Town meeting is this Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m., at the Legion Hall, 595 Gore Road. If you don't eat breakfast before arriving, coffee, tea, muffins, donuts and such will be available for purchase. No lunch will be offered. Besides food, the hot topic this year is the three options for a new town office: tear down original and put in modular ($157,000); build modular beside Legion Hall ($142,000); or renovate the Town Hall on Main Street ($201,000). The discussion about this should, as they say, be worth the price of admission.
Wesley Cox has been awarded the contract for the third year in a row to mow the cemeteries and ball field. Five bids were submitted.
Doug Wilson, of DA Wilson & Co., requested the Greenwood Selectmen consider unposting Vernon Street to weight limits so they can drive to and from their business as well as receive deliveries. Approximately 1.3 miles of Vernon Street, near the Irish Neighborhood, is within Greenwood. Wilson offered to post bond if needed. The Selectmen said they will discuss the issue.
Betsy Doyon was granted a permit to build a set of stairs down the bank from their camp on Twitchell Pond.
Glen Kimball renewed his building permit for land on Main Street, Locke's Mills, beside The Local Hub. The home there was burned by arson several years ago.
Gen Morio, Main Street, Locke's Mills (across from The Local Hub), asked the Planning Board for a permit to open a Sports & Plus shop in his garage to sell guns and ammunition. The Planning Board has requested more information.
This week, the wild blueberries are blossoming. Some bushes are loaded with flowers, others only have a few. Hard to tell at this point what kind of harvest it will be. An interesting point is that wild blueberries are reputed to be higher in antioxidants than cultivated blueberries. Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. They are supposed to have an impact on such health concerns as cancer, coronary heart disease, and even altitude sickness. Although early studies suggested that antioxidant supplements might promote health, later large studies detected no benefit and even suggested that excess supplementation could be harmful. Of course, the manufacturers of antioxidants won't agree with that.
The first lady's slipper blossomed this week. The appearance of these wild orchids eclipses just about anything else that could happen. A joy to see.