Congratulations to Montville's own Rachel Sizeler-Fletcher, who has been accepted to attend a prestigious New England Young Writers Conference in May at Middlebury College in Vermont. Sizeler-Fletcher is currently a junior at the Watershed School in Camden.

The selective conference, a four-day writing-focused workshop for high school students from across the country, brings students together to work on their writing, attend seminars, listen and share readings, and meet other young writers.

Sizeler-Fletcher's English teacher Anne Bardaglio said she admired her "professionalism," and called her an "exceptionally talented writer" with a great work ethic. Way to go, Rachel!

Montville Fire Department is reminding everyone of their ongoing campaign collecting spent toner cartridges which they turn into cash for the department fund. There is a designated box at the town office to drop off your cartridges. Thanks in advance!

From Terry Fischer, Montville's tax collector:

"Just a reminder that 30-day lien notices for delinquent 2018 property taxes go in the mail on Friday, April 5, 2019. Please keep in mind that if your property goes to lien, additional fees and mailing cost will be added to your account. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. I will assist you in any way I can." — Terry, 342-5544

Liberty Library

The Public Library Association announced March 15 that the Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library is a winner of its 2019 award and grant, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, PhD, along with the award sponsors and PLA members, will recognize all award winners as part of the PLA Member Welcome Breakfast at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference this June in Washington, D.C.

The Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library received The Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, which provides $2,500 in funding for audio music and video products.

According to Library Director Barb Rehmeyer, they currently have about 900 DVDs and 38 sound recordings and the grant would be used primarily to increase the number of DVDs.

The winner of the March Madness Cribbage Tournament at the library is Jon Thurston. Nice going, Jon!

Fireside Chats author

Almost 30 years ago, photographer Peggy McKenna and staff writer Jeff Shula, both working for Belfast’s Waldo Independent newspaper, produced a lengthy series of interviews with photo spreads called Fireside Chats. The stories focused on Waldo County residents whose lives spanned most of the 20th century.

From the comfort of their homes, they told their life stories. Thanks to a grant from the William and Emily Muir Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, "Fireside Chats: Conversations that reveal the character – and characters – of Waldo County’s colorful past," containing Shula’s interviews and McKenna’s photographs, has been published.

Former Waldo Independent staff writer and retired educator Jeff Shula will talk about the book and share some of these wonderful stories Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Head Start at Walker Elementary

Waldo Community Action Partners Head Start/Pre-K Program, at Walker School in Liberty, is accepting applications for 3- and 4-year-olds for the fall program. Please call Lori at 338-3827 to set up an appointment. All are welcome!

Liberty Ambulance Service is looking for motivated individuals to join their emergency medical services team. They are currently hiring emergency medical technicians. They have a new competitive hourly rate and are a progressive and growing department that is very involved within the communities of Liberty and Montville. New pay scale includes: driver pay, $12.50/hour; EMT pay, $14/hour; advanced emergency medical technician, $15.50/hour; paramedic $17.50/hour.

Currently there are two staff EMTs at the station Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the ambulance service recently began staffing one EMT at the station Saturday and Sunday. Hours could range from 12 to 24 weekly. Send an email to Jason at for an application. Must be licensed in the state of Maine.

Fill That Shed Fundraiser, April 28 from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. at Lake St. George Brewery, Route 3 in Liberty.

Waldo County Sen. Erin Herbig is sponsoring this fundraiser to benefit the Waldo County Woodshed, a nonprofit that provides quarter-cord piles of firewood for short-term heating assistance to families across Waldo County. Can't make it? You can donate online at or mail to Waldo County Woodshed, c/o Ina Hollins, 65 Knights Pond Road, Northport, ME 04849. Thank you!

That's about it for this week.

Until next time.