Our best wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
Game Warden’s talk — lessons and laughter
Retired Game Warden John Ford Sr. delighted the large gathering Nov. 15 for the historical society’s program at the grange hall. With a warm smile and hearty voice, Ford explained how he came to fulfill his childhood ambition to be a game warden and described the many and various responsibilities the job. He regaled us all with stories of the bumps along his learning curve after receiving a gun, a badge and a job description. Ford’s good sense and realistic point of view helped him cope effectively with the challenges of his district. He says all law enforcement has a lot more training now than his generation got — which is all to the good — but he feels common sense was his most valuable asset, and that characteristic is hard to teach. Many, many thanks to John and his wife, Judy, for coming and to everyone who attended and made the event a big success.
Public hearing on closing McDowell Road
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. The purpose of the hearing is to consider pros and cons of a request by residents to close McDowell Road to through trucks. The regular Wednesday select board meeting will follow the hearing.
Veterans present flag etiquette to students
Members of our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post went back to school earlier this week to demonstrate the proper handling of our nation’s flag. VFW members Jim Stark, Roland Luce, Roger Mank, Scott Whittier, and Gene Kilpatrick explained some of the guidelines for respectful handling of the U.S. flag. Students also learned the correct way to fold a flag along with the symbolism behind each of the 12 folds. The vets were unsure how “old guys like us” would be received by the kids, but the kindergarten, first- and second-graders were welcoming and interested. Speaking for the veterans, Jim Stark says, “We had a ball.” Thanks to the Farrar-Ross Post for bringing this program to our children and Mrs. Rasmussen for hosting the class.
Make your own storm windows
Last year we told you about the interior storm windows for our basement made with the help of the good people at Midcoast Green Collaborative. This year we can report that those storm windows made a noticeable difference for both increased warmth and reduced dampness in our cellar area. Fortunately, Midcoast Green Collaborative along with Seven Rivers Habitat for Humanity are doing the workshops again this year. One can learn how to make the windows or order a kit so as to make them away from the workshop. There is a charge for materials which works out to around $20 per window which will last for several seasons. There is a class once a week on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the ice cream plant to the left of Darrow’s Barn at Damariscotta River Association’s Round Top Farm in Damariscotta. What you need to bring is accurate interior measurements of your windows. Tools and supplies are there. For more information contact Topher Belknap at 882-7652 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Breakfast with Santa Dec. 1
Santa Claus will be having breakfast at the Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Masons invite everyone to come and say "hello" to Santa and give him some hints about that special gift you’re hoping for. There is a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children to cover the food, which includes eggs or waffles, bacon or sausage, home fries, biscuits and gravy, toast, juice, and a hot beverage. And, children will receive a free photo with Santa. The Lodge is at 44 Liberty Road (Route 220 north) in Washington. All activities of Mt. Olivet Masons go to cover costs and support their projects like the Bikes for Books Program and CHIP.
The Masonic Child Identification Program works with parents to create a free kit of identifying materials for their child. The kits include fingerprint cards, DNA sample, dental imprint and physical description including a video and other items to aid in positive ID whenever it’s needed.
Fire & Ice Mad Science Show
At Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m., Gibbs Library will host a fun and flashy science demonstration for children. The event is free and all kids are welcome.