Congratulations to Hannah Hatfield, who has taken over the role of administrative assistant to the selectmen from departing interim assistant Jeanne Coleman.

According to Fire Chief John York, Montville is entering into a new mutual aid agreement with the town of Palermo.

Vernon LeCount requested a $500 donation be placed on the town warrant for the Southwest Waldo County Broadband Coalition, a committee aiming to bring better internet to western county towns. He noted other neighboring selectmen have agreed to place the request on their warrants. Montville selectmen agreed to do this as well.

Selectmen are looking into the possibility of holding the annual town meeting at Mount View Complex on Saturday, April 24. If this date is finalized, the town report will need to be done by March 24.

Terry Fischer, town treasurer, advised the board that there are approximately a quarter of a million dollars in unpaid taxes at this time and that the town’s revenues are low.

Food Distribution at Mount View

The next food distribution event will happen March 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mount View Complex, 577 Mount View Road in Thorndike. All county residents are eligible for one box per household and according to the flyer; each box contains produce, meat and dairy.

The Montville Fire Department will once again pick up boxes for distribution to town residents at the Fire Station from 9 to 11 a.m. March 5. Please call Karen at 382-3077 or Katie at 382-3261 to get on the list to receive a box.

There will be another food drive on March 19 at athenahealth, 3 Hatley Road in Belfast, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Cherie Merrill at 338-4845 or cherie@belfastsoupkitchen.org.

The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center will begin accepting glass bottles and jars once again starting March 2.

Their new glass pulverizing machine is installed and turns bottles into a material resembling sand. Lids or tops should be removed and please, no windowpanes, aquariums or the like. The guys at UARRC are also requesting the lids or tops be removed from any plastic brought to the center as well.

Liberty Library

Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.: We will be reading and discussing "Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains" by Kerri Arsenault. Arsenault grew up in the rural working-class town of Mexico, Maine. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for that seemingly secure childhood.

The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town's economic, moral, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname "Cancer Valley."

Order a copy of the book from mils.maine.edu or mainecat.maine.edu.

Register for the remote discussion at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdmlqfDUyIMktRJupek2R6rnVK2qlE6IMD6SGT1l1Y3NMCaA/viewform and a Zoom link will be sent on March 9.

Susan Conley presents "Landslide, in Conversation with Richard Russo," on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

Conley will discuss her remarkable new novel, "Landslide." Russo received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls in 2002. Both authors live in Portland. This event is hosted over Zoom by Knopf and co-sponsored by Maine libraries. For the link to register, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 5 p.m. on March 4.

I've heard of several incidents recently of catalytic converters being stolen. Keep an eye out and if possible, park close to your house and away from the road. Let me know if you have had one ripped off.

That's about it for this week.