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Hello to All,

Well we got snow that actually stayed on the ground, so I consider that our first snowfall. It is still there as I type this up. And was spitting snow when I came in recently. I just have to realize it is winter and snow will be falling whether I like it or not.

I have a different car so not used to it yet. And dread to drive in snow now. What can I say, getting older has me flustered with this old age stuff I hear about. Where is my dad when I need him to tell me otherwise.? He was a tough one.

Deer hunt

I just got a message that the kid's grandfather Linwood got a 10-point 197-pound buck tonight. I miss the sign at Freedom General that told who had gotten deer, and the size of the horns, how many points that is, and weight, etc. Happy hunting to all!

Sympathy

I received word that our fellow friend, and neighbor John Ford Sr. has passed away. He will be missed by many. Thinking of his wife Judy and the family. He had been at the Sussman Hospice Home in Rockport. Rest in peace, John. You are missed by me, and the family here. You will be remembered, and for your books you wrote, and I plan to get your new one. A great man, sheriff and warden. Fly high with the angels!

Fundraiser/holiday pet photos

There is a rescue dog Lena that needs surgery and a home soon. On Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Annette Reynolds, 130 Hunter Road, Unity, there will be Sweet Violet Photography by Courtney Lewis. This is at Muddy Paws Dog House, $10 a pet. Money raised goes to help out Lena, the rescue dog and her immediate surgery she needs. To anyone who cannot attend but wishes to send a donation to Annette, or made directly to the Searsport Veterinary Hospital, to the account in Courtney's name for Lena, will be appreciated. Thanks!

Sympathy for a Freedom Academy classmate

Recently we learned of the passing of Ithama "Ike" Bellows, class of 1936, Freedom Academy. I had a letter a year ago from his son telling us of him, and where he was. Rest in peace. Our oldest graduate of FA class of 1936 is Ruby Bryant Harris now. Roy Ward and Hartley Curtis, class of 1937, are next in line as oldest graduates.

Montville Historical Society

The Montville Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House at the Kingdom Schoolhouse in Center Montville on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Schoolhouse Museum will be open and staffed, and refreshments will be served.

The members will also be offering 12-inch wreaths, $15 for decorated or $12 for plain, to raise funds for ongoing preservation, education, and building projects. To pre-order wreaths, please call 589-4414 or email hogback1@fairpoint.net. All wreaths must be picked up Dec. 2 at the open house.

Next door at the Union Harvest Grange, the Holiday Bazaar will be going on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music, crafts, food and more. Always a good time there.

Santa's Snowbird Express

Starting Friday, Nov. 23, the annual Elf Roundup with the new locomotive in Unity. Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves will be there. Ride the train from Unity to Thorndike, three trips a day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving weekend through pre-Christmas week and weekend.

Schedule includes a stop at the historic Farwell Mill for food and elfin activities. Reserve Lunch at thorndikemill.org. Details and reservations at belfastandmooseheadlakerail.org. Dress warm, two-hour excursions.

Freedom Recreation

On Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 9 a.m., the Christmas Craft Fair will be held at the Freedom Town Office. The Grinch will be there. Food, and activities, crafts and more. Something for everyone. Come see!

Wreaths Across America

Some of the convoy will be stopping at Mount View High School on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m. Next stop is Augusta, 2 to 4 p.m., for a Veterans rally and free concert featuring the Six String Soldiers, Escort to Arlington. In Augusta at the Augusta Civic Center.

At Mount View, contact Lori Jones for info, as many volunteers are needed for this. Also the National Honor Society is asking for people to please sponsor a wreath that can be sent to Arlington. They are $15 each, and purchases are needed before Dec. 3. It is an honor to have the convoy stop. Let's remember our veterans who have passed away. The Belfast VFW will be the color guard.

Warrior Care Month

November is Warrior Care Month. In 2008 the secretary of defense established November as Warrior Care Month as a DOD-wide effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members.

In Unity

As part of the annual Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremonies, Village Cemetery will hold a wreath-laying on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Friends are asked to help with the purchase of a wreath.

Festival of Trees

At Unity Community Center Nov. 30, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be 10 trees this year, supplied by local businesses. Free admission. Purchase tickets to win a tree, decorations and gifts. Winners drawn on Sunday at 2 p.m. Hosted by Unity Boosters.

UBX is hosting the Yuletide Festivities on Sunday starting at 4:30 p.m. with Santa's arrival and tree-lighting on the corner of Main and Depot streets, followed by activities at Unity Elementary school gym. Free photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Harp music. Dancing by Cassie's School of Dance. Cookie decorating. Free hot dogs, popcorn, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. A free and fun family event open to the public.

Until next week,

Stay warm and safe. Beware of those school buses, as I hear people are driving right on by with those red lights flashing. That is just terrible. We need to protect our kiddos, so keep your phone elsewhere, not on it and texting or something to that effect. Shame on those passing by, as they should get a big fine for this, I think. I know there is a fine, but not how much.

Enjoy your week. Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving !