I have plenty of good quality hand-knitted mittens and hats of various sizes and colors free for the taking at the Town Office. A thank you goes to Kathy Anderson and Linda Gamble. Keep them coming, ladies!

Again I would like to remind everyone that the town of Prospect Facebook page is not for aggressive or complaining comments. The Facebook page is set up by Jill and connected to both of our accounts as we clerks are the admins. We like to use the Facebook page to notify residents of upcoming events. If malicious comments continue, I will be forced to block you from our page and then you might miss out on important town information.

If you have a formal complaint, the best format is a written letter addressed to the selectmen. I kindly suggest attending some meetings and maybe learning how town government works before posting criticizing comments to our town page.

The public hearing for extension of the mineral extraction moratorium took place on Jan. 3. Selectmen passed the motion for the extension. This moratorium is so that the Planning Board can have more time to complete necessary changes to the mining ordinance. This ordinance is not for or against any one certain company or project. A new public hearing has not been scheduled at this time.

Nomination papers out for either selectman or road commissioner are due back Tuesday, Jan. 29, by close of business. The election for these two open positions will be held March 29. Our annual town meeting will be held March 30 at 9 a.m. in the Fire Station where the winners will be announced.

Our annual budget meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Town Office. At this meeting the Budget Committee and Board of Selectmen discuss town finances. We will be going over old and new warrant articles to edit for the upcoming Town Report. All articles are voted on at the annual town meeting.

The Community Center hosts coffee time every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. weather permitting and all are welcomed. Other than that there are no upcoming events at the center.

If anyone is looking for heating assistance, there are some really great programs available. Prospect has its own program called Community Concerns. For more information, give Barbara Tilley a call at 567-3267. WCAP has the HEAP program to help with home heating costs; call 1-800-498-3025. WCAP also has Energy Crisis Intervention, which is for emergency assistance, at the same number.