Planning Committee invites input
TROY–A slide show and public meeting on the comprehensive plan will be held at Seven Star Grange on Oct. 21. Coffee and refreshments are at 6:30 p.m., and the slide show is at 7 p.m. A question and answer period follows.

Voting will be at the town office, from 8 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 2. Absentee ballots are available during regular office hours at the town office.

Successful fund-raiser
ISLESBORO–The Oct. 9 Harvest Festival raised approximately $1,600 for the Islesboro Community Center building fund.

Hot-topped hill
FRANKFORT–West Hill Road was paved in early October. In other news, the Frankfort Congregational Church replaced a 19th century iron fence with a new one with funds raised by the church. The original fence gates were restored.

Property tax cap discussion
WALDO–A public meeting on the Palesky tax cap amendment will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the town hall.

STOCKTON SPRINGS–A public meeting on the Palesky tax cap will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the elementary school on Church Street.

Liberty discusses SAD 3 secession
LIBERTY–Selectmen are holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Walker School regarding withdrawing from SAD 3.

Residents will discuss forming a committee to draft a plan to educate students after withdrawing. The withdrawal issue will be voted on Election Day, Nov. 2.

Fall clean-up time
UNITY–Fall clean-up week is Oct.18-22. Call Sullivan’s Waste for pick up of anything the transfer station won’t take. Fees apply. Call 948-2658.

MORRILL– Fall clean-up is Oct. 16. Take white goods and bigger items to the town garage. Fees apply.

SEARSMONT–The town will have its last collection for demolition debris this year Oct. 16. Items accepted at the transfer station are: mattresses, carpets, furniture, shingles and construction debris. Metallic, white goods, computers and TVs will not be accepted. For more information and fees, call 342-5411.

What’s in the future for Weymouth School?
SEARSMONT–A study on the future of the Weymouth School in Morrill features three options, including closing the school. A copy is available to be read at the town office.

Alpaca breeders unite
SEARSMONT — Three Maine alpaca breeders have joined forces under the name Alpacas LLC to bring to New England professional education for alpaca owners and prospective breeders.

Andes Alpaca Farm of Auburn (Morelia and Gil Candia), Lightfoot Farms of Kennebunk (Doris and Walter Van Buskirk) and Stonewall Farm of Searsmont (Leslie and Carol Bacon), hosted their first seminar Sept. 11 and 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Nashua, N.H.

These progressive breeders believe in the alpaca industry and their goal is to educate and inform new breeders and promote the health and welfare of the alpacas. Alpacas LLC can be reached through or

Rabies clinics announced
BELMONT–The Belmont Ladies Auxiliary will host a rabies clinic 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Belmont Fire Station. For more information, call Maxine at 342-5192

BURNHAM–A rabies clinic will be held Oct. 23, from 12 to 3 p.m., at the Town Hall. Cost is $8. Dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers.

Library board members named
PALERMO–The Palermo Library Guild appointed two new directors to its Board on Sept. 14. Richard Thompson of Branch Mills Road assumed a seat which expires in March 2006. Thompson is the chief information officer for Maine state government and brings procurement and organizational background to the position.

Diane Dole of North Palermo Road was appointed to a term that runs through March 2007. She is a volunteer at the library, a member of the Palermo Library Guild and a published writer of books for young teens. She is currently completing studies at the University of Maine in Augusta.

A book-signing has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dole will be available to sign her new book, “The Huntress.” The novel can be purchased from Apple Valley Books and Barnes and Noble. Books will also be available at the library on the day of the event.

The library is open Tuesdays, 2-8 p.m., Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday help applications available
BELFAST–Holiday assistance applications are available at the Salvation Army. They will be taken Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Belfast Salvation Army, at 134 Church St. The hours will be: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Benefit supper
BELFAST–The American Legion on Church Street will host a benefit supper at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 to benefit Belfast EMT Shirley Rogers, who was involved in a head-on collision. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12 and free for those under 5. The American

See the fashion plates
BELFAST–All are invited to join in the fun and laughter while participating in an evening of fashion and a light buffet.

Join The Salvation Army in its first-ever (but probably not last) Fall Fashion Fling and Auction at 4 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Boat House. Ticket prices are $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

Local celebrities and other infamous characters will be modeling clothing from the Thrift Store. The clothes will then be auctioned off. The event will be a fund-raiser and all contributions are tax-deductible. For more information and tickets, call 338-3615.

What’s new in Winterport?
WINTERPORT — Stan Bowden, Winterport Fire Chief, warns residents to have chimneys cleaned and checked before the upcoming wood-burning season. Bowden says burning a woodstove at too low a temperature causes chimney fires.

Winterport hired Shelley White as Recreation Director. Patricia Gilway will now be a full-time employee with partial benefits.

The Women’s Club of Winterport volunteered to refurbish the interior of the Victoria Grant Civic Center by sewing curtains and painting. The town is furnishing the paint and material.

Town manager Leo LaChance signed off on the closeout inspection at the Winterport Terminals. LaChance said the fish are all gone and the seagulls are, too.

Library services available
AUGUSTA–Maine State Library Outreach Services provides library materials to Maine citizens who have trouble reading due to disabilities, or who don’t have local libraries. Talking Books, Large Print and Books By Mail are provided via U.S. Postal Service at no charge to eligible users.

For information or to register, call 1-800-762-7106 toll-free or visit online.

DOT holds Route 1 meetings
AUGUSTA–The Maine Department of Transportation will be hosting a series of five public meetings to ask residents to give feedback and help in prioritizing problems on Route 1. These meetings are part of the department’s Gateway-1 initiative, an innovative long-term corridor preservation planning project covering Route 1 from Brunswick to Stockton Springs.

Locally, meetings are:
Oct. 25, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast for Route 1 through Northport, Belfast, Searsport and Stockton Springs.
Nov. 18, at Camden-Rockport Middle School for Rockport, Camden and Lincolnville.

This phase of Gateway-1 is focused on identifying and getting agreement on community issues and problems, not on proposing solutions. The solution phase will take place in 2005. Online:

Where to vote in Unity
UNITY–Voting will take place at the Unity Community Center on School Street, not at the Town Office. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2.