The two tragic accidents on Route 3 by Lake Saint George in Liberty over the last week have been heartbreaking to say the least. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Chadwick family for the loss of William Chadwick, the Adams family for the loss of Colby Adams, and the Minson family on the loss of Janice Minson. Healing wishes go out to Sam Levesque who is recuperating from surgery.

Toys for Tots donations at Lori's Cafe

The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program is collecting donations at Lori's Cafe in Liberty. People wishing to make cash donations will have their names placed on a Toys for Tots paper train and displayed on the walls at the cafe. Donations can be made through Dec. 14.

This event is sponsored by Crossroads to Calvary Church in Searsmont. Toys for Tots also has collection jars at Peavey's Store, 51 Main, John's Ice Cream (collection box here, too), and Liberty Graphics (open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Santa Train

Join us on Santa’s Snowbird Express and help Santa find his elves. Goes until Dec. 23.

Put on your holiday best and enjoy a magical train ride with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and a cast of characters. Relax, sip hot chocolate, munch freshly baked cookies and sing along with our jolly elves!

Schedule includes a 40-minute visit to historic Farwell’s Mill in Thorndike for food and elfin activities by the fire. Dress for the outdoors; spaces are heated, but drafty. Entire excursion is two hours round-trip. Visit for information about the mill.

This train departs from Unity Station, 212 Depot St. For details and reservations, visit, call 888-317-2142 or email


The Mount View Chamber Singers put on an incredible performance every year. Here is a partial list of local shows: Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., Knox Ridge Baptist Church, and 7 p.m., Faith Temple Church in Belfast; Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. – First Church of Belfast, Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Stockton Springs Community Church.

Liberty Library

The library is collecting children’s mittens (small sizes are most needed) for the Walker School and small-sized mittens and hats for Waldo CAP Headstart. Our adult hats and cowls go to the Belfast Soup Kitchen and to the TRIAD program, which distributes warm winter clothing to our senior citizens in need.

There is free yarn for this project in the library, along with a basket for the finished mittens, hats and cowls. Thank you so much for your continued support!

The library also collects yarn and needles for Jen Gunderman, who delivers them to organizations assisting new Mainers transitioning to life in Maine.

Until next time.