Belmont

Town office hours are Monday 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.; and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The board of selectmen meet Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

The town office phone number is 342-5722 and the fax number is 342-2252.

Greetings!

Welcome to the new Republican Journal! It was quite a surprise when, after dropping off my column on Friday (early for me) a couple of weeks ago, I heard a blurb on the WLBZ 2 news later in the evening giving the news about VillageSoup and The Journal and its sister newspapers under the same ownership. It was a pleasant surprise, when, in less than a week, it became apparent that the pieces were being put together under a new owner. Due the the sugaring season and preparations for Maple Weekend I was unable to get to the store to pick up an issue or two of the Bangor Daily News that had pertinent information. Have got to pull out my files on weather, history and geography this week to get this column up and running again for my readers throughout Waldo County and surrounding area.

A belated and heartfelt thank you

Among the casualties of the past week or two was this thank you from Crossroads Food Pantry in Morrill. They would like to thank all of the community members that participated in their February fundraiser held at B&B Market. A special thank you to Donna, who did an awesome job helping us!

Warmest December to February?

The past 2011/2012 three-month period, which comprises most of our winter, may be the warmest on record. Final calculations were not available for the months of December through February. Special note: This is not global warming, but due solely to an unusual oscillation of the jet stream which kept it north of much of the USA during most of the winter, locking most the the coldest air to its north. The jet stream is no susceptible to the effects of warm Pacific Ocean currents and global warming.

Maple sugaring

When I last typed a column, it had been 60 degrees on the day before and over 50 degrees at 11 p.m. at night. Once again the Ducktrap River Valley worked its magic for me. At 6:30 a.m. when the dogs went out for the first time the thermometer read 34 degrees, but as we went for our walk to the river at 8 a.m. there was ice in the covers of the 5-gallon buckets buried in the snowbank to keep the sap refrigerated until it could be boiled. The maples gave well that Friday after the cook down at 32. Most sugaring operations at elevations would not have had the benefit of dropping to freezing or below that night.

Maple Weekend

Maple Weekend and Sunday were quite successful due to the information available on the Maine Maple Producers website. We missed many local visitors that might have come had the Journal, with its information, had been in print. Keep your eyes on this column for future information as I put together another date for my readers, friends and family. For all intents and purposes the season had ended on Monday the 19th, but I was able to fire up the finishing evaporator with H2O to demonstrate. I am here most of the time and all can feel free to visit as I work. While the season was down due to weather-related factors, there is plenty of syrup availible in jugs up to 1-gallon in size, plus maple sugar, cookbooks, antique (wooden) sap buckets and more.

True spring

Lupine and wild orange day lillies are up, so true spring can’t be too far away!

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Brooks

Hello kids, I’m back! Well, the past few weeks it seems like Mother Nature must be bi-polar or something, 83 degrees one day, 20 the next with snow.

This week is the second annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Brooks Community Park on Saturday, April 7, at noon. The egg hunt is free and for children 5 years old and younger; and 6 to 10-year-olds. There will be two areas to separate the age groups. If the weather is bad then our alternate location is at the town hall. The Egg Hunt will start at noon and go until the eggs are gone.

Saturday, April 7, also will be the second annual Easter Pies on Parade. This event, hosted by Brooks Park Boosters, will benefit the Fourth of July fireworks. Tickets are $10 and are available at Ralph’s Cafe. Your ticket will get you access to 11 business serving up pie for the Fourth. Participating business include Ralph’s Cafe, Build Green Maine, Newforest Institute, The Harvest Home Grange, The Marsh River Theater, and the Brooks Preservation Society to name a few. So if you love to eat pie — and really who doesn’t? — come on down from 1 to 5 p.m. April 7. Call Frank for more information at 722-3893.

The Marsh River Theater is gearing up for its season this year. An open audition for all parts will take place at the end of April. Call Mike for more information at 722-3893. The 2012 Season starts off with a fan favorite, the return of “Always, Patsy Cline” June 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23. The one act play “All in the Timing” takes place July 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29. The Marsh River Glee Club presents “the 80s Dance Party” all songs from the 1980s — costume and dancing encouraged — Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11. The Marsh River Singers “Gold” is on stage Sept. 7, 8, 14, and 15. The Marsh River Jr. Production of “The Shoemaker and The Elves” the weekend of Sept. 28, 29 and 30. The comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20 and 21. “Quilt, a Musical Celebration” a musical about the lives of people from the AIDS quilt, takes the stage Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17. And we finish the season with our second annual performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life, a 1940s Radio Show” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8. For more information visit the website marshrivertheater.com and call 722-4110 for tickets.

Saturday, May 26, is the third annual Brooks Community Day. Events scheduled for the day are The Trek Across Brooks, townwide yard sale, fire department car wash, Newforest Institute open house, Curtis Library book sale and opening day for the Brooks Park Boosters Farmers Market. If you are interested in joining the Brooks Townwide Yard Sale, spaces are $10 at the community park, or $10 at your own house. Call Carol for more information at 722-3666, or mail $10 with your name and location of yard sale to Brooks Park Boosters, P.O. Box 291, Brooks, ME, 04921.

“Our world is changing. . . RSU 3 schools are changing!” This is the motto of the Community Education Design Team that has been meeting during the past several months to assist RSU 3 Schools in creating a strategic vision for our move toward the creation of a proficiency-based system of education. What is a proficiency-based system of education? How might it benefit our students? How can you influence what the new system looks like? These are all questions that will be addressed during a series of four public forums on the topic, hosted and facilitated by members of this group.

Dates for public forums are:

April 4 – Morse Elementary School in Brooks

April 10 – Troy Elementary School in Troy

April 10 – Walker Elementary School in Liberty

April 12 – Mt. View Elementary School in Thorndike

All forums will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will run about one and a half hours. Day care will be provided, as well as light snacks and drinks. Each forum’s agenda will be the same so if you miss one night and want to try a different location – feel free to attend any of those listed regardless of which community you live in.

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Frankfort

By Dawn Wilbur and Mariko Brown

We are pleased to submit our first Town News segment for the newly restored Republican Journal. If any Frankfort residents have news they would like reported, please feel free to email dawnwilbur@gmail.com or call 505-6255. Thank you and we look forward to providing future installments of Frankfort Town News.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will take place in May. If you have/know a child who will be 5 on or before Oct. 15, you may register the child for the September 2012 kindergarten class. Any questions, please contact the school at 223-5723.

Town News

Voting for town officials took place Thursday, March 29, at Frankfort Elementary School. The annual town meeting was Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the school.

Recreation Department

Little League, farm team, and t-ball will begin in April. Little League and farm team had sign-ups on March 22. T-ball sign-up information for children ages 3 to 6 will be sent in a bulk mailing in the next few weeks.

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Freedom

Hello Readers, it feels so good to be back and to have our local newspaper up and running. Thank you to those that made it possible and a Happy Spring to everyone!

MEETINGS:

The next Selectmen’s meeting will be Monday, April 9, at the town office starting at 6 p.m.

