birthday, so those are my special memories of April Fool’s. This week has not been too bad, but we did get very spoiled earlier in the month. I know the beautiful spring weather will be back, in fact, next Friday should be 56 degrees so that is worth waiting for! Please contact me with any new or regenerated spring events that may be going on, would love to include you in this article.

Nick DeFrancesco fell recently and sustained a spinal cord injury. He is at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Cards and letters can be sent to Nick DeFrancesco, EEMC, 489 State St., Haskell 3 Room 376, Bangor, ME 04401. E-mails can be sent to emmc.org/email_patient.aspx Room #376.

News from the Town Office

Town meeting will be Saturday, April 3 at 9 a.m. The Historical Society will give a presentation on the barn it proposes to build. Remember, you must register if you want to vote, so come a little early and enjoy some coffee and doughnuts prior to the meeting and during the break. The proceeds will be used to help offset the cost of the Memorial Day Parade.

In addition to the coffee and doughnuts, Small Farm Bakery in Belmont has donated a cake to be sold at town meeting to help raise money for the parade. This has been a particularly difficult year for many people. Please remember to bring nonperishable items to help restock the shelves of the local food pantries.

The Memorial Day Parade Committee held its first meeting. The parade seems to get bigger and better every year. This requires more help. If you would like to help, call Bruce or Alice at the Town Office.

There will be a solid waste and recycling meeting Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. This is a newly formed committee that came together after last year’s town meeting. It has been pretty interesting, to say the least. I have tried to make all the meetings and at least stay informed, because there is more to this committee than a person can imagine. Right now we are working on a possible clean-up day in Searsmont before the Memorial Day parade.

If anyone thinks they would like to come and just sit in or have any ideas we might not have come up with, please join us. It’s usually only about an hour and we get a lot accomplished in that allotted amount of time. Another thing we have worked on is new bags for the landfill. If you are interested in testing these, stop by the Town Office and purchase a roll to test them out. Also please take notice of the new signs at the landfill that one of our members, Staci, worked on so graciously to help improve the do’s and don’ts and clarify the separate recycling containers. She has done an excellent job working on this on her own time. Thank you Staci.

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 stairlift late last fall.

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

SWAG Meeting

Monday, April 12 at 1p.m. will be the last meeting until next fall. This is held downstairs in the Community Building

Historical Society

Wednesday, April 14 is the last meeting for the spring/summer season. This is held upstairs next to the library in the Community Building

Condolences

Our condolences to the family of Malcolm and Jean Joy on the passing of their son, Malcolm III, last week. This is a very hard time for them and he had a long battle with cancer. Our prayers are with you and all your family during this time.

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Searsport

Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., the regular meeting of the selectmen will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Saturday, April 10, the Stockton Springs Community Blood Drive will take place at the Stockton Springs Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This blood drive is sponsored by the Stockton Springs Ambulance. You may call 800-RED CROSS for more information or to make an appointment.

Monday, April 12, the regular meeting of the Planning Board will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

The video of the fourth annual Carver Memorial Library Adult Spelling Bee is now available on the Searsport Cable TV Web site, sctv7.com. Be sure to click on the video on demand button to view the spelling bee.

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Stockton Springs

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.

I woke up this morning to snow on the car. What a crazy weather week. Record highs and now they are predicting record lows.

I spent the weekend of March 22, in Delaware with my son and his family and visited with my brother and his wife in Maryland. The weather down there was much like it was here that weekend. Temperatures were in the low 70s. They have had record amounts of snow this winter and rain this spring. The farmers are behind in planting because of the amounts of water standing in the fields.

The spring debris day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 1. A list of items that will be accepted is available at the Town Office and, if it isn’t already, will be posted on the town’s Public Access Channel, Time Warner Channel 7.

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 Thursday, April 22 instead of his regularly scheduled hours of Wednesday while he attends training.

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 7-10 a.m. with the egg hunt following thereafter. The cost of the pancake breakfast is $5 per person/ $3 10 and under. There is a fee of $2 per child to participate in the egg hunt. There will be chances to win prizes if you find the mystery eggs.

