Last Wednesday (Oct. 24) we received our first taste of winter with a fair amount of the slushy stuff coming down overnight, making roads slippery. That morning a number of cars went off the road on Route 220. Luckily, no one was injured.

My son has been practicing for his road test, and I remember telling him that morning to do a "test" by applying the brakes hard at the stop sign at the top of our street to determine how slippery it was. It's good to know how the car feels when it slides; watch your speed and watch out for shiny black ice on paved roads. I'll stop now.

Get out and vote!

Elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Montville Town House from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One can register to vote from now until voting day, in person at the Town Office during open hours, or on voting day at the polls with identification and proof of residency.

Absentee ballots can be requested by phone, electronically through the Secretary of State’s website, or at the Town Office during open hours.

Also, dog tags are available in the office for licensing your dog. A late fee of $25 will be added onto any dog license acquired after Jan. 31.

Christmas Bazaar

Montville's Union Harvest Grange will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and join us for a wonderful day of food, music and friendship while picking out the perfect Christmas gift from our crafters and artisans.

The children of Hogback Mountain Academy will be joining us again with a musical selection. They were a true delight last year and we are looking forward to welcoming them back.

The Pinwheel Brothers will also be performing at the Grange with their wonderful music.

There will be hot soups and stews and pie! We always welcome new vendors and have tables available. If you would like to reserve a table or just need some information, contact Terry at 323-9151.

Barn Dance

Lake St. George Brewing Co. is hosting a community Barn Dance with the band Bluebird and Chrissy Fowler calling on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

"Our first year has taught us many lessons, but the one thing we counted on from the beginning was that our community would be there for us. Thank you. Come celebrate together! The Moody Dog will be onsite with lobster mac and cheese dogs, and BP's Shuck Shack will be shucking oysters into the night.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a press release this week saying Knox and Waldo counties have been experiencing an increase in reported cases of pertussis (whooping cough). They go on to say the best way to prevent pertussis is to keep current on vaccinations. For more information, visit their website at

According to their website, pertussis is spread from person to person through the air and a person can even catch pertussis by standing close (less than 3 feet away) to an infected person who is coughing or sneezing.

Mount View Complex will be having its annual Christmas Fair extravaganza on Dec. 1. This event has been very well attended in the past. I will post more details as they become available.

Holiday food baskets & gifts for kids

Applications are now being accepted for holiday food baskets and holiday gifts for kids through the Neighbor4Neighbor program. You can pick an application up at the Town Office or fill one out at Waldo Community Action Partners, 9 Field St., Suite 201, in Belfast.

Requests for Thanksgiving food baskets are due by Nov. 2 and for Christmas by Dec. 10. Requests for gifts for children are on a first-come basis.

Winter coat drive

Waldo County Triad invites the community to donate new and gently used coats (clean and in good condition). There is a collection box at the Liberty Library. Coats will be collected through Nov. 11. Warm blankets, coats, snow pants, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, and other warm clothing all gratefully accepted. All donations are collected and distributed in Waldo County.

Until next time.