Greenwood Fire Chief Al Curtis Jr. and Woodstock Fire Chief Geoff Inman recently updated the Oxford County Officers about our enhanced mutual aid agreement. This agreement provides daytime fire department coverage weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two firefighters are at one of these stations Monday-Friday. Both Curtis and Inman said the agreement is working well for Greenwood and Woodstock.
An interesting side note to this agreement is that on Wednesdays the on-duty firefighters go to the Woodstock Elementary School and have lunch with the children. Woodstock and Greenwood firefighters alternate these Wednesday lunches. Good way to expose the children to the idea of community service.
Discussions continue about the future town office. The building committee members recently looked at a location on property owned by the Legion Hall on the Gore Road. The Legion would give the land to the town in exchange for plowing. This is another option to be considered.
As to the mold/mildew problem at the current town office, I was talking with an environmental engineer I used to work with about this problem. He said he suspected the mold/mildew problem increased significantly after vinyl siding was put on the current building. With the addition of vinyl siding, the building was no longer able to “breath” well, and this increased the growth of mold and mildew. Makes sense to me.
I ran into a former Greenwood resident who said she hopes whatever happens with a new town office that it will be part of a town complex that is appealing, centrally-located, and includes other community services. It is hard to balance the needs, wants, requirements, and finances of a new town office. If you have ideas and thoughts, please send them to the Greenwood Selectmen or to Town Manager Kim Sparks.
The sap is still running at Dunham Farm, and they expect to be collecting it through this week. Heard that the sap was running at the rate of 600-plus gallons an hour last Sunday at Bowley Brook Maple Syrup in Weld.
Some of the waterfowl are venturing back up here to small areas of open water. Canada geese are on North Pond. A pair of hooded mergansers as well as mallards have been at the inlet on Round Pond, and an osprey was circling over the Androscoggin River looking for a fish lunch.
The rotting ice on our ponds is turning varying shades of gray, and the pond edges have small open areas. It is the time of year when our thoughts turn to ice out. When will it happen? Likely not this week. Once there are some spots of open water and the ice can blow around and break up, that is when I'll start placing my bet. Third week of April is about as close as I care to guess at this point.
Charlie Newell, who lives on North Pond, shared a bit of ice out perspective with me. He said his notes from March 2012 said that on March 22 last year North Pond was free of ice. He saw a loon there on April 4. Don't think either of those will occur this year!
There is a very slight soft halo of color coming to some of the trees now. If you look up at a hillside, the poplars have the palest of green around the tips of the branches, and red maples as well as birches have a faint pink glow at the top. Good eyesight and a strong imagination help to see these faintest of colors. It is such a struggle of becoming to a western Maine spring. There is the continual struggle to become a leaf, a crocus blossom, or to fly back to the waterfowl breeding grounds. Spring doesn't come easy or quickly around here, but, if you watch very closely, there is something new to see every day this time of the year.
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