Though this column will be published in the paper on the 18th of November, I am completing  it on Veterans Day. Given that this day is dedicated to the men and women who have served our country in the military, I thought it appropriate to write about the “Scythe Tree” of Montville. Martin Hannan was haying in a field one day in July 1862 with his brother Horace and a number of other men, when an Army recruiter passed by, looking for volunteers to join the Union Army.  Martin hung his scythe in a young maple tree, and along with his brother Horace, followed the recruiter to join the Union Army.

Although there exists a version of the story claiming that Martin Hannan perished in the war, this is not the case. Martin was injured in December 1862 while aiding in the building of a road and later suffered both heatstroke and a gunshot wound in 1863, but ultimately survived those ordeals and returned to Montville after the war. There he married Melinda Herrick and raised a family of eight children. Martin Hannan passed away in 1904, but the long-forgotten scythe embedded in a tree would continue its existence for years to come. In 2007 the branch that contained the scythe fell off, but the tree still stands, as a testament to the sacrifices of America’s veterans to this day.



The Unity Area Regional Recycling Center will be open to tours of its facilities on Monday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Through these tours you can see the operation of the facility. The recycling center will not be accepting recycling on that day.

The Montville Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting another pancake breakfast at the Montville Firehouse on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. The meal will be $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Montville Fire Department.

The Montville Fire Department will also be hosting a cinnamon bun sale at the Union Harvest Grange a part of their Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m until they have sold out. The price is $1.50  for a single roll and $15 for a dozen. The buns will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Christmas Bazaar as a whole also begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. You can sell your own products there for $10 a table. Contact Terry Fisher at to learn more.

The Fire Department will accept both ink cartridges and returnable bottles. When dropping them off at the transfer station or redemption center (depending on the item), just tell the employees you intend to donate them to the Montville Fire Department. The Fire Department greatly appreciates donations and participation in any of these fundraisers and it aids them in their mission of protecting the community.

The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency recently helped EMA Director Elise Brown and Fire Chief Bill Gillespie of Liberty install an emergency communications radio at the Liberty Community Hall.  This addition will enable the town to better respond to emergencies.

From the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition: The Maine Broadband Coalition will hold its third annual summit on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 18, and the morning of Nov. 19 online. See for more information.

Mount View Alumni nominations are now open for 2022. The purpose of the Mount View Alumni Recognition Award is to inspire current students by highlighting exceptional alumni achievements. These must be turned in by the end of this year. Email for more information.

The Unity Boy Scout Troop will be hosting a food drive at the Unity Shop N’ Save on Nov. 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. They will accept nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter and boxed rice; hygiene items such as paper towels, toilet paper, diapers and cleaning wipes will also be accepted. All food and money collected will be donated to the local food pantry.