Before we can move forward on our new town office beside the Legion Hall, we have to draw up a contract with the Jackson-Silver Legion. The Selectmen met with the Legion officers Tuesday (too late for this column) to begin going over an agreement. More to come.
Nick Bartlett, co-owner of The Local Hub, met with the Greenwood Planning Board recently to discuss opening a farmer’s market in Locke's Mills. The approval for this would need to come through the State, and our CEO is working with him on that.
Gen Morio returned to talk with the Planning Board about his proposed gun and ammunition store (Sports & Plus). He is awaiting an authorization letter from the Maine Department of Transportation and will be ready to proceed when that is received.
Greenwood will be saving some money on mileage this year. Previously, we have paid mileage reimbursement to our code enforcement officer. Recently, our CEO, Joelle Corey-Whitman, purchased a used truck ($2,500) for site visits. Since she works primarily as CEO for Norway, they paid for the bulk of the truck price. Greenwood paid $500 toward the cost. This means we no longer have to pay mileage. At the federal mileage reimbursement rate of 50 cents per mile, the $500 invested in the truck will pay itself back quickly. The highway department in Norway is handling any repairs for the vehicle.
Do you know what and where Shadagee is? If not, come to the Greenwood Historical Society meeting Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. Blaine Mills will present a program on this area of Greenwood at the Historical Society on Main Street (across from Saunders Mill). Everyone is welcome.
In case you are wondering how much rain we received in those three days last week, the official National Weather Service reported 3.84 inches fell in the Bethel area between May 24 and 26. That was one of the highest amounts in Maine.
A black bear made his way over Knoll Road on Memorial Day morning. He marched down the road as if he was leading a parade. My young dog cheered him on with great barking.
Ducklings are hatching. The first ones hatched a week ago – nine little mallards or black ducklings. They hatched along the swamp side of the Round Pond causeway. As Mom swam them out from the shore away from my dog and me, the Canada geese with their gosling, as well as a female hooded merganser swam out to take a look at the new ducklings. They seemed only curious and not threatening. Checking out the new arrivals.
The last of the spring tonics is in season. Rhubarb is here. Many folks grow their own, but there are a few of us who have been known to raid the rhubarb patches at long-abandoned falling down farmhouses. If worse comes to worse, you can always buy some to make sauce and pies. Asparagus is also in season – by that, I mean the local crop not that grown hundreds of miles away. Some of the very best I've ever eaten comes from Woodstock Asparagus. It is tender and sweet with no bitterness. It is sold at The Local Hub here in town and should be available for another three or four weeks.
The dragonflies and damselflies are out now. Glad of that as they eat many mosquitoes and blackflies. Dragon and damselflies belong to the same order but are somewhat different. Simply put, dragonflies are bigger and more robust. Damselflies are daintier.
These beautiful insects hatch as vicious-looking nymphs that spend their life in the shallows of quiet water. There, they prey on anything edible even other dragonfly nymphs. The nymph stage can last as long as four years. When that stage is completed, the nymph crawls out of the water onto a blade of pond grass, sheds its skin, and a dragonfly emerges. From that point on, the dragonfly consumes insects by the thousands each day. The dragonfly lives about two months during which time it mates and lays its eggs so the cycle can begin again. While these interesting creatures do a lot of good, they are considered a pest by beekeepers because dragonflies can eat many bees from the hive. Save the bees. Eat mosquitoes and blackflies.
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