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Although our annual town meeting is currently unscheduled, nomination papers are available. Typically, the five available positions are filled by only three people, with one person serving as clerk, excise tax collector, and tax collector. The other two offices are treasurer and one selectman. Nomination papers must be returned by Jan. 12, 2021, to have your name included on the ballot. As of Dec. 21, no completed papers had been returned.

A mailing went out that included a copy of the town's winter roads policy. At the selectmen's meeting Dec. 21, No. 7 on the list was amended to prohibit obstacles being placed within 8 feet of the road, rather than 15. There was a lot of discussion on this point. There also seemed to be some confusion around the fact that this is a winter roads policy and not an ordinance to be enforced year- round. I think a lot of the confusion stemmed from the extremely poor internet connection the meetings have had the past couple of weeks.

Meetings of the Board of Selectmen are still open to the public via Zoom. You can call the Town Office on Monday to get the codes for logging in. Meetings are every Monday night, excepting holidays, at 6 p.m.

If you utilize public trash pick-up, don't forget that beginning Jan. 7, 2021, 55-gallon bags will require two trash stickers. In five years I have forgotten to put trash stickers on twice. Once the trash was taken. The other time it was not. Taking insufficiently stickered bags is 100% at the discretion of the pick-up crew.

According to the Gregorian calendar, the year is coming to an end. Of course, this calendar has only been in common use for 260 years, leaving me to wonder why the year begins in winter, and the day begins in the middle of the night.

Irrespective of that, 2020 has been a wild ride, and I hope I have informed you, made you laugh, or made you look a little deeper into something, even once.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace.