Montville Town News

By Fran Gonzalez | Sep 08, 2017

Bringing it to the table:
A potluck conversation & film screening about our land, farms, and food.
On Saturday, September 16th at 6pm, please join neighbors and friends of Maine Farmland Trust at High Ridge Farm (117 Choate Road) for a casual evening of food, film & community.

We’ll watch Growing Local, an award-winning documentary about Maine’s farmland and farming economy, and then open up space to share thoughts, questions, and experiences over warm food and good company.

High Ridge Farm will provide a delicious seasonal main dish but feel free to bring a potluck appetizer, salad, or dessert to share if you can!  Also, BYOB.

This is a free event and families are welcome!  The evening is co-hosted by Searsmont residents Wendi Luther & Amy Tice and the Maine Farmland Trust. Please RSVP so we can get a headcount on food!  Amy ( or Caroline (; 207-338-6575). Hope to see you there!

The Benefit Supper for Sandy Palmer was a success and had a very good turnout, according to Diane Grosser. “We had enough food for an army and had some containers so some folks were able to take home leftovers!” If you were unable to attend the supper but would still like to donate for Sandy’s cause; (make check out to Lysander Palmer or Debra Palmer) and send to Diane Grosser, PO Box 22, Liberty, ME 04949 or to Pastor Steve Daniels, Liberty Baptist Church, PO Box 241, Liberty, ME 04949. Thank you!

The Common Ground Fair is set to start on September 22 through 24. This year the Thorndike train to the Fair will have its ticket booth in Farwell's back Lumber Shed.  There will be coffee/tea/snacks/soup there, and people can have a quick tour of the works-in-progress while they wait.

If you’ve not heard about the Thorndike Mill & Meeting Place, check out Here is an excerpt from their “About” statement:  “OJ Farwell & Sons store and mill was built in 1873, a feed and grain mill and hardware store to accommodate the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. Thorndike was a railroad hub and the activity supported several other businesses; lumber and grain mills, a department store, an automobile dealership and an inn… In the summer of 2015, a group of local artisans, writers, builders and historians decided to purchase the remarkably intact buildings to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.”  There is even a performance space in an abandoned Swedish boxcar lovingly called “Music in a Dented Can”. Too many extremely cool things to list. The mill is located next to Garden Variety store (in the former Thorndike Post Office building) on the Gordon Hill Road. Check them out as well (“From the Practical to the Peculiar”).

This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of unusable and waste pesticides. This free annual program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. The closest drop-off site to Montville is in Augusta. Participants must pre-register by September 29, 2017. Drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at, or call 207-287-2731.

A reminder that the Montville Fire Department will be having a Spaghetti Supper on Thursday September 21st from 5 - 7pm at the Montville Firehouse (63 South Mountain Valley Hwy [rt.220]). This fundraiser will benefit the volunteer Fire Department. The supper includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drink. Dinner is by donation. To RSVP or if you have any questions call Karen York at 382-3077 or Margaret Masses at 382-3064. See you there!

Happy Birthday Colby!

Liberty Library News
Poems and Pies
Fri, September 15, 6:30pm

James Breslin will be reading poems from his book, The Crow and Other Poems, published by North Country Press. Slices of pie will be served while you listen to some thought-provoking poems. His book will be for sale. James has been a summer resident in Liberty since the late 1960’s where he and his wife, Linda, own a camp on Millstone Island.

Wool Applique Exhibit
During September, Hazel Kopishke of Washington, Maine, is exhibiting handcrafted wool appliqué items. All of the wall hangings, table runners, and pillows have an autumn theme, and some are for sale. Be sure to check out her beautiful handiwork.

Through-Paddling on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm

The first female through-paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail will talk about her adventures on the trail. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth will share a short, home-grown film about her 2006 trip as well as photos and stories of times along the trail since that epic paddle. Audience members will learn all about this amazing paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served

The Library is looking for Volunteers to help with replacing the book drop box outside and with some landscaping before winter. The book drop will require some heavy lifting and the landscaping will involve digging up plants and filling area with gravel in order to place an outdoor bench. If you can help, contact Barbara Worcester at

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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