On Saturday, March 16, there will be a child-friendly snowshoe hike at Maggie’s Nature Park in Greenwood. When Maggie Ring gave the land to the town of Greenwood for a park, she wanted to make sure that there were trails for everyone. The park has seven trails, each one is different. Some wind uphill around large boulders; others offer views of the nearby ponds and hills. Maggie said, “I also want a trail where old ladies like me can walk.” Maggie’s Loop trail is a gentle trail that borders a small stream, and in the winter there is usually a beautiful cascade of ice on a nearby rocky ledge. My favorite trail is the Ring Trail, which is a bit more strenuous than Maggie’s Loop. At the top you can watch skiers come down the slopes of neighboring Mt. Abram. The park is awesome in all seasons, but in the winter there are better views. On Saturday, bring your snowshoes and poles and a bottle of water. Snacks will be provided. The park is in Greenwood on the Greenwood Road, 1.4 miles from the fire station. The hike is from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and is sponsored by Mahoosuc Land Trust. For information, call Bonnie Pooley at 824-2236.
Although snowshoeing in the woods is still good, the pond ice is no longer user-friendly. Warm weather and rain has softened the ice and made it dangerous in many spots. In some areas, you can see open water along the shore and where streams and underground springs feed the ponds. Even though ice fishing season lasts until the end of March, the calendar doesn’t always match reality. Use judgment and caution.
Another sign of spring: I saw my first pussy willow blossoms on March 11.
“How to Make Good Meals in 30 Minutes or Less” is the topic of a program to be held at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel on Thursday, March 21, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Chef Elton Cole and Pat Watson, Registered. Dietitian at Stephens Memorial Hospital, will hold a workshop on creating quick, healthy, simple meals. Food samples and recipes will be provided. The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center, MSAD 44 Continuing Education, and Maine Health Learning Resource Center of SMH. The public is invited. Admission is free. For more information, call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.
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