DIRIGO GRANGE 98:

The Dirigo Grange will meet at the Grange Hall on Route 137 in Freedom on Thursday, April 5, starting at 7:30 p.m.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

The historical society will have a monthly meeting Wednesday April 11, at the home of Viola Greeley. We would appreciate having new members. You can contact Viola at 382-6195 if interested.

All meetings are open to the public.

The Historical Society still has cookbooks, photos and historical scrapbooks for sale and has now added a bicentennial coin, which contains the dates of 1913-2013. The first 100-year coin (1813-1913) is no longer in circulation.

All these items would make a lovely gift for any occasion, so why not contact Viola Greeley or Lorraine Overlock and support the historical society by purchasing one or all four of these historical items! The price of each item is only $10.

FREEDOM RECREATION COMMITTEE

The recreation committee is having a bottle drive! Cans and bottles can be dropped off at Freedom Town Office, which already has started collecting. Please save a trip out of town to take your bottles and drop them off at the town office. This is one way for you to help the recreation committee.

HELP!

Freedom Recreation Committee is looking for volunteers to help do work around the park and ball field. Bleachers and picnic benches need to be painted, just to name a few projects. Please contact Cindy Abbott at the town office 392-6177 ext.1 and volunteer some of your time and labor, It’s always the same handful of people that are always willing to help, but we need more and additional new help.

POWER BILL:

Are you interested in lowering your power bill? If so go to Electricityme.com. Electricity Maine is a locally owned and operated electricity supply company dedicated to providing Mainers with a lower rate on electricity and helping the people of Maine.

It’s very easy to sign up, all you have to do is click on “Enroll Now”, call toll free at 1-866-573-2674 or print off the enrollment form and fax it to 1-207-777-5566.

Some in Freedom have already signed up!

BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE:

The bicentennial will take place Friday night, July 5, 2013, and all day on Saturday, July 6, 2013. We are looking for volunteers, to bake, and help in any way. The committee is trying very hard to come up with ideas that will make this a successful event. We would like to see residents of the town of Freedom, come forward and do their share to help.

I hope we can make this project a success and bring Freedom back closer to where it used to be — a real community!

PLEASANT HILL CEMETERY:

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery members will hold their annual meeting for their members at the Freedom Town Office Monday, April 9, starting at 7 p.m. This is an important meeting and the committee is hoping for a good turnout. Finances need to be discussed.

Cemetery Committee Member — this is an appointed position. Is there anyone interested? If so, call the town office 382-6177

NOTICE:

If you are interested in learning how to knit, crochet, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, etc. join us at the town office every Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. This will be a fun time to get together with others that hold the same interest in doing homemade hand work. Even if you know how to do all this, come and join us for the sake of getting out of the house for while and doing something different and productive. We are willing to teach if you are willing to learn. We will have a large selection of books filled with many different patterns in the different categories.

SPRING DOOR-TO-DOOR PICK-UP:

Spring pick-up will be Saturday, May 19. This is the only pick-up scheduled for this year.

VOICE OF FREEDOM:

Palm Sunday was April 1, as was April Fool’s Day. It was a year ago that we had that bad snow storm, and that was no joke.

The first day of Passover is Saturday, April 7. I would like to take this time to say to all my Jewish friends and readers, a very Happy Passover! May your holiday be filled with the love of family and friends. The highlight of Passover is the Seder, observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder is a 15-step family-oriented tradition and ritual-packed feast. The focal points of the Seder are:

1. Eating matzah, eating bitter herbs — to commemorate the bitter slavery endured by the Israelites.

2. Drinking four cups of wine or grape juice — a royal drink to celebrate newfound freedom.

3. The recitation of the Haggadah, a liturgy that describes in detail the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah is the fulfillment of the biblical obligation to recount to our children the story of the Exodus on the night of Passover.

Easter will be celebrated Sunday April 8, for those of you who celebrate this joyous holiday, wishes for a Happy Easter go out to you, your family and friends. Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection.

BIRTHDAY WISHES:

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Marilyn Perry, Tyler, Kyle and Sallyann Hadyniak.

Marilyn celebrated her birthday with friends; Tyler and Kyle for the first time in 19 years were separated on their birthday. Kyle was at University of Maine at Orono and Tyler at University of Maine at Farmington.

I was in Freedom attending a surprise 75th birthday party given by my family. Lynn made all the arrangements and Tyler, Kyle and Chuck were in Virginia attending an Elton John concert.

The party was a total surprise and I was surrounded by friends that I consider my adopted family and those I care for very much. A special thank you goes out to everyone involved; it really was a total surprise!

This past week I was in New Jersey attending a surprise birthday party and a bridal shower. A good time was had by all, but I must say, I just couldn’t wait to get back to Maine. There’s no place like home!

If you have anything of interest you would like to share with my readers, please contact me. My deadline is on Friday mornings.

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Jackson

Welcome

Well, you many folks who have asked me about The Republican Journal, I got a call today from a nice lady to ask if I’d write for them, as you can see, I said yes and to hear it’ll be on the press next week, even got calls from Florida, so Robert and Dad, here it is, and many others from Waldo County as well.

Town meetings

Meetings are all done in the area. I really missed the Journal ’cause you could read what went on in other towns. We have a great turnout, 169, I think, voted and there was some who couldn’t or chose not to vote. There were two or three first-time voters – 18-year-olds, three new babies in town, politicians, etc.

T.V.

Hope this makes sense ’cause I’m watching “Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?” There’s five fifth-graders plus the adult to win money. The questions are unreal, they start with two first-grade questions, two second, etc., up to fifth-grade questions. I really learn from it, it’a on The Game Channel.

What I’ve seen

Back a week or so on Tuesday, it was snowing up on Hadley Mill Road somewhere has five beautiful sheep, I believe some different kinds. They were eating hay and the snow coming down, they looked so nice and warm with all the wool. I think maybe little lambs will come later. Also one day, I saw another flock on East Thorndike Road. There was a big round bale of hay, and on top was a little black lamb. How he got up there, I don’t know.

Geese

The geese are back. I always watch for them in front of Lee and Nancy’s. There have been some there two or three mornings but one morning in Virginia Work’s pond, there were 25 or 50, I think. I’ve seen a pair in some small ponds.

Calves

Johnny has two new ones this week, many more to come. Marcy found one which she loves. Sure David must have some also.

School news

Softball and baseball starts next week. Games start at 4:15, so I should be able to see some of them at home. Been a good year, don’t think they had to practice in the gym at all.

Graduating seniors from Jackson total four, maybe five, I will list them later and what they plan to do.

Last day of school is June 12, half day for kids; senior graduation is June 3. From what I hear next year is a single bus run, a lot of work to make it work, also one day a month is a late start day.

Weather

How about the weather — so hot for two or three days (not my thing). Kids dug out their shorts, tank tops, etc., now today they have on long pants, coats, hats and gloves.

