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Montville is looking to hire someone to provide cleaning services for approximately two hours a week at the Town Office, and 15 to 30 minutes every other week at the transfer station. If interested, email montville@fairpoint.net.

The town is starting to think about articles for the annual town meeting, though no date has been set. At a Jan. 25 selectmen’s meeting, Liberty Fire Chief Bill Gillespie, speaking on the ambulance service, said they would be requesting $75,000 from Montville in 2021 which is the same amount requested as last year.

According to Selectman Bob LeRoy, the road budget will be close to, or the same as, last year but the appropriations will be done differently.

Selectmen unanimously voted to have Vernon LeCount serve as the Montville representative to the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition, a committee dedicated to bringing faster and more reliable internet services to Western Waldo County. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/3lkaze9a.

Mike Berry and Paige Zeigler, co-chairmen of the Unity Area Regional Recycling board, briefed selectmen on updates to the facilities at the Jan. 25 meeting. The new glass “pulverizing” machine has been set up and the last of the modifications are being installed at the facility. The center should be able to receive glass in the near future.

They also informed the board that the extension that had been granted on Montville’s Notice to Withdraw from the UARCC had lapsed but they would accept a new notice if rendered immediately.

Selectmen received an offer of $3,500 from Bolster’s Rubbish Removal for the town packer truck which they voted to accept. After discussing the lack of offers on the Champion grader that is also for sale, the board decided to change the asking price to $15,000 or best reasonable offer. Interested parties can send an email to montville@fairpoint.net.

After an executive session, the board decided to terminate its relationship with Murphy Appraisal Services and would be retaining Amy Dunn, with Dunn Desk Services, as assessing agent.

Food distribution events

My apologies for not getting the word out sooner about the two upcoming food distribution events sponsored by the USDA.

Belfast Soup Kitchen, in collaboration with Waldo County Bounty, Waldo Community Action Partners and the Emergency Management Agency, is offering another round of USDA Farmers to Families Food boxes for distribution Feb. 5 and Feb. 19.

The program is available to all residents with no eligibility requirements. These next two dates have limited supply, so there is a one box limit per household. Each box contains 12 pounds of produce, five pounds of meat, and five pounds of dairy and milk.

Feb. 5 & Feb. 19: From 9 a.m. to noon at athenahealth at 3 Hatley Road in Belfast (enter from Route 3 or Route 52); from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mount View Complex at 577 Mount View Road in Thorndike.

For more information, contact Cherie Merrill at 338-4845 or email her at cherie@belfastsoupkitchen.org.

Ice Fishing Derby

The fourth annual Riley's Wish Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at Lake Saint George with registration starting at 8 a.m. at the Liberty Boat Launch off Route 3. The event honors Riley Boulay, who loved all things outdoors and who died Dec. 6, 2017.

This year because of COVID-19, the state has canceled all outdoor activities at the state park. Unfortunately because of all regulations in place, all winter games usually associated with Riley's Wish have been postponed until next year. The Ice Fishing Derby and a prize for each child 12 years and under who registers for the event is still happening.

For more information, check out "4th Annual Riley's Wish Winter Games & Derby" on Facebook. See you there.

Snowmobile races at Unity Pond will begin Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the end of Marina Road, and if weather permits Feb. 20 and 27.

Last year was a huge success with many vintage sleds participating. Admission is by donation. For more information, check out Unity Pond Ice Ovals on Facebook.

That’s about it for this week. Happy Valentine’s Day!