On Feb. 16 at about 4:30 p.m., my brother Isaac was riding his snowmobile when it stalled in a corner of our field. Isaac looked down at the now stationary snowmobile and realized it had caught fire. Shortly after he leapt from the vehicle it was fully engulfed in flames. He quickly came back to the house and told our mother about the fire. She called 911, and the Montville Volunteer Fire Department arrived within a few minutes.

I came down to the burning snowmobile around that time and saw it was obviously beyond saving. The body had collapsed and what remained was the rubble-surrounded carcass of the snowmobile, fully engulfed in fire. Chief John York and his son Matthew arrived first, followed closely by two other firefighters, Bill Spaulding and Henry Spaulding. They approached the fire and quickly extinguished it, then buried it with snow. Within 15 minutes they had completed their work and were gone.

The snowmobile is of course now but a metal skeleton. After 40 years of use, it was near the end of its life regardless. Aside from the fumes it released, the burning of the snowmobile was rather a sublime spectacle. A sort of spontaneous bonfire, if you will.

Montville firefighters pictured after piling snow on the snowmobile’s smoking skeleton. Courtesy of Isaac Widmer


The Montville Select Board and Budget Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., at the Fire Station. The Select Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting after the meeting with the Budget Committee.

Liberty Library was recently accepted into the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program, which expands on Maine’s Interlibrary Loan service to allow patrons from participating libraries to visit other libraries in the program and check out books in person. Anyone with a valid library card from one of the participating libraries can visit any of the other participating libraries and check out materials. It essentially turns your local library card into a statewide library card.

The Library is hosting a Zoom meeting Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. on “Bendable Power Hours.” See for more information.

The Montville Fire Department would appreciate donations of used ink cartridges and returnable bottles. Leave cartridges at the transfer station or Town Office, and contact the Yorks for pickup of returnables.