A few of us were standing outside the Town Office after a Planning Board meeting, shooting the breeze. It was clear and still; the stars were bright and the coyotes were singing very loudly.

When I was in college I took an elective “Introduction to Conservation Law Enforcement” with Bill Allen. I wrote my term paper on coyotes. I also aced the “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” portion of the class. I didn’t take the course because I wanted to be a game warden; I took it because my then boyfriend was also taking the class. He eventually went on to become an undercover agent with U.S. F&W.

There was a blocked culvert on Town Farm Road that was causing water to run over and down the road, causing hazardous road conditions. I went over with Tony to place some cones to warn traffic. Jonathan Dowdy already had his backhoe warmed up and generously donated his time and skill to clear a way for the water to run into the ditch. Tony plowed the icy slush off the road with his personal truck. I stayed in the truck where it was warm and watched the Dowdy children playing “King of the Hill.”

Traps for Kids will be at the first-ever Friends of Lake Winnecook Ice Fishing Derby Sunday, Feb. 27, on Unity Pond. This great organization hands out free fishing gear to kids who do not have their own. “Better a tackle box than an Xbox.” FMI on the derby:

A few times a year the state of Maine offers a Free Fishing Weekend. It’s really a great incentive for people who have never tried ice fishing. It may also inspire some who used to fish to rekindle their interest in the sport. During Free Fishing Weekend, Feb. 19-20, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.

Amish Community Market, wrapped with its new roof on, Feb. 9. Source: Facebook

It didn’t take long: The Amish Community Market building seems to have gone up overnight! Of course there’s still a lot more to be done to prepare to open.

The gym at Unity Barn Raisers’ Community Center, 32 School St., is open seven days a week, 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Contact person is Chase. You can reach her at 557-0881.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Lynwood Alexander.


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