The Pittsfield Garden Club held its Annual Potluck Brunch on Saturday, October 4th at Warsaw Middle School.
Members provided a tasty buffet. Tables were decorated to reflect the fall season. President Betsy Doane led the business meeting followed by members welcoming Grayson Richmond, from Bird's Acre, a bird rehabilitation center in Ellsworth. Mr. Richmond, an entertaining speaker, provided members with fascinating owl facts and information regarding bird rehabilitation. The meeting ended with a question and answer period.

Grayson Richmond of Bird’s Acre pictured with a Barred Owl.
On Thursday, October 2nd eleven members of Sebasticook Garden Club attended the Garden Club Federation of Maine Penobscot District Fall Meeting, held at the new Milo Kiwanis building and hosted by the Milo Garden Club. GCFM President Kathleen Marty was also in attendance and addressed the group.
Following a business meeting, members were treated to a program about pollinators by speaker and author, Joan Calder. Joan is a lifelong gardener, horticulturist and farm girl who likes to play in the dirt. She sold and autographed her book, “Airplanes in the Garden”. Sebasticook Garden Club purchased a book to donate to the Newport Library. Participants enjoyed lunch before the meeting was adjourned.
Bob Duchesne, Maine Audubon Trustee, Vice President of the Penobscot Valley Chapter, popular Audubon guide and founder of the Maine Birding Trail will be at the Newport Cultural Center on Thursday, October 23rd at 1:30 PM. Bob’s topic will be “Backyard Birds”. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Sebasticook Garden Club. SGC welcomes new members. For more information, call Carleen at 368-5679.

Attending the District Fall meeting are (Pictured-seated): Sharon Wing, Elsie Mann, Sandy Allen and Joyce Daher. Standing: Glenace Underhill, Sandra Eastman, SGC President and Penobscot District Director Carleen Harriman, GCFM President Kathleen Marty, Martha Hamilton, Guest Speaker Joan Calder and Ann Hardwick. Absent from picture: Linda Smith and Cora Hamm.
Valley Grange members will present third grade students from SeDoMoCha Elementary School in Dover-Foxcroft (RSU 68) with free dictionaries on Monday, October 27th at 9 AM. A team of sixth graders will be present to talk about how they’ve used the dictionaries they received three years ago. A Civil War Reenactor will also be there to provide some colorful history.
Valley Grange is proud to support the Dictionary Project through its Words for Thirds program, which has placed over twenty one million dictionaries in the hands of school children around the world. Valley Grange local program extends from Monson to Milo. Now in their thirteenth year, the group has given out well over 1,000 dictionaries.
Valley Grange Hall is located on the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road in Guilford at 172 Guilford Center Road.
For more information, call Walter Boomsma, Program Director of Valley Grange at 343-1842 or Linda Johnston, third grade teacher of SeDoMoCha at 564-6535.
The Central Maine Trail Blazers will be closing the Loop Trail in Corinna by Friday, October 24th. The closing is planned in time for Junior Hunting Day and hunting season so the landowners can get full use of their land without riders passing by. The Corinna Loop connects with the Exeter Trail so please take notice you will not be able to connect to the rail bed by way of the Exeter Trail and Corinna Loop Trail. The Loop Trail will remain closed until the end of mud season in 2015.
The Rail Bed Trail from Newport to Dover will remain open until there is enough snow for grooming and then there will be no ATVs allowed until the end of mud season in the spring of 2015.