There is interest in the Round Pond Corner Store. Earlier this week a person talked with the Greenwood Planning Board about the possibility of having a garden center there. Stay tuned as it was too late for this column.
The meeting about the future of the Greenwood Post Office is coming right up. It will be Oct. 24, 4 p.m., at the post office. We will get to hear the results of the recent survey as well as give input.
No decision will be made regarding Greenwood's level of service until after this public meeting. As they say, speak now or forever hold your peace.
Absentee ballots for national, state, and local elections are available at the Greenwood Town Office. You can call and request one be mailed to you or stop in and vote by absentee now. Ballots must be requested by Nov. 2 and returned by 8 p.m. election day Nov. 6. This is a somewhat different schedule than other towns that require earlier return for absentee ballots. Town Manager Kim Sparks said that due to the small number of registered voters, they can accomodate absentee returns up until the close of the polls on election day. Regardless of your politics, get out and vote. See above about speaking versus holding your peace.
The hiking at Maggie's Nature Park along the Greenwood Road is great right now. The leaves have fallen and cover the trails in all colors, a wide variety of mushrooms have emerged, and the temperatures are perfect for a walk up Ring Hill or Peaked Mountain. There are trails to fit everyone from the level Maggie's trail to steeper and longer terrain. The great boulders dropped by the glacier are scattered along all the trails and range from the height of a person to several times that. Always something interesting to look at.
And, speaking of forests, Tom Wessels will be speaking on “Reading the Forested Landscape” at the Mahoosuc Land Trust annual meeting Sunday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Gould Academy (Ordway Living Room). All are welcome; free for members and $5 for non-members. Hunting seasons are upon us. It has been bear, bird, moose seasons for a while, and deer rifle season begins Oct. 27 (a day for Maine residents only) and Oct. 29 for all. For those of you apt to wander the woods and fields, wear your orange and do the same for your dogs and other animals through Nov. 24.
Are you familiar with Hunters for the Hungry? This is a cooperative program between the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) within the Department of Agriculture. The program provides a means for hunters to donate all or a portion of their hunt to a family in need. For more information on this program, call toll free 1-888-4DEER-ME (433-3763).
The Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale and Swap is coming up Oct. 26 and 27. They are looking for volunteers. If you are willing to spend a few hours helping them, call Ann at 824-2586.
Remember that Butch Fuller and musicians will be playing at the Greenwood Town Hall, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m., to benefit the Greenwood Historical Society. Come one, come all, and bring a cushion for the chairs.
Come hike the new trail around Overset Pond and over Overset Mountain this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m.is the hike on the new trail. Following the hike, Larry Stifler and Mary McFadden will host a lunch in Willis Mills. The hike is a two-mile loop, after a one-mile walk on a logging road. Transportation to the hiking loop will be available. Bruce Barrett is guiding the hike. Parking is along Willis Mills Road, about 100 yards after turning off Patch Mountain Road in Greenwood.
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