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Troop 233 of the Boy Scouts of America organized a food drive at the Unity Shop ‘n’ Save on the weekend of Nov. 20 and 21. As a member of the troop, I participated in the food drive, and arrived at 8:30 on Saturday morning, about an hour after setup had begun.

A food drive similar to this one had been organized last year, but the setup was both larger and more professional this year than it was last year. We previously had only a table, many boxes varied in shape and size and an open trailer. This year we were equipped with uniform boxes, a pop-up tent above the setup and an enclosed trailer.

The food drive was organized like this: one Boy Scout, often accompanied by several younger Cub Scouts, would stand at the entrance to the store, telling patrons about the food drive and handing out fliers with a list of accepted items to those interested. Patrons would buy extra food from the store and bring it out to the pop-up tent, where we would sort it into boxes. When the boxes were full they would be loaded into an enclosed trailer some 15 yards away.

Monetary donations were given to the Unity Food Bank, which they will use to buy more non-perishables for those in need. Next to the enclosed trailer we had a metal raised fire pit and a table with a gas cook stove. This became our area to converge while off duty and during meals.

Troop 233 scouts stand beneath their pop-up tent in the Unity Shop ‘n’ Save parking lot, where they collected food and monetary donations. Courtesy of Chris Aspinall

Many of us stayed overnight on a grassy field adjacent to the Shop ‘n’ Save in tents. The night was cold but fortunately free from rain. In the morning we resumed collecting food, as well as clearing away some trash from the surrounding area. We stopped the food drive at 5 p.m. on Sunday and had by that point amassed 70 cases of non-perishable food as well $917  in donations.

We took the trailer to the Unity Food Bank and helped to unload it there, officially concluding our work. Thank you to everyone who donated to the food drive, or helped to sort or advertise. A special thank-you to Scoutmaster Chris Aspinall, who organized the food drive and stayed for the duration of our efforts.

Notices

The last day to take recyclables to the Montville transfer station this year is Saturday, Dec. 4. After that day, please take recyclables directly to the UARRC. For more information, call 568-3117.

Montville residents can register their dogs for 2022  at the Town Office, by mail, or online at informe.org/dog_license/. The online registration is available until Jan. 31, 2022. On Feb. 1, 2022, a fine of $25 is imposed by the state for any dog not registered by the Jan. 31 cutoff.

The Liberty Library will host a book discussion on Dangerous New World Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis over Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required to receive the book and Zoom link. For more information, visit liberty.lib.me.us/.

Maine Lakes will present a talk by biology professor Jim Paruk on his book “Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver” on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be conducted online over Zoom.  Call Liberty Library at 589-3161 or refer to its Facebook page for the link.