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The Montville Select Board met Sept. 13. Municipal Officers Cathy Roberts, Bob LeRoy, and Sharon Hibbard were present, along with Administrative Assistant Hannah Hatfied, Road Commissioner Richard Peavey, roads subcontractor John Thornhill, Fire Chief John York, Fire Warden Karen York and resident Charles Fletcher.

At the meeting it was discussed that gravel was being added to Penney Road and that North Ridge Road will have chipping done soon. Viking submitted a quote for door replacement at the Town Office.  In addition, Sharon, Cathy and Hannah are inspecting and making plans to complete the unfinished kiosk at the transfer station. This kiosk is intended for posting town news and information. It was also discussed that a raccoon in Montville had tested positive for rabies. At the meeting, Karen York was appointed deputy emergency management director.

Frye Mountain community

Interestingly, Frye Mountain was originally planned to be a national park, when the U.S. government bought 5,000 acres in the area. The plans then changed from national park to state park  and then to the Frye Management Game Area, which was founded in 1958 and still exists today.

In the 1930s, the federal government purchased land in the Frye Mountain area through the 1937 Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act. Many farmers were eager to leave their land behind if compensated, but others were reluctant to go, missing the Frye Mountain community. Today the homes and people are gone from Frye Mountain, but in their place is Maine forest, available for use by people and animals alike. My own family hikes and mountain bikes in the area regularly, and the mountainous forest is both relaxing and exciting.

Notices

The Goosepecker Trekker will be occurring at the northern headwater of the Midcoast Conservancy area on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. Please let Midcoast Conservancy know beforehand if you are coming, so they can plan food accordingly. See midcoastconservancy.org for more information.

Sen. Chip Curry, D-Belfast, will hold public office hours from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the public boat launch at Lake St. George in Liberty. This is your chance to ask questions and get help with legislative or state government services. If you cannot come during his Liberty office hours, you can reach Sen. Curry at 323-9976 or Chip.Curry@legislature.maine.gov.

A book discussion of “Nomadland” will be held either at the Liberty Library or over Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested is welcome to participate.

See liberty.lib.me.us/ for more information.