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Our Town Clerk Hannah Hatfield and Treasurer Terry Fischer have been experiencing some computer glitches lately with new equipment and will not be sending notices until they are resolved. They can respond to individual emails if you need to contact them. Hannah can be reached at tcmontville@fairpoint.net and Terry at trmontville@fairpoint.net, or call the Town Office at 342-5544.

Can you believe it, it is almost town meeting time again? Montville's will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at the Town House on Center Road. Liberty's meeting will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 9 a.m. at the Community Building next to Dave's World on Pinnacle Road.

Montville is still accepting bids for mowing at three town buildings and Mount Repose and Greenwood cemeteries. The contractor must be fully insured and provide the town with a Certificate of Insurance. Specifics can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y59rcgza. All bids should be delivered to the Town Office prior to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11. For more information, email montville@fairpoint.net or call 342-5543. It is noted that the town of Liberty, www.libertymaine.us, is also seeking bids.

Runner Sled competition

This just in! After a bit of a hiatus, New England Runner Sled Association is having a race on Saturday, Feb. 23, on Hogback Mountain in Montville. This will be their first race in a few years. Their Facebook post says they "hope to get back on track with better scheduling." People are encouraged to show up around 8 a.m with races starting around 8:30.

Take Bragdon Road (off Route 220) to the end. Find a parking spot without blocking the road or driveways, and follow the foot/snowmobile traffic up over the mountain. Shine your runners!

Liberty Library news

Farewell Party for Barbara

Barbara Worcester will be leaving the Liberty Library after being its director for almost 18 years. Please join us in celebrating her contributions to the library and wish her the best. Stop by anytime Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 to 3 p.m., and enjoy some refreshments.

Coping with Browntail Moths

Julie and Peter Beckford, organic farmers in Liberty, have attended two talks on browntail moths and are now on high alert looking for the winter webs in our local landscape. They will share what they have learned in an informal, neighbor-to-neighbor presentation Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

March Madness Cribbage Tournament

It’s that time of year when the library will host its own version of March Madness — the third annual Cribbage Tournament, from March 4 until completed. Who will challenge Kevin Richards this year? He has won the past two years. Entry forms are available at the library or download at https://tinyurl.com/y6xr5zav. Winner’s prize is a $30 gift certificate to Lori’s Cafe. Entry fee is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library. Sign up to play by March 1.

Cornelia ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby

In recognition of Women’s History Month, author Pam Matthews will be in character of persona Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby from the late 1800s, Maine’s first guide, on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Crosby was a journalist who wrote about fishing and hunting, helped to create conservation, hunting, and fishing laws, marketed the state of Maine as a destination for outdoor “sports,” and broke barriers for women.

Matthews will also discuss Margaret Chase Smith, Carrie Stevens, and other famous women from Maine. Matthews wrote "Cornelia ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby, Champion of Maine" and will have her book available for sale.

Chili Cook-Off

Second annual Chili Cook-Off for a Cause will take place at Lake St. George Brewing Co., 4 Marshall Shore Road in Liberty, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sample the finest chili from the local area. Vote for the favorite and witness the crowning of the 2019 Chili Champion!

This year's proceeds will be donated to the two Liberty area food pantries. Want to compete? All are welcomed and encouraged! Contact the brewery at 589-3031 or elizabeth@lakestgeorgebrewing.com for more information. This event is by donation.

That's about it for this week.

Until next time.