News

The shooting in Florida, politics, the Weaver Dam in Maine, what a mess it made on the road in Orrington. Our roads have been patched last week, still a lot of mud, takes a lot to fix those.

Florida

Talked to brother Robert this week. He has just had a gall bladder operation. He’d been to a big cookout of chicken and pork, said he brought his chicken back and cooked it some more — they don’t cook it down there like we do.

A friend visits

Barrie and Steve Fernald looked outside last week in the morning, there was a big alligator on their lawn. What a big surprise!

Seems great to see news and see two ladies we know — Carol Weston and Adrienne Bennett. Also once in a while Sawin Millett, who lived on the end of Hadley Mill Road years ago. Also Walter Whitcomb.

Mount View in Augusta

Ms. Tanya Hubbard and Mr. Penson Barlett brought four Mount View High School seniors — LeeAnn Larrabee of Jackson, Becca Kimball of Liberty, Ryan Derby of Troy and Tyler Stevenson of Thorndike — to the Augusta Civic Center to present “Writing for Your Future” to the Melmac Education Program. This is a class taught by Hubbard and Bartlett that prepares seniors for the college application process.

At the civic center, Bartlett and Hubbard start with an introduction of the class then the kids ran the rest by talking about each thing they did in their class. It ended with answering audience questions and allowing them to look at their portfolios, which displayed the work explained during the presentation.

Melmac funds and supports Jobs for Maine Graduates, or JMG, taught by Bartlett and Mount View in presenting “Writing for Your Future” there were hopes of getting more Melmac support and to show other school representatives the pros of this class.

Enjoy our wonderful paper again.

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Knox

B a c k A g a i n :

W e l l I’ m b a c k a f t e r a m o n t h w i t h n o l o c a l p a p e r . A p h o n e c a l l t o V i l l a g e S o u p / R e p u b l i c a n J o u r n a l a n d t h e p a p e r c o m e s o u t A p r i l 5 , T h u r s d a y . T h a t w a s g o o d n e w s . T h e J o u r n a l i s b a c k !

F r e e d o m :

P l e a s a n t H i l l C e m e t e r y A s s o c i a t i o n w i l l m e e t A p r i l 9 at 7 p.m. a t F r e e d o m T o w n O f f i c e . I f y o u h a v e a l o t t h e r e , p l e a s e t r y t o a t t e n d , a s y o u r i n p u t i s n e e d e d .

D i s t r i c t M e e t i n g :

T h e A m e r i c a n L e g i o n A u x i l i a r y w i l l m e e t f o r t h e 4 t h D i s t r i c t M e e t i n g o n A p r i l 1 5 a t 1 p.m. a t B i n g h a m U n i t 9 9 . M e e t a t 1 1 : 3 0 a.m. a t P o s t 1 4 t o c a r p o o l . For more information, call 6 6 0 – 6 1 9 9 .

T o w n M e e t i n g :

T o w n M e e t i n g w a s o n M a r c h 1 7 . J e f f r e y S t e v e n s r e p l a c e d B a s i l W e n t w o r t h f o r secon d s e l e c t m a n .

B a s k e t b a l l :

M t . V i e w h o s t e d t h e 2 n d a n n u a l M u s t a n g M a r c h m a d n e s s b a s k e t b a l l t o u r n a m e n t M a r c h 2 3 to 2 5 . T h i s w a s 3/4 & 5 / 6 b o y s a n d g i r l s . M y g r a n d d a u g h t e r K a t i e D o u g h t y f r o m W i n s l o w t e a m p l a y e d 3/4 g r a d e g i r l s . T h e y e n d e d u p S u n d a y w i n n i n g t h e c h a m p i o n s h i p f r o m F a i r f i e l d P A L t e a m 9 t o 6 . S a r a D o u g h t y p l a y e d a t W e s t b r o o k a n d h e r W i n s l o w t e a m w o n a s w e l l 1 7 – 1 5 . G r e a t j o b g i r l s . T h e r e w e r e t e a m s f r o m a l l o v e r . T h e y a l l p l a y e d w e l l . C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s t o a l l ! T h e W i n s l o w t e a m w e r e h o n o r e d t o r i d e t o M t . V i e w i n a l i m o t h a n k s t o A b b y W r i g h t’s G r a m p i e R o n M c D o n a l d . ( H e i s a l s o m y c o u s i n . ) K i d s l o v e d i t .

G e t W e l l :

G e t w e l l w i s h e s t o T a m m y M c C u e w h o h a d s u r g e r y M o n d a y . H o p e y o u a r e f e e l i n g b e t t e r . A l s o t o M a r i l y n S c h o f i e l d w h o a l s o h a d s u r g e r y o n M o n d a y — h o p e y o u a r e f e e l i n g b e t t e r .

G o n e :

T h e r e s t o f t h e o l d R a v e n h o m e s t e a d i n T h o r n d i k e , t h e b a r n i s n o w g o n e — a l l b u r n e d .

W e a t h e r :

H o w a b o u t t h a t w e a t h e r w e v e h a d l a t e l y ? 8 0s a n d a s I w r i t e t h i s i t’ s d o w n t o 2 0 . S n o w i s h e r e a c o u p l e i n c h e s . T r e e s d o l o o k p r e t t y s n o w c o v e r e d . I t’ s M a i n e !

F u e l :

F u e l a t t h e g a s p u m p s i s n o w $ 3 . 9 1 a g a l l o n h e r e i n t o w n .

R i d g e t o p :

R i d g e t o p D i n e r i s b a c k t o s u m m e r h o u r s M o n – S a t 6 A M to 8 P m & S u n d a y 6 A M to 2 P M s t a r t i n g A p r i l 2 n d . S e e y a t h e r e !

T r o y :

E i l e e n G a g e o f T r o y h a s b e e n i n E a s t e r n M a i n e M e d C e n t e r i n B a n g o r . I s t o p p e d t o s e e h e r o n e a f t e r n o o n a t h o m e .

B B Q U n i t y :

B e n j a m i n B e r r y P o s t # 5 0 L e g i o n w i l l h o s t a c h i c k e n B B Q A p r i l 1 4 t h 4 : 3 0 6 P M a t t h e L e g i o n H a l l W i n d e m e r e L a n e , U n i t y .

L i t t l e B e a v e r s 4 – H C l u b B B Q :

T h e L i t t l e B e a v e r s 4 – H C l u b w i l l b e h a v i n g a C h i c k e n B B Q o n A p r i l 2 9 t h N o o n 1 : 3 0 P M . I t w i l l b e a t t h e K n o x T o w n O f f i c e . W e a r e h o p i n g t o h a v e e n o u g h t h i s y e a r t o c o m p l e t e t h e S i g n b o a r d s f o r t h e M e m o r i a l t h i s y e a r . A n y o n e w i t h s o m e f r e e t i m e c a n c o m e a n d h e l p u s g e t t h e s t o n e s p l a c e d i n t h e V e t e r a n s M e m o r i a l a n d c l e a n u p t h e g r o u n d .

