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My husband has been out grooming snowmobile trails all day now that Winter 2.0 is here. He and his pal Jimmy "The Jeweler" DeLorenzo are out in the groomer truck they call "50/50" — it has a 50-50 shot of making it back to the clubhouse.

On Process, the contractor hired by CMP to replace the old sodium cutoff streetlights with new LEDs, has already changed 15 of them over and will do the remaining 26 next week. I checked out the ones on School Street and Quaker Hill. They definitely seem brighter without being overbearing!

Regional School Unit 3 is beginning the search process for a new superintendent, and they will be forming an Interview Committee made up of board members, community members (which includes parents), staff and students.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit a letter to Kaylene Miller by Friday, March 8, stating the reasons why you are interested in participating in this process. These letters will be reviewed by members of the RSU 3 board and invitations to serve will follow. The invitation to serve on the Interview Committee will also include dates of the meetings that you will be required to attend. This letter can be sent to kmiller@rsu3.org. If you have any questions, please email szeigler@rsu3.org.

An update from our health officer, Linda Hunter: The flu is still very much a concern. In Waldo County 27 new cases were confirmed, for a total of 110 so far this season. Two of these were hospitalized for a total of eight in Waldo County as of Feb. 16.

According to the CDC, follow these recommendations: Try to avoid close contact with sick people. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

From our EMA director, Jason Johnson: A Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test will be held on Friday, March 22, beginning at 3 p.m. This test is planned to cover all the communities of Waldo County. An activation of the WEA system will send a short text message to every cellular telephone in the area selected to receive the message. This will be similar to the WEA test by the federal government last fall.

The next Karaoke Night at Mammie's Country Kitchen will be Saturday, March 9, at 6 p.m. with DJ Holly Parker of Mobile Entertainment Solutions. Sing your favorite tunes while enjoying an amazing meal, atmosphere and beverage. This venue is family friendly, so bring the kids for a great evening out!

The Open Door is still serving free lunch on Thursdays at the Community Center. Richard and Bunny Moore and Brenda Saball will be slaving over a hot stove in March! Thursday, March 7, is the first meal and will be meatloaf with bacon with mashed potatoes and gravy. Bunny says, "The kind Mom used to make."

The Food Pantry distribution for March is on the 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Also, there is a Senior Food Program out of Spectrum Generations that has food for folks over 60. There are liberal financial guidelines and food must be picked up in Belfast. See Bunny Moore for more information and applications. This is a great program.

Kathy Kendall will be hosting a crafting day at Unity Barn Raisers on the last Tuesday of each month starting at 10 a.m. Bring your project or see what Kathy has going and enjoy a cuppa and goodie. This is open to the public at no charge. Thanks to UBR for the use of the dining hall.

I almost forgot; here is your semicolon of the week.