Howe Hill Road resident Doug Grover attended the recent Greenwood Selectmen's meeting and asked for more time to clean up the unauthorized waste site at his property. The Town has legal action pending against him for this, and Grover requested the action be dropped. The Selectmen declined this request. Grover is working with a person to develop a clean-up plan for the site, and they will present a plan to the Selectmen in the hopefully near future. Grover continued to refuse to allow the code enforcement officer to photograph the site claiming it is an invasion of his privacy.
The Planning Board has approved a 10-lot subdivision at Mt. Abram. This will be between Westside Lodge and Bear Lane.
Thanks to all the Greenwood road crew for keeping our town roads open.
As you've heard by now, the US post Office will be eliminating Saturday deliveries. They estimate $2 billion will be saved by eliminating that delivery day. However, this will not take effect until August. It seems that with such a savings, this would be implemented a lot sooner than that.
Along the same lines, the proposed reduction in hours at the Greenwood Post Office is still in limbo. Postmistress Susie said the USPO administrators will give her 30 days notice of a reduction in hours, and she has not been notified yet.
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will be doing a reading this Friday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., at Gould Academy. There is no charge but tickets are necessary. The free tickets can be picked up at the following Bethel locations: The Good Food Store, Brooks Bros., Pok Sun Emporium, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethel Town Office, Gould Academy Bookstore, and We've Got the Look Salon.
Butch Fuller and his band of merry musicians will be performing this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m., at the town office on Bird Hill Road. Donations will be accepted and the money will go to help buy more US flags for Main Street. If you missed them last time they performed, be sure to catch them this time.
Homemade donuts have made their appearance at The Local Hub. They are from No View Farm and look absolutely delicious. The owners have said they hope to soon be able to start opening earlier in the morning for those who like to grab a cup of coffee and a homemade donut on their way to work. Will keep you posted when earlier opening hours happen.
David Brainard reported that he has been seeing a pair of bald eagles on Twitchell Pond.
While I have not seen hide nor hair of the eagles this winter, the male cardinal spent the big snowstorm in my yard. He alternated between taking shelter in the dense hemlocks and flying 25 feet to the feeders to chow down some sunflower seeds before returning to the sheltering hemlocks.
And what about that snowstorm? I am about to get on a soap box so reader beware. It has only been in recent years that snowstorms have become big and sensational news. It is winter. This is Maine. It snows. Folks want to know when the snow will start, when it will end, and how much we will get. That just about covers it.
The way the media carries on, a person might think we had never seen snow before or at least not more than a few inches at a time. We are used to snowstorms. That is why we buy snow shovels, spend $1,000 to own a snowblower, spend much more than that for snowplows, and then spend 10 times more than that for town and state road crews to plow the roads. We expect snow.
As one local salt recently commented, “The snow will not kill me, but all the hype just might.” That sums it up well. Just the facts. Cut out the hype.
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