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On the rainy evening of Sept. 19, my mother and I made the journey to the Montville Historical Society’s open house. As we began the drive down,  we saw some eight deer in the fields along the side of the road, one of them a buck.

When we arrived at the open house, which was held in the Historical Society’s meeting place, the historic Kingdom Schoolhouse, we were greeted by hostess Deb Lasky. The building itself was well lit, if a little cold, and a wonderful place to be on a rainy night.

Adorning the walls were pictures of important Montville residents, and in cabinets, one could find memorabilia from Montville’s past. One such item was a blade from the scythe tree on Frye Mountain where it was placed by its owner before he departed for the Civil War. This blade was accompanied by a note from the man who donated it.

Another interesting artifact of the society was a large stack of this newspaper’s former competitor, The Waldo Independent. I read sections of the 1992 New Year’s Eve edition.

Perhaps the greatest of the wonders of the open house was the building itself, an old schoolhouse that had been painstakingly restored and moved from its original location on Route 3. A book inside details the process by which it was done. The restoration was led by Bob Delio of Montville and many others aided him.

After an hour spent in the schoolhouse, we all went back out into the dark and stormy night and the building was locked up. It was certainly an evening well spent and I recommend a visit to the Kingdom Schoolhouse to anyone in the area. The building is right next to the Montville Town Office on Center Road.

Notices

The Union Harvest Grange near the Montville Town office on Center Road in Montville is hosting a “Pie and Politics” event on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. where governor candidate Sam Hunkler,  U.S. representative candidate Tiffany Bond, Chip Curry and Mary Ann Kinney for state Senate, Stanley Paige Zeigler for state representative and Jason Trundy and Todd Boisvert for Waldo County sheriff will all be in attendance. Members of the audience can ask questions of the candidates and enjoy homemade pies.

Haystack Mountain benefit

Friends of Haystack Mountain, a local group of volunteers, is raising $450,000 to purchase and preserve Haystack Mountain, a 57-acre property in Montville. Once purchased, the land will be preserved and managed by Midcoast Conservancy, a local land trust. Public access will remain in perpetuity.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, FOHM sponsors a free event with Dark Sky Maine (darkskymaine.com), an organization promoting appreciation for the night sky. The 30-minute film, “Defending the Dark” by Tara Roberts Zabriskie, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at Walker Elementary School, 33 West Main St., Liberty. The film looks at why it is important to preserve dark skies in Northern Maine. Weather permitting, a hike will follow on the one-mile loop trail to the summit of Haystack Mountain to view the constellations in the night sky. Attendees are encouraged to bring headlamps or flashlights. Alternatively, an indoor virtual Night Sky Tour, using Stellarium software, will be provided.