Making Change — a support group for young people ages 13-29 who are considering or committed to recovery from substance abuse and other addictions — meets every Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Waldo County Hospital Classroom, Northport Avenue in Belfast. For more information call Tim at 567-3813.

The earth-friendly tip from the Recycling and Energy Conservation Committee this week is: Rather than using disposable cups for beverages, use your own glasses or mugs from home.

I know there are some upcoming events sponsored by the Save Our Steeple Group at Stockton Springs Community Church. I don’t have the dates, but will post those as soon as they are available. I just found out that the church has a Facebook page and I’m going to encourage whoever is the administrator of that page to post those events on Facebook so that those of you who are on Facebook will be able to keep up-to-date on the events that will be happening throughout the summer to raise money for the replacement of the steeple.

Call me, e-mail me, leave a message in my box at the Town Office, send me a message through Facebook or stop me on the street if you see me, and let me know what’s going on. The weather is getting warmer, we hope. Have a great week everyone. Happy Easter.

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Thorndike — by Tina Durand

Hello Townsfolk,

I can’t believe how crazy things have been this week — warm, cold, rain, snow showers, Guess Mother Nature is not ready to give up winter yet.

A lot of news this week and some important dates to remember:

Here is a timeline of future budget workshops and meetings:

• April 5 budget workshop — Staff/public comments and board budget discussions/decisions

• April 12 School Board meeting — Adoption of MSAD 3 School Budget

• May 10 School Board meeting — Board members sign warrants and Notices of Public Meeting

• May 26 District budget meeting — Board presents adopted budget explanation and cost center summary budget for voter approval.

• June 8 Budget validation referendum — Voters validate or reject total budget that was adopted at May 26 public budget meeting

As you can see from the budget development timeline, there will be an opportunity for staff and public comment April 5, as well as May 26 at the district budget meeting. Please feel free to attend these meetings and to express your perspectives.

Firefighting classes to begin: Anyone interested in being a firefighter or junior firefighter? Class at Waldo County Technical Center:

If you have a student  or junior firefighter who is interested in the Fire Science Tech (FF I / II ) program for next year at WCTC, or if you know of anyone who might be interested, have them call Bonnie Kein 342-5231 and get on the list. We currently have seven students signed up for a full-time program (this means it will meet every day versus every other day), and the WCTC board has an eight-student minimum.

MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey

The MSAD 3 Youth Field Hockey organization will hold a meeting Sunday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Mount View High School cafeteria to talk about how to better meet the needs of parents, players and coaches during the 2010 Youth Field Hockey season. We would like to invite any interested parents, coaches, former players and community members to come to the meeting.

Topics will include changing the structure of the organization, the 2010 fall season, the summer youth coaching clinic, the summer youth player clinic, fundraising, and starting a field hockey booster club to benefit players in second through 12th grades. Call Gloria Hewett, Mount View High School field hockey coach, at 342-3717; Debi Stephens, Mount View seventh-grade field hockey coach, at 589-4760; or Penny Stevens, Mount View eighth-grade feld hockey coach, at 568-3732, with questions or suggestions.

Happy birthday to Karen Turner March 28 and Jake Mehuren March 29.

Happy Birthday on the 30th to Barry Tweedie from your loving wife, Valerie.

Happy birthday April 3 to Sharon Coolen and Shelby Murdock.

My nephew Jason Hughes got several awards this year, He got defensive player of the year for football and basketball, Your aunt is very proud of you! I also heard he just got offered a spot in the 21st Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl. Enjoy it all, you play hard, you play well and I am very proud of you and what you bring to the Mustangs.

If you have any town news you would like to share, just let me know either at 568-7172 or shyshy@uninets.net. Thank you and have a great week.

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Unity

In my world

This roller coaster weather is fun, isn’t it? (eye-rolling) It’s time to clean out your perennial gardens if you didn’t do it last fall. I’ve got to do mine — some things have already started sprouting. It’s also a good time to prune fruit trees and some shrubs and start seedlings indoors.

