Montville Town News

By Fran Gonzalez | Feb 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! How appropriate that we get a huge snow storm today so we can stay warm and dry inside with our honeys!

My neighbor Scott Kady recently reminded me about the runner sled competition happening soon. The qualifying races will be held Saturday February 15 at Hogback Mountain Road (Montville) starting at 8:30 am. This is a new location due to the impending  snow storm due to arrive for today (Friday 14th). Racers don't need to come to qualifying (but it will help their seeding), so one can still show up on Race Day and compete for the title of "Fastest Runner Sledder in All the Land!" Race Day being on Saturday February 22 at 8:30 am at the end of the Bragdon Rd (Montville).  Scott  actually won the title a couple years back. He told me afterwards that our road would probably "see a little more traffic" because of his newly acquired celebrity status. He's funny. For more information on this year's Runner Sled Competition go to:

Fire Department News
I had seen a call for volunteers on the Fire Department board outside the firehouse and was curious enough to send off an email with questions to Karen York. Growing up I had a close friend whose family was heavily into the volunteer fire department of our town and I have always been intrigued by this culture. I had the opportunity recently to sit down with John York, Fire Department Chief of Montville, and talk about what it means to volunteer.

There was a time when there was a social aspect to the VFD. Volunteers would gather at the station and talk and hang out. It seems that this social aspect is something that John is slowly trying to work back into the station. We’re trying to get more young people interested but it’s a hard sell. Young kids are more apt to be interested in everything but volunteering at the fire station or their families move away from lack of opportunity.

I did not realize that you can be a volunteer at age 16. You would be trained but limited in what duties you could perform. At 18 you are allowed to attend Basic Fire School where you would need 76 hours of training before you would be ready for real world applications. Even after completing the needed training, you would still work with a senior member to ensure safety. By the way, training and fire gear are paid for by the town.

One important caveat John explained, is they don’t require everyone to be a full blown firefighter. There are many other jobs, which don’t involve going into a burning building. Jobs such as traffic control, pump operators, and fireground operations. One can also be an Auxilary Member which helps out in any way they can. They set up social functions for instance or help with general work around the station.

“You either love it, or you hate it” says John York, and yes, I can see how this type of work would not be for everyone.

One last thing I wanted to ask about was the wood carving outside the firehouse. It is a good likeness of John York, but he says he found it on the ground along side of the station several years ago and is not sure who the artist is. If any one in the community knows any history on this piece, send me an email and I’ll pass it along.

Liberty Library News
The Liberty Library will be closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day.
Kids on school vacation and their parents are welcome to come to Story Time on Thursday @ 10:30. The theme this week (2/20) is "Let's Get Moving!"

Free Socks! Solmate socks of Vermont and the Northern New England Telephone are looking to provide you with a little warmth this winter by giving away socks. Stop by the library and take a pair of funky FREE socks. Sizes available are Small 2-5 (They come in sets of three - a pair with a spare!) and size 10-12 (mismatched with care). Get your socks while supply lasts!
Family Game Night - March 1 @ 6:30pm A cabin fever reliever! Bring your favorite game or play Scrabble, Cribbage, Wii games, and more. Refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome.
Opening Day Bake Sale - March 1 @ 9:00am We are having a Bake Sale to coincide with the Opening Day of Liberty Tool Company and Liberty Graphics Outlet Store. We would appreciate your donations. Please bring your baked goods to the Library at 8:00 that morning. Or bring them on Friday between 12:00 - 4:00.
The Maine State Library is offering  a series of free computer training classes aimed at helping job seekers, seniors, and other adult learners gain basic computer skills. Wednesday, February 19 @ 9:15 "Branching Out on the Web", (1 1/2 - 2 hours)  will cover the best genealogical resources on the Internet. Some of the sites and databases covered will include, Social Security Death Index,, HeritageQuest and the Maine State Archives’ marriage and death listings. Get help finding those elusive relatives!
"Web 2.0" on Tuesday, February 18 @ 2:00 is designed to present an overview of the Internet. The class will cover finding and evaluating web sites and social networking. Registration is required for both classes and you can register online or by calling 287-5600 and ask for a research class.

Walker Elementary News
Please consider becoming a substitute teacher!  It's rewarding and fun. There is currently a shortage of substitute teachers servicing Walker Elementary. There is a cost of $70.00 ($55 for fingerprinting and $15.00 for a state certificate). If you have any questions, please contact either Glen Widmer (principal) or Johann Emery (secretary) Thank you!

Cubs Scout Pack 39 News
The 3rd annual Waldo District Pinewood Derby & Scout Skills Show will be happening Saturday, March 15 at the Liberty Community Center (Rt. 220 next to Dave's World), hosted by local Cub Scout Pack 39. The actual races will take place from 3pm on. There will be an opportunity for anyone to "rent a wreck" or borrow a derby car to participate in the non-official derby races; the $1 rental fee will be donated to Pack 39. The Masons will be there to present the Mason CHiP program (Child Identification Program) at no cost to parents or guardians. For more info on the Mason CHiP program check out: There will also be a historical display, a religious display and a concession table with tons of snacks and baked goods. Man, there is a lot going on here! If you've never been to a Pinewood Derby race, there is nothing like it. Tons of excitement when the kids win a race and all their hard work pays off! For more information on this event email:

That's about it for this week. If you have news you would like me to include, or just let me know you read the column, send me an email or give me a call. My deadline for next week's edition is Friday at 10:00.

Until next time.

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