C o l l e e n S c h o f i e l d i s i n W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . t h i s w e e k o n a 4 – H t r i p c a l l e d N a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e . S h e i s h a v i n g a g r e a t t i m e .

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Lincolnville

Our papers are back! The past month has shown us how much we need our local papers/website. Several people made efforts to fill the void left when Village Soup went dark and the Herald, Journal and Gazette disappeared. Thanks to Nate Greenleaf whose gallant stab at a midcoast area news website, penbaytoday, gave us some hope for a few weeks. And to Jennifer Hill of Waldo whose townsofwaldocounty provided a site for each of the county’s twenty-five towns to post their news. My column has appeared there without a break since VS went down. Now that the RJ will be back on the newsstands I’ll no longer post there, and Jennifer says she plans to take down the site shortly.

People are resilient, and we found ways to stay in touch. Here in Lincolnville our L’ville Bulletin Board, https://groups.google.com/forum, proved invaluable in announcing various events, etc. If you live in L’ville, full or part-time, and haven’t joined the LBB yet, you ought to. At the moment you can find a free blue chair, hiring notices for local restaurants, and announcement of pizza night at La Dolce Vita farm. I’d be happy to sign you up or you can do it yourself from the website.

One of the things that brought down VS was its free website. The new management at what’s now (once again) called Courier Publications is charging for web access; the NY Times charges for web access. If midcoast Maine’s happenings are important to us, we all need to help support Courier Publicatons by subscribing to either the paper or the site or both. I think it’s part of being a good citizen!

Municipal Meetings

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

The Selectmen meet Monday, April 9 at 6 p.m.; selectmen meetings are televised on Channel 99.

The Planning Board meets Wednesday the 11th at 7 p.m.

The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday the 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Town

Here’s the lineup of openings of town officers this coming election in June:

Two selectmen, both three year terms

Four(!) school committee members, two for three years, one for two years and one for one year

Five budget committee members, three for three years and two for one year

Nomination papers are now available at the town office for a number of positions:

Eleven positions needing to be filled! One person, Dorothy Lanphier, has returned papers so far, that for a three year school committee term. Spread the word to friends, family and neighbors: our town government needs you!

Nomination papers are available now at the town office and are due back by 5 p.m., April 30.

We all got a postcard reminder, but here’s another one — half our property taxes are due in the town office by 5 p.m. April 12.

School

This is an exciting week at LCS as everyone prepares for Oz, the first (in my memory), all school play. With a cast of 95 students, grades K-8, practically every family with school-age children in Lincolnville must have somebody in Oz. Last Saturday was the dress rehearsal, a three hour affair and the first time the kids got to perform in their costumes. We’ve got a Munchkin and a Poppy in the play, which is being presented on two nights; some of the principals are in both performances. Tickets are sold out, as of Monday.

Easter Services

Bayshore Baptist Church will hold its annual Easter Sunrise service at Lincolnville Beach at 6 a.m. (in case of bad weather it will be held at the church). Come for breakfast at the church afterwards — ham, eggs, pancakes and muffins; all welcome, no charge. Regular 9:30 a.m. Sunday School will be followed by the 11 a.m. service.

Community Crossroads Baptist Church is planning an Easter egg hunt for children at LCS on Saturday, April 7, 9-11 a.m. with egg decorating and more. They’ll be joining Bayshore at the Easter Sunrise Service at the Beach at 6 a.m. Community Crossroads will hold its own 10 a.m. Bible study, 10:30 continental breakfast (free) and 11 a.m. worship service, all at LCS.

United Christian Church holds a light supper and service on Maundy Thursday, April 5, in the Parish Hall. Good Friday services at noon and at 6 p.m. include the reading of the Passion. On Easter a Sunrise Service at Nortons Pond will be held at 6 a.m., weather permitting, (check with Pastor Susan if in doubt — 322-1948), and the regular worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Condolences

Many people in L’ville were saddened to hear that Polly Moody passed away last month. She was a well-known and well-liked woman in town and will be missed.

Moving It One Pie at a Time

Another pie sale is planned for Saturday, April 14, to help the Center Schoolhouse in its journey across the road. Pies will be pre-ordered as before, and are to be picked up Saturday morning at the Farmers Market in the Center. As of this writing the pie bakers haven’t decided on the kinds of pie they’ll be making. Watch the Bulletin Board for that. We’ll be baking over two days — Thursday and Friday, the 12th and 13th. If you’d like to join the pie crew, whether you’re experienced or not, give me a call. We had a lot of fun at the first one….

Save Your Stuff

An April 28 Yard Sale at the Center Schoolhouse is scheduled; if you have items to donate (no clothes or electronics, please), contact me or Jim Dunham, 789-5233. Again, proceeds will be go towards Moving It!

And the Coon Ran Away with Her Spoon

Corelyn Senn writes: “… there were some coons around last night. Stupidly, because I got so engrossed in filling birdfeeders, I left the empty cat food can and spoon out last night. The can is there, licked clean, but the spoon is gone. There was some food stuck to it so some racoon carried it off to eat where other coons would not try to get it. I can’t find the spoon anywhere, and it is a good stainless steel one — part of a set. I know that they can take things quite a ways. I’ll look again later when it warms up a bit…I have never forgotten it before and I am not happy about it this time.” Happy Ending: Corelyn reports she found the spoon the next day, way out in back sitting on top of a little stone.

Early Morning Moments Around My House

“Hear the coyotes!” I woke Wally up with the other day. “That’s your stomach,” he replied. Well, all right, it was. But coyotes were yammering up on the mountain; I’m sure of it.

Reaching in to the bag to feed the cat on another morning a flying squirrel ran up his arm. Yes, that’s another flying squirrel, number four that we know of, this winter: two live trapped on the kitchen counter, one caught by Smitten the cat and stuffed into my shoe, and now this one, apparently living in our linen closet. The mice are having their way with us as well; one spent the night in the bathtub with Smitten, keeping us awake with its squeaking, and none the worse for wear in the morning. We finally got him with peanut butter and a well-placed trap. But Wally says I’m ahead of the cat as I’ve caught four with my own little trap line, set up around the pepper seedlings which mice like to nip off as they emerge.

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Monroe

Town Meeting Date Set

Monroe Town Meeting will be Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., upstairs at town hall. All citizens are urged to attend to help set policy and allocate funds for the coming year.

Monroe library receives grant

Monroe Community Library has received a grant from the Libri Foundation located in Eugene, Ore. The foundation donates quality children’s books to rural public libraries. The library raised the $150 seed money through the sale of Monroe history calendars and Libri more than doubled that amount providing $450 worth of books.

We were able to select about 30 books from lists of hundreds of annotated titles, most of which had won awards or starred reviews from respected institutions or publications. The board voted to focus on middle-level readers which is our least developed library section. When they arrive and are prepared for borrowing, the books will be introduced and shared with students and teachers at Monroe Elementary School.

