Greenwood Planning Board members David Brainard and Larry Merlino recently discussed the proposed wind power site ordinance with the Selectmen. They all decided the ordinance still needed more work and was not ready to be voted on at the Town Meeting in May.
Mike Daniels was appointed to the Board of Appeals. Years back Mike served on the Planning Board but resigned when he became editor of The Bethel Citizen. Now that he has retired, we get the benefit of his knowledge and insights once again. Thanks for doing this, Mike.
Town Manager Kim Sparks said the town report will, hopefully, be available by the time you read this. Instead of sending the report to a printer and incurring that cost, the reports are printed from the copier at the Town Office. Not only does this save money, it also means there is no waste because the reports are printed as needed. You can pick up a copy at the Town Office, Inch-by-Inch Farm in Greenwood City, and at The Local Hub on Main Street.
The street sweeping machines were out cleaning up winter debris from the street-sides of Locke's Mills village. As always, our road crew takes good care of us.
Tuesday evening (too late for this column) the selectmen and Budget Committee met to hear residents' comments about the various proposals for a new town office.
The Greenwood Historical Society will meet Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. at the building on Main Street, Locke's Mills. Jim and Julia Bennett will present the program, “Letters to the South Pacific.”
An art show featuring the works of my neighbor Pete Musso opens Friday, May 3, at Artistic Endeavors on Main Street, Bethel. The opening will be 5-7 p.m. that day and is open to all. His work will be on display there until the end of June.
On an unusual note, I ran into a garter snake on top of the snow last week. The live foot-long snake was lying in the middle of a 12-foot wide stretch of snow. Since snakes are cold blooded, she must have warmed up enough in the sun to have made it part way across the snow before she became too cold to continue moving. In an effort to help, I tried to pick her up and move her off the snow and into the sun. With a flick of the tongue, she found the energy to get to the edge of the snow and into the woods. She made it quite clear she neither wanted nor needed my help. Never saw a “snow snake” before and don't expect to again.
The Greenwood ponds opened up between April 17 and 19. The only one that may still have ice is Overset Pond, but that is in a class by itself with its higher elevation.
A few people are trying their luck fishing from the shore, but the fish don't appear to be biting yet.
The ticks are out, and they are biting.
With the ponds open, there is much motion and sound. All kinds of waterfowl are flying in, paddling about, and dunking or diving to feed. Otters and muskrats are making their small swimming wakes across the water surface. The turtles are back sunning themselves on logs (not much movement there). And the water itself is continually moving as the winds blow across its surface. Geese and ducks are squawking and quacking. By land, the early songbirds are singing. After the stillness and quiet of winter, the movement and sound are a delight to eye and ear.
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