Planning Board workshops

The Pownal Planning Board will hold workshops on ongoing ordinance review, subdivision ordinance, on Tuesday, June 25, from 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at Mallett Hall, Old Selectmen’s Office. All Planning Board meetings, on-site inspections and workshops are open to the public.

Ordinance hearing

The Planning Board will hold the first in a series of hearings on Wednesday June 19, at 6 p.m., in DeWitt Room, Mallett Hall, to discuss and garner feedback on the reformatting and updating of town ordinances. This hearing will focus on an overview of the goals and objectives of the ordinance rehab and a draft of the updated zoning ordinance. The meeting should last no more than an hour. Contact the town office at 688-4611 for a synopsis and copies of drafts.

Conservation meeting

A Conservation meeting will be held Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m., at Mallett Hall.

Wildlife commissioner to speak at RRCT meeting

Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, will speak on trout restoration, habitat conservation, and wildlife management across Maine, at the Royal River Conservation Trust’s annual meeting, Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth. Those who have questions or topics for Woodcock to address can email [email protected].

The evening will include a send-off for retiring board members Merrie Woodworth and Dick Leslie, and the election of two new leaders, Jill Sady of Cousins Island and Maura Halkiotis of Littlejohn Island. For more details on the evening, see

Returnables sought to support fire-rescue

The Pownal Fire Co. works to support the Pownal Fire & Rescue Department. In addition to providing food during fires and trainings, the organization purchases work uniforms and equipment for the town’s emergency personnel. The money the fire company is able to donate toward these items helps to keep the fire department’s expenses down.

The organization seeks donations of returnable bottle and cans to help fund its work. The Pownal Fire Co. is independent from the town of Pownal and the Pownal Fire and Rescue Department.

Hodsdon Road work under way

The Hodsdon Road is now under reconstruction. It will be closed temporarily as needed to perform work. Motorists should plan alternate routes to avoid delays or allow extra time for potential delays. For updates and other information, “like” Pownal Public Works on Facebook, or contact Shawn M. Bennett, road commissioner, 688-4407 or email [email protected]

Composting saves money

According to the Pownal Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee, composting yard and kitchen wastes saves both residents and the town money. Composting kitchen trimmings reduces both the number of pay-as-you-throw bags needed to purchase and what the town needs to pay for disposal fees. Composting yard wastes reduces fees for off-site disposal. The resulting compost can be used to amend the soil on residents’ property, enhancing both vegetable and flower gardens.

Having a steady source of compost can help save additional money by eliminating the need to purchase store-bought soil enhancements. Although one can buy or build fairly sophisticated backyard composting units, a simple pile of clippings and trimming can be an effective composting system.

Rev. Nathan Blouse church’s special guest

The First Parish Congregational Church 422 Hallowell Road, Pownal, will host the Rev. Nathan Blouse of The Safe Place ministry in Denton, Texas, the week of June 17 for a series of special events. He is a well-known speaker at events across the country. The public is invited to hear Blouse lead a special Bible Study on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.; speak to a Men’s Breakfast on Saturday June 22, at 7:30 a.m.; and lead the installation of the Rev. John Wentworth on Sunday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. He will lead Adult Sunday School after church and then there will be an all-church outing at the home of Gary and Angie Libby on Hallowell Road at noon.

Men’s breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast at the First Parish Congregational Church of Pownal, 422 Hallowell Road, is held the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the church. It is open to any men who want to come. They do not have to be affiliated with the church. The Rev. John Wentworth leads the discussions.

12-step meetings

The First Parish Congregational Church 422 Hallowell Road, Pownal, hosts a 12-step meeting Tuesdays at 6:30 p.. For more information, call Linda G., 650-4536.

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