My buck rabbit has an ever-growing lump on his chin. I’m thinking about lancing and draining it. A vet seems a bit dramatic for a rabbit. Any advice?

In your world

ATV Club news

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 April 1 … however this is dependent on the weather.

Unity Raceway news

Get your 2010 racing tires now! Northern Race Tire will be at the track April 24 and May 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We are still looking for numbers to reserve. If you haven’t yet reserved a number, e-mail your car number, town in which you live, your name, and division you plan to race in to geo_n_sons@roadrunner.com or call 453-2021.

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, which will take 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.

Fourth Annual Sportsman’s Conference and Wild Game Dinner

Saturday, April 10 from 4-10 p.m.

The appetizers and dinner will feature big horn sheep, javelina, moose, duck, venison, beaver, and bear. Appetizers will be served at 4 p.m., followed by dinner from 5-7 p.m. The Sportsmen’s Conference will take place from 7-10 p.m. Scott McNeff will speak on the unique features of the falcon as well as provide a live demonstration. Gary Crocker will offer words of wisdom for the Maine outdoors.

VIP ticketholders have preferred seating, will enjoy preferred choices during the game meal, and will be allowed in reserved seating during the presentations. Tickets are $25 for VIP; $20 regular seats ($25 on event day); $15 for an individual event and $10 for students. Reserve tickets by calling John Sullivan at 948-SHOW or e-mail UCgamedinner@hotmail.com and specify if you are interested in an individual event or both events. All of the proceeds are being donated to Hunt-of-a-Lifetime, Operation Game Thief and Catch-a-Dream.

The astonishing spring dance of the woodcock

Saturday, April 10 from 6-8:15 p.m.

Biologist Dan McCauley will begin with an indoor presentation, talking in depth about this interesting bird, its habitat and more. Participants will then head outdoors for a twilight outing to a nearby courtship site. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. Group size is limited and preregistration is required. At the Friends of Unity Wetlands Office, 93 Main St. Please call the FUW office at 948-3766 by Thursday, April 8 to reserve your spot.

Just outside your world

items of possible interest

Freedom

Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Dirigo 98 will host a “Back to the 1960s” program for free at the Grange Hall on Route 137 in Freedom.

Belfast

Wednesday, April 7 (available every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Spectrum Generations is now offering free computer lessons. Broaden your computer skills, including e-mail, the Internet, word processing and more. One-on-one appointments enable you to work at your own pace. Call 338-1190.

Union

Friday, April 9 from 7-9 p.m.

Comedian Bob Marley at the Thompson Community Center, 51 South Union Road, thompsoncenter.net. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Thompson Community Center office or at Kathy’s Salon and Day Spa. For more information contact Gayle in the office at 785-2202 or e-mail tccunion@live.com. Office hours Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Close at noon on Thursdays.

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Waldo

The early warmth this year is seeding a bustle of activity here in our little corner of Waldo, with resident Marshall Rolerson designing and building hoop coops for backyard chickens.

It wasn’t but three or four years ago when Marshall’s high school buddy, Camden resident B.D. Steinort, helped him built from scratch the Waldo camp that we live in today. The designing we went through for two years prior to the actual building was every bit as exciting and fun as what we’ve been going through for these chickens, but cause for a fair amount of bickering, too. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. (I wonder if that goes for marriage) I’m not afraid of a little controversy in the interests of happy housing.

With cardboard, screen and an old hanger, I built a tiny model of the chicken tractor we designed for four of the egg-laying variety of chickens. I was staring into its inner reaches, speculating on the life of the ladies who might someday live inside the real coop, when University of Maine Cooperative Extension livestock expert Rick Kersbergen, in whose Waldo conference room we were sitting, woke me from my fantasies with a hearty laugh. While I do believe that we must take into account the perspective of the chickens, I must remember myself when in the company of livestock experts who are less than romantic about layers.

