By now the shock of being back in school has worn off, and the change in routine is starting to sink in. If it is any consolation, the first planned "professional development" day for teachers (aka day off for kids) is Friday, Oct. 11, and Monday, Oct. 14 is the Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday (formerly Columbus Day).

The town of Montville is looking into taking part in a free smoke/carbon monoxide detector and house signage program sponsored by Waldo County Triad for residents 65 and older. The event will probably take place this fall and people will only need to fill out an application from the Town Office. The logistics are still in the planning stages and more information will be posted as it becomes available.

For the months of September and October, Montville's Leslie Woods' sports paintings will energize the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta. Twenty works will cover the long gallery leading to the center's lounge and cafeteria. Open 24 hours, the hospital is off Route 3, west of 95. Woods hopes you arrive by car and not ambulance. For more information, visit

Liberty Library News

Book Discussion – Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson. The story of one truly fabulous year in the USA. (We decided to skip September.) Anyone is welcome to come to the book discussion.

Flower Arranging Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 to 4 p.m. The first workshop in the series of "Making art is good for the body, mind, and soul" will be a flower arranging workshop taught by Debbie Dinsmore, former owner of Branch Pond Flowers and Gifts. The class is free but registration is required. Visit to register.

Everyone is invited to hop aboard the Maine Poetry Express workshop and community reading at Liberty Library. On Monday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m., members of the community will select Maine poems and learn to perform those poems in a workshop with Poet Ellen Taylor.

A week later, the library will host a community poetry-reading event, where all are invited to come together to celebrate Maine poetry. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

That's about it for this week.

Until next time.