Montville Town News

By Fran Gonzalez | May 16, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised this week when driving home listening to MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting Network) I heard a story on Walker Elementary School. It talked about how under Gov. LePage's school grading system (a report card system to rate schools), most schools went down a letter grade.  Walker Elementary jumped from a "D" grade to a "B" this year! The school was honored this week, as part of a week-long tour of  schools that have shown improvement. Thanks to all the teachers, parents, volunteers, and Principal Widmer for making this possible. And of course great job to all the students. You guys are working hard and your efforts are being noticed! Keep up the good work!  To check this story out online along with a segment of the broadcast, go to:

Condolences go out to the family of Peggy McKenna who recently passed away. A celebration of her life will be held in late July with details announced later.

Montville Town Office News
The town office will be closed and the Select Board will not meet on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.

The transfer station summer hours will begin on Wednesday, May 28.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the transfer station is open on Saturdays form 8 to 4 and on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Liberty Library News
FrogWatch Volunteer Monitor Training - Sat., May 31, 8:30am-12:00pm
Become trained to help protect frogs in Maine as a citizen scientist with naturalist, Cloe Chunn, FrogWatch USA. The training is free, but registration is required. If you did not sign up at the Frogs of Maine program, you can email the library using the 'Contact Us' form on the website or sign-up at the library. Co-sponsored by SWLA, Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, and FrogWatch USA.

Family Art Show - Month of May
During the month of May, the library is exhibiting Family Art work. There is quite an eclectic mix of wall art and homemade objects on display.

Books for Sale
We have an ongoing book sale at the library. Right now, we have an overabundance of paperback books. Suggested donation for paperbacks is $.25 a book or 5 for $1.00. A variety of genres are available. Come and get some!

Wilderness Walk for Warriors
On Saturday June 21st, the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a fundraiser in support  of the Wilderness Walk for Warriors. A fundraising effort by a small group of patriots who wish to give  back to our veteran neighbors that have proudly served and protected our country.

The day’s events will begin with a morning hike up Frye Mountain followed by a chicken barbeque. Hikers should meet at 7:30 a.m. at  the Wildlife Management Area landing off route 220 in Montville. Anyone wishing to participate in the  morning hike is welcomed, donations will be accepted. After the hike, the Freedom Volunteer Fire department will be serving a  chicken barbeque dinner at the Freedom Fire House. All proceeds from the hike and the barbeque will be donated the Wilderness Walk for Warriors. To purchase a meal ticket in advance or to sign up for the morning hike contact Jeff Bishop at 322-1888,, or any member of the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department. ($8 plate, or $15 hike & eat).

Walker School Reunion

There will be a  Walker School Reunion happening at the Liberty Masonic Hall on West Main Street on Sunday, July 27th starting at 10:30 AM and lasting until the last person leaves. There will be coffee and donuts and a few goodies but bring your family and your picnic lunch and make a day of it. Let your classmates and friends know about the reunion as we don't have all the addresses to notify all individuals.

Say it's not so… What's this I hear that Liberty Tool is up for sale after 44 years of being in business? After doing some research I think there might be some truth to this. The owner, Skip Brack is selling the whole store and business, as well as a storage facility across the street and Captain Tinkham’s Emporium in Searsport. He's hoping to find someone that will keep the business going, and plans on continuing the Davistown Museum (above Liberty Graphics). Let's hope for the best.

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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