Town Office

The Town Office has been closed this past week because of a positive COVID test. It reopens Monday, Jan. 11. The office will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Day. Recycling days are Thursdays, Jan. 14 and 28. Boat registrations are now available and the walk-up window is still being used. The Board of Selectmen's meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, at 8 a.m.

Community Library

The library is posting on Facebook the new books and movies it’s receiving. You can check the list and either stop by or give them a call at 567-4147. Lots of good books to read during this quiet month of January and movies, TV series and DVDs to check out.

This week I took down my Christmas tree and other decorations and my home looks a bit bare. Last year I painted a bathroom during January and I believe that will be the last time I paint a room. This is also a great time to clean out drawers and kitchen cabinets and get rid of or donate things you don’t use anymore. Government stimulus checks are being distributed this week, so check your mail or bank account.

Our landscape is snowy white with sparkling rooftops when the sun is out. It’s been cold this week, but as long as the sun is shining, it’s good to get out for a walk.

One lobster boat is still going out; it must be extremely cold out on the water. There have been mornings when the roads are icy, so be careful driving.

This is scallop season, so order from local fishermen to keep them in business.

Inauguration Day is Tuesday, Jan. 20, with our new president, Joe Biden, being sworn into office. This week’s events in Washington, D.C., have shocked us all and reminded us that our democracy is a fragile institution which we must work at. We need a return of bipartisanship to the political environment. It's time to be kind to each other and grateful for all that we have in the United States.

Thought for the week: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero.