The Greenwood road crew is now working on Richardson Hollow Road replacing culverts. Sounds like any work on the highly-traveled Greenwood Road will have to wait for a few more years.
We have a signed lease agreement on the land where the new town office will be. The Selectmen plan to go over to the Gore Road location beside the Legion Hall to see what sort of foundation is suitable on these soils.
The Selectmen approved keeping our property tax assessment the same as it has been the past two years ($11.65 per thousand). Thanks. They also renewed the two-year contract with Al Curtis, Jr., as Greenwood Fire Chief. Thanks for continuing, Al.
Greenwood's 200th anniversary will be in 2016. Town Manager Kim Sparks said a birthday celebration committee is now being put together. Please call the Town Office (875-2773), if you would like to be on this committee. Greenwood was incorporated in 1816. Help plan a good party.
Aluminum docks can be ordered here in town. Northern Roots Grow Supply (the garden section of The Local Hub) is now a representative for Great Northern Docks and will have one on display outside at their garden supply store on the corner of Route 26 and Bird Hill Road. They will also be replacing the wood dock on the Alder River by the Local Hub with an aluminum one.
For our longtime summer residents: a speedy recovery to Sue Perham who recently had wrist surgery due to a fracture; a big thank-you to John and Cordy Swinton for those excellent white perch filets.
Tomatoes are showing up at the farm stands. Mostly the smaller varieties at the moment but those big ones will be ripening soon. Wild blackberries are starting to ripen although the cultivated ones have been ripe for a week or more.
Last weekend my dog and I seemed to be a source of amusement or at least interest for a young gray fox. We were hiking and stopped for a break at an open area. While sitting on a rock having a drink of water, I caught a slight movement out of the corner of my eye. I quickly slipped my dog's leash on before doing anything else. When I checked to see what the source of the movement was, I saw a gray fox pup sitting about 100 feet away behind a small bush.
It stayed and watched us for a few minutes. It did not seem afraid, only curious. Since this is a little known hiking area, we may have been the first domesticated creatures it had seen. After checking us out, the little fox eventually trotted off into the woods. It looked to be about 8 to 10 pounds and had not yet grown into his large ears. Maybe one of this year's youngsters. Fox pups are born late winter.
The gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, is a native of the New England woodlands. To my way of thinking they are more of a tawny color with gray toward the hind quarters. Gray fox have retractable claws like a cat and are the only fox that readily climb trees. Wouldn't that be something to see?
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