The Greenwood Town Hall Committee met recently and decided to invite a grant writer to talk with them. They would like to explore what sort of grants might be available for repairing historic buildings. The Town Hall, the big white building beside the Post Office on Main Street, has water issues, needs a new roof, a new heating system, insulation and more.
The new town office, on the other hand, has changed from a half-basement to no basement. This is per the Maine Fire Marshall. It will be built on a slab at the leased site beside the Legion Hall on the Gore Road. The Greenwood Highway Department will be doing the work on the slab foundation. A small attached structure will be built to house the boiler. Both the boiler and oil tank from our current town office will be moved to the new structure.
Sympathy to the family of Joe Perham who died last week. Many of us knew and loved him for his wonderful humor and own one, if not many, of his recordings. Besides being a well-known humorist, Joe was also a teacher and a lay minister. His memorial service will be held Sept. 8, 3 p.m., at the First Universalist Church of West Paris.
The Senior College Players will have a new director this fall. Ross Timberlake, director, and Lorrie Hoeh, assistant director, have been members of the Players since the group started six years ago. Locke's Mills neighbor Norman Milliard will again be part of the troupe. He said Ross and Lorrie have been meeting with some veteran Players this summer and many new plans are in the works. Norman said the group is seeking new members, and he knows there's a lot of artistic talent in the area. Rehearsals start on Sept. 16. If you are interested in joining the Players, call Norman at 875-2121 before that date.
On another Norman note, his art gallery, Artistic Endeavors on lower Main Street, Bethel, is hosting an exhibit of Marvin Ouwinga's paintings. Opening reception is this Friday, Sept. 6, 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.
It appears the ruby-throated hummingbirds have left for the winter. None have been to the feeders for over a week. They migrate to Mexico, Central America, and South America. We may have thoughts about joining them come January.
Along a similar line of thought, last week I mentioned the sandhill cranes in Oxford and speculated that they might have been blown off-course. Well, I was wrong again. After talking with Maine Audubon, I learned that this pair has been in the New Gloucester area since 2006. They stay until late fall and then head farther south, maybe to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, for the winter.
More research told me that these two sandhills are part of what appears to a small population that is re-establishing itself in Maine. Sandhills have been seen in Smithfield for close to 20 years. A wildlife biologist recorded a breeding pair there in 2000-2001. Other sandhills have been reported as far north as Ashland in Aroostook County, and as far south as Kittery in York County.
The same biologist who recorded the breeding pair also found that historical documents in Kennebec County suggest that sandhill cranes were a regular species in New England in the 1600s. While we hear all too often about species vanishing, it is good to hear about a species that is re-establishing itself.
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