Despite the ban on fireworks in Greenwood, a few people are still setting off fireworks. Town Manager Kim Sparks said she is sending letters to all offenders notifying them of the ban because non-residents may not be aware of the ban. If those people continue to set off fireworks after receiving the letter, Sparks said the Oxford County Sheriff's department will then be contacted.
There will be some toe-tapping fun in town this Sunday. Old time music will be performed by the Maniac Mountaineers Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Locke's Mills Town Hall on Main St. This will benefit the Greenwood Historical Society. Bring your dance shoes, a cushion for your chair, and a few or a lot of bucks to throw in the kitty.
Greenwood artist Joanie Kintz is showing her art at the West Paris Library. The opening is tonight, Thursday, June 20, at 7p.m. to meet and greet the artist. Joanie's work includes watercolors and etchings and will be on display there through early August.
The white pines have been dropping many of their needles this past week. Part of the needle drop is normal since pines keep their needles for only two or three years. Part may also be due to the effect fungi have on the pines. There was a large needle drop due to fungi in 2010 and 2011. No word yet on whether the needle drop we see now is normal or excessive.
The white water lilies and bog laurel are in bloom on the ponds now. While you can see the water lilies from the roadside, it usually takes paddling right along the water's edge to get a glimpse of the small pink laurel blooms.
Daisies are out in abundance in fields and along roadsides. A sure sign summer is here.
Summer literally is here as of Friday, June 21, 1:04 a.m. That is the summer solstice, often known as the “longest day of the year.” It is when the northern end of the earth's axis is at its maximum tilt toward the sun. Despite being "closest" to the sun now, the summer solstice isn't the hottest day of the year as it takes a while for the atmosphere to warm up. It's similar to the fact that the hottest time of the day is mid-afternoon even though the sun is the highest at mid-day. We have hotter summer temps here in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere because we have more land mass and they have more water. Who would have thought.
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