School budget voting is coming right up, and absentee ballots are available at the Greenwood Town Office. Oftentimes voters don't bother to vote on the SAD 44 school budget even though many of us have plenty of opinions about that money. Now you can stop in at or call the town office for an absentee ballot. If you prefer to vote on site, voting will be June 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Legion Hall on the Gore Road. Absentee ballots must be received by the town office by 8 a.m., June 11.
Fish Fry Friday, this week (June 7), at the Greenwood Fire Station on Howe Hill Road, 3 to 6 p.m.
Butch Fuller and Lenny Hoy are working on putting up the new signs for the many cemeteries in Greenwood. There are close to two dozen cemeteries here. Many of them are family sites. And remember, plots are still available at the Greenwood Cemetery. Just call the town office.
Every so often during the summer months, I notice that the grass has been mowed on the unused piece of land along the railroad tracks at the corner of Howe Hill Road and the Greenwood Road. For many years, Butch Fuller has been doing this. He doesn't own the land. He doesn't get paid for it. He doesn't even see it from his living room window. He does it because it looks nice mowed. It is actions like this that make our world a little bit better, a little more friendly for all of us. Thanks, Butch.
We now have fresh fish available in Greenwood. Fridays, lobster, clams, and oysters arrive at The Local Hub. Saturday mornings, haddock is available. Brought up from the fishermen at the docks, right here to Greenwood those days. Hard to get much fresher than that.
Martha McLean, Rowe Hill Road, recently graduated from the University of Maine Law School. Her classmates chose her to deliver the student address at commencement. Attending the ceremony were her husband, Jesper Kruse; her children, Emma and Max; her parents, Jim and Rosemary McLean; as well as several friends. Martha plans to practice law in the Norway/South Paris area. Congratulations, Martha.
The first cutting of hay has begun. Nine out of 10 farm animals agree; the first cutting is the sweetest.
The latest hatchlings are the merganser chicks and the wood ducklings. Several pairs of loons are nesting on the ponds. Their chicks hatch toward the end of June. A family of baby minks and their mother were recently spotted running across the road.
The fireflies are out. These delightful little beetles literally light up our lives. On a lesser note, the deer flies are out and join the other assorted biting bugs that are feasting on our blood. Whoever said that humans are at the top of the food chain never lived in western Maine during bug season.
Last week's heat wave ended with very strong winds (upwards of 40 miles per hour for a brief time) and rain Sunday evening. The winds took down trees and branches and knocked out power for several hours.
With the power out, that brought an end to most of our activities. Decades ago, in my childhood, the loss of power was a time of excitement. My grandmother would shut all the windows at the farm and then announce that it was time "to sit on the porch and watch the storm." There wasn't much else to do then, and there still isn't now when we lose electricity. It is a time to chill out, enjoy nature's show, and count the seconds between lightning and thunder. One-one-thousand, two -one-thousand. I grew up thinking the number of seconds equated to the number of miles away the storm was. National Weather Service says it is every five seconds that equals a mile. Whatever the correct relationship, I hope people still take the time to sit down and enjoy our summer thunderstorms.
To the Broughs – thank you. It was appreciated.
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