The results of our research and head-scratching, and of Marshall’s facility with wood and steel is paying off. We’re thrilled and hope you will be too. Watch for us at the Belfast Farmer’s Market this summer, where you can purchase one for your very own backyard hens and eat fresh eggs every morning.

I got a call this week from Waldo resident Gil Hatch (342-2491), a real nice fellow who has been trying to get a support group going for folks with heart problems here in Waldo County. The group meets every other month and he welcomes everybody with any kind of problem associated with their heart — and their families. The next meeting is April 11; he’s reserved the Education Building at Waldo County General Hospital for 2 p.m. Help us to spread the word. If you know anybody who has experienced heart problems, give them Gil’s phone number, or tell them about the meeting.

The Waldo Boosters report that $500 was given to Debby Bowden as a result of the February benefit supper. I hear the food was exceptional. There will be a supper on April 17 to benefit Ron and Edy Young, who have been hospitalized recently. Don’t miss what is getting to be a delicious spot here in Waldo. Life is just too short.

The next meeting of the Boosters will be Monday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office. Join this dedicated group who are having so much fun. They’re talking about a dance and karaoke night and a Black Fly Little League tournament, they’re spreading the word about the Rena Whitney scholarship applications, they’ve created a new Facebook page for Waldo, and are holding suppers every month. What a crew!

The Waldo town meeting will have occurred by the time this gets published in the Republican Journal next week. It’s fun to think of the memories we’ll be having of the event that hasn’t taken place yet as I write this. I’m just sure that it will have been great to see everybody.

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Winterport

Easter sunrise services will be held in Frankfort at Mt. Waldo Park. Be there by 6 a.m. for the sunrise. A potluck breakfast will follow after the service and a communion.

There will also be an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and a communion service on Oak Hill on Route 69 in Winterport.with Steve Nute from the Nealley’s Corner Church conducting the service. This makes 37 consecutive years of this Sunrise service. Signs will be out.

Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church will have Easter sunrise services on Blueberry Hill (off Monroe Road ) at 7 a.m., followed by a goodwill offering breakfast at the church. Sunday regular service is at 9 a.m. Car-pooling from the church will be available. Ccall 234-2742.

The Ellingwoods Corner church will have a rummage and food sale Friday, April 9, from 3-6 p.m., Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to noon and again 4-6 p.m., which includes a baked bean supper. All you can eat for $6 for adults and children $ 3.

The Wagner Middle School Jazz Band won third place in its division at a competition recently at Nokomis. Congratulations, students. Baseball and softball tryouts have begun at WMS.

The committee for Winterport’s 150th birthday celebration is selling flags with 33 stars to line the streets in Winterport. The flag is $10 and the pole the flag goes on to display from a telephone pole is $15.

If you would like to honor someone special, someone in the service, someone who has passed, or someone who has trouched your life, you name it, the flag will then cost $15. This will include a photo and a bio that will be posted on the town’s Web site. After the celebration is over you will keep the flag. Contact Ann Ronco at the Old Winterport Commercial House (Winterport Inn) to order your flag at 223-5854. Don’t put it off, order now.

My family has been in a traveling mode lately. My daughter Melissa her husband and daughter Sara went to the University of Maine hockey games last weekend and spent their nights with my granddaughter Crescent at her new home in Quincy, Mass.

While they were enjoying hockey, their son, Ben, who is with the Border Patrol stationed in Texas, went on a week’s Carribean cruise with some friends from Guilford.

My daughter Dianna and her husband, Ron, took their camper and headed to Bristol, Tenn., to watch the Nascar Races. While there, they took in a nice fishing trip.

My son, George, and his wife, Cindy, went to Virginia Beach to attend the funeral of Cindy’s niece. They are all home now.

Stephanie, my daughter from Orono, is left March 26 for Florida to become a first-time grammie. Emily should deliver any day now. This will make my ninth great-grandson, with another expected in May. Tom will join them in Florida when the baby arrives.

Remember to keep good thoughts and prayers for people who need them.