Upcoming meetings

Pownal selectmen will meet on Mondays, July 1, 15 and 29, at 7 p.m., at Mallett Hall.

The Solid Waste Committee will meet Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m., at Mallett Hall.

Church hosting bean, spaghetti supper

The North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, will be holding a public baked bean and spaghetti supper on Saturday, July 6, from 4:30-6 p.m. Tickets are adults $6, children 4-12 year $3, and 3 year and under no charge. For more information, call the Rev. Raymond St. Pierre 837-0682 or email at [email protected].

Farm conserved

The Land for Maine’s Future program has another notch in its belt, in the Royal River watershed. Last year the Royal River Conservation Trust hosted farmer Sara Wiederkehr from Winter Hill Farm on Wardtown Road in Freeport as a panelist at a Farm Forum. The farm’s rich soils drain into the East Branch of the Royal. On May 23, thanks to the hard work of the Freeport Conservation Trust, the 50-acre Winter Hill Farm became Maine’s newest permanently protected farm. Sarah Wiederkehr and Steve Burger’s milk, yogurt and cheese, meat and vegetables are sold at local stores, Yarmouth Farmers Market, through a season-long CSA, or onsite at the farm. For more information, see www.winterhillfarm.com.

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 bottles 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.

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.m. For more information, call Linda G., 650-4536.

Food pantry

open Tuesdays

The North Pownal United Methodist Church food Pantry on 851 Lawrence Road is open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. While organizers never know from week to week what they will be getting, they usually get different kinds of breads, produce, desserts, etc. All are welcome.

Church services

North Pownal United Methodist Church worship service is Sunday at 9 a.m., Sunday School at 10:30. Pastor’s hours are Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (by appointment). Church phone is 688-4938. For more information on church programs, contact the Rev. Raymond St. Pierre, 837-0682, [email protected].

First Parish Congregational Church, Route 9, worship service is Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11-noon. Bible Study meets at the church on Tuesday at 7 a.m. For more information on church programs, contact the Rev. John Wentworth, 688-4846, [email protected].

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