How’s your new year going? Between the weather and the COVID, I don’t know which way is up. I do know that whatever the weatherman sayeth, our little micro-climate on Village Road knocks 5-10 degrees off the temperature and the precipitation is anyone’s guess. The omicron variant must be creeping closer as I now know firsthand way too many people testing positive both in Massachusetts and hereabouts. Be safe, be kind!

Get your fruits & veggies

Regional School Unit 3 has partnered with Good Shepherd Food Pantry to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to our communities at no cost. The RSU 3 Fruit & Veggie Market will be held the first Thursday of each month. The next one will be Feb. 3. All community members are welcome to come to the back parking lot at the Mount View Complex from 1 to 2 p.m. This free distribution will be a drive-thru.

Town Office

The town office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is both a state and a federal holiday. Enjoy your day off.

Rabies clinics

As you may remember there were a number of rabies clinics that were canceled in 2021, so here’s hoping they come through for us this time around. The first one is Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Troy Town Office, 5-7 p.m., and the fee is $10. The second date is Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry (VFW), 9-11 a.m., fee $5. And, finally, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Dixmont Town Office, 6-7 p.m., fee $10. All animals must be either in a carrier or on a leash.

Dog licenses

Once you’ve got that rabies certificate don’t forget to bring it with you to the Town Office to get your dog license. The state of Maine’s $25 late fee kicks in Feb. 1, and applies to each unlicensed dog.

Pet spay/neuter program

Speaking of pets, the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Food and Rural Resources Animal Welfare Program provides spay/neuter options for pets in low-income households. This program helps prevent more animals from ending up in already overcrowded shelters. You can donate to support this program on your Maine State Tax Return. If you would like to apply to get your pet spayed or neutered with this program, find more info at maine.gov/dacf/ahw/animal_welfare/ or call 1-800-367-1317.