Rabbit Run

The Monroe Community Library book discussion group will consider “Rabbit Run” by John Updike at the Thursday, April 26, meeting. The public is invited to this lively conversation that starts at 7 p.m. at Monroe Town Hall. Marge Sheridan will facilitate the discussion.

Overdue books a big issue

I haven’t talked about this in years, but it is an ongoing problem for all libraries. Libraries with paid staff seem to have a little better record of return. Our library has stacks of late and missing book, DVD, video and audiobook cards, signed by borrowers who apparently have no intention of ever returning the materials. Some are months old and many are years old. We are looking at thousands of dollars in replacement costs; an impossible undertaking. Making calls, sending reminder cards and sometimes registered letters seems to have no effect.

We remind the public that we are an all-volunteer staff with an honor system check-out. If you are a person who uses a squiggle for a signature, please consider this unreadable to our staff. When you sign the contract your book card represents, you agree to return that item within two weeks. When materials are kept well beyond that return date, it becomes stolen property — a felony — unpleasant to think about, but true. A few libraries are asking for help from law enforcement when no other method works. Many of them are just taking the loss on a large number of items.

When public libraries are perhaps the most significant portals on earth to free access to information and materials for pleasure reading and viewing, one might think the privilege of borrowing would be more respected and treasured.

I extend my deepest gratitude to our steady patrons who borrow responsibly, returning materials in reasonable time, and in a dry, clean condition. We can only ask that all borrowers endeavor to follow these simple guidelines. Each item in our library is the property of each of our 882 residents and each of us is entitled to a turn at its use.

Town hall tour In May

Based on a similar project for students which took place last year, the Monroe Library Board will be conducting a town hall tour for adult citizens. If you are new, or relatively new, to the area, this will be of particular interest as it covers services of the town office and library, as well as being a fascinating exposure to local history with a visit to the archive room.

There will be a story time for children and refreshments will be served. This event will take place Sunday, May 6, starting at 2 p.m. For more information, please call or email Marge Sheridan at 525-4428 or sheridanmarge9@gmail.com.

Youth Occupy Gathering

This is a two day overnight event for the sharing and learning of skills used to organize, implement, and perpetuate Occupations and other community events. This is an amazing opportunity to meet with young people from Occupy Wall Street and learn how it all started.

Workshops may include the following: History of the Occupy Movement, introduction to non-violent direct action, how to work with the media, introduction to consensus decision making, how to facilitate a meeting, and how to start an Occupation. There will also be fun things like

Ultimate Frisbee, slacklining, films, a talent show and more.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, and ends at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

There is a $0 to $10 per day sliding scale fee based on what you can afford. Good food for various diets will be served. Advise organizers about any food needs. Sleeping space/tent space is provided.

Directions, ride share information, list of things to bring, and more will be provided at registration or by request. For more information or to register, call 948-5268,email youthoccupygathering@gmail.com, or check out the Facebook group: Youth Occupy Gathering.

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Morrill

Not having our local paper to read has certainly been the topic of conversation wherever townspeople were gathered. Several things happened during the weeks that we didn’t have the Journal.

Mindy Rowlands has been appointed by the selectmen to fill the remainder of our town clerk’s one-year term as Lynn Doolan will be working full-time at the Belfast City Office. New clerk’s hours are Monday 5 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. A big thank you to Lynn for her service, and welcome Mindy.

Also Tony Swebilius is our new school board member as of our March 17 town meeting. We appreciate and thank Jean Dube for her years of serving Morrill in that capacity. It is a very time-consuming position, especially with the necessity of being on several sub-committees within the board. There will be a school board meting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the superintendent’s office.

Do you have a child who will turn 5 years old on or before Oct. 15? It is time for kindergarten registration for the school year 2012-13. For children who will attend Gladys Weymouth School, living in the towns of Belmont, Morrill and Searsmont, call school secretary Kay Dodd at 342-5200. Please call early to register your child.

Morrill Baptist Church presents an Easter Celebration April 8. Join in for a morning of worship, food and remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection. The schedule of services is as follows:

7:30 a.m. Hilltop service at 103 Rowe Hill Road, Morrill, Aaron and Lori Littlefield’s. In the event of bad weather, this service will be held at the church .

8:15 a.m. Continental breakfast at Morrill Baptist

8:45 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at Gladys Weymouth School yard

9:30 a.m. Easter morning worship service at Morrill Baptist

The last winter fun luncheon for Morrill seniors at the Morrill Community Center took place March 29. These dinners, compliments of Jethro and Diana Pease, along with special yummy desserts brought in by some of the participants, have been very much enjoyed. In fact, Pricilla Place wrote a beautiful poem for the Peases in appreciation for the dinners. It sounds as if these events may become an annual tradition. We hope so!

Let’s continue to uphold Jill Wight with out prayers, visits and cards. Her new address is Stillwater Healthcare, 335 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, ME, 04401.

We also need to be remembering Edgar Thomas, Mary Jean Smith, Cora Hannington and Doug Carson at Tall Pines and Madeline Merrithew at Harbor Hill — all citizens from Morrill.

Brenda Rowlands and her sisters Carol and Donna have returned from a trip to Hutchinson Island, Fla. Ironically, the really nice weather they enjoyed down there was the same week that we had that usually warm spell here.

It was busy at my household that last two weeks. My sister-in-law Millie and Tony were up from Amston Lake, Conn., and also my daughter Betty and her husband Doug from Bristol, Conn. We spent good visiting time at the nursing home with Cora (Millie’s mom, Betty’s Grammie) and the others there, got in a little time for game playing and a lot of time for eating.

I am sure there were items that didn’t get in the column while the paper was out of service that should have been printed. So even if it seems like old news now, call me anyway and share the things we missed out on.

Old Home

We purchased an old home in northern New York state from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and I was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation. “If they could live here all those years, so can we!” my husband confidently declared.

One night the temperatures plunged to below-zero and we woke up to find the interior walls covered in frost. My husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a rather brief conversation, he hung up. “For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve gone to Florida for the winter.” – From Fishwrapper Publication

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Northport

Hello Northport!

Glad to be back! Many people have commented to me as to how much they miss having a local paper.

RSU 20 Kindergarten registration for school year 2012-2012. Do you have a child who will turn 5 on or before Oct. 15 and you reside in Northport? Please call Marcia Ames at 338-3430 at Edna Drinkwater School for more information. Please call early to register your child.

2012 MOORING PERMITS COMING SOON. The 2012 mooring permit renewals will be in the mail in early April. To obtain an application for a permit for a new mooring, contact the town office .

NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE Nomination papers were available at the town office, beginning March 7 for the positions of one selectman/overseer of the poor (3-year term) and one RSU 20 school board member (3-year term). All nomination papers must be returned to the Town Office for certification no later than 4 p.m. Friday, April 20.

Please keep the information coming in. Call, email or drop-off at the Hideaway any news you may wish to share. See you next week!

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Prospect

We’re back!!!!! Thank you to Mr. Brower for buying The Republican Journal and getting it back into production for the faithful readers. It is not online as of yet but will be soon. They are trying to accomplish that by the end of next week. Really missed writing the column for you and many people were at a loss as to how to get the local news.

