As winter moves closer, many animal species in Maine and other cold climates like ours prepare to hibernate through the winter. One of these species is the humble chipmunk, a well-known small squirrel species with signature black and white stripes down its back. Throughout the summer and fall months, chipmunks and other squirrel species will gather caches of nuts that they use to sustain themselves throughout the inhospitable winter. While chipmunks do hibernate, they will wake periodically to eat.

Some Chipmunk species will store all of the food that they gather into a single cache, while others will create hundreds or even thousands of buried food stores in order to lessen the likelihood of some or all of their food being lost or stolen by other animals. It should be noted that trapping and relocating chipmunks during the fall or winter will separate them from their food caches and probably kill them as a result. To prevent chipmunks from settling near your house in the first place, you can use preventive measures such as sealing small spaces, and keeping outdoor lights on. Overall though, most hibernating chipmunks survive the winter and awaken to continue their activities in the spring.

The results from  Montville’s referendum election:

Q. 1: 255 yes,  87 no

Q. 2: 236 yes, 101 no

Q. 3: 200 yes, 139 no

The results from Liberty’s election:

Q. 1: 221 yes,  126 no

Q. 2: 247 yes, 101 no

Q. 3: 230 yes, 118 no


The Montville Planning Board meeting scheduled for Nov. 10 has been canceled because of lack of agenda. The next Planning Board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, the Liberty and Searsmont libraries are sponsoring a joint presentation by Maria Girouard, a historian from the Penobscot Nation and executive director of Wabanaki REACH. According to the announcement on the Liberty Library website, sharing history about the tribes in Maine is more than Penobscot history or Wabanaki history, but is a collective history of our time in this place together. Traversing the homelands through the lens of a Penobscot historian is both a blessing and a curse — feeling deeply rooted in the longevity and traditional wisdom of ancestors while at the same time being reminded of an ugly history that we have inherited. Girouard will deepen our knowledge and sense of place in this landscape that we all call home.

To join the meeting, go to the home page and click the link for the presentation.