We now enter 2022 and a new year begins once more. 2021 was a difficult year for many, thanks in large part to the COVID 19 pandemic, which still lingers after over one year and 10 months since the first self-quarantines were enacted. But people can fortunately adapt to changing circumstances and persevere through such difficulties as a pandemic.

Businesses and public places have gradually reopened and some aspects of life have returned to normal. After a quarantine at the end of my sixth grade year and an alternating pattern of in-person and remote lessons in seventh grade, my school is now back on its regular five-day schedule, though as I mentioned in an earlier column, quarantines are commonplace.

In 2021 as well, I began writing this column, something that has served as a source of both anxiety and fulfillment. Though it’s nice to have a place to write about local events, meeting the weekly deadline can be challenging. I hope you all had a jubilant holiday break and have a fortunate new year.


The Montville Fire Department has canceled all pancake breakfasts indefinitely because of concerns about COVID 19. They are still accepting and will greatly appreciate bottle donations at the Montville Redemption Center.

The Maine State Park Ski & Snowshoe trailer will be visiting various parks this winter, and loaning equipment to visitors for free. Please call the park you plan to visit ahead of time to confirm that the trailer will be offering equipment. The trailer will be at Lake Saint George State Park in Liberty from Jan. 5 through 14, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. For more information, call 589-4255