When you do read this, it will be April and I want to wish everyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary, a really great day and many more and also wish you all a Happy Easter — the day we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection.

Carol Cooper emailed me the other day (before the snow) and said that she had seen a pair of bluebirds sitting on the top of a fir tree watching her hang out her laundry. Paul said he saw one down in our back field last week but I have not seen one since. The red-breasted woodpecker that seems to travel around town is still around. Dee Terry calls him the community woodpecker. Anxious to see the other birds return.

Want to inform all high school seniors in Prospect that The Community Club is giving an $250 scholarship this year to a deserving student. You can apply at the guidance counselors’ office at Bucksport High School. This scholarship will be paid after the first semester of college if the student is going to continue their studies. We used to give a $100 scholarship but a donation from a group of hunters that live in Massachusetts and hunt up here every season have been giving a donation in the memory of Raymond Webster Sr. for the past few years and it was decided to use that and the money raised by the Christmas Basket — $100 along with $30 from the club and name it the Raymond Webster Sr. Scholarship this year. Raymond supported the Community Club and was a proud member of Prospect.

Another scholarship of $500 is available through Stockton Springs High School Alumni Association for the benefit of Prospect and Stockton Seniors. This scholarship was started when the Prospect students were attending Stockton Springs High School. Applications for that can be obtained from Bucksport High School and Searsport High School guidance counselors. Good luck to all the seniors.

As I am writing this, the sun is shining bright and melting the snow Mother Nature gave us. What a wacky winter we have had. Thank God, we didn’t have the tornados, floods and drought the middle and lower states have had.

I checked on Irving Rainey this week and Cindy told me they have been getting him out the house for pleasant trips this past week instead of doctor visits. He had his last radiation treatment last Monday and now will have to wait to see how things go. Sending prayers his way every day.

Rose Otis is to return home soon after receiving rehabilitation for her balance at EMMC. Rose is the holder of the Boston Post Golden Cane honoring her as the most senior person in town. Hope you will get better soon, take care and not fall again.

The Prospect Community Club will have their meeting April 12 at 7 p.m. in the dining room. All are invited to attend and help plan the summer months. The first bean and casserole supper will be April 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the dining room. The menu will be beans, hot dogs, casseroles — clam casserole, broccoli casserole, baked macaroni and cheese casseroles — one with ham, American chop suey, scalloped potatoes, chicken noodle casserole plus others, salads, rolls, pies and cakes and beverages still all for $6, adults and $2, children younger than 12. It will be continuous serving — do hope to see all our customers back and some new ones also.

Prospect Volunteer Fire Department will have their regular meeting April 2 in their office at 7 p.m. Please remember if you want to burn grass or brush, you must have a permit and have it on your person. Fire Chief Tim Terry or his wife Dee Terry can issue them. Burn safe.

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

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Searsmont

I for one, am so excited to be writing for the town of Searsmont again. More so excited that the Republican Journal is up and running once again. That was a HUGE disappointment and surprise to many. Even though “modern technology” seems to have taken over the media, that is not a option for many. There is something to be said for the luxury and moments of sitting down and reading the newspaper still, especially when it is only once a week. So, welcome back Republican Journal and thank you for being part of our community once again.

Searsmont Town News

Transfer station news

REMINDER: the charge for ALL black garbage bags is $2 for the 33-gallon or smaller size, and $4 for bags larger than the 33-gallon size, no exceptions. No loose items are to be placed in the dumpsters. Everything has to fit in a garbage bag. All other items should be placed in the appropriate recycling container or wait until there is a demo debris day. If you need information about the transfer station you can pick up a “Transfer Station Fact Sheet” at the transfer station or the town office.

Town meeting will be Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. in the meeting room on the lower level of the community center. The parade committee will sell coffee and donuts again this year to raise money to help offset the cost of the parade. Come early to enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while to talking to your fellow Searsmont residents that you only see once a year.

Many people are unhappy with the RSU 20 and have started a movement to dissolve it. Someone may contact you to sign a petition. If you have petitions, they need to be brought into the town office to have the signatures verified.

County Commissioners are talking about taking on the duties of animal control. If you have concerns about the delayed response time or added costs, please let the selectmen know so they can directly voice your concerns to the commissioners.

From the state of Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources — Free local produce is available for eligible Maine seniors. For the 12th year, eligible Maine seniors can sign up for the Maine Senior “FarmShare” Program, under the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, starting immediately. Qualified participants will be able to receive $50 of fresh produce during the season from local farms.

The Town of Searsmont has several scholarships available to Searsmont Residents. One application is available at the town office and the post office. Several others are available through the University of Maine.

New hunting and fishing books are available at the town office.

Searsmont Historical Society

Wednesday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. will be our last meeting of the season. The meeting is in the historical room next to the library in Searsmont Community Building. Christopher Glass will present a slideshow with his commentary on “Maine’s Historic Homes: 300 Years of Great Maine Houses.” Glass is an architect practicing in Camden since 1974. He is the former architect member and chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and former president of Maine Preservation, receiving awards from both organizations. He taught architectural design at Bowdoin College for 20 years and has lectured widely. “Historic Maine Homes”, a book by Glass and published by DownEast Books, is a survey of the changing attitudes of Maine people about what houses should look like. From the earliest houses the largely British settlers put up to the modern monuments of the 20th century, Maine’s houses reflect the cultural history of not just Maine, but of western civilization. You will find the homes shown in this presentation fascinating as he describes the periods of architectural design with his undoubted knowledge and entertaining wit. Please plan to join us, everyone is welcome to attend.

Cribbage

April 6 and 20 at 7 p.m., join us for a game night. Bring your boards, cards and partner for a night of fun. It’s at Searsmont Community Building, downstairs.

S.W.A.G.

Monday, April 9, at 1 p.m., join us at Searsmont Community Building.

Public supper

This year’s series of public suppers at Searsmont United Methodist Church will kick off Saturday, April 14, downstairs in the church in Fellowship Hall. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and will feature casseroles, homemade rolls, desserts and beverages.. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children, but children younger than 5 are admitted free of charge.

Belated thank yous

A huge thank you to Totman’s Enterprise who held a food drive for the second year for the food pantry at Crossroads to Calvary Church in Morrill. They collected food and dry goods and then matched the items received. This has been a great community outreach and it is very much appreciated.

The next thank you goes to Lance Lucas who so graciously rescued a stranded cat that belongs to the postmaster in Searsmont, Kati. Her cat, Stamps, went up into a tree where he was unable to get down. Lucas came by with a crane and spent a good amount of time getting the little furry feline down. She wants to express her appreciation for this great rescue of Stamps!

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Searsport

The Republican Journal will be back in stores by the end of this week. The town columns will continue.

Friday, April 6, starting at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting of the North Searsport Fire House Building Committee at Dan Rich Public Safety Building.

Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, Searsport Elementary School fifth-grade students will present a musical performance “Wagon Wheels West” starting at 6:30 p.m., in the town hall.

Two weeks ago I asked if anyone was interested in heading up the farmers’ market this year. No one has contacted me, so I believe we will not have one this year.

Monday, April 9, starting at 7 p.m., the regular meeting of the planning board will take place in the town hall. This meeting will be televised.

Attention all artisans — the semi-annual Festival of Arts & Crafts is looking for amateur and professional artists, crafters and photographers. You will have the opportunity to display and sell your work April 28 at Belfast United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To reserve a table please contact Betty York at 338-2857.

The fees are 36-inch square – $10; 6 by 30-inch – $15; or 8 by 30-inch – $20.

They take nothing from your profits. Please do not contact the church for reservations.

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Stockton Springs

SSES First Grade Raises Chicks

Oh the excitement, the anticipation, the wonder and fascination. This is first-grade, after all – wonder and fascination should be an integral part of learning.

Mrs. Ireland’s first-grade class has a science project that has hatched.

Through a grant from www.donorschoose.org Mrs. Ireland obtained the support to fund her March science project. Eggs were procured from Watson’s Farm in Searsport and an incubator was brought into the classroom. The first-graders began studying about the life cycle of chickens on March 5 – the day the eggs went into the incubator. Each day the students learned what was happening inside the eggs with diagrams of the chicks’ development. To everyone’s wonder and delight chicks began to break out of their shells on March 25, just after the students returned to school from the weekend. A mixture of Barred Plymouth Rock and Buff Orpington chicks began to peck their way out, dry off and fluff up. Every few hours a new group would emerge, peeping their arrival. The first-graders, and indeed the entire school, has joyfully observed this awesome advent of new life. As March gives way to April, Mrs. Ireland’s students will be comparing the life cycle of the chicks to that of tadpole/frogs and will continue learning about organisms by studying and planting seeds. This exploration of living organisms is teaching the first-graders that all life needs basics such as food, water, shelter and sunlight.

Read with me Literacy

The Read with Me Literacy Program is accepting adult students for no-cost, confidential, one-on-one literacy tutoring. Sponsored and housed at Stockton Springs Community Library, Read with Me Literacy is a learning-based program, designed to identify and target individual reading needs. If you wish to advance your reading skills, you can contact Jeff Davis by telephone at 567-2029, or by email at jeffdavis55@hotmail.com. Confidentiality is assured.

Nomination papers

Nomination papers are available at the town office for the following positions:

Town selectman

School board

Fire chief

If you would like to run for any of the above positions in our town, please stop by the town office and pick up a nomination paper

Oxygen

The town government requests all resident who are on oxygen to call the town office and report their oxygen use. In the event of an emergency and/or an extended loss of power, the town government wants to be sure residents on oxygen have access to support.

School Closure

The RSU 20 Board circulated a preliminary budget for the 2012-2013 school year at the meeting March 27. The budget had only $57,100 underneath the column for Stockton Springs Elementary School. This amount is presumably what the board wants taxpayers to pay to heat a newly refurbished building with no children in it. The board did not say they are closing our school, rather, they say they are simply “transferring the students from SSES to Searsport Elementary.” Furthermore, Stockton Springs was the only town school whose budget was diminished to simply the cost of heating an empty building. Stockton Springs Elementary School (the building) still has a debt load on it – we haven’t even finished paying for the brand new roof, windows and other repairs that were done to the school. Academically, Stockton Springs Elementary School is a top contender in the district. So, with what amounts to a brand new building and a high performing student population, why is the RSU 20 Board even considering shuttering our community school? Suggestions have been made that our community is an easier target, politically, than others in the district – that we, in Stockton, will “give less resistance.” We are the second “fringe” school to be targeted on this side of the river. Other than low enrollment (due in part to the removal and transfer of our third-grade class,) there is no logical reason for closing Stockton Springs Elementary School. Our test scores are high, our building is practically brand new and there is no evidence that our taxes are going down regardless of whether our community school is closed. In fact, property values may drop with the school’s closure, according to experts:

“Of all the local neighborhood amenities that can influence a buyer’s decision to purchase a home, proximity to good quality schools is one of the most influential.” According to the 2010 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 25 percent of home buyers listed school quality and 19 percent listed proximity to schools as deciding factors in their home purchase. This Field Guide includes articles and studies on the importance of schools for home buyers and how schools impact local property values, along with a sampling of Web sites that provide data on school districts. (C. Dodge, Information Specialist)

One board member said the board “needs to hear from the community” that Stockton wants to keep its school. You are urged to make your voice heard. Letters of support for the school can be dropped off during school hours and they will be forwarded to the RSU 20 Board. You can also call, email or write the board members as follows:

Dean Anderson, 93 Kaler Road, Belfast, ME, 04915, 338-1429 or dean.anderson@rsu20.org; Anthony Bagley, 18 Back Searsport Road, Searsport, ME, 04974, 548-0083 or anthony.bagley@rsu20.org; Denise Dakin, 64 Pout Town Road, Stockton Spring, ME, 04981, 567-4050, denise.dakin@rsu20.org; Jean Dube, 32 Harts Home Road, Morrill, ME, 04952, 342-3121 or jean.dube@rsu20.org; Stephen Hopkins, 112 Fenwick Road, Belmont, ME, 04952, 342-4371 or stephen.hopkins@rsu20.org; Percy King, PO Box 203, Searsport, ME, 04974, 548-2503 or percy.king@rsu20.org; Chris Krause, 19 Station St., Stockton Springs, ME, 04981, 567-3879 or chris.krause@rsu20.org; Valerie Mank, 520 New England Road, Searsmont, ME, 04973, 342-2339 or valerie.mank@rsu20.org; Dorothy O’Dell, 47 Church St., Belfast, ME, 04915, 338-1776 or dorothy.odell@rsu20.org; Darren Philbrick, 17 Loop Road, Searsport, Me, 04974, ) 974-9272 or darren.philbrick@rsu20.org; Gerald Reid, 459 Bluff Road, Northport, ME, 04849, 338-9280 or gerald.reid@rsu20.org; Debora Riley, PO Box 420, Belfast, ME, 04915, 338-4425 or debora.riley@rsu20.org; Alexa Schweikert, 77 Sunny Pond Road, Swanville, ME, 04915, 338-4279 or alexa.schweikert@rsu20.org; Orya Shomron, 97 Church St. No. 9, Belfast, ME, 04915, 338-9837 or orya.shomron@rsu20.org; Stephanie Wade, 59 Congress St., Belfast, ME, 04915, 631-335-6325 or stephanie.wade@rsu20.org; Twyler Webster, 448 Marsh Stream Road, Frankfort, ME, 04438, 525-4557 or twyler.webster@rsu20.org; Alan Wood, 179 Main St., Belfast, ME, 04915, 338-4209 or alan.wood@rsu20.org.

