The Greenwood and Woodstock brush and stump dump is now closed for the season. The swap shop/free store at the recycling center has also shut its doors until the spring.
The Mt. Abram Ski Club is accepting applications for scholarships for the 2012-2013 season. Funds are available for groups or individuals participating in snow sports in the western Maine area. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying, please contact Mt. Abram by e-mail before Dec. 1 at email@example.com
Once again, I am in error. Remember a few weeks ago when I said it would not be the last time?! Well, it wasn't. Janet Bartlett is really married to Nick, not to Ken as I named him.
Best wishes to our fire chief Al Curtis, Jr., as he goes through treatment for a recurrent cancer.
OK all you loggers and history buffs, here is something for you. The film “In the Blood” will be shown at Telstar High School Auditorium this Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. “In The Blood” sheds a new light on the character, history, and importance of the legendary Maine loggers of the last century. The performance incorporates film, live music, and projections of still images. Tickets may be reserved by calling: 890-6386 and paid at the door. Adults $7, seniors 65+ and children 12 and under are $5.
The bird feeders are out and, so far, it is winged creatures showing up. I'm sure the four-footed squirrel-birds will find their way any day now. Besides the usual birds, there is also a pair of tufted titmice. These delightful birds are about the size of a chickadee, gray and buff coloration, and have a peak on top of their head.
I assumed these titmice were migrating through until I did a bit of reading about them. It seems they do not migrate. That means these are likely the same pair I saw all summer. They do not gather in flocks but instead remain in the territory as a pair.
Tufted titmice hoard food in fall and winter and store many of the seeds they get. Usually, the storage sites are within 130 feet of the feeder. The birds take only one seed per trip and shell the seeds before hiding them. They live in tree cavities. That is a good reason to save one or two dead trees so they and other creatures can nest in them.
If you are one of the many bird watchers around here, there is a good project entitled Project Feeder sponsored by Cornell University. You report the birds you see at your feeder and that helps them determine population health. Check it out at http://www.birds.cornell.edu
It is the time of the turkey. The first community turkey supper was last weekend at the Alder River Grange, and it was free for veterans. A good meal was had and an honor done. If you missed that, keep reading.
The next one is the annual Turkey Tuesday. This great event has been going on for over 20 years. It is a community meal open to all with great food, a broad spectrum of folks attending (even republican and democrats sit together!), and proceeds help the area's poor.
It takes place Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., at the Legion Hall on the Gore Road, Locke's Mills. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes are provided through the Good Food Store in Bethel. Folks who attend bring two things: 1) a potluck dish to share; and 2) a donation of either cash or non-perishable food. The donations go to our area food bank which helps people in crisis meet their basic needs. Food, friends, and helping others. Be sure to attend this community event.
After this meal comes our own celebrations on Thanksgiving Day. Burp!
If you make it through that, there is a public supper to benefit the Greenwood Fire Department and Legion Auxillary on Saturday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m. at the Legion Hall on the Gore Road – $7 adults, kids under 12 $3.
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