As I have mentioned in previous columns, I attended elementary school at Walker Memorial in Liberty. As many of you know, if you walk behind Walker past the baseball field, you reach the trailhead for Haystack Mountain,  though it could more accurately be described as a hill. The mountain was in many ways an integral part of the school during my elementary years. It was a valuable place for students to learn about ecology and trail maintenance as well as enjoy recreational time.

The mountain itself is owned by Allen’s Blueberry Freezer, which uses a large portion of the side of the mountain opposite the school as a blueberry growing field. The processing plant for this company is located in Ellsworth, and the company is selling off some of its more far-flung properties for purposes of cost efficiency. One such property is Haystack Mountain.

Some of the residents of the surrounding towns are concerned that this may lead to Haystack Mountain being deforested and turned into a subdivision. In the hopes of preventing this, Lorna Crichton, Danellia Blaek, Cathy Roberts, Martha Piscuskas, Cam Pierel, Buck O’Herin and Bond Blake banded together to form Friends of Haystack Mountain, a group dedicated to raising the funds to purchase Haystack and turn it over to a land trust, most likely Midcoast Conservancy, to manage the mountain for generations to come. If you wish to donate to protect the mountain, go to Midcoast Conservancy/Haystack and pick your amount. Enjoy yourself in the outdoors!


Ed Rice will be coming to the Liberty Library on Wednesday, July 27, to give a talk on his book, “Baseball’s First Indian.” This is the first live program in three years! Mr. Rice is traveling a long distance; please RSVP to the library so they can ensure there will be a large enough audience. To sign up, please go to the Liberty Library webpage, and do so before July 22.