 

Teachers for Ta Tas

Several members of the staff at Stockton Springs Elementary School are giving back to the community by participating in a fundraising effort for breast cancer research. Five members of the Stockton Elementary School Staff participated in the Ta-Ta Trot on Sunday, April 1. The team is called “The Teaching Ta-Tas of Stockton Springs Elementary.” They are walking and running in support of the the Holy Walkamoles team that will participate in the Susan G. Komen Walk in Boston. SSES staff members that participated on Sunday are Amanda Walz, Jan Austin, Sarah Gorden, Julie Vinson and Erin Ireland. Congratulations to these community-minded SSES staff members on their participation in such a worthy event!

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Waldo

Notes from Hungry Heron Farm

The local news theater has been dark the past few weeks: no obituaries, no calendar of events, no classified ads. We’ve gone on living and dying here in the town of Waldo, with little attention from the wider community. A few dedicated town correspondents posted their columns at http://townsofwaldocounty.weebly.com/ if you want to catch up on news.

Last Saturday, Waldo resident Marshall Rolerson and I attended Waldo Town meeting. Nobody ran against anybody, and everybody voted for everything. I never saw such an agreeable lot. The nominations, motions, seconds, and voting seemed ridiculous in the questions posed: “Can we borrow money to get us from January through annual meeting time?” Who would argue with that? Or, “Can we buy postage do the town’s business?” Why would anybody vote no, yet they just kept asking and we kept saying yes.

Right up until the end, that is, when organizations like New Hope for Women and Waldo Community Action Partners put in their requests for funding.

“How much did we give them last year?” was followed by the suggestion that we do it again, or worse, cut it in half. Appeals to people’s better nature in the face of a tough economy were stared down, and votes for cutting funds to organizations like New Hope, easily passed.

“Doesn’t Waldo Community Action Partners give rides to drug addicts, going for methadone treatments?” Yes, and to old folks who need a ride to their doctor’s offices, too, but this fine organization’s request was slashed, despite the desperate need for transportation in a time when oil prices are soaring and cars are unaffordable for so many.

I’m guessing those who came to the meeting and voted to cut this organization’s budget drove their cars to do so. Marshall says next year Waldo County Community Action Partners should bus ‘em in. The vote for funding would surely pass.

Self-centeredness brings such self-imposed pain that until you break its bounds you don’t even know what’s wrong. And yet, in the final analysis, I don’t suppose it matters. A posting on Facebook by Waldo resident Jeanne McIntyre gives us a clue:

Final Analysis

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world your best anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

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Winterport

How nice it is to be back and Happy Easter to all. Easter Sunrise Services being held on Oak Hill, Sunday, April 8, at 6:30 a.m. with Steve Nute being the speaker. There will be signs out on Lebanon Road (Route 69) at the location. Easter Sunrise Services will be on Blueberry Hill, Sunday, April 8, at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow at Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church. Worship will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be an Easter Egg hunt for children 12 and younger. The pastor is David Micol. Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church will have a spring sale and a baked bean supper Saturday, April 14. The sale will be 8 a.n. until noon with many items to choose from. The baked bean supper with all the fixings will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Takeout is available. Adults $6; children $3. The spring sale will be going on from 4 to 6 p.m. also. Winterport Historical Association will meet Monday, April 9, at the museum at 6:30 p.m. with a pot luck (remember your place settings). Guest speaker will be Peter Rioux, district representative. Wagner Middle School Jazz Band competed at the State Jazz Band Festival held at Stearns High School in Millinocket on March 24. They put on a great performance and missed being awarded a gold by only one point. Four soloists received outstanding Musicianship Awards, Nicole Lester, Tommy Farrar, Erika Olver and Kurt Speed. Congratulations!!! The Wagner Show Choir will be competing at the State Show Choir Festival at Ellsworth High School. They are performing songs from the hit Broadway show ” Wicked ” and have done an outstanding job. Best of luck! The Wagner school play will hit the stage April 5 and 6 starting at 7 p,m. Concessions will be available with proceeds being donated to the eighth-grade for their annual trip to Boston. Tryout for baseball and softball will be starting soon and track and field started Monday, April 2. School vacation is the week of April 16 to 20. Have fun,kids, but be careful. Nomination papers for the June election are available at the town office. Open for election are one town councilors, one assessor and one school board member. Nomination papers must be returned to the town office by April 30. As most of you know by now Rosie’s Diner is open again after doing much renovations. She has added new menu items like cheese nachos, cheese quesadilla, Caesar salad, rueben panini and more. Each day there is a different special and some great deserts. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. Hours are 7 to 11 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m to 3 p.m. for lunch. Come in and see what Rosie did and have a bite to eat while you’re there.

The Winterport Open Stage is presenting the play “Zrooommm!” April 13 to 15 and April 20 to 22 at Wagner Middle School. It is being directed by Dominick Varney.

Here are some news happenings that should be marked on your calendar since they won’t take place until May. I will remind you when the time arrives.

Winterport Farmers’ Market has a new name and new hours. The new name is “Winterport Open Air Market” and the new hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Set up for vendors begins an hour before opening. Opening day is May 5 at 10 a.m. Applications are available by calling Ann Ronco at 223-5854. They will be open the first and third Saturdays for May and June and hope to be open every Saturday for July through Sept. This year there will be a “Community Table” offering vendors who can’t be at the market an opportunity to sell, and those who don’t produce enough to fill a whole booth a smaller option. WABA members will man the booth and sell for you. We are currently seeking vendors for 2012 including farmers with veggies, herbs, flowers and live plants, meats, cheese, milk, baked goods, candy, jams syrup and more. Also seeking artisans who create jewelry, clothing, furniture or just about anything handmade and of good quality. In keeping with other markets in Maine we have set a seasonal market fee of $80 for the season, plus $5 booth fee to be paid on the day of the market. Community Table participants will pay $10 for a 4 by 2-foot space manned by volunteers of WABA and do not have to sign up for the season. Senior Collage and the Hutchinson Center in Belfast will host the 10th annual Festival of Art at the Hutchinson Center May 10 to 13. There were artists from Winterport there last year and they are hoping to capture more from the Winterport area this year. Admission is free to the public.

Winterport Union Meeting House will have their annual meeting May 21. It is not for a while, but do you know what has been going on there the past year? Two concerts, one in June and one in July in conjunction with the Winterport Music Festival. Winterport blacksmith Robert Adams replated period hardware to enable the shutters to be closed during winter months. Two weddings, one in September and one in October and one already booked for this year. You all know about the Live Nativity scene every December. There is a pew project that has begun. A set of two cushions is $150, depending on the fabric. Anyone making a $150 donation will have their name on the Pew Cushion Sponsors list.

Other fundraisers help to maintain the Union Meeting house.

A handicapped accessible new bathroom was installed in 2010.

Weddings are available for $300; contact 223-9950 or 223- 5522 for more information.

Items for sale are postcards of the union meeting house, wooden replicas, two sizes, and plates. They will be on display and for sale at town meeting. All funds realized from these sales goes to the restoration fund.