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By Charlotte Henderson | Jul 05, 2019
Courtesy of: Steve Lear A goat greets visitors to Pumpkin Vine Farm, one of several open for Somerville’s Fourth Annual Farm Day, June 29.

Sunny fun outshines rain

At Somerville’s 4th Annual Farm Day, spirits were not dampened by the rain, which came and went all the whole time. Five farms were open to the public for tours. Corey and Alicia O’Connell of Briggs Farm showed their diverse gardens, beehives and animals. They sell meat, eggs, honey and more at their homestead on Jones Road. Pumpkin Vine Farm showed off its goats and dairy operation and offered samples of goat cheese. Anil and Kelley are raising a large goat herd on Hewett Road. A tour of the organic gardens at Sand Hill Farm and samples of baked goods from Shaun Keenan and Benji Knisley welcomed visitors at Sand Hill Road. Summit Farm’s Jamie and Heidi Bray raise cattle, pigs, goats and chickens and showcased their sugar shack. Wild Miller Farm is not quite in Somerville, but close enough in Palermo. Joel and Annalisa Miller raise organic products and have a self-serve farm store on Turner Ridge Road. These farmers are members of the Somerville Farmers Network, a group of farmers and homesteaders who have come together to support each other in working the land, learning from each other’s expertise, sharing resources, lending a helping hand and building friendships.

Ginormous sale, tons of books

Last Saturday’s Gibbs Library Giant Garage Sale was huge – more stuff than ever, it seemed to me. Even picky m,e who should be having my own sale, got the buying fever. It’s fun to see people you know, exchange comments over interesting items, catch a real bargain, and help the library. And, it’s fun to peruse the fabulous and funky, functional and frivolous items. If you saw the super-ornate lamp with the huge lampshade, you know of what I speak. For many years the Giant Garage Sale has been the most lucrative of the library association’s projects and a very popular community event.

The ones who solicit things for the sale, collect them, sort then, price them and transport it all – not once, but twice – to present the items at the fire station, these volunteers are the backbone of this whole affair. Many volunteers have been part of this project for years (and years). So, now’s a good time to mention that dwindling numbers and “ageing out” of volunteers is happening here, the same way as to all nonprofits and other volunteer-run organizations. Gibbs Library always can use more hands. This event, in particular, involves a lot of lifting, loading and toting. Let’s give some thought now – before crunch time – to making sure the necessary crew is available for the next Giant Garage Sale.

Hazardous waste collection

The recent hazardous material (“hazmat”) collection at Tri County went very well, according to manager David Stanley, and collected more units this year than last. Stanley notices that the level of participation over the past few years hasn’t declined, which he interprets as evidence that there’s still a lot of toxic waste out there. It’s always good news for the Tri County crew to get more and more of this material out of our surroundings.

The hazardous waste collection occurs just once a year, on the third Saturday in June. Tri County personnel provide the organizational and administrative support. Environmental Projects Inc. of Auburn does all the handling, identification and processing of the collected materials. Besides conducting hazmat collections at locations around the state, EPI operates Environmental Projects, Inc., where, by arrangement, Maine residents can bring products labeled “Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Corrosive, Toxic, Volatile, Flammable or Combustible.” The phone number is 786-7390.

Evening Star Italian night

On Saturday, July 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the Evening Star Grange will host “Italian Night.” The menu will include lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken Alfredo, eggplant Parmesan and more. A variety of vegetarian dishes, yummy desserts, fresh green salad and garlic bread will round out the meal. $10 adults. $5 for kids under 12.

Coming events

Paddle Race: Saturday, July 13, Public access on Washington Pond. Registration 8 a.m.

Book Group: Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. "The One in a Million Boy," by Monica Wood.

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