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By Fran Gonzalez | Nov 22, 2019


Growing up in my Cuban-American family in central New York, I remember having a basement filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for Thanksgiving dinner. We would sit down to tables strung together with plywood, and feast on large portions of roast pork with black beans and rice, and fried yucca.

For dessert my mom would make "flan," a caramel custard made with sweetened condensed milk, and with a layer of caramel on top. There was plenty of "loud talking" and storytelling and I always remember looking forward to being surrounded by family.

May your house smell delicious with whatever is cooking that night, and may you feel the warmth of family. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

A reminder that selectmen's meetings are now at 6:30 p.m. with the board available at 6 p.m. before the meetings. Also, the Saturday Transfer Station hours have changed to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas Bazaar

Union Harvest Grange will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please come and join us for a wonderful day of music, food and local crafts. If you are interested in a table, please call Terry, 323-9151. Hope to see there!

Historical Society

The Montville Historical Society will hold their annual Holiday Open House at the Kingdom Schoolhouse in Center Montville on December 1, from 10 a.m – 3 p.m.  The Schoolhouse Museum will be open and staffed, and refreshments will be served.

The Society will also be offering 12-inch wreaths, $18 decorated or $15 plain, to raise funds for their preservation, education, and building projects.  To pre-order wreaths, please call 589-4414 or email   All wreaths must be picked up on December 1 at the Open House. Historical calendars will also be available for $10.

Food baskets

Neighbor-4-Neighbor applications for holiday food baskets and gifts are now available at the Town Office. Applications for Christmas baskets/gifts are due Friday, Dec. 6. The applications for gifts for children are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit applications sooner rather then later.

Dog owners, 2020 dog licenses are now available at the Town Office. The licenses are due to be renewed by Jan. 1, 2020. If a dog has not been licensed by Feb. 1, there is a late fee of $25 per unlicensed dog.

Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to be licensed. Dogs with current rabies vaccinations can be licensed online at For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 342-5544.

Attention, ice fishing enthusiasts who either live in Liberty or pay taxes on property owned there: The 2020 Marshall Shores parking stickers will be available starting Dec. 1 at the Liberty Town Office.

$10 growlers at Lake St. George Brewery

Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve is one of our favorite evenings of the year! We will be filling growlers with anything we've got on tap for just $10. There will also be street tacos prepared onsite by Chef on the Run and a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. with our very own Matt Weber, author of "Making Tracks."

Free movies

Free family matinees at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast!

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, "Dora and the Last City of Gold."

Dec. 7 and 8, "Angry Birds 2."

Dec. 14 and 15, "Abominable."

Dec. 21 and 22, "Addams Family."

All matinee shows listed are at at 12:30 and 3 p.m. and are absolutely free. For more information, call 338-1930 or visit

Free dinner

Fifth annual Pay It Forward Free Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Liberty Community Hall, on Route 220. If you can or would like to bring a non-perishable food item that could be donated to the Liberty Baptist Church food pantry, that would be awesome but not required. Your kindness never goes unnoticed.

Liberty Library News

Book discussion Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. "Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II" by Vicki Croke. The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Win a signed copy of Louise Penny’s newest book, "A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel," tote bag, teapot, and other goodies! Tickets can be purchased at the library for $2 a ticket. Drawing is Dec. 14.

That's about it for this week.

Until next time.


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