Greenwood property taxes are due April 1, and interest does not begin to accumulate until May 1. Maybe it will stop snowing by then.
There will be a benefit dinner for Wayne Hakala March 9 (Saturday) from noon-6 p.m. at the Legion Hall on the Gore Road. Wayne is dealing with cancer. $10 per person and children 1 and under eat for free.
Wayne has been very active in Greenwood over the years in town government, in the Legion, and wrote the Greenwood City column for the newspaper for years. Drop by on Saturday and support Wayne. You can send good wishes to him at: Wayne Hakala, 44 Hayes Hill Road, Greenwood ME 04255. Good thoughts going your way, Wayne.
Keep your calendars marked for the St. Patrick's Day dance on March 16 at the Legion Hall. More to come next week.
The report from the Dunham Farm is that the sap is continuing to run, some days heavy and some days just drips. They hope to begin boiling down the sap to syrup this week while continuing to collect it.
Suzanne Dunham says they have more sap than last year, and the conditions seem to be better than last year when it turned warm quite quickly. That forces the tree flowers to bud. Once that happens, tapping stops because the resulting sap/syrup does not taste good.
Students from the GOT Farm after-school program at Telstar Middle
School recently visited the Dunham Farm for a field trip. They made maple-filled chocolate, lip balm, and helped the Dunhams prepare for their open house on Maine Maple Sunday (March 24). Another event to mark on your calendar.
The moose permit lottery is now open. Applications are available
online on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries &Wildlife website (www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/moose). Applications will be accepted until May 14 and the drawing for permits will be in June.
The weight of the snow on the ponds is causing the water to begin being pushed upwards now. I noticed several wet and mushy spots while walking along snowmobile paths on Round Pond. I sank nearly a foot into the mush and hustled back to land. Another sign the season is turning. This also means it is time to start thinking about getting any ice fishing shacks hauled in to land. Ice fishing season ends March 31.
Another sign of seasonal change are notices for the different activities. Instead of ski races being posted to Facebook and in e-mails, I am now seeing notices for road races and bicycle treks. The Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo is coming up March 23 as we move toward open water fishing (April 1).
If the season is changing, how come there is so much snow on the ground? Most everyone around here asks that same question at this time every year. While we are ready for seasonal change, winter is loathe to give up its grip and its snowstorms. But we are getting closer. Unfortunately, we are closest to mud season. No wonder we are so excited about the prospect of spring. We have to go through